Monday, May 31, 2010

God Bless America, My Home Sweet Home.

As I watched this video my heart was overwhelmingly touched by the sacrifice of life for our freedom. It would do us all well to consider the fact that we will never know what the cost has been to others and their loved ones for the liberty we are privileged to have in America, from the first cry for independence until this day.

Let the rest of the world have their opinions about America, but there has never been a country under the hand of Almighty God, and only by His grace from it's very institution, that has been so benevolent.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is sadly mistaken, for when God takes His hand off of America, the rest of the world, as well as America will suffer. Israel is God's chosen nation, America is the only nation whose founders chose God, and that has made all the difference.







It is plain that we owe the "great experiment" of America, and the victory of the American Revolution, and Constitution, to faithful, godly men the Lord raised up.








Sunday, May 30, 2010

In Honor, on Memorial Day...




What Did He Die For?

He was twenty-one in 1944
He was hope and he was courage on a lonely shore
Sent there by a mother with love beyond her tears
Just a young American who chose to rise above his fears
And as I watch him struggle up that hill
Without a thought of turning back
I cannot help but wonder

What did he die for?
When he died for you and me
Made the sacrifice
So that we could all be free
I believe we will answer each to heaven
For the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question

What did he die for?
When he died for me




To the darkest day in A.D. 33
Came the mercy and compassion of eternity
Sent there by a Father with love beyond His tears
Blameless One, the only Son
to bear the guilt of all these years
And as I watch Him struggle up that hill
Without a thought of turning back
I cannot help but wonder

What did He die for?
When He died for you and me
Made the sacrifice
So that we could all be free
I believe we will answer each to heaven
For the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question

What did he die for?
He died for freedom
He died for love
And all the things we do not pay Him back
Could never be enough
What did He die for?
When He died for you and me
Made the sacrifice

So that we could all be free
I believe we will answer each to heaven
For the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question
What did he die for?
When He died for me

~Twila Paris

In Honor, on Memorial Day...





We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.
~Moina Michael




Arlington National Cemetery

Located across the Potomac in Arlington, Virginia, Arlington Cemetery is home to the remains of thousands of military veterans and national figures. Veterans from all the nation"s wars are buried here, from the American Revolution through Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Arlington National Cemetery facts sheet, more than 300,000 people are buried here, and approximately 6,400 burials are conducted annually. The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery was dedicated on May 15, 1920, and serves as the nation"s official venue for remembrance. About 5,000 visitors attend each of the three major annual memorial services, on Easter, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Arlington National Cemetery history provides a rich understanding of broader American history. Central to the estate is Arlington House, commanding a spectacular view of Washington from across the Potomac River. Its structure was begun in 1802, by George Washington Parke Custis, the adopted grandson of George and Martha Washington. Custis"s daughter, Mary Anna Randolph, inherited the estate, and she and her husband, Robert E. Lee, lived here between 1831 and 1861. When Lee headed up Virginia"s army, Mary fled, and federal troops confiscated the property. A fine melding of the styles of the Greek Revival and the grand plantation houses of the early 1800s, the house has been administered by the National Park Service since 1933. Service staffs in period costume are stationed in the main areas to talk informally with visitors.

While every headstone is important, Arlington Cemetery offers several highlights. The crew of the Challenger Space Shuttle is interred here, as are Pierre Charles L"Enfant, Thurgood Marshall, John Foster Dulles, and former President William Howard Taft, among others. The Kennedy gravesites are here, complete with the Eternal Flame, which burns uninterrupted. More recently, the Scottish people have given the Lockerbie Cairn to the cemetery, to honor those lost in the Pan Am 103 terrorist incident. Also, in 1997 the Women in Military Service for America Memorial was added, paying tribute to over 1.8 million American servicewomen from the American Revolution to the present.

The powerfully moving Tomb of the Unknowns looks out over Washington DC from the crest of a hill, reminding visitors that no one who dies in defense of the nation shall be forgotten. According to Arlington National Cemetery history, Congress officially authorized the undistinguishable remains of a World War I veteran to be buried in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater. Since then, unidentified remains of soldiers from both World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts have also been honored. The remains of the Vietnam Unknown, however, were exhumed May 14, 1998. According to Arlington National Cemetery facts, DNA tests then revealed that the Vietnam Unknown was Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, who was shot down somewhere over Vietnam in 1972. His family has since buried him in St. Louis and the Vietnam Unknown crypt will remain vacant.


Friday, May 28, 2010



"Grunge Christianity"
http://www.sfpulpit.com/2006/12/11/grunge-christianity/

I linked to this article on my post below, however I feel it bears standing on it's own, for although a man like Mark Driscoll has many followers, this problem is throughout the Christian Community. Please make time to read and consider it.

John MacArthur says it so well concerning Driscoll ,"His soteriology is exactly right, but that only makes his infatuation with the vulgar aspects of contemporary society more disturbing."

It would be wise to remember that II Timothy 4 speaks of a type of "emerging church."
I thought it interesting to see if you could form a church like Mark Driscoll's on Mathew 5, what has been said to be the greatest sermon ever preached.

I am trying to picture this teaching coming from Paul or John as I think about II Corinthians 11, and Revelation 1. Perhaps I am missing something when I read Isaiah Ch 1, or the book of Daniel.

I've heard Driscoll say fundamentalist have no fun. I've read much about joy in the Word, and being blessed, but I am not seeing fun in the lives of the men mentioned above.

If that is the case where does the "consider it all joy when facing various trials" come in?

Do I think these men ever enjoyed life or Christian fellowship, absolutely, however it wasn't there "good times" they wrote about under the direction of the Holy Spirit. They wrote about their calling , they were Ministers of the Gospel. They were not vulgar, and spoke of our Lord in complete holiness. They never called him a "bartender", or put vulgar slang in His mouth.


I have looked everywhere and I cannot find this vulgar person Mark Driscoll calls Jesus Christ.

How, I ask should a bride present herself to a groom? How, I ask should "the Bride" present herself to her Groom, who is the King of Kings. Where does the 'grunge' come in?

How I ask should Christ be represented to the world?

We are called out in the scriptures to be a peculiar people, different from the world, not marinated in it. Clearly we are commanded to "come out from among them ..."

That may mean different things to different people, but to throw the church into the "culture" is heartbreaking. We are called to NOT be conformed to this world, meaning it's culture, which is ever spiraling downward.

As I look at the precious faces of my grandchildren below I cannot even bear the thought of them sitting under teaching where they would learn the word of God, or knowledge of Jesus Christ in such a wretched manner.

I am thankful I never "learned" Jesus Christ this way, for in my heart He has always been High, and Holy, and lifted up, yet he stooped down to bear the shame and reproach of my sin. He is my Glorious Savior.

Where, I ask anyone to show me, in the word of God is Christ is taught in this manner, show me where the prophets or Apostles ever spoke of the Word of God, or Jesus like this?

What is the source?

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
~Matthew 7:16


This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation of the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ~Ephesians 4: 17-23



Wednesday, May 26, 2010




I watched the first three hours of Cranford, with Kaitlyn and Keriann,( Keri's first viewing)...home at 1 a.m. great night! 2 hours to go....:-)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pictures say a thousand words....:-)


asleep in Aunt Kate's bed...
Seamus still sleeps with the
the blanket I made for him.


Grady baby...just so gentle



those eyes, that look,
such wealth I have.