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December 2008

Psa 20:7  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.



Keep Christ in Christmas


In a culture increasingly hostile to Christianity, our focus should be on Jesus, God’s gift to mankind.


The star of the poinsettia leaf is said to represent the star that stood over the Christ Child. The red flower symbolizes the shed blood of Christ who came to be our Savior and the blood of the male infants that King Herod had slain. The white reminds us of the purity of His sacrifice.


Based on current advertising, AFA compiled a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term "Christmas" in their advertising.  As of Dec 15th, Costco changed their tune.  Two weeks ago, their website and store was practically absent of any references to “Christmas.”  Today, you’ll find Christmas prominently featured on their website and email promotions.  And, if you call their corporate offices, you’ll be greeted with “Merry Christmas from Costco!”  One unnamed store manager said, “The company has received so many emails and complaints that they are changing all their holiday cakes to say Merry Christmas and will be saying it in the stores.”


"Should Christians celebrate Christmas?" or, "How should a Christian celebrate Christmas?" These are questions of concern for many sincere believers.  After considering eight specific arguments, this author concludes that each family needs to make up their own minds. Parents can explain the traditions and have fun with them, but make sure children understand the historical roots and use these things to teach the truth behind the traditions.


Use the Christmas season as an opportunity to share the story of Christ, locally and abroad.


Thailand Strategic Outreach – December 13, 2008

At Christmas, like no other time, unbelievers are drawn to celebrations and want to learn about this Savior whose sacrifice inspires such love and devotion.  TSO needs our earnest prayer for their Christmas outreach events that can potentially reach thousand with the good news.  720TSO-12


Illyricum Mission (Albania) – November 20, 2008

Christmas is a “blessed time to talk about the gospel anywhere in Albania, in Muslim and Orthodox communities,” writes the ILM leader.  Pray that God will use their Christmas evangelistic programs to plant a church in Gramsh and lead many souls to Christ.  They need $650 to cover each of the two Christmas outreach programs.  340ILM-11


Life Missions Africa (Senegal) – November 4, 2008

No trees, decorations, or gifts are part of Life Missions Africa’s Christmas evangelism campaign.  Believers throughout the nation prepare dinner meetings where they show Christian videos, preach, and answer questions.  Muslims who would never consider attending church enthusiastically accept their believing neighbors’ invitations on Christmas holidays.  Each gathering averages $250.  522LMS-11


Giza Evangelism and Discipleship (Egypt) – October 31, 2008

Join GED workers in praying for their Christmas evangelistic outreach to 300 poor families.  Workers plan to visit each family with a gift of food, clothing, and blankets ($8 per family) and offer them the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.  408GED-10



Don’t Be Fooled


"The Bible's Buried Secrets," a new PBS documentary aired in Nov, seemed designed to undermine the Bible. Perhaps the "scholars" behind the PBS "documentary" simply chose to ignore the evidence. After all, politically correct deceptions are far more acceptable than facts to a world that no longer tolerates truth. But that's all the more reason to be ready with answers to those who question our beliefs.


Biblical truth is often challenged in the areas of sanctity of human life, sanctity of marriage, and creation.  Newsweek Magazine published a lengthy article stating that the Bible supports homosexual marriage. The article is one of the most biased and distorted pieces concerning homosexual marriage ever published by any major news organization.  Read Dr. Albert Mohler’s response article.




Jonathan WellsJonathan Wells plans to visit New Mexico on Jan 20th.  He is a leading figure in the intelligent design movement, and is author or coauthor of "Icons of Evolution," "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design," and "The Design of Life." He will be speaking the evening of Jan 20th on a subject that directly addresses the potential limits of biological change - the relationship between genes, development, and form.  The title of his talk is  "DNA Does Not Control Embryo Development."  The meeting will be from 7-9 PM in the UNM Law School building, in a room yet to be determined.,,



The Struggle for JerusalemStrategic Trends – 4 Nov 2008

The outcome of the presidential election in the United States could determine if Israel chooses to target Iran's nuclear facilities before the end of the year. Iran's nuclear facilities will soon be operational, the window of opportunity is closing, and tensions are on the rise. In fact, there have even been reports that Iran may strike first. The Iranian air force has also conducted large-scale military drills simulating an attack on Israel. Tehran's media claims the exercise tested its air force's ability to fly to Israel and back without refueling, as well as its ability to jam US and Israeli electronics and radar.  Read more about the ten strategic trends at Israel is the focus of end times prophesy.



“Journey Through Cancer” by Mark Ortega


The year was 1978. My mother was dying of cancer. Because medical technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today the Doctors didn’t diagnose it till 6 months after she first got sick. When I first heard the news my oldest sister told me on the phone. I naively asked her what was going to happen to my mom. My sister told me she was going to die. I went off to be by myself alone to cry. Shortly after that I saw her for the last time. It must have been obvious that I was devastated. My mom felt bad that I had to see her like that. Shortly afterwards she was gone. As the years passed her mother, sisters and aunt died from cancer. For years I didn’t know how to deal with the sorrow. It seemed like I couldn’t cry any more tears and my heart would always be broken. But time, loving family and friends and most of all the love of God helped me get through it. Then within the last few years a very dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. I will call her Godmother throughout this article to protect her privacy.


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Jan 24, Luminaria Memorial


Albuquerque Right To Life will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion with a luminaria memorial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Paseo del Norte & Wyoming NE. One thousand luminaria bags will be placed near a gravesite honoring this past year’s aborted, unborn children of New Mexico. Each bag will feature five names to remember the approximately 5,000 children that were conceived but not named.


A service will be held in the chapel at 5:30 pm after all the candles have been lit that will include presentations by students who gave their award winning speeches on the abortion issue at the Christian Heritage Speech Competition last Nov. Please join us to honor the 5,000 unborn New Mexico children who died last year due to abortion.

For questions, please call Charlene at 345-4423.


Jan 21-22, Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day at the Capitol


Jan 21

  7:00 – Evening teen Mass at St Anne’s Parish followed by teen praise & worship concert


Jan 22

12:00 – Mass at St Francis Cathedral (1500 attended last year so please arrive early)

12:00 – Evangelical Service and Praise Band at Inn @ Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, 988-5531

  1.15 – Joint procession to the Statehouse

  2:00 – Rally at the Statehouse

  3:00 – Receptions by legislators at the Statehouse


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  There is no God-given Right to kill another human being, regardless of where he or she lives.  Does first breath make a baby human?  The US Supreme Court says “yes” (Roe vs. Wade: How legal fiction became our reality).  Medical procedure (abortion) before first breath.  Murder after first breath.  But then, the US Supreme Court also said Blacks were property, not people (Dred Scott Decision). 


On January 22, 1973, a new generation of American women began celebrating their liberation. A mother’s womb suddenly became the most life-threatening place in America as Roe vs. Wade forced legalized abortion on the people of all 50 states. The U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, imperiously trampled the human rights of the most helpless of the land. By so dehumanizing the unborn, they stripped every mother of her Constitutional rights and the natural bond with her unborn child.


Contact Fr Stephen Imbarrato, 575 447-1717, or Allen Sanchez, 505 319-3334, for additional Catholic events on Jan 22.

Email to confirm attendance for the evangelical service at noon.  Watch our website,, for additional details.



Community Service


Faith Night with the Scorpions on January 20, 2009 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho

$2.00 of each ticket sold for just $9.50 will go to help Haven House, a non-profit shelter for abused women and their children.  Worship time at 9 pm after the Scorpion's game.  We're calling upon all Christians from around the State of NM to pray for this event and when we have done all that we can to stand, we are sure to see The Glory of God!  [Bob Samala, 250-0315.]


Several area worship teams will be near the food court at Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque on Dec 20th between 2-6pm.


Merry Messiahmas & Happy New Year 2009 to ALL,


Rev. Mark Tross

Rio Rancho North Foursquare / Gladstone Church - Ekklesia Outreach



The Coalition


For more information on “The Coalition” forming across NM, go to The Traditional Values Action Committee will provide status on legislation and special events to a select list of subscribers.



2009 NM Legislative Session


The 60-day session begins on Tue, Jan 20.  Some bills will be prefiled for early introduction.  Please pray for our elected officials during this critical time.  Be prepared to interact by knowing how to contact your Representative and Senator.



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