Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Every Christian should beware of being fed a sacharine diet from the pulpit with so much sweetness that it turns you away from the TRUTH!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Just as people saw a run on the banks during the run-up to the Great Depression in 1929, such as the run on the Union Bank in New York seen in the picture above, so we can draw parallels with the problems today. Here in the UK recently there was a run on Northern Rock, and most recently we have seen a rescue takeover of the Halifax, which was the UK's largest mortgage lender. In the USA the unthinkable has already happened with the demise of Lehman Brothers, a banking institution that withstood the Great Depression yet has fallen now after 158 years of trading. Freddie Mac and Freddie Mae, the two biggest players in the US mortgage market have collapsed. The banking economy in both the US and the UK is currently being propped up by government intervention.
2 Bend down and listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be for me a great rock of safety, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
3 You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this peril.
4 Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone.
5 I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.
6 I hate those who worship worthless idols. I trust in the LORD.
7 I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.
8 You have not handed me over to my enemy but have set me in a safe place.
9 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress. My sight is blurred because of my tears. My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Misery* has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.
12 I have been ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.
14 But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, "You are my God!"
15 My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favour shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, save me.
17 Don't let me be disgraced, O LORD, for I call out to you for help. Let the wicked be disgraced; let them lie silent in the grave.
18 May their lying lips be silenced-- those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
19 Your goodness is so great! You have stored up great blessings for those who honor you. You have done so much for those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.
21 Praise the LORD, for he has shown me his unfailing love. He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In sudden fear I had cried out, "I have been cut off from the LORD!" But you heard my cry for mercy and answered my call for help.
23 Love the LORD, all you faithful ones! For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes all who are arrogant.
24 So be strong and take courage, all you who put your hope in the LORD!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Praise the Lord, O may soul: and forget not all his benefits.
Who forgiveth all thy sin: and healeth all thine infirmities;
Who saveth thy life from destruction: and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness.
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things: making thee young and lusty as an eagle.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgement: for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering and of great goodness.
He will not always be chiding: neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.
For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth: so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.
Look how wide also the east is from the west: so far hath he set our sins from us.
Yes, like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.
O praise the Lord, you angels of his, ye that excel in strength: ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his words.
O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts: ye servants of his that do his pleasure.
O speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: praise thou the Lord, O my soul.
What better way to start your day than by giving praise to Almighty God? Prayer is such a wonderful privilege, affording us as it does the means of communicating with God. I say 'communicating', because prayer is not simply an opportunity for us to speak to God, but an opportunity for us to listen to Him as well. Sometimes people ask me how to pray effectively. I think that the best answer is that the person praying should do so believing that God is, and that He hears us, and speaks with us, when we call upon Him.
This Prayer Guide can be a great help in when you seek spiritual renewal with the Lord.
- Humble yourself before Him
- Be still and listen
- Praise His name
- Pray His Word
- Believe His promises
- Trust His Word
- Thank Him for answering
Monday, September 22, 2008
Debby was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out of the cage, whereupon the inter-species bonding began.
Two days after giving birth, Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse. Family photographs and a video show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five puppies.
The moral of this story is simply this:
Even though we might be different from each other in lots of ways, that should never stop us loving each other and caring for each other.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
when on our knees we pray ---
the thing that matters most of all,
the thing that always should be heard,
is such an easy little word.
Yet, in the hurry that we're in,
we ask God to forgive our sin,
we ask Him to be sure and heal
the people who are on our mind,
--- the ones towards whom we feel kind.
We ask for this, we ask for that,
for blessings on the place we're at.
We pray for friend --- and even foe,
for travelling mercies where we go;
and each and every day, we pray.
Yet, sometimes in the daily rush
there is one thing not always heard.
A word of thanks for all that's done,
sent up to God, the holy One,
'Thankyou' is SUCH an important word!
Reading about this in today's Press, I was reminded of an occasion back in he 1960's (I think it was 1968), when I had one of these experiences myself. I was spending the evening at a friends house in Warminster, Wiltshire, when I was taken ill with a recurrence of a blood-sugar problem, my blood sugar having dropped down to a dangerously low level. My friend rushed me to the local hospital where I was admitted in a comatose state. Thanks to the ministrations of the medical staff I was given the appropriate medication and gradually brought back out of my coma. I remember little of what happened as, feeling completely exhausted by the experience, I slept soundly until the next morning.
The following morning, with a clear head, I recalled the previous night's experience, and recalled a sensation of having watched all that had gone on from the upper corner of the room. Speaking to one of the nursing staff I enquired about a particular doctor who had attended me, only to be told that he was not in that morning. The nurse added that she was surprised that I should ask because that doctor had only seen me for a brief time and that I was completely comatose during the period. I then went on to tell her about the other people whom I had seen the previous evening, all during the time that I was comatose.
Who knows where the answer lies? I certainly don't! I had never been to that hospital previously so I can discount anay thought of having memories regarding the people whom I described and, even if that were the case, how did I manage to describe accurately almost every person who had attended me that evening?
Perhaps this new study will reveal the answers to this phenomenon. Perhaps not. But it will certainly be an interesting study to follow.
Have you, dear reader, had any such experience in the past? dd a comment and share it if you have.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The times in which we live, with all the problems created by governments hell-bent on promoting 'Political Correctness' and all its incumbent and nefarious policy implications, mean that caring parents must take control when it comes to the matter of all the influences that seek to be imposed upon their children's lives, especially when it comes to education. One of the thorny problems that parents have faced for many years is the increasing demand to educate children in sexual matters at a younger and younger age. The latest is being proposed by via a project known as 'No Outsiders', and is a 28-month research project based in primary schools and funded by The Economic and Social Research Council. The following extract appears on their website:
Once again, under the guise of exploring means of stopping bullying, we find the spectre of unnatural sexual relationships rearing its head. I'm sure that many of those involved, and the aspirations they profess, are good people with good intentions, but surely one of the best ways to prevent bullying is to instill a good sense of morality and ethics into our children from an early age. I firmly believe that this project is, to say the least, either intended as a vehicle to promote sexual deviancy or else has been hijacked in order to do so.
Considering that this project is about part of the education programme aimed at children as young as five, consider how you would feel if your five-year old came home from school and started to discuss that day's lesson with you. The stated purpose of the project is 'to stop bullying and prejudice aimed at homosexuals', yet many supporters of this project want it to also discuss 'pleasure and desire in educational contexts'. I'm afraid that, despite denials by team members, I personally consider that this is yet another example of the increasing attempt to corrupt the young. It smacks of a 'Hearts & Minds' exercise designed to create in the minds of children the idea that unnatural deviancy is actually the norm.
It is of course absolutely right that our children must be taught that all forms of bullying are wrong. They must be taught too that people are not all the same, that others think differently and act differently, and that all people should be respected for who they are and not disrespected because of the differences. I'm sure that there comes a point in the educational process of older children where, as part of their education regarding sex and procreation, they can discuss the various aspects of human sexuality in a positive manner.
From a Biblical stance, homosexuality is considered sinful. Now many arguments issue forth based upon the various laws quoted in Scripture. A favourite argument is to say that if you believe that the law regarding homosexuality is to be accepted and upheld, then so must other laws such as not cutting the hair on the side of your head (Leviticus 19.27). So often people raise the points made in the verses of Leviticus 20.13, yet I believe that the issue is clear enough when considered from a different aspect. Scripture teaches that all fornication is wrong, and that should be good enough. It is important however, in order to place things in perspective, that we teach our children that whilst certain forms of behaviour are offensive to God nevertheless God hates the sin yet loves the sinner. It's because of that love that Jesus died on the cross in order to afford mankind a way to be reconciled to God through His sacrifice.
Our path is therefore clear. We too, if we are to be truly Christian, must love the sinner even though we despise the sin. Equally, if we are to expect that others respect our view and our right to believe as we do, we must also learn to respect their differing viewpoint. To respect another viewpoint is not to align with it, merely to acknowledge that it exists and that there is a right to hold to it.
I know that many of you who visit my blog either are, or have been, parents involved in Home-Schooling. I think that the argument for Home-Schooling is strengthened every time proposals such as this experiment are mooted or, as is the case with the 'No Outsiders' project, actually put into practise as part of the experiment. How do you feel about it?
Monday, September 15, 2008
An item in the press today reports that the Islamic extremist, often described as 'The Preacher of Hate', Omar Bakri, has declared that Sir Paul McCartney is the 'enemy of every Muslim' because he is to perform in Israel later this month. This is, of course, yet another example of the bully-boy tactics that terrorists such as Bakri utilise. As the avowed aim of Islam is the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of the Jews this statement is no real surprise to any rational person. I'm glad to read that McCartney is brushing off these threats and still intends to perform at the concert.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
© 2008 : Colin Gordon-Farleigh
It’s interesting to note that the Muslims worship Allah, the name being derived from the word al-ilah, the name given to the Moon-god of Arab worshippers living and worshipping in Pagan times.
Whilst Christians are urged to effectively love their neighbour unto salvation through Jesus Christ, Muslims have a great many verses in the Q’ran that incite them to kill those who refuse to submit to Allah. Here’s a few for you to read and judge for yourself:
- A Muslim must ‘fight for the cause of Allah with the devotion due to him’ (Sura 22.78).
- Muslims must make war on the infidels (unbelievers) who live round about them (Sura 9.123).
- Muslims are to be ‘ruthless to unbelievers’ (Sura 48.29).
- A Muslim can kill any person he wishes if it be a ‘just cause’ (Sura 6.152).
Of course there will be many casualties in this war, but that is one of the problems in any war. One of the most important things is to know your enemy, and yet sadly the majority of those who call themselves Christians have either very little or no knowledge in this respect. I know that there will be some who read this and view it as some form of extremist vilification of Islam. In today’s politically correct climate it may well be considered Islamophobic, yet how can that be the case when my concern is that we recognise the equality of all people, and their right to practise whatever faith they wish, even to proclaim no faith at all. Yet we, if we are to be true to our own faith as Christians, must share the Gospel with everyone, particularly in the light of our Lord’s words recorded in the Bible in John 6.14, whilst being acutely aware of what I perceive to be the greatest threat to our faith ever, I hate none, but profess only love and concern for those whom my God tells me, through His Word, are lost.
“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”
Mark 10: 13 - 16 (King James Version)
One of the definitions in Webster’s Dictionary for missionaries is “a body of persons sent to perform a service or carry on an activity”. Every time I see children who are handicapped in any way, I know that I am seeing special missionaries. It is true that when we have a special needs child, there are a lot more challenges we have when we raise them. However, the joy they bring to our hearts far outweighs the challenges we face.
There is a lady who is a very close and dear friend of mine that I have known since I was a teenager. One day my friend called me and she was crying. She said as she was sobbing brokenheartedly “Joanne, our doctor just told my husband and me that our son is retarded and we are devastated and heartbroken”. About three years later, I talked to her again and she was very excited.
She said “Our son just started work and he has learned to read and write. However, the most important thing that has happened to us since our son was born is that my husband and I are closer and we have started going to church again. Our son has brought love, joy and happiness into our home”. If you have a special needs child, pray and give God thanks that He trusted you enough to give you this child.
Thank You, Heavenly Father, for sending us these children as Your special missionaries to brighten our lives and to bring love, joy and laughter into our homes and also to our hearts. May we as adults become as these precious little missionaries and spread the unconditional love of Jesus to everyone we meet so that people will have Your joy and Your peace in their homes and in their hearts. Amen.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Close your eyes and try to keep out the dust;
Close your ears and try to keep out the sounds;
Close your mind and try to keep out the pain.
What now? Now that the years are passing,
and the ground no longer blossoms red?
What now? Now that the cloying dust has turned
into a vast bouquet of concrete roses?
What now? Now that the mind, in relaxed moments,
recalls the awful sounds of people screaming,
--- of people dying?
Are all the lessons learned?
Has hatred turned to love?
Or is the world the same, despite the rhetoric
that it was changed for ever on that day?
So many questions. So many questions.
Yet still no answers from the growing shroud
that covers all the mounting dead.
Still no answers from the bleating throng
who find their solace in the world instead.
Still no peace exists 'tween man and man,
nor ever will as long as hate exists.
So on this day, when we recall the horror
of that day when life was changed,
let us make a stand for peace,
a stand for love,
a stand for Christ;
And in His name, pray to our God above
that our world will change again.
Yet let this change be one that turns on love.
The United Kingdom has a Muslim population of 2.7%, and also affords refuge to many recognised Islamic terrorists such as Abu Qatada. Already the battleground is being prepared for further skirmishes. In recent times there have been increasing calls for Sharia Law to be the rule in the various Muslim ghettos, and there is some evidence that this is happening in some areas already, even without official recognition or sanction.
For many years the UK has been subjected to the depraved rants of various extremist Islamic clerics such as Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, hell-bent on fulfilling the mission to convert the world into one global Islamic state, working piecemeal, country by country, in order to bring together the whole. In this they have been assisted by the assortment of politicians who court their vote in order to remain in office, despite the ultimate cost to the nation.
Returning to the subject of the police force, I question exactly how a National Black Police Association can be allowed to exist in this so-called racially-integrated society of ours, yet should it be decided by a group of officers to promote a National White Police Association it would be met by screams people labelling it a 'racist' act.
Makes you think, doesn't it? When will the UK wake up to this threat?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
There is so much to be thankful for, no matter what our lot in life is. The following serves to remind us that we can --- and should --- be thankful for everything. Every day is another gift; another opportunity to make a difference to someone's life; another chance to give thanks to God for all of the blessings that He pours daily into our lives.
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings, thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud, thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced, thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.
Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.