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"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." The Romans 15:4 Project
Mick Dobra

Friday, May 26, 2006

FCA: On The Front Lines Of The Battle

There is a spiritual and cultural battle waging in and against America. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and our Greater Peoria Area representative, Cole Espenschied, are on the front lines of this battle.

Help turn the tide in Peoria’s neighborhoods! We must break the cycle of immorality, crime, depravity, and entitlement. We have to give our children hope, purpose, and integrity of character.

Cole is on the front lines winning back the hearts and minds of our community’s youth. He is developing coaches and student leaders with integrity, hope, and purpose, and he is giving the glory to God. Please help support this invaluable ministry. It is an important way to keep America strong! We can overcome our enemies and be a strong community if we teach our children the good news of Jesus Christ and develop them as leaders to impact our communities and nation for good.


Read the FCA Competitor’s Creed: http://www.ncilfca.org/AboutFCA/TEAMFCA/SigntheCreed.lsp

Stay tuned for details of the Greater Peoria Area FCA Golf Outing!

Please consider sending a financial gift, or if you are a coach or student athlete or know one, give Cole a call today!

Greater Peoria Area FCA
4100 N. Brandywine, Suite 210Peoria, IL 61614
Cole Espenschied, Area Rep
(309) 222-0374




Notes From Cole:

- Greater Peoria Area FCA & Christian Center Basketball Camp to be held atDream Center Peoria July 5-7. The camp is for ages 9-14. Each day will include solid skill training from coahces, dynamic chapel speakers, bible studies and much more. We pray that every student coming would now the salvation that only comes through Jesus Christ.

- FCA Campus Leadership Training Day at the Brick Oven in Morton. For FCA Campus Ministry Leaders in the Greater Peoria Area and those who have a desire to lead their campus for FCA. July 18th from 9-3:30. Spiritual Training, Leadership Training, and Competition.

- Golf outing at Weaver Ridge. August 1st, 6am registration, 7am shotgun start. $125 per golfer. Get your foursome together today! Unique opportunity to advance to state and national tournaments!

- New Coaches Bible Study in Eureka. College and H.S. coaches from the Eureka community are coming together to fellowship and encouraging one another to coach for Christ.

- The Eureka College Football Coaches will be handing out an FCA AthletesBible to every player in their program this year. Around 60 players will receive a Bible upon the beginning of this season. Donating $25/month to FCA pays for 30 Bible to be placed in the hands of athletes.

Contact Information:

Greater Peoria Area FCA
4100 N. Brandywine, Suite 210Peoria, IL 61614
Cole Espenschied, Area Rep
(309) 222-0374

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Memorial Day 2006

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
- Moina Michael (Merchant)

God bless those nameless heroes that have given everything for the ideal of freedom!

May they know the Love of Christ so that they are living in eternity. May they know that their sacrifice is not for nothing. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16).

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Gateways to Better Education Pledge Poster:
http://www.gtbe.org/store/index.php/sku/1.html (Buehrer)

I pledge allegiance to the flag
When we recite the Pledge, we are promising to be faithful to the ideals of our country.

Of the United States of America
The flag symbolizes our fifty states joined in a common bond to fulfill those ideals.

And the Republic for which it stands,
We elect representatives who govern for a time and are accountable to us for the job they do.

One Nation under God,
Our founders understood that the government does not give us our freedom. Our freedom ultimately comes from God, and our government was established to secure that God-given freedom.

Indivisible,
We pledge ourselves to stay together as a country, even when we disagree.

With liberty and justice for all.
We commit ourselves to such liberties as the freedom to worship, freedom to assemble, and freedom to speak. We also commit ourselves to justice which means being fair and right in our judgment of people.



This is part of my memorial this year. Please follow this link to learn more about Memorial Day and how to observe it:
http://www.usmemorialday.org/observe.htm



Works Cited:

Buehrer, Eric. “Why ‘Under God’ Must Remain in the Pledge of Allegiance” Gateways to Better Education. http://www.gtbe.org/news/index.php/1/35/8.html


Merchant, David. “Memorial Day History” Updated 30 August 2004: http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

We Need New Leadership! Illinois Governor 2006

“While I pray for our leaders to turn their gaze back to the American people, the longer we tarry on this wayward path with failed leadership, the more I am beginning to believe that it is we who must turn our gaze from them” (Voigt).

Special Announcement!

Come meet Brad Carter, Constitution Party Candidate for Lt. Governor, and sign the petition to get the Constitution Party on the November ballot.

When: Thursday May 25, 2006 from 5pm to 7pm.
Where: Kades Coffee, 2535 W. War Memorial, Peoria (by Famous Footware)

We need new leadership in our state and country! Come learn about the platform of the Constitution Party!

Resources:

Randy Stufflebeam for Governor: http://www.runrandyrun.com/

Constitution Party of Illinois: http://www.constitutionpartyillinois.org/

Kades Coffee: http://www.kadescoffee.com
Kade's Coffee does not necessarily endorse any candidate or party, but extendsthe right to gather to any candidate or party.


Works Cited:

Voigt, Steven T. “An Open Letter to America About Failed Leadership, on the Eve of Bad Immigration Policy” Christian Worldview Network. May 14, 2006: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/secure/cwnetwork/article.php?&ArticleID=721

Thursday, May 11, 2006

U.S. Citizens Betrayed by Their Government!

I am absolutely sick to my stomach reading the headlines today! I am sick of paying government salaries only to have my “officials” spit in my face! What exactly are they doing on “The Hill”? Have they sold us out to foreign interests? Where are America’s interests? Where are America’s leaders?


The Ontario (Calif. ) Daily Bulletin reported Tuesday that Border Patrol agents are now ratting out Minutemen, immigration enforcement volunteers who have broken no laws, to Mexico. Yes, we are paying our federal immigration officers to gather intelligence on our own citizens — and then turn it over to a foreign government intent on sabotaging our sovereignty. (Malkin)


The Superiors at the US Border Patrol should be fired NOW!


Part of a US report distributed last August to the Mexican government from Border Patrol bureaucrats contained not only numbers (estimated chapter membership) of Minutemen in Illinois, but a statement on their activities and that they didn't seem to know any politicians there, indicating that the Illinois Minutemen didn't yet have any political clout. (Kouri)

This is unacceptable. It is treason. Why aren’t our representatives rolling some heads? Private citizens are out defending the country and upholding the laws that our elected officials will not. Are you hearing this Congressman LaHood, Senator Durbin, Senator Obama? Private citizens are doing the job you have failed to do! And our government agencies are betraying them!

The U. S. Government’s indifference and apathy concerning immigration, national security, and corruption reform issues are beyond disgraceful! I have absolutely no confidence that anything of substance can come out of the House or Senate so long as Party and personal career agendas as well as foreign interests are placed above the interests of American citizens.

Where is the reform? You know what, there is a Constitution Party candidate for Governor here in Illinois that truly knows what integrity is. His stance on campaign finance policy is “we must eliminate the financial backing of ALL non-voting entities.” (Stufflebeam). So simple, so pure, and so difficult for corrupt leaders to implement.


The latest fiasco involves Shirlington Limouisine and Transport Service, a shady limousine company with millions of dollars in DHS contracts to shuttle its workers around the Beltway. That's right. When your tax dollars aren't subsidizing Border Patrol spies for Mexico, they're being used to foot the bill for "12 minibuses and 16 drivers to shuttle Homeland Security employees between the department's various offices in the Washington area" and "10 additional drivers to chauffeur department executive staffers in Homeland Security-owned sedans," according to the Associated Press. Shirlington's latest contract with DHS totals $21.2 million for a maximum of five years. (Malkin)


It’s time to fire the whole lot of them! Shut down the oppressively huge bureaucracy of federal agencies. [Figuratively] Tar and feather members of both of the elite parties and elect people that don’t have any agenda other than leading America. And we should change the slogan from “God Bless America” to “God Forgive America”!


Start the change today!
I support Randy Stufflebeam for Illinois Governor in 2006!
http://www.runrandyrun.com/



Works Cited:

Kouri, Jim. “US Gov’t Snitches Out Minutemen to Mexican Gov’t” TCV Exclusive News. The Concervative Voice, May 09, 2006 06:57 PM EST: http://www.theconservativevoice.com/article/14469.html

Malkin, Michelle. “Color-coded cronyism at DHS”. JWR Insight. Jewish World Review, May 10, 2006 / 12 Iyar, 5766: http://jewishworldreview.com/michelle/malkin051006.php3

Stufflebeam, Randy. “RANDY IS AGAINST CORRUPTION!!!” Stufflebeam for Governor of Illinois. http://www.runrandyrun.com/issues_cons.htm#Corruption

Monday, May 08, 2006

True Evil Oppressors of Our Day

It’s a shame, really, that the writers of the movie “V for Vendetta” didn’t have the courage to implicate the real oppressors of our time. Cowards.

Here is the reality. These things are happening in our world today, and the politicians and media don’t have the courage to call evil by its name.

Who are the true evil oppressors? Atheist Communism and Islam are the two big evil oppressors of our time, with the cast system of India closely following. Atheist Communism holds that the ultimate authority is the State, the government. It holds that the State gives and takes away the rights of the people at will. I am sure we all know about Islam by now, and India still lives in a caste system where you are born into your caste. Dalits, the lowest caste, are “viewed with contempt and are considered impure and untouchable” simply because they were born to parents in that caste.

From Voice of the Martyrs:

Atheist Communism:
China
“Xu Shuangfu stated he had sustained an extortion of confession by severe torture, including denial of sleep for long periods and pouring hot pepper, gasoline and ginger juice into his nostrils. He was hung for long periods with his armed stretched and bound, shocked with electricity applied to copper wires bound around his extremities and hit with clubs on a helmet worn on his head. After seven days and nights of severe torture, he finally confessed to the unsubstantiated charges of authorizing the killing of members of the Eastern Lightning sect.”

March 1, 2006: “Huaibei City, Anhui province. . . about 60 Chinese police in anti-riot squad uniforms . . . armed with electric-shock batons, police forces illegally took into custody Christian students receiving Bible training and learning sewing skills . . . During the raid, a school member called an emergency hotline, only to hear the responding officer state the police raid was a cooperative crackdown on illegal religious activities masterminded by China’s provincial leaders.”

North Korea
“The joint agency statement reports Mr. Son (48) is imprisoned in the basement of the National Security Agency in Pyongyang and is "practically dead from horrible torture." CSW reports Mr. Son is accused of betraying his country and sharing information with South Koreans. "It is believed the charges are grounded in his visit to China where he met with his brother and spoke about life in North Korea and, possibly, in his connection to Christianity."

Islam:
Afghanistan
“Compass has confirmed the arrest of two other Afghan Christians. Another Afghan convert to Christianity was beaten severely outside his home by a group of six men who finally knocked him unconscious with a hard blow to his temple. He woke up in the hospital two hours later.”

Egypt
January 18, 2006: “a stampede of Islamic assailants charged the worshipping congregants, wielding their axes, swords, thick metal chains and knives . . . one victim fleeing to his home had his skull fatally crushed with an axe, another had his scalp sliced and two bones broken, and a 13-year-old boy suffered a lethal heart attack during the chaos . . . Luxor Police General Mohammed Nour told the church’s leader, ‘(We) didn’t come to protect you; we came to prevent you from praying.’”

I could go on.

Too bad the writers of “V for Vendetta” and the director, James McTeigue, couldn’t place the evil label where it really belongs today, thereby actually taking a stand against evil instead of appeasing it. Someone should remind them that Nazism stood for National Socialism not Christian conservatism. The “bad guys” in the movie should have been identified by the hammer and cycle of communism, or the crescent of islam. Our National Motto is: “In God We Trust” because if we trust in the State, we will lose our Unalienable, God given, Rights.

America’s Republic was founded on the principles of Christianity. George Washington said “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.” America’s freedom is derived from the eternal freedom found in Jesus Christ. His authority transcends the authorities of the world: “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.”

Jesus set us free from the eternal death of sin and the rules of the old covenant. We are no longer bound by the world. We have eternal hope in Jesus to be free to do good works. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he speaks of the yoke or oppression of sin and religious legalism, but couldn’t it also apply to the evil oppressors of the world?

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1.

You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” Galatians 5:13


Pray for the persecuted, and pray that our nation’s leaders do not fall for the lies of the White Witch. There are atheist movements in America that would love to oppress the freedoms we have, like the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Pray that God would grant them understanding to see that they are giving away their God given freedoms. Also, pray for the VOM messengers that risk their lives to get these stories out.


Reference:

Voice of the Martyrs; http://www.persecution.com/news/index.cfm

Plugged In Online; http://www.pluggedinonline.com/movies/movies/a0002591.cfm

Thursday, May 04, 2006

National Day of Prayer - 2006

(Matthew 6:9) “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Father, I pray our community, nation, and world would come to know the Truth and power of your name.

(Matthew 6:10) “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Father, I pray that your kingdom would be renewed in America so that we remember it is by your authority that we have unalienable rights, and that your kingdom would advance to offer eternal hope and freedom into nations where the State is the ultimate authority and human rights are granted and revoked by the moods of the people in power.

(Matthew 6:11) “Give us today our daily bread.”
Father, thank you for all you have given us. In America we have an over abundance of wealth and freedom. Thank you.

(Matthew 6:12) “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Father, give us a forgiving heart, that we may forgive those that wrong us the way you have forgiven our transgressions against you through your son Jesus.

(Matthew 6:13a) “And lead us not into temptation,”

Father, guide us and grant us wisdom and discernment that we may walk the narrow path of righteousness.


(Matthew 6:13b) “But deliver us from the evil one.”
Father, protect us from the lure of the father of lies who will masquerade as an angel of light. Stretch your wing of protection over our households, churches,and nation.

Heavenly Father, let us not desire our will be done, but Your Will be done.In your son’s name I pray - Amen