Archive for August 5th, 2009

Lost Sheep

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Lost Sheep

I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.

Psalm 119:176 (New International Version)

Bible Story Murals Adds a Photo Gallery of Installations

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Mr. Doug Westbrook, the artist and founder of Bible Story Murals, has added a photo gallery of installations section to his website. These are just some of the many places his murals are installed.

Bible Story Murals Photo Gallery of Installations.

Take a moment and see some of the places his murals are showing up.
There’s more to come!!

See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
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 wall sized mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook created at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story.

Government Insurance Would Allow Abortion Coverage

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Not the least bit surprising for this administration and legislature.

WASHINGTON — Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue.

Federal funds for abortions are now restricted to cases involving rape, incest or danger to the health of the mother. Abortion opponents say those restrictions should carry over to any health insurance sold through a new marketplace envisioned under the legislation, an exchange where people would choose private coverage or the public plan.

Abortion rights supporters say that would have the effect of denying coverage for abortion to millions of women who now have it through workplace insurance and are expected to join the exchange.

Advocates on both sides are preparing for a renewed battle over abortion, which could jeopardize political support for President Barack Obama’s health care initiative aimed at covering nearly 50 million uninsured and restraining medical costs.

“We want to see people who have no health insurance get it, but this is a sticking point,” said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of pro-life activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We don’t want health care reform to be the vehicle for mandating abortion.”

Donna Crane, policy director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, said abortion opponents “want an abortion ban in private insurance, and that’s not neutrality at all — that’s a radical departure from current law. They want something far more extreme than where I think the American public is.”

A compromise approved by a House committee last week attempted to balance questions of federal funding, personal choice and the conscience rights of clinicians. It would allow the public plan to cover abortion but without using federal funds, only dollars from beneficiary premiums.

Likewise, private plans in the new insurance exchange could opt to cover abortion, but no federal subsidies would be used to pay for the procedure.

“It’s a sham,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life. “It’s a bookkeeping scheme. The plan pays for abortion, and the government subsidizes the plan.”

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Angry Protesters Confront Democratic Lawmakers at Health Care Town Halls

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

The Dems continue to characterize these protest as “fringe groups”, “organized protest”, and “right wing wackos”. I think they are making a huge mistake in believing this. Protesters have crossed party lines in almost every case. By stating it this way, they are alienating their moderate base in both parties.
Look, the majority of people are happy with their health care. They don’t want it messed with. They certainly don’t want the government overseeing it.

The White House said Tuesday that some of the anger that Democratic lawmakers have encountered at town hall meetings over the past several days is “manufactured.”

“In fact, I think you’ve had groups today, Conservatives for Patients Rights, that have bragged about organizing and manufacturing that anger,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

The debate over President Obama’s top domestic priority is escalating as Congress takes a month-long recess. Several lawmakers have been booed, jeered, and occasionally cheered by protesters on their home turfs at town hall meetings on health care reform.

Gibbs singled out Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, as the ringleader.

“I think you’ve got somebody who’s very involved, a leader of that group that’s very involved in the status quo, a CEO that used to run a health care company that was fined by the federal government $1.7 billion for fraud. I think that’s a lot of what you need to know about the motives of that group.”

Scott said no needs to “manufacture” anger or concern “when 86 percent of Americans are happy with their current health care and they feel that it is threatened by a massive government take over.”

“It is a shame that Mr. Gibbs chooses to dismiss these Americans and their very real concerns instead of opting to level personal attacks,” he said in a statement. “The simple fact is that the more Americans learn about the president’s public options plan, the more they realize it is a massive government takeover plan that will mean higher taxes, bigger deficits and interfere with their current coverage resulting in delayed or denied medical care for them and their families. That is why support for his plan is plummeting like a rock.”

The weekend events taken together with polls reflecting growing public doubts about the president’s push to remake the system for providing medical care reflect the public mood and the obstacles facing the Obama administration.

Four of five congressional committees have approved versions of health care bills, but lawmakers fell short of Obama’s deadline for the House and Senate to vote on bills before their August recess. That sets up a September showdown on the legislation and all sides have moved into high gear.

Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius faced an antagonistic, standing-room-only crowd Sunday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Rep. Steve Kagen of Wisconsin encountered a rowdy mob of protesters at a town hall meeting on Monday night. And Rep. Llloyd Doggett, D-Texas, was surrounded by protesters shouting “Just say no!” to Democrats’ health plans in Texas over the weekend. He accused Republicans of organizing the opposition.

“This mob … did not come just to be heard, but to deny others the right to be heard. And this appears to be part of a coordinated, nationwide effort,” Doggett said in a statement. “What could be more appropriate for the ‘party of not’ than having its stalwarts drowning out the voices of their neighbors by screaming ‘Just say no!'”

The Democratic National Committee has dismissed the protests as “mob rule.”

“The Republicans and their allied groups desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill … are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country,” DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.

Woodhouse said Republican operatives and special interests are funding and organizing these groups in an effort to stop Obama’s top domestic priority.

“The right wing extremists’ use of things like devil horns on pictures of our elected officials, hanging members of Congress in effigy, breathlessly questioning the president’s citizenship and the use of Nazi SS symbols and the like just shows how outside of the mainstream the Republican Party and their allies are,” he said. “This type of anger and discord did not serve Republicans well in 2008 … and it is bound to backfire again.”

Specter, a recent Republican-turned-Democrat, said he thought political organizations orchestrated some of the commotion, but that individuals with serious concerns — some in dire medical conditions — were also there.

He said other lawmakers can expect the same as they face voters on the divisive issue of overhauling health care.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the harbinger of things to come,” Specter said.

But some town hall goers say they have not been organized.

Shelly Colby told FOX News that most of the people that turned out for Doggett’s town hall were there to speak to the lawmaker.

“We weren’t coerced by the Republicans, the Libertarian. We came out on our own because we have real concerns about the bills,” she said.

Not all Democratic lawmakers have had to contend with unruly crowds at their town hall meetings.

Rep. Elijah Cummings told FOX News he didn’t get shouted down at a town hall meeting he held in Baltimore.

“As a matter of fact, there was no incident like other town hall meetings, and that’s because I had an opportunity to explain to these veterans exactly what we’re trying to do and how it would affect them and their family,” Cummings said.

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Lion of Judah – Silver Gold Ring – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the Lion of Judah – Silver Gold Ring.

This Lion of Judah ring has been hand crafted in Jerusalem from Sterling silver and 14 carat gold

* the righteous are bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1)

Body of ring shaped as The Walls of Jerusalem

Hand made in Jerusalem

Take a moment to see all of the other interesting items they stock.

The Jerusalem Gift Shop 234x60

Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Does Cash for Clunkers Help the Environment? It’s Debatable

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Bad plans usually have bad results. Cash for Clunkers is no different.

Buyer’s remorse may be setting in for some who question whether the government’s cash for clunkers program is really all it’s supposed to be.

Sold as an economic stimulus and an environmental salve, the “cash for clunkers” program has succeeded in jump-starting the ailing auto industry. But some environmental and national security watchdogs are now arguing that the harm caused by destroying the used vehicles — required by the government trade-in program — may outweigh the benefits of exchanging pollution-spewing gas guzzlers for new, more efficient cars.

“Disposing of old products, a step required by most incentive and rebate programs, also has environmental costs,” Gwen Ottinger, a researcher at the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Center for Contemporary History and Policy in Philadelphia, wrote in an opinion article published in The Washington Post on Tuesday.

“It takes energy to shred and recycle metals; plastic components often cannot be recycled and end up as landfill cover; and the engine fluids, refrigerants and other chemicals essential to operating products end up as hazardous wastes,” she wrote.

Others say it also does nothing to reduce America’s dependency on oil.

“Cash for clunkers is a historic mistake for America because it misapplies billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize more fuel inefficient cars that are bad for our dependence on foreign oil and bad for the environment,” said Edwin Black, author of “The Plan: How to Save America When the Oil Stops — or the Day Before.”

Black told that lawmakers had the right idea to get more fuel efficient vehicles on the road but executed it poorly. He said it’s too early to say how many vehicles purchased get 18 to 20 mpg rather than 30 to 35 mpg.

“It could have also formed the basis for a crash program of fuel switching in the event of an oil interruption, which is being threatened by Iran as recently as this morning,” he said. “What we have now is a jobs program-bailout disguised as fuel efficient move.”

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Dad Who Prayed for Sick Girl Found Guilty in Her Death

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I’m redoing this post because I think it needs some additional discussion.
The way I understand this story, Dale Neumann was not part of any official organized religion. He is reported to have said, “we believe the word of God and live according to its precepts.”
As the article says below, instead of contacting medical personal for help, he and other members of the family stood over their daughter, who was literally dying in front of them from diabetic shock, and prayed for divine intervention in the form of healing for their daughter.
We are to ask God for everything, in prayer and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6) and we are to have faith that God will deliver what we are asking for (Luke 17:5-6).
On that same token, we must not test God (Luke 4:12).
Remember that God has given us wonderful medical people, who can help with many medical problems. Instead of testing God by standing around, and in essence saying to God, “my daughter is dying and you need to heal her right now or she will die”, this man should have seen the gift from God of the medical technology that could have helped his daughter. After getting his daughter medical help, his prayer should have been, “Lord, if it is your will, please heal my daughter completely. But if not, please give the doctors the wisdom to treat my daughter and help her to cope with this medical problem”.
God expects us to be responsible and He gave us common sense. God will not be tested.
Let me know your thoughts on this.

WAUSAU, Wis. — A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.

Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the March 23, 2008, death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed diabetes. Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn’t walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family’s rural Weston home as people surrounded her and prayed.

Someone called 911 when she stopped breathing.

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