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Sunday, August 31st, 2008 | Author:

Why aren’t adults held accountable for destroying the lives of our youth? All children are born in innocence and the course of their lives are determined to a great degree according to those who influence them. The monopoly of television and the liberals in public schools and socialist/communist A. C. L. U.  are three of the worst influences in the nation. There are numerous laws on the books of every state in America designed to protect the innocence of children as they grow up to adulthood? No one is allowed to offer cigarettes, alcohol, pornography or do anything harmful to one of these little ones.

Jesus had much to say about this subject and here is just one of His statements.

“He said to His disciples, ‘It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.’ ”                                       Luke 17:1-2

 He spoke of such negative and destructive influencers as He stood in Capernaum at the northern and deepest end of the Sea of Galilee. Archaeologists have unearthed heavy basalt millstones right by the sea. The text indicates that this stone should be put around the neck of one who harms a child, thrown into the sea and remain at the bottom. One of the primary protections offered in America over the history of our nation is the safety and protection of our children. Today, in our California school system, under the name of sex education and sensitivity training, we have kindergarten and older children being taught about sex in very graphic terms. Bills passed in our state legislature and enforced by our state board of education will shock and appall you. Sometimes children are told not to say anything to their parents about a book or special time in class as they would not understand or get upset. I challenge you as parents to go to the school district office and request to see the materials your child is being taught. Many wonderful teachers modify these materials to help protect innocent ears, eyes and hearts from exposure to things that would embarrass most adults. Kaiser Permanente has a traveling show, Secrets, which has been allowed into our jr. high and high schools here and around the state. It is a thinly disguised safe-sex presentation that says little or nothing about abstinence but promotes risky behavior to our students. This program requires a parents’ signature to attend! They have presented this in many schools without getting the parent’s permission. If a parent complains, they simply reply, “Oops, we forgot to do that part,” and hope that the parent simply goes away and causes no more trouble.

This program assumes that kids are going to get involved sexually anyway so let’s help them by making it safe. Safe sex is a big lie that has been spread by those trying to sexualize children. The failure rate of items used to provide “safe sex” is morbidly high. Notice what California law says about what must be taught and how it must be taught. Public Law 106-554 and California Education Codes 51930 and 51933 require schools to use “medically accurate” information in sex education courses. California law says, “All factual information presented shall be medically accurate and objective.” “Commencing in grade 7, instruction and materials shall teach that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, teach that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, and provide information about the value of abstinence while also providing medically accurate information on other methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.” Doesn’t’t it make common sense to teach abstinence primarily and list the dangers associated with all other methods?

There is currently a push to remove the teaching of abstinence from public schools. The problem is that most adults get their information from the big networks who are solidly behind the sexualization of children.

You may be familiar with the new shot which Merck has developed, Gardasil, which is supposed to act against strains of the human papillomavirus. The only way for a girl to get this disease is by risky sexual activity. Merck has been pushing state legislators to make this vaccine mandatory for all girls in junior and senior high. Estimates say that Merck would stand to make a minimum of $4,000,000,000 selling the shot. Merck has recently stated that they will no longer “lobby” states to make it mandatory. Another vaccine that is required is Hepatitis B. This disease is only contracted through sexual intercourse. Do all children engage in premarital sex? No way! A large number do not and the number is growing as a result of programs like “True Love Waits,” which encourages youth to wait for marriage to have sex.

In keeping with the title, the only people who are at the head of ‘sexualizing’ our children are ADULTS. Have you seen children producing pornography, sleazy movies and tv shows, books, web sites etc. etc. ad nauseam. Children look to adults for accurate information not being exploited by them to destroy their young lives. I think that it is time for teens to say, ENOUGH” and join together to stop buying what the advertisers are shoving down their throats. These predators see today’s youth as stupid, herd-bound targets to make big money on. I believe that this very intelligent generation of young people could change the downward trend over night by buying other clothes, shoes, games, cars and thousands of other unnecessary stuff. Young people, show them that you are not a bunch of sheep to be led around by the nose. You don’t realize the tremendous power of your generation. Do you remember the movie, “Bug’s Life?” You are the ants and the hoppers are those who are exploiting you. Once the ants realized that they far outnumbered the hoppers they stood their ground and drove the hoppers out of their villages. You can and should do the same. Let me use some facts here to convince you of the truth I write. If these influencers lead you into things that are destructive to your health and morals, when do you see one of them coming to help you once your life is a mess. You are just another kid to throw on the rubbish heap of society. They see you as replicable by a new kid who falls prey to their schemes. Be your own person! You have great power to change the world. You spend billions of dollars each year on products and services that you buy. I say this as a father of two teens myself. I get very angry when I see an attempt to “educate” them in self-destructive things. I have been teaching them since early childhood how to avoid things that will destroy them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I love my kids and I love young people in general. I, like a father, want to see you change the world in which we live for the better. You CAN do it! Are you tired of having a target painted on you? You are not theirs to exploit and throw away! You are a person of great value. You are more than a sex object. If you mess up while you are young your future could be destroyed. I know people who are invalids because of risky behavior in many venues. You have a life, a healthy body, you look forward to getting married, having children and contributing to society in ways that will outlive you. Your potential is great. We used to have a saying in our church youth group that says, “OUR FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT THAT WE HAVE TO WEAR SHADES!” So true. Are you game to turn the predators on their ears? Stop buying stuff and start choosing things that will make your life better. I read a survey recently that was done in London, England among teens. One item stood out and was the topic of the article. The teens said, “we are tired of the way things are and we want to return to the values of past generations.” What a revelation! With your heads on straight and with world changing purpose in your hearts you can restore your nation and the world to values that honor humanity and promote morality once again. Are you ready to stand the world on its ear and make your voice heard in positive ways. Some generations have the task of undoing what their parents and grandparents have messed up. Your’s is such a generation. The Bible character Daniel and his three friends were only teen agers when they were taken to Babylon in slavery. They did not just lie down and take it but made a deliberate choice to change the way things were and their story lives as an eternal testimony of what teenagers can do. I believe in you and I will be praying for you as you step up to the plate and hit a grand slam home run. We adults have the power to vote and change the things that wreck the lives of the young. Let’s be the responsible parties who can and must bring change to restore this greatest of all nations.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 | Author:

 

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked when she would counsel “life begins,” to Barack Obama, who put that question “above [his] pay grade.” Pelosi responded that, as an “ardent, practicing Catholic,” the answer is unclear and that “the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition.” The Catholic Church begs to differ. Archbishop Chaput of Denver said in response, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.” He goes on to note, “Ardent, practicing Catholics will quickly learn from the historical record that from apostolic times, the Christian tradition overwhelmingly held that abortion was grievously evil.” Cardinal Rigali of the Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities responded, “The Church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development.” Archbishop Wuerl of Washington, D.C. quoted the Catholic Catechism, which states, “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.” I commend Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Chaput, Archbishop Wuerl, and also Cardinal Egan of New York for their firm and clear reaffirmations of the dignity of human life.Source: Family Research Council
It seems that far too many liberals are talking out of both sides of their mouths. Claiming to be Catholics or Christians, while living a life that is very opposite to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Bible, is living a lie. Life is precious to God and He will not tolerate those who kill the innocent. 

“They band themselves together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death.” Psalm 94:21″

 And shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with the blood. Thus they became unclean in their practices, and played the harlot (prostitute) in their deeds. Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people, and He abhorred His inheritance.”  Psalm 106:38-40

 Abortion is nothing more than a form of birth control for mostly illigitimate pregnancies. People want to have sex with anyone and everyone and then not face the consequences of their behavior. As Barack Hussein Obama said, ‘A girl should not be punished by a child.’ Now there is a profound idea. Maybe his mother felt punished by giving life to him. No baby is a punishment but the natural result of having sex. Sex was never meant to be ‘casual.’ It was to be restricted to the marriage bed and children were to be the fruit of their love for each other. In this sex crazed society, the unborn child will merely ‘cramp my style. Get rid of IT.’

 “But Samuel said, ‘As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.’ ”  1 Samuel 15:33

This last passage dealt with King Agag who ripped open the wombs of pregnant women, killing mother and child. Can you see the parallel with the abortionist and his scalpel? Many women have died at their hands as well as over 40,000,000 unborn children.

Why am I pro-life? Because every life is precious to God and to people who have been touched by the love of God. The pro-aborts have tried to sanitize their position by calling it pro-choice, but what is the choice? To kill an innocent child and leave the mother childless. This is why Planned Parenthood is a huge oxymoron. They never plan for any ‘parenthood.’ They are only interested in murder.

The actual slogan should be: Pro-life or Pro-death, The Real Choice! How long will God fearing people stay silent on this issue. Pastors, this is not a political issue, it is a biblical issue. Have enough backbone to take a stand on this issue. God will hold you accountable for NOT standing up.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008 | Author:

but only in the bonds of a committed heterosexual marriage. The book of Proverbs is loaded with wisdom dealing with many different issues, but King Solomon make instructions to his son about sexual relations number one priority. Proverbs chapter five, listed below, is wisdom for our day as well as his. I have dealt with many people who have thrown wisdom to the wind and did whatever felt good only to reap the horrific consequences of disregarding God’s clear instructions. Solomon warns his son of doing this the wrong way and does not mince words about what will happen to him if he chooses to disobey.

“My son, give attention to my wisdom, incline your ear to my understanding; that you may observe discretion and your lips may reserve knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey and smoother than oil is her speech; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, her steps take hold of Sheol. She does not ponder the path of life; her ways are unstable, she does not know it. Now then, my sons, listen to me and do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her and do not go near the door of her house, or you will give your vigor to others and your years to the cruel one; and strangers will be filled with your strength and your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien; and you groan at your final end, when your flesh and your body are consumed; and you say, “How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to my instructors! I was almost in utter ruin in the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

Drink water from your own cistern and fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; be exhilarated (literally ‘intoxicated’) always with her love. For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress and embrace the bosom of a foreigner? For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He watches all his paths. His own iniquities will capture the wicked, and he will be held with the cords of his sin. He will die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.”  Proverbs 5:1-23        (Verses taken from the NASB 95)

 

 

 

 

 

Note the underlined sections, they speak clearly about the tremendous sexual pleasure that married couples have. Love is often not a factor in today’s sex outside marriage. Just two bodies ‘hooking up,’ as the latest cliché goes. “What’s love got to do with it?” shout the lyrics of a popular song. Love has everything to do with it. Just doing ‘it’ is doing what two dogs or cats can do. Any animal can have sex, but to have intimate relationship demands love and commitment. Sex without these things leaves guilt, shame and a feeling that this person could throw me out at any moment, this is called insecurity. ‘Shacking up’ will never bring the same sexual fulfillment that a marriage can. Security and trust are vital to fully giving yourself to another person. I have stood in AIDS wards and seen everyone in the room horribly wasted away, attacked by many other diseases because the immune system is shot, and hearing the groans of folks why could have been helped by Proverbs 5. To avoid the road sign that the bridge is out and run heedlessly on toward certain death, makes the driver a fool! Why do so many ignore the warnings. Fully 26% of all girls aged 14-19 have AT LEAST one sexually transmitted disease. What is the percentage for the boys? Yet so many youth just have sex with whoever takes them out for a burger and fries. Today, each sexually active youth has multiple partners and just think of how fast that 26% of girls, and at least that many boys, becomes 90% when they keep get in the loop with more and more partners. Do you really want to avoid all the warnings? You ‘do it’ at the risk of your very life.

 

 

 

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”  Deuteronomy 30:19-20

I pray that you will choose wisely.

 

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Thursday, August 14th, 2008 | Author:

What on earth is Washington DC thinking? We are fully aware that China has the worst human rights abuse of all nations, yet everything we pick up in stores has, “Made In China” on its label. Talk about your oxymoron, this is a huge one. It seems like the time to put the heat on this Communist nation and force them to clean up their act. I have been to Red China and saw these abuses first hand. The one child policy is the most brutal thing that a government can do to people who want a family. Chinese orphanages are filled, especially with girl children awaiting adoption. I know families here in the USA who have adopted these children. Brutality should be written over everything made in this nation and we could choose to not buy their products. Maybe this could begin with us at the grassroots level. Like the ants in the movie A Bug’s Life, we too still control the purse strings of not only this nation but other nations that make products for sale in this country.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2008 | Author:

If we just look back forty or fifty years, we see a different attitude about sexual immorality. Today, even preachers, sanitize adultery by calling it ‘an affair.’ An affair is to have a party. Just last night, I saw a movie which led the viewer to believe that two men were in a compromising position. The next line was, “You can be arrested for that!” We never hear the word ‘whore’ or ‘whoremonger’ today, yet the King James Version of the Bible used the word regularly. A whore is a woman who had sex with many men and a whoremonger is the man who has sex with the whore. The sixties changed the way Americans, and the world, viewed having sex outside of marriage. They called it free love and they had love-ins which were nothing but everybody having sex with everyone else. The closet door of homosexuality was opened at the same time and the media has sanitized it by making it an ‘alternative’ lifestyle. Alternative TO WHAT? The Bible is the simple answer. For two hundred years, this nation has been very biblical in its view of human sexuality and morality. After all, God created sex to be enjoyed in the bonds of committed marriage. Today, people ignore God’s plan and choose to have sex with anyone who is willing, and then simply say, “I’ve done nothing wrong!” Note the verse that follows. This was written by King Solomon a few thousand years ago. It demonstrates that mankind has not changed. 

“This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, and says, ‘I have done no wrong.’ “                 Proverbs 30:20

Your reaction to this blog will demonstrate your attitude about this issue. You will either say, ‘Amen!’ or you will react with anger. Which reaction will God approve? He is after all the ultimate authority and He feels quite strongly about those who ignore His warnings. His ultimate desire is to restore mankind to paradise as it was when He created Adam and Eve. This is why He gave us His Son, Jesus. He died on the cross and was judged by His Father and took the punishment for all the so that we could be forgiven and be adopted into His family. It requires one thing from us, giving our life into His hands and turning away from our sins. This is called repentance. It means doing a 180 degree turn about from a life lived in rebellion to God and turning to Him in a life of doing what pleases Him.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2008 | Author:

A look at some of the deadliest natural disasters around the world in the past 40 years:

May 2008: Earthquake (magnitude 7.9) hits Sichuan province in central China. Thousands are killed.

May 2008: Cyclone Nargis strikes Myanmar, killing more than 30,000 and leaving an additional 30,000 missing.

October 2005: Northern Pakistan earthquake (magnitude 7.6) kills about 78,000 people.

August 2005: U.S. Gulf Coast Hurricane Katrina kills at least 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.

December 2004: Indian Ocean tsunami (triggered by magnitude 9.0 earthquake) kills 230,000 in a dozen countries.

December 2003: Southeastern Iran earthquake (magnitude 6.5) kills 26,000.

August 1999: Western Turkey earthquake (magnitude 7.4) kills 17,000.

October 1998: Central America Hurricane Mitch kills 9,000.

 April 1991: Bangladesh cyclone kills 140,000.

June 1990: Northwestern Iran earthquake (magnitude 7.7) kills 50,000.

July 1976: Northeastern China earthquake (magnitude 8.2) kills 240,000.

November 1970: Bangladesh cyclone kills 300,000. World’s deadliest cyclone on record.

Everything seems to be right on schedule. Matthew 24, 25 and Luke 21 lay it out very clearly. Oh how I long to see His glorious face!

“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”   Luke 21:28

 

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 | Author:
I do not understand how mankind can make an idol out of a rock, wood, gold or any other material, and then bow down to it and expect it to answer their prayers. Such is the case in Psalm 115:4-8

“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; they have eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear; they have noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but they cannot feel; they have feet but they cannot walk; they cannot make a sound with their throat. Those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them.”

 

 

“Those who fashion a graven image are all of them futile, and their precious things are of no profit; even their own witnesses fail to see or know, so that they will be put to shame. Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit? 1 Behold, all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsmen themselves are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame. The man shapes iron into a cutting tool and does his work over the coals, fashioning it with hammers and working it with his strong arm. He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary. Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines it with red chalk. He works it with planes and outlines it with a compass, and makes it like the form of a man, like the beauty of man, so that it may sit in a house. Surely he cuts cedars for himself, and takes a cypress or an oak and raises it for himself among the trees of the forest. He plants a fir, and the rain makes it grow. Then it becomes something for a man to burn, so he takes one of them and warms himself; he also makes a fire to bake bread. He also makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it. Half of it he burns in the fire; over this half he eats meat as he roasts a roast and is satisfied. He also warms himself and says, “Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire.” But the rest of it he makes into a god, his graven image. He falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for you are my god.” They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. No one recalls, nor is there knowledge or understanding to say, “I have burned half of it in the fire and also have baked bread over its coals. I roast meat and eat it. Then I make the rest of it into an abomination, I fall down before a block of wood!” He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he cannot deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?”  Isaiah 44:9-20

Just think of the world’s religions who worship rocks, trees, gold and silver idols. Some frail man MADE these things long ago, in most cases, but like empty headed people, they turn their prayers, hopes, dreams and cries for help to a dumb idol. They cannot help anyone. The God of the Bible is a living God. He is not limited in His power to do anything that we need. When we pray, He answers. When we hurt, He comforts. When we cry out to Him for forgiveness, He forgives us all our sins by the death of His own Son, Jesus Christ. I don’t know how anyone can face horrific trials without Him as our closest friend. He is available twenty-four hours a day and to all six and a half billion of us. Turn from dead idols to the living God in faith.

 

 

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