Archive for June 18th, 2006

Greg Laurie Speaks to Fathers

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

The traditional family in America is under attack. As a matter of fact, the number of single parent homes is unbelievable. The way to get America back on the track toward God seems so simple to me. Our country needs to go back to the ideals of the 1940’s and 1940’s when the family consisted of children a mother AND a father. The father plays a key role in the healthy upbringing of a child. Fathers today are many times considered irrelevant, but statistics show that a father’s infulence can mean the difference between a college graduate and a prison inmate. It is important that we dont downplay the impact that fathers have on their children, because in doing so, we downplay the impact that our Heavenly Father has on us, His children.

Fathers are the unsung heroes of our country today.

Greater than any athlete, rock star or celebrity.

More influential than any politician.

We don’t give enough credit to fathers these days.

Mark Twain wrote, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years!”

I’m reminded of a clipping from a Dutch magazine I read a number of years ago.

At 4 years old, the child says, “My daddy can do anything.”
At 7 years old, he says, “My daddy knows a whole lot.”

At 8 years, “Dad doesn’t know quite everything.”

At 12 years, “Oh, well, naturally my dad doesn’t know that, either.”

At 14 years, “Dad is hopelessly old-fashioned.”

At 21 years, “He is so out-of-date!”

At 25 years, “He knows a little bit about it, but not too much.”

At 30 years, “I need to find out what Dad thinks about it.”

At 35 years, “Before we decide, we need to get Dad’s idea first.”

At 50 years, “What would Dad have thought about that?”

At 60 years, “My dad knew literally everything.”

At 65 years, “I wish I could talk it over with Dad one more time.”

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Sheehan Supports Deserters in Canada

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Cindy Sheehan is in Canada encouraging AWOL troops in their desertion. Listen, I feel for anyone who has lost a child. I truly cannot imagine her pain; however, there is no excuse for her actions when it comes to the war and President Bush. These troops need the support of the American people, not someone telling them that everything they are fighting for is in vain. She has no respect for our troops and she definitely has none for our great country. I dont believe this woman will ever truly “get it”. Maybe she should think about going on the road with the Dixie Chicks – I hear they are going to Canada too.

A group of American military deserters publicly embraced their new lives in Canada on Saturday with the support of “peace mom” Cindy Sheehan, who said she wished the son she lost in Iraq was among them.

“I begged him not to go to Iraq,” the anti-war activist said through tears at a rally in support of the former soldiers, who wore black T- shirts emblazoned with “AWOL.” “And I wish he was standing up here with these people because he didn’t want to go.”

Sheehan was making her second visit to Canada in support of sanctuary for those fleeing the U.S. military. The Canadian government has so far denied political asylum to U.S. soldiers who have sought it but appeals are pending.

“They’re trying to deport me,” said Darrell Anderson of Lexington, Ky., who arrived in Canada by way of Niagara Falls in January 2005. He spent seven months in Iraq with the Army’s 1st Armored Division and received a purple heart following a roadside bomb attack before deciding during a leave he would not go back.

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Same-sex Couple Help Determine School Cirriculum

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Our neighbors to the North seem to be on the same slippery slope as we are here in America. Brittish Columbia is allowing a same-sex couple to review school cirrriculum that will teach children in grades K-12 about sexual orientation. The lessons will include information about gays, lesbians, transexuals, and transgendered people. For the life of me, I cannot understand why children in the public school system need to be taught anything about sex (homosexual or heterosexual). Our kids need to learn to read, write, think, calculate and socialize. It is appauling that any school system would consider teaching children as young as five about homosexuality or transexuals. It is difficult for me to understand those topics much less a child who is in his/her formative years. This is just another example of how sex-crazed our society has become. I wish we could go back to the days when gays stayed in the closet and it was considered profanity to even mention the possibility of a same-sex relationship.

British Columbia is giving a same-sex couple an unprecedented role in a review of the provincial curriculum to ensure respectful teachings about sexual orientation from kindergarten to Grade 12.

A six-page contract, signed by the Education Ministry and obtained by The Vancouver Sun, guarantees Peter and Murray Corren a significant voice in the revision of classroom lessons to recognize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and the creation of a new social-justice course — to include teachings about sexual orientation — for Grade 12 students.

The parties have agreed to seek mediation in the event of a dispute and have acknowledged the contract is legally binding.

Many educators welcomed the agreement, saying it will make B.C. a North American leader in teaching respect for diversity. But most admitted they don’t know what the changes might look like in practice.

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ACLU Has Problem With Jesus Portrait on School Wall

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

The ACLU is Satan’s mouthpiece. No other organization is set on the elimination of Christianity in America then the ACLU.

(AgapePress) – A pro-family legal group is offering to defend a West Virginia school board that’s the target of a lawsuit threat from the ACLU because it has decided not to remove a portrait of Jesus Christ from a local high school.
The Harrison County School Board recently voted 2-2 to leave a portrait of the Savior on the wall of the lobby outside the principal’s office at Bridgeport High School. The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to sue if the board does not remove the picture. In the meantime, the Center for Law & Policy (CLP) — the legal arm of the American Family Association — has offered to represent the school board free of charge in the event the ACLU follows through on its threat.
CLP senior litigation counsel Mike DePrimo says the ACLU erroneously claims allowing the picture violates the so-called separation of church and state. He explains that the ACLU is relying upon a case with almost identical facts that was decided in 1994 by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“However, the Ten Commandments cases that were decided by the Supreme Court last term appear to essentially overrule that 1994 case,” DePrimo says. “So there’s a level playing ground right now, and we think actually the law’s pretty good. The mere display of a portrait of Jesus Christ is constitutional.”
The attorney contends the ACLU has “bad facts” in this case. The portrait, he notes, has been hanging at the school for some time now.
“This portrait has been on display since 1963,” DePrimo points out. “And in the Ten Commandments case of Van Orden v. Perry [last term], the Supreme Court indicated that the length of a display is a critical factor in analyzing its constitutionality. The fact of the matter is that this portrait’s been up on the wall for 43 years and created no controversy until this past year or so.”
In Van Orden v. Perry, the high court ruled that a Ten Commandments display in the Texas State Capitol could remain because it served a historical purpose.
The Harrison County School Board has yet to contact the Center for Law & Policy.
Bridgeport, population 7,400, is located in north central West Virginia and home to more than a dozen churches.

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Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Happy Father’s Day to our Father in Heaven!!
I hope that God blesses everyone’s day and that all of you father’s have a wonderful day!!
-Steve