Catechism


Q. 86. What is required in the tenth commandment?

A. The tenth commandment requires full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit towards our neighbor, and all that is his.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5

But godliness with contentment is great gain
1Timothy 6:6

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Corinthians 13:4-7

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:  I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18

Frenetic Friday


As you peer through the Stygian darkness a light appears in the distance you walk to realizing that you’ve entered the Frenetic Friday zone.

Well it’s been an interesting week case in point World Vision’s 48 hour walk into insanity which started here when it announced that the US board of the organization announced that it would employ homosexuals who had a legal same-sex marriage.  Well the uproar started almost immediately as Evangelical commentators and pastors from across the country pointing out that World Vision a Christian organization had violated biblical standards regarding marriage.  Well thankfully World Vision came to it’s senses and reversed it’s decision.  It said:

In our board’s effort to unite around the church’s shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, “We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.” And we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.

We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority. We ask that you understand that this was never the board’s intent. We are asking for your continued support. We commit to you that we will continue to listen to the wise counsel of Christian brothers and sisters, and we will reach out to key partners in the weeks ahead.

While World Vision U.S. stands firmly on the biblical view of marriage, we strongly affirm that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect.

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Of course by doing this the liberals and the homosexual activists are screaming foul which just proves that it is easier never to give up the ground then try to retake it.  Here’s hoping that World Vision stays the course.

You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that theLord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Deut.12:31

That verse comes to mind when information came from the Telegraph that hospitals in the United Kingdom used the bodies of aborted children in waste to energy plants to heat the hospitals.  The remains of over 15,000 children were found to be used in various hospitals as a source of fuel while telling the mothers that the body had been “cremated”.  The Department of Health in the UK immediately issued a ban on the practice calling it “totally unacceptable”.   I must of course point out that what is now considered unacceptable may in the future be considered the norm.  Even Israel when warned or the consequences of burning their children falling into apostasy did burn their children to Molech.  (2 Kings 16:3) and while the Department of Health may condemn this now that can change.  Pray that the people of the UK hear the gospel once again and return to Christ.

This week also Hobby Lobby’s case went before the Supreme Court.  Most people try to portray this as denying birth control but in reality it is about freedom of religion.  If this brief fails then what ultimately happens is that the moral underpinnings will be taken away from people and our religious freedom will be relegated to what happens in places of worship rather than what happens in the public arena.  And that should scare everyone.

Now under Robotic Over Lords there is news of a drone that can steal the information off your phone.  Hackers have created a drone called Snoopy that when the phone connects to the Internet the drone will pretend to be the network the phone is logging into and then take all the data on the phone.  So watch the skies when you connect to that free wifi you maybe sharing more than you know.

And last but certainly not least if you must watch a robot playing air hockey then watch this one:

 

Earworm Wednesday: White Heart Independence Day


This is brought to you by Les and Tanner the hosts of the Reformed Pubcast where beer, theology, science, games, and pop culture is examined through a Christian worldview.  So these guys tweeted the other day what 90’s Christian band did I like best.  Right then I knew that:  A.  I was much older that these two guys and  B.  I didn’t know any 90’s Christian band now if they had asked me 70’s I would have said 2ND Chapter of Acts or Dallas Holm and Praise right off the top of my head.  Finally I came up with White Heart.  So here is Independence Day by White Heart.  And I can say that I’ve never seen this video before I found it on youtube, which is a good thing because I would never had listened to this group if I had seen this video.

Movie Review Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon


Years ago just after the earth’s crust had cooled I as a young boy prowling the corridors of the local library I cam across a novel that was set in the Tang dynasty whose main character was a judge by the name of Dee.  So you can imagine my surprise when four years ago I came across a trailer for Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.  This wasn’t the character I remembered from my childhood no this was a younger version of the character.  And I liked it.  So you can imagine my delight when I came across Young Detective Dee:  Rise of the Sea Dragon.
This is again set in the Tang dynasty of China, Detective Dee newly arrived in the capital amidst rumors of a dragon being seen in the sea and sinking the fleet of the Emperor.  The head of the royal detective department has been given ten days to solve this puzzle or lose his head and he is in no mood to deal with a young upstart from the outer provinces.
Dee when he enters the city foils a plot to kidnap a young courtesan which gets him thrown in jail.  But using his wits he convinces a jail doctor to let him out.  And while out persuades the chief of detectives to allow him to remain free as he helps him find the secret of the dragon.
My one regret with this movie is that I didn’t see it on a bigger screen.  This is the equivalent of Chinese Sherlock Holmes ( Robert Downey, Jude Law version) so there is plenty of action in the form of king fu fights and lavish sets it deserves to be seen on a movie screen not a TV screen.
This film isn’t dubbed but close captioned and parents might have to explain concepts such as what is a courtesan, then again maybe the kids won’t ask as they’ll be glued to the action scenes.  But be prepared.
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon gets four stars out of five.

Catechism


Q. 85. Which is the tenth commandment?
A. The tenth commandment is, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Exodus 20:17