Lee Parsons was definitely a valuable resource this Sunday morning. Rather than going to Revelation for the hard to understand sections he went to the 17th chapter and reviewed what God expects of us. He states it plainly for those who question what He wants. Check it out.
After Jan went to work, I decided to extend my training walks and turned in 4.2 miles in just over 2 hours. I feel it is essential to keep increasing the length if I am to keep up with the activities in D.C. on the 12th. I confess the two hour nap after was essential to bring me back to normal. I hope to continue until I can do 5 miles effortlessly. I don't want to be distracted from the mission by fatigue.
I went to one of the quotation web sites in search of insight and amusement and repeat a few here which caught my eye. There may be repeats but if so, it's because they seem important.
"Government is a monopoly. It forbids competitors."
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; [if] it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
- Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand, 1944.
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
-Theodore Roosevelt , May 7, 1918
"Unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers."
"Journalism: The carelessly inaccurate reporting of facts.
Journalist: One who is expert at nothing, but pretends to be expert at everything." -unknown
"You know the world's gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance and the Germans don't want to go to war!"
"I came to see that my quarrel was never with the Christ, but with his foolish and narrow priests who mistook their own narrowness for his."
-Mists of Avalon
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Essayist
No Partnership Please
This past week in a demonstration of extreme arrogance and a total misunderstanding of scripture and the teachings of any known church Obama called for a "partnership with God. Either he did not learn the meaning and ramifications of "partnership" while at Harvard or other schools he attended or he assumes an equality with God which is unattainable.
Inherent in "partnership" is the suggestion of parity with the Supreme Being. Partnerships require that all parties bring qualities to the association which the other lacks or is at least equal in importance. Omnipotence requires no contribution from others. Faith, good works, repentance, obedience and absolute belief come to mind in the requirements for salvation and being a pleasing servant to the Almighty. But, servants we are and servants we shall ever be: albeit willingly.
To suggest this example of unwarranted equality is at the least blasphemous. Like every other utterance he makes it has a reasonable sound as it comes off his lips. It is upon reflection that the remark takes on its vile presumption.
What was he thinking? Oh, I forgot: he is a narcissist and totally absorbed with himself. God have mercy upon him.
D. C. Rally
A reminder that you have the chance of a lifetime to express yourself in opposition to a nanny state government. Sept. 10, 11, and 12 should mark the dates in which the American people re-assert themselves as the true custodians of their future in the seat of government.
You will not need to be bused in, paid by a union, furnished with professional signage or fed talking points. You may join a vast army of folks not unlike yourself, to express their discontent with the current activity in Washington. Making new friends, discovering you are not alone, and informing the "hired help" that you are unhappy with their work are the purposes of the upcoming demonstration. There is no need to dress up: just come as you are, overtaxed, over-regulated and overcome with grief at the direction the country is headed.
I really do hope to see about a million of my closest friends there. Just wave; I'll see you.
I sometimes believe that the most stable thing in our daily lives, other than God, is the dogs. What a pleasure they are. Always happy and eager for whatever the next adventure may be. They sleep the sleep of the just, eat with gusto regardless of the fare, and love to play with skunks. Maggie is not wild about the bath afterward but tolerates it at my request. A little tip for you: take a qt. of peroxide, a half cup of baking soda and two tsp.. of dishwashing detergent. Put the dog in the bath tub and only then do you mix the ingredients. Use a soft brush and work around the head, ears, and chest down the front legs. Avoid getting the mixture in the eyes (yours and the dog's) if you can. You'll need a couple of ratty bath towels close at hand for the dry off but be prepared for a shower when the mutt shakes the liquid off. I always close the shower curtain in anticipation. This cleaning effectiveness is dependent on the catalyst of the mixture so it doesn't keep. Time is of the essence as it gradually weakens the further you are from the moment of mixing.
The above is one of those things which I learned after I "knew it all." I don't know who dreamed it up but it does work.
In His abiding love,