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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

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another study confirms. . .

It's best NOT to send your kids to preschool!

". . . after testing these children in kindergarten and first grade, 'no significant impacts were found for math skills, pre-writing, children’s promotion, or teacher reports of children’s school accomplishments or abilities in any year.' In fact, the study shows the only difference between children who spent two years in a Head Start program and other children in the first grade classroom is a 0.08 improvement in oral comprehension. . .

Research shows again and again that there are no long-lasting positive impacts to public preschool. . .

While children that stay at home in their early years have normal interactions in kindergarten, the Head Start impact study shows that 3- and 4-year-old children that are sent to Head Start tend to be more shy. Parental involvement is the key to a child’s success."

Full article: HSLDA: Head Start to Nowhere?


"The Natural Family: Bulwark of Liberty" Awesome! Must have handbook for Godly family leaders!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday!

From The online Revised Common Lectionary readings today:

1) Turn to the forgiveness found in Christ Jesus!
2) Ask and strive for a willing and humble heart to turn from our sin nature and be transformed by the Holy Spirit
3) Be Christ's ambassador
4) Privately fast, pray, and seek treasures in heaven!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"federalization of education" for a mere $75 a student!

"A member of the Texas Board of Education says the entire 15-member board and Governor Rick Perry refused to accept federal funding for President Obama's 'Race to the Top' education program because it will weaken curriculum standards in Texas. . .
OneNewsNow.com: Texas forfeits 'Race to the Top'


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Faith, Family, Freedom - True Constitutional Candidates

Dear Family, Friends and Fellow Constitutionalists,

A group that is known as the "Liberty Candidates 2010" are sponsoring a "Money Bomb" on Wednesday, February the 17th. Candidates are vetted to see if they conform to the Liberty Candidate standard and if approved, are listed on their various websites. They are strongly encouraging for every one to financially support Liberty Candidates. You can find out more about candidates who are in your area that you may want to support at:

I have a goal of raising $10,000. It is vitally important for us to succeed if we are going to take back our state and our nation.

For those of you who have pledged to support my efforts in building the Constitution Party and building a strong campaign for governor of Illinois in 2010, now is the time to act.

You can make your contribution at:

http://www.runrandyrun.com/Money-Bomb.htm


You can also click on the "Money Bomb" link above to track the progress.

Thank you for your support and especially for your prayers. May God richly bless you as we work to restore constitutional boundaries to our country and to our states.

Sincerely, yours in liberty!
Randall C. Stufflebeam
Candidate for Governor of Illinois
StufflebeamRC@RunRandyRun.com
www.RunRandyRun.com
Office: 618-355-0737



One nation, under God!
No King but Jesus!

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"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -Edmund Burke

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." ~Samuel Adams

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 45

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 45 - 02/14/2010

Sunday --- Mark 6
Monday --- Mark 7
Tuesday --- Mark 8
Wednesday --- Mark 9
Thursday --- Mark 10
Friday --- Mark 11
Saturday --- Mark 12

Accept the challenge, take the quest!

“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)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)


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Friday, February 05, 2010

Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 44

The Bible Knights Quest! - Bible Challenge 2009 - Week 44 - 02/07/2010

Sunday --- Matthew 27
Monday --- Matthew 28
Tuesday --- Mark 1
Wednesday --- Mark 2
Thursday --- Mark 3
Friday --- Mark 4
Saturday --- Mark 5

Knights and Ladies,

And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. . . 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!"
Mark 1:4, 14-15

Repent and believe the good news that Jesus has paid the price for our sins!

The prophecy of Isaiah has been fulfilled! (Isaiah 40:3 Mark 1:1-1)

Repent:
1. change ways: to feel regret about a sin or past actions and change your ways or habits (Encarta World English Dictionary)
2. A change of mind, a reorientation of one's thought and action away from what it was before. (spirithome.com)

Acknowledge our sins and sin nature, change our ways or turn away from our sin, and believe that Jesus Christ has paid off our debt and we are now free from the debt of sin!


Accept the challenge, take the quest!

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“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)

A prayer for the use of Holy Scripture:

O Gracious God and most merciful Father, who has granted us the rich and precious jewel of Your holy word, assist us with Your Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to Your own Image, to build us up, and to instruct us into the perfect building of Christlikeness, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
(adapted from the “1599 Geneva Bible” Tolle Lege Press, 2006-2007)


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Up Coming Events and Announcements!

National Marriage Week USA - Feb 7-14
National Marriage Week USA—from February 7th to 14th every year. . . Before any governments or churches, God ordained the family! { Learn More }

State of the Nation 2 - Free Webcast - Feb 16th
A CALL FOR BIBLICAL AUTHORITY!
Free live webcast from the Creation Museum Feb 16th 7pm Central { Learn More }

Security and Emergency Planning Seminar - Feb 20th
Christian Security Network presents Security and Emergency Planning Seminar
Saturday, February 20, 2010
9:00am to 5:00pm (lunch provided)
St. Paul Baptist Church, Peoria IL { Learn More }

Appeal: DiRT Training and Evangelistic Outreach Projects
Hello Friends, Family, and Faithful Supporters!
I'd like to say thank you for your support in the past and ask for it once again. { Learn More }

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Any donations above this years expenses (around $500) will be divided among the following ministries: Greater Peoria Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Voice of the Martyrs, and Answers in Genesis.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers. May God be glorified and His Kingdom advanced! Bless you. - Mick


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Appeal: DiRT Training and Evangelistic Outreach Projects

Hello Friends, Family, and Faithful Supporters!

I'd like to say thank you for your support in the past and ask for it once again. I had a great year in 2009.
  • Hosted a 21 day fast and prayer event for a new Christ Awakening
  • Hosted a group of 5 couples to attend the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference
  • Completed the Bible Challenge 2008 and started the Bible Challenge 2009
  • Officiated in 2 weddings
  • Hosted the 2009 Cry Out America 9-11 Prayer event with well over 75 participants
  • Encouraged many people to visit our local church
  • and witnessed personal spiritual growth among a number people I'm coaching, mentoring, and discipling with!

There are two events coming up this month that I would like to raise funds for, and many ministry initiatives and resources I would like to plan for in 2010. Can you help?

Coming up Saturday Feb. 20th is a Christian Security Network Seminar in Peoria on "Security & Emergency Planning" I would like to attend to continue to develop my DiRT (Disaster Response Team) Ministry. The cost to attend is $75. (CSN Seminar Details)

Also, Feb. 16th is a live web cast, "State of the Nation 2" by Ken Ham from the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis Ministry. The web cast is free, but I would like to stock up on ministry and outreach materials to host some local events this year. (State of the Nation 2 Details)

And of course, I am planning for this years Cry Out America event and the Bible Challenge 2010, "A Commentary Journey Through Luke and Acts"! (Cry Out America details) (Bible Challenge details)

Can you help me out? If you can:

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Any donations above this years expenses (around $500) will be divided among the following ministries: Greater Peoria Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Voice of the Martyrs, and Answers in Genesis.

Thank you so much for your support and prayers. May God be glorified and His Kingdom advanced! Bless you. - Mick


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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Security and Emergency Planning Seminar - Feb 20th

Christian Security Network presents

Security and Emergency Planning Seminar
Saturday, February 20, 2010
9:00am to 5:00pm (lunch provided)
St. Paul Baptist Church, Peoria IL

$75.00 - single attendee
$55.00 - each if two or more are from the same organization
$45.00 - CSN subscriber/single attendee
$25.00 - CSN subscriber/each if two or more are from the same organization

This full-day seminar covers all the key introductory topics to put a working plan in place for churches, schools, ministries and missionaries.

Topics covered include:

Risks and liability
Risk Assessment
Background screening
Establishing a Safety Team
Crisis Management Team
Five key emergency plans for every organization
Physical, Electronic and Procedural security
Top Five Emergency Plans
Security Awareness Training for Staff

Learn More: www.ChristianSecurityNetwork.org


"Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-defense"




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State of the Nation 2 - Free Webcast - Feb 16th

A CALL FOR BIBLICAL AUTHORITY!

Free live webcast from the Creation Museum Feb 16th 7pm Central

Last year, Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, delivered some very sobering statistics during our first-ever live video webcast. He revealed the reasons behind the collapse of Christianity in the Western world and showed why the country is on a spiritual downward spiral. The response to that webcast was overwhelming, as many in the church are seeking answers.

This year, be prepared for a reawakening.

Now that you know the causes of the collapse, join Ken for “The State of the Nation ‘10” to learn what we can do to call America back to the only sure foundation—biblical authority. Learn how to stand unashamed upon God’s Word in the face of a skeptical society and how to share your faith. Discover ways to reach young people before they call it quits on church. And find out how we can do more than just watch our country slip into a moral quagmire.

Don’t miss this free webcast. Mark your calendar for February 16 at 7:00 p.m.(Central).

Learn more: www.AnswersLive.org or www.creationmuseum.org



Darwin’s Dilemma explores one of the great mysteries in the history of life: The geologically-sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animal types in the fossil record without any trace of the gradual transitional steps Charles Darwin had predicted. Frequently described as “the Cambrian Explosion,” the development of these new animal types required a massive increase in genetic information. “The big question that the Cambrian Explosion poses is where does all that new information come from?” says Dr. Stephen Meyer, a featured expert in the documentary and author of the book Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design. Click here, get Darwin's Dilemma today!


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Monday, February 01, 2010

National Marriage Week USA - Feb 7-14

National Marriage Week USA—from February 7th to 14th every year — is a collaborative effort to encourage many diverse groups to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children. Together we can make more impact than working alone.
www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org

God's Ordained Purpose for Marriage

Before any governments or churches, God ordained the family!

"Haven't you read," [Jesus] replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
Matthew 19:4-6

"The natural family, creation of God, is the fundamental human community, based on the life-long marriage between a man and a woman, in which new individuals are conceived, born and raised."
- World Congress of Families. The Warsaw Declaration, 2007.

Families are central in Scripture, and it is our belief that families are the key social unit to any nation or culture.

"The Natural Family: Bulwark of Liberty" Awesome! Must have handbook for Godly family leaders!
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