what I did instead of watching the debate

It was the beginning of day 3 of the Feast of Tabernacles. My husband and I tag teamed making dinner, and my daughter and son- in- law came over and feasted with us. We visited afterward, my daughter worked on the hand sewing on her pony plushies, and I got caught up with my facebook friends on my laptop.

I do not need to watch the debate to decide who to vote for. The current regime did not earn my vote last time and certainly nothing has happened to change that assessment. I did read my twitter feed this morning though for the recap. (I really am not trying to be flippant. Life is too short, though, for me to spend my time or energy fretting over the news. I have made a choice to feed my heart and mind on that which is of a good report.)

Here are some of the best one liners:

Robert Irvine @robertirvine1: Instead of watching two guys make promises to save small business, watch me ACTUALLY do it! #restaurantimpossible

davidfrum @davidfrum Jim Lehrer. Because you have to be 80 to remember when the news tried to be fair.

Brian Sack @brian_sack Each candidate gets two minutes to avoid answering the question.

David Burge @iowahawkblog THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO SPIN WE SALUTE YOU #SPQR #breadandcircus

Billy Hallowell ‏@BillyHallowell “I’ve got five boys. I’m used to people saying things that just aren’t true.” -Romney on Obama #Debates

nickgillespie @nickgillespie We need to minimize the maximifications of the absolute level of mumbojumbery. Or else, fiscal cliff up the ying yang! #debates

John Podhoretz @jpodhoretz Lehrer sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher

Herman Cain @THEHermanCain At this point Obama has got to be desperately scanning the room for his teleprompter…

Brian Sack @brian_sack I think the lesson here is don’t work on your 20th wedding anniversary or you’ll be distracted by your pending doom.

Dana Loesch @DLoesch Obama needs to phone a friend right now.

dazeofadventure @dazeofadventure Ready, aim…. RT @ageekmom: Oh please… I just want to throw water balloons at all three of them. 🙂 #Debate2012

S.E. Cupp @secupp When Romney interrupts Obama, Obama almost seems relieved.

Brian Sack @brian_sack Seal Team Six needs to deploy on his podium and kill whatever’s captured his attention all night.

STU BURGUIERE ‏@StuOnTheBlaze Guys. Van fricking Jones is saying Romney won. Van fricking Jones. Van. Fricking. Jones.

TheBlaze @theblaze Landslide: 67 Percent of Registered Voters Say Romney Won Debate, CNN Poll Reveals

So I think I have a pretty good idea of how the evening went …

foundational axioms do matter

Nothing New Press is on facebook and the current discussion is about the differences between the American and French Revolution. They were both based on the concept of individual liberty and freedom from tyrannical and despotic government control, but they were vastly different in their characters and outcomes. The French Revolution gave the world the Napoleonic Empire and some of the bloodiest wars in European history, while the American Revolution gave us a stable Constitution and form of government used as inspiration for many stable countries in the modern world.

It is a fascinating exploration into the great question of why. Come join us.

Today is the national muslim day of prayer

Last week I posted a call to the Church to prayer from Lou Engle of The Call. In it, he called for the church to fast and pray against the convergence of forces set to turn our nation in a new direction. Part of that convergence, is that today is the national muslim day of prayer for 50,000 muslims to gather in Washington DC, to pray that allah would turn the White House into a muslim house. Would you join me in fasting and prayer today, in interceeding before the throne of grace for our country and our President? Thank you.

Urgent call to prayer

This is from Lou Engle of The Call. Join me in fasting and prayer today:

Urgent Call to Prayer: Signs of the Times

Convergence

It is critical that the church in America understands the times and what needs to be done now. The natural things speak of the invisible. Natural happenings on the earth are revealing something that is going on in the spiritual realm. There is a great spiritual conflict with a rising tide of Islamic boldness being manifested. Several happenings are converging this week. First of all, our President has recently proclaimed, honored, encouraged the Muslim holy days of prayer and fasting called Ramadan. He was very silent on the National Day of Prayer but very vocal on the support of Ramadan. Interestingly at the same time a major Christian leader of the Emergent Church called for forty days of fasting and prayer in the same Ramadan period with the goal that the church will better understand our Muslim friends. We are all for understanding but we must have spiritual discernment as to the spiritual dark powers that are being invoked into our nation.

Cause for Concern

At the same time, on the 25th of September, Muslims are calling for a Muslim Day of Prayer in Washington DC ( http://www.islamoncapitolhill.com/ ). They are calling for 50,000 Muslims to gather and pray on the DC Mall. This is the exact word of one of the Sheikhs who is leading this historic gathering, “Muslims should march on the White House. We are going to the White House so that Islam will be victorious, Allah willing, and the White House will become into a Muslim house.” These are not empty words. They speak of a dark spiritual intent and a coming day of great trouble to America.

A Divine Moment

Now one of these events is enough to awaken us to this significant throbbing moment, but when they all converge it becomes a massive spiritual alarm that must be responded to by the praying Church. However, I believe in this moment of divine providence God has raised up on the stage of history a little “Esther” that if we pray and fast for her she could be a major voice to expose the dark under-belly of Islam and radiate a bright hope for a day of salvation for Muslims in America. 

Headlines

On Monday, Rifqa Bary, a young 17-year-old woman, will be in the headlines of US news. Four years ago, while living in a very devout and radical Muslim home, Rifqa met Jesus in a powerful way as her savior. She hid her conversion, began praying secretly, and began hiding her bible from her parents. Then, on Facebook, her love for Jesus was exposed to the radical Muslim community in Ohio. Rifqa’s father demanded that she renounce Jesus or he would kill her as is commanded by the Koran. As a radiant believer in Jesus she refused to renounce her Lord and fled to Orlando where she was taken in and cared for by a Christian Church and family. Now, the father is appealing to the courts to bring her back under his custody. Major television networks have already covered her story. How must the Church of America respond in this moment for our sister who is a part of the Body of Christ? 

A Major Sign

This convergence, I believe, is urgently summoning us in the midst of the rising tide of Islamic influence in America to recognize that our God is above every god and that if we return to Him with all of our hearts and call upon Him with fasting and prayer then God could use what the enemy meant for evil to bring about a great day of salvation for Muslims in America, of which Rifqa is but a major sign.

Here is The Call

First of all, we cannot be passive as a Church to let these kinds of developments go on without being challenged in the spirit. Our fight is not against Muslims, it is against principalities, powers, and forces of darkness. We are calling the Church of America at the end of Ramadan, from September 21st through 25th, to five days of concerted prayer. On Monday, we must pray that God would grant supernatural wisdom to the courts so that the testimony of Jesus would be proclaimed and that the best situation for Rifqa and her family would take place. We must pray for Rifqa to be bold in proclaiming Jesus that even thousands of Muslims would hear and be awakened to the love of Christ. She has already said that this is not about her but about many Muslims coming to Jesus. We must pray for her lawyers who are being bullied, threatened, and challenged on every side. On Friday, September 25th, the Muslim Day of Prayer, we are calling the Church of America to fast and pray that Muslims would be moved by the Holy Spirit, convicted by the testimony of Christ, and even be visited by Jesus in dreams. We must pray that God would restrain the spiritual powers behind Islam and grant us the great awakening that we desperately need for America.

Let us hear the call to prayer and not miss this moment,

Lou Engle
The Call

Happy 4th!

On the topic of fireworks, let’s not forget why we are celebrating today. Reread the Declaration of Independence (it’s short). Thomas Jefferson and the Continental Congress lay out the reasons why a people not only have the right, but the duty before God, to dissolve one form of government in order to create another, when that government usurps authority not given it by God, and instead of serving the security and liberty of its people, change into the people’s tyrannical despot.

Yes, God has imposed boundaries upon governments, and they cannot do whatever they wish. Romans 13 makes it clear that the government bears the sword in order to punish those who do evil, and to secure and reward those who do good. And what is the definition of good and evil? Since the authority to wield the sword comes from God, who as Creator of the universe is the absolute authority over all, it is His definition of good and evil that must be applied, and not man’s, which is much different.

His definition is found in Torah, the dictionary for the entire Scriptures. God is immutable; His nature is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His Word is immutable. It is fixed in the heavens, and even when heaven and earth pass away, His Word will not pass away. Neither have His definitions of good and evil, right and wrong, which are explained in Torah, changed.

So we are much less free today than we were 200 years ago, but where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. We are free to live just as God has called us to live, in love and obedience to Him from the Spirit. We may be opposed by evil men, but greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! Our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, has overcome the world. Even if our lives are forfeit, our life which is hid in Christ in God, is not forfeit. For the abundant life that is the free gift of God by grace through faith in His Son, can never be taken from us. On the day our temporal shells die, we simply cross the threshold from this world where man, sin, and pain rule to the next where God, our loving Daddy, reigns in mercy and righteousness on His throne.

'Pedophile protection act' update

The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, dubbed the ‘Pedophile Protection Act’ because of the wide range of deviant and criminal behaviors which are included in the legislation, has generated over 200,000 letters and faxes of opposition in the Senate. In the mean time, the New York Times just ran an editorial pushing for the passage of this bill. The pressure is on the Senate, and the outcome will be determined by who applies the most pressure: us, or the Times and other leftists. Keep writing and keep faxing!