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A Prayer (My 100th Post)
Saturday, June 09, 2007 12:07 PM

This is my 100th post since starting this blog "Do The RIGHT Thing". I thought it only appropriate that it be a prayer I get in my email each morning called "Prime Time with God" from Ephesians Four Ministries. Their website is www.ChurchGrowth.org .

June 9, 2007

Dear God, Today I am burdened for my country and every nation. I pray for the installation of spiritual leaders to carry out Your will. I pray for the leaders in power now, that You would move in their hearts and minds to lead in the right direction to accomplish Your purpose. Please forgive us for our indifference and our sin. I pray that Christians will turn from their wicked ways and rededicate their lives to You and Your service; and that other people living in sin will turn from that sin in repentance and belief in You. Have mercy on us, Lord. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen.


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"I'm Tired"
Saturday, June 09, 2007 11:56 AM

There is more very interesting information and verification on this story at the link below.


"I'm Tired"

Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq , I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I'll return to Iraq to finish my tour.

I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam . Maybe it's because I'll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I'm tired:

I'm tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I'm tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I'm tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they 'Support the Troops' by wanting them to 'Cut and Run' before victory is achieved.

I'm tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I'm tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.

I'm tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.

I'm tired of the so called 'Elite Left' that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I'm tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. A family who's loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly protesters is beyond shameful.

I'm tired that my generation, the Baby Boom -- Vietnam generation, who have such a weak backbone that they can't stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I'm tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies.

I'm tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

Mostly, I'm tired that the people of this great nation didn't learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.

Joe Repya,
Lieutenant Colonel , U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division


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Red Friday Reminder
Friday, June 08, 2007 2:18 PM

I should have posted this yesterday, but I had some type of virus with a fever and spent nearly all day in bed.

I feel strongly about this topic though -- let's support it and tell people what our Red stands for.

Red Friday

Wear something red on Friday's to show your

support for our troops! Let people know why

you are wearing red and let's see if we start

seeing this as a trend. Maybe we should all

send out reminders on Thursdays.

Any way we can show support to our troops

(and not to mention, iritate the peace crowd) is

a good thing!

Cyber Pastor

Pastor Ed


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Faith and Politics Forum
Friday, June 08, 2007 2:02 PM

I'm not here to judge anyone on their spiritual relationship with Christ. All I can say is look at what people support and that includes the GOP as well.

Evangelicals denounce CNN faith and politics forum

Jim Brown
June 7, 2007

Conservative evangelicals are criticizing a recent forum that featured Democratic presidential candidates John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. The head of the National Clergy Council says the CNN special, sponsored by the group Sojourners, tried to portray the three Democrats as being compatible with evangelical beliefs, practices, and politics.

A day after the "Faith, Values and Politics" forum on Monday, Pastor Rob Schenck moderated a roundtable discussion at the National Press Club called "Evangelicals in '08: United or Divided?" The event featured panelists who presented historical Christian positions on social and moral issues -- individuals such as theologian Dr. Norm Geisler, Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, and constitutional attorney Bernard Reese.

In contrast, Schenck contends that the Sojourners panelists who asked questions of Edwards, Obama, and Clinton do not hold mainstream evangelical values.

"Through carefully crafted questions and the responses -- mostly rehearsed -- of the candidates, the sponsoring group hoped to convince 'who knows who' that issues like world poverty and corporate CEO compensation packages trump the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of marriage and the family, and the public acknowledgement of God," Schenck declared.

Schenck said CNN and Sojourners "conspired to create a fictional class of Christians -- so-called 'liberal evangelicals.'"

"Sojourners and their favorite candidates want us to change, to adapt, to a more popular, more acceptable, more congenial list of priorities," the National Clergy Council leader stated. "But Jesus warned, woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you for so did their fathers to the false prophets."

Schenck sarcastically referred to the Sojourners forum as "the religious revival with Brother Barack, Sister Hillary, and Deacon John."


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A Good Four Letter F- Word (Free)
Friday, June 08, 2007 12:23 PM


Friday, June 08, 2007
Free Reagan Poster Offer!
Posted by: Matt Lewis at 9:20 AM
June 12 is the 20-year anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall!" speech. On that day, our own Michael Medved will be broadcasting LIVE from the Reagan Ranch. And to help celebrate, Young America's Foundation wants to give you this FREE poster ...

(Here's an enlarged view of the poster).


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Help Do The Media's Job for Them
Tuesday, June 05, 2007 11:11 PM

As you can see, I got this email a couple of weeks back. It is partially intended as a solicitation for funds, but I tried to remove those parts.

Help educate the world about Hamas rockets

May 16, 2007

Dear Supporter of Israel
An Israeli mother and her three children were wounded this week by rockets from Gaza. On Tuesday, 24 rockets hit Israel and wounded 30 people. Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel.

The Palestinian response? More TV campaigns, this time with a Mickey Mouse look-alike, to teach children to be terrorists.

We need your help educating the media about these attacks.

Today there are huge and deadly fights between Hamas and Fatah. Palestinian terrorists are trying to draw Israel into their fight. However, how many rockets on civilians can Israel take?

The IDF may have to act firmly to destroy the rockets and the workshops where they are made. The media will come to Sderot and Gaza to cover this story. Your help can help make sure they get the facts they need to present the truth.

During the Second Lebanon War, The Israel Project (TIP) set up media centers in Northern Israel to provide journalists with sources, press briefings, background research, transportation, information on lodging and anything else they needed. Press coverage of the war was seen worldwide and in general Israel was portrayed as defending themselves.

Today we need to set up the same kind of media center in Sderot, the town being pummeled by Hamas Kassam rockets. We need to act now to make sure Israel is again seen as defending their citizens against terror from the sky.

Please help educate journalists and help protect Israel by supporting our work at http://www.theisraelproject.org/

TIP needs your help to:

Staff Sderot media services
Fly journalists via helicopter over the attack area so they can see Israel's security challenges
Train residents to speak to the media, not only in English, but also in German, French and Spanish
Create signage in multiple languages as backdrops for journalists' video
Shoot video which journalists can add to their stories
Take and distribute photos to illustrate newspaper articles
Provide researched background information hourly to help journalists meet their deadlines
Our Washington DC and Jerusalem staff are efficient, but educating the media costs money. We need your help and we need it now.


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Founder and President
The Israel Project


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Final Post on Shawn!
Monday, June 04, 2007 8:21 PM

This is my fifth consecutive post about the young man Shawn, who at age 15 decided to take his own life. This will be my final post on this topic, unless something comes up down the line that I think needs to be shared.

I want to thank you, my loyal friends who visit my blog, for all the support and kind words you have given. I too want to thank you for continuing to visit while I have posted about the same topic that didn't pertain to very many of you.

Being able to write my thoughts and feelings has helped me so much, as I struggled with the death, the grief, and the anxiety over how the funeral was going to go.

As is ALWAYS the case, God gave me what I needed and helped me have words that I believe were a comfort to the family and friends who were there. Not my words, they would have never made a difference, but God's WORDS always makes a difference!

With the funeral behind us, I feel much relief. I now would like to focus on today and if the Lord blesses me with tomorrow I want to do all that I can to help those in our community and those online here, and through my other online ministry efforts, to realize that Teen Suicide is a very real thing and something that needs all of our attention!

Please listen to what young people are saying --- I mean really listen! Don't just think that they aren't serious when they tell you things. Don't freak out for no reason, but if you have or know a teen (or anyone else for that matter) who shows any signs --- please get them help. I am certainly no expert, but I do know people who know how to help. I will do my best to get people who have "warning signs" in contact with people who can help them.

As I said good-bye to Shawn's human remains today -- I told the crowd that Shawn's death won't be in vain as long as those who knew him and loved him don't let anyone else's pleas for help go unheard.

Good bye Shawn, you would have been upset today because Tony Stewart didn't win the race. That's ok though buddy. For those of us you left behind, if the Lord tarries Tony is going to win more races and I will think of you when he does!


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In Memory of Shawn!
Sunday, June 03, 2007 11:48 PM

Shawn Michael Miller

Shawn Michael Miller, 15, of Hope died at 8:47 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Shawn was an eighth-grader at Hauser Junior-Senior High School.

He enjoyed drag racing, NASCAR, Monster Trucks, basketball and going to car shows as well as spending time with his friends and playing video games.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with the Revs. Lewis Burton and Ed Boston officiating. Calling will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Born in Bartholomew County on May 13, 1992, Shawn was the son of Lindley King and Tammy Miller.

Survivors include his parents, both of Hope; sisters, Kayla Miller of Hope and April and Rachel King, both of Columbus; a grandmother, Wanda Miller of Columbus; a great-grandmother, Dorothy Lain of Columbus; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Helen M. and John King and Robert Miller.

You are invited to view his video tribute after 1 p.m. Sunday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.




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Who Would Have Thought.....
Saturday, June 02, 2007 10:54 PM

.........that God would have answered prayers in this manner. This story just goes to show each of us that God's ways are not our ways, and that HIS ways are so much better.

First of all let me say again how much I appreciate the outpouring of prayers and messages I have received on behalf of the family of Shawn, my family and myself. If I took the time to figure out how many states I have heard from, I'm sure we would all be amazed.

Now on to how God answers prayers in His way, and I am certain that not one person reading this would ever expect this to have been the case.

You all know this deal with Shawn has been very difficult for me personally - it pretty much captured all of my thoughts almost every minute I was awake. I was sitting in my office and the phone rang and it was the owner of the funeral home where Shawn's funeral will take place Monday.

I figured that Vernon was calling about details for Shawn's funeral, but at that time his son, who works with him, was handling all of Shawn's arrangements and Vernon wasn't even aware that I was officiating at the funeral with another gentleman.

Vernon was calling because there was a funeral today that there was no minister for, and he called me to see if I would do it. Now you might wonder how this could be an answer to prayer, but here is what happened.

With this other funeral to plan for and then do today, my mind has been taken off the tragedy of everything that happened with Shawn and his family. I've been so concerned about what the right words were going to be even though I was telling myself that God will provide the words if I only trust in Him.

With the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, I was able to help comfort a family, friends, and others --- all people I have never met before in my life and the funeral was for a man I had never met.

Who would have believed that God gave my mind some much needed relief by allowing me to be asked to assist in this way.

Our human minds know only how to think humanly, but God's way and answers are more than we can ever imagine.

God Bless the memory of Larry Smith, and be with his family and friends who are grieving the loss of their 49 yr old loved one!


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Thank You So Much For Your Compassion!
Friday, June 01, 2007 5:17 PM

The outpouring of compassion and prayers in the last 48 hours has been nothing short of amazing. When I felt at my lowest the prayers of the saints helped me get through. I could literally feel the power of God bringing my through this ordeal!

I've had comments on here, emails, and even phone calls from so many people from all over the country that I can only say "WOW". Several emails came from people I don't even know, who had gotten the news forwarded to them by someone.

God truly is Good ---- All the Time!

Let me share one email from a preacher friend of mine. Keep in mind that both my friend and I both live in Indiana:

One of the people I passed your request on to is a missionary to the Indians in Idaho.

She wrote me and said that her prayer team prayed for a long time last night for you and Ann and Shawn's family. There are people literally all over the nation praying for you guys.

Please keep us posted.

We love you all.

Chet Todd
Senior Pastor
New Life Wesleyan Church

Mecca, IN

Thank you to each of you for praying, and I would like to ask you continue. The funeral is Monday at 11:00 am. I know God will provide the words, but your prayers are still needed!


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Prayer Needed!
Thursday, May 31, 2007 12:40 PM

And the reality of life smacks you in the face!

Last night about 8:00 pm, a 15 year old boy named Shawn, who was an on again off again member of our teenage youth group committed suicide by hanging himself.

The pain his family experienced during the 4 hours I spent with them at the hospital is more than I can put into words.

Here is my request from my faithful and loyal blog friends:

Please pray for Tammy, Hoppy, and Kayla -- Shawn's mother, father and sister.

Please pray for all the extended family (there must have been 50 or more people at the hospital over the course of those 4 hours).

Please pray for Shawn's friends and our church's Youth Group as we try to help them through this horrible ordeal.

Please pray for the adult leaders of the Youth Group as they mourn, but need to be strong for the kids.

Please pray for Mrs. Pastor Ed, as she is taking this so very hard. She was kinda Shawn's buddy. She has cried almost non-stop since she found out, except when she has slept.

And finally pray for me. I think I'm still in shock - seeing a 15 yr old boy laying on a hospital gurney - gone to his eternal destination. Sometimes we have to stay strong to help the others, but the pain and grief we have is so very real.

I have to find the strength (and this is for sure only with the help of the Lord) to do a funeral for a child for the very first time, and I've also never had to deal with suicide before.

Thank you all in advance, I know I will feel the power that your prayers bring!

Pastor Ed


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What Do We Do Now?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:57 PM

I think we are all sickened, angry, and saddened by what happened in Washington State. I know the desire to rant and "go off" on the subject is there for most of us, and I know that some of you have done so in my comments section and those at other blogs.

My reason for printing this article isn't to make you rant (it's ok if you do). My purpose is to say "What are we going to do about it"? You see that the power of one vote kept things "as-is" with the1989 Supreme Court decision, which voted 5-4 in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning was a political statement and that state laws banning it were unconstitutional.

We have way more power than we did last year at this time (with the new media of blogging) when this article and vote was taken, comment with what you think we should be doing with this power about this problem that continues to show it's UGLY head!

This is an article from JUNE 2006

Flag-burning amendment

fails by a vote

Wednesday, June 28, 2006;

The Senate defeated by one vote a constitutional amendment banning desecration of the American flag.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate by a single vote Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban desecrating the American flag.

The measure would have rolled back a 1989 Supreme Court decision allowing it. The vote was 66-34.

A two-thirds majority is needed to pass a proposed constitutional amendment. It then would need ratification by 38 of the 50 states.

The measure was the latest in a series of controversial election-year votes engineered by the chamber's GOP leaders in an effort to entice the party's conservative base to the polls in November.

Fourteen Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, voted in favor of the measure. Three Republicans, including majority whip Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, voted against it. (Watch how the Senate decided on the issue -- 2:11)

Senators began debating the amendment Monday, along with an alternative proposal from Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Bob Bennett, R-Utah. They wanted to ban flag desecration by law rather than by constitutional amendment. That proposal, too, was shot down Tuesday, 64-36. (Full story)

A constitutional ban on flag burning is seen as being more widely popular than the proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriages. A gay-marriage ban was defeated earlier this month and was seen as another attempt by the GOP to mobilize its conservative base before November.

In a CNN poll earlier this month, 56 percent of people surveyed said they supported the measure rejected Tuesday by the Senate, while 40 percent of respondents opposed it. The poll surveyed 1,031 adults and has a sampling error of 3 percentage points. (Poll)

The House passed the measure and sent it to the Senate, where the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, approved the proposal, 11-7, earlier this month.

All 10 Republicans on the committee and one Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, supported it.

From the Senate floor Monday, Specter compared flag desecration to libel and child pornography, forms of expression he said have no "social value."

"Flag burning is a form of expression that is spiteful or vengeful," the five-term senator said. "It is designed to hurt. It is not designed to persuade."

But Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont sided with the 1989 Supreme Court decision, which voted 5-4 in Texas v. Johnson that flag burning was a political statement and that state laws banning it were unconstitutional.

The First Amendment was designed precisely to protect this sort of expression, Leahy said.

"The First Amendment never needs defending when it comes to popular speech," Leahy said. "It's when it comes to unpopular speech that it needs defending."

He called the efforts to pass the amendment "electioneering rallying cries."

The Texas v. Johnson case came to the court five years after Gregory Lee Johnson burned a flag at City Hall during a political demonstration at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas.

Johnson was convicted of violating state law, sentenced to a year in prison and fined $2,000. The Supreme Court ruled his arrest was unconstitutional.

Writing for the majority, Justice William Brennan stated, "Johnson was not, we add, prosecuted for the expression of just any idea; he was prosecuted for his expression of dissatisfaction with the policies of this country, expression situated at the core of our First Amendment values."

Congress' attempt to overturn a Supreme Court decision by amending the Constitution is "extremely rare," said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, but it's in line with how the American system of government was designed to work.

"The only way to overrule a Supreme Court precedent is by changing the Constitution," Toobin said. He added that legislators backing the flag-burning amendment are operating "exactly the way the framers of the Constitution intended when they want to change something for all time."


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My Memorial Day Post
Monday, May 28, 2007 8:25 PM

After posting 10 other wonderful guest posts, I want to put my feeling on Memorial Day here. I also want to thanks all 10 of you who sent your messages and this was a great little Memorial Day Weekend Project for me personally.

What does Memorial Day Mean to Me????

To me it means people.

My Dad who served in the Air Force (I was born when he was serving). A few weeks after Dad ETS'ed, his entire unit was sent to Viet Nam.

My Uncle George who was in the Battle of the Bulge but would never talk about it.

His son and my cousin Don, who served in the first Gulf War.

My Uncle Denzil who served in the Pacific during World War II.

My Uncle Ron who served in Viet Nam. A helicopter gunner, who I saw suffer from nightmares when he got home.

His son and my cousin Mark, who is a truck drive in Iraq right now.

My cousin Mike, who served several years in the Air Force.

Then there is Eugene, a member of my congregation, who served in Korea. He still has constant ringing in his ears from firing artillery during the war.

Also there is Ernie. He is now in a nursing home in the final stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He is a Korean veteran too, but probably has no clue about it now.

There's my wife's grandpa John. He served in post war (WWII) Germany.

There are two members from my unit in the 101st who died in a plane crash returning from peace keeping duty in the Sinai

I had people at church yesterday stand and mention people in their lives who served. I heard about a WWII pilot who was shot down and a POW for a while. I heard from a lady who had 10 brothers - 9 who were all in the military and the other one who couldn't serve due to medical concerns. Another lady who must have rattled off about 6 or 8 family members, many of them Viet Nam vets.

And I must add all the blog friends that I have who have served and made it home when so many didn't. Welcome home fella's. I'm proud to know you.

There's my blog friend whose late husband Joe was a proud Veteran.

My friend Grinch who I served for 2 1/2 years with and when I got out he stayed on and retired. He served in the first Gulf War.

To the 11 names of veterans they added to our local War Memorial this year.

And finally and probably most importantly ALL those who are serving their country today.

God Bless America


God Bless our Troops


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Guest Post from SFBert
Monday, May 28, 2007 12:56 PM

Today is Memorial Day. Although two days on the official holiday calendar are offered for those who served, today is the one that matters most. Today I remember those I served with who I'll always remember as young because I am unable to remember them other than as the last time I saw them.

I also remember my family members who served and died leaving no young 'uns so there is no one to remember them as grandfathers or great grandfathers. Like my Uncle Ernest, who I never met, who died at Leyte Gulf and is now part of the Pacific Ocean and my Uncle Frank whose last "Semper Fi" was in a letter mailed from Korea. I know their features only from photos. But I know them from serving with men like them.

Guys like O.B. (the medic who didn't get to become one), Fat Kenny (whose X-rays could be taken by holding a light bulb behind him), and Alphabet (whose Polish father fought German & Russians in 1939 and whose family business was "fighting Commies"). They are gone and life goes on, but life would not be the same had they and many others like them not been there to stand in the way of evil.

U.S. Army


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Guest Post from NJ_GOP
Monday, May 28, 2007 12:40 PM

I have to admit that Memorial day didn't really mean that much to me until I attended a little tiny small town Memorial day service where the local VFW laid a wreath at a monument in the center of town. A pretty good crowd showed up; but you could see the looks on the faces of those old guys in the ceremony and they were remembering things that happened 50 years before.

Then last year we attended a special event in central Jersey where the National Guard was unveiling a monument to their fallen heroes from NJ who died in Fallujah. The wives and parents of these brave men were greatly honored, including a missing man formation of fighter jets flying overhead. It brings tears to me even though I had never met a single one of them. One of the attendees was a woman with a baby and a 5 year old. She explained that the boys' dad was currently in Iraq and she brings her children to military events as often as possible to reinforce patriotism in them and to help them understand that their dad was doing a very special job.

I am humbled by these people. A very small section of that National Guard Event is shown in the movie trailer for Thank a Soldier; a video project that, unfortunately, is on hold due to a number of factors (lack of financial backing for one); but eventually it will be released and no matter how long that takes it does not diminish the honor it gives to our military -- the project is timeless in its message.