Archive for May 11th, 2007

The Garden of Eden – A Bible Story Mural

Friday, May 11th, 2007

The Garden of Eden

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens- and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground- the LORD God formed the man The Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah) it is also the name Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Asshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Genesis 2:4-24 (New International Version)

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:1-12 (New International Version)

“This mural is a reminder that God created a perfect world. It was man’s choice to disobey and bring sin into the world.”
-Doug Westbrook, Artist of “The Garden of Eden – A Bible Story Mural”

See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
Bible Story Murals
If your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Doug Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals. Each wall sized mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook painted at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story.
They are available on durable vinyl wallpaper for easy installation.

Debate Over Existence of God Shown on ABC-TV

Friday, May 11th, 2007

I’m very proud of Kirk Cameron for bucking the typical Hollywood lifestyle and doing such a fine job representing Jesus. Please pray for him and all Christians who are willing to stand up and do what Jesus told us to do…spread His Words.

The hosts of a popular weekly Christian television show squared off against two atheists as part of a debate about the existence of God this past weekend. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron of The Way of the Master television show debated atheist Brian Sapient and a woman named Kelly for a segment on ABC-TV. The debate was shown Wednesday on ABC.com and segments were broadcast on Nightline.

During Comfort’s opening statement, he said the existence of God could be proven without using faith or the Bible. He then gave logical reasons to believe in the existence of God.

“When I look at a painting, how can I know there was a painter?” Comfort asked. “Well, the painting is absolute, 100-percent scientific proof there was a painter,” he said. “You can’t have a painting without a painter. I don’t need faith to believe in a painter — all I need is eyes that can see and a brain that works.”

Sapient, who is a member of a group calling itself the Rational Response Squad, describes himself as an agnostic atheist. He said there is no scientific proof for God.

“Atheism is merely the absence of belief in any god,” Sapient asserted. “We are all born as atheists; we must be taught to be theists,” he said. “And as an agnostic atheist, I am not making an absolute claim that no god exists. I am making an absolute claim that today I don’t have a belief in one, and I’m sorry that Ray’s arguments didn’t help change that.”

The debate was suggested by Comfort after he saw a segment on ABC’s Nightline about the Rational Response Squad and how that group encouraged people to videotape themselves blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Much of the debate centered on the beginning of the universe and the nature of God.

At one point, Comfort’s Way of the Master co-host, Kirk Cameron, addressed the issue of origins. “If you’re going to keep going back to the beginning, you’ve got to go back all the way and say something’s got to be infinite,” he observed. “We believe that God is infinite, that he dwells in eternity, and that he’s revealed the fact that he has created the universe by speaking it into existence.”

During his opening remarks, Comfort used God’s moral law, the Ten Commandments, to show people their transgression of God’s laws and their need for a savior. Similar presentations are available online at Comfort’s website WayOfTheMaster.com.

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Supporters of Abortion have No Future in Church, Pope Tells Faithful

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Good to see the Catholics are still on board in trying to protect babies.

A combative Pope Benedict XVI opened his trip to Brazil yesterday in no-holds-barred mood, vowing to stem the defections of Roman Catholics to evangelical Protestantism and giving a warning that the penalty for supporting abortion was excommunication.

In uncompromising remarks on “core teachings” on board the papal plane from Rome, the Pope backed the Church hierarchy in Mexico for excommunicating politicians who voted for a law that legalised abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in Mexico City, as well as doctors and nurses who performed abortions.

“This is nothing new, it is normal, it wasn’t arbitrary,” he told reporters. “It is what is foreseen by the Church’s doctrine.” He had reiterated previously the Vatican’s opposition to abortion but had not specifically backed the excommunications.

The Pope also spoke strongly against abortion during his first speech in Brazil. Speaking in Portuguese, he said he was certain that the bishops will reinforce “the promotion of respect for life from the moment of conception until natural death” as an integral requirement of human nature.

“All Latin America safeguards values that are radically Christian,” he said at a welcoming ceremony at São Paulo’s airport, flanked by Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

The issue of abortion is sensitive in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest Catholic nation, which is considering a referendum on legalising abortion.

The Pope observed that “canon law says the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving Communion, which is receiving the body of Christ . . . It expresses our belief that human individuality, the human personality, is present from the first moment of life.”

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Increasing Number of Rabbis are Allowing Jews to Enter Temple Mount

Friday, May 11th, 2007

I’ve always felt that the Jews, since they own it, should be able to worship and pray at Temple Mount.

An increasing number of religious Zionist rabbis are allowing their followers to enter the Temple Mount, contrary to the religious consensus on the matter.

This weekend, the rabbis Haim Druckman and Avraham Zukerman, of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, and Tzafania Drori, chief rabbi of Kiryat Shmona, are set to join this growing group with an ad in the Orthodox media. The rabbis, who are major figures in the religious Zionist movement, will call on Jews wishing to enter the Temple Mount “in purity, to ascend at this time to the to the places permitted for Jews to enter.”

The three rabbis are known for their principle support for letting Jews on to the Temple Mount. But they had not yet expressed their stand formally, because of the religious sensitivity of the issue. Now, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jerusalem’s unification, with many right-wing movements placing the Temple Mount on their agenda, the rabbis have decided to call publicly on Jews to go to the Mount.

In publishing the ad, they will be joining dozens of other rabbis of the religious Zionist stream, among them rabbis in West Bank settlements, who in recent years have allowed Jews to go to the Temple Mount within the bounds of Jewish law.

Currently, rabbinic consensus in the religious Zionist and the ultra-Orthodox world prohibits Jews from entering the Temple Mount. This is because the exact location of the Holy of Holies is not known, and therefore Jews who have not properly purified themselves may accidentally walk there or through other prohibited places.

Rabbis who allow their supporters to ascend to the Temple Mount set stipulations for entry, including the mandating of ritual immersion beforehand, the wearing of cloth shoes, the keeping to areas permitted to Jews under Jewish custom, and the studying of relevant religious regulations.

There are two Islamic shrines on the Mount, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Over the years, successive Israeli governments, backed by the High Court of Justice, have allowed Jews to visit the Temple Mount, but have prohibited them from praying there.

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Detroit Becomes “Safe City” for Illegal Aliens

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Detroit now becomes the latest in cities that are flouting federal immigration laws by not just ignoring them, but prohibiting city employees from asking about a person’s immigration status.

An ordinance that bans profiling was approved Wednesday by the Detroit City Council. It prohibits police and city employees from asking about the immigration status of residents.

The council voted unanimously for the law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, dress, physical appearance and immigration status. Under the new law, police cannot ask people for their immigration papers unless it was related to a crime.

In Detroit, some immigrants complain that, after being pulled over by police, they have been asked for residency papers. Others say they are afraid to apply for city help or programs such as home-repair assistance because of their immigration status.

“It’s not something a city employee should be asking,” said City Council President Kenneth Cockrel Jr., who introduced the bill. “It’s not within their purview.”

Cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles have passed similar ordinances in recent years, making them what are sometimes referred to as sanctuary cities.

The ordinance was introduced after talks with Latino, Arab and Muslim groups. The Detroit-based group Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength played a lead role in pushing for the law.

On Tuesday, Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said she wants to make sure everyone feels comfortable contacting police when crimes are committed. In some cases, immigrants say they are reluctant to call police because they fear the police will turn them over to federal agents who could deport them.

Bully-Cummings also said the department is against profiling and that police should not generally enforce federal immigration laws.

Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, said he is pleased with the council’s vote. “The city of Detroit should be seen as a place that is not hostile to immigrants.”

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Actor Jon Voight Blasts Nancy Pelosi, Democrats, and Anti-Bush Propagandists

Friday, May 11th, 2007

In very rare burst of insight (rare for Hollywood personalities, that is), actor Jon Voight has discovered the true identity of this country’s most dangerous enemies.

Think all Hollywood elites are Bush-bashing liberals falling in lockstep with the leftwing dogma being espoused by Democrat leaders and the media that support them?

Well, if you do, you’d better prepare yourself for an alternate reality.

Actor Jon Voight, on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” Tuesday evening, made some statements that are likely to get him tossed out of Club Hollywood if he’s not careful.

After a brief discussion about his film “September Dawn,” Voight went into a shocking monologue about what he sees wrong in the nation today, including shots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and “extremists who really believe all the propaganda that they are being fed on a daily basis by very cunning professionals” (video available here):

My heart is very heavy, and I‘m really terrified by what is happening to our great nation. Our country is being divided by extremists who really believe all the propaganda that they are being fed on a daily basis by very cunning professionals.

I mean, here we have American people in this country, in this city, in D.C., defacing our president, calling him unthinkable names. And what is the agenda for which they are doing this? And I find it‘s just to bring their party to power.

And these people that—and I‘m stepping way into something now—but these people who are wanting to rule with this aspect of technique have no real answer as to how they‘re going to do it, as witnessed by Nancy Pelosi‘s trip recently. And the real sad part is that they don‘t realize that they‘re feeding the enemy all the nutrients that they need to destroy us.

Shocked? There was more:

We‘re engaged with a serious enemy here. And we seem to have forgotten about 9/11. I‘m sure the families haven‘t forgotten. So it‘s a very serious—you know, it‘s a very serious time. And maybe it‘s this film that‘s brought me into real research about what the enemy really is, the face of the enemy that we‘re facing today, and it‘s stirring many things in me.

Wow.

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