Engaging Your World

Friday, April 17, 2009

WRONG GUY TO ROB! SCORE ANOTHER ONE FOR THE OLD GUYS!!


Leonard W. Cooper is sixty nine years old and works at a barber shop in Hagerstown Maryland that his pastor owns. Wednesday he was sitting in the shop reading his Bible when an intruder came in wielding a knife and demanding money. Leonard had no money and showed the thief his empty pockets. When the thief went to check the empty pockets for himself, Leonard took the opportunity to begin to wrestle the knife away. And as they fought and wrestled, Leonard realized he could not get the knife from him, so he picked the robber up and threw him through the glass front door. Leonard's comments?

"That’s the only way I could get him off me. I wish I would have thought to get his mask off. All I’m worried about is the knife. It was so fast. We were moving fast. I’m OK. God kept me through all that. God is my protector. It’s been a ... wow ... It’s been a day."

At SIXTY NINE!!! You gotta love it!!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

JOB WELL DONE MR. PRESIDENT!

It is obvious and clear to anyone who reads this blog that I disagree with President Obama about everything. I am hard pressed to think of one policy position of his that I could affirm. I say that to say today I am thrilled at how he handled the pirate hostage situation. From his silence during the ordeal which in my mind, was critical, to the orders he gave authorizing the military to use whatever force necessary, whenever they felt it necessary, our President did a masterful job.

I wish I could say the same for some conservative pundits. I was saddened to hear Sean Hannity attempt to criticize the President on his, "taking credit"for the success of the operation. First of all, I heard the Presidents remarks and found nothing in them that would concur with that critique. Secondly, the mission was a success, a resounding success, and the President would be within his rights to take some credit, as without his orders, this does not happen. I believe that those seeking to critique the President on this one, have it all wrong. If we cannot recognize and affirm a job well done, then in my opinion, our criticisms fall on deaf ear, and are without merit.

If you want to criticize the media for never giving President Bush credit for anything, and their fawning over this President, that is fair game and you could do that for years. President Bush could have cured cancer and aids, solved the financial crisis and found life on mars, and he would have received no credit from the liberal media. But criticism of the President on this event is out of line, gratuitous and small minded. What we should be saying if job well done Mr. President. Thank you for having the courage to give the right orders so that the Phillips family does not have to mourn the loss of their dad and husband!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

A GLORIOUS WEEKEND!

It is this weekend that we remember and celebrate the foundation for all that we believe and all that we are in Christ. Good Friday is where we remember and celebrate that Jesus Christ went to Calvary and died a definite atonement. That on the cross He died for all that were His from before the foundation of the world. It was not that He died and hoped people would believe, that would have been careless, random and unfitting for a King. Jesus Christ gloriously atoned for every single person that the Father had given Him, and all of those will be saved, not one of them will perish. Praise God we remember and celebrate the definite atonement of the cross.

We also remember and celebrate that the grave could not hold Him. Though He truly died on the cross, He was Sunday morning alive and walked the face of this earth for over forty days, appearing to hundreds if not thousands of people. This true, historical event separates Jesus from all who would seek His seat as King. Every other religious leader died and stayed dead. Not so with Jesus, He rose from the dead defeating death and the grave, and in the process removing the sting of death for all that are His. We who follow Christ know that to live is Christ and to die is gain, and that is due to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

These are the things that we remember and celebrate this weekend. Glorious truths that are just that, true! Praise God and worship well this Lords day.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

THREE BLIND MICE? OR DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING?



Three pieces of news that speak loudly of one great theme, the acceptance of homosexuality not only in our nation but in many churches. So here they are, the unfortunate, tragic three;

1. "The church-affiliated Texas Christian University has announced plans to allocate apartment housing on its Fort Worth campus for homosexual students and their supporters. According to a report in the city's Star-Telegram newspaper, the school plans to open a section of the Tom Brown-Pete Wright apartments for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and allies."

2. The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian parents as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities. White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate.

"The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend. Chrisler said Tuesday she expects more than 100 gay and lesbian-headed families to take part in the egg roll."

3. "On CNN's "Larry King Live" this week, as "America's Pastor" Rick Warren did a soft shoe act on his role in the same-sex marriage battle over Proposition 8 in California.

"You know, Larry, there was a story within a story that never got told," he said. "In the first place, I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be. During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never – never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going."

All three true,and sad, all three sad but true, all three accountable to almighty God who does have a huge problem with homosexuality as He does with all sin, but this sin in particular, as it strikes at the only relationship on earth that displays Christ and the Church, marriage between a man and a woman, the way God created and designed it to be. So while colleges, the President of the United States and famous pastors accept what God rejects, we must make or own choice as to whom we will serve on this day!

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

2.5 MILLION ENVELOPES, WILL THE PRESIDENT CARE?


It is being reported that the White House mail office has confirmed it received a "deluge" of as many as 2.25 million red envelopes symbolizing the empty promise of lives snuffed out in abortion in a massive campaign that was larger than most White House mailing movements in the last 35 years. So now the question becomes what will President Obama do about this? The answer, I am afraid, is nothing.

While I praise God for these and other efforts to display our disgust and angst at the murder of babies that happens every day in our country, I do not believe many understand this President and his ideology when it comes to the life of the unborn. Regardless of his nice smile and charismatic appeal, he has consistently taken the position of death for the unborn, and even death for those born! His continued voting against the infant born alive protection act, should be all any of us need to understand the man.

Any one that would vote against giving care for a baby born in a botched abortion is in a different league when it comes to life and death of children. While this should not stop people from doing all they can to let the voice of life be known, I think it would be more prudent at this point to do all you can to make sure this is a one term President! For sure he will advance the cause of death in his first term, let us hope, pray and work to see that this is the only shot he gets at the unborn!

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Friday, April 03, 2009

LIFE! STAND FOR IT!!


The Dignitas clinic, based in a Zurich apartment has assisted in over 100 deaths in Switzerland, and now they have officially arrived to where anyone with any sanity knew these places would. Yes, they are now going to "assist" in the suicide of a perfectly healthy human being who cannot stand the thought of living without their terminally ill spouse. The founder of this clinic Ludwig Minelli described suicide as a “marvellous opportunity” that should not be restricted to the terminally ill or people with severe disabilities. Here is Minelli on the idea of someone needing to be terminally ill to qualify for this procedure;

“It is not a condition to have a terminal illness. Terminal illness is a British obsession. As a human rights lawyer I am opposed to the idea of paternalism. We do not make decisions for other people. We should have a nicer attitude to suicide, saying suicide is a very good possibility to escape.”

So there you have it, suicide defined as a "very good possibility to escape". If you do not want to live without your spouse, or you are distressed over your job loss, or your favorite pet has been hit by a car, or for any reason at all you feel the need to escape, Mr Minelli is there to be sure you are able to kill yourself! This is the natural consequence and progression of the culture of death that is pervasive in so many cultures.

Once you can redefine the terms and make killing yourself more palatable, and even romantic, then you have won the argument. Suicide, once seen as a gross heinous cowardly act, is now seen as a noble, heroic and even compassionate act. And you can be sure the real victims of this debate are the young people of the world. Those who will have moments of despair where they feel they cannot go on, like most teenagers feel at some point in their young lives. It is at those moments when the ideology of sick people like Minelli will ring in their ears, and walk them to the brink of eternal disaster.

This is why there needs to be a stronger voice for life in the world today. A voice strong enough to drown out the sycophants like Minelli, Obama and others who would see death as a viable alternative from the womb to the nursing home. A voice that speaks from the Word of God that declares that life is a gift from God,precious and not to be tampered with. A voice that declares life is to be defended and fought for, exemplified by the Savior Jesus Christ who came to this earth to give what? Life, everlasting life! So my friends,in this culture of death, celebrate, defend and point people to the One who has life, is Life, and can give life eternally, the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

TRUTH CHECK FOR THE PRESIDENT, AS IF ANYONE CARES!

Not that this matters all that much, due to the incredible indifference to anything that President Obama says or does that contradicts his campaign promises, but it is worth noting anyway. You might remember the following quotes from the campaigning Obama;

"I can make a firm pledge," he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

Not any of your taxes? If you are making less than $250,000 a year, yet today there was a .61 cents tax per pack of cigarettes instituted! A Gallup survey of 75,000 people last year found that 34 percent of respondents earning $6,000 to $12,000 were smokers, and the smoking rate consistently declined among people of higher income. Only 13 percent of people earning $90,000 or more were smokers. In essence this new tax is hitting almost everyone under the $250,000 threshold! Yet you can be sure that all of those who have been hit with an amazing increase, will with eyes glazed over keep their unwavering support of this President, even as he continues to put his hand in their pocket and remove what little money they have left!

Just a few facts for those who still care about such mundane crazy things!

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