Archive for November 16th, 2006

The Temptation of Jesus

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'[Deut. 8:3]”

5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'[Deut. 6:13]”

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'[Psalm 91:11,12]”

12 Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'[Deut. 6:16]”

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:1-13 (New International Version)

We have all been tempted. Satan makes sure to exploit all of our hopes and desires through temptation.
By using Jesus as an example, we can often avoid temptation.
Even though Satan perverted the Word of God in an attempt to deceive Jesus, Jesus turned it around each time by quoting back from the Bible, the very words He wrote thousands of years earlier.
The next time you are tempted, go to the Lord in prayer and then turn to His Word, the Bible for your strength. If you pray in earnest and search His Word, He promises He will help you to avoid temptation.
Remember the 23rd Psalm.
“…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.
Jesus will do exactly that. All we have to do is ask for His help.

Smithsonian Has Apollo 8 Astronauts Reading from “an ancient religious text”

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

That’s right folks, more censoring of facts in our federal government, in order to avoid saying “Christian”, “Jesus”, or even “Bible”. What lunacy this is!!

The politically correct version of American history has Apollo 8 astronauts reading from “an ancient religious text” and a photo editor busy making alterations to reality for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, according to WND readers.

There was considerable outrage expressed – but little surprise – from WND’s series of articles this week on efforts to edit America’s history to eliminate references to Christianity, and Christians.

The series detailed how guides at the U.S. Supreme Court say the frieze representation of a stone tablet represents the Ten Amendments, instead of the Ten Commandments, and how guides at Jamestown say the settlement was founded for business interests, and how Monticello guides announce that Thomas Jefferson was a strict deist who dedicated his life to keeping the separation of church and state.

Now come responses from WND readers, who note the problem extends far beyond a few guides at a few historic sites.

“While I was in the Smithsonian Air and Space museum, I was reading a placard regarding the trip of the Apollo 8 flight, which looped around the moon on Christmas Eve,” wrote Paul Hardy. “They showed a photo of the Earth from the moon, and the placard said (and I’m not kidding, you can read it yourself), ‘the astronauts had brought an ancient religious text with them and began to read, ‘In the beginning, God created heaven and earth…” AN ANCIENT RELIGIOUS TEXT? Why is it that they couldn’t even say the BIBLE, as everyone knows what that is. My only surprise was that they actually printed the word ‘God’ on the placard. My wife and I laughed at this PC silliness.”

However, he noted the “history” of the Bible, in which God repeatedly lets alone a people who abandon him. “He will not allow this country to do this and still stand free,” he wrote.

Rich Campbell said the U.S. Supreme Court hypersensitivity to the nation’s religious history reminded him of a situation that developed in the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court a year earlier. There, the court published a brochure with the following photograph: (follow the original link for phots. -ed.)

“The current story on the U.S. Supreme Court reminded me of how the Ten Commandments were purposely blurred out of a photo of Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges in an official brochure last year,” he said.

That document earlier had been cited by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which also made available a photograph of the original art for the representation on the wall behind the judges.

“Every part of the frame is clear and in focus, except for the words of the Ten Commandments. They electronically blurred out that portion of the photograph!” wrote Family Institute President Michael Geer.

“Apparently, those words are simply too offensive to be published in the same photo with Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Justices!” he said. The photograph was from a free brochure handed out by the court, he noted.

Rob Hajicek told WND he had been visiting Boston during a recent outing to historical locations, and there was little eventful until a tour of the downtown Boston area began, and the tour guide announced that the Puritans were just an earlier version of the Taliban.

“Basically what he shared was that the town of Boston loved riots, and John Hancock, as the richest man in the area, was paying men to do these things,” he said. Essentially, “the people who fought at Bunker Hill, Lexington, Concord were displaced people who left Boston because English soldiers took their jobs.”

“[He said] displaced workers were leading the revolution, that kind of thing,” he told WND.

Hajicek was concerned enough that he got “The Light and The Glory – Did God have a plan for America?” by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.

“They just present a totally different picture from the source documents,” he said.

William Dudek said he visited Monticello with his family.

“I found myself constantly hanging back with my three daughters, explaining, embellishing, and correcting the information presented by the guide,” he wrote. “What a sad state of affairs; the historical re-write is going deeper than we ever thought possible.”

“Americans must learn to read original documents and study history for themselves to get the truth,” wrote Martha Barley. “As we are told, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We seem to be fulfilling that prophecy.”

Kay Harrigan-Scott told WND that she was visiting the new World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and got an “unexpected” history lesson.

Most of the people in her tour were seniors – veterans of “the greatest war.” On the Pacific side of the memorial, several people had gathered to read the words of President Roosevelt in announcing the attack on Pearl Harbor:

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked…”

Harrigan-Scott said a woman was reading the words aloud:

“With confidence in our armed forces, with the abounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph!”

Then the reverie was interrupted. “Wait a minute,” the woman said. “They left out the end of the quote. They left out the most important part. Roosevelt ended the message with ‘so help us God.'”

She said she remembered that speech.

“She was right,” wrote Harrigan-Scott. “I went home and pulled out the book my book club is reading – ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ by James Bradley. It’s all about the battle at Iwo Jima. I haven’t gotten too far in the book. It’s tough to read because it’s a graphic description of the WWII battles in the Pacific.”

“But right there it was on page 58. Roosevelt’s speech to the nation ends in ‘so help us God.’

“The people who edited out that part of the speech when they engraved it on the memorial could have fooled me. I was born after the war! But they couldn’t fool the people who were there. Roosevelt’s words are engraved on their hearts,” she said.

Original Link.
Read my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?“.

UN Rights Council and Israel: Three Out of Three

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

This is the same council whose membership is made up of some of the worse human rights violators on the planet and also refuses to ever condemn Palestinian attacks against innocent Israeli civilians.
Give me a break! This council has NO credibility.

(CNSNews.com) – For the third time in its five-month existence, the United Nations’ newly formed Human Rights Council on Wednesday held a special session that ended with a condemnation of Israel.

By a 32-8 vote, the HRC meeting in Geneva passed a resolution expressing grave concern “at the continued violation by the occupying power, Israel, of the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territory.”

The measure called the Israeli military’s recent anti-terror operations in the Gaza Strip “a collective punishment of the civilians.” Six members of the 47-nation council abstained and one was absent.

The resolution voiced particular concern about an incident last week, when 18 Palestinians were killed as a result of what Israel called “errant” fire. Israel said it was targeting terrorist rocket-launching sites when artillery accidentally hit several buildings on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.

Early this month the Israeli army said terror organizations had launched more than 300 rocket attacks into Israel from the Beit Hanoun area since the beginning of the year. Eight more rocket attacks from Gaza were reported Wednesday morning, and an Israeli woman was killed when a rocket landed in a busy street.

During Wednesday’s session, speakers leading the condemnation of Israel included the envoys of Pakistan on behalf of the Islamic bloc, Bahrain on behalf of the Arab members, and Cuba on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, according to a U.N. record of the event.

Finland’s representative, speaking for the European Union, voiced concern about civilian casualties and urged Israel to exercise restraint, while also calling on the Palestinians to end acts of violence, including the firing of rockets at Israel.

Although not members of the HRC, representatives of Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United States also addressed the meeting.

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AFA President Defends Christian Landscaper’s Refusal to Work for Homosexuals

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

(AgapePress) – Should a Christian business have the right to turn down work from homosexual customers? In the case of a landscaping company in Houston, Texas, that is the question that has since last month garnered anger, criticism, and even talk of the need for local ordinances against discrimination.

The furor broke out after Garden Guy, Inc., sent an e-mail message to a homosexual couple declining a landscaping job because of the couple’s sexual orientation. The e-mail, which clearly stated “We choose not to work for homosexuals,” was forwarded across the Internet and picked up by the Houston Chronicle newspaper (which, as newspapers go, is slightly better than nothing. -ed.), which criticized Christian business owners Todd and Sabrina Farber for their stance.

The Christian couple has received their share of hate mail ever since. But among the supporters of the Farber’s right to operate their business according to their convictions is Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (AFA), a pro-family group that has issued a statement on the Farbers’ behalf.

Wildmon says it should not come as a shock to anyone “when a guy who takes his faith seriously says, ‘I can’t support this.'” He says someone like that “doesn’t need to be persecuted for his actions,” especially when “they have millions of people who agree with them across the country, who have a problem with that particular behavior and lifestyle and just don’t want to be supportive of it in any way, especially if they are themselves Christians.”

The Farbers made a decision regarding with whom they chose to do business, and if “that’s what they want to do, based on their religious convictions, that should be their right,” the AFA spokesman contends.

“Todd, like millions of Americans, obviously has a moral conviction against homosexual behavior and that lifestyle, based on his religious beliefs,” Wildmon adds. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.”

Sabrina Farber, co-owner of Garden Guy, Inc., told the New York Times in an interview that the company had picked up $40,000 in new business in the past two weeks, while it lost only two clients worth about $500 each.

Mrs. Farber insists that she mentioned this, not to gloat, but to make the point that, although the whole affair has been ugly and emotionally draining, she and her husband would not do anything differently and deserved credit for not making excuses about why they had turned down the homosexual couple’s business.

The November 11 Times article noted that the law appears to be on the Farbers’ side. Lisa Graybill of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas was quoted as saying that “sexual orientation is not protected” by any local anti-discrimination ordinances in Houston, nor under the federal law of public accommodations.

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Legal Groups Advise on Constitutionality of Christmas Observances

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Yes, Virginia, it is legal to say “Merry Christmas”, and do other numerous Christmas related activites, in school and the “public square”.

(AgapePress) – Many public school administrators have been intimidated into believing that any mention of Christianity in their curriculum or activities is illegal, especially surrounding Christmas. But according to one Christian attorney, what the ACLU might want and what the Constitution allows are two very different things.

The chief counsel of the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy (the Law Center) says the list of what schools can do to acknowledge the Christian faith at Christmas is much longer than the list of forbidden activities.

“You can wish people ‘Merry Christmas,’ you can actually include a Christmas tree in your holiday display, you can sing Christmas carols, you can hold even Christmas plays,” notes attorney Steve Crampton.

What schools cannot do, says Crampton, is acknowledge the Christian aspects of a holiday like Christmas to the exclusion of other religious celebrations. More likely, he warns, is the opposite scenario, in which Christianity is the only religion excluded.

“Christianity still is the dominant religion [in America],” he points out, “and to exclude it in these kinds of celebrations — and … we’re seeing that more and more — is an outrage.”

That is why Crampton says it is important for school administrators to get sound legal advice about their rights under the First Amendment. “Not every school attorney out there is all that well versed on the nuances of First Amendment law and, in particular, Establishment Clause concerns,” he says. “[But] that’s where we spend our days and nights.”

Crampton says he and his legal team at the Law Center are available to answer school administrators’ questions through their website. Similar advice is available at LC.org — website for Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, which is in the midst of its fourth annual “Friend or Foe” Christmas campaign. That legal group cites recent cases in Massachusetts and Wisconsin where its intervention has caused reversal of policies that discriminated against Christmas observances.

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Bible Story Murals, A Unique Approach to Teaching the Bible

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Bible Story Murals

If your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Doug Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals. Each mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook painted at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story. Choose from:
In the Beginning
Seven Days of Creation
David & Goliath
Jonah & the Whale
Moses Parts the Red Sea
The Nativity
The Crucifixion
The Ascension
and more to come in the near future.

They are available on durable vinyl wallpaper panels for easy shippment and installation.

Click Here to find out more.

Specifications:
MATERIAL: Murals are printed on durable, smooth vinyl.

INK: Murals are printed with archival inks that last for years with little or no fading (indoor applications).

CLEANING: Murals can be cleaned with mild soap and water and non abrasive sponge or cloth. Murals should never be cleaned with solvents or abrasive cleaning agents.

INSTALLATION: Murals are installed like wallpaper, using vinyl on vinyl (VOV) wallpaper paste. Full-size murals are provided in 48 to 60 inch wide panels with 1 inch overlay for final trim by the installer. Scaled down murals will be provided in one piece (depending on size) and can be mounted on foam core or other similar materials, allowing it to be moved from one room to another.

PREPARATION: Walls should be smooth with any holes or seams filled with spackling paste. It is recommended that walls be primed with a semi-gloss latex paint.

Kucinich Calls for Cutting Off Iraq War Funds

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

And in typical Democrat fashion, we have the answer to ending the war in Iraq:
Cut off funding to the troops, so they don’t have the equipment they need, and therefore more of them get killed, so that Democrats can go on about “what a Quagmire this is”.

Congressman Kucinich called Wednesday for cutting off funding of the Iraq war, as the surest way out of Iraq. His statements were made in an interview by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman.

“I want to say that there’s one solution here, and it’s not to engage in a debate with the President, who has taken us down a path of disaster in Iraq, but it’s for Congress to assume the full power that it has under the Constitution to cut off funds. We don’t need to keep indulging in this debate about what to do, because as long as we keep temporizing, the situation gets worse in Iraq.

“We have to determine that the time has come to cut off funds. There’s enough money in the pipeline to achieve the orderly withdrawal that Senator McGovern is talking about. But cut off funds, we must. That’s the ultimate power of the Congress, the power of the purse. That’s how we’ll end this war, and that’s the only way we’re going to end this war.

“We need to shift our direction.”

“We have to take a whole new approach. We’re spending over $400 billion a year, money that’s also needed for healthcare, for education, for job creation, for seniors. We have to take a new look at this. We need to be a strong country, but strength isn’t only military. Strength is also the economic strength of the people, their chance to have good neighborhoods. We spend more money than all the countries of the world put together for the military.

“It’s time for us to start to shift our vision about who we are as a nation, because if we don’t do that — we’re borrowing money right now to wage the war in Iraq. We’re borrowing money from China. We’re not looking at our trade deficit. We’re not looking at conditions, where people are going bankrupt trying to pay their hospital bills. We need to shift our direction, and the direction has to be away from the continued militarization of the United States society.”

Congressman, have you even bothered to talk to the soldiers fighting this war? Of course you haven’t. Otherwise you wouldn’t be making lame brain suggestions like this.

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Iran complains to UN over repeated Israeli threats

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Oh for heaven’s sake!! Iran, the nation who has repeatedly called for the complete destruction of Israel and the complete genocide of her people, is upset because Israel has made mention of launching preemptive strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities. These facilities, despite being billed as “peaceful”, will be used to make weapons grade nuclear material. Judging by the very open and honest threats of the mad man running Iran, this weapons grade nuclear material will be made into warheads and fired at Israel.
Israel knows the world will sit on it’s hands until it too late to do anything about the material, so they are giving everyone a “head’s up” that they will do what they have always had to do and protect themselves from destruction.
Of course, knowing the U.N. like I do, we can expect an immediate resolution condemning Israel for saying this, even though there has never been a resolution condemning Iran for it’s overt threats of annihilation against Israel.

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Iran, whose president has vowed to wipe Israel off the map, complained to the United Nations on Wednesday that the Jewish state was repeatedly threatening to bomb it.

The threats were “matters of extreme gravity” and the U.N. Security Council should condemn them and demand that Israel “cease and desist immediately from the threat of the use of force against members of the United Nations,” Iranian U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif said.

His comments came in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan dated Nov. 10 and circulated at the United Nations on Wednesday.

Iran, the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter, has been aggressively pursuing a nuclear program that it says is meant only to produce electric power.

But Western powers and Israel, which is itself widely believed to be a nuclear power, insist the activities are a cover for making nuclear bombs.

Iran’s activities have prompted speculation that Israel might launch preemptive strikes to destroy its nuclear facilities, as it did in Iraq in 1981 when it bombed a reactor at Osiraq.

The speculation increased after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year threatened to “wipe Israel off the map,” a statement Iranian officials have argued was not a threat.

Israel has fueled the speculation with a series of “unlawful and dangerous threats,” Zarif said.

His letter cited several examples. Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh said just last Friday that a preemptive strike on Iran was possible as “a last resort,” Zarif’s letter said. “But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort,” he quoted Sneh as saying.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Oct. 19 that Iran would have “a price to pay” for continuing its nuclear programs and Iranians “have to be afraid” of what Israel might do, according to Zarif’s letter.

Similarly, Zarif said that Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Jan. 21, “We are preparing for military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program.”

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Vertitas Lux

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Take a moment to visit Blogger Job over at his blog “Vertitas Lux“.