Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tornadoes tear through South, add to U.S. death toll

Read the story along with praying for the people who lives have been changed because of theses storms, and the families of the dead.

American conservatism must choose between relevance and ridicule

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Today’s ( Thursday ) Posts

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How can church reach young people? Stop being hypocrites,
Sinful Easter Bunny on Fox TV
Government school follows the wishes of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
Autistic child given a hard time but God used it for a blessing
Author’s pro-’gay’ argument designed for ‘itching ears,’

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How can church reach young people? Stop being hypocrites,

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Sinful Easter Bunny on Fox TV

An advocacy group is giving Fox Broadcasting a hard time for a recent X-rated video on its “Animation Domination High-Def” channel on Youtube.

The Parents Television Council is demanding the network remove the explicit video, “Easter Bunny’s Coming,” ASAP which directly targets children.

Dan Isett, PTC director of communications and policy, says the animated Easter Bunny clip features over a dozen unbleeped “f-words,” depictions of fornicating rabbits, and vulgar language too indecent to mention.

The video is two minutes and 19 seconds long.

Isett says the video is “material we’ve never seen a broadcast network broadcast and distribute.”

The cartoon also attacks Judaism and Christianity with a crude sexual joke about the Easter Bunny.

Isett contends the overt reference to Christians and Jews only adds to the offensive nature of the video which was promoted during Holy Week and Passover.

“These are simply lines that ought not to be crossed,” says Isett. “It’s not funny. It’s certainly not appropriate for kids and yet it’s being marketed that way.”

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Government school follows the wishes of the Freedom from Religion Foundation

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (April 24, 2014) – School officials in Wood County, West Virginia, have removed a Bible verse from Parkersburg South High School’s gymnasium and from the school wrestling team’s website.

The team’s use of Philippians 4:13 drew a complaint earlier this month from the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation. The verse states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
( W. Virginia high school bows to pressure from atheist group )

Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

KABUL, Afghanistan (April 24, 2014) – An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the latest in a string of deadly attacks on foreign civilians in the Afghan capital this year.

Two of the dead Americans were a father and son, Minister of Health Soraya Dalil said, adding that the third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked for seven years in Kabul.

Dalil said an American nurse was also wounded in the attack.

“A child specialist doctor who was working in this hospital for the last seven years for the people of Afghanistan was killed and also two others who were here to meet him, and they were also American nationals, were killed,” Dalil said. “The two visitors were father and son, and a woman who was also in the visiting group was wounded.”

The attacker was a member of the Afghan Public Protection Force assigned to guard the hospital, according to District Police Chief Hafiz Khan. He said the man’s motive was not yet clear.
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Autistic child given a hard time but God used it for a blessing

( Below is a powerful Breakpoint radio commentary I heard yesterday. If you rather you can listen to the audio here instead of just reading it.

As many BreakPoint listeners know, Chuck Colson’s twenty-three-year-old grandson Max is autistic. A few months ago Max’s mother, Emily, and Patty Colson took Max to see “Muppets Most Wanted” at a Boston-area theater. After settling themselves into their seats, the previews began. And that’s when things went south.
Normally, Max gets a bit excited at the beginning of a film, and then he calms down. But life with autism is unpredictable, as Emily wrote on a special needs parenting site. When the first preview exploded loudly onto the screen, Max covered his ears and shrieked, “I want to go home!” Emily tried to calm him, but as soon as Kermit the Frog appeared on the screen, Max shouted “The Muppet movie!”
When the volume spiked again, Max shouted once more “I want to go home!” That’s when other movie-goers let Emily know in painful and no-uncertain terms that Max was not welcome.
As Emily and Patty escorted Max out, the audience began to applaud. “It was the sound of an angry mob chasing us away with their jeers and taunts,” Emily writes.
It’s hard to recover from experiences like that. But God used it to offer a mighty blessing, not only to Max and Emily, but to hundreds of other special needs children.
Not long after Emily wrote about unexpectedly becoming the entertainment at the theater, a woman named Renee came up to Emily after church. “Do you think Max would like it if we rented a theater?” she asked.
The following Sunday, Pastor Paul told the congregation what had happened to Max, and announced Renee’s great idea: “She rented out an entire theater so that friends of Max can watch the Muppet movie with Max.” Pastor Paul declared, “If you’re a friend of Max, you’re going to the movies, whether you like Muppets or not!”
“Everyone laughed. And everyone bought tickets,” Emily writes.
A local newspaper picked up the story. Hearing of the event, called “Love to the Max,” a limousine company owner offered to take Max and his friends to the theater in style in a 37-foot limousine. The employees fought over who was going to have the honor of driving Max. The winner? A man whose own grandson was autistic.
The CEO of a local Friendly’s Restaurant offered gift certificates for ice cream or meals. People volunteered to help out at the theater, doing everything from taking kids to the bathroom to bringing them popcorn.
So many people bought tickets that the Regal Cinema had to expand the event to two theaters. In the end, 500 children, with their families and friends, went to see “Muppets Most Wanted.”
This time, when the Muppets began singing their first number, “the music catapulted Max right out of his seat,” Emily recalls. He began dancing in the aisle. The audience began to applaud as Max danced his way down the aisle, “grabbing hands and pulling others into his dance.”

The children enjoyed the film, and as it ended with a final Muppet song, nobody wanted to leave. “Suddenly, people flooded into the aisles [and] began to dance. Everyone free. No armor. No barriers between us,” Emily writes. “I looked around and wondered if this is what Jesus envisioned when he said, “Love one another . . . The joy was contagious.”
As Chuck would have said, this was the Church being the Church. People came to love on these kids, “the least of these” and their families. And they were living out 1 Cor. 12, which reminds us that all parts of the body of Christ should be valued and honored.
As Max danced for joy that day, I imagine Chuck was probably smiling down from Heaven on him and on this marvelous scene.

Author’s pro-‘gay’ argument designed for ‘itching ears,’

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Today’s ( Wednesday ) Posts

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The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven The Story Behind the Story
President Obama picks a game golf rather than attend Aunt’s funeral
Heaven Is for Real, Not! ( the movie )
Bill Gothard Breaks Silence on Harassment Claims by 30 Women
Saved from Hate: An Interview with Mark Phelps, Son of Westboro Founder

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