A serious mistake....what else is new from the Bush Administration?

President Bush has accepted the withdrawal request of his latest Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Ellan Miers.

In my opinion, this is a serious mistake.

It is definitely Ms Miers' perogative to request a withdrawal of her name from the nomination.

But the President should have insisted on her receiving a hearing from the Senate Judiciary Committee. After all, the hearings were set to open on Monday, November 7th.

I understand her desire to "keep the peace"--what little may be left.

Whomever the "new nominee" may be, I sincerely hope that Jim Dobson (Focus on the Family) will keep his "inside information" to himself...and not breathe a word to anyone for any reason.

After all, Dr Dobson is not the President of these United States.

At least, not the last time I voted, he wasn't on the ballot.

A Brief Testimony

Just felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to share this brief account of God's gracious hand in my life:

About 20 months ago I began a severe bout of depression that I had never encountered before. I was using some prescription medication, but it seemed to have little effect on me--and the effect it did have wasn't for the better either.

Unresolved hurts, injuries, and disappointments were keeping me in emotional and spiritual bondage--and I was convinced that I could be "free" whenever I wanted to be--and that wasn't anything close to the truth. Only the power of Christ could set me free, and help me love and trust Him and those around me again.

I performed all my duties (at work and elsewhere) out of pure obligation--and all the while keeping the fact of my depression as quiet as I possibly could. I even participated in local ministry meetings, and other Christian functions without letting anyone in on the fact that I was devastated on the inside of my heart.

One Sunday morning, at the end of the morning message, my Senior Pastor's wife (Chrissy Toledo) sat down at the piano and began singing this song:

In prisoners' chains
With bleeding stripes
Paul and Silas prayed that night
And in their pain began to sing
Their chains were loosed
And they were free!

I bless Your Name!
I bless Your Name!
I give You honor, give You praise!
You are the Life, the Truth, the Way
I bless Your Name!
I bless Your Name!

Some midnight hour
If you should find
You're in a prison in your mind
Reach out and praise
Defy those chains
And they will fall
In Jesus' Name!

Before Chrissy ever finished singing the song, I found myself in the front of the sanctuary, spread out on the floor, weeping uncontrollably--knowing that only God Himself could heal the hurts that I had carried--or that carried me--for so long.

The "prison of my mind" was more than I could bear!

It was that very phrase, "some midnight hour if you should find, you're in a prison in your mind, reach and praise..." I just had to surrender the pain in my heart and mind to Him--and believe that He could bring me to a place of deliverance and trust.

I just felt the Holy Spirit wanting me to share this very personal account with all of you. You can find this song on the latest CD of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, "I'm Amazed....Live."

You can also go to their website:


Praise His name today!

Psalms 34:4

Hispanics to Bush: "You owe us one..."

And all I have to say to that absolute "nonsense" is "Oh really?"

That is almost like me calling the White House and telling the President, "Oh by the way Prez, I endorsed such and so...and you owe me one..."

I was reading a rather lengthy article in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, and the author was quoting several well-knowns in the political world (mostly Hispanic, I might add), and they were carping about how President Bush had "let them down twice." This being, he let them down because he did not nominate a Latino for the nation's highest judiciary.

Well, couldn't just about every "group" say that someone in Washington DC owes them something?

What about all those "evangelicals" who voted for the current President because they thought he would "kowtow" to their ever-changing agenda?

Sometimes the "religious right" can be oh, so very wrong!

As much as I respect James Dobson (a good Nazarene by the way) and Focus on the Family
I am greatly disturbed when Dobson and those associated with him express their displeasure at someone they do not know (Harriet Miers, in this case)--and believe the President "short changed them."

George W Bush is the President of the entire United States.

Not just the "evangelicals."

And yes, I'm a Bible-practicing, Bible-believing Christian. But I don't believe the President "owes me anything."

A Justice Harriet Miers?

President Bush has fulfilled his Constitutional duty in sending the nomination of Harriet Miers to the United States Senate for their consideration to fill the seat of retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor--the first woman to ever sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Ms Miers has the confidence of the President of the United States of America.

But sadly some of the "Pharisaical" extremists don't have any confidence in the man they voted into the highest elected office of these "Nifty Fifty" United States.

This dear lady hasn't even had the FIRST hearing yet, and some of the modern-day Pharisees have already loosed a barrage of innuendo and presuppositions that have little, if any, truth to them.

Folks, you cannot have it both ways.

President Bush nominated, and we now have, Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr sitting as the Seventeenth Chief Justice of the United States. He, by all accounts, will do a superb job.

And hopefully so, for years to come.

But this lady--simply because she has refused to "kowtow" to the extreme fringes of the so-called "conservative right" of this nation--is being crucified before she ever has been heard.

From what I've read, I believe she is a stellar candidate, and will be one terrific Justice on the Supreme Court.

I'm personally glad the President did consult 80+ Senators, and listened to his wife as well. We do not need a bruising fight in this nation over such an important position.

From this point on, we should let the Senate Judiciary Committee do its job.

After all, we are paying them to do something other than take foreign trips and long vacations.