24 Nov 2003
PRINCIPLE – the source or origin of anything;
a general truth, a truth so broad and sweeping that
many other truths can be considered offshoots of it
PRAYER – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and
for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto
the knowledge of the truth. I Tim 2:1-4
Give thanks to God! Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD,
among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. 2 Sa 22:50
Protection of the unborn, Ps 139:13-16
Sanctity of marriage and abstinence outside of marriage
Definition of marriage (MA Supreme Court ruling)
Supreme Court review of "one nation, under God"
Community Marriage Policy signed by churches in your community
Presidential Prayer Team - www.presidentialprayerteam.org
Presidential Prayer Kids - www.presidentialprayerkids.org
Prayer Warrior for America - www.visionamerica.org/-support/prayer.htm
Nov 27 - THANKSgiving - give thanks to GOD!
Dec 7 - Pearl Harbor Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 31 - New Year's Eve (PRAYER!)
1st Thur, 8-9:30am - Rio Grande Pastor's Alliance, 821-1993
UNDERSTANDING - And of the children of Issachar, which were men
that had understanding of the time, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads
of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
I Chron 12:32
Focus on the Family Thanksgiving Resources
Definition of Marriage (MA Supreme Court Ruling)
Focus on the Family Marriage Killers & CMP
Keep Your Pastor Informed
America Bless God
Focus on the Family Thanksgiving Resources. www.family.org/topics/A0018449.cfm
What are you thankful for? And how can you bring your faith into what you share with your kids, your spouse, your extended family, your co-workers and neighbors? Check out this resource list to find practical advice and touching stories that can help you glorify God as you give thanks this season.
Definition of Marriage (MA Supreme Court Ruling)
It happened - the first state to approve same-sex marriage. Not only does this action denigrate marriage in MA, but it challenges marriage in every state. Marriage licenses in one state are typically recognized in all other states. SB28, passed during the 2003 legislative session in NM could allow the Governor or NM Courts to accept same-sex marriage licenses from MA.
How will NM respond to unprincipled actions from other states?
- Same-sex marriage licenses from MA
- Illegal alien drivers licenses from CA
- US Constitutional Amendment, www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/a0028943.cfm
- NM Legislation in 2004 to refuse MA marriage licenses (defense of marriage bill)
- Put SB28 on the General Election ballot in 2004 (respond to this email for copy of petition)
- Stop Judicial Tyranny, www.family.org/cforum/judicial_tyranny
Focus on the Family Marriage Killers & CMP. What's killing marriages in America? Focus on the Family answers the question "Would you identify some of the major "marriage killers" that are most responsible for the high divorce rate that plagues today's families?" It would take perhaps 50 volumes to describe them all, and even then we would only scratch the surface. Any one of the following "dragons" can rip a relationship to shreds if given an opportunity to do so:
Overcommitment and physical exhaustion:
Excessive credit and conflict over how money will be spent:
Unhealthy relationships with in-laws:
Sexual frustration and its partner, the greener grass of infidelity:
Getting married too young:
Alcohol and substance abuse:
Pornography, gambling, and other addictions:
If your curiosity is tweaked, you can read a complete description of these "marriage killers" at:
These are a few of the common marriage killers. But in truth, the list is virtually limitless. All that is needed to grow the most vigorous weeds is a small crack in the sidewalk. If you are going to beat the odds and maintain an intimate, long-term marriage, you must take the task seriously. The natural order of things will carry you away from one another, not bring you together.
A Community Marriage Policy (CMP) signed by your church leaders can significantly reduce divorce by helping couples deal with "marriage killers" BEFORE they kill a marriage. Respond to this email for a copy of the Albuquerque CMP.
If you live in Farmington or Alamogordo, contact:
Dr. Robert G. Smith
Christ Community Church
P.O. Box 2975, Alamogordo, NM 88311-2975
1909 E. 20th, #5, Farmington, NM 87401
Keep your pastor informed. Print a copy of Focus on the Family Pastors Weekly Briefing every Friday.
Unification Charter. For those tired of excessive, expensive elections, committees, and endless studies to combine city and county government, there is hope ahead. Legislation for 2004 is in the works. Can't say more now so as to preserve the element of surprise.
Culture Connection. Been unsuccessful in convincing your daughter to cover up some of that exposed skin? Try Finding Nemo and connect with her culture. Teenage girls love this movie and can relate. We meet Bruce, the great white shark in fish-eating rehab. Though he has a full set of razor-sharp teeth, he quotes his motto: "Fish are not food. Fish are friends." Too bad for him a nearby fish gets a bloody nose and poor Bruce's natural instincts kick in. Then the chase for dinner is on.
What a fitting picture of the male sexual-response system. Explain to your daughter that the body's Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) controls sexual response. She's probably felt this system at work in her body as it also controls fear response. Ask her to recall a time when she was perhaps lost at the mall as a young child. Does she recall the physical changes that took place in her body - the cold sweat, rapid heartbeat, hot flash? That's the body's ANS. It's not controlled by her will, but by the environment. She didn't stand there and say: "Gee, I'm lost. I think I'll sweat now." She just did it.
Now, explain to her that a guy's sexual system is initiated by the ANS, presenting clear physical changes in his body. He doesn't choose to become aroused. The environment around him controls that. What things in the environment might initiate his ANS? Skimpy fashion, flirting, a girl lying down with him to watch a movie, a girl being alone with him in a house or parked car, and wrestling are a few things that fit the bill. I bet you can add some of your own.
Abstinence for marriage is not an accident.
"Birds, Bees … and Sharks?" by Dannah Gresh, New Man, Nov/Dec 2003, p44
America Bless God. You've heard the phrase "God bless America." But will God bless America if we do not bless God with obedience to His Word? Consider participating in the efforts of www.americablessgod.com.
Financial Accountability. If you are donating to or planning to donate to a charity or Christian organization, carefully consider these principles to practice good stewardship.
Is the charity or organization a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability?
Remember to tithe to your local church before donating to a charity or Christian organization.
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Rio Grande Enrichment Studies
Trinity Southwest University
American Christian History Institute
Center for Reclaiming America
Center for the American Founding
Christian History Institute
Early Church Fathers
Family Research Council
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family Pastors Weekly Briefing
Foundation for Biblical Government
Principle Approach International
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