Forty-nine years! That sounds like a long time ago, especially to someone like my six year old grandson. On the other hand to me it almost seems like yesterday. Forty-nine years ago I graduated from Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa. Yes, next year it will be FIFTY! Well, what brought on this nostalgic walk down memory lane? Almost every day I read the home town newspaper the Ottumwa Courier online. I kiddingly tell my wife I do this to see if my name is in the obituary column.
In today’s edition was a photo of the 2012 graduating class and what a rush of memories that flooded forth as I recollected that day when I graduated. What a day! A lot has transpired in this world and in my world since that high school graduation. However forty-nine years is nothing compared to eternity! The Old Testament prophet Isaiah tells us “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” Isaiah 57:15.
Nevertheless, we live in the present, the here and now, called time, of which the New Testament writer James tells us “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” 4:14. Forty-nine years is a long time but it is also a very short time compared to eternity! Whatyareckon?
Did you read about a federal jury on Thursday, 24th of May, convicting “a Muslim soldier on six charges in connection with a failed plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops, his religious mission to get ‘justice’ for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan”? This soldier faces up to life in prison with sentencing due in July. The incident for which this Muslim was convicted took place in 2011. Happily this was somewhat quick justice compared to the proceedings against the Muslim that shot and killed at least 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. I have been searching for any information concerning this Fort Hood Muslim’s trial and finally some information has appeared. At http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2011/0720/Alleged-Fort-Hood-shooter-Maj.-Nidal-Hasan-faces-March-2012-trial it says that “More than two years after the attack on military personnel at Fort Hood, accused shooter Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan now has a trial date: March 5, 2012.” Now, the United States Constitution’s Sixth Amendment guarantees all persons accused of criminal wrongdoing the right to a speedy trial. It may be argued what constitutes a “speedy trial”? Well, to some two years seems like an awful long time and a delay in a trial can either go for or against the accused. Could the delay in this trial favour the accused? Whatyareckon?
You may not agree with a North Carolina Pastor’s suggestion of what should be done with homosexuals and lesbians but it must be admitted he was right with his conclusion, that is if his plan was implemented. A simple observation of human reproduction and without any interference with such methods as IVF the outcome is fairly obvious! Don’t know what I am talking about. Check out the video and article at http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/22/video-of-north-carolina-pastors-plan-to-get-rid-of-gays-goes-viral/comment-page-101/ . Whatyareckon?
We have been away for a few days. I guess we are getting to that age where doctor appointments are a regular pass-time. Well, anyway what I want to blog about is the way words have changed and with the change has also come a lowering of morals.
Adultery is now just having an affair. Being a Sodomite has now been changed to being gay. Murder of the unborn is now simply abortion. As to this last change you may want to go to http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/now-non-doctors-plan-stunning-evil-for-babies/ and read what they want to do in California. The state that is broke may soon have “A taxpayer-funded pilot program…training people who are not physicians to do first-trimester vacuum aspiration surgical abortions – with as little as two days of instruction…” It is no surprise that “Sponsors of the legislation included Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California…” but it was surprising and sad that “it had the backing of the leaders of both houses of the Legislature.” Whatyareckon?
Had enough of the present Washington administration then go to http://freebeacon.com/ where “West Virginia inmate Keith Judd carried 41 percent of the vote in the Tuesday Democratic primary in the state. The Washington Free Beacon decided to imagine what a Judd campaign ad might look like.” Judd couldn’t do any worse than the One! Time for REAL change?! Whatyareckon?
It isn’t really new news or even surprising news that Obama has come out in favour of same sex marriage but what did surprise me is that some news reporters had the audacity to say Obama was brave in making this statement. BRAVE!? The Leftist media all praised Obama for his courageous “coming out” and condemned Romney for his opposition to same sex marriage. Personally, I believe the BRAVE person is the one who says they do not agree with accepting abortion, same sex marriage and all the other deviant issues and lifestyles that are being promoted to a gullible society! Whatyareckon?
As most of us who live in Australia know the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is far from being a conservative voice. At http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3489812.htm one may view the ABC programme Q & A for Monday 30 April, 2012. The last Question for the programme was “PARLIAMENT PRAYERS – Helen Heath asked: ‘In the 2006 Census, less than two-thirds of Australians identified themselves as Christian. In Dandenong, we celebrate this diversity and at the start of each local council meeting, a prayer is offered by a faith leader from a different religious community on a rotational basis. Is it time for the opening of Commonwealth and State parliaments to be marked by not only the Lord’s Prayer but also prayers from a variety of religious traditions?”’
The ecumenical forget where our nation came from philosophy. The only voice for continuing only with the Lord’s Prayer was federal Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella and she was booed! Where were the anti-bullying police!? Whatyareckon?
At http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/156093-rob-bell-s-replacement-speaks-out-on-bell-and-hell.html Rob Bell’s replacement, Shane Hipps, teaching elder at Mars Hill Bible Church responded to those who oppose Bell’s views on hell as enunciated in Bell’s book Love Wins. Hipps said concerning the reality of a hell that he takes “…a position when I know something with certainty. Almost always through direct experience.” Hipps went on to state that “…until I’ve experienced it, this is only something I believe– a possibility.” Hipps walks by sight (experience) so it seems but what does the Scripture saith? Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” John 20:29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” 2Co 5:7 “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” Is Hipps one of the blind leading the blind? Whatyareckon?
Perhaps you receive Daniel Pipes’ emails but if not you should at least visit his web site regularly. Recently he wrote “A Quinnipiac poll in April showed Chris Christie the most popular potential Republican vice-presidential candidate, thanks to his budget cuts and standing up to government employee unions. But the governor of New Jersey has a problem, specifically an Islam problem, in the way of his possible ascent to higher office. We regret to report that, time and again, he has sided with Islamist forces against those safeguarding American security and civilization.” You may read more details on this at http://www.danielpipes.org/11106/chris-christie-islam . The present administration in Washington is a total mess! Hopefully the USA November elections will offer someone who will put their hand to the task of cleaning it up! Is Christie the man? Whatyareckon?
This isn’t the question of the ages BUT how do others you have never heard of or ever met obtain your email address? Most of these unsolicited emails arriving in my inbox are deleted but some make it to the first read. Such is this one.
“What are you facing today?
What prayer do you want us to pray in agreement with you? Are you sick in body? God heals. Are you poor in spirit? God restores. Are you facing financial hardship? God delivers. How can we pray for you today? What can we confess and decree over you today? CLICK HERE and we’ll personally pray over each and every request.
God bless you and may his Glory shine upon you today!”
Now this came from the web site www.TheSecondAdam.com. After viewing the web site the labels of a religious huckster, charlatan, and shyster just might be applicable! Whatyareckon?