Engaging Your World

Friday, September 28, 2007

THE RESULTS ARE IN!


Here are the questions again with the answers. How did you do? Email me your scores and I will post the best one!

1. What is the supreme law of the land?
the Constitution
2. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
the Bill of Rights
3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
27
4.We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
6
5. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
435
6. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
the Speaker of the House
7. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
9
8. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
serve on a jury & vote
9.Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson
10.When was the Constitution written?
1787
11.What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
▪ the Louisiana Territory Louisiana
12. Who was President during World War I?
Woodrow Wilson
13. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
Japan,Germany & Italy
14. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
because there were 13 original colonies, because the stripes represent the original colonies
15.What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
the Senate and House (of Representatives)
16. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
2
17. In what month do we vote for President?
November
18.Who signs bills to become laws?
President
19.Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
John Roberts
20.What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?
Nancy Pelosi

So how did you do?

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pastor tom
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Thursday, September 27, 2007

COULD YOU PASS THE TEST FOR ENTRY?


One of the things you have to do if you attempt to enter our country legally, which millions who are here have not done, is to take a test. It is a test that is fairly comprehensive and is also in the process of being redesigned. The point of it is to know that those who desire to be a part of our country, actually have taken the time to understand who we are and where we come from, as well as how we operate today. Something that illegal immigrants have not taken the time to understand, nor do they need to as they invade our country on their terms and for their own gain.

In looking at the test I wonder how many of those of us who were fortunate enough in Gods Providence to be born in this great country, could pass it. Here are is a sampling of the questions, twenty of them. As a reader of this blog I would ask you to take this twenty question test and see how you do. The answers with an appropriate website for the whole test will come tomorrow. Have fun as you identify with the hard working honest immigrants who seek to become vital contributing members to the great nation that is America!

1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
4.We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
5. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
6. If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
7. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
8. What is one responsibility that is only for United States citizens?
9.Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
10.When was the Constitution written?
11.What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
12. Who was President during World War I?
13. Who did the United States fight in World War II?
14. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
15.What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
16. We elect a U.S. Representative for how many years?
17. In what month do we vote for President?
18.Who signs bills to become laws?
19.Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
20.What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now?

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

DO YOU LOVE ENOUGH TO SPEAK TRUTH?


The Folsom Street Fair is a taxpayer-supported "gay" celebration in San Francisco which includes displays of nudity and sexual activity. It is scheduled for September 30th and of course there are promotional displays advertising this event. One of the promotional items is the one seen here. It is a mockery of the event of the Passover meal of Christ and His disciples, commonly known as the Last Supper. Half dressed homosexual individuals with sex toys in front of them on the table. This is the picture of the depravity that is homosexuality. In spite of the apologists for the movement, the reality is that the homosexual activist community is a rabid vicious group of people. As they scream and yell for tolerance they evidence themselves time and again as the most intolerant of people. As they seek to present themselves as a mainstream culture simply seeking to live their lives in peace, they time and again produce things like this blasphemous picture.

The truth is that God has turned them over to their depravity as they have loved the creation instead of the Creator. While there are those who would advocate for their inclusion, the truth remains the truth. The answer for every homosexual is the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only His sacrifice on Calvary that will atone for the sin of homosexuality as well as every other sin. What never ceases to amaze me are those professed Christians who will embrace homosexuality as an approved lifestyle. How do you proclaim to follow Jesus Christ and enable and advocate a lifestyle that His Word clearly calls a perversion? How do you condone a lifestyle and movement that promotes mockery and hatred of the Word made flesh Jesus Christ? The answer in my mind, is that people love themselves so much and love others so little that they cave in to the pressure!

Some people do not love others enough to tell them the truth, because there is a price to speaking that truth. If you truly love those who practice homosexuality you would tell them that Jesus Christ is their answer. You would point them to Christ as the way out of a lifestyle that is not only opposed by God, but is taking the lives of many in their community. But there are too many who love others too little and themselves too much. As you look again at that picture, ask yourself if you love God enough, and people enough too speak truth to those trapped in this tragic lifestyle!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!


Today is the 50th anniversary of an event that most people will sadly, not remember. Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was desegregated fifty years ago today. Gov. Orval E. Faubus blocked nine black students from entering all white Central High School for three weeks in September of 1957. It is fifty years ago today that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, took control and sent in the 101st Airborne to see that these nine heroic kids would be able to enter the school. Not many people look to Eisenhower as a civil rights pioneer, but he was. When Atty. General Robert Kennedy was deep in racial issues on behalf of his brothers Presidency, he looked to Eisenhower's handling of Central High as a model.

The fact of this anniversary is instructive for us in a few areas. First the lack of knowledge of this event by most is an indictment of our cultures lack of historical knowledge. Danger being, as it has been said, those who do not understand history are bound to repeat it. Having said that it is also a day where we can celebrate the progress of civil rights in our country. We live today only fifty years later where people off all races can attend school together. We live in a day where we have minorities who feel the freedom to run for the highest office in the land. While there is still room to grow, we should look to this anniversary as a day to celebrate the progress and the people from whom it came. Pres. Eisenhower is to be commended for having the courage to do what no President wants to do, and that is send forces into an American city. But he saw the need, and had the fortitude to do what needed to be done. And we do not want to forget the heroic nine who had the amazing courage to walk up those steps and attempt to enter a school,knowing the danger and hostility they would face. Like "Elizabeth Eckford, armed only with a notebook, went alone to the front of the school on the first day and confronted the Arkansas National Guard troops blocking the front door."
Courage to be admired and imitated!

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pastor tom
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Monday, September 24, 2007

DESSERT ANYONE?


I am a firm believer in the free market economy. I believe that the consumer should be the one that determines the longevity of a product or service. But I also live in this world as a follower of Jesus Christ and am called to impact the world for His Kingdom. At times those two ideologies fit together well and at other times they are shockingly opposed. Today is one of those days as I read of a dessert that is available at the Fortress Sri Lanka, an award winning luxury resort in Galle. This dessert cost $14,500! That is not a typo, you have read it correctly, $14,500!

While I believe people should earn what they can and spend how they see fit, there is no reconciling a dessert for this much money. Those that order will receive the following from the wires;

"A combination of a gold leaf Italian kasata, flavoured with Irish cream and served with a mango and pomegranate compote and a bubbly-based sabayon enlighten, forms the mouthwatering base of this delicious desert, however, the finishing touch is the 80-carat aquamarine stone nestled on the handmade chocolate stilt fisherman.
Legend has it that an aquamarine has the power to calm, sooth and heal. Its blue colour is often reflective of the ocean and the life giving properties of water and has been used over the years by sailors and fishermen for protection and luck.
It also has a soothing effect on relationships and is said to endow the owner with foresight, courage and happiness, the recipe for a long and happy marriage and the perfect gift for those looking to surprise their loved one. "

For $14,500 you have your taste buds satisfied along with your need for idolatry. This is sin in every circumstance. How anyone could ever spend that much money on dessert when there are so many around the world that do not have one meal, is a clear example of the depravity of man. It is a display of how hard a heart can become towards those the Lord would call us to pay attention to. I realize we can make this point about many things that are purchased and consumed by all of us. I also understand we can abuse the call of God to look out for the poor among us, making that the satisfying of the Gospel to the exclusion of truth. While I understand all of that there is never under any circumstances a right reason for a person to pay for a $14,500 dessert. Not when hundreds if not thousands could be kept alive for the price of that one dessert! May God have mercy on us all.


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pastor tom
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Friday, September 21, 2007

WHY NOT JUST GIVE HIM THE KEY TO THE CITY?


My apologies for the lack of blogging this week, I had to drive to Alabama for my grandmothers funeral on Monday, but today we are back at it. While there are many developments this past week that I could spend much time on, nothing surpasses the events surrounding the President of Iran. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has come to our country once again for the United Nations meetings. This time he has declared his intention to visit the site of the World Trade Center attacks, wanting to, in his words, "lay a wreath down as a show of respect". While for most other people that would seem to be a generous offer, with Ahmadinejad it is something far different. This is a man who has declared his hatred of both America and Israel. He has made it clear more than once his desire to remove Israel and the United States off the face of the earth, believing it his destiny to usher in such happenings. He is a cunning calculating mad man who has the worst of intentions and for any one to believe he is sincere in his desire to show "respect" to the victims of 9/11, is absurd.

Which brings me to Columbia University. They, in all of their political correctness, have invited Ahmadinejad to speak at their college. Sadly, he is being given the platform and all of the requisite respect and honor that comes with it. How does Columbia reconcile their invitation with the fact that he has called the holocaust a myth and called for the annihilation of Israel? How do they answer to the many Jewish people in their school and in the community? How do they explain the rational for giving a man who is a known terrorist, who has made his plans for destroying Israel and our nation crystal clear, a platform to legitimize his position? The reality is that they do not explain, and the reason for that is we have become so politically correct that no one has the courage or moral backbone to make a clear stand for what is simply right.

President Ahmadinejad will speak at the UN, maybe go to ground zero and speak at Columbia University. Other than ground zero he should have little problem accomplishing his goals, unless of course he were to become a follower of Jesus Christ, now that would be something that would get him kicked out everywhere!

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pastor tom
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

WELCOME TO THE RACE MR KEYES!


The smartest person is now in the race for President. Alan Keyes has announced that he is now a candidate for President and will run as such. I have had the chance to not only interview him, but spend some time just talking to him, and without a doubt he is the most intelligent candidate. His credentials are, "spending 11 years with the U.S. State Department. From 1983 to 1985, he served as ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, where he represented America's sovereign interests in the U.N. General Assembly. He became President Reagan's assistant secretary of state for international organizations in 1985. " He will participate in Mondays Value Voters Debate in Florida. A few questions come to my mind with the entry of Mr. Keyes;

1. Why does the black community not support this man? Where are all of those who proclaim and play the race card every chance they get? Keyes is not supported by the black community, in fact he is regularly attacked by them.

2. Where are the rest of the GOP candidates? In Monday's debate why have Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, declined to be there? And how much should that weigh in a persons decision to support such candidates?

I personally am thrilled Keyes is in the arena, as he will elevate the debate, in substance and style. His greatest challenge will be to bring his incredible intellect down to where "mere mortals" like me can understand him. When I said that exact thing to him last year, he gave a hearty laugh. That is Alan Keyes!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!


Dean Barnett over at Town Hall.com has commented on blogging. It is his reaction to a blog he went to read that was not anything like he expected or particularly wanted to read. But he makes a point that is worth considering about blogging. Here from the wires:

"Hey, it happens. Sometimes you’re wrong. But posting something because you haven’t thought it through falls into the category of unforced errors. I urge all beginning bloggers to wait a half hour after they’ve finished writing something to then decide whether or not they really want to hit that “post” button. That’s a rule I still follow religiously; it means I’ll seldom be first with anything, but it makes it less likely that I’ll stray into a “Screw them” moment."

I believe this to be great advice to all who blog, and in that group I include those who comment on blogs. To take some time, whether thirty minutes is the magic number or not is irrelevant, and consider what it is that you are writing. This should also apply to posting comments. I have stated before my reasoning for not allowing comments on my blog. To review it simply was becoming a soap opera type of addiction for me. I found myself at my desk on a night when I should have been studying, spending more time going back to my blog to see who had posted since the last time I looked which was probably only twenty minutes ago. I realized that this did not bring glory to God in my life and might not in others, so I ended the comments. I also am quite aware not everyone is as obsessive about things and could very well interact with Godly moderation, still an amazing concept to me.

But I also see the very real potential to sin with blogging and commenting. The anonymity can give people a false sense of security and thus bravado, enabling them to write things they never would say to someone in person. I would hope to have the integrity to write nothing more than I would be willing to say face to face. The other real potential for sin is in the area of gossip. People often feel free to speak about someone, often in code, and do nothing more than gossip. The final area I would mention for sin potential is in the arena of pride. If we are blogging we feel first, we have something to say, and second that we are right, and at times I know for myself neither one of those things have been true.

So as we blog and comment, let us put this under the Word of God which tells us whether we eat or drink, whatever we do, even blogging and commenting, let us do it for and to the Glory of God!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

CAN YOU HANDLE THIS TRUTH?


Sometimes you need to just put in an article and let is speak for itself. This is for all you man made global warming fans, and the rest of you who would like to be able to hear something other than the Al Gore, Cheryl Crow propagandists;

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun's irradiance. "This data and the list of scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since 1850," said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery.
Other researchers found evidence that 3) sea levels are failing to rise importantly; 4) that our storms and droughts are becoming fewer and milder with this warming as they did during previous global warmings; 5) that human deaths will be reduced with warming because cold kills twice as many people as heat; and 6) that corals, trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate.
Despite being published in such journals such as Science, Nature and Geophysical Review Letters, these scientists have gotten little media attention. "Not all of these researchers would describe themselves as global warming skeptics," said Avery, "but the evidence in their studies is there for all to see."
The names were compiled by Avery and climate physicist S. Fred Singer, the co-authors of the new book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, mainly from the peer-reviewed studies cited in their book. The researchers' specialties include tree rings, sea levels, stalagmites, lichens, pollen, plankton, insects, public health, Chinese history and astrophysics.
"We have had a Greenhouse Theory with no evidence to support it-except a moderate warming turned into a scare by computer models whose results have never been verified with real-world events," said co-author Singer. "On the other hand, we have compelling evidence of a real-world climate cycle averaging 1470 years (plus or minus 500) running through the last million years of history. The climate cycle has above all been moderate, and the trees, bears, birds, and humans have quietly adapted."
"Two thousand years of published human histories say that the warm periods were good for people," says Avery. "It was the harsh, unstable Dark Ages and Little Ice Age that brought bigger storms, untimely frost, widespread famine and plagues of disease." "There may have been a consensus of guesses among climate model-builders," says Singer. "However, the models only reflect the warming, not its cause." He noted that about 70 percent of the earth's post-1850 warming came before 1940, and thus was probably not caused by human-emitted greenhouse gases. The net post-1940 warming totals only a tiny 0.2 degrees C.
The historic evidence of the natural cycle includes the 5000-year record of Nile floods, 1st-century Roman wine production in Britain, and thousands of museum paintings that portrayed sunnier skies during the Medieval Warming and more cloudiness during the Little Ice Age. The physical evidence comes from oxygen isotopes, beryllium ions, tiny sea and pollen fossils, and ancient tree rings. The evidence recovered from ice cores, sea and lake sediments, cave stalagmites and glaciers has been analyzed by electron microscopes, satellites, and computers. Temperatures during the Medieval Warming Period on California's Whitewing Mountain must have been 3.2 degrees warmer than today, says Constance Millar of the U.S. Forest Service, based on her study of seven species of relict trees that grew above today's tree line.
Singer emphasized, "Humans have known since the invention of the telescope that the earth's climate variations were linked to the sunspot cycle, but we had not understood how. Recent experiments have demonstrated that more or fewer cosmic rays hitting the earth create more or fewer of the low, cooling clouds that deflect solar heat back into space-amplifying small variations in the intensity of the sun.
Avery and Singer noted that there are hundreds of additional peer-reviewed studies that have found cycle evidence, and that they will publish additional researchers' names and studies. They also noted that their book was funded by Wallace O. Sellers, a Hudson board member, without any corporate contributions."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

HOW BAD OFF MUST YOU BE TO TAKE THIS PART?


There are moments in any industry, or life for that matter, that are defining. The Toronto film festival has had one of those, in my opinion. The film, "Nothing is Private" directed by "American Pie's" own Alan Ball has been screened at the festival. Amazingly many people have walked out of the film, which says a lot since many of the films shown at these things push the limit. But this movie is too much even for the film festival crowd. Here is a report from the wires:

"The movie — so odious that many people have simply walked out during the screenings — shows actor Aaron Eckhart having sex with a 13-year-old girl played by a now 19-year-old actress, Summer Bishil.
Eckhart, best known for roles in "Erin Brockovich" and "Thank You for Smoking" inexplicably agreed to this part. His character initially takes the girl’s virginity by fondling her, in a very graphic scene that leaves nothing to the imagination.

Later, he sodomizes her. In between, his pedophilia is played in such a way that the first and only thought is that we’re watching kiddie porn."

This is the next frontier to be conquered for the depraved culture activists. Now that homosexuality has been normalized the next taboo will be pedophilia. This should not shock us, but rather awake us to the progression that is occurring. If you do not believe that this is the next item to be checked off on this attack on our culture then you are whistling past the graveyard. All you need to do is look at the progress of the homosexual movement. Today people are walking out due to the graphic image of children having sex on the screen, tomorrow movies like that will be Academy Award nominees.

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pastor tom
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Monday, September 10, 2007

LOOK WHAT THEY FOUND!


In an amazing archaeological development, researchers have discovered an underground drainage tunnel that was used by the Jews in A.D.70 when Jerusalem was being ransacked and destroyed. From the wires;

"The ancient tunnel was recently discovered buried beneath rubble, a monument to one of the great dramatic scenes of the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 A.D.
The channel was dug beneath what would become the main road of Jerusalem, the archaeology dig's directors, Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa and Eli Shukron of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said Sunday. Shukron said excavators looking for the road happened upon a small drainage channel that led them to the discovery of the massive tunnel two weeks ago.

"We were looking for the road and suddenly we discovered it," Shukron said. "And the first thing we said was, 'Wow.'"

The walls of the tunnel - made of ashlar stones 3 feet deep - reach a height of 10 feet in some places and are covered by heavy stone slabs that were the road's paving stones, Shukron said. Several manholes are visible, and portions of the original plastering remain, he said.
Pottery shards, vessel fragments and coins from the end of the Second Temple period were also discovered inside the channel, attesting to its age, Reich said. "

It is always encouraging and exciting to our faith when there are discoveries that bring us back to the times of the Bible. And time and again we are shown that the things that the Word of God has said were there and did happen, are in fact true. While this discovery does not necessarily end any controversial questions or disputes over Gods Word, there have been many finds that have. The sad part of this is that so many need extra biblical proof in order to truly believe that the Bible is the Word of God.

By definition any source outside of Gods Word that is used as a measure, is a lesser source, since no other could stand to Gods Word. It is as the Lord said, people would not believe in a man who came back from the dead, if they would not believe in Moses and the Prophets. In other words, if the Word of God is not believed, then there is nothing else to attempt. Those who would deny Gods Word being Gods Word are in the category of being beyond any convincing, even if it was someone coming back from the dead! Jesus is the one who makes that striking ,and relevant to our day and age, point.

But for those who know and love the Word of God and the God of the Word, this new find in Israel is an exciting moment. These researchers have much more to unearth in this tunnel. Who knows what else God in His Providence would have them discover. We do know this, He guides them and whatever they find will be for His glory and joy of His people!

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Friday, September 07, 2007

WHO IS SMARTER?


The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany has conducted some research. Groundbreaking, unique much needed research that has resulted in the world learning that people are smarter than monkeys! Believe it or not Mr. Ripley, this research has actually been done, people have actually spent money to "figure this out". From the wires;

"European scientists gave a battery of cognitive tests lasting three to five hours separately to 105 2-year-old children, 106 chimpanzees and 32 orang-utans over two weeks.

"Using these multiple tests allows us to pinpoint where are the similarities and where are the differences," researcher Josep Call of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany said
In one social learning test, a researcher showed the children and apes how to pop open a plastic tube to get food or a toy contained inside. The children observed and imitated the solution.
Chimpanzees and orang-utans, however, tried to smash open the tube or yank out the contents with their teeth."

The results are in, kids are smarter than chimps! Is there anyone other than died in the wool kool-aid drinking followers of Darwin who did not know that? It is amazing that people would spend money on projects such as this. But beneath studies like this is the pre-supposition that there is no difference between monkeys and humans. It is the ideology that longs to prove that man evolved from apes, and thus there is no Creator. Because if there is a Creator then the creation would be responsible to their Creator. The goal has always been to prove that there is no God, from the Garden of Eden people have sought to hide in their sins from God.

This is the problem that Jesus Christ solves. His death burial and resurrection make it so that sinners no longer need to hide from God, but through Christ can run to and embrace God as their Father. The foolishness of people is that they would rather waste their time and energy seeking to equate humans with monkeys, trying to disprove the existence of God. Have you ever heard a dying person cry out and pray to a monkey?

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

WELL DONE!


Born Nov. 3, 1930, became a Christian in 1953, died September 5th 2007, those are the vital statistics on D. James Kennedy. The numbers that cover his two births and his one death, but there is so much more that happened between the womb and the grave. After receiving Christ as his Savior, Kennedy gave his life to the ministry of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was an ordinary man that simply said, "here am I send me", and the Lord did amazing things through him. Consider the following:

When he came to Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in 1959, it had just 45 members, today it has 10,000.

Along with his pastorship and leadership at Coral Ridge Ministries, Kennedy founded Knox Theological Seminary and Westminster Academy.

In 1962 he began Evangelism Explosion. ( I have always found it awesome that a good reformed brother was responsible for evangelism training)
In 1996, Evangelism Explosion became the first Christian ministry to be established in every nation on earth.

I could go on and on but you see the picture. It is what God can do through a man who is passionate for the glory of God and lives to preach, teach and live the Word of God. D. James Kennedy was an ordinary man through which God did extraordinary things for His glory. His life should inspire all followers of Christ to not waste their lives but live with passion for Him. And be encouraged that God uses ordinary people, the foolish to confound the wise, the weak to bring down the strong.

For D. James Kennedy his faith has become sight, and these are the words that will ring through eternity for him;

"Well done good and faithful servant"

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

HIS HOLY BOOK CALLS JEWS PIGS, LETS PUT HIM ON THE ANTI-SEMITE COMMITTEE?


U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. is the man who broke with tradition and was sworn in with his hand on the Koran. He is the one who allowed his election supporters to shout, "Allahu Akbar!," the same phrase used by terrorists around the world as they commit their heinous crimes. He is also the same man who compared George Bush to Adolf Hitler after the 9/11 attacks. And he is the one who according to reports, "has spoken several times for the Muslim American Society's Minnesota chapter, which promotes the Quran on its website, including statements such as: "Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)."

Why all of the background on the Congressman? Because amazingly he is serving on a congressional committee dealing with anti-Semitism. How in the world would you put a man whose religion advocates the slaughter of Jews everywhere if they do not convert to his faith on that committee? How does a man whose holy book speaks of Jews as pigs, end up on a committee whose subject matter is anti-Semitism? Joe Kaufman, president of Americans Against Hate, which also calls itself a terror watchdog organization had this to say from the wires;

"It is highly offensive for a congressional task force on anti-Semitism to allow a man that willingly speaks in front of anti-Semitic groups to be associated with its organization. The Congressional Task Force on Anti-Semitism] needs to end its relationship with Ellison immediately."

A man who follows the Koran so closely that he had it replace the Bible in his swearing in ceremony on a committee to protect Jews? What is next Planned Parenthood in control of the committee for abstinence? Washington DC is the greatest show on earth. Put a tent around it and charge admission!

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pastor tom
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Monday, September 03, 2007

A RECORD BREAKER? SAD, BUT TRUE!


Pop culture is a great way to get a handle on the pulse of people. What they watch, what they like to listen to, what they read, if they read may be a better way to put it. Over the Labor day weekend there was a movie that broke all records for the holiday weekend. That is significant because it not only broke previous records, but shattered them. The movie you ask? Halloween! The story of serial killer directed by Rob Zombie who made his feature directing debut with 2003's "House of 1000 Corpses."

What does it say that a slasher movie is the number one record breaking movie in our country? It says a lot, but for our purposes lets consider one thing it screams, pun intended! The message here is that life is cheap, it does not matter. Movies like this do nothing but cheapen life in the eyes of their viewers. I realize there are many other genres that you could make the same point with, but slasher movies in particular attack the value of life. When you have a culture that does not respect life, you then have a culture that has an easier time eliminating it, whether it is in the womb or walking down the street. God tells us in His Word that life is His creation, His handiwork, and as such should be valued.

The Rob Zombies of the world make their living promoting the opposite message. The question today is which message do you believe? The answer is often seen in where you put your time and money!

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pastor tom
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