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Joel Osteen – “God uses people to push you to where you’re supposed to be.”

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Why the government can't save you

Yes – it sounds like I’m picking on Joel Osteen.  Sounds like I’m even judging him. … So I’m not picking on Joel Osteen. I’m reminding us – all of us – that God really did leave us to take care of things for Him.  Yes – with the Holy Spirit – but still with us as the physical beings allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.  


Religious Freedom in China – intro

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Religious regulation by government

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Religious regulation by government Like the United States, The People’s Republic of China has freedom of religion.  It says so in the U S Constitution and in the PRC Regulations on Religious Affairs, so it must be true?  Right?   I mean – just look at the first amendment for the U. S. – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Surely all those laws we have that restrict and / or control what religions can say / do / believe can’t possibly go against this amendment. Can they? In the same way, Article 2 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs for China says – Citizens have freedom of religious belief. That must be equally as true as the one in the U S, right? Actually – they are pretty much equally true.  One difference is that in the U S, we pass separate laws chipping away at the freedom of religion. […]


Unintended Consequences – CA SB 1172

This is – first and foremost – a law that targets innocent children.
Really, all of this is over minor children. It says that parents can’t engage in conversion therapy for their minor children (for who, again, the parents have responsibility – to both the government and God). However, when that minor child turns 18, they are free to get conversion therapy on their own.


Are there guns in Heaven?

  our second amendment rights are sacrosanct Seriously? Sacrosanct? Do you realize what that means?   I heard the statement – “Our second amendment rights are sacrosanct” this morning on the news.  They were spoken by David Webb, a Sirius XM talk show host.  I was shocked.  But only for a moment.  Then I remembered – people really do seem to believe this. I can’t help but wonder, do they know what that means? The number one definition of sacrosanct from dictionary.com is – extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple. In case I haven’t made the reference to sacrosanct and God clear enough – let’s look at the origin of the word – 1595-1605; < Latin sacrō sānctus made holy by sacred rite. See sacred, saint Clear enough? Now, as usual, let’s look at all of the definitions for sacrosanct – extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple. not to be entered or trespassed upon: She considered her home office sacrosanct. above or beyond criticism, change, or interference: a manuscript deemed sacrosanct. Again, we see, as usual – the word has been watered down over time.  I’m actually surprised that the order isn’t different, with the […]


Refugees and Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary Cities and Refugees have been in the news a lot lately.   But where does the concept of sanctuary cities come from?   And what was its original intent? Not surprisingly – its original intent in nothing like what we see today. Maybe what is a surprise – it started way back in the time of Moses. And – it was started by none other than God. “Cities of refuge” were required for His people! So what were they really for? Post Views: 10


Abortion Ruling: God Given / Constitutional right to kill?

“(Justice Stephen) Breyer wrote that “the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.” Post Views: 56


It Will Happen Again

It will happen again. Why?  Because we insist on freedom from religion.  Freedom from God. What is it? It’s Orlando – the mass killing – the child killed by an alligator. It’s Sandy Hook – more mass killings. It’s your neighbor – beaten up by her husband / boyfriend / lover – again. It’s all the things we want to put an end to.  Insist we can do it on our own.  And ignore the real problems. Post Views: 54


Three Tragic Verses – One Unavoidable Conclusion

When presented with the facts, no matter how much we don’t like what they say –  sometimes the conclusion is unavoidable – The U. S. will not help Israel at a critical time – and we will be part of ushering in “The End”. Three tragically depressing verses from the Bible are these – Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Zec 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Post Views: 4


Is life supposed to be like this – 64,000 dangerous household chemicals?

Is life supposed to be like this: House Set to Subject 64,000 Household Chemicals to Regulation Of course not. So why do so many people reject the chance to have a better life?   When I first read the headline on msn.com news – House Set to Subject 64,000 Household Chemicals to Regulation – my first thought was about how much money that was going to cost. Then I wondered how the chemical companies ever let this get considered, let alone approved. Then I read the article (Sorry, this article is apparently no longer available), and understood why the chemical companies were not only OK with it – but would support it. Then I thought about how eventually – this won’t be a problem. Finally – I thought about the issue of – So why do so many people reject the chance to have a better life? A better life? Yes – a better life. Let’s look at that and see how.  And why so many will reject the opportunity. First of all – the 64,000 chemicals that are going to be regulated.  And these are just the ones to be regulated.  I would never have thought the number would be […]


proselytizers of a new faith

  I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith … Questions – Who said that?  What is this “new faith”? And what does this have to do with what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:11?   Answer #1 – who said it – Professor J. Dunphy. Who is he?  The author of “A Religion for a New Age”, which was published in Humanist Magazine. What is Humanist Magazine?  An atheist publication. How can an atheist publication talk about a new faith?  Read on and prepare to be really upset. Post Views: 4


China’s Crackdown on Christian Churches

… the Chinese government continues to make heavy-handed moves to rein in Chinese Christians. In the name of maintaining safety and beauty”, the CCP has bulldozed churches and torn down crosses all painted red as reminders of the blood shed by the faithful when Mao Zedong’s troops tried to erase their faith from China almost 50 years ago. Those who speak out against the CCP’s decisions are arrested and placed in black jails. And yet – there’s hope.   Just over a year ago, I wrote something called The more you tighten your grip, Satan.   It seems it’s time for a reminder of what happens when the grip gets too tight – like what the government in China is trying to do.  I’m not sure that anyone in China will actually get a chance to read this, but it’s certainly a call to pray for them.  In all the years I’ve been doing this, I don’t remember ever getting a single reader from mainland China.  A whole bunch of southeast Asian countries – even Hong Kong – but I don’t remember ever seeing China on the list. The quote above is from a story on msn.com news. It’s about […]


The problem of Global Warming

What’s the real problem of Global Warming? Arrogance. Here in California where I am, you can no longer build a house with a fireplace.  At least “regular” people can’t.  I’m sure that with enough money and loopholes, the rich people can do it.  But the average person can’t.  Because we will make global warming worse. There are also days when those of us in old houses that do have fireplaces are told we can’t use them.  Because we will make global warming worse. I’m waiting for the day when we’re told we can’t use our outdoor BBQ any more either. Because we will make global warming worse. Arrogance. Seriously. Look at this picture:   This is a picture from a forest fire raging in Alberta Canada as I’m writing this. Now – ask yourself – does this contribute to global warming? Does it maybe contribute to global warming more than some fireplaces and bbqs? And it’s not like this is the only fire.  There are lots of them. When I was in school – we used to be taught that things like forest fires were “nature’s” way of taking care of those forests.  The old / dead stuff was burned […]


The problem of religion and politics

  Do politics and religion really make strange bedfellows? They concluded that many Christians left the church because of the church’s active affiliation with conservative politics. You’d better believe it!  On both sides.  But the issue I have is why “the church” aligns itself with either side of politics.   And since they do, why isn’t everyone upset about something related to this? The simple fact is – in my opinion – neither part gets what Jesus taught. And therefore, unfortunately, “the church” isn’t really supporting what Jesus taught either. BTW – did you notice how “my opinion” became fact? Just checking to see if you’re paying attention. Post Views: 11


National Day of Reason

  Should there be a National Day of Reason? “Come now, let us reason together,” Since I believe the preceding statement is true, the answer must be yes – we should have a national day of reason. And the fact that humanists, atheists, Etc. want it to be on the same day as the National Day of Prayer – well that’s just the icing on the cake.  What better day could there possibly be? Post Views: 1


The problem of registering Muslims – or any group

  Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S.   Sure – it sounds great to some people.  If they don’t think about it too much.  Even a little bit of thought would (should?) bring up all sorts of reasons why it’s not good at all. But then, how many of us actually do what my wife calls “play the movie forward”?  If we did, we’d have to take a hard look at ourselves – but the look may be more than worth the time and effort.   There’s this saying about when you point – some number of fingers point back at yourself.  Some say three.  Others say four, although my thumb isn’t capable of pointing back at me without a great deal of effort.  Either way – the “point” (pun intended) is that there are more fingers pointing back at us than there are pointing at the person to whom we point. Here’s the first part of the article from the New York Times that this story comes from. Under assault from Democrats and Republicans alike, Donald J. Trump on Friday drew back from his call for a mandatory registry of Muslims […]


The problem of ignoring laws

  More and more, it seems that we live in a world where we pick and choose the laws we want to follow.  Even the President does it. Not surprisingly, his Department of Justice does the same.  Even the Supreme Court makes up laws when they don’t like the ones currently on the books.  Then the states decide that’s unconstitutional – and choose to ignore those laws.  Is it any wonder that individual people choose to do the same?  But is there a down side to this “make your own rules” way of choosing which laws to follow or ignore?   Obviously, there are “legal” issues, but I’m thinking about the moral issues.  What will this attitude do to our souls? Way back in the book of Judges, we read – Jdg 21:25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. Is that bad?  Well, here’s what prompted that statement. If you’d like to read the full background – start reading at Judges 19.  The way they got to the point where we’re going to pick it up is awful. Judges 19 starts off with Jdg 19:1 In those days Israel had no king.  And it goes […]


The problem of Global Capitalism

  In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism I think Pope Francis has been, for the most part, like a breath of fresh air.  But I think he missed the point on this one. From an article in the New York Times, we read – His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.” Notice – in the picture above, it has emphasized both greed and capitalism. Notice – in the Pope’s statement, he also used both greed and capitalism. But where’s the real problem? Is it capitalism?  Or is it greed? Guess how many times capitalism shows up in the Bible.  Of course – the answer is zero. Guess how many times greed shows up in the Bible.  In the NIV – it’s twelve times. twice in the Old Testament – Isaiah –  Isa 57:17 I was enraged by his sinful greed; I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he […]


A chimpanzee is the equivalent of a human child?

  “Tommy is the equivalent of a human child,” he told Wired. “He is a cognitive and extraordinarily complex being.” The quote is from Steven Wise, a Harvard Law Professor. Tommy is a chimpanzee. This is allegedly about whether or not chimps (and presumably other animals) can be held “against their will” and used in research.  More details are available at these web sites: http://qz.com/388067/two-chimpanzees-have-been-officially-recognized-as-legal-persons/ http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2015/04/judge-s-ruling-grants-legal-right-research-chimps One judge did actually rule in favor of recognizing chimps as legal persons, until another judge wrote something about how wrong that decision was.  Wrong – not by any moral standards, but by legal standards: “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal right—such as the fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus—that have been afforded to human beings,” judge Karen Peters wrote in the official opinion and order. That statement did nothing to overturn or even conflict with the views of Wise, the Harvard Professor who filed the writ of habeus corpus that got this whole thing started. In fact, Wise continues – “Chimpanzees are autonomous, self-determining beings. Why shouldn’t they be legal persons?” […]