Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Deathcare for the Unborn

Government Takeover of Healthcare




Pro-ABORTION Congressional Leaders Plan

The Greatest Expansion of ABORTION since Roe v. Wade

A health care plan was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) on July 15. The Senate plan is called the Kennedy Bill because it is sponsored by Pro-ABORTION Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. The House of Representatives Health Care Plan is called H.R. 3200.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

10 Tragic Consequences for a Public Figure’s Private Failure


The recent revelation of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s marital infidelities is tragic and it reveals something about the character of our country. Each political party has its “who’s who” of moral and ethical failures. Each scandal is quickly seized upon for political gain yet the greater story is found in matters of the heart. To be a public success but a private failure is to place image above character. One often neglects to measure the ripple affects of moral and ethical trespasses. The following are 10 tragic consequences for a public figure’s private failure:

1. The shattered heart of a spouse.

2. The vulnerability of the children.

3. The sense of betrayal in a staff.

4. The loss of moral authority.

5. The jeopardizing of a future.

6. The message sent out to the next generation.

7. The damage done to a constituency.

8. The embarrassment to a political party.

9. The undermining of trust in one’s future decisions.

10. The inability to reconcile public convictions with private actions.

Where Governor Sanford is concerned, healing and hope will begin with repentance and reprioritization. Family values are not at the mercy of any public official. The lesson learned is that failure is not found in having values but in failing to honor the same. It can be said that the greatest failure can be found, not in those who hold values and fail, but in those who embrace no values and succeed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What Would Wesley Want?

I was reading the Miami Herald online today, as I like to keep up with what's happening in South Florida. I used to live there and it seems to be that the coastal cities are an indicator of what eventually happens in the Heartland. The article I was reading focused on some Haitian immigrants that had arrived in Pompano Beach Florida, which is about 20 miles north of Miami. Most travel on makeshift rafts or stowed away in watercraft. Many times children drown or die along with their parents. Thanks be to God, these arrived safely. Illegal immigration and immigration in general has become a controversial topic in recent years. We hear much about it at election time, a lot of hot air from both parties, but no one really wants to confront the issue. In the meantime, emergency rooms are overcrowded , government funds are stretched to the limit leaving innocent children caught in the "crossfire." The problem is that the denominations which have their roots in the Wesley brothers have either become a denominational church which remembers the legalistic side of Wesley's teaching and forgets social activism, or a church of good works that has lost its moral compass.As Wesleyans we have a unique Christian Heritage. John Wesley believed there was a balance between personal heart holiness and a social Gospel of caring for the poor and disadvantaged. John Wesley believed the Christian could and should have it both ways. It is easy to look to a political party or leader to solve the social ills of our day. As Christians, we should give to Ceaser what is his and vote responsibly with Christian values in mind, hoping and praying the politicos don't turn on us as so many have done in the past. When Wesley started a "poor house for destitute widows and children," he had set it up so that he and the other Methodist preachers would also live with them, thereby maintaining solidarity. Here are Wesley's own words:

For I myself, as well as the other Preachers who are in town, diet with the poor, on the same food, at the same table; and we rejoice herein, as a comfortable earnest of our eating bread together in our father's kingdom. (A Plain Account of the People called Methodists, VIII:265)

In this day when many tele-evangelists are being investigated for misusing millions of dollars, it would be hard to imagine them living like this with the poor among us. What do you think?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Its Still Good Advice!

I Corinthians 13
1co 13:1 If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell.
1co 13:2 And if I have a prophet's power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing.
1co 13:3 And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.
1co 13:4 Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;
1co 13:5 Love's ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;
1co 13:6 It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true;
1co 13:7 Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.
1co 13:8 Though the prophet's word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end.
1co 13:9 For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet's word gives only a part of what is true:
1co 13:10 But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.
1co 13:11 When I was a child, I made use of a child's language, I had a child's feelings and a child's thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child.
1co 13:12 For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me.
1co 13:13 But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

United Methodist's Members Dying Faster Than Americans

Audry Barrick/www.christianpost.com

Offering a new perspective on the reality of aging denominations, The United Methodist Church studied the death rates of Methodists and the general American population and found that the church is dying faster.

The death rates for members of the nearly 8 million-member denomination are about a third higher than the national average, according to the "Pockets of 'Youthfulness' in an Aging Denomination" report.

In 2005, the United Methodist death rate was 134 percent of the U.S. death rate among those 15 years and older.

Among UMC's 62 annual conferences, or regional bodies, in the United States, 34 of them (representing 41 percent of UMC membership) reported death rates 20 percent or higher than their general population.

"There is no future for The United Methodist Church in the United States unless we can learn to reach more people, younger people and more diverse people,” said the Rev. Lovett Weems, director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, which compiled the report, as reported by the United Methodist News Service.

The graying and declining membership has led to numerous multi-million dollar ad campaigns in an effort to reach more people, particularly young ones.

"Rethink Church" is the United Methodist Church's newest campaign targeting 19- to 34-year-olds who may not be familiar with the church or who are seeking to make their lives more meaningful.

More than $20 million in ads are being launched over the next four years.

"Reaching new populations – which tend to be younger and more diverse than traditional United Methodist constituents – needs to be a high priority," Weems told UMNS.

According to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, members in mainline denominations were younger than the general U.S. population in the 1960s. But over the last several decades, membership has continuously grown older.

While death rates may not be exact indicators of age, the Center – which set out to examine age trends in the United Methodist Church – pointed out that they do help show patterns that should correspond generally to age, considering that 75 percent of deaths in recent years occurred among people aged 65 and older.

The Lewis Center recommends that United Methodist churches not only reach new populations, but also begin new congregations as they tend to reach younger people at a higher rate than existing churches.

While more liberal in some areas, the United Methodist Church is one of our sister denominations in a sense. I posted this article as loss of members is a problem common to all major denominations in recent years.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Celebrating Independence Day-A Christian Perspective

David Barton - 01/2000

This year marks 230 years since our Founding Fathers gave us our National Birth Certificate. We continue to be the longest on-going Constitutional Republic in the history of the world. Blessings such as these are not by chance or accidental. They are blessings of God.

On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve a complete separation from Great Britain. Two days afterwards – July 4th – the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed, albeit by only two individuals at that time: John Hancock, President of Congress, and Charles Thompson, Secretary of Congress. Four days later, on July 8, members of Congress took that document and read it aloud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the city of Philadelphia, after which the Liberty Bell was rung. The inscription around the top of that bell, Leviticus 25:10, was most appropriate for the occasion: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.” To read rest of article(Click here)

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Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
By Penny Starr and Fred
Following a testy exchange during Wednesday’s briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews.com that not even Richard Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to control the press.
“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas said. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. “What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.” Thomas said she was especially concerned about the arrangement between the Obama Administration and a writer from the liberal Huffington Post Web site. The writer was invited by the White House to President Obama’s press conference last week on the understanding that he would ask Obama a question about Iran from among questions that had been sent to him by people in Iran. “When you call the reporter the night before you know damn well what they are going to ask to control you,” Thomas said. “I’m not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences,” she said. “It’s blatant. They don’t give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame.” During today’s briefing, Thomas interrupted a back-and-forth between Gibbs and Chip Reid, the White House correspondent for CBS News, when Reid was questioning Gibbs about who was going to decide what questions would be asked of President Obama in a townhall meeting that was scheduled to take place in Annandale, Va., today. Gibbs then had an exchange involving Reid and Thomas that went as follows: Gibbs: “… But, again, let's--How about we do this? I promise we will interrupt the AP's tradition of asking the first question. I will let you [Chip Reid] ask me a question tomorrow as to whether you thought the questions at the town hall meeting that the President conducted in Annandale—“ Chip Reid: “I'm perfectly happy to—” Helen Thomas: “That's not his point. The point is the control--” Reid: “Exactly.” Thomas: “We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some, but not-- This White House.” Gibbs: “Yes, I was going to say, I'll let you amend her question.” Thomas: “I'm amazed. I'm amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and—” Gibbs: “Helen, you haven't even heard the questions.” Reid: “It doesn't matter. It's the process.” Thomas: “You have left open—” Reid: “Even if there's a tough question, it's a question coming from somebody who was invited or was screened, or the question was screened.” Thomas: “It's shocking. It's really shocking.” Gibbs: “Chip, let's have this discussion at the conclusion of the town hall meeting. How about that?” Reid: “Okay.” Gibbs: “I think—“ Thomas: “No, no, no, we're having it now--” Gibbs: “Well, I'd be happy to have it now.” Thomas: “It's a pattern.” Gibbs: “Which question did you object to at the town hall meeting, Helen?” Thomas: “It's a pattern. It isn't the question—” Gibbs: “What's a pattern?” Thomas: “It's a pattern of controlling the press.” Gibbs: “How so? Is there any evidence currently going on that I'm controlling the press--poorly, I might add.” Thomas: “Your formal engagements are pre-packaged.” Gibbs: “How so?” Reid: “Well, and controlling the public—” Thomas: “How so? By calling reporters the night before to tell them they're going to be called on. That is shocking.” Gibbs: “We had this discussion ad nauseam and—” Thomas: “Of course you would, because you don't have any answers.” Gibbs: “Well, because I didn't know you were going to ask a question, Helen. Go ahead.” Thomas: “Well, you should have.” Reporter: Thank you for your support. Gibbs: “That's good. Have you e-mailed your question today?” Thomas: “I don't have to e-mail it. I can tell you right now what I want to ask.” Gibbs: “I don't doubt that at all, Helen. I don't doubt that at all.” Thomas, 89, has covered the White House during every presidency since John F. Kennedy’s.

Its it good thing God's Word doesn't shift with the wind like the media and government pundits.