An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
1 Sing ye loud unto the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyfulness.
3 Know ye that even the Lord is God; he hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with praise, and into his courts with rejoicing: praise him and bless his Name.
5 For the Lord is good: his mercy is everlasting, and his truth is from generation to generation.
I love history. I love American history, I love ancient history, I especially love archaeology. I find Biblical history/archaeology fascinating. Reckon that’s why I bugged the Mr to take me to Israel a few years ago? Heh.
So, I read this morning that there was a tiny piece of papyrus, that is likely authentic from the 8th or 9th century, written in Coptic, that says: “Jesus said to them, “My wife … she is able to be my disciple…”
Well, obviously, the person who wrote it wasn’t around in the 1st century, BUT….the gospels have been copied over and over, translated from one language to another, over the years, so maybe this was a copy of an original, told by someone who was there? It’s possible. Shoot, anything is possible! So many texts, that didn’t fit an agenda, were left out of the final version of the Bible, who’s to say there were a few items that were very accurate but didn’t mesh with the androcentrism that was so prevalent at the time?
Now, the issue, which some folks will get their knickers in a twist over…was Jesus actually married? Lots of folks have written books, both fiction and non-fiction, discussing this matter. Here’s a question for ya…. Does it really matter? I mean seriously, is our faith so fragile that we couldn’t imagine a world where Jesus was married? Or that a woman couldn’t be a disciple? If so, that’s pretty flippin’ pathetic.
So, was He or wasn’t He. I don’t care. He was in human form, and if He married, that’s all right by me! My faith in Him as my Savior won’t change!
12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.
18 The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
10 All that thine hand shall find to do, do it with all thy power: for there is neither work nor invention, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest.
11 I returned, and I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor also riches to men of understanding, neither yet favor to men of knowledge: but time and chance cometh to them all.
12 For neither doth man know his time, but as the fishes which are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare: so are the children of men snared in the evil time, when it falleth upon them suddenly.
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
2 There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
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.
Well, I see that the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, kicked Christians in the crotch, and vetoed the bill that would have allowed certain businesses to refuse to accept gay couple’s orders, for a cake, a ‘wedding’ picture and the like. Way to go Jan. You’ve just handed the devil a win. No one should be FORCED to violate their religious beliefs. Well, unless it’s muslims, and they want to murder, but then, that’s not a religion, it’s a satanic cult, so….
Then there’s that judge that is legislating from the bench, overturning a law in Texas to ban gay ‘marriage’. Now, the way I understand it, the people vote for the folks they want to represent them, those folks discuss a variety of issues, and write up bills. They then go back to the folks that voted for them, ask their opinion, and if the majority of the voters are honky dory, then they go back, do some more discussing, then take a vote. If the bill passes through everybody, with a yes, then the bill goes to the governor, and he/she signs it, or vetoes it, hopefully based on facts (unlike in mz Brewer’s case). If the bill is signed, it becomes law. Now, tell me where these judges get off telling the voters that their vote means NOTHING?
Seriously, why bother even voting if some jackass judge, usually appointed with an agenda, overturn the WILL OF THE PEOPLE on a whim?
First off, the government needs to get out of the marriage business! No one should have to go to a clerk’s office and pay a fee to the government so they can stand before a pastor and pledge their troth to one another. Second, if a gay couple can find a pastor who is willing to break his, or her vow to God, and perform a ceremony, then, once again, it is not the business of the government to intervene!
Isn’t it odd that that when you get married, you pay a fee to the government so they will ‘let’ you get married. But if you get a divorce, you pay the excessive fee to the lawyers. Now, I wonder who came up with this scam? Hmmm..
Oh, and let’s not forget the moron at a Walgreen’s that told a lady her order couldn’t be processed due to copyright laws. What was at the center of the fray? Verse from the Bible. Seriously? Copyright laws? Think about that! Well, at least Walgreen’s backed off, and processed the lady’s order, and the moron got a serious lesson.
Christians may lose many battles here on earth, but, in the end, truth be told, we WILL win the war! So all y’all who are so selfish that you must FORCE people to bend to your will….gonna have a real surprise when it’s all over.
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.
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.”