Thursday, November 04, 2004

God Speaks?

The Media Speaks:

Election Reinforces U.S. Religious Divide

By RICHARD N. OSTLING, AP Religion Writer
President Bush's victory, the approval of every anti-gay marriage amendment on statewide ballots and an emphasis on "moral values" among voters showed the power of churchgoing Americans in this election and threw the nation's religious divide into stark relief.

"The churchgoers, those who voted along cultural lines, put (Bush) over the top," said George Marlin, author of "The American Catholic Voter."


Read full aritcle HERE.

Jasper Speaks:

One of the most interesting things to come out of this electiont o me was the importance put on moral values. I think even more surprising to me was how out of touch the mainstream media was onthis topic. They seemed dumbfounded that anyone would vote because of importance of moral values. Sometimes I just think that the media lives under a very liberal rock.

I think it is very encouraging that American Christians are making their voice heard. I was watching C-Span last night and there were protestors to the election being interviewed. They were talking about how scary it is that Christians were swinging the electiontheir way. Wellit is obvious of those people who cared to vote, the majority share the president's values. The Democratic party better wake up quickly to the facts that are out there. People of faith are voting and they are voting in droves.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

God Moving Can Be Frightening

Jasper Speaks:

So God is doing a movement in my life. It is great. It is exciting. I can also be pretty frightening. I want to do what He wants me to. I want to trust completely in His plan. The problem is that often this means moving out of a place where I am comfortable. I have had to do that before and I have to admit that in the end, of course, God knew what was best. I believe I am being asked to do that again.

There are exciting things on the horizon that I cannot yet address here. But I will ask that you pray for God's will to be made clear and that I will continue to grow in Him. So much is going on and I am trying my best to live in the center of God's grace and will. There are many things for which I feel woefully inadequate. God's Word tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. I need to embrace that. Satan can tell me that I cannot perform in the way God wants me to perform but I have to remind myself, this is not about what Jasper can do and is all about what God will do.

Casting Crowns has a song called, THE VOICE OF TRUTH. I have heard Mark Hall speak about it. The song is all about how those nagging thoughts in our heads can be silenced when we focus on listening to the one voice that matters. Some of the words are:

Oh,what I would do to have
the kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown
Where Jesus is,
And he's holding out his hand

But the waves are calling out my name
and they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
time and time again
"Boy, you'll never win,
you'll never win."

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

Oh, what I would do
to have the kind of strength it takes
To stand before a giant
with just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound
of a thousand warriors
shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand

But the giant's calling out
my name and he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
time and time again
"Boy you'll never win,
you'll never win."

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
the Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
and the Voice of truth says "this is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

But the stone was just the right size
to put the giant on the ground
and the waves they don't seem so high
from on top of them looking down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
when I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
singing over me

But the Voice of truth tells me a different story
The Voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"
And the Voice of truth says "this is for my glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me (calling out to me)
I will choose to listen and believe (I will choose to listen and believe)
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of truth

I will listen and believe
I will listen and believe the Voice of truth
I will listen and believe
'Cause Jesus you are the Voice of truth
And I will listen to you.. oh you are the Voice of truth


That song really speaks to where I am right now. It is all about what God believes I can do and not at all about the confidence the world has in me or I have in myself. Words that are hard to live by but very true. Please pray that this will be the way I live my life.
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!


The People Speak:

Bush Wins!

Jasper Speaks:

"How cool is this? I knew all along we would pull this one off. When the polls were saying it was a dead heat I never believed it. It is great to see Americans speak so clearly on what they want. Hollywood is stunned. Somewhere in the world today an angry Michael Moore is choking on a hot dog. His movie may have made $100 million but it had no effect on how this race came out and that CRACKS ME UP! Watching the returns last night, I was even a little surprised that the media is so out of touch with the people. They all seemed to be shocked that moral values would even come into play much less be cited as the number one reason people were voting for Bush. I just about laughed my fool head off as the media talking heads were all having to eat crow and start admitting that it seemed Kerry didn't have a chance. I took particular pride in watching Dan Rather squirm!So, I am in a great mood. The election went my way and I couldn't be happier. Go W!