Engaging Your World

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A BLACK CHURCH?


Barak Obama's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright is out and about making speeches and making it impossible for Obama to be elected. In spite of the fact that they are now going at each other in apparent adversarial roles, the damage for Obama's political aspirations has been done, in my opinion. The bigger issue concerning Wright, in my mind, is his use of the "black church" term. He is saying anywhere and everywhere that those who criticize him are not criticizing him but rather the black church.

Now I have said over and over that if I were a part of that community I would be outraged to be lumped together with Wright. But is there such a thing as the black church? Certainly we understand the term culturally, but what about from Gods perspective? Does God have a black church? Does He have a white church? Does He have a yellow church?

What God has and sent His Son Jesus Christ to this earth to die to create is His Church. Gods church is not determined or defined by race. Race is simply a display of the variety and creativity of God in creation. His church is from every race nation tribe and tongue, and would never be defined by any one race. All who have received Jesus Christ as the owner of their lives, their Lord and the forgiver of their sins, their Savior are a part of His church. So, to describe His church in any way other than that is to demean the glory and beauty of His church.

In Gods eyes there is no such thing as a black church. There is the church, those who He has ransomed from all races. It is the beautiful mosaic that could not be created by anyone other than God Himself. And one day His church will live together in a new Heaven and a new Earth, with no sinful racial divided separating His people. The question for you today is , are you a part of His church? Have you trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for the payment of your sins? If not, as you read this today understand you might be a member of a local church somewhere, but you are not a member or any part of His church. For that to change, and for you to escape the very real Hell that is reserved for all who are not of His church, you must submit yourself to Christ. Do that today, and enjoy being a part of His church!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WHEN WILL WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH?


There are some troubling forecasts out concerning the state of Gas prices. Two groups in particular see harder times ahead. The chairman of Houston-based Dune Energy, Alan Gaines, sees gas rising to $7-$8 a gallon. The other, a commodities tracker at Weiss Research in Jupiter, Fla., Sean Brodrick, projects a range of $8 to $10 a gallon. Can we even fathom such prices? We might say no, but could we fathom four dollars a gallon just two years ago? The question is not can we fathom it, but rather what are we prepared to do about it?

The reality is that there has to be a number somewhere that causes people to say enough is enough. There has to be a price that will motivate the American people to demand that we begin to facilitate drilling from our own rich resources. Our economy cannot sustain such levels of pricing for a product that is so fundamental to our way of life. While there are those who would advocate alternative fuels, and with wisdom, I might add, the reality is we must tap into our own resources.

We will not see our economy free from its dependency on oil in our lifetime. To believe differently is to whistle past the grave yard. We must face reality that we are an oil dependent country and proceed to free ourselves from so much dependency on foreign oil. It is interesting to look at Africa and see the rich resources that are being harvested through a genocide that has China backing it. It is interesting to look around the world and see the players setting themselves in positions of oil strength through whatever means necessary. While the good old United States continues to pay higher and higher prices and the best idea the politicians can come up with is a day of gas tax relief.

This should tell us that if it is going to change it will be the people and not the government. The people will determine the change when they have had enough and refuse to pay these higher prices any longer. The question is not if that will happen, but rather, at what price will it happen?

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pastor tom
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Monday, April 28, 2008

WHAT WERE HER PARENTS THINKING?


Miley Cyrus is an incredibly huge star at the age of only 15. Tickets to her concerts are some of the most difficult to obtain, regardless of who you are and who you know. Apparently this huge star has made a huge mistake in agreeing to sit for a photo shoot for an article in Vanity Fair. The pictures reportedly show her in semi-nude positions, which she now is publicly apologizing for. What is amazing in this situation is that her parents, again reportedly, were on the set of the shoot for the whole day and were in agreement with the pictures. Whether this is accurate or not, the magazine will hit the stands next week.

Cyrus has been very vocal in maintaining that her faith in the Lord is what gives her strength and direction, and while her publicists seek to put the best face on this, one can only feel for her. As a 15 year old mega star she is pushed and pulled in a million difference directions and this is where her parents need play their part. It is very often a tragedy in the making with these child stars as time and again they grow up to become adults who cannot handle life.

Will Hannah Montana become another footnote in the common story of child stars gone bad? Or will this story be different? Much of the answer will depend on how genuine her faith in Christ truly is, and how wise her parents are in what they allow for her in the next few years. One thing is sure, they all could use your prayers!

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pastor tom
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Friday, April 25, 2008

ONLY ONE ANSWER FOR SOMETHING THIS WICKED!

Maya Devi, 28, gave birth outside of the maternity wing of Kanpur Medical College in northern Uttar Pradesh state in India. What should have been a time of celebration turned into disaster as both mother and son died. Maya and her son died for an unthinkable reason. They died for not being acceptable to the doctors on staff. Several doctors, including the hospital's chief medical superintendent, had refused to touch her or provide medical care as she delivered her baby, the Press Trust of India reported. Their reason? She was considered an "untouchable" someone from the lowest caste in the caste system. And so due to the caste she was born into, these doctors allowed her and her son to die!

What a contrast to the Lord Jesus Christ whose own testimony was that he did not come for the righteous but the sinner, the poor, the down and out, the lowest of the low. And in this truth is the only hope for people. Atrocities like this are going on all of the time all over the world, and there is only one sure solution, and that is the spreading of the good news, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only God incarnate could change a heart so hard that it would allow a mom and a new born die, conflicting with every piece of training received. Jesus Christ is the only hope for the world.

We can feed and clothe and house those who are in need. And that is needed ministry. But the proclamation of the gospel is the most important ministry in the world, as there is darkness and depravity that most of us have never considered. The good news about the good news is that this is a ministry that all followers of Christ can share in. The power of the gospel is such that you could share Christ with someone at your work and it is possible that the ripple effect could reach doctors like these in places such as India. So take heart, in the midst of such wickedness, you have the ultimate answer. The question is, will you share that with others?

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

WHICH "WARMING" PROBLEM CONCERNS YOU MORE?

Well, well, well, it looks like the era of global warming could be over! It seems that physicist Phil Chapman, the first native-born Australian to become an astronaut with NASA, has made some interesting observations. He said pictures from the U.S. Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) showed no spots on the sun, and the world cooled quickly between January last year and January this year, by about 0.7 degrees Centigrade. His words as told the Australian from the wires;

"This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record, and it puts us back to where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over."

While those that believe, promote and profit on the global warming movement will never give this data credibility, it once again puts in front of us the reality of very intelligent people coming up with very important data that refutes global warming as presented by its cult like leaders. In spite of this our politicans, our candidates for President and others continue to bow at the altar of man mad global warming, to the detriment of their credibility, in my opinion. The truth is that there is and has been a cycle of warming and cooling in place that the Creator has installed.

As followers of Christ we to use the dominion we have over the planet to the Glory of God. Those in the world will use the world for their own gain. That should never surprise us. What is surprising are the many who name Christ and have more concern over the environment than they do lost souls. Those believers who give their lives over to protecting a planet that God has promised to lay bare with fire one day, while they neglect the many souls that surround them that are bound for Hell because they have not heard the Gospel of Christ. The data will continue to be debated concerning global warming. What is not debatable is that those who die without Jesus Christ as their Savior will have a much greater problem than global warming! And a much warmer problem!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WHO GETS THE PRAISE?

In an amazing turn of events, U.S. Postal worker Lisa Harrell, 42, became a hero while delivering the mail. As she walked upon a building she noticed a baby in the window. The next thing she knew the one year old had fallen out of the window and into her arms. She caught the baby, saving it from a sure death. Lisa is a hero for sure, but what interests me today is the statement made by Albany Postmaster David Yann;

"It wasn't her normal time to be there. The stars were aligned for that baby today."

The Word of God tells us in the book of Romans that the wrath of God is released because of a people who though they lived in the midst of a creation that screams God, though they know that is God, they do not worship Him as God. This statement is a clear picture of what that passage of Scripture looks like. A baby falls out of a window and a woman "happens" to be there to catch that baby, saving its life, and the reaction from the postmaster is to give praise to the stars being aligned, instead of the God who made those stars. People do this every day, as they worship the creation instead of the Creator. The problem is that for many of us we have become numb to this kind of talk and thus we allow it to go on in our presence, without a correction. Let us all committ to listening better for those opportunities to inject bibiical truth into a conversation about events such as this one.

By the way the woman who caught the baby did much better in her description of the event;
"A hero? No. I was in the right place at the right time," Harrell told the Times Union. "God was there for me and the baby."

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pastor tom
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Monday, April 21, 2008

WELCOME TO THE AGE OF GENDER MANAGEMENT!

I do not know where to begin. I sit here dumbfounded and unable to write words together that make sense. It is rare when I am so amazed, angered, outraged that I cannot express it, but here is where I write from today. Pediatric endocrinologist Norman Spack, 64, works at Boston's Childrens Hospital, one of, if not the finest in the world. Dr. Spack, in a move that sounds more like Dr. Spock than Spack, has started the Gender Management Service Clinic. An interesting and informative title, that accurately describes the desire of this "Doctor". But lets hear from him;

"Norman Spack, 64, says he started the Gender Management Service Clinic because he found himself encountering 20-somethings who were "transgendered" and in good shape socially, "but they were having trouble getting their physique to conform to their identity.
"I knew the 20-somethings could have better chances of passing if they were treated earlier," he said.

Understand what he is saying, as it is Orwellian and Frankenstinian( is that a word?) in its meaning. This mad "Doctor" is seeking to give children drugs to delay puberty in order to give them the opportunity to decide on what gender they would like to be! You could not make this up on your own, unless you were making a science fiction movie. But this is not a movie, this is really happening at none other than Boston Childrens Hospital. More from the "Doctor";

"The puberty-blocking drugs work best at the beginning of the pubital process, typically age 10 to 12 for a girl and 12 to 14 for a boy. You lose opportunities if you wait. [One of my patients, a] transgendered girl from the UK, was destined to be a 6-foot-4 male. With treatment, she's going to end up 5-foot-10."

He admits that sterility is a real possibility with this procedure and says that you must inform the patients of that. Of course children 10-14 can make rational decisions, we all know that, Sure. No one is safe from the mad people who wear white coats and have Dr. on their pockets. But who is more mad? Who is more crazy? Those like Dr. Spack who are out there doing what they believe they are supposed to be doing, or the rest of society that will hear of this, be outraged for a moment and then do absolutely nothing about it.

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pastor tom
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

TIME MAGAZINE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF ITSELF!

In a new level of disgrace, I give you the following from the wires, concerning Time Magazine;

"The cover of the April 21 issue of Time took the famous Iwo Jima photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the Marines raising the American flag and replaced the flag with a tree. The cover story by Bryan Walsh calls green “the new red, white and blue.”

Walsh writes the typical uninformed, biased, propaganda pushing, kool-aid drinking story about global warming, only this time he and Time sink to a new low. To compare global warming to any war is ridiculous at best. But add to that the cover of theIr magazine taking one of the most infamous images in our nations history and staining it with this absurd comparison to global warming, is obscene. As you would expect those who have served our country are outraged. Here is a sampling;

Donald Mates, an Iwo Jima veteran, told the Business & Media Institute on April 17 that using that photograph for that cause was a “disgrace.” “It’s an absolute disgrace,” Mates said. “Whoever did it is going to hell. That’s a mortal sin. God forbid he runs into a Marine that was an Iwo Jima survivor.

Lt. John Keith Wells, the leader of the platoon that raised the flags on Mt. Suribachi and co-author of “Give Me Fifty Marines Not Afraid to Die: Iwo Jima” wasn’t impressed with Time’s efforts.

“That global warming is the biggest joke I’ve ever known,” Wells told the Business & Media Institute. “[W]e’ll stick a dadgum tree up somebody’s rear if they want that and think that’s going to cure something.”

Time should be ashamed and owes these fine men and women an apology. It is one thing to hold a position on something, it is quite another to desecrate a great moment in a nations history to advocate that position. Let us watch and see if Time has the class and decency to do the right thing!

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pastor tom
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Monday, April 14, 2008

WHO KNOWS WHAT?

The era of Big Brother is growing from the other side of the pond. In Sydney Australia they are actually, via computer chip, keeping track of whether people are keeping pace with recycling. From the wires:

"Tucked away under the rim of wheelie bins found in two Sydney councils are small radio frequency tracking devices collecting information on a household's waste habits. Randwick Mayor Bruce Notley-Smith told The World Today they are the way of the future."We will be able to find out the weights of the various bins and collect the data, the entire amount, as opposed to the quantity that is recyclable," he said."

It will not be long before everything we are doing, or not doing will be duly noted by those around us There is something daunting to the possibility of those in government, those with authority over us, having knowledge of the details of our lives, even down to how we get rid of our garbage. The reality is that this is always the way it is, and has been, and will be with God. That should be more striking, more concerning, more reason for praise people today. For those who do not know Christ as their Savior it ought to be a reason for concern. The Lord knows everything you did this past weekend, from your thoughts to your actions. In fact He is aware of that from the beginning of your life on this earth. That should cause you to be very concerned, as the verdict on all of that activity is; sinner deserving of Hell!

For those who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior this same knowledge is reason for praise. As the same is known, the same verdict is rendered, but Jesus has stepped in to pay that price on the Cross at Calvary. He stepped in as the propitiation, the one who satisfied the wrath of God and had it removed form us to Him. This is reason to praise Him and live a life of praise to Him. The question today is which group are you in? The complete knowledge of your life is known by God, we all are deserving of Hell, yet some have received mercy in Jesus Christ. Are you a part of that group?

Really makes things like our garbage habits being known, very meaningless in the larger scheme of things!

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

What do you think would happen if someone had an art display showing Mohammad in a homosexual activity? You can only imagine the outrage the death the pillaging that would occur. While that is not on dispay there is "artwork" being shown with Jesus and the apostles engaged in those types of acts. Alfred Hrdlicka is an 80 year old artist who has created such a perverted display. A sculpturist from Austria, he claims it is to show the carnality of religion. My questions is, where is the outrage? Where are the followers of Christ speaking out in defense of Christ's name? It is most likely true that many reading this blog knew nothing about this until now.

This shows us the bias that is in our media today. If this were Islam it would be on the nightly news, and the internet would be blazing with news of this debacle. But as our Master told us our kingdom is not of this world. We fight not against flesh and blood and our weapons are not of this world. That ought to give us great comfort, but should not be an excuse to not be in the battle on this side of eternity. So now you know, what will you do about it? I hope whatever it is , it begins with prayer!

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

BREAKING NEWS ON OPRAH....A WOMAN IS HAVING A BABY!! WOW

Thomas (Tracy) Beatie was on the Oprah show this week. What did he (she) do that was so noteworthy? Became pregnant, which of course is big news as Thomas (Tracy) is pretending to be a man. He (she) had a sex change but still maintained the ability to have children, which means the female parts were left intact. As this becomes news it is amazing that it is being reported as a man having a baby. To hear the reports you would think a real man was having a baby, when in fact it is a woman, Tracy, who is having the baby, and that is not news as women have babies all of the time. What might be news is the effect these sex changes have on women, as they grow more hair and obtain deeper voices.

The bigger story here is the shameless perversion that is the Oprah show. Oprah likes to present herself as above the seedy Jerry Springer type shows. The only problem with that would be, her shows. Time and again Oprah puts the circus type spectacles on display, all in the name of ratings and money. She is no different than any other show host. She will prostitute whomever will garner her big ratings, without care for decency and propiety. A man having a baby? Impossible, because God made it impossible by virtue of His design. A woman pretending to be a man having a baby? Sure, all you need to do is check out the Oprah show, as if it is perverted and insulting to humanity, she will put it on display for the whole world to see. All a part of her doing her part to make the world a better place.

Maybe the most peverted thing is the number of adults who watch Oprah, truly believing she is actually doing something positive for society! She is in need of the Savior Jesus Christ as much or more than the woman who believes she is a man, and is having a baby.

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pastor tom
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Thursday, April 03, 2008

WHO IS RUNNING THE ASYLUM?

Our country is known for having a pretty cushy prison system. Compared to much of the world, those in our jails have it made. But a story out today is taking it to another level. It seems as if two prisoners, Joseph Miller and Hurie Purdiman have filed a lawsuit against a Wyoming State prison. The lawsuit has been joined by none other then the ACLU. What unfair treatment are these prisoners alleging to have received? Having their prayers as Muslims interrupted by meal times! That is correct, these two who are practicing Muslims who do not like the fact that the jail would want to feed them when they are having their prayer time. What is ludicrous is the fact that this could be seen as a legitimate lawsuit by any court in the land. Evidencing how lawsuit crazed our society has become.

The other story here is once again the progress of Islam. We have heard of taxi cab companies changing policy for Islam, grocery stores, colleges and now prisons. Problem being these are all institutions in our own country. If we are down to the prisons having to accomodate Islam, all bets are off every where else. What happened to the old fashoined idea of being sent to jail as a punishment? Jail being a place where your rights are limited to being fed, housed and clothed, period. And you do not get to make your own schedule, as that used to be something that was for people who obeyed the law.

But once again we see people bowing towards Mecca both literally and figuratively. It is the perfect storm, a liberal prison system led by fearful people, coupled with radical islamist prisoners who are afraid of no one. The result is an institution turned on its head, in the name of tolerance and accomodation, making the idea of the inmates running the asylum more than just an old saying. And not nearly as funny!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

DID YOU REMEMBER?


It came and went with little or no fan fare. March 31, is what I refer to. Not many remembered yesterday, in fact most of us went about our day in our normal manner. Did you stop and think about it at all? Did you stop and pray yesterday? Probably like me you forgot, and that is to our shame, yours and mine. Yesterday was the third anniversary of the murder of Terry Schiavo. Murder? Yes, and those who advocated and ultimately decided to allow her to die when all she needed was food, they are the murderers. But in our country you can murder someone as long as you have a white robe with "Dr." on it, or a black robe and a gavel, or a good publicist.

I know personally it was murder as I have spoken with Terry's lawyer. She was there when they pulled the feeding tube out of her. She told Terry that if she could only say she wanted to live that this would not happen, and interestingly enough she told me at that point moment Terry screamed, as if she was trying to say "I want to live",which of course is exactly what she was saying. Her attorney told me she testified in court on Terry's behalf and told that exact story, to no avail. The lawyer was there as Terry died of starvation and said it was not what her husband said. It was not this quiet peaceful time, but rather more like what you would have seen at Auschwitz!

Yesterday I am sure was a hard day for those who love Terry. For the rest of us it came and went. Maybe today will be a little different!

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pastor tom
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