We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

America as the last man standing

America, as the last man standing, Geert Wilders is a Dutch Member of Parliament. ‘In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, Chairman, Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem. Dear friends, Thank you very much for inviting me. I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the old world. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe. Then, I will say a few things about Islam. To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem. The Europe you know is changing. You have probably seen the landmarks. But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world. It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration. All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen. And if they are, they might regret it. This goes for the police as well. It’s the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children. Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead. With mosques on many street corners, the shops have signs you and I cannot read. You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity. These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics. These are Muslim neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe. These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city. There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe. With larger congregations than there are in churches. And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region. Clearly, the signal is: we rule. Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam, Marseille and Malmo in Sweden. In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim. Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods. Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities. In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims. Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils. In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims. Non-Muslim women routinely hear whore, whore’. Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin. In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin. The history of the Holocaust can no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity. In England, sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system. Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves. Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan. Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel. I could go on forever with stories like this, Stories about Islamization. A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe. San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now. Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century. Now these are just numbers. And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate. But there are few signs of that. The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France. One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks. The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate. Muslims demand what they call ‘respect’. And this is how we give them respect. We have Muslim official state holidays. The Christian-Democratic attorney general is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority. We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey. Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots. Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus. I call the perpetrators ‘settlers’, because that is what they are. They do not come to integrate into our societies; they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam. Therefore, they are settlers. Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries. Moreover, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored. The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet. His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized. Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem. But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages – at the same time. Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed. Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza. If it is good for Islam, it is good. If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion. Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins. But in its essence Islam is a political ideology. It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person. Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life. Islam means ‘submission’. Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia. If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies. Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam ‘the most retrograde force in the world’, and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor. I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times. I support Israel. First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense. This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia. Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War. The war against Israel is not a war against Israel. It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming. Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values. On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam. They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed. The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning. It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination. If they can get Israel, they can get everything. So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a ‘right-wing extremists’ or ‘racists’. In my country, the Netherlands, 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II. And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat. Yet there is a danger greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing. The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine. An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America – as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs. With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem. Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts. My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives. All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians. We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe’s children in the same state in which it was offered to us. We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams. Future generations would never forgive us. We cannot squander our liberties. We simply do not have the right to do so. We have to take the necessary action now to stop this Islamic ideology from destroying the free world that we know.

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How could a society escape destruction if, when political ties are relaxed, moral ties are not tightened, and what can be done with a people master of itself if it not subject to God?

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Divorce – For the Children’s Sake part 2

Recently we’ve been talking about Divorce and if it is better to stay together for the children’s sake. When I grew up, divorce was virtually unheard of in our small town. I remember as if it was yesterday when it was whispered around town that Mike’s parents were getting a divorce. The concept of divorce was so devastating that it wasn’t something parents even talked about in front of their children…and I’m not that old! From that day forward I remember growing up wondering if it would ever happen to my parents. Would I be among the small number of growing casualties? It is amazing what fears can put a choke hold on childhood. What has happened to our adult world that we value ourselves so much that we are willing to let our children suffer the irreversible devastating effects of our selfish choices? In the secular book, A Case for Marriage, researchers found that it is indeed better for children for mom and dad to stay married…even unhappily married! Research found that 23 yr olds who experienced a parental divorce before age sixteen had poorer mental health than children whose parents stayed together. Another study where the characteristics of over 2000 married couples were tracked recorded that divorce led to more problematic relationships between parents and child increased the likelihood that adult children would divorce themselves, and lowered children’s future education and career success. Each of these findings should be enough to cause couples to reconsider any rash decision for divorce. But the greatest finding of all is found in Malachi chapter 3 where God says: I hate divorce. And if God hates something, I think it is best to stay completely away…He knows what’s best for us and our children. For those who like to dig deep in the Scripture you should take a look at this passage in Malachi on divorce and compare the KJV with the ESV

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You’ve Got to See This video with Brit Hume


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Held by the Wounded Hand

I just finished a book that is the best book I’ve read since I published Ishmael four years ago. This one, titled, Held by the Wounded Hand, is even better than Ishmael! It is approximately 260 pages and I couldn’t put it down…I took me the last three nights to read it and when I finally reach the last ten pages, I was hoping that nothing more would happen that would cause my heart to start racing again…there were so many unexpected heart pounding events! And wouldn’t you know it, that these last ten pages set me up for the most unexpected event of them all…I was totally blown away. Last night I had to stay up reading until about 2am because the main character had just been tied up and left on the beach with the tide coming in. He was told that unless he said at least one vulgar word he couldn’t be admitted into the club (a group of directionless boys). Well, this boy named Galvin was as stubborn as they come and you could beat him to a pulp before he did something against his convictions. That’s what makes this story so great. It is about a very stubborn boy who needs to learn when to use his stubbornness and when to yield. Great for all ages…a family favorite for years to come. I can’t wait to publish this one. Thank you Lord! Oh, by the way…which title do you like best? Held by the Wounded Hand or Held by the Reins, or Holding on to the Bridle

Published in: on January 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Bride for Isaac

Rebekah’s engagement to Isaac constitutes one of the longest narratives in Genesis. It accounts for no less than 67 verses in the English Bible. In fact, Moses allocates twice as much space to his report of this romance as he did to the immensely important account of the creation. Why would he do this? There is a profound theology expressed in this remarkable allocation. Creation, for all its magnificence, is merely the work of God’s fingers (Psalms 8:3). Redemption, however, is the labor of His arm, and the travail of His soul (Isaiah 53:1, 11). The great picture of redemption in the Bible is the romance, as an earthly bride is chosen for the Son of heaven (Ephesians 5:23, Rev 21:2). If Isaac is a type of Jesus, then certainly Rebekah is a type of the church, the bride of Christ. How does this romance develop, and what may we learn about our own calling from the providence that directed Rebekah to give herself in love to a man she had never seen? What may we learn about our destiny from a bride who was promised to a groom in a far country and for whom she would have to leave everything? The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah does not begin with the love of the couple, but with the choice of the father to secure a bride for his beloved son (Genesis 24:3-4). Trusting in the providence of God s covenant faithfulness, Abraham sent his servant away to a far country to secure a bride for Isaac. Once the servant had identified the chosen bride, a great price was paid to her family for her release (Genesis24:53). She then left all her family to undertake a long pilgrimage to come to her betrothed in a land she would share with him as an inheritance (Genesis 24:61). Such was the marriage custom in the ancient Near East, and so is the pattern of the gospel of grace. For our betrothal began with the sovereign choice of God the Father to take a bride for His beloved Son. Once we were chosen, a great price was paid for our particular redemption. And we, like Rebekah, were called to leave everything behind in order to persevere through the pilgrimage of this life to our own wedding, one day to be celebrated in a promised country. In order to appreciate just how Rebekah s betrothal to Isaac foretells the circumstances of our own espousal to the Lord, let s imagine for a moment a conversation Rebekah might have had with Abraham s servant, perhaps around a camp fire, as they made that long journey back to the land of promise and to the family of Abraham and Isaac. Surely Rebekah would have asked so kind and good a servant about the man whom she had consented to marry. We can imagine that Abraham s servant would have answered her something like this Rebekah, the young man who is to be your husband had a most remarkable birth. An angel of God announced that he was to be born, for this birth was nothing less than a miracle, his mother being both barren and beyond the years of child-bearing. But his birth was just as had been foretold by prophecy, and it was the occasion of great good-will, so much so that he was named Isaac or laughter, for all the joy he would bring. Great prophecies attended his birth, for God is to use his family to bring blessing to all the nations of the earth (Genesis 12:3). And although he was rejected by his brother, he is nonetheless the delight of his father, who is well pleased with his son. But even for a son so favored, there came a dread day when his father was told to offer up this beloved son upon an altar of sacrifice. And so his father took him on a hard journey to the mountains of Moriah. They reached the appointed place on the third day after they set out. Abraham then made known to Isaac that even though he was the hope of the world, the one through whom blessing would come to all the nations, he was nonetheless the sacrifice God required that day. In obedience to the will of God and his father, Isaac humbly submitted to God s will and permitted himself to be bound for the sacrifice. But at the last minute God spared Isaac from the knife Abraham was lifting up over his son. So on the third day of that terrible trial Isaac was delivered from death. And so to complete all his delight, his father Abraham, knowing that it is not good for a man to be alone, sent me to seek out the one God had chosen as a bride worthy of so great a son. And you, precious daughter, are that chosen one! You will be great Abraham’s daughter, and heir with Isaac of all that obtains to his oath and covenant (Galatians 3:29). Isaac s joy will be your own portion forever, for God has already prepared his heart to delight in you! (Galatians 4:28). Your Seed by this man will redeem the earth, and triumph over the gates of the all his enemies! (Matthew 16:8, cf. Genesis 24:60). This is the young man to whom you have given your heart already, the son beloved of his father, the son whom having not yet seen, nonetheless already you love! (1 Peter 1:8).

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Oncoming Forces

I once saw something that I will never forget. A little boy was walking with his mom at the airport, helping her push the luggage cart down a little incline. As the incline became steeper, the loaded cart began gaining speed. Suddenly a bus approached, just as the boy sped into the street with the luggage cart! I don t know what kind of braking system this bus had, but the driver stopped on a dime, right there, two inches away from this boy’s face. The driver and the boy met eye-to-eye. And I will never forget what happened next. The mother ran out into the street, picked up her little boy, and brought him to safety. She knelt down and passionately embraced him. You see, if we live without a proper sense of impending danger, we are all on a downward slope, soon to be hit by an oncoming force. These devastating forces however are not outside the control of an all wise and powerful God. He allows threatening situations, not to discourage us, but to turn us toward him, so that he might run out and bring us to safety. God will not beat us into submission however; but he loves us too much to let us remain in our sinful blind condition. In Lamentations 3 Jeremiah writes: Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come? Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD!

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