Archive for October 23rd, 2006

I AM

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

God said to Moses, “I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “
Exodus 3:14 (New International Version)

31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”
Matthew 22:31-32 (New International Version)

54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
John 8:54-58 (New International Version)

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:8 (New International Version)

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,”dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Revelation 1:12-18 (New International Version)

6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21:6 (New International Version)

The Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End, The First and the Last, who was once dead, but now is alive forever and ever, who holds the keys to death.

What an awesome declaration of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the great “I Am”.

Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Yet in John 3:16-17, all that is required to find the way to God through Jesus is laid out:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

If you do not know Jesus, give Him a chance to come into your heart and know Him. Read the Word (the Bible) about what He offers to you, freely and lovingly. Get to know Jesus.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:20 (New International Version)

The Roman Road to Salvation

“On Chuck Norris ‘mania’ sweeping the Net” by Chuck Norris

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Have you heard of the “Chuck Norris Facts”?

There are more than 50,000 jokes making their way around the Internet that purport to be “facts” all playing off my movie roles as a “tough guy” and my history as a martial arts champion. But they aren’t “jokes” to those who spread them – they’re “facts.”

Here are a few of my favorites:

* “When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”

* “Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.”

* “Outer space exists because it’s afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.”

These “facts” have become a phenomenon – a fad spread mainly by young people of high school and college age. It’s hard to explain why these things happen – how they take on a life of their own.

Naturally, over the past couple years as this wildfire has been raging, people have asked me, “What do you think of all this?”

My answer is always the same: Some are funny. Some are pretty far out. And, thankfully, most are just promoting harmless fun. (But be careful if you go searching for “Chuck Norris Facts” on the Internet, because some are just not appropriate for kids.)

Being more a student of the Wild West than the wild world of the Internet, I’m not quite sure what to make of the craze of “Chuck Norris Facts.” It’s quite surprising. I do know that boys will be boys, and I neither take offense nor take these things too seriously. I’m so grateful for my fans. Who knows, maybe these one liners will prompt some one to seek out the real facts about me and the beliefs that have shaped my life and my career.

While I have as much fun as anyone else reading and quoting them, let’s face it, most “Chuck Norris Facts” describe someone with supernatural, superhuman powers. They’re describing a superman character. And in the history of this planet, there has only been one real Superman. It’s not me.

Let me illustrate using a few of the claims being made about me in the various lists of “Chuck Norris Facts”:

Alleged Chuck Norris Fact: “Faster than a speeding bullet … more powerful than a locomotive … able to leap tall buildings in a single bound… yes, these are some of Chuck Norris’ warm-up exercises.”

I’ve got a bulletin for you, folks. I am no superman. I realize that now, but I didn’t always. As six-time world karate champion and then a movie star, I put too much trust in who I was, what I could do and what I acquired. I forgot how much I needed others and especially God. Whether we are famous or not, we all need God. We also need other people.

If your whole life is spent trying to make money and you neglect the people important in your life, you will create an emptiness deep in your heart and soul. I know. I fell into that trap. I dedicated my whole life to fame and fortune. I had a huge hole in my heart and was miserable until I met my wife, Gena, who brought me back to the Lord.

Alleged Chuck Norris Fact: “There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.” It’s funny. It’s cute. But here’s what I really think about the theory of evolution: It’s not real. It is not the way we got here. In fact, the life you see on this planet is really just a list of creatures God has allowed to live. We are not creations of random chance. We are not accidents. There is a God, a Creator, who made you and me. We were made in His image, which separates us from all other creatures.

By the way, without him, I don’t have any power. But with Him, the Bible tells me, I really can do all things – and so can you.

Alleged Chuck Norris Fact: “Chuck Norris’ tears can cure cancer. Too bad he never cries. Ever.”

There was a man whose tears could cure cancer or any other disease, including the real cause of all diseases – sin. His blood did. His name was Jesus, not Chuck Norris.

If your soul needs healing, the prescription you need is not Chuck Norris’ tears, it’s Jesus’ blood.

Again, I’m flattered and amazed by the way I’ve become a fascinating public figure for a whole new generation of young people around the world. But I am not the characters I play. And even the toughest characters I have played could never measure up to the real power in this universe.

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No joke! Chuck Norris becomes columnist (on WorldNetDaily)

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I’ve always held the highest regards for Chuck Norris (as if I’d be stupid enough not to) and it will be great to see what contributions he can make to WorldNetDaily.
Here are some of Mr. Norris’ accomplishments:
* As spokesman for United Way, his eight-minute commercial helped bring in over $2 billion.
* Veterans Administration spokesman, visiting V.A. hospitals and speaking with World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans – including one from World War I.
* Actively involved with the Make A Wish Foundation for 29 years.
* He has won the Jewish Humanitarian Man of the Year Award.
* Founded the Kick-Start Foundation. With the help of President Bush, he implemented a program teaching the martial arts to 150 high-risk children at M.C. Williams Middle School in Houston, Texas, as part of the school curriculum. The program was so successful in helping to instill discipline and respect in the kids, as well as getting them out of gangs, that the program is now in 30 schools with more than 4,200 young boys and girls actively participating.

Question: Where does Chuck Norris write a weekly column?

Answer: Anywhere he wants.

But he has chosen WND as the flagship outlet for his new commentary endeavor – in between keeping the boogeyman awake nights.

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Question: What will Chuck Norris write about?

Answer: Anything he wants.

That’s not just another punchline, but the reality of the broad editorial berth given to the actor-director and retired champion martial arts hero.

You can expect to read Chuck Norris’ musings about faith, family, freedom, country, loyalty – maybe even kickboxing.

His official line on the jokes is issued as a statement on his own website, ChuckNorris.com: “I’m aware of the made-up declarations about me that have recently begun to appear on the Internet as ‘Chuck Norris facts.’ I’ve seen some of them. Some are funny. Some are pretty far out. Being more a student of the Wild West than the wild world of the Internet, I’m not quite sure what to make of it. It’s quite surprising. I do know that boys will be boys, and I neither take offense nor take these things too seriously.

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“Democrat-Sponsored Bills Tell a Liberal Story” by Susan Jones, CNSNews.com

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Susan Jones
Senior Editor

(CNSNews.com) – Democrats keep criticizing the Republican agenda, so let’s look at some — just some — of the bills introduced in 2005 or 2006 by House Democrats, the Republican Study Committee says.

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Crack-Cocaine Equitable Sentencing Act (Rangel, D-NY)-H.R. 2456. Eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for crack-cocaine convictions.

Freedom of Choice Act (Nadler, D-NY)-H.R. 5151. Creates a right to unrestricted pre-viability abortions, and late terms abortions for the life and health of the mother.

End the War in Iraq Act (McGovern, D-MA)-H.R. 4232. Defunds the War in Iraq, forcing immediate troop withdrawal.

Public Interest Lawyer Assistance Relief Act (Andrews, D-NJ)-H.R. 1753. Forgives the law school debt for attorneys working for a tax-exempt organization or the government.

Social Security Forever Act (Wexler, D-FL)-H.R. 2472. Imposes a new income tax on workers, employers, and self-employed businessmen to fund Social Security. (And since no one seems to remember this, let me remind you, that at its conception, Social Security was a voluntary, temporary savings program towards retirement. It was nothing like what it has metamorphosed into. -ed)

Medicare for All Act (Dingell, D-MI)-H.R. 4683. Increases taxes on workers and employers to offer to all citizens, and other individuals legally present in the U.S., Medicare benefits equivalent to the health care plans federal employees receive.

Menu Education and Labeling Act (DeLauro, D-CT)-H.R. 5563. Regulates what certain restaurants must print on their menus.

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Immigrants to US Pose TB Threat

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

WASHINGTON – The worst forms of a drug-resistant killer tuberculosis bug, rapidly spreading throughout the world, have been gaining ground in the United States along with record legal and illegal immigration levels, alarming public-health officials over a disease once thought vanquished.

Although the number of confirmed drug-resistant TB cases in the U.S. is relatively small – still measured in the dozens – health officials say visitors from other countries are bringing in the deadliest mutations.

The only visitors to the U.S. who are screened for tuberculosis and other medical conditions are immigrants who enter the country legally. There is no easy way to screen millions of tourists and illegal migrant workers.

Worldwide, TB kills 2 million people a year, mostly in Africa and southeast Asia, but recently the European Union issued a warning that the threat there is considerable.

The drug-resistant TB recently killed more than 50 people in South Africa. It has been found in limited numbers in the U.S. – 74 reported cases since 1993. The strain is nearly impossible to cure because it is immune to the best first- and second-line TB drugs. It is as easily transmitted through the air as the old TB.

There is another form of TB concerning U.S. health officials.

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Woman Sues Over Bumper Sticker Bearing a Cross

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

October 20, 2006 (BURBANK, Ill.) A resident is suing the Chicago suburb of Burbank, alleging that the city’s new vehicle sticker violates her constitutional rights.
The sticker bears the image of a soldier with a rifle, kneeling in front of a gravesite that bears a cross.
City officials say the cross is a generic symbol and wasn’t picked for any religious reasons.
But resident Nichole Schultz disagrees, according to her attorney, and she says the sticker has resulted in the “forced Christianization” of her car.
Her lawsuit filed in federal court this week seeks an exemption from having to display the sticker.
City Clerk Pat Roach, who is named in the suit, said yesterday that Schultz can cover up or remove the part of the sticker with the cross.
Schultz’s supporters say she was never offered that option before.

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“ON THE AIRWAVES: 24/7 MUSLIM PROGRAMMING” by Fern Sidman

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

It has recently been reported that the American television airwaves will now include a 24 hour channel dedicated to Islamic programming. The new cable channel being broadcast by the Comcast Cable company is called Bridges TV, and is the brainchild of American Muslim banker, Muzzamil Hassan and his wife, Osea Zubare, an architect. The new channel is broadcast in English and is being seen on cable, satellite and broadband networks. It is being billed as the “American Muslim Lifestyle Network” and according to Hassan, the funding for this new channel is coming primarily from American Muslim investors as well as Wall Street venture capital and private equity firms. Hassan asserts that there is no foreign funding for this channel.

According to an article that appeared in The New York Sun newspaper on October 19, 2006, writer Steven Stalinsky reports that, “Bridges TV, an American-Islamic TV channel “seeking to improve the image of Muslims in the United States” and to “offer a unique perspective on the Middle East and the war on terrorism,” has extended its availability into six states, creating a potential audience of nearly 2 million.”

Concerning the content of programming on this channel, Stalinsky also reports that, “One religious figure who appeared October 3 said Muslims have a duty to change America and to increase their numbers to 50% of the population from 2%. He recommended that Shariah, or Islamic law, be implemented in American courts. During a roundtable discussion on the Arab-Israeli conflict on October 5, one participant offered a solution: “For the Jews to leave and return to Europe.” Since the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began, the channel has been showing official, Saudi government-controlled Wahhabi sermons from Mecca’s holiest mosque, Al-Haram. The sermons stream live via Saudi TV Channel one every day at 4 p.m., and Bridges TV adds its own English subtitles. An anti-Jewish, anti-Christian sermon from October 5 included the call, “May God destroy them!”

The article also reports that, “One of the stars of Bridges TV is a cofounder and vice chairman of the international health care company CBay Inc., Donald “Skip” Conover, who hosts and produces a show called “Words Matter.” He was the subject of a gushing article in the Saudi daily Arab News on September 27. In the article, Mr. Conover expressed “his disgust” at what he called inflammatory statements about Arabs and Muslims in the press.

He also discussed the power of the “Jewish lobby” and called on all Muslims to vote for the Democratic Party. “Every American politician is in lockstep with Israel. If they vote against, then the Jewish lobby will put a lot of money behind the candidate against them in their districts in the future. I have news for the Muslim community. All American politicians are in the pocket of the Jewish lobby today because they control a lot of money, and they spend a lot of money in politics.”

“If the Muslims of America believe that they don’t want Bush to have a free hand for the next two years, then the Muslims of America need to get organized and make sure they get out to vote for Democrats for both the House and the Senate,” Mr. Conover added. “Every Muslim in the Middle East who has a relative in the U.S. should get the message across to their relatives. They need to make sure that all their friends vote against Bush.”

It is clear that the agenda of Bridges TV is to create a media platform for anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment. This channel will also serve as an invaluable recruitment tool for the Muslim cause. It will target non-Muslims in the hopes of tapping into and embellishing on anti-Israel sentiments that are already present. While billing itself with a “wholesome” and “innocuous” label as a Muslim Lifestyle Network that broadcasts cartoons, travel shows, sports, feature films and documentaries, in reality they are subtlely seeking to indoctrinate viewers with hatred of Jews, Christians, Israel, the US and all non-Muslims.

The influence of Islam in American is undoubtedly spreading at a fever pitch. Every day new websites are popping up that seek to spread the Islamic message to all non-believers in the USA and Canada. One such web site is called, www.islamandamerica.com, which offers free Qurans and free tickets to Islamic seminars to all non-Muslims. According to its mission statement, this web site seeks states, “We, The Message International, are a volunteer based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to tightening the gaps between the world and their information about Islam. Our goal is to convey the pristine, unadulterated message that has been so putridly tainted in recent times, especially here in the United States.
We offer 100% Free Islamic Materials (Qurans, Books, CDs & Brochures) in many Languages through our web sites and a toll free number.
# We supply Islamic materials to Public and Governmental US Organizations such as The Army, Hospitals, Law Enforcement Agencies, Prisons, Universities, Worship-Houses, and Shelters.
# We organize and establish indoor as well as outdoor Community tables.
# We hold Islamic conferences and interfaith dialogues.
We serve and assist hundreds of New-Muslims every month ”

While the implication of their mission statement is to chastise the United States for its “putridly tainted” view of Islam and Muslims, these sites do little to prove that Islam is a peaceful and law abiding religion that supports democratic principles and embraces concepts such as tolerance and diversity. In a democracy, particularly in the United States, these organizations, television channels and web sites have a right to exist. They are also protected by the First Amendment free speech rights, however preaching hatred of a religion, culture, society and political viewpoint is unacceptable. It is incumbent on those who recoil in horror at such hate speech to speak out against this incidious message.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK’L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.