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Luke 24

The Resurrection

1On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7′The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8Then they remembered his words.
9When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him.
17He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19″What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

25He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Christ[b] have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Footnotes:

  1. Luke 24:13 Greek sixty stadia (about 11 kilometers)
  2. Luke 24:26 Or Messiah; also in verse 46

Why, you might be wondering, did the creator of Heaven and Earth rise from the grave? Certainly not for little old me?

Actually, YES. That’s exactly why; for little old You. Mostly because You need a Savior!

Trying to make it to heaven on our own goodness is like trying to get to the moon on a moon beam; nice idea, but try it and see what happens.

Listen. Quit trying to quench your own guilt. You can’t do it. There’s no way.

Not with a bottle of whiskey or perfect Sunday school attendance. Sorry. I don’t care how bad you are. You can’t be bad enough to forget it. And I don’t care how good you are. You can’t be good enough to overcome it.

You need a Savior.

~Johnny~

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John 13

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.[a]

2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

~Johnny~

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Sunday Meditation;Psalm 51

This is one of my favorites. It;s the cry of a broken sinner to his God. Right now, it’s something I need to hear. You too, probably.

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ; you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

~Johnny~

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Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus1

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Please note; contrary to Homeless Activists who have never actually read a Bible, Mary and Joseph were NOT “homeless”; they were in transitf rom one place to another because of a census.

As many of us are in transit from one place to another. Where are you in transit to?

~Johnny~

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26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[c] the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.”

38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”

Mary’s Song

46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”

56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Mary, who is a virgin, and about to be publicly humiliated and (probably) cast out for being pregnant when she is unmarried, still finds time to sing praises to the Lord.

Wow.

~Johnny~

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President Narcissist, the Do-Nothing President of the 21st Century, will give a speech that’s a week late about a subject everyone already knows about to promise an inadequate amount of troops for a mission he doesn’t actually understand and doesn’t fully support. He will give this speech while standing in front of thousands of West point Cadets in hopes that we’ll forget Obama has never served his country in the military and also in hopes that we won’t think he’s the wimp of the new millenium.

And to give this speech he’s going to bump one of the best-loved Christmas specials of the last 50 years for his amazing neo-marxist sleight of hand:

A Charlie Brown Christmas.

If that’s not a cogent metaphor for the entire Obama Presidency to date I don’t know what is.

President Barack Obama …

… is slated to deliver a prime-time address on Tuesday night in which he’ll lay out his plans for the American war in Afghanistan.The address before the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night will not only be used to announce the immediate order to deploy roughly 30,000 more troops, but the administration will also use the occasion to convey how it intends to turn the fight over to the Kabul government, the New York Times reported.

But the administration may also face an unforeseen enemy as it lays out its long-awaited plans. And they are loud and they are legion: We’re talking about preschoolers and their parents.

That’s because ABC-TV was scheduled to present its annual screening of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. And we don’t know about you, but that show is pretty sacrosanct around our house and not to be trifled with lightly.

Honestly, this may be the signal greatest mistake of the Obama Presidency. People will be talking about how “Obama Bumped “A Charlie Brown Christmas for years and tens of years.

I certainly will. Heartless Bastard.

I want you to think about this.  Th Narcissist President is going to bump the last regularly scheduled network television program that not only openly discusses religion, but quotes the Bible in it’s program.

The Book of Luke, specifically.

The Left can argue George W. Bush may have been stupid, but even Bush wasn’t THIS stupid and blithely contemptuous of tradition.

~Johnny~

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Oh, there **IS** a God, apparently; and the Rhode Island Archbishop has Him on Speed Dial:

WASHINGTON — Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has forbidden Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy to receive the Roman Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion because of his advocacy of abortion rights, the Rhode Island Democrat said Friday.

The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion,” Kennedy said in a telephone interview.

And then there seems to be a difference of opinion . . .

Kennedy said the bishop had explained the penalty by telling him “that I am not a good practicing Catholic because of the positions that I’ve taken as a public official,” particularly on abortion. He declined to say when or how Bishop Tobin told him not to take the sacrament. And he declined to say whether he has obeyed the bishop’s injunction.

Bishop Tobin, through a spokesman, declined to address the question of whether he had told Kennedy not to receive Communion. But the bishop’s office moved quickly to cast doubt on Kennedy’s related assertion about instructions to the priests of Rhode Island.

“Bishop Tobin has never addressed matters relative to public officials receiving Holy Communion with pastors of the diocese,” spokesman Michael K. Guilfoyle said in an e-mailed statement.

FINALLY! Good for the Archbishop!

Note to Rep. Kennedy: who do you think the general public is going to believe;  an archbishop sworn to the service of his God, or a whiny politician who got his hand slapped and is crying about it publicly?

~Johnny~

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Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs Blog has this astounding story, which I’ll leave for you to click the link and read over there.

For those not familiar with the story of Rifqa Bary:

  1. Rifqa is a seventeen-year-old Muslim girl from Ohio.
  2. She was baptized into Christianity last year.
  3. Her Mulim father threatened to kill her to restore his family’s “honor.”
  4. Rifqa fled to Florida for her life.
  5. The Florida courts returned her to Ohio, despite ther parents’ inability to produce documentation they are here legally.
  6. Rifqa is being held at a Juvenile facility in Ohio incommunicado and in solitary confinement to hinder her ability to talk to others.
  7. The Ohio Juvenile Courts are refusing to release any data about the dates or times of Rifqa’s future hearings; probably because they are trying to avoid and “controversies”. (Pam Geller has already lead one demonstration of hundreds on the date of her first hearing.)

However, Pam notes this on her blog:

The Franklin county, Ohio Juvenile Detention Center allows inmates to receive mail. Therefore.. Rifqa should be able to receive Christmas cards from well wishers starting now. You just have to have your return address on the letter and follow a few simple rules HERE.

I am sending her a Christmas card and hope that others will do likewise. Thank you, and God Bless.

Rifqa Bary

c/o Angela Lloyd

255C Drinko Hall

55 West 12th Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201

***NOTE Address Changes *** (Don’t forget your *RETURN ADDRESS*-Mail without a Return Address will not reach her!)

And if you think about it, it’s got a certain “Miracle on 34th Street” vibe to it.  Flood the juvenile detention center with Christmas Cards for Rifqa.  “Mail is not read but will be screened for contraband items. Pictures, money, gang and drug symbols or writing is prohibited.”
/ So no money or photos; sorry/

The more cards the better.  Don’t pass a card around at work or church and have everyone sign it; pass a box of cards and have everyone send their own card.  Money or no money, SEND A CARD. I want her to have so many cards they’ll have to give her a separate room to open them all.

And pray for Rifqa.  Pray Hard.  Pass her name around to your prayer groups and prayer lines and prayer chains and all your friends at church.  Pray for her this weekend and all through Advent.

And send a card.  Send two; they’re  small, after all.

~Johnny~

(Sending mine in the morning. You?)

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The main street of Washington, Georgia, is called Toombs Avenue in honor of the locally famous Civil War leader, Robert Toombs. In promoting the South’s secession before the war began, Toombs reportedly claimed, “We can beat those Yankees with cornstalks!”

After the South’s defeat someone reminded Toombs of his pre-war claim. Toombs remaining undaunted replied, “Well they wouldn’t fight with cornstalks!”

We all fight a spiritual battle with Satan. Like the Yankees, he won’t let us choose the weapons! he tempts us at our weakest and most susceptible points.

To be victorious we must trust the One who not only overcame Satan’s temptations, but who also gives us overcoming power. The Lord’s words of promise to us are, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:19, NASB).

(Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System)

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Did you ever wake up in a strange place and ask, “How did I get here?” It’s easy to know where you’re headed; but it’s not always so easy to stay on course. There are those moments of befuddlement when even squared away Marines discover they are in the wrong location.

This is, of course *Not* a good thing during combat. And Everything the Christian does in this world is pretty much combat with our Adversary.

Elijah was one of God’s outspoken spokesmen in the Old Testament. He challenged the 450 priests of Baal, to determine whose God was real. God proved Elijah to be on the right side. Even so, Elijah felt like a victim instead of a victor. He had upset King Ahab, a pro-Baal king, and had become a wanted man.

I Kings 18:21: Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
But the people said nothing.

elijah angelElijah hid in the desert. There God sent supplies saying, “Elijah, these are some things you will need for your trip.” Elijah didn’t think he was going anywhere; he saw himself as out of the game. Instead God told Elijah, “Get ready to go. I’m sending you where you should be.”

I Kings 19: 10-13

And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Just because you get off course doesn’t mean that you’re out of the race. Double check your steering marks and get back in the race. Let God place you where you should be.

(Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System)

~Johnny~

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Somebody call the Waaahmbulance — sounds like Bill Mahrer has an Owie again!  (And he manages to Drag Sarah Palin and President Bush into it, to):

I have said this before; I will say it again;

Why – Does – This – Guy – Have – A – Television – Show – At – All?

He’s not funny (merely snarky and smart-assed); he’s nothing close to intellectual or thoughtful; and he is so rabidly anti-Christian as to be extremely out of step with the vast majority of the population; not to mention offensive to any practicingChristians who happen innocently on his foamy-lipped diatribes.

No, no — don’t care for him at all, really.  You?

~Johnny~

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Fox News is once again Firstest with the Mostest about how an Insurance Industry Audit has the Democraps all-wee-wee’d up over the additional costs:

WASHINGTON — After working for months behind the scenes to help shape health care reform, the insurance industry is now sharply attacking the emerging plan with a report that maintains Senate legislation would increase the cost of a typical policy by hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a year.

max baucusA spokesman for Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., whose 10-year, $829 billion overhaul plan faces a final Finance Committee vote Tuesday, was quick to react Sunday, questioning the credibility of the industry’s late-in-coming cost estimate.

“It’s a health insurance company hatchet job, plain and simple,” said the spokesman, Scott Mulhauser.

The health insurance industry has been working until recently to help draft legislation, while publicly endorsing President Barack Obama’s goal of affordable coverage for all Americans. The alliance has grown strained as legislation advances toward votes in Congress.

Late Sunday, the industry trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans sent its member companies a new accounting firm study that projects the legislation would add $1,700 a year to the cost of family coverage in 2013, when most of the major provisions in the bill would be in effect.

Premiums for a single person would go up by $600 more than would be the case without the legislation, the PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis concluded in the study commissioned by the insurance group.

On top of that,The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says this morning that if abortions are paid for under the Health Care Plan, they will not support it:

The bishops reaffirmed their commitment to working with Congress and the Administration toward genuine health care reform, but stated, “If final legislation does not meet our principles, we will have no choice but to oppose the bill.”

“We sincerely hope that the legislation will not fall short of our criteria,” wrote the bishops. “However, we remain apprehensive when amendments protecting freedom of conscience and ensuring no taxpayer money for abortion are defeated in committee votes.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has advocated for health care reform for decades. The bishops wrote that “Catholic moral tradition teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential to protecting human life and dignity. Much-needed reform of our health care system must be pursued in ways that serve the life and dignity of all, never in ways that undermine or violate these fundamental values. We will work tirelessly to remedy these central problems and help pass real reform that clearly protects the life, dignity and health of all.”

Lines are being drawn. Stands are being taken. How Obama and Baucus can get Healthcare passed while pleasing NOW, NARAL, and the bishops is beyond me.

Heh. And that’s a GOOD thing.

~Johnny~

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CavemanGeorge Tweed was a contemporary cave dweller. it was not his choice of habitats. Nevertheless that was his best choice. He was a Navy radioman hiding from the Japanese occupation force on the island of Guam during World War II. George Tweed had a meager existence. He was depending on a few families to provide him with food and to keep his whereabouts a secret.

David, of giant killing fame, had a similar experience. Saul, King of Israel, was out to eliminate the competition. So David found himself hiding in a cave. What did he do? He moaned and groaned a prayer to God. Then he discovered that others had similar problems with the king. David became their leader. He even wrote a song, Psalm 57, giving God credit for being David’s source of encouragement and strength. God responded to David’s prayer. David closes his song with these words,

“I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness.

11 Soar high in the skies, O God!
Cover the whole earth with your glory! “
(Psalm 57:9-11) The Message.

It sounds like he got over cave dwelling and turned to music.

Do you have something to sing about? Or are you still stuck in your cave?

Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System

~Johnny~

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Trial Balloons are frequently duds. That’s why they “try them out”, to see if they work.

And boy-howdy,This One Sure Didn’t Work Out!

Big christmas treeThe U.S. Forest Service has banned the name of Jesus from decorations being assembled by children in Arizona for a blue spruce from the state that will become the Capitol Christmas Tree this year, and a legal firm is challenging the censorship.

“Banning Christmas from the Capitol Christmas tree is just absurd. Christian students shouldn’t be discriminated against for expressing their religious beliefs,” said Jonathan Scruggs, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. “The First Amendment does not allow government officials to exclude school children’s ornaments for the capitol’s Christmas tree merely because they communicate a religious viewpoint,” he said yesterday.

Well, it didn’t take long for the Obama Administration weasels to flip-flop *but quick* on that brain-dead decision; less than 24 hours, in fact:

Just one day after WND reported that rules for the 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree program prevented children from submitting decorations with themes such as “Happy Birthday, Jesus” and “Merry Christmas,” state and federal officials are confirming the policy has been rescinded.

The change was confirmed both by officials in Arizona who have a steering committee to run the program and from officials in the office of the Architect of the Capitol, who administer the program in Washington.

Jonathan Scruggs, litigation staff counsel for the ADF, had written a letter to officials questioning the propriety of limiting religious speech and a specific viewpoint in the decoration program.  “The First Amendment does not allow government officials to exclude schoolchildren’s ornaments for the capitol’s Christmas tree merely because they communicate a religious viewpoint,” he said.

Okay, you ready for this incredibly lame excuse? Hold on tight:

pelosi reid obama reactionToday, Eva Malecki of the office of the Architect of the Capitol told WND the ban on “religious speech” on the ornaments was an old rule that had been discontinued some years ago.

“There was some old information that was somehow distributed,” she said. “It is not the position of our agency. There are no restrictions [on the ornaments].”

She was unable to say how such “old information” had been resurrected and distributed to the steering committee in Arizona working on the program, but she confirmed it was “outdated.”

“That was old information, improperly distributed. We have rescinded those guidelines,” she said. “We apologize for any misunderstanding.”

I’d LOVE to know what Administration passed THAT rule. Bush Administration maybe? As popular as it is with the current Administration to “Blame Bush”, I don’t recall that rule in the last eight years. Not even in the Clinton Administration. Nor Bush I; nor Reagan; — not even Jimmy Carter.

Swear to God; An *Actual* photo from the Inauguration.  Classy.

Swear to God; An *Actual* photo from the Inauguration. Classy.

This case of apparently removing God from Washington is just one in a long list of similar incidents on which WND has reported:

  • The Latin words giving praise to God on a model of the tip of the Washington Monument were turned towards a wall in a visitors area so they could not be seen.
  • A proclamation recognizing the 400th anniversary of Jamestown neglected to mention its Christian foundations and purposes.
  • Guides at the Supreme Court were providing misinformation about the numerous references to the Ten Commandments on the building itself, among others.
  • The Architect of the Capitol also has been involved in similar situations. Congress decided to take action when a new $600 million visitors center was erected essentially without reference to many components of the nation’s Christian heritage.

Merry Christmas, you incompetent boobs.

Hat Tips: Clyde at the Patriot Room and Serum de Liberte Blog

~Johnny~

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In a letter to a church the Apostle Paul does not deny that the worst things will happen finally to all of them, as indeed he must have had a strong suspicion they were soon to happen to him.

He does not try to minimize them.  He does not try to explain them away as God’s will or God’s judgment or God’s method of testing our spiritual fiber.

He simply tells the Philippians that in spite of them, even in the thick of them, they are to keep in constant touch with the One who unimaginably transcends the worst things as he also unimaginably transcends the best.

Frederick Buechner

Phillipians 1:18-30

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System

~Johnny~

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Jammie Wearing Fool has an article that guaranteed to annoy the hell out of the Leftoid Libs.

Guess who’s book is number one in pre-orders? (Heh-heh-heh.)

Already No. 1 at Barnes and Noble and now No. 1 at Amazon:

sarahpalin_200908_477x600_7The left may have a collective aneurysm by the time Going Rogue is released, and that’s still not until November 17.

The “reviewers” at Barnes and Noble are wigging out.

I am so amazed at the gullibility of her fans. She had a ghostwriter, a conservative writer, and they spent a month together. Palin also did not write her Hong Kong speech. Come on people, did you not listen when she was off script trying to answer (previously submitted) questions? She fumbled, she winked, she danced around the questions. I am waiting for this book’s popularity to fall to nothing when it actually comes out and you realize you were duped. Plus, she will not dare to appear on the news shows other than Fox…they might ask her a question she didn’t give them beforehand, or, she might be asked to read a portion of the book she never saw. Never in my life have I seen someone with so little to offer be embraced by so many people as a savior. Conservatives are scary.

An item using an anonymous source in the New York Post underscores just how much the left fears this woman.

SarahPalin winkSARAH Palin is said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.

After quitting as governor of Alaska in July, Palin signed with the top-notch Washington Speakers Bureau, which also reps George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, LA Dodgers manager Joe Torre and magician David Blaine.

Palin’s bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: “The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot.”

Of course this fails to explain how she’s receiving hundreds of speaking offers. But hey, when you can call someone a blithering idiot, why bother with the facts?

I love this woman.  I love any decent sister in Christ who can go toe-to-toe with Libs and drive them wild just by being honest.

~Johnny~

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Does anyone really care about you?

bridgeGene Henderson, the editor of a publishing house, says, “YES!” After the first three weeks of school at the University of Pennsylvania, Gene became convinced that he was not where he should be at that time. With no one within half a continent to hear his frustrations and discouragement, Gene determined to end his life. He headed for the Market Street Bridge in downtown Philadelphia. His goal was to drown himself in the Schuylkill River.

Before jumping Gene prayed one last time giving God an ultimatum that basically said, “I’m going to jump. Stop me, God, or it’s all your fault.”

To bring closure to his life Gene decided he should read something. All he had with him was a small New Testament in his pocket. Looking for a verse to read, Gene kept thinking of what had been drilled into his head that week at school. He was “Pennsylvania, Class of 69.” So Gene turned to the only book in the Bible he knew of with that many chapters and read Psalm 69:

“Save me O God for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the many depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. . .Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink…Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up. . .Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble” (vv. 14-17).

Gene grabbed a hold of the lifeline, which came from God. Gene was about to drown, and God threw him a rope.

Yes, someone really does care about you. Just ask Gene Henderson.

(Courtesy of Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System)

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I dunno.  Perhaps a better question might be, “Why does Megan Fox hate herself so much?

  • airhead brainless movie chickShe thinks she’s  “sexy and intelligent”, which is usually a really good indicator that while you’re the former, you’re probably NOT the latter.

You can be sexy and be intelligent and be taken seriously, or you can be sexy and you can be out at clubs every night and not be [taken seriously].”

After a moment of reflection, she adds, “I haven’t gone completely insane — but it might happen soon.”

  • She’s a pretty miserable person who hates where she came from. During an interview for one of the “Transformers” movies, she was quoted as saying :

” . . . if Megatron wanted to kill our planet, she suggested they ‘negotiate’. “Let him have the white trash, redneck, antigay, and bible thumpers . . . “

  • Considering this next quote, you can see why she might.

Fox and friends (her cast members and the director) addressed the audience before the screening.

“I actually was not the shit in high school” Fox told the audience. “I went to a small Christian School. I ate lunch in the bathroom because I was afraid of getting picked on in the cafeteria.” When the audience began to react positively, Fox shot back “it’s ok, yeah, Fuck ‘em!”

Well, Wikipedia says that she’s bisexual and a strong personality. Neither trait is going to win you any friends at a Conservative Christian school; and particularly if you have tattoos all over your arms and back.

I’m just sayin’ here. Plus when you have a teenager with a “strong personality” drawing attention to herself with tattoos, you’re going to get attention. Just don’t be surprised if you don’t like it.

  • Having a prima-donna reputation doesn’t help either. And when your castmates write an “open letter” bashing your stupidity, you’ve REALLY burned some bridges there:

Megan has been late to the sets many times. She goes through the motions that make her exude this sense of misery. We’ve heard the A.D’s piped over the radio that Megan won’t walk from her trailer until John Turturro walks first! John’s done seventy-five movies and she’s made two!

Never expect Megan to attend any of the 15 or so crew parties like all the other actors have. And then there’s the classless night she blew off The Royal Prince of Jordan who made a special dinner for all the actors. She doesn’t know that one of the grips daughters wanted to visit their daddy’s work to meet Megan, but he wouldn’t let them come because he told them “she is not nice.”

The press certainly doesn’t know her most famous line. On our first day in Egypt, the Egyptian government wouldn’t let us shoot because of a permit problem as the actors got ready in make up at the Four Seasons Hotel. Michael tried to make the best of it; he wanted to take the cast and crew on a private tour of the famous Giza pyramids. God hold us witness, Megan said, “I can’t believe Michael is fucking forcing us to go to the fucking pyramids!”

Megan_Fox,_Hope_and_FaithAnd then EOnline  had THIS today on Fox’s new film:

You speak of Jennifer’s Body. And boy did it bomb.

The movie supposedly—supposedly—cost only $16 million to make, a figure that analysts highly doubt, given the rising-star cast and the fact that the screenwriter is Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for Juno. But Body grossed only about $6.8 million this weekend.

That, children, is what’s known as a bloodbath.

As Dean Wormer said in Animal House, “Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” I might paraphrase, “Slutty and stupid is no way to go through life, girl.”

The road to Hollywood is paved with actresses who slept their way to the top (or were asked to) and ended up on the ash-heap of histo Marilu Henner. Linda Fiorentino. Jessica Biel.

Ick. Not the Prom Court you wanted to be queen of, was it?

Grow up. Got to college. Get a life and a degree. Please — before you end a tattooed skank wondering what happened to your career.

And try, just try — to have an open mind to religion. You might find Christians have something you’re looking for; or desperately need.

~Johnny~

NOTE: While I was composing this post, I was watching an E! special on the Love Boat, and somehow managed to transpose Ms. Tewes’ name into the list.  That is NOT what I meant to say in any way, shape, or form, and I apologize.

I’m actually something of a fan of Ms. Tewes, and more than a little horrified I put this into the post.  If she’s seen this, I extend my apologies to her as well.

~Johnny~

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During World War II there was a company that made and packed parachutes for the military. Day in and day out the workers packed parachutes. The worked was very tedious and repetitious. The leadership of the plant was quick to recognize the danger of monotony and of the staff losing sight of their focus. So every day the staff was reminded that their job was not to pack parachutes. Their job was to save lives.

Let us not lose our focus with the repetition of patients. Each patient is an opportunity to care.

Courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System

300_spartansI was watching the movie “300″ last week with my wife. There’s a very telling moment about a half hour into it. The leader of the Athenian soldiers tells the King of Sparta he hasn’t brought many soldiers. Leonidas (the king) asks three of the Athenians what their profession is. He gets varying responses — sculptor, blacksmith, etc.

He then asks the Spartans “What is your profession?!” and they respond with their war cry. Leonidas looks back at the Athenian commander.

“You see, old friend – I have brought more soldiers.”

When I was growing up in the 60′s it was considered the height of intellectualism to ponder the question “What is the meaning of life.” Personally, I never considered it to be a very deep or profound question. I always understood the matter to be a restatement of the older question, “What’s the most important thing in your life?

Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:17-22)

Simple question, really. “What’s the most important thing in your life?

~Johnny~

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I’ve had these songs stuck in my head for weeks now.  A very pleasant version of the “earworm”:

Revelation 5

9And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”

11Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12In a loud voice they sang:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”

13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


~Johnny~

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I need to talk to the Christians out there for a moment. I take my faith seriously, and I’ve been analyzing a weird little interaction I had on Twitter this week through the eye of my faith.

I met this young lady on Twitter this week. I followed her, or maybe she followed me. We’re both Christians supposedly, so it’s a natural:

faithwalk promo

And I would agree with her headline sentiment completely, of course.

Sometime last week she responded to one of my Tweets about the Tea Parties, which I attend and support:

faithwalkAUhmmmm . . . Yeah.  Just for the record — If all you got out of the history class on the “Boston Tea Party” is that “Indians don’t drink tea”, I’d be very concerned about the curriculum they were teaching at your High School.  Truly I would.  That’s like saying the modern attendees of the “Tea Parties” all practice deviant sexual practices because Keith Olbermann and Janean Garofolo said so.

(“@JesusClan” is someone she refers to as her “hubby”, but sure doesn’t talk to him like they’re married; so your guess is as good as mine here.)

Several other things about her comment:

  • She doesn’t proofread her comments, or has a spelling problem
  • She mixes politics with her religion; Always a bad combination in my experience, and
  • She just challenged my truthfullness, which I don’t (honestly) think she even thought about.  To tell someone who supports the Tea Parties that “The Boston Tea Party was a lie (and) so is this one” is — well, she’s  saying “it’s a lie.”  No arguing her intentions there.

So I responded to her Tweet with some Tribal lore my grandmother (Sauk Indian) once told me.  And I’ll admit freely — I was tweaking her a bit here with the “NOT ALLOWED” comment, but playfully:
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Which is true (as far as I know it); The “5 Civilized Tribes” (The Algonquins and their trading partners) were peaceful, and traded freely with the British for blankets, spices, foodstuffs — and tea, amongst other things. When the British taxed tea to the point of being unaffordable, they developed alternatives, like Mint Tea and Chamomiles

And  I continued:alamocitypunditC

And I thought about it for a few minutes, and added this for background:

alamocitypundit825She Disagreed:

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I’m not sure she even read this Tweet.  I didn’t say anything about a “Histroy” (sic) book, although that thought seems to be stuck in her head.  (And I have to comment that for someone “quite educated”, she misspells a lot, and uses those darned single-word abbreviations a lot. I understand “Y R U” means “Why are you” and saves space when you’re restricted to 140 characters.  I use them as little as possible myself, because they annoy a lot of people.

And she’s quite rude — “Why are you still Tweeting”?  “LOL” (Laughing out loud?)  Lovely woman.  She seems to think her Tweets are the word of the Lord to Twitterdom.

So I responded — and tried to let her know she was being rude and insulting:

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Okay, the “White Girl” was rude, but I was trying to make a point tht she wasn’t anywhere near her safety zone here.  She responded within a minute:

faithwalkCThis, I would assume, is the result of 20 years of public schools teaching “self-esteem”: You feel good about yourself, but don’t give a hoot who else you insult and annoy.  Whatever you’re doing is fine.

And there it has set untouched until today.  I’ve left it alone for the most part because it’s obvious that:

  • she hasn’t read the Tweets I sent her,
  • she’s not particularly bright, and
  • She’s not much of a Christian, sadly.  (But then again, who is?)

I would direct you to the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Samaritans were considered “unclean” and the “lowest of the low” by Jews, who were pure-blooded Hebrews. Not so the Samaritans, who were the the remnant of the breakaway 10 tribes of the north, who had intermarried with locals and “polluted” their Hebrew bloodlines:

4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

7When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8(His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Please note neither Jesus nor the Samaritan woman screamed “RACIST!!!” I’m just sayin’ here.  There are a thousand more examples I could draw from here.  Jesus associated with prostitutes, tax collectors, and Romans — the most hated peoples in Israel at the time.  Paul preached almost exclusively to the Gentiles — unheard of for as pious and well-schooled a Jew as he was.  Phillip baptized an Ethiopian — not only a Gentile but a black man as well.

There is no race in Jesus.  We all race FOR Jesus.

And that’s the main reason I bring this up.  I’m a Native American.  I live among white folks.  I like ‘em, too.  My wife and son are black.

Big deal. I never even think about the distinction.  For this illiterate little know-nothing Lib to accuse me of racism is ludicrous, and shows her own weaknesses.  But Paul said anger is not a sin, either:

Ephesians 4:2626“In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry

So I’m asking you. Yes, you. I don’t feel I sinned here, ad I’ve tried very hard not to –but I may be wrong. It’s been known to happen.

The comments section is open.

~Johnny~

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Life is hard.  It seems to some to be an endless series of problems.  So how do you deal with problems?  Do you ignore them, hoping that they will go away?  Do you attack them, trying to destroy them?  Or do you determine constructive ways of solving them?  Dr. Scott Peck in his book The Road Less Traveled suggests that, “It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom;  indeed they create our courage and our wisdom.  It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.”

outhouseEdward Roy had an earthy problem.  He owned the Jiffy Johns business of Pompano Beach, Florida.  He had five hundred portable toilets for rent.  But that wasn’t his problem.  Business was booming.  Everyone it seems has a time when they need a place to be alone.  Edward Roy’s problem was what to do with the product from his product.  That is what to do with all the sewage?  Half of his profits were being spent in having someone haul off the excrements.  In searching for a solution he found a solar-heating process that turned sewage into fertilizer.  But instead of trying to sell the technology, his company expanded and began to operate three plants, arranging for others in the same line of work to bring him “their problem.”  As Chuck Swindoll said, “He turned his problem into a project.”  Rising from $.92 a share to $16.50 a share in just six months, Jiffy Industries, Inc. became one of the fastest growing stocks on any American exchange in 1983.

What may seem to be a dirty sewage problem can become the most significant project in your life.  How do you deal with those tough problems that come your way?

Courtesy Baptist Healthcare Chaplaincy

I Peter 5:5-9:God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

~Johnny~

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{{Normally I just delete comments like this because, while we have a right to Free Speech in this country, I am respopnsible for the content of this blog; and nobody has a “right” to Free Speech on *my* blog except me. Trolls like bk5470@hotmail.com should get their own blogs.}}

{{Nevertheless, this hate-filled screed is indicative of the unreasoning hatred that fills the left with vitriol and has so polarized our political discourse . . . it’s just pitiful, really. I’ve highlighted the worst parts i you want to skip the rest; and left the spelling and punctuation errors intact. The original can be seen in the Comments Section under the post ”   }}

{{And, yes, I’m struggling not to laugh . . . }}

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Yes, I love you people who call yourselves christians and cower behind your twisted beliefs. I can understand your hate. Hell(,) he believed minorities should be freed and minimum wages should be above the poverty level and health care should be affordable, amazingly evil concept.

He had his faults(,) yet your “hero(e)s” sent thousands of American children to their deaths in baseless wars, you are an amazing pathetic lot. Your dumbass, brain damaged cowboy president was an alc(o)holic, coke freak who found (G)od to promote (h)is lunacy into the (W)hite (H)ouse. Yet he tortured frogs and is personally responsible for the loss of each Amarican and Iraqui child that died for oil.

Be proud, drape yourselves in flags, preach your (C)hristian values and wish death upon all who disagree with you.

Bring on the lions!

{{Honestly, it’s hard to take something like this seriously that was written at 2:30 am (obviously a college student) who not only can’t spell or punctuate, but is so obviously projecting their unreasoning hatred onto others.

How Sad.

“Father in Heaven, we pray today for this poor soul who is lost without You. Comfort them, Father, and let them know the peace that passes understanding You bring. Let them come to know Your Son jesus, and convict them in their heart of the things they have done here today.

And Father; be with the family of Teddy Kennedy. Let your peace be shown to them, and the mercy you show all of us sinners. Have mercy on Teddy’s soul, O Father.

All these things we pray in Jesus name; Amen.”}}

~Johnny~

(“Bring on the Lions!”  Heh.)

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You Think You’ve Got Troubles? Think Your Monday was hard?

Watch this guy – then tell me about it.

~Johnnny~

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Luke 18:15-17 People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

child prayingDo you think that you have some hard questions for God? Alan Litchfield has compiled a list of deep theological queries to God from children.

God, in Sunday School they told us what you do. Who does it when you are on vacation? Jane

Dear God, I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. Love Alison

Dear God, Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? Lucy

Dear God, Is it true my father won’t get in heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? Anita

Dear God, Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Norma

Dear God, Who draws the lines around the countries? Nan

Dear God, Do animals use you or is there somebody else for them? Nancy

Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that ok? Neil

Dear God I like the Lord’s prayer best of all. Did you have to write it a lot or did you get it right the first time? I have to write everything I ever write over again. Lois

God, It’s ok that you made different religions but don’t you get mixed up sometimes? Arnold

Dear God, In Bible times did they really talk that fancy? Jennifer

Dear God, I would like to know why all the things you said are in red. Joanne

Dear God, What does it mean you are a jealous God? I thought you had everything. Jane

God , Did you really mean, ‘Do unto others as they do unto you?’ Because if you did then I’m going to fix my brother. Darla

Don’t take yourself so seriously today.

(Courtesy Baptist Health System Chaplains)

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