The ACLU no longer supports religious freedom. A Limerick.

News headline: ACLU: We’re Not Defending RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) Anymore

The ACLU just reported:

Religious freedom supported

is a thing of the past.

I say: This must not last!

Our freedoms must not be aborted!

source: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2015/06/28/aclu-were-not-defending-religious-freedom-laws-anymore-n2018582?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=

Forgive, the life changing message.

The folks that forgive here on Earth

have treasures of heavenly worth.

For as Christ did forgive

on the Cross, they might live.

In His death, He proclaimed the new birth!

And this, my dear friends is why the Cross,  Jesus Christ, His death, burial and resurrection is an offense to the non-believer.

They refuse to acknowledge sin, and cannot grasp the Christian concept of forgiveness: Because He forgave us, we too must forgive, and in so doing become more like Christ.

It was in Antioch, Syria they were first called Christians. It was meant as a derogatory term, but the believers were it proudly, and it took. It survived through the early persecutions through love and forgiveness. Many were martyred for their beliefs, but through their testimonies the Church grew stronger.

The times of persecutions have returned. There are now more people martyred yearly then at any time in history. We are seeing it in so many ways. Yet, true Christians forgive. We have been given many examples of true Christian forgiveness. Let me mention just two:

cityRUNDATE:100406--Two Amish young women from Michigan came to the West Nickel Mines Amish School, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, to grieve for the killed children that were shol on Monday, in Lancaster County. The two came with a small group that had came to Pennsylvania for a wedding.(PHOTO BY GARY DWIGHT MILLER)
cityRUNDATE:100406–Two Amish young women from Michigan came to the West Nickel Mines Amish School, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, to grieve for the killed children that were shol on Monday, in Lancaster County. The two came with a small group that had came to Pennsylvania for a wedding.(PHOTO BY GARY DWIGHT MILLER)

On October 2, 2006, a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School, an Amish one-room schoolhouse in the Old Order Amish community of Nickel Mines, a village in Bart Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV took hostages and shot ten girls (aged 6–13), killing five, and wounded the rest, some very severely, before committing suicide in the schoolhouse. It received worldwide attention, and press and TV reporters descended on the small community. The Amish responded like they always do, mostly silence. The wife of the murderer was invited and went to the funeral of at least one of the girls. The Amish message was consistent, forgive and choose to not remember the offense. To that effect the one room schoolhouse was torn down, the privys and the fence removed and the ground plowed. A week later there was no indication there ever was a schoolhouse there. Another  schoolhouse was built nearby. This act of forgiveness was broadcast over the whole world. It even reached the Kurds of Iraq. A pastor, a couple of Amish believers and a  Christian psycho therapist were invited to Iraq to speak with the Governor and some doctors about this concept of forgiveness. They were then invited to teach about the healing effect of forgiveness to a multitude of health care professionals. Their message was given, and accepted by the Kurds. Only in Christ can we find forgiveness and be able to forgive.  The Kurdish doctors accepted their message with awe, this forgiveness is unknown in Islam.

At the bond hearing June 17, 2015 of Dylann Roof, the murderer of 9 in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston S.C. something very unusual occurred. One after another of the family members of the victims stood up and proclaimed their deep sorrow for what had happened, but they forgave him in Christ, prayed for his soul and asked him to repent and turn to Christ. This was Christian living in action.

No such forgiveness exists among the secular people, nor can it be found in any other religion, especially not in Islam. They still have not got over the loss of Spain. Yet the Christian message of forgiveness has survived nearly two thousand years, from Christ’s words on the Cross “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” to Stephens exclamation “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” when  he was stoned to death as the first Martyr. This message will be victorious even in the coming battle.

 

 

 

Christian nun from Nineveh denied visa to testify before Congress. A Limerick. Update: Visa granted thanks to pressure from the American People.

Sister-Diana-MomekaA Nineveh nun fled from ISIS,

deny her a visa not wise is.

For she would testify

before Congress, and why

Islam – Peace the biggest of lies is.

Background:

A leading conservative is asking why the Obama State Department is barring a persecuted Iraqi nun from entry into the United States to share her message about the brutal treatment of Christians in her country.

Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, writes in a National Review op-ed that Sister Diana Momeka is “an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS.”

Yet this nun is being “barred from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe?”

Sister Diana was the only Christian in the delegation and the only member blocked from the trip, the Washington Times reported, leading some of her American supporters to question why she was singled out.

Shea, in her op-ed titled “With Malice Toward Nun,” exposed the real reason why Obama denied the visa for Sister Diana.

“Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena was informed on Tuesday by the U.S. consulate in Erbil that her non-immigrant-visa application has been rejected.

“The reason given in the denial letter, a copy of which I have obtained, is:
‘You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa.’”

Full story at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/obama-blocks-iraqi-nun-from-describing-christian-persecution/#R2cfAgkcw6eSMEDe.99

Update: Pressure from outraged Newsmax TV viewers and others has forced the State Department to reverse course and grant a visa allowing an Iraqi nun into the United States to speak out about “Christian genocide” in the Middle East, author Johnnie Moore revealed Friday on “Newsmax Prime.”

In an interview with host J.D. Hayworth, Moore credited Newsmax TV viewers with helping to put enormous pressure on the Obama administration to allow Dominican Sister Diana Momeka to come to Washington to talk about the persecution of Christians in her war-torn nation.

“Newsmax made the first call to contact government officials, and I’m absolutely convinced that we wouldn’t have seen the response that we saw had Newsmax not stepped up. I’m incredibly grateful for what you did,” Moore said.

Story continues at:  http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Johnnie-Moore-nun-granted-visa/2015/05/08/id/643594/#ixzz3Zdmk5hNx

Update on the Earthquake in Nepal from Christian Missionaries.

The “Divine Mountain” rumbled again in Nepal. Yet, God is at work in even the most tragic events. This is a report from two Christian Missionaries in Nepal and their factual assessment of the situation, with pictures.

Earthquake Report from Nepal
April 25, 2015
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Many of you know that we live in Nepal and have been contacting us about the earthquake, so we are sending this report tonight.

We are fine and our church building in Kathmandu is alright, and as far as we know so far, all of the believers that we are associated with are fine.

The epicenter was 50 miles away, but it was a powerful shaking. You couldn’t stand or walk or run. You could only fall, and the major shocks lasted a long time. Aftershocks have been coming all day and into the night, and thousands of people are sleeping outside to stay away from the buildings.

Here in the city, most structures survived, though a great number are probably structurally damaged, but there still were many deaths. I took the attached pictures this afternoon. The dead bodies were laid outside at a nearby hospital, and there were many more in that one place. Triage units were set up on many of the hospital grounds. A 200-year-old tower downtown fell, killing at least 40 people. The cracked road is by the airport.

I took the photo of the burning bodies tonight.

The worse devastation is in the villages. In Garigau, three hours away, our church building and many believer’s houses were destroyed. The home villages of our main two preachers here, Dorje and Dipak, were largely destroyed. But we won’t get the full picture for a few days.

The electricity and main road to Kathmandu has been cut, and we don’t know how long it will be before it will be restored.

In Christ,
David and Linda Cloud

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Earthquake Report from Nepal – Update
April 28, 2015
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Hello Friends:

We appreciate your prayers and concerns in regard to the earthquake. The official death toll has passed 4,000, but I am convinced the true number is triple that.

For the record, Kathmandu survived the quake largely intact. It was mostly the very old buildings and temples that collapsed. The roads are open. The airport is operating 24/7. There is electricity.

In Kathmandu Valley, the greatest devastation is in Bhaktapur, an old city that was formerly the capital of one of the three ancient kingdoms in the valley. I visited there a couple of days ago and I would estimate that 20% of the buildings are totally ruined and 70% or more should be condemned and torn down. Beyond the valley north and west, the villages are devastated throughout central Nepal. Some are estimating that 70% of the houses collapsed in this heavily populated region, but in many places it is 100%. The Nepali army is 90% mobilized for rescue efforts and foreign help is arriving daily.

I don’t know what the longterm situation will be as far as food goes. People will probably be pouring into the city from the villages. Clean water is scarce already.

One thing you could pray for is the situation at Nepal’s only international airport here in Kathmandu. It is pathetically small with only one runway and limited parking space for planes. It was already seriously overtaxed with regular traffic because of Nepal’s heavy tourist trade and the massive number of Nepalis that work overseas, and the runway has long been in need of repair. If it breaks down, how do you repair or replace a single runway that you need to bring regular and aid flights in and out every few minutes?

The aftershocks have died down since the first two days, but they still come at infrequent times; therefore, many people are still afraid to return to their houses and are sleeping outside under tents and tarps though it has been raining every day. Many photos and videos of this have been published on the Internet, but for the most part these are not homeless people. They are simply afraid to return to their houses, though they are structurally sound. About 100 people slept in the church compound two nights ago, including a Hindu priest and his extended family. His sons are taking the gospel correspondence course. The Hindus have expressed gratitude to the church for welcoming them.

Attached is a photo of some of the people staying at the church compound. Linda is in the foreground. She has been able to have good conversations with many unbelievers who have been shaken by this event.

Some of the Bible School students are in villages trying to help their relatives. The rest have been helping the people staying at the compound, and they are getting worn down. Hopefully the people will go home soon. Our small facilities are overtaxed.

FEARS, RUMORS, AND GOD’S PROMISES

Aftershocks come in all varieties, from sharp, shocking jolts to barely discernible rockings and vibrations. Sometimes one is not certain if it is real or imaginary. There is no telling how long these will last.

Rumors fly at the speed of light, keeping the people stirred up and fearful beyond reason: “a big one will hit at midnight”; “they are expecting a 10 point quake…..”

Chicken Little is having a field day.

Meanwhile, for the believer every trial is an occasion to find fresh comfort and help and instruction in the Lord Jesus Christ, the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity and is ever ready to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Some of the Hindus have remarked at how much peace the Christians have in the midst of this terrible trial. Other Christians, though, have displayed more fear and uncertainty than is befitting a child of God. The believer must control his emotions and not allow himself to be controlled by the rumors and fears of those who have no hope. See Isaiah 8:12-14 and Psalm 91:1-6. In Psalm 42, David wisely instructed his own soul with God’s Word. This is how to use the shield of faith to quench the devil’s fiery darts of unbelief.

RELIEF HELP

We are trying to do what we can to help the people in the villages where we have Bible studies.

Today we are spending $5000 to purchase large bags of rice and other staples for each family in three villages three and four hours from the city, a total of about 300 families. Christian charity is hindered here by many cultural issues that are difficult for outsiders to understand, one being that if we only help the believers, the Hindus will charge them with being “rice Christians.”

We are prioritizing the construction of the church building in Gairigau. We plan to increase the seating capacity significantly and add a room for Sunday School. We are trying to order the construction materials this week while things are still readily available. The believers can possibly use the new church for living quarters while they rebuild their homes.

Many have asked what they can do. If you want to send gifts to help with the relief efforts, you are welcome to do so.

Again, the main thing you can do is pray that God will send a spiritual shaking to the hearts of the people that will be even greater than the physical shaking.

In Christ,
David and Linda Cloud

The Anthropocene era? Worship the creature rather than the creator. A Limerick.

The Anthropocene is today

an era that entered the fray

of the climate change freaks.anthropecene

Blame the humans! It reeks

of hubris. Me guilty? Ixnay.

One quote: (from an article in Nature)
“Some supporters of the Anthropocene idea have even been likened to zealots. “There’s a similarity to certain religious groups who are extremely keen on their religion—to the extent that they think everybody who doesn’t practise their religion is some kind of barbarian,” says one geologist who asked not to be named.”

 

 

Verse 32 of the Obama Impeachment song: “I found out through the news”

Maybe Obama never listens to anything people tell him?

Verse 32 of the Obama Impeachment song: “I found out through the news”

(as if sung by President Obama to the tune of “Please release me, let me go”.

Twenty years in Wright’s Church pews;

I never listened to his views.

Found out everything through news.

I”m hopeless, this is my best excuse.

(The complete Obama impeachment song:  https://lenbilen.com/2015/02/25/the-complete-obama-impeachment-song/ )

Some examples:

An Air Force One plane (not carrying the president at the time) made an unannounced pass over the Statue of Liberty on April 27, 2009, It turned out to be a White House-approved photo op, but panicked New Yorkers feared it might be some sort of terrorist attack. The next day, President Obama told reporters,

“It was something that, uh, we found out about, uh, along with all of you.”
On Fast and furious scandal:

“I heard on the news about this story, that, uh, Fast and Furious.”

For good measure, Attorney General Eric Holder—who had been sent regular briefings on Fast and Furious, a case approved by his criminal division—also said he was clueless about the case.

In May of 2013, a reporter asked the president: “When did you first learn that the IRS was targeting conservative political groups?”

Obama answered: “I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.” 

When it became public that the Obama administration had secretly seized phone records of AP news reporters, the White House said President Obama hadn’t known about it.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in May of 2013,

“We don’t have any independent knowledge of that, [President Obama] found out about the news reports uh yesterday on the road.” 

President Obama said he had no idea his government was spying on foreign leaders as outlined in an Inspector’s General report—until it was leaked to the news. On Oct. 28, 2013 he said,

“I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.” 

In May of 2014, White House spokesman Carney said that the President was clueless about the waiting list scandal and coverup involving medical care for military veterans.

Carney told reporters, “You mean the specific allegations that I think were reported first by your news network out of Phoenix, I believe. We learned about them through the reports. I will double check if that is not the case. But that is when we learned about them and that is when I understand [V.A.] Secretary Shinseki learned about them, and he immediately took the action that he has taken.”

President Obama says he didn’t know about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server for official business until the New York Times published it in a story. The president told CBS News’ Bill Plante that he found out “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”

Verse 30 of the Obama Impeachment song. Genocide of Christians and Iran going Nuclear.

Former Rep. Frank Wolf, the leading voice for religious freedom in Congress for decades, says Christianity is on the verge of extinction in Iraq and the remaining steadfast believers do not see much effort from the U.S. or other Western nations to improve their plight.

He co-led a trip to Iraq in January to observe conditions for Christians and other minorities and to speak to people firsthand. The group recently released a report based on that trip titled, “Edge of Extinction: The Eradication of Religious and Ethnic Minorities in Iraq.” He said the conclusions of the visit were obvious.

“Two things. They’re really suffering and they’re really facing extinction,” said Wolf, who added that the people there are mystified at the relative silence in the midst of their suffering, since the Islamic State has very real plans to bring its savagery to the West as well.

“The threat ISIS poses is not only to them but to people in the West and, quite frankly, people in the United States,” Wolf said. “It’s kind of a conglomeration. They kept saying, ‘Why will no one in the West speak out for us? Does anyone care?’

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/why-will-no-one-speak-out-for-us/#rhCto61BRZXoRFTU.99

This leads directly to verse 30 of the Obama Impeachment song (As if sung by Obama to the tune of “Please release me, let me go”).

Christians killed in Middle East.

It doesn’t bother me the least.

Give Iran the nuclear beast.

“Religion of Peace” will have a feast.

The complete Obama impeachment song: https://lenbilen.com/2015/02/25/the-complete-obama-impeachment-song/