Friday, November 16, 2018

Sabbath Music - Even So

Do you long for the return of Yeshua Ha Mashiach?  I do.  It seems the world is growing more and more evil.  My heart grieves over it.  I identify with Lot whose soul was vexed over the things he saw in Sodom and Gomorrah.  I pray over my country, and the world, all day long.

I remember older believers in my life saying how they longed for His appearing.  They referred to the second coming of our Messiah.  They also would say how they longed to go on to heaven because they were world-weary.  I've begun to feel that way more and more.

Don't get me wrong . . . I love my life, and I'm grateful for every day He gives me.  I'm excited and driven by my mission:

 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, 
immersing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Ruach ha-Kodesh
  teaching them to observe all I have commanded you."  (Matthew 28:20)

But, I long for Heaven and often say, "Come, Lord. Come quickly."  This was also the prayer of John, who wrote the vision described in the book of Revelation, and comes from Revelation 22:

"The Ruach and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!”

“The one who is testifying to these things (Yeshua) says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’”
Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua!

This song Even So by Paul Wilbur is based on Revelation Chapter 22, and I love to sing it and meditate on it.  I think the chapter and the song make a wonder-full meditation for Shabbat. 

Shabbat Shalom and blessings to you all, Gail-Friends.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Explaining Donald Trump's Popularity

This article was posted by Julian McCall on LinkedIn:

The mayor of Livermore California explains Trump’s popularity and success. This is perhaps the best explanation for Trump's popularity**

"My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are “beneath the dignity of the office.”

Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.

We tried statesmanship.

Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized “collegiality” as John McCain?

We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?

And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.

I don’t find anything “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper” about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.

I don’t see anything “dignified” in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.

I don’t see anything “statesman-like” in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.

Yes, Obama was “articulate” and “polished” but in no way was he in the least bit “dignified,” “collegial” or “proper.”

The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60's. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale.. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.

The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.

With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.

During wartime, things like “dignity” and “collegiality” simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.

Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.

Lincoln rightly recognized that, “I cannot spare this man. He fights.”

General George Patton was a vulgar-talking.. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.

Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, “You magnificent bastards, I read your book!”

That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.

It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.

Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after “the fake media” — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN.. He made it personal.

Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as “the most powerful weapon of all.”... Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. ... They need to respond.

This leaves them with only two choices. They can either “go high” (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.

Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.

So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be “collegial” and “dignified” and “proper”? Of course I do.

These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
o, say anything you want about this president - I get it - he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!

Please pass this on..over and over, and again and again..."

** (This is Julian McCall's explanation of the preceding article):"Marshall Kamena is a registered Democrat and was elected mayor of Livermore, CA.. He ran on the democratic ticket as he knew a Bay Area city would never vote for a Republican. He is as conservative as they come. He wrote the following from an article, originally written by Evan Sayet and his opinion he expressed as a columnists for were his own and did not represent the views of, were mistakenly attributed to Marshall Kamena by me. Trump’s 'lack of decorum, dignity, and statesmanship' By Evan Sayet in his article, He Fights.")  You can read his original post on LinkedIn HERE.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sabbath Music - Farther Along

This song's been running through my mind all week, and it always ministers to me.  When disappointments come, or sickness, or a crisis in our lives, we can get to feeling sorry for ourselves.  That happened to me on Wednesday morning when I learned the mid-term election results. (I wrote about it yesterday.) And it has troubled me all week as I watched the election results challenged and boxes of ballots suddenly appearing out of nowhere.

When bad things happen, I'm learning to praise Him anyway.  I say, "Blessed be the Name of the Lord.  The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  I'll praise Him anyway."  This isn't easy sometimes, but it brings comfort to my heart.   I know from past experience that He holds the whole world in His mighty hands and He can bring good out of bad.  I've seen it many, many times in my life.

If anybody has a reason to feel sorry for herself, Joni Erickson Tada surely does.  As a young woman, she was paralyzed after an accident.  She's gone on to be an author, artist, singer, and public speaker.  This video has a brief testimony from her first, and then a beautiful rendition of the song Farther Along.  I hope you'll watch and listen to it when you feel down-hearted.  I know it will encourage you. Farther Along

It's a good song for the Sabbath, Gail-Friends, and I pray you'll have a good and rest-full, thank-full, worship-full one.  Rest in Him.

 P.S. I have not forgotten about sharing my vacation pictures.  Hopefully, that will happen in the week ahead.  I'm still really busy with my project here at home.  I'm going to have my very own office / woman cave.  Rabbi Jem and I have shared an office for the past twelve years and it's not easy, let me tell you.  He's a pile-it kind of guy, and I'm a file-it kind of girl.  Funny thing is, he can always find his stuff.  Me - not so much.  Anyway, this is a dream-come-true for me.  It will probably be another month before I have it finished.  I'm so excited!!!

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