Tuesday, September 30, 2008

From Generation Cedar

From "Education Reporter"

By Joe Larson

Marxism and Humanism are the predominant philosophies of America's education establishment, yet every day we send the public schools our most precious gift, our children, to be "educated." ...

America's educational system began to decline with the introduction of socialism, given impetus by the increasing involvement of the federal government. Lenin said: "Communism is socialism in a hurry." Socialism, therefore, is Communism by gradualism rather than by revolution. The socialist "Fabian Society," forerunner of most socialist groups in America, had as its motto "Make Haste Slowly." ...

John Dewey, known as "the father of modern education," was an avowed socialist and the co-author of the "Humanist Manifesto." The U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities discovered that he belonged to 15 Marxist front organizations. Dewey taught the professors who trained America's teachers. Obsessed with "the group," he said, "You can't make socialists out of individualists. Children who know how to think for themselves spoil the harmony of the collective society, which is coming, where everyone is interdependent."...

NEA specialist Paul Haubner, tells us, "The schools cannot allow parents to influence the kind of values-education their children receive in school; . that is what is wrong with those who say there is a universal system of values. Our goals are incompatible with theirs. We must change their values."

Don't miss that--"The Schools cannot allow parents to influence the kind of values-education their children receive in school..." Let that sink in for a minute. AND, notice who said it...a "specialist" with the National Education Association. This is the kind of stuff just being swept by the typical, distracted, American parent. I'm trying to undistract.

Full article HERE

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Emma wants to do everything just like her brother and he is thrilled to help her. We usually keep the door closed while he's working but today she got in and I had to let her stay for a while. Isaiah was very excited because she made a very good 2,7 and two A's. :)

Cooking With Rachel Ray

Emma loves cooking shows and cooking. Last night she set up her own little kitchen on the couch and listened to Rachel Ray while "cooking" her own food. She really did listen, and would nod her agreement and stop to see what Rachel was doing. :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Our "baby" pumpkin has quickly outgrown the others

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Our Morning Walk

I loved these!

Can you see the spider?

Blue Damselfly

This Grasshopper is almost 3 inches long

A Beautiful Story By Debbie Pearl

A Promise
By: Debi Pearl

Little Molly and her Mommy were filled with anticipation of Grandma’s visit this afternoon.

While Mommy cleaned the kitchen, Molly picked up all her toys and straightened her books. She then drew a picture for Grandma while Mommy vacuumed and cleaned the rest of the house. Molly knew Mommy was going to bake a cake for Grandma, but Mommy waited until Molly took a nap so that she could focus on the task at hand and keep the kitchen spotless. Molly missed being a part of it.

When Molly woke up, it was only 30 minutes before Grandma was due to arrive. Mommy took Molly out to the garden and into the field to pick flowers. The big brown vase waited on the old wooden table on the back porch where the flowers would be arranged into a beautiful bouquet. Molly was not allowed to pick garden flowers, but Mommy told her she could run into the field and pick those flowers. It was fun. Mommy’s skillful fingers put the tall flowers in the back of the vase and arranged the others in a beautiful cascading spray of color. But Molly noticed one tiny spot on the bottom where there was no flower at all.

“Look, Mommy, an empty spot. My flower needs to go here.” Molly stuck up her hand, which held tightly to a purple-topped clover flower. With her other hand, she pointed to the spot where her flower could be inserted.

Mommy’s response was immediate and abrupt, “No, it will mess it up the whole bouquet. Go throw that weed over there.”

Molly’s small body first went stiff with surprise and then deflated with disappointment, “But Mommy, my flower would look nice there for Grandma. Please Mommy, just one flower.”

But Mommy was staring at her beautiful handiwork, admiring her skill and the coordinated colors. She did not understand Molly’s eagerness to be a part of it. She did not perceive the crushed look on little Molly’s face. Within seconds, Molly’s joy had disappeared and in its place was anger, frustration, and disappointment.

With Molly’s meltdown came Mommy’s stern rebuke, “Molly…shame on you. Why do you have to have a bad attitude, today of all days? What is wrong with you that you would ruin this wonderful day by being so selfish and demanding? Now, go to your room and get control of yourself. Grandma will be here in just five minutes. She will be so disappointed in you for pitching a fit.”

The little girl fled to her room, not able to get control of herself because she was a child…not yet capable of sorting through her emotions. Instead she brooded. She looked at the now-crushed flowers she still held tightly in her hand. She flung them to the floor as if they had hurt her. She wished her Grandma could just come into her room and hold her without Mommy being around. Soon, she heard the sound of a car coming up the driveway.
Molly’s shoulders sagged as she heard Grandma’s welcoming voice ringing in the foyer, “Such beautiful flowers…you have such a gift…so beautiful…so full of color, but where is my sweet Molly?”

Where, indeed? A question asked many times by broken-hearted parents, “Where did it go wrong? What happened to my sweet Molly, my Linda, my Mary, my Elizabeth, my Joy?” In our haste to be productive and “perfect,” we are all guilty from time to time, but when it becomes a pattern, you can expect the child to develop anger and frustration, brokenness and defeat—depending on their personality. Frustrated parents don’t have a clue as to why their children are suicidal or why they use drugs. Rebellion is planted in their little hearts one seed at a time and watered regularly.

I know that most parents are sincere, but just self absorbed. It takes wisdom from God to know our own hearts and to keep the hearts of our children.
“Wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom…” (Proverbs 8:11-14).

Here is what could have been, the other road not traveled.

Molly and Mommy spent the morning baking a big chocolate cake. After that, Mommy cleaned the bathroom while Molly picked up her toys and books. Then they had lunch together and talked about how nice the cake looked. While Molly took a nap, Mommy finished vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen.
When Molly woke up, they went out into the garden to choose flowers for a bouquet for Grandma, and brought them back into the kitchen to arrange them in a nice vase. Mommy’s eyes were glued to her creation as she fluttered one flower up and pushed another one back a tiny bit, making the arrangement look just perfect. Molly had found some small flowers off to the side of the sidewalk, and she knew her Mommy would like them. “Mommy, I see a hole where my flower needs to go.”

“No, Molly, that is not a hole…it is a spot that allows the eyes of the beholder to move into the whole bouquet. It is a necessary part of the art of flower arrangement.” The little girl’s voice took on an urgent plea, “But Mommy, my flowers, they would look so nice in that spot! Could I please put my flowers in the vase for Grandma?”

Something in Molly’s voice caught the ear and heart of her mother. Suddenly, the flowers were just decaying vegetation, here today and gone tomorrow…a passing project…a thing to be used to grow a child or to crush one.

Mommy looked down into her daughter’s pleading eyes, “You know Molly, I think you are right. Here, let me help you up on the table so you can add your flowers all by yourself.”

The wilted clover looked incongruous in the beautiful bouquet, as Mommy and Molly walked proudly together to set the vase on the table in the hall. They took a quick, last-second tour to check on and admire the clean house, the chocolate cake, and the flowers. “Everything looks so nice, Molly. We did a real good job.”When Grandma walked in minutes later, Molly threw her arms around her, and almost shouting, said, “Oh, Grandma, look at the flowers me and Mommy have for you!” Grandma obediently stopped to admire the beautiful flowers, at once noticing the wilted, drooping clover hanging over the side. Grandma’s eyes looked down, drinking in her beautiful granddaughter. “They are so lovely. I especially love the purple clover. I bet you put that one in.” Then, Grandma’s shining eyes looked into those of Molly’s wise mommy. “They look like a promise of things to come.”

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Friday, September 19, 2008



The IRS decides to audit Ralph, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor is not surprised when Ralph shows up with his attorney.

The auditor says, "Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable."

"I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it," says Ralph. "How about a demonstration?"

The auditor thinks for a moment and said, "Okay. Go ahead."

Ralph says, "I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye."

The auditor thinks a moment and says, "No way! It's a bet."

Ralph removes his glass eye and bites it.

The auditor's jaw drops. Ralph says, "Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye."

The auditor can tell Ralph isn't blind, so he takes the bet.

Ralph removes his dentures and bites his good eye.

The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Ralph's attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous.

"Want to go double or nothing?" Ralph asks. "I'll bet you six thousand dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk, piddle into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between."

The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this guy can manage that stunt, so he agrees again.

Ralph stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't reach the wastebasket on other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the desk. The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win. But Ralph's attorney moans and puts his head in his hands.

"Are you okay?" the auditor asks.

"Not really," says the attorney. "This morning, when Ralph told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty thousand dollars that he could come in here and piddle all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it."

Submitted By: Michelle

Thursday, September 18, 2008

“Marriage is the union of two divinities that a third might be born on earth. It is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance, and whose ending is Eternity.” –Kahlil Gibran

To Judge Or Not To Judge?

I have been wonderfully provoked to think on the topic of judging recently. This is such a touchy subject, with so many extremes!
I was raised in an environment of strong, surface, judgments being the norm for any Christian. By surface, I mean such things as, makeup, hair length, pants on ladies, or whether or not you read the King James Bible determined whether or not you are a "real" Christian. Most of us can see how ridiculous this is but there is a much more complicated level of judging.
While we are clearly not to "cast stones" the reality of what that means has been greatly diluted! To cast stones was literally to beat someone to death. There was no room for repentance. It is not casting stones to declare that that adulterous woman was in sin and needed to repent.
Jesus has given us the ability to repent of all sin and become a new creation. It is imperative that we do not consider it "judging" to see when we or another are in need of that repentance!
While the Bible commands that we spread the gospel of repentance, ( Mat. 4:17, Luke 13:5) we are shamed if we tell someone that they need it, as being judgmental!
There are two types of judging. One is to discern good versus evil, which we are commanded to do.
The other is to pass judgment, or consequence, which is God’s job!
First, I believe that it is humility. We must not consider ourselves above another person, in value.
Second, is honesty? The word of God condemns HYPOCRYTICAL judging but demands righteous judgment in the body of Christ!
Third, we must use only Gods Word on issues as our guide, and not our personal opinions!
When we see that someone is committing fornication, it is not judging to say that they are in sin because the BIBLE clearly says that they are!
To call sins of choice "mistakes" is a way of softening the reality of their repulsiveness to God. Sex is not a "mistake", it is a choice. You cannot expect anyone to believe that you just happened to trip, and fall down naked under a naked man..... If we do not start facing our sins and admitting what they really are, we will never be right with God!
If a Christian smokes a cigarette, cussed, lost their temper or some other noticeable error, it is certainly NOT for me to say where there heart is! I have seen people pass these arrogant judgments numerous times.
Who are you, who judge another’s imperfections? That man who cusses may have spent 40 years in a gang or prison and his faith and purity of love may be more beautiful to God that yours has ever been!
On the other hand, if someone who claims Christianity is pregnant out of wedlock, sleeping with their boyfriend or is showing obvious sin, it is our duty, as the body of Christ, to say that it is absolutely wrong.
Do not make excuses for sin. Jesus NEVER did. Rather, show the lost one the right way to go and MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY!!
I have certainly committed my share of sins! Repentance is the only thing that brings peace, but it is never comfortable when you are shown the need for it!
As for Bristol Palin, I have no emotional reaction to her. She is just one more, of thousands of girls, who was living in sin. I am glad that she did not murder her baby and I hope that she has repented and been saved! Do I judge her heart, at this time? I cannot. Do I judge her becoming pregnant out of wedlock? That is simple; the Bible states that she was separated from God, committing sin, in rebellion. If I think of her, I will pray for God’s love and holiness to rule her life from this point on!
Here are some good articles that I found.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard, "Judge not, lest you be judged", I'd be thousands of dollars richer. Let's break down these verses in question shall we to get at the truth. Matthew 7:1-5 will be my focus but as usual I will be cross referencing these texts as well.

"Judge not, lest you be judged"- Matthew 7:1. Guess what people? Everyone will be judged according to what they have done in their body. "We must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, ACCCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE, whether good or bad"- 2 Corinthians 5:10. I don't know about you but I choose to practice discernment in this body and to help others see error in doctrine whenever possible. "Some save with fear, pulling them out of the fire"- Jude 23.

What have you done for the body of Christ? Have you ignored errors of doctrine? Have you watched potential brothers and sisters go down the spiritual drain without even lifting as much as a finger to help pull them out of whatever mire has them bound? Matthew 7:1 is as far as "Judge Not'ers" seem to go. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; And with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you"- Matthew 7:2.

If you were an alcoholic and advised a brother not to drink booze while you did that very thing once home, you would be a hypocrite! "Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?"- Matthew 7:3. Here is the speck and plank argument. Now if you're judging your brother while you have many a plank in your own eye that is very wrong. But what if you don't have a lot of plank's by way of bad doctrine? Are you truly loving your brother if you don't help them in whatever manner possible to remove the speck in their eyes before it grows into an immovable plank?

"Hypocrite! First remove the plank in your own eye, and then you will see CLEARLY to remove the speck out of your brother's eye"- Matthew 7:5. Those that say Christian's are not to judge are wrong! "If a man is overtaken in ANY trespass, YOU WHO ARE SPIRITUAL restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ"- Galatians 6:1-2. Judging is loving your brother or sister so much that you don't desire to see them drown in error. If you fail to love your brother or sister then you willingly watch them drown in moral or spiritual error. "Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth"- 1 John 3:18.

"Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into caotivity to the obedience of Christ AND BEING READY TO PUNISH ALL DISOBEDIENCE WHEN YOUR OBEDIENCE IS FULFILLED"- 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.

How well do you love the brethren? When you fail to judge, or prune, your brothers and sisters in Christ you are doing them a great disservice. In the body of Christ, we are to judge. "What have I to do with judging those who are outside. Those who are outside God judges"- 1 Corinthians 5:12-13. Outside means outside the body of Christ. Those people God will most definately judge at the great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Some He has already judged and given them over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:28) or to a mind given to strong delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11).

Even so that does not negate your responsibility to help pull a brother or sister out of the mire of spiritual or moral distress. "Do you not judge those who are INSIDE?"- 1 Corinthians 5:12. Inside refers to those within the body of Christ. The body of Christ has ill prepared believers for judging or pruning people in peril. The church is sadly largely responsible for this gross error. "Everyone who partakes only of milk (teachings) is UNSKILLED in the word or righteousness for he is a babe"- Hebrews 5:13. The church, for whatever reason, largely is comfortable with keeping their congregations fed on milk teachings. You can find that in evidence as certain themes are repeated over and over again and in large measure thanks to the ecumenical calendar.

Some truth from Rev. D. Kuiper:

Tolerance is the buzzword of the day. We are told that we must tolerate the ideas, words, and actions of each and every segment of society. We may not pass judgment on the character of other people, but must accept them the way they are. What our elected officials do in their private lives must not influence our view of their qualifications for public office. We must accept the lifestyle of homosexuals as (viable!) alternatives to ours. We must cater to the whims and wishes of the feminists. We must not speak of God, lest we anger the atheists.

This attitude of tolerance is found even in the church world today. Many people, claiming to be Christian, will be quick to remind us of Jesus' words that we must not judge ( Matt. 7:1) and that we may not cast a stone because we are no better than the other person ( John. 8:7). This attitude has wreaked havoc in the Christian church, including churches which are Reformed in their heritage. Heresy is no longer denounced, and heretics are no longer disciplined. The foundational teaching of Christianity - that Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came in the flesh, is our only and complete Savior - is denied. We are told to tolerate the religious thinking of non-Christians, because every religion has an element of truth to it, and because salvation is not exclusively for Christians. We must also tolerate in our churches the sinful actions of others. It is not our business if an unmarried couple lives together! It is none of our business if a member of our congregation practices homosexuality! We must not judge them.

Considering this sad state of affairs in the church world today, it is not surprising to learn that the most frequently quoted text of Scripture is no longer John 3:16, but Matthew 7:1

Of those passages which are used to support the idea of tolerance, Matthew 7:1 is perhaps the most often quoted. The text reads: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." It is clear that Jesus here forbids judging. The question, however, is whether Jesus forbids all judging, or only a certain kind of judging. Verse one by itself does not give us an answer to this question. Those who quote only verse one to condemn intolerance ignore the context, verses 2-5, and thus assume that the verse forbids all judging and intolerance. However, one who reads verses 2-5 sees that Jesus does not forbid all judging, but only hypocritical judging. The text in its context ( Matthew 7:1-5) reads as follows:

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Jesus tells the Jews in verse one not to judge. In verse 2 He gives the reason why they must not judge: the standard which they use to judge others will be the very same standard which others use to judge them. They must not ignore their own sins while condemning the same sins in others. To do this is to judge with a double standard, to judge hypocritically. "Is it not hypocritical to condemn the brother for a little fault, or even to try to help him overcome this fault, when you yourself are guilty of a great fault?" This is the question Jesus was putting before the people.

John 8:7 and 11 are also important. The context is the story of the woman who was caught in the very act of adultery and was brought to Jesus by the scribes and Pharisees. In verse 7, Jesus says to the scribes and Pharisees: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." In verse 11 He speaks to the woman: "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." The advocates of tolerance use these words to argue that one should not condemn others, because he is no better than they.

Although we will explain what it means to judge in more detail later, understand for now that when one judges, he gives a verdict: guilty or innocent. After one is judged, he is sentenced: the guilty person is condemned (sentenced to punishment) and the innocent is set free. The point is that judging and condemning are two distinct actions, related but not identical.

Bearing this in mind, notice that Jesus did in fact judge this woman, but He did not condemn her. By telling her, "Go, and sin no more," Jesus indicates that she did sin. In itself, the Pharisees' accusation was correct, and Jesus judged sin to be sin. This shows intolerance of the sinful action! Following Jesus' example, we must tell sinners to show evidence of genuine repentance by no longer committing sin.

While Jesus did judge the woman, He did not condemn her. She could go free; she would not be put to death. The gospel for penitent sinners is: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" ( Rom. 8:1). This message Jesus gives the woman: Jesus would Himself be condemned for her! He would bear her punishment, that she might go free!

Jesus' answer to the Pharisees exposes their hypocritical judgment in the matter. (Their primary purpose, of course, had nothing to do with the woman; it was to trap Jesus in His own words. Yet Jesus knew that the Pharisees prided themselves in their self-righteousness, and responded in light of this fact.) The Pharisees, Jesus reminds them, were also guilty of sin, and specifically of adultery, whether in the act or in the heart. Because they also were not free from sin, they were as worthy of death as she was. So, by wondering what judgment she ought to have received, they revealed their own hypocrisy and wrong motivation.

John 8:7 and 11 teach us how to deal with others who sin. Verse 11 teaches us that we must desire the sinner's repentance; verse 7 teaches us that we must not do so hypocritically, with wrong motives, or in an improper manner. The passage does not mean, however, that we must never hold each other accountable for our sins (that is, judge sin to be sin).

Outward, superficial judgment-that is, judging simply on the basis of what appears to be the case, without knowing all the facts-is rash, unfair, undiscerning judgment which is contrary to the ninth commandment of God's law. God hates such judging. Righteous judgment is carried out using the law of God as the standard by which to discern whether what appears to be the case actually is the case.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In The Yard

Turning color

The "baby" pumpkin, one week later

I thought this spider was impressive. Not only did he make his web in about 10 minutes, he only had four of his eight legs! All four legs were on the same side of his body.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Friday, September 12, 2008



The guys were all at deer camp. They had to bunk two to a room. No one wanted to room with Daryl because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn't fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns.

The first guy slept with Daryl and came to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all blood shot. They said, "Man, what happened to you?"

He said, "Daryl snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night."

The next night it was a different guy's turn. In the morning, same thing--hair all standing up, eyes all blood-shot. They said, "You look awful!"

He said, "Man, that Daryl shakes the roof. I sat up and watched him all night."

The third night was Frank's turn. Frank was a big burly ex-football player; a man's man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright eyed and bushy tailed.

"Good morning," he said.

They couldn't believe it! They said, "Man, what happened?"

He said, "Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Daryl into bed and kissed him good night. He sat up and watched me all night."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy

Cousin Fun

Sweet girls

Emma loves Aunt Renee!

Handsome Elijah

Pretty Girl

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. —Martin Luther


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Sunday, September 7, 2008