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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
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Weekly ReCap – 09-26-2008 – Constitutional Omission

No King but Jesus! - one of many battle cries of the Revolution!

Our nation’s leadership has taken it upon themselves to rewrite the constitution and other founding documents as well as other historical landmarks in the new Capitol Visitors Center. They have taken it upon themselves to remove all mention of God and the faith of the founders.

If we allow them to do that, why not remove that pesky Bill of Rights!

I urge you to follow the American History Being ReWritten!!! Link below and take action today!

“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. It forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation. The Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth -- it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” - John Quincy Adams, 1837

Knights and Ladies, we need to once again turn our hearts toward God and pray for His favor! We need leadership that knows they will one day answer to the only true King for the way they held office, for their intentions and motivations. We need to once again proclaim:

In God We Trust!

Grateful for:

- The battle that lays ahead and the victory of our King!



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Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 26

Week 26

“. . . for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Romans 4:24-25, emphasis added)

Justification: “. . . refers to the divine act whereby God makes humans, who are sinful and therefore worthy of condemnation, acceptable before a God who is holy and righteous.” (1) By grace through faith!

“For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification.” (Romans 6:19 HCSB, emphasis added)

Sanctification: “From the Hebrew and Greek, ‘to be set apart’ from common use, ‘to be made holy.’ . . Christians have been made holy through Christ and are called to continue to grow into and strive for holiness by cooperating with the indwelling Holy Spirit. . .” (1)

Knights and Ladies, let us continue in our sanctification by the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!

Monday --- Romans 9
Tuesday --- Romans 10
Wednesday --- Romans 11
Thursday --- Romans 12
Friday --- Romans 13

“. . . distaste for doctrine has led some postmodern Christians to adopt the mantra ‘We want deeds not creeds.’ . . But if the creeds I believe in are false, then my efforts have been totally misplaced; I cannot be sure that my deeds, however noble, are really good. It is the creed that makes me carry out the deed – that keeps me going into the most rotten holes in the world – and gives me the message I preach. The same is true of any Christian movement based on faith. . .

To present Jesus without doctrine is to present a disembodied savior, a moral teacher perhaps, but with no more authority than Confucius. This is why I believe that the question of truth and its knowability is the most important single issue for the Church and perhaps for the culture today.”
(“The Faith: Given Once, For All: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters” by Charles 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)

1. “Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms” by Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling, 1999


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American History Being ReWritten!!

“A nation ashamed of its ancestry will be despised by its posterity”
- Bishop Galloway, 1898

The New Capital Visitors Center deliberately leaving out phrases of faith and God from our founding documents! Misquoting the very soul of America, our Constitution! Rewriting a false American history! America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, will be no more!

“. . . can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath.”
- Thomas Jefferson, 1781

A message from David Barton of WallBuilders ministries:

September 25, 2008

Washington, D. C. is filled with impressive structures openly acknowledging God: the Washington Monument , the Jefferson Memorial, the Library of Congress, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, and many others.

The newest federal structure (scheduled to open in just a few months) is the Capitol Visitor Center – a massive underground facility that spans more area than the Capitol itself. It will acquaint some 15,000 visitors each day – including thousands of school children – with the 200 year history of the Capitol as well as its current content and operation. However, the new Visitor Center has deliberately censored mentions of God from both the Capitol's historical and current aspects.

For example, in presenting the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Visitor Center officials actually deleted the words "religion and morality" from the document. And in presenting images of the current Speaker's Rostrum in the House Chamber, they deliberately omitted the phrase "In God We Trust" from its prominent location engraved in marble above the Speaker's head. There are many other examples. No wonder a congressman has dubbed it the "$600 million dollar godless pit."

But not only does the Center censor God and religion from America's history but it also contains basic historical errors about the war of 1812, the Bill of Rights, the constitutional separation of powers, and many other simple topics.

View this video clip for details and a course of action:


You Must Take Action!

Call Speaker Pelosi's office today!
202-225-0100 - americanvoices@mail.house.gov

Here is what to do:
1. Call the number above
2. When they answer simply state "My name is [ ] I am calling concerning the new Capitol Visitors Center."
3. They will transfer your call to a comment line.
4. Leave a polite and respectful message something like:

"Madam Speaker, my name is [ ] from [city] [state]. I am calling concerning the falsification and misrepresentation of American history at the new Capitol Visitors Center. I understand there are many faiths in America, and they all have religious liberty under the constitution, which is why it is so important to tell the truth about it's inception. It is a crime to falsify our American history and heritage. Please I urge you to correct this injustice.

As Thomas Jefferson said, in 1781, 'can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath.'

Thank you Madam Speaker."




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OptINnow! End Global Poverty. Faster.

Passing along a message from Crosswalk:

Dear Friend,

We wanted you to be among the first to know about our new initiative...OptINnow™. It is from Opportunity International, the world's largest Christian microfinance organization.

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It's a simple concept that can help change the world.

Learn More: http://www.optinnow.org/


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Friday, September 19, 2008

Weekly ReCap – 09-19-2008 – Financial Crisis

Fed bailout plan - Hundreds of Billions to Stem Financial Crisis!

“Our entire financial system is based on an illusion, with a foundation built on quicksand. We spend more than we earn, we consume more than we produce, we borrow more than we save – and we cling to the fantasy that this can go on forever. The glue that holds this crumbling scheme together is a fiat currency called the Federal Reserve Note, created out of thin air by an international banking cartel called the Federal Reserve. Since a ‘note’ is a debt, this leaves us with an obvious problem. . .”
- Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all. . . Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life. . . The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:1-2, 4, 7)
Grateful for:

- Treasures in Heaven!
- Phone calls from Luke while at work.


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National Preparedness Month: Family Finances [repost]

Heads of Households, Family Leaders, are your families financially prepared for anything the future might hold. (Originally posted: September 13, 2007)

Our family has recently made drastic lifestyle changes to bring our family’s financial situation and practices in line with Biblical principles. We did this primarily because it is an area of life we hadn’t yet surrendered and we someday wish to work in ministry. But I discovered that there are practical reasons to do so also.

The scary:

“Out of 163 countries, [America] rank[s] dead last [ $-862,300,000,000]. In fact, we are nine times worse off than the runner up-Spain [ $-96,600,000,000] -who is recognized as a near-bankrupt nation in the financial press. . . The Federal Government recorded a $1.3 trillion loss last year. . . ‘a sum that is impossible for the U.S. to reconcile, which means the U.S. is now technically bankrupt’ . . . But it gets worse. . .

There is a well-laid-out plan to merge the United States with Canada and Mexico [see Works Cited for more verification of this]. There are several dozen working groups laying out the administrative regulations. There are extensive construction projects preparing a “NAFTA Superhighway” to expedite goods from Lázaro Cárdenas, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, through Laredo, Texas, to the Kansas City “SmartPort” (an electronic port of entry to be regarded as Mexican territory), on though Duluth, Minnesota to Canada.

Most of these facilities are being built by foreign investors, so we will have to pay to use them. They are being designed to expedite goods from China to the entire North American Union.” (Missler)

This paints a very scary economic future for America.

The rest of Chuck Missler’s article gives great practical steps to take to make sure your family is prepared in the event of a major disaster or financial melt down. But it boils down to managing your family’s finances by Biblical principles: 1) No Debt, 2) Faithful and Joyful Giving, 3) Responsible, Wise, and Humble Spending.

As Chuck calls it, “The Vortex Strategy: 1) Lower your cost of living 2) Get out of debt 3) Guard your liquidity 4) The most important factor of all [Godly Stewardship].” (see Works Cited below for link)

Once again I am reminded that God’s way is the best way!

As I’ve said before, be prepared. Jesus tells us not to be alarmed, that wars and natural disasters will happen. I think His people need to be prepared. They need to be ready to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and be prepared to provide Christ’s aid, comfort, and safety to their neighbors. (Matthew 24:6-7)

And it starts with individual families!

Works Cited:

Missler, Chuck. “The Vortex Strategy: Part 2” Christian Worldview Network. 9/12/2007

Schlafly, Phyllis. “Bush Refuses To Deny The North American Agenda” Human Events. 9/10/2007


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Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 25

Week 25

The Guilt of the Gentile World: “since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)

It’s easy for me to look back on my life and say “how true.” It’s much harder for an unbeliever (as I was) to acknowledge how insignificant we are as individuals and how significant and awesome the orderly creation is. God is evident in it!

It’s not like people aren’t searching. Over 7 billion dollars (yes, SEVEN Billion Dollars!) has been spent on creating a scientific machine to study the elements of the supposed Big Bang. Why so much money and effort on something that doesn’t really benefit anyone in any tangible way? Because people want to know why, why are we here? Pride and fear (Acts 24:25) keeps us from admitting that the answer is something other than what we can manufacture, conjure, or even understand.

Paul’s preaching and teaching over the last few weeks is very direct, “people are without excuse.”

Praise God, knights and ladies, and keep spreading the good news, That God “has given proof of this to all men by raising [Jesus] from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

Monday --- Romans 4
Tuesday --- Romans 5
Wednesday --- Romans 6
Thursday --- Romans 7
Friday --- Romans 8

“Since all basic presuppositions begin with faith, ‘God is’ is as rational as any other first premise.

Evidence that points toward the intelligent design of the universe increases the probability that ‘God is’. The more that is learned of the structure of the billions of human cells that make up our body, the clearer it is that cells function based on intelligent information, DNA, that is more complicated, as Bill Gates has said, than any software ever written. And there is now abundant cosmological evidence that this planet is uniquely hospitable to human life – the unique orbit of the earth, the distance from the sun, and the like. It is as if, on scientist wrote, ‘the universe in some sense must have known that we were coming.’. .

But the knowledge of God is innate within human beings – it’s born into us (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 1:18 and following). Today, even secular biologists and scientists studying the human mind have found strong evidence of this intuitive knowledge – what some have even called the [g]od gene. . . We are made for the transcendent in ways a purposeless, random process could not explain.”
(“The Faith: Given Once, For All: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters” by Charles Colson, Harold Fickett)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cry Out America Follow Up

Praise God!

The rain dampened the turn out, but not the prayers!

Special thanks to RiverSide Community Church for opening their sanctuary to us! We had about 30 people in attendance. { Slide Show, click for details. . . }

I want to personally thank every one in attendance for participating, but I’d like to specially thank those that led us in prayer. Very powerful messages and prayers were offered. Thank you, and may God be glorified and His faithful awakened! And if you know Bruce Dow, please thank him for offering to stand in the rain at the court house and direct participants to RiverSide. Thank you, Bruce.

I would like to encourage everyone again, don’t let the prayers and partnerships stop here. Remember that Cry Out America is just one part of the greater goal of seeing a new Christ Awakening in America. I’m including contact information for the prayer warriors below. All are active in community prayer or ministry so please get involved in some way.

To keep up to date with initiatives visit http://www.chaplainmick.com/

Lastly, I am looking forward to next year!

Thank you and God bless,
Mick

Prayer and Worship Leaders:
- Cole Espenschied, Greater Peoria FCA
- Robin Fiedler, Richwoods Christian Church
- Bruce Dow, Peoria Prayer Furnace, 309-676-1370
- Jeff Schwarzentraub, One Heartbeat Ministries
- Pastor Preston, City on a Hill Church
- Nathan Peterson, Richwoods Christian Church


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Family Safety Stand Down! Be Prepared

Family Safety Stand Down October 2008

Sunday October 5th through Saturday October 11th is National Fire Prevention Week. Our family is going to take the whole week as a Family Preparedness Safety Stand Down. I'm sharing this with you in the event you would like to do something similar in your home.

“‘The unprepared realize they’re at risk about as fast as anybody else does, but it takes them longer to translate that into action. . . people who’ve planned for disaster take much less time to get moving’”
(Michael Lindell, professor A&M Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. Qtd. in Popular Mechanics August 2007)

Preparation

A young man applied for a job as a farm hand. When asked for his qualifications, he said, "I can sleep when the wind blows."

This puzzled the farmer, but he took a liking to the young man and hired him. A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm. They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure. They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened. A good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace. The farm implements had been placed in the storage shed, safe from the elements. The tractor had been moved into the garage. The barn had been properly locked. All was well. Even the animals were calm.

It was then that the farmer grasped the meaning of the young man's words, "I can sleep when the wind blows."

Because the farm hand had performed his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it broke. Consequently, when the wind blew, he had no fear. He was able to sleep in peace. (Zingale)

Funny thing is we typically pray daily that disaster would never befall us, but we need to be prepared as if it will. Like Noah dutifully building the ark even though it seemed like a ridiculous endeavor by those around him, we need to dutifully be prepared for the unthinkable likely hood of disaster.

Family Safety Stand Down Outline

Sunday October 5th

- Devotional Topic: Being Prepared: Noah (Genesis 6)

- Training Focus: Basic Preparedness, Overview and Introduction to the week’s activities

- Action Steps:
- - Purchase needed supplies

Monday October 6th

- Devotional Topic: Reality of Disaster: Jesus (Matthew 24:6-7)

- Training Focus: Fire Safety
- - General fire safety
- - Escape plans
- - Fire Extinguisher location
- - 911 for emergencies

- Action Steps:
- - Fire safety coloring activities during the day
- - Mount fire extinguisher
- - Test smoke alarms and CO2 detector; replace batteries
- - Draw escape route maps

Tuesday October 7th

- Devotional Topic: Family Preparedness: Rebuilding (Ezra 1:5 & 2:68)

- Training Focus: General Disaster Plans
- - Communications
- - Evacuations
- - What will we do if. . .

- Action Steps:
- - Practice fire escape routes during the day
- - Review communications and evacuation plans and make updates
- - Practice fire escape routes as a family during the evening

Wednesday October 8th

- Devotional Topic: Do Not Fear: Trust in the Lord (Isaiah 41:10 & Psalm 91:14)

- Training Focus: Review previous topics

- Action Steps:
- - Practice “what to do if. . .” and fire escape plans during the day

Thursday October 9th

- Devotional Topic: Family Preparedness: Rebuilding (Nehemiah 4:13-14 & 7:70)

- Training Focus: General Disaster Preparedness
- - Fire, flood, earthquake, tornado, etc. . .
- - Meeting places: review revised communication and evacuation lists

- Action Steps:
- - Locate and inventory disaster supplies
- - Identify critical items to grab during evacuation
- - Locate and identify utility shut offs (electrical, water, gas)

Friday October 10th

- Devotional Topic: Prepared to Help Others: Jesus (Matthew 25:34-40)

- Training Focus: First Aid
- - Review CPR, Choking, and First Aid

- Action Steps:
- - Discuss and plan first aid and medical needs (ie. Epipen and Benadryl, glasses and contacts in grab and go kit?)
- - inventory first aid kits (grab and go, cars, kitchen)

Saturday October 11th

- Devotional Topic: Eternal Disaster Preparedness: Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

- Training Focus: Review of week’s topics and hands on fire training

- Action Steps:
- - Practice putting out a fire with a household fire extinguisher


Works Cited:

Zingale, Pastor Tim. Crosswalk Preaching Daily Jan. 16, 2008, crosswalk.com



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Friday, September 12, 2008

Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 24

Week 24

“As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, 'That's enough for now! You may leave. . .'” Acts 24:25

I used to be a skeptic. Pride keeps skeptics from hearing the truth. We pretend it’s not out of fear; we rationalize our fear as something else, like intellect or reason, but not fear! Even after accepting Christ, pride tries to turn us away from the truth of “righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come.”

“Many are startled by the word of God, who are not changed by it. Many fear the consequences of sin, yet continue in the love and practice of sin. In the affairs of our souls, delays are dangerous. . . Was any business more urgent than for him to reform his conduct, or more important than the salvation of his soul!” (Matthew Henry Concise Edition )

Knights and Ladies, the time is now! Do you know anyone in need of a discourse “on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come?”

Monday --- Acts 27
Tuesday --- Acts 28
Wednesday --- Romans 1
Thursday --- Romans 2
Friday --- Romans 3

“Tragically, postmodern culture has infected and weakened the Church, particularly in the West. Spain, once the most Catholic country in Europe, has become, within a generation, among the most secularized. A recent report among Spain’s bishops lays the blame squarely on heretical teaching as to the nature of Christ and his atoning work. . .

The majority of evangelicals – whom Barna calls ‘born-again Christians’ – do not believe in absolute truth. Sixty percent of Americans can’t name five of the Ten Commandments; 50 percent of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were married. . .

Christians must see that the faith is more than a religion or even a relationship with Jesus; the faith is a complete view of the world and humankind’s place in it. Christianity is a worldview that speaks to every area of life, and its foundational doctrines define its content. If we don’t know what we believe – even what Christianity is – how can we live it and defend it? Our ignorance is crippling us.”
(“The Faith: Given Once, For All: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters” by Charles Colson, Harold Fickett)

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Friday, September 05, 2008

Weekly ReCap - 09-05-2008 - Cry Out America!

'Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure' - D.L. Moody

Cry Out America!

Join me: Peoria County Illinois - Sept. 11 2008, Noon to 1pm at the County Court House

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. Joel 1:14

On September 11, 2008 our nation will pause to remember the greatest "wake-up" call in our generation, the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. As part of Awakening America, a call is being issued for Christians across the nation to mark this significant day in our history with powerful prayer for America and the lost individuals of this country. In every one of the 3141 counties in the United States, during the noon lunch hour on September 11, Christians will unite around their county courthouse to cry out to God with focused prayer for their community, their lost friends and family, and for the spiritual condition of our nation. { Click for Details }
  • Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 23
    “. . . this universal demand of repentance declared the universal guilt in the strongest manner, and admirably confronted the pride of the haughtiest Stoic of them all.” Praise God! Knights and Ladies, store this word in your hearts and be prepared to declare it!
    Read on. . .
Greatful for:

- Being born an American!

I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing
me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a
Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually
sounding in mine ears
.”
- Robert Treat Paine, Military Chaplain; Signer of the Declaration of
Independence. Quoted from wallbuilders.com


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Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 23

Week 23

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31

The times of ignorance are over, the good news of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed!

“. . . this universal demand of repentance declared the universal guilt in the strongest manner, and admirably confronted the pride of the haughtiest Stoic of them all.” (John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible)

Praise God! Knights and Ladies, store this word in your hearts and be prepared to declare it!

Monday --- Acts 22
Tuesday --- Acts 23
Wednesday --- Acts 24
Thursday --- Acts 25
Friday --- Acts 26

“Voltaire is reported to have said that within a hundred years of his day the Bible would be a forgotten book. In a strange twist of irony, within a century of his death, one of his homes in France would belong to the Geneva Bible Society and serve as the place where Bibles were printed and distributed. But at least Voltaire, Sartre, and Nietzsche were honest and consistent in their views. They admitted the ridiculousness of life, the pointlessness of everything in an atheistic world.

Contemporary atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, however, are so blind to the conceit of their own minds that they try to present this view of life as some sort of triumphal liberation. Sartre, as atheistic intellectual elites know but are embarrassed to acknowledge, denounced atheism on his deathbed as philosophically unlivable. A few years ago, in a debate between atheism and Christianity, Antony Flew described a Christian philosopher's experience of knowing Christ as "grotesque." But Flew has now vacated the atheistic camp, no longer able to honestly justify its metaphysical moorings (see Psalm 14:1-3).”
(“The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists” by Ravi Zacharias)

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