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The Thanksgiving Table: The Pumpkin Pie

Bless the Lord…who satisfies your mouth with good things…
Psalm 103:1, 5

The pumpkin pie has one great purpose in a thanksgiving feast–to remind us that the best is yet to come. There on the table are our traditional favorites: green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, corn, slaw, the turkey and dressing, rolls with butter, and maybe a new dish or two. But the best is saved for last–pumpkin pie–sweeter than anything that precedes it.

As Christians, we enjoy a cornucopia of blessings every day. Psalm 103 tells us to bless the Lord with all that is within us and not to forget all His benefits. Ephesians 1:3 reminds us we’ve been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.

But the best is yet to come. When the great missionary Adoniram Judson was asked about the prospects for evangelizing Burma, he replied that the prospects there were “just as bright as the promises of God.” We can say the same about our own prospects–for every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

To trust God is to trust His promises. And to trust God’s promises is to be sure of their fulfillment. This assurance concerning the future, anchored in God’s promises, is what the Bible calls “hope.”
Scott Hafemann

H/t  (Today’s Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah)

posted by rightthingtodo on November 27, 2010

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Thanks In, Not For

In everything give thanks;  for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

What could have motivated Horatio Spafford to pen the words to the mighty hymn “It Is Well with My Soul?” Before writing the hymn he had lost his only son in 1871, been financially ruined by the great Chicago fire of the same year, and then lost his four daughters at sea in 1873. His motivation was likely the truth of 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “In everything give thanks.”

Many claim the verse is unrealistic: How could anyone give thanks for events like Spafford endured? But the verse says to give thanks in all things, not for all things. God expects no one to be thankful for tragedies that befall us in this life. But He does expect us to trust Him in the midst of such circumstances. In those difficult times, we can thank God that He will cause all things to work together for good in our life (Romans 8:28). While we grieve for those events and the losses incurred, we can give thanks even while in their midst.

Giving thanks when things are good requires enthusiasm, but giving thanks in hard times requires faith. If you are in the midst of difficulties, begin each of your days with a prayer of thanks.  It will make a difference.

Prayer without thanksgiving is like a bird without wings.
William Hendriksen

posted by rightthingtodo on November 27, 2010

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Glenn Beck Accomplishes What Oprah and Shirley MacLaine Together Could Not Accomplish – Set The Stage For “Christians” To Accept Paganism

He Has Set The Stage For A ‘One-World Religion

It is important for me to keep stating that I am an avid fan of Glenn Beck’s from the time he joined FOX Cable News station in January 2009.  I have watched every show he has done and have agreed with most of what he has presented.  He has done a fantastic job on U.S. history and blasting Obama and commies who surround him.

I did not go to the Honor Rally but I watched it and the Divine Destiny program from The Kennedy Center.  I have had pain in my stomach ever since Glenn began to morph into a spiritual teacher. History teacher – YES, but spiritual teacher?- NO.

Glenn is a Mormon but he uses Christian terminology in his programs.  Listening to him you get the impression that he is a Christian.  Each time he does it I get a sick feeling. He’s becoming like the New  Age gurus, Oprah and Shirley MacLaine, all wrapped up into one!

We want Glenn to continue to do well.  We need his voice to keep the Obama administration in check.  He is very gifted as we all have seen.  But lately, something has happened.  He is bringing more and more of his Mormon doctrine into his conversation mixed with Christianity and paganism.  This weekend did it for me.  The Restoring Honor Rally was bathed in Mormonism and paganism laced with Christianity.

We should ask Glenn to be more forthright when talking about his Mormon faith, for example, he should tell us what exactly are Mormon beliefs?

The following are a few of the major Mormons beliefs.  Since Glenn is a Mormon, maybe I should say,  the following are a few of Glenn Beck’s beliefs:

Mormon theology teaches:

* God was born and raised on another planet.

* He has a harem of wives.

* They produce spirit-babies that are sent to earth; there they gain bodies and earn sainthood.

* Jesus is the brother of Lucifer.

* Jesus is the chosen/elected savior by a council of gods from other worlds.

* America is the promised land, not Israel. The holy city is Independence, Missouri, not Jerusalem. Jesus’ latter-day agenda is to return to Missouri.

* The U.S. Constitution is as sacred as the Book of Mormon. In the latter days, it will be under siege and will be saved by Mormons. Thus, we must “reclaim America” to save the Constitution and usher in a genuine age of Mormon leadership. They want to build a Mormon kingdom on earth, similar to modern day Dominionists/Kingdom Now proponents within Christianity. Founder Joseph Smith had a socialistic philosophy and wished to have a society that shared things in common.

* America’s founding fathers were “spirit babies” who created a “sacred Constitution.”

* Salvation is works-based and not through grace and faith.

Did you know any of this??

So Glenn, Is the god of this system, this faith, the one you referred to when you stated, “Today, America turns back to God?” Is this god concept one we can turn back to?

The answer is no, this is not the God of the Judeo Christian faith and I know that most of the participants who attended the Restoring Honor rally are not aware of these facts. One of the problems we face in understanding what Glenn is saying when he talks about his faith is that in Mormonspeak the words mean entirely different things to the Mormon and the biblical Christian.

Here are 3 examples for you –

To the Mormon, God is an exalted man from another planet who is now the god of this world only and has a god above him who has a god above him who has…but understand that to the Christian, God is the creator of all, the heavens and the universes. He said there were no gods before Him, beside Him or after Him. I think He should know.

Same word, totally different meanings.

To the Christian, Jesus is the Word made Flesh, the Savior from before time began, conceived by the Holy Ghost.

To the Mormon, Jesus was born as a spirit being on a planet near the great star, Kolob, in an act of sex between their god and one of his many, polygamous goddesses. He was selected at a council of gods to be the ‘Savior’ of this world. He was chosen over his brother, Lucifer. The LDS god came down and had sex with his spirit daughter, Mary and begat him in the flesh.

Same word, totally different meanings.

To the Christian, Salvation is a result of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross on Calvary, where He paid the penalty for our sins ‘once and for all.’ All we must do is receive it as a gift and eternal life is ours forever.

To the Mormon,
Salvation is two-fold, the first is only the General salvation, and it is the gift of physical resurrection for ALL mankind, given through Christ’s death at Calvary.

The second is Personal salvation that comes in part, through Christ’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, where LDS prophets say that He sweat great drops of blood for our sins, conditional on obedience to all the laws and ordinances of the [Latter Day Saints] gospel.  The Mormons call this suffering, Atonement, which we have heard Glenn mention quite frequently.

Same word, totally different meanings.

Beck’s Church claims that they have the only authority to act in the name of God on earth, all other churches are abominations in God’s eyes, all those who profess the doctrines of orthodox Christianity are corrupt, all their pastors are hirelings of Satan.

You see, Glenn, you told us to question with boldness, so what are you really trying to do?

I know one thing, what you did over the weekend has caused a great schism in the Evangelical world.

As I stated in the beginning of this post, even Oprah and Shirley MacLaine have not been able to do what you did.

You can lead us in the political and historical arenas with the full support of authentic, bible believing Christians but when you mix these areas with spiritual matters, that’s where the rubber meets the road for authentic, bible believing Christians.  We cannot and will not support you in spiritual matters.

Not unless and until you leave the Mormon Church.

Brannon Howse has written several articles on this disturbing development.  He has also featured the topic of Glenn’s Mormonism on his daily radio program.

Brannon Howse

Yesterday, Howse invited Todd Friel to his radio program to discuss Glenn’s Honor Rally and the Divine Destiny presentation at The Kennedy Center.  When I read Howse’s piece and listened to his discussion with Friel, I had even more discomfort.  But little did I know that my pastor, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, of The Moody Church of Chicago, had been invited to join in the talk also.  That was comforting to me and helped me to make the decision to post this information on my blog.

This information will disturb you greatly if you are one of Glenn’s fans but it is best for him that this information gets out.  If enough of us, who follow Glenn’s programs, can get this information to others and pray for him and his spiritual condition, what a blessing that will be!  I believe it’s possible for Glenn to leave the Mormon church and to continue in the role of leader of today’s Black Regiment, bringing people back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That’s the only way that he will be successful in this endeavor.  The one true God will not stand by and be mocked by anyone.  I know, this past weekend’s crowd looks as though he could not be more successful.  It was remarkable that a crowd of that size would show up!  People are hungry and desperate for the truth and for help to get rid of Barack Obama and to restore this great country. They came innocently to hear the man they watch and listen to everyday.  Sadly, many of them did not recognize or discern the danger they had encountered.

I have said enough so here’s what you need to read and hear:

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Worldview Matters with Brannon Howse

Brannon Howse welcomes guest Todd Friel of wretchedradio.com to discuss what took place at Glenn Becks 8-27 and 8-28 rallies. We play lots of sound bites of Glenn Beck in his own words.

Topic One: Beck starts rally with Mormon theology that Native Americans are God’s chosen people.

Topic Two: Beck used the phrase “higher self” three times in the interview with Chris Wallace. No one talks that way unless they know exactly what they are saying. What was Beck talking about and how does it connect with his statement last week when he said “I Am That I Am is the most powerful phrase in any language as it is the name of god, never use it in vain; use it to create who you want to be. I am blank.”

Topic Three: Beck tells Chris Wallace that he is a Mormon and describes the Mormon theology of salvation.

Topic Four: Dr. Erwin Lutzer predicted, at our Branson 2010 Worldview Weekend, that the conservative media would turn on Biblical Christians that stand for Biblical truth. That turning began with Glenn Beck himself last Friday when he used the term religious bigots when talking about a CNN article that quoted Brannon Howse and another Christian writer on why they could not spiritually unite with Glenn Beck. That turning continued today with a conservative talk show host that is a frequent face on Fox News Channel who reportedly railed on evangelicals for not uniting with Beck. We play the clip of Dr. Erwin Lutzer and his warning from last April as he explains how this turning on Bible obedient Christians will resemble what happen in another country and at another time. Watch it to greatly increase.

Topic Five: Beck has set the stage for “conservatives” to accept a one-world religion and numerous leaders of the religious right pulled the ropes that raised the curtain on this ecumenical stage. Glenn Beck has accomplished what Oprah Winfrey or Shirley McClain could not. I believe that Beck used his conservative veneer and doublespeak to co-opt leaders of the religious right. Beck and these evangelical leaders have sent the message that it is acceptable for millions of “Christians” to embrace humanistic spirituality and paganism for the purpose of social activism and social change. (original air date August 30, 2010 at 1pm CT.)

(click Download the MP3 to listen to the discussion)

posted by rightthingtodo on August 31, 2010

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Christians Being Targeted Near Dearborn, MI?

H/t American Values

A Chilling Warning To Churches

After reporting on the Ground Zero mega-mosque last week, I received a disturbing e-mail from a supporter in Michigan. Evidently, the FBI sent a warning letter to Oakland County churches last week warning them of “suspicious activity.” For those not familiar with Michigan’s geography, Oakland County is just north of Dearborn, often described as America’s most Muslim city. Here is an excerpt of the letter:

“Dear Worship Coordinator:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Oakland County Resident Agency, would like to bring to your attention suspicious activity occurring on several occasions over the last several months at Oakland County places of worship. Visitors to these places of worship have shown particular interest in the layout of the building; have questioned personnel as to where people congregate; when the worship center would be populated; and where Christians could be found in the building.”

That is a chilling warning from the FBI that suggests churches in Oakland County are possibly being cased. A FBI spokesman said there was no indication of a threat, but added, “We’re simply passing along information we received to area churches indicating that suspicious activity is going on, in an abundance of caution.”

This alert is very important because this is in the same vicinity of the Arab Festival incident where Christians were arrested for expressing their First Amendment Rights by passing out literature to the public.

We will continue to keep a watchful eye on these activities

posted by rightthingtodo  on July 27, 2010

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All Lovers Of Life – Take Note – You Are Needed

I have just received this alert from Faith and Freedom :

I gave my support – will you give yours?  If you cannot give financially, please post this on your blogs/websites to help get the word out.  Here’s the alert:

NARAL Takes on Faith and Freedom

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington published an urgent message to all their constituents this past Friday saying they must defeat Faith and Freedom.

The message from Lauren Simonds, executive director, began:

Dear …, make a contribution to NARAL Pro-Choice Washington and turn out the pro-choice vote.

I just read some alarming news about anti-choice conservatives in our state, and I had to let you know right away. The Wall Street Journal reports:

In Bellevue, Wash., the Faith and Freedom Network plans to hire activists for about $10 an hour next month to promote statewide candidates with Judeo-Christian values for the fall elections, says Gary Randall, the group’s president. Recruits will knock on doors and will be dispatched in large groups, hoping to draw media attention, he says.

“That’s right,” Simonds says, “the Faith and Freedom Network, a right-wing, anti-choice organization is mobilizing its activists to turn out the vote in support of anti-choice, anti-woman candidates.”

We are not supporting any “anti-woman” candidates. I don’t know any “anti-woman” candidates. As you well know, we support people who are pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-family. And yes, fiscally conservative.

The email says, “PROTECT & ELECT. Don’t let a right wing, anti-choice organization
call the shots this election. Make a contribution to NARAL…”

They will raise tens of thousands of dollars as a result of this one email to help them
defeat and undermine our efforts.

Will you stand with us against this Advocate For Evil ?

Will you help us educate voters so they can make informed decisions as they vote?

I don’t think any of us believe this is a time to stand by in silence. Or have lengthy discussions as to whether or not Christians should be involved.

Please help us by making a donation to Faith and Freedom, now.

Please do not be silent or inactive. Anything you can do to help is deeply appreciated.

We have stood against the rage of the press and others as we have advocated for natural marriage, family and traditional Judeo-Christian values. You will recall the fury of opposition to R-71.

We are not fearful, but know full well the press will come along side NARAL and others who oppose those who seek to kill the unborn. Or to redefine marriage and family. The opposition
will not be restrained.

I am willing to stand alone against this “advocate for evil” but we cannot prevail alone. We can only prevail with your support. Together, we can impact the upcoming elections and the future.

There is a great opportunity to see new leadership elected to the legislature this election. NARAL and others like them recognize the opportunity we have before us. They seek to destroy our efforts.

I sincerely hope and pray we recognize that opportunity.

Will you please make a tax deductible donation now? It will be used entirely to educate and inform voters.

You can also send a check to:

Faith and Freedom Foundation

Box 399
Bellevue, WA 98009

The Wall Street Journal was correct, except that our campaign they referenced will be launched after the primary and will involve youth from various churches in selected areas. I did not want to announce this until next month, simply because there are those who work to undermine any of our efforts, particularly when they know in advance. I know you understand.

Details on this aspect of our efforts will be forthcoming after the primary election. Specific candidates and locations will be announced.

NARAL says, “We cannot afford to lose our pro-choice majority in the legislature.”

Indeed they can’t. They are deeply linked to Planned Parenthood, the leader in the abortion industry. To lose their majority could mean the loss of millions of dollars that flow to Planned Parenthood each year from lawmakers for so-called “health care”.

We likely cannot match the money NARAL and others will raise and spend to discredit and undermine our efforts and promote their pro-death agenda, however we can make our best stand and will do so. Your financial support will determine how strong our stand can be.

Thank you for reading our words and hearing our heart. And thank you for standing with us.

Be Vigilant. Be Vocal. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed. Be Free.

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posted by rightthingtodo   on July 19, 2010

God is our Banner, He is our front and rear guard ….

31(A)What then shall we say to these things? (B)If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans:8:31) New American Standard Translation

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Standing With Israel

Rescuing The American-Israeli Alliance

The first 18 months of the Obama Administration have not been good for Israel. Iran is 18 months closer to having nuclear weapons, and Obama officials have tilted U.S. policy toward the Muslim world at the expense of the U.S.-Israeli alliance. Meanwhile, a new left-wing group called J-Street, allegedly funded by George Soros, claims to be pro-Israel, but takes the side of Israel’s worst critics in virtually every confrontation.

Fortunately, help is on the way! Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) will bring thousands of pro-Israel activists to Washington next week for our fifth annual convention. One day will be devoted to visiting members of Congress. As one of the original founders of CUFI, I am excited to see this group continue to grow in support and influence. Go to www.cufi.org to find out how you can be involved.

“Christians United For Israel is an excellent way to show your support to the State of Israel specifically and in general to the U.S./Israeli Alliance.  I have been a part of this event and recommend it to all of you who care about our relationship with Israel.

But that is not all. This week I joined Bill Kristol, conservative writer and intellectual Rachel Abrams and others to launch the Emergency Committee for Israel. Our goal is to challenge those in and out of government whose policies undermine Israel and the U.S.-Israeli alliance.

Here’s the best development – all the right people are condemning our efforts! When the news broke this week about the Emergency Committee, a bevy of left-wing Israel-bashers and Islamist apologists reacted with shock and horror. Verbal bombs started raining down on the Committee and its founders. The blogosphere erupted with attacks, many of them personal, on Bill Kristol, Rachel Abrams and me. Little did our opponents know that their screams of outrage were confirmation to us that we are engaged in a noble and needed enterprise. You can find out more at www.committeeforisrael.com.

H/t Gary L. Bauer


Power Line had this to say:

An ad that touches a nerve

July 14, 2010 Posted by Paul at 1:03 PM

The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) is a new group whose missiion is “to educate the public about the serious challenges to Israel’s security and about what elected officials in this country are doing and should do in order to meet those challenges.” To that end, it has produced an ad that exposes the views of Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Pennsylvania, regarding the Middle East. The ad concludes by urging viewers to call Sestak and ask him to stand with Israel.

The ad created quite a stir on Joe Scarborough’s show this morning — a stir that confirms the need for an organization like ECI. The ad is a standard, but highly effective issue-advocacy attack piece. What’s different about it is that it pertains to Israel.

After showing the ad, Scarborough proclaims himself “afraid” that “Middle East politics is going to get in the middle” and “things are going to get very, very ugly.” Scarborough does not explain why the Middle East, unique among important issues, should not be the subject of unpleasant discussion during a political campagin.

Mike Allen of Politico takes a different approach. He informs the audience that ECI is the group of Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer. Scarborough repeats the point — “so this is Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer that are part of the group that’s funding these ads” — and makes it clear that he has no use for Kristol.

Next up is Mark Halperin who returns to Scarborough’s ridiculous talking point. Israel is going to be “politicized,” Halperin frets.

Things take a comic turn when Terry McAuliffe joins in. He expresses the idea that the others have been flirting with, but are too smart to state — that the ad somehow is “out of line.” McAuliffe can’t explain why; it has something to do with the music and the fact that the ad isn’t about jobs. McAuliffe, one of the least successful well-known political figures of my lifetime, concludes that the ad will backfire.

McAuliffe seems to bring the rest of the panel to its senses. Suddenly, the specter of Bill Kristol is lifted. Halperin admits that the ad is “issue based.” Scarborough notes that it uses Sestak’s own actions and statements. Allen concludes that the ad confirms how President Obama’s approach to Israel has created a political problem for Democrats.

He is right. The ad does and Obama has.

posted by rightthingtodo  on July 15, 2010

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Four Christians Arrested At The Dearborn Mich Arab Festival To Be Arraigned July 12

July 12th Arraignment of Four Christian Missionaries Arrested at the Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival

Thursday July 8, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI – The arraignment of four Christian missionaries on criminal charges will take place on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. in the 19th Judicial District Court located at 16077 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, Michigan. This is the next step in what has been described as police enforcement of Sharia law in a city dominated by a large Muslim population.

To the jeers and shouts of “Allah Akbar” by the Muslim crowd, the four Christian missionaries were arrested and thrown in jail on June 18, 2010 by Dearborn Police officers at the Annual Arab International Festival held in Dearborn.  One of the arrested missionaries was Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, MD, who was engaged in peaceful dialogue with several Muslim youths.  The other three missionaries, who were merely videotaping the conversation, had their cameras and other equipment illegally seized before police arrested them as well.

Police refused requests by the missionaries to view the video at the scene of their arrest, which the missionaries claimed would completely exonerate them of any wrongdoing.

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan is representing all of the Christian missionaries.  Because District Judge Mark W. Somers required that all four defendants personally appear before him for the arraignment, the Law Center assisted with the costs of their travel from different parts of the country.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented, “It’s evident that the Dearborn Police department was more interested in placating Muslims than obeying our Constitution.   These Christians were exercising their Constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently in a city where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus, Sharia law trumps our Constitution.”

Thus far, police and prosecutors have refused to return the illegally seized cameras and video tapes.  They have also refused to provide the Law Center with the police reports of the incident despite repeated requests.

Without notifying the rest of America, it appears the city of Dearborn, Michigan, has substituted the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment with Islamic Sharia law.

While Dearborn has the largest proportion of residents of Arab ancestry (33.4% or 97,775) for a city of its size (100,000 pop.) and it is also the location of the Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in North America. [Source: Wikipedia], that is no reason that our Constitution should be substituted with Islamic Sharia law.  It’s just outrageous!

Arrested on charges of Breach of the Peace are Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla and David Wood.  Mayel, an eighteen-year old female whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, was also charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was at least 100 feet away and videotaping Qureshi’s discussion with the Muslim youths when police seized her camera.

Thompson added, “Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians.”

Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel with the Law Center, will represent the Christian missionaries at the arraignment on Monday.

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.  It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.  The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities.  It does not charge for its services.  The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization.  You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.

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