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A Promise Made, A Promise Kept

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Genesis 22:15-18 (New International Version)

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 6:13-20 (New International Version)

When God makes a promise, He always follows through with it.
In Genesis we find God making a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of nations.
In Hebrews, we find that God’s promise of salvation from sin is complete in Jesus Christ. His promise to us is akin to the promise made to Abraham.
Jesus has become to us like the high priest Melchizedek was to the Jews of biblical times.
As the “high priest”, Jesus performed the sacrifice for our sins, once and for all, on the cross. The final, complete conclusion before God, washing away our sins with His blood.
Belief and acceptance of Jesus as the Savior is all that is required for us to be clean of our sins before God. Repentance, acceptance and trust in God’s promise to His creation, is all He ask.
God made a promise and kept His promise, manifested in the persona of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Abortion war puts South Dakota at ‘ground zero’

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

OK South Dakota Christians, now is your chance to make a difference. The law concerning abortions in South Dakota is fair. It still allows for abortions in case of emergency, when the mother’s life is in danger. It only outlaws abortion as birth control.
Make a difference in your state and vote to affirm your state Legislature’s ban on abortion on demand.

Pro-abortion (Infanticide -ed.) forces are converging on the bucolic state of South Dakota in unprecedented waves because they know that when voters go to the polls on Nov. 7, their future will be at stake, organizers on both sides of the critical life battle say.

“The next few decades in America are going to be shaped by what happens in South Dakota,” David Bereit, a spokesman for the American Life League, told WND this week. “They (pro-abortion forces) know what’s at stake, this is their ground zero. They realize this is going to be the fight that shapes what happens next.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think as many Christians have recognized that yet.”

He was talking about the election in which voters will decide whether to affirm or reject their state Legislature’s ban on abortion. Approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last winter, it immediately was challenged by Planned Parenthood, the abortion industry’s largest operator nationwide with $272 million in income from taxpayers this year and the sole provider of abortions in the state.

South Dakota Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth, a prominent abortion supporter, told others during a strategy-planning telephone conference call with Planned Parenthood and others recently that it is important for the pro-abortion movement to win in South Dakota.

Herseth, a Democrat picked by the same voters who just a few years ago threw Senate Majority Leader Tom Dashle, another Democrat, out of office, said the new law just “forces one narrow set of opinions on others,” and she fears that “red states” like South Dakota would not continue to allow abortions when Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down state abortion limits, is overturned.

Bereit said the battle’s importance is obvious. Planned Parenthood on a recent weekend held 220 fundraisers around the nation just for money to be poured into its campaign in South Dakota.

He said the pro-abortion forces are planning an $8 million flood of campaign ads to try to convince residents to reject the ban.

South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families, the group seeking to destroy the ban on abortions, has a TV ad calling for people to “honor and protect human life, reduce the number of abortions.” (notice the duplicity. -ed) But it also says the ban “just goes too far.”

“This really is a David and Goliath story,” Bereit, a motivational speaker, told WND. “There are 775,000 people in South Dakota and they are standing up against the Goliath of the abortion industry.”

“This is the first complete abortion ban passed in America since Roe vs. Wade,” said Bereit. “This is exactly what pro-lifers have been working for for 33 years plus.”

Lawmakers in the plains state did their homework before approving the law, researching and attaching to the legislation a 72-page report with interviews from dozens of life experts, documentation of medical technology, the effects of abortion on America and vast resources of other information.

That means if the ban would end up in a court challenge, that information would be entered into the court record, since it was attached to the original legislation.

The longterm goal goes way beyond overturning Roe vs. Wade, Bereit said, because that would simply lift federal restrictions on abortion limits, and turn that responsibility back to the states.

Those states, he said, already are watching.

“We are aware of at least a dozen states waiting to see the outcome of the Nov. 7 election. If this law is upheld, (activists in those states) are prepared to launch similar abortion bans,” Bereit said.

“South Dakota is a state with a small population but they’ve set the stage, they’ve raised the bar, set the gold standard for anti-abortion legislation,” he added.

“There’s a tremendous amount at stake in the vote in South Dakota.”

No longer are people willing to wait for someone else – whether it be Congress or the courts – the determine the status of abortion.

There already are people on the ground in South Dakota reviewing its actions and advances, determining what to use in their own states, he said.

Even with the $8 million poured into the campaign by Planned Parenthood and its interests – against the $85,000 donations reported by those supporting the abortion ban – the issue still is a statistical tie in recent polls.

“We are calling on people to pray, go out and volunteer, and raise money to send to South Dakota,” said Bereit, who recently returned from meetings in both Washington and Oregon where not only was support raised for pro-life South Dakotans but there also was interest generated in duplicate efforts.

Alan Keyes, a former Reagan administration official and 2000 Republican presidential candidate, has weighed in on the side of affirming the ban, noting that the original decision that created a federal “right” to abortion itself notes the possibility of its own downfall.

That 1973 opinion by Justice Harry Blackmun said the core of the original argument was whether a baby unborn is a “person” or not. If such a designation is achieved, Blackmun noted, the “right” to abortion collapses because “the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.”

What Blackmun failed to acknowledge, Keyes writes, is that the U.S. Constitution specifically notes that the final and ultimate objective of the people in establishing the Constitution is “to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

“The word ‘posterity’ in both general and legal parlance, includes reference to those who will come after us, those who have not yet been conceived, much less born,” Keyes noted.

“This means that in its very statement of purpose, the Constitution acknowledges the standard of God’s will, and requires an interpretation that prefers, in our use of liberty, results that secure His favor,” he wrote.

“The governor and Legislature of South Dakota have acted courageously on this obligation. Even if the courts decide against them, we the people should remember that the final judgment is our responsibility,” he said.

“The Founding Fathers would be enraged to learn that the Constitution they wrote has been twisted to disgracefully assert that it guarantees a right to kill innocent unborn children at will,” added Congressman Trent Franks.

“Our true heritage as Americans is breathtaking in its simplicity. We are not born equal. We do not become equal when we reach a certain stage of development or age or status. All human beings are created equal,” he said.

Bob Ellis, editor of the Dakota Voice, said the fight was simple: it’s over retroactive birth control.

“In an October 10 piece in the Washington Times entitled ‘Giving Up Too Much on Choice,’ Ruth Marcus has provided one of those rare moments of candor from the Left. After she goes on a while about how ‘chilling’ and extreme the ban is, she then cuts to the chase:” Ellis wrote.

“‘Why does this matter? Because contraceptives fail – and not only in ways that can be remedied by resorting to emergency contraception.’ That’s what it’s really about: retroactive birth control,” Ellis said.

“Pro-life folks draw the line at killing another human being to achieve their goals of a bigger home, more income, a college degree, a career. Pro-life folks believe that the right to simply LIVE trumps the right to all the nice things another’s life might interfere with. More money we can live without; more education we can live without; a bigger home or a new boat we can live with; LIFE … we can’t live without.”

The VoteYesForLife.com website supporting the abortion ban is simply presenting the stories of real people with real situations.

One is Kayla, who had an abortion several years ago. She recalls the procedure being over. “I lifted my head up and watched as the doctor took a silver metal basin, looked down into it, and sloshed around the remains of my child. ‘What did she see?’ I wondered. ‘Did she see my child there?’ … I wanted to scream, but my mouth couldn’t move. I wanted to cry, but my tears would not flow… yet. I wanted to go back – reverse everything I had just done. But I couldn’t go back.”

All emphasis mine. -ed.

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Dow Jones Industrials Surge Over 12,000 for First Time

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Poor Democrates. Y’all are going to have really dig to have something to defeat Republicans with in November.

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average swept past 12,000 for the first time Wednesday, extending its march into record territory as investors signaled their growing optimism about corporate earnings and the economy.

The index of 30 big-name stocks surpassed 12,000 just after trading began, having already set closing records seven times over the past two weeks. It took the Dow 7 1/2 years to make the trip from 11,000, having been pummeled during that time by the dot-com bust, recession and the aftermath of the 2001 terror attacks.

That slow trek was a striking contrast with the Dow’s sprint from 10,000 to 11,000 in just 24 trading days in the spring of 1999, during the heady days of the Internet boom.

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Planned Parenthood Anniversary Called Nothing to Celebrate

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Let me relate this again. The other day the phone rang (it tends to do that) and it was a man conducting a survey. Here is the gist of the conversation.

Surveyor: “I’m calling from Planned Parenthood. Where you aware that in Texas, funding for Planned Parenthood could be cut?”

Steve: “Anything that puts another nail in the coffin of Planned Parenthood is good with me.”

Surveyor: “Thank you for your opinion.”

–Click–

(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, marked its 90th anniversary Monday, but a pro-life group wondered why anyone would want to “celebrate” a group that has killed millions of babies through abortion.

“Over the past 90 years Planned Parenthood has managed to kill millions of pre-born children through abortion, push dangerous contraceptives on women and teens and saturate our culture with sexual promiscuity,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, in a press release.

“This begs the question of why anyone would ever ‘celebrate’ this organization’s existence,” Sedlak added.

From its inception in 1916, Planned Parenthood grew into the largest abortion chain in the nation, “using millions of dollars from American taxpayers to underwrite its aggressive promotion of abortion and sexual immorality,” the ALL said.

“Despite how they attempt to spin their image, Planned Parenthood hardly represents the status quo in America,” said Sedlak.

“This is an organization that, over the years, has bragged about the murder of babies with the offensive ‘I had an abortion’ t-shirt, mocked Christians with blasphemous ‘Choice on Earth’ holiday cards and targeted young people with an offensive line of condom-holder key chains,” Sedlak added.

Even worse, Sedlak said, Planned Parenthood does all these things “on the American taxpayer’s dime.” The abortion provider netted $272 million in federal, state and local tax funding in the last fiscal year alone, which adds up to one third of their income, he noted.

“Planned Parenthood will not survive without our taxpayer dollars,” Sedlak said.

(emphasis mine. -ed)

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Removal of Cross From Los Angeles County Seal Prompts Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

It looks like the shoe may be on the other foot for Los Angeles County. Back in 2004, the ACLU threatened to sue if the county supervisors didn’t remove a tiny cross from the county seal. The supervisors cratered and removed the cross.
Now they are being sued because they removed it, in direct violation of the First Amendment.

(CNSNews.com) – The decision by Los Angeles County officials to remove the small cross from the county’s official seal has triggered a lawsuit. It was filed Tuesday by the Thomas More Law Center in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The decision to remove the cross from the seal was made in June of 2004 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the L.A. County supervisors because of their use of a Christian symbol.

“If you look at the seal itself, you will see a lot of different symbols displaying the history of L.A. County,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel for the Thomas More Law Center.

“Whether it’s the movie industry, the space industry, the oil industry, the agriculture industry; all of those industries had various symbols in that seal, which displayed some historical connection with the County of L.A.,” Thompson said. “As did the cross. The cross was displaying the history of the missions that came through L.A. It was not in any way meant to coerce or force or establish some kind of county religion.”

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The lawsuit is based on the alleged violation of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government’s establishment of religion, but also protects the free exercise of religion.

“Our position is that, by removing the cross, they showed a disapproval of religion, including Christianity. That disapproval, that hostility towards Christianity, violates the Establishment Clause which has been interpreted that not only must government not promote religion, but it must also not be hostile toward religion,” stated Thompson.

“Targeting that small cross, we believe, is hostility towards religion and therefore, the decision of the board of supervisors is unconstitutional and should be rescinded, and the cross should be placed back on the county seal,” Thompson added.

“It’s a 50-year-old seal, mind you, and they hadn’t had a problem with it for 50 years. Then, all of a sudden, they did,” said Bell.

“What are we going to have next? Are they going to ask that Los Angeles change its name? Or San Francisco change its name or Corpus Christi change its name because it has religious significance? I think it’s time for there to be some sense in the way the Establishment Clause is read, not only by the ACLU, but by court officials.” Thompson concluded.

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See my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?

Moses Gets Creative with the Red Sea

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Moses Gets Creative with the Red Sea


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“Thy Word IS Truth” by Jack Kinsella

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

As we progress through what can only be understood as the West’s post-Christian era, it becomes increasingly hard to accept the clear teaching of Scripture on faith. The Scriptures tell us that salvation is a gift of grace through faith, so if there are parts of the Bible that may not be true, then how can anyone be sure that the parts dealing with salvation are not reliable?

Put another way, how many errors does a book have to make before it is unreliable? In the case of the Bible, one would have to answer, ‘only one.’

That is a pretty high standard to maintain, but it is the standard the Bible sets for itself.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)

Similarly, the Bible imposes a demand of 100% accuracy, 100% of the time, on any who presume to prophesy in the Name of the Lord.

“When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.’ (Deuteronomy 18:22)

This particular verse gets allegorized and spiritualized away whenever some TV evangelist offers a ‘word from the Lord’ on TBN that is later disproved. But the standard has not been dumbed down since it was given by God Himself to Moses.

It is often said by skeptics that to be a Christian, one has to leave his brains at the door of the church before going in. The implication is, of course, that nobody with any intelligence would believe in God or believe the Bible is His inspired work.

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One of history’s greatest scientists was Nicholas Copernicus…
Copernicus believed in God, and often cited God in his works.

Sir Francis Bacon was a philosopher who is known for establishing the scientific method of inquiry based on experimentation and inductive reasoning…
Bacon established his goals as being the discovery of truth, service to his country, and service to the church.

Galileo, who was persecuted by the Catholic Church for his theories that the solar system was centered on the sun, expressly argued that the Bible cannot be in error, arguing instead that his theory was simply an alternate (and ultimately proved correct) interpretation of Biblical texts.

Rene Descartes was a mathematician, scientist and philosopher who has been called the father of modern philosophy…
However, Descartes conclusions actually established the near certainty of the existence of God – for only if God both exists and would not want us to be deceived by our experiences – can we trust our senses and logical thought processes. God is, therefore, central to his whole philosophy.

Isaac Newton was an historical figure of undisputed genius and innovation. In all his science (including chemistry) he saw mathematics and numbers as central. What is less well known is that he was devoutly religious and saw numbers as involved in understanding God’s plan for history from the Bible. In his system of physics, God is essential to the nature and absoluteness of space.

Albert Einstein is another scientist often quoted by atheists as having proved the validity of atheism as a logical philosophy. There is no evidence that Einstein was a Christian, but there are his own words to disprove any argument that he believed in atheism.
[H]e once remarked to a young physicist: “I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details.”
A famous saying of his was “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

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If one single fact in Scripture were conclusively disprovable; historical, scientific, geographic, or even biological, then the Bible’s central claim of authority — that is, its Authorship — would crumble, together with the foundations upon which both Judaism and Christianity are built.

The philosopher, debater or scientist who accomplished such a feat would be the most famous who ever lived. Keeping in mind all the generations, in all the countries in all the centuries since the Bible was assembled, who was that single, brilliant individual?

Nobody has ever claimed the title.

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The Book of Job is believed to be the oldest book, chronologically speaking, written before Moses wrote the first five Books dealing with Creation and the Law.

Job lived sometime before Moses, somewhere in the Middle East. Yet Job records; “He stretches out the north over empty space; he hangs the earth on nothing (Job 26:7)

Who told Job that? Especially since it wasn’t until 1981 that astronomers discovered a huge, unexplained ‘hole’ in space in the direction of the northern hemisphere?

Before the time of Moses, Job explained the earth’s hydrological cycle, writing; “For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man.”(Job 36:27-28)

How did Job know?

The complex nature of how water is supported in clouds despite being heavier than air is clearly implied when God declared to Job “Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge.” (Job 37:16).

God asked Job; “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?” (Job 38:31). In the last century astrophysicists have discovered that the stars of Pleiades move in unison with each other, and are thus gravitationally bound.

What else did Job know?

“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” (Job 19:25-27)

Then, we have Isaiah’s profession that the earth is round, 2000 years before Columbus proved it. (“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth . . .” (Isaiah 40:22)

Einstein regarded the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics as the most immutable law of the physical universe. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that all systems degenerate from order to disorder.

Hebrews 1:10-11; “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment. . .” confirms the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics two thousand years before Einstein proved it.

To accept the theory of evolution, which is the foundation of the atheist argument that there is no God, one has to throw Einstein out the window and argue the exact opposite.

Who checked whose brains at the door?

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