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In the Breaking of the Bread
April 22, 2012, 9:11 pm
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In the gospel of Luke the 24th Chapter beginning in verse 13, two of the disciples had left Jerusalem and were traveling to a small town about 7 miles from there called Emmaus. As they walked they spoke with each other about what had happened to Jesus. I imagine they were in a bit of shock, and mourning the loss of their dear friend and mentor. Also they had thought that the Messiah would be a warrior and would defeat the Romans and set Israel up as the center of the world.

A man joins them on the way, and acts like he has no clue about what had happened, they proceed to tell him as they walk along. Then he tells them what the scriptures say about the Messiah and that what happened was foretold. When they get to Emmaus, they invite the man to eat with them, and, as they are eating the stranger takes the bread and breaks it. Immediately, they recognize Jesus.

In 1989 I went on a Walk to Emmaus weekend, I was pastoring a small church at the time, and went on this weekend because some friends wanted me to, I didn’t really expect much to come of it but I went anyway. It was a life changing experience, I learned what this Jesus thing was really all about. More importantly, I began to understand better the working of the Holy Spirit in my life. Gifts and graces are a part of all believers, they are a gift of God. Of course we also had the scriptures opened to us on that weekend and as a Pastor, I learned a lot on that weekend that had not been taught at seminary.

I also came to understand the walk in the context of Cleopas and his fellow disciple as they recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread. We worshipped and broke bread (holy communion) many times on that weekend. As we did so the reality of that service of remembrance called Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist, and we came to understand that although it is bread and wine (grape juice), the Lord is present with us. I know that Christ is with me as I walk on this journey, through life and on into eternity. It is my prayer that like me, you too experience the presence of Christ with you.

I hope you will read this story again in Luke 24:13-35, learn of the journey, the short one in this story and the life journey in the scriptures. If you don’t know Christ, take the time to meet him, you might just have a life changing experience also. If you do know him have you recognized him in the Breaking of the Bread?

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Insults to Christians
April 17, 2012, 10:08 pm
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http://newsbusters.org/blogs/josh-st-louis/2012/04/17/jon-stewart-desecrates-nativity-scene-make-jab-fox-news of course this is also an insult to women as well as anyone with a set of moral values. Stewart really reached deep into the mud for this one. The politics of political assassination are not new, but they are becoming more bitter with each passing day. Between the commercials that say the Republicans want to shove grandma off a cliff, to the unions trying to destroy the Governor of Wisconsin, because they had ideas that they thought would save Medicare and the Wisconsin State budget. The horror of  a Senate that seems to want to do nothing except wait for the next election, a house that passes bill after bill to try to bring jobs to people, to a President who refuses to allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast, or on Federal lands.

From a political operative who attacks Ann Romney, and who has visited the White House 35 times, while General Petraeus has only seen the President 3 times since he became director of the CIA, to Bill Maher who insults women with impunity, is there a war? Yes, it is a political war and these people are really good at and of course they will stoop to any level of dirt to destroy the enemy. I for one am really tired of it, I see once again the use of a Christian symbol, the Nativity, to make a political point and to blame Fox News and the Republican party for not seeing that there is a war on women and not willing to admit it.

I do see a war on women, the people who insist that it is perfectly wonderful for a 12 year old to have an abortion without their parents permission, who want me to pay for abortions and contraceptives so they can continue having sex any time they want. The people who insist that men and women should be able to do what they want anywhere and anytime they want. I look at the history of so many nations and I see that as they moved down this road of licentiousness, they also became coarser as a society. You read the history of Greece, Rome and others and you see that sexual mores became looser and looser, you find that children were not safe from adults, that even bestiality was not forbidden. It also led to an elite that thought anything was OK for them and that the lesser people were there to serve them. We see that there were bread lines and of course the games where they could watch gladiators kill or at least maim each other, later they watched as Christian men and women were torn apart by wild animals and gladiators. Nero even used Christians as human torches in his gardens, not a pretty picture.

So here we are today, Christianity is attacked and ridiculed daily. Women who have been celebrating their emancipation, who work and play hard like men, and who ridicule those women who have decided to raise children and take care of the home. Sex is just a game that people play, they move in and out of relationships not caring about the carnage they leave behind. Alcohol and drugs are a part of life for many of these people. History is repeating itself for us today. People left Europe to settle this country, for religious freedom. They established a nation against huge odds, but the British were so sure of their superiority they did not even think that perhaps they were overconfident, which they were and they lost. Of course that too had to do with a nation that had moved down the road toward decadence.

The Constitution of this nation gave every citizen freedom to go at life in a manner that was expected to be moral, that expected that all persons would look out for their neighbors, we became a great nation and a nation of moral people who recognized that they were blessed by God, the founders were all believers and saw nothing wrong with practicing their beliefs openly. Yes we had our problems, but in the great scheme of things we moved through those problems, made our nation much better. We still faced problems, but today instead of those problems being worked through, there is a race problem building in this nation. It should not be, yet I see men who call themselves pastors, using terrible invective against the white folks and I see men and women who claim to be representatives of all the people in their districts using the same invective against white and oriental persons.

We all live in the same towns together, yet there is hatred that should not exist raising its ugly head. We also have religious hatreds in a nation that was formed with the idea of religious freedom. I have seen the beginning of that rearing its ugly head when radical muslims want to kill their own brothers and sisters who are not of their sect, and of course whites and blacks and any one else who is not like them. There is however also a hatred for the Mormons that is really disconcerting. Folks if we don’t begin to move back from the invective, if we continue to allow hatred to lead us, there will be a terrible time to come in our nation. I see another civil war, but it will be much worse than what we fought in the 1860’s. It is a frightening thought, and I know that God has a better thing than this for our nation. As Reagan said, we should be the shining city on a hill, I am afraid that we are getting ready to visit a conflagration upon this city on the hill from which our nation may not recover. I pray I am wrong and that we will step back from the precipice.

What do y’all think, are going to move away from the conflagration and move forward into the future a better people, or are we doomed to destroy ourselves, repeating history again?

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Speaking of mothers
April 15, 2012, 4:24 pm
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Speaking of mothers.

via Speaking of mothers.

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Speaking of mothers
April 15, 2012, 3:54 pm
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I am absolutely amazed at the statements of so many about stay at home mothers, my own mother was a stay at home mother until we 3 boys got old enough to take care of ourselves. She went out and got a job then and that was what she wanted to do. I have to admit it was nice to have her doing that, but you know, I also remember that my mother was the coach of our Baseball team. She also helped with our Soccer Team, and Football teams as well.
She was a working woman, whether y’all think so or not, you think it’s easy raising a family, managing the books (checking, savings, mortgage payments and what all), you think she didn’t know about finance? Hah, she had her degree in Business, she knew how to balance books and keep money from running out. She also knew that our government loved to spend taxpayer dollars on frivolity, then as now.
I find it extremely stupid of people who think that stay at home mothers don’t know anything, can’t do anything and should just shut up. I think it is time to clean house in Washington D. C. especially when it comes to Democrats and lobbyists. Fire them all, bring back the citizen legislator 2 terms and go back home to a real job.
This thing really has me riled up, my mother and father taught us to be responsible for our actions, but these people in Washington, want everybody else to be responsible for the mess they’ve made. Sorry but y’all can’t get away with it, you keep talking out of both sides of your mouth, and it is getting seen and understood by we the people. Please begin packing your bags, your time is almost up!

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Big Debate tonight
April 13, 2012, 4:39 pm
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If you live in Texas you know that we have a number of folks running for Senate this year on the Republican side. There will be a debate tonight which will FINALLY include David Dewhurst who has skipped all debates until this one. Ted Cruz and others are looking forward to this debate. If you live in Houston – KHOU will have and in San Antonio it will be KENS. Personally I will be watching so I can see what happens, I support Ted Cruz and I hope he knocks it out of the park tonight..
I believe he is the best man in this race and I know he is a Conservative and that is what we need in the Senate, more conservatives.

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Read an interesting article today
April 13, 2012, 3:29 pm
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Not that I haven’t read interesting articles every day, just that this one kind of made me realize that there are a lot of things going on that we don’t talk about much. It had to do with women and self protection. Women are called the weaker sex, but that is not always true, sometimes they can be stronger than men. Of course they can always be stronger than we men in some ways, including maturing sooner than boys do.
Of course that is not the gist of the article, it rather has to do with the fact that there are predators out there, and that, “truth be told” a piece of paper that says you will be arrested if you come within 50 feet of this woman, is useless when the perpetrator has come into her space and beat the living hell out of her. This article talks about self defense, and it talks about guns. Now I am a believer in the 2nd Amendment and I think that carrying a gun is not a crime, it is your right as a citizen of this nation.
Now to the article, it does say that the first thing you should do is learn about your options, go to the police and file an order of protection against the person you are fearful of. Then it talks about learning about the legal issues of carrying a gun for protection. Finally it speaks to learning what kind of gun fits you as a woman. Preferably find a woman instructor who will be able to help you with this, and teach you the proper way of using your gun. You also have to go through one other process, that is: Can you use that gun to kill a fellow human being if that is your only choice. That is the one truth that I think too many people don’t think through. If you are going to carry a gun, if the situation is such that you fear for your life, can you kill another human being who is trying to kill you?
Personally, I think that you must be ready to defend yourself and if necessary, to kill the person who is attacking you, why else would you carry a gun, or a knife? If you cannot honestly answer that question in the affirmative, get some pepper spray, or a tazer, do not carry a loaded gun unless you really are ready to use it.



Santorum suspends Campaign
April 10, 2012, 3:14 pm
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Rick Santorum today announced that he was suspending his campaign for President. It was a difficult weekend for Santorum and his family as his daughter Isabella was hospitalized. He said that for them Good Friday was a passion day for them. They spent much of the weekend talking a praying about where they were and where they were going from there, and decided it was time to suspend the campaign. He also said that they would continue to fight for the right and moral things that our nation has moved away from over the last 50 years or so.

I am glad that he has suspended the campaign, not because I did not like him, he had some good things to say and I do hope he is serious about keeping up being a voice for morality and the truth of our Constitution. It is now time for the Republican Party to come together and begin the work that needs to be done so we can defeat Barack Obama and the Democratic stranglehold on our Senate. There has been no budget for 3 years and the Senate is refusing to do anything about a budget this year. It is time to get serious about our nation and its huge deficits.

Let us start again as a party to make sure we move into the future and the Presidency as well as the House and Senate.

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