Christian Carnival CCLXXVIII

Welcome to the CLXXVIII edition of the Christian Carnival. Whoa, CLXXVIII. That’s a lot of Roman letters just to say it’s the 278th edition.

My apologies for the late edition. Real life, as always, got in the way. No excuses, I’m just late.

This week’s best Christian writing is presented for your intellectual perusement and enjoyment.

Yolanda Lehman presents I RECOMMEND JESUS posted at Ain’ta That Good News?!, saying, “Yolanda Lehman shares an evangelical tool that will help you share Jesus with those you love. In simple, plain language she explains the GOOD NEWS found in scripture! Only God can fill the hole in your heart friends–I recommend Jesus!”

Rosalind P. Denson presents Let It Go posted at A Fruitful Life, saying, “Dr. Denson encourages readers to remember that Jesus taught us to pray, “and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” She encourages people struggling with an unforgiving heart to simply “let it go” following the example of Christ.”

NtJS presents Book Review: 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free posted at not the jet set, saying, “I recently received the book 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free by Phil Lenahan from the Catholic Company. I was not sure what I would think about this book since I have read so many personal finance books. Could I really learn something new?”

Cecille Carmela presents How Does God Talk To You? posted at Rightful Living, saying, “How does God talk to you? Find out by searching through His deepest desires, through meditation, Bible scriptures and forgiveness.”

Jim DeSantis presents Christian Dating: Four Ways To Find Your Spiritual Match. posted at On Line Tribune | Spiritual Matters, saying, “The Christian faith, most faiths for that matter, teach that we are not to be unequally yoked. In lay terms this simply means we are to be wise when seeking a relationship to avoid future spiritual conflicts that can result in heart break. Here are four ways to find the mate matched to your beliefs.”

FMF presents Is It Ok for a Pastor to Earn $600k a Year? posted at Free Money Finance, saying, “Should there be a limit on how much a pastor makes?”

ChristianPF presents Extravagant Giving posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “This is a story of some extravagant giving that I have recently been the recipient of…”

Rick Schiano presents Discipline Your Child a Biblical Perspective posted at Ricks Victory Blog.

Rani presents Prayer of the Week for Children- Allowance posted at Christ’s Bridge, saying, “This prayer is a part of my new series of children’s prayers.”

Keith Tusing presents How to Partner with Parents and Protect Kids in Our Culture posted at CM Buzz, saying, “CM Buzz is a site dedicated to encouraging, and providing resources for Children’s and Family Ministers.”

Dana presents Something to be proud of posted at Principled Discovery.

Dana presents A game of catch, a game of life posted at Simple Pleasures.

michelle presents Isaiah 55:8-11 posted at Thoughts and Confessions of a Girl Who Loves Jesus….

Tracy Dear presents Not Condemned posted at New Mercy, saying, “I try to give God glory while I stumble through a difficult marriage. I want to polish the monuments of the things He’s teaching me.”

Shannon Christman presents Why Don’t More Faith Communities Emphasize Simple Living? posted at The Minority Thinker.

Barry Wallace presents ?Angels and Demons? ? Fact, Fiction, Reviews, Questions posted at who am i?, saying, “I ask some questions about the new movie “Angels and Demons” and receive some thoughtful replies.”

Chris DeMarco presents Tears Over Lost Sheep posted at The “C” Branch.

Weekend Fisher presents The gospel: how central is Jesus’ death and resurrection? posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength, saying, “Weekend Fisher continues a series on what the gospel is and isn’t.”

Rey of The Bible Archive asks serious questions about the method of Christ’s atonement in Theological
Necessity for a Physical Resurrection.

Fiona Veitch Smith presents Christian Speculative Fiction – a ‘lost’ genre? posted at The Crafty Writer.

Chris DeMarco presents Tears Over Lost Sheep posted at The “C” Branch.

Barry Wallace presents ?Angels and Demons? ? Fact, Fiction, Reviews, Questions posted at who am i?.

Weekend Fisher presents The gospel: how central is Jesus’ death and resurrection? posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength.

Sue has several articles; technically, that’s against the rules, but I’m listing all three anyway –

Sue Roth presents “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives…” posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, saying, “A reflection on abandoning self to God.”

Sue Roth presents If he hadn’t risen from the dead, he’d be turning over in his grave. posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, saying, “On the need for Christian unity”

Sue Roth presents Gianna Jessen: she survived “choice” and lived to tell about it. posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, saying, “Read the amazing story of Gianna Jessen, a young woman who survived her abortion. She is an eloquent spokesman for life. And be sure to click the link for her home page. You’ll be able to hear her sing… with the voice of an angel.”

NC Sue presents The unforgivable sin? Or the unanswerable question? posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING.

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Rising Property Taxes Again

The taxman cometh and the taxman taketh away.

Property taxes have risen statewide in Texas 41% in 4 years. And compared to other state, Texas has no income tax, so property taxes are very high. On a $100,000 home, property taxes are $3,000 – $4,000 a year.

And they’re about to go up yet again. Not only is the state and local school district getting a “free” tax increase from rising property values, but they want to raise the rate, too.

CLOUT has the details.

Appraisal Cap Progress, HB 1984

Dwayne Bohac, Texas state representative and supporter is making progress in capping appraisals. He introduced Texas House Bill HB 1984 that will show each homeowner how their property taxes have risen in the last 5 years. It’s the first step to making this “taxation creep” apparent to taxpayers.

It’s a good first step. By this time next year, expect homeowners across the state to be pitching a fit when they get their notices.

Easter Sunrise

Matthew 28: 1-7

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.’

Limited Government

I’m waiting for the major media to catch up on the Swift Boat Veteran stories. It’s all over the conservative blogs, and just now starting to reach the liberal blogs. The left needed some time to catch up, and they’re researching the background of the swift boat veterans. That’s a good thing, by the way – doesn’t hurt to check the credibility of your sources. There just happenes to be a lot of veterans behind this “Unfit for Command” book.

I’m amazed and amused we’re focusing on Kerry’s Vietnam war record. When Clinton ran for President the first time, stories were dredged from his past, too. Turns out Clinton was a draft dodger who went to Europe to protest Vietnam, and said at the time he “loathed” the military. When he ran for President, though, he was able to convince people to look past that record. I thought the days of looking back on what politicians did or didn’t do in Vietnam were over.

But then John Kerry decided to run on his record – Vietnam, Vietnam, Vietnam, Kerry couldn’t say it enough. And at the Democratic National Convention, he didn’t want to talk about his Senate record, he wanted to talk about Vietnam. Well… ok, John, if you insist. Let’s look at Vietnam. So far, it’s not looking pretty. There’s more to come, but if Kerry would release his medical records, it would answer a lot of the accusations.

In the meantime, while we wait, I want to look at what I think is Bush’s one weakness. No, it’s not the economy, the military, jobs, or terrorism. It’s increased government spending.

I was unable to find any reference that Bush ever ran on the platform of smaller government; I guess I just assumed that to be true. Under Bush, spending in almost all categories has risen significantly (although some liberals suggest that No Child Left Behind was underfunded, it’s still a fact that spending on education has increased a whopping 60.8% under Bush. Bush has made the promise for this election year to limit any future increases, but that’s hardly good news for proponents of limited government.

But Kerry isn’t a solution to the spending, either. Lately, John Kerry has been pining for the fiscal conservative days of Clinton, but Clinton mostly balanced the budget by cutting spending on the miltary while simultaneously having all of his spending initiatives stymied by the “Contract with America” Republicans. Would Kerry cut spending to the military today? That seems foolhardy in today’s terrorist climate, and Kerry has promised an additional $24 billion dollars for military and Homeland Security.

What about cutting domestic spending? Kerry hasn’t offered a solution here, either – if you take all of his campaign promises so far and fund them at the minimum level, it adds up to an incredible $226 billion in 2005. That’s another $1500 per year for every taxpayer.

How does Kerry plan to pay for this? He wants to increase taxes on the rich – those making $200,000 or more per year – while making Bush’s tax cuts for the middle class permanent. The numbers aren’t adding up – according to the Urban Institue, Kerry’s tax plan reduces government revenue by $602 billion over 10 years. In other words, he can’t pay for his spending proposals. He’ll be forced to raise taxes on everybody.

While Bush’s record on limited government isn’t pretty, it’s a whole lot better than Kerry’s proposals.