Archive for December, 2011
Rep. John King (D) has a burr under his saddle and it has to do with the greeting that the Republican Govenor of South Carolina wants all state employees to say. Apparently, because of high unemployment and a number of other things, it’s not really a great day in South Carolina, according to John King, so why act like it is, right?
When the news reporter asked Mr. King what people should say when they answered the phone, he responded with “Hello. How may I help you?” Wow, that’s nice, isn’t it? Normally though, in government departments – at least the ones I’ve done business with (though I cannot speak for South Carolina) – I usually get a response like this when I call and someone picks up the phone: “Merchandising Department, this is Pam,” or “Department of Motor Vehicles,” or “You’ve reached the _________ department. I’m either on the phone or away from my desk. Please leave a message including your first AND last name (and please spell your name), your telephone number (please say that twice), and a short message. Please speak slowly and clearly and we will get back with you just as soon as we can.”
This is sad. In fact, it’s tragic. No animal should be treated in such an inhumane way.
I’ve written before about how Butterball decided to change the way they process their turkeys and without telling anyone, opted to put all of their turkeys through the halal-compliant process. Among other things, this includes a special ceremony in which the Muslim cleric (Imam) prays to Allah, facing Mecca.
At any rate, there is now another reason to not buy Butterball turkeys. It has to do with the way the turkeys are allegedly treated by the workers at the turkey plant. The more you see of this type of abuse and cruelty, the more you want to go vegetarian…
Gary Stearman is a joy to listen to on TV as much as he is a joy to read. He would probably hate being called a “wordsmith,” but that’s what he is and what I appreciate most regarding his articles or his ability at interviewing is how his words just carry you along. It’s almost effortless.
The latest issue of Prophecy in the News magazine arrived and on the cover was the title “The Year of Fear is Here!” with a large “2012” as well. Obviously, this is going to be an interesting year for everyone because of the Mayan so-called prophecies.
Historically speaking, the Jews did not physically kill Jesus. The religious leaders of Israel at that time wanted Jesus killed, but their laws prevented them from carrying out their death wishes, so they brought him before Pilate.
It is interesting to me that too many Muslim leaders, while refusing to condemn acts of terrorism and routinely speak out against terrorism in general, at least some have refused to attend NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg’s inter-faith breakfast. They are upset because it appears to them that their religion is being profiled and have voiced that concern.
“We believe it is unequivocally wrong and fundamentally misguided to invest law enforcement resources in religious or racial profiling, rather than investigating suspicious activity,” it said. “We seek your clear, unambiguous, public support for the rights and privacy of all New Yorkers, including Muslims; and a condemnation of all policies that profile and target communities and community groups solely based on their religion or the color of their skin.”
We are working in conjunction with Kindle in offering our book – End of the Ages – free of charge for the digital download version!
This is for a limited time only. Free digital downloads will take place on December 31st, this coming Saturday from approximately 12 midnight to 11:59pm.
End of the Ages is a commentary on the book of Revelation, chapters 5 through 22.
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In preparation for another commentary I am just beginning to write on 1 Peter, my wife and I were reading that book this morning for our devotions. It is amazing what Peter says throughout the book, but there is one part that particularly jumped out at me this morning.
In 1 Peter 4:18, Peter asks this rhetorical question, “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” In essence, Peter is saying that Christians barely made it in and if it is that tough for us to be “in,” how much more difficult is it for the unsaved?
It is absolutely true. I just barely made it and through no works of my own. God opened my eyes, allowing me by His graciousness to see the truth. Once seeing the truth, He allowed me to embrace it. I did nothing except believe as Paul says in Romans 10:9-10.