Archive for December 19th, 2005

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Monday, December 19th, 2005

On the Seventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Seven Swans A-swimming,
Six Geese A-Laying,
Five Gold Rings,
Four Calling Birds,
Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves,
and A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The Little Children and Jesus

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Mark 10:13-16 New International Version (NIV)

The Little Children and Jesus

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Border Patrol fears conflict with Mexican military

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Here is more on the out of control boarder to our south. This article confirms what many of us have thought for some time.

Border Patrol agents stationed along the nation’s southwestern frontier increasingly are fearful of encountering armed and potentially hostile military units from Mexico.
Also, agents say, officers are hamstrung in their response, citing concerns the U.S. government is often too deferential to Mexican authorities.
“It’s like we’re having a battle on the border that no one speaks of,” one agent told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspaper in Ontario, Calif.
“The Border Patrol lives in constant fear of pleasing the consulate general of Mexico,” the agent continued. “It’s one of the things that’s most mystifying to line agents” because the U.S. is one of the most powerful countries in the world but appears to be more interested in accommodating Mexico City, the agent said.
Indeed, the confrontations have become so routine the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued written orders that agents carry with them regarding “what to do” if confronted by Mexican military units, many of which are in the employ of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.
According to the “Military Incursion” cards, “Mexican military are trained to escape, evade and counter-ambush if it will affect their escape.” Therefore, the card says, Border Patrol agents should follow recommended procedures in case they encounter armed Mexican military units.
The paper said the cards also instruct agents to hide from Mexican military operating in their areas. Rather than engage in contact, agents are ordered to “Avoid it.”
One Arizona agent described the units to the paper, saying they “are active Mexican military that have sold out to the cartels.”
“We talk about cooperation with the Mexican government,” the agent continued, “but most of them seem to be on the take. The [Bush] administration, the DHS, they are very hushed about this.”

There are just so many good reasons to close our boards, build fences and arm them well.
Read the rest of the article here.

God’s Message to Ariel Sharon??

Monday, December 19th, 2005

First we get this headline:
“Sharon to divide Jerusalem?
Top minister refuses to comment on relinquishing parts of holy city.”

Then, a few days later, we get this headline:
“Ariel Sharon hospitalized
Israeli prime minister suffers mild stroke.”

Is God trying to tell him something?

Of course, news like this has to followed by this headline:
“Palestinians celebrating Sharon’s hospitalization
‘I am handing out candy and praying for his death.’ “

The Jerusalem Post is reporting:
“Doctors: PM will suffer no residual effects from stroke.”

Season’s Greetings??

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Hey, you can say it if you want.
I’m sticking with “Merry Christmas”!!

Christians strip to build a new Eden

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Do “Christians” who do these sort of things even know there is a book called the Bible?

From The Times:
IN THE beginning was the word of God and God never said anything about brassieres or boxer shorts. Thus was born Natura, America’s first Christian nudist camp.
After two years of biblical debate over Adam and Eve and their fig leaves and whether or not nudity is sinful, a 67-year-old Quaker grandfather is preparing to open a modern-day Garden of Eden 40 miles north of Tampa, Florida.
Bill Martin’s ambitious plan for a 200-acre Christian- oriented Family Naturist Village has survived legal challenges, doctrinal disputes and a plague of internet prudes. Land is now being cleared for the opening next year of what may become the world’s only Christian community to feature nude volleyball.
Despite howls of complaint from fundamentalists who have likened Martin to the Antichrist — and described his nudist plans as “graphic evidence of America’s moral collapse” — Natura intends to build 50 houses around a non-denominational church where clothing for services will be optional.

Oh my gosh!!! I cannot believe just how far people are willing to go in order to attend to their own perverse nature. The Bible (y’all remember it don’t ya? You know, God’s perfect Word to His creation) is very specific about this sort of thing. Check this out…
(all emphasis are mine -ed.)

Genesis 3:1-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Fall of Man
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Here’s some more.

Genesis 9:20-27 New International Version (NIV)
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father’s nakedness.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.”

Pretty strong words, huh? Read on…

Exodus 20:25-27 New International Version (NIV)
25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.

God didn’t even want his people walking up steps to the altar, even fully clothed, because their nakedness would be exposed to God as they went up. How much clearer can it be?
No matter how “Indifferent” people believe they are to nakedness and sex, it will detract from the message of the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:8-10 New International Version (NIV)
8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
9 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Read the rest of the article here. As you read it, also take note of the condescending tone The Times lends to the article.