Boy and girl scouting are missing their goal. How about Awana?

Many years ago I met a friend that had escaped East Germany after the war. He emigrated to U.S., met a delightful Southern Belle and fell in love. She was a faithful church goer, so before she would accept his advances she asked about his faith. He answered proudly “I am a Lutheran” to which she answered “Oh, is that’s like the Catholics?” This didn’t sit well with him, but he loved her very much, so he promised to go to church with her anyhow. He liked the people very much and felt welcome, so he became a faithful church-goer, but kept his faith to himself. They  married, got children, brought them to church, but when the church started an Awana program he drew the line. “No Awana for my children! It’s indoctrination! Their scarves reminds me of my childhood’s Hitler-youth“. This saddened his wife, but being a loyal wife, she submitted and let the children join the Boy and Girl Scouts. This went on for  years, but one time taking his daughter and two of her girl friends home after the scout meeting he happened to listen to what they were saying to each other about the meeting and many other things. The next Wednesday he came with his whole family and exclaimed “Awana, here we come” to the delight of his wife and children, since that’s where their real friends were, and this experience was also the catalyst for his salvation.

awanaThis was 35 years ago, and Awana is still going strong. The name Awana comes from 2 Timothy 2:15 Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed  and their mission statement is: God is changing the world through the ministry of Awana by equipping leaders to reach kids with the gospel and engaging them in long-term discipleship.

Meanwhile, the Boy scouts and Girl Scouts of America have taken a different route and are now even further removed from their original mission than they imageswere 35 years ago.

 

 

Hannukah and Christmas together, a bond that cannot be severed, a Limerick.

Yesterday the Obama administration, the lamest of all ducks with four weeks left on its “reign”decided to abandon Israel, stabbing it in the back, trying to make it as difficult as possible for the Unites States to play a role in future peace negotiations. Days before the United States had been frozen out of the Syria deal, leaving Russia, Turkey and Iran as the only worthy partners in middle East negotiations.

President elect Donald Trump has his work cut out for him. Yet, there is hope.  His latest tweet: “As to the U.N. things will be different after Jan 20.”

It’s Hannukah, Christmas together

and nothing can our bonds sever.

It’s God Jul and Noël

“All is peace”, God makes well.

Obama the traitor, whatever.

Christmas and Hanukkah doesn’t have to be seen as contradictory, but rather a complimentary celebration of America’s Judeo/Christian foundation

Governor Sarah Palin

Pope Francis asked the mayor of Paris for “positive waves”. A Limerick.

pope-francisPope Francis implored Paris Mayor;

Instead of the matter of prayer

asked for “Positive waves.”

Not from God that us saves.

A deplorable state of affair.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo speaks during a news conference prior to runveiling the Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo speaks during a news conference prior to runveiling the Euro 2016 Fan Zone at the Tour Eiffel in Paris, France, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has asked the atheist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to send him “positive waves” as support for his pontificate in just the same way he asks for prayers from Catholics.

“I ask you in good faith to pray for me or to think of me and send me positive waves (onde positive),” Pope Francis said in the closing of his letter to Hidalgo, as Le Point reports.

Pope Francis: Jesus Christ, Jehovah, Allah. Only the name is different. A Limerick.

The Bible, Koran are the same

the difference is just in the name.

But the difference is great

One redeems, one is hate.

The Pope is plain wrong, that’s a shame.

A year ago the Bishop Of Rome addressed his Roman Catholic followers regarding the importance of exhibiting religious tolerance. Pope Francis was quoted telling the Vatican’s guests that the Koran, and the spiritual teachings contained therein, are just as valid as the Holy Bible.

“Jesus Christ, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths. This, however, should be the very concept which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith. Together, we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need to achieve such a state is respect each others beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God.”

Mea culpa. The story seems to be a “free interpretation” of the Pope’s remarks at a gathering between Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Jews and Muslim leaders. The tone was one of reconciliation, respect, and acceptance of each others faith, but the Bible and the Koran was not specifically mentioned. What threw me off was it was attributed to the Washington Post. (or more specifically washingtonpost.com.co, a Colombian outfit in no way associated with the newspaper.) What the Pope really said was:

I greet and thank cordially all of you, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; firstly the Muslims, who worship the one living and merciful God, and call upon Him in prayer. I really appreciate your presence, and in it I see a tangible sign of the wish to grow in recipricol trust and in cooperation for the common good of humanity.

The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – this I wish to repeat this: the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – this is attested evident also in the valuable work undertaken by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Church is equally aware of the responsibility that each of us bring towards our world, abd to the whole of creation, that we must love and protect. And we can do a lot for the good of the less fortunate, for those who are weak and suffering, to promote justice, to promote reconciliation, to build peace.. But above all, we must keep alive in our world the thirst for the absolute, and must not allow the vision of the human person with a single dimension to prevail, according to which man is reduced to what he produces and to what he consumes: this is one most dangerous threats of our times.

We know how much violence has been provoked in recent history by the attempt to eliminate God and the divine from the horizon of humanity, and we feel the need to witness in our societies the original openness to transcendence that is inherent in the human heart. In this we feel the closeness also of those men and women who, while not belonging to any religious tradition, feel, however the need to search for the truth, the goodness and the beauty of God, and who are our precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man, in the building of a peaceful coexistence between peoples and in the careful protection of creation.

Dear friends, thank you for your presence. To all, I offer my cordial and fraternal greetings.

Nevertheless, the approach to paper over irreconcilable differences is a warning sign.

Jyllands-Posten-pg3-article-in-Sept-30-2005-edition-of-KulturWeekend-entitled-Muhammeds-ansigtMy wife is Danish, so I follow Danish news. The newspaper Jyllandsposten had in September 2005 issued a competition for the best cartoon of Muhammad. This was in response to a threat from the Muslims. There had been an honor killing in Denmark, and the Danes decided: We will not put up with this. So they gave lengthy sentences to all six involved, including the taxi-driver, since he too was in on it. They got death threats for the way they reported it. So Jyllandsposten editors decided: We are not afraid. Numerous riots and more than a hundred deaths have occurred since the publication of the cartoons. The Danish flag also got the honor of being burned together with the Israeli and U.S. flag.

I followed in horror. Is this the face of Islam? Why do they not condemn the insanity of it? I told the Lord in prayer. I am going to find out about the Muslims. The Lord answered: You may do that, but first you must learn the Holy Bible fully. So I put the Bible to Power-point, 11000 slides and growing, then I put the Koran to power-point, 2040 slides. To understand the message better I wrote it down in the order of revelation rather than in the order of length, the traditional way. I was disappointed. The message from Mecca, the first chapters, is peace and tolerance. The message after Muhammad moved to Medina is War, holy war, arbitrary laws(sharia), and mind-control. This is evil.

The symbol of Christianity is the cross, the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon. Roman Catholics frequently use the crucifix, reminding them of the suffering Christ and His death on the cross. Evangelicals use the empty cross, reminding them of the centrality of the cross. Jesus died on the cross to reconcile us back to Himself, was buried and on the third day rose again from the dead. This is the true Christian message of reconciliation, God seeking man.

This message of reconciliation is anathema to Islam. The Koran denies Jesus died on the cross, it only seemed so to the Jews. The Koran agrees that Jesus ascended to heaven, but directly without death, burial and resurrection. Muslims also believe Jesus will return, but in their belief he  will be accompanied by the 12th imam and proclaim Muhammad to be greater than himself and destroy all crosses. Instead, Islam has a set of rules how man can be accepted by Allah.

One of the five pillars of Islam is fasting during the month of Ramadan. It is a hard fast from sunrise to sunset. This year Ramadan starts after sunset June 5 if you are a Sunni, after sunset June 6 if you are a Shi’i (since the new moon must be seen by the Shia leader before Ramadan can be declared). The rules are, pray thus, say that, pray now, don’t pray when the Sun is in Zenith but wait 2 minutes, and so on. Every year Ramadan comes 11 days earlier in the year, so Muslims experience 103 years when we go through 100. Islam is based on a strictly lunar calendar, whereas the rest of the world have either a solar calendar or a Lunisolar calendar with 5 leap months every 19 years, completing a 19 year lunar cycle. This way years and seasons line up.

Islam is based on lunacy, the number 19 is prevalent in Koranic numerology and is the reason for the crescent moon being their main symbol.

There is no least common denominator between Islam and Christianity. Christianity have gone through a transformation since the dark ages where the Church ruled tyrannically. Islam must go through a similar transformation separating mosque and state.

Without that I see no avenue for reconciliation.

 

 

 

Greetings from Boalsburg on National Day of Prayer

We woke up early this morning. The birds were already singing, and my Wife and I got dressed and walked down to the flagpole in front of the Military Museum in Boalsburg, the birthplace of Memorial day.

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Tussey Mountain and Mount Nittany were both in the clouds, and thanks to five days of rain the leaves on the trees shone in all the different shades that can only be experienced for a few days in May before they all turn uniformly dark green. People came from the large parking lot where the Amish and other farmers sell their organic produce in season.

The Christian Business men’s Connection had organized the event, as well as four more events in State College during the day. At this gathering our congressman, Glenn Thompson was attending

DSC_0994and he spoke for all of 90 seconds after the CMBC spokesman had opened with a prayer from Thomas Jefferson. Thompson mentioned that the U.S. Congress opens every day with prayer. He stayed and prayed with us for the rest of the hour.

DSC_0990We split into small groups and prayed for our nation, our leaders, military, first responders, medical people, teachers, and other people entrusted with authority.

DSC_0995People kept joining our groups as they arrived, the clouds parted and the sun started warming our backs. DSC_0998God keeps His promises: if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ( 2 Chronicles 7:14)

On the way back, we went back via the memorial of Decoration Day, as it was first called

DSC_1003It was a day to remember.

On Fasting: Fasting for a time or fasting for a purpose?

In his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington acknowledged a day of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” proclaimed by the Continental Congress to be held on Thursday, May 6, 1779. This has since been shortened to The National Day of Prayer  and is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation“. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

Gone is the humiliation aspect. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds nowadays, to Abraham Lincoln in 1863 it meant: Whereas it is fit and becoming in all people at all times to acknowledge and revere the supreme government of God, to bow in humble submission to His chastisements, to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to pray with all fervency and contrition for the pardon of their past offenses…

On May 15, 1776, Gen. George Washington ordered:

“The Continental Congress having ordered Friday the 17th instant to be observed as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, humbly to supplicate the mercy of Almighty God, that it would please Him to pardon all our manifold sins and transgressions, and to prosper the arms of the United Colonies, and finally establish the peace and freedom of America upon a solid and lasting foundation; the General commands all officers and soldiers to pay strict obedience to the orders of the Continental Congress; that, by their unfeigned and pious observance of their religious duties, they may incline the Lord and Giver of victory to prosper our arms.”

Times have changed: The 2015 National day of prayer can be simplified to Obama asking for God’s continued guidance, mercy, and protection as we seek a more just world. 

Today, the aspect of humiliation is gone. Well, not altogether.

During a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Hillary Clinton lamented that white Americans have a long way to go in realizing all the ways they’ve been given unfair advantages over the nation’s minority populations.

“White Americans must do a much better job of listening when African-Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day,” she said. “We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume our experiences are everyone else’s experiences.”

So, I guess humility is not totally dead, it seems to be one of her strong points.

But I wanted to discuss fasting. 

Do we fast, and if so, why do we fast?

Let us see what scripture says about the subject. In Zechariah 7:4-5 the  prophet wrote: Then the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying,  “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me—for Me? 

This was a fast for a time.  The Muslim world holds a hard fast every Muslim year during the month of Ramadan, their 9th month, and since Islam is a lunar based religion with 12 lunar months making one year, Ramadan occurs 11 days earlier every year. This fast is to commemorate the revelation of the giving of the five mandatory contact prayers to be prayed by everybody at very specific times. As an example, the noon prayer must be started 2 min after the sun is in its zenith. To start it any earlier might offend Allah. This is not really a true fast, it is corporate mind control.

So, what is a true fast? In Isaiah 58:3-6 the prophet writes:

‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?
Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’

“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
And exploit all your laborers.
 Indeed you fast for strife and debate,
And to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You will not fast as you do this day,
To make your voice heard on high.
 Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the Lord?

 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Jesus adds a new dimension to fasting. I Matthew 6:16-18 Jesus says:

 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,  so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Jesus says, when you fast, not if. We are urged to fast, individually, not as part of a group fasting in solidarity, but to seek God’s face, in other words, fast for a purpose.

As we fast, let us fast and pray for a purpose as is stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 

Hillary Clinton, a witch and Nancy Reagan and astrology. A Limerick.

Following the November, 1994, midterm elections, in which the Democrats were thoroughly defeated by the Republicans, even losing control of both houses of Congress, Bill and Hillary turned to a group of New Age channelers and spiritualists for advice.  This shocking development further proves our contention that Bill and Hillary are practicing witches, for this kind of action is precisely what witches would do. The very fact that Bill and Hillary turned to these type of people at a most trying time in their lives further proves our point that Bill and Hillary are practicing witches.  Witches regularly practice this type of spiritual activity, all of which God severely and consistently condemns. Let us continue with our feature story, as Jean Houston and Mary Catherine Bateson get together several times over the next year, to conduct seances with Eleanor Roosevelt.  You will remember the stories in the first year of the Clinton Administration, when Hillary confessed that she regularly communicated with Eleanor; stories at the time even labeled these communications as seances.  Not only did Hillary admit she talked to Eleanor, she said Eleanor talked back !  This admission clearly identifies these sessions as seances, since an imaginary, creative mind exercise where a person only imagines they can talk with an historic figure, and can only imagine what response that figure might make based upon what is known about them, never, ever involves that historic figure talking back.  (cuttingedge.org)

Nancy Reagan died March 6, 2016 at age 94 after a long and influential life. Before she is buried some have the temerity to point to her fascination with astrology rather than take time to honor her life’s accomplishments.

The Limerick:

Ms Clinton, now speaking of which

was really a practicing witch.

Mrs Roosevelts old spirit

brought forth, one demerit.

Speak evil of Nancy, that’s rich.

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