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This is the final day of this reading, Unto Us. http://www.Bible.com/reading-plans/. These are the verses for this day: Isaiah 9:6-7; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; and 1 John 5:23. My prayer for everyone is to know the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Next, I pray for everyone a peaceful Merry Christmas. 🙏✝️🙏❤️🎆🎄

Peace. It doesn’t matter where we live or what we believe, we all desire peace. Because our souls long for it, we attempt to attain it in a variety of ways—people, leaders, finances, comfort, substances. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never have true and lasting peace until we meet the source of it. 

In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. The Hebrew language defines it this way:

Prince — sar
Prince, ruler, leader, official, captain

Peace — shalom
Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, safety; with God in covenant relationship

When you put these two words together in a title, you have a leader who provides complete soundness, peace, and safety. How amazing is that? With one name, He’s instantly different than any human ruler we’ve ever seen on earth. When He came, He was clothed in God’s peace. 

Jesus’ peace invites a calmness into our lives no matter what’s looming around us. He gives us peace during the trials of life and encourages us not to be troubled (John 14:27). He offers peace to us while we’re on our personal journey with Christ until He returns (1 Thessalonians 5:23). When fear threatens to overwhelm us, His peace calms us, guards us, and is beyond what our finite minds can fathom (Philippians 4:7).

Jesus, our Prince of Peace, is the only way we can have peace with God. When we say yes to Jesus and believe that He died and rose again, we are invited into a right relationship with Him. He longs to be a restorer of relationships, and in doing so, we learn how to be peacemakers in a world that desperately needs it.

No matter where you are on your journey with Christ, set aside some time today to ponder Jesus as your Prince of Peace.

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Cross-posted at Rosemary’s Thoughts.

I have been banning all Iranian products into my house since 1979. Here is a group now that is asking you to do the same. Actually, they are asking for a little more.

Ask President Bush, today, to impose strict economic sanctions against Iran’s import of refined petroleum products. Iran, one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil, lacks the facilities to produce a refined product. As a result, Iran is one of the largest importers of gasoline – nearly half of all gasoline used by Iranians. Now, the Iranians are feeling the pinch of raised prices and gasoline rationing imposed by the government.

A bipartisan group in the U.S. House is seeking economic sanctions against Iran in an attempt to reduce the amount of gasoline imported by Tehran.

The legislation calls for companies that provide Iran with gasoline or assists with the import of gasoline would not be allowed to sell gasoline to U.S. customers. Iran imports most of its gasoline from Persian Gulf states and India.

According to Rep. Mark S. Kirk, R-IL: “This is becoming the critical weakness of the Iranian government, meaning its dependence on gasoline. Riots [in Iran] show the gasoline shortage is a growing danger to the Iranian regime and a diplomatic opportunity for Western countries to force Iran to adhere to international nuclear rules.”

The legislation would provide President Bush with several options, as well as several penalties. Included among these are: denial of loans and credits from the Export-Import bank and loans or licenses for exports to the U.S. [Um…I thought we already had this?] The House Foreign Affairs Committee has already approved “legislation designed to strike at investments in Iran.” State Department spokesman Tom Casey said, “We need to do everything that we can to continue to raise the stakes in Iran in terms of its nuclear program.”

Another supporter of the bill, Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., said, “Our goal must be zero foreign investment.” To reach that end, the U.S. is also working with European allies to try to increase penalties against Tehran. Of course, the countries that do a lucrative business with Iran don’t want to do anything to upset the powers that be.

Vote Your Opinion NOW!

Just as we have defeated big business here in America (NO illegal aliens!), we must bring to the light our European ‘friends’. We must explain to them, in a calm way, that there are higher ideals in this life than how much money you can grab. This is one of them.

Unless you want all of your women living under the Caliphate, which means clothed from head to toe with no skin showing, you must be with us on this. There truly is a war against us. It is to elimate everyone who does not believe as they do, Sharia Law, their idea of what a Muslim should be, and many more horrific things.

If you want to understand more, you may be interested in this book:

The Final Move Beyond Iraq.

Thank you.

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Some of my readers may have seen  this request over at my homepage, My Newz ‘n Ideas, but I have a little more news about this situation. It is also quite humorous. It was written by Linda, Danny’s wife. I would like to share it with you.

    Life is a Fartlek.
    My husband has a text file stored on his computer entitled, Wise Things I’ve Said. Today he’s adding another to the list which is the title of this entry.
    This morning Danny and I were discussing all kinds of subjects and then we started talking about struggles that I’ve been through in the past six years. And just recently a new struggle has shown its ugly head.
    Several years ago when my husband went to John Brown University in Arkansas, he was friends with a guy named Jonathan Beverly who was an avid runner. Jonathan is now editor-in- chief of Running Times. Jonathan once told Danny that you know you’re really a runner when you can use the word “fartlek” in a mixed crowd and not be embarrased.
    According to Dictionary.com this is its definition,

    “a training technique, used esp. among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity.”

    Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fartlek (accessed: June 01, 2007).

    This morning as we talked through my struggles, Danny popped out a quotable quote, Life is a fartlek. He is so right as in applying this to my life. As a Christian, God puts things in my life to keep me growing. At the age of 40, I can look back and see periods of time when it was really stressful and then other periods of when life was so calm I was bored and uninspired to do anything. God does this to me to help me grow but not continuously overwhelm me that there’s too much to handle. At times in life where there is great stress I truly know God would not push beyond the stress level I could handle. But He would push me to my limit so I would run to Him for help and strength which would also cause my faith to grow.

    Another good quote by my husband, Life is a fartlek.

Linda’s Thoughts is a wonderful site where you may go to encourage Danny’s wife. Let her know you are praying for her. She is a beautiful and thoughtful writer, and she is a very warm person. You will not be disappointed. Thank you, and God bless you.

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A friend of mine is in need of some heavy duty prayer. His wife, their two children and he is facing a very hard time of things. He homeschools his children while his wife works outside of the house. Both of their children are ill. They have several doctor’s appointments in the near future, and they are still paying for an operation Danny had last year.

This is not a post requesting for money, although if you feel so inclined please help. This is just some background. Now comes the trouble. His wife had been harassed at work, and she was fired when she explained to her boss that she is happily married, he fired her.

They are now looking for a lawyer (they found one late this afternoon). The way I understand it is that she has to go through arbitration with her peers as the jury and her boss as the judge! I recommended to him to get a labor lawyer (even though he was already thinking about getting one).

So what does he want from us? Support. Spiritual support, stop by his site and leave some encouraging words, and whatever you may think may help. He is a whiz with computers so if you know anyone who needs some work done, please contact him to see if it is in his realm of abilities. He is very good at making banners and tinkering with templates.

But most importantly of all, it took being a big man to reach out and ask for help. He has, and I am responding. I pray that you will, too. Thank you, and God bless you all.

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It is so good to be alive in these trying times. Am I insane for believing this? I do not think so. What better time to be alive than that when you can actually contribute of yourself, even if no one shall ever know you existed. Yes, I do declare, this is noble.

Are there terrorists in my country? Yes, and we hunting them down. Are you keeping your eyes open? Are you helping in anyway? Then you are doing a fine job for your fellow man.

Are there gangs? Yes. Are you going to your Church, Synogogue, or Mosque, to offer our youth a better path? Are you spending time just being there for your own children? Then you are doing a fine job for them and your fellow man.

Are there diseases and disasters? Yes, but there always has been. Today we are finding the cures that God Almighty has created for us to find, and we are finding them. Take good care of your health by having early and regular check-ups. By doing this, you will be helping yourself and your fellow man.

Please do not forget that even–or espicially–through adversity is the time when we grow. We are living in historic times. How many people were aware that their mere existence would alter the course of history for the entire world? Now we must decide. Are we going for TOTAL VICTORY or are we going to cut and run?

I know what my decision is to be. I am willing to fight for my country and the world. I shall be in prayer until this world war is over (even after), and I shall do what is required of me. How about you?

In the meanwhile, I shall be at peace with God and myself, I shall stop and smell the roses along the way, I shall be grateful for life itself, I shall talk to anyone about God–just as long as they wish to talk, I will serve our men and women through words of encouragement and other means, and I shall enjoy each and every day of my life.

THAT is what it takes to be an American, IMHO. Have a blessed day.

PS: I would like to share a site with you of a man who has recently gone to Afghanistan to fight for our very existence. He is moving from where he was to where he is going to be for a while. He is an excellent writer, and I really enjoy his honesty. I think you will, too. Please send him some of your very own encouraging words. The title of his site is “Bill and Bob’s Excellent Afghan Adventure.” Thank you.

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Israel at 59

The continuous struggle to independence
April 24 2007 | Eli E. Hertz

About six months before the War of Independence in 1948, Palestinian Arabs launched a series of riots, pillaging, and bloodletting. Then came the invasion of seven Arab armies from neighboring states attempting to prevent the establishment of a Jewish state in accordance with the UN’s 1947 recommendation to Partition Palestine, a plan the Arabs rejected.

The Jewish state not only survived: It came into possession of territories – land from which its adversaries launched their first attempt to destroy the newly created State of Israel.

In the first critical weeks after the British left the region and Israel declared its independence, the combined Arab armies of: Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Trans-Jordan, Iraq, and contingents from Saudi Arabia and Yemen aimed at a small Jewish militia with three tanks and five artillery pieces. Israel had no air force, and until arms were rushed in from abroad and a regular army could be organized, it relied on the only strength it had: 70 years worth of social solidarity inspired by the Zionist endeavor.

Israel’s citizens understood that defeat meant the end of their Jewish state before it could even get off the ground. In the first critical weeks of battle, and against all odds, Israel prevailed on several fronts.

The metaphor of Israel having her back to the sea reflected the image crafted by Arab political and religious leaders’ rhetoric and incitement. Already in 1948 several car bombs had killed Jews and massacres of Jewish civilians underscored Arab determination to wipe out the Jews and their state.

There were 6,000 Israeli dead as a result of that war, in a population of 600,000. One percent of the Jewish population was gone. In American terms, the equivalent is 3 million American civilians and soldiers killed over an 18-month period.

Israel War of Independence in 1948 was lawful and in self-defence as may be reflected in UN resolutions naming Israel a “peace loving State” when it applied for membership at the United Nations. Both, the Security Council (March 4, 1949) and the UN General Assembly (May 11, 1949) declared:

“Decides in its judgment that Israel is a peace-loving State and is able and willing to carry out the obligations contained in the Charter …”

Happy birthday peace-loving Israel

To see the entire article please click HERE

 

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Just four years ago today the statue of that demonic tyrant came crashing down taking with it all the weight of the past 30 years of terror and gave way to that magical light at the end of a long, long tunnel for all the people who suffered under his boot. While there would still be many sorrows and fears to come, it was here at last. Freedom. Sweet, unadulterated freedom and with it, liberty for all the Iraqi people.

Saddam’s statue fell, Baghdad Bob ran off into thin air to be heard from no more, and the jubilance began. I have the pictures. I saw the smiles. I heard the cheers. I saw the tears. You cannot tell me it did not occur.

It is for those children, those women, those elderly people and those men whose only crime was being born in Iraq, under Saddam’s boot, that I rejoice with them this day of independence. They have suffered so much, yet they have come so far. It is as if they were trapped in a nightmare unable to awaken! So when they finally did awake, they feared it was unreal, because it has been the dream they could not allow themselves to dream for so long. Then it was upon them. Praise God!

It has been four years now, and it is not what those who dreamed to dare had expected. That is because they are not only fighting criminals from there, but they are fighting a true enemy in the Middle East [Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Arabs (who call themselves Palestinians)] who have a jihad against all who do not believe as they do, and many others whose soul purpose in life is to make sure others are not allowed to live their lives.

They accomplish this by suicide bombings. I have a recommendation. Gather up all the suicide bombers and grant them their dream, then we can get on with ours! Of course, then there is the Democrats…but that’s a-whole-nother ball game…

May God bless the Iraqi people, especially the children, and may He bring peace to the entire country. I pray they turn their face toward God and hear His voice. He loves you, Iraq. God bless you.

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Happy Easter

Just a little note from me to you: Christ our Lord has Risen today! Hallelujah! 😉

Christ the Lord is Risen today. Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say: Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high. Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and, earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King. Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once, He all doth save. Alleluia!
Where they victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Loves’s redeeming work is done. Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won. Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise. Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise. Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led. Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head. Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise. Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

Amen.

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My first meeting today at 9:00 AM was in the State House with the Minister of State, Karim Sinjari. I had two more high-level intelligence meetings with Iraqi diplomatic leaders. I cannot attribute a quote from them for security reasons. I do not want an Iranian agent to put a bullet in their heads.

Karim is a very humble man; we sip tea as he tells me the story of two attempts to kill him by terrorists and a third by Saddam who poisoned him; he almost died. He repeated a story I had been told earlier:

“Saddam disappeared 191,000 men between the ages of ten and sixty years so the women could not remarry. They would have no proof that their husbands were dead.”

Saddam used the Koran to back his claim that he had permission to kill the enemy and confiscate everything they owned. He secured a fatwah, a legal decree from an Imam to give the legal, theocratic right to wipe out the Kurds.

I was told that Iranian agents by the tens of thousands are everywhere in Iraq, and that Iranian proxies number in the hundreds of thousands. I can honestly say I really don’t like that, knowing I speak out strongly against Iran on network shows, and that I wrote Showdown with Nuclear Iran. I feel a bit like a canary in a mine shaft. I am so thankful for my faith; it strengthens me in the darkness.

Karim told me that the biggest problem they have is the influx of Iranian agents into the whole of Iraq. Iran is working with Syria, a Sunni state, to kill Iraqis and with the Shiites to pit one group against the other.

According to Karim, Paul Bremer (head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq) opened the borders, forcing the removal of all security check points in Iraq. Bremer was warned that this would create terror, but he wanted to show the world he was tolerant of everyone. Iran is now running one of the biggest employment services in all of Iraq. For a few dollars, they put unemployed Iraqis on the terror payroll. It is also one of the biggest intelligence agencies operating through the Iraqi government. It makes no difference if you wear a police or military uniform; the vetting process does not work, and the fruit is that secrets are being shared with Iran which now is aware of every move.

Said Karim, “Your army is in a holy war with global jihadis worldwide. Thousands of Iraqi fanatics lived in Iran and returned home as agents with the full support of Iran. Remember, the Iranian revolution was planned in Najaf by Ayatollah Khomeini. Najaf knows well how to plan Islamic revolutions. The only reason they are not attacking you in America is because you invited them to attack you in Iraq.”

Al-Maliki says the U.S. should not use Iraq for a confrontation with Iran. This is another sick joke. Al-Qaeda has between 4000 and 5000 terrorists in Iraq. If we leave, the danger will be a thousand times greater, but in the U.S., not in Iraq. The terrorists will take the battle to the streets of America. The only restraining factor is the U.S. troops. We keep the terrorists occupied by fighting them in Iraq. I was told that if we leave Iraq, all of the Arab countries would run away from the experiment in democracy, and that the entire region would explode.

Karim further opined, “Saudi Arabia is so convinced that Iran is coming, they are building a 400-mile wall at the cost of $13 billion to keep them out. Saudi is panicking because 50 percent of their population is Shiite, and the oil region is in the Shiite area of Saudi. They know a nuclear Iran could mean their end. They pray that the U.S. or Israel will stop them.” I have been told that over 500,000 Shiite “missionaries” are gathered in Saudi Arabia with one goal…convert Sunnis.

We are taping the last segments of the prime-time special based on this book. Late today at the studios of the state television station, we were given classified footage never shown on U.S. television, or anywhere else. I saw images of Saddam’s flag being planted in each village after the gas canisters were dropped. At first, gas that stayed low to the ground was used. When the people fled to the mountains, canisters containing poison gas that rose in the air was dropped in order to kill those fleeing. Later, I was shown footage of Saddam’s death squads exterminating multitudes, including Islamic fascists beheading Americans. It was the most unspeakably horrific sight I have ever seen.

It was a shock to see the face of Ali Hassan Majid on Iraq television. He was standing trial for genocidal crimes against humanity. “I am not apologizing,” he said, “I did not make mistakes. I am the one who gave the orders to the Army to use WMDs against 100,000 Iraqi Kurds.”

We were cleared by the government to see and have access to the footage. Some of it will be incorporated into the television special, “The Final Move beyond Iraq.”

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It has been quite a while since we talked, and I am in need of Your guidance. You are my God, my Saviour, my Everything and I honor and trust and love You. I come to you as a broken rag doll.

Lord, I pray for to you to hold Captain Douglas Traversa high above his enemies. Hide him under Your wing. I pray he knows You, and that he knows You.

Lord, I need help getting back into reading the Bible everyday, not just when I want to pluck a verse or two for my own convenience. I want to get back to writing the whole Bible so I may finish it. By doing this, I will have also read it!

I have a problem with my anger towards our politicians. They are making it very difficult for me to pray for them. Sometimes I even have evil thoughts about them. I repent those, Lord.

We live in a country that is so fully blessed with Your riches. Beautiful mountains, far-reaching plains, marvelous stars in the sky at night, family, food-a-plenty, lively rivers, wide oceans, calm lakes, a multitude of animals to care for, a roof over our heads, and so much more. Yes, we are truly blessed with so much. Thank You, Lord.

Thank You, Lord, for not forgetting me. Thank You for delivering me from hands of Satan. Thank You for my life and my purpose. Even if I don’t know what it is, You do. I know my life is in Your hands, and I am comforted.

Lord, please watch over our President, our Congresspeople, our Governors, and all the other people who are trying to do what is right and just in our country. Also, please watch over Israel, Your chosen people. Help them to be successful against all attacks by people who only understand hatred and evil.

I would also like to pray for our Military. Keep them close to Your heart and alive and in one piece! Help them to find our enemies and please God, crush our enemies beneath Your feet.

I would also like to pray the Iraqi people, the Iranian people, and all the people in the Middle East who are searching for You. Even those who are not, as long as they are not against us. Help them to become self-sufficient, self-reliant, and I pray they would seek Your face. For when they do, I know their world would be so much better. Love them, Lord, please. Forgive them their sins, for they do not know what they are doing by not knowing You. Help them to get rid of the wicked regimes that teach hatred and steal their dignity. They need You so much, Lord. I plead with You on their behalf.

I know You are aware of the situation in Darfur, Sudan. Please God, make them stop the genocide! All people with evil intent in their heart against Darfurians, and all people in Darfur who have evil intent against their own people, crush them so that they can finally find a truce. There is only one true Peace, and that is one the world does not understand without You. That is why I did not say, “So they can finally find peace.” Please open a way for the food aid to get through to these people. And the people in Somalia, China, Burma, Thailand, Mexico, South America, and wherever it is necessary. Thank You.

I love You so very much Lord. I praise You all day and night, even though I do not write about it. For this I am regretful (that I do not write my thoughts).

In Jesus’ precious name I pray,

Amen.

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An Invitation

Merry Christmas.

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A Christmas Wish

Praying Hands

“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit…The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord…” (Isaiah 11:1-2)

May God grant you His wisdom, understanding, grace and peace as you celebrate this Christmas season.

Michael D. Evans
Executive Director
Jerusalem Prayer Team

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Moriah Films’ EVER AGAIN

Narrated by Kevin Costner Ever Again examines the current resurgence of violent antisemitism and terrorism that is making headlines in Europe. The film examines the continuing problem of right wing neo-Nazism. It also exposes dangerous Islamic extremism preaching the culture of death from the mosques of Europe’s major cities and its impact on terrorist attacks in Madrid and London.

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How are you? Are you having a bad day? Do you feel the need to complain? Has your boss been getting on your nerves at work? Are they taking too long with your food order?

I have an e-mail I would like share with you,  and then tell me how you feel:

Dear Rosemary,

I’ve just returned from a trip to meet survivors of the Darfur genocide at refugee camps in Chad. What I saw horrified and saddened me, but it also inspired me.

Accompanied by acclaimed actress Mia Farrow, I traveled to the region to learn about the lives of those displaced by the violence, to tell them that the world will not forget them, and to gather their stories to share with you.

We’ve posted photos and documentary film footage from the trip on our web site – click here now to view them.

In the Gaga camp, we met refugees who had just arrived after a ten-day walk from Darfur and were too shocked to speak in anything other than three- or four-word sentences.

At the Habile camp, we met the village chief of Louboutigue whose 300-person community was still waiting for grain rations eight days after their homes were burned and their food supply looted.

In the Goz Beida hospital, we met three men whose eyes were gouged out simply for being on their own land – land that someone else wanted.

In the Djabal camp, we met a woman who showed us a terrible wound on her back, caused by a bullet that had first killed the daughter she had been carrying as she tried to escape an attack by the Janjaweed.

And yet all the people we met believed that the world community would end the violence and allow them to recover their lives and return to their homes.

We met real people struggling to get through each day, grinding grain, and taking care of children. The children wanted to meet us and play with us. The adults had smiles for us. Most of all, they wanted us to tell the world that they were waiting to go home.

We must not let them down.

Upon our return, Mia Farrow and I held a briefing with media in Washington to share our experiences along with photos and video footage from Chad. The briefing and footage were also distributed by satellite to international media outlets to tell the stories of the people we met.

Please click here to visit our web site to see photos and film footage from our trip and the press briefing. Then share these stories in your communities so the people of Darfur can go home.

Through my work I have met many people like you who are standing up to fight genocide.

It was my deepest honor to represent you, and the hundreds of thousands of courageous people like you across America, to tell the people of Darfur, face to face, that we will continue to speak for them.

I ask you to please forward this email on to your friends and family so they can join the effort.

To make a donation to allow us to continue our work, please click here.

Thank you again for your continued support and encouragement.

Best regards,David Rubenstein
Save Darfur Coalition

I do not want anyone to feel guilt. If it is not in your heart to do anything for these  people who are the least of these, please, do not bother. But when you stand before Christ, do not wonder why He asks, “Why did not help the least of these? Why did you not feed nor clothe Me?”

I hope you recognize how blessed you truly are. Have a nice day.

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On this beautiful day of life, I give thanks to God Almighty. Without His Providence, this beautiful land, our hope in the future of mankind, our love for one another, our gratitude, our mercy, all of these gifts would be devoid of meaning.

O gracious Lord, thank you for all You have provided for Your children. I pray You will continue to watch over us, and heal our land. On this day, it is to You whom I give thanks first and foremost. As is the case for everyday that I arise from the slumber of the day before’s stresses, challenges, and rewards. Thank You, Lord.

I also give thanks that I was born in the greatest union that has ever existed on earth, except for the Garden of Eden. I am grateful for the liberties that abound, the rights-given from above so no one shall abscound with them without a fight, the lives of so many who are continuing in this struggle to keep our land free by force and by politics, and I am grateful for my friends and family. I am truly blessed.

I am very grateful to all of our heroes who will go out to do the dangerous work it takes to keep a country free. They sacrifice for pennies, they live in horrendous conditions sometimes, they follow orders that sometimes make no sense, and they do this for your family and mine. They do this willingly. They are the true heroes of this day.

They have given us the right to gather amongst our loved ones (or not, lol), while they are far away. Let us take a moment to remember them, even if a moment is all you can spare.

Today is a hectic day. Today is the day when Mom brings everyone together, cooks all the food, stops all the petty bickering, and has it all done just when you can’t stand the hunger anymore. Mom is a hero as well.

Dad is the one that organizes who gets to sit near him while the ‘game’ is on TV. lol. Dad’s, we salute you also today. We are grateful for the lives that both Mom and you have provided for us (even though we did not understand half of it. lol).

Dear, dear friends. What can I say? You are an exceptional group of people who make life worth getting up every morning. Thank you.

Cross-posted from Conservative Angst.

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Update: Operation Love from Home

For those of us who know Kathy Orr, this will not be news. However, you must also read what she has written. For those of you who do not know Kathy, she is a wonderful person who tries to reach-out to the communities to help them get involved with helping the troops.

She has a special project planned for this Christmas holiday, and it is a very popular and simple one. Please continue reading to find out what you can do. Thank you for all of your help for all of those who deserve our eternal thanks. God bless you all.

Update: Let’s go people! You’ve been doing pretty good, but we still need 1,659 more cards. I know we can do this. Please, think about the men and women who gave you the freedom to do whatever it is you’re doing. What is one little card? Now, let’s move out!

Category: (Military) Family.

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Good Morning

Good morning everone. I woke up at 3 am, and I just love this time of day. It is peaceful, quiet, and I can even think. lol. I am very happy right now. Why? Because the Lord is my Shephard, I live in the US of A, our brave men and women are protecting us from another attack and they are helping another country, Iraq, stand on her own. I am so proud of them, and I am so proud to be an American. Have a wonderful day.

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It is with great joy that we can announce the release of Amir and Fereshteh. They were released on bail this morning local time, although the case against them is apparently still open.

Fereshteh’s brother Issa Dibaj has spoken to the couple in Mashad, and they said they were treated well by the authorities in prison. They will be re-united with their 6 year old daughter Christine shortly.

Amir and Fereshteh have expressed their deepest gratitude to all those who were praying and acting on their behalf during this time. God has heard our prayers and has been good to us. Indeed, their sudden release is yet another indication of the power of prayer.

Please continue to pray for Amir, Fereshteh and Christine as they come to terms with their 8-day ordeal. Pray that they would continue to find the peace and assurance that comes from above, and courage and grace for the coming days. Pray the case against them will be completely dropped.

Pray also for the Christian community in Mashad. Pray that they will be strengthened in their resolve to stand firm for Christ, as Amir and Fereshteh have. Let us also pray for all our brothers and sisters in Iran who face intimidation. Pray they will have the freedom to share the love of Christ in the nation.

We also pray at this time for the persecutors. May they be impacted by the testimony of Amir and Fereshteh and experience the forgiveness Christ offers them.

Thank you again for praying.

This report was given by Pray for Iran.

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Below you will find a plea for Christ’s Word to be spread in Iran. I support this action, after reading this. I supported it before, but what these people say strengthened my faith in this area. Please read the whole thing. Thank you.

A pastor in a city in the south of Iran receives a few copies of the Scriptures from some visitors and simply says, “These are like gold-dust here;” a lady comes to faith in Christ through a program on satellite TV and has to write down verses shared during the program to comile her own “Bible;” two students watch the film, “The Passion of the Christ” being shown on an inter-city bus and one is overheard saying, “The Koran says Jesus never died on the cross, but this film says did. How I wish I could have a New Testament to know what really happened.” A pastor, a new believer, and an enquirer–all want the New Testament.
These true stories highlight the urgent need for New Testaments in Iran where there is unprecedented spiritual hunger. Well over 85% of the population are deeply disillusioned with the hard-line fundamentalist regime which, in the name of Islam, has given them war, totalitarianism, and economic chaos. But though tired of the government’s religion, there is still great interest in spiritual things. And it is especially the children of the 1979 revolution, over 50% of the total 70 million population, who are seeking for answers beyond Islam.
Some are turning to Eastern religion, others to Zoroastrianism, the ancient faith of Iran, and there is tremendous openness and interest in Jesus Christ.
The Christians in Iran, both from the above-ground and under-ground church, are keen evangelists and are more than ready to share Christ with the people, despite the risks involved. Before any evangelistic effort, they will first pray and fast, sometimes for days, asking God to supernaturally guide them to people who are open. They then find that the Lord leads them in miraculous ways. After much prayer one lady felt led to visit the sick in the hospital. When she arrived in the reception area she saw a lady sitting on the stairs, covered in her traditional black robes, her body shaking with grief. The evangelist started to talk to her and found out she was crying for her sick son. The evangelist then asked if she could pray for the lady’s son in the name of Jesus. When the lady heard the name Jesus she looked shocked.
“Jesus, did you say Jesus?”
“Yes,” the evangelist replied. “Jesus loves you and can heal the sick.”
The crying lady then explained that the night before she had had a dream. She had seen Jesus and He had told her that the next day his prophet would come and visit her.
“So, you are the prophet of Jesus.”
The evangelist now knew for sure that she was exactly where she was meant to be. She prayed for this lady – and went on that day to pray for two other families. We know that at least one of the sick was definitely healed.
It is these obedient servants who are pleading with the international church to send more New Testaments to Iran. They are willing to risk their lives to share Christ with those they are sent to – but they know they must leave people with Scriptures.
These servants are particularly keen to have supplies of the pocket size New Millennium New Testament published by Elam Ministries. They like the size as it slips easily into a bag or a coat pocket; they like the quality, the print is exceptionally clean and clear and it has a beautiful soft imitation leather cover, and they like the translation. It is accurate, modern and elegant. The old version is now very difficult for young Iranians to understand. They also love the fact that at the end of this slim New Testament there is a “Help Section” which shows the reader where to find passages that will answer his or her particular questions or needs, and right at the end there is a clear explanation of the Gospel.
The urgency for these New Testaments in Iran is not just reflected in the stories coming out of the country and the pleas of the church’s brave and faithful evangelists. There is also a sense among many mission leaders that this is a very special time for the nation of Iran. Never before has this Muslim nation shown so much openness to the Gospel of Christ, and it is a fact that more Iranian Muslims have become Christian since the 1979 revolution than in the last 1,300 years. And not only in Iran are people coming to faith, but you will find that from New Zealand to New York there are new fellowships of Iranian Christians.
In our generation Iranians are open, and that lends urgency to the need to take the Gospel to these people. Nobody knows how long this openness will last, but let it not be said that the international church missed one of the most extraordinary opportunities in the history of mission to let the New Testament change the character of a nation.
For it is the Christ found in the pages of the New Testament who changes entire nations. As Tyndale gave his life so his people could have the Scriptures in their own language, so the English responded and through the Puritans and the Evangelicals an entire nation was changed. It was this same New Testament that crossed the Atlantic and has stamped its teachings on so much of the American way of life.
And this same Christ, found in the same New Testament, can change Iran.
Elam Ministries has recently printed 50,000 copies of the pocket New Testament, but such is the demand that they have to immediately send in another order to the printers. The question is – how many should be printed? At the moment the ministry is planning to print 100,000, but perhaps the international church should be thinking bigger. Iran has a population of 70 million – would it be over-ambitious of the church to want to print at least one million? That would still leave 69 million without any Scriptures.
Elam Ministries believes it is right to be at least dreaming about sending one million New Testaments to Iran as soon as possible, but ultimately this depends on funding. As it is illegal to print any Christian material in the country’s national language, Persian, in Iran, let alone New Testaments, they have to be printed in Europe and then taken in. This means that as well as the cost of printing there is also a lot of freighting and courier costs. This brings the total price of making sure an Iranian can have a New Testament to $10.
Can you help us cover that cost? Your gift of $10 can pay for putting a New Testament in the hands of an Iranian; $50 would cover five Bibles; $100 would pay for ten copies of the Scriptures; $250 would cover the cost of twenty-five New Testaments… The blessings would be enormous!
Many have been praying for mission to Iran for years – and their investment is bearing fruit beyond expectations. Iran is ready for unprecedented church growth that would have an impact across the troubled region. Now, more than ever, your partnership in reaching the Iran region matters and will make a difference.
Elam Ministries is a faith mission and is dependent on the financial support of Christians around the world. To reach more in the Iran region for Jesus, we need more people to partner with us. Every partner makes a difference, and so we thank you for prayerfully considering investing in this mission. By partnering with Elam, you will help to deliver these much-needed New Testaments to spiritually hungry Iranians.
To donate online, CLICK HERE
If you’d like to donate by check or money order, send to:
Advancing Native Missions
Farsi Bibles For Iran Project
Post Office Box 5303
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Thank you, and God bless you!

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I have completed the five-part series with Mr. Jay McGinley on Darfur, Sudan. You will find it at Knickerbocker News. Please start with Part 1 and read through to Part 5.

He is an amazing man. He is willing to lay down his life in a peaceful form of protest until these lawmakers get moving and put troops in the Darfur region that are there to PROTECT (not rape, plunder, sell into slavery, etc.) these beautiful people. What are you willing to do? Have a blessed day.

Category: Other and Prayer.

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USA Army SealToday, 231 years ago, the men (and women) of our country came together to form a more perfect Army to be honored with our blessed Flag. At that period in time, men and women understood what it meant to sacrifice for that which was worth the sacrifice. They honored each other and the United States (although she was not yet the United States). There was no shame in defending one's country, one's family, one's self.

Happy 231st Birthday USA Army!Today, I still hold these truths to be as valuable. America is indeed beautiful, but she was purchased through the blood of many whose boots I am not worth to clean. I honor you, Military. I respect you, and I know you are the only ones standing between harm's way and me. I give you my deepest gratitude. Thank you.Warrior Ethos

We have heard so many stories about our flag. Some even try to dismiss them, while others disrespect her by setting her aflame. As you do this to a symbol that is so dear to us, please remember this: Without those whom you protesting, you would not carry the freedom with you to do such a thing. In some countries, you would receive the death penalty.A Call to Duty

So treat her with respect. Understand that we do not worship our flag, but we love her. It was the flag who inspired Francis Scott Key on that battle at Fort Henry of the shores of Baltimore Harbor in 1812 to write our national anthem. It was the sight of our flag that let them know, that inspired them to carry on with strength, that we still held the line.

You see, if we had lost that one particular battle, we would have lost it all. So be thankful. Understand what you are doing before you do it, and thank those brave men and women whom give you the opportunity to act like an a**.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND GOD BLESS THE USA ARMY!

Now for some remarkable remembrances: Blackfive, Theodore's World has one for Flag Day and one for the Army's 231st Birthday and Euphoric Reality also salutes our flag.

PS. I cannot get blogger to allow me to publish a flag. 😦 Sorry.

Category: (Military) News.

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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

Mr. Paul M. Kingery, PhD, MPH is my 1000th visitor. I would like to say, “Thank you.” I would also like to say, “Thank you” to all my friends and new friends who have taken the time to stop by. I appeciate all of you. I have a special heart for PebblePie. I pray you are well. I pray you are all well. 😉

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A Blessing from PebblePie

Today (or was it yesterday?) I awoke to find a link over at a wonderful lady’s site. It is a link to a beautiful song about “I can imagine” how it will be on that glorious day. A very wonderful song, and you may find it here.

Thank you, PebblePie. May God bless this day and always.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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