I Passed!

I found this site that lets you fill in the blanks and it supposedly tells you about yourself. LMC had a bit about herself on her blog concerning her birthday, which is August 21. The site told her that her power color was hot pink. If you go to her site, you will find that is true. I did the same one and it was no where close to describing me. It said my power color was rose. Yeah, right! That describes me.

But they also had a test on there to see if you could pass it and qualify for becoming an American citizen. I’m happy to say, that I did pass the test. I do qualify to be an American citizen.
Not with a perfect score, but good enough.

You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations – you got 8 out of 10 correct!

That is good to know, don’t you think?

MEANING of Christmas

BTW, you might want to head over to LMC’s site, she has a good YouTube on the meaning of Christmas. In this materialistic world, it is good to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, that being, that the Second Person of the Trinune God stepped out of glory on behalf of sinful mankind in order to save man from the wrath and penalty of sin. He did so, through living the perfect life, and dying on the cross on our behalf. Those who trust in Him for salvation are saved. Those who trust in themselves or other gods, (i.e. Allah, the Mormons, Christian Scientist, Hindu’s, enviromentalist liberals, etc), will not be saved.


Go on over to Mike’s America where he shows the liberals once again were wrong in forecasting the weather, more specifically, the number of deadly hurricanes for 2006. They let their emotionalism drive them into lunancy once again, instead of actual science. They try to claim that the reason we had so many hurricanes in 2005 was because of global warming, even though no reputable scientist in the area of weather has actually linked global warming to the number of hurricanes that we have had. No real scientist have even admitted that the globe is warming, other than those who want to scare us into socialism.

The sad reality is that environmental wackos are trying to get the Supreme Court to rule on global warming.

  • WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming.

    A dozen states as well as environmental groups and large cities are trying to convince the court that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate, as a matter of public health, the amount of carbon dioxide that comes from vehicles.

    Carbon dioxide is produced when fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas are burned. It is also the main element humans emit when they exhale. It is the principal “greenhouse” gas that many scientists believe is flowing into the atmosphere at an unprecedented rate, leading to a warming of the earth and widespread ecological changes. One way to reduce those emissions is to have cleaner-burning cars.

    The Bush administration intends to argue before the court on Wednesday that the EPA lacks the power under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. The agency contends that even if it did have such authority, it would have discretion under the law on how to address the problem without imposing emissions controls.

Their goal is to send up back to the horse and buggy days of living, as far as I can tell. I hope and pray that they will allow real science to be used in this case, and not their emotions. Read the rest of the story here.

Bush is Standing Strong

I like the fact that President Bush is standing strong in the war on terror. Even though Republicans lost the mid-term elections, he is staying the course in the fight for freedom against Islamic terrorists. He said the following in a speech while in Latvia:

  • “Extremists are using terror to stop the spread of freedom. Some are Shiite extremists, others are Sunni extremists, but they represent different faces of the same threat. And if they succeed in undermining fragile democracies and drive the forces of freedom out of the region, they will have an open field to pursue their goals,” Bush said in a speech at the NATO summit in Riga, Latvia, where he called on allies to step up their involvement in the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan.

This is comforting to know because the Dems/Libs want to turn Iran into another Vietnam, their greatest victory of all. But fortunately, Bush is standing in their way and is doing what is right. Read more of the story here.

What’s in a Name — The Final!

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
His Name is Nathaniel,
He is Boy Number TWO!

Yup, we had the sonagram this morning and it gave conclusive evidence that the Lord is blessing us with another boy. The nurse running the machine said that she was only 97 percent sure, but given the pictures that she showed us, I’m 100 percent sure it’s a boy. Sorry, I won’t post those pictures.

Yes, LBB will have a little brother come April, Lord willing. We are really excited.

As for the name, Bankie over in Memphis emailed us several days ago with the suggestion of using Nathaniel, and yes, it grew on us and so his name will be Joseph Nathaniel. We will call him Nathaniel. We are looking into the exact spelling because both the NIV and the NKJV have the named spelled “Nathanael” with an “ael” not “iel.” We have contacted a Hebrew/Greek scholar for the correct spelling.

We want to thank all of you for the suggestions. Bankie wins a free hamburger from the Aiken Brewery whenever she comes this way. 🙂 Since Bankie has volunteered to be his adopted grandmother, then she and Pat will HAVE to come this way sometime in the summer. Bankie was the first visitor we had when LBB was born, so she has the right to say that. 🙂

BTW, these are the pictures that were taken today of our little boy. Isn’t he a good looking boy!

Now the hard part will be waiting for him to arrive at the end of April! This is quite odd because since moving to our neighborhood, there have been several other couples to have their second child, and all have had boys. We think that they will be great friends as they get older.

OK, I’m rambling… we are really excited… I also have to say that my Dad guessed the sex of our child. He has done so perfectly with all nine of his grandchildren.

Just Like Ted?

Richard Phillips gives some excellent thoughts on the Ted Haggard scandal over at Reformation 21. You might check it out if you have time. It is worth a read because he asks some hard questions over the responses to all that has happened with Ted. Go to it here.

We Are Blessed!

The Christian, when attacked by the non-Christian, is truly blessed. I was reminded of this by Dee, from LMC, when she commented on the Ted Haggard incident below. Dee wrote:

  • I agree with everything you’ve said here. And I’m glad that he is no longer in leadership and is getting help. Once again Evangelicals/Conservatives show that we don’t keep people with moral issues in power.
  • I ofcourse have been irritated about how this scandal has been used politically. First of all I and my family and friends are very involved in the Evangelical world and we had never even heard of him before this. So for the Drive By Media to act like it was this huge blow to the Evangelical movement is just not true.
  • Second, the fact that this information was released days before votes on Marriage Amendments is just beyond despicable. The guy could’ve exposed this long before but chose to wait for an opportune time.
  • Third, I hate how this and the Mark Foley thing have been used an excuse for vile people to pile on conservatives. In the couple of days after the Mark Foley thing happened I had the most vile people come on my blog and leave horrific comments about what a hypocrite I am because I happen to be a Republican and then the same with Haggard because I’m an Evangelical Christian. We definitely live in a fallen world.
The world we live in is definitely fallen, and it is a world that hates the Light. Therefore, we can expect this kind of behavior from those who love the darkness. The MSM/Liberals/Dems will do anything to attack those who stand for righteousness sake. We should expect it, and be grateful for it when it does happen. (We see the most vicious attacks coming from those who claim Christ, but without His power — 2 Timothy 3:5 — these type Christians hate any stand at all for righteousness sake because it convicts them of their own depravity).

Remember the words of our Savior: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say ll kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:10-11).

We can expect those who live in darkness to hate us. We can expect them to ridicule and attack us. That is what Christ said would happen. When it does, then we are blessed because we are sharing in His sufferings (1 Peter 4:13). We are merely pilgrims in this world. We strive to do what is right and stand for Christ, and we know that we will suffer because of it. But the day will come when sufferings will pass. Then we will be home with Him and we will look back on these times, thanking Him that He took us through them, and rejoicing that they are behind us.

Yes, the darkness hates the Light. When those in the darkness see someone of the light fall, they rejoice. Their rejoicing will be short lived, and those of the Light, will rejoice forever. Let us begin our rejoicing now.

It doesn’t look real…

I read this article over at Fox News, that this image was seen from satellite, but to me, it looks like the photo was doctored. If it really is an 87,000 square foot image, let’s see a picture of it from the ground to confirm it. Something just doesn’t look right.

Rev. Ted Haggard

I’m not sure if you have seen the story of Rev. Ted Haggard. He fell into sexual immorality and illegal drug use. This is sad news and I’m sure the naysayers will delight in his fall. The good news is that the body is working as it should to restore this man. He needs counseling, confrontation and prayer, and by God’s grace, Haggard has agreed to submit to this. Read about it here.

I always hate these cases because it shows the frailty of mankind. Even those who walk with God on a regular basis are subject to fall into sin. I know that I’m just as vunerable as the next man, and every fallen pastor I see or hear about causes me to examine my own shortcomings.

The moment that I think, or any other pastor thinks, that we are somehow protected from this or immune to it is that moment that Satan has us where he wants us. We are all vunerable to sin. In fact, Satan was batting 1000 when it came to tempting mankind. It was only when he went up against Christ in the wilderness experience that Satan was defeated. That is why it is so important that we look to Christ to remain strong. Not that we are strong ourselves, but that our strength, and protection come from Christ.

Yes, it is sad that Ted Haggard fell into sin. But I’m grateful to the men who are seeking to restore him back to the body of Christ. He needs the rebuke and the encouragement. He needs repentance and prayer. He needs Christ all over again. Those of us who are in Christ, know that we are in need of the gospel every day. The moment we forget this, is the moment we walk on the edge with Satan. We need to walk with Christ, by faith, every day. By HIS hand, we will persevere and not fall into gross sin. Thanks be to God for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Post Election Blank

That means I don’t really have anything to say at the moment. Just drawing a blank. So, here is a picture from the past. This was my best friend in high school, before the ill-fated move to Lufkin, Texas, George Sofka. Love the hair do.

I think he is still in Houston running his dad’s barbecue restaurant. It sure would be good to have some of that barbecue today. I love a lot of things about South Carolina, but not their wretched barbecue. Reminds me of Alpo, more than any kind of cooked meal for mankind. I know that may offend some, but I haven’t tasted any good barbecue since I had that Texas style barbecue over in Augusta. Maybe George will overnight me some of his dad’s barbecue.

BTW, to all those in South Carolina who are offended by that, remember that barbecue is more a matter of taste. I’m used to beef, not pork, and then, not this kind of pork. So please, don’t be offended. It’s not worth the anger. It really is a matter of taste. If you want to say that Texas barbecue is wretched in return, I’m OK with that. Leaves more for me. I will do a post later of the top 10 thinks I like about South Carolina. There are a lot of things I love about South Carolina, and only one I don’t love. So don’t take offense.

Salt on the Wound

It is always good to start the day by hitting the “delete” key concerning my blog. The naysayer of naysayers has already been by to hoot and holler that his party won back the House of Representatives. We should expect it. They have been out of power for so long, that when they finally retake control, they will not win with any level of class or civility. It only adds salt to the wound that already exists in the disappointment known as the Republican Party. We voted on them to be conservative, and they were not conservative enough. That will do it every time.

But then there is a more sinister problem, that I too, am guilty of. It’s the problem of placing our trust and hope in the Republican party. It is an easy trap to fall into because of our values and the things that we hold dear. The Republicans come the closest to valuing the things we value. The Dem/Libs are so far out there that we would never consider voting for them. They are the party of death, and if we are Christians, we must hold to the party that at its core is fundamentally for life.

Even so, the Republican Party is still a political beast, and not a spiritual beast at all. We tell ourselves that if enough Christians are involved in the process, then we can control the beast and make it a spiritual entity as well. But alas, we are only fooling ourselves. The Kingdom of God is not made up of parties or representatives, but of the things of God. He is the One that is in control of all things. “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25).

O, that He would have kept it in Republicans’ hands. But He did not. For reasons known only to Him, He has passed the torch of control to those who are most opposed to Him, His Word and His people. I don’t know why, but I suspect that at least one of many reasons that He did so is so that we turn back to Him and trust in Him. Whenever the Christian is powerless and dependent upon Him, is when the Christian is most used by Him. No, the world will not notice us. They would be quick to stamp us into the ground, were they given the power to do so. But our greatest moment of opportunity comes when we are the weakest and most dependent upon Him.

No, this is not part of the health and wealth mentality that has taken the church by storm. This is the true Gospel. Only when we are on our knees in prayer, do we fully recognize our situation and level of control in this world. It is nothing. When we have victory, it is because of His hand. When we taste defeat, it is because of His hand. But in the process, He is working all things together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

God’s word doesn’t say all things are good, but He is capable of working all things together for good. I know for me, the best thing that can happen is that my eyes are taken off the political process and to focus on the Kingdom process. What is more lasting? His Kingdom, or our party? His Kingdom, therefore our work needs to be there. Our efforts need to be for the lost and those who are not yet a part of His Kingdom. This is where our focus needs to be. For when we win in this realm, when we see the lost come to know Him, then we have truly gained victory for that is one more soul that belongs to that which is everlasting. Yes, there will be struggles in this life, but there will also be victories. The victories found at the ballot box are fleeting. They will not last. They will pass away. But the victories found in Christ are eternal. They will last forever and have true meaning.

Let us use the salt on the wound, to drive us back to Christ, the Great Physician so that He may heal us and use us for His Kingdom. It is by far the better choice.

The Graph!

BTW, I did track down the article by the New York Times, via Tug (sorry, didn’t have time to do it on Friday), concering the Times admitting that Saddam was a year away from having nukes. (Thanks Tug). The key paragraph is as follows:

  • Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away. (Emphasis added)

So now we have it for sure. Bush didn’t lie, the Dems did. All the more reason to go out and vote Republican today! Also, Rush Limbaugh always says that when the Dems accuse you of something, it is because they are guilty of doing just that. This is another one of those cases where we see this truth bearing itself out. They accuse Bush of lying, yet they are the ones that lie. Vote Republican!

Election Day

I have to admit, that I am excited about this election. There are just too many close races to take a moldly look at what is going on. In our own state of South Carolina, we have a tight race between Governor Mark Sanford and the Dem challenger Tommy Moore. The problem here is that there are a bunch of RINO’s who are voting for Tommy Moore because Sanford is so conservative. Sanford has actually brought the budget back into line with what it should be and killed a lot of pork barrel spending. Therefore, a bunch of RINO’s are campaigning for Moore. The problem with RINO’s is that they should go ahead and become Democrats. They are a frustrating lot.

I wonder if these RINO’s are just as unhappy with Bush, because he certainly hasn’t been conservative when it comes to spending. They should be happy with him. But alas, who can say.

Anyway, this is exciting. I know there are a bunch of races nationally that do matter. I will try to keep up with them through out the day… but who knows what the day will hold.

As for the Republicans losing the house, I hope that doesn’t happen. But if it does, I know that God is still in control of all things. The Republican party, while the best party we have in the nation, is not the Kingdom of God. Christ’s Kingdom still prevails and it is in Him that I will place my trust. Not anyone party. Yet, I’m still going to vote Republican. Go Vote if you haven’t, and vote Republican!

Fall Colors

I had just enough time yesterday to stop and take this picture on the way to work. Enjoy the photo, trust in the LORD, and Vote Republican!

Kerry is the Victim???

I love all this attention on John Kerry over his statements that you have to be educated in America, or you get sent to Iraq. It really shows his disdain for the U.S. military, and has caused me to be grateful that he did not win the presidency. He is anti-America.

Laura Ingraham was joking on her show how John Kerry is now the victim in all of this. He made the statement and the press will make him to be the victim. All he has to do to stop all this is say “I’m sorry.” Two words Liberals/Dems of any stripe cannot say. If they do say them, they always add the disqualifier at the end: “but…”

Little Miss Chatterbox has more of this at her site. She covers it in detail. Please check it out. Also, see Old Soldier. He has a piece about a dear Christian brother, only 14 years old, who died in Iraq at the hand of Muslims. He professed Christ to the end and is now in glory. O that we would stand so faithfully in the faith. And them Mike’s America has two more reasons to vote for Republicans.

Umbilical Cords

I have wanted to post on this but have yet to find the time until today. Timothy Davis pointed me in the right direction. Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that they have been able to reproduce liver cells from the blood found in umbilical cords. Read the article here.

This is great news. Michael J. Fox and his cohorts should be focusing on research here, instead of trying to fund research on a process that kills an embryo. It makes sense. We get life from life, not life from death. Only God can bring life from something that is dead. If we want to develop life from other cells, then let us do so from a process that brings about life. (I think the reason MJF and his cohorts are so opposed to this is because they are mired in the culture of death. They don’t mind taking life if it means a better life for themselves. Except in the case of terrorists. Hardly a Christ-like attitude, given that Christ calls us to lay down our lives for others as He did. But you can’t tell liberals that).

The point is that so much of the hoopla has been misguided in the MJF affair. (Especially since the amendment that he is supporting is actually over cloning, not embryonic stem cell research. See Miss Chatterbox on that one.)

There has also been a lot of success in the research around adult stem cell research. Rush Limbaugh pointed out the other day that this process has shown progress in the treatment of more than 70 diseases, while embryonic stem cell research has shown no progress in any disease. This is why there is more research being done on the adult level. It pays off. If embryonic stem cell research were actually viable, then there would be those willing to support it. But alas, the market has helped in the battle against this type of research, and this is why so many Libs want to make the government pay for it. The private sector will not pay for it because its a boondoggle. That never has stopped a Liberal before.

I just wish that Liberals would actually use science to advance the cause of mankind, and not their political agendas. Therefore, Vote Republican!