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Praying for Pete

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I have found myself praying for Pete to be allowed to see the Living Savior that I know.   As I think of his videos, and the words and attitudes that are on display in them, I think of what a wonderful testimony to the Grace of God it would be if Pete saw the Lord I know, repented of his ways, humbled himself before the Lord and gave HIM the Glory.

I pray for revival on Saturday’s.  It would be great if revival started with a publicly declared atheist, becoming a New Born believer, with a totally changed heart for service for his fellow-man and for of the King of Glory.

If the Word of Hebrews 9 were acknowledged by Pete   “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,  so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”   And followed his acknowledgement of these verses by his true expression of the desire to meet his Creator as one who acknowledged HIM, and submitted to HIS authority, it would lead many to rethink the folly of rejecting the ONE.  

That has become part of my prayer.  The alternative for Pete, and all others who hold Pete’s currently expressed opinion, is grave, for healthcare or not, ALL of us will die, and then, as the scriptures clearly warn   but after this the judgment.  

Lord have mercy on the souls of those who think they can live without YOU.  In kindness and mercy, lead them to repentance and salvation.

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August 27, 2010 at 12:02 am

Today’s Scripture reading: Mark 10

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Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”   But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Those who value stuff, power, position or other things more than obedience to the Lord shall find that HE refuses to share their devotion.   Each much choose for himself, there is a choice everyone will make.  Do I choose Jesus over everything else, or do I choose something, or someone else. 

The man came with good intentions, or so he thought.  He thought he was good, and a keeper of the Law.  But Jesus helped him to see that he had a problem; he was devoted to his stuff.

Lord help me to live with open hands, and yielded to you.  Let me not hunger for things, power or position, let me be content to be a servant to all, as YOU were.  Help me to be unlike the religious in the world who follow their own plans and patterns, as the rich man did, but rather, let me surrender and follow YOUR lead, wherever that takes me.  YOU are worthy.

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August 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Spiritual musings

Freedom of religion vs freedom to build

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I wish I could say  “I am flabbergasted that Barack would speak out in support of the desire to build a Mosque near ground zero” but I am not surprised at all.   MONEY leads politicians to declare positions that plain citizens do not share.

Barack is correct that we Americans (unlike Islamic nations) guarantee freedom of religion.  But the free exercise of religion, is limited in many ways.  The first amendment right, does not trump zoning or community interest rights.  A couple of years ago in my hometown, a church purchased property, and wanted to build a church building, but their request was rejected because the city and community did not want a church at that location.

Because the church did not believe the scriptures would have them sue in court, they stopped pressing their claim of injustice and did not sue, rather they chose to be “wronged” by the city planners. 

As I have said elsewhere on my blog, the only purpose I can see for any Muslim pushing to build a Mosque at ground zero is to build a monument to Islamic victory, over the great Satan of America. 

It is offensive that they would want to declare victory. It is unbelievable that they would not understand that a Mosque within sight of ground zero would be offensive to anyone who considered the ground zero attack to be an Islamic attack.  As it is unbelievable that they would not understand, I believe it is exactly the planned intent.

Even if you recognize the attackers as extremist, they are Islamic extremest, and it was Islam that motivated their attack.  It is the attackers, whom, by their actions, have deprived the muslims of New York the opportunity to build a mosque within the area visible to the attack zone where so many innocent people died at the hands of Islamic extremists.   It will always be offensive to have a major symbol of Islam in the sight lines of ground zero.

Hallowed ground should not be defiled.   I hold the opinion that building a large monument to the Southern cause, even on private property, visible from Gettysburg National Military Park and burial grounds, would not be appropriate even now, 147 years later.

If Muslims truly want to support and encourage the adoption of Islam in America, they can, and should, build in another place. The existing building, could be sold to raise money for a different site away from the sight lines of the ground zero attack.

Now that they have drawn attention to the building as an Islamic center, they could sell it or change the use of the building.   The existing building could house major displays calling for Islam to forsake violence, and any opposition to freedom of religion, and the education of women in any of Islam’s sects. 

Islam has not done enough to root violence out, and display that it is a religion of peace.  If Islam is a religion of peace, it needs to do much more to condemn extremists.    Islam has not done enough to ensure that there is freedom of religion in nations where Islam is the state religion.   The same can also be said of any nation, or people, who allow violence, or suppression, in the name of religion, or nationalism.   Islamic nations are not the only ones using religion, or nationalism  for evil and not for good. 

I am not attacking Islam, but I am saying that pushing to build a monument to Islam in the sight lines of ground zero is offensive, and should not be supported regardless of how much cash is made available to influence the outcomes of decision makers.  

All concerned citizens should “follow the money”.

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August 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Posted in Political musings

Today’s Scripture reading: Matthew 6

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“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.    “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

How quickly we let the world lead us away from spiritual truths.  The hunger in our belly, and the manner of dress of those we SEE lead us to focus on the stuff instead of the spiritual.

HE is a great God.  HE knows what we need, and is more concerned about our eternal provision than the temporal provision.  HE will meet our needs, but wants to provide abundantly for our eternal provision.  These truths need to be held onto, even when “times are difficult”  As I, by HIS grace, often say “anything that keeps me on my knees is good for me” .

HE is a faithful provider.   I will trust HIM.  Lord help me to stay focused on YOU, and committed to YOU.   Let me find my joy in serving YOU.

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August 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Spiritual musings