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Monday, February 28, 2011

H/T: Titus 1:9
Nestled near the end of the updates to the previous post, I noticed this "heart-warming" comment:
While a few hundred churches across the country have shut down or foreclosed as a result of the recession, Redeemer's case is rare.
Rare indeed!  A few hundred churches?!  IMNSHO the Episcopal Dioceses of Texas in their dealings with Redeemer and St. Mary's are follow in the footsteps of the national TEo until TEOTWAWKI

The TEo has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to sue them all (re-asserters) and let God claim His own.  Their whole house is crumbling upon their false foundation of liberalism and their version of "tolerance" with no room for other opinions.  Intolerant tolerance?  Naw, they're too smart for that!  How do we know they're so smart?  They keep telling us so! Read more about TEo's behavior at Titus 1:9 and Stand Firm in Faith.

God Bless Ya'll !

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Unable to pay for repairs, Houston area Episcopal church will open its facility for the last time

H/T: Titus 1:9

The Titus 1:9 post is of our first Episcopalian parish from 38 years ago.  This is the place, and people, that God used to introduce SWMBO! and me to the reality of the Holy Spirit.

The mural used to extend both left and
right before the "new" organ was built.
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We still recollect, with a smile, going there for the first time in the summer of '73.  We thought we were good little fundalmentalistic Southern Baptist (we didn't drink or dance or go with them that did!) young married couple awaiting our first child.  We were prepared to dispute the giving of the charismatic gifts.  We had been taught, and thoroughly believed, that the miracle gifts ceased with the Apostles.  We recall being awed by the experience of receiving a hug before we could even get in the door!  Entering at the rear of the church, we were immediately awestruck by the huge mural in front of us, behind the altar.  Look closely at the mural pictured above.  The Risen Christ, showing his nail-wounded hands, is worshiped by all races and classes of mankind.  It was there that we heard the congregation break in to other worldly singing.  "Singing in the Spirit."

It was in the basement chapel, after the main service, that we kneeled and prayed to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Nothing happened.  So we thought.  We had been discussing this subject amongst our adult study group and continued to investigate until many months later, God showed us what He had for us.

In '74 we moved to a rent house about a mile from the church.  A couple of years later, we bought our first home not too far from the first.  We changed to another Episcopal church and came back to Redeemer.  Finally we left in about '86.

A blurb from the Community of Celebration UK (an offshoot of Redeemer ministry) seems to express my recollection of those times.

From Celebration UK:
From small beginnings, members of the church began to meet together to pray, worship and study the scriptures. Had it stopped there, possibly little more would have been heard of Redeemer. But the time spent together was extended until people and families were drawn in and homes and incomes were being shared. Eventually there was a community several hundred strong at the heart of the church. An experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit became a shared experience of love, rather like that described in Acts 2.
The community was especially known for its powerful corporate worship, a ministry in which Betty Pulkingham was largely instrumental. It existed for a ministry purpose, seeing itself as the presence of Christ in that particular neighbourhood. Many received healing and personal renewal. Various social initiatives reached out into the local area. A coffee bar (The Way Inn) pioneered outreach to young people, including the hippie and drug culture, generating many new songs. The church attracted international attention, which in time led to an invitation to try to establish something similar in Britain. In 1972, Graham and Betty Pulkingham and others left for England. This was the genesis of the Community of Celebration.
As of today, Church of the Redeemer Episcopal, as I knew it, is gone.  As a beacon of God's light into the East End of Houston and the rest of the world, it rose and has now fallen.  Decayed. 

Church of the Redeemer's physical plant is much like Redeemer's parent church, TEo.  Its Biblical foundation is neglected and crumbling.  Its membership is declining while the non-Christian leadership declares "All is well!"

Update:  2/28/11
  (Better images of the mural behind the altar.  Same article.)

God Bless Ya'll !

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Three Yachtsmen Killed by Somali Pirates were Hams


Just realized that the nightly horror story heard on the TV had a very tenuous personal side to it.  Three of the four Americans murdered by Somali pirates were amateur radio operators.  I wasn't too surprised when I learned they were being described as missionaries passing out Bibles.

Why were they murdered?  No one is saying, if anyone does know.  Perhaps the pirates belatedly realized the four were Christians.  It seems that that is enough reason for one's death in many parts of the world.  Perhaps because they were "rich" and inconveniently "in the way" of the pirates liberating their riches.  That's pretty common all over the world.

That they sailed into harm's way is obvious.  God does take care of His people.  He just doesn't always do it the way we think he should.

God Bless Ya'll !

Dear City Government: Here’s how to drive out jobs

H/T: Backwoods Home Magazine

Here's another of Claire's posts that struck me as quite interesting.  It seems like the law of Unintended Consequences has no limits!
Everything looked good until they asked about ...

So this company will go somewhere else. They certainly won’t move to this town, very possibly not anywhere in this state.
Yep, that's what happens when those that are our "betters" get their comeuppance.  I do feel sorry for the 35 workers that didn't get those new jobs.  Maybe they can squeeze BHO for some more of his "stimulus" funny money.

God Bless Ya'll !

Dealing with the sociopath next door (or in DC)

H/T: Backwoods Home Magazine

Claire Wolfe has a couple of interesting posts up at BHM.  There, she lifts 13 ideas from a book she's reading:
8. The best way to protect yourself from a sociopath is to avoid him, to refuse any kind of contact or communication.
9. Question your tendency to pity too easily. OMG, how they have used that one to get their way!
10. Do not try to redeem the unredeemable.
Go read the whole post and maybe get a copy of Stout's book.  Might be interesting.

God Bless Ya'll !

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Home on the Range Advice of the Day

H/T:  Home on the Range

Brigid has a very good post today on defensive-use ammunition, basic tactics and that bugger-bear of subjects:  Shoot to wound or shoot to kill?  Check it out.  She writes with insight, clarity and humor.

My referral fee is cheap at twice the price.  Just make one of her patented BACON recipes and deliver, intact, unconsumed(!), to my residence.  ;>)

 God Bless Ya'll !

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Great Man

H/T: American Thinker

Every once & a while, I hear of someone who might, just maybe, qualify as a "Great Man" or "Great Woman".  Once in a while.

I think I just ran across one.

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Moscow, who serves the Patriarch of Moscow as chairman of External Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church sure seems to meet my criteria. Among other things, he stood up to Princess Moonbeam, the non-Christian head (IMNSHO ) of the Episcopal "Church" in the U.S.

"... he noted that the Orthodox Church could no longer dialogue with the Episcopal Church because of its new practice of ordaining practicing homosexual clergy."

I'm quite pleased to hear that someone grew a pair and finally stood up to her.

If you have to ask: A pair of what?  Don't bother!  hehe

God Bless Ya'll !

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Shooting Fun: GSSF

H/T: Backwoods Home Magazine

Massad Ayoob has very interesting comments on GSSF.

Let's face it.  Where else can you find some one willing to give away guns while you're out having so much fun?  eh?

I know, not every one thinks Gaston Glock's creations are the bees knees.  But *I* do.  hehe

We used to own a pair.  I carried a Glock 19 (9mm compact) and SWMBO! carried a Model 26 (9mm sub-compact) for some time & loved them.

They just didn't fit our hands well enough for social interactions of the worst kind.

Now, I wonder if I could return to the old Glock 19 or 26 and get away with manhandling the beast.  eh?

God Bless Ya'll !

Broadband Distribution

H/T: Life, Liberty, and Streaming pr0n.

Tam got off on The One's BS concerning our so-called "right" to Internet broadband access.  Another entitlement scheme.

I wonder who really comes up with his dumb ideas?  

God Bless Ya'll !



"Churches Open Doors to Muslim Worship" - So says the article headline.  *I* say:  WTH!?

I'm certainly all for churches sharing their facilities as and where possible.  After all, the last two we've been associated with would not be operating without such generosity.  When we were forming St. Timothy's Anglican in Spring, Texas several Tomball churches blessed us with access to their space.  I'm sure there was some monetary consideration traded but nevertheless, they opened doors and their people made us feel very welcome and comfortable in their space.  Our current congregation rents commercial space for Sunday services and holds occasional special events in, and with, other Christian congregations.

Now we read about Christian churches opening their doors to worshipers of false God(s).  Nowhere can I see that YHWH and Allah are the same, much less compatible.  In my mind, this act is the same as slaughtering a hog in a Jewish synagogue, or a Moslem mosque or on the high altar in St. Peter's Basilica.  It gets kind of messy.  In Old Testament terms, this strikes me as child sacrifice to Baal.

Wait a minute.  We're already doing that.  Legally.  Since 1973's Roe vs. Wade decision.  We don't call it Baal.  We call it Choice.

God Bless Ya'll !

Friday, February 18, 2011

Honor is Everything

H/T: Guns and Patriots

I caught this on a G&P post to Facebook and thought it just might be worth your time to ponder.


God Bless Ya'll !

Random (More or Less) Thoughts

Hey!  I'm doing good to do any thinking today!  hehe
  1. The last time I tried posting here, it cost me a week in the hospital!  hehe  My mind was actually working back in October, so I keep telling myself.  A couple of days passed & I was composing another simply brilliant post for the Anglican Gun Nut readers.  Then my body decided I needed to experience the joys of sepsis (a blood infection).  Saturday, October 23rd, as I was composing my simply brilliant prose, the internal thermostat got bumped to incinerate and I checked into the ER with 101+ temperature. 

    It seems like my degree of simple brilliance and internal temperature are inversely related?  hehe.
  2. Sometimes the mind is like an old, unused, auto engine.  It's kinda hard to get it cranked up in the morning.  This is definitely one of those mornings.
  3. I was struck by a Facebook post that you see referenced above.   Consider it's implications with respect to our not-so-common "enemies".  Both Foreign and Domestic.
  4. I'm sitting here at my sons kitchen table pounding the plastic keys of my regenerated laptop.  I broke the screen late last year & it took a while to get the shekels together to have it fixed.  We're watching our grand-rugrat chase his bestest friend around the living room.

God Bless Ya'll !

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