Inner Family Marriage…we done it!

Yesterday at 4 PM a wedding ceremony occurred in our little family (well, actually 4:15……. We were on time despite a torrential downpour but she was 15 minutes late fussing with girl/gown “stuff”:hunchback:). 4EverHis, a frequent poster here, and I knew each other on another board for several years and had a great deal of respect for each other’s research abilities and opinions with regard to prophecy. A few PMs along the way also revealed a mutual sense of humor.

For each of us there was no, and I do mean NO interest other that a brother or sister in Christ mutually interested in prophecy. We were both saved after a previous marriage and had no intention of ever even dating again, much less getting married. The time frame since the last date for each of us was closer to decades than years. Then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit got involved…..involved big, big time. It was a fight….we were both trying to run….fast…in opposite directions. We argued, we squabbled, we begged, we reasoned…we had long and serious discussions with the Lord….and He won…we surrendered. That is a testimony we’ll save for a later time after the honeymoon. Its gonna take some time to write but I’ll just say for now that its powerful and has already affected, and possibly changed, a number of lives for good.

So after hundreds of hours of talking on the phone and some face time, on the 15th of the month 4EverHis climbed on a train in California, got off in Raleigh, NC on the 19th, and started putting our home together that I began filling up on a daily basis as I continued to live in my old place. I got the last of it moved in on Tuesday, stayed with a friend Wednesday night and the wedding was yesterday afternoon.

So, to all our friends that have wondered about our absence for a while now…..we ain’t gone no where. We’ll be back ….. but now as husband and wife.

Thank You Father!

Thank You Lord Jesus!

Thank You Holy Spirit!

Thank You for happiness and the fullness of joy we never knew existed…nor could ever have imagined.

He knew best…He was right.:hello2:

Five bombs near Shiite Mosques go off in Iraq

The religion of peace, if they are not fighting the West and Israel, they kill each other. Maybe Rick Warren should go talk them. :dontknow:

http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSTRE56U2P920090731

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Bombs near five Shi’ite mosques killed at least 28 people across Baghdad on Friday, police said, and Iraqis blamed local forces now taking over from U.S. soldiers for failing to protect them.

The blasts, which wounded at least 130 people, appeared to target Shi’ite Muslims taking part in Friday prayers and were a reminder of the capabilities of militants despite the sharp drop in violence over the last 18 months in Iraq.

In the worst attack, a car bomb killed at least 23 people praying in the street near the crowded al-Shurufi mosque in northern Baghdad’s Shaab district.

“This is all your fault. We told you about the car,” a crowd at the blast site shouted at Iraqi security forces. Others swore and children threw rocks, a Reuters witness said. The car had been identified as suspicious by mosque-goers.

After the blast, blood soaked the ground and stained prayer mats outside the mosque. The site was littered with abandoned slippers. The charred skeleton of a car sat nearby.

Shi’ite religious gatherings have been targets of Sunni Islamist al Qaeda, which regards Shi’ites as heretics.

U.S. combat forces withdrew from Iraqi cities and towns last month, raising fears that local forces, disbanded and rebuilt from scratch since 2003, would be unable to douse renewed violence more than six years after the U.S.-led invasion.

On the other side of the city, two blasts went off around the same time near a mosque in southeastern Baghdad’s Diyala bridge area, killing four people.

Another car bomb in Zaafaraniya, southeast Baghdad, killed one person. Two more bombs close to mosques in Kamaliya and Alam districts wounded nine people.

“Those who carried out these acts targeting the faithful are the enemies of Iraq, without principles or values,” said Major-General Abboud Qanbar, head of Iraqi forces in Baghdad.

MORE VIOLENCE EXPECTED

U.S. combat soldiers withdrew from urban bases a few weeks ago and Washington is preparing to pull out all U.S. troops by 2012. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, when visiting Iraq this week, said the United States may accelerate its withdrawal plans to some degree as Iraq stabilizes.

It's crunch time for Israel on Iran; John Bolton

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203609204574316093622744808.html

Legions of senior American officials have descended on Jerusalem recently, but the most important of them has been Defense Secretary Robert Gates. His central objective was to dissuade Israel from carrying out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. Under the guise of counseling “patience,” Mr. Gates again conveyed President Barack Obama’s emphatic thumbs down on military force.

The public outcome of Mr. Gates’s visit appeared polite but inconclusive. Yet Iran’s progress with nuclear weapons and air defenses means Israel’s military option is declining over time. It will have to make a decision soon, and it will be no surprise if Israel strikes by year’s end. Israel’s choice could determine whether Iran obtains nuclear weapons in the foreseeable future.

Mr. Obama’s approach to Tehran has been his “open hand,” yet his gesture has not only been ignored by Iran but deemed irrelevant as the country looks inward to resolve the aftermath of its fraudulent election. The hardliner “winner” of that election, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was recently forced to fire a deputy who once said something vaguely soothing about Israel. Clearly, negotiations with the White House are not exactly topping the Iranian agenda.

Beyond that, Mr. Obama’s negotiation strategy faces insuperable time pressure. French President Nicolas Sarkozy proclaimed that Iran must re-start negotiations with the West by September’s G-20 summit. But this means little when, with each passing day, Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile laboratories, production facilities and military bases are all churning. Israel is focused on these facts, not the illusion of “tough” diplomacy.

Israel rejects another feature of Mr. Obama’s diplomatic stance. The Israelis do not believe that progress with the Palestinians will facilitate a deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Though Mr. Gates and others have pressed this fanciful analysis, Israel will not be moved.

Worse, Mr. Obama has no new strategic thinking on Iran. He vaguely promises to offer the country the carrot of diplomacy-followed by an empty threat of sanctions down the road if Iran does not comply with the U.S.’s requests. This is precisely the European Union’s approach, which has failed for over six years.

There’s no reason Iran would suddenly now bow to Mr. Obama’s diplomatic efforts, especially after its embarrassing election in June. So with diplomacy out the door, how will Iran be tamed?

Mr. Gates’ mission had extraordinary significance. Israel sees the political and military landscape in a very inauspicious light. It also worries that, once ensnared in negotiations, the Obama administration will find it very hard to extricate itself. The Israelis are probably right. To prove the success of his “open hand,” Mr. Obama will declare victory for “diplomacy” even if it means little to no gains on Iran’s nuclear program.

Under the worst-case scenario, Iran will continue improving its nuclear facilities and Mr. Obama will become the first U.S. president to tie the issue of Israel’s nuclear capabilities into negotiations about Iran’s.

Israel understands that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent commitment to extend the U.S. “defense umbrella” to Israel is not a guarantee of nuclear retaliation, and that it is wholly insufficient to deter Iran from obliterating Israel if it so decides. In fact, Mrs. Clinton’s comment tacitly concedes that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons, exactly the wrong message. Since Israel, like the U.S., is well aware its missile defense system is imperfect, whatever Mr. Gates said about the “defense umbrella” will be politely ignored.

Relations between the U.S. and Israel are more strained now than at any time since the 1956 Suez Canal crisis. Mr. Gates’s message for Israel not to act on Iran, and the U.S. pressure he brought to bear, highlight the weight of Israel’s lonely burden.

Striking Iran’s nuclear program will not be precipitous or poorly thought out. Israel’s attack, if it happens, will have followed enormously difficult deliberation over terrible imponderables, and years of patiently waiting on innumerable failed diplomatic efforts. Absent Israeli action, prepare for a nuclear Iran.

Mr. Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is the author of “Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations” (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

Russia, Venezuela sign package of bilateral agreements

http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=14185876&PageNum=0

Russia, Venezuela sign package of bilateral agreements

The whole range of agreements seeking to expand bilateral economic cooperation were signed during a visit to Venezuela of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who rounded off his visit to the country on Monday. At the Miraflores Palace Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Igor Sechin and members of the Russian delegation attended the signing ceremony of an agreement on founding a joint venture between Gazprom and the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum corporation Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) in order to provide services in the oil and gas industry, a supplement to the memorandum on mutual understanding between Rostechnologii state corporation represented by Prominvest and PDVSA on creating a joint venture in order to solve ecological problems and provide services in the oil and gas sector.

The countries also signed the regulations on an intergovernmental committee for military-technical cooperation.

Meanwhile, Russian Vice-Premier Igor Sechin said relations between the two countries are built “on a long-term basis with due account of mutual interests. The vice-premier expressed gratitude to “Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Venezuelan colleagues for contribution they are making in the development of strategic relations between Venezuela and Russia for the benefit of the two peoples.”

Meanwhile Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez praised highly the results of the visit of the Russian delegation headed by Igor Sechin. “The today’s meeting with Russian Vice-Premier Igor Sechin reaffirms the active dialogue at a high political level, which was reached during the last November visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Venezuela,” Chavez said.

In his speech the Venezuelan president said it is necessary to form a multi-polar world. “Our approaches with the Russian president coincide in this issue,” he said. Chavez noted that the integration processes in Latin America and the Caribbean Sea basin allow speaking “on a new regional pole of forces, which will be built up thanks to the cooperation with Russia.”

Survey: 64% (Of Israelis) want Temple rebuilt

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArticlePrintPreview/1,2506,L-3754367,00.html

Survey: 64% (Of Israelis) want Temple rebuilt

About two thirds of the public want the Temple rebuilt, including about half of secular Israelis, a new survey conducted for Ynet and the Gesher organization revealed.

The survey was held by the Panels Institute among 516 respondents that are a representative sample of the adult Jewish population. The margin of error was 4.3%.

Initially, the respondents were asked what happened on Tisha B’Av (Ninth of Av), and showed impressive knowledge. Ninety-seven percent responded that the Temple was destroyed, while only 2% said they did not know.

Jordan's king meets Gates, stresses US role in Mideast peace

Jordan’s king meets Gates, stresses US role in Mideast peace

Middle East News

Jul 27, 2009, 14:27 GMT

Amman – Jordan’s

King Abdullah II met Monday US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and stressed the importance of Washington’s role in helping the Palestinians and Israel to achieve the two-state goal, according to royal court statement.

‘While reviewing latest Middle East developments with Gates, the monarch underscored the importance of the US role in current efforts aimed at resolving the Palestinian- Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state vision and in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and the Arab peace initiative,’ the statement said.

Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1492156.php/Jordans_king_meets_Gates_stresses_US_role_in_Mideast_peace_#ixzz0Mmg26Y7P

EU PLANS SOMALI COASTAL SECURITY FORCE

EU PLANS SOMALI COASTAL SECURITY FORCE

Thursday, 30 July 2009

The European Union says its plans to train Somali security forces to tackle the pirates operating along the country’s coast. The BBC reports that the EU will send a planning team to the region next month. Training is to take place in neighbouring Djibouti, which has French and US military bases.

The move fits in with calls from Somalia’s Transitional Government that training its forces is the best way to defeat the pirates. It has already started to form a coastguard though Anderimar Shipping News understands that it is currently far from being an effective, deployable force. Added to this the Transitional Government, supported by many Western governments but opposed by Islamic militants, has only tenuous control over..

http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=10131

When I read this I thought of how the EU could be a guarantor of security in other places in the world–such as Israel.

Rick Warren: Roman Catholic Church In "God's Family"

Rick Warren: Roman Catholic Church In “God’s Family”

From Christian Research Network:

While discussing The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren in Part One of his two part expose The Purpose-Driven Life: An Evaluation Dr. Gary Gilley says:

[Warren] apparently believes practicing Roman Catholics are true believers, several times mentioning monks and nuns as Christian examples, and of course the obligatory reference to Mother Teresa (twice). This unqualified acceptance and promotion of Catholics brings into question Warren’s understanding of the gospel message itself.

If he believes that faithful Roman Catholics, who believe in a works-righteousness, are born-again Christians, what does he believe the gospel is? Do we receive the gift of salvation by faith alone, or by faith plus certain works and sacraments? This is no minor issue, especially in a book that never spells out the plan of salvation…

Well, make the time to see for yourself in Dr. Rod Rosenbladt Calls Rick Warren’s Man-Centered Theology “Roman Catholic” and “Bible Scholar” Rick Warren Reversing The Reformation.

Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren, arguably the most recognized pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention, absolutely does take a position in direct contradiction the Protestant Reformers.

Regarding the long apostate Roman Catholic Church Warren wishes:

“Now I don’t agree with everything in everybody’s denomination, including my own. I don’t agree with everything that Catholics do or Pentecostals do, but what binds us together is so much stronger than what divides us,” he said. “I really do feel that these people are brothers and sisters in God’s family. I am looking to build bridges with the Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church,….” (Online source, emphasis mine)

As a former Roman Catholic whom God in His mercy delivered from that slavish system of works-righteousness, I say the really sad thing is, more and more pretending to be Protestant evangelicals actually agree with Rick Warren re. Rome.

See also:

WHY THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION CANNOT BE UNDONE

HAS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH REALLY CHANGED?

ACTUAL CHURCH HISTORY CONCERNING THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

http://watcherslamp.blogspot.com/2009/07/rick-warren-roman-catholic-church-in.html

Rick Warren asks Muslims for help

Rick Warren asks Muslims for help

Published July 30, 2009

WASHINGTON (BP)-In a controversial address to the nation’s largest Muslim organization, Rick Warren asked for their cooperation in addressing some of the world’s problems that governments haven’t been able to solve.

Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., told about 8,000 Muslims at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Washington July 4 that he was “deeply humbled” and applauded their courage for inviting an evangelical pastor.

“I come to you today with a spirit of love and a spirit of friendship and a spirit of deep respect. I love my dear, dear Muslim friends, my next door neighbor and so many that are friends, and I love you,” Warren said.

During his 20-minute address, Warren set forth four specific ways Muslims and Christians can work together, “maintaining our separate traditions, maintaining our convictions without compromise,” for the world’s greater good.

“As the two largest faiths on this planet-Muslims and Christians-we must lead in this. We must lead,” Warren said. “With over 1 billion Muslims and over 2 billion Christians, together as half the world we have to do something about modeling what it means to live in peace, to live in harmony.”

First, Warren called on Muslims and Christians to demonstrate what it means to respect the dignity of every person.

“Tolerance is not enough. People don’t want to be tolerated. They want to be respected. They want to be treated with dignity. They want to be listened to. They want to be valued,” he said…………

http://www.floridabaptistwitness.com/10567.article

Enjoying Fellowship with Christ

Enjoying Fellowship with Christ

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8).

The recipients of 1 Peter, like us, had never seen Christ but they enjoyed fellowship with Him just the same. And their fellowship was genuine because it was marked by love, trust, and obedience.

The love Peter speaks of in 1 Peter 1:8 isn’t shallow emotionalism or sentimentality. It’s the love of the will– the love of choice. His readers had chosen to love Christ despite never having seen Him physically. Such love is marked by obedience, as Jesus affirms in John 14: [COLOR=Red]”If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. . . . He who does not love Me does not keep My words” (vv. 15, 24). To have fellowship with Christ is to love and obey Him.

Another element of fellowship is trust. After hearing reports about Christ’s resurrection, the disciple Thomas declared that he would trust Jesus only after seeing and touching Him. Jesus honored his wishes, saying, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:27). But then Jesus said, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (v. 29). We as Christians are among those who believe in Christ, not having seen Him.

The result of loving and trusting Christ is “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Pet. 1:8). This joy is something beyond the ability of speech and thought to convey. That’s obvious even on the human level–as evidenced by the thousands of songs that have attempted to communicate the joy of being in love. “Full of glory” refers to the divine element in Christian joy. It’s a supernatural endowment bestowed and energized by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).

Enjoying fellowship with Christ is one of the supreme privileges of your Christian life. Strengthen and enrich that fellowship by learning the Word and relying on the Spirit. As you do, you will learn to love and trust Christ more deeply.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Ask God to teach you how to love and trust Him more faithfully. Thank Him for the joy that comes as you do.

For Further Study:

Memorize Matthew 22:37.[/COLOR]

http://www.gty.org/Resources/Devotionals