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My Candidacy Announced!

It is now Friday before Election Day, 2008, and I want to say, before we pick this term's President,that

I, Doug Hibbard, will seek the office of President of the United States in the 2012 Election. I will seek the nomination of either the Republican or Constitution party, and, failing that, will seek to be an independent candidate.

This blog will be occasionally updated as I have new things to report on my candidacy, policy intentions, and platform.

All suggestions are welcome.

Donations are not being accepted at this time, so put it in savings, and I'll be in touch.

The Pastor asks...

The FCC! OH NO!

I was recently forwarded, again, the email petition to keep God on the broadcast networks. This thing comes around every so-often. This version states that an effort is underway to take preachers Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, and David Jeremiah off of the air.

If this were true, I think that Charles Stanley and David Jeremiah would join me in being thankful that the non-biblical teachings of Joel Osteen were going to be restricted to Houston.

But, it's not true. Period. Federal Courts have found that the FCC can't even fine stations for indecency, the FCC certainly is not going to be able to regulate, at least right now, the actions of independently owned TV and Radio stations. Moreover, they have no power whatsoever to control the content of the internet, cable tv, satellite tv, satellite radio, etc...

There is real danger that, with growing media consolidation, that eventually the few companies that own broadcasting will decide they don't want to broadcast…

Prayer 1

What is prayer?

Simply put, prayer is the communication in our relationship with God. Prayer is about speaking to God, and about listening for His answers. Does He speak audibly? Probably not. Instead He guides us to His Word, the Bible, and in other ways. I'm convinced that the more we practice praying and searching God's word for answers, the more we'll see His answers in the things around us.

One thing about prayer is that we must pray believing that there will be an answer. If we don't expect God to work, why do we bother? God still works on behalf of His children, for the sake of the promises He has made, but why are so frequently surprised when God answers prayer? We often are, then we cloak that surprise in safe terms, saying that we're just really, really grateful. But in our hearts, we didn't really expect it. I challenge you, as you move forward with God, to pray expectantly, knowing that God will answer.

Moving toward the horizon,
Doug

Horizons

Welcome to the new blog!

The goal is to provide some webspace to challenge myself and you, my readers, to a passionate obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that some of my readers are members of the church I serve, and I encourage all believers to be actively involved in a local church, so we will address various ideas that apply to the Church, local churches, families, individuals. I want to see how we can come together and build a true community of believers.

Education

I read a quote today that should be enlightening to us all:

“When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community."

Sounds good, doesn't it? That's truly the formula for changing the world, through the education and training of children. Except that we as Christians in America have handed that function over to our government, and that government is, in fact, hostile to our Christian faith. The time has come for us to quit playing with this fact, and face it. We may have good, believing teachers and workers in school, but, in time, they will be overwhelmed.

We as the church are responsible to help train the children of our church in the faith and in all they need to know. It is our responsibility, and not one we can keep passing off on the government. We wo…

Periodic Depot Maintenance

Have you ever heard the term Periodic Depot Maintenance? It's primarily a military term, usually signified by the acronym PDM. If you've never heard it, you don't know what it is, and, even if you have, you might not remember.

PDM is part of the maintenance and upkeep of equipment. In the Air Force, as well as for the airline industry (sometimes called a heavy or 'D' check), from time to time, you take an aircraft out of service, park it in a hangar, and start taking it apart. Those things that you cannot take apart, you X-ray or use other diagnostic tools on them. The theory behind this practice is that sometimes problems come that cannot be seen, simply through the buildup of time. Also, since most aircraft are constantly exposed to the weather, corrosion becomes a factor, and places you cannot see normally must be examined.

PDM is a costly process. It's costly in money, because you have to pay people to take the aircraft apart and then put it back toget…

Politics---one more time

Ok, the election is less than a week away. So, by now, most of us know who the choices are, and what the issues are. In case you're wondering about my intentions, here they are:

I'm an Arkansas voter, so we have 3 State Constitution amendments to vote on. I intend to vote against them all.

Amendment #1 has some good things, but also will allow the State Legislature to approve State employees becoming election monitors. This is akin to allowing the fox to decide on who guards the henhouse. The removal of the 'idiot and insane' clause is good, but this adjustment is not. Bundling two separate issues like this is done to blur the decision. You can market to people to vote for Amendment #1 because it 'removes archaic language' from the state Constitution, without pointing out that it will allow the Legislature to start processes where the state's employees will be handing out ballots, verifying ballots, etc...this is a setup for trouble.

Amendment #2 moves…

At-home parenting

this is a repost of an article on Motley Fool or Fool.com (by the way, if you can afford to invest, they've got great advice, and a good sense of humor. I get no recompense for that recommendation, nor do they advise me on my money. I just enjoy reading their stuff)

This article does not address to moral or personal implications of deciding to be a one-income family, but does hit the economic side of it. This is worthy all of your consideration.


Should You Work or Stay at Home? - Yahoo! News

By Motley Fool Staff Motley Fool Staff – Fri Oct 24, 3:22 pm ET
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Everything changes when you have a child.

No, we're not talking about the late-night feedings, the sleepless nights of crying, or the (hopefully) temporary disappearance of your social life. We're talking about your financial life.

You may have had a plan going into the final months before your child was born. If both you and your spouse…

Again from Emil Turner

Here are Dr. Turner's thoughts for this week.  I hope that you are challenged by his words.  Also, we can look forward to having him with us in January!  He will be preaching our Morning service January 11. 



| Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Recruits for World Conquest…
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008
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Recruits for World Conquest was the title given to a collection of sermons by L.R. Scarborough in 1914. God used these messages to call thousands to serve Him.



“Pastor, our church is growing, but we need to see more young people called to ministry”. Elmer Connor, a deacon at FBC, Lake Charles, LA said this to me several years ago. We agreed to pray that God would call people to the ministry from our church. I began to add the call to ministry to the invitations that I gave. That year, God called six from our church to ministry.



There are not enough young men answering the call to preach, nor enough young people becoming missionaries, nor enough young adults surrender…

Barbecue and revival

Have you ever been invited to someone's house for a barbecue?  If not, then you are truly missing a blessing!  There is truly no culinary delight to compare with slow cooked, slow smoked pork or beef.  I don't care if it's sliced, pulled, shredded, or ribs!  I can eat it wet, dry, muddy, with bread, on a bun, with a fork, with my fingers.  I love a good barbecue. 

Except, sometimes, I've been invited for a barbecue, only to discover that the person defines barbecue as 'cooking something outside over a gas grill' and has selected a lovely herb-seasoned chicken breast to cook.  Now, I like grilled food too.  In fact, give me an LP tank and a good burner, and I can grill you a masterpiece.  But it's not Barbecue.  Just because you give it that name, doesn't make it that!

With that thought in mind, I'm going to lunch, while you read the rest of this:


"Real revival comes only from God.  He alone is the fountainhead.  A spiritual awakening cannot be sc…

Poland!

I wanted to share this story this morning.   Imagine, if you will, preaching in Drew county for 5 years and having that result in 60 believers, and those 60 are the only ones!  We are so blessed to have the freedoms we have in America and to have the abundance of Christians, churches, Bibles, and resources of buildings and money that we have.  Our hearts should be moved to reach the world for Christ!  And we should do so wherever God has blessed us with the ability to do it.  That means at work, at wal-mart, and around the world!

I hope that you will join me in praying for how we, as Calvary Baptist Church, can be a part of God's plan to extend His kingdom! 

Hope4cee.org - Stories » Archive » Family camps bring many Roma to Christ in Poland
Family camps bring many Roma to Christ in Poland
October 21st, 2008

by Natalie Kaspar

Eight Romany believers led more than 80 Roma in worship during the fifth year of family camps started by International Mission Board workers Jerry and Brenda Goss.…

clocks

At the top of this page, you'll see 4 clocks. These show us time here, in Poland, Nigeria, and the Solomon Islands.

What do these places have in common? They are just 4 of the areas we need to reach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Why did I pick these? Well, we're in Arkansas, Julius is from Nigeria, so we know someone from there, Ann and I have friends in the Solomon Islands.

And Poland is one of the places I want to go on a mission trip. So, we've got the clocks to remind us that we need to reach these places before time runs out!

Church behavior

I have a list of things that I intend to blog about.  I actually have little sticky notes in four or five books highlighting quotes I want to talk about.  I have several songs to talk about, and I've been reading through some very simple biographies of Christians that have gone before us in service to our Lord.

But, I always manage instead to find something else.  Today as I was reading on LeadershipJournal.net, I ran across the poll that you'll find below.  I wanted to put this out there for you to see and think about, and to get your response.  Do we need someone to come check out our church and write us inspection reports?  Do you think this is a good way to evaluate the church?

Post some comments, let's try and have a conversation about this.
Poll - LeadershipJournal.net
The Wall Street Journal reports that some churches are now hiring "professional mystery worshippers" to attend their services and write inspection reports. Would you consider doing this?

• Yes, a…

Repost of Dr. Turner's Weblog

Well, just as I was feeling a little high on myself, off I went and read Emil Turner's blog from the ABSC.  Now, I'm feeling challenged and humbled.  Probably a better way to be....

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“Granny Grouch”
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008
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Granny Grouch was at the counter. I didn’t much care, I only wanted my pizza and Pepsi and I’d get out of her way. The mall food court was the only place I felt like eating after a long day and I just wanted to get my food, eat it, and go watch the LSU football game in the hotel room. The elderly lady working at the pizza joint acted like my order was an imposition. One word, gruff answers, refusing to make eye contact, heavy sighs, all communicated “go away”. Granny Grouch.



I stood there tolerating it, when an African-American teenage girl came to the counter. “How much for a refill on my Pepsi?” she asked, holding out a beat-up Pepsi cup. “Free”, growled GG from behind the counter. “Oh, thank yo…

T.S. Eliot

This is a T.S. Eliot quote that I intended to say something about. I never quite reached a decision of what to say.....other than that our actions must not be guided by our own desire to feel important!

Call to Decision
“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm – but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.” T.S. Eliot

Another question! Yay!

I have a question. Could you expound on Colossians 2, verses 6-7? Thanks

6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Col 2:6-7 (NASB)6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Col 2:6-7 (NLT)
These verses are part of Paul's reminder to the church at Colosse that they are to follow Christ with their lives. Then, as now, there was a culture pressure to put your faith into a box, and take it out only when you wanted to. The Roman world, at the time of this writing, offered no persecution to believers in Christ, affording them the same liberties they gave the Jews. There were frequent …

Sermon Study

I've spent the last 2 days pouring over plans for what to preach next. It's not as easy as it sounds. True, all of the messages should come from the same book, but if I preach the whole Bible every Sunday, we'll be here the whole week. And since, unlike Paul, I've never demonstrated an ability to raise the dead, I'm not permitted to preach sermons that long. (See Acts 20:7-12). So, I have to pray through what parts to bring out each Sunday.

I've found that preaching clumps of Scripture works well. That way, I have a defense when someone thinks that I picked on them specifically in the sermon. That was just where we were that day, I didn't just decide to hit you with it. Now, if the shoe fits, wear it. If I preached on gossip, and you have been gossiping, recognize that perhaps God is speaking to you about your sin. When I am trying to find what to preach, I don't want to take what someone has shared with me that week and turn it into a sermon,…

More Good stuff from Emil Turner.

I've laid off reposting Dr. Turner's Blog the past few weeks, as he's been addressing pastor search issues.  And one or two were aimed at pastors, and were very challenging for me, but I didn't see the need to repeat them here.  However, this week's is very well worth our consideration.  I'll let his words stand on their own, and in the next few days will share my own thoughts.


Weblog: Emil Turner | Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Weblog: Emil Turner

“Our Church Is a Poor Church…”



This is exactly what a search committee member told me after I had agreed with them that I thought God was calling me to be their pastor. What the brother meant was: “we can not pay much”, “don’t preach on giving”, and “lower your expectations of us”.



Your church does not have to be “poor”. It should not aim to be rich. The goal is faithful stewardship, not a subjective description of your financial position.



Some things that will help your churc…

Do the crime, do the Time....

Judge sentences rap music fan to Bach, Beethoven - Yahoo! News
Judge sentences rap music fan to Bach, Beethoven

30 minutes ago

URBANA, Ohio - A defendant had a hard time facing the music.
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Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.

Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.

It wasn't the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.

"I didn't have the time to deal with that," he said. "I just decided to pay the fine."

Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not prefer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music.

"I think a lot of people don't like to be …

This is not a good sign!

NYC National Debt Clock runs out of digits - Yahoo! News
NEW YORK - In a sign of the times, the National Debt Clock in New York City has run out of digits to record the growing figure.
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As a short-term fix, the digital dollar sign on the billboard-style clock near Times Square has been switched to a figure — the "1" in $10 trillion. It's marking the federal government's current debt at about $10.2 trillion.

The Durst Organization says it plans to update the sign next year by adding two digits. That will make it capable of tracking debt up to a quadrillion dollars.

The late Manhattan real estate developer Seymour Durst put the sign up in 1989 to call attention to what was then a $2.7 trillion debt.


I think this shows us where we are as a nation.  For too long we have lived on borrowed money and we are reaping the consequences.  If we are going to move forward as the United States, and if we want a United States for our children, we have to review our national p…

Economy

Well, we're back on the blog. I was hoping that I would be bought out as a failed blogger by the US Government, but apparently, since I don't contribute to campaigns, I'm not eligible for help. So, back to trying hard to watch spending, not send out more than comes in, and pay off debt rather than increase it.

Wow, what a concept! Did you know that, if I do those 3 things, within 20 years almost 50% of my income will be disposable income. That means that 20 years from now, with the kids out of the house, Ann and I will be able to tithe, eat, have a roof over our heads, transportation, and be able to fund mission trips, church activities, and help people in need! Most of this will actually be sooner than 20 years!

Unfortunately, although most of us live this way, and if you've got a small business, you definitely do this, the US Congress doesn't see the need to do the same. Instead, Congress feels that the solution to economic trouble is more debt. Here's …