California vs. Iraq… take Iraq, it’s safer!

Victor Hanson has an excellent article at his home page on the comparison between Iraq and California. The point is that if the MSM were to cover California with the same intensity that they do of Iraq, people would be leaving the Golden State in droves. Californians are murdered at a higher rate, incarcerated at a higher rate, and their small tiny border with Mexico is transgressed at a higher rate than the entire country of Iraq. Check out the article here.

Makes me glad that I live at the other end of the country. While we have our problems over here in South Carolina, I’m grateful I live here instead of the Golden State. I’ve never understood the appeal.

BTW, Rush Limbaugh says the following concerning this issue:
“One hundred dead soldiers in Iraq this month; the Drive-By Media’s having a big push on this today. You know how many people in the United States have been murdered this month? One thousand two hundred and twenty-five based on average yearly statistics from the FBI — but we don’t see repeated references ad nauseum about that.”

They Did It!


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, and others who don’t fit those categories, the St. Louis Cardinals did it. They won the world Series as I predicted they would do (even a broken clock is right twice a day). This Cinderella, Underdog, nobody-thought-they-could-do-it team, did it, they overcame every adversity, they would not die, they would not be denied, they would not lay down, they would not quit… and they became the team of Destiny! (Not to be confused with the team of density, that is sitting out on the golf course).

Congratulations are in order to the St. Louis Cardinals and all my Cardinals friends: Jim W., Lance H., Heath, Dave Mc., Mike Doughtery, James W., Skip, … am I missing anyone??? Your team came through and won the big one, making them only the second team in MLB history to win the World Series ten times. Can you believe it? They have won the World Series 10 times. This is why Cardinal Nation is what it is. It runs far and why, and I admit that had not the Houston Astros come into existence back in the early 1960s, I would probably be a card-carrying member of Cardinals Nation. Instead… I have my membership in Astros County.

OK, back to the prediction. I did predict that they would win the Series, so I got that one right. Now, I’m going to carry on with the other part of my prediction. The Astros will pick up some power hitters in the off season, along with a few more pitchers, and go all the way and win the Series in four games! Mark my words. BTW, lest you think I’m some great prognosticator, the last two times I was right on a prediction was when I predicted that the Oakland Raiders would defeat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl back in the 1980s, and when the Raiders were in the Super Bowl against someone else… can’t remember though, it’s been a long time.

But not to take any glory away from the Cardinals and their fans, I’m happy for you. But wait til next year!

Echoing Christ

I love the fact that we are voting here in South Carolina for a definition on marriage. Amendment One, if passed, will state clearly that marriage is between one man and one woman. No other interpretations of marriage will be allowed. I love this because it sets it straight what God has already ordained. He is the One who determines what a marriage is, not anyone else, and His word has made it clear that marriage is between one man and one woman. In fact, Jesus even clarified this for us. He is the One that tells us what is moral and right and just.

Therefore, here in South Carolina, we are merely echoing Christ. Christ said it, and we are making it Law as it should be. BTW, you can read more about it by going to: www.realmarriage.info

Michael J. Fox

OK, the entire debate is despicable. Michael J Fox should not have appeared in the political ad if he was so sensitive about being criticized for his position. (No, I don’t believe he is beyond criticism just because he is ill. He is using his illness for political gains, and is culpable). There is enough evidence to show that the ad was less than true. The entire amendment is about making cloning legal, not stem cell research, as it appears to be presented. As for stem cell research, there is no evidence that embryonic stem cell research will lead to any kind of miracle cure that the Democrats are putting forth. There is more evidence for adult stem cell research doing that. But this is one of those liberal footballs that the Libs/Dems will not let go of even though there is no evidence that it will lead to a cure. (Kind of like the religion of evolution, saying that it is sound science when it is a belief system, and not science).AS for MJF, it is sad that he would use his sickness to put this stuff forward. If the position for this amendment is so sound, then why do they need to use someone who has uncontronllable tremors to make the point. Would not a normal spokesman been just as good? They used MJF as an emotional tug, and that was wrong. My mom was in a wheelchair for 35 years, and she would have never used her disability in such a shameless way. If he is going to complain about being attacked, then he needs to stay home. He has put himself forward in the arena of ideas, and when you do that, you need to be ready to take it on the chin. I do feel sorry for him as a person. And I do wish that there were a cure for Parkinsons. But I don’t feel sorry for the attacks that he is taking. He set himself up for that, and only has himself to blame for.I just wish the Dems would start speaking honestly about what is at stake here, and quit hiding behind a man who has been given a false hope about the stem cell research. They tried to say that if Kerry was elected president, then Christopher Reeves would once again walk. Not a possibility unless we can learn to regrow the nerve system, or a complete nervous system transplant( or raise the dead at this point). We don’t, and probably never will, have the technology to do that. I hope that I am wrong, and we can overcome problems like paralysis, and Parkinsons disease. But to make promises men like Kerry and the Dems do is wrong and despicable. It gives people false hope especially in light of the fact that the amendment MJF is seeking to support has nothing to do with stem cell research. It is about cloning.I think Rush Limbaugh puts it best in this email to Katie Couric.

Rush’s E-mail to Katie Couric
October 26, 2006


Thanks, Katie, I’ll try to make it simple:
I believe Democrats have a long history of using victims of various things as POLITICAL spokespeople because they believe they are untouchable, infallible. They are immune from criticism. But when anyone enters the POLITICAL arena of ideas they forfeit the right to be challenged on their participation and message.I have not met Mr. Fox, do not know him. I have admired his work in film and TV and his appearances on Letterman were howlers. I have nothing personal against him. But I believe his implication that only Democrats want to cure disease(s) is irresponsible (as I believed about John Edwards assuring voters Christopher Reeve would walk if only John Kerry were elected). I think this is ultimately cruel and gives people who suffer these terrible afflictions false hope.As of now there is NO EVIDENCE that embryonic stem cells even hold promise, while other approaches, such as adult stem cells, already have yielded results. Michael’s TV spots mislead and misinform on this. (You might ask him about the gene therapy research at a Chicago hospital which has produced encouraging results on Parkinson’s patients. A VIRUS is inserted in the gene, which is then inserted in the brain. The Michael J. Fox Foundations has committed $1.9 million to further research on this…story from earlier this month.)

I did NOT mock or make fun of Mr. Fox. I have seen him many times on TV but never have I seen him as he appears in the ads. I read from his own book that he will not take his medications before certain appearances (Senate, 1999) in order to illustrate the ravages of Parkinson’s, which I understand and applaud. So the concept of manipulating meds has been stated by Mr. Fox, which is what caused me to question his appearance in his ads.

He is stumping for Democrats, in the political arena, and is therefore open to analysis and criticism as we all are. His suffering is NOT fair game and I am sorry if people drew that conclusion about my comments, but I believe this happens precisely because NO criticism of victims is ever allowed, at all, which as I say is the Democrat strategy in putting them forward.

Waiting for the Next One


I love that the Aggies beat the Cowboys. I finally got to see a brief scene of the overtime win. It was exciting because the blocked field goal was totally unexpected. I hope they go on to beat Baylor this weekend. But one never knows with Baylor. Baylor has a way of sneaking up on the Aggies and biting them…

Gig ‘Em Aggies… and make it look easy!

Happy Birthday Stokely!


I do have time for one more post. Happy Birthday Stokely! He is my youngest brother and he turns… 36? no, wait, that can’t be… that means that if he is 36 then… I’m getting older too! Reality check.

Seems like yesterday, about 35 years ago, you were sitting in the blue chair having your picture taken. Hope you enjoy the photo…

BTW, did you know that the day you were born, I went and knocked on every door in the neighborhood to tell everyone the news? It took me quite a while. But I hit every door on both cul-de-sacs, telling everyone I had a new brother named Stokely! Happy Birthday!

High Speed!


It’s one of those weeks that I’m riding at high speed. Too many meetings to attend, and too many distractions. That being the case, don’t have time to really blog for a couple of days. I’m like the boy on the tricycle, pedaling as fast as I can. Wait, I am the boy on the tricycle, and that is my brother on the back, circa 1965???

Moving On Up! Aggies Win!

Yes, the Aggies squeaked out a victory on Saturday against the OSU Cowboys by blocking a field goal in overtime. What a sweet victory. Because of the victory, they are moving on up in the polls, from No. 23 to… No. 22! Yup, one entire place. They have moved up and are gaining on all other 21 teams before them, of which, is that Arkansas team known as the Razorbacks. They won in their game against Ol’ Miss and are now 13/14 in the polls.

Congrats Razorback fans. But back to A&M. This team is showing more character and grit than any other team in the last 10 years, so I do have high hopes for them. They scored the tying touchdown with three seconds left. That was done under the leadership of Stephen McGee, a sophomore quaterback. Did you get that key word? “Sophomore.” Yup, he is only a sophomore. That means he probably has about three more years of eligibility and if he continues to improve from where he is now, he will be something in a couple of years. But that is all next year. Let’s focus on this year.

The Aggies are now 7-1. That has to be the best start since 2001. I hope they continue this trend throughout the rest of the season. Read all about it below.

But on one other note. Go Cards! They were not swept from the playoffs and started with a victory. That is the first National League victory in the World Series since 2003, when the Florida Marlins won the World Series. Remember that? Anyway, Go Cards! Go Aggies! And sort of like, insincere best wishes to the Razorbacks. 🙂

  • STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The cold weather meant Red Bryant felt a little extra sting when his right arm collided with the football.
  • But the Texas A&M defensive lineman was too busy celebrating with his teammates to worry about a the pain. Bryant’s block of Oklahoma State extra-point attempt in overtime allowed the 23rd-ranked Aggies to escape with a 34-33 win Saturday night.
  • “I just stuck my arm up and he kicked it low,” the 6-foot-5, 324-pound Bryant said. “It’s a great feeling that I was able to make a play to help the team win.”
  • Bryant’s heroics wouldn’t have been possible without those of quarterback Stephen McGee. His 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joey Thomas with 3 seconds left forced the extra period.
  • Texas A&M (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) had the ball first in overtime and needed only three plays to score, with Jorvorskie Lane plowing in from a yard out for his Big 12-leading 16th touchdown of the season and second of the game. Layne Neumann’s extra point put Texas A&M ahead 34-27.
  • Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-2) quickly answered, with backup quarterback Zac Robinson throwing his third touchdown pass, a 15-yarder to Adarius Bowman, to pull the Cowboys within 34-33.
  • But Bryant, positioned in the middle of the line, leapt and batted down Jason Ricks’ kick. Oklahoma State also botched an earlier extra-point try in the first quarter on a bad snap by Zach Allen.
  • “There is no excuse for those mistakes,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “As the head coach, I will take responsibility for that and we will do what we need to do to get things fixed.”
  • Oklahoma State took a 27-20 lead with 3:24 left on a 60-yard touchdown run by Dantrell Savage. But McGee rallied the Aggies, completing a 17-yard shovel pass to Lane on fourth-and-13 from the Texas A&M 32 before hitting Thomas for the tying score.
  • “We could have finished it off right there,” Gundy said of the fourth-down play.
  • McGee completed 17 of 26 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns and also led the Aggies in rushing, with 17 carries for 86 yards.
  • Texas A&M improved its record in overtime games to 6-4 and the Aggies are 7-1 for the first time since 2001.
  • “This is very typical of these young men,” Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione said. “They will never give up. We found a way to make one more play and that’s based on spirit and character. Jorvorskie Lane made a big tough grab on fourth down and then Red Bryant blocked the extra point. I couldn’t be more proud of this group of guys.”

2000!

Yes, another milestone. You can see I like milestones. They let you know that you have traveled another mile. This one is that I have had 2,000 hits on this page since starting to count back on June 16th of this year. The interesting thing is that it has only been since September 2, that I had 1,000 hits. That is 1,000 hits in seven weeks. It took eleven weeks to get to 999, and seven weeks to get to 2,000. Not sure what a perctage of increase that is, but you can see, it is an increase.

Now the fun part. I have had hits form Singapore, Macua (where is that???), Turkey, Greece, Bucharest, Argentina, Candada, Japan, North Korea, the U.K. (especially Ireland, but it lists it as U.K. Newbigging Fife. Is that a town in Ireland?), France and Switzerland. There is also someone that hits my page from “Unknown Country.” Not sure where that it, but apparently the tracker can’t determine which country it is. Maybe you would like to guess.

Now, while I have 2,000 hits on this page, this is really nothing compared to Little Miss Chatterbox. Back in June, I got the idea of putting a counter on my page from Dee at LMC. She remarked that she had just surpassed 20,000 hits. That’s a lot of hits. But since that time, the time it took me to get to 2,000 hits, she has gone from 20,000 hits to 32,162 hits. That, my friends, is a popular blog. On top of that, Mike’s America has been hit 49,501 times. Those are two major blogs, IMHO.

Of course, both those sites deal pretty much in politics, which generates a lot more interest. But still, you have to hand it to Mike and Dee, they own a certain corner of the blogosphere pie. Congrats to Dee and Mike for doing so well and keeping us informed politically. BTW, do you two realize that most newspaper editors would drool to have that kind of circulation? (Actually most newspaper editors do drool by nature. They can’t help it if they have to ride the small bus to school.) You might want to market yourselves. Advertisements mean big bucks!

On the other end, there are some blogs on my blog roll that are getting no hits because they don’t write anything. We miss you, and you know who you ARE! Your initials are KC and JW. O wait, I removed JW’s because I needed the space. But if he were to start blogging on a regular basis and let us know what is going on in NOLA, I would put it back. I also miss Heath’s blog. He was more theological in nature, but it was good theology. (Heath, there are ways to keep malcontents off your site… it’s called haloscan.com. That is what I use to block the malcontents on my site. Gives me great joy in doing so.)

OK, enough miles stones for a while. It will be at least seven weeks before I pass 3,000. And I recently passed the 100th post mile marker. It will be quite a while before I get to 200 posts. I’m averaging about five posts a week.

BTW, the 2,000 hit came from Louisville, KY. I imagine that is from Dan T., since that his where he resides. Blessings on Dan and thanks for stopping by.

Kudos to the Cards!

Yes, Cardinal Nation is celebrating this day. The Cardinals did pull off the win last night over the eeeviillll New York Mets and they are advancing in the playoffs to the World Series. For the second time in three years, the Cards are advancing to the Fall Classic. Last time they were there, they got swept by the Red Sox… a team of destinyyy. The following year, my beloved Astros went to the World Series where they were swept by the White Sox… a team of destinyyy. Now the Cardinals face the Detroit Tigers, a team that has been labeled, you guess it, a team of destinyyyy. It seems like all these teams from the American League are labeled teams of destinyyy because they were able to overcome the other eeevilll New York team known as the Yankees.

The Yankees are never labeled the team of destinyyy because they are always supposed to win it all, even though it has been a while since they have won it all (the longer the better). But what happens if the Cardinals actually win and beat the lastest team of destinyyy? Will the Cardinals then be labeled the team of destinyyy? Well, I hope so. The National League team has not won a World Series game since 2003. I hope that doesn’t happen again and the Cardinals do sweep the Tigers.

Hey, I know the Cardinals are not my team. I rooting for them because of Skip, Lance, Jim W., Mike Doughterty, Dave the crazy elder, and all the other diehard Cardinal fans that I have known over the years. I’m also pulling for them because I am a National League guy. (No arguments about the DH or the wasted at bat by the pitchers please. It’s a hopeless argument.) I just prefer the National League over the American. Remember, I grew up in Houston. Where you grow up has more to do with whether or not you are an American League person, or a National Leaguer. In fact, it has more to do with whether or not you like baseball. Here in South Carolina, I’m not sure most people are even aware of the MLB playoffs. They are too interested in SEC football and ACC football. But that is another blog. I hope the Cardinals go and get their 10th World Series Title.

As for NCAA football, my Texas A&M Aggies are playing at home on Saturday against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Aggies are ranked number 23 in one poll and if they win, they might move up a bit higher in the polls. If they lose, say bye-bye to the polls all together, and rightfully so. Now is the time to turn it up a notch now that Coach Fran has his defense coming together. He switched to a new 4-2-5 defense during the off season and this is the reason their defense has struggled. It is a more complicated defense than what they were using last year, but it is better once it comes together. Hopefully what we saw in the Missouri game was not a fluke, and it is coming together.

Also, I need to mention the Arkansas Razorbacks. They are ranked No. 15 in the same poll that A&M is ranked No. 23. Skip let me know last week that once my Aggies made it into the poll, they were still 8 spots behind the Razorbacks. Since Lance, Skip, Heath, James and Pat Mc… are all such big Pig Souieee fans, I thought I would start tracking them this year just to see how they do as well. The Hogs are playing unraked Ole Miss in Fayetville this Saturday. The Hogs should win and make them 6-1, but you never can tell with Ole Miss. They have enough Rebel in them to rise up on occassion and not roll over and play dead as they should. At the same time, it should be a blowout for the Hogs. The Rebels defense is ranked 98th against the run. The run is what is winning all those games for the R-backs. So it should be in the bag… No pig in a poke here! (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

 

Law and Gospel

I’m currently reading Michael Horton’s book, A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of Christ-Centered Worship. He writes that God’s Word comes as a two-edged sword with the two edges being Law and Gospel. The Reformers have always seen God’s Word this way. They believed, as I do, that you need both the Law, which convicts the soul and the gospel, which offers salvation for true preaching to be present.

Berkhof writes: “The law comprises everything in Scripture which is a revelation of God’s will in the form of command or prohibition, while the gospel embraces everything, whether it be in the Old Testament or the New, that pertains to the work of reconciliation and that proclaims the seeking and redeeming love of God in Christ Jesus.”

Horton adds: “By means of this two-edged sword, both death and life proceed. through the preaching of the law, the Holy Spirit slays us, leaving us utterly destitute and helpless to save ourselves, and through the preaching of the gospel, he raises us up and seats us with Christ in heavenly places.”

He appeals to 2 Corinthians 3:6 for support: for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. “Both are needed,” Horton adds, “so that we lose confidence in our own resources and throw ourselves wholly on Jesus Christ as ‘our righteousness, holiness and redemption.'”

Therefore both the Law and the Gospel are necessary in preaching. You cannot have true preaching without both and this is much of the problem with modern preaching. The modern pastor either only preaches the gospel, God’s love and grace, at the expense of the Law. Or they only preach the Law showing God’s holiness, at the expense of the Gospel. Yet, both must be proclaimed.

Unfortunately in our society today, it seems to be the former brand of preaching that is taking place. The modern preacher seems to want only to talk about God’s love and how much God loves us. This is not a true picture of the gospel because one can come away with the idea that of course God loves me. I’m so great! God’s love is belittled and abused when the Law is not present because His love is only truly understood when it stands in contrast to the Law, which condemn us. There is no real appreciationg for God’s grace, when we fail to see our true need in Christ. Amazing Grace then becomes nothing more than a moving and emotional song, and not something to be amazed about.

But when we see our depravity, by the use of the Law, we see how far we have fallen from the perfect righteousness required by God. We see that we cannot measure up to His perfection, and we need help. In fact, we need perfection even when we see our imperfection, and the moment that we see our imperfection is the moment we see we are helpless. Perfect does not allow for us to start over at the moment of this discovery. Perfect requires perfection from the moment of our conception until death. All it takes for perfection to be missed is one blemish, one sin, one pecadillo to ruin it. The moment we have sinned, or have a sinful heart with sinful desires, is the moment we have missed out on being perfect. The Law shows us this, and condemns us.

The Gospel shows us Christ. He was perfect and without sin. He is the only One that has lived the perfect life. By believing in Him alone for salvation, then we are imputed with His perfect righteousness. Not because of anything found in us, but because of God’s grace alone. When we see all this in the context of the Law, then we begin to see how amazing grace truly is. We appreciate grace for what it is. God had every right to send all of us to hell, but in His good pleasure, He decided to save some. Not because of anything found in them, but becuse of His love and mercy. He showed them the gospel, moved in them, and they believed in Christ for salvation. God uses His word to bring this about, both the Law and the Gospel. Without both, then we are never truly convicted of our sins, and never truly saved. Without repentance, their can be no salvation. Faith and repentance go hand in hand, they are two sides of the same coin. You must have both. One leads to the other. If the other never arrives, then do we truly have the one?

For the pastor to be faithful, he must preach both Law AND Gospel.

 

Having Fun!

I went in LBB’s bedroom yesterday to get him up from his nap, and he had grabbed this hat trough the rails of the crib. For some reason, and I hope and pray he grows out of it, he loves this hat. So much so that when I made him take it off for lunch, he got mad. He wants to pull it down over his eyes, and then gets mad that he can see. Funny boy. He does know how to have fun. I think he will eventually outgrow this hat because he is growing so fast. In the last month, he has grown a full inch.As for other hats, the usual routine is that he wants to wear whatever hat that I’m wearing. This is happening less and less, because he has discovered that there are three hats in the house that fit his head. The one pictured, a white sailor hat, and a red Winnie the Pooh ball cap. He loves all three of them. Of course, he is cute in all three. He certainly knows how to have fun.

The Spirit in You

I got this photo over at Mike’s America. He is asking the question: why is it that when a lib, like Hillary, displays a cross, the libs don’t get upset?He is tackling the issue from a political standpoint, and I would like to attack it from a theological standpoint. But check out his site.The reason that such a display of religion is not bothersome to the libs is because it is a false display. Libs hate George Bush because he truly is a Christian. For Hillary, it is all show and no substance. Liberal Christians have no true power in them, as true believers do, because they are not indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Therefore when Bush acts in a manner that is consistent with his beliefs, it angers the libs. When Hillary does the same thing, it doesn’t bother them, because they know it is only for show.

Let me back up and explain that when a person, politics aside, comes to know Christ in a true sense and is converted, born again, baptized with Christ, etc, they are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Two things will then happen to that person. The first, and what I advocate, is that the new believer will long for God’s word and will come under the discipleship of a true church, thereby growing in faith, and becoming more and more Christlike. Sin, for the converted, is heinous, and the true believer will not embrace it, but turn away from it. This is why so much of liberal Christianity is false, they embrace sin and seek to understand it, instead of turning away from it.

If the newly converted does not fall in line with Christ and His church, then the other option is that God will take that believer home. He may leave the believer in that state of rebellion for a while, but either the believer will turn away from his sin, or be severly disciplined by the Father.

But the point is that when someone comes to know Christ, they will be indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit in them will convict others of their sin and need for repentance. Paul puts it this way: For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma fo life leading to life.

This is a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer. That is why when a person like Hillary, makes all these religious motions for the camera, the non-believing libs don’t get mad. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is not indwelling in her to convict anyone of their unrighteousness. However, when Bush does the same thing, the unbeliever is enraged because the Spirit is dwelling in Bush, convicting the unbeliever of his sin and wretchedness. This does not mean that Bush is perfect, or any other Christian. What it means is that Bush is being used by the Holy Spirit to convict those unbelievers of their sin. The same is true for any believer, not just Bush.

For instance, when I say that only Christians are going to heaven because of the righteousness of Christ, it enrages the unbeliever and they shout that this is not true. And they would be right if it were just me saying those things. But because of God’s Spirit dwelling in me, the words ring true even for the unbeliever, and he doesn’t like it. He wants nothing to do with anything that will convict him of his wretchedness before God. So he shouts me down. It matters not.

What matters is that the Holy Spirit continues on in His roll of convicting unbelievers and He uses men like Bush and me, and even you if you are truly indwelt with the Holy Spirit. All you have to do is stand for righteousness sake, and the unbelievers will scream bloody murder. It’s not you, but the Spirit in you. Therefore, are you standing for righteousness today? Or are you busy trying to make yourself look like the unbelieving generation that we live among? One leads to life, the other to death. Let us stand for the righteousness that leads to life.

Gig Em Aggies! Aggies 25, Missouri 19

In case you didn’t notice, the Aggies won again on Saturday. Just a sweet moment in a long day for me. They beat the then number 19 ranked Missouri Tigers. Because of that win, they are now ranked in the top 25. They face the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday. Should be another good game.

 

Around the blogosphere

Not much time today to spend blogging, but you might check these sites out. Miss Chatterbox quotes Ronald Reagan with the following:

“I don’t believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”–Ronald Reagan

I love that quote. It strikes at the heart of liberalism because it shows their futility in trying to “dialogue” with terrorists and despot dictators. To dialogue is to do nothing but sign away our freedoms. Every time it is tried, it ends in failure. We have a nuclear problem with North Korea because of all the “dialoguing” that went on between NK and the Clinton Administration. I love how the libs are trying to pin that one on Bush.

Also, Old Soldier has an excellent piece of moral relativism. Mike, over at Mike’s America, has a wonderful piece on the new Air Force Memorial, along with the speech that George Bush gave at it’s dedication. If you like to fly, check this one out. At least go there and check out the pictures of the memorial. It is an excellent work of art, in my humble opinion, because it immediately reminds you of jets taking off into the sky.

BTW, I owe Mike an apology. I noticed recently that I don’t have his site listed on my blog roll. I know I did at one time, but somehow it got removed. Mike, please forgive me. I will put it on there as soon as I upload this post.

In all, please get out and vote this election. Do not listen to those Republican naysayers and stay home. Get out and vote Republican. We cannot afford to let the Dems and Libs take over the House or the Senate. That is to sit by and do nothing… which will lead to a lot of sitting by and doing nothing as our enemies take action, knowing that we will be paralyzed by endless impeachment trial after impeachment trial. God help us if the libs come into power.

God still rules

Driving to work this morning, I heard on two different radio stations about the threat of Islam, and how Islam is slowly taking over Europe, especially France. Apparently, those Islamofascists in France have figured out that since they are 30 percent of the population, all they have to do is to continue to have lots of babies, and in 30 to 50 years, they will be able to vote their way into power. I feel sorry for the Frenchies.

But all of this can cause fear here in America as well. Islam has set out to go to war with us and will do whatever it takes to bring down our country. I have to admit that this can cause a great deal of fear. What will the world be like when my son is 35, and having children of his own? I’m not sure.

My hope is that we will continue on being faithful as God has called us, regardless of the onslaught of Islam. I hope and pray that they are not successful in their endeavors, but even if they are, or seem to be, we are called to be faithful to Him who rules all.

The prophet Daniel was faced with the same fear that we face. He was captured by the Babylonians army and carried off by King Nebuchadnezzar’s army, yet remained faithful to our LORD. Here is what Daniel said to King Neb just before translating Neb’s dream: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the season; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.

The beauty of what Daniel says is that God is sovereingly in control of all things. Yes, we should remain diligent in our calling, but even then if a king rises up, it is only by God’s hand that that king does so. The God of all creation can take down Islam at any moment if He so chooses. I pray He does, through the power of the gospel, and that many in that false religion will come to know Christ and Him alone for salvation. But again, that has to be God’s hand, not ours. We take the human footsteps and trust that God will move in the hearts and minds of an unbelieving generation.

The true King is still ruling from His throne. Psalm 89:5ff And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. For who in the heavens can be compared to teh LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assmbly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.

He goes on to say: You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one who is slain; You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm. The LORD did crush old king Neb in Daniel’s day, but it was a crushing of the most gentle kind. He used that prophecy against the king, to help bring the king realize his own need of God Himself. The king repented and ended up praising the living and true God. May our gracious God do that as well, to all those of Islam. May there be another great awakening in our own land and may we all turn back to the living and true God, through Jesus Christ, and Him alone. Is Islam to be feared? No. Is our God to be feared? Yes, and reverred. He is to be exalted, and may His glory be revealed in these days filled with strife.

Cardinal Nation Curse!

OK, as a life-long Houston Astros fan, I have a confession to make. Growing up in Houston, the holy city to Astros fans, I played Little-League Baseball as a…. Cardinal. Yes, the team I played on was named after the Astros arch-enemy up in St. Louis. The reason that the Astros can’t stand the Cardinals (in jest only) is because for years, much of the midwest and the south was known as Cardinal Nation. So much of those regions didn’t have baseball, so those who liked to listen to baseball, listened to the Cardinals.
Then along comes the Astros in 1961 and Astros County was born! Yup, the Astros just didn’t have much of a following when they got started and the Cardinals still held much of the attention in our area when it came to baseball. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the Astros were affectionately known as the LAstros. Not that they were last, but they never made the playoffs and might as well have been last. For the record, in the 1970s when I was growing up, they came in second place in what seemed like seven of 10 years… or close to it. There was this team called the Big Red Machine, otherwise known as the Reds that ended up in first place. We did feel quite an affinity for the Reds because most of the players on the Reds had been on the Astros at one time or another. The Astros seemed to be a farm team for the Reds. That changed in the early 1980s, 1990s, and now in the 2000s. The Astros have been consistent and Astros County has definitey grown into Astros Nation. While it may still only include the state of Texas, that is still as much territory as Cardinal Nation.

Well, where am I going with all this, other than to say that I once wore a bright red Cardinals uniform when I did play ball? In view of history, I’ve decided to pull for the evil Cardinals during the rest of the playoffs in honor of all this history and of course, in honor of my good friend Jim Woychuk, who lives in Hannibal Missouri. Jim and I went to seminary together and have kept in touch over the years, especially when it comes to baseball. Whenever our teams do well, we call one another to talk about it. His team is doing well, and my team will do even better NEXT YEAR! But for now, and for Jim, I’m pulling for the Cardinals to beat the evil Mets, and go on and give the Detroit fans’ another reason to lament living in Detroit! Yes, that is my prediction (not prophecy!), just an off the cuff prediction. Cardinals will beat the Mets, and win the series over the Tigers.

Which, of course, will surely jinx them. Not that I believe in those sort of things. I believe in the sovereignty of God. I believe He has sovereignly given me a desire to follow teams that will only be mediocre at best (namely the Astros and Aggies… and now the Cardinals)! But Jim, here is to your Cardinals. May they go all the way for your sake!

Some Humor

One of the older members of my congregation sent this to me. You probably have seen it, but it worth a chuckle. BTW, I don’t get the first one…

Getting Older




Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, “How old was your husband?” “98,” she replied. “Two years older than me.” “So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented. She responded, “Hardly worth going home, is it?


Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: “And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?” the reporter asked. She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”


The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs
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I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees Fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license.


I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.


An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. “Wal-Mart?” the preacher exclaimed. “Why Wal-Mart?” “Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week


My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.


Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.


It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.


These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, “For fast relief.”


Remember: You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.


— THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.


Now, I think you’re supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others Oh heck, give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are!

Columbus Day Rant!

Maurice Roberts writes:
It is of great importance to every believer that he should understand how to think of his own sins. Many of the mistakes which we make are miseries of mine which we suffer are closely connected to our ignorance about our present relation as Christians to our sins both past and present.
We assume that all well-instructed and experienced believers are agreed on the following points: that every sin, however small in our eyes, is most hateful to God; that the best actions of the best Christians are all defiled with sin; that sin in the Christian is still sin; that all the sins of the believer are pardoned for Christ’s sake; and that a believer’s lifelong duty is to strive towards unisnning perfection.
Puting these points another way, we may say that the following is our starting point as we review our relationship as Christians to our sins. First, sin in itself, in whomsoever it exists, is highly displeasing to God. Second, the best Christians have not in this life got beyond the commission of sin. Third, sin is not less sinful when committed by Christians. Fourth, no sins committed by a Christian can ever bring him condemnation. Fifth, a Christian must not rest satisfied in his mere forgiveness but should daily strive after complete and sinless obedience to God, even though he knows it to be impossible in this life.

Of course, this is why the Bible speaks to us to press on, and to persevere after the things of God. So many want to get the stamp of approval by being saved, but they do not want to walk in holiness. They want to cease from striving, instead of cease from sinning as Peter calls us to do. If we are truly in Christ, then we know that the power of sin has been broken, but the existence of it still remains and we must pursue holiness because He has called us to that way of life.

By No Means!

In every age, there are those who take the gospel and misuse it for their own purposes. One of the most wretched uses of the gospel are those who believe that since we are under grace, we are fallen and sin anyway, we might as well live it up and sin all the more. I think the sodomite community is the most prevalent in this behavior, at least those who hold to this lifestyle and think that grace covers their sin. But this behavior is not limited to the sodomite community. Unfortunately, those who would say they are living obediently do the same thing. This is why we see so little church discipline in evangelical churches. The standard operating procedure in most churches is to look the other way when their members fall into gross sin. They say: “it’s all covered by grace anyway, therefore, why do anything about it?”

The problem with this view is that Paul addressed this in Romans 6. He wrote: What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning in order that grace may increase? There were those in his day that were already abusing the grace that God had given us. We must understand that we still sin, even as believers. And yes, grace does cover that sin. But this is not to be a license to sin more. The grace that we have received should drive us to be obedient, out of a heart that is thankful and grateful for the reception of God’s grace. The Law is no longer something that we cannot obtain to and accuses us, but a desire for us to fulfill.

Still, there are those who want to take the grace of God and make it a license for sin. One commentator pointed out that the Russian monk Rasputin was one such man. He was a very influential favorite of Emperor Nicholas II and his doctrine seemed to be, “The more a person sins, the more grace he will receive. So sin with gusto.” And of course, he did with gusto.

But Paul writes against such behavior. He answers his question about if we should continue on in sin, so that grace may abound. By no means! We who dies to sin, how can we any longer live in it? Paul answers with the strongest objection he can use. By no means! It is impossible for those who have died to sin, to stay in sin and continue in that lifestyle. The two, the redeemed soul, and the sinful lifestyle, do not mix. If we have truly been born again, then we have died to sin, and the lifestyles that we use to live in before conversion. To remain in that lifestyl is contrary to the gospel and the call that God has placed on our lives.

This is why the homosexual Christian, or the adulterous Christian, or the lying Christian, etc., are such oxymorons. The two don’t go together. Yes, we still struggle with sin, but sin no longer rules us and if we are truly born again, born of His Spirit, then we will wholeheartedly reject the sinful lifestyle. We should and do turn away from it because it is repugnant to us.

There is true deliverance from sin for the Christian. We have been freed from its occupation. While the battles still continue, the war has been won. Therefore those who are truly Christians need to turn and embrace the freedom from sin we have been given, and live the holy life we are called to live. This is part of the reason that Jesus has redeemed us in the first place. He didn’t just die on the cross to save us, but died to set us free from the bondage of sin and the penalty of death. Since this is true, let us live as we should live: freed men and women, living obediently to God’s call on our lives.