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Will We Ever Be Able to Trust the Media????
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 12:15 AM

Is there ever going to be a time when the American people are going to be able to trust the media? I wish I could say yes, and I try to be optimistic, but it is going to take a drastic change.Let me give you an example of the local newspaper and their Saturday Religion section. There were 6 articles on the front page of this section. Here is the topic of each of the 6.1. Christian art presentation at a local church (good article and the page feature).2. Conservative Judaism Seminary accepts first openly gay and lesbian applicants (Los Angeles).3. Lutheran pastor appeals being defrocked because of same-sex relationship (Atlanta).4. Rep. Pete Stark, D-California, publicly admits he does not believe in a supreme being (in my terms, that would mean GOD!)5. Group that unsuccessfully sued to have 10 Commandments monument removed, seeks to put in a monument that says "You are free to worship as you please" (Fargo, ND)6. Moral focus lost in terror fight (NAE which is same organization Dr. Dobson asked to not speak for all evangelical Christians about the global warming issue).So if your count is the same as mine, that would be 5 out of 6 articles that shed a negative light on Christianity. I know that I could have given at least 6 articles to the paper on local Christian news that took on positive things happening.Main stream is no better!I noticed on the newspaper stands that headlines on most national and the larger papers was about citizens in Iraq have lost hope. Strange that many people I know get emails from people on the ground in Iraq that say just the opposite. Now remember the headlines were today and I saw one article that you had to read way into the story and it just happened to mention that the survey was done prior to the most recent success stories coming out of Baghdad!Let me say also, that this is only 2 days after the Gathering of Eagles effort in Washington DC where our fellow veterans showed a great outpouring of TRUE PATRIOTISM, restraint, and the real power of the people! I am so proud of those who were there, and the way they conducted themselves! There should have been front page stories all over the media about this. Let me know if your paper had a front page story on GoE, and I will give them a shout out (which they would deserve).Let me close with this --- we Reagan Conservatives can not wait for the media to get the story out. We must continue with the new momentum and get the TRUTH out via blog, email, and person to person. When we do this, and do it with massive numbers, then we will be called the Vocal Majority!God Bless America!!!!

One Must Die in Order to Live!
Sunday, March 18, 2007 7:49 PM

One Must Die in Order to Live

Luke 15: 11 - 32
The Prodigal Son

The parable of the prodigal son shows the nature of repentance, and the Lord's readiness to welcome and bless all who return to him. It fully sets forth the riches of gospel grace; and it has been, and will be, while the world stands, of unspeakable use to poor sinners, to direct and to encourage them in repenting and returning to God.

I. The prodigal son lives. vs 11- 12
11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

II. The prodigal son dies. vs 13 - 20
13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father.

III. The prodigal son is given new life. vs 21 - 24

"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'
22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

IV. The older brother didn't die.vs 25 - 32

25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' 28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " What must that temper be, which stirs up a man to despise and abhor those for whom the Saviour shed his precious blood, who are objects of the Father's choice, and temples of the Holy Ghost! This springs from pride, self-preference, and ignorance of a man's own heart.

Glass Half Full
Saturday, March 17, 2007 11:44 PM

Over the last couple of years, I have taken on the task of being a "Mystery Shopper". I have done somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 shops. I've done restaurants, convenience stores, Radio Shack, tire sales, Aeropostle, hair salons, and a tax preparation business. I don't make much money on these assignments, but I get to eat at some nice steak houses, and earn a little extra spending money.Ok, I hear your question --- What does that have to do with the glass being half full? Well here is what I mean. When I do a mystery shop, I must fill out a report, sometimes I have to take pictures, and I am there to be the eyes and ears of the company that hires me to shop. I must report on how individuals perform their job, etc.While I am always honest with my reports, I would say that at least 80% + of my reports are positive. Even when I have to say something negative I always try to find positives. A couple of weeks ago I was at a steakhouse on a Friday night, and they were packed. Even calling ahead, there was almost a 2 hour wait (which if I wasn't on a deadline, I wouldn't have gone). Waiting was not fun, and it would have been easy to get in a very bad mood, but thinking the glass is half full is a decision and I decided to make it a positive. The employees were working as hard and fast as they could. I know because I had plenty of time to watch them. They were as frustrated with the long line as those who were waiting.Let me wrap this story up --- and if you are saying "it's about time" I understand. Life has lots of negatives, especially when one focuses on them. However, I challenge you to think of the positives. And I want to remind you that at the end of the Story, we win!!!! Then the glass will be totally full.

Gathering of Eagles
Friday, March 16, 2007 10:39 PM

I received this email and as a veteran but even more as a citizen of the United States of America, things like this make me sick to my stomach. If you've never had the privilege to visit DC and the memorials, then I don't know if I can explain how important these places are to our country and those of us who have served to defend the freedoms that the "Peace Marchers" have.Several weeks ago there was a "Peace March" at the US Capital building. Numerous acts of vandalism were committed by those who were marching for peace. The Capital Police did nothing to stop them, because I am told that Speaker of the House pelosi (no caps in honor of Carnivore and his troops), gave orders for them not to stop the vandals because that was part of "free speech". Since when is committing a crime called free speech?To the "Gathering of Eagles" thank you for protecting our American Heritage, and I pray that just your presence is all that is needed!


Some of you may be aware that there is a "Peace March" planned for this weekend (17 March 2007) in Washington, DC. Experience with this type of demonstration has prompted a group of military veterans (A Gathering of Eagles) to also gather in the District to protect the various Memorials of military involvement in protecting our country. Those folks representing "peace" have damaged and dishonored these Memorials before . . . our veterans will be there to protect the Memorials from the peaceful protestors.

If you would like to indicate your support for the Gathering of Eagles, the link below will take you to a site waiting for your signature and any comments that you might want to make.

The recent political atmosphere has elevated this kind of activity from routine protest to some real hate filled rebellion against the foundational beliefs and values that make our country so great. I believe that most of us are overdue in becoming involved again in the defense of our country . . . this time the real threat is from the inside.


T. C. Humphrey, ACCM, USN (ret)

Didn't "Get 'er Done"
Friday, March 16, 2007 12:39 PM

I have worked hard to make a post here at "Do The RIGHT Thing" every day since starting. Sometimes the dates run into each other if I post late at night, but until Thursday March 15th I had suceeded.I'm hoping there is no way to fine me for not "Getting it Done".I'll be back later for my Friday Post!PS. Thanks to my friend Snooper for descretely pointing out to me that my question # 1 from my previous post could be interpreted that a person could have more than one spouse.

20 Random Thoughts & Questions
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 10:04 PM

Here are 20 random thoughts and questions in no certain order of importance:
1. Have you told your spouse you love them today?
2. Aren't grandchildren one of the greatest gifts God gives to us while we are here on earth or what?
3. Why are there mean people in the world?
4. Pray for someone you know in the military. Whether you support the war or not, our troops need your prayers. If you don't know anyone in the military, pray for the military leaders.
5.Why can't we call ourselves Americans first instead of conservative or liberal; Republican or Democrat?
6. Have you done something nice for someone this week without getting anything in return?
7. Did Al Gore create Global Warming at the same time he created the internet? (ok this is a politcal blog site!)
8. When people say that talking badly about the WOT and in Iraq does not affect the troop morale, do you think they've asked someone currently serving in the military?
9. Why do so many potential Republican candidates for President claim to be Reagan Conservatives, when their beliefs don't come close to those of America's finest president?
10. And on that topic, do you think "The Gipper" would "cut and run" in Iraq?
11. Call someone on the phone you haven't talked to in a long time and just tell them you were thinking about them.
12. Aren't you glad your mother didn't believe in abortion?
13. If you haven't gotten a hug from a child not related to you lately, then you haven't spent much time with a child who may be deseparte for the love that only you can provide!!!!
14. Have you spent time today with your Heavenly Father in prayer?15. Do your children feel like they are the most special children in the whole world?16. It's ok to shed a tear for the important things in life!17. Is there someone you know who a special card in the mail would make them fell better or cheer them up?18. I am going to quit using the term "Silent Majority" until it no longer has any meaning. (I am going to continue the cause of leading the efforts to make this term go away though)!19. Have you given your life to the Lord? If the answer is no, either do so if you know how, find someone who can help lead you, or email me and I'll help guide you in the right direction.20. Did anyone count and see that I only had 19 and not 20 on the original post and had to correct the error???Please feel free to cut and paste the questions with your answers into the comments section or into an email. I would love to know what you think.

Have You Ever Misplaced Something Important?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:01 AM

Well, my computer is still down, and I still feel lost......but the show must go on!I have a question for you. Have you ever misplaced something really important? I mean really, really important. Well, I misplaced something extremely valuable and I've been looking for it for over for it for several days.Now resist if you can, the thought that you do those kind of things when you start to get old. This is one of those things that make you sick to your stomach. How am I going to explain this to people if it doesn't turn up.Well, of course, I prayed about the situation. But I've been praying ever since I realized this item was missing. Only God and I knew about this. No need to worry anyone else.Well, today the burden was too much and I had to ask my wife to pray with me. Several hours passed and the results were the same. Still missing!!!!Finally, about 4 pm this afternoon, there it is -- the envelope with a check for $4400 in it, that didn't belong to me.Doesn't it feel great what God removes that ton of bricks from your shoulders?

What would we do without.......
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:24 AM

Today my computer crashed. Fortunately, we have more than one computer in our house and here I am making my regular daily post. However, using a computer other than my own just doesn't feel right. Like where are all "my favorites"? Where are all my bookmarked sites? What about the folder I had titled "blog info"? How do we survive without such basics as computers, cell phones, PDA's, etc, etc, etc.Makes me think that just 10 years ago I didn't own a computer or a cell phone. Man, I must have been in the stone ages. I remember when a person walked into a store talking on their cell phone thinking something like, "that person must really think they are something special if they can't leave their fancy, smancy phone in the car". Today, if I leave my cell phone at home, I feel like I've forgot an important piece of clothing, like say my pants! It almost ruins my day. I mean how can anyone get in touch with me if they need me? What if there is an emergency? What if the car breaks down?Ok preacher, take it easy and think what did you do 10 years ago? So there's my point, I can't hardly remember life without the modern luxuries that most of us consider necessities. I survived almost 35 years without a computer or cell phone. Some times it does a person good to take a step back and realize just how good things are, and how much worse things could be. But then I think, what if I can't make my daily post at "Do the RIGHT Thing"? I guess I won't know, because I found a way to make my post, and I'm not so sure I feel real good about sweating the small stuff.By the way, a very fine lady in our community by the name of Jane Ann Hull passed away yesterday morning. She had a heart attack before church (she attended another church in town), and passed away at the age of 67. I never saw Jane Ann and her husband Ronnie without them asking how I was, how's the family, how's that new grand baby. Jane Ann is in heaven now, and the rest of us are left to rejoice in her victory, but mourn her passing.Now going back to the computer crash, don't sweat the small things in life --- just be ready for heaven!

Sermon Outline
Saturday, March 10, 2007 11:49 PM

I originally preached this sermon in October of 2005. It fits very well with what we have been preparing for in our service tomorrow. I believe that I used the outline from a sermon I found online and then taylored it the way the Lord led me to and added illustrations. Have a wonderful Lord's Day!Jesus' criticisms about religious leadership in his day 1. They did not practice what they taught (hypocrisy).
Matthew 23:27-29 2. They put heavy burdens on others but not themselves (legalism).John 7:22-24 3. They sought and loved public recognition (pride).Psalm 10:3-5 4. Status, respect and titles were important to them (arrogance).2 Corinthians 12:19-21 5. They locked people out of the kingdom (judgmental).
Micah 36. They established laws to benefit themselves (greed).Colossians 3:4-67. They neglected to emphasize justice and mercy (bias).
James 2:1-3
8. They were accomplices to silencing the prophets (oppressive).Isaiah 10:1-3THE BLOODOne night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting.As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his statement was this: "My fiancée's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely then it cannot cleanse us completely.If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! End of case!!!!
In conclusion, let’s look at a couple of thoughts on what the Church and Christians should be all about.
The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it. --William Tyndale
Judgmental, arrogant, oppressive leaders do not understand this thought.
The word of God is like a mirror in that it shows us who we really are. It is like a map because it shows us where we need to go. It is like a portrait for it paints for us a picture of who God is. --David Wallace
Every Christian should look at themselves in a mirror to see if their portrait is one that is pleasing to God.

Ronald Wilson Reagan - My Political Hero!
Saturday, March 10, 2007 6:39 PM

For those of you who know me pretty well you know that I have a great admiration for President Ronald Reagan. He was the 1st person I ever voted for to the office of POTUS.If you walked into my office, in front of where I sit (other than pictures of my children) there are four major objects you see. 1) Is a statue of Jesus on the cross. 2) Is a statue of an eagles above crossed American flags. 3) Is a picture of the Twin Towers with Jesus howering over them. And 4) Is a large lithograph of President Reagan.This is one of those topics I could write forever on, but let me close with this: America needs to move back to the Reagan Conservative country that we were in the early 80's. There are major "battles" coming for our country, and we need leader's with a backbone as President Reagan had. God bless the memory of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the Unites States of America. Several links to Reagan sites are given below.

Ronald Reagan

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore "the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism."
On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.
From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.
As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970.
Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter.
On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.
Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit.
A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro.
In 1986 Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.
In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength." During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.
By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.
Overall, the Reagan years saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/rr40.htmlOther sites:http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/rwreagan.htmlhttp://www.ronaldreaganmemorial.com/http://www.ronaldreagan.com/

Founding Fathers and My Passion for Truth
Friday, March 09, 2007 1:34 PM

One of my favorite topics is the Founding Fathers of our great nation. I love to read their quotes, speeches, and stories. The great men of faith are an inspiration to me, and it was their foresight that started our country on a path that God blessed so wonderfully!If there is one thing that can get me going (yank my chain) it's for someone to say that the Founding Fathers were deists! All one has to do is read the actual words of the great men who founded this country and you can see their belief in God in general, and many times about His Son Jesus Christ.I posted this topic under Education, because that's what needs to happen. People need to be educated with the TRUTH! I encourage people to read actual writings from these great men and to not just do a google search. While the internet is a powerful tool (I'm going to have a post on that in the coming days), there are many people who have sites where opinion is taken as fact.Below, I'm going to show a post in our local paper's Soundoff section that is more like a blog and is handled online, but many posts to get printed in the paper. The first post "yanked my chain" and the second one is my response.I consider myself a positive person, so at the very end I'm going to include some quotes from our Founding Fathers and other great Americans. Enjoy them, I do!

Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2007Soundoff entry by:
zhu liuTo Jim: Even if our founding fathers made later statements that sounded religious (they were actually deists, and many of their quotes were misquotes or misinterpretations), none of what you provided was Christian. And the principles of which you speak are far from the sole domain of religion, let alone that of Christianity. As I have said, cultural morals and ethics existed within AND WITHOUT religion. Secular logic and reason provides a much better set of morals (and incentive). Surely you don’t actually believe that one about how national morality can not prevail without religious principle. What is your evidence? Herr Bush?? Are you blaming our govt’s current immorality on the most Christian president in a long time, or are you trying to blame said immorality on the separation clause? Maybe you could provide an example of a govt whose national morality WAS actually moral because it observed Christian morals? Good luck on that one! The truth is: The more religious a govt = the more violent and oppressive.http://www.therepublic.com/main.asp?SectionID=176&SubSectionID=685&Page=16Posted: Monday, March 05, 2007
Soundoff entry by: Pastor Ed Bostonzhu liu said "they were actually deists, and many of their quotes were misquotes or misinterpretations", when talking about the Founding Fathers of our great nation. This is the current liberal talking point when discussing the great men who loved God and founded our country. I challenge anyone who cares to study this topic to read the words of the Founding Fathers and not take the word of other people who cannot back up the fact that the founders were deists (as they would like you to believe). The founders most certainly were not deists with the exception of 1 or 2, but don't take my word for it, read their writings and speeches. Don't just google the topic either, because just because it's on the web, doesn't mean that it is accurate or true. I have read the posts on here for days and kept my 2 cents worth to myself, but I have to grab my soap box when the comment concerning deism gets thrown around so loosely.http://www.therepublic.com/main.asp?SectionID=176&SubSectionID=685&Page=10

Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations and whose providential aide can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes; and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge.~ George Washington, in his first inaugural address, 1789

I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; who has covered our infancy with His providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power, and to whose goodness I ask you to join in supplications with me that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations. ~ Thomas Jefferson

When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty. --Noah Webster"I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessing on THIS HOUSE (the White House) and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!"~ John Adams, 1800

We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. ~ President Abraham Lincoln, in National Proclamation of Prayer and Repentance, 1863 I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient. . . . One stormy night I tossed on my bed, unable to sleep as I thought of the terrible sufferings of our soldiers and sailors. I spent an hour in agonizing prayer.~ Abraham Lincoln

We can all pray. We all should pray. We should ask the fulfillment of God's will. We should ask for courage, wisdom, for the quietness of soul which comes alone to them who place their lives in His hands.--Harry S. TrumanEvery great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.~ D.L. Moody

There are so many more I could list, but I will save some for future use. Remember: "Do the RIGHT Thing"!

Challenge Global-Warming Rhetoric
Thursday, March 08, 2007 11:31 PM

Ok, so I'm stuck on Focus on the Family issues (is that a bad thing?). I'm very glad that Dr. Dobson has spoken out on this topic that seems to be snowballing (pun intended) larger all the time. I told you I would try to be diverse with my topics, so this is dedicated to the environmentalist out there! Bring on the comments!

Challenge Global-Warming Rhetoric

Dr. Dobson, Evangelical Leaders Letter urges National Association of Evangelicals to restrain its D.C spokesman.

In a letter to the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), James C. Dobson, Ph.D., chairman of Focus on the Family Action, joined other pro-family leaders in urging the NAE to refrain from taking a position on the controversial and divisive topic of global warming and other issues. NAE official Richard Cizik, who works in the group’s Washington, D.C., office, has told the media it’s indisputable that human activity has contributed to global warming and has encouraged evangelicals to make it a top issue. On other occasions, he's said evangelicals “must confront population control.” “We ask,” Dobson and the others wrote, “how is population control going to be achieved, if not by promoting abortion, the distribution of condoms to the young and even by infanticide in China and elsewhere? Is this where Richard Cizik would lead us?” To demonstrate that not all evangelicals are on board with global-warming alarmism, the letter references a statement by the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance that challenges common assumptions about global warming.

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Conference Report
Wednesday, March 07, 2007 9:54 PM

"God loves you as though you were the only one in all the world to love -- and that makes you a very important person." H.B. London told those of us who had the great fortune of hearing him present four messages in two days that he said the above quote to his congregation each Sunday. That alone should tell you what a wonderful time I had at the Ministerial Convention I just got back from. Lots of food, fun and fellowship! That's a big part of what goes on when a bunch of Pastors get together, and then to have Dr. London "Pastor to the Pastors", there to encourage, challange, pray with, laugh with, and cry with made the past two days a wonderful experience.Check out Dr. London's profile or go to Focus on the Family website, you will be blessed. I know I was!

H.B. London, Jr.
Vice President, Ministry Outreach/Pastoral Ministries
H.B. London, Jr. is vice president of Ministry Outreach/Pastoral Ministries for Focus on the Family. A fourth generation minister, Rev. London was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Pasadena College (now Point Loma Nazarene University) and was ordained on May 24, 1962. On June 10, 1990, Point Loma Nazarene University conferred on H.B. the Doctor of Divinity degree.
Rev. London pastored for 31 years. He hosted a daily radio program, “Lifeline to Truth,” for 14 years in Salem, Oregon, and for six years in the Los Angeles area. He also had a weekly television program, “A New Way to Live,” in Portland, Oregon.
After serving three decades in pastoral ministry, H.B. accepted the invitation to become assistant to the president for Focus on the Family. His assignment as vice president of Ministry Outreach/Pastoral Ministries is to serve as liaison to pastors and churches – a kind of “pastor to pastors.” Since joining forces with Focus, H.B. has directed the development of ministries to pastors and their spouses, and given oversight to ministries affecting physicians, youth culture, the inner city, missionaries, chaplains and basketball camps for the children of single parents in many cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
He communicates with thousands of pastors and church leaders each week through “The Pastor’s Weekly Briefing” (a fax network) and produces a bimonthly Pastor to Pastor cassette and newsletter.
He has co-authored with Neil B. Wiseman the books, Pastors at Risk (Victor Books), The Heart of a Great Pastor (Regal Books), Married to a Pastor’s Wife (Victor Books), Your Pastor is an Endangered Species (Victor Books), It Takes a Church Within a Village (Thomas Nelson), They Call Me Pastor (Regal Books), Becoming Your Favorite Church (Regal Books) and Pastors at Greater Risk (Regal Books). Two other books by H.B. that have received wide distribution are: Refresh, Renew, Revive (Focus on the Family Book Publishing) and The Minister’s Little Devotional Book (Honor Books). His newest book, co-authored with Neil Wiseman, For Kid’s Sake-Winning the Tug-of-War for Future Generations, was released in January of 2004 by Regal Books.
Focus on the Family’s founding president, Dr. James C. Dobson, has always felt that the church represents the first line of defense for the family. He believes that the pastor and his family must remain strong if we are to successfully resist the downward moral trends which threaten the very foundation of our nation. Dr. Dobson has asked H.B. to represent Focus on the Family in standing behind the pastors of America. As first cousins who grew up more or less as brothers, it is a dream come true for them to have an opportunity to serve God in a joined ministry.
Rev. London’s ministry continues to be people-centered. “When you find a need, you fill it,” he says. He operates by the slogan: “God loves you as though you were the only one in all the world to love — and that makes you a very important person.”
H.B. and his wife, Beverley, have two married sons and four grandchildren.

News on Newt!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007 9:35 PM

Well I was doing some research about the person who was the guest speaker at the convention I just got back from, and saw this. I will use this to make up for my missed post yesterday, and I'll share some things from my convention with you on the next post that will be for today.

Gingrich Tells Dobson He’s ‘Sought God’s Forgiveness’

Former House speaker admits moral failings, discusses threat of radical Islam

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tells Dr. James C. Dobson he has “gotten on my knees and sought God’s forgiveness” for his personal moral failings in a two-part installment of Dobson’s international radio program airing Thursday and Friday.
Gingrich also discusses his new book, Rediscovering God in America, and the rising threat of radical Islam to the West.
day two of the program, Dobson compares the attitudes of today’s Muslim radicals to the actions of the Nazis in the 1930s -- a hatred of Jews and a desire for hegemony and domination.
“It bothers me,” Dobson says, “that many of our leaders don’t seem to get that – Republicans and Democrats.”
Gingrich agrees, noting that “there are 15- to 25-year-old men who are willing to die as long as they kill you.”
“It’s a warrior culture,” he adds, “that has been true historically for 6,000 or 7,000 years.”
The program will be available online Thursday and Friday.
Click here to listen.

Colorado Could Let Inmates Work on Farms
Sunday, March 04, 2007 11:12 PM

Well friends, I'm posting for Monday a little early as I will be at a Ministerial Convention Monday and Tuesday. So Monday will be early, and Tuesday may be late, but hey who said there has to be rules to follow right?As for the article below, I'ld like to hear what you folks think and the only comment I'm going to make for now is, I think the House wasted time voting on a raise in the minimum wage. Just go to Colorado, get sent to prison and you can make $9.60 per hour. Who needs minimum wages?

Colorado Could Let Inmates Work on Farms

DENVER — Colorado is considering letting prison inmates work on private farms after farmers complained that an illegal-immigration crackdown has left them short-handed, officials said.
Two vegetable farmers told prison officials and lawmakers that they need five to 20 workers and will pay up to $9.60 an hour _ more than they've paid migrant workers in the past _ but can't find anyone to do the work.
The Pueblo Country farmers, Joe Pisciotta and Phil Prutch, said immigrant workers are afraid to come to Colorado because of its tougher immigrant laws passed last summer. Among other things, the laws require people receiving state and federal benefits to prove they are legal U.S. residents.
"They've just given up and gone to other states that don't have these new laws. They just don't want to deal with it," Pisciotta said.
The Corrections Department program would probably start in Pueblo County, operating under the prison industries division, which already trains and employs about 1,200 inmates, department Executive Director Ari Zavaras said.
"Depending on how well it works, we'll see where it will go," Zavaras said this week.
He said the program fits his and Gov. Bill Ritter's new emphasis on reducing recidivism. Under current growth estimates, prison construction will cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars over the next five years.
Colorado's prison industries system already has internal agricultural jobs including growing flowers, raising bees and cultivating wine grapes. Inmates also manufacture items ranging from furniture to plastic bags.