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The source of power and authority?

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Yesterday’s post of the video clip taken at Pete’s town hall meeting in Fremont on 06/26/2010 has me wondering where Pete thinks his power and authority comes from.

As edited the video does not seem to suggest that Pete thinks his authority comes from The People.  He appears to be mocking The People.   

I know he has declared himself an atheist, so clearly he does not think his power comes from God.  

Therefore I am left to wonder where he thinks he gets his power.  Is it from the Special Interests?  Is it from a deal he cut with party leadership?   I do not know, I am left to wonder, for I have no clues.

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June 30, 2010 at 6:52 am

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Today’s Scripture reading: Colossians 1

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“giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

The Father, of HIS own choosing has allowed me to be an heir with the saints to the eternal life and glory of the Son.  Redeemed by HIS Son, who took my place in judgement that I might know forgiveness of my sins. That I might live in light instead of darkness.

Words to ponder at length. 

While those in darkness stay on the path to eternal judgement, those in the light see and choose a narrow way.

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” 

Reading these words, those who think they are “something” should have pause.  HE created all.  HE created authority and power, they have nothing of their own making.  HE holds it all together, according to HIS plan and for HIS glory.

Lord, use me for YOUR pleasure.

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June 30, 2010 at 6:43 am

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Twisted Words … or truth?

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Fox news seemed to loose track of the fact that the CA primary was a couple of weeks ago, and that the Alameda County Registrar declared that Pete won the Democratic primary already. 

With that said, it is hard to know how much of the rest of the article to believe.  It the words are true, I am the more convinced than ever that Pete Stark does not represent me, and seems to resent the fact that citizens expect him to represent them, and not just agree with his point of view.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/29/congressman-says-borders-secure/

“Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., no stranger to controversy, mocked the idea that the borders are not secure when asked about the federal government’s lack of activity on border security.

“We can’t get enough Minutemen armed. We’d like to get all the Minutemen armed so they can stop shooting people here,” Stark said.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qVpMwqv7QM

Video seems to be real, (though obviously edited) if Pete really is saying these things in public I am wondering how 84% of the Democrats voted for Pete instead of for me.  

Did the Democrats in the district really prefer Pete to me?  Wow?

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June 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Today’s Scripture reading: Philippians 1

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“Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:  The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains;  but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.”

How many preach Christ wrongly?  How many use HIS name wrongly?  How many seek to profit from Christ, or to cause pain to those who hold to THE TRUTH?  I do not know that anyone can tell.  But with Paul I would say “Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached.”  HE is my awesome savior, and my protector, and my friend.

When Christ is preached and anyone is drawn to read HIS Word, then the opportunity for the Truth to awaken someone to life is there.  Many may hear Christ preached in ways that will not lead them to life, as some would deny HIS claims even as they teach about HIM.   They may say HE did not die and rise again.  They may say that HE was not God.  They may say many things, but if as a result of what they say someone is drawn to read THE WORD, then HIS word will speak.  

And those who listen to the Word.  Those who are willing to read the scriptures to seek truth, will find HE is the Living God, the Risen Saviour, and the KING of kings.

Let HIS name be proclaimed.

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June 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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In God’s time

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Each of us is here for a reason, and for a season.  For some the season of life ends quickly, for others it seems to be very long.  This morning’s news, reports that 92 year old Senator Robert Byrd has finally finished his season of life and entered into eternity.

Many articles will be written of the many things he did in the 50+ years he was in the Senate .  Becoming a Senator when JFK was in the White House, he once was recognized as a Conservative Democrat. However, after being elected 9 times, he will be remembered for his ability to bring home the bacon to West Virginia.   

What will each of us be remembered for having accomplished?   That is my pondering this morning.

I join with others in expressing my condolences to the Byrd family.

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June 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

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Today’s Scripture reading: 1 Samuel 13

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“Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.  So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering.  Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him.  And Samuel said, “What have you done?”

A warning to us all that offering sacrifices to God in a way of our own making, or contrary to the instructions we have been given, will lead to undesired outcomes.

Saul worried that the prophet was late and the people were leaving him, so he took on the role of the prophet to offer the sacrifice.  It cost him the kingdom.  I think it is also true that failing to obey will have consequences for each and everyone of us.

For the Christian the formal Jewish offices of Prophet, Priest and King are no longer in effect.  We are called a royal priesthood, in 1 Peter.  We are called upon by the Lord to offer prayer and praise to the Father.  Are we obedient?

Lord encourage me in my walk of faith.  Help me to love and serve YOU as I ought.  YOU are worthy.

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June 28, 2010 at 6:36 am

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Spending our way into debt to avoid hardship?

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The news today talked about the contrast between the Europeans at the G-8 tightening their budgets while the Administration tries to tell them to turn on the printing presses instead and to spend their way out of recession.

What a contrast our Administration says print more money verse “appeals from European countries and Japan for spending cuts and even tax hikes to avoid Greece-like near defaults”  I hope Americans as individuals are more responsible than the Administration, and do not bury themselves in debt.

European governments are confronting their unions and forcing change.  Our Administration is trying to expand employment by increasing the number of government employed union workers.  Not tightening our belt, or demanding concessions of the union’s to tighten their belt, but choosing our comfort at the expense of our grandchildren.  Do the unions own the American Administration?

I think the Administration is wrong.  I think we need to tighten our belts, even if that means government jobs, services and benefits are reduced.  We need to pay our own way, our grandchildren should not have to pay for our comfort.  The government should not be able to buy votes with our grandchildren’s debt.

It is time for the progressives to step aside, and allow responsible, conservative Democrats to take the lead.  The People need to demand that the minority progressives step aside, and The People need to elect conservative Democrats (or if non are to be found, then conservative Republicans) to make the hard, but right, choices.

That’s what I’m thinking today, what do you think?

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June 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm