Monday, March 28, 2011

A Conversation with God - Alton Gansky Review - Milk-toast Messages

Alton Gansky's newest book, A Conversation with God (If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be?, had a title that intrigued me to open the cover. What I found was a "milk-toast" messages from supposedly God, Jesus and other biblical people that made me sad that such a quality printed book was wasted on such empty, emotionless, elementary sentences.

The questions are wonderful! Alton Gansky successfully identified the top fifty-five most common, challenging and controversial questions about God. The book concept was ideal. Alton Gansky set out to answer these questions biblically and from the first person point-of-view of God, Jesus or other people in the Bible. The topics cover questions about God Himself, the Bible, the future, pain & suffering, Jesus, the Kingdom of God, heaven & hell, humanity, Christian living and today's world. Unfortunately the answers are pathetic portraying God to be a mild, non-offensive, beat-around-the-bush responder. Obama's first Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, spoke with more authority and passion then the characters answering in this book. I remember how many times Gibbs seemed to skirt the questions, babbling about this or that and never really saying anything material. God, Jesus and many others in this book have the personality of generic, impersonal, cardboard cut-outs.

He uses tiny sentences of three or four words so frequently that I felt the book could have written for young elementary school children, like a simplified beginning reader picture bible-book. Answers are so simplified and censored to provide a Kumbaya theology. For example, Gansky answers by God how He wants to be worshiped, by saying, "What I long for is a simple expression of love," "Worship is emotional," and "What moves me most is relationship." Let me give another example of questioned answered supposedly by God. To answer, "Are we living in the end times now?" Gansky has God say, "Your question is an important one, and I am not making light of it when I say your closer than ever before. You should know some things before we go much further. First, you are a time-bound creature. Everything you see is in the same time lock."

I am certain this is more than enough for anyone to see that this book falls terribly short of its goal of letting you imagine you are sitting down and talking to God about questions you or others may have.

This was a great concept for a book - it just was terribly written. My copy will end up in the paper recycle bin.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

An American Masterpiece - The Revolutionary War Battlefields&Blessing Devotional

An American Classic!
Jane Hampton Cook's The Revolutionary War, a book in the Battlefields & Blessing series by AMG's God and Country press, is a masterpiece! Any family desiring to foster an understanding of early America and a love for Its heroic foundation could not find a better researched source. It is a cornucopia of the greatness of our American heritage. 

I simply love this book! (And I don't say this normally or easily, when I read or review a book!) The entire Battlefield & Blessing series is an American treasure that should be incorporated into American history, civics, or military studies at all levels of education. But this book is sorely needed in our Nation since little is being taught about American exceptional-ism!

The beauty of this book is the depth of information broken into daily devotions that not only include historical facts but a daily Bible verse and prayer that coordinate with the devotion. I can see it incorporated by homeschool family curriculum, classrooms, civic groups, family devotional, a great addition for families who public school educated to share at home,and a lovely gift to any American citizen.

While I study a lot of information on American History and read many books throughout the year, I consider this book to be a livelong classic that can be passed down through generations. It is written in an eloquent style and sprinkled with little known historical facts that will delight most listeners. I consider this a must-buy for American families!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Get Rid of Endless Emotional Pain - Once and For All

We all have pain and suffering in our life. Thankfully it is not every moment of life, though at times it can be overwhelming. God will not remove it, but He can show you how to persevere through it so that it can be used by Him for your good. He will never allow pain in your life that He can't use for your good.  God can set you free!

We need to learn to turn to the Solution, the Source for freedom from emotional pain. Read on if your really want to learn how.

Pain enslaves us in a life of misery if we don't take firm stand and remain positionally, mentally and emotionally free from lies.

For example, it is a lie that you will never suffer pain if you are spiritual enough and don't do wrong, you will only be blessed.

It is in pain that we experience and see God in ways we never could in happy days. God wants to carry you through the pain.... so don't stop, keep pressing toward Him!

Karma says if you do good, good things will happen. If you do bad, bad things will happen. So you are to be congratulated or blamed for what happens in your life. Karma is a lie! Karma doesn't understand the power of forgiveness and grace! Karma doesn't acknowledge the power of Jesus' resurrection from the cross.

View Your Emotional Pain Through the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus.

Yes, Jesus is real. Jesus is God who came to earth in bodily form to live a sinless life and to fulfill the sacrificial requirements of God's law, because we were not able to do it for ourselves.

But just as real as Jesus is, so is Satan and his demons. It is a big lie to believe that Satan and demons are a figment of an overactive religious imagination. The enemy wants you to believe he is not real... and for you to believe Jesus is not who He claims to be either.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Two Very Different Islams

Days after 9/11, stickers popped up all over "Remember 911"! A decade later... still living in a world being attacked by Muslim terrorist .... are we any better informed? Are we remembering?

Last week in two different meetings two days apart in TN, attendees learned very different information on Islam and Sharia law.
Remember 911 - We must stay informed of truth about Islam/ Muslims.

One meeting was sponsored by 9.12 Project on Wednesday, March 15. I wanted to attend this meeting but conflict in my schedule occurred. Frank Gaffney, formerly President Reagan's assistant Secretary of Defense  informs and educates Americans around the country. He is someone who can give first-hand knowledge of Shariah law and the Muslim Brotherhood. He teaches how Muslim activist are infiltrating organizations (even Republican and conservative groups) to promote equality for Islam and fight "Islamphobia". He sees clearly in the riots and recent unstable Middle East nations that Muslims are moving toward their goal of a worldwide caliphate. Muslim Brotherhood is very active around the world today.

Here are some quotes from a recent article by Frank Gaffney:

For example, Shariah: The Threat to America provides several key insights that must be borne in mind in the current circumstances especially:
  • “The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928. Its express purpose was two-fold: (1) to implement shariah worldwide, and (2) to re-establish the global Islamic State (caliphate).
  • “Therefore, Al Qaeda and the MB have the same objectives. They differ only in the timing and tactics involved in realizing them.
  • “The Brotherhood’s creed is: ‘God is our objective; the Koran is our law; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.’”
  • It is evident from the Creed, and from the Brotherhood’s history (and current activities)…that violence is an inherent part of the MB’s tactics. The MB is the root of the majority of Islamic terrorist groups in the world today.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood is the ‘vanguard’ or tip-of-the-spear of the current Islamic Movement in the world. While there are other transnational organizations that share the MB’s goals (if not its tactics) – including al Qaeda, which was born out of the Brotherhood – the Ikhwan is by far the strongest and most organized. The Muslim Brotherhood is now active in over 80 countries around the world.
Of particular concern must be the purpose of the Brotherhood in the United States and other nations of the Free World:
  • “…The Ikhwan’s mission in the West is sedition in the furtherance of shariah’s supremacist agenda, not peaceful assimilation and co-existence with non-Muslim populations.”

 I don't know about you, but this doesn't sound like anything our current American administration is telling its citizens. They both can't be telling the truth. We are being lied to by someone.

The meeting other was a seminar held at Middle TN State University (my alumna). Honestly, I read about this meeting in the Daily News Journal, our local newspaper, and after noticing the speaker would be a professor coming from Vanderbilt University in Nasvhille, I had little faith that it would be accurate. It is a very sad truth of our times that a college or university is the very last place one could expect to hear a truthful seminar. In most incidents attendees will hear information that politically correct and left leaning but labeled scholarly.... otherwise - an absolute lie!

So I wasn't too surprised when I received an email from someone who attended. Here are a few quotes:

Wednesday, March 16, I attended a seminar entitled, "Shariah 101" at MTSU, led by Dr. Awadh Binhazim and hosted by the Muslim Student Association and facilitated by Dr. Ron Messier. ...

His presentation began, not with Shariah, but with a long explanation about the superiority of Islam itself. In his comparison with Christianity, he misused some illustrations. For example, in showing pictures of two veiled women, one Christian and one Muslim. ...

Dr. Binhazim stated that all Shariah practices are far from opposing the law of the USA. Academically this is incorrect, because many of us today know that Islamic law and American law contradict each other in so many areas. ...

To illustrate to the audience the glorious era of Islam today, he showed a picture of the tallest building in the world in Dubai, but he overlooked that this tallest building was built by non-Muslim designers and laborers, who were highly abused in the process. It is well-documented that these laborers were inhumanely treated in Dubai. ...

What really broke my heart was when a person in the meeting asked: "Do Muslims lie?" So boldly, Dr. Binhazim responded, "No". When the people in the meeting started to murmur, knowing that what he just said was not the truth, Dr. Messier, shared that a Muslim is allowed to not tell the full truth,  and gave the example of a life-threatening situation in which a Muslim can hide the truth and say he is not a Muslim. ...

It seems like Dr. Messier, either has compromised his academic integrity or does not know, because he lived a long time searching in the ruins of the Muslim world and not enough time among the living among the people. It is sad to call him a professor of the Middle Eastern Studies department with such poor knowledge of Islam. Did he compromise? Perhaps, because a lot of dignitaries and important people he deals with come from Muslim background.

How can there be two so different teaching on Islam? Clearly we are being lied to by people who are covering up or protecting Muslims. Shariah law is a aggressively oppressive and violently controlling code of law that does not, and never will be, capable of being legal in light of America's constitutional rights.

It is important that we become educated to know truth on topics. Unfortunately a college professor is the last person I would go to if I wanted to learn truth. Academia have long become walls of propaganda to indoctrinate student and elevate staff that teach the strong progressive (socialistic/communistic) agenda for almost 40 years.

This is just about enough time to completely control a population of any country.  It takes about one generation (40 years) to indoctrinate the people of a society... we saw this in pre-Nazism Germany, and many other States through history.

The blessing of America is we do not rely only on public education!  We can still self-educate!

Homeschooling, Christian and private schools have fought back against this false education, holding tight the line to truth in science, history, and social lessons. Americans don't have to drink the milk of textbooks paid for with billions of taxpayer dollars to misinform and prop up a false ideology. 

I encourage others (including my own family) to question, doubt, and think critically. Is what the person saying  logically accurate? Can you find facts to verify what is being taught when you do your own independent research? The only way to fight mis-education and lies is to make it your responsibility to study.

We willing to read and search out information on your own. Attend lectures and seminars but verify what you are being told. Always determine who a person is sponsored by and what the mission is of the person speaking or teaching. It is not only a responsibility to keep educated, but we must also speak out, and do not let people get away with speaking lies.

Being an alum, I will write a letter to the President of MTSU. We must hold people accountable to uphold truth. 

Don't forget - We promised to "Remember 911"! It is the least we can do in memory of those innocent people who were killed that day, and all the brave first responders and military soldiers protecting us since then.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Fight of Our Lives - Uncovering Whitewashed Islam

What are we fighting for? In our times, so much tragic and evil acts are being committed by humans against each other... Who is the enemy?

William Bennett and Seth Leibsohn in their new book, The Fight of Our Lives (know the enemy, speaking the truth & choosing to win the war against radical Islam) is a very timely easy to read book that attempts to answer these big questions.

This is a small book, only 153 pages of text. While it is hard hitting on the claims it makes with powerful and well-researched facts, I consider it a primer on Radical Islam and the way it is being deceitfully approved in America in the name of diversity and tolerance. For someone unsure if there really is such a thing as growing radical Islam in America or someone who hasn't really paid attention to the facts over the past 20 years, this could provide a very excellent quick introduction.

It is a book written for this day. It will not be a book that becomes a classic that will be read for generations to come because it is too filled with specifics of the day, and not broad  nor deep exposing underlying teaching that is necessary to make it timeless. I consider it a handbook of readiness for students, professors, parents and anyone else that has been raised on the milk-toast, whitewashed doctrine of  pretending Islam is a theology of innocent diversity to be embraced by enlightened, non-bigoted Americans. The truth is astounding clear that Islam is a religion/political philosophy of hatred that loves death over life, violent oppression, and ultimate control. Islam is not a religion/political philosophy of peace.

Being a reader who is already well grounded in this area, I found very few points I was not already aware of and it did not add to my depth of understanding on the topic. I do consider it a useful resource for speaking or writing on this topic since so many facts are brought together in one place and the book has an excellent source of information in the Note section at the back of the book.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Islamphobic is a False Attack

What is the first thing a person is accused of if they speak out about Islam not being a moderate faith? They are called Islamphobic or Xenophobic or both. But is this a accurate description or just a label to make people coward away from speaking? It kind of reminds me of homophobic. 

Who is your cornerstone in life?

People who truthfully state the fact that God in His Word states that homosexual action is a sin are accused of being homophobic. Well that is about as logical as calling someone who states that God in His Word states that murder is a sin being called a "murder-phobic" person. 
"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God" (1Corinthians 6:9-10 NASB).

Today, in our policed first amendment right of freedom of speech, an American citizen has to choose words carefully to not be falsely attacked as hateful and fearful. You have to tip-toe around speaking what you really believe publicly, even if you are making statements of fact, not mere belief. And the ability to speak your beliefs are protected just as much as your ability to state facts by the First Amendment... at least it is suppose to protect it.

Indeed, the first amendment of the Constitution of the USA clearly protects citizens rights to speak freely... and this right should not be prohibited nor abridged, by Congress, Government, or social watchdogs.

Islamphobic means a fear of Islam. I have to tell you I do not fear Islam, Jihad, Mohammed, Muslims or anything/anyone else related to Islam. 

As a Christian we are taught by God's Holy Word to not fear those who can harm our body, but to fear (with holy reverence) Him who determines the eternity of our soul.

"Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28 NASB)
At least 264 times God's Word tells Christians to "do not fear" and about 166 times His Word tells us to "do not be afraid." So basically I am not to fear nor be afraid, because I am to put my trust and faith in God. And since God is love, and perfect love cast out all fear, God residing in me cast out all fear if I am walking by faith and abiding in Him.

But also note, since God is love, I am to love God and people. Love does not mean I embrace sin... no love means I speak the truth in love imparting God's available grace to the hearer. Apart from God's salvation we are all condemned and not one Christian was not first a child of sin and disobedience. We must not be holier than thou. Speaking truth in love is not a sign of fear or hatred... it is a loving act because TRUTH will set people free from lies and sin.

So I reject these accusers, knowing Satan and his demons are the true accusers of lies. I will stand on truth, above lies. I will not let Satan  nor anyone else label me - because I know who I am in Christ. And I will continue to learn more about Islam to be educated. I will approach Islam with open eyes to determine for myself what it teaches its followers.

But I will reject all false gods, and false religion, unashamedly, because Jehovah of the Bible is the one and only true God. I didn't come up with that on my own... God makes that claim about Himself!
"And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" ( 1John 5:20 NASB).

What do you think? Is speaking truth or seeking truth about Islam being in fear of Islam?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Union Thugs, Mad Mobs and Teachers

What do Union Thug Leaders, Mad Angry Mobs and Fearful Teachers have in common? They are not living Christlike lives, putting their faith and trust in God.

Not all teachers are angry, fearful or upset but many are. When I was a new teacher I was a little afraid, because I decided not to join the teachers union. I was a young Jesus freak and wanted to trust God alone as my mediator between myself and my boss. I knew nothing came to me without God allowing it and felt confident He would represent me well.

 I think I was the only teacher in my public school to not join the union. I found out quickly that you can be ostracized, and was spoken to by a few well-established teachers in the school encouraging me to join. None of these teachers wanted to know if I need help teaching or getting my class set up or mentoring on how to deal with struggling students. That would be asked by co-workers who cared about teachers, their students and the high-calling of being a teacher of children.  

Yesterday, on March 9, 2011, the WI State Representative still doing their elected duty (Dems are off in IL being financially put up for weeks by who knows who in a tactic to stop the legislative branch of the government in WI) passed a law to limit union collective bargaining... here are details I found at Heritage Foundation:

 What about Wisconsin?
  • In Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker (R) is reforming collective bargaining. His proposal restores voter control over most spending decisions but does not completely eliminate collective bargaining.
  • Reforms: Walker’s proposal restricts government unions to negotiating over wages only, and not benefits or work rules (such as job guarantees for failing teachers). Voters would have to approve any wage increase beyond inflation. Unions would have to demonstrate that they have the support of a majority of members through an annual secret ballot. Wisconsin would stop subsidizing union fundraising by collecting union dues through its payroll system, and would no longer fire workers who choose not to pay union dues.
  • Is This Union Busting? A union is only “busted” if its members are forced to quit the union. Giving employees the choice to pay or not pay expensive dues is hardly union busting. Under Walker’s plan, Wisconsin unions would still have considerably more negotiating power than even federal employee unions.
The law is not banning teachers from doing anything... it is just stopping the forcing of taxpayers to fund union organizations and leaders through money allocated to pay teachers. Why is everyone so upset? Nothing is being taken away from the WI. In reality something is being given to the teachers... freewill - a God given right being returned to the teachers. In 26 States teachers are forced to pay union fees which come directly out of their paycheck. Public schools can not hire non-union teachers! This is not only union thuggery - it is unconstitutional to force someone to pay for a service they do not want.

Why should WI legislature bow to the threats, shouts, and out of state union-supported mobs rioting in their State Capital? Maybe they need to teach representative government in public schools. 

States in America are sovereignly governed by the people of the State, not by the best-funded, loudest, roughest mob of people. 

And this lovely group of people descending on the WI capital caused millions of dollars of damage to their state capital... I hope a collective civil suit can be made against this collective bargaining union group to re-coup the cost for the damage they caused in WI during a time that the State is already over burdened with budget items. Or maybe the legislature should just compile an amount and equally divide the cost among all teachers who lied with false doctor slips to get out of teaching to protest.

In any case, I applaud the WI legislative representative and the WI governor for not giving in to mob rule! 

We don't want to become another Egypt or Libya, do we? We can voice our opinions respectfully and vote in elections!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Out Live Your Life - Book Review

With the quantity of books to choose from, I seek to find gems that will last a lifetime and then some. As a writer, I want my articles to be timeless, not full of current catchy cliques and illustrations that will limit its value in years to come. 

Max Lucado teaches timeless truths in his book, Out Live Your Life. Here are a few: "God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called," "Pentecost makes this promise: if you are in Christ, God's Spirit will speak through you,"and  "The cross of Christ creates a new people, a people unhindered by skin color or family feud." In these few examples I am certain you can glimpse the value and depth of the topics addresses in this book. But in classic Lucado-style, the book is such an easy read. 

As you float over the natural pace of the sentences and the simple illustrations you have to remind yourself to read slowly and pause on the truth of God which you can incorporate into your mindset to be conformed more into the Christ-likeness. This is a very practical book that can appeal equally to men and women readers, young and old.

The book includes a discussion and action guide to make it very useful for group study. I would love to see youth groups embrace a book like this that will mature our young adults with solid Biblical foundations in a very easy to read, practical format filled real life examples and stories.