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Memorial Day 2010

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Memorial Day 2010.  Was it a day at the beach?  A day off of work?  Or a day of reflection on the high price paid to gain, and keep your freedom?

Sadly far too many only enjoy the day off.  I drove up to the cemetary today, not to sit and visit, but to reflect and remember.  The price was high.  Sacrifice is the best word that comes to mind.  Andy Rooney last night said: “we say they gave their life, but they did not give it, it was taken”.  Both parts of that statement are true.  Men like my father signed up to serve. They wanted to serve.   They wanted to preserve the freedoms of Americans.  My dad served in WWII.  He wanted to serve.  He was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the war ended.  Like D day in Europe, the men and boys were training to take a hardened target.  They knew that many would die in the effort.  But they were willing to have their lives taken, that loved ones at home might keep freedom.

We do well to remember them.  To offer memorial tributes to them.  Without their sacrifice we may well not know the freedoms, and prosperity we live with each day. 

The signers of the Declaration of Independence signed a note of treason, if not victorious.  The men and boys of the colonies established our freedoms in blood.  The men and boys (and now women) who have fought our wars, and are fighting today, deserve our respect and appreciation.   We put flags on the burial plots of those who have fallen in battle.  We take time to remember.   But not enough of us take time to remember.

If you had a party today, stop and remember those who let you have that freedom. 

I wonder how many would use the day differently if they had to prove they remembered those who died in battle in order to collect their holiday pay.  If you have a business, maybe you can suggest next year, that you are providing a day off as part of the national holiday, and are willing to provide holiday pay for those who prove they did something, to remember and honor those who have sacrificed for the good of the nation.

To those who served and live, Thank YOU.

To those who have loved ones who have served, and had their lives taken, Thank YOU, and my heart felt condolences for your loss.   I am humbled to have gained, through your loss.  

We the People, honor those who have given the last full measure for our blessing, and peace.

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May 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Today’s Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 11

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“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. ”

On the US Memorial day it is appropriate to think not only of the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the country, but for the ONE who gave HIS life that I might live.

If HE had not given HIS life, I would not have hope.  I pause to wonder that HE gave thanks on the night HE knew HE would be betrayed.  HE knew the hour of HIS death was coming, and HE gave thanks.  HE gave bread and wine as emblems to remember the cost of our redemption.    The price was high for HIM, so that it could be free for me.

But sadly even at the beginning of the church age the Spirit was already warning of those who would take the bread and wine without really thinking about what it symbolizes.  Too many see it just as a moment in a church service, and nothing more.  But the Lord says to examine ourselves to see if we are taking the emblems in a worthy manner. Do we eat and drink as those who understand they are guilty and worthy of death in the eyes of God?  Do we think of the act of redemption, and our desperate need to be redeemed?  Or do we eat and drink to our judgement?  If we think of the emblems as just bread and wine, and not as reminders of judgement for sin, then we face our own judgement.

Guilt belongs to all who crucified the Lord of Glory.  Guilt belongs to all who do not understand why HE died.  I fear there are many who take the emblems and eat and drink to their judgement.

Lord never let YOUR memorial feast be less than a solemn reminder of my great need, and YOUR great sacrifice to offer me redemption.   May YOU be praised by many in this life, as every knee will bow in eternity.

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May 31, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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Today’s Scripture reading: Genesis 2

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“And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 

Some reading this verse might quickly jump to the conclusion that marriage is the answer.  But God does not immediately go to the creation of a woman.  First the animal are brought forward, and then the woman is created. 

Perhaps this was to say that Adam could not be satisfied by animals.  He needed someone to communicate with .  We all need friends.  We all need fellowship.  We do not all need to be married, but it is not good for us to be alone.  It is why the Word say we should not forsake the assembly of ourselves together. 

We have a great God, we need fellowship with HIM, and HE wants us to have fellowship with others whom HE has redeemed.  We can encourage and be encouraged by each other, and HE wants that for us.

Today was a great day of fellowship. First my devotions this morning. Then Peter taught Feasting on the Word, Randy taught on Jonah 2, Pam and I provided marriage counseling and then I gave the devotion at the Lord’s table from Acts 9 and Isaiah 55.

A sweet and rich day of fellowship.

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May 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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One Saturday to go ….

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One Saturday to go …. hard to believe the primary is now almost here. 

March 11 (79 days ago) I took out nomination papers, that I turned in on the filing deadline of March 12 to make certain the Democrats in the district had a choice for the first time in 12 years.

Pete had $500,000+ in the bank.  I knew I would not compete with money. 

He had all the normal support, and the special interest groups lined up.  He had run unopposed for at least 12 years.  I did not have a chance, but my love of democracy and choice led me to get on the ballot to give everyone a choice.

I have not received lots of money, so I can not spend lots of money to make my name known.  But my name is on the ballot, and the voters have a choice. 

Pete has not met with me, or even talked with me. Everywhere I was invited to speak, Pete sent someone to read a letter for him.  I did not expect otherwise.

The voters will make a choice.  If they think Pete has not only been absent at the endorsement meetings, but also absent from the district, perhaps they will choose me.   I would be honored to serve.  Will enough vote for me to give me that chance?  In less than 10 days the polls will close and we will know.

I was out in San Lorenzo handing out flyers today.  Some said they had already voted by mail.  I hope many consider the fact they have a choice, and get to know me.  But I am willing to be elected by those who just want to say to Pete “38 years is long enough, it’s time to let someone else serve.”

Please remember to vote. If we are to have representative government, The People must have choices, and The People must vote to select their representative.

That’s what I think.  What do you think?

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May 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Today’s Scripture reading: Acts 9

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“And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”  Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting”

The great conversion of Saul to Paul starts with the question that everyone must ask.   “Who are You, Lord?” What we understand of that questions answer will set the course for our life. Those who understand Jesus is Lord, will understand that they are called upon to yield control of their lives to the Lord.

I am convinced HE is the one with whom we all must deal with in this life, as our relationship to HIM in this life , will set our course for eternity. 

Saul the religious zealot was doing much in the name of religion, when Christ stopped him and told him he was on the wrong path.   HE had a new assignment for Saul.  “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.  For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”   Saul’s new name, Paul, would remind him that he had a new life and a new life purpose.

Lord help me to live the yielded life I desire to live.  I accept that like Paul YOU may purpose to bring difficulties into my life, for YOUR glory sake.   I accept them, and ask that you would give me the strength to endure, and suffer what I must for YOUR sake. 

YOU gave YOUR life that I might live, help me to live for YOU.

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May 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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Objective #1 is done

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Well the election is now only 11 days away.  People are starting to ask me if I am getting excited, anxious, concerned, about the outcome.  I have told some that Objective one is done.  I have been able to offer a choice, for the first time in at least 12 years, to the Democrats in the district during the primary.

Seeking to serve you in Washington D.C.

I have found in the past that when I focus on exactly what I want the outcome to be that I get frustrated.  When I am willing to relax and accept the outcomes that I can not control, then I am at peace.

I can not control the outcome of any election.  The outcome of every election is in the hands of the voters.  Primary turnout are notoriously low.  Citizens who can and should select those they want to represent them fail to do so, by choosing not to vote.  I have said we do not have representative government because less than 50% vote.  In the primaries that number is even lower.

What will the Democratic voters in the 13th Congressional district choose?  I do not know.  I have taken the steps I can to give them a choice.  They may now choose, and having that choice has already made this effort successful.  If they choose Pete, I will get up like I have been doing for a while now, and go to work in downtown Oakland.  My effort to provide the voters a choice has been successful.  My name is on the ballot.  What I wanted to do first, has already been done.  Choice has been made available.

If they choose me on June 8th, then I will spend some time figuring out what do between now and November 2nd to preserve that choice, and let them make the final choice for who they want to serve in the House of Representatives for the next two years.

I have learned much.  I have hope that this great land will continue to move forward and that others, like me, will step forward from the silence to offer themselves as choice in future elections.  I can now help others to take this step.  I wait to hear what the voters decide.   I am at peace.

I have met some who vote by mail who have informed me that they exercised their right to vote by choosing me.  On June 9th we will all know how many choose to vote, and of those how many choose to vote for me, and how many choose to vote for Pete.  The exercise of our freedom to choose at the ballot box will again be seen.

The People will choose.  And objective #1 was to give The People a choice.

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May 28, 2010 at 6:51 am

Today’s Scripture reading: Psalm 31

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“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues”

Following the Lord and being faithful to the Lord in today’s world at times feels very risky.  But when I stop and actually think of what I have experienced, I realize that YOU have not allowed ill to come to me as a result of being boldly faithful.  When I get into difficulties is when I try to stand on the word of Justin, instead of the Word of the Lord. 

YOU are a great God.  YOU, as my creator, have watched over and protected me.   When I want my outcomes, I get frustrated.  When I am willing to let YOU have YOUR outcomes, then I am at peace. 

I grew up with the “names shall never hurt me” chant.  I thought growing up that they were crazy who said these words, because names hurt so bad.  But you have shown me, that names hurt when I am looking to build up my own name.  As you have taught me that it is YOUR name that matters, I have been able to find the door to YOUR  pavilion where I can indeed hide from the strife of tongues.

Lord help me again this day to both fear and trust in You in the presence of men.  Help me to think about the eternal outcomes of today’s earthly encounters.   YOU are indeed a great God, and the source of my peace.

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May 28, 2010 at 6:36 am

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