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Interactive Christmas Eve

This is a fun way to feel your way through a candle-lit service.  Have a paper bag of items ready ahead of time for every person and let the kiddos hand them out.  Don’t forget bags for the leaders.  Enjoy. 

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December 24, 2009 Posted by | 1st Amendment, Christian, Family | | 1 Comment

Merry Christmas!!!

This Christmas, thank the Lord that President Obama has done one very good thing: he has awakened the sleeping tiger of Americans who are now eager to draw together and defend the Constitution and our way of life.  Have a wonderful celebration of our Lord’s birth and come back ready to change this country for the better!  ROAR!!

 

 

 

 

December 23, 2009 Posted by | 1st Amendment, Christian, Family | | Leave a comment

Senate Is Ready to PASS ObamaCare – STOP THEM NOW

Below is an email from an advertiser in one of the conservative papers I read.  It has a lot of great follow up info on the Healthcare issue.  Please call or fax the Senators listed below TODAY!!!  Thanks.  ~GetdClu

RightMarch.com PAC
                  Patriotism In Action.

Congress is BACK to Debate Socialized Medicine — Click Here to Tell the Senate to REJECT ‘ObamaCare’

ALERT: Don’t be FOOLED by mainstream media lies — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is ready to PASS his 2,074 page ObamaCare bill, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” — TODAY.

Sen. Joe Lieberman is caving in… Sen. Ben Nelson is facing political extortion to vote for it… Sen. Olympia Snowe is wavering…

That means that TODAY, it’s up to YOU AND ME to STOP the government takeover of health care in America!

TELL THE SENATE TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE
BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
SEND YOUR FAXES NOW!
(see below for free way to contact the Senate)

We led the efforts of our members to contact every single Senator after the House passed their health care bill, to DEMAND that they reject Harry Reid’s “motion to proceed” on the ObamaCare bill — and as a result, over two hundred and sixteen thousand faxes FLOODED those Senate offices!

 
We just barely missed winning on this first vote… but WE CAN STILL DEFEAT THE BILL. The bill pushed by Obama, and passed by leftist Democrats in the House, is NOT getting the full support of every Democrat in the U.S. Senate; and without all 60 of those votes, they will NOT be able to pass the NEXT cloture vote coming up soon…

Which means that we can STILL defeat it there — IF we can overwhelm every Senator with our demands to STOP it!

Here’s what Erick Erickson at RedState.com is reporting:

The Democrats have given Joe Lieberman everything he wanted. Joe will now vote for the bill. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is being threatened with having every major military installation in Nebraska shut down. Yes, I know, but the Democrats are playing for keeps on this and health care “reform” is more important to them than the military. Liberals are being told they have to accept this to given them any credibility going into next year’s election. They don’t want to be accused of “killing reform.” Lastly, the CBO scoring of the bill is going to look fine now that the Medicare affecting portions are going to be dropped. Inevitably, this legislation is going to cause health care costs to skyrocket and force people into socialized medicine. But Barack Obama and the Democrats don’t care. They want to be seen as doing something and beating the Republicans – with what, they don’t care.

But we have NOT lost this fight. Harry Reid STILL does not have all 60 votes he needs to enact cloture and force a vote on his bill. For example, Sen. James Webb (D-VA), who voted with conservatives five times for amendments that would have prevented Reid from slashing Medicare funding, is “still undecided.” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said she would vote against the bill if it raised health care costs overall — which it does, by $234 billion. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) refused to say on Tuesday if she’s leaning towards supporting the healthcare bill. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says the bill is “still too deeply flawed for me to support it.” And even Sen. Ben Nelson was still telling Politico yesterday, “I’m not on the bill. I have spoken with the president and he knows they are not wrapped up today. I think everybody understands they are not wrapped up today and that impression will not be given.”

So, even though Harry Reid was able to strong-arm enough of his Senators to vote for his “cloture” motion to proceed to debate — something that is usually just a procedural vote! — he STILL doesn’t have enough votes to enact cloture in order to get a final vote, which means THE BILL WOULD DIE!

We CAN still win, by keeping the Democrats from getting the 60 votes they need on the next cloture vote, scheduled for THIS WEEK… but we can’t do it without YOUR help!

TELL THE SENATE TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE
BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
SEND YOUR FAXES NOW!

 Remember, this bill is the worst of all possible bills. It’s chock full of every far-left special interest socialistic dream imaginable. Here’s some of what’s in its TWO THOUSAND PAGES:

  • The CBO estimates that H.R. 3962, the health bill that the House passed, would cost $1.2 TRILLION over 10 years, including the cost to states for mandated Medicaid expansion ($34 billion), the “Doc Fix” ($245 billion), and authorized discretionary spending for grants, public programs, changes and funding for a variety of agencies that would be responsible for implementing H.R. 3962.
  • The bill protects trial lawyers. The bill gives money (authorized at “such sums”) to states that enact “certificate of merit” (a document signed by a medical professional that says there is a probability that the standard of care was violated) and / or a certificate of “early offer” (an early, confidential apology) laws, as long as the states don’t limit attorneys’ fees or impose caps on damages.
  • The current version will give billions of dollars of taxpayer healthcare benefits to ILLEGAL ALIENS in America. It would allow illegal aliens to use the new healthcare “exchange” and would not require verification to keep illegal aliens out of the other parts of the proposed federal healthcare system. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus fought back against reports that leaders would add Senate language to block illegal immigrants from participating in the insurance exchange.
  • It will create a nationwide federal government program, the “public option,” which will pay for abortion on demand — with federal funds, of course, because that is what federal agencies spend.

Liberals in the House AND the Senate ignored us when the majority said, “NO BAILOUT.” They ignored us when the majority said, “NO FAKE STIMULUS.” Now, they’re trying to ignore us when the majority demands with a clear voice, “NO GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE!”

We MUST NOT let them ignore us any longer!  [CALL your Senators today!]

TAKE ACTION: Believe it or not, even Howard Dean is now saying “the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill and go back to the House” — of course, he’s saying it because he wants it to be MORE socialistic… but he’s saying the right thing, even though it’s for the wrong reason!

Every media outlet in the country is reporting that it’s still “up in the air” whether Harry Reid will have enough votes to pass the next “cloture” vote for his ObamaCare bill scheduled for THIS WEEK. But from the reports coming in to us from Capitol Hill and from our members around the country, the chances look good that we DO have enough votes to defeat it…

BUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE SENATORS, NEED[S] TO KEEP HEARING FROM US TO BE CONVINCED!

We CANNOT let the radical liberals in Congress — and the White House — force this plan for socialized health care on the American people! That’s why we’ve set up our website to enable you to send a strong message to every single member of the U.S. Senate, OPPOSING this outrageous plan.

For about what it would cost you in time and telephone charges, you can send Blast Faxes to Democrats, Republicans, Independents — EVERYONE in the U.S. Senate, DEMANDING that they REJECT this socialized health care plan NOW.

We CAN do this! In 1993, First Lady Hillary Clinton tried to force a less radical form of socialized health care down our throats, thinking that they could do it since the Democrats controlled Congress AND the White House.

What was the result? 1994, and the Republican Revolution. The liberal Democrats are “shooting themselves in the foot” again by trying to pass even more radical socialized health care this time — but we CAN stop them!

TELL THE SENATE TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE
BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
SEND YOUR FAXES NOW!

This fight CAN BE WON! Please, take action right away to STOP this bill in the U.S. Senate!
Sincerely,

William Greene, President
RightMarch.com PAC

P.S. As Heritage.org is reporting, just today, the Washington Post released a poll finding that 51% of adults oppose Obamacare, with 40% in strong opposition. Meanwhile only 44% support the bill with only 25% feeling strongly about it. Digging deeper we find that 66% of Americans believe Obamacare will increase the federal budget deficit, 53% believe it will cause their own health care to cost more, 55% believe it will increase the country’s health care costs overall, and 50% believe it will not improve their quality of care. These findings echo an earlier CNN poll which found that 61% of Americans opposed Obamacare, with 79% believing it would add to the deficit and 85% believing it would raise their taxes.

We have a VERY GOOD CHANCE to defeat this bill on the next cloture vote. The Hill is reporting that there are at least seven issues dividing the Democrats right now, which we can use to keep them from getting the 60 votes they need: Public option, abortion, health insurance excise taxes, prescription drugs, affordability, insurance exchanges, and Medicare cuts. ANY ONE OF THESE ISSUES can help us to STOP this bill quickly!

WE CAN WIN! Send your faxes right away to make sure these Senators get a STRONG message, to REJECT the socialized plan of “Obamacare” NOW — Thank you!

As always, you can also send a FREE message directly to your Senators by clicking here.  Thank you.
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December 17, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, Action Alert, Agenda of the Left, Citizen Patriotism, Family, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Govt Oppression, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Health Policy Insights

CBO: Insurance Proposal Would Effectively Nationalize Private Insurance

December 17, 2009
by John Goodman

 A Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) is the percentage of premium dollars an insurer spends on claims as opposed to administrative costs and other expenses. According to news reports, a proposal from Senator Rockefeller and others would limit MLRs to 90%. The Reid bill already requires insurers to issue rebates to enrollees on a pro rata basis if its medical loss ratio falls below 80% or lower for the individual and small-group markets or 85% or lower for the large-group market. 

However, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that a 90% MLR would expand “the federal government’s regulatory role in the health insurance market so much that it would make such insurance an essentially governmental program, so that all transactions related to health insurance policies (even those with private companies) should be recorded as cash flows in the federal budget.”  A similar ruling helped kill Hillary Clinton’s health reform proposal 15 years ago.

Donald Marron, former Acting Director of CBO, explains the issue at his blog.

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 Is This Fair?

Dec 17, 2009
by John Goodman

Health reform on Capitol Hill:

Focus on Jane, a primary breadwinner making $48,000 (in 2016) to support her family of four. If Jane is offered insurance by her employer that meets the test, she must accept it or pay a fine. That means Jane ends up paying for the entire cost of, say, a $14,100 policy, according to some economists. They say she pays the premiums out of pocket and the remainder indirectly because employers offer reduced paychecks to offset the cost of their share of health insurance.

Now, meet Julie, who also makes $48,000 and is not offered insurance at her job. Julie heads to the newly created exchange to purchase the same policy. But it costs her only $5,300. The rest – about $9,000 – comes from federal subsidies.

Fair?

Full editorial by Douglas Holtz-Eakin in The Boston Globe.

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How Much Does Insurance Really Cost?
Dec 16, 2009
by Greg Scandlen

CNNMoney reports on a recent study by eHealthinsurance.com that found:

Half of individual policyholders paid $132 or less per month… According to the report, in 2009 the median non-group health insurance premium for an individual in the United States was $1,584 per year ($132 per month) and the average deductible was $2,326. Combined, annual premiums and deductibles account for approximately 7.7 percent of median household income for 2008 ($50,303) as reported by the US Census Bureau.

Now, if individuals buying their own insurance got the same tax break as employees get for employer-provided coverage and if there were a back-up mechanism for high-risk applicants, we might dramatically reduce the numbers of uninsured without any individual mandate.Your new doctor?

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New Mammogram Guidelines Show What We Should Expect 

 

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Here are some alternatives to Obamacare:

National Center for Policy Analysis

Health Plan

To confront America’s health care crisis, we do not need more spending, more regulations or more bureaucracy. We do need people, however, including every doctor and every patient. All 300 million Americans must be free to use their intelligence, their creativity and their innovative ability to make the changes needed to create access to low-cost, high-quality health care.
NCPA HC plan (7 page pdf)

Consumers for Health Care Choices

Our friends at FreedomWorks, the National Center for Policy Analysis, and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste provide great services that enable you to communicate with your Congress Critters. If you are a doctor, go to Take Back Medicine.com, a project of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Health Action Network, an online site sponsored by WellPoint that brings together medical personnel, patients, and informed consumers, also makes it easy for you to communicate with your elected officials. Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard.

You can also sign up for Greg Scandlen’s weekly e-newsletter, Consumer Power Report, become a member of Consumers for Health Care Choices (CHCC), or become a donor to The Heartland Institute, the parent organization of CHCC. See Peter Ferrara’s recent     Heartland Policy Study for the facts about ObamaCare, and The Heartland Institute’s Health Care Issue Suite for extensive background information about health care reform.

And if you think your taxes won’t be affected by Obamacare, you’re drinking Kool-Aid!

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December 17, 2009 Posted by | Agenda of the Left, Family, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Life with Big Brother, Politics, Real Purpose of Govt., Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings Ris’n with healing in His wings Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King!”

 

A friendly place to worship the newborn King,
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December 15, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Family | , , | Leave a comment

A Chain That Enslaves

 

Break the chain by living a life of faith and obedience

I read about it some time ago and I still shake my head every time I think about it.  I almost can’t believe it.  St. Catherine’s Monastery, which is located at the foot of Mount Sinai (also called Mount Horeb or Jebel Musa meaning “Mountain of Moses”), is built around what is thought to be the site where Moses spoke to God for the first time at the burning bush. The monastery is surrounded by a granite wall measuring 8 to 35 meters high. This wall defended it from numerous attacks in the 1,400 years it has been standing. It belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church and most of its monks are of Greek origin.It is also home to a unique collection of artifacts, including some of the world’s oldest Bibles.  Although it is set in a desert-like landscape, the lush gardens and cypresses provide a pleasant contrast. Today, it is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. 

St. Catherine’s monastery is home to an ancient library containing 5,000 early printed books, 3,500 manuscripts, and 2,000 scrolls (in Greek, Coptic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Slavic, Georgian and other languages). The age and diversity of the collection is only equaled by that of the Vatican. 

While I find all of that interesting, none of that is what makes me shake my head. What bewilders me is a strange pair of caskets that have been preserved in the monastery.  Several centuries ago two young men, who were a part of the monastic community, took a vow.  They pledged to one another, and to God, to devote their lives to perpetual prayer and adoration.  

It was their intent to spend every moment, of every day, of every week and month, for the rest of their lives in praise and prayer.  To help each other accomplish this vow, they were assigned adjoining rooms and were fastened together at the wrist with a length of chain.   

The plan was for one to pray and the other to sleep and then vice versa.  From the moment they began, they never again saw each other or spoke to each other.  The only contact they had was the chain that ran through the wall.  

When one finished praying, he would tug on the chain and awaken the other.   A tug meant that the other had begun and the first could rest.  Back and forth for decades this went on until they died.
To honor and remember their devotion and dedication, their remains lie side by side in caskets, still untied by the same chain.                                          

That’s an incredible and strange story of commitment, devotion, and determination – but it’s also a sad story that shows that people can some time miss the point of prayer, devotion to God, and what it means to worship and praise Him continually.  

It’s absolutely true that God calls us to a life of devotion, obedience, worship, and prayer.  We have been created in such a way that our chief goal in life should be to glorify God.  But that goal is not meant to be a chain that binds us.  


The life we live today is meant to be as much an act of worship as what we do on Sunday mornings.  The words we say to another should reflect our praise of the Lord.  The way we treat those who live in our homes, and the person we stare at across the dinner table, all should show our love for God.  

How we celebrate Christmas should also be a reflection of our love, commitment and devotion to Him. It is so easy to get stressed out at this time of the year; it’s so easy to forget why we give gifts to each other; it’s so easy to think “Ugh, I have to go to another special service or another party at work, or another home to visit” – and we become chained to traditions that carry no meaning for us, and stress out.  

Let’s make sure we don’t forget the reason why we celebrate, and why we get together with friends and family, and give gifts to each other.  (I’m not sure why we eat too much.  I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a pig in the stable. That wouldn’t have been kosher.) Let’s do our best to make every day of every week, a reflection of our response to a God who loves us so much that He jumped into the skin of a Jewish baby – so we could know Him.  

Don’t allow Christmas, and all you have to do, and all the places you have to be to become a chain that enslaves you.  

Let’s REJOICE!!  

A Chain That Enslaves: http://wp.me/pzfHB-mz

 

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Family, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obama vs. the American Way

I came across the following blog post from my blogroll and was amazed.  Not only is it well written, it speaks to several points the hearts of freedom fighters around the country are longing to express.  My thanks to “Mike from NC” at common conservative sense.  I’ve reprinted only a portion here because I want you to go to Mike’s blog and read the article in its entirety.  Then come back here and tell me what you think!

Obama vs. America

We are in the early stages of a war. There may be no military action, no bullets or bombs, but we are in a war none the less. This war is for the soul of America. [emphasis mine and throughout] This war is for the preservation of the principles our country was founded on and which have kept us free and prosperous since our beginning. President Obama and his allies do not like America, at least not as it is and has been. They do not believe that America is the greatest country in the history of civilization. They do not believe in American exceptionalism. They do not believe that we as Americans have a right to be proud of what we have accomplished and to be proud of the good we have done for the world. They believe America needs to be remade. They are wrong.

Obama and friends are wrong about what America believes and what America stands for.

America is a Christian nation. There may be arguments about the particular faith of some of the Founding Fathers, but the majority were undeniably Christians. One would have to “willfully suspend disbelief” to believe otherwise after reading our founding documents as well as our history. The real history, not the revisionist history. We do not deny anyone the privilege to worship as they choose, or to decline any form of worship. But our country was founded under Christian principles and beliefs.

The God of our founders and the God I pray to is Yahweh, Jehovah God, the God of Abraham and Issac. The God of the Bible. He is not some generic “man upstairs”. He is the Creator of the universe and of mankind. Because of His deep love for us, He gave His son Jesus willingly as an atonement for our sin. He is boundlessly good and has all power. He is Love, but He is a jealous God. He will chastise and correct us as individuals and as a nation if we stray too far for too long. We have strayed far and long and we need to return to Him as a nation. Pray for His mercy, His blessings, His wisdom and His guidance. If ever we needed it, it is now. If you don’t know Him, seek Him and you will find Him.

We do not believe that America needs to be remade, as Obama has stated. We believe that instead we need to return to the ideals of our Founders. We need to return to lower taxes, limited, smaller government, and unfettered personal freedom.

We do not believe that America is arrogant. Strong, confident and proud, yes. Arrogant, no.

America does not stand for wealth redistribution. We are generous, compassionate people with our money, but our generosity is not for Obama to dictate.

We believe that capitalism is the best economic system. Socialism doesn’t work. Marxism doesn’t work. We believe in equality of opportunity, not in equality of outcome. Some people work harder, some people are smarter, some people have better ideas. When those people succeed, the country succeeds. When they become wealthy, the country becomes wealthy. Wealthy people buy things, they build things, they create jobs,  they start businesses, they invest in American prosperity. America would collapse without them. They are not evil and do not deserve punishment.

America does not believe in the punitive taxation of our achievers. We believe in encouraging and rewarding achievement. It is counter productive to tax successful achievers into oblivion. All Americans should pay taxes so that all Americans have a stake in keeping the system honest. Consider that the City of Chicago just closed for a day to save money, with more days scheduled for more savings. A productive business does not save money by closing. Businesses produce wealth by being open for business. The government only takes, while producing nothing. Financially speaking, they are far more efficient and productive if they would just stay at home. We know that poor people don’t get any richer just because money is taken from the wealthy.

America does not stand for federally funded abortion on demand. A large and growing segment of us believe that abortion is wrong. However, the law of the land allows it for now. But using our tax dollars to support it is unacceptable.

America does not believe in a weakened, ineffective military. We do not believe that our military should be used to enforce social experimentation. We believe in spending our tax dollars to equip and train the greatest fighting force ever known to mankind, then praying to God that we will not have to use it. We love peace, but we are not afraid to fight for  liberty. We know that we don’t make weak nations any stronger by being weak ourselves. Being the only remaining superpower is a good thing. A very good thing. We have no desire to weaken ourselves in the interest of “fairness”. Senator Barbara Boxer had the audacity to publicly humiliate a brigadier general for referring to her as “ma’am” rather than as ”senator”. This is symptomatic of the arrogance and ignorance of many of our elected representatives. They have come to think of themselves as royalty. They think wrongly. I know of several fitting monikers for Senator Boxer, but decorum prevails.

We welcome legal immigrants, as we always have. But for those who have no more respect for our country and our laws than to cross our borders unlawfully, we are not welcoming. We certainly don’t believe in giving them the rewards of our hard earned tax dollars in the form of social benefits. We do not support amnesty for illegal aliens. Secure our borders and enforce our laws. English is our language. Learn it if you want to live here.

Read more…

Please comment on your reactions to this article.  What do you think of Mike’s post?  Do you agree or not?  Do you think he’s right in his ascertation?  Is it bigoted or racist to have these opinions?  Why or why not?

Obama vs. the American Way: http://wp.me/pzfHB-lW

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Action Alert, Agenda of the Left, Christian, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Culture, Family, Leftists Criticize Conservatives, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Give Thanks

Every year I write a Thanksgiving note of blessings to my friends.  This year, I’ve collected some of the best from my inbox and am sharing them with you because they are what I would have written should I have put my brain back in with all the pieces and engaged it before the coconut custard pie…  May the Lord keep us safe and strong as we endeavor to continue in His will for ourselves, our families and our America.  Amen.  Long live the Constitution.

 

Whether we like it or not transformative change is upon us. Join me next year in my effort to be worthy of the change we deserve.
 
Now can someone pass me some pie?
 
Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you,  (Glenn Beck)

Thanksgiving Day is the time to count our many blessings and enjoy a time of fellowship with our families and friends.  During a time of high unemployment and national economic crisis, we need to harken back to the foundations of America almost 400 years ago.  The courageous Pilgrims, who were in almost ceaseless economic crisis, still gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings He had bestowed upon them. 
 
In 1621, as we know, America’s first Thanksgiving was commemorated by the Plymouth Colony after much suffering in a very harsh winter.  That year, Massachusetts Governor William Bradford issued a proclamation of Thanksgiving.  The Pilgrims invited Indians from the Wampanoag tribe to their celebration and they celebrated with a bountiful Thanksgiving meal. 
 
During the next two hundred and fifty years or so, a number of states celebrated Thanksgiving but there still was no national day of Thanksgiving.  In 1863, to unify our nation during the brutal and divisive Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation and announced that it would be the last Thursday in November.
 
God has truly blessed this nation in so many ways and America has been a beacon of hope to so many.  In these divisive times, we need to pray that His hand will continue to protect and guide America so that we will have many more Thanksgiving Days to celebrate. 

(Roberta Combs, President, Christian Coalition of America)

Genesis 21:33 (NASB)

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD , the Everlasting God.
 
“Provision”

Four years ago, Egypt was at the top of our list of dream vacations. Scheduling conflicts, however, left Egypt on our wish list as we chose another destination. We still hope to visit Egypt one day.

I especially would like to see the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs tunneled in the rugged and harsh mountainside. Having held their secrets for more than 3,000 years, the tombs’ discovery in 1881 revealed a wealth of knowledge about Egypt’s earlier dynasties.

While in captivity in Egypt, ancient Israel kept hope alive partly because of a tomb in Canaan (Genesis 50:24-25). Scripture tells us of two covenant transactions Abraham made while living in the land. Securing water for his livestock, Abraham dug a well and gave Abimelech seven ambs “to show [his] agreement” that the well belonged to Abraham (21:30). The second occurred when Abraham bought land for a burial plot after his wife Sarah’s death. In the agreement, a plot of land at Machpelah became Abraham’s possession (23:17-18).

A stranger in the land, Abraham was able to water his flocks and bury his dead as God had promised. Having been told of the captivity of later generations (Genesis 15:13), Abraham possessed by faith what would eventually belong in reality to his descendants. Centuries later, Joshua would lead Israel back to the Promised Land according to what God had spoken: “Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you” (Joshua 1:3).

Beginning with a well and a tomb in Canaan, the promises of God have become manifest in Christ. No visible well is required because the life He provides causes us to “never be thirsty again” (John 4:14-15), and a tomb becomes a promise because “anyone who believes in [Him] will live, even after dying” (John 11:25). —Regina Franklin, Our Daily Journey

CLICK HERE to visit OurDailyJourney.org

 
 
Finally, here is an excerpt from Chuck Norris’ latest article, Thankful for Fading Freedoms
  
To add insult to injury, Washington is going around the backdoor to provide illegals with universal health care by seeking their amnesty. That means Americans eventually would pay for another 14 million people’s government health care. Amnesty also would reduce the number of jobs available to the unemployed by adding more to the legal work force and simultaneously would slow down the rate of the unemployed’s being re-employed.

Washington also has reduced our speech freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, by passing a hate crimes bill that was amended to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, criminalizing conservative free speech if it can be proved to have contributed to assaults based upon sexual orientation.

The White House even has reduced religious freedoms, by belittling America’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage, enabling a secular-progressive and pro-Islamic agenda, and remaining indifferent to certain issues, such as the American Civil Liberties Union’s disposal in the Mojave Desert and at Mount Soledad of memorial crosses for veterans. It also has turned a blind eye to the whitewashing of our godly heritage from Washington’s historic landmarks and on U.S. artifacts.

In addition, Washington would restrict religious freedoms and freedoms of conscience by forcing pro-life citizens to pay for abortions via universal health care.

Washington also has reduced our Second Amendment firearm freedoms by appointing anti-gun advocates, such as Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s David Michaels, by seeking to micromanage gun ownership via proposed legislation, including H.R. 45, and by politics as usual, such as blaming guns rather than Islamic extremism for the shootings at Fort Hood. (Those who believe that the Second Amendment is a foundational right and freedom might want to consider my new limited edition Chuck Norris Tribute Revolver — available through America Remembers — on their Christmas wish lists.)

Washington also has reduced our freedoms (and those of our service members) by increasing the threats to our country via the delay in response to our generals’ requests for more troops in Afghanistan, allowing Gitmo detainees and terrorists to come to the U.S., and enabling homegrown terrorists, such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, within the very fabrics of our military.

 As I consider these many freedom robbers and the political culprit enabling them all, two thoughts repeatedly come to my mind.

The first is from Daniel Webster, who said, “The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.” I believe we are in the fight of our lives — since the Revolution itself — for American freedoms. I don’t know who said it, but I definitely prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.

The second thought is one attributed to M. Grundler: “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”

I don’t think I ever have been as thankful for American freedoms as I am now. I must admit that I’m appallingly alarmed that some of them might not exist at all by this time next year. Like a sunset dropping over the horizon of our Founders’ dreams, our freedoms are vanishing from view.  [Pray about this, folks!]

 
There’s even a list of “I’m thankful for’s” at NaturalNews for your perusal (it’s unedited).  So stop a moment and think about your “thankful for’s” and then THANK GOD FOR THEM, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY, HE’S THE ONE WHO GAVE THEM TO YOU. 
  
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW
PRAISE HIM ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW
PRAISE HIM ABOVE, YE HEAVENLY HOST
PRAISE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST.
AMEN!
  
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What do we do with the time we’ve been given?
 
So…here it is, another Thanksgiving. I hope this day finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the bounty of good food, surrounded by those you love. I know it can be cliché to talk about what you’re “thankful” for on this day, but maybe some clichés exist for good reason; considering the year you’ve had, with all of the challenges facing this country, what could be a better idea than taking time to count the blessings you do enjoy?
 
This has been the absolute craziest, most hectic and jam-packed year of my entire life…and I’m incredibly thankful for that. Granted, I could use a bit more sleep (OK, a lot more sleep), but the fact that I’m working so much means that what I believe…what we believe…is resonating across the country. I’m connecting with you, and you’re connecting with one other, and together I believe we can and will inspire a “refounding” of America. But none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of my staff and friends, the unconditional love of my family, the unstoppable spirit of people like you. “Thankful” is hardly the start of it…
 
Most of all, though, I’m thankful for…time. I had another health scare this year, and while I’m happy to say it was a minor one, it was a sobering reminder that you only get so much time in this world and there is none to waste. By getting myself healthy, I believe that’s given me a bit more time, and through your efforts with the tea parties and the 9/12 Project, and taking an active, vocal role in reclaiming our country, I believe that America has been given more time, too. That’s something we can all be thankful for, today and everyday.
 
The question we should all ponder during the holiday season is what do we do with the time we’ve been given. This is a historic period–history will record our answer because our individual answers will lead to our collective destiny.

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Culture, Family, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Greater Treasure

The little five year old girl was like any other five year old girl standing with her mother in the check out line.  Looking here and there; wanting this and that.  And then she saw something special.  A necklace!  A necklace of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

“Oh, please Mommy can I have them?  Please, Mommy, please!”

The mom looked at the box and then at her pleading, blue eyes of her daughter.  She saw they cost a dollar ninety-five.  And so the mom said, “That’s almost two-dollars.  If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you, and in no time you can save enough money to buy them yourself.  And you know your birthday is only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar from Grandma.”

As soon as Jenny got home she emptied her piggy bank and counted out 17 pennies.  After dinner, she did more than her share of the chores, and then she went to her neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. And on her birthday her grandmother did indeed give her a new dollar bill.  And so at last she had enough to buy the necklace.

Jenny had a loving Dad and every night he would go in when she was ready for bed and read her story.  One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”

“Oh, yes, Daddy, you know I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh, Daddy, not my pearls….but you can have Princess, the white horse from my horse collection, the one with the pink tail.  Remember Daddy, that’s the one you gave me.  She’s my favorite.”

“That’s okay, Honey.  Daddy loves you.  Good night.”  And he gave her a kiss on the cheek.

About a week later, after story time, Jenny’s dad asked her again, “Do you love me?”

“Daddy, you know that I love you.”

“Then give me you’re your pearls.”

“Oh, Daddy, not my pearls.  But you can have my baby doll.  The brand new one I got for my birthday.  She’s so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper.”

“That’s okay.  You sleep well.  God bless you little one.  Daddy loves you more than you’ll ever realize.”  And as always he gave her a kiss good night.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed.  As he came close, he noticed her chin was quivering and there was one silent tear rolling down her cheek.

“What is it, Jenny?  What’s the matter?”

Jenny didn’t say anything bit lifted her little hand up to her daddy.  And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace.  With a little quiver in her voice, she finally said, “Here, Daddy, it’s for you.”

And now with tears in his own eyes, Jenny’s daddy reached out with one hand to take the dollar store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.  He had them all the time.  He was just waiting for her to give up the dollar store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.

As we’re entering this Thanksgiving season and Advent season I wonder how often have I told God I loved Him, but then held on to something I thought was so precious to me, and then when He would ask for it, I refused to give it up; or I tried to offer something else in its place.  And all the while, I never realized He wanted to me to give up my dollar store stuff so He could give me the genuine treasure.

How often have I told Him what I wanted Him to give me, not realizing I was asking for dollar store stuff; when He wanted to give me something of far greater value.

If God is asking you to give to a Thanksgiving offering for missions, don’t hold back.  God has a greater treasure in store for you.

If God is asking you to buy a gift for a Head Start child, don’t hold back, God has a greater treasure in store for you.

If God is asking you to forgive, don’t hold back.  God has a greater treasure in store for you.

If God is asking you to make time for Him, don’t hold back.  God has a greater treasure in store for you.

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Family, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , | 2 Comments

No Mam for You!

The Government mammogram Nazi (think uber-evil and powerful Seinfeld Soup Nazi) has decided that “older” women over 40 (ahem!) with no history of breast cancer don’t deserve the lifesaving detection of a biennial mammogram scan and won’t pay for one until they are 50.  Besides the fact that this is utter rubbish, how would they know there was no history sans scan? 

Considering I love all things that turn the tables back onto liberals (using their own playbook against them), here’s a great vid from Beck interviewing David Horowitz  discussing conservatives using Saul Alinsky tactics to get their message out:  Inverting the paradigm….doing what liberals do….Community Organizing. (hat tip One)

Mr. Horowitz calls for women to do what libs did during the Reagan years that so upset the White House then:  stage a “die in”.  All over the country, in public places (with proper signage of course and white chalk for outlines of the “bodies”), gather in large groups, lay down and become the dead from lack of mammograms.  David says Liberals will be as bewildered as to what to do as we were in the past.

OKAY LADIES… Let’s get our communities organized!  This is your call to arms — er, uh — backs? 
Get with your like-minded friends, pick a mall or other hot spot with people (preferably a place where they’ll drag you out, but NOT to jail…do your research first) and go “die”!  Just like a Tea Party on the floors of America.  (Bring a stadium pillow or two and a towel for your clothing.)  Report back here and let us know when and where so we can join you! 

 

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November 25, 2009 Posted by | Action Alert, Agenda of the Left, Citizen Patriotism, Culture, Family, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Govt Oppression, Life with Big Brother, Politics, Real Purpose of Govt., Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments