Archive for March 12th, 2007

Psalm 119 – Aleph

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Psalm 119:1-8 (New International Version)

א Aleph

1 Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.

2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.

3 They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.

4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!

6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.

7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.

8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

‘Turn the world to Islam’

Monday, March 12th, 2007

An all too common message from the so-called religion of peace and tolerance (aka Islam).

RADICAL Islamic literature, DVDs and websites are proliferating across Melbourne while authorities are seemingly helpless to stop the underground trade in hate talk.
In tucked away Melbourne bookshops and prayer rooms, as well as online, text and recordings commonly slur Jews and urge followers to Islamise the world.

The faithful are told to obey only Sharia law.

A Sunday Herald Sun audit of Islamic bookshops found dozens of books, pamphlets, DVDs and CDs with radical and sometimes violent messages.

One book, Man-Made Laws Vs. Shari’ah, urges Muslims not to “accept anything from their governments and rulers except sharia”, stating any other system is heresy.

The book prescribes stoning for adultery and drinking alcohol and advocates flogging for casual sex.

The same text claims the Jews have always waged a war against Islam.

Another booklet, The Conditions of La Ilaha Illa Allah, states all children of Israel are going to hell.

“A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies,” it states.

It describes a Muslim’s aim as “to strive for a returning to the true Islamic way of life . . . and to bring about a society guided upon the Revelation and for the Laws of Allah to be applied upon the earth.”

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Brownback, Terry Reintroduce Parent Tax Credit Bill

Monday, March 12th, 2007

I urge you to support this legislation. Stay at home parents deserve the same rights as those who choose to work outside of the home.

( – Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) on Thursday announced the reintroduction of legislation that would give tax credits to stay-at-home parents.

Terry, who sponsored similar legislation in 2005, submitted the bill in the U.S. House. Brownback is expected to submit it in the U.S. Senate in the coming days. Both men say the bill will help bolster family values by making child care tax credits equitable.

The existing Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) provides tax credit for families in which both parents work outside the home and the children are cared for by non-parent daycare. The suggested changes would extend the same credit to families that choose to have one parent stay at home to raise the kids.

“As a tax code, this says ‘Yes’ to families,” Brownback said. “We’ve got to reward the family structure in this country.”

Brownback, a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, said he wants to be known as “the family president” by representing and promoting family values during his campaign.

Brownback said it is important to encourage parents to raise their own children because children develop better with a constant role model and authority figure. “You can raise good kids in other settings, but we know the best place is a mom and a dad bonded for life,” he said.

Terry said the legislation is an effort to relieve the “tremendous financial burden on our middle-class families” who decide to keep one parent at home instead of sending their children to daycare.

“Why not use the tax code to give the parents the option, to empower the family if one parent wishes to stay home?” Terry asked.

In addition to extending the DCTC to stay-at-home parents, the bill would make the $1,000 Child Tax Credit permanent, increase the personal child tax exemption from $3,300 to $5,000 and make cuts to the “marriage penalty tax” permanent.

The bill also contains provisions that encourage home-based small businesses and telecommuting, garnering support from lobbying groups including the Telework Coalition and the National Association for the Self-Employed.

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Christian Youth Event Sparks Protests in San Francisco

Monday, March 12th, 2007

It’s refreshing to see that Christian youth are still fired up about Jesus.

City officials in San Francisco, California, have tried to silence a weekend Christian youth revival service known as “BattleCry.” More than 20,000 teenagers from several states gathered to attend the Saturday morning service sponsored by Teen Mania Ministries.

This marks the second year in a row that BattleCry has been held in San Francisco. Last year, city officials issued a condemnation of the weekend revival.

This year, the city’s board of supervisors issued a resolution saying the public address system at the San Francisco Giants’ stadium could not be used before 10 in the morning. However, Teen Mania Ministries founder Ron Luce says a local Christian radio station agreed to broadcast the morning service so those attending the event could participate through the use of radios.

In an interview prior to the weekend revival service, Luce explained, “It’ll be broadcast live from the stage. None of the P.A. system will be turned on, but we’ll be hooked in live to the radio. We’re encouraging young people to bring radios, so it may be the first ‘persecuted church’ service in America done in a very unique way with the help of our radio friends.”

In preparation for the Saturday worship service, thousands of Christian teenagers came together on Friday afternoon for a prayer rally led by Luce on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, an event homosexual activists had vowed to protest. Luce says homosexual activists and their supporters are not used to being challenged.

“These people have dominated our culture for so long,” the Teen Mania spokesman observes, “and they don’t want anybody that disagrees with them to raise their voice.” Essentially, these homosexual activists “have gone unopposed,” he says.

But now that young Christians are raising their voices to communicate a message that contradicts that of the homosexual activists, Luce asserts, “they’re saying, ‘Wait a minute. We don’t want you to lift your voice.’ And I think part of the reason is that, the Christian world view — nobody can compete with it.”

Last year’s prayer rally at City Hall was interrupted by homosexual protestors, and city officials formally condemned the BattleCry event. As similar events have unfolded surrounding this year’s Teen Mania events, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council notes that the American Center for Law and Justice has intervened and is considering legal action in an effort to get the city to reverse its decree prohibiting the use of the Giants’ stadium sound system before 10 a.m.

In a recent Washington Update brief, Perkins pointed out that the stadium hosts concerts and ballgames year-round at all times of the day and night; however, he commented, “San Francisco has found the limit of its tolerance in BattleCry’s morning worship service.” The FRC spokesman said San Francisco city officials have been “working overtime to dampen what has proven to be a life-changing, health-promoting rally for the nation’s youth.”

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Episcopal Council Reiterates Church’s Support for Homosexuality

Monday, March 12th, 2007

The leadership on the Episcopal Church continues to force homosexuality support down the throats of it’s parishioners, despite not having general membership support on this issue. Also, the Anglican Church, of which the Episcopal Church is the U.S. arm, has decided that if they continue on this course, they will not be part of this fellowship.
Yet despite all of this, and in addition to rejecting what is written in the Bible, it appears that no matter what, the leadership is going to force this policy on their unwilling parishioners.
Please continue to pray for those members of this fellowship who still adhere to what the Bible teaches. Pray that they can reclaim their denomination before it is too late.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A top Episcopal panel reiterated the church’s decision to embrace homosexuality, as it began talks on whether the denomination should meet Anglican demands to roll back acceptance of homosexual couples.

The Executive Council, a committee of clergy and lay people, issued the statement Sunday at the end of its three-day meeting in Portland. The council also emphasized that Episcopalians with traditional views of sexuality have a place in the denomination, too.

“We wish to reaffirm to our lesbian and gay members that they remain a welcome and integral part of the Episcopal Church,” the council said, then offered “prayerful concern” for those who consider gay relationships sinful. “We wish to reaffirm that they too remain a welcome and integral part of the Episcopal Church,” the council said.

In 2003, the Episcopal Church, the U.S. wing of Anglicanism, created an uproar when it consecrated the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Last month, Anglican leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting in Tanzania with an ultimatum: They gave Episcopalians until Sept. 30 to unequivocally pledge not to consecrate another partnered gay bishop or authorize official prayers for same-sex couples. If it doesn’t, the church risks a reduced role in the 77 million-member Anglican Communion.

The council, which oversees the work of the denomination between its General Conventions held once every three years, created a working group to study what role the council should play in responding to the demands. The House of Bishops will discuss their response to Anglican leaders at a meeting later this month.

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