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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Saturday, May 31, 2008

More on Speaking in Tongues

I wrote Tongues as Evidence of Salvation some time ago as a rebuttal to those who believe one must speak in tongues to be saved. It was rather short and focused on primarily one passage. However, today, I feel compelled to post a more extensive search of Scripture in reference to the false belief that one MUST speak in tongues to be saved. My reason for doing so is due to a blog I visited not long ago that had so many things right about God, but is so in error over this one point. The purpose of my post is to persuade, not to demean or ridicule. I think it is an extremely important issue. In essence, a person who believes in speaking in tongues as proof of salvation is promoting a works-based salvation, because they require that you take an action (do something) in order to be saved. I have personally known individuals who came out of this type of background who had trusted Jesus for their salvation, but who thought they were still going to hell because they'd never spoken in tongues - and in fact they were told as much. They even went so far as to try to fake the tongues in order to be accepted. They were also told that if they were baptized in anything other than Jesus's name, they would also go to hell. Again - this is a works based salvation, which makes it a false doctrine that is contrary to Scripture.

First of all, Salvation is by grace through faith alone - not works. Here are books of the New Testament where you can find Scripture that refers to eternal life and/or being saved that teach salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, plus nothing, minus nothing:

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Ephesians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, I Peter, II Peter, I John, Jude. That is 18 of the 27 books of the New Testament, which is more than half.

This is a partial list of verses clearly indicating that salvation (eternal life with God/Christ/Holy Spirit) is through faith alone.

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:15

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” Acts 15:11

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:31

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:9

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” Ephesian 2:5

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” II Tim 1:9

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” I John 5:11

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” I John 5:13

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” I John 5:20

References to speaking in tongues in the New Testament:

Mark (one time)
Acts: 5 times (referring to 3 separate events where tongues were spoken)
I Corinthians: 12 times (in every instance, it is instruction and information on the gift of tongues, but not referring to a particular event where tongues were spoken)

It is interesting to note that no where in any of these passages does it state that one must speak in tongues to be saved. Also, with 27 books of the New Testament, if tongues were required for salvation, and since Scripture was written under the influence of the Holy Spirit, one would think more time would be devoted to the subject just for clarification if for no other reason.

I think it is interesting to note also: Romans: none (although the familiar “Roman Road” is used to lead the lost to Christ every day.

Those that believe that you MUST speak in tongues to be saved have ONLY ONE verse in the whole New Testament that supposedly supports their belief:

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” Mark 16:17

If you read the passages before and after verse 17, you get a true picture of the meaning.

"15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (notice it does not say He that believeth and is baptized and speaketh in tongues)

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

In these passages, Jesus was referring a specific period of time that started on the day of Pentecost, but was not referring to a permanent sign of salvation. Once Scriptures were completed, the sign gifts were no longer needed and in fact did cease. If you believe that you must speak in tongues to be saved, then you should be able to drink strychnine, play with poisonous snakes without fear, and heal everyone you meet. If you can't do these things, then you are claiming only part of this Scripture and being a cafeteria believer.

Since the Bible (God’s Spirit-written WORD) cannot contradict itself, then the ONE VERSE in Mark is OBVIOUSLY being misinterpreted by the tongues crowd in the face of ALL THE OTHER SCRIPTURE that says otherwise!

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Out of the Mouth of Babes

I've counseled quite a few young people in my life, and I'm always humbled by the experience, as well as overjoyed.

I had the great pleasure of witnessing to a young lady this week who ended up praying to accept Jesus as her Saviour. I shared my testimony with her first, telling her about my life of agnosticism and the eventual realization of my sinful nature and my asking Jesus to forgive me for my sins and save me. She and I prayed together, and she told me afterwards she'd never felt so happy in her whole life.

This girl was not only ecstatic about her new found salvation, but she brought a friend to me today who was interested in knowing more about the plan of salvation, but who still had questions. I'm not sure who was doing more witnessing - she or I. Finally, the friend admitted that she didn't think she was quite ready, and didn't fully understand. I told her that was ok, that once she did fully understand, she didn't have to depend on me or anyone else for that matter - she could simply pray to God, ask forgiveness for her sins, and ask Jesus to save her.

To which her friend (my new little convert) replied. "It's ok. You need to really understand what you are doing before you get saved. It takes some people longer than others to fully understand it. It took Ms Green 41 years to understand it."

I had a hard time not grinning from ear to ear. Indeed, Skyler, it did take me 41 years to understand it. Some of us are a little slow I guess.

Thankfully, God is longsuffering.

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9

"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has ever lost a loved one for the cause of freedom and protection for me and my loved ones. May God bless you.

The following was written by a man whose blog I frequent because of his talent in the area of poetry and photography. He has written several very fine poems for this special day, and I suggest you stop by and visit his place and enjoy.

Their Sacrifice
They gave their all
for our country, for each of us
few of us know the horror, the fear,
what they faced in life,
going to dark places to keep us safe
We cannot know,
for we have not been there
all we can do, what we must do,
never to forget, always to honor
remember their sacrifice
which kept us free

May 25, 2008
Memorial Day
Raymond Foss
Poetry Where You Live

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Great Wall of China vs Border Fence

I was doing a little reading on the Great Wall of China today. The thing is actually several walls joined together, and stretches some 4000 miles plus. It was built about 3000 years ago.

So I got to thinking. The ancient Chinese were able to build a 4000 mile wall, but our modern 21st century government can't seem to build a 2000 mile border fence to keep out illegals.
Some experts say the best way to go is to repair the 9-foot high fencing than runs along a portion of the Mexican border and extend it with enough fencing to close-off the entire 1952-mile length of the border. Wanna bet how long it will be before that happens? Think it will be here 3000 years from now? Or even 300? 30? Ever?
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Louisiana "Academic Freedom" Law

It looks like the Louisiana "Academic Freedom" law may very well pass, much to the chagrin of the liberal *nazi evolutionists. There was a time in this country when critical thinking and exchange of ideas was encouraged, but the left's many special interest groups (Darwinists, Homosexuals, Global Warming Alarmists, etc.)have fought to stifle any thought or verbalization of ideas that run contrary to their dogma.

Almost hysterically, Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State issued this statement: “This bill isn’t about improving education in Louisiana; it’s about sneaking religion into the science classroom.”

No, Barry, it's about questioning the status quo. Questioning theory that is presented as fact. Questioning those in the world of Science who have set themselves up as gods who are not to be questioned but to be worshipped blindly as the all-knowing of the universe.

Everything has a cause. But rather than reaching back into infinity, most of us come to the conclusion sooner or later that there had to be at some point in time, an uncaused first cause. The universe, which science says is slowly winding down, can not have always existed. There had to be something or someone to be the first cause - and that cause had to be uncaused. I believe that First Cause is God. I'm not alone - and those of us who believe this should be allowed to discuss the evidences for and against any theory concerning origins.

I applaud those of Louisiana, as well as other states like Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and Florida, who have enough courage to push for a law allowing the questioning of the theory of Evolution. If you want to believe it, by all means, it's your perogative. But don't force your beliefs on those who think differently and then accuse us of trying to force our beliefs on you.

nazi: "a harshly domineering, dictatorial, or intolerant person"

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Little Humor (or maybe wishful thinking)

I don't normally post jokes here, except for the occasional indigenous Cajun joke, but with the pathetic line up for president in mind...

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain were flying to a debate on the same plane.

Barack looked at Hillary, chuckled and said, "You know I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy."

Hillary shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy."

John added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make a hundred people very happy."

Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and looked at his copilot, "Such big-shots back there. I could throw all three of them out of the window and make 156 million people very happy."

I'm voting for the Pilot

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Additional Catholic Teachings on Salvation

A continuation of the RCC doctrine of salvation.

The RCC teaches: Salvation is a lifelong process. (Catechisms 161-162, 1254-1255) The Bible teaches: Salvation is an instantaneous once for all time act of God. "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." Romans 5:9

The RCC teaches: Salvation is gained by cooperating with grace through faith, good works, and by participating in the sacraments. (Catechisms 183, 1129, 1815, 2002). The Bible teaches: Salvation is attained by grace through faith apart from works "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."

The RCC teaches: Grace is merited by good works. (Catechisms 2010, 2027). The Bible teaches: Grace and works don't mix. "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." Romans 11:6.

The RCC teaches: Catholics guilty of mortal sin are justified again through the sacrament of penance. (Catechisms 980, 1446) The Bible teaches: There is no second justification. "Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." Romans 8:30

The RCC teaches: Venial sins will not send one to hell. (Cathechisms 1855, 1863). The Bible teaches: Every sin is punishable by eternal death. "For the wages of sin is death; " Romans 6:23.

The RCC teaches: No one can know for sure if he/she is going to heaven. (Catechisms 1036, 2005). The Bible teaches: The believer can know that he has eternal life by the Word of God. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life...I John 5:13.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Does the Catholic Church Teach a True Gospel?

Marshall was concerned about my statement that the RCC does not preach a pure and true Gospel. He grew up in a Catholic church that taught salvation by faith alone in Christ. However, that is not the official teaching of the Roman Church. The following statements from Catholic Church fathers and popes, along with statements from Vatican II can all be found in Catholic documents online, including the Catholic Encyclopedia and websites about the different popes through the ages. The following clearly shows that the RCC does not teach salvation by faith alone in Jesus Christ as proclaimed, for example,in Ephesians 2:8-9.

I want to emphasize that I have known many wonderful people who were Catholic, and I believe sincerely that some of them are saved, but I believe they are saved IN SPITE OF their church's teaching - not because of it.

"… it is clear that Jesus and the Church are the same thing: indissoluble, inseparable. Christ and the Church are only one thing. It is not possible to say: 'I believe in Jesus, I accept Jesus, but I do not accept the Church."
Pope John Paul I, September 13, 1978

"A man cannot have salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church he can have everything except salvation. He can have honor, he can have Sacraments, he can sing Allelulia, he can answer Amen, he can possess the Gospel, he can preach faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: but never except in the Catholic Church will he be able to find salvation."
St. Augustine, Discourse to the People of the Church at Caesarea, and The Faith of the Early Fathers.

"O Mary Mother of Mercy and Refuge of Sinners! We beseech thee to look with pitying eyes on poor heretics and schismatics. Do thou, who art the Seat of Wisdom, enlighten the minds wretchedly enfolded in the darkness of ignorance and sin, that they may clearly recognize the Holy, Catholic, Roman Church to be the only true Church of Jesus Christ, outside of which neither sanctity nor salvation can be found. Call them to the unity of the one fold, granting them the grace to believe every truth of our holy faith and to submit themselves to the Supreme Roman Pontiff, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, that, thus being united with us by the sweet chains of charity, there may soon be but one fold under one and the same Shepherd; and may we all thus, O Glorious Virgin, exultantly sing forever: 'Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Thou alone hast destroyed all heresies in the whole world!' Amen."
Pope Pius XII, The Raccolta, Benzinger Brothers, Boston, 1957

"According to the words of St. Augustine, who takes up an image dear to the ancient Fathers, the ship of the Church must not fear, because it is guided by Christ and by His Vicar. 'Although the ship is tossed about, it is still a ship. It alone carries the disciples and receives Christ. Yes, it is tossed on the sea, but, without it, one would immediately perish." (Sermon, Only in the Church is salvation. 'Without it one perishes.' Pope John Paul I, August 27, 1978

"The mystery of salvation is revealed to us and is continued and accomplished in the Church... Dear young people and members of the faithful, like Brother Francis we have to be conscious and absorb this fundamental and revealed truth, consecrated by tradition: 'There is no salvation outside the Church.' From her alone there flows surely and fully the life-giving force destined in Christ and in His Spirit, to renew the whole of humanity, and therefore directing every human being to become a part of the Mystical Body of Christ."
Pope John Paul II, Radio Message October 3, 1981, and L'Osservatore Romano, October 12, 1981.

"They, therefore, walk in the path of dangerous errors who believe that they can accept Christ as the head of the Church, while not adhering loyally to His Vicar on earth. They have taken away the visible bonds of unity and left the Mystical Body of the Redeemer so obscured and so maimed, that those who are seeking the haven of eternal salvation can neither see it nor find it."
The Papal Encyclicals 1939-1958, Claudia Carlen, I.H.M., McGrath Publishing Co., 1981, p. 45.

From the Second Vatican Council

"But the task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone." (Vol. 1, p. 755)

"... the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honored with great respect the memory of the dead; and because it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins' (2 Mac. 12:46) she offers her suffrages for them." (Vol. 1, p. 410)

"The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular or medal) after it has been duly blessed by any priest, can gain a partial indulgence." (Vol. 1, p. 77)

"By baptism men and women are cleansed from original sin and from all personal sins, they are born again as children of God, are made part of the Church and are made holy by the gifts of the Holy Spirit." (Vol. 2, p. 561)

"Basing itself on scripture and tradition, it teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mk. 16:16; Jn. 3:5), and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through baptism as through a door. Hence, they could not be saved who knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it, or to remain in it." (Vol. 1, pp. 365 and 366)

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A Black Woman not Afraid to Speak Her Mind

This article needs no commentary. My hat's off to her. I guess after 67 years she's just not intimidated into being silent by anyone.

I May be Black, Mr. Obama, but...


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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Watch out for the Birds and Bees!

Too Cool!

Military Robots the size of Birds and Insects

I could have used a couple of these when I had three teenaged boys living with me at the same time!

Wonder why these couldn't be used in schools, high crime areas, universities, etc.? Or would it be "Big Brother" becoming a reality?


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Friday, May 16, 2008

Are Christians Haters or Hated?

Are Christians Haters or Hated?

I hear it so often. “You Christians are a bunch of haters. You are narrow minded and don’t care about anybody but yourselves. You think you’re better than everybody else.”

Oh really? Then explain this recent study.

In this article entitled RELIGIOUS AMERICANS ARE GENEROUS, it states that the Hudson Institute conducted a recent study on charitable giving to poor countries by Americans. It found that American private giving to poor countries overseas was 34.8 billion dollars in 2006.

Depending on which survey you read, 78 – 83 % of Americans consider themselves to be Christian.

So are the unbelievers going to sit there and say that the 17-22% of American who are not Christian the ones who gave all the $34.8 billion to overseas charities?

And in addition to private givings, Organized Religious organizations gave $8.8 billion.

What percentage of the $34.8 billion came from Atheist and Agnostic charities? (If there is such a thing.)

Here is an excerpt from the study itself, on page 40, MISSION TO DO GOOD

About 57 percent of congregations report
some financial donations to U.S.-based organizations that
contribute to relief and development in foreign countries,
with an average contribution in 2006 of $10,700 for all

About 33 percent of congregations made financial donations
directly to programs in developing countries to assist in
disaster relief, housing, food or clothing, schools, orphanages,
and development projects. The average contribution was
about $34,354 and the median amount $2,287. In addition, 37
percent of congregations contributed through support of
short-term mission and service trips in 2006 (one to four
weeks or for the summer). In these congregations, the average
number of people who went on such trips was 12 and the
median was four. Of the congregations sponsoring such trips,
approximately 71 percent provided some financial support for
the trips, with the average congregation that provided support
reporting $5,293 for international relief and development and
the median congregation providing $1,600. These amounts
specifically excluded any time and resources for evangelism.
For these short-term trips, congregational support was for
items such as airfare and supplies. Notre Dame also collected
information on longer-term mission trips, conducted by 51
percent of congregations. For this category, participating
congregations reported an average of $6,327 for relief and
development, and a median of $1,777. Support might involve
airfare, supplies, defraying some or all of an employee’s salary,
or housing support, among other things.

My church has sponsored many mission trips to help others in need. I know of one trip where about 8 men spent their own money to fly to the other side of the world to the predominantly Muslim country of Kosova to help rebuild a public park in a war-torn city that had nothing to offer families or children in the way of public recreation. They spent two weeks there ,replacing park benches, moving dirt, planting flowers, putting up playground equipment, etc. for the purpose of showing the people the love of Christ. (see the following about the Kosova trip):

When God's Got Your Back

Kosova Trip Report

Kosova Trip Report #2

Kosova Trip Report Final (with video)

Christians arent’ haters. Christians are hated.

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 10:22

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.” Matthew 24:9

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Souls Saved

Then they that gladly received his word … and the same day there were added unto them…souls.” Acts 2:41

One of our Mexican members’ father died. I honestly don’t know if he was saved or not. Most of her family is Catholic and though she has tried to be a witness, she has met some resistance. Catholicism is tradition. I know first hand. It’s hard to convince a Catholic that maybe something isn’t quite right and that maybe salvation is not rules and regulations and not found through a church, but through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our pastor drove a hundred miles one way to visit with her and encourage her during her father’s visitation at the funeral home. The next day would be the funeral mass, and most of the family was in town for the funeral and many were there at the funeral home visitation. She pulled our pastor aside and asked him, “If I can gather all my family together for a few minutes, would you preach to them?” He said he would. She got them all to gather in one room and he talked to them (preached) about life and death, God’s plan for salvation, and the Gospel that tells us that there is only one way to be saved…

At the end of the sermon, at least 18 of her family members prayed to receive Christ as their Saviour (he said he counted up to 18, but thinks there were a few more), including several senior citizens in the group.

Yes! Hallelujia. They won’t hear the Gospel tomorrow at the mass, but they heard it today. She followed the will of the Holy Spirit and pastor did what he was called to do, and now 18 people are on their way to heaven as a result.


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Monday, May 12, 2008

Being a Mom when You Aren't the Mom

As many of you know, September was a major turning point in my life. If not, you might want to read these posts first:

I'm Back, Part 1

I'm Back, Part 2

I'm Back, Part 3

God and Answered Prayer

My younger sister died of cancer, and left an 11 year old son behind. My husband and I took him in and are raising him as our own. There have been a lot of adjustments to make by both my nephew and by us. After all, I’ve already raised three boys, the youngest being 26 this summer, and W. and I were looking forward to time alone for the first time. God planned otherwise. My nephew wasn’t planning on having to uproot from his home of 11 years and move to Louisiana to live with relatives he didn’t really know very well. Again, God had other plans.

We’ve been through some tough adjustments in the last eight months. My sister was not much on discipline, and in the last few years, her sickness made discipline even less feasible. So he’d never been spanked till he met us. Let’s just say, he didn’t like THAT much at all. He fought every disciplinary measure we took for the first few months, but we kept on loving him and kept on telling him that life would be much better once he figured out that we were the boss and he was the kid and living by our rules voluntarily would make for a much more pleasant atmosphere than having us force everything on him. Over the last few months, he has come around, and has blossomed into a kid who seems to want to please us, has become more organized, more respectful, more self-disciplined and more submissive. We’ve had some really good family times, and we are all bonding well. Kids like boundaries. They know that parents have rules because they love you, not because they are trying to make your life miserable. But they also need to know they are loved, and we do a lot of family things together, W. prays with him each night before bedtime, and he and I go on little short adventures off and on just to spend time together. My youngest son is giving him personal training in preparation for football next fall, and he’s in my oldest son’s SS class for teens. He truly has become part of the family.

Saturday before Mother’s Day, he and I were riding in the car running errands. I told him that I realized that tomorrow was probably going to be a rough day for him, since it would be his first Mother’s Day since his mom died. I said if there was anything special he wanted to do in memory of mom, to let me know, but if he didn’t want to do anything, that was ok too. He got really quiet and didn’t say much after that for a while. I had decided to keep things low key for that day. My husband was out of town to visit with him mom, so we would just have our usual Sunday, with services, Sunday school, an afternoon nap, etc.

Sunday morning I woke up to find a pretty red gift bag on the nightstand beside my bed. “Happy Mom’s Day” had been written on the outside of it. I didn’t expect to find what I did inside.

My nephew had gone outside into the storage building and found a little plaque that he had made for his mom last year for Mother’s Day. It had a little butterfly on it, with pretty painted flowers on it and “Happy Mom’s Day 2007” on it. Really cute. He had wrapped it in paper and put it in the little red gift bag and given it to me…

When I told him how much his present meant to me, I told him that I knew I could never replace his mom – no one can replace our mama – but that the longer he stayed with us, the more I felt like he was my kid, and felt more and more like a son to me instead of a nephew. He smiled and said, “I already feel that way about you.”. He pulled out his cell phone and scrolled through the address book to my number. Out beside it, it said, “Mama".


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Friday, May 9, 2008

Risky Behavior

They call universities and colleges places of “higher learning”. Too bad that so many universities and colleges don’t know this.

Our local university has a student newspaper that I try very hard to avoid reading, but my nursing student son loves to plop it down at my place at the table, knowing I won’t be able to resist reading it, knowing that the lack of substance, the poor grammar and spelling, and warped ideology among its pages will raise my otherwise low blood pressure. He gets a kick of seeing mom turn red.

This month’s edition didn’t let him down.

Louisiana legislators are considering allowing individuals with concealed carry permits on campus. Up until now, even if one has a legal license to carry, it is illegal to carry on campus. Legislators have decided after the numerous shootings at universities around the country that maybe students would have a fighting chance of surviving a Seung-Hui Cho , a Peter Odighizuwa or a Robert Flores type attack if they were allowed the right to arm themselves.

So the local rag…er…newspaper sends out their “man on the street” to interview students and ask them what they think about the possibility of allowing students to carry concealed weapons on campus. Of all the students interviewed, surprisingly they could only find one person who saw the logic in it. The rest had comments so naïve as to be laughable. I really did not make these up.

Even the most level headed person can have a day when nothing goes right, and well…if they had a gun, that could turn out to be a bad thing.” [Yeah, every time I have a bad day, I want to kill somebody.]

Let campus security handle it.” [Ha! This was the funniest remark]

Guns are dangerous, and will give people excuses to kill people, and nobody should have that right.” [No kidding, somebody really said this.]

Guns will just bring more violence toward the campus.” [My question was, where is the violence now and how will CCLs move it towards the campus?]

After shaking my head and lamenting the next generation’s surrender to liberal ideology, I skipped over a few pages to find an article entitled “Trojan Evolution Tour Hits Campus”. Seems the makers of Trojan condoms were on campus this past week promoting their products under the guise of a “Safe Sex” campaign. They had booths set up around campus displaying their products, had “condom relay races”, “put the condom on the banana” contests, free Trojan t-shirts, etc. A full page of the paper was devoted to the fun and festivities in honor of the wonders of latex. Students who were interviewed all gushed with glee and felt this was a needed event on the campus since everybody is having sex.

Now, I ask you this. Which is the more risky behavior?

1. Allow an adult age 21 or older, who has been thoroughly screened, had background checks done on them, been required to pass both written and hands-on testing on gun safety ,handling, and firing, to responsibly carry a weapon on his or her person for the express purpose of self defense.


2. Encourage students as young as 17 to go ahead and experiment with their sexuality in a town and on a campus rampant with STDs and tell them it’s ok if you use a condom.

I’d like to see someone compare the ratio of condom failure to the ratio of people with CCLs who use their guns illegally or in an improper way. I can tell you there is no question as to which of the two behaviors listed above is the more risky and irresponsible. Is this so hard to see?

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Muslim Thinking - Christian Children are worthy of Rape

In Bangladesh, a Christian missionary's 13-year old daughter has been gang raped by Muslim extremists for no other apparent reason than that they don't like Christian missionaries in their neighborhood.

What would the outcry be if this was the other way around? Oh wait - I forgot. If you create a cartoon about Islam, it is worthy of death. Creating a cartoon is a heinous deed. Not comparable to gang raping a child, who deserved it because her father has the nerve to try to preach the Gospel to his Muslim neighbors.

To their credit, many Muslim neighbors were upset, they claimed. How many of them will cooperate and try to help bring the scum to justice?

Islam - The religion of peace.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

To Anonymous

I said a while back that I wasn't going to let you post here anymore, and have been deleting your comments - how many of them? Maybe a dozen? Yet you keep coming back. So I decided to publish a recent one for you and give you another chance. What did you do? You came back with your vicious, hateful name-calling and accusations, which I deleted.

You, sir/madam are the person full of hate. If you don't like what I say, if you don't like my faith or what I have to say, there are a million other blogs out there that would love to have you as a regular. There are always plenty of other haters out there.

I will not give you another chance. Go ahead and continue to try to post here. I will continue to delete you. Please, move one. Get a life. I know you hate me. I know you think I'm an ignorant hateful homophobic racist right wing wacko that needs to die. Ok? I get your point. I'm sorry you have so much hate and anger, but you need a counselor. Better yet, you need the love and grace and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. That's my prayer for you.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Voting Against instead of For

JB Williams at the Canadian Free Press writes a brilliant but easy-to-read piece called Meet the Anti-Candidates Nobody’s FOR Them!

It's a long read, so here's a few noteworthy quotes.

The fact is - most Americans would love to pull the lever for none-of-the-above! 50% of American voters have been pulling that lever for years now, having already thrown in the towel on elective self-governance by not voting at all. The other 50%, who still vote, cast their votes against the other candidates, not for any of the clearly under qualified misfits that now run for the highest office in the land.

McCain is the true liberal in the 2008 race for the White House. There is no true conservative in the race and the other two are pure progressive Marxists, not liberals.

Half of the country seeks an Americanized version of Marxism whereby the fed is given the authority to “take from the rich according to their ability” in order to “redistribute wealth according to the needs of well indoctrinated government dependents” who never fail to vote themselves gifts from the treasury.

Every vote will be a protest vote this fall. Every vote will be cast as an opposition vote against the other available options. He who is despised the least will become President of the United States for the next four years. God help us!

Please take the time to read the entire article. It says what I've been feeling for the last six months.


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Monday, May 5, 2008

Praying Scripture

[Note: also see Scriptures on the Loss of a Loved One]

Neil over at 4Simpsons posted this article, and in reading it, I noticed the suggestion to Pray Scripture, which led me to this post, because something that I sometimes do in my prayer time is use God’s own Word to word my prayers to Him. I seem to receive a more powerful answer to my prayer when I speak it this way. God’s Word has great power. God speaks to me through His Word. Why not use His Word in my prayers back to Him?

Some examples:

Prayer for a lost loved one

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” II Peter 3:9 God, I know that you are not willing that my loved one die and go to hell. Please continue to draw them and show them their need for salvation and the truth of your love for them through Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.

Lord, 1 Timothy 2:4 says “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God I’m trusting in Your Word and asking that you show my loved one the truth so that he/she might be saved.

Prayer for a sick loved one

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9:35 Jesus, You have the power to heal all sickness and disease. I pray that you would heal my loved one.

And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.” Numbers 12:13. Oh Lord, my cry is as desperate as the cry of Moses for his sister. I beseech Thee to heal my loved one.

Prayer for guidance in a decision

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” Psalm 25:9. Lord, I come to you humbly and ask for your guidance in my decision. Teach me Your way.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8 Lord I ask that you guide me in the decision that I make. Show me the way I should go.

Prayer for help with a boss or authority figure

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 Lord, you know my circumstances. I pray that you would put a righteous man in authority over me, that I may rejoice.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” I Timothy 2:1-2. God, I pray for my authority, that you would guide them and give them wisdom so that I may have the peace and quiet you have promised.

Prayer for financial help

Father, your Word says about King Uzziah “… and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.” II Chronicles26:5. God, you know my heart, and that I am truly seeking after You. Please make me to prosper for your glory.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 Lord, I want to be like that tree, bringing forth fruit. Please make me worthy of this.

Ok, you get the idea. I’ll let you think up your own prayer words. These are just suggested verses to mix in there with them.

Prayer for encouragement

But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see.” Deuteronomy 3:28

Prayer for comfort in mourning the death of a loved one

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Prayer for wisdom in a situation

For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

There are verses that cover these situations as well…

Prayer for safety
Prayer for endurance
Prayer for success
Prayer against wicked individuals
Prayer for protection from the evil deeds of others
Prayer for healing

I’m sure I’m leaving out many others, but hopefully I’ve gotten the idea across.

Next time you go to God in prayer, trying praying His Word along with your own. You might just be amazed at the results.

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Obama and Clinton Interviews at

You can read the full interviews linked below if you can stomach the ads surrounding the articles.

From Clinton’s interview:

You told the Philadelphia Gay News that you would “do everything to eliminate any disparities in any benefit or rights under our law at the federal level.” If you are unable to capture the nomination, will you return to the Senate and introduce legislation repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act?

SENATOR CLINTON: I have long been on record supporting equality in benefits and eliminating discrimination against gays and lesbians. I support repealing the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that may prohibit the federal government from providing benefits to people in states that recognize same sex marriage. I strongly support ensuring people in stable, long-term same sex relationships have full equality of benefits, rights, and responsibilities.
I support repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice - the traits that define our men and women in uniform - have nothing to do with sexual orientation. I’m concerned that the military is discharging people with critical skills - including desperately needed Arabic language skills. Our close allies, Great Britain and Israel, have changed their policies to allow gays to serve in the military without dire consequences. This is a matter of national security and I will fix it.

At this time LGBT Americans do not have access to marriage or civil unions at the federal level. Basic familial rights - inheritance, hospital visitation, etc. - are out of the grasp of most gay couples, like those here in North Carolina. How will you address the basic human rights of these families?

SENATOR CLINTON: I believe gay and lesbian couples should have all the same rights, responsibilities, and benefits as all Americans. As President, I will work to ensure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits - from health insurance and life insurance, property rights, and more - through civil unions.

From Obama’s interview:

Many LGBT activists will say that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have our community’s best interest at heart. What do you say to such statements?

SENATOR OBAMA: I have had a clear and long-standing commitment to LGBT equality. I worked for many years as a member of the Illinois Senate to enact a fully inclusive anti-discrimination law, the Illinois Human Rights Act, which protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, housing and places of public accommodation. We succeeded in enacting that law just as I was leaving for the U.S. Senate. I support the complete repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and the complete equalization of rights and benefits for same-sex couples at the federal level. I will work to eradicate the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and enact the Matthew Shepard hate crime law and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The second thing I will say relates to the priorities of people who advocate for the LGBT community. I have always said that I don’t think that the LGBT community should take its cues from me or some political leader in terms of what they think is right for them. Real change comes from the bottom up, not the top down. As your President, I will fight to make LGBT equality a reality at the federal level. But it is the LGBT community that has to decide what is in their best interest, and to help make it happen by engaging actively with the political process.

Are there any out LGBT citizens in the running for possible presidential appointments should you win the nomination and general election?

SENATOR OBAMA: It is premature to talk about presidential appointments while we are still determining who will be the nominee, but I can certainly say that out LGBT citizens will be included in the appointments to my administration.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

What if They Gave a Party and Nobody Came?

I’m tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. I keep doing that, and things keep getting worse. I haven’t missed a Presidential election since I was 18 years old, but if I’m alive when this next vote comes up, I will sit it out.

Many have told me this is too crucial a race to sit out. I’m not sure it is crucial. Call me pessimistic, but I believe conservatives have already lost this country.

Whether I’m flying over a cliff in a burning vehicle at 30 miles per hour or at 70 miles per hour, I’m still going to crash and burn.

The Republican Party has abandoned Christians and Conservatives alike. They’ve abandoned us, because we have allowed them to do so. They keep giving us more and more liberal choices in candidates, and we keep accepting them, because…well the guys on the other side of the aisle are even MORE liberal.

Twenty years ago, John McCain would have been a Democrat. A liberal Democrat. Now he is a “conservative Republican.”

What would happen to the GOP if Conservatives and Christians stayed home in droves on Election Day?

1. Their candidate would lose, and Obama or Clinton would be in the White House
2. The Republican leadership would be in danger of extinction.
3. They’d go back to the drawing board and ask themselves what happened.

I believe the only way to get the Grand Old Party back on track is to do to it what it has done to us. Abandon it. Let the Dems win. Let the Liberals win. Then let the GOP come crawling back to its base and ask forgiveness – and then give us what we want: A TRUE CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

This all sounds good, and I want to believe it. But the truth is, I believe we’ve lost our country. I remind myself that we don’t fight against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). This is a spiritual battle. It’s going to be over soon, and then we won’t need a country anymore, because we’ll be governed by God Himself through Jesus Christ.

I’m afraid there’s going to be a lot of hell in between now and then. My not voting isn’t going to change that.


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Friday, May 2, 2008

Two Kinds of Atheists

There are basically two types of atheists.

The first group consists of persons who for whatever reason have not yet been convinced or seen enough evidence of a supreme being. They may have no religious background, they may have had life experiences, pain and trials, that they felt proved a godless universe. They may have met one too many hypocritical Christians. The reasons are endless. However, those in this group could change given the right evidence, the right testimony, and the right personal experience. They are open to the possibility that they might be wrong, and are not prideful or illogical in their discussions with believers and hold no animosity toward those of faith.

Group two consists of persons who for whatever reason have made a conscious choice to reject God. They may, as those in group one, have had life experiences, pain and trials, that they felt proved a godless universe. They may have met one too many hypocritical Christians. The reasons are endless. However, they at some point decided that they did not WANT there to be a God. They like being atheists, they consider themselves superior over those of faith, and they have committed their lives to constantly berating, insulting, contradicting, attacking and otherwise belittling people of faith, primarily Christianity and all of its followers. Their disbelief becomes hate. Then once their hate takes over, it overshadows their logic, their rationale, and their very personalities. They become, as their total identity, the “atheist”. They thrive in their atheism. It becomes who they are. It becomes their religion.

The Bible says that God has given a “measure of faith” to every person. It says He draws all men to Him. It also says that none of us would seek Him if He did not draw us.

No atheist in hell will ever be able to say that God did not draw him or her, or that they did not at some point in their life know or at least suspect that there really was a God. And unfortunately, all too many of them will realize that their pride and their hate, and their willful rejection of Him is what put them in the flames – not God.

Harsh? Reality is harsh sometimes..

Scripture references:

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:10-12


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