Thursday, May 28, 2009

The bliss of "direct-connect"

Though this may sound like an article about high tech gadgetry, it is actually theological in nature. I am glad about my solid and permanent connection with Christ himself, the Lord of the church, and the author of my salvation. He is my direct mediator to God the Father, the name through which I pray, and the one who gives me the power to live the life he has called me to live. I love my direct connection with my Lord. I need no back up system, no redundant systems, no wireless routers, no high speed modem, no second processor, no firewall, no virus protection. Jesus and I are connected, and if there are any dead zones between us they are of my own making.

When sharing the gospel with others my only task is to lift up the name of Christ and to speak up about my high regard for the Word of God which introduced me to Christ and allows me to introduce Him to others as well. I don't need to promote any specific flavor of Christianity or win people to any particular leaning or man-made affiliation. Though it is not my purpose to speak ill of denominations, theologies, dispensations, synods, bishoprics, or church associations, it is my intention to spend my energies promoting Christ and the Bible period! My hope is that others will also know the joy of their own direct connection to Christ. Just a thought.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Speak up while you can still be heard!

I'm writing today to inform you about H.R. 2454 which was introduced by Henry Waxman and Edward Markey in the House of Representatives and is now being considered. This bill, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act is set for a vote before Memorial day on May 25th. The bill is over 900 pages long and even the summary of the bill presented by the Energy and Commerce committee is 22 pages long. You can see the summary on the web at

The part of this bill that concerns me the most is the part that would enact "Cap and Trade" standards on the US as they were put in place about 12 years ago in most of Europe. I have already written about cap and trade in another blog so I won't repeat myself here, but you can see what I wrote there if you wish:

Let me cut to the chase on my greatest concern. Imposing Kyoto Treaty style carbon emission standards on our nation will impact our economy in the worst way possible. It has been estimated that the average American family will eventually see between three to four thousand dollars annually sucked out of their personal disposable income in the form of higher gasoline prices (new taxes), higher electric and natural gas bills, and other possible increases from products impacted by these new government regulations. This is an especially bad idea to even consider while we are in the midst of an economic crisis, but Congress is hell bent on getting this through with the same "hurry-up" mindset they had with the various bail outs of the past few months.

The problem is that we only have a few days to even let our reaction to this bill be known before it sails through the House and on to the Senate. Please let your congressman know this week about your concerns. Here in San Antonio the TEA Party group is planning a protest tomorrow, on Tuesday, May 19th at 11 a.m. at the office of Charley Gonzalez office at 727 E. Durango Blvd. in downtown San Antonio. If you plan to attend you can notify the organizers by sending an e-mail to They need an estimate so they can notify the police how many people they expect at that location. Charley Gonzalez is on the House Energy Committee. He needs to hear our voices. now. I have also sent an e-mail to my rep. Cero D. Rodriguez. You should do the same with yours. Time is of the essence. Please don't sit this one out.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I just discovered my favorite x-worship leader. His name is Tim Hawkins and the link will take you to some of his delightful songs on Youtube. Here is the link.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Who's the singer?

Well, you really can find out anything you want to know on Google. I asked "Who is the singer?" and hundreds of responses came in with videos. His name is Eric Violette, a French Canadian actor, singer, piano and guitar player. No need for a voice over here. He even has his own web site. complete with photos, videos, resume, and a bio. Now I need to find out who the old white haired lady is who keeps popping up in all the commercials. Just a thought.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The 9-12 Project

The 9-12 Project involves 9 principles and 12 values: It is a non political movement based on the unity shared by Americans on September 12th, 2001, the day after the attacks against the U.S. by Muslim Extremists. I heard about it on the Glen Beck show and logged into the Glen Beck site to hear more about it. So far 640,000 people have signed on as "9-12 ers" because they agree with the 9 principles and the 12 values. Read below and see if you agree with these principles and values. All of this makes sense to me.

The 9 Principles
America Is Good.
I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.
I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington
The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson
If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson
I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson
I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington
It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington
The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson

The 12 Values

* Honesty

* Reverence

* Hope

* Thrift

* Humility

* Charity

* Sincerity

* Moderation

* Hard Work

* Courage

* Personal Responsibility

* Gratitude

Spread The Word

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Liddy loves to dance and sing

This was filmed while Lydia was visiting with us this spring. She loves to dance and sing.