Give a Duck For Christmas

December 17, 2009

I love my goat
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How about giving someone a duck for Christmas?  Not your cup of tea? Then perhaps you’d prefer to give someone a goat, or even a pig!

World Vision has a new gift catalog to help a third world family become self sustaining. They’ve taken the proverb “Teach a person to fish and feed them for life” to a whole new level.

Some of their ideas are a bit pricey.  Not a problem!  You can chip in to help buy a family their own donkey or even help a community dig it’s own deep well for a sustainable water supply.

My favorite though has to be the ducks.  They’re great in flood prone areas like Bangladesh where families loose all their livestock after a bad monsoon season.  Not a problem for ducks.  They’ll still be a around to lay lots of eggs and raise lots of ducklings to sell.

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For Rifqa and Paula 2

November 22, 2009

I’ve been thinking allot about Rifqa Bary’s conversion to Christianity.  It’s to the point where I’ve nicknamed her “Paula” after the great apostle who had his own very dramatic conversion.

It doesn’t matter what this young lady does once she’s free from her parents.  Even if she drops out of sight forever her life and testimony will have a great impact.  Rifqa is a challenge to every on the fence lukewarm Christian everywhere, especially those in our youth groups all across the USA.

It’s time to go all in people.  What if you had to lay on the line as this young lady has?  Would you be willing to pay the price like Rifqa has?  (That goes double for the youth group in my church and triple for everyone in Campus Life where I found the Lord)

Her on fire faith has already inspired thousands to remember her and all those like her around the world whose faith is tested every day.

God bless you Rifqa, we’re praying for you!

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For Rifqa, Rachel,Paula

November 15, 2009

There’s an old saying,

“If you’re going to pray for rain, bring an umbrella.”

So with all these people holding a rally and praying for Muslim apostate and convert to Christianity Rifqa Bary,

(See details about the rally here)

it’s time to start believing  that there will be an eventual positive outcome from all these legal proceedings and she will be emancipated from her parents.

So with that in mind what should she do then?

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For starters Rifqa could change her name from a Muslim one to one that comes from the bible like Rachel or Paula.

I like Paula because after all this young lady has one of the most dramatic conversion stories since Saul the Pharisee had his vision on the road to Damascus.  So powerful was the impact of this vision that eventually Saul changed his name to Paul and became the great apostle to the Gentiles.  His influence may have shaped the very course of Western Civilization itself.

But once “Paula” is emancipated I pray that the Christian Media will give her some space.  Maybe she’ll return to Florida and vanish from the limelight for a while.  That would be the best thing I believe for “Paula”.

Give it a year or so.  Then she can appear on “Greta”  “Oprah” and yes, even the 700 club!

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Going Jihad

November 13, 2009

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Don’t worry, this blog is not about firearms and explosives.

I’m just sick of all the demon possessed Jihadists getting their way and whiny politicians around the world who think they can apologize and negotiate with these loons.

I just need to blow off some steam with some good ole fashioned revival style Pentecostal preaching.

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It’s time for real Christians and real churches around the world to stand up and be counted.  Drop the smarmy PC speech and just preach The Truth in love!

This is all about spiritual warfare.  The kind that is waged because our champion already won the greatest victory and now we’re claiming the prize.

This kind of fighting the followers of Baal (aka Allah) have no clue about because they’re deceived by the father of lies.  But we the people of the book the followers of our Jewish Messiah and Christ to the world who know who the real enemy is we must wage our jihad against him using weapons that are not natural.  These are things like prayer, praise and worship.

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When the suicide bombers and the Ft. Hood madman scream “Allah Akbar”  (“God is Great”)  we should all in one accord and unity respond

“JESUS Is LORD!!!”

or if you really want to shake things up in the spirit world try the more literal. . .

YESHUA IS JEHOVAH!!!”

Take that devil!  I’m tired of you messing with our troops here and abroad.    This country was founded for the glory of the living God and you can’t have it!

Blessed be the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ!

Whew!

That’s more like it.

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The Real Curse in Africa

November 12, 2009

Night Commuters of Kitgum
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Sometimes on this blog I will whine about how my city of Schenectady is cursed to be like a third world country. I now admit that was quite an exaggeration. In fact it just goes to show how clueless we Americans can be about the rest of the world.

Take for example what’s going on in East Central Africa.  While we debate whether or not we have a domestic terrorist situation in our military, (Which IS A BIG DEAL BTW) this part of the world has already been completely overrun by anarchy and terror.

Paramilitary groups rule the countryside.

They totally disregard real international boundaries.  These armies inflict unimaginable cruelty  upon whomever they wish recruiting and preying upon children to use as soldiers and slaves.  This is the state of affairs in and around the region of Uganda and Somalia.

There’s nothing we can do about this from a military standpoint.  Perhaps it’s better that way.  We’re good at blowing things up but not so good at nation building.

Here is a link that explains it all.  From the Caanan Children’s home near Jinja Uganda.

Sixty years after Allied soldiers liberated the Nazi death camps, the world stands silent in the face of another holocaust—one so horrifying that U.N. officials call it “one of the worst human-rights crises of the past century.

The perpetrators commit atrocities with such malevolence that even the most irreligious people familiar with their acts describe them as “unrestrained evil.” The targets of the butchery are children. They rape, mutilate, and kill them with a rapaciousness that staggers the imagination. Worse, they compel children to kill one another and their own families, fighting as “soldiers” in an armed force deliberately composed of children.

Perhaps the greatest atrocity is teaching these children that they spread this carnage by the power of the Holy Spirit to purify the “unrepentant,” twisting Christianity into a religion of horror to their victims. It is spiritual warfare at its very worst, and it could not be more satanic.

Religion of Evil

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is one of the larger terrorist organizations in the world. It has killed more people than many other violent groups, yet few Westerners have ever heard of it, since nearly all its violence is perpetrated in the border region between Uganda and Sudan in East Africa.

On a continent plagued with endless guerilla warfare, where war crimes are standard fighting fare, the LRA stands apart as an especially odious group. LRA crimes against humanity are so repulsive that its only former ally, the Islamic government of Sudan, jettisoned its relationship with the LRA to improve Sudan’s international relations. (Credible sources in Uganda insist Sudan still supplies weapons to the LRA, however.)

What began in 1986 as a rebellion against the Ugandan government has metamorphosed into a military millenarian cult. Its reason for existence is to perpetuate the power of its leader, a ruthless witchcraft practitioner named Joseph Kony.

He claims to be fighting Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni‘s government on behalf of the ethnic Acholi people, who populate the nation’s three northernmost districts of Kitgum, Gulu, and Pader. The Acholi have a longstanding grievance with the more prosperous southern Ugandans, much of it rooted in 19th-century British colonial policies that favored southerners in education and business, while relegating the Acholi to army service. However, the LRA attacks the Acholi, the very people they claim to defend, far more often than the Ugandan military.

Kony, 41, envisions an Acholiland ruled by a warped interpretation of the Ten Commandments. He uses passages from the Pentateuch to justify mutilation and murder. He promotes a demonic spirituality crafted from an eclectic mix of Christianity, Islam, and African witchcraft.

Any resemblance to these religions is superficial: While the army observes rituals such as praying the rosary and bowing toward Mecca, there is no prescribed theology in the conventional sense. Kony’s beliefs are a haphazard mix from the Bible and the Qur’an, tailored around his wishful thinking, personal desires, and practical needs of the moment. Jesus is the Son of God. But instead of saving the world from sin through his sacrificial love on the Cross, he is a source of power employed for killing those who oppose Kony. The Holy Spirit is not the Divine Comforter, but one who directs Kony’s tactical military decisions.

Despite dabbling in the Bible and the Qur’an, Kony’s real spiritual obsession is witchcraft. He burns toy military vehicles and figurines to predict the course of battles from their burn patterns. He uses reptiles in magic rituals to sicken those who anger him or to detect traitors in his midst. He claims to receive military direction from spirits of dead men from different countries, including Americans. He teaches that an impending apocalypse will usher in “The Silent World,” where only primitive weapons, such as machetes and clubs, will bring victory.

Brutality, Terror

Sadly, reports of LRA savagery are not isolated incidents. The children I interviewed in Uganda and southern Sudan who escaped LRA captivity, along with thousands of documented cases, demonstrate that these monstrosities are standard operating procedure. Nearly 90 percent of LRA fighters are enslaved children, kidnapped from their families.

If there’s any real hope for this part of the world it’s from those who know where real power comes from.  What governments can’t change missionaries and churches can change one soul at a time.

Other groups besides the CCH are

Far Reaching Ministries

World Vision

and Save the Children

and as far as Schenectady goes, perhaps someday a missionary from a real third world country will come and straighten us out too!

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First off we want to send lots of prayers and kind thoughts to everyone in and around the Fort Hood area in Texas.  This is something that a lot of people will never fully recover from.

As always I watch all breaking news on Fox.  They are the least prone to giving into sensationalism or being too melodramatic as the big three have a tendency to do.

But Thursday night’s O’Reilly Factor was exceptional for other reasons too.  It wasn’t just the professional way Bill O and team Fox covered a breaking news story it was everything else they had on the program as well.

The big stand out for me was a story from my neighboring state of Vermont.  It was about a judicial system that treats sex offenders as patients rather than criminals.

Here’s a link to the clip from The O’Reilly Factor.

This story goes deeper than what meets the eye.  I know at times we conservatives beat the same drum allot.  But as more evidence mounts we’re forced to make the same conclusions.

The Godless Liberal establishment is evil.

They treat child rapists as if they are merely misguided as if molestation is more about consensual sex than about what it really is ; a wicked and cruel act.  I’d almost think that NAMBLA is behind the scenes pulling the judge’s and the local media’s strings.

It’s bad enough Liberals are cruel to preborn infants by allowing abortion on demand.  But now they want to allow consensual sex with minors.

To make matters worse what kind of people will this light sentencing trend attract to Vermont.  It’s like this.  Homeless people go to California, because they’re well treated in San Francisco.  Gun lovers go to Texas because of their right to carry law.   And now with judges like this,  sex offenders will want to live in Vermont.

So now there is no way that I’m ever going to want to visit Vermont with my family.  Not when it’s becoming the haven for perverts and child molesters!

NO WAY!

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Another Lie From Hell

October 27, 2009

Here’s another political cartoon idea that’s based on one of the Star Wars movies.  It’s a scene from episode IV where Darth Vader has the star ship captain by the throat while he’s questioning him.  The captain denies having spies on board and that he’s on a diplomatic mission.  This is when Vader utters one of his more famous lines as he breaks the captain’s neck with only one hand.

“If this is a councilor ship, where is the ambassador?”

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Now picture the average taxpayer in your state as Darth Vader.  He’s holding by the neck the biggest proponent of casino gambling in the state.  And the question Vader is asking while breaking the lawmaker’s neck is . . .

“If gambling money goes for education, why are my school taxes so high?”

“POP!”

“CRACK!

“SNAP!”

Legalized gambling has become the panacea and cure all for many a state’s financial woes.  At least that’s how they sell it to the public.  In the end it’s just another way for the greedy tax and spend politician to suck money out of the unsuspecting public, only in a much more malevolent fashion.  That’s because gambling preys on two vulnerable segments in our society, the elderly and the poor.

Lotto terminals can turn every corner market in every neighborhood into a gaming parlor.  Once lotto started in my state of New York the games starting multiplying right and left.  The greedy lawmakers saw the potential windfall and they were like a crazed alcoholic on a weekend binge.

First there was “Lotto,” played once a week.  That quickly became twice a week.

Then they added a muti state lottery caled “Mega Millions.”  That’s also twice a week.

If that’s not enough for you,  every day there’s also a mini lotto game.  It’s called “TAKE FIVE.”

Add to that the daily number and PICK FOUR.  Those are now played twice a day!

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Our drunks are really on a bender now, and they’re just getting warmed up!  Somebody got into the good Scotch now!  (HICCUP!)

Not to be left out are the restaurants and bars.  We can’t leave them out, can we?  Of course not!  For them there’s KINO.  A new drawing for that comes every fifteen minutes.

But wait!  There’s more!

Now there’s talk of making KINO available at corner markets as well.

Have I mentioned instant scratch off games yet?  They were designed for stores that didn’t want to go through the trouble of setting up the electronic equipment for LOTTO.  We can’t leave them out, can we?  Of course now every store that wants to compete needs both the lottery games as well as the instant scratch off ones.

With all this gaming going on at the local Stewart’s (Our version of 7-11 and Circle K) and Cumberland Farms who needs needs casinos right?

Greedy drunk on money politicians that’s who!  First they were  just at  the Indian reservations.  Never mind all the back room dealing that went on so The Oneida Nation could open “Turning Stone.”

But once that took off the Seneca and the Mohawk tribes followed suit.  (Pun intended!)  And now there are several Indian run casinos throughout the state.

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Which brings us to the race tracks!  AKA the “Racino’s”

More gambling, brings more poverty, more addictions AND STILL SCHOOL TAXES GO UP!!!

Not only that but school services continue to decline.  What used to be taken for granted, all of a sudden they a fund raiser for.  Things like school buses for a field trip.

“Say what?!”

Well now there are people in neighboring Massachusetts trying very hard to keep casinos out of their state.

From Capital News Nine

And from United to Stop Slots.

This site exposes all the lies people use to try and get casinos into their state.  The biggest lies are how all the benefits casinos bring  outweigh any potential problems.

How do you outweigh a statistic like the one claiming 72 children over a 14 month period were abandoned at one casino in the Midwest.

Never mind how violent crime always dramatically rises soon after a casino opens.

So here’s hoping and praying the people of Massachusetts succeed where many others have failed

And don’t forget to say hi to anti-casino crusader  Gladys Kravitz over at her site as well.

Meanwhile,  where’s my Darth Vader costume?

“Luke, I am your father,”

(“Coooosh”)

(“POOSH”)

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