Carrie Underwood is Known for Being Nice, But She has a TOUGH Message for Atheists Attacking Her New Song
Country superstar Carrie Underwood has a heavenly voice and is loved by millions. But her new song “Something in the Water,” shows her deeply religious side. Clearly, Underwood stands for faith and traditional American values.
The theme of the song, which makes reference to “being washed in blood” (aka the blood of Jesus Christ) and Christian baptism, is that everyone on Earth is lost without God’s love and guidance.
Here are the full lyrics:
He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before.
Down every hallway’s a slamming door.
No way out, no one to come and save me.
Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.
Then somebody said what I’m saying to you,
Opened my eyes and told me the truth.”
They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.”
So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger
There must’ve been something in the water
Oh, there must’ve been something in the water
Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way
Didn’t think about it for a couple of days
Then it hit me like a lightning late one night
I was all out of hope and all out of fight
Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees
Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.”
Felt love pouring down from above
Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I’m changed
And now I’m stronger
There must be something in the water
Oh, there must be something in the water
And now I’m singing along to amazing grace
Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face
Got joy in my heart, angels on my side
Thank God almighty, I saw the light
Gonna look ahead, no turning back
Live every day, give it all that I have
Trust in someone bigger than me
Ever since the day that I believed I am changed
And now I’m stronger
There must be something in the water (amazing grace)
Oh, there must be something in the water (how sweet the sound)
Oh, there must be something in the water (that saved a wretch)
Oh, there must be something in the water (like me)
I am changed (I once was lost)
Stronger (but now I’m found)
(was blind but now I see)
“There’s somebody saying what I’m saying to you, Open my eyes and told me truth, He said just a little faith and it’ll all get better, So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed, And now I’m stronger,” Underwood sings.
She continues, “I was all out of hoping, all out of fight, Couldn’t fight back my tears so I fell on my knees, Saying God if you’re there come and rescue me, Felt love pouring down from above, Got washed in the water, washed in the blood.”
The song concludes with Underwood belting out a portion of the popular hymn “Amazing Grace.
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Chickasha Police Department
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12 Tips on Building a Neighborhood Watch
1) Make a plan.
Form a planning committee; talk with neighbors to see who will participate in the creation of a watch. Tour the area as a group and identify any issues of concern.
2) Partner with Police
Speak with the local law enforcement agencies and fire department to explain your plan. Invite them to your meeting as they may be able to explain how you can better cooperate with them in reporting crime or health concerns. You may obtain crime statistics and crime prevention tactics to employ in your neighborhood. Conduct training sessions to teach members how to spot and report suspicious activities.
3) Get the word out
Set a time, date and meeting place for the first meeting. Create printed materials to hand out in your watch area. Use social media or newspaper and radio sources if desired.
4) Map out an area
Decide on the watch boundaries. Use a physical map that highlights landmarks, street names, schools or parks in the area.
5) Set clear goals
Examples: reduction of vandalism or drug activity. Make the goal you set our first priority. Never try to confront or capture a crime suspect! Use a cell phone to record the activity and call the Police.
6) Establish leadership
Hold elections or ask for volunteers to fill leadership roles. Establish a watch coordinator, block captains and law enforcement liaison. You can also form small task force groups within the larger group to address specific issues.
7) Create a communication plan
Organize the names, phone numbers, email address and or social media contact information for the group. In emergencies, have a go to person to be responsible for notification of the group members. This can be accomplished very easily by Group text message or post to a Facebook site for the group.
8) Teach watch members to be on the lookout
You are the eyes and ears of your watch group. Watch for people hanging around empty houses or running with valuables in their possession. Watch for vehicles that repeatedly circle the area and don’t belong there. Large volume, short duration foot and vehicle traffic to a residence could indicate drug use or sales.
9) Develop reporting policies to keep members safe
Neighborhood watch groups are not vigilante groups. Contact Law enforcement by using 911 in an emergency or give your member the non-emergency contact number to keep on hand. Use it when no emergency exists and you only have a suspicion something criminal is about to occur.
10) Organize activities
Your group efforts can help neighbors feel more safe and in control. You can gain a sense of renewed pride in your neighborhood. You might consider coordinating: Clean up days to remove trash or graffiti, Invite public safety to conduct training sessions for safety, crime prevention, first aid or emergency preparedness. Organize dinners for the group. If you know who belongs in your neighborhood, you will know who does not belong!
11) Keep everyone involved
Hold regular meetings to discuss successes and failures. Create a website or newsletter to get your plans out to members or recruit more members.
12) Seek assistance from your local government
Know the rules about posting neighborhood watch materials or signs. Ask for ex-patrol and be prepared to justify why your area needs it. Give specific details on your concerns. Never take law enforcement into your own hands. If members get injured, the watch is not successful. If you want more information on neighborhood watches, go to https://www.NNW.org
how to bake a pie
October 24th, 2014 | Posted by Cathe Laurie
In my opinion, the secret to a great pie is a great crust. I think a filling is important too, but the crust . . . ohhhh, that flaky, buttery, light, melt-in-your-mouth crust . . . now that isn’t as easy as pie. It takes some real expertise to pull that off.
It has been said that if you bake someone a homemade pie, you make a friend for life. My friend Lisa makes some of the best pies. Put just about anything between her pie crusts, sweet or savory, and I will eat it—chunks of delicate white chicken in a creamy sauce, or her backyard-grown berries, and my personal favorite, apple pie.
I asked her for her recipe. She said, “It’s so simple!” Okay, so I tried it. Not so good. I asked for a tutorial. She stood beside me and showed me how she did it, letting me get my hands in the bowl to handle the dough. “See,” she said, “look, you can still see small bits of the butter. That is the secret, don’t over-mix!”
I tried again, this time melted butter overflowed the pan sides, flowing in golden rivulets between the racks to the bottom of the oven. What a mess!
So why is it, when I am a fairly good cook, I am still a novice at baking pies? I want to be able bake a perfect pie—not because I can’t find a good one in a restaurant or because I don’t know a few girlfriends who know how to do it very, very well.
Ok, so here is what I need. I don’t need a recipe card; I have plenty of those. I don’t need your pie-making tips. I don’t need you to just show me how you do it one more time. What I need is you! I need you to stand beside me for a month of Saturdays (maybe longer) and watch me as I try again, cutting the cold butter into small pieces, knowing the right amount of icy cold water to add, and when to stop mixing. Teach me, coach me, please!
It is this concept that some things are better caught than taught that got me thinking about mentoring. The missing piece in the lives of many young Christian girls is the absence of a circle of godly, wiser women to whom they will give permission to mentor them—not just tell them what they need to know as a woman, a wife, a mother, but to come train alongside them.
This is the very idea behind Titus 2. The older women are to “teach” the younger women. It is not just listening to the Bible being taught, though that is foundational. It is more. Teaching includes modeling by words and examples. This impact happens as we interact, at times by participating in a small group discussion, through ongoing personal conversations, and sharing by example and explanation.
Where it will not happen is in isolation.
So here is the challenge to you spiritual mothers: will you allow God to use you to help others learn from your knowledge and experience, your mistakes and your victories? What qualifies you as an older woman isn’t your age (that may be part of it), but spiritual maturity is more important. Even twenty-somethings can mentor a high school or college student just a few years behind them. A young mother might mentor a newlywed. A mother of teens is of great value to a mother of toddlers. A career woman can guide a young college graduate who’s a workforce rookie.
Each of us has gained a measure of wisdom and comfort we can share with someone just a little behind us on the path. It’s not rocket science. Just the other day I heard my granddaughter Allie, who is 4, trying to comfort her little 2-year-old brother Christopher, who was crying about something. She ran to him, threw her arms around him and held him tight, and in a tone of voice that she no doubt heard her mother use with her a hundred times said, “Don’t cry, Keefer, Allie is here to save you.” It made us all laugh. But what was happening was so natural; she was just passing on the wisdom of her experience and the comfort she had received. She learned how by the regular example of her mother. She had learned it easy as pie!
“For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5).
All that being said if teaching is happening then this needs to be a wee bit longer….recipe?
Butter Flaky Pie Crust
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
“This delicious, flaky pie crust made with butter makes a single crust pie, but can be scaled to meet your pie baking needs.”
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water
1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
2. Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.
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JOHN 3:34-36 MSG
“The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.”
Murphy’s Laws for Parents
1. The tennis shoes you must replace today will go on sale next week.
2. Leakproof thermoses — will.
3. The chances of a piece of bread falling with the grape jelly side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
4. The garbage truck will be two doors past your house when the argument over whose day it is to take out the trash ends.
5. The shirt your child must wear today will be the only one that needs to be washed or mended.
6. Gym clothes left at school in lockers mildew at a faster rate than other clothing.
7. The item your child lost, and must have for school within the next ten seconds, will be found in the last place you look.
8. Sick children recover miraculously when the pediatrician enters the treatment room.
9. Refrigerated items, used daily, will gravitate toward the back of the refrigerator.
10. Your chances of being seen by someone you know dramatically increase if you drive your child to school in your robe and curlers
*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*
Bill of Rights of the United States of America (1791)
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The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, strongly influenced Madison.
One of the many points of contention between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the Constitution’s lack of a bill of rights that would place specific limits on government power. Federalists argued that the Constitution did not need a bill of rights, because the people and the states kept any powers not given to the federal government. Anti-Federalists held that a bill of rights was necessary to safeguard individual liberty.
Madison, then a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, went through the Constitution itself, making changes where he thought most appropriate. But several Representatives, led by Roger Sherman, objected that Congress had no authority to change the wording of the Constitution itself. Therefore, Madison’s changes were presented as a list of amendments that would follow Article VII.
The House approved 17 amendments. Of these 17, the Senate approved 12. Those 12 were sent to the states for approval in August of 1789. Of those 12, 10 were quickly approved (or, ratified). Virginia’s legislature became the last to ratify the amendments on December 15, 1791.
The Bill of Rights is a list of limits on government power. For example, what the Founders saw as the natural right of individuals to speak and worship freely was protected by the First Amendment’s prohibitions on Congress from making laws establishing a religion or abridging freedom of speech. For another example, the natural right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion in one’s home was safeguarded by the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirements.
Other precursors to the Bill of Rights include English documents such as the Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the English Bill of Rights, and the Massachusetts Body of Liberties.
The Bill of Rights – Full Text
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
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The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine