Easter Story Cookies

eastercrossesHere’s a clever way to share the Easter story with your family this weekend. It’s a fun object lesson for the kids – and you too :)
Bake a batch of Easter Story Cookies ~

• 1 cup whole pecans
• 1 tsp vinegar
• 3 egg whites
• pinch of salt
• 1 cup sugar
Have on hand:
• a zip-lock bag
• a wooden spoon
• tape
And don’t leave out the key ingredient –
• a Bible

Preheat oven to 300°
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper
Place pecans in zip-lock bag and let children beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp into a mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest in the bowl.
Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Christ’s followers, as well as the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27-28
So far, the ingredients are not very appealing :(
So add the sugar :)
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Add egg whites and beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form.
Explain that the color white represents the purity, in God’s eyes, of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop batter by teaspoons onto wax paper-covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rock tomb where Jesus body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60
Put cookie sheet in oven, close the door and turn oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and “seal” the oven door.
Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read Matthew 27:65-66
Explain that they may be feeling sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when His tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20-22
Break the” “seals,” open the oven, and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite… THE COOKIES ARE HOLLOW!
On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open – and empty!
Read Matthew 29:1-9



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Happy Income Redistribution Day!



Of course it’s only worth celebrating if you’re on the receiving end of the scam ~ Income Redistribution Day — How Much, Where It Goes and Who Collects It. Any way you look at it, it’s still legalized theft.
And let’s not forget that – as the Patriot Post points out – the IRS (Income Redistribution Service)

… has been guilty of serious malfeasance ever since Obama took office. Despite Obama’s insistence that there’s not a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, former official Lois Lerner admitted last May that the IRS was targeting Tea Party and Patriot groups for additional scrutiny – all to aid in Obama’s re-election. In fact, it just recently came to light that IRS employees were urging taxpayers to re-elect Obama. The whole episode has completely undermined any confidence citizens might have had in the impartiality of the agency charged with collecting federal revenue.


Tax Day 2014: How Tax Reform Would Make Filing Taxes Better.
In the meantime – this will cheer you up! Sing along with Remy :D

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FOLLOW-UP on the Gaystapo – Candian version

Good news! – Which I hadn’t known at the time of my last post – Peter LaBarbera was allowed into Canada after all, and was even able to deliver his speech to Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association as planned.
But – while this particular skirmish in the Judeo-Christian Culture War ended well, it’s a vivid reminder of the totalitarian mindset of the LGBT extremists. Just ask Robert Oscar Lopez, who was in Italy last week speaking to pro-family activists. (Lopez was raised by two “mothers.”) Here’s a portion of his message ~

“Enough of gays saying they feel offended all the time. How do they think I feel when they tell me, someone raised by lesbians, I don’t have a right to my father, because of experts and their supposed research?”

“They don’t want to be told whom to love. So who are they to tell children who aren’t theirs that they have to love two gay adults and can’t love a biological parent the adults cut out of their lives?”

Lopez’ was writing at the American Thinker about Mozilla’s ouster of Brendan Eich. His article continues ~

Europeans had brought me overseas – an alliance of Anglicans in England, human rights advocates in Belgium, and Catholics in Italy – because they viewed me, correctly or not, as one of very few people in the West still willing to fight publicly against the gay lobby.
Of course, I was delighted to come and speak to the BBC in London, to German parliamentarians in Brussels, and to Italian jurists, but one of the reasons that I was so available to help European allies was practical: having been blacklisted and driven out of the public square by a cadre of unhinged homosexual fascists, I could make no appearances in the United States and had, up until last month, a wide open schedule [...]
… troublemakers like me were banished to Europe. Spineless conservatives started “evolving” to the other side in droves, and the gay lobby’s shills opened fire on the Family Research Council’s Washington offices, eviscerated the careers of performers like Michelle Shocked and Rupert Everett, and became the party of full-fledged Orwellian totalitarianism.

Why is the Gaystopo so frightened of the Truth?

Gay parenting is built on sheer adult selfishness, but too many conservatives are scared of saying so because they have family members and colleagues they don’t want to offend.


Lopez’ article was also an urgent call to action for those of us who still believe in traditional (God-ordained) marriage and families ~

As Brendan Eich is brought down by the terrible hand of fascism, it is time for people who feel outraged by it to move beyond crying over the fallout of a supposedly lost battle for marriage. It’s time to get off the defensive. It’s time to fight for marriage and children’s rights. Eich’s ouster was pushed by a political gay lobby that lost its principles after years of arguing for something unjust and indefensible – the transformation of children into uprooted property designed to meet the emotional demands of adults.
If we do not defend marriage as the institution that exists to safeguard against such objectification of children, we are doomed merely to manage the fallout of our own weakness. We will be begging to be left alone, and our begging will not work, because we will have surrendered what really mattered in the first place: justice for the vulnerable. Having failed to speak for those too young to speak for themselves, we will reap the punishment of having nobody to speak for us when the great beast comes to devour us next.



“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
~ Thomas Mann ~

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Klavan’s take on ObamaCare

And now, some “Revolting Truth” from Andrew Klavan ~


“Blood moons” you ask? Hmmmm… I think there’s one scheduled for April 15th…

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The Gaystapo – Candian version

thoughtpoliceSmlrLast week the President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, Peter LaBarbera, was prevented from entering Canada for a speaking engagement simply because of the intolerance of a local homosexual activist group. Incredibly, the extremist segment of Canada’s LGBT crowd have managed to criminalize the very act of criticizing their lifestyle; anyone who holds a belief about human sexuality that’s contrary to theirs’ must be silenced. Known “offenders” are not even allowed into the supposedly free country now, as evidenced by this recent incident: American Christian Held in Canadian ‘Brig’ For ‘Thought Crimes’ ~

Peter (LaBarbera) was invited to Canada by the Saskatchewan Pro-life Association to speak on the unholy alliance between the political movement to defend the “right” to destroy human life in utero and the movement to normalize sodomy and sodomitic relationships.

Instead, last Thursday night, he was stopped at the border by Canadian thought police. In Peter’s own words ~

Upon deplaning, as I passed through Customs, I was delayed for further questioning by an official with the Canada Border Services Agency. Obviously, I had been flagged as a result of a campaign by the leftist group “Intolerance Free Weyburn,” which is specifically lobbying the Canadian government to deny my entry into Canada as the alleged purveyor of “hate” [...]
chrisBrookesAfter questioning me about the purpose of my scheduled presentation at the SPLA event; rifling through my luggage, which contained numerous books and literature related to homosexuality (pro and con); examining the contents of my laptop and my cell phone; playing a DVD of my speech Wednesday at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; and critically viewing AFTAH’s website–a preliminary decision was made to deny my entrance into Canada on the basis that my speech at the SPLA would violate Canada’s “Hate Propaganda” law (essentially the potential for “public incitement of hatred” against a group of people based on their “sexual orientation”).
The Orwellian experience at Customs dragged on for more than three hours as a formal document was issued outlining my denial of entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (citing the Hate Propaganda code). Finally, after 1:00 A.M., I was released pending my appeal of the decision today (4-11-14).

I don’t know about you, but this outrageous occurrence certainly offended me, prompting the following communication with The Honourable Chris Alexander, Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration ~

Dear Sir:
Wow. I’ve lived just across the border in Michigan my whole life but haven’t been to the “True North” country for several years now, so I was shocked to learn that the “True” modifier no longer applies. After all, what nation can claim they stand for truth when the government claims a monopoly on that commodity?
And how can a nation be “glorious and free” when simply espousing a differing worldview is a criminal offense? I’m referring to an incident in Regina last Thursday evening when your Border Service saw fit to detain American citizen Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
peterLabarberaNobody “rights” are being violated by Mr. LaBarbera speaking at a private gathering of the Saskatchewan Pro-life Association; anyone who is “offended” by his beliefs doesn’t have to listen. No, this is clearly anti-Christian bigotry and discrimination.
Essentially LaBarbera was denied entry into your country simply because a local LGBT organization demanded his exclusion.
In Canada? Really?
Even here in the Land of Obama where the war on Christianity is well underway, the First Amendment to our Constitution hasn’t yet been officially repealed. This is the sort of tyranny one would expect in a totalitarian regime such as Nazi Germany, the former Soviet Union and North Korea – not in an allegedly “free” society.
This is a form of neo-fascism. Leftists like LGBT extremists can’t win in an open and honest arena of ideas so they must shut down dissent, suppress freedom of religion, even criminalize independent thought.
If your nation has really surrendered to the “Gaystopo” you should rewrite the Canadian national anthem, expunging the line, “God keep our land glorious and free.”
God has left the country.
And it’s certainly no longer free.
Designs on the Truth

This intolerance for Judeo-Christian religious beliefs is the unholy fruit of a long-term campaign of deceitful manipulation as Matt Barber explains: How the ‘Gay’ Jihad Normalized a Filthy Practice ~

The goals of these homosexualists were clearly defined decades ago. Still, for any goal to be successfully attained, clever stratagem and sound methodology must be diligently applied.
And so they have.
In their manuscript, “After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s (1989, Doubleday/Bantam),” Harvard-educated marketing experts Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen meticulously laid out the homosexual lobby’s blueprint for success in what is widely regarded as the handbook for the “gay” agenda [...]
They summarized their approach this way:
• Portray “gays” as victims, not as aggressive challengers.
• Give potential protectors (“allies”) a just cause.
• Make “gays” look good.
• Make dissenters look bad.

Learn more about the radical gay movement’s strategy HERE; you’ll understand just how they’ve managed to bully through their agenda.



While writing this post I also happening to be watching the April 9th episode of Mic’d Up (Church Militant TV). Coincidentally, their topic this week was: Homofascism: Taking No Prisoners! And the second guest was none other than – Peter LaBarbera (Whoa… God’s hand?)

This entire show is well worth watching. Michael Voris is discussing the “homo-fascist” agenda with several different guests, including a couple ex-gay individuals.
LaBarbera appears around the 13:30 mark. This was recorded the night before his trip to Regina, Saskatchewan. He and Voris were kidding around about the possibility of Peter being detained at the border. Little did they know…


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Saturday Shorts – 4-12-14


Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

Profiles in Cowardice ~ Apparently, Catholic moral teaching in regard to marriage and sex is a foreign concept to Catholic high school students at Charlotte Catholic High School. When Sister Jane Dominic Laurel gave a speech on that very topic last month, students were incredulous. 8O Then the local bishop, rather than enlightening the confused young people, just went all squishy and apologetic (Sure. I’ll defend God’s word – except when I won’t).
Harry Reid’s Connection to Bundy Ranch Siege ~ Interesting… the shifty senator from Nevada has been eying Bundy’s land for a long time. Coincidence? I think not.
Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an ‘act of love’ ~ Yes of course. “Love” transcends the rule of law. Yet another Bush shamelessly groveling for the Hispanic vote. Sorry, Jeb, we’re not feeling the love ~ Howie Carr, at the Boston Herald ~

Guess what, Jeb — it’s going to be an act of love for millions of Republicans and independents to vote against you in the Republican presidential primaries in 2016.
“A great country ought to know where those folks are and politely ask them to leave,” Jeb said Sunday.
You couldn’t pry these illegals out of here with the Jaws of Life. At least not as long as they’re collecting TANF, SNAP, Sect. 8, MassHealth — the full Tsarnaev, in other words.

Breitbart sarcastically lists 40 ‘Acts of Love’ (and counting) from illegals for old Jeb to ponder.

‘Extremist’ working as psychiatrist for NHS ~ The UK’s version of ObamaCare is working out really well. A consultant psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, post traumatic stress disorder, depression and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as advising courts in criminal cases on potentially dangerous individuals, also happens to be a senior leader of a radical Islamist party banned in several countries. As a NHS psychiatrist, his salary is covered by taxpayers, yet…

Dr Waheed has previously advocated the setting up of an Islamic caliphate and claimed that Muslims in Britain are routinely treated as “terrorists” discriminated against by the courts, police and media.
(He’s) also called on supporters of HT to undertake ‘jihad’ against Israel, telling followers at a rally at London’s Marble Arch, in 2009, that there could be “no peace or negotiations with the illegitimate entity of Israel.”

And speaking of the Religion of Peace, this is certainly unsettling: PC persecution in Sweden ~ Muslims immigrants in Sweden are rapidly transforming that country, once a low crime, homogeneous, peaceful and prosperous land into a high unemployment, crime-ridden land with the world’s second highest rape rate. But anyone who dares to speak out about the glaringly obvious is labeled racist, fascist, even Nazi.
Isn’t it shocking how rapidly formerly-free western nations are devolving into no-free-speech zones? Dhimmitude.

Rasmussen poll: Boy Scouts’ Favorability Continues to Slide
~ Sad, but no surprise. And it’ll only get worse ~ Gay Boy Scout Troop Leader, Allegedly Kicked Out Of Organization. The Gay Gestapo can’t let that stand. Disney World, the latest staunch defender of sexual perversion, is vocal about their opposition ~ Disney to pull Boy Scouts funding by 2015 over policy banning gay leaders. Don’t be surprised if Goofy comes out of the closet any day now.

The National Disgrace of Fort Hood ~ Mark Steyn skewers Obama over his blatant hypocrisy and callous disregard for our troops.

Turn it Off – NSA’s Achille’s Heel ~ Join the movement to stop NSA snooping.

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“Free Speech” ain’t cheap

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must
be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

~ Ronald Reagan ~

Great discussion between two courageous guys (on either side of our northern border) standing up to the Big Government bullies who want to severely limit our free speech; Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant ~

Video via SteynOnline

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America’s Broken Compass

compass-bustedEchoing my last post about the sorry state of moral decay in Detroit, an article at Catholic Online diagnoses the root cause. As a nation, (We’ve) Lost True North: The Epidemic of Violence in the U.S. Not Caused by Guns or Knives ~

WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) – On April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, a 16 year old high school student entered Franklin Regional High School flashing two knives and began stabbing and slashing fellow students indiscriminately. 19 students were injured, five are in critical condition. A security guard was also slashed with a knife.
The scene was so drenched with blood it resembled a horror movie.
On that same day, President Barack Obama attended a memorial service at Fort Hood, the site of another shooting last week. This one was committed by Spc. Ivan Lopez. Over a period of 8 minutes he killed one and injured ten others with his 45-caliber Caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. This is the same military base where 13 people were killed in 2009 [...]
A High School and an Army Base; places which should be known as places of safety, were turned into killing fields. A Nation pauses, grieves and seeks to make sense of what seems to be a growing epidemic of violence.
Efforts to point to guns as the cause of the problems at Fort Hood had become the rallying cry among some lawmakers. However, now the weapon was knives. So far, no-one has called for banning or restricting knives.
That is because this is not about guns or knives.
We have lost our true north as a Nation. Finding true north is indispensable for navigating on land, sea or air. That is why the expression is a metaphor. It is often used in self improvement books or books on spirituality which seek to help the reader find meaning, purpose and direction in life.


“We must again find our true north as a Nation if we want to find
the path to take out of this present darkness.”


That will require us to once again embrace the core conviction that every single human life has dignity. Human Persons are created in the Image of God. They have an inherent dignity precisely because of that fact – at every age and stage of their lives. This conviction once informed the moral infrastructure of the United States and the West.
This respect for every human life is grounded in the Jewish and Christian vision of the dignity of every human person. It once inspired us to hold a respect for every human life, whether that life be found in the first home of the womb, a wheelchair, a jail cell, a hospital room, a hospice, a senior center, a soup kitchen or on a refugee boat, as our highest public good…


It was this foundational belief, in the intrinsic value of each and every human life, that led America’s founding fathers to declare all men are created equal, endowed by their creator…” Without a return to this fundamental truth, we are surely lost.

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Motown’s moral bankruptcy

Last week’s mob assault on a man who stopped to assist a young boy who’d stepped in front of his pickup truck was so horrifying – even by Detroit standards – that it made national international headlines.
From Fox News Insider ~

A brutal beating on the streets of Detroit has left a 54-year-old father of three fighting for his life. The shocking incident happened last week when Steve Utash, a tree trimmer from Roseville, Mich., struck a 10-year-old boy with his pickup truck.
The scene was captured from a distance on surveillance video, and it appears that a group of youngsters were playing a game of chicken with passing cars, darting into the street and sticking their legs out. When Utash struck one of the children accidentally, he stopped and got out to check on the boy.
A group of older teens, however, attacked Utash, beating him nearly to death. Two teens, ages 16 and 17, have been arrested, but authorities are still looking for more of the attackers.
The 10-year-old boy suffered a broken foot [...]
Utash remains hospitalized in a medically-induced coma.


Way to go Detroit.

This city isn’t just fiscally broke – it’s morally bankrupt.
And the former didn’t cause the later. We can’t put this crime down to poverty. Even during the Great Depression, Detroit didn’t turn feral. No, it’s not a lack of money. It’s a lack of humanity.
(And frankly, the rest of western “civilization” isn’t far behind.)


Before the barbarian ascendency the Motor City was a much kinder, gentler place ~

(Note the multicultural line-up)



There is one bright light in this story, providing hope that all is not yet lost in the city…
Retired nurse called hero for stopping attack on pickup driver in Detroit ~

Detroit police credited retired nurse Deborah Hughes with saving Utash, who was beaten by a crowd that quickly gathered after his pickup struck a 10-year-old boy on Detroit’s east side last week [...]
Sgt. Michael Woody said that when Hughes got onto the ground to shield Utash during the attack, his assailants backed off.
“She’s a hero for it,” Woody said. “She saved that man’s life.”


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Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906~1945

On April 9th, 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor-author-martyr, was executed by the Nazis for defying fascism. He died just two weeks before the allies liberated the camp in which he was imprisoned; three weeks before Adolf Hitler committed suicide.

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Fellow Travelers ~ Different embarkation points, Same destination: Tyranny

Dear Freedom-Loving Ukrainians:
We would sincerely like to help you deal with your present Putin problems. We empathize with your desire to be bully-free. We too desire liberty, independence and the freedom to run our own lives.
Unfortunately, we’ve got our own miserable tyrant to deal with at the moment…

[Some days it's hard to tell them apart!]

Best of luck with yours,
American Patriots

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The World’s War on Christendom – Latest Dispatch from the Front


How tragic. The bloody civil war in Syria has claimed yet another Christian martyr, a seventy-five year-old Dutch Roman Catholic priest ~

Frans van der Lugt, a Jesuit priest who refused to leave the embattled city of Homs, Syria, in solidarity with the few Christians still living there, was killed by assassins Monday in his garden [...]
As the Syrian civil war approached Homs, the priest resolved to stay with the dwindling Christian community that remained. Tens of thousands of Christians across the country, targeted by rebels who consider them allies of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, have fled their homes during the way, many to other locations in Syria, and others to neighboring Lebanon or Turkey.

Source: World Watch Monitor

syria-homsIn the Old City in Homs, which has been under siege for two years, conditions are dire. During that entire time no food has been allowed in, and no one has been allowed to leave. Father Van der Lugt had been living in a monastery with a few dozen other Christians – all that remain in Homs from a population of 60,000 a few years ago. [According to some sources, up to one third of Syrian Christians - roughly 450,000 - may have fled the country since the civil war began.]
Just two months ago, Fr Van der Lugt talked with the UK Telegraph about the desperate circumstances in Homs ~

“Our city has become a lawless jungle,” said Fr Van der Lugt. “We are trying our best to behave in a fraternal way, so that we don’t turn on each other for the hunger.”
Fr Van der Lugt spoke to Telegraph by Skype after posting a video online in which he appealed to the outside world for help, from a rebel-held district of Homs that has been sealed off by Syrian government troops [...]
The priest, who is from the Netherlands and has lived in Syria since 1966, said the Old City used to be home to 60,000 Christians, with 10 churches in the besieged areas: “Now I find myself alone with only 66 other Christians,” he said [...]
“Infants are suffering the most,” he said. “Nursing mothers can’t feed their babies as they are too weak from hunger. We search everywhere for milk, and when we find it we mix it with water.”
A few years ago, starvation would have seemed an impossible prospect for residents of Homs. A thriving commercial city, it was famous in Syria for its food and for its people’s good sense of humour.


Hunger isn’t the only hardship afflicting the besieged ~

“Some people are now suffering from mental illness; neurosis, panic attacks, psychotic and schizophrenic episodes and paranoia,” (Fr Van der Lugt) said.
“I try to help the mentally ill, not by analysing their problems, as the problems are obvious and there is no solution for them here. I listen to them and give as much food as I can.”

And now, this good man – a source of strength and encouragement for these beleaguered people – is gone; another tragic casualty of the Islamic insanity tearing this country apart.



In Syria, some 300,000 Christian refugees also fleeing from UN camps
Biblical Prophecy ~ Syria and the Syrian Refugees Crisis
Walid Shoebat’s ongoing coverage of the persecution of Christians in Syria ~ (Caution – some very graphic images)
Last November CBN reported on this ongoing crisis for Syrian Christians ~

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