José Antonio Navarro – A Founding Father of the Great State of Texas

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José Antonio Navarro

Few here in North Texas know his history. His home was in San Antonio but the statue seen above is less than an hour’s drive from downtown Dallas. Why there and not in San Antonio?

José Antonio Navarro was born to Spanish parents at San Antonio de Béxar on February 27, 1795.  According to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), his father was a native of Corsica, and his mother was descended from a noble Spanish family.

He was a self-taught lawyer licensed to practice law in San Antonio.

Navarro ardently supported Stephen F. Autin’s efforts to colonize Texas. He and Austin developed a deep friendship that endured the rest of their natural lives.

While Texas was still a part of Mexico, Navarro was elected to the Coahuila and Texas State Legislature and also to the Federal Congress located in Mexico City.

Along with his uncle, José Francisco Ruiz, and Lorenzo de Zavala, he became one of the three Tejano signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence of March 2, 1836. There were 59 delegates to the convention.

 

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José Antonio Navarro’s signature on the Texas Declaration of Independence

 

Clarification on Ethnicity – There were four ethnic groups living in Texas at the time of the War of Independence from Mexico: Texians (Anglos & Europeans), Tejanos (Spaniards & Mexicans), indigenous Indians, and black slaves of African descent. The latter two played no role in the Revolution. I will be writing a separate summary of the role of black slaves in Texas history.

The people of Bexar (San Antonio) elected Navarro to the Texas Congress as their representative. One of his chief goals was to protect the rights of Tejanos.

As it is with all of us, José Antonio Navarro’s political choices weren’t always good choices. He sided with Mirabeau B. Lamar in opposition to Sam Houston’s policies. Navarro participated in the ill-fated and unwise Santa Fe expedition that landed him in a Mexican prison for fourteen months. He was able to escape and return to Texas.

There was one other unwise decision which he shared with Stephen F. Austin. In the time before the Revolution; the two supported the election of Antonio López de Santa Anna to the presidency of Mexico. Santa Anna was one of those people who would take both sides of issues. I must confess I have also supported politicians who flip-flopped on principles and values.

He was the sole Hispanic delegate to the Convention of 1845, which was assembled to accept or reject the American proposal; after voting in the affirmative, he remained to help write the first state constitution, the Constitution of 1845. He was subsequently twice elected to the state Senate, though in 1849 he refused to run again. In 1846, in recognition of his contributions to Texas over the years, the legislature named the newly established Navarro County in his honor. The county seat was then designated Corsicana, in honor of his father’s Corsican birth. As a devout Catholic, Navarro strongly condemned Sam Houston’s association with the nativist and anti-Catholic American (Know-Nothing) party. He was equally critical of Houston’s pro-Union vote on the Kansas-Nebraska issue. Always a strong advocate of states’ rights, in 1861 he defended the right of Texas to secede from the Union. Although he was too advanced in years to participate in the Civil War, his four sons served in the Confederate military. In 1825 Navarro married Margarita de la Garza; they had seven children. He died on January 13, 1871. – TSHA, Navarro, José Antonio

Texas history is replete with imperfect men who founded the Republic of Texas, yet God by his Grace finishes the work by which Texas has become the greatest state in the tombstone of jose antonio navarroUnion.

José Antonio Navarro died at the age of 76 years on January 13, 1871, and is buried in the Texas State CemeterySection: Confederate Field, Section 2 (D) Row: A  Number: 6, San Antonio, Texas.

I invite you to join me in honoring the name and memory of one of the most prominent founding fathers of Texas: José Antonio Navarro.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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IF SOCIALISM IS SO GOOD…

si el socialism fuera tan bueno
Translation of statements on graphic:

If socialism were as good as they say,
Berlin wouldn’t have made a wall,
The people wouldn’t have escaped from Cuba on rafts,
And in Venezuela, they wouldn’t be standing in lines for food.
(The little red logo says “No to leftist fanaticism“)

Read a Washington Times article dated 11/4/17 titled: Millennials would rather live in socialist or communist nation than under capitalism: Poll ‘This troubling turn highlights widespread historical illiteracy in American society’

Our three-year-old granddaughter wanted so very much to touch her grandmother’s coffee cup heater. Grandmother repeatedly warned her against touching it, but one day she elected to ignore the warning and laid her hand atop the hot surface. She no longer wishes to touch the cup heater.

Is there a crisis in public and university training in America? Yes, there is a genuine crisis due to historical revisionism.

I experienced my first up-close-and-personal with this crisis in a weekend conversation with my eldest son, then a student at Sul Ross University. We discussed Cuba, a subject dear to my heart. His closing statement to signal his belief he won the debate was: “Well, Dad, you know Castro is the best thing that ever happened to Cuba.” I responded, asking him, “Have you ever talked to any Cubans about this?” He dismissed me, saying I have ignorant opinions.

My eldest son is a product of leftist education from a public university. Over the years, his worldview changed somewhat.

In 1959, Cubans were not hungering for socialism. They just wanted to be rid of the corrupt Batista tyrannical government. Castro promised change. He just didn’t reveal what the change would be and a socialist-communist regime was firmly set in place.
At one point in time, Fidel Castro boasted, “Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.” Who are these well-educated prostitutes? They are doctors, nurses, and teachers who supplement their meager socialist income by prostituting themselves to sex tourists. LA Times http://lat.ms/2jdS65C

The poor Venezuelans, on the other hand, welcomed socialism that promised cheap food, ‘affordable’ housing, and free medical care. Hugo Chavez actually placed Cuban administrators into every level of the Venezuelan government and Cuban medical personnel provided the free medical care. For a time, Chavez even flew Mexican patients to Venezuela for free eye care with the end of fomenting a communist takeover of Mexico.

Where is Venezuelan socialism today? Educated Venezuelans, including mothers desperate to feed their children, teachers, and doctors, willingly prostitute themselves. [Miami Herald http://hrld.us/2wOwB03 ]

Millenials are the largest voting bloc in our country.

During Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth, some believed in him, others did not. How could there be any unbelief after all the amazing miracles witnessed by thousands of Jews? I have no qualified answer to this question, but I know a sure-fire experience that removes all doubt. The Apostle Peter and I shared this experience.

Matthew 16:13-17 describes this experience.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock [of revelation] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

In August of 1974, I experienced this rock of revelation. Nothing and no one can shake me of my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

My point: Speaking to like-minded American adults, there is nothing you can say to dissuade most Millenials from their hunger for socialism. But, a divine revelation of truth will ring them all around.

Rabbi Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.

My prayer to God is a request for revelations of truth to the Millenial generation. I see no plan ‘B’.If we wait for them to learn the reality of socialism first-hand, as did Cubans and now Venezuelans, it will be too late to save our beloved country.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Calling Out the Called Out

What is glory? Glory is the exhibition of the design and blueprint of what Heaven has made you to be, the uninhibited, unadulterated, unedited exhibition of the fullness of who you are meant to be, not more than you were meant to be, that would be ambition, not less than you were meant to be, because that would be a lack of development, but the fullness.Lance Wallnau, Bible Study 3/11/2017


Sinclair Ferguson, a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries and a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary says the church in this century and in Western society is a far greater threat to Christianity than is Islam. “The church is the greatest threat to real Christianity in the world. God help us.” – Independent Journal Review, 11/1/2017

God’s blueprint specifies the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) on earth, but we contemporary believers, the ecclesia, submit to an unholy (read this Satan’s) design.

Lance Wallnau, in his exposition of the word ecclesia, explains the role of the church as a ruling body, not simply grass-munching, chased-about-like-sheep congregants on Sunday mornings.

The word ecclesia was in use long before the birth of Jesus Christ. Meriam-Webster defines ecclesia:

a political assembly of citizens of ancient Greek states; the periodic meeting of the Athenian citizens for conducting public business and for considering affairs proposed by the council

City Councils and County Commissioners Courts are contemporary examples of ecclesia. Does the conspicuous absence of community leadership from our churches trouble you?

Throughout the years of the American Revolution, pastors were at the forefront of leadership. The British called the pastors of that time the Black-Robed Regiment. From the Library of Congress, the topic Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: “Ministers served the American cause in many capacities during the Revolution: as military chaplains, as penmen for committees of correspondence, and as members of state legislatures, constitutional conventions and the national Congress. Some even took up arms, leading Continental troops in battle“.

The first exchange of gunfire of the American Revolution was in the city of Lexington, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. 46-year-old Captain John Parker’s orders to his 77 Minutemen were “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” The Brits fired the first shot and the rest is history.

Before, during, and after the Revolution, pastors (ministers) were at the forefront Sermon-Battle-of-Lexington-1776-Pastor-Jonas-Clarkencouraging American colonialists to fight their British oppressors.

On July 30, 1956, Congress passed Public Law 84-140 which President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law establishing our national motto.

IN GOD WE TRUST

Two years earlier, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX) was up for re-election and two not-for-profit organizations supported his opponent. Johnson proposed an amendment to prohibit not-for-profit organizations from endorsing political candidates. The amendment was accepted without debate or discussion.

The Johnson Amendment was not and is not constitutional because it abridges the freedom of speech and prohibits the free exercise of religion, two of five freedoms protected by the First Amendment.

Church leaders have been cowed by the Johnson Amendment, thereby abandoning God-ordained leadership to unholy men and women who distort our history, defame our Creator, and trample the First Amendment.

Perhaps we Christians have forgotten our mandate is to make disciples, not build congregations of snowflakes. God’s blueprint for his church is for us to rule and reign, not to hide and watch.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Columbus Day 2017 – Why do we commemorate the man?

Christopher Columbus – What’s in a name? Lots! His name means “He who holds Christ in his heart”.

A number of ill-informed stories have been written about this man. But, it is his diary that reveals why he ventured west across the Atlantic Ocean.

Columbus wrote about his motivation to sail west in his diary, “It was the Lord who put it into my mind…”

He based his belief in a spherical Earth on Isaiah 40:22.

God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
and makes his tent from them.

He was the first Christian missionary to the western hemisphere.

On Monday, October 9, 2017, we honor Christoper Columbus. To be sure, the militant atheists will decry the day and demand our silence. Psalm 2, verse 1 asks, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”

What was significant about the date Columbus set sail out of the port of Palos? It was the last day Jews could be in Spain. That same day a ship of Jews departed from the nearby port of Cadiz.

Columbus wasn’t Spanish. He was Italian. From my own research, I have come to strongly believe he was a Jew who became a believer in Yeshua HaHaMashiach, [Joshua (YAHWEH is salvation) The Anointed One] – Jesus the Christ.

In 1934, the Knights of Columbus persuaded President Franklin Roosevelt to declare this federal holiday.

We continue this tradition to honor Christopher Columbus on Monday, October 9, 2017.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Militant Atheism – A Peek Into The Future

Atheism isn’t a new phenomenon. Atheism is an ongoing war by Satan against God. God describes atheists in the Bible – “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God. They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!”

A leading characteristic of militant atheism is reprobation: calling good evil and calling evil good. While claiming to support First Amendment freedoms of Religion and Speech, atheists stridently war against Christians to silence us.

Atheism is a religion.

Here’s a peek into the future: We win. They lose.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Navy Discovers Superiority of Man over Machines

Two peacetime shipwrecks over two months time left 17 sailors dead. How did this happen?

Navy returns to compasses and pencils to help avoid collisions at sea
Read the associated story from the New York Times via this link

Over-reliance on technologies and over-worked personnel are the ingredients for a deadly cocktail. I can personally relate to my own Vietnam War experience. The Norden Company assigned me to the USS Constellation stationed in the Tonkin Gulf.

My workday was typically a 30-hour stint with 4-hour bedrest. I became so weary that I would fall asleep standing in the shower. In the NY Times story, we learn sailors worked 100-hour weeks. A 7-day week spans 168 hours, for your reference.

Due to the turnover of personnel and the cost of training, the Department of Defense charted a course decades ago toward applications of high technologies (automation).

Compare autonomous ship guidance systems to the newest automobiles that can actually park themselves, accurately navigate the nation’s highways, and automatically brake to avoid collisions. Well, almost.

Reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) to autonomously drive the car will inevitably lead to deadly collisions, maimed survivors, and unfathomable legal consequences. If the car’s computer is driving the car, who is liable for accidents? The owner of the vehicle or the manufacturer? It’s reasonable to foresee decades of torts comparable in some respects to the lawsuits against tobacco companies.

The key word is artificial. AI simulates human responses to specific stimuli. Let’s compare artificial intelligence to natural (human) intelligence?

According to Science ABC:

At the time of this writing, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Tianhe-2 in Guangzhou, China, and has a maximum processing speed of 54.902 petaFLOPS. A petaFLOP is a quadrillion (one thousand trillion) floating point calculations per second. That’s a huge amount of calculations, and yet, that doesn’t even come close to the processing speed of the human brain.

In contrast, our miraculous brains operate on the next order higher. Although it is impossible to precisely calculate, it is postulated that the human brain operates at 1 exaFLOP, which is equivalent to a billion billion calculations per second.

Learn more from Scientific American – Computers versus Brains

Despite how Google, Siri, and other AI technologies astonish you, it is your own brain, that grey matter between your ears you should depend on.

The Navy learned the hard way that there is no substitute for human skill and trained minds.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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How far left has the soul of America swung? (There’s good news that will gladden you)

How far left has the soul of America swung? This is the question of the hour.

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Can you handle the good news that outweighs the bad?

Consider this story published in The Sun titled “STATES OF AROUSAL Here are the U.S. States which have the highest number of couples looking for kinky THREESOMES
Sadly, Texas, the ‘buckle of the Bible belt’, ranks number two behind California.

Since the beginning of recorded human history, homosexual acts -aka Sodomy – have been known as a “crime against nature”. Now, special rights have been created out of thin air by federal judges to the point that Christians are punished to the point of bankruptcy and imprisonment for refusing to provide services to homosexuals when said services violate their consciences. To underscore the fact of these extraconstitutional special rights, homosexuals can refuse service to Christians.

Let’s pause at this point to assert the good news that the leftist news media fail to report. Rampant immorality and unpatriotic behaviors by Hollywood and pro-athlete luminaries do not represent the broad worldview and values of our fellow Americans.

 

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Screenshot: The Daily Wire

 

What is the evidence of my assertion? Consider these headlines.

Variety 2017: TV Ratings: Emmys Hit New Demo Low, Stay Even in Total Viewers

Deadline Hollywood 2017: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests  

Truth Revolt 2015: Chick-fil-A Thrives After Embarrassingly Ineffective Boycott

The Democrat Party leadership assumes ownership of Latinos, Hispanics, and African-Americans. The polls prove otherwise and I mean election polls, not biased media polls.

Here’s even more and better good news as reported in Romans 5:20-21 “… where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness which brings eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God is on His Throne. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Prayer changes things. And, God never changes, or as it is written in Amos 3:6, “…I am the Lord, I do not change…” and also in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.

Yes, there is a falling away from our church congregations as this was prophesied almost 2,000 years ago. However, the time is coming when every knee will bow to God and every person alive will confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

The bad news is going to worsen and when the good news comes to pass, we will be rejoicing.

John White
Rockwall, Texas
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