Engaging Your World

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AN ELECTION REMINDER OF WHO IS IN CONTROL!

Today is an historic on for the state of Massachusetts and for the Obama Presidency. For President Obama he will be able to look back at this day and see that this was the day where health care reform, as he would want it, died. The power grab of one sixth of the economy passed away tonight, some time after nine in the evening, eastern standard time. For Massachusetts it is the day that will be looked on as the one where the consistently democratic Senate seat went Republican. A seat that for decades has had the letter D next to it went to an R and not even a visit from the President himself this past Sunday could save it. Scott Brown accomplished was no one thought possible just a few short months ago when his opponent Atty. General Martha Coakley held a lead of upwards to thirty five percent, depending upon which polls you followed. Her lead was so insurmountable that the networks and polling agencies decided not to set up for any exit polling!

But the impossible happened, and there is only one explanation and that is God! I believe God is the one who decides every election and His Word tells us that He is the one who puts leaders in their positions and He is the one who raised up one nation and tears down another. Occasionally though we have an event that reminds of the truth that God is in control of all, and this was one such event. If anyone had said a year ago that the only way the stop President Obama's power grab would be that a Republican would win Ted Kennedy's seat in a special election in the middle of January 2010, everyone would have said you are out of your mind! But this is exactly what happened. Consider the sequence of events;

Ted Kennedy passes away
The special election is set for January 19th
Martha Coakley the State Attorney General wins the Democratic primary handily over some formidable opposition
Scott Brown a State Senator from Wrentham, one of five Republicans in the Senate runs unopposed for his parties nomination
As late as September Coakley is polling thirty five points ahead of Brown

Jan 19th, Brown wins 52%-47%

Every now and then something happens that reminds us our Father is in control of all things and working all things out for His glory and the good of His people. A beautiful sunset, the birth of a child, a catastrophic earthquake, an impossible election result. All pointing to the God of the universe who through the prophet Isaiah, tells us that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, in fact the difference and contrast is as far as the heavens are above the earth. So, ours is not to try to figure Him out, but rather to in everything give thanks for this is the will of our Father in Heaven. To God be the glory!

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pastor tom

Saturday, January 16, 2010

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP THE PEOPLE OF HAITI!

The people of Haiti are in desperate need of practical help. I have been to Port Au Prince three times and it is unimaginable to me what the devastation must be like for these people. Here is a list of places recommended by ACTION Int'l where you can send support to, remembering what the Lord calls pure and undefiled religion. Helping orphans and widows, which sadly now Haiti is filled with;

1. Mission to Children
Mission to Children
P.O. Box 2217
Escondido, CA 92033-2217

Link to donate: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1242&AID=299

Canada Office

The Mission to Children
PO Box 51143
RPO Beddington
Calgary AB T3K 3V9

Link to donate: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1241&AID=441

2. Union Evangélique Baptiste d'Haïti (Evangelical Union of Baptists)
Unit 2109 - UEBH
3170 Airmans Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34946

Phone: [509] 223-9682
Email: info@uebh.org

3. Childcare Worldwide
PO Box W
Bellingham, WA 98227

Toll Free: 800.553.2328
Email: info@childcareworldwide.org

4. Missionary Flights International
3170 Airmans Drive
Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
Telephone: (772) 462-2395

Email: mfi@missionaryflights.org
Link to donate: http://www.missionaryflights.org/donate-now

5. Samaritan's Purse
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607

Phone: 828-262-1980
Link to Donate: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/Haiti_Donation/

6. Compassion International
Compassion International
Colorado Springs, CO 80997

Toll Free: 800-336-7676,
Link to Donate: https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disasterrelief.htm?referer=105910

7. World Concern
19303 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98133

Toll Free: 800-755-5022
Phone: 206-546.7201
Email: info@worldconcern.org

Donor representative
Beth Molvik
Phone: 206-546-7201
Donate by phone: 1-866-530-5433 (LIFE)
Link to Donate: https://donate.worldconcern.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=2989

8. World Relief
7 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD, 21202
Toll Free: 800-535-5433
Phone: 443-451-1900

Email: worldrelief@wr.org
Link to Donation: https://worldrelief.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=208

9. Missions Door
2530 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80205-3142

Phone: 303-308-1818
Email: Info@MissionsDoor.org
Link to Donation: https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com/OPXDONATE

10. Child Hope International
PO BOX 3677
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Phone: 888-808-9595
Link to donate: http://www.childhope.org/help/donations/donations.html

11. Medair United States
PO Box 4476
Wheaton, IL 60189-4476
United States

Toll Free: 1-866-599-1795
Email: united.states@medair.org
Link to Donate: https://ncf.stellarfinancial.com/ex_ncF/donation.aspx?org=1


12. Food for the Hungry
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Toll Free: 1-800-248-6437
Phone: 480-998-3100
Web site: fh.org
Link to Donate: http://www.fh.org/learn/news/disaster/haiti-rocked-by-powerful-quake?promocode=WA17ED0A7

13. Haiti Christian Development Fund
Box 490127
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33349-9990

Telephone: 954-727-3681

Link to Donate: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?

14. Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Avenue NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Telephone: 763-504-2919
Email: info@fmsc.org

Link to donate: https://www.fmsc.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=416&srctid=1&erid=116920

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pastor tom

Monday, January 11, 2010

PAT ROBERTSON "HEARS FROM GOD"? NOT!

It happens every year and it has happened again. I really wish it would not happen but it does and it has. What is it you ask? Pat Robertson's annual "prophetic word" for a new year. Robertson is 79 now and does not appear to be slowing down in the prediction department. For 2010, Robertson said, God gave him a more general warning of judgment for America's acceptance of abortion, gay marriage and secularism. Beyond that though, he has a more specific word for America, and it has to do with the economy. In his own words;
"We are engaged in a slow time of financial ruin," he said. "This country will be ultimately bankrupt. It's just a question of how soon. We're beginning that. That's one thing that I can say for certain that is happening. It's a dangerous thing. It's going to hurt America very badly."

So Pat Robertson has decided it is time to speak about the poor condition of the American economy? He has been given a word from God that has been known by everyone for at least two years, and this is supposed to be new, powerful and prophetic? This is the problem with people like this. They are the ones who give Christianity, and specifically Christ, a bad name. Pat Robertson and those in the same camp are the reason followers of Christ are not taken seriously and are seen as a joke. Consider this fact, Pat Robertson wants to be taken seriously as a man of God who hears from God and is called to speak to His people Yet, this "prophet" has been wrong!

Robertson claims a good record in the percentage of his predictions that come true, but there have been notable misses. He predicted that Russia would invade Israel in 1982, projected a worldwide economic collapse in 1985 and said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) would be elected president in 1996. In 2007 Robertson predicted a terrorist attack, possibly involving a nuclear weapon, but it did not come about. "All I can think is that somehow the people of God prayed, and God in his mercy spared us," Robertson said in January 2008. So when Russia does not invade Israel in 1982 and a worldwide collapse does not come in 1985, and Sen Rockefeller does not become President and in 2007 there is not nuclear terrorist attack, the answer if God changed His mind? His people prayed and God did not do what He "told" Pat He was going to do?

The best thing you can do with your friends who do not know Christ is tell them the truth about Pat Robertson if they bring himup. Agree that he is nuts and is a false prophet and makes Christians look crazy. Agree with them, and then share a laugh considering what Robertson might come up with for 2011. Maybe God will tell him that people will be arguing about health care!!

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pastor tom

Saturday, January 09, 2010

YOUR VOTE COULD CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY! FOR REAL!

There is a special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat next week on January 19th. I call it Kennedy's seat, as for decades it was and assumed that it would always be a democratic win. The candidates for the seat are Martha Coakley the Democrat and Scott Brown the Republican. Those who run as Republicans in this state are generally looked upon as token candidates, or sacrificial lambs, but this does not seem to be the case this time around, which gives more evidence to the weakness of the Democratic party across the country. Scott Brown is within single digits of Coakley which is an astonishing fact!

The voters of Massachusetts could do something on the 19th of January that sends shock waves literally around the world, and that would be to send a Republican to replace Senator Ted Kennedy. It is not beyond the realm of possibility and some would say it is likely. So who is Scott Brown? Here are his answers to important questions alongside his opponents answers. Note the first answer is Scott Brown's and the one next to it is Martha Coakley's position.

Brown / Coakley
1. Would you support or oppose repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage
Act (DOMA) that only recognizes heterosexual marriage? OPPOSE / SUPPORT


2. Would you support or oppose a federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA),
which would repeal all state laws restricting abortion? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

3. Would you support a federal law, such as the proposed Non-
Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would override the religious freedom
protections in Massachusetts’ employment non-discrimination laws? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

4. Would you support or oppose the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
armed forces policy that prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the
military? SUPPORT / OPPOSE

5. Would you support or oppose conscience protections for health care
workers to refuse to participate in procedures that violate their religious
beliefs? SUPPORT / OPPOSE

6. Would you support or oppose federal legislation limiting the ability
of government to take private land by eminent domain for other private
development purposes? SUPPORT / NO RESPONSE

7. Would you support or oppose repeal of the federal estate tax (the so-
called “death tax”)? SUPPORT / NO RESPONSE

8. Would you support or oppose inclusion of a public option in any federal
government health care overhaul legislation? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

9. Would you support or oppose taxpayer funding of abortion? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

10. Would you support or oppose amnesty for illegal aliens? OPPOSE / SUPPORT

Without doubt there is a clear choice to be made on the 19th of January. I want to encourage you to go and vote. Remember that elections have consequences as we all are seeing and feeling from the election of Barak Obama. If you want your voice to be heard and would like to see health care not taken over by this President, then vote for Scott Brown. If you want a much more conservative voice representing your state than has been in a very long time, if ever, then vote for Scott Brown. Unlike most elections in our state, this time the voting really does matter and it is not a given that the Democrat is going to breeze into office! So please vote, and vote for Scott Brown!!

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pastor tom

Friday, January 08, 2010

EVEN HIS ENABLERS ARE CRITICAL OF THE PRESIDENT!

It has happened. I want to say finally, but I was not sure it ever would, yet here we are on a day when it has occurred. What is it you ask? The criticism of President Obama by the mainstream media! Yes, you have read that right, they are how taking him to task. The occasion is the breaking of a campaign promise to have the negotiations and dealings on the health care bill be a transparent process that would be televised on C-Span. But President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform - a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill - put on a fast track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise. Breitbart TV has eight clips that show the President promising to have the debate and negotiations on C-Span. You can see for yourself at;
http://www.breitbart.tv/the-c-span-lie-did-obama-really-promise-televised-healthcare-negotiations/

While it is not a surprise to me that the President would be behaving this way, what is a surprise is that the liberal media, (is that redundant?) are actually taking him to task. Particularly since they were so involved in getting him elected. While the President proceeds with his power move to take control of one sixth of the economy under the guise of health care concern, the media, I believe will be increasingly forced to stop drinking the kool aid. It is becoming clear on both sides of the aisle and in all parts of the nation what is happening under the cover of night, and it is not anything that is good for this country. Those media types who are in lock step with the President are having a hard time finding positives in this debacle of a Presidency. I guess even they are in the process of learning that elections really do have consequences. And the consequences of their candidate being elected and all they did to enable that are just beginning!

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pastor tom

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

OSTEEN PRAYS FOR LESBIAN MAYOR!!


Annise Parker,the newly-elected mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday. She is a lesbian and took the oath with her hand on the Bible and her lesbian partner in attendance. It is noteworthy that an openly lesbian ran for such an office and won in a city like Houston. The more noteworthy event, in my mind, was the invocation, as that was given by none other than Joel Osteen. Osteen who leads Lakewood church which has an attendance of over forty thousand, prayed for and thanked God for this mayor.

This should not surprise people, as this is the same man who on Larry King denied the gospel, saying that he was not comfortable declaring that Jesus was the only way to Heaven and any other way led to Hell. He "just did not want to say that Larry"! This is the same man who refuses to speak of such things as sin and Hell, as his is another in a long line of positive thinking heretics.

So how ought we to look at Osteen leading the invocation for the lesbian mayor? Simply as a man who denies the gospel, preaches a heretical message, being consistent in his heresy. The truly sad thing about all of this are all of those who attend his church believing he is a true pastor. The truth is that Joel Osteen is as lost as anyone could be, but far more dangerous. As with his nice smile, white teeth and easy going demeanor, he, with all of his nice stories, little quips and positive thoughts is leading people straight to Hell with another gospel. And God gives us clear direction about one who comes preaching or teaching another gospel. He tells us in Galatians chapter that the false teacher is to be accursed! And that is the place Mr. Osteen stands in the eyes of almighty God, and ought to stand in every true follower of Christ's eyes.

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pastor tom

IT IS FINALLY HERE!

We are heading in our country into a period of pronounced persecution unlike any that we have ever seen. The rest of the world has been in great tribulation continually while the west has for some providential reason been spared. It appears that Providence has decreed that our time is here, and that is good news, as God tells us in His Word that everyone who wants to live Godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. To highlight the reality of persecution heading our way, I give you the following;


The Top Ten Anti-Christian headlines for 2009 according to Christian Anti-Defamation Commission are,

10. Pro-life Pastor Reverend Walter Hoye of Oakland, CA was jailed for exercising peaceful, pro-life speech.

9. Rev. Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit in Maryville, Illinois.

8. HBO's program "Curb Your Enthusiasm" aired an episode where the main actor urinates on painting of Jesus. When confronted HBO would not apologize.

7. The overt homosexual participation in Obama's presidential inaugural events by "Bishop" Vickie Eugene Robinson, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington D. C., and a homosexual marching band.

6. Police called to East Jessamine Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky to stop 8th graders from praying during their lunch break for a student whose mother was tragically killed.

5. Pro-life activist Jim Pullion was murdered in front of his granddaughter's high school for showing the truth about abortion.

4. An activist judge ordered a home school mom in New Hampshire to stop home schooling her daughter because the little girl "reflected too strongly" her mother's Christian faith.

3. The Federal Department of Homeland Security issued a report entitled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate" that labeled conservative Christians extremists and potential terrorists.

2. President Obama's appointment of radical anti-Christians like homosexual activist Kevin Jennings as the "safe school czar;" pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Seblius made Secretary of Human and Health Services, and Chai Feldblum, pro-homosexual and anti-religious liberty judge nominated for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1. The Federal Hate Crimes Bill that attacks religious liberty and freedom of speech. For the first time in our history ministers are vulnerable to investigation and prosecution for telling the truth about homosexuality.

Suffer well and endure for His glory brothers and sisters, knowing that for the joy set before Him, your Savior Jesus Christ endured the cross!

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pastor tom