Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
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 wise use of resources as we exercise dominion over the earth.
- World hunger and disease exacerbated by drought and water pollution.
- Pray for voter registration and participation in the Jun primary.
- Promotion of traditional marriage and reduction of divorce in NM.
- Prayer Resources.
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, links, future events, and regular meetings) We want to be a blessing to our community and support each event by avoiding scheduling conflicts.
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
Panic or Progress - Environmental Debate
Our Runaway Crisis Part II by Mark Ortega
Voter Registration Month
New Christian School
Rio Rancho Retains Science Policy on Origins
Marriage Amendment - Will NM be the last?
Homo History in Public School Textbooks
Not a Family Event
Sponsors for CHSC
Friends of the Family
Panic or Progress - Environmental Debate
What are some similarities between global warming, evolution, and the Da Vinci Code? If you're thinking deception, you're right. Time Magazine, 3 Apr 06, featured a front cover article Global Warming: Be Worried. Be Very Worried, just in time for Earth Day 2006. Their claim for crisis? "Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever... More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities... By Any Measure, Earth Is At ... The Tipping Point. The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon - and what we can do about it." Is this panic journalism or practical science? The Apr 3rd cover of Time Magazine screams at us to WORRY. The Bible tells us something completely different.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:25-34
Pascal's Blunder: Miscalculating the Threat of Global Warming
Is the so called "crisis" real? Consider some of the phrases in the Time article. "No one can say exactly," "probably looks a lot like," "the crisis is upon us," "it certainly looked that way." This is the language of guesses, not science. Here are some questions that are not being asked about the "crisis" of global warming.
- What have been the earth's environmental cycles since its creation?
- What is the data (not the interpretation) for our supposed contribution to the problem?
- What is environmental preservation? The earth is constantly changing.
- How much is the world spending on global warming that could be spent on more important issues?
- What are Biblical priorities for environmental stewardship?
Biblical environmental stewardship involves a balance of care for the environment and care for the people. People take priority over the environment. The main purpose of this article is to offer an alternative to the hype of radical pagan environmentalism heard in much of the mainstream media today. Contrary to popular belief (even among Christian circles), there is valid, scientific opposition to the "crisis" of global warming. Acton Institute offers an excellent balance and discussion of environmental stewardship:
- Theology & the Environment
- Population & the Environment
- Economics & Environmentalism
- Science & Ecology
Consider the top two links on yahoo.com when searching for "global warming" (among 17.3 million hits). The first one is the USEPA Global Warming website. The second is globalwarming.org, a project of the Cooler Heads Coalition, formed to dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis. The Cooler Heads Coalition was formed on May 6, 1997 under the auspices of the National Consumer Coalition out of concern that the American people were not being informed about the economic impact of proposals to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nor was the American public being provided with balanced information about the science of global warming. "Cooler Heads" focuses on the consumer impact of global warming policies that would drastically restrict energy use and raise costs for consumers. Members of the coalition point out that the science of global warming is uncertain, but the negative impacts of global warming policies on consumers are all too real. Coalition members also follow the progress of the international Global Climate Change Treaty negotiations. There is a debate and it is not one-sided as the mainstream media indicates.
Environmental stewardship is an approach to the earth and its resources that attends both to the demands of human freedom and flourishing and to the Biblical call for human beings to exercise caring "dominion" over creation. Environmental stewardship affirms that freedom, human flourishing, and the integrity of creation are principles that are not only compatible but also dynamically related. The Cornwall Declaration, signed by thousands of people of faith and others of goodwill, states the principles and aspirations of creation-based Environmental Stewardship.
Here are some real issues we can agree on:
- Water purity in third world countries. Water and food contamination is the number one cause of disease among the poor worldwide.
- Water availability in countries devastated by drought. Water is essential for life, crops, and animals.
- World enforcement of water and air pollution standards. Oil spills along the coastline and concentrated toxic gasses above large cities have a direct impact on wildlife and people.
Domenici Says No Global Warming Legislation This Session Congress Daily PM (subscription only), March 6, 2006. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Domenici said today climate change legislation will not come out of his committee this year. Domenici said he and Energy and Natural Resources ranking member Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., are negotiating a bill that would require reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, but the two are "nowhere close to a way to do that," he said, adding, "Frankly, I don't know how to write it, and I don't think anybody does." Lawmakers are divided over whether a climate change bill should include regulation of carbon dioxide, along with other pollutants. The committee will hold a climate change forum April 4 to hear experts on the issue, but it is not likely to result in legislation. "There will be no climate change legislation coming out of my committee this year," Domenici told reporters.
No Time To Panic by Matt Kaufman. The best-selling author [Michael Crichton] of Jurassic Park has a surprising new goal: Debunking environmentalist horror stories.
"You think repetition makes something true?"
Prof. John Kenner, in Michael Crichton's State of Fear
RBC Discovery Series - Environmental Topics:
*NEW* Celebrating the Wonder of Soil by Naturalist Dean Ohlman (Q1119)
(available on website soon - contact RBC for free copy)
Celebrating The Wonder Of Creation (Q1108) When God placed our first parents in the Garden of Eden, He commanded them to have dominion over the creation that He had made. This is a great privilege, but it also carries great responsibility. How can we honor the Creator in our relationship to His creation? This study in faithful stewardship offers helpful insights.
Celebrating The Wonder Of A Tree (Q1113) A world without trees would be a vastly different place. Neighborhoods without trees, fields without woods, and continents without forests would be the end of life as we know it. A Bible without trees would also be a different book. As this booklet reveals, Genesis to Revelation tells a story of trees that defines the spiritual nature of our existence and ultimate survival.
Celebrating The Wonder Of Water (Q1115) Science labels it H2O. It's so common we hardly pay attention to it. But water is important in the Bible-serving as its bookends and referred to throughout its pages. It appears in the beginning as the source and substance of all temporal life, and it appears again at the end as the great symbol for eternal life. This booklet urges us to contemplate at a far deeper level the significance of water to the human body-and to the soul.
God's Good Earth (HP001) Dr. Paul Brand draws on his years of studying birds, plants, and the ecology to develop an interesting analogy comparing earthly and spiritual soil. As he does, it will give you a fresh perspective on your own spiritual growth and nourishment as a follower of Christ.
Earth Day: 30 Years and Counting by Fred Miller. This article is interesting, and more reasonable than most regarding Earth Day. Certainly it's from a Godless humanist and socialist leaning perspective, so there are some points of disagreement. Regardless, even this guy coming from a humanist/socialist perspective refers to "oikos" or "household" and shares other perspectives similar to what we've heard from church leadership.
Enchantment Electronics is sponsoring an e-waste recycling event at Sandia Computers, 3625 Wyoming NE. The event will be Saturday, April 22nd from 9am to 1pm to collect electronics for free. The city also offers "large item pickup" for electronics (761-8370). This is a great chance for everybody to clean out their old electronics from their closets and garages.
4 Apr 06 - Conservatives are often accused of putting ideology before evidence on issues ranging from global warming to evolution. But how do leading liberals and their scholar allies react when one of their own is fudging the data? When it comes to their new cause, universal preschool, liberals seem just as willing to spin the facts. The complete article can be viewed at the LA Times.
We'd like to hear your perspective on environmental stewardship and what you think should be local, national, and world priorities for Biblical environmental stewardship. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Runaway Crisis Part II by Mark Ortega
The hardest part about the runaway crisis facing our country and state is the human toll it takes on people. We can read all about stats and get a feel for the problems. But to really understand runaways you have to live through it one way or another. Case in point would be my friend Annette.
Back in the days (1983 to be precise) I was in the process of coming out of the party lifestyle, I had made a commitment to give my life to Jesus Christ and to live a godly life at the age of 21. One of the best decisions I ever made was to teach little kids. One of my best and most adorable students was a little blonde girl named Annette. Annette was one of the smartest, funniest and friendliest kids I have ever taught or worked with. I met her when she was 3. Through time I met other people in her family. They are all just as nice as she. That's why when Annette became a teenager her sudden changes were such a shock to us all. In 1988 I had left the church I was involved in and joined another one. The hardest thing I had to do was leave Annette and all the other kids I had grown to love. Many days and nights I had prayed for them. Through time I lost touch with Annette and her family.
Eventually Annette had developed a typical teenage desire to have friends. (I went through the same thing.) She became involved in smoking pot and other drugs. This led to rebellion against authority. Not too long after starting to smoke pot she started dealing it. This led to trouble at her school. The narks at her school busted her. Her family wanted to get her help. Drugs eventually led her to assaulting her mom and her oldest brother. When the pressure became too great for her she ran away from home. After running away the first time she was caught not too long afterwards. Annette had become involved with a man named Vance. He was 9 years older than her at 15. The judge at the time sentenced her to treatment at a local treatment center called Hogaris. Unfortunately, the judge also gave custody of Annette to the uncle of Vance. She was free to do whatever she wanted to. This led her to run away again. Her drug crimes made her a girl wanted by the law.
By this time I had been in touch with her and her family. I was eager to help. At the time I was a teacher at a private Christian school. I had been talking to Annette's mom Barbara. Annette's running away broke her mother's heart. She couldn't believe her daughter had done it. I took her Missing Child poster to my school. My class and I used to pray over it. We posted it all over the South Valley. Through my friends, students at the school and my church we prayed for her. (During my interview with Annette she told me she tore those posters down as fast as she could find them.) For a total of eight months she was a runaway. Most of the time she was in Albuquerque. She thought at the time she could stay hidden until she turned 18. Annette also told me she was the youngest and most responsible one in the crowd she hung out with. The others were too busy partying their lives away to care about responsibility. When the cops finally caught her it was a relief to us all.
Annette had to do time in the local Juvenile Detention Center (d-home). Even though it was not a crime to run away (I'm not sure about the laws back then), it was a crime to deal drugs. I had a chance to visit her at the d-home. It was one of the toughest visits I had ever had there. Eventually she was sent to the Youth Diagnostic and Detention Center (YDDC) for long term lock up. When she was there she found out she was pregnant with a child from Vance. I used to write her letters to try to cheer her up. But the only thing that would cheer her up was for her to get out. Not too long before she was going to have her child she was released. She went to stay with her mom. She had a little girl who is just as beautiful as her. Having a child and being locked up made her realize how terrible she had been to her family. She started to make peace with the family members she had alienated. She graduated from high school and got good grades. Ten years had passed.
Annette married Vance at the age of 18. They had another child. This time it was a boy. She eventually divorced him because he was cruel to her. She is 26 now. Life had made her wiser beyond her years. She is a woman who has more wisdom to offer troubled kids than she thinks. She recently graduated from TVI and now lives close to most of her family. I talked to her about her experience because for years I have had a deep desire to help runaways. I never knew that when God gave me that desire, Annette would be one of those I would help. When I talk to her I see a lot of myself. I was a runaway too. But I didn't run away from a homes with parents. I ran away from people that loved me and wanted to help. Just as Annette hurt her family I hurt my aunt and uncle. Like her I had to tell them how sorry I was. Annette is a single mom now. But that breach between her and her family is starting to heal. Her mother told me that she always trusted God through those tough days of Annette being missing. (We all should follow her example.)
When I think of Annette I think of the sweet little girl who has become a wise young woman. That's why her story is not just about stats and impersonal info. It's about a girl who used her troubled youth to become a strong adult. Too many times people use their past as an excuse to make messes out of their lives. She won't use her past as a crutch. Annette has used her past as a stepping stone to a better future for her and her kids. My prayer is that Annette will use her own troubled youth to help out kids, especially other girls who are just as hurting and confused as she was.
If you would like help with troubled kids you can contact Mark Ortega at 265-9027 or email at email@example.com. All the information I got for this article was from my own experience and interviews with Annette and Barbara. My deepest appreciation goes out to both of them. It takes a lot of courage to tell their story. My prayer for you the readers is that this story will bless you and increase your faith and trust in God our blessed Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Especially those who know runaways, were one, or are one yourself.
Voter Registration Month
April is Voter Registration Month in NM. Anyone who wants to vote in the June primary must be registered by May 9th (30 days prior to the election). Churches can set up voter registration tables with voter registration forms obtained from the local library, party office, or county clerk. There is no reason why 100% of Christians shouldn't be registered to vote and make a commitment to vote. Only 14% of the Rio Rancho population turned out to vote for a mayor a couple months ago. Apathy will destroy this nation from within if we do not make an effort. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Any questions on how to set up voter registration - contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please encourage State candidates and incumbents to answer the VoteSmart candidate survey. NM election calendar (pdf).
2006 PRIMARY ELECTION CALENDAR (selected dates)
REBECCA VIGIL-GIRON, Secretary of State
May 9, 2006 (Tuesday)
VOTER REGISTRATION CLOSES FOR PRIMARY ELECTION
ABSENTEE VOTING BEGINS
May 20, 2006 (Saturday)
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING BEGINS AT ALTERNATE SITES
June 2, 2006 (Friday)
LAST DAY COUNTY CLERK MAY MAIL ABSENTEE BALLOT
June 3, 2006 (Saturday)
ABSENTEE AND EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING ENDS (1-6-5F)
June 5, 2006 (Monday)
LAST DAY TO CAST A REPLACEMENT ABSENTEE BALLOT
DESTROY ALL UNUSED ABSENTEE BALLOTS
June 6, 2006 (Tuesday)
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY (1-8-11)
LAST DAY TO ACCEPT ABSENTEE BALLOTS
June 12, 2006 (Monday)
VOTER REGISTRATION REOPENS FOLLOWING PRIMARY
August 4, 2006 (Friday)
LAST DAY TO CONTEST ELECTION
New Christian School
East Mountain Christian Academy would like to introduce itself to you as a newly independent Christian private school serving Albuquerque and the East Mountain community. After 10 years service as satellites of other schools, first Hope Christian School, then Eastern Hills Christian Academy, we are delighted and excited to finally serve our families and our Lord as a stand alone institution.
Our school offers grades Pre-K through 12, and is fully accredited by the North Central Association and the Association of Christian Schools International. Our teachers are licensed professionals, committed to preparing children for a lifelong hunger for learning, and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We strive for a partnership with our parents, and with the members of our community. We would like for you to get to know our school, and to familiarize yourself with an institution that is entirely committed to excellence in education in a safe, loving, Christian environment.
Since no such institution can exist and flourish without community support, we respectfully ask you to help us with a donation. Since we are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation, your donation will be tax deductible. Every bit of your generosity will go toward our children's education. Not a penny will be wasted. If you would like to learn about our school first, we would eagerly welcome your visit. Just call Dede Ferguson at 286-1482 or visit us online at www.christacademy.org.
Thank you for your generosity, your support, and your prayers. May God continue to bless you always.
Rodney W. Hotz
President Board of Directors
East Mountain Christian Academy
Rio Rancho Retains Science Policy on Origins
The Rio Rancho school board voted Monday (Apr 10) to amend a controversial science policy. The board replaced a sentence from the policy with language taken verbatim from the state standards. School board member Marty Scharfglass said after the meeting that although the amended policy just restates exactly what state standards say, it is necessary to make sure the standards are being enforced in class. That standard requires that students be allowed to discuss alternative ideas to evolutionary theory. More than 100 people packed the meeting room and hallway to hear the board's discussion. More than 30 people spoke (supporting and opposing about equal).
Scharfglass proposed a motion to replace a sentence with one taken verbatim from the state standards: "Students shall understand that reasonable people may disagree about some issues that are of interest to both science and religion (e.g., the origin of life on earth, the cause of the big bang, the future of the earth)." The board approved the motion 4-1. Margaret Terry voted against it. Board president Lisa Cour, who opposed the policy when it was adopted in August, said she wanted it to go away, but in the spirit of compromise would support it with the amendment. Don Schlichte and Marty Scharfglass have argued that the policy encourages critical thinking. Joe Renick (NM IDNet) spoke in support of keeping the policy. "One of the primary jobs of districts is to teach objective science," Renick said. "It is a good policy. It's clearly written and supports state science standards. Parents are entitled to this policy." (Abq Journal, 11 Apr 06)
Church leaders in Ukraine (the home of Chernobyl) will help to develop a public school curriculum including lessons about morality and creationism. The theory of evolution will continue to be taught. Creation evangelist, Sergei Golovin, who lives in Ukraine, writes: "While the idea of a Christian Ethics optional school course has been promoted by Christians in Ukraine for several years, this is the very first time it is connected with teaching creation. The connection has not gone unnoticed. If we want to teach our children moral absolutes of honesty, purity, unselfishness, and love (character counts), we have to show their absolute source - God the Creator. Seems a former communist country has more educational freedom than the good old USA! (Chicago Tribune, 24 Jun 05, p12)
Evolutionists claim to have the ONLY scientific theory of the origin of the universe, origin of life, and development of life. They are attempting to force this belief, by law, into public schools across the nation by prohibiting opposing viewpoints. This is the point where science becomes religion. Why the great protest unless the "theory" of evolution has become a religion? For information on obtaining two excellent videos suitable for presentation to any audience on this issue, contact email@example.com.
- Unlocking the Mystery of Life
- Privileged Planet
- Free speech on evolution campaign (free DVD)
Marriage Amendment - Will NM be the last?
Idaho's Senate sent a state constitutional marriage amendment to voters, making it the fifth state to place such an amendment on the ballot for 2006. ID, AL, SC, SD, and TN are scheduled to vote on marriage amendments this year. VA, AZ, CO, WI, and WV may also join the list. Nineteen states have adopted marriage amendments. It is possible that by the end of 2006 a majority of states will have passed them. They have passed by more than 70 percent and have NEVER failed at the ballot. NM legislators are afraid to let the people of NM decide. Please add your name to the petition for a marriage amendment in NM. Circulate a petition at your church. Vote for pro-marriage candidates. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The battle heats up. Showing contempt for the concerns of traditional families, Ford Motor Company has agreed to sponsor the "Family Area" at the Motor City Pride Event June 2-4 which will feature a homosexual marriage "commitment ceremony." The purpose of the ceremony is to "make a political statement." Please sign the Boycott Ford Pledge, www.boycottFord.com. Call your local dealer and ask why Ford is sponsoring this "marriage ceremony." Click here to find the phone number and email address of your Ford Motor Company dealers (Click on Ford, Jaugar, Land Rover, Mazda, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo icons at the top of the page). Please forward this to your family and friends to let them know of Ford's commitment to homosexual marriage. You might also want to forward this to the Ford dealers in your area. More than 20 pro-family groups have called for a boycott of Ford. To learn more of Ford's promotion of homosexual marriage, visit www.boycottFord.com. Since the boycott began, Ford stock has fallen 7% and Associated Press stated that Ford sales were down 5% in March. Many financial consultants believe that Ford is headed for bankruptcy. It appears that Ford is more willing to face bankruptcy than ending their support of homosexual groups and causes.
Homo History in Public School Textbooks
California often sets the trends for the rest of the country. Please stay alert for history textbook changes in NM public schools. A bill that would require California public school textbooks to include "gay history" is making its way through the state legislature, and experts warn it could have an impact nationwide. The bill, SB 1437, passed a state Senate committee April 4 by a vote of 3-1 and is expected to be debated in the full body in the coming days. It would require textbooks to include "the contributions of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to the total development of California and the United States." The bill also changes state law to prohibit teachers from saying anything "adversely" about homosexuality. That in of itself could change the way schools teach about the natural family (mom, dad and children).
Not a Family Event
Promoted as a "family" event, the celebration of the history of theater in NM at the Kimo on Mar 24 was far from acceptable for children and downright disgusting for adults. A "free" event (your tax dollars at work) sponsored by Mayor Chavez and the City of Albuquerque, "A Tricentennial Cabaret of Albuquerque Theater" turned out to be no more than a venture into the depths of perversion. My family left at the introduction of a homosexual theater group. A woman performed with a snake disparaging Christianity with a reference to Mark 16:18. A woman performed a monologue promoting defecation and urination. A couple performed a dark scene regarding child abuse. A group of mentally handicapped performed a skit focused on demons and a reference to "gender change." This last was the most disturbing due to the fact someone had taken advantage of the mentally handicapped to coerce them into memorizing such lines. This event was NOT representative of the rich history of NM theater over the past 300 years.
Mayor Chávez stated "this event promises to welcome hundreds of eager attendees and seeks to gain new audience, exposure, and awareness within our community of the outstanding work being performed here. Work that raises our quality of life and our hometown's profile as a major nationwide destination city!" On the contrary, this event solidified the disgusting, perverted condition of Albuquerque theater groups.
Beware of such programs in the future. You can express your displeasure with such events (even if you didn't attend) by emailing email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and city councilors.
Sponsors for CHSC
Sponsors sought for Christian Heritage Speech Competition, Nov 11. Should we forget the Biblical principles America was founded upon? Or the sacrifices of Christians to apply Biblical principles throughout American history? Or the need for Biblical principles in government and society today? If you answered no to these questions, please consider sponsoring a grade for the 16th Annual Christian Heritage Speech Competition. Sponsors are advertised on the webpage, flyers, and awards program.
The sponsor picks a topic for one grade level (6-12) and provides awards for that grade level. We need a couple new sponsors this year. Approximately 120 students participate and value the encouragement to study the application of God's Word. Our webpage for last year's competition provides some background for American Christian Heritage and the speech competition. Contact email@example.com if you wish to be a sponsor or have a contact who may want to be a sponsor.
Friends of the Family is a group of key supporters who invest monthly in family ministry. Their commitment is key to the ongoing effectiveness of Focus on the Family and enables us to extend the ministry to many who cannot afford the resources and services they need. They also enable our radio programs, our efforts to defend family values, and our outreaches to special groups like teens, unwed mothers, and non-Christians. For more information, call 1-800-A-FAMILY.
You can send tax-deductible donations to Foothills Fellowship for direct support of Principles Community Impact Ministry in NM.
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