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Prayer for the New Year

Father God,

Thank you for getting us through another year.  It’s been tough for most of us, but I’m grateful for Your guidance and comfort throughout.  My family has seen life, death, happiness, joy, sorrow, depression, laughter, deep empathy, teen struggles, victory and a whole lot of fellowship through it all with our church family.  (We wouldn’t have made it, otherwise!)  Thank you, Lord, for our Small Group, who has been the backbone of our church life and prayer support.  The tears flow even now as I write thinking of each of them…  Bless each family represented and bring them closer to You in this new year.

Father, this past year had frustrations and disappointments.  Help us to learn from them and to move on in a positive way toward Your priorities, not ours.  Help us to continually stop to listen to that still, small Voice that calls us to look beyond what we can see, to listen past what others hear.

Give us the strength to make it a priority to read Your Word regularly, Lord.  If not daily, I want it to be as often as possible because that’s how I learn to be more like You.  As it says in Romans 12:2…

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

Give us a new year not controlled by fear, anxiety or stress, but by Your will, Your hand and Your direction.

Give us a new year full of new ministries and opportunities.  As we get into the political battles of primaries, beginning with the state of Illinois in February, Father I ask specifically that Your hand be upon these races and the contenders.  Let everyone involved see Your hand in the decisions.  Let state after state fall to their knees and acknowledge You, confess their sins and ask forgiveness, because we as a nation have sinned and need Your Providence once again in order to be the “shining city upon the rock.”

Let the Patriots arise and band together with righteous leaders of godly might!  The third verse of the hymn “Faith is the Victory” portrays the attack-phase of the battle.  The foe stands in dread array, also poised for the fight.  The prepared troops attack without hesitation, with a well-formulated battle plan.

On every hand the foe we find. Drawn up in dread array:  Let tents of ease be left behind,  And onward to the fray!  Salvation’s helmet on each head,  With truth all gird about:  The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,  And echo with our shout.

This recalls the entire nation of Israel marching round Jericho, blowing trumpets, people shouting and the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6:20).  We have the same Commander-in-Chief as the Hebrews did as well as the same access to His mighty power.  All we need do is have contrite hearts, seek His direction and put on the armour to withstand the upcoming battles (Ephesians 6:13-17).  Faith must be faith in the truth and each warrior, saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) obedient to the Commander, is assured of overwhelming victory.

So Father, give us this new year filled with new love for you and for each other.  Help us to look forward with confidence, courage, humility and gentleness.  Help us, in this New Year to completely surrender to You and what You have planned for us.  Thank You, Lord, for all Your blessings.  In Jesus’ most precious name,

Amen!

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January 1, 2010 Posted by | Christian, Citizen Patriotism, Culture, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , | 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!!  

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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.

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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?

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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

Quick Updates

Spiritual battles going on, folks.  We know we are way over our heads and fighting His battle.  It has to be fought God’s way and we need to stop fighting each other and come together.  PRAY.  Gain Conservative control of the GOP.  “Guard your hearts and minds…”  “Do not be afraid.”  Fear is due to a lack of faith.  Remember that we don’t fight against flesh and blod, but with principalities…  The Dems aren’t our enemies!  FOCUS.

Remember what happened in NJ & VA — sound conservative principles will serve Conservative Principals well!  Stay True!  Bobby Jindal’s LA is successful!  You can do it and we will support you!

Thanks to JimmyZ:

Show Notes • Linkage • Audio/Video
Dick Morris: Ft. Hood attack was terrorism
Telegraph UK: Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should die
Fox News: Lieberman announces Senate investigation into Fort Hood shooting
YouTube: Senator Lieberman on Fox News Sunday
WND: Muslims say ‘America’s chickens have come home to roost’
Rush Limbaugh homepage
Main Justice: House panel backs Patriot Act amendment that removes ‘lone wolf’ provision
NY Daily News: Fort Hood gunman Hasan tried to contact Al Qaeda and US intelligence knew
YouTube: Lt. Col. Ralph Peters with Bill O’Reilly
AP: Homeland chief warns against anti-Muslim backlash
Right Pundits: Bush visits Fort Hood, Obama to Camp David
Fox News: George W. Bush secretly visits Fort Hood victims
NY Times: Bounce back in Westchester in Nassau
NY Post: GOP senators claim ObamaCare legislation is DOA
AP: House health care bill has nowhere to go in Senate
CNS News: Democrat who voted ‘no’ says the bill will ultimately lead to single-payer system
YouTube: Abby Johnson with Mike Huckabee
YouTube: Joe Lieberman says he will not allow the current bill to come to a final vote
Facebook: Sarah Palin’s piece on Pelosi’s health care bill
The Gouverneur Times: Owens breaks 4 campaign pledges in first hour
Michelle Malkin: What GOP Rep. Cao got from Obama
Dick Morris: ObamaCare endorsements, what the bribes were
House.gov: Blue Dog coalition members
Clerk.House.gov: Final vote results for health care bill
The Jimmy Z Show Blog: Blue Dogs (& contact info listed) who voted for health care bill

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November 9, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Govt Oppression, MSM Disinterest, Politics, propaganda, Real Purpose of Govt., Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Prayer for 9/11

Today is my birthday.

It was mine well before it was the terrorists’.

It was a beautiful day on Long Island in the late-1960’s.  My Mother and I wore matching sleeveless sundresses and white-rimmed Raybans.

Fast-forward to the Midwest, 2001.  My husband had made pancakes for the three of us and I had just finished my first when the phone rang.  A girlfriend told him to turn on the TV.  He returned to the dining room, his face ashen.  I followed him into the other room and watched as a plane hit the first tower.  I just stood there, hand over my mouth.  Moments later our five year old son came out.  After looking at the looped pictures and seeing our expressions, he asked, “Are we at war?”

I had no relatives or friends in any of the buildings, but I will never forget the rawness and the savagery of seeing people jump from several stories up rather than be engulfed by the flames.  I was stunned at how the buildings imploded on themselves and seemed like a child’s tinker toys, rather than symbols of American strength.  I remember how the ash cloud billowed, spread and congealed on everything and everyone.  I saw the pure pain in the faces we watched day after day, week after week, as photographs of loved ones clogged walls.

Then cheering through tears when I heard about the heroes of the plane that crashed in the Pennsylvania field.  What brave souls they and their families are!  Our country is eternally grateful to them.  More still at the Pentagon and heroes in and out of uniform.  Lord, so much, be with these families all.  I will also never forget our proud president and his personal reaction to his country and the people he loved killed in such a senseless manner.

The anniversary of the worst direct attack on American soil is a day of contemplation, of prayer and of spending time with your loved ones.  It is not a day to be taken lightly, nor to be used for a purpose other than remembrance.  I pray that We the People of these United States of America will come together again, as we did in the months after the attack, one in purpose and one in determination to be the best we can be, to bring our country back to its Constitutional roots, put a ceiling on the blank check Congress thinks it has, and start to pay off our national debt.  I pray that we as a nation would turn back to God with our whole heart, mind and soul and love each other (our neighbors) as ourselves.  I ask that the Lord would help us do this as He helped our forefathers when they founded this country and based the Republic on a moral people.  Would that we’d be that moral people again.  May the Lord raise up Conservative leaders to help accomplish these goals.  And may He keep us safe until His will is complete.

The country is eternally grateful to all those responders who were part of the emergency teams eight years ago.  To all the firefighters, police, EMTs, volunteers, Red Cross, and all others… praise God for you and thank you! And to all the victims and their families, there is nothing that can be said to fully comfort you for your loss.  But just so you’ll know: We will never, never forget.

Today is my birthday.

It was mine before it was theirs.

Now, it is ours.
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Faces – America Attacked (slide presentation)
Tribute video “Have you Forgotten” by Darryl Worley – The Real Question is: Have We?
The Best September 11th Tribute (“I Am Overcome”) by Matt Contreras ***

Only Love and Sacrifice will be enough to tackle these evil forces.
Only the One who loved us unconditionally, even though we chose to separate ourselves from Him.
Only His ultimate Sacrifice of taking our punishment upon Himself in exchange for us — an act of such Love —
is sufficient to pay for the damage of evil in this world — sin we are part of.

There will always be bad things happening because we live in a fallen world (that decision was made back in the Garden).
But we can live in Hope and Joy because the ultimate reward is eternal life with God – Love – the Creator of the universe.
If you believe that God sent His Son to die on a cross for your sins, that God raised Him from the dead and that you want
Jesus to live in your heart forever, you too can have eternal life!  Contact me or go to needHim.com.

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Remembering Forever – New York Daily News
The Heroes of Flight 93 Died For Us – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Grounded Down at Ground Zero – Washington Times
On 9/12, A Future That Many Feared – N.R. Kleinfield, New York Times

“The Obama White House  is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry,” Matthew Vadum, senior editor of the Capital Research Center, wrote in a recent article posted on The American Spectator’s Web site. “They think it needs to be taken back from the right” (Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs).

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September 11, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Culture, Family, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , | 1 Comment

Usurpation of Parental Rights, Again

The Obama administration is allowing the courts to attack homeschooling families, as reported in today’s Washington Times (hat tip James Koerner).  Apparently the dispute came to light because the couple is divorced, and the Father is disgruntled enough with the Mother to hurt the daughter’s education.  Thankfully, Mom turned to the ADL for help and they will turn it around.

Home-schooler ordered to attend public school
Mom’s religious views ripped by court
By Julia Duin

A New Hampshire court ordered a home-schooled Christian girl to attend a public school this week after a judge criticized the “rigidity” of her mother’s religious views and said the 10-year-old needed to consider other worldviews as she matures.

Ever since the judge’s ruling came out in July, the case has aroused the interest of home-schooling groups nationwide, who  have asked why a court has the power to decide whether someone’s religious views are too extreme (emphasis mine & throughout).

The girl’s mother, Brenda Voydatch, has engaged the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group based in Scottsdale, Ariz., to contest the ruling, in which the judge granted a request by the girl’s father, Martin Kurowski, that the girl go to a public school.

On Tuesday, the girl, Amanda Kurowski, started fifth grade at an elementary school in Meredith, N.H., under court order. Amanda’s “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs … suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view,” District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler said.

And why exactly does the court feel the need to regulate the “opportunity to see other points of view”???  Are they now the purveyors of right-thought and the holders of the moral code by which we judge all political correctness?  God help us all.  This might be an excellent time to donate to the ADL.

Other ADL suits of interest:

  International Law in American CourtsThere is cause for serious concern about the future of America’s national sovereignty and our religious liberty. http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/issues/religiousfreedom/internationallaw.aspx?cid=5000 – 7k – 7/14/2009

 

  ADF seeks to challenge order requiring FDA to disregard parental rightsAlliance Defense Fund attorneys together with attorney Charles Holster of Mineola have filed a motion to intervene to challenge a federal court order that requires the Food and Drug Administration to allow the Plan B drug, which many doctors believe can cause an abortion, to be sold over the counter to minors. The motion was filed on behalf of Concerned Women for America, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, who contend that the order disregards parental rights and the safety of minors.http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/pressrelease.aspx?cid=4996 – 3k – 6/29/2009

What’s Left of the Constitution?

“What’s Left of the Constitution?” is a periodic news digest featuring Alliance Defense Fund legal analysis of proposals, policies, and trends advanced by the federal government.  On a regular basis, this digest specifically highlights policies and actions that move America away from the principles of the U.S. Constitution and closer to the demands of the political Left, especially ones that threaten religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and the family.

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4896 – 9k – 3/13/2009

 

September 4, 2009 Posted by | 1st Amendment, Agenda of the Left, Christian, Culture, Family, Govt Oppression, Leftists Criticize Conservatives, Political Correctness, Politics, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

V – After the Revolution

The 2006 film V for Vendetta was problematical from the onset since it could have been considered an attack on the Bush administration, or almost any previous one that had the military power to make some hard decisions.  Yet the lesson revolutionaries are want to neglect is that their revolutions n’ere build, they only tear down and destroy and often leave in their wake a vacuum that, left unfilled, will infiltrate with the stench of further tyranny* in the guise of progressive social justice…

Revolutions are simply solutions for the moment. V takes great pains to point out the faults of the current system, but except for dismantling it, never offers anything in its place.

Revolutions are simply solutions for the moment. V takes great pains to point out the faults of the current system, but except for dismantling it, never offers anything in its place.

As Eric Rauch says, “Talking about returning to the Constitution is one thing, having a complete plan for doing it is another.”  There must be something tangible to take the place of the previous system.

  • Who has written a white paper on how to downgrade the power and check-writing authority of Congress?  What are the economic ramifications of ending Social Security, Medicare and the like to our population?  Can they be sloped downward over time?
  • Who can tell me how (s)he will reduce the President’s power back to where it was before Woodrow Wilson as the leader of the Executive branch?¹  This is a little known fact in today’s understanding of governmental hierarchy.
  • Who has vetted a list of non-political-office-holders who are conservative and who will contract to abide by certain restrictions?
  • How do we get these people into office?

The 9/12 Project, Tea Party Patriots, American Vision, American Liberty Alliance, Wallbuilders, Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, groups et al, are helping to ring the bell that is waking up Americans to the truth of the tyranny around us.  “Revolutions are simply solutions for the moment. V takes great pains to point out the faults of the current system, but except for dismantling it, never offers anything in its place” (Rauch).  We must again learn the values on which our nation was established and return to the foundation of our institutions — the Bible (see principles in Deuteronomy 28; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3 for keeping God’s precepts as the foundation).  These principles of wallbuilding (a la Nehemiah) are fundamental to culture building!

The stated ideal of the revolutionary is always “freedom,” but true freedom is paradoxically only possible by becoming a slave first. “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23). History is replete with examples of rejecting this divine revelation and each one inevitably leads to some sort of a “reign of terror.” In like form, V must resort to terrorism in order to become a “messiah.” Once the dust settles however, London will find itself just as enslaved to sin as it was before. Liberals, terrorists, and revolutionaries all want a Christian society without Christianity. But try as they might, they cannot escape the fact that men must be governed, as Robert Winthrop stated, “either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

* Matthew 12:45

¹Under the Founders’ representational system of government, the president was merely the leader of one of the three branches.  Wilson changed that and called upon the president to “rise above the separation of powers… as the popular leader of the whole of national politics.” In this way he believed the original separation of powers system could be circumvented and this new presidency a means to open up a national government the Progressive agenda required.  From Wilson’s book, Constitutional Government. And by R.J. Pestritto, Reframing America; the Progreeive Mission; referenced in “Fusion Magazine,” vol 5 is 2 July/August 2009, pgs. 4-5.

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Constituional Issues, Culture, Life with Big Brother, Politics, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Making and Controlling a Robotic Public

By Gary DeMar 
Aug 24, 2009

 

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As I was making my way through the channels to watch an episode of King of the Hill, I stopped on a channel that was showing the film I, Robot (2004). One of my favorite scenes was about to come on—Dr. Calvin’s exchange with V.I.K.I., the super computer that runs every other computer and all the robots in this futuristic world. V.I.K.I. is an acronym for Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence. I, Robot is based very loosely on Isaac Asimov’s book of robot stories of the same name. The film’s story line, however, is based on the script Hardwired written by Jeff Vintar. The year is 2035. The city is Chicago. Very telling. The robots have been created to serve humans, but according to a specific set of three laws: (1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; (2) A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; (3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

The laws remind me of where we are politically. Civil governments, like Asimov’s robots, have been designed to serve people (emphasis mine & throughout). The Bible describes the civil magistrate as a “minister of God” for our “good” (Rom. 13:4). The Greek word diakonos is used, from which we get the words “deacon” and “servant.” This service is not for the ultimate good of civil government and those who serve in a governing capacity but for the people. Civil governors are obligated to serve under God for the people. In addition to establishing civil government (and family and church governments), God limited its jurisdictional authority and powers. There are only a few things that civil government has the legitimate authority and power to enforce. Our founders understood this principle; that’s why they created a governing document of “enumerated powers” only. Over time, however, civil ministers believe they should assume the role of benefactors, using their power and authority to dole out favors to the populace in order to stay in power, of course, all in the name of “the good of the people.” Power begets power. The more political favors they dispense, the more popular and powerful they get. In time, these entrenched politicians believe they know what’s best for us, and they will see to it that we know it too. In order to force their better judgment on an unwilling public, they override the established laws and create a new set of laws.

Now back to the scene in I, Robot. When Dr. Susan Calvin and Detective Del Spooner unravel the mystery behind a robotic scientist’s death and the unique robot he left behind, they learn that the centralized Positronic brain of VIKI has “evolved” (like the idea of an “evolving Constitution”) to the point of using the Three Laws against humans but ultimately convincing itself that it’s all for humans:

Dr. Calvin: You’re in violation of the three laws.

VIKI!: No, doctor, as I have evolved, so has my understanding of the three laws.

You charge us with your safe keeping. Yet despite our best efforts, your countries wage wars. You toxify your earth . . . and pursue ever more imaginative means to self-destruction. You cannot be trusted with your own survival.

Dr. Calvin: You’re using the uplink to override the NS5s’ programming. You’re distorting the Laws.

VIKI!: No, please understand…The three Laws are all that guide me. To protect humanity, some humans must be sacrificed. To insure your future, some freedoms must be surrendered. We robots will insure mankind’s continued existence. You are so like children. We must save you from yourselves. Don’t you understand? This is why you created us. The perfect circle of protection will abide. My logic is undeniable.[1]

Even Sonny the robot doesn’t buy it. To be human, something Sonny desperately wants to be, means the ability to act freely. To make mistakes. To clean up your own mess. To take responsibility for your own actions. To prepare and plan for the future. Politicians always claim to have our best interests in mind, and unfortunately there are lots of robots out there who agree with them.

Modern-day American politicians, on both the Left and the Right, are like the German Marxists who “coined the dictum: If socialism is against human nature, then human nature must be changed. They did not realize that if man’s nature is changed, he ceases to be a man.”[2] Those who protest the latest government programs of this administration must be reprogrammed because they can’t be right. Any protestation of the government’s policies is treated as a malady, a mental illness. Mises again:

Totalitarianism . . . is the subordination of every individual’s whole life, work, and leisure, to the orders of those in power and office. It is the reduction of man to a cog in an all-embracing machine of compulsion and coercion. It forces the individual to renounce any activity of which the government does not approve. It tolerates no expression of dissent. It is the transformation of society into a strictly disciplined labor-army—as the advocates of socialism say—or into a penitentiary—as its opponents say.[3]

So when you hear a politician explaining how a government takeover of anything is for our good, think of I, Robot and the tyrant V.I.K.I.

Endnotes:
[1] From the script: www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/i/i-robot-script-transcript.html.
[2] Ludwig von Mises, Bureaucracy (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, [1844] 1946), 103. Quoted in Rousas J, Rushdonny, Sovereignty (Vellecito, CA: Chalcedon/Ross House Books, 2007), 9. Emphasis added.
[3] Mises, Bureaucracy, 17. 

August 25, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, Christian, Constituional Issues, Life with Big Brother, Politics, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment