February 28, 2008

Who We Serve

Psalm 111

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

February 26, 2008

The consequence of self-esteem

"Remove the reality of sin and you take away the possibility of repentance. Abolish the doctrine of human depravity and you void the divine plan of salvation. Erase the notion of personal guilt and you eliminate the need for a Savior."

John MacArthur, on the "widespread loss of Biblical reality among believers"

February 24, 2008

To the smartest man I know

He always asks me
If I'm writing about him;
He wants to know if

I think of him as
often as he thinks of me.
How can I reply?

The only way I know
Is to show all of you just
How hard grad school is:

This post is dedicated to my darling Nicholas, my favorite teacher of all time. I jest with this video, but I know how much you are putting into school. Keep up the hard work honey; it will pay off eventually!

February 22, 2008

Why are Democrats declaring defeat in Iraq?

"Despite all the progress, military and political, the Democrats remain unwavering in their commitment to withdrawal on an artificial timetable that inherently jeopardizes our 'very real chance that Iraq will emerge as a secure and stable state.'

Why? Imagine the transformative effects in the region, and indeed in the entire Muslim world, of achieving a secure and stable Iraq, friendly to the United States and victorious over al-Qaeda. Are the Democrats so intent on denying George Bush retroactive vindication for a war they insist is his that they would deny their own country a now-achievable victory?"

Quote from Charles Krauthammer's article entitled, "Democrats Dug In For Retreat." Click on article title to link to separate post of the same name.

February 21, 2008

Truly counting her blessings; Michelle Malkin on Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama's America -- And Mine
By Michelle Malkin February 20, 2008

Like Michelle Obama, I am a "woman of color." Like Michelle Obama, I am a working mother of two young children. Like Michelle Obama, I am a member of the 13th generation of Americans born since the founding of our great nation. Unlike Michelle Obama, I can't keep track of the number of times I've been proud -- really proud -- of my country since I was born and privileged to live in it.

At a speech in Milwaukee this week on behalf of her husband's Democratic presidential campaign, Mrs. Obama remarked, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change."

Mrs. Obama's statement was met with warm applause from other Barack supporters who have apparently also been devoid of pride in their country for their adult lifetimes. Or maybe it was just a Pavlovian response to the word "change." What a sad, empty, narcissistic, ungrateful, unthinking lot.

I'm just seven years younger than Mrs. Obama. We've grown up and lived in the same era. And yet, her self-absorbed attitude is completely foreign to me. What planet is she living on? Since when was now the only time the American people have ever been "hungry for change"? Michelle, ma belle, Barack is not the center of the universe. Newsflash: The Obamas did not invent "change" any more than Hillary invented "leadership" or John McCain invented "straight talk."

We were both adults when the Berlin Wall fell, Michelle. That was earth-shattering change.
We've lived through two decades' worth of peaceful, if contentious election cycles under the rule of law, which have brought about "change" and upheaval, both good and bad.

We were adults through several launches of the space shuttle, in case you were snoozing. And as adults, we've witnessed and benefited from dizzyingly rapid advances in technology, communications, science and medicine pioneered by American entrepreneurs who yearned to change the world and succeeded. You want "change"? Go ask the patients whose lives have been improved and extended by American pharmaceutical companies that have flourished under the best economic system in the world. If American ingenuity, a robust constitutional republic and the fall of communism don't do it for you, hon, then how about American heroism and sacrifice?

How about every Memorial Day? Every Veterans Day? Every Independence Day? Every Medal of Honor ceremony? Has she never attended a welcome home ceremony for the troops?
For me, there's the thrill of the Blue Angels roaring over cloudless skies. And the somber awe felt amid the hallowed waters that surround the sunken U.S.S. Arizona at the Pearl Harbor memorial.

Every naturalization ceremony I've attended, where hundreds of new Americans raised their hands to swear an oath of allegiance to this land of liberty, has been a moment of pride for me. So have the awesome displays of American compassion at home and around the world. When millions of Americans rallied to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia -- including members of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group that sped from Hong Kong to assist survivors -- my heart filled with pride. It did again when the citizens of Houston opened their arms to Hurricane Katrina victims and folks across the country rushed to their churches, and Salvation Army and Red Cross offices to volunteer.

How about American resilience? Does that not make you proud? Only a heart of stone could be unmoved by the strength, valor and determination displayed in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., on September 11, 2001.

I believe it was Michael Kinsley who quipped that a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth. In this case, it's what happens when an elite Democratic politician's wife says what a significant portion of the party's base really believes to be the truth: America is more a source of shame than pride.

Michelle Obama has achieved enormous professional success, political influence and personal acclaim in America. Ivy League-educated, she's been lauded by Essence magazine as one of the 25 World's Most Inspiring Women; by Vanity Fair as one of the 10 World's Best-Dressed Women; and named one of "The Harvard 100" most influential alumni. She has had an amazingly blessed life. But you wouldn't know it from her campaign rhetoric and her griping about her and her husband's student loans.

For years, we've heard liberals get offended at any challenge to their patriotism. And so they are again aggrieved and rising to explain away Mrs. Obama's remarks.

Lady Michelle and her defenders protest too much.

Michelle Malkin is author of "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

February 20, 2008

A surprising endorsement, pt. ii

I think i might just vote for Barack Obama after all.

I feel as though I should explain my position on this one a bit further.

In the event that the next President we elect turns out to be, because of predetermined circumstances of Biblical proportion, the last President we ever have it would be interesting to see it be someone generally and spiritually unqualified for the job. What I mean is, if God is going to bring this all to a close very soon (maybe not in the next four years, but who knows?) I think it's fine that Barack Obama get a turn at the wheel before it happens. Seeing as how he a) has the least experience in big politics, b) has the least experience in foreign policy and c) panders to the youth in a cloying and unforgivable way, he should be, as Goldilocks might say, "Juuust right."

I am starting, at last, to accept that Mike Huckabee is probably not going to make it. And as sad as that makes me I have to look toward the future. The future is decidedly NOT John McCain. I suppose at this point Hillary Clinton is actually starting to look pretty darned stellar, but I still wouldn't feel right voting for her. I wish at some point she would have admitted that what her husband did was wrong. I understand she was a wife grieving, but still. That and her failed healthcare attempts are enough to just say no.

So Obama it is, if I even vote (at this time an unlikely prospect). What do you think: as the candidates dwindle, who is your second-string choice for the Oval office?

February 4, 2008

A vote for McCain is a vote for amnesty!

Throughout the campaign, Sen. McCain has said that he will legalize all illegal aliens who have not committed a felony. Between 10 and 18 million illegal aliens would qualify for his amnesty.

If McCain wins the Republican nomination, most of the media have indicated they will interpret that as a vote for McCain's pro-illegal-immigration policies. That may even embolden Congress to try again to pass an amnesty THIS year.

Indeed, in a previous primary many misinformed Floridians voted for John McCain because they mistakenly believed that he was the best candidate for controlling illegal immigration! Make sure you know that John McCain has been the champion of amnesties in the past and even now promises to legalize nearly all the illegal aliens.

In just the past four years, John McCain has taken the following actions to support illegal immigration:
Make plans now on how and when you will vote on Tuesday (if you are in one of the Primary states).

If you have any questions about where to go, ask a friend at church, in your neighborhood or at work. With McCain in the lead in most states, anybody who fails to vote is, in effect, voting for the McCain Amnesty.

In my humble opinion a vote for Romney is now better in the battle against illegal immigration, though I'd prefer you vote for Huckabee!

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