Engaging Your World

Friday, June 30, 2006

ELVIS!

If you were to take the Prime Minister of Japan to just one place in America that he really wanted to go, where would you take him? Well President Bush knew that the place the PM wanted to go more than any other was Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. So Air Force One took off with Elvis movies on the screens and fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches being served. Press Secretary Tony Snow showed up with his Elvis glasses, and all was well with the world. The PM of Japan is such a fan of Elvis that he actually has a CD where he imitates the "King of Rock and Roll".

It really is an amazing reach that Elvis had and still has. I must confess to liking Elvis, a confession not many will make, as being an Elvis fan is like being a professional wrestling fan, there are millions but not many will admit to it. But there is a tragedy in all of this. The tragedy is that a man died a drug addict at 42 unwilling to fight the battle to live. In spite of that he is still revered and adored by millions, even the Prime Minister of Japan. The greatest tragedy of all is that Elvis was raised in the faith. He was raised in churches that preached the Word of God. He knew what it mean to be born again, and he turned from all of that and delved into all types of other worship. The bigger question to be asked on this day of the PM of Japans visit to Graceland is, how is it that a man who was brought up in the faith could fall so very far away and ultimately die, a drug addict laying in his own vomit? The answer to that question is one we all need to pay attention to!

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pastor tom

Thursday, June 29, 2006

IT HAPPENED AGAIN!

Well it happened again, another parent forgot their child was in the car, the result being a dead child! In Grand Forks North Dakota a mom showed up at her 5 month olds daycare to pick her child up. She was told that her child was never dropped off and then the mother amazingly realized she had forgot to drop her child off, which meant the child spent all day in her car seat and died from the heat. The temperature that day was 79 degrees which means that inside the car reached 100. I cannot imagine the grief this mother is dealing with and would ask all to pray for her.

But there is another message here for us, as this is not the first time this type of thing had happened and it seems to be more of a frequent occurrence. I believe this is the result of a society going too fast. We are moving too fast, going from one place to another trying to keep pace with the lifestyle we have committed ourselves to. How is it that parents are forgetting children in the cars they have placed them in? I don't believe it is malice or evil intent. It is a society going at warp speed and people with too much on their minds, too much to do and the kids suffer as a result. It is not only young children dying in cars, but this is also seen in the number of latch-key children who have to raise themselves because mom and dad are trying to maintain a certain lifestyle. These tragedies should be a call for all parents to slow down and take care of the first responsibility they have been given by God, their children!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

TREASON!!!

Another great day at the radio show as I had Ann Coulter on for the full hour. A great job by my producer Melissa. It was interesting when I brought up what the New York Times had done and said that I believed it was treason, that Ann agreed and with some surprise in her voice. She is not hearing that from many people and I have to wonder why. For those of you that do not know, the New York Times ran a story exposing our governments strategy for tracking the finances of suspected terrorists in this war on terror. The strategy is legal, congress knows about it and it has been effective. The only thing that would be accomplished by the Times running the story would be to reveal to our enemies the covert operations used against them. The administration along with even Democrats from the 911 commission asked the Times not to run the story, but to no ones surprise they ran it.

This is treason, it is aiding the enemy in a time of war and the Times should be prosecuted for just that crime. I believe the President should come out even stronger than he has and call for investigation and ultimately prosecution. The New York Times is not a journalistic newspaper, it is a tool of the enemy. They are no different than Al-Jeezeera in their assisting the terrorists. It is incredible to me that their hatred of President Bush could lead them to such heinous decisions that ultimately could lead to Americans and other coalition forces losing their lives. The Times should be ashamed of themselves, they should be prosecuted for the crimes of treason and everyone should cease from purchasing their paper, unless it is to wrap fish in!

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pastor tom

ps. thanks for the interview Ann, it was fun!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

JESUS AT A PORN CONVENTION?

This past weekend there was the annual erotica convention in Los Angeles California. An incredible cess pool of products, events and people promoting the tragic pornographic industry. At this same event, in fact having a booth in the exhibit area was Pastor Craig Gross who runs an anti-pornography ministry. He was handing out Bibles with covers that said, "Jesus love porn stars". He believes that Jesus would attend these conventions, from the wires;

"I believe Jesus, he'd be in the show with us," Gross said. "He'd be mixing it up with these people. 'Cause he doesn't look at them as porn stars, or porn producers. He looks at us as all the same."

I appreciate this brothers desire to see people come to the Lord. I think it is an admirable zeal but I also wonder if it is misplaced. While I agree that Jesus would speak to prostitutes and people in the porn industry, I do not believe He would attend a porn convention, or condone having a booth there. I also do not believe that a Bible with the title Jesus loves porn stars is a good idea. I believe that this pastor is an example of an evangelical church that is culture driven and not driven by the Word of God. We are instructed to flee from such things as porn conventions not give our money to them to have a booth with the hope someone will be saved.

God is the one who saves and His call to us is to go into all the world with the gospel, but that does not mean exposing ourselves to celebrations of sin. I have to wonder and pray for this pastor as it occurs to me that he is at great risk playing with fire in this "ministry". With his theory there is nothing wrong with going into a strip bar to hand out tracks. Our job is to be salt, living for the glory of God, so that the world will see us and be thirsty for what we have. Whether we eat or drink whatsoever we do is to be for the glory of God. But does that mean this? So again, I admire his zeal, but believe it is misplaced and feel he is in need of our prayers for protection.

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pastor tom

Monday, June 26, 2006

THE 9 MARKS!

It is rare when I blog after the radio show , but today is one of those days and I am glad that is the case. I had Mark Dever on the show today. Mark is the Senior Pastor of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. and the Executive Director of the Nine Marks Ministries, along with being an author and conference speaker. What impresses me about Mark is his passion for God that is shown in his devotion to pastoring the local church, particularly in the area of preaching the Word of God. In our day and age where the evangelical church is little more than a reflection of the culture, Mark is a breath of fresh air.

The nine marks that he feels are critical for the church are as follows;

1. Expositional Preaching
2. Biblical Theology
3. Biblical Understanding of the Good News
4. Biblical Understanding of Conversion
5. Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
6. Biblical Understanding of Membership
7. Biblical Church Discipline
8. Promotion of Christian Discipleship and Growth
9. Biblical Understanding of Leadership


I am not going to explain each of those, but I want to encourage you to check out the website which is www.9marks.org. These are the types of men and this is the type of teaching that the evangelical church is in desperate need of!

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pastor tom

Saturday, June 24, 2006

IN GOD WE TRUST!

Today I give you a rare Saturday post, as my schedule has been such as to make it difficult to keep on track with the day to day blogging. But I am determined to get back on track! There is a great story coming out of Florida this week. Andrew Killinger and Samual Ard, are fourth-graders at Maclay School in Tallahassee. They were working on a project on the Florida state motto, "In God We Trust". The problem was they couldn't find the motto in the laws. So they spoke to their parents who contacted a local legislator and started the process of getting it adopted. In God We Trust, has been used in Florida by custom since the mid to late 1800's, but it had never been adopted as the official state motto. Governor Jeb Bush said. "Thanks to their efforts . . . we will sign this bill into law".

And so this is now the official state motto of Florida. Surprisingly it passed overwhelming in the state legislature and there was no great outcry from those whom you would suspect. It goes to show you that you are never too young to make a difference. And maybe, just maybe, the lack of public outcry against the motto, and the ease of passage through government is an indication that all is not lost in our great country yet. You can only pray that it is so!

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pastor tom

Thursday, June 22, 2006

WE SALUTE YOU!

Today we have the opportunity to salute someone for living out the courage of their convictions. Thriftway stores is going to be boycotted for at least a month if the liberal activists have their way. They are upset that the two stores will not carry the morning after pill, so they are trying to hurt the stores in their wallet. Boycott or not "that won't change the policy," co-owner Kevin Stormans said. He is committed to not selling the morning after pill due to his and others convictions that life begins at conception and the morning after pill is nothing more than an abortion pill. The usual suspects are protesting this stand by the store which is no surprise to anyone who pays attention to these issues. The local chapter of the National Organization for Women is supporting the planned boycott. "I think we will see hundreds of people and have quite an impact," said Linda Malanchuk-Finnan, the chapter's president.

The great thing about is that the owners of the stores do not care about the boycott. They are not concerned about losing money or customers, a refreshing ideal in our day and age. They are living their lives and conducting their businesses based on the principles they live by and not by the love of money or what is politically correct. So we salute Thriftway stores and their owners. If you live in the Olympia Washington area stop by and support their stores. It would be a great message if their business actually increased over this issue. I only wish I lived close enough to give them my business!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A MEANINGLESS AMENDMENT?

Michael and Joy Wheeler are going to get a new trial, the date is August 11 and they will be represented by the Alliance Defense Fund. They had wanted a mis-trial but they got a new trial date instead. What did they do you ask? Well they spent a night in jail Nov. 7 after being arrested at the Kansas City Area Transit Authority's Transit Plaza on the corner of 10th and Main streets on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing. They were witnessing to people about Jesus Christ and praying, on public property. When they were told they had to leave, they did not seeing as it was public property and they believed in the First Amendment, and so they were arrested! For those that are not familiar with the First Amendment here it is;

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, went into effect on Dec. 15, 1791. Here are some worthwhile quotes to ponder;

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

“The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.” — Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson

“First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.”—Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

“Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Now go back, read the first paragraph and pray for Gods mercy on this country!

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pastor tom

Monday, June 19, 2006

SAFE SEX?

Here is a revealing statement from the wires;

" A LEADING doctor sparked controversy last night after claiming teenage girls who get pregnant "behind the bike sheds" are only obeying nature's law and should not be condemned out of hand."

That comes from Dr Laurence Shaw, deputy medical director of the Bridge Centre fertility clinic in London. He reveals what many actually think but are not willing to say and that is that most people do not have a problem with young people having sex. The prevailing attitude is that it is normal and in fact it is a badge of honor for the young boys who are involved in the activity. When you remove God from this or any equation you come to such ignorant conclusions. This man, at the top of his profession believes that teenage girls have no choice, in fact they are bound to have sex early on, as it is a natural part of the evolution process.

In his statements he removes responsibility from the equation, freeing up young people to have blameless sex. What he cannot remove is the consequence of such actions,and this is where God reigns, whether people admit it or not. Teenage pregnancy, STD's and other consequences are Gods reminder to us that we are not without responsibility in our actions, and are first responsibility is to the God who created us.

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pastor tom

Friday, June 16, 2006

DR. MOHLER VS GOLIATH!

Last night on Larry King there was a panel discussion concerning homosexuality and the church. All the usual suspects were there, the catholic priest, the lesbian woman pastor, the homosexual bishop of the Episcopalian church, a homosexual Time reporter and holding up the other side was Dr. Albert Mohler. There was another Episcopal priest who was said to have been conservative, but he quickly showed a lack of Biblical clarity on these issues. In essence it was Dr. Mohler against the rest of the panel. A couple of things stand out from watching this show last night;

1. Experience trumps Scripture. Those who promoted the acceptance of homosexuality in the church were all claiming that they knew it was fine with God experientially. Anytime you raise something to equal value with Scripture you have made it divine in your way of thinking, always a dangerous road to go down.

2. Homosexuality is more and more seen as progressive and honorable. As I listened last night I was struck at how "elite" it seemed to be in a position of embracing homosexuality.

3. There is a void to be filled by people who have scriptural clarity. Dr. Mohler did a fantastic job, as usual, but there are less and less of these guys around. As they die off in the next twenty to thirty years who will take their place? The homosexual movement, like Al Qaida, will continue to fill the open slots that are created by loss. Will there be people to take Dr. Mohler's, Dr. Piper's, Dr. Macarthur's spots when they are called home?

Like it or not this is the battle of our day and will be for generations. We are His ambassadors called to fight in this war that has as its bounty the hearts, minds, and souls of our young people!

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pastor tom

Thursday, June 15, 2006

PULL THEM OUT OR LEAVE THEM IN?

Sorry for the miss yesterday, I have a sinus infection and had to go to the docs etc...Enough of the whining, the largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention is meeting this week. In the past they have discussed presenting an exit strategy from the public school system, but at this years convention the following is being reported from the wires;

"Instead of putting the exit strategy before delegates to the SBC's annual meeting, the denomination's resolutions committee called on members to "engage the culture of our public school systems" by exerting "godly influence," including standing for election to local school boards."

A sensible statement which encouraged people to be involved. I have said for a while now that one of the greatest mission fields is the public school system. I believe that this a fertile field of ministry which believers young and old should prayerfully consider entering. While I would have a hard time subjecting my child to the public (government) school system, I would be proud to have any of my children teaching, counseling, and administering in that arena. While I like the Southern Baptist statement I would have preferred a both-and approach. Meaning a statement encouraging the removal of children from the government school system and a statement encouraging adults to be involved at all levels. I believe there would have been a tremendous wake up call if millions of children were pulled from the government school system.

Although, given the state of honoring criminal immigrants, those spots would probably have been filled in a week or two!

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pastor tom

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

SUPERMAN!

Ben Roethlisberger sadly,yesterday was in a motorcycle accident that left him in serious condition. After many hours of surgery it looks as if Ben will be fine, as far as every day life, but playing quarterback again for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the jury is still out on that. The tragic thing about the accident is that Ben was not wearing a helmet. Athough he had been spoken to last year about the need for a helmet, due to the law not requiring one in Pennsylvania, Ben said he did not need to wear one, and would, "be careful".

I want to suggest another reason for Ben not wearing a helmet, feeling invincible! At his age, early twenties, the starting quarterback for the Super Bowl Champion, Ben felt as if nothing could happen to him. Sadly many people live their lives day by day with the same attitude. Ignoring the real possibility that today could be the day they leave this earth. Or today could be the day when some life changing event is going to happen. This is why Gods Word instructs us to redeem the time. Use the time He allows us on this earth for His glory. There are basic things we should do each day, like wear helmets when we ride motorcycles. These are the
no-brainers that should be a given. This tragic accident should be a reminder to each of us that we are not invincible and are only a breath away from eternity.

I believe Ben is a believer in Christ, so pray for his recovery, and that God would be most glorified through this event. Pray that it would be another example of what the world looks at as a tragedy He uses for our good and His glory!

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pastor tom

Monday, June 12, 2006

CAN YOU SAY CHEESESTEAK?

Joseph Vento 66, own Ginos Steaks in Philadelphia, Geno’s has posted small signs telling customers, “This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’” This is the same restaurant that has "freedom fries" in protest of France and their opposition to the Iraq war. Vento believes it is important for people to speak English since this is the langauge of the country. From the wires;

"Owner Joseph Vento, 66, whose grandparents struggled to learn English after immigrating from Sicily in the 1920s, said he posted the sign about six months ago amid concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of customers who could not order in English when they wanted Philly’s gooey, greasy specialty — fried steak, sliced or chopped, in a long roll, with cheese and fried onions.

“They don’t know how lucky they are. All we’re asking them to do is learn the English language,” said Vento. “We’re out to help these people, but they’ve got to help themselves, too.”

What a novel concept, have people learn the language of the country they claim to a part of! Well, as you can imagine, city officials and others are gearing up to protest and enact something against Genos if they can. They are all up in arms over this being "divisive and hurtful". I say good for Genos and it is a shame there are not more business owners out there willing to stand by the courage of their convictions!

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pastor tom

Friday, June 09, 2006

PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF!

I write this today as one who is conscious of being a sinner, in fact the chief of sinners. I start with this because I need to take to task a well known leader in the evangelical world. A man whose books have sold well. A man whose "Every Man" series has been applauded by many men as a tremendous help in the area of lust and sexuality. The man is Stephen Arteburn who is known for his work with men in the area of lust. What I did not know until today is that Mr. Arteburn is on his third marriage! That is correct, and his third wife is young enough to be his daughter. He has been married to her for nine months, after divorcing his wife of twenty years in what he describes as a "very difficult marriage". I found out this information in reading Dr. Albert Mohler's daily blog where he references a quote form a GQ magazine article from April, where Mr. Arteburn is interviewed. Here is the quote from the GQ author Walter Kirn about his encounter with Arteburn:

"As my meeting with Arterburn is winding down, I notice a photo on a desk of a fresh-faced blond knockout I take to be his daughter. He corrects this impression: She's his third wife, Misty. She's in her early thirties, he informs me; he met her a few years back at one of his seminars, they corresponded through e-mail for a while, and he's been married to her for nine months. She's also pregnant with their first child.
"Way to go, dude!" I want to tell him, profoundly impressed by this preacher of chaste thinking who's also managed to land what seems to be a veritable harem's worth of luscious ladies"

Arteburn in an article after his divorce wrote of having to step off the pedestal and walk through this, and here is a quote from that article;

"Embracing the divorce and walking right into it meant I was truly stepping off any kind of pedestal I'd crafted for myself, and connecting with people in a more authentic and personal way."

And there it is , the emergent magic word, "authentic". As long as it helps him be more "authentic" well then it is acceptable. What a mockery of God and His design of the covenant of marriage. The very sad part about all of this is the fact that this mans books still sell, and he is still accepted in the mainstream of the evangelical world. And the message to the world as seen in the author of the GQ article is that Christianity is a joke. It is a way for predators to steal and have their way with women. May God have mercy on us all!

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pastor tom

Thursday, June 08, 2006

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

Tim Bono is a film and video lab owner. He owns Bono Film and Video Inc. in Arlington Virginia. He was approached by a prospective customer by email to reproduce videos entitled "Gay and Proud" and "Second Largest Minority." These were works promoting the homosexual and lesbian lifestyle. Mr. Bono refused the work on the grounds that it offended him as a Christian and he would not involve himself in work that would violate his faith. You would think as a business owner he would have the right to decide who he would and would not accept business from, but then again remember this is America, where the politically correct reign.

It should not surprise you that he has been reported by the prospective customer and has been ordered by the Arlington Human Rights Commission to do the work for free or find another company to do the work for the customer, again at his expense. Thankfully he has filed a lawsuit to fight these absurd requirements. But this is another indication of just how far from decency and freedom we have fallen. Why should this business owner have to involve himself in business he does not want? Particularly business that will involve him in producing very disturbing images. But we are on a very fast free fall from a free society to a police state where big brother decides what we can and cannot do. It is also a reminder of the progressive nature of persecution against believers in Christ.

Do you think for a moment that if this business owner were Muslim that anyone would treat him this way? Of course not, and that is the double standard that exists in the increasingly politically correct, corrupt, socialist state once known as America!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

JESUS = PG?

I give you this quote from the Motion Picture Association of America;

"The theme of a PG-rated film may itself call for parental guidance," states the online explanation of the rating system. "There may be some profanity in these films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. ... The PG rating, suggesting parental guidance, is thus an alert for examination of a film by parents before deciding on its viewing by their children. Obviously such a line is difficult to draw."

This is how they determine what movie should get a PG rating. Basically they will put PG on anything that they believe parents need to be warned of , based on the content. Well amazingly this board of "experts" has placed a PG on a movie called "Facing the Giants". This is a low budget movie put out by a some evangelicals. It is a movie that has no violence, or foul language or nudity. In fact when it received a PG rating the producers were dumbfounded. The reason given for the PG rating was;

"the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions. It's important that they used the word 'proselytizing' when they talked about giving this movie a PG. ..."

Yes there is a scene in the movie where receiving Christ as Savior is spoken about and even advocated, and that my friends has now become PG behavior in our society. Think about it, Jesus is now PG in our society. A movie with certain G content is bumped to PG because of its references to Jesus! This is the upside down society we live in. Movies that should be R rated or worse are given PG and PG13 ratings, exposing kids to language and nudity, and a G movie is bumped to PG because of Jesus. What this means is that certain persecution for the church in America is on the way, and praise God for it!

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pastor tom

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

666? HOW ABOUT JUNE 6TH?

Today is June 6th, 2006 and here is the tragedy of today, what people are focused on. Everywhere I look I am seeing something on 666. People worried about what will happen today, churches praying "through" the day. All of this displays a terrible understanding of biblical truth, as well as our calendar. And frankly, it is another indication of how historically illiterate we have become. June 6th is an incredible day in the history of not only our country, but the world. It is the day of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, from the encyclopedia we read of a day;

" with the simultaneous landing of U.S., British, and Canadian forces on five separate beachheads in Normandy, France. By the end of August 1944 all of northern France was liberated, and the invading forces reorganized for the drive into Germany, where they would eventually meet with Soviet forces advancing from the east to bring an end to the Nazi Reich."

Sixty two years ago today, brave soldiers followed orders, many of them to a certain death, but all of them had a part in changing the course of the world. Can you imagine this world had there not been a D-Day? Can you imagine this world if Hitler had succeeded and conquered it? Today is wasted with talk about 666, when it should be about the brave soldiers who gave their all at Normandy! May God bless those who are still with us and the families of those who have departed. And to all of them we say thank you for your courageous, heroic service!

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pastor tom

Monday, June 05, 2006

COME ON MR PRESIDENT!

The Senate is discussing a marriage amendment bill. This is something the President is now touting as well. Excuse my cynicism but I do not buy any of this. First of all, this bill has no chance of coming out of the Senate. The Senate knows that and more importantly the President knows that as well. So why would the President look to begin the discussion of marriage at this time, knowing it is destined to fail? Politics is the answer. It is purely a political move on the Presidents part. He knows there will not be a marriage amendment, but he also knows that this discussion plays to his political base. He knows that the conservatives will agree with him and even stand with him here.

I would be someone who would be considered his political base, and I am not buying it. I do not believe the President cares about a marriage amendment. If he did there would have been a constant drumbeat for one, like we have heard from him on other issues that he really cares about, like making the tax cuts permanent. As a supporter of the President I am disappointed with his transparent effort to pander to a base that for the most part left him a long time ago. I would much rather that he would have fought the battle all along for a marriage amendment, and then even if he lost I would believe he was sincere in his beliefs. I personally believe the President probably believes marriage is for one man and one woman. I just cannot but this weeks latest act in the political drama that is his trying to win back his base!

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pastor tom

COME ON MR PRESIDENT!

The Senate is discussing a marriage amendment bill. This is something the President is now touting as well. Excuse my cynicism but I do not buy any of this. First of all, this bill has no chance of coming out of the Senate. The Senate knows that and more importantly the President knows that as well. So why would the President look to begin the discussion of marriage at this time, knowing it is destined to fail? Politics is the answer. It is purely a political move on the Presidents part. He knows there will not be a marriage amendment, but he also knows that this discussion plays to his political base. He knows that the conservatives will agree with him and even stand with him here.

I would be someone who would be considered his political base, and I am not buying it. I do not believe the President cares about a marriage amendment. If he did there would have been a constant drumbeat for one, like we have heard from him on other issues that he really cares about, like making the tax cuts permanent. As a supporter of the President I am disappointed with his transparent effort to pander to a base that for the most part left him a long time ago. I would much rather that he would have fought the battle all along for a marriage amendment, and then even if he lost I would believe he was sincere in his beliefs. I personally believe the President probably believes marriage is for one man and one woman. I just cannot but this weeks latest act in the political drama that is his trying to win back his base!

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pastor tom

Friday, June 02, 2006

MORE TREATMENT!

So it has been a couple of days since the last blog. It seems that life is interfering more and more with the blog time. Hopefully there will not be another bump in the road for a while. Here is some interesting news, in Amsterdam they are opening up a Game Addict Center. Smith and Jones Consultancy Center is adding gaming to their list of addictions that they deal with.

"There were 15-year-olds being brought to us who were showing the same behavior as 50-year-old gambling addicts," Keith Bakker, director of the consultancy, told the BBC. Bakker said the majority of game addicts fit the same profile--socially isolated adolescent males who "want to escape reality."

This is the sad reality, that people young and old are wasting their lives in a fantasy world. What would drive someone to that is anyone's guess. It is what will get them out that interests me. And the way out of the gaming addiction as with any addiction is through the Lord Jesus Christ. What these gaming addicts do not yet realize is that the greatest, most fulfilling life that can be lived is through Christ. It is walking with the Savior that gives satisfaction and brings excitement and true joy! So this treatment center is a reminder to all of us of how empty life without Christ truly is, and by way of contrast, how awesome and full life with Jesus
can be!

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pastor tom