OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH

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 Our Refuge and Strength

(Psalm 46)

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Lord we can come to You
And find shelter from the storms of life
For You are always present to help
To protect us from trouble and strife

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Though the earth vanish from sight
And the mountains are carried away
Yet will we not be afraid
For You are our hope and stay

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If the waters begin to roar
And there is trouble all about
There is One who will help us
When we are filled with doubt

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God walks in our midst
To comfort and to guide
Our enemies will be defeated
If in Him we will abide

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Come now and behold
What for us the Lord has done
How He destroyed the heathen nations
Before the going down of the sun

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He made the wars to cease
In the land that to us He did give

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FACING THE FACTS‏

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The facts of any situation include the hopelessness of the difficulty we face, but they also include the reality of God’s power to work in our impossible situation. Someone said,

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*** LOOK AROUND—-AND BE DISTRESSED,

*** LOOK WITHIN—-AND BE DEPRESSED,

*** LOOK TO JESUS—-AND BE AT REST.

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In fact, that’s the only way we can be at rest when we face an impossible situation: Look to Jesus. Focus on Him instead of on the circumstances. Fill our mind with God’s Word. Concentrate our attention on His promises.

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Yes, faith means that we face reality—-and then make a conscious choice to believe and trust God. The battle is NOT

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FINGER-LICKIN’ GOOD ~THOUGHT FOOD!

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“Don’t make the sky your limit…

Make it your starting point.” 

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Interesting Facts . . .

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Barack Obama is not just a president for some of us. He’s fighting for all of us. President Obama brought our troops home from Iraq, rescued the auto industry, invested in homegrown clean energy, fought for equal pay for women, ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and led America to 32 straight months of job creation.

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There is more to do, but we’re on the right track. Mitt Romney will take us back to the same top-down policies that failed us in the last decade. Big tax breaks for the wealthiest while making college more expensive, ending guaranteed Medicare benefits and raising taxes on middle and working class families by $2000.

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Voting for Barack Obama is a vote for all Americans, not just a lucky few.

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**Guess what? Since this supporter put together this list, our economy has continued

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Interesting Facts . . .

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If you don’t vote, don’t complain!

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A Letter to the Undecided Voter

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–Monica Bauer

Playwright and Political Science Professor;

Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University

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I know what you’re looking for today. Something that will help you make up your mind that is not about mudslinging or some trivial gaffe a candidate made, or a quote taken way out of context. I respect that you are still thinking about things, and looking for a bit of truth in a season of exaggerations and partisanship.

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I spent some years training to be a political scientist. We’re a strange bunch. We actually try to separate fact from fiction. And although most of us are partisan, we don’t like the mudslinging, the ‘gotcha” politics, or the trivial pursuit politics any more than you do.

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The economy is an issue that is important to everybody, but the economy is incredibly confusing right now. It’s absolutely true and easy to demonstrate to everybody, that the economy has just been through the biggest crisis in American history since the Great Depression. It’s absolutely true that things are getting better slowly, although some purely partisan folks do not want to believe the facts. But I don’t think you are a dedicated watcher of Fox News, or a dedicated listener to Rush Limbaugh; if you were, you would not be Undecided.

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So the question you might want to think about is, which of these two candidates for President has the better plan to move the economy forward. But that’s a confusing thing to wrap your arms around, because it is so, so easy to promise. And we know that Presidents cannot always keep their promises, and sometimes they make promises they know they cannot keep, just to get our vote.

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I want to offer you another way of looking at this. Have you ever raised a child, or a puppy? The best way is through “positive reinforcement.” You can get the behavior you want the next time, by rewarding the child, or the puppy, whenever they do something good. We get the behavior we reward, don’t we? This is as true in politics as it is anywhere else.

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Now, you might say to yourself, “I wish President Obama had done a better job making the economy grow faster.” And most of us would agree with you. But if you vote based on that, to “give the other Party a chance,” your vote will be rewarding some behavior I don’t think that you approve of, behavior that’s bad for our politics as a whole.

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Because no matter how much we think we are voting for a person, a particular candidate’s personality or background, as a political scientist I can assure you that you are also voting for a political party. Whichever party wins will claim that you voted to give your stamp of approval not just to Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, but to a whole set of ideas. But even further; you will be rewarding behavior that you are likely to see again and again.

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Here is the behavior pattern that keeps me up nights, not just as a partisan, but as a political scientist. When we have a presidential election in this country, the party that loses is supposed to give some cooperation to the party that wins. The idea is, the people have spoken. They have made their decision. This is the direction that the voters want. In 2000, the election was bitterly disputed. The Supreme Court had to step in. The Democrats won the vote nationwide, but they lost Florida by fewer than 600 votes, in a disputed recount. Angry Democrats could have banded together to oppose, on principle, every single thing President Bush wanted to achieve. They could have made it their only mission, to make President Bush a one-term President. But that’s not what happened. Senator Ted Kennedy reached out to Bush, and together they passed the No Child Left Behind legislation. When Bush wanted to take the country to war against Iraq, on flimsy evidence that turned out to be wrong, many Democrats supported him to keep the country unified after 9-11.

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But in 2008, when the Democrats won in an election that was not disputed, a big win in the popular vote and a huge win in the Electoral College, the Republican Party response was clear, and completely out in the open. The number one goal of the Republican Party became, not to seek some compromises, not to get some of their ideas into public policy through trying to influence lawmaking when they could, but to make Barack Obama “a one-term President.” You can see Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell say this in public on You Tube.

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And this is what happened, without dispute, without spin. This is history. The Republican Party, especially in the House of Representatives, agreed to block the President’s plans with total unity. They had all pledged never to raise taxes, even on millionaires, for any reason, no matter how reasonable. Whatever the President proposed, even if he used Republican ideas (”Obamacare” is just “Romneycare” on a national level), was denounced as radical socialism. And they stuck to their guns.

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After 2010, the President was blocked over and over again, by a one-two punch. The House went to a Republican majority in 2010, and they stood against even the ordinary votes that were needed to keep the government going, such as raising the debt ceiling. This was the most partisan Congress in the history of the House of Representatives. Never before had we seen routine votes turned into pure obstructionism. In the 2010 elections, moderate Republican senators such as the highly regarded Dick Lugar faced defeat simply because they had worked with Democrats in a bipartisan way. Moderate Republicans got the message, and either moved to become more partisan and less likely to reach across the aisle like Senator John McCain, or they announced their retirement, like Senator Olympia Snowe.

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If you, Undecided, reward this behavior by giving them your vote, you may see it as a simple protest vote against

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