Terrorism should be defeated with love...and superior firepower...- Terry Ingle
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

24 January, 2009

OK...Enough politics for the moment.

I want to tell you about why I love my church and would not want to be anyplace else. Here are just some of the reasons:
1. I get to hear a lot about Jesus.
2. There are people that go there that remind me of who He is and mirror Him.
3. It's comforting. Everyone there has a story; a background; a history and we remind each other that because of Grace we are loved anyway.
4. I get lots of hugs. We are a church of 'huggers' and by the time I leave that day I feel very loved.
5. I'm accepted. As regular readers of my blog have come to realize, I can be a bit opinionated at times (although I really do attempt to do it in a caring way).
6. I have LOTS of friends there. I have friends who laugh with me, cry with me, pray with me, stimulate and challenge my thought, allow me to challenge them without getting upset, confront me when needed, and most of all, love me no matter what.
7. They allow me to use the gifts that God has given me in both music and being a Sheepdog.
8. I enjoy watching my wife use her gifts especially in the area of Drama. She is so fun to watch!
9. They keep me accountable to keep my feet pointed in the direction of Christ.
10. They give me the spiritual boost every week that I need to face the world on a daily basis and meet satan head-on.
11. It is a church with a great sense of social responsibility. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, it is the CHURCH'S responsibility to take care of the less fortunate, NOT the government's. I will continue to bang that drum until I take my last breath. GCC has ministries both here and around the world to see that people are fed, clothed, and have been told about Jesus.
Even though I don't always see eye to eye with some of our methods, I am convinced that our leaders and our people have the comom goal in mind of coming closer to Christ.
I'm so thankful to be part of such a wonderful family.

23 January, 2009

Day three in office. This, my Hussein-supporting Christian brothers and sisters is the man YOU helped vote into control. The carnage worsens and now I'm being forced to help pay for it... God help us... Please...

Friday, January 23, 2009

President Obama on Friday lifted a ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, reversing a policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Obama signed the executive order one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.
Liberal groups welcomed the decision while abortion rights foes criticized the president, who was long expected to make this move during his first week in office.
The so-called Mexico City policy requires any non-governmental organization to agree before receiving U.S. funds that they will "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations."
It is also known as the "global gag rule," because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that even talk about abortion if there is an unplanned pregnancy.
The policy was first instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and continued by President George H.W. Bush. The policy was reversed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and re-instated by President George W. Bush in 2001.
Both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will oversee foreign aid, had promised to do away with the gag rule during the presidential campaign. Clinton is to visit the U.S. Agency for International Development, through which much U.S. foreign aid is disbursed, later on Friday.
Organizations that had pressed Obama to make the abortion-ban change were jubilant.
"Women's health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. "President Obama's actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don't have access to family planning,"(what a tired argument...TI) said Tod Preston, a spokesman for Population Action International, an advocacy group.
Anti-abortion groups criticized the move.
"President Obama not long ago told the American people that he would support policies to reduce abortions, but today he is effectively guaranteeing more abortions by funding groups that promote abortion as a method of population control," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.
Obama has spent his first days in office systematically signing executive orders reversing Bush administration policies on issues ranging from foreign policy to government operations. On Thursday, he signed three executive orders to rein in secretive U.S. counter terror policies and end harsh interrogations.

21 January, 2009

Here's your answer...

People have been asking me what I thought of the Coronation ceremony.
I will just say it here to anyone who wants to know, that I didn't watch it. I didn't care to see it any more that I would want to see a train wreck. (actually, a train wreck would be pretty cool as long as no one got hurt and I didn't have to clean it up.) I did notice that my gas gauge was still a quarter of a tank Tuesday night just like it was Tuesday morning. The heavens didn't open up and rain money, I didn't get my dream job as a $30 an hour mattress tester, and as far as I know, I still have to pay off my mortgage. One would think that for 130 million bucks for a party like that we could at least get a miracle or two.
I'm heartsick and disappointed by the masses who are continuously being taken in by this charlatan. I can't believe that we have elected someone with zero military experience to command the most powerful military in the world, and have elected an equally liberal congress to back him up.
A co-worker asked me the other day if I hoped that he would succeed. Since he voted for the guy, I told him that my definition of success was probably different than his.
I went on to explain that if BHO was successful in his agenda for more governmental control, then no, I hope and pray that he is a dismal failure.
On the other hand if his definition is to protect the constitution, provide for the common defense, and keep government out of our wallets and private enterprise, then I'm all for his success. Unfortunately his track record is just the opposite, so I'm not looking for the leopard to change his spots.

18 January, 2009

Even When...

I had the privilege of playing in the Heir Force band this weekend. Even though I can't do it as much as I would like to due to my responsibilities on the Security Team, I love it every time I'm down there. I love playing music and it gives me that opportunity to play with my brother and sister musicians, and to minister to the kids downstairs. I get so much energy from them and I love to watch them worship even at their tender age.
We did a song that was new to me this weekend called "Even When." It was written by Michael Gleason and the lyrics really spoke to my heart as I played it. It was built for acoustic guitar and so that's what I used. Here are the lyrics:

I may not know what tomorrow has in store for me.
I may find that days ahead are hard for me.
But I know that you are great O Lord and I know that you are good.

Even when I don't understand.
Even when I can't see your plan,
I will never cease to lift up my hands.
I worship you, I worship you my God.

You're the strength for every struggle I may face.
Help me Lord to live before you a life of praise.
But I know that you are great O Lord and I know that you are good.

Even when I don't understand.
Even when I can't see your plan,
I will never cease to lift up my hands.
I worship you, I worship you my God.

(c)2004 gleasongs and familywise music

What a great song! I hope we sing it upstairs as well at some point.

Help me Lord to live before you a life of praise...