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GOD’S BASEBALL GAME

January 16, 2013

Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game.   The Lord’s team was playing Satan’s team.  The Lord’s team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs.  They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate whose name was LOVE.

LOVE swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because LOVE never fails.

The next batter was named FAITH, who also got a single because FAITH works with LOVE.

The next batter up was named GODLY WISDOM.  Satan wound up and threw the first pitch; GODLY WISDOM looked it over and let it pass, because GODLY WISDOM does not swing at Satan’s pitches.  Ball one.  Three more pitches and GODLY WISDOM walked, because GODLY WISDOM never swings at Satan’s throws.  The bases were loaded.

The Lord then turned to Bob and told him He was now going to bring in His star player.  Up to the plate stepped GRACE.  Bob said he sure did not look like much!

Satan’s whole team relaxed when they saw GRACE.  Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch.  To the shock of everyone, GRACE hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen.  But Stan was not worried, his center fielder, the Prince of the air, let very few get by.  He went up for the ball but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground; then it continued over the fence for a home run!

Then Lord’s team won!! The Lord then asked Bob if he knew why LOVE, FAITH and GODLY WISDOM could get on base but could not win the game.  Bob answered that he did not know why.

The Lord explained, “If your love, faith and godly wisdom had won the game you would think you had done it by yourself.  Love, faith and wisdom will get you on base, but only MY GRACE can get you home.”

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May Day 2010 Lincoln Memorial

April 20, 2010

Dear friends,

Please make a point to be aware of: http://www.mayday2010.org/

A wonderful day of gathering in our nations capitol for prayer.

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The Bible and Economics

April 13, 2010

New Every Morning – Daily Devotional – Dr. D. James Kennedy

The Bible And Economics – April 13

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this:
If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:10

Do you dread going to work or tending house, viewing labor as a curse on your life because of the Fall? Well, it isn’t. Before sin ever touched this earth, God commanded Adam to tend the garden. God created us to have meaningful employment and to earn our keep. And He created a context in which we could live and prosper.

God reveals that context in His Word. While the Bible isn’t an economics textbook, it does say a great deal about how we can thrive. The Bible says that if a person does not work, that person shall not eat. (Of course, this principle doesn’t refer to a person unable to work.) The Eighth Commandment, “Thou shalt not steal,” makes it clear that we can own property, ruling out certain economic systems such as communism. In fact, I believe free enterprise is a biblical principle. Most people didn’t understand this until 1776, when Adam Smith wrote his famous book on economics, The Wealth of Nations. This book sparked the worldwide spread of capitalism. Before that time, most people lived a hand-to-mouth existence, spending about ninety percent of their income on food. But between 1800 and 1850, wages quadrupled as people pursued scriptural economic principles, and from 1850 to 1900, wages quadrupled again. This was especially true in America, where free enterprise had its freest reign.

But in this century, we’ve turned from some of those biblical principles. A misapplication of the concepts of justice and charity have created in our nation “social justice” (in other words, welfare). Public welfare is neither just nor charitable, because it forcibly takes money from one person and gives it to another. Public welfare also tempts people to take advantage of public money and to fight for as much of it as they can get. It destroys private charity and creates vice and laziness.

I challenge you to apply biblical principles of economics in your life and to cultivate a responsible work ethic. Resolve today that whatever task comes your way, you’ll work for God’s honor and glory. As you do, He will bless you for your obedience.

America will last until the populace discovers it can vote for itself largess [gifts or handouts] out of the public treasury.
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE

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Ann Coulter Backs up Brit Hume on Gospel of Jesus

January 7, 2010

Christianity: If you can find a better deal, take it!

Ann Coulter explain Gospel of Jesus
in backing up Brit Hume’s Tiger remark


Posted: January 06, 2010
6:11 pm Eastern

By Ann Coulter


Someone mentioned Christianity on television recently, and liberals reacted with their usual howls of rage and blinking incomprehension.

On a Fox News panel discussing Tiger Woods, Brit Hume said, perfectly accurately:

“The extent to which he can recover, it seems to me, depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'”

Hume’s words, being 100 percent factually correct, sent liberals into a tizzy of sputtering rage, once again illustrating liberals’ copious ignorance of Christianity. (Also illustrating the words of the Bible: “How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words” [John 8:43].)

In the Washington Post, Tom Shales demanded that Hume apologize, saying he had “dissed about half a billion Buddhists on the planet.”

Is Buddhism about forgiveness? Because, if so, Buddhists had better start demanding corrections from every book, magazine article and blog posting ever written on the subject, which claims Buddhists don’t believe in God, but try to become their own gods.

I can’t imagine that anyone thinks Tiger’s problem was that he didn’t sufficiently think of himself as a god, especially after that final putt in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year.

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In light of Shales’ warning Hume about “what people are saying” about him, I hope Hume’s a Christian, but that’s not apparent from his inarguable description of Christianity. Of course, given the reaction to his remarks, apparently one has to be a regular New Testament scholar to have so much as a passing familiarity with the basic concept of Christianity.

On MSNBC, David Shuster invoked the “separation of church and television” (a phrase that also doesn’t appear in the Constitution), bitterly complaining that Hume had brought up Christianity “out-of-the-blue” on “a political talk show.”

Why on earth would Hume mention religion while discussing a public figure who had fallen from grace and was in need of redemption and forgiveness? Boy, talk about coming out of left field!

What religion – what topic – induces this sort of babbling idiocy? (If liberals really want to keep people from hearing about God, they should give Him his own show on MSNBC.)

Most perplexing was columnist Dan Savage’s indignant accusation that Hume was claiming that Christianity “offers the best deal – it gives you the get-out-of-adultery-free card that other religions just can’t.”

In fact, that’s exactly what Christianity does. It’s the best deal in the universe. (I know it seems strange that a self-described atheist and “radical sex advice columnist faggot” like Savage would miss the central point of Christianity, but there it is.)

God sent his only son to get the crap beaten out of him, die for our sins and rise from the dead. If you believe that, you’re in. Your sins are washed away from you – sins even worse than adultery! – because of the cross.

“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14).

Surely you remember the cross, liberals – the symbol banned by ACLU lawsuits from public property throughout the land?

Christianity is simultaneously the easiest religion in the world and the hardest religion in the world.

In the no-frills, economy-class version, you don’t need a church, a teacher, candles, incense, special food or clothing; you don’t need to pass a test or prove yourself in any way. All you’ll need is a Bible (in order to grasp the amazing deal you’re getting) and probably a water baptism, though even that’s disputed.

You can be washing the dishes or walking your dog or just sitting there minding your business hating Susan Sarandon and accept that God sent his only son to die for your sins and rise from the dead … and you’re in!

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“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

If you do that, every rotten, sinful thing you’ve ever done is gone from you. You’re every bit as much a Christian as the pope or Billy Graham.

No fine print, no “your mileage may vary,” no blackout dates. God ought to do a TV spot: “I’m God Almighty, and if you can find a better deal than the one I’m offering, take it.”

The Gospel makes this point approximately 1,000 times. Here are a few examples at random:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

In a boiling rage, liberals constantly accuse Christians of being “judgmental.” No, we’re relieved.

Christianity is also the hardest religion in the world because, if you believe Christ died for your sins and rose from the dead, you have no choice but to give your life entirely over to Him. No more sexual promiscuity, no lying, no cheating, no stealing, no killing inconvenient old people or unborn babies – no doing what all the other kids do.

And no more caring what the world thinks of you – because, as Jesus warned in a prophecy constantly fulfilled by liberals: The world will hate you.

With Christianity, your sins are forgiven, the slate is wiped clean and your eternal life is guaranteed through nothing you did yourself, even though you don’t deserve it. It’s the best deal in the universe.

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VIDEO: One Nation Under God

January 6, 2010
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The New Presbyterian Church: Messiah Photos

December 29, 2009

The New Presbyterian Church
Messiah Photos

It really was a wonderful Lord’s Day. We had between 1100 and 1200 people in attendance to our very first concert at TNPC. There were a tremendous number of visitors – making the program a true outreach to our community. Many thanks to the many volunteers who made this program possible!

Merry Christmas,

Samuel Metzger
Church Administrator
Senior Organist

1 Messiah Audience Wide Shot
2 Messiah: Christine Crawford
Choir 2
CJ Baik
David Schwartz
Messiah John Wilson
Choir 1
Gibson Dorce
Samuel Metzger
Messiah Chuck and John
Messiah Side Wide Shot
Phil Alongi
Pricilla Mercer
Anne and Jennifer
John end of concert
Mesisah Closer Wide Shot

Curtain Call


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Cartoon: The REAL Messiah

December 15, 2009

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Cartoon: Christmas PAUSE

December 15, 2009

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Janet Porter: Pink Slip Campaign

November 18, 2009

Finally, our message is being heard

Exclusive: Janet Porter tells of congressmen sharing impact of pink-slip campaign


WND.com 17 Nov. 09 By Janet Porter


The public has spoken. Nearly 5 million pink slips have already flooded Congress, and today members of both the U.S. House and Senate are standing to acknowledge it. Amidst a backdrop of pink slips, members of Congress will host a press conference at 11 a.m. at the House Triangle outside the U.S. Capitol today.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Reps. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Steve King, R-Iowa, Tom Price, R-Ga., and Chris Smith, R-N.J., are among those who are planning to be present at this event.

Joseph Farah, CEO of WorldNetDaily, and I will be there as well, standing with Americans against the hostile government takeover of health care, energy and speech.

As Joseph Farah will point out at the press conference: “Placed end to end, the ‘pink slips’ would stretch from the District of Columbia to the Sears Tower in Chicago. If stacked, the pile of pink would be taller than the Sears Tower itself.”

With the government takeover of health care and energy already passed in the House and awaiting votes in the Senate, it’s encouraging to know that our message is finally being heard – and not a moment too soon.

Unfortunately, it’s too late for our freedom of speech, as so-called “hate crimes” legislation already passed Congress and was signed by Barack Obama into law as a part of the defense budget. That is why I stood with pastors like Rick Scarborough of Vision America, Mat Staver and Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel, Oklahoma Pastor Paul Blair, San Diego Pastor Jim Garlow, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, Bishop Earl Jackson of Stand America, and others on the steps of the Department of Justice yesterday afternoon speaking out against the law that has already laid the foundation for the Criminalization of Christianity, as I warned about in my book by that same title.

Rick Scarborough spoke for all of us when he said, “This is a sad day for America. While a small minority of homosexual activists are celebrating, thousands of pastors, priests and rabbis are lamenting their loss of First Amendment freedoms. I for one refuse to bow before this unjust and unconstitutional law, and I intend to continue to preach the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Scriptures.”

Why does it matter so much? That’s something that was addressed at the press conference by Grace Hamilton, a former lesbian who was reached by the message of the Gospel and left the homosexual lifestyle, as have thousands like her.

Another speaker was Paul Diamond of the Christian Legal Centre in London, who flew from England at his own expense to communicate how the “hate crimes” law has been used to silence the church in Britain – much like in Canada, where those who quote Bible verses are suffering fines and jail time. Canadian Pastor Stephan Boisson, for example, was fined $5,000, ordered to renounce his faith and banned from expressing the biblical perspective on homosexuality. But this law doesn’t just affect pastors; it will criminalize the beliefs of millions of ordinary people who may now be afraid to speak even their pro-marriage positions lest it spark a federal “hate crime” investigation.

While we did not succeed in stopping the government assault on our free speech, the battle will continue with a legal challenge in the courts. Hopefully, it will be overturned as was the case with the Pennsylvania “hate crimes” law that was responsible for sending 11 people to jail – including two grandmothers who faced 47 years behind bars for the “hate crime” of passing out Gospel tracts on the public streets of Philadelphia. Members of the “Philadelphia 11” were also present at yesterday’s conference. Did you see anything about it on the news? [??]

 

While the battle for free speech has moved to the courts, there’s still time to act before we lose the ability to receive lifesaving treatment and be forced to pay the largest tax increase in history for heating our homes and driving to work. By forwarding everyone you know the link www.SendCongressAPinkSlip.com you will help stand against the other government assaults on our health care and energy and demand an end to the deficit spending.

While the tea parties and town halls seem to have fallen on deaf ears, thankfully, the pink-slip message is starting to be heard. Pink slips amounting to nearly three times the size of the Washington Monument have already been delivered to Congress – that’s about waist high in each office on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Tom Price said, “They’re talking about it, but they’re only talking about it behind closed doors and in the elevators as they go up and down and in very whispered tones. Because, what you hear are people saying, ‘How many of those did you get or how many people came to your office today?’ And ‘what are you going to do and how are you going to vote on this?'”

Sen. DeMint stated that “these pink slips are getting to people right now. It’s the only reason people haven’t passed something [the health care bill] in the Senate. … Keep it up and let’s keep trying to draw attention to it.”

I couldn’t agree more. Once you send Congress a set of pink slips, then, if you don’t see coverage of today’s congressional press conference, call the media outlets and ask them why. You can find the network, newspaper and wire service numbers by clicking on this link provided by the Media Research Center.

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Coral Ridge Ministries: Urgent Action Call: Healthcare

October 12, 2009

URGENT ACTION IS NEEDED to stop what political strategist Dick Morris calls “a bloodless coup” now underway.

Please read this special report from Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries Washington, D.C., Correspondent and then call your senators and representative. The Capitol Hill switchboard is (202) 224-3121. (Click these links to identify your senators and representative.)

From Robert Knight:

Folks, in my nearly 20 years in Washington, I have seen a lot of deception and chicanery. But what’s unfolding now takes my breath away. It should raise the blood pressure of every freedom-loving American. The Democrats are still trying to ram through a national health care takeover despite being told over and over by Americans that we do not want it.

The Senate Finance Committee is poised to vote on a massive health care reform bill on Tuesday authored by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). A glaring, outrageous fact unreported by the media is that the bill has been kept secret. No one actually knows what’s in it – not even senators, who will be told to vote for it. Entire sections will be added later. That’s what happened with the House version. Nobody read the bill, and 75 “phantom” amendments were added after the vote. A similar maneuver happened in the Senate, when a key committee approved another version of a sweeping health care bill in July without seeing the text. Actual language was unveiled months later in September.

Senators will be voting on something that does not even exist yet.

Even the Congressional Budget Office was operating without actual text when it issued a report this week saying the Baucus plan would cost under $900 billion instead of more than a trillion. When the CBO crunched the detailed, 1,018-page House version this summer, it reported that it would cost far more than President Obama claimed. Obama then broke precedent and summoned the CBO director to the White House for a “talk.” Now the CBO says the Senate bill will cost less. They think. They hope. They speculate.

What’s more, CNSNews.com reports that an aide to Sen. Harry Reid said that current debates may be irrelevant because an entirely different version might be inserted into an unrelated House tax bill, HR 1586. This is a way of getting around the constitutional requirement that all tax bills originate in the House. Sen. Reid wants a “public option” that would ensure a “single-payer” system, which means socialized medicine.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week that she has the votes necessary to ram through a bill with “the public option” as soon as it comes back to her chamber.

“The real bill will be another 1,000-page, trillion dollar experiment… that vastly expands the role of the federal government in the personal health care decisions of every American,” warns Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would not rule out the possibility that the House would vote for identical Senate language, thus avoiding the bill going to a House-Senate conference committee for more examination and debate and getting it quickly to President Obama’s desk.

Stunned by the August town halls, TEA parties and the massive Sept. 12 taxpayer rally in Washington, liberals know the window is closing on their plan to nationalize one sixth of America’s economy and put your health care decisions in the hands of government bureaucrats. So they are working in the dark to ram this through before most Americans find out.

Some details have slipped out:

Do what we say, not what we do–Congress has exempted itself from mandatory coverage provisions that they want to impose on their fellow citizens.

Taxing Class II medical devices, such as breast pumps, pacemakers, ventilators, wheelchairs and needles. Call this the “mommy tax.”

Different tax rates for people in different states. The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel reports: “Majority Leader Harry Reid …worked out a deal by which the federal government will pay all of his home state’s additional Medicaid expenses for the next five years. Under the majority leader’s very special formula, only three other states – Oregon, Rhode Island and Michigan – qualify for this perk.” This means that Americans in other states would subsidize constituents of Harry Reid and some of his political friends. A dozen Democratic governors have come out against the Medicaid mandate as a budget buster, but Reid is covering his own political interests.

Are you angry yet?

Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) took to the floor of the House during the earlier spendathon and said the nation is now in the grip of “gangster government,” in which powerful interests are raiding the treasury to ensure their own continued power. The health care “reform” bill is more of the same, but even more dangerous.

The liberal “mainstream” media are providing cover for all this. None is asking to see the bill language. They will get away with it unless Americans speak out now and let them know in no uncertain terms that this is unacceptable and tyrannical.

Please, for the sake of your children and grandchildren and your own ability to choose your insurance and your doctor, take a moment. Call your congressman and senators and let them know you want them to start over with a transparent process and consider real, workable reforms, such as curbing malpractice awards and making it easier for people to buy insurance out of state. Tell your friends and neighbors that they need to act, too.

Send them this simple message:

“Show Us the Bill!”

The Capitol Hill switchboard is 202 224-3121. (Click these links to identify your senators and representative.)

Special Note: To learn more about the health care “reform” debate, request the powerful new DVD from Coral Ridge Ministries, The Health Care Lie!

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Nick Vujicic’s Inspirational Splash

October 7, 2009

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This story was in today’s Investor’s Business Daily

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Nick Vujicic’s Inspirational Splash

Go The Distance: The minister shares his uplifting message worldwide

By TRANG HO, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
7 Oct. 2009

Vujicic was born without limbs in 1982 in Australia, moved to the L.A. area in 2007 and has spoken to 3 million people across 25 countries. Life Without Limbs

Vujicic was born without limbs in 1982 in Australia, moved to the L.A. area in 2007 and has spoken to 3 million people across 25 countries. Life Without Limbs View Enlarged Image

Waddling on a stage platform, Nick Vujicic jokes that even though he’s given 1,500 speeches, facing audiences still makes his palms sweaty.

The irony is that he has no limbs, except a short foot, which he calls a chicken drumstick.

He gives it that tag because it looks like one. And because his dog thinks it’s one and nibbles on it.

The crowd of 1,200 on a recent Friday night at Hawthorne’s Memorial Center near Los Angeles laughs at the self-deprecating humor woven into his inspirational message.

“If I was born without arms and legs to speak with you today so that you can be unchained, then it’s all worth it,” Vujicic (pronounced vooey cheech) tells the crowd.

Many people who go to hear Vujicic probably feel sorry for him, he said, but leave “jealous of the man with no arms or legs.”

Why? Because he travels everywhere doing everything.

Ability

Yes, Vujicic has no arms or legs, depends on three caregivers and travels in a wheelchair.

But he contends that he’s not disabled; he’s plenty able. He can jump backward off a diving board into a pool, surf, play golf by holding the club between his chin and shoulder, play soccer and type 43 words a minute on a regular keyboard.

At age 26, he holds a double degree in accounting and financial planning, has invested in real estate and stocks and serves as president of two organizations. “If he can rise above the condition he was born in, why can’t anybody else?” Don Harris, a volunteer who organized the Hawthorne event, told IBD.

Obviously that rise wasn’t easy, and not just because of Vujicic’s body. The road to becoming a world-famous minister who receives 2,000 to 4,000 invitations a month to speak was wrought with anger and depression.

When Vujicic was born on Dec. 4, 1982, in Melbourne, Australia, doctors had no explanation for why he had phocomelia, the medical term for having short or no limbs.

His family has no history of birth defects or genetically inherited diseases. His younger brother and sister were born perfectly normal. The doctors told his parents that Nick might not survive.

Then came interaction. As the first child with special needs to be integrated with regular kids at his school in Australia, Nick was teased and bullied. He recalls many times being so bummed that he didn’t want to go to school.

People constantly stared at him. His mother suggested he respond by simply talking to them.

On his LifeWithoutLimbs.org, he wrote: “With the encouragement from my parents, I began to ignore the bullies and tried to start making friends by just talking with some of the kids. Soon the students realized I was just like them.”

On the days he came home crying, his mom tried to cheer him up by playing a song by Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic who sang about cool life in a wheelchair.

Although his parents, a pastor at a church and a midwife, were encouraging, Vujicic suffered low self-esteem and loneliness for years.

Feeling that he was a burden to his family, he told his mom when he was 8 that he wanted to kill himself.

At age 10 he tried to drown himself in a bathtub three times. He couldn’t follow through, he said later, because of the pain his death would inflict on his parents.

The turning point in his life, he told IBD, came when he was 13.

His mother showed him a newspaper article about a 22-year-old man inflicted with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which attacks the nerves and paralyzes the muscles.

“He wasn’t sitting in the corner feeling sorry for himself,” Vujicic said. “He was actually able to move his head slightly and type on the computer with a laser technology. He didn’t give up. And he basically started a Web site to encourage many bedridden people all around the world and saved thousands of souls from giving up.”

Vujicic became passionate about sharing his own story in hopes of inspiring others to overcome difficulties and live life to the fullest. “God is using a man without arms and legs as his hands and feet,” he says.

Vujicic was 19 when he started speaking publicly in Australia. After five years, he wanted to broaden his reach. The way he figured, everybody in the land Down Under had heard his story.

So in 2007 he moved to Southern California, a media mecca from which he could easily fly anywhere.

He quickly started a nonprofit outfit in Agoura Hills, Los Angeles County, naming it Life Without Limbs. He serves as president and minister. It took that long-distance move for him to appear on national TV in Australia for the first time.

Through his ministry, Vujicic has traveled to 25 countries to speak — sometimes to crowds of 100,000. He says that last year he flew 130 times and spoke at 350 schools.

“He fills stadiums in Colombia and India, all over the world,” said Dan’l Markham, a pastor on Life Without Limbs’ board of directors. “He’s just a very dynamic speaker. And he’s very engaging and he has a powerful story and a powerful message.”

Speaking Out

Vujicic estimates that he’s spoken in front of 3 million people in total.

“My dream is to honestly change the world,” he said. “I know that sounds foolish. I know that sounds so big, but I have a big God. And whatever happens in my life, I want to die believing that every day of my life, that I’ve invested into my purpose, everything else is going to fade away. But when you make eternal differences in people’s lives, that’s all that counts.”

Vujicic backs his words with money. His organization says it has donated $180,000 this year to fight sex slavery in Bombay, India, to build orphanages in Africa and for other humanitarian causes.

He never quits working. These days he’s writing a book titled “No Arms, No Legs, No Worries.”

Vujicic’s Keys

•Created a ministry that’s reached millions worldwide.

•”I had a choice … be angry for what I don’t have or be thankful for what I do have.”

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Photos: How to Take Back America Conference

October 1, 2009
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Take Back America
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FSC: Rifqa Bary

September 18, 2009

Visit this very important link describing the Rifqa Bary situation:

http://www.floridasecuritycouncil.org/rifqa/

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CRM – Jesus vs. Muhammad

September 4, 2009

Please see attached: Jesus vs. Muhammad document – produced by Coral Ridge Ministries.

Jesus Vs Muhammad

also visit: http://www.rollbackradicalislam.tv – to see details of the upcoming “Radical Islam on the March” television special.

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Frazz Cartoon – Dignity

August 20, 2009

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Coral Ridge Ministries: ISLAM

August 14, 2009

Produced by Coral Ridge Ministries:


Radical Islam on the March:: A Christian Response to Modern Day Jihad.

The website is now up and can be viewed at www.rollbackradicalislam.tv.

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TV: Islam On The March: Coral Ridge Ministries

August 13, 2009

Produced by Coral Ridge Ministries:


Radical Islam on the March:: A Christian Response to Modern Day Jihad.

The website is now up and can be viewed at www.rollbackradicalislam.tv.


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CUFI Executive Director David Brog’s Weekly Message: Netanyahu’s Turn

June 29, 2009

CUFI.org

15 June 09


Last week, President Obama gave a major speech in Cairo. There he made a number of important points, including issuing a strong rejection of Holocaust denial in front of an audience that has been far too sympathetic to it. Yet while confronting this one myth, President Obama unfortunately helped to perpetuate two other dangerous myths concerning Israel’s right to exist and the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Click here to read last week’s message.

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave what was, at least in part, his response. In a major policy speech at Bar Ilan University, Netanyahu not only set out his proposal for peace in the Middle East, but he provided a quick and cogent rebuttal of the two myths that President Obama appeared to embrace in Cairo. It was good that he did so.

The first myth is that Israel’s right to exist is based upon Jewish persecution in Europe, namely the Holocaust. With a thinly veiled reference to Obama’s words, Netanyahu clarified that, “The right of the Jewish People to a state in the Land of Israel does not arise from the series of disasters that befell the Jewish people over 2,000 years .. which reached its climax in the Holocaust.” On the contrary, Netanyahu noted, “the right to establish our sovereign state here, in the Land of Israel, arises from one simple fact: Eretz Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people.”

This is a crucial point. The connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel dates back over 3,500 years. If the Jewish people had not been born in Israel, had not ruled Israel for centuries, had not returned to Israel consistently even after the Roman exile, and had not made Israel the center of their lives even while away, then they would have no right to a state in this land. The Holocaust did not and could not confer territorial rights — it merely proved the urgency of exercising these rights.

The second myth Netanyahu confronted is that the Arab-Israeli conflict is driven by Israel’s refusal to withdraw from the West Bank and recognize a Palestinian state. Netanyahu was quick to point out that those who take such a view confuse cause and effect. He noted that, “The attacks on us began in the 1920’s, became an overall attack in 1948 when the state was declared, continued in the 1950’s with the fedayeen attacks, and reached their climax in 1967 on the eve of the Six-Day War with the attempt to strangle Israel. All this happened nearly 50 years before a single Israeli soldier went into Judea and Samaria” (the Biblical name for the West Bank).

If Jewish rejection and occupation is not the source of the conflict, then what is? Netanyahu was quite clear on this point. He emphasized that when the United Nations proposed partitioning Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state back in 1947, “the entire Arab world rejected the proposal, while the Jewish community accepted it with great rejoicing and dancing. The Arabs refused any Jewish state whatsoever, with any borders whatsoever.” Thus, Netanyahu concluded, “The simple truth is that the root of the conflict has been and remains the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish People to its own state in its historical homeland.”

In the part of his speech that received the most attention, Netanyahu endorsed a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians. While this position may be new for Netanyahu, it is hardly new for Israel. Far from ending in 1947, support for a Palestinian state has been the official policy of Israel’s recent governments. These governments have acted on this policy by withdrawing from all of Gaza and much of the West Bank — only to return to many West Bank towns to stop a wave of terrorism.

Yet Israel’s support for a Palestinian state alone cannot bring peace because its absence has not been the primary barrier to peace. The root of the conflict has been and remains the Palestinian failure to accept — in both word and deed — the existence of a Jewish state within any border.

In his Bar Ilan speech, Prime Minister Netanyahu set forth an approach to the peace process that enjoys broad public support in Israel. And he has taken a position that recognizes and seeks to surmount the real barriers to a negotiated settlement. Let us hope that our government will respect this Israeli consensus, and recognize this historical reality, as it continues to pursue peace in the Middle East.

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Outrage over Bibles destroyed in Afghanistan

June 25, 2009

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A Pentagon adviser is blasting what he calls an “egregious” and “politically correct” decision by the U.S. military to destroy Bibles sent to troops in Afghanistan.

Reuters reported earlier this week that Bibles in Afghan languages sent to a U.S. soldier at a base in Afghanistan were confiscated by chaplains and later destroyed to make sure that troops did not violate rules which bar them from sharing their faith. According to the report, the Bibles were destroyed after Al Jazeera television showed soldiers at a Bible class on a base with a stack of Bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages.

Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.) is a Pentagon adviser and military and national security analyst. He finds it mind-boggling to think that military officials would allow Al Jazeera to walk through the front gate of a forward operating base and videotape soldiers conducting a Bible study.

“This is a bit disingenuous, I think, that you would have a Saudi Arabian-sponsored Al Jazeera television network making tapes on an American facility of a Bible group so that they could target and discriminate against our soldiers,” he notes.

Christian troops give up a great deal to put themselves in harm’s way, so they should not have to give up their own personal witness in that environment, according to Maginnis.

“By and large, soldiers should have the right to share their faith wherever they are,” he contends, “and for the political correctness crew to come aboard and declare that we’re going to destroy Bibles because of the sensitivity of the local command, I find egregious.”

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Muslim Appointed BBC Head of Religion

June 25, 2009

ccfon.org  12 May 09

The reaction of many to the appointment of Muslim, Aaqil Ahmed to the post of Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC must be—’How is this possible?’  Until now, our public national broadcaster has been charged with reflecting our Country’s Christian heritage and ethos.  Aaqil Ahmed’s appointment is controversial because his background and previous work at Channel 4 has revealed a noticeable bias towards Islam and multiculturalism.

According to The Daily Telegraph, senior bishops wrote to the BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson when it was envisaged that Mr. Ahmed might be appointed, to question the BBC’s commitment to Britain’s Christian audience.  The Archbishop of Canterbury had also raised concerns with Mr. Thompson that the ‘Christian voice is being sidelined’ after Mr. Ahmed was first connected to the role.

The appointment could be seen as the inevitable result of our multicultural society, in which all religions are viewed as of equal value.  This is the secularist point of view—that religion should be confined to the home and the church and excluded from the public square and the workplace.  A cursory survey of the Christian Legal Centre’s website (www.christianlegalcentre.com) will reveal the increasing intolerance of this ideology as far as Christians are concerned.

It could also be seen as another sign that our country is in danger of becoming Islamised, alongside, for example, the fact that under pressure from Muslims, the Qur’an is now placed on a higher shelf than the Bible in courtrooms, or the fact that Shari’ah Law is used to judge disputes in Muslim Arbitration Tribunals (now officially part of the English Legal System). Our Government appears to make concessions to the Muslim community, in contrast to its marginalisation of Christianity and the rights of Christians in recent years.

Another interpretation is that the appointment is the result of the European Directive of 2000, which was implemented in the UK by the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. These ‘equalitarian’ provisions force employers to appoint an applicant to a role who is broadly the ‘best person’ for the job—if the candidate’s religion is ignored, that is.  This applies to every role, except where there is a ‘genuine and determining occupational requirement’ that they should be of a particular religion.

According to The Guardian, Jana Bennett, director of BBC Vision, said that the areas of broadcasting that the ‘Knowledge’ jobs commission (such as religion and ethics) ‘go to the very heart of the BBC’s public purposes’.  Clearly, the BBC did not think that their Head of religion and ethics—in our country where 70% of the population still align themselves with Christianity—needed to be a Christian.

The Lord Jesus said that if the eye is single the whole body will be full of light.  He went on to warn that if the light becomes darkness how great will be that darkness (Matt 6:22-3).  When Christianity is no longer the light of a nation then the nation becomes full of darkness.  Christianity is the only way by which man may know God. What is required today is for Christians in this country to stand up for the Faith and act on what they believe—that Jesus Christ is indeed the way, the truth and the life for all that live in 21st century Britain.

Please see also our web article entitled: Controversial Muslim programme-maker appointed head of BBC religious broadcasting at: http://www.ccfon.org/view.php?id=736.

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Consequences of Homosexual Marriage

June 22, 2009

The Consequences of Homosexual Marriage:

1) THE GOOD NEWS IS THE PRESSURE IS WORKING! Instead of attaching this horrendous bill to another by amendment, The Pedophile Protection Act is being heard in committee. That date is Thursday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m. (per Bill Murray) NOW WE NEED TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON…and TURN IT UP IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE!

2) Faith2Action (f2a.org) has produced a marriage video, thanks to Tony Perkins, Don Wildmon, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Camenker, and David Parker for their help and video permissions. It’s under five minutes that’s free to ANY GROUP who wants to use it. Feel free to link it to your site or customize it.

3) Did you see that Federal Judge Samuel Kent JUST GOT IMPEACHED by the U.S. House? With God all things ARE possible! The vote on the first article of impeachment was 389-0. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6488310.html

Here’s what Judge Kent (who’s in jail for sexual assault) said in court about the ramifications for engaging in “illegal prayer” in Graduation ceremonies:

“And make no mistake, the court is going to have a United States marshal in attendance at the graduation. If any student offends this Court, that student will be summarily arrested and will face up to six months incarceration in the Galveston County Jail for contempt of Court. Anyone who thinks I’m kidding about this better think again. . . Anyone who violates these orders, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this court gets through with it.[i]”

The impeachment couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

4) One more thing…PLEASE LINK TO: http://www.HowToTakeBackAmerica.org to help promote the Conference where our leaders and Governor Mike Huckabee will be speaking. Still trying for Sarah Palin. Anyone have a way to get to her?
God bless you all. Keep it up. God is moving.

Janet (Folger) Porter
http://www.f2a.org

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Evangelism Explosion

June 17, 2009

EE is producing remarkable results.

Please view and download the selected pages from the EE magazine.   We’ve highlighted some key points.

D. James and Anne Kennedy Training Center for World Evangelism – Thousands Trained:  Centers located in Fiji, Ukraine, Vietnam, Indonesia and Middle East leading to salvations by the hundreds of thousands.

“…we work tirelessly on every continent to help believers regularly introduce others to the Savior.  We start by training believers, who reach out to unbelievers and care for them, fellowship with them, share the truth with them, and then train them to share their faith.  In doing this, we follow the example of Jesus.”

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Moses brings Ten Commandments to Boca Raton

June 16, 2009

A wonderful story – wonderful tribute.

Philanthropist commissioned giant replica before he died

By Patty Pensa and Erika Pesantes |Sun Sentinel

June 4, 2009

BOCA RATON – As God prescribed the Ten Commandments to Moses, so too has another man named Moses become the purveyor of biblical law in Boca Raton.

Wayne Moses, a longtime philanthropist, commissioned a 4,500-pound marble stone inscribed with the Ten Commandments before he died three months ago at age 78. On Thursday, it was dedicated at Royal Palm Place, a plaza where the 6-foot monument has been on view to passersby for about a month.

But the dedication instead became a celebration of Moses.

“His position was very strongly that the Ten Commandments should be placed anywhere, whether government [land] or not,” said Chuck Laser, a member of the Humanitarian Society that Moses founded in 1988. “He felt that those Ten Commandments were the most important thing in a man’s life.”

Moses was a devout Christian who often donated money to advance Christian ideology. In 1986, he gave $5,200 to the Broward County Main Library for a replica of the Gutenberg Bible, considered to be the first book printed with movable type.

He also carried business cards with the words “God bless us, everyone” printed in the background, and dedicated his life and a handsome inheritance to the Humanitarian Society.

The group has sent thousands of care packages to troops in Iraq, and at Christmas gave out 10,000 toys to children in Palm Beach and Broward counties. The group also has fed 5,000 people over the years, Laser said.

At its peak, the group had approximately 2,500 members.

The nonprofit Humanitarian Society raised money through society balls, but Moses was its lifeblood. The group disbanded after his March 18 death and distributed its final $30,000 to local charities, Laser said.

A somber Louis Labadini, the group’s co-founder, said that he and Moses agreed to not continue without the other.

Labadini said the unmarried Moses’ death was sudden and caused by a lung problem.

Plaza owners Marta and James Batmasian donated space for the heather-gray stone tablets raised on a platform. The other side of the stone contains the Beatitudes, blessings from Jesus found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

“Everyone in Dr. Wayne’s world would live happily every after,” said Marta Batmasian, who knew Moses for about 20 years. “With his passion, his tenacity, his enthusiasm, positive attitude and his smile, above all, he inspired us all.”

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Cartoon: Jesus Car Tag

June 2, 2009

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Sun Sentinel

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Farmer Builds Biblical Temple

May 21, 2009

Pensioner spends 30 years building amazing model of Herod’s Temple … but admits he won’t be around to finish it

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:22 PM on 26th February 2009

Brick by brick, tiny figure by tiny figure, Alec Garrard has painstakingly worked for 30 years on an astonishing recreation of Herod’s Temple.

But despite spending all that time and effort the retired farmer believes he won’t finish it in his lifetime as he keeps finding things to add to it.

In contrast, legend has it that the original construction of the entire complex lasted only three years, although historians believe it took far longer.

It was his fascination for religion and buildings which first started Alec on the Biblical project which now measures 20ft by 12ft and is housed in a seperate building in his garden.

His version is so impressive that some of the world’s top archaeologists and experts from the British Museum have come to view it.

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Alec Garrard standing next to the model on which he has dedicated the past 30 years of his life. Measuring 20ft by 12ft it is housed in a seperate building in his garden

‘It’s now recognised as the most authentic version of the temple in the world,’ he said. ‘I’ve had a lot of offers from people to buy it, but it’s not for sale.’

And while he sees it as a form of relaxation, he says his wife thinks he is mad.

‘She wishes she’d married a normal person,’ he said.

The original temple was built in 19BC by King Herod the Great but was flattened in AD70 by Roman troops under Emperor Titus during the Siege of Jerusalem, just six years after completion.

In its heyday the complex covered 36 acres – four times the area of Windsor Castle.

Today, all that remains of the temple is the Western Wall or so-called Wailing Wall. The temple itself was located on the site of the Islamic shrine the Dome of the Rock.

When Jesus came to Jerusalem, the temple had just been rebuilt and it was in an area known as Solomon’s Porch that he argued with rabbis, amazing them with his questions and answers.

Herod, keen to perpetuate his name through building projects, ensured that the temple dominated the Jerusalem landscape, effectively becoming its focal point.

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A peek into the 1:100 scale model, here showing the Court of Prayer, enables one to see the extraordinary attention to detail where Alec has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile

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This artist’s impression of Herod’s Temple was made for a series of Bible illustrations in 1886 by James Tissot

Christ Drives The Usurers Out Of The Temple is a woodcut by Lucas Cranach the Elder and was created in the 15th century

Enlarge The ambitious project involved an estimated 1herods temple0,000 workers more than doubling the size of the pre-existing site. This was done by cutting away rock, constructing walls and then filling the areas with earth and rubble.herods temple

Two years ago an archaeologist with the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a quarry which may have provided Herod with the stones to build the temple.

Coins and pottery tied the date to 19BC while large outlines of the stone cuts was seen as evidence of a massive public project worked by hundreds of slaves.

For his part, Mr Garrard, 78, has dedicated 33,000 hours to constructing his model and has hand-baked and painted every clay brick and tile and even sculpted 4,000 tiny human figures to populate the courtyards.

Historical experts believe the model, which has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the globe, is the best representation in the world of what the Jewish temple actually looked like.

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This image shows the Royal Porch of the temple. Mr Garrard’s model has attracted visitors from all over the world, including top archeologists

‘I have been working on it for decades but it will never be finished as I’m always finding something new to add,’ he said.

‘I’ve always loved making models and as I was getting older I started to think about making one big project which would see me through to the end of my life.

Mr Garrard said he had seen one or two models of the temple and thought he could do better so began building one himself.

‘I have an interest in buildings and religion so I thought maybe I could combine the two and I came up with the idea of doing the temple,’ he said.

The original temple featured the Court of the Priests, where the animals were prepared for sacrifice, the Golden Vine at the entrance to the Temple and the Eastern Gate.

Since the day the temple was destroyed scholars have argued over the detail of its construction.

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Mr Garrard has sculpted 4,000 half-inch figures to populate the courtyards. Each one takes three hours to make

Mr Garrard, from Norfolk, spent more than three years researching the temple, which was destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago and deemed to be one of the most remarkable buildings of ancient times.

He then started to construct the amazing 1:100 scale model.

‘Everything is made by hand. I cut plywood frames for the walls and buildings and all the clay bricks and tiles were baked in the oven then stuck together,’ he said.

As well as having religious services, the temple had a bazaar, people selling souvenirs, as well as currency changers, exchanging Roman for Jewish money, as mentioned in the New Testament account of Jesus and the money changers.

‘I have also sculpted and painted 4,000 figures, measuring just half an inch and all wearing their correct costumes.

‘Each one takes about three hours to make and there are 32 versions of Jesus, although no one can ever spot him no matter how religious they are.’

Mr Garrard still spends hours working on the model every day.

‘I look upon it as a work of art, there is lots of detail and I want it to look as real as possible,’ he said.