Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Justification By Faith" - By Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

Like my niece, Becky, who writes on more than one blog (I honestly do not know how she does it!), there just does not seem to be enough time to post new articles. My life is not overwhelmed by physical activity (although my physical condition could USE more physical activity!), but it does seem to be full of a great deal of spiritual activity lately. And, unfortunately for my readers, it is not here on the blog!

This morning's devotion from Oswald Chambers is a good reminder of how we are justified - found innocent - in God's sight. As my witness has reminded me lately, it is not me who does the work, it is the Holy Spirit. All I am capable of doing is giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have not yet received it and by expressing the truth that it is by His atoning work on the cross that we are able to stand and be found innocent before God's throne. And as the conclusion of Mr. Chamber's devotion states, there is nothing more I can do to acquire salvation than that which has already been done by my Savior Jesus Christ.

I, like Chambers, know that I am saved. The marvelous "how" will be explained later when I am standing face-to-face with my God and He spends an eternity telling me all about it.

I hope the following devotion also blesses you this morning as it has me.

"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
Romans 5:10

"I am not saved by believing; I realize I am saved by believing. It is not repentance that saves me; repentance is the sign that I realize what God has done in Christ Jesus. The danger is to put the emphasis on the effect instead of on the cause. 'It is my obedience that puts me right with God, my consecration.' Never! I am put right with God because prior to all, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals I can accept, instantly the stupendous Atonement of Jesus Christ rushes me into a right relationship with God; and by the supernatural miracle of God's grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings it with a breaking, all-over light, and I know, though I do not know how, that I am saved.

The salvation of God does not stand on human logic, it stands on the sacrificial Death of Jesus. We can be born again because of the Atonement of Our Lord. Sinful men and women can be changed into new creatures, not by their repentance or their belief, but by the marvelous work of God in Christ Jesus which is prior to all experience. The impregnable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We have not to work out these things ourselves; they have been worked out by the Atonement. The supernatural becomes natural by the miracle of God; there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done -

'It is finished.' "

Friday, October 23, 2009

Knit One, Purl One

Several years ago I took up the art of knitting. Or better yet, I should say knitting took up me. My Mom had taught me to crochet when I was young and I had taken a stab at knitting, but my knit one, purl one career was short-lived and my first project, a vest, went into the “let’s forget this ever happened” box.

When my grandbabies started coming into the world, I scoured the yarn shops for crochet patterns and spent hundreds of hours creating booties, sweaters and blankets. But I began to notice that it was difficult to find delicate and cute crocheted clothing, especially as the kids grew. One Easter, I crocheted myself into the wee hours of the morning, developing a raging case of tendonitis, because I was determined that my granddaughter would have her sweater to wear to church. That was the turning point in my needlecraft career. I knew I had to make a change and so I threw myself into learning how to knit. The possibilities were endless, at least much more so than crocheting, and I discovered knitting used as much as half the yarn crocheting required.

Mom had given me a “Learn to Knit” book, that had been hers before she was married, and her old knitting needles. I dug them out, fearlessly grabbed up some yarn, and tackled what to me seemed the impossible. I bought scads of books of baby sweaters and clothing and started knitting sets of sweaters, hats and socks. When I ran into trouble, I went to the internet where I discovered web sites that offer as much help as a fledgling knitter needs, including videos of more difficult stitches. I also spent hours searching for free patterns to print out. But as the pile of baby sets grew, I began to wonder what I was going to do with them. After all, my sons and their wives, much to my dismay, were not going to continuously produce babies to knit for, and those I did have were growing faster than I could knit. I knitted for niece’s and nephew’s and friend’s babies, but the pile continued to grow. There just were not enough babies - or, at least I thought that was the case.

My sister, Dana, is a board member of a local pregnancy center in her area that offers alternatives to abortion. They also have a small gift shop in the center. As the girls that come to the center progress in their pregnancy they earn points that can be used to purchase items in the gift shop. There was my answer, and fourteen sweater-hat-sock sets later, I had learned to knit. However, it was not without its trouble.

Let me set the stage for you: as I began each sweater, I would pray over it as it was created. If I ran into a problem, I would ask the Holy Spirit for help. I recall a particular sweater I was going to make and how I would get to a certain point and make the same mistake over and over. Frustrated, I ripped it out for the last time, picked up an identical yarn in a different color, and the same sweater pattern was created without a hitch. I guess He required the second color for a particular baby that would receive it.

Another example of divine help was over a pair of baby socks. I would often knit in the car as my husband and I traveled. It made the trip over the Oregon Blues go faster. I was knitting the last sock and worriedly kept looking at the amount of yarn I had to complete it. I just knew this second sock would not have a toe. I started praying that the Lord would increase the yarn in order to complete it. When I was done, I had three inches of yarn left over, just enough to bury to prevent it from coming loose. Another baby needed that second sock.

As I have progressed in my passion for knitting it has become obvious to me that it is an art that was created with divine guidance. There is no other explanation. The oldest knitted item that has been discovered is a pair of very delicate socks that were found in an Egyptian tomb. It looks as though they were made with needles the size of a strand of hair and yarn from a spider’s web. However, fishermen and sailors are given credit as the first knitters who whiled away their time on board ships doing needlecraft. When you think about it, it is a little amusing to think of a burly man creating such delicate items. But if you ponder why someone had the thought to sheer a sheep, card its wool, spin it into yarn, then take up two sticks the same size to join loops to create a blanket or clothing, it does defy common reasoning. The mathematics behind knitting is also mind staggering. One may think it is a simple matter to create a pattern out of two stitches, but experience has taught me otherwise. I will leave that to someone with a better brain than mine.

If you have the interest to take up a needlecraft such as knitting or crocheting, I would highly recommend beginning by making items for charity. There is endless help one can find in books and on the internet to aid you in becoming proficient at it, and a vast supply of free patterns can be found. Also, there are several organizations that can be found on the internet that provide patterns and assistance in knitting for charity. But if you ever run into a real snag, the greatest help will come from the One who developed the craft. If you ask Him, He will take your hands in His and knit one, purl one right along with you because there is a child somewhere waiting for your gift.

Oh, and by the way…just be sure you are knitting with the right color, and do not worry about having enough yarn.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Lord Of The Harvest

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.

Matthew 9:38 (KJV)

I would like to take a moment to do some visualization. Imagine, if you will, a vast field of ripe wheat that stretches from horizon to horizon with no end in sight. The stalks of wheat sway in the breeze like undulating waves of the sea, their heads heavy with golden kernels bowing to the earth below. It is a unimaginable harvest of great proportions and if the sickle is not put to the straw, the kernels threaten to break loose from the heads and fall to the ground in waste.

The owner of the wheat field understands this threat for he sowed the individual seeds, watched them grow and tended them, and knows there is only a small window of opportunity that remains to gather the crop to his storehouses. He looks for laborers who will help him harvest the fruit, promising to reward them handsomely if they will. But the workers who come to him are few in number and the success of the harvest relies upon the intensity with which they toil. As the harvest continues, the bushels of grain are brought in and counted. Each basket is placed on scales and it becomes obvious to the owner they are lacking in weight. His eye searches out others with a willingness to join in the labor of securing this great harvest, but he only finds those who are wanting to enjoy the fruits of others labor instead of offering a hand to help. (John 4:34-38)

As the allotted time for the harvest draws to a close, the owner looks out over the field where he sees only dead stalks that remain standing. He knows there was great loss and that the final tally will indicate such. He closes the doors to his storehouses that hold the glistening, golden kernels and goes out to burn what remains.

Now, if you are able, put a face on the head of each stalk of wheat; a loved one, a friend, a stranger. The wheat field has become a sea of humanity, a swaying mass of souls whose roots cling to the hard-packed soil of the world and sin. The final harvest is near (Joel 3:13; Rev. 14:15), and God looks out to see who will come and help Him save some from it. It is a “plentiful” harvest, “but the workers are few.” (Luke 10:2) The majority of His children are unwilling to be sent out among the “wolves” (v3), even at the expense of knowing a soul may be lost to the flames that burn what remains.

In the original Greek, the word “send”, or “ekballo,” implies pushing forward or thrusting out. It is the same word used in Scripture for the expulsion of a demon in a possessed man, thus indicating a action with a degree of force compelling it. God does not force man to bend to His will. But He will send His Holy Spirit to compell a man to “thrust” himself into the harvest field and help Him bring souls into His storehouses for safe keeping. By doing so, the worker is reaping a harvest of righteousness that will last an eternity. Paul tells the Galatians to continue to do good, for “the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8b) He exhorts us to “not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (v9) By having a willingness to labor for Him and trusting God to strengthen us, we are able to help Him bring others to Christ and are also rewarded for our toil.

The sea of faces that stretches from horizon to horizon are in great peril of becoming over ripe and falling to the dust below if there is not a desire within our hearts to assist the Lord in gathering them before they do. We all know someone who does not yet know their Savior Jesus Christ and whose soul is threatened with the “winepress of God’s wrath” (Rev. 14:14-20). We should be in constant prayer that the “Lord of the harvest” will send out His workers to reap the fields that are ripe and ready. But more importantly, we should be willing workers who yield to His gentle prodding and allow Him to “thrust” us out into the fields of humanity to help gather a great harvest for Him.

C. H. Spurgeon once wrote, “Lord, it is harvest time! Put in your sickle and reap!” While there is still time, push forward into the fields and plant the seeds of God’s Word in the hearts of men. Then watch Him reap a bountiful harvest of untold proportions!

Friday, October 9, 2009


Fall is here and with it comes the celebration known as Halloween. Traditionally, Halloween is recognized on October 31st. From its introduction into American society by Irish immigrants, pumpkins are carved with ghoulish faces and children dress in costumes ranging from ghosts to goblins to pirates and princesses and travel door to door demanding candy and treats in lieu of tricks enacted upon the homeowner who is unwilling to comply. When the evening is over, a month's worth of tooth decaying candy loaded with sugar is brought home and secreted away, and parents attempt to wind down their hyped-up children who have had their hand in it the entire evening.

It all sounds pretty benign and innocent from this perspective: children engaged in fun, receiving yummy treats and participating in dress-up and games. Halloween was a time of year that even I looked forward to. I spent hours creating scary costumes for my sons and looked forward to joining my sister and her children in walking the streets of our town. The fall leaves had dropped from the elm trees that lined the streets, the air was crisp and cold, and our children ran laughing into yards that were turned into cemeteries or haunted houses with sound-effects for an added touch. The kids had a blast and we ended the evening with doughnuts and apple cider at my parent's house.

Several years ago, a local church pastor wrote a letter to the Editor of our small paper following the celebration of that year's Halloween. It left an indelible imprint on my memory and caused me to question just what we were allowing our children to participate in. He recounted memories from his own childhood in his Scandinavian homeland where Halloween had a totally different meaning. The details have faded, but I do remember him recalling child sacrifice and dark rituals. He concluded that if we had experienced what he had, we would eliminate the practice of celebrating Halloween from our lives. So, let us take a very brief look (for the information is plentiful if one takes the time to Google it) into the history and practice of what we are now touting as a "holiday." Also, bear in mind that I am not condoning or condemning the practice of trick or treating, only providing food for thought so parents can make their own determinations.

Halloween began with the pre-Christian pagan Celtic people in Ireland. It was known as the festival of "Samhain" (pronounced "sow" like the female pig, and "en") - also known as the Celtic New Year - and was to mark the passing of harvest into winter by slaughtering livestock and stockpiling provisions to see them through the cold months ahead. They believed that October 31st signified a day where the boundary between the living and dead dissolved, and that the deceased were allowed that one 24-hour period to wreak havoc, sickness, crop failure, and death upon the living. The Celtic pagans would build bonfires into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown, dress in costumes and don masks to copy or placate the evil spirits, and even carve faces into turnips or rutabagas. They clung to the belief that the "head" was the most powerful part of the body and by using the head of the vegetable it would frighten off the embodiment of spirits and superstitions. This brought about the emergence of the jack-o-lantern, which is derived from a legend of a "greedy, gambling, hard-drinking farmer" who "tricked the devil into climbing a tree and trapped him by carving a cross in the tree trunk." The farmer was cursed by the devil and made to wander the earth by night with only the light of a candle inside the turnip to guide him.

The Celtic people also participated in games that were often in the form of divination, such as blindfolding a person and making them choose from among several saucers placed in front of them. The contents of the saucer, whether good or bad, determined the person's life in the year to come. Another game, one that has survived and is continued today among Irish and Scottish households, is one where a long strip of apple peel is tossed over the shoulder and believed to land in the shape of the first letter of the person's future spouse. Unmarried women were told if they gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear. However, if they were going to die before marriage, a face of a skull would hover in there. It is reported that this custom continued even on greeting cards into the 19th and 20th centuries.

Samhain became "All Hollows Eve" when the Catholic Church began to "Christianize" the pagan Celts. Rather than eliminate the practice, the Catholic Church chose to combine it with their celebration of "All Saints Day." It was moved from May 13th by Popes Gregory the III and IV (which, according to sources I found, was the date of a pagan holiday, the "Feast of Lemures", whereby the ancient Romans performed exorcisms to rid their homes of the "malevolent and fearful ghosts of the dead") to November 1st. They believed that by uniting the two celebrations the Celts would embrace theirs.

We all know that Satanists and Wiccans have taken Halloween as their own "holiday." I found one particular website that admonished anyone who believed their "rites" and "practices" on this day were anything but innocuous and harmless. In fact, it was not long ago that a group of Wiccans were making noise about children dressing up as "evil witches" and giving them a "bad name." They wanted the practice stopped and one such town (I believe it was Salem, Massachusetts) caved in to their demands and banned children from donning witch costumes on Halloween.

We have also seen an increase in troubled and unlawful behavior arise during the Halloween season. Instead of harmless pranks being played out in one night upon households that do not participate, some youths have embraced "Hell Week" which involves several days of destructive and often violent behavior upon many aspects of society. It has become acceptable to get involved and excused away as "kids having fun."

Some evangelical churches have moved to eliminate the practice of celebrating Halloween from within their congregations. Their belief is that it invites participation in a Satanic and pagan ritual that has no place in the lives of Christians. Because I, too, am a Christian, I deeply respect their decision to remove the practice. However, I am somewhat disturbed by what has replaced it and the possibility of the hypocrisy behind it. Children are encouraged to participate in "Harvest Festivals" that are held at churches on Halloween night. They can even "dress up," although I am sure a ghoul or devil costume is out of the question. They play "games" and receive candy and "treats". In other words, they are involved in everything that a child who goes out into his neighborhood on Halloween is doing. The only difference is the location. I must, however, add that some churches encourage Scriptural themes and prayer during this time and are attempting to provide an alternative to the Halloween celebration. But the question that plagues me is, "What is so different about their celebration as opposed to the pagan one?" (Read a former witch turned Christian's perspective on "Harvest Parties"

The Celts celebrated their own "Harvest Festival" in Samhain, which signified the end of one season passing to another. They "dressed up", played "games" and placated the evil spirits with "treats." The parallel between Halloween and "Harvest Festivals" is just a little too close to make me comfortable. I would rather see the churches do nothing than attempt to provide an event that is riddled with similarities to ancient pagan practices. As is mentioned in the above article, the beginning of trouble is in the "fun" that is being had. If their congregants are firmly grounded in the Word of God they will make the proper choices for their children and for themselves.

As I am writing this, my daughter-in-law, Rachel, is scouring the local thrift shop for items to create my grandchildrens costumes for this up-coming Halloween. The kids are excited and looking forward to filling their bags with treats, even if it snows, which it more than likely will. And I am sure the boys will want to look as garish and gruesome as they possibly can. A few years ago Rachel and I had a conversation about whether or not to allow the children to participate. Her logic and reasoning placated my concerns. She is a Godly woman with common sense and I deeply respect her methods in raising my grandchildren with Christian values. Her response was that as long as her children were taught it was just another night to have fun, then she had no concerns. But if there ever came a time when it became something else, she would stop the practice. It is a choice every Christian parent must make for their children. I have Christian nieces and nephews who allow their children to participate in Halloween and others who do not. My oldest son's children participate at church functions instead of trick or treating. I respect both side's opinions and viewpoints on the matter and believe it is a personal choice that must be made by them.

However, several years have passed and Rachel and I recently had the same conversation. She breathed a deep sigh and said she also has been troubled about allowing the kids to participate in Halloween. Our viewpoints have changed - or should I say we are experiencing conviction - simply because we know that to partake in anything that is not ordained of God is wrong. We spoke at length, tossing about the pros and cons, and always ended in the same place: neither one of us could defend it because it is clearly a Satanic-based ritual that is full of paganism and unGodly practice. In other words, a sow is still a sow, no matter how well you dress it. Facing the up-coming Halloween and the kids' participation, we miserably failed to justify it in any sense - and believe me, we tried! - even by using the excuse that it is merely "fun" for the kids. When I concluded by asking her what then should be done, she frankly stated that we know the answer and to try and continue to justify it would always bring us back to the same answer. Although the kids will participate this year, Rachel feels the children are mature enough to understand why they most likely will not in the years to come. It is a disturbing thing to cling to "traditions" and not want to see them go, especially when they appear to be harmless but are, in truth, something we should turn our backs on.

It was not until after I accepted Christ that the practice of Halloween began to trouble me and make me wonder if, as a parent, I did the right thing. I still have a tendency to toss it around in my head looking for the right answer. I don't want to believe that something I did that appeared so innocent may have been offensive to my God. Nor do I want others I know and love to be plagued with making their decision. Part of me wants to merely look back on the experience I had with my children on Halloween - the anticipation of a night of fun with them and building good memories with my family - and be content with my decisions. The other part of me wants to eliminate the "holiday" from my past and my grandchildren's future.

Earlier I mentioned that I would neither condone or condemn Halloween. The musings I have written here are for my own conscience and to try and sort out right from wrong. It is the best I can do for me, and I know you will also do the best you can for yourself and your children.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Part 2: A Fool's Errand and Iran Update

I borrowed this from Joel Rosenberg's website. It further endorses the danger behind the Russia/Iran alliance and what we can expect in the near future if our President does not stop his foolishly dangerous behavior. I hope you take just a moment to read it.

Also, the following is a AFP article on the latest news covering Iran's nuclear capabilities.

The Condensed Version

In the book of Jeremiah, thirty-sixth chapter, verses one through thirty-two, (Jeremiah 36:1-32) we read that God instructed Jeremiah to “Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah, and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now.” (v2) It was God’s intention that the people be warned about His wrath to come if they did not turn from their wicked and sinful ways and seek His forgiveness (v3). Jeremiah did as God commanded him and had his scribe, Baruch, take the scroll to the Lord’s temple and read it to the people (v8-10). Upon hearing God’s Word to Jeremiah, the temple officials “looked at each other in fear” (v16), knowing the Lord had spoken through the prophet, and they warned Baruch to hide with Jeremiah from the king because of what the scroll contained.

The scroll was then taken to King Jehoiakim who was “sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him (v22). Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.” (v23) However, it is the reaction of those who were present that revealed how wicked and sinful the people truly were. Verse twenty-four states, “The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.”

Undeterred, God once again had Jeremiah dictate His Word to Baruch, only this time He reminded Jehoiakim of his guilt in burning the scroll and His condemnation for doing so (v27-31). The king was taken captive by the Babylonians, dying on his way to Babylon (2Chronicles 36:5-6), and his son, Jehoiachin, only served as king for three months before being taken captive.

There is a disturbing parallel between Jehoiakim’s actions and what we see happening today within many churches. The tendency to condense God’s Word to suit social issues has permeated the Church. In the form of “tolerance” to lifestyles God finds abominable and the minimization of sinful behavior, there are those within the Church who would, without provocation or fear, “cut” certain passages from His Word to draw and appease sinners. Instead of preaching the Word of God in its entirety and purity, some “emerging” Church leaders prefer to omit Scripture that would clearly and explicitly condemn their congregation because they want to be seen as open-minded and tolerant of others and their self-preferences. Like Jehoiakim, many of today's pastors take portions of God's Word and "(burn them) in the fire” because to preach them would “offend” and perhaps cause the same fear within their congregation the temple officials experienced when they heard God speak through Jeremiah. To fail to do so, the “feel good” church of today would be seen as “hateful” and full of “self-righteousness”, and they certainly would not want that.

God is not politically correct, nor is He socially adaptable. He is the eternal God and is unchanging despite the changes we see within the world today and man's attempt to make Him “fit“ those changes. To take His Word and condense it to adapt to certain social and political platforms is nothing short of wrong. The Bible is replete with instances where man disregarded God’s warnings and suffered the consequences. Much of today’s society dwells in the sewers of sin and wickedness and there is hardly a moment that passes when one does not hear of someone breaking God’s moral and civil laws. They snip and cut away at His Word until there is nothing left of its original content, and they are smugly satisfied with the results.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2Timothy 3:16-17) There is not one word written within Scripture that is not inspired by God Almighty to instruct us in the way we should act and lead our lives. We should read it and apply it to everything we do and say, not pick and choose only what we think suits the moment. Nor should we add to His Word and falsely claim He has amended it to fit today’s lifestyles or whims. That makes Him to be a liar and we all know God does not and can not lie.

God’s Word is our only true source of guidance in a world ripe with sin. It is dependable and reliable because His Word is holy, eternal, and just. If we remain true to not just part of it but all of it, God will increase our knowledge and give us His wisdom in how our lives should be led. And if we take His Word as trustworthy and give it to others with love, we are fulfilling God’s command to spread His Gospel and helping Him save others from eternal death.

We must refuse to condense the Word of God by keeping Scripture pure and unadulterated. We must take the initiative and examine what we are being taught in church by faithfully going into His Word in order to prevent being deceived. If we do, it will save us from reaping what Jehoiakim sowed.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Fool's Errand

"The president said that Iran's promise during the talks to transfer some of its low-enriched uranium to another country for processing is an example of such a step. The uranium would be used in a medical-research reactor." (AP)

Now that you have read the above quote, read it again. Then, if you have not already heard, ask yourself who the "other country" is. For those who do not yet know, it is Russia. Now that you know the "other country" is Russia, consider just what Russia has done for Iran in the last ten years:

1. Russia has helped fund Iran to build their nuclear power plants.

2. Russia has placed nuclear scientists in Iran to help them move Iran's program forward.

3. Russia has given Iran nuclear technology.

4. Russia (and China) have been adamantly opposed to any sanctions being placed by the UN on Iran.

Now consider what God tells us about Russia and Iran in end-times prophecy:

5. Russia is one of the "Kings of the North" - Magog - spoken of in Biblical prophecy. There is only one nation to the extreme north of Israel - "Rosh", or Russia
(Ezekiel 38:1-6; Daniel 11:28-32).

6. Iran, or Persia as it is was formerly known, forms an alliance with Magog in Biblical prophecy

7. Iran, along with the other Arab nations, unites with Magog and the Kings of the North, comprising an army of 200 million, and gathers in the Valley of Megido to attempt to destroy Israel (Ezekiel 39:1-6; Revelation 20:7-9). This is known as the Battle of Armageddon.

The outcome? God wins. But not until after the last three and one half years of the seven years of Tribulation - and absolute destruction, death, and terror.

However, at this juncture, there is jubilation that our President has successfully defied the naysayers and "dialogued" with one of the world's greatest enemies. While listening to Fox News in the car, one would think he had just united the world in a common goal, cured cancer, and solved all of the world's crises. One gentleman even went so far as to applaud the fact that Iran was seemingly willing to have their "low-enriched uranium" (enriched to 20%) that is meant for medical purposes shipped and inspected by Russia. Well, if you were handed a tasty morsel on a silver platter like Iran was, you would be agreeable, too. What better "other country" than Russia, one of Iran's staunchest allies, to "inspect" your uranium and report back to the UN?

The fly in the ointment is that Iran probably doesn't have the centrifuges that are necessary to purify the uranium to a weapon grade, which is 90%, but Russia does. There is no doubt in my mind that Iran has attempted to secure the centrifuges. In fact, there is speculation that as recent as this summer a ship that disappeared off the radar, and one Russia is mute about, may have had what Iran needed in its cargo. It is insane, beyond any logical and reasonable explanation, why anyone would think this is such a great idea! Or are there only a few of us who see the severe danger in this agreement and something more sinister arising from its development?

I have not decided if Obama is just proud, arrogant, altruistic and ignorant, or if he is extremely dangerous. At this point, I am leaning toward the latter. At the very least, he is a fool on a fool's errand. The trouble is the world sees him as someone with the ability to unite even the worst of enemies and blur the borders of hatred. Much to their shame, he is touted as the "world's President", a "messiah", a "savior of all mankind and the earth." Even more disturbing is that I believe Obama also sees himself as some form of "god". But whatever he is or believes he is, he places Americans and the rest of the world in the precarious position of being innocent spectators to his whim and making us wait to see what kind of horror is created out of his actions.

We are on a downward spiral, folks. And Obama is creating the vortex. It is time to open your eyes and your ears to the implications behind his actions. To sit idly by and do nothing serves no one. Silence will only bring what we deserve by remaining silent.

If you do not yet know your God, your Savior Jesus Christ, NOW is the time to make that change in your life. Ask Him to come into your heart, ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and accept the free gift of pardon Jesus Christ secured for you on the cross...before it is too late.

All My Tears - Selah