Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Angels We Have Heard On High



Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
CHORUS:
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song? Chorus
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Chorus
See Him in a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heaven and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior's birth.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

O Come, O Come Emmanuel




O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Once in the dear dead days beyond recall,
When on the world the mists began to fall,
Out of the dreams that rose in happy throng
Low to our hearts Love sang an old sweet song;
And in the dusk where fell the firelight gleam,
Softly it wove itself into our dream.

Just a song a twilight, when the lights are low,
And the flick'ring shadows softly come and go,
Tho' the heart be weary, sad the day and long,
Still to us at twilight comes Love's old song,
comes Love's old sweet song.

Even today we hear Love's song of yore,
Deep in our hearts it dwells forevermore.
Footsteps may falter, weary grow the way,
Still we can hear it at the close of day.
So till the end, when life's dim shadows fall,
Love will be found the sweetest song of all.
Just a song a twilight, when the lights are low,
And the flick'ring shadows softly come and go,
Tho' the heart be weary, sad the day and long,
Still to us at twilight comes Love's old song,
comes Love's old sweet song.

Written By
Music by J.L. Molloy;
Words by G. Clifton Bingham



BACKWARD, turn backward, O time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for tonight
Mother, come back from the echoless shore,
Take me again to your heart as of yore;

Kiss from my forehead the furrows of care
Smooth the few silver threads out of my hair;
Over my slumbers your loving watch keep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Backward, flow backward, oh, tide of the years
I am so weary of toil and of tears;
Toil without recompense, tears all in vain--
Take them, and give me my childhood again!
I have grown weary of dust and decay--
Weary of flinging my soul--wealth away,
Weary of sowing for others to reap;
Rock me to sleep, Mother rock me to sleep!

Tired of the hollow, the base, the untrue,
Mother, O Mother, my heart calls for you!
Many a summer the grass has grown green,
Blossomed and faded, our faces between.
Yet, with strong yearning and passionate pain,
Long I tonight for your presence again.
Come from the silence so long and so deep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Over my heart, in the days that are flown,
No love like mother-love ever has shone;
No other worship abides and endures-
Faithful, unselfish, and patient like yours:
None like a mother can charm away pain
From the sick soul and the world-weary brain.
Slumber's soft calms over my heavy lids creep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!
Come, let your brown hair, just lighted with gold,
Fall on your shoulders again as of old;
Let it drop over my forehead tonight,
Shading my faint eyes away from the light;
For with it's sunny-edged shadows once more
Haply will throng the sweet vision of yore;
Lovingly, softly, it's bright billows sweep:
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

Mother, dear Mother, the years been long
Since I last listened to your lullaby song.
Sing, then, and unto my soul it shall seem
Womanhood's years have been only a dream.

Clasped to your heart in a loving embrace,
With your light lashes just sweeping my face,
Never hereafter to wake or to weep;
Rock me to sleep, Mother-rock me to sleep!

By Elizabeth Akers Allen
Illustration By Mary Cassat

The Land of Make Believe


In the happy land of make believe
All dreams come true they say;
So take me back to that land tonight
As a carefree child at play.

Show me in the land of make believe
The old Pandora box,
Where troubles and cares are put away,
And happiness seals the locks.

Sing me, in the land of make believe
While weary teardrops start,
The childish songs I love to hear
And soothe my aching heart.

-Author Unknown

Little Orphant Annie









INSCRIBED WITH ALL FAITH AND AFFECTION

To all the little children: -- The happy ones; and sad ones;
The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;
The good ones -- Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones
.

LITTLE Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!


Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!


An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!


An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
Ef you
Don't
Watch
Out!


James Whitcomb Riley
Picture Illustrated By Gertrude Elliot

A Soldier's Prayer Veteran's Day 2011




Tall and straight he bore his weapon
With his boots in steady beat,
Stepping proudly with his unit
Down the sunlit city street.
Brave lad chanting with the footsteps,
Neither looking left or right,
Following the Nation's banner
Straight into the endless light.

To a land of strife and battle
Far across the wide blue sea
He has gone to help the people
Who are struggling to be free
In the sultry heat of the swampland
In the insect-ridden mire
He has grown as tough as leather
And his heart is full of fire.

Now he sees his buddies falling
One by one they meet their doom
While the rockets light the Heavens
Sadness shrouds his heart with gloom
Like an old man bent and weary
In the muddy foxhole there
Knelt the lad in the noise of battle
As he offered up a prayer

"Heavenly Father, hear your child;
Why must people suffer so?
I'm so weary of this battle...
Surely Father, you must know
In your gentle way bring comfort
To my buddies lying there,
Ease their pain with all your mercy
This, dear Father is my prayer".

Then he raised his eyes to Heaven
And a teardrop softly fell
As he mourned for all who suffer
In that burning battle hell.
As he rose to struggle onward
Silhouette against the sky,
One lone sniper raised his rifle
And twas heard a pleading cry.

Oh so young to die in battle
Far from loved ones, all alone;
His still face was turned to Heaven
Waiting for his journey home.

-Author Unknown

Sunday, October 9, 2011

What God truly Wants

God is not the enemy of man. Satan is the enemy. He is the enemy of
our souls. He is using the perversion of Islam to try and thwart God’s
divine plan for mankind. The Muslims erroneously believe that because
Abraham rejected his first born child, Ishmael, that God can not
really be seen as a father to his children. Because Hagar was a
servant, they believe that they are to be servants. They serve Allah.
This is not true. God loved and blessed Ishmael and made him the
father of twelve nations. Yet, because of the haughtiness and jealousy
of Hagar over Isaac, who was exalted in his father’s house as the
promised heir, she passed this bitterness and resentment on to her son
and the generations of people who claim their heritage from him.
Islam provides a satanic counterfeit to the One True God. It gives the
wounded children of Ishmael a sense of power and authority, albeit
false power and authority. Why God chose the Jews to bring salvation
into the world remains a mystery to all of us. They are not a morally
or spiritually superior people and many Jews are Jews in name only,
meaning they do not believe in God and many, especially here in the
United States, are hardcore liberals who support many immoral causes
like abortion and gay marriage. Meanwhile, most of Israel is secular.
In fact, Israel has one of the highest abortion rates in the world.
However, aside from these things, God has never forsaken His covenant
with His Jewish people.
True peace and restoration will only come when the Jews begin to come
back into their Church. This is where the ministry of Messianic Jews
comes into play. From their ranks will come- 144,000 chosen from the
twelve tribes- young men trained to witness the gospel of Yeshua to
their people. Many will be saved, but there will be a remnant that
will remain opposed to the true gospel message as there will be
gentiles who refuse to acknowledge Yeshua as the Messiah. It will only
be when the Jews start to come back to the Church that the children of
Ishmael who hear the words of the gospel and are saved, will follow
them.
This is what God wants, the children of Isaac and Ishmael, Jews and
Gentile, the wild olive branch grafted in, to come together in
restoration to praise and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Time,
however, is, as it is said, of the essence.

The New Pledge Of Allegiance?

I do not know who really wrote this "new" Pledge of Allegiance. I have received e-mails claiming it was written by a young man attending high school in Arizona.

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene..
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all..
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles ..
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen

The Old Eagle Tree

In a distant field, stood a large tulip tree, apparently of a century's growth, and one of the most gigantic. It looked like the father of the surrounding forest. A single tree of huge dimensions, standing all alone, is a subline object.
On the top of this tree, an old eagle, commonly called the "Fishing Eagle" had built her nest every year, for many years, and undisturbed, had raised her young. A remarkable place to choose, as she procured her food from the ocean, and this tree stood a full ten miles from the seashore. It had long been known as the "Old Eagle Tree".
On a warm, sunny day, the workmen were hoeing corn in an adjoining field. At a certain hour of the day, the old eagle was known to set off for the seaside, to gather food for her young. As she this day returned with a large fish in her claws, the workmen surrounded the tree, and by yelling and hooting, and throwing stones, so scared the poor bird that she dropped her fish, and they carried it off in triumph.
The men soon dispersed, but Joseph sat down under a bush nearby, to watch, and to bestow unfailing pity. The bird soon returned to her nest without food. The eaglets at once set up a cry for food, so shrill, so clear, and so clamorous that the boy was greatly moved.
The patient bird seemed to try to soothe them; but their appetites were too keen, and it was all in vain. She then perched herself on a limb near them, and looked down into the nest in a manner that seemed to say, "I know not what to do next."
Her indecision was but momentary; again she poised herself, uttered one or two sharp notes, as if telling them to "lie still" balanced her body, spread her wings, and was away again for the sea.
Joseph was determine to see the result. His eye followed her till she grew small, smaller, a mere speck in the sky, and then disappeared. What boy has not thus watched the flight of the bird of his country!
She was gone nearly two hours, about double her usual time for a voyage, when she again returned, on a slow weary wing, flying uncommonly low, in order to have a heavier atmosphere to sustain her, with another fish in her talons.
On nearing the field, she made a circuit round it, to see if her enemies were there again. Finding the coast clear, she once more reached the tree, drooping, faint, and weary, and evidently nearly exhausted. Again, the eaglets set up their cry, which was soon hushed by the distribution of a dinner, such as, save the cooking, a king might admire.
"Glorious bird!" cried the boy, "what a spirit!"
Other birds can fly more swiftly, others can sing more sweetly, others scream more loudly; but what other bird, when persecuted and robbed, when weary, when discouraged, when so far from the sea, would do this?
"Glorious bird! I will learn a lesson from thee today. I will never forget, hereafter, that when the spirit is determined it can do almost anything. Others would have drooped, and hung the head, and mourned over the cruelty of man, and sighed over the want of the nestlings; but thou, by at once recovering the loss, hast forgotten all.
I will learn of thee, noble bird! I will remember this. I will set my mark high. I will try to do something, and to be something in the world; I will never yield to discouragement."
Is it any wonder that the eagle, as our nation's most recognizable symbol, exemplifies the true character and spirit of America?

-A Story Taken From McGuffey's Fourth Eclectic Reader

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep*

*This poem is attributed to Native Americans, however, the confirmed author is Mary Frye. Whether she was an Indian I am not sure.


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

- Mary Frye

I Am Your Flag

I AM YOUR FLAG.
I was born June 14, 1777.
I am more than just cloth shaped into a design.
I am the refuge
of the world's oppressed people.
I am the silent sentinel of Freedom.
I am the emblem
of the greatest sovereign nation on earth.
I am the inspiration
for which American Patriots
gave their lives and fortunes.
I have led your sons into battle
from Valley Forge
to the bloody ridges of Korea.
I walk in silence
with each of your Honored Dead
to their final resting place
beneath the silent white crosses,
row upon row.
I have flown through peace and war,
Strife and prosperity,
and amidst it all, I have been respected.

I AM YOUR FLAG.
My Red Stripes
symbolize the blood spilled
in defense of this Glorious Nation.
My White Stripes
signify the burning tears
shed by Americans who lost their sons.
My Blue Field
is indicative of God's heaven,
under which I fly.
My stars, clustered together,
unify 50 states as one
for God and Country.
"Old Glory" is my nickname,
and proudly I wave on high,
Honor me, respect me, defend me
with your lives
and your fortunes.
Never let my enemies tear me down
from my lofty position,
lest I never return.
Keep alight
the fires of patriotism,
Strive earnestly
for the spirit of democracy.
Worship Eternal God,
and Keep His Commandments,
And I shall remain the bulwark
of peace
and freedom
for all mankind.

I AM YOUR FLAG.

By Thomas E. Wicks Sr.

How To Face The Last Days Without Fear

To say that we Christians here in America have entered a time of severe testing would be an understatement. We are, without doubt, living in the last days, and these days will be increasingly fierce.
We are witnessing the increasing deterioration of the human race.
As stated in 2 Timothy 3:2, people have become lovers of self and are utterly self-centered; lovers of money and aroused by unprecedented greed and desire for wealth; proud and arrogant, and contemptuous boasters.
They will be abusive to and disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, and profane.
They will be lovers of pleasure and vain amusements, instead of lovers of God.
They will be gods unto themselves.

The events of the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelations is unfolding right before our eyes.

"Then I (John) saw as the Lamb (Jesus Christ, the Messiah) broke open one of the seven seals, and as if in a voice of thunder I heard one of the of the four living creatures call out, Come!
And I looked, and saw there a white horse whose rider (Jesus Christ, the Messiah) carried a bow. And a crown was given Him and He rode forth conquering and to conquer.This was prophesied thousands of years before in the messianic psalm written by the sons of Korah:
"Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things.
Your arrows are sharp; the people fall under You; Your darts pierce the hearts of the King's enemies."
Psalm 45: 1-5
As this psalm was written against the backdrop of a royal wedding, so is Christ coming to claim His honorable and unblemished Bride, His Church. And as we are seeing an increase in wickedness in every form, there is an outpouring of God's Spirit raining down like sharp arrows and piercing the hearts of the King's enemies (people who have never heard the saving message of the Gospel who are now coming to Christ) in places as diverse as China and Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, and Iran. Those denied Christ through persecution and the threat of death are coming to Him in record numbers in Asia, in Africa, and the Middle East.
Meanwhile, people in Europe and here in America, where they are free to hear the message of the Gospel, are languishing, so blinded by selfishness and greed and/or disillusioned by the greed and selfishness promoted in our culture that their love "has waxed cold" and they cannot or will not hear and accept the simple message of Salvation, which has been tainted by the influence of secularism, as well as religious pride and legalism in the Church.

"And when He broke the second seal, I heard a second living creature say, "Come!"
And another horse came out, flaming red. And it's rider was empowered to take peace from the earth, so that men slaughtered one another; and he was given a huge sword."
From whence came this rider's empowerment? From God Himself. This rider is taking peace from the earth and rendering judgment. His horse's fiery red coat symbolizes ethnic conflict on the earth, warfare against different peoples trying to destroy each other. We are witnessing how race is being used here in America to destroy our people and our nation.
While the sword often represents famine in biblical prophesy, I think the huge sword here might also represent Islam, which conquers under the threat of death by the sword.

"When He broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, "Come and look!" An I saw and behold, a black horse, and in his hand the rider had a pair of scales.
This horse is symbolic of worldwide shortage and rationing, the foreshadowing of the One World Government.
"...but do not harm the oil or the wine!" Rev 6:6 because it will be reserved for the rich, who will become richer as the poor get poorer.

"When the Lamb broke upon the fourth seal, I heard the fourth creature call out, "Come!"
So I looked and behold, an ashy pale horse and it's rider's name was Death and Hades followed him closely. And they were given authority and power over the fourth part of the earth to kill with the sword and with famine and with pestilence and with the wild beasts of the earth."
Again, "they were given authority and power". Authority and power given to them by God. Powered on judgment.
God's judgment is coming upon the earth. We have all witnessed the shaking of the earth. As Christians, we have to be aware of what is happening right now, however, I believe what we are seeing daily is merely the "birth pangs" of the coming Tribulation.

Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the rider of the white horse, has overcome sin and death so that all who believe in Him need not be troubled or afraid of what is coming to pass. Keep your heart's focus on Him and your eyes lifted towards heaven often, for your redemption is near.

Monday, August 29, 2011

No Clergy At 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony



In a little over two weeks, citizens across America will remember
the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and in western
Pennsylvania. For many Americans, that beautiful, crisp September
morning ten years ago, which suddenly turned into a scene of
unprecedented horror, will long remain a painful memory. On that
terrible day, many Americans, myself included, turned to God for
comfort and guidance. The churches and synagogues in our area and
around the nation were filled with shocked and frightened people
seeking answers to the senseless evil that we witnessed take thousands
of innocent American lives. Even people who were not normally
religious were coming to church or seeking out spiritual guidance to
help deal with their own bewilderment and grief.
Now New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to exclude clergy
from the city's upcoming 9/11 commemorative service. Why? His answer
was, "there is not enough room."
Former deputy mayor of New York, Rudy Washington, who served in
former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's administration, expressed outrage at
the current mayor's decision.
"This is America, and to have a memorial service where there's no
prayer, this appears to be insanity to me," he said, "I feel like
America has lost its way."
Although he suffered injuries during his time spent near Ground Zero,
Mr. Washington successfully organized the "Prayer For America"
service at Yankee Stadium in 2001. On that day, leaders from all the
major religions-Roman Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Protestants,
Sikhs, Greek Orthodox-peacefully assembled to address the crowd and an
even larger television audience as the service was broadcast across
America.
"I brought every major religion to this event in Yankee Stadium," said
Mr. Washington, who is considering holding a news conference on Sept.
11 to object to the exclusion of clergy. "I'm very upset about it.
This is crazy."
I agree with Mr. Washington.
This is America. We are a nation which was founded on the
Judeo-Christian principles of the Holy Bible. And although many of our
citizens are not Christian or Jewish, it is because our Constitution
guarantees freedom of worship, that they have been able to immigrate
here from all over the world and practice their religion in relative
safety and peace. There is no country on the face of this earth with
the religious tolerance of America.
However, speaking at a recent dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan,
an Islamic time of required fasting, invited guest Mayor Bloomberg
addressed the attendees, saying, "We are all Muslims now."
Who are "we" Mr. Bloomberg? Do you mean "we" as in "America is all
Muslim now?".
Who are you trying to ingratiate yourself with, Mr. Bloomberg, that
you would make such an outrageous, if telling statement?
After all, since you are such an unabashed supporter of the proposed
mosque, or "Islamic Center" being built only blocks from Ground Zero,
could it possibly be Iman Rauf and the Muslim Brotherhood?
For those of you who are not familiar with Rauf, he is not only the
mastermind behind the construction of the much protested against
mosque being built near Ground Zero, but he is actively involved in
attempting to ban freedom of speech in America, and promoting the
implementation of Sharia Law here.
Although Rauf was born in Kuwait, his father, Dr. Muhammad Abdul
Rauf, was Egyptian, and a contemporary of the founder of the
Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna. Rauf has
been well schooled in the long tradition of radical Wahhabism, which
is the principle religion of the Muslim Brotherhood, that he acquired
at the controversial Al-Azhar University in Cairo. You might recall
that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 were also practicing
Wahhabis. This particularly virulent sect of Islam, which origins
come from Saudi Arabia, and not Egypt, as erroneously reported in the
American mainstream media, opposes all practices not sanctioned by the
Koran, which includes non-participation in any inter-religious
dialogues/ceremonies with infidel Christians and Jews and others.
Could this be the real reasons behind Bloomberg's decision to ban
clergy from the upcoming 9/11 commemorative ceremony? Is he afraid of
"offending" radical Muslim sensitivities?
Fortunately, there is going to be another commemorative event, the
second annual Freedom Rally, to be held at Ground Zero on 9/11, and
sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a human rights
organization.
It will be hosted by Pamela Geller, Executive Director of AFDI and
publisher of the acclaimed website, Atlas Shrugs.
“It is crucial to stand for freedom on this tenth anniversary of the
heinous 9/11 jihad attacks,” said Ms. Geller. “We must show the
jihadists we are unbowed in the defense of freedom. As a judge
yesterday dismissed a suit by a New York firefighter challenging the
construction of the mosque, the last legal hurdle blocking it has been
removed. But we are not giving up. It is time for free citizens to
make a stand.”
The Freedom Rally will also feature a number of guest speakers
including 9/11 family members Alexander and Maureen Santora, who lost
their firefighter son, Christopher; Sally Regenhard, whose son,
Christian, was killed on 9/11; Nelly Braginsky, who lost her son,
Alexander, and others.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Significance Of Israel

During the time of the biblical patriarchs, the nation that we know today as Israel was called Canaan. After the conquests led by Moses and later, Joshua, the land became Israel. The name was still used in the New Testament (Matthew 2:20) though by that time it was a province of the Roman Empire.
The name, Palestine, translates to mean, "land of the Philistines". First used by the Greeks and later the Romans, the area retained this name under other subsequent Gentile rulers which included Great Britain. When the British Mandate expired in 1948, the region known as Palestine was divided into two states, Israel and Jordan.
In the geography of the Near East, the setting of the Bible is in the land of Israel. The Bible is the recorded history of the Jewish people. It is the story of the patriarch, Abraham, who as Abram, was called by God out of the land of Ur, of the Chaldees (present day Iraq) and the pagan moon-god worship of his father's house, and into the land called Canaan, where God promised through covenant, "I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you with abundant increase of favors, and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing, dispensing good to others." (Genesis 12:2 Amplified Bible).

This covenant later extended to include Abraham's son, Isaac, and his descendants, and Isaac's son, Jacob, and his descendants. However, before the birth of his son, Isaac, Abraham sired another son, Ishmael, with his wife Sarah's Egyptian handmaid, Hagar. Although God promised Hagar that He would multiply the descendants of her son exceedingly, "...so that they shall not be numbered for multitude" (Genesis 16:10) and later, twelve princes (nations) descended from Ishmael, (Genesis 25:12-18), the land covenant given to Abraham, "And I will give to you and to your posterity after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God" (Genesis 17:8) remained with Isaac and Jacob and their descendants.
This has been a deep source of contention over the centuries between the children of Abraham, who are the Jews, and the children of Ishmael, described in Genesis 16:12, "as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hands against him, and he will live to the east and on the borders of all his kinsmen" who are the Arabs.
Adam Clarke's Commentary concludes, "Nothing can be more descriptive of the wandering, lawless, freebooting life of the Arabs than this."
Although God blessed the descendants of Ishmael, unfortunately many of them have turned away from Him to bow their knee to the satanic counterfeit god, Allah, and the religion of Islam. The Muslims claim that their god is really the God of the Old Testament. Here inlies a twisted truth. As I stated above, Abram was called out of the pagan culture of his father, the land of Ur of the Chaldees, which was the center of Babylonian moon-god worship in the ancient world. "Allah" the god of Islam, is one of the 265 moon dieties inscribed on the Kabbah in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. I think what the Muslims are attempting to say is that Abram first worshipped the moon-gods which possibly included Allah, before being called by the One True God into the land of Canaan. Talk about the devil in the details! There is no evidence that Abram worshipped at the altars of the moon-gods. The mere fact that God called him to come out of this evil place and into Canaan leads me to the conclusion that Abram was essentially a righteous man, and like Noah, was living amid a culture of abominable sin. God looked with mercy upon him and saved him from suffering in the pits of hell by calling him out of that land. Christians believe that because of this one man's obedience to the call of God, we have not only been blessed with the nation known today as Israel, but we have been given the glorious gift of God's Son, the Messiah Y'Shua.

For those in the world who are determine to continually refute Israel's right to the land, in 1946, one year before the British Mandate ended by vote of the UN, partitioning the region of Palestine into two independent states, one Jewish, one Arab, a young Bedouin Arab boy discovered a series of ancient Hebrew writings in a cave near Qumran. These text were later known as the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.

.http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/deadsea.html

On May 14, 1948 the modern state of Israel emerged to take her place among the nations of the world. This was the single greatest fulfillment of biblical prophecy since the coming of the Messiah Y'Shua.

"Who has ever heard of such a thing?
Who has ever seen such things?
Can a country be born in a day
Or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor
then she gives birth to her children."
-Isaiah 66:8

In one single day, Israel was born as a complete nation, having its own government, armed forces, and all necessary offices of adminstration. Although hastily arranged, all the essential ingredients were incorporated to make Israel a fully sovereign nation.
Meanwhile, the Arabs rejected their half of the partitioned land, and on the day after Israel was declared a nation, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria attacked them. Like David vs. Goliath, tiny Israel emerged victorious against the giant of combined Arab armies. These same Arab countries attacked Israel again in the 1967 Six Day War and in 1973 during Yom Kippur, The Feast of Atonement. Terrorist organizations like the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Fatah, run by Yassir Arafat, Dr. George Habash's group, The Popular Front For The Liberation of Palestine, and later, Hamas, and Hezbollah, which is primarily backed by the Shia Islamic government of Iran, sprang up from the ashes of these conflicts with a determination to destroy Israel and her people through heinous acts of guerilla warfare and terrorism. It was not until November, 1977 when one Arab leader, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, decided to extend the olive branch to then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and made his historic trip across the border to Israel. For the first time, people in this troubled region of the world began to hold cautious hope that one day, the descendants of Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac might actually live side by side in peaceful co-existence. Although up until recently Israel and Egypt have maintained a tentative acknowledgement of each other, their truce did not come without a price. President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by members of an Islamic extremist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas recently declared once again that he will never accept Israel’s right to exist. Furthermore, the PA, as well as Hamas and other terrorist groups have never been ordered by the United Nations, the United States of America, and any of the other nations involved in the one-sided "peace process" to change their charters calling for the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of the Jewish people. Iranian President Mahmoud "Mad Dog" Ahmadinejad is foaming at the mouth in anticipation of destroying Israel if and when his country’s nuclear program develops a successful long range missile. Meanwhile, President Obama seems more concerned with demanding that Israel stop building in Judea and Samaria and return to "the 1967 lines." What he is actually asking Israel is for them to sign their own death certificate.

"I will curse thee that curses or uses insolent language against you." Genesis 12:3

By the very words of his mouth, Obama has cursed Israel. Unfortunately, he has also cursed himself. And he has cursed America. God's judgment is inevitable upon this nation. However, believers must continue to stand and pray for our people and this land. Although our leader has incurred God's wrath through his disobedience, God is also a compassionate Father full of mercy and of love and He will never forsake his precious children here.

"If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!



The Reading Mother


I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea,
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath.


I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.


I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.


I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings--
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!


You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a Mother who read to me.


Strickland Gillilan

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dame Elizabeth Rosemund Taylor, 1932-2011 Rest In Peace




Beautiful Elizabeth Taylor was a consummate actress and Hollywood legend with the most striking pair of violet blue eyes this side of heaven. She was also a compassionate humanitarian, known for her work helping victims of AIDS.
In 1985, Elizabeth founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research. However, what many people do not know about lovely Elizabeth is that at the height of her acting career, she became a Jewess.
After her conversion to Judaism in 1959 (this had nothing to do with her husband Eddie Fischer) Elizabeth took the Hebrew name, Elisheba Rachel. She began to support many Jewish causes, especially Israel's right to exist. Because of her generous purchases of Israel Bonds, Arab nations targeted Ms. Taylor and boycotted her films. In 1962, the Egyptian Government under President Gamal Abdul Nassar banned Elizabeth from entering Egypt to finish the filming of Cleopatra primarily due to her support for Israel. Egyptian officials declared, "Miss Taylor will not be allowed to come to Egypt because she has adopted the Jewish faith and supports Israeli causes." Elizabeth later canceled a trip to the Soviet Union after it's condemnation of Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.
In the 1970's her activism for the Jewish people and Israel continued with her signing a letter of protest against a UN Resolution which declared that Zionism was racism and a form of racial discrimination. But perhaps her most noblest gesture of support for the Jewish people was when Elizabeth offered herself as a replacement for the Israeli hostages being held by Arab hijackers in Entebbe, Uganda in July, 1976.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Jew Factor

According to halakha, the collective body of Jewish law, a child is not Jewish if the child’s mother is not Jewish. This ruling is based in part from a passage in the Book of Ezra:

“And Shecaniah, the son of Jehiel of the sons of Elam said to Ezra:
We have broken faith and dealt treacherously against our God and married foreign women of the peoples of the land; yet there is still hope for Israel in spite of this thing.
Therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the foreign wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the command of our God; and let it be done according to the Law.”
Ezra 10:2-3

Reform Judaism and progressive or liberal Jews have refuted this law and claim that anyone can be declared Jewish as long as one of their parents is Jewish.
Gabby Giffords mother is Christian Scientist, which under orthodox law would disqualify her as being Jewish.
It has only been since 2001 that Giffords solely identified herself with being Jewish. She is a member of the Congregation Chaverim, a Reform synagogue, in Tucson.
While Congresswoman Giffords seems very sincere in her commitment to Judaism, as well as her support for Israel,with most Democrats today, claiming to be Jewish has more to do with politics than with the tenets of faith. And while Giffords might support the Second Amendment and gun rights, like many of her more progressive-minded Jewish female politicians, she is fully pro-abortion, with a 100% rating from NARAL, or the National Abortion Rights Action League. In fact, this was mentioned several times by various media outlets in describing Congresswoman Giffords career in the Congress. She has also been described as very moderate in many other of her political views, even jokingly accused of really being a Republican. I suppose by mentioning her 100% rating with NARAL was the mainstream media’s way of reassuring their liberal viewing audience that Giffords “is still one of us.”
And while I thank God that she is recovering from her injuries, it would be nice to see her colleagues openly giving thanks and glory to Gabby's Creator too. Doctors are hailing her recovery as nothing short of a miracle.
Liberals, especially those in the political arena, seem only to focus on God and the need for prayer when it is convenient for them. Sort of like being a convenient Jew. Furthermore, this sudden call for camaraderie in the Congress in the wake of this shooting of one of their fellow members will probably dissipate once the collective shock and survivor’s guilt wears off.
America is literally drowning in a cesspool of deep spiritual darkness, something best reflected in several passages from II Timothy 3:1-5:
“But understand this, that in the last days will come perilous times of great stress and trouble.
For people will be lovers of self and utterly self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate, greedy desire for wealth, proud, and arrogant, and contemptuous boasters.
They will be abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, and profane.
They will be slanders, false accusers, troublemakers, intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
They will be lovers of sensual pleasures instead of lovers of God.
For although they hold a form of piety (true religion) they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it.”

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Of Twain, Free Speech, And Censorship

The unreasonable decision to ban the "N" word from the classic works of author Mark Twain is not only a clear violation of freedom of speech and expression, but censorship. It is a denial of American History as Twain recorded it for his generation. "Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" reflect the mindset of a different time and different cultural practices. How are we suppose to teach our children to think for themselves if we deny them the right to freedom of thought and expression?
Freedom of Speech is guaranteed to every American citizen under the Constitution. Liberal politicians and the news media have sought to bend the rules of this right to speak one's mind freely and unhindered by imposing on our society the virulent institution of political correctness. This has emboldened those living among us who use their race and ethnic origin as a weapon to silence and intimidate their critics. These people, and you know who you are, have been allowed to get away with establishing a rather lucrative career stirring up the masses in order to uncover the alleged latent bigotry and racism lurking just beneath the surface of every white face in America.
Furthermore, if the dreaded "N" word is to be removed from Twain's works than it should be removed from all black rap songs, black movies, black literature, etc. It was black idiomatic speech that first coined this word in the first place. So, if it is deemed offensive for a white man to use it than it should be deemed offensive for a black man to use it too.