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If God is judging America, then he owes Jesus an apology. 

Andrew Wommack

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“Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.”

Oswald Chambers

Unfortunately I know not anyone who fits this character but Jesus. Life is one striving effort after another of becoming more like Jesus. In so doing we may manifest the disposition of Christ little by little.

Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.”   Oswald Chambers

We have these two mixed up. The belief that we are responsible for anyone else’s happiness much less our own, is greed we have created ourselves. We are incapable of offering such happiness. Holiness is a life- long pursuit of Jesus.

Mark it down. You will never go where God is not.”             Max Lucado

Imagining God non-existent never crossed my mind.

“Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.”                     Max Lucado

The Cross of Christ is the ultimate Grace. The heart who knows the Cross, understands Grace.

“The use or abuse of Christianity in contradiction to the very message of the gospel reveals not the gospel for what it is, but the heart of man. That is why atheism is so bankrupt as a view of life, for it miserably fails to deal with the human condition as it really is.”

It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.

                                                               Ravy Zacharias

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It’s That Cliff Again


When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.  Proverbs 29:2


I came across an article that was just posted on Yahoo written from Senator Alan Simpson, Warren Buffett and Erskine Bowles. And I quote:

Three of the country’s most prominent minds on U.S. budgetary problems issued a stark warning to lawmakers today as Congress approaches what many have called a “fiscal cliff” of tax hikes and spending cuts that are set to take effect Jan. 2013.

 ‘We Are Going Over the Fiscal Cliff’

The entire article can be read with the following link. They called debt reduction “politically painful.”

http://news.yahoo.com/erskine-bowles-going-over-fiscal-cliff-153722521–abc-news-politics.html

Bowles and Simpson were appointed by the President to create a bi-partisan debt reduction plan.

HELLO? ARE YOU THERE WASHINGTON? ARE YOU LISTENING?

Mudslinging Politics are crushing our nation. It has to stop.

A recent study found in 17 states who in 2010 elected Republican Governors have seen unemployment drop since January of 2011.

http://mikesamerica.blogspot.com/2012/07/states-that-elected-gop-governors-in.html

Stop spending money we don’t have.

Stop borrowing money.

Lower taxes; extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone.

Stop wasting God’s money.

Get a Balanced Budget

Get people in jobs and off of Welfare

Why is this so hard? If the money ain’t there, don’t spend it.

Maybe they think it really does grow on trees. If it does, they won’t get any from my yard.

We have been warned over and over.

The Government was not created to be everything to everyone.
In fact, its limitations Biblically speaking are mostly for Military, Infrastructure and Taxation.

Not Health Care. Not Welfare. Not Solyndra failed bailouts.

Not 12 million dollars for a failed energy project in Pakistan.

Not 18 million to China for Social Services programs and Environmental Programs.

Not 2 million for a Wine and Culinary Exhibition in Washington State.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/12/report-lists-over-6-5-bil-in-wasteful-govt-spending/

The Titanic sank

The “Handwriting was on the Wall”

Rome didn’t fall in a day

“A leader of good judgment gives stability.” Proverbs 29:4

The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”   Benjamin Franklin

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/john-quincy-adams-on-christianity/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/2693/

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Deaf Ears or “Selective Hearing?”


As we age hearing can be limited especially since we have blown our eardrums for decades with loud music, roaring motorcycles and noisy neighbors.

Technology has provided hearing aids or options to improve hearing loss. I can only imagine the number of “baby boomers” like myself who will flood doctor’s offices for the latest products. Oh. We won’t be able to afford it now! Forget that! 21 new taxes.

Anyway, the thought does cross my mind how much hearing loss is actually hearing loss.

How often do people play the “selective hearing” game? Ughh……

You know. It is convenient to listen when it is what you want to hear. Otherwise, just turn a deaf ear and pretend you are deaf.

To be honest I do know a few people who utilize this scam, or privilege. I guess it depends on who is doing the talking as to how it should be labeled.
Let’s see:

The husband turns his wife’s chatter off….deaf or selective hearing?

Proverbs 27: 15-16 “A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.”

Naaaaa……..no one would do that.

The teenage son turns a deaf ear while his mother is screaming at him to turn the music down.

Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Or we walk down the street and use “selective hearing” as the blind man sings for money.

Proverbs 21:13 “Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”

Our society is full of deaf ears. Masters of screening the political pundits, the opposite side or aisle and many who simply turn the TV off. Doesn’t matter the words, we don’t care.

Lies are so prominent why listen?

Maybe another way of putting it is those who don’t want to hear what they don’t want to hear, simply ignore it. That’s right. Just ignore it. Maybe it will go away.

The more something goes away the more we don’t have to deal with it. Act as if it isn’t there. The more it goes away, the less it bothers us. The less it bothers us, the more we don’t believe it.

You can talk yourself into not believing what you don’t want to hear.

What you don’t want to hear becomes a way of life.

You way of life becomes a lie which starts a ripple effect of more lies to cover up the first lie.

The issue with lying over and over is the liar begins to forget which lie he told when. That is unless you have a staff, videos and an administrative effort to keep you up to date on your lies so you don’t repeat them or get confused.

My question then is “selective hearing” based on lies?

If you continually use this process you eliminate certain pieces of information you most likely don’t want but keep the ones you want.

So if you keep the information that makes you happy, giving you want you want even if it is a lie then “selective hearing” is a lie.

But if you are forced to keep the information you don’t want to hear and it isn’t a lie, many will make it a lie and throw it across the aisle changing the subject.

So much for the truth.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/the-foundations/

http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/is-revival-the-answer-for-americas-problems-part-2/

http://identitylovefaith.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/what-does-it-mean/

http://butchdean.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/self/

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsmax.com%2FUS%2FEd-Klein-The-Amateur-Obama%2F2012%2F06%2F13%2Fid%2F442249&h=MAQEXFK3U

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The Brainchild of Expectations


What does Jesus expect from us? Much less than we expect from each other.

Why is that? Jesus wants us to come to him willingly.

If Jesus wants us to come to him willingly isn’t he setting an example?

What kind of example? An example that we shouldn’t expect from other people what they can never give us. If it ain’t there, it ain’t there to give away.

What happens when we expect something from other people and they don’t have it to give? We become disappointed, hurt, angry and resentful.

What if we don’t know they can’t give us what we want? Do we continue expecting that which we are never going to receive?

Today’s society expects people to do the outrageous, unreasonable and to some extent that which is ridiculous. Overloaded, frustrated and stressed to the hilt people are burdened with trying to reach the unreachable.

God says we can do all things through him that strengthens us….Philippians 4:13. Did you get that? Emphasize the “through him” part and our brainchild of being super human takes on a whole new meaning.

How can we tell someone else what they need when most of us don’t know what we need ourselves? Why take advice from someone who is driving without the keys?

To be honest, I find it exhausting to try to expect almost anything from others. Now there are some areas that are to be fulfilled, but for the most part we make it up. Why? We want control. We have desires we need from someone else. We think we know what is best for them. We think we know more than they do which gives us the right to filter their lives with our expectations. We want them to do what we do. Ugh? What?

Isn’t that kind of selfish? Or assuming? Or unfair?  Life is unfair. Our job is to decide for ourselves how to deal with it.

Matthew 11:28 ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This scripture gives no reference to expectation. Reading these verses sound restful.

Jesus words are comforting, peaceful and calming. Again, there is the choice to choose him willingly.

Choosing Jesus aids in relieving the expectations of others. When expectations do not match up with the will of God for our personal lives, we should always follow God.

This is often a learned lesson through trial and error, but well worth it for our own sanity and peace of mind.

More than that is it shows God we value him first. Our loyalty to him will eliminate from our lives that which he doesn’t feel we need and add what he wants.

Works for me……

http://justmyfaithtalking.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/christians-use-god-as-a-crutch/

http://identitylovefaith.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/wheres-my-party/

http://doctortisms.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/ok-have-it-all/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/john-stott-to-encounter-christ/

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Squirming Defenseless Sheep


What do you do when you find yourself in the middle of a whirlwind of opinions? How do you handle the act one puts on to force others to get what they want and you know they are absolutely wrong? What if you have all the needed information but are actually on the sidelines?

Use to be I managed very well at getting myself into trouble simply by trying to make things happen. It does not work. Don’t try it.

In the end you find a bigger mess and you are the one sinking in that boat with a hole in it. Now I can say that a few episodes of disillusionment may have worked in my favor, but there were always consequences that followed.

Not that I would boast about the many boyfriends I had, but some of those were results of entrapment. I am not proud of my genius for taking prisoners, but as the saying goes, “it is often about the chase.” And then it would be over for me. Quickly I would find out they were useless, whiners or boring.  The end being I left a trail of “broken hearts.” Oh yea, right. For every heart I may have broken, my own heart was broken by someone else.

I think the saying is “what goes around comes around?” I should slap myself.

It is so nice to be older and much wiser. yes, I am talking about me. But you have to understand how young and stupid I was to be able to say that now.  I think I will say it again with quotations this time. “It is so nice to be older and much wiser.”

You see, I learned from all those mistakes. If you make so many of them you are either bound to get it right or your on/off switch is broken in the off position.

God doesn’t want us to make things happen.  Why? Because he knows how it will turn out. If he isn’t leading the pack, they will miss their dinner.

We are followers. That is why Jesus calls us “sheep.”  Defenseless, timid creatures.  If he wanted us to sit on his throne I guess he would have made us all queens? Oh and a few kings for all you men out there.

Following Jesus is so much easier than making all those heavy decisions myself.

That way I can just sit back with a nice, hot  cup of coffee with Peppermint Mocha cream in it and let God lead Santa and his reindeer on their yearly, worldwide extravaganza. That way I don’t worry if Santa has an accident.  I wonder if Santa knows God flies with him? Why wouldn’t he? After all, God is a giver isn’t he?

No matter what the issue, God always does it better than we do. Sometimes he might not do it as fast as we would like, but there comes that teachable word again! Patience!  God must get a kick out of watching us squirm while we wait on him, because he is so slow sometimes!(lol)

God is also creative and somewhat crafty in his design for us. Just when I think I have figured out how he is going to accomplish this great task before me, he manages to surprise me again. I have made it into a game with him. I try to tell him how he is going to plot revenge at my neighbor only to find out he wants me to be nice to them.  You know that line that says, “Love thy Neighbor.”

God is a God of variety, fun, humor and he actually knows what he is doing.  Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.

I will say it again. I am so glad God is God.

The next time you want to throw rocks at someone or take the air out of their tires, why don’t you ask God first? And when you get an answer to those questions, please let me know. I would love to hear what God has to say about that.


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Why, Why, Why,


Do you think God ever gets tired of us asking Why?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?
 
Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they already know there
is not enough money?
 
Why does someone  Believe you
when you say there are four billion stars;
but have to check when you say
the paint is still wet?
 
Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?  
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?  
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?   Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’
in the word ‘lisp’?
 
If people evolved from apes,
Why are there still apes?
  
 Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?   Is there ever a day that mattresses
are not on sale?
 
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something
new to eat will have materialized?
 
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?  
Why is it that no plastic bag will open
from the end on your first try?
 
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures? (they’re not bugs….. it’s light bulb poop! )  
When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, ‘It’s all right?’ Well, it isn’t all right, so why don’t
we say, ‘That really hurt, why don’t
you watch where you’re going?’
 
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that’s falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?  
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we
complained about the heat?
 
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?  
And my FAVORITE……
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best
friends — if they’re okay, then it’s you.