Engaging Your World

Friday, February 29, 2008

A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN!


Prince Harry has been found out. For the last few months he has been on the front lines fighting the Taliban. Yes the privileged, third in line for the crown of England, son of Diana, has been fighting the Taliban, and it was at his request! Yes, Prince Harry desired to go to the front line with his "mates", in spite of the fact that if it were found out, he would be the number one target for the terrorist's, which is now the case since the cover was blown. It is now going to be his life for the near future that he will have to live aware of threats, as Islam is prevalent in his homeland and they will be out to get him, anytime he is out.

But what an example to the youth of our country. Here is a young man with every material blessing a person could desire. If he was missing one, all he would have to do is request it and it would show up. Yet he goes to war to fight for freedom. In spite of the reality that he did not have to go, and everyone would understand, and most would recommend he stay at home, yet he went and put his life on the line. It is called sacrifice for something greater, and all young people ought to be made to understand what it is that Prince Harry has done for them.

For them he has shown the way to live a decent life. That life is not about accumulating stuff and things, but rather finding something you would be willing to die for, and then living for that something. There is no greater present day example for the youth in our country than Prince Harry. It is a job well done by this young man and we all owe him a debt of thanks!

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

PARIAH!


House Republicans are calling for the end of any federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is always a great idea in my opinion. Their latest reason is revealing as to the decadence that Planned Parenthood promotes. It seems some Republican House members were motivated by a CNS News Service request that they take a look at a website for teens called Teenwire. It is a Planned Parenthood site that amazingly has the following statement in it, along with a whole lot more, from the wires;

"Many people enjoy pornography alone or with a partner as part of sex play. People have different ideas of what is arousing, and there are many different kinds of porn that appeal to people's different interests."

There are also graphic illustrations from "Behind the Fig Leaf," a slide show depicting the differing "styles" of male and female genitalia. It is a site that would make the founder Margaret Sanger proud. This is nothing more than an attack on the youth of our country. What Planned Parenthood wants are customers. They get customers by encouraging young people in particular to have sex, and when they are pregnant Planned Parenthood is there with the Abortion solution, and thus another customer has been created. Planned Parenthood is a sick organization that was founded by a very sick woman who was not only perverted at the core, but a racist in a class of her own.

Yet in its 2005-2006 annual report, Planned Parenthood Federation of America reported that $305.3 million, or 34 percent of its annual income, came from government grants and contracts. This is how much our government is feeding this pariah, and I agree with the House Republicans, it is high time that it stopped. It would make sense that you call those who represent you, and here is a site you can visit to find out who your reps are and what their phone numbers are;
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

The rest is up to you!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

LIFE...PRECIOUS LIFE!


Becky Weatherall is a woman who had some incredibly troubling news about the baby she was carrying. This child was diagnosed to be very ill and the advice she received was to abort. Here are the notes from one of the doctors, a neurologist, who had seen Becky, remember these notes are about the baby in her womb, from the wires;


"Rhomboencephalosynapsis is an extraordinarily rare congenital abnormality and this, therefore, makes it very difficult to predict the long-term outcome for this baby. I have explained to them [the parents] that children with this condition are likely to be profoundly handicapped with severe physical and learning disabilities and will be totally dependent for the whole of their life," she continued. "They often need the level of care given to babies for the whole of their lives."

Becky talks about the scans that were given not too long before the birth;

"Just two weeks before he was born scans showed that his head was so swollen it was off the scale for normal babies."

All indicators were that this was a child that should be "terminated" as even if born "it" would not live very long. Mom and Dad would not be deterred and went through with the birth. The scans they had were on Christmas eve and being the Christmas season, the parents were planning for the worse. I give you the outcome of the birth from the words of the mom;

"We had prepared to spend Christmas without him – we thought we'd be planning a funeral. Instead, it was the best Christmas present ever and now we're having a christening."

Yes the child was born and was perfectly healthy, defying all medical reports and contrary to all the medical advice that was given. It is a birth that once again exposes the truth that God is truly the one who is the giver and taker of life. The womb is where He does His handiwork, and babies will be born according to His sovereign will and not always in line with the medical community. As His followers we must endeavor to live this even in the face of difficult decisions. The choice for a believer is always life, regardless of the predicted outcome, or actual reality. We know that life is a gift from God and precious in His sight. Praise God for parents who would not give in to the advice to murder the child due to the lack of viability he or she would have. Life in the womb is life from Him, and thus by definition always viable!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A LOST SUBJECT=A LOST SOCIETY!


A study is out today that displays the steep decline in the historical awareness of young people. I give you a sampling of some of the results;

Among those students surveyed:

43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.

52% could identify the theme of 1984.

51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism

While students were much better concerning pop culture and topical issues, the stark reality is that they do not know history. It is said that those who do not understand history are bound to repeat it. Be that as it may, there are other grave concerns that this study raises. The foremost, in my opinion is that students are open to revisionist history. Due to their lack of historical understanding they become much more susceptible to believing those who would come along and seek to change it, like the mad man in Iran. You may want to believe that it could never happen in our country, that young people will always know the truth of the Holocaust. And I am sure those who lived in the days following the Civil War would never have imagined that young people would not be able to identify the time frame of the war.

I have said for some time that a great mission field is the public school system, and I believe that churches ought to consider supporting people in those arenas. Particular to that field I would advocate History as a worthy subject to teach. What could be better than a true child of God teaching history? Which that teacher will know is truly His Story!

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Monday, February 25, 2008

SENSELESS!


Tavin Rutledge is a young man who was celebrating his sixteenth birthday over the weekend. During his party with family and friends in attendance, Tavin went outside with some friends to have a snowball fight. A normal activity for boys. It seems that during the contest a snowball or two went awry and struck a neighbor which enraged a man who was also in the vicinity. Apparently there was a verbal altercation over the event and the man pulled out a gun and shot Tavin point blank in the head. Now I assume there could be other details that are not presently known, but what is known is that with family in the house Tavin was shot in the head. They ran outside after hearing the gun shot and found Tavin laying on the ground. Today he fights for his life.

There are no words for events such as these and they are a frustratingly normal part of city life. These are the actions that empower people to call for gun restrictions, although I contend those restrictions do nothing to stop people like this man from getting a gun. Putting that aside, can you imagine being a mom or a dad celebrating your child's sixteenth birthday, and while they are outside throwing snowballs they are shot in the head? I write this with no profound insight or clever antidotes. I write this asking that you pray for Tavin's life, and as important that you pray for those that love him who went from celebration to tragedy in a moments time!

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pastor tom
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Friday, February 22, 2008

WHICH ROAD DO YOU TRAVEL?


There is an interesting reality in Africa. It seems as if the countries there feel like the best and brightest from the medical field are being "poached" from them. Australia, Great Britian, Canada and the United States have more than 13,000 Doctors trained in Africa. Many of the poorest countries feel the impact the most, as those whom they have invested in are going to distant lands instead of giving a fair return to the nation which put so much into them. It is a great picture of our human nature that is so quick to forget those who do so much for us. We quickly forget those who pay the way, or part of the way, those whom without which we would not be where we are today. It can be easy for us to become the harsh judge of others instead of remembering our humble beginnings.

But this situation is another place for the Church to shine, as it is those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ who will go and serve in these countries. It is often believers who will give back to the poorest among us, using the gifts God has given in order to alleviate the pain and suffering of the world. While medical students leave to become Doctors in foreign lands the body of Christ travels the other road. While the med students seek their fortune in the land of plenty, the children of God know their fortune is in a life to come, and it is one in which moth and rust cannot attack.

For sure the statistics do not lie, and many in Africa believe their best are being poached from the countries with more to offer. But what is also sure is that lovers of Christ will stand and fill in that gap, as their Savior has done for them. The question today is what part of that gap might your Lord have you stand in?


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pastor tom
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

THIS IS NOT A "LIVING DOCUMENT"!


With all that is going on in the world there is a pending case, under the radar, at the Supreme Court that will have powerful ramifications on the entire nation. The pending U.S. Supreme Court case originates in the District of Columbia, where authorities have banned handguns under the claim that such a limit is "reasonable" and therefore enforceable even given the rights granted by the 2nd Amendment. The second amendment speaks of

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Some have sought to interpret this in terms of having a Militia, and thus without a Militia there was no blanket right. That does not seem to get to the heart of this amendment which makes it clear that the people have a right to bear arms and that right "shall not be infringed". The critical point is this, if the Supreme Court allows the banning of handguns in the face of the 2nd Amendment then they have interpreted the Constitution as a living document, which is the road to the end of society.

The document that holds this country together is the Constitution, where men came together and brilliantly developed a government that had never before existed on earth. There was no Presidency before the Constitution, as every other government was some form of a Monarchy. These men who risked their lives to form this document were not creating a living document. The founders never intended for generations to come to put their own spin on the Constitution. In fact they purposed to create a vehicle of adding to the Constitution called Amendments. This was to prevent a group of Judges or a lone President from inflicting the will of a minority over the good of the majority.

This case will be worth watching as if the Constitution is viewed as "living", then you can be sure the United States of America can be seen as slowly dying!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

HOW FAR WILL THEY GO TO HAVE THIS DANCE AGAIN?


Last night was another great victory for Barak Obama and his messianic type movement. He is now leading Hillary Clinton by fourteen points nationally. It is an amazing phenomenon that clearly displays the truth of style over substance. Barak Obama has one of the most endearing public personalities this side of Ronald Reagan, yet his experience to be President could not be more lacking. But he is putting an end to the coronation that was to be the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. I have had the opportunity on my radio show to interview people who have some understanding of the Clintons, either on a professional level or on a more personal criminal level,as in Kathleen Willey. What comes across loud and clear from any who know the Clintons and now might be estranged a la Dick Morris, is that the Clintons will do anything to get and stay in Power.

There are close to accusations from Mrs Willey that the Clintons had something to do with her husbands death which was pronounced a suicide. There have been ongoing suspicions concerning the death of their lawyer Vince Foster. It is good practice to believe that where there is smoke there is fire, which brings me to a question that has uncomfortable implications. If all that is said about the Clintons is true, or close to true, how far would they go to get Obama out of their way? What lengths will they go in order to stop what has now come to be inevitable?

What is more telling in all of this is how shallow the waters of blind ambition can be. How empty is the life that does not rest in Christ. To be so captivated with the things of this world that will all go away much quicker than it took to obtain them, is a truly sad place to be. As Jesus said, what good is it to gain the world and yet lose your soul? So as we wait and watch to see the depths the Clintons will travel to get what they believe is rightfully theirs, keep in mind that it is all vanity. I pray that we all could be in the place where seeing people like this would truly make us sad for their souls and encourage us to pray all the more for them. That they too could know the peace that passed all understanding and the joy of the Lord that truly would be their strength!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

IGNORANCE BEYOND MEASURE FROM PEOPLE WHO SHOULD KNOW BETTER!


The American Counseling Association has come out with an incredible mandate for homosexuality. See for yourself from the wires;

"The official policy of the ACA is that counselors asked by clients for help in changing their sexual orientation must offer only "gay affirmative" arguments. If the client persists, counselors must explore the "religious influences that underpin homophobia that may be harming the client."

In other words you may no longer speak to clients about the need or ability to alter their behavior from homosexual to heterosexual, even if they ask! We are heading very quickly to the place where any perceived anti-homosexual rhetoric will become a crime punishable by fines, imprisonment or worse. The counselors with the ACA are being instructed to look at the religious influences that underpin homophobia? I hope you hear the screaming pre-supposition in that statement. This means the starting point for counselors will now be that homosexuality is normal and appropiate, and if a client feels wrong about it and would like to talk about a way out, the counselor is now mandated to counsel them in ways that would keep them in such behavior.

While there are protests coming from people such as Dr. Warren Throckmorton, the Alliance Defense Fund and others, it is simply just another marker on this long decadent road to Sodom and Gomorrah. Soon and very soon there will be laws that will forbid people to declare homosexuality as sin. The question then will become who is willing to pay the price in order to share the gospel? You cannot truly share the gospel without talking about sin. Homosexuality while one of many sins, is a sin that needs the blood of Christ to forgive it. Regardless of the American Counseling Association or any other governing body, sin is sin, and there is only one remedy, the Cross of Christ. Are you willing to pay the fine, or even do the time that will soon go along with that message?

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pastor tom
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Monday, February 18, 2008

CYBERSAFE HOME CAN PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN FROM THIS MAN!!


Some very disturbing news from the UK this past weekend. Two young people ages 15 and 20 were found dead from apparent suicides. They had hung themselves in an act that leaves family and friends devastated. As troubling, is the discovery of a network of suicide "gurus" who prey on young people through the Internet. Here are some excerpts about those who are waiting your your children online, from the wires;

"One, an American satanist who boasts of writing a guide to the subject, says: "What's the problem with ending your life via suicide?"
Another is a "pro-choice" Dutch writer whose website includes detailed accounts of dozens of suicide methods. One of the most notorious figures on the internet suicide scene is Nagasiva Yronwode, a self-confessed satanist who runs a shop selling occult books and charms in the small Californian town of Forestville, north of San Francisco. Yronwode, 46, describes himself as the "outreach director" for an extremist cult called the Church of Euthanasia, which advocates suicide as a means of saving the world from the effects of overpopulation. Writing under the name Boboroshi, he has edited a suicide guide, which details various methods. Yronwode's own website contains links to online suicide discussion boards and forums.
He told this newspaper: "The guide is there to make it easier for people who opt for suicide to carry it out. The purpose of my information is empowerment for competent human beings who have an interest in ending their lives. What's the problem with that?"

This is the man pictured in this blog and he is waiting for your children to find him on the web. This reason and many others is why I have become involved with a company that is just putting out a revolutionary new computer monitoring software called, "CyberSafe Home". This software not only has great filtering but it is the only software that allows you the parent to monitor your child's computer from anywhere in the world. You could be at work during the day and go on line and see exactly what and who your children are interacting with. For example if, God forbid, they entered into a chat with someone like the guy pictured here, with CyberSafe Home you would immediately know about it. If they went to one of his troubling sites, you would be able to actually see the screen shot of what they looked at. And with CyberSfe Home you can actually set words that you would like to be alerted by. Meaning if your child heard, wrote or saw certain words you would immediately be notified by email!

I would encourage every parent to go to www.cybersafeparent.com and see for yourself. There is not a safer more complete computer monitoring software on the market, and with predators like Nagasiva Yronwode out there, you cannot afford to have anything but CyberSafe Home. Be sure to tell your friends as well as the stakes have never been higher!

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pastor tom
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Friday, February 15, 2008

BODIES FOR SALE?


Tnere is an exhibit that has gone around the world and drawn millions of paying customers. The exhibit is of dead people! To be specific, dead people with the skin peeled off of their bodies. There are human bodies that have been through a liquid preserving process developed by a German doctor, that are put in a variety of poses. People are drawn to this by droves as it appeals to some macabre desire in the heart of man. A dark desire that comes out when passing a bad wreck, and takes form in the slowing down of traffic to see the wreckage. While some people correctly could point out scientific reasons to view such an exhibit, I would wager the majority of paying customers are driven by less noble desires.

What has always fascinated me is the lack of questioning of such an exhibit. From what I understand there are corpses of all ages to be viewed. It would seem to me that one basic question, since most of the bodies are from China, would be were these people murder victims? Were they killed for the sake of making money in an exhibit like this? Before you scoff at that notion understand this is China we are speaking about, one of the worst countries in the arena of human rights in the world. Well lo and behold today it is reported that the German doctor who prepares the bodies for the exhibit will no longer accept corpses from China. Reason being? Evidence that some of the people had been executed.

Imagine if it is true that they were executed not for their faith in Christ, or some other cause, but simply to sell to the corpse exhibit! Even worse, imagine if you went and paid money to support such a thing!


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Thursday, February 14, 2008

GET SOME?


Today is Valentines day, one of the most consumer oriented holidays of our country. There are cottage industries that survive around this holiday. But there is one thing you will not need to purchase if you live in New york City. While you might be looking for a card or a box of candy, you will not need to purchase any condoms as the city is not only distributing them for free, they have a marketing campaign designed for the condoms. I kid you not, from the wires;

"New York City spruced up its relentless safe sex ad campaign, urging New Yorkers to "get some" on Valentine's Day. Get some condoms, that is. Subway ads displaying the new slogan will be plastered about the city and across city buses, with a television and radio campaign to hit the airwaves soon. Street teams will be handing out free condoms at busy hubs around the city on Thursday, including Times Square, Wall Street and near City Hall."

This is how totally depraved, dead in their sin, people think. Lets market condoms and encourage people to "get some". Of course there is no thought about the effect of this marketing blitz on young people. While moms and dads are encouraging their children to be smart and wait for marriage, the city of New York is telling them to "get some". And then some years down the road there will be discussion about all of the unwanted teen pregnancies and the epidemic of sexual activity by young people. What goes through the minds of people when they come up with this stuff? It is hard to believe that intelligent people could think this is a good idea. I have an idea for the officials in New York City, "get some", not condoms, but rather common sense!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

YOU SURE YOU WANT TO SEND THAT LETTER?


Two weeks ago Berkeley California's City Council in all of their "wisdom" decided to send a letter to a Marine recruiting office telling them they were unwelcome intruders and that they should leave the area. The outcry was such that last night the Council met again and decided that while they oppose the war they do support the troops, which of course any sane thinking person knows is untrue. That aside, it would be interesting to consider the possibilities for those in Berkeley and Code Pink and other such groups that are anti-military, of life without the Marines.

I would suggest that the best thing for them to do is to move to the mountains of Afghanistan. A place where the Taliban still rules and reigns. A place where the Marines do not have a presence. This would give them a fair taste of life without the Marines. It is called Sharia Law. The first thing that would happen would be the Code Pink crowd would quickly be stoned to death for their blatantly immoral dress and behavior, the Taliban is not going to put up with that. The other probability is that all of the homosexuals from Berkeley and Code Pink, they are also going to be beaten to death with stones. For those who are allowed to live, they will either convert to Islam and all of its customs from dress to food to praying many times a day , or they too will be killed! I would wager it would not take Berkeley and Code Pink and all of their peers very long to appreciate the value of the Marines. In fact I bet some of them would even take to the "abhorrent" act of praying that a Marine would show up to rescue them.

Yes Berkeley, you took a step back from the incredibly ignorant thing you were about to do. The next time you think of asking the Marines to leave, take a look at life as it is in places they have not yet been to! Semper Fi!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

CRAZY? OR NORMAL?


Timothy Mortimore had dated Lee Armor for some time, but like many relationships, this one came to an end. At least that is what Timothy believed, but amazingly
Lee used her mobile phone to contact him more than 10,000 times in 65 days – the equivalent of once every eight minutes. Can you imagine the fire that raged inside of her as she sought to gain him back and prove the baby she was pregnant with was his? It is hard to imagine being that caught up with anybody or anything, but it happens.

It happens when people replace contentment in the Lord with a person place or thing. The issue here is contentment. This woman could not rest and would not rest until she had Timothy back because she believed he could make her content, when in fact he did not have that power. No one has the power to make a person truly content. No amount of money, no particular climate or type or person is able to bring full true contentment. But God is! Only He is able to bring contentment, as the Apostle Paul wrote that he had learned this, he had learned the secret of contentment. He had gained much and lost much in this world but had learned the secret, which was that Christ Jesus was the true source of joy and contentment for his life. And with Christ he could do all things, regardless of earthly circumstance.

The answer for this troubled woman is the same for you and me today, Jesus Christ. True joy and contentment and peace are found in Him. What do you obssess about? He is able to bring a peace to your soul that the world does not understand. This woman was not crazy, just looking for contentment in the wrong place. How about you today? Where are you looking?

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Monday, February 11, 2008

ONE STEP FURTHER!


I don't know if you picked up on this last week, but there was incredible news from the Church of England. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, last Thursdau when asked about the adoption of Sharia law for unity in the community, answered;

"Certain conditions of Sharia are already recognized in our society and under our law, so it is not as if we are bringing in an alien and rival system."

This is not his first dance with controversy as he has had plenty over his acceptance of homosexuals in the clergy of the Church. This is another sign of the progress Muslims are making in Europe. Their strategy, without a doubt, is to infiltrate, populate and then take over the continent. And they are having great success as their population rapidly grows in France and in England, so much so that the discussions have begun about Sharia law and its place in society.

While the Archbishop said he would not want to see the abuses from Sharia law he still advocates some adoption. What he and others seem to consistently miss or ignore, is the reality that for the Muslims it is all or nothing. You are either with them or you are their enemy. Sharia law will either be adopted in full or it will be seen as rejected. What is needed is clear thinking people who understand the people they are dealing with so they can respond in ways that are understood.

The Archbishop might be marginalized due to the extremity of his prior views, but do not be deceived, this is the first discussion of many. It will not be very long before more sensible people in England are discussing the implementation of Sharia law. That will be followed by other countries and continents, very probably some cities and towns on the continent that is on this side of the pond!

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pastor tom
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Friday, February 08, 2008

HOW I SEE IT...FROM D.C.!

Today I am writing from Washington D.C. where I gave been asked to be one of the radio talk shows to be on radio row, broadcasting live. This morning at 7:15 my wife and I had the privilege to hear the President give a great speech to a very friendly CPAC audience. But being here and listening to the debate about John McCain as the nominee has led me to think more about this. Knowing that Dr. Dobson has publicly stated he would not vote for McCain, I must respectfully disagree. The reality of an Obama or Clinton Presidency makes McCain look like a stalwart Conservative, something everyone knows he is not. Certainly he has a record that betrays the notion of a true Conservative, but here is the reality, he is much more of a Conservative than either of his potential opponents.

The problem with sitting out, or God forbid voting Democratic in the coming election is the fact that the next President will be nominating the Supreme Court Justice(s) who could swing the court on the very issue that Dr. Dobson has spent his life fighting for. John McCain is on record as a pro-life candidate and his record certainly verifies that, minus some issues on Stem Cell research. For sure he will nominate better justices than either Clinton or Obama. The other glaring factor is the war we are currently in. The Democrats left in the race for President are on record as determined to pull the troops out of Iraq within a short time period, which would be a disaster to our friends in Iraq who have fought for freedom. To leave them now would be to leave them to Iran and their maniacal leader. It is no coincidence that the terrorists are rooting for the Democrats to take office. Reporter Aaron Klein of World Net Daily heard this from them firsthand! For these two reasons I will disagree with Dr. Dobson and others who will sit this one out or vote for the other side. I do not believe there to be a more important election in our lifetime.

Finally a comment on Romney. Having heard McCain, President Bush and Mitt Romney give their speeches, I make this one important obvservation. Mitt Romney's absence in the war on marriage led to his defeat. When in his state homosexual activists and homosexually sympathetic rogue Judge decided to make homosexyual marriage legal, the good Governor did nothing. If he had at least made a speech denouncing these actions as illegal and against the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he would be the hands down nominee. But his cowardice in the face of a real fight with a real bully, cost him the nomination, as it should have.

So for those of you who believe in life, the safety of the homeland and smaller government, your best choice is John McCain. He may not be the first choice, he certainly is not mine, but he is the best of those remaining. To sit this one out, or vote Democratic to make a point, is to, in my opinion throw the baby out with the bath water. I say vote McCain and as importantly work to see a Convervative Congress take control. That is how I see it as I sit and write from Washington D.C.!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

TRAINING THEM UP IN WHAT WAY?

I should be blogging today about the Super duper duper duper Tuesday elections and all of the ramifications therein, but I am returning once again to speak of Al Qaeda. Just a few days ago I wrote about the heinous homocide bombing where they used two women with Downe Syndrome, and today there is more depravity on display. It seems as if the multi-national forces in a raid on the terrorists, came across a training and propaganda video. Amazingly this tape showed boys from six to fourteen being trained in terror tactics. Weapons traininng, terror tactics, kidnappings and more were being taught to these boys. Young boys being indoctrinated into the sickness that is islam. And to be sure apart from Christ they will grow up and become the latest wave of victims who are brainwashed into doing what their cowardice leaders would not do, blow themselves up.

Of course this is all in the name of Mohammed. It is all in tribute and homage to his sick perverted ways. How in the world this type of behavior does not create an outcry from the international community is beyond explanation. Downe Syndrome women, young boys, these are the ones being preyed upon by the cowards who follow the greatest coward Mohammed. What else do you call someone who preys on the weak and disabled? Insecure cowardice brutes who do not have the courage to be real men. Unfortunately you will not hear that from any of those running for the highest office in the land, but at least the Republicans will name "radical islam" as an enemy, which is a redundant term.

Again I realize these are strong terms but there is a time when you have to stand up and call things as they are. But as believers in Christ we do not leave it there, as that would be giving the Law without the Gospel. Yes Mohammed and his followers are all of the things mentioned and more, and it is truly despicable how predatory they truly are, but in this truth is a wonderful picture of the power of Christ. The Apostle Paul was a similar type. He made a living hunting down followers of Jesus in order to have them arrested and killed. He stands on and holds the coats of those who murder Stephen, literally tearing him limb from limb. Mohammed, Bin Laden and all of islam had nothing on Paul, Yet Paul becomes the greatest man of God this side of Jesus Christ.

God powerfully, miraculously moved on Paul and brought him to faith in Christ. And this terrible terrorist became a mighty man of God. This greatly feared rogue became a passionate follower of Jesus and was used by God to bring a multitude to faith, not the least of which were those from the gentile community. So as we see and comment on the ugliness that is islam, let us not lose hope. I believe it is imperative for believers to stand and call things as they are, not hiding behind a facade of compassion which is little more than a rationalization for their cowardice. I also believe while calling them as they are, we must carry the message all the way through. And the message is never complete until the hope that is the gospel is presented. Mohammed's eternal destination is set and there is nothing anyone could do for him to rescue him from the terror of Hell, which is where he resides unless he had trusted n Christ before the final breath. But there is much that can be done with all of those who follow his twisted message, as their sins are not beyond the love of Christ.

So as you see and hear of the atrocities that are done in the name of Mohammed, go to prayer for all that are caught up in the trap. The six to fourteen year old boys who know no better and are following the steps of their fathers and forefathers. These are the ones to pray for, along with the leaders of islam. It only takes one Paul to turn a region upside down for the cause of Jesus Christ. As the tactics grow more perverse so should the people of God grow more diligent. It will take a true move of the Lord to free those in slavery to islam, but it always has been that way. These are not new nor surprising times to the Lord, just another day closer to that final day when He comes back to this earth! Be sure, that He is ordering the days and nights and all of the events for His glory and the good of His people. Even the things that seem beyond our comprehension, like the ways and moves of islam!

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pastor tom
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THIS JUDGE WILL BE JUDGED!

Montgomery County Maryland has a school board that has desired for years to have curriculum that brings the most perverted things to bare on children, While there has been much opposition and lawsuits to prevent this, the tide seems to be turning in their favor, at least for the moment. From the wires;

"Maryland Circuit Court Judge William J. Rowan III that it is permissible for the district to teach students in Montgomery County how to use condoms during anal and oral sex, as well as that homosexuality is inborn"

One judge has decided contrary to previous judicial opinions to allow the district to teach these perverse notions, not the least of which is the fact that homosexuals are born that way. There is no evidence of that, in fact there is much evidence to the contrary, yet this one judge has made it his business to create this most dangerous of precedents. It will not be long before the homosexual activists will begin to leverage this ruling to their favor. While there is not a gay gene, they would love people to believe there is, in order to facilitate their desire to be classified as a race of people. What is at stake is enormous. Should this ruling stand, there will be repercussions felt throughout the land as more and more legislation will appear seeking funding and benefits for this new "race" of people.

It is amazing what judges are allowed to get away with in our times. One judge in Massachusetts decides that gay marriage should be legal, and thus it is so. One judge in Minnesota decides that homosexality is an inborn condition, and thus it is so. It is high time that the people of this great nation begin to push back against this deification of judges. They are people who need to be held accountable for their legislating from the bench, which should be enough to disqualify them from their positions. While it varies from state to state as to what recourse can be taken with judges, what never varies is the power of prayer, and that is where people ought to begin. On their knees asking the God of the universe to intervene, as He is the true and righteous Judge! Praise God that He does legislate from his bench!

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

DEPRAVITY!

The war on terror has been a much talked about much criticized policy. It is an important and critical issue for whomever the next President will be, which makes it all the more important who attains that office. It is interesting when you listen to the Democrats discuss this war they never use the term "radical islam", or "extreme islamist". They simply talk about the war and the need to withdraw our troops from Iraq, displaying both an ignorance of reality and a profound ignorance of the enemy. There is no talking with, or negotiating with this enemy. They are islamists who will do whatever it takes to conquer the world, and there is no level to which they will not sink.

The clearest example of this happened over the weekend when a couple of suicide bombers blew themselves up killing over seventy people. The stunning thing is that they were women. But they were not just women, they were women with Downe Syndrome! These were women with Downes who were victims caught up in this sick culture known as islam. They were taken and forced to wear explosives which were detonated by remote control. This is the enemy, these are the combatants our country fights against. How do you negotiate with people who would do something as heinous as this?

The answer is you can not. The depravity is so pervasive that it is only an act of God that will change them. But that is good news as God is the one that can do just that. The answer for a people who would strap explosives to women wth Downes Syndrome, is Jesus Christ. He is the only one that could rescue them and save them from their depravity. Apart from Him there is no hope and with Him there is the greatest of hope. We would be better of as a nation and as a people when our leaders understood this truth. We cannot negotiate with islam, we must fight them as a nation with all of the power at our disposal, while believers in Christ pray and go and tell the good news of the gospel to them. It is a battle that must be waged on both fronts. The secular with our military and the sacred with the army of God! While they both could win, we know the sooner the army of God goes into motion the less the other army will be needed. The question is, would God have you be a part of His army that goes and brings the gospel to these islamists? Could you be a part of the means that He uses to change the heart of a people that would blow up women with Downes Syndrome? Do not be too quick to say no to that question, I would encourage you to pray as you seek His answer!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

THE BAD BAD PEN!!


We are in one of the most politically correct eras in our nations history. I was remembering the other day the show "All in the Family", the one with Archie Bunker as the lead character. If that show were on the air today ,it would not be for very long as it would be deemed politically incorrect. To be fair there is a selective political correctness at work, as if something is pro homosexual, pro abortion, pro muslim then of course it is acceptable. Well todays story takes the cake for political correctness. It has to do with the type of pen a student brought to school.

It seems as if the student (who remains anonymous as his parents do not want his name published) was doing his school work one night at home. His pen ran out of ink and so he asked his father for a pen. His dad, who works in law enforcement, gave him one of his own pens. The pen happens to have the emblem and name of Glock, the gun manufacturer. Well the next day the son goes to school and sometime during the day the father is called to come to the school to deal with a "serious problem". The school was actually going to suspend the boy for having a pen with the name of a gun manufaturer on it.

This was the wrong family to do this to, as dad took it all the way to the Superintendent of schools who called the Vice Principal who was carrying out this insanity and told him to make it right. While the son was allowed back in school and his record was cleansed of any disciplinary action, the father was outraged. and although he has said he will let it go he did say that his son will be using pens with the Glock name and emblem, as long as he is in school.

But what if this dad did not fight back? What if he allowed the disciplinary action of the school? His son would have been branded as a possible threat and that would have followed him all the way through his education. These are the times we live in. I guarantee you if the boy had the emblem of a man boy love association on his pen, he not only would not have been in trouble, but probably would have been given an award by the school for courage. Our Constitution, our way of life is under attack and will fast go away if we do not begin to push back as this dad did.

And one of the best ways to push back is to find leaders who still believe in traditional conserative, biblical principles of living. Support them, follow them, vote for them, convince them to run for something. Maybe you are one of those people, if you are the time to get involved, the time to get in the game, the time to lead is now!

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pastor tom
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