It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.


—Patrick Henry

June 30, 2009

CALL TO FAST & PRAYER

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June 28, 2009

Goodbye America

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Just like the game “Mononopoly” America’s printing money faster than the ink can dry and…

just like “Monopoly” our money ain’t worth the paper it’s being printed on.

I wonder, though, as I’ve written countless times before, “Who's watching the “watchdogs?”

Apparently no one and [apparently] it really doesn’t matter.

Check out the latest atrocity and see if your blood pressure doesn’t go sky high regarding the negligence with our pals over at the Federal Reserve:




(Read full story at the Daily Bail.)

Tell me, if anyone still believes there is any chance of saving our America, will you please explain to me how, at this point, is that possible?

And, speaking of the Federal Reserve, there's and old saying that goes something like this: if you want to hide something from the general public, then put it in a book. In case anyone is wondering, the Federal Reserve is a privately owned cartel of some very powerful businessmen. This cartel works cooperatively with their governments and all other powerful transnational corporations in a dominant global alliance that allows them to control the worlds markets, resources, cheap labor and our lives.

Following are some reputable quotes concerning the Federal Reserve that is available to anyone and everyone who is interested.


SENATORS & CONGRESSMEN:

Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States.
--Sen. Barry Goldwater (Rep. AR)

This [Federal Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President [Wilson} signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized.the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill.

--Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. , 1913

From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.

--Congressman Charles A.
Lindbergh Sr., 1913


The financial system has been turned over to the Federal Reserve Board. That Board administers the finance system by authority of a purely profiteering group. The system is Private, conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits from the use of other peoples money.
--Charles A. Lindbergh Sr., 1923

The Federal Reserve bank buys government bonds without one penny.
--Congressman Wright Patman,
Congressional Record, Sept 30, 1941

We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.

--Congressman Louis T. McFadden in 1932 (Rep. Pa)

The Federal Reserve banks are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this nation is run by the International bankers.

--Congressman Louis T. McFadden (Rep. Pa)

Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are the United States governments institutions. They are not government institutions. They are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign swindlers.

--Congressional Record 12595-12603
Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the Committee
on Banking and Currency (12 years) June 10, 1932

I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs.I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices in doing something terrible and unforgivable to our wonderful country. Deep down in our heart, we know that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected.

--John Danforth (R-Mo)

These 12 corporations together cover the whole country and monopolize and use for private gain every dollar of the public currency. Mr. Crozier of Cincinnati, before Senate Banking and Currency Committee, 1913.

The [Federal Reserve Act] as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency.
--Henry Cabot Lodge Sr., 1913


FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVES OWN ADMISSIONS
When you or I write a check there must be sufficient funds in out account to cover the check, but when the Federal Reserve writes a check there is no bank deposit on which that check is drawn. When the Federal Reserve writes a check, it is creating money.
--Boston Federal Reserve Bank


Neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities, intrinsically; a dollar bill is just a piece of paper. Deposits are merely book entries.
--Modern Money Mechanics Workbook,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 1975

The Federal Reserve system pays the U.S. Treasury $20.60 per thousand notes a little over 2 cents each without regard to the face value of the note. Federal Reserve Notes, incidentally, is the only type of currency now produced for circulation. They are printed exclusively by the Treasurys Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the $20.60 per thousand price reflects the Bureaus full cost of production. Federal Reserve Notes are printed in 01, 02, 05, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar denominations only; notes of 500, 1000, 5000, and 10,000 denominations were last printed in 1945.
--Donald J. Winn,
Assistant to the Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve System

We are completely dependant on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon.
--Robert H. Hamphill,
Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank


PAST PRESIDENTS, NOT INCLUDING THE FOUNDING FATHERS
Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.
--James A. Garfield, President of the United States


A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the worldno longer a government of free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.

--President Woodrow Wilson


FOUNDING FATHERS QUOTES ON BANKING
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.
--Thomas Jefferson,
U.S. President


If Congress has the right [it doesnt] to issue paper money [currency], it was given to them to be used by[the government] and not to be delegated to individuals or corporations.
--President Andrew Jackson,
Vetoed Bank Bill of 1836

History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.
--James Madison

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You gotta admit this, folks: our pals over at the Federal Reserve know the wisdom of what's stated in Proverbs 22:7: "The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."

So you see, America, ignorance is not bliss... and unless we turn from being a god-less to a god-full nation we are…

(excuse my “French”) screwed!

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June 26, 2009

We Are The World

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Yesterday, I was saddened by the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. My prayers remain for them and their loved ones.

In thinking about our mortality, I remembered the “We Are The World” project that Jackson created in the 80s and how powerful his vision was in uniting people of all faiths and colors because…

[Through God] we are the world.

Imagine how much stronger peace can be established if we would abandon our heart's completely to God's will instead of man's.

Today, I dedicate this post for all to pray for reconciliation and world peace. Let’s remember that God intended us to live together respectfully in love. God bless everyone.

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Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

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The following video, We Are The World, courtesy of You Tube.

June 25, 2009

Guest Author, Robert Melaccio, Sr.

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Greetings Friends!

Since I've intended this blog to be a "safe-haven" for all Christians to share "life as it happens," I am thrilled to step aside today for guest author, Robert Melaccio, Sr. If anyone else is interested to "guest author" on this blog, feel free to e-mail me at judi@judilake.com. Please be advised that all material is subject for approval.

In the meantime, following are Mr. Melaccio, Sr.'s thoughts for the day:

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The Answer To All Starts At 3:OO PM
Each Day
At The Foot Of The Cross



We are, in my opinion and by the prophecy of God to Saint Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in my Soul, in a time of grace and God’s mercy before He will shortly return as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to meet out justice upon the earth.

Now you who may scoff and reject stop to think of the Word of God. He who procl
aims Jesus come in the flesh is of God, John 4. Yes and God has appeared to many throughout history and given them His prophecy. To the meek, humble and lowly has He appeared?

So why 3:00 pm each day? Why is this time so critical? Well it is at this hour that God opens His heart and ears to all who call upon Him in remembrance of His passion death and crucifixion at 3:00 pm on Calvary. God stated in this prophecy that “He will refuse nothing of the soul that comes to Him” as described in Sister Faustina’s diary.

Now great trials are coming upon the Catholic Church and Christianity. Religious persecution will come and is already growing each day. Many will suffer for their stance and some will even be martyred for their faith. Many do not want to know this and prefer the belief they will be raptured away. Yet God Himself speaks to those who will be killed for His name and sent to prison and suffer before kings, rulers and judges.

As God stated and the apostles warned, we know that evil has entered the churches with many follow false doctrines and beliefs. Many Saints have given their witness and prophecy concerning the days we are living and yet many reject those warnings, following the doctrines of men, they close their eyes and ears to God. Testing not the message or messenger they just totally reject out of ignorance and false teaching.

So this day I urge you who seek to search every avenue that uses to speak to His chosen, elect for He calls those who’s names are written in the Book of Life to repent, come home, be ready for His return.

Yes, it starts at 3:00 pm each day in prayer, repentance, and asking for mercy not only for you and yours but for your enemies, and all in the world. It starts when we all join into the church of the Last Days. That is a church of the original church, a belief in God and His Word. The doing of His works and the sharing of our surplus for the love of our neighbor. Yes in prayer and humble submission that which the world and yes even denominations know little of.

Yes it is united prayer, humble prayer, faithful prayer that God expects and we must practice. Do you who profess God believe in His Word, then you will recognize whom He sends as they did before His birth and the world rejected and the apostles after His resurrection that they also killed for His sake. Are we any better then the many who died a martyr’s death for love of Him in faith? That is the trial that is the test that we pray we do not suffer. Yet are you ready should it be required of you?

The answer to all starts at 3:00 pm
each day at the foot of the Cross.

© 2009 Robert T Melaccio, Sr. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.


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If you enjoyed Mr. Melaccio's article, you can read more at realconsiderations.blogspot.com or at his other two locations Webgazine.com and searchwarp.com.
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The following video, 3 O'clock Prayer / 3 O' clock Habit (Original),
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June 22, 2009

The Plant A Cross Project

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The following has been written and created by Chaplain Emil Milano of God and Country USA:

I am fed up with the ACLU, this Administration, the Gay agenda and every other group that is openly or secretly anti-Semitic and/or anti-Christian.

The ACLU is battling to have a War Memorial; a Cross, erected back in 1934 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in memory of the dead of all wars, taken down. It is in California’s Mojave Desert; a remote area where the only visible signs of human activity are off-road vehicles and trail hikers.

There is also another matter of a courthouse and the display the Ten Commandments. It is time we took this country back for God!

How hateful can these atheists be? How often have I repeated the scripture that we wrestle not against flesh and blood? It is time we tell the ACLU just where to go! Their stand that my faith is offensive to them, is offensive to me. We also have rights.

That's right! To the Cross. We must act as a body united to show our unity as believers in Christ Jesus and stop allowing ourselves to be oppressed.

The Plant A Cross Project asks believers to erect a Cross on their front lawn but within local ordinances, which I would imagine does not allow for anything over four feet in height.

If you live in a community that must approve of everything, then a Cross on your door would be sufficient. Let the world know. Believers that pass your home will stop and ask you about it. Then you can share what it is all about. You may also make a new friend or possibly get a chance to witness, which is the great commission.

Let us proclaim Jesus in EVERY way possible. They won't allow Him in our schools, our courts or our Town Squares. We pay our taxes and by all rights should have the right to display our Faith.

"If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father who is in Heaven."
(Matthew 10:33)

I say, we shout it out. It is time for Christians to come out of the closet. If Gays could come out and accomplish what they did, why can't we as a single Body of Believers accomplish the same thing? We have God on our side. "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he [Jesus] that is in you, than he [Satan] that is in the world." (1John 4:4) Don't allow fear to stop you from proclaiming your Faith in Jesus Christ.

Can you imagine what we could do? "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper!" (Isaiah 54:17a) Come out of the closet and proclaim Jesus to your neighbors, all passersby and to the world. Let the world see how a small spark can start a fire of faith that can not be quenched!

SPREAD THE WORD.
THIS IS A GRASSROOTS EFFORT;
NO MONEY, NOR FUNDS FOR ADS.

http://www.godcountryusa.com


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June 19, 2009

Random Reflections For Friday, 6-19

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Interestingly, the more I read the news, the more my mind wanders towards God.

When will America realize her need for God? I honestly don’t know; America is being a stubborn nation and as such may have to suffer the consequences of her own god-lessness.

Why can’t people understand that it is only through God that we will obtain true freedom and peace? I have come to realize that perhaps not many really “know” God after all…

When I think of God, I think of Him as a God who saves and as a God who is interested in every single one of us. I also believe He cares about all the silly little incidentals of each of our lives.

In other words, God is a “lover”.

When we love people, we are interested in everything about them – even the smallest details in their lives. I believe that God is like that for all of us; even when no one else notices us, God does because we are interesting to Him.

But God is more than interested in us; He saves us. His love is always redeeming. One who really loves, loves us in spite of our imperfections and sins and so God loves us. But He, like no other lover, can and will redeem our imperfections and sins.

God is the one who is always there; it is man who abandons God.

God never fails to be present when we need Him and presence is what it means to care. It is precisely at this point that I believe much of our faith is tested. We call out to God and ask Him to be with us, but He seems so far away. What we are really asking is for God to reveal Himself to us, and that He will not do. He has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ and Jesus promised to be with us always through His Spirit that dwells in our hearts. That Spirit’s presence is only known through faith, not through some tangible manifestation that makes faith unnecessary. God is present to us now only through faith, and only faith knows that He is with us: that He cares and that He is interested.

Isn’t that the way with human love as well? We have to believe that the one who loves us cares; we have to believe in that person because there is often misunderstanding and doubt and we can interpret non-presence as non-caring. Often the other does not know the depth of our need at this moment or our hunger for a friend’s interest in some project that is dear to us. This in no way means he or she doesn’t love us or doesn’t care. God does know, of course, but because He does not reveal Himself as we would like Him to, we interpret His felt absence as a real absence and not caring.

It is our own complexity that makes God complex? He is simple and means every word He utters. The non-belief is in us. We project our own and others’ failures to love selflessly onto Him. If, however, we live by faith, our own lives become simple, as simple as the word that God has given us. And that word is love.

God is love, St. John says, and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them. (see 1 John 4:16)


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The following video, John Michael Talbot - My Yoke is Easy - Quiet Reflections Part 5, courtesy of You Tube.

June 15, 2009

Boston “Spreads The Love” With Transgender Prom

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I openly admit that I am “a promise breaker”.

Huh?

Well, for every time that I vow not to read the news, I break my promise and guess what?

Yup, I read the news. And guess what [again]?

As hard as I try to remain composed and detached from the realities of this “upside down” world, I tend to get a little “worked up” or…

to be more specific…

I get angry.

Let me put it to you this way:
Thank God that I am not God or I would have destroyed the world (as we know it) a long time ago…

Mmmm… a little emotional am I?

Let me explain:

Amidst all the political nonsense, the following headline appears on World Net Daily:
Kids attend prom from 'sexual hell'
You won't believe how children as young as 12 years old partied

Okay, since I am a mom of a “tween” I naturally read further into this June 12 article by Chelsea Schilling:
Note: This story contains material that readers might consider graphic and offensive.

Family advocates are outraged by a prom held at Boston City Hall that was open to children apparently as young as 12 featuring cros
s dressers, homosexual heavy petting, suspected drug use and a leather-clad doorman who teaches sexual bondage classes.

Children from middle schools and high schools across Massachusetts on May 9 attended a Youth Pride Day event ending with a prom inside of Boston City Hall sponsored by the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth, Or BAGLY, a group seated on the Massachusetts Commission for GLBT Youth.


Boston Mayor Thomas Menino issued a proclamation welcoming homosexual and transgender youth to the celebration. A man in drag introduced a homosexual activist from Menino's office to read the letter. A video of that proclamation is below….” Read more.




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Now I take a break to vomit.

I no longer recognize society any more. Who are we? I get it now more than ever that perhaps Obama is right: America really is no longer a Christian nation…

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America is on a rapid downward spiral and evil is winning out especially within our youth. I personally make no apology for sounding off like a “fanatical, right wing extremist.” As I’ve often said, our God is the same God of yesterday, today and tomorrow but it is man who keeps reinventing God.

For those of us who profess to be Christ followers, the time is now to stand together in solidarity and, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we must pray and then act. I now understand the urgency that burned deeply within the spirit of John the Baptist to prepare everyone for the coming of the Lord:
In Luke 3:3-4, we are told, "And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." Also in Matthew 3:1-3, "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

As a Catholic/Christian, my spirit cries out to all of America: “Repent and believe the Good News” (Mark 1:15).

To understand the signs of the times means to accept the urgency of penance, conversion and of faith. For believers, we know that God will triumph. We also know, through faith, that hearts open to God and purified by His contemplation is stronger than guns, weapons and the US government.

As we see and experience continually, the evil one clearly has power in this world; he has power, however, because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God Himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this:
“In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

May God help us all -- especially our children.


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June 10, 2009

If It Ain’t Right, It’s Wrong, Right?

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The majority of most [sane] individuals ultimately realize that our conscience must guide us when difficult decisions are to be made. Regardless if one believes in God or not, we often speak of doing things in “good conscience” or “bad conscience.” [I think] society still believes that good behavior is "conscientious" and bad behavior is "unconscionable".

But, especially in an “anything goes” society, what exactly is "conscience"?

Basically, it is [still] the power of making a judgment between good and evil. Conscience answers the question, “What is the right thing for me to do here and now?”

The news of yesterday revealed that George Tiller’s Clinic had closed. Although deeply saddened by this man’s murder, do I think there should be memorials for him? No, I do not. Am I saddened that the clinic has closed? No, I am not. Although Tiller’s murder was a tragedy, his work was evil and must not continue but…

will “the abortion issue” ever be resolved?

I don’t know, but as they say, as long as abortion exists, those of us who oppose it will not be silenced – even with the tragic murder of George Tiller.

Abortion is a tough issue, yet, as a friend once wisely observed, if it is not considered murder, than why on earth was Scott Peterson accused of two murders?

Mmmm…. makes ya wonder, huh?

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Fundamental to all religious sentiment is reverence. Once we acknowledge that God exists and that He is creator and Lord of all that exists, we become aware of how minusular we are in comparison to God. [Most] are both fearsome and fascinated by God and in relation to Him, [most] find themselves in a posture of awe and submission.

This is reverence.

Reverence for God extends to all that is of God. Nothing of the creation that surrounds us is really ours to do with as we please – it is all God’s doing and a result of His loving will. Each of us is called to respect and reverence all of God’s handiwork as we are called to reverence and respect God.

We perceive that God’s human creatures are the masterwork of creation, that they have a particular dignity all their own and that, therefore, they have a claim for special reverence. Scripture effectively expresses this by stating, “humankind is created in God’s very own image and likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Human life is sacred and is to be revered and respected because it is a special reflection of the holiness associated with God.

Abortion’s Religious Slant
These fundamental religious insights are the basis for the church’s teaching about abortion. No human life, even the unborn, is ours to do with as we please because all human life is God’s. This is the foundation for the claim to inviolability and respect that each of us has the right to expect from others and they from us.

This claim to inviolability and reverence, this human dignity, is prior to all achievement. Human dignity does not depend of human accomplishments or even on human potential. It does not have to be earned. It does not have to be demonstrated. It is a presupposition established by God and therefore beyond all human demands for proof or justification. That which is human has a right to be, simply because it is there and simply because it is God’s.

The willful destruction of any innocent human life is wrong because it is a violation of the rights of God the creator and therefore a violation of reality. Killing an innocent human being involves interfering with that which is not ours, treating as our own that which is God’s alone – it is an offense against the reverence we owe to God.

This is easy to understand when we are dealing with human beings that we can see and touch however, for some, it is harder to see human dignity with those not yet born. Nevertheless, the dignity and worth is there because even the unborn belong to God in the same way and to the same degree that each of us belongs to God.

For those of us convicted by God’s Truth, abortion is never a debatable issue -- ever -- regardless of the circumstances. Abortion is clearly wrong and all the reasons are very clear. Abortion becomes a tough issue, however, when all reverence towards God is removed from society.


Abortion’s Secular Slant
A society, such as our own, that permits the general killing of innocent, unborn children runs the risk of eventual self-destruction. Such a society launches a logic that will lead to social suicide.

The basic protection that society must provide its citizens with is “the protection of the right to be.” Our Declaration of Independence clearly expresses as self-evident the truths “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and that governments are instituted to secure these rights. Whether one believes in a creator or not, the responsibility of government in the matter of human life is clear.

When abortion was legalized in our country, government, in effect, said that the unalienable right to life doesn’t apply to certain beings that are, nonetheless, human beings. An entire class was instantly eliminated from the law’s protection. For all practical purposes it made every unborn child legally vulnerable.

In doing so, government posed a threat against all of us. If unborn human beings can be left legally unprotected, then what about the terminally ill, the elderly, and those who’ve lived out their “usefulness”? What about the “misfits”? The “unpopular”?

Well, you know where we’re going here… according to the government, there is, unfortunately, no longer any value with certain lives are now considered “society’s burden.” But we must consider that here we are not dealing with religious logic but with simple social logic.

Legalizing abortion was a judicial and social mistake – a grave mistake that we must remedy if our country is to preserve its very foundation.

The question to be faced here is not whether a reversal of our country’s position on abortion is called for but how that reversal can be achieved.


Abortion and the Individual Challenge
Personally, although I am adamantly against abortion regardless of the circumstances, I do not believe that anything I can do [within my own power] will convince anyone of its evils because only God can soften the hardened hearts. So what is the acceptable route to defend our unborn babies in a society that no longer values life?

Is it acceptable to do nothing? If not, is acceptable to do everything? Are any and all means acceptable as long as the end is good? What is my obligation as a Christian woman toward those who provide abortion services? Despite his work, it is my strong opinion that murdering George Tiller was unacceptable but…

I also believe, however, that Christians should take steps under the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to help change the destructive direction in which our society has embarked. The way we address the horrors of abortion will be determined by our humble repentance as a nation and by our love for our country and our reverence for the human dignity that comes to each of us from Almighty God.

May God forgive us and help us all.

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The following video, Everyone Against Abortion Please Raise Your Hand, courtesy of You Tube.

June 5, 2009

As The “Annointed One Speaks” The World Stands Still

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I must “assume” that by now, most realize that my reference is not about Jesus Christ but…

Barack Hussein Obama.

First he says that America “is no longer a Christian nation” and now [America] “is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”

Oh, and did I hear him offer some of our stimulus money to the Saudi’s?

Mmmm…. I sure am relieved that it is “he” who is leading us.

Regardless of the context of his message, I am [righteously] angry; our President should always stand strong and never denounce the Judeo-Christian principles our country was founded on. (Besides, isn’t atheism and witchcraft the fastest growing movements in the US these days?...)

For the sake of our children, I really don’t care how many people I anger. I’ve never seen a country get flushed down the toilet faster than since Obama took office.

Yes, America was in trouble before but Obama has rapidly put the golden touches on her demise.

While many have praised Obama’s Cairo speech, I found it full of weakness and naiveté as I wonder if he had forgotten 9/11?

I didn’t, and, as a native New Yorker who walked through ground 0 only four days after the attack while looking and praying for lost loved ones, will never forget it… never.

Terrorists are terrorists and they cannot be rehabilitated.

While Obama is staunchly discrediting America in his ‘apology tours,’ let’s review exactly what is meant by Judeo-Christian values (Excerpt taken from Wikipedia):

Judeo–Christian (sometimes written as Judaeo–Christian) is a term used broadly to describe a body of concepts and values thought to be held in common by Judaism and Christianity. This tradition is considered, along with classical Greco-Roman civilization, a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and morality.

In particular, the term refers to a moral tradition based on shared religious scriptures, referred to as the Tanakh in Judaism and the Testament by Christians, including particularly the Ten Commandments. It implies a continuation of values represented by this religious heritage in the modern Western World. Michael Novak has identified the distinctive value of the Judeo–Christian tradition as the joint concept of liberty and equality based on Genesis, where all humans are said to be created equal, and Exodus, where the Israelites flee tyranny to freedom. Thomas Cahill has discussed Jewish belief in progress and moral responsibility as a characteristic of American culture that can be traced to a Judeo–Christian reading of the Bible….

…The evolution of Judeo–Christian influence on America is most commonly the subject of historians looking at the development of republicanism in America. The deep roots of Judeo–Christian values they explore go back to the Protestant Reformation, not the theological battles but the bloody struggle to win the right to translate the Bible into vernacular languagesThis led to a religious mandate for public education so that ordinary people could read the Bible. According to some authors, this development was crucial to the birth of the Enlightenment and rebellion against divine right of kings….

…In the American context, historians use the term Judeo–Christian to refer to the influence of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament on Protestant thought and values, most especially the Puritan, Presbyterian and Evangelical heritage. These founding generations of Americans saw themselves as heirs to the Hebrew Bible, and its teachings on liberty, responsibility, hard work, ethics, justice, equality, a sense of choseness and an ethical mission to the world, which have become key components of the American character, what is called the “American Creed.” These ideas from the Hebrew Bible, brought into American history by Protestants, are seen as underpinning the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Other authors are interested in tracing the religious beliefs of America's founding fathers, emphasizing both Jewish and Christian influence in their personal beliefs and how this was translated into the creation of American institutions and character.

To these historians, the interest of the concept Judeo–Christian is not theology but on actual culture and history as it evolved in America. These authors discern a melding of Jewish thought into Protestant teachings—which added onto the heritage of English history and common law, as well as Enlightenment thinking—resulted in the birth of American democracy….”
And, so, Mr. President is the foundation for what was [once] the greatest country in the world. Father God, for the sake of our world and your children I ask that you remove my anger and have mercy on us. I beg You to touch every heart in Washington, especially our president, so that our decaying America might be healed.

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The following video, God Bless The USA, courtesy of You Tube.

June 1, 2009

George Tiller’s Murder: A Tragedy – Not A Triumph

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Since the rapid decline of my father’s health, my care-giving for him is rapidly turning full-time and I’m quickly loosing touch with the happenings of the “outside world.”

Seeking a quick break, I scan “old faithful” (Drudge Report) and stop short at the latest headlines:
Abortion doc gunned down at church…
Man in custody…
Abortion foes fear backlash…
George Tiller, the man tagged as “Tiller the Killer” has been murdered.

It is [most probably] assumed that I, along with a multitude of other devout “pro-lifers”, are rejoicing in this man’s violent death, but I/we am not. Even though Tiller’s “fame” was attributed to his countless late-term abortions I am deeply saddened by this act and I mourn. I mourn for the insanity of the murderer and, most importantly, I mourn for Tiller’s soul.

Murder is never a solution and Tiller’s fate, as well as all who are like him, is for God to handle; not man.

Not knowing the full extent of the situation, I can only assume that the murderer is insane but, unfortunately, many who are dedicated in protecting the lives of all unborn babies will be unjustly linked with this tragedy.

I didn’t know Tiller but I imagine that he became desensitized to the realities of Truth over a period of time. Is he unique? No, if we are to be honest, we all have a little “Tiller the Killer” in us but what matters most in our lives is in the choices we choose to make.

I believe that Christianity is a choice. The dividing line to madness is within all of us and, without the anointment of the Holy Spirit, we are all capable of the most heinous acts and crimes.

Like Tiller, America has become “desensitized” to what is evil and has unadmittably chosen to be a God-less society. As I’ve written countless times before, America has quickly transformed into “an anything goes” society with many Christians compromising on what Truth is.

Man might be fickle, but God is not.

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[Jesus said:] “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” (Matthew 21:28-31)

Most of us have, at some point in our life, made a decision to serve God. Such moments of decision and commitment made a marked difference in our lives. We felt somehow new; we became aware of a new power, a new freedom, a new joy. Problems that had been bothering us for years disappeared; we sensed the operation of grace in us. It seemed as if our previous life had been but a preparation for this moment, and that our subsequent life would be merely a living out of our new consciousness of ourselves as Christians.

We soon discovered that euphoria was not a fruit of the Spirit; that although some problems had disappeared, other problems remained, that it still took our own effort, as well as the winds of grace, to move us along the road of salvation. So we settled in for the long haul and set about living out our life as Christians. We realized that the moment of decision was only a moment, and that we could not dwell within it forever.

There is both wisdom and danger in this realization. For with it comes a turning point in which we can continue to persevere as Christians or return to our former way of life. We can become like the second son who willingly said yes to his father but did not live out his yes. Chances are that this son was sincere when he told his father that he would work in the vineyard. He may well have meant to go but somehow got sidetracked. He may even have set out for the vineyard with fervor, but for one reason or another, never arrived.

We too can set out to serve the Lord with fervor but slowly, step by step, change our direction. We can abandon everything into the hands of God, only to gradually and imperceptibly take it back into our own hands again. We can invite Jesus into our lives as Lord and Savior, but over a period of time, reassert ourselves as “lord of our own lives” and come once again to rely on our own strength to save us.

Such a pattern is not inevitable, but there are precedents for it in Scripture. Did not the disciples leave all to follow Jesus, only to argue about whom was going to have the highest place (surely an exercise in self-assertion)? Did not one of the chosen twelve betray Jesus and another deny knowing Him? Because of the danger of saying one thing and doing another, Jesus issued this warning,
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
It is not enough to have once cried out to Jesus, “You are my Lord: - we must choose to make this our decision and prayer every day. It is not enough to have once placed everything in the hands of God; we must again place in His hands anything we’ve taken back from Him.

For Catholics, yesterday was Pentecost Sunday; the day God gave us His Holy Spirit.
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,

they were all in one place together.

And suddenly there came from the sky

a noise like a strong driving wind,

and it filled the entire house in which they were.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,

which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in different tongues,

as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews
from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.

At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,

but they were confused
because each one
heard them speaking in his own language.

They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,

"Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?

Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?

We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia,
Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and
Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,

as well as travelers from Rome,

both Jews and converts to Judaism,
Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking
in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God." (Acts 2:1-11)

What does this mean for us?

Simply put, Pentecost is about how God has comes to live in human hearts, making ordinary people into extraordinary saints.

If we really want to see the restoration of our America [and world], it is time to get out of God’s way and allow Him to take charge. Jesus is simple yet it is man who has complicated and distorted Christianity.

The time is now; right now. Together, let’s stop for a moment and take a few deep breaths. In our mind, let us imagine ourselves breathing in the Spirit and breathing out our sins. Let us envision ourselves accepting the Lord and His plans while letting go of our own plans and visions.

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104)

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The following video, Cece Winans- Holy Spirit Come Fill This Place, courtesy of You Tube.

 

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