Archive for March, 2010
A man is giving us an appraisal right now. Boy he knows politics. Although I do not agree with everything He says (Marijuana for example,) He has a lot to say that I do.
For example: the purpose of the government. I have always said that they should only be responsible for our border, our military, our roads and our law enforcement. not our farming, our health care, our hospitals or anything else like that. So when they start all these programs they need a way to fund it. And here is how they do it:
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge T ax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
None of these were in existence 100 years ago. I understand that some of them were unnecessary like gasoline taxes. but still, they should go.
Sounds like an odd statement huh? But it’s true. He no longer has control over his own words!
Take a look at this:
I realize that they put forth a lot of effort, but I do not appreciate the fact that they can control what his word is and is not used for. For those of you who cannot read the image, this is what it says:
When quotations from the NIV are used in non-saleable media, such as church bulletins, orders of service, posters, transparencies or similar media, a complete copyright notice is not required but the initials (NIV) must appear at the end of each quotation.
Quotations and/or reprints in excess of five hundred (500) verses, or other permission requests, must be directed to, and approved in writing by, International Bible Society.
All rights reserved.
Am I just silly, or is this wrong? From what I understand the NKJV is the same way. How can they gather the nerve to put a Copyright on the Word of God?! I don’t care how much work they put into it, they didn’t write it in the first place.
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Obviously God doesn’t like it when people meddle with his things.
Oh well. I am interested in your thoughts on the matter though.
Okay, I admit it. I am not a political genius. Not even a little bit. In fact, my views go little beyond what Rush Limbough or Glenn Beck have announced.
So I may be approaching this a little close minded. But then again, my reason has nothing to do with the actual bill.
The #1 reason the bill should not have passed is because the people did not want it to. The majority of American civilians have been crying out against this, yet they forced it into our lives.
So much for freedom, eh?
Now, how is this different from the smoking ban in Michigan, which I support? Well, the current health care that just got eradicated isn’t hurting anybody. Or at least not a viable amount of people, and certainly not as many as the new one will (in my opinion.)
I haven’t been this upset about politics in while. Off goes the radio.
No, that’s not a date in history. That is the number of sermons I will have listened to by my 18th birthday this September. Not including revivals, campgrounds, or any other sermon aside from Sundays and Wednesdays.
That is too many sermons for the little work I have done for the Kingdom. Thousands of hours spent in worship and meditation, and yet not one single soul saved because I was willing to share the gospel of Christ.
It is time I put to death my fear, buried my pride, and carried my cross.
We just got back from a Prayer Summit. When I was told that Richard Owen Roberts was going to be the speaker, my initial thought was “who’s that?” followed by “I wonder how well he will speak.”
I am far too judgmental in my nature. So whenever I hear of an elderly man who is going to preach, I brace myself. For too many times they have lost their first love, and go after things they would prefer to keep out of the church.
But when Roberts spoke it became very clear, very quickly, that his first love was pale when compared to his current love. That his passion was not the music in the church, the dress in the church, or any other cosmetic issue. He shared with us his burden for the lack of holiness. The lack of prayer. The lack of passion.
He revealed to me so many scriptural truths in such a short time that my mind is spinning. I have not been this excited in such a long time.
I have yet to chew on the cud of this weekend, but I don’t think I will find anything disagreeable with what he taught. I have been challenged and changed.
I was looking for a list of good Christian videos on Youtube, and to my surprise there are none.
So with your help I want to create one. Send me the link to the favorite(s) of your choice and I will consider adding it to the list. Any type of Christian video is an option. Whether it is a sermon, compilation, inspirational or humorous.
I have also asked the people over at Sermon Index and a few other forums for help with this subject.
Until the list comes together, here’s a video that inspired my first video and was a huge challenge to my life:
I am at my youth pastors home right now. Me and my brother were asked to house sit for him while he and Lish went to Grandmas to visit.
However, he is here with us right now. Heheh. He came home early for a meeting or something like that.
I love house sitting. Kinda of a like a preview of future life. You get a place of your own without having to pay the bills, do the home improvement, or anything like that. Its simply the good things about it. It’s probably an unhealthy illusion.
I think I’m going to post about manhood sometime. But then again I am not one with experience or too much wisdom on the subject.
I’ll think about it.
I mean no disrespect to the Catholics who may end up reading this. But I simply cannot take your tradition seriously. I have examined scripture, and have found them to be both pointless and contradictory to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
For example, your near divination of Mary
Take a look at this verse in which Jesus rebukes a woman who praised Mary:
“And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed [is] the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.“
Obviously Christ did not see any need to praise his Mother more than any other.
From what I understand, you must perform various miracles and be dead, among other things, to be considered a Saint among the Catholics.
Let us look at another scripture verse regarding Sainthood:
1 Corinthians 1:2
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”
They’re not dead and there are no miracles to speak of. Why are they regarded as Saints? Because they are sanctified in Jesus Christ.
If that’s not enough for you, here’s another one.
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
Ephesians has another troubling opposition to Catholics.
Jesus Christ is the mediator
I quoted Ephesians 2:19, but lets step back a little bit and read what else it has to offer:
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
Stop praying to the Saints! Jesus Christ is the only mediator between us and God. Don’t you remember when Saul tried to speak to the prophet Samuel after he had passed away? Was he not rebuked and met with a demon?
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.“
Catholics have tried to earn their salvation in a number of ways, including “hail Marys.” Salvation is not for your to earn, but for God to give. Only through his Son Jesus Christ can you be saved.
And no, you are not supposed to confess to a Priest. Look throughout scripture, you will find that the man of God convicts the sinner, and the sinner repents to God.
David for example. He did no apologize to the Prophet who revealed the sin in his life, but rather he fell before God almighty and begged forgiveness.
Here is an account of a dedicated Catholic during confession:
“He told me I was absolved of my sins, and to go in peace.
I stared at him for a moment. “That’s it? Don’t I have to say Hail Marys? Our Fathers? The Creed? The Rosary? Anything?”
He laughed at me and told me to go do a good deed or something.”
The Priest told Her to “do a good deed or something.” How can I take that seriously? How can they argue that as scriptural? The rest of the story can be read here: http://caity.nu/musings/he-laughed-at-my-sins
There are too many holes and contradiction in Catholicism for me to offer any respect.
Well, I was arguing with myself whether or not I should post this.
On one hand, I love Star Wars and get excited about anything that has something to do with it. On the other hand, it’s cheesy. Well, I’m going to post it anyway. Because I know it will bring at least a little laughter out of some of you.
There is a contest created by Star Wars fans every year called the LCC (Light-saber choreography contest,) in which fans may upload their homemade light saber duel and be judged. In the previous contest a young man created one with a gospel message, and was awarded 4th place.
He has created another one. It’s being called the Jedi Pastor.
“The Conflict Within,” their first video, can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLrcZdD1-G4
Are you not glad you watched that?