Friday, August 06, 2010

Rush Limbaugh Speaks of Fairness - I heard this, it's good

I want to say something. I know this is not going to go down well among those who have knee-jerk reactions and I know this is not going to go down well among people who have this notion that fairness is the overriding objective of any society. I've made the point throughout my career, the undeniable truths of life, many monologues on this program, that life is not fair by definition. Life isn't fair. I mean, it just isn't, and there's no way that you can change certain aspects that make life unfair to make them fair. Life is not equal. Sometimes people earn more than others. Some people have children when other people can't. There's nothing unfair about that. That's just the way it is. Unspeakable tragedies happen to some families; they don't happen to others. Some people live a long time; some people don't. There's no explaining any of this. Nobody's in charge of this. There's no government that can change this, although we have plenty of busybodies trying to on this "living longer" business. (imitating busybody) "Oh yeah, some people are living longer because they don't smoke, drink, eat trans fats," and go down that ridiculous road. But the vast majority of things that occur in the process of living life are unequal and unfair.

You have people who are career criminals who are wealthy and never get caught. They're pursued; never get caught. They enjoy the fruits of their ill-gotten gain. There are people who play by the rules each and every day who don't make much money. It's not because the Constitution's not fair, it's not because America's unfair, it's not because America as constituted is not right or unjust or immoral. There are some people who go to church every day, have some of the most unfortunate, unspeakably rotten things happen to them, true believers. Other people, agnostics and atheists who seem to be living fun, enjoyable, carefree lives, you look at it and say that's just not fair, not right. Well, maybe it isn't. Certainly unfair, certainly unequal but it's not because America's not unfair. It's not because America's Constitution is unjust. There are people who work in sewers. There are people who work in trash and sludge all day long who don't make much money. There are people who have never gotten their fingernails dirty, who are multibillionaires. Not fair. Not equal.

There are people who you look at who do work that is far more important morally, economically than other people and the work they do and yet those people who don't make much money, teachers, a lot of people think teachers are the most important people we have in society and look at what they make compared to athletes. Athletes are another thing. Champions are born. They are not made in the weight room. They are not made on the practice field. It's honed and it's practiced and it's improved, but champions are born. If you can't run a 4.2 40, nobody can teach you how. If you can't throw a baseball 100 miles an hour, nobody can teach you how. It's not fair. Some people can and some can't. It's not because the Constitution or the country's unfair. It's not because America's unjust, that some people can end up playing Major League Baseball and others can't. And it's certainly not fair that among those who play Major League Baseball, some of the most immoral rotten schlubs, constant drunks, drug abusers, are the biggest stars, biggest heroes and some of the ones that are clean and pure as the wind-driven snow, God, country, church every day, get cut, don't make teams. Not fair. Certainly not equal. Not because the Constitution's unfair. It's not because America as constituted is unfair.

There are some people in the world who are born in some of the most God-awful places and circumstances and throughout their lives never escape those God-awful places and circumstances. And there are other people who are born in the laps of luxury, who sip cocktails at 4:30 in the afternoon, inherit their money and look down on those who earn it. It's not fair. It's not equal. But it's not because of the US Constitution. It's not because of the United States of America.

There are people who have lived upstanding lives, who are the models of decorum in their communities and for no reason whatsoever a drunk driver kills them. Gosh, that's not fair. And it certainly isn't equal, but it's not because of the US Constitution. It's not because of the United States of America. You can conjure up all these examples. They are never ending. It's a limitless list of examples that we can all cite if you want to stick in the country. Some people in this country are born to wealthy families. Some people end up marrying wealthy people. Other people end up marrying people who lose their jobs, lose their careers, and end up on skid row. Not fair. Certainly not equal, but it's not the fault of the US Constitution. There are some people who are able to watch football, basketball, baseball games from air-conditioned suites, sky boxes, what have you. Others have to sit out in the stands freezing or getting wet or what have you, pay through the nose for it to boot. Certainly not fair, certainly not equal, and certainly not the fault of the US Constitution. Not the fault of the United States of America.

None of these inequities, none of this unfairness means that the Constitution has been violated. None of these inequities or inequalities or unfairness means that the United States of America is unjust and immoral. None of it means that the way we've governed ourselves is unfair. It doesn't mean that somebody owes you something. It doesn't mean that you're a victim of anything. It's just called life. And I realize a number of you out there on the left are probably just screeching about now claiming I'm insensitive and lacking in compassion and don't get it when it's just the other way around. It's life. You live your life. We all make decisions: good, bad, indifferent. Some of us are leaders. Some of us are followers. Some of us have unique talents. Some of us don't have any. Some of us have great confidence. Some of us are forever burdened with inferiority complex. Some of us care only what we're thought of; others couldn't care less.

It doesn't mean that anybody's better than anybody else or anybody's any worse. It certainly doesn't mean the United States of America sucks and it doesn't mean that our Constitution needs to be blown up and rewritten, and it doesn't mean you're a victim. It's called life. Everybody tries to live their life. Some people get a better handle on it than others. Some people think they have no control over their lives. They are constant victims that are always looking to blame everybody else for what doesn't go right in their lives. Other people don't have time for that. They realize they only have one life and every day is something to seize, to make the most of. Regardless where you fall in this spectrum, it doesn't mean we have a flawed country, and it doesn't mean our Constitution is flawed. It doesn't mean you're a victim. It means you're alive.

In this country, in the United States of America right now, today, August the 5th, 2010, regardless of your race, regardless of your sex, your gender, or your orientation, you have more liberty and more opportunity to change anything about your life that you don't like than anywhere else in the world, because you live in the United States of America, because you are an American. It is time to stop thinking of yourself as a victim of America, of unfairness, of inequality, and realize the good fortune you have had to be born in this country because regardless of where you grew up, regardless of where you live, regardless of where you're born, regardless of whether you're gay, straight or like goats, you have more liberty and more opportunity. Whether you haven't married a rich woman who inherited her money from a guy who inherited his money who died in a helicopter, it doesn't matter. Wherever you are and whoever you are and whatever you are, you have more opportunity to change what you don't like about yourself than anybody else in the rest of the world because you live in the United States of America.

Your lot in life is not because you live in America. You are not a victim if you're an American. You are among a precious few worldwide, and the people who are not Americans wish to hell they were and will do anything to become Americans. And yet we have a seemingly growing portion of our population who look at being an American as some kind of a limitation, a shackle. You're not a victim. Life isn't fair. Life isn't equal. Nobody can make it fair and nobody can make it equal, and all these things that make you unhappy are not because of the US Constitution. It does not have to be destroyed. It does not have to be blown up. In fact, I would venture to say that most of the unhappiness in the country today is being borne by people who love this country and who are watching it right before their very eyes be destroyed and wish to save it, and they are being told they're the reasons that life is unfair and unequal, because they are supposedly the majority.

YEP - Benny and Paula are exhibit A and B

God is shaking His church and removing corruption. But we share the blame for giving charlatans a platform.Al Capone once controlled all of Chicago. The notorious 1920s gangster bribed the city's mayor, bought the police

There is nothing moderate about the attempt to build an Islamic mosque near the ground made hallow on September 11.

Hate Crime
Police are investigating as a possible hate crime an incident in which a ham steak was placed in a bag on a lunch table where a group of Somali students were sitting.

Christopher Hitchens has cancer. He's the guy that wrote "God is not Great". His comment was "I taunted the grim reaper once too often". I don't know about that, but I do know that GOD is not mocked. I pray for his healing, Spiritually and Physically. One MUST follow the other or you lean only on the hand of flesh.... Healing is the Children's bread, but first you must be a child. Matt 15:21-28

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Best-selling memoir, gig, entry into United s million-mile club things looked swell for Christopher Hitchens in June. Then he woke up to a deadly new enemy.

Is this corruption?

I stepped on my eyeglasses yesterday. Off to Lenscrafters. Nope. In 2006 the optometrists made it impossible to get new lenses if your last exam was more than a year ago. Before this they could duplicate what the lenses were or if as LC had my former records they would replace my lenses. I looked into it and to get the law passed optometrists sent BLANK CHECKS to lawmakers. Is this corruption?

Winston Churchill 'feared panic' over Second World War RAF incident

Someone asked me if I thought there were people on other planets. We were out in the country and I was pointing out the Milky Way, the center of our galaxy. He wondered if a Believer in Jesus could believe that UFO's could exist. I said, I suspect that in the billions of solar systems all over the Galaxy there were planets with beings on them. IF they are visiting us, I don't know. I do know this, that Father will or has revealed himself to them. He had never thought of that. Don't worry about what effect a visit from a UFO will have. I know God and he is OMNI present. Even in a galaxy far far away.
Winston Churchill was accused of ordering a cover-up of a Second World War encounter between a UFO and a RAF bomber because he feared public "panic" and loss of faith in religion, newly released secret files disclose.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

When your friends can't explain why they voted for Democrats, give them this list. They can then pick a reason .

10. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

8. I voted Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

7. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

6. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

5. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies through abortion so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

4. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits that I paid for, and which will run out when I need it.

3. I voted Democrat because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the democrats see fit.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

1. I voted Democrat because my brain is so twisted that it is unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.

I'll keep my God, my Freedom, and my Guns. You keep the Change.

Get out and vote November 2nd, 2010!

Pelosi Leaves Us Unsure About Jesus’ Right to Life

Remember a couple of months ago when pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was talking about how she wants to put Jesus and the Word (the Bible) into public policy? You knew that was pure bunk, right?

Well, in case you didn’t you should now. When CNS News asked Pelosi when Jesus, who was conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit, would have received the “right to life” that would save him from death, were his mother to exercise her “choice” to kill her own child, Pelosi’s Bible-thumping died quickly and she suddenly reverted back to the “keep that religion inside the four walls of your church” stance we’ve come to know and loathe from liberals:

“Whenever it was,” said Pelosi, “we bow our heads when we talk about it in church, and that’s where I’d like to talk about that.”

I guess it’s a good thing for humanity that Roe v. Wade hadn’t been declared into “law” back then, or humanity might have been completely out of luck and without a savior at all.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Why Believers won't attend Church

Things I Didn’t Learn in Baptist History Class

August 2, 2010

In the 16th Century, many magesterial Reformers could not understand why the Anabaptists would not attend their church meetings. So, some Swiss Anabaptists wrote a response. In Baptist History class, I learned about many of the Anabaptists’ concerns – such as believers’ baptism. But, I never heard this:

When such believers come together, ‘Everyone of you (note every one) hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation,’ etc…When someone comes to church and constantly hears only one person speaking, and all the listeners are silent, neither speaking nor prophesying, who can or will regard or confess the same to be a spiritual congregation, or confess according to 1 Corinthians 14 that God is dwelling and operating in them through His Holy Spirit with His gifts, impelling them one after another in the above-mentioned order of speaking and prophesying. (From “Answer of Some Who Are Called (Ana-)Baptists – Why They Do Not Attend the Churches”)

Angels in the Workplace

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12

For years Sergis ran his small retail business from his store in a local shopping center. Every week a visitor would drop by to collect a percentage of his sales. The visitor wasn't his landlord; the mafia had taken control of business in his small country.

Through the ministry of a workplace Christian, Sergis came to faith in Christ, and God began a deep work in his life. One day Sergis decided he could no longer give God's money to the mafia.

A few days later his "friends" paid him a visit. They kidnapped him, blindfolded him, and placed him in a jail cell located in the middle of a mafia-controlled house. During the night Sergis sat in the jail cell discouraged. Two locked doors with guards separated Sergis from his freedom. Suddenly, in the middle of the night Sergis awoke to a voice: "Sergis, get up. Follow me." Sergis awakened to a real, in the flesh, angel of God sent to deliver him. The angel opened the doors while the guards remained asleep. Sergis and the angel walked quietly past the guards to freedom. Sergis immediately went to his Christian brothers to share the miracle that had just taken place.

This true story is living proof that we serve a God who still does miracles on behalf of His servants. Ask God for the miracle you need today.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Monday, August 02, 2010

I used to own a pair of Harman Kardon Speakers. Now he owns Newsweek. He's 91 years old. I guess he wanted something to do when he retires.
Sidney Harman poised to become new owner of the troubled magazine

I have never been very proud of the representation she makes for her district. She's not the brightest bulb in the box. Always a joke. Looks like she's about to crash land. Maybe her district can elect someone of gravity. I don't think things will change unless we start electing people better than her. Please think before you vote.
A House investigative panel has charged California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with violating ethics rules.

I just spent the last 4 hours rebuilding a spreadsheet that got lost in the ozone. Corrupted or something. The client now has it in his hands. BUT I must figure out what happened. Doing something THREE times is not economic. I'm a bit grumpy about all this. I hate my computer....sometimes

This morning I was blessed to take part in a church service in Galena IL. It is a new church, not yet a year old. Running about 50 a Sunday. About 70 on the "Rolls". It's a Lutheran Church. What makes it unique and with a special flavor is it is led by a Black Baptist Pastor. I greeted the people, gave communion and laid hands on the sick for healing. It was not your normal Lutheran church Service. Yet not Pentecostal. Just free and spirit led.

Pastor Dennis was hired by the denomination from the Baptists to plant this church. He's doing a good job. I offered a word of Prophecy to him that I hope he will hear. This is part of TWO trends I see.

1. I was taught long ago that a Black Pastor couldn't lead an all white church. I have never believed it but didn't see many examples. Now I am seeing more and more. My preferred worship setting would be more the Black Church than anything else. I don't think I am alone in this any more. In speaking with Apostle Greg Howse I asked the question and he said that MANY Caucasians are migrating into his services. I think there's a trend here and I attribute it to the prominence and popularity of TD Jakes. Many of us read his books, watch his TV shows and respect his influence. He has single handedly made the Black Church style a preferred style for many. That doesn't break my heart one bit. It's no longer just unique or something different. Its a worship style and preaching style that speaks to many that nothing else can. The work I have the Pastor was, be more yourself. I know you were hired by the Denomination, but you must be yourself. Don't try to be what you think they expect you to be. I hope he hears this.

2. There were many seminarians available to plant this church. They didn't want to. It's too much like work. So, they don't. They are looking for a nice secure salary in an established work. I know some of the Sr Executives in the local northern district of a Major Denomination who wants to plant churches. They have informed their seminary NOT to send them any more people. They are not hard workers and are looking for a nice "Package". He is now hiring pastors from other fellowships to plant churches for them. My credentialing denomination, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church has pastors available. This major denomination just hired one of them to plant a Church in Chicago. No seminarian would take it on.

I love this cross pollination. I know that many of my fellow IPHC ministers, ordained or not, are not schooled to the level many denominational pastors are. BUT they have one thing those men do NOT have. FIRE. PASSION. A Work ETHIC. A Mission.

Sometimes I wonder if the only thing seminary proves is that the graduate seminarian can finish his homework.

I hope this trend wakes a few of these coasters up to the reality. Ministry is hard work and if you hate hard work don't go into the ministry. Wheat from Chaff sorting is going on.

An interesting in depth faith, reason and Philosophy article for the cerebral among us.
A Notre Dame professor and his students look for the link between philosophical inquiry and religious belief.
Arthur Laffer, writing in The Wall Street Journal, say few things are so clear in economics as the fact that high tax rates don't succeed in raising revenue or increasing the burden on the wealthy.

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. - Laurence J. Peter /

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant /

It is not the intellectual who counts; the world is full of educated fools - Theodore Roosevelt ///

Sometimes intellectualism defends a "quo" that ...should not be status.