Engaging Your World

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

IS IT WORTH IT?


An audit of Michigan day care providers has evidenced some extremely troubling results. From the wires;


"Michigan’s oversight of child care providers was so ridden with deficiencies that state regulators licensed hundreds of convicted sex offenders, child abusers and criminals during a three-year period ending in 2006, according to an audit released today by the state auditor general. The Department of Human Services authorized 1,900 unsuitable day care providers during the period placing 4,600 children at risk, auditors found.

Among those authorized, auditors found 428 people who had been identified by the department as having “substantiated histories of child abuse” and 712 providers with unsuitable criminal histories, including 28 with convictions for murder, rape and assault. The department also authorized 31 day care providers who were, at the time of approval, registered sex offenders, auditors found."

While the incompetence of the process is stunning, there is a larger point to be made here. When you drop your kids off at day care you truly do not know who you are entrusting your children to. You might believe you do, but the reality is that the people you hand your most prized possession to, will never love your child the way you do. They will never care for your child the way you do. And as the results of this audit tell us, they might have some very troubling circumstances in their past.

I know some will say they have no choice but to use day care. And I know there are some great day care centers. But is the risk worth it? Is the lifestyle that you seek to maintain worth the well being of your child? While you might think that to be extreme and an out of touch way to think, I would suggest that Gods design is for moms to be home with their children. I would suggest that no one can care for the children they way mom can. I would suggest that it is far better to live in a lower standard of living with mom home than it is to have all the things of this world and lose your child. And if that, tragically, were to happen, you would give all you had to be able to lower your standard of living and protect your child.

Give it some thought, audits do not lie!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

OUR FINAL DESTINATION ON THIS EARTH!


In Brazil the House of Representatives has passed a bill that now awaits approval in the Senate. If the Senate approves it will become the law that to offend a homosexual could lead to five years in prison. Here are some quotes from the wires;

"If anyone prevents actions of "homosexual affection" in public or private locations open to the public, they could face up to five years in prison for doing so, the Association of the Defense of Life reports."
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The bill also seeks to penalize private and public school administrators with up to three years in prison if they refuse to hire openly "gay" teachers. According to the CNA, the measure will force prison time for any "moral, ethical, philosophical or psychological expression that questions homosexual practices"

The ADL claims the bill could spell disaster for churches and teachers.

"[A] priest, a pastor, a teacher or even an average citizen who says in a sermon, a classroom or public conversation that homosexual acts are sinful, disordered or an illness could be denounced and detained," the association said."

It is getting closer and closer, as the wall of common sense and decency continues to crumble. This is exactly what is going to happen in our country before too long. All I can say is that the Lord must have a wonderful plan to bring revival to the prisons as this is where most of us will end up before this is all over!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A LACK OF INTELLIGENCE?


Have you seen it before today? This cover for the New Yorker is an incredibly bad attempt at satire by a publication that is very pro Obama. The attempt is to show the things people believe about Obama that are not true, like he is a Muslim and hates America. Two things that are not true. I do not believe Obama is a hater of America, although I do believe his policies will do damage to America. Nor do I believe he is a Muslim, although I do believe his foreign policy would be welcomed by the terrorists who are indeed Muslims.

I also think this cover was bad manners and unfair to the Obama campaign. But this is an example of the gnostic type belief that liberals have that they are smarter than everyone else. They like to think of themselves as the intelligent, the upper crust, the ones who know better than the rest of us common knuckle draggers! Yet in all of their supposed intelligence they out smarted themselves with this cover. I am sure that somewhere in a board room they all sat around and talked about how great of a cover this would be. How this would truly help Obama and make clear the erroneous views some have of him.

What they did not count on was their own true lack of intelligence and common sense coming back to bite them. The problem for them is that many people will walk by this magazine, take a quick look and believe that it confirms their suspicions about Barak Obama. In reality they have hurt the one they sought to help. Here is some advice for the boys at the New Yorker, if you have to explain a joke it is a bad joke, and if you have to explain it is satire, it is bad satire.

I guess they aint that durn smart after all, are they ma?!!!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Monday, July 14, 2008

UNBELIEVABLE!!


Every now and then the quote says it all. A cell phone giant, believe it or not is attempting to get young people to strip on camera for people to watch. Here you go, from the wires;

"Virgin Mobile's "Strip2Clothe" website displays the campaign slogan, "You take off yours, we donate ours" and "Somewhere someone out there needs clothes more than you." It promises to make a clothing donation to homeless youth every time five people watch the striptease videos.

The website asks that there be no cursing or full nudity. "Think bathing suit, not birthday suit," it says. However, several entries feature young women dancing in bras and panties"


Amazing, God help them all!!

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pastor tom
www.emgagingyourworld.com

Friday, July 11, 2008

DECIDING TO HELP!


Spc. Francisco G. Martinez, a 20 year old was killed by a sniper on March 20, 2005, in Ramadi. His father Francisco Martinez was never in favor of the war. He disagreed with it from its inception. Now Franciso is preparing to head to Iraq himself. After a 17 year absence he re-enlisted and volunteered to go to Iraq. The death of his son caused him to evaluate his life and dedicate himself to doing all he can to see that other boys come home. At 44 he knows what his mission is, in his own words;

"We are responsible for everybody’s security on that base," he said. "For me, it’s very clear. It’s not at all abstract. If the Kurds and the Sunnis and Shia get along better and everyone’s lives are improved and they have fair elections, great. But my job is to make sure that everyone who is on that little clump of land comes back alive and well for their airport reunion. That transcends politics."

He leaves his wife and his 7 year old daughter behind, as he heads to the country where his son died. His pay as a Staff Sergeant will be $4400.00 per month, at least half of what he was making in the civilian world. Yet he has found what it is that he is to do that is greater than himself and calls for sacrifice. In fact his sacrifice could be the same ultimate one that his son paid, but he goes anyway, believing he can a part of the solution.

And that is the great example for the rest, to be part of the solution. Wherever God has placed you, be a part of the solution. Instead of complaining and seeing everything wrong, be a part of the solution. This man could have found it very easy to spend the rest of his life complaining about the war and the administration, particularly since he disagreed with the war from the beginning. Yet he did the opposite, he decided to see what he could do to help.

Thank you sir for your great example to the rest of us and may God keep you safe and bring you home to your wife and daughter!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A PIONEER!


Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, of Canton, Mich is a homosexual man who is a pioneer. A pioneer is someone who goes first into areas that might not see initial success, but pave the way for those who follow. Fowler is suing Zondervan Publishers for $60 million and another $10 million from Thomas Nelson Publishing, because they publish Bibles that speak of homosexuality as a sin. This, he states, has caused him harm for many years and now he wants to be compensated. While he represents himself and no one believes he will win his lawsuit, he is a pioneer.

Think back some years ago, and who would have believed kindergarten age children would be reading books about two mommies. Who would have believed that homosexual kissing would be on network television, let alone a movie that extols the virtues of the perversion. And no one would have believed that states would actually legalize homosexual marriage, but here we are.

It took pioneers who were willing to start the process. People who did not care about initial success but rather would give themselves for the long term goals. Pioneers like Bradley LaShawn Fowler who one day will receive recognition for starting the process of lawsuits and incarcerations that will surely come to any and all who publicly hold a biblical view of homosexuality. It seems to me that those of us who hold that view need some pioneers of our own!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

DADDY DEAREST!


Sandeela Kanwal, 25 has a father Chaudhry Rashid, 54 who is a Pakistani that believes in arranged marriages and the law of the Muslim. Sandeela had a marriage that was arranged, although she was not thrilled with it. According to her mother Gina, Sandeela wanted to cancel the marriage but had not spoken to her father about it. Well her father found out about her decision to cancel, and did what any Sharia Law believing Muslim father would do, he killed his daughter! That's right, Chaudry strangled his daughter to death in what is known as an "honor killing". Performed in Clayton County Georgia, in the good old U.S.A.!

While no father likes the idea of his daughter going through a divorce, this is what Muslim fathers do. This is what the law of the land for the Sharia Muslim dictates. The more absurd truth is that in England there are high ranking judges that believe it is OK for Muslims to operate under their own Sharia law. While they will give the qualifier of no one being hurt, you can be sure once the door is open the door will be ripped off of its hinges.

So here it is, another Muslim father daughter moment. Another clear example of the abuse that women are forced to endure under the Muslim belief system. Another clear example of Mohammed's followers doing exactly as he taught them and exactly how he showed them!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

DID YOU HEAR? PROBABLY NOT!


Rene Marie is a jazz singer who was called upon to sing our national anthem at the presentation of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's State of the City address yesterday. Instead, she sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the "Black National Anthem," to the tune of the "Star-Spangled Banner." After being introduced by the city council president she got up and without notifying anyone sang the "Black National Anthem", because in her words, she doesn't feel American.

Now I am going to guess not many if any of you reading this blog have heard about this. But do you think you would have if the situation was reversed? If a white singer was called upon to sing the national anthem at an event but substituted some song that was known as a "white national anthem", do you think you might have heard about it? Of course you would have heard of it, as it would be on the twenty four hour news loop of all of the alphabet channels. It would be covered as one of the great racist moments in our history.

But when a black singer does this very thing, it receives very little coverage with very little outcry. Reason being ours is a society that has embraced the false notion that all white people are racists and we all owe black people for the atrocities of the past. I recently had Ron Sider on my radio show and got into this very debate with him, as he mentioned all that"we" had done to blacks. I called him on that statement and told him that I had not done anything to blacks, to which he disagreed, given the fact that I was white.

The absurdity of his point was displayed when I asked him if the over ninety percent of blacks in Philadelphia who voted for Barak Obama because he was black were racist. He replied they were not, to which I asked if the many whites in West Virginia who voted for Hillary Clinton because she was white were racist, and he said that they were! So when blacks vote for Obama because he is black, they are not racist, but when Whites vote for Clinton because she is white, they are racist.

This convoluted reasoning is why a black singer can, without notification, decide to sing the"black national anthem", instead of the song she AGREED to sing, and receive very little if any criticism for it. Reason being, people live in fear of speaking the truth. They would rather be liked, accepted and fit in, as opposed to speaking and living the truth. Sad but true!!