Sunday, June 26, 2016

Poison Pill

We sang a very beautiful song in church this morning.

Forever.  Kari Jobe

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him
One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken
The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated
Forever he is glorified
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is risen
He is alive, He is alive!

It's beautiful song to listen to and worshipful to sing.
And right in the middle, unremarkable, is a phrase that poisons the entire song.
Worse, to the unsuspecting, nothing appears amiss, but some satanic heresy is introduced.
“A battle in the grave”

Our salvation was purchased on the cross, not in the grave.
Christ (Jesus) entered the grave victorious.
He went in to hell to set the prisoners free.
He went to proclaim the good news and take captivity captive.
Not to suffer further for our salvation.
Not to continue a battle He had already won.

There are a number of evangelists,  Kenneth Copeland for instance, who teach that Jesus had to suffer in hell (for three days) so we don'thave to.
This is a doctrine expressly contrary to scripture.
It comes from a book, From the Cross to the Throne, by E.W. Kenyon.
He claimed to have a revelation of that.

When I mentioned it to my pastor, he thought I was going to object to the "heaven turned it's back" line.
This is much more serious.
Songwriters are not theologians.
We will be changing the line to "Victory o'er the grave", or similar, I'm assured.

1 Corinthians 15:55
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

That's the KJV. Grave is translated from a word that means hell or Hades.
I just discovered that all the new translations substitute death for grave.
I wonder why?
Have a blessed day.

Edit. Per Z:

Monday, June 20, 2016


I was talking to a friend of mine at dinner.
He's the local Tea Party head.
He's stepping down because of the divide Trump is causing.
Like myself, he despises Trump, but will vote for him.
He's nationally connected.
He says Romney will be on the ballot for president in Utah, and only Utah.
He'll take Utah's electoral college votes.
No other third party candidate has taken one electoral college vote.
Not Perot, even.
Not the Libertarian Party.
If neither Trump or Clinton wins a majority of electoral college votes, under Amendment 12, the House immediately selects the President from the top three candidates.
Think they'll choose Clinton?
Think they'll choose Trump?
That leaves candidate #3.

Dear God, please, unless the convention unbinds the delegates.
Either way, please God, deliver our nation from Hillary, because as Z says today,
Trump can't win.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Smart Gun Laws?

So we're talking about restricting (denying) gun rights to people who have been placed on the "Terrorist Watch List"?

  1. What are the guidelines for getting on this list?
  2. Who determines who meets these guidelines?
  3. Is that considered "Due Process"?
The rights of an individual should not be abrogated until after "Due Process".
That's the Constitution.
You know, that document that is supposed to be the bedrock of our nations rule of law.

I'll tell you where I stand on gun rights.
I'm in favor of private citizens owning almost anything they can afford.
There was a time in this country when that was acceptable.

But we remove peoples rights at the drop of a hat these days.
For instance, why do we restrict the voting rights of people who have "Paid their debt to society"?
If the debt is paid, restore the access to the right.

The same with guns. Debt paid? Act like it! Stop unconstitutionally restricting access to rights.

Some agent of the government thinks your activity deserves scrutiny? Great! I'm on board.
But don't let that guy be the arbiter of my and your rights.

Is it Stephen Hayes who was put on a no fly list? Sheesh.

So, The government is watching Mohammed al Whatever.
Mo goes to buy a gun (or is asked to surrender his).

Mo asks "Why?". Answer? "I can't tell you".

What did we just tell Mo?

Is that a "Smart Gun Law"?

Monday, June 13, 2016


A stone cold Jihadist Terrorist shoots up a nightclub killing a bunch of people.
The discussion turns to gun control and the Christian Right?

The guy was a registered democrat.
We need more democrat control.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Intrinsic Value

My niece/daughter reminded me of posting this on Facebook.
I'm surprised I didn't blog it.


As part of remodeling my flooded Family Room, I threw out a TV, a 25" cathode ray tube beast that still worked as well as when I bought it.
No one I know wanted it.
Purple Heart wouldn't pick it up.
So I put it out on the street with the trash this morning.
I don't know if they took it, or if someone else got it.

If someone else took it, I'm happy.
That means it had use still and someone was blessed (or cursed) by it.

It means that someone found value in something I found less in.

But it meant that the value of the TV was relative.

A few years ago, it was worth a few hundred bucks to me, but not today.

Did the value of the TV go down or the value of the dollar?

We know the value of the dollar has decreased, but what holds constant value that we could measure the worth of that TV against.
Gold goes up and down relative to the dollar, to oil, to real estate, as does the dollar.
I remember hearing years ago that the value of a new Lincoln was a certain weight of gold in the 20's, and that the same amount of gold would still by a new Lincoln.
Is the new Lincoln a constant, or is gold?

What is a constant, something that will purchase or redeem the same amount of something else, year after year?
I gave it a lot of thought.
OK, I thought about it on the drive home.
I wondered what had value that hasn't changed over the years.
The answer I came up with?

The human soul.
It is still worth the Blood of Jesus.

Monday, June 6, 2016

On This Day in History

Hmmmm, I just remembered that on this day in 1944, my Dad, my friend Nate Weiser and a few other guys went for a day at the beach and eventually saved Europe from the grip of National Socialism.

Joe ( also points out that it is the anniversary of Midway.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016