Saturday, November 29, 2008

I'm Shocked

This was started by watching the history channel about the origins of Thanksgiving and then we had a family discussion about the Indians and I was saying that the only thing that bothers me is the Pilgrims were supposed to be Christians and the white settlers were supposed to be Christians and the founders of America were supposed to be Christians and in Europe and england before America, the quest was to spread the gospel to pagans and savages like the Native Americas, but in North America, there was slaughter in order to make room for us. it has taken me all this time to find out this is not true!

My nephew, God bless his young heart, is a history buff. He began by studying at William and Mary college on the East Coast, until he had some problems and came home. Anyway, he studies history extensively on his own, and knows it quite well. He has a grasp of early American history and of the Native Americans. Now my memory of what he said will be scant.

He was talking about the Aztecs, who were like the ruling tribe of Indians in pre-colonial days (they ruled the Indians north of them), and had a culture that he says no one should want to imitate. He says all they did was enslave and kill each other. They had this vision given to them by their gods that warring gods would go away to the sea and would return in a certain year and it was exactly the year that Cortez came over from Spain, a soldier who was just exploring and looking for wealth. He and his 50 men were able to conquer the Aztecs, who killed each other because they believed they were being killed as they had been promised they would be.

Also, the Indians north of the Aztecs mostly disappeared before the time the Pilgrims landed in North America. There were very few Indians living in North America. There was a lot of death brought about by diseases from the Europeans who came over earlier, before the pilgrims, to South America, and it spread.

There were some Indians killed, and certainly there was killing done for mercenary purposes by those who had wrong motives, but it wasn't mass slaughter, certainly not genocide in the true sense of the word, and there were many peaceful white people living peacefully with Indians at the beginning, just as been told in the Thanksgiving story. Those are our beginnings. WE can be proud of that! Man, Lewis and Clark went all the way across North America with their group and none were killed. They were even helped by the Indians!

I was just so shocked. It's as I had hoped it was. Our beginnings are so much more peaceful than what I always thought they were. Knowledge isn't always sorrowful, as Ecclesiastes says it is. Sometimes knowledge brings the missing piece.

Important literature: Michael Medved's "The 10 Big Lies About America." There's a chapter on this very thing.

Jesus Take The Wheel

Look at the picture above and you can see where this driver broke through
the guardrail, on the right side of the culvert, where the people are standing
on the road, pointing. The pick-up was traveling about 75 mph from right to left
when it crashed through the guardrail. It flipped end-over-end bounced off and
across the culvert outlet, and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert,
facing the opposite direction from which the driver was traveling. The 22-year-old
driver and his 18-year-old passenger were unhurt except for minor cuts and bruises.

I am correcting this story - it is not in Flagstaff, AZ on Hi 100 (as the email originally stated,) it is in Utah. See the Snopes account of this:

Now look at the second picture below...

If this guy didn't believe in God before, do you suppose he believes now?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Speaking The Truth In Love.....

or not speaking at all. I like to give my point of view. I like to tell people when I think they are wrong. I feel it is my moral obligation to say if something is morally wrong. And as I think back, the Holy Spirit is helping me to see how I have lost the point of doing this. We must speak the truth in love, or sometimes not speak at all, because we get lost in our cause of trying to be right and lose the cause of love.

Looking back, I can see where I've gone wrong trying to voice my opinion on blogs - and how in trying to defend my point of view, I lost the point.

"Words fitly spoken are like apples of gold in a setting of silver." Proverbs

We will give account for every careless word, it says. I think that we can begin to give account for our careless words now, and get our judgment out of the way early (avoid the rush!)

I have been giving account for some careless words lately, and, realizing how God is saying: "that's OK, I don't need your all-seeing eye, scrutinizing everything everyone does, catching every little thing they do wrong. I am better at seeing what is right and wrong, and I can see further, even into the heart."

Note: the idea "avoid the rush" comes from Burt Rosenberg who says "die early, avoid the rush." That's one of my favorite of his lines!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanks For Praying

I want to take this time out for thanking my fellow bloggers who visit here for the many prayers that have gone up on my behalf and on behalf of those I have asked prayer for over the years that these two blogs have been active. This is in accord with Sherri's idea of saying what we need to say to those who have helped us.

I want to draw attention in particular to one prayer that I asked for that has been so gloriously answered. I asked for prayer for my company where I work. Man oh man! Read here the state of my company when I asked for prayer.

Read here the almost immediate answer to prayer.You can't believe it now. We had these older people working there who didn't want to work - had no work ethic (one was a Democrat) and I thought they had some weird obsession with old people and were out of touch. Since then they have hired all these people from a bible school that is nearby, a school that my dad used to teach at, and these kids are hard working and awesome. The atmosphere because of them is so changed. I have a completely different view of my company. They have progressed. I know the owner better and have a good relationship with him. They are paying me pretty well and I have respect with the company.

They are still using telemarketing, but they are also using the young guys in other new forms of sales showing the ability to adapt. Needless to say, they seem to be doing OK financially. The illogical things are still there, but what they do that's unkind or disrespectful (and thus bad for business) is minimal. I'm still praying on that.

I'm still praying for unsaved members of the workforce (who also happen to be Democrats-ha!.) But I am so amazed at the changes that prayer has wrought.

Also I have experienced so much power in prayer when I have been in crisis with manic-depression. My mania, now that I have cycled into a manic phase is at a minimum and I foresee total healing.

Thank you thank you body of Christ! Your value is unsurpassed!

Are you a Bloghead?

Ok, don't get the wrong idea. It's not like being a pothead or a Deadhead. God forbid if it's actually an addiction or an obsession. It's borderline. But you don't want to be a bloghead either. It gets a little scary.

You know you're a bloghead when:

1. You can't go a day without a blog entry. (You can't go a day without the internet for that matter.)

2. You want to blog more than just about anything else.

3. You have a sitemeter and you watch it religiously.

4. When the sitemeter shows readership goes down, you are tempted to lose your focus on the reason you blog in the first place. Instead of posting from the heart, you begin to think about fanfare and how to keep it up. You think, "I'd better keep the posts coming."

5. You get post writer's block.

6. You visit hugely successful blogs such as "Stuff Christians Like" and drool over the number of profile views (over 40,000) and over the number of comments (sometimes over 200.) You compare yourself. You are diminished. You get jealous. You ask, "what makes his blog so successful?"

7. You start to think of newer and better posts to satisfy your readers - losing your focus (that you're just expressing yourself and having fun.)

8. You visit other blogs you like and the question is answered, why he is so successful. You see the pattern in these successful blogs. Their writing is brilliant. They have all sorts of interesting topics and cover them thoroughly and intelligently. Soon you ask, "maybe, since they are covering all these subjects, no one needs my blog." Sulk Sulk. (This is opposed to your megalomaniac moments when you think - "I have an awesome blog!")

9. But then you end up saying, nah! I must blog and blog I shall!

I realized after this difficult self examination as a bloghead, that I need to blog because I do make valuable contacts through my blogging.

The things that matter, the things which unfold each day, can be shared with a much larger world outside myself.

I have asked people to pray and prayers have gotten answered.

Most important, I go the coffee shop to blog and make regular contact with familiar faces who work or socialize there.

Maybe a time will come when this chapter of my life will close, but for now it remains open.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Seven Favorite Songs

I got this from Guitarman a while ago and just haven't gotten around to this. My favorites are both all-time favorites over my lifetime and what is my favorite right now. Mostly, it's my favorite right now because I get tired of old music and need new and fresh music. Apparently, so does God, because the Psalms say 'sing a new song to the Lord.' The Lord likes new songs.

Not necessarily in order of preference:

1. "Yes You Have" by Leeland

2. "Jesus Messiah" by Chris Tomlin

3. "Above All Else" by Wendy O'Connell

4. "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel

5. "Who Is This" from the Breathe worship album - artist?

6. "He Knows My Name" Maranatha Singers

7. "Strong Tower" Kutless

If you liked this, consider yourself tagged

Thanks to our Troops

A million thanks! This is a website you can go to to thank the troops.

To David and Tony: no words can say thank you for all your hard work and dedication, and for your willingness to give up your lives for us. Please pass this message on to your troop mates. God bless you!

The Treatment Of Bush has Been A Disgrace

an interview with Jeffrey Scott Shapiro. At last - someone who sees Bush as I do! This guy, an attorney and investigative reporter, is starting a campaign to honor Bush. To email him and join the campaign, write him here: I hope this is the right address. My mom got it off the radio. If not, I apologize. I'll try it and find out.

Go here to read his article on the treatment of Bush.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Matter Of Fact

This is a fairly new blog that I'm starting to visit regularly. Sherri is a big-hearted woman, a mother of three who has something interesting to blog about almost every day, and who is bright and upbeat. Her blog appeals to women, but men can augment their feminine side by reading her blog. She is a Christian and her blog will uplift and encourage you. I found her over at Stuff Christians Like where she wrote a comment, something about healing that interested me, so I tried looking into her blog and wasn't disappointed.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Russel Peters on terrorism

This guy is funny!

Russel Peters - Show Me The Funny part 1

He's an east Indian comedian who likes to make fun of his national origins as well of everyone else "evenly" he says - very funny guy.

Why I'm Thankful

It's the time of year for acknowledging our many blessings. I have only one that truly makes me grateful: that God has granted me the grace to know the truth. He has led me through a long journey (I will try to write my testimony sometime) where I have come to know and believe in Him - the ultimate source of light and love. Knowing Him is the greatest thing in the world, and to have been given that grace, and the grace to have written copies of His holy word to read whenever I need to, are very great.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ending Women's Suffrage

College educated women....oh boy....!

Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride In This Historic, Inspirational Disaster

I found this also over at Texas Rainmaker's blog. It is a sensational piece of sarcasm. It comes from Iowahawk's blog.

Although I have not always been the most outspoken advocate of President-Elect Barack Obama, today I would like to congratulate him and add my voice to the millions of fellow citizens who are celebrating his historic and frightening election victory. I don't care whether you are a conservative or a liberal -- when you saw this inspiring young African-American rise to our nation's highest office I hope you felt the same sense of patriotic pride that I experienced, no matter how hard you were hyperventilating with deep existential dread.

Yes, I know there are probably other African-Americans much better qualified and prepared for the presidency. Much, much better qualified. Hundreds, easily, if not thousands, and without any troubling ties to radical lunatics and Chicago mobsters. Gary Coleman comes to mind. But let's not let that distract us from the fact that Mr. Obama's election represents a profound, positive milestone in our country's struggle to overcome its long legacy of racial divisions and bigotry. It reminds us of how far we've come, and it's something everyone in our nation should celebrate in whatever little time we now have left.

Less than fifty years ago, African-Americans were barred from public universities, restaurants, and even drinking fountains in many parts of the country. On Tuesday we came together and transcended that shameful legacy, electing an African-American to the country's top job -- which, in fact, appears to be his first actual job. Certainly, it doesn't mean that racism has disappeared in America, but it is an undeniable mark of progress that a majority of voters no longer consider skin color nor a dangerously gullible naivete as a barrier to the presidency.

It's also heartening to realize that as president Mr. Obama will soon be working hand-in-hand with a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard like Senator Robert Byrd to craft the incoherent and destructive programs that will plunge the American economy into a nightmare of full-blown sustained depression. As Vice President-Elect Joe Biden has repeatedly warned, there will be difficult times ahead and the programs will not always be popular, or even sane. But as we look out over the wreckage of bankrupt coal companies, nationalized banks, and hyperinflation, we can always look back with sustained pride on the great National Reconciliation of 2008. Call me an optimist, but I like to think when America's breadlines erupt into riots it will be because of our shared starvation, not the differences in our color.

It's obvious that this newfound pride is not confined to Americans alone. All across the world, Mr. Obama's election has helped mend America's tattered image as a racist, violent cowboy, willing to retaliate with bombs at the slightest provocation. The huge outpouring of international support following the election shows that America can still win new friendships while rebuilding its old ones, and provides Mr. Obama with unprecedented diplomatic leverage over our remaining enemies. When Russian tanks start pouring into eastern Europe and Iranian missiles begin raining down on Jerusalem, their leaders will know they will be facing a man who not only conquered America's racial divide but the hearts of the entire Cannes film community. And those Al Qaeda terrorists plotting a dirty nuke or chemical attack on San Francisco face a stark new reality: while they may no longer need to worry about US Marines, they are looking down the barrel of a strongly worded diplomatic condemnation by a Europe fully united in their deep sympathy for surviving Americans.

So for now, let's put politics aside and celebrate this historic milestone. In his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial 45 years ago, Dr. King said "I have a dream that one day my children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Let us now take pride that Tuesday we Americans proved that neither thing matters anymore.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Definitely, Maybe

Starring Ryan Reynolds and ever-present Abigail Breslin - who is very cute and hard to argue with.

I liked this movie because I like Reynolds - he is great as a father, and can't help but be a more innocent type of guy despite himself. He starts out with more abstract relationships and more chaos, but with the help of a daughter who comes from an attempt at marriage, he finally figures out who it is he truly loves.

Because it's Hollywood, they depict him as a man campaigning for Clinton. Of course, he couldn't be a Republican, that just isn't done in Hollywood! So, I forgive Reynolds for being a liberal, and I also have to remember that I too fell for Clinton.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Jesus Messiah - Chris Tomlin

What Do We Do About Sin?

What is our remedy for sin? 1st John 1:9 says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Here is an article on how the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin.

Sometimes you have to go back to God over and over, confessing, because the sin doesn't seem to go away, but you don't give up, knowing that God has promised to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Reinhard Bonnke on Divine Healing

He is an evangelist, from Germany I believe, who talks about divine healing. He is divinely inspired by the Lord. He draws huge crowds in Africa to his services where many come to Christ, and are also healed and raised from the dead. His study on healing here.

Here is an article that talks about how people turn to faith for healing in places like Africa.

Monday, November 17, 2008

an E-card from Penny

Go here.

In reply: Thank you so so much. You speak my own language - cats. I didn't properly respond to your last correspondence. I agree with you - they will come after us. It is in the light of voice of the Martyrs, and persecution, that things become clear, and I think we become more united. So, dear sister, cling to our Lord, and nothing else.

The thing that has bothered me about Obama is the cultish fervor for him - like a rock star, and it's not healthy.

We must look to Christ. But I know you know that!

I hope all is well.



Penny's response:

Yes, people all over the world are excited about Obama becasue he does not promote fear and hatred. He is just an averege guy that worked his way up from poverty and adversity. Becasue he is a black man that has a family, an education, a clean reputation and no criminal record or scandals associated with him a lot of people have tried to demonize him. People have made up so many lies and rumors about him. Many I recieved in emails from Christians. They first tried to make him a Muslim..that did not work. Then they tried to make him a racist...that did'nt work. Then they tried to make him out to be non-patriotic..that did'nt work. Then they tried to make him out to be a Socialist...that did'nt work. Any reason one could find to justify their own fears was acceptible and believable. And any candidate, no matter how ill informed or ignorant was acceptible and preferable by many. But he prevailed in spite of all that because many of us were so turned off by the level fo lies and racism that this campaign took. I don't believe McCain is a racist but he was forced out of desperation to pull out all stops. That is the Republican Base, not McCain. The McCain that gave the speech conceeding the race is the McCain that most people knew. But the level that was stooped to by Hillary and McCain appealed to the sentiments of the lowest of our society.

4 teens jumped out of a car in Brooklyn yelling Obama and beat this black kid with baseball bats. That is the kind of people all these lies have stirred.

When the country was all excited about Reagan no one thought that was cultic. But because Obama is black and many people are excited about him people think he must be the anti-christ. Becasue people cannot find any real reasons to hate him...they either create some or are all too willing to believe whatever someone says.

I think "Talk Radio", and Conservative Evangelicals have been some of the most aggregious at this and I am almost ashamed to call myself an evangelical anymore but this is familiar. Its the same as when black people as a whole was scorned and good Christians went along with it..all the while praying and worshipping on Sunday in and among themselves.

I have no allegiance to any political party and I think that rather than being so involved in the political process we as Christians need to be trying to exhibit the love of Jesus Christ. You cannot legislate morality... Only Jesus can save a man or this country..not government.

We as Christians are not prepared to change the world, we have to first change our own hearts.

My hope is not in Obama, never was... my hope is in Jesus Christ.

I think Obama is a the kind of Christian that we are were at once....having made a profession of faith in Jesus but really not haven matured in the faith. I have seen no one in our government that I percieve as a mature Christian. I do see some that are using evangelicals as leverege. And I see Evangelicals prostituting Christianity and naievely buying into this.

It is like the Word of God says about the anti-christ..and the lie. "Even the very elect will be decieved".

I pray for our government and all of our leaders. You cannot in my opinion attain a very high position and be a an authentic mature Christian without compromising and you can't remain there without doing the same. It's the nature of the world we live in. No one can come into power unless allows it, and no one can remain there unless God allows it. I am working on fixing my own flaws and weaknesses...this country I leave to God.

My response:

I am working on my flaws too. All I could think about on election day was that I have to work on my forgiveness issue. I have a deep root of un-forgiveness and bitterness, a besetting sin that God revealed - I didn't even know it was there! I thought I was OK! So, I have been going to work on it, wondering about a long fast (I've only done 24-48 hour fasts so far. Almost did a 72 hour fast.)

I think that's the reality for Christians is getting the sin in the camp out. We have had a lot of sin in us, and it makes us a bad witness. The widespread acceptance of Harry Potter isn't good, the rampant divorce and fornication isn't good. And I'm not pointing the finger at you, since I know you're divorced, because I know divorce has shaken down marriages where people were sometimes "sleeping with the enemy" and God has intervened to remove his child from that situation.

But we need to look inward right now in a big way, because the liberal God haters are moving towards persecution in this country and we need to fight with the weapons of righteousness, not weapons such as hate and retaliation.

I knew that you were looking to Jesus, and when I said that I was only reinforcing that reality.



Sunday, November 16, 2008


I know why I don't see many first run movies - ten bucks, ouch! This movie was good especially considering how it was made - by an amateur church group, with actors volunteering. Kirk Cameron is more attractive when he is playing someone "real" - a man with real problems. It is good to say that because of him finding a relationship with God he could find the love to save his marriage, but it makes you wonder what is the answer for all those Christians who already have Christ but have terrible marital troubles and get divorced?

It makes me think of Beth Moore's study "Breaking Free" and the chapter on filling our lives with things other than God. Christians do that - we find Christ but after that go looking for something to fill our emptiness instead of God. It is because of not looking to God, and not depending on God that marriages get into trouble.

An Albino Peacock

Too beautiful to be a mistake!

He looks like a giant snowflake!

Friday, November 14, 2008

February Conversion

Bush: "Can I Stop Being President Now?

WASHINGTON—In a press conference held this morning on the White House lawn, President Bush formally asked the assembled press corps and members of his own administration if, in light of today's election, he could stop being the president now. "So it's over, right? Can I stop being president now?" Bush said after striding to the podium in a Texas Rangers cap and flannel shirt, carrying a fully packed suitcase. "Let's just say I'm done as of now. Presidency over." When informed by Washington Post reporter David Broder that his presidency would continue through early January, Bush stared at him quizzically, sighed, and shuffled silently back into the White House.

from: The Onion - ha!

I love President George W. Bush. He is my favorite president of all those during my lifetime. I hope to write a letter to him while still in the White House. I hope that he will be vindicated someday. He may not be perfect, but he has kept us safe since 9/11. I don't believe the problem with the economy is his fault. He has integrity, and does not retaliate against the tirade of criticism against him.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dutch Sheets on the election

Dutch Sheets is a man of God, known in certain church circles and on the web, who wrote on the election exactly what my thoughts are regarding it. No one could have paralleled my thoughts and feelings more completely. Read here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What To Do

Proverbs 3: 27, 28

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.

Do not say to your neighbor,

“ Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,”
When you have it with you.

This is our call to action. We must do whatever we can to correct evil in the world, to stand up for justice, to help the fatherless and the widow, the orphan and the poor, and anyone who is oppressed.

And this is our call to faith:

Colossians 3

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Tribute

Greater Love Has No Man Than This - A Tribute To Our Veterans

In Flanders Fields - on Veterans' Day

I dedicate this to Livingsword because it was written by a Canadian

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Here is a history of this poem.

Today I gave my dad a card to commemorate his being a Navy veteran.

Burt Rosenberg - Goofy Jew

"People who have come to know the joy of God
do not deny the darkness,
but they choose not to live in it.
They claim that the light that shines in the darkness
can be trusted more than the darkness itself,
and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness."
-- Henri Nouwen

Dearly Beloved Connoisseur of Jubilance,

What, pray tell, is wrong with a little light in the darkness, for heaven's sake?

And, you are most cordially invited to come to some.

Yes, we're having a little Truth Spritz of Holy Chutzpah we call a "Joy Seminar."

It will be Dec. 5th & 6th (first weekend in Dec.), at Son of David Congregation, meeting at First Baptist Church of Wheaton, 10914 Georgia Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902.

Why don't you come?

I'm expecting that darkness will flee.

Because, where Light is, that's what darkness does.

Isn't that something!

The Joy Seminar will be in three sessions, each different and complete in itself. It'll be Friday evening, Dec. 5th at 7:15 pm, and Saturday 10 am service & 6:30 pm.

Yours, in the Divine Smuggling Conspiracy,


Your thoughts? Always love to hear from you!

Burt Rosenberg Ministries

I am a Christian first, then a conservative

The post before this, Maybe We're Not Losing Our Freedom, has an article by Bill Whittle, who is perhaps a secular conservative. That's the point of this post. I'm not a secular conservative. I'm a Christian first and a conservative second. This fight that he talks about is not so clear cut. I have two members of my immediate family who are for Obama, who recently returned to faith in Christ, who God has embraced as sort of prodigals. In heaven he has thrown a huge party over their return and he is more exited about them than he is about any conservative who embraces values, but isn't that exited about God. There is this black pastor of a church I used to attend who was talking to me about that, how you can like values, but not necessarily love God, bypassing the first commandment - to love God first and foremost.

This fight that Whittle talks about then could come out against these two precious members of my family, and is not so clear cut. The members of the body of Christ, whom God is lovingly working on, purifying, may not have certain things right in their philosophy or their politics - they may have some things skewed in their understanding, but deep in their hearts they have a hunger and a thirst for God and for righteousness. That may seem odd and unlikely.

God is a God of extremes. He is the God who said he doesn't like lukewarm people. He likes hot or cold. That's why he doesn't like nice people who just like values. What that black pastor told me is that there are people who avoid wrongdoing because they don't like the consequences of wrongdoing, but they don't particularly want to know God, the author of rightness. God isn't interested in that. That's why there are people who do wrong who God loves, because he sees past the wrong to the heart that is yearning for God even while doing wrong. It's far better to yearn for God and to avoid wrongdoing because you want to please God, knowing that you will also reap the rewards of righteousness.

In this fight, it would be possible to attack those who are on the Left and to be attacking members of the body of Christ, those who God loves.

Also, it is important not to develop a mentality of lashing out and attacking those who are against our values. We are to love those who are our enemies, and in so doing, win them to Christ. This is the example Christ has given. To have a mentality of going to war against the Left will just mess up the love message of the gospel.

That said, there is still going to be a place for a firm stand against evil, but we need careful discernment, or we will lose the precious things we seek to preserve.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

55 Things

1. The phone rings; whom do you want it to be?
My mom.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?

3. If you had to kiss the last person you kissed, would you?

4. Do you take compliments well?

5. Do you play Sudoku?
No. Boring.

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?
Yes. I love the wilderness.

7. Do you like nipple rings?

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
Camp is one of my most memorable experiences. At bible camp is where I first experienced the presence of God.

9. If a sexy person were pursuing you, but you knew he/she were married what would you do?
Oh please.

10. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?

11. Do you like to pursue or be pursued?
I want to be pursued, but be fully convinced that that person should be pursuing me. If not, I want them to stay the hell away.

12. Use three words to describe yourself at the moment:
Angry, learning, loving.

13. Do any songs make you cry?
"Yes You Have"

14. Are you continuing your education?
Yesh, I'll probably do it again, for about the fifth time.

15. Do you know how to shoot a gun?
No, but I believe in gun ownership.

16. If your house were on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed?
My cat.

17. Who was the last person you shared a bed with?
Buddy, my cat.

18. Whom do you text the most?

19. Favorite children’s books?
Winnie The Pooh

20. What color are your eyes?

21. How tall are you?

22. If you could do it over again, start from scratch, would you?
I'm always starting from scratch.

23. Any secret admirers?
If they are secret, why are you asking?

24. Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth?
Just a couple months ago.

25. Where is the farthest place you have traveled?

26. Do you like mustard?
Mmmmmmm yes.

27. Do you prefer to sleep or eat?

28. Do you look like your mom or dad?
I look more like my father now that I'm older and more roly poly, but I resemble my mother's side too.

29. How long does it take you in the shower?
I don't use a timer.

30. Can you do splits?
Yes, pretty much!

31. What movies do you want to see right now?
I still want to check out "An Inconvenient Truth" for laughs, but it wasn't at the video store. I want to see that movie about the guy who invented the windshield wiper delay gadget. What's it's name?

32. What did you do for New Year’s Eve?
Something boring with my parents as I recall.

33. Was your mom a cheerleader?

34. What’s the last letter of your middle name?

35. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
6 to 8

36. Do you like Care Bears?
I don't even know any thing about them.

37. What do you buy at the movies?
I try not to buy anything - cheap. I have been known to smuggle my own popcorn in. Once I smuggled it in by wearing overalls, when overalls were in style, pretending to be pregnant. I had the popcorn under my top in my abdomen area. When i went in I was pregnant. When I exited I was not.

38. Do you know how to play poker?

39. Do you wear your seat belt?

40. What do you wear to sleep?
Oh, you are a nasty little survey. I wear pajamas.

41. Anything big ever happen in your town?
I live in Minneapolis. What has happened in our town? Oh, I forgot about the 35W bridge collapse and Prince.

42. Is your hair straight or curly?

43. Is your tongue pierced?
Also stupid.

44. Do you like liver and onions?

45. Have you ever been in love?
of course.

46. Do you like funny or serious people better?
That's a hard question. I like people who are funny who aren't serious people with issues being funny to hide their pain. I like people who are naturally funny who make life better because they have a way of smoothing over the rough places. Often Jewish people are brilliant at doing this.

47. Ever been to L.A.?
Been there. I lived there for four years!

48. Do you steal or pay for your music downloads?
I'm a nice paying itunes user.

49. Do you hate chocolate?
I love it.

50. What do you and your parents fight about the most?
My mom and I fight about stupid disagreements on little issues. I don't even want to talk about it. We don't fight, we have disagreements like normal people, and we move on, like normal loving people.

51. Are you a gullible person?
I used to be. Sometimes I still am.

52. If you could have any job, what would it be?
I would work in a mission in Africa or some other "third world" country.

53. Are you easy to get along with?
That's something only other people could tell you.

54. What is your favorite time of day?

55. Are you a generally happy person?

I got this from Sybil. I hope she doesn't mind if I stole this from her blog. The only two people I can think of to tag are:

Reverand Mother

Maybe We're Not Losing Our Freedom

Here is an article by Bill Whittle, about the idea that we're not defeated, and that there are plenty of those who will take the challenge to fight against evil tyranny. The thing that is important to understand is that I appreciate that there are those who are willing to fight against evil, it's just a question of the means with which we fight.

It is so important for God's people to get things right with God - to get areas of our lives clean before God, to truly love others from our hearts, so that we are beyond reproach. We need to fight with the weapons of righteousness.

I am dealing with the issue of forgiveness right now. We must learn to forgive. If we lash out at those who are doing evil in a spirit of bitterness and un-forgiveness, instead of a holy anger, we will lose the fight.

Nevertheless, I am for a fight, and a righteous anger is swelling inside me right now, that is telling me that we must oppose the evil that is trying to take over. With what I have said in mind, read Whittle's article.

A Flag, on a Hill
We’re gonna lick ‘em out of their boots!

By Bill Whittle

As Civil War battles went, it was a small and insignificant affair. But in terms of story — and especially, in terms of lessons — it’s one of my favorites.

The war had not yet fully turned in October of 1864. And even though Stonewall Jackson had been dead for well over a year — mistakenly killed by his own men at the Battle of Chancellorsville — the Shenandoah Valley still belonged if not to Jackson then to Jackson’s ghost, for it was there that he and his “foot cavalry” had won their eternal place in Valhalla. Jackson’s tactical brilliance and the endless series of Union routs still hung like clouds of gunpowder in the valleys and hollows of the Shenandoah.

And so it came as no surprise to either the Union or the Confederate soldiers on the banks of Cedar Creek to see, once again, a blue rout — men throwing down rifles and knapsacks and running for their lives, dodging perhaps the few hissing musket balls fired at their backs but completely unable to escape the jeering and the insults and that high, horrible Rebel yell, as that pack of feral wolves descended on their camps, drank their coffee, ate their rations and sat going through their personal effects, admiring photos and reading letters from their sweethearts. Not a loss, but a rout. Another rout. The latest in an ongoing series of routs without end, or so it must have seemed.

The Union general was a young man, new to his command, and who in point of fact had been back in Washington during the defeat. But as he rode toward the sound of the guns that morning, curiosity turned to apprehension, and apprehension to something worse, as he crossed Mill Creek and came upon a low hill, to see before him “the appalling spectacle of a panic-stricken Army.”

Phillip Sheridan was his name, described by Shelby Foote as a man with the face of a Mongol warlord and hair so short and dense it made his head look like a bullet with a coat of black paint.

Sheridan’s first instinct was to form a straggler line and prepare for the final Rebel assault. But the Rebels were too busy celebrating. And after he caught his breath, Little Phil noticed something surprising: not a broken and routed army, fleeing for their lives, but small groups of men boiling fresh coffee, speaking to one another calmly and cheering him as he rode by.

One of his aides described him at that moment: “As he galloped on, his features grew gradually set, as those carved in stone, and the same dull red glint I had seen in his piercing eyes when, on other occasions, the battle was going against us, was there now.”

You bet it was.

The closer Sheridan came to the battle, the more cheerful and animated his defeated men became. Encountering a small group of them, Little Phil would stand in the saddle, and give a jaunty salute — as if to congratulate them on a great victory, rather than another humiliating defeat.

The result was electric, if not universal. Amid the cheering, one infantry colonel — whose descendants perhaps would go on to become campaign advisors — stood in Sheridan’s path and begged him not to go on.

“The army’s whipped!” he cried.

“You are, but the army isn’t,” growled Sheridan, who then put the spurs to a horse who’s back was taller than he was and rode to the scene of the disaster, shouting, “About face, boys! We are going back to our camps! We are going to lick them out of their boots!”

His men were not beaten. They just needed leadership.

“We are going to get a twist on those fellows, men!” he shouted, pounding down the pike. “We are going to lick them out of their boots!”

And that’s what he did, too. He and his routed army went back to that field and licked those Rebels right out of their boots.

“Run!” he shouted, standing in the stirrups. “Go after them! We’ve got the __damnedest twist on them you ever saw!”

Battles don’t always go that way. But sometimes they do. It depends on whether the individual soldier still has any fight in him.

It has been a source of delight for me these past few days to see nothing but evidence of this, all across our defeated lines. Nowhere have I heard a shred of defeatism or despair. On the contrary. In point of fact, the magnanimity and graciousness I have seen in defeat in so many places on the right tells me that this is an eager and seasoned army, one able to look defeat in the face and own up to the errors in tactics and strategy that got us there. And nowhere do I see a call to abandon our core principles and sue for terms, but rather that our loss was caused precisely by our abandonment of the issues which we hold dear and which have served us so well on battlefields past.

So consider this, my fellows in arms: On Tuesday, the Left — armed with the most attractive, eloquent, young, hip, and charismatic candidate I have seen with my adult eyes, a candidate shielded by a media so overtly that it can never be such a shield again, who appeared after eight years of a historically unpopular President, in the midst of two undefended wars and at the time of the worst financial crisis since the Depression and whose praises were sung by every movie, television, and musical icon without pause or challenge for 20 months . . . who ran against the oldest nominee in the country’s history, against a campaign rent with internal disarray and determined not to attack in the one area where attack could have succeeded, and who was out-spent no less than seven-to-one in a cycle where not a single debate question was unfavorable to his opponent — that historic victory, that perfect storm of opportunity . . .

Yielded a result of 53 percent.

Folks, we are going to lick these people out of their boots.

There is much to do. That a man with such overt Marxist ideas and such a history of association with virulent anti-Americans can be elected president should make it crystal clear to each of us just how far we have let fall the moral tone of this Republic. The great lesson from Ronald Reagan was simply that we can and must gently educate as well as campaign, and explain our ideas with smiles on our faces and real joy in our hearts. For unlike the far-left radical who gained the presidency on Tuesday, we start with 150 million of the most free and intelligent and hard-working people in the history of the Earth at our backs, with a philosophy that — unlike theirs, which has resulted in 100 million dead in unmarked graves — has liberated and enriched more people and created more joy than any nation or combination of nations in our history.

And then we will begin, with a confident and happy heart, to examine how we have failed the American people in regard to making clear the moral and philosophical underpinnings of our philosophy. For anyone that fully understands these philosophies, presented calmly and with wit and humility, will come to our side and never leave.

We have tried, and failed. Tomorrow we will try again.

How can we lose, my friends? How can we lose, unless we give up?

— Bill Whittle lives in Los Angeles and is an on-air commentator for His fight — and yours — continues online at

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Yes You Have - Leeland

This is my favorite lately - just sit back and enjoy this worship song, and revel in God's goodness!

You've stolen my heart, yes you have, you've stolen my heart, yes you have, you wiped away the stains, broke away the chains, yes you have.......

oh I love it!

As we're losing our American freedom, the only consolation is our freedom in Christ, and the refuge in worship is wonderful. And worship heals.

Bear Near Oh God - Shane and Shane

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Sky Angel Cowboy

Some of these items have been sent to me by an 80 year old lady, a friend from church.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wisdom now that the worst has happened

A fellow blogger has written a post leading to Al Mohler's post telling us to respect Obama as president and pray for him. I have some thoughts on that article. First, he says,

For others, the night was magical and momentous. Young and old cried tears of amazement and victory as America elected its first African-American President -- and elected him overwhelmingly. Just forty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, an African-American stood to claim victory as President-Elect of the nation. As Sen. Obama assured the crowd in Chicago and the watching nation, "We will get there. We will get there." No one hearing those words could fail to hear the refrain of plaintive words spoken in Memphis four decades ago. President-Elect Obama would stand upon the mountaintop that Dr. King had foreseen.

That victory is a hallmark moment in history for all Americans -- not just for those who voted for Sen. Obama. As a nation, we will never think of ourselves the same way again. Americans rich and poor, black and white, old and young, will look to an African-American man and know him as President of the United States. The President. The only President. The elected President. Our President.

Every American should be moved by the sight of young African-Americans who -- for the first time -- now believe that they have a purchase in American democracy. Old men and old women, grandsons and granddaughters of slaves and slaveholders, will look to an African-American as President.

I just thought that we already had proven that we were beyond proving that we would support a black president. I feel no elation whatsoever over Obama because he is black. We have already had others such as Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice (both black and female) in high positions of authority, and I thought it was a foregone conclusion that a black president would be no problem. The real issue was character, what Martin Luther King, Jr. said a man should be judged for, and not the color of his skin, and Obama lacks that.

And black people already had a purchase in American democracy, long before this - come on!

Then in another part he says:

Beyond this, we must commit ourselves to pray for this new President, for his wife and family, for his administration, and for the nation. We are commanded to pray for rulers, and this new President faces challenges that are not only daunting but potentially disastrous. May God grant him wisdom. He and his family will face new challenges and the pressures of this office. May God protect them, give them joy in their family life, and hold them close together.

We must pray that God will protect this nation even as the new President settles into his role as Commander in Chief, and that God will grant peace as he leads the nation through times of trial and international conflict and tension.

We must pray that God would change President-Elect Obama's mind and heart on issues of our crucial concern. May God change his heart and open his eyes to see abortion as the murder of the innocent unborn, to see marriage as an institution to be defended, and to see a host of issues in a new light. We must pray this from this day until the day he leaves office. God is sovereign, after all.

He says we must pray that God would grant him wisdom, that God would open his mind and heart on certain issues. God can't just grant wisdom to a man who is an enemy of God. First we must begin with prayer for a man to come to repentance and a beginning with God. He must first turn to God for salvation and find the beginnings of wisdom: the fear of the Lord. This is why we have dreaded his becoming president. He has shown such a lack of the fear of the Lord. You can't pray, "Lord, I pray that elephant will walk lightly and not trample everything in its sight." It won't happen.

What I am going to do is feel sorry for Obama because I know that the people will be turning on him when they realize he can't deliver as he has promised. I will also be praying for his salvation. But I will not embrace and respect him as a feared leader. He is six years younger than me and has a cultish hold on people similar to a man of the ghetto has on young women who he pimps. I am familiar with this type of man from past experience, from the wild days of my youth (I wasn't a prostitute but I have still had first hand experience.) I just can't respect this man. I will view him with the utmost scrutiny and trepidation, and certainly not with hate, but not like any president we have ever had during my lifetime.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Top 10 Predictions for 2008 (after the elections)

1. The Bible will still have all the answers.

2. Prayer will still work.

3. The Holy Spirit will still move.

4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.

5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.

6. There will still be singing of praise to God.

7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.

8. There will still be room at the Cross.

9. Jesus will still love you.

10. Jesus will still save the lost.


Why I am no longer a liberal

My sister writing about why she is no longer a Democrat inspired me to write about why I am no longer a liberal.

Number one reason: I grew up.

When I was younger, I didn't give a rip about anything. And I didn't know anything. And I didn't care that I didn't know anything. When Jimmy Carter became president, I heard that he was a born again Christian and a peanut farmer, so I thought that was really cool. I didn't know anything else about him. When Reagan was president, I resented his authority and his conservatism. When I voted for Clinton, it was because I thought he was sexy. I liked pictures of him with his cat Boots. I thought of him as the Chosen one. (Does any of this sound familiar?) Wow! People are allowed to vote based on such stupid criteria!

When I was being a poll challenger yesterday, I realized that a large portion of the population is not very bright. But then I realized that for a large part of my life, I wasn't too bright either.

Young people, don't kid yourself! As you get older, you get smarter.

I'll add to this.

Obama Crash

I can't describe what I'm feeling today, but I probably don't have to describe it, because you might be feeling the same thing. When I heard Obama won I said, "no, God, no! We can't have more abortion. We can't have more of the sin in your face than we have had already. We can't have the corruption in the White House that this is going to bring."

When I went to the after party for one of the local candidates in my district, people were looking up at the TV that was airing the news about Obama and one man just said, "ish!" That summed it up for me!

This momentous decision and "change" that the American people have brought upon themselves force us to make these adjustments in our lives:

We must cling more closely to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We must band together and pray more often and fellowship more fervently.

We must go to God and examine our hearts for sin in our lives, for anything that grieves Him. We must come clean of anything that obstructs the Holy Spirit in our lives.

I worked as a poll challenger yesterday and knew that I am basically in a blue state that always votes in the Democrat. I was getting angry knowing that most of the people were going to make Obama president and at one point, full fledged hatred came out of me towards this one young black man as I thought of how he was probably voting for Obama and was helping make him president. I just thought of how my heart was all wrong, and how I was going to have to go home and deal with God on that issue later on that night. That's all I could think of when Obama became president - that I still need to be fixed on the inside. I think that's what we need to focus on - our need for repentance and cleansing.

Here is the text that my parents and I read this morning. It's about God's shelter for the righteous in times of great trial. Psalm 91. it brings tears to my eyes.

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

People of God - more than ever, we must stand together!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

10 Reasons I am no longer a Democrat

by my sister Louise

Louise is my older sister. She is amazing. In her late 40s she got her masters in church history while finishing raising her three children. She traveled all the way to Wheaton college in Chicago from Minneapolis to do it, making regular visits. At about 50, realizing that her church history degree wasn't going to pay off, she decided to pursue something that had always been sort of a dream for her. She became an architect. She now works as an architect in her late 50's. She knows the meaning of hard work, helping her husband while he has struggled with unemployment.

She is a Christian, a loyal friend, a loyal sister, devoted mother and devoted wife. She is solid gold.


I used to vote Democrat, but eventually could no longer justify it. Why? I realized that what they stood for was opposed to my most important beliefs. Here are a few reasons I think religious people should have a difficult time supporting Democrats.

Suspicious of democracy. Get great social changes (abortion, gay marriage) decided by a few judges, and block the public voting. Will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will take the most important decisions out of the hands of voters.

Democrats believe government can do everything better than families, businesses, voluntary associations. Suspicious of business, promote more government control.

Republicans defend freedom of speech for religious people; Democrats defend freedom of speech for pornographers, criminals, terrorists.

Republicans defend economic, religious, political freedom. Democrats defend freedom of vices (pornography, drugs, prostitution, homosexual practice).

Democrats love freedom of abortion, dislike freedom of school choice.

Think solution to failing schools is always more money (and, of course, therefore more money to the Democratic party through the teachers’ union).

Democrats always say they are the party of the little guy, but now Republicans have become the party of the little guy – people with little political clout, who work hard and don’t ask the government for handouts. Now the Democrats are trying to remove the right of union members to vote privately – which benefits unions, but not the little guy union member. Ultimately, the littlest guys in our society are unborn babies, and it is the Republican party that has stood up for them, not the Democrats. Most recently, they removed the word “rare” from the Democratic party platform about abortion.

If Obama wins, there will be one-party rule, with both houses of Congress & the White House, and of course the media, in control of the Democrats. No longer checks and balances: my biggest fear is what the gay agenda of Democrats will do: force schools to promote homosexuality (already started in three Minneapolis schools this year), make it a hate crime to say it is wrong, take away tax-exempt status of Christian schools and churches if they say homosexuality is wrong, promote adoption of children by gays (a grave injustice to children who have no say in the matter), and in general, strike another death blow to the family unit.

A nationalized health care program will end up costing more than any other option, with rationed care, huge bureaucracy, and fewer choices to consumers.

Atheists and the ACLU feel more comfortable in the Democratic party. Religious people feel more comfortable in the Republican party. (This, by the way, has been true since its beginning in the 1800s at the time of the Civil War.) Religious people know there is something above and beyond politics, and secular people are less likely to think that. More Democrats use politics as a substitute for religion.

The atrocious way they treat the military: Haditha, AbuGharib are their big stories: one turned out not to be true (Haditha). Typical Time cover story: use of Prozac by the military. What about hero stories about the people who are putting their lives on the line for us? Not there.

Lack of economic common sense. Don’t realize how wealth is really created, and don’t seem to understand how our country has become so economically successful. Want to give more of the economy to the government. Want to make poor people more dependent on the government. Republicans want businesses to be free enough and have money enough to create more jobs, and thus giving dignity and purpose to poor people.

I always root for the underdog, and Republicans are the underdog, in every power arena. Democrats control all major cities, mainstream media, schools, universities, Hollywood. Final holdouts are churches and businesses.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Expelled by Ben Stein

This is the most awesome film, with cute, adorable Jew Ben Stein, with his very dry sense of humor. You can sense how intelligent he is, and he has done a brilliant job with this film. It's about the attempt to suppress the truth about an intelligent creator God behind the creation in the field of biology. I didn't realize that scientists and university professors who believe in truth were facing this kind of persecution. It's so scary when you consider that Hitler was inspired by the same Darwinian ideas.

Dear Mr. Obama

This is supposed to be the most watched YouTube campaign video EVER!!

In God We Still Trust

A friend sent this to me in an email. This is a great video.