He That Preaches Another Jesus

“I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me. For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. “ – 2 Corinthians 11:1-4 NASB

I have often wondered what was meant here by “preaches another Jesus“. I think I thought this was referring to a different messiah, but quite honestly I can’t remember now. That’s because I think I now understand what this is talking about.

Have you ever run into someone who knows a family member of yours but didn’t know you were related to them? And have they ever started talking about this family member, describing them to you in such a way that you didn’t even recognize who they were talking about because that’s not your personal experience with him/her? That is exactly what I’m thinking this “preaches another Jesus” is referring to. Continue reading

What Being a Blended Family Has Taught Me

I have a blended family. My husband has a child from a previous relationship whom we’ve raised together for the past ten years, and we have three children of our own. God used my personal family situation to teach me a lesson this year about the Family of God.

But first some history…

You see, in many Christian circles there is an understanding that there are two sets of rules for the people of God…one for the Jews and another for the Gentiles. And this is what was taught to me, sort of, indirectly. For example, I’ve asked in the past why we didn’t keep the Sabbath or the Passover, and I was told because these were Jewish days. As Christians we go to church on Sunday and celebrate Easter.

Although I was confused about a great many things, I simply accepted that answer…until this past year, that is.

This is what I used to think…. Continue reading

The Law Went Up The Mountain

Written By: Ty Wigal

This is that Moses, which said to the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like to me; him shall you hear. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give to us: To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, Saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets,

‘O you house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yes, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’   – Acts 7:37-43

Consider a view point based on the above Scripture:

Moses was off doing his priestly prophet duty.  He is representative of the law (big stretch there huh?).  While he was away, the people were without law, antinomian so to speak.  They thrust the law away from themselves and turned back to sin (bondage/Egypt….another big stretch here). Continue reading

Beware of Bible Commentary

I was reading Hebrews in my NIV Student Bible last night starting from chapter 7 until the end of the book, and I had an awesome time of study. I found myself asking questions and as I searched Scripture, I was finding answers. It was very exciting. I went to sleep with all of this on my mind and woke this morning still hungry for more.

So, I decided to open up to the beginning of the book and I read the “introduction” provided by the publishers of this particular Bible, and Oh, my! Continue reading

Not Come to Abolish the Law

I grew up in a Christian home, having attended church most of my life. I went to a Christian University and was even a “wing chaplain” for two years. That was almost 20 years ago. I have read/studied the Bible off and on my whole adult life.

In all this time I had the idea that I as a gentile-turned believer in Jesus Christ am not expected to obey the law of God as outlined in the Old Testament. I had the notion that it was either passed away or it was just for the Jews to obey. Boy, was I ever wrong. At least that’s what I’m finding these days.

Here’s one reason that leads me to believe I was in error… Continue reading

Shifting the Focus of My Blog

A few years ago I started writing quite a bit about my take on the political scene. This past year I’ve taken a bit of a back seat to that topic. In fact I’ve been laying low, not saying much of anything. Not here, anyway.

I started throwing some of my ideas around concerning the Bible on Facebook last spring and shook some folks up with my statements. Wow, I didn’t expect the kind of responses I was getting. Someone suggested I use a blog format to better hash out my thoughts. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now, but due to technical issues and time constraints I held off.

Well, now the technical issues have been resolved and I’ve been rearranging how I spend my time: focusing on what’s most important and tossing aside the frivolous stuff. So, I hope to use this blog to communicate my current thoughts on the “other” taboo subject, religion. Well, not just “religion”, but more like my understanding of God and what He expects of His people. I’ve had a bit of a paradigm shift, to say the least.

I hope those of you who choose to tune in will understand I’m just trying to communicate my understanding of things. I recognize that I am still in the process of learning, and my aim is to remain humble and teachable. I am not trying to be a teacher, but I am trying to share what I’ve learned with the expectation of learning more.

This will remain an open forum with comments enabled on every post. I encourage healthy discussion, especially if there are opposing views. My only request is that we remain loving in our words and attitudes, and we rely on Scripture (the Bible) as our source document.

I hope you’ll take the time to try to understand my position, and I will do my best to try to understand yours should you wish to share it.

Fluvanna Citizens Support Charlottesville Tea Party

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2009

Citizens all across Fluvanna County will make their way to the Downtown
Mall
at 3:00PM on April 15, 2009 to join the Charlottesville Tax Day Tea Party.

Working in conjunction with a national grassroots effort promoted by Glenn Beck’s The 912 Project, Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions, and other conservative activist groups found at TaxDayTeaParty.com, folks all across the county will gather in Charlottesville in protest over the massive government spending in Washington DC.

“I’m so sick of watching our government spend our money in Washington — and Palmyra, for that matter – as if the stuff grew on trees,” laments Cunningham resident Carrie Wigal, “but then again it’s quite clear they recognize that it does grow on trees since the Treasury just printed a trillion dollars last week…perhaps using the timber cut from fields here in Fluvanna.”

Lake Monticello resident Pat Graziano asks, “Isn’t it time Congress AND our local AND our state lawmakers, realize taxpayer money doesn’t come out of the “petty cash box”?” She continues, “There are now millions of people in this country who have lost their jobs, yet Congress gets a $4700.00 raise??  This has to change.”

Plans are under way for a rally/march to take place in Charlottesville starting at the east end of the Downtown Mall near the Pavilion and finishing in front of Congressman Tom Perriello’s office. Participants are encouraged to bring tea bags to give to the Congressman as a reminder of the event and food donations for the Charlottesville Emergency Food Bank.

More information on The Tax Day Tea Party can be found at
http://taxdayteaparty.com. Or at http://www.vateaparty.wordpress.com

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My Journey with Glenn Beck

The 912 ProjectDo you watch Glenn Beck or listen to him on the radio? I first heard of him when Huckabee was being interviewed on his show over a year ago during the presidential primary season. The next time I saw/heard him was on a Youtube clip of an episode where he had interviewed Sarah Palin on his show. (I was trying to learn more about Sarah Palin prior to her being tapped for the GOP VP slot.) While these were the only two occasions I heard him speak prior to 2009, I thought he sounded rather reasonable.

Then in January he signed a contract for a show on FoxNews. While I don’t have access to cable television, I try to catch him online as often as I can. It was the first part of this month, that I heard about his “We Surround Them” campaign. He listed 9 principles and said if anyone agreed to at least 7 of them, then we were not alone. He asked all those like-minded individuals willing to submit a picture, to do so online, so I sent mine. And the result is this incredible mosaic.

Well, I’ve been struggling for the past year over what to do concerning the direction of this country. I was very perturbed over the media and political pundits’ treatment of Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul during the primary season (I wasn’t really paying much attention to the Clinton/Obama coverage, but in retrospect there was a lot of problems there as well.) I was mad that John McCain was forced upon us as the Republican nominee…and if you don’t believe that’s what happened, I’ll be happy to explain my reasoning.

I’m sick and tired of being considered a right-wing radical because I happen to think “spreading the wealth around” sounds an awful lot like “socialism”, and just because I bring up subjects like “natural born citizenship” as it pertains to the US Constitution, I’m called a “nutjob” and “dingbat”. Well, I’m an American who happens to love her country. I recognize the price that was paid for my freedom and I want my children to enjoy that same freedom.

Glenn Beck has been rallying folks all around this country to join together and unite over common principles and a desire to get this country back on track. And I have risen to the occasion and stepped out to help organize a group of like-minded folks in the Charlottesville area to band together, educate ourselves about the founding fathers and what makes this country great, encourage one another and demand more from our employees, the government.

If you’re not familiar with Glenn Beck and what he’s been saying recently, then watch this. He calls on us to “do the right thing”, to “trust ourselves” and be empowered. I believe in God and I believe that He has the whole world in His hands (America included). But Christ has commissioned me to “Love my neighbor”, and I believe standing up for my Country is one way of doing so.

My fellow Americans are being lied to, my government refuses to listen to “we the people”, and my family’s future is in jeopardy. If you are concerned about the direction of this country and feel powerless to do anything about it, I strongly encourage you to be a part of The 912 Project, launched by Glenn Beck on March 13th of this year.  Find a local group near you that also agrees with the 9 Principles & 12 Values and get engaged. There’s more of us than you might realize.

Thomas Paine Delivers Common Sense in 2009

Thomas PaineWhat would Thomas Paine say about the state of affairs in America today?

Who is Thomas Paine, you ask? Don’t worry, I wasn’t too clear on what his accomplishments were except that he was a founding father and made some famous quotes. But today I learned a little bit more about the man and his role in the American Revolution and our Declaration of Independence.

He wrote “Common Sense“, the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. This is a pamphlet that is easy to read & comprehend. It will give you a clear idea of what the mindset was of our forefathers at the time of our nation’s birth as a Free Country.

I encourage you to print out the whole document…read it and absorb the content. Then read it to your children and talk to them about it. While it’s printing, go ahead and watch this video, a dramatic presentation of what Thomas Paine might have to say in this day and age given our current situation. It’s very inspiring.

Join a Tea Party Revolt on April 15th near you or organize your own and take to the streets.  Be a part of “The 912 Project” with me and help rally our communities around principles and values that unite us. Political parties aside, we are Americans first. Let’s get together and peaceably fight for our Country. She’s worth fighting for.

For those in the Charlottesville VA area, join me at the “Charlottesville We Surround Them/912 Project” Group. We can make a difference!

RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick Responds to Allegations

I received the following email from RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick earlier this week:

Dear Republican Friend,

Less than one year ago, thousands of our party’s activists and volunteers attended the 2008 State Republican Convention in Richmond. It was at this gathering that I was overwhelmingly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV).

At that Convention, my message of a Republican Party that would be driven by the beliefs and convictions of the grassroots carried me to a clear and convincing victory. I won nearly 60% of the vote, carrying 8 of Virginia’s 11 Congressional districts. As my four immediate predecessors had each been initially elected by the members of the RPV State Central Committee, I became the first Chairman in 12 years to initially win election at a convention, and the first in 16 years to win a contested convention.

Regardless of whether you voted for me or even attended the 2008 Convention, I want you to know that I’m proud that I have honored the commitment to refocus our party’s priorities on the grassroots, as opposed to the top-down approach we had taken for so many years to disappointing – and sometimes disastrous – results at the ballot box.

I’m further proud of the achievements we’ve made at the RPV in less than 10 months. We have aggressively communicated a consistent conservative message in the mold of Ronald Reagan; surpassed the Democrats in the use of technology; and established field-representatives in every area of the state to serve our local Party units.

Despite an extremely challenging national environment for Republicans, RPV raised over $1 million during my first seven months as Chairman to support our candidates and grassroots efforts. And, those monies were in addition to resources provided by the Republican National Committee (RNC), where combined, led to RPV spending an unprecedented $5 million on behalf of our candidates last year.

More recently, we have actively assisted the resurgence of our party in special elections, where our candidates have made great strides in districts Barack Obama won by large margins.

All of this was accomplished in less than a year, in large part because we changed the way RPV did business and listened to the voice of the grassroots.

Unfortunately, many of the same Party insiders who overwhelmingly opposed me last year have decided to wage a campaign to overturn the results of last year’s State Convention and remove me as State Party Chairman. Because they never supported me, my removal has been a consistent focus of theirs almost from the moment I took office.

Because I would not step aside, this group served me with a list of “charges” as a pretext to vote me out at a Party meeting to be held April 4. Disappointingly, several of these individuals have already declared their intentions to remove me at that meeting regardless of my response to these charges. In effect, they have decided to prejudge what is supposed to be a fair and deliberative process.

As I have stated from the beginning, I will not abandon the chairmanship and break my pledge to the rank-and-file Republicans who elected me less than a year ago. The votes and decisions of the thousands of the Party faithful who attend our conventions, where we select our party’s nominees and elect our Party’s leaders, must be respected. Overturning them because the results do not fully comply with the choices of long-time Party insiders would be a violation of the trust the Republican Party must hold with its own conservative base. Elections should mean something, after all.

Below you will find a summary of my response to the “charges” against me. A comprehensive response containing much greater detail accompanied by supporting documentation is being sent to every member of the State Central Committee (SCC). These are the seventy-seven individuals who will vote on my Chairmanship on April 4. Continue reading