Illegal immigration justice with compassion

With the retirement of the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy people are expressing hopes and fears. Complaints and concerns are expressed in the media, by politicians, and on the Internet. Recently, there was the stir about the handling of justice with illegal immigrants crossing the border with children.

Democratic Party Failures

The Senate Democratic Party leadership has hindered the cause of justice in our society by delaying the filling of judicial positions by qualified people nominated by President Donald Trump.  This is a big factor in causing backlogs of court cases. This is also a factor in why it takes a while to process illegal immigrants with children. Another part of the problem is the laws passed under President Clinton with support of Democratic legislators requiring certain procedures in processing illegal immigrants that caused the separation of children from adults with the intent of protecting the children.  Since the Obama administration applied a catch and release philosophy and declined to uphold the law and prosecute illegal alien adults with children, they incentivized illegal aliens to bring children with them and put them in harms way.

Restoring Law and Order with Compassion

When the Trump administration began upholding the laws and dis-incentivized illegal immigration with children, the Democrats got all in an uproar over upholding the laws they passed.  The intent of the Trump administration of was to protect the children, not harm them. In accordance with the law, they separated children from the law breaking adults that brought them into the country illegally.  While they could have handled the public relations better, they were within their legal rights and had honorable intentions in protecting the children with compassion.

Concerned about children brought illegally into the USA? Check out this reasonable analysis on solutions from National Review and contrast it with Jesse Watter’s review of the disingenuous comments of Democrat Party leaders that caused the problem and refuse to fix it.

It would also be good for you to review Charles Krauthammer’s solution for the country’s immigration woes.

The government is in place to uphold the laws. The church is in place to offer compassion to those who are suffering.  Christians should respect constitutional laws. Also they should work with charities to care for the unfortunate. Finally, the should work peaceable to change laws that are not helpful to our society.

We need more conservative senators to move forward at a national level with policies with proven success in conservative states. I pray you vote Republican and encourage others to do so.

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Religious Freedom – Judicial Abuse

With the retirement of the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy people are expressing hopes and fears. Complaints and concerns are expressed in the media, by politicians, and on the Internet.  This includes some controversy as to whether or not or how soon the replacement justice would help overturn Roe v. Wade.   Some politicians said they would vote against a nominee if they believed they would overturn that decision.  One of the potential nominees was unfairly attacked for her faith by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein decrying “dogma lives loudly in her” during her hearings on an appointment. This was an example of religious freedom judicial abuse. I recently read a book on the foundations of our country in regards to God and the Constitution. Also I read one describing the differences between modern conservatism and liberalism.

In God and the Constitution: Christianity and American Politics, author Paul Marshall analyzed several factors involved in how our society has changed in its views of religion, government, and justice and how they relate to one another.  Our country vastly recognized the importance of encouraging religious practice and discouraging government interference for most of its history.  Marshall pointed out:
One key change came in 1947 when Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black used Jefferson’s extra-constitutional metaphorical language of “the separation of church and state” as the key to the First Amendment.

Religious Freedom and Judicial Abuse and Assault

This decision began the significant assault on religious freedom by the judiciary that disregarded the original intent of the phrase. It disregarded the concept of equal treatment before the law and the rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness declared in the Declaration of Independence.  When Jefferson wrote that letter to a church he intended that phrase to indicate protection of the church from government intrusion or mistreatment.

Since then, judges have made a number of unconstitutional decisions including banning the Holy Bible as a primary source for education, banning voluntary school prayer by school staff.  Also more recently denying small business owners the right to maintain their religious convictions and decline to participate in immoral and unhealthy sexual practices.  No law passed by congress mandated those practices, so the courts did not have grounds to deny those practices. As the first amendment to the constitution states:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I pray the next Supreme Court Justice will restore the right to religious freedom that previous courts have denied.  The Senate Democratic Party leadership has hindered the cause of justice in our society. They have delayed unfairly the filling of judicial positions by qualified people nominated by President Donald Trump.  This is a big factor in why there are backlogs of court cases to be settled.

We need more conservative senators to speed up putting more judges in place that honor the Constitution and religious freedom.  I pray you vote Republican and encourage others to do so.

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Land of the Free Because of the Brave

God Bless America! The land of the Free because of the Brave! If you know someone in the military, help them out by passing along these resources or by donating your time and/or money to charities that support the military. The Declaration of Independence declared that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. Among them are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness [righteous living]. Our military fights to support and defend those rights. In addition, they protect the innocent from the wicked. Honor and Remember!  I hope you enjoy these new resources to help women, military, finances.

Recently I updated the website with new resources on the following pages:

Pro-Life

Military  Support

Financial Stewardship

More resources for financial help for military families

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Weddings and Marriage – Hopes and Expectations

Reflections on Marriage from Ephesians 5:21-28 – Submit to one another

Scripture Reading:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Reflection on weddings and marriage, Hopes and Expectations:

With the Royal Wedding in England this weekend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle it got me thinking about expectations at weddings and in marriage.  We all have hopes, dreams, and desires when it comes to life and relationships.  In a healthy relationship, expectations should be clearly expressed to avoid unintentionally offending or disappointing one another. In a marriage, we are called to seek the good of our spouse above our own comfort or desires.

As part of our wedding preparations, my wife and I attended premarital counseling and discussed our expectations after marriage.  Have you shared your hopes, dreams, and desires with your spouse or significant other?  I pray this encourages you to talk about them some more.

Prayerful Reflection on marriage and relationships:

How is God calling you to be more humble in your relationships?

What can you do to honor God and your spouse more?

How can you help others in difficult relationships find healing and hope?

For futher reflection consider watching this sermon from Grace Bible Church on “A Happy Couple’s Secret

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Resurrection Response

Sermon outline from April 2018, The Resurrection Response

American society has seen an increase in persecution of Christians by the media, politicians, and others. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus and knowing He is with us can help us be courageous in sharing our faith in truth and love.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

John 20:19-31 NIV:

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. 

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

(John 20:19-31 NIV)

How do you respond to the resurrection of Jesus?
– Respond with fear or joy?
• John 20:19-20
(Perfect love casts out all fear.  We can rejoice because Jesus is with us)
– With or without forgiveness?
• John 20:21-23
(We are called to ask forgiveness from God and those we offend and forgive those who repent of their sins.)
– Doubt or faith?
• John 20:24-29
(It is ok to question the faith honestly, because the Christian faith is well documented and reasonable)
– Believe and embrace life
• John 20:30-31
(We must all choose whether or not to believe in the resurrection, but choosing to believe is better because it leads to eternal life.)

Resurrection Response Reflection Questions:

How do I need to respond to Jesus?
– How can I embrace forgiveness?
– What can I do to strengthen my faith in the resurrection?
– How can I share the resurrection of Jesus with others?

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The Gift of Eternal Life

Scripture:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[b]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.  – John 3:14-21 (NIV)

How can you know and share eternal life? 

  • The Gift of Eternal Life has a cost of Atonement (forgiveness of sins)

John 3:14-15 (Son of Man, not sum of man)  What Jesus did, not what you do.

  • The Gift of Eternal Life is a loving choice

John 3:16  (God loves us and chose to redeem those who would seek after God)

  • The Gift of Eternal Life is a limited choice

John 3:17-18  (Everyone must choose life or death, there is no third option)

  • Choose in your Life to Embrace and Share the light of Jesus Christ

John 3:19-21  (Choose to follow the light of Christ knowing some will reject Jesus and you)

Reflection questions on the gift of eternal life:

  • How do I need to choose life?

– How can I seek forgiveness for my sins?

– How can I show respect for other peoples choices while disagreeing?

– How can I share Jesus with others?

Resources to help embrace life:

I pray this draws you closer to God and encourages you to choose to embrace the Gift of Life in Jesus Christ. Choose Life, Choose Christ.

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New Job Search page and other edits

While the overall U.S. economy is going well, the stock market has been doing some adjustments recently.  Tariffs do not normally improve the economy, but they can cause political problems.  While the unemployment rate is lower than the past 8 years, there are still many people searching for work. The job search process can be difficult, but there are resources available to make it easier.  I pray our national leaders encourage all able-bodied adults to work hard and smart and reduce our personal and national debts that more may prosper in this nation.

What is the best thing to do in the short life that God has given us? I think we should enjoy eating, drinking, and working hard. This is what God intends for us to do. 19 Suppose you are very rich and able to enjoy everything you own. Then go ahead and enjoy working hard—this is God’s gift to you. 20 God will keep you so happy that you won’t have time to worry about each day.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (CEV)

New resources

This past week I added a new work search/job search page and added some resources and updated the formatting on the Military Support, Computing Resources, Financial Stewardship, and Webmaster pages.

I added Ziprecruiter.com  as a work search asset.

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I added GTMEtrix as a webmaster resource.

New financial resources:

Morningstar
Wall Street Journal
Mutual Fund Education Alliance
iShares

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New Financial Stewardship page and other good steward edits

This past week, like a good steward, I created a new Financial Stewardship page and added some resources to the Free Stuff, Sci-Fi, Government Stewardship, and Military Support pages.

Financial stewardship:

We should seek to honor God with our finances.  Using them to benefit others, not just spend it on the pleasures of this life on ourselves. Jesus called us to love our neighbors as ourselves, this is one way to do that.

Be a good steward and use your talents to help others and honor God.

New resources included the Queen of Free, Marvel movies, and a few others.

Finally, I added some scripture references to the above pages.

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Added family and friends page and other edits

Family and friends update
This past week, I made a number of edits including adding links back and forth on the funny and thoughtful email forward lists at the bottom of the pages so visitors can go right to the next or previous funny or thoughtful message instead of having to back track to the list page.

I also added zip code quick links on most of the Hampton Roads Church Directory pages.
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Added a new funny email page Resignation As An Adult

I also added a Family and Friends page.

Added some weather links:

AccuWeather
Weather Underground

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Trids and the Giant/Ogre

I was recently thinking about misspellings being part of jokes and found a few variations on a joke I got by email long ago.  Below are the variations I found recently on a giant or ogre.

From Reddit.com:

The Trids and the Giant

submitted  by laughoutloud830

Once in a land far, far away there lived a group of people called Trids. The Trids were happy except for a giant that lived on the mountain. The giant would often terrorize the Trids.

The Trids, tired of the giant, sent a group led by the community’s minister to reason with the giant. But before they could even say one word the giant kicked them down the mountain. The Trids thought maybe this was because the giant was Catholic, so they sent another group, this time led by the local priest. But alas, as they approached, the giant once again kicked them all down the mountain.

The Trids were upset until they thought that perhaps the giant was Jewish. Unfortunately, no Trids were Jewish, so they asked a rabbi of a different community for help. The Rabbi led a group of Trids up the mountain. The giant saw them coming and kicked all of them, except for the Rabbi, down the mountain. The Rabbi, knowing the giant’s past, wondered why he alone had not been kicked down the mountain, so he asked the giant. The giant laughed and replied

“Silly Rabbi, kicks are for Trids!”

 

From jokebuddha.com:

Once upon a time, in the middle of the ocean, there was the Island of Trid.
It seems that most of the Island of Trid was covered by a large mountain. On this mountain lived a Giant. The Giant did not allow Trids on his mountain. If a Trid dared to climb onto the mountain, the Giant would kick him into the ocean. Trids are notoriously bad swimmers, and frequently drowned when kicked into the ocean.
The Trids were a very sexual people, and the population had grown quite large. Every square inch of the island, except the mountain, was crowded with Trids.
The Trids spent their days crowded together, dreaming of the open space available on the ever visible mountain. Every few days, a Trid would decide he couldn’t stand the crowds any more. He would start to climb the mountain, and the Giant would kick the Trid into the ocean.
The Trids were a very depressed people.
One day a traveling Rabbi visited the Island of Trid. Despite their overcrowded conditions, the Trids were extremely generous to this man of God.
The Rabbi decided to return the favor, and to go plead the Trid’s case to the Giant. “Surely the Giant can be convinced to share some of the mountain with you,” the Rabbi explained.
The Trids were horrified. “Please don’t go, Rabbi”, the Trids implored. “The Giant will kick you into the ocean, and you will surely drown.”
The Rabbi was stubborn, and insisted that he talk to the Giant. The Trids sent out every boat they had. They formed a ring around the island, so that they would be able to rescue the Rabbi.
The Rabbi started walking towards the mountain. No sign of the Giant.
He walked through the foothills, and there was no sign of the Giant.
He started up the slopes of the mountain, further than any Trid had ever been. Still no sign of the Giant.
Finally he reached the summit of the mountain. There the Giant was waiting for him. The Rabbi asked “Tell me Giant, why have you allowed me to climb to the top of the mountain, without kicking me off the moment I started climbing?”
And the Giant replied, “Silly Rabbi, kicks are for Trids!”

There once was a town called Trid. The townspeople had a happy life, exept for one thing. There was a mountain right next to the town. On that mountain there lived an ogre. Whenever the Trids went up the mountain to herd their sheep, the ogre would kick them down – literally.
One day, a foreign rabbi came to Trid. The Trids told him about the ogre. The rabbi said, “I’ll see what I can do.”
The rabbi went up to the ogre. The ogre looked at him, but didn’t do anything. The rabbi said to the ogre, “”How come you kick down the people of Trid, but not me?”
The ogre replied, “Silly rabbi, kicks are for Trids!”

There once was this group of strange beings called Trids. The Trids were only about a foot long, and the lived in a valley next to a hill. Every day they would climb the hill to gather berries and other plant foods.
At the top of the hill lived an Ogre that always kicked the Trids down the hill.
Finally, the leader of the Trids called a local Rabbi to come help them get food and to talk to the ogre. The Rabbi stood behind a tree on the hill and watched the Trids climb up the hill.
All was fine, until the Ogre popped out of a cave and one-by-one kicked the screaming Trids down the hill.
The Rabbi scaled the hill and asked the hideous creature why he kept kicking the Trids.
The Ogre looked over at the Rabbi and simply replied, ”Silly Rabbi, Kicks are for Trids.” ‘

source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Trids#ixzz56m3P6Me4

 

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When I think of Giants, I think of two other things:

Facing the Giants – the movie

David and Goliath – the heroic story from the Holy Bible

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