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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving


As Americans, we have an even greater reason than normal to be thankful this year.

This has been a year of retreat, with the election of what is perhaps the most radically liberal president since Abraham Lincoln. But it hasn't been all bad. The Supreme Court ruled down the DC gun ban, which was a great blessing. God has continued to hold back the brunt of his wrath and for that we should be thankful.

Here are the lyrics to a song that was very popular during colonial days, that would be appropriate to think on at this time. Supposedly it was as popular as "Yankee Doodle".

Chester

Let tyrants shake their iron rod,
And slavery clank her galling chains.
We fear them not; we trust in God;
New England’s God forever reigns.

When God inspired us for the fight
Their ranks were broke, their lines were forced;
Their ships were shattered in our sight
Or swiftly driven from our coast.

The foe comes on with haughty stride;
Our troops advance with martial noise.
Their veterans flee before our youth,
And generals yield to beardless boys.

What grateful offerings shall we bring?
What shall we render to the Lord?
Loud Hallelujah let us sing.
And praise his name on every chord.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Footsteps Of My Fathers

While on the recent tour of battlefields in the Atlanta area, we had the privilege of visiting historic Oakwood cemetery. Almost 7,000 Confederate dead were interred here, along with a few yankee soldiers. We experienced an interesting sensation while standing in the cemetery. I'm not talking about something weird here, but just understanding that these men died for principles that we still contend for today, and that they gave everything, was a very emotional thought. Here are a few thoughts I jotted down later, in what I believe is prose form.

There they lay, the stalwart men, who fought and died for freedom. From Texas to Virginia, all the states of the Southern nation.
They had come to fight for a heritage forgotten, a covenant broken, a sold inheritance.
They understood what they fought for and gave everything for the freedom of their posterity.
They followed in the footsteps of their fathers.

The headstones in a ragged line, time-stained, remind me of the men they cover.
Men "who could never be disciplined, who would never learn to salute in the brisk fashion,
And yet, as no one will care to deny, was one of the world's very finest fighting men".
Across a narrow space stand the stern ranks of the graves of the invaders.
Men who came from far away and paid the price for their tyranny.
Why did you come?
If slaves indeed you came to free, why did you enslave us?

There I stood, with my father, mother, brothers, sisters.
We are the descendants of these Southern warriors, they fought and died for us.
We live with the consequences of their defeat.
But, if God should bring that glorious day,
When the battle flags once more unfurl,
The Rebel Yell once more heard, as we rise up to take what our Fathers lost.
I pray that I and mine would be in the front,
Once more in the footsteps of my fathers.

The South's gonna rise again!

Deo Vindice.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Simplicity: Weapons

I wish to pick up where I was interrupted and continue with a few more posts on the subject of simplicity.

Weapons used responsibly by Christians can do much to take dominion to the glory of God. Traditionally in the United States, guns were acknowledged to be a deterrent to tyranny in the civil government:


No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.(Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, Jefferson Papers)

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.
(James Madison, Annals of Congress [June 8, 1789])

What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.
(Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment. Annals of Congress [August 17, 1789])

To disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
(George Mason)

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
(James Madison)

More here.

Any nation, however small, that acknowledges the lordship of Jesus Christ can do great things for the Lord. Scottish law once required that every man worth ten pounds own a sword.
When America was first settled, young men received their first rifle at the general age of twelve, or whenever the father decided that he was mature enough to own his own weapon. Think how that flies in the face of the generally accepted idea of "adolescence". The men of the Confederate armies were so often able to defeat their opponents because the Confederates had been taught the use of weapons from an early age.

I think you get the point. I believe that I have proved that weapons are a necessary part of a simplistic lifestyle. If you have any questions about wether or not Christians should own guns, I will direct you to my series by that title.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Your Support Appreciated

Mr. Matt Chancey, a good friend of mine, has been nominated for the man of the year award at Art of Manliness.

Mr. Chancey has been a great encouragement, and resource, to me as I have written this blog.

I hope all of my readers will consider supporting him with your vote after you read about all the other nominees here.

P.S.- Multiple votes will be deleted so.....spread the word!

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Sermons Of The Year

Y'all have probably heard me talk about these ad nauseum, but if you haven't heard these yet, go listen to them!

Women as Civil Magistrates?

Return of the Magnificent Seven

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tour Of North Georgia Battlefields

This past weekend we toured some of the battlefields in the Atlanta area. It was such a blessing to have this opportunity. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

North Georgia Battlefield Tour from Delta01 on Vimeo.

One of the highlights of the trip for me was meeting my longtime blogging friend Mike Powers, and his family.
More stories and pictures here and here.

Well, I guess that's all for now. I will be sharing some other things I learned on the trip that would make good blog posts!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Scotch Irish In North Carolina

North Carolina has an incredible heritage of freedom which was brought to this state by the Scotch Irish. To date it has the largest saturation of Scots in the US. I have read that the first Scots were drawn to North Carolina, as well as Tennessee and Southern Virginia, because the Blue ridge Mountains looked so similar to the mountains of Scotland. In the Fort Bragg cemetery, old headstones can still be seen with epitaphs in Gaelic. This heritage of freedom began right before the founding of our country, when a small North Carolina county declared it's independence and war on Britain. Two major battles occurred here during the War for Independence. During the War for Southern Independence North Carolina supplied one sixth of the South's fighting men, or 125,000, and this resulted in North Carolina suffering more casualties than any other state.

We recently returned from a vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. The fall colors are absolutely stunning!
North Carolina in the Fall from Delta01 on Vimeo.


While there, we visited the Scottish Tartan Museum in nearby Franklin. If any of y'all are ever up that way, I highly recommend it. The tour was very interesting, although it was slanted in favor of Mary, Queen of Scots, but all things considered, it was very good.

Visit To The Tartan Museum from Delta01 on Vimeo.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm Back!

Whew! That was a fast weekend!

Ok, now back to business. We just arrived home from a long weekend in North Georgia touring some War for Southern Independence battlefields with the ultimate battlefield historian, Mr. Bill Potter. Before that, we spent a week in southern North Carolina.

After action reports to follow, but first....

Several weeks ago I was tagged again by Bria to list six random things about myself.

1. One of my favorite pastimes is playing Celtic music with two of my sisters.
2. I like pickles and cucumbers but not celery or mushrooms!
3. I have to wear shoes in the summer but when the hot weather goes, so do the shoes.
4. Tim Duncan, of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, is my favorite bass singer.
5. I am a sixth generation Alabamian on my father's side.
6. I have the extremely bad habit of trying to read more than one book at a time.

The Rules:


• Link to the person who tagged you.
• Post the rules on your blog.
• Write Six Random Things about yourself.
• “Tag” six-or-so other people at the bottom of your post.
• Leave comments on their blogs, letting them know they’ve been tagged.
• Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve written the post.

Since everyone else is already tagged, I won't tag anyone else.

Thanks Bria, sorry it took so long!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Timeout!....

As some of y'all may know, we have been on vacation in North Carolina. Life has been very busy around here for the last several days and will continue to be very busy for the next week. I'm going to have to call timeout on blogging until we recover from running thither and yon.

I promise I'll be back with pictures, stories, and more!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Tyrant Rules

But the word is very near unto thee: even in thy mouth, and in thine heart, for to do it. Behold, I have set before thee this day life and good, death and evil, In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandment, and his ordinances, and his laws, that thou mayest live, and be multiplied, and that the Lord thy God may bless thee in the land, whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not obey, but shalt be seduced and worship other gods, and serve them, I pronounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, ye shall not prolong your days in the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing....

Deut. 30:14-19


Barack Hussein Obama is president of the United States. I still do not mentally grasp the implications of this. I would be writing this post anyway, assuming McCain was elected, but this is absolutely unbelievable. As I'm writing this the various CNN commentators are singing the praises of our new president in the background.

But fear not! God is in control! The election happened to His honor and glory and, as I've stated many times, our duty is clear: stand on the word of God and his promises.

The things the media is saying, though, are making me have a very un-Christian attitude! Several interesting points:

One of the commentators noted that the Southern (quote, "Confederate") states voted more conservatively than the Northern (quote, "Union") states. I thought it was interesting to hear the press acknowledge this.

I found rather humorous the comment by one of the folks at CNN that there "aren't enough" Christian conservatives to "make a difference anymore". That seems to be rather short-sighted, though possibly true for the short term.

In closing, I say:

Ceasar had his Brutus, Charles I his Cromwell, George III his Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln his John Wilkes Booth, and Barack Obama may profit from their example: men who set themselves against God and lost their power as a result.

Good night, and God save America.


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Monday, November 3, 2008

Obama As President: Maybe Not So Bad?

....Ok, just kidding! Although it's morally wrong to vote for him, here are some benefits I can see from him getting elected.

He's the most radically liberal president since Abraham Lincoln. I believe that a dedicated minority of Americans will not put up with his tyranny. I mean, if he starts taking our guns, etc., there will be bloodshed. The things Obama stands for are adamantly anti-Christian, therefore we are duty bound to disobey him.

Here's a quote a good friend sent us the other day:

"Many survivalists seem to have the naive notion that if they just buy a ranch in a rural area, grow their own food, have stockpiles of something they can sell and good supply of ammo they'll do well. Of course, in the event society collapses the most important thing will be with who you belong. Individualism will fail miserably-- organized violence by old and newly-formed gangs competing for resources will erupt and no one will be able to counter it alone.

So if I believed in the impeding collapse of the country, I'd be very busy looking for friends. Big men, who know how to fight and have experience doing so. The realistic goal would be an ultra-religious group with clearly defined values, strong hierarchy and history of using force to defend itself."

It's back to the sheepdog versus sheep mentality. Obama's policies will only aggravate the problem.

Are you prepared to fight? All things considered, I'm very excited about what the Lord will do! Perhaps we will be judged worthy to undergo the persecution our forefathers experienced. Perhaps the South will rise again!

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Personal Misc

Son3 has tagged me and I'm supposed to list six random things about myself.

1. Although I generally stay on a "early to rise" schedule, I really like staying up late at night.
2. I enjoy throwing dirt clods!
3. Although the theology of some Southern Gospel music is skewed, it's among my favorite music.
4. I enjoy dancing in our front yard with my siblings.
5. Although I'm not a big coffee drinker, I always drink it black.
6. I enjoy stimulating conversation on controversial topics.

I tag Mike Powers. If you read this, think it might be fun and haven't already been tagged, you're tagged!

The Rules:


• Link to the person who tagged you.
• Post the rules on your blog.
• Write Six Random Things about yourself.
• “Tag” six-or-so other people at the bottom of your post.
• Leave comments on their blogs, letting them know they’ve been tagged.
• Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve written the post.

(P.S.- Mike, I know you've already had this tag once, so you don't have to if you don't want to. ;))

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