Clark Mountain Musings: May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2 (NIV)
View of ancient Laodacea, gymnasium walls, Turkey. This was part of the 7 Churches of Revelation tour.
The ultimate handlebar moustaches...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)
View of the small mountain which sits astride Ephesus, the ancient city where Paul ministered. Wonder if he hiked up this to get a view? I would have.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looking rather stern in this photo. Not exactly a "Happy Holy Warrior".

Friday, May 29, 2009

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35,38-39 (NIV)
View of Ephesus.
Stay away from these guys...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Galatians 5:6 (NIV)
View of the massive amphitheatre in Ephesus, where Paul faced the angry mob.
3 Happy Leaders... all marching to the tune of the "Islamic Republic"....

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
Psalm 119:10 (NIV)
View of Haghia Eirene, Topkapi Palace area, Istanbul Turkey
Joy versus anger

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:12-13 (NIV)
View of Aghtamar Island, Lake Van, with Mount Suphan (stratovolcano) in the background.
Stay away from the taliban on bikes....

Monday, May 25, 2009

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
Revelation 1:8 (NIV)
Some of the mountains that surround Lake Van, Urartu region, Turkey.
Memorial Day 2009 - Thank you..... God bless you

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners -- of whom I am the worst.
1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)
View of the Bosphorus as seen from Topkapi palace, Istanbul Turkey.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:11 (NIV)
View of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) can't even believe what Vice-President Joseph Biden (D-DE) is saying... remarkable

Friday, May 22, 2009

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
Here's the "Little" Haghia Sophia, it's a functioning mosque, Istanbul Turkey.
Kind of a sad picture. She looks like she's been photoshopped out.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
Revelation 3:20
View of Haghia Sophia and the Sultahmet square, Istanbul Turkey.
I'm Iconoclastic... no need for this. Very Byzantium though.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18 (NIV)
View of the Bosphorous looking out over Istanbul from the Surmeli Hotel, Turkey.
What a photo. Whatever you think of President Bush, he is a real good dude at heart.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)
View of Galatasary Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey.
David Herbert Donald R.I.P.

His classic "Lincoln" is a work for the ages.

Ever feel skeptical?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)
View of Istanbul (Galatasary Stadium is at the right) as seen from the Surmeli hotel.
Clear enough...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.
Psalm 105:1 (NIV)
View of Istanbul as looking towards the east from the Büyük Çamlıca overlook.
Watch why the Gaza war happened
What can you say.. it's a falconry Golden Eagle - Berkut.... B-A-D!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
Mark 12:30 (NIV)
Istanbul as seen looking down from the Büyük Çamlıca, mountain of the pines at 875 ft. It really is a beautiful city, Constantinople.
Who doesn't miss this guy??? Scotty Mac..

Friday, May 15, 2009

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
1 John 4:16b-17 (NIV)
View of the Bosphorus Bridge seperating Europe from Asia, Istanbul.
Just some old dudes from Afghanistan.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.
Ecclesiastes 5:15 (NIV)
View of part of the Topkapi Palace.
Watch fools act foolish towards Donald Rumsfeld

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
View of Haghia Sophia, Istanbul.
Selling watermelons near Nablus. Must be a slow day for these guys.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)
View of Urgup after a light snowfall.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Romans 12:16 (NIV)
View of Urgup, Cappadocia.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Psalm 51:1-2 (NIV)
View of Urgup after a light snowfall, Cappadocia, Turkey.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Proverbs 17:10 (NIV)
View of the Cappadocia countryside near Kayseri. The Badlands of Anatolia, Turkey.
More Hopey and Changey schtuff

Guantanamo will not only stay open but.... Military tribunals to continue?? Arghhh... for the love of Obama! That's change we can believe in.. bwahahahahah!!!!!!

Guess what...? governing is more than slogans, governing is more than photo ops with loony left authoritarians... shocking!

Read Jules Crittenden for more

From The Corner...and Mr. Snarky Mark Steyn..

It's yesterday once more [Mark Steyn]
From the deadpan headline writers at The New York Times:
US May Revive Military Courts at Guantanamo
Any day now, the new conventional wisdom will emerge: Obama has turned around Bush's failed war on terror because he's had the courage to do the tough things that, while not always attractive, are ruthlessly effective.

View of Tuzlu Gulu in the foreground (salt lake) and Ericyes in the background, Cappadocia during the late Anatolian winter.

What I'm reading right now and you should too....

The Revenge of Geography
Robert Kaplan - Foreign Policy

Israel's Diplomatic Isolation
John Bolton - Commentary

Just the Beginning
Michael Rubin - Bitter Lemons
Got discernment?