Archive for July 16, 2012


The Fourth Reich: Abortion holocaust (OneNewsNow.com).


An outspoken African-American pro-lifer is being blunt in his new ad: Get Out Barack Obama.

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, released the ad – complete with a jingle – this week, blasting the president for his pro-abortion and pro-gay policies and his failure to make the economy stronger.

• “So marriage needs redefining.” • “Freedom of religion doesn’t mean a thing” (with Obama, in Bomberger’s words, stating: abortion trumps freedom of religion, therefore, your rights of conscience have been revoked). • “Spent billions to make a worse economy.” • “I feel imprisoned by your Obamacare policy.”

Bomberger said he’s tired of losing the liberties that make him and others American. He described his approach with the ad as respectful “but unapologetically straight to the point.”

“Freedom is only as long-lasting as our willingness to fight to defend it,” he asserted.

Bomberger is a child of rape who was adopted into a multi-racial family of 15. He is outspoken in his opposition to abortion and has sparked debate over his “Too Many Aborted” billboard and Web campaign. The campaign labels African-Americans as an “endangered species,” and tries to educate the public about abortion being the number one killer of blacks.

The Obama administration has been under fire over a health care mandate that requires employers – including religious hospitals and schools – to cover contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization in their employees’ insurance plans.

Catholic and evangelical groups have argued that it violates their religious freedom.

A group of black pastors, meanwhile, has also placed pressure on Obama following the president’s announcement this year that he supports same-sex couples getting married. The Coalition of African-American Pastors has called on black voters to withhold their support until Obama grants a meeting with the group.

Click on the link below to see the video by Bomberger:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1863htDj2jo

http://www.christianpost.com/news/black-pro-lifer-tells-obama-to-get-out-in-new-ad-78244/


Christian ministry leader Dawn Martinez was told she could no longer hold the twice-a-week Bible studies she has taught for homeless people for the last two years inside a McDonald’s in Camden, N.J. A night manager at the fast food restaurant told her last week that a customer had filed a complaint. Martinez wonders if it could have been because of the topic briefly discussed at one point last Monday – the Muslim faith.

The 33-year-old, who began the ministry to transients and drug addicts two years ago, describes the Bible study group’s last meeting on Monday.

“It was a very powerful night. We had one woman join our prayer circle at the table and she was weeping and crying, but that was nothing unusual for our meetings,” Martinez told The Christian Post. “I gave the Bible study. We talked about Isaac and Ishmael. I began to give the history on the descendants of Ishmael and the differences between the Christian and the Muslim faiths because the Muslim faith believes the descendants of Ishmael are the chosen people.

“It was real brief and nothing unusual happened. We had the Bible study. We prayed and we left.”

On Wednesday, Martinez was told the bad news by the manager right as the small group was about to sit down at the table.

“She was really nice about it but she says, ‘I know that you have been giving Bible studies for a long time but we’ve had a complaint.’ She didn’t tell me what happened, but she said there was a complaint and that we cannot have our Bible studies there anymore,” she explained.

Martinez asked the manager for the reason the meetings were no longer acceptable at that McDonaId’s restaurant.

“She said, ‘Well you are a Christian and there’s other people of other faiths and so people are getting offended.’ She said, ‘I’m really sorry, but that’s just the way it is.’ I had to cancel the Bible study.”

Martinez said she believes someone of Islamic faith was there Monday evening and may have been offended enough to make a complaint.

“But usually when there are Muslims there they will take it upon themselves to ask me questions or to give me their viewpoint, but this is the first time that I know that someone has made a complaint,” she said. “I believe that’s the only explanation that makes sense to me right now. It could have been the praying, but I’ve been there two years and I’ve never changed anything. I really don’t know any other reason.”

She added, “I do know that God is in control of all things and if this is a door that God wants to close, I mean this is His ministry. I’ve never asked to be there in the first place. I’m still praying and I have strong faith that God’s will is going to be done.”

This coming Monday, Martinez plans to show up at McDonald’s to make sure her regular attendees know what is going on, and if necessary meet at a local park. McDonald’s was not contacted for this story because Martinez still hopes to get answers from the restaurant’s management.

Martinez, who lives in a neighboring city, said she started her ministry by first giving out Bible tracts to the homeless in Camden, a city known for its high homelessness and crime rates.

“I was always checking on the homeless every day. I was really desperate to reach them for Christ,” she said. She had asked people at her church to join her in ministering to the homeless, but no one responded. However, she was encouraged by a pastor to follow her heart.

One night she ran into a man she had previously given a devotional booklet to and he asked her if they could discuss the scripture inside.

“We read it together and I broke it down. Before you know it, a group started, not right away, but little by little more homeless people and people from the streets of Camden would come around,” she said. “We would end up on these benches and just start talking about these devotionals.”

As the meetings continued into the fall and winter seasons, the meetings moved indoors.

“It was starting to get cold. It started to rain one night so we decided to go into the McDonald’s which is nearby to get some coffee. This little group of ours said, ‘Hey, let’s break out the devotional booklet.’ So, we just began to read it to each other and talk.”

One of the night managers at McDonald’s was friendly to the group of homeless people who attended, Martinez explained. In the early days of the ministry, the Bible studies at McDonald’s were held three nights per week.

“Before we knew it the night managers started to look forward to us being there. They would spread the word, telling others, ‘Hey, they have church here,'” she said. “I never would have thought that I would give others a Bible study in a McDonald’s of all places, but I knew it was God’s will. It just happened that way.”

Martinez added, “I love the fact that it’s open and you never know what to expect. Sometimes I’m thinking it’s not going anywhere. We have our good days and our bad days. But God would bring people from all over. People next to us at tables would hear something and ask me questions. Then they would end up at the table and we would end up praying.”

She is not sure about how to proceed with her ministry now that they’re not allowed to gather in their regular meeting place.

“I’m not really sure what’s going to happen when they stop seeing me there and how to get the word out because they are not like us. They do not have phones. They just know to go to McDonald’s because Dawn is going to be there,” she lamented. “I do know that I want to step up my evangelism, but I do not want to abandon them either. I’m going to be praying about it. I am going to show up on Monday and Wednesday even if I have to meet outside McDonald’s and we have to take it to the park or something, but I am not going to let them down.”

http://www.christianpost.com/news/two-year-old-bible-study-for-homeless-at-mcdonalds-no-longer-welcomed-78245/

I Messed Up

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Max Lucado

I Messed Up.


Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25

No doubt about it, wedding season is in full swing. It’s the time when the words “I do” are heard in churches all over the country and the weight of the promise resonates in the hearts of happy couples devoting themselves to a lifetime of love and happiness.

Most people go into marriage believing it will make them happy. Or, more specifically, that the one with whom they have fallen madly in love will guarantee happiness forever.

I don’t want to throw cold water on the moment of bliss, but I can’t help but notice the sad reality that many couples are not happy. And when that happens, their minds begin to wander: “Since I’m not as happy as I thought I would be, maybe I’ll spend more time at work; maybe I’ll buy something new; maybe moving to a better place would help; maybe kids will brighten things up” or, worst of all, “maybe I’ll look for an affair.”

The illusive expectation of happiness often puts us on the road to disappointment that sours our hearts, replacing the fondness that was supposed to have made us happy. The problem is that for most of us the meaning of love is wrapped up in the question, “Am I being loved? Does this person’s love make me feel happy?” But the Bible actually describes a completely different concept of love. Any thriving relationship requires agape—the Greek word for the kind of love that transcends feelings, emotions, and environment. This kind of love focuses not on how my spouse is treating me but on how I am treating my spouse. Or, to put it in a different way, not on whether I am happy but whether my spouse is happy.

This is why Ephesians 5:25 tells husbands to love their wives. Nothing said about feelings here—just do it! And it is why Titus 2:4 tells older women to “train the younger women to love their husbands and children”—implying that it probably won’t come naturally. Agape love involves a willingness to give every resource of our existence to meet the needs of the one we love regardless of what our spouse may be like or of how circumstantially happy we may or may not feel.

Sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? How do we pull it off? The key is to invite a third person into the marriage—Jesus! It is about living in relationship with your spouse as a response to Jesus and not as a response to your spouse. When you feel that the person you married is not worthy of your love, remember that Jesus is worthy of your love and that loving your spouse is what He has asked you to do. And notice that we are to love each other like He loves us!

We can’t miss the point. Jesus calls us to think about marriage in terms of our covenant relationship with Him. So, just as He will keep all of His promises to us, He teaches us to honor our commitment to our spouse for His sake. And, just as we are not worthy in ourselves to receive blessings from Him, so our spouse is not always worthy of our love—and, for that matter, we’re not always worthy either!

So let’s abolish the myth that the primary purpose of marriage is our personal happiness, and celebrate the reality that the words “I do” are empowered by a commitment first and foremost to the lover of our souls, Jesus. When you “do” your marriage like this, you may just become more holy, which, when you think of it, is better than becoming more happy!

YOUR JOURNEY…

  • How does pursuing happiness based on your own desires damage a relationship?
  • Do you know a couple preparing to marry? If the couple does not have a relationship with Jesus, pray for an opportunity to introduce them to the only One who can bring happiness and fulfillment to their marriage.
  • If you are married, have you ever considered Jesus as the third Person in your marriage? What difference does He make in your relationship with your spouse? Think of some specific ways you can express love to your spouse in a biblical way today.
  • If you are not married, how can you apply this principle to other important relationships in your life? Remember, a relationship with Jesus is the key to any thriving relationship!

http://getmorestrength.org/daily/saying-i-do/


. . . how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! —Matthew 7:11

Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct in this passage for those people who have His Spirit. He urges us to keep our minds filled with the concept of God’s control over everything, which means that a disciple must maintain an attitude of perfect trust and an eagerness to ask and to seek.

Fill your mind with the thought that God is there. And once your mind is truly filled with that thought, when you experience difficulties it will be as easy as breathing for you to remember, “My heavenly Father knows all about this!” This will be no effort at all, but will be a natural thing for you when difficulties and uncertainties arise. Before you formed this concept of divine control so powerfully in your mind, you used to go from person to person seeking help, but now you go to God about it. Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those people who have His Spirit, and it works on the following principle: God is my Father, He loves me, and I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?

Jesus said there are times when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but you should trust Him. At times God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the thought that the mind of God is behind all things strong and growing. Not even the smallest detail of life happens unless God’s will is behind it. Therefore, you can rest in perfect confidence in Him. Prayer is not only asking, but is an attitude of the mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural. “Ask, and it will be given to you . . .” (Matthew 7:7).

http://utmost.org/the-concept-of-divine-control/

Mother Rachel

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Holy Land Moments
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This is what the Lord says:  ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.’ This is what the Lord says:  ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,’ declares the Lord. ‘They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants,’ declares the Lord. ‘Your children will return to their own land’.” — Jeremiah 31:15–17

According to Jewish tradition, all the patriarchs and matriarchs are buried in the cave of Machpelah in Hebron, except one: Mother Rachel. Her husband Jacob had a good reason for burying her on the road near Bethlehem instead. He foresaw that in the future, when the Jewish people would be exiled from their homeland, they would need her.

Here’s why.

Jewish tradition records a wild debate up in heaven. As the Jews are being exiled from their land, all of the holiest souls try to intercede before God on their behalf.

Abraham speaks first:  “I overcame my nature and was prepared to sacrifice my only son. Won’t you remember my devotion and have mercy on my children?”

Then Isaac tries:  “When I realized that my father had been commanded to slaughter me, I faithfully accepted my fate. Won’t you remember my strength and have mercy on my children?”

Next, Jacob:  “I suffered so much in my lifetime. I had to work for Laban, escape from Esau, and I suffered so much raising my children. Now they are being led like sheep to the slaughter. Won’t you remember my pain and redeem them?”

Then Moses:  “Wasn’t I a loyal shepherd for Israel all the years in the desert? I didn’t even get to enter the Holy Land, but brought them dutifully to its entrance. And now they go into exile – won’t you listen to my cries?”

Finally, Mother Rachel comes before God:  “Master of the Universe, you know that Jacob loved me most and worked for my father for seven years in order to marry me. When the time of my marriage came, my father switched my sister for me and I didn’t begrudge my sister and I didn’t let her be shamed. I had compassion for my sister; won’t you have mercy on my children?”

Immediately, God’s mercy was awakened and He said:  “For you, Rachel, I will bring Israel back, as it says:  “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded . . . Your children will return to their own land.”

From all of the holy souls that tried to save the Jewish people, Rachel’s merit was greater than everyone else’s. And why? Because she had compassion on another human being. The message is clear. When we treat others with tremendous compassion, God will treat us with nothing less.

http://www.holylandmoments.org/devotionals/mother-rachels-merit