Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Really, I'm Not Psychic!

So much for sunshine.
"MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed.
President Barack Obama authorized the mission by SEAL Team 6 two days earlier, deploying the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden last year. Minutes after the president gave his State of the Union address to Congress he was on the phone with the American's father to tell him his daughter was safe."
I'm as happy as butter that the two hostages are free, but I do have a few questions.
Are we at war with Somalia? Is it legal for us to send military troops to kill kidnappers? 
Enemy soldiers on the field of battle are a given. Terrorists make themselves our enemies. But kidnappers? When did they become a high priority target? If the hostages had been held since October, why wait so long? Why wait until the night of the State of the Union speech?
As I said, I am glad that they are free. 
What makes me question the timing is that line in the story above about President Obama authorizing the mission.
Is that his call? Does he have the authority to send our military into a country with which we are not at war to kill civilians? 
How about Canada? If President Obama can send death squads into Somalia, why couldn't he dispatch Navy Seals north of the border on retrieval missions?
President Bush was called a Cowboy for allegedly going to war without unilateral support. If he had sent OUR military against non-military targets, the Cindy Sheehans would still be screeching about it this many years later.
She and her ilk would offer to be human shields for the impoverished, mis-understood Somalis.
But President Obama they cheer. Go figure.
One more kick: the American woman held hostage, Jessica Buchanan, was born in 1980. This President, who was willing to risk many American lives to rescue her...just this past week affirmed his support for Abortion on the anniversary of "Roe v Wade". Her life was so precious in Somalia, but he would have had no problem with her life being extinguished in the womb. 
Abortion is our GLOBAL shame-that it is 'legal' will never make it moral, and those who protect it will one day stand before God and find out what it is to have Life taken away.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fret Not, Friends

I assume that in tonight's State of the Union address President Obama will claim credit for every sunny day while blaming Republicans for snow.
He can claim anything he wants, and reality just moves forward without him.
Listening to Wretched Radio last night, I heard Psalm 73 done as a spoken word 'song'-it was great to hear, and it struck me that Psalms 73 and 37 complement each other quite nicely-I read through them today at lunch, and I encourage you to do the same.
Fret not indeed.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wintertime For Hitler

Bear with me for a few as I head into odd territories, an expidit which has been kicking around in my head for awhile now. (sidenote- you wouldn't want to be in my head-scary architecture)
I believe that satan is a fallen angel, who attempted an uprising in Heaven, sought to be like God. Satan and his minions, fellow fallen angels, are noted all throughout Scripture; there could only be no devil if the Bible were false-since it is true, what it declares is true.
So...satan and his angels fell, and are stuck here. From the beginning he had sought to corrupt the things of God, spoil His Creation.
At the cross, Jesus Christ defeated all of satan's plans by redeeming this dross world, these clay pots of sin we like to call "Us".
But lets start back a few thousand years, after Adam and Eve messed up and started populating the earth.
Genesis 6:1-8
1Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 
2that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 
3Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 
4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
5Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 
6The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 
7The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 
8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD."
That's quite a chunk, but basically men evolved from sinners to evil nasty sinners who only looked to do evil.
You can find plenty o' books written about "The Nephilim" (noted above-in the middle of the text) which conjecture all kinds of crazy things, such as hybrid demon/men.
Dr. John MacArthur suggests in his study notes that the Nephilim were humans possessed by fallen angels, which I find more reasonable, as we have examples of such possession all through Scripture.
Here's where I get to add a conjecture: that satan and his minions sought to hold all of humankinid in thrall, would have loved to exterminate any thought of God, any mention of Him from the lips of Man.
(Guess how they're doing these days!)
Put in in understandable terms: Imagine if Hitler had won, and his Reich held sway over the entire planet for thousands of years. That's the sort of corrupt kingdom that satan/ the Nephilim were heading. It got so bad that Democrats won the...scratch bad that MAN was totally corrupted, with the exception of one man, Noah, who found Grace in the sight of the Lord.
Think about that. Satan thought that he had won down here, as 99.9999999999999999% of the world was in his control. Overconfident much?
But God has everything under HIS control, always. Noah, one witness, was enough for God to restore humanity. God's Grace on Noah extended to his children with him in the ark, and here we went again, downgraded and growing more evil in each succeeding generation.
We read in Daniel of spiritual conflicts between the forces of God (angels) and the forces of satan (fallen angels), the latter of which hold sway over kingdoms here on earth...for now.
We read in Revelation how the whole thing turns out- satan and all of his icky ilk are tossed into 'The Lake of Fire' and God continues into eternity with His redeemed Creation. Game over. 
I don't fear demons, or satan- they are defeated. I fear God.
In fear of God are elements of right respect and love-just as when I was a child I loved, respected and feared offending my father, so it is with God. May you come to know that fear.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Set Free From The Bean

I thought that this was supposed to be hard.
Yup-I'm off coffee, and was warned that I would have headaches, withdrawal, and an overall feeling of having just run two marathons.
Nope. No nothing-I didn't even hurt a little bit.  I think that after 40+ years of drinking coffee, I must still have so much built up in my system that I can coast.
Rhyme to my reason: Have you ever tried to change something in your life, but found it hard because you have become so used to the way that your life goes each day?
It's like an old garden, where the roots and weeds have overgrown the rows. Hard tilling.
Sometimes, to make progress, you have to turn over the ground, break it up.
I am a creature inhabited by habits-of which coffee had been one of my longest lasting, and most enjoyed. 
But I have found that I can no longer eat like a teenager, so old habits out, new habits in. I have already been
exercising the past few years-which only happened because I made room for it. Now it's a good habit.
With eating right, exercising, and making good decisions, I should last a few more decades, unless the Lord is willing to bring me home. My greatest selfish desire is to be in good health in my later life. I'm doing what I can now to make that happen. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Secret To The Secret Of Life

Tonight someone said the most complete word pertaining to our existence:
Specifically, to be content with who we are, what we have, where we are in the world and more.
As a Christian, I am content with who I am, even though I know that God is working in my life to make me more closely conformed to the image of Christ.
I am content with what I have, as it all comes from God.
I am content with where I am, as this is where God has led me.
And more.
Who I am now will be perfected in eternity.
What I have in this world will pass away, replaced by much much better.
Where I will be is in Heaven, even Heaven on Earth, as Heaven is wherever God
resides, and during the Millennial reign of Christ, that will be here, but a much much better here.
How could I not be content?
Here's a funny thing, though. I was looking through a Christian Book catalog today, seeing what the marketplace is doing; there are many Christian books  laying out programs/plans for Christians to be:
With a magnificent marriage.
Better kids.
Free from addictions.
Ready for a global collapse.

Do you see it? What all of these items have in common?
They all focus on the Christian, not Christ.
They all are aimed at improving the life (a morning mist, a hand's span of time) of a Christian through some work/plan/program.

Are we neurotic nellies? Unhealthy, unhappy, not prosperous, with poor marriages and families?
Addicted? Frightened of world events? No?
Then why all the books? Why not simply be content with God?


Monday, January 09, 2012

The Ladies Was Good

On another blog which I would blush to mention I was recently joining in a converse about old films being 'colorized'-was this practice evil or good? Is colorization of old celluloid a sin or a blessing?
It was Ted, of course-the Turner in Turner Classic Movies who had bought most of old Hollywood's catalog of treasures.
Technicolor Ted wanted to make old movies palatable for the youth of the world, who had grown up on COLOR TV and COLOR MOVIES.
The outrage! Letters were written to editors (of newspapers-you can look it up), Turner was hanged in Effigy (Indiana) and the court of public opinion sentenced him to six years of being married to Jane Fonda.
But Ted had a point. It's not just my love for TCM that brings me to defend him-I recently tried to share a few movies with a young friend who just couldn't get into them...because they were in black and white.
The Lady sitting immediately to the left of Judy Garland in the picture above is Virginia O'Brien, a comedic actress who made movies better by being cast in them (sort of the opposite of Robin Williams).
She wasn't the titular Lady in "Lady, Be Good" but her song in that movie is it's high point. A close second is Eleanor Powell's dance with a dog. No kidding.
I'm hoping that someday 'black and white' movies and talents such as Virginia O'Brien will be remembered and embraced by future generations.
Case in point-the Lady above, Jessie Ralph, was born in 1864. Think about that-a year old when the Civil War ended. She is delightful in one of my favorite classics: "Double Wedding" with Myrna Loy and William Powell.
They brought all the color needed for that film-red faces in the audience, from fans laughing so much.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Psychic Looks Back At 2012

Just kidding. I was going to parody the December 21st end of cycle that the Mayans allegedly predict, but t'aint funny, McGee.
Why has that date been bandied about by so many non-Mayans as if it might be true?
Sin. Even the most vile sinner amongst us carries the marred likeness of God, as we are made in His image.
His Image, His Morality written on our hearts.
We KNOW that this world is sinful, that there will be a reckoning for all of the evil we see (and perpetrate) every day. We are somewhat surprised that God has allowed this thing to go on so long.
So even sinners are longing for this to end; us forgiven sinners are looking for the better world He has promised us. All others? I hate to think about it.
Lemmings aren't suicidal-they just think that they can fly.