Sunday Respite – ‘Waiting in Silence’

Wishing everyone a great day. One of my favorite pieces for Advent.

1. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we long for you, Lord.
God ever with us, Emmanuel,
Come, Lord Jesus, Maranatha!

2. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we trust in your love.
O Sun of Justice, true Prince of Peace,
Come with your justice, Lord, Maranatha!

3. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, Lord, we seek your truth.
Wisdom Incarnate, teach us your way;
Show us the path of life, Maranatha!

4. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, we long for new life.
O Key of David, open our hearts.
Give us new vision, Lord, Maranatha!

5. Waiting in silence, waiting in hope;
we are your people, our hearts thirst for you.
Flower of Jesse, bloom in our midst.
Make us your garden, Lord, Maranatha!

Thought police out to destroy T.V. Christian couple Chip and Joanna on H.& G.

I happen to enjoy watching this nice couple that has a very popular program on H. and G. They fix houses Yes, a normal couple. No, not five wives, not 500 lbs, not some sort of bizarre behavior with tons of problems. BUT they are Christian. The media managed to knock off one H and G show because the guys were Christian and didn’t support gay marriage. Off with their heads. This couple is saying nothing. But their church? Here is the story:

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I only know two things about Chip and Joanna Gaines: 1) My mom is obsessed with their HGTV show, and 2) Chip is a big doofus and apparently the luckiest man alive. Home-renovation shows aren’t really my thing, but they seem like a nice couple and they do nice things for people. Look up the word “nice” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of those two, surprising you with how wonderfully they’ve renovated it.

But they’re also devout Christians. So, of course, they must be destroyed. Kate Aurthur at BuzzFeed has the grim, socially unjust details:

Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert, who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.

So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department.

Well, Chip and Joanna have the right to their religious beliefs. And if you don’t like those religious beliefs, you don’t have to watch their show or otherwise support them financially. People like Kate Aurthur and all the other miserable creeps at BuzzFeed can keep finding ways to turn Americans against each other, and the Democrats can keep losing elections and wondering what the hell happened. It works out fine for everybody.

Read more: at Daily Caller

Huma Abedin’s father – a glimpse into his issues

We never got a real shot at vetting Obama. He managed to slip through, his background never explored. One person this time we must. That being the shadowy figure known as Huma Abedin. We now know she has access to everything Clinton with the recent Email revelations. And Clinton we now know is very careless with our secrets. The Free Beacon managed to catch an interview video of Huma’s father. It’s an important glimpse into the Abedin world. Here tis:

Syed Abedin, the father of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma, outlined his view of Sharia law and how the Western world has turned Muslims “hostile” during a wide-ranging video interview that shines newfound light on the reclusive thinker’s world views, according to footage exclusively obtained by theWashington Free Beacon.

(Just a little refresher about the relationship before we begin.)

From Pajamas Media

Hillary Clinton signed a document less than one month prior to her trip to Saudi Arabia with Huma that lifted the ban on Tariq Ramadan, allowing him entry into the United States. (Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna, and has ties to Islamic terrorist groups.)

Here is a picture from the video of Syed Abedin on the left.

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The video provides a window into the Abedin family’s ideology, which has been marred by accusations it is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abedin said that Arab states must police the upholding of Sharia, or Islamic law, and explained why the majority of Muslims view Israel and the Western world in primarily “hostile” terms.

Abedin, who was then a professor in the university’s college of general studies, said that Western intervention in the Arab world has sparked a backlash among many faithful Muslims.

Snip….

In a separate discussion on the state’s role in a person’s life, Abedin said it is necessary to police the application of Sharia law.

“The state has to take over” as Muslim countries evolve, he argued. “The state is stepping in in many countries … where the state is now overseeing that human relationships are carried on on the basis of Islam. The state also under Islam has a right to interfere in some of these rights given to the individual by the Sharia.”

Snip….

The Abedins helped create the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, a publication accused of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and of promoting a hardline Islamic ideology.

Huma Abedin served as an assistant editor of the journal for 12 years and also played a role in its offshoot, the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, a think-tank established in Saudi Arabia by an accused financier of the al Qaeda terror group, according to the Jerusalem Post.

More at Free Beacon

Pelosi: ‘It’s God and Guns’ the reason knuckle draggers won’t vote for Hillary

Looks like Nancy had a bit more work done and is sporting a new face look. I tried to look for the low point of this week’s Dem convention. This came close

Nancy Pelosi said that the reason non-educated white males “vote against their economic interests” because of the three “g’s” – God, guns and gays.

Here is my answer

Give me my God and Guns – Lynyrd Skynyred

Sunday Respite – Spring Morning

It’s anything but Spring around my parts, but it’s coming. Some beautiful photography as a reminder. Enjoy.

Steve Middleton – Spring Morning

Michelle Obama celebrates Iran’s Nowruz Holiday

In an obvious attempt to appease Iran as wells as her husband’s apparent desperation to empower Iran with nuclear capability, Michelle Obama recently hosted Nowruz, an Iranian spring festival which marks the beginning of the Persian New Year, at the White House.

The Obama’s have not yet revealed if they’ll be invited to celebrate “Death To America” Day in Iran…

So our First Lady is celebrating the New Year of a country that commits atrocities like killing gays and treating women like sub-human species. Sure! Let’s celebrate horrific place and its customs…Iranian born Valeria Jarrett must be so happy!

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As White House Dossier points out:

There are somewhere between half a million and a million Iranian Americans in the United States, about the same as the number of Lithuanian Americans. Where’s the White House Lithuanian American holiday celebration?

No, this is not about Nowruz. This is a clear attempt to appease the Iran government, and it is exactly what is wrong with President Obama’s approach to Iran and the rest of the world. It explains why Iran has been able to extract a deal that will allow the centrifuges to keep spinning and, ultimately, a bomb to be built.

What tyrants respond to is strength. Malice. Threats. Force. They do not love, and they do not seek to be loved.

When Qadaffi gave up his nuclear program after Bush invaded Iraq, it wasn’t because Laura Bush celebrated a Libyan holiday.

Our attempts to placate evildoers with something like a Nowruz festival invite only contempt. It confirms for them that we are weak, and that they can take advantage of us.

We are, as these things go, a nice people. Some of us, mostly on Left, tend to think the rest of the world is nice too. It’s not.

It is, actually, no more than self-indulgence to assume others are like us. It is hubris. The hubris of someone like Obama.

The Iranians understand our leaders much better than our leaders understand them. They know Obama will never attack them. And they are negotiating accordingly.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who understands the neighborhood in which he lives, came here to warn America. Obama didn’t even bother to watch the speech. Because it contradicts his world view.

One day, quite possibly, hundreds of thousand or even millions will die because of the deal Obama is about to strike. Those people may be Americans.

Because Peace through Weakness is a deadly way of doing business.

Could this be happening?

Is Kerry being blackmailed with his Iranian family ties?

From 2015- move it up to about 1:30 to see her joyous because she is now proud to be an American.

H/T:Truth and Action and 100 percent fed up

Celebrating the meaning of the Spring equinox

As we prepare for the upcoming Christian celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can also acknowledge and choose to celebrate the event of the Spring Equinox. Actually very much intertwined. I invite you to explore a relationship with the Christian tradition and many ancient and present religions, and their commonality. Among the Roman Catholic church and Protestant denominations, Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after MARCH-20, the nominal date of the Spring Equinox. Its ancient linkages to sun and moon worship are obvious.

The Moravian Church (the earliest protestant church) of which I am a member, Easter begins with a Sunrise service. Before the Sun has begun to rise, members gather at the Church. We take a long wistful walk to the cemetery. A brass Choir heralds the rising of the Sun. A beautiful service. Link More Moravian faith.

We recognize the new dawn – resurrection with the rising of the sun. How much different from our ancestors? I offer you this video when you have some time for self-reflection, and then the links below for your consideration. 

Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard from Belsebuub expand upon the symbolic and spiritual significance of this time.

“…Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world.

“It symbolizes what an initiate goes through in a definitive and important stage of self-realization, where the struggle between darkness and light creates the opposition needed to attain immortality. This is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other…

More Moravian faith

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