Drill, Drill, Drill

“it’s hard for the United States to complain that other countries limit access to their reserves when we’re doing the same. If higher U.S. production reduced world prices, other countries might expand production. What they couldn’t get from prices they’d try to get from greater sales.”

I do not agree with all of Robert Samuelson’s post at Real Clear Politics, but I do agree that using the resources we have and addressing the supply side of the equation has to occur. When I say “has to occur” I mean today. Start drilling.

Need a permit? Permit to drill assumed if it is not in a National Park.  If it is in a NP it must be reviewed, and drilling and production can start in 30 days.


1,2,3,4,5 of CityPrayer. Tell your friends.

18 1/2 out of 22 innings

Great Rockies game last night! I made it, well mostly made it, thru 18 1/2 out of the 22 innings it took the Rockies win. After about the 5th inning of waking up halfway into the second at bat I finally, and reluctantly, gave up and called it a night. Awesome game! The only way it could have been better would have been a 1-0 victory.

Let this be a lesson to you.

In response to my previous post a friend asked:

I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this subject in general. It is something that I really toss around in my head and I don’t feel like I have any resolution. There are talks about how we as Christians need to protect Israel (with some scriptural backing of that talk), yet it seems like both sides of the conflict are in the wrong at points, and innocent people die as a result. Even on a larger picture, I don’t get why God commanded the people of Israel to take out entire races in the Old Testament. This means that women and children were murdered because of the ethnicity they were born into. How does that translate to “God is Love”?

I don’t mean to be controversial, it is just something I struggle with, and I figured you would have some good insight. Do you think maybe it’s just what needed to happen to prepare the way for Jesus? If so, why is it still going on today? Etc. etc.

Where to begin? First; on the question of Israel and “Christians need to protect” her. As a Christian sharing in the same covenant as Israel how can I be separate from her? As an American how can I be separate from an ally engaged with an enemy who has attacked and is sworn to continue to attack my country? Yes it is that simple. 

Second; on the question of “why God commanded the people of Israel to take out entire races in the Old Testament?” I do not believe God ever did this as an act of ethnic war, genocide, as you suggest though I may be wrong. I do believe God was commanding a fragile nation to wage what I (and others) term “total war.” Historically this is how war was waged, not just Old Testament wars; more on this later.

Third; as a general observation on the overall theme of your questions; always side with God; always side with what is right. I use the term “right” very deliberately and hear you perhaps asking “but who is to say what is right?” Right is right; wrong is wrong; good is good; evil is evil. Today’s world likes to try and find the middle ground; to compromise; to see both sides. Fine, knock yourself out for your own enjoyment but have no illusions; black is black and right is right. Period. 

Fourth; to the spiritual aspect of your question of “why is it still going on today?”  I assume you know the answer but for anyone else reading this I will explain; God is alive and the devil hates God and everything of God. Read to the end, God wins and so do we, praise God! 

Fifth; on a military or political level your question of “why is it still going on today?” leads back to paragraphs two and three. “Today’s world likes to try and find the middle ground” and therefore has gotten away from the principal of “total war.” I do believe, and will some day have the leisure to study and write about this, that the “less than total wars” which have become the norm since the end of the Second World War have been far more costly in every aspect than the “total wars” such as those you described from the Old Testament. The short evidence to support this theory is that those “limited wars” are still going on as you point out. Perhaps God was giving a military and political lesson in the descriptions of those Old Testament battles that war was ugly enough that it should never be waged except completely and totally. 

More than 1or2thoughts, let this be a lesson to you!


I may be able to get behind McCain!

“It is a grave and dangerous mistake for an American leader to meet with a terrorist organization like Hamas. Engaged in a campaign that deliberately targets innocent Israeli civilians, Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. President Carter is wrong to meet with Hamas, a terrorist group that has also killed innocent Americans.”

With “straight talk” like this I may be able to get behind McCain! Thank you David Freddoso at The Corner for the post.

The best thing in Charlotte?

My comment link at Judi Free did not work, so here is my vote for the best thing in Charlotte.

Disclaimer: This is the only thing I have done in Charlotte, so this could have been the best thing in Fargo, Cleveland or Billings for all I know.

Important stat: 36.57 seconds

Praise God all day long!

To all who have and continue to pray for myself and our family:

Let them shout for joy and be glad who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified Who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

Ps 35:27-28

Job offered, accepted, and notice given. Thank you God for pouring out your blessings and favor on our family.

Oh, I’m in!

Rich Kirkpatrick asks if today’s church is “in” for using modern communication tools to connect and reach people. It is a good post and one greatly on my thoughts when I think about Cityprayer and trying to connect with other Christians here in Denver.

With this being missions month I also know that the web can be a great resource for connecting missionaries with the unchurched and also with those who will support them.

Thanks Rich for a good post. Thank’s Hosh for leading me to Rich.

“Moved by things outside of myself.”

“I never want to live my life solely in my own personal sphere. Sadly, too many others do! I want to live a life “moved” by things outside of myself. It is then that I am fully motivated to do what I am created to do.”

Jimmy Lakey say’s so well why Saturday evening is such a great opportunity. Meet, greet, encourage and be motivated.

I know where I will be Saturday night!

There are some exciting things taking place both at ORCC and online around ORCC! I find the new Missions at ORCC blog interesting as I think about the power of connecting with missionaries and Christians around the world.

I intend to take advantage of the opportunity to meet some of these champions of faith over the next several weeks:
Saturdays, April 5, 12, and 19:
5:30p—Meet Your Missionaries Potlucks in the Fellowship Hall.
Meet your ORCC Missionaries and hear what God is doing through their ministries around the world.

It’s a potluck so perhaps Judi can bring sandwiches! Hope to see you there!