In Remembrance…

This morning I attended a public, community meeting in the complex where I live. I was pleased that after the reciting of the pledge of allegiance to the flag of our “…one nation, under God,…” we were asked to remain standing for one minute of silence, in remembrance of the tragic events and lives lost sixteen years ago, on September 11.

Observing a few moments of silence on such occasions may have become, for many, a perfunctory patriotic ritual. Others will remember vividly the Twin Towers falling and the burning Pentagon. For some, the inspiring heroism of regular Americans in bringing down United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA before it reached its deadly destination of the U.S. Capital has been overtaken by the current cares and concerns of our daily lives.

However, we should use this calendar reminder to cause us to seriously consider today’s global threats. Radical Islamic hatred for our freedoms and liberties has not lessened, in these sixteen years. Just last week, ISIS called for individual jihadists to poison food in our grocery stores!

While, after seemingly weekly jihadi attacks somewhere in the West, politically correct leftists and liberal religious and political leaders presume to tell us again (and again) that these threats and attacks from Islamic purists are not shared by the majority of “the religion of peace.” More accurate and honest souls see this kind of societal barbarism to be consistent with specific scriptures in the Qur’an*and the supremacist teachings of Islam’s founder and leaders, for nearly 1400 years.

In an evening address to the nation, on that fateful, modern “day of infamy,” President George W. Bush led the nation to rest in the arms of “a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me’.”

Now, 16 years later, on this solemn anniversary of 9/11, may we resolve that those we lost will be honored–not just for a minute of silence in meetings or at memorials, but—in the ultimate victory in the ever-present struggles for faith, family, and freedom.  May God continue to protect and bless America!

 

 * So that we might better understand what the Qur’an says in its own words that inspire not only ISIS but where other terrorists/jihadists get their calling and inspiration, here are 10 top Quranic verses which may motivate Muslim fundamentalists to violence toward “infidels” or “apostates.”

  1. Qur’an 3:32 – Hate (Allah only loves believers in Allah. That’s only Muslims!)

“Say: Obey Allah and His Messenger; But if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.

  1. Qur’an 48:29 – Terrorize (Muslims are to be severe to unbelievers!)

“Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves.”

  1. Qur’an 4:24 – Rape (Approved for your women captives, even if married as to avoid adultery!)

“And all married women (are forbidden unto you) save those (captives) whom your right hands possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.”

  1. Qur’an 5:33 – Murder (Punished, crucified for objecting to Sharia!)

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

  1. Qur’an 9:5 – Idolators – (Convert, die or pay jizyah tax!)

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

  1. Qur’an 9:29 – Dominate The World (Dhimmi/death / subdued!)

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

  1. Qur’an 9:73 – Apostates & Hypocrites (Non-Muslims are to be hunted like animals!)

“O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them, and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.”

  1. Qur’an 9:111 – Jihad = Holy War (Believers are those who slay and are slain!)

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”

  1. Qur’an 47:35 – Power & Victory (Peace is the cry of those being slaughtered!)

“Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,”   

  1. Qur’an 2:106 – Abrogation (The later verse erases the former!)

“Whatever communications We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or like it. Do you not know that Allah has power over all things?

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Should “Dreamers” Keep on Dreaming?

Share the “American Dream”?

President Trump’s Department of Justice announced this past week that it will take steps, over the next six months, to “rescind” the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily protected immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally, when they were children.

This 2012 temporary-amnesty plan was popularly linked to the concept of the “American Dream” and the executive action shielded these young “Dreamers” from deportation. As Attorney General Sessions explained:

“In other words, the Executive Branch, through DACA, deliberately sought to achieve what the legislative branch specifically refused to authorize on multiple occasions. Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Executive Branch. “

These “Dreamers” are young, undocumented immigrants over the age of 16 and below the age of 31. Many are now adults and their average age is 25. They claim to have been brought into this country by their parents before 2012 and have illegally resided here for 10 years, or more, but without any criminal records. Many have spent most of their lives in the United States and are now seeking educations, careers and even military service in this country.

While the “deferred action” by the Obama administration policy did not give these estimated 800,000 young people legal status, it did shield them from being deported and allowed them to seek work permits. Those currently with DACA status and two-year work permits would be allowed to stay in the U.S. until their permits expire, or even renew them for another two years.

President Trump has been clear that it is Congress’s constitutional role to legislate immigration issues:

Donald J. Trump 

✔@realDonaldTrump

Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!

5:04 AM – Sep 5, 2017

The announcement from Attorney General Sessions indicated that in winding down this program, no action of deportation will be made by the administration for the next six months, to give Congress time to act on this emotional issue. Their failure to stay on top of the surge of illegal immigration and the inexplicable loose border policies of the last administration have brought us to this crisis.

This is just the latest step in the social justice battle for understanding, compassion, and justice in the larger immigration debate, which has plagued our country for decades, if not centuries.  As “a nation of immigrants,” we have not always assimilated and “played well together” with our new neighbors.

We have had the misfortune of simultaneously praising some and resenting others, or welcoming some immigrants while scapegoating immigration in general, since before the nation was actually founded. The fear of an unfamiliar mother tongue or custom from some immigrants or their refusal to assimilate and learn the language and ways of their host country has been the context of more than a few heated debates, hurried immigration policy proposals and—sadly—instances of bigoted hatred.

“Dreamers” in Scripture?

The “American Dream” has been the background of thought which has compelled millions to come to these shores from near and far. The economic success of the democratic experiment offering “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in this “land of the free and the home of the brave” has been a world-transforming phenomenon. Fiefdoms of the “old world” have fallen. The harsh, draconian, social experiments of socialism, Marxism, and communism have all but proven too burdensome for most of our world’s inhabitants.

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Are Natural Disasters Really “Acts of God”?

Insurance policies frequently have specific disclaimers for “acts of God,” like tornados and hurricanes.  Is that really the case? Are these natural disasters part of the wrath of a vengeful god?

As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump millions of gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana, some areas are expecting over 50 inches of rain, in a matter of these few days. The unprecedented storm’s winds and waters have made yet a second landfall, in densely populated sections of the affected areas.  Innumerable homes, churches, and businesses are flooded, some up to their roofs!  Some residents have crawled up to their attics and then broken through the roof to gain access to potential rescuers.

I’ve not, yet, seen displaced people shaking their fists at God, but I have seen the “Cajun Navy” and other good hearted neighbors joining with organized first responders in hundreds of home rescues and transport of stranded motorists. One lady was assisted by helpful neighbors from her flooded home to a working hospital when she went into labor during the early hours of the “wind and waves.”

As Hurricane Harvey Lashes Texas, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains Deploy to Offer Hope and Comfort. Give to the RRT now!

Some news journalists have referenced this coastal calamity as wrecking devastation “of biblical proportions.” They were referring to the biblical account of a 40 day-long, worldwide flood which destroyed “all living things,” except for one family of eight people and the animals which they had gathered in a large, three-storied ship. You can read all about it in Genesis, chapter six, of the Old Testament.

In this biblical record, the disastrous flood was an act of judgment by a holy God on a wicked people. In contrast to others of his time, the man Noah “was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” (6:9). Unsurprisingly, Noah found favor in the eyes of God (6:8).

But, this holy God observed that “the people on earth had corrupted their ways” and the earth was “full of violence” and “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time”  (6:5,11-12). The Creator God “regretted that he had made human beings on the earth.” He was deeply troubled and determined to destroy the wicked population and start over. Only Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives escaped the devastating deluge and repopulated the earth (9:19).

The process of redemption and restoration of humankind on earth also brought a significant promise from Creator God. He told Noah and his family that “…Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” As a sign or symbol of this everlasting agreement or covenant, God “set My rainbow in the cloud” as a reminder of His promise that flood waters would never again “destroy all life” on earth.

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Eclipse of the Son?

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Monday, August 21, Americans can uniquely experience the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse over our nation in nearly 100 years, since 1918.

Crossing over 14 states, this astrological phenomenon will be the first total solar eclipse viewed in the U.S. since 1979 and the first one seen only from our nation’s vantage point, since 1776.

Beginning Monday morning at 10:16 a.m. (PDT) in Government Point, Oregon, the moon’s elliptical orbit will carry it precisely between the Earth and our sun. With all three celestial objects in direct alignment, the moon’s shadow across the Earth’s surface will appear, to a potential 12 million U.S. sky gazers in a 67-mile-path, to blot out the sun entirely. Millions of others, in a 200-mile periphery on either side of the primary path, will be able to see a partial eclipse.

Darkness will be experienced at each viewing area for a period of about two and one-half minutes. The primary eclipse will exit the North American continent near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 p.m. (EDT).

Those not positioned to see the full eclipse this time will have another chance in just seven years. In September 2024, another total eclipse will take a different trajectory across much of America, from our nation’s southwest to the northeast.

Eclipse Effects?

Interestingly, the trajectory of both of these celestial events—seven years apart—will ominously form a cross over the continent and intersect over the town of New Meridian, Missouri and the hazardous fault zone which bears its name.

This seismic zone (NMSZ), north of Memphis, Tennessee, produced massive earthquakes in 1811 and 1812 which were strong enough to cause the Mississippi River to flow backward! Some modern seismic speculators suggest the massive intraplate interaction in that area could produce an earthquake massive enough to split the continent along the huge river valleys of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

Solar Phenomena and Biblical Prophecy

Since ancient times, people have perceived eclipses as omens, perhaps as predictions of Doomsday. The Bible refers to such a time of divine wrath as the “latter days” (1 Peter 1:20Hebrews 1:1-2) or “the Day of the Lord.” This time will also include “signs in the heavens,” astrological alignments and phenomena announcing dramatic, cataclysmic events.

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“Why Jesus Could Return by A.D. 2000”

Christian Persecution Grows

I recently was scanning the spines of some of my books dealing with eschatology, the study of the end times or the last days. I happened on a 1997 book titled THE END, by Ed Dobson.

I didn’t remember I had this book about predictive prophecy and pulled it out to scan and review for a few minutes. I discovered the front cover had a subtitle which “said it all”:

“Why Jesus Could Return by A.D. 2000.”

Now, two decades after the original publication date and nearly the same number of years past the turn-of-century target date, this projected timing of Christ’s coming and the end of the world can be mocked (along with the other Y2K prognostications). However, these future realities cannot be ignored.

With the current bellicose threats from the demented dictator of North Korea and his provocative testing of long-range missiles, which could potentially be fixed with nuclear warheads and reach most countries of the Pacific Rim—including highly populated parts of the United States, the world may be closer to “the end” than ever before.

The predictions of the book’s author may have been misdated (“…by A.D. 2000”) but his major propositions still attract our attention. Here they are:

  1. The Bible predicts that Jesus Christ will come back to the earth and judge the lives of the living and the dead.
  2. The Bible predicts the specific events and trends that will precede and accompany that coming of Christ.
  3. The current situation in the world has remarkable parallels to the events and trends predicted in the Bible.

We humans seem to have an insatiable curiosity for knowing or sharing future and unusual events. Consequently, many are the gullible guests of charlatans preying on unsuspecting souls by dishing out supposed truth or outright error in palatable portions. Additionally, we must recognize that some sincere but confused people are deliberately or demonically deceived.

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God Bless America!

It is the 4th of July and the stars and stripes of “Old Glory” are flying in festive parades and front porches across the United States America, as we celebrate our 241st Independence Day.

My flag is flying between bright red and white rose bushes in my front lawn garden. I may need to plant some Texas bluebonnets next year, to round out the patriotic display!

Along with the happy celebrations, this annual holiday should prompt some holy reflections, since true freedom ultimately comes from God. King David said, “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” (Psalm 119:45) This greater freedom comes from putting God first and obeying His commands.

In this “greatest country on God’s green earth,” to quote radio commentator Michael Medved, we enjoy many freedoms. Today, we can enjoy the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to elect our leaders. All of these freedoms were secured by the dedication of our Founding Fathers.

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Socialist Senator Questions Christian Theology

Political correctness is increasingly encroaching upon religious freedoms in most  Western countries, including the United States.

Bernie Sanders, the socialist Senator from Vermont who could have become president in 2016, recently announced that he will oppose President Trump’s nominee for assistant budget director, Russell Vought, on religious viewpoint positions.

It seems that Mr. Vought shared his religious views in a blog in January of 2016, defending his alma mater, Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) concerning the firing of a professor who taught that Muslims and Christians believe in the same God. To this,  Mr. Vought’s post had distinguished between Christian and Islamic theology.

Wheaton College is a highly respected evangelical Christian institution whose statement of faith holds to historic orthodox Christianity, where Jesus claims to be “the Way, the Truth and the Life” and that “no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

The fact that Mr. Vought affirmed these words of Jesus Himself in a public blog has nothing to do with him being acceptable as a nominee to work in the Office of Management and Budget or any other government position. As a matter of fact, Article VI of the U.S. Constitution provides that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

However, Vought’s affirmation of this core Christian doctrine led the senator from Vermont to grill him about this politically incorrect religious position, when he testified before the Senate Budget Committee, June 7th.

“You wrote,” the senator stated, “‘Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.’ Do you believe that that statement is Islamophobic?”

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