Engaging Your World

Thursday, November 30, 2006

ARE SWISS CAKE ROLLS NEXT?


Something is about to happen in New York City that will be landmark and in this bloggers opinion extremely detrimental to our way of life. The Board of Health is on the verge of banning trans fats, despite protests from much of the restaurant industry. To be sure trans fats are bad for you, and they also make food taste good, an interesting dilemma. The problem is not the desire for people to be healthy, but rather the government becoming Big Brother. Sure, you could make a case for trans fats being unhealthy, but is that what we want our government to do? Is that the role they should have, making sure we eat right? This is an incredible intrusion into the lives of people. If someone wants to eat transfat, let them have at it.

Where does this stop? Smokers have quickly become the lepers of society. There is talk of defining someone smoking near a child, child abuse! Now I am not a smoker, nor a fan of smoking but are we not the land of the free? Do we not have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Government has become an intrusive, abusive monster that is walking the road to fascism. If people want to eat trans fat that is their choice, and if restaurants want to cook with or without it, that also should be at their discretion. We are quickly losing the most basic of freedoms in our country. If you question that, try to do some remodeling of your home, and see all of the hoops you must jump through to get "approval". Try to cut down some of the trees on the land you "own".

What has happened is that the government has decided they know best for you. From eating to putting up a new room in your house. The government permeates the raising of your children, from the government indoctrination camps called public schools to the normalizing of homosexual marriage through their laws! So if you like your food cooked with trans fat, you better eat quick as the food Gestapo is coming to get you. Before you know it will be a choice of tofu, bean sprouts, or vegetarian burgers. There will be a national underground to smuggle in the chips, burgers and Swiss Cake Rolls. Some of us may even be shot running with boxes of Swiss Cake Rolls in our hands.
Come quickly Lord Jesus!!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NOW THE EVIL MR. WARREN IS IN BED WITH THE EVIL OBAMA!!!



Here I go defending Rick Warren again! To be clear I am not a fan of the whole Purpose Driven Movement and I believe it is a shame that churches will put big banners advertising a mans book that have never had any banner advertising the Word of God. But to be fair Rick Warren again appears to be taking unfair hits from friendly fire, ie, those within the camp. Many pro-life and conservative Christian groups are criticizing Warren for inviting Barak Obama, the Senator from Illinois, to speak at the Saddleback church. Warren is hosting a global summit on AIDS and Obama is one of the invited speakers. The argument is put forth that Warren is effecting his pro-life stance in inviting Obama, who is clearly pro-abortion. The problems with the argument, in my opinion are;
1. They are misleading. To read the criticisms you would believe that the conference is all about highlighting Obama. You would also believe he is speaking during a Sunday morning church service. The reality is that this is not the case, as I will highlight at the end of this blog. Obama is one of a number of speakers all there to speak on the AIDS epidemic.
2. Do not hold water. Warren inviting Obama to come and speak on AIDS has nothing to do with his changing his pro-life position. Warren is clearly pro-life and as a part of that is concerned with those who are living and riddled with AIDS. To me that is very pro-life. Now if you want to make the case that Obama is inconsistent in being pro-abortion and concerned with AIDS, that might be a different discussion but to make the connection to Warren and his pro-life stance changing is weak at best.
3. Context of the meeting. If Warren were holding a national summit of Planned Parenthood leaders then go to town on him, and I will lead the charge. The context of the meeting is AIDS, and apparently Senator Obama has something to offer in that regard. Would it be wrong to invite the leading physicist to an international meeting on Creation, if he were also pro-choice?

I just find it distasteful the way Warren has been vilified in the press and the blogs for trying to do something worthwhile on such a critical issue to humanity as AIDS. So for clarification for those who believe Obama being invited is some heinous thing to do, here is the roster of speakers for the summit;

Bill and Melinda Gates
The Gates Foundation
Bono
The ONE Campaign
Senator Bill Frist
United States senator, Tennessee

INTERNATIONAL HEALTHCARE LEADERS:
Robert Redfield, M.D.
The Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Edward Green, Ph.D.
Harvard University anthropologist and AIDS prevention authority
Christian Pitter, M.D.
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Paul Cimoch, M.D.
Center for Special Immunology
Innocent Nyaruhirira, M.D.
Ministry of Health, minister of state in charge of HIV/AIDS and other epidemics, Rwanda
Irene Khethi Mngadi
Director of HIV/AIDS, Department of Social Development, South Africa
Derek Spencer, M.S., C.R.N.P.
Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, JACQUES Initiative
Robb Sheneberger, M.D.
Assistant professor, senior medical technical advisor, Southern Africa University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology, Zambian Cell
Becky Kuhn, M.D.
Adult & Pediatric AIDS Clinic, Long Beach, Calif.
Scott Santibanez, M.D., M.P.H.T.M.
Associate director for partnerships with faith-based/community organizations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Anita Asiimwe, M.D.
Director, TRAC Treatment & Research AIDS Center, Rwanda

RELIEF AND HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS:
Richard E. Stearns
President, World Vision
Wess Stafford
President, Compassion International
Franklin Graham
President and C.E.O., Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Sammy Mah
C.E.O and president, World Relief
Richard Feachem
Executive director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Rolando Figueroa, F.A.C.O.G.
Regional technical advisor, health, water and sanitation, Catholic Relief Services,
San Salvador, El Salvador
Mary Davis Fisher
Special representative for the Joint United Nations Programme on
HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Deborah Dortzbach
International director, HIV/AIDS programs, World Relief
Laura van Vuuren
Training and education specialist, Northwest Medical Teams (Int., Inc.)

U.S. GOVERNMENT:
Ambassador Mark Dybul
United States global AIDS coordinator
Senator Barack Obama
United States senator, Illinois
Senator Sam Brownback
United States senator, Kansas
Kent Hill
Assistant administrator of the Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
Terri Hasdorff
Director, Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, U.S. Agency for International Development
Chad Hayward
Senior advisor, Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Agency for International Development

PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS:
Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini
Rwandan Episcopal Church
Bishop Charles E. Blake
Pastor, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles, Calif.; founder and C.E.O., Save Africa’s Children
John Ortberg
Teaching pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, Calif.
Eugene F. Rivers, III
Pastor, Azusa Christian Community, Boston
John Benn
Senior pastor, First City Baptist Church, East London, South Africa
Luis Cortés, Jr.
President, Nueva Esperanza and Esperanza USA
Dennis Rainey
President, FamilyLife
Clifford L. Penner, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist, Penner and Associates
Joyce J. Penner, R.N., M.N.
Clinical nurse specialist, Penner and Associate
Chad Thompson
Author, Loving Homosexuals the Way Jesus Would
Dale Hanson Bourke
President, PDI; author, The Skeptics Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis: Tough Questions, Direct Answers
John Forbes
Founder, AGAPE, Inc. International (A Global AIDS Perspective Enterprise)
Francis Karemera
HIV/AIDS coordinator, HOPE Transformation Anglican Church, Rwanda
Paul Pennington
Director, FamilyLife's Hope for Orphans
Bruce Sonnenberg
President, He Intends Victory
Carol Wagstaff
Living Stones Ministries
Tim Wilkins
Cross Ministry
Rick and Barb Wise
Youth prevention specialists, Wise Choices

SADDLEBACK CHURCH STAFF:
Rick and Kay Warren
Founders, Saddleback Church and Saddleback Church's HIV/AIDS Initiative
Elizabeth Styffe, R.N., M.N.
Director, HIV/AIDS Initiative
Mike Constantz
Pastor, Missions and Global P.E.A.C.E Plan
Skip Lanfried
Pastor, North America P.E.A.C.E. Plan
Tommy Hilliker
Pastor of pastoral care
Craig Jutila
Pastor, children's ministry
Brad Baker
Pastor, CRAVE ministry
John Baker
Pastor and founder of Celebrate Recovery
Shaun Blakeney
Pastor, high school ministry

Now doesn't the criticism seem silly?

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

NO NATIVITY ALLOWED, BECAUSE IT IS CHRISTMAS!


You know it is officially the Christmas season when the politically correct police come out en masse to do away with the Christ part of Christmas. This one though might be the best so far, from the wires;

"CHICAGO (AP) - A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film "The Nativity Story" might offend non-Christians"

Huh? This is a public CHRISTMAS festival and the city officials are asking the organizers to not allow New Line Cinema to advertise "The Nativity Story" as a sponsor of the CHRISTMAS festival. So a movie about the birth of Christ cannot, according to city officials be linked to a CHRISTMAS festival. A gathering that theoretically is being held because of the celebration of that very same birth! "The city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another, said Cindy Gatziolis, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Special Events."

Again Huh? This is beyond being able to reason about. It is paramount to having a gay pride parade and not allowing gays to attend. It is having a Kwanza celebration and not allowing African Americans to attend. It is having a Ramadan celebration and now allowing any reference to Mohammed. Obviously those things would never happen as they are non sensical. But when it comes to Christ and Christmas all non sensical options are on the table.

The question becomes what should believers do about it? I believe a couple of things, first we should celebrate Christmas and be sure that is it Christmas and not holidays. Speak accurately and be courageous enough to display all the decorations about Christ we want. (amazing that this is a call for courage in our day and age!) But also we should rejoice in the forbidding of these things at this time of year. Jesus tells us to take great joy in being persecuted for His names sake. While we stand for truth let us do it Biblically, which means we celebrate and take joy in being counted worthy to suffer for His name. So while you continue to observe and feel the pain of ridiculous, non-sensical, bitter, angry, foolish decisions by those in authoritative positions in our society, rejoice!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Monday, November 27, 2006

WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE FOR A PS 3?


When people camped out for days to be able to purchase a PS3,(Playstation 3 for you who are unaware)I thought what a sad comment on our culture. People will sacrifice sleep, food and even risk their safety in order to get a game. What an incredible display of where the hearts affections are. I love to have fun, play games, watch movies etc, as much as the next person, but this was an amazing display of where our culture has gone. But today I find in my daily reading that there is a new low displayed. From the wires;

"Just how far will people go to get their hands on a new PlayStation 3? Just ask KDWB-FM, 101.3's morning show host Dave Ryan, who on Tuesday morning asked folks if they were willing to give up their baby for 24 hours in exchange for one of Sony's highly coveted video game consoles. More than a dozen people called to offer up their kids, but only a few realized it was all just a gag.
"We got more calls than we could handle," said Ryan, who referred to the practical joke as a "social experiment." "They were lined up willing to turn their kids over to strangers for a freakin' PlayStation."

People were willing to give up their babies for a day! This is not a comment on games, this is not a comment on a society that has become so shallow and thoughtless that they are driven and motivated by video games. This is a comment on the devaluing of life. This gag by the radio station has exposed how little we value life. It is not because people wanted the PS3 so bad that they were willing to give up their baby for a day, it is because they do not value life enough. No matter how much you want something you will not give up what you value greater for the thing you want. The problem is not too great a love for PS3, although that is also evident, the greatest problem we see in this event is not enough love and value for life. Unspeakably shameful!

Friday, November 24, 2006

ENJOY CHRISTMAS!


A different take on the same old mantra. It is customary to hear this time of year the normal complaining about how Christmas has become so commercial. How it has lost its meaning and it is all about the presents and the marketplace. While that is true, I believe there is a different way to look at it. You see the problem becomes that most if not all of those who complain never do anything different and in fact contribute to the problem they have defined. I believe that Christmas is a great time of year and an opportunity to celebrate. I also do not believe we need to give into the standard line of how it has become too commercial while we hypocritically overspend on presents that will be forgotten before February hits.

Why not be honest and admit there is a joy in the season? Why not embrace the joy of buying and giving and getting presents? Why not embrace the music that is played continuously on some radio stations? Those great hits like "Jingle Bell Rock" and Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Why not celebrate the joy of a decorated house? It is not a sin to enjoy the season of Christmas including the gifts and music and food. I believe it is time for those who truly love this time of year and all that it entails to come out of the Christmas closet and say so. For me I love it all, and have at times said one thing with my lips and done another with my action. So to be clear, I love Christmas. Yes the main reason is that my Savior Jesus Christ was born, and the Glory of God came down from Heaven to be with us, Emmanuel. And I do not see the conflict in enjoying the season. In fact I believe I enjoy it all more because of my faith in Christ, and I do not feel the need to not shop, or not eat, or not listen to Christmas music. My joy this time of year is to and for His glory! Have a great, fun, wonderful, holy Christmas season!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Thursday, November 23, 2006

TIME TO GIVE THANKS!




Give thanks for the God of Heaven and Earth who has allowed you life today. If you are a follower of Christ give thanks for the inexplicable gift of faith in Jesus Christ. If Christ is not yet yours what a day to receive Him as the forgiver of your sins, your Savior, and the owner of your life, your Lord.

"God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8

Give thanks today to the One who is truly deserving!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

IN NEED OF THE WORD!


Justin Taylor in his great blog, "Between Two Worlds" at
http://theologica.blogspot.com/, has reminded us today of the sinful decadence that is not only Benny Hinns heretical teaching, but also his lifestyle. The You Tube link is of an old television report done by NBC exposing Hinns ministry in a couple of ways. The healings are shown to be fraudulent, and the money is spent on incredible lavish things for Hinn. While most of the readers of the blog will not be surprised at any of that, there is something to consider from this reminder. People are easily led. There is a crying dire need to a Biblical mindset that checks all things against Scripture.

How is it that people will travel around the world in hopes of being healed through this fraud? How is it that they will give him their last dime while he lives in a $10-million, 7,000 sq. ft. home, flies on a $112,000 per month private jet, drives two $80,000 cars, stays in luxury hotel rooms that are 5,400 sq. ft. for $10,800 per night that are paid for and stayed at during a "layover," gives tips over a 3-day period for $4,500, and receives a salary of half a million to a million dollars per year--plus book royalties? The answer is a lack, a crying glaring lack of knowledge of the Word of God, which results in being duped by misuse of that same Word.

God will deal with Benny Hinn, and his will be a hot hell if he does not repent and truly receive Christ as his Savior. But there are many who follow him who do love Jesus in a true sincere way and they are continually fooled by Hinn and others like him. This is a good reminder to us all to not leave our Bibles for long, to stay in the Word and be guided by the Word. To test everything, actions, words, worldviews by the Word, so that we do not become another contributor to the lifestyle of charlatans like Benny Hinn!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

AMEN!


Well as it turns out there might be a line that gets drawn. From the wires;

"I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

What happened is that Fox is no longer going to carry the OJ Simpson show, nor is the book going to published. It seems that many of the Fox affiliates would not carry the show. It seems that much of the public said they would not buy any products from any of the sponsors of the show. It seems as if there is hope. There might be a line of decency that cannot be crossed at this point in our society. There might be a moral fiber hidden deep down in our culture. Thank God the Brown and Goldman families will not have to endure the heartache of seeing this despicable display of "entertainment". So if you called your station to complain, or you simply prayed for God to intervene good for you. Put one on the board for the good guys!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Friday, November 17, 2006

NOW IT'S THE PENGUINS, BATMAN!


I must admit that it gets tiring and at times feels like you are fighting against a continual barrage from the homosexual community but here we go again. There is a children's book that is out for four to eight year olds, it is called "And Tango Makes Three". It is about two male penguins who adopt a baby penguin, which some say happens in the Penguin world. The problem with the book is best understood by the following reference to a parent from the wires;

"Lilly Del Pinto thought the book looked charming when her 5-year-old daughter brought it home in September. Del Pinto said she was halfway through reading it to her daughter "when the zookeeper said the two penguins must be in love."

The zookeeper said the two MALE penguins are in LOVE! Does anyone see a problem with that sentence in the book for four to eight year olds? I hope so, and to their credit many parents have already lodged their complaints in a variety of places. But we need to again understand what this children's book truly exposes.

What is shown again in this work is the strategy of the homosexual activists, which is to indoctrinate children as young as they can. To, at the earliest age possible put forth the lie that homosexuality is normal, right and even noble. This is the same strategy the President of Iran has with indoctrinating children at an early age that there was no Holocaust. If successful, it will create a certain type of adult in twenty years that will create a certain type of society. If the homosexual activists are successful their will be a much different society in twenty years. We will live in a place where the Biblical definition of homosexuality, if spoken will be a crime. We will live in a place where homosexuality will be taught as normal and honorable and a better choice, in the public schools, and if not taught in private schools, again a crime.

All of that from a children's book you ask? It is time for us all to pay closer attention to what is happening in our local towns, schools and libraries. It is time for us all to have the courage to tell homosexuals the most loving thing, that Jesus Christ died for sinners like them to forgive all their sins even the sin of homosexuality. It is time for us all to have the courage to do the most loving thing for the homosexual community and tell them that their choice of sin leads to death, and they know that as they have buried many of their friends and loved ones because of homosexuality. It is time for us all!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Thursday, November 16, 2006

IS RICK WARREN DIXIE CHICKING OUR COUNTRY? NO!


My instincts were right! Not that it really matters to you who read this blog, but let me explain. I was going to blog today about Rick Warren and his trip to Syria. Putting aside differences of theology and approach, I was going to blog about cautioning people before they make assumptions based on press releases that come from places like Syria. Yesterday there was a firestorm of information coming from Syria and bloggers about Rick Warren. The Syrian releases described Warren as critical of America and the war. Bloggers and commentators went to Warren like dogs on red meat. My first instinct was why would you believe a Syrian press release, it is obviously propaganda. Warren is what he is and he is not government diplomat, nor is he someone who makes it his business to be a Sean Penn type activist traveling the globe criticizing our President and his policies.

Today Warren has been able to communicate with his congregation where he has said exactly what I thought, he did not criticize anyone in our government. He is on a trip where he is teaching Purpose Driven preaching seminars ( now that is where I could wholeheartedly disagree on theological grounds) to pastors around the world. He visited Syria as a favor to his neighbor who one day in their backyard asked him to sometime visit his homeland. What Warren did do is thank the President of Syria for his allowing freedom of Christianity there. You might be surprised to read this quote taken from Warrens letter to his church

"You may be surprised to know that Christianity is legal in Syria, that the government provides free electricity and water to all churches, allows pastors to buy a car tax-free (a tax break not given to Imams), appoints pastors as Christian judges to handle Christian cases, and allowed Christians to create their own civil law instead of having to follow the laws for Muslims. One city we visited, Malula, is two-thirds Christian. Every Christian I met with expressed gratitude to the government for protecting their right to worship. Honestly, that shocked me."

Franklin Graham when asked by Warren what to say to the President of Syria, advised him to thank him for allowing freedom of religion. So we learn today again that things are not as they are first reported and you must go beyond the headline and primary source the material. I am no Warren fan or apologist but the fury of quick criticism of him was a shame and unfair. It is a warning to all of us who write blogs and articles and speak in the media to be careful to have the facts before we react. It is a warning to all that we are responsible to have the facts before we speak. God tells us in His word that a fool speaks quickly and is quick to give an opinion and even a fool is considered wise if he remains silent. If you looked in my Bible those passages have been highlighted so many times they are rainbow in color. Let us be careful to research and think before we make assessments that make someone like Rick Warren out to be a radical who is out to subvert the policies of America!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

FOX LOVES OJ!


When you think that television and media in general cannot sink any lower, think again. On November 30, Regan Books is publishing a book O.J. Simpson wrote with the working title "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened." If that is not enough Fox television will carry a special on the book 9 p.m. November 27 and 29 on Fox. The sad part, or one of the many sad parts about this is that there is a temptation in all of us to watch this trash. The part of us that wants to see the program is the same part that slows down to look at a horrific car wreck. It is the sinful flesh that we are saddled with. Let me give you some things to consider that might help you fight the temptation to watch.

First consider the families of the two people that Simpson was found innocent of murdering. Though that was the decision of the jury you would have a hard time finding anyone that believes he was innocent. Either way the families are going to have to put up with the pain and suffering as Simpson gratuitously prostitutes the deaths of their loved ones. Second consider the redeeming value of a show like this, there is none. This is not art, nor is it God glorifying entertainment. It is a voyeuristic look into a sick mans mind.

We have reached a new low with this show. It probably will draw great ratings which is what Fox wants in this sweeps time of year for television. Fox as far as I am concerned can now consider themselves an accomplice in the pain the Brown and Goldman families will suffer from this. Fox should be ashamed of themselves, what part of this is "Fair and Balanced?" And how long before we get to watch executions and abortions and suicides on live television? Stay tuned to Fox as they will probably be the first to let us know!


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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

THE FIRST TEN AMENDMENTS?




Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California recently took a trip to Washington DC with his wife. As they took a tour of the Supreme Court they came upon some depictions of Moses and the Ten Commandments. Here is what their tour guide amazingly told them;

"Between the images of the people depicting the Majesty of the Law and Power of Government, there is a tablet with ten Roman numerals, the first five down the left side and the last five down the right. This tablet represents the first ten amendments of the Bill of Rights,"

You are not seeing things, no matter how many times you read it that is what the tour guide told them. The clear depiction of the Ten Commandments is now being described as the first Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights, clearly a lie. You can do the research and find that as recently as 1975 what is there was described as the Ten Commandments. In 1987 the site was registered as a National Historical Landmark and the new guide came out in 1988 that left out the description, so now they are known as the first 10 Amendments to the Bill of Rights! A shocking example of revisionist history in our nations capital.

Consider that every tour group of school children will be told that this is what they are looking at when they see this depiction. Consider that thousands of children will grow up believing the lie. Does it really matter you ask? Only if you care about truth and future generations of people and their well being. If you can convince people that a picture of Moses and the Ten Commandments is really the first Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights, why could you not convince them that Holocaust never existed or for that matter that a certain race of people needs to be eliminated for the good of the rest? You have to wonder if we are not becoming more like Iran and less like the United of States of America!

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pastor tom

Monday, November 13, 2006

ANOTHER "TRANSLATION"


We begin the week with this from the wires;

Nov. 09 (CNA/CWNews.com) - "A group of 52 biblical specialists have released a new version of the Bible in which inclusive language and political correctness have replaced some divisive teachings of Christianity in order to present a
more just language for groups such as feminists and homosexuals.
According to the AFP news agency, the new version of the Sacred Scriptures was presented at a book fair in Frankfurt. Entitled, The Bible in a More Just Language, the translation has Jesus no longer referring to God as Father,but as our Mother and Father who are in heaven. Likewise, Jesus is no longer referred to as the Son but rather as the child of God. The title Lord is replaced with God or the Eternal One.

Just what we need another, "better" version of the Bible. One that does away with any offensive language. One that does away with any distinctions. To truly accomplish that you would have to simply get rid of the Bible, which is basically what these translations do. The troubling aspect of these "translations" is the thought that at some point there will be churches that will use them as their authority legitimizing them. Time has a way of legitimizing things, check the progression of any cult. So as time goes by there will be generations of people who will read these irresponsible works and believe they have the Word of God, when all they really have is a sad imposter.

Once generations of people are basing their lives on faulty translations of the Bible, they will free to live out their sinful desires with the backing of the God of that translation, which is a faulty unworthy God. This is nothing new, just a continuation of the Idolatry that has plagued man since the Garden of Eden. So beware of these new "translations", they are not new, they are just newly packaged, with the same old tired agenda of the Devil, which is get you to fall into sin!

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pastor tom

Friday, November 10, 2006

SPITTING ON THE FLAG!


Yesterday the politicians of Massachusetts made a clear statement. It is simply this, "we do not care one bit about the Constitution, the voters or our responsibility to both. In an amazingly deceptive, slimy, evil move they once again voted to recess and not deal with the issue of allowing the people to put on the ballot in 2008 a definition of marriage to be voted on. They ignored the 170,000 people who signed the petition and they ignored their Constitutional responsibility to bring to a vote on the floor. In postponing it again they have set themselves up nicely to do that one more time and then miraculously appeal to the Constitution as their reason for not being able to move it forward.

This is beyond anything that has been seen in our country. On the eve of celebrating the sacrifices made by men and women, the veterans of our armed forces, the politicians of Massachusetts have spit in their face and turned their back on their service. They should be ashamed but they are beyond the ability to be shamed. God has turned each politician who voted to recess over to their own depravity, and each one of them will answer to God for the sins of the convention.

But what should the Church do? We should be an expectant joyful people looking for the revival that comes when Gods people are persecuted. We should look forward to our churches growing as they have in China and other places that are hostile to God like the state of Massachusetts is. So take heart believer, God is drawing the lines and they are becoming more and more clear. But be warned as people who profess Christ will fall away during times like these, as they will want the soft fluffy message of God is love and will recoil at the totality of Gods Word that also says God is a God of wrath and He will pour that wrath out on all who reject His Son and mock His Word and mock the beauty of His covenant of marriage. Be careful that you do not fall into that trap of seeking out preachers and teachers who will tickle your ears and ignore the truth of the Word of God.

So, as Massachusetts heads into the pits of social depravity, it is time for believers to gird their loins with the truth of Gods Word. It is time for Gods people to understand that the Constitution can be ignored, the flag can be burned but the Word of God stands forever and all of us will stand before the God of that Word to give an accounting of our lives!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Thursday, November 09, 2006

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH!



This Sunday November 12th is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. A day to remind people of the pain and suffering that followers of Jesus Christ are enduring every day for their faith. The following is a comment from a brother in Christ who speaks of life as a believer in North Korea;

"When we gather together we close all of the windows and all of the blinds," Roli described. "We don't have curtains over there but somehow we cover up the windows and we send all of the children outside. You cannot gather with many people … maybe three or four. We pray together, we sing praises, and then we read John 3:16-18. We also read I Corinthians 1:18-26. We talk from Genesis. We say that man was created from dust, so we have to believe in Jesus to go to heaven."

Most of us go to church every week with not one thought of danger. We do not consider having to close windows and draw blinds, nor does the thought of limiting the gathering to a few cross our mind. In His sovereignty God has chosen to put the majority of us in a land where persecution is scarce and the ability to gather to worship, plenty. Whether that is a good thing for us or not is debatable, but I do know God in His Word tells us that to whom much is given, much is required. As we remember our persecuted brothers and sisters, let us also remember the much that we have been given, and then consider just what is it that He requires from those of us to whom it has been given!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL?


Well the Republicans got exactly what they deserved yesterday. For six years they have controlled every branch of government and have done very little with it. With the exception of two good Supreme Court Justices this party has been inept. They have strayed from their core conservative principles, particularly in the Senate and have paid the price. Having said that, one has to wonder what difference it really makes which party is in control. Sure it matters in what comes out of committees and certainly it matters greatly for judicial nominations but at the national level it is the status quo regardless of the party. Where it does matter, in my opinion, is at the very local level of positions such as school committee. That might be the most meaningful position a person can hold. That position is one that has an important say over such things as curriculum, what will and won't be allowed.

They say all politics is local and the truth is that the best place to make a difference is in your local town. Get on the school committee and hold the line against the wave of homosexual propaganda that is being pushed on the children of our country. Be one of the heroes who stands against the indoctrination that is going on in the public schools of our country. While the national elections have come and gone in the usual cyclical manner, do not get too cynical. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ consider if He might be calling you to run for the most important position in your town and in our country. That is correct, school committee!

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

JUDGMENT IS COMING!

More amazing news from the wires;

"The New York City Board of Health, with the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is considering a policy that would permit people born in the city to change the sex recorded on their birth certificates. The idea, as described by advocates, is to separate sexual identification from anatomy. There would be no need to have a sex-change operation. All that would be needed would be an affidavit from a doctor or mental health professional making the case for the change. Applicants would have to have changed their name and shown that they had lived in their adopted gender for at least two years. But there would be no medical requirements."

Understand that if you can now "adopt" a gender then you will be free to marry under the traditional marriage laws. This is nothing else but an end run around the overwhelming votes against same sex marriage around the country. Consider the following example, John Doe is a homosexual who wants to marry Bill Smith. He lives in a state where that is illegal, so he goes to his shrink and begins to plead his case of truly being a woman trapped inside of a mans body. He convinces the shrink to go along with the diagnosis and thus John Doe becomes Jane Doe. After John has lived as Jane for the prescribed period of time under the new policy, he is officially a woman and legally able to marry Bill Smith under the laws of any state. Mr and Mrs Smith can then ride off into the sunset a legally married couple, husband and wife with all of the rights and privileges due them.

I wonder at what point in Sodom and Gomorrah God said enough is enough, now is the time of Judgment? We have to be getting close!

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Monday, November 06, 2006

SIN EXPOSED!

It is a sad time for the Evangelical world today. Ted Haggard the Senior Pastor of a 14,000 member church had to resign due to what he terms as sexual immorality. It has been in the news enough for me not to have to go through all of the details. I do think it is important for us to learn from this. What is it that God would have His people learn? First and foremost, that truth is critical for the believer. For some time Mr. Haggard was living a lie, but what is even more unseemly to me is that when he was asked last week if he knew the man that was accusing him, he amazingly said no. He blatantly denied ever knowing the man, a lie that would be exposed within twenty four hours. Another very important lesson for Gods people is that we are not called to worship a man. We should not fall into the very common trap of worshipping people. Regardless of how powerful, likeable, personable the individual, they are still sinners in daily need of grace. But we must balance that with the Biblical admonition to honor those men that God has placed over His people. The balance is this, submit and obey the authority but always recognize God is the one who receives the worship and praise.

We are also reminded again of the need for our churches to be God centered. It is in the God centeredness that we fight against these temptations. When we believe that God is about God and not us, we are free to be about God and not us. We must believe right about God to live right for God. Ted Haggard is a man who taught and preached along the lines of a more man centered view of God. Now is that the reason he fell? I certainly could not make that one to one connection, but it could not have helped him in those moments. In my mind this is a clarion call from God for His church to get back to the Word of God and believe in the God of the Bible. A sovereign God who controls all events of every day and works all things out for His glory.

The best thing we can do is to pray for Ted Haggard, for the church he has just resigned from and particularly for his wife. She is the real victim in all of this as I am sure this is a drive by shooting that just happened to her. Pray for all concerned and for the Body of Christ. There is a fine line between piling on and shooting our own and holding someone to a biblical standard of repentance and restoration. Unfortunately the Church too often is busy shooting the wounded, to the neglect of being a part of the healing process. And for sure all of us need to look at this and realize but for the Grace of God we could be walking in the Haggard families shoes!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, November 02, 2006

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

The Alliance Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit against Missouri State University on behalf of Emily Brooker after she faced what is being called a "Star Chamber" interrogation by school officials. Star Chamber according to reports, "was a 1983 movie about an organization of powerful judges who decided to take the law into their own hands and dispense justice as they saw fit, within or outside of the boundaries of the existing law." This is what Emily, a student had to endure after refusing to complete an assignment in one of her classes. The assignment from Frank G. Kauffman her professor was "that his students do a project "promoting homosexual foster homes and adoption." The project required that the entire class write and then individually sign a letter to Missouri state lawmakers supporting the homosexual community's platform plank of adoption "rights." Emily refused and had to face a grilling from a "Star Chamber" like panel of authorities from the school. All because she stood for her belief system.

A few questions to consider, first of all would this have been done if she were a homosexual refusing to write the same letter advocating heterosexual adoption homes? Second, would she have been treated this way if her belief was based on being a Muslim? Questions with obvious answers, that indicate how close we are to the Canadian system of government where Tribunals decide on "hate speech", such as homosexuality is a sin! The good news in all of this is that as the Church has been historically been persecuted, it has flourished. The sad news is that many parents reading this blog are paying hard earned money to send their children for what they believe is higher education, when in fact it is nothing more than indoctrination!

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