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Sunday, September 10, 2006

BILL SICS LEGAL EAGLES ON ABC By PHILIP RECCHIA and JENNIFER FERMINO - New York Post Online Edition: News: "Clinton's wrath comes amid new revelations that the Toronto set of the fictionalized flick was plagued by actors' concerns that the script was playing fast and loose with the truth, sources told The Post. "

Don't you just love it? Hey, Bill. When did truth every matter to you? Maybe it only matters when someone is telling the truth about you, eh? By the way, did you ever call Michael Moore about his documentaries? Or do lies not count if they are about somebody else?

"We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us." [Is. 59:11]

Very up-to-date verse. People either are whining like doves or roaring like bears. Unbelief cannot make up its mind whether or not to play the victim or bully, so it does both--sometimes at the same time. Is. 59:11 fits the Clinton's to a "T." Such whiners and bullies we have seldom seen.

But the show is worth the ticket.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Good News, Indeed 

"Between 1965 and 1995 we spent more than $5 million on Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty, while welfare rolls, chronic unemployment, and illegitimacy rates all steadily grew. Ronald Reagan quipped that poverty had won the war. Even Democrats admitted it. As a presidential candidate in 1992, Bill Clinton pledged to 'end welfare as we know it.' In 1998 he did just that by signing a Republican reform that put a five-year limit on cash assistance and imposed work requirements on recipients. Since then, welfare rolls have shrunk by more than 60 percent, the number of poor children has fallen by 1.4 million, and illegitimacy rates have stopped growing. Black-child poverty is at its lowest level in history. None of this would have happened without the courage and commitment of congressional Republicans--especially Rick Santorum, Jim Talent, and Clay Show--who overcame a powerful coalition of liberal advocacy groups, academics, bureaucrats, media, and church leaders. Their conservative common sense vanquished liberal "compassion" --and the poor are richer for it."

The above is from the September 11 issue of National Review, page 6. See National Review Online.

Some sober reality is that the decline in the number of children affected might also be because of the blight of abortion. We must not congratulate ourselves on improving the life of our children if that is made possible by the murder of some of them. But it was a good thing to jettison the "War on Poverty."


Thursday, March 02, 2006

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It's going to be cherry blossom time at my house soon. These were on my tree a few years ago. Aren't they great?


Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Name of the Lord 

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10 AV)

How is the name of the LORD a strong tower that provides safety for the righteous man.

It is this way: A name stands for the attributes of a person, the things we think about when that person's name comes to mind. The name itself doesn't mean anything. "Mike" can be a dog, a cat, a device for sending sound to an amplifier, an uncle, a dad, or any number of a great many people as a nick name for Michael. It is the things we attribute to the word that gives it meaning.

The attributes indicate whether or not we are worshipping the living God or some idol in our mind. The true God's attributes are in the Bible and it is there that we learn to know Him.

Now, back to the "strong tower." The Bible says that the LORD is the Living God. He really exists and is the source of all life. People live in Him or they die; it is as simple as that. "In Him we live and move and have our being," is the way Paul put it.

The Lord does not change. This means that we can trust Him and His promises. Because His promises are good, we can safely trust in Him. His power and wisdom are infinite; this means we are secure if we trust Him. He is perfectly wise and knows what we need; He has all power and can do what we need.

There are many other things. But a tower does a person no good if he is not in the tower when danger comes. We enter into the safety of the LORD by trusting in Him, casting our souls upon Him.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me." Amen and amen.


Thursday, March 31, 2005

She Is Only Two! 

One of the blessings of Easter Sunday was listening to my two year old granddaughter, Katie recite the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism Link

She not only knows the first question of the catechism but also knows the Lord's Prayer and the Apostles Creed.

Noah Webster said that a child's ability to memorize far exceeds her ability to understand. Does Katie know everything she has recited. Of course not, but her understanding will catch up later. A child is only limited by the energy that the parent is willing to expend to teach.


Wednesday, March 02, 2005

What a beautiful day in Colorado Springs. The early springs here are gorgeous. We had a bit of snow last night, but it has mostly all melted away. In a few days the tulips and daffodils will be coming up in my front yard.

We had our annual congregational meeting at Trinity Covenant Church on Sunday with a fellowship dinner afterwards. It was a great time. Some young people are turning back to more traditional forms of worship, with a corresponding desire to search the Scriptures.

Old age can be a snare. Ec 7:10 "Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this." Sentiment might cause you to long for the "good old days." But there were none. The good old days were different, but these are good days if we live them for the glory of God.

I didn't have 14 grandchildren in the good old days with another on the way. I didn't have six sons, three of which are gospel ministers. I didn't have a son teaching English to Japanese students. I didn't have a son in Tennesee advancing in the sound and light profession. I didn't have a son who is a night manager at the plating company in Denver.

I didn't love my wife as I do now, and I am sure that she didn't love me as she does now. How could anyone have loved me? Mothers have to, you know, although even that is open for question nowadays.

Ps 118:24 "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." We live in the eternal sabbath of the day of resurrection. Jesus has risen from the dead and we are at peace wtih God and, therefore, with His creation. Amen and Amen.

God is good, and I don't mean Allah, who is not good, being the evil imagination of corrupt men. But why be negative on such a beautiful day.


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