Monthly Archives: August 2012

RYAN ATTACKS OBAMA RECORD OF FAILURE

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Today’s ( Wednesday ) Posts

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Youth show their appreciation through the 4-H Quilts of Valor Challenge
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford Keeps Sinning
DNC PROCEEDS WITH 2-HOUR ISLAMIC ‘JUMAH’ PRAYERS (AND YOU WON‘T BELIEVE WHO’S INVITED)
The Gay Protest That Encountered the Love of God
Teaching your children to love God’s Word
GOP OKS PLATFORM BARRING ABORTIONS, GAY MARRIAGE
To who is he praying to

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Youth show their appreciation through the 4-H Quilts of Valor Challenge

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Snow was still flying when some young quilters began cutting squares, triangles and rectangles from the red, white and blue cotton fabric. Other Nebraska 4-H members waited until the summer heat to stitch the pieces into a mosaic of plain, striped and printed cloth.

All these Nebraska youths took part in the 4-H Quilts of Valor Challenge.

4-H members were challenged to make a quilt to be given to combat service members and veterans touched by war. That’s the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

The finished 4-H quilts are exhibited at the maker’s county fair before being displayed at the Nebraska State Fair. There, the quilts will be presented to the foundation for distribution through the Nebraska National Guard.

“We may not like war, but we love the warriors and want to reach out to them,” said June Moore, executive director of the foundation.

The 4-H Quilts of Valor Challenge began with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educators Eileen Krumback of York County and Julie Ochsner of Adams County. They challenged their own 4-H members and the state’s other 4-H clubs to make quilts for the foundation for two years.

The foundation helped by asking companies to donate patriotic fabric. Enough was contributed for Nebraska 4-H members to make 77 quilts.

After the first year — when 40 4-H Quilts of Valor were made — Nebraska Extension staff promoted the challenge to their counterparts in other states. This year, 78 4-H Quilts of Valor were submitted to the Nebraska State Fair. No Iowa 4-H members participated this year.

“We really hoped Nebraska would be a shining example” in both community service and improving sewing skills, Moore said. “One of our hopes is to get more people involved, particularly young people.”

Eleven-year-old Trace Moody and 13-year-old Kataleena Helmick, both of Auburn, each made a Quilt of Valor.
( Youth show their appreciation )

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford Keeps Sinning

— Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is engaged to his Argentine lover. Sanford confirmed Sunday that he’s engaged to Maria Belen Chapur, an intensely private divorced woman whose affair three years ago with the married Republican father of four became tabloid news.

He proposed to her on Wednesday in the Bella Italia Grille, a high-end restaurant in the upscale Palermo neighborhood, around the corner from Chapur’s luxury apartment, the restaurant’s manager reported Sunday.

How sad for Sanford’s children. This has put another dent in what seems to be a culture that no longer values things like family, faith, and marriage. Pray for this man’s children to be comforted and pray Sanford along with his soon to be new wife would be convicted of their sin.
( Source washingtonpost)

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DNC PROCEEDS WITH 2-HOUR ISLAMIC ‘JUMAH’ PRAYERS (AND YOU WON‘T BELIEVE WHO’S INVITED)

The host committee for the Democratic National Convention is raising a number of eyebrows after choosing to proceed with featuring Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention, though Democrats earlier denied a Catholic cardinal’s request to say a prayer at the same event.
Up to 20,000 people are expected to attend the Friday prayers and Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Bureau of Indigenous Muslim Affairs (BIMA), said the purpose of the event is to hold political parties accountable for the issues faced by Muslim-Americans.

In particular, the event will target the Patriot Act, the NYPD, the National Defense Authorization Act, and anti-Shariah sentiment.
And while Muslim-Americans undeniably face distinct challenges, those who are well-informed on the dangers of radical Islam are expressing their doubts.
( DNC PROCEEDS WITH 2-HOUR ISLAMIC ‘JUMAH’ PRAYERS )

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a devout Muslim and the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, wrote:

The leaders of this event – Jibril Hough and Imam Siraj Wahhaj [are not] moderates. They are radicals. These individuals embrace Islamist supremacy and have demonstrated support for radical ideologies.
( Billy’s thoughts – Do the followers of Radical Islam have the same values as most Americans and even most Democrats. I don’t think they do. Still the Democrats are welcoming this group of people who support the killing of Americans and other good souls.)

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The Gay Protest That Encountered the Love of God

Last week, Scott Volk, one of the pastoral leaders at FIRE Church, my home congregation, received a call from the local police informing him that there would be a gay protest outside our building on Sunday morning.

The leader of the protest announced on Facebook, “We will meet just before service begins, and protest as they gather, we will have a silent protest as service is going and let them have it as they leave for the day. Remember we will be peaceful and respectful, something they don’t understand. We are going to STAND TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY to show that our love is stronger than their hate.”

In response, I wrote on my blog: “On behalf of FIRE Church, I want to extend to you the warmest welcome and let you know that we are thrilled that you are here with us on Sunday. We have been praying for you for a long time!

“As always, you will only meet with love, kindness, and respect from the FIRE leadership and congregants, and we proclaim to you once again the amazing grace of God. Jesus died to save us from our sins, heterosexual and homosexual alike, and only in Him can we find forgiveness, redemption, and transformation. Jesus alone is the Healer, Savior, Deliverer, and Transformer.”

On my radio show, I also encouraged them to come in good numbers so we could greet them, and Scott posted a note on Q-Notes, a local gay website that had announced the protest, saying, “As the pastor of FIRE Church, I just want you to know that you’ll be greeted with the same love and compassion as we always endeavor to show anyone–you are more-than-welcome! You make mention of the ‘hate’ that we show. Yet, in all our years here we’ve only desired to reach out with love to everyone in the local community here whether they are labeled as gay or straight. Hopefully, you’ll see that love demonstrated on Sunday as you protest.”
On Sunday morning, Aug. 26th, about 10 protesters showed up (we were disappointed there were so few) and some of our FIRE leaders met with them, offering them water and snacks, sharing God’s love and truth with them, and then inviting them to join us in the service. After a few minutes they left, explaining that we were too nice and loving to deserve a protest!

Bear in mind that these protesters know the stands we have taken for biblical values and some of them have listened to my radio broadcasts or read my writings, so they recognize how strongly we differ with them on many key issues. Yet they also recognized our genuine love for them and saw that we were not full of hate. The love of Jesus, flowing out of Spirit-filled, godly hearts, makes an impact that cannot be denied.

Scott shared this good news on the Q-Notes website, along with the invitation to those calling us hateful to join him for dinner at his house. In response Spydre wrote, “I want to hear more about this Jesus,” and Jaybea commented, “Even I would be welcome there? It would be an honor to meet Scott Volk and Dr. Brown. I’m beginning to see light as very attractive.” How amazing!

The next day, Monday, Aug. 27th, the leader of the protest called into my radio show to apologize publicly for the protest, explaining that their “anger … was aimed [in] the wrong direction.” And then he said these words: “Once we got there Sunday morning we were greeted with absolutely perfect love. I mean, it was fantastic.” Praise God!
( Billy’s thoughts – What powerful way for a church to witness. This church did an excellent job of following Christ example of hating sin while loving the sinner. If you like you can read all of the above story right here. )

Teaching your children to love God’s Word

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) — One of our goals for our children is that they grow up with a love for God’s Word, the Bible.
Second Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Since I want my children to grow up to be men and women of God who are complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work, they need to learn to receive their guidance for living and serving from the Bible. (Let me say here that I am not discounting the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and decisions, only that right now I am focusing on the Bible.)
David expresses in Psalm 19 his love for and need of God’s Word, and he only had the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. How blessed we are to live in a time and place when we can easily obtain the entire 66 books of the Bible in our own language! We can do no less than share it with our children, teaching them by our examples and our words to learn it, to love it and to depend on it for direction as they grow and become responsible for their own decisions, no matter what their age. From the womb until the time they are young adults, there are things parents can do to help your child know, and ultimately love, Scripture.
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GOP OKS PLATFORM BARRING ABORTIONS, GAY MARRIAGE

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To who is he praying to

An atheist will deliver the opening prayer before this week’s Tulsa City Council meeting.

Dan Nerren says his invocation will encourage council members to respect “the inherent dignity and worth of each person.”
( ATHEIST TO OFFER PRAYER AT TULSA COUNCIL MEETING )

The Tulsa World reports that critics have petitioned the council for years, asking the city to halt the prayers read before each meeting.
( Billy’s thoughts – I just wonder to who is he praying since an atheist doesn’t believe in God. Lets pray Nerren comes to know the Lord of Lords.)

Today’s ( Monday ) Posts

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Pundit moves from print to the pulpit
First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead at 82
So Brave: “Republican” Charlie Crist to Speak at Democrat National Convention
High School Football Players Can’t Eat Godly Food
JESUS WAS POLITICAL; WE SHOULD BE, TOO but only God Changes Hearts
WARREN MISSING CHANCE TO PROMOTE CIVILITY