Monday, September 03, 2007

A Pastor with Wisdom and Guts

This is a Prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, But this is what they heard:

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness  and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. 

We have exploited the poor and called it the 'lottery'.
We have rewarded laziness and called it 'welfare'.
We have killed our unborn and called it 'choice'.
We have shot abortionists and called it 'justifiable'.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it
'building self esteem'.
We have abused power and called it 'politics'.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it 'freedom of expression'.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it 'enlightenment'.
Search us oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

The response was immediate.
A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in
In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.  With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and whole heartedly become our desire
so that we again can be called 'One Nation Under God.'
I f possible , please pass this prayer on to your friends. 'If you don't stand for something, you will fall for everything.'

You know it's hot when.....

You notice your car overheating before you drive it.

Airplanes can't land because the asphalt is too soft.

The swans in the park come in "original recipe" and "extra crispy."

Your pool water starts to boil in the sun.

Pigs complain about sweating like fat humans.

A scalding hot shower still cools you down.

You've been getting hot flashes, and you're a man.

People walking down the sidewalk spontaneously burst into flames.

A $20 surcharge is added to your bill when you eat at air-conditioned restaurants.

The politicians take their hands out of your pockets to fan themselves.

You need a spatula to remove your clothing.

You wish you had gotten the cloth seats instead of leather.

You are sweating in both directions -- up and down!

Lawyers kill themselves because they know it's cooler in Hell.

You burn your hand opening the car door.

You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

You are sitting inside reading these jokes.

Your brother's braces make blisters on his lips.

The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

The cows are giving evaporated milk.

The trees are whistling for the dogs.

You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.

You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.