Thirty years or so ago when I was wearing out Keith Green cassettes, I used to enjoy this song. Looking back, I really did not get it, really. After living the faith much longer it means a lot more to me. I hope it is your prayer and draws you closer to His love.
My eyes are dry,
My faith is old,
My heart is hard,
My prayers are cold.
And I know how I ought to be:
Alive to You and dead to me.
Oh, what can be done
For an old heart like mine?
Soften it up
With oil and wine.
The oil is You,
Your spirit of love.
Please wash me anew
In the wine of Your blood!
A friend asked some good questions in a wall post recently:
Why do we sleep through church? But stay awake for a 3 hour movie? Why is it hard to pray? But so easy to cuss? Why is it so hard to re-post a Godly bulletin but easy to re-post the mean ones?? Why can people worship a celebrity but not God? Gonna ignore this? Afraid to get laughed at? I bet 80% of you won’t re-post this. Jesus said If you deny me in front of your friends I will deny you in front of my Father
A lot of good questions with a lot of answers. Or is it really? I believe it is a matter of who we choose to spend our time with, who we really care about. It is mainly a question of choices we are willing to make.
How much time do you really spend with God? Is it 3 songs and a 40 minute sermon that you expect to last until next Sunday? Do you spend the rest of the week with friends that have a shallow or no relationship with the creator and sustainer of the universe? Do you die to yourself and live to Jesus, or watch TV and play video games?
Faith is not a matter of believing in something you cannot see. Rather, faith is making choices that are not convenient, but you know they are what you need to do. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God. Rom 10:17
Seriously, how much time do you spend listening to the word of God? It could be good music that has scriptural lyrics. It could be listening to the spoken word or good bible studies that go verse by verse through the bible. All three at different times would be a good balance. Load up your mp3 player with all 3 and plug your ears with God. Listen in the car, while you do chores, when you go to sleep. I used to cuss like a sailor until I started flooding my ears with God’s word. Now, much less so.
Why on earth would I choose to do something like that? Because I am not a citizen of earth. Because the creator and sustainer of the earth is coming back soon to take over and is looking for people devoted to him to rule the kingdom. Because nothing here now is more important than the kingdom from heaven that is coming soon. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2
I am not there yet. I still have ego problems like everyone. I still sin like everyone. I try to stay confessed up. 1 John 1:9 The thing is that this world is relentless in trying to drag us down. Constantly reminding us that evolution is the “scientific truth” on every TV show, in every book and movie. Selling us sex or violence in everything we look at. Taxing us to death only to take the money and spend it on killing babies and destroying everything good and decent.
That is why we, the church, the called out ones, have to take extreme measures to follow Jesus. He gave everything to pay for our sin so we could have a relationship with God. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in our spirit to give us the ability to make God centered choices. What he did not do is take away our sovereign will. We are still involved in choosing what to do. We can make faith choices or self centered choices. That part is up to us. Maybe if we don’t stay up for the 11 o’clock showing of a 3 hour movie on Saturday night we will not be sleep deprived the next morning for church.Print This Post Filed under BibleStudies, CloserToGod, CULTure, devotion | Comments Off on Why indeed?
For no particular reason I decided to post some maps of Afghanistan. One is a political map showing provincial borders and major cities. The other is a detailed topo map
Click for a larger view of the maps.
I guess the reason is I know someone in Afghanistan. Please pray for his safety.Print This Post Filed under news, reference | Comments Off on Maps of Afghanistan
Our tax system is one that encourages people to lie, cheat, and steal, and it is also a way for our government to hold over our heads the threat of our freedom. If we were to go to a National Sales Tax, we could take away all the loop holes for people to cheat the system. Whenever someone made a purchase they would be paying their share of taxes. The rich would pay more because they spend more, and the poor would pay less because they would spend less. But why would the more than 400 attorneys that are presently in Congress get rid of a tax system that is so complicated you need lawyers to interpret it? They won’t. Congress likes to keep things complicated so that they are then needed to deal with the complications. You should not need a CPA to pay your taxes, but you do. Congress likes to keep everything complicated. Well there is one thing they have kept simple. Their pay raise every year. They have that arranged so that it will take effect every year without fail unless they vote for it NOT to happen. The way they have it set up is a way that allows them to say that they did NOT vote for a pay increase. The truth is every Congressman can say that he did not vote for a pay increase and yet it would still take effect.
They do not take part in the same health care system we do. They set themselves apart from the rest of us This was exemplified in the 80’s when so many of them were caught kiting checks. Something that would land you and I in jail
This sounds like I am blaming Congress. No, I am blaming you and I. Because every election cycle we each vote for the one that promises to give us the biggest piece of the pie. The truth is, there is only so much pie, and every ingredient used to make that pie comes from you and I and, unfortunately our children’s future as well.
The sad thing is that this sick economy will NEVER be well again as long as those attending to it continue to put band-aids on severed arteries. They will only slow the bleeding, but we continue to bleed nonetheless.
We need to abandon politicians and elect true leaders. Unfortunately I am not sure that can be done one congressional seat at a time. The future looks bleak, and at times I think that this house of cards just might have to totally fall apart before we can begin to build it on a solid foundation again
Ken Callis – Former Political ConsultantPrint This Post Filed under News&Views | Tags: causes, economy, solutions, tough times | Comments Off on An Economy on Life Support
I tried to make some money to support IrkTheEnemy using Google AdSense. It seemed pretty innocuous so I let it run for a while.
Today I noticed an ad for an apostate church and a dating site for Muslims.
I am not sure if I made any money, but I do not want to have that kind of stuff on IRK.Print This Post Filed under news | Comments Off on So long Google AdSense…
confirmed to be from this attorney
North Carolina, 1969
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina , 1969
U.S. Tax Court
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Education: Wofford College , 1966A.B.
Mercer University, 1969J.D.
Phi Alpha Delta
Vice-Justice, District XIV, 1968 – 1969
Professional Associations and Memberships:
North Carolina and American Bar Associations (Member, Sections on: Administrative Law; General Practice; Litigation)
26th Judicial District and North Carolina State Bar
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
American Association of Justice
North Carolina Trial Lawyers Association
Captain, U.S. Army, 1969-1971, Vietnam
National Defense Medal, 1969
Republic of Viet Nam Service Medal, 1970
Bronze Star Medals (2), 1971
Assistant District Attorney, Mecklenburg County , 1971 – 1974
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, Board of Trustees Providence United Methodist Church
Board of Directors, Alexander Children’s Home
Board of Directors, Charlotte Culinary Institute
Wofford Alumni Executive Council
Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America
Board of Directors, Boy Scouts of America of Mecklenburg County
Board of Directors, Girl Scout Council
Life Member, National Eagle Scout Association
Life Member, Girl Scouts of AmericaPrint This Post Filed under email, government | Tags: pelosi | Comments Off on Letter from an attorney
This is a great cartoon that will make you think about what is going on today. It was created in 1948 but it is timeless.Print This Post Filed under email, government, history, Humor, news, News&Views, views | Tags: capitalism, class warfare, freedom, statism | Comments Off on Make Mine Freedom
an email i recieved:
Written by a housewife in New Brunswick, to her local newspaper. This is one ticked off lady.
‘Are we fighting a war on terror or aren’t we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001 and have continually threatened to do so since?
Were people from all over the world, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from the nation’s capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania ?
Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning or crushing death that day, or didn’t they?
And I’m supposed to care that a few Taliban were claiming to be tortured by a justice system of the nation they come from and are fighting against in a brutal insurgency.
I’ll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.
I’ll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere belief of which is a crime punishable by beheading in Afghanistan
I’ll care when these thugs tell the world they are sorry for hacking off Nick Berg’s head while Berg screamed through his gurgling slashed throat.
I’ll care when the cowardly so-called ‘insurgents’ in Afghanistan come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques and behind women and children.
I’ll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.
I’ll care when the Canadian media stops pretending that their freedom of speech on stories is more important than the lives of the soldiers on the ground or their families waiting at home to hear about them when something happens.
In the meantime, when I hear a story about a CANADIAN soldier roughing up an Insurgent terrorist to obtain information, know this:
I don’t care.
When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank:
I don’t care.
When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran and a prayer mat, and ‘fed special food’ that is paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being ‘mishandled,’ you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts:
I don’t care.
And oh, by the way, I’ve noticed that sometimes it’s spelled ‘Koran’ and other times ‘Quran.’ Well, Jimmy Crack Corn you guessed it,
I don’t care!!
If you agree with this viewpoint, pass this on to all your E-mail friends.? Sooner or later, it’ll get to the people responsible for this ridiculous behavior!
If you don’t agree, then by all means hit the delete button. Should you choose the latter, then please don’t complain when more atrocities committed by radical Muslims happen here in our great Country!? And may I add:
‘Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Soldiers don’t have that problem.’
I have another quote that I would like to add, AND……..I hope you forward all this.
One last thought for the day:
Only five defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The BritishSoldier.
3. The Canadian Soldier.
4. The US Soldier, and
5. The Australian Soldier
One died for your soul, the other 4 for your freedom.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET ALL OF THEM.
AMEN!Print This Post Filed under email, News&Views, views | Comments Off on A letter to the editor