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Friday, August 27, 2010

Get tough…get pushy…get some sleep!

Fresh Manna
by Renee Burt

I was talking to a friend last week, and we started talking about some of the things we were afraid of when we grew up. She had been afraid of quicksand…I had been afraid of the Invisible Man. She had been afraid of being eaten by an alligator…I had been afraid of being caught by Pygmies and having them shrink my head. We laughed, of course, since neither of us was in any real danger of any of those things happening. But those fears were so real, so paralyzing, so sleep-stealing at the time!

So do I still have those fears? No…but other fears have most certainly tried to take their place. Fears that involve finances, health, children, what’s happening in the world…I’m sure you could add plenty to that list! And if I let myself think about those things, they can be just as real, just as paralyzing, and just as sleep-stealing as those childhood fears. So what’s a grown-up girl to do?

For me, it’s making a conscious decision, when those thoughts come, to put them out of my mind! Because if they’re trying to make a house visit? They can’t come in and get comfortable, UNLESS I let them! And so I get pushy…and push those thoughts out, by replacing them with the thoughts of all the good things God has done, is doing, and will do in my life. I remind myself of specific verses about God’s protection, His peace…His comfort. And as I do? THOSE thoughts crowd out those fear-filled thoughts. So what fears are you fighting? Get tough…get pushy…and get some sleep again!!

Joel 3:10 MSG ~ Let the weak one throw out his chest and say, “I’m tough, I’m a fighter.”

Proverbs 3:24 AMP ~ When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

A Biased Ruling on Gay Marriage in California

When Judges Rule and the Majority Loses its Vote

U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker should have recused himself, but he had a legal and political statement he wanted to make.

By Tim Wildmon

August 13, 2010

The people of California spoke clearly at the polls in 2008 when they passed an amendment to the state Constitution that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The public debate was held, the media wars were fought, both sides spent millions of dollars and the people voted for Proposition 8 by a margin of 52% to 48%.

The people's will carried the day, as it is supposed to — until U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker came along.

Last week, Walker nullified the votes of 7,001,084 people. In his decision to invalidate the constitutional amendment, he wrote: "That the majority of California voters supported Proposition 8 is irrelevant."

This judge believes that defining a person by sexual behavior is the same as defining a person by skin color. And given the fact that he is widely reported to be homosexual, it is obvious he believed this before the case was even brought to his courtroom. Walker should have recused himself, but he had a legal and political statement he wanted to make.

Colin L. Powell once said of this comparison: "Skin color is a benign, nonbehavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps the most profound of human behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a convenient but invalid argument."

This case will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court sometime soon, and there will be a 4-4 split in opinion, leaving the decision once again to one man in a black robe — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

The Constitution envisioned a system in which the judiciary would serve to check the excesses of the legislative or executive branches. But today, federal judges have far exceeded their intended role, becoming little gods in our republic. They have lifetime appointments, and their only accountability is the potential for impeachment.

But in the history of our country, only 15 judges have been impeached by the House of Representatives. Of those, four were acquitted, seven were convicted, three resigned and one is still pending. In other words, Congress almost never removes federal judges. For all practical purposes, the checks and balances of the federal government no longer exist. The judiciary trumps. Our country is basically now run by judges.

Thomas Jefferson warned about this possibility in a Sept. 28, 1820, letter to William Jarvis: "You seem … to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so … and their power [is] the more dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots."

The Founding Fathers understood the selfish and sinful nature of man and therefore divided the government up so that no one branch would be all powerful over the other branches or over the American people. What we have today is judicial tyranny and exactly what Jefferson feared. Unless Congress asserts its constitutional power of impeachment, judges will continue to impose their personal opinions on whatever controversy is before them, regardless of what the Constitution does or does not say.
In his ruling, Walker wrote: "The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples."

This is clearly a judge imposing his personal opinions. What Walker is saying is that you cannot hold a valid view about marriage if you base it on religion or morality. Those are illegitimate considerations in his worldview.

Contrast Walker's dismissal of our country's rich Judeo-Christian heritage with George Washington's affirmation in his famous farewell address: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

If moral and religious values are no longer valid, what does the judge put in their place? I would suggest, as Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, that we continue to rely on, and revere, "the Laws of Nature and Nature's God."

Tim Wildmon is president of American Family Assn., a national organization promoting traditional values.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

What’s Done is Done… Flashbacks

Today's Fresh Manna is written by my friend and co-worker - Julie Larson

I was minding my own business and getting ready for work this morning when out of nowhere, a painful flashback of something that happened when I was a teenager shot through my head. I haven’t thought about it in over twenty years. I was immediately racked with guilt and in a puddle of tears when I remembered the situation in vivid detail. The specifics of what it was don’t matter, but what does matter is what I do with those thoughts and memories from this point forward.

When I gave my life to the Lord, I clung to the promise of being forgiven of every bad thing I ever did and every person I ever hurt. I had a rap sheet that could probably circle the globe, but thank God He doesn’t keep a record of all those things! As the Bible says, the old me was gone for good when I became born again… and I became a new creature in Christ. There is a transformation that takes place in your heart and mind when you don’t just go through the motions of trying this Jesus thing on for size, but genuinely surrender your life to Him.

No one said once you turn from your old ways and trust in God to help you live your life for Him that your past just vanishes into thin air and is erased from your memory banks. We ALL have a past (some good, some bad, and some ugly), so we’re all going to have occasions to either let go of those memories or hang onto them when they come.

So, why is it important to let them go? For one, because there is absolutely nothing you can do to change it. What’s done is done. There is no redeeming value in continuing to think about what you shoulda, woulda, coulda…! If you dwell in that place, it will only bring you down. The more you think about something, the more those ideas get ingrained and you begin to believe they’re true—even when they’re not! It will surely hold you back as those thoughts have a great potential to reshape who you believe you are from the inside out.

The enemy gains entrance into our lives by getting into our heads. If he can change how we think—about ourselves, about God, about others—he’s well on his way to steal, kill, and destroy anything in his path. When I get those flashbacks, or painful memories crop up, I never deny they happened. I pretty much have a face-off when I start to feel condemned. I’m like, “Yep, I did that. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb… and the word of my testimony!” He’d love nothing more than for you and I to be so consumed with thoughts and memories of mistakes we’ve made, and people we’ve hurt, because then we’ll lose sight of who we are IN CHRIST! In Christ, no matter what baggage you’ve carried around, you don’t have to continue having a victim mentality. You are victorious! You have power and authority over the works of the enemy. Outside of Him, you’re powerless. Don’t give the devil the power to derail your day… or your life!

I am a completely different person than I was back then. God knows it… I know it… anyone who knows me knows it. I don’t need to sit here and passively relive any pain from my past like it happened yesterday. I have the mind of Christ and I have control of my thought life!

All I can do from day to day is fill my heart with what God says about me, and thank Him for how He has changed me from the person I was yesterday into the person I am TODAY, and how He’s helping me be who I’ll be tomorrow! How are you going to reshape your today and tomorrow? What’s done is done!

Luke 10:19 ~ Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.

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