Archive for July 11th, 2006

Roman Coin Identification

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

I know the blogshere hails the most intelligent minds in the world, so without any doubt in your abilities, could someone tell me who is pictured on this ancient Roman coin?

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Satellite photos detect activity at North Korea missile bases

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Well, as most of us suspected, the North Korean governement isn’t going to stop being crazy and is preparing to carry out more missle test. And on top of this, China has introduced a non-binding resolution at the U.N. against North Korea. A binding U.N. resolution doesn’t carry any teeth, so I guess a non-binding one isn’t even worth the paper it’s written on.

TOKYO (AFP) – North Korea could be preparing for new launches of mid-range missiles following last week’s tests, with activity detected at its bases, a report has said citing Japanese government sources.
US and Japanese satellite photos show that mid-range Rodong missiles had been set up on launch pads at a base in southeastern North Korea, but were later removed, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported.
Fuel tanks could be seen near the launch pads, the report said.
The report said the satellite photos were taken after last week’s tests of seven missiles, but did not give a specific date.
“We think North Korea can launch missiles whenever it wishes,” the top-selling daily quoted a government source as saying.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Sunday suggested Tokyo would have the right to launch a pre-emptive strike to protect its citizens from a missile launch by Pyongyang.
He said there were “visible signs” of activity at a North Korean missile base from which North Korea launched a Rodong missile last week.
Japan submitted a draft binding resolution in the United Nations Security Council that would impose sanctions on North Korea over the missile tests.
But on Monday, the Security Council put off a vote on the resolution to allow more time for Chinese diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis.

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Illegal Immigration Bills Passed in Colorado

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

I hope the federal governments figures this illegal immigration thing out soon. The states are taking matters into their own hands in order to protect their citizens and legal immigrants.

State lawmakers approved a measure late Monday that would force a million people receiving state or federal aid to verify their citizenship, part of a package of bills dealing with illegal immigration that Democrats called the toughest in the nation.
The measure would deny most non-emergency state benefits to illegal immigrants 18 years old and older _ forcing people to prove legal residency when applying for benefits or renewing their eligibility. The measure passed the state Senate 22-13 and the House 48-15. Both are controlled by Democrats.
“At the end of the day, everybody who serves in this building as senators or representatives knows we’re making Colorado history,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald. “We want to be able to look in the mirror and say we did legislation that is tough, enforceable and humane.”
Republicans said the bill didn’t go far enough, and left glaring loopholes, including allowing benefits for minors and denying voters the chance to have a direct say on the issue.
The bill would apply to Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, energy assistance programs and aging and adult services. Republican Gov. Bill Owens said an estimated 50,000 illegal immigrants could be thrown out of those programs.
“It simply puts teeth into existing federal regulations,” Owens said.
Sen. Dan Grossman was one of the four Democrats to vote against the measure.
“I don’t think the poor people of the state of Colorado or businesses of the state of Colorado should have to pay because we want to play politics with immigration,” Grossman said.

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Report on “Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance”

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

This is what is being taught in schools in Saudi Arabia. And somehow we think these children are not going to grow up hating Christians, Jews and Americans? Give me a break.

Freedom House, part of the Center for Religious Freedom, has released a report entitled “Saudi Arabia’s Curriculum of Intolerance.” In it are excerpts from Saudi textbooks paid for by the Ministry of Education.
Here’s some of what Saudi school children are reading:

* “Judaism and Christianity are deviant religions”
* “The unbelievers, idolaters and others like them must be hated and despised.”
* “The apes are Jews, the people of the Sabbath; while the swine are the Christians, the infidels of the communion of Jesus.”

The Saudi government had promised to overhaul its educational system but the content of their textbooks indicate the overhaul is either not effective or not being done. All of this poses a troubling dilemma for America. What should be our relationship with a country that considers us, according to their textbooks, the enemy? How do the textbooks play into the greater global war on terror?
These textbooks will only serve to poison the hearts and minds of young Saudis. Whatever victories we enjoy today, may quickly be supplanted by the young minds being taught to hate today.

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Mob in Nigeria Stones Woman for Evangelizing

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

And yet another example of tolerance and peace from the religion of peace and tolerance, aka islam…NOT!
Please continue to pray for the people who endanger (and sometimes give) their very lives for Jesus.

IZOM, Nigeria, July 6 (Compass Direct) – Church leaders here said Muslim extremists overwhelmed police officers providing refuge for an unidentified Christian woman in this town in Niger state on June 28 and stoned and clubbed her to death for doing street evangelism.
David Atabo of the Roman Catholic Church in Izom said he witnessed the killing of the woman. He told Compass that she had met a group of Muslim youths, shared the gospel with them and gave them some tracts to read.
“As soon as the woman left, some Muslim elders standing by sought to know from the youths what the woman told them,” Atabo said. “When they learned that the woman had preached to the youths, they claimed she insulted the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and directed that the woman must be killed.”
Atabo said the Muslim leaders’ allegations inspired hundreds of Muslims to pour into the streets to track down the woman. They caught up with her around the River Gurara area and started beating her, he said, but police rescued her.
Officers took the woman into protective custody at the Izom police station. But the restive mob stormed the premises, demanding that the woman be released to be stoned to death in accordance with sharia (Islamic) law or else they would burn down the police station.
“The police, realizing that the Muslim crowd was overwhelming, smuggled the woman through a back door to escape with her, but the Muslims blocked all escape routes, and at this point the police abandoned the woman to save their lives,” Atabo said. “She was clubbed to death.”
Police later moved the woman’s corpse to the mortuary at the Suleja Government Hospital. Atabo added that three policemen were injured in the fracas.

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PC(USA) Assembly Blasted for Trashing the Trinity, Other ‘Crazy’ Decisions

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

It’s refreshing to hear that some of the churches in the Presbyterian Church continue to hold to Biblical Truth.

(AgapePress) – A conservative minister says the Presbyterian Church (USA) did more than alter a major doctrine of the Christian faith at its recent convention. According to one Presbyterian Lay Committee member, a number of “crazy” actions took place at the denomination’s meeting last month in Birmingham, Alabama.
At the recent 217th General Assembly meeting, PC(USA) commissioners voted to allow the denomination’s churches to use the phrase “compassionate mother, beloved child, and life-giving womb” instead of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” when referring to the Trinity. This was just one of the 12 phrases approved by the Assembly as permissible substitutions for the traditional names of the Godhead, another being “rock, cornerstone, and temple.”
When one California pastor was asked how he felt about the new terminology for the Trinity, he told the Los Angeles Times newspaper, “You might as well put in Huey, Dewey, and Louie.” That minister is not alone in his sentiments — another conservative Presbyterian theologian and pastor is similarly expressing disgust at what he describes as the denomination’s move to “alter a major doctrine of the Christian faith.”
Pastor Parker T. Williamson, CEO of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, says the PC(USA) is showing contempt for historic church teaching with these substitutions. “The understanding of God as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit in this divine communion that draws us into itself — all of that’s been trashed by this assembly,” he contends.
The denominational leaders also endorsed medical marijuana use and approved the ordination of homosexuals under certain circumstances. And Williamson says the “crazy” goings-on at the General Assembly did not end there. “Someone had made a resolution to declare suicide bombing a crime against humanity,” he notes.
“Now, you’d think that would be approved rather quickly, wouldn’t you? I mean, suicide bombing is not exactly a godly act,” the Lay Committee spokesman says. But against all expectation, he observes, the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, one of the denomination’s official agencies — along with its Advocacy Committee on Racial Ethnic Concerns — lobbied against approval of the resolution.
Committee members “came in and recommended that that thing not be passed because it might offend the Muslims,” Williamson says. But during extended debate on the issue, commissioners were urged not to follow the advice of the Social Witness Policy Committee to disapprove the resolution, one youth advisory delegate begging them to “Think about the headlines tomorrow.” Eventually, the committee’s recommendation to disapprove was voted down, and a motion to approve the resolution was made and finally carried.
Williamson feels the events of the Birmingham General Assembly meeting reflect deep-seated problems in the Presbyterian denomination. The PC(USA) is in a state of “schism,” the conservative pastor asserts, and the denomination is hemorrhaging members left and right.

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Jesus Gets a Witness at KC’s ‘Gay Pride’ Event

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

An interesting interview at the Kansas City gay pride event.

KANSAS CITY, MO (AgapePress) – Kansas City is only 60 miles west of Topeka, home to the nationally renowned — even if not universally respected — Rev. Fred Phelps and his “gay”-antagonist church. His website, GodHatesFags.com, leaves no one to doubt his stand on homosexuality any more than do the homosexual-bashing placards he and his flock display shamelessly at homosexual gatherings. But it was a clown, not Phelps, who brought a Bible message to the revelers on June 6 at “Gay Pride Kansas City.”

The clown, who will only identify himself as “JM” (“Jesus’ Messenger”) talked like he actually had a good time as he strolled the grounds, dressed in a rainbow-colored shirt that announced “Jesus is still SettingCaptivesFree.com” on the back. During an interview, our clown says he encountered no resistance as he blanketed better than 200 windshields with business cards announcing the website “PeopleCanChange.com” and a peppermint candy kiss attached.

Q: Why would you even try to penetrate such an event?

JM: Well, why not? Would you refuse to share Jesus at a state fair?

Q: Well, no. But the state fair isn’t promoting and glamorizing sin.

JM: True. So are you saying you might consider passing out tracts in a bar, but you would never enter a gay bar? Have we forgotten that without Jesus, none of the nice people at the state fair is sheltered from the wrath of almighty God against sin? People aren’t lost because they engage in sex with a same-sex partner. We all do that which grieves and breaks the heart of God because we are born in a compromised state, thanks to Adam.

Gay people won’t get to heaven if they merely were to get married [to an opposite-sex partner] any more than a promiscuous playboy goes to heaven because he finally settles down and marries. It’s not married, church-going people who go to heaven; it’s the redeemed, the born-again. Jesus is our ticket — our only ticket, if you will. And theirs as well.

Q: But why this approach? Doesn’t it underplay the seriousness of sin and repentance?

JM: You may have noticed that the gay world is becoming organized, vocal, and, shall we say, ready to pick a fight. But I wasn’t sent to rain on their parade — any more than Jesus went to the Cana wedding to lecture on drunkenness. (By the way, either more guests appeared at the wedding than expected or else the ones invited were drinking more than anticipated, for the wine to have run out.)

The gay world is used to and prepared to hear that their lifestyle is offensive. But it’s hard to hate a clown!

It’s not that most of them wouldn’t change if they could — they would! But (1) they don’t know how, and (2) I’ve never seen victory come to a homosexual’s life without Jesus being prominent in the equation.

Bottom line: Don’t tell them something they’ve already heard time and time again. Tell them something they haven’t heard. Tell them that Jesus loves them — despite the fact that they’ve lied, cheated, gossiped, slandered — oh yes, and engaged in sex outside of marriage. Tell them they don’t need to die gay! Not all of them are activists. Many of them still want out, as they have ever since they recognized their proclivities.

Q: Do you believe there is a gay gene?

JM: Nonsense. If the Word of God was silent on this issue, we might want to line up with the rest of them and “wait and see.” But there is no gay gene waiting to be discovered. Nor ever was. Neither are there little green men on Mars.

Q: What would you want to say to the rest of us who don’t regularly minister to homosexuals but might encounter a sincere gay struggler sometime?

JM: Something anyone can do is to have memorized a web address so that you can share it at an appropriate time. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to beat them in an argument. Share a website with them where they can get help if they’re interested/open/curious. And then pray for them. It’s that simple!

Q: Do you suggest “Exodus” maybe?

JM: Exodus Ministries is good — excellent, actually. But I don’t use them as a first resort, simply because they are so well known. The gay world is aware of Exodus and has already thrown its full weight into discrediting Exodus’ ministry. If your gay friend has already heard of Exodus, what he heard was slanted to “warn” him of this “dangerous” organization. Hopefully though he will eventually make contact with Exodus. They are a good group. [See suggested website resources below]

Q: Would you do anything differently if you were to attend Gay Pride next year?

JM: You mean, other than take 600 cards and candy next time? Yeah! I’d wear lots of sunscreen in addition to face paint. That way my nose won’t remain red when I remove the paint!


RESOURCES FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY
Cross Ministry
Exodus International
INqUEERY
Love In Action
Love Won Out
Pure Life Ministries
Steven Bennett Ministries
Dr. Warren Throckmorton

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