Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Google this.

At first I didn’t take this seriously, but when I saw for my self which Holidays Google does notice, I began to get a little irritated...


World Net Daily: Google Forgets Memorial Day? Search engine's catchy holiday logos have honored Earth Day, Persian New Year - but not war dead


See for yourself, courtesy of Google. I personally like how they promote Independence day, and the right to vote... all while refusing to honor the men and women who make these things possible. That's peculiar, considering the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival seemed worthy enough for their accolades.

"These are times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
-Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)

From one 'Zionist pig' to another...

Hats off to:

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs received a death threat last week – from a Reuter’s employee, stating, "I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut."

From Y-net News: Reuters employee issues ‘Zionist pig’ death threat


What “pigs” do you suppose this whack-job is referring to? People who tell the truth when mainstream media covers up for the terrorists? People who refuse to minimize beheadings, homicide bombings and random rocket attacks to “angry youths, insurgency and activism”? People who stand up for Israel, when they are continually attacked by terrorist monsters?

Charles is guilty of some pretty offensive things if you happen to be a hard-core Muslim or anti-American... or Jimmy Carter supporter. Some of his more offensive crimes include; nabbing Dan Rather for lying through his teeth about President Bush’s military records, and exposing the likes of Cindy Sheehan, Al Gore, and the rest of the Left wing, America hating, self loathing, Death Cult.

Keep up the good work, Charles. After all, where else are we going to get the real news? ...Reuters?

cox & forkum

Friday, May 26, 2006

In the Wilderness - Bamidbar

How appropriate that this week's Torah Portion is entitled "In the Wilderness - or Bamidbar in Hebrew.
Torah: Numbers 1:1–4:20
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1–22
Gospel: John 1–2
I feel like I have been in the wilderness for months, maybe even years now. In First Fruits of Zion's (FFOZ.org) "e-Drash" email this week, the writer explains that, "The absolute deprivation caused by wilderness requires people to rely utterly on God. In the wilderness God provides for His people."
On one hand, I definitely see his provision in my life - I have a wonderful family, a nice home, and we rarely ever go hungry.
On the other hand, I feel like I should be closer to Him. I feel like He is letting me go dry for some reason, and in times like these, I become my biggest enemy. Instead of digging into His Word, searching desperately for the Living Water, I tend to find myself dragging my feet, complaining about how dry my mouth is. It is perplexing. In the physical world, I drink because I get thirsty – if not for the dreaded feeling of thirst, I would dehydrate. In the spiritual world however, if I get thirsty, for some inexplicable reason, I intentionally avoid the spring of relief. “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom 7:24

I must remember that I am saved by God's grace; by the enormous price that Yeshua paid for me on the cross, and if He loved me enough to go through all of that in order to save me, I am encouraged to believe that He will sustain me while I am Bamidbar.
I pray that He will bless me with an insatiable thirst for His Word - but more than that, I pray that when He does, I will have the wisdom to act on the “thirst”.

War, Wikipedia, John Stuart Mill, Liberals, etc.

I receive a weekly newsletter from the Patriot Post. Each week, there are quotes from Patriots from days of old, and each week I am amazed at how their words ring true still today.
Take John Stuart Mill for instance. Though Wikipedia calls him a "Liberal Thinker", his views hold little in common with the "liberal" of today. In fact, it is just the opposite. The man who "...has nothing for which he is willing to fight" that he speaks of is the epitome of today’s liberal... or the French.

"War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." —John Stuart Mill

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Does Sharia Law protect funeral protestors in France?

It is sick that there had to be a law against something as asinine as this. I am amazed at how many people hate their own country so much that they are willing to publicly protest the families of dead soldiers. These people have the freedom in this country to say and show what ever they feel. At the same time, if this is how they feel, they need to get out. America does not want them. Go to France. In France, you will be welcome – heck, you may even be celebrities, but as for here in America, you are not wanted. You need to exercise your freedom to leave. As a matter of fact, go to Mexico. Live there for a while, and see why people are risking their lives to get to America.
We’ve all heard it said that, “If America hadn’t stepped in, France would be speaking German” well, let me add to that; “If America doesn’t step up and do what is right, the whole world will be under Sharia Law. (look it up)”

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

"It is the Soldier"


"It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped
by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
by: Dennis Edward O'Brien
Chaplain, United States Marine Corps

Monday, May 22, 2006

The Art of Growing a Beard

I am reading a book titled "The Art of Growing a Beard", by Marvin Grosswirth. It is pretty comical, because the whole book is entirely serious.

There were some great men who sported some fantastic beards in their day, me included. I personally enjoy changing my look as often as my growth will allow me to. In fact, I am somewhat puzzled by the response that I get when I change my facial hair. One person at my workplace even told me that I "Lost twenty years" when I shaved my beard off. This intrigued me, so I began experimenting, and I must say that I found quite the opposite to be the truth.

I think that though I look a bit silly with no beard, I tend to pick up a few years without facial hair.

See for yourself...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bush Bashing vs. Calling into Account

I think it is time that I posted a little from Ann Coulter.
If you are not familiar with Ann, allow me to fill you in - you will either love her or hate her, but either way, you will not forget her. Nobody writes about politics like she does; with such finesse… and temper.
Let me state very clearly first, that I support our President. I know that this is not a popular position to take in this day and age, but I believe in supporting our leadership. However, I also belileve that sometimes that same leadership needs to be called out when illogical solutions are proposed. They work for us. It would be irresponsible for the public to sit back and allow absurdity to flow from our leader's podium - almost as irresponsible as slamming him for everything that comes out of his mouth (for examples of this, check out CNN, MSNBC, Jimmy Carter, Katie Couric, the AP, or any one of the countless millions of Left-wing blogs that live each day to bash Bush).

So, without further ado, I give you her latest paragraph of sheer genius, taken from her weekly newsletter, “Online Human Events” (click here for the homepage)…

The difference between Bush's amnesty program and "amnesty" is: He'd give amnesty only to people who have been breaking our laws for many years -- not just a few months. (It's the same program that allows Teddy Kennedy to stay in the Senate.)
Bush calls this the "rational middle ground" because it recognizes the difference between "an illegal immigrant who crossed the border recently and someone who has worked here for many years." Yes, the difference is: One of them has been breaking the law longer. If our criminal justice system used that logic, a single murder would get you the death penalty, while serial killers would get probation. (Emphasis mine)
Catch her collumn on Worldnetdaily.com
and a few newspapers that still have the guts to cary her editorials.

...a Friend in Deed.

I would like to pay tribute to an old friend of the family – a friend whose last name literally was Friend. Pastor J.P. Friend died today (May, 16 2006) in a car accident in Tennessee. He was a longtime pastor for First Assembly of God churches, one of which was in my home town of Crawfordsville, Indiana.
It seems like I can’t remember ever not knowing Pastor Friend. When he learned that I was struggling with drugs and alcohol, he was quick to say, “Get your butt in the car and move in with us. You need to get your focus on Jesus, son!” I stayed with his family for almost a year, and not once did I feel like I was not part of the family. I mean that literally, too. When I was acting like a fool, J.P. was quick to say so. He was “no holds barred” type of guy, but I always knew it was because he cared about me. He cared about God’s Kingdom. He preached fire and brimstone on Sundays, and was quick to cut-up with us at home.
Never, in a million years would I have imagined him dying in a car wreck – I assumed he would be around until I was an old man, telling me, “I still have your tools, Aaron. You can pick them up anytime…” He had a toolbox with some old tools in it that I left at his house when I moved out – I never made the effort to get them because it was fun joking with him about it whenever we talked.
At any rate, he will be missed. I thank God that he got to see his son and I get saved before he went home, and that I got to be a part of the family for as long as I did. You should have heard his voice when I told him that I had found Jesus. He said, “I knew you’d come around - it’s about time! Now… I have these tools…”

…I’m going to miss hearing that.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus, God will bring with Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 & 14.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Susan and Cindy Join Forces... this ought to be good.

Finally! A CNN headline that makes sense:

"Concern over waiting so long to dispatch National Guard Troops to Mexican Boarder"

Oops... I seam to have read that wrong. I should have known better.


CNN – “Concern over plan to dispatch Guards to Mexico border”


It appears that the Left is suddenly worried about our troops. God knows, we wouldn’t want them protecting our own boarders, now would we?

Meanwhile, the wack-o’s are coming out of the woodwork to

protest these same soldiers, and our Government...


Sarandon Joins Vigil Against Iraq War.

Oh, brother.

...yes, that is a weeping Susan Sarandon, and no, that is not Jimmy Carter’s son beside her, it is the ever intelligent "Peace Mom", Cindy Sheehan (Peace Mom meaning she has disrespected and publicly spitt on her son’s honor in the name of a very, very exhausted fifteen minutes of fame).

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Obey your parents - and Keep Sabbath!

I had an epiphany of sorts yesterday during a conversation with Tim Terry, about following God’s law, or Torah. I have been asked many questions, and been in my share of arguments over the topic of Torah Observance. The usual statement that I hear is “Jesus did away with the Law” or, “Isn’t that Legalistic?” or, “Those things are for the Jews – that was given to the Jews.” Tim has had his share of these same conversations, and is currently in an online dialog with a Pastor who used these same arguments.

Let’s tackle the first one, “Jesus did away with the Law”. In answering this statement, it only takes one passage; Mat 5:17 says Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” That seems pretty self explanatory, but people tend to think that what He was really saying is “I didn’t come to destroy them, but as soon as I have fulfilled them, you are under no obligation to do any of them ever again.” That is not what He said.

And the Second one; “Isn’t that Legalistic?” Jews in the first century had no concept of Legalistic. Their entire lives were encompassed by the rules of Torah. Of course it was Legalistic – But, that same word that is used for “Law” is the same word for Torah. Consequently, we (like Paul, Timothy, John, James, Peter, Jesus, and any other follower of Jesus in the first century) are “Torahistic”. I refuse to stop doing what God tells me to do based on misinformation handed down by the mainstream church. The Law is Gods instructions. Somehow, this has turned into a condemnable offence to Christians as a whole, because of faulty teaching concerning God's Instructions.

And lastly, lets look at “Those things are for the Jews – that was given to the Jews.”

For starters, Paul said that “There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Rom 10:12.

If that wasn't clear enough, the book of James is written to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” James 1:1 -That is not us. This book is a favorite among Christians because it speaks of grace, yet it is clearly written to Jews.

Here is where the epiphany comes in; in Leviticus 19:3, “Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my Sabbaths: I [am] the LORD yvour God.”

Did you notice that these two Commandments are in the same sentence? If the Sabbath was for Jews, and the parent-obeying was for all, don’t you think that God would have mentioned it? He did not. He did not, because both Commandments are His Teaching, and because they are both His instruction, they hold equal ground.

Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Internet Cello Society features Mstislav Rostropovich

One of many reasons to check out the Internet Cello Society.

Mstislav Rostropovich is the featured artist right now. I must say that Pierre Fournier is my absolute, personal favorite, but come on - Rostropovich is incredible, and the hype around him is warranted… especially when you hear him play Bach.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Get'em Tony

I didn't know the first thing about Tony Snow when he was announced as the White House Press Secretary recently, but after his first speech, and his latest, I can say without a doubt that he indeed, is on top of his game. The media has become an enemy of the people, hiding the true threats behind Muslim speeches, calling terrorists “insurgents” and “protestors”, slamming our leadership in a time of war (in two countries), publishing secret and sensitive information and jeopardizing American lives in the process for far too long. I only hope that he can maintain his stance against the liberal thugs and Democrats (are they synonymous?) without being bogged down by bureaucracy.
Hat’s off to you, Tony.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Seventh Filter... It's all in what was not listed!

Filter No.7
The Holy Spirit teaches us right from wrong, we don’t need the Law of Moses.Once again, let’s look to Scripture to see if we need a filter change!In the book of Acts. (Acts 15:19-21) we see an interesting decision made by the disciples concerning non-Jews who have turned to the God of Israel. They send instructions for these new believers to “abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, (which can only be defined in the Torah) from things strangled, and from blood”. Is this all that is required for “new testament” Believers? Are these the only instructions we need to abide by as Christians today? Of course not. In fact we don’t even find a prohibition of murder listed in these instructions from James. So what’s going on? The answer lies in the very next verse... “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” Did you catch it? The Disciples are rightly expecting these new Believers, although they have the Holy Spirit to guide them, to study, learn and apply the Torah, God’s instructions to their lives. In time, they would learn how to live as children of the God of Israel. They would learn about clean and unclean, they would learn God’s definition of food and to abstain from eating the abominable. They would learn about His Sabbath’s and appointed times. They would learn to treat others, as they themselves would want to be treated. They would learn Torah, the instructions of a loving Father, given to His children.What about us? Has anything changed? Are we under a “new” “new testament” teaching of some kind, or might the words of James still apply to us? Friends, the Holy Spirit authored the Law of Moses! May all the redeemed of Israel, return to the ancient paths and once again walk according to His Word, His Torah.
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables”. 2 Timothy, 4:1-4
Any comments can be sent to: tfarms@link2000.net

Monday, May 08, 2006

Are you ready for Filter #6?

Filter No. 6
by Tim Terry
Jesus said the only commandments we had to keep were to love God and people. In Matthew 22:37-40 Our Lord is asked by a lawyer “which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus says this…”You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Now, this response from Jesus has been understood by many to mean that we are free to ignore much of the Torah, as long as we love God and people. Now, this does tickle the ears a bit. However, let’s take note of a couple of key points many overlook. First, notice that the response by Jesus does not do away with or change the Law of Moses. In fact, He is actually teaching the Law of Moses! Check out Deut:22:37and Leviticus 19:18 to see if our Messiah is making up a new set of commandments. Also notice, that once again Jesus affirms all of the Law and the Prophets, just as He did in Matthew 5:17. He says “on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”. Jesus is telling us very plainly that if we truly love the God of Israel, and His people, we will not want to break His commandments. He tells us this very thing again in John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments”. Here is another, perhaps easier way of “unplugging” this same filter... Jesus did tell us to love God and people. The question is ...what is the Scriptural definition of love for God and love for His people? Some of you might want to sit down for this one...1John 5:2-3 says “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

What ever happened to Objectivity, Observation and Experimentation?

I thought that I had read the most ridiculous "scientific evidence" piece (Greek word for that is: Camel Dung) a couple weeks ago, when a decorated liberal enlightened the secular world with the explanation of Jesus' walking on water by attributing it to His moon-walking across large chunks of ice, but this is just as moronic. In fact, if there ever was a reason to discourage my children from ever entering a secular college, this is it:


Sorry old Bean, the apes got there first

...Evolutionary biologists have traced the origins of laughter back 4 m[illion] years to pre-humans slipping and stumbling in their first faltering attempts to walk on two legs.


I am sorry, but words can not describe how asinine this statement is. The article goes on to say that “Language appeared only 2 million years after the first laugh...”


How, pray tell, do these “scientists” determine when the first laugh was, when according to their own hypothesis, spoken language didn’t come about until two million years later? I find it amazing that the “scientific world” will undoubtedly take and give this information as fact, while at the same time doubt and criticize every word in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures – regardless of how recent they are historically, and how many eye witness accounts there are, both biblical, and in extra biblical writings – writings that have survived thousands of years without the slightest change in content (other than minor grammatical discrepancies that do not change the meaning of the text).

Is this science? Is this “knowledge based on objectivity and involving observation and experimentation”? If you answered yes, I have to point your attention to the words “objectivity”, “observation”, and “experimentation”. Then I have to ask you... well, wait a second. If you are still answering yes, then I won’t ask you anything.
You must already be a “scientist”.

As for the rest of us "Laymen" we will simply stick with the Truth, and that which we can determine by objectivity, involving observation and experimentation.

It's not New Orleans, it's His Holy City.

At what point does a homosexual decide that he or she must flaunt their sexual preferences in the public? I mean honestly, why would a person want to “tell the world” about something as personal as that - in a parade, no less – even if they do feel that it is right?

I should say up front that I believe homosexuality is sin – just like, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit (Romans 1:29)... you get the point; are sins. Can you imagine a parade hosting thousands of cheating husbands declaring; “We cheat on our wives, and we are proud of it – accept us!” or legions alcoholics staggering in the streets telling the world, “This is who we are! Give us the same driving privileges as sober people! We should be able to go anywhere we want – accept us! This is how we want to live!” (Oops, I think I just described Mardi Gras... but you get the point).

I am saying all of this because of a recent headline in Ynet News:

Jerusalem mayor: Gay parade a provocation

The provocation mentioned in the article stems from Orthodox Jews, who reacted violently to the "Gay Pride" parade held in Tel Aviv last year.

In Jerusalem, the very city that God chose to call His own, I can’t help but ask who is really being provoked here? I am pretty sure that the Orthodox Jews are the least of Israel’s concerns at this point, which is why I asked the question above. I can not for the life of me think of any other reason for “gay” people to hold their “Gay Pride” parade in Jerusalem, other than to provoke God Himself.

I know that gays can find the Savior, and I believe that they should be accepted into the congregation - when they have repented of, and acknowledged their sins - just like an alcoholic, or a child molester, or a thief should. I must say though, that I pray that the Orthodox, the Non-Orthodox, the Ultra- Orthodox, the Christians, and the Messianics, and anyone else who knows Israel’s history, can rise up to stop this thing before the Provoked One has had enough.