User Profile: Jeff Bassett

Jeff Bassett

Member Since: June 12, 2011

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  • September 15, 2014 at 12:08pm

    Most churches do not have huge bankrolls. Attendance is dropping and many churches are existing not on collected funds but on past donations put into long term investment funds. I have attended long term lay minister programs (Flight School) talking with pastors who are working hard just to try to keep the doors open. Many churches now share resources, staff and are trying their best to still offer community services while floundering to make the basic overhead cost. Especially in a poor economy where there is an incredible need for community outreach.

    Absolutely, there are some churches that have a great income from parishioners. The Catholic church has huge property and investments and the Pope has addressed the need to start returning that for public need.

    Your ignorance of what churches face financially is only dwarf by your ignorance of divinity. I suggest you actually look and research into Christianity like atheist CS Lewis did, Author Anne Rice (of “Interview with a Vampire” fame, Reporter Lee Strobel, Atheist Philosopher Antony Flew (though Flew is a deist), Geneticist Francis Collins, Biologist Alister McGrath.
    Biologist George R. Price, Biologist Mark Eastman , Philosopher Mortimer J. Adler.
    Journalist Malcom Muggeridge., Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset, outspoken atheists Peter Hitchens has become a Christian, Nobel laureate Peter Higgs and many others.
    You will find you have to have more faith as an atheist than as a Christian for those core beliefs.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 9:58am

    I competed in gymnastics in the 70′s and 80′s, was a state champion several years in both the USGF and AAU competitions. I started at age 5 and competed through high school as did my brother who was a national champion. We were small kids and broke most school records for sit ups, push ups and pull ups. Classmates would argue I was a small kid and it was therefor easier but it was the fact we worked out constantly.
    The weekly schedule on weekdays was to get up in the morning do homework, go to school, get out, go to the gym, do homework for an hour, practice till 9 pm and finish up the homework. Weekends were homework for a few hours in the morning, going to workout til late, get home, do homework, Sunday, church, then workout, go home for homework and go to bed. Summer was gymnastic summer camp starting workouts at 8 am and ending at 5 to 6 pm. If you wanted to be good enough to win, you worked hard at it. Those kids you see in competition have wholly dedicated their lives to the sport literally.

    Gymnastics pushes every muscle group, you have to be extremely disciplined to compete. It is also becoming a younger participant sport as it is extremely harsh on the body. I don’t know of any other sport that pushes as hard as gymnastics.

    Those cadets never had a chance.

  • [6] September 15, 2014 at 9:43am

    Many denominations have declared a liberal agenda. The UCC was the largest ad first to do so and is known as the most liberal of the group. It is the same that sponsored Barack Obama on his first presidential run. ( no IRS investigation of political activity for THAT denomination). Many recently came out against Israel with boycotts during the Gaza fighting. You have churches starting to pick and choose what parts of the bible they don’t believe in publicly. Many smaller churches with conservative values and true belief are stuck fighting an official denominational stance.

    Churches pay into the national denominations for community and world charities but also for insurance for the church and pastors. Dropping from a denomination can be costly of that denomination owns part of the financing on the land and building as well. Individual churches that decide to drop out also have to deal with losses from their congregation that always is not 100% behind such a decision at a time when churches are hurting for attendance. Such a move can tear a church apart.

    I have heard many ‘Christians” say they go to church “just in case”, some are more social groups than believers and you see it in their denominational stance.
    I applaud those who stand up for the biblical beliefs, who truly believe in the word and are willing to evangelize for such. They are the heart, foundation and true soul of Christianity. Christ noted the most important Bible command: Deut 6:4-5

  • [5] September 14, 2014 at 5:48pm

    What all three of these beheaded journalist have in common is that they went in supporting Islam. They were left leaning tweeting supporters of their killers, blind to what was coming.

    Anyone thinking that Islamist Theocracies are tolerant just has to look at the beheading of anyone not worshiping Islam. They are fools if they support the US values of freedom and free will, God given rights and a republic representative for the people.

    These fools not only are getting themselves killed but trying to advocate to others to turn a blind eye away from the sword coming to others necks.

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  • [3] September 11, 2014 at 9:41am

    The Bible remains the number one selling book in the history of publishing. I have several different copies of the Bible in my book collection, I don’t think you will see that with any other of the books on that list.

    I do have the Harry Potter series and think it is a well written fictional book. It does have Christian themes in the book and biblical quotes. The theme of Harry having to choose of his own free will with pressures upon him of good over evil, strikes well with the biblical theme of free will and the ability to choose between good and evil. The book also has a messianic theme with Harry, I think it reflects well with biblical themes as well in life were we are confronted evil around us and have to choose which direction we will take. One of the main lessons and purposes of our biblical lives.

    I have quite a few of C.S. Lewis’s books as well, an atheist in search of truth turn Christian apologist, his books are wonderful.

    I’ve read 18 out of that first 20, all great books but nothing in comparison to the Bible. The Bible is a guide to life, the others are more reflections on life.

  • [41] September 7, 2014 at 10:43pm

    When you compromise with evil, the only direction you are going to go is towards evil.

    People are wondering why the world is falling apart, it is because they are turning away from God and those who espouse goodness. Because they turn away and good people continue to do nothing, evil prevails. There will be a reckoning.

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  • [3] September 7, 2014 at 5:40pm

    If there is any doubt, look at the following video. Brown purposefully moves toward Spencer slows and does the kick.
    https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos_h264high/03A3B38FDE1120461288792100864_SW_WEBM_1410112994137645619e7a4.mp4?versionId=1SfLgHjuH68zy7HGc1LsVWZYH7cGnVmM

    No place for this in the NFL

  • [4] September 7, 2014 at 3:33pm

    He clearly could have cut left, had the blockers in front and made a super play. By slowing down to make a dirty play, the two Browns caught up from behind.
    That was a purposeful kick to the face and had Spencer not grabbed the leg and pushed, it would have come down on his neck. It just missed coming down and that would have had tragic consequences.

    No excuse for this.

  • [7] September 7, 2014 at 3:15pm

    Your wrong, he slowed to kick Spencer even though Spencer was already on the ground. He could have cut left but decided to play dirty and was caught up with. Look again Spencer is on his knees when he is hit.
    ABSOLUTEL:Y a dirt and purposeful hit, he should be ejected.

  • [10] September 7, 2014 at 2:57pm

    He clearly could have gone around him, had plenty of room with four other Steelers around him. That was a deliberate kick in the face. No excuse for that move.

  • [62] September 7, 2014 at 2:41pm

    If I was the next Brown tackler, I would have wanted to break his arm “accidentally” on that tackle.

    That player should have been expelled from the game and NFL indefinitely. A shot to the head/throat is potentially a killing blow. Having suffered a broken neck myself, I was cringing as I saw that and then replayed over again. That was a tragedy avoided by luck. Absolutely no place for such action, he should be expelled for that.

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  • September 2, 2014 at 8:29pm

    When Palin started campaigning, McCain’s numbers went up in the conservative base. Her speaking points were controversial to the moderate left, something McCain and the GOP did not like. But Palin is extremely popular with the true conservative base and McCain is not.
    True conservative revere the Reagan presidency. The GOP establishment despises it. That is sad as the Reagan years was the largest turn around in modern US history as well with global politics. It is such and administration the US desperately needs right now.

  • [3] September 2, 2014 at 7:58pm

    No alias, it is sad when people are afraid to speak the truth for fear of retribution from the government.
    I am in no position to turn tides. I put total faith with God in my life. I think it is an obligation of those who can see clearly to try to open the eyes of others.

  • September 2, 2014 at 7:08pm

    When Romney noted he was fighting 43% of the public, he nailed it.
    You have 33% basically on each side of the political coin who are diehards. The Clintons knew if they could gain the moderate field they would win and that is the audience he aimed for.
    For Romney, his point was once one side gains 10% of the moderate, the other side pretty much has lost the election. The liberal side having the media in their pockets, Romney had a hard battle from the start. At that point in the election knowing the republican turn out was fractured and going to be low, he knew 43% was the winning formula for Obama.

    Further killing Romney’s chances was that the GOP telling him to tone down the very truths that would have been the killing blow. The same type of campaigning Palin did that pushed her (not the weasel McCain) into the lime light as a real conservative and again why McCain tried to silence her.

    Whomever runs for the Republican ticket has to be truthful, go out punching hard and as Reagan did, call the BS for what it is, BS. They cannot be afraid to call the left liars and have to be smart enough to cite the facts, because the left lies and the media even when moderating a debate is not afraid to jump in and lie for the left cause. When Reagan said “There you go again” everyone knew he was calling BS.

    So, the real question is, is front true conservative runner willing to balk at the left lies and the GOP’s leash to win and will the GOP even allow such a person…

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  • [33] September 2, 2014 at 5:12pm

    Obama has funded the beginning of ISIS, aided Al-Querida, given millions to The Muslim Brotherhood, collapsed neutral regimes to install radical Islamist regimes, ran guns and weapons through Libya, back stabbed Israel, promoted the Palestine regime, pulled out the US military when they had controlled and then gutted it so it cannot again respond properly, has promoted antisemitism in the US as well abroad, has had an anti Christian agenda in the US… just what makes you think he is against the Islam extremist?!?!?!?!

    Seriously, from the guy who wears a ring inscribed with “there is no God but Allah” and has noted in his biography if it came down to a war between the west and Islam he would choose Islam.

    When things like this occur, it follows his own identified agenda in writing as well as in his past actions.

    Why do you think he is taking no actions against this or when our ambassador was killed. He is not just a no strategy idiot, he is a intelligent traitorous Islamist progressive socialist in the same vein the past 1930′s 40′s progressive socialist.

    Works not words are of ones intent. When are people going to wake up and realize public enemy number one is in the White House?

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  • [2] August 29, 2014 at 11:38pm

    Only Islamist, traitors, illegal aliens, deserters, jihad journalist, and terrorist get the support from this president.
    He opened the border so terrorist could pass without a problem, watch that one blow up next and him blame it on someone else.

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  • [3] August 29, 2014 at 3:34pm

    Given the direction this country is taking with same sex “marriages” that goes against the absolute definition of marriage, maybe it is not such a bad idea. People these days do not understand what that definition is as it is being redefined. Some should look to Leviticus 20:13 that try to justify their same sex marriage through the bible.
    Or, look at 1st Corinthians Chapter 7 on what makes a relationship in marriage as well the step stones for marriage. For those caught in a sexless marriage where one spouse does not want to have the relationship, it tears marriages apart.
    Hebrews 13:4 warns about adulterous affairs.
    Proverbs, Songs of Solomon, Romans, Mathew, all note the benefits of a healthy relationship.
    While it is a personal subject to talk about, the issue if such in terms of a health relationship and the actual definition of marriage seems to be misunderstood in our current culture as people do not attend church or study the bible any longer.

    Controversial, I guess it depends on the subject matter and how you feel the bible truly impacts our lives today as well our souls into the future. Yes, depending on how the pastor handles such, it could be controversial but Biblicaly speaking it should not.

  • [1] August 28, 2014 at 6:13pm

    Yeah, today’s press conference:
    The President:
    I am here (pause) to talk about ISIS. (pause)
    So first (pause) let me talk about the economy. (pause)
    Congress will not fund me to help illegal immigrants (pause) So I am going to take action (pause) so that those immigrant get jobs to help the economy. (pause) Because (dramatic pause) congress won’t do what anything. (pause) I want them to do.
    Second, I have dedicated 5 planes to drop bombs on Isis and they are eliminated. We have had complete success now (pause) but Iraqis must finish the job. (pause)
    Now the Ukraine. (pause) My economic pressures have worked. (pause) Now that Russia is invading the Ukraine, I will put more economic pressure on them because it works so well. (pause, wait for press applause)
    Yes you in the press, you have a question?
    “Uh yes sir, given we promised them if they gave up their nukes under section 5, are we going to intervene militarily?”
    Absolutely not, since my economic punishment has done a GREAT job. (pause)
    (Putin cheer his own monitor of the press conference in Moscow)
    I am however (pause) going to have a serious talk about more sanctions with someone from Russia next week. If they don’t capitulate, I will freeze his bank account here too. (dramatic pause)
    We have had great success with economic pressures, thank you no more questions please…..

    As he walks out press mumbles about Russia’s invasion and hoping the IRS does not go after them.

  • August 27, 2014 at 5:35pm

    Jesus noted that he was here NOT to change a jot or a tittle of his fathers words. That is the dotting of an i or the crossing of a t. In other words, the Old Testament/Torah as written still stood as he noted.
    In the Judaic times, there was a great debate about how to enforce the theology of the Old Testament. Written and oral rules were created that imposed many new rules that at times conflicted with the Torah. Jesus clarified those rules, such as placing the sanctity of life before the sabbath rules, as well the justifications of certain laws. He also grafted on the gentiles as part of a new covenant, not replacing old ones that were noted to go on forever. (remember not changing a jot or tittle).
    People at that time would try to justify their own actions inconsistent with fallacies of logic using the Torah, something that still happens to today. To know the truth, you need to seek it and study it so when a “red flag” appears, you can make sense of what is the true word.
    Many religions, movements and theologies warp what is written in the bible. But if bad / evil acts are being done and justified using the bible, they really are not truly practicing Christianity or the Torah.

  • [36] August 27, 2014 at 4:56pm

    John answered honestly because he was asked a bad question. How was asked “if the ISIL was a cancer”. That is like saying “if the ISIL was an asteroid. In this case by comparing it to cancer, he could answer yes. Both fallacy of association ( logic rights and wrongs) and therefore a honest answer could be given without answering “the real question” and being honest about the original question asked. But if it had been straightly put, the ISIL, he would have to say no or keep going in circles until “the right” question was asked as was done. This is a typical Washington political tactic of public relations.

    But since Obama is a closet Islamist, has popped in several Islamist amongst his administrative post, wears his wedding ring with the inscription “there is no God but Allah, has noted in his autobiography that if it came down to a religious war he would side with Islam, Has discriminated against Israel repeatedly, has had his party attack Christianity with policies, his party shouting down God three times at his convention, funded Arab Spring to destabilize the middle east, had party attacks against Judaism, has supported both the Muslim Brotherhood and funded ISIS originally, has run illegal weapons to the middle east, has opened the boarders illegally so terrorist cells can get over the border, has gutted the US military, (running out of room to type more), I think I can say…
    Either he is the most incompetent president, or a traitor doing so on purpose.

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