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Thursday, November 13, 2008

And Forgettest The Lord Thy Maker

Yesterday as I was doing some study for my series in Proverbs I was running some cross-references and stumbled across these two verses. I know I have read them several times but yesterday in the list of verses I was examining they seemed to leap off the page. I think I need to commit them to memory.

Isaish 51:12,13 - I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

What great and profound points! I think I may have a message for next Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

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God bless the American soldier! May we always be thankful that we live in the land of the free and home of the brave!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Galveston - Hurricane Ike

About three weeks ago I took a preacher friend to Galveston to survey the damage cause by hurricane Ike. As with the news media I am showing you the most graphic pictures. The Island is still largely intact. The seawall business were mostly open when we were there. In fact we ate that day at the Rain Forest Cafe on the seawall. The buildings that were constructed out over the water were destroyed as one might expect. There was evidence that most of the Island was covered in water at one point, so I am sure there was considerable flood damage that could not be seen just driving down the road. I was amazed at the mountains of trash that had been collected at a couple of different spots. Having been to Galveston on numerous occasions I know these were not typical collection points for trash, at least not that much.

Here you can see the extent of the erosion. The sand before the storm was up to the paint on the "stilts". It was about 4 1/2 foot of sand removed during the storm. Now at high tide these homes are in the water.
This house was knocked off its "stilts". It looks like it might have been floated off because it remains mostly intact.

Another house that was apparently floated off its "stilts".

This house had a bit rougher landing than the other two!

Galveston - Hurricane Ike - Part Two

Backyard visitor

We noticed this bird out our back window as we were eating supper. I believe it was eating a grasshopper or some other bug. It was on the ground for about 2 to 3 minutes. The closest I can come to identifying it is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. These particular hawks are only in our area during the winter.

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Barak Obama - My President

I am an American! The American people made their voices heard this past Tuesday and elected Obama as our President. He is my President. He was not my choice, but he is my President. I have some fundamental differences with President-elect Obama nevertheless I hope God uses him to be an instrument of blessing to our nation. I will not agree with him just because he is President and will be vocal in my opposition if he attempts to lead the country in a direction that I am convinced will be detrimental to our survival as a Republic, what little is left of our Republic. We are slowly degenerating into a absolute democracy, which one of the founders defined as "mobocracy".

I am a political junkie and enjoy the political discourse, and the discussion of political philosophy. At the same time I realize it is not simply a subject to "enjoy" but it matters. It matters now and in the long run.

My choice for President lost for, I believe, several reasons. The political climate the past three years has been very hostile to Republicans and I might add for very good reason. When the Republicans were in the majority they governed like the minority party?? The economy is apparently bad for many people. This is always bad for the party in power. George Bush has very low approval ratings. This led to everyone, including McCain, running against Bush. I think this is an unfortunate turn of events. I certainly did not agree with President Bush on every thing but I am convinced that he has been a very good President. It is too bad that he had so very few defenders. I am inclined to think that history will be more kind to him.

My choice for President was doomed from the start. I always held out hope but it was with a sense of skepticism. The Republican field during the primary was not very impressive. I hope it improves for 2012. The field was so weak in fact that a man won the nomination who was not a true blue conservative. I read just yesterday that McCain was discussing with his advisers what his future role in the Senate would be. They were talking about ways they could work with Obama. I'm not necessarily against that. One of his top advisers said that some of McCain's best work has been with Democrats. This is exactly the problem. Instead of looking for ways to advance the conservative agenda he is always looking for ways to compromise with a Feinstein or a Kennedy. Then he expects conservatives to be excited about his campaign. It did not happen. Yet even with all of that he still had the opportunity to win.

He lost Indiana, Ohio, Virgina, and Florida by the narrowest of margins even though in most of these states like the rest of the "swing states" Obama outspent him almost 3 to 1. Had they had equal amounts of money to spend the outcome may have been different. But even if McCain had not opted for public financing he probably could not have raised the kind of money that Obama did, thus the outcome would have been likely the same, maybe a little closer.

McCain is not a good teacher. He is not an effective communicator of conservative values. Most people when they are instructed in the difference between socialistic principles and the principles of self-reliance easily see the moral deficiency of socialistic policies. This is why the "Joe the plumber" incident caused such a stir, and a fair amount of grief for Joe. Obama clearly stated his view that to "spread the wealth" was a virtue and Biden indicated that paying higher taxes was patriotic and I heard another democratic politician (I didn't catch his name) saying that Republicans hold to the simplistic notion that people should get to keep what they make.

We needed someone to instruct the people who are so easily convinced to stick it to the big companies that when companies have their taxes raised they will pass on the increase to the consumer. When the federal government raises the minimum wage the company will pass the increase on to the consumer. People bemoan the rich. The rich is also the investment class. They are the ones who have money to invest, money to put at risk. It is only right that if their investments pay off that they receive benefit from the willingness to put their money at risk. When they pay higher taxes they have less money to invest in the private sector. All McCain could seem to eke out is that he was opposed to "ear marks". Obama effectively dealt with that by showing that "ear marks" were an infinitesimal percentage of the national budget. Deal with the "ear marks"? Yes! But there are larger issues than "ear marks" and the American people were not given the benefit of an articulate and persuasive crusader for conservative principles.

Also McCain shied away from the cultural issues. He did so at his own peril. Obama was so vulnerable on the issue of abortion. His record is so extreme on the issue that it would be frightful to all but the most ardent abortion proponents. Of course at the Saddleback forum he skirted the issue by saying that it was above his pay grade. McCain missed a golden opportunity to exploit Obama on an issue that remains relevant to this day. McCain should have pressed home the issue of gay marriage. Politicians are so afraid to address this issue head on. You would think that the sodomites were a very influential bloc of voters. They are loud but not really that influential except maybe in San Francisco. Even the citizens of California voted against gay marriage. Republicans should not shy away from issues of morality. The American people are with us on most of these issues.

1 Timothy 2:14 - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

I am happy to report that Texas went for McCain 56% to 43% and my county (Brazoria - where Texas began) went for McCain 64% to 34%.

God Bless America!

Thirty-eight Years Ago Yesterday

It was on November 5th, 1970 in the evening when:

My name was written in the Lamb's book of life
My sins were cast into the depth of the sea and as far as the east is from the west
I was redeemed
I was justified
I was sanctified
I became a saint
I was indwelt by the Holy Spirit
I was made accepted in the beloved
My old man was crucified
I was quickened
I was born again
I was saved
I was delivered from the wrath to come
I became a child of God
I became a joint-heir with Jesus Christ
I was made more than a conqueror
I was made a new creature
I was forgiven
I was no longer condemned
I was made to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus
I was delivered from the kingdom of darkness
I was translated into the kingdom of His dear Son
I was given the gift of eternal life
I became a believer
I was reconciled to God
I was freed from sin
I was made free from the law of sin and death
I became complete in him
I entered into rest
I was made a partaker of the divine nature

Thirty-eight years ago yesterday I acknowledged myself a sinner, repented and personally believed the gospel of Jesus Christ. I called upon him and he promised to save me. I believe he did, not because I have always done what I should or because I have not done some things I should not have but because of his promise.

I am just a sinner saved by grace!

"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood supports me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way, he then is all my hope and stay.

When he shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in him be found;
Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand!"
(Edward Mote, 1832)

1John 5:13 - These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

The "Youth" And "Undecided" Vote

This article from USA Today by Jonah Goldberg is thought-provoking. I tend to agree with his assessment of the youth vote and the undecided voter.

I especially liked the quote he provided from Oscar Wilde, ""In America, the young are always ready to give those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience."

I intend on posting some of my thoughts on the recent election soon, possibly today.