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On our own, we’ll never be good enough to get into heaven. So how do we get there?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”              Matthew 11:28-30

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Never forget that Jesus was able to say “my burden is light” when He knew that Calvary awaited Him just a little further down the road.

 

Read your Bible every day. Pray. Don’t yell at the kids. Tithe 10 percent. No slang. No swag. No purple streaks in teens’ hair.

Do you ever feel suffocated by the things you need to do in order to be a “good person”?

The Pharisees loved to invent new rules and condemn people for not living up to their impossibly strict standards. In fact, they called their religion a yoke, which is a harness for restraining oxen and keeping them under control.

These holier-than-thou types bragged about their holiness, how many rules they followed, and how they made their yokes (and ours) even heavier.

 But then…

Then Jesus came and changed everything! He rescued those who had tried and failed to be “good people.” He said it was impossible to earn God’s love; instead, we should focus on faith and accepting God’s grace. God accepts us as we are. He’s not sitting in heaven with a checklist, shaking His head at us and waiting for us to get it together. He only wants us to avoid deliberate sinfulness and stay faithful to Him, obeying Him.  Remember, Jesus said “If you love Me, obey my commandments.”  His yoke is easy and light. When obeying Him comes from our love for Him and what He has done for us, following in His footsteps is almost effortless.

Today, don’t get depressed or overwhelmed by the things you should be doing. Think of what Jesus Christ has already done, and rest in His assurance by exercising your faith.

The eternal life that Jesus died to provide for us is going to be so spectacular and magnificent that while we are still in this life, we cannot even imagine what its eternal continuation is going to be like.

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”                 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

[From a daily devotional published on SARAHPALIN.com]

 

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The UN vs. God: Disagreement over Israel and Jerusalem. Anybody want to guess who’s going to lose?

The UN General Assembly recently adopted six resolutions on the “situation in the Middle East and the question of of Palestine.”

From the UN website:  “The Assembly adopted a resolution on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine (document A/71/L.21) by a recorded vote of 153 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tonga, Vanuatu).  By the terms of the resolution, the Assembly called for the intensification of efforts by the parties, including through negotiations, with the support of the international community, towards the conclusion of a final peace settlement.”

In addition:  “The Assembly also adopted a resolution on Jerusalem (document A/71/L.22) by a recorded vote of 149 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Vanuatu).  By its terms, the Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever, and called upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.  The Assembly also stressed that a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the question of the City of Jerusalem should take into account the legitimate concerns of both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

“By the terms of a resolution on the Syrian Golan (document A/71/L.8), the Assembly demanded that Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.  That resolution received 103 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 56 abstentions.”

We have used bold type in the three paragraphs above to help you understand the official position of the UN General Assembly.

On the matter of peace in the Middle East and particularly in Israel, the UN wants Israel divided geographically so that part of the land of Israel is given to the Palestinians. The UN thinks if only the Palestinians had their own land, their own country, just a place to call their own, everything would suddenly be wonderful in the Middle East.

The UN apparently has forgotten that not long ago (2005) Israel gave the land of Gaza, sometimes called the Gaza Strip, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast, to the Palestinians. Israel officially “disengaged” from the Gaza territory so that the Palestinians could occupy it, but the radical Islamic organization Hamas took over in 2007 following free elections.

The UN has apparently forgotten that Palestinians in general want to eradicate Israel from the map and from the earth. In the years since Palestinians took over Gaza, they have dug tunnels, smuggled missiles into Gaza, and they continually launch those missiles into Israel to kill as many Israelis as possible. This is not to mention, of course, all the direct attacks upon Israelis with knives, swords, guns, and any other weapon they can bring to hand.

On the matter of Jerusalem, the UN simply states that Israel is an “occupying power” and has no legal authority to be in or govern the “holy city.”  Period.

Just to show how open-minded it is on the question of Israel, the UN “demands” that Israel “withdraw from all occupied territory” so that Israel’s borders return to those it had prior to the 1967 Six-Day War.

The UN has conveniently forgotten quite a lot. God has forgotten nothing.

God said to Israel, “Every place on which the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours; your border shall be from the wilderness [of Sinai] to Lebanon, and from the river Euphrates as far as the western sea [the Mediterranean].”  (See Deuteronomy 11:24 in the Bible.)

Israel does not “occupy” the land, Israel OWNS the land. It BELONGS to the Israelis in perpetuity, according to the Bible.

In addition, God has said repeatedly in the Bible that HE WILL DEFEND the land of Israel. In other words, God will protect the Jewish land against those who think they have a claim to it, or against those who simply want to occupy it without any legitimate claim.

Obviously the UN is siding with the Arabs today in the Middle East. When US politicians propose that Israel further divide its land to accommodate the Palestinians, they too are siding with the Arabs.

A little careful reading of the Bible will show that it is never advisable to choose a side which God opposes.

 

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Let’s take a good and objective look at the world we now live in…it will be instructive to do so

To almost any dispassionate observer, the world we now live in is very different than it used to be.

Consider the evidence:

Today the president of the US routinely lies to America about everything. He thinks this is part of his job. (It is the only part of his job he is doing well.) He performs his job, if we can call it that, with absolutely no emotion or sign of real caring for the citizens of the US, and he takes a vacation at every opportunity at taxpayer expense. He seems more concerned with obstructionism than with progress. He wants to rule with “my pen and my phone” rather than rely on the US Constitution, the US legal system, or the network of advisers any normal president would want to consult. His own agenda takes top priority over the common good.

We now see a real and growing threat from an organized religion called Islam which claims well over a billion adherents. Members of this religion think nothing of killing other members of their own religion because those other members are not radical and aggressive enough in opposing other religions. Naturally, the preferred target of Islam is especially the unbelieving person of another religion entirely, and particularly Christians. Islam has even sought out opportunities to show its killings in public media and videos. Beheadings, burnings, gangland-style executions have all been recorded and shown to the world with ruthlessness and pride by practitioners of Islam who tell America that “we are coming to get you.” Islam bases its belief system on the Quran, which specifically tells Muslims to “kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.”

Life today is cheaper than it has ever been. One of the primary reasons for this is that we legalized abortion in 1973. As of this writing we have killed almost 60 million babies since Roe v. Wade. (Planned Parenthood alone has killed 7 million of those.) Worldwide, since 1980, the number of babies killed by abortion is well over 1.3 billion. (That is, one thousand three hundred million.) How many of all these lives were destined to grow into world-changers? Only God knows. Because we value life so little, we now show more violence and murder on TV and in movies than ever before (we continue to call it “entertainment”), which, of course, only serves to cheapen human life even further.

We would have no Bible today were it not for the Jewish people and their insistence on accurately preserving the Hebrew scriptures over the centuries. We would have no Christianity today were it not for the insistence of the early believers, those who lived and walked with Jesus — the Jewish Messiah — to accurately record their time with the Savior and their experiences with God Himself. In spite of all of this, we continue to ignore the Bible and what it teaches, we continue to distance ourselves from God by removing all signs of faith from our daily public and private lives, and we live today as though there is no tomorrow. We treat the nation of Israel today, one of our strongest allies for well over half a century, as hardly an ally at all.

We do not value our Christian heritage nor its holy book, the Bible. We do not value human life. We do not value truth (or we would insist that our government also value it). We obviously do not value personal integrity (the man we elected to our highest public office has none, and we seem to have no real concern).

Consider this very present item of additional evidence. Remember Bill Cosby? Of course you do. We all bought his early comedy albums and played them for our friends. We watched his movies and TV shows. His portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable seemed to be not just well written, but the perfect portrayal of a contemporary father who was concerned with guiding and protecting his family. What do we discover today about Bill Cosby? That he was abusing and raping women for many years to satisfy his own unguided lusts. The evidence continues to mount:

In 1969 I met Bill Cosby while working in New York for the late film producer Ray Stark. I was a 21-year-old single woman in the world’s most exciting city. He was a 32-year-old internationally known comedian and television star, one of the most likeable and popular entertainers in the business. He asked for my number and I gave it to him.

We began hanging out, took in a movie, watched television and ate pizza and hot dogs in my apartment with my roommate. He was married to his current wife and he acted like a perfect gentleman who didn’t come on to either of us, which, I have to admit, made me wonder what his objective was.

One night we were going out to a movie. We agreed to meet at an apartment that he said belonged to a friend of his. I had a terrible headache but didn’t want to cancel the evening. He told me he had a miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache. He went into another room and came back with a capsule. I asked a couple of times what it was. Each time he reassured me, asking, “Don’t you trust me?” Of course I did. This was Bill Cosby.

For more than 45 years I have tried to recall exactly what happened that night. To this day it remains a blur. I have a vague recollection of feeling like I was floating while walking through Times Square and watching some kind of Japanese samurai movie with him. I don’t remember where the theater was nor very much of the evening.

What I do recall, vividly and clearly, is waking up the next morning nude in the bed of his friend’s apartment and seeing Cosby wearing a white terrycloth bathrobe and acting as if there was nothing unusual. It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further.

After some awkward small talk, I got out of there as fast as I could. Once in the elevator, I broke down crying, which I continued to do as I walked home to my apartment in the east 70s. It never occurred to me to go to the police. It was a different time and “date rape” was a concept that didn’t exist. I just kept asking myself over and over in disbelief why this had happened to me. Other than my roommate, I did not discuss that night with anyone for 36 years.

Like millions of people, I watched The Cosby Show at its zenith and was a fan. But as I watched Dr. Cliff Huxtable, so compassionate and kind, so honorable and wise, I could never reconcile that image with the Bill Cosby I encountered so many years ago.

Those who suffer from these types of assaults know the prison of shame, bewilderment and disbelief. Like so many victims, my way of coping was to shove the memory into the back of my mind. I only revealed nine years ago what happened that night to my husband of nearly 30 years after another woman went public with similar allegations and sued Cosby. I always thought I was the only one. I couldn’t believe he had done this to others. I told my story to our attorney, who is also a good friend, because I was considering going public then, but eventually chose not to because the case was settled.

This is the first time I have chosen to speak out about that night. It is also the last time I intend to address it publicly. I have no plans to sue, I don’t want or need money. I have no plans for a press conference or for doing any interviews.

So why speak out at all and why now? The simple answer is that it’s the right thing to do. The truth deserves to be known. As I write this, more than 20 women have come forward, many with stories that are remarkably similar to mine. In response to these brave women, I have read comments like, “What took them so long?” and “What are they after now”? I would ask these people to remember that up until relatively recently, prosecuting rape was a “he said/she said” proposition where the victim was blamed for having worn “suggestive clothing” or questioned as to why she went somewhere with her rapist.

When this happened to me, the idea of drugging someone and raping them was almost fantastical. It was years before “date rape” drugs made the news, but it was a perfect modus operandi for a predator, rendering his victim unconscious or so incapacitated as to be unable to clearly answer police questions about the incident. After having done a lot of work on myself, I realize that we are only as sick as the secrets we keep. Once those secrets are spoken aloud, even if to just one person, they lose their power. I no longer feel the shame that kept me silent. Yes, I could have told my story years ago, and in hindsight I probably should have. It’s time now that my voice be added and to finally pull the curtain back from this dark moment in my life.

Having come of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s before marrying in the mid 1980s at 37, I certainly have a history. The difference is that any other relationships were consensual … my encounter with Bill Cosby was most certainly not.

In the years since that night I have crossed paths with Cosby only once, when my husband, a highly successful Oscar-winning film executive and producer, introduced me to him. I was shaking, wondering if he would recognize me by my unusual first name. His reaction spoke volumes. To Bill Cosby, I was just another stranger.

(This account is from Cindra Ladd in the Huffington Post)

 

Let us finish this post with a question: What lies ahead for the US and the world? Our society is changing for the worse and shows no signs of reversing that trend. Is God simply going to look the other way forever?

Absolutely not. Read (and study) the last book in the Bible to learn what’s ahead. Just ahead. As in SOON.
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“Let me tell you why Islam isn’t so terrible,” says Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast…

Just when you think that the man America elected to occupy the White House can’t look any dumber or sound any more like an apologist for Islam, he stands up at the National Prayer Breakfast and surprises us all one more time.

Remember, by the way, that this is a man who has told us he is a Christian. [He very obviously is not, because (1) he does not know the Bible at all, (2) he does not attend church (he’d rather play golf on Sundays), (3) he never speaks of his Christian faith in any context, and (4) he never misses an opportunity to stand up for Islam.]

His attendance at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast is a case in point.

This event would have been a wonderful opportunity for a Christian president to stand up and reaffirm how much his faith meant to him only a couple of days after Islam radicals confirmed for the world that they had executed a Jordanian military pilot by burning him alive and showing us the video to prove it. (Beheading, apparently, is too quick. Not enough suffering for the victim. Islam has now hit a new low in the estimation of most of the rest of the world and, in fact, in the eyes of most of the world’s Muslims, who are beginning to openly oppose radical Islam and all it stands for. Jordan is now promising to “eradicate” radical Islam.)

What did Obama say at the Prayer Breakfast? To paraphrase his remarks, he said “Islam really isn’t so bad. Let’s be sure to remember all the terrible things people have done in the name of Christ.” (Can you imagine a more off-putting theme, from the president of the US no less, at a Christian prayer breakfast?) Then he mentioned the Crusades (led by Catholics) of a thousand years ago, the Spanish Inquisition of the 1500’s, and slavery and the Jim Crow years in our own country.

The Spanish Inquisition was designed to rid Spain of both Muslims and Jews (guess that’s why Muslim-loving Obama remembers it), and it was people acting in the name of Christ who ultimately forced the abolition of slavery. Perhaps Obama has forgotten that it was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., acting in the name of Christ, who led the battle here in the US for assimilation and equal rights.

Obama was not the main speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast. (Thankfully.) Darrell Waltrip was. You might know that name from NASCAR racing. Although Mr. Waltrip is now retired from racing, he spoke of a racing accident he had in 1993 which left him wondering what really might be awaiting him after death.  Then he seized the opportunity Obama missed. Darrell Waltrip said of Jesus, “If you’ve never gotten on your knees and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, you’re just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal who is going to go to hell.

Darrell Waltrip understands what it is that sets Jesus apart from all other religious figures from creation to the present day: Jesus did not deserve to die, but He went willingly to that terrible Roman cross in order to make sure that all those who trust Him can have life beyond physical death on this earth. And then He rose from physical death to prove to every doubter from that day to this that He was really who He said He was, and that there can be life after death if we trust Him to guide us to it.

Islam’s Mohammad is dead and gone. Islam has no savior to offer the world. Islam has nothing to offer the world, in fact, because the Quran is not a holy book inspired by the God of love who gave us Jesus. The Quran tells Muslims to be sure to kill all the unbelievers they meet. The Bible tells us to tell others of the love of the Savior, the Son of God, who went to a death He did not deserve so that we could go to an eternal life we do not deserve. The difference between Christianity and Islam (and every other religion) could not be more clear, more stark, more black and white.

Darrell Waltrip made his choice, and you need to make yours.
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Dying girl’s wish: To hear Christmas carols being sung…

Farewell Christmas carols...

More than ten thousand carolers gathered outside the home of a terminally ill Pennsylvania girl Saturday night to help make one of her final wishes come true.

Eight-year-old Delaney Walker, of West Reading, Pa., was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in May. The disease is rare in children, and her family says that “Laney,” as she’s affectionately known, has just days to live.

Family members and other supporters have spend the last few weeks trying to grant as many of Laney’s wishes as possible. On Friday, her eighth birthday, Laney videochatted with singer Taylor Swift, a native of nearby Wyomissing, Pa. The next day, the streets around the Walker home were full of people singing “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.”

Some even rearranged their holiday plans to make the impromptu concert.

“I was actually supposed to be leaving to go out of town yesterday,” Renee Kirkland-Hinton told WTXF, “and I changed my plans just to be here tonight, just to be of support and be prayerful for the family.”

“I couldn’t even put myself in that situation to understand the devastation,” caroler James Lally told the station. “I couldn’t imagine losing one of my own like this.”

[from Fox News]

 

The most important Christmas story I have read, maybe ever, comes out of West Reading, Pa.

An 8-year-old girl dying from a rare form of leukemia asked that she might hear some Christmas carols one last time. Her name is Delaney Brown. She doesn’t have long to live.

She wanted song. She was too weak to get to a window, so the voices had to be strong enough out on her street that she could hear them.

Here is the important part. It was reported by a CNN news affiliate that more than 10,000 people showed up and crowded Delaney Brown’s street.

That isn’t a story if 50 people showed up. It probably isn’t even a story if 500 people showed up. And, so sadly, Delaney Brown isn’t the only child in the world who has days to live.

There are children who are sick and there are children who are cold and dying in countries of conflict and there are children who are not loved. And yes, it is easy to attach an inexpensive sentiment to a dying girl who only wishes to hear “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells” one last time.

But that’s not the story. The story is the extraordinary significance of 10,000 people flooding this child’s street to sing to her. That is the true definition of community, not the manufactured “community” that we hear so much about from the political class. Those were 10,000 people who understood that it was far more important to sing Christmas carols to a dying girl last week than it was to do absolutely anything else.

(Joe Soucheray, columnist for
St. Paul Pioneer Press)

 

My heart is breaking right now. Our little angel on earth earned her pink glittery angel wings in heaven. She took her last breath at home in her bed at 3:10 surrounded by all her family and friends. I miss her so much already.

Posted on Facebook early Christmas morning

 

From NORM ‘n’ AL: The next breath for any of us is not guaranteed. We will and we must, if we are willing to confront the truth, admit that this world, and this earthly life, are not all there are to our existence.  If we wish to dispute that, all that is necessary is to prove the Bible is false. But when you look around at the creation that surrounds us, can you really make yourself believe that all this came into being through a cosmic accident? We’re here only because things just happened to fall into place in the right way to make this planet? To make the entire universe? THAT takes more faith than we will ever have! Get your most important questions answered. Visit this website now and give yourself the best Christmas present ever!

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