As I settle in into Wichita Falls, I have been settling into work and exploring the landscape around the area. One thing that I have been searching for in earnest is a good church for my family. There are plenty of churches that no doubt are full of Bible believers and preach the gospel. It is my hope though that I can attend a church that holds to the Reformed faith. I firmly believe in the doctrine of total depravity and that men are unable to respond to the Gospel call as they are all dead in their trespasses. Ephesians 2:1-5 clearly states that we were dead in sins and must be made alive in Christ by God’s Grace:
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
Good reformed churches are few and far between in this part of the state. I have attended churches in Lawton, Oklahoma, Gainesville, Texas and Weatherford, Texas. The church in Weatherford is over 90 miles away, but we feel that the preaching is sound and the music prepares our hearts for worship. We are hopeful that God will keep providing us with the means to attend church there and that a good reformed church will come to Wichita Falls in the near future.
Well, it has now been a month since I started at the Wichita Falls Public Library and it has been a blast. I must say that the pace has been much more hectic than in my previous position, but I have been able to learn much in a just a few weeks. First of all, I know about various circulation issues including issuing library cards, checking books in and out and returning books to the stacks. Secondly, I have been doing what I do best and that is to provide reference and computer services to the public, something that I have not done to a long time. Finally, I have been given the responsibility to process orders for books and other materials for the library. I have been able to order books for the library in the 000s, 790s and 900s (sections dealing with history, sports, musicals, film and news journalism). I ordered the memoirs of Peter Cushing and Alan Napier who played the butler in the original Batman TV show. It is my hope that I can provide the best of service for the people of the community. I hope to also grow spiritually as I seek a church home for my family.
Last night was a night to forget in terms of looking for a candidate at the debate to reduce the size of government and give us more liberty. It is a given that serious cuts will have to be made, but with no commitment to reduce Social Security or eliminating gargantuan programs, the only only place that one could cut is the military. Yet, what we heard from the candidates was the cacophonous refrain of “We need to rebuild our military.” I must ask “with what?” We are in serious debt to the tune of almost $19 trillion and going up every day and we are in areas of the world that we should have left over 25 years ago once the Cold War was over. Why are we subsidizing the defense for Western Europe? South Korea? With their economies, they could very well handle more spending in their budgets for their defense. Should we be in the position of supreme leadership in the world as Jeb Bush suggested? His suggestion that “We have to eliminate the sequester” is a a sign that this game is over. As Mark Kreslins stated so well: “DC cannot save DC.”
Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas proposed a convention of states to reconfigure the Constitution to stop the growing centralization of government in the hands of Washington politicians. Some in the media are skeptical of this effort with the Dallas Morning News calling Abbott’s plan “part civics lesson, part anti-Obama diatribe.” The fact is that the states have been losing power for many years dating back to the end of the Civil War. It has been only in the last half-century that the concentration of power on the Potomac has shot up in earnest. For some, there is a concern that such a convention would unleash more power from the central government. However, as it is clear to many of us, Washington has not been restrained by the “parchment barrier” in a very long time. Perhaps this convention might do some good as it would be a proper response to desire a return to a more localize government, however imperfect it might be. Governor Abbott’s plan can be read here.
One of the greatest things that I have experienced in my forays in online listening was coming across the Mike Church Show which is now part of the new Veritas Radio Network. Some of the archived material is available by paying for a Founder’s Pass, but at around five dollars a month, it is well worth it. On the network, one can listen to Mike Church, Mark Kreslins and Kevin Gutzman give you the straight skinny on the history of our country’s founding and how it all went awry. One thing is for sure; much of what is being proposed from Washington as solutions to make our nation great are rightly derided by these people. Only a return to limited government with a base of morality can this country turn around.
My defense of Bishop George Bell received some more ammo from the Sunday Telegraph out of London courtesy of Charles Moore. It is incredible that George Bell is receiving the same type of justice as Dietrich Bonhoffer got from SS judges in the waning days of World War Two. Baseless accusations, no evidence and and summary “justice.” It seems that many of the giants of the past including Bell and Enoch Powell are being torn down in an age that really does believe in anything anymore except atoning for guilt real or imagined.