California’s Water Problem

California’s Governor Brown has issued an executive order requiring everyone to cut back water usage by 25%. It may be too little too late, as California has spent the last 100 years or so trying to use water like it all was an unlimited entitlement. Many nations have nowhere near the water in any given year that California squanders. It was originally large tracts of desert scrub and, while I think it was unwise to plant stuff there that doesn’t naturally grow in this type of land, the fact remains that they did, and we all have enjoyed it’s benefits.

California is facing the worst drought in it’s history. While some may regard this as a natural “judgement” against this state for tolerating wickedness and sin, the Christian community nationwide must never forget three important things:

1) Pray for them. They need it, and so does their land.
2) You shall not rejoice when the calamity of the wicked comes upon them.
3) A huge percentage of our fruit and produce comes from California. Don’t think for a moment that you will not be affected by what happens to them.

The first is a sacred duty of all saints, while the second is a commandment God gave His people back in old testament times, and is still valid today. After all, there is no “big” or “little” sin in God’s sight, for any sin is still sin, and we all are sinful by our very nature.

That third item? It’s just common sense. Perhaps it’s also time to pray about starting your own produce garden while learning some water retention and conservation techniques. It wouldn’t hurt any of us to not be so dependent on others to grow our food. It doesn’t come from store shelves, after all.

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My Response To Jihad

Iran’s Ayatollah wants to wage jihad against America, which he considers “the great satan”.

Our POTUS considers this a “historic opportunity”.

I agree….at what other time in history could some treasonous creep preside over the destruction of his own country while pretending to “make peace”? That is truly historic.

The phrase  “by peace he shall destroy wonderfully”  comes to mind here.

I’m convinced that the only way to deal with these savages is to give them the death they so insanely long for…. wait until Ramadan or some other muslim “holy day” and drop a couple 30k conventional warheads on Mecca and Medina, then announce to the islamic world that, in the future, any attempts to wage jihad in any form against American interests will result in their so-called “holy sites” being turned into glass parking lots, with the rest of the islamic world to follow based on their responses. Any nation that wishes to remain non-glass should get some serious religion about wiping islamic jihadists from the face of the earth and leaving the rest of us alone. Forever.

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Ferguson Burns

As the title says, the city of Ferguson is burning and, in predictable fashion, all the rioters have accomplished is to attack and destroy their own. Nearly all of the businesses destroyed or looted have been owned by minorities. In the midst of all this, a couple of nitwit reporters have decided to publish the address of Officer Wilson, presumably so the rioters can exact the “justice’ that the liberal media wants, which will make more headlines for the liberal media to “report”  on, of course. The names and addresses of these two idiots are below for your own cerebral enrichment. I agree with the other reporters that feel it only fair to reveal their addresses, since they published Officer Wilson’s. Good for the goose, good for the gander.

The following info can be found here, here, and here.  The photo below is borrowed, and I hope I got it linked correctly (I don’t make money from this).

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Julie Bosman of The New York Times
5620 N WAYNE AVE APT 2
CHICAGO, IL 60660-4204
COOK COUNTY

Campbell Robertson, also of The New York Times
1113 N DUPRE ST
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70119-3203
ORLEANS COUNTY

None of the above is intended to violate any known law, and none of it may be used to violate any known law. So there.

Without prejudice,
Michael P. Hamilton

 

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Sharon’s Dream: A Visit With The Master

Today I thought I’d share a guest post from Sharon Daugherty, one of the ladies at The River, where we attend worship. It speaks for itself:

Good morning, my FB family!

Very early this morning I thought The Lord had something else He wanted me to share with you today, but I was wrong. I had my prayer time at 4am as usual. I fell back asleep and God gave me a dream;

As I walk through the large golden gates my eye’s encounter sights I have never seen. I walk along the pathway of cobble stone and my surroundings are a breathtaking experience of color and wonder that my being has never witnessed before. The smell of the air was sweet, yet not sweet. Like fresh fruit, but not fruity….and as I inhaled, my nostrils were overtaken by the power of the smell that was like nothing that had ever touched them before, and the taste on my lips was sweeter than honeydew.

I sit down by a babbling brook and gaze at the wonder of the countryside. So many bright colors of flowers, colors I had never seen before that I can not even describe. The brightness of it all was almost more than I could take in. I am breathless at it all. There are no words that I can put into my mind, no words big enough or powerful enough to explain the grandeur that stood before me. The feeling was more serene than I had ever felt, and the peace engulfed me like arms of magic that made me feel as though I could fly away.

As my eye’s look on the brook in front of me, fish are playing with one another like I have seen children playing on a playground together. As they pass in front of me, they stop…lift their heads from the water….look at me as if to say, “Welcome Home”, then go on their way of play.

As I look up I see a figure approaching from afar. I sit patiently waiting….wondering. As his destination reaches closer the brilliance of his being is overpowering, but my eye’s will not look away. Strangely, somehow the peace within me grows even stronger. I can actually feel my heart doing triple beats.

He now stands before me and suddenly I am humble with adoration beyond my my wildest imagination. All I can see are his eye’s. Those eye’s….eye’s like I have never encountered…ever. Powerful, warm, loving, gripping eye’s. I feel I must look away but I can not.

He speaks…..”I love you.” How many times have I heard those words spoken to me before….But!! When I heard them this time they were different…so very different.  They were like a giant magnet that grabbed me and I knew….I knew they were never going to let me go.

He sits…we talk…It is Good !

My dream my God gave me this morning. He loves us, my family….HE LOVES US! Love Ya.

Shared with permission from Sharon Daugherty, who originally shared it on her Facebook page on 30 September, 2014.

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Carl Sagan’s Error

“There was a particular tree of which we were not to partake, a tree of knowledge. Knowledge and understanding and wisdom were forbidden to us in this story.”
~Carl Sagan, in his latest book “Blue Dot”

My response to this is as follows:

While well-intentioned, Carl’s idea is based on a misreading of Biblical truth. Knowledge and wisdom were never kept from us, and we were never required to “remain ignorant” in the Garden of Eden. Rather, there exists in Scripture ample evidence of extreme knowledge and wisdom there before the fall. God clearly didn’t bring every creature to Adam to see what he would name them just to watch an ignorant man fail. God was clearly interested in seeing what Adam would do, as he was given the power to conceive or create these names and there is no evidence of any “right or wrong answer” in naming all of these creatures. Rather, Adam demonstrated remarkable intelligence while naming all of these creatures, as well as later on when he stated, regarding his wife: “She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” This demonstrates Adam’s knowledge that something (a rib) was removed from his body to create the woman that God had made just for him. New Testament Scripture testifies that Adam, at the time of creation, had “the mind of Christ”. This is not ignorance or lack of knowledge. Quite the opposite; his knowledge and wisdom could quite reasonably have been vast, even by todays standards, as molecular and genetic entropy had yet to set in through the fall and establish it’s inevitable downward spiral we see in evidence even today.

There never was any such thing as a “Tree of Knowledge” in the Garden of Eden. Rather, it was a “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”, and this is vastly different from Sagan’s so-called “tree of knowledge”. The knowledge of good and evil bring with them the consequence of concience, or awareness of sin, with it’s inevitable guilt and shame. Adam and Eve were always naked and unashamed from the time they were created….they just weren’t aware of the existence of good or evil. After eating of the forbidden fruit, however, that all changed. Now, for the first time in their lives, they knew they were naked, and they hid themselves from God’s presence. Nothing had changed except them, due to the fact that they were now aware of good and evil, which had existed from the beginning. This curse of conscience is central to the purpose of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, as everything He did there was so that we could “come boldly before His (God’s) presence” free of guilt and shame. The Bible is clear that if our own hearts condemn us, how much greater condemnation shall we have in the presence of a holy and just God? This is the reason Christ provided the atonement for us: so that we could, by faith in Jesus Christ, know that our sin is forgiven, and therefore come before God with a clear conscience to have fellowship with Him. It’s also why the apostles, like Jesus Christ Himself, told everyone to repent and believe the Gospel (that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins). Jesus Himself testified that “No man can come to The Father but by Me.” and his apostles later stated that “….there is no other name under Heaven given whereby men must be saved.”

It seems to me that Carl Sagan needs to pay better attention to what he reads from the pages of the Bible. It remains the most valuable source of truth and knowledge that man has ever known. I have no reason to further investigate Carl’s baseless claims at this point, as that would require purchasing and supporting his erroneous work, as well as wasting valuable time reading it. I find his claims only serve to prove man’s desperation to deny God in vain attempts to avoid answering to Him. Such attempts will utterly fail. Time and real science will always prove God is the source of all that was, is, and ever will be.

May God’s unfathomable grace and truth be revealed to Carl and billions of others like him while there is still time.

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