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Thomas Jefferson’s Bible
Some say Ol’ Tom Jefferson—pardon the informal reference, but I have quoted him so much I feel like a nephew—was a Deist. Others say he wasn’t. I just know that he said a lot of things about God that seemed as though he figured the Lord was involved in this nation that he was helping to form. He once wrote to Ezra S. Ely to say, “You say you are a Calvinist. I am not. I am of a sect by myself, as far as I know.” Maybe he was right.
Something he did once in a moment of brain freeze makes me kind of queasy. He cut up his Bible. He liked what Jesus said and taught, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the parables, but didn’t set store by the miracles that He performed or referenced from the Old Testament. So he cut out portions of the Gospels and pasted them in a book he called The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth (Second Edition). It is housed today in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
Cut out of Jefferson’s Bible are references to anything supernatural, such as miracles, the Virgin Birth, the Deity of Christ, Noah’s ark, the Flood, the resurrection of Christ, the Tribulation, Second Coming, Heaven, Hell, and the devil—even the Trinity.
Of the result, Jefferson wrote, “A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” He claimed he made the compilation of selected verses for the teaching of Indian tribes, prepared especially for their level of comprehension.
He used his “Bible” himself for comforting bedtime reading and private devotions. Devotional reading is fine, Tom, but cutting out only what we like and making our own Bible is cheeky. Too bad you never included anything past John 19:42, just before the resurrection of Jesus. HE LIVES!
“QUOTES FOUND ON THE INTERNET ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE.”
– Abraham Lincoln
[That is why I try to confirm quotes as best I can.]
More quotes, confirmed
Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.” – Lillian Carter (mother of former President Jimmy Carter)
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. – George Burns
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. – Socrates
We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. – Will Rogers
By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.
– Billy Crystal
If it tastes good, spit it out! – Probably Jack LaLanne, died age 97
White smoke and mirrors: First Jesuit Pope elected
What does this mean in the scheme of endtime events? Hmmmm…. For now, I think I will leave that to the modern heirs of Nostradamus, Harold Camping, and the author of “88 Reasons” to tell us. By this time next month there should be approximately 1000 theories floating out there in cyberspace. We will evaluate some of them.
A couple of quotes from the Protestant Pope
John Calvin, in his Commentary on the Harmony of the Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979), makes these statements:
“If the Pope wishes to be received, let him bring forward the doctrine by which he may be recognized as a minister of Christ; but so long as he continues to be what he now is, a mortal enemy of Christ, and destitute of all resemblance to the Apostles, let him cease to deck himself with borrowed feathers.” (p. 32)
“Sooner shall water mix with fire than any man shall succeed in reconciling the inventions of the Pope with the Gospel.” (p. 282)
However, Calvin, the founder of Presbyterianism, wasn’t much different from the Roman Catholic popes he condemned:
“I do not disapprove of the use which Augustine frequently made of this passage (Matthew 22:9) against the Donatists, to prove that godly princes may lawfully issue edicts, for compelling obstinate and rebellious persons to worship the true God, and to maintain the unity of the faith; for though faith is voluntary, yet we see that such methods are useful for subduing the obstinacy of those who will not yield until they are compelled.” (p. 173)
Thus Calvin justifies his violent, even murderous, persecution of religious dissent, such as he displayed in the case of Michael Servetus and numerous Anabaptists. He insisted that Matthew 13:29 was “improperly abused by the Anabaptists, and by others like them, to take from the Church the power of the sword.” (p. 122).
This just in…
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the City of Lancaster, CA, which had been sued because their city council meetings were opened with prayer by local pastors who prayed “in Jesus name.” Court officials found that the City of Lancaster did not violate the Establishment Clause by having local pastors invoke the name of Jesus in opening prayers.
You may want to give a copy to your local mayor and civic leaders.
Source: Christian Law Association eALERT 3/29/13
No stopping place
Once you get off track, where do you stop? Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis, went from being considered an evangelical pastor to an emergent proponent, then to an annihilationist/universalist, and then to a gay marriage proponent. Once guys like him start trying to merge the church with the culture, they don’t stop until they reach the bottom.
At super liberal Grace Cathedral, an appropriate location in San Francisco, Bell recently announced he endorses gay marriage. Here are his words:
“Yes, I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love,” he said, going on to get more specific. “Whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man—and I think the ship has sailed and I think the church needs to just….this is the world we’re living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are.” Can’t you just hear Paul “affirming” the Judaizers, the Roman governors, the Gnostics, the heretics, the fornicators, and the “abusers of themselves with mankind” of his own day? Just get in line, folks. Rob is for sale at any price.
All the Rob Bell grovelers out there need to get off his bandwagon or make their own announcement for gay marriage. Again, remember that everyone is going somewhere. Better know where they are headed before piling on! They may be on their way to the bottom.
Oops! Wait…Bell just announced that he and his wife are now rediscovering (reinventing?) Christianity as an Eastern religion. Just when you think they have gone as far as they can go, they dig a little deeper into the slime pit of heresy. Keep following them and you also may discover, like in Bell’s case, that Christianity meshes well with the Eastern esoteric cults and religious that feature Yoga, contemplative prayer, labyrinths, spiritual formation, solitude/silence, transcendental meditation, and other practices of the Catholic mystics and Eastern gurus.
No wonder the media is so willing to bash Christianity. The myriad of nutcases make great targets.
Another reason to shave?
A little girl asked her mother, “Can men go to heaven?” “Of course men can go to heaven, honey,” she answered, “why do you ask?” “Well,” the little girl said, “I’ve never seen a picture of an angel with whiskers.” To which her mother replied, “That’s because most men get into heaven by a close shave.”
Scot McKnight, theologian, blogger, and author of The Jesus Creed, agrees believes that two ideas have been quietly permeating evangelical leadership and institutions: pluralism (the notion that many religions can lead to salvation) and universalism. He says we’re going to have to address them openly at some point.” Quoted by Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today, CT archives.
Really? As though Jesus and the Apostles didn’t clear up those issues 2000 years ago. Get a Bible, Scot.
The producers of a film series about the Bible, reportedly being shown on the History Channel, recently were called out for making the person playing Satan in the film look too much like B. H. Obama. There is definitely a resemblance, according to the picture at right! It had to be a coincidence, surely. But some in the Administration thought there was just a little too much similarity. Oops!
Our president has a huge purse. It is chock full of the one hundred dollar bills rolling off Ben Bernanke’s presses at the Treasury. In four years he has spent more federal dollars than all presidents combined up until George W. Bush’s second year in office. What a record! Bill O’Reilly shares these ways he is spending your tax dollars:
– $27 million to the country of Morocco to teach the folks over there how to make pottery. I guess the Moroccan government is not capable of pottery instruction. This con is courtesy of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which now has the nerve to tell us that the pottery project is “not on track to achieve its goals.” Translation: the dollars we’ve sent are likely to have been stolen.
– $1.5 million to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to study why many lesbian Americans are overweight. The National Institutes of Health calls the situation “an issue of high public health significance.” Sure. Everybody’s talking about it.
– $947,000 to research a “Mars menu.” What astronauts would eat on the planet Mars if they ever get there. NASA says it will send six volunteers into a barren Hawaiian landscape to eat stuff so it can figure out what tastes good on Mars. I am NOT making this up, with apologies to Dave Barry.
– $325,000 to develop a robot squirrel. The National Science Foundation wants the robots to scare rattlesnakes. The agency also says the robosquirrels will help in “public outreach.” Does anyone know what that means? Rocky? Bulwinkle?
– The National Science Foundation strikes again by funding a New York City theatre company called “The Civilians.” They got nearly $700,000 tax dollars to put on a play about “climate change and biodiversity.” Have you seen that play? No? That might be because it only played in Kansas City. Even Al Gore hasn’t seen it.
– Finally, if you go to the Alabama Watermelon exposition this year, you paid for some of it. If you visit Nebraska, you should know that your tax dollars funded a company that makes shampoo and toothpaste for pets. And if you like caviar—you paid for a website designed to bring those exotic fish eggs to “the masses.”
These expenditures are so stupid it hurts. But I also think they are a criminal misuse of our tax dollars. It is estimated that the federal government could save $400 billion a year by eliminating wasteful and redundant programs.
There comes a point when folks get the government they deserve. The American people reelected Obama. And to this day, Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party are proud of their spending record.
The Donkey is the symbol of the Democratic Party. It should be the robosquirrel.
Source: Bill O’Reilly’s Weekly Newsletter.
Disclaimer: I like most of what Bill O’Reilly says, but when he gets on the subject of religion and the Bible, he tends to be somewhere in the ionosphere.
And what of the big money being spent to promote food stamps in Mexico? (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/19/senator-says-food-stamp)
One more witness
The Cyrus Cylinder is coming to America for a visit to the Smithsonian Institute. When I saw this clay cylinder in the British Museum with cuneiform writing, testifying to a real Persian king named Cyrus who returned slaves in Babylon to their homelands, it warmed my heart. It was just one more witness to the accuracy of the Scriptures.
The cylinder dates to about 530 B.C. but was only discovered in 1879. The inscription describes the capture of Nabonidus, the last king of Babylon, by Cyrus. To no Bible believer’s surprise, the story corroborates the biblical record. You can read about Cyrus in II Chronicles 36:22,23; Ezra 1:1-4; 3:7; 4:3; 5:13,14,17; 6:3,14. There are also three references in Daniel. The cylinder suggests that the Babylonian god Marduk had appointed him as a “righteous prince” and “ruler over the whole world.” However, we know from hindsight and the Word of the Lord that the true God merely used Him as an instrument to accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 44:28; 45:1).
“The word of the Lord is right, and all his works are done in truth” (Psalm 33:4).
Just a reminder
In the Middle Ages, when the English were doing their best to bring Scotland under their control, they ordered a confiscation of all Scottish swords and similar weapons. That is the way of tyrants—take the weapons away from the masses so the tyrants will be the only ones to have them.
One morning we will wake up to the sound of military/police armored vehicles on our streets assigned to enforce an executive order that we knew would someday be handed down. I personally heard Obama say in 2008, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Why? Why now? What are those “national security objectives”? Fox news reports a buildup of military hardware by the Department of Homeland Security. Huge armored vehicles and billions of rounds of ammo were recently purchased by the Department of Homeland Security. What will be the role of those who will be using this hardware?
Report on Sandy Hook shooter called for
Two Connecticut mothers, Sheila Matthews and Patricia Sabato, of the national parents’ rights organization AbleChild, garnered hundreds of signatures from Sandy Hook residents backing the need for the Connecticut Medical Examiner Wayne Carver to release the toxicology reports of Adam Lanza— to determine whether Lanza was yet another in a long list of school shooters under the influence of psychiatric drugs. They hand delivered the petition along with an official request to the Medical Examiner citing two full pages of federal and state law supporting their request. Despite the fact that under Connecticut law, the Medical Examiner is statutorily required to respond to the request, to date, he has refused to even acknowledge receipt of the request, let alone release the requested information.
“Adam Lanza wasn’t born evil,” Sabato said. “We want the records before they ask for more money for mental health, which could be dangerous. We want the records to know what kind of mental health treatment he was receiving. We need to know what he was taking.”
“I watched my own child turn into a monster on medication. I know first-hand the affects of this type of medication,” Sabato said. Sabato cites evidence that 9 out of the 10 mass shooting suspects were on some type of psychotropic medication.
Source: the Blaze
About Child Mental Disorders: Parents—Know Your Rights
CHICAGO (TheBlaze/AP) — The nation’s most influential pediatrician’s group says gays should be allowed to marry to help ensure the health and well-being of their children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy, published online Thursday, cites research showing that the parents’ sexual orientation has no effect on a child’s development. Kids fare just as well in gay or straight families when they are nurturing and financially and emotionally stable, the academy says.
The academy believes that a two-parent marriage is best equipped to provide that kind of environment. Their policy says that if a child has two gay parents who choose to marry, “it is in the best interests of their children that legal and social institutions allow and support them to do so.”
Source: The Blaze, March 22, 2013
Is everybody being bought off through government corruption?
Or to find studies and warnings on specific brand name drugs such as Ritalin, Paxil, Adderall, Concerta, Zoloft, Risperdal, simply type in name of the drug in CCHR’s Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine here
Don’t hesitate to get a second opinion. And please don’t think that we are judging any parent out there who has already made the decision to administer strong psychoactive drugs. We simply encourage parents to get all the facts they can before submitting to chemical treatment of their children. There are non-drug medical alternatives to treating children’s problems with mood, attention and behavior that do not require a stigmatizing psychiatric label (not based on science or medicine but strictly on opinion) or a dangerous drug. You have the right to know about these—and to ask your doctor about non-drug treatments. You also have the right to get a second opinion.
Parents and pastors are encouraged to watch the 3-minute presentation below, featuring Dr. Mary Ann Block, author of No More ADD/ADHD. We are not necessarily recommending her or her program of treatment. This is for information only.
Also, this bit of news: Bill Gates is pushing population control through vaccines and healthcare. Hear him here: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=A155D113455FAC882A3290536575C723
Do you know what your child is being taught in public school?
I have urged that Christians become involved in their child’s education by doing homeschooling, enrolling them in a sound Christian school, and, short of that, have a say in your local schools by being a curriculum watcher and serving on the local school board. If there is no one in your church who can run for a position on the board, get behind someone you know who will be a watchdog for traditional American values.
Right now, Texas schools are embroiled in a fight over a new curriculum called CSCOPE. Information is only recently coming to light about its contents since parents were allegedly not permitted to review lesson plans. As a result, one lesson on terrorism—World History Unit 12 Lesson 07—allegedly compares the Boston Tea Party to “an act of terrorism.” Also in the curriculum: food and medicine are “rights” to be expected from the authorities, not responsibilities for the family breadwinner(s) to provide. Additionally, the U.S. is partly to blame for the 9/11 attacks in NY by terrorists. Children were also requested to design a flag for a new socialist nation.
Public schools use what the government oversight committees require them to use. “Oh, but the Obama administration is not taking us toward socialism!” Get your head out of the sand, bro. They are turning our kids against everything American, against true freedom, and against Christianity by secretive, non-transparent activities and anti-American materials in the classrooms.
Some of the sources: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/21/texas-mom-outraged
Attorney General begins fight against homeschooling
Americans have it pretty good when it comes to homeschooling. The federal government has generally left homeschool families alone. Individual states are left with the decision to manage homeschool, and it is legal to homeschool in every state. However, this may soon change. A dark cloud is rising over U.S. parent’s right to homeschool. It is starting with the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. CBN News quoted Holder on March 18, 2013, saying that homeschooling is not a fundamental right. He is leading the fight to deport a German family who is currently homeschooling their children.
The Obama administration wants to fill the mind of every American child with his liberal, socialist agenda. That is why most public (government) schools have installed politically correct curricula. Our voices must be heard or they will soon be silenced permanently. Make your congressman aware of your concerns.
Just for my philosophical friends
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose. Is that true?
If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
Is there another word for synonym?
If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
Why do they lock gas station restrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
Why do they put braille on the drive-through bank machines?
If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
Whose cruel idea was it for the word ‘lisp’ to have ‘s’ in it?
Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
If an Oriental person spins in a circle three times, does he become dis-oriented?
Can an atheist get insurance against acts of God?
Home Depot disses the home
The Home Depot just gave $8,500 to the Atlanta chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a “Silver” sponsor of the Atlanta Gala Dinner and Auction in May.
HRC is the nation’s largest and most aggressive gay marriage advocacy group, leading the charge to the Supreme Court against California’s constitutional amendment protecting marriage as between one man and one woman.
Customers who shop at Home Depot should know that a portion of their purchase will be used to help push the legalization and promotion of homosexual marriage in America.
Source: American Family Association, who is promoting a boycott of Home Depot until it agrees to remain neutral in the homosexual culture war.
Another cowardly business bites the dust
Chipotle Mexican Grill has withdrawn support of Boy Scouts projects because of the Scouts’ ban on homosexuals in leadership. Why do we feel the need to support businesses that openly oppose the morals of Scripture?
What is wrong with this picture?
This picture was taken recently in Norfolk. The Obama Administration ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for “routine” (?) inspections. NORFOLK, VA. (February 8, 2013).
The first time since WWII that five U.S. aircraft carriers were docked together:
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are all in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the world’s largest naval station. What a target for terrorists!
Navy brass was said to be flabbergasted by the directive. Sources stated that this breached a long standing military protocol in the Navy meant to avoid massive enemy strike on major US forces.(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ryan J. Courtade/Released)
Submitted to the blog by a Navy veteran.
Obama gives himself power to suspend the Constitution and kill any American after “careful consideration”
It wasn’t long ago that Nancy Pelosi claimed 500 thousand jobs per month would be lost if there was no government stimulus. Did the stimulus work? No. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), claimed if no deal was made on the sequester cuts, 170 million jobs will be cut. Quite a claim considering only about 130 million people in America have jobs. That is similar to Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) saying, “millions of kids [are] dying…being shot down by assault weapons.”
Think about it—these are the people who oversee the spending of our tax dollars.
Is a computer the same as a TV?
This claim is being banded about to discourage any effort to resist changes in our movement’s position on TV. It is now apparent that with the right computers and software one can access TV shows on their computers. One can also access porn and other inappropriate sites, but you have to go to where where they are to do it.
It is my understanding that one has to jump through hoops or buy special software, or pay a premium to some service provider to access regular TV programming. How different is that from knowing that down the block at the corner store is Playboy magazine, but you have to go there to get it. One may have a computer for years and never see regular TV programming, but if he has a TV, that is all he gets. Sorry, that does not seem to be equivalent. I realize that technologies are gradually merging. Who knows, someday soon everything may be integrated into one piece of equipment. But right now it may be wise to walk softly through this minefield.
The body acquiesced to the slim majority at Tampa and passed the permission to use the medium of TV. It was touted that we must do that in order to “reach the world.” We are hard pressed to find more than a handful of churches that have taken advantage of the resolution. Reaching the world seems to have gone by the boards. Quite a few more are on the Internet now, but the resolution was about TV. Maybe that was the whole thing—not advertising or programming, per se, but ultimately eliminating the TV prohibition from the Manual. Is the prohibition of TV in the Manual an embarrassment? Is it making hypocrites out of a bunch of folks? What if the standards of your local church were determined on such a basis?
I don’t have all the answers, but carefulness and prayerful thought would seem to be the wisest approach to the technology questions we are facing. Those who are committed to those elements are appreciated.
As Christians, we should strive to be ready to defend our faith and our Bible when the time inevitably comes. The best place to begin is reading the Bible. In order to effectively defend God’s word, we should become lifelong students of it. Next I would suggest immersing yourself in quality resources that will help you to better understand the arguments made by skeptics and unbelievers. Books like Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions – vol. 1 & 2 will give you a good understanding of how to respond biblically the the “contradictions.”
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How Do We Know The Bible is True?
Government and media leaders have been eliminating the Bible and its teachings from society for years. Now there are Christian professors, pastors, and other church leaders who cast doubt on the reality of Adam, the age of the earth, and the inerrancy of the Bible. This cultural disregard for the Word of God demands that we focus on educating ourselves and defending the truth.
In the growing “biblical authority” debate—which often encompasses the creation-evolution controversy—we usually get a host of questions about science and the Bible. But as soon as we answer those questions, skeptics realize their defeat and quickly change their line of attack and go after the Bible itself or the character of God.
Over 20 relevant issues discussed include:
- Is the Bible totally without error?
- Did the resurrection really happen?
- How do we know that the 66 books of the Bible are from God?
- Does the Bible contradict itself?
- How were people saved before Jesus came?
- What is the purpose and meaning of life?
- Did miracles really happen?
- Was Genesis derived from ancient myths?
- How should we interpret the Bible; should Genesis be literal?
- Do you have to believe in a young earth to be saved?
- What about the factual claims in The Da Vinci Code?
- Is the age of the earth a salvation issue?
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The ruler of darkness… the Tempter… the Great Red Dragon… Apollyon; the Destroyer… One being is revealed to have all these titles and more… names that reveal his horrific nature… All names given to Satan, your adversary who comes like a lion “seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Today, many people question and even mock the very existence of Satan, as well as the reality of evil. Even in the church, there are few biblical resources that effectively counter the destructive claims raised in today’s humanistic culture. Through The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden you will discover the answers to 35 captivating questions, such as:
- Who is Satan?
- Why would God, who is not evil, allow evil to continue to exist?
- Shouldn’t Eve have been shocked that a serpent spoke?
- Did the serpent originally have legs?
- When did Satan rebel?
- Was the forbidden fruit an apple?
- Who were the Nephilim?
Where can the answers be found to such provocative, spiritual questions that have been asked so many times over? Carefully consider the biblical response, since it is the only completely reliable foundation for information about Satan. We must reject unqualified conclusions drawn from sources outside the Bible, such as the current ideas and traditions of the culture. No believer should be unaware of these sound answers found in the Bible. It is our absolute authority. In The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden, sound answers await you!
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Laugh to keep from crying
The minister selected a fifty-cent item at a convenience store, but discovered he didn’t have any money with him.
“I could invite you to hear me preach in return,” he said jokingly to the owner, “but I’m afraid I don’t have any fifty-cent sermons.”
“Perhaps,” suggested the owner, “I could attend twice.”
There is a hymn for everybody…
The Dentist’s Hymn: Crown Him With Many Crowns
The Weatherman’s Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
The Contractor’s Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation
The Tailor’s Hymn: Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer’s Hymn: There is a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician’s Hymn: Standing On The Promises
The Optometrist’s Hymn: Open My Eyes That I May See
The IRS Agent’s Hymn: I Surrender All
The Gossip’s Hymn: Pass It On
The Electrician’s Hymn: Send The Light
The Shopper’s Hymn: Sweet By And By
They have a Dial-a-Prayer for atheists now. You can call up and it rings and rings but nobody answers. – Tommy Blaze
“In many cases God promotes our interests better by refusing our requests; but at times he yields to us, that by experience we may be the more fully convinced of our own folly.” – John Calvin (He did say some things worth repeating.)
May your troubles be less, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door. – Old Irish blessing