Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Can't Love

Along with the theme of the book, "Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus," I am involved in seeking God earnestly each day to rid my heart of its mercilessness. I am helpless to truly love. I am helpless to forgive those who have denied the power of God, including my father, who closed his heart to the power of the Holy Spirit and denied all of us the benefits that would have brought. And that includes forgiving others who have denied the power of the Holy Spirit - Joni Eareckson Tada, who preaches waiting to see the power of God in the next life instead of seeing God's power here on earth, and other people who have not truly opened their hearts to believing God for their healing, such as the lady my mom regularly sees and helps who is handicapped, and other people in my parents' circles.

The only thing I know to do is go to God through the sacrament of communion. Everything that God has given us comes through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, which can be appropriated through the symbolism of communion. I take the body and the blood and come to Christ in my helplessness, asking Him to cleanse me of my sin and give me power over my sin. The communion prayer that I use is found here.

My dad suffers from pain in his right arm due to having had shingles. I thought it was strange, but not surprising that I developed pain in my right arm as well, due to some freak problem that has developed in the muscles and tendons around the socket. I felt this was a consequence of my mercilessness towards him that I know exists. This affliction drove me to realize that I must seek repentance and deliverance from my sin. When I am delivered from my sin I know that I will be released from my affliction. Who knows if I will experience other healing as well, since lately, manic-depression has been acting up?

Monday, September 29, 2008

War And Worship

Chapter 5 in "Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus"
Chevreau talks about dependence upon the Lord in fighting our battles against evil, sin, darkness. Isaiah, he says, repeatedly warns against those who "rely upon horses, who put their trust in chariots...but do not look to the Holy One of Israel." The prophet is insistent: the people of God must attend to a warfare of worship: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength." Similarly, the psalmist declares that it is the Lord who "puts an end to war; he breaks the bow, he snaps the spear, he burns the shield in the fire." God's people are very clearly recruited in the fight, but the marching orders are other worldly: "be still and know that I am God."

"The battle is the Lord's."

"This is the word of the Lord to you: Do not fear or be dismayed by this great horde, for the battle is in God's hands, not yours. Go down to engage them tomorrow...{but}it is not you who will fight this battle; stand firm and wait and you will see the deliverance worked by the Lord for you."

I am involved in helplessly seeking the Lord to truly love my father. I feel that I do not really love him from the heart but that I cannot truly love him in myself, so I am going to God using communion to cleanse my heart and asking for the power to be rid of the sin of lack of mercy towards my father. I am coming in helplessness to God, asking for His power. This is what pleases God. We rely completely on God.

Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus

a sideways look at spiritual warfare by Guy Chevreau

The second phrase of this book’s title, “a sideways look at spiritual warfare,” is a recognition that we should give only peripheral consideration to Satan and spiritual warfare. The prince of darkness and his works must never have our front and centre attention. As men and women of faith, it is never ours to show more concern, interest or effort fighting the devil than worshipping and serving our Risen Lord….

This book is more an exposition of Christology than demonology, and more about our position and authority in Christ than the nature and strategies of the demonic hosts that rage against us.

It is my hope and prayer that it serves to bring you, my brothers and sisters, to a place of glorious freedom and confident authority, in the knowledge that though we live in the midst of a very real conflict, we’re not the ones at risk.

“In my early years as a preacher, I would spend countless hours praying for the demonized to be set free. I would ask the demons their names, yell, fight and cast them out, often long into the night. Most of those I prayed for were set free, but I was left exhausted! Guy’s book shows another way: authority through intimacy with God and the power of love. The closer we are to our all-powerful King, the easier deliverance is. We will always win through love. Thank God for His victory over the powers of darkness, and for Guy’s book.” —Heidi Baker, Director, Iris Ministries

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman: A Success Story

Paul Newman is a rare story of a man who lived a rather whole life, with a committed relationship for life to one woman, family, and an interest in generous giving. Stories and videos on him here. I would be interested to know more about the depths of his life and faith.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Attacks on WTC

More footage of the actual attacks on the world trade center by British television.

New Yorkers Mark 7th Anniversary Of WTC Attacks

Looks like there are more videos to be found on 9/11 memorials.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wisdom of Bill Gates: Not!

Looks like the email being circulated, that my sister sent me is not actually coming from Bill Gates, according to Snopes. It's actually written by Charles J. Sykes, acc. to Snopes. Thanks Bike, for pointing this out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Understanding the Times, 2008

This conference is held at Grace Church of Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, MN, Sptember 26 & 27.Don't forget Nonie Darwish is speaking at this event.

Conference Schedule

Friday, September 26
7:00 PM Welcome, Invocation: Eric Douma, Olive Tree Ministries
7:10 PM Bill Koenig: “A White House Biblical Role in the Middle East & the
8:10 PM Jan Markell: Announcements & Offering
8:30 PM Dr. David Reagan: “The Importance of Bible Prophecy”
9:30 PM Close of evening session

All exhibits are open until 10:15 PM. Please purchase luncheon tickets as we have reserved 1,000 that we must sell. You can also shop or sign up for CDs and DVDs of this event.

Saturday, September 27
7:30 AM Doors open for shopping
8:00 AM David Wheaton airs his program “Christian Worldview” from the
conference platform.
9:00 AM Welcome, Invocation: Eric Douma, Olive Tree Ministries
9:10 AM Dr. David Reagan: “We are Living on Borrowed Time”
9:50 AM Nonie Darwish: “My Journey: From Bondage (Islam) to Grace”
10:30 AM Jan Markell: Announcements & Offering
10:50 AM Break
11:20 AM Mike Gendron: “Apostasy: Setting the Stage for One World Religion”
12:00 Lunch break. You may bring your own, purchase a $5 ticket for a meal
prepared by Grace Church, or eat out. Lunch tickets must be
purchased Friday night or Saturday morning. The Divine Grind offers
seating as well as all of the outer foyer area, or outdoors. Save some
time for shopping and/or ordering of conference CDs and DVDs
(which will not be ready for at least 3 weeks.)

Saturday Afternoon
1:30 PM Bill Koenig: “America’s Destiny: Where We Are and Where We Are
Headed as a Nation”
2:10 PM Nonie Darwish: “The Next Moves of Radical Islam”
2:50 PM Final announcements
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Mike Gendron: “The Death of Discernment and its Consequences”
4:10 PM Panel/Q & A
4:50 PM Close

Exhibits are open until 5:30 PM. You can also sign up for conference CDs and DVDs but allow a minimum of 3 weeks for delivery. You can order by phone using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover by calling 763-493-3010 or 763-210-8291. They will also be offered in our next print newsletter, “Understanding the Times,” and on our Web site when they are finished. Sign up for our e-alerts in this bulletin or on our Web site, www.olivetreeviews.org, and be kept apprised of their status by e-mail.

Comments on The Wisdom of Bill Gates

Gates is responsible for inventing things that make my life easier. He has helped me to organize my writing and do things that were so much harder to do in the past. He is part of the group of geniuses who are responsible for these technological wonders.

He has the right to say: "get off your ass and get going," but the words "life is not fair-get used to it," or "the world won't care about your self-esteem, the world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself," are not very helpful words.

People who suffer from low self-esteem, or who suffer from misfortune, are not ministered to by these words.

If you suffer from low self-esteem, you probably are not going to accomplish anything until you resolve that problem.

Life isn't fair - get over it, is not the gospel, that's not what Jesus says.

I agree with him about flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. We ought to be prepared to take any kind of work available to us if we are physically, mentally and emotionally capable of doing that kind of work, if that's all that's available to us at the time and we need money.

We need to humble ourselves and start at "the bottom." Besides, visiting McDonald's lately, I realize that the people who work there are super professional! Being a burger person, an order taker or a boss there are not to be laughed at. They all do their job efficiently and with dignity.

We ought to think of our work, whatever it is, as an opportunity to help a business to operate - to do work for someone else, which is helping people with some kind of service. We should do our very best, as unto the Lord, and that should mean that we desire to help that business succeed in every way possible.

We should be thankful for living in a great country that provides so many wonderful things for people, and that we can be a part of providing those things - both here and abroad.

Our work should be an opportunity to do something well that no one else can do quite as well as we can, and to be acknowledged for it, and receive financial compensation for it as well.

We shouldn't complain and blame other people for our failures.

The only problem with our culture is that we don't have a very nourishing system anymore, as in the old days of having an agrarian society where people lived in small communities where they took care of each other.

Conservatives need to be more open minded in understanding this. Liberals are right in that they see that we have a culture where success by a person serves mostly just themselves, and not so much those around them. If a person makes it - the good life goes to themselves, and many times, they may not share the benefits of their success. Accomplisment brings pride and lures people away from trusting in the Lord. There are exceptions to this.

There are families that support each other more than usual, and there are churches that have funds set aside to come to the aid of families within their community, and things like this. And this is where the help for the poor should come from.

The problem with liberals is that they see the problem and they seek the solution through the government. This is a poor solution. Relying on the government to bring the balance is to rely on man. We should be turning to the church and to families, because that's how we can be relying upon God. We need to get the government out of the way so that we can have more community support, and then push for more community support. The problem is liberals are not going to trust the church, and many times don't have strong families to rely upon.

Anyway - back to Bill Gates. He promotes the idea of working hard and proving oneself, and certainly we should do that, but stay in balance.
His last comment about thanking a teacher...I rarely stop to think about the foundation that was laid because of teachers in my life!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wisdom From Bill Gates

This is an email my sister from Germany sent me. It starts here, and doesn't necessarily express my viewpoint:

Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you can read this - Thank a teacher!

This really hits me between the eyes as I sit in the coffee shop and it says, "in real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs."

History Will Vindicate This Man

Charles Krauthammer, an awesome columnist from the Washington Post wrote this article on how he believes we will turn around and see President Bush differently, just as we did Truman, that he has kept us safe and has helped the next president to be able to do the same.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Hardness Of Heart

A Condition You My have And Not Even Know It by Andrew Wommack

This is a site I found on the web through a lady who goes to the small, charismatic church that I used to attend. I find that on the web, it is hard to find sites and people who preach the power of God and an uncompromised message of faith in God. This lady told me about Wommack's site and I read this writing on hardness of heart. It occurred to me that this is exactly what is creeping into my life as I find myself drifting away from a passion filled relationship with God.

I used to think people with hard hearts were God-haters or, at the least, people in rebellion to Him. That’s what I used to think until the day the Lord told me I had a hard heart.

While on a flight to a meeting, I was reading about the story of Jesus walking to His disciples on the water, recorded in Mark 6:45-52. They were in a terrible storm. After nine hours they were still only halfway across the Sea of Galilee, normally a two-hour trip. They were in trouble and fighting for their lives. Yet here came Jesus walking on top of the very thing that was trying to kill them. He was totally in control.

This impacted me so much that I put my Bible down and just stared out the window. A solid layer of clouds was beneath the plane. In my imagination, I thought about what it would be like to see Jesus walking on the clouds. That’s not any more impossible than Jesus walking on the water! I was just awestruck as I considered this.

I continued reading in Mark 6:51 and saw that the disciples had a similar reaction. The latter part of that scripture says,

“They were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.”

That’s exactly the way I felt. I thought to myself that anyone who really thought about the magnitude of this miracle should feel the same way. They should be shocked and amazed at the miraculous power of God. Then I read the next verse:

“For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened” (Mark 6:52).

It was just like someone slapped me in the face. For the first time, I realized that being shocked, amazed, or surprised at a miracle was an indication of a hard heart. WOW! Or another way of saying it is, relating to the natural more than the supernatural is an indication of a hard heart. By that definition, my heart was hard.

This set me on a three-and-a-half-year journey seeking the Lord. I wanted to know what a hard heart really was, what caused it, and how to cure it. This has turned out to be one of the most important things the Lord has ever shown me.

The dictionary defines hardened as cold, insensitive, unfeeling, and unyielding. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have to agree that there are certain areas of your life where you have a hard heart toward God.

God made us so that we can harden our hearts and literally shut out unwanted influences. It was meant to be a positive thing, but because we haven’t understood this, what God meant for good has actually worked against us.

One of the best examples of hardheartedness is found in the book of Exodus. Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel leave the land of Egypt as God had commanded. Fifteen times in Exodus, the Scriptures mention Pharaoh’s heart being hardened. This is the only explanation to Pharaoh’s persistence in resisting God, when it was so evident he was no match for Him. A hardened heart dulls a person’s ability to perceive and understand. It is the equivalent of spiritual retardation.

In Mark 8:17, Jesus spoke to His disciples about the characteristics of a hard heart:

“And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?” (Mark 8:17-18).

In these verses, Jesus gave us symptoms that are descriptive of a hard heart: (1) unable to perceive, (2) unable to understand, (3) unable to see, (4) unable to hear, and (5) unable to remember. These are all speaking of inabilities in the spiritual realm.

A hard heart is characterized by an inability to perceive spiritually. And when spiritual things are perceived, a hard heart will keep a person from understanding the few things they can perceive. They might see what the Lord is trying to show them, but they can’t get a hold of it in a way that they can apply it to their life.

When people are hardhearted toward God, it’s like they are spiritually blind and deaf—they just can’t see spiritual truth or hear the Lord speak to them. And they can’t remember. Not remembering is a major indication of the condition of their hearts.

People often tell me that they just don’t have the ability to remember Scripture the way I do. They imply that I must have a photographic memory. But these same people can tell me who won the Super Bowl last year or last decade, the Major League batting averages of all the famous baseball players, or the names of all the actors in a movie.

I’ve watched Super Bowl games, but I don’t remember the details. It’s not because my mind doesn’t work; it’s just a matter of the heart. I remember Scripture because that’s where my heart is. I don’t remember sports or entertainment trivia, because my heart isn’t into that. It’s all a matter of the heart.

Here are some of the major things I’ve learned that determine the sensitivity of your heart. First, whatever you consider, your heart becomes softened toward. Conversely, whatever you fail to consider, your heart becomes hardened to. That’s what Mark 6:52 reveals.

Again, that verse says,

“For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”

The word consider means “to study, ponder, deliberate, examine, or think upon.” The scriptural term that would relate to “consider” would be the word “meditate.” Or we could substitute the word “focus” for “consider.” So the disciples’ hearts were hard, since they didn’t “focus” on the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000.

It wasn’t sin that caused the disciples’ hearts to be hard—it was their focus on things other than the miracle Jesus had just performed. They weren’t looking at pornographic magazines nor were in strife or anything; they were occupied with trying to save their lives in the midst of the storm. That wasn’t sin.

If you took me sailing, I would want you to have some carnal knowledge about sailing. If I ride with you in a car, I don’t want you to drive by faith; I want you to have your eyes open and your brain working. That’s not wrong.

But, if we get into a situation where our carnal knowledge and abilities won’t save our lives, I would like you to be able to go beyond the natural and draw on the ability of the supernatural. We can’t be limited to the natural realm.

This is what was wrong with the disciples. They had just witnessed Jesus taking five small loaves of bread and two small fish, and feeding an entire multitude of at least

15,000 people. What an awesome miracle! If they had kept their minds stayed on that miracle, they wouldn’t have been shocked or surprised to see Jesus walking on the water.

And notice that Mark 6:45 makes special mention of the fact that Jesus “constrained” His disciples to get into the boat and go to the other side. That means He had to compel them. They didn’t want to go, but Jesus made them do it. Therefore, they didn’t get into this situation because of some mistake on their part; they were under direct orders from the Master. That means Jesus was responsible for what happened to them.

If they had been thinking spiritually instead of naturally, they would have known that Jesus would take care of them. Instead of being surprised to see Jesus walking on the water, they would have expected it.

Likewise, if we were not so dominated by considering the natural, we would not be surprised by the supernatural. We should expect to see the miraculous power of God manifest in our lives all the time. But the truth is, our hearts have become hardened toward God and His supernatural power because of our failure to stay focused on spiritual things.

One of the benefits of understanding what causes hardheartedness is that you can reverse this process and use it to become hardened against the devil. That is absolutely true. You have the power to determine what your heart accepts or rejects.

In my book and teaching album Hardness of Heart,I go into much more detail. For example, you cannot be tempted with something you cannot think. You won’t act in a way that you haven’t already considered in your mind. So, control your thoughts and you’ll control your actions. That’s simple but profound. Most people don’t operate that way.

This letter has only scratched the surface of these truths that the Lord has shown me about how you can soften your heart toward God. You really need to get the entire teaching to reap the full benefit. It’s important because one of the ways to soften your heart toward God is to just sit and soak in the truth. It’s not enough just to hear truth; you need to absorb it. This teaching will really help you do that.

This teaching has been available since the early eighties. It is one of the most important and practical revelations the Lord has ever shown me. But recently, I taught this on television and have expanded it from a three-part to a four-part series. I encourage you to order this updated teaching for yourself and one to share with another.

Mall Diva Just Cut My Hair

I will include pictures. Ben, Hammerswing75's fiance, is Mall Diva. He met her via the MOB (Minnesota Organization Of Bloggers.) Diva's dad is Nightwriter. Her dad introduced her to Ben once when they got together. I've been following Ben's blog, and Nightwriter's and when I found out they were getting engaged, I decided to go patronize her cosmetic art to celebrate their engagement and leave her a twenty dollar tip as an engagement gift. Besides, I needed a haircut.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Survey On Sarah Palin

Go Here to take the survey on whether or not you think she is qualified to be the Vice President. The survey is being put on by PBS.

Good News For My Readers

The crisis that I had earlier where I was under attack is under control. I thought I was spiraling into another manic episode. I thought the attack was going to cause me to go into mania, but already, the insomnia is subsiding. I went to my doctor and took care of medication.

I'm already on low doses of some medication that I take at night to help me go to sleep. I can feel that the need for the med is not very great and that I'm getting back to normal. Other than that med I'm on hardly anything. Praise God!

I just posted something on prayer, and said that I'm praying for you, but I have to thank those who are praying for me!!! God bless you and I love you!!

The Importance of Worship

I was led to Psalm 148 today, which is a Psalm that basically calls on everything in the universe to worship and praise God.

It led me into worship and to remember the importance of worship. In worshiping God we are telling Him that we come to Him not just for the things that we would like Him to fix, but that we need Him, that we love Him, that we desire His presence.

Worship brings His presence.

The Power of Prayer

We've been clearing out my dad's office, and found a pile of books by a guy with the last name of Bounds on prayer. It causes me to think about the importance of prayer. Without prayer behind everything we do it is pointless, totally vain. If I don't pray for this blog and the people coming to visit this blog, this is completely in vain. So I want you to know that I am getting together with a friend to pray for y'all who are visiting here - praying for salvation in Christ/and/or spiritual encouragement.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Black Anger

I feel inspired to talk about the problem of African American anger, seething, brewing below the surface, ready to boil over at any time. I encounter it every now and then, and avoid it whenever possible. And I can always count on it. I can count on it when I make a mistake at a drive in, and don't drive through the way I'm supposed to, and try to drive back out, flagging the car behind me to go through, and when the driver passes me, there are colorful swear words, and that person is black.

Now I know there are angry white people, and that the driver could have been white. But I'm saying that I find I so often have to walk on eggshells around black people in general, afraid that I'm going to stir the adder of anger that I am almost sure to find there.

There is so much anger, built up over decades of struggle in our culture, and understandably so. But anger and wrath are not dealt with wisely by full venting, and certainly, the bible has told us not to go to bed with our anger. But this anger has gone to bed with the owners, and has lived with them, and brewed and gotten deeper and stronger, and fermented. And now it is manifesting in a thing called: Obama. His attitudes and influences are not healthy avenues for anger, and his solutions are not solutions. He promotes more racism, saying that white America is to blame for the blacks who are in prison. He is bad for black America, and will not help the black cause. He doesn't really care about Black America. Come on, get a clue.

When I asked Penny what she thought of Obama, she eventually said she was for him, even though he represents things she totally despises as a born again Christian, probably because she's black. He rallies together black people, and something about that poison of anger works in his favor. All I know is it's bad news.

How To Give A Cat A Pill

This comes from my sister in Germany, who likes to have one or two drinks now and then. Important to note: she and I both have and love a cat.

1. Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby.

Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand.

As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth.

Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.

Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom, and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand.

Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger.

Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.

Call spouse from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws.

Ignore low growls emitted by cat.

Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth.

Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap.

Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains.

Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set to one side for gluing later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit.

Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away.

Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbor's shed.

Get another pill.

Open another beer.

Place cat in cupboard, and close door onto neck, to leave head showing.

Force mouth open with dessert spoon.

Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges.

Drink beer

Fetch bottle of scotch.

Pour shot, drink.

Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot.

Apply whiskey compress to cheek to disinfect.

Toss back another shot.

Throw tee shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from across the road.

Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.

Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie the little bastard's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed.

Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak.

Be rough about it.

Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of scotch.

Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye.

Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for SPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.

How To Give A Dog A Pill

1. Wrap it in bacon.

2. Toss it in the air.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Headline Today

The Mpls StarTribune had this headline: Crises Loom in Storm's Wake: Thousands of Hurricane Ike victims clamored for food, water and electricity amid streets littered with debris, sewage and floodwaters crawling with snakes and alligators. (!!!!!!)

My heart goes out to all those caught in this struggle!

Coming and Going....

Ben at Hammerswing75.blogspot.com decided to "close up shop." All of his "regulars" are sad, I'm sure, but he says he thought and prayed about it and came to a hard decision. I'll keep him on my links anyway, so you can go look at his older stuff. It has been fun to visit your blog, Ben. Ben is a young student of theology and a person full of life, and love for God and others. He's getting married soon and is going to school. He just doesn't have time for his blog.

On the other hand, Kim and Chris are back at blogging after a hiatus of no blogging.

Sarah Palin Cartoons

My sister emailed me these. These are great!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Whoopi challenges McCain

I thought I liked Whoopi, and then I find out what a liberal mind she has! Jeesh! She is pro-abortion, and challenged McCain on her show, asking him if slavery would come back, if certain laws came back into place, according to something McCain said he'd like to implement.

In this same article, Cindy McCain's views on abortion are mentioned, which parallel mine.

There are a lot of people I genuinely like, whose political views and beliefs part radically with mine. Last night I was watching a comedian on the comedy channel and he was very funny, but suddenly just went off on a tangent spilling out the worst, most offensive material about sex, revealing his lack of morals and lack of respect for family values.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Imitating Satan - what leaders of the Muslim world have come to

Reflecting on 9/11 yesterday, it brought me to think about the leaders of the Muslim world, and the Muslim world in general. Have you ever thought about it? How many designer labels, how many designs of kitchenware, or new technological gadgets have come from there? None. They have not created a thing, yet have brought their energies and talents to bear on acquiring weapons to destroy.

And when You think about how the destructive elements of 9/11 were orchestrated, those responsible used a great deal of creativity and talent, but only to destroy.

And when you think that it took ten years to build the World Trade Center, but only ten seconds for it to topple to the ground, you realize that it takes a long time to create but only a short time to destroy.

Radical Muslims have somehow come to imitate Satan, who didn't create one single part of God's creation, and seems to have mastered only the art of destruction.

Let's remember all those souls bound in the chains of the Muslim society, living in the dark ages, and looking for the light of Christ. Supposedly, many are turning to Christ already. Pray for them to stand strong, to remain firm in faith and to continue to share their faith with others.

It is good to remember Muslims now during the month of Ramadan, their month of religious fasting, where they hope to get rid of their sins.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

America's Eminent Debt Crisis

Here is an interesting article about how we don't want to face the reality of future financial disaster.

September 11, 2001

I remember this reassuring voice.

Sept 11, 2001 Home Video

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Joy! Nonie Darwish has become a Christian!

I just came across an ad for a conference being put on by a Messianic Jew in the Twin Cities and Nonie Darwish is one of the speakers and is introduced as a woman who is formerly Muslim but has now become a Christian. She is speaking at Grace church of Eden Prairie. I did a post on her earlier and on her book, Now They Call Me Infidel, where she shares her journey of coming to the United States and talks about her website Arabs For Israel. I just knew it had to be that she would eventually turn to Christ. She was so close to Christian in everything she said, and in her love for the Jewish people.

She is an Arab raised in Eqypt whose father was high up in government. She was raised in the Muslim faith and knows a lot about it and how Arabs and Muslims think. She is against radical Islam and that is the meaning of her book's title. By resisting radical Islamic beliefs she has made herself an infidel in their eyes. She wasn't referring to her conversion to Christianity, although she has surely made herself an infidel now!

She also made an appearance in the movie Obsession, which warns about radical Islam.

Read here a synopsis of her life and beliefs.

Election 2008

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Monday, September 8, 2008

"No Values" Voters Looking To Support Most Evil Candidate

'No Values Voters' Looking To Support Most Evil Candidate
Ha ha! Good old Onion!

Why Can't We Have Balance?

I was afraid of this. My mom's cousin and brother bring up this issue of balance. Palin goes too far to the right on abortion. She says she would not even grant an abortion if her daughter was raped! Why can't we have balance? What we had before Roe vs. Wade was good. This was the atmosphere of the early sixties. Women were allowed an abortion in the case of rape or incest. I don't think we should be having women giving birth in those cases. I don't think babies conceived through incest should be born, particularly. Oh, my heart and mind cry out for the sense of balance that is missing.

I thought I'd better leave this part in, or the comments don't make sense. My mom's cousin said that he believes abortion is murder, but that it's better to choose to murder a child in that way than slowly murder a child by raising it in poverty or in abuse. Now, sometimes, you just know you are dealing with someone whose mind is made up and there is no sense arguing with them. Jim is 75 years old.

And sometimes, you want so badly to agree with them (you are spending a weekend at their cabin and they are showering much hospitality on you), you look for the least bit of a parallel between your beliefs. I told him that my beliefs parallel his in that I believe abortion is murder too, but that I believe it's right in the case of rape and incest. He said, "OK, so there are cases where you believe it's murder too, but one has to make a difficult choice."

I said, "Yes," but that's not exactly what I meant. The bible says "thou shall not murder," but at the same time it says there is a time to kill. I guess that I believe that killing a child in the womb in these extreme cases is not murder.

Anyway, the point I was making was about forbidding abortion in any and all cases. Wow!

One of the problems with this extreme kind of right-wing thinking is that it destroys the support that could come from those who lean to the left, which is what McCain was hoping for I believe.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Senator Norm Coleman's RNC Speech

I forgot that he is Jewish. I also didn't watch him during the convention, but that's the great thing about the internet. Here is his whole speech. It's short but sweet.

Tim Pawlenty's RNC Speech

I didn't hear him speak, so I didn't have him on here. I was looking forward to him as a running mate with McCain, but now that Palin is the running mate, I'm happy too. Here's what Minnesota Public radio says about Pawlenty.

Piper Palin For President 2044

She's so adorable. Here she is again, if you watched the convention.

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Young 'Hot' John McCain

John McCain's RNC Speech

I hate to say it, but we were bored on the last night of the convention. Not good, but people are going to have to judge McCain based on his experience, character and good sense and not on his charisma and "wow factor." Although he''s not a great speaker, a lot of what he said made sense, and I like how he ended his speech saying "let's fight together."

Cindy McCain's RNC Speech

The last night of the convention was anti-climactic we thought. The McCain's aren't the best speakers, but shouldn't be judged by that. Cindy stumbled on some of her words and seems kind of shy. She is so sweet though, and has the sweetest smile.

Of course, she mostly praised John in her speech.
I didn't realize they had been married almost 30 years! That says a lot. No matter what went wrong in John's first marriage, it's far in the past now. He's been faithful to Cindy for a long time now, and has made things right. I find it hard to believe that he is abusive to her verbally, as has been stated. Why would she tolerate that?

Rudy Giuliani's RNC Speech

Oh, now we get down to brass tacks. Now we hear the most biting lashes at Barack Obama. But the thing is, everything he is saying is so true, and everyone needs to hear what he is saying. Here is an excerpt:

His rise is remarkable in its own right. It’s the kind of thing that can happen only in America.

But he’s never — he’s never run a city. He’s never run a state. He’s never run a business. He’s never run a military unit. He’s never had to lead people in crisis.

He is the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years.

Not a personal attack, a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything, nothing, nada.

Nada, nothing.

Giuliani has the most infectious personality, with this little lisp and an adorable smile. I was thinking I understood why women have gone for him, and why the infidelities. But more important than that, I remembered that I was interested in his success in running for president, except for his stand on abortion, because he is a dynamic leader.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sarah Palin's RNC Speech

I'm aware that no matter how much I like Sarah, and no matter how much other conservatives like her, and no matter how much sense she makes, that there are those who look at her critically and negatively. Her speech was awesome. She said what needs to be said about Obama. Read here one person's blog called Freedom Eden (sounds like mine) some good thoughts on her speech.

Now I have time to write more about her. As a woman I have all sorts of mixed feelings. For one, there's the tendency towards jealousy. She's nine years younger than me. Wow! She has five children, she's beautiful, she's a governor for crying out loud! She represents everything that mental illness has taken away from me - everything that I haven't been able to do with my life. But, because I have eternal life, and because only "one life will soon be past, and only what's done for Christ will last," I have a different perspective than the usual world view. And because of her values, and her vivacious, energetic spirit, I love her.

Also, I have learned to grant women the right to have offices that once belonged to men. My dentist is a woman. I was in a church for two and a half years where the senior and assistant pastors were women. My psychiatrist is a woman and so is her nurse/psychiatrist.

She is a governor, and a good one, governing one of our prized states - Alaska - a state known for its vast natural resources and loved as a tourist spot. She has a good reputation. Viewing her family and learning about it, that her 17 year old daughter is marrying the boy who got her pregnant and not aborting, that the young man is mature enough to marry her and to face the entire nation with his "shame" and be a part of the family, is nothing short of impressive.

Because of Obama, I was thinking that being in one's 40s was too young for being a president, or a vice-president, but because of her, I now realize that it's not the age that is the concern but the lack of experience, as in the case of Obama.

As for Obama bashing....she wasn't "bashing" him. It's a far different thing to be trying to say to the American people "wake up and smell the coffee!" regarding this man that they are enamored of. Here's an example of something she said regarding Obama that could be regarded as Obama bashing:

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Joe Lieberman's RNC Speech

My jaw was dropping! This was amazing. Lieberman, a Democrat, is refreshing! The things he says about John McCain are important and should be heard, so read them here.

Quotes: "God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man."

"Senator Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man who can do great things for our country in the years ahead. But eloquence is no substitute for a record — not in these tough times.

In the Senate he has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic Party.

Contrast that to John McCain’s record, or the record of the last Democratic President, Bill Clinton, who stood up to some of those same Democratic interest groups and worked with Republicans to get important things done like welfare reform, free trade agreements, and a balanced budget.

Governor Sarah Palin, like John McCain, is a reformer who has taken on the special interests and reached across party lines. She is a leader we can count on to help John shake up Washington."

Bush's RNC Speech

How I will miss this man! I enjoyed his speech. The first lady was so beautiful. Can't believe you can still look that good at that age.

Fred Thompson's RNC Speech

Fred Thompson delivered an awesome speech that hit the nail on the head. I especially enjoyed that part about how we are in a serious point in our nation's history with regards to our enemies and McCain's opponent is not experienced enough to handle the threat.

He also reminded us that Obama said that addressing the question of when life begins was "above his pay grade."

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Barack Obama's DNC Speech and Pregnancy as Punishment

I didn't get a chance to say anything about Obama's speech at the DNC. He was unreal. He promised everything. Do you get it? he can't deliver. He is promising the world. He is so full of himself.

And about what he said about pregnancy being a "punishment." Well, I can relate to that. When I got pregnant, I felt that it was a consequence of my behavior. The difficulty that was ahead, the inconvenience of having a child out of wedlock, the having a child with a man who didn't really love me and trying to raise a child on my own was negative, was a punishment. But the child him/herself was not a punishment. The child him/herself was to be welcomed. No negative connotations could be placed upon the child him/herself.

The negative part that feels like a punishment led me to ask what God was trying to tell me. It led me to my knees. I didn't feel that I could react against that "punishment" and try to flush that thing down the toilet and go on with my life. I felt that it was calling me to change my course, to ask myself what I should do to change my lifestyle. It led me to repentance. To abort meant to add sin to sin. To abort would be flying in the face of God - putting a fist up to God, refusing to hear Him. And abortion would be futile. It would invite worse feelings and worse judgment.

No, I am reminded of what bothers me about Obama in this instance.

Bill Cosby for President!

This comes from my uncle Jack, and doesn't necessarily represent my views. Definitely, I don't agree with the one about losing your hand if you steal. You could lose your hand for being wrongly accused. And no amount of property loss is equal to the loss of your hand. It's not an equal punishment to the crime. It's ridiculous and cruel beyond measure.



(1) 'Press 1 for English' is immediately banned. English is the official language; speak it or wait at the border until you can.

(2) We will immediately go into a two year isolationist posture to straighten out the country's attitude. NO imports, no exports.
We will use the 'Wal-Mart's policy, 'If we ain't got it, you don't need it.'
(3) When imports are allowed, there will be a 100% import tax on it.

(4) All retired military personnel will be required to man one of our many observation towers on the southern border. (six month tour) They will be under strict orders not to fire on SOUTHBOUND aliens.

(5) Social security will immediately return to its original state. If you didn't put nuttin in, you ain't gettin nuttin out. The president nor any other politician will not be able to touch it.

(6) Welfare - Checks will be handed out on Fridays at the end of the 40 hour school week and the successful completion of urinalysis and a passing grade.

(7) Professional Athletes --Steroids - The FIRST time you check positive you're banned for life.

(8) Crime - We will adopt the Turkish method, the first time you steal, you lose your right hand. There is no more life sentences. If convicted, you will be put to death by the same method you chose for your victim; gun, knife, strangulation, etc.

(9) One export will be allowed; Wheat, The world needs to eat. A bushel of wheat will be the exact price of a barrel of oil.

(10) All foreign aid using American taxpayer money will immediately cease, and the saved money will pay off the national debt and ultimately lower taxes. When disasters occur around the world, we'll ask the American people if they want to donate to a disaster fund, and each citizen can make the decision whether it's a worthy cause.

(11) The Pledge of Allegiance will be said every day at school and every day in Congress.

(12) The National Anthem will be played at all appropriate ceremonies, sporting events, outings, etc.

Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes but a vote for me will get you better than what you have, and better than what you're gonna get. Thanks for listening, and remember to write in my name on the ballot in November.
God Bless America !!!!!!!!!!!

Bill Cosby!!!!!!!!

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