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In 1981 I went to work as a mechanic for a Jewish man in Oklahoma City named Art Levine. He was very wise and told me to do my job and to visit with the customers but never talk about religion and politics. Over the years of listening to and participating in that very thing, I fully realize Art’s reasoning. They do not mix and are the most polarizing topics in the world.

Last night Lou Engle who is leading a youth movement in prayer asking that Justice would be released from heaven and over ride the lofty idea’s of man. That God would repair the moral fabric of America. Thousands gathered in Washington DC to call on God, and call America back to God. Here in Kansas City IHOP and many other cities across America, Christians gathered to watch Lou and the Kids with standing room only. My hope is that it’s not to little to late as the blood of 50 million unwanted aborted babies cry out from the ground. If you do not believe the Bible is the literal Word of God you will be very angry at those words. Here is what happened when the first murder took place in Genesis

Gen 4:8-10 8 Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And the LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.

Below is a link to the washington times article on the DC meeting

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2008/aug/17/thecall-goes-out-redeem-america/

America is at it’s lowest moral crisis since the civil war. Justice will have it’s way or Judgment will come swiftly as natural disasters have been increasing in America for years now, the writing is on the wall but who is reading it? The Abortion issue is before us, it will not go away closed eyes and ear plugs will not fix our mess. As the prayer of repentance went up from DC something else was happening on the left coast.

Rick Warren held a forum last night with both presidential hopefuls at His ever so popular Saddleback Church.

“We believe in the separation of church and state, but we do not believe in the separation of faith and politics,” Warren said. “I don’t happen to agree with everything either of the candidates teach or believe, but they both care deeply about America. They’re both patriots and they have very different views on how our nation can be strengthened. We’ve got to learn to disagree without demonizing each other and we need to restore civility in our civil discourse and that’s the goal of the Saddleback Civil Forum.”

You can read about the Forum on the link below

http://www.standardnewswire.com/news/94273211.html

Here is the bottom line as I read it.

IT IS NOT THE TIME TO COME TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT WE CAN AGREE ON, BUT IT IS A TIME TO HUMBLE OURSELVES AND PRAY AND TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS. THEN GOD WILL HEAR, AND THE HEALING CAN START.

UPDATE 09/01/08

John McCain and Barack Obama made their Life line of demarcation at the saddleback debate.

Barack Obama : “Whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity . . . is above my pay grade.”

This comes from the man who has voted three times on the Born Alive Infant Protection Act if it is above his pay grade why vote. Just answer the question, Where does life begin?

John McCain answered clearly : “At conception

The bigger story was back with Lou Engle and a nation of young people crying out for mercy and grace for revival, resulting in a national heart change over the abortion issue. It seems new hope is now fueling the prayer movement as McCain has taken a hard line with Life and a vice presidential running mate that is not only super-pro life but with a strong moral fabric.

The moral fabric in which I speak is that of truth and transparency. Sarah Palin is not without spot or wrinkle She is real She is human and She loves God. What I like is Her drive for the life of the not yet born. Even now Her 17 year old daughter is pregnant and love will provide the way for life not death of the baby. Though it changes the future of Her daughter and Her own political fallout.

It is easy to talk about life but changing your life around to make a way for it is another, may our nation follow Her example.

Her life is set before us as a prophetic picture and many people in Alsaka and even here in Kansas City are fighting the good fight in prayer.

The right to the life of the unborn may well be the deciding factor in the election which will have a direct impact on where we are going as a nation. It ain’t over till we hear the birth cry. God has heard it, will we?

 

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, released a statement

“We have always encouraged the parents to love and support their children and always advised the girls to see their pregnancies through, even though there will of course be challenges along the way. That is what the Palins are doing, and they should be commended once again for not just talking about their pro-life and pro-family values, but living them out even in the midst of trying circumstances.

“Being a Christian does not mean you’re perfect. Nor does it mean your children are perfect. But it does mean there is forgiveness and restoration when we confess our imperfections to the Lord. I’ve been the beneficiary of that forgiveness and restoration in my own life countless times, as I’m sure the Palins have,”

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Something is stirring in China and it is not good timing with the Olympics starting in a few hours. In Kashgar just a few days ago Islamic Jihadists killed 16 Chinese police officers and wounded another 16. You can check out the story below.

 http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j83e8Y4rma7KzI0c5UDlmxp1AJ8AD92BDD6G0

 

Threats have been made and Muslims have been warned not to attend the Olympics you can read about that below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/sports/olympics/08china.html?ref=asia#

 

I normally do not pay close attention to the Olympics but several friends have called me and asked if I heard about the killings in Kashgar. Knowing I had been there several years ago they thought I might be concerned. I have combed the web and have come to the conclusion we should take the warnings serious and pray. I found not only the land but the people and culture beautiful. I might confess I was a bit scared being in Kashgar during Ramadan.

 

Kashgar is a hub on the Old Silk Road, a Islamic center in China. The province around Kashgar, borders Tibet to the south, Russia to the north, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The population is made up of mostly  Uighur, which are Muslim.

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I was part of a small team on a prayer journey along the old silk road better called a vacation. While in Kashgar we stayed at the Seman hotel, “the old Russian consulate.” We went as far as the Pakistan border and had 7 flights in 11 days and found the country amazing. Of course my stories cannot be told but my impression is that these extremist must be taken serious.  

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