In early January 1942, as the homefront became mobilized for war, posters and signs quickly began appearing across the United States. One of the earliest of the poster maker's art was the "Remember Dec. 7th!" poster shown here in miniature. It was created during the dark days soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is interesting to note that the first such poster's rallying cry dealt with the theme of "Dec 7th." As the war continued; however, and as public awareness increased, it became "Remember Pearl Harbor." Pearl Harbor Remembered
Deu 7:18 Thou shalt not be afraid of them: [but] shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;
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
Community Calendar (check for updates, future events, and regular meetings) We want to be a blessing to our community and support each event by avoiding scheduling conflicts.
- Dec 10 - Wings Christmas Party, Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco SW, 842-5426, 2-4 set-up, Party 4:00 - 7:00 PM, RSVP to: Ann Edenfield Sweet, 291-6412
- Dec 10-11 - NewMexichords Barbershop Christmas Concerts at Central United Methodist, University at Copper, Dick Lambert, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dec 15-18 - Christmas Joy Ballet Performance at Rodey Theater, UNM Center for the Arts.
- Dec 25 - Christmas Day, Celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with FOF Resources. It's that time of year again! Looking for ways to make sure Christmas reflects your faith in Jesus Christ? We have some great articles and resources to help you keep Christ in your Christmas this season.
- Jan 6-7 - Journal to Financial Freedom Seminar, Hoffmantown Church, Ray or Rose McKillip (293-7247 or 844-8472, email: email@example.com) for info, childcare will be provided
- Jan 10, 7p - IDNet science meeting, UNM Law School
- Jan 20-21 - Marriage Savers Training with Mike and Harriet McManus, www.marriagesavers.org
- Jan 21 - Journal to Financial Freedom Seminar - Las Cruces
- Jan 28 - Rick Green from Wallbuilders at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, hosted by the Association of Christian Schools and the Tijeras Foundation, (720) 842-0170
- Jan 29 - Preachers & Sneakers Basketball Game, 265-3865
- Feb 11 - Journal to Financial Freedom Seminar - Alamogordo
- Feb 24-26 - Family Life Weekend-To-Remember Marriage Conference, Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo, On-line registration isn't available yet, however, additional information about the Weekend-To-Remember conference is available at www.familylife.com/conferences/marriage.asp. If anyone has questions, they can contact me or my wife directly at 604-5688 (cell) or 792-0573 (home). - Bill Sturgill
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
Christian Heritage at City Ceremony
Chronicles of Narnia
Marriage for Life
"My Dad and I" by Kirsten Jackson
Wings Christmas Party
Journal to Financial Freedom Seminar
Albuquerque Bible College PSA
Abortion Kills Women
Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
Christmas in Thailand
Friends of the Family & Christmas Gifts
Christian Heritage at City Ceremony
The official swearing in ceremony for the Mayor and City Councillors was held on Dec 1 at the Kiva Auditorium. Many elements of our Christian heritage were present during the ceremony. Send your observations of Christian Heritage to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Singing of the National Anthem brought us back to our foundations. We frequently hear the first verse but rarely the other verses. "Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust!"
* Pledge of Allegiance - still "One Nation Under God!" (In spite of the ACLU.)
* Invocation - Prayer communicates with God.
* Bible - Swearing in commenced with hand on the Holy Bible.
* Affirmation - Swearing in concluded with "So help me God." Just wouldn't be the same if it were something like "Under penalty of law."
* Credit - Don Harris opened his speech with credit to God.
Met anyone who despises Christian heritage? Ask if you could have their money. It has "In God We Trust" on all of it! They would hardly want to continue handling something so disgusting. ;-)
Chronicles of Narnia
You may have seen the articles in USA Today regarding the new movie Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. American culture gets a new look at Christianity, this time through science fiction/fantasy. So why all the publicity? Are some people concerned they will be duped into seeing a "Christian" film under the pretense of science fiction/fantasy? Excuse me, their hatred/intolerance is showing! Rest assured, there won't be any such reservations when The Da Vinci Code is released in 2006.
Is that lion the King of Kings? by Erik Brady, USA TODAY
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a beloved children's book about four British schoolchildren who pass through a wardrobe into a magic land where a witch has made it always winter and never Christmas. There they meet Aslan, the lion of the title, who offers his own life to the witch to atone for the treachery of one of the siblings. On Dec 9, a $150 million movie version will open nationwide, reigniting an old debate: Is the world created by British author C.S. Lewis a rip-roaring piece of fantasy - or a fairy tale suffused with Christian imagery?
Faith in film: Why not? by Michael Medved
Each December, the public endures new skirmishes in the seemingly endless "Christmas Wars" - needless battles based on the false proposition that public celebration of the Christian holiday somehow menaces the dignity and survival of the nation's minority religions. This year, one of Hollywood's biggest year-end releases - Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - has been caught in the seasonal crossfire, inspiring controversy over its Christian symbolism long before its debut this Friday. Despite Disney's determination to market its high-stakes holiday gamble to the broadest possible audience, Narnia unquestionably contains messages that speak specifically to committed believers. Based on classic children's books by the beloved Christian advocate C.S. Lewis, the first movie in the series features an all-powerful lion, Aslan, (voiced by Liam Neeson) who sacrifices himself for a spoiled child, then comes back to life to defeat the forces of death and evil.
Come to The Master's, Dec 6, 5 - 6:30 pm, for a Narnia Celebration! We will be drawing to give away a giant plush Aslan, but you can only win if you are present! There will be door prizes and refreshments. Come back this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the opening of the movie and receive 20% off all things Narnia! Bring in your movie ticket stub and receive a free copy of the book Knowing Aslan - An Encounter with the Lion of Narnia (while supplies last).
The Master's Books & Gifts
810 E. 21st St. Ste. A-5
Clovis, NM 88101
Marriage for Life
Commentary: Broken marriages hurt our society, and couples contemplating a wedding ceremony should consider Paris Hilton's decision to wisely hold off.
By Mark Boitano, Tribune Columnist, Nov 29, 2005
I've become a Paris Hilton fan. No, it's not after viewing a provocative photo or a steamy video. It's after hearing Paris make a wise statement about breaking her engagement, because she's not ready to get married and wants to avoid a divorce. "I have seen the breakups between people who love each other and rush into getting married too quickly. I do not want to make that mistake," Hilton said. The 2 million-plus Americans who will marry in the next year can learn something from Paris' decision.
Her great-grandfather - hotelier and philanthropist Conrad Hilton - was born in New Mexico, served in the state Legislature and was known to have deep affection for his family and country. He would be proud of her, as should state lawmakers, social scientists and anyone worried about the future of marriage, family and society.
Read the "rest of the story" at the Abq Tribune.
"My Dad and I" by Kirsten Jackson
I recently had the chance to get dressed up and go to the Purity Ball with my Dad. This is the second year that we have done this together. Each year, I make the promise to stay pure until my wedding day and he promises to stay pure to my Mom in their marriage. I know my Dad loves me but that night is a great reminder and we had a lot of fun, especially dancing together. No, he’s not an expert at dancing but I am just glad we got to dance together. The next day, he could hardly walk but neither one of us would miss that cool night. He gave me a ring to remember my vow to stay pure. I will give it back to him on my wedding day. Over the years, he has taught me to ski, Karate, and to box. He also helps me with math and history. Sometimes he talks too much about my grades, boys, and my homework. Even though I get mad at him sometimes, I do know he loves me and he will be there when I need him. Some Dads do not know how important you are to your kids. Believe me, you are important. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to take a vow of purity and have parents that care. Thanks Dad.
Kirsten is a student at Lincoln Middle School
The weekend edition of "Family Matters!" (Rio Rancho Observer) by Kevin and Kathy Jackson was written by their daughter Kirsten on her experience with the recent Albuquerque area Purity Ball. We are expanding this column to other papers so if your local paper is interested, please have them contact us at 891-1846.
Wings Christmas Party, Sat, Dec 10
Holy Family Catholic Church - GYM, 562 Atrisco SW, 842-5426
2-4 set-up, Party 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Take I-40 to Rio Grande, S to Central, W on Central over the Rio Grande to Atrisco, S on Atrisco ½ mile. Please RSVP to: Ann Edenfield Sweet at 291-6412. We want to make sure we have enough pizza!
Pablo Diaz, VP of Guideposts Magazine in New York, will attend this party. Guideposts has supported every Wings Party for the past 11 years. Please come and meet Pablo and thank him in person for Guideposts’ support!
Invite family & friends – infants to grandmothers and start to celebrate Christmas early this year. We need undecorated cut-out sugar cookies, frosting, and "sprinkles." Five dollars buys a pizza for five people. All donations are tax deductible. Pray for the families of all inmates, our volunteers, and that lives will be touched by our party.
If you participate in the Angel Tree Program, invite the families to come to the Wings Party and get their Angel Tree gift at the end of the party. This gives the church member a chance to meet the recipients of their gifts and give them the greatest gift of all, the gift of God’s love.
Ann Edenfield Sweet, 291-6412, 379-9840
Wings Ministry Executive Director/Founder
2226 B Wyoming Blvd. NE #130
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Journal to Financial Freedom Seminar
- A fast-paced seminar on the fundamentals of managing resources, saving, debt and setting priorities.
- A concise yet comprehensive view of money management based on the Bible.
- Lecture-style format for teaching large groups at a time.
- Practical steps provided on how to avoid or eliminate debt, how to establish a plan to properly manage resources, and more.
- Seminar can be done in just one day or may be split between an evening session and a second session the following day.
When - Friday, January 6, 2006, 6:00 PM -9:00 PM
- Saturday, January 7, 2006, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Where - Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper Dr. NE, Abq NM
Cost - $20.00 per person. Includes seminar materials
Ask for childcare if needed (additional cost)
1. Crown Financial Ministries and select NM below the box
2. Register by phone at 1-800-722-1976
3. By mail: Crown Financial Ministries, Attn: Seminar Registration
601 Broad St. SE, Gainesville, GA., 30501
Also Las Cruces (Jan 21) and Alamogordo (Feb 11).
Albuquerque Bible College PSA
Albuquerque Bible College will start registration for their Spring Semester on December 5 through December 16, 2005 and January 2 through January 6, 2006. Late registration will be January 9 through January 20, 2006. The Spring semester will begin January 9, 2006 and end April 28, 2006. Call 828-1205 for more information or visit their website at www.abqbiblecollege.com or you can email email@example.com. Albuquerque Bible College will be closed December 17, 2005 through January 2, 2006 for the Christmas and New Year's break.
Abortion Kills Women
The following was sent to Villanuci at KKOB. While the attached is published by a pro-life group, the referenced Finnish study is reliable as are previous studies done in Europe, California & Texas. The percent of post-abortion women who take their lives has been documented in 4 major studies. The Finnish study, looking at a women's medical history, identifies post abortion women as have a 248% greater death rate within 1 year than a like population not having an abortion. Alarm bells should ring. With prior studies showing a like pattern, we must at least tell women and their doctors they need additional medical care and monitoring.
Also, when abortion is factored into a death--- sepsis caused by the abortion, bleeding to death caused by the abortion, etc.,-- abortion becomes the number 1 killer of pregnant women. The national standard used to code death certificates does not have a code that indicates "She developed death causing sepsis from an abortion" it just says she died of sepsis. If this were possible we would know the truth: abortion is very high risk, much higher risk than carrying the baby to term. Simply put, abortion is not a simple solution, free of consequences. Abortion kills women.
Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
Interfaith Stewardship Alliance Officially Launched
December 1, 2005 -- The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) held a press conference on Nov. 16, 2005, to announce its formal launching as an alternative to radical left-leaning environmentalism. The ISA’s press conference was hosted at the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, DC by Her Excellency Edith Ssempala, Ugandan Embassador to the U.S. According to the ISA, Uganda has a balanced approach to dealing with environmental issues. ISA has also released a new report titled, "An Examination of the Scientific, Ethical and Theological Implications Of Climate Change Policy," authored by atmospheric scientist Dr. Roy Spencer, ethics author Paul Driessen, and theological Dr. Calvin E. Beisner.
The paper examines the scientific questions surrounding global warming, carbon reductions, and puts forth Biblical principles that can guide Christians in making policy decisions on the environment. The Traditional Values Coalition supports the important work of the ISA and Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman, has recently signed a letter of concern to the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). The letter urges the NAE to avoid issuing a statement that endorses the concept of global warming because this issue is not a consensus issue among evangelicals. To learn more about the ISA, access its web site: Interfaith Stewardship Alliance.
Michael Crichton’s 2004 best seller, State of Fear describes a nightmare scenario that pits radical environmental groups against reputable environmentalists and is fact-based and well footnoted on the major hot button environmental issues. Crichton effectively debunks many of the claims of radical environmentalists on global warming and related issues.
On Crichton’s web site, he includes an essay from the book on "Why Politicized Science Is Dangerous." In it, he describes previous historical examples of how science became politicized and resulted in immense damage to the human race. One of those issues was eugenics, which was promoted by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and was funded by the Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations. The eugenics movement was then enthusiastically adopted in pre-Nazi Germany and was the philosophy upon which Adolf Hitler built his "final solution" to exterminate millions of Jews and to plunge the world into World War II.
Crichton views the current left-wing environmental movement as a threat to the well-being of humankind and State of Fear explains why. TownHall.com has an extensive section devoted to energy and environmental issues: Townhall.com :: Issues :: Energy & the Environment.
Christmas in Thailand and Reflections on Thanksgiving
At the close of the Thanksgiving weekend, we are so thankful to God for his many blessings. We have been blessed with wonderful friends, a loving family, a significant and fruitful ministry, an ideal consulting arrangement for support, a spacious and beautiful place to live, excellent language school with caring teachers, a strong marriage, good health and excellent health care facilities ... the list just goes on and on. Thank you all for being such a vital part of our life and ministry as well.
As far as I know, the United States is the only country that observes Thanksgiving Day. In Thai, this American holiday is known as "the day of giving thanks to God." I like that. Our culture talks about a general spirit of thankfulness on this day, but so often ignores the One who is the source of all our blessings. Though it was not a holiday here, many of the Baptist missionary families around here got together with some of the Thai staff for a huge potluck dinner with many of the traditional dishes (turkey excluded; imported turkeys are quite expensive). But we were stuffed, nonetheless.
Then on Friday night we had four Church of Christ college student missionaries over for dinner and a tree trimming. Charlotte had met "Gary, Jr." in Albuquerque before we left and found out that he was also coming to Thailand for a couple of years. These kids are doing college student ministry on a campus of about 100,000 students here in Bangkok without much contact with other Americans. So they really appreciated an American holiday dinner and Christmas tradition. And we fondly remember a couple of church families that invited us to share the holiday with their own families each Thanksgiving for years. God is good.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!
Mark and Charlotte Blanford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Carols for Your Kids - Everyone has a favorite Christmas tradition, and for us, it's the singing of carols. Christmas just isn't, well . . . Christmas unless we're happily harmonizing on an old carol, belting out the words at the top of our lungs. The velvety richness of musical notes and the beauty of time-honored words are like presents piled high under the tree. We just can't wait to open them.
It's that time of year again! Looking for ways to make sure Christmas reflects your faith in Jesus Christ? We have some great articles and resources to help you keep Christ in your Christmas this season.
The Cross - Do you feel alone, discouraged — and perhaps a bit cynical about the Christmas season? There's so much more to Christmas than Santa Claus and tinsel and the annual visit to the local church. Click through this interactive presentation to learn why Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. You can have hope this year. You can have hope today.
Alone at Christmas - Sometimes single people need encouragement that Christmas is for them, too.
A Stocking Tradition - My husband and I wanted to instill faith in our five children. We did not want them to get caught up in material things.
The Christmas Room - Joan's family was the wealthiest in town, while Barbara's was the one of the poorest. But one thing Joan's family didn't have was a Christmas room.
Another Way to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas - A new version of The 12 Days of Christmas for married couples.
Celebrate Advent! - Make Christmas meaningful by celebrating Advent.
The Perfect Gift - A young girl learns a lesson about greed and thankfulness when she steals someone else's Christmas present.
Marriage, Money and Merry Christmas - As you approach the holiday season, it's possible one of you will be tempted to overspend, overeat, overindulge, overgift, overdecorate, overentertain and overdo in an attempt to create the perfect Christmas.
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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