It’s hot!

flameout       flameout     flameout     flameout     flameout

The normal temperature for the Houston area, for this time of year, is 90 degrees. Today it was 98, with a heat index of 104. The record for this day is 99 degrees. It’s even worse in west Texas. At least we get the “cooling” breezes off the Gulf of Mexico.

Brandon works in hot attics or on rooftops in the sun. He was in a 130 degree attic last week.

Tomorrow Steve is doing testing in a plant in Texas City. He has to wear the fire retardant clothing (and he had to shave his beard tonight).

Please pray for them working in this heat.


Just a thought from our pastor’s sermon yesterday.

We all know Jesus took all our sins upon Himself, and died on the cross, to pay the price for those sins. It’s easy to say. We’ve probably all said it many times…but do we really understand it?

When you do something you shouldn’t do, does it bother you? Do you feel guilty? That sin really weighs on you, if you are a Christian. What must it have been like for Jesus to take on every sin of every human being…even the ones who had not yet been born?

It must have been like torture to Him. Not only did he bear those sins, but the Father could not look on Him.

So he wasn’t just tortured physically, as they beat him, ripped all the hair out of his face, and shoved sharp thorns down on the top of his head. The spiritual torture must have been far, far worse.

Matt 27:46….46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi,  lama sabachthani?”-which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me ?”   NIV


From the Liberty Council…SEND YOUR FAXES….As I reported to you last week, news leaking out of our Nation’s capital indicates that Senate Democrats are planning to fast-track the anti-faith hate crimes bill by attaching it as an amendment to another bill.

One news site said Senate Democrats are “smuggling” the bill through!

The only good news is that opposition and outrage is building, thanks in large part to Liberty Counsel team
members.

In the past few days alone, you have flooded the Senate with tens of thousands of petitions, faxes and phone calls.
But I feel we must keep the pressure on for the next several days and DEMAND that Harry Reid back away from this plan to fast-track the anti-faith hate crimes bill.


From Citizen Link:

Good News: Judge Orders End to Muzzling of St. Louis Christians

A federal judge has issued an order permanently prohibiting the city of St. Louis from banning a Christian ministry from distributing literature at an annual gay- pride event.
 
In 2006, Apple of His Eye ministry was threatened with arrest by St. Louis officials for handing out tracts and talking about their Christian faith at PrideFest.  With the help of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), though, the ministry was able to get the ban lifted.

“Christian groups shouldn’t be prohibited from expressing their beliefs at public locations,” ADF-allied attorney Rick Nelson of the American Liberties Institute said. 

“We are pleased with the court’s decision to lift an unconstitutional ban on expression in these areas throughout the city, allowing members of Apple of His Eye to peacefully exercise their First Amendment right to free speech.”

The ruling comes in time for Apple of His Eye members to share their faith at PrideFest later this month.



  

Family Research Council:

Co-Op or Co-Opt?

With opposition to a new government-sponsored health plan strengthening, some Democrats in Congress are advancing alternatives they say will help cover millions of today’s uninsured without excessive government involvement. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has been meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss his idea for health care cooperatives. The idea echoes the Depression-Era example of rural electric cooperatives, which have brought power to smaller and remote communities across the U.S.

The distinctive features of these co-ops include the facts that they are nonprofit, owned by their consumer-members, and self-governing. Senate Democratic leaders have directed Conrad to work with Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) on the idea, which faces opposition from Senate liberals who want a government-owned plan to compete with the private sector and view Conrad’s proposal with suspicion.

Several Republicans who oppose a public plan are said to be intrigued by the Conrad co-ops, but there are many issues. Schumer reportedly wants government officials to manage the co-ops. What about the scope of services to be covered under government mandates? Will there be many regional co-ops, or just a national entity? Conservatives favor more such alternatives, but federal and state rules already limit consumer access and make new health entities hard to form. Conrad says the co-ops may need federal start-up capital. Can Uncle Sam’s helping hand really avoid becoming a heavy hand? Will that heavy hand force taxpayers to directly subsidize abortion for the first time in over 30 years?

Additional Resources
Associated Press: Co-op compromise gives White House a health option

 

U.S. Indebted, but Not with Gratitude 

Today, President Obama trekked to Chicago, where he tried to convince the nation’s biggest physicians’ association that overhauling the country’s health care system could also cure the economy. His reform plan is “the single most important thing we can do for America’s long-term fiscal health,” he told members of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Sound familiar? The President said the same thing about his economic “recovery” package, which was supposed to be the silver bullet for the country’s worst recession since the 1930s. “The economy is very sick,” Obama said in January. “The situation is getting worse… We have to act and act now.” Well, act they did. But months later, the American markets are still in critical condition, and a massive health overhaul topping $1 trillion is no remedy.

Naturally, the AMA’s doctors are skeptical about the President’s government-run plan–and so are economists, who recognize that Congress would be committing money for reform that it simply does not have. Of course, it doesn’t help the administration’s cause that new numbers are circulating about Washington’s spending binge. According to the New York Post, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker now estimates the national debt at $1 million per family! When Walker crunched the numbers for federal, state, local, and private debt, it adds up to $75 trillion in obligations–or $250,000 per man, woman, and child in the country. So by all means, let’s keep spending!

With this gigantic burden already bearing down on families, how likely are voters to support another $1 trillion health reform boondoggle? According to a Rasmussen Report, nearly half of Americans (45%) are already calling on the administration to cancel the stimulus spending, agreeing that it hasn’t produced the jobs or financial rebound the White House promised. Imagine their remorse if a public health option further erodes our freedom

Additional Resources
New York Post: US Debt Is At $1M Per Family

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5 thoughts on “It’s hot!

  1. @paoguy118 – :yes: I’ve often thought of our military in the sandbox, when my son talks about hot attics. He does AC work. He works on them, but he doesn’t get to be in that cool air most of the time. There are usually deaths in TX during this time of year. I can remember not having AC, but I don’t know how we ever made it. It won’t get back down in the 80’s till October. I’m always so glad when we get that first cold front! :sunny:

  2. To Hot for me that is for sure.  Have a good rest of the week.  I so like traveling and just seeing new things and spending quality time with those that I care about.  I hope that I can get the days off to go to IL in July.  Take care.  Blessings. 

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