Weep Not for the Dead: A Peace Mission to Bring Back that which was Lost by Gina Burgess

 Announcing my new book release

Weep Not for the Dead (Kindle version)
by Gina Burgess

Available now in paperback form from the publisher:
Christian Publishing House

Captain Clinton Kincaid is the first man to fly the Colber shuttle to Jastrow Station and back to Earth. His next mission is to Mars. Something goes terribly wrong. Suddenly, his mission is modified by the Crothans when he is transported 100 years into the future, and only he and a specially trained crew can save Earth from the dreaded Draumans. Kincaid and his crew's first mission on the Starmada ship Discovery began as a peace mission to establish an alliance between Croth and Earth, but it turns into much more: Saving all humanity from certain slavery.

Earth was visited by a peaceful species from Croth in the mid 21st century. Humans were so violent at the time they attacked the Crothans before asking about their intent. Crothans beat a retreat, deciding humans had some more growing up to do before a friendship/alliance could be formed. About 100 years pass, and the Draumans discover the ripe pickings of Earth and her colonies. The Draumans are well known to be pillagers and resource-strippers reducing any world they conquer into metallic death heaps. With the Drauman attack on Earth imminent, the Crothans decide to try again to establish an alliance. They implement their plan to use humans for the second attempt to initiate the Peace Mission.

Writing on stones...

Sun beating down, heat rising up, sweat rolling down and still the man
chipped away at the tall stone in front of him. With each pounding of the hammer, more stone pebbles spattered down the stone face adding to the already deep pile of sand and chips. Sand had gathered in the tiny wrinkles of his skin, and his sweat only partially washed the bits of grit away. For hours and hours, perhaps for days he worked on each stone. Words formed as the grit fell away.

יהוה קרא משׁה...

... YWHW called unto Moses

Can you imagine having to stand in the heat of the day, while the body responds with rivers of sweat, or the chill of night working by the light of a flickering torch, beating on a rock? Joshua did. He wrote a copy of the law, every word of the law on those stones (Joshua 8:32) while the Children of Israel stood by. All the important people, the elders and the judges on this side, and all the regular people like you and me on that side; half in front of Mount Ebal and the other half in front of Mount Gerizim. The mountains were Bald and Rocky respectively. Not only did the Children of Israel stand by while Joshua carved the Law upon the stones, but they also stood while Joshua read the entire Law to them: all the words of the Law, both the blessing and the curse.

Now, that is true devotion. What led to that? Just a few verses before this, we see why there was Trouble in Ai. There is no such thing as “no fault sin.” In fact, there is no such thing as “the devil made me do it.”

Every one of us has at one time or another put the blame of our own doing upon someone else, whether as a child, a teen, or an adult, we’ve all done it. Satan has a way of setting up situations and temptations that can suck us under like a riptide sucks a swimmer beneath the surface of the sea. But, Satan doesn’t push our head under water. It is by choice we ignore the Rip Tide warning sign written in large red print with a flag waving mightily in the wind. It is by choice we wade into the water and swim to that particular point where currents can reach speeds of two to four miles per hour. Even the strongest swimmer can’t compete against currents that strong. But strong swimmers are usually smarter than diving into dangerous waters.

Satan will take a legitimate desire given by God and use it in an evil way to kill, steal and destroy. But, we cannot blame sin on Satan. God is faithful and won’t ever let us get into dangerous waters without warnings and He won’t let us be tempted more than we can withstand if we allow Him to protect us, and if we listen to the warnings.

Achan was the only one out of the 603,550 Israelite men old enough to go to war and win the Promised Land who yielded to temptation. He took a robe and a pile of silver and a wedge of gold. He lusted after them and took them. But, could he flaunt them? Spend them? Wear them in front of his brothers? No. He had to dig a hole and bury them in his tent. What good did taking them do him?

Greed often does that. A child sees something he wants and swipes it off the shelf stuffing it in his pocket to be played with later, in the dark. In the dark because he knows he did wrong in taking the thing. Achan knew he did wrong in taking the things, but he allowed the whole of Israel to be shamed in front of a tiny little town with less than 6,000 people in it. These fighting men, led by Joshua who’s name brought terror to all those in the land, were put on the run. Nor did Achan speak up when Joshua dropped to his knees begging the LORD to tell him why He brought them to the Promised Land only to be destroyed by a tiny little Canaanite hamlet.

At least the man “fessed up” when confronted. He waited until Joshua brought all the tribes to the front of the assembly, one by one. How shameful for all the assembly to suffer the consequences of the sin of one man.

Sin begins with temptation, but being tempted is not sin. Yielding to temptation is the sin. God made an example of Achan to the whole of His chosen people. We see a confession of a man that knows there isn’t anyway to wiggle out of what he’d done, mainly because God Himself led Joshua to the only one who had disobeyed. Achan looked at the Babylonian robe. Found it to be beautiful. Thought about how it would look on himself or perhaps how it would bring him glory if he placed it on the shoulders of his wife. Then, after thinking about it, made the deliberate decision to take it along with the silver and gold. All to satisfy his own greed, and what did it get him?

Here, we see a discipline that we’d never see today. All his family, wife and daughters and sons along with all the cattle and donkeys, tent and trappings, and even those things he had stolen were forced into the Valley of Achor. He and all his family were stoned and set on fire.

Was that a bit too harsh? After all his family did not take the things. Yet, everyone had heard the order not to take anything, nor to let anyone live, to show no mercy. It was those people and those things that would lead Israel down that road to idolatry, and God knew it. He made sure they understood how dangerous those things would be to the well being of His children. Achan’s family heard the order. Achan’s family also knew of the theft because he buried the stuff in the middle of his tent. They said nothing about it, taking part in the deception.

One has to wonder if Joshua was thinking of this when he carved out the Law on the stone’s face. Or was he praying for all of Israel to faithfully serve the LORD? It must have weighed heavily on his heart. I find it so telling that the Law was etched indelibly upon the face of stone, and God called their hearts hard as stone, Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel is not willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to Me, for all the house of Israel are strong of forehead and hard of heart.

When temptation beckons, the heart can become hard as stone shushing the conscious resulting in a detour that can lead to the valley of Achor. We endure trials, but God is faithful and will always provide the way of escape. We can’t escape trouble, but we absolutely will escape temptation.

However, yielding to temptation starts wearing a groove in the heart that makes taking the escape much harder. Making a habit is not as hard as breaking a habit. Yielding to temptation can become much easier than resisting temptation unless the will is exerted and the desire to resist is greater than the desire to yield.

Second Peter 2:5 tells us that God knows how to deliver the godly from temptation. The key word is godly. How do we even recognize sin for what it is?

In the Old Testament, (Proverbs) God told them to write His command upon their heart. But, in the New Testament… Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected in perpetuity the ones being sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit witnesses to us also. For after having said before, 16 "This is the covenant which I will covenant to them after those days, says the Lord: Giving My Laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds;" 17 also He adds, "I will not at all still remember their sins" and their lawlessnesses.

The difference is Who is doing the writing, and just as importantly, how soft is the heart.

World Vision selling soul to the devil

World Vision announced they want to remain neutral on the hot issue of same sex marriage. They, of course, are collecting funds (about $180 million) from the federal government so they can't evangelize. Now they are bending God's Word and still calling themselves a Christian organization.

This is just another loose cannon or should I say canon. I am grieved that it has come to this. Barna says that 95% of the U.S. citizens believe in God, fewer than that are self-proclaimed evangelical Christians, and even fewer than that go to church once a week or more. Therefore, it is not surprising that the helping hand of World Vision is held by Obama because of monetary stipulations. How sad.

The art of singleness

The art of singleness…

Third grade taught us that one times one is one. One times anything is anything. It is quite comforting then to note when God gets into the mix it is God times one is God. 

I have so often thought it would be nice to have someone to share
things with when God then reminds me that I do that with my Mom. Then I wonder if I am to live out the rest of my life alone as Paul did. Then God reminds me that His grace is sufficient for me.

So often a wife or husband of twenty years decide enough is enough and leave the spouse and the kids. All because she or he thinks it all is within God’s will because everyone is entitled to a little happiness in this world.


What is happiness? Is it a state of being or is it a destination? Happiness is so fleeting that I’m happy one instant and the next I’m plunged into despair, worry, fretfulness or even fear. Happiness cannot outshine the deepest fear or the worst anxiety because it isn’t a state of being. It is a heart feeling and the heart is a deceitful, whimsical thing.

We are told to “follow your heart” in some of the best books and films. Is that the best advice that man can conjure? Or does that actually come from Satan? Follow your heart, do what your heart tells you. Is it your heart or is it chemical reaction? Is it your heart or is it lust?

I do not understand why Christians who have proclaimed Christ for most of their life are suddenly turning their backs and embracing the world’s ways. Why is that? Have they lost their sense of eternity? Are they so embossed with the world that they are bent and conformed to its ways without even sensing the loss of the Holy Spirit’s influence? Three Dog Night had it right, “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.”

Choosing the world over Jesus is the fastest track to doing the loneliest number. You won’t be diving into the lake of fire with Satan because he’ll already be there. Embracing the ways of the world is the best way to encounter that number one ending. We don’t hear that kind of preaching often enough, I’m thinking.

When did 30 seconds become an eternity? Was it when the red light flashed to green and the horn became the instantaneous reaction from behind? Was it when you could cook an entire three pound roast in the microwave in less than 30 minutes instead of the two hours in the oven while the family was at church on Sunday morning? Was it when information became available at your fingertips rather than a 30 minute stance at the card catalog and a four-hour stint at the library the day before your term paper was due? Was it when dad kept coming home later and later from work, with no thought of tossing the ball, or when Mom sat at the computer instead of baking a cake from scratch?

We Christians tell each other that our actions speak louder than words, for that is how we are known to the world as practicing Christians… but, how often do we tell each other that our actions display to God how we feel about Him? Now, that is a different black kettle.

My physical body may be single, but my heart is linked to the greatest power of the universe. God times one is God, and we should act like it. Pardon my slight paraphrase of James 4:7 Resist the world and it will flee. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners! And purify your hearts, double minded ones! For what is your life? It is a mist that for a little while appears, then disappears. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit for this is the sense of eternity and is the permanency of God. Singleness is no longer a sting and the loneliest number is banished forever. Live for the joy past the cross of today’s world, for something far, far better awaits us on the other side.

His energy in me

Charles Stanley once said to never throw away your notes. If it was important enough to write it down once, then it is important enough for you to retain because your memory will fail you.

How true those word are, especially since I have grown so much older.

I really needed what I was reading this morning in my notes. I have been trying to do everything by myself because God gave me those abilities. Those things that I can do in an most excellent way because of the training and talent that God has blessed me with through the years.  When things get piled up so high that I can't see over them, can't see around them, can't see under them and I just can't go through them, suddenly I realize I need God's help. Why wait so long?

Well... Beth Moore had some words of encouragement for me today. I wrote this down April 12, 2005. Just writing it down does not mean that we will retain if forever.

I am not stuck with permanent flaws. I have the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). I must use this fruit and exercise in this fruit. We are called to exclamation mark living! I must strive toward His working His works in me. I can't do a great work in myself. I do not have the strength. But He does and He promised to do this, so there is no struggle with His energy in me. God reveals this through His Spirit just as He bestows gifts through His Spirit.

What makes me think that fulfilling what God has called me to do won't cost me anything? Of course there is cost. When we strive to live to bring God glory there is deep cost because we are new, changed creatures living in a temporary, fallen world.

However, just as God provided all that was needed to build the Tabernacle, He provides all that is needed to act beyond my capabilities. Selah.

2Co 1:8 For, brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant as to our affliction having happened to us in Asia, that we were excessively burdened beyond our power, so as for us even to despair of living. 9 But we ourselves have the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but trust God, the One raising the dead.

With power like that, who can defeat us? With power like that, how can we fail?

Father, help us to wake up with You on our minds and to always ask You to manage our time and to help us use Your energy in us. Amen

Rescue the Perishing

In Gone With The Wind, Scarlett stands in the midst of a sea of bodies,
some still as death, others rolling and groaning in pain. It's just her and the doctor, and perhaps one or two others. She tries desperately to get the doctor to come help Melly who is having her baby. It is the last vestiges of the Civil War and the South was dying, her sons dying, her cities burned and destroyed, her plantations desolate. Scarlett suddenly decides she has had enough and she races home to pack and leave Atlanta to go home to Tara. Everything seems hopeless until Rhett Butler scrounges up a buckboard and a broken down mule to take her out of the chaos. Then just when she was feeling safe, Rhett seemingly abandons her, to join the fight, but not without giving her a weapon. Armed with a pistol and determination, and most likely a heart full of fear (fear of what she was leaving behind rather than what she was facing) she trudges toward home.

From http://www.pearlinthegarden.com/rescuetheperishing.htm
Don't you think that sometimes God looks down from Heaven and sees that sea of dying people? Some are dead already, others need the medicine of His word, but the workers are few. In Luke 10:2, Jesus points out the harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Every one of the lost will go to Hell. There is no exception and there is no excuse. Every single Christian stands in that sea of bodies which writhe and groan in pain. Whoever is closest is responsible. Whoa! What a scary thought! I see people setting in pews and hatching out nothing, soaking up teachings but never applying the principles to their lives nor taking any action. As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10 too many Christians are asleep (morally lazy) or drunk (actively, willfully sinning). How can we bear witness unless we be more like Him? Too many of us are over entertained and under challenged.

Do we look around and see future inhabitants of Hell? Can we point to a burden with a name... names we want to take to Heaven with us?

I stand at the front of the church and sing, "Rescue the perishing, care for the dying. Jesus is merciful. Jesus will save." Tears gather and fall like rain. A young one comes forward, parents follow and joy fills the church. We've added another family member to our fold. But, how many are outside the doors who don't even know enough to look up for hope? How many don't even know there is healing balm for all their pain, and there is salvation from the great wrath to come? How many suffer from devastating loneliness, not knowing there is a loving family just inside those tall doors of the church. The church has been given gifts to help move this along, and I wonder how many of us are operating inside our special gift?

The harvest is great and white, ready to be plucked. Pray for God to send workers, because the groaning sea is too great a burden for just the few.

Washing day

In our Thursday morning Bible study, we are studying the woman whose worth is far above rubies in Proverbs 31. I've said this before, but it bears saying again. The attributes of the Proverbs Paragon are very much attainable and are worthy to practice. So often we never really think about how fortunate we are with all the technology we have to do some things that were done the old way for so many years. God blessed humans with ingenuity to seek innovation. Sometimes, like with air conditioning and washing machines, that ingenuity makes life so much more comfortable and much easier. Sometimes, as has been known from time immemorial, the devil uses things God allowed for good to make evil. Sometimes the things that make life easier also allow for idle hands, which as the old saying goes are the devil's workshop. Anyway, I am eternally grateful for how God works in my life these days, and grateful I do not have to wash clothes as my grandmother did.

Here's an example.

And I just thought I had it bad...

Recipe For Washing Clothes....The Old Old Way....

Years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave a new bride the following recipe for washing clothes. It appears below just as it was written, and despite  the spelling, has a bit of philosophy. This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrap book (with spelling errors and all).

1. Bilt fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.

2. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.

3. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in bilin water.

4. Sort things, make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags.

5. To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.

6. Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then bile. Rub colored don't bile, just rinch and starch.

7. Take things out of kettle with broomstick handle, then rinch, and starch.

8. Hang old rags on fence.

9. Spread tea towels on grass.

10. Pore rinch water in flower bed.

11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.

12. Turn tubs upside down.

13. Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

Pelletier family

I've been watching the developing story of the Pelletier family story. Have you seen this?

According to Liberty Counsel:

Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier, recently spoke to the media about this tragic case involving DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital. Seeking to silence the parents, the state has filed a complaint to hold the father in contempt of court for violating an alleged gag order that was never put in writing.

++The Pelletiers’ rights have been grossly violated.

The Founders intended that the Constitution would protect citizens against this kind of government oppression. DCF’s motion for contempt is nothing more than an attempt to prevent the public from learning about the state’s unconstitutional infringement of the Pelletiers’ parental rights.

Further, there is simply no justification for such a gross violation of the public’s access to judicial proceedings.

Description: ustina Pelletier, ice skating.Before she was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital, Justina was being treated for mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder, by Dr. Mark Korson, the chief of metabolism at Tufts Medical Center. 

At Boston Children’s Hospital, a new doctor – in the seventh month of his internship – changed the working diagnosis from mitochondrial disease to a somatoform disorder, shifting her treatment from a physical to a mental emphasis. 

When Lou and Linda Pelletier tried to discharge their daughter the following day, February 14, 2013, and return her to care at Tufts Medical Center, DCF declared Justina to be a “ward of the state” and moved her to a psychiatric ward, where she remained for eleven months! 

Today, Justina is confined at Wayside Youth and Family Support, a nonmedical treatment facility. She is suffering every day with excruciating pain, and her health is rapidly declining

I see this as another broken cog in the wheels of justice. I can't fathom how huge government is becoming. We are sliding into the deep pit of government strangle hold on our private lives.

Continual state of embarassment

Apparently, John Kerry has very thin skin. He got his wittle feewin's hurt when he told Israel to give up some more land to pacify Palestinian supposed negotiators, and Israeli rabbis sent a stern letter to him announcing he was in line for some divine retribution. We see another case of bald-faced lies from this disgraceful administration.

Here's what Israel Today said in a February 6 news article:
The Obama Administration, in particular National Security Advisor Susan Rice, has over the past few days lashed out over what it terms "unacceptable" Israeli criticism of Kerry.
Apparently, the secretary of state's feelings have been hurt.
But certainly no more than the feelings of many Israelis who believe Kerry and the Obama Administration either don't know or don't care about their trials and tribulations, even as the Americans rush forward with establishing a Palestinian state.
In one recent example, Kerry told reporters in Germany that "not one Israeli was murdered by a Palestinian from the West Bank" in all of 2013. Were that true, it would provide a strong backdrop to Kerry's arguments that now is the time to put all the cards on the table and push for a final status peace deal. Unfortunately, it's simply not true.
Five Israelis were murdered by Palestinians from the so-called "West Bank" last year, and another two, both of them children, were critically wounded.
One of the 2013 murder victims was Evyatar Borovsky, a 31-year-old actor and father of five. His widow, Tsofia, spoke to the Washington Free Beacon in the wake of Kerry's apparent gaffe.
"I’m not sure they actually know, that the American government knows what's happening in Israel, that people are being murdered," she said. "The Americans are supposed to be our best friends, but are actually working against us and putting our backs to the wall."
We have a president who has no clue (or complete disregard for protocol). We have a secretary of state that has no clue how to get what he thinks he wants. We have an administration that is hell bent for leather to send inexperienced and stupid political cronies to fill sensitive ambassador positions. Tell me again, how long do we have to wait to try to get someone with some intelligence in office? Oh, Jesus, please come quickly!

News flash for John Kerry: You are messing with God's gift to His chosen people! No good comes from messing with His people. Read Joshua chapter 1. All the land from the Euphrates to the Mediterranean, including most of Turkey belongs to Israel. Of course, they dropped the ball when they crossed the Jordan and entered Canaan. They  did not eliminate the wicked inhabitants. But, one day the Star of David will be flying all over that land.

When they finally do receive all the land, we'll be living in the 1,000 years of peace. That's why I keep praying for peace in Jerusalem, and for Jesus, my beloved Jesus to come quickly. I am so sick and tired of humans mucking up the world.

Beloved Betrothed

(In honor of Valentine's Day, I had to drag this out of 2005 archives.)

To be betrothed. How marvelously wonderful that is. A Jewish mother would be proud. "See my daughter over there? No, the beautiful one. She's betrothed. She'll be married for all eternity." I know He will come. I am eagerly anticipating His coming for me. My lamp is lit and I have plenty of oil. How secure that is.

What's that? Is security all I'm looking for? Oh, no. Security is just a fringe benefit. There is something far more valuable. I've never been dead, but I imagine it is not a pleasant state when one does not have a Betrothed. A state I do not wish to contemplate right now. I'd much rather consider what I do have. Why does He love me so? I cannot fathom that, not the full scope of it.

Jesus is the physical side of God. He is the one that we can relate to so He is the one that we are betrothed to. I am so in love with Him that I cannot fathom how deep my love is and where His love begins. I cannot fathom how His Spirit has made my soul so vibrantly alive that I am not alone for He is constantly with me. Power and Glory and Majesty is He, but more also is He. Only Jesus, only God can pour righteousness over me as fragrant oil...and through nothing that I do, it is just His love that makes me pure. He does this for me because He loves me.

He raises His sword and destroys all fear and conquers my insecurity.
He is my God, my King, my Beloved, Ruler of my heart--tender and sweet is He. Because He wept at His friend’s grave site, He understands my grief as my tears roll down His fingers and my trembling chin is lifted by His palm.
His eyes so full of love spread healing balm throughout my being. He is there because…
Because He had no place to lay His head, He knows the weariness of my body.
Because He walked with feet bare and dusty, He knows the pain in my feet and ankles.
Because He held a baby, He knows my love for my children.
Because He stilled the sea,He knows the storms in my heart.
Because He knew hunger, He knows my hatred for diets.
Because He built a chair, He knows why I must sit down.
Because He loves me, I am at rest.
Because He died for me, I can enter the throne room of God.

That huge splendorous place filled with His train. I tremble, I shake and at the Thunder from the Throne I fall to my face. So ashamed am I. So undone. I am so unworthy I cannot look upon His face. The Four Living Creatures protect me from His Glory or I shall cease to exist. I am mute with terror. I have no words for my defense. Then suddenly, a warm hand presses my shoulder and soft white robe comes between me and the throne. I grab His robe and press my face deep into it. A low voice whispers tender words to me and my terror melts away. His hand slides across my back and He lifts me in His arms so strong, His strength stills the tremors of my terror like His breath stilled the wind and calmed the waves. He looks at The Father and simply says for all to hear, "Father, this one is mine."

"Oh how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word."

Ham & Nye Creation Debate

I did not watch the debate, but I've heard that more than 5 million did.

Perhaps for some Christians, they deeply need some kind of proof that God is who He says He is. Perhaps more importantly, some Christians need some kind of proof that God did what He said He did. 

The most significant proof to me is faith. God said 7 days. If He took longer to do it, then that would make Him a liar and everything in the Bible would be false. My faith is all or nothing. God has gifted me with an unwavering faith in Him, and gifted me with the knowledge that He has my best interest at heart. God is Truth. It was 7 days.

Here are a few thoughts for those more skeptical ones:

Pondering a scientific problem
Confirmation of Biblical Truths
My first grandbaby

That is just for starters.

How to glow in the dark

When people, pastors, or preachers start talking about fasting I get all
tense and irritable. Since I was a little girl I have fought with my weight. You know, it is really hard to fast or diet when you are hungry. That gnawing, piercing feeling starts in the pit of your stomach and makes your bones ache. I get so snappish and waspish. Self-control seems just beyond my grasp.

I think about Isaiah 58 when someone mentions fasting. Have you read that one lately? It seems to illustrate God's heart for how He wants His people to act. The key is all the blessings that we receive when we act the way God would have us act.

The true fast that delights the LORD God is two fold.
1. Abstain from any kind of oppression. There is a huge sermon in that one phrase. What does oppression entail? The Hebrew comes from a primitive root that means to crack in pieces, literally or figuratively: - break, bruise, crush, discourage, oppress, struggle together. This sounds a lot like how some Christians treat other Christians.

When I'd stumble and scrape my knee or hurt myself some other way, my Mom used to say, "Boy, if you do that to yourself, what would you do to me?" It was meant as a joke to take my mind off the hurt, but what a truism that can be when one thinks about how often we do not adhere to the Golden Rule.

2. Maintain the open hand of benevolence and mercy toward the destitute.  Another huge sermon. Although, we Christians do not do such a bad job with this one. We have ministries, and we have food pantries, second-hand clothes, benevolent funds, give to co-operative programs, and send out missionaries, help our youth to participate in youth programs, and so forth. But it goes further than that. We are not to hide ourselves from our own flesh as part of this benevolence.

Paul describes it best, I think, in   1Timothy 5:8  But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

What blessings do we receive from these heart actions? For it must come from the heart, with the righteous attitude. Going through the motions is what God was condemning them about in Isaiah 58.

1. We glow in the dark.
2. Our lives are bathed in sunlight.
3. We have a full life with strong muscles and bones
4. We are a well watered garden with a gurgling spring
5. We have rebuilt foundations
6. We are restored!
7. We are FREE to enjoy God!

Cool! I want to glow in the dark. Do you?

Getting GLAD against Catholic beliefs

Here is another case of Satan using laws of the land against biblical
belief in biblical principles. (This article is also posted at Liveasif.org)

In a note from Tony Perkins where he highlights the battle occurring in Massachusetts over a homosexual male teaching in an all girls Catholic academy. He applied. Got the job. Then when school officials noticed that this man listed his spouse as his homosexual partner as the one to call in an emergency, they called him in and rescinded the job offer.

Catholics have long been proponents of marriage between male and female. They have long and forever stated that homosexuality is a sin.

Girls going to a Catholic school are there because parents of these girls desire their children to be raised with Catholic ideals, Catholic morals, and Catholic standards of lifestyles.

The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) are outraged that this man lost his Christian oriented job because of his chosen sinful lifestyle (of course they do not see it that way).

From Tony Perkin's Letter:

"Religiously-affiliated entities do not have a free pass to do as they please in how they treat employees," GLAD insisted. Other liberals piled on, arguing that Barrett wouldn't have been working in the classroom, imposing his agenda on the students. But imagine how confusing it would be to walk out of the classroom, where they're learning about the church's teachings, only to be confronted with a school employee living a way that contradicts the beliefs they were just taught? How do children process that?
 The driving point for GLAD is that the school is open to everyone. They say religion is not part of the job.

What kind of logic is that, pray tell? It is a Catholic school. That is the same as saying I can work at a bank all day, and defraud and steal from people in my spare time. How could you trust someone like that? That would be like a drunkard sobering up for an AA meeting then getting drunk right after it.

I heard a prosecutor say that criminals are mostly stupid. If you've watched any of those Caught on Tape shows, you know what she's saying is true. The problem is that Satan-driven agendas are not stupid. These are incredibly crafty and astonishingly logical. But, when we Christians do not lean on God's logic and God's craftiness to fight these kinds of battles, we lose.

Here's the clincher. Do a bit of research on the Census Bureau's website. See how many practicing gay/lesbian people there are in the U.S. I'll tell you. It is less than 1% . Read Tim Drake's research if you don't believe me. The number of households in the U.S. that are homosexual is approximately .55%. To put it in even better perspective, the number of homosexuals in the U.S. is less than .01%.

Why are we allowing this minute portion of our society ruin our lives, our morals, and pervert our children? Why are we allowing this squeaky wheel determine the path our country takes?

We allowed one woman to dictate to the entire country about prayer in school. Now, because Christians in some states are electing namby-pamby legislative officials who won't stand against the homosexual agenda, we are being lured down the yellow-brick road of vile deception.

Seriously, Christians have a responsibility to be vocal about biblical principles, and to remind those legislative officials that they work for us to represent us in our desires and morals. The adage penned by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, "The pen is mightier than the sword," is true. When the Democrat representative for Louisiana had to keep defending his votes to the Democrat party, he finally switched to Republican. His constituents were letting him know in no uncertain terms how they wanted him to vote--so, he did so. That led to him basically switching sides.

There is no reason such a small portion of our population should have such a huge say in how we think, except for the mechanizations of one individual: Satan. He is working hard to trip us up. He laughs when we fall on our face. Just once I would like to see him thwarted.