Engaging Your World

Friday, December 28, 2007

THE GREATEST HOAX OF ALL!


As 2007 winds down there are many things that it will be remembered for,not the least of which will be the Global Warming propaganda blitz. This is the year that Al Gore, propagandist in chief, won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the scam that is man made global warming. It is amazing that something so disbelieved by so many in the scientific community could be hailed as a legitimate concern, so much so that most candidates running for President in 2008 are dancing to the tune. Yet the skeptics continue to speak out with little notoriety or coverage. Consider this skeptic from the wires;

"The most conspicuous doubter in France is Claude Allegre, a former education minister and a physicist by profession. His new book, ``Ma Verite Sur la Planete'' (``My Truth About the Planet''), doesn't mince words.
He calls Gore a ``crook'' presiding over an eco-business that pumps out cash. As for Gore's French followers, the author likens them to religious zealots who, far from saving humanity, are endangering it. Driven by a Judeo-Christian guilt complex, he says, French greens paint worst-case scenarios and attribute little-understood cycles to human misbehavior.
Allegre doesn't deny that the climate has changed or that extreme weather has become more common. He instead emphasizes the local character of these phenomena.
While the icecap of the North Pole is shrinking, the one covering Antarctica -- or 92percent of the Earth's ice -- is not, he says. Nor have Scandinavian glaciers receded, he says. To play down these differences by basing forecasts on a global average makes no sense to Allegre.
He dismisses talk of renewable energies, such as wind or solar power, saying it would take a century for them to become a serious factor in meeting the world's energy demands. "

There are hundreds of well qualified people like Allegre who are silenced by the mainstream media. Man made global warming will be looked at by people in the future the way we look at bloodletting for a headache today. It is one of the greatest hoaxes played on people in the history of man. Yet we have politicians and a President who in lockstep came up with a bill that will do away with the incandescent light bulb, due to the propaganda that is man made global warming. As the old saying goes, when it comes to man made global warming, "the lights are on, but no one is at home"!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

DEAD!


She stood for women's rights in Pakistan. She stood with the leader of Afghanistan against Islamic terrorism. She had been in exile and now was back and in the running as a major player on the political scene in Pakistan. While she had many threats she was not deterred from her mission of seeking office again. And today she is dead. Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader and former Prime Minister was killed today at a political rally. Early reports indicate she was shot in the neck and head as she got into her can as a suicide bomber blew himself up.
Her death was predicted and promised by Islamists. They declared that she would never make it to the January elections, and they were right.

While you might not know of her or the situation in Pakistan, you will. This country is already armed with nuclear weapons, and is on the brink of chaos. The situation has never been more ripe for Islamists to take control of those weapons. Bhutto sought office to give women their rights, to take on the terrorists, to bring some sanity to an insane part of the world. That was not to be, as things could not be more tenuous than they are right now. The fuse is about to be lit and the explosion will be heard and felt around the world, as Islam seeks to conquer the world, and will eliminate any who get in its way. The beat goes on!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

LET US COMPETE!


Toyota has become the number one make of automobiles in the world. While that might not be something that you care about, it is noteworthy. General Motors has held that title for seven decades! For over seventy years GM has been number one, and now it is an automaker whose origin is a country different from ours. This is the latest and probably the clearest picture of the power shift that that is happening in the world. The United States is no longer the undisputed manufacturing giant it once was. This is in large part due to the unequal playing field our companies are made to play on.

Often our products are subject to taxes and fees before they enter the foreign markets. China is one example of this, as they hit our products with fees that make it a clearly disadvantaged situation for our companies. Yet the leaders of our country, in all of their "wisdom", for years have not reciprocated with the same on our end. In other words, China can trade free here but will not allow us to do so there. How and why this matters, is the upcoming Presidential elections. While you are searching for the right candidate, do not overlook the issue of free trade. It is high time that our workers were given a fair shake around the world.

The reality is and always has been, when we have the chance to compete fairly we win much more than we lose. But it is hard to win when you have to compete under the current scenario. Some would advocate that everyone buys American. I do not believe that is the answer, or that it would ever work. People will buy what is the best product at the best price, period. The answer is not convincing people to pay more for the same value, but rather take the handcuffs off of our businesses so they can compete fairly. If that is done you will not have to sell people on buying American, they will come to that conclusion on their own!

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pastor tom
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Monday, December 24, 2007

IS IT MERRY CHRISTMAS, OR HAPPY DEBT DAY?


As we enter into the celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there is troubling news on the home front. People are sinking deeper and deeper into credit card debt, and more and more of them cannot make their payments. Here is a startling number from the wires;

"The value of credit card accounts at least 30 days late jumped 26 percent to $17.3 billion in October from a year earlier at 17 large credit card trusts."

It is the biggest con in the world, credit. The credit card companies target people as soon as they are of age, and sometimes earlier. They have normalized buying things without having the money. In fact you will regularly hear people tell young people that they need to have a credit card, so they can, get this, "establish credit!" In the spirit of full disclosure, I use credit cards and have fallen into the trap of credit card debt, so I do not write this from the , better than thou, perspective.

So now as the economy begins to realize what a falling dollar, and more and more foreign ownership means, regular average people are feeling the crunch. Guess what? The bill has come due, and there is not enough money to pay, so many people will simply declare bankruptcy and begin all over again. Which by the way, is part of the problem. The problem of credit is that gives the illusion of things not having a cost, therefore people do not have to be responsible. When you add in the benefit of a bankruptcy that allows people to truly not be responsible for what they owe, you have the recipe for the disaster that is beginning in our nation.

As I write this, and as you read, the reality is that tonight and tomorrow people will give gifts that they did not have the money to buy, but they bought them anyway. Others will receive gifts that were bought on credit, because the giver could not afford to pay for them. And all of this will be done in the name of.......Jesus? As His people we can do better than that. We should at least understand Christmas enough to only buy what we can pay for at the time. If we really understand Christmas, which of course is the question!

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pastor tom
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Friday, December 21, 2007

DADS, WHO DO YOU WANT TEACHING YOUR DAUGHTERS?


Jamie Lynn Spears is Brittney's little sister. She is the sixteen year old who stars in the popular television show Zoey Girl. And oh yeah, she is pregnant! Now let me be clear that it is a good decision for her to have the baby, as I would not want to see her or anyone have an abortion. But it is the reaction that will be interesting to watch. Brittney Spears is a weekly, if not daily live horror show, as the world gets to watch this human being self destruct. She is fodder for comedians, a meal ticket for paparazzi, and following in Anna Nicole Smiths footsteps. If that is not bad enough, the fact that she is idolized by young girls is a tragic reality. Brittney Spears with all of her vices on display has and is leading many a young girl astray as they seek to be like her. And you need to look no further than her younger sister to see that those who look up to her, do the things that she does.

This is why young girls need good role models to look up to. To look to the celebrities of our day is to be led to destruction. Moms and Dads need to step up to the plate, but particularly Dads! Understand that it is not a good thing that your little girl wants to be like Brittney, or Jamie Lynn. Understand that those desires to dress like they do is more than innocent child play. Dads you need to be involved in your little girls life. She needs to see what is means for a husband to love a wife. She needs to see from you that men respect women. She needs to see her body as precious and only to be given to the man that God has chosen for her, and not until the wedding day. Take the time and put forth the effort to be the Dad that your daughter not only loves, but sees all the qualities that her future husband must have. It takes a strong loving father to keep a young girl pure, and respecting herself and her God. But there is no more important job for you to give your all in. And it is well worth it, especially considering the alternative. Your motivation is as simple as asking this one question, who do you want to have more influence in your little girls life, you or Brittney and Jamie Lynn?

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pastor tom
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

WOULD YOU LET THIS MAN TELL YOU HOW TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN?


A mom has finally had enough of the police state tactics and has moved her family away from the problem.. She could no longer put up with the jack boot threats of jail if she did not put her children in public school. She was told that homeschooling fails one hundred percent of the time and if she did not enroll her children in public school she would be sent to prison. Is this another development in the Germany story? No, this is a mom who lived in Utah! That is correct, Denise Mafi,who has home schooled her children for nine years moved her family to parts unknown due to the threats from Utah Judge Scott Johansen. I have been saying for some time that this is on the way, and here it is.

When looking at the family in Germany who had their daughter taken away from them because the parents home schooled her, I said then, this is on the way. We now have on record a Judge making statements and threats of jail for no other reason than his own twisted ideology. This is going to become the norm for parents. The government, by that I mean all three branches, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, are more and more being filled with people who believe they know what is best for your children. Better put, they believe they know better than you, the parent.

Consequently, government at state and federal levels is going to increasingly seek control of your children. While you might have your children in a nice friendly public school, while you might have a nice homeschooling situation where local educators have signed off on your plans, you can be sure this is going to change. Government believes they can raise your children better than you. They believe your children need to learn about homosexuality and transgenderism by the age of five. They believe that you do not have the ability or capability to teach your own children, and their belief is so deep that they will put you in jail for disagreeing with them.

We are moving to a new time in our country. A time of government intervention in family life. A time of Big Brother not only watching, but by force dictating what you as a parent can and cannot do with your children. And eventually, if nothing changes, if no one stands up to be counted, the reality will be to go against Big Brother will mean being removed from the equation!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

THE CROSS IS FLOATING, THE CROSS IS FLOATING..... GIVE ME A BREAK!


The sky is falling, the sky is falling, it is the end of the world as we know it. Have you not heard what happened? Gov. Mike Huckabee made an add with a floating cross on it. He did it to put the cross in the face of people and it is the Crusades all over again!!!

How ridiculous is that? This is what you are hearing and reading due to Gov. Huckabee's add wishing people Merry Christmas. I have seen the add and it is a bookcase that is behind him. There is a Christmas tree that covers part of the bookcase in the background and as the camera moves I guess if you want to stare at the background and make that leap of logic you could say there is a floating cross. What in the world is wrong with people? Have they lost their minds? Bill Donahue of the Catholic league is up in arms over the add, as our others, and it exposes how partisan these people truly are. It would seem to me if Mr. Donahue were a good Catholic he would like the idea of a floating cross, if there were such a thing.

This is how politically correct we have become. It is a sad comment on this country, and also should be a wake up call to those who still have a brain that actually works. Speak up and address these things when you hear them. I am sure with the Christmas season upon us you will have ample opportunity to speak with friends and relatives who have drank the liberal, politically correct kool-aid and will come forth with ignorant uninformed statements like, "there if a floating cross in the add".

Sure there is, and the Loch Ness Monster is real, Big Foot will be found soon, and Hillary Clinton will make a good President.(sorry but that one never gets old)

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

THANKS A LOT GOVERNOR!


Bill SB777 signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in California was going to be an anti-discriminatory bill. A bill that makes sure all ideas were included for the benefit of the children. Anyone who pad any attention at all knew that the bill was simply another assault on our culture and children from the homosexual community. Of course to say that in this day and age is to be painted as a bigot, a homophobe etc. etc.. Well here we are not to long after the Governor foolishly signed this bill and guess what is happening? You probably will not be surprised to find out in the wake of this bills signing the homosexuals have submitted a list of material for future curriculum inclusion. Their ideas you ask? Here are some of their "recommendations]", from the wires;

"A list of school resources, sponsored by a homosexual-advocacy group called Safe Schools Coalition, suggests that for those who are only two years old, there's "Felicia's Favorite Story," which tells how she was "adopted by her two mothers."

The list also promotes a book called "Are You a Girl or a Boy?" by Karleen Jiminez, a resource for children ages 4-8 when advocating homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices.

It's described as "A sweet book about a gender-different kid."

At two years old we want them to be taught about having two mommies and for those four to eight, we want them to work through the idea they might be a different gender than they think. While this is outrageous and perverse and downright disgusting, it is a fact of life in California. You see the homosexual activists are not much different from the Islamists in this regard, they will say anything and do anything and even agree to anything, if it furthers their agenda The other common touch point with them is that they will not stop until they have normalized their radical view point throughout our country. So once again I invoke Sean Connery as he lay dying in the "Untouchables", the question he asks the character played by Kevin Costner is the same one for us today,

"what are you willing to do about this?"

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pastor tom
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Monday, December 17, 2007

DOES THIS STOP YOU?


Living in New England means that you have to deal with snow, a lot. And this past weekend was no different as the snow and sleet and freezing rain came down Saturday night into Sunday. This presents a dilemma for many churches as they seek to decide what is best, have church with very few people, or cancel and have people stay home. In my over fourteen years as Senior Pastor of my present church I have never canceled church. While I do not want this to be taken as a criticism of churches that do cancel or people that decide to stay home, I need to share my reasoning.

For me to cancel church would be a slap in the face of my brothers and sisters around the world, and an insult to my God. Every time the subject comes up due to an impending storm, all I can think of are my brothers and sisters who week after week risk it all to go to church. People who literally have given their lives because they wanted to go to church. Families who will walk miles to go to church. Others who meet in an underground church. Then there are all of our brothers and sisters who are imprisoned and beaten and being killed for being found at a Bible believing church. Today as you read this there are families without husbands and fathers because they preached the Word of God. When the price and cost to attend church is so high around the world. When so many of the body of Christ willingly and with joy pay that price every week, I cannot with good conscience in front of my God cancel church because the weather is going to be bad.

In my mind if it costs a little more to go to church in bad weather, then praise God we are getting to understand a very tiny bit of the rest of our family in Christ. If there is some danger due to weather, to get to church, praise God that He has counted us worthy to endure danger to get to church that week. Again I do not seek to condemn or criticize others, but as for me and my house we will go to church, and we will conduct church every week, regardless of what the weather will be. It is the least we can do to honor our God and pay tribute to our persecuted brothers and sisters!

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pastor tom
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Friday, December 14, 2007

EVERYONE WINS, NO ONE LOSES, IT IS ALWAYS A TIE.ETC. ETC. ETC!


Ours is a time when children are taught there are never any losers. Kids play on sports teams that do not keep score, others play on teams where the score always ends in a tie. The lesson that is learned is that you never lose, and you always will be equal to everyone else regardless of performance. It is a bad way to teach children as some of the greatest life lessons come through defeat and hard times. This child centered philosophy is not only for the young, it is an ideology that you can track all the way through their school years. Which brings us to an East Harlem high school principal who sent the following in a memo to teachers, from the wires;

"If you are not passing more than 65 percent of your students in a class, then you are not designing your expectations to meet their abilities, and you are setting your students up for failure, which, in turn, limits your success as a professional.Most of our students come from the lowest third percentile in academic achievement, have difficult home lives, and struggle with life in general. They DO NOT have a similar upbringing nor a similar school experience to our experiences growing up."

You can hear it in Principal Bennett Lieberman's words, expectations must meet abilities, in other words bring the bar down to meet the student, instead of teaching the student to reach the higher bar. It is what produces adults who cannot stay married, cannot hold a job, who live with an entitlement philosophy that they have learned from an early age. The good news is that some students were offended when they found out about the memo, again from the wires;

"That's not the way to pass," 12th grader Richard Palacios said. "That's not the way to get your education, so you're basically cheating yourself."

Good for Richard, he is sign that there is still hope. There are still children being raised to believe that hard work is what is needed in life, whether you are in school or are the principal of the school. A lesson that Richard could teach his principal, if the principal were willing to listen and work hard at changing. An interesting situation where the student is further along than the master!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

ONLY IN AMERICA?


In an amazing display of big brother watching Roger Earl was threatened with arrest for nothing more than walking his daughter in a baby carriage, and praying. Roger had dropped his wife off at an abortion protest where she would stand, not protesting, but seeking to speak with any women going for an abortion, an activity which is known as sidewalk counseling. Roger, who had protested in the past, after dropping his wife off, got out and took their baby for a walk. He was across the street bothering no one, simply walking and praying with his prayer book when a female officer stopped him and instructed him to stop. She also got her Sargent involved and he politely told Mr.Earl that if he did not stop he would be arrested!

In America, it is possible for you to be arrested for walking alone and praying. As incredible as that seems, it is a sad, unconstitutional reality of life. But rather than read what I have to say about how far this country has fallen from its founding principles, the things that make us a great nation, go to this link and watch this for yourself. As they now say, a video on You Tube is worth a million words, here is your link;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTRkpKaJZ3k

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

JESUS BROTHER?


Much is being made of Presidential candidate Mike Huckabees forthcoming article where he posits the question of whether or not Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are in fact brothers. From what I understand Huckabee poses it as a question that he is simply asking, without knowing whether that is true or not. To be fair I find the notion that he does not know whether they believe this or not, disingenuous at best, and dishonest at worst. While I do not know if Gov. Huckabee knows this or not, I have to believe that by this time in the campaign, with Mormonism being such a hot topic, he has to know that this is what they believe. It does not pass the sniff test to believe anything other than Huckabee is putting the question out there because he does know and wants others to know. I find his form of bringing this to the forefront disappointing, although I guess I must leave open the possibility he does not know.

Having said that the Mormon teaching is that Jesus and Satan were brothers. I give you this from the LDS website;

"On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel “who was in authority in the presence of God,” a “son of the morning.” (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25–27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer’s older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)"

D&C stand for Doctrine and Covenants, a Mormon document. There is much about Mormonism that is very very strange. Their beliefs come from Joseph Smith, a charlatan of the 1800's who was arrested as a teenager for charging money to tell people their fortunes from rocks. Then shortly after Smith supposedly had a visit from Angels and through, again, magic rocks a new revelation of God. Smith was shown by those contemporary with him to be a fraud and circus like character. But time has legitimized his beliefs, as time gone by will often do. The Mormon teaching is very strange. Having said that you probably could not have better neighbors than Mormons. They are upright, moral people who are quick to help when needed. Now the big question, would you vote for a Mormon? That is an answer you all will soon need to answer!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?


In an incredible lack of judgment, decency, care, and any other word you can think of, two Penn State students dressed up like Virginia Tech students who had been shot. This has been in the news recently as the pictures were found on some students Internet page. The reaction has been one of horror, sadness and outrage, as some have supposedly threatened the lives of the students who did this despicable thing. While I would not advocate such an extreme response, it is frightening to hear the comments of one of the students who dressed up as if he were a VT student who had been shot. Sadly, from the wires;

"Today, one of the students, who reportedly wore one of the controversial outfits, said he will not apologize. "Never ever ever," Nathan Jones told The Daily Collegian, the student paper at Penn State. Jones, a senior biochemistry major, told the paper that he never thought the images would cause an uproar. "A lot of people do crazy, insensitive things," he said. "I knew what I was doing was sad. I did it for that reason. It was never meant to get out."

Twenty seven students and five faculty members were killed in this senseless attack and this student not only dressed up like one of them, but refuses to apologize! This is the product of a culture where children are the center of the world and never held responsible for any of their actions. The two students who dressed up that night were not all of a sudden insensitive, uncaring, self centered people. They were raised to be that. They are a product of the put your kids first movement. The my children cannot go without group. The whole world revolves around me fraternity. The sad reality of the actions of these students hopefully will encourage you to raise your children differently. Hopefully you read this and say,' not my children, they are not going to grow up to turn out this way."

Imagine being so cold towards others that you would dress up in such a way as to bring the horror, pain and tragedy to the surface again for people who will never get over the loss of their loved ones. Vengeance is not what should be done to these two, what should be done is that they are made to go and visit every family that lost loved ones on that day. The should be made to sit and look these poor people in their faces and explain why they did what they did. In other words they should be held accountable and made to suffer the consequences of their actions. A novel idea!

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pastor tom
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Monday, December 10, 2007

BLESSED MARTYRS!



Today is the day after. The day after a horrific scene in Colorado where a gunman gunned down people at the Youth with a Mission headquarters and at New Life Church. People were wounded and some were killed. While the nation and the church is rocked by this news, we need to understand that this is the norm for the body of Christ. Followers of Jesus Christ for centuries, by the scores, have been called to be martyrs. Giving your life for Jesus Christ places you with the martyrs from all centuries. Those who sing how long oh Lord, how long, at His throne. It is a privilege to die for your faith in Christ. This does not mean that you do not grieve and that this is not a tragic event for families and friends of the deceased. I in no way want to demean or belittle the loss, in fact just the opposite, I would want them all to see the honor bestowed on the loves ones they lost.

The first thing we go to is the Word of God which tells us for a follower of Christ, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Yesterday was the best day for those who lost their lives, as they went to be with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Two of them had spent much of their young life serving as missionaries, while the others were actually at church to worship when they left this earth. It is gain to die because it is the presence of the Lord that we go to.

The other thing that is brought into focus is the reality that this happens every day somewhere in the world. Followers of Jesus are paying the cost in countries throughout the world. We do not hear about this very often in our part of the world, but it is happening daily. Even now as you read this someone somewhere is paying the price for being a follower of Christ. This should encourage you to pray for your brothers and sisters who sit in prison, who face beatings and torture and who are being murdered for no other reason than loving Jesus. Any time you think to pray for them is a good time, as there is always someone somewhere going through the rough waters of persecution.

So today as you pray for the families of those who have lost their loved ones, and I hope you do, also remember to pray for all of the rest who are going through the same, or worse. But also remember to rejoice that when they are killed, they receive the reward of their faith, the presence of Jesus for all eternity!

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Friday, December 07, 2007

WOULD YOUR CHILDREN DO THIS?


Forty percent of teenagers who took a 2007 online survey for Junior Achievement and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, an accounting firm, agreed that to get ahead you need to cheat. Seventy one percent of those surveyed said they are ready for the work force. How does it happen that four out of ten teenagers believe you do whatever it is you have to to get ahead? How do we end up with these examples given by teens from the wires;

"plagiarizing and cheating to make good grades, lying when necessary and stealing when you're short on cash "

I would suggest this is the result of a lack of parenting. When kids are latch key, when mom and dad are not at home, and the television and computers raise them, this is the result. For those who believe that there is not consequence to the career woman, think again. For those who believe that children can make the right decisions on their own, think again. This survey and others expose the reality of a coming generation with no concern for anyone but themselves. There is coming a narcissistic generation that has not been seen this side of the Roman Empire.

Let me encourage you moms and dads to not allow, that is correct, not allow your children to fall into this trap. Find things for them to do that are ministry to others. Find ways for them to serve others, so that they will know and realize the great joy that is the ministry of Christ. While four out of ten are falling more and more in love with themselves and stepping on people to get ahead, let your children be among those who follow Jesus Christ as servants to others!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

ABSTINENCE= MORE SEX? ABSURD!


On Wednesday, government statisticians said the teen birth rate rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006. It is the first increase in fifteen years and people are seeking answers. Here is an amazing quote from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo;

"Congress needs to stop knee-jerk approving abstinence-only funding when it's clear it's not working."

It truly makes you wonder how people can get elected, who think this way. Would it not make sense that abstinence only is the surest, purest, most definite way to keep from being pregnant? Abstinence works 100% of the time it is practiced, it never fails, by definition. But Rep. DeGette seems to not understand this very simple fact. There is nothing said by her about the fact that condoms are being used now more than they ever have been in the last fifteen years. I would advocate there is your problem. It is not the abstinence only teaching, but rather teenagers having sex and believing the lie that condoms will prevent pregnancies all of the time.

It would seem to me the facts would indicate and drive you to question the teachings of Planned Parenthood and others who would push for kids to have "safe sex", using condoms and other birth control methods. If the teen birth rate has gone up it cannot be abstinence teaching that is at fault, but rather the safe sex lies that kids are told by adults who should know better. Be warned, in the coming days you will hear abstinence only education under attack. As it is, watch and see all of the apparently educated people who will jump on the bandwagon. With all of their education they will, with a straight face, say the problem is we are teaching kids to abstain from sex totally, and because of that the teen birth rate went up! And the moon is made of cheese, the earth is flat, and Hillary Clinton would make a good President!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

IS THIS THE WAY TO FINISH?


Booth Gardner 71, is a former Governor of the state of Washington. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and understands the reality of the disease. While it will have impact on his neurology and memory it will not kill him. You think that this would be good news for a man with grand kids, but this has become his clarion call to have one last political cause. It is what he calls "Death with Dignity", in other words assisted suicide. Booth is attempting to get on the ballot an initiative that would allow doctors to kill patients with narcotics if they should wish to die. This comment from the wires reveals much behind the ideology of Booth and those who would advocate with him;

“My life, my death, my control.”

It is that simple. When you believe you can be God as has been told us since the Garden of Eden, then you end up with this logic. It truly does become possible for you to control everything, from your life to your death, because you are God. But that is not the reality of our lives. It is not our life, nor our death, nor in our control. The Word of God tells us that He is the one who authors all of the days of our lives before we are born. That we all have an appointment with death, and then a judgment. This has already been done. Your moment of death has already been written by God and you will not die one moment sooner nor one moment later than what God has already sovereignly decreed.

This should give you fuel for life, if you are a follower of Christ. The Word tells us that to live is Christ and to die is gain. And the dying is already planned, so do not waste your life trying to postpone of hurry it up, because you can't. It is a sad place to be when you believe the best thing you could do is get a law passed that allowed people to enable others to kill themselves. Why not spend your last days on this earth living for the Glory of God with passion, knowing you will not leave this earth until He is done with you? While that is the much better way to live, you must be a true follower of Jesus Christ to live that way. So pray for Mr. Booth and others like him who still believe the lie that you can be like God! Which is what his son Doug a believer in Christ knows, in Doug's words;
"Dad's lost,He's playing God, trying to usurp God's authority"
Amen Doug!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

HAS GOD TURNED HIM OVER TO HIS DEPRAVITY YET?


Each year Time magazine has a "Person of the Year". It is an honorary award given to someone who has made an impact on the world in the past year. The impact does not necessarily have to be for good, as there have been recipients in the past whom you could make the case were not promoting good for society. As 2007 winds down the magazine prepares itself for another recipient of their award. As it gets closer there is the usual speculation and even campaigning on behalf of others. But NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams takes the cake with his nominee. I give you his words from the wires;

"My nominee for 2007 Person of the Year is a woman--a woman with a history of abuse, a woman who has never run for elective office, someone we all know, someone who makes her presence known on a daily basis in all our lives and, for my money, is better than any male alternative."

At this point we all would be inclined to consider this person for the award as she seems to be the perfect type of person to receive person of the year. The only problem is with the rest of Williams statement, again from the wires;

"That woman is Mother Earth. I think the environment is the compelling issue of our time."

Mother Earth? Does Mr. Williams not see a slight problem with person of the year? Does the "person" part of that cause him any consternation with his nominee? His definition exposes his and many others view of creation as a person. Williams and those sympathetic with his ideology seek to give the planet human standing in the world. Therefore it becomes just as wrong to waste energy as it is to abuse a child. You hear the equality in his statement, which brings to mind the Word of God, where the Apostle Paul in writing to the church at Rome describes a people who worship the creation rather than the Creator. Although they are aware of God they do not worship Him as God but rather worship things like the planet, and animals.

God in His Word is clear that when people do such things, it incites His wrath and gives cause for Him to pour His wrath out on all ungodliness and unrighteousness. Statements like the one given by Williams is reason for God to turn Williams and those like him over to their depravity. I would encourage you to pray for Brian Williams and those who worship the creation rather than the Creator. God is true to His Word, which means their time is limited and their just reward is coming. May God have mercy!

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pastor tom
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Monday, December 03, 2007

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?


I wondered when this was going to happen. A married doctor at a Long Island hospital in the late 1980s donated his sperm to a female hospital resident who was trying to have a baby with her lesbian partner. Though he did not obtain custody, the doctor allowed his name to be on the birth certificate, and even sent cards and presents over the years. From the wires we read, "when the boy moved to Oregon with his mother and her partner in 1993, regular contact stopped. Since then, the man's contact with the child consisted of seven phone calls and one brief meeting over the past 15 years."

A judge has ruled that the doctor must pay child support for the boy who is 18 and headed to college. This is a fascinating ruling that brings back discussion of sperm donors. Is a sperm donor just a sperm donor, or is he a father? Once there has been conception the child is biologically the donors. It has his DNA. Now many would make the point and rightly so, that it takes more than sperm to make a father, and I would agree. But the courts ruling does make you stop and think about this ability for people to donate sperm, for which people of any moral persuasion can purchase.

What if all of the women who have sperm donor babies went back and demanded child support from the donor? You would see that business collapse quickly. The fact that a lesbian couple can go buy sperm, or have it donated for them to have a "family" is a sad state of affairs. But the truth is sperm donation has been around for a long time and that is even sadder. I would advocate adoption for those couples who cannot have children on their own. There is a world full of needy children who could have their lives change through adoption. It borders on vanity that we have to have the semblance of our own child, thus there must be a pregnancy and a birth. Better that we trust God and His plan for our lives.

I will say this though, if you have been a sperm donor, it might not be a bad idea to talk to a lawyer, because as a comedian long ago said, "here comes the judge!"

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com