Friday, 30 December 2011
Volatile and Unpredictable
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Once again, we are anticipating a New Year -- 2012 -- a clean slate -- each day yet to be determined.  That should be a bit daunting.  As I opened my new, clean 2012 'old tech' Calender ( the thing that actually hangs on the wall just to the right of my computer monitor where EVERYTHING gets posted) the other day to enter notes, events, and other important dates, as always I could not  help but wonder what the year will bring.

I don't know about you, but as I look back over 2011, MANY things happened in both my personal life and my public life that I could NEVER have anticipated, some of which were extremely stressful and extremely hurtful and disappointing; some that were just wonderful and joyful. 

So...since life is so volatile and very unpredictable, what is the ONE thing that IS predictable and unchanging? 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 That assurance brings great comfort.

On the local, state, national and international geo-political front, we are facing a tsunami -- multiple issues coming at us from all sides, wave after wave.  If WE don't confront these challenges, who will?  "If not You, who?  If not Now, when?"  Because this is a presidential election year, the outcome of which, could NOT BE more important, we have an extraordinary responsibility to be faithful.

So, as we consider the future squarely facing the risks and the needs, let us be grounded in the foundational and unchanging Word of God
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 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.   Colossians 3: 23-24 

Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58

each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire. 1 Corinthians 3: 13-15.

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Because He Live, I Can Face Tomorrow

If you do Resolutions, can't think of any better than the ones below.

It is my prayer that 2012 will find us active and faithful to the tasks before us.

My wish for each of us is the New Year will be one in which:
"May nothing render me forgetful of Thy glory, or turn me aside from Thy commands, or shake my confidence in Thy promises, or offend Thy children.
Let not my temporal occupations injure my spiritual concerns, or the cares of life make me neglect the one thing needful.  May I not be inattentive to the design of Thy dealings with me, or insensible under Thy rebukes, or immobile at Thy calls.
May I learn the holy art of abiding in Thee, of being in the world and not of it, or making everything not only consistent with but conducive to my religion"


My very best wishes for your New Year.
Bobbie














PSALMIST RESOLUTIONS

1. Psalm 119
30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD ;

2. Psalm 119
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word

3. Psalm 119
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.

4. Psalm 119
63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

5. Psalm 119
75 I know, O LORD , that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 76 May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. 77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.

6. Psalm 119
114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

7. Psalm 119
128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.

8. Psalm 119
173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.

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Most Christians have an abundance of material blessings to count at the end of the year for which to thank the Lord.  Even if they have none of these, however, God has crowned the year with goodness and favor, with lovingkindness and tender mercies, with grace and glory and honor and, best of all His own presence.
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Posted on 12/30/2011 8:51 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Friday, 30 December 2011
Just how dangerous is this guy?
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COMMENT:   Okay, it is the day after CHRISTmas so I thought something a little different might be in order, however, as you review today's post, you will find that it touches on many of the very 'hot' issues of the day, including religious freedom, abortion, Islam, family life, charity, abstinence, sexual purity, etc.  Very interesting!!

Well, let's see -- young men wearing their pants down around their rear-ends; being disrespectful to adults; causing problems in the class room; having sex and making babies out of wedlock, some supporting the aborting of those babies; living with girls they are not married to, etc., or  a young man who loves the Lord Jesus and is committed to living out those values before the whole world. Wonder which role model most mothers and fathers would want for their sons??  Hmmmmmm?????

You know -- in my never-to-be-humble opinion,  it could be that the stir his life is causing is because the 'world' so infrequently actually gets to see someone with this kind of commitment to Jesus. To recognize that his actions are not a 'gimick' but a lifestyle?  An indictment on the rest of us?  To recognize that his actions are not a 'gimick' but a lifestyle?  We have heard the quote below -- maybe we will now get to 'see' it in action. I would encourage you to pray regularly for this young man.  He will remain under close scrutiny for any misstep and the temptations will be many.


"The world has yet to see what God can do with a man wholly committed to him."



Tebowing Inspires People Around the World to Kneel Before God

DENVER, COLORADO, December 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It looks like a cross between a genuflection and Rodin’s “The Thinker.” The characteristic kneel Tim Tebow makes to thank God after a big play has become a worldwide phenomenon, creating a new craze and stirring controversy over the role of religion in public life.

The Global Language Monitor reports that the term “Tebowing” has become an officially recognized English word. “The rapid rise of the word has seldom been equaled,” it adds.  A website, Tebowing.com, quickly collected photos of people striking the reverent pose all over the world, from Stonehenge to Machu Picchu. Coverage of the phenomenon has hit mainstream secular outlets

In perhaps its most controversial execution, four students at Long Island’s Riverhead High School received a one-day suspension for imitating their gridiron hero in the middle of a crowded hallway. School officials say public safety, rather than religion, motivated the reprimand.

However, more strident voices have criticized Tebow for his outspoken faith and pro-life beliefs. Rabbi Joshua Hammerman wrote a column in The Jewish Week slamming “Tebow’s sanctimonious God-talk.” He added, “His mom’s decision to risk her own life rather than abort her fetus flies against my own - and Judaism’s - values.”

He warned Tebow’s Christian gesture could lead to pogroms and violence. He wrote, “If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants.” He worried “legions of Southern Baptist missionaries [will] hit the college campuses the very next day” to convert Jews who have been “seduced by this unfolding drama.

Following public backlash, the rabbi apologized for the column, claiming his wording was “clumsy” and any content “deemed offensive” had been inadvertent. The website called his words “more inciting than insightful” and removed the article, which can be read in its entirety here. 

Liberal Democratic commentator Bob Beckel, who came to faith following deep addiction and a prostitution scandal, said “Rabbi you’re still a bigot. Here’s the way bigots work: They do things like this, and they pull them back.”

Others criticize Tebow for drawing the media spotlight off their own accomplishments. Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has said, “I sit at home, start watching TV, and all I’m seeing is Tebow.” Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco agreed, “If you watched ‘SportsCenter’ today, it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else.”

Tebow became a source of national controversy after starring in a commercial that made a subtle pro-life argument during the 2010 Super Bowl. Tebow’s mother, Pam, contracted amoebic dysentery while serving as a missionary in the Philippines in 1987. Doctors told her, “An abortion is the only way to save your life,” Tebow wrote in his book, Through My Eyes. “[T]he ‘mass of fetal tissue’ or ‘tumor’-me-had to go.” Her 2010 Super Bowl ad celebrated her decision to ignore the doctor’s advice and have her “miracle baby.” His mother endorsed Colorado’s unsuccessful personhood amendment last fall. 

This has led to efforts at retaliation. A pro-abortion blog urged its visitors to “donate $5 or $10 to your local pro-choice organization” for every time Tebow threw a touchdown in Sunday’s football game. (He contributed two touchdowns in a losing effort against the New England Patriots.)

In addition to his faith and support for the unborn, Tebow has said he intends to wait to have sex until after marriage.

Media outlets have reported that “multiple companies” declined to use Tebow as a spokesman because of his faith.

But criticism seems to have little impact on the Broncos quarterback. Last month, Tebow vowed, “any time I get an opportunity to tell [Jesus] that I love Him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity.”

Others, too, have come to his defense. Christian singer Rebecca St. James defended Tebow during a recent episode of Fox News Channel’s Hannity program. “I think most people that are watching tonight would want a Tim Tebow as a role model for their kids,” she said, adding the quarterback is “an outstanding young man with values and morals.”

Randy Smith, sports writer for The Chattanoogan, writes that Tebow is a rare occurrence: an athlete whose private life can serve as a role model. “Tim Tebow will likely not be among the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL,” Smith forecasts. “But he certainly has a chance to be among the most admired men to ever play the game. Rightly so!”  Source HERE.


What If Tim Tebow Were a Muslim?

Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncosquarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine if Detroit Lions player Stephen Tulluch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened in October.
I know what would happen. All hell would break loose. 
Read more here.

Tim Tebow to Fly QB With Amputated Leg to Buffalo Bills Game

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s actions off the football field are once again sharing center stage with his on-field heroics after news spread that he will be hosting a trip for a promising prep star, who had part of his leg amputated, to the Broncos’ game against the Buffalo Bills this weekend.

Jacob Rainey played quarterback for Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and was often compared to Tebow in style. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound player had the attention of college coaches and many others in the football community for his skills.

But Rainey suffered a severe knee injury and a severed artery when he was tackled during a scrimmage on Sept. 3. After several surgeries, part of his right leg was amputated just one week after the injury occurred, according to news reports. Despite the end of Rainey's football career, his perspective on life has been an inspiration to those who know him and to those who have been following his story. Read more here.

Tebow, Connecticut Bible burning reveals stark difference between Christians and Muslims

While some Christian churches are promoting dialogue by inviting Muslims to preach in their pulpits, two recent events this Christmas season have revealed a stark difference in how the two religions handle criticism.

On Dec. 12, a Bible was placed under the New Haven, Connecticut Christmas tree and set on fire. The burning Bible was placed on top of electrical feeder cables which provide the power for the 30,000 or so lights on the 65-foot Norway spruce.

A few days later, on Dec. 17, Saturday Night Live featured a skit involving Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow and actor Jason Sudeikis, portraying Jesus Christ. In the skit, the actor tells Tebow to “take it down a notch” regarding his display of his faith on the football field.

The skit has received widespread criticism from some, including Bob Beckel, a liberal commentator who supports President Obama. “It’s despicable to display Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour like that. They should be ashamed of themselves… there’s nothing funny about that,” Beckel said.

A key Christian doctrine is that Jesus Christ is “God manifested in the flesh” and thus such portrayals are as offensive to Christians as criticism of Muhammad is to Muslims.

There are stark portrayals in the reactions expressed by both groups to assaults on their holy book and founder.

Following the Bible burning, which was done by a vandal who presumably did not approve of the Bible's message, there have been no reports of Christians anywhere in the world rioting and killing people over the burning of their sacred book. Many Christians believe the Bible to be divinely inspired and the words of God Himself as He spoke through human beings.

Likewise, while there was criticism of the SNL skit, there does not appear to have been any reported incidents of Christians rioting and threatening death to any of the producers of the skit.

However, when the television show “South Park” featured a story line featuring the Prophet Muhammad, a Muslim group warned the show’s creators they could face violence for their depiction of Muhammad.

Revolution Muslim wrote on its web site that South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker,“will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode featuring Muhammad wearing a bear costume.

Van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam after making a film revealing the abuse of Muslim women in Islamic countries.

Similarly, when a Danish newspaper printed cartoon images of Muhammad by a dozen cartoonists, several of them were advised to go into hiding after receiving death threats. After other newspapers printed some of the cartoons, there were riots that included the burning of the building which housed the Chilean, Danish and Swedish embassies in Syria. Other buildings were set on fire as well, including the Norwegian embassy and the Danish consulate in Beirut, Lebanon.  Read more here.

Long Island high-school students suspended for 'Tebowing'

The Tebow mania sweeping the nation sacked a group of Long Island high-school students who were suspended for mimicking the quarterback’s famous prayer pose.

Twin brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead HS and classmates Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel were hit with one-day suspensions for kneeling and bowing their heads like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow does when he scores a touchdown.

Administrators said the weeklong “Tebowing” craze was a distraction and a hallway hazard after dozens of classmates followed their lead.

“It was basically just a tribute to Tim Tebow,” Carroll Connor, 17, who planned the prank with his brother and friends, told The Post. Read more here.

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Posted on 12/30/2011 6:42 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Obama's New Nationalism More Sukarno Than Teddy Roosevelt
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By Michael Patrick Leahy

Barack Obama's image-makers selected Osawatomie, Kansas as the location where Obama would deliver his "make or break" redistributive "New Nationalism" speech to call up memories of the iconic Teddy Roosevelt.  One hundred and one years earlier at the same site, TR delivered the original "New Nationalism" speech to a gathering of the Grand Army of the Republic, comprising Union veterans of the Civil War.  The setting was a cynical attempt to cloak Obama's un-American redistributionist philosophies in the memory of a true American hero.  TR, after all, is one of only four American Presidents memorialized at Mount Rushmore.

While it's true that TR's speech represented a sharp left turn toward an aggressive form of progressivism, numerous conservative pundits have correctly noted that the setting was nonetheless a misdirection on Obama's part.  Not only did Obama's speech set forth a far more radical redistributionist philosophy than TR ever imagined, but it also rejected the "can do" American individualism that was trademark TR even at his most progressive, replacing it with a whiny collectivism whose origins can be found far from America's shores.

Several conservative pundits have offered their own thoughts as to where these ideas originate.  Charles Krauthammer, for instance, looks to Chávez's Venezuela.  Presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks that Obama wants to turn America into France.  A year earlier, Dinesh D'Souza looked to Kenya, the land of Obama's biological father.

All three are looking in the wrong corners of the world.  The origins of Obama's social justice rhetoric can be found in Indonesia, where he lived from ages six to ten.  It was there that Obama was formally instructed in "Pancasila" -- the Indonesian state ideology that blends Indonesian traditions of communalism and patrimony with Western notions of nationalism and "social justice."  But Obama's introduction to Indonesian culture and values came even earlier in his life.  Indeed, it is likely that his earliest memories are as part of a family headed by an Indonesian stepfather whose own family was deeply embedded in the ruling Indonesian oligarchy.

Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, introduced Pancasila in a speech in Jakarta on June 1, 1945.  His audience was a committee of the Indonesian Constitutional Convention, convened on the eve of that country's independence.  Sukarno emphasized five points around which the new country could coalesce:

  1. Belief in one supreme God
  2. Humanitarianism
  3. Nationalism
  4. Social justice
  5. Consultative democracy

Sukarno's vision was so entrancing to his fellow revolutionaries that they codified Pancasila in the new constitution, which officially declared Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.  Both Sukarno from 1945 to 1967 and Suharto from 1967 to 1998 relied on the vagueness of Pancasila's five principles -- and especially the principle of "social justice" -- to support their own brands of autocratic governance.  Sukarno leaned towards an authoritarian communist interpretation, while Suharto presided over a corrupt, feudalist oligarchy run by political and familial cronies.

From Sukarno's 1945 speech we take these words on "social justice":

Fourth principle: social justice ... there shall be no poverty in free Indonesia[.] ... Do we want a free Indonesia whose capitalists do as they wish, or where the entire people prosper, where every man has enough to eat[?]

Sukarno's ideas on social justice were echoed in Obama's Osawatomie speech last week:

[T]hey want to go back to the same philosophies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for too many years. Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well I'm here to say they are wrong. I'm here to reaffirm my deep conviction that we are greater together than we are on our own. I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone gets their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.

Obama's Osawatomie speech reflects Indonesian rather than American values in one additional important way: Americans have always valued individualism over collectivism, while Indonesians prefer collectivism over individualism.  Obama's speech was an ode to collectivism and a rejection of American individualism.  Read more here.

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Posted on 12/20/2011 6:41 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Obama's New Nationalism More Sukarno Than Teddy Roosevelt
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By Michael Patrick Leahy

Barack Obama's image-makers selected Osawatomie, Kansas as the location where Obama would deliver his "make or break" redistributive "New Nationalism" speech to call up memories of the iconic Teddy Roosevelt.  One hundred and one years earlier at the same site, TR delivered the original "New Nationalism" speech to a gathering of the Grand Army of the Republic, comprising Union veterans of the Civil War.  The setting was a cynical attempt to cloak Obama's un-American redistributionist philosophies in the memory of a true American hero.  TR, after all, is one of only four American Presidents memorialized at Mount Rushmore.

While it's true that TR's speech represented a sharp left turn toward an aggressive form of progressivism, numerous conservative pundits have correctly noted that the setting was nonetheless a misdirection on Obama's part.  Not only did Obama's speech set forth a far more radical redistributionist philosophy than TR ever imagined, but it also rejected the "can do" American individualism that was trademark TR even at his most progressive, replacing it with a whiny collectivism whose origins can be found far from America's shores.

Several conservative pundits have offered their own thoughts as to where these ideas originate.  Charles Krauthammer, for instance, looks to Chávez's Venezuela.  Presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks that Obama wants to turn America into France.  A year earlier, Dinesh D'Souza looked to Kenya, the land of Obama's biological father.

All three are looking in the wrong corners of the world.  The origins of Obama's social justice rhetoric can be found in Indonesia, where he lived from ages six to ten.  It was there that Obama was formally instructed in "Pancasila" -- the Indonesian state ideology that blends Indonesian traditions of communalism and patrimony with Western notions of nationalism and "social justice."  But Obama's introduction to Indonesian culture and values came even earlier in his life.  Indeed, it is likely that his earliest memories are as part of a family headed by an Indonesian stepfather whose own family was deeply embedded in the ruling Indonesian oligarchy.

Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, introduced Pancasila in a speech in Jakarta on June 1, 1945.  His audience was a committee of the Indonesian Constitutional Convention, convened on the eve of that country's independence.  Sukarno emphasized five points around which the new country could coalesce:

  1. Belief in one supreme God
  2. Humanitarianism
  3. Nationalism
  4. Social justice
  5. Consultative democracy

Sukarno's vision was so entrancing to his fellow revolutionaries that they codified Pancasila in the new constitution, which officially declared Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.  Both Sukarno from 1945 to 1967 and Suharto from 1967 to 1998 relied on the vagueness of Pancasila's five principles -- and especially the principle of "social justice" -- to support their own brands of autocratic governance.  Sukarno leaned towards an authoritarian communist interpretation, while Suharto presided over a corrupt, feudalist oligarchy run by political and familial cronies.

From Sukarno's 1945 speech we take these words on "social justice":

Fourth principle: social justice ... there shall be no poverty in free Indonesia[.] ... Do we want a free Indonesia whose capitalists do as they wish, or where the entire people prosper, where every man has enough to eat[?]

Sukarno's ideas on social justice were echoed in Obama's Osawatomie speech last week:

[T]hey want to go back to the same philosophies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for too many years. Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well I'm here to say they are wrong. I'm here to reaffirm my deep conviction that we are greater together than we are on our own. I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone gets their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.

Obama's Osawatomie speech reflects Indonesian rather than American values in one additional important way: Americans have always valued individualism over collectivism, while Indonesians prefer collectivism over individualism.  Obama's speech was an ode to collectivism and a rejection of American individualism.  Read more here.

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Posted on 12/20/2011 6:41 AM by Bobbie Patray
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