Reprobate & Depraved Minds

“Why are you always so surprised at this fiery trial”, asked the Apostle Paul, his question valid for all time. 1 Peter 4:12

I shouldn’t be, but I am, surprised that Christian friends are surprised by the amount and intensity of perversion spewed out against Sarah Palin, and to a lesser degree, John McCain. Talk shows, newspapers, magazines and comedy venues have reached a new low.

Let love be without hypocrisy, abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good….. Rom 12:9-10

Not that long ago, even the most wretched of souls would have exerted self-control, clamping their lips tightly together in the “mixed company” of those who held more conservative, less subversive views.

Gloria Steinem, Sarah Bernhardt, or Randi Rhodes, Steinem being the least offensive and Bernhardt and Rhodes tied for needing the most prayer, are but a few examples of people who have shown themselves to be foolish in the eyes of the Lord, generating sickening comments over the last few weeks, their hatred stunning. They, with their peers, are bringing their picnic baskets to the Coliseum of the American media, feeding each others egos and sense of pride in that they, who consider themselves so noble, wise and worthy, are bolstering one another up in their starving frenzy which increasing rage, it seems only blood-soaked ground will satisfy.

Microbes & The Days of Creation

Without microbes, life itself would be impossible. But say the words “bacteria” or “virus”, and most people rush for the antibacterial soaps or sanitizers in a desire to kill off “germs” they believe might hurt them. In reality, as the following article points out, Only about 5–10% of all bacteria are pathogenic.

Turning those numbers around, we could say that, ….about 90-95% of all bacteria are beneficial. That’s a dramatically different perspective which can change the way we look at the world around us, including the food that we eat and how it is cared for and processed.

Impeach Texas Judge Barbara Walther

America is the only country in the world where the RIGHT to religious freedom is written into the structure and foundation of a country’s governing laws. When it comes down to American freedoms and preserving the Constitution of the United States, I’ll stand alongside FLDS members (rejected polygamist black-sheep of the Mormon Church), fighting for their right to carry out the practices of their religion as they see fit as long as they are within the bounds of REAL law.

When the government’s agents, Texas child protective services, swooped down, removing over 400 FLDS Texan children, citizens of the United States of America, disrupting community, families and their way of life, we all received a wake-up call. What is to prevent that from happening to our neighborhoods, churches or private schools?

Chicken Farmer I Still Love You

Driving along the backroads, heading towards a weekend of camping in Vermont, we passed by a rock set back from the roadside emblazoned with a message, “Chicken Farmer I Still Love You”.

I was driving our 38-feet of motorhome, towing a car carrying 2 kayaks, and my husband, knowing me all too well yelled out, “DO NOT STOP TO TAKE A PICTURE! We’re losing light!”

Rats! Losing light! That is the camper’s mantra, the driving force on which all major decisions are made. Losing light means a few minutes lost taking pictures of a cryptic message on a rock in the middle of nowhere might make the difference between having to pull into a tight space in pitch black deep-woods dark, or maybe, hopefully, having a wee bit of light by which to maneuver our bulk into a harbor of rest. I drove on, but the image of that rock, which came to be known as “Chicken Rock”, stuck with us through the winter.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Magnicient. Superb. Brilliant. True to C.S. Lewis who I believe would have been very pleased. It left us all dreamy and me, teary-eyed, and my dear husband with a lump in his throat. All it took was for Aslan to finally appear (yes, even that is true to the book that it seemed to take him forever for the Lord to finally appear – and how much more “real life can THAT get??) and when he finally did, we were sniffling and holding hands., relieved to know the fragile humans had not been abandoned, even in their unbelief.

The only problem with the movie? It only lasted 2:24 and it could easily have gone another 2:30. My husband said he’s sad we’ve seen it – that leaving the theater was anticlimactic and that he could easily go back to see it again. He also said it is “the movie he has always wanted to see and has been waiting a lifetime to see….”. And I don’t think he meant JUST about Narnia, but any movie.

Get out of Government Schools

Find a way’ to get out of public schools, says Baucham
Rusty Pugh – OneNewsNow 1/29/2008 1:00:00 PM

School busVoddie Baucham advocates Christians pulling their children out of government-run schools. He has a response for those who say they can’t afford private education or home-schooling — find a way.

Dr. Voddie Baucham says Christians cannot expect to win the culture war unless they are willing to pull their children out of the public schools — or as he calls them, “the pagan schools” — which allow teaching that is not biblical. According to Baucham, many Christians say they would love to get out of public schools, but cannot afford the alternative. His answer is simple — find a way.

Now You See It, Now You Don't

“So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs”. Exodus 7:10-12

Inulin Quietly Disappears

Many ingredients used by the food processing industry, organic, included – do NOT have to be listed on the ingredient label courtesy of our very broken FDA.

Stonyfield Farm added Inulin, a thickening agent, to its yogurts, giving them a thick, rich appearance and texture, hoping to imitate a natural process. I don’t think the gel-like texture fools too many, though.

Stonyfield Farms isn’t the only corporate food-processor trying to pull the wool over consumer eyes. Land O’Lakes and other dairies are quite fond of carrageenan, a vegetarian thickening compound extracted from seaweed. Everybody wants home-made taste and farm-fresh quality without the inconveniences of having to do it themselves.

When nutritional watchdogs got the word out to organic and consumer-protection groups that Stonyfield was adding a non-organic thickening agent, Stonyfield – marketing masters that they are – turned what could have been a debacle into a make-believe nutritional campaign:

What does it profit a man....

….to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36

Profiting at the Expense of the Environment and Human Health

Stonyfield Farm, local to New Hampshire, 80% owned by the French yogurt giant Groupe Danone, sells more than yogurt.

It’s selling the personal philosophy of its founder and CEO, Gary Hirschberg who testifies that
“..the health of future generations is good enough reasons for businesses to take care of the planet. But even a businessperson who doesn’t share this perspective can embrace green business practices simply because they’re more profitable. I believe most of us want to do the right thing.”

Stonyfield has been preaching from the environmental pulpit of earth worship for over 20 years, instructing its consumers how to better protect Mother Earth.

Recycle! Ride your bike to work! Drive a fuel-efficient car!

Vanity, vanity, Solomon cried out. Hirschberg’s worldview of doing “the right thing”, “saving” planet Earth, providing “health” via his food products to humans, sounds good on the surface, but looking a little deeper, all I see is yet another little man playing god.

Shadow Boxing

This past Sunday, we took the entire family to a Sunday matinée theater-production of “A Christmas Carol”. The children were so cute, fascinated with every creative aspect – dancing, strolling carolers, singing – so much so, they’re still re-enacting favorite scenes.

There was one tense moment, at the very beginning, when Scrooge delivered his grumpy, heart-of-stone “boiled with his own pudding” line at which Daniel’s Autism kicked into high gear.

Rising from his chair, he thrust a shaking pointer finger at Scrooge, fully intending to confront what he perceived to be a personal attack.

In Daniel’s World, the entire audience had melted away.

Fortunately, what he lacks in the ability to interpret intent or to modulate his voice, I make up for in speed. Before he tempestuously sputtered more than, “You!”, he found himself muffled and transported, firmly held in my lap.

Quickly remembering his manners, he stage-whispered, to the chuckling-amusement of those around us, ““Oh! Sorry! So, Mommy, he’s one of those people who hates God, isn’t he!”

Out of the mouth of babes.

De-stabling the Nativity

While asses may not have resided in a Bethlehem stable, the British and American press and talk-show pundits are trying to make Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, into one. The Anglican Archbishop made comments on a BBC Radio 5 Live interview with Simon Mayo on December 21st, that the nativity only works “quite well as a legend”.