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A Penny is Worthless Until Someone Begins to Value It

A slight defect in the 1995 penny went unnoticed until an inspector realized that “In God We Trust” was slightly blurred. This caused the mint to shut down production until this issue was fixed as these coins received a double die. For those of you who have an area in your house or vehicle to collect spare change, you might want to check if you possess one of these flawed coins. The latest retail value of these rare pennies is $255.

Or what woman, having ten [silver] drachmas [each one equal to a day’s wages], if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and look carefully and diligently until she finds it? – Luke 15:8

In recent years, there is a movement to eliminate pennies. One reason for this change is due to the cost of production. Each modern penny costs 1.5 cents to make which results in a losing proposition. United States Representative Jim Kolbe of Arizonia introduced the Price Rounding Act of 1989, H.R. 3761, to eliminate the penny in cash transactions, rounding to the nearest nickel in 1990. Thirty years later, the penny has survived for now.

And when she has found it, she summons her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the silver coin which I had lost, Luke 15:9.

The parable of the Lost Coin refers to a sentimental item that is misplaced within a house. One scholar eludes to this lost piece of silver as a former wedding gift. Whatever the reason for this perceived value, a frantic search begins, scanning and sweeping every area of her home. When a coin is given a special value, the owner does not rest until this is found. Thus, the next time you discover a penny lying on the floor, you never knew how one coin can alter your perspective. Thus, give thanks when a lost item is found.

by Jay Mankus

Voice of America

In 1981, the progressive rock band Asia came onto the music scene.  Four years and 2 albums later, Asia produced Astra in 1985, releasing the hit song Voice of America.  Known as the official external broadcast of the United States Federal Government, Voice of America is the radio name established back in the early 1940’s.  Based on a 1976 law, this radio program was initially intended to be accurate, objective and comprehensive.  However, like anything in life, time, politics and power have corrupted this once highly esteemed program.

If you read the major newspapers of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and or watch the major cable news networks you will find 2 common occurrences.  First, the introduction of talking points has caused collusion, with the most politically correct or incorrect stories receiving the most hype, often over blown.  Meanwhile, the human interest or positive stories like guns actually saving someone’s life are swept under the rug, withheld from Americans.  Thus, sites like the Drudge Report, the Blaze or other unbiased online sites provide the whole context of these stories, not just the clips or snippets the media wants you to hear.

Unfortunately, the Voice of America is close to becoming the new moral authority in the nation, replacing the Bible.  Instead of following passages like Ephesians 5:3-5, the government is producing their own politically correct guidelines which appear to override the Bible.  If the Riley Cooper racial slur is any indication, the Voice of America has forgotten about God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.  Don’t get me wrong, words are powerful, containing venomous poison like a snake bite, James 3:6.  Comments like Riley Cooper’s, any angry parent or someone filled with hatred may take years for a wounded soul to heal.  Yet, the one thing missing from the Voice of America is God.  If “in God we trust” is on our money, why can’t we invite the Lord back onto our public airways.  Welcoming God back into public education might even eliminate the need for medal detectors, drug sniffing dogs and suicide counselors.  Mr. Radio man, if you can hear me, let God back in, Revelation 3:20.

by Jay Mankus

While We Were Sleeping

Still of Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping

Sandra Bullock starred in the 1995 comedy romance playing a toll booth collector who falls in love with a man in coma.  Exaggerations lead to gossip, gossip to rumors and eventually everyone believes Sandra is engaged to this man who doesn’t even know she exists.  While he was unconscious, she falls in love with his brother.  While many churches in America have been spiritually sleeping, many of our citizens have fallen in love with sinful desires, lusts of the flesh and the ways of the world, 1 John 2:15-17.

The motto in “In God we trust” was inspired by the Civil War, cultivated from a letter sent in 1861 to Secretary Chase from Reverend Watkinson, a pastor in Ridleyville, Pennsylvania.  Secretary Chase wrote a letter to James Pollock, the Director of the Philadephia Mint  in December 0f 1863 with designs for a one, two and three cent coin with 2 options:  OUR COUNTRY or GOD, OUR TRUST.  On April 22nd, 1864, Congress passed this Act into law by placing In God We Trust on the back of a two cent coin.  The Reverend’s letter came full circle when congress and the president approved a joint resolution on July 30th, 1956 to declare “In God We Trust” as America’s national motto, inscribing this on the back of all one dollar bills.

When the church as a whole took a decade long nap, the Bible was removed from public education in the early 1960’s, even though the Bible was the initial inspiration for education based upon the New England Primer.  Prayer quickly followed as atheists, the minority religion at this time, convinced public officials to separate the church from state based education by banning prayer from schools.  It’s no wonder that a 1962 high school diploma is now equivalent to a college bachelor’s degree, when knowledge was taught, not ideology, political correctness and secular worldviews.  Yes, the church slept through the 60’s, responding to the sex, drugs and rock and roll era with weekly fire and brimstone sermons in the 1970’s.

As church attenders felt they were going to hell after each sermon, government officials began to fundamentally change America forever.  Roe vs. Wade in 1974 made killing unborn babies legal, resulting in 55 million abortions since the 1970’s.  Prior to this decade, married spouses who considered divorce were excommunicated from churches.  Today, many pastor’s embrace marrying the same people 2 or 3 times, creating extra money for their family.  At a time when communities needed churches the most, to hold and support their families together, once again the church was asleep at the wheel.

Though President Obama has indeed fulfilled his 2008 promise to fundamentally change America, there were forces in play, behind the scenes preparing the way for his socialist agenda.  Labor unions, government officials and Marxists have enabled president Obama to create a nanny state where God doesn’t have a seat or home.  Though our currency still has His name on it for now, how long will it be until this too will be erased.

If Washington state and Colorado can vote overwhelming to legalize marijuana, this is an obvious sign the end is drawing near to our once great nation, Romans 1:18-20.  Arise O church, awake from your slumber.  A third great awakening is necessary to change the course of America before we become like the great fallen empires of the past.  Stop hitting the snooze button while there is still time to get up, be involved and make a difference in your neighborhood.  The body of Christ needs you immediately!

by Jay Mankus

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