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A fresh start

In John 8:12 of the new testament we see “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

I have spent some time reflecting on 2010 and all the things that have happened in the world around us as well as those things we have experienced as a family and individually.   This has not been a horrible year however it has had its shares of ups and downs.  The economic downturn between 2008 and now has affected us more than I would like to admit.   Like it or not 2010 is almost gone and we have a new year to look forward to in 2011.  

As I look back at 2010 I realize that I have allowed my circumstances to get way too much of my attention.  As I have focused on our circumstances I have found myself doing everything I can to control things and fix things on my own.  I am not sure why I insist of being in control of my life when I know that I am not in control no matter how much I want to be.  My inability to control some of our circumstances has allowed me to become somewhat negative and grouchy which has not been a good thing for me or my family.

Going forward I want to get back to basics and to spend more time in personal devotions each day.  I want to begin reading the word of God again and to take my time each day and dedicate myself to renewing my mind and building my faith in who God is to me personally.  

I am using YouVersion to follow a reading plan that I found which will give me one chapter a day to read.  I believe by doing this that I can slowly but surely be encouraged in my faith and be able to start focusing my gaze upon those things that are worthy of focusing on and leave the rest of the negative garbage to God who is better able to handle those things. 

I set up a YouVersion Group for those of you that are like minded and would like to join me in this journey as well.  I am new to YouVersion so I am not really sure what I will be able to do with the group.  I just figured I would set it up and learn as I go.  If you create a free membership on YouVersion you can Follow me and you can add me as a friend.  You can also follow my notes as I make them.  Please understand that my NOTES will be a reflection or journal of what I glean from my bible reading.

Some would say that this could be categorized as a new year resolution.  I would say that I have never had much luck at new year resolutions however I am going to do my best to dedicate myself to getting back to doing those basic things that I have done in the past with regards to my walk with God.  I know that there will be days that I will slip and fall but I believe that if I put my mind to this and if I pray and ask God for the strength and focus to do it that he will give me the help that I need.  

 

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Obama uses Ramadan dinner to endorse NY mosque OneNewsNow.com

Obama uses Ramadan dinner to endorse NY mosque OneNewsNow.com.

I keep hearing the word “tolerance” being used to justify “intolerance” of the Christian faith that I hold so dearly. I am not sure why it is so important for this new mosque to be built near ground zero but I certainly believe that it is not only a direct reflection of the insensitivity of those bent on doing it but it also shows me that there is no respect for those souls that lost their lives on Sept 11, 2001 when terrorists flew two jet liners into the twin towers.

I understand that not all Muslim people are extremists hell bent on destroying America. I do believe that there are Muslim extremists just like the idiots that flew the jetliners into those buildings that are living right here in America in terrorist cells waiting for their chance to wreak death and destruction against us infidels.

I wonder how many Christian churches and organizations are lobbying our government officials to ban religious activities of non Christian religions or to change the laws of our land to force their religious ideologies on our way of life? I would guess that there are probably none. I do know that there are organizations that are actively doing everything that they can to subvert what our Christian faith stands for. The Christian church and family unit has been under attack for many years now and the sad fact of the matter is that the church is so apathetic and sleepy that before you know it the intolerance of the Christian faith will be the very thing that will bring more and more restrictions in practicing our faith.

If you do not believe that then how about the hate crimes law that was enacted not too long ago that makes it illegal for pastors to speak out against homosexuality. If a pastor makes negative or derogatory remarks about homosexuality or makes the mistake of saying that the bible says that homosexuality is a sin then he is guilty of hate crimes and can be arrested and put into jail. That is a clear example of how intolerant our nation is of our Christian clergy to be able to speak the truth of Gods word from the pulpits of their churches. Another example of intolerance of Christian values is the battle that rages in America to allow same sex marriage. A group of people are fighting to have the same rights and privileges as those who are a man and woman and married. The institution of marriage is under attack and those of us that believe and honor the fact that marriage is between a woman and a man are labeled as being intolerant. The church needs to stand up and be heard and quit cowering in fear. Why is the church afraid to stand up and let the world know what the word of God says and that they stand behind it with everything they have?

Our world and the beliefs we hold so dearly as Christians is under attack and if we are not careful we will lose our freedom of religion in the name of intolerance. We must be willing to do whatever it takes to protect those freedoms. We must be just as intense in the activities of defending our faith as those people and organizations that are bent on destroying them.
Saying that we are Christians and going to church two times per week and living in our little comfortable comfort zones is not going to get the job done people. The world is happening outside of the four walls of the church and our job is to take the gospel of Christ to the world we live in. Instead of sticking our heads in the sand and living in denial we should educate ourselves on what is happening all around us and get involved in whatever way that we can do be the church of God that God intended for us to be.

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Poem by Alabama Judge – Judge Moore

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Some of you may be wondering what Judge Roy Moore has been doing since he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom wall. Please read the poem he wrote. It’s below his picture.

Alabama Judge- Judge Moore

The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama ! The judge’s poem sums it up quite well.

America the beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride;
I’m glad they’ll never see.

Babies piled in dumpsters,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly
poisoned by cocaine
choosing to indulge their lusts,
when God has said abstain

From sea to shining sea,
our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God’s love
and a need to always pray

We’ve kept God in our temples,
how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
and Heaven is His throne.

We’ve voted in a government
that’s rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges
who throw reason out the door,

Too soft to place a killer
in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby
before he leaves the womb.

You think that God’s not angry,
that our land’s a moral slum ?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes ?

How are we to face our God,
from Whom we cannot hide ?
What then is left for us to do,
but stem this evil tide ?

If we who are His children,
will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
and mend our evil way:

Then God will hear from Heaven;
and forgive us of our sins,
He’ll heal our sickly land
and those who live within….

But, America the Beautiful,
If you don’t – then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
withdraw His hand from Thee .

~~Judge Roy Moore~~

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