Wednesday, February 28, 2007

christian fascists?

This is what passes for intelligent discussion on the left. What amazes me is that the modern left is so blind to real fascism within the religion of Islam, and, at the same time, so eager to imagine fascism in the peaceful Christian religion. What have I always said, about the cancer of liberalism making a person unable to tell the difference between good and evil? Here's your proof.

are you a nehemiah or an ezra?

This is an excellent article by David Barton of Read the article, and then read 2 Chronicles 7, which follows here. We must be the difference we want to see in our country!

When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, "He is good; his love endures forever."
Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the LORD. And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD's musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, "His love endures forever." Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.
Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, [
a] because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.
So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo [
b] Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more. On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the LORD had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.
When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, the LORD appeared to him at night and said: "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
"As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.'
"But if you [
c] turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you [d] and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?' People will answer, 'Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.' "

what is the Bible?

With so much disagreement raging among Christians, and so many false teachers spreading false doctrine, it is good to read an article like this from Billy Graham. The Bible is the perfect Word of God. Any human attempts to add or subtract from it are a sin. We can trust in the infallibility of God's Word!

matthew 13

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear."
The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'[a] But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
"The owner's servants came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
" 'An enemy did this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
" 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.' "
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."
He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount[b] of flour until it worked all through the dough."
Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world."[c]
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."
He answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied.
He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."
When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked. "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor."
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

genesis 13

So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers. Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left."
Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring [a] forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

the false religion of environmentalism, and the hypocrisy of the "clergy"

I am becoming increasingly agitated with the liberal devotees of environmentalism, and specifically, the worshippers at the Church of Global Warming. The simple truth of the matter is that real science does not support the hysterical rantings of the algore crowd. Man-made global warming is a hoax, and I have provided reams of scientific data on my blog to prove that very point. What I want to focus on today is, first, the religious fervor of the global warming crowd, and, second, the hypocrisy of the "clergy" of the movement.

I don't think it's very hard to see how environmentalism has become a religion. Think about the religion of Christianity. As a Christian, I believe that God created the universe, and everything in it. I believe that God created man in His image. I believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and to then be raised from the dead as the perfect sacrifice for my sins and to complete God's perfect plan of salvation. I believe that the Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of all believers as the perfect Counselor for us as we live out our lives on this side of eternity. I can't point to any scientific studies that "prove" what I believe. On the contrary, it is faith and hope that support my beliefs.

Compare that to the environmentalist fake religion of global warming. These worshippers believe that the world is getting warmer and that it is man's fault, particularly the American man. Salvation will come when we reduce our personal carbon emissions, or, at least, become "carbon-neutral" (that's a big old farce all by itself). If man will not voluntarily perform the rituals of the church, then it becomes the responsibility of the state to enforce compliance with the rituals. It is also the responsibility of the state to indoctrinate our children in this state-approved religion. There are no scientific studies that prove what these worshippers believe. On the contrary, it is faith, hope, and hysteria that support their beliefs. Take a look at the following: and;
These are great illustrations of what I'm talking about.

Now, how about the hypocrisy of the global warming "clergy?" Take a look at and at

What you find out from these two links is that the very liberals who are screaming the loudest about how all of us need to "get right with god nature" are the people who are doing the most damage to the environment through their actions. Comrad Gore consumes more energy in a month than the average American uses in a year. Comrad Gore trots around the globe on private jets and tools around in massive SUV's and limos, leaving in his wake carbon footprints the size of a Third World country. How dare he lecture anyone about energy conservation!

As I have said many times before, with liberals, the issue is never the issue. Comrad algore and his ilk don't give two hoots about the environment. They know the whole thing is a farce. Their only objective is to gain more power over other "less enlightened humanoids." The issue is one-world, socialist government under the control of their real religion--secular humanism. If you are one of those people who finds yourself buying in to anything these snakeoil salesmen are selling, do yourself a favor. Have a trusted family member, friend or co-worker slap you once right up side your noggin so that you will wake up to reality.

Global warming is a false religion designed to achieve global control.

Nothing more, nothing less.

interesting 2008 info

God bless joe lieberman!

America's Democrat Party, the modern Socialist Surrender Party, desperately needs more Joe Liebermans in their ranks. Their treatment of him is shameful, and will eventually come back to bite them.

what would God have us do?

These are rocky times in this broken world. Western civilization is under attack from a false and violent religion. We have false teachers within the Christian church who teach a false Gospel and who are responsible for leading people away from God. The forces of secularism/Satan are fighting around the clock to knock holes in our faith so that we turn away from God. What should we do?

Jesus made our "marching orders" pretty simple. Mark 12:28-34 says, "One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.[
e] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'[f] The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[g]There is no commandment greater than these."
"Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Matthew 28:16-20 says, "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

It's pretty simple, folks! We are to love God with our entire being. That means that we are to regularly converse with Him in prayer, that we are to make it a practice to read His Holy Word, that we are to follow all of what the Bible says, and we are to ask for wisdom so that we may be able to discern His will and to tell good from evil.

We are to love and serve others as much as we love and serve ourselves. That means that we are to be vocal about sin. That doesn't mean that we are to hate sinners, because all of us are sinners and we all need love. It does mean that we are to condemn sin itself and that we are to encourage others to resist sin. It also means that we are not to "tolerate" sin as if it was OK. It's not OK! Sin leads to death, and we are to speak openly and aggressively against sin, and against those who promote sin. We are also to minister to the needs of others, in every way that they need. That is our mission, and we are commanded to make mission a way of life!

We are to tell others about the Good News of Jesus. We are to do that through our words and through our deeds. Actually, telling others the Good News through our deeds is probably a more powerful witness than through our words. We are to start in our homes and spiral outward. If we "evangelize" effectively in our homes, the words and deeds of our children will spiral outward and onward to continue spreading the Good News.

After a lot of years "wandering around in the wilderness", I am attempting to do what Jesus has told us to do. Some days I do OK, and some days I don't. We all have to do a better job because the world is desperately searching for some "salt and light" Christian leadership. Even if the world doesn't know it!

Put the following under the category of "food for thought on the journey." Have a great day!

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."----Matthew 5:13-16 (The Message)

the truth about wealth--it's very different from the liberal lies

The simple truth is that the pathway to success is to work hard, to be frugal, and to save. The liberal mantra about wealth being just a matter of luck, or a matter of conservative greed, is bogus. It's part of the liberal strategy to create class envy as a means of getting we the people to buy into their cockamamie policies. Don't fall for it! Anyone can create wealth for themselves by following the tried and true path described here, and by electing politicians who will stay out of our pockets. That's why we need more conservatives in government.

america had better wake up and smell the coffee!

Modern liberalism would have us believe that there is no such thing as good and evil. Well, on second thought, modern liberalism does say that Christian conservatives are evil. And that George Bush is evil. And that America is evil because America is a superpower. And that all that is wrong with the world is the fault of all of the above. Other than that, though, there is no evil in the world, as viewed through the liberal prism.

The above link will take you to a John LeBoutillier article that puts this issue in its proper perspective. If we don't wise up and correctly identify what is good and what is evil, and if we don't begin to fight evil with all our strength, and if we don't humbly, with a spirit of repentence, ask for God's help in all of this, we will be destroyed. It's just that simple.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

10 steps to change america, by david barton

things that make you go hmmmm...

Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.-- Nancy Pelosi, 12/16/98

October 9th, 1999 Letter to President Clinton Signed by Senators Levin, Lieberman, Lautenberg, Dodd, Kerrey, Feinstein, Mikulski, Daschle, Breaux, Johnson, Inouye, Landrieu, Ford and Kerry -- all Democrats--- "We urge you, after consulting with Congress and consistent with the US Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions, including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

"This is a guy who is an extreme danger to the world, and this is a guy who is in every way possible seeking weapons of mass destruction."---Joe Biden, 8/4/02

"If Saddam rejects peace, and we have to use force, our purpose is clear: We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."--- Bill Clinton, 2/17/98

"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and the security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction."--- Madeline Albright, 2/1/98

See more at

There are few things in this life more sickening than liberal dishonesty and hypocracy.

how fdr destroyed the dollar

It has always been my contention that Franklin Roosevelt did much more to damage America than he ever did to help America. FDR was a Socialist, and the damage his social and economic policies inflicted on this great republic is still evident today.

cpac 2007
The 34th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference

opportunities for young conservatives

senate democrats to unveil surrender plan next week

"If you strictly limit a commander's ability to rotate troops in and out of Iraq, that kind of inflexibility could put some missions and some troops at risk," said Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Tex.), who personally lodged his concerns with Murtha.

I think that's the point, Chet! It's also unconstitutional.

matthew 12

One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: "Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!"
Jesus said, "Really? Didn't you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? And didn't you ever read in God's Law that priests carrying out their Temple duties break Sabbath rules all the time and it's not held against them?
"There is far more at stake here than religion. If you had any idea what this Scripture meant—'I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual'—you wouldn't be nitpicking like this. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he's in charge."
When Jesus left the field, he entered their meeting place. There was a man there with a crippled hand. They said to Jesus, "Is it legal to heal on the Sabbath?" They were baiting him.
He replied, "Is there a person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn't, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out? Surely kindness to people is as legal as kindness to animals!" Then he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." He held it out and it was healed. The Pharisees walked out furious, sputtering about how they were going to ruin Jesus.
Jesus, knowing they were out to get him, moved on. A lot of people followed him, and he healed them all. He also cautioned them to keep it quiet, following guidelines set down by Isaiah: Look well at my handpicked servant; I love him so much, take such delight in him. I've placed my Spirit on him; he'll decree justice to the nations. But he won't yell, won't raise his voice; there'll be no commotion in the streets. He won't walk over anyone's feelings, won't push you into a corner. Before you know it, his justice will triumph; the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers.
Next a poor demon-afflicted wretch, both blind and deaf, was set down before him. Jesus healed him, gave him his sight and hearing. The people who saw it were impressed—"This has to be the Son of David!"
But the Pharisees, when they heard the report, were cynical. "Black magic," they said. "Some devil trick he's pulled from his sleeve."
Jesus confronted their slander. "A judge who gives opposite verdicts on the same person cancels himself out; a family that's in a constant squabble disintegrates; if Satan banishes Satan, is there any Satan left? If you're slinging devil mud at me, calling me a devil kicking out devils, doesn't the same mud stick to your own exorcists?
"But if it's by God's power that I am sending the evil spirits packing, then God's kingdom is here for sure. How in the world do you think it's possible in broad daylight to enter the house of an awake, able-bodied man and walk off with his possessions unless you tie him up first? Tie him up, though, and you can clean him out.
"This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you're not on my side, you're the enemy; if you're not helping, you're making things worse.
"There's nothing done or said that can't be forgiven. But if you deliberately persist in your slanders against God's Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives. If you reject the Son of Man out of some misunderstanding, the Holy Spirit can forgive you, but when you reject the Holy Spirit, you're sawing off the branch on which you're sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.
"If you grow a healthy tree, you'll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you'll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.
"You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation."
Later a few religion scholars and Pharisees got on him. "Teacher, we want to see your credentials. Give us some hard evidence that God is in this. How about a miracle?"
Jesus said, "You're looking for proof, but you're looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you're going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. Like Jonah, three days and nights in the fish's belly, the Son of Man will be gone three days and nights in a deep grave.
"On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about 'proofs.' On Judgment Day, the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that will condemn this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon's is right in front of you, and you quibble over 'evidence.'
"When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place.
"That's what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren't hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in."
While he was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers showed up. They were outside trying to get a message to him. Someone told Jesus, "Your mother and brothers are out here, wanting to speak with you."
Jesus didn't respond directly, but said, "Who do you think my mother and brothers are?" He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. "Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father's will is my brother and sister and mother."

genesis 12

The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.
"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring [a] I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."
When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels.
But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!" Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

lamar lundy died today

RICHMOND, Ind. (Feb. 24, 2007) -- Lamar Lundy, a member of the Fearsome Foursome defensive line for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s, died Feb. 24. He was 71.
He died after a long illness in his hometown, the Community Family Funeral Home told The Associated Press.
Lundy spent his entire 13-year career with the Rams (1957-69). He teamed with Merlin Olsen and Deacon Jones -- both future Pro Football Hall of Famers -- and Roosevelt Grier to form a mighty defensive line. In 1968, the defense featuring the four set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed during a 14-game season.
"He was a tremendous performer and a better person," Olsen said in Saturday's Palladium-Item newspaper.
Olsen called Lundy, 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, the anchor of the line.
"He really was the stabilizing force, Mr. Consistency," Olsen said. "He was an incredibly important part of that equation."
Lundy became the first black scholarship football player at Purdue, the school said. He led Richmond High School to unbeaten football seasons in 1952 and 1953 and to the state's Final Four in basketball in 1953.
Funeral arrangements were not yet announced.

Longtime readers of my blog may recall that I posted an article about Lamar Lundy back in December. Lundy's story is quite inspirational, and it's worth a second look.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

here's wishing you a holy, liberal lent!

Tom Ehrich can always be counted on to completely butcher the teachings of the Bible, God's Holy and Perfect Word, so that they will fit within his "religion" of secular humanism. I have referenced Ehrich before. He calls himself an Episcopal priest, but a better title might be "False Teacher of a False Gospel." His latest "Gospel According to Liberals" is typical of the fiction he usually writes. Look at the first four sentences:

If I could wish you a "Holy Lent," it would have two components: personal and communal.
At the personal level, it's the time to focus on the basics: prayer, study and self-examination. That means taking time away from normal pursuits -- sleep, work, play -- and giving time to God, even if you just sit and daydream. Faith happens when we let God in.

That sets the tone for the whole column. A worthy Lenten activity would be to sit and daydream and just "let faith happen." Should I listen to a Jimmy Buffet CD while I'm daydreaming? Would listening to Jimmy's "Havana Daydreamin' " help me get closer to God? Just wondering.

That kind of leads in to Ehrich's take on prayer. He says that the point isn't to "do it right," it's just to give God an opening. Well, actually, there is a right way to pray. We are to pray with a spirit of humbleness as we enter in to communicate with the God of all creation. We are to intentionally seek God's will. Just kickin' back on the couch with a cool drink and saying, "OK God, here I am. Speak to me!" is not praying the right way!

Then, Ehrich tackles the subject of "study." Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see anywhere in this whole column any mention of studying the Bible. Ehrich mentions several books written by really cool human authors, but at no time does he suggest reading the one, perfect book containing the perfect words of our Heavenly Father--the Bible. That's not surprising. If you have ever read any of Ehrich's work, you know that he abhors those who actually read, memorize, and quote Scripture. He calls it "shooting scripture bullets." You see, God's Holy Bible contradicts all of the liberal hoohah that Ehrich believes in, so he sees no need in reading the Bible. This is a very telling characteristic of false teachers.

Next, Ehrich talks about self-examination, which he defines as journaling. He says, "Self-examination, to me at least, has always meant journaling: writing down one's thoughts and feelings, and offering them up to God. I see no need to make it complicated; just write whatever needs writing." Well, isn't that precious? All I have to do is to just sit down with paper and pencil and, just like with a ouija board, I'll "write whatever needs writing?" And that qualifies as serious self-examination? Good grief! This guy has the intellect of a grapefruit!

Ehrich, as always, uses this groovy philosophy with such tenuous ties to real Christianity as a launching pad for an anti-conservative rant. You can read the rest of the column yourself. Ehrich believes that Christian conservatives are intolerant bigots, and that we are seeking to "take over" Christianity. He believes that true Christianity is being tolerant of any and all beliefs and personal behavior, except for those beliefs and behaviors that are actually taught as righteous in the Bible, and which are believed in by Christian conservatives. He's a mess, isn't he? But that's what happens when liberalism infects the church.

Liberalism equals secularism, and it has no place in the the Christian church. We are to follow God's commands, as communicated to us through His Holy Word. We are to continually seek, with the help of the Holy Spirit living within us, to be as much like His Son Jesus as we possibly can. We are to be ever mindful of the fact that, alone, we are morally and spiritually bankrupt and completely unworthy of being in God's presence. That's why we need to humbly and thankfully accept Jesus' saving grace, in order to become part of God's eternal family and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

For what it's worth, may I offer an alternative to Ehrich's suggestions?
1. Pray--- Set aside "alone time" each day to talk with our Heavenly Father. Confess our sins, repent, and ask God to forgive us. Ask God to strengthen us against sin and temptation. Thank God for the wonderful gift of salvation He has freely offered us through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus. Ask God for wisdom, so that we would be better able to discern His perfect will.
2. Read the Bible--- During that "alone time", commit to reading two chapters of the Bible each day. Start with a Psalm of penitence (Psalm 6; 32; 38; 51; 101; 130; or 143) and then read a chapter from the Book of John, for example. Pray that God would open our minds and hearts and give us wisdom so that we could understand what He wants us to learn from these verses.
3. Follow God's commands--- Love God with our entire being, and love and serve others as much as we love and serve ourselves. Seek to fulfill those two commands every waking moment of every day.

Oh, and one final suggestion. Beware of false teachers. They are everywhere, and they are extremely dangerous to our eternal health.

lessons i have learned from liberals

When I first decided that I wanted to try my hand at blogging, the whole idea made me a little nervous. Putting one's thoughts, opinions and beliefs on the world wide web for all to see is just a little bit intimidating, and I had a concern about the whole thing. I knew going in that a blog about politics and religion would spark debate. My concern was, do I have the intelligence/knowledge to hold up against opposing viewpoints? Would I be able to adequately defend my positions, or would I wilt, intellectually, in the face of what I was sure was going to be brilliant opposition. Don't misunderstand me. It's not that I think myself to be a dolt. I am college educated and, although I am the third-smartest (out of three!) "kid" in my family (I have one brother and one sister), that doesn't mean that I am stupid. It's just that I have a pretty realistic view of my own intellectual capabilities. There are millions of people smarter than me.

Well, this whole blogging experience has caused my thinking to evolve somewhat on the issue of intellect. I am still very realistic about my own abilities--I'm above average intellectually, but I pay attention to world affairs more than most people. No, the evolution in my thinking has to do with the quality of debate offered up by liberals. This is a part of the blogging experience that has left me somewhat disappointed. Over and over, the "debate" offered up by the liberals who visit my blog has been completely devoid of anything approaching factual material. For the most part, the liberal rebuttal to my positions has focused on potty talk, personal insults, and lies. That last part--the liberal lies--has been the most surprising thing of all. They aren't even good lies! It's all stuff that is transparently false, so that it doesn't take any effort or mental gymnastics to refute the lies.

This all brings me to my reply to the comment at

Take a look at the post, and then read the comment from Anonymous. I read that comment and the first thing that came to my mind was, "Do you actually screen any of your thoughts before they come rolling out for all to see?" This comment is so typical of the liberal comments I receive, that I want to make an example of it.

Anonymous says that there are no liberals who self-censor so that they don't offend radical Islam. Anonymous says that there are no liberals who would forfeit our own earned rights as we bow to Islam's judgement of what we can say and do in our own country. Anonymous says that liberals don't want to consult Islamics out of sensitivity. Anonymous says that it is President Bush who does all of these things, and that Rabbi Spero is simply a hate-mongering member of Hillary's "vast right-wing conspiracy." Wow! So many easily-refutable liberal lies, so little time! Let's try some facts, shall we?

Look at The ultra-ultra liberal United Nations agreed to investigate the "racism and Islamophobia" demonstrated by the Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad.

Look at
postcartoon _censorship.htm
Liberal colleges censored their own student newspapers so as not to offend Muslims. Real newspapers censored the story of imams using fake pictures to stir up anti-Americanism. Read this from the last link: Get ready for a wave of pro-Muslim censorship, both voluntary and involuntary.
• After protests by Muslim students at Oregon State University, editors of the student newspaper decided to give Muslims the right to editorial approval over articles that affect them. A February 8 column in the Daily Barometer had accused some Muslims of acting barbarously in reaction to publication of the Danish cartoons. Muslim and Arab students held a vigil in protest, and a blizzard of complaining E-mails swept in. DD Bixby, editor of the paper, at first spoke for freedom of the press.
"For me," she wrote, "it would be journalistically irresponsible to only print columns with which no one disagreed." But as protests increased, she began to sing a different song. "The pain that [the column] caused ... did not subside with time. It just kind of festered," she said. So she and her editors began letting Muslim students check the paper's copy, and on February 28, they deleted a paragraph from a piece to be published the next day.

You know, that kind of answers all of Anonymous' points all at once, doesn't it? Well, on second thought, no it doesn't. Anonymous said that it was President Bush who was guilty of all of the above. he wasn't. Open a newspaper, anonymous. Bush is the guy who calls them "Islamofascists" and who has sent 21,000 more troops over there to kick some Muslim tail. I don't think that qualifies as being overly sensitive to Muslims.

Anonymous also said that the right is making stuff up to generate hate against liberals. Again, Anonymous, you are incorrect. We don't have to stir anything up. All we have to do is wait for liberals to open their mouths.

the absurdity of "the fairness doctrine"

This is a wonderful article about the horribly misnamed "Fairness Doctrine" being resurrected by the new liberal majority. The article is written by a college student-athlete named Alex E. Harrison, attending Claremont McKenna College. When I read an article as brilliant as this, and then find out that it was written by a young college student, I see hope for America's future!

the problem lies in islamism--not us

Here is more straight talk from Rabbi Aryeh Spero. God bless those with the courage to speak the truth! Following is my favorite part of the column:

Excuses: If only the Pope would stop talking theology. If only film makers would stop making films about humanitarian concerns. If only political cartoonists would stop drawing satirical cartoons. If only newspapers would stop printing editorials. If only speakers would stop speaking. In other words, if only the West would forfeit all of its centuries’ earned rights and bow to Islam’s judgment as to what is allowable speech and activity in our own countries. If only we would, out of “sensitivity,” first consult with the local imam or his Wahhabi superior back home in Arabia. In other words, if only we would take orders!
The very liberals who justify every form of art, expression and discussion -- even when it undermines the very foundations of our beliefs and society -- suddenly intone the need for self-censorship if it offends the Arab street or Moslem mob. And does it not seem that any truthful, non-flattering observation of current Islam is somehow parlayed by the mob as a direct assault on the Islamic god himself, thereby justifying immediate rampaging, torching and killing?
This inverted double standard against itself by Western liberals is not only a sociological historic first but bespeaks the utter fear now gripping those in denial. It is they, liberals, who are denying the true nature of current Islamism.
If only America would change its policy and if only George Bush would morph into John Kerry or Jimmy Carter – peace and tranquility would be at hand. Are the Muslims in Kashmir and India fighting the Hindus because of George Bush? Are the Moslems in vast parts of Asia and the Philippines rampaging because of American foreign policy? If only the Palestinian Arabs had their own state. Are Muslims killing, raping and enslaving all over the African continent, and in Darfur, because there are Jewish families living in Hebron and Jerusalem?

the global warming train is leaving the station

We the people have put liberals in charge of Washington, and they are wasting no time in jamming the global warming agenda down our throats. We must contact our Senators and Representatives to protest this madness!

operation bless our troops

the amorality of liberalism

amorality--having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong

Yes, the word "amorality" applies quite nicely to the faux religion of liberalism, doesn't it? Look at this article from

The Illinois State Senate has voted 35-23 in favor of state funding for embryonic stem cell research. The measure will now go to the House. If passed by the House, the Governor, Democrat Rod Blagojevich, has already said that he will sign the bill into law. There are several aspects of this story that really stand out to me.

First, the cold light of harsh reality reveals that embryonic stem cell research has a success rate of ZERO. There has never, ever, ever, been one single positive breakthrough in this research. Adult stem cell research, however, and research on cord blood stem cells, have yielded many breakthroughs. What do liberals say to this undisputable fact? Spend more on embryonic research! Good grief! If I didn't know any better, I would think that liberals just wanted to kill embryos!

Second, we have this fairly startling comment from a Republican Illinois senator; "They (the embryos) go into the public sewer system. I really believe my maker would want me to use these embryos to sustain and improve human life," said one supporter, Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale. Wow! Memo to Sen. Dullard: It's Republicans like you that cost the GOP the 2006 election! What Bible are you reading that tells you that God would want you to murder human embryos in the name of science? What church do you go to? The United Church of Josef Mengele? Good grief! Maybe next year you can pass a bill to fund medical experiments on twins and dwarfs!

Third, let's look at this from a purely fiscal point of view. Some senators also questioned the idea of spending money on the research when the state is already in trouble financially. That's the final sentence of the article. Illinois is up to their eyeballs in debt, yet they can still find extra money for research that has a proven failure rate and which destroys human life.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you liberalism!

the continued fallout from clinton incompetency

One of the arguments that the Clinton defenders always made was, "It's just sex. It's nobody's business, Everybody does it." Those of us on the right continued to say that America wasn't safe with a President who was more focused on where his next sexual conquest was coming from than he was on on doing the nation's business. We also questioned the integrity of those who defended him.

The above link will take you to a fascinating article written for Accuracy in Media by Jack Cashill. I have always said that the Clinton administration was the most criminally corrupt administration we have had since the Harding administration. I am coming to the realization that, in fact, Clinton was the most corrupt president in America's history, and Americans have died as a result. We the people can't afford to make that mistake again!

matthew 11

When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages.
John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, "Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?" Jesus told them, "Go back and tell John what's going on: The blind see, The lame walk, Lepers are cleansed, The deaf hear, The dead are raised, The wretched of the earth learn that God is on their side."Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves most blessed!"
When John's disciples left to report, Jesus started talking to the crowd about John. "What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. What then? A prophet? That's right, a prophet! Probably the best prophet you'll ever hear. He is the prophet that Malachi announced when he wrote, 'I'm sending my prophet ahead of you, to make the road smooth for you.'
"Let me tell you what's going on here: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer; but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. For a long time now people have tried to force themselves into God's kingdom. But if you read the books of the Prophets and God's Law closely, you will see them culminate in John, teaming up with him in preparing the way for the Messiah of the kingdom. Looked at in this way, John is the 'Elijah' you've all been expecting to arrive and introduce the Messiah.
"Are you listening to me? Really listening?
"How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.' John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riffraff. Opinion polls don't count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating."
Next Jesus let fly on the cities where he had worked the hardest but whose people had responded the least, shrugging their shoulders and going their own way.
"Doom to you, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had seen half of the powerful miracles you have seen, they would have been on their knees in a minute. At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you. And Capernaum! With all your peacock strutting, you are going to end up in the abyss. If the people of Sodom had had your chances, the city would still be around. At Judgment Day they'll get off easy compared to you."
Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: "Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You've concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that's the way you like to work."
Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. "The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I'm not keeping it to myself; I'm ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

Genesis 11:1-9

At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.
They said to one another, "Come, let's make bricks and fire them well." They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.
Then they said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let's make ourselves famous so we won't be scattered here and there across the Earth."
God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built.
God took one look and said, "One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they'll come up with next—they'll stop at nothing! Come, we'll go down and garble their speech so they won't understand each other." Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That's how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into "babble." From there God scattered them all over the world.

Friday, February 23, 2007

the clear thinking common sense of reagan conservatism

Pres. Reagan's Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida
March 8, 1983

I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And, yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself, is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought and humbly accepted.
The American experiment in democracy rests on this insight. Its discovery was the great triumph of our Founding Fathers, voiced by William Penn when he said: ``If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.'' Explaining the inalienable rights of men, Jefferson said, ``The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.'' And it was George Washington who said that ``of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.''
And finally, that shrewdest of all observers of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently after he had gone on a search for the secret of America's greatness and genius -- and he said: ``Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America. . . . America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.''

psychoanalyzing the bush haters

According to her biography at, Tammy Bruce is an openly gay, pro-choice, gun owning, pro-death penalty, voted-for-President Bush authentic feminist. A lifelong Democrat, in the 1990s she worked to help elect Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and aided the Clinton for President campaign. Before we knew he was a sexual compulsive and "did not have sexual relations with that woman." She is the host of the nationally syndicated (153 affiliates nationwide) radio show "Tammy Bruce Show". A FOX News contributor, Bruce calls herself a liberal and says that she twice voted for Bill Clinton for President. If you take a look at Ms. Bruce's biography, I think you will agree that she is a person who I would probably disagree with on most issues.

That's why I was so taken aback by her remarks on "The O'Reilly Factor" last night (O'Reilly is another person who I disagree with quite frequently). The topic of their discussion was liberal hatred of Pres. Bush. O'Reilly read quotes, and showed clips, of some of the most hateful comments I have ever heard expressed by by one human being towards a fellow human being. I'll outline for you what Ms. Bruce said in response.

Ms. Bruce said that, although she disagrees with Bush on many of the issues, she respects him as a man and she respects the office he holds. She doesn't hate him. At this point, she made a very insightful comment. Ms. Bruce said that all liberals who so fiercely hate Pres. Bush should ask themselves a question. Why do they so strongly hate a stranger? Interesting, yes? How can one hate a person so much when they have never met that person? Ms. Bruce went on to say that, in her opinion, this virulent hatred of a stranger can be explained by a disorder called "malignant narcissism." Her explanation was that the damage done to you during your childhood, perhaps by your father, affects the way in which you view the world now. She said that the most rabid of the Bush haters look at Bush as a father-figure, of sorts, and are projecting their unresolved issues with their own fathers on to him. This is all based in paranoia, she said. The result of all of this anger and paranoia is what Ms. Bruce called an "orgy" of personal attacks and name calling having nothing to do with logic or reason. Wow! That's pretty deep, isn't it?

O'Reilly countered that he thought all of the hatred stemed from the fact that most liberals are secularists, and that they hate Bush because he is a Christian, and because he is very open about his faith. Ms. Bruce said that was probably true, but that the problems with religion also have a childhood component with the secularists, and that it was all a part of the disorder.

It was then that O'Reilly asked Ms. Bruce to compare the attacks and criticism directed towards Pres. Clinton with what we see today with Bush. In a nutshell, Ms. Bruce stated that the hatred towards Bush is over policy differences, while the criticism of Clinton was for personal behavior. She went on to call Clinton "the sexual predator" in the White House, and then said this:

"When your behavior is personal, and that was the difference between Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, George W. Bush is being attacked and being called names and being hated for policy with which you can disagree. Bill Clinton's behavior, what he was being chastised for was personal behavior that did destroy people's lives and, in fact, almost destroyed this nation with him being distracted from the nation's business."

Ms. Bruce concluded by saying that the attacks against Bush are far worse than the attacks on Clinton ever were, and that the conservative attacks on Clinton were always based on well reasoned facts. The liberal attacks on Bush were nothing more than screaming and name calling.

This is amazing commentary from a self-described liberal. Anyone who has read any of the liberal comments posted on this blog of mine would have to agree with Ms. Bruce. There's always lots of foaming at the mouth and name calling and profanity, but not much in the way of facts/logic/reason. Her comments provided us with quite the teachable moment with regards to the thought processes of the average liberal. I enjoyed listening to her!

matthew 10

The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. This is the list of the twelve he sent: Simon (they called him Peter, or "Rock"), Andrew, his brother, James, Zebedee's son, John, his brother, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, the tax man, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon, the Canaanite, Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him).
Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
"Don't begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don't try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
"Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.
"When you enter a town or village, don't insist on staying in a luxury inn. Get a modest place with some modest people, and be content there until you leave.
"When you knock on a door, be courteous in your greeting. If they welcome you, be gentle in your conversation. If they don't welcome you, quietly withdraw. Don't make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way. You can be sure that on Judgment Day they'll be mighty sorry—but it's no concern of yours now.
"Stay alert. This is hazardous work I'm assigning you. You're going to be like sheep running through a wolf pack, so don't call attention to yourselves. Be as cunning as a snake, inoffensive as a dove.
"Don't be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don't be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they've done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don't worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.
"When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don't quit. Don't cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you've run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.
"A student doesn't get a better desk than her teacher. A laborer doesn't make more money than his boss. Be content—pleased, even—when you, my students, my harvest hands, get the same treatment I get. If they call me, the Master, 'Dungface,' what can the workers expect?
"Don't be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don't hesitate to go public now.
"Don't be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There's nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands. "What's the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries.
"Stand up for me against world opinion and I'll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I'll cover for you?
"Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me.
"If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.
"We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing."

interesting info on hillary

Thursday, February 22, 2007

young america's foundation

"Young America's Foundation programs offer invaluable assistance to young men and women searching for the encouragement and understanding necessary to reinforce the values of a free society and individual responsibility. As young conservatives, you have a very special task before you — that of developing the political awareness of your fellow students." President Ronald Reagan

Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. The work done by YAF is important work, because far too many of America's young people are being indocrinated with the false rhetoric of liberalism in our public schools and in our colleges and universities. If you go to the above link, you will read a story about young conservative students at Boise State University successfully challenging the liberal power structure there. There is hope for America's future!

liberalism and science---not exactly love and marriage

Liberalism and science,
Liberalism and science
Go together
Like a horse and carriage
This I tell you brother
You can't have one without the other.

Liberalism and science,
liberalism and science
It's an institute you can't disparage
Ask the local gentry
And they will say it's elementary.

Try, try, try to separate them
It's an illusion
Try, try, try, and you will only come
To this conclusion.

Liberalism and science,
liberalism and science
Go together like a horse and carriage
Dad was told by mother
You can't have one without the other. Music and lyrics by Algore Sinatra and the Socialists, now available from Karl Marx Records

Isn't that what liberals always tell us? That they are the people of science and reason? That it is the Christian conservative that is hostile towards science, preferring instead to believe in "superstition?" The link above will take you to an excellent article showing that, in truth, there really isn't such a cozy relationship between liberalism and science. In fact, most of what poses for fact in liberal "theology" can actually be disproven by science.

Take the "evolution vs creationism" debate. Anyone refusing to pledge absolute fealty to the evolution doctrine is called simple minded, stupid, and worse. We are told that evolution has been "proven" by science and that the debate is over. Not true. In fact, most reputable scientists don't buy into evolution. They consider it to be voodoo political doctrine. Liberals ignore that, though, like ostriches with their heads in the sand, and continue to march in lockstep with the Army of Liberalism.

How about abortion? When Roe v. Wade was decided, creating a magical "constitutional right" to abortion out of thin air, we were told by "educated" liberals that a fetus wasn't human. It was simply a clump of cells that couldn't remotely be called a baby, so "eliminating" it was no different than clipping your toe nails. We were told that science had "proven" this, and anyone who believed differently was an uneducated cretin. Well, sports fans, real science disagrees. Real science has proven that an unborn baby can be delivered at 21 weeks and, with the aid of medical science, can not only live, but thrive! Just take note of the recent story of this very thing happening! The baby has grown and has an excellent chance to live a happy, healthy, normal life!

Science has given us the sonogram, which can look into the womb and see the unborn baby, complete with arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, toes, and a brain. We can see the baby living in the womb, and we can see that he/she isn't a "clump of cells." Science has proven the baby killers wrong, but does that stop them? Absolutely not! The modern liberal simply chooses to ignore science, and off they go on their merry, ignorant way. And it's we conservatives that aren't smart? Give me a break!

How about this whole global warming freak show? More than 50% of the world's climate scientists believe that it's bunk, but that doesn't stop the devotees of Algore's Travelin' Salvation Show from calling the rest of us ignorant. Ellen Goodman, trusty liberal columnist and card-carrying member of the liberal intelligentsia, even went so far as to compare non-believers of the climate hokum to Holocaust deniers! Good grief! Who is the anti-science crowd?

Don't let the libs fool you! There is a group of people in America today who would rather believe in witchcraft, voodoo, superstition, and make believe than in science. That group of people is called "LIBERALS!"

sage advice to american conservatives

The message in this article is clear. Those of us who call ourselves conservatives had better unite behind one imperfect candidate rather than blindly searching for the one perfect candidate who doesn't exist. I believe that we are one generation away from losing the America of our forefathers forever. The 2008 election will go a long ways towards deciding the accuracy of my prediction. We had better get busy! Michael Reagan's take on this subject

matthew 9

Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus' hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, "Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins." Some religion scholars whispered, "Why, that's blasphemy!"
Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, "Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, 'I forgive your sins,' or, 'Get up and walk'? Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . ." At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, "Get up. Take your bed and go home." And the man did it. The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way.
Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His name was Matthew. Jesus said, "Come along with me." Matthew stood up and followed him.
Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew's house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus' followers. "What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?"
Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders."
A little later John's followers approached, asking, "Why is it that we and the Pharisees rigorously discipline body and spirit by fasting, but your followers don't?"
Jesus told them, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but not now. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come!"
He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles."
As he finished saying this, a local official appeared, bowed politely, and said, "My daughter has just now died. If you come and touch her, she will live." Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along.
Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, "If I can just put a finger on his robe, I'll get well." Jesus turned—caught her at it. Then he reassured her: "Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you're well." The woman was well from then on.
By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbors bringing in casseroles. Jesus was abrupt: "Clear out! This girl isn't dead. She's sleeping." They told him he didn't know what he was talking about. But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girl's hand, and pulled her to her feet—alive. The news was soon out, and traveled throughout the region.
As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, "Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!" When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, "Do you really believe I can do this?" They said, "Why, yes, Master!"
He touched their eyes and said, "Become what you believe." It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. "Don't let a soul know how this happened." But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met.
Right after that, as the blind men were leaving, a man who had been struck speechless by an evil spirit was brought to Jesus. As soon as Jesus threw the evil tormenting spirit out, the man talked away just as if he'd been talking all his life. The people were up on their feet applauding: "There's never been anything like this in Israel!"
The Pharisees were left sputtering, "Hocus-pocus. It's nothing but hocus-pocus. He's probably made a pact with the Devil."
Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. "What a huge harvest!" he said to his disciples. "How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!"

genesis 9

God blessed Noah and his sons: He said, "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Every living creature—birds, animals, fish—will fall under your spell and be afraid of you. You're responsible for them. All living "But your own lifeblood I will avenge; I will avenge it against both animals and other humans. Whoever sheds human blood, by humans let his blood be shed, Because God made humans in his image reflecting God's very nature. You're here to bear fruit, reproduce, lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!"
Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: "I'm setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you. I'm setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth."
God continued, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I'm putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I'll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I'll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth."
And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I've set up between me and everything living on the Earth."
The sons of Noah who came out of the ship were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah; from these three the whole Earth was populated.
Noah, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank from its wine, got drunk and passed out, naked in his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and told his two brothers who were outside the tent. Shem and Japheth took a cloak, held it between them from their shoulders, walked backward and covered their father's nakedness, keeping their faces turned away so they did not see their father's exposed body.
When Noah woke up with his hangover, he learned what his youngest son had done. He said, Cursed be Canaan! A slave of slaves, a slave to his brothers! Blessed be God, the God of Shem, but Canaan shall be his slave. God prosper Japheth, living spaciously in the tents of Shem. But Canaan shall be his slave.
Noah lived another 350 years following the flood. He lived a total of 950 years. And he died.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

ann coulter vs john murtha

This is an excellent column about a Congressman who happens to have the same moral fiber as Tony Soprano and who is a traitor to the United States of America. Coulter really hits a home run with this column!

let us learn from those whose shoulders we stand on

They [the Founding Fathers] were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-government. They were an inspired body of men.
It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness.... Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence.-----
Calvin Coolidge

"Do not let anyone claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics."----George Washington

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."----John Quincy Adams

"A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations binds, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society? ... The Scriptures tell us "righteousness exalteth a Nation."----Abigail Adams

"The Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis and the source of all genuine freedom in government....I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable, in which the principles of Christianity have not a controlling influence."----James Madison

"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about... America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture."----Woodrow Wilson

From the day of the Declaration...they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledge as the rules of their conduct."
"The Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth [and] laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity."----John Adams

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and
freedom of worship."----Patrick Henry

"Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience; without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."----Ronald Reagan Some interesting info related to America's Christian heritage

And a final thought from a modern day hero named "Nick P.":

commentary from human events online "Pardon the Border Patrol Agents" " 'Mean Mr. Giuliani' Would Bring Toughness to Washington" "Covering Up Islam" "New Poll--America Wants To Win In Iraq" Democrats Hate the South

God bless ed koch!

Why can't more Democrats be like Ed Koch? Why don't more liberals eat the same "brain food" that Koch does, thereby preventing the tragic mental retardation that so many of them are afflicted with? Why doesn't the national Democrat Party embrace true statesmen like Koch and Joe Lieberman? It is to their eternal shame that they don't.

the overlooked greatness of calvin coolidge

Outside of the religious realm, there are other absolute truths that the liberal intelligentsia just refuses to acknowledge. The above link illustrates a few of those truths:

1. Conservatism is superior to liberalism because conservatism is based on truth and liberalism is based on fiction.
2. When given a clear choice at the ballot box, the American people will overwhelmingly choose principled conservatism over fog-headed liberalism every day of the week, and twice on Sunday. MEMO TO GOP: Quit screwing around with all of these flaky moderates, and put up a principled conservative to take on whoever the Dems trot out there! CONSERVATISM WINS!
3. Calvin Coolidge, the very embodiment of Christian conservatism, was one of the most popular presidents America has ever had. Look at this quote from the article linked above:

No wonder that after assuming the Presidency upon Harding’s death in 1923, he won a crushing landslide victory in 1924—beating his Democratic opponent (the colorless John W. Davis) by nearly 2 to 1 in the popular vote (15.7 million votes to 8.4 million votes) and nearly 3 to 1 in the electoral college (382 votes to 136 votes, with 13 electoral votes for Third Party candidate “Fighting Bob” LaFollette).

Do you know why "Silent Cal" was so popular? He cut taxes 4 times, and cut the tax rates more sharply than any other president in the 20th Century other than Pres. Reagan. He cut the national debt by over one-third and the nation had a budget surplus every year he was in office. Coolidge was a man of Christian faith and integrity, and a majority of Americans responded to him. He believed in the free market, and was a supply-sider 60 years before Reagan. History proves both presidents correct, and the American people responded positively.

Do you want a blueprint for running a successful presidential campaign, and for winning 60% of the popular vote? Show America that you love and fear God. Show America that your Christian faith makes a difference in your life and that you are a man (or woman) of integrity. Promise America that you will slash taxes across the board, and that you will eliminate wasteful government programs. Promise America that you will do whatever it takes to safeguard our national security. Make the following words by Coolidge your creed:

"It is only those who do not understand our people, who believe our national life is entirely absorbed by material motives. We make no concealment of the fact that we want wealth, but there are many other things we want much more. We want peace and honor, and that charity which is so strong an element of all civilization. The chief ideal of the American people is idealism."

This is the recipe for success!

matthew 8

When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured[b] of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. "Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."
Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."
The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.
When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."[c]
When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[d] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?"
Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs."
He said to them, "Go!" So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
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