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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, February 27, 2009

Weekly ReCap – 02-27-2009 – By Design

What a great vacation! You can read about the Creation Museum visit below.

“The more we learn about living cells, the more they look like things that can only be made by design. Modern cell biology implicitly accepts this and consists essentially of reverse engineering. My own research, which involves the mechanisms by which the brain regulates pulsatile blood flow from the heart, relies on the application of engineering principles—design principles—to study brain blood flow. . .

Intelligent design theory takes a different approach to science. It is open to any kind of causation—random or designed—in accordance with the evidence. Some aspects of biology, particularly molecular biology, show clear scientific evidence for intelligent design.

I respectfully ask my Darwinist colleagues to set aside atheist ideology, and follow the evidence.”
(“My Reply to Jerry Coyne: Why Darwinism is False” by Michael Egnor, Discovery Institute)

  • Creation Museum
    Prepare to Believe! It was AWESOME! The main event is a walk through history of the Bible. You walk through from day one of the creation, to the fall, the flood, Babel, and salvation. Science of origins and life are observed from this pre-supposition. Anyway, you have to see it. Parents, you must take your children.
    Read more. . .

  • Lent Readings - First Sunday
    "After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 'The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'"
    Read more. . .

  • Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 48
    Knights and Ladies, our “walk” or way of life should reflect God's love and mercy for us. Let's meditate on the mercy and grace that God has shown us and “walk” accordingly.
    Read more. . .

Reading:

- A Black Patriot: Wentworth Cheswell
by David Barton, WallBuilders
“BLACK REVOLUTIONARY ERA PATRIOT: Wentworth Cheswell (1746-1817)

At the age of 21, he had already become an established and educated property owner and a stalwart in his local church, even holding a church pew. . .

In addition to his civic service, Wentworth was also a patriot leader. In fact, the town selected him as the messenger for the Committee of Safety – the central nervous system of the American Revolution that carried intelligence and messages back and forth between strategic operational centers. Serving in that position, Wentworth undertook the same task as Paul Revere, making an all-night ride to warn citizens of imminent British invasion. . . In April 1776, he signed a document in which he pledged, 'at the risk of . . . live and fortune,' to take up arms to resist the British

The legacy of Wentworth Cheswell is a lasting one: a patriot, teacher, and church leader; an historian, archeologist, and educator; a judge and official elected to numerous offices (he is considered the first black American elected to office in America). He is truly one of our forgotten patriots but he is a laudable example for all Americans – a hero worth remembering and honoring during Black History Month.”

- IGOLD: Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day for 2009
“All Illinois gun owners are invited to join in Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) in Springfield in 2009. This is an annual event where everyone goes to lobby` their representatives in the Illinois House and Senate. . . Begins Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 12:00pm . . . We will meet at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center - Doors open at 11:00 with the program set to begin at 12:00 noon. We will have a legislative briefing, then we will all march to the Capitol Building to locate and talk with our representatives.”

Grateful for:

- The ministry of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum. I was an evolutionary skeptic prior to God opening my eyes, and these ministries are vital to knocking down the atheistic Darwinism our children are being indoctrinated with.

- My family and our vacation. We had a wonderful time. Thank you, God, for safe travels, for the educational experiences, and for the family bonding.

- The Animating Contest of Freedom.





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Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 48

Week 48

“If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” (1 John 1:6)

Knights and Ladies, our “walk” or way of life should reflect God's love and mercy for us. Let's meditate on the mercy and grace that God has shown us and “walk” accordingly.

Monday --- 2 John 1
Tuesday --- 3 John 1
Wednesday --- Jude 1
Thursday --- Revelation 1
Friday --- Revelation 2

“Remember, the pursuit of holiness is a continuing struggle. Humanity still has the inclination to choose sin. The most saintly among us still want to do what's wrong and often do. This is why Paul, long after his conversion, writes, 'For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body.... What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?' (Romans 7:22–24).

To fight this spiritual battle, the first thing is to remember that we depend utterly on God; the Christian life is not about asserting our wills — our wills are corrupt even after we come to Christ. Our very love for God comes from God, and we only offer God's love back to Him. As Augustine writes, 'Indeed we also work, but we are only collaborating with God who works, for his mercy has gone before us.' So the struggle for holiness is a joint effort.”
(“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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Lent Readings - First Sunday

Lent Readings – Year B, from The online Revised Common Lectionary


First Sunday in Lent (March 1, 2009)

Genesis 9:8-17

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Peter 3:18-22

Mark 1:9-15


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, 1)

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

(2) “The Days of Holy Week” The Voice, CRI/Voice, Institute. 2007
(http://www.cresourcei.org/cyholyweek.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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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Creation Museum

Prepare to Believe!

The Creation Museum rocks!

What a great vacation! I don't even know where to begin. We stayed with friends Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Had an absolute blast. The kids had a great time. Thanks Matt and Jenny, we love you guys!

Sunday after church we had lunch and headed to Cincinnati OH - Covington KY area and checked into our hotel.

Monday we went to the Creation Museum. It was AWESOME! The main event is a walk through history of the Bible. You walk through from day one of the creation, to the fall, the flood, Babel, and salvation.

Science of origins and life are observed from this pre-supposition. Done professionally. Extremely professionally. Some of the animatronics catch you off guard, and you may find yourself in conversation with Noah about his design for the ark! The ark was one of my favorites. A scale design of the hull using Greek and other known concepts. It is impressive. I spent 5 years living on a large modern U.S. Navy ship, and it paled in comparison.

Anyway, you have to see it. Parents, you must take your children. The trip is 6 to 7 hours from Peoria, 5 to 6 hours back. Do it!

www.creationmuseum.org

On Tuesday we when to the Newport Aquarium. It was really cool too.





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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Weekly ReCap – 02-19-2009 – Academic Freedom

Our family leaves for vacation tomorrow! We are visiting friends on Friday and Saturday, worshiping with them on Sunday and heading to the Cincinnati OH, Petersburg KY area to visit the Creation Museum and Cincinnati Aquarium.

Emotions and prejudices aside, will you be daring enough to give your children all the facts so they can be informed? Despite what we think we know about origins (creation, evolution, old earth, new earth, etc. . .), we all have the same evidence. Will you be willing to explore that evidence with your children in the spirit of academic freedom?

Unfortunately, in the hallowed halls of academia in America today there is no academic freedom! I would encourage you to watch the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed for the shocking details of how our public schools and colleges have become indoctrination centers rather than enlightened centers of academic freedom and expression.

As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. And we are not afraid to explore all the evidence through that pre-supposition! (Joshua 24:15)

The Creation Museum, located seven miles west of the Cincinnati Airport, presents a “walk through history.” Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 70,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life.

A fully engaging, sensory experience for guests. Murals and realistic scenery, computer-generated visual effects, over fifty exotic animals, life-sized people and dinosaur animatronics, and a special-effects theater complete with misty sea breezes and rumbling seats. These are just some of the impressive exhibits that everyone in your family will enjoy.


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  • Ash Wednesday - Lent Readings
    Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 25th. "Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-"
    Read more. . .

  • Bible Challenge - Week 47
    Knights and Ladies, are we ineffective and unproductive in our faith, or are we zealous and lively? We should pursue the qualities that God's grace has bestowed upon us so we can be fruitful in righteousness and ministry for the glory of God!
    Read more. . .

Reading:

- “the atheist and the first dog
“Imagine being there when the first dog evolved. There was a big bang, and millions of years later an animal with a tail and four legs, a liver, heart, kidneys, lungs, blood, ears and eyes evolved into the first dog. Fortunately for him, his eyes had evolved to maturity after millions of years of blindness, so that he could see the first female dog that had evolved standing by him. It was actually very fortunate, because if the female dog hadn't evolved also and been at the right place at the right time, with the right parts and the willingness to mate, he would have been a dead dog. He needed a female to keep the species alive. . .”

- “Whoever 'Owns' the Economy 'Owns' You
by Edward Cline, Family Security Matters
“Todd repeated, and George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s White House reporter, modified the 'ownership' metaphor to '[Obama] owns the economy.' . . 'He owns the economy.' A very poor choice of words. Hitler 'owned' the German economy. Dictator Hugo Ch├ívez 'owns' the Venezuelan economy. The Castro brothers 'own' the Cuban economy. Vladimir Putin 'owns' the Russian economy. One would think that it would occur to Stephanopoulos that this is hardly a flattering thing to attribute to a man he earnestly wishes to be perceived as a 'man of the people,' that 'owning' an economy is the sign of a dictator. . .

Arguably the most frightening aspects of the stimulus package not mentioned once by the news media are the socialized medicine provisions buried in the 1,100-page stimulus bill . . . In short, if you are elderly and require serious medical treatment, a Federal Council will decide whether or not that treatment is 'cost effective' and a potential drain on Medicare resources. If some faceless bureaucrat decides it is not 'cost effective,' you will be sentenced to endure the malady, or to 'die quietly.'

Does this policy differ in any fundamental from, say, the Nazi policy of 'thinning out the herd' by denying the elderly and disabled Germans medical treatment, or by cleaning out sanitariums of the mentally ill for 'cost effectiveness' reasons? No.”

- “States' Rights and the Growing Rebellion - A Status Report
by Paul Hollrah, Family Security Matters
“After many decades of uninterrupted drift toward a socialist state, and seeing a self-serving federal legislature and a bloated federal bureaucracy whose incompetence is exceeded only by its avarice, the legislatures of a number of states are beginning to take matters into their own hands. . .

Accordingly, some eight states, including Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Washington, are now considering either legislation or resolutions designed to reassert powers usurped by a power hungry federal establishment over the past 222 years. . .

Clearly, any careful reading of the U.S. Constitution should convince the reader that the primary building block of the American republic is the state legislature. They are now drawing a line in the sand and are reminding the three branches of the federal government of their Constitutional limitations. We hope that the course they have embarked upon will continue to be a bloodless one. To insure that it is, we should all lend our active support to the state legislators. They are the Patrick Henrys of our era.”

Grateful for:

- My Job. It's in times like these that it is easy to feel grateful. But how often do we give the credit to God when economic times are good? How often do we give the credit to God that we are physically, mentally, and economically able to work? All praise and glory to God!

- Authentic friendships. Like the friends we are visiting this weekend. Thank God for them.




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Bible Challenge - Week 47

Week 47

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8)

Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. (1 Peter 1:5-7)

“. . . when it is here said that the being and abounding of all Christian graces in us will make us neither inactive nor unfruitful, we are thereby to understand that it will make us very zealous and lively, vigorous and active, in all practical Christianity, and eminently fruitful in the works of righteousness.”
(Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible)

Knights and Ladies, are we ineffective and unproductive in our faith, or are we zealous and lively? We should pursue the qualities that God's grace has bestowed upon us so we can be fruitful in righteousness and ministry for the glory of God! (1 Peter 1:3-4)

Monday --- 1 John 1
Tuesday --- 1 John 2
Wednesday --- 1 John 3
Thursday --- 1 John 4
Friday --- 1 John 5

“Romans 12:8 tells those of us who have the gift of leadership that we had better sit up and take notice, we had better 'lead with diligence.' Why? Because the Church, the bride of Christ, upon which the eternal destiny of the world depends, will flourish or falter largely on the basis of how we lead. If you're a leader, please reread that sentence and let it sink into your consciousness. Also, please understand that I am not writing about leadership simply to highlight this particular gift. My ultimate concern is not leadership. For me, the bottom line is the Acts 2 church. But I am absolutely convinced that the church will never reach her full redemptive potential until men and women with the leadership gift step up and lead.

People supernaturally gifted to lead must yield themselves fully to God. They must cast powerful, biblical, God-honoring visions. They must build effective, loving, clearly focused teams. They must fire up Christ followers to give their absolute best for God. And they must insist with pit bull determination that the gospel be preached, the lost be found, the believers be equipped, the poor be served, the lonely be enfolded into community, and God gets the credit for it all.
(“Courageous Leadership” by Bill Hybels, quoted in Zondervan Inspirations)

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Ash Wednesday - Lent Readings

Lent Readings – Year B, from The online Revised Common Lectionary

Ash Wednesday (February 25, 2009)

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, 1)

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

(2) “The Days of Holy Week” The Voice, CRI/Voice, Institute. 2007
(http://www.cresourcei.org/cyholyweek.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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Friday, February 13, 2009

Weekly ReCap – 02-13-2009 – Origins

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

“When considering how life began, there are only two options. Either life was created by an intelligent source (God) or it began by natural processes [something from nothing]. . .

The common factor in all living organisms is the information contained in their cells. Where and how did all this coded information arise? . . . All evolutionary explanations are unable to answer this question. . .”
(“Can natural processes explain the origin of life?” by Mike Riddle)

Not to confuse 'natural selection,' “differential reproductive success of individuals within a species” or a horizontal change, and molecules-to-man evolution, or a vertical change. “For a molecules-to-man evolutionary model, there must be a change from one kind into another—a vertical change. This is simply not observed. . . Instead, we simply observe variations within each created kind.”
(“Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution?” by Georgia Purdom)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

(Psalm 139:13-17)

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  • 2009 Bible Challenge! Will you take the Challenge?
    Will you accept the Quest? Please reply and give me your feed back. Would dwelling on Jesus' words for an entire year be a good challenge? (I should hope so!) Also, let me know if you would be interested in the prayer meetings.
    Learn more. . .

  • Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 46
    Knights and Ladies, we have to live in the tension. Striving to be transformed and lead others to be transformed without becoming critical, or legalistic! Lead and encourage one another, and speak the truth in love!
    Read more. . .
Reading:

- Crime Rate Drop as Illinois Town Prays
CBNNews.com, February 9, 2009
“Many residents in a small midwest community say its lower crime rates are a direct answer to prayer from God. . . The town Peoria, Ill., saw its first homicide of the year, Saturday Feb. 7.

'[It's] a very unfortunate circumstance that happened in Peoria yesterday when a young man's life was taken. I think it was a sign from Satan saying “I'm going to get you,”' Mayor Jim Ardis told those gathered Sunday night.

'It's only going to make us dig our heels deeper,' he added. 'We will stand arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand until this happens no more.' . . .

Since the prayers began last year, homicides in the city decreased from 16 in 2007 to six in 2008.”
{ http://www.pushforpeacepeoria.org/ }


Grateful for:

- Creation. Think about it for a little while. . . life hangs by a thread, if one tiny aspect of nature gets out of balance, this small blue planet in the vast universe would no longer be hospitable to life. God's design is perfect!

- Grapes. Seriously, how much time and money do we spend refining and processing to get a little sweet candy, when God has already designed a reproducing pre-packaged ball of sweet delightful goodness! (This really applies to all fruits and even vegetables!) Praise God!

- My forever valentine, my wife!





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Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 46

Week 46

“Don't criticize one another, brothers. He who criticizes a brother or judges his brother criticizes the law and judges the law. . .” (James 4:11-12)

“Our lips must be governed by the law of kindness, as well as truth and justice. Christians are brethren. And to break God's commands, is to speak evil of them, and to judge them, as if they laid too great a restraint upon us. We have the law of God, which is a rule to all; let us not presume to set up our own notions and opinions as a rule to those about us, and let us be careful that we be not condemned of the Lord.”
(Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible)

It's confession time. I can stumble in this area. I have such a great desire to see others discipled and transformed even as a I am a work in progress being transformed, that I can sometimes become critical in an un-brotherly way.

Knights and Ladies, we have to live in the tension. Striving to be transformed and lead others to be transformed without becoming critical, or legalistic! Lead and encourage one another, and speak the truth in love!

Monday --- 1 Peter 4
Tuesday --- 1 Peter 5
Wednesday --- 2 Peter 1
Thursday --- 2 Peter 2
Friday --- 2 Peter 3

“To the world, Separatists seem to be out of touch, opposed to everything for no good reason and motivated only by a desire to condemn others. Separatists are seen as quintessential judgers, narrow-minded and intolerant. Conformists, on the other hand, seem to be exactly the same as the world. The world fails to notice anything positive or spiritual about Conformists because it's hidden beneath sinful, carnal lifestyle choices.

Transformists live on the fine line and battle to integrate their Christianity with their culture. This camp causes critics to freeze in their tracks and rethink the only stereotypes of Christians they know. Transformists cause the world to stop, stare, and shut up, exactly what God intends. "For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men" (1 Peter 2:15).

The only way we can change stereotypes is to change ourselves. And the only way to change ourselves is to follow Jesus and allow him to change us.”
(“The Fine Line: Re-envisioning the Gap between Christ and Culture” by Kary Oberbrunner, quoted in Zondervan Inspirations)

“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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Monday, February 09, 2009

2009 Bible Challenge!!

Will you take the Challenge? Will you accept the Quest?

Greetings Knights and Ladies,

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5)

Amen!

The Bible Challenge is a yearly Quest from Easter to Easter, and we are fast approaching the end of this quest and preparing for the next.

At this time for 2009 I am planning a reading of The Words of Jesus in a Year. That's reading through the four Gospels, first chapter of Acts, and the first three chapters of Revelations four times in a year.

This year I am considering hosting Bible Challenge prayer meetings 2 to 4 times a month. We will meet early on a week day morning possibly once a week and possibly early on one saturday morning a month.

Please reply and give me your feed back. Would dwelling on Jesus' words for an entire year be a good challenge? (I should hope so!) Also, let me know if you would be interested in the prayer meetings.

The grace of our King Jesus Christ be with you!

Mick Dobra,
Chaplain and Founder the Romans 15:4 Project

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Weekly ReCap – 02-06-2009 – Pray Peoria!

This Sunday at the Civic Center, Jesus is playing in Peoria!

The 40 Days of Prayer wraps up the 40 Days with a celebration / worship / prayer event at the Peoria Civic Center Theater this Sunday at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. What a great way to celebrate and thank God for the tremendous way He is moving in Peoria and knitting together the Church of Peoria.

The doors will open at 5:00 pm, and the program begins with a string quartet prelude at 5:45. There is no cost for the event, and good news: the Civic Center has agreed to NOT CHARGE FOR PARKING!


  • U.S. Justice Candidate a Threat to Parental Rights!
    When government intrudes into the bedrock of society, our families, we are in grave danger! . . . Ogden believes that the legal rules contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are already binding on the United States. . . Homeschoolers have long understood the dangers of this international treaty, which contains the core principle that the government may decide what it believes is best for each child without any proof of wrongdoing by the child’s parents.
    Learn more and take action!

  • Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 45
    Knights and Ladies, we have got to get marriage right! It saddens my heart that the statistics of broken marriages and families is nearly the same in the Church as in the world. When the world looks upon the Church it doesn't see our Saviour, it sees - the world! We must get marriage right so that we can be the light that leads the world to Christ! . . . I have a scar from my past much as the character Michael in Fireproof, and it pains me to the point that this is a zealous passion on my heart! WE THE CHURCH MUST GET MARRIAGE RIGHT!
    Read more. . .
Reading:

- In Honor of Black History Month: William Carney (1840-1908)
“Sergeant William H. Carney – another black American renowned for his heroism – was born into slavery in Norfolk, Virginia. While William was still a boy, his father escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad. He soon purchased the family out of slavery and brought them to New Bedford, Massachusetts. . .

Carney joined the Morgan Guards, who later became part of the Massachusetts 54th (featured in the 1989 movie Glory). . .

[After holding a part of the fort for a time and being forced to retreat,] . . . Carney was shot again (for the fourth time), this time narrowly escaping death as the bullet creased his skull. At last he reached the safety of what remained of the 54th, proclaiming breathlessly before collapsing, 'Boys, I only did my duty. The flag never touched the ground.'

On May 23, 1900, Sergeant William Harvey Carney was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. . .”

Learn more: David Barton, WallBuilders Report, 01/2006

- World Congress of Families Reacts to UNFPA Leader Who Says Family Breakdown is a 'Triumph' for 'Human Rights'
The World Congress of Families, Press Release, 2/5/2009
“. . . At a recent colloquium in Mexico City, Arie Hoekman, a UNFPA representative from the Netherlands, told participants that high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births represent the triumph of 'human rights' over 'patriarchy.' . . .

Jacobs charged: “Deconstructing the natural family has always been high on the agenda of groups like UNFPA [United Nations Population Fund]. Ignoring international and domestic laws, they pursue this goal relentlessly through funding and promoting abortion, contraception and coercive population control – such as China’s one-children-per-family policy.”

- Lawsuit: Florida Clinic Botched Abortion, Threw Out Live Baby
Foxnews.com, Associated Press, 2/5/2009
“. . . According to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labor and delivered a live baby girl.

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic's owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant's umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out. . .

Williams' lawsuit offers a cruder account: She says Gonzalez knocked the baby off the recliner chair where she had given birth, onto the floor. The baby's umbilical cord was not clamped, allowing her to bleed out. Gonzalez scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.”

Yep, we are an advanced, humane, and civilized people. Sure we are.

Grateful for:

- A God that loves beyond all human understanding! Despite being constantly rejected; despite constantly having His Name dragged through the mud and used as a curse word; despite the fact that we always fall short, He loves us! He picks us up and welcomes us home when we return! Praise God!
- My babbling and now toddling baby girl, Princess Emily!
- My smart and brave son, Knight Luke!
- My wonderful, happy, couponing, Proverbs 31 wife, Jessica!






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Bible Challenge 2008 - Week 45

Week 45

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Hebrews 13:4 ESV)

“'Marriage' is the union of one man and one woman in wedlock, whereby they become one flesh; it is a joining together of male and female in this relation, and of two only . . . and this is 'honourable,' as it was instituted by God, and has been honoured with the presence of Christ, Genesis 2:22. And it is so in the ends of it, being to procreate children, multiply the earth, build up families, preserve a legitimate offspring, and prevent fornication and all uncleanness. . .”
(John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible)

Knights and Ladies, we have got to get marriage right! It saddens my heart that the statistics of broken marriages and families is nearly the same in the Church as in the world. When the world looks upon the Church it doesn't see our Saviour, it sees - the world! We must get marriage right so that we can be the light that leads the world to Christ!

Knights and Ladies, buy, rent or borrow the movie “Fireproof” today! I have a scar from my past much as the character Michael, and it pains me to the point that this is a zealous passion on my heart! WE THE CHURCH MUST GET MARRIAGE RIGHT!

Monday --- James 4
Tuesday --- James 5
Wednesday --- 1 Peter 1
Thursday --- 1 Peter 2
Friday --- 1 Peter 3

“Too many marriages end when someone says 'I've fallen out of love with you' or 'I don't love you anymore.' The Love Dare discusses how these statements reveal a lack of understanding about the fundamental nature of true love.

As featured in the popular new movie Fireproof, from the team that brought us the #1 best selling DVD Facing the Giants, The Love Dare is a 40-day guided devotional experience that will lead your heart back to truly loving your spouse while learning more about the design, nature, and source of true love. Each reading includes Scripture, a statement of principle, the day's 'dare,' and a journaling area and check box to chart progress.

Dare to take The Love Dare, and see your marriage change forever.”
(The Love Dare)

{ Fireproof the movie } { (The Love Dare book }
{ The FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference }


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