You Can’t Get Blood From a Turnip

This is from Genesis Chapter 4.

Adam and Eve (who were responsible for sin coming into the world (Thanks a lot guys! Grrrrrrr!) and were the first people) had two children, Cain and Abel. Cain was the older one. Cain tilled the grounds while Abel was a Shepherd. Both of them made a sacrifice for God.

Cain went and got food that he had grown from the ground. Abel got the best of his lambs and sacrificed it. God accepted Abel’s offering but not Cain’s.
It shouldn’t be assumed that Cain didn’t give his best. Indeed, likely he did. He probably spent a lot of time in sweat and toil growing the best he could. However, that was his problem. He tried to get right with God based on his own work. Abel made a sacrifice, the best sacrifice.

The truth is that the shedding of blood (Christ’s) is what saves us from our sins, not our works. Therefore, Abel acted upon this and was blessed. Cain tried to earn his own way and God rejected it. Cain was upset. God asked why he was angry. If he had done right, he would be blessed. If not, then there was sin there and that he should act to guard against that sin and get things right with God.

Sadly, Cain didn’t get things right with God. Instead, he went and murdered his brother (He went down in history as the first murderer, though perhaps the Devil held that role in a way. See John 8:44.) . When God asked Cain where Abel was, Cain replied that it wasn’t his job to keep watch of his brother. God condemned Cain for what he had done and said that the ground wouldn’t yield for him (so much for your works now pal!) and that he would be a vagabond and wander around. Abel became the first, though certainly not the last, person martyred for choosing faith over works. By faith and the blood are we saved, not of works because you can’t get blood from a turnip.

Black Lies Matter: Al Sharpton Backers Exposed

If anyone hasn’t lived under a rock (and I don’t mean like Patrick Star from Spongebob either.), they probably get that Al Sharpton is a mob-like race hustler. But who is backing Al Not-So-Sharpton?

I have started to make a list of those aiding Mr. Tax Cheat:

-Colgate-Palmolive
-Anheuser-Busch
-Macy’s
-Pfizer
-PepsiCo
-General Motors
-Daimler Chrysler
-Wal-Mart
-FedEx
-Johnson & Johnson
-American Honda
-Chase
-Hawkins Food Group
-MGM1
-Honda2
-NY Developer Forest City Ratner
-Continental Airlines3
– TEACHERS AFL-CIO
– STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO
– NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND
– AUTO WORKERS AFL-CIO
– GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO
– SERVICE EMPLOYEES LOCAL UNION 1199
– SERVICE EMPLOYEES
– NEW YORK HOTEL TRADES COUNCIL
– UNITE HERE
– LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
– POSTAL WORKERS, AMERICAN, AFL-CIO
– MACHINISTS AFL-CIO
– GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO
– SHEET METAL WORKERS AFL-CIO
– UTILITY WORKERS AFL-CIO4
– NASCAR5

How Samson Got His Locks Picked

This comes from Judges 13-16.

Sampson was born to a woman who had been barren but an angel of God told her that she would have a child. He was never supposed to be a Nazirite. He was born. He was foretold to help Israel start to break from the tyranny of the Philistines.
However, Samson already seems to have a problem when we see him again. He wants to marry a Philistine. God had commanded that they NOT marry foreigners so that they didn’t get led astray by them and made to serve foreign gods. Samson’s parents discouraged him. However, he said, “I still want her! “ so they let him marry her. However, though normally not encouraged, and though still wrong, God had let this happen so that he could use it against the Philistines. God can use our bad actions to accomplish His purposes.

Samson was going to meet the woman (It’s usually NOT a good idea to be so in love with a woman that you want to marry her, even though you’ve never met her but only seen her!) when he got attacked by a young lion. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him. He killed the lion with his bare hands, ripping it apart (Cool!). He didn’t tell his parents about this (I wonder why. Maybe he didn’t think they’d believe him.)
Samson went and talked to the woman. He decided that he liked her and wanted to marry her. He came across the carcass of the lion and found honey in it. He took the honey. (This was bad as his Nazirite vow prohibited him from touching dead bodies.) He ate some of the honey and gave them the honey too. But he didn’t tell them that he had gotten it from the carcass of a lion.

Samson met some guys at a feast (likely having to do with the wedding) and he bet them 30 pairs of clothing each if they won and that they’d have to give him 30 pairs from each of them if they lost. He told them the riddle. The answer was that he got honey from the lion. Naturally, the guys were baffled. Samson had given them seven days to answer the riddle. They talked to his wife and asked her to get Samson to tell her the answer.

She went and pouted to Samson, saying that he didn’t love her because he hadn’t told her the answer to the riddle (I have heard that women often try that trick to get men to do things. Men, beware!). She did this for seven days (poor Samson!). Finally, Samson caved and told her the answer. She told the other guys. They answered and poor Samson had to pay up. Samson knew that his wife had given it away. (One would have hoped that he learned a lesson about gambling and also about trusting a pagan wife to keep a secret. Also, one wonders if his wife smacked him across the face for calling her a heifer.)

Samson may have had trouble paying up. (Or maybe he was just resourceful, and, er, brave.) The Spirit of the Lord came upon him. He went and killed 30 Philistines and took their clothes and used them to pay the guys that he owed. He went back to his parent’s house and his wife was given to his best man instead. (It appears that it was her father’s fault, as he thought that he hated her and let her marry the best man. Meddling parents!)

Samson was ticked when he found out what her father had done. He vowed to get back at the Philistines. He had a clever plan. He got 300 foxes and tied their tails together. He then tied torches to their tails and sent them scurrying toward some Philistine fields. This burned down their crops. (Good thing PETA and the EPA weren’t around then or he’d have been in big trouble!) Naturally, the Philistines were ticked! The Philistines found out what had happened and burned Samson’s wife and her father to death. (Jerks!) Samson was REALLY mad now!

He went and killed some Philistines. Then he went and hid in a cave. Some Philistines went to the tribe of Judah, asking for him. The guys from Judah went to the cave and asked what he had done. He told them. They tied him up, but, upon Samson’s request, didn’t hurt him. They put two ropes on him and gave him to the Philistines. The Spirit of God came upon him and he broke the ropes, found the jawbone of a donkey, and killed 1000 bad guys with it. Samson then got thirsty (no wonder!) and asked God for water. God gave him water. Samson was made a judge and stayed a judge for Israel for 20 years.

Samson was doing well. However, one day he went to Gaza and saw a prostitute and decided to stay with her (bad idea!). The bad guys had stayed near the city gate and hoped to ambush him at dawn. However, he left at midnight. He grabbed the city gate, including the posts and bars, and walked to a nearby hill with them. (The bad guys don’t seem to have challenged him. Perhaps they fled in terror.)

Samson then fell in love with a Philistine woman named Delilah. The Philistines soon found this out and, perhaps having heard how Samson had a weakness for telling women things, offered her lots of silver if she got him to tell the secret of his strength so that they could get him. She agreed. (Samson seems to have a habit of choosing women that have a habit of betraying him.)

She asked him the first time. He lied and said that if he was tied up with seven fresh bowstrings, he’d only have the strength of a regular man. She tried this, but he broke free easily. She called him a liar and asked him again. He said that he had to be tied up with new ropes that hadn’t been used before. She tried this, but he broke free again. She was even madder and called him a liar again. She asked again. This time he said that she would need to put seven braids of his hair on a loom and tighten it with a pin. She tried this, and, as expected, he was able to break free. She was mad. This time she tried the “You don’t really love me!” tactic and kept it up for several days.

Finally, after feeling that she was pestering him to death, he finally told her the truth. He said that he had never had his hair cut and that if he did, he would lose his strength. She sent a secret message to the Philistine bad guys to come. She went and cut seven braids of Samson’s hair. His strength left him.

She cried “The Philistines are upon you!”, as she had the previous times. This time, they were. He didn’t know that his strength had left them and wen to go fight. They easily overpowered him. They cut out his eyes and took him to Gaza. (And, presumably, they paid Delilah.) They put him in chains and made him work to grind grain. However, his hair slowly grew back.

One day, the Philistines went to celebrate their pagan god Dagon. They said that Dagon had helped them beat Samson. They brought him to the temple of Dagon and mocked him. They put him between the columns of the temple. He asked someone to lean his hands against the temple where he could feel the columns. The guy did this.

Samson asked God to get his strength back one last time. He said he wanted to beat the Philistines. God allowed him to get his strength back. He pushed down the columns of the temple. The place collapsed, killing many Philistines, as well as Samson. (As a side note, Samson was the first of six suicides listed in the Bible. The others were Saul, Saul’s armor bearer, Ahithpotel, Zimri, and Judas.) He killed more Philistines in death than he had in his life up to that point. His family went and buried him. We should be sure to remember what happened to Samson and not let lust lead us away from what God would have us to do.

God’s Grace to an Evil King

This is from 2 Kings 21:1-17; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20

Manasseh seems to be the opposite of his father Hezekiah. He seems to be going out of his way to do evil. He rebuilt all of the pagan high places that his father destroyed and also added some new ones. He also made Asherah poles. He made altars to Baal. He also worshipped the stars of heaven.

As it that weren’t enough, he went and put pagan altars inside the Temple itself! And, as if that weren’t enough, he went and offered his sons as a sacrifice to a false god on an altar (possibly inside the Temple too, the Bible doesn’t say.) (This guy is definitely NOT going to win Judah’s Father of the Year Award!) He also seemed to want to know the future, no, not as a stock forecaster or anything like that, but the type where you go to mediums (fortune tellers) and wizards.

Worst of all, the people seemed to have followed him (whether out of fear of crossing him or because they liked what he did) in his bad ways. This made God mad. Manasseh had done what the heathen kings of Ammon had done before Israel beat them. Their sin was so bad that God had sent Israel to defeat them to punish them. Now God said that because of Manasseh and the people of Judah for following him, that Judah would fall.
Manasseh wasn’t done, however, with his crimes. He was also recorded to kill many innocent people in Judah. The people said that he filled Jerusalem from one end to the other with blood. It was during his reign, and no doubt at his orders, that Isaiah was killed. His reign was longer than most kings too.

Then, one day, Assyria came and took Manasseh away and took him to Babylon and put him in prison. There, he cried out to the true God and asked for help. God heart him and helped him get released. This was no mere jailhouse conversion.
Manasseh turned his whole life around. He got put a new wall around Jerusalem. He got rid of the idols and threw the idols out of the high places. He took the idols out of the Temple. He commanded everyone to only serve God. People still sacrificed in the high places, but now only to the true God. Also, he offered a thanks offering to God in the Temple. God had changed Manasseh completely.

Though Manasseh had done wrong, God didn’t wipe out his line, both out of respect for David whom he had promised that he would keep his line going, and because, though Manasseh couldn’t have deserved it, God used Manasseh to become an ancestor of Christ Himself. (He is listed as Manasses in Matthew Chapter 1.) The forgiveness of God is awesome! He can forgive anyone, no matter what evil they may have done! (However, it should be noted that Manasseh’s conversion happened too late to have a lasting influence on Manasseh’s son Amon (though he may have, along with Manasseh’s father Hezekiah, have affected Josiah, his grandson, and the last good king of Judah) nor on the bad trend that was happening in Judah that would lead to its downfall. Thus, we should be sure to get right with God now and not put it off another day!)

The Faith of Hezekiah

This is from 2 Kings 18 – 20; 2 Chronicles 29 – 32; Isaiah 36 – 39)

Hezekiah was a good king (in fact, the Bible says that there was no king in Judah better before or after.) . He did many reforms, including getting rid of the idols and them crazy pole thingies. He also restored the Passover (which hadn’t been celebrated fully in hundreds of years!!!). He invited Israel (which hadn’t fallen yet and wouldn’t for another few years.) but few came. However, loads came from Judah.
He tried to get independent from Assyria (one of his ancestors had been responsible for that, causing them to fall under Assyrian rule.) He refused to pay the tribute and he got clobbered pretty bad. He was forced to pay a huge tribute and had to take gold and stuff out of the Temple to pay for it (which made him sad I’m sure.)

Later, he tried to get free again. He prepared for a siege. The evil king of Assyria came and tried to get the people to turn against Hezekiah. He offered them weapons, trying to mock them to say that, even with the weapons that he would give them, more than they had already or could get on their own, they couldn’t defeat the weakest of his armies. He offered them rewards if they would desert Hezekiah and join him.
However, the people didn’t budge. So he threatened them. Worse, he mocked God, saying that God had helped him take over the nations (which, ironically, was true). However, he said that God had willed that they fall into his hands (NOT true). He said that their god (God) couldn’t save them more than the gods of the heathen nations that he had beaten.

Things look really bad for Hezekiah. However, he did the right thing and went to God for help. God told him, through Isaiah, that God would sent the evil king away, where he would die at home. Also, he would send the armies away.
The King of Assyria got a message saying that some nations were causing trouble. He left, as God had said, but the army was still there. Hezekiah again went to God. God sent him a sign that all would be well. Hezekiah had the people do a day of mourning and prayer. This worked.

God sent an angel that smote 185,000 of the Assyrians in the night. When the survivors woke up, they saw all dead guys. The wisely decided to live and let live (LITERALLY).
Meanwhile, the evil king of Assyria was at home in Nineveh (their capital). He was praying to an idol. Two of his sons went and killed him with a sword and then took off. (Guess HIS god couldn’t save him! Given his taunt of Judah, this is quite ironic!) Another of his sons became king in his stead.

However, Hezekiah didn’t have much time to party. He soon got a very bad illness. God told him that he would die and to set his affairs in order. (I think this may have been going on before Assyria had been defeated.) Hezekiah, however, cried out to God, pointing out his faithfulness to God.
God told Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that God had heard him and that he would live another 15 years. God told him to go to the Temple and that He would also protect them from Assyria. God told him to use a certain remedy to get well. Hezekiah did. He asked a sign from God that he would get well. God agreed to move the shadows back ten steps and God did. He then went to the Temple. Hezekiah indeed had a strong relationship with God!

Alas, Hezekiah, like many, had his moment of pride. He got ambassadors from Babylon. He showed them all of his wealth. He did not praise God or point them to God.
God was displeased. He warned that someday Babylon would defeat them. However, Hezekiah arrogantly didn’t care, as he was sure, from what God had told him, that it wouldn’t occur during his lifetime. (As a side note, Hezekiah appears to have repented at some point.) Hezekiah’s falling out with God would influence his son Manasseh to be the worst king of Judah ever and one of the worst kings of the Divided Kingdom.
Hezekiah had a strong faith with God and relied strongly on Him. We should do the same. And certainly, we should never get proud like Hezekiah did and not care that future generations will suffer because of our actions just because the results won’t happen in our lifetimes.

Marriages Made in Hell

This is from 1 Kings 11

Solomon had a great legacy, particularly his wisdom. Indeed, the only one that came to Earth, at least that the Bible mentions, that had greater wisdom than Solomon was Christ Himself! However, despite his wisdom, Solomon did some very foolish things.
It was his wives that brought him away from God. (Speaking of wives, I get that Solomon may have had some bad experiences with women. He commented that it would be better to live in a corner of a rooftop than in a huge house with a mean and irritable woman.) Against God’s command, he married foreign women (On a side note, polygamy always brings problems, as can be seen throughout the Bible.) He wanted to appease them (which is all fine and good, in and of itself), but the thing is, they worshipped foreign gods (i.e. the idol kind with horrific worship practices.) Some of these idols (like Molech for instance) involved human sacrifice.

God was furious at Solomon’s actions. He told Solomon that he was going to take the kingdom from him. However, for the sake of his father David, God would not take it during Solomon’s life, and, even after, wouldn’t take all of it.
(It should be mentioned here, before the closing paragraph, that Solomon repented sometime before his death. His “vanity, vanity, all is vanity” in Ecclesiastes shows that he did see the error of his ways. )

If Solomon hadn’t married the wrong people, then he wouldn’t have fallen into idolatry. If he hadn’t fallen into idolatry, the Divided Kingdom wouldn’t have happened and history would have been VERY DIFFERENT! Also, his son Rehoboam may have been a good king rather than a bad one. Be sure you are marrying in God’s will so that you don’t make the mistake of Solomon and be lead away from God by your spouse!

Cartoon Humor

While the situation is very serious in our country and around the world, sometimes it’s fun to express our frustration and, at times, admiration for the good guys, in a humorous way. Most of the pictures I got were from the Land Before Time Series, though some were from Star Wars, Spongebob, Lord of the Rings, and Spiderman.

Big Government is growing like the Sandman near the Sahara Desert
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
It Is Our Responsibility to Have a Convention of States
Our Federal government has grown into a monster
Spike’s reaction to Obama’s plot to bring in 100,000 Syrian “refugees”
How you felt after watching most of the CNN “debate” fiasco
Mama Longneck has had it with Big Government
Your anger at Obama’s plot to legalize 8 million illegals and fix the 2016 elections
What would happen if the Great Valley treated their border like the U.S. treats theirs
Ali after watching MSNBC
Don’t let Big Government fly off with your children! Stop Common Core!
Chomper is angry about all the people being killed by the illegals the government is letting in
Ducky realized what the hope and change she voted for looks like
Sierra: The Founder of the Sierra Club
If the IRS was in Lord of the Rings, they’d be Nazgûl
Spike pretends to be a liberal!
Littlefoot’s Reaction to Hearing that Obama again is doing zilch to fight ISIS
Ruby’s Reaction to Hearing Latest Lie from State Department About Iran
Ali after hearing yet ANOTHER Obama speech
Big Government trying to steal more of your nest eggs!
How you feel as you march to fight Big Government
What We’d Like Many Members of Congress to Do
How You Feel Most Days Under Obama Regime
If You Don’t Want the Sith in Charge, Have a Convention of States
How watching your liberty be stolen away makes you feel
How You Feel About the Future of America
Ducky’s Reaction to Boehner’s Resignation
Guido is annoyed by the con-con drones
Ducky and Chomper are glad we got COS passed in Alabama
How all the capitulation by the RINOs makes you feel
You suck Obama!
We love you Netanyahu!
Petrie says “Wake up America!”
How you feel when the RINOs AGAIN fail to do anything to stop Obama
How you feel when Andy Biggs single-handedly kills your Convention of States application
The look you get when you realize the mess liberals have made of this country
When you are totally wide awake as to what is going on in this country
How the American people are feeling after all of these government atrocities
Guido is shocked at the brazenness of Obama
How Republicans act in Congress when we need them
How other countries view us thanks to the Left.

Weekend News: Workforce’s Got Your Number!

More of the evils of Common Core.

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This weekend’s news will feature the CCSS/CTE laden Workforce Data collection systems.  We learned how our students are referred to as ‘human capital’. We’ve already learned about the U.S. Government’s Workforce Data collection system; the state level ‘human capital life tracking systems. Let’s find out what the private sector in American business is doing to help out in tracking our students/citizens.

Konos Management (not to be confused with the Konos homeschool curriculum):

You can find the computer based giant at: http://www.konos.com
You need to know not only help education manage its ‘human capital’, it helps the government, healthcare systems, and many others manage their ‘human capital’. They are in the business of helping your business not only collect massive amounts of data, but helping you streamline information in the guise of saving time and money. Wow, how ‘noble’ of them. The company also measures compliance, is global in its workforce…

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