What Could Be The Greatest Irony To This Shutdown


I think that one of the greatest ironies of this shutdown. The unstaffed, open air memorial to Martin Luther King is barricaded. King is probably the greatest modern martyr to human freedom. He lived and died for freedom and now finds himself un -free and barricaded. If MLK was alive, what would he say? Shame on politicians who barricade the unstaffed MLK and War Vet Memorials in the name of political games while they socialize in their still opened gyms. America needs to repent and come back to God, big time. America needs to cry and weep.

The Congressional Gyms link

http://bit.ly/15YMm0Q

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MLK finds himself barricaded.

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The Congressional Gym

 

Is Obama Care Legal?


Article One of the Constitution affords the legislative power to the Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“The legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Wikipedia

What does the legislative branch execute?

“They can declare wars, make laws, have the power to borrow money when they think it’s necessary, and they collect taxes.”

The executive branch, which is the White House, does not have the power to make or change the law.

I succinctly remember the White House amending Obama Care a number of times, inclusive of the 2015 delay to the Employer Mandate.

There have been a plethora of subsidies, and waivers realized by the White House to Obama care, all of them without Congressional approval, and thus prohibited by our Constitution.

In fact, Obama Care as is it was originally approved by the Congress is a very different law to what we see now

Yet the only thing that we hear from the White House is that the House of Representatives is keeping the country hostage.

It makes sense then that if the law has been altered by the White House in delaying the Employer Mandate, that at very least, the Individual Mandate would be delayed as well.

Should a law that has been so altered be obeyed?

Two suits are being leveled against Obama Care.

The links are at the bottom.

One is by a Florida dentist who charges that he the spent resources to comply with the Employer Mandate which then was illegitimately delayed by the White House.

He stipulates that monies which he expended could have been channeled somewhere else.

“I feel that he crossed the red line when he chose to waive the employer mandate. He generally rules by executive fiat, and he feels that he’s a Congress of one,” Larry Kawa, a Florida dentist, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

 Kawa said the president doesn’t have the authority “to pick and choose which parts of the law he’s going to enforce for the sake of political convenience.”

 The lawsuit — filed by Judicial Watch on Kawa’s behalf in the Southern District of Florida against the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service — argues that the delay of the employer mandate “exceeded statutory authority, is arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, and is otherwise unlawful.”

 At issue is whether the administration — by deciding on July 2 to postpone for one year the mandate for businesses with more than 50 employees — violated the Administrative Procedure Act, a 1946 statute which governs how federal agencies can establish regulations and sets up a process for federal courts to review agency decisions.

 Kawa believes the administration did violate the APA. Furthermore, Kawa tells Newsmax, under Article II of the Constitution, the president has the “duty to enforce those laws and not only is he not enforcing them, but he’s changing them.”

 According to the lawsuit, Kawa “expended substantial time and resources, including money spent on legal fees and other costs, in preparation for the ’employer mandate’ taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014” and that he “would not have expended resources and incurred these anticipatory costs in 2013” if he knew the mandate would take effect in 2015.”  Newsmax

The second suit comes from Oklahoma. This one supports my premise. It deals with the IRS re interpretation of the law about subsidies, without Congressional approval.

If we are to begin somewhere, let it be by scrutinizing the numerous amendments, waivers and subsidies made by the White House to Obama Care, without Congressional approval.

America’s eyes are once again in the wrong place. When will she learn?

Charles Krauthammer’s comments are worthy of reading.

“President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend Obama¬care are unseemly because it is “settled” law, having passed both houses of Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme Court.

Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument — except from a president whose administration has unilaterally changed Obama¬care five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate.

Article I of the Constitution grants the legislative power entirely to Congress. Under what constitutional principle has Obama unilaterally amended the law? Yet when the House of Representatives undertakes a constitutionally correct, i.e., legislative, procedure for suspending the other mandate— the individual mandate — this is portrayed as some extra-constitutional sabotage of the rule of law. Why is tying that amendment to a generalized spending bill an outrage, while unilateral amendment by the executive (with a Valerie Jarrett blog item for spin) is perfectly fine?”

The two suits.

http://bit.ly/1fHbQtd

http://nws.mx/GNdjPi

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Is It Really The House Which Has the Nation Hostage?


I post this not to be partisan. If the White House, the executive branch, would have been Republican I would have posted it the same.

I am on a quest for what is truth for this is what God commands us.

I welcome corrections or comments about my thoughts.

Article One of the Constitution gives legislative power to the Congress made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“The legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

Section 1 is a vesting clause, granting all the federal government’s legislative authority to Congress.” Wikipidea

What does the legislative branch do?

“They can declare wars, make laws, have the power to borrow money when they think it’s necessary, and they collect taxes.”

The executive branch, which is the White House, does not have the power to make or change the law.

I clearly remember the White House amending Obama Care a number of times including the delaying of the Employer Mandate until 2015.

In fact these amendments without their approval from the Congress are illegal.

Yet the only thing that we hear from the White House is that the House of Representatives is keeping the country hostage.

If we are to begin somewhere, let us begin by questioning the numerous amendments made by the White House to Obama Care without Congressional approval.

Charles Krauthammer’s comments are worthy of reading.

“President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend Obama¬care are unseemly because it is “settled” law, having passed both houses of Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme Court.

Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument — except from a president whose administration has unilaterally changed Obama¬care five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate.

Article I of the Constitution grants the legislative power entirely to Congress. Under what constitutional principle has Obama unilaterally amended the law? Yet when the House of Representatives undertakes a constitutionally correct, i.e., legislative, procedure for suspending the other mandate— the individual mandate — this is portrayed as some extra-constitutional sabotage of the rule of law. Why is tying that amendment to a generalized spending bill an outrage, while unilateral amendment by the executive (with a Valerie Jarrett blog item for spin) is perfectly fine?”

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Some Thoughts On Benghazi, The Twin Towers, and The Scriptures on This 9/11.


Photos are at the end of the blog.

As we commemorate 9/11, this is a bench in a nearby church where firemen slept during the search operation for the dead of the twin towers collapse.

Secondly, we commemorate the attack one year ago on the Benghazi, Libya American Embassy. The USA government, the most powerful and sophisticated in the world has offered one theory in one year as to why the attack occurred, mainly a You Tube Video.

Let us remember these two fateful events in American history, and let us learn the value of history, which is to learn from it, and avoid past errors.

There is no mention of the 9/11 attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Equally tragic to the Twin Towers, but for different reasons.

2 Cor 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

I say that the veil was taken away at my conversion. True, but the veil of double mindedness, vacillation between the old and the new creation, unbelief to accept and live God’s Word, has remained since 1979. My face has not been uncovered from unbelief.

To behold in a glass is to intently gaze at the glory of the Lord as it reflects in a mirror before me. Many a time what has reflected has been the old identity, the image of who I was, and not Christ’s. Since all in God’s kingdom is reckoned or credited by faith, for many years I have credited both the old and the new, and must say that I have not attained to victory. Today as I sought the Lord, He said, “the veil of double mindedness has remained over your face, and the mirror of my glory has only shone opaquely for you. I trust that this revelation has freed me.

2 Cor 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken <4014>away.

Ac 27:40 And when they had taken up <4014> the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The vail shall be taken away is the same as taken up the anchors. It is to remove something which is around something else.

Today, God showed me that after 34 years, there has still been a veil of double mindedness both over my mind and heart. This veil has prohibited me from once and for all receiving the image and identity of Christ. I’ve said that I have this identity but when push comes to shove, I have vacillated between the old and the new even till this day. This has prevented me from really experiencing verse 17; “there is liberty.”

1Co 15:52 In a moment ( atomoo), in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed .

A moment, comes from the compound atomoo, or something that is so tiny that it cannot be cut into something smaller. Hence our word, “atom.”

The scripture can be translated as

1Co 15:52 In an atom of time, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be transformed.

God indeed can work in an atom of time, or above time; a fragment of time so small it can’t be cut anymore. What does that mean to you and me?

1Co_15:49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the heavenly.

Interesting scripture. Some ancient texts have our bearing of the heavenly image in the future active indicative indicating a done deal. “We shall also bear”

Others have it as the volitive aorist active subjunctive describing an act of our will, and translated as: Let us bear”

Either way I find it powerful. None of us can put on the image of the heavenly as a pure act of our will. It’s no doubt that in heaven those within will have a glorified body. At the same time so much of what we do now to come into this process of transformation comes as an act of our wills as we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

“We shall also bear” and “let us bear” are both in play. How I love the original languages.

What if the un churched say this of you, “thank you for your generous loving spirit and unconditional acceptance of whom I am!”

Reaching out to those outside the church has become a medicine that if I don’t take I’ll shrivel up spiritually.

Washington DC has given a permit for “The One Million Muslim March” on 9/11 but has denied the “Two Million Bikers To DC” on the same day.

If you are obedient to the Lord most of the deepest and most difficult trials are nothing else than the materials which God uses to forge the ministries that He will use to touch the world through you.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Paul, the genius par excellence, in his usual play of words.

The first Adam became a living soul when he became the passive receptor of the breath of God in him.

The last Adam, Christ Jesus, is a quickening, life giving and vivifying breath or spirit. Whereas the person pre Christ is the receptor of the life giving breath of God, the person with Christ is no longer the receptor of the life giving breath, but carries inside The Very One who imparts this vivifying breath to him, and through him, to others

2Co 9:10 Now he that ministereth <2023> seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Ga 3:5 He therefore that ministereth <2023> to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered <2023>, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth <2024>, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply <2024> of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Whether epichoregia ( 2024) the noun, or epichoregeo ( 2023) the verb, both talk about abundant , excessive supply or provision. The Greek idea was to provide a choir or chorus of singers with everything that was needed for a journey to sing. Case in point, the Spirit of God is a constant supplier or provider with all that we need. Personal freedom is freedom in the Spirit for this constant river of supply to flow endlessly out of you to others. What differentiates a Christian from other people is the endless flow of love of blessings which they have to give out. This is why personal freedom is so vital. If the Christian is not free what makes him different to anybody else?

For I Pad users. There is new and excellent New Testament Bible app. It costs about 10 dollars. It’s the Scripture Direct Greek Interlinear Bible. This app uses the Louw Nidia Greek Lexicon with Semantic Domains. In 25 years of studying the Greek this is the best and most comprehensive lexicon describing every Greek NT word in their semantic definitions. For me this is becoming an invaluable tool of revelation knowledge. At the end of the day, its revelation knowledge which sets us free.

You gotta see that the Christ that you are growing into, in all things, through your revelation knowledge of Him, is limitless, supernatural, transcendental, a supply coming from an endless fount of blessings. He follows the laws of metamorphosis and you are metamorphosed into Him without limit. Christ does not follow natural laws in this. When Paul talks about growing into Christ in all things, he uses the subjunctive mood. This mood talks about things becoming not automatically but conditionally as an act of the will. In other words, its up to us how far we want to go. God will take us far as we want into this process which will consume you in His fire and transform you into what God is.\

We gotta stop talking about the harvest and go reap the harvest, for the harvest is here.

I saw a post by John Boehner, the GOP head of the Congress. I browsed through 50 of the comments. All of them were intensely critical. Wow, the GOP is in trouble. Mass exodus it seems!

I was looking at am article on the Senate Roll Call on the Syria vote. The whole article was based on this vote being election issue for the senators. I find this so disgustingly sad. People not voting their morals and convictions, but trading what is right or wrong for votes. If I was a politician, I would vote according to the voice of God, my conscience, and my Biblical convictions regardless if I got elected or not. If I did not get elected Id know that God had something better for me. Leading by what the outcome of an election will be, is not leadership.

Tips on neighboring. Do your computer stuff efficiently and quickly and get out to meet your neighbor. Stop texting and looking down at your smart phone and begin looking up and engaging your neighbor. Technology has become a way for us to hide into our comfort zone. In Bogota, no one texts so that they can socialize with their neighbor. There is a whole world waiting to meet you, when you look up. Make it a habit to let the car that is trying to come into your street come in. Inconvenience yourself. Don’t go to the ATM machine to deposit your check. Got to the window teller and be friendly to him or her. When you stop at a fast food place, ask the server how his or her day is going and bless them, if possible. Technology is a horrible temptation for us to withdraw into our natural hermit like existence, isolate ourselves, forget our neighbor, and miss out on what God has for us. God is a people God. Finally, if you are a Christian please stop socializing only with church folk. Many blessings on your new adventures.

I have set a repeating and endless event in my Google calendar and I have entitled it Starbucks. Not that I will go to Starbucks every day. This is a reminder that I must habitually get out of the walls of my home and church and meet my neighbor. Failure to do so will short circuit what the Lord wants to do.

I saw The Butler yesterday and walked out of the theater. My hope was to see entertainment with a reasonable degree of accuracy. It turned to be politically skewed film with a political message to influence the undiscerning. I don’t go to a movie, which is rare for me, to be politically influenced by producers who have a political agenda. Entertainment should stay as entertainment.

“And It was so” This phrase is the tiny Hebrew word “Ken”, which is the modern Hebrew word for yes.

What does this tell you about God and the certainty of what He tells you as coming to pass?

Ge 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. (Yes)

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As we commemorate 9/11, this is a bench in a nearby church where firemen slept during the search operation for the dead of the twin towers collapse.
Secondly, we commemorate the attack one year ago on the Benghazi, Libya American Embassy. The USA government, the most powerful and sophisticated in the world has offered one theory in one year as to why the attack occurred, mainly a You Tube Video. This is Benghazi, Lybia one year ago.
Let us remember these two fateful events in American history, and let us learn the value of history, which is to learn from it, and avoid past errors.

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As we commemorate 9/11, this is a bench in a nearby church where firemen slept during the search operation for the dead of the twin towers collapse.
Secondly, we commemorate the attack one year ago on the Benghazi, Libya American Embassy. The USA government, the most powerful and sophisticated in the world has offered one theory in one year as to why the attack occurred, mainly a You Tube Video.
Let us remember these two fateful events in American history, and let us learn the value of history, which is to learn from it, and avoid past errors.

 

Do The Parties Really Exist?


I will not get political, but I think that there is something for us the common American folk that bears watching.

Jesus said that we will know what is in people by their repeated habit patterns, or as He calls it, fruit.

For many years, but now more than ever, the Republicans and the Democrats may squabble on the floors of the Capitol and Senate. Yet, when it comes time for The Vote, especially on major issues, they mysteriously come together and usually vote alike.

Look at Syria, budget issues, spying, taxes, and presidential nominations.  Most of Washington politicians are like TV wrestlers. They beat each other up in a bloody pulp in front of the screen but off it they are best of buddies. I am suspicious that Republican and Democrats are just the same way. They use the American public as pawns while behind the scenes they are much more in sync than what you and I think, and are working towards one agenda which I am not sure what it is. Globalist, socialist or as Matt Drudge called it today, authoritarian?

The parties in many ways don’t really exist. We need to, whether liberals or conservatives, wisen up, for we are being played more than what we think.

I leave you with Matt Drudge’s Face Book Status

“It’s now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian. Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties…
Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?! “

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Riley Alvarez, A Miracle of Prayer


Friday evening, July 19th, I received a phone call from my daughter Hannah, who lives in Virginia. Her voice was desperate, almost crying. Her two-year old Chihuahua, Riley, her baby, was being rushed to the emergency vet.

She told me that Riley was acting like an old man, hardly walking. His eyes were bloodshot and closed probably from pain. He had no appetite.

The vet took Riley into the examining room for what seemed an eternity.

Hours passed as Hannah and her fiancé waited in torturous anticipation not knowing what was occurring.

It was eight o clock. I got on my knees and prayed asking God for a miracle.

Finally the vet came out. The prognosis was not good. In reality, they did not know what was wrong with Riley. There was speculation that he had ingested rat poison. The doctor said that it appeared that Riley had been struck with by a car. His blood was not coagulating. The doctor said that Riley was in bad shape and might not make it. My daughter contemplated putting him to sleep. To keep him over night would have cost them $3000.00.

They chose to take Riley home. The vet armed them with antibiotics and steroids. The doctors never did found out what was wrong with the dog.

I immediately put Riley on our church prayer chain. This is a group of thirty folks who faithfully pray for urgent prayer requests.

Then I wrote to a number of faithful friends on Face Book to do the same. In all, fifty people could have prayed for Riley.

Saturday morning Riley slept for a long time. When he awoke he ran to Hannah’s kitchen and ate the rice and chicken that the vet had prescribed. By the afternoon his eyes were opened, and most of the red had disappeared. The he played with his toys and even ran to fetch them.

My family was amazed knowing that this was the power of prayer.

By Sunday afternoon, Riley was one hundred percent normal.

When Hannah’s regular vet phoned her very disturbed about the results given to him by the emergency vet, he was surprised, really, amazed.

Truly what happened to Riley was a miracle of prayer by faithful people and an Almighty and loving God who answers them

On behalf of the Alvarez family, we would like to thank you all for praying for our baby Riley and to a great God who answers prayer.

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Riley Alvarez, Monday, July 22nd, at 11:00 AM