Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dead Heat by Joel C. Rosenberg


I just finished it. Whoa! I don't want to spoil it! Suffice to say, Rosenberg has answered my question about what is supposed to happen to America in end time prophecy and in more up-coming events. Oops! What I had written here does sort of spoil the book. It's an exciting book! Prager is right. America is the dike that holds back so much evil in the world.

From the Inside Flap

From the author who predicted . . .
A kamikaze attack on the U.S.
A war with Saddam
The death of Yasser Arafat
Iran's nuclear threat against Israel

Joel C. Rosenberg's New York Times best-selling novels have an uncanny way of coming true.

The first page of his first thriller, The Last Jihad, put readers inside the cockpit of a hijacked jet, coming in on a kamikaze attack into an American city . . . but it was written nine months before September 11, 2001. As Jihad unfolds, an American president finds himself at war with Saddam Hussein over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction . . . but it was published five months before the actual war with Iraq began.

Rosenberg's second novel, The Last Days, opens with an attack on a U.S. diplomatic convoy heading into Gaza, the death of Yasser Arafat, and radical Islamic terrorists trying to seize the West Bank and Gaza. Two weeks before it was published, a U.S. diplomatic convoy was attacked in Gaza. . . . thirteen months later, Yasser Arafat was dead. . . . and then Hamas seized control of Gaza.

In The Ezekiel Option, a dictator rises to power in Russia, an Iranian leader vows to annihilate Israel, and Russia and Iran form an unprecedented military alliance. Then, on the very day the novel came out, Iran elected a new president who vowed to accelerate his country's nuclear program. Four months later, he vowed to wipe Israel off the map, and then Russia agreed to sell Iran $1 billion worth of high-tech weapons.

In The Copper Scroll, an ancient scroll describes unimaginable treasures worth untold billions buried in the hills east of Jerusalem and under the Holy City itself treasures that could come from the Second Temple and whose discovery could lead to the building of the Third Temple and a war of biblical proportions. . . . One month after Rosenberg's fourth novel was released, Biblical Archeology Review published a story describing the real-life, intensified hunt for the treasures of the actual Copper Scroll.

In Dead Heat,the final novel of the series,readers will be left breathless as Rosenberg embarks on his most exciting and heart-pounding ride yet, a political thriller that will leave you wondering . . . Could it happen?. . . . Can we stop it?

Order book here.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Leaven

Beth Moore, in her series on the Psalms, talks about dealing with sin that we hide - leaven. She mentions how leaven was equated with sin in the bible. Jesus talked about the leaven of the Pharisees, which Jesus said was hypocrisy, or self-righteous pride. But there are other kinds of sin that can be called leaven.

She talks about hypocrisy, Christians holding onto secret sins that we don't want to let go of and that we don't want to see or expose to anyone else.

She admonishes us not to hold onto even that little bit of sin that is left after we have dealt with sin, to not hold onto the leaven. The problem with leaven is that it gets into the dough and it ferments and causes the dough to rise. It becomes a problem.

That is my prayer - to be cleansed of leaven.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Clips of Conan on Late Night


Here are some samples of the stuff I've enjoyed over the years on Conan's show. Note: if it were possible to delete the joke with the gay reference.....

I LOVE Conan O'Brien



How can such funny talent lose his spot on TV? I like Jimmy Fallon who is replacing him, but don't understand this move.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Be Still...and know that I am God!

God is speaking to me right now. It is amazing when God speaks so clearly. He is stopping me in my tracks. I think you will be able to relate to this. He is screeching in my ears - "stop and be still!!!!!!"

For me, being still with God is a vital part of my mental and emotional health. I depend on it.

I thought it a cool thing to go buy an ipod. I have a bunch of downloaded songs on my computer from itunes, and I thought it a cool thing to be able to listen to them in my car (since my car has an MP3 jack,) but it seemed already archaic to burn them onto a CD. Soon, you add to the list and the CD is obsolete - you have now added to what you have on the CD, and you would have to burn yet another CD to accommodate for the new songs you have downloaded. How much better to have an ipod. You can put whichever songs from your computer you want on the ipod to listen to in your car. When you are done listening to those you can simply erase the ipod and put a new collection of songs from your computer on there.

The only problem with this has been - it seems that I just want to have the ipod and listen to the songs because it's the cool thing to do, even though my soul just wants silence and simplicity. For years I have not had a car with even a CD player. Little did I know that my soul didn't even need or desire to have music playing all the time anyway while driving.

I got a small ipod Shuffle, which plays only 250 songs, and you can't read in a window which songs are playing. To me, 250 songs is a huge number to have at once. I only have about 100 or so songs on my computer. Some people have many more. One guys said he has 4 days of music! We have got to unplug! With the shuffle, even though you can't select which songs are playing, you can choose to put only a select number of songs on at a time, and play those continuously, like an album. Even at that, it is a question of whether or not you need to be listening to a collection of songs, or be listening to that "still small voice."

The Holy Spirit needs to have our attention, and in order to have it, we must shut off other things. Sometimes even Christian music is in the way.

The thing that really got God speaking to me was that this morning was a decisive moment as far as if I was going to take a vacation in May or not. I have some money set aside to go on some kind of a vacation. I have had it in mind to visit relatives and friends on the East coast and in Toronto. But the problem is that since I live in the city, what I really want is to escape and run to the country. I don't want to travel on highways and join the cacophony of cities of the East. I dearly want to see the people that I have in mind, but not in this way, by means of a frenzied drive while I am in need of going off and being alone with God.

One thing we need as believers is to hear from God. Without hearing the voice of God we are lost. It is hard to hear God's voice in a rushed lifestyle. We must depart and be alone with God, get still before Him like Jesus did.

I don't want to be lost. I need Him more than I need my family and friends.

I also have pressures to be at home with my parents and take care of my dad now. It is so hard to get away while my mom is struggling to take care of him. I'm sort of in a trap. I would take a trip regardless, but it has to be guided by the Holy Spirit.

We must be still before the Lord. My spirit is upset until I get the peace that God is asking of me. Even coming to my blog today was pushing it with God.

Do you understand that sometimes the greatest thing in the world that you can do in God's eyes is nothing? You ask God "what should I be doing for you?" And He would answer, "please, please, for once, do nothing!"

Friday, April 25, 2008

Elderly Woman Applying Makeup Most Heartbreaking Thing On Earth

This article by The Onion is not only hilarious, it speaks to me right now as I contemplate the need for makeup. I have never worn makeup. So now I think maybe it's time to wear makeup since nature may not be so kind any more. but really, makeup is a sorry solution to the problem. Which points up one fact, folks. It's all fading away. WE can't hold onto it. But the Onion article takes that fact and makes us laugh!

Life With Senior Citizens

I'm doing home health care for my dad through an agency, which is extra income for me, so that's nice, and it keeps my dad at home instead of going to a nursing home, so that's good. The only problem is that life with seniors means you hear a lot about bowel movements, and at the most inappropriate times.

My mother reports on my dad's bowel movements - "Dad had a good B.M. today," just when I'm sitting down to eat. Sometimes it's when I'm eating chunky peanut butter.

Tonight she reported her own bowel movements were a problem, and that at supper. I think I was eating something with brown beans. Ah yes folks - it doesn't get any better than this. This is the life!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I missed Earth Day


It was yesterday. Let us celebrate not the creation but the creator. A good passage for Earth Day is Psalm 148 where David praises the Lord for His creation, and every creature praises the Lord.

1 Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created.
6 He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;

Tubby wherever you are!


Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Praise the LORD!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Enough-Jeremy Camp


This was my theme song while I was traveling around the country with Tubby and Bonita, and it truly spoke what my heart was saying. He is truly enough for every thirst and every need, he satisfies me with His love, and all I have in Him is more than enough! I could shout it from the top of the Grand Canyon!

Now that I've lost Tubby and Bonita, I have to say that the only thing that I feel a longing for is them. They are the only thing missing in my life that if I could have anything I don't have, it would be them. Particularly, I feel a longing for Tubby. But I know God will redeem that too. It just takes so long, and it's interesting that when I sang "enough," part of my enough was having Tubby and Bonita.

Missing Tubby and Bonita


It's been two years since I tragically lost my two cats when I drove off the road and then was whisked away by paramedics to the hospital so I couldn't return and get my cats.

Bonita was left in the motel room where I left her that morning. Tubby mysteriously disappeared though he was in the car that was totaled and doesn't appear to have been killed at the site. He seems to have wandered off.

Bonita was given away by the motel owner to someone he said loves animals, but after she hid in the motel for three weeks without coming out for food or water.

Kingdavid did a post about his wife leaving their dog in the car for two hours by mistake and I thought that's nothing compared to what I did to my cats.

I pray for them every day.

Bonita was a sweet female. She traveled all over the United States in my car, hunkered down under my luggage stashed in the back of the car. She was too shy to come out.

Tubby was getting out at every stop and walking along with me like a dog. He looked like a Pomeranian.

They get a hold of you and live in your heart. It's like the hold people have on you.

I place the blood of Christ over them every day and pray for the people taking care of them.

I only hope it will serve to teach me a permanent lesson. I was escaping principalities and powers that hover over cities. I was escaping to the wilderness and to small towns. As crazy as it sounds, it is true. Though there is some refuge in this, the joke was ultimately on me because it caught up with me. There is no escape except in Jesus and in His church. Our refuge is in Him and with His people. I had learned that before I started on my escape craze and now I had to learn it again.

Pictured: Tubby getting out of the car at a motel in Montana

An Engineer's Guide To Cats


i stole this from Nightwriter. I hope he forgives me! As Nightwriter said, no cats were harmed in the making of this film - only annoyed!

Is there such a thing as "corporal cuddling?"

Saturday, April 19, 2008

He Knows My Name by Tommy Walker


This is one of my all time favorite songs. I'm putting two versions on here. This one you just can't help almost crying to. Just take some time to listen to it, and look at the pictures.

This version of the song is a more African-American inspired sound.

He Knows My Name by Maranatha Singers


This is such a pretty version. I have to include this one. It has scenes of the kind of nature I love, and the background music is so cool.

Friday, April 18, 2008

2008 Darwin Awards

Yes, it's that magical time of the year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us. Here then, are the glorious winners for this year.

1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach , California , would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down
the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.....

And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its' men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting fromHarare had escaped. Not wanting to admit
his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer...$15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder-block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder-block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder-block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called '911' immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, 'Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from.'
(And they wonder why tigers eat their young!)

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti , Michigan , at 5 A.M., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.

***A 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER***

10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dennis Prager A Few Days Ago

I said that he and I think alike, and then as if God was trying to tell me something, Dennis comes on the air while my mom is listening to The Patriot station as she often does, and he says some stuff that sort of reveals where Prager and I part company.

It's just that he does not exactly hold the biblical view in the sense of revering the New Testament. He was doing a man/woman day and he had a woman call in who was complaining about her husband looking at pornography. Prager said that all men fantasize about other women and that it would be no different if her husband were looking at women on the street and undressing them, or looking at women in magazines and undressing them, or looking at underwear ads. He asked her if it would bother her if she knew he was fantasizing about such women.

Wow! First of all, there is a vast difference between just looking at a woman and fantasizing about her if she is on the street, or in a magazine. It depends a lot upon whether or not the thoughts are intentional and whether or not a man dwells on them. A man may have thoughts in passing that he doesn't entertain - we all have those - but it's another thing to seek out the source of fantasies (porn) and things which are designed to whet the appetite.

He also does not take seriously Jesus' words when he said that a man has already committed adultery in his heart if he lusts after a woman. Prager would probably agree, that a man has committed adultery in his heart, but say that it doesn't matter. In fact he did say that it doesn't matter, and the reason is that the husband is, in fact, not cheating but is faithful to his wife. The reason it bothers this woman is that it does matter. The reason Jesus makes a case about this is that what we do in our hearts is as important as what we do! And it doesn't take long before what we do in our hearts becomes what we actually do.

Prager is boorish in this respect, lacking the refinement that comes from the revelation about the things of the heart being important.

Oh God. Get a hold of Dennis Prager. Show him Jesus!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Spring is making me crazy!



Is anyone else having this problem? I don't want to do anything I normally do! After being pent up in a long, cold Minnesota winter, and suddenly, it's summer - oh my Lord! I want to drive off into the sunset. I want to never show up for work again. I feel nuts! I think I even have a slight interest in sex! God forbid!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Comfort Of Repentance

There is pleasure with God, and what feels good is often what you should follow. What does this mean? The bible says, "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in You." Is. 26 Perfect peace is a wonderful feeling, and the result of ending the agony of guilt. The bible also says, "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

By searching for the peace that comes from being right with God, we get right with God, we confess our sins and are cleansed. This brings us into a place of rest, of comfort.

Condemnation can bring unrest and lack of peace. Once we have confessed our sins we can know that we are right with God and can throw off condemnation - that voice that accuses us even when we are right with God. This brings us into a place of rest and comfort.

I'm adding Psalm 32 because of Ben's comment:

<< Psalm 32 >>
New American Standard Bible ©
Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David. A Maskil.

1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
2 How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.
Selah.

5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin.
Selah.

6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.
Selah.

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

9/11 Conspiracy Theories 'Ridiculous,' Al Qaeda says


9/11 Conspiracy Theories 'Ridiculous,' Al Qaeda Says

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The answer to terrorism


The short film is named "Jihad" and it's a comedy despite the serious subject matter. Two men set out United 93 style to commit an act of terrorism only to discover they have won the lottery.

52 Yr Old Man Gets A Windfall - Craig Ferguson

Lotto winners can hardly contain themselves

Friday, April 4, 2008

Hitchcock's "The Birds"



Kingdavid has a running theme on his blog of Animal Kingdom Jihad attacks on humans, and he did one about a hawk that made me think of this movie. It makes me think of how weird Hitchcock was.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Epicenter - more thoughts

Now that I have finished the book, I just want to add that I was trying to figure out what Rosenberg thinks is going to happen to us - the U.S., and was worrying a little about it. What he is saying seems very plausible - that the United States will back down from defending Israel by the time Russia and Iran decide to attack. America will become self-centered and decide that to save herself it will be better to stay out of the way. That is one of the theories, but easy to believe the way things are headed.

But it also causes me to wonder where we'll be at if Russia and Iran gain that much power. It is very scary.

We have hope. We are told to expect Christ's return at any moment. This is exciting. In the meantime, there is going to be so much conversion, and we can be a part of sharing the gospel. We can gladly give up our lives for that cause, knowing we have the hope of heaven.

I would like to live in Israel, but I don't know if living in the safest place is my priority. I want to be where I can be used by God most effectively, and that may mean losing my safety or my life.

April Fools! More Snow

(OK, I'm a day late. The April fools' joke came yesterday.)
Al Gore just may get strangled. It may be in the news soon, and it'll probably be a Minnesotan (not me, though.)

Here is a site by one angry person who is telling Gore to give back the Nobel prize.

A little poem:

We are many

We have awoken

And we do not forget

we are Chillnonymous

(but we are also very cold, very angry, and very serious)

The thing about this winter weather is that it is not aberrant, but the same old cold weather that Minnesota has had for as long as I can remember.