PIL'GRIM, n. [L. peregrinus. Gu.L. peragro, to wander, palor.]
1. A wanderer; a traveler; particularly, one that travels to a distance from his own country to visit a holy place, or to pay his devotion to the remains of dead saints. [See Pilgrimage.]
2. In Scripture, one that has only a temporary residence on earth. Heb.11.
Webster's 1828 Dictionary
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
- Pray for the blood of the innocent. - Isa 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
- Thanks be to God for our nation, prosperity, and freedom. - 1Ch 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Pray for protection of our Christian Heritage and religious freedom in America.
- Biblical principles for education. - Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next." Abraham Lincoln
- Biblical principles for marriage. - One man, one woman, for life. Abstinence before marriage and faithfulness during marriage. Reduce divorce in NM. Purity Ball, Nov 19. Marriage Savers Training, Jan 20-21.
- Pray for successful implementation of a National Constitution in Iraq and their ability to deal with terrorism.
- Wings Ministry to families of prisoners. Families and prisoners are at a receptive time of their lives and many are open to spiritual guidance.
- Pastors' Prayer Groups in New Mexico.
- 11 Prayer Points for NM from Glory of Zion.
- Civil Govt Prayer Guide - pray for our leaders according to 1 Tim 2:1-4.
- Lightshine Ministries - Prayer Guide
- Presidential Prayer Team - www.presidentialprayerteam.org
Presidential Prayer Kids - www.presidentialprayerkids.org
- Prayer Warrior for America - www.visionamerica.org/-support/prayer.htm
- National Day of Prayer - year round dedication to prayer
- America 21 Prayer Watch
ENCOUNTER - And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luk 19:13
Community Calendar (check for updates and future events) We want to be a blessing to our community and support each event by avoiding scheduling conflicts.
Nov 13-19 - American Education Week (reflect on Biblical principles for education)
Nov 15 - City Council Dist 9 Run-off election
Nov 15 - Kent Powderly speaking at Creation Science Fellowship Meeting, Faith Bible at Moon & Central
Nov 17 - Visioning & Creativity for Believers Workshop, Bruce@gracechurchabq.org, 821-8800, associated with the Two-Day TSU Leadership Seminar, Trinity Southwest University
Nov 19 - Purity Ball, Marriott on Louisiana, CareNet, 880-8373
Nov 24 - Thanksgiving Day, Give thanks to God for what He has done! FOF Resources. 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.
Nov 24-28 - Mexico Missions Trip, Ellis McMath, EllisMcMath@aol.com, 507-3878
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
Mexico Missions Trip
Christian Heritage Speech Competition - 2005 Results
Supreme Court Supports "In God We Trust"
Lost C-47 Found 60 Years Later
2000 and Counting
Aftermath of NM Pre-K Initiative
Marriage Savers Training in Jan 2006
Friends of the Family & Christmas Gifts
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.
A Good Reason for Thanks - The Pilgrims cultivated a habit of gratefulness long before they came to America, and their attitude of thanksgiving helped them survive the perilous first years in a new land.
Thanksgiving: The Whole Story - Current historical accounts of the Pilgrims have left behind many of the essentials of the beginning of their lives in America. Read a true account.
Five Loaves and Five...Turkeys! - A bounty of Thanksgiving gobblers proves God's providence — and His sense of humor.
Thanksgiving - How can we begin to thank the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed? We sing for joy at the work of His hands, but our gratitude often seems to fall far short of adequately expressing what's in our hearts.
The Legend of Squanto - Gain new appreciation for our nation's history with this Radio Theatre presentation of the life of Squanto.
Squanto - Have you ever wondered how Squanto was able to communicate so well with the Pilgrims? Did you know he lived in Spain and England as a teenager?
Family Traditions - Begin a pattern of blessing your children, as well as future generations, by infusing your family life with healthy customs.
Thanksgiving Call-In I-II - Some are funny, some are sad, some are moving - but all are thankful. You won't want to miss what they have to say.
See Focus on the Family Hot Topics for links to articles above.
The English colonists did not specifically label themselves in the letters, books, and documents they wrote. Sometimes they refer to themselves as "Planters," (settlers and farmers) while the people who financed the colony were called "Adventurers." The separated church in the colony followed the New Testament model of identifying the church by its location. One reference identifies it as the "Church of God, at Plymouth in New England." The term "Pilgrim" was used once in the surviving writings of the early colonists. More than 20 years after the arrival of Mayflower, William Bradford wrote about his exiled church's departure from Leiden, Holland to America. Referring to Scripture, as he often did, he wrote; "¸they knew they were pilgrims," in reference to Hebrews 11:13-16. Then, as now, "Pilgrim" meant someone on a journey with a religious or moral purpose. www.plimoth.org
Mexico Missions Trip
Better Together Mexico Missions
Nov 24-28, 2005
On Thanksgiving, let’s give THANKS differently this year by helping our neighbors in Mexico. Please consider joining us for an exciting, life changing mission trip in which we will build a house for a needy family in Juarez, Mexico. Cost of $250 per person includes materials to build the house, camp fees and food. For registration forms and information contact Ellis McMath EllisMcMath@aol.com 505-507-3878.
Christian Heritage Speech Competition - 2005 Results
See www.rges.cc/chsc.htm for results of the 15th Annual Christian Heritage Speech Competition held at the Los Lunas Community Program on Nov 5. Sponsors presented awards to the top four places in each grade. Thanks to all who helped with the Christian Heritage Speech Competition this year - Sponsors, Los Lunas Community Program, Valencia County Homeschool Activities Assoc, Clif & Myra Green, The Foothills, Faith Bible Church, Community Bible Church, Volunteers, Media, and Planning Committee. "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." 1Ti 4:12
Please encourage your local school to offer extra credit for participation in 2006. We also welcome ideas for ways to promote and celebrate Christian Heritage Week in 2006. CDs (MP3) of first place speeches are available for $5 including shipping. Proceeds will support planning for next year's event, Nov 11, 2006. Mail checks to Principles CIM, 12504 Candelaria NE, Abq NM 87111.
Secular hatred of Christian Heritage is a hot issue these days. There is little "tolerance" when it comes to Christian Heritage though NM appears to be "under the radar" as the speech competition was held on state property in Los Lunas this year and the Governor signed the proclamation. There's even a church on the state property in Los Lunas! However, lawyers thought erasing "In God We Trust" from a public building in NC was important enough to take it to the Supreme Court (see next article).
Supreme Court Supports "In God We Trust"
The Supreme Court today sidestepped a dispute over the constitutionality of putting "In God We Trust" on government buildings. The court did not comment in rejecting an appeal over an "In God We Trust" inscription on the Davidson County Government Center in Lexington, N.C. The inscription, in 18-inch block letters, was paid for with donations from individuals and churches in 2002. Charles F. Lambeth Jr. and Michael D. Lea, two lawyers who regularly practice in the North Carolina center, filed the lawsuit. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that "In God We Trust" appears on the nation's coins and was made the national motto by Congress. "In this situation, the reasonable observer must be deemed aware of the patriotic uses, both historical and present, of the phrase `In God We Trust,'" the court ruled. Unfortunately, they didn't acknowledge the benefit of honoring God.
Rocky Mountain News
Michael Newdow has announced plans to sue the U.S. Treasury Department to get rid of "In God We Trust." Activist judges have the potential to make Mr. Newdow lethal. This is the very reason that FRC has begun airing "Sandblasting," in five states today--Arkansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Florida, and Louisiana. Liberals, who share Mr. Newdow's goal of erasing America's Christian heritage, have put their money on activist judges as the best way to accomplish that goal.
Watch FRC's New Ad: One Nation Under God
Publicly Honoring God: Justice Antonin Scalia on the Ten Commandments
Know of any Judeo-Christian inscriptions in your community? Write Principles CINews and tell us about it.
Lost C-47 Found 60 Years Later
Nearly 61 years after his C-47 disappeared over New Guinea, 2nd Lt. Stan Campbell's remains were buried on Veterans Day, 2005 in Pioche, Neb. For decades the fate of his plane was a mystery. And only in the past two weeks has his family finally learned the details of what happened just before he vanished. Dick Korthals, then a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, was Campbell's wingman. Korthals left active duty in 1946, was recalled during the Korean War, and retired in 1965. He's now the volunteer principal in our neighboring state of Colorado at Redeemer Lutheran School, Colorado Springs.
The crash site, high on a mountain, had been spotted from the air in 1975. In 1979, a recovery crew reached the jungle site, just 50 feet from the summit, by helicopter. The fuselage was recognizable and a wing was still mostly intact. In 1980 they recovered the remains of Cpl. Carl A. Drain. In November 2004, Campbell's remains were recovered, along with three others: 2nd Lt. Robert H. Cameron, Cpl. George E. Cunningham and Australian Dr. Vlad Sasko. "Evil still exists in the world, and at various times in history men and women have been willing to rise up and say, 'I'm willing to give my life to defend our cause,' " Korthals said. "We still have men and women out there who are offering to stand in the gap and say to evil, 'You've gone far enough.' " http://www.family.org/cforum/feature/a0038571.cfm
Trail Guide Service to six aircraft wrecks in Sandia Mtns. One is a WWII A-17.
Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide
2000 and Counting by Mark Ortega
With the recent passing of 2,000 U.S. troops dying in Iraq a critical point in the war has passed. Thirteen New Mexicans and four Albuquerque soldiers have died in Iraq. We all have noted this passing. I will continue to love my country, support my president and the troops. The main stream media talks about how terrible the war is going. They give legitimacy to terrorists by calling them insurgents. The problem is the "Hate and Blame America First" crowd seem to be contributing to our casualties.
With the advent of modern technology, Muslim extremist and terrorists are likely laughing with glee every time we have another anti-war protest. They see exactly what is going on. Every time they see these protests it encourages them even more. Anti-war protests reflect a chronic infatuation with the 1960s and the saga continues. The recent love affair with the new anti-war icon Cindy Sheehan encourages our enemies more. They make it sound as if Cindy speaks for all of us. She doesn’t and never has. Even members of her own family have pointed this out. Some of these protestors are glad these troops are dying because it promotes their cause. Others have sympathy for the so called "insurgents." They say we had no right to invade Iraq and they are defending their country.
One of the things the liberal media is not stressing is that Iraqis are killing Iraqis. In Iraq some people want the right to vote after years of being under a ruthless dictator. That’s why some of their own people are killing them. They are fighting the right of their own people to do what we take for granted. Throw in Iran and you have more trouble. Fairly recently the US State Dept noted Iranian-backed Iraqi troops entered Iraq. Western intelligence has also noted that as much as 25 al Qaeda operatives are staying in Iran. Through this base of operations, al Qaeda has a place to spread global jihad. Muslim extremists from all over the world are coming to Iraq to fight for what they consider a Muslim cause. Why they consider defending a dictator who oppressed his own people constantly is beyond me. But I guess they like oppression.
Before liberals decide to blindly follow the latest fad or reincarnation of the 1960s they should at least examine other sides. Anti-war protestors usually say they love their country. But by protesting against their own country they are giving support to our enemies. Is that really loving your country or giving support to our enemies? Osama and Saddam would say keep up the good job.
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Aftermath of NM Pre-K Initiative
The Alamogordo Daily News gave us an excellent front page story Tue, Nov 8, about State intrusion at three local, private centers. I am asking for your help in fighting these horrible changes to our required State licensing. Our low-income families, our staff and our church schools are being disciminated against now. We need help contacting the media, contacting our legislators, and the State. (example: Share your opinion about whether you think the State is now over-stepping it's authority in trying to control our curriculum statement, discipline, environment and program! Or share your opinion about whether low-income families deserve to have their freedom of choice protected.) Contact numbers are on the second page of the news story or folks can contact me. Please ask your friends in other cities in NM to do the same!
Our Cornerstone School Board meets this week to discuss whether we will turn away State kids next year or compromise our program philosophies to reach Level 2. Our State families are begging our programs not to turn them away. Our program is now consider raising tuition for the third time in one year (!), due to the ridiculous new State standards intended to force us onto State assistance or out of business. I have been praying for guidance about these decisions for months with no firm resolution. My quiet time this morning was in James 2.
"My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly in fine clothes... and there also comes in a poor man... and you pay special attention to the (rich man) have you not ...become judges with evil motives? Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to them that love Him? ....If you show partiality, you are commiting sin. James 2: 1-5, 9
We have served many State-assisted families over the past 16 years and have seen God's word and our loving environment touch so many of these families in a life-changing way. So often these families are fatherless or struggling. How can we bear to turn these precious ones away? Yet, how can we afford to compromise our curriculum! We are coming to the point of losing everything that matters. Please consider fasting and praying for God's mercy to these little ones and for our school.
Caren Blackstone, Program Director
Cornerstone Child Development Center
(505) 434-0106 / (505) 437-8610 (home)
On Nov 14, the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) discussed the Public Education's budget for 2007, Pre-Kindergarten expansion, Kinder-plus expansion, Full-day Kindergarten impacts and how current budget surplus will be expended in regard to these. Contact your Representative, Senator, and LESC members. Representatives are requesting our opinions!
New State licensing standards for Early Childhood programs and schools in NM are discriminating against low income families and staff at many private and religious centers. New regulations are also taking over the rights of State licensed private and church programs by telling them what must be in their curriculum statement. The State should never be allowed to set a precedent of determining program philosophies using basic licensing! For more on this email: Caren Blackstone firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's note: If you are aware of similar impacts in your city, please report details to email@example.com. The task of tracking legislation is not over when a bill is signed into law. The intent of NM PED appears to be to reduce the influence of private education by drawing more people into public (govt) education.
My name is Chris Johnson and I work for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds Basketball team. The purpose of my e-mail today is to tell you about a special game to bring your church and youth organizations to support what we are calling "Preachers & Sneakers." The concept is to have a leader from respective churches play in a basketball game following the Thunderbirds game on Jan 29, 2006 at 3pm. Click here for flyer (PowerPoint).
Chris Johnson, 265-3865
Account Executive, Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2325 San Pedro NE, Suite 1A1
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Marriage Savers Training in Jan 2006
Grace Church, 6901 San Antonio NE Abq, 821-8800, has a marriage mentoring ministry of mentor couples "who lead Marriage Preparation courses, organize events to strengthen existing marriages, and who will work side by side with couples experiencing more severe marital problems" with oversight by a pastor.
New Mexico Family Council, www.nmfamilycouncil.org, and Best Choice Educational Service, www.makethebestchoice.org, are committed to good marriages by helping churches establish marriage mentoring ministries with married couples within their congregations. Marriage Savers Training with Mike and Harriet McManus, www.marriagesavers.org, will be held on January 20 & 21, 2006 in Albuquerque, NM.
Marriage Savers Training will cover:
Recruiting and training married couples within your church for a marriage mentoring ministry; Premarital preparation for communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, budgeting, goal setting, etc. Enrichment of good marriages to strengthen them; Restoring troubled marriages; and Supporting marriages of blended families. Establishing a Community Marriage Policy for these initiatives among the churches.
Marriage Protection Amendment
Eliminate no-fault divorce
Stop National ID Database
Ten Commandments in Public Places
Prayer in Public Schools
Hoax - Dr James Dobson is not involved with any petition against the FCC for prohibiting Bible reading on the air.
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Christmas gifts from World Vision.
Christmas gifts from Focus on the Family.
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