[video] Ron Paul at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference: “Life does begin at conception.” — We would like to think all we have to do is elect the right politicians and everything is going to be okay. But the government is a reflection of the people. The people change before the laws change. Morality has a lot to do with legislation.

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske

“Life is precious. … You’ve heard all of the arguments…. But as an OB doctor, let me tell you: life does begin at conception.

Also, it’s very legal….”

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“During the 1960s…, cultural changes were occurring. and that is when abortion became commonplace. So the people change before the laws change. So morality has a lot to do with legislation.

We don’t have abortions today because the law permits it. That’s made it worse, but the law accommodated the social changes that occurred. It was the breakdown of our social system at that time.”

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“It is getting to be epidemic that the family values, and the families have broken down, and this is where our real problems come from. We would like to think all we have to do is elect the right politicians and everything is going to be okay. But believe me, the government is a reflection of the people. That’s why the burden is on people like you to make sure that we have those values.”

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Citing 1 Samuel 8, Paul recalls how Israel wanted a king as a substitute for God:
“I don’t think we need a king and we don’t need Washington to act as if they’re the king!”

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“What about a biblical understanding about what honest money is about? What about honest weights and measures and no paper currency and no Federal Reserve that destroys our currency? There’s nothing moral about our financial system and our monetary system. And this recent breakdown of our system is proof positive of it.”

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“Since the Crash of 2008, our dollar actually has been devalued 50% against gold. So therefore look out for trouble. The odds of us cutting back over on the hill and live sensibly aren’t very good. So we are going to be challenged.

We are going to be challenged because we will not be able to depend on our king. … You’re going to have to depend upon yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors and your church to be prepared.”

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“The people that ought to be sacrificing are the people who ripped us off in the building up of the bubble, and then we went and bailed them out and they’re making big bucks again. And the people who are suffering is the middle class. They lost their jobs; they lost their mortgages; they lost their houses. A moral society would not let that happen.”

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“The educational system should be through the family and the church. We should be promoting home schooling and private schooling and not depending on our public school system!”

– Congressman Ron Paul

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CSPAN recorded the live feed from the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, DC. Ron Paul gave a great speech:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_z0vC6rQv4]Ron Paul “We Should Not Have These Perpetual Wars!”

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June 03, 2011 C-SPAN


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U2 — 'Magnificent' Live on Letterman!!!!!!! "Till we die, you and I will magnify The Magnificent!"

One of the greatest songs of all time—just out, on the album, No Line on the Horizon! Lyrics by Bono and The Edge.

I was born to be with you
In this space and time

After that and ever after I haven’t had a clue
Only to break rhyme
foolishness can leave a heart black and blue

I was born to sing for you
I didn’t have a choice but to lift you up
And sing whatever song you wanted me to
I give you back my voice
From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise

only love can leave such a mark
only love can heal such a scar*

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEGOb48gIe4][Song only, and what a song!!! Click on HD to get Highest Quality]

only love unites our hearts

Justify, till we die, you and I will magnify
The Magnificent

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcvOWunC4N8]Low-Fi — with Dave’s intro and closing remarks

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_xBl-TlJa8]Live Fordham University [HD – High Quality]
Good Morning America

To watch in HD, click on the video to open it, and then click on the HD symbol, which then becomes red when the video re-opens, bigger.
To watch either version in full-screen, click on the rectangle-within-a-rectangle icon.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0FIN7tMEIA]Live in London [HD – High Quality]
BBC Rooftop

* Question?

Such a scar* that only love can heal: is it the mark of the calling to sing and play for God, the alienation and put-downs from fallen man, the tremendous pressure to play something juicy? Or is it the black and blue heart caused by the foolishness of breaking rhyme with the Creator?

I was thinking the latter, but I’m not so sure now. I’m wondering what Bono and The Edge were thinking when they wrote the song. Imagine the struggle they’ve been through. Both attended a charismatic fellowship, called Shalom at one point with Larry Mullen. I’m really glad to see that Adam Clayton seems to also really like the song!!

Any ideas out there?

Incidentally, Bono has talked about how they could always count on God to show up when they would play live: Where the Streets Have No Name. God is in the house.

Related: [music video] U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name

A Call to Intimacy: The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel & Epistles, by Jeff Fenske [D. A. Carson – Johannine Theology, 1993]

A Call to Intimacy:

The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel and Epistles


Jeff Fenske

D. A. Carson— Johannine Theology

Wed, Dec 8, 1993

The disciple whom Jesus loved (1) — John— who had the most intimate relationship with Jesus, who was entrusted with the Revelation of the future, and who it seems was chosen to have the most longevity (John 21:20-23) — this person of seemingly great sensitivity writes the Gospel and an accompanying epistle that provide for us the most intimate call to relationship with Jesus and the Father. And this call to intimacy with God is now possible because the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead has been sent by Jesus and now indwells all true believers, enabling us to have communion with the Father and the Son and with each other. The holy catholic church, the communion of the saints credal terminology illustrates the Christian church as a union of believers under one God, joined together by himself. In John, Jesus calls us to unity with each other with an uncompromised decree which can only result from a very sensitive, intimate communion with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Then the world will know much about the Father and the Son because they have seen God’s love demonstrated by his radiant church.

…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:21-23).

The glue in John that binds us to each other and to God is love, which we receive as a fruit as we position ourselves in him and under his directing guidance. John presents an illustration of us as the branches either connected to or not connected to Jesus, the vine, the only source from which we can bear genuine fruit— the only type of fruit that Jesus considers permanent and true (John 15:1-16). This mystical union between the Creator and his church is a necessity if we are to flourish and grow into complete union, not being a dormant, lifeless thing which is an embarrassment to God. D. George Vanderlip states regarding John 15: 4-6, the vine and the branches:

John is talking of a vital relationship in the literal root meaning of that word. It is a matter of life and death. Jesus is the source and channel of life for the branches, that is, the believers. When the branches “remain” in the vine, life-giving energy flows through the vine to the branches. This guarantees both health and fruit-bearing,. When the branches are separated from the vine, an inevitable result follows: the branches simply wither and dry up. Since no nourishment reaches them, they will bear no fruit. (2)

In order for the church to gain the respect of the world we must abide intimately in Christ so we will have the ability to completely love each other. Continue reading “A Call to Intimacy: The Holy Spirit in John’s Gospel & Epistles, by Jeff Fenske [D. A. Carson – Johannine Theology, 1993]”