Tuesday, December 21, 2004
"A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins."
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Look back to the 1900's. What did the feminists give us that is entirely good? Well, they helped to give us the right to vote, which is great. They fought for certain equal rights which is good. This is good but I am at a loss for what else is ENTIRELY good that they gave us. However, I can think of a lot of other things that have turned really, really bad that they are also responsible for.
- They fought for the woman's right to have an abortion. This is the worst of their crimes. It is not the woman's right to choose to abort after she has conceived. It is the female's choice before she has sex, before she chooses to open herself to the possibility of conceiving. Thereafter, she has no choices. (Unless she would die if she were to carry to full term, it is NOT her decision to take someone else's life into her own hands and end it.) There are thousands of couples out there waiting for a child of their own. How dare one woman assume that simply because SHE doesn't want her baby, no one does.
- They fought for the rights to wear men's clothing a.k.a. pants. Actually, I appreciate this. I like not having to spend 2 hours buckling petticoats and lacing corsets. But this style has been blown out of proportion and has resulted in the wide-spread idea that it is just great to dress sensually and immodestly . Young girls walk around in belly shirts and low-rise hip-huggers since they have foolish parents and it is "in-style." Teenage girls have sex and get pregnant partly because their low, cleavage-baring, and mid-riff showing shirts and tight pants that are simply too suggestive and "come-hither" for their hormone-driven boyfriends. Where is the beautiful modesty of women? What happened to the mystery and beauty that surrounded marriage? There are no secrets left. Pornagraphy has filled in the blanks.
- They fought for equality with men. In God's scheme of things, we, the females, are not helpless, we are helpers. We are important links but we are not THE link. The men are the warriors, the heroes, the "bread-getters." This "equality" has resulted in a shabby respect for men, an over-cropping of masculine, dominant women. This is NOT God's way.
I am NOT thankful for most of what the feminists have done. There is so much more evil that has resulted from this siege of anti-Biblical, anti-God, ideas. Well, I am different. I have respect for the men in my life that deserve it. I am a strong young woman. I will need an even stronger man to balance me. I am walking in God's way. And I think that the feminists of the early 19oo's would be shocked. They would gasp in horror and wondering what skewed their plans......Simple. Sin did. It is Satan's plan. Men were created in the image of God in the Garden of Eden, women were created as helpers to the men. Destroy God's image of masculinity...set women on the throne... and everyone is just plain messed up.
My final note: Follow God's plan, live in peace and joy and marital and domestic happiness (this of course is providing that you pick either a strong Christian man for a husband or a strong Christian female for a wife.)
Satan's plan will and has screwed everything up but God's plan, the right one, will set everything right....
Monday, December 06, 2004
Saturday, December 04, 2004
The city was humanly impregnable. It had massive inner and outer walls surrounding about nine acres of land. The outer stone retaining wall of the city was about 12-15 feet high with a mud brick wall on top of it. The mud brick wall was 6 feet thick and about 20-26 feet high, resulting in a retaining wall that was roughly 6 feet wide and 32-41 feet high.
The main dwelling area was inside the second wall, similar to the first mud brick wall but higher. What made this wall seem so much larger was that it was on top of an embankment. Jericho was basically built on top of a huge mound or “tell”. This all loomed over the Israelites during their march around Jericho.
There were about 200 people per acre inside of the second wall, which surrounded 6 acres. This means that there were about 1,200 people living inside the second wall. There were also many people living between the first and second wall. They were substantially poorer however. We know this because the homes inside the second wall were more expensive since they were the safest from enemy attack. But in time of war, these people would flee to the inner city for sanctuary. So there were several thousand people inside of Jericho when the Israelites began their 7-day siege.
Jericho was very well prepared for a siege. They had a spring inside their walls and they had just harvested their crops. They could have lasted a siege for perhaps several years. But the siege that resulted in the destruction of the “world’s safest city” lasted only seven days, as the Bible tells us.
An archeologist by the name of John Garstang carried out excavations in the 1930’s. He discovered two very important things.
1) The Bible tells us in Joshua 3:15 that the Canaanites had just harvested their crops. This was backed up by Garstang’s discovery of entirely full jars of carbonized grain, meaning that the siege of Jericho was a very, very short one. Also why was the grain still present? Grain was very valuable and was always plundered by the conquering army. The Bible gives us the answer in Joshua 6:24. God commanded the Israelites to take nothing from the city except the valuable metals, gold, etc., and dedicate them to the Lord.
2) The Bible tells us in Joshua 6:20 that the walls “fell down flat”. He also discovered that the walls of the city had fallen outward, not inward as should have happened if under siege or under the decaying influence of time.
And what about Rahab’s home? Did any archeologists discover something to prove her existence? The answer is yes.
A German archeologist team carried out an excavation in 1907-1909. They discovered that a portion of the lower city wall did NOT fall down when the rest of the walls did. That portion was still standing to a height of over eight feet. What is even more fascinating is that there were houses built against that portion of wall. It is highly likely that that is where Rahab’s house was. The city wall formed the back wall to these homes and the portion of the wall was very close to the hills of Judean wilderness where the Bible tells us the spies hid for three days in Joshua 2:16, 22.
What about the destruction of the city by fire? Did archeologists also discover proof of this? And again, yes.
An archeologist named Kathleen Kenyon carried out an excavation in 1952-1958. What she discovered entirely backed up the Bible’s story:
“The destruction was complete. Walls and floors were blackened or reddened by fire, and every room was filled with fallen bricks, timbers, and household utensils; and in most rooms the fallen debris was heavily burnt, BUT the collapse of the walls of the eastern rooms seems to have taken place BEFORE they were affected by fire.”
On a final note, Kathleen Kenyon claimed that Jericho fell around 1550 B.C. Her study has had a huge effect on the scholarly world. BUT, Dr, Bryant Wood discovered that “Kenyon’s analysis was based on what was NOT found at Jericho rather than what was found.” She looked for a certain type of imported pottery from that time period and when she didn’t find it, she assumed. However, Dr. Bryant discovered two things.
1) He found that Kenyon excavated in a poor section of town where they could not have afforded such imported pottery to begin with.
2) Also, he discovered that she HAD found indigenous pottery that dates precisely to the time of the biblical conquest of the city but had inexplicably ignored it. She also overlooked the fact that other predecessors had found such pottery and also Egyptian amulets that date to the time of the destruction of Jericho by the Israelites.
Therefore, archeologists have yet to find and prove anything that speaks against the biblical timeline of Jericho’s fall. When archeology is looked at objectively, everything in conjunction to the biblical story of Jericho’s demise that can be proved archeologically has been proved. The Bible remains the speaker of facts when Jericho is the subject.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
They have to eat very restrictively, resulting in physical pain and mental depression. They have to sacrifice any morals they may have in order to get more photo shoots and magazine spreads to elevate their status in their own community of unreasonable goals. A few of these women were born with lithe, slender bodies and tall frames. But many of them have subjected their bodies to rigorous exercises in order to lose weight that their bodies really can't spare and in order to fit into size 0 costumes.
They aren't ever really content. They can't be. God designed the female body to be a delight to the eyes. The bone thin idea of beauty is unrealistic and unattractive. We have only accepted this as beauty because the skewed media has presented it as so. God did not plan for this reconstruction of the perfect ideal of the female body.
Many former models have come to realize the stupidity and unrealisticness of these standards. They have let their bodies return to their natural body weight, and yet have continued in their line of work. The media calls them the "plus size" models. Why? They are what they should be. "A la natural" models. They are helping to return us females to our roots and the way that God means for us to be. Happy, content, and right at our natural weights. Not bone thin and on starvation diets....
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Everything good and lasting in this world comes with a measure of pain.
The expectant mother, especially with her first child, never expects the labor of birth to be as painful as it is. But think about how much stronger the mother becomes through this pain. And like in everyday life, the end result of her temporary pain and suffering is spectacular.
Everything good and lasting in this world comes with a measure of pain.
Think about Christ's death on the cross. Cruxifixion is one of the most excrutiating deaths know to mankind. Christ endured this horrendous pain for three hours or 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds for us. And that wasn't even the start of His pain. He was scourged, stabbed with thorns, He was spit upon and mocked. And then He had to endure cruxifixion. But look at what He gave us through His great sacrifice- He gave us spiritual peace and joy. He opened to the door to the Father and to heaven.
Everything good and lasting in this world comes with a measure of pain.
This past summer has been really hard for me and I have shed a lot of tears. But I have grown through it all.
-I have learned to let go of the glitches and embarassments that happen everyday since I am an imperfect human.
-I have learned to not allow friends to mean more to me than doing God's will by witnessing or reproving them.
-I have learned that I am a unique person created in the image of God and that if I am living by faith, I am a glittering jewel, even though I have many faults.
It has been a massive struggle for me to let go of these burdens and temptations. I have learned recently, through the Holy Spirit, that Satan's biggest temptation to me is to dwell on my mistakes and minor issues. It is Satan's way of distracting me from the big things in life like God and truth. Satan tries to make me believe that it is my conscience and I focus on it, thinking that I can resolve something that is an integral part of my humanity, my imperfection, just by stressing over it.
Now that I can see the truth, I am required to throw myself into Christ's arms and trust that my faith is sufficient.
I am so incredibly grateful for pain. I never ever am happy about it in the moment but in the end it is always so worthwhile. Pain weakens the human body but through faith, it strengthens the soul and endurance of a Christian.
It is important to remember that pain is just a temporary trial. Even if we have to endure pain for our entire physical existence, it is still temporary, if we are Christians, because we have heaven to look forward to and spending eternity with our Father.
There are several passages that speak about the results of pain:
"Truly, truly, I say unto you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him." (John 12:24-26)(NASB)
"If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For how does a man profit if he gains the whole world, but loses or forfeits his soul?" (Luke 9:23-25)
"But I am afflicted and in pain; may Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high. I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a young bull with horns and hooves. The humble have seen it and are glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His who are prisoners." (Psalm 69:29-33)
Jesus is not looking for the strongest, the wittiest, the bravest, or the healthiest people to fight His battles on this earth. He is looking for the people who will lay down their lives (health, social status, etc.) and daily pick up their crosses of pain, suffering, or grief. Through their weaknesses, He is glorified.
I am thankful for any oppurtunity to glorify God and if it has to be through pain then I will ask God to uphold me. He will, He has promised.
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous men stumble badly, those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." (Isaiah 40:28-31)
"But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, My friend, you whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts and said to you, 'You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:9-10)
I choose to cast all my cares upon His broad shoulders. He is faithful. If I remain faithful, He will never let me go. He has promised.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
All Praise to God
Let us, with a gladsome mind,
Praise the Lord, for he is kind:
For his mercies aye endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.
Let us blaze his name abroad, For of gods he is the God:
He, with all-commanding might,
Filled the new-made world with light:
All things living he doth feed, His full hand supplies their need:
He his chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness:
Let us then with gladsome mind
Praise the Lord, for He is kind.
by John Milton
Monday, November 22, 2004
Wished that time would stop?
Have you ever noticed the little sand fleas that
Float across the footprints
That are to them great dunes?
Have you ever seen the way the sun
Reflects its golden bars
In broken patterns across the waves?
Have you ever watched a pelican dive
And surface with a crab that clacks its claws and struggles?
Have you ever wished you could
Sit under the salty sea grass forever?
Have you stood and let the cold
Water slip in and steal the sand beneath
If you have, you have noticed
That the clock keeps ticking,
The sun goes down beyond the horizon
And the crab is eaten.
The tide comes up and eats away the beach,
Creating waves that threaten the safety
Of the salty sea grass.
But yet come again tomorrow,
The beach will be the same and
Yet so different.
-October 6, 2004
My breath caught as I beheld her smiling eyes.
I could not believe this being to be real.
I wondered at the seeming phantasm before me.
I wished I could capture and cage as she did.
I wished that my muddy brown locks fell as bewitchingly as her golden strands.
I wished my hefty frame was as lithe and ethereal as her slender form.
She was the every man's dream, the vision that struck them dumb.
She was the unreacheable queen of the castle in the sky.
She chose an equal, if ever one existed.
She chose the muscular man tht charmingly imprisoned every girl's imagination.
She chose to descend her unbreachable throne.
She chose to give in to his desires.
She chose wide of the mark.
Her child is beautiful and blemish free.
Yet she has lost the halo of glory that once crowned her fair head.
She is alone, deserted.
We forget so quickly, we with minds like sieves.
We forget the people that once were our heroes.
They, that choose to leap from their pedestals, crash.
They choose to jump yet expect to defy gravity and not fall.
They choose wrong.
She was the sun kissed vision that once dappled my dreams of perfection.
Now she is the warning.
She stands with her child in the crossroads of life.
We walk past and whisper and vow to never be like her.
-June 17, 2004
Liberty Grant (based partially on previous personal aspirations)
Sunday, November 21, 2004
"If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of man was an accident too. If so, then all our thought processes are mere accidents-the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for materialists' and astronomers' as well as for anyone elses'. But if their thoughts-i.e. of Materialism and Astronomy- are merely accidental by-products, why shoud we believe them to be true?...I see no reason for believing that one accident [Darwinism] should be able to give a correct account of all the other accidents."