July 5, 2022
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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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  • Steve Matheny

    07/05/2022 05:55 PM

    Yes get the government out of our lives. If you don't like it don't do it, don't tell me what to do. WAKE UP AMERICA

  • Bridget McGuire

    07/05/2022 04:05 PM

    THANK YOU for the analogy of the Bible teaching to the type of leaders we need!! I didn’t remember that story or outcome—but am ALSO using it to check my OWN attitude while applying for a staff position in my Dept!! I want to stay a servant leader mentality—like the SS song, “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom; learn to be a servant to all??“. My husband, Ben, & I LOVE your show & your articulate commentary on what’s going on…AND your humor, your smile, & the awesome guests you have on!!! We VERY MUCH appreciate the boost we get each week! We pray for you & your family’s protection!! ??????????

  • Kathy Cochran

    07/05/2022 04:01 PM

    Sounds like Aragorn, the reluctant Strider who was to become the King of Gondor and ensures the future of all in the Lord of the Rings. Didn't want to rule but made a great king in the end. Maybe Tolkien got his ideas from Jotham's story! :-) Hope you had an inspirational Fourth. Thanks for the great Bible study and how it parallels to present day.

  • Mary V. Clement Haney

    07/05/2022 03:01 PM

    Right on, as usual Mike. I really enjoy, appreciate and learn from your offerings!! Also laced with humor, which is so needed in today's society!!! Keep on doing one of the things you do best and keep us informed!

  • Kaye Clark

    07/05/2022 02:55 PM

    Mike, I certainly wish I could share this on FB, but it's too long. Well said, and amen, brother!

  • Timothy E Mika

    07/05/2022 02:53 PM

    Your comparison brought me face to face with Ron DeSantis - whose clear vision, dollars and cents wisdom, and hard work over the last few years, has brought him to the nation's attention. He did not overtly seek this attention, yet many are begging him to run for President because of the reputation he's earned through honest integrity and adherence to values with courage.

  • William Siwek

    07/05/2022 02:34 PM

    Amen.

  • John J Carse

    07/05/2022 02:16 PM

    We need more George Washington's who did not want power.

  • Carl Jensen

    07/05/2022 02:11 PM

    My wife is related to a Great Great Great Grandmother that was accused of being a witch for which she was hung, along with her sister. This was done out of prejudice of not being just like the leadership and beliefs they held as true. This fear of difference lead to many being hung as witches until the Governor's wife was accused then the leadership took action to put a stop to this injustice. Today we still fall into this same pattern. we blindly follow others and devise ways to get "our way" no matter the cost or consequences. We the people need to wake up to the blindness of being lead with a "bull ring: in our nose pulled by an agenda , good or bad. Lord Jesus help US to be wise in our decisions and choices.

  • Dan Charnas

    07/05/2022 02:04 PM

    You write wonderful articles like this AND you play a cool electric bass? We're not worthy! ??

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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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  • Steve Matheny

    07/05/2022 05:55 PM

    Yes get the government out of our lives. If you don't like it don't do it, don't tell me what to do. WAKE UP AMERICA

  • Bridget McGuire

    07/05/2022 04:05 PM

    THANK YOU for the analogy of the Bible teaching to the type of leaders we need!! I didn’t remember that story or outcome—but am ALSO using it to check my OWN attitude while applying for a staff position in my Dept!! I want to stay a servant leader mentality—like the SS song, “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom; learn to be a servant to all??“. My husband, Ben, & I LOVE your show & your articulate commentary on what’s going on…AND your humor, your smile, & the awesome guests you have on!!! We VERY MUCH appreciate the boost we get each week! We pray for you & your family’s protection!! ??????????

  • Kathy Cochran

    07/05/2022 04:01 PM

    Sounds like Aragorn, the reluctant Strider who was to become the King of Gondor and ensures the future of all in the Lord of the Rings. Didn't want to rule but made a great king in the end. Maybe Tolkien got his ideas from Jotham's story! :-) Hope you had an inspirational Fourth. Thanks for the great Bible study and how it parallels to present day.

  • Mary V. Clement Haney

    07/05/2022 03:01 PM

    Right on, as usual Mike. I really enjoy, appreciate and learn from your offerings!! Also laced with humor, which is so needed in today's society!!! Keep on doing one of the things you do best and keep us informed!

  • Kaye Clark

    07/05/2022 02:55 PM

    Mike, I certainly wish I could share this on FB, but it's too long. Well said, and amen, brother!

  • Timothy E Mika

    07/05/2022 02:53 PM

    Your comparison brought me face to face with Ron DeSantis - whose clear vision, dollars and cents wisdom, and hard work over the last few years, has brought him to the nation's attention. He did not overtly seek this attention, yet many are begging him to run for President because of the reputation he's earned through honest integrity and adherence to values with courage.

  • William Siwek

    07/05/2022 02:34 PM

    Amen.

  • John J Carse

    07/05/2022 02:16 PM

    We need more George Washington's who did not want power.

  • Carl Jensen

    07/05/2022 02:11 PM

    My wife is related to a Great Great Great Grandmother that was accused of being a witch for which she was hung, along with her sister. This was done out of prejudice of not being just like the leadership and beliefs they held as true. This fear of difference lead to many being hung as witches until the Governor's wife was accused then the leadership took action to put a stop to this injustice. Today we still fall into this same pattern. we blindly follow others and devise ways to get "our way" no matter the cost or consequences. We the people need to wake up to the blindness of being lead with a "bull ring: in our nose pulled by an agenda , good or bad. Lord Jesus help US to be wise in our decisions and choices.

  • Dan Charnas

    07/05/2022 02:04 PM

    You write wonderful articles like this AND you play a cool electric bass? We're not worthy! ??

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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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  • Steve Matheny

    07/05/2022 05:55 PM

    Yes get the government out of our lives. If you don't like it don't do it, don't tell me what to do. WAKE UP AMERICA

  • Bridget McGuire

    07/05/2022 04:05 PM

    THANK YOU for the analogy of the Bible teaching to the type of leaders we need!! I didn’t remember that story or outcome—but am ALSO using it to check my OWN attitude while applying for a staff position in my Dept!! I want to stay a servant leader mentality—like the SS song, “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom; learn to be a servant to all??“. My husband, Ben, & I LOVE your show & your articulate commentary on what’s going on…AND your humor, your smile, & the awesome guests you have on!!! We VERY MUCH appreciate the boost we get each week! We pray for you & your family’s protection!! ??????????

  • Kathy Cochran

    07/05/2022 04:01 PM

    Sounds like Aragorn, the reluctant Strider who was to become the King of Gondor and ensures the future of all in the Lord of the Rings. Didn't want to rule but made a great king in the end. Maybe Tolkien got his ideas from Jotham's story! :-) Hope you had an inspirational Fourth. Thanks for the great Bible study and how it parallels to present day.

  • Mary V. Clement Haney

    07/05/2022 03:01 PM

    Right on, as usual Mike. I really enjoy, appreciate and learn from your offerings!! Also laced with humor, which is so needed in today's society!!! Keep on doing one of the things you do best and keep us informed!

  • Kaye Clark

    07/05/2022 02:55 PM

    Mike, I certainly wish I could share this on FB, but it's too long. Well said, and amen, brother!

  • Timothy E Mika

    07/05/2022 02:53 PM

    Your comparison brought me face to face with Ron DeSantis - whose clear vision, dollars and cents wisdom, and hard work over the last few years, has brought him to the nation's attention. He did not overtly seek this attention, yet many are begging him to run for President because of the reputation he's earned through honest integrity and adherence to values with courage.

  • William Siwek

    07/05/2022 02:34 PM

    Amen.

  • John J Carse

    07/05/2022 02:16 PM

    We need more George Washington's who did not want power.

  • Carl Jensen

    07/05/2022 02:11 PM

    My wife is related to a Great Great Great Grandmother that was accused of being a witch for which she was hung, along with her sister. This was done out of prejudice of not being just like the leadership and beliefs they held as true. This fear of difference lead to many being hung as witches until the Governor's wife was accused then the leadership took action to put a stop to this injustice. Today we still fall into this same pattern. we blindly follow others and devise ways to get "our way" no matter the cost or consequences. We the people need to wake up to the blindness of being lead with a "bull ring: in our nose pulled by an agenda , good or bad. Lord Jesus help US to be wise in our decisions and choices.

  • Dan Charnas

    07/05/2022 02:04 PM

    You write wonderful articles like this AND you play a cool electric bass? We're not worthy! ??

July 5, 2022
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We all knew a kid in school who just had to run everything. Remember the classmate who insisted on picking the games you’d all play at recess, where you’d go after school, even who was “in” or “out” of your group? In high school, that kid had a compulsive need to be the leader of every student organization. You just wanted to say, “Hey! You’re not the boss of me!” Whatever happened to those kids? I wouldn’t be surprised if most ended up in government. We certainly have no shortage of people there who think they know how to live your life and spend your paycheck better than you do.

I’m convinced the world is divided into people who just want to live their own lives and those who, for some reason, have an uncontrollable urge to tell everyone else how to live. Unfortunately, to that latter group, government seems like the ideal place to work, and at the moment, they are getting 99.9% of all the attention from the media. As more of them gravitated toward government, Congress abdicated much of its legislating authority to unelected bureaucrats. Their bureaus grew like kudzu, and so did their regulations with the force of law (but no input from the people.) Then one day, we looked up and discovered we had a crushing national debt and were paying huge salaries to an army of people who enforce how big your soda should be and who couldn’t be fired and who is allowed to come into your daughter’s locker room. That’s when sane people realized that government is the LAST place these out-of-control control freaks needed to be.

The temptation for government to overreach is hardly new. In fact, it stretches back to the beginning of recorded history, and I bet even earlier than that. There’s a story in the ninth chapter of the book of Judges in the Old Testament about Gideon’s son Abimelech, who craved leadership and stature - not to serve the people but to control them and make them serve him. He said, “Give me dominion over your lives, and I will simplify your existence.” Wow, does that sound familiar? It’s basically the entire Democratic platform. Our government has taken us pretty far down that same road, but does your life seem any simpler -- or just a lot less free?

Anyway, back to Abimelech. He had a very smart younger brother, Jotham, who came up with a clever tale about three trees: an olive tree, a fig tree, and a vine tree. All three were fine trees that produced lots of fruit. All were offered the exalted position of “King Of All Trees,” but all three turned it down. The plant that wanted to be “King Of All Trees” was the bramble bush, a weak plant that produces no fruit at all. Jotham’s point was that only the weak and nonproductive have the desire to rule everyone else. Does that lesson not resonate like a gong right now?

When anyone aspires to a position of power, take a long, hard look. If that person seemingly crawled out of the cradle with an ambition to be President, then beware! Anytime someone talks about “running the country,” alarm bells should sound. No one – not the President, not Congress, no one person – “runs the country” or should aspire to.

That’s why the Founders took such pains to divide and limit federal power, and why we need to reinstate those limits that have been trampled in recent years, whether by Presidents ruling via executive order or out-of-control judges legislating from the bench or unelected bureaucrats abusing their power to try to influence the results of elections. If we allow any one person or entity to ignore those limits and assume the power to run everything, we won’t be able to stop them when they run America into the ground.

We should pick leaders who resemble the trees in the Bible story that don’t need or crave power but that have shown they bear good fruit. As it is said, by their fruits ye shall know them. Government has more than enough nuts already.

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  • Steve Matheny

    07/05/2022 05:55 PM

    Yes get the government out of our lives. If you don't like it don't do it, don't tell me what to do. WAKE UP AMERICA

  • Bridget McGuire

    07/05/2022 04:05 PM

    THANK YOU for the analogy of the Bible teaching to the type of leaders we need!! I didn’t remember that story or outcome—but am ALSO using it to check my OWN attitude while applying for a staff position in my Dept!! I want to stay a servant leader mentality—like the SS song, “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom; learn to be a servant to all??“. My husband, Ben, & I LOVE your show & your articulate commentary on what’s going on…AND your humor, your smile, & the awesome guests you have on!!! We VERY MUCH appreciate the boost we get each week! We pray for you & your family’s protection!! ??????????

  • Kathy Cochran

    07/05/2022 04:01 PM

    Sounds like Aragorn, the reluctant Strider who was to become the King of Gondor and ensures the future of all in the Lord of the Rings. Didn't want to rule but made a great king in the end. Maybe Tolkien got his ideas from Jotham's story! :-) Hope you had an inspirational Fourth. Thanks for the great Bible study and how it parallels to present day.

  • Mary V. Clement Haney

    07/05/2022 03:01 PM

    Right on, as usual Mike. I really enjoy, appreciate and learn from your offerings!! Also laced with humor, which is so needed in today's society!!! Keep on doing one of the things you do best and keep us informed!

  • Kaye Clark

    07/05/2022 02:55 PM

    Mike, I certainly wish I could share this on FB, but it's too long. Well said, and amen, brother!

  • Timothy E Mika

    07/05/2022 02:53 PM

    Your comparison brought me face to face with Ron DeSantis - whose clear vision, dollars and cents wisdom, and hard work over the last few years, has brought him to the nation's attention. He did not overtly seek this attention, yet many are begging him to run for President because of the reputation he's earned through honest integrity and adherence to values with courage.

  • William Siwek

    07/05/2022 02:34 PM

    Amen.

  • John J Carse

    07/05/2022 02:16 PM

    We need more George Washington's who did not want power.

  • Carl Jensen

    07/05/2022 02:11 PM

    My wife is related to a Great Great Great Grandmother that was accused of being a witch for which she was hung, along with her sister. This was done out of prejudice of not being just like the leadership and beliefs they held as true. This fear of difference lead to many being hung as witches until the Governor's wife was accused then the leadership took action to put a stop to this injustice. Today we still fall into this same pattern. we blindly follow others and devise ways to get "our way" no matter the cost or consequences. We the people need to wake up to the blindness of being lead with a "bull ring: in our nose pulled by an agenda , good or bad. Lord Jesus help US to be wise in our decisions and choices.

  • Dan Charnas

    07/05/2022 02:04 PM

    You write wonderful articles like this AND you play a cool electric bass? We're not worthy! ??

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