Sunday, December 10, 2006

Be Not Afraid! - Dec 10

Here's another video (runs 3:41) from YouTube featuring Johnny Cash's "Hurt" off of American IV: The Man Comes Around. Have to apologize in advance cause there's a f-bomb right at the end. Still, it's a good video and a sobering reminder of the fallen world we live in.

I have decided to have a real upbeat post here. Y'know what the message that Jesus Christ brought to this earth? I think His ministry can be summed up in these three words: Be not afraid! This phrase in its various permutations is repeated 366 times in the Bible, once for each day of the year, including leap years (so I've heard). My friend, you don't have to be afraid of dying! You don't have to be afraid about geopolitics spinning out of control! You don't have to be afraid of nature's fury! What an incredible message the Good News is! I see deterioration all around me, reminding me of how fast and how far we have fallen. And yet, if there is one thing that keeps me going, it is my faith in the God of Israel. So let's celebrate those everyday common individuals who aren't afraid!

Renzo Gracie is nuts. So is Matt Hughes, a devout Christian who also happens to be a UFC fighter. In case you've been living on Mars recently, UFC stands for the Ultimate Fighting Challenge. Courage? More like insanity if you ask me.

Canada has, in my humble estimation, always been blessed with heroes. Our problem is that we seldom recognize them as such. As an ex-soldier with 12 years of experience (Primary Land Reserve) I can appreciate the sacrifices our troops make, especially in God-forsaken places like Afghanistan. Those wily Taliban are at it again, using suicide bombers to attack Canadian convoys. Not only soldiers, but police too as three of Winnipeg's finest have been shot in a drug raid. All three will live but it is feared that two of the officers have suffered career-ending injuries. Tough job to chase after scumbag drug dealers, but somebody's gotta do it.

Kudos to chief elf Clare Mills, who works at Winnipeg's Canada Post. What is his job you may ask? It's to answer all the mail that is delivered to Santa Claus. Please realize that for some children Christmas reminds them of at-home abuse, divorce or perhaps the death of a loved one. It's a quiet courage I suppose, but an essential one.

I'll tell you who is getting a lump of coal in their stockings this year. It's for those 175 MPs (yes, you know who you are!) who shamelessly voted against revisiting the idea of same-sex marriage. Hath God said that a man should leave his parents and cleave unto his wife? Yes He has, and it's a crime that God's word is not honored as it rightfully should be in the House of Commons.

Please pray for the safe return of Laura Gainey, 25 year-old daughter of hockey great and Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey. It appears a rogue wave in the North Atlantic has swept her overboard. Rescue efforts are underway and if Ms. Gainey can keep warm she may still have an outside chance. I'll keep you posted, be it good or bad news.

Hey, did you know that The Donald aka Mr. Donald Trump isn't afraid of doing business in Israel? The man has never been shy about bucking the trend, a good reason why he's a billionaire.

I have always believed that inspiration almost always comes from the unlikeliest of sources. Here are profiles in courage of three Muslims (yes, you heard correctly) named Nonie Darwish, Khaleb Kasab Mahameed and Jalal Talibani. In Nonie Darwish we have an Egyptian woman who has chosen to speak out (at great risk) against Islam's self-destructive behaviour. Mr. KKM's scenario is unique as well. KKM was going to go to Tehran, Iran to speak out against a despicable Holocaust Denial Conference. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Mahameed did not receive a visa to enter the country. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is slamming the recent Iraq Study Group's findings headed by (noted anti-Semite) James Baker, who sees this as an American betrayal of the worst sort. Given American Leftist sympathies and the apathy of the locals, I can see the man's point. While anti-war sentiment is indeed fashionable, opting out of Iraq now would be an unmitigated disaster. Not just for Sunni, Shia or Kurd, but for Iraq's besieged Assyrian Christian population as well.

I'll tell you why we should still be rejoicing. God's faithful foot soldiers are on the move, whether it be spreading the Good News to India's Buddhists or to the world's Muslim population at large. The message of God's unconditional love for the repentant sinner is a message of love, light, life and truth. It's a message of hope and a call to righteousness. Praise be to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

Finally an X-Def update to fill your boots with. I've added some new links to the sidebar, including a global seismic monitor, GFA Canada, and a blog named Doctor Bulldog which I pulled out of Jihad Watch. One of our contributors, Concerned, has left us. He had only one post in September and that was it. He's very busy with his church and unfortunately didn't have the time. Oh well, the show must go on! I've also added a clever 'Bible box' from Please do make use of them as I have placed them there for your benefit.

The Man in Black

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