Monday, May 30, 2011

Obama's failed leadership on Medicare reform

On Saturday I read the following tweet by Tim Pawlenty as quoted in the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal article titled, "After Obama's European tour, challenges at home."

"(S)orry to interrupt your European pub crawl, but what was your Medicare plan?" --- Tim Pawlenty tweet

Our Teleprompted President is a better Campaigner-in-Chief than he is Commander-in-Chief. He demonstrates that he lacks basic leadership experience and skills. He must be defeated in November 2012.

Let's give back Mr. Obama his Saturday mornings!

Hat tip goes to the June issue of Newsmax Magazine, which published the following quote of the current occupier of the White House:

"I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving tohe supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks."
--- Barack Obama to the editors and publishers of the Hearst magazines, lamenting his lack of privacy
Nothing would be better for America than to give the radical liberal Mr. Obama more free time and Americans more freedom by electing a strong conservative President in November of 2012.

Hip Hop Rap on Abortion

Hat tip goes to @yosephdaviyd on Twitter who posted a link to this excellent video. Powerful lyrics follow. Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember our fallen Veterans in the various wars in which America has participated. It is also an opportune time to remember the 53 million plus babies of Veterans and others who have been murdered in their mothers' wombs. This is nothing less than an American Holocaust, an American Atrocity. May God forgive us our great sin.

Chapter 4: Abortion

This thing is drastic - my sadness I can’t mask it.

It’s tragic how wombs have turned into caskets.
Genocide on the unborn – Have you seen this?
Babies sacrificed on the altar of convenience.

At least two lives are shredding - Impossible, not to regret it,
As hard as she tries, she won’t forget it.
A personal war that hurts to the core,
But yet there’s hope with a merciful Lord!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Whole Armor of God, Part 13b

Today I return to my series of articles commenting on the concept and principles involved in the Armor of God, which the Apostle Paul described in the New Testament. This is the topic of the Sunday school lesson, which I am currently teaching.

That you may be able to withstand in the evil day: Ephesians 6:13.
Evil comes against each one of us in one form or another. This scripture (Ephesians 6:13) is telling us that we are to be able to withstand it (evil).

Solomon writes that evil comes upon us unawares. Ecclesiastics 9:11,12 illustrates this fact, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them."

Solomon writes that time and chance takes place, and overtakes all people. We live thinking that life will continue on only to discover we are old. This happens through no fault of one’s own. It just happens. Chance happens to each of us. A person is at the wrong place at the wrong time or is at the right place at the right time.

To deal with the unexpected, or even to prevent it, requires faith in God and God’s help. Only He knows the future.

My brother, at 17 years of age in September of 1969, was driving south on State Route 19 out of Fremont, Ohio. He crossed a railroad track and started around a wide bend trying to drive it at 75 miles per hour. The front right tire went off the pavement onto the gravel berm. He quickly whipped the steering wheel to the left at which point the car rolled, the door flew open, and he was thrown out of the car. It rolled over him: killing him instantly. He was caught at an evil time which came upon him suddenly. Before we say he didn’t withstand in the evil day we need to realize that he was born-again. That means that he went to heaven when he died.

Granted, this was a situation of his individual choosing. When you are being thrown out of the car and the car is rolling over you; your options are few. At that time, your previous relationship with the Almighty becomes mighty important. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by me (John 14:6).” Once a person is born-again they are going to heaven when they die. They do not have to fear the future. You can repent of your sins by confessing to God that you are a sinner and inviting Jesus into your heart and be born again.

December 22, 1964 I had my own encounter of being caught at an evil time. Driving down a mountain road in Iran toward Kerman, Iran I rolled the ¾ ton truck I was driving. I was pulling a trailer behind me which had no brakes. In negotiating a wide left hand turn in the road the trailer tried to pass me on the right. I turned the steering wheel to get the truck aligned with the trailer but to no avail and the truck ran into the side of the mountain and rolled over. When the accident was investigated the investigators were amazed that the cab was not torn off the truck. They noticed that I had lashed a completely full propane bottle, five feet in height, to a bow behind the cab and the truck pivoted on the propane bottle. The truck was still drivable although the cab heater was smashed. The company commander was tired of the troops having accidents so he put out the word that the next soldier to have a vehicle accident was going to be hung. Not actually of course, but the soldier may wish he were dead after the company commander finished with him. Yours truly was the next soldier to have a vehicle accident. Another small problem was that I had not passed my driver’s test to get a driver's license. I was given a license anyway. The motor pool sergeant ssid he would teach me to drive. He had not, so he was also facing big trouble.

To repair the vehicle; parts were taken off of other vehicles which were salvage vehicles. The cost of the parts thus used was counted as zero. One vehicle was over a thousand miles away and a mechanic had to take a boat to the vehicle to retrieve it. On the trip He was even caught in foul weather on the Strait of Hormuz and in a fire fight between warring tribes on the other side of the Strait from Iran in Oman. The financial threshold for reporting an accident was fifty dollars. The stated cost of repairing the vehicle came to forty-seven dollars and fifty cents. The accident was never reported. God had taken care of me both in the accident and in the aftermath.

Remember, the evil day comes at a time when we are not expecting it. It is God’s power that protects us and sees us through enabling us to withstand in the evil day.

The Psalmist makes this statement in Psalms 46:1b-7:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

“The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”

It is important to withstand in the evil day when our faith is attacked. We are to be faithful unto death.

What Jesus said to the church of Smyrna is appropriate for each one of us today. Revelation 2:10 states, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

The statement in Revelation 12:11 is worth remembering today. “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

A vivid demonstration of the above verse is that of the first martyr, Stephen. His history is found in Acts 6:8-7:60. Stephen was disputing with some people of the synagogue of the Libertines, Cyrenians, Alexandrians, Cilicia and Asia. These brought Stephen before the council and brought false charges against him. When he was allowed to speak he preached to them telling them that Jesus is the Prophet Moses spoke about who would come after Moses. The council was enraged at Stephen. They dragged him out of Jerusalem and stoned him to death. Stephen held on to his faith and was faithful unto death. He withstood in the evil day.

In 1974 the North Korean government claimed to have eradicated the last of the Christians in the country. It seems they were building a road for their leader to travel in the country when they found 29 Christians who had been living underground for two decades. Four of the group were quickly hung by the neck. The others were allowed to live so they could be crushed while alive with a steam-roller beginning with the feet and moving up the torso with each successive pass.

Does this seem cruel to you? Barack Husain Obama has just signed hate crimes legislation protecting homosexuality. His avowed goal is to make each American accept homosexuality as a normal life style. The Christians have not been united politically in this country to support godliness in government policies thus allowing the godless to legalize immorality and punish godliness. Unless the situation is changed quickly overt state persecution of Christians is possible.

Prepare now to withstand in the evil day.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

What is absolute anathema to the Left

Lloyd Marcus
What troubles, upsets, irritates, infuriates, and concerns the radical Left elites, who currently are in power in government, media, entertainment, etc. in America, are conservative blacks and conservative women. Blacks especially, who wander off or escape the Leftist owned or managed plantations, raise the intense ire of their “entitled” or “rightful” masters.

The liberal politicians and other so-called elites claim to “protect” and “provide” for the downtrodden minority. All they want in return is their vote. They pander to their base, minorities and unions, just like the RINOs pander do to the pro-life and Tea Party conservatives only for their vote at election time and do the opposite or nothing when they arrive in Washington. A perfect example is the pittance of real spending cuts that were extracted by Speaker Boehner in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget so-called showdown with Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s Democrat comrades.

The current issue of the Tea Party Review (June 2011) magazine has a number of excellent articles about conservative women and men, black and white who have the audacity to walk away from the Democratic Party and its lies and destructive core philosophy.

In one article, “The heart and soul of a black Tea Partier,” on page 21 Sakina Mengle asks the following insightful question, “… (I)s the American Dream under Obama’s administration slowly devolving into an unrecognizable nightmare wrapped in ultraliberal/Progressive ideology?” It most certainly is. It is rapidly devolving, Sakina. The dreams of our President’s father, which he has taken as his own, are a socialist, Marxist nightmare and no utopia.

Sakina Mengle
Mengle goes on to observe in regard to the election of our half-baked, half-black President, “I am left to surmise that it was racism, swathed in black pride, dipped in white guilt, and gobbled up by the establishment media that put an obscure inexperienced state senator (and one-term federal Senator) into the White House.” Well said, my sentiments exactly!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Herman Cain Should Get an F.

Saturday, Greg gave Herman Cain an "A" grade after the first debate.  After reading this article, I think you will change your mind.  Cain says that he is not a politician because he has never held a public office.  Yet he was the chairman of the Kansas City branch of the Federal Reserve.  Basically this means that he is technically holding a position within a private institution, but with tremendous political powers that should not even be given to elected officials, much less a corporate employee.  Hat tip to Fortunateson of the Daily Paul for this one.
I politely questioned Herman Cain about his praise of the TARP Bailouts back in 2008 and his chiding of free market purists... I then went on to ask him his opinion of billions of taxpayer dollars being spent to bailout Foreign Banks in China/Libya/etc... When I mentioned that.. he high tailed it out of there... told me that it was too long of a question to ask.. and one of his supporters slapped my wrist/forearm (I was shaking hands with Mr. Cain while I was questioning him)

Herman Cain has also said that there is no need to audit the Federal Reserve even though the Fed bailed out many countries secretly INCLUDING LIBYA.  You now know whose side he is really on.  I can't see anyone in the field of candidates that I could vote for except Ron Paul or possibly Michele Bachmann if she runs.  Either way I will have to hold my nose while voting.

And remember that Cain said that he supported Mitt Romney in the 2008 primary.  Unless Cain does really, really well, he will almost certainly give his delegates to Romney.  Ron Paul, on the other hand, *might* give his delegates to Michele Bachmann (Gary Johnson will almost surely have dropped out by then).  Bachmann was on a short list of about 30 candidates for Congress which Ron Paul endorsed in 2008.  I am not sure though who Michele Bachmann would give her delegates to if she drops out before the end, but it doesn't really matter if there is no one else left worth voting for.

FBI Performs Damage Control for Big Pharma

Monday, May 23, 2011

Governor Paul LePage: The Maine thing is the main thing

"It's time we start defending the interests of those who want to work and invest in Maine with the same vigor that we defend tree frogs and the Canadian lynx." 
--- Maine Governor Paul LePage called his state's working families and small businesses "endangered." He plans to target environmental regulations that are stifling productivity.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Why Evil Exists in the World Today, Part 2

We see evil all around us today. TV, newspapers, and radio all chronicle the ravages of evil. I am continuing in a new series today, taking a brief break from my current series, “Armor of God.”

If you wanted someone to love you; wouldn’t you want them to love you of their own free will, rather than because they had no other choice?

God Provided the Human Race with A Choice: To Obey God or To Disobey God

God accomplished giving mankind a choice at the time of creation. He created the Garden of Eden and put in it the Tree of Life and also the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Genesis 2:15-17, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Satan used the serpent to deceive Eve. She chose to disobey God by eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam, who was not deceived, also disobeyed God by eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Genesis 3:6, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

I Timothy 2:14, “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”

This was how sin originated in mankind. The source of temptation was Satan, who is the personification of evil. Eve, then Adam, succumbed to the temptation and sinned. Human nature has been fallen ever since.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Assessment of Announced Candidates for President as of 5/21/2011, Updated 11 PM

Updated 11:00 pm 5/21/2011 after I found out that Herman Cain formally announced that he is running for President.

Hat tip goes to for the pictures of the candidates. You can read a more in-depth account of what the candidates are saying here. 

All of the announced candidates in the race for Presidents are listed below.  They are listing in my preferred order of ability and preparation for service in that most important office. There is a reason why I list the incumbent last. if the election were held today amoung the announce candidates I could only vote for two of the following candidates, that would be Herman Cain and Dr. Paul.

Earlier today C-Span reported that Herman Cain announced that he was running for President. When I initially wrote this article I was unaware that Mr. Cain was running. I listened to his 30 minute announcement speech, which he made in Atlanta. He immediately rises to the top of my list. Here is  why I think he is the best candidate in the current field,, listen to his words from today's speech, "Is America ready for a real leader, or (does she want to stay with) a (Teleprompter) reader?" That is powerful stuff. This guy is a social as well as a fiscal conservative. I would rate him an A as Presidential material.

Congressman Ron Paul is strong on fiscal conservative issues, he wants to get control of the Federal Reserve, he questions our entanglements overseas. I would rate him a C+ candidate as Presidential material.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has some good ideas, but he also has some very bad ideas. He turned me off forever when he joined with Nancy Pelosi in support of Global Warming. This is inexcusable for a Conservative. He is too inconsistent for me. I would rate him a D- candidate as Presidential material.

I don't know too much about this former Governor. His performance in the first GOP debate in South Carolina a few weeks ago showed that he was much to libertarian for me. He seemed to be very weak on the key social issues. I would rate him an F candidate as Presidential material.

I know too much about this candidate. Prior to his election in 2008 Barack Obama was the least qualified, most inexperienced, and least prepared. He has proven over the past 2 1/2 years to be even more inept and inappropriate for this nation's highest office  than when he was elected. He remains the least qualified and inexperienced. He is literally a vehicle being used by George Soros and the Left to destroy this nation. He must be defeated. I look at him as having served Jimmy Carter's second term, therefore, he is term-limited! He is un-rate-able as a candidate to continue as President.

Obama’s Middle East Policy: Throw Israel under the bus!

Obama in his second major speech on the Middle East not only throws Israel under the bus, but he backs up the bus and runs over the nation of Israel, then abandons it for dead! Below are a couple of troublesome quotes from President Barack Husein Obama’s Teleprompted speech, which he delivered this week. This was a very insulting speech given less than 24 hours prior to a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The US believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine.”

“As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself - by itself - against any threat.”

In the first he wants the borders of Israel to be returned to pre-1967, prewar demarcation. This is a joke. Israel was attacked. A war occurred. Israel won the war, they ceased the spoils of war, now Obama wants to see Israel give up their land. Whose side is this guy on? It sure seems that in everything he does he favors the Muslim cause. And he says he is a Christian?

As for the second quote the President is saying that Israel is on its own. He appears to be abandoning Americans strongest and perhaps only ally in the Middle East. Is this how we treat our friends? I agree with those who state that this man is anti-Sematic.

Once again this controversial and increasingly unpopular President has demonstrated his own and his entire administration’s vast inexperience and his and their Muslim and Marxist bias.

See also: 


Letting Israel know 'you're not alone' 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Who in the Obama administration will replace PBS’s Jim Lehrer?

Jim Lehrer, long-time PBS NewsHour anchor

“The veteran anchor of PBS NewsHour, Jim Lehrer, will step down from his position after 36 years.

“As expected, PBS is already searching the Obama administration for a replacement!”

--- NewsBusted, Episode 5/20/2011

NewsBusted is a conservative comedy webcast about the news of the day, uploaded every Tuesday and every Friday. Their newest NewBusted episode includes the excerpt above.

See right panel of this blog and click on the picture to watch this 2-3 minute comedy YouTube video.

Obama’s first term is really Carter’s second term. Obviously it’s time for a change

“The malaise-filled economic train wreck of the Carter years has risen zombie-like from the ash heap of history to inflict its special brand of pain and suffering.” --- Bill Wilson, President of Americans for Limited Government, in his article,  "Is it Jimmy Carter All Over Again?"

Barack Obama  =
Jimmy Carter 2.0

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

RomneyCare inspired ObamaCare!

Mitt Romney says the first thing he’d do as President is undo ObamaCare.

“Of course, that way he can replace it with RomneyCare!”

--- NewsBusted, Episode 5/17/2011

We do not need another fake conservative. They tried that with McCain in '08. We need the real thing. How about Herman Cain, Alan West, or Thaddeous McCotter?

NewsBusted is a conservative comedy webcast about the news of the day, uploaded every Tuesday and every Friday. Their newest NewBusted episode includes the excerpt above.

See right panel of this blog and click on the picture to watch this 2-3 minute comedy YouTube video.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Raising the roof over the debt ceiling

The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch runs a regular feature in its newspaper identifying an important issue to the local community and asking for the vote of the readers on that particular issue along with any related comment. Occasionally I will respond and make a comment on the issue raised, as I did on today’s topic.

The Hot Issue:

Do you think Congress should raise the federal debt ceiling without huge budget cuts?

______ Yes
__ X __ No

My Response:

No, in fact, Congress should LOWER the debt ceiling and immediately cut spending. The crisis is not an insufficient debt ceiling. The crisis is that government has been SPENDING beyond its means. Enough is enough. We need to get a handle on our expenditures. If it mean drastic cuts across the board, so be it.

I believe that most Americans want Washington's spending spree to stop. This is a winning political issue. More importantly, it's the right thing to do. It's the moral thing to do. This is why the GOP won the majority seats in the House of Representatives. The big question is will the Republicans stand on principle or will they bow to Wasting-a-ton, D.C. mentality, the way we've always done it, and raise the ceiling? 

Monday, May 16, 2011

David Garver Obituary

Here is one of the most unusual obituaries I have ever seen. Notice where it is suggested that friends make memorial donations.

David L. Garver, 68, went home to be with the Lord early Friday morning. ... David loved his country and was a proud member of the North Central Ohio Tea Party ...
... At Dave's request, memorial contributions may be made to any political candidate opposing Sherrod Brown or Barack Obama.

David Garver Obituary: View David Garver's Obituary by News Journal

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Why Evil Exists in the World Today, Part 1

We see evil all around us today. TV, newspapers, and radio all chronicle the ravages of evil. I am starting a new series today, taking a brief break from my current series, “Armor of God.”

If you wanted someone to love you; wouldn’t you want them to love you of their own free will, rather than because they had no other choice?

Creation of the Human Race

God created man in His own image, after His own likeness, and gave him dominion over the earth (authority over other created things on earth).

In Genesis 1:26, 27 we read, “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Therefore, man is the highest form of God's creation. In other words, you and I are God's ultimate masterpiece.

Part of being like God (made in His image) is having the ability to choose of one’s own freewill, having self determination. In order for people to have the ability to choose to obey and love God, they also had to have the ability to choose to not obey and not to love God. This is the source of freedom and liberty. America's founders understood and acted on this principle, which is based on the morality found in the Holy Bible. That is the reason why we have been a free and a great nation. 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our (Still) Unsecured Borders

Despite wide evidence to the contrary, such as murders of border patrol agents and Americans living along our southern border, continuous drug and human trafficking, our increasingly controversial and unpopular President contends our borders are now secured. He mocks those of us who recognize the truth about our borders as unwilling to recognize his repeated assertion that he has made the borders more secure than they ever have been. He cunningly tries to paint conservatives as wholly anti-immigrants, when we really oppose outright ILLEGAL immigration and strongly support LEGAL immigration.  

 The President repeats over and over the mantra that our borders are secured. He lies. They are not. The borders remain porous. Immigration laws remain essentially unenforced. Sanctuary cities continue to disregard the rule of law. Now his recent campaign speech to his hopeful 'Hispanic base' in Texas was just that, campaign rhetoric, campaign promises. 

Hat tip goes to the HotAirPundit, which posted this YouTube video featuring Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on its website recently.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Less talk, more action from GOP "Leaders"!!!

I received an email from Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner. I immediately shot back the following reply:

Speaker Boehner -

Do you mean what you say? The American people would like to see Republicans stand on the principles that they espouse. Seems once you are safely entrenched in Washington for another two years, you forget those promises you made.

I am disappointed with the Republican Party as a whole and how little you got in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget battle. In my eyes you lost big time.

We must stop spending. A good place to start is DECREASING the debt ceiling back a couple of billion instead of raising it even one blue cent.

Please DO something ... I for one am quite tired of all the rhetoric and empty promises!


- GregJaye

No Debt Limit Increase Without Significant Cuts And Reforms

This week, I addressed the Economic Club of New York on our efforts to create a better environment for private sector job growth by cutting government spending, preventing job-crushing tax hikes, and eliminating excessive federal regulations.  One of the major issues that I addressed in my remarks is something that I know that many of you have questions and concerns about: President Obama’s request that we raise the national debt limit.  
While it is true that allowing America to default by refusing to allow any increase in the debt limit once it expires would be irresponsible, it would be more irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without simultaneously taking dramatic steps to reduce spending and reform the budget process. 

In my speech, I made clear that without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase.  These cuts should be greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority the president is given, and they should be actual cuts and program reforms.  Broad deficit or debt targets that punt the tough questions to the future are not acceptable.
 We need to send a signal to investors and entrepreneurs everywhere that America is serious about dealing with our spending addiction.  We must increase confidence in our economy and reduce uncertainty for small businesses.  We need to encourage the creation American jobs.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Whole Armor of God, Part 13A

Today I continue my series of articles commenting on the concept and principles involved in the Armor of God, which the Apostle Paul described in the New Testament. This is the topic of the Sunday school lesson, which I am currently teaching.

Stand against the wiles of the devil, Ephesians 6:11.

To “stand” means to remain in an upright position. To remain unchanged in one’s opinion, attitude, point of view, to resist hostilities, and to hold one’s ground. Not giving in to contraction.

In this passage, Ephesians 6:11, a person is standing against the wiles of Satan. These can come into a person’s mind as thoughts or suggestions from others. You may wonder, “Where did that thought come from,” or may even think it is your own thought. Satan can insert thoughts into our mind. On the other hand, you may hear what someone else says. They both can be a wile of the devil.

In one such case God has recorded for us in the Holy Bible found in Acts 4:32-37; 5:1-11. People were selling property and bringing the whole amount of the sale to the Apostles and giving it to the church. Ananias and Sapphira evidently wanted the prestige of giving 100% of the sale of their property, but they also wanted the money. They came upon a plan to sell their property, give 50% to the Apostles and the church, and say it was the total price of the land. This way they thought they would get both prestige and money. It never occurred to them that this was a wile of the devil. The first key they failed to notice was that they had to lie to carry out their plan. Of course they may have thought, “Who will know the difference.” Evidently, they figured God would never notice or even care.

When Ananias brought the money, Peter asked him why Satin had filled his heart to lie to the Holy Spirit. Peter told him that he had not lied to man but to God. Upon hearing this Ananias fell down dead at the feet of Peter. God had recognized the wile of the devil and stood against it. Sapphira came to Peter three hours later and Peter asked her if the property was sold for such and such a price. She said that it was the price. Peter asked, “Why did you agree with your husband to test the Spirit of the Lord?” Then Peter said, “The feet of those who buried your husband are at the door and they will bury you also. Then she fell down dead also.”

Another wile happened in Ephesus when the Apostle Paul was there. We read of it in Acts 19:23-41; 20:1. Demetrius, a silversmith, figured out that if images made with hands are not considered gods by the masses of people the lack of demand for his images of the goddess Artemis would put him into finical ruin. He told the other silversmiths that their livelihood depended on this traffic of the images of Artemis. Furthermore the temple would fall into disrepair. They stirred up several people of the population of Ephesus to riot against the Christians shouting “Great is Artemis of Ephesians.” The town clerk said that the courts were open and they could bring any charges to the court but there was no reason to riot. Paul then left for Macedonia.

We may remember the stages of a wile.

1. Being approached with a false front. 
2. Close approximation to the truth exaggerating the negative. 
3. Total lie exaggerating the positive. 
4. Enamored by the wonderful prospects 
5. Forget and disregard the truth; believe a lie and disobey God.

One must know and believe the truth. The battle ground is in our mind, which directs a person’s actions. This is where knowledge of scripture is necessary. As is written in Psalms 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

There must be a desire to do God’s will. A person must have a desire to do God’s will. Jesus has this desire. Scripture records this in Psalms 40:8, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” Notice that the delight to do God’s will is accompanied by knowledge of God’s word in the heart. Paul writes that Jesus was obedient to the point of death. Philippians 2:8, “He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto 
death, even the death of the cross.”

The person who loves God will want to know what He says and will desire to do what He says. Jesus states in John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:”

Do you love God? If not, you can pray and ask God for help in loving Him.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Sheriff Mack Speaks in Ohio

Sheriff Richard Mack spoke this week in two locations in Ohio. I attended his presentation today in Delaware, Ohio. Sheriff Mack is one of the sheriffs who sued President Clinton over the implementation of the Brady Bill, which tried to implement stringent controls on the use of guns throughout the U.S. Wikipedia explains, "Mack received national attention in Mack v. United States (later restyled to Printz v. United States) in his tenure as a local sheriff for opposition to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act on the basis that it is unconstitutional due to congressional action to compel state officers to execute Federal law."

He spoke about the state sovereignty issue and the need for local officials and we the people to take back the freedoms we have lost through the years to the expansion of powers by the federal government. One major point he made was that Socialism and Freedom are incompatible. Mack says that there is a battle between the Constitutions of the U.S. and various states and such anti-constitutional things as: Political Correctness, Federal Programs, Federal Policies, Federal Regulations, and politicians who don't care about their oath of office. Mack emphasized that the oath government officials take at every level of government should mean something, but it in practice means little. This must change. 

To learn more about the former Arizona Sheriff's work today see his websites at or

Sheriff Mack dedicated his presentation to Judge John Roll, who happened to be the district judge who ruled in Sheriff Mack's case originally and who was also the judge who was murdered in the Tucson massacre at which the Congresswoman Giffords was severely wounded. It was informative that no mention of the judge's stellar constitutional judicial stance was ever mentioned in his obituary or media coverage of his death. Mack also dedicated the meeting to his mother, who had passed away this week. He gamely when ahead and made his two presentations in Ohio saying his mother would have wanted him to do it. Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I pray Sheriff Mack and his family will be comforted by God and the positive remembrances of his mother.  

Thursday, May 05, 2011

National Day of Prayer

I was asked to lead a teaching time at the University of Cincinnati Christian Grads group for the National Day of Prayer.  I gave each person in the group one or two scriptures to read about the government or national repentance and then we prayed for America and other countries around the world.

There is not much of the Day left, but take some time and read these passages, reflect on them and ask God to help guide the leaders of all of the nations of the world in the way peace and liberty.

Source of Authority
Proverbs 8:14-15
Matthew 28:18

Galatians 5:13

I Timothy 2:1-4

National Repentance
2 Chronicles 7:14

Nation Under God
Psalms 33:12-22

Trusting in God as a Nation
Psalms 20:7
Isaiah 31:1

Equality in Judgment
Deuteronomy 1:17

Proverbs 31:8-9

Hypocrisy in Judgment
Matthew 7:1-4

Purpose of Government
and Obedience to It
Romans 13:1-7
I Peter 2:13-17  

Petition Signing on Election Day

This week I went to the polls where I collected signatures for the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment.  While I was there, there were other people collecting signatures for the repeal of SB. 5.  The presence of the other petitioners was somewhat helpful to us and vice versa, because some people who were held up signing the other petition would have walked away while I getting someone else to sign.  One of the anti-SB. 5 guys was even handing out gospel tracts.

A few of the voters didn't want to sign any petitions--they did not even want to hear an explanation of what the petitions were about.

On the other hand, some people signed both petitions, without hardly even a decent explanation of it.  You just have to say "we just want to get this on the ballot so that the voters can decide", and they sign.  (What if it was about putting Jews in concentration camps?  "We just want to get it on the ballot"???!!!)  Dumb.

There were a few who signed mine, but not the SB. 5 repeal, but I think that there were a lot more who signed it than mine.  This is particularly disturbing considering that this was in a very conservative area.  I am getting a sense that, rightly or wrongly, a lot of policemen, firefighters, and teachers are angry at the Republicans for enacting this SB. 5.  I've got a bad feeling that the Republicans are going take a beating in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other midwest states in 2012.  Not that a Republican sweep would necessarily be the best thing for this country (that would depend on who they nominate), but retaining the Presidency and large gains for the Democrats at all levels of government might just finish us off as a nation.

As for the SB. 5 bill itself, I am still undecided and I tend to think it is not the end of world either if it is repealed or not.  But I have not read the bill, but have only glanced at it.  Just reading the bill does not mean anything, though because its full of statements about repealing, editing, or adding in words or short phrases to the Ohio Revised Code.  You can't really see what it is about unless you read the portion of the Ohio Revised Code before and after the change.  I doubt that very many of either the supporters or opposition to the repeal have done that.  I think that, like a lot of other issues, both sides are exaggerating the effects of this bill.  When I was asked if I would sign, I simply responded that I couldn't because I hadn't read the bill.  With the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment, it is different because you can read what will be added to the state constitution right on the petition (and it is not very long).  One petitioner for the repeal of SB. 5 told me that the bill would encourage jobs to be filled by out of state workers.  (Well, if it somehow shows favoritism to them, then yeah, I get your point, but if it treats out of state and in state applicants the same, then what's the problem?)  I have heard that SB. 5 gets rid of some statewide rules for collective bargaining, and gives more control to the local governments.  If this is really all it is, and if the local governments can still have the choice of whether or not to have collecting bargaining and determine the rules for it, then I'm all for SB. 5.  That is basically my position on the issue, let the people who are served by the public employees decide how they are paid, not people on the other side of the state.

Obama Will Get No Hat Tip From Me

Why did Obama "do right thing" and get Osama?  Well, first of all Obama is obviously a puppet of the New World Order and the corporations which contributed to his campaign.  His orders may as well have come off of a teleprompter.  Secondly, it wasn't Obama who got him, it was the Navy Seals.  And finally, I don't even know if all of this is real or not.  I am not entirely convinced that Osama didn't die a long time ago, or isn't somehow still alive even.  I have no real reason to believe the news media, the pentagon, and certainly not the White House.  So whether the New World Order had some reason for taking out Osama or whether they had some reason to make people think that he died, I don't know.  But it does seem to make people forget about Libya, and this could boost Obama in the polls.  But the Bible says,
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (KJV)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Late Night Takes: Will Gadhafi be next to join Saddam & Osama?

Late Night Humor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

·     President Obama has done something that no one else has been able to do. He got Donald Trump to shut up.
·     Saddam Hussein is dead, and Osama bin Laden is dead. If you’re Moammar Gadhafi, living in exile is starting to sound really good.
·     NATO bombed Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli. The bombing damaged countless antique rugs and curtains, leaving Gadhafi with absolutely nothing to wear.

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

·     Rush Limbaugh said yesterday that Obama never would have tracked down bin Laden if it weren’t for George W. Bush’s policies. Although in fairness, Obama never would have even been elected if it weren’t for George W. Bush’s policies.

These jokes are courtesy of (Hat Tip!), which periodically sends out an email compilation of late night jokes, few of which are worth repeating … however, these were the exceptions in the batch I received today.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Late Night Takes: Let Bygones be Bin Laden

Late Night Humor

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

·     The good news: Osama bin Laden is dead. The bad news: there is no bad news.
·     For their honeymoon, the royal couple wants to go somewhere they can have complete privacy and no one in the country will give away their location. I think they’re going to Pakistan.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

·     I would like us to kill bin Laden every Sunday night. It makes for a much brighter start to the week.
·     After all the talk about caves, bin Laden was hiding in a million-dollar mansion in Pakistan. The CIA became suspicious when they learned there was a million-dollar mansion in Pakistan.
·     I just want to point out that “buried at sea” means “dumped in the ocean.” This could be the best Shark Week ever.

These jokes are courtesy of (Hat Tip!), which periodically sends out an email compilation of late night jokes, few of which are worth repeating … however, these were the exceptions in the batch I received today.