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Saint Patrick’s Day, Mar 17

St. Patrick is one of Christianity's most widely known figures. 
At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate.  They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity.  After walking nearly 200 miles to escape, he spent more than 15 years in preparation for becoming a missionary to Ireland.

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Rom 11:33 



·          Conclusion of Regular and Special Legislative Sessions 2010

·          40 Days for Life

·          When Does Life Begin (HR227)?  Creation Science events

·          ID-notes

·          Speech & Debate Tournament (Apr 15-17)

·          Wings Prison Ministry

·          Celtic Cross

·          In the News



Conclusion of Regular and Special Legislative Sessions

NM wrapped up a special legislative session with the codification of a balanced budget.  Tradeoffs between spending and taxes are critical in this economy.  Jim White (State Rep, Dist 20) said another special session is likely if the expected tax base does not materialize.  Tax increases included the reimposition of a local food tax.  


This special session cost taxpayers an additional $204,800.  While dallying around with homosexual marriage during the 30-day regular session (specifically for ECONOMIC issues), legislators ran out of time for priorities – the budget.  The regular session cost over $20,000,000 to fund 11 organizations.  The “feed bill” as they call it (the first bill on the docket) declares an “emergency” so everyone gets paid.  “EMERGENCY.--It is necessary for the public peace, health and safety that this act take effect immediately.”  Did you get your money’s worth? 


HB44 was passed into law.  Mandatory “health ed” is mandatory "comprehensive" condom-based “sex ed.”  No “opting out” of a mandatory requirement.  You can usually know a bill by its supporters.  In this case, NMTPC is a strong advocate of “safe” sex (as early and as often as kids want it).  Since NMTPC is focused on reducing pregnancy, their primary solution is abortion and condoms.  Marriage is irrelevant to animals in heat.  Runs contrary to the third pillar of “Character Counts” – responsibility and self control – kill the baby, get STDs, and experience psychological damage from casual sex without commitment.  This is what public education does for children!

·          HB44 Health Ed Required for Graduation


Several morally/ethically reprehensible bills were defeated during the regular session (and did not reappear during the special session) through the actions of TVACNM, the Catholic Coalition, and concerned citizens. 

·          SB183 Homosexual Marriage

·          SB146 Change Marriage Forms (Homosexual)

·          HJM33 Study Homosexual Marriage

·          HB123 Same Day Voter Registration (no photo ID required)

·          SB161 Same Day Voter Registration (no photo ID required)

·          HB166 Biomedical [Embryonic Stem Cell] Research


Several morally positive bills were also tabled before even being considered:

·          HB121 Traditional Marriage

·          HJR8 Traditional Marriage Constitutional Amend

·          SJR1 Traditional Marriage Constitutional Amend


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From Feb 17 - Apr 2, Albuquerque is one of more than 155 cities in America, four Canadian provinces and three Australian states that are conducting simultaneous 40 Days for Life campaigns.  The 40 Days for Life campaign is an effort to bring people of faith together in prayer to end the loss of pre-born human life and to pray for the healing of those affected by abortion.  It is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:


·          40 days of prayer and fasting

·          40 days of peaceful vigil

·          40 days of public witness


We are praying that, with God's help, this groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Albuquerque -- and throughout America.


You can help make a life-saving impact by signing up for at least one one-hour block of time to join our local vigil at:


Planned Parenthood

719 San Mateo Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM

Any time daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The annual Prayer Breakfast, Mar 10 at Kirtland AFB, featured Dr. Wayne Barber, pastor of Hoffmantown Church, as keynote speaker.  Billed as an “interfaith program,” typically prohibit the name of Jesus as prayers are closed generically.  However, Pastor Barber ignored this rule, joyfully proclaiming the importance of faith in Jesus.  He featured the struggles of Paul with such verses as Php 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  His analogy using his suit jacket portrayed prayer as Christ within us.  Leaders of the event emphasized the importance of both the military spiritual community and the spiritual community outside the fence.  At the National Prayer Breakfast in DC, leaders from every state, as well as military leaders from every branch of service, and the legislative, judicial, and executive branches join together to affirm the spiritual values upon which our nation was founded.  An annual Prayer Breakfast has been held at Kirtland AFB since the mid-1980s. 



When Does Life Begin (HR227)?

One must ask the question “What is human life” to answer the question “When does human life begin?”  Let’s start with any life.  During a Q&A session at a UNM lecture in Jan, Doug Axe, director of the Biologic Institute, said that scientists are becoming so desperate for viable origin of life theories that “alternate universe” theories are now on the table.  With all of our science, technology, processing power, and vast collection of knowledge, scientists have not been able to synthesize even the simplest form of life, nonetheless observe it rise from an “inorganic soup.”  Several books, magazines, TV programs, and movies have recently been promoting the idea of alternate universes as if to make them scientifically believable.  The probability of life arising spontaneously from inorganic materials is so small that it could not have rationally occurred in our universe.  But if there are trillions of universes where life did not occur, perhaps, just MAYBE, ours was one where it did.


The scientific method is “principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses (Merriam-Webster Online).”  So alternate universes might be a fun, desperate appeal for any theory besides the obvious (creation), but it is not science.  Many scientists have adopted or reinvented Occam's Razor, as in Leibniz's "identity of observables" and Isaac Newton stated the rule: "We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances."  The most useful statement of the principle for scientists is "when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better."  There is a great gulf dividing life and non-life.  Life has information.  Human life has the most information and is very clearly defined by set of instructions called DNA.  A complete set of human DNA appears in a fertilized human egg.


Our laws allow the killing of plants and animals (with certain exceptions) but does not allow the murder of humans (with the exception of war, self defense, and capital punishment).  Prior to the Civil War, Blacks were considered property and not considered human.  After 1973, unborn babies were considered property and not considered human.  Yet we are beginning so see laws protecting the unborn as if they were human (e.g., vehicular homicide).  HR227 takes the obvious step of defining human life.


(A) the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and


(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood;


(1) FERTILIZATION- The term `fertilization' means the process of a human spermatozoan penetrating the cell membrane of a human oocyte to create a human zygote, a one-celled human embryo, which is a new unique human being.


(2) CLONING- The term `cloning' means the process called somatic cell nuclear transfer, that combines an enucleated egg and the nucleus of a somatic cell to make a human embryo.


(3) HUMAN; HUMAN BEING- The terms `human' and `human being' include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, beginning with the earliest stage of development, created by the process of fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent.


The multiverse concept is rapidly becoming

a popular prerequisite for the theory of

evolution that would otherwise be nonsense.


Creation Science Fellowship of NM will meet at Faith Bible Church (Central & Moon) on Tue, Mar 16, at 7pm.  The featured speaker is Jim Hovis, retired physicist, engineer, and educator who will present the topic “Astronomy Science Issues that relate to Biblical Implications.”


The Alpha-Omega Institute announces a meeting at Faith Bible Church (Central & Moon) Sat, Mar 27, at 6:30pm.  Lanny and Marilyn Johnson are former evolutionists trained in the sciences.  Creation teaching was instrumental in bringing them to a settled assurance that all of God’s Word can be trusted.  In 1993, God led them to join Alpha Omega Institute and establish the Children’s Ministry to fortify children with the truth of the Bible and to help them avoid the pitfalls of evolution.




[Bust of Epicurus]


Epicurus was a Greek philosopher who lived in the third Century BC. The object of his philosophy was to find a practical guide to happiness. True pleasure rather than absolute truth was the end at which he aimed. Experience rather than principle was his guide.

While such views may suggest that he was laying the groundwork for a life of sensual excesses and debauchery, in all fairness, Epicurus himself, was quite ascetic. In fact he warns us against the excesses of Hedonism, Epicureanism’s predecessor, and advises us to be content with the simple things. What then is he up to?


Epicurus’ intentions went far beyond pleasure as an end in itself. He sought something deeper…a system of thought, an approach to life, a worldview that not only exalts pleasure but also provides peace of mind and tranquility. This state of being, Epicurus concluded, can only be achieved by finding a remedy for the unsettling effects of a troubled conscience in this life and fear of judgment in the next. What was needed was a philosophical system that had no place for either moral law or divine judgment.


Epicurus framed his philosophy around what is in effect, a self-evident truth. Any view of nature will necessarily entail a view of morality. Any view of morality will necessarily entail a view of nature. Epicurus dispenses with the discomfort of guilt and judgment by embracing a view of nature that has no place for God. With no place for God, neither can there be a place for moral law or divine judgment. Welcome to Epicurean Materialism.


How then does one pursue such a philosophy? How does one live and think if he is to succeed as an Epicurean? Epicurus points the way. It is through “right thinking” and “habits of mind” which view nature as a closed system functioning independent of the influence of God. Further, he says, the study of the natural sciences aided by the light of “right thinking” will reveal that the natural world is in fact self-existing. Through this means one can become a fulfilled Epicurean.


By the time of Christ, Epicurean Materialism was well established in the Greco-Roman world. Its principle competitor was Stoicism which believed that the natural order was ordained by God, acknowledged a universal moral law given by God (also called Natural Law) and held virtue as the highest good. Stoicism naturally fit in well with Roman republican virtues and was in many ways inherently compatible with Christianity.


It was these two philosophical systems, Epicureanism and Stoicism, that Paul encountered at Athens on Mars Hill as recorded in the seventeenth chapter of Acts.


For the first four hundred years after Christ, Christianity, as evidenced by the writings of the Church Fathers, was Epicureanism’s natural enemy. By the time Rome fell during the fifth century Epicureanism had succumbed to the power of the Christian gospel and was effectively dead as a cultural and spiritual force. It looked like it was all over for Epicurus.


For 1000 years Epicurus “slept.” But suddenly, through the rediscovery of his writings by European scholastics during the Renaissance, he was awakened. The world had dramatically changed and those changes spelled new hope for Epicurus. The mechanistic view of the cosmos which emerged from Newton’s discoveries breathed new life into Epicurus’ materialistic philosophy. This reincarnation of ancient Epicureanism was enlisted by Enlightenment philosophers in their battle against Christianity and with the development of Darwin’s theory of evolution Epicureanism was fully upgraded to Epicureanism V2.0.

Epicureanism is “back” and its mission is the destruction of Christianity, root and branch.

As we pointed out before, any view of nature necessarily entails a view of morality. Today Epicureanism’s view of nature is Scientific Materialism and the view of morality that it necessarily entails is moral Darwinism. Epicureanism V2.0 is deeply entrenched in all of our institutions and permeates our culture.


We return to the guidance Epicurus gives on how to be a good Epicurean and we find that it is precisely that which underlies science education in our public schools. The student must demonstrate “right thinking” and “habits of mind” which may only consider material causes in providing scientific explanations. Darwinian principles, not design, account for the history and diversity of life. Such notions as creation and intelligent design are non-scientific and have no place in the classroom.


Epicurus would be pleased to see how well we prepare our students in public education for life as “good little Epicureans”.


Joe Renick

Intelligent Design Network

New Mexico Division



Homeschool Speech & Debate Tournament

Apr 15-17 at Grace Church – 10 speech events + debate

Registration will be at

For further information, email




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If you are a Wings volunteer or would like to be a Wings or Wings for L.I.F.E. volunteer, I’d like to invite you to our Volunteer Training on Thursday, March 18, from 12:00 – 12:55.  PLEASE RSVP as we plan to provide lunch and want to have enough food for everyone.  The training will be at:

2527 Virginia, NE Suite A

2 blocks W. of Wyoming, ½ block N. of Menaul


Wings Easter Party, Saturday – March 27, 2010

2:00 – 4:00 Set-up/Training    4:00 – 6:30 PM Party

For the Whole Family! (Infants – Preschoolers – Teenagers – Grandparents)

Come In Casual Clothes, Games - Crafts - Singing - Dinner - FUN!

Dye Easter Eggs!  Make Easter Baskets!  Eat Pizza & Cookies!

Special Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors: Guideposts Magazine & Zanios Foods

God’s House Church

2335 Wyoming Blvd NE

1 block N of Menaul – 332-2457


Ann Edenfield Sweet

Wings Ministry Executive Director/Founder

2270 D Wyoming Blvd NE #130

Albuquerque, NM 87112


505-554-6698 Cell



Celtic Cross

St Patrick superimposed a sun, an Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that veneration of the symbol would seem more natural to the Irish.  Although there were a small number of Christians on the island when Patrick arrived, most Irish practiced a nature-based pagan religion.  The Irish culture centered around a tradition of oral legend and myth.  Is sun-worship compatible with the worship of the One and True God? 


Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (Exo 20:3-6)



In the News


MS school prom off after lesbian's date request.  The school wouldn’t put up with homosexual couples, but was afraid of the ACLU, so they canceled the event.  Could this happen at a private school?


U.S. District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez has ruled against a San Diego CA, school that required one of its teachers to remove signs celebrating the role of God in American history from his classroom walls.  A definite “win” for Christian Heritage.


The Ayn Rand Center (ARC) has been appearing in Tea Parties around the country.  ARC materials were distributed recently in Albuquerque.  ARC rejects the truth that our Creator has endowed us with "unalienable rights."  They believe our rights come from our human nature.  Sounds like the human manifesto, an atheistic philosophy written in 1933.  Rand was a Russian Jew, self-avowed atheist, who migrated to the U.S and spawned a new philosophical system  called "objectivism."  Humanists may have been a part of the Tea Party movement from the beginning since their philosophy of individual freedom and rights appear to be identical.  There is a wealth of articles written by ARC's officers which spout radical pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, anti-Church, pro-evolution views.  While their philosophy sounds complementary with our Christian beliefs and values with respect to human rights, BEWARE!


“Fetuses and embryos are not actual human beings; they are potential human beings. They have no rights until they exist apart from the mother, i.e., at birth.”


NM Science Foundation / Community Impact News

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