Isn't that what Church should be all about? Making us better stewards of the dogs in our lives.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Isn't that what Church should be all about? Making us better stewards of the dogs in our lives.
- Our Gifts,
- Our Passion,
- Our Skills,
- Our Life Experience,
- Our Spiritual Maturity begins to peak.
- Life Experience
- Spiritual Maturity
Filed under: Editorial, The Asphalt Jungle
Lost in the big news last week -- the race for the Democratic nomination, the reeling U.S. economy, the ongoing life/death saga that is "Dancing with the Stars" -- came word that a new deep-water exploration area off the coast of Brazil could contain as much as 33 billion barrels of oil. How much is that? If estimates are accurate, the Brazilian find would amount to the world’s third-largest oil reserve. In comparison, the U.S. has proven oil reserves of 21.8 billion barrels.
Just what the latest Brazil find (dubbed "Sugarloaf Mountain") could mean to our oil-ravenous world isn’t yet completely clear, but the Associated Press quoted Roger Read, an energy analyst at New York-based investment bank Natixis Bleichroeder Inc., as saying, "This would lay to rest some of the peak oil pronouncements that we were out of oil, that we weren't going to find any more, and that we have to change our way of life."
The find also brings up a name worth remembering: Thomas Gold. The Austrian-born astrophysicist, who died in 2004, was a renowned maverick in the science community, a brilliant rogue whose anti-establishment proclamations were often proven right. For instance, in the 1960s, as NASA began its assault on the moon, many scientists debated whether the moon's surface was comprised of hard rock or might in fact be a layer of dust so thick that, upon touchdown, the Apollo lunar modules would sink out of sight. Gold, studying evidence from microimpacts, moon cratering, electrostatic fields, and more, boldly predicted that the astronauts' boots would sink into the lunar regolith no more than three centimeters. And, give or take a centimeter or so, he was proven right.
Friday, April 18, 2008
I guess when good things happen to someone I know I want to let you know. The Denomination I am credentialed with, the IPHC has a head guy. Not a pope. A Bishop. I know him. He's a really precious man. He likes Chicago. So, from time to time I have been fortunate to spend one on one time with him. That's about as close as I will get to the Pope, but Bishop Leggett will meet with Pope Benedict the 16th tonite in a meeting of many leaders from around the country. In many ways, as a movement with our roots in Luther and Wesley with the fire of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost we have more in common with Catholics sometimes, particularly in social issues, than we do with more liberal denominations and some evangelicals. From a news release.
Footnote: I knew we had in IPHC about 4.2 millions Adherants worldwide. In the USA about half a million. Then, in doing a tiny bit of research, the other church I am appended to, the Lutheran Church, let's put it, conservative Lutherans which includes the Lutheran Church Mo Synod and all it's sister congregations worldwide comprise about 3.4 million adherants. I used this WIKI of the International Lutheran Council as a guide. Apparently that conservative global coalition which includes the LCMS is an umbrella that conservative Lutherans embrace.
I guess my credentials with the IPHC aren't so wimpy after all. I'll keep them. We have grown globally by hundreds of thousands in the last few years. Good place to be.
Local Leader will Represent Evangelical-Pentecostal Groups at Historic Meeting
OKLAHOMA CITY- Local resident Bishop James D. Leggett will meet with Pope Benedict XVI on Friday evening. As president of the Evangelical/Pentecostal Family of Christian Churches Together, he is one of several religious leaders taking part in a prayer service at St. Joseph's Church in Manhattan.
Bishop Leggett is currently the Presiding Bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, which has its international offices in Bethany, Oklahoma. He also serves in the leadership of several interdenominational organizations.
Bishop Leggett worked with Cardinal William H. Keeler in setting up Christian Churches Together in the USA. Its mission is "to enable churches and Christian organizations to grow closer together in Christ in order to strengthen our Christian witness in the world." The organization is comprised of five Christian families: Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant, Historic Racial/Ethnic, Orthodox and Catholic.
Bishop Leggett currently serves as Chairman of the Pentecostal World Fellowship, a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide committed to the furtherance of the Gospel to the ends of the world. He will also chair the 2010 Pentecostal World Conference.
He serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Evangelicals and Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America. He is a member of Mission America, American Society for Church Growth, the International Charismatic Consultation Advisory Council (ICC), the Christian Churches Together (CCT), and the Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP).
Dr. Harold Hunter, Historian and Archivist for the IPHC, was also invited to the meeting with the Pope. Dr. Hunter works in numerous committees developing a Pentecostal-charismatic dialog.
For more information, contact the Office of the General Superintendent at 405.787.7110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo of Bishop Leggett attached.
* The International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC Ministries), is a 108+ year old traditional Pentecostal denomination. Our Executive Offices are at 7300 NW 39th Expw, Bethany, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. We currently have churches in more than 95 nations of the world, with approximately 4.2 million adherents.
* We are charter members of the National Association of Evangelicals ( http://www.nae.net/), charter members of the Pentecostal World Conference (http://www.pentecostalworldconf.org/ ) and were instrumental in creating the Pentecostal & Charismatic Churches of N. America (PCCNA)( http://www.pccna.org/). For more detailed information, please visit our website at http://arc.iphc.org
Here's Ali Eteraz:I haven't seen too much outcry from Americans who are shocked by Muslim polygamy (regardless of the age of the brides), whether in Muslim countries or here. The reason I'm asking is because I was just watching Larry King Live, and there's quite a bit of fuss over fundamentalist Mormon polygamy. Women like this who "escaped the lifestyle" are prominently featured:And they might not be describing women as having "escaped from polygamy."Next thing you know, certain activists will seize upon this case as an argument for the "one man, one woman" ballot initiatives, with the usual unholy alliances. It's all a little too predictable for comfort.
From the Wiki entry for Osama bin Laden's father:
Sheikh Mohammed bin 'Awad bin Laden (Arabic: Ù…ØÙ…Ø¯ Ø¨Ù† Ø¹ÙˆØ¶ Ø¨Ù† Ù„Ø§Ø¯Ù†â€Ž), also known as Mohammed bin Laden (1908--September 3, 1967), a Yemeni immigrant to Saudi Arabia was a wealthy investor, businessman and patriarch of the bin Laden family. He married 22 times and fathered at least 55 children. Osama bin Laden is believed to be his 16th child and the only son with his tenth wife Hamida al-Attas, reportedly of Syrian descent.Funny thing, but while I heard a lot of anger directed towards his son, I never heard much outcry against his immoral lifestyle.
In America, Muslim polygamy exists.Mormons are not the only ones practicing polygamy. And if you believe that Muslims, upon coming to America, become universally monogamous, you are sorely mistaken.Eteraz goes on to criticize Muslim polygamy.
Is fundamentalist Mormon polygamy more shocking?
I just had this uneasy feeling that if the same sort of thing had been going on in a polygamous Muslim compound, there might not be the same outcry.
And they might not be describing women as having "escaped from polygamy."
Next thing you know, certain activists will seize upon this case as an argument for the "one man, one woman" ballot initiatives, with the usual unholy alliances.
It's all a little too predictable for comfort.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
His parents died young. His brother just died. He knows the clock is ticking. He wants to get settled spiritually but he doesn't know how to get there.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
What a beautiful animal. Thrilling. Too bad he had to die. Looking for a Girl Cougar I'll bet. Course my wife had to spoil it by saying that's what I used to say about Giant Field Rats (Deer). They aren't real pretty anymore.
A friend sent a link to me regarding the Cougar Network. A group that tracks cougar sightings.
This map is on it:
WOW. Who knew they were making such a comeback. Shoot More Deer.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I laughed it off as just so much liberal press baloney. I'm not convinced. We don't have passionate kids who become passionate adults because they are untaught and untrained as kids. My Friend Barry Kolb asks a good question about this in his blog. Why aren't believers sharing the Gospel aggressively with others. A quote from the article which I recommend you read: believers are sitting passively in church and never opening their mouth to share the amazing grace of Jesus.
I Don't wonder why. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old....
So, we don't. We don't want to seem weird like those Jesus Camp folks. We don't want to INDOCTRINATE our kids. We want the world to indoctrinate them with hip hop, violence, crime, sex, evil and demonism from television and Public Schools.
23 years ago our Son K went to Israel. He went with TEEN MISSIONS INTERNATIONAL. It's a group out of Florida. He was gone for a couple months. He was 13 at the time. He has been on other Missions trips. But this one I'm confident gave him the courage in part to become the man he has become. Bold and unwavering. Good on him.
On Saturday Night they had a special broadcast of 48 Hours on CBS. The subject was God's boot camp. You can watch the whole thing here. If you click on the videos link the whole feature comes up.
It's pretty fair. Not a hatchet job. The problem is the commentary that went on after. Atheists hate the fact that we might train young people. Waaaa.
Teen Missions did good for Kevin. Sure, there are extremes, there were for me at Boy Scout Camp too.
I'm glad he had a chance to do this. I have always wondered about Christians who struggle with the idea of "Indoctrinating" children with the truth of the Gospel. Why they didn't come out in force and support Becky was beyond me. We shouldn't send our kids off to be brainwashed?
AS OPPOSED TO WHAT? Insipid Sunday Schools in Most Churches?
If Barry Kolb's article is right, and I believe it is, shouldn't we be indoctrinating them. This is more than fun and games. This must be a passionate inculcation of all the Gospel that will drive them to share. I worry that what we do in Sunday School with our kids, I worry about what we are doing with our YOUTH. I don't think we are doing the job the world is doing on them.
So, they lack the courage to get out of the pew and on to the street.
We are failing our children because of our timidity and political correctness.
Get with it Church!
- Is this because of the unhunted deer populations in the are, easy pickings and lots of cover in forest preserves?
- Are they breeding, I mean if you have a tom and some momma cats and you got kittens, lots of kittens, is this that?
- I have always thought they were pretty reclusive and nocturnal, not much danger to humans, is that changing?
- I know there are plenty now in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa, how far is this going to go?
- There will be press driven paranoia over this, how dangerous is a 150 pound carnivore with sharp claws and teeth anyway?
- Why did it take 20 rounds to down this animal?
- Are all Chicago Cops such bad shots?
- After the Cougar was down, the cops said they couldn't tell the gender of the animal. HUH?
- Where there's smoke there's fire, does this cougar kill mean there are lots of cougars or just a few?
- Shouldn't we be offing the easy prey, like kill a few hundred thousand field rats (Deer) that stand around and depredate everything in sight and provide food for cougars?
- Who's in charge of the decisions that are creating this cougarville environment?
- Since it's practically illegal to shoot a gun in Illinois (you can own one if it's properly owned with a firearms owner card but you can't shoot it anywhere) what should I do as an Illinois resident if a cougar takes up my back yard as it's home? Do you recommend a slingshot to take on a cougar?
- Should I be bringing Muffin and Skipper in from outside at night so they don't become Cougar Lunch?
- If it gets bad enough, do cougars make good house pets?
- Are cougars good to eat? They eat cats in Korea why not cougars in the USA? Cougar Chops....MMMMM.
- Does Cougar fir make a good coat? Will I Look Good in it?
- Why are there no Cougars in Minnesota as far as I can tell, too many Democrats? Is it possible Cougars don't like to eat Democrats? Is this a reason I should become a Democrat?
The problem is, you can never do just one thing. If you fix this, that over there no longer works.
Everything you try to repair breaks something else.
The answer is, fix carefully and be sure than when you implement the fix you know what the consequence is. Sometimes when I get the windows updates I have visions of Bill and assurance that this repair is just a little fix. Then when the whole thing collapses in a heap the oops and Bills quick wit saves the day. But I don't have Bills quick wit. It's just some 19 year old kid in Redmond Washington who came up with this "Fix" and now it's really broken.
So, pardon me Mr Gates If I don't embrace every "Improvement" your folks make. They are just like Bill. Well intentioned and very quick. But, quite human.
THIS HAS TO DO WITH POLYGAMY IN TEXAS
By now you have heard all the stories about raids, incest, mismatch marriages and many wives. I won't come down on the side of Polygamy. But I am really questioning the heavy hand of the state who comes in an destroys families because child protective services knows better.
Interviews with Children of polygamous families from the fifties demonstrate the damage done to boys and girls permanently by the tearing of the family. Yes, it's not a family I would choose but how does the state have the fourth amendment crushing power to do what they did.
This really bothers me. A Lot.
The mothers are starting to speak out. This will have ripple effects.
You can never do just one thing.
Monday, April 14, 2008
It's that good. The sequels stunk. Badly.
Peggy and I were talking Saturday about the making of the Matrix, two Jewish boys make this movie, I thought it was the Cohen Bros. But I was wrong. Warshawsky Brothers. Still good.
I don't think they had any clue what they were doing. I believe that the Holy Spirit caused them to create this work of profound art. They just carried it out unwittingly.
It has had great impact on my life. It has had great impact on the Body of Christ. And, lost of other religious and political expressions embrace this as a road map for discovery.
I mention this because of a post today by Julie. I read it but was most struck by the link to the Matrix Page.
It asks the question, are you better off knowing the truth and suffering for it or would you be better off believing the lie and living in comfort but deception.
I suspect that many people prefer the lie. Prefer the comfortable deception.
Go to the Matrix Page. Read the whole thing and answer the question, would you rather know the truth and suffer of believe the lie and live in oblivion?
It's a supposed tough choice. Not for me.
This actually has the potential to become problematic if it doesn't end soon. We should be planting and digging and planting and digging.
We're doing neither.
It didn't seem unusual. He was a young 50 and she was a wise 35. Yet today such marriages seem scandalous.
The recent events in Texas with the Mormon group that the police invaded seemed to focus on these May December situations.
I guess as the product of one such, I'm not sure I agree. You'd have to ask my 42 year old son and his 28 year old wife how that's working out.
Pretty well last I checked.
Are those Mormon Women and the Kids better off for this raid? I'm not convinced. Something about all this smells to me.
Let me be straight about this, sexual abuse is evil, 50 - 15 is not may December, it's February and over the top. There are laws about such things.
But, this happened once before, big raid, in New Mexico, in the 50s. Those women and children NEVER recovered for the most part. This was clumsy and I don't like a government that just moves in and like forcing everyone to wear size 7 shoes which for my 13's would be very hard and for our little Danny's size 5 would be way big.
One size fits all - doesn't.
The typical liberal misunderstanding of the Christian religion is that Christians shouldn’t judge anybody. This misinterpretation comes from a superficial reading of Rabbi Yeshua’s (Jesus’) teaching where He said: "Judge not, that ye be not judged…" (Luke 7:1-5). But when read IN CONTEXT it’s understood that God will hold us to a standard as strict as that which we demand of others.I say yes and amen to this teaching. In the church today we have become lax in calling sin, sin and evil evil. In fact secular society calls evil good and good evil. The church wanting to fit in decides to follow suit and not rile the water much.
All judgment must be tempered with mercy. Jesus clearly taught that we can see others imperfections (the "mote" in their eye) and help to remove it ONCE we have first gotten the "beam" out of our own eye. The purpose is to help and not hurt: constructive criticism, not self-righteousness or sinister motivations.
There is a great difference between judging an act and condemning a person to Gehenna (Hell) fire. Only God truly knows the thoughts and intents, and potential, of any individual. When God delivered to Moses various statutes and laws for the nation of Israel, He commanded that they judge and condemn to death some individuals for certain infractions.
When Jesus pardoned the woman caught in adultery, He didn’t excuse her actions but admonished her to "go and sin no more" (John 8:11). In other words, repent (1 John 3:4; 2:4). He acknowledged it was a sin worthy of death, but obviously forgave her for God’s greater purpose, discerning a truly repentant attitude.
She didn’t argue about what technically constituted sin, lie about it, or threaten to vigorously go after her accusers. Jesus had let their own guilty thoughts shame them into leaving the scene and leaving her alone with the Savior (where we must all ultimately appear).
Again, the apostle Paul wrote that "he that is spiritual judges all things" (1 Cor. 2:15). Today such a Scripture would be politically incorrect. It appears as if it’s "live and let live," "never judge," as long as whatever it is is wrong and not right! The spiritual person is to judge everything based upon the Law Book that we call the Holy Bible. In fact, the fact that so many people are confused as to what’s right and wrong and have blurred any DISTINCTION between the two is the fault of faulty ministers!
Yes, I’m judging them! I’m judging them by their lack of performance since the Scripture teaches that they’re supposed to "teach my people the DIFFERENCE between the holy and the profane, and cause them to DISCERN between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it ACCORDING TO MY JUDGMENTS (not the latest poll): and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths" (Ezek. 44:23-24).
We’re to view the news from a higher perspective, through God’s eyes, and judge everything accordingly (Isa. 55:8-9). As is far too evident in our attitudes and actions, we’re so far away from true spirituality that it’s past time to read God’s mind and go by the Book! (Deut.17:18-20). Without that stabilizing standard there’s only chaos and confusion.
May God bless the American and British peoples, and our Jewish brethren, to remember our Hebrew roots and biblical responsibilities, restore law and order and flourish rather than flounder (Malachi 4:4).
SO we are left inert. I think it's high time that we call it as we see it. But, judgement ALWAYS starts in house of the Lord. We as Christians must hold one another and so called Christian leaders to a higher standard than the world would. A world that embraces abortion, euthanasia, the homosexual agenda and pushing God out of the Commons.
Time to speak up folks. Some times that is going to sound like Judgement. We need to be as capable of standing the scrutiny that we hand out. Living Holy helps that. Jesus said: "Judge not, that ye be not judged…" (Luke 7:1-5). But when read IN CONTEXT it’s understood that God will hold us to a standard as strict as that which we demand of others.
By the same measure in which you hand it out you will be judged, pressed down, shaken together and running over.
Can you handle that? I hope so.
It's time to blow the whistle.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Answering Barak Obama's definition of the Other America, Hillary Clinton Tries to fit in:
(2008-04-13) — Sensing an opportunity to portray Sen. Barack Obama as elitist and out of touch after his remarks about “bitter” rural Americans who cling to guns, God and xenophobia, Sen. Hillary Clinton stopped after church today at an indoor gun range, where she fired roughly 300 rounds through a handgun she said she carries concealed everywhere she goes.
Her lower lip bulging from a dip of Skoal, Sen. Clinton put her Bible in her handbag, and drew out her own Para Ordnance Warthog .45 caliber pistol.
As reporters looked on, the Democrat presidential candidate emptied one 10-round magazine after another, with fair accuracy, at a human silhouette target.
It's getting rough out there. FROM Amused Cynic
Clinton Story scrappleface.com