Just wanted to share what I was reading:
James 1:2-4…..2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. NIV
James 1:12…..Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. NIV
9:00 p.m…..We saw Beth’s friend, Lantz, when we were out shopping today. She worked with him at CVS. Later he became a CVS store detective. He warned them that some employees were going to be fired for using the store coupons they didn’t know they weren’t supposed to use. Long story, if you haven’t read it here before. That was 2 years ago.
He hugged her and picked her right up off the ground. He’s now working as a draftsman.
I had physical therapy this morning and a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. And errand running between the two.
We were able to get my knee to bend to 91 degrees today. That’s a good improvement over just 60 degrees 3-1/2 weeks ago. But the aggressive breaking up of scar tissue in my leg had produced a mass of bruises. They hurt. I have to go back to see the doctor in 2-1/2 weeks. We need to get my knee to bend to at least 101 or 102 degrees by then.
Beth made a Snickers Pie to take to the therapy group today. She has another to take to a friend at Walmart tomorrow, and one more to make for the dinner at church Sunday. She needs to start selling them.
Georgians Pick a Peach for Senate
Despite last month’s Senate scare, the GOP celebrated a crucial victory in Georgia Tuesday night as Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) fended off Jim Martin (D) in the state’s widely anticipated runoff. Regardless of what happens in Minnesota, where the recount is still undecided in the Coleman-Franken race, Chambliss’s win means that Democrats will not have the official 60-seat majority they had hoped for. Sen. Chambliss, an FRC Action “True Bluer,” earned 57 percent of the vote to Martin’s 43. For Republicans with any hope of countering the leadership’s pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda, this was a must-win.
Our supporters were highly complimentary of FRC Action’s sister organization, the FRC Action PAC, which was in the political fray through a series of radio ads throughout Georgia that educated voters on the social platforms of both candidates. Now that a victor has finally been declared, we congratulate Sen. Chambliss and look forward to joining him in the battle for faith, family, and freedom.
Religious Hostility on Display at U.S. Capitol
Today, the U.S. Capitol unveiled what one congressman has called a “$600 million godless pit,” a palatial underground visitors’ center which is at the heart of an ongoing debate over the place of America’s religious heritage in the nation’s capital. Not only does the basement of the House and Senate’s home have new galleries, theaters, and gift shops, but, as 108 congressmen rightly argue, it should also include an honest and complete portrayal of America’s religious roots.
Initially, planners had scrubbed references to “In God We Trust,” the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Founders’ faith. The Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for the renovations, came under fire from the building’s own residents, the U.S. Congress, for omitting such basic references to the Almighty. Although some of the concerns were addressed before the center opened this afternoon, dozens of leaders and organizations like FRC are still troubled by the politically correct nature of the exhibits, which are historically incorrect.
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) have been the most vocal opponents of this spiritual “whitewashing” of America’s most recognizable symbol. A last-minute plaster job tries, poorly, to hide the inaccurate reference to “E Pluribus Unum” as our national motto (“In God We Trust” was established by Congress as the national motto in 1956). Even the U.S. Constitution is said to be grossly misrepresented in the exhibit. As the Heritage Foundation’s Matt Spalding writes, the excerpts on display are a “temple to liberals’ ‘living Constitution.'”
We join the chorus of citizens, who, as patrons of this Visitors Center, demand fidelity to the Founders and a more accurate portrayal of the important role of faith in American life. To help sound the alarm, contact your congressmen and ask them to restore Christianity to its place of prominence in the U.S. Capitol.
The Moral Minority
If the state of Congress, Hollywood, and Wall Street isn’t proof enough, a new study shows that America has become indifferent to personal ethics. Surveying almost 30,000 students, the Josephson Institute found that the nation is raising a throng of lawbreakers. Nearly than two-thirds (64%) of teens said they cheated on tests; another 30% admitted to stealing from a store; and 42% said they sometimes lie to save money. Despite this, 93% are “satisfied” with their level of integrity. Although researchers warn of the consequences to the culture, what we’ve already witnessed from the nation’s rich and powerful suggests that America is reaping the moral apathy she’s sown.
As FRC’s own Dr. Pat Fagan has shown in his “Mapping America” project, there is a remedy for this crisis of character — raising children in intact homes that worship weekly. In the last three editions of “Mapping,” Dr. Fagan demonstrates that kids who live with their biological or adoptive parents and go to church frequently exhibit the fewest behavioral problems. To get these two-page gems on the positive impact of religion and family on society, please visit http://www.mappingamericaproject.org and subscribe. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Dr. Fagan live tomorrow at the Heritage Foundation’s Religion Research Conference at 10:30 a.m. For more information, on a live web stream of this valuable conference, visit http://www.heritage.org.