Tomorrow is Christmas and I am wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a great new year. And by the way please do attend the church of your choice and thank God for everything we have and the beautiful world he has given to us.
I saw this in an E-Mail I receive called “Laugh & Lift” by Chris Long.
Anyway, I thought this message was so important that I wanted to share it with everyone. After getting permission to copy this item here it is:
The Church’s Orphan Mandate
Let this sink in – the top # is children waiting for adoption in the United States and the bottom # is the number of churches in the state.
There are more churches in America than there are children who need to be adopted! If every church in the U.S. saw to it to just take care of adopting ONE child, then there would be NO kids awaiting adoption in foster care and there would actually be church families on a waiting list waiting for kids to even be available to adopt. That means the solution is possible – every church can be a part of taking care of orphaned and abandoned kids. The government doesn’t have the strategy and success because it is the mandate of the CHURCH to care for orphans, widows, poor and oppressed – it’s never been the government’s mantle. We can do this church! This is how we change generations!
The children included in this map are awaiting adoption in the foster care system. Because these are the state agencies, there would be little or no fees involved for adoptive families. Contact your local DSS or foster care agency to learn of the waiting children in your state.
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Do King James Only churches post their sermons on ThouTube?
Scandal at the National Amateur Handbell Choir Tournament. Looks like the winning team hired a couple of ringers.
If Trump would just identify as a woman, we’d have the perfect storm.
On the positive side, they’ve discovered a new perpetual energy source: All the founding fathers spinning in their graves.
First day of VBS, and I got 3 kids to rededicate themselves to staying off the lawn.
This election is pretty much proof that someone went back a million years in a time machine and stepped on a butterfly.
Lady next door uses a 24-hour lawn service. Doesn’t bother me, except when . . . In the midnight hour, she cries, “Mow, mow, mow!”
This is my post from a group I belong to for the Waterford Weslyan Church.
Sorry for being first to post again and I promise I will edit out a lot of the notes I have been making but here goes. . .
How do we keep kids from falling away from the church? I’ve been making a lot of notes on this since I saw the video and the more I think about it the more complex the answer tends to be. This is just so complicated that I don’t think there is a one size fits all answer to this. I can only give a few examples of my childhood that I believe helped me over the years.
I was fortunate that both my Mom and Dad were active in our church and watching how they lived and treated people was certainly a big plus for me. I do think it is important that kids are exposed to church activities as much as possible; I remember going to our churches monthly covered dish or spaghetti suppers where we were around Christians of all shapes and sizes. I helped my dad most Saturdays take care of the church lawn and gardens; a simple thing but it teaches you how to serve the church and God.
When I was being shipped to Utapao Thailand in 1967 one of my moms relatives (Rev Thomas P. Dean) presented me with a small pocket New Testament and while I may not have always read it – I carried it with me wherever I went and still have it to this day and I take it out and thumb through it. It is little things like this that plant these tiny seeds somewhere in the back of your mind that help our faith journey.
Sometimes just being around the right mix of people makes a big difference. I remember when a group of men were talking after church and Manual Beito said to my dad “Henry, I’m a Cuban and you’re a Cracker and we are going to be friends”. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
These are just some miscellaneous thoughts. I hope I haven’t bored everyone.
Saying (singing) the Doxology
Lyrics ~ Thomas Ken, 1637 – 1711
Music ~ Louis Bourgeois, c.1510 – c.1561
in the Grenevan Psalter, 1551
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
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Saying the Lords Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Saying the Apostles Creed
We believe in God the Father Almighty
Maker of Heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontious Pilate
Was crucified, dead and buried
He descended into the place of the dead
The third day He rose again
From the dead
He descended into Heaven
And sits at the right hand
Of God the Father Almighty
From there He shall come
To judge the living and the dead
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Singing the old hymns I grew up with – In the Garden, The Old Rugged Cross, What A Friend We Have In Jesus and many many more
It seems that almost all churches have contemporary music (services) anymore. I realize that this brings in a much younger crowd to the church which isn’t bad in itself. I could get used to the guitars and drums in the service except that they are way too loud and that drowns out the voices trying to sing the song.
I kinda like churches with Pews instead of the folding style chairs we have now.
I liked the days when folks weren’t in a rush to leave and get home but instead took time to talk to each other and make sure to talk to any newcomers.
Although this isn’t a biggie I liked it when the minister wore a formal robe instead of wearing street clothes.
The church I grew up in had a “Choir” and not a “Worship Team”. With a choir it is easier to feel kinds of spiritual or reverent instead of having the rock n roll feeling that is not relaxing.
There is a lot more but I will fill in the gaps later.
From Tea Party Nation
Jack E. Kemp
Old Walt Disney will be spinning in his grave.
What the little story below means – for those of you in Rio LInda – if a state upholds the right of any church to refuse to perform a homosexual wedding because it goes against Biblical teachings, that state will not have any future Disney corporation income from their filming movies within it. You see, according to the Disney corporation, if you punish Christians (and Jews, Hindus, Muslims, etc.) their right to uphold their religious practices, you are practicing “tolerance.” This is the same Disney corporation that fired American computer programmers to bring in lower cost foreign workers last year. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2915904/it-outsourcing/fury-ri…; Apparently the Disney corporation is also intolerant of people who pay full taxes in this country and were raised by people who did the same, often for 40-50 years and took their kids to see Disney films.
Notice the article doesn’t say that Disney will refuse to distribute its movies in Georgia if this bill passes and thus forego any income from people living in Georgia. But some of the comments to this story call for Christians to immediately start boycotting any and all Disney products. That might be tougher with small children, but it can be done. And Disney makes many films for grown up audiences that just might start showing a drop off in sales and rentals.
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Socialism says everything you have is ours and always has led to poverty. Christianity says everything I have is yours and has always led to prosperity. Socialism is a take away. Christianity is a give away. Socialism is control based. Christianity is love based. As America has turned away from God..government has become god. When America was good..America was great. We have ceased to be good and we have ceased to be great.
Christian Americans please please please please please please please please please please please please please please vote in November.
@dhiggins63 Mr. David, I think some people are just tired of being pushed around and want to push back, hard, and Trump is their instrument
If you don’t step forward you will always remain in the same place.
To succeed in chaining the multitude, you must seem to wear the same fetters
Using”Freedom of Speech”to silence another’s”Freedom of Speech”is dangerous. Every American should be appalled by what went on in Chicago.
Pastor Dukes post on Facebook today is excellent. Please give it a good read.
Have you noticed political correctness is way more than a position. It is totalitarian. Any other views are silenced, shamed and attacked. It’s their way or the highway. Most college campuses are taking it to the next level, firing staff who don’t comply. At that point education has ceased and indoctrination has control…which IS THE POINT ! The media has surrendered journalism for opportunism. We are in the final days of our republic. Follow historic cycles and see where we are. As a Biblicist I have been expecting this all along. It’s scary as a citizen but it is exciting as a believer. Jesus predicted it and it’s His coming and not the elections that bring my hope.
Just a quick memory for now. Back in the 60’s my dad and a group of men from his church (St John Presbyterian, Tampa FL) went to Montreat to hear Martin Luther King give a speech. I have a video one of the men took but you only get to see Marin Luther for a couple of seconds – but still very historic and interesting. That speech dad talked about how great is was for literally the rest of his life.