Imitate Me ~ Paul

Posted: December 28th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

I was reading in I Corinthians 4 last night where Paul is talking about carnal Christianity and came across verses 14-16:

I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

That last part in verse 16 is what got me. Paul says, “Imitate me!” I however am not to the point in my walk with God where I can say this to someone else. He has me on the road to that place, but for now I am still at the “Do what I say and not what I do stage”. Is this in part because of verse 15? There are so many telling me what to do and not showing me? See, that is the difference between a father and a teacher. A teacher instructs and says “This is the way it is, believe it and walk in it.” A father says, “I have been there to the place you long for, follow me and do what I do and we will both make it there again.” See, in a classroom, people don’t really get to know the instructors. They only know them by what they speak in the class. Children however know their father and become like him, whether they like it sometimes or not, because they see his life.

There is very little that I can look back to and say, “I am this way because of Mr. Soandso was so compelling in the classroom.” I can however attest to many of my characteristics (and so can my wife) where I am a carbon copy of my dad. Why is that? A teacher teaches knowledge and a father teaches life. In my walk with God right now I am a mere instructor who has but a bit of knowledge of God and I try and pass it to those who will listen, but I long to be a father and not have to say a word except, “If you want to know Him, imitate me because I am like He is.


Merry Christmas? A brief history of the holiday.

Posted: December 21st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

A little ditty from Glenn Beck and company that I just had to put on here. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

- mooney

No real consensus on man-made global warming threat

Posted: December 21st, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Political | No Comments »

An article run by the Washington Times called, “Scientists Doubt Climate Change” brings attention to the claims made by Al Gore that man-made global warming is a major threat to our planet. In fact some of the members of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chang that were co-winners of the Nobel Peace prize disagree with Gore on the extent of the effects of global warming.

An excerpt of the article reads,

“In the Senate report, environmental scientist David W. Schnare of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said he was skeptical because ‘conclusions about the cause of the apparent warming stand on the shoulders of incredibly uncertain data and models. … As a policy matter, one has to be less willing to take extreme actions when data are highly uncertain.’

The hundreds of others in the report — climatologists, oceanographers, geologists, glaciologists, physicists and paleoclimatologists — voice varying degrees of criticism of the popular global-warming theory. Their testimony challenges the idea that the climate-change debate is “settled” and runs counter to the claim that the number of skeptical scientists is dwindling.”

I encourage you to do some research on the topic before accepting what is being force-fed to us by the popular media.

World Carbon Tax?

Posted: December 17th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Political | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Since the UN Climate Conference in Indonesia, I am surprised to see that there hasn’t been an uproar for the US taxpayer. The tax would bring in $10-$40 billion a year; a majority of which would be paid by th U.S.

Say we pay half of this, for an estimated $20 billion. Now, the government makes no money except through our taxes, so what would our responsibility be? Granted most of this would likely come from corporate taxes, and not income tax, but we all know when corporations pay more tax, prices go up and we pay in the end anyway. With an estimated 300 million Americans now, it works out to about $67 per person. I am married and the father of four, which means my “liability” for this global carbon tax would be about $400 a year.

How can our government even be considering such a thing?

Al Gore stood at this conference saying that the U.S. is primarily responsible for human caused global warming. Others at the conference called for a global redistribution of wealth to help smaller countries deal with the affect of global warming! Can you say one world government/economy?

Personally, I will be writing my representatives to express my displeasure. We can’t allow a bunch of socialists to dictate what our country can and will do.