Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dismemberment And Amputation

Dismemberment - the act of cutting, tearing, pulling, wrenching or otherwise removing, the limbs of a living thing. It has sometimes been practiced by despotic rulers as a form of capital punishment.  Sometimes it is as a result of a traumatic accident, or in connection with murder, suicide, or cannibalism.  As opposed to surgical amputation of the limbs, dismemberment is often fatal to all but the simplest of creatures. Wikipedia

Notice the difference between dismemberment and amputation.  Amputation is a precise surgical process of cutting something off that has become corrupted or diseased and can destroy the body if it is not removed.  Its purpose is to save the life of a body.

Dismemberment is a violent, torturous act of cutting off body parts.  It usually ends in death.

So why is it that so many church leaders today, neglect necessary amputation in the “Body of Christ” and, instead, cut and tear and pull the church apart, limb by limb to its detriment and possible death? 

Just Wondered!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks To God (Repost)

I am really getting fed up with the “political correctness” in our culture that has taken us way beyond just polite tolerance. We are now to the point that we fear that anything we say might offend someone. In recent years several major retailers have made official corporate decisions to not say “Merry Christmas.” Instead, I guess they are just going to wish everyone a “Happy Whatever!” And everywhere we look, we see that the names of our religious seasons have all been changed to things like Spring Break, Harvest Celebration and Winter festivals so that we don’t offend the 14% of our population who don’t want to hear any mention of God. And the increasing use of the term “T Day” is just about as ridiculous as removing the name of Christ from Christmas and replacing it with an X.

Because we are afraid to offend anyone, when we come to a holiday like “Thanksgiving Day,” we try to express our thankfulness in general without mentioning God in particular. That’s like the story I read about a child who wrote for a classroom assignment, "The pilgrims came here for freedom of ‘you know what.’ When they landed, they gave thanks to ‘you know who’ and because of them, we can worship each Sunday, ‘you know where’."

Regardless of what your children’s revisionist history books say, Thanksgiving Day is not a commemoration about the pilgrims giving thanks to the Indians for saving their lives. Nor is Thanksgiving Day a multi-cultural celebration about Indians; it’s not about pumpkins, corn or even turkey. In fact, it isn’t even about the pilgrims at all.

The first Thanksgiving Day occurred in 1621. The Pilgrims had just endured their first winter. It was a terrible winter in which scores of children and adults had starved to death. They were ready to give up and were about to return to England when another ship arrived with medical supplies, food and just enough hope to encourage them to remain in the midst of terrible adversity. In spite of all that, they still gave thanks to God.

Two years later William Bradford, the governor of the Plymouth Colony, said, “Inasmuch as the Father has given us an abundant harvest and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish; and He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship Him according to the dictates of our own conscience; I now proclaim that on Thursday, November 29, 1623, we will render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.”

Thankfulness is a characteristic that should be evident in the lives of God’s people regardless of our circumstances. One man, who learned to move beyond discouragement, went to work at age seven when his family was forced out of their home. When he was nine, his mother died. He lost his job when he was twenty. He wanted to go to law school, but he lacked the education. At age 26 his business partner died leaving him a debt that took years to repay. When he was 28, the woman he loved rejected his marriage proposal. On his third try he was elected to Congress, at age 37, but then failed to be re-elected. His son died at four years of age. When he was 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At age 47 he ran for the vice-presidency and lost. But at age 51, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.

In the midst of the Civil War, in 1863, Lincoln established our annual celebration of Thanksgiving with this proclamation:
“It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in the heavens.”

God has commanded that we be always thankful recognizing that He is the one who blesses us and provides for us even in times of adversity and great difficulty.

I have especially noticed, this year, how much general thanks giving we hear.  People say they are thankful for friends and family, health and wealth, and a myriad of other stuff.  And as important as it is to be thankful, it is more important to direct our thankfulness to the right source of our blessings.  Thanksgiving is about being thankful to God in all things and for all things.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Th. 5:18

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Believing The Lie

The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened to tourists a few years ago after being closed for over ten years, Apparently the tower had been slowly tipping for years and was in danger of falling over so work was required to reduce its incline by several degrees.

Now this will blow your mind. I read that there are actually some people who are absolutely convinced that the tower was not then and is not now leaning at all. They insist that there is some local optical phenomenon that makes it only appear to be leaning sort of like Knott’s Berry Farm’s mystery house.

As ridiculous as that might sound, there are millions of crazies out there who believe all kinds of nutty stuff. Here are just a few other examples that you might have heard:

“Pigs are really clean animals.”
“My child would never lie to me.”
“The holocaust didn’t really happen.”
“The U.S. government deliberately blew up the World Trade Center.”
“Men have never actually walked on the moon.”
“The world is flat.”

Some people will not be convinced by truth but will rather make deliberate choices to believe that which is unreasonable, unbelievable and untrue. In effect they say, “Don’t confuse me with the facts; I’ve already made up my mind.”

Another foolish lie that millions of people believe is that there is no God. Regardless of overwhelming, objective and demonstrable evidence, they deliberately suppress the truth because they would rather believe the lie.

“God’s wrath will come upon them. They are without excuse. Although they know God, they refuse to acknowledge Him. They claim to be wise but they are fools. They willingly exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worship and serve created things rather than the Creator.” Paraphrased from Romans 1:18-25

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Do All Babies Go To Heaven When They Die?

 One of the things that really freaks me out is how so many Christians invent, believe, and teach so many doctrines that simply have no scriptural authority.  And this is one of them.  Since the bible is silent (or at least unclear), we like to imagine that a kind, loving god would certainly act the way we think he should act.  But that is not the God of the bible.  

Nowhere in scripture can you find the concept of sinlessness before an "age of accountability" or any other free pass to heaven for any class of people including unborn babies who are aborted.

This question is divisive and explosive and lots of people get really angry about it.  But the Bible is clear; even babies are conceived in iniquity and born in sin. 

So, let God be God.  You're not.  Just believe Him when He speaks and trust Him when He is silent.

H.T. to The Contemporary Calvinist

Another Great Treasure From My Rhino Room

Ted Nugent; Rock Star, Big Game Hunter, NRA Spokesman, Second Amendment Advocate, and great American Hero.

This is one of my favorite rhinoceros collectibles from my office.  It is an authentic, autographed photo of Ted Nugent kneeling beside his awesome, big game trophy.  I am offering it for sale today on eBay.  So sad.  It's like a bad tooth; I've had it so long, I hate to get rid of it.

"Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak."  
 Ted Nugent

Twenty-Six Percent Is A Majority (The "My Toots Don't Stink" Syndrome)

I've been thinking about this for a long time.  I call it a minority equals a majority phenomenon.  I first noticed it in polls about public education.  It went something like this:

Most Americans (approx. 84%) believe that public schools are failing miserably in educating children.  But the weird thing is that approximately 84% of them believe that their own local school is a rare exception. Similarly, whether it is true or not, a majority of people believe that public school teachers are incompetent but their own child's teacher is excellent.   So the outcome is obvious.  The overwhelming majority of people will always vote to retain their corrupt school boards and will protect their unionized, incompetent teachers because theirs is good.  Everyone else's is bad.  In other words, "my toots don't stink."

But that is not the only place this phenomenon occurs.   The American people are outraged that congress has not passed a budget for OVER 1000 DAYS.  Furthermore, Congress' approval rating is at an all-time low of 13%.  That means 87% of Americans think they are corrupt and incompetent and need to be thrown out.   And figure this:  64% of Americans now favor a balanced budget amendment.  We need it, we want it, and congress lacks the discipline and the will to do what each of us must do every day; BUDGET OUR RESOURCES AND LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS.  And yet our representatives (those we have elected from our own districts and sent to DC to protect our interests) have thumbed their noses at us and said NO.  The 26% majority prevailed.  How does that happen?  It's the "my toot's don't stink" syndrome.  "My representative is GOOD.  Yours is BAD."  So we all keep reelecting the same incompetent, corrupt, self-serving career politicians who continue to shaft us at every opportunity and all we do is complain.

I see it all the time.  I live in the People's Republik of Kalifornia and every day I hear people complain about over-regulation, punitive taxation, and oppressive government.  And when I ask them, "How did you vote in the last election?" the majority always answer the same way;  they either didn't vote at all OR they voted for the same old, big government, fat cat, incumbent lefties because, "My Toots Don't Stink."

Elections have consequences.  When we vote wrong we get exactly what we deserve.  

The LEFT is God's judgement on stupid people.  NEXT TIME PAY ATTENTION AND VOTE RIGHT!