Saturday, July 25, 2015

Practicing For Disaster

Chris and I just moved to the wrong side of the railroad tracks.  When the oil trains speed by at top speeds, blasting warning whistles, we feel like the train is coming right through our condo.  Because of the feeling that we need to be prepared for a train disaster or any other disaster like climate change, ISIS, and or lawlessness, we decided to set aside clothes and our medications in a "ready" bag to grab just in case a calamity occurs.  Here is how Lucy and all practiced for Lucy's upcoming birth pangs:



In another funny movie,  "Father's little Dividend," the grandparents to be, jumped into action when they thought the baby was coming.  The scene showing the future grandmother driving to the hospital had me rolling on the floor.  

Here's why these movies are so funny-- because, even if we prepare for emergencies, our emotions take over, and we can't think clearly.  That's when we need to remember the first thing to do in case of catastrophe is to pray.  Even a short prayer like "Help" works wonders.  With practice we will survive and will learn a little more of how to be calm in case of adversity.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Loud Silence


I praise the Lord for Senator Lankford.  In the 9 minute video above he appeals to human decency for the protection of the unborn.  Many "Christians" have supported abortion because they feel people should not be saddled with an unwanted child.   Finally, after the release of the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood shown on an undercover video tape this week, maybe this evil organization will be defunded by the U.S. Government.  We can hope and pray that it is a breakthrough for many deceived people even in the Church. The deafening silence of many in the Church will finally be revealed. I hope those who have been mislead will be turned from denial and speak up for the defenseless.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Anti- Israel Sentiment And How It Grows




Jim Fletcher http://www.prophecymattersisrael.com/ was interviewed today on the radio program “Understanding the Times,” http://www.olivetreeviews.org/.  Fletcher reported on the “Justice Conference” held recently in Chicago where 18- to 34 year olds were targeted.  The main speaker at the conference was Cornel West.  David Horowitz wrote a long article in 2010 revealing that Cornel West pushes Marxism. West was or is an advisor to President Obama.


The second guest on the same program was Laurie Cardoza-Moore, ThD. She is a successful leader, businesswoman, wife, mother of five, and founder and President of Proclaiming Justice to The Nations. She has devoted her life to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and the State of Israel. (She has studied the Bible with Community Bible Study for many years.) As an accomplished media veteran, Laurie has been part of over 500 film and video productions as both on-screen talent and producer. In 2011, as a result of Laurie’s relentless efforts to defend Israel in the global media, Dr. John Lupoli, President of the World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WCICC) took note of Laurie’s ability to communicate this important message globally and invited Laurie to serve as the WCICC’s Special Envoy at the United Nations to bring this message to the global leaders at the UN. Her website is http://www.pjtn.org/. 

During the “Understanding the Times” interview Moore revealed that Pearson Publishers, owned by Prentice Hall, published “The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography.”  They hired a Muslim, a member of the Council on Islamic Education, to edit the book.

Here are 2 videos where she is interviewed on Fox News:

Click on the link to open:

https://vimeo.com/64807136


From You tube:




We live in exciting times.  Jesus holds everything together. All we need to do is seek to know Him more and do the good deeds that He has prepared in advance for us to do.  He is coming back soon.






Thursday, July 9, 2015

Encouragement

Joni recording her podcast radio program

Because of my chronic pain from fibromyalgia, I spend a large amount of my time resting.  Being from the “entertainment generation” or maybe it’s just me; I like to occupy myself by watching old movies, listening to my favorite music, or being encouraged by inspirational sermons, devotionals, or worthy of note facts.  Here is a list of the podcasts I listen to.  I subscribe to them through I Tunes or oneplace.com.

1.  Joni and friends-- is a 4 minute podcast where she opens her heart and God’s word to you every week day as she shares rich and deep Biblical insights gleaned from living over four decades in her wheelchair.

2.  JustThinking—with Ravi Zacharias is a quarter-hour weekday broadcast. The broadcast outreach of RZIM is a listener-supported ministry that powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. The programs seek to explore issues such as life's meaning, the credibility of the Christian message and the Bible, the weakness of modern intellectual movements, and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.

3.  ReviveOur Hearts--  Nancy Leigh DeMoss explores women's issues from a biblical perspective.


4.  Fiveminutes in Church History--   hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols, is a weekly podcast that provides an informal and informative look at church history. Join us each week as we take a brief break from the present to go exploring the past. Travel back in time as we look at the people, events, and even the places that have shaped the story of Christianity. Each podcast offers an easily digestible glimpse of how the eternal, unchangeable God has worked in the church over prior generations, and how this can encourage us today. This is our story—our family history. 5 Minutes in Church History is an outreach of Ligonier Ministries.

5. Capitol Hill Baptist Church Sermons--Capitol Hill Baptist Church is a Baptist church located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the United States Capitol. Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of the church. I grew up in the D.C. area so it is interesting to me to hear references to “The Hill” and what is going on in politics in regard to the Christian life.

6. North Hills Community Church Sermons—Senior Pastor Peter Hubbard-- …and when we say “church” we mean people because that’s what the church is – God’s people. So, welcome to a collection of people from all walks of life and a diversity of backgrounds who are united by faith in Jesus Christ and an allegiance to his Word. Welcome to a chorus of people who are eager to worship God together in praise and prayer. Welcome to a family of people who are aware of their weaknesses and need, and as a result are urging each other to love and obey Christ through authentic relationships. Welcome to a band of ordinary people who are learning to joyfully give of their time and resources to serve the lost and hurting people of the Upstate of South Carolina and the world.

7.Mitchel Road Presbyterian Church Sermons—Greenville, South Carolina, Senior Pastor Andy Lewis --Celebrate Christ.  Equip the Church.  Engage the World.









Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Absolutes



Absolutes do exist.  God has given us absolutes in the 10 Commandments. The world is under God. We know that God exists through His creation.  Man is without excuse. 

Next, these 10 Commandments are on what the laws in the United States are based. The world has lived by them when they have been made known, and people have chosen to be obedient to God.

Now the current struggle in our society has to do with all of the commandments, but the 5th Commandment is extremely grievous because of what the Supreme Court has forced on our society.  The 5th Commandment says that we are to honor our father and mother.  How then can a child living with 2 mothers or 2 fathers honor this Commandment? We must think about the children—each child needs a mother and a father.  It is a basis for the stability of society.  This is how God has designed the family and marriage.

We must admit that at present we don’t live in Roman times as some have claimed.  Many say that Christians can have no influence in society.  But we do live in a time, which enables Christians to have a voice in the public square.  We can pray, vote for, speak, write, and teach good things.  Keeping God’s laws will make life easier and more peaceful.  We have enough trials and tribulations in this life without making life harder by rebelling against God.

Unfortunately, I think that with the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage, God has kindly given the U.S. over to the Devil so that the sinful nature will be destroyed--- I Corinthians 5:5.  I hope it is a good thing, as the government will have to get out of the churches and all Christian ministries.  Christians will have to pledge their lives and treasure to standing for God’s laws.  I expect to see more Christians going to prison in this country in my lifetime. 

I pray that Christians will tell the truth to society in love, and hold some back from destruction.  Jude 1:23.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

News Quest

A few minutes for Dad to catch up on the news

I never thought I’d be a news junky. All the time I was growing up my dad read newspapers and watched news reports on TV.  I was never interested in current events until when, back in 1990, Dr. James Dobson, on a Focus on the Family radio program, said that Christians should be interested in our government.  Here’s why—

In I Timothy 2 the Bible says 1:”First of all, then I urge that entireties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

In addition to prayer, the Bible says in Ephesians 2: 10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

So, if we are aware of what is going on in our country, and if we pray, God may have some good works that He has prepared for us to do for Him and our country. One good work we can easily do is to vote.

Because of media bias there is a need to be informed about alternative views to the broadcast TV stations. I listen to independent podcasts produced by different organizations.  I have listed podcasts to which I subscribe.  If you would like to subscribe or listen to any of these go to I Tunes, or oneplace.com. Click on the link to open.

1.The World and Everything in It--This podcast is a half hour newsmagazine that summarizes the day’s top news and features commentary from a conservative Christian perspective. The quality is excellent, and you can forward to the next segment in case you’re not interested in what’s being discussed. Great coverage and commentary!

2.CitizenLinkThis podcast is a family advocacy organization that inspires men and women to live out biblical citizenship that transforms culture.

3.Albert Mohler the briefing -- This 20-minute podcast is a worldview daily analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations.

This one is a compelling look at current events, Bible Prophecy with interviews of well-known authors and prominent leaders from around the world.

Weekly Standard Podcasts deliver unique analysis of the events shaping the news and the world today - from a conservative perspective. Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes lead an all-star roster of the best conservative thinkers including: Stephen F. Hayes, Andy Ferguson, Jonathan Last, Dan Halper and many more. Learn more about The Weekly Standard and our weekly magazine at WeeklyStandard.com

The Daily Commentary is a radio talk show produced by the Family Research Council. It features interviews with congressional leaders and pro-family Washington insiders presenting perspectives on government activity that directly affect our faith, family and religious freedoms.

7.Breakpoin
This podcast was started by Chuck Colson and is carried on by others.

How do you keep up with the news?


 








Monday, June 22, 2015

I Once Wrote A letter To Elizabeth Elliot


December 21, 1926- June 15, 2015

Elizabeth Elliot has gone Home.  She left us this past week. I once wrote her a letter and asked her about the process to becoming a published writer.  She graciously answered me and gave me good advice.  I also asked her if she thought Abigail went behind her husbands’ back to do what was right in I Samuel 25:2-38.  I still have her letter and someday I will write about her answer.  

Here is a tribute to her, which was broadcast on the radio during a  "Revive Our Hearts" program. Click here to read or listen.