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The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning, A Must Read If You Are Human! Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary:

My confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc., I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said 'OK'.

Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says 'Thou shalt not kill', 'Thou shalt not steal,' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' And we said 'OK'.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said 'okay'. (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide.)

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not, then just discard it . . . no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My best regards, honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

What an increadible message! Z

  
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NELLIEC 10/27/2010 11:15PM

    Amen!

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_MAOMAO_ 10/27/2010 7:16PM

  I so respect Ben Stein. He's one of the most sensible people on this earth, I'm convinced. I don't agree with every detail, but I do believe he overflows with God-given common sense.
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I'm planning on hanging out with him in heaven - and each of us must have surprises coming as to exactly what heaven will look like and who all will be there. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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FANORONHA_14 10/27/2010 6:25PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!
Awesome

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HOT4FITNESS 10/27/2010 6:10PM

    Awesome message and so true!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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HOPE4THEBEST 10/27/2010 6:03PM

    I passed this on to my facebook pals. Perhaps we can make it go viral. Well, we can't make it go viral - but I'll bet God can if it meets his purposes.

Thank you very much for sharing!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 10/27/2010 5:58PM

    This message is so filled to over flowing with the love of the Lord, I have saved this and I will pass it on to who so ever Holy Spirit wants me to send it to. I am so glad you blogged this and I am so glad I had the honor of reading it and being able to comment on this. It tells me where your heart is. Thank you so much for blogging this. I do not know what time you blogged this and I do not see any other comments here but mine and yours.....so far. lets hope that someone else will comment for the love of the Father. emoticon emoticon emoticon this is a very important message to send accross all the air waves.

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Today is a new day...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Today is a new day and a new challenge. I am grateful to have God as my guide on this journey. He knows how to restructure my life even in my eating habits. God is good to me and my family!

I am going to work out in the gym today and work on strength training. I really think that has had a great impact on my weight loss. I enjoy the weights and the way it makes my body feel. The good kind of strain.

May God's angels line my path today and bless those around me!

Have a great day today Sparkspeople..

  
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PAULASTRAS 10/28/2010 7:18PM

    Thank you for the blessing, and your positive and encouraging blog. Congratulations on your weight loss :)
I am sure you will reach your goal...

Blessings,
Paula:
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AUTUTMNLYNN2 10/27/2010 6:31PM

    AMEN SIS!

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FANORONHA_14 10/27/2010 6:18PM

    This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it.
Praise God.

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HOT4FITNESS 10/27/2010 6:10PM

    And a new day that the Lord has made!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 10/27/2010 6:02PM

    I am standing in agreement with you in your prayer yes and amen in the name of Jesus

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TRIGFROST 10/27/2010 4:02PM

    Alright...then be on your way... emoticon

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Lost 2.8 pounds last week!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ok, so I am back to SparksPeople for a week now and I have lost 2.8 pounds!

YAH!

I really focused on my eating habits and making sure I exercised. I added a salad into my lunch and cut back on eating out. The light Italian dressing is delicious too! Even though today is a bad day for the snack food, I am not flunking out my whole day, I will just pick up and get it together. I am in a training class and they pile the chocolate bars and suckers in a bowl right in front of your face! RUDE! But, I did not have to eat it either. emoticon

I am glad to see that our couch, Nikki has stuck with this program and pushed me to join back up in it again.

I will write more later....

  
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PAULETTELORAINE 10/27/2010 10:10PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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BECKYANNE1 10/27/2010 7:36AM

    emoticon Keep it up!

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IZONPRIZE 10/26/2010 9:45PM

    Good for you! Good on the avoiding the chocolate bars too! Think of them as having ants in the wrappers--yuck! Ha, ha!

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FITWITHIN 10/26/2010 8:02PM

    What a wonderful start. Congrats on the 2 pounds.

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BEACHGIRL76 10/26/2010 5:19PM

    Good job! Keep it up:) Stay focused on YOU and not the candy/treats and the weight should keep falling off. Way to go with the salads and working out. Just be sure to switch it up so you don't get bored! -Jennifer

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CHERIHISHERE 10/26/2010 4:43PM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FANORONHA_14 10/26/2010 4:42PM

    emoticonYou are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
Life is Good
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth
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I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

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CHAS0529 10/26/2010 4:42PM

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KEELY128 10/26/2010 4:40PM

    GOOD FOR YOU! Keep it up!

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