Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mission Style Memories

The frame that I picked up on our last treasure hunt is finally repaired and refinished. We considered many things to put in it (stained glass, mirror, calligraphy, etc ) and finally found just what we were looking for. We picked out some antique doilies to go in it that were passed down to us. I like how it is coming along. Next, we'll pick a background color to put behind the doilies, cut some glass to fit the frame, and add some pictureframeguts holders to keep the back on. Then comes finding a home for it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Discouragement - Beware of the evil tool

Beware of the evil tool

A Chinese legend describes how the father of Sin decided to have a sale and dispose of all his tools to anyone who would pay his price.
The implements were laid out in a row for inspection and among others were tools labeled "Malice," "Envy," "Hatred," "Jealousy" and "Deceit." Every one had a price tag on it. Apart form the others lay a harmless-looking, wedge-shaped tool, very much worn from use, that was priced a great deal higher than the rest.
One of the buyers asked the Devil what it was. "That," he answered, "is Discouragement; and it's in fine shape."
"But why have you priced it so high?"

"Because it is more useful to me than any of the others. I can pry open and get inside a man's consciousness with that wedge when I couldn't get near him with any of the others. And believe me, once I do get inside I can use that man in whatever way suits me best. Of course, you'll notice it is well worn. That's because I use it with nearly everybody, for very few of you mortals know that it belongs to me."

However, the price was so high that this particular tool was never sold. The Devil still owns it, and is still using it.

-- The Ambassador.
Golden Nuggets of Thought Ezra L Marler

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Study to shew thyself approved unto God...


...a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In The Person And Work Of Jesus Christ

Apparently the enemies of Daniel had at least one informer in his household to enable them to secure his arrest and conviction, because this private practice was conclusively proven in a public hearing before Darius, to the consternation of that monarch. Darius was now bound by his own law to sentence to death his most trusted associate and chief president. His grief and agony are unmistakable, and his position a tragic one. As the voice of law, he could not deny himself without ceasing to be that bond between heaven and earth. His office and power required, whatever vice he might indulge in, this one unswerving allegiance to law. Thus, Darius' law said death to Daniel, while his love said life, and the two could not be united. In every non-biblical system of thought, this conflict appears in some form, the irreconcilable and unbridgeable conflict and gulf between law and love. Let law triumph, and its harshness turns it ultimately into a cold scheme of organized injustice. Let love triumph over law, and again injustice holds sway as antinomianism infects every bulwark of order. The tension between law and love is thus a continuing tension that works to the dissolution of one civilization after another and is today basic to much contemporary tension, as humanitarian impulses seek to over-ride the requirements of strict justice and the dictates of its law. The tension is by no means limited to the political order but is endemic to the family, society, school, and every other order.

Only in the biblical revelation is the tension between law and love resolved, with vast social and historical implications, in the person and work of Jesus Christ. By His perfect righteousness and His vicarious atonement, the strictest requirements of law and justice were fully met and fulfilled, and the statutes of God observed to every jot and tittle, and yet, at one and the same time, the love of God unto salvation manifested in and through Him. The cross thus is the symbol of the unity of law and love in Jesus Christ and of the full requirements and mutual integrity of both. The radical injustice of every order apart from Christ is overcome by this synthesis, and the historical realization of an order founded on this unity, as yet unrealized, is opened up. The attempts of men to create an equitable and livable order apart from the atonement have been doomed to radical collapse, as witness Julius Caesar's attempt to supplant the failing law with his graceless clementia. Love or forgiveness which is unable to regenerate man becomes only a license to and subsidy of evil, and law itself is equally incapable of any creative role or regenerating function.

Excerpted from Thy Kingdom Come Rousas John Rushdoony pages 43-44

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ode to Hens

As introductions are really very long over due,
We'd like you to meet New Hen One..
and New Hen Two,
"Give us names!" we ask and cordially invite,
Innomination is surely a disparaging plight.
Be it Gerty, or Gracie or Pheobe or Sue,
Or Mildred or Martha or Henny-O-Lou,
"What a pickle!" They surely are deserving of names,
Have you any suggestions for our new fluffy dames?

Friday, June 13, 2008

The experience, eminence, and integrity of Daniel were recognized by Darius the Mede, who made him first president over the 120 princes who governed his kingdom. This occasioned no small jealousy. As Joseph Parker has observed, with reference to this passage, "All primacy must be paid for." If that primacy is as faithful and righteous a one as Daniel's, it must be doubly paid for. The levelling demands of evil are for a democracy of being, a cosmic democracy in which all distinctions are nullified on favor of a commonality which blurs identity, responsibility, and meaning. Evil men seek to make all things evil; men who are failures demand a universal failure. And men unable or unwilling to rise above their low estate seek savagely to raze all eminence into a common democracy of mediocrity and defeat. Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life, and involves a hatred of differences, because freedom is inseparable from differences, distinctions, discernment, and wise discrimination. But freedom is an enemy to those who hate responsibility, and accordingly must be destroyed as an aristocratic principle to make way for the "freedom" of total democracy, which is the end of all meanings, discriminations, and divisions, whether good or bad, in the name of this higher virtue, the mystical oneness and absorption into the mass of a fallen and corrupt humanity. "All primacy must be paid for," either by total war against a hostile world, or by radical concession and submission to that world. Religiously and politically, Daniel refused to concede in any measure.

Excerpted from Thy Kingdom Come Rousas John Rushdoony page 39

This Morning's Harvest

A basket full of minty goodness.

Monday, June 09, 2008

What the world believes


For $40 a year you can purchase "Rapture Insurance." You've Been Left Behind is offering "Document storage and "Rapture" triggered email messaging system."

"You've Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends For Christ. Imagine being in the presence of the Lord and hearing all of heaven rejoice over the salvation of your loved ones. It is our prayer that this site makes it happen."

How it works:

"We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system."


"In addition to the e-mail function, users of YouveBeenLeftBehind.com can also store personal and financial documents on the site. Up to 150 megabytes of information would be sent to up to 12 people after the presumed rapture."

"In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys," explains the site. "

"There won't be any bodies, so probate court will take seven years to clear your assets to your next of kin. Seven years, of course, is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the Antichrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way."

The services offered by the site cost $40 a year. Heard told Threat Level that he already has paying subscribers."


They say 'why' preying on emotionalism:

The unsaved will be 'left behind' on earth to go through the "tribulation period" after the "Rapture". You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing "God Bless America" at baseballs' seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.


What Post Millenialists are saying:

Pastor James McDonald author of Family Reformation Blog:

"Doesn’t that make you feel good?

Well, not me. I am increasingly troubled by what seems to be an escapist mentality in the church. Instead of praying for the lost and standing for the Gospel, we count down the days to the most recent prediction of the Lord’s Return. And now we can sit on our worthless tracts, letting the Web do the work for us.

When will the church wake up? We have been privileged to take the Good News to the lost, but sadly, only 30% of Christians in today’s 'missional' church feel personally responsible to share their faith. Only 30%! Pastors seem more interested in being 'relevant' than being living sacrifices. The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is compromised with promises of a better life rather than the call to take up the Cross. Even at this event, I heard about a new slogan adopted by a nearby church – 'You don’t have to believe to belong.'

There is a great analogy in this story of Moses. If we really want to see the fulfillment of God’s promises it comes when we put His commands ahead of our demands. Jesus clearly laid out for us the cost of discipleship:

Luke 9:23-26: Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.“

For the record – I don’t believe in the Rapture. I cannot find it anywhere in the Bible. I am not a pre-trib Christian. My days of following the latest Hal Lindsey prediction are becoming a distant memory. I believe we serve a victorious King and with His power we will see a victorious Church. While I do not believe this will occur in my lifetime, I do pray the Lord gives us hearts like Moses. Where we can look upon the lost in our midst, the postmodern and corrupt society wherein we live, and see by faith, a new day. May He wake us up from our daydreams to again take the saving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth."

Dr. Richard Bacon is currently preaching a sermon on Revelation. Yesterday's sermon, "A Need For Certainty" opens:

"Turn if you will, to Revelation chapter 21. I appreciate very much the patience that many of you have shown toward me...in not stoning me, as you've heard a view of the book of Revelation that I am sure is very new to many of you. Now it's not a new view of Revelation, this is the historic view of Revelation. This is the view of Revelation that all of the Reformers held to, to a man. This is the view that really up until the middle of the nineteenth century, the church held to for 1,850 years. But what has happened in the last 150 years, is that people have become very nervous about the future. And, Revelation does talk about the future. And so people have become preoccupied with this book. And I think preoccupied is not too strong of a word.

However, the interpretation that they have placed upon the book, has come from a previous mindset that views the old testament as fundamentally irrelevant to the church. In other words, they look at the old testament, and I am referring now to a point of view that has come to be known as dispensationalism. Dispensationalism came about in the middle of the nineteenth century....It's not something the church has held to for 2,000 years......That whole idea of prophecy is being fulfilled in our day is a mindset that grew up in the middle of the 19th century...

I'm going back with you in time now probably 35 years or more. 35 years ago I was being educated, indoctrinated, something, at a dispensational bible school. And in those days I had a couple of disagreements with some of the professors...they were very sure about the fact that the anti-christ was just about to take over the world, make a covenant with the Jews for 7 years, break the covenant, and basically blow up everything...that's dispensationalism for you in a nut shell...I remember asking one of my professors, 'Do you believe in free will, that a person can accept Jesus any time he wants to?' and the professor said, 'Absolutely that is a cardinal point of doctrine.' And I said, "What happens if anti-christ decides to accept Jesus?'" Hear the professor's response here.

Another Gunn In The Arsenal!

Patience Olivia Gunn has arrived!
Congratulations Colin and Emily Gunn!
Patience is number six in the quiver.

Hello World!

Jordan Roberts Moore - 1 day old.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Congratulations!


Congratulations to the Moores!
Grandbaby #1 Jordan Roberts Moore has arrived!
Born to Derek and Samantha Moore June 4th.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

June's Garden

Black Eyed Susan
Shasta Daisy
Pear Tomatoes


Cosmos

boobytrap


Lavender

Cantalope

Dad's Cactus Garden

Cantalop Flower Bzzzzzz...

Cardinal Climber on the trellis...

Salvia

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Memorial Day

At 3:00 there was the playing of Taps by our friend Sam Coleman and then silence.
Mr. Moore addressing the gathering spoke on the history of Memorial Day, the importance of honoring our fallen men, and what we must do to preserve Memorial Day in our day and age.
Listening to the speakers.
We also heard from a young soldier who has served and will be returning to battle. We mourned with him as he and others named the names of fallen men. A moving historical account was given by a fellow Christian businessman and we ended with prayer.

How Cool Is That?


Our new AC thing. You might remember we got a different new AC thing a while back. This was the other AC thing that made our world a tepid 77 degrees and it finally went kaputzgie. So here's the new one. How cool is that? What's funny is this big thing is the same as the old little thing which once was big in it's day. So I guess in Texas, while "big" will always be, "getting bigger" is just as necessary in order for "bigness" to be "big" always. If that made sense.