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Why go to church??

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on August 25, 2009

So, I received this email a few days ago, and thought I would post it here.  Warning…MAJOR rant to follow..

Why go to Church?

       If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this! If
you’re spiritually dead, you won’t want to read it.  If you’re
spiritually curious, there is still hope!

       Why Go To Church?

       A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and
complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. “I’ve
gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard
something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a
single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are
wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

       This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor”
column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until
someone wrote this clincher:

       “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has
cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the
entire menu for a single one of those meals But I do know this.. They
all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my
wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be
spiritually dead today!” When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to
something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and
receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual
nourishment!

Ugh!  Where to start?  So much of this email pisses me off, I don’t know where to begin. 

A man (we will assume this is a true story) writes a letter saying, basically, he has learned nothing in church.  The reply that is highlighted makes note of food, and how it nourishes you even though you don’t remember the actual meal itself…blah blah.

Is anyone listening?  Hello?  The OP said he didn’t remember any of the sermons, which means, we can only guess, that he also doesn’t know the Bible or Yeshua.  (Stay with me..I plan on rambling a bit)  The major problem with church is that they are teaching UNtruth as truth.  Think I’m wrong?  Have you ever been to church?  Most of the sermons ARE forgetable!  Really!  I mean, how often have you come out of a service and talked about what the preacher just preached on?  My hubby and I rarely have because so much of it is the same old bullshit. 

The last time I went to church was earlier this year on easter (y’know, ishtar, named after the pagan fertility god? they don’t talk about that in church, do they?) So anyway, the guest pastor was going on about how he had taken his twin daughters to an easter egg hunt and how a helicopter dropped all the easter eggs in the middle of a big field and how all the littles went crazy running for eggs and it was cold and his girls were in matching dresses and…..

15 minutes later he started in on the message for the day.  Not once did he talk about the resurrection, the sacrifice, the pain, the horror, the betrayal and the hope that time is supposed to represent.  He glossed over that part, in like about 45 seconds, and went on to something else that I don’t remember.  I was so dissapointed and heartbroken, I decided there was no point in going back to that church, ever! 

I TOTALLY understand the man who will be skipping church from now on…and I agree with him.  You know, that day, I don’t even think we opened our Bibles?  I can’t remember what scripture he quoted, although in that church it was probably one of the usual oft used ones, like John 3:16. 

I am tired of preachers preaching instead of teaching!  I mean, let’s face it…it’s alot of nonsense wrapped up in a pretty bow with a joke at the beginning and a “be sure to bring you friends next week” at the end.  I didn’t bring any friends because there wasn’t that much to hear…not really. 

That church has a big “campus” at one end of town and a little “campus” at the other end of town, an hour away.  I went to the little one.  The senior pastor, when he was there, was really good, and he said alot of things that got me thinking…but, as time went on and our membership didn’t grow very fast, we started having more and more guest pastors and others who would preach in place of the lead guy.  So it was no surprise the lead guy was at the big campus..I mean it’s an important day…we gotta impress the “twice a year churchgoers so that they will come back and bring their friends” y’know! 

After service was over, they had an advertisement for the next “series”, an informercial of sorts, complete with graphics and music and images…it was very impressive, and very sad. 

This is what our churches now have to stoop to to get the sheeple in to warm the benches.  Because that is all I was, a benchwarmer. 

Church has now been transformed into a social hour instead of a place to learn the Word of Yahweh.  (yep, God’s real name is Yahweh…betcha never learnt that in church, didja?)

It all boils down to that fact that church is lukewarm…we are not being fed, we are being amused, and some “God-isms” are injected along the way to make it seem more Christian.  (now, don’t get your panties in a bunch…not ALL churches and not ALL pastors are like this…I do think the majority ARE like this..I mean just look at society as a whole..we ARE lost as a nation, no doubt)

 What we don’t get from the OP is what does he know of Yahweh?  What does he know of  His Son, Yeshua?  

This is the real point of the letter…this man is crying out, telling us, it seems, that he has learned nothing in 30 years of church going….How many of us are just like this man?  We get up on Sunday morning, eat our cinnamon rolls, put on a dress or slacks, and go to church.  Does your pastor inspire you?  Do you think about what he said as you go about your week?  Do you even read your Bible during the week?  (now that is a novel concept, isn’t it?  to actually READ the Word yourself?)  The church has fallen asleep, for the most part, and we have fallen asleep too.  What I wonder is, is this man going to now read the Bible for himself and learn about Yahweh and Yeshua? Or is he just using this as an excuse to sleep in on Sunday?

And where, exactly, does it say we even HAVE to go to church?  I know it says where two or more are gathered in My name there I will be, but it doesn’t say we have to meet once a week in an airconditioned building singing songs and praying rote prayers and wearing our high heels, now does it?  I realize I’m being cheeky, but let’s face it, it’s what is happening all across the land on Sunday.  (oh, and you know we are supposed to remember the sabbath, and keep it holy?  yeah, one of the 10 commandements?  well, the sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday….betcha they don’t talk about that in your church niether, do they?  they didn’t in mine…)

My eyes have recently been opened since I started digging deeper.  I am not great at it, but the Bible is becoming easier to read and put into use.  I am teaching my son scripture so that it will be a part of his life and not just a part of his Sunday.   I don’t want Yahweh to just be a once a week thing, ya know? 

Anyway, back to the email…the “clincher” reply is from a man who makes a comparison to food for the body and how he doesn’t remember his wifes meals and such….this is a poor comparison, at best.  I bet he remembers the meals he DIDN’T like!  I bet she doesn’t make those anymore!  The OP doesn’t have this luxury at his church…he can complain to the pastor, but the pastor has to keep the flock happy, and pushing sheeple to think diffrently is hard when it comes to religion.  I mean, as long as I’m saved, right, why should I follow Levitical law?  I mean, I’m saved, now I can eat and drink and be merry and go to church and that’s good enough, isn’t it???  I don’t have to do anything else, right? 

It’s not good enough.  Once you know the basics, you HAVE to go farther and deeper.  You cannot be stagnant when it comes to your faith and what you believe.  You, not your pastor, have to walk through life knowing what you will compromise on and what you won’t…what you will watch and what you won’t…what you will feed you kids and what you won’t….I think the second guy doesn’t understand the first guy at all, and probably many of the readers don’t understand his frustration in learning little over the years. 

Of course, maybe he just wanted to stir up the hornet’s nest for no other reason than to stir it up…

I, myself, do plan on going back to church…I want to know if any around me are teaching more than just doctrine, or if they are teaching Truth.  Mostly out of curiosity, and also because I want to challenge myself to look up the scriptures and see if they connect with what the pastor is teaching…to see if the teaching is a plate full of meat, or a glass of milk.

cheers…(and thank you for reading this)

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Rick Warren’s inaugural prayer and why I don’t like it

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on January 23, 2009

Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes form you, it all belongs to you, it all exists for your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us, ‘Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one’ and you are the compassionate and merciful one and you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 43rd time, we celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African American president of the united states. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where a a son of an African Immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans. United not by race or religion or by blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us.

When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. when we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches and civility in our attitudes—even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day, all nations, all people will stand accountable before You. We now commit our new president and his wife Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life—Yeshua, Esa, Jesus, Jesus—who taught us to pray:

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be they name. They kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

 

 

What’s wrong with this “prayer”…

well, Esa, also known to Muslims as Isa, is their version of Jesus.  There’s that whole idea of “Allah” simply being Arabic for God, but we know that they mean something very different when they say “Allah” from when we say “God”.

When they say “Isa”, they mean a person who will lead people to “Allah”, who will be subservient to Mohammad, and is very different from what we mean when we say “Jesus”.

This is what he said, and if he’s claiming Jesus to be the same as Islam’s “Isa”, this isn’t good.

 

Wikipedia:
Isa (Arabic script عيسى) is an Arabic name corresponding to Jesus in English. It is a common male given name for the Arabs and other Islamic peoples.

Arabic-speaking Muslims refer to Jesus as Isa, while Arabic-speaking Christians refer to Jesus as Yasu (Arabic script يسوع). Jesus is considered a prophet in Islam (see Islamic view of Jesus), and his name is used in these two forms in the Qur’an and Arabic versions of the Bible, respectively.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isa_(name)

Jesus in Islam (Arabic: عيسى‎ `Īsā) is a messenger of God who had been sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl) with a new scripture, the Injīl (gospel).[1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_Islam

http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Abualrub/true-name-isa.htm

 

“Jesus – Hay-soos” doesn’t have the same cultural background as “Isa” does, nor is “Isa” simply a transliteration of “Iesous”, as Jesus is. Isa is a different word altogether, and has its own meaning, that being a false christ.

 

Islam expert Robert Spencer at JihadWatch.org, an organization dedicated to bringing public attention to jihad theology and defending Western society, criticized Warren for including a common refrain from Islam’s Quran – “You are the compassionate and merciful one.”.

“‘The compassionate, the merciful’ is, of course, a reference to the invocation at the beginning of every chapter of the Qur’an except one: Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, ‘In the name of Allah, the compassionate, the merciful,'” Spencer writes. “Making sure everyone feels included – terrific. But the prayer indicates yet again that there is little general awareness of the reasons why the term ‘Judeo-Christian-Islamic values’ is a misnomer.”


Warren also included the foundational Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one,” and the prayer beginning with the words “Our Father,” revered by Christians as the Lord’s Prayer.

 

“the future is not about secularism, it is religious pluralism.” Warren also called for interfaith projects to replace interfaith dialogue.
 
Jesus died on a cross, Isa did not.
 
Yes…he knew what he was saying, he knows who Isa is because he recently spoke at a muslim convention
 
Just wanted y’all to know this…warren is a type of false prophet…don’t buy into his purpose driven lies!!

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Obama to Lift Ban on Overseas Abortion Funding

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on January 23, 2009

President Obama on Friday is expected to lift a ban on federal funding for groups that help provide abortions abroad, reversing a policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.

Obama will sign the executive order one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

The policy, known as the Mexico City policy, requires any non-governmental organization to agree before receiving U.S. funds that they will “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

The policy was first instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and continued by President George H.W. Bush. The policy was reversed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and re-instated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first10 … n-funding/

 

So…not only is ok to kill our own children, but now it is ok to kill the children of the world!! 

How can he be a Christian, Christ follower, and put a stamp of aproval on two pieces of legislation that will indeed cause more abortions to happen???  The two do NOT go together. 

I truly don’t understand…..he is obviously not a real Christian…in name only but not in actions.

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Freedom of Choice Act is really freedom to murder

Posted by justanotherstayathomemom on January 21, 2009

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.1964:

 

 

A BILL

To protect, consistent with Roe v. Wade, a woman’s freedom to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Freedom of Choice Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) The United States was founded on core principles, such as liberty, personal privacy, and equality, which ensure that individuals are free to make their most intimate decisions without governmental interference and discrimination.

(2) One of the most private and difficult decisions an individual makes is whether to begin, prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy. Those reproductive health decisions are best made by women, in consultation with their loved ones and health care providers.

(3) In 1965, in Griswold v. Connecticut (381 U.S. 479), and in 1973, in Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113) and Doe v. Bolton (410 U.S. 179), the Supreme Court recognized that the right to privacy protected by the Constitution encompasses the right of every woman to weigh the personal, moral, and religious considerations involved in deciding whether to begin, prevent, continue, or terminate a pregnancy.

(4) The Roe v. Wade decision carefully balances the rights of women to make important reproductive decisions with the State’s interest in potential life. Under Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the right to privacy protects a woman’s decision to choose to terminate her pregnancy prior to fetal viability, with the State permitted to ban abortion after fetal viability except when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health.

 

What about protecting the life or health of the baby?

 

 

(5) These decisions have protected the health and lives of women in the United States. Prior to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, an estimated 1,200,000 women each year were forced to resort to illegal abortions, despite the risk of unsanitary conditions, incompetent treatment, infection, hemorrhage, disfiguration, and death. Before Roe, it is estimated that thousands of women died annually in the United States as a result of illegal abortions.

 

Uh, ok…huh?  Forced is not the correct term here.  Those women let themselves get pregnant because of irresponsibility, because let’s face it, it is ultimately up to the woman to stop herself from getting pregnant.  I don’t see how they were “forced” to get an illegal abortion…why didn’t they just have the baby and then give him/her up for adoption?  This is something I don’t understand…Nobody forced them to do anything (unless they were raped which is a different discussion).

 

(6) In countries in which abortion remains illegal, the risk of maternal mortality is high. According to the World Health Organization, of the approximately 600,000 pregnancy-related deaths occurring annually around the world, 80,000 are associated with unsafe abortions.

 

Why have abortions if they are unsafe?  Giving birth in these countries may also be “unsafe”.  The bill doesn’t mention this part.  Do these countries have the most basic of understandings of washing hands and using clean instruments?  The wording here is disturbing.  What does an unsafe abortion in another country have to do with the United States?

 

(7) The Roe v. Wade decision also expanded the opportunities for women to participate equally in society. In 1992, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (505 U.S. 833), the Supreme Court observed that, `[t]he ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.’.

 

Whaaaaa????  So, it’s all about living the American Dream at the expense of our children?  We are to stop pregnancy so we can work and “participate equally” in working and paying taxes, hmmmmm?  Again, with the disturbing wording.  It’s very swaying and underhanded.  We women are asked to give up our prime childbearing years so we can become workers in society.  Maybe if we weren’t so busy climbing the career ladder, we wouldn’t be going in for fertility treatments at alarming rates.

 

(8) Even though the Roe v. Wade decision has stood for more than 30 years, there are increasing threats to reproductive health and freedom emerging from all branches and levels of government. In 2006, South Dakota became the first State in more than 15 years to enact a ban on abortion in nearly all circumstances. Supporters of this ban have admitted it is an attempt to directly challenge Roe in the courts. Other States are considering similar bans.

 

Yeah for South Dakota!!

 

(9) Further threatening Roe, the Supreme Court recently upheld the first-ever Federal ban on abortion, which has no exception to protect a woman’s health. The majority decision in Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America permits the government to interfere with a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy and effectively overturns a core tenet of Roe v. Wade by abandoning more than 30 years of protection for women’s health. Dissenting in that case, Justice Ginsburg called the majority’s opinion `alarming,’ and stated that, `[f]or the first time since Roe, the Court blesses a prohibition with no exception safeguarding a woman’s health.’ Further, she said, the Federal ban `and the Court’s defense of it cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this Court.’.

 

Yep, a baby can be bad for the woman’s health….therefore, maybe she should NOT get pregnant and get sterilized so that no further pregnancies could happen and then she wouldn’t have to murder her unborn baby…just a thought….Besides, how many women get pregnant when they have cancer and stop chemo, have the baby, and then go on to fight and win the battle against cancer???  Should she have aborted the baby?  Should that baby not have been allowed to live so the woman could stay on chemo?  It’s not the baby’s fault, is it? 

 

 

(10) Legal and practical barriers to the full range of reproductive services endanger women’s health and lives. Incremental restrictions on the right to choose imposed by Congress and State legislatures have made access to abortion care extremely difficult, if not impossible, for many women across the country. Currently, 87 percent of the counties in the United States have no abortion provider.

 

Is this supposed to make me sad? 

(11) While abortion should remain safe and legal, women should also have more meaningful access to family planning services that prevent unintended pregnancies, thereby reducing the need for abortion.

 

This is what is really comes down to…if you don’t get pregnant there is no need to murder your child.  So…be responsible, don’t have sex unless you are willing to take up the responsibility of a child.

 

 

(12) To guarantee the protections of Roe v. Wade, Federal legislation is necessary.

(13) Although Congress may not create constitutional rights without amending the Constitution, Congress may, where authorized by its enumerated powers and not prohibited by the Constitution, enact legislation to create and secure statutory rights in areas of legitimate national concern.

(14) Congress has the affirmative power under section 8 of article I of the Constitution and section 5 of the 14th amendment to the Constitution to enact legislation to facilitate interstate commerce and to prevent State interference with interstate commerce, liberty, or equal protection of the laws.

(15) Federal protection of a woman’s right to choose to prevent or terminate a pregnancy falls within this affirmative power of Congress, in part, because–

(A) many women cross State lines to obtain abortions and many more would be forced to do so absent a constitutional right or Federal protection;

 

Maybe these women would think about abstinence….are we just cattle that get pregnant all the time and need to kill our children out of convenience?  The wording here pisses me off, like women will continue to get pregnant and need abortions…no one NEEDS and abortion.  “Forced” is a strong word, don’tcha think?

 

(B) reproductive health clinics are commercial actors that regularly purchase medicine, medical equipment, and other necessary supplies from out-of-State suppliers; and

(C) reproductive health clinics employ doctors, nurses, and other personnel who travel across State lines in order to provide reproductive health services to patients.

 

Cha-ching!!  And those doctors and nurses pay taxes on the money they earn from abortions, don’t they?  I wonder if there is another agenda here. 

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act:

(1) GOVERNMENT- The term `government’ includes a branch, department, agency, instrumentality, or official (or other individual acting under color of law) of the United States, a State, or a subdivision of a State.

(2) STATE- The term `State’ means each of the States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and each territory or possession of the United States.

(3) VIABILITY- The term `viability’ means that stage of pregnancy when, in the best medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular medical facts of the case before the physician, there is a reasonable likelihood of the sustained survival of the fetus outside of the woman.

SEC. 4. INTERFERENCE WITH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROHIBITED.

(a) Statement of Policy- It is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child, to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability, or to terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect the life or health of the woman.

 

If a baby is able to live outside of the womb, why kill him/her???

 

(b) Prohibition of Interference– A government may not–

(1) deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose–

(A) to bear a child;

(B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or

(C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman; or

(2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.

(c) Civil Action- An individual aggrieved by a violation of this section may obtain appropriate relief (including relief against a government) in a civil action.

SEC. 5. SEVERABILITY.

If any provision of this Act, or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act, or the application of such provision to persons or circumstances other than those as to which the provision is held to be unconstitutional, shall not be affected thereby.

SEC. 6. RETROACTIVE EFFECT.

This Act applies to every Federal, State, and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.

 

If this is passed, all states will allow this.

 

Did you know that I was an accidental pregnancy?  So was my husband.  Are our lives not worth protecting because our mothers got pregnant before they wanted to?  Partial birth abortion is disgusting…any abortion is disgusting.  Why do things like this have to happen?  So many families want to adopt and can’t…so many babies want to be born and are killed.  It makes me so sad. 

 

Please sign the petition to keep partial birth abortions illegal. 

 

http://www.fightfoca.com/

 

 

Our wonderful new president has promised to sign this into law….

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf0XIRZSTt8

 

 

This is NOT about women’s health!!  This is about killing our future. 

 

Remember, God IS watching….

 

 

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.  2 Chron 16:9

                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

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