Engaging Your World

Thursday, January 31, 2008

UNITY... AT WHAT COST?


In Atlanta yesterday there began meetings known as the "New Baptist Covenant". Led by former President Jimmy Carter the goal is to bring "Baptists" together to meet discuss, proclaim, and model unity. Carter is quoted as stating;

"What is the prevailing image of Christians today?" Carter said. "It's the image of divisions among brothers and sisters of Christ as we struggle for authority or argue about the interpretation of individual verses in the Holy Scripture."
He called animosity among Christians "a cancer metastasizing in the body of Christ."

As an organizer of the event Carter has called upon Christians to unite. The interesting thing is that those attending are from the groups that either maintain a liberal reading of Scripture and/or are opposed to the Southern Baptist 2000 confession that called for a Scriptural understanding of marriage and a refusal to ordain women as Pastors. While President Carter sounds good in his proclamation of desired unity, the reality is that there are occasions when it does matter how you interpret Scripture. As speakers President Clinton, Al Gore and others call for unity, the Word of God tells us that there is only one gospel and any variation from that one gospel is to be accursed.When you head down the road of unity at all costs you are heading towards a different gospel.

When the Southern Baptist Convention turned back to the literal rendering of the Word of God, there was an outcry from those in the camp of President Carter. When the Southern Baptist's confessed that the Word of God called for a wife to submit to her husband, President and Mrs. Carter renounced their membership. So as this convention is held in Atlanta proclaiming their desire for unity among Christians, the question becomes who decides which Scriptures matter and which do not? The rich history of the Church is full of those who literally gave their lives for the integrity of the Word of God. For President Carter and others to come along and deconstruct the Word of God in the name of social justice is to move away from the truth of the gospel, not fulfill it. Unity at the expense of Gods Word is not Unity, but rather Apostacy!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

WHAT WILL YOU EAT TODAY?


As we move through life day by day we are a busy people. There is much to accomplish each day with work, families and the normal responsibilities. One things most if not all of us do not have to worry about each day is eating. We do not wake up wondering where our food will come from each day. We are a nation of plenty and a people of much, but in other parts of the world people are not as fortunate. We have all seen the pictures and commercials of little children around the world with their bellies swollen from lack of nourishment. Today there is a story of how some people in Haiti survive and it is heart rendering.

Charlene Dumas is a 16 year old mom with a one month old son. And each day for food she eats mud! That is right, mud! Because of the cost of food and the lack of means, she eats cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening. While the dirt cookies you see pictured here are a means of filling her stomach, they give her stomach pains and make her babies stomach hurt from nursing as well. Today you and I have the option of stopping at a convenience store and in one visit getting more nutrition than Charlene will have in a month.

When you have your next meal remember Charlene who will eat dirt cookies. Tell your children about her so you can all pray for her and the millions like her around the world that are starving. Maybe her story will be what incites a passion in your children to give their lives helping those less fortunate around the world. Maybe Charlene will be the motivation for them to give of their income when they are older to those agencies who seek to feed people like her. Or maybe, just maybe her story will motivate you to do something about this problem. True religion, true faith according to Gods Word is feeding those who have no food. Helping those who today will eat literal dirt in order to have something in their stomachs. What are you prepared to do about that?

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A DECISION WORTHY OF IMPEACHMENT!


Parents and students spend small fortunes in order to have a college degree. Many believe that they will not make it in society if they are not in possession of the paper that declares they have completed the requirements to be awarded the degree. While it is an arguable position it is understandable and thus colleges continue to do a booming business. At the beginning of each school year there are orientation meetings for both parents and their children. These are to make mom and dad comfortable that they have made the right choice in sending them their most prized possessions. I wonder how the moms and dads of the students of William and Mary are feeling today?

The "genius" you see pictured here is the President of the college Gene Nichol, who today gave the go ahead for the college to have on campus a "Sex Workers Art Show". I kid you not, in fact I wish I was kidding but there is going to be a show that will have as participants, and I quote;

"..performances and monologues by strippers, prostitutes and other sex workers, with its goal being to "dispel the myth that (the performers) are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses."

There was a Unitarian church that was going to have the event but could not due to a county ruling that forbid public nudity, so good old William and Mary college is going to accommodate the perversity. Imagine being a mom or a dad who has worked your whole life in order to send your children to college, to find out that this is what your investment has produced. Colleges today are quick becoming the worst place to send your children as they are little more than indoctrination labs seeking to infect and affect your children. What once would have been illegal and worthy of arrest is now being played out on college campuses with the approval of the administration. And where was I when prostitution was deemed genius,innovative and art? Not even President Nichol can truly believe that, or can he?

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pastor tom
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Friday, January 25, 2008

NO GREATER LOVE!

From time to time a story is found that truly represents the best of humanity. Today we have one such story that is nothing less than a picture of Christ like love. Lorraine Allard is the mother of three children who became pregnant with her fourth, a time that brings great joy to a family. In this case it was a short lived joy, as four months into her pregnancy she found out that she was in the advanced stages of liver cancer. A piece of devastating news that left this mom with some incredible decisions to make. She could either terminate the pregnancy and save herself or delay treatment for the safety of the baby,all but sealing her doom. It is unfathomable to try to understand her dilemma. She has a husband and three children who need her and a baby in the womb who cannot live without her. I am sure there were advocates from both sides of the issue giving her loving advice, but truth be told she was left to make this decision on her own, as no one other than God Himself can decide something of this magnitude.

She decided in favor of the life of her unborn baby. Knowing that she would have to terminate the pregnancy to save herself Lorraine chose to put her own life on the line for the sake of her child. She was willing to lay her life down for the life of her baby, a love that demonstrates Jesus Christ. The Word of God tells us that there is no greater love than the love of a person laying down their life for another. Jesus did this for all who were His. For all that the Father had chosen before the foundation of the world, all that would one day call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, these are the ones for whom Jesus died. Lorraine Allard was willing to do the very same thing for her baby.

A caesarean was scheduled for her child at 26 weeks, but he came on his own and was born November 18th at 25 weeks. Incredibly he survived and is doing remarkably well. Lorraine started her chemotherapy treatments the day after she gave birth. During that time she was able to love and care for her son. On January 18th she left her bed and went to her newborn sons bedside to hold and cuddle him, and then she died. Two months to the day of his birth this heroic mother passed away. In the midst of turmoil and chaos, in times of severe depravity and perversion there stands a mom who like Christ layed her life down for another. A mom who said no to living and yes to a possible death in order that her baby boy would have the opportunity to live. There is no greater love. May we all learn from this example of what it means to live a life for others!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

JUST SAY NO....AND MEAN IT!

Author Walter Gilliam, director of the Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy has conducted a study of preschoolers and the rate they are kicked out of pre-school. In the study it is reported 6.7 expulsions per 1,000 preschoolers in the United States, compared with 2.09 per 1,000 for students in kindergarten through grade 12. In data collected from 2002-2004, rates ranged from zero per 1,000 students in Kentucky to more than 21 in New Mexico. It is an amazing phenomenon that says much about the state of parenting in our culture. While some are saying they have no idea why the rate is as high as it is, I am sitting here in an airport waiting for my flight seeing firsthand the reason for the problem. As I write this I am sitting next to a soda machine(of course) and there is a mom with two young kids getting some beverages. Her older child, a boy, gets his soda and is satisfied. Her daughter is another story, she has been given a Sprite but would rather have an Ice Tea. Mom has just told her that she cannot as they will not let her have an Ice Tea on the plane, which is a lie. The young girl is not taking no for an answer and is in the process of throwing a fit as I write this. And of course mom is going into her pocketbook and getting more money for the Ice Tea. Ah yes, of course this is not good enough as now the "little princess" has to put the money in herself, and yes mom is going to facilitate that as well.

This is why kids are being thrown out of pre-school, they have no discipline in their lives. There are too many parents who do not know how to say no to their children and follow through . And there are even less parents who are willing to excercise the art of spanking. Yes believe it or not there are times when the only thing a young child will understand is a spanking. When kids are not disciplined they are left to raise themselves and they never do a good job of it as they are not equipped for the job that is rightfully their parents. True love according to God involves the discipline of your children, in fact God says to not discipline means that you hate your child. What the the "little princess" needed was a good swat on the behind, not a bottle of Ice Tea. Unfortunately this mom will learn the hard way as this young girl will grow up and become a young woman who does not respect her mother, and might even hate her. Mom and Dad take note, it is good to say no to your child, and it is better and loving to follow through!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE!


The fact that most if not all of you have not heard of what I am about to tell you, is very revealing. ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobsen was speaking at a celebrity roast in Atlantic City recently. While that is not big news, what she said during the event certainly is. I give you this as spoken from wires;

"Jacobson, reportedly intoxicated, was speaking at a celebrity roast in Atlantic City, N.J., when she unleashed a profane tirade, saying, "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus."

From all that I have seen there has been little if any fall out from ESPN. There has been up to this point, no suspension, no reprimand, only some weak statement about her being at a private event, which of course means there was no connection with ESPN. What if she said the same thing but instead of Jesus, it was Mohammad? You can be sure there would have been repercussion, and probably a loss of job.

The sad double standard we live under is simply a fact, but that should not deter us from demanding consequence. If a person is going to make their living as a public figure, they should be held accountable for their statements made in public. The fact that she might have been intoxicated should not matter, as it did not for Mel Gibson when he spouted off his bigoted remarks. In fact the last I remember when people are drunk they tend to be more honest. So what can you do? I suggest you give a call at (860) 766-2000 and tell ESPN you would like to complain about Dana Jacobsen's bigoted blasphemous rant in Atlantic City. You would be surprised at the power of a few phone calls!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

THE RIGHT MEDICINE FOR REPUBLICAN APATHY!



A new report is out from the Barna group that should have those running for office paying close attention. In this survey born again Christians were asked about the issues that were of the most importance to them. The report on assessment of voters values and morals revealed that for a whopping 94 percent abortion was the main concern. While this is not good news for Mayor Guliani, it is a testimony for the body of Christ. In my opinion there should not be an issue of greater concern for believers in our day and age. Abortion should be number one, not to the exclusion of other pressing issues but is there anything worse than the ongoing murders in the womb? Some of the other results were that 81 percent were worried about personal debt, 79 percent were concerned about the content of movies and television, and 75 percent were concerned over homosexual lifestyles and influence.

For those that believed that there was some sort of schism among values voters, this survey would serve notice that this is not the case. Those that have always been concerned over values and morals have not gone away. Which means therefore in order to garner their support in the coming elections there must be confidence that the candidate holds true to the very same values and morals. As I said above this virtually eliminates Guliani as a Republican candidate, but this survey could also be the indication that a Democrat will hold office in January of 2009. Reason being if the Republican party does not run a conservative on values and morals for President then this bloc of voters might stay home. If they stay home the Democrats win handily.

The only remedy for Republican staying home is for Hillary Clinton to be nominated. She is the cure that brings the base of the Republican party out in droves. While they would not come out if Obama was the candidate for the Democrats, you can be sure they will come out like never before to vote against Hillary. As they would know to stay home in an election is to vote for the eventual winner, and I do not know many if any Republicans that would want to go to bed at night knowing they had contributed to Bill Clinton being the "first man"!

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pastor tom
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Monday, January 21, 2008

WHO REALLY IS TAKING THAT PICTURE?


As parents there are things to watch for on many fronts. You cannot rest or truly ever believe you have all the bases covered. Well here is one more front for some of you to worry about. It seems that if your high school age son is involved in water athletics like swimming or water polo, they might be showing up on homosexual porn sites. This from the wires;

"Edison High School boys water polo coach Diggy Riley was shown an online photo of a player on a pool deck wearing just a Speedo swim suit, he recognized the athlete immediately. The player was an Edison freshman. The photo was from a gay porn site that also contains photos of nude young men and young males engaged in sex acts. The Web site is one of five gay-oriented Web sites found by The Orange County Register that contained dozens of non-action photographs of apparently unsuspecting high school boys water polo players from least 11 Orange County high schools as well as schools in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. On these sites, images of local high school athletes, some as young as 14, according to parents, are juxtaposed next to photos of nude or semi-nude young males and graphic sexual content. The photos are the subject of lewd comments from chat room participants as far away as Australia"

I am not sure how much lower one can go than taking pictures of unsuspecting boys and using the photographs to satisfy others perverse needs. But remember, this is the homosexual community. They are an entitled group of people with little regard for anyone or anything outside of their own agenda. I have said before and believe it more than ever, that the homosexual movement and the Muslim movement have much in common. They seek to conquer at all costs, they will say whatever they need to in order to accomplish their goals and they are making inroads into our culture.

So now a parent cannot simply go to their child's sporting event to show support. No, those days are fast leaving, as a parent must now show up in order to try and make sure their children are not being exploited by some very sick and depraved people. Be that as it may, parents must continue with this due diligence as the stakes have never been higher!

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pastor tom
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Friday, January 18, 2008

BEYOND ALL WE COULD IMAGINE!


When you read the Word of God there are times when you are tempted to fast forward. The genealogies, the long lists of people who did a variety of things. In Nehemiah chapter seven there is one such place. It is the listing of the exiles who had come back to Jerusalem from the captivity in Babylon. A list of many names, among which is the sons of Temah, or "Temech". Which for all reading this today carries little if any meaning, until you factor in what has happened in Jerusalem. There has been a discovery among archaeologists working in Jerusalem. They have found a stone seal bearing the name of one of the families who served in the first Temple. The name of the family? "Temech"!

The very same one named in Nehemiah as coming back from exile. This family was taken away in exile and their relatives, their lineage we know came back to Jerusalem and were a part of rebuilding the Temple, and today we read of their family stone seal being uncovered. That God in His sovereignty led archaeologists to this find. Another that verifies the veracity of the Word of God. Another that confirms Gods Word being tried and true.

But there is another consideration in all of this. Consider this family whose stone seal was found. Thousands of years later their name is again named in Jerusalem. The legacy of their faithfulness goes far beyond what they would have imagined serving in the first Temple. It goes far beyond what their lineage would have thought in Babylon and even upon return to Jerusalem. None who carried the name "Temech" would have believed that thousands of years later their name would be named not only in Jerusalem but via the web, around the world, and used as a witness to the truth and power of Gods Word! Praise God, only He could do far beyond what anyone would imagine. And if He could do that with the name "Temech", what might He do with your faithfulness?

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pastor tom
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS!


The Guttmacher Institute since 1974, has been considered one of the most authoritative sources of data on abortions in the United States. They have released their latest report on abortions in our country and it is good news and bad news. The good news is that the number of abortions has dropped to 1.2 million a year - the lowest level since 1976. The latest survey of 1787 abortions providers completed in 2005 reveals the following results;

"The total number of abortions among women ages 15 to 44 declined from 1.3 million in 2000 to 1.2 million in 2005, an 8 percent drop that continued a trend that began in 1990, when the number of abortions peaked at more than 1.6 million, the survey found. The last time the number of abortions was that low was 1976, when slightly fewer than 1.2 million were performed. The abortion rate fell from 21.3 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 in 2000 to 19.4 in 2005, a 9 percent decline. That's the lowest since 1974, when the rate was 19.3, and far below the 1981 peak of 29.3.
The abortion rate varies widely around the country, tending to be higher in the Northeast and lower in the South and Midwest."

The good news is that the number of abortions fell to 1.2 million. The bad news is that there were still 1.2 million abortions performed. While the trends are heading in the right direction there is still work to be done. The enemies of life will not go quietly into the night as there is too much money for them to do that. Their strategies might change but their goals are the same, get as many customers as possible. Which translates into developing more creative ways to enable pregnancy in their market demographic so as to breed more and more customers. In other words they will continue to figure out ways to promote sexual activity among young girls. They will not come out and admit this, until or unless the Lord intervenes into their life and gives them faith to trust Christ as their Savior, as He has with some, which is how we know so much of their strategy.

The murder for hire organizations, or abortion providers, (same meaning) work hard to come across as caring and compassionate. Here is one example from the wires;

"We remain alarmed that, 35 years after Roe v. Wade, so many abortion providers continue to be out of reach to many American women, especially those in rural and underserved communities," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights organization"

What Nancy is truly alarmed at is that the trends are going against her. More and more people are coming to the right conclusion about abortion, which means her job is is jeopardy. A truly worthwhile goal would be to see the day when Nancy Keenan and all of her colleagues cannot no longer find work, as their position and practices are seen and catalogued with the rest of the barbaric acts in the history of man!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A FUTURE PUBLIC SCHOOL PICTURE?


"History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond" is a book published by Teachers' Curriculum Institute. It is being used in middle schools in California. In this book amazingly, Islamic "jihad" is an effort by Muslims to convince "others to take up worthy causes, such as funding medical research. Due to an anonymous parent complaint it is being reported that not only is "Jihad" being displayed in a positive light, but much of the book is given over to a pro Muslim position. Here is a quote from the parents complaint;

"It makes an attempt to seem like an egalitarian world history book, but on closer inspection you find that seven (not all are titled so) of the chapters deal with Islam or Muslim subjects. The upsetting part is not only do they go into the history (which would be acceptable) but also the teaching of Islam. This book does not really go into Christianity or the teachings of Christ, nor does it address religious doctrine elsewhere to the degree it does Islam. The book's one page referencing Jews is only to convey that they were tortured by Crusaders to get them to convert to 'Christianity.' (It fails to mention that the biggest persecutors of Jews throughout history and still today are Arab Muslims). It gives four other one-liner references to the Jews being blamed for the plagues and problems in the land. It does not talk about the Jews as making a significant impact on the culture at large. How can the writers of this text get away with this?"

That is the million dollar question, the answer to which is that our public schools are fast becoming nothing more than special interest indoctrination labs where your children are the victims. Both the Muslim and homosexual activists see public schools as a potential breeding ground for their sick perverted agendas. The right thing for an involved, interested clear thinking parent to do at this point is to get your children out of there. Otherwise there is a strong likelihood you will lose them to one of these two predatory ideologies. And then it will be too late!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING!


Today is another hot political day with a Republican primary in Michigan along with a Democratic debate in Nevada. As we move through this political season there is some noise being made from those groups who desire to get rid of the Electoral College system of electing a President and move to a popular vote. Electoral college votes are equal to the size of a state's congressional delegation and are generally awarded based on the popular vote. This system was put into place by the founders of our government to insure that our government would be a representative republic as opposed to a direct democracy. Their vision was to design a system that gave as much equality as possible to people regardless of where they lived, and for the most part these men succeeded, again displaying their extraordinary wisdom. The Wallbuilders ministry has this to say about the founders rejecting the idea of a popular vote;

"This idea was rejected not because the framers distrusted the people but rather because the larger populous states would have much greater influence than the smaller states and therefore the interests of those smaller states could be disregarded or trampled. Additionally, a nationwide election would encourage regionalism since the more populous areas of the country could form coalitions to elect president after president from their own region. With such regional preferentialism, lasting national unity would be nearly impossible."

In other words the focus we see on certain areas of the country during an election would become much more narrowed, which would mean much more power in the hands of much fewer states. The Electoral College though misunderstood, or not understood by many is the fairest most representative way of conducting elections. It prevents the major media centers of both coasts from solely determining who will be the leaders of our country, and continues to give a strong voice to the fly over states, which is where the majority of sane thinking resides. So as groups seek to change the process, ask yourself two questions, is this a truly a better system, and do you believe the people presenting the plan are smarter than the founders?

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pastor tom
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Monday, January 14, 2008

MIND IF I TAKE YOUR ORGANS?


In mans never ending quest to not be sick and live forever there is movement in England. It seems as if the Prime Minister is throwing his support behind a plan to allow hospitals to harvest organs from those who have died without prior consent. It is an opt out plan where it will be assumed that consent is given unless there is a clear understanding not to allow the procedure. It is an amazing move that has more potential problems than could be listed here, but lets consider a few.

First there is the dignity of the dead. Do they understand what happens to the bodies of people who are organ donors? It is an incredible process where the body is treated in ways that are unspeakable. While it is true that this is just the tent and that the person has moved on for better or for worse, the person should still have a say in this while alive. And there is a demeaning aspect to every persons death becoming a feeding frenzy for body parts. At that moment people become consumers of one another with the medical community brokering the transactions.

The other glaring reality is the situation where Doctors are speeding the process of a person dying in order to be able to harvest their organs sooner. I can hear the argument now, that it is the humane thing to do, help those that are going to live and give the dying something "dignified" to accomplish in death. I can picture the Kevorkian types sitting by the bedside convincing people to commit suicide to help their fellow man. Not to mention those who cannot speak for themselves, the young, the mentally ill, the list of potential victims is endless. The reality of the Prime Minister of England being on board gives me less confidence in him than I already had. So get ready, as you will soon be looked at in a much different way by your attending medical community. It could soon be not, "what can we do to make you more comfortable" but rather "you really have a nice set of kidneys, do you mind......".

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pastor tom
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Friday, January 11, 2008

AN AMERICAN RIGHT!


When I was a child many years ago there would be stories and even books that would talk about Big Brother. This evil dark government type of institution that would eventually be looking over every ones shoulders. They would control all and inevitably be the dictators of how we live. As Orwellian as that might sound the reality is that it is happening in our lifetime. This is not a movie nor a made up story that I am sharing today, I wish it were. In California (where else?) the government is seeking to have residents install remotely monitored temperature controls in their homes next year. This will be a device that will be able to remotely change the temperature up or down four degrees without the consent of the occupant of the home. It is also capable of controlling other appliances in the house, such as electric water heaters, refrigerators, pool pumps, computers and lights in response to signals from utility companies.

January 30th is when this will be considered. If passed there will begin a new age of government and oversight into the day to day lives of the American people. While there might be some perceived economic or utilitarian benefit to this, the loss of freedom and autonomy far outweighs any benefit. Again and again, I ask on the radio, and write in this blog the same question, when will enough be enough? When will the people of this country once again throw the tea into the harbor? In California if this is passed and contractors or residents refuse, then building permits will be denied. That is criminal thug like behavior from the government, intended to intimidate people into compliance. To be sure this will sweep the nation if passed and in the not too distant future your state officials will seek to begin to control the inside of your home, what will you do? As for me and my house we will put the heat on seventy regardless of what Big Brother tells us to do!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

DOES ANYONE CARE?


10,500 Writers Guild of America members are on strike and have been for awhile, has anyone noticed? No, really has anyone noticed, other than those who are directly affected? I believe the answer is no for the most part, but if some have noticed I would bet that not many care. Why it matters is all is simply, as a marker of the shift in our culture. A short twenty five to thirty years ago there would have been panic in the streets if the writers went on strike, as many more people were tied to their favorite television show as aired on one of the only three networks they received on their home set. Go back a few more years and it would have been a cause for hospitalization to not see the next episode of "Happy Days", or "Welcome Back Kotter", or even further back, "Room 222", and "Starsky & Hutch". That is no longer the case as there are hundreds of options that have nothing to do with the Writers Guild. Reality television has taken over, and who can argue with one more episode of "Dirty Jobs" or the one with the family and all the children.

More options is both an opportunity and a danger. For the informed family with diligent parents, you can find something worthwhile for your children and the whole family to watch together, even if it means going back and watching some of the aforementioned classics. The danger is that left alone children and adults for that matter, can find some real trouble on their television sets. Any and all things are possible, particularly in the area of sexuality. Most of the new shows that those very same writers are creating are filled with the glorification of perverse lifestyles and sexual immorality. Therefore, while I do not like to see anyone out of work, I do hope that during this strike the members of the Writers Guild will reflect on the garbage they are putting out and realize that in this new era of television we do not need them. Especially when there are so many more "Dirty Jobs" to find out about!


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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

SCANDALOUS ATTIRE?


Nadia Eweida is a Christian in England who works for British Airways. Last year she was told to go home because she would not comply with directives from her superiors instructing her to remove the item she was wearing that was violating the company policy. What she was wearing was a cross necklace. She was sent home for wearing a cross necklace! She sued the company on the grounds of discrimination with evidence that other people wore religious apparel such as turbans, bangles and other religious clothing. It was an open and shut case, with Ewedia standing her ground and her attorneys performing their due diligence for her.

The unbelievable part of this story is that she lost her case. The judge ruled that other religions could be represented by people in the way they dressed but not Christians. Because the other things, such as turbans could not be concealed they were allowed while Eweida was told she could not wear her little cross necklace. This is one of the most overt examples of Judiciary discrimination and abuse, but it will stand. Once the highest courts of the land have been indoctrinated it is almost the end of the game. To Nadia's credit she says she plans to return to work with the necklace on, and the company has reportedly backed off their stance somewhat, but with this courts ruling, anything could happen upon her return.

As I always say, or write, what happens on the other side of the pond will eventually get here. As far as Judicial abuse we already have that in our country. The outward, overt, disdain for Christianity from the courts of the land is not quite here yet, but it is on the way. Of that you can be sure. The question is will be have the courage of this woman to stand and stay with what we believe God would have us do, in spite of the promised consequences?

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

SUPER DUPER?

As we sit on the verge of another primary,actually the first in the country where people vote as opposed to the Iowa caucus, there is much news to consider. Hillary is on the ropes, so much so that it is being reported that she is turning to the team of Carville and Bagala. She has also remarked, incredibly on the fact that it was LBJ who passed the civil rights bill and not John F. Kennedy, a statement where she also mentioned Martin Luther King Jr. which means she in one sentence has offended and maybe lost votes from all walks of life. So many democrats have showed up to vote that it is being reported that they are running out of ballots. But the biggest news by far in my mind is the name that has been given for the February 5th primary day. That is the day where more states than ever before will be voting in primaries, it is a make it or break it day, a day that will most likely determine the final two candidates. It used to be called Super Tuesday, but the new name, believe it or not, from supposedly intelligent people is....."Super Duper Tuesday! I wish I were kidding, but I am not. We can receive pictures from mars but the best we could come up with is Super Duper Tuesday? I have seen serious news reporters, and more serious candidates for President of the United States, use this term. And amazingly they are able to say it with a straight face. I cannot listen with a straight face, as I chuckle every time I hear the term. So as you watch and observe tonight and over the next few weeks, notice how many people are using this term. I find it hard to believe that someone somewhere could not coin a better term.

Imagine with me the scene from the boardroom where people are sitting around, high executive type people. They are discussing the big day February 5th and they realize Super Tuesday is no longer good enough, the day is too big for the same old term. All of a sudden someone yells, "I got it! We can call it Super Duper Tuesday!". The room goes wild and the one who came up with the term is given a raise, a new office and his or her own parking spot. All because of the genius of the phrase , "Super Duper Tuesday". Yippee !

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pastor tom
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Monday, January 07, 2008

THE LAND OF THE OLYMPICS!


A major event is taking place in China. The Olympics? No, bigger than that. Under Chinese law there is a one child policy. It is a fact that Chinese families are to be small and are legislated to be so. It is also illegal in China to become pregnant before marriage. Jin Yani a 19 year old woman became pregnant 5 months before she would be legally old enough to marry the father of her child. In a stunning move, the Chinese abortion police came and took her into custody and transported her to a facility to have a forced abortion. Here are the tragic comments from Yani, from the wires;

"I got on my knees and begged them after they took me to the clinic and said I wanted to give birth to my daughter. I had already named her Yang Yin."

In the clinic, she was injected with a large syringe. Her husband arrived in time to witness the removal of the dead foetus with forceps two days later.
Mrs Jin lost blood, and was hospitalised for 44 days. Her husband was charged for the medicine she needed. He said that his wife is now infertile as a result of the abortion."

The major event from all of this is that they are suing the government, and it is being heard. At first the case was not moving but now the regional court is going to hear it. While the outcome is uncertain the father of the murdered child has been offered a job and free medical for his wife, a shallow but telling offer. The fact that you are able to now bring this barbaric behavior to court is a move in the right direction. China for too long has been a violent, dictatorial country that rules by intimidation and fear. It is incredible that the world will show up for the Olympics and give this country the appearance of decency. So the good news as tainted as it might be is that the court is hearing the case, and the public is able to be informed. The bad news is that this is one of millions of examples of murder and torture by the Chinese authorities.

As the world begins to show up for the Olympics this coming year, as you watch the events from the comfort of your home, remember these words from a mother who had her baby literally ripped out of her;

"Our baby will never come back,"

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pastor tom
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Friday, January 04, 2008

BRITTNEY SPEARS IS DEAD! NOT YET BUT COMING SOON IF THINGS DO NOT CHANGE!

In the midst of the historical record turnout in the Iowa caucus, while the voters of Iowa voted for a black candidate for President, another historical event, another event was going on that has become tragically normal and even acceptable. That would be the continued demise of Brittney Spears. Last night was another in a long line of incidents where the police and medical people were called to her house. While it is hard to know what to believe, what is clear is that she was taken to the hospital and seems to be being held under the assumption of substance abuse, with a potential to commit suicide. The question becomes how long will people sit idly by and watch this young woman kill herself? On the day she kills herself, which is a coming event, should those around her not do something, all of those who have made money from her will be to blame.

While you cannot protect someone from themselves, you can do all that you can do to not enable or promoted the demise. The paparazzi, her hangers on, and who knows who else, will all have blood on their hands on the day of her death. The one hope Miss Spears has is to truly receive the Lord Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, anything less will be a band aid that puts off the inevitable. Having said that, the best thing for her would be for the paparazzi to stop covering her, something they and she would probably hate. The best thing for those who truly love her to do is to put her somewhere where she can truly sober up. Once those two things happen, and they will not barring a miracle from God, then some believer somewhere needs to get to her and give her the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not the health and wealth heresy, not the feel good do not worry about sin positive thinkng heresy, but the true gospel that we are all great sinners in need of a great Savior. Miss Spears, that included you and Jesus Christ can forgive sins and sinners like you, the answer is to beg Him to do that.

Apart from this, we will one day hear it on the radio, see it on the television, get it in a text that Brittney Spears is dead, and then it will be too late!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, January 03, 2008

SPIDER MAN SPIDER MAN? THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!

As I blog today from Los Angeles and watch the weather map on the television and hear the reporters speak about the record freezing temperatures and the danger to fruit due to the freeze, I am very tempted to talk about the "danger of man made global warming"and the genius that is "Al Gore". But I will not and will allow all of you to come to your own delightfully humorous conclusions. The topic today is far more troubling in my mind. Marvel Comics has made a deal with the United Nations to come out with comics to be given to school children in our country for free that will use Spider Man as a way to give the UN a better image. First on my mind is where is the outrage? Why have we not heard of parents who are incensed at the targeted indoctrination of their children? I understand the argument on the other side will be that the UN is trying to draw attention to the good peaceful work they do around the world. The feeding of the poor the building of new facilities for those who could not do it for themselves.

The truth is the UN has outlived its usefulness and is nothing more than a propaganda machine for crime and terror. The money that is "lost" or better put, stolen is amazing. The unwillingness to move when there are serious threats to the world are comical. All one needs to do is look at the number of resolutions that are passed before any serious action is ever taken. The UN is also known for its anti-Israeli stance. If it were not for the United States the Israelis would have long ago been voted out of existence and forced to defend their land from the entire world. To indoctrinate our children with the "glory" of the UN through the character of Spider Man is nothing less than pornographic. And if Spider Man is now working with the UN, you can be sure it must be the black dark side Spider Man in disguise. Where is Captain America when you need him?

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

TAKE HER BLINDFOLD OFF, SHE NEEDS TO SEE THIS ONE!


We are a very litigous society. People will sue one another for the smallest of discrepancies, and others will sue falsely attempting to gain monetarily. I personally know of a man, now deceased who falsely accused a priest of molesting him and received one hundred thousand dollars from it, an amazing feat of deceit. Today we hear of a woman suing Ruby Tuesdays because they would not allow her to breastfeed at her table. Dee Dee Olsen claims that a restaurant manager told her to go into the ladies room or out in the parking lot to feed her baby. While the Florida laws, which apply here, do indicate you can breast feed, seemingly anytime and anywhere, that is not the problem here. We could have a long discussion of the whens and wheres of breast feeding.

The problem with this situation is that it happened in 2003! Four to five years ago, and all of a sudden this woman realizes she suffered emotionally? She may win or lose the case, but the sad part is that money will be spent in the court system to come to the conclusion of this ridiculous claim. The real losers in all of this will be again and again the taxpayers. Here is a thought for 2008, lets have a pre-court group of people who will be able to decide if a case should move forward on its merit. The basis will be the length of laughter, volume of laughter and if tears come to the eyes, while laughing. If all three of those are true then the case if frivolous and does not make it to the court system. The above case does not make it through then!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Happy New Year! I pray that you all have a wonderfully God centered, God glorifying 2008!

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