Archive for November 28th, 2006

The Prayer of Faith

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:13-16 (New International Version)

God will hear your prayers. Pray to Him often, praising Him and thanking Him when He answers you. Praise Him!! The Lord will answer your prayers!!

Fake News from Iraq

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Update 11/30/2006: See the email from CENTCOM at the bottom of this post.

Michelle Malkin and Curt at the Flopping Aces Blog have been covering a story, for the last several days, about bogus news report from “officers” in the Iraqi army and police force, concerning the violence between the various Muslim sects.
One individual, a police Capt. Jamel Hussein, is sited in numerous AP and Reuters (among others) articles as an official source.
In one of the latest events reported by Capt. Hussein, six people were pulled from a mosque, dosed with kerosene and set on fire. When Iraqi troops investigated the incident, they not only did not find any physical evidence that it ever happened, but were told by numerous residents that it didn’t happen.
The “icing on the cake” in my mind was this message from CENTCOM:

BAGHDAD — Contrary to recent media reporting that four mosques were burned in Hurriya, an Iraqi Army patrol investigating the area found only one mosque had been burned in the neighborhood.

Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division conducted a patrol in Hurriya Friday afternoon in response to media reports that four mosques were being burned as retaliation for the VBIED attacks in Sadr City on Thursday.

The Soldiers set up a checkpoint near the Al Muhaimen mosque at approximately 2 p.m. and found the mosque intact with no evidence of any fire at the location.

While investigating the Al Meshaheda mosque, the patrol received small arms fire from unknown insurgents. The patrol returned fire, and the insurgents broke contact and fled the area. A subsequent check of the mosque found the mosque intact with no evidence of a fire.

At approximately 3:50 p.m., a local civilian reported to the patrol that armed insurgents had set the Al-Nidaa mosque on fire by throwing a gas container into the mosque. The patrol pursued the insurgents but lost contact with them.

The Soldiers called the fire department and set up a cordon around the mosque. Local fire trucks responded to the scene and extinguished the fire at approximately 4:00 p.m. The mosque sustained smoke and fire damage in the entry way but was not destroyed.

An alleged attack on a fourth mosque remains unconfirmed. The patrol was also unable to confirm media reports that six Sunni civilians were allegedly dragged out of Friday prayers and burned to death. Neither Baghdad police nor Coalition forces have reports of any such incident.

Link to CENTCOM press release.

Followed by this email that Curt at Flopping Aces Blog got from CENTCOM:

Got an update from Centcom. I sent them an email asking if they had any information on this Capt and I received:

“We are checking with the Iraqi Government to verify that Capt. Jamil Hussein is a legitimate Iraqi Government spokesperson. We haven’t heard back yet. Unfortunately, people posing as government officials often do call the media to make statements.

We have no confirmation that this event happened; so it is very likely that this is not a legitimate source. In addition, of the four mosques that were suppose to have been burned/destroyed at that time; we only confirmed one mosque was damaged by a fire that lasted an hour and then was extinguished with no casualties.”

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Just received another email from Centcom in Iraq from a Lietenent at the MNC-I Joint Operations Center. Pretty important stuff in this email: (MOI = Iraqi Ministry of Interior)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Sir:

Unfortunately, we do not have a direct contact into the MOI so we cannot provide you with that. We have to work through a CF organization called the CPATT (Coalition Police Assistance Training Team), an MNFI organization that seems to be made up of retired police officers.

Since September we have been engaging CPATT to verify the legitimacy and employment status of various MOI/IP spokesmen. Our contact at CPATT has been quite helpful, however, I know helping us is not his full-time job. Interestly, MOI has apparently issued an edict that no one below the level of Chief can speak to the media. We have reminded AP of this but without proof that these spokesman are not employees, they have pretty much ignored us. (If you were a reporter, would who give up a primo source because of rank? Probably not.)

I personally engaged CPATT about Capt. Jamil Hussein’s legitimacy within an hour of seeing the burning alive story — which we cannot verify from any source, but how do you prove a negative.

Of note, we definitely know that one IP spokesman – Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq of the city’s Yarmouk police station (a.k.a. police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq) is not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP and the MOI supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning. That happened a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t seen his name recently.

Below is an incomplete list of MOI spokesmen we are tracking since the middle of November and trying to verify.

Very respectfully,

LT Dean

So in a nut shell, we have false reports, or at best unconfirmed third party hearsay being passed off as facts by the mainstream media. Not to beat the dead horse, but between all three wars (Afghanistan, Iraq and the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict) the MSM’s have shown that they no longer rate as news organizations, but rather as propaganda machines for the enemy.
Be aware of this as you read and watch the news every day. You are not getting the facts about Iraq.

Michelle Malkin “Fake news vs. real news from Iraq“.
Michelle Malkin “The media fog of war“.
Flopping Aces “Getting The News From The Enemy“.

Update 11/30/2006:
Email from CENTCOM via Little Green Footballs:

From: MNC-I PAO Victory Main JOC
[mailto:MNF-IPAOVictoryMainJOC@iraq.centcom.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:14 AM
To: [deleted]
Cc: MNC-I PAO Victory Main JOC
Subject: RE: [U] RE: Could you confirm that the letter below was sent
by CENTCOM

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Sir:

I have just learned from Mr. Costlow, mentioned below, that Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the official Ministry of Interior spokesmen, will begin his regularly scheduled press conference at noon tomorrow with a statement that Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an MOI employee.

Yesterday, coincidently, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior issued a press release warning of spreading propaganda aimed at broadcasters. The text of this statement follows:

A Statement from the Ministry of Interior

After media became free in Iraq and expressed the will of all without the government interfering, unfortunately, some satellite TV channels began misleading public opinion and disclosing chaos for a particular political agenda, by broadcasting propaganda that harms people and tries to shake the trust in security forces.

Such satellite channels are trying to affect Iraqi unity and claim that information was stated by a security source without mentioning the source. Information sources should be well-known and reliable, and to avoid repeating such unfair actions, MOI warns the media and insists on defending the people’s security and safety. MOI will take all immediate preventive procedures against media that broadcast propaganda, because such media intend to repress the will of Iraqis in fighting terror and crime.

We would like to mention that such procedures we do not consider as chaining true free media, but it is a legal defense for Iraqi security and the safety of our people.

If you have any additional questions, please let us know.

Vr,
LT Dean

Michael B. Dean
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
MNC-I Joint Operations Center
Public Affairs Officer

michael.dean@iraq.centcom.mil
MNCI-PAO-VictoryMainJOC@iraq.centcom.mil
Multinational Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office

Illegal Aliens Murder 12 Americans Daily

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Death toll in 2006 far overshadows total U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan.

That’s right folks. Illegal aliens have murdered more American citizens this year than the total number of military personnel killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan for the entire war!!

WASHINGTON – While the military “quagmire” in Iraq was said to tip the scales of power in the U.S. midterm elections, most Americans have no idea more of their fellow citizens – men, women and children – were murdered this year by illegal aliens than the combined death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since those military campaigns began.

Though no federal statistics are kept on murders or any other crimes committed by illegal aliens, a number of groups have produced estimates based on data collected from prisons, news reports and independent research.

Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That’s 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.

Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863. Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289, according to the Department of Defense.

Original Link.

‘Nativity’ Booted From Chicago Christmas Festival

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Time to sue Chicago for violating the First Amendment rights of Christians.

CHICAGO (AP) – A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film “The Nativity Story” might offend non-Christians.

New Line Cinema, which said it was dropped, had planned to play a loop of the new film on televisions at the event. The decision had both the studio and a prominent Christian group shaking their heads.

“The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ,” said Paul Braoudakis, spokesman for the Barrington, Ill.-based Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations. “It’s tantamount to celebrating Lincoln’s birthday without talking about Abraham Lincoln.”

He also said that there is a nativity scene in Daley Plaza – and that some vendors at the festival sell items related to the nativity.

The city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another, said Cindy Gatziolis, a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. She acknowledged there is a nativity scene, but also said there will be representations of other faiths, including a Jewish menorah, all put up by private groups. She stressed that the city did not order organizers to drop the studio as a sponsor.

“Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would not only be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts, but also it would be contrary to acceptable advertising standards suggested to the many festivals holding events on Daley Plaza,” Jim Law, executive director of the office, said in a statement.

Officials with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, which has organized the event for several years, did not immediately return calls for comment. The festival started Thursday.

An executive vice president with New Line Cinema, Christina Kounelias, said the studio’s plan to spend $12,000 in Chicago was part of an advertising campaign around the country. Kounelias said that as far as she knew, the Chicago festival was the only instance where the studio was turned down.

Kounelias said she finds it hard to believe that non-Christians who attended something called Christkindlmarket would be surprised or offended by the presence of posters, brochures and other advertisements of the movie.

“One would assume that if (people) were to go to Christkindlmarket, they’d know it is about Christmas,” she said.

Original Link.

New U.S. Dollar Hides “In God We Trust”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this. The new U.S. dollar coins will have a new look. Instead of saying “In God We Trust” on the face of the coin, it has been moved to the edge of the coin. Anyone want to make bets on when it is removed permanently? Here is a newsflash: AMERICA NEEDS GOD!

WASHINGTON – “In God We Trust,” the official national motto since 1956 and a familiar sight on U.S. coins and currency, will be hard to find on the new presidential dollar coins scheduled for release to the public Feb. 15, 2007.

The new gold-colored dollar pieces, featuring images of U.S. presidents, will move the inscription from the face of the coin to the thin edge, along with the year and the previous national motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of Many, One.”

The official reason for the design change? To allow space for larger portraits of the presidents on the face and the Statue of Liberty on the reverse, according to the Mint.

The new coins will be the same size as the 1979 Susan B. Anthony and the 2000-2002 Sacajawea.

For the first time the coin will also say “$1” instead of “One Dollar.”

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Pope To Bow To Allah

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Does anyone else see the irony in this story? I am not Catholic and to be quite honest, I have never understood the fascination with the Pope. It just seems to me that the leader of the Catholic church should not be ‘bowing’ to a false god.

Vatican officials announced Sunday that Pope Benedict plans to become just the second pope to enter a mosque when he visits Turkey Tuesday.

In order to be permitted into an Islamic place of worship the pontiff – who has been trying to placate Muslim rage he triggered last September – will have to remove his shoes in deference to the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish religion and its Allah.

Analysts in the Vatican said the purpose of the mosque visit would be to try and build bridges between “Christians” and Muslims.

But the announcement did nothing to placate the fury or encourage tolerance from tens of thousands of Muslims who rallied in Istanbul Sunday to protest against the pope’s arrival.

The mob’s message to the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics was vividly spelled out on a large banner above the crowd.

It was an attack on the very heart of the Christian faith and read:

“Jesus is not the son of God. He is a prophet of Mohammed.”

In Islamic parlance “God” means “Allah” so the protestors were half right. However, the orthodox Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth Muslims repeatedly delight in defaming lived long before Mohammed and, in fact, warned His followers to be on the alert against false prophets like one who founded Islam.

Instead of shunning this religion, Pope Benedict appears poised to embrace its followers in order to “build bridges” between the Vatican and the Muslim world.

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“UPDATE: GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE RISE” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

While the attention of the world is now focused on the latest “cease fire” agreement between Hamas terrorists and the State of Israel and the escalating hostilities in Iraq, it would appear that lurking in the periphery of the news is the dramatic rise of global Jew hatred.

According to an Arutz Sheva report of 11/27/06, French rioters attacked Jews following a soccer match in Paris. The report states, “The incident took place at 11 PM at a McDonald’s restaurant near the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, following Tel Aviv’s 4-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in a UEFA Cup match. Paris fans attacked four French Jewish Tel Aviv team followers after members of the mob identified them as Jews.” The Jews fled in different directions, and at least one of them, Yaniv Hazout, found himself being chased by a mob.
Initial reports indicated that the attacked fans were Israelis who came to France to support the Israeli team. It turned out, though, that the attacked fans were local French Jews who came out in support of the Israeli team. Israeli fans were actually kept in the stadium for more than an hour after the game to prevent them from becoming targets of the angry mob, after they insisted on coming onto the field to celebrate the victory.

The spokesman for Hapoel Tel Aviv, Amir Lubin, told Army Radio that French fans were extremely hostile toward the Israelis who came to support their team. “We could hear the chants of the French crowd, which were in no way connected to soccer,” he said. “It was obvious that the Paris supporters were enraged by the result of the game, but we didn’t imagine it would come to this.” Witnesses told police that the Paris fans were shouting “filthy Jews” and other anti-Semitic slogans at the Jewish fans and would have truly killed them had Granomort, an immigrant from the Caribbean, not fired into the crowd. The policeman himself said he fired in self-defense. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said many of the Paris fans were chanting “Death to the Jews” during the attack. Five fans are in police custody and may face charges of racism and anti-Semitism.”

So much for the old adage that sporting events unites people and nations. If the truth be told, we are not surprised. France is a virulently anti-Semitic country. Within the past year Paris was the scene of the sadistic and heinous murder of French Jew, Ilan Halimi. Yeshiva students and other Jews have been attacked and beaten there as well. In February of 2006,

A local rabbi’s 17 year old son was attacked by two men near a synagogue in a Parisian suburb and suffered a broken nose. An 18 year old man was attacked by a group of five men, who insulted him and stole his cell phone. A 28 year old man wearing a Kippah was verbally and physically abused by four men and suffered a dislocated shoulder, according to police sources. France has also been the staging ground for hate filled demonstrations against Israel, as was evidenced during the War between Israel and Hezbollah terrorists during the summer of 2006.

And to those who believe that such shocking stories of Jew hatred can only emanate from countries such as France where Jew hatred has risen to epidemic proportions, we must think again. In a report published in The New York Post on 11/26/06, Jewish public school teachers are again being singled out for persecution simply because they are Jews. The report states, “A Jewish art teacher claims her principal’s Christian prayer groups and the staff’s anti-Semitic slurs turned her job at a Brooklyn public school into a living hell” – and now she’s fighting back with a lawsuit. Melissa Eder, 43, thought she’d finally found her dream job when she was hired by the 219-student East New York Family Academy on Linden Boulevard in October 2003.

What she didn’t realize was that in this hard-bitten corner of the education system, the edict about separation of church and state was routinely ignored, she said. Eder also had no idea she would eventually have to face off with staff who compared Adolf Hitler to Gandhi and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Eder said the problems began about six months into her new job. She said she was approached by one of the teachers and asked whether she wanted to join the “prayer circle” of six faculty members who huddled every morning with Principal Sheila Richards. She declined.

Then, during a staff meeting at the beginning of her second year, the principal invited the teachers out into the hallway to join in a group prayer. “She asked Jesus Christ for guidance in the upcoming school year,” Eder said. “I was the only one that didn’t participate. I do fundamentally believe in the separation of church and state so you can have religious freedom.” The other teachers, however, were shocked that Eder bowed out of the prayer, she said. Another prayer session detailed by Eder occurred in 2003, when, she said, English department staff asked students to bow their heads as they waited to start their Regents exams.

The Department of Education refused to comment on the allegations, but a 1964 Supreme Court decision prohibits faculty-led prayer in school. Eder said her alienation from her Christian peers reached a peak during a staff-development seminar in 2004, when faculty members were instructed to divide into groups and discuss why Gandhi, King and Hitler were considered “revolutionary figures.” “Somebody said, ‘Let the students draw their own conclusions about the Holocaust,’ ” she said. “I didn’t realize the Holocaust was a revolution that made a positive change. I couldn’t make them understand.” Eder also claimed that a picture card of Rebbe Moshiach, the Jewish prophet, was placed on her seat in the teacher’s lounge to identify it as hers.”

There was a time when the New York City public school system boasted a large percentage of Jewish teachers. This is no longer the case. For those old enough to remember the New York City teachers’ strike of 1968, we recall that those times marked the beginning of the end for Jewish teachers in New York City. The Jew hating vituperative had begun and the strike was riddled with vicious anti-Semitism.

On the international front, the burgeoning rise of anti-Semitic statements by world leader continues unabated. According to a Bloomberg news report of 11/26/06 it states, “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the collapse of Israel, the US and Britain, attacking what he called their “oppressive behavior.” “The Zionist regime is on a steep downhill towards collapse and disgrace,” Ahmandinejad told supporters at a rally of Basiji militia forces near Tehran today. In a reference to the U.S. and U.K., he said “the collapse and crumbling of your devilish rule has started.” The speech was carried live on state television. Iran doesn’t recognize Israel, and Ahmadinejad drew international condemnation after saying in October 2005 that Israel should be “wiped off the map.” The U.S. and Iran have had no diplomatic ties since 1980 following the seizure of diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.”

As Ahmadinejad prepares to unleash his nuclear arsenal in the not so distant future, he has made his intentions to destroy Israel as his first priority. He continues to denigrate Jews as he questions of the veracity of the Holocaust and encourages the world to mock and ridicule the memory of the six million. Ahmadinejad is not alone as he spews forth his incendiary rhetoric against the Jews and Israel. He is joined by friend and close ally, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In a recent investigative report published by the Anti-Defamation League in New York, anti-Semitism in Venezuela is on the rise and has been buttressed and endorsed by Chavez himself.

The report states, “Under the leadership of firebrand President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has experienced a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism, fostered in large part by Chavez’s own rhetoric and that of his government institutions.” The Chavez Regime: Fostering Anti-Semitism and Supporting Radical Islam” examines recent statements by Chavez, articles in the government-sponsored media and the remarks of academics and government leaders, creating a portrait of a regime that promotes virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes as it seeks to position itself as a regional and world player.

The Chavez regime’s frequent anti-Israel statements, open support for terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah and collusion with radical Islamic leaders like President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran are having a “spillover effect” in Venezuelan society, with anti-Israel demonstrations, anti-Jewish graffiti and other displays of anti-Semitism becoming dangerously commonplace, according to ADL. The Jewish population of Venezuela is reportedly about 25,000 people.

“President Hugo Chavez and his government institutions have elevated their anti-Israel rhetoric to dangerous levels, and it often crosses the line into anti-Semitism,” said Abraham H. Foxman. “It is troubling that the leadership of a Latin American country, that once served as a safe-haven for Holocaust survivors and that still boasts a sizeable Jewish community, has taken a wrong turn into fostering hatred, prejudice and bigotry while supporting countries and groups who call for Israel’s total destruction.”

Chavez and his government have resorted to implicit and explicit anti-Semitic displays, including rehashing the ancient canard of Jewish control, blaming Israel and the Jews for the world’s problems, and adopting anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish financial influence.
Recently, in a series of public statements on Israel’s war with Hezbollah, Chavez repeatedly compared Israel to the Nazis and Hitler, and in speaking to his own people he has on at least one occasion dabbled in classical anti-Semitic canards:

* Israel was committing genocide in Lebanon and its leaders should be held responsible and should be judged by an international tribunal. The Israelis criticize Hitler but have done something worse.” August 25, 2006.

* This fascism is something similar to what Hitler did: bombard cities, kill innocent children, women and men, and destroy the infrastructure of people.” July 26, 2006

* The world is for all of us, then, but it so happens that a minority, the descendents of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants of the same ones that kicked Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way over there in Santa Marta, in Colombia.

* A minority has taken possession of all the wealth in the world — December, 24, 2005.

Chavez has strengthened and formed new alliances with extreme leaders in the Middle East, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Chavez also has fostered relationships with convicted guerrilla terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez (a.k.a. “Carlos the Jackal”) and Holocaust denier Norberto Ceresole of Argentina.

Anti-Semitism is routinely found in Venezuela’s government-sponsored press, with stereotypical descriptions and caricatures of Jews and anti-Israel invective appearing in opinion pieces and editorial cartoons.

And so the modern day Hitlers speak. They speak with confidence and zeal and their words and ideas are being willing embraced by their followers. They are not afraid of international recriminations, nor are they afraid of global isolation. We hear of no leaders of the free world taking the podium to condemn the statements of tyrants and despots, nor do we hear an international outcry against anti-Semitic incidents be they in Paris, New York, Teheran or Caracas.

The world remains silent as anti-Semitic diatribes and actions reach hitherto unknown proportions. The Jewish people and the State of Israel are alone. Our only ally has been and will always be the Almighty G-d of Israel. During these critical times for the Jewish people, it would behoove us all to resolve to become closer to G-d. It is time to understand that with each passing moment our very survival as a people and as a nation is in dire jeopardy. It is time to reach out in sincere prayer and supplication before G-d. It is time to return to Torah. It is time to sanctify G-d’s name through Jewish strength, power and pride. It is time to place our fear only in G-d and not in the nations of the world. Let us remember and utter the words of King David (Psalms 5), “Hashem, guide me in your righteousness because of my watchful enemies; make straight before me Your way.”

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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.