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Dan 2:21-22 And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with Him.
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Training the Next Generation
Christian Heritage Speech Competition
Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Ti 4:12 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.
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Where do the great orators of the next generation come from? They start with speaking opportunities at a young age. The annual Christian Heritage Speech Competition provides that opportunity. Experience the excitement and satisfaction of researching Biblical principles and practical wisdom. A topic for grades 3-5 has been added this year.
Topics and Sponsors – www.rges.cc/chsc
Federal Hate Crimes Legislation
It started out as stiffer penalties for existing crimes based on “state of mind” when the crime was committed. Now it is morphing into definition of the crime itself. Coral Ridge Ministries DVD (2009), “Hate Crime Laws,” provides background on a case where a Christian witnessing to a homosexual was later arrested and charged with a hate crime carrying a possible one-year sentence.
Hate crimes legislation is really "thought crime" legislation because it penalizes politically-incorrect beliefs, attitudes, and thoughts, rather than actual crimes. FRC abhors violence against anyone, but opposes "thought crime" legislation because it undermines the freedom of speech and religious belief that is at the heart of our democracy.
The Hate Crimes legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Even more troubling is that S.909 could create special protections for pedophiles. Democrats voted down an amendment to the bill that would have excluded pedophilia and other "sexual orientations" from the definition of "sexual orientation." It is likely that the bill will be introduced as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill. If the Senate approves the Hate Crimes amendment, President Obama will sign it into law.http://www3.capwiz.com/afanet/callalert/index.tt?alertid=13736111
For bill status: http://thomas.loc.gov/ (search on s.909)
Legislative alerts: TVACNM
Rev 6:9 - And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.
Rom 12:14 - Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Luk 21:12-13 - But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Climate Change – Fact or Fiction?
Front page news in the Albuquerque Journal:
“The report, ‘Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,’ was written by a team of 31 scientists at U.S. universities and federal agencies. It is part of an effort to bring together the latest climate change data for government officials. University of New Mexico climate researcher Joe Galewsky, who was not involved in the project, said the report is consistent with a growing body of evidence that has left little doubt among scientists about the reality of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in response.” http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/17227411632newsstate06-17-09.htm
There IS another side to the story:
“The number of skeptics, far from shrinking, is swelling. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe now counts more than 700 scientists who disagree with the U.N. -- 13 times the number who authored the U.N.'s 2007 climate summary for policymakers. Joanne Simpson, the world's first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, expressed relief upon her retirement last year that she was finally free to speak "frankly" of her non-belief. Dr. Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming "the worst scientific scandal in history." Norway's Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the "new religion." A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton's Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled. (Both Nature and Science magazines have refused to run the physicists' open letter.) The collapse of the "consensus" has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124597505076157449.html
Federal Health Care Reform – Abortion Agenda
WASHINGTON (July 8, 2009) – The Obama White House and Democratic congressional leaders are pushing hard for votes in late July on massive "health care reform" bills that contain provisions that would vastly expand access to abortion on demand, override state abortion laws, and establish federal funding of abortion.
Leading pro-abortion advocacy groups, including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, have made statements in recent days admitting that they hope to mandate "access" to abortion for "all women" through provisions of national health care restructuring legislation.
So far, two massive health care bills have been unveiled, one in the Senate and one in the House. The full House is expected to vote on its version of the bill at the end of July. Senate floor action could occur shortly thereafter.
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009
From: Fr. Stephen Imbarrato <email@example.com>
Subject: Help needed for Gabriel (Moms) Ministry
We (Project Defending Life) are now helping over 3 dozen moms who have chosen life for their babies. We have had over a dozen babies born this year and literally dozens of turnarounds at Planned Parenthood. We have an average of 10 moms attending our "earn while you learn" parenting classes each Wednesday. But we need help. Please see below and pray about helping us as part of our Gabriel (moms) Ministry in some way. As you can see, we will provide all the training you will need, but in reality, you only need to love Our Lord and His children! See below!
Those called to offer support, hope and love to our moms are truly blessed by our Lord. The Gabriel Project of Project Defending Life is a life-giving ministry to these moms. Our Lord has turned many hearts of the abortion minded pregnant women to choose life for their babies. In order to continue to offer individual attention and love to each of our moms we need more workers in our Lord's Gabriel ministry. Please see more at The Gabriel Project at www.defendinglife.org.
We invite you to come to our next Gabriel information and training session at the PDL Center at 625 San Mateo NE.
Friday, July 17th 6:30-8:30 and Saturday, Jul 18th 9:00-3:00. Please call the office at 266-4100 or Laura at 620-3894 to register for the sessions. From Laura, coordinator of Mom's Ministries.
Albuquerque Seminar on Cyber Stalking – Part III of III
Dialog with an Atheist – Part IV of V
We have come full circle and are answering the same questions.
Divorce is bad and so is homosexuality. What is the source of right and wrong? The source of should and should not? What
each person should or should not be doing? What is good and what is bad?
You began by asking how the Bible opposed homosexuality when you really believed the Bible to be a myth. It doesn't
matter what Jesus did say or would say because you say He is a myth.
Your last statement is fascinating. "United States Citizens should not be held accountable to Civil Laws based upon
a book of fiction." Do you really understand what you're saying? Without a common source for values or principles,
every man does what is right in his own eyes. With that system of ethics, my opinion is no better than yours so we
fight it out in the bar room (wild west style), in the voting booth, or in the legislature.
I always laugh when I see the bumper sticker, "If you don't like abortion, don't have one." Because there's one just like
it, "If you don't like murder, don't kill someone." When human life and human relationships become mere opinion,
when truth ceases to be self evident, history proves that “civil”ization ceases to be civil.
As Solomon once said, "All is vanity." But his conclusion was profound. "Fear God, and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be
good, or whether it be evil." But then, you say Solomon is a myth too. Alas, what is truth.
If you haven't heard the Good News, we can dialog further.
----- Original Message -----
Here is the bottom line. We live in a country where it should not matter what religion one subscribes to relative to what rights a person has. Marriage or Civil unions should be open to everyone.
You should apply this same energy to campaigning for health care for all Americans. What would Jesus say about that? I think he'd be more concerned about sick people going without care than he would seeing two men living in harmony.
What if Jesus were Gay?
You guys need to get your head out of the clouds and learn to LOVE one another. The so called institution of heterosexual marriage is not leading by example. Christians stand before God and swear "till death do us part" but it's OK to divorce and do it again, and again, and again.
You have a way to rationalize everything. Face it, religion is based on myth. Its purpose is to control behavior. Your religion is not right, nor wrong, it's simply a belief system. Just like the HUNDREDS of other religions on the planet. United States Citizens should not be held accountable to Civil Laws based upon a book of fiction. PERIOD.
If you don't think gay marriage is right, then don't marry another man. It's simple. If you don't think abortion is for you, don't have one. But don't take the right of another away to pander to your belief.
Wings Ministry “Tent Rocks” Hike
This gorgeous site is only 40+ miles from Albuquerque, on the Cochiti Pueblo, and near Cochiti Lake. We will take a 1.5 mile hike through the ‘tents’ to the top of the mesa and as time and ability permits, swim and cool off in Cochiti Lake. If you aren’t a hiker but your family members are, NO problem. We’ll find a shady picnic table for you to relax, enjoy a book or a game, and just enjoy being out in beautiful NM. Please call to RSVP so we will know to wait for you. Call Ann at 291-6412.
Meet: Central United Methodist Church, 201 University (1 block N. of Central )
Time: 9:30 am to CARPOOL
Bring: Lunch, snacks, plenty of drinks and water, sunscreen, camera, bathing suit, towel, & full tank of gas if you will be driving.
Wear: Hiking or comfortable shoes, backpack, & books or games to play if you don’t plan to hike. (Optional folding chair.)
Wings Ministry Prison Volunteer Training Events for the remainder of 2009
Bible Alive Theater – 2009 Schedule
Aug 4 – National Neighborhood Night Out, www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno
Aug 29 – CareNet Walk for Life, 880-0882
Sep 8 – Last day to register for Oct 6 election
My “Country” tis of Thee
Alright by Darius Rucker
When I lay down at night
I thank the Lord above
For giving me everything
I ever could dream of
Center for Traditional Family Values NM - http://www.traditionalvaluesnm.org
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