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Memorial Day at LA Nat'l Cemetery & Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial Tribute - awesome day

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today was one of those spontaneous, "let's go for it" kind of days which are always fun.

My friend Brenda had heard of a special Memorial event at the LA National Cemetery in Westwood, CA. Click the link on LA National Cemetery for channel 7's preview - they didn't get any of the patriotic ceremony for some reason, but trust me it was very special. (I'm sure the news had a ton of other similar events to cover as well today.)

We were undecided about going last night because I really wanted to support my local Redondo Beach veterans I had just written about for Patch regarding their raising money to build a new Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park: Memorial Day Service to Celebrate Groundbreaking of New Veterans Memorial

We decided spur of the moment to go to both when we woke up and called each other. I'm so glad we did. We had the best time! It was such a patriotic, humbling day. 

The first one at the LA National Cemetery had tons of veterans and their families, celebrities including Actor/Activist Jon Voight and over 10 other actors, Governor Arnold and his family making a surprise visit (I can't spell his last name and don't feel like looking it up to find it.:), LA Mayor Villa (I like to call him that since his affair and break-up from his wife since half her name was his. In my mind he lost that right when he cheated. lol I have an odd sense of humor, I know...), Concord Squadron jets doing a fly over and people who simply wanted to pay their respects and honor our military like my friend and I did.

It was so moving. Here's the LA Times excellent coverage of today's event - click here. She left out the part where the Mayor was booed for being rude to a vet from the stage, but that's ok.:) Otherwise, her coverage really captures the day.

I highly recommend taking your children to the LA National Cemetery to teach them about the brave men and women who gave their lives defending our country. Many times throughout the patriotic program and walking the grounds afterward Brenda and I were misty eyed and so were some of the speakers.

The ONLY downfall of the entire day was sitting in the blazing sun without sunscreen (rushed out forgetting) and I am SOOO BURNT! I don't think I've had such a bad sunburn in years. Rock lobster is my new theme song for sure.

I took a ton of pictures and asked other photographers to send me their pix. I'll share them soon as I can.

We then dashed down to catch the end of the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial and meet the veterans I had written about. Here's the wrap-up written and photographed by someone who appears to work for Jane Harmon, but I could be wrong.:)

Great shots - very impressive and patriotic. Click here to view. It was so nice to meet all the men I wrote about in person and we were so happy we took the time to go even though we were late because our first event ran so long.

What's ironic about Jane Harmon's appearance at this event is she wants to reduce military spending. How she can appear at this Veterans Tribute to pay respect when she doesn't support those currently serving is beyond me, but never doubt a politicians desire for a good photo op!

Especially during an election year. Sorry Jane, but you know I'm right. I like you on a personal level and appreciate you including me at Obama's inauguration, but I think it's time for a fiscal change for our state. We are on the brink of bankruptcy, no jobs, businesses and others leaving in droves, and it needs to stop.

Here's a funny blog post entitled Obama's Memorial Day to bring this point home in case you're confused dear reader. Time for REAL change.

What I AM happy over what happened at the Redondo Beach event is because I gave the veterans who worked so hard some publicity by sharing my Patch article everywhere, they had double the attendance over last year!

Always a very rewarding feeling to know I've helped a cause I believe in, honoring veterans who've served and lost their lives protecting our freedom. And such nice people too.

God bless all Veterans, their families and God bless America.

That's all. Have a great night.

Love seeing friends who are like family when I go to church. #Adventure Racing

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today in between services saw our old family friends, Jay and Nema, in the hall and had to stop to say hi. Our families grew up together and they're like cousins to us. I can still remember all the fun family times we'd share enjoying meals and BBQ's together.

Jay reminds me so much of his father (who passed away years ago.) His Dad was such a loving, kind, down-to-earth guy who loved to play ping pong. I can still remember him picking me up from the airport while my parents were out-of-town and before taking me home he took me to watch him play a game of competitive ping pong.

All I wanted to do was go home because it had been a long flight, but it made him so happy to have me watch I was very touched to share this with him. He was like an uncle to me and I missed him seeing his son today because they're so alike.

Jay loves adventure racing which I'd never heard of until he told me about it. Here's a blurb from one of the sites:

"The sport of Adventure Racing is sweeping the nation at a phenomenal rate. The new challenges presented to adventure racers have caused the sport to grow by leaps and bounds daily in popularity. Adventure Racing is one of the few sports where just completing a race is often considered a victory. Another driving factor in Adventure racing is the emphasis that is placed on teamwork, rather than individual achievement.

Adventure Racing offers an easy crossover for cyclist, runners and water sport enthusiasts just to mention a few. Adventure races can vary anywhere from 2-5 person teams, with some events now offering solo categories. The disciplines can also vary from race to race. Adventure racing can include shredding through tight single track on a mountain bike or orienteering and hiking through a dense forest. Adventure racers may find themselves ripping down rapids in a canoe and then rappelling off a 100 foot rock face. The races can last a few hours or several days and can cover 10 - 100 miles or more!"

Click here for more info on Adventure Racing:

I could totally see all the guys who live in in the South Bay getting into this because it's so athletically and mentally challenging. It sounds like so much fun too! Girls can do it too. Check it out!

That's all. Just felt like sharing. The message on leadership was good today too. But Pastor Glenn is always good in expressing truths from the Bible. Always learn something new. Gave me inspiration for something I'm going to put into play to honor some of my servant leaders too.:)

Happy Sunday!

#Illegal Immigration - A little history lesson many tend to conveniently forget/#Snopes



What did Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower have in common?

Here is something that should be of great interest for you to pass around. I didn't know of this until it was pointed out to me.

Back during The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens (who) desperately needed work.

Harry Truman deported over two million Illegal's after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.

And then again in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican Nationals! The program was called 'Operation Wetback'. It was done so WWII and Korean Veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took 2 Years, but they deported them!

Now....if they could deport the illegal's back then - they could sure do it today.. lf you have doubts about the veracity of this information, enter Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for yourself. 

Reminder: Don't forget to pay your taxes... 12 million Illegal Aliens are depending on you!"

And in case you're thinking of checking this on Snopes, here's a little information on that particular site which my aunt sent me. Again, I didn't write it, but am posting it for your info:

"I always suspected David and  Barbara Mikkelson who were behind "Snopes" were Obama and liberal oriented --now we know!!  

Who watches the watchers?      

Please read it all to the bottom!

Guess we have to use "Truth or  Fiction" now .

For the past few years  has positioned itself, or others have labeled it, as the  'tell-all final word' on any comment, claim and email . But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind  

Only recently did Wikipedia get to the bottom of it -  kinda makes you wonder what they were hiding .   Well, finally we know . It is run by a husband and wife team - that's right, no big office of investigators and researchers, no team of lawyers       
It's just a mom-and-pop operation that began as a hobby . 

David and Barbara Mikkelson in the  San Fernando Valley of  California  started the website about 13 years ago - and they have no formal background or experience in investigative  research .   

After a few years it gained popular ity believing it to be unbiased and neutral, but over the past couple of years people started asking questions who was behind it and did they have a selfish  motivation? 

The reason for the questions - or skepticisms - is a result of  claiming to have the bottom line facts to certain questions or issue when in fact they have been proven wrong .     

Also, there were criticisms the Mikkelsons were not really investigating and getting to the 'true' bottom of various issues .

A few months ago, when my State Farm agent Bud Gregg  in Mandeville hoisted a political sign referencing Barack Obama and made a big splash across the Internet, 'supposedly' the Mikkelson's claim to have  researched this issue before posting their findings in .  In their statement they claimed the corporate office of State Farm pressured Gregg into taking down the sign, when in fact nothing of the sort 'ever' took place . 

I personally contacted David Mikkelson (and he replied back to me) thinking he would want to get to the bottom of this, I gave him Bud Gregg's contact  phone numbers and Bud was going to give him phone numbers to the big  exec's at State Farm in Illinois who would have been willing to speak with him about it .   

He never called Bud . In fact, I learned from Bud Gregg no one from  ever contacted anyone with State  Farm .   Yet, ; issued a statement as the 'final factual word' on the issue as if they did all their homework and got to the bottom of things - not!

Then it has been learne d the Mikkelson's are very Democratic (party) and extremely liberal .   

As we all now know from this presidential election, liberals have a purpose agenda to discredit anything that appears  to be conservative. There has been much criticism lately over the Internet with people pointing out the Mikkelson's liberalism revealing itself in their web site findings ..  Gee, what a shock?

So, I say this now to everyone who goes to to get what they think to be the  bottom line facts . . . 'proceed with caution .
Take what it says at face value  and nothing more . 

Use it only to lead you to their references  where you can link to and read the sources for yourself . 

Plus, you  can always Google a subject and do the research yourself. It  now seems apparent that's all the Mikkelson's do . 

After all, I can personally vouch from my own experience for their 'not' fully looking into things ..  ;

I have found this to  be true also!  

Many videos of Obama I tried to verify on Snopes  and they said they were False .. . . Then they gave their Liberal slant . . . . !!!     I have suspected some problems with snopes for some time now,  but I have only caught them in half-truths . If there is any subjectivity they do an immediate full left rudder .   A better source for verification, in my opinion .

I have recently discovered that Snopes . com is owned by a flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for  Obama . There are many things they have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to Youtube  yourself and find the video of Obama actually  saying these things . So you see, you cannot and should not trust  Snopes . com . . . . ever for anything that remotely resembles truth! I don't even  trust them to tell  me if email chains are hoaxes anymore .

A few conservatives told me about a few months ago and I took it upon myself to do a little research to find out if it was true . 

Well, I found out for myself that it is true . 

Anyway just FYI please don't use Snopes . com anymore for fact checking and make your friends aware of their political leanings as well.

Many people still think is neutral and they can be trusted as factual.

We need to make sure everyone is aware:  that Snopes is a hoax in itself"

#Sex & the City, Pink Carpet Parties hosted by Henley Company & Party Goddess.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Just got back from the Sex and the City pink carpet event hosted by Henley Company & The Party Goddess & Prism Media Group which was really, really fun. Loved all the pampering at the Shangri La Hotel at the pre-party. Just what I needed - a massage, a manicure, fake lashes, fun photo ops, and a wonderful goodie bag.

And the lovely cosmo & sweets at the after-party were a nice touch. Plus, all the men who suddenly showed up for that part of the evening was fun. I haven't been out in so long I was totally under-dressed. Lots of women dressed ala Carrie and it was really fun to see women getting into character like that. I heard there was an estimated 450 attendees, but it never felt crowded or uncomfortable.

Still don't know what all we received in my goodie bag because my nails were still wet when I picked it up. I'm too tired to look now. I'll just wait to wake up to it.:)

We all lounged around the beautiful outdoor deck near the pool for a few hours enjoying all the amenities before walking over to the theatre where we had the entire screening room to ourselves to see Sex & The City 2.

I really enjoyed the first film and was totally expecting the same with this one, but I just felt the gay elements were pushed too hard. I don't know about you, but the only ones I think get turned on by  multiple close-ups of a guy's erect penis, or a guy's wet chest with none of their faces revealed is a gay man.

Or the sex scenes with men's bare butts thrusting against a screaming Samantha. Gay men are going to love all the nudity. Maybe some women are turned on by watching other women have sex, but I'm not. All I could think of was "Woman, act your age. The year of the cougar has passed. You're trying too hard!" LOL

I kinda felt sorry for the guy's being objectified, but that's Hollywood. And they were paid. I just felt cheapened watching it.

There were many parts I enjoyed, but to open the film with a huge, over-the-top gay wedding was a little much although the Liza appearance was a nice touch. This movie just seemed to be trying much harder than the last one. I'm sure many are going to love it, but...

Samantha's constant reference to menopause was a big turn-off too. And it was too convenient to say the sexy bra-less nanny was a lesbian. I don't know. Maybe I'm maturing, or getting old, but this one just didn't do it for me.

I did enjoy seeing Big and Carrie together and found myself relating a lot to what they went through. I always thought when I got married I would want to be a flight attendant so I could have "me" time even though I was married. Sometimes too much togetherness when I'm in a relationship makes me feel claustrophobic - like I can't breath.

Ever feel that way? Although I do enjoy being in a relationship, don't get me wrong. I need to get out more.:)

I couldn't help but wonder if any Middle Eastern companies had funded this film since much of it revolved around the girl's trip there and the over-the-top opulence. That part was amazing. Still trying to figure it out if it was shot on a studio, or on location. If so, very interesting.

I also enjoyed the scene at the private bar where the two moms (Charlotte and the other woman whose name I forget) were comparing their feelings of being a mom. I think that scene got one of the biggest laughs of the entire film because so many moms in the audience related to the lack of sleep and being happy to be away from the kids.

It was a really fun night overall. I'm so glad I got to see my friends from the Party Goddess and experience their party. They do things right! I can't wait for the next one they're throwing for Eat, Pray, Love. I'm hoping to have some pictures of the evening to share soon too.

Good night.

Preparation for Memorial Day - Thank a Veteran!

   For the record, I didn't come up with this, but love the sentiment and had to share in hopes you will honor and thank a Veteran this Memorial Day. We owe them our lives!
Keep it 
Moving, please, even if you've seen it before.

It is the 
Not the preacher,
Who has given us freedom of religion. 

It is 
Not the reporter, 
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is 
Not the poet, 
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is 
Not the campus organizer, 
Who has given us freedom to assemble. 

It is 
Not the lawyer, 
Who has given us the right to a fair trial. 

It is 
Not the politician, 
Who has given us the right to vote. 

It is the
Salutes the Flag,

It is 
Who serves 
Under the Flag,


I'd be EXTREMELY proud if this reached as many as possible. We can be very 
Proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.

Wake Up America! #Terrorists are crossing our #US/Mexico borders. #BP Oil Spill - slow moving #in

By Joy A. Kennelly

I know Illegal Immigration is such an unpopular topic, especially here in liberal, pro-illegal immigration California, but I bet if you really knew who was coming over you would change your mind immediately. 

Now I have absolutely nothing against LEGAL immigration, but ILLEGAL scares me because it's not the peaceable loving Mexicans you may know and have illegally working for you, but it's hardened criminals, drug dealers and TERRORISTS from Middle Eastern countries crossing our US/Mexico border in Arizona!

Here's a video from the City of Tuscon where their City Council considered suing the state and a LEGAL immigrant speaks up to oppose this very passionately. Very interesting to watch. (Spoiler - Everyone claps at the end!)

Back to ILLEGAL Terrorists and others crossing our border.

Here's what an Atlanta-based Channel 2 news station discovered earlier this month:

"Records show last year, agents caught a quarter of million people trying to enter the U.S. in the Tucson sector alone. According to those documents, a lot are from Mexico or South America, but hundreds of them aren't and are from nations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.

(Note - these people are nicknamed OTM - Other Than Mexican)

Since January, border patrol agents say they have been on the lookout for 23 Somalis with ties to al-Qaida. Jailers released them from a Mexican prison and some law enforcement officials said they think they are headed for the U.S. border.

Click the link here to see the list of illegals and their OTM demographics:  Download Terrorists crossing our borders

"We showed it to Georgia Congressman Paul Broun, who is on the Homeland Security Committee. He said he hadn't seen it before.

'It's shocking to see the number of people from Middle Eastern countries coming in on that list,' he said. 'I tell you this is something our committee members really need to see. I'd like to have a copy of that list to take with me back to Washington so I can share it.'

Congressional reports show that Mexican drug cartels tightly control the smuggling of both people and drugs. Law enforcement said they fear the cartels are helping smuggle terrorists and weapons into the U.S."

Here's a link to the Atlanta News Coverage in full: This is really shocking and needs to get out. Make sure to click on the little TV icons because then you see the accompanying video which really shows what's going on. (The link doesn't work here otherwise I would post it too.)

But in case you're more of a photographic learner, check out these pictures taken in the Sonoran  Desert of the debris left behind from illegal immigrants.

Perhaps those who are into saving the environment might want to reconsider their opinion on illegal immigration being ok since this is actually a dry river bed that eventually flows out into the ocean. It is estimated over 5,000 backpacks and other debris are strewn throughout this 1.5 mile wash.

From the Lonely Conservative blog: "Government officials and border activists say the garbage dumped in the desert by illegal immigrants and their smugglers is staggering.

And the cleanup is costing taxpayers millions.

In 2006 alone, more than 1.18 million pounds of trash was collected along southern Arizona border, many in the meeting spots where immigrants rest, change clothes and wait to hitch a ride further north with a smuggler.

'You can find everything,' said Shela McFarlin, special assistant for international programs at the Arizona Bureau of Land Management. 'Blankets, airline tickets, Bibles, wedding pictures, photos of children, school reports, because clearly people don't tend to throw away everything they've brought with them — they're forced to.'"



Why is Human Trafficking OK in America? I just don't get those who think this is OK! It's evil and totally isn't what God wants. If Pelosi ever actually read her Bible she would realize that fact.

Here's what Got Questions? says the Bible's answer is:

"Romans 13:1-7 makes it abundantly clear that God expects us to obey the laws of the government. The only exception to this is when a law of the government forces you to disobey a command of God (Acts 5:29).

Illegal immigration is the breaking of a governmental law. There is nothing in Scripture that contradicts a nation having immigration laws. Therefore, it is a sin, rebellion against God, to illegally enter into another country."




I just don't understand why more media isn't covering the real news in this story rather than the BS so many keep spouting off that is totally erroneous.

And for those who still believe CNN has the final word on news over Fox News, here's something on Illegal Immigration from one of their reporters just for you. You will be surprised.

Or maybe not....

And for those who don't seem to understand I get my news from a HUGE variety of sources not just Fox News, here's an excellent, balanced shocking review of what's really going on with the BP Oil Spill from the PBS News Hour today:

I have to admit, watching the BP Oil spill coverage made me cry because I love the ocean so much and feel so angry/helpless because President Obama is stalling on doing anything. DO SOMETHING ALREADY! Stop protecting big oil and prevent this from being the worst oil disaster in the history of the world. (according to

My heart goes out to the people living in the area who are losing their way of making a living because of this environmental horror. I'm sorry, but it truly is.

I just checked out my favorite ocean charity, Surfrider Foundation, to see what they were doing about this and found this site called Gulf Oil Spill Tracker they're referring people to.

If you have the time or desire to volunteer in Florida, they have also suggested contacting Volunteer Florida to offer your services.

That's all. I've been feeling overwhelmed and deeply saddened by the way our country is being handled right now on so many levels today due to lack of sleep. I woke up today at 4am and it finally caught up with me.

Got a lot of work done, but going to bed early.:)

I have hope though because God is ultimately in control.

My parents and I got together and prayed for our country tonight because I was so upset. I don't cry easily. Praying together for our country is something I don't believe we've ever done before as a family, but all this man-made mess is something God needs to handle now because it is totally messed up!

And on so many levels... And no politician is going to save us. Only God.

I feel better too now that I've turned everything back to God and shared my heart with you. Another friend and I prayed together earlier for the upcoming CA elections today too. Our state is failing so badly we are in a state of emergency with our economy. We need a miracle!

I just feel like praying over everything going on right now! Feel free to join me. Even if like Breakeven sings in their song Falling to Pieces, it means you're praying to a god that you don't believe in.

We need God's help now more than ever in my humble opinion.

Here's some verses to encourage you. They have me. God bless you richly.

Psalms 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

Happier news tomorrow. I promise.

#Christian World View, #Social Justice, #Illegal immigration, #ChuckColson, #RickWarren #Obama and other social/political views on issues

By Joy A. Kennelly

What I liked about the Election Forum is we weren't told how to vote, just presented the facts and invited to make our own decisions. It's important people are educated to what is actually going on in Government and stop sticking their heads in the sand as more and more of our individual rights are being systematically stripped away by those in power.

Then I learn how the terms "Social Justice" and "Social Economics" are permeating our culture and watch Pelosi stumble around trying to quote scripture while admonishing the church to support illegal immigration and I wonder, where's the separation of church and state? Where's the public outcry on pushing religion or personal beliefs down our throats? 

Where's the ACLU now? Remember the ACLU back in 2001 during the Bush era? What's Wrong With the Faith-Based Initiative? March 27, 2001 by Margaret Crosby, The Daily Journal  

 "The genius of the American constitutional system is its recognition that mixing church and state damages both religion and democracy.... It threatens to end the separation of church and state as we know it, by funding pervasively religious institutions."

(Please click the article above "What's Wrong with the Faith-Based Initiative?" because it is really good at explaining much better where the ACLU used to stand on this issue, and where it is silent now when it suits their ideology.)

Isn't mixing of church and state what is being proposed by Obama now in light of offering money for greening of church institutions? Click here for an article explaining this: The Green Shepherd The White House wants churches to advance its climate change agenda. BY Meghan Clyne

Correct me if I'm wrong, happy to hear otherwise, but for some reason I don't think you will because I'm right. Truth hurts doesn't it?:)

Where's the church leaders willing to stand up against this misuse of church power and scripture to push ideology that is clearly against the inherent word of God? Pelosi can't even quote the Bible reference she hasn't read the Bible in so long.

Where's the outrage over this blatant misuse of church & religion for political gain? Wait, I know liberal friends, it suits your purposes now so it's ok...:)

How do we expect any liberal Democrat to actually know what the Bible says when they can't even read their own Healthcare bill or more recently, the AZ immigration law? LOL (I can't take credit for that one, a Facebook friend reminded us of their literacy silliness.)

Here's Attorney General Holder on CSpan being asked if he's read the AZ Bill SB 1070 which is only 10 pages long which you can read for yourself by clicking the link above:

 Here's Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano being questioned on the AZ law:

And lastly, here's our very own President Barack Obama laughing about the AZ Bill SB 1070 even when he has confessed to conveniently not reading it either. I especially like this video since it explains why the Bill was enacted in light of all the crime, drugs etc.

Others must like it too since it has over 1/2 million views here on YouTube:

Going back to my original question about Pastors, Religious Leaders, synagogues and churches standing up for what's right and not buying into Pelosi's political religious posturing, I remembered Chuck Colson and Rick Warren's Bible Study series on the Christian World View I attended recently.

Here's the description from Chuck Colson's site "The Colson Center for Christian World View" which states:

"Why Does It Matter What I Believe?

Stressing the idea that beliefs can have serious consequences, Warren explains the idea of worldview and its applicability to all of life.  He emphasizes that Christians who are new creations can choose to pursue true beliefs rather than holding on to old ones.  Following another speaker’s overview of a sampling of worldviews prevalent in today’s culture, Warren counters the idea that sincerity is all that matters or that you can pick and choose what you like from incompatible worldviews, and illustrates the nation’s moral dilemma with current surveys about biblical worldview. 

Rather than living double-minded lives, Christians who desire true change that must begin inside ought to strengthen their worldview by learning the truth, discerning what is false, turning away from the world to God’s word, and concerning themselves with God’s kingdom.

Because worldviews have huge consequences and false or incompatible worldviews are responsible for the problems in  our lives, our culture, and our culture’s institutions, Christians cannot continue to hold onto false beliefs but must be changed by the renewing of their minds.

Found In: Religion/Sprituality > conflict of worldviews > Article

Related Scripture: Revelation 12:13-17"

I think that flies in the face of people asking why Republicans don't support illegal immigration, don't you? What always flabbergasts me in this debate is how people can blindly cling to charity at the loss of justice. I hope pastors and others who read that description above will consider incorporating it into their curriculum to help combat the erosion of our religious freedoms upon which this great country is built and provide a foundation for those to stand up for what is right.

Yes, God is God of love, but he's also a God of justice. If we search the scriptures, that is evident over and over and over again. Romans 3:23:  23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Not some, all.)

"The Bible also says: “You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors” (Psalms 5:6).

God says: “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity” (Isaiah 61:8),

and David recognized, “You, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:13, 14).

How much is God’s heart for justice a part of His character? What does it have to do with knowing the one and only God? ...We can truly have hope in the midst of a dark world in light of four unchangeable truths about God: God loves justice and abhors injustice, God has compassion for those who suffer injustice, God judges and condemns those who perpetrate injustice and God seeks active rescue for the victims of injustice (Good News About Injustice: A Witness of Courage in a Hurting World, pg. 69-70)." (As taken from the blog: The God of Justice)

And here's another example taken from the blog Got Questions? click on the link for the full article below:

Question: "What does it mean that God is a God of justice?"

Justice is a term used for what is right or “as it should be.” Justice is one of God’s attributes and flows out of His holiness. Justice and righteousness are often used synonymously in the Bible. Since righteousness is the quality or character of being right or just, it is another attribute of God and incorporates both His justice and holiness.

We cannot begin to understand God’s justice unless we first understand sin. Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4) and iniquity (Daniel 9:4-5; Micah 2:1; James 3:6). It embodies everything contrary to God’s holy nature and is offensive to Him. Thus, sin is a crime against God and justice demands a penalty of death and separation from Him for it (Romans 1:18-32; 2:5; 3:23).

But God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay that penalty for us (Romans 5:8-11; 6:23) and made salvation available to all who believe in His name (John 1:12; 3:15-17; 20:31).

I actually started out to write my personal world view and how it's been shaped by travel, faith and the beach, but realized I needed to provide a foundation first which I've done here. Now to layer it later...I have to run since I'm way late for church. More to come.

Happy Sunday. Here's a blessing from the Bible I always love having said over me which I hope blesses you too:

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26


#Women Like Us Afternoon Tea at #Torrance Memorial presented by #South Bay Woman

Getting ready to hear (l-r) Dr. Maryam Bakhtiyari, Margie Aliprandi, and Linda Rendlemen, with Linda Koss of South Bay Woman Magazine benefiting the National Stroke Association.

Should be good! (And it was excellent!)
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Social Marketing Your Events Above and Beyond Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

By Joy A. Kennelly

What I’ve learned over the years working in Technology is you will never learn everything, but you can tap into a wealth of information to move forward if you seek out the right people. I’ve done this by sharing ideas and information with business colleagues online and offline, reading voraciously, and by attending conferences and networking groups. Here’s some of the results of what I’ve learned.

As part of Ryze and Digital Eve LA back in the Tech Hey Day, I’ve been building communities and promoting events for years and as a result, know a lot of people in this field. All this to say, when I hear people only promoting their offline events only on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin I realize to them, social media really is only about those avenues.

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Info on #Lt Governor's race to vote intelligently

What's pathetic on Christian's voting records is that only 15-25% vote! In addition, 35-45% aren't even registered to vote. And 45-55% will not vote.

Pull your head out of the sand Christians.:) If you don't vote, then you deserve what you get is what I've always been taught.

Vote for the candidate of your choice, but vote! You live here and "Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen." Billy Graham
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#Craig Huey of #Election Forum @ #Journey of Faith today

Packed house. Pelosi doesn't know what she's done by encouraging pastors to take an active role in encouraging people to vote!

Craig Huey runs Election Forum and is teaching a packed house how, as Christians, to Vote our Values.

I LOVE IT!!!! Learning which judges, initiatives, candidates in all categories based on research.

Craig says this is the sleaziest, dishonest, flip flop election he's ever seen and many murmured in agreement.

He is warning against slate mailings. Look for stars near the candidates names on that because they have PAID to be part of that ad.

Due to this being a church, Journey of Faith doesn't endorse, nor promote any candidate. This is a bipartisan forum based on a Christian world view. People will be able to vote their conscience (liberal/conservative) once the facts are laid out.

I like that. Gotta run. Time to learn. More later.
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