Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Why is this still here? I have to find 15 deserving bloggers to nominate, and I just chose my last nominee.  — Updated 5 Sep 2012.

My Blog and Biltrix honored me with this award. Unfortunately, instead of doing this post right away after my nomination by My Blog, I procrastinated. Forgetting the nature of memes, I waited too long. Therefore, Biltrix also provided a nomination.

As it is, I am flattered to have received these nominations. Both My Blog and Biltrix are excellent, top-tier Christian blogs. If you have not visited these blogs you should.

Now for the RULES to follow when nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog. Done

2. Link back to the person who nominated you. Done

3. State seven things about yourself. – As my About page states: This blog is not about me. So when I am asked to talk about myself, I find it awkward and somewhat contrary to the purpose of the blog. Therefore, I will speak to the purpose of the blog. Done (see below).

  • I Love my God. That is something that I realized less than a decade ago. It is better to become a Christian late than never to become one. Nonetheless, when I look back, there are so many thing I could have done I did not do and so many things I should not have done. So there is more I must ask my God to forgive.
  • I have two daughters. As I understand and have seen, when some have their first child, the realization of that responsibility draws them to God. I was a bit to cold for that. Instead, my lady raised my children as Christians, and it was the example of my children that led me to my God.
  • I am a grandfather. In a sense, a grandchild is a second chance. With the birth of that child, even the thickest head begins to understand that with our children we leave a legacy. What kind of world will we leave behind for our children? Will we leave a Christian nation that operates as a constitutional republic or a godless nation run by tyrannical regime?
  • I consider religion inseparable from politics. What we believe about God determines what we believe about the purpose of government.  If we believe in a God who loves each of us and in a God who gives each of us our rights, then and only then will we respect the rights of others.
  • I believe we can do nothing on our own worthy of boasting. As great as our accomplishments might seem, compared to our flaws and to what we must do, they amount to nothing. We cannot justify our existence. We cannot surmount death. We can only put our faith in The One who is perfect.

    Romans 5:1-5 Good News Translation (GNT)

    1 Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.2 He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory!3 We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance,4 endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope.5 This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.

  • I believe man is innately evil, that we cannot through our own efforts perfect ourselves. If we must depend upon our own efforts, then we have no reason for hope. Our need for God is real. Only if there is a Creator who loves us do we have cause for hope.

    Psalm 39:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    And now, Lord, what do I wait for and expect? My hope and expectation are in You.

  • I believe that our salvation depends upon obeying God’s commandment to love Him and each other.

    Luke 10:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    And he replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. TBD

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.  Fifteen down and no longer counting.

About Citizen Tom

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18 Responses to Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  1. Biltrix says:

    Congrats, Citizen Tom! I really like the post (looking forward to the TBDs). Among the many good things you said here, this statement particularly caught my attention: “What we believe about God determines what we believe about the purpose of government. ” All too true. God bless!

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  2. jelillie says:

    Congratulations!

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  3. thatmrgguy says:

    Thanks CT. Don’t know as how I deserve to be included in your list, but appreciate it just the same.

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  4. wdednh says:

    Congrat, and thank you for the nomination :)

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  5. Aw, thanks for including me here, Mr. Tom. You’ve sure given me a smile. I enjoyed your Seven Things about yourself, and may borrow a few of them when I pass this honor along. Fellowship with folks like you is the thing that makes this whole blogging thing worthwhile.

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  6. samiam60 says:

    Congratulations Tom and thank you for the nomination my friend.

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  7. P. Henry Saddleburr says:

    Thanks for the nod, Tom. We’re a bit sporadic with our posts and more than a bit dysfunctional. We try not to be reposters of others thoughts. But when we get our dander up it can get a little ugly at Disrupt The Narrative.

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  8. Biltrix says:

    Looking forward to checking out these blogs you nominated for the award. It will take some time for me to make the rounds, but I’m sure that on your recommendation, they are all well worth reading. Cheers, Citizen Tom & God bless!

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  9. marcusampe says:

    You write”If we believe in a God who loves each of us and in a God who gives each of us our rights, then and only then will we respect the rights of others.” but I am afraid it is not yet a guaranty. People do have to live according to the Law of God and they should take up such an attitude in Line with the Will of God.

    The problem with men is that they have to overcome selfishness and to avoid growing into an evil character.

    The main point men has to come to understand is that their salvation shall depend upon obeying God’s commandment to love Him and each other. Loving each other is essential to be able to make a worth living and successful society.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      marcusampe – Sorry your comment went into the spam queue. Not sure why.

      You quoted a portion of the fourth bullet in section 3 above. There I allude the Declaration of Independence and state what our nation’s founders considered self-evident: God gives us our rights. Nonetheless, I agree with your observation, and I appreciate the point. It cannot be stated too often. Thank you.

      Yet I also remember when I was born again and that slowly dawning realization. It is why I want to love God. It’s why I want obey His commands. 1 John 4:19

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  10. Pink Motel/Cadillac Jacks says:

    Reblogged this on The Official Website of The Pink Motel & Cadillac Jacks Cafe and commented:
    can we help??? ;)

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  11. Rob Barkman says:

    Citizen Tom,

    Congratulations on receiving the award…. it is much deserved.
    Thank you so much for the honor… it is much appreciated! Lord bless you.

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