Thinking Out Loud - Ms. Green

Commentaries from a female, conservative Christian worldview. Intermittent observations on human behavior and current events. Occasional bursts of personal tirades,confessions, and discoveries. Frequent discussions about my "Narrow-Minded Faith".

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Kosova Trip Report Final

The men are back from their two weeks in Kosova. The stories they've told have been heartwarming and encouraging. David, the missionary there, is so thankful for the work, time and money that went into this project. The people and children of this predominantly Muslim town still can't believe that people from half way around the world would come to their little town and build such a special park for the kids. This opens up doors for David and his wife to share why this gift was show the love of Jesus Christ.

If you have a moment, and the latest version of the free QuickTime 7.1.6 with ITunes, watch this video. It starts out showing you the park in the middle of this town - bleak, wartorn, and falling apart. Then it shows the progression of the project and the finished project - complete with smiling kids and a flag raising ceremony (my soulmate is the guy toward the end of the video shown in several pictures surrounded by kids). We pray that the people of this town, through this free gift, will be receptive to hear about the ultimate gift of salvation found only through Jesus Christ. Seeds were planted, Bibles and tracts were given out, and now we will watch and pray for the harvest.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Real Story on the Middle East

For a simple, chronological account of the Middle East situation, go here and watch this video. Then the next time some screaming liberal or Arab says the Jews are occupiers, tell them their ignorance is showing and make them prove it. They can’t. Because it’s not true.

And lest someone say this film is propaganda – all the facts stated in the film can be verified by third party neutral sources. Facts are facts.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." Psalm 122:6

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Monday, June 11, 2007

The Liberals' Passover

The Liberals’ Passover

For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” Exodus 12:23

The blood of an innocent was shed for each Israelite family on Passover. But the shed blood was not enough to save them from death. You see, the blood had to be applied. Putting the blood over the doorway and on each side post (which, by the way, forms a cross, if you think about it) insured that the death angel would pass over their home and spare them.

Unlike fundamentalist Christians, liberals don’t believe the story of Moses and the 10 plaques on Egypt. They don’t believe God really sent all those judgments in order to persuade Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. They don’t believe that a death angel came, and then spared these families from death because of the blood of the lamb.

“…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

Unlike fundamentalists Christians, liberals don’t believe that Jesus was the sacrificial lamb Who died in our place. They don’t believe His shed blood has to be applied to us in order to be saved from eternal death. Jesus was the Passover lamb for all mankind. But you see, the blood has to be applied – through faith.

No, the liberals don’t believe in the first Passover. They don’t believe in Jesus as the Passover Lamb of God.

They do believe in a Passover though.

Islamic jihadists want to come in and kill every man, woman, and child who does not profess Allah as their God. Liberals, however, believe that if we would just have dialogue with them, if we would just change our foreign policies and back down from our war on terror, if we would just treat them nice, then they would be appeased, and we wouldn’t have to worry about them anymore. There would be a Passover. We would be spared. The death angel of Jihad would pass over us.

I have one question for the Liberals. Whose blood will be applied?

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Not All Scientists Believe in Global Warming

The religion of Environmentalism tries to silence its critics at every turn. Anyone who dares to question global warming is a blasphemer. Much of the media are members of this religion, and they tend to deal with environmental heretics by refusing to acknowledge that they exist. Take this press release, which barely got coverage at all by the MSM.

Highlights of the press release include an impressive list of scientists who question, or even publicly disagree with the global warming alarmists of the day.

A few quotes from the article:

Many rationalist scientists agree … clearly demonstrating there is no scientific consensus on man-made, catastrophic global warming.”

Not only is it speculative to claim that humans can in any way influence the course of climate but it is arrogant to suggest that today's climate is getting worse than it has been in the past.”

It is great to know that someone out there besides geologists understands that humans do not dominate earth's dynamic systems.”

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William Jefferson and his Cold Hard (marked) Cash

Being from Lousiana, I was going to post about Congressman William Jefferson, but Mark at Casting Pearls Before Swine said pretty much what I was going to say.

Sometimes my state is a big embarrassment to me.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Soulforce Founder Remarks on Jerry Falwell's Death

The founder of the gay activist group Soulforce, Mel White, who calls himself a “Reverend”, and who represents those who call themselves “gay Christians”, was recently interviewed on his thoughts about Jerry Falwell. He had this to say about Falwell’s death.

“I knew there would be just a huge hole in Virginia and in Lynchburg, and I felt for those people. But at the same time I was feeling more strongly that now we'll never have a chance for Jerry Falwell to say, "I was wrong. I did wrong, and I said wrong, and I'm sorry. God creates gay people and loves them just like she created them. I'm not going to say anything more against gay people because I was wrong."
Imagine the consequence that would have had for so many people. Falwell was the face of homophobia."

No Mel, Falwell was the face of conservative Christian, Biblical values. God is not a “she” and Falwell could have lived to be a hundred years old and I’m confident he would never have said “I was wrong…God creates gay people…”

Falwell did not hate homosexuals. He did preach against the sin. He preached against all sin for that matter.

God does not create alcoholics. Nor does he create adulterers, child molesters, murderers, or bank robbers. God does not create homosexuals. God creates people. People choose to sin, and one of the sins they choose is homosexuality. The good news is that God offers freedom and redemption from sin through His (not “her”) Son, Jesus Christ.

An unrepentant sinner cannot get saved. Which means an unrepentant practicing homosexual who says they’ve gotten saved is going to one day hear the words, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Does the Bible Say We are to Work for Our Salvation? (Part 1)

There are numerous Bible passages that others point to in order to try to prove their belief that we have to work our way to heaven. The truth is, we can do nothing to save ourselves, and nothing to earn the “right” to go to heaven.

One of the passages used to support works salvation:

Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

This passage does not say we are to work “for” our salvation. In fact, the original Greek that was translated “work out” is “katergazomai”, which has the idea of carrying something to fruition, or to its logical conclusion. Fear and trembling refers to a reverence and awe of God. In other words, it is saying we are to continue, in our saved state, to follow God’s will and plan for our lives and avoid letting anything hinder us from doing so.

If you are not certain of your salvation; if you do not know without a shadow of a doubt that you will spend eternity in heaven, then you are depending on your own ability to do good works to get you to heaven, and not trusting in the finished work that Christ did on the cross. And if that is so, then you are most likely not saved.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Those of us who are saved have absolutely nothing to boast about. We didn't do anything right. We didn't perform enough good works. We weren't nice enough... We didn't give enough. Zero. Zilch. We have nothing to brag about. The only reason we're going to heaven is because Jesus Christ bought and paid for our way. And BECAUSE of that fact, our salvation is not dependent on our good works, doing anything right, being nice enough, etc. - it is dependent on God - on what His Son did on the Cross, and on the Holy Spirit Who seals us "...unto the day of redemption"(Ephesians 4:30).

I invite others who may believe in works salvation, or those who do not, but want to be better prepared to defend the doctrines of grace and eternal security of the believer, to post any Scriptural passages that seem to say that we must work for our salvation so that we can look at them together and determine what they really are saying. Once I’ve gotten a good list of such passages, I’ll post a “Part Two”.

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Border Fence Too Expensive

One of my new favorite writers, Vasko Kohlmayer, has written an article entitled The Myth of Expensive Border Fence. In it, he dispels the ridiculous claim that a border fence costs too much. In the process of reading the piece, the same question kept resurfacing in my mind. What, then, is the real reason the federal government says we can't afford a border fence?

Could it be because the Liberals see a whole new voter base from which to draw?

Could it be there are kickbacks coming from companies which benefit from low-paid workers?

Could it be because there is a plan in the works to join the three countries, Canada, USA, and Mexico into an alignment similar to the European Union?

Could it be that the ultimate goal is to dissolve the sovereignty of our country and turn us into a proletariat state?

Can’t have a one world government in place until the US is no longer a power to be reckoned with.

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Vermont wants to Secede from the Union

Liberal "Vermont, a left-leaning state that said yes to civil unions...and last year elected a socialist to the U.S. Senate" wants no more part of the USA. I'm thinking, if the other liberal states would follow suit, maybe we would see the USA return to it's Christian roots and values... not a bad idea. Go, Vermont! Massachusetts, how about being next?
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Internet Anonymity

When one can post anonymously, it is sometimes tempting to some to be, shall I say, less than civil?

I frequent the webpage of our local newspaper and have noticed a pattern with many of the posters in the forums and comments sections. Rather than just disagreeing with people with opposing views by presenting their case, they frequently and quickly turn to name calling, insults, and acrimonious and vitriolic verbal abuse.

An example recently was a letter to the editor from a woman who was concerned that the newspaper was publishing too much graphic detail on sexual crimes being committed in the community. She said she had two children, one in Junior High and one in High School, and she felt compelled to have to censor the paper before allowing them to read it. She did not mention whether her kids were male or female, nor their ages. She did not call for censorship of the newspaper. She simply wrote a letter suggesting that the paper might want to consider being a little more discreet with some of the more graphic details of the crime. She sounded concerned, but was not demanding. It was simply a chance for her to voice her opinion.

The weasels came out of the woodwork.

Rather than disagree with her politely and state their reasons for differing with her, they attacked her like bullies on a playground. They suggested, among other things, that she start subscribing to “The Weekly Reader”, that if she had a daughter, she would probably end up pregnant because she was obviously raising her children to be naïve. They said she had her head in the sand and that they felt sorry for her kids and their “guaranteed ignorance”. They then accused her of thinking her kids could do no wrong and told her to “grow up”. They suggested she hide a tape recorder in her home and listen to the language her “little angels” use when she’s not around. She was told that her kids were guaranteed to be talking about using their genitals with someone else’s genitals and probably using the “F” word.

After reading these posts, I felt compelled to come to her defense. So I posted a comment saying that the disrespectful, spiteful remarks they were making against her made me question their ages – as their rhetoric was juvenile and immature. I pointed out that she simply voiced her concern over the graphic nature of some of the newspaper’s reporting and that she did not call for censorship. I then asked what was wrong with trying to raise your kids to have wholesome values. I closed by saying “Go ahead now, say something ugly about me next. I know you can’t wait.”

LOL! They proved my point. I was called an "idiot" and a “book burner”, and a "psycho parent". I was then told to let my kids out of the closet or basement every now and then.

They proved my point. They always do.

There is a verse in Proverbs that is one of my favorites in Scripture. There is great wisdom in its words. "Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge."

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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Hugo Chavez - a Liberal's Leader

Hugo Chavez is not so bad – at least liberals don’t think so.
Barbara Walters likes him.
Danny Glover likes him.
Cindy Sheehan likes him.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likes him.

The Liberal Media is slow to criticize Chavez, and most US media interviewers fail to ask the tough questions and instead give him a platform to spew his leftist political rantings about being for the poor and downtrodden, as well as to insult our President with his incessant name-calling.

What is not being widely reported in the MSM is the continuous seizure of private property in Venezuela. He recently seized the last of his country’s private oil fields, and is now moving to seize private farmland. For years, Venezuela’s farmers have had to contend with squatters who move onto their land and then burn their crops to intimidate them into leaving them alone. Now Chavez is sending in his army to help the squatters build socialist cooperatives on the land they do not own and are living on illegally. This in addition to shutting down a TV station that has dared to oppose his government .

Other than that, he’s a pretty nice guy. Just ask any liberal.

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Souls Saved - Makes Everything Worthwhile

Last week was a stressful week. Trying to pray and prepare for each day's lesson for Vacation Bible School, in addition to work, my husband's business, my sick sister, my 11 year old nephew, a car in need of repair, and trying to spend some time with my husband who just returned from Kosova after a two-week mission trip, was almost most than I could handle.

But now the count is in, and I rejoice. Some 30 kids prayed this week to receive Jesus as their savior. Several parents got saved in the closing ceremonies. We had an average of over 400 each day, and got to teach little ones and older ones as well about the saving grace of God. We had fun, music, games, crafts, refreshments, lesson time, and for the older kids, a time of hearing the Gospel in the auditorium. I personally had the privilege of counseling numerous children about salvation, questions about baptism, the rapture, and even some off-the-wall questions (you never know for sure what's going through these kids' minds!).

But I did get to lead 5 boys and girls to the Lord, and that made everything worth it. There's nothing else quite like seeing that lightbulb go off in a child's mind and hearing the sweet prayer of repentance and asking of forgiveness and salvation that comes out of a child's mouth. And we counselors are trained not to push or prod, and if there's any doubt that the child does not fully understand, we coax them to keep thinking about it and come back to us when it finally clicks with them. But when they're ready, they're ready.

I remember several years ago having a rather rambunctious young man in my class who was giving me trouble daily. I was constantly having to correct him, make him quiet down and stop being so rowdy. He was all about having a good time, chowing down on refreshments, and running wild. On about the third day, he stopped long enough to actually listen to the Gospel presentation he heard in the auditorium time and he raised his hand to be counseled. I ended up with him, and looked him in the eye and asked him why he had raised his hand.

He said, "I need to get saved."

I suspected he was just curious about what went on when kids raised their hands and went off with the counselors, so I said, "that's great, Johnny, but our class is about to go to the gym and we're playing some really great games today. We can talk about this again tomorrow if you'd like.

He grinned and jumped up to leave, but then stopped. He turned around and looked at me with tears in his eyes. I asked, "What's wrong?".

He said,"I don't want to play games."

I said, "Well then, you can go get your ice cream and refreshments."

Again, he cried. He said, "I don't want to play games, and I don't want refreshments. I want to get saved."

I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this kid was ready. After we prayed, and discussed the decision he had just made, I told him that he was now my brother in Christ. With a big grin, he gave me a big hug, and went off to see if he could catch the end of the games time. For the rest of the week, he was a well behaved kid. And everytime he saw me, I'd say "Hi, brother" just to see that big grin come out on his face again.

I love it when the kingdom grows.

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