Archive for November 14th, 2006

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9 (New International Version)

This praise should flow from our lips daily!!
What a wonderful living God we have, who loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for us, so that we could be forgiven of all of ours sins. And for those of us who accept Him, receivers of “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven”, the salvation of our very souls!!
Why worry about putting away things here on earth? We are assured that in heaven, our mansions will be full. As Peter points out, it’s not about riches on earth, but about the most valuable thing we have; our souls.
Even though we will face trials here on earth, Peter tells us of the wonderful joy we will have as we keep the faith of Jesus Christ and continue to serve Him as messengers of His Word.
Going on, Peter says “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”.
How true this is. Even though we cannot “see” Him, we still Love Him. The Joy that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ is beyond compare and fills us with Him.
Come and be a part of this wonderful thing. A relationship with Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all mankind!!

Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

This is no surprise at all, considering the move to remove Christianity from the public square.

Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God’s law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork carved into the high court structure.

In today’s world of revisionist history, the proof comes through the work of a California pastor who visited the Supreme Court building recently when he was in Washington and was surprised that what the tour guides were telling him wasn’t the same thing as what he was seeing.

Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California, said he was traveling with his wife, Tracy, and was more than startled during recent visits to the courthouse and two other historic locations to discover the stories of the nation’s heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.

His entire research compilation is available online.

“Having done some research (before the trip), I absolutely was not expecting to hear those remarks,” which, he told WND, simply “denied history.”

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He was most disturbed by what appears to be revisionism in the presentations given to visitors at the Supreme Court. There, he said, his tour guide was describing the marble frieze directly above the justices’ bench.

“Between the images of the people depicting the Majesty of the Law and Power of Government, there is a tablet with ten Roman numerals, the first five down the left side and the last five down the right. This tablet represents the first ten amendments of the Bill of Rights,” she said.

The ten what? was DuBord’s thought.

Unwilling to be confrontational, he went home and started some research.

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One official Supreme Court document, he found, cited a letter from sculptor Adolph A. Weinman that said the “pylon” carved with Roman numerals I to X “symbolizes the first ten amendments to the Constitution.” But the letter was anomalous; it didn’t have a number of certifying marks that were typical of others.

So he continued looking and after calling in some assistance in his hunt for evidence, he found a 1975 official U.S. Supreme Court Handbook, prepared under the direction of Mark Cannon, administrative assistant to the chief justice. It said, “Directly above the Bench are two central figures, depicting Majesty of the Law and Power of Government. Between them is a tableau of the Ten Commandments…”

Old Supreme Court document identifies this as Ten Commandments, a term no longer used by the court

Further research produced information that in 1987 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark, and came under control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and under the new management the handbook was rewritten in 1988. The Ten Commandments reference was left out of that edition, and nothing replaced it.

The next reference found said only the frieze “symbolizes early written laws” and then in 1999, the reference first appeared to that depiction being the “Ten Amendments to the Bill of Rights.”

“The more I got into it (his research), the more I saw Christianity had been abandoned from history,” he told WND.

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DeBord also noted that during his research of the “Weinman letter,” he found another memorial in Washington, “The Oscar Solomon Memorial,” noting the accomplishments of the first Jew to serve in a president’s cabinet. It’s on 14th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues.

It also was designed by Weinman, and like the Supreme Court image, depicts a human figure leaning on the same table with Roman numerals just as the East Wall Frieze.

But this time, an artist’s letter confirms the tablets represent the Ten Commandments.

“Would Weinman have sculpted two identical tablets, in the same city, each with the Roman numerals I through V on one side and VI through X on the other, but with totally different identities?” DuBord wondered. “It seems very unlikely.”

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He then asked, “If there are no other depictions of Moses or the Ten Commandments on the building except on the South Wall Frieze in the U.S. Supreme Court, then what about on the east side of the building where Moses is the central figure among others, holding both tablets of the Ten Commandments, one in each arm?”

“Her response shocked me as much as the guide inside the Court chamber. ‘There is no depiction of Moses and the Ten Commandments like that on the U.S. Supreme Court,'” DuBord said he was told.

He asked if there were any pictures of the representation, and she pulled one out.

“Her eyes widened in surprise. There was Moses in photo and description as the central figure, holding the Ten Commandments (tablets), one in each hand,” DuBord wrote.

Although there are six depictions of Moses and-or the Ten Commandments at the Supreme Court, the tour guides had been trained to admit to only the one on Moses, he said.

One doesn’t have to be Christian, or endorse Christianity, to recognize its influence in history, he said.

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

Payback in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

It has only taken a week (literally) for newly elected Senator Bob Casey, Jr. to begin paying back the homsexual rights group that got him elected. The old saying that ‘money talks’ is so true and evident in the state of Pennsylvania. At least Casey seems to be making good on his campaign promises. Too bad he made a deal with the devil to win.

(AgapePress) – A Pennsylvania pro-family group is denouncing Senator-elect Bob Casey, Jr., for pledging to advance hate crimes legislation once he’s in Washington.

One day after the election, Casey announced that one of his priorities in the Senate will be to secure passage of a federal hate crimes law that includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” In a press released issued on November 8, Casey acknowledged that the nation’s largest homosexual lobby group — the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — had been a “tremendous help” during his campaign, calling the group’s energy and commitment “extraordinary.” He then stated he was looking forward to working with the HRC staff to advance hate crimes legislation.

Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, believes the incoming senator — who soundly defeated the Republican incumbent, pro-family and pro-life stalwart Rick Santorum — is doing a favor for the HRC. “HRC gave him over $100,000 towards his campaign,” she notes. “They endorsed him [and] they had a setup on their website where you could give directly to Bob Casey’s campaign.” Gramley says there is “no doubt that … it’s payback time — and Bob Casey’s paying HRC back by his support of such legislation.”

According to Gramley, it did not take Casey long to “reveal his true colors” after running on a pro-life, pro-family platform.

“You know … When [people] think of Bob Casey, they think of [former Pennsylvania Governor] Bob Casey, Sr., and too many people equate Bob Casey, Jr., with his dad,” says the pro-family spokeswoman

“Bob Casey, Jr., ran on a pro-family, pro-life campaign throughout the campaign, and he’s not,” Gramley continues. “He’s neither pro-life nor pro-family, and this statement that he made on Wednesday proves that even more so.”

Gramley adds that she is glad Bob Casey, Sr., is not alive “to see the direction his son is headed.”

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Tony Blair Wants to ‘Work With Axis of Evil States’

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Tony Blair seems to be ‘changing sides’ a bit during his final months as Prime Minister. Blair, who usually stands by President Bush, called on the US to ‘work with axis of evil states’ and lead a new drive for peace in the Middle East.

The first cracks in the united front over Iraq between Tony Blair and President Bush appeared last night as the Prime Minister offered Iran and Syria the prospect of dialogue over the future of Iraq and the Middle East.

Mr Blair said there could be a new “partnership” with Iran if it stopped supporting terrorism in Iraq and gave up its nuclear ambitions. Syria and Iran could choose partnership or isolation, he said.

The Prime Minister tried to exploit moves in Washington to rethink strategy on Iraq by holding out the prospect of engagement with two countries once dubbed by President Bush as part of the “axis of evil”. For the first time he also explicitly ruled out military action against Iran.

And, in words clearly directed at Mr Bush as he prepares for his final two years in power, Mr Blair called for the United States to lead a new drive towards peace in the Middle East, including peace in Palestine and the Lebanon, arguing that ultimately it was the only way to defeat al-Qaeda.

Downing Street denied suggestions that Mr Blair was going “cap in hand” to Damascus and Tehran asking for help and insisted that they were being told that they had to make a “strategic choice” between giving up support for terrorism and nuclear ambitions in return for being brought in from the cold.

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Democrat Win Will Cause Mideast Chaos

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Democrats see this win as a way to cut and run from Iraq. It could also lead the US down a scary path toward terrorism like we have never imagined. You can bank on the fact that there will be even more uprising in the Middle East, because our forces will not be there to police the area. I would love to see every one of our troops get to come home, but we still have a job to do in the Middle East. The Dems need to remember that our troops are not only protecting the innocent people over there, but protecting us here in America.

The Democrats’ midterm election victories last week and the subsequent resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent a message of American weakness to Syria that will likely result in “instability and chaos” in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East, Lebanon’s Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt said in a WND interview today.

Jumblatt is head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party and is widely considered the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician.

He charged the Democrats’ calls for a withdrawal from Iraq and for changes in U.S. Middle East policy in part emboldened the Syrian-backed Hezbollah militia to bolt the Lebanese parliament this past weekend and to threaten street protests that many say could easily turn violent.

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Church of England Endorses Killing Babies

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

The Church of England is backing a proposal to kill babies who are born sick. A bishop cited the high financial cost of keeping these babies alive as one reason for his support of this idea. I have news for the Church of England (and anyone else who supports killing innocent babies), God is the One who decides who lives and who dies. His timing is perfect. Those who take the lives of these children and those who approve taking their lives are guilty of murder.

The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die.

Christians have long argued that life should preserved at all costs – but a bishop representing the national church has now sparked controversy by arguing that there are occasions when it is compassionate to leave a severely disabled child to die.

And the Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, who is the vice chair of the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council, has also argued that the high financial cost of keeping desperately ill babies alive should be a factor in life or death decisions.

The shock new policy from the church has caused outrage among the disabled.

A spokeswoman for the UK Disabled People’s Council, which represents tens of thousands of members in 140 different organisations, said: “How can the Church of England say that Christian compassion includes killing of disabled babies either through the withdrawing or withholding of treatment or by active euthanasia?

“It is not for doctors or indeed anyone else to determine whether a baby’s life is worthwhile simply on the grounds of impairment or health condition.”

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