Engaging Your World

Thursday, June 26, 2008

HISTORIC? YES! BUT WHY?


Today there is a historic ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States. The court voted 5-4 to uphold the right to bear arms for all citizens and not just those involved in militias. I want to give you some quotes and then tell you what is historic, but first the quotes;

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."

Scalia said the ruling should not "cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, called the decision "a great moment in American history."

"I consider this the opening salvo in a step-by-step process of providing relief for law-abiding Americans everywhere that have been deprived of this freedom," he said.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said the White House is "pleased by the decision upholding Americans' right to bear arms."

Sen. John McCain called the decision a "landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States. Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right — sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly,"

Now what is historic,in my opinion, is not the five that voted for the upholding of the 2nd Amendment, but rather the four who voted against it! We have four justices on the Supreme Court who voted in a fashion that would do away with the second amendment. You take those four and then add the vote the Supreme Court took granting legal rights to those in Guantanamo, and you have a frightening situation. Today's vote should have been 9-0 with all justices understanding the Constitution when it speaks clearly, which by the way it always does. This issue of the right to bear arms is not some great area that needs interpreters finesse. Yet four justices voted today to kill the second amendment.

So while the victors enjoy their spoils today, be aware of what this vote really displays. We are heading towards a Surpreme Court that will strip away every foundational right of the Constitution that we have, unless there are more justices like those that President Bush nominated. Which once again makes this coming election the most critical of our time.

Yes the right to bear arms was upheld, but tragically it was a narrow victory. One that might swing the other way should Barak Obama be the one nominating the next two or three Supreme Court Justices. If that does not make you vote for John McCain, then nothing will!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

FINALLY PROOF OF WHAT IS REALLY BELIEVED!


Well finally we some contemporary proof. Saudi marriage officiant Dr. Ahmad al-Mu’bi told Lebanese television that you could arrange a marriage contract at the age of one, but would have to wait until a later age for their to be consummation of the marriage. What age did he say was appropriate? At first he spoke of the age being different depending on the people and also the need for the father as the guardian to be involved in these decisions. But then he said what is true and amazing, that he followed the prophet Mohammad and that Mohamed married Aisha when she was six but waited until she was NINE to have sex with her! You can watch and hear the interview for yourself at http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1798.htm.

As I said finally there is evidence and proof that sex with young girls was not just the practice of the very troubled and deranged pedophile Mohammad, but is the belief and practice in Islam. People in Islam follow a pedophile, a man who had sex with a nine year old, yet they want to extol the virtues and teachings of this man, while trying to deny or explain away his perverted activities. Well deny no longer as it is on the web and it was said just last week.

As Christs followers we need to be diligent to point out these atrocities to the Muslims around us. As we share the love of God that is available in Christ, we also should ask the moms and dads what they think about adults having sex with nine year old girls? Jesus Christ is truth and as His followers we are called to speak the truth, yes in love, but the truth. It is the only way a person can be set free!

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pastor tom
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Monday, June 23, 2008

GIVING WHAT SHE HAD!


Jiang Xiaojuan is a police officer in China, and she is also the mother of a six month old child. Last month there was a horrific 7.9 earthquake that caused much damage and loss of life. In disasters like these there are always many acts of heroism and sacrifice that go unnoticed and unmentioned. Jiang is an example of such heroism. In an amazing act of heroism this woman left her child with grand parents and went to the disaster site and fed babies with her own breast milk.

She is being called China's number one mom, as what she did literally saved the lives of children. Here is what some parents said;

"We walked out of the mountains for a long time," said Zhao Zong Jun. "I hadn't eaten in days when I got here, and my milk was not enough. She saved my baby."

Liu Rong, another mother who struggled to feed her infant through the trauma, told CNN, "I am so touched because she has her own baby, but she fed the disaster babies first. If she hadn't fed my son, he wouldn't have had enough to eat."

Praise God for Jiang Xiaojuan's willingness to do something to help. There is always something that can be done, but it takes a servants heart to get it done. As followers of Jesus Christ this should be our starting place in all situations. We should begin with, "what can we do?". We should seek Gods direction and then get busy putting feet to those prayers. Yes pray that people be warm and fed, but also get out there with some clothes and food. There is always something that can be done to serve others, as Jiangs example displays.

God takes an offering such as that and saves lives through it! What is it that He would have you offer to serve others?

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pastor tom
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

THE FINAL SAY.....EVERYWHERE?


In Canada the father of a 12 year old had instructed her on Internet use. He laid out the rules like any good father, with the expectation that they would be followed. When they were not, again like any good father he brought consequences to the disobedience. The consequence he brought was to ground the child, a reasonable punishment that would seem to fit the crime. Well the daughter did not agree and actually took the father to court. I kid you not, this 12 year old made use of the Canadian court system and received a court appointed lawyer.

The most bizarre part of all of this is that she won! The court overturned the fathers punishment ruling in favor of the daughter, leaving this parent and all parents in Canada at the mercy of the judiciary. The Quebec Superior Court actually ordered the grounding of the girl lifted. The father has appealed and hopes to have another day in court.

This is the trend and the coming reality to our own country. You only have to look at the latest Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo to see the similarity. The Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to even consider this case given the fact it was a law that Congress had exempted from any challenge in federal court. The Supreme Court looked into something they had no legal standing to even consider, yet that did not stop them. They looked into and overturned something the legislation had passed and the President had signed, an incredible power grab that rises to the level of a take over of government.

But no one notices these things and the people go on their merry way, whistling past the grave yard. You can be sure that your rights as a parent are fast slipping away. You can be sure that there is a take over of our government by the judges of the land. From homosexual marriage, to war time decisions by the President, to a father grounding his daughter, they believe they know better, and they should decide. They are the men and women in black robes who seek rule and decide as kings, and are fast obtaining exactly what they seek!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

YOUR SAFER TO HOLD IT IN AND MAKE IT HOME!


The Kampang School in northeastern Thailand conducted a survey last term that showed more than 200 of the school's 2,600 students considered themselves transgender, said school director Sitisak Sumontha. So what they have done is open a transvestite toilet. A place for boys who dress like girls to go for their bathroom needs. On
Thailand television you can see transvestite actors as well as watch a transvestite beauty pageant. Being a transvestite is becoming more normal every day in this country, as it is in other places in the world, including our country. We have seen in a couple of states the removing of gender specific bathrooms, allowing men and women to go into the same place at the same time. Even worse allowing men and women to go where little girls and boys are available to be preyed upon.

In the first chapter of Romans God speaks of turning people over to their depravity because they have exchanged worship of the Creator for worship of the Creation. We are seeing this right before our eyes as men want to be women and women want to be men. The reason is Gods wrath being poured out and the answer if a turning to Jesus Christ in full repentance of sin. Not simply the sin of perverting Gods design of gender, but rather for worshipping the idol of creation instead of God the creator. Apart from repenting of the truth that though they know God but refuse to worship Him as God there will be a forever Hell to suffer from His wrath.

If you are a transvestite, a homosexual, or a heterosexual, you are a great sinner in need of a great Savior. Jesus Christ is the one and only great Savior. Receive Him today!

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pastor tom
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

GOING TO CALIFORNIA?

Yesterday in California people flocked to have their homosexual relationships codified as marriage. There were celebrations state wide that would make Sodom and Gomorrah envious. The state ruling has an added caveat that Massachusetts, the other state perverted enough to allow homosexual marriage, does not have, and that is no residency requirement. Which means people will be once again be heading west. Not to open up new frontiers necessarily, but rather to have a marriage that celebrates the homosexual relationship. A UCLA study issued last week estimated that half of California's more than 100,000 same-sex couples will get married over the next three years, and 68,000 out-of-state couples will travel here to exchange vows.

The real problem with this is the lethargy among Gods people. It is sad that we are even moving beyond lethargy into acceptance as some who profess Christ would take the view that we should simply live and let live. Is that what we should do? Is that the most glorifying to God? Who wrote in His Word that homosexuality is a perversion, an abomination, unnatural, the result of God pouring His wrath out on man for worshipping the creation instead of the Creator. I believe God would call us to stand against this homosexual indoctrination that has hit our country. I believe that God would call us to stand for Him and for the children to come who will without doubt be taught at a very early age to accept homosexuality, and even consider it for themselves.

The answer to the sin of homosexuality is the answer for every sin, Jesus Christ. People who live in the sin of homosexuality need the power of Christ to forgive their sin and give them freedom and victory. That is our message, and this is our fight. The question as always is, are you willing to engage in the battle for the glory of God?

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pastor tom
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Friday, June 13, 2008

A SUDDEN LOSS!


Tim Russert died today. The 58 year old journalist from NBC, the host of Meet the Press, the author of books extolling the virtues of family and fatherhood in particular, is gone. You can have an idea of who someone is from watching them on television or even listening on the radio, and at times you can be very misled. With Russert you always had the impression that this was a hardworking fun loving decent man who dearly loved his family. And from all accounts that is what everyone who knew him is saying today as they mourn his loss.

The other striking, glaring, obvious but unmentioned reality here is the brevity of life and uncertainty of tomorrow. Tim Russert had flown back from Italy to prepare for his Sunday show, was doing voice overs for that show and died. God in His Word tells us that life is like an evening shadow, a morning mist, something that is here and quickly gone. With that being true the thing that truly matters is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Are we His and are we living life for His glory? We do not know if tomorrow will get here for us, or how many tomorrows we have left.

To be sure Tim Russert began this day with many plans and preparing for the future. He ended the day in front of God to be judged. The question for you is when your day ends that way, and one day it will, are you going to be ready? If Jesus Christ your Savior? If not beg Him for mercy, if He is, then live with all you have for Him.

May God have mercy on the Russert family as they mourn the sudden tragic loss of their loved one.

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pastor tom
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

PERSECUTION ON THE WAY!


Under Gov. Bill Ritter's leadership Colorado is fast turning into a liberal bastion. In May he signed a law that did away with gender specific bathrooms, to which Dr. James Dobson commented;

"Who would have believed that the Colorado state legislature and its governor would have made it fully legal for men to enter and use women's restrooms and locker-room facilities without notice or explanation? Henceforth, every woman and little girl will have to fear that a predator, bisexual, cross-dresser or even a homosexual or heterosexual male might walk in and relieve himself in their presence,"


Well now the good Governor is going to sign into law a bill that will require there to be no biblical description of homosexuality outside of the walls of the church. In other words, if you were to call homosexuality a sin outside of the church you would be found guilty of hate. It will be a crime in Colorado to hand out pamphlets or any literature that speaks truthfully about homosexuality. As I have been saying for years, this is coming, and now it is here. This is not across the pond, this is not Canada, but in fact this is now the law of the land in Colorado. Again Dr. Dobson;

"This is your government in action. It represents a payback to Tim Gill and two other billionaires who have essentially 'bought' state legislators with enormous campaign contributions. Coloradans deserve better! And by the way, because of the way this bill is written, it is not subject to the initiative process. There is no recourse."

Persecution is on the way believers. Fines, jail time and worse, and the question as always is who will stand for God and His Word and who will not?

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pastor tom
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Dead Baby Walking! PraiseGod!


Jodie Percival, 25 was eight weeks pregnant when she made the hardest decision of her life, to abort her baby. The reason was she was told the baby was going to have multicystic dysplastic kidney – an illness where cysts form on an unborn baby's kidneys. Her first son had died from this disease and her second suffered with it, so she made the decision to abort. In her own words;
"Deciding to terminate at eight weeks was just utterly horrible but I couldn't cope with the anguish of losing another baby."

Some time after the abortion she felt movement, went to the doctor and found out she was nineteen weeks pregnant, as the abortion was botched. Her first move was to call and complain, which was met with quick apologies from the medical field. But then the amazing happened, she decided to carry the baby to term. Born three weeks premature at 6 pounds and 3 ounces, baby Finley has damage to only one kidney and doctors are sure he will lead a normal life.

A great reminder that the womb is Gods handiwork and not to be tampered with. How many a woman has made the fateful decision to abort a child based on a medical condition possibility? Jodie Percival was spared that act and shown great mercy by God. To Him be the glory for the miracle of birth, and may His people fight to see that RIGHT given to all in the womb!

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pastor tom
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

JUSTICE FOR ALL?

Father Alphonse de Valk, a pro-life activist known across Canada. He has defended life and traditional marriage using a number of writings including the Catholic catechism, and the Bible. Well his views have caught the eye of a, by the Canadian Human Rights Commission – "a quasi-judicial investigative body with the power of the Canadian government behind it" This group monitors "hare crimes" such as morality and quoting from Scripture to defend and describe life and marriage. The father is accused of a hate act. What did he do? From the wires;


"Father defended the [Catholic] Church's teaching on marriage during Canada's same-sex 'marriage' debate, quoting extensively from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II's encyclicals. Each of these documents contains official Catholic teaching. And like millions of other people throughout the world and the ages – many of whom are non-Catholics and non-Christians — Father believes that marriage is an exclusive union between a man and a woman"

While this is the reality of Canada, you can be sure that this movement is coming to our country. It has only been a Republican Congress and a Republican President that has held back this tide. But there is a perfect storm coming which is the 2008 elections which will produce a President, either committed to this or at least open to it. Which will put the ball back in the court of those who believe in the authority of Scripture. What will we say or not say when it means fines and even prion? I am afraid man of us will have the opportunity to find out!

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pastor tom
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

WHAT IS THE ATTRACTION?


What is it about reality shows that so many people are drawn to them? There is a craze of reality shows out where people are filmed going about their normal lives. Some of the draw is to see how celebrities live, as ours is a celebrity driven culture. If you do not believe that consider all of the magazines that are for sale that are nothing more than pictures books of celebrities activities for the last week. But what is it that draws us to sit at home and watch other people live? And at times what you will be watching is someone else watching television!

I confess myself to being drawn to watch these shows. I am not going to call it appointment television, nor do I even know when one of these shows is on. But if in the course of channel surfing, I come across one, that is where I stay, as I like so many others are drawn to it. Is it some type of sick voyeuristic impulse in all of us? Or is it that the quality of entertainment has fallen to such a low level that watching people live life has become interesting? I do not know all of the answers and am still trying to figure out what it is that attracts people. Along with trying to understand why Deon Sanders some times rides a scooter around his house and other times does not!! Sorry, but I just saw that on Deon and Pilar!

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pastor tom
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