Archive for September 21st, 2007

Bible Story Murals, A Unique Ministry

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Noah's Ark
Noah’s Ark (Nursery Version)

Painstakingly reproduced from his hand painted originals at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, artist Doug Westbrook is now able to bring his hand crafted Bible Story Murals to you.

Produced on durable vinyl with high quality archival ink, each Bible Story Mural presents a different classic story from the pages of the Bible. From the Creation in Genesis to the Ascension of Christ, these wall sized murals will transform your rooms and hallways into a virtual Bible tour, stimulating the minds of children and adults alike.

Murals are available in almost any size and are installed much like standard vinyl wallpaper, using vinyl on vinyl (VOV) wallpaper paste. Full size murals are provided in 48 to 60 inch wide panels with a one inch overlay and can be installed in almost any hallway or room.

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Jonah and the Whale
Jonah and the Whale

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Episcopal Church Faces Large Departures Over Gay Bishops

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Many faithful in the Episcopal Church cannot abide with how far the leadership has moved away from what the Bible teaches, especially in the area of homosexuality, and would rather leave this fellowship than risk supporting something the Bible says is a sin.
Pray for the people in the Episcopal Church.

A spokesman with the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) says the U.S. Episcopal Church is at a crossroads.

This week, the House of Bishops plans to meet with conservative leaders in the church –known as primates. The conservative leaders will ask for assurance, that by September 30 the church will no longer approve the consecration of bishops living in homosexual relationships, or approve same sex blessings.

Ralph Webb is IRD director of Anglican Action and he says liberal leaders have not given any indication they will meet demands of the conservative leaders. “They have expressed dismay at the primates, for making such requests of the church. And, so, sadly, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see something positive,” he says.

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US-Iran Confrontation Heating Up

Friday, September 21st, 2007

I fear that this situation will come to a boil very soon. We need to pray for our President and those brave people who defend our country.

With the Iranian president on his way to the United Nations, the confrontation between America and the Islamic Republic is ratcheting up in Iraq and Washington.

American soldiers arrested an Iranian Quds Force operative in northern Iraq yesterday, in a clear signal that the war on Iran’s terror network in the country has not abated. At a press conference in Washington, President Bush emphasized the damage international pressure and mismanagement has done to the Iranian economy as a factor he said he hoped would persuade the mullahs to end their enrichment of uranium.

The diplomatic and military confrontations this week are preview of what is in store at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. President Ahmadinejad yesterday told CBS News that he was withdrawing his request to visit ground zero and lay a wreath at the site of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Nonetheless, the Iranian president, who has called for destruction of Israel and whose country hosts senior Al Qaeda leaders, will speak at Columbia University.

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San Diego Mayor Changes Stance on Gay Marriage

Friday, September 21st, 2007

The mayor of San Diego said Wednesday that he has changed his stance on same-sex “marriages” after revealing that his adult daughter is a lesbian.

Although he previously said he would veto a city council resolution supporting a legal fight to overturn California’s prohibition on same-sex “marriage,” Mayor Jerry Sanders told reporters that he could no longer support the position he took during his mayoral campaign two years ago and in the end signed the resolution.

“Two years ago, I believed that civil unions were a fair alternative,” he said at a news conference.

Sanders’ spokesman, Fred Sainz, had earlier informed the press that the mayor prefers civil unions – which offer some, but not all of the legal privileges found in marriages – over same-sex “marriages.”

“Those beliefs, in my case, have since changed,” the Republican mayor said Wednesday.

Sanders, who is up for re-election next year, acknowledged that many voters who supported his earlier stance may disagree, but he said he had to do what he believed was right.

According to the mayor’s spokesman, Sanders’ daughter Lisa told her parents four years ago that she is a lesbian and is in a committed relationship.

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Prophesied destruction of Damascus imminent? by Hal Lindsey

Friday, September 21st, 2007

A stunning report published by Jane’s Defense Weekly confirms rumors of a July explosion at a Syrian military base at al-Safir, near Aleppo, in which reportedly “dozens” of Iranian engineers were killed along with their Syrian counterparts.

Syria had originally dismissed reports of the explosion by saying the blast was generated by the desert heat causing the accidental detonation of a stockpile of explosives.

Jane’s reported that the explosion was actually triggered while the engineers were fitting a chemical warhead onto a Scud-C missile. The explosion and fire released containers of the deadly nerve agents VX and sarin gas, as well as a mustard gas blistering agent.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter told reporters this week, “Iran has entered into strategic cooperation with Syria on conventional and nonconventional weapons development,” adding, “The Iranians are very big in Syria.”

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Muslim Religion Taught Under Guise of History

Friday, September 21st, 2007

I have seen this text book and agree. It is teaching religious tenants for Islam while not teaching them for Judaism, Christianity or any other religion.

The “Five Pillars” of Islam – charity, fasting, prayer, belief and pilgrimage – are being taught to public school students in Nyssa, Ore., under the guise of world history, the school has confirmed to WND, even though a parent raised a complaint about the same teachings a year ago.

In a letter to parents following the concerns that were raised at that point, Supt. Don Grotting and other school officials told parents that the text called “Journey Across Time” features a chapter on “Islamic Civilizations.”

As part of that, “class activities have included guest speakers (including an American soldier serving in Iraq and a practicing Muslim woman who is an American citizen living in Mountain Home) who talked about geography, dress, climate, religion, economy and culture and student skits, in which students prepare and perform three- to five-minute skits about the tenets of Islam belief: charity, fasting, prayer, belief, and pilgrimage.”

Janine Weeks, the curriculum director at the school, this week told WND that the curriculum, and class activities, are continuing.

“We’ve not made any changes,” she said. “The content standards require that we present information about the rise of Islam in the context of world history.”

The McGraw-Hill book itself, according to its online outline, heavily emphasizes the positive aspects of Islam.

“Muslims were successful merchants, in part because they had a common language and a common currency. Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus grew wealthy from trade and became important centers of learning, government, and the arts. The cities featured mosques that served as Muslim houses of worship and centers of learning. The bazaar was a very important part of the Muslim city. Although Muslims enjoyed great success and cities grew, most Muslims lived in villages and farmed,” the book says.

“Muslims made valuable contributions in math, science, and the arts. Muslim scholars saved and translated the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Muslims are well known for their beautiful buildings. The Taj Mahal, which is made of marble and precious stone, is one of the world’s most beautiful buildings,” it says.

Meanwhile, in its chapter on Christianity, it notes that Christianity “attracted many followers because it gave meaning to people’s lives, appealed to their emotions, and promised happiness after death.”

It goes on to talk about the schism between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church that still exists.

For a student exercise, it suggests students study the American Red Cross.

In its chapter on Judaism, the book notes “the 12 tribes of Israel often quarreled, so they asked a prophet to choose a king to unite them against their enemies.” Then, after World War II, “Palestine was divided into a Jewish nation called Israel.”

The parent who raised the concerns a year ago, Kendalee Garner, was contacted and told WND that essentially Christianity and Judaism are not being taught. “They teach the history of Hinduism but not the tenets of its faith,” she said.

“When I asked the teacher today if they were changing the curriculum she replied there is nothing we need to change,” she said.

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