Marriage Protection Week
4 Oct 04
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
Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning, made them male and female. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? Consequently, they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.
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
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Focus on the Family "What if Columbus Dropped by?"
History, Navigation, and Landfall of Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus: Extracts from His Journal
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Oct 22 - National Day of Prayer Coordinator Conf, Colorado Springs CO
Keynote Speaker: bestselling author Stormie Omartian
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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
Marriage Protection Week
Albuquerque Bible College Annual Banquet
Conservatives "Coming Out Of The Closet" in NM
Conservative Voter Guide 2004
Friend of the Family
Marriage Protection Week received national recognition last year.
Marriage is a sacred institution, and its protection is essential to the continued strength of our society. Marriage Protection Week provides an opportunity to focus our efforts on preserving the sanctity of marriage and on building strong and healthy marriages in America. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and my Administration is working to support the institution of marriage by helping couples build successful marriages and be good parents. During Marriage Protection Week, I call on all Americans to join me in expressing support for the institution of marriage with all its benefits to our people, our culture, and our society.
President Bush's proclamation endorsing Marriage Protection Week
Cybercast News Service, 9 Oct 2003
Marriage Protection Week 2004 has not been officially declared but we need to continue our vigilance to protect traditional marriage. With the onslaught of same-sex unions and the devastation of divorce, we must not lose hope. "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
The vote in Congress last Thursday did not pass the Federal Marriage Amendment but we must continue the debate over the definition of marriage. If left to the states, the US Supreme Court will eventually determine the law of the land. Please call to thank or question your Representative regarding his/her vote.
Dist 1 - Heather Wilson, 202-225-6316 (voted for)
Dist 2 - Steve Pearce, 202-225-2365 (voted for)
Dist 3 - Tom Udall, 202-225-6190 (voted against)
There are many ways to encourage marriage and reduce divorce. One of those ways is for your church to sign a Community Marriage Policy. Call pager 971-2053 or email email@example.com for more information.
Socorro General Hospital's Maternal Child Health Program is bringing to New Mexico the ChangeMakers conference put on by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health. ChangeMakers is a conference designed to bring together educational, medical, and civic community leaders and parents with a unified goal of empowering today's youth to make smart choices regarding risky behaviors. Your presence matters! Change requires action. And community action begins with a few individuals rising to the challenge. The facts clearly show that the wrong choices can not only result in sexually transmitted diseases, lost opportunities, and harmful negative emotions, they also create a roadblock for hope. ChangeMakers provides useful guidelines for how to spark and maintain strategic community plans.
Remember, you play a principal role in helping teens lead healthier, happier lives. The ChangeMakers conference is in Rio Rancho at the Best Western Rio Rancho Inn November 4th and 5th. The conference is from 8:00am to 4:30pm both days. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee of $25 if registered before October 15th or $75 after October 15th. Registration deadline is October 22nd. Please contact Betty Cline or Laura Fazio for more information or to register at (505) 835-8709, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Socorro General Hospital MCH Department, P.O. Box 1009 Socorro, NM 87801.
Albuquerque Bible College Banquet
Albuquerque Bible College is having their annual fundraising banquet. This will take place on Oct 15, 2004. The speaker for this year is Coach Ritchie McKay from the Men's Lobo Basketball team. Tickets cost $25.00. The banquet is at the Radisson on Carlisle and I-40 and starts at 6:30pm doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at Bibles Plus, Chronicles on the west side and the Branch in Los Lunas. There will be a silent auction held at this event. Call the school for details 828-1205.
Conservatives "Coming Out Of The Closet" in NM
by Mark Ortega, Albuquerque NM
It's true! It's true! There are actually Conservative Hispanic Christians in New Mexico. Despite that many in the Liberal, Politically Correct Crowd seem to place us in an almost non existent mode, we do exist. New Mexico is the land of my father's family. For generations we have been here. I am not a typical Ortega to say the least, but it is time for Conservative Hispanic Christians in New Mexico to speak out. If homosexuals can come out of the closet so can we. There are many reasons why.
New Mexico has been run for generations by Liberal Democrats. Our Governor is a Clintonite Liberal Democrat. The State Senate and House of Representatives are dominated by Democrats. The Democrats also dominate the Supreme Justice positions in our state. What are the results? The main things Democrats like to brag about is jobs and education. In my Democrat dominated state we have high taxes and low wages. It's true there have been some changes made. But it's always the same promises with the same results. The job market still stinks in New Mexico unless you go to a specialized field. We still have some of the worst poverty rates in the country. Where are the results we have been promised for generations?
Our education system rates as one of the worst in the country. Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) is an excellent example. We still get the same low results for test scores. A few schools usually rate well but many have pathetic results. It's usually the same ones. I know teaching is a tough profession. But if I got the results APS does, I'd get fired. Reading scores on average are low. I wonder if anyone even remembers the Governor putting millions of dollars into improving reading scores. The problem is they are putting all that money into a reading method that doesn't work. Do we really believe spending more money on a program is going to improve something that doesn't work?
I would like to see APS adopt a district wide strategy of Phonics. I learned to read by first grade with it. Presently, in APS there are native born, American high school and mid school kids who can't read. Every year it's always the same old song and dance routine. We don't have enough money for kids or books. What do they do with all the money they have? What do they do with all the books they store in the big warehouse? Have you ever seen those big cafeteria tables? They buy them for $800.00. In a few years they sell them to the public for $8.00. That's just one example of some of the waste.
The next time they ask you for more money for education, don't let them fool you or exploit the kids. Let's hold them accountable for the money they already have. I want them to be held accountable for their mistakes and am tired of taxpayers having to pay for their mistakes. There is also something seriously wrong if minority dominated schools are having the same problems over and over. There obviously needs to be some changes, but too many times we just get excuses. We don't need excuses we need results. Are we ever going to change the system or is APS going to keep bilking us for money to cover their mistakes?
I am not ashamed of being called a Conservative. I am a patriotic, flag waving, America loving, God fearing, Conservative Christian. I love my country with all its flaws because I know we have a lot to be thankful for that many people in this country do not appreciate. In future articles I plan to discuss Conservative Christian beliefs. Don't be ashamed to admit you're a Conservative. Don't be like Dan Rather who denies he is Liberal, but calls himself a "Middle-of-the-Road Moderate."
I was once a Liberal. Both sides of my family are dominated by Democrats. One of my sisters acted like I had committed political sacrilege when I became a Conservative Republican. All my siblings are Democrats. Don't just believe all the Liberal or Socialist thoughts you have been taught. I don't fit all the Liberal Stereotypes of us. I am an Hispanic Conservative Christian who doesn't like the Major News Media Outlets, Hollywood, the Music Industry, popular culture, or political parties telling me or teaching me how to think. Can you say the same?
[Editor's note. The Abq Journal carried an article on 6 Mar 2002 titled "APS May Privatize Failing Schools." Gov Johnson vetoed a bill aimed at breaking up the Albuquerque Public Schools district after the APS board agreed to consider hiring private companies to manage failing schools. Johnson threatened to sign the bill, but said board President Leonard DeLayo had pledged the board's support for getting proposals from private companies to manage some APS schools. Where are we with privatization today? DeLayo was unavailable for comment at publication time. If you subscribe to the Journal or have a library card, you can read the entire article at: www.abqjournal.com/archives/2002/arch_2002_27205.HTML.]
Conservative Voter Guide 2004
Sire, the peasants are revolting! You can say that again. No. I mean really! They demand the right to vote! They've always had that right. Not just to vote for you Sire. They want a choice. What? Those dimwits could elect some uncouth despot! Whoa! This could get ugly Sire! OK. OK. Print up some ballots! Give 'em their stupid election! How are the hanging chads holding up? Got another truckload due in any moment Sire. - Beware of voter fraud! - The debate over voter ID.
So how do we avoid electing "some uncouth despot" or leaving one in office? Principles Voter Guide has the answer. The only multi-issue conservative voter guide in NM, Principles Voter Guide offers an inside look at State Representative and Senate candidates. A combination of candidate responses to the Principles Candidate Survey and the Project Vote-Smart Survey, Principles Voter Guide addresses the issues. Available on the web by region or on paper by request as long as supplies last (for Abq region only).
We need your help. Will be folding, labeling, and mailing voter guides this week (Oct 5-9). Call pager 971-2053 or email email@example.com if you can help.
* Candidate Surveys - Many candidates have responded. However, several have refused to respond or have not responded to repeated calls. If the State Rep or State Senate race in your district is contested (two or more candidates), you can help by checking the list at www.rges.cc/voterguide.htm for no response (NR) or refused (REFUSED), calling the one or two candidates in your district, and asking them to respond to the Principles Community Impact Survey.
* Judicial Surveys - David Bernd, PhD, has done an excellent job of collecting responses from State Judge candidates. Typically non-respondent to normal surveys, many judges have decided it's not a crime to answer these survey questions. Why will some judges respond and others claim it's illegal? Principles will find out! These survey questions cannot be legal for some and illegal for others. With judicial activism rampant, some judges do NOT want you to know their REAL position on questions like political alignment and constitutional
* Election Schedule
Oct 5 - Voter Registration Deadline
Oct 5 - Absentee Voting Begins
Oct 16 - Early Voting Begins
Oct 30 - Absentee and Early Voting Ends
Nov 2 - General Election Day
* Ballot Content - President, US Representative, State Representative, State Senate, Judicial Candidates, Public Regulation, Public Education, Local Candidates, General Obligation Bonds, Constitutional Amendments, Unification Charter (Bernalillo).
Watch www.rges.cc/voterguide.htm for updates. It's nice to know what you're voting on BEFORE you get to the polls. If you're not getting an absentee ballot, it's helpful to get a sample ballot (early voting or county clerk). The Bernalillo website provides a list of all voting districts and a sample ballot (should be available after absentee voting begins).
* Get out the vote message from Dianne Torrance (MS Word)
* Pro-Life Endorsements - www.rtlnm.org/THprimaryendorsements.pdf
* Wallbuilders 2004 Election Resources
I believe that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human beings have the basic human right to fall in love, marry, and spend their lives with whomever they choose. What threat do their loving relationships present to any healthy heteosexual marriage? When the hetero divorce rate is now as high as 40%, maybe the so-called "sanctity" of marriage should be reviewed within the realities of today's society. They're here, they're queer, get used to it!! I'm sick of receiving your closed-minded propaganda and it only makes it worse to know that you may be influencing others into such narrow ways of thinking. Please remove us from your email list!!
Amy Goetz, St Andrew Presbyterian Church
Thank you for sharing your concern. Where do you draw the line as to what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in society? On what standard do you base your limitations? Is it personal preference or opinion? If so, then why is your opinion better than any other? If this is a country of equal opinions, then we let democracy run its course and public policy moves back and forth as the majority public opinion changes. No policy is better than any other, just a reflection of public opinion.
Now if you have a standard, we can talk about the validity of that standard and its source. For example, do you think adults should have sex with children? There are groups that do and want public policy changed to allow legal sex between adults and children (see www.nambla.org - I can't even access that website on my internet service because of its content). If there is no standard, then anything goes. Do you think "marriage" should be sanctioned for any union(s)? Do you think multiple partners, animals, children, or even if you wanted to marry yourself should qualify for legal "marriage?" What parts of the Holy Bible do you believe are true and what parts do you choose to ignore? Are you a practicing homosexual? There is help (see http://www.exodus-international.org/ and http://www.finm.org/). Free Indeed Ministries is local to Albuquerque.
I would love to talk with you more. Please respond. I think there needs to be more dialog so each side can better understand the other. We are living in the same city. I hear "tolerance" and "diversity" until conservative ideas are discussed.
Mark Burton, Principles Community Impact Ministry
[Exodus International carried an article in their Jan 2004 newsletter titled "What Didn't Work" that went into detail about what did NOT convince homosexuals to change their behavior. The conclusion was fascinating and challenging. "Our problem was with healthy heterosexual members of the same sex and masculinity or femininity, and with our own maleness or femaleness. We needed to spend more time with heterosexual members of our same sex, not with the opposite sex. Before we could concern ourselves with attraction to the opposite sex, we had to feel like more of a member of our same gender. We needed to ground ourselves much more firmly in our identity. We needed to overcome our 'heterophobia.' Ultimately, that is where we found healing."]
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