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You Can Have Any Colour You Want. As Long As It Is Black.

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‘[Samuel] said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots.’  ~ I Samuel 8: 11  

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I found myself reassessing my collegiate football loyalties following the embarrassing debacle perpetrated in Miami the Thursday before last.  And, after a great deal of reflection and rumination, I have decided that my interests would best be served by changing my allegiance to OU (or perhaps t.u., depending on how the Sooners’ season unfolds).  Why Oklahoma and t.u.?  It could not be clearer in my opinion that they are the best hopes the Big 12 South Division has of winning the conference championship in December (against Nebraska by all forecasts, though Missouri is a darkhorse). 

The experts (many of whom reside in Vegas and lay odds on this sort of thing for a living), almost to a man, have been adamant that the Aggies don’t have a chance to win the South Division and will be, yet again, relegated to second-tier status.  Therefore, the consensus is that rooting for the Ags is a waste of time and resources.  The Sooners are the only team that stands a chance at beating Nebraska so, the wise move would be to throw my support behind a proven winner. 

Of course, what I have written above is my tongue-in-cheek attempt at illustrating how ridiculous the same argument sounds when others (including the ‘experts’ on t.v.) tell folks such as myself that supporting Ron Paul is a fool’s errand and that I should vote for Frudy McRomney—even though I would be violating my conscience and principles in doing so—because they are the only candidates who stand a chance of beating Hillary!©   

I shall vote for someone of principle who holds my views (or as closely as is possible among fallen men) rather than merely against another.  The lesser of two evils is still evil.  Why should I have my choice of candidate dictated to me?  Why should others be allowed to limit my choices and ridicule—or pity—me because I have the unmitigated gall to support someone other than the media-created and coronated elite who will perpetuate more of the same which I have come to loathe?  As Rev. R. L. Dabney said, when you vote for a man, you are authorising him as your agent—thus, you bear a part of the responsibility for his actions. I won’t be responsible for the actions of the current ‘top-tier’ candidates of any party.  Should Ron Paul fail in his presidential bid, I shall withhold my vote altogether.  It is too precious to me to squander it.

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Do you recognise the actor in this commercial

keeping the cold side cold and the hot side hot? 

  

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Marie: ‘Do you live here?  It's nice.  Did you decorate it?’
Navin: ‘I got this from the old Cup O' Pizza place before they tore it down.  
That was really good pizza.’
Marie:  ‘This the best pizza in a cup ever.’
Navin:  ‘This guy's unbelievable. He ran the old Cup O' Pizza guy 
out of business.  People come from all over to get this.’
~ The Jerk (1979)
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I thought Hannah was pulling our legs--but they really are the Dots!
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‘In his long-awaited memoir … [Alan] Greenspan, a Republican whose 18-year tenure as head of the US Federal Reserve was widely admired, will also deliver a stinging critique of President George W Bush’s economic policies.
However, it is his view on the motive for the 2003
Iraq invasion that is likely to provoke the most controversy. “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,” he says.’

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is Brought to You By The Cult:

 

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I fully expect to one day be forced by law to refer to everything by a number.  Apparently coffee is ‘racist.’  (You’re next, half-and-half!!) 

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‘A newly released study shows the death toll of Iraqis to be 1.2 million. Incredible. How many innocents does that include? How many women and children? Have we gotten sufficient “payback” now? Allegedly, Osama Bin Laden sent a crew of mostly Saudi Arabians to attack the United States and 3,000 people died. We’ve now killed 1.2 million Iraqis and Bin Laden is still posting videos on YouTube. The world is swimming in blood, and still the Religious Right says nothing.’ 

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‘Judaism is also brought into the same generous tent, and reference is made to ‘our Judeo-Christian heritage,’ again an offense to earnest believers. To the truly religious Jew, Christianity is a diversion and a perversion of the true faith and is at best unrealistically weak where it appears most promising for man. For the Christian, Pharisaism, Sadduceeism, and Essenism were departures from Biblical faith, and all the nation was in heresy and apostasy when it crucified Christ. Since then, through Talmudic developments, the theological rift has widened, not diminished. The term ‘Judeo-Christian’ is most commonly used by the adherents of the religion of humanity, who are insistent on reading their religion into both Judaism and Christianity.’ ~ R. J. Rushdoony, Nature of the American System, p. 80.

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It’s not your country for long.

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September 29, 2007 at 3:57 pm

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Ain’t an Airbag Big Enough at That Speed, Partner!

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‘And if it responds to you peaceably and it opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall do forced labor for you and shall serve you.’  ~ Deuteronomy 20:11

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I have nothing informative, opinionated, nor especially interesting to post to-day.  I had a rough time last night; I went a few rounds with Insomnia and got my head handed to me.  Thankfully, just about the time I was dozing off at 3:30am, Dixie began to bark.  She barked incessantly.  Incessantly.  So, after putting her back in her pen (she had dug out–again) I gave slumber another attempt.  (As an aside, it was amazing how bright the moon was last night!  I didn’t even need a flashlight to take Dixie back to her pen, which is about 100 yards behind the house back in the woods.)

I was able to fall into a semi-sound sleep around 4:20am, which was quickly followed up by the alarm at 5:45am.  Needless to say, I’ll be snoozing in the passenger’s seat on the way up to Dallas this afternoon (as long as Gracie Mae allows) as Ashlee drives.

Pray for safe travel for us.  See y’all at church on Sunday (Lord willing)!

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‘It’s galling to admit that Karl Marx had something right, but his idea of alienated labor points right at a fundamental transition from agrarianism to industrialism. What Marx meant was that industrialism takes something that was once an intimate part of a man, namely his labor, and turns it into a commodity that can be bought and sold on the open market.’ 

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More of what our homeschooled children are ‘missing out on’: ‘The Dutch tale, which has been translated into English, is about a prince whose mother pressures him to find a princess but who ends up falling in love with and marrying the brother of one of the prospective brides instead.’ 

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Quit complaining about your job!

Sky Scraping

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I used to really enjoy watching ‘Survivor.’  However, the immodesty of the contestants–especially the women–has accelerated to outright nudity.  No thank you. 

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Even the Democrats are hopping on the Ron Paul wagon!

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The Giant Jena Scam.

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I can’t believe Marian has never heard this song!

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This 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: The Travelling Wilburys:

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253 mph is FAST.

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‘But of course, those who died [in the 1994 San Francisco earthquake], their lives will never be the same again.’  ~ Democrat U.S. Rep. Barbara Boxer

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‘Hey, can you pick up the pace a little bit, honey?  Orange County Choppers comes on in 15 minutes!’

Husband of the Year

Written by ninepoundhammer

September 28, 2007 at 10:43 am

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Birds, Bees, and the No-Huddle Offence

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‘You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.’  ~ Leviticus 19:28 

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Kierstyn tagged me over at her blog, so here are eight random things about myself.  You may find some funny; others you may find creepy. 

8 Random Things about me: 

1.  When the current war in Iraq started, I bought 25,000 Iraqi Dinars in the hopes that they will be worth a lot more in the future, once the country is stabilized.  (If that ever happens.) 

2.  I am always careful about having pens in my pocket when I am driving so that, should I get into a wreck, the seatbelt won’t break the pen and ruin my shirt.  (Ashlee LOVES that one!) 

3.  I’m very apprehensive about sleeping in my boxers.  (I don’t want to be standing outside in my drawers if the house catches on fire.) 

4.  I can juggle. 

5.  I have three tattoos. 

6.  My oldest sibling (sister) is 38 (39 in November) and my youngest (half-sister) is 6. 

7.  I don’t believe we landed a man on the Moon. 

8.  I once ate a Freeb!rds Super Monster AND an extra-large steak (76 ounces) at the Country Inn in Somerville within a week of each other on dares.  (I do NOT accept such challenges any longer.)

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ATTENTION Kierstyn, Rachel, Hannah, Marian, Wendy, et al.  Y’all have GOT TO READ THIS!  (And Ashlee, for that matter.)    

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It amazes me how lazy some people can be

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Which country does this quote refer to?  (Ah, it’s not what you’re thinking!): ‘Obesity levels in adults and children have risen steadily over the past ten years, with marked increases in men aged 35-64 and in women aged 35-44. These figures provide little evidence that current approaches to obesity are having any impact.’    

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A recent study dismisses any links between the Mercury-based preservatives once used in vaccines and autism in children.  Still, the anecdotal evidence is so strong as to suggest that something links the two.    

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Although I watch very little NFL football these days (the fellowship at the Colemans’ and/ or Ayers’ is just too good), I have noticed that you must be on your guard during the commercial breaks.  If you get caught unawares, you could find yourself subjected to what amounts to soft-core pornography  

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Here is a discussion regarding the weirdos we pay to ‘talk dirty’ to our children   

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‘It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system!  ~ Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice President on the concept of a manned mission to Mars.   

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Eight years after Bill Clinton left DC.

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September 27, 2007 at 1:46 pm

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Your Delta Tau Chi Name is Pinto

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I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!’  ~ II Corinthians 11:1

What is the Church?  Perhaps the more important question is: Who is authorised to define what (or who) the Church is?

For Christians, it seems easy enough to define and, for Presbyterians, easier still: The Universal Church, ekklesia, ‘consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.’  The current, visible church (or Church Militant) is defined as that which ‘consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children.’

Or is it?

I would assume–I would hope–that a unanimity of believers would agree with me in asserting that it is God, through His revelation in Scripture, who is authorised to establish the parameters for what is and what is not included in the definition of His Church.  However, the Internal Revenue Service sees things differently.  According to a publication by that behemoth monument to bureaucratic excess, ‘Tax Exempt and Government Entities Exempt Organization’, the church (or ‘a’ church as they understand it) is defined thus:

The term [‘church’] is not used by all faiths; however, in an attempt to make this publication easy to read, we use it in its generic sense as a place of worship including, for example, mosques and synagogues.  With the exception of the special rules for church audits, the use of the term church throughout this publication also includes conventions and associations of churches as well as integrated auxiliaries of a church.

It continues:   

Certain characteristics are generally attributed to churches.  These attributes of a church have been developed by the IRS and by court decisions.  They include: distinct legal existence; recognised creed and form of worship; definite and distinct ecclesiastical government; formal code of doctrine and discipline; distinct religious history; membership not associated with any other church or denomination; organisation of ordained ministers; ordained ministers selected after completing prescribed courses of study; literature of its own; established places of worship; regular congregations; regular religious services; Sunday schools for the religious instruction of the young; schools for the preparation of its ministers.  The IRS generally uses a combination of these characteristics, together with other facts and circumstances, to determine whether an organisation is considered a church for federal tax purposes.  The IRS makes no attempt to evaluate the content of whatever doctrine a particular organisation claims is religious, provided the particular beliefs of the organisation are truly and sincerely held by those professing them and the practises and rites associated with the organisation’s belief or creed are not illegal or contrary to clearly defined public policy. [Emphasis mine.]

It seems to me that God has quite clearly described for us what constitutes His Church and how it may be recognised and that the IRS’ definition is gilding the lily at best and spiritually subversive at worst.  Such is the lion’s share of the argument I make against church incorporation.  (Disclaimer: I DO NOThold that church incorporation is necessarily a sin; rather, I merely argue that it is, in my opinion, imprudent and fraught with more dangers than it is worth, as it pertains to tax savings and other earthly benefits derived therefrom.  Again, I am not accusing WPC, or any other church, of a sin; I am merely stating my opinion.)

The bolded areas in the quote above are disconcerting to me.  Illegality and contrariness to ‘public policy’ are minefields which are in our best interests to avoid altogether.  The fetters are not yet here but what happens when, as is the case in Canada, for example, it becomes a crime to hold, as Scripture clearly teaches, that homosexuality is a sin?  What is our recourse when we receive a government letter informing us that the IRS no longer feels that our beliefs are ‘truly and sincerely held’?

The issue need not only be discussed in the abstract; it is happening already.  Because we have allowed the State a hand in ‘authorising’ marriage (as if it actually had the power to do so) via marriage licenses, we now find ourselves in a battle with infidel interest groups (read ‘the homosexual lobby’) regarding whether or not to sanction unions between people of the same sex–something God has labeled as an abomination.  What God ordained from the beginning, we are suddenly unable–or unwilling–to define and require the State to do so for us (again, as if it were authorised to do so).  What is the church’s recourse if–or when–marriage is redefined to include homosexual relationships?  Will it even stop there?  If ‘love’ (in the modern, perverted sense of the word) is all that is required, how then can the State prohibit two men and a woman from ‘marrying’?  What about incest?  Can the State discriminate against a father and daughter who desire a ‘loving union’?  If the State can define–or, more accurately, redefine–what God has already established and the Church is bound to uphold, where does it stop?  More importantly, if we tacitly give our approval to the State to define who we are and what we can do, will we have a leg to stand on?

Here is something to consider in this regard: What if the government required us to get a license to be baptised?

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We cannot allow churches to be silenced any more than we can allow political dissent in general to be silenced. ~ Ron Paul

Church loses tax-exempt status for refusal to allow homosexuals access to their facilities.

IRS versus a Local Church.

On a lighter note, I recently discovered Biblical proof that there will be no women in Heaven.

Hey, when it all goes to Heck in a hand basket, you’ll need your Ministry of Homeland Security Emergency Radio!!

‘A person who says that Man must get back to Nature is not unlike a drunken man who pushes himself back from his own supper table and insists that he must get home immediately.’  ~ G. K. Chesterton

The greatest trick Satan has pulled is to make man think that he is harmless.

‘Israeli archaeologists have discovered the quarry that supplied the massive stones used in the construction of the Second Temple compound, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced yesterday.’

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September 26, 2007 at 12:09 pm

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