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And With Thanksgiving…

Monday, November 20th, 2006

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6 (New International Version)

This week as we count down the days until Thanksgiving Day, I thought I would talk about…you guessed it…Thanksgiving.
Now I’m not exactly talking about the Thanksgiving that is typically taught in the schools, where the Pilgrims are marginalized as entrepreneurs in search of a place to make money.
I’m talking about the more than 150 men and their families, who signed a paper, called the Mayflower Compact, which gave thanks to God for their survival of the Atlantic journey and promised to make God the center of their lives.
After landing, the Pilgrims, who had left England in order to purse religious freedom in the New World, experienced a horrible winter. Over half of the adults died. It was only by the intervention of the Native Americans, that the remaining Pilgrims survived.
The traditional account is that after that terrible winter, a great feast was held. In part, this feast was to thank the Native Americans for their help. But most of all, the Pilgrims held a feast to give thanks to the Lord for their continued survival.
In Philippians 4:6, Paul instructs us to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Ask God for what you need that will bring Glory to Him also. Do so with Thanksgiving in your heart for all the things He as done for you already. Have faith and God will answer your prayer in one way or another.

News from the Middle East

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Several headlines caught my interest today. Check these out:

Iran Calls for Summit With Iraq, Syria

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iran has invited the Iraqi and Syrian presidents to Tehran for a weekend summit with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to hash out ways to cooperate in curbing the runaway violence that has taken Iraq to the verge of civil war and threatens to spread through the region, four key lawmakers told The Associated Press on Monday.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has accepted the invitation and will fly to the Iranian capital Saturday, a close parliamentary associate said.

The Iranian diplomatic gambit appeared designed to upstage expected moves from Washington to include Syria and Iran in a wider regional effort to clamp off violence in Iraq, where more civilians have been killed in the first 20 days of November than in any other month since the AP began tallying the figures in April 2005.

The Iranian move was also a display of its increasingly muscular role in the Middle East, where it already has established deep influence over Syria and Lebanon.

“All three countries intend to hold a three-way summit among Iraq, Iran and Syria to discuss the security situation and the repercussions for stability of the region,” said Ali al-Adeeb, a lawmaker of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa Party and a close aide to the prime minister.

Both Iran and Syria are seen as key players in Iraq. Syria is widely believed to have done little to stop foreign fighters and al-Qaida in Iraq recruits from crossing its border to join Sunni insurgents in Iraq. It also has provided refuge for many top members of Saddam Hussein’s former leadership and political corps, which is thought to have organized arms and funding for the insurgents. The Sunni insurgency, since it sprang to life in late summer 2003, has been responsible for most of the U.S. deaths in Iraq.

Iran is deeply involved in training, funding and arming the two major Shiite militias in Iraq, where Tehran has deep historic ties to the current Shiite political leadership. Many Iraqi Shiites spent years in Iranian exile during Saddam’s decades in power in Baghdad. One militia, the Badr Brigade, was trained in Iran by the Revolutionary Guard.

Bush: I’d understand if Israel decided to attack Iran

The United States lacks sufficient intelligence on Iran’s nuclear facilities at this time, which prevents it from initiating a military strike against them, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told European politicians and diplomats with whom she has recently met.

Rice mentioned three reasons why the United States is currently unable to carry out a military operation against Iran: the wish to solve the crisis through peaceful means; concern that a military strike will be ineffective – that it would fail to completely destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities; and the lack of precise intelligence on the targets’ locations.

U.S. President George W. Bush and President Jacques Chirac of France met several weeks ago. Bush told his French counterpart that the possibility that Israel would carry out a strike against Iran’s nuclear installations should not be ruled out.

Bush also said that if such an attack were to take place, he would understand it. According to European diplomats who later met with Rice, the secretary of state did not express the same willingness to show understanding for a possible Israeli strike against Iran.

Iran to Use 100,000 Centrifuges in Nuclear Program (Update1)

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Iran plans to use 100,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium as part of its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today.

Iran “aims to have 100,000 centrifuges,” the state-run Iranian Students News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. “God willing, Iran will meet its nuclear fuel needs by next year.”

Ahmadinejad announced last week that Iran was planning to install up to 60,000 centrifuges, Agence France-Presse reported. The devices produce concentrated uranium, which can be used in nuclear reactors or weapons.

The U.S. suspects that the Iranian drive to produce enriched uranium is a precursor to building a bomb, in contravention of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which Iran is a signatory. Iran says the fuel is needed to generate electricity. The United Nations Security Council in July ordered Iran to stop enrichment, a request ignored by the oil-rich country.

Ahmadinejad, speaking during a visit to the Tehran offices of state-run television, dismissed reports of possible Israeli strikes against Iran as “media warfare,” ISNA reported.

“The Israeli regime will presently not attack Iran because it faces many problems” and is currently “weak,” said Ahmadinejad, pronounced ah-ma-deen-ah-ZHAD.

The Iranian president has called for Israel’s destruction and expressed doubts about the scope of the World War II Holocaust.

“Don’t Speak About Religion And Politics?” by Chuck Norris

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Over the past couple of years there has been much debate over the civil display of religious inscriptions, like the Ten Commandments (also called the Decalogue).

I was shocked to read this past week Bob Unruh’s exclusives on WND about how the U.S. Supreme Court is even now silencing the truths about the Commandments in its own building.

People often say to stay clear of discussing religion and politics. True patriots don’t do that. That is why I will address both in this article.

Revolutionary Thought about the Decalogue

I’ve learned some things recently about the Ten Commandments and the foundations of our country, excellently documented by David Barton and Wall Builders

Let me share just a few with you.

Noah Webster, the man personally responsible for Art. I, Sec. 8, paragraph 8, of the U. S. Constitution, explained two centuries ago: ”The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments, consisting of two tables; one comprehending the duties which we owe immediately to God – the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men.”

John Quincy Adams, who fought during the Revolution, served under four presidents before becoming one, and who was nominated (but declined) a position on the U. S. Supreme Court under President Madison, similarly declared: ”The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes … of universal application-laws essential to the existence of men in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws.”

John Witherspoon, president of Princeton and signer of the Declaration, and one who served on over one hundred committees while in Congress, declared: ”The Ten Commandments .. are the sum of the moral law.”

The fact is our Founding Fathers introduced the tenets of the Ten Commandments not only into their families but into law, to promote civility and morality for everyone.

God’s Law and the Law of the Land

Of course our founders were merely passing along the religious and moral baton, as the Colonialists handed it to them.

The proof of that is found in the fact that every early American Colony (all thirteen except Rhode Island under Roger Williams) incorporated the complete Decalogue into its own civil code of laws.

For example, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, established in 1638-39 as the first written constitution in America and considered the direct predecessor of the U. S. Constitution, stated that the governor and his council of six elected officials would ”have power to administer justice according to the laws here established; and for want thereof according to the rule of the word of God.”

Even in 1638, the Rhode Island government adopted ”all those perfect and most absolute laws of His, given us in His holy word of truth, to be guided and judged thereby. Exod. 24. 3, 4; 2 Chron. II. 3; 2 Kings. II. 17.”

The following year, in 1639, the New Haven Colony unanimously adopted its ”Fundamental Articles” to govern that Colony as well with ”the Scriptures.”

From Pride to Silence

Historians, government officials, and even our courts used to proudly declare our country’s relationship with the Ten Commandments.

As late as 1917, the Supreme Court of North Carolina declared:

Our laws are founded upon the Decalogue, not that every case can be exactly decided according to what is there enjoined, but we can never safely depart from this short, but great, declaration of moral principles, without founding the law upon the sand instead of upon the eternal rock of justice and equity.

In 1950, the Florida Supreme Court similarly made known:

A people unschooled about the sovereignty of God, the Ten Commandments, and the ethics of Jesus, could never have evolved the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. There is not one solitary fundamental principle of our democratic policy that did not stem directly from the basic moral concepts as embodied in the Decalogue …

Unfortunately, America’s once code of conduct has now turned into a code of silence!

The Ten Amendments?

It doesn’t take a historian to figure out that the Ten Commandments and its law giver (Moses) played a very significant role in the moral and civil foundations of our nation.

Their influence was so profound that their imagery was indelibly displayed upon many civil structures and monuments, both state and federal.

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin created a seal for the new United States, each separately proposing Moses and the Exodus prominently in the symbol.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Moses is the only one of twenty-three law givers facing with a full-frontal view, still staring down on the proceedings.

Even on the U.S. Supreme Court, there are six depictions of Moses and the Ten Commandments, though, as WND recently reported, tourists are now being told there is only one, and that the tablets etched with the Roman Numerals I-V and VI-X now depict the ”Ten Amendments” or the Bill of Rights.

Such blatant educational oversight is one of the reasons I’ve joined with The National Council on Bible Curriculum to bring a state certified Bible course (elective) into the public schools nationwide. You can join us.

Follow Our Fathers

Friends, I am a patriot and an optimist at heart. I must admit, however, that recent attempts these past few years to suppress the truths about our country’s heritage are raising even my blood pressure.

I believe the voices of our Fathers echo down through the generations in hope of helping us remedy the rampant degradation in our nation.

I, as with many of you, still believe we can remain a great country, but that will only be accomplished by rising up new generations of decent, law-abiding, people-loving, and God-fearing citizens.

And how can we create such a society?

I believe our Founding Fathers had the answer: by not being afraid to establish some common absolutes, a code of conduct, like the Ten Commandments.

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“The Book of ‘Allegory’?” by Jack Kinsella

Monday, November 20th, 2006

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

Take a moment with me to reflect on this prophecy, penned by the Apostle John sometime in the latter part of the 1st century. In John’s day, there were perhaps 200 million people living in the known world of the Roman Empire.

None of them had driver’s licenses. There was no such thing as an identity card. There was no central database containing the names and addresses of the Empire’s citizens. There was no central banking system in place. There was no global economy, no Federal Reserve, no paper scrip, and no way to track either the movement or the economic activity of the general population.

In John’s day, such strict governmental control was utterly impossible. It would be more than eighteen hundred years before any of the elements necessary to fulfill John’s prophecy were even dreamed of, let alone invented.

It wasn’t even possible fifty years ago. The global economy wasn’t possible until Bell Labs invented the transistor chip in 1948, giving birth to the Computer Age.

And it wasn’t until the mid-1960’s that computers were sophisticated enough to begin to compile databases of a country’s citizens. And it wasn’t until the early 1990’s that it was even possible to track the movements of large segments of the population.

Now, look with me again at what John predicted. He predicted that the antichrist would have such detailed command and control that he would be able to restrict a person’s ability to buy or sell unless they became part of his system.

That is one of the reasons that the Book of Revelation was always considered to be a book of symbols and allegory and not to be taken literally.

Martin Luther at first considered Revelation to be “neither apostolic nor prophetic” and stated that “Christ is neither taught nor known in it.” The Book of the Revelation was the only book in the Scripture John Calvin didn’t write a commentary on.

In the 4th century, St. John Chrysostom and other bishops argued against including this book in the New Testament canon, chiefly because of the difficulties of interpreting it and the danger for abuse.

Christians in Syria also reject it because of the Montanists’ heavy reliance on it. In the 9th century, it was included with the Apocalypse of Peter among “disputed” books in the Stichometry of St. Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople.

In the end it was included in the accepted canon, although it remains the only book of the New Testament that is not read within the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Traffic gridlock in Atlanta, Ga. has inspired two companies to develop a traffic monitoring system by tracking the cell phone signals inside cars.

By using anonymous data from wireless providers to mark how fast cell-phone handsets are moving — and overlaying that information with location data and maps — IntelliOne and AirSage hope to offer more detailed information and pragmatic advice than other firms that monitor traffic through radar, helicopters or cameras.

Both systems rely on wireless companies allowing them to process the data from their towers that calculate the position of each phone about twice a second when it’s being used and once every 30 seconds when it’s not.

IntelliOne, in business since 1999, uses technology that can track vehicles to within 330 feet without using Global Positioning System satellites.

AirSage has a similar strategy and has partnered with Sprint Nextel Corp. to offer government customers real-time traffic data.

The company already has four contracts with state transit departments and recently announced a plan with the Georgia Department of Transportation to extend traffic coverage between Atlanta and Macon.

It sounds like a good idea. Individual customers would be able to buy a single use or pay a monthly fee for personalized information and a service that sends alternate routes when traffic takes a turn for the worse.

But once the government has that data, it is up to the government how it wants to use it. Once the data begins to flow, the government will find all kinds of extra uses for it.

The Book of the Revelation used to be viewed as symbols and allegory because it was too high-tech to understand. It took two thousand years for us to catch up with it technologically.

To understand it in this generation, all one needs as a study guide is the morning newspaper.

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

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Rangel Calls for Reinstating Military Draft

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Hey Dems, look what your guy wants to do. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t y’all get really upset at the Republicans back in 2004, when it was suggested that they wanted the draft back. You may also recall, despite the fact the press buried it, that the 2004 draft movement was actually started by the Democrats.
Look everyone, they are at it again. I guess we are already seeing what putting Democrats in power does. Nice job, people. We have at least two more years of this type of stupidity.

WASHINGTON — A senior House Democrat said Sunday he will introduce legislation to reinstate the military draft, asserting that current troop levels are insufficient to sustain possible challenges against Iran, North Korea and Iraq.

“There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,” said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, said he will propose the measure early next year.

At a time when some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq, “I don’t see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft,” he said.

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