Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pants-On-Fire Club V. 1.0

Republicans are "constitutional" "fiscal conservatives" who are against any "budget-breaking" health-care "take-over," while the Democrats are "for" the suppressed and dis-advantaged, right?
'The majority party was pushing the largest entitlement expansion since the Great Society. The minority attempted byzantine legislative maneuvers to obstruct the vote. The majority never relented, even taking unprecedented action to ram the bill through Congress." (hat tip David Paul Kuhn, HERE)
You might be surprised who voted for, and against, one such Measure just seven years ago.

The Measure: H.R. 1  (Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 )
Measure Title: An act to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a voluntary prescription drug benefit under the medicare program and to strengthen and improve the medicare program, and for other purposes.

Republican Yea's (current Senate members depicted in bold)

Alexander (R-TN) 
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lugar (R-IN)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R*-PA) *now a D
Stevens (R-AK)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

Republican Nea's

Chafee (R-RI)
Ensign (R-NV)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH) 
Hagel (R-NE)
Lott (R-MS)
McCain (R-AZ)
Sununu (R-NH)

See entire vote summary HERE.

It should be noted that the Democrats voted 35:11 against this measure (I thought they were for increased health-care coverage?).

Monday, February 15, 2010

"Spiritual Warfare" by Pastor Mark Driscoll

 I recently listened to this teaching series by Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church.  I highly recommend that anyone who is involved in ministry listen to it.  He applies a Bible based perspective to the topic of the Supernatural and the Demonic.

You can get more information at his website: www.marshillchurch.org

Spiritual Warfare
Part 1: Introduction to Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare
Part 2: The Devil

Spiritual Warfare
Part 3: Christus Victor

Spiritual Warfare
Part 4: Q&A

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Loved

I am so loved, this how I know
By One who has made me, in flesh to grow
It's to this Love, that I must cling
While every day, my moods do swing

It's in His arms, that I can rest
He bids me come, and be His guest
I'm dressed in rags, so dirty and foul
On my haggard face, I wear a scowl
How could He love me? I fathom not
I'm wretched and poor, I fall a lot

But He holds me gently, in His hand
And shows me visions, oh so grand
He washes me clean, says that I am Loved
By The One who made, the heavens above
I lean in toward Him, and state uncertainly
Do You know the enormity, of my deformity?

I've slain my brothers, in words and deeds
I've walked in darkness, I'm so unclean
I love what's evil, and shun what's good
I find it impossible, to do what I should
I lower my eyes, hang my head in shame
How could this God, even speak my name?

He leans in gently, with a tear in His eye
It is I who formed you, don't you want to know why?
I cast you in weakness, in brokenness yes
I made you unable, to plot goodness in your flesh
I did this not, to leave you in decay
But through your weakness, My goodness to display
I love you my child, and I will make you shine
My glory will flow through you, though the end of time

You are The Loved, who causes angels to wonder
In awe of the glory, that I pour out with thunder
It's over you that I sing, its with you I talk
It's through you I touch, and with you I walk
My heart beats for you, and for you it stopped
My mouth pleads for you, around the clock
You are The Loved, walk away from the shame
You are The Loved, because I call your name

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Presidential Oath of Office *addendum

 In years past (and present) it has become increasingly obvious that the restraints -- as set forth in the "United States Constitution" -- have caused unnecessary hardship for our Presidents, causing them to break the "Presidential Oath of Office" within hours of taking said office.  I hereby proposed the following addendum to alleviate any superfluous moral/ethical repercussions  that might be caused by breaking said oath.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.*"
Proposed Addendum: 
*Unless it pertains to: Contracts/Bankruptcy, Education, Environment, War, Tor-ture, or whatever else that may be deemed necessary (or not) as determined by me, my vice president, congress, my secretary of state, or...well anyone (because I won).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Decide to Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life

John Piper calls every young adult to make a radical decision now to pursue Christ as his/her greatest treasure as opposed to pursuing earthly comfort at the end of his/her life. There is too much ...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pro-Abortion is About Women's Rights, Right?

Most of the the pro-infanticide/abortion advocates proclaim that they are staunch advocates of womens rights.  They say that every woman deserves to make "the choice" for themselves; that no one else should try to tell someone else what to do with "their" body.   If that is true why did they vote to effectively kill this bill in the VA Senate Courts of Justice Committee?
SB 504 Abortion; any person who forces or coerces pregnant female to have is guilty of Class 1 misdemeanor.
Forced or coerced abortion prohibited; penalty.  Provides that any person who forces or coerces a pregnant female of any age to have an abortion against her will is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, if such a violation is committed by the father or putative father of the unborn child when the pregnant female is less than 18 years of age and the father or putative father is 18 years of age or older, the father or putative father is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
D: For the purposes of the section, the term "forces or coerces" means any act or attempted act including a threat of physical, emotional, or psychological harm intended to compel a pregnant female to have an abortion performed in otherwise lawful circumstances but performed against her will.
  I read the bill (posted here) and I didn't any "hidden" agenda.  All I saw was more protection for vulnerable pregnant women.  My state Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) called them on their little game (see video below) but they sent it to committee to die anyway.  "Womens Rights" hypocrisy revealed.

Thanks to The Family Foundation for covering this.

These are the Senators who voted to kill it (all pro-abortion Dems).
Henry L. Marsh, III (D) (804) 698-7516
Richard L. Saslaw (D) (804) 698-7535
Janet D. Howell (D) (804) 698-7532
L. Louise Lucas (D) (804) 698-7518
R. Edward Houck (D) (804) 698-7517
Toddy Puller (D) (804) 698-7536
R. Creigh Deeds (D) (804) 698-7525
A. Donald McEachin (D) (804) 698-7509   
Chap Petersen (D) (804) 698-7534


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Silence is Golden

Words quickly spoken can quickly bring regret.

Show me a man who cannot be silent and I will show you a man who speaks nothing; at best.

Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words.
Ecclesiastes 5:1-3
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
Proverbs 18:6-7
 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Proverbs 18:13

 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Proverbs 10:19
God help me to be a man of measured words.  How quickly I forget and use my tongue to bring death instead of life. Change my heart to be more like Yours.  Enable me to bring glory to Your name.