Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dr Domo

A doctor named Smet
Caught my ear’s eye-
Contrived and voluted
his writing is mooted
and that is his best

I’m extending grace to Dr Smet, but I have to temper it with a little justice. He won’t ever read this, unless he Goooogles his monica and appears fuming over my horizon.
I’m a forgiving cuss, and when I come across typos online, I assume that the writer is so confident in his or her write-ability that spell/grandma checks are deemed unnecessary. I usually just move on, but in a movie review a DOCTOR prescribed these pills:
“A streak of loses”
“becomes Clough ones he appears on the screen.”
And my favorite: “efaturette”.
Blu-ray dot com is the depository for Dr Smet Atanasov review glory. I’m guessing that English is not his native language-his writing is formal, over-intellectualized, and he seems to be throne by homophones.
I would like to see a picture of an efaturette, though.
I do not seek praise, but I am pleased with the few lines beginning this post-I decided that Smetty would be best honored with a broken limerick. The second line refuses to rhyme the first by design. Which is put-offing, but fine.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"I'm Not Stuck in Here with You, You're Stuck in Here with Me!"

Ah, the fun to be had in reading a book in which some Christians say bad things about other Christians! No! Not in front of the civilians!
It's a good thing pagans can't read, or at least won't read this stuff.
Though they (the paganists) might enjoy the 'Christian-on-Christian-strong-dislike-for-their-stupid-views' debate, the worry ever present is that the Christians might turn away from their uncivil war and begin to proselytize the spectators.
I'm a few chapters in to Dave Hunt's "What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God". Hoo-boy.
Possibly I'm too worldly, hardly spiritual enough to fight in that battle. I am not a Calvinist, or an 'Arminian'. Calvinian? Arminist? And what of Hobbes?
I'm making light of the light bearers, but bear with me-rather than join in the argu-fight
I am a contentious objector. If the Calvinists wish to expend energy showing the Arminians the errors of their ways(at full volume) they can do it without me.
On the 180* (or verse vica) , the Arminian camp of Dave Hunt can include me out. His book (so far), though filled with quotations and footnotes, is weak on logic, long on emotional appeal. I get enough of that from the Obama administration.
I'll just stick to the Bible, and fellowship with my fellow Christians, contemplating the Savior who unites us. Works for me.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Some Days

...are just for enjoying. May God richly Bless you today.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


It's funny, sort of, but I don't live here. I live, and I'm here, where I've spent most of my life...but I am as unconnected to my area as I am to Belgium.
Where you live-is it you? Are you defined by location? Or eye color? Or rumor? Or

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Egypt

In the Bible, God makes Egypt a refuge, a place of protection for Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, his sons and their family. In the NT, it is a safe haven for Joseph, Mary and Jesus.
Proverbs 18:10 reads, "10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe."
I do not worry about Obamacare or the depredations of rapacious politicians. I speak out against them, I exercise my rights of free speech, but that is from concern for my country, my state, my friends and family. For those who think it all ends here.
But I have an Egypt, a strong tower where I am safe. God has placed me where He wants me. I have a good job, a place to live, a church family which cares for me as I care for them-we lift each other up in prayer and support each other. We are all in that strong tower, and will someday be in the safest of places, God's presence, for eternity.
But for now, we live here, and try to honor God with our lives. Believe me-I know how often I fail to do that. But God is faithful, and all of this is temporary.
If the most remotest of possibilities were to come true-if our country became a Socialist state, where the government rules and the people suffer under tyranny...God is still in His heaven. Watching. His children are safe, and the sins of those who would persecute His children, punish or torture them-those sins are not forgotten. If I have a brother in Christ being put to death in China, Sudan, Saudi Arabia or France...that brother is in the same safe tower. God is faithful, and all of this is temporary.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Pontius Pilate: What is Truth?

Hey Ponty, Truth was staring you right in the face when you said that.
Which is a thumbnail view of what is what.
Since the snake deceived Eve, the lying and misrepresenting has just been going on just terrible across the face of the globe.
Mr. Alfred Yankovik many years ago wrote a song called, “Everything You Know Is Wrong” and while the verses are humorous, there is quite a bit of truth in the title.
Nothing on our side of heaven is absolute-we do learn some truths, which we pass down from father to son.
But the three thimblefulls of truth we cling to are lost in the oceans of false ideas passed down as truth.
Here’s a litmus test for truth-the more true something is, the harder and deeper the misinformation is spewed to try to wash that truth away.
Here’s an example from your daily life. Israel. Birthday-May 14, 1948.
Objective truth-Israel is a country, sovereign within it’s own borders, just like every other country in the world.
To this day you can find 18 gazabillion (see what I did there?) websites decrying that fact as fiction. You can find a few billion people who wish that it weren’t so. But there Israel sits, soaking up all the good sunshine to this day.
God-you know the one I mean, the One who created everything, saw sin ruin His creation, made a way for the Creation to be restored through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. He’s also the one who set apart Israel as His special possession. The hollarin’ over THAT has been pretty bad.
You will hear more lying and misrepresenting about God in a single day than Israel gets in a decade.
Why? Because if God is right, and you reject God, everything you know is wrong.
Start with one conjectured idea: the Christians (you know the ones I mean) are right about God.
If they are right, all other religions are false. And you are doomed.
So, how would you handle that conjectured idea? Pretend that the Christians are wrong?
Congrats-you just took your place with the liars and misrepresenters.
Pretend that no one is right?
Same verse, stinks like the first.
Accept the truth and bow before God asking for mercy?

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Gone-it was all gone. Every penny of his money, his family's money; taken by pirates wearing suits and ties-they stole it all 'for the greater good'.
He looked to the clock in the waiting room. Ten hours past on time to see the doctor.
His family used to have doctors waiting on them like servers in restaurants. Now, his last cash money went to pay the bribe to be allowed to wait for the doctor who might not even be in today. His hand went to the pocket holding the silver spoon, his mother's silver ladle. Would it be accepted as payment by the doctor with the prescription signature? It was still there...but would it be enough?
Ted Kennedy bowed his head in his hands and cried.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Six Thousand Dollar Hammer!

The US Gov just paid six thousand per for tiny hammers to crush in the skulls of fetuses aborted under Obamacare! SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS! I'm outraged! (And they were made in China!) In case you have to be told, this is sarcasm. Not reality. Carrying on muggage.

I just finished watching another video of a Demoncrat, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) facing a mixed crowd of antagonized citizens and Democrat shills. Tsongas failed to win over the citizens, though I must admit that the paid Democratic shills holding the professionally printed signs seemed to be in her pocket.
One of the points she suggests would be a triumph for Obamacare was this: when a doctor is sitting with a family who must make the tough decision as to whether or not to end a loved one’s life by withdrawing treatment...that doctor’s time would be reimbursable to Medicare/Obamacare. He or she can bill the government for sitting with the family. A triumph of Obamacare over the old system where a doctor working in a hospital is paid by the hospital. And the doctor was sensitive to what the family was going through. Doctors and nurses have compassion, not governmentally mandated billable sensitivity.
Yesterday I was gathered among the oldest citizens on earth, many of them smoking like smokestacks. Under Obamacare most of them would be denied more expensive treatments as they had already utilized their life potential.
Which brings us to Richard Matheson.
If you don’t recall the name, it’s okay. He’s a writer, and you’ve seen some of his stories made into movies; he was well represented on the old “Twilight Zone”.
50 some years ago he wrote a story in which near Utopia had been achieved by society. No war, no hunger, everybody getting along.
But this was achieved through rules, mandated by the Government. Only capable, useful citizens were allowed to survive.
Older people had to be tested once a year to prove that their abilities/mental faculties were within the Government mandated levels. The story begins with an adult son going over the tests with his father, who isn’t quite as sharp as he was the year before.
The old man is angry and frustrated; his son’s pleading is the only reason he puts up with the practice testing.
If a senior citizen fails the Government testing, they are immediately executed. No going home for goodbyes, no hanging on and being a drain on the Utopia.
The son and father both know that he won’t pass this time. He’s just doesn’t measure up. The son doesn’t know what to do, but the father takes action. The night before his Test he goes to a pharmacy which will sell a “Black Pill” to seniors under the counter. The old man beats the system by dying at home with dignity, surrounded by his family.
Matheson. The story is much better written than my synopsis.
Many Democrats are just as upset at the idea of Obamacare as we on the Right are. We seem to be Dem and Repub standing together against the FAR Left of President Obama and his Washingtonian Greek chorus.
I am so grateful that we will be holding mid-term elections next year. Look for many worried Democrats to pull away from President Obama to save their seats. What a world!

Friday, August 07, 2009

A Cold Brick But Not A Gold-Bricker

A dear sister in Christ whom I respect has written a post on her site where she suggests that the Church in America should be doing more to help our brothers and sisters facing persecution around the world. She also asks us to "pray for the fat, happy, distracted, and lazy church in this country who long ago forgot the God of Heaven who wants to call them out of darkness."
This troubled me, and this is a response to her comment.
I am part of a good church.
We care. We pray. We do what we can for each other, are a 'love one another' people.
Could we do more? Absolutely. There is always more that could be done. But it troubles me to be called distracted and lazy simply because we have been blessed to live where God has placed us.
Our persecuted brothers and sisters are no more noble than we are, and we are not lesser Christians simply because we live in a country with more personal freedoms. Christianity has no borders. Christ does not love them more or us less.
It is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel to tell Christians that they aren't doing enough. We each know how wicked we are, how weak.
But I suggest that God gives each of us burdens, brings each of us through different trials and tribulations which refine us, make us more like Christ. He is in charge of our lives, if indeed our lives belong to Him. I trust that He will not long allow rust, dust or laziness to take hold in His Church.
I'm sorry that I offended my sister in Christ, as she says that I did. I am in no way suggesting that there aren't issues and problems in the churches in America. She said, "While we are Christians, we’re not perfect, and we need a kick in the pants from time to time to knock us out of our lethargy."
Okayfine. But I refuse to feel guilty (legalism) about not doing enough (legalism). I'm trusting God to keep me busy. So far, I handle the responsibilities/duties He gives me, one day at a time. But I also enjoy Life, the life which God has given me. What does it say in Micah 6:8?
"8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?"
That's what I try to do, every day. Even when I'm watching movies, or reading a book, or visiting with friends/family who are not Christians. I can't write that without sounding selfish, but there it is. Fat, maybe. Happy, yes. Distracted? Not on your life. Lazy? I'll let God be my judge.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Random Thoughts Tuesday On Wednesday

Haven't randomized lately-too much too little too late...a lyric from the eighties which segues us into moviepost, specifically an eighties movie which has had audiences 'wondering what the' for over 20.
"Brazil", by Terry Gilliam. I picked up/watched the Criterion edition the other day, and it still has quite an impact. So many villains, so many sacred cows torched or upended. It struck me that the Wachowskis (formerly the Wachowski brothers) should be paying royalties to Gilliam for using elements of "Brazil" in both "The Matrix" and "V For Vendetta" (relax-I know that "V" is adapted from a graphic novel, is not their invention. They still owe Gilliam.) If you want to see the whole 9.5 yards of "Brazil" in all of it's director's cut glory, Joe Bob says check it out.
Mid-Summer, and I feel good. Even though feelings don't rule, I still am affected by them, just like everyone. It feels good to feel good.
I ran across an alleged "Former Christians Support site" the other, which purported to be the domain of those who no longer believe in God. It did make me laugh. They are what I like to call liars. They 'were' Christian in the same way that some liberals pretend to be Republicans while posting racial/homophobic/evil comments on websites. What's that term? Oh yeah-Sock puppets.
So the faux Christian sock puppets join this "Former Christian" site and what do they do? Talk about how wonderful their lives are now? How happy they are? Nope-just more and more griping and complaining about God and Christians. Psalm 14:1 all over the place. Thus endeth the random thoughts.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Wake Up Before It Warms Up

4 The LORD has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

8 Better is a little with righteousness
Than great income with injustice.

11 A just balance and scales belong to the LORD;
All the weights of the bag are His concern.
12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts,
For a throne is established on righteousness.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
Proverbs 16:4-5, 8, 11-12, 18

I don't care how many times President Obama is hailed as a great man. He's a liar, a corrupt, arrogant man who has already done much damage to our country and the world.
Where is God in this? Right where He has always been. He is our Creator and God. He even makes the wicked for the day of evil. Check a calendar.
Usually, when the people of Israel went away from God, God would give them an evil king who would make things so bad that the people would repent and return to God. If you don't want to take my word for His Word, look through 1 Kings, starting about the 11th chapter. Ouch.
So, am I being 'un-Christian' by referring to President Obama as evil? No-it would be 'un-Christian' for me to call evil good, or good evil.
See you in church.