Archive for June 22nd, 2007

Jesus Walks on Water – A Bible Story Mural

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
Matthew 14:22-36 (New International Version)

“I believe that this representation of Jesus reaching out to a doubting Peter, also symbolizes Jesus reaching out to all who are sinking in a sea of sin.”
-Doug Westbrook, Artist of “Jesus Walks on Water – 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 created 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.

Christian Radio Station, KSBJ, Last Day of Sharathon 2007

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

KSBJ Sharathon

I spoke about this Christian radio station earlier in the week. If you have not decided to donate to them yet, I’d ask you consider supporting them.
Even if you do not live in the Houston area, you can still hear their broadcast via the internet.
Folks, the people who run this station live the Word of God. They truly represent Jesus to the fullest extent.
For three days per year, they ask for donations and pledges to take them through the rest of the year. They do not accept advertising and rely on these funds to run the station for the whole year. Sharathon ends at 10 PM CDT tonight.
Please consider either a one time donation of any amount (no amount is too small) or sign up for a monthly donation (again, any amount is fine).
Please support this fine Christian ministry.
And yes, I am putting my money where my mouth is. I have already signed up for a monthly donation.
Here’s are the links:
KSBJ Home.
KSBJ Sharathon.

Palestinian Official: Women Must Martyr Themselves

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Pali Terrorist Leaders: “Now we know you are running away from us in droves, because you’re afraid we will kill you for now particular reason, but you still need to blow yourself up in the midst of innocent Israeli civilians, even though they are helping you and giving you refuge.
Is there no end to the pail’s ability to hate?

News stories of female suicide bombers – young women in the prime of life, sometimes pregnant or with their children – blowing up themselves and dozens of innocent bystanders with explosive belts, have shocked the world in recent months.

It’s well known that young Muslim men are taught they will be rewarded with 72 virgins in the afterlife. But what is the appeal of martyrdom to women?

A Palestinian member of parliament representing Hamas explained the answer on Al-Rafidein TV last Sunday.

Here, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, are excerpts of what Al-Astal said about Muslim women’s “duty” to engage in violent jihad.

Yunis Al-Astal: “The most exalted form of jihad is fighting for the sake of Allah, which means sacrificing one’s soul by fighting the enemies head-on, even if it leads to martyrdom. Martyrdom means life next to Allah.

“… When jihad becomes an individual duty, it applies to women too, because women do not differ from men when it comes to individual duties. …”

Interviewer: “What are the purposes behind women’s participation in the jihad of conquest and invasions?”

Yunis Al-Astal: “I have mentioned some of these purposes. [Women] prepare food, they bring water, they tend to the wounded and convey them from the battlefield, they protect the [soldiers’] possessions, and so on. But in many cases, women participated in combat, especially if the Islamic army was weakening, and you could see that the enemy was about to gain the upper hand. In such cases, a woman would draw out her sword, or pull out a pole from her tent, and would resist to the best of her ability.

“… Let’s take another example. Safiyya, the aunt of the Prophet Muhammad, used a pole to kill a Jew in the Battle of the Trench. Likewise, in the Battle of Hunayn, Umm Sulaym had a dagger, and when asked about it, she said: ‘If an enemy of Allah comes near me, I shall stab him with this dagger.’ History has recorded, in shining letters, the fact that Al-Khansaa sacrificed her four children at the battle of Al-Qadisiyya. She inflamed their emotions and she herself incited them to fight until they attained their martyrdom, and then she thanked Allah for honoring her with the killing of them all.”

Read the rest here…
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Full Hillary ‘Smoking Gun’ Video Released

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

The sleaziness of Bill Clinton apparently runs in the family. Read on, my friends, read on…

The full, five-minute videotape touted as “smoking gun evidence” of two felonies committed by Sen. Hillary Clinton has been released to WND.

As WND reported, the tape was submitted as evidence to a California appeals court yesterday in a civil fraud suit against the New York Democrat and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

WND reported in April the tape indicates Clinton – despite denials throughout six years of investigation – was directly involved with business mogul Peter Franklin Paul in producing a lavish Hollywood fundraiser in August 2000 that eventually cost Paul nearly $2 million.

Clinton’s participation in the planning of the event would make Paul’s substantial contributions a direct donation to her Senate campaign rather than her joint fundraising committee, violating federal statutes that limit “hard money” contributions to a candidate to $2,000 per person. Knowingly accepting or soliciting $25,000 or more in a calendar year is a felony carrying a prison sentence of up to five years.

Paul’s complaint charges President Clinton destroyed his entertainment company to get out of a $17 million deal in which Clinton promised to promote the firm in exchange for stock, cash options and massive contributions to his wife’s 2000 campaign. Paul contends he was directed by the Clintons and Democratic Party leaders to foot the bill for the Hollywood event.

In the tape, Clinton is heard via speakerphone thanking Paul, business partner Stan Lee and other colleagues for their efforts in putting together the fundraiser.

She also describes the role of longtime aide Kelly Craighead as assisting in day-to-day involvement in preparation for the event as her liaison with Paul and his producers.

Craighead, Clinton says, “talks all the time” with Paul, “so she’ll be the person to convey whatever I need.”

The aide’s hands-on role is significant, because the law also implicates a candidate if any of his or her agents are involved in coordinating expenditures with a donor.

In another portion of the tape, Clinton is heard discussing her direct solicitation of a large contribution from the entertainer Cher. Paul’s legal team argues the value of Cher’s performance alone vastly exceeded the FEC limits.

The tape was one of 90 Paul was ordered to turn over to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York in 2001 as part of the investigation in a related securities case against him. But it has never been used as evidence, despite its relevance to the key question of Sen. Clinton’s involvement in the Hollywood fundraiser.

Sen. Clinton has claimed through her spokesman Howard Wolfson that Paul gave no money to her campaign, and her supporters have denied she had any anything to do with coordinating the fund-raiser or soliciting contributions directly from donors.

Clinton’s campaign has counted the more than $800,000 of in-kind contributions it reported in a 2006 amended FEC report for the Hollywood Gala as indirect, or “soft money,” given to the New York Senate 2000 Committee, a state account that was run jointly by Clinton, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the New York State Democratic Party.

The Clintons’ longtime attorney David Kendall has not replied to WND’s request for comment on Paul’s videotape. Kendall previously has declined comment on the case, saying only to WND regarding the felony assertion, “Any such allegation is totally false and totally unsupported.”

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Sex, Drugs and Alcohol Permeate Teens’ Online Chat, Study Says

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

This is why it is so important to know what your children and teens are looking at on the internet. Not only do most “photo blogs” and “personal webspace” reflect the sex, drugs and alcohol mantra, but teens fail to realize that everything they post is going out to an international audience and is permanent. Now by permanent, what I mean is that even if the material is taken down, someone, somewhere has downloaded this material. It is very possible that this material will come out sometime in the future.
In addition to the sex, drugs and alcohol, there is also the predator aspect.
Please, parents, know what your kids are doing on the internet.

(CNSNews.com) – Online message boards, forums, and social networks aimed at teens frequently feature posts in which youngsters discuss drug and alcohol use and associated sexual encounters, according to a report by a drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization.

The report by Caron Treatment Centers cited a survey of 10.3 million posts made by teenagers on popular sites such as Myspace.com, teenspot.com, and ym.com. Of these, 160,000 contained keywords that matched contemporary teenage slang vocabulary, catalogued by Caron.

The report said that 80 percent of the highlighted posts refer to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and LSD use. In posts related to marijuana use, teens frequently related destructive behavior, including self-mutilation, conducted while under the influence.

Ten percent of messages that mentioned alcohol featured teens talking about drinking at parties. Women who posted alcohol-related messages talked more about sexual encounters while inebriated, where men more often shared stories about non-sexual activities while drunk.

Some forums also include topics relating to premarital sexual encounters, shaving pubic hair and pregnancy.

Dr. Harris Stratyner, regional vice president of Caron’s New York Recovery Center, told Cybercast News Service he believes such online chatter reflects both an established culture of drug use, and an incubator of further deviance.

“I hear in my practice a lot of teenagers speaking exactly in the way the study describes, but I also think that they’re being inculcated by information that is oftentimes incorrect on the Internet.”

Bob Walifzewski, a media specialist with Focus on the Family, said he believes many teenagers are inspired by popular music artists to consume drugs, “Many kids may say, ‘I know what my parents have said about [doing drugs], but, wow, this looks really fun!”

He added that online questionnaires on teen websites asking how often respondents have used drugs or alcohol may pressure teens to engage in that behavior. “Parents would be up in arms if they knew what their children had publicly said [online].”

“It’s not surprising that teens discuss among themselves subjects which they may be uncomfortable discussing with parents, or about which they disagree with the adult perspectives they’ve heard,” said Bruce Mirken of the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates removing criminal penalties for marijuana use – although not for teens – told Cybercast News Service.

Recently, law enforcement officials were reported to be monitoring photos and material posted on the discussion boards of facebook.com, in efforts to deter illegal drug and alcohol consumption.

Facebook.com is a popular website used mostly by college students and high schoolers. Registered members can place personal information in their profiles, post pictures, talk to others in discussion pages, and create common-interest groups.

Facebook members frequently post pictures of themselves consuming alcohol and encourage their friends to do likewise. Some postings encourage cannabis culture, and some users have also announced that their sexual encounters were facilitated by Facebook’s networking capabilities.

Though representatives from ym, Facebook, and teenspot did not return requests for comment by press time, they do have mechanisms for monitoring and moderating user comments. “Please use good judgment and taste when posting your messages,” ym asks its members. “This is a community, and you’re a member of it.”

Facebook provides a link for users to flag objectionable content and alert the site’s administrators. Other websites and forums hire moderators to enforce the policy and standards of their administrators.

But Stratyner said that is not enough.

“We need to focus more on what teens are teaching other kids,” he said. “I don’t think these monitors are doing an effective enough job. I haven’t seen anything in the study that would say [the efforts at topic moderation] are adequate.”

Stratyner said parents are not knowledgeable enough of how their children interact with their friends and peers through technology.

The ease of Internet access has become the hallmark of the millennial generation, he said, along with “the ability to spread information to wider and wider circles with unsupervised eyes.”

“Perhaps the most important thing that parents can do is to communicate with their kids honestly and make sure they have accurate information,” said Mirkin. “Parents certainly have a right and duty to be concerned and to try to keep their teens safe.”

Walifzewski, added, “The ‘Just Say No’ years of Nancy Reagan are over … kids have always been sneaky, and will for all eternity continue to be sneaky. But parents have to be parents [and set] some very clear boundaries when it comes to 21st century technology that influences our kids.”

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“The forgotten victims of Planned Parenthood” by Michelle Malkin

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

What kind of a person would wear a “I had an abortion” t-shirt?

Not everyone gets to walked out of the clinic with the “I had an abortion” t-shirt and a smile on her face. The San Jose Mercury News reports today that the mother of a young woman who died at a Riverside, Calif., Planned Parenthood clinic has sued the abortion provider blaming malpractice for her daughter’s toxic shock syndrome death:

Aletheia Meloncon filed the Superior Court lawsuit this week, claiming her daughter Edrica Goode, 21, died Feb. 14 because cervical dilators used in advance of second-trimester abortions were left in too long.

Goode allegedly went to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Riverside for an abortion on Jan. 31 and a nurse inserted the dilators, which are usually left in overnight before an abortion.

The suit said Goode, who didn’t return to the clinic to have the dilators removed, had an infection and the dilators became a conduit, spreading it throughout her body.

“My daughter made a choice, but she didn’t choose to die,” Meloncon said. “A lost dog gets more attention than my daughter did. This has really torn at my family.”

She is not alone:

Vince Hall, director of communications for Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside counties, refused to comment on the lawsuit to the Times and claimed that the “health and safety of our patients is our highest priority.”

However, Goode is the third woman to die at Planned Parenthood abortion centers in the last four years.

The first was Holly Patterson, an 18 year-old from Livermore who died after she received a lethal bacterial infection after using the abortion drug she obtained at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. Diana Lopez, a 25-year-old Huntington Park woman, bled to death after an abortion she had punctured her cervix.

Will the predators of Planned Parenthood get away with it again? Not if Aletheia Meloncon can help it.

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Iran ‘Unable to Take Australians’

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Even if they don’t want to admit it, many U.K. citizens look down on the Aussies. They find them to be “crass”, “difficult” and “uncivilized”.
In an article in the BBC this morning, we find out that the Iranians had attempted to capture an Australian boarding team before their successful attempt on a British boarding team.
Apparently being “crass”, “difficult” and “uncivilized” was exactly what was needed to avoid being wrongly captured, imprisoned and paraded by a terrorist nation with a madman leader.
We could all take lessons from the Aussies.

Iranian naval forces in the Gulf tried to capture an Australian Navy boarding team but were vigorously repelled, the BBC has learned.

The incident took place before Iran successfully seized 15 British sailors and Marines in March.

The lessons from the earlier attempt do not appear to have been applied in time by British maritime patrols.

The 15 Britons were searching a cargo boat in the Gulf when they were captured over a boundary dispute.

‘Having none of it’

When Iranian Revolutionary Guards captured the British sailors and Royal Marines in March, it was not exactly their first attempt.

It turns out that Iranian forces made an earlier concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy.

The Australians, though, to quote one military source, “were having none of it”.

The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be “highly colourful language”.

The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters.

The circumstances for the Britons in March were slightly different in that they were caught so much by surprise that, had they attempted to repel the Iranians with their limited firepower, they would doubtless have taken very heavy casualties.

But military sources say that what is of concern is that the Royal Navy did not appear to have taken sufficient account of the lessons of the Australian encounter.

In an oblique reference to the threat from Iran, Britain’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, has recently admitted there was a need for greater strategic awareness in the northern Gulf.

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Inhofe: Clinton, Boxer Want to Squash Conservative Radio Talk Shows

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

In typical Democrat fashion, one must silence the opposition, instead of arguing one’s position based on logical merit.

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer have big plans to rein in conservative radio talk shows, according to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

He said Thursday on John Ziegler’s evening radio show on KFI in L.A. that he overheard Clinton, D-N.Y., and Boxer, D-Calif., saying they want legislation to control conservative radio talk shows.

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