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Conservatism mixed with a little end time theology

Joy in the Great Depression

Speechless.  I’m just speechless.

Is it possible to read this and not see some form of liberal bias?

Are they doing this to prepare us for the next ‘Great Depression?’

Title of a recent NewsWeek article released July 29, 2009: Recalling the Upside of the Great Depression.  Apparently, the liberal magazine interviewed several high-profile people regarding this era and their stories are chock full of ‘hope and opportunity.’

Yes, there were pitchfork mobs, bank runs, suicides, and divorces. There were dropouts, hoboes, and millions of unemployed workers seeking government relief. But interviewees also described a parallel history of good times as well as bad, victories as well as defeats, and a surprising sense of stability, safety and optimism amid the general chaos.

Gee, almost makes me want to go back in time and live through it.  It must have been a blast.

I wish I could have sat in on the interviews and really saw how they went down.  This is nothing short of propaganda.

Filed under: Media/News

“Pork”ulus Indeed!

It’s confirmed.

The so-called Stimulus Bill – nicknamed the ‘Porkulus Bill’ for all the wasteful spending – has been used by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to purchase canned pork.

$16.8M worth, in fact.

But wait, there’s always an excuse.

“The administration seems acutely aware that some wasteful spending from the $787 billion recovery package is inevitable, as noted by Vice President Biden earlier this year.”

Don’t worry, Americans, we knew this was going to happen.  Nevermind that the same guy also spent $1.56 million for mozzarella cheese and $1.2 million on ham, among other items.

Now, they claim this food will be given to homeless shelters and food banks to feed those hit by the economic hard times.

And, I’m all about helping the poor.  It’s just I am weary of people becoming dependent on the government for assistance.

Will any of this help these people in the long run?  No.

Who knows how much of this food will actually be given to the poor.  The people running this operation are no different than those in the SSA who just partied it up in Arizona.  And, all that after ripping corporate businesses for ‘lavish’ spending.

Besides, who wants to eat mozzarella cheese with canned pork?

Step right up to that sludge 🙂

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”

Filed under: Media/News

Lovers of Truth

How can we keep our hearts steady in this time?  We must be lovers of the truth.

We must be confident in what we believe and confident in Who we believe.  It’s Jesus, of course.

While these are by no means comprehensive, they do provide a foundation in which to live out Christianity in this day:

  1. Community.  Try as I might, it is impossible to go about this alone.  Imagine a group of people pursuing the Sermon on the Mount and living out the fasted lifestyle together. They lean on one another and there is a sense of trust and transparency among them.  It almost seems too remarkable to be real.  Oh, thankfully the Holy Spirit’s ability to unify is far more powerful than our own.  Create in me a clean and selfless heart, O God.  I myself am a stumbling block to that community.
  2. Sermon on the Mount.  The best description I’ve ever heard of this is, “The Constitution of God’s Kingdom.”  This is how the Kingdom will operate for eternity.  I will spend the rest of my days giving myself to growing in this lifestyle – only because it will take me that long to get it! 🙂
  3. Bible.  I would say this is the last and most tricky or confusing part.  Many will come and teach on God, love, assisting the poor – and they will use Bible verses to back up their teaching.  But, it will be rooted in man’s wisdom and will not seek to glorify Jesus.  How will we know this?  We have to consistently obey the written Word of God.  Be in His presence and let His Word wash over you.  Study it.  Memorize it.  Know it.

These 3 elements all require effort.  I can’t wake up one day and suddenly know and possess the above 3 things.  And believe me – for the storm that is coming we don’t want to cram for the exam the night before.  We want to be established and living out Community, the Sermon on the Mount, and be full of the Word of God before the day approaches.

Regarding His Sermon on the Mount teaching, Jesus would conclude it with this admonition,

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

Jesus, give us endurance to become people you would esteem as wise in this age.

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

Wholehearted Love

Loving God is His 1st priority and the greatest way to live.  We must love God on His terms.

Our love grows in 4 stages.

Stage #1 – Receiving increased revelation of the love that God has for us (Ephesians 3:18-19)

The foundational truth that equips us to love God is to know and feel His affections for us.  Sometimes the feelings are small; but, the point is that you’re feeling it.  Even just a little bit, but it’s enough to satisfy you and ruin you for love.

Stage #2 – Receiving the Father’s love for Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 17:26)

A fundamental principle of Scripture is that it takes God to love God.  The anointing or supernatural ability to receive God’s love and then to return it back to Him is the greatest gift that the Holy Spirit can impart to our heart.

Stage #3 – Loving ourselves in the grace of God (Matthew 22:39)

We will never love our neighbor more than the quality we love ourselves in the grace of God.  ‘Loving ourselves’ means knowing what we look like in God’s eyes or knowing who we are in Christ as His inheritance.  Standing in agreement with God and holiness is very different from loving ourselves in a fleshly and selfish way.

Stage #4 – In the overflow, we love others (John 13:34-35)

This is the visible measurement of our invisible love for God.  When we are energized by loving Jesus and ourselves in God’s grace are we able to consistently love others.  A foundational premise is that people who love Jesus will love others much more.

It is impossible to love Jesus and not love people.

Immaturity does not mean rebellion.  When we sin, we call it sin, repent of it, ‘push delete’ and then move forward.

The Lord values our journey to grow in love. The reach of our heart to love Him moves Him. If you do not quit in your fervent pursuit, then you win. We do not find our identity in our failure but in the fact that He loves us, in the gift of righteousness (2 Cor. 5:12) and in the cry of our spirit to love God.

Filed under: 1st Commandment

Sarah Palin on Cap and Trade

She has a op-ed column in the Washington Times today mostly regarding the Cap and Tax legislation.

It’s a good read.  You can find it here.

“We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama’s plan will result in the latter.”

It’s good stuff 🙂

Filed under: Environment, Media/News

Every one needs to watch this video

Ask yourself: Do you really want this health care?

Video courtesy of PajamasTV (http://www.pjtv.com/)

Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Media/News

His favorite one

This is almost indescribable; Except that Jesus described it.  God loves us the way God loves God.  Jesus has the same intensity of love for us that the Father has for Him.

“As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you.  Abide in My love.”  (John 15:9)

It can’t get any higher than that!  God loves me the way God loves God.  It has to be repeated.  I have to say it over and over until I get it.

“Father, I have declared Your Name to them…that the love with which You loved Me would be in them.” (John 17:26).

This statement is the ultimate revelation of our worth.  Every believer has confidence to claim, “I am God’s favorite one and there’s no question about it.”

Why?

Because God loves me the way God loves God and that can’t in any way be increased.

I can be God’s favorite and you can be God’s favorite and nothing is diminished because God’s love is unending.

This is powerful.  This is life-changing.

I am His favorite one.

God knows it.  It’s up to me to lay hold of it.

Filed under: 1st Commandment, Revelation

Charitable Giving – It’s that simple

I’ve been asked follow-up questions regarding the joke I posted on July 7th titled, ‘Giving to the Poor.’

Obama has been drawing criticism from both parties for his desire to cut charitable tax deductions for wealthy Americans.  You can find articles about this here, here, and here.

Why would he do this?  There is an easy explanation for it and, more so, it gives us an opportunity to discuss one of the main differences between liberals and conservatives.

Liberal ideology wants BIG government. The government needs to take care of people and so it needs to raise taxes in order to pay for more programs. The more the government does the better.

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae – what word comes to mind when you think about these government programs?

How about the word failure.

All of these programs are poorly run, have cash flow issues, or are simply bankrupt.  We all know this.

Conservatives, on the other hand, want to give incentives to people to help others.  If you want to start a program to help homeless kids in the inner city, than the government provides the incentives – in this case the Nonprofit Organization and tax deductions  – and the people have a reason to help you reach your goal.

It’s that simple.

More importantly, it works.

Think about this when you read articles on universal, government-run health care and the Cap and Trade bill.  The only result will be higher taxes and more poorly managed government programs.

There is an optimal level of government.  These new programs are crossing that line.

You are better at helping others than the government is; Don’t let them talk you out of it.

Filed under: Economy, Media/News

Artificial Intelligence

It’s officially been taken to an unhealthy level.

The ‘fight’ against global warming was compared to that of WWII and the battle against Hitler.

This is absolutely bizarre. The place climate change has taken in some people’s lives is really quite unhealthy.

Escalating an unproven theory and relating it to one of the greatest crises in history signifies to me that the supporters of global warming really don’t know what they’re talking about.

Seriously.  What better way to make yourself appear intelligent than to use ridiculous assumptions and far-fetched allegories?

It’s called artificial intelligence.

And, just so people are aware, the Polar Bears are doing just fine.


Filed under: Environment

Obamacare – Lego Demonstration

Here is a non-partisan, mathmatical look at the impact of Universal Healthcare.

I think I’d rather keep the healthcare I’ve got…lest I lose my head waiting 🙂

*Video courtesy of Political Math

Filed under: Media/News