Temple Mount Giveaway!

WorldNetDaily is reporting that the leaders in Israel have secretly agreed to give the Temple Mount over to the authority of Egyptian, Palestinian and Jordanian authorities. WND’s headline reads as if this is a shock and an outrage.

Holy forfeit! Israel willing to give up Temple Mount
Report: Jewish leader offers Arab coalition joint control


Posted: August 28, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com


Temple Mount

JERUSALEM – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Egyptian government the Jewish state is willing to forfeit control over the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – to the management of Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, according to an Arab media report.

The Egyptian Al Massrioun daily reported this weekend Barak informed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Jordanian government Israel is willing to hand them joint control over the Temple Mount.


The problem with this is that I believe the WND editors are looking at this through their theology. Many in Dispensational camps of Christianity believe that Jesus cannot return until the Temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem. Their idea of end times makes it necessary for the Temple to be there, so the antichrist can come in, and offer sacrifices on the altar, being the great abomination of desolation that Christ speaks of in the gospels. (This line of thought has been popularized in the Left Behind series by LaHaye and Jenkins, and in The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey).

All of this will take place after the so called rapture, followed by the seven-year tribulation. At the mid point of this tribulation, this is when the antichrist does his deed. Problem is that what Jesus is describing in the gospels has already occurred. That desolation took place in 70 A.D. when Rome sacked Jerusalem for their final rebellion. There is no need to rebuild the temple for this prophecy of Christ’s to come true. It’s already happened.

Many in Dispensational camps believe that there is also going to be a 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth, when sacrifices in the temple will be reinstated. This is so utterly silly in view of Christ’s sacrifice. The sacrifices of the temple are completely unnecessary, because His sacrifice is the only one necessary. All the goats and bulls being sacrificed did nothing for the Israelites. They did not save them. All they did was point to the Lamb of God to come in whom they were to believe in. The blood of goats and bulls was never sufficient to pay the debt of sin. So it seems silly that if Christ were to reign on earth for a 1,000 years, that He would reinstate that which merely pointed towards His sacrifice. He IS the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Why sacrifice fallen sheep and goats when you have the real thing right there? You don’t.

All this to say, giving away the Temple Mount to the Arabs means nothing for our beliefs, or for Christ to return. There is no longer a need for a Temple, since the ultimate sacrifice has been made. To look forward to this, when Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient for THE Temple, i.e. His people, is silly theology.

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Dialogging with a Liberal

This is what it seems like when dealing with theological liberals.

Getting Into Heaven

This was sent to me from a former member of my church. Enjoy.

I was testing the children in my Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven. I asked them, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, Would that get me into Heaven?” “NO!” the children answered.

“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy,would that get me into Heaven?” Again, the answer was, “NO!”


By now I was starting to smile. Hey, this was fun! “Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into Heaven?” I asked them again. Again, they all answered, “NO!”


I was just bursting with pride for them. “Well,” I continued, “then how can I get into Heaven?” A five-year-old boy shouted out, “YOU GOTTA BE DEAD.”

The Triune Allah?

Bishop Call for use of the word “Allah”
By now you have heard that Roman Catholic bishop Tiny Muskens of the Netherlands is calling for the use of the word “Allah” instead of using God, when referring to the Deity. He does this in an attempt to reach out to Muslims of the world. Here is a piece of the story that ran at Foxnews.com:

A proposal by a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands that people of all faiths refer to God as “Allah” is not sitting well with the Catholic community.

Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn’t care what he is called.

“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God care what we call him? It is our problem,” Muskens told Dutch television.

“I’m sure his intentions are good but his theology needs a little fine-tuning,” said Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest based in Rome. Morris, a news analyst for FOX News Channel, also called the idea impractical.

“Words and names mean things,” Morris said. “Referring to God as Allah means something.”

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, backs the idea as a way to help interfaith understanding.

/**/ “It reinforces the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God,” Hooper told FOXNews.com. “I don’t think the name is as important as the belief in God and following God’s moral principles. I think that’s true for all faiths.”

You can see that Muskens request has caused problems for Roman Catholics, and he has received kudos from CAIR. I think his problem is that he is embracing multi-culturalism, instead of the truths of the Bible. I say this because he is under the false belief that we worship the same God. We do not. The Muslim god is not the Triune God that revealed Himself to His people throughout history.

I know that this type of discussion often falls on deaf ears in our society that is rife with multiculturalism. Most respond with outrage when someone purports to say “You’re god is no god at all.” But the opposite is even far more outrageous because by calling the living and true God, Allah, in order to curry favor with those in Islam, is to actually affirm them in their faith. A Christian should never affirm a non-believer in their faith, for doing so, is an affront to the gospel.

It is as if you are saying, “Yes, believe in the god of your fathers, even though there is no saving grace to be found in that god. You are OK.” It is, in essence, damning those people to hell. Muskens is more concerned about getting along with Islam, than he is with converting them.

The correct response is to reveal the living and triune God to the people of Islam. He is the only way that they can be saved and know God as their Father. Without this, all the name changes in the world will be pointless. The Muslim will continue on in their damning faith and never come to know the Savior.

Shall A Man Steal for His Family?

I often hear the argument that if a man doesn’t have a job, or money, or food for his family, that it is OK for him to steal in such instances. Of course this is a rationalization that every Christian must reject. For the true believer, we must trust in the goodness of God to provide for us in our time of need, even when it may seem illogical to do so.

When Jesus was in the desert being tempted by Satan, the devil used rationalization in order to get Jesus to sin. He asks what seems to be a simple question, in order to cause the Messiah to doubt the Father of His goodness towards the Son.

“If You are the Son of God…”

He utters those words as a conditional clause. He is saying, “if you are the Son of God, for the sake of argument, then command this stone to become bread.”

Satan is challenging Jesus on His level of weakness, His hunger. The devil knows our weaknesses. This is the kind of person that he is. He watches us and works towards our demise. He tries to hit us where we will be most temped.

For Christ, it is on His personhood.

“Really? Are you the Son of God? If so, prove it. Show me you are the Son of God by turning this stone into bread.”

This temptation is very similar to the one that Adam faced: filled with truth, but twisted just enough to cause a man to fall.

He persuading Jesus to distrust the Father’s providential care.

Here Christ is totally without food and Satan is standing there saying “What is this? You the Messiah, without food? How preposterous. Turn this stone to bread, since you are the Messiah, since you are the Son of God.”

Satan’s true attempt to get Christ to depart from trust in God, which would mean that Christ would be following the dictates of infidelity.

Pseudo-rationalists of our day would quickly say: “But does God really want His Son to go hungry? Of course not. He should use His power to turn the stone to bread. After all, we know He does have the power. If He can turn water into wine, certainly He can turn a stone into a loaf of bread.”

But the word of God prevents such action and this is where Jesus turns. He doesn’t try to rationalize, but remembers what He said in Deuteronomy 8.

Deuteronomy 8:2-5 “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you.”

The Father took Christ to the wilderness to humble Him and in the process, the Father allowed His Son to hunger.

Why?

To chasten Him.

Jesus underwent the discipline Israel could not handle when it was in the wilderness. What sweet obedience we see in our Savior. Keeping the Law, in order to please the Father, and to qualify Himself as Savior is far more important to Him than a meal. Holds to the Law, even at own discomfort.

God holds all things together, and sustains us. A&E failed to do… trusted their eyes, ears, and flesh… instead of trusting in God.

Calvin adds “We ought to trust in God for food, and for the other necessaries of the present life, in such a manner, that none of us may overleap the boundaries which he has prescribed. But if Christ did not consider himself to be at liberty to change stones into bread, without the command of God, much less is it lawful for us to procure food by fraud, or robbery, or violence, or murder.”

Yes, the rationalist can find fault with God’s word. But in the end, he will pay dearly for such rationalizations, for at the heart of every rationalist, is unbelief. The rationalist never truly believes in God’s word. Because of that, they will all find themselves on the wrong side of judgment.

No, we should not rationalize away God’s truth. When we find ourselves in want, of even the most basic needs, that is no time to turn to our own means, a.k.a., breaking God’s Law. It’s a time to turn to Him, and trust that He will provide. God will provide just as He did for Christ. That is the God in whom we are to believe and trust. Not the rationalists of our day.

The Lord’s Supper

I love the Lord’s Supper when it comes to worship. This wonderful sacrament was given to us by our Lord so that we may feast upon Him, spiritually by faith, and be fed in our souls. Yet, the sad reality is that most Christians fail to use this wonderful means of growth in worship. They relegate the supper to a quarterly ritual and never truly see the benefit of the table. I think this is really sad.

John Calvin wrote on the Supper extensively, and felt that it should be observed weekly, as do I. The following is from a paper that I’m working on in order to lead my church in the direction of observing weekly communion.

John Calvin writes that this union with Christ is a mystery and by it’s nature is incomprehensible. Through communion, God “shows its figure and image in visible signs best adapted to our small capacity.” In other words, this is a sign that we can comprehend even though we do not comprehend the union that is taking place.

The Great Theologian goes on to write, “We now understand the purpose of this mystical blessing, namely, to confirm for us the fact that the Lord’s body was once for all so sacrificed for us that we may now feed upon it, and by feeding feel in ourselves the working of that unique sacrifice; and that his blood was once so shed for us in order to be our perpetual drink.”[1]

Therefore when we partake of His body and blood, which He bids us to do, we can conclude that the power of His life-giving death will be efficacious in us.[2] Or in other words, the effects of His sacrifice are able to produce the desired effects in us. This is spiritual growth for the believer.

The best picture of this is from John 6:22-71. This passage shows us exactly what is taking place in the communion when we partake of Christ’s blood and body. We are in communion with Him and He is sustaining us with spiritual food. He gives His life for His sheep. What better way to represent that, in His provision for spiritual life by giving us His spiritual body.

This passage in John 6 shows that it is a spiritual feast for verse 63 points that the event is something spiritual: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Jesus is saying that all that He is saying is of a spiritual nature, not a physical one.

We now understand the purpose of this mystical blessing, namely, to confirm for us the fact that the Lord’s body was once for all so sacrificed for us that we may now feed upon it, and by feeding feel in ourselves the working of that unique sacrifice; and that his blood was once so shed for us in order to be our perpetual drink.

In view of John 6, Calvin writes, “Once for all, therefore, he gave his body to be made bread when he yielded himself to be crucified for the redemption of the world; daily he gives it when by the word of the gospel he offers it for us to partake, inasmuch as it was crucified, when he seals such giving of himself by the sacred mystery of the Supper, and when he inwardly fulfills what he outwardly designates.”[3]

What is eating and drinking of Christ doing? It is looking to Him for our sustenance as opposed to other means for our spiritual growth. Just as wine and bread sustain our physical bodies, so does partaking of communion sustain our spiritual lives.

You thoughts?


[1] Ibid.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Institutes, IV, XVII, 5.

Blogroll Update & Backlog

Updating the Blog Roll
Just a short blog today since I’m feeling under the weather… I wanted to add a few sites to my blog roll, listed under Important Web Sites on the right. I’m very reluctant to put anything there that I don’t feel is worthy to have or to refer you to. So I am constantly updating it and blogs that I feel have grown stale, I tend to pull them off the blog roll. That is just a consequence of being in the blogosphere. If you are not writing anything that interests me, then why would I refer those who come here to it? Nope, not going to do it just so that I have a very long blog roll. Nobody had that kind of time, except people serving time in the state prison. If you are in a state-run prison, please, make a good use of our tax dollars, get an education, repent and believe in Jesus Christ, and when you get out, try to get an honest job for a change.

In view of that, I have been watching three blogs that I want to add to the blog roll with interest. All three seem to be tested blogs, in that they have been around for a while. That is another criteria that I think I will use before adding a blog to the blog roll, how long has it been around? This will keep the drive-by bloggers from getting into the roll and then driving off into the sunset.

The first blog is 4Simpsons Blog. It’s run by Neil and he writes from a Christian perspective on things that are important Christians. For instance, he has written a very good piece on what Jesus though of the Old Testament. Yesterday, he wrote on the idea of true peace. He does a lot of work on apologetics, or the defense of the faith, and he argues using sound logic. In other words, if you start using ad hominen attacks, he will spot it quickly and destroy your argument. I classify his site as a category 5 blog site (think category 5 hurricane. It has that much impact… only in a positive way). Neil has been blogging since June 2006 and has proven himself to be a veteran blogger.

The next site is TotalTransformation, run by John. His site does deal with things about Christianity, but is more focused on over all health, mind, body and soul. He writes about losing weight, and excercise and Homeland Security… like he did today. The interesting thing about John is that when it comes to weight loss, he has actually lost weight. Plus, he likes to stop by my site and comment from time to time, and that is always a plus. John has been blogging since February 2007, so his blog is the newbie on the block.

The third site that I’m adding is by a fellow DTS graduate Gunny Hartman, called Semper Reformanda (which I think means always reforming). I didn’t know Gunny when I was there, but I think we were both there at the same time. The interesting thing about Gunny is that he has become Reformed Baptist in his convictions, which is always a blessing for those coming out of DTS. I don’t know his blog as well as Niel’s, but I like what I have seen so far. His blog is theological, Christological, and well, family oriented as well. For instance, today is his anniversary, 14 years of marriage. So you might stop by and wish he and his lovely bride a happy anniversary.

Welcome Neil, John and Gunny.

Backlog
Last week, I wrote on the emergent church and on the demotivators posters. I had some left over in my file and thought I would share them with you. Enjoy.

Virtual Pastor is Too Much!

WARNING: Pastor Timothy Has His Dander Up, a Burr under his saddle, etc… This story is too much for Him to handle without a good dose of sarcasm and cynicism!

According to Larknews.com, there is a service out of the United Kingdom that provides churches with a virtual pastor.

Here is part of the story:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Don Lawrence preaches three times a week to an appreciative congregation at Life Baptist church. His sermon tapes often sell out, and this year he is leading the people through a study of Matthew’s gospel.


But Lawrence is not a real person. He is a virtual, on-screen pastor whose sermon topics, personality, even mannerisms are chosen collectively by his congregation.


“We’ve never been happier,” says head elder Louie Francesca. “We finally got the pastor we all want.”

Virtual Pastor, a UK company, began pioneering the “virtual pastor model” in 2005, and has created a dozen lifelike, on-screen avatars which preach, joke and give personal anecdotes as if they were real people. All their sermons and personal stories are scavenged from the Internet.

When a church subscribes to Virtual Pastor, each person in a congregation helps “shape” their pastor by entering likes and dislikes into a response box during services. This live feedback is fed into the company’s servers and helps to change the pastor’s sermon topics, hair style and more in following weeks. The result is a pastor perfectly tailored to the will of the congregation.

First off, this guy is not a pastor, no matter how deep and biblical his sermons may be. A pastor has to be a man, speaking and being led by the Holy Spirit. A virtual pastor does not have a soul, is not redeemable and cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit. To preach a real sermon, the pastor has to wrestle with the text while the Holy Spirit is working on him throughout the week. I doubt the Holy Spirit is concerned about this virtual bozo at all. This is wrong on so many levels. The guy does not know his congregation, so how can he preach to them, how can he lead them, how can he truly minister to them and be the spiritual leader that Jesus calls him to be? What am I doing, why am I referring to this pastor as… a pastor or a he. It’s a program. Jesus never said: “Hey IBM, feed my sheep.” This is so far outside the pale of Christianity that I cannot put it into words. I cannot capture how many ways this is just wrong and how it goes against so much of what Scripture is saying the church is to be.

Jesus did not die on the cross for a program. He died on the cross for His church, and gives the church the gift of pastors and teachers for the edification of the church (Ephesians 4). A program cannot do that. It has no way of identifying with the flock, as the pastor is to do. And even if the programmer is a Christian, he cannot do that either. The pastor has to be with the sheep. The very nature of the title shows us that. Pastors are to be among the flock, with them, leading them and pointing them Christ. A program cannot do that.

The sad thing is that this will probably catch on in many churches. No more having to worry about the pastor running off with the secretary. No more having to worry about paying the pastor, or giving him a vacation, or having to fire him. He is always right where you want him, in the computer. No more worries about being confronted by real sin. Just program him to give nice, easy messages, that do not offend or challenge on any level. No messages about the need for repentance, or true faith in Christ. All that is far too convicting. All we need is sweet messages to make us feel good about ourselves, as we travel this road together to the eternal destination of hell.

In fact, since these people are looking for a virtual pastor, why not just go one step further up the line, and have a virtual congregation that does all the virtual worship, gets virtually saved, and goes on to virtual eternal life for you. That way, you don’t have to bother with it at all. Then, when it comes to judgment day, you can tell God, “Look God, you have to let me in, I’m virtually saved and did all that virtual worship of you while on earth…” “Depart from me you workers of iniquity.”

OK, back to wrestling with the sermon for my flock. And thanks to Lance up in Louisville who sent me the above link via email.

Two Three Year Olds!

Timmy Jimmy at 3!

Another picture of me in my youth. I’m doing this so I have another picture to use in my avatar… hopefully, no one will mind the change. But, I like change from time to time. I toyed with the idea of changing the name of my blog a month or so ago, and voters overwhelmingly disapproved (I guess you could say that I’m poll driven).

I think I’m about three years old in this picture. I actually have two of them, this is the close up. The clothing seems to indicate that I’m fairly young. If I was three, that means that it’s about 1964… the year the Beatles came to America, the year before Winston Churchill died, the year after JFK was shot and killed in Dallas, TX, by the henchmen of LBJ, the Cuban Mafia and the Ladies Garden Club of Henrietta, OK… (I have no evidence of that, but if you are going to start a conspiracy, since when do you ever need evidence?). Man has yet to walk on the moon. There are no home computers, calculators, DVDs, or VCRs. Luxury automobiles means they have air conditioners and an AM radio. Gas was probably about 15 cents a gallon, and it was still OK for children to play cowboys and Indians.

My mother cut my hair, which you can tell was fairly simple to do. I once had her cut it in a Mohawk when I was in kindergarten, but she wouldn’t let me wear it that way to school, only out to play for a few hours. I guess, you could say I was trend setter for those freaks of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, who still haven’t figured out that wearing your hair in a Mohawk, while trendy for a 5 year old, is really stupid looking for anyone else.

We lived in a three-bedroom, one-story house on Richmond Avenue, before it became a main road in Houston. The house probably had about 1500 square feet, and we thought it was great. We had a fenced in backyard, along with a Jungle Gym, and an 10 foot wooden boat that my dad got for $1. It had a hole in it, and would no longer float. But you couldn’t tell us that. We sailed every sea known to man in our backyard, playing pirates and all sorts of other games. We even stuffed a rag in the hole, and filled it up with water to make it a kiddie pool.

Of course, today, Jungle Gyms no longer exist for safety reason. But we had a blast on ours. If we were not climbing through it like monkeys, then we would take blankets and drape it over the thing to turn it into a club house. With some old fence boards, we even had different levels of a club house.

Then there was Joey, our full-blooded collie. He made the backyard even more fun, never mind the land minds he placed every where. He was a great dog. Life, even in the early 1960s, was much more simple than it is today. I think it was more fun too.

Why We Do What We Do– Psalm 23 — By a 3 year old
I love the Veggie Tales because every video shows a quick shot of a little girl or boy??, walking and the caption reads, “Why We Do What We Do.” The following video is a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do on many days. It’s for the children. This little girl is reciting Psalm 23. Enjoy. (BTW, if this doesn’t bring joy to your heart, you have the heart of a rabies infested viper.)

BTW, it is wonderful to see that her parents know what is best. Even at her age, she knows at least “of” the Shepherd.

Emergent Church

Here is another installment of the commercial out of Community Christian Church in Naperville, Il. Remember, these are the commercials that make fun of the so called traditional church goer, while advertising something new and refreshing. Many of us would agree, that what the man on the left represents is in need of a deeper understanding on what it means to be a Christian. But, I would have to say that the man on the right is not the way to go. Their view of Christianity, is to throw off all the past of what has taken place and start all over again. For them, this is the only way to be a true Christian.Never mind the fact that to be a true believer is to be part of the body of Christ, a body that includes all those Christians who have gone on before us. So to throw off the past, as so many are want to do in our culture, goes against the very Body of Christ. We sit in judgment of the past way too easily in our culture. We find their one or two obvious flaws and then write them off as wicked and most heinous, therefore, there is nothing to learn from the elders of our past.

Of course, this is nothing new to Christianity. Every age has struggled with those who felt any ties with the universal church were to be broken and cast off. Hopefully we do not make the same mistake…

But in view of the above video, I would also like to include the following posters which I found via Neil’s excellent blog 4Simpsons Blog, and the rest of the posters can bee seen at the following site: Pyromania.

The best thing about these posters is that they seem to capture the underlying problem with many in the emergent church movement. It’s based on pride, arrogance, and a complete lack of humility. They refuse to humble themselves to those who are true elders in the church. The guy and the statement below him seems to capture the attitude of the guy on the right to a “T.”

Even if Righty, in the above video, is correct about Lefty, his entire attitude towards Lefty is all wrong. There is no humility of knowing that when we do know spiritual truth, it is all by God’s grace. If Righty was to display any level of true humility, he would be more concerned with Lefty’s lack of spiritual maturity, than he would of making fun of him. Instead of throwing the verbal jab, why not take the moment as an opportunity to help him understand more about what it means to be a true Christian, or Christ follower as Righty claims. Would Jesus have treated Lefty that way? I don’t think so. I think he would have had some compassion for him and tried to help him understand that all those books are not what makes us spiritual or mature. They may help, but we must truly rely on Christ’s Spirit to bring about maturity.

The sad problem is that in the emergent church movement, there are very few with any real spiritual maturity around, since they pridefully distance themselves from the older generation of believers.

Bad Theology

The Bad Theology of the Simpsons
One of my favorite television shows is the… well, er, the Simpsons. Why? You ask… because they make fun of everyone equally, and we need a bit more humor when taking a look at ourselves. There are far too many who cannot laugh at themselves, that take themselves way to seriously, and live to be offended. The Simpsons seems to be able to break down that barrier.

And I find it most funny when they make fun of Christians. I can’t help but laugh. By the way they portray Christians, you also get a view into how the rest of our culture views Christians. This can be helpful when dealing with those who have not been raised in the body of Christ. Watching Rev. Lovejoy, and Ned Flanders is priceless. I hope you can see the humor in it as well.

Granted, their theology is horrible. But again, you are seeing the way our culture views God, heaven, belief, etc. Watch the video below…

My question for you: how is the above clip bad theology? Remember, that most jokes about heaven have terrible theology. Most of them start out sort of like this: “there were three blonds killed in a car wreck and were standing at the Pearly gates, when Peter came out to ask them one question…”

Fill the Earth!

A family that takes God’s command to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth seriously! Far too many of us have given in to the unbiblical idea that the earth is already too full. This is propagated by atheistic humanists that think the earth cannot support any more people. Of course, the Bible calls the atheist a fool, so why do we listen to them? (Psalm 14:1).

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas couple had a baby daughter Thursday — their 17th child and seventh girl — and the pair say they’re still not ready to give it a rest.

Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 a.m. at a hospital in Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in an interview.

“We’d love to have more,” Michelle said, referring to baby girls. “We love the ruffles and lace.”

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 7,000-square-foot home in Tontitown. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are taught at home.

The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old.

“We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him,” said Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative. “We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well.”

Jennifer joins siblings: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.

Inspiration

Inspiration
I found the link to this site over at Dee’s, Conservatism with Heart. I find these extremely funny, which means that there is a bit of truth in all of them. For something to be funny, there has to be an element of truth in it.

This one says: Mistakes: It Could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.”

Think: Judas Iscariot. He made mistakes in his view of the Messiah and it cost him dearly. Don’t become a mistake. Check out the site here.

But the funniest aspect of these posters is what the founder and COO wrote about these posters in selling them. E.L. Kersten, PhD., wrote the following:

MOTIVATION. Psychology tells us that motivation- true, lasting motivation- can only come from within. Common sense tells us it can’t be manufactured or productized. So how is it that a multi-billion dollar industry thrives through the sale of motivational commodities and services? Because, in our world of instant gratification, people desperately want to believe that there are simple solutions to complex problems. And when desperation has disposable income, market opportunities abound


AT DESPAIR, INC., we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes only to dash them. That’s why we created our soul-crushingly depressing Demotivators® designs, so you can skip the delusions that motivational products induce and head straight for the disappointments that follow!

This is so true. I think what bothers me the most is when Christians take the “motivational approach” and apply it to Christianity, i.e. see Rick Warren, and that Crystal Cathedral fellow. Life is full of trials and tribulation, and those in these circles think we can just think our way into happiness. We cannot. We can find true joy in every situation, as long as that joy is found in Christ. But we cannot find happiness in every situation. Happiness and joy are not the same thing. Happiness truly results from our situation. Joy results from the hope we have in Christ to bring us through our situation. That doesn’t mean He removes us from them, but we find confidence in Him that He is with us in those situations.

So many inspirational posters are like the end of the Monty Python movie, The Life of Brian, where Brian is hanging on a cross with a bunch of other criminals, and they start signing, “Always look on the bright side of life…” It’s silly because there is no bright side to being crucified. If you think so, just try it sometime.

Conservatism with Heart — aka Chatterbox Chronicles
BTW, Dee has spoken! While she was sympathetic to my poll to bring back the name of her blog to Chatterbox Chronicles, she is not going to be swayed by the polls. This shows a conviction to stick to her principles, which is what we need in politics these day. She wrote the following:

As for the name change I do realize a lot of my older readers are having a hard time with the switch but I had to make it now rather than later.

First of all, the radio show really wanted me to let go of the Chatterbox association. I refused to give up Little Miss Chatterbox since my blog has too many ties to that but I do want to progressively be known more by my real name as I try to develop more of a future in politics and radio. So sorry, the name of the blog is here to stay, at least for now.

All this to say, that there seems to be more ambition on the part of Dee than just the blog. For most of us, the blog is our ambition! Wait, there has to be a Demotivator on that!

I also responded to Dee by saying:

Heavy sigh! I can’t believe you are ignoring this wonderful advice from your fan base. The voting here shows that 100 percent of the people are in favor of you going back to Chatterbox Chronicles. But then again, had there been any votes to keep the name change, we would have kept polls open until we got the desired results.

It’s sort of a DNC run poll… keep the polls open until you get the desired results… (See Mike’s America here.)

But I do understand. It’s just something that I thought about yesterday and thought it was funny.

BTW, while I agree that Conservatism with Heart, to me, seems redundant, the opposite is not true of Liberals. For them, the opposite would be “Liberal with a Mind.” Which of course, we know not to be true.

I do thank Dee for humoring me on the name change. When you think about it, it’s quite bold of me to question her on HER blog! So far, no one has suggested a name change for mind, and I would be reluctant to know what they would suggest.