Wednesday, December 24, 2008
As usual, the anti-Christ crowd has shown their evil little heads again this Christmas. Check out this story where a lady says she got fired for not saying 'Happy Holidays'.
Merry Christmas, the sky is falling!
How about this ridiculous book about how Santa goes green! Watch out! Reindeer farts are causing global warming!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society. Modern socialism originated in the late nineteenth-century working class political movement. Karl Marx posited that socialism would be achieved via class struggle and a proletarian revolution which represents the transitional stage between capitalism and communism.And now from Barack Obama:
Socialists mainly share the belief that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and creates an unequal society. All socialists advocate the creation of an egalitarian society, in which wealth and power are distributed more evenly.
You know if you look at the victories and the failures of the Civil Rights movement and its litigation strategy in the Court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples so that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I would be okay. But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.... And one of the I think the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change and in some ways we still suffer from that.
"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully," the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father." "The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."
[Ahmed] Yousef [Hamas political advisor] told Batchelor and Klein that Hamas would send Obama a congratulatory letter "the moment that he will win the election."
Obama has even garnered the praises of Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. "You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn't care anything about. That's a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking," Farrakhan said.
Fidel Castro has also jumped on the Obama bandwagon, saying Obama "without doubt is, from the social and human point, the most advanced candidate" running for the U.S. presidency, Reuters reported in May.The Messiah?? More like the Anti-Christ. (Yep, I said it!! In public even! I don't think he is, but he sure could be a precursor!)
On Oct. 20, a group supporting Al Qaeda posted a message on a password-protected al Hesbah Web site that said McCain would be a better choice for president because he was more likely to continue the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Associated Press reported.That's it. No other details. What did they supposedly praise him about? This seems a bit far-fetched, as John McCain would clearly be a more dangerous President than Barack Obama would be when it comes to dealing with terrorists. I think McCain would blow them away while Obama would invite them to a tea party. Besides, I don't see a problem with winning the war on terrorism as opposed to walking away from it, as Obama wants to do.
- Home Depot - No mention of Christmas on their website, but they mention Hannukah!
- Patchogue, NY - Renamed their Christmas Parade to a Holiday Parade (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,443785,00.html)
Friday, October 24, 2008
Why I Can't Vote For Obama
By Huntley Brown
A few months ago I was asked for my perspective on Obama, I sent out an e-mail with a few points. With the election just around the corner I decided to complete my perspective. Those of you on my e-list have seen some of this before but its worth repeating..
First I must say who ever wins the election will have my prayer support. Obama needs to be commended for his accomplishments but I need to explain why I will not be voting for him.
Many of my friends process their identity through their blackness.
I process my identity through Christ. Being a Christian (a Christ follower) means he leads I follow. I can't dictate the terms he does because he is the leader.
I can't vote black because I am black I have to vote Christian because that's who I am. Christian first black second. Neither should anyone from the other ethnic groups vote because of ethnicity. 200 years from now I wont be asked if I was black or white. I will be asked if I know Jesus and accepted him as Lord and savior.
In an election there are many issues to consider but when a society gets abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning to name a few wrong economic concerns will soon not matter.
We need to follow Martin Luther King's words don't judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I don't know Obama so all I can go off is his voting record.
His voting record earned him the title of the most liberal senator in the US Senate in 2007.
NATIONAL JOURNAL: Obama: Most Liberal Senator in 2007 (01/31/2008)
To beat Ted Kennedy and Hilary Clinton as the most liberal senator, takes some doing.
Obama accomplished this feat in 2 short years. I wonder what would happen to America if he had four years to work with.
There is a reason planned parenthood gives him a 100 % ratings.
There is a reason the homosexual community supports him.
There is a reason Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Castro, Hamas etc loves him.
There is a reason he said he would nominate liberal judges to the supreme court.
There is a reason he voted against the infanticide bill.
There is a reason he voted No on the constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.
There is a reason he voted no on partial birth abortion.
There is a reason he voted no on confirming Justices Roberts and Alito. These two judges are conservatives and they have since overturned partial birth abortion. The same practice Obama wanted to continue.
Lets take a look at the practice he wanted to continue.
The 5 Step Partial Birth Abortion procedure
A. Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps.
(Remember this is a live baby)
B. The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
C. The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
D. The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole.
E. The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
God help him.
There is a reason Obama opposed the parent notification law.
Think about this you can't give a kid an aspirin without parental notification but that same kid can have an abortion without parental notification. This is insane.
There is a reason he went to Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years.
Obama tells us he has good judgement but he sat under Jeremiah Wright teaching for 20 years. Now he is condemning Wrights sermons. I wonder why now?
Obama said Jeremiah Wright led him to the Lord and discipled him. A disciple is one in training. Jesus told us in Matthew 28 v 19 - 20 Go and make disciples of all nations. This means reproduce yourself. Teach people to think like you, walk like you, talk like you believe what you believe etc. The question I have is what did Jeremiah Wright teach him?
Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenants that said they have a
1. Commitment to the White Community
2. Commitment to the White Family
3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic
4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community .
5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.”
Would you support a President who went to a church like that?
Just change the word from white to black and you have the tennants of Obamas former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside.
This kind of church is a racist church. Obama did not wake up after 20 years and just discovered he went to a racist church. The church can't be about race. Jesus did not come for any particular race. He came for the whole world.
A church can't have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if its a white church or a black church its still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote.
Obama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is a disciple of liberal theologian James Cone, author of the 1970 book A Black Theology of Liberation. Cone once wrote: “Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.
Cone is the man Obama's mentor looks up to. Does Obama believe this?
So what does all this mean for the nation?
In the past when the Lord brought someone with the beliefs of Obama to lead a nation it meant one thing judgement.
Read 1 Samuel 8. When Israel asked for a king.
First God says 1 Samuel 8 v 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do."
Then God says
1 Samuel 8 v 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king
you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day."
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. "No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles."
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, "Listen to them and give them a king."
Here is what we know for sure
God is not schizophrenic
He would not tell one person to vote for Obama and one to vote for McCain. As the scripture says a city divided against itself cannot stand, so obviously many people are not hearing from God.
Maybe I am the one not hearing but I know God does not change and Obama contradicts many things I read in scripture so I doubt it.
For all my friends who are voting for Obama can you really look God in the face and say Father based on your word, I am voting for Obama even though I know he will continue the genocidal practice of partial birth abortion.
He might have to nominate three or four supreme court justices, and I am sure he will be nominating liberal judges who will be making laws that are against you.
I also know he will continue to push for homosexual rights, even though you destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for this.I know I can look the other way because of the economy.
I could not see Jesus agreeing with many of Obama's positions. Finally I have two questions for all my liberal friends.
Since we know someone's value system has to be placed on the nation,
1 Whose value system should be placed on the nation.
2 Who should determine that this is the right value system for the nation?
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This dutch guy built Noah's Ark as described in the Bible, but only at half size. Take a look at the pictures then double what you see. It's amazing and yet further goes to show that the Bible is true and accurate. Looks like this guy is also building a Full-sized Noah's Ark.
Skeptics beware! Stuff like this will shoot your theories right out of the water! ;-)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
- Will McCain's health care proposals raise taxes? Biden says that McCain’s proposal will cost people money. The Tax Foundation finds that could easily be "roughly deficit-neutral over ten years."
-- Did "we spend more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country"? No, one year’s worth of spending in Iraq equaled five in Afghanistan.
-- France and the U.S. "kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon"? No, and it wouldn't have made much more sense if he had said "Syria" instead.
-- Is it really “simply not true” that Obama said that he would meet with the leader of countries such as Iran without preconditions? No, Obama said “I would.”
-- Did Obama warn against letting Hamas participate in Palestinian legislative elections in 2005? No.
-- Do “Iraqis have an $80 billion surplus”? No. If oil prices had remained high, it might have reached $50 billion by the end of this year.
-- Finally, an amusing point as evidence that Biden is just one of the people he pointed to, inviting anyone to have a beer with him at "Katie's Restaurant" in Wilmington, Del. Unfortunately, people will have a hard time taking him up on his offer, since the restaurant hasn't had that name for probably 15 years.
During the debate with Sarah Palin, Joe Biden said,
Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that. And the primary role of the Vice President of the United States of America is to support the President of the United States of America, give that President his or her best judgment when sought, and as Vice President, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit. The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive, and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.
Wow. And the Democrats think this guy is qualified to be Vice President? Or even President should something happen to Obama? Seems to me that this guy was only trying to tear down Cheney and get a slam in, but all he did was show how ignorant he is of the Constitution.
The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
Of course, we know what a Vice President does. And that's not only to preside over the Senate and [I] will take that position very seriously also. I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the Vice President if that Vice President so chooses to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the President's policies and making sure too that our President understands what our strengths are.Who do you want as Vice President? Someone who knows the Constitution and knows what the job entails, or someone who doesn't?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Read this article. Pay special attention to the date. Note the administration it's talking about...
Here some FUN outakes:
In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.
The action, which will begin as a pilot program involving 24 banks in 15 markets -- including the New York metropolitan region -- will encourage those banks to extend home mortgages to individuals whose credit is generally not good enough to qualify for conventional loans. Fannie Mae officials say they hope to make it a nationwide program by next spring.
Fannie Mae, the nation's biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.
Obama '08!!! Bring on the CHANGE!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I have no doubt that many Latino immigrants do love this country, and they contribute enormously to it. Yet others treat it like an ATM, flout its laws, have no interest in becoming legal or a citizen, and -- when they take to the streets -- see no irony in demanding rights from one country while waving the flag of another. Guess what? Such things have a way of making you feel marginalized.
"Tuesday, another Saudi cleric, Sheik Mohammed Munajjid, said the cartoonWatch out Jerry! It's not just Tom you need to worry about! Al Queda will be after you next!!
character Mickey Mouse should be killed. Munajjid said in an interview with a
religious Web site that under Islamic law, rats and mice are considered
"repulsive" and as "soldiers of Satan."
"For children they've become
something great and beloved. Like this Mickey Mouse, who is seen as a great
figure, even though under Islamic law, Mickey Mouse should be killed," said
Munajjid, who is a well-known cleric"
Have you noticed that Islam's answer to everything it to kill everyone else? Don't forget, Islam is a religion of peace!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
3:00(approx.): Pasquale Buzzelli had been on the 22nd floor, lost consciousness in a North Tower stairway during the collapse and awakens to find himself lying atop the debris with only a fractured foot.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This Article tells about how a Tyson plant in Tennessee is accomodating their muslim employees by providing a prayer room and exchanging a U.S. national holiday - Labor Day - for some islamic holiday.
Now, I can understand it to a point. The plant has a LOT of muslims working there, so giving them reasonable accomodations for their religion is not that big of a deal. But trading a long-standing NATIONAL holiday for one of their religious holidays? I'm against it. The very least they should have done is give their employees the choice of one or the other.
My questions is.... Would this company be as accomodating to Christians? Where's the Christian prayer chapel? Can they take time off for Easter if they want? I doubt it. Maybe if they took it out of their personal vacation time.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
- A kitten's fur
- A piece of toast
- A marble slab
- A shadow on a wall
- A ceramic tile
- The vinyl on kitchen chairs
- The wood grain on a door ("Adjacent to it is an image of an opposing force"!!)
- The wood grain on a 2x4
- A barn door
- A church roof tile ("I recently took a Holiday to Slovenia whilst suffering with a Mystery Illness which i had been suffering with since December 24th 2007, ... We stayed in Bled for 1 week in May 2008, During our visit we took a boat trip out to the Island to visit the beautiful Baroque church, I visited the gift shop and decided to Buy 2 of the roof tiles which were being sold Due to the refurbishment of the roof. The tiles had been in place on the church since 1890 until 2007. When i returned to the uk and unwrapped the tiles i was Absolutelly Stunned to see the image of JESUS CHRIST on one of the tiles. Please check the pictures Attached. My Illness also mysteriously cured itself whilst on holiday in Bled and i Trully believe That the church on the island of Bled is a trully sacred place.")
- A rock
- A knife blade
- An earring
- A tree
- The Shroud of Orlando ("I live in Orlando. An image like the Shroud of Turin has appeared on an improvised curtain in my kitchen. I believe it is an image of the Messiah.")
- A cheeto
- A hospital window reflection
- The colors on an Easter Egg
I have a picture that was take during a tornado in Manitou Springs, Colorado back in the late 1970's. I don't know who took it. In the picture there appears to be an image that would be descibed as Jesus wearing robes.
But do you see me calling the media? No. Have I had a priest come inspect the picture to proclaim it a miracle? No. Posted on Ebay? Wanna buy it? Sorry, it's not for sale.
Had an Air Force photo lab inspect it and check for double exposure or other photo tricks? Yup. It's clean.
So why don't I try to get some attention or money from it? Cause there's only one time you'll find the real Jesus coming in the clouds, and that's at the end of the world...
So then, how do you find Jesus? Start with the Bible. Seek Him from His word.
Jeremiah 29: 11-13: 11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
"If we went into a Muslim country and left a Bible, we would be in prison and then decapitated a few years later," said Sue Ann Pieri.
Don't kid yourself, lady. "A few years later" is not the case. You'd be killed probably immediatley, forget prison. Islam has NO tolerance for ANY other religion.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Brennan Manning is an author of quite a few books. I've read a couple, and for the most part, I like them. Something he wrote even helped me get over my nervousness when flying!
But Brennan's writings seem to stir up controversy. You can find a lot of stuff on the internet where people are saying his writings are heretical and blasphemous. You can find more that say they are inspiring and uplifting.
One such controversial passage is in Brennan's book called "The Ragamuffin Gospel". He writes:
"The saved sinner is prostrate in adoration, lost in wonder and praise. He knows repentance is not what we do in order to earn forgiveness; it is what we do because we have been forgiven. It serves as an expression of gratitude rather than an effort to earn forgiveness. Thus the sequence of forgiveness and then repentance, rather than repentance and then forgiveness, is crucial for understanding the gospel of grace."
So what's the problem? I've read several people say that this passage is very wrong, even heretical. But is it? The critics have a problem with Brennan's assertion that forgiveness precedes repentance. I've been thinking about this, and it makes me wonder...
Isn't all sin actually already forgiven? Now, before you start calling me a heretic or whatever, lets examine things. I kind of feel that Brennan may be right in what he's saying. One thing I will say up front about this is that while I feel forgiveness may come before repentance, as Brennan suggests, I'm certain that salvation must follow repentance.
Let's look at scripture and see what it says. (Everything I quote is from NIV)
First, in Romans 6: 9-10 it says "9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God."
2 Corinthians 7:8-10 "8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Hebrews 10:11-18, 26-27 "11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 "This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." 17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin." And "26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God."
So I'm confused. Some verses seem to indicate that Jesus died once for all sin, which sorta implies that all sins are forgiven. Yet other verses indicate that if we keep on sinning, then no sacrifice for sins is left.
So which is it? Forgiveness, then Repentance and Salvation or Repentance then Forgiveness and Salvation?
Or is it different for the saved vs. the unsaved?
For the saved, is it that you have salvation, all your sins are already forgiven but when you do sin you repent in response to knowing you are forgiven, as Brennan seems to be indicating?
And for the unsaved, is it repentence then forgiveness and salvation?
Or is it that unrepented sin becomes unforgiven sin?
I really like what Brennan says in that quote, but I'm just not sure if it's right.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I stumbled upon this blog. The title of this post caught my eye so I checked it out. I must say that despite the bad language used, this is a very interesting discussion.
Here's an excerpt from the main post.
So, the incident was that a cabin attendant was getting something from her
pocket and took out a crucifix at the same time (I believe there are some
regulations that prevent them from wearing either any form of jewellery of
religious based jewellery) which she discreetly put back into her pocket
after she located the item. However, the "passenger in question" instantly took offence to her "wielding 'that' religious icon while dealing with him." The whole heated discussion included snipes about how piq was always having to deal with God
being thrust into his face when he believed in something different. How his
life in the US in constantly disrupted by it. etc etc
This incident is an example of part of what's wrong with America these days. I'm going to expand this point to include not only religion, but other cultures as well.
It really is no wonder that other countries are beginning to not like Americans and are ridiculing us. Liberal Americans are all up-in-arms about political correctness and how things offend them. If you don't think like they do and do what they want you to do, they're going to take you to court to try to force you to be like them. So much for the 'land of the free'. Liberals are making this more the 'land of the asinine'. We've become the laughing stock of the world.
People sueing others because they get offended about something, like saying "Merry Christmas".
Little incidents like the one described above.
I really like what macphoto said in a reply: "What would happen if an American went to a Muslim nation and started bitching about Allah and all things Muslim being "thrown in their face?" Think the natives of that country would get a little defensive? And, they should. Its like being welcomed into somebody's home then complaining and being offended by the way they live."
Know what would probably happen if you went to Iran and compained about some Muslim thing? You'd probably either be put in jail or killed. Why is it that other countries are allowed to express their religious traditions, but here in America we're so concerned that someone might be offended, that everything must be supressed?
Suppose I moved to Saudi Arabia, and while there I said, "Gee, I don't like all this muslim stuff being thrust in my face. I think I'll complain!" Well, seeing as how Saudi Arabia is a muslim country build on muslim traditions and principles, and the majority of the people there are supposedly muslim... and since Islam is a radical religion and if you insult it in any way, you'll cause protests around the world, I'd be treading on thin ice. Again, I'd either be thrown in jail or killed.
Not so in America! Muslims come here from Saudi Arabia or where ever and say, "Gee, I don't like all this Christian stuff being thrust in my face! I think I'll complain! Better yet, I'll sue!" And America rolls over and says, "Sorry, didn't mean to offend! Despite the fact that this country was built on Christian traditions and principles, and the majority of people here are supposedly Christians...... and since Christianity teaches love and if you insult it in any way, you'll see Christians turning the other cheek, we'll surrender to your demands and supress our culture so you can have your culture here instead."
And it's not just in religious matters either. Now, this part is probably going to get people pointing at me, screaming, "RACIST!!" Which couldn't be further from the truth. I'm simply stating what I've observed from first-hand experience.
Now, since we've been invaded by Mexico, and undocumented (dare I say ILLEGAL) immigrants must be catered to, we have to change all our signs and packaging and welfare forms to be bilingual. So much for this being an English speaking country! You can't go to a fast food restaurant anymore without having to order in Spanish or point to the freaking picture of what you'd like to eat. Furthermore, they are trying to turn our neighborhoods into Mexican ghettos, just like where they came from. MORE THAN 50% of the kids in my son's 1st grade class were non-English speaking, undocumented immigrants! They had to have a bilingual teacher in that class to cater to the illegal kids! My own neighbors can't speak English. They have multiple families living in single-family homes. They don't take care of their yard or house. They don't take their Christmas lights down till the middle of FREAKING APRIL!!! (Ok, that could be some redneck influence, but you get the point). All the while leeching my tax dollars by getting food stamps and whatever other welfare assistance they are getting, despite the fact that they shouldn't even be in this country or be eligible for U.S. GOVERNMENT assistance.
I have a feeling I'll be writing more about this issue.....
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Lisa gave me the best Father’s Day present ever – Jimmy Buffet tickets. We
went with friends of ours – Perry and Kelly Corda – and had a blast! Early this
year I went online and waited for hours to get tickets, but to no avail. Then
the Cordas called Thursday night and said that a friend needed to get rid of her
tickets at face value. Who says there is no verifiable proof of a benevolent
deity in the universe? Suck on that Richard Dawkins!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised.
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, rain down on he.
So let it be.
So let it be.
Sleep, sleep tonight
And may your dreams be realised.
If the thunder cloud passes rain
So let it rain, let it rain
Rain down on he.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.
God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.
If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,"which is my problem, my issues, my pain." But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.
It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
Friday, February 22, 2008
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She is cute, though. We named her Miley. She's about 7 weeks old and is a Dachshound/Cocker mix. I guess that makes her a Dacher.