Archive for November 9th, 2006

But the Greatest of These is Love

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version)

Paul tells us that in God’s eyes, the greatest command we can obey is to love. Love everyone just as Jesus loves us.
We can only imagine the unfathomable love Jesus holds for us. His love is vaster than anything we have ever encountered and will ever encounter.
If only we could love people as Jesus loves us, the world would be a much better place.
Jesus says in Matthew 22:39 “Love your neighbor as yourself”. I would say in addition to doing that, you should also “Love your neighbor as Jesus loves you”.

Prayer Request

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

I have several prayer requests this morning.

Our friend, Randy, is still having problems with his throat cancer. Folks, we need to petition God for complete healing here. Let’s lift Randy up and ask for complete healing of the cancer and comfort for him and his family during this difficult time.

Also, a co-worker, Jerry, needs your prayers for him and his daughter. His daughter has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. Jerry is also having some lung problems. Let’s lift them up to the Lord as well and ask for complete healing and comfort for them as they face these problems.

Thank you for your prayers and support!!
-Steve

It’s Official: Rumsfeld’s Out, Gates Is In

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Not sure what this is going to mean for the country, but interesting none the less.

(CNSNews.com) – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is out, and ex-CIA chief Robert Gates is in, President Bush said Wednesday afternoon at a press conference the day after Democrats gained control of the House in the midterm election.

“After a series of thoughtful conversations,” Bush said, he and Rumsfeld agreed that “the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon.” Calling Rumsfeld a “superb leader during a time of change,” Bush said the outgoing secretary “appreciates the value of bringing in a fresh perspective during a critical period in this war.”

And Gates will give the Defense Department that “fresh perspective,” Bush said. Gates joined the CIA in 1966 and served under six presidents, including former President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.

Gates, currently president of the Texas AM University, is considered to be a close friend of the Bush family, according to the Associated Press. His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

“If confirmed by the Senate, Bob will bring more than 25 years of national security experience and a stellar reputation as an effective leader with sound judgment,” said Bush. Gates is also serving as a member of the Baker Hamilton Commission, which is studying the situation in Iraq.

Bush said his decision to replace Rumsfeld was not a political one. He also said that U.S. troops would not be pulled out of Iraq before the job is done.

“To our enemies: do not be joyful. Do not confuse the workings of our democracy with a lack of will. Our nation is committed to bringing you to justice,” the president said.

“To the people of Iraq: do not be fearful. As you take the difficult steps toward democracy and peace, America’s gonna stand with you. We know you want a better way of life, and now is the time to seize it,” he said.

“To our brave men and women in uniform: Don’t be doubtful. America will always support you. Our nation is blessed to have men and women who volunteer to serve and are willing to risk their own lives for the safety of our fellow citizens,” Bush added.

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Nine States Vote to Limit Gov’t Property Expropriation Powers

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

A good start, but all the others need to pass similar laws. The founding fathers never intended for the government to be able to take private property for the use by private developers in order to increase tax potential. The activist court must be stopped. Oh wait, y’all voted in a Democrat congress. Well, so much for that idea. Guess we better get used to government interference, higher taxes and more activist judges.

(CNSNews.com) – Voters in 11 states on Tuesday considered the issue of the government’s ability to take land for use in private development, and nine voted in favor of greater restrictions on the government.

“What the figures show is that Americans overwhelmingly support restrictions on the government’s ability to take property from one private individual and give it to another,” said Steven Anderson, director of the Castle Coalition, a national coalition of citizens opposed to the abuse of eminent domain – the power of the state to expropriate private property.

Eminent domain became a national issue in 2005, when the Supreme Court ruled in the Kelo v. New London case to allow the city of New London, Conn., to seize Suzette Kelo’s home in order to build a corporate park for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. The case signaled one of the most prominent uses of the government’s authority of eminent domain.

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Supremes Hear Arguments in Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Cases

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Continue to pray about this, folks.

(AgapePress) – Today the nation’s highest court is taking up what one Christian apologetics professor calls “watershed cases” for the abortion issue.

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments in two cases challenging the constitutionality of the 2003 federal ban on partial-birth abortion — Gonzalez v. Carhart and Gonzalez v. Planned Parenthood. Six federal courts have struck down the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act as an unconstitutional restriction on the right to abortion as established in the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade.

Greg Koukl, founder and president of the California-based ministry Stand to Reason says partial-birth abortion is not really about abortion. In fact, he says, it is infanticide with the baby’s head covered.

“If you just picture what a partial-birth abortion entails … it becomes really obvious that this is not something we should ever countenance in a civilized society,” he says. He then describes what takes place. “The baby 90 percent delivered, the head still inside the birth canal, the doctor piercing the skull with the curved Metzenbaum scissors, inserting a suction device and sucking out the brains to kill the child.

Koukl, who is an adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University, explains the long-term effect of a ruling favorable to a federal ban on what he describes as a “barbaric” procedure.

“If we say this is wrong, then people are going to think, ‘Gee, what’s the difference if you move the baby just a couple of inches up the birth canal?'” he suggests. “They’ll see, if partial-birth abortion is barbaric, then any late-term abortion is barbaric, even when it’s done inside the mother. That’s why this is such a watershed-decision-issue case.”

When the Supreme Court struck down a law similar to the ban in the Stenberg case, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was the all-important swing vote in a 5-4 decision. Now experts say that role will be filled by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who issued a strong dissent in Stenberg. Several lower federal courts have cited Stenberg in issuing injunctions barring enforcement of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ was to deliver almost 170,000 petitions today to the Supreme Court, asking the high court to uphold the ban on partial-birth abortion. Accompanying the boxed petitions is a letter from the Center’s founder and president, Dr. D. James Kennedy. In the letter Kennedy shares that his prayer is for a ruling that will protect unborn children from “this heinous procedure” and that God would give the court “great wisdom” as it considers the case.

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Congress Gets Muslim

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

The first of what Islamafacist hope will be many.

The first Muslim elected to the United States Congress is a Democrat from Minneapolis with ties to an Islamic group that supports terrorism and a radical cult whose leader says God will destroy the entire white race and establish a paradise nation ruled by blacks.

Minnesota’s new Representative in the House, Keith Ellison, was endorsed and partly financed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a massive U.S.-based organization that avidly defends Osama bin Laden and other militant Islamic terrorists and considers U.S. action against terrorists anti-Islamic. In fact, the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing bin Laden as “the sworn enemy” because it was “offensive to Muslims.”

Ellison, who converted to Islam as a 19-year-old college student, also has strong ties to the Nation of Islam, the black cult led by renowned anti-Christian and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. The group’s doctrine states that black people created white people in a genetic experiment 6,000 years ago and that “Judgment Day” means that the Gods will destroy the entire white race (devils) and establish a paradise nation ruled forever by blacks.

As if this weren’t enough to question the choice of Minnesota voters, as a state legislator Ellison supported and defended a convicted cop-killer and leader of a violent gang. Ellison used thug-like language to attack law enforcement officials as racists saying “we don’t get no justice, you don’t get no peace.”. Ellison also supports and demands freedom for another convicted cop-killer named Assata Shakur, who lives in Cuba and remains on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Perhaps having Ellison in the House, represents a victory for violent criminals worldwide. Little Green Footballs says they’ll be celebrating in Gaza tomorrow.

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Pro-Lifers Lament Several Disappointing State Ballot Initiative Results

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

In California and Oregon, voters rejected measures requiring parental notification and a waiting period before abortions can be performed on underage girls.

OK, someone jump on here and expain to me why there is a problem with having parental notification before abortions underaged girls, because I just cannot understand the logic behind the decison to reject these measures.

(AgapePress) – Sanctity-of-life issues had a bad day at the ballot box during yesterday’s national elections. Today pro-life advocates are expressing sorrow and disappointment over the defeat of pro-life ballot initiatives in South Dakota, California, and Oregon, and the passage of a pro-cloning amendment in Missouri.

In South Dakota, voters turned down an act that would have upheld that state’s abortion ban, thus prohibiting all medical and surgical abortions in the state. However, according to Associated Press reports this morning (with 99 percent of the state’s precincts reporting), 56 percent of the electorate voted against the measure, with only 44 percent casting ballots in favor of it.

Meanwhile, in California and Oregon, voters rejected measures requiring parental notification and a waiting period before abortions can be performed on underage girls. Early returns in both states showed the measure being turned down by 54 percent of the voters, with 46 percent voting for it.

And in Missouri, with 98 percent of the votes counted, the stem-cell research measure known as Amendment 2 appears to have passed. The amendment, which outlaws “reproductive cloning” but permits “somatic cell nuclear transfer,” was narrowly approved by voters (51 to 49 percent).

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The outcome of the South Dakota vote on Referred Law 6, the Women’s Health and Human Protection Act, was a particularly painful blow to pro-lifers, including many who have personally experienced the devastation abortion causes in the lives of women and others. Caron Strong is national director of Operation Outcry, a Justice Foundation project that seeks to end legalized abortion by mobilizing women who have had abortions to expose the truth about the pervasive harm that procedure causes, far beyond its destruction of the innocent lives of preborn children.

“As women who have been hurt by abortion,” Strong notes, “we are disappointed that the voters … were misled by the rhetoric involving the rape and incest provision in the law and failed to support South Dakota’s ban on abortion.” The Operation Outcry spokeswoman says it is clear from the evidence and from speaking to women who have had abortions that abortion hurts women. She and other women involved with the project know from their own abortion experiences that “women need help in vulnerable pregnancies,” she says, “not the empty promise of a quick fix.”

Unfortunately, Strong points out, she and other women who are part of Operation Outcry know all too well that the “quick fix” of abortion “ultimately brings deep grief and suffering as well as detrimental physical effects.” The Justice Foundation has collected massive amounts of evidence of the health-threatening and often life-threatening impact of abortion on women, including suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity, relationship problems, and many other psychological effects.

Judie Brown of American Life League (ALL) says her group is also extremely disappointed that many South Dakota citizens made the “tragic decision” to vote down the Women’s Health and Human Protection Act. She says people of faith and conscience worked hard to “combat the manipulative propaganda” from abortion proponents nationwide, but pro-lifers’ efforts fell short of the goal as Planned Parenthood and other abortion supporters did all in their power to eradicate the South Dakota abortion law.

“The proponents of death poured millions of dollars into the state,” Brown notes. They “decried the pro-life law as being callous toward women and did all they could to convince the electorate that abortion is a good rather than an evil,” she says.

Although that “deceitful effort,” succeeded on November 7, ALL’s president insists “it will be a victory short-lived.” She says pro-life leaders in South Dakota have made it their goal to see the Women’s Health and Human Protection Act become part of the legal framework that defines their state as a safe place to live.

Actually, Brown contends, the very fact that pro-lifers came so close to getting the law approved “should tell naysayers that there is indeed hope that such a ban will be enacted — not today, but certainly soon.” ALL is urging pro-lifers in South Dakota to start drafting new legislation immediately to begin the process of a renewed effort to ban abortion throughout the state.

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