Saturday, June 21, 2008
“"You can’t drill your way out of this problem”She’s the speakerette of the house and third in line to be the President of the USA. Her wisdom as a national leader must count.
Then, according to her word: Let’s stop. All drilling. Now. Today.
There’s no point drilling another hole in the ground. Ms Pelosi says so. It won’t solve any problems and that's that.
Full stop. Not another hole. Let's see how that works out.
What a Joy to be a Democrat.
Oh and the Democratic persumtive nominee agrees with her. See former comment.
John Armstrong, has written a fabulous piece on A W Tozer. It's in 3 parts.
If you are a Christian this will have the net effect of challenging you at a deep level. Read the comments and see the hunger for more of God mixed with lost religiosity. A man writes who is relying on church and sacraments to save him. WOW. Hell celebrates when anything other than Jesus is relied upon.
Then, my friend Steve Scott has asked a profound question that should rattle your cage. Why do I believe what I believe.
Go to Church Sunday and be prepared for battle.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I'm happy that Christians step up and do good things.
Let's just make sure that what we do carries out Jesus Commands.
Here's a good example and maybe a bad one too. What think ye?
I'm not fully convinced. If it were so there would be judgement all over the earth.
In any case there is a pastor from the Southern Baptists who might agree with my friend. Judgement is here.
I think that when the New Orleans Hurricane came it was Judgement at some level. It certainly has worked out that way. If the floods are judgement it might be in contrast.
I know what the Judgements of God look like. I have seen them in Scripture. This is a bad flood. I'm not convinced it's judgement.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Meantime 7 years later a man I knew bought land for $6800 per acre. A wacky price. It was stupid. He just sold it for twenty grand an acre.
A few months ago Wheat broke $15 briefly on the fall delivery months and almost 10 in the July delivery month of 2009. I said on this blog that a sure thing was selling that far out wheat. I didn't.
Now all the absolutely classic overbought conditions are in commodities with oil leading the charge. None of the fundamentals can support this market. Fear and panic have driven prices to the point of pure insanity.
Oil should be $50 in 2002 dollars. It will be. That's all the fundamentals can support. Demand is dropping like a rock. Supply is coming on line faster and faster. Refining is increasing. The trend has to change. The cure for high prices is high prices.
Now would be a good time to stock up. Buy that big SUV for half price, get a nice motor home, maybe buy some cheap airline stock and go short a market basket of commodities.
The millions of acres underwater are peanuts in the grand scheme of things. Much will be replanted. The phony technologies will be eliminated.
OH, good times will not be here again, but they won't be as bad.
One other thing, as a long time commodity market guy, when markets badly overbought collapse it is it sudden and drastic. If it takes 3 years to go to new highs, it takes 3 months to hit new lows.
Look at the chart from the early 80's.
If I had the guts I'd have a million dollars. Know the song.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Maybe he's on to something.
I mean, if every one is "Perfect" (which of course they aren't) then what's salvation and repentance for?
Maybe we need more Heretics and Sexually Immoral people in the Church. What think ye??
MARTIN LUTHER SAID, "GOOD WORKS DO NOT BENEFIT THE SOUL; ONLY FAITH CAN DO THAT"
God can do whatever He wants, but will always honor the faith of His people. He is fascinated when He discovers a human being responding and living outside of their present limitations - limitations that are dictated by fear, sin, doubt, etc. He is searching for people like this because when He finds them, it gives Him an opportunity to MOVE; Move against or move for. IMAGINE THAT!
When God wanted to move against the religious system that had controlled the European people in the 16th century, He found a German monk by the name of Martin Luther, who had rebelled against the lies of the church of that time. The church had taught the people that it was only by their penance and good works that they would attain salvation. Martin Luther challenged the authority of the papacy by holding that the Bible is the only infallible source of religious authority, and that baptized Christians under Jesus are a spiritual priesthood.
He argued in his book, The Sermon on Good Works, "that good works do not benefit the soul; only faith can do that." His belief that salvation was a free gift of God, received only by true repentance and faith in Jesus as the Messiah, resulted in his being declared an outlaw of the state and being excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
God found someone who was prepared to lay down his life for this truth, and due to this passion and faith, Martin Luther created an opportunity for God to free the people from the grip of religious control, making the Bible more accessible to ordinary people. At that time, the ordinary people could not read the Bible, as it was not in their language.
Due to this "opportunity" created by Luther, there was a furtherance of a standard version of the German language, an addition of several principles to the art of translation, and his act influenced the translation of the English King James Bible. Hymns inspired the development of congregational singing within Christianity. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage within Protestantism.
Imagine all of this happening because someone defied the control and limitations of that time, and believed that God would honor his courage and acts of faith and show up! He affected the future. Luther saw himself as returning Christianity to its roots. He believed that he was setting the clock back. In reality, his ideas irreparably changed the world and pushed it kicking and screaming, not into some ideal past, but into the modern future. God was fascinated once again. (from Kim Clement's most recent newsletter)
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