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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Lent Reading - Ash Wednesday - Feb. 6, 2008

Lent ReadingsYear A, from The online Revised Common Lectionary

Ash Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2008)

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12

Psalm 51:1-17

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21


Lent

Lent is generally a forty day devotional season of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter.

“Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. . . Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance.” (Bratcher)

The term lent in Middle Ages English meant spring. (Wiki) It is derived from the Latin quadragesima, meaning the fortieth, as in the fortieth day before Easter. (Mershman)


Works Cited:

Bratcher, Dennis. “The Season of Lent” The Voice, CRI/Voice, Institute. 2007
(http://www.cresourcei.org/cylent.html)

The online Revised Common Lectionary. The online Revised Common Lectionary is a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.
(http://divinity.lib.vanderbilt.edu/lectionary/)

Mershman, Francis. “Quadragesima” New Advent – Catholic Encyclopedia. 1911
(http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12589a.htm)

Wiki. “Lent” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent)






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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Prayer for Peoria

A Prayer for Peoria’s 40 Days of Prayer - 2008

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”(2 Chronicles 7:14)

We come in Your name, Lord Jesus. We humble ourselves, leaning not on our own strength to renew our city, but seeking Your face and Your strength. We confess we are sinners and pray you will hear our cries in heaven, thank you for forgiving us our sins through our Savior Jesus Christ, and we pray you will heal our land.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:5-6, 13)

Heavenly Father, I pray that Your Kingdom would shine in our community. Lord, I ask for your blessings and saving grace on Peoria and the Peoria area today. Help Your Church cry out with one heart and mouth. Save those that do not know you and turn the people from violence and hatred to love and forgiveness. All for Your glory Heavenly Father.

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
let those who love Your salvation
continually say, "God is great!"
Peoria is afflicted and needy;
hurry to us, God.
You are our help and our deliverer;
LORD, do not delay. (Psalm 70:4-5, HCSB amended)

In Jesus Christ's name I pray - Amen.





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Friday, January 25, 2008

Weekly ReCap – 01-25-2008 – Unalienable Rights Alienated?

. . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
- The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

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,
- The Declaration of Independence

These truths are self-evident “since what may be known about God [the Creator] is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
- Romans 1:19-20

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,
- The Declaration of Independence

Deny the Creator, deny the rights. The Second Amendment may not be an issue for you specifically, but the erosion of Constitutional rights in general should be! Please take a moment to read the stories below, most have very important information about how our “unalienable Rights” are being alienated today!
  • 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
    "A nation that kills its children has no future."- Pope John Paul II, 1996.
    Read more. . .

  • Save the Second Amendment Petition!
    “The amicus brief, filed last Friday in the D.C. gun ban case of D.C. v. Heller, argued that any gun ban - no matter how sweeping - could be constitutional if some court determines that it is ‘reasonable.’”
    Read more. . .

  • Threat to Parental Rights - The State to Make Decisions for Us?
    Crucial decisions that parents are accustomed to making, such as what our children read, who they associate with, what kind of discipline is used, whether we take them to church, or whether we homeschool, all become decisions for the state if the United States ratifies the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
    Read more. . .

  • An Allegory for America Today
    How to Catch Wild Pigs.
    Read more. . .

  • Bible Challenge 2007 - Week 43
    How can we not share what God has done for us? If God has worked in you through the Bible Challenge journey, be sure and share it. Like those that Jesus healed, we should “proclaim it widely and spread the news!” (Mark 1:40-45)
    Read more. . .
Reading:
“I live every day as a pro-life supporter. I was adopted at 5 months old, and I look at adoption as God's very hand saving me from abandonment or worse, abortion. Pro-life is more than simply opposing abortion, it is a respect for the sanctity of all life, at all stages.”
- “What Pro-Life Means to Me: March for Life 2008” by Brittny Woods. Firesociety.com

- “An Ironic Juxtaposition” by Chuck Colson
- “Homos-xuals ‘Born That Way’ and Erotic S-x Taught to 8th and 10th Graders Challenged by TMLC” Thomas More Law Center
- “Enjoy Harmony in Your Household” by Whitney Hopler, crosswalk.com


Grateful for:
- God. A loving, merciful, and faithful God.
About six months ago my wife and I embarked on a journey to bring our family finances in line with biblical principles. I won’t water it down, it’s been hard! Decisions like where to move the family have not been easy, and peer or cultural pressure is easily evident (“You’re doing what?”). There have been times when it didn’t look like we would make it, but by God’s Providential provision, we are right on track! God is faithful! And with the economic strains being seen in our nation today, I’m grateful we have chosen to “have” less and “live” more.





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Bible Challenge 2007 - Week 43

Week 43

Revolutionary, Holy, Heavenly. . . the only earthly words that can describe the message that Jesus brings! And indeed, Heaven came down to set the captives free!

How can we not share what God has done for us? If God has worked in you through the Bible Challenge journey, be sure and share it. Like those that Jesus healed, we should “proclaim it widely and spread the news!” (Mark 1:40-45)

Sunday Mark 10-12
Monday Mark 13-16
Tuesday Luke 1-3
Wednesday Luke 4-6
Thursday Luke 7-9
Friday Luke 10-12
Saturday Luke 13-15

“The unprecedented teachings of Christianity gave people a reason to care for the sick and destitute. Only Jesus taught that His followers could find Him in their neighbor. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, and I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25:35, 40). People who saw Christians behave this way were amazed.”
(“The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters” by Charles W. Colson, Harold Fickett)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

An Allegory for America Today

HOW TO CATCH WILD PIGS

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Prof noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked:

"Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke.

"You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming.

When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.

You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.

Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax cuts, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

God help US when the gate slams shut!


Now, on a personal note, I think federal and even, in most cases, state social programs do lead down the slippery slope of socialism/communism (forced wealth redistribution). I do not, however, lack compassion for those in need! Social programs should not be forced by external pressure, but should come from an internal desire to love your neighbor and to improve your community. Thus, social programs should come from local non-government organizations such as churches, neighborhood associations and non-profits, and in some cases local (city, county, and state) governments. (* see The Church is the Hope of theWorld)

“The unprecedented teachings of Christianity gave people a reason to care for the sick and destitute. Only Jesus taught that His followers could find Him in their neighbor. ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, and I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25:35, 40). People who saw Christians behave this way were amazed.”
(“The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters” by Charles W. Colson, Harold Fickett)

“Tyrannical taxation, and excessive government spending and borrowing, are not only threats to our economy — they erode the resource base of our freedom and our [individual] moral responsibility.” (Alan Keyes)



The above allegory was shared by Randall C. Stufflebeam, Chairman of the Constitution Party of Illinois along with this message, 1/24/08:

Dear Family, Friends, and Fellow Constitutionalists,

I actually received the following story several times within the past couple of days from people completely disassociated with each other. It seemed to me to be a sign that I needed to send it out. I can't imagine a better allegory of the condition the United States is in and how we got here.

We, in the Constitution Party, are looking for people who are willing to help us keep the gate open and to begin tearing down the fences. Please join us as we work to restore constitutionality to these United States of America through getting principled men and women elected. Now is the time! Come check us out on February 23 at the Constitution Party of Illinois Headquarters in East Peoria.

[And from a previous message, 1/22/08:]

The Constitution Party of Illinois will be holding its biannual State Committee Meeting on February 23, 2008 at the Tazewell County Constitution Party Headquarters, 129 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611. The meeting will go from 10am until 6pm.

Obviously, this meeting will be following Super Tuesday here in Illinois and depending on whom the Democrats and Republicans give us as presidential nominees, the Constitution Party may well be compelled to provide an alternative. This will no doubt be the case throughout Illinois and it will be incumbent upon the Constitution Party of Illinois to provide a conservative alternative to what the Republicrats give us as candidates.

Yours in Liberty;
Randall C. Stufflebeam
Chairman, Constitution Party of Illinois


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Threat to Parental Rights - The State to Make Decisions for Us?

Washington Times Op-ed—Treaty Threatens Parents’ Rights
by J. Michael Smith, HSLDA President

“Few dispute the vital role of parents in raising the next generation, but, regrettably, few recognize that the fundamental role of parents is under direct attack.

It’s possible that in the near future, the United States may significantly weaken the rights of parents to raise their children. Crucial decisions that parents are accustomed to making, such as what our children read, who they associate with, what kind of discipline is used, whether we take them to church, or whether we homeschool, all become decisions for the state if the United States ratifies the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).”

{Click} Full Story: Washington Times Op-ed—Treaty Threatens Parents’ Rights

{Click} See also: Parentalrights.org

“I strongly favor school choice approaches that empower parents to take control of their children's education, in accordance with the parents' faith and values. We not only need prayer in schools, we need schools that are in the hands of people who pray. Above all, we must break the government monopoly on public education.” (Alan Keyes)







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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Save the Second Amendment Petition!

It’s a dark day in America.

“The amicus brief, filed last Friday in the D.C. gun ban case of D.C. v. Heller, argued that any gun ban - no matter how sweeping - could be constitutional if some court determines that it is ‘reasonable.’” (Pratt)

If it becomes illegal for me to exercise my God given and constitutionally protected right to defend life, liberty, and property, then America has fallen, she is no more.

“The gun control agenda is based on the view that ordinary citizens cannot be trusted to use the physical power of arms responsibly. But a people that cannot be trusted with guns cannot be trusted with the much more dangerous powers of self-government. The gun control agenda is thus an implicit denial of the human capacity for self-government and is tyrannical in principle.” (Alan Keyes)

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“On its face, [the DOJ DC v. Heller brief] would appear to be an attempt by the Federal Government to gut the Second Amendment, and thus retain as much power, and simultaneously limit the rights, and thus power, of individual citizens, as much as it can, which is profoundly disturbing, by itself. But the fact that it's coming from the White House is especially problematic, since it means that Mr. Clement's/DOJ's brief carries a considerable amount of weight.” (David Crane, Defense Review. 1/17/2008)

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Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. ... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.”
- Founding Father Thomas Paine

They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries, are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and egligent.”
- Benjamin Franklin



Excerpt from a Constitution Party Press Release:

“The Constitution Party encourages all Americans to look critically at the example of [the Colorado shootings] tragedy that could have been worse, and note the effort to disarm Americans with more gun laws has not resulted in fewer shootings. ‘On the contrary, schools and other places where people are prevented from carrying self-defense weapons have become easy targets for gunmen. It’s time Americans stop and think about where all these shootings are taking place…certainly not at police stations or places where there would be armed resistance’, said Clymer.”(Constitution Party)

Here is an excerpt from an excellent post from Chuck Baldwin:

One thing the national news media will always ignore is the practice of lawful self-defense. For example, most people are probably not aware of the fact that American citizens use a firearm to defend themselves more than 2.4 million times EVERY YEAR. That is more than 6,500 times EVERY DAY. This means that, each year, firearms are used 60 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Furthermore, of the 2.4 million self-defense cases, more than 192,000 are by women defending themselves against sexual assault. And in less than eight percent of those occasions is a shot actually fired. The vast majority of the time (92%), the mere presence of a firearm helps to avert a major crime from occurring. That is what Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) concluded after extensive research. According to Rep. Bartlett, the number of defensive uses is four times the number of crimes reported committed with guns. . .

Even our Lord understood and validated the right of every person to arm themselves for personal self-defense. He said, "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." (Luke 22:36 KJV) The old Roman sword was the First Century equivalent of a modern handgun. It was the most practical and convenient form of self-defense available at that time. Also, please note that at least two of Jesus' disciples (one of whom was Simon Peter) were in the habit of carrying their own personal swords, and Jesus never rebuked them. (See Luke22:38.). . .

Thomas Jefferson said, ‘No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.’ He also said, ‘Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.’”(“Buy a Gun” by Chuck Baldwin emphasis added)

Works Cited:

Baldwin, Chuck. “Buy A Gun” Chuck Baldwin Live. Dec. 14, 2007

Pratt, Larry. “GOA [Gun Owners of America] Calls on Bush to Withdraw Anti-Gun Brief”. Christian Worldview Network. 1/19/2008





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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade [Repost]

[Repost of "To Our Presidential Candidates: Why Words Are Important"]

35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

"A nation that kills its children has no future."
- Pope John Paul II, 1996

Why is it such a big deal to use accurate words when describing events and procedures? And why no sane person should ever vote for a presidential candidate that is so morally insane that they would actually support such practices.

Take, for example, these two words used to describe a partial birth abortion: Tissue and Baby.

The first example is a clinically correct description of the procedure, but the word “tissue” is used to deceive the listeners about what is really happening:

“. . . ‘I just gently draw the tissue out attempting to have an intact delivery if possible.’” (qtd. in Massie)

The exact same procedure is described in the same article by “a nurse who witnessed a partial-birth abortion done to a 26-and-a-half week-old unborn child, and testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee:”


Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby's legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby's body and the arms – everything but the head. The doctor kept the head inside the uterus.
...

"The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a lurch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.

The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high powered suction tube into the opening and sucked the baby's brains out. Now, the baby went completely limp. ...
Ok, deep breath. I am so sorry to do that to you. If you still have any remnant of soul left in you, then that made your heart ache and your stomach turn! If not, I pray God works a miracle to bring you back from the living dead!

Free speech and open debate are essential to a healthy society. The alternative is very ugly.

Watch this 33 minute documentary. Learn more: Newspeak, Hate Speech, Offensive Speech, what about Free Speech?

“Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, [Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney] and the rest can lament the court's ruling, but they shouldn't feel too bad – after all, they are still left with abortion.” (Massie)

I urge you, DO NOT support any presidential candidate that supports abortion! Obama even voted against a bill to force doctors to provide aid to a baby that survived an abortion. Just let it die! Sick! Insane! Inhumane! How could anyone support this type of person as the president of the United States?

“When it comes to moral legislation, is the life of a snail darter worth more or less than the life of an infant in the womb? Is the execution of a murderer more or less reprehensible than the death of his innocent victim?. . .

It has never been more succinctly stated than it was when the nation began with the assertion that we are all ‘created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.’ Though the result of this premise is a form of government that respects the consent of the governed, the justice claimed for that form of government depends on our acknowledgement of and respect for the authority of the Creator — an authority beyond our consent, beyond our rights, and beyond our will. If in our actions, our laws and policies, we deny that authority, then we deny the basis for our claim to equal rights and self-government.”

- Alan Keyes, Moral Legislation



God forgive us! God, please forgive our inhumanity and motivate your people to teach the value of life.

Tell someone how valuable life truly is today. Share the message that we were created for a purpose. Remember, the Choice is made BEFORE Conception!

Women, soon to be mothers, Jesus loves you no matter what, and there are alternatives:

Crisis Pregnancy Center Link: Enter your city, state or zip code to locate a help center near you or call the 800-395-HELP to speak to a live consultant. Another way we serve the needs of women in crisis.

Women’s Pregnancy Center, Peoria Rescue Ministries. Peoria Illinois, 309-688-0202

Catholic Charities Diocese of Peoria, 309-671-5720


Works Cited:

Blake, Daniel. “Report Reveals 66 Babies Born Alive After Abortion”. Christian Today. Posted: April 27, 2007.

Massie, Mychal. “Killing ‘tissue’ gently”. WorldNetDaily. Posted: May 1, 2007.

Voigt, Steven. “A perspective on the standard for leadership following statements by Clinton, Obama, and Edwards on Gonzales v. Carhart”. RenewAmerica. Posted: April 30, 2007.


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Friday, January 18, 2008

Weekly ReCap – 01-18-2008 – Religious Freedom

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
- The Very First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

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,
- The Declaration of Independence

These truths are self-evident “since what may be known about God [the Creator] is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
- Romans 1:19-20

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,
- The Declaration of Independence

Celebrate our religious freedom and pray for those still persecuted around the world. Pray that the faithful in America would be bold in our God given and constitutionally protected religious freedoms, and stand strong against the attacks on our faith today, because if the acknowledgement of the Creator is thrown out, ALL rights are thrown out with Him. Pray in Jesus’ name – Amen.
  • Worldview Weekend Code Blue Rally
    In Peoria April 6, 5:30-9:00pm, cost: FREE!
    For adults and students age 9 to 109 because the church in America is in critical condition. Christian adults and young people alike embody worldviews that are no different from those outside the church. Jesus’ warning in Revelation 3:16 should be ringing in our collective ears: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth” (HCSB).
    Read more. . .

  • Religious Freedom Day - Jan. 16, 2008
    Celebrate our religious freedom and pray for those still persecuted around the world. Pray that the faithful in America would be bold and stand strong against the attacks on our faith today. Pray in Jesus’ name – Amen.
    Read more. . .

  • Bible Challenge 2007 - Week 42
    Jesus didn’t call the religious leaders or the civic leaders or the rich or powerful, He called fishermen, commoner and sinner.
    Read more. . .
Reading this week:
- “It takes a village. . . to undermine parenthood” by Phyllis Schlafly. WorldNetDaily.
- “Iraqi priest abducted and tortured in Iraq because he was Christian” by Layla Yousif Rahema. Asia News.
- “Which is Broken, the Gov. or the People?” by J.R. Dieckmann. The Conservative Voice.
- “[U.S. Public Schools] Textbook: Islamic ‘jihad’ means doing good works
- “Ala. Schools Asked to Ban ‘Facing the Giants’

I am grateful for:
- Praise God!
He has blessed us. My wife is 31 weeks into her pregnancy and on bed rest, which means I’m pulling double duty. But, I haven’t had to make a meal in over a week! Thank you God for your provision, and thanks to everyone that participated in showing us Gods love. We are humbled and grateful!


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Bible Challenge 2007 - Week 42

Week 42

“. . . Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’”

The Prophets messages are being fulfilled!

“‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Praise God that we can still leave at once and follow Jesus through His written Word! Jesus didn’t call the religious leaders or the civic leaders or the rich or powerful, He called fishermen, commoner and sinner. We can all approach the throne in confidence because of Christ Jesus.

Sunday Matthew 16-18
Monday Matthew 19-21
Tuesday Matthew 22-24
Wednesday Matthew 25-28
Thursday Mark 1-3
Friday Mark 4-6
Saturday Mark 7-9

The Pilgrims came to the American shores, fleeing religious persecution, in order to freely worship God. “Ultimately, the knowledge of and obedience to God’s written Word led to constitutional, limited government; the end of slavery and the caste system; free enterprise and the concept of private property; the so-called Puritan work ethic that fueled the scientific and industrial revolutions; wholesome, uplifting standards in the arts; and many other forms of progress.” (“The History and Impact of the Geneva Bible” 1599 Geneva Bible)

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Religious Freedom Day – Jan. 16, 2008

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The Pilgrims came to the American shores, fleeing religious persecution, in order to freely worship God. “Ultimately, the knowledge of and obedience to God’s written Word led to constitutional, limited government; the end of slavery and the caste system; free enterprise and the concept of private property; the so-called Puritan work ethic that fueled the scientific and industrial revolutions; wholesome, uplifting standards in the arts; and many other forms of progress.” (“The History and Impact of the Geneva Bible” 1599 Geneva Bible)

Celebrate our religious freedom and pray for those still persecuted around the world. Pray that the faithful in America would be bold and stand strong against the attacks on our faith today. Pray in Jesus’ name – Amen.

God bless,
Mick Dobra
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of the Romans 15:4 Project

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Worldview Weekend Code Blue Rally

Worldview Weekend Code Blue Rally

Peoria, Illinois Code Blue Rally

Date: Sunday Night, April 6, 2008

Time: 5:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

Location: To Be Announced

Cost: FREE

Why Code Blue?

Worldview Weekend's Code Blue Rally is for adults and students age 9 to 109 because the church in America is in critical condition. Christian adults and young people alike embody worldviews that are no different from those outside the church. Jesus’ warning in Revelation 3:16 should be ringing in our collective ears: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth” (HCSB). Separation from Christ means spiritual death follows quickly. For that reason, Worldview Weekend has declared CODE BLUE for America’s church. Urgent action is vital, or the vibrant Christian faith we all should be sharing will soon be dead.

Our Four Goals For A Code Blue Rally:

Worldview Weekend is committed to a four prong strategy for its Code Blue Campaign: 1). Teach Christians to contend for the faith through apologetics training. 2). Teach Christian to think like Biblically minded Christians through worldview training. 3). Teach Christians to evangelize like Jesus did using the Moral Law 4). Challenge Christians to make sure they are true converts by examining their lives in light of the Biblical hallmarks of a Christian. These hallmarks can be found in the book of I John.

[Peoria] Code Blue Rally Topics Include:

The importance and practical benefits of a Biblical worldview; the emergent church in their own words; Confronting spiritual confusion; the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of religions; How we know the Bible is true; How we know Jesus Christ rose from the dead; How we know Jesus Christ was God in human form; Going to college without going astray; doctrine is not boring but a strong mooring; exposing the popular lies of today's pop-culture world, Why are so many students leaving the church and not returning?; Understanding the dangers of today's prevailing postmodern worldview; How to use the moral law to evangelize like Jesus did; Training the heart and mind of a child to follow Christ; Testing our worldview against the Bible; The difference between true and false converts, Building a Biblical worldview verse by verse and more.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Weekly ReCap - 01-11-2008 - Human Trafficking

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day!

Human trafficking is 'modern day slavery' and women and children are trafficked in nearly every country- even in the United States.

The marketplace for sex trafficking works like a shopping mall, and when demand exceeds supply traffickers will manipulate, coerce and force victims to meet demand. The only way to stop sex trafficking is to end demand. Learn more at www.endDEMAND.org

The average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 12 years old. These are innocent children who need our protection. Join The Defenders today! Learn more at www.thedefendersusa.org
  • Communist Style Politics in America?
    Iowa caucus-goer decries communist-style politics: Further evidence of the 'Iowa deception'
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    Be Prepared!
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  • Jan. 16th - Religious Freedom Day
    As the freedom of religious expression in public schools continues to be a concern to many people, President Bush will announce his annual Religious Freedom Day proclamation for January 16, 2008. Unfortunately for students, just as it has for the past fifteen years, it will largely go unacknowledged by schools.
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  • World Congress of Families Jan. Newsletter
    Read about Pope Benedict's New Year's message, excerpts from a speech by Carol Soelberg, mother of 13, and more.
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  • Bible Challenge 2007 - Week 41
    How amazing that reading through God’s Word gives us this emotional sense of the Truth that Jesus Christ has come to take the burden of sin from us! This has been such a rich and rewarding journey! We are in the home stretch! Praise God and hang in there!
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I am grateful for:
- Families, worldly and eternal
- Cold medicine (if there are a lot of type-o's and mis-spellings, you know why!)
- Salvation from sin in Jesus Christ!


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Bible Challenge 2007 - Week 41

Week 41

The last book of the Prophets and we enter into the New Testament, the Gospel!

I can feel a need for the Good News. After coming through the constant rebukes the Prophets had to give the Israelites, I can sense the burden of Sin. Looking forward to the Gospel really is a feeling as if the burden will be lifted from our shoulders soon. How amazing that reading through God’s Word gives us this emotional sense of the Truth that Jesus Christ has come to take the burden of sin from us!

This has been such a rich and rewarding journey! We are in the home stretch! Praise God and hang in there!

Sunday Malachi 1-2
Monday Malachi 3-4
Tuesday Matthew 1-3
Wednesday Matthew 4-6
Thursday Matthew 7-9
Friday Matthew 10-12
Saturday Matthew 13-15

“I learned an even more important lesson from coming within a fraction of an inch of killing my friend and nearly dooming myself to spend years locked behind bars. It was a new conviction and understanding that the Lord really had provided in the Bible a seemingly inexhaustible source of practical wisdom that could serve as a valuable resource for everyday living.”
(Ben Carson, MD. “Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk”)

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