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April 28th, 2010 | Author:

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After a couple weeks of addressing other issues, today I return to my review of  the Olivet Discourse and what it may mean for Americans in 2010.

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:13-14)

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

In the verses just previous to these, Jesus told us that at the end of the age – which we surely are living in – there would be a great falling away, that many false prophets would arise, and that the love of most people would grow cold.  These are the things we must endure in order to be saved.

  • We must find our way through an anti-Christian culture, without falling away ourselves.
  • We must hold to the truth, despite the popular, but erroneous, teachings of many who claim to be Christians.
  • We must love.

Some tall orders, eh?

I could at this point pull various scriptures out of context as reminders that God is faithful (1 Cor 1:9); that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Cor 10:13); and that Jesus promised that no one will snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28-29).

But in this sermon, Jesus did not provide such reassurances and neither will I.  The disciples asked Him what the End of the Age will be like, and Jesus gave them the unvarnished truth.  He didn’t gloss over the difficulties they would have to face.  I believe He was trying to prepare them, to encourage them to take these things seriously, so I will leave it as He did.

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

This gospel.  Some time ago, I noticed that Jesus didn’t say “the gospel.”  If He’d said “the gospel,” we would think he was referring to the good news of His first coming and the salvation He made available to the whole world.  But He said “this gospel,” and I have to believe that in this case, He was referring to all the things He had just said, all the difficult things, all the things that we’d really rather not hear.

In many churches today, you won’t hear “this gospel.”  You won’t hear that Christianity entails suffering and sacrifice.  You won’t hear that it comes at a price.  What you’ll hear instead is how Jesus will make your life better and easier.  I think that the preachers who appeal to the flesh in this fashion are generally not making true converts, but instead are deceiving people who will later become disillusioned and are probably part of the great “falling away” that Jesus warned us about.

But that’s just what I think.  Be sure to check out the other WFW posts in Mr. Linky this week to see what other people think.

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April 26th, 2010 | Author:

Amy Tirador:  Another Military Cover-up? Remember Lavena Johnson, who was murdered in Iraq and the military continues to classify her death as suicide?  It would appear that she has a sister.  As you read these military conclusions, contort your body and see if you could have done this to yourself:

Medical examiners had concluded that the decorated soldier committed suicide in a generator room of Camp Caldwell in eastern Iraq. They said she shot herself once above and behind the right ear, and reported finding “black powder material on the fingers and thumbs of both hands.” Army personnel found Tirador at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 5 slouched against a machine with her 9 mm gun attached to her uniform by a lanyard and a single shell casing nearby, the document states.

Wired Interview: One of the soldiers who was at the scene of the Wikileaks Apache helicopter attack gives his perspective.  Here’s a piece.

Ethan McCord: Right. We were engaged in our own conflict roughly about three or four blocks away. We heard the gunships open up. [Then] we were just told … to move to this [other] location. It was pretty much a shock when we got there to see what had happened, the carnage and everything else.

Wired.com: But you had been in combat before. It shouldn’t have surprised you what you saw.

McCord: I have never seen anybody being shot by a 30-millimeter round before. It didn’t seem real, in the sense that it didn’t look like human beings. They were destroyed.

What If? Stepping back from these intimate details of war, Gary D. Barnett has posited an interesting question at LewRockwell.com.  Here’s a teaser:

What if a small group of extremist Americans high-jacked passenger planes in another country and flew them into skyscrapers in a major foreign city killing thousands of innocent people? Would it then be proper and moral for that country, and with the full use of its military, to attack and occupy the entire United States? Would it then be right for that invading army to take over and demand that all U.S. citizens bow to their command? Would it be right for that country’s forces to kill and maim all who refused to comply with their demands? And would it be right for that foreign invading entity to destroy the entire infrastructure of America?

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April 25th, 2010 | Author:

Well, not exactly, despite all the TV ads to the contrary.  As near as I can figure out from the Forbes article, the numbers look like this:

Uncle Sam gives GM $49.5 billion: $6.7 billion loan @7% interest + balance as purchase of 60.8% equity in company.

Uncle Sam puts an additional $13.4 billion in GM’s escrow account during bankruptcy.

In my math-challenged mind, this means the taxpayers have forked over a total of $62.9 billion.  (This does not include the $9.5 billion that Canada  “invested.”)

So how much of that $62.9 billion has GM “repaid?”  The initial $6.7 billion loan.

But … they need more money.  Knowing that another bailout would be less than popular, they’ve applied to the DEC for a $10 billion loan – at 5% interest, 2% less than the loan they just “repaid.”

As Forbes so succinctly put it:

In short, GM is using government money to pay back government money to get more government money.

If you or I tried this, 1) we’d call it refinancing, and 2) we’d get arrested.

Reality Check:. Because a billion has nine zeroes here in Amerika, I’ve used the” billion” word like the government does.  They do it to make it look like a smaller number.  I did it because if I typed it out each time, this post would be too long.  But here’s what it looks like just once:

1 billion = 1,000,000,000

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April 24th, 2010 | Author:

Hat tip to Bluegrass Pundit.

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April 23rd, 2010 | Author:

Someone very close to the Cressy case messaged me and let me know that the criminal charges against Rick and Margie Cressy were dropped during a meeting between the Montgomery County ADA, the Cressy family, and their lawyer (they were represented by the Home School Legal Defense Association).

Rick and Margie Cressy made international news when Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department arrested them in January for failing to file adequate paperwork with the Fonda Fultonville School District, which is a state regulation, not a law. They were each charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The ADA opted to drop the criminal charges and refer the matter to family court, where the case has already been disposed of.

Talk about quiet!  After all the media hoopla the Sheriff’s Office generated – particularly Bill Gilston – when the Cressy’s were arrested, you’d think they’d inform everyone that the charges have been dropped.  Hah!  Trina Darling at Examiner.com, who wrote the above, left a comment on one of my previous posts or I still wouldn’t know – and it’s not for lack of trying.

Cressy's pleading 'not guilty' Jan. 27, 2010

Not only did they avoid informing the media, they were careful to not let anyone know what was going on.  After their initial hearing in January when the Cressy’s pleaded  ‘not guilty,’  they were scheduled to appear in court again on March 18th.  I was there – along with people from several other cases – but the Cressy’s weren’t.  I finally asked the court clerk if they were going to appear, and she told me no.  I asked when they had been re-scheduled for, and she claimed complete ignorance.

I’m glad that at least the criminal charges have been dropped.  I hope it was done so quietly because Sheriff Mike Amato and Inv. Bill Gilston are ashamed of themselves.  I hope they apologized to the Cressy’s.

Then again, I’m still hoping the Easter bunny brings me lots of chocolate.

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