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Thursday, August 11, 2011

NO ADAM AND EVE?

National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins, John Schneider who taught theology at Calvin College, and a host of other professed believers are postulating the theory that Adam and Eve were not real and in fact not necessary to believe for a true follower of Christ. This goes along with all who seek to reconcile evolution and creation, without, in my opinion, offending anyone on the side of the theory. So the question is to be asked, "does it matter of Adam and Eve were real, or can it be as Schneider would have you believe that there was no such paradise to be lost, as in his view evolution gives evidence of. You have to wonder where this ends? Once you do not need literal interpretation of things to be interpreted literal you have put truth into the hands of subjective sinful man, a dangerous place for truth to reside.

No Adam? What then of Jesus who is called the Second Adam come to undo the eternal consequence placed on all that are His by the first Adam. If the first Adam is fictitious why not the second? And here is the rub for all these so called intellectuals, as the Second Adam was seen and recorded by many. His reality of being on this earth is not refuted by any who will be intellectually honest. And His reality is only more proof of the existence of the first, although more proof is not needed if you truly believe in Gods Word.

The existence of the first Adam is a necessitated component of the glory of the Son in His redemption of His people as designed by His Father and implemented through His Spirit. You eliminate Adam you eliminate the rest. What true believer in Christ would ever want to even begin to go down that road? A great question that needs to be answered!

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pastor tom

Monday, May 02, 2011

NOW HE KNOWS THE TRUTH!!


Today is a great day for all who have lost loved ones in the attack on our country that fateful day, September 11, 2001. Today loved ones can feel some sense of justice with the killing of Bin Laden. Though nothing can bring those lose back, and nothing can replace the hurt, this is the best thing that could be done to help. Congratulations to the men and women of our armed forces who make it possible to hunt down those who would attack our country, even if it is ten years later. Congratulations to President Obama for having the courage to give the order. It is a good day for our country.

It is also a day in which Osama Bin Laden has found out the truth. The dirty little secret that he did not receive seventy virgins when he entered eternity, but in fact was faced with the God he has rejected and denied, the Lord Jesus Christ. While the events of the last few days begins real closure for the victims of nine eleven, eternal damnation for Bin Laden has just begun! Not because he attacked our country, which many would say is just cause, but in fact because when our soldiers sent him into eternity, he went their as one who rejected Jesus Christ!

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pastor tom

Thursday, April 21, 2011

REAGAN PART II?


Is Donald Trump running for President? I believe the answer to that question is yes, but what is more fascinating is why is he resonating with so many people? Why is he near or at the top of polls for the Republican nomination? The answer to these questions while simple, are telling. Donald Trump is leading polls because he is Reaganesque in his conversation with the American people. One of the great strengths of Reagan was he connected with the common man. Calling Russia the evil empire was unprecedented and a major shot across the bow, that the American people loved to hear. Trump is doing the exact same thing in his description of China. When he speaks of China as not being our friend or out for our best interests, and indicates that he would tax their imports twenty five percent immediately, the American people say yes, that makes sense. They resonate with him the way they did with Reagan. When he speaks of going to Libya militarily and receiving oil as a payment for services rendered, the American people say yes.

Regardless of the viability of the positions he takes, Donald Trump is saying things that the American public is thinking and looking for someone to voice for them. Do not overlook this man. He is a business genius who knows the art of the deal, and generally wins at most endeavors he undertakes. Ascending to the Presidency very well might be the next deal he looks to close. And I for one would not bet against him!

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pastor tom

Friday, March 11, 2011

GHANDI AND ROB BELL SPENDING ETERNITY TOGETHER?

As Rob Bell comes out with another book, we will see another doctrine in question. This time it will be Hell and who actually ends up there. While the book is not yet out, the promotional video is, and in that Rob uses Ghandi as his foil for his latest attack on Gods Word. He speaks of an event where someone had posted on a quote from Ghandi that he was in Hell, and Bell states, "Ghandi is in Hell?" In this statement, by way of tone and demeanor it is clear that this is a thought he believes to be not only ridiculous but in fact arrogant to hold, yet that is exactly where Ghandi is and will spend his forever eternity. Some would want to ask how I or anyone could make such a statement. The clear answer from Gods Word is that anyone who does not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior spends forever in the lake of fire where it is said that the torment never ends. Ghandi was an avowed professing Hindu who never was born again into the family of God through the blood of Christ and thus he is in Hell.

Ghandi is an excellent picture of what Gods Word declares, that all have fallen short of the glory of God and all have sinned. And that our best works in Gods sight is filthy rags, which means that regardless of the life he lived, if Ghandi were trusting in those works instead of, or to the exclusion of Jesus Christ, and died in that state, he is spending eternity in the lake of fire. Rob Bell is an excellent picture of the emergent movement landing in its inevitable home, a universalistic liberal theology that will lead people astray. The stark and sobering reality is that the better question for Rob Bell to be considering is where his eternity will be spent should he die in the state of belief he is currently in!

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Pastor Tom

Thursday, September 16, 2010

CHURCH AND STATE!


The current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, or Joseph Ratzinger,his given name, went to Britain today. Now that does not appear to be any startling news , or even anything out of the ordinary. But when you look beyond the fact that it is,"just another trip," you will see a reality that demonstrates one of the many problems with a papacy. It is not that this Pope is being protested, and people are calling for him to be imprisoned for his role in the rampant worldwide sexual abuses scandals that have damaged so many lives. That is a sad truth of the Roman Catholic Church which has been there for far too long, and prison ought to be the destination of any that were involved, regardless of their position, current or past.

But what is troubling to me, that is evidenced by this trip, is the fact that the Pope is not traveling to the UK as a church leader, but rather as a head of state! Pope Benedict XVI is traveling and being received as the head of state of the country known as the Vatican. This is more proof positive of the Roman Catholic
Church being a political financial institution, far more than a spiritual one. It highlights the reality of where the Roman Catholic Church's priorities are, and what they will be moving forward.

What does a head of state seek to accomplish for his "country"? Peace, power monetary advantage and security. Deals are made, compromised given and received, all in the name of furthering the "countries" agenda. Again these are things that any head of state would be obligated to seek to achieve. So as this Pope travels in this capacity we are seeing what agenda's are for his "country". Does not sound much like a church does it?

While there are many problems with the papacy, from the theological to the practical, here is one that truly shows the church for what it really is, a political institution out for political gain, not the glory of God!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A REALLY BAD IDEA!!

The whole world is talking about the pastor of a 50 member church in Gainesville Florida. Specifically the "International Burn a Quran Day" that this pastor has announced for September 11, 2010. Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center is planning on burning many copies of the Quran on the eleventh and people are reacting all over the world. From General Petraeus to Secretary Clinton to the President's spokesmen, to Muslims around the world, everyone is reacting.

The question to be asked, in my mind. is should the pastor of a church take part in such activity? And the obvious answer is of course not! If your call is to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you have to put all that you do through that filter. and I do not see how this event passes the Gospel test. If we are called as followers of Christ to be salt and light, you have to ask where is the salt and light in these actions? The answer is they are not there, and thus this pastor should cancel the event.

The other interesting thing to note in all of this is the outcry from the Muslim community around the world. It is hard to take serious their complaints of this event creating hate and violence around the world, when that is exactly what has taken place from their community for years now. Their outrage is hard to take serious, when the reaction they have to things like cartoons being drawn is to burn down buildings! While I am against the burning of the Quran and believe it is not helpful to the Gospel proclamation, I also find the Muslim opposition to be disingenuous as best. Is that called speaking out of both sides of my mouth?

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pastor tom

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

BECK'S RALLY....DECEPTION ON DISPLAY!!

Glenn Beck had his rally this past weekend and it is the talk of the country. Some are talking about attendance, if there were a million people there or not, others are talking about the content of the event and how "spiritual" it was. Even secular liberal newspapers (redundant?) are talking about how "spiritual" it was. To be clear, I have no problem with Beck or anyone else having an event and promoting any belief system they want, as it is a freedom and right of living in this country to do so. My problem is with all of the professed believers in Jesus Christ who spoke, attended and supported this event.

Regardless of how right what was coming from the podium sounded, to be sure this event was coordinated and led by a devout Mormon! Which means that the God he speaks of is a different God than the God of the Bible, the Jesus he speaks of is a different Jesus, and the salvation a different salvation. It takes only a very casual glance at Mormon doctrine to see that they believe Jesus is not divine, but rather a brother of Satan, salvation is universal with people ending up in one of three heavenly places. And the ultimate is that as the best Mormon you can be God yourself, as they believe can really happen if all the proper steps are followed.

How is it that so many can be so deceived into supporting a Mormon led spiritual event? How is it that people can support an event where the leader believed and preaches a different gospel? Well these are the question for all of us to consider, as to be sure Glenn Beck, the Mormon is now being labeled as the "leader of the Christian movement in America". The great danger is that your children and grandchildren will hear and see how all these so called Christians are embracing Beck, and they too might embrace Beck, and his beliefs!

Trust me, the next thing you will hear is that Mormons are Christians. Glenn Beck's event this past weekend is a great example of the Biblical illiteracy and lack of wisdom in those who profess to be Christ's. Can the elect actually be deceived? We might find the answer right before our own eyes!

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pastor tom

Sunday, July 25, 2010

HAGGARD'S RETURN - SAD BUT TRUE!

It has happened, that is right Ted Haggard is back in the pulpit. He has a church once again, which means he has a pulpit once again, and that means he has a voice once again. It was a short four years ago that the once powerful Haggard was forced to resign due to his admitted use of methamphetamine with a known homosexual masseuse, along with admitted sexual activity. Haggard at the time was willing to be counseled and submit himself to a group of spiritually mature men. That lasted a short time and of course Haggard decided he did not need that group any longer and was going to pursue his own course of action.

It was obvious to anyone paying attention that this was the goal, having another church. And while his former church and counselors did not recommend this course of action, Haggard believed and believed to this day he knows better. It is sad to see how quickly a man can go from seeming repentance to the self serving attitude that led him down the path of destruction in the first place. But here we are, and the following are some quotes from "Pastor Haggard";

"Tiger Woods needs to golf. Michael Vick needs to be playing football,Ted Haggard needs to be leading a church."

"I over-repented,"

"I cuss now," he said proudly.

He likens himself to Tiger Woods and Michael Vick, he believed he "over repented", and is proud to say that he cusses now from the pulpit, using the word "Hell", but not in a context of quoting Scripture. What we have is an example of a man overly impressed with himself and way too under impressed with the pulpit of God! Haggard has no respect for Gods church, or Gods pulpit. For him it is a right not a privilege, it is owed him, and if you do not believe that just ask him and he will tell you.

The return of Ted Haggard is a sign of how weak the evangelical church in America has become. The fact that in two months he has two hundred people showing up to place themselves under his authority, is a display of frightening theological ineptness. Another example of people sacrificing Scriptural integrity at the altar of pastoral celebrity. And that is always a tragic exchange!

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Pastor Tom
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AN ELECTION REMINDER OF WHO IS IN CONTROL!

Today is an historic on for the state of Massachusetts and for the Obama Presidency. For President Obama he will be able to look back at this day and see that this was the day where health care reform, as he would want it, died. The power grab of one sixth of the economy passed away tonight, some time after nine in the evening, eastern standard time. For Massachusetts it is the day that will be looked on as the one where the consistently democratic Senate seat went Republican. A seat that for decades has had the letter D next to it went to an R and not even a visit from the President himself this past Sunday could save it. Scott Brown accomplished was no one thought possible just a few short months ago when his opponent Atty. General Martha Coakley held a lead of upwards to thirty five percent, depending upon which polls you followed. Her lead was so insurmountable that the networks and polling agencies decided not to set up for any exit polling!

But the impossible happened, and there is only one explanation and that is God! I believe God is the one who decides every election and His Word tells us that He is the one who puts leaders in their positions and He is the one who raised up one nation and tears down another. Occasionally though we have an event that reminds of the truth that God is in control of all, and this was one such event. If anyone had said a year ago that the only way the stop President Obama's power grab would be that a Republican would win Ted Kennedy's seat in a special election in the middle of January 2010, everyone would have said you are out of your mind! But this is exactly what happened. Consider the sequence of events;

Ted Kennedy passes away
The special election is set for January 19th
Martha Coakley the State Attorney General wins the Democratic primary handily over some formidable opposition
Scott Brown a State Senator from Wrentham, one of five Republicans in the Senate runs unopposed for his parties nomination
As late as September Coakley is polling thirty five points ahead of Brown

Jan 19th, Brown wins 52%-47%

Every now and then something happens that reminds us our Father is in control of all things and working all things out for His glory and the good of His people. A beautiful sunset, the birth of a child, a catastrophic earthquake, an impossible election result. All pointing to the God of the universe who through the prophet Isaiah, tells us that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, in fact the difference and contrast is as far as the heavens are above the earth. So, ours is not to try to figure Him out, but rather to in everything give thanks for this is the will of our Father in Heaven. To God be the glory!

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pastor tom

Saturday, January 16, 2010

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP THE PEOPLE OF HAITI!

The people of Haiti are in desperate need of practical help. I have been to Port Au Prince three times and it is unimaginable to me what the devastation must be like for these people. Here is a list of places recommended by ACTION Int'l where you can send support to, remembering what the Lord calls pure and undefiled religion. Helping orphans and widows, which sadly now Haiti is filled with;

1. Mission to Children
Mission to Children
P.O. Box 2217
Escondido, CA 92033-2217

Link to donate: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1242&AID=299

Canada Office

The Mission to Children
PO Box 51143
RPO Beddington
Calgary AB T3K 3V9

Link to donate: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1241&AID=441

2. Union Evangélique Baptiste d'Haïti (Evangelical Union of Baptists)
Unit 2109 - UEBH
3170 Airmans Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34946

Phone: [509] 223-9682
Email: info@uebh.org

3. Childcare Worldwide
PO Box W
Bellingham, WA 98227

Toll Free: 800.553.2328
Email: info@childcareworldwide.org

4. Missionary Flights International
3170 Airmans Drive
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
Telephone: (772) 462-2395

Email: mfi@missionaryflights.org
Link to donate: http://www.missionaryflights.org/donate-now

5. Samaritan's Purse
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607

Phone: 828-262-1980
Link to Donate: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/Haiti_Donation/

6. Compassion International
Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Toll Free: 800-336-7676,
Link to Donate: https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm?referer=105910

7. World Concern
19303 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98133

Toll Free: 800-755-5022
Phone: 206-546.7201
Email: info@worldconcern.org

Donor representative
Beth Molvik
Phone: 206-546-7201
Donate by phone: 1-866-530-5433 (LIFE)
Link to Donate: https://donate.worldconcern.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=2989

8. World Relief
7 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD, 21202
Toll Free: 800-535-5433
Phone: 443-451-1900

Email: worldrelief@wr.org
Link to Donation: https://worldrelief.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=208

9. Missions Door
2530 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80205-3142

Phone: 303-308-1818
Email: Info@MissionsDoor.org
Link to Donation: https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXDONATE

10. Child Hope International
PO BOX 3677
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Phone: 888-808-9595
Link to donate: http://www.childhope.org/help/donations/donations.html

11. Medair United States
PO Box 4476
Wheaton, IL 60189-4476
United States

Toll Free: 1-866-599-1795
Email: united.states@medair.org
Link to Donate: https://ncf.stellarfinancial.com/ex_ncF/donation.aspx?org=1


12. Food for the Hungry
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Toll Free: 1-800-248-6437
Phone: 480-998-3100
Web site: fh.org
Link to Donate: http://www.fh.org/learn/news/disaster/haiti-rocked-by-powerful-quake?promocode=WA17ED0A7

13. Haiti Christian Development Fund
Box 490127
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33349-9990

Telephone: 954-727-3681

Link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?

14. Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Avenue NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Telephone: 763-504-2919
Email: info@fmsc.org

Link to donate: https://www.fmsc.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=416&srctid=1&erid=116920

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pastor tom

Monday, January 11, 2010

PAT ROBERTSON "HEARS FROM GOD"? NOT!

It happens every year and it has happened again. I really wish it would not happen but it does and it has. What is it you ask? Pat Robertson's annual "prophetic word" for a new year. Robertson is 79 now and does not appear to be slowing down in the prediction department. For 2010, Robertson said, God gave him a more general warning of judgment for America's acceptance of abortion, gay marriage and secularism. Beyond that though, he has a more specific word for America, and it has to do with the economy. In his own words;
"We are engaged in a slow time of financial ruin," he said. "This country will be ultimately bankrupt. It's just a question of how soon. We're beginning that. That's one thing that I can say for certain that is happening. It's a dangerous thing. It's going to hurt America very badly."

So Pat Robertson has decided it is time to speak about the poor condition of the American economy? He has been given a word from God that has been known by everyone for at least two years, and this is supposed to be new, powerful and prophetic? This is the problem with people like this. They are the ones who give Christianity, and specifically Christ, a bad name. Pat Robertson and those in the same camp are the reason followers of Christ are not taken seriously and are seen as a joke. Consider this fact, Pat Robertson wants to be taken seriously as a man of God who hears from God and is called to speak to His people Yet, this "prophet" has been wrong!

Robertson claims a good record in the percentage of his predictions that come true, but there have been notable misses. He predicted that Russia would invade Israel in 1982, projected a worldwide economic collapse in 1985 and said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) would be elected president in 1996. In 2007 Robertson predicted a terrorist attack, possibly involving a nuclear weapon, but it did not come about. "All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed, and God in his mercy spared us," Robertson said in January 2008. So when Russia does not invade Israel in 1982 and a worldwide collapse does not come in 1985, and Sen Rockefeller does not become President and in 2007 there is not nuclear terrorist attack, the answer if God changed His mind? His people prayed and God did not do what He "told" Pat He was going to do?

The best thing you can do with your friends who do not know Christ is tell them the truth about Pat Robertson if they bring himup. Agree that he is nuts and is a false prophet and makes Christians look crazy. Agree with them, and then share a laugh considering what Robertson might come up with for 2011. Maybe God will tell him that people will be arguing about health care!!

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pastor tom

Saturday, January 09, 2010

YOUR VOTE COULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY! FOR REAL!

There is a special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat next week on January 19th. I call it Kennedy's seat, as for decades it was and assumed that it would always be a democratic win. The candidates for the seat are Martha Coakley the Democrat and Scott Brown the Republican. Those who run as Republicans in this state are generally looked upon as token candidates, or sacrificial lambs, but this does not seem to be the case this time around, which gives more evidence to the weakness of the Democratic party across the country. Scott Brown is within single digits of Coakley which is an astonishing fact!

The voters of Massachusetts could do something on the 19th of January that sends shock waves literally around the world, and that would be to send a Republican to replace Senator Ted Kennedy. It is not beyond the realm of possibility and some would say it is likely. So who is Scott Brown? Here are his answers to important questions alongside his opponents answers. Note the first answer is Scott Brown's and the one next to it is Martha Coakley's position.

Brown / Coakley
1. Would you support or oppose repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage
Act (DOMA) that only recognizes heterosexual marriage? OPPOSE / SUPPORT


2. Would you support or oppose a federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA),
which would repeal all state laws restricting abortion? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

3. Would you support a federal law, such as the proposed Non-
Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would override the religious freedom
protections in Massachusetts’ employment non-discrimination laws? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

4. Would you support or oppose the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
armed forces policy that prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the
military? SUPPORT / OPPOSE

5. Would you support or oppose conscience protections for health care
workers to refuse to participate in procedures that violate their religious
beliefs? SUPPORT / OPPOSE

6. Would you support or oppose federal legislation limiting the ability
of government to take private land by eminent domain for other private
development purposes? SUPPORT / NO RESPONSE

7. Would you support or oppose repeal of the federal estate tax (the so-
called “death tax”)? SUPPORT / NO RESPONSE

8. Would you support or oppose inclusion of a public option in any federal
government health care overhaul legislation? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

9. Would you support or oppose taxpayer funding of abortion? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

10. Would you support or oppose amnesty for illegal aliens? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

Without doubt there is a clear choice to be made on the 19th of January. I want to encourage you to go and vote. Remember that elections have consequences as we all are seeing and feeling from the election of Barak Obama. If you want your voice to be heard and would like to see health care not taken over by this President, then vote for Scott Brown. If you want a much more conservative voice representing your state than has been in a very long time, if ever, then vote for Scott Brown. Unlike most elections in our state, this time the voting really does matter and it is not a given that the Democrat is going to breeze into office! So please vote, and vote for Scott Brown!!

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pastor tom

Friday, January 08, 2010

EVEN HIS ENABLERS ARE CRITICAL OF THE PRESIDENT!

It has happened. I want to say finally, but I was not sure it ever would, yet here we are on a day when it has occurred. What is it you ask? The criticism of President Obama by the mainstream media! Yes, you have read that right, they are how taking him to task. The occasion is the breaking of a campaign promise to have the negotiations and dealings on the health care bill be a transparent process that would be televised on C-Span. But President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform - a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill - put on a fast track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise. Breitbart TV has eight clips that show the President promising to have the debate and negotiations on C-Span. You can see for yourself at;
http://www.breitbart.tv/the-c-span-lie-did-obama-really-promise-televised-healthcare-negotiations/

While it is not a surprise to me that the President would be behaving this way, what is a surprise is that the liberal media, (is that redundant?) are actually taking him to task. Particularly since they were so involved in getting him elected. While the President proceeds with his power move to take control of one sixth of the economy under the guise of health care concern, the media, I believe will be increasingly forced to stop drinking the kool aid. It is becoming clear on both sides of the aisle and in all parts of the nation what is happening under the cover of night, and it is not anything that is good for this country. Those media types who are in lock step with the President are having a hard time finding positives in this debacle of a Presidency. I guess even they are in the process of learning that elections really do have consequences. And the consequences of their candidate being elected and all they did to enable that are just beginning!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

OSTEEN PRAYS FOR LESBIAN MAYOR!!


Annise Parker,the newly-elected mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday. She is a lesbian and took the oath with her hand on the Bible and her lesbian partner in attendance. It is noteworthy that an openly lesbian ran for such an office and won in a city like Houston. The more noteworthy event, in my mind, was the invocation, as that was given by none other than Joel Osteen. Osteen who leads Lakewood church which has an attendance of over forty thousand, prayed for and thanked God for this mayor.

This should not surprise people, as this is the same man who on Larry King denied the gospel, saying that he was not comfortable declaring that Jesus was the only way to Heaven and any other way led to Hell. He "just did not want to say that Larry"! This is the same man who refuses to speak of such things as sin and Hell, as his is another in a long line of positive thinking heretics.

So how ought we to look at Osteen leading the invocation for the lesbian mayor? Simply as a man who denies the gospel, preaches a heretical message, being consistent in his heresy. The truly sad thing about all of this are all of those who attend his church believing he is a true pastor. The truth is that Joel Osteen is as lost as anyone could be, but far more dangerous. As with his nice smile, white teeth and easy going demeanor, he, with all of his nice stories, little quips and positive thoughts is leading people straight to Hell with another gospel. And God gives us clear direction about one who comes preaching or teaching another gospel. He tells us in Galatians chapter that the false teacher is to be accursed! And that is the place Mr. Osteen stands in the eyes of almighty God, and ought to stand in every true follower of Christ's eyes.

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pastor tom

IT IS FINALLY HERE!

We are heading in our country into a period of pronounced persecution unlike any that we have ever seen. The rest of the world has been in great tribulation continually while the west has for some providential reason been spared. It appears that Providence has decreed that our time is here, and that is good news, as God tells us in His Word that everyone who wants to live Godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. To highlight the reality of persecution heading our way, I give you the following;


The Top Ten Anti-Christian headlines for 2009 according to Christian Anti-Defamation Commission are,

10. Pro-life Pastor Reverend Walter Hoye of Oakland, CA was jailed for exercising peaceful, pro-life speech.

9. Rev. Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit in Maryville, Illinois.

8. HBO's program "Curb Your Enthusiasm" aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize.

7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama's presidential inaugural events by "Bishop" Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.

6. Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed.

5. Pro-life activist Jim Pullion was murdered in front of his granddaughter's high school for showing the truth about abortion.

4. An activist judge ordered a home school mom in New Hampshire to stop home schooling her daughter because the little girl "reflected too strongly" her mother's Christian faith.

3. The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a report entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate" that labeled conservative Christians extremists and potential terrorists.

2. President Obama's appointment of radical anti-Christians like homosexual activist Kevin Jennings as the "safe school czar;" pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Seblius made Secretary of Human and Health Services, and Chai Feldblum, pro-homosexual and anti-religious liberty judge nominated for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1. The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech. For the first time in our history ministers are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about homosexuality.

Suffer well and endure for His glory brothers and sisters, knowing that for the joy set before Him, your Savior Jesus Christ endured the cross!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

GUESS WHO IS GOING TO THE BATHROOM WITH YOUR DAUGHTER?

It has been some time since my last post, but this subject is too important to be quiet about. The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill HB1728 which has become known as the "bathroom bill". This is a bill that seeks to allow anyone with a feeling that they are of a different gender to take advantage of that genders facilities everywhere and anywhere that is not private, which in this state means everywhere but home. What this bill would do is allow men to go into ladies restrooms, locker rooms and showers, as long as they believed they were a woman trapped in a man's body. As long as they felt like a woman that day they could go into ladies areas, and the reverse would be true for women who felt like men.

The ramifications of this transgender hate crimes legislation is stunning. You would be looking at fines and imprisonment simply for speaking against this if it were to be law. Churches would be in violation if they were to preach against this, as well as individuals. The people of this state need to understand what is happening and make it clear that they will not stand for this. Any pedophile under the auspice of feeling like a woman could enter ladies facilities anywhere, legally with the full authority of the law behind them. The bill is HB1728, you need to call your representative and let them know you are against this on every level, and will hold them accountable for their position on this issue.

The tragic news is that as of now there are 104 legislators sponsoring this bill which is a majority. It is still in committee where it died in 2008 and it needs to die that same death in 2009. The question as always is what are you prepared to do about this?

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Monday, May 25, 2009

BACK FROM INDIA!

Having just returned from 12 days in India ministering to persecuted pastors from Orissa, I can only say that I am humbled to have met some of the most courageous joyful men of God who literally have lost all, but not their faith in Jesus. Some of them without a doubt will be martyrs themselves. Many of these pastors literally beat rocks all day and take the pebbles to sell for cement hoping to gain a dollar a day. They have seen things that I will not write here, but yet they sing and worship like no one I have ever seen.

These men are heroes of the faith, but they would not accept that, they would simply want to be good pastors for their people who have been scattered like they are. Theses pastors are targeted and are in danger every day. There are also pastors wives who are widows who are in need and of course orphans. Unless you go and see these men it is hard to understand, but one thing we can do here is help them financially. I will in the near future give you all opportunity to be a part of helping this situation to the glory of God. Pray for the pastors of Orissa as well as the widowed pastors wives and the orphans.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

IT IS HAPPENING!


in a telling moment, Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate "Islam Day. This is one of the most noteworthy events that has gone under the radar. Many people have no idea what happened this week and the ramifications. For a state in our country to celebrate an official Islam day is more proof that the leaders of this great nation are asleep at the wheel. Not that I expect this administration to voice any opposition to such a move. But I would think that those in the loyal opposition would at least make some noise. I understand that this is a state issue and not a federal one, but I also know that this has federal implications.

Lets face the facts, we were attacked by adherents to Islam. Lets face more facts, the tenets of Islam are clear in their instruction to kill and conquer all who do not bow to the prophet Mohammad. And even clearer facts are that those who follow the "prophet" have made it clear that Israel is the little Satan and America is the great Satan. For any state of our great union to call for an Islam day, is beyond the pale of common sense.

But it has happened and the march of Islam continues. In much the same way the homosexuals invaded the minds and institutions of our country, Islam follows suit. It is already being asked that certain parts of our country adhere to Sharia Law. Point being this is not going to stop on its own. This invasion will not stop unless or until someone stops it. How that happens is any ones guess as there does not seem to be the will or stomach for such action. So the Sharia beat goes on, hide your women and your Bibles, because here comes the followers of the "prophet"!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

WRONG GUY TO ROB! SCORE ANOTHER ONE FOR THE OLD GUYS!!


Leonard W. Cooper is sixty nine years old and works at a barber shop in Hagerstown Maryland that his pastor owns. Wednesday he was sitting in the shop reading his Bible when an intruder came in wielding a knife and demanding money. Leonard had no money and showed the thief his empty pockets. When the thief went to check the empty pockets for himself, Leonard took the opportunity to begin to wrestle the knife away. And as they fought and wrestled, Leonard realized he could not get the knife from him, so he picked the robber up and threw him through the glass front door. Leonard's comments?

"That’s the only way I could get him off me. I wish I would have thought to get his mask off. All I’m worried about is the knife. It was so fast. We were moving fast. I’m OK. God kept me through all that. God is my protector. It’s been a ... wow ... It’s been a day."

At SIXTY NINE!!! You gotta love it!!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

JOB WELL DONE MR. PRESIDENT!

It is obvious and clear to anyone who reads this blog that I disagree with President Obama about everything. I am hard pressed to think of one policy position of his that I could affirm. I say that to say today I am thrilled at how he handled the pirate hostage situation. From his silence during the ordeal which in my mind, was critical, to the orders he gave authorizing the military to use whatever force necessary, whenever they felt it necessary, our President did a masterful job.

I wish I could say the same for some conservative pundits. I was saddened to hear Sean Hannity attempt to criticize the President on his, "taking credit"for the success of the operation. First of all, I heard the Presidents remarks and found nothing in them that would concur with that critique. Secondly, the mission was a success, a resounding success, and the President would be within his rights to take some credit, as without his orders, this does not happen. I believe that those seeking to critique the President on this one, have it all wrong. If we cannot recognize and affirm a job well done, then in my opinion, our criticisms fall on deaf ear, and are without merit.

If you want to criticize the media for never giving President Bush credit for anything, and their fawning over this President, that is fair game and you could do that for years. President Bush could have cured cancer and aids, solved the financial crisis and found life on mars, and he would have received no credit from the liberal media. But criticism of the President on this event is out of line, gratuitous and small minded. What we should be saying if job well done Mr. President. Thank you for having the courage to give the right orders so that the Phillips family does not have to mourn the loss of their dad and husband!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

A GLORIOUS WEEKEND!

It is this weekend that we remember and celebrate the foundation for all that we believe and all that we are in Christ. Good Friday is where we remember and celebrate that Jesus Christ went to Calvary and died a definite atonement. That on the cross He died for all that were His from before the foundation of the world. It was not that He died and hoped people would believe, that would have been careless, random and unfitting for a King. Jesus Christ gloriously atoned for every single person that the Father had given Him, and all of those will be saved, not one of them will perish. Praise God we remember and celebrate the definite atonement of the cross.

We also remember and celebrate that the grave could not hold Him. Though He truly died on the cross, He was Sunday morning alive and walked the face of this earth for over forty days, appearing to hundreds if not thousands of people. This true, historical event separates Jesus from all who would seek His seat as King. Every other religious leader died and stayed dead. Not so with Jesus, He rose from the dead defeating death and the grave, and in the process removing the sting of death for all that are His. We who follow Christ know that to live is Christ and to die is gain, and that is due to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

These are the things that we remember and celebrate this weekend. Glorious truths that are just that, true! Praise God and worship well this Lords day.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

THREE BLIND MICE? OR DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING?



Three pieces of news that speak loudly of one great theme, the acceptance of homosexuality not only in our nation but in many churches. So here they are, the unfortunate, tragic three;

1. "The church-affiliated Texas Christian University has announced plans to allocate apartment housing on its Fort Worth campus for homosexual students and their supporters. According to a report in the city's Star-Telegram newspaper, the school plans to open a section of the Tom Brown-Pete Wright apartments for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and allies."

2. The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian parents as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities. White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate.

"The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend. Chrisler said Tuesday she expects more than 100 gay and lesbian-headed families to take part in the egg roll."

3. "On CNN's "Larry King Live" this week, as "America's Pastor" Rick Warren did a soft shoe act on his role in the same-sex marriage battle over Proposition 8 in California.

"You know, Larry, there was a story within a story that never got told," he said. "In the first place, I am not an anti-gay or anti-gay marriage activist. I never have been, never will be. During the whole Proposition 8 thing, I never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never – never once even gave an endorsement in the two years Prop 8 was going."

All three true,and sad, all three sad but true, all three accountable to almighty God who does have a huge problem with homosexuality as He does with all sin, but this sin in particular, as it strikes at the only relationship on earth that displays Christ and the Church, marriage between a man and a woman, the way God created and designed it to be. So while colleges, the President of the United States and famous pastors accept what God rejects, we must make or own choice as to whom we will serve on this day!

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

2.5 MILLION ENVELOPES, WILL THE PRESIDENT CARE?


It is being reported that the White House mail office has confirmed it received a "deluge" of as many as 2.25 million red envelopes symbolizing the empty promise of lives snuffed out in abortion in a massive campaign that was larger than most White House mailing movements in the last 35 years. So now the question becomes what will President Obama do about this? The answer, I am afraid, is nothing.

While I praise God for these and other efforts to display our disgust and angst at the murder of babies that happens every day in our country, I do not believe many understand this President and his ideology when it comes to the life of the unborn. Regardless of his nice smile and charismatic appeal, he has consistently taken the position of death for the unborn, and even death for those born! His continued voting against the infant born alive protection act, should be all any of us need to understand the man.

Any one that would vote against giving care for a baby born in a botched abortion is in a different league when it comes to life and death of children. While this should not stop people from doing all they can to let the voice of life be known, I think it would be more prudent at this point to do all you can to make sure this is a one term President! For sure he will advance the cause of death in his first term, let us hope, pray and work to see that this is the only shot he gets at the unborn!

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Friday, April 03, 2009

LIFE! STAND FOR IT!!


The Dignitas clinic, based in a Zurich apartment has assisted in over 100 deaths in Switzerland, and now they have officially arrived to where anyone with any sanity knew these places would. Yes, they are now going to "assist" in the suicide of a perfectly healthy human being who cannot stand the thought of living without their terminally ill spouse. The founder of this clinic Ludwig Minelli described suicide as a “marvellous opportunity” that should not be restricted to the terminally ill or people with severe disabilities. Here is Minelli on the idea of someone needing to be terminally ill to qualify for this procedure;

“It is not a condition to have a terminal illness. Terminal illness is a British obsession. As a human rights lawyer I am opposed to the idea of paternalism. We do not make decisions for other people. We should have a nicer attitude to suicide, saying suicide is a very good possibility to escape.”

So there you have it, suicide defined as a "very good possibility to escape". If you do not want to live without your spouse, or you are distressed over your job loss, or your favorite pet has been hit by a car, or for any reason at all you feel the need to escape, Mr Minelli is there to be sure you are able to kill yourself! This is the natural consequence and progression of the culture of death that is pervasive in so many cultures.

Once you can redefine the terms and make killing yourself more palatable, and even romantic, then you have won the argument. Suicide, once seen as a gross heinous cowardly act, is now seen as a noble, heroic and even compassionate act. And you can be sure the real victims of this debate are the young people of the world. Those who will have moments of despair where they feel they cannot go on, like most teenagers feel at some point in their young lives. It is at those moments when the ideology of sick people like Minelli will ring in their ears, and walk them to the brink of eternal disaster.

This is why there needs to be a stronger voice for life in the world today. A voice strong enough to drown out the sycophants like Minelli, Obama and others who would see death as a viable alternative from the womb to the nursing home. A voice that speaks from the Word of God that declares that life is a gift from God,precious and not to be tampered with. A voice that declares life is to be defended and fought for, exemplified by the Savior Jesus Christ who came to this earth to give what? Life, everlasting life! So my friends,in this culture of death, celebrate, defend and point people to the One who has life, is Life, and can give life eternally, the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

TRUTH CHECK FOR THE PRESIDENT, AS IF ANYONE CARES!

Not that this matters all that much, due to the incredible indifference to anything that President Obama says or does that contradicts his campaign promises, but it is worth noting anyway. You might remember the following quotes from the campaigning Obama;

"I can make a firm pledge," he said in Dover, N.H., on Sept. 12. "Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

Not any of your taxes? If you are making less than $250,000 a year, yet today there was a .61 cents tax per pack of cigarettes instituted! A Gallup survey of 75,000 people last year found that 34 percent of respondents earning $6,000 to $12,000 were smokers, and the smoking rate consistently declined among people of higher income. Only 13 percent of people earning $90,000 or more were smokers. In essence this new tax is hitting almost everyone under the $250,000 threshold! Yet you can be sure that all of those who have been hit with an amazing increase, will with eyes glazed over keep their unwavering support of this President, even as he continues to put his hand in their pocket and remove what little money they have left!

Just a few facts for those who still care about such mundane crazy things!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

THE CHARM OFFENSIVE!


It is no secret that Washington D.C. does not understand Islam. There has been committee after committee looking into and interviewing people about this subject and time and again the ignorance is shocking. I remember an author on my radio show who was an expert in Islam and she had just testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of Islam, and she asked the Senators if any of them had ever read the Koran, and of course none of them had. And this is not a problem particular to any one party, it is truly a bi-partisan problem. Well we see more evidence of the ignorance coming forth in Dennis Blair the Director of National Intelligence. In his first press conference last week he said the following concerning the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay;

"If we are to release them in the United States, you can't just sort of, as you said, put them on the street and there, but we need some sort of assistance to them to start a new life and not return to some of the conditions that may have inspired them in the first place."

That is truly amazing. He believes that we can give them some assistance that will keep them from returning to their ideology? He believes that there is some assistance that will change their desire to kill the great Satan, us? A desire they have been taught and indoctrinated in since birth! The lack of understanding here is frightening, as it clearly means that those who are manning the controls of our country now are indeed either out of touch, incompetent, or both.

Say what you want about former President Bush, but he understood the enemy. Our current President is a great speaker and a charming charismatic man, which is why someone with so little experience and qualification could gain the highest office in the land. But in spite of his charm he too will find out that it will not work with Islamists. The question is how high of a price we all will have to pay for him to learn that lesson?

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

COWARDS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE!

It has happened again. In India a 16 year old girl was dragged out of her house by her Islamic Neighbors and burned to death, while her 14 year old sister was locked in her house and listened to her sisters scream for 20 minutes. So here we have another in a long line of attacks on a young girl by hypocritical Muslims who teach and believe you can marry a girl for an hour, a nice way to legitimize having an hour with a hooker. And the world watches in cowardice. Yes there were four arrested but that is not the point. The point is this crazed Sharia Law activity is progressing throughout the world and the world sucks it thumb looking for their binky, while young women are brutally tortured.

The best example of cowardice comes from our own U.S. Senate who last year looked into the tragedy in Somalia where a 13-year-old girl, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, was stoned in front of an African crowd of 1,000 as "punishment" for being the victim of a gang rape. Aisha, (probably named after the poor 9 year old who was repeatedly molested by the "prophet" Mohammad) was raped and killed for it, and the response from the Senate? A resolution! Yeah those are real helpful! A resolution that failed to even acknowledge the "Islamic supremacist ideology" behind the attack in Somalia, a nation which now is ruled by Islamic Shariah law from border to border!

This type of cowardice rises to the level of complicity in my view. So what should the response be? From those who follow Jesus should come the Gospel to the Muslim community, but there should also be a commitment to defend life. These poor girls are no different from babies in the womb being murdered, and just as helpless. The true followers of Jesus need to act on the truth that to die is gain and be willing to see that Scripture come to reality in their own life, if necessary in defending those that cannot defend themselves. To not do so, is to our eternal shame!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

FINAL UPDATE FROM THE PHILIPPINES!

Hello to all and this will be the final update from the Philippines. Today was the Pastors conference and praise God there was an overflow crowd and they ran out of chairs. Amazingly many came back from last year’s conference. Today there were well over 100 churches represented by pastors and leaders. I spoke four sessions as follows;

Session I. Integrity with Doctrine – that the pastors must get their doctrine right and fight for it in their churches.

Session II Integrity with the Order of their churches. This was interesting as it is where I made it clear to the brothers that a woman should not be a pastor, because that is what God says, and the response was fantastic, with pastors asking questions and determining to teach their people this.

Session III Integrity when opposed. This was teaching the men to live a life that stands up against unfair accusation

Session IV Integrity in giving, This was teaching the pastors what to teach their people about giving.

After each session there was a robust question and answer session. Many pastors came up to me asking me what to do in certain situations in their churches. The great news is that I am confident that there are over 100 churches here whose pastors are encouraged and determined to preach right doctrine and to have Gods order in their churches. This is all very humbling to me that God would use me and my family this way. Me by being able to go and my family willing to sacrifice and see me go.

Praise God the leader of the group that invited me asked the pastors who would come back if we did a part 3 to this subject and I believe every pastor said they would come back. So they have asked me to return to do a three-day conference here and out in the provinces where not many people are willing to go and speak to pastors.

Thank you all for your support and prayers, I am really looking forward to getting home to my family.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

update #4 from the Philippines-A divine Appointment!

Today I was with Adam Hussey and we were to go to his youth group, which is about one hour outside of Manila. After going with him to the mall where he received a much-needed haircut we began looking for a cab. Due to my back I need a taxi instead of the other transportation available to travel that far out, as the drivers in Manila do not go out to Antipolo where we had to go. The first driver we asked, Sonny, said yes he would take us.

During the drive he tells us he too is born again, which we praised God for, but it was also clear he was not where he had been when he lived in Canada, where he had just gotten back from. He is a Philippino who had to come back due to health concerns. Well we asked him to stay with us when we got out to where we were going, as it would be impossible for us to get a taxi and I also sensed the need for him to hear the Word of God.

The youth service was wonderful. There were about 25 youth there and they put on a skit for us that brought tears to my eyes. Adam is doing a great work out there and he is seen by them as their youth pastor, they all love him. But I noticed during the singing that our driver Sonny was singing with his eyes closed worshipping.

On the drive home we made small talk and then dropped Adam off, and Sonny and I had another few miles to go. About three to five minutes after we dropped Adam off, Sonny began to weep and confess to me that he was struggling with sin. He confessed that he was no longer active in church like he had been for the two years in Canada. When we got to the Shell station where he was to drop me off. We talked some more, he cried some more; he confessed some more, we prayed some more. He was praising God when I left him and we agreed that we would again see each other in Heaven. I know for sure that Sonny is one reason the Lord brought me here. Pray for him as he battles his flesh and desires to again walk rightly with the Lord!

For His Glory,
Pastor Tom

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Friday, March 20, 2009

PHILIPPINES UPDATE # 3 , TODAY I MET TWO HEROES OF THE FAITH!

Hello to all from the Philippines. This is my third update and one of a different sort. I am staying at the Martin Burnham New Tribes Mission guest house in Manila. Martin is the missionary who was killed during a rescue attempt for him and his wife as they had been held captive by the Abu-Sayef terrorist group that is very active here in the Philippines. His wife Gracia has a foundation with a website worth visiting at http://www.graciaburnham.org/index.asp. Their story is inspiring to say the least.

At this mission guest house are missionaries from New Tribes and other places, but primarily New Tribes. When I got back tonight I ran into a couple staying here, Lance and Laura Ostman. The are missionaries to the Higaunon tribal people on the island of Mindanao, a heavily Muslim area and very dangerous. As it is with New Tribes they went to this tribe that had never seen white people in 1983! Here are some quotes from the people they went to reach;

"Only one person has ever been said to make it to heaven without dying, but he was sent back because he complained that there was no work for him to do there. In many ways, we fear the tee-noo-mah-nun because of what the spirits tell us we have to do, like having to sacrifice our seven year old children to them and going without food for long periods of time. They would have us go on long pilgrimages through the forest in search for a promised pathway to heaven. Many of our ancestors have died during the tee-noo-mah-nun, but we have no other hope."

"We are really scared of sickness because we have so much of it. We do not name our children until they are about 2 years old because we know that they will have constant sickness and be likely to die before that age. Sometimes, in order to obey the taboos, we have to bury our children at birth.

For instance if a baby has its umbilical cord wrapped around its neck at birth, that is a bad omen and the baby must be buried. We have to crush up some ginger root and stuff it down the babies throat and then place it in a shallow grave under the house. We don't like doing this because many times we hear the baby screaming from under the ground for a long time.

"We also have to worship and obey our ancestral spirits because they control every part of our lives."

This was the state of these people when the Ostmans went to them. The reason I write of them is tonight I found out that the completed translation of the New Testament will be finished in the language of these people who when they went there had no language. After 26 years the translation work by the Ostmans and others is finished, and praise God they have 800 people in the village who have requested copies. Twenty six years spent developing a language, learning it, teaching it and translating the complete New Testament. The Ostmans are taking a one week vacation next week, and then they will be seeking where God wants them to go next. Amazing, humbling, inspiring! That is twenty six years well spent in service to the Lord, the fruit of which will be the Word of God to be used for generations until the Lord comes. This should make us all take a look at how we are spending our lives for the Lord!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

UPDATE # 2 FROM THE PHILIPPINES

Hello again from the Philippines. Well the ACTION conference is over. I spoke 5 times over 4 days, and God moved mightily. This was a conference for the missionaries from ACTION that are working here in the Philippines. I had many comments about how much this meant to people. It seemed that Gods timing for this was perfect for many which should not surprise us. I also spend much time counseling with the missionaries, who as one put it, “had not been able to speak to a pastor for two years!” So there was counseling covering a variety of issues that the Lord allowed me to minister to these dear brothers and sisters.

Next will be visiting and speaking to various ministries, a pastors meeting on Friday, a pastoral meeting that afternoon, a youth meeting on Saturday, with Adam Hussey, then speaking at Higher Rock Church on Sunday, this is a great reformed church of about 300-350, then the CGM Pastors conference on Monday, and I am told again the sign up looks great, last year we were over capacity and had over 200 pastors. Tuesday will be with a missionary in the squatter area, the poorest of the poor, then a visit to a factory that one of our missionaries oversees as a way to provide employment to the locals, and then Wed. it will be flying home.

Please be in prayer for us as my next trip will be in May to will be to speak to 40 pastors who live in the much-persecuted area of Orissa. Also as always pray for our financial support, this month has not been great as far as giving, but we know the Lord is in control. To support us see the information below.

Thanks again for all the prayers and financial support.

For His Glory,
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Friday, March 13, 2009

DISGUSTED IN MANILA!

All right, I know I was going to try to stick with updates from the Philippines, and I will get back to that soon, although I am unsure of my web access after today for a while. But I could not ignore what I have discovered when it comes to the latest homosexual advance on the children of our culture. It seems that you can go to an online site, shockwave.com and play a free trial online version of the game of Life. Many of you will remember that game where you had the car and family and traveled across the hills of the board to get to the end. Well in the new online version when you pick your person to be in the game, you have the choice of spouses that includes a same sex spouse. So young children playing the game will get the message that it is OK to have a same sex spouse. And the game will even add children to that relationship. One parent whose six year old child discovered this perversion comments;


"You know how kids are. My daughter noticed right away (even before I did) and clicked on one of the girls instead of one of the men and then asked, 'Mom, how come I can marry a woman?' And then that led into a lot more questions that, quite frankly, I was not ready to talk to my 6-year-old about."

I am sure the homosexual activists are popping open champagne bottles when they hear stories like this. Another six year old has been exposed to homosexual relationships being normal. And what safer more effective venue than a game? It is a disgusting reality of the times we live in that young children are being targeted by these depraved individuals. And it is more disgusting that the church is such a coward when it comes to this war. Yes it is a war for the souls of children and the church is in the corner sucking its thumb not wanting to offend anyone. In the meantime child after child is left to consider if they too might be homosexual. God in His sovereignty has placed us in this moment of history, and I believe we will all be called to give an account of what we did during this time. And I do not think saying, " I did not offend anyone" will be the answer the Lord is looking for!

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