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2Ch 16:8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
Know the Candidates
Mayor / City Council Election, Tue, Oct 6
What is your criteria for voting for a candidate? If it’s more than a just a pretty face, you’ll need to do some research. You might read the Albuquerque Journal or LWV Voter Guides. Or you might read the candidates’ websites or election literature. If you were really conscientious, you might call or email the candidates in your district with specific questions. Then again, if you are really busy, you might just pick a name off the ballot.
For a deeper look at specific issues, www.rges.cc/voterguide is now available with responses from City Council and Mayor candidates. If you do not see a response from candidate(s) in your district, please call and encourage them to respond. A list of candidate contact information is provided on the website. One candidate initially refused to respond, with the excuse “separation of church and state.” This is either a misunderstanding of separation or a deliberate attempt to hide information. The “wall” of separation was originally introduced as, and understood to be, a one-directional wall protecting the church from the government. This was also Jefferson’s understanding, as conveyed through statements he made concerning the First Amendment. (Ref The Myth of Separation, David Barton, 1991, p42) The candidate did respond to some of the survey questions.
Voter Registration Closes Tue, Sep 8
Fundamentals of Marriage
Does it matter who gets “married” in a secular society? Why not let someone marry his pet rock? This may sound facetious, but unfortunately, there is no end to personal unions once the gate is open. Oddly enough, in states that allow homosexual “marriage,” very few homosexuals actually get “married.” FRC reported the phenomena as only a desire for affirmation rather than real benefits (already available) provided by the legal institution of marriage. http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WU09I02
One man and one woman has been the standard for marriage for all stable societies since the time of Gen 2. Breaking that standard has consequences. We’re on the road to normalizing pedophilia, incest, polygamy, necrophilia, bestiality, etc. God’s standard can be broken through individual choices, civil law, and organizational policy. The government couldn’t very well enforce sodomy laws so they were taken off the books. That wasn’t enough, so the government provided benefits to partners of same-sex couples and mandated that businesses of a certain size do the same (non-discrimination). NM allowed same-sex couples to adopt children. Some states have passed legislation granting the status of “marriage” to same-sex couples.
Now we are seeing formerly traditional organizations fold to the pressure of government funding. To receive federal, state, or city funding, organizations are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. So marriage counseling organizations that receive government funding (e.g., NM Marriages First Project, NM Family Lifeline, www.themarriagelifeline.com/) must also counsel homosexual couples, evaluating them like any other married couple. Whereas, God desires sexually intimate relationships only between married couples of the opposite sex, some formerly traditional organizations now promote same-sex unions. They do this quietly so as to receive support from churches while still pandering to the homosexual community. Contributions and involvement with these organizations not only supports the homosexual agenda but endorses a standard for society far different from God’s standard for marriage. Has He really changed His standard (as some believe) since He fried Sodom and Gomorrah?
Fundamentals of Climate Change
In the month of August, the City conducted ten Town Hall meetings throughout Albuquerque, promoting the Climate Action Plan (CAP). Now the plan will go to the City Council for approval. The purpose of the Town Hall meetings was to build support, targeting specific groups of people – “pioneers (1%),” “early adopters (9%),” and “early majority (40%).” Even the “late adopters (50%)” are categorized as “ready for change.”
The City proposes to spend $2B to reduce green house gasses by 80%. The CAP states that the threat to NM is MORE RAIN if global warming is allowed to continue. Anyone in their right mind would notice that NM doesn't get much rain. If one does not believe in the religion of global warming, the City is wasting our money. If one does believe that reducing green house gasses in the amount specified in the CAP can actually change the climate, then NM loses rain. The CAP also labels those who oppose the plan "laggards," designating 10% of the population as people who will not "believe." Of course, the percentage could be larger in reality but the general population would never know it since the City has decided to ignore the laggards anyway. The Town Hall meetings were stacked with presenters and radical environmentalists so my comments were lost in the noise (www.rges.cc/cap.pdf). The plan goes before the City Council now that the Town Hall meetings are complete. They announced at the final Town Hall meeting that they want to implement the CAP by Jan 2010. All this while the controversy rages over the legitimacy of global warming (re: US Chamber of Commerce putting EPA on trial, Aug 27, LA Times, www.globalwarmingskeptics.info). Will candidates for city council and mayor address this travesty?
A presenter in the Town Hall meetings claimed the cost estimate was unreliable and to ignore the $2B bottom line. A presenter in the Town Hall meetings claimed the New Age philosophy that “we are all connected” and though NM does not experience the worst of global warming, we must be willing to give up our rain to others more worthy than ourselves (regardless that we have no idea who will actually receive this precipitation once we drive it out of NM). A presenter in the Town Hall meetings claimed the demographic target (pioneers to laggards) was just a mathematical model. Unfortunately, a mathematical model is devoid of values and is just a marketing plan to influence the public, regardless of the validity or morality of the plan.
What’s the source of all this passion to “fix” global warming? It appears to be an agreement between the mayors of various cities. US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement:
Who’s going to pay for it? YOU WILL!
“Start Believing Those Long Range Forecasts, When and IF They Start Getting the 5 day Right!”
Fundamentals of Health Care
To help you navigate a bill with more corridors than a hospital annex, FRC Action is hosting a second, live webcast with Members of Congress, physicians, and policy experts on Thursday, September 10, at 8:30pm EDT (6:30pm MDT).
From rationed care that could deny treatment to the elderly and the most needy, to abortions funded by your tax dollars, there are many issues to address. Who chooses what constitutes “health care” and who is allowed to receive it? Those are the fundamental questions at stake. Our representatives have confessed that the legislation is too long and complicated to read. So once passed, there will be ample loopholes to implement whatever liberal policies they dream up – abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and treatment of behavior related diseases.
What is a Biblical approach to healthcare? For one, healthcare is not a right established by the Constitution. Secondly, the Church has a mandate to care for the sick. Money that could be given to the Church or religious healthcare organizations is instead usurped by taxes for socialized healthcare.
“Since nearly everyone is talking about a national health plan, it might provide a
great opportunity for Lighthouses to remind friends and neighbors that God has a
health plan for all of humanity, and it starts by carefully examining our hearts. So let’s
Pro-life Health Care Reform is Possible: Affordable, unrationed coverage for everyone is plausible
Dialog with an Atheist, Part V of V
This dialog began with the premise that John was challenging what Jesus really meant (interpretation). In the Jul issue of CINews, John wrote: “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.” Arguments are a bit different when dialoging with an atheist. Jud 1:18-9 - How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
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Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 7:39 PM
Subject: RE: Marriage, Part IV
America spoke during our last election and the response was OVERWHELMING. No more bible thumping nit wits.
I am so Glad McCain and Pelan didn't even come close. Pelan is a total head case. America will be a better place when the "holier than thou" bible thumpers realize nobody is interested.
I totally support your right to believe in whatever stories you belief in, just please don't force your views upon others. That is not democracy.
America Spoke. Loud and Clear. Expect changes.
Bush and the blood thirsty right wing conservatives got us in to a bloody and evil war. I am afraid America will have to pay a costly price and I am so hopeful that the people of Iraq will be able to live in peace one day.
Why don't you guys focus your efforts on ending the unjust war. I think Jesus would be more worried about the murders and killings than he would homosexuality.
True, the Nov 08 election voted in Democrats. But it appears to be for other reasons.
States with traditional marriage on the ballot still voted for traditional marriage. When the issue is left to the people, the majority still want traditional marriage. http://www.domawatch.org/index.php
That's why homosexuals have taken to the courts instead and executive orders for partner benefits of govt employees.
We can't get “Definition of Marriage” on the ballot in NM because we don't have a provision for referendum in the constitution.
So this idea of not forcing views upon another just doesn't work. Everyone has a worldview and we see that they are not compatible. Someone must pay for the views of another. I am now paying for partner benefits in NM. So it's not my views, but your views that are being forced on others. Your opinions (versus my "stories") are driving executive and judicial decisions. They
clash in the legislature.
You have the freedom to have sex with whomever. Perhaps not. There are still moral laws limiting sex - age, consent, and location. You also have the freedom to lobby for normalization of homosexuality but I also have the freedom to lobby to maintain the standard of traditional marriage. I'm not telling you what you "should" do, though you tell me repeatedly what I "should" do. Sounds irrational and intolerant to me.
Oh, and I don't know why you mention Jesus when you believe He is a myth (or do you). For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Fundamentals of Deception and Apostasy
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
2Th 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. http://endtimepilgrim.org/apostasy.htm
This begins a series on discerning truth from deception. The church is not exempt. In fact, it is the most likely place that people will fall for deception since there is so much trust. For example, how could one imagine a peace treaty between Israel and surrounding Muslim nations? Only if Jewish religious leaders were to trust Muslim leaders.
The current attempt to re-establish the Sanhedrin is generally referred to as the “nascent Sanhedrin,” or the “developing Sanhedrin.” “There is however a basic minimum common to all proper faiths, and this is the Noahide teachings. The Sanhedrin is required to play a role in helping to clarify these most basic teachings, and each group of people in turn must set up its own religious court to expand, develop and adapt these laws to fit the needs of its community of believers.” http://www.thesanhedrin.org/en/index.php/The_Sanhedrin_Initiative
“Might 'many' in the church, and 'many' in national Israel abandon the faith and sign the 7 year covenant of Dan. 9:27? This treaty with a global peacemaker would be a sovereignty sell-off of the first order. The mega-deal would initiate the 70th Week of Daniel and fire the starting gun for the final seven years of this age.” http://endtimepilgrim.org/apostasy.htm
1Jn 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
The million dollar question is if this command is given to individual believers or only to religious leaders. How much do you rely on religious leaders for spiritual (theological) discernment? Do your religious leaders claim sole interpretation of Scripture for the masses? What process is there for resolving disagreement? Beware if the only process is “because we said so.”
The NM Breeze recently published an article regarding deception in the Word of Faith movement. CINews will be probing deeper into the issue of when church leaders cross the line into cult activity – how to recognize and deal with it. It is more common than you think.
“For five years I was indoctrinated into the ‘positive confession’ or Word of Faith Movement. We were taught to never make a “negative confession.” We were to confess and think only positive things. We were taught to confess Bible verses all the time. Philippians 4:19 was quoted a lot. ‘My God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory’ became one of my mantras. I was taught to dance over my wallet and continually confess scriptures over it to become rich. Several services were spent entirely on money and the minister’s qualities. Offering after offering was taken up for trips to India and the Philippines the minister never took. We never thought to ask where the money went. Eventually I figured out it went to his expensive cars, three-story house, and expensive clothes. The cruel irony is that we were told the more money we gave the minister and the church, the richer we became.”
Here’s a website from a woman in Canada who pursued a PhD in theology to better understand how some religious leaders were manipulating their congregations. I spoke with her personally while she was visiting Albuquerque. http://www.churchexiters.com/
Proudly fly the American flag on Sep 11 (Patriot Day) and Sep 17 (Constitution Day)
"Our Flag carries American ideas, American history, and American feelings. Beginning with the Colonies, and coming down to our time, in its sacred heraldry, in its glorious insignia, it has gathered and stored chiefly this supreme idea: Divine right of liberty in man. Every color means liberty; every thread means liberty; every form of star and beam or stripe of light means liberty: not lawlessness, not license; but organized institutional liberty, - liberty through law, and laws for liberty. It is not a painted rag. It is a whole national history. It is the Constitution. It is the government. It is the free people that stand in the government of the Constitution." - Henry Ward Beecher, 1861
Life, Family, and Marriage Conference
Dr. Scott Lively from Springfield MA will be a special speaker at the conference in Albuquerque, Oct 24 at Legacy Church celebrating life, family, and marriage. Dr. Lively is a pastor, lawyer, author, and international speaker. You can view his website at http://www.defendthefamily.com/. He will be available to speak at local churches on Sunday, Oct 25 while he's in NM. Contact him directly to set up an appointment - email@example.com.
Christian Heritage Speech Competition – Sat, Nov 7
Topics and registration information are posted at www.rges.cc/chsc. Though our President denies that America IS a Christian nation, one can hardly deny our Christian heritage – unless a generation fails to remember. Though no longer a majority, a Christian remnant will preserve a rich heritage of Biblical principles and blessings of God in America.
My “Country” Tis of Thee
Believers by Joe Nichols
They got a little more faith than the world has doubt
The earth might shake, but they stand their ground
And God only knows where we'd be without … Believers
Nichols returns to the subject of faith with three vignettes: voters with unwavering faith in change lining up outside the courthouse, a couple taking a leap of faith at the wedding altar, and a mother who always believed her son would see the light finding redemption near the end of her life. Nichols says, “It’s also about believing in something bigger than what’s right in front of you. There have been a lot of times in my life, both recently and in the past, that I’ve needed a lot of belief just to move me forward. This song gives me that.”
Center for Traditional Family Values NM - http://www.traditionalvaluesnm.org
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