Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We Stand with Israel

So remember what I said about those yellow roses that Americans were giving to Israeli PM Netanyahu to show their support? Well, they've been delivered! Yay!

From the Jerusalem Post:
Some 20,000 flowers donated by American Christians and Jews who were upset by the reportedly poor treatment that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received in the White House last month will be distributed on Remembrance Day.

Jerusalem florist Richard Kovler allocated the flowers on Sunday to army units, Border Police and organizations helping victims of terror, for memorial ceremonies that will be held Monday across the country.

“It’s a nice gesture of friendship at a time of bereavement to let Israelis know that Americans care about them,” Kovler said.

More than 2,100 dozen roses, totaling more than 25,000 flowers, were donated in a campaign led by US radio host Janet Porter’s Faith2action organization. About 6,000 flowers were distributed to Jerusalem hospitals on April 11, and one bouquet of 100 flowers was symbolically given to Netanyahu.

I was amazed when I read how many individual flowers there were. According to the ordering link, there have been 2,368 bouquets of a dozen roses each. By my math... let's see... 2, 368 times 12... if all of those bouquets have been delivered, then that comes out to about 28,416 roses.


You know something, Barack? We support Israel.

Deal with it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

So Yeah

Normal banner's back up. Yay!

I'd like to thank my newest follower. Thank You! As some people might see, I have added the followers do-hickey to my blog, and added a couple more links to the Conservative Corner. Now I'm having trouble with that too. But it seems to have passed.

Tonight I put up my pro-Israel poster. Now I need a great pro-Israel link to go with it. I wonder where I can get one. I saw a news story that cheered me up today? Remember how Obama was thumbing his nose to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while the PM was visiting? (Or maybe you saw my rant about it. Ranting is good for your blood pressure. Try it sometime. You'll feel better when you're done - especially if you write it out.) Well today I saw a blog post over on Gateway Pundit about how Americans are sending the PM about 10,000 yellow roses as a sign of friendship. It cheered me up immensely.

Here is the link to the Gateway Pundit story. And here is a link to the Jerusalem post article on it. i hope the flowers get delivered soon, though I admit it might take some time for a shipment of flowers that large to get delivered.

Then tonight I went back to Gateway Pundit and proceeded to about have a heart attack at this headline: "Netanyahu Cancels Trip to Nuclear Summit."

OBAMA'S HOLDING A NUCLEAR SUMMIT!?!? We are so SCREWED! Who elected this hippy?!?! "Come, my brothers, and we will all live in harmony in a nuke-free world."

Yeah. Right. listen to me veeerryy carefully. PEACE IS A TWO WAY STREET. You cannot have peace unless the other country wants peace. I have a bad feeling that is going to blow up in our face, spectacularly.

Kudos to Netanyahu for just saying no.

The news is bad for my mental health. But keeping one's head buried in the sand is how we got into this mess in the first place, so I'll keep pressing on.

I wish I had covered all my tracks completely
'Cause I'm so afraid
Is that the light at the far end of the tunnel,
Or just the train?

... I forget the last time I felt brave
I just recall uncertainty
'Cause it came down like a tidal wave,
and sorrow swept over me.

Depression please cut to the chase
And cut a long story short....
- Owl City, Tidal Wave

Thanks to whoever made the Star of David clip art that I used for both the banner and the poster. I appreciate it. Drawing a Star of David in MS Paint is pretty hard.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He is Risen!

"Wide open, Wide open,
They nailed His arms wide open.
After three days in the cold grave
The power of sin was broken
Now with outstretched arms
He welcomes in
Everyone who trusts in Him
His nail-scarred hands hold Heaven's gates
Wide open!"
- Newsong, "Wide Open"

From the book of Matthew, chapter 28:

1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as the snow.
4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6 "He is not here, for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Remember on Friday when I said that the story didn't end with Jesus' death? Today we celebrate the ultimate good news - He is risen!!

If you don't know Jesus as your Savior, if you've never heard any of this before, you can talk to me by leaving a comment on my blog, and I'll be happy to take the time and talk to you about it.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!!

"Now with outstretched arms
He welcomes in
Everyone who trusts in Him
His nail-scarred hands hold Heaven's gates
Wide open!"

Friday, April 2, 2010

It Is Finished

Or in Greek, te telestai.

From the book of Matthew, chapter 27:

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabchthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man is calling for Elijah!"
48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave it to Him to drink.
49 The rest said, "Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him."
50 Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up His Spirit.
51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
52 and coming out of the grave after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
53 Now, when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly, this was the sun of God!"

From the book of John, chapter 19:

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!"
29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with the sour wine, put it on a hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

You know, as I was typing this out, a thought occurred to me: I am so glad that that is NOT where the story ends. Because I would have absolutely no hope if that was where the story stopped.

Today is Good Friday. And you're probably wondering, "If this is about Jesus dying, then why on Earth is it called 'Good Friday'?" I'm glad you asked. It's called Good Friday because Jesus died to save all of us from our sins. And He didn't stay dead. He rose again. And someday, he's coming back.

Today we remember that Jesus gave His life for us and comemorate His death. And on Sunday, we'll celebrate because the story does not just end with death.

Petra - It is Finished

"The provision has been made
The foundation has been laid
He paid the ransom due and tore the temple veil in two
And opened up the way for me and you!

It is finished!"