Archive for July, 2004

What About the Gander?

I know this happened early in the week, but it’s still being talked about. The Democrats had a twelve-year-old from Oakland speak at the convention. Ilana Wexler is the founder of kidsforkerry.org.

Wexler drew large applause for the following quote:

“When our vice president had a disagreement with a Democratic senator, he used a really bad word. If I said that word, I would be put in a timeout. I think he should be put in a timeout”

Funny, she didn’t say a thing about Kerry’s dropping of the F-Bomb in his Rolling Stone interview back in December. So when does Kerry’s timeout begin?

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The discipline of disillusionment
Jesus did not commit Himself unto them. . . for He knew what was in man. John – 2:24

Disillusionment means that there are no more false judgments in life. To be undeceived by disillusionment may leave us cynical and unkindly severe in our judgment of others, but the disillusionment which comes from God brings us to the place where we see men and women as they really are, and yet there is no cynicism, we have no stinging, bitter things to say. Many of the cruel things in life spring from the fact that we suffer from illusions. We are not true to one another as facts; we are true only to our ideas of one another. Everything is either delightful and fine, or mean and dastardly, according to our idea.

The refusal to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering in human life. It works in this way-if we love a human being and do not love God, we demand of him every perfection and every rectitude, and when we do not get it we become cruel and vindictive; we are demanding of a human being what he or she cannot give. There is only one Being Who can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Why Our Lord is apparently so severe regarding every human relationship is because He knows that every relationship not based on loyalty to Himself will end in disaster. Our Lord trusted no man, yet He was never suspicious, never bitter. Our Lordís confidence in God and in what His grace could do for any man was so perfect that He despaired of no one. If our trust is placed in human beings, we shall end in despairing of everyone.

Death of the U.N.

Hal Lindsey is certainly a controversial figure. Some, like myself, believe that his theology is solid, and his predictions accurate. To be fair, they are not really his predictions, but rather his interpretation of scripture based on current events. Others pass him off as an evangelical nut-job. I am a bit biased in regards to Hal, as I came to faith through a ministry similar to his, which is actually headed by one of Hal’s best friends, Chuck Missler. I tend not to care that some, including many of my Christian brothers and sisters, pass Hal and Chuck (and myself as a follower) off as Left Behind-style whack-o’s.

Today on World Net Daily, Hal has a column about the United Nations, it’s failure, and it’s prophetic role in coming events.

The Bible prophets elaborately predict the role of global government in the last days. It will be assumed by a revived Roman Empire in Europe. It is no coincidence that the European Union is uniquely positioned to pick up the pieces in the event of a U.N. collapse.

And I do not believe it is a coincidence that the calls for the United States to pull out of the United Nations grow louder each year. While Europe waits in the wings.

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What Do You See in Your Clouds?
Behold, He cometh with clouds. – Revelation 1:7

In the Bible clouds are always connected with God. Clouds are those
sorrows or sufferings or providences, within or without our personal
lives, which seem to dispute the rule of God. It is by those very
clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If
there were no clouds, we should have no faith. “The clouds are but
the dust of our Father’s feet.” The clouds are a sign that He is
there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow and bereavement
and suffering are the clouds that come along with God! God cannot
come near without clouds, He does not come in clear shining.

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our
trials: through every cloud He brings, He wants us to unlearn
something. His purpose in the cloud is to simplify our belief until
our relationship to Him is exactly that of a child – God and my own
soul, other people are shadows. Until other people become shadows,
clouds and darkness will be mine every now and again. Is the
relationship between myself and God getting simpler than ever it has
been?

There is a connection between the strange providences of God and what
we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of
life in the light of our knowledge of God. Unless we can look the
darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging God’s
character, we do not yet know Him.

“They feared as they entered the cloud . . .” – Is there anyone “save
Jesus only” in your cloud? If so, it will get darker; you must get to
the place where there is “no one any more save Jesus only.”

Earth to Kerry!

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After Obedience – What?
And straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the ship,
and to go to the other side… .”
– Mark 6:45-52

We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey
Him, He will lead us to great success. We must never put our dreams
of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the
opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end,
a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular
end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end.

What is my dream of God’s purpose? His purpose is that I depend on
Him and on His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil
calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God. God is
not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process –
that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success,
no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I
see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is
glorifying to God.

God’s training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this
minute, not for something in the future. We have nothing to do with
the afterwards of obedience; we get wrong when we think of the
afterwards. What men call training and preparation, God calls the
end.

God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my
life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay
sufficient attention to the immediate present: if we realize that
obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.

No One Listens to the Truth

World Net Daily has a column up about Jackie Mason and his comments on Islam, the murderous religion.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, filed a complaint with the FCC and wants Westwood One to apologize.

I wouldn’t attack his First Amendment right to speak out against Islam unless they want their First Amendment right to practice Islam attacked.

The letter stated: “It is this type of hate-filled propaganda that was used by the Nazis as justification for their persecution of the Jewish community in Germany.”

No one is calling for the gassing of Muslims, or that they be starved in concentration camps before shoving them in the ovens to be burned alive. These people are the most Anti-Semitic bigots on Earth and throw that charge out not to prove a point about bigotry, but to piss off Jews. Sorry, I side with the Jew.
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Why Defeat Bush?

Shanktified! has a great post up with the Top Ten Reasons to Defeat Bush on his blog. Check it out, and guess who wrote the list. The answer didn’t surprise me.

Femi-Nazis

While checking my site traffic, I found that someone has stirred up the pot at a femi-nazi message board with one of my posts. Even though my post was entirely a quote from a page on the Living Waters website, it makes me wonder how long it will be before I start getting email and comments from intolerant liberals seething with hatred for anyone who doesn’t tote the Socialist party line.

I fully intend to publish any such emails here for my blogger-friends to pick apart Vox style (if you wish).

I also wonder why the original poster on that thread didn’t quote the original rather than posting my URL. The original makes a lot more sense to me.

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The way to know
If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine. . . – John 7:17

The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to me, then I may be sure there is something I will not do. Intellectual darkness comes through ignorance; spiritual darkness comes because of something I do not intend to obey.

No man ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test over it. We disobey and then wonder why we donít go on spiritually. ĎIf when you come to the altar,í said Jesus, Ďthere you remember your brother hath ought against you. . . donít say another word to Me, but first go and put that thing right.í The teaching of Jesus hits us where we live. We cannot stand as humbugs before Him for one second. He educates us down to the scruple. The Spirit of God unearths the spirit of self-vindication; He makes us sensitive to things we never thought of before.

When Jesus brings a thing home by His word, donít shirk it. If you do, you will become a religious humbug. Watch the things you shrug your shoulders over, and you will know why you do not go on spiritually. First go- at the risk of being thought fanatical you must obey what God tells you.