Archive for December 4th, 2006

Rest for the Weary

Monday, December 4th, 2006

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:25-38 (New International Version)

Amen!! The Lord will never give you more then you can handle, if you will trust in Him and follow Him always.
Pray to Him and He will give you rest!!

‘Church of the Ark’ found on West Bank

Monday, December 4th, 2006

What a cool thing to find. The Holy Land is the gift to archaeologist that keeps giving.

Archaeologists claimed yesterday to have uncovered one of the world’s first churches, built on a site believed to have once housed the Ark of the Covenant.

The site, emerging from the soil in a few acres in the hills of the Israeli occupied West Bank, is richly decorated with brightly coloured mosaics and inscriptions referring to Jesus Christ.

According to the team, led by Yitzhak Magen and Yevgeny Aharonovitch, the church dates to the late 4th century, making it one of Christianity’s first formal places of worship.

“I can’t say for sure at the moment that it’s the very first church,” said Mr Aharonovitch, 38, as he oversaw a team carrying out the final excavations before winter yesterday. “But it’s certainly one of the first.” He said the site contained an extremely unusual inscription which referred to itself, Shiloh, by name.

“That is very rare and shows early Christians treated this as an ancient, holy place,” said Mr Aharonovitch. According to the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the two tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, was kept by the Israelites at Shiloh for several hundred years.

It was eventually moved to the Holy of Holies in the Jerusalem temple that the Bible says was built by King Solomon around 1000 BC. When the temple was sacked by the Babylonians 400 years later, the Ark was lost, sparking theories about whether it had been hidden or destroyed.

The team at Shiloh is considering whether to dig under the beautiful mosaics that they have uncovered, in order to find traces of the Ark. “We have to decide whether to fix the mosaics here or take them to a museum,” said Mr Aharonovitch.

Jewish residents in the modern settlement of Shiloh, which sits on a hill amidst Palestinian villages, want the team to keep digging.

David Rubin, a former mayor of Shiloh, said: “We believe that if they continue to dig they’ll reach back to the time of the Tabernacle,” referring to the portable place of worship where the Israelites housed the Ark.

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Less Christianity, more Islam and Hinduism, (U.K.) schools ordered

Monday, December 4th, 2006

The U.K. craters further to the not so behind the scene take over by Islam.

A new religious syllabus for schools has caused a fury among church groups and politicians after recommending teachers cut down on education about Christianity while increasing lessons in Islam and Hinduism.

Teachers in Buckinghamshire were directed to spend 40 per cent of religious education on Christianity, while giving Islam and Hinduism equal play at 20 per cent each.

Just ten percent was then to be devoted to other religions – including Judaism – with a final ten per cent on “general concepts”.

It was recommended that younger children receive just 36 hours per year of religious education, with that number upped to 45 in the lead up to the GCSEs.

However when the lack of time devoted to Christianity sparked protests, Buckinghamshire education authorities reportedly removed those numbers from official documents.

Councillors accused authorities of a cover-up, saying that while the need to teach children about other world religions is obvious the lack of education on Christianity in a Christian country was going too far.

However the Buckinghamshire County Council reportedly hit back saying the changes would not impact taxpayers as printing errors meant the document had to be redrafted anyway.

The council also insisted Christianity remained the focus of the syllabus, and insisted the new policies provided flexibility for the schools and promoted goodwill, seeking to inform rather than influence children.

However critics reportedly insisted the nation’s religion was being turned in to a sideshow in the name of political correctness.

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‘Religious’ Santa Forced to Share School Stage with Frosty

Monday, December 4th, 2006

OK, this is just plain stupid. No other word for it.
Let me set the record straight:
I have read the Bible through several times, and I have never once encountered any mention of Santa Claus. He’s not in there.
So how these idiot parents can be offended by something that never happened, and how the school can cave to these offended parents is beyond me.

(CNSNews.com) – A Christmas-themed event to raise money at a public elementary school in Warwick, N.Y., has been altered to accommodate a parent’s complaints that the program would illegally spotlight a “religious” figure – Santa Claus.

“Breakfast With Santa” has since been changed to “Winter Wonderland Breakfast,” and – in an effort to be inclusive of all beliefs – the bearded one will now be joined at the Dec. 9 event by Frosty the Snowman.

Organizers made the changes after one parent charged that she and others in the community were offended that the Parent Teacher Association at the Sanfordville Elementary School was sponsoring a program geared toward one religion.

That parent, who did not wish to have her name used, wrote a letter to the school board asserting that Santa represents Christmas – a Christian holiday – and by law, a public school is not allowed to promote religion.

According to the Warwick Advertiser, the PTA offered to include Hanukkah traditions in the event, but the parent said she felt this still wasn’t fair because it included religious activities.

“I look forward to sponsoring an event that is within the law and inclusive of all,” the parent wrote in a letter to the school superintendent, Dr. Frank Greenhall. “This is not an argument about religion; it is about the law of our land. Discrimination is simply detestable.”

Greenhall then contacted an attorney, who advised him in a letter that the district “should, at a minimum, modify the events to avoid potential litigation.”

The complainant suggested Frosty the Snowman as an alternative icon, and the school eventually agreed to have both Frosty and Santa.

Mike Johnson, senior legal counsel for the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, told Cybercast News Service the situation was “just absurd.”

“My general reaction is probably the same as 95 percent of Americans when they hear about something like this,” Johnson said. “It’s ridiculous that we have to think twice about whether it’s OK to celebrate Christmas in public.”

While acknowledging that Saint Nicholas, a Dutch bishop who had a reputation for giving gifts in secret, “clearly was the original figure that Santa is based upon,” he noted that “most people would recognize Santa Claus himself as a secular-type figure.”

“The underlying principle here is that the First Amendment does not guarantee any of us a right not to be offended,” Johnson said. “These radical leftist types are arguing that just because 95 percent of Americans, according to recent polling, celebrate Christmas, they ought not to have that right” since a person with a different view might object.

“There’s probably a small percentage of evangelical Christians in this country who don’t celebrate Halloween, but would any of these leftists argue that Christians have a right to ruin the party for everyone who wants to celebrate it?” Johnson asked. “Do they have the right to tell you that you can’t wish them a happy Halloween? Of course not.

“This is ultimately about religious liberty,” Johnson asserted. “Everyone’s rights and beliefs should be respected, and no one should be discriminated against.”

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Episcopalians Warned Against Leaving Diocese

Monday, December 4th, 2006

An Episcopal leader in Virginia is threatening to sue Episcopal churches who vote on whether to leave the diocese. All denominations should take note of what is happening here. When you allow satan to get a foothold in your church, a small division quickly becomes a huge chasm that cannot be crossed.

Virginia Episcopal Bishop Peter J. Lee is threatening to sue conservative Episcopal churches that soon will vote on whether to leave his diocese, saying individual members of each congregation’s governing board will be liable.
In a four-page letter released late Friday, the bishop of the country’s largest diocese, with 90,000 members, sent a letter to parishes conducting a 40-day period of discernment on whether to leave the Episcopal Church.
Thousands of Episcopalians already have left the 2.2 million-member denomination over arguments about biblical authority and the 2003 consecration of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, an active homosexual.

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Attorney Applauds Appellate Court’s Decision Favoring Mt. Soledad Transfer

Monday, December 4th, 2006

About time someone actually listened to what the people want.

(AgapePress) – California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals has ruled the referendum vote on and transfer of the veterans memorial known as the “Mount Soledad Cross” from the City of San Diego to the federal government was legal. The deciding judges in the case, Paulson v. Abdelnour, say a previous ruling should not have second-guessed the city’s voters.

On behalf of the group San Diegans for the Mount Soledad National War Memorial, Thomas More Law Center attorney Charles LiMandri argued in defense of the controversial memorial, which features a controversial concrete cross that stands 43 feet tall from its base.

The Fourth District court’s ruling reversed a decision from the trial court Judge Patricia Cowett that the transfer referendum, known as Proposition A, was unconstitutional. In that judge’s opinion, LiMandri explains, “somehow the voters transferring the land from the City of San Diego to the federal government constituted some type of unconstitutional preference for the Christian religion over other religions.”

However, the Law Center attorney points out, the three-judge panel of the appeals court disagreed, saying San Diego citizens were informed about the cross issue before the vote on the ballot initiative. In the court’s opinion, the vote was about letting San Diegans weigh in on the matter, not about forcing government support of religion.

“The court assumed the people were informed,” LiMandri asserts. But the panel members were “not going to assume the people who voted 76 percent in favor of Proposition A had some type of unconstitutional purpose in so doing,” he says. Meanwhile, he notes, the panel also chastised Judge Cowett for basing her ruling against Proposition A partly on the fact that the City of San Diego was being represented by an attorney who worked for a Christian law firm.

The Thomas More Law Center attorney sees this ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeals as an important and overdue vindication of the will of the people. “What we see here in this decision is really a great victory for democracy,” he observes. “Finally, we’re seeing an appellate court give due deference to the voters.”

LiMandri, who serves as the West Coast regional director for the Law Center, remarks that he and the pro-family legal firm are pleased with the panel’s decision that the transfer of the Mount Soledad Cross is in fact constitutional. He says this ruling protects the will of the people and their desire to preserve a historical veteran’s memorial for future generations.

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Chavez Wins Again

Monday, December 4th, 2006

This is not good news for the U.S. or the world for that matter. Chavez is a madman and a lunatic.

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) – With a cry of “long live the revolution,” anti-U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election in a landslide after his challenger conceded on Sunday.

Chavez, 52, won a strong mandate to press his self-styled socialist revolution in his next six-year term and forge an anti-U.S. front in Latin America to counter what he calls the superpower’s “imperialism.”

Critics, including Washington, who regard Chavez as a threat to regional democracy and stability, fear the Cuba ally will be emboldened to buy arms and influence with an oil bonanza from high prices in the heavyweight OPEC member.

The National Electoral Council said Chavez won 61 percent, while Manuel Rosales, a governor of an oil-producing province who united the opposition, trailed with 38 percent after 78 percent of the vote had been counted.

Dressed in his signature red shirt, Chavez celebrated by raising his right fist and singing the national anthem on a balcony at the presidential palace

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