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Monday, March 30, 2009

THE CHARM OFFENSIVE!


It is no secret that Washington D.C. does not understand Islam. There has been committee after committee looking into and interviewing people about this subject and time and again the ignorance is shocking. I remember an author on my radio show who was an expert in Islam and she had just testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of Islam, and she asked the Senators if any of them had ever read the Koran, and of course none of them had. And this is not a problem particular to any one party, it is truly a bi-partisan problem. Well we see more evidence of the ignorance coming forth in Dennis Blair the Director of National Intelligence. In his first press conference last week he said the following concerning the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay;

"If we are to release them in the United States, you can't just sort of, as you said, put them on the street and there, but we need some sort of assistance to them to start a new life and not return to some of the conditions that may have inspired them in the first place."

That is truly amazing. He believes that we can give them some assistance that will keep them from returning to their ideology? He believes that there is some assistance that will change their desire to kill the great Satan, us? A desire they have been taught and indoctrinated in since birth! The lack of understanding here is frightening, as it clearly means that those who are manning the controls of our country now are indeed either out of touch, incompetent, or both.

Say what you want about former President Bush, but he understood the enemy. Our current President is a great speaker and a charming charismatic man, which is why someone with so little experience and qualification could gain the highest office in the land. But in spite of his charm he too will find out that it will not work with Islamists. The question is how high of a price we all will have to pay for him to learn that lesson?

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pastor tom
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

COWARDS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE!

It has happened again. In India a 16 year old girl was dragged out of her house by her Islamic Neighbors and burned to death, while her 14 year old sister was locked in her house and listened to her sisters scream for 20 minutes. So here we have another in a long line of attacks on a young girl by hypocritical Muslims who teach and believe you can marry a girl for an hour, a nice way to legitimize having an hour with a hooker. And the world watches in cowardice. Yes there were four arrested but that is not the point. The point is this crazed Sharia Law activity is progressing throughout the world and the world sucks it thumb looking for their binky, while young women are brutally tortured.

The best example of cowardice comes from our own U.S. Senate who last year looked into the tragedy in Somalia where a 13-year-old girl, Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, was stoned in front of an African crowd of 1,000 as "punishment" for being the victim of a gang rape. Aisha, (probably named after the poor 9 year old who was repeatedly molested by the "prophet" Mohammad) was raped and killed for it, and the response from the Senate? A resolution! Yeah those are real helpful! A resolution that failed to even acknowledge the "Islamic supremacist ideology" behind the attack in Somalia, a nation which now is ruled by Islamic Shariah law from border to border!

This type of cowardice rises to the level of complicity in my view. So what should the response be? From those who follow Jesus should come the Gospel to the Muslim community, but there should also be a commitment to defend life. These poor girls are no different from babies in the womb being murdered, and just as helpless. The true followers of Jesus need to act on the truth that to die is gain and be willing to see that Scripture come to reality in their own life, if necessary in defending those that cannot defend themselves. To not do so, is to our eternal shame!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

FINAL UPDATE FROM THE PHILIPPINES!

Hello to all and this will be the final update from the Philippines. Today was the Pastors conference and praise God there was an overflow crowd and they ran out of chairs. Amazingly many came back from last year’s conference. Today there were well over 100 churches represented by pastors and leaders. I spoke four sessions as follows;

Session I. Integrity with Doctrine – that the pastors must get their doctrine right and fight for it in their churches.

Session II Integrity with the Order of their churches. This was interesting as it is where I made it clear to the brothers that a woman should not be a pastor, because that is what God says, and the response was fantastic, with pastors asking questions and determining to teach their people this.

Session III Integrity when opposed. This was teaching the men to live a life that stands up against unfair accusation

Session IV Integrity in giving, This was teaching the pastors what to teach their people about giving.

After each session there was a robust question and answer session. Many pastors came up to me asking me what to do in certain situations in their churches. The great news is that I am confident that there are over 100 churches here whose pastors are encouraged and determined to preach right doctrine and to have Gods order in their churches. This is all very humbling to me that God would use me and my family this way. Me by being able to go and my family willing to sacrifice and see me go.

Praise God the leader of the group that invited me asked the pastors who would come back if we did a part 3 to this subject and I believe every pastor said they would come back. So they have asked me to return to do a three-day conference here and out in the provinces where not many people are willing to go and speak to pastors.

Thank you all for your support and prayers, I am really looking forward to getting home to my family.

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98043-0398
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

update #4 from the Philippines-A divine Appointment!

Today I was with Adam Hussey and we were to go to his youth group, which is about one hour outside of Manila. After going with him to the mall where he received a much-needed haircut we began looking for a cab. Due to my back I need a taxi instead of the other transportation available to travel that far out, as the drivers in Manila do not go out to Antipolo where we had to go. The first driver we asked, Sonny, said yes he would take us.

During the drive he tells us he too is born again, which we praised God for, but it was also clear he was not where he had been when he lived in Canada, where he had just gotten back from. He is a Philippino who had to come back due to health concerns. Well we asked him to stay with us when we got out to where we were going, as it would be impossible for us to get a taxi and I also sensed the need for him to hear the Word of God.

The youth service was wonderful. There were about 25 youth there and they put on a skit for us that brought tears to my eyes. Adam is doing a great work out there and he is seen by them as their youth pastor, they all love him. But I noticed during the singing that our driver Sonny was singing with his eyes closed worshipping.

On the drive home we made small talk and then dropped Adam off, and Sonny and I had another few miles to go. About three to five minutes after we dropped Adam off, Sonny began to weep and confess to me that he was struggling with sin. He confessed that he was no longer active in church like he had been for the two years in Canada. When we got to the Shell station where he was to drop me off. We talked some more, he cried some more; he confessed some more, we prayed some more. He was praising God when I left him and we agreed that we would again see each other in Heaven. I know for sure that Sonny is one reason the Lord brought me here. Pray for him as he battles his flesh and desires to again walk rightly with the Lord!

For His Glory,
Pastor Tom

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98043-0398
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Friday, March 20, 2009

PHILIPPINES UPDATE # 3 , TODAY I MET TWO HEROES OF THE FAITH!

Hello to all from the Philippines. This is my third update and one of a different sort. I am staying at the Martin Burnham New Tribes Mission guest house in Manila. Martin is the missionary who was killed during a rescue attempt for him and his wife as they had been held captive by the Abu-Sayef terrorist group that is very active here in the Philippines. His wife Gracia has a foundation with a website worth visiting at http://www.graciaburnham.org/index.asp. Their story is inspiring to say the least.

At this mission guest house are missionaries from New Tribes and other places, but primarily New Tribes. When I got back tonight I ran into a couple staying here, Lance and Laura Ostman. The are missionaries to the Higaunon tribal people on the island of Mindanao, a heavily Muslim area and very dangerous. As it is with New Tribes they went to this tribe that had never seen white people in 1983! Here are some quotes from the people they went to reach;

"Only one person has ever been said to make it to heaven without dying, but he was sent back because he complained that there was no work for him to do there. In many ways, we fear the tee-noo-mah-nun because of what the spirits tell us we have to do, like having to sacrifice our seven year old children to them and going without food for long periods of time. They would have us go on long pilgrimages through the forest in search for a promised pathway to heaven. Many of our ancestors have died during the tee-noo-mah-nun, but we have no other hope."

"We are really scared of sickness because we have so much of it. We do not name our children until they are about 2 years old because we know that they will have constant sickness and be likely to die before that age. Sometimes, in order to obey the taboos, we have to bury our children at birth.

For instance if a baby has its umbilical cord wrapped around its neck at birth, that is a bad omen and the baby must be buried. We have to crush up some ginger root and stuff it down the babies throat and then place it in a shallow grave under the house. We don't like doing this because many times we hear the baby screaming from under the ground for a long time.

"We also have to worship and obey our ancestral spirits because they control every part of our lives."

This was the state of these people when the Ostmans went to them. The reason I write of them is tonight I found out that the completed translation of the New Testament will be finished in the language of these people who when they went there had no language. After 26 years the translation work by the Ostmans and others is finished, and praise God they have 800 people in the village who have requested copies. Twenty six years spent developing a language, learning it, teaching it and translating the complete New Testament. The Ostmans are taking a one week vacation next week, and then they will be seeking where God wants them to go next. Amazing, humbling, inspiring! That is twenty six years well spent in service to the Lord, the fruit of which will be the Word of God to be used for generations until the Lord comes. This should make us all take a look at how we are spending our lives for the Lord!

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Pastor Tom

as always to donate;
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98043-0398

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

UPDATE # 2 FROM THE PHILIPPINES

Hello again from the Philippines. Well the ACTION conference is over. I spoke 5 times over 4 days, and God moved mightily. This was a conference for the missionaries from ACTION that are working here in the Philippines. I had many comments about how much this meant to people. It seemed that Gods timing for this was perfect for many which should not surprise us. I also spend much time counseling with the missionaries, who as one put it, “had not been able to speak to a pastor for two years!” So there was counseling covering a variety of issues that the Lord allowed me to minister to these dear brothers and sisters.

Next will be visiting and speaking to various ministries, a pastors meeting on Friday, a pastoral meeting that afternoon, a youth meeting on Saturday, with Adam Hussey, then speaking at Higher Rock Church on Sunday, this is a great reformed church of about 300-350, then the CGM Pastors conference on Monday, and I am told again the sign up looks great, last year we were over capacity and had over 200 pastors. Tuesday will be with a missionary in the squatter area, the poorest of the poor, then a visit to a factory that one of our missionaries oversees as a way to provide employment to the locals, and then Wed. it will be flying home.

Please be in prayer for us as my next trip will be in May to will be to speak to 40 pastors who live in the much-persecuted area of Orissa. Also as always pray for our financial support, this month has not been great as far as giving, but we know the Lord is in control. To support us see the information below.

Thanks again for all the prayers and financial support.

For His Glory,
Pastor Tom

Action Intl
PO Box 398
Mountlake Terrace, WA
98043-0398

Crouse Acct 42023A

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Friday, March 13, 2009

DISGUSTED IN MANILA!

All right, I know I was going to try to stick with updates from the Philippines, and I will get back to that soon, although I am unsure of my web access after today for a while. But I could not ignore what I have discovered when it comes to the latest homosexual advance on the children of our culture. It seems that you can go to an online site, shockwave.com and play a free trial online version of the game of Life. Many of you will remember that game where you had the car and family and traveled across the hills of the board to get to the end. Well in the new online version when you pick your person to be in the game, you have the choice of spouses that includes a same sex spouse. So young children playing the game will get the message that it is OK to have a same sex spouse. And the game will even add children to that relationship. One parent whose six year old child discovered this perversion comments;


"You know how kids are. My daughter noticed right away (even before I did) and clicked on one of the girls instead of one of the men and then asked, 'Mom, how come I can marry a woman?' And then that led into a lot more questions that, quite frankly, I was not ready to talk to my 6-year-old about."

I am sure the homosexual activists are popping open champagne bottles when they hear stories like this. Another six year old has been exposed to homosexual relationships being normal. And what safer more effective venue than a game? It is a disgusting reality of the times we live in that young children are being targeted by these depraved individuals. And it is more disgusting that the church is such a coward when it comes to this war. Yes it is a war for the souls of children and the church is in the corner sucking its thumb not wanting to offend anyone. In the meantime child after child is left to consider if they too might be homosexual. God in His sovereignty has placed us in this moment of history, and I believe we will all be called to give an account of what we did during this time. And I do not think saying, " I did not offend anyone" will be the answer the Lord is looking for!

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld,com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

UPDATE # 1 FROM THE PHILIPPINES

Hello from the Philippines. Yesterday was an eventful one as we got up at 4:00 am and went to catch the boat that was taking us to the island where the Bible College was that I was to speak at. Once on the Island it was a two-hour very cramped ride on roads that were less than friendly. To say the least it was difficult on my back, but we made it to the College. Once there I spoke to the 25 students from 1 Timothy 1:3-7, encouraging them to stay at the churches God would put them in and fight bad doctrine.

You never know how the Lord is going to work, as when I had finished the President of the College wanted to speak with me, and he proceeded to tell me that the Lord had used the message to encourage him to stay at the college. It seems that his friends and peers were encouraging him to leave as it is not the most glamorous of places, or jobs, for that matter but it is important. I spoke with him for some time and encouraged him in the work he was doing, and pointed out if all of the good godly people leave the hard places, what would happen? And I also pointed out to him that God loves to put His people in hard places. We left him very encouraged and recommitted to the ministry God had called him and his family to, praise God!

We never know how God will use what we do. I was focused on speaking to the students, but it is clear to me that the Lord had us there for this brother. Our job is to show up and be willing to go where He sends and do what He calls us to do. He will do things beyond our wildest imaginations or expectations. I have been asked to come back to the college to teach a week of classes and to also conduct some pastor’s conferences so we will be praying for all of that.

Besides all of this I have already visited three different ministries that Action is involved with here, and I have some short-term opportunities for those interested in building a little church where people now meeting in an apartment could meet. The area is very rough and a great place for a church.

That is all for now, more updates to follow as access to the net exists. Thanks so much for support and interest, as always we could very much use any financial support the Lord would put on your heart to give as currently our personal financial needs are great, but so is our God and we count it a privilege to be able to serve His church and His pastors in this capacity. I pray that you see the importance of that and would join us in this work.

For His Glory,
Tom & Cheryl
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SO WHAT IS THE RESPONSE SUPPOSED TO BE WHEN SOMEONE SHOOTS AND KILLS YOUR PASTOR?

As I sit here in the Taiwan airport waiting to leave for Manila and two weeks of speaking to pastors at conference, meetings and churches, I am still thinking of the shooting that took place at First Baptist in Maryville Illinois. The pastor Fred Winters was killed as 27 year old Terry J. Sedlacek walked into the church, came down the aisle and began to shoot at the pastor. After two shots, congregants sprang into action, without a doubt sparing lives. While I am comfortable that this pastor is home with the Lord and to die is gain, I am also aware that this type of activity is becoming more common place in our country. Jeff Hawkins, the executive director of the Christian Security Network says hundreds of church leaders have told him about all kinds of attacks they have recently faced, from arson's and burglaries to assaults on members and church leaders. In the first two months of 2009, churches have described more than 140 acts of violence to the Network, he said. In one incident, congregants noticed a person dressed inappropriately for the weather and acting odd. The man was taken outside and questioned. Under his coat, he had two machetes strapped to his back. "He said that he had been hearing the devil speaking to him, telling him to cut the pastor's head off," Hawkins said. "There was no struggle, and everything was calm. The man was removed.

This is a sign that persecution is no longer coming, it is not any longer on the way, but in fact it is here. We are no longer speaking about Hindus in India attacking the pulpit and beating the pastor to near death. This is not a discussion of Muslims in the middle east killing the men of God who have the courage to proclaim Gods Word. This is now people coming to church in the United States of America and seeking to do harm, even fatal harm to those who preach and teach the Word of God, and any who follow such men. That being the reality, what is to be our response?

We are to praise God, take heart and receive all of it with great joy. This was and is our Saviors instruction to those of us He has called to carry a cross and follow Him. The Word of God is clear when the Apostle Paul tells Timothy that, "everyone , who desires to live Godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted". Note the words "everyone" and "will be". These actions against preachers and pastors and believers, are the predicted consequence for being a follower of Jesus Christ. Sure, some will try to explain it away with mental illness, or the effect of Lyme disease, or abusive childhoods, and those might all be true at some level, but the real truth is that this is what is supposed to happen to the followers of Christ. It is the blood of His children that birthed the church, and keeps it going.

As we see and even experience some of this activity against us, let us be clear on our responsibilities. Yes, we are to defend the defenseless, so if there is opportunity to defend and save life, we are to take it and with all that is within us, protect the innocent and those who cannot defend themselves. Praise God for the men of the First Baptist Church in Maryville Illinois who sprang into action, at their own peril and suffering. They saved lives, and that is right for us to do. We also are called to use our minds, and be smart in our thinking through these issues as a church. But most importantly, most critically is our responsibility to rejoice. We need to get to the place where, like the apostles, we rejoice that we could ever be counted worthy to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ! That ought to be the goal of our lives. To be in the place where persecution causes us joy and rejoicing. Where we marvel in amazement that He would grant us the privilege to suffer for His name sake. Paul the apostle would pray for suffering to come his way. He wanted to know Christ and His sufferings, and the Lord certainly answered that prayer.

When was the last time you prayed to know Christ and His sufferings? The world would say that was crazy, and sadly some Christians will tell you the same thing. But the Lord knows and the Apostle Paul learned that the greatest joy was found in the most intimate knowledge of Christ, and that, brothers and sisters is found in suffering on account of His great Name!

I will endeavor to blog from Manila and update on all that going on over here for the glory of God, as many of you who read this blog are supporters financially or in prayer or in both, and have asked me to blog on these trips, so that is my goal.

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pastor tom
www.engagingyourworld.com
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Friday, March 06, 2009

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DEATH SIGNING!


You have to give President Obama credit for one thing, being true to his convictions. I have said for over a year on my radio show and here at this blog that he is the most liberal, socialist, communistic, pro death candidate we have ever seen. While his socialist economic policies have tanked Wall Street faster than any new President in our history, it his love of death that is worth paying attention to. The economic stuff will only limit him to one term, thank God, but his attack on life will be much harder to correct.

In his first week of office he reversed the Bush policy on foreign abortions known as the Mexico City Policy. That prohibited forcing taxpayers to finance foreign groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations. Now in his second act in this drama of death known as his Presidency, Barak Obama will sign an executive order on Monday that will force taxpayers to fund destructive embryonic stem cell research. Not so amazing or surprising is that President Obama is reversing President Bush's strategy of putting money into Adult Stem Cell research, that is the only research that has proven successful and has been used already to treat people with more than 100 different diseases and medical conditions. Like with his economic policy that is implementing strategy that has never worked, see Japan in the 1990's, Obama is traveling the same dead end road with Embryonic Stem Cell research.

I understand the Presidents attraction to this research, as it is consistent with his record of voting for death and against life. But we need to understand that the next step will be the introduction of the idea of creating embryos simply for research. You see this slippery slope does not stop, not when you have as radical a President as we now have. My hope is simple, it is that Americans who fawn and fall over themselves at the mention or sight of President Obama, will look past the teleprompter charm and look at the mans policies and goals, as when it comes to the issue of life they are evil. His economic policies are simply tried and true, wrong, but his policies on life are down right evil, as he is a proponent of death. The sooner we all understand that the quicker we will be able to say, "former President Obama", and that will mean more babies have the chance to live!

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pastor tom
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