The Holiday of Holidays

While I catch up on sleep after attending this concert, I thought of a new word–of course, I think it’s been said before, but who cares? It’s so perfect for this holiday season! I love it! It really brings us all together for the holidays in one heart and one soul!

Christmakwanzahannukah will be a day celebrated by all people. It’s a word that really should win a nobel peace prize. It’s so beatiful.

I included the full names of the two most important holidays and removed the s is christmas. Sneaky or what?

Happy Christmakwanzahannukah to you all, and a happy and luck-filled New Year as well.

The Grinch Strikes Again

Have you ever seen the Grinch? You know, that green sinister looking thing that decides to steal Christmas? That’s the one. Whenever you watch him jump down the chimney and steal all those great toys from Santa, you really just want to knock his block off. But he succeeds and takes all the toys back to his cave.

It’s a story that is all to similar in this day and age, as seen in a recent story coming from Boston.

Boston set off a furor this week when it officially renamed a giant tree erected in a city park a “holiday tree” instead of a “Christmas tree.”

The move drew an angry response from Christian conservatives, including evangelist Jerry Falwell who heckled Boston officials and pressed the city to change the name back.

“There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas,” Falwell told Fox Television.

The Nova Scotia logger who cut down the 48-foot (14-meter) tree was indignant and said he would not have donated the tree if he had known of the name change.

“I’d have cut it down and put it through the chipper,” Donnie Hatt told a Canadian newspaper. “If they decide it should be a holiday tree, I’ll tell them to send it back. If it was a holiday tree, you might as well put it up at Easter.”

You said it Donnie.

It’s interesting to look at our National Christmas Tree, which is still officially called the National Christmas Tree, but was called the “2004 National Holiday Tree” by Virginia last year. If you visit the National Holiday Christmas Tree, the path that leads you there will give you a taste of Hannakuh, Kwanza, and other politically correct displays.

The history clearly shows that the tree is a Christmas tree. Not a “holiday tree.” Writer Darren Smith explains the history.

As far back as 1913, President Woodrow Wilson had asked for a community Christmas tree to be placed at the Capitol so that a tree lighting ceremony could be recognized as a national event. On Christmas Eve of that year, a crowd of 20,000 was entertained by the U.S.

Today, the lighting of the National Christmas Tree is just one part of what has become a major event at the White House — the Christmas Pageant of Peace (first established in 1954). Activities include featured guest performers, strolling costumed entertainers, and more than 50 volunteer choirs, gospel groups, bell ringers, and cloggers providing live musical performances.

What once was a single Christmas tree, now includes a main tree with 56 smaller trees — one for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia — lining the Pathway of Peace. More than 75,000 lights illuminate this year’s display, and to signify the beginning of the new Millennium, the National Christmas Tree will remain decorated with multi-colored lights until midnight of New Years Eve, at which time it will change to an all-white illumination, with accents of red garlands and blue in the star.

Now, it’s interesting to note the beginnings of the National Christmas Tree.

In 1923, First Lady Grace Coolidge gave permission for the District of Columbia Public Schools to erect a Christmas tree in President’s Park (now known as the Ellipse), south of the White House. The organizers named the tree the “National Christmas Tree.”

Today, it is forbidden to pray during the Pageant of Peace:

We ask that the musical selections represent a “HOLIDAY” theme. Religious observances such as prayer are NOT an appropriate part of this program.

Now, looking at recent times may put us in the dumps, but, we must keep in mind the end of the Grinch story. He restored Christmas, and his heart grew bigger than a large grey mammal. The world is not coming to an end, and people are showing their disgust at politically correct holidays, as seen in a recent online poll on a Boston CBS affiliate’s website, which said that 64% of the people who voted said Christmas has become too politically correct.

Be happy that some people who are selling you your tree still believe that “you and your children can enjoy the real meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus.”

Keep praying for our nation, and keep fighting for the your rights. Merry Christmas.

ACLU: Sue Jonesboro School For Prayer

The ACLU is an organization that, personally, I do not like. But in some cases, their views need to be considered. Could they be right in certain circumstances? More than likely. But their hawk-eyes on school systems, and our culture in general, is usually appalling as we see overzealous work in eliminating religion. This elimination is impossible, because so-called “no religion” is actually atheism, and atheism is a religion.

But the ACLU has come down hard on Jonesboro High School in Arkansas after Senior Jessica Reed gave an “altar call” in her prayer during the graduation ceremonies. This prayer was on the school program.

“In the closing moments of this service, if you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, here’s your chance,” said senior Jessica Reed in her Southern accent on a May 20, 2005 taped video of JHS graduation ceremonies.

Earlier in her prayer, she told the students about God.

“I’m here to tell you that God is someone, that he is amazing,” said Reed during her speech, “He will love you through everything. He will praise you when you are down. All you have to do is give your heart to Him. And before we leave, I want to give you that opportunity.”

But now, the ACLU is looking for a plaintiff in a case against Jonesboro High School. Arkansas ACLU executive director Rita Sklar, described the event as a “blatant display of contempt for the First Amendment.”

Now, it’s interesting to note here, before we look at the school’s response, what Stop the ACLU said in regards to this complaint:

“Notice that no one came out and said they were offended? They are looking for someone to come out and say they were offended,” said writer Jay of Stop the ACLU, “They are shopping for a plaintiff, to further their agenda of censorship. This school did not endorse this student’s prayer, they just didn’t censor it. What seems to be the common argument among the left is that if a certain religion, most often Christianity, is not censored at a government sponsored event, then it is automatically endorsed. I guess they expect the school to police the student’s thoughts.”

Now the school’s response is very interesting.

“Our policy is to not recognize any particular religion and not to recognize religion, period,” said Jonesboro Public Schools Attorney Donn Mixon., “In this case, the student was on the school program as giving a prayer, and that does go against our policies.”

Now, is this a violation of the First Amendment? Is it wrong to give an “altar call” in a public school? Are schools to “police” the thoughts of students?

My first thought is whether or not the ACLU would be jumping on this school if a student had prayed as a Muslim and invited the students to say the Five Pillars of Islam with him?

That also brings us to another conclusion and fact in this matter. If we as Christians disagree with the ACLU here, then we must be open to allowing other religions to speak their minds at graduation speeches. They would be allowed to look for converts in their speeches.

It reminds me somewhat to Dr. Mohler’s defense of one of the most liberal churches in the United States. He was fighting for their freedom to preach what they wanted from the pulpit.

Do we have the same freedom in schools?

It’s interesting to look back at the fact that it seems no one except the ACLU was offended by the girl’s speech:

“It has occurred from time to time that students speak their mind about religion, or about prayer at graduation. The problem comes when the school recognizes that,” said Mixon, “And we had a lapse where our policy about prayer was apparently not followed that is still being investigated, but we can assure the ACLU and the public that that will not happen again.”

We need to remember that “separation of church and state” has changed in meaning just as tolerance has. Separation of Church and State means that the government cannot establish a State religion. They can’t endorse a single denomination–not neccesarily a religion. But now, the ACLU has the misguided idea that their must be no religion, especially Christianity, in schools. The ACLU, in many cases, is very hypocritical.

In this case, there does not seem to be an endorsement of a single religion. They just allowed the girl to speak her mind, and I would have no objection to it. You have to consider the facts, and true law, and the past of the ACLU.

Our forefather’s were escaping from State Churches which forced them to worship God in ways they did not believe were right. That is what the founding father’s were thinking about when they wrote the Constitution. And mind you, “Separation of Church and State” isn’t mentioned once in that document. It’s made up.

So, what is the final word? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.


On this day of Thanksgiving, let’s move beyond the turkey-day fanatics who run our schools, and focus on true history. True history that began with the Pilgrims, who landed in New England, facing a strange new land, still “fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven who had brought them over this vast and furious ocean.”

These men and women were not religous fanatics–they were men and women who were thankful that they had been preserved by the Almighty in crossing a treacherous ocean. They knew they had many hardships ahead of them. In fact, they weren’t even in the right place. They were supposed to have landed in Jamestown, Virginia, but had landed in Plymouth.

The followed the command of Paul to give “thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Those three days in 1621 will forever be remembered by true historians as a historic day in our nation. It points to the religous roots of our nation. A nation founded on Christian principles and by Christian people who were seeking freedom for all. Yes, even those who were against them. They wanted a place where all men could believe what they wanted.

And they found this in America. May we forever give thanks.

Little Thoughts And Reminders

As I was reading the Rebelution today, I was thinking about their latest post. And as I sat their, I realized that no one can see the blog they were talking about. But actually, you can. Well, at least the front page. When you click on the links, you will understand my meaning.

I also happened to notice the surge in posts over at Smart Homeschool. You wouldn’t believe what you’re missing out one.

You might want to check out Tim Challies post on Rick Warren. My material and thoughts on that can be found here.

You might want to check out the discussion going on in this post.

Finally, I noticed that Lindsey is talking about Calvinism over at her blog. That’s awesome! You can check out some of my material by clicking here.

I really wish I could post something long, and thoughtful, but at this moment, I just want to point you to some other blogs that have had some fantastic posts today that you really don’t want to miss out on.

“It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did.”

Those were the words of David Ludwig, 18-year-old killer from Lancaster County, PA.

Ludwig confessed to the killings, saying he shot the parents after the father told him to stop seeing his daughter, according to the filing. Ludwig said he shot Michael Borden in the back as he was going down the hallway to the front door and then headed toward Cathryn Borden.

“I shot mom as she was sitting in the chair,” Ludwig was quoted as saying. “It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did.”

Ludwig told detectives that after the killings, he couldn’t find Kara Borden. He said he started to drive away and saw her running down the road toward him.

She got in the car and said she wanted to “get as far away as possible, get married, and start a new life,” Ludwig told detectives.

Investigators have said they are still treating Kara Borden as a crime victim. but the investigation continues in this wild and horrible story. It’s a story of two teens who were called normal, homeschooled, and Christians. It’s a story that shows us that we cannot at any time say we aren’t that bad. We are all capable of grabbing a gun and shooting anyone. It’s just another example of the sinful nature of man. We cannot avoid the fact that we all are sinners. Man is not naturally good. These stories show us that fact over and over again. They reveal the sinfulness of man, and the holiness of God.

Kara may face life behind bars at this point, though I doubt that may happen. But we’ll keep looking into this story as it unfolds:

“If she is charged because she was part of the planning, if she is charged because she was sort of a co-conspirator, she will face murder charges, even if she didn’t pull the trigger. And the important thing to know about this, in terms of Pennsylvania law, is because she’s 14, she’s old enough to be transferred to adult court, be prosecuted as an adult and face, not the death penalty because of her age, but life behind bars.”

“You know, as a [CBS analyst and] prosecutor, what I’m thinking about with regard to this particular type of kid is, was she so under his spell, was she in a kind of an obsessive puppy love about it, or was she so angry with her parents? That’s the most important issue. Was she part of it, or was she a guilty, duped child?

It’s so sad to hear stories like these. But it’s important to learn from history and current events. We can find truths from the Bible, and we can find warnings for our personal lives.

This situation is an obvious portrayal of what haunts each and every human being on this earth–rebellion. We want our own ways. We want we we want. We look out for #1. Whatever pleases us is what we do.

That’s a huge problem in our society and in our world today. We see it in every major religion that promotes good works. It’s all about us. We want to move away from what others say is good for us, do it all on our own, and serve our own lusts and pleasures on this earth. It is simply humanism. The glorifying of man.

Nothing–not even homeschooling–will solve the problems of our society. Only one man can–and His name is Jesus Christ.

I don’t think you’ll hear that on CBS.

I’m Thankful For Bandwidth

You may have noticed that I exceeded my “bandwidth” for the month of November a week and a half early. That’s two months in a row and probably the third or fourth time this year. What exactly does this mean?

Mainly, I owe more money to StillThinking (but my 5 year old brother assured me that I’m “rich” so I shouldn’t have any problems paying. I told him to ask for an Agent Tim Online T-Shirt for Christmas to help me get “richer”.) The other thing that is happening would be the obvious: my site is growing in readership. I know some are curious about my stats, since I don’t link to them on my sidebar anywhere, so I’ll tell you the basics: 1000+ visits. 5,000 hits. All by the grace of God.

It’s just another thing to be thankful for this week, and a reminder of an ever-present truth. Just because Thanksgiving is around the corner doesn’t mean we officially begin to give thanks. It should be official all year long.

Yet still, you can feel that warmth of the Thanksgiving season creeping in and wrapping it’s warm arms around each and every one of our hearts. I love the feeling of being present with family on Thanksgiving and Christmas (and the feeling of being full of food!).

But I still can’t forget to think about all of those who seemingly have nothing to be thankful for this season. Some have lost it all. I think about the hurricane victims, and those who have experienced so much horror and disaster in their lives just in the last few months. I think about the Borten and Ludwig families. I think about a child who has lost his father or mother. I think of that man or woman with no family and no home. I think about that lost soul far away in another country looking out at the ocean and wondering if there is more to life. I think of that young child in Africa who is crying as his mother is lost to AIDS, and he is now an orphan with no home.

And then, my thoughts return to how much God has blessed me over abundantly. My blogging experience has opened the way for me to write for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (somewhat), writing for Virtue Magazine, getting on nationally sydicated radio with Dr. Albert Mohler, and most recently receiving a special package from a well-known pastor and writer who lives in this area.

I have to ask: Why me? Why not Jake or Alex or Travis? Why not Kristin or Hannah or Jennifer? Who not David? Why not any one of the other teens on my lists? Why 1000 daily visits and exceeded bandwidth?

I’m still praying about that. But for the time being, I’m just thankful for everything God has given to me.

The Taste Of Freedom

This letter is one that you must not and can not miss. From a platoon in 101st Airborne in Iraq…they want their message spread.

Ladies and gentleman I ask you this. What if you lived in a country that wasn’t free? What if someone told you when you could have heat, electricity, and water? What if you had no sewage systems so human waste flowed into the streets? What if someone would kill you for bad-mouthing your government? What if you weren’t allowed to watch TV, connect to the internet, or have cell phones unless under extreme censorship? What if you couldn’t put shoes on your child’s feet?

You need not to have a great understanding of the world but rather common sense to realize that it is our duty as HUMAN BEINGS to free the oppressed. If you lived that way would you not want someone to help you????

The Iraqi’s pour into the streets to wave at us and when we liberated the cities during the war they gathered in the thousands to cheer, hug and kiss us. It was what the soldier’s in WW2 experienced, yet no one questioned their cause!! Saddam was no better than Hitler! He tortured and killed thousands of innocent people. We are heroes over here, yet American’s badmouth our President for having us here.

Every police station here has a dozen or more memorials for officers that were murdered trying to ensure that their people live free. These are husbands, fathers, and sons killed every day. What if it were your country? What would your choice be? Everything we fight for is worth the blood that may be shed. The media never reports the true HEROISM I witness everyday in the Iraqi’s. Yes there are bad one’s here, but I assure you they are a minuscule percent. Yet they are a number big enough to cause worry in this country’s future.

Read the rest.

I Wish I Was

The past few days I have been thinking about a lot of things, and much has been on my mind. But the main focus of my thoughts have been on humility. Humility is something that I cannot claim to have. Sometimes I don’t even want to work on it–I put it aside and decide that I will take the consequences of my actions. I know beforehand that pride leads to a fall, but I don’t care. I just push on ahead, putting those great thoughts of humilty behind me.

Then there are those times when I display false humility. The humility that in reality is nothing more than pride. We’re not humble, but pretending to be so we can be proud we are so humble. We’re proud that everyone around us thinks we’re humble. I’m afraid it doesn’t work that way.

Over the past weekend, I began reading Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney. It’s a powerful book–extremely thought-provoking for me personally, especially considering the circumstances surrounding receiving this book (which I may relay to you some other time). This book has begun to help me strive for true humility in practical ways.

Even though there are those times when I don’t feel like being humble, I am still pushing on towards humility, and taking it step by step, as is Pastor Mahaney. It gets harder for me each and every day as God continues to bless me in so many ways.

But I have to remember James 4:6:

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

We need to understand that humility is taking the attention and glory that belongs to God off of ourselves. We need to give all the attention and glory to Him. When we take the glory off of ourselves, we shine it on the awesomeness of God.

We are to be the least. God is to be the greatest.

It’s a wild thing to realize that being the greatest is really being the least. And that’s a hard struggle. It’s the root of sin–wanting to do what we want. What we want as humans is sin, and when we sin we are putting God below us.

That’s a huge reason for the New Age movement–people want what they want–their own rules, laws, religion–and they want to look out for number one. That’s who matters to them.

But it doesn’t work that way at all. The least shall be the greatest.

And I’ve got a long way to go.

The World Revolves Around Me

Interesting thoughts from Slice of Laodicea:

The very successful Women of Faith Conferences spawned the Revolve Tour for teenage girls. This is funded by Thomas Nelson, that publishing house that produces the Revolve Teen girls Bible-zine. Bible-zines are supposedly a tool to get teens to read the Bible so they put Scriptures in a format that looks like Cosmo or Teen magazine. Scriptures are found on the same page with advice on boys, skin care and clothing tips, etc. Having a young daughter, I was intrigued to look at the Revolve Tour website and see what they are offering girls spiritually. There were “beautiful” women all over, flawless skin, airbrushed celebrities and music stars writhing in tight clothes on the music videos. Our moral standards have gotten so low in the church that women in low rider jeans and tight t-shirts are considered wonderful role models for Christian girls.

I was discussing the book a little in the comment section, and was glad to see some scriptural responses. But what is your view of this book? Has it gone too far?

It reminds me of the 100-Minute Bible. We can really corrupt the Bible in this age, and we need to hold fast to what we have.


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