Service…

A really funny joke, because more than a dash of truth there..

At one time in my life, I thought I had a handle on the meaning of the word “service …….” The act of doing things for other people.

Then I heard the terms: Internal Revenue Service, Postal Service, Telephone Service, Civil Service, City/County Public Service, Customer Service, Service Stations. And I became confused about the word “service.” This is not what I thought “service” meant.

Then today, I overheard two farmers talking and one of them mentioned that he was having a bull over to “service” a few of his cows.

SHAZAM! It all came into perspective. Now I understand what all those “service” agencies are really doing to us.

Well, at least I got a good belly laugh out of it..

They have forsaken the Lord

One of the excellent Christian newsletters I get regularly is The Berean Call. The most recent one which I find striking a deep bell within me is titled “They Have Forsaken the Lord”, laying down in plain unapologetic language just how far off the path and down the road to destruction we as societies are.

Excepts:

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. — Isaiah 1:4-7

Most of us fail to grasp the depths of depravity into which the United States—and the world––are rapidly sinking, provoking a merciful and patient God to judgment. The evidence is overwhelming. Yet we’re blinded to the truth like the proverbial frog in the pot that is slowly, by small degrees, being brought to a boil. Deceit is everywhere, and lies pass for truth. The major promoter of abortion calls itself Planned Parenthood. By what perverted logic can a husband and wife who deliberately murdered in the womb what would have been their baby be called its “parents”? Shouldn’t the organization that inspired and assisted in this foul deed rather be called “Planned No Parenthood”?
Murder in the womb is cloaked under the innocuous label of “Pro-choice” while at the same time denying any choice to the victim. The “Campaign for Healthy Families” was the group that defeated a proposed ban on abortions in South Dakota. To what “healthy family” do aborted babies belong? In 2006, the National Abortion Federation complained that the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act would “impose…burdens on teens seeking abortion” by requiring minors to get parental notification to cross state lines in order to get one!1
And how do teens get into this predicament? By the immorality held up in a wicked society as a desirable sign of “maturity.” To brainwash teenagers with the lie that they can get away with anything that is their choice is evil. God no longer is allowed to have any opinion in the world He made! Our choice overrides His. America has “forsaken the Lord” and is sowing the seeds of its destruction. God cannot withhold His judgment without becoming a partner in our sins.
Between 1960 and 1990, out-of-wedlock births in the USA increased more than 500 percent (from 5.3 percent to 28 percent), single-parent families tripled, about 50 million babies were murdered in the womb, and violent crimes increased 500 percent. About 16,000 crimes occur on or around school campuses each day! In 2005, 37 percent of births were to unwed mothers, up from 36 percent in 2004 and 28 percent in 1990. The report stated that “The overall rise reflects the burgeoning number of people who are putting off marriage or are living together without getting married.” Are these the “Healthy Families” that the amoral campaign of that name is building by supporting abortion?
Homosexuals not only flaunt their sin in public, they are fêted, wooed, indulged, and thanked by politicians for their votes. It’s Sodom and Gomorrah again––or worse! In January 2007, Christian Vanneste, an MP in France’s ruling party was fined nearly $4,000 for saying that homosexuality is “inferior to heterosexuality” and would be “dangerous for humanity if it was pushed to the limit.” Of course, these are the facts. But daring to express the undeniable truth unleashes the wrath of police and courts in their zeal to protect the feelings of a favored class that complains of being offended.
Homosexuals and lesbians don’t procreate as God commanded mankind to do. The Creator’s very first commandment to Adam and Eve was, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…” (Gn 1:28). “Gays” defy God’s very first words to mankind. They seek not children but pleasure, to the exclusion of all else. And in their self-absorbed folly, they taunt us with “gay pride.” Are they proud that their lifestyle is not only “dangerous” (it shortens the lifespan by 24 years2) but that it would abruptly end the human race if universally adopted? What madness supports this celebrated perversion?

The liberalism of England’s universities, media, and courts undermined any sense of God-given morality that had barely survived from the days of Luther and Calvin. “Multiculturalism” is the new faith—a multiculturism that embraces every religion and creed. There is, however, one exception: the culture of the host country, England. Why? Because it is Western and has a Christian heritage. That, above all, is not acceptable. Islam most assuredly is in, and Christianity is out.
In fact, it was the rejection of Christianity that opened Britain to the amoral liberalism prevalent in its courts, media, and universities that now favors Muhammad over Christ and is sowing the seeds of its own destruction.
The most disheartening—even frightening—experience each time one returns to Britain and Europe is to see firsthand the evidence of the “new reformation” sweeping those countries and the world today. A fresh Islamic invasion (already far more effective than the military invasion that was turned back at Poitier-Tours in 732 and Vienna in the 18th century) is changing the face of England, France, Holland, Germany, and the other countries that supported the first Reformation. The new privileged “minority” are the Muslim immigrants, many of whom have come in obedience to Muhammad’s command (which all Muslims everywhere are obligated to obey in the name of Allah and Islam) to take over the entire world by violence, if necessary. They mostly refuse to be integrated into the societies they invade, retaining their own customs and language, while demanding “rights” (including welfare support of multiple wives) from the country they intend to destroy. The protection of the West’s liberal laws assists
terrorists in the commanded takeover. Imam Abu Baseer, a leading religious supporter of al-Qaeda, confessed: “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of their power over the infidels.” Immigration and jihad go together. Christianity and Christ may be mocked in the West, but no word must be whispered (for fear of violent reprisals) against Islam. One city in England is already 75 percent Muslim and has a Muslim mayor. Non-Muslims move out, property values plummet, allowing more Muslims to move in at bargain prices. Islamists boast that they will eventually have a string of Muslims-only cities in a crescent shape stretching across the heartland of England. They insist that this “crescent” will be ruled by sharia (Islamic law), as in Saudi Arabia, where women are publicly stoned to death (if the family doesn’t kill them first) for “allowing” themselves to be raped; no non-Muslim place of worship may be built; those who convert from Islam to any other religion are beheaded; and Islamic law rules an Islamic state. This is Islam’s intent for the entire world.

The underlying message in the classroom is that there is no historical truth at all, and whatever had happened in the past [including the crucifixion of Christ for our sins and His resurrection] was only a matter of opinion….At the heart of this unpicking of national identity lies a repudiation of Christianity, the founding faith of the nation and the fundamental source of its values, including its…profound love of liberty….For the secular elite, Britain is now a “post-Christian society; and insofar as this is not yet the case, this elite is determined to make it so. Under the rubric of multiculturalism and promoting “diversity,” local authorities and government bodies are systematically bullying Christianity out of existence….12
Whether in the world or the church, we see much the same thing happening in America. Anything is acceptable—except biblical Christianity. Public schools accommodate witches, homosexuals, and Muslims promoting their beliefs and practices. But Christianity, in the name of freedom, is outlawed. Let us not give up the fight for biblical truth, earnestly contending for the faith, once for all delivered to the saints.

There’s not much I would be able to say any better except that to say I’m in agreement with it.

it should be pointed out that that Isaiah 1:4-7 is referring to Israel, but by extension can refer to any country that has turned it’s back on it’s Christian roots.

If I didn’t have faith that God is in control, I would be very scared at just how fast all this is happening now. But for Christians it’s evidence of the Lord’s soon returning. Come soon Lord Jesus!

UPDATE: I’ve fixed the link. They’ve been updating their site to a new format and look, so I’ve found the new address. Good to go..