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Christian Politicians

The election of political leaders who have accepted Jesus as their savior is our one and unambiguous goal. Our concern is not how they look on the cover of a magazine or how they poll in Iowa. It is not whether their entire life has been virtuous and without human error. Our test is, do they proclaim Jesus as Lord. Do they know that the Father has redeemed us for his name's sake and by their actions now affirm this belief?

We will know if we place the same requirements upon ourselves who is and who is not a Christian. As Paul said, "...you should not associate with people who call themselves brothers or sisters in the Christian faith but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest..." 1 Corinthians 5:11

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Euthanasia

Euthanasia, is it mercy killing, or murder? Murder is the intentional deprivation of life with malice and aforethought. You can however cause life to be lost without intention, or most importantly without malice. A physician who prescribes large dosages of pain medication that, inadvertently, results in the death of a patient is certainly not guilty of murder or mercy killing.

Is the withdrawal of extraordinary measures to prolong life euthanasia? I think the answer to this question is whether or not one believes that there is a possibility of Christian redemption by prolonging the suffering of the individual.

Just as with animals/pets (where there is no process of redemptive suffering) then allowing a person to succumb (as long as there is no deprivation of food and water) is neither murder nor euthanasia.

For a story on euthanasia by Dr. Jim Denison see: Euthanasia and the Word of God

Disclaimer: No association (other than my thinking Dr. Denison's treatise is well written) exists with the Center for informed faith.

 

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A little humor for the 4th

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."

"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama Democrat."

"I am," replied the balloonist. "But how did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "You don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You've made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect ME to solve your problem. You're in EXACTLY the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now, it's MY fault.

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Are the end times here?

Are the end times here?

Yes, when we walk through our daily life and we don't even recognize Jesus when we see him; we can be sure they are.

Scripture tells us that we encounter Jesus in our fellow man: 42I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink. 43I was a stranger, and you didn't take me into your homes. I needed clothes, and you didn't give me anything to wear. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't take care of me.' (Matthew 25)

Do you not know, as scripture tells us, that the body is God's temple; that YHWH is I am? ...‘I Am has sent me to you.' (Exodus 3:14)

Have you not understood? God breathed into your nostrils the spark of life. With compassion, mercy, love, and without guile God has given you the spirit of being. His life-force; literally, flesh of his flesh, blood of his blood!

Scripture tells you, don't be alarmed with wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in various places, famine... as you know when the fig tree turns to summer, you will also know when the world (humankind) has turned from God.

Licentiousness, sins of all type and form, are now normal! Christians rush to judge, when we should know... only missionary work brings fruition. Only presenting the love of Jesus to our enemy can save us.

Do not mistake me; I do not call on you to throw your pearls before pigs. "...Otherwise, they will trample them and then tear you to pieces." (Matthew 7:6)

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Administration Must Begin Real Planning for Budgeting Under Current Debt Ceiling

The administration must begin real planning for budgeting under the current debt ceiling.  Not to do so, will put at risk the full-faith-and-confidence-of-the United States.

Under the current circumstances, it is too late to do otherwise.

Mr. President, under the separation of powers, you cannot rule by decree.

boJ_Wayne

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

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Evolution

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God of Moses, David, and John; Father of Jesus, please help me now to speak in accordance with your word regarding the issue of evolution.

The debate regarding Christian acceptance of the scientific theory of evolution is essentially based on two phrases; gradual development and natural (or random) selection. Substituting one phrase (intelligent design [or my preference Creation] for these two phrases should remove any litmus test for believers.

What I am saying is that we can really have no full comprehension of the true mysteries of God. Does ..."Let there be light!" So there was light... (Genesis 1:3) equal (or suggest) the universe emerged from a singularity at time zero? That it was a thousand billion degrees Kelvin in less than a milli-second? Only God knows.

Just as with any part of creation, neither science nor religion can say with certainty, the intricate details, of how it or we began. Dear friends, don't ignore this fact: One day with the Lord is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. (2 Peter 3:8)

Exactly how God brought into being the universe and ...formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils ... (Genesis 2:7) I can not say. However, I can assure you that it occurred at the hand of the Almighty YHWH.

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Homosexuality

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Father of Jesus, please help me now to speak in accordance with your word regarding the issue of homosexuality.

Do I know if there is a scientifically recognized chromosomal predisposition to homosexual behavior? I have seen some studies that indicate yes but more studies that indicate no. I have seen statistical analyses linking childhood sexual abuse, religion, culture, even demographics. However, my blog is not about homosexual determinism, but rather about Christian outreach.

Let's get out of the way what I think personally about homosexuals:
1. Homosexuals can be as productive and as normal seeming as heterosexuals (seeming because there are heterosexuals and homosexuals both who deal with sexual sins).
2. Homosexuals are not the word I am using nor or they the Gay Community, they are real individuals with hopes, aspirations, and in many cases a yearning for a spiritual identity.
3. Christians are called upon by God to minister to all who would listen.

To continue; I can and do enjoy some art (music, film, writings) of homosexuals whether I know at the time I am first introduced to them or only afterwards (as long as the art does not openly promote homosexuality and the author is not virulently open about their lifestyle).

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Energy Policy Needed Now!

Energy Policy Needed Now!

The United States will continue to use energy at a rate that far exceeds our own ability to supply for years to come. No one wants a nuclear power plant or coal mine in their backyard. Many folks don't want wind turbines, or solar farms in their pristine environment either. To argue that there will or will not be attendant disruptions with any type of currently accessible means of energy production is useless (it is impossible to see every unintended consequence in any endeavor).

In the United States, the largest methane emissions come from the decomposition of wastes in landfills, ruminant digestion and manure management associated with domestic livestock... (Source - US Emissions Inventory 2010 EPA) The largest source of carbon dioxide is animal and plant decay also. Show me an alternative workable plan to mitigate these sources of greenhouse gases and I will jump on board immediately.

So, if we want to be financed by the Chinese, so that we can finance the terrorists, so that we can stop eating, stop driving cars , do away with cement, steel, and iron production well... then... no energy plan, is absolutely the way to go. Focusing on any one technology to the exclusion of all others is a safe bet for disaster also.

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Return to the Lord

Return to the Lord

God's anger wells up and overflows. Nations of Abraham disavow their heritage. Abraham is the father of many nations. Return to ME demands the Lord God of Israel. Do you think you can separate your nation from God and prosper? Do you think that Abraham is no more? Do you think God sent His Son to be sacrificed for nothing? Who are you to say the words of the prophets no longer apply?

How horrible it will be for a nation that sins. Its people are loaded down with guilt. They are descendants of evildoers and destructive children. They have abandoned the Lord. They have despised the Holy One of Israel. They have turned their backs on him. Isaiah 1:4

Did the Son of Man not make clear the difference of what you give to Cesar and what you give to God? Everything is Gods! God's Word tells you what is right and what is wrong. Speak God's Word and your nation will prosper. Ignore the laws, rules, and regulations of the Lord at your, and your nation's, peril. God raised many nations only to make an example of them. God allowed even Israel to suffer greatly when they turned from Him. Do you think your nation can disavow its heritage and prosper? Do you think that you are immune from His anger?

Abortion, The Foremost Issue

Abortion, is it the foremost issue? Yes.

Can you have supported the right to an abortion in the past and still be a Christian? Yes.

Can you have had an abortion and still be a Christian? Yes.

Can you have helped support someone who had an abortion, even being the father of the unborn child yourself, not once, not twice, but three times or more and still be a Christian? Yes and yes.

Can you love and forgive yourself and others who have had an abortion? Yes, you must!

Can you vote for a politician who supports abortion? No.

Can you actively support, or passively accept, the Right to Choose as an acceptable political platform? No.

Can you call into question that an unborn child (and its mother) should have every opportunity possible to come to full term and enjoy the birth rights endowed by their creator? No.

You have, I hope, noticed that I believe that no one can ever deny anyone's Christianity but their own. We can only affirm in positive ways what we believe to be Christian principles and to me the right to life is the preeminent one.

Therefore, those who believe in the right to live must approach all political decisions with the law of abortion kept in mind. Is it the only issue, of course not, but it is the central issue.

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