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1 The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though an host pitched against me, mine heart should not be afraid: though war be raised against me, I will trust in this.
4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that I will require, even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to visit his Temple.
5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his Tabernacle: in the secret place of his pavilion shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall he lift up mine head above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his Tabernacle sacrifices of joy: I will sing and praise the Lord.
7 Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry: have mercy also upon me and hear me.
8 When thou saidest, Seek ye my face, mine heart answered unto thee, O Lord, I will seek thy face.
9 Hide not therefore thy face from me, nor cast thy servant away in displeasure: thou hast been my succor, leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 Though my father and my mother should forsake me, yet the Lord will gather me up.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a right path, because of mine enemies.
12 Give me not unto the lust of mine adversaries: for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak cruelly.
13 I should have fainted, except I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Hope in the Lord: be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart, and trust in the Lord.
I have voiced my opinion on this issue here, and here, and am not about to change my mind because some judge says so. All of these cases are a violation of each individuals God given, 1st Amendment RIGHT to freely practice their faith. My faith is in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, which give instructions on how to live our lives. Many of the laws that were written in the Old Testament were, shall we say, repealed, in the New. That’s why they call it the NEW Testament, or a new covenant. If someone is living a life apart from God, then we are free not to associate, or not do business, with them.
I wonder in how many of these cases, the particular business was targeted because of the faith of the owner, just so the ‘customer’ could bring about a law suit that would destroy the business? It’s a crime to vandalize a business, but it’s perfectly legal to go through the courts and do the same thing. Does anyone see a problem here? I sure do! I see a similarity in such persecutions, as well, just through the feckless court system.
Questions You’re Asking About Cakes, Gays, and Religious Freedom
Amy Payne – The Foundry
Cases have been popping up across the country where individuals have declined to bake cakes or take photos for same-sex wedding ceremonies—and government has punished them. This week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a bill that would have put religious liberty protections in place in her state. We sat down with Ryan Anderson, Heritage’s William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society, to get some answers about this debate.
The Foundry: How did people’s beliefs about same-sex marriage become an issue for private businesses?
Ryan Anderson: In New Mexico, a photographer declined to use her artistic talents to promote a same-sex ceremony because of her religious beliefs. The couple complained and the New Mexico Human Rights Commission ordered her to pay a fine of nearly $7,000. Christian adoption and foster-care agencies in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., have been forced to stop providing those services because they believe that the best place for kids is with a married mom and dad. Other cases include a baker, a florist, a bed-and-breakfast, a student counselor, the Salvation Army, and more.
Whose liberty is at stake? Is it just business owners’?
Do you ever wake up and feel like you’re in some bizarre Tim Burton movie? Yep…practically every day! The last few days have brought us some really odd, and needless to say, extremely disturbing news. The NFL is threatening to pull the Super Bowl from Arizona because they want to protect people’s 1st Amendment rights? Are they freakin’ insane?
No! Don’t answer, I already know! They’ve gone the way of many other organizations. But I’d like to know why a person should be FORCED to do something that goes against their religious beliefs because of a small minority? Would they FORCE muslims to eat bacon? No, they wouldn’t, because it goes against their beliefs. Not that I care a whit whether or not muslims eat dog chit.
If I have a small, family owned bakery , and am a Christian, with strong beliefs, why should I be FORCED to bake a cake for a gay wedding? Where’s the logic? The 1st Amendment plainly states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…“. By forcing me to do something that goes against my faith, my God given RIGHT is being denied. If I don’t want to bake that cake, I shouldn’t be forced to do so just because a gay person says so. This is my ‘free exercise thereof‘!
The state of Arizona is trying to PROTECT those rights, and for the NFL, or any other organization, to behave in such a manner is spitting on the Constitution, and on Christians practicing their faith. If they pull the Super Bowl, it will cost AZ a great deal of money. Perhaps, if they do, Christians should cost the NFL a great deal of money, stop buying the tickets, attending the games, watching them on the idjit box, and stop buying any NFL endorsed product, as in jerseys and the like. Don’t you think that would cost the NFL a great deal of money?
When I think of the NFL, I think of overpaid, arrogant, little boys. While some have college degrees (in what?), I don’t find many of them these days extremely intelligent, or even coherent. Once upon a time, the players were dressed in suits and ties, behaved as grown men, treated women with respect, and rarely had run ins with the law. Now? I’m surprised many of them can get in the huddle, since criminals aren’t suppose to associate with other criminals.
The NFL isn’t what it use to be…bunch of sissies in my opinion. If they pull Super Bowl from Arizona, I can assure you, I won’t be spending a dime on anything associated with them, not even my beloved Dallas Cowboys. It is not the job of the NFL to get involved in a state issue!
I don’t care if someone is gay. That is between him/her and God. I do care if someone who is gay wants to deny me my God given rights! They have turned my freedom to practice my faith into a political issue. That’s where we will have some SERIOUS problems.
1 Is it true? O congregation, speak ye justly? O sons of men judge ye uprightly?
2 Yea, rather ye imagine mischief in your heart: your hands execute cruelty upon the earth.
3 The wicked are strangers from the womb: even from the belly have they erred, and speak lies.
4 Their poison is even like the poison of a serpent; like the deaf adder that stoppeth his ear.
5 Which heareth not the voice of the enchanter, though he be most expert in charming.
11 Then the children of Israel did wickedly in the sight of the Lord, and served Baal,
12 And forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt and followed other gods, even the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.
13 So they forsook the Lord, and served Baal, and Ashtoreth.
14 And the wrath of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers, that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
Yeah… I went there, but not in the way you think. You see, ya don’t have to kneel before some statue, pray to a tree, or rip beating hearts out of human victims to be an idolater. Having lost our moral compass, the U.S. has become a nation of idolaters.
When a person puts their job, or some tv show, or even a politician before God, we are guilty of idolatry. That might not make sense to some people, but it is the same thing.
Obsessing with who is going to win American Idol? Oh, fer the love of pete…. priorities are kind of skewed, don’t you think?
If your job is more important than your family….guilty. You can say you are working those extra hours for them, but isn’t it more important to be WITH them?
If that flat screen tv your neighbor makes your blood boil, with envy….yep. Guilty.
Killing to get what someone else has that you want…yep.
Taking that trip to the abortionist to sacrifice an innocent life just because you aren’t ‘ready’, ‘your job’, ‘your boyfriend said you had to’, ‘my body, my choice’, or whatever other excuse you can come up with…guilty as charge.
Murdering another human being, a life that was created by God, just because they look different, dress different, think different, or don’t worship the way you believe they should, is all idolatry. The Muslims are guilty of that last one, whether they know it or not.
Here’s one that some folks might not think of…technology. We have become quite the technological nation. You see people in restaurants, with their heads bowed, but they aren’t praying, giving thanks to the One who has given them the means to be able to sit down and eat a decent meal. No, they are busy texting their friends, instead of spending time talking to the person sitting across from them at the table. There are even commercials now that show the obsession:
We idolize things, like technological gadgets, and people, like sports figures, who do nothing to deserve such hero worship, and even political figures, sad to say. Barack Hussein Obama was right, but not in the way he thinks. You didn’t build that.
I’m not saying don’t use technology, obviously, since I am sitting here in my recliner on one of those gadgets called a laptop. What I am saying, do not put that technology before everything, especially those who are, or should be, most important in your life….God and family.
Without the Grace of God, you wouldn’t live in a nation where you were free to build a business, a house, learn to read, or worship in the manner you choose, whether it’s in a Temple, a cathedral, or…dare I say it… even a mosque. Without God’s Hand, you wouldn’t have the brain to develop a product that people want to buy, or use.
As I drink my morning coffee, it occurs to me…finally. Without the Hand of God, I wouldn’t be enjoying that fragrant brew! It was His Hand that created the bean, and the hand that picked it. It was His Hand that created the soil in which it grew, on the planet, in the solar system, in the universe. His, and His alone that made it possible for the pot in which it brewed. He created the brain that came up with the nice little Hamilton-Beach. God gave that person the brain, and the choice of how to use it.
We were a nation founded by men that had a deep faith in God… not in man, God. They had the intellect to look around them, to study other forms of government, and found the writings of many brilliant men, but always looked to one Book for guidance. A Book written a very long time ago, by the hands of men, moved by the Spirit. There are many laws in that Book, some of which we don’t really understand because at the time it was written, life was much different. However, there are ten that should be first and foremost in our minds and hearts, the first of which should be our Guiding Light: You shall have no other gods before Me.
The next time your kid asks you to go out and play catch, or asks to bake cookies with you, don’t tell him or her that you are too busy, you have work to do, or you are watching your favorite tv show. Think of this: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
This is one of those life lessons I learned, very late in life. I didn’t spend enough time with my daughter as she grew older. I forgot she needed my guidance, I forgot she would learn from me when my sarcastic sense of humor came out, and that she would pass this along to her children. I was too busy living my own sin filled life. I did not raise her up in the way she should go, but she turned out ok in the long run, despite my short comings. The sad thing is, when I look at my grandchildren, I see the same mistakes being made, and am rebuked. I see my failures. I see my parents’ failures as well. Things are not love.
We have lost our moral compass, and without it, we shall fall. We have put mans wishes, and things, above the One who gives us such great freedom. “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” We are surely divided.
Here’s an example I’d like to share… the next time you ‘rebuke’ the POTUS for his policies, and someone shouts ‘racist’, know that that person who is shouting is an idolater.
Ten very simple Laws would turn our nation around. It really isn’t that complicated, in my opinion, but no one ever said it would be easy.
Marvel in the Mysteries – Part II
by The Bunker
The second mystery also involves a symbol. This symbol is common to every ancient religion and culture. It appears over and over again all across the planet. It is carved into columns at the Temple of Osiris in Abydos Egypt, under the paw of the Foo Dog of China, in the Cathedral of St. Magnus on Kirkwall Island off Scotland, in Turkey, in India and Poland. Everywhere it is found or mentioned in ancient text, it is always called the same thing; The Flower of Life.
Geometry and mathematics are the codes that explain our Universe. The New Age movement has latched onto this ancient set of laws calling it, Sacred Geometry.
Marvel in the Mysteries – Part I
by The Bunker
This past week Bill Nye (the science guy) and Ken Ham (creation museum guy) squared off in Petersburg, Kentucky. Both men stood before a packed house and defended their respective religions. By all accounts it was an impressive show as each participant jabbed and weaved before finally locking horns in a standoff. No definitive answers were provided to the eternal questions of the Universe.
Why do men continue to stand before the people and claim to have all the answers? Is it arrogance or faith? I would contend that Mr. Nye has the same faith in science as Mr. Ham has in the words of the Bible. Neither science nor religion will ever completely and definitively answer the six questions; who, what, when, where, why and how? Even if bits and pieces of the puzzle are joined there will always be a missing section. That empty space requires faith and faith requires humility to the Universe.
“This most beautiful system of the sun,
planets and comets,
could only proceed from the counsel and dominion
of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
~ Sir Isaac Newton ~
The Principia, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
There are mysteries on the planet. No man, science or religion will ever answer them all. The answers are lost to time. There are only clues.
6 Be ye therefore of a valiant courage to observe and do all that is written in the book of the Law of Moses, that ye turn not there from to the right hand nor to the left,
7 Neither company with these nations: that is, with them that are left with you, neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow unto them:
8 But stick fast unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day.
9 For the Lord hath cast out before you great nations and mighty, and no man hath stood before your face hitherto.
10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God he fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God.
1 These things have I said unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They shall excommunicate you: yea the time shall come, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doeth God service.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But these things have I told you, that when the hour shall come, ye might remember, that I told you them. And these things said I not unto you from the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?
6 But because I have said these things unto you, your hearts are full of sorrow.
7 Yet I tell you the truth, It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, that Comforter will not come unto you: but if I depart, I will send him unto you,
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.
9 Of sin, because they believed not in me:
10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye shall see me no more.
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The battle for American liberty is the battle for American Christianity. Christians largely don’t get it. They are locked into a religious viewpoint, oblivious of the greater battle being waged against them and the word of God.
In order for the new socialist order to be completed in the United States, they must not only defeat the forces of liberty, but also the forces of Christianity. It is actually the religious zeal that they fear more than a few dedicated patriots. I suggest that the Marxist bureaucracy thirsts for the rebellion of the patriots, to kill off the last few hold-outs of Constitutional authority and to forever brand “patriots” as lunatics who should be disarmed and exterminated.
Christians give them more pause and for good reason. There are a lot more Christians than patriots and religious fervor is greater than patriotic fervor. Every war in the 21st Century has proven that. The fact that some of the patriots are also Christians is less relevant to them than if Christians became patriots.
Read the entire piece here.
H/T: Matt via FB
A quote here for ya:
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Here’s another one:
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
There is one very important point that so many have forgotten: Our nation was founded on the laws of God, not the laws of man. Our founders were men of faith, even though many will try to convince you otherwise. The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land!
Today, neither our courts, nor our elected officials, follow the laws of God, or the U.S. Constitution, unless it benefits their ideology.
See P/H’s The Biblical Foundation of Our Constitution! It is time to ‘rebuke’ such authoritarians, as we have been instructed by THE Law Giver!
“A proper rebuke points out the Higher Law being violated, and demands compliance with that Higher Law – not with one’s personal views.”
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and Angels, and have not love, I am as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I had the gift of prophecy, and knew all secrets and all knowledge, yea, if I had all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and had not love, I were nothing.
3 And though I feed the poor with all my goods, and though I give my body, that I be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Love suffereth long: it is bountiful: love envieth not: love doth not boast itself: it is not puffed up:
5 It doth no uncomely thing: it seeketh not her own thing: it is not provoked to anger: it thinketh no evil:
6 It rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth:
7 It suffereth all things: it believeth all things: it hopeth all things: it endureth all things.
8 Love doth never fall away, though that prophesyings be abolished, or the tongues cease, or knowledge vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect, is come, then that which is in part shall be abolished.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child: I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass darkly: but then shall we see face to face. Now I know in part: but then shall I know even as I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope and love, even these three: but the chiefest of these is love.
5 But with many of them God was not pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things are our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters as were some of them, as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted him, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things came unto them for examples, and were written to admonish us, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore, let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall.
13 There hath no temptation taken you, but such as appertaineth to man: and God is faithful, which will not suffer you to be tempted above that you be able, but will even give the issue with the temptation, that ye may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore my beloved, flee from idolatry.