Archive for November 29th, 2005

‘Extinct’ Episcopal Parish Refuses to Hand Over Keys to Property

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

The division of the Episcopal Church over homosexuality is growing.

(AgapePress) – An Episcopal congregation in Rochester, New York, is determined to hold on to its property — despite being declared “extinct” by its diocese.
Bishop Jack McKelvy with the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester recently declared All Saints Episcopal Church “extinct” because of its opposition to the denomination’s homosexual rights agenda. But the attorney for the parish says it is “alive in Christ” — and anything but extinct.
While Bishop McKelvy wishes to take over the parish’s property, the parish claims the diocese has no legal right to do so. Attorney Raymond Dague, who will represent All Saints should the congregation be sued by the diocese, says McKelvey came down on the parish like a “SWAT team.”
“When the bishop came asking for the keys, we sent him packing with nothing but a handshake,” the attorney explains. “We were very polite. He brought his chancellor, meaning his head lawyer, with him, and we shook hands, we exchanged business cards.
“He asked for the keys to the church,” Dague continues. “He wanted possession of it, he wanted to install his pastor there. And we politely told him, ‘No, you’re not going to do that.'”
Dague says the standard under New York law does not allow the parish to be declared “extinct,” so he does not believe the diocese can seize the parish’s property through civil recourse. And while the dispute may eventually be hashed out in court, the attorney says he hopes that never happens.
“We’re not going to sue the bishop,” Dague says. “Will he sue us? Generally Christians are not supposed to be suing one another. I would hope that he would abide by that scriptural admonition — but I am a little bit concerned because there was a very thinly veiled threat that a lawsuit may be coming. It’s not coming from us.”
The Episcopal bishop of Connecticut recently seized the property of an orthodox parish in Bristol. That parish, along with five other like-minded congregations, has since sued the diocese.

Here are some of the background stories:
‘Father Bill’ Fights Battle Against Liberal Drift of Episcopal Church
He leads one of three Episcopal parishes in California that stood up against the consecration of an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire. After his church bolted from its diocese and aligned with the conservative Anglican Church in Uganda, a battle erupted with his former diocese concerning ownership of their buildings and other property.
Episcopal Parishes File Suit Against Bishop, Denomination’s Leader
Six orthodox Anglican parishes have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that their civil rights were violated by Connecticut’s bishop and the head of the Episcopal Church USA. The conflict stems from the 2003 consecration of openly homosexual Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
Episcopal Bishop Facing Charges from Subordinate Congregations
Formal charges have been filed against the Episcopal bishop of Connecticut who seized the property and church records of an orthodox parish over the protest of its vestry and staff.
Bishop-Controlled Church Wants Control of Reins Again
A spokesman for an Episcopal church in Connecticut that was forcibly seized by its liberal bishop because of its opposition to homosexuality says members of the congregation want their building and property back.
Church of England’s Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Compromise Has Theologian Concerned
While the Episcopal Church USA continues to affirm and bless homosexual relationships, the Church of England is now allowing homosexual clergy to marry if they promise to abstain from sex
Dissenting Connecticut Clergy Contend for ECUSA’s Reform
The Episcopal Bishop of Connecticut is threatening to punish six priests who are at odds with his support for the Episcopal Church USA’s current positions on homosexual issues.
Pro-Aborts and Homosexual Bishop — Alliance Not Surprising, Says Family Advocate
Homosexual Episcopal bishop Vicki Gene Robinson was the keynote speaker at an “interfaith prayer breakfast” on Friday morning sponsored by the nation’s largest abortion provider. The New Hampshire bishop used the opportunity to praise Planned Parenthood for its efforts — and to go on the attack against America.
Conservative Episcopal Minority Submits to Windsor Report, Rejects Unrepentant ECUSA Bishops
A conservative Anglican bishop says the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) has responded inadequately to a Church of England report that urged the denomination to repent for consecrating an openly homosexual bishop.
Top Stories of 2004: Episcopal Bishop Says Tolerance of Heresy Better Than Schism
In February, the Episcopal bishop of Virginia told his diocese’s annual meeting that it’s better to live with heresy than split the denomination over homosexuality.

I have to admit that I admire the folks who are standing up for Biblical Truth. In First Corinthians, Chapter 6, Paul addresses several issues with that church; how lawsuits among believers is handled and sexually immoral behavior. I really believe that the Bible cannot be more clear on these subjects. You either believe the Bible or you don’t. If you don’t then you subscribe to society’s viewpoint on homosexuality.
There is no middle ground on this on folks.

1 Corinthians 6:9 (New International Version)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…

Read all of 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 here.

Tropical Storm EPSILON Public Advisory

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

My goodness it’s been a very busy tropical weather season and it’s still not over yet. At least this storm seems to be going in circles and probably won’t amount to much…I hope!!

000
WTNT34 KNHC 291505
TCPAT4
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM EPSILON ADVISORY NUMBER 1…CORRECTED
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 AM AST TUE NOV 29 2005
CORRECTED 28TH TO 26TH NAMED STORM
…TROPICAL STORM EPSILON…THE 26TH NAMED STORM OF THE 2005
ATLANTIC SEASON…FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN…
AT 11 AM AST…1500Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EPSILON WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH… LONGITUDE 50.4 WEST OR ABOUT
845 MILES…1360 KM…EAST OF BERMUDA AND ABOUT 1395 MILES…2245
KM… WEST OF THE AZORES ISLANDS.
EPSILON IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH…13 KM/HR…AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH… 75 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 200 MILES…325 KM
FROM THE CENTER… ESPECIALLY TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF THE CENTER.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB…29.32 INCHES.
REPEATING THE 11 AM AST POSITION…31.6 N… 50.4 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD…WEST NEAR 8 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS… 45 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE… 993 MB.
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 5 PM AST.
FORECASTER STEWART

Doesn’t the Bible say something about not knowing the seasons toward the time of his second coming? I’ll have to research that and see what I can find.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

Courtesy of BibleGateway.com

Kansas Parents Want Books Removed from Curriculum

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

I wanted to link to this article to show just how far liberalism has penetrated our education system and just how far outside of the decision making process parents have been thrust.
The schools truly believe that parents have no right at all to decide what their children are taught. Schools are all knowing and all powerful where your children are concerned.

(AgapePress) – Concerned parents in one Kansas school district are seeking to get 14 books removed from high school reading lists because they contain obscenities, vulgar language, or sexually explicit material.
The effort is being led by parents with the group
Citizens for Literary Standards in Schools, which believes students in Blue Valley schools are being required to read some novels that are pornographic in nature. However, the Blue Valley Board of Education is refusing to remove the controversial books from the district’s high school curriculum.
Greg Motley, a spokesman for the parents group, says the board has a troubling moral worldview — “and they’re extremely sure that our worldview is not correct,” he adds.
Still, he encourages parents to take action on behalf of their children. “I think what it’s going to take for [the board] to get the message that they need to listen to parents, is for more parents [to make] a stand,” says Motley. “It’s going to take more parents opting their kids out of the classes that are requiring these books to be read.”
But according to the group spokesman, money may be the reason that some parents are hesitating to do anything. He says the economic climate in the community is such that some business-owning parents are taking a financial hit for publicly taking a stand against the books.
“It’s a very difficult line to draw in the sand to say I’m going to make my kid walk out of this classroom,” he says, “[because] I’m going to cause my kid to be ostracized by the group of peers that he values — and secondly, that my business might suffer because of the adverse publicity that I receive.”
Steve Abrams, chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, recently stated that “superintendents and local boards of education in some districts continue to promulgate pornography as ‘literature,’ even though many parents have petitioned the local boards to remove the porn.” Motley says his group currently has 800 people on a petition saying the 14 books should be not read by any students in the Blue Valley School District.

Aside from new blood on Boards of Education, I’m not sure what parents can do. Even as a group, parents have no threat to levy at a school board other than drumming up enough support to have them voted out during the next election or perhaps a recall election.
The problem is, getting enough others parents concerned and involved to make a difference.

Pray long and hard for our Children!!

And Even the Rocks Will Pray

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

My wife sent this to me this morning (Thank You, Sweetheart!!). It’s one of those really cool pictures you have to turn your head to see. It’s pretty cool the way they did it. Take a look.

For those of you who slept on the pillow wrong last night, I’ll turn it for you.


37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:37-40

One of My Favorites

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20
New International Version (NIV)


Don’t let this be you!!

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6

How to know Jesus.