Sunday, February 7, 2016

Revelation 2:12-17 -- The COMPROMISING Church (Part 1)


And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’
Revelation 2:12-17

Pastor Danny Forshee.  Great Hills Baptist Church.  April 13, 2014:



Outline:
  1. Identification (v. 12)
    A. The City -- Pergamos
                        - Lots of Pagan Temples; 3 for emperor worship alone!
                        - Capital City
                        - Similar to Austin
    B. Christ -- Self- Revelation.
  2. Commendation (v. 13)
    A. Works -- Good Deeds.
    B. Dwelling -- Hostile, Pagan place.
    C. Christ-centeredness
         i. "You hold fast to MY name."
        ii. "Did not deny MY faith."
Highlights:
  • This sermon was originally preached on Palm Sunday.
  • John pre-supposes you know your Old Testament.
  • "Them demonic spiders come out of the wood work whenever you preach on Revelation."
  • Church at Pergamos had people in the congregation they refused to discipline.
  • During the middle ages, the Church became VERY compromised.
  • If God does a Good Work in your life, gossip about the gospel.
  • "The things that have God in them are the things that last."
  • Jesus is attracted to commitment and endurance.
  • Don't quit; keep doing the right thing until God intervenes.
  • "Our greatest challenge in the Church in America today is theological heresy and sexual promiscuity."

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Alvarado Letter RIPS UT System's Houston Expansion


"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
Proverbs 29:1

We obtained the following letter from the UT system via open records request.  Remember, Carol Alvarado was Dan Flynn's co-chair on the Wallace Hall impeachment committee.  For those unaware, Alvarado is from Houston:



Bottom Line: When you've lost the co-chair of the Wallace Hall Impeachment committee....

Friday, February 5, 2016

Flailing Flynn grasps at Semantics!!!


'Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” '
1 Corinthians 15:33

A couple nights ago, Dan Flynn made the following comment on Facebook:


Using some sort of newfangled technology called "Google" we took a trip in the way back machine all the way to 2014 and this Daily Texan article:
In a 7-1 vote Monday, the House transparency committee voted there are sufficient grounds for UT System Regent Wallace Hall’s impeachment. The committee will meet on May 21 and 22 to try and determine the nature of specific articles of impeachment.

....

Rep. Dan Flynn committee co-chair and R-Canton, said he encouraged Hall to resign, and noted that if Hall were to resign before May 21, the committee would not have to convene.
We pointed this out to Flynn:


To which Flynn responded:

Flynn's reasoning, of course, is a farce; as Tony McDonald wrote at the time:
After a letter Tuesday from UT Regent Wallace Hall’s attorneys accused the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations of withholding an audio recording that exonerates Hall, Committee Chairman Dan Flynn (R–Van) has capitulated. In a self-serving and petulant letter from Flynn to Eric Johnson, one of the Democratic members of the Committee, Flynn was forced to admit that a report prepared by the committee’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, contained lies about Hall.

The audio recording of the August 22, 2013 UT Board of Regents meeting apparently refutes several of the assertions contained in Hardin’s report. In response, Flynn was forced to walk back the four bases alleged by Hardin to justify Hall’s impeachment.

Dan Flynn should have done the honorable thing and apologized to Wallace Hall.

Instead, Flynn’s letter contains name-calling, attacks against Wallace Hall and continues to call for the regent to resign — despite admitting that Hall was justified in his actions.

In the letter, Dan Flynn attempts to indefinitely delay obligations to report on his committee’s findings by hinging further action on a final decision by the Travis County District Attorney’s office. At the same time, Flynn suggests that the committee should, as its immediate next step, begin investigating a scandal involving $1 Million in contracts given to Accenture by UT President Bill Powers. Flynn also suggests that the University of Texas System should pay his expenses for the whole boondoggle.
In other words, Flynn backed the impeachment fiasco through every step of the process up until the moment Wallace Hall's lawyer threatened to expose the deceitfulness of Flynn's committee in a public setting; only at that point did Flynn back down.

Bottom Line: For Flynn to claim he never voted to impeach Wallace Hall is, at best, semantic silliness.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#TBT: Charlie Geren and IN-STATE TUITION for Illegal Aliens


"You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter."
Psalm 74:17

HB 1403 is the well documented 2001 bill that legalized subsidized tuition for illegal aliens; check out who voted for it at the time:


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Charlie Strong's National Signing Day Press Conference!!!


"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

[Author's Note: BevoBeat has A LOT more here.]

THIS is why he needed another year:



Highlights:
  • Whole team joined in effort.
    • One recruit played a prank on Malik Jefferson by pretending to decommit
  • "We had 32 players take official visits here and we sat 24 of 'em."
  • "A lot of these student athletes, it's all about academics for them."
    • "The #1 thing for them is to get a degree."
  • A bunch of guys on offense are already on campus."
  • Shane Buchele has two sisters at O.U.
  • Kyle Porter - "Don't even call me until you're ready to commit."
  • Jordan Elliot - "6'3", 322!!!"
  • Chris Brown - "The thing I like about you is you have a chip on your shoulder."
  • "We know we had to put together a good class."
  • "Today was a big step forward for our program."
  • "We've just got to continue to work and continue to build it."
  • "I'm gonna ridin' ya until you tell me don't call me anymore."
  • Buchele: "He's going to have a chance to compete."
  • QB: "Is going to be a very competitive position."
Our Thoughts:
  • Heading into next season, the Longhorns had big holes to fill on Offensive line, Defensive Line, and Secondary; this class fills those needs.
  • In addition to filling those needs, this class built depth at almost every position group.
  • The one position group where depth is lacking is tight end; we still think Tyrone Swoopes fills the bill.
  • They're STACKED at the QB position.  Heard has three years of eligibility left and Buchele is on campus.  Sam Erhlinger is a year away.
  • We'd rather be where the Longhorns are than where either the Aggies or the Cowboys are.

Bo (French) Knows BORDER SECURITY!!!


"And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,"
Acts 17:26

This is a really good point:







Bottom Line: Bo French's personal experience securing properties along the border can only help solve this problem that has been unnecessarily festering for decades....

KITCHEN RECALL: TAG still collecting INSURANCE Signatures!!!


"It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
For a throne is established by righteousness."
Proverbs 16:12

While the Ann Kitchen recall campaign already has enough signatures, it never hurts to collect enough so that you're outside the margin of shenanigans:

Why do we want Ann Kitchen recalled?

Texans for Accountable Government supports the recall of CM Ann Kitchen because she’s representing lobbyists rather than her constituents in District 5. Look on Page 41 of Ann Kitchen’s October 2014 Campaign Finance Report, you can see a bundled donation from Lone Star Cab of $4,000. It’s a clear cut case of the taxi lobby greasing the palms of lawmakers to insulate themselves from market competition.
Rideshare companies operate in over 100 cities in the US, and in over 300 cities worldwide without fingerprinting, and according to sexual assault complaints here in Austin, a person is 6 times more likely to be assaulted by a cab driver: 913 cab drivers and 3 complaints; 15,000 drivers and 7 complaints with zero criminal charges. Kitchen’s 12-page ordinance has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with power.
Taxis lost over 1 million rides in the first year after TNCs starting operating in Austin. Instead of innovating and adapting to the desires of the market, they have come to the government to put in place regulations that will drive out TNCs, removing competition.
District 5 is in South Austin and includes the South Lamar/Brodie and Manchaca corridors; if you live in those areas, sign the petition here.