Saturday, December 22, 2007

Revealed, I'm dissatisfied

This will make no sense to some of you. To others you will understand this completely. I think the day of church being a holding pen for heaven or hell for people is ending. If you aren't a believer you will leave and become an atheist openly. Face it, you are one already, why bother to pretend. You don't want to be there.

On the other hand, if you are in a Church and antsy as all get out, get out. If God is prodding you to get into the battle you can't do it sitting in church. So get out and get in the fight.

It's creative discontent to want more. If you are living happily at a church, happy to just show up for an hour on Sunday and happy to sing a couple songs, throw a couple bucks in the plate and sit still for a couple minutes of sermonizing, you are inert. You aren't growing. There is no evidence of Christianity in your life.

But, Willow Creek has said there is a process they have uncovered. It's a spectrum. I think it's a good one. If a Church is doing it's job it will prepare the saints until they become dissatisfied and engage. How does that happen? Probably never within the Church door.

This chart is from the book REVEAL.

Where are you in this spectrum? Work to grow until Jesus is the center of your life and you are so uneasy in Church that you run into the battle. Oh, it's good to get together with the family from time to time but the real joy is on the edge.

Get up, get strong and get out there.

The challenge for churches is to find ways to engage the dissatisfied. Come, follow me out to the mission field. Ask God for creative ideas. He'll provide them.


I admit that I have days that are more up than others.  This is not one of those.  It's foggy, melting, transitions. 
From this day forward summer is coming culminating on June 21 6 months from now. 
Peggy's birthday always lands on the winter solstice so it's a landmark.
Last night we were at a neighborhood Christmas party.  Living here over a dozen years we have developed relationships here.  Part of that is the transitions.  The passages.  People who were my age when we moved here in 1995 are now a dozen years older.  They are becoming older as are we.   They are retired.  Many are gone.  Died.
Peggy and I were visiting homes in our neighborhood going door to door.  We stopped in at the Miller house.  Carl and Miriam were there.  Carl was very sick.  After a short visit we asked if we could pray for him. We did.  We prayed for healing in his body.  A few months later he died. 
Now, six months after Carl passed over now Miriam joined him.  She was only 81.  She wasn't ill very long.
Carl was healed in July, made whole, full of infinite life, Miriam has now joined him.
The hope that is in us allows us to see with spiritual eyes the healing that is permanent and ultimate. 
It's just that the transitions of life are hard and sometimes I find myself a little pensive and perhaps a little down.

Southwest Airlines Soars in my Opinon (again)

I read the story to Peggy from the Sun Times today. It choked me up so badly that I could hardly finish it. I don't know why, except people showing extraordinary compassion and wisdom is always a tear jerker for me. My belief in mankind (that wavers sometimes) is helped by such a story. Oh, and by the way, I almost always fly Southwest. I'm more committed than ever. I wish I could manage a company like Herb Kelleher created.

Read this:

Daughter gets chance to bid Dad goodbye

I have a great story about a company with true compassion. A story about employees who are empowered to make decisions on the spot and a company that supports those decisions.

My husband was a businessman who traveled five days a week. He chose to fly Southwest Airlines because of their convenient flights, on-time record and exceptional customer service.

As spring break approached, my daughter and her college friends booked a "package deal" to Las Vegas with another airline. Halfway through her trip, my husband had a heart attack and was taken to surgery.

Sadly, there was so much damage, we were told he would survive only a couple of days. I called my daughter, explained the situation, and she headed for the airport to get the first flight home.

The "package deal" provider told her it would be no problem, they could put her on the next flight -- for $856. She was frantic, as she did not have enough money to pay for the flight.

She approached the Southwest Airlines ticket counter and talked to the customer service representatives. She told them her dad only flew Southwest, and now he was dying and she was trying to get home to see him one last time.

They jumped into action and offered free tickets to whomever would give up their seat. A seat was obtained and she was on the next flight home . . . at no charge! Once she arrived at Midway Airport, a man holding a sign approached her. He was a driver who would take her to the hospital, all arranged by Southwest Airlines!

Although her father died the next day, she was able to say her final goodbyes.

Extraordinary story? Yes! Extraordinary company? Yes! Yes! Yes! I will forever be grateful to them for their kindness during our darkest days. Their kindness affected the rest of my daughter's life, as she had the time to say goodbye to her Dad, who she loved so much.

Southwest Airlines and their employees have the best customer service around. They are allowed to think with their hearts and not always worry about the bottom line. Can it possibly get better than that?

Laurie Gustafson, Hickory Hills

Iowahawk's Horserace Review

Clever stuff so I posted it here too.

I Bring the Gift of Me

A Holiday Message from the Burge-Goldstein Presidential Campaign

By David Burge


The holidays are a special time for all Americans. It is a time when we gather together with friends and neighbors to celebrate and share the festive spirit of the season. Some of us celebrate Christmas, some Kwanzaa or Eid; others, like my running mate Jeff Goldstein, Hannukah. In my family we gather around the p'canclhu, and re-enact the transmogrification of Loumbogu, the hundred-headed goat-thing of Su'yocra Tantchohg.

But no matter what traditions we follow, this is a time to look back on the many blessings we share as Americans. Like you, I am grateful for our freedoms and opportunities and material abundance. Above all, as a candidate for President of the United States, I am especially grateful for the opponents that our political process has provided me. Let's pour a glass of eggnog and gather by the fire for a review, shall we?

Old CW

New CW

New New CW

Hillary Clinton

Unstoppable ice queen riding atop sedan chair to inevitable victory

Panic on the Titanic; staff eunuchs now flinging poo from the deck

YouTube and 50 cc's of Botox, stat!

Barack Obama

Audacious icon of hope with 100-watt smile

audacious Oprah studio giveaway

Stedman Graham, without the gravitas

John Edwards

Silky-smooth progressive Southern lawyer

Metrosexual millionaire ambulance chaser

Love child? Huh.. I assumed he was gay

Chris Dodd,
Joe Biden, Bill Richardson

Seasoned establishment DC solons

Clueless windbags good for filling
dead air at

These people were actually elected to something?

Dennis Kucinich
Pixiesque voice of authentic antiwar liberalism
Roswell escapee

Santa Claus conquers the Martians

Mitt Romney

can-do moderate MassGov

Reverend Huck's personal pulpit
chew toy

Hugh still believes!

Mike Huckabee

Likeable governor with repertoire of tasty bass licks
The GOP Jimmy Carter The GOP Marshall Applewhite

Rudy Giuliani

Gutsy centrist Churchill of 9-11

9-11. 9-11!


Fred Thompson

The Barry White
of Conservative Alpha Males
Alpha Males don't play that
Screw this, I got a Fall NBC series in development

John McCain

Maverick centrist war hero with Tim Russert on speed dial
Hundreds of media friends stumped by lack of traction Enjoy your gold watch with our deepest esteem

Ron Paul

Cranky libertarian iconoclast Unifying conscience of the insane left and insane right Mein fuhrer!

See what I mean?

But, as a candidate to be the President of all Americans, I also realize my list of scary, floundering, inept blessings are not equally shared by all. That's why I would like to present a special gift to you: the gift of me, candidate Dave. Sure, you're saying, "I could find a better president than you by randomly picking through the phone book." Maybe, but there's also an outside chance that the name you randomly pick out of the phone book might be one of the names above, and is that really a risk you're willing to take?

Oh, I realize I might not seem like much of a gift at this point, like those 3-packs of tube socks and fruitcakes you'll be throwing in the Christmas garbage next week. But when you get inside that voting booth next year and read the slate of alternatives, you'll be grateful you packed me away in the closet for an emergency write-in.

And next December, when you turn on the TV and see my U-Haul pulling up to the White House, and the panic starts setting in again, just come back to this post and consider what might have been.

Happy Holidays!

Three Reasons why the Redlins have a Live Christmas Tree

If you have an artificial Christmas tree, it's OK. I am just convinced there are good reasons to have a live tree. It's a spiritual thing.

First, the tree must be sacrificed to be glorified. Yes, there are those who have living Christmas trees. One that can be planted after it's been decorated. Not really a satisfactory experience. We did one year. But there is wisdom involved in a tree that was created for one purpose. Then when the fullness of time has come the tree is cut down before it's glorified.

Second, It was on an ugly tree that Jesus was Sacrificed. A tree that was raw and unadorned except for his blood. A tree that represents a curse "cursed is every one hangs on a tree". Galatians 3:13. That curse is the ornament of our sin laid on Jesus. Then as we think of Jesus at Christmas we beautify a tree as a reversal of the curse. What satan meant for evil in bringing Jesus to the cross is now made beautiful. When you look at the tree it will speak not only of Jesus birth, it speaks of the Tree that bore his body and it speaks of the Glory when he comes again to bring us to that stream beside which is the
healing tree of life. As we decorate the Christmas tree we can ponder all of those trees past present and future.

Third, it is in fact God who say he is to be represented in the pine tree and the fruitfulness it represents. He declares thru the Prophet Hosea in 14th chapter that He is like a PINE TREE:

8 O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a green pine tree;
your fruitfulness comes from me."

9 Who is wise? He will realize these things.
Who is discerning? He will understand them.
The ways of the LORD are right;
the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them

Those three reasons are not meant to put guilt on anyone who has an artificial tree, but to let you know why I believe as Martin Luther did in the Green Christmas Tree.

Oh Tannenbaum!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Firing Back at Atheism

I read this, It's good, you read it.  It'll help you.

by Robert H. Knight

Posted: 12/18/2007

For centuries, atheism has been the rake lurking around the edges of the Christmas party, but now it's slurping from the punch bowl in the middle of the room.

Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are selling atheist manifestos by the bin, and teens are soaking up blasphemous bits on Comedy Central and HBO. The movie version of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass is peddling a villainous Catholic Church to kids. And the Christmas concert at public schools has long since morphed into the Winter concert.

In terms of cultural clout, it's a good time to be an atheist in America.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible by Robert Hutchinson fires back at this icy trend with history, statistics, logic, humor and even a few rabbit punches. If counter-terrorist Jack Bauer were to take up Christian apologetics, he might have penned something like this.

Hutchinson begins by sketching out the mindset of the new atheism.

"For secular fundamentalists, religion in general, and the Bible in particular, are not just wrongheaded but actually dangerous," Hutchinson writes. "That's because religion and the Bible stand in the way of everything they value most in life -- primarily unlimited sex, of course, but also the power to reshape society into a kind of secular utopia free from traditional ethical restraint."

Hutchinson's book is not only a compact, well-argued defense of the Bible but also of Christianity and Western civilization. He doesn't tie up all the loose ends but comes awfully close. Hutchinson dispatches numerous alleged Biblical errors or contradictions, examines recent archeological finds, demonstrates why science developed as a direct result of Christianity and exposes faulty logic, most notably by sexual libertines. One quibble: He gives a tad too much respect to authors such as the late John Boswell, whose error-riddled book on alleged church blessings of same-sex unions, Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality, is characterized as a "classic."

Hutchinson traces how Christianity uniquely lifted women's status but decides not to include a critique of the trendy New Age "herstory" of goddess-based religions.

Some of the strongest chapters are devoted to rebutting the assertion that human rights are a product of secularism rather than God-given and guaranteed by the advance of Judaism and Christianity. Citing Freedom House reports, he notes that where Christianity has taken root or had cultural influence (as in Iceland and Costa Rica) individual freedom has advanced. Where it has not, human rights are virtually non-existent (Saudi Arabia or China). Russia, which is still rated "not free," is only 15% Christian.

The book is peppered with pullout quotes, some of which are counter-posed. Here's an "Atheist 'Wisdom' Versus the Good Book" entry:

"Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch, the she wolf; she must belong to all who claim her."

—The Marquis de Sade.

"My soul doth magnify the Lord

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Because he hath regarded humanity of

His handmaid; for behold from henceforth

All generations shall call me blessed."

—The Canticle of Mary from the Gospel of Luke.

Ouch. Or how about Joseph Stalin's famous remark that, "a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic," contrasted with "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29-31).

For believers, this is great fun. For atheists, it's probably more like getting a filling without Novocain.

Hutchinson makes the case that the history of Christian Europe is the history of freedom's rising, informed by the Bible's insistence on human dignity. Despite atheists' charge that the Bible endorses slavery, both Old and New Testaments are full of sound reasons to oppose it. The Bible acknowledges the fallen nature of man and tempers the worst without endorsing the practices.

"The truth is that the savage cruelty of slavery has existed on a massive scale all over the world for most of human history -- and still exists today in parts of the Islamic world and Asia -- and yet it was first officially banned, by force of law, only in Christian Europe," Hutchinson writes. "No culture on earth questioned the morality of slavery until Christians did the questioning."

The current, romanticized look back at pagan cultures as more tolerant and civilized is utterly false, Hutchinson asserts.

"The golden age of ancient Greece and Rome, celebrated by the 'enlightened' pagans of the eighteenth century, was built almost entirely on slave labor: By some estimates, fully one-third of Roman society was made up of slaves who could be killed at will by Roman householders."

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible is chockfull of such corrective history and should prove an invaluable tool, especially for students confronted daily by balderdash of all kinds.



I lifted this unmolested directly from someone else's blog. It's almost exactly what I wanted to say when I read the reports about the energy bill. I was angry with congress, angry with Bush for signing it. We need a conservative in the White House. Cafe standards and outlawing light bulbs is just stupid. At least they quit supporting wind power. That's progress.

This is from Dana Blankenhorn.

The Energy Fraud of 2007

Pelosi_and_reid_as_cheese_eating_su The Democratic Congress labored mightily, they said, all through 2007, and they brought forth...this?

No new efficiency standards before 2020? A huge subsidy for ethanol, guaranteeing higher fuel prices? No breaks for alternative energy, and the tax breaks for oil stay in place?

Really? Well, if that's a War Against Oil, I got some waterfront property here in Atlanta to offer you. Trouble is, by 2020 it might just BE waterfront property, only sitting in a desert, and filled to the rim with refugees from what used to be Florida, and New York City, and 10,000 other places.

The only thing worse than this so-called energy bill is the self-congratulatory nonsense spouted by the Democratic "leadership" on its behalf.

Memo to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer. See you in hell, man. No, I mean that literally. Because that's what you're turning the whole planet into with this piece of garbage.

The Arctic ice cap is melting even faster than Al Gore warned it would. The Himlalayas may be glacier-free within a decade. Need a Clue what that means to the ocean level? It'll be on your front porch by 2015, Nancy, and over Steny's head a few years after that. Good luck finding a new place.

Vladimir_putin_time_cover No wonder Vladimir Putin is Time's Man of the Year. In the great Energy Wars, he's the winner. It's we Americans (Gore included) who are the losers.

Now I would like to think things aren't as bad as all that. There are ample market incentives for solar, for wind, and for geothermal power. The problem is this bill slows the switch from carbon to hydrocarbon (through its ethanol mandates) and thus leaves us vulnerable to a reverse price-shock.

That is, should the "fear factor" be taken out of the current market and the price of oil drop to, say, $60/barrel, a ton of alternative energy plans no longer make sense. And fear of that happening (because it's rational) keeps investors away.

We'll be revisiting this issue, assuming someone with sense is elected President. But how good an assumption is that? And it won't be with my help, either. No more checks from me to the Democratic National Committee, or to any Democrat who doesn't personally commit to overturning this monstrosity.

Now I see why some would prefer Russia, where "my despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy."

Hypocracy, indeed.

Stifle Yourselves Ladies - Earth Boy is Here

A global warming priest from the UK has made a pronouncement that young women should restrain themselves from being attracted to young men that drive hot cars.

That a far sexier automobile would be a Prius because it would be owned by an environmentally conscious hottie.

Wow, the 40+ marriage of Gene and Peggy might never have happened were it not for a hot customized black and green straight 8 1953 Pontiac Chieftain 2 door sedan that I wowed her with.

Hubba Hubba.

I'm glad I'm not out hustling girls today, I can see it all now, cruising up and down the Main Street of Ellendale silently (no rumbling hot pipes) with my Prius. Yelling out the window, Hey Baby, you work out? Wanna go for a ride?

Yea, that'll work.

Landmark Birth Day

Tomorrow Dec 22, Peggy, completes her 6th full decade of life. I am so fortunate that she has chosen to spend more than 2/3rds of that time with me as my wife and companion.

She is a wonderful woman for whom I am so thankful.

Happy Birthday Sweetie. Let the next decades be as fruitful as the last 6.

You are a magnificent woman.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Count me IN on this survey

Fema and The TSA are the numbers one and two of the most hated federal agencies by Americans.

Count me in that number. They are horrible failures. I'll add in Homeland security. And the education department of the USA.

This is why I don't want the government doing things they can't do.

Let the airlines handle safety inspections and test them for efficacy and then wack the ones who don't do it well. That'll work.

And, let charities handle flood, hurricane and other relief. National Guard. States rights.

Why is the Federal Government involved>

Fema and the TSA. Dumb and Dumber.

And Cats

The post below has to do with Dogs and the consumption thereof, not that there's anything wrong with that.

This video courtesy of Ken and Rich is really good. Song about a Kitty. Clever stuff.

Taste and See that the DOG is good

I threaten dogs I know with this. I'm kidding of course. I'm sure the dogs know (I hope).

But when you hire people from east of Hawaii these things happen.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thanks Timing

In a previous post I spoke of the importance of avoiding the cynical attitude of doubting God by saying or even thinking "We'll See" when God proclaims something over your life.

It's all about timing as to when we will give thanks.

Let's suppose I am short of cash. I need $10,000 to cover some bills I must meet. I go to my friend Rick and ask him to lend me the Ten Grand for a while. I know he has the ability to do so. Upon my request he says, "I'll wire the money to your account today". I know Rick, I trust Rick, I know he can do what I have asked, I know he will do what he says if he says he will. What is my response to Rick when he says "I'll wire the money today". Of course I would say, THANK YOU upon his word of promise and live in the full expectation of his fulfilling what he said he would do. If I said "We'll See" it would be an insult to him, to his character and to his word. In fact, if I said We'll See I might get a response from Rick which amounts to Fuggidaboutit. My faith and thankfulness is an important part of the fulfillment of the promise Rick makes.

If I were to wait and see if he really does it and then after he does say "Thanks" I wouldn't be surprised if he did nothing at all again or even that time if he knew my heart. That's what the We'll See attitude demonstrates; a lack of any faith I have in Rick.

We treat God as if we don't believe he would be as faithful and true to his word as Rick would be. How does God feel about our lack of faith in Him?

As faithless Christians we have no lack of willingness to say, We'll See to God's promises or even to seeking after them. For that reason we live outside the covenant of God as foreigners without hope in the world. No word from God. No bread of life. Oh, we might see heaven but we'll live like Hell on the earth when that was never God's intention toward us.

If our response to his word is "We'll See" he won't bother. I don't blame him. Why should he do marvelous things for people who are faithless and thankless? He never did before, Jesus only responded to faith. He never changes.

It's our thankfulness that releases the blessing of God in our lives. The "We'll See" approach of faithlessness means that person lives without the manifestation of the promise of God in his life.

James the Brother of Jesus said it best:
Chapter 1

6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

When you say, We'll See, you are being double minded, wavering, driven by circumstance, tossed about, unstable and without faith. Let that man not think he will receive anything of the Lord.

I don't know how to say it any more clearly. Now that you have the word of the Lord, what are you going to do with it? "We'll See" is a death sentence to the Promise of God in your life.

Two Words that Stop the Blessing of God in your Life

God wants to show himself mighty to you.  He wants to help you achieve and apprehend the destiny you were placed on this earth for. 
In that way he has put prophets and other encouragers in your life to give you reinforcement and hope for good things in your future.  It's at that time where you can thank him for the prophetic word of God released in your life or you can choose to say the two words that bring to full stop the blessings of God in your life.
Those two deadly words are: We'll See.
For unto you is born this day a savior who is Christ the Lord.  If you say We'll See you won't.  If you say, let us go and see.  You will. 
We'll See are words of Doubt and Unbelief and unpleasing to a God that is only pleased by faith.
Stop saying we'll see and start by repenting of the We'll See attitude.  Receiving the word of God with Great Joy is the first step to having it sprout in the good soil of your life.  We'll See takes the seed of the word of God and flushes it down the toilet.
Cut it out.

Two words that stop the flow of Revelation in your life

God is using encouraging words from others to instruct, advise and direct you.  We need to have ears to hear.  There are two words that are full stop to the activation of the word of God in your life.  Those two words are: I KNOW.
When you hear a word from someone that is supposed to change your life and you react with I KNOW you shut down any changes God wants to make in your life.
You will then remain in darkness and without the word of the Lord in your life.  Because YOU KNOW.
You don't.  It's a lie.  It's a stronghold that has risen up against the Knowledge of God. 
I don't know why the Lord had me to write this today, but He did.  If you are reading this, it might just have been for you.

We do it so the Devil Doesn't Have to Work so Hard

 You remember the late Flip Wilson? His famous saying, "The Devil made me do it".  It was a way to deflect whatever guilt he (in Character) had for some bad thing he (she) had done.  Now, there I've gone and related a cultural icon that if you are 2/3rd my age or less you have no idea what I'm talking about.
In the last few weeks I have been lambasted by several accusations fielded by good Christian men and women against ministries and spiritual expressions not of their own liking that boggles the mind.  I have been puzzled.  What's going on here?
The latest came yesterday.  Huge broadsides against the Word and Faith movement.  Now, to be fair, they are out there on the edge a bit sometimes and sometimes they should be broadsided.  But, let's allow the devil and the world to do  that work shall we?  Charles Grassley is enough. Let's not eat our young. It's not up to you my brother or sister to  correct the ills of other spiritual expressions. 
Your stand for "Righteousness" is a position you are taking by the prompting of the demon called religion.  I know this demon.  I have seen this demon.  He is a respectable looking condescending selfish entity who's main purpose is to divide and conquer.  He's very good at what he does. We are ignorant of his schemes.
The devil has put many in the Body of Christ to work destroying and tearing down one another with the lie that if we tear enough others down, what we espouse will be elevated.  We think we can gain ground by slinging mud.  Sorry to say, that's a lie and worse from time to time I have bought into this lie.  We need to stop it, and stop it NOW!
I could direct you to websites, I could print emails, I could go deep and demonstrate how insidious this is becoming.  I could but then, I'd just be taking work away from the Devil. Sufficient to say this whole thing is the Devils work and like a bunch of lost sheep the Body of Christ has fallen right in line helping the Devil's work.  I think this demon has been released as a result of all the talk about Romney and Huckabee and religion in Iowa.  We got right on board as Christians.  We are such sheep led astray.
Yesterday in a news report was a submission provided the Mormon Church on what Mormons believe.  I read it carefully.  You should too.  I had a quick reaction.  It confirmed my worst expectations.  But then I thought about attacks and expectations others put on beliefs I hold dear. 
If by chance you are a Christian I have a heartfelt appeal to you.  Stop helping the Devil out.  Let's make his job difficult.  Lift up Jesus.  I know Paul said to contend for the Faith.  Not for your faith, not for my faith, THE FAITH.  Faith in Jesus as Lord. 

First Corinthians 12:3

I make known to you, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed"; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

There is a story in the Bible, Jesus and the Disciples are out where Jesus was ministering. John the Disciple comes to Jesus all breathless.  "Jesus", He says, "those guys over there are preaching and doing Kingdom things and they aren't part of our denomination (numbered among us)."   Jesus doesn't call down fire, he doesn't run over as the son of God and tell them to stop, he doesn't strike them with leprosy, he doesn't even offer to engage in a discussion about theology with them. He just says, "If they are not against us, they are for us."
Mark 9:38-41 NIV 

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

    38"Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."

    39"Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40for whoever is not against us is for us. 41I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

You who are critical and demeaning of others who are doing the work of the Kingdom different from the way you do it, are you better than Jesus?

Incidentally, in writing this, I am the first among sinners and repent.  So should you - repent!

If the Spirit of God had spoken to you in this, REPENT.  The Kingdom of God is at hand.  He who is not against Jesus  is for US.

I Was NEVER this Good

In all the years I sang in Choirs and Ensembles, I never saw this level of excellence. Watch the whole Thing

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Litmus test for Lockstep Liberals

If you are a legitimate lockstep liberal you should be able to answer yes to all these questions. If you are not able to answer in the affirmative to this litmus test, then i want you to turn in your I Love Al Gore poster and your secret love letters to Jimmy Carter. Oh, I'm just being a little silly and maybe a little mean here.

I know this, some of these days I am going to publish the 20 ways the modern left takes it's lockstep marching orders directly from Nazism. Every day I find another parallel. False religion (human global warming), Eugenics (abortion and euthanasia), Mind Control (opposition to homeschooling/vouchers in favor of public school indoctrination), Elimination of the 2nd amendment (first thing Hitler did), Government control and ownership of almost everything making every citizen beholden to the ruling powers, Control of opposing media (bringing back equal time doctrine) and as I think about it the whole concept that the Left is Neo-Nazi begins to make more and more sense. I hear the sound of goosestepping hobnail boots growing louder and louder. Hat tip to Neiman.

1. You have to be against capital punishment, but for support abortion (Capital punishment for an innocent fetus) on demand.
2. You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity.
3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Iranian despots and North Korean communists.
4. You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth’s climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV’s.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial but being homosexual is natural.
7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.
8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can’t teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.
9. You have to believe that hunters don’t care about nature, but loony activists who have never been outside of San Francisco do.
10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million of his own money to make The Passion of the Christ for financial gain only.
12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.
14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Thomas Edison and A.G. Bell.
15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
16. You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and is a very nice person.
17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried is because the right people haven’t been in charge.
18. You have to believe conservatives telling the truth belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White House.
19. You have to believe that homosexual parades on public streets displaying drag queens, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
20. You have to believe that illegal Democratic Party funding by the Chinese Government is somehow in the best interest of the United States.
21. You have to believe that it’s okay to give Federal workers the day off on Christmas Day but it’s not okay to say “Merry Christmas.”

Last but not least

22. You have to believe that this message is a part of a vast, right wing conspiracy.

For those who don't believe in Santa

Absolute proof that Reindeer fly.
lan Blacklock, a photographer with the New Zealand Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, was certainly surprised when he looked into the afternoon sky from his home in the capital city, Wellington.

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A photograph of a cirrus cloud, taken on December 2 ‘It was Sunday afternoon and my attention was drawn to this cloud,’ he said.

‘It wasn’t a great leap of the imagination to see a reindeer.’

Three unrelated stories from Today's WSJ

I offer these news articles without comment except to say that they are all true, IMHO.

So, don't worry so much about things you can do nothing about. Conclusions, Oil is going to drop like a rock, there is nothing holding it up there. It's a good thing to prosper. There is no blessing in being poor but you can be blessed in poverty and blessed out of it. And, your ADHD may not be ADHD but normal. Quit taking those pills.

From today's Wall Street Journal.


Soaring Oil Is Seen to Be Running on Fumes

Economics writer John Cassidy has a message for consumers who are contemplating giving up their sport-utility vehicles to save on gasoline: not so fast.

Oil prices, which hovered near record levels this fall, are to set plunge 50% or more in the next two or three years, Mr. Cassidy says. The downturn could be even steeper after that -- $30 for a barrel of oil is a distinct possibility in the future, he says.

Mr. Cassidy, who writes about economics for Portfolio and the New Yorker, bases his prediction on one essential idea: the steep rise in crude prices during the past four years has been prolonged enough to fundamentally alter the behavior of oil producers and consumers.

Many economists have forecast a pullback from the $90-$100-a-barrel levels of the past few months to $70-$85 next year as producers increase output to meet demand and a slowing U.S. economy reins in consumption. Most oil watchers also say burgeoning demand from big developing economies like China and India will keep prices from falling too far.

In Mr. Cassidy's view, the supply picture will soon shift from shortage to glut as energy companies go after hard-to-reach crude reserves that until recently weren't considered economically viable. "When experts claim that oil is running out, what they really mean is that cheap oil is running out."

Alternative fuels, such as ethanol, nuclear power and solar energy, are popular and are abundantly available, he says. Skeptics, says Mr. Cassidy, should remember that the oil market has experienced sudden plunges before. Production cuts in the late 1970s caused a run-up in prices that suppressed demand, and sent once-lofty prices into a slump that lasted for most of the 1980s.


Pentecostalism Sets Path To Draw Guatemala's Poorest

For a growing number of impoverished Guatemalans, it is a matter of faith: God doesn't want them to be poor.

In a traditionally Roman Catholic country with one of the highest poverty rates in the Western Hemisphere, a conversion is afoot -- nearly 20% of Guatemala's population is now Pentecostal, the highest proportion in Latin America. The growth of Pentecostalism has come about thanks in part to a new entrepreneurial ethos being preached from the pulpit known as "prosperity theology," reports Sara Miller Llana in the Christian Science Monitor.

The movement is more often associated with middle- and upper-class worshippers at some North American megachurches, but it has caught on at even the more traditional Pentecostal churches in Guatemala. Worshippers are told that being poor isn't a blessing, and at churches like Showers of Grace, a megachurch in Guatemala City, worshippers are offered business classes and are taught how to manage their money.


Concentration on the Job May Call for Distractions

For people who find it difficult to concentrate at work, some scientists suggest the problem is too few distractions, not too many.

Scientists used to think that the act of concentrating itself might screen out distractions. But researchers such as Nilli Lavie at University College London believe that making a deliberate effort to concentrate isn't enough to filter out irrelevant information.

Instead, the brain becomes more engaged in tasks as the visual demands of the problem increase and effectively block additional stimuli. In practical terms, the research could be used to improve children's textbooks, or to add textured backgrounds or moving images to enhance dull slide presentations.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Great Opera Tonite

At 9PM Chicago time, the PBS network is running the rise and fall of the city of Mahagony.   (pronounced mah ha go ny). 
It's a Kurt Weil opera (of three Penny fame) and one I hold in great esteem.  Kurt Weil (pronounced VILE) is a great songmeister.
In any case, if you have time and energy, take a nap and get in on this wonderful opera.  I'm looking forward to it. 
Have a good time.  Opera is wonderful stuff. 
This is the one with Whisky Bar as a song.
In any case good stuff.

Great Blond Joke

A blond is pulled over by a female officer for speeding. The officer approaches the vehicle and asks for the blonde’s license and registration. The blond, noticeably nervous, frantically thumbs through her wallet. The officer notices and reminds the blond, “It’s the one with your face on it.” The blond sees herself in her compact and hands it to the officer.

The officer quickly hands the compact back and tells the driver she can proceed on her way. “What about my ticket?” she asks. “I didn’t know you were a policewoman”, responds the officer.

Jesus was Clueless, he even pooped his pants for you

One of the great teachings on the Sacrifice of Jesus I ever heard was called, "Jesus Pooped his Pants for YOU".

We don't preach the Condescension of Christ much anymore. It is an important issue. He stepped out of his place in the Godhead and put on flesh laying down his divinity for 33 years. All the wonderful things he did on earth, he did as a MAN, not as GOD. A man empowered by the Holy Ghost just as we are to be.

I have wondered if when Jesus was 3 years old he knew who he was. When was it revealed to him what the fullness of his position in eternity really is? I don't have an answer, but, what about us, when do we get a glimpse of what our place in eternity really is? This is the place where I come to a divide with some of my brethren regarding original sin and the Book of Life. I believe a baby aborted by it's mother goes immediately to heaven. No original sin there. I also believe that a person's name is written in the lamb's book of life from creation, that it is satan's job to accuse us before God and for Jesus intercession to acquit us by his blood as we appeal to him. He can say, Yes, it's true but I paid the price for that condemning sin.

So, the cradle and the cross, the stable and the stripes on his back, the empty manger became an empty tomb for our sakes.

The angels sang at his birth, they are still singing, and they sang as he rose again with a song of the tomb saying he is not here, he is risen.

Joe Farah who is Catholic wrote a touching piece I reprint here from World Net Daily:

By Joseph Farah

© 2007

'Joseph with Jesus' by Guido Reni, 1635

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luke 1:26-33 (KJV)

A week from today, Christians around the world will be in full Christmas mode – attending churches, saying prayers, singing carols and exchanging gifts in remembrance of the birth of their Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth.

We will also be reading from the familiar passages in the Gospel of Luke that describe the circumstances of the Virgin Birth – an event like no other in the history of the world.

There have been movies and books about these events. But most have focused, understandably, on the notable obedience and sacrifices of Joseph and Mary in bringing the baby Jesus into the world.

But, have you ever thought about what that experience was like for Jesus?

We all know how Jesus sacrificed himself for us at the end of His mortal life – the excruciating tortures he endured, the humiliation, the death on the cross. But at this time of the year, I often think about the sacrifice He, the co-creator of the universe, made temporarily to give up His omniscience, His omnipotence, His almighty powers and His seat at the right hand of God and to live inside the womb of a young Jewish girl named Mary and to submit himself to the protection of an obscure Jewish carpenter named Joseph.

He literally stepped down from heaven into a fallen world of danger and deception. He even, presumably, had to disengage from His own divine consciousness to become a helpless embryo. He had to be born under trying circumstances following a rough 70-mile walk by his parents from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

He gave up all the unimaginable riches and untold wisdom of the universe to be born in a barn and laid in an animal trough.

But, most of all, try to imagine what it was like sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven contemplating this idea of becoming utterly helpless and, for at least a period of time, presumably, clueless!

Like any other child, Jesus was born not knowing how to walk or talk. How many of us would be willing to trade our own lives and consciousness as even as adult mortal human beings to re-enter the world that way, again?

That's what Christmas represents to me. It is every bit as awe-inspiring as contemplating Jesus' death and Resurrection.

We often talk about and ponder the Ascension. But what about the Condescension that took place when Jesus became, first, an unborn baby and later on that day in Bethlehem, a vulnerable little infant who would be hunted down by Herod – who would grow up to die an ugly death on the cross?

Believers acknowledge the sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary. But, truly, we ought to consider the sacrifice He made the day He willingly stepped down from heaven in the Virgin Birth, which might also be termed the Miraculous and Mysterious Condescension.

Merry Christmas. And thank you, Jesus!

The angel Gabriel appears to the virgin Mary in 1898's 'The Annunciation' by Pennsylvania artist Henry Ossawa Tanner

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hot Tip for Christmas

A few days ago I wrote about the XM radio feed that is on my TV. It's quite nice, all classical Christmas Music.

I had to be sitting in the living room to enjoy it. BUT, now low and behold I bring good tidings of great Joy.

Unto you is available free online Christmas Classic Music from XM.

All you need do is go to this website:

Follow the listen online link, give them your email address and make up a password. Then they will send you an email with access. After you activate your account you are good to go.

You will get a few days of this music free. It's worth it. While I type this It's playing on my computer.

And until you run out of email addresses you can keep getting this free till who hung the pup. I'm on my second. I have 3 to go. So, I'll get easily thru Christmas.

My sis Carol sent me this note regarding the XM she has in her car and how driving to Aberdeen with her folks, playing and singing along and how nice it was. This is beautiful:

I have XM in my car and I, too, listen to the Classical Carols station (or FOX NEWS) when I'm driving. Yesterday I took Mom and Dad to Aber. to do a little shopping. We listened to the Classical Carols station all the way down. As we were driving into Aber. I started to sing along (Redlin style) to "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". In a minute, Dad was singing with me. Then Mom joined in. It was a glorious moment and one I will treasure forever. When we got back home, it was dark. We decided to drive around town and look at the Christmas lights. We listened to the C.C. station as we drove and really got in the spirit. As we drove through one section of town with no lights on for blocks, Dad said, "It looks like the Christmas spirit hasn't rained in on this section of town yet." You know how he would have said it. It was priceless.

Big Money Religion

I am involved in several ministry ventures.  Either as a supporter or directly.  Most of them are broke or near broke all the time.  That's what attracts me.  When a ministry is nearly out of money they need the one thing ministries always benefit from.  More faith. 
I know of or have been part of Churches who have more money than they knew what to do with.  Millions in the bank.  One such was a pastor who when he was complaining that the spiritual atmosphere had cooled off in his Church and was wondering what happened, was startled when I gave him this advice.  Give all your money away.  They had millions on deposit given thru endowments as people died.  The problem was it changed the faith atmosphere.  The money was there, faith wasn't.
This is true of pastors too.  One good man I know lived a higher level of faith as a pastor when his only "Support" was from people who left money around the house and when he prayed money came because God saw to it.  Going on a regular salary changed his faith walk.  His reasoning was, I have a family and obligations, don't I need to meet them as a witness for Jesus.  My answer was, it's a bigger witness if you meet them by faith in God and prosper that way than taking a salary.
Having a Salaried Ministry may be oxymoronic.  If Peter the disciple of Jesus, when Jesus said, "come follow me" had asked, "What's the financial package I can expect if I follow you?" we wouldn't read about him in our Bibles today.  He would be only a footnote like the rich young ruler is.  Negatively instructive of faithlessness.
Many say, "I will do whatever God asks me to.  I will obey immediately".  But, they are tangled up in worldly security, won't and don't.  I don't speak from theory.  I have more than once done this.  Taken a huge step of faith and had to live by the grace and provision of God.  He's never failed me.  I've been thru things but sometimes stepping out in faith is the best financial package you can imagine.
There is a Church in the Chicago land area built by the Huizenga family, the man who owns the football team the Dolphins.  This Church building is a beautiful edifice.  It has lots of attendees.  It's sadly just lacking the one thing it needs to make a difference in the community, FAITH.  The people are unchallenged. Therefore they are unmoved.
Without faith it's impossible to please GOD. 
Saturday Morning at our Scheduled Prayer Meeting at the Church the men there were praying for unsaved loved ones. 
The prayers became prayers of faith.  That translated into praying the prayers the Prodigal's father must have prayed.  "Lord, send my son quickly into the pigpen to eat pea pods so he comes home to me soon".
My prayer for churches in America that need to come home is, cause much trouble, bankrupt them, cause them to suffer until they come home to the Father.  Then we can have revival.
That was the same prayer we prayed for our loved ones Saturday Morning.  "Lord, whatever it takes, pain, misery, trouble, illness, marriage problems, financial reversal, Lord allow that to happen to my loved ones so they come to you". 
No more building a hedge of protection around them.  Get'em Lord, Get'em. 
I was once told by a prophet of God to stop interrupting his plan to redeem people from the pit by his grace and cause people to come to him because I had the financial means to do so.  He rebuked me pretty hard, God said, "I am about to reach a person who I have called to be my own, and you get in the way with your money and influence and bail them out.  Your Merciful gift is getting in the way of my call placed on their lives."  I'm less merciful today. 
Sometimes in life what looks like a bag of snakes ends up being a huge blessing and what looks like a gift from god (small g) is a curse we didn't expect.
If you are in ministry and broke or if your ministry is broke, thank him in advance for providing all you need.  He did promise.  Thank him at the promise.  If you wait till he provides to thank him, he may never do it.  Having a heart of Thanks in need releases the provision of God.
That was a prophetic word if you didn't already figure it out.  Now go and do what the word says.