by Dawn Pate
PRINCIPLE – the source or origin of
26 Jan 04
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
ENCOUNTER – And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luk 19:13
Feb 3 – Democratic Presidential Primary
Feb 7 – Science Teachers Workshop, 842-8911 or 565-0137
Feb 7 – National Day of Prayer NM Coordination Meeting, 526-7129
Feb 14 – St Valentine’s Day
Feb 15 – Covenant Marriage Sunday
Feb 17 – Creation Science Fellowship Meeting, Grand Canyon Controversy
Mar 12-13 – NM Speech & Debate Assoc, 5th Annual Speech Tournament, 831-5196
Apr 2-3 - NM Speech & Debate Assoc, 8th Annual Debate Tournament, 831-5196
Apr 26-27 - Justice for All @ UNM
May 14-16 - Worldview Weekend Family Reunion
Jun 1 – NM Primary Elections
Weekends – Portraits in Providence, KFLQ, 91.5 FM
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
Parenting Teenagers – Landmark Event in NM
Science Teachers Workshop
2004 NM Legislation Highlights
Hometown Hero – Bad Place for a Team Party
Covenant Marriage Sunday, Feb 15
Marriage – Worth Defending?
MLK – One Race, One Culture
Six Grade Speech Published from Christian Heritage Speech Competition
Vision America – America Plan, Register to Vote
My "Country" Tis of Thee
Parenting Teenagers – Landmark Event in NM
Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with a dozen other youth ministry leaders from across the country to draft a letter calling youth ministers to take on their rightful role as pastoral ministers to parents, to acknowledge parents as the primary spiritual leaders of their children, and to serve parents in that role. This was a landmark event as national leaders like Josh McDowell, Randy Philips (Promise Keepers), and Bob Waliszewski (Focus on the Family) joined us via the phone to help us draft this letter. The letter will be signed by major ministry leaders and published in national magazines and on web sites across the country in the near future. Our hope is that it will serve as a wake-up call to churches and youth ministries, strongly reminding them that the biblical process of passing faith down from one generation to the next belongs in the home and exhorting them to design ministries in their churches to equip parents in this task. For a copy of the letter, email Mike Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder and Director of Parenting Teenagers
Science Teacher Workshop, Sat, Feb 7, 8-12:30
Changes in NM Science Education Standards allow more flexibility in teaching origins of life. Workshop is for science teachers only. If interested they can contact me at email@example.com or call at 842-8911 (office) or 565-0137 (home). Overall purpose of the workshop is to address:
(1) Impact of theories of biological origins on worldview; basics of scientific investigation; the integrity of science
(2) Review of NM Revised Science Standards
(3) Logical fallacies encountered in debates over origins science
(4) Critical review of evolution
(5) Introduction to design concepts
(6) Cosmological Design
(7) Biological Design
Format for the workshop will be lectures, Q&A, discussion, and exercises. Workshop will be held at the Best Western Inn on Yale SE by the airport on Saturday, Feb 7, from 8:00 am till 12:30 pm. Come early for hot breakfast buffet, courtesy of the Best Western Inn. Thanks, Joe Renick
2004 NM Legislation Highlights
We’re up to about 275 bills in each of the House and Senate. You can imagine how overwhelming it is for your Representative and Senator to have a position (nevertheless Biblical position) on bills that go to the floor for a vote. If you would like to review bills for family-impact content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of bills impacting the family (positive or negative), please bring them to our attention. Bills introduced early in the session are higher priority and more likely to pass through the House and Senate for the Governor’s signature, especially for the short, 30-day session this year. General theme: look for ways to increase church involvement and reduce government spending (lower taxes).
Some bills of interest:
HB15 & SB26, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Services in Dona Ana County (Las Cruces), $72K. Indication of the impact of teen pregnancies. An area where the church can help instead of government programs.
SB48, Child Support Enforcement Changes. Reducing the interest rate for delinquent child support and amnesty for child support arrears. Reduces parental responsibility and does nothing to help the children. Opportunity for church-based marriage programs.
SB127, Indigent (Homeless) Dental Care, $400K. Emphasizes importance of church programs helping homeless families secure jobs, homes, and financial stability (e.g., Interfaith Hospitality Network, 268-0331).
HB32, Indian Gaming Revenue Distribution. Gambling, a tax on the poor. One sixth of net receipts to be used "for the purpose of municipal government infrastructure and the provision of police and fire protection services." See Focus on the Family articles on the Devastation of Gambling.
HB81 & SB126, NM Virtual School Expansion, $400K. This one looks a little suspicious. Do a search on "New Mexico Virtual School" and you find several references to www.nmvs.org which is a dead link, or this link: www.intelligented.com/nmvs/ which is restricted. Is this dumping more money into an ailing public education system? We have yet to find out how much money goes to teachers and students from Amend 2 we voted on last year.
Hometown Hero – Bad Place for a Team Party
My daughter is in the 9th grade. She joined the swim team at Eldorado High School. I was astonished to find that she had been invited to a team function at Hooters Bars and Restaurant. I discovered that the Eldorado swim team coach is present. The senior student I talked to said this was a "tradition" 4 or 5 years old.
When I talked to the coach, he was defensive. He said that the boys' team had picked the location, he saw nothing wrong with it and if my daughter didn't want to go, she didn't have to. I replied that if it was a swim team function and the coach was present, she needed to go but needed to feel comfortable about the place. The coach made it quite clear that he wasn't interested in my views (his first comment to me was, "Nobody else has ever complained about this dinner at Hooters") but that he would talk to his athletic director and principal and get back to me.
I decided that the principal needed to hear about this. She was very quick to understand that Hooters wasn't an appropriate place for a team dinner. She acted quickly and let me know that the place had been changed.
Meanwhile, I decided to see if I really were the only parent on the team objecting to the location of the dinner. It was sad to find that most of the parents didn't like the location, but for various reasons, no one had ever spoken up about it. It took several days for me to talk to all the parents. I asked those who didn't like the location to speak up. Sadly, only one parent told me that she had called the principal to say she didn't like her son going to Hooters.
Covenant Marriage Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004
At a time when some are rejecting it as old-fashioned and others are trying to redefine it, FRC recognizes marriage as God's design for one man and one woman, in life-long relationship, to provide the basic building block for society. Covenant Marriage Sunday provides the Christian community an opportunity to exemplify this much needed message by corporately observing this sacred institution as a covenant relationship.
Find out more. Reply to this email for info on signing a Community Marriage Policy.
Focus on the Family Sanctity of Marriage Sermon Outline
Sample Community Marriage Policies
Resource: FRC's marriage protection website at www.protectmarriage.org
Insight: Why Marriage Should be Privileged in Public Policy
Marriage as a Covenant set for National Observance, Feb 15
Presidential State of the Union, Jan 20 addresses Sanctity of Marriage
Marriage – Worth Defending? Focus on the Family Magazine, Feb/Mar 2004, ran an article titled Will Same-Sex Marriage Hurt Your Family? By Glenn Stanton. The article describes why you should stand against legalized homosexual marriages. Ohio is close to passing legislation banning same-sex marriage. New Mexico can do the same. Contact your Representative and Senator during this legislative session and encourage them to introduce similar legislation.
MLK – One Race, One Culture. An article by Roberta Rand in the last Principles Newsletter included the quote:
"We first need to zero in on what the races have in common rather than just what divides them. Christ's redemptive message is for all people."
— Rev. Ralph Kelly
After contacting Rev. Kelly, manager of ethnic ministries at Focus on the Family, he agreed the term "races" is inaccurate. Rev. Kelly said the phrase "what the cultures have in common" is what he intended. The evolutionary belief in races is the source of "racial" prejudice and discrimination. There is only one race, the human race. There is no people group biologically more advanced than another. We are all related to Noah. We need to love people groups different from ourselves.
Six Grade Speech Published from Christian Heritage Speech Competition.
Christian Heritage Speech Competition. The 13th Annual Christian Heritage Speech Competition was held on Nov 1st, 2003, at Hope Christian in Albuquerque. The sixth grade speech How the First Great Awakening Influenced Our Founding Fathers by Edward Allen, 11 years old, was published in the Winter 2004 national magazine The Old Schoolhouse. Construction Seminars sponsored the sixth grade topic and awarded Ed Allen $100 for first place.
The 14th Annual Christian Heritage Speech Competition will be held on Sat, Nov 6th, 2004, at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque. The Speech Competition is open to all students in grades 6-12 from public, private, and home schools. Please mark Sat, Nov 6th, 2004, on your calendar, watch www.rges.cc/chsc.htm for topic information, and encourage local teachers to offer extra credit for participation.
Vision America – America Plan. visionamerica.org/-about/americaplan.htm
"7 step" program that spells A.M.E.R.I.C.A.
- Articulate the Biblical basis for Christian citizenship
- Motivate the congregation to begin taking their civic responsibilities seriously
- Educate the congregation on the 'Why' and 'How' of civic involvement
- Register to vote All eligible adults in the church
- Inform the congregation about important policy and moral issues
- Coordinate, as appropriate, with other like-minded churches in the community
- Activate the Congregation
Register to vote All eligible adults in the church.
If a person is 18 or older and an American citizen this is not an option! The goal is 100% registered, 100% voting.
My "Country" Tis of Thee. A measure of a culture is its music. Country music has had a larger content of spiritual, family, and patriotic themes. Most country authors, singers, and media have not been afraid to reference God whereas others have specifically excluded Him. Listing in the Top 20 charts are also an indicator of the priority of these songs. Praise God for this presence and influence in America today. Consider the words of "Long Black Train," number 19 on the country charts this week.
"‘Cause there’s victory in the Lord I say, victory in the Lord. Cling to the Father and His holy name and don’t go ridin’ on that long black train. I said cling to the Father and His holy name and don’t go ridin’ on that black train. Yes watch out brother for that long black train, the devil’s a ridin’ that long black train."
Oxymoron. DEFINITION: "Oxymoron," A rhetorical figure of speech or action in which apparently incongruous or contradictory terms are combined.
EXAMPLE: Removing the Ten Commandments from the courthouse while making people swear on the Bible in court rooms, "to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me God."
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