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Earlier this month, the Siegfried & Roy show in Las Vegas was brought to a dramatic close when a seven-year-old, white Bengal tiger attacked Roy and drug him off the stage before an audience of 1500 people. It was Roy’s 59th birthday, and shortly after introducing the Tiger, it bit Roy on the arm. When he hit the tiger with his microphone to back him off, the big cat grabbed him by the throat and dragged him off stage. Spectators were shocked and said that Roy looked like a rag doll as the tiger shook him and dragged him away. Roy was rushed to University Medical Center for emergency surgery after he suffered massive blood loss. Siegfried & Roy have been putting on their act in Vegas for 30 years. They should know tigers, but this one obviously surprised them. Siegfried tried to say that the tiger was protecting Roy, but the tiger did not grab him by the scruff of the neck, he grabbed him by the throat — an instinctive move to kill. Siegfried and Roy practically live with these animals. They tame them and train them. They become emotionally attached to them. But as someone pointed out, the older the tiger gets the more its instinctive wildness comes out.
I did a little research on the Internet and found that there have been several tiger attacks in the United States. At the Savage Kingdom in Sumter County, Florida, a Siberian tiger lunged at Vincent Lowe, the trainer as he was fixing a fence. When he tried to use a board to push the tiger back, it turned on him and crushed his neck and killed him.
One man living in a New York apartment raised a tiger from a cub until it got out of control. He eventually moved out of his own apartment and let the tiger take over. He would go once a day and throw in a raw chicken, but authorities learned of the captive tiger when the cat waited by the door and bit his owner.
In another tragic incident, Kerry Quinney had raised his pet tiger from birth. But when he placed his three-year-old step-grandson next to the tiger to take a picture, the tiger drug the child off and he later died in the hospital.
Since 1990, at least six adults and two children have been killed by tigers in the United States. More than 60 others have been seriously injured in tiger maulings. There are now three times as many tigers in captivity, and kept as pets, as there are in the wild.
Most of you are aware that we had tigers being kept in a home near our neighboring community of Gambier. I was talking to a business man in town this week who made a delivery to that home. The people who owned the home told him that they would be away, but told him he could just go in and leave the item they had purchased in their home. When he walked into the house he could see a lion and tiger on the glass enclosed patio. When the tiger saw him, it lunged in an attempt to get at him. The wall bulged and shook until he thought it would collapse. The stark terror he experienced that afternoon is not something he wants to go through again.
I’m saying all this to make a point. There are many people who invite some seemingly small sin into their lives because it looks so cute. It’s nothing all that big. It seems harmless enough until it begins to grow. It begins to roam your house until it becomes the biggest thing in your life. The wildness and ferocity of it finally comes out, until you realize that you are afraid of it. Finally you wake up to the fact that is controlling you, and has the power to bring you irreparable harm or destroy you. It can rip you to shreds. The Bible warns us: “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Since the Bible and the Ten Commandments have been taken out of our schools in the last 40+ years, we now have epidemic problems with teen pregnancy and Sexual diseases; epidemic drug and alcoholic problems, and violence in our schools to such an extent that we have never seen in the history of our Nation. SOMETHING HAPPENED IN AMERICA IN 1962: a. When our Courts ruled completely opposite to the Religious Principles our nation had been founded upon in 1962, our society has went into a moral freefall. b. Before 1962 Unwed births to girls ages 10 to 14 were steady and relatively rare. After 1962, the graph shows an increase of 325% ..... c. Sexually-transmitted Diseases to High School students were relatively rare before 1962. Since then STD’s are at epidemic proportions in our kids. d. Violent Crime since 1962 has shot up 995% e. In 1950’s a survey of teachers showed the biggest problem in schools was chewing gum and shooting spit wads. Can you believe it? f. Peter Marshall stated the following about the condition of our nation: i. He sites other indicators which point to the spiritual and moral bankruptcy of Americans: 1. There are two million Americans in prison the largest ever. 2. There are forty five million with Genital Herpes in this country. 3. There are 900,000 cases of HIV Aids in this country. 4. In Americans 10 and older 30% are carrying a sexually transmitted disease. 5. But even these indicators are not as bad as the next one he shared. He noted that 50% of Born Again believers in America do not believe in Absolute truth or in absolute principles of right and wrong. g. The Divorce rate in America since 1962 has steadily risen 111% to where America is leading the World now in divorce. h. The SAT Test as a standard measurement of education achievement for our children was began in 1926 and later standardized in 1941 as the same test we have had up until recently when it had to be ’dumbed down’. The SAT rates were steady up until 1962. Since God and prayer were kicked out of our schools in 1962 and the children were taught they evolved from mud and slime, the SAT scores declined 18 years in a row Unprecedented For the first time in history, the student’s scores were 80 points less then the previous generation of their parents Just recently our ’Educators’ from the NEA had the SAT dumbed down the test because boys and girls in America were scoring so poorly 2. This little bit of analysis shows that taking God out of our lives will cause a moral free for all in society and in the end it will destroy America and its people. The founding fathers knew this and they warned us not to believe the lies of the enemy but to follow the truth a. Here are a series of quotes from the Founding Fathers warning us not to forsake the Bible and its teachings these quotes are form the same website above and from lectures by Peter Marshall on Restoring America: “The very men who WROTE the Constitution admit that this nation and its Judicial System was founded upon the Bible and the Ten Commandments. It was done intentionally to preserve this nation from collapse.” i. James Madison - (4th President of the United States and known as the ’Father of the Constitution’) "We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." ii. John Jay was the first Chief Justice of our Supreme Court and one of the 3 top men in the formation of our Constitution. He said Americans should ’select and prefer Christians as their rulers" When is the last time you heard a Supreme Court Judge say that? iii. To show that this nation was built on the Bible and Christian Principles, listen to what Patrick Henry, that patriot and Founding Father of our country said: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not be religionists but by Christians....not on religions but ton the Gospel of Jesus Christ." iv. Listen to what our first President, George Washington, said, "It is impossible to rightly govern....without God and the Bible." v. "Can the Liberties of a Nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God." - Thomas Jefferson vi. "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." - Thomas Jefferson vii. "Suppose a Nation is some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited....What a Utopia What a Paradise would this Nation be" - John Adams 3. 52 of the 55 Framers of the Constitution were members of the Orthodox Established Churches in the Colonies. A Secularized United States without any reference to God and the Bible whatsoever was the farthest thing from the minds of these men. 4. In New England - 1777 - Because of the War, Bibles from England were cut off. Patrick Allison, Chaplain of Congress, placed before the Body a petition praying for immediate relief. A special Congressional Committee ordered 20,000 Bibles which were imported from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere, into the different parts of the States of the Union. a. These Bibles were to be given to students in school so they could learn using the Bible. 5. The University of Houston was commissioned to do a 10 year study on the Founding Fathers and their writings to see their intentions and if they intended America to be founded on Christian Principles and the Bible or complete separation from religion. They surveyed over 15,000 documents of the Founding Fathers during that 10 year period. They found 3,154 direct quotes from the Founding Fathers themselves. 34% of those direct quotes were from the Bible itself 60% were from men who were directly influenced by the Bible. One example was Blackstone, whose law books were considered the basis upon our Supreme Court and Judiciary System were built, and were the Law Books of Reference for about almost 120 years. Blackstone quoted so many Bible verses in his law books that a law student named FINNEY was saved and became a great evangelist......from reading Blackstone’s Law books So they found that 94 % of the quotes of the founding fathers were either directly or indirectly from the Bible
For the first time in 35 years, the U.S. fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation's unique status among industrialized countries. The overall fertility rate increased 2% between '05 and '06, nudging the average number of babies being born to each woman to 2.1. While unwelcome news to some environmentalists, the so-called "replacement rate" is generally considered desirable by demographers and sociologists because it means a country is producing enough young people to replace and support aging workers without population growth being so high it taxes national resources. Europe, Japan and other industrialized countries long have had fertility rates far below the replacement level, creating the prospect of labor shortages and loss of cultural identity. In contrast, many developing nations' birth rates far exceed the replacement rate, fueling poverty and social unrest. Experts speculate the reasons for the U.S fertility rate are a complex mix of factors, including lower levels of birth control use than in other developed countries, widely held religious values that encourage childbearing, social conditions that make it easier for women to work and have families, and a growing Hispanic population. The nation's total fertility rate hit a high of nearly 3.8 in '57 during the post-war baby boom. But it fell sharply through the '60s and '70s. The rate dipped below replacement level in '72. Some of the increase is explained by immigration. Hispanics have the highest fertility rate - about 2.9 - followed by blacks (2.1), Asians (1.9) and whites (1.86). Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau says, "We're going to be growing for quite some time at a fairly fast pace." (Tampa Bay Online 12/25/07)
In his book “The Great Divorce,” C.S. Lewis gives an allegorical story about a ghost of a man consumed by lust. And in this story lust is depicted as a red lizard that sits on his shoulder and whispers seductively in his ear. When the man is bothered by this lizard on his shoulder, an angel volunteers to destroy it for him. But the man is conflicted because he wants to hold on to his lust but also wants the lizard gone. What he is afraid of is that the death of his lust will be the death of him. He offers all these excuses to the angel because he wants to keep the lizard (even though he doesn’t want it).
After much discussion the man finally lets the angel kill the lizard. The angel grabs the lizard, breaks its neck and hurls it to the ground. Now that the spell of lust is broken the man who once ghostly is wonderfully remade into a real and solid person. And what’s so cool is that instead of dying, the lizard is changed into a spectacular stallion. With great tears of joy and appreciation the man gets on the horse and rides off into the heavens.
What was Lewis trying to help us imagine? Lewis is drawing us to the bond between killing our lust and finding life. We who have given into lust so much that it feels like we are going to die without it to die, it feels as if we are going to die right along with it will find that instead of des...
K. Edward "Ed" Skidmore
POPULATION CONTROL STATS
The God of Israel stood apart in the ancient world as the One and Only God who cares about even the most helpless little infant. Exodus 1:20 says that God rewarded these brave midwives by giving them families of their own. You see, our God sees babies as blessings!
Last week, I got a hold of a book called Population Control, by Steven W. Mosher. I thought that it might be good to take a look at it since I was dealing with the topic of population control in Exodus. Unfortunately, it taught me more than I was prepared to learn about modern population control. Consider these inconvenient truths:
• Back in 1968, a Stanford University entomologist named Paul Ehrlich wrote an influential book called Population Bomb. He predicted that a population explosion would bring disaster in the 70s. He proposed harsh measures of population control to reduce the number of humans on the planet to around 1.5 billion (1/4th of the current level of 6.5 billion). Even though his predictions were grossly inaccurate, his methodologies live on in other worldwide organizations.
• Modern day population control zealots are hard at work attempting to alter birthrates in no less than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. They use quotas to enforce contraception on women, vasectomies on men, permanent sterilizations, and they employ coerced abortions. This is happening in countries like China, Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Morocco, Mexico, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Vietnam, and North Korea.
In the fifty chapters of Genesis Joseph’s life story takes up one-fourth of the chapters. His life can be divided up into three sections:
• Birth to Seventeen Years (Genesis 30:24-37:2)
o During this time Joseph’s family was is transition-everyone was unsettled, on the move. A low-level antagonism was brewing as his family clashed and argued in jealousy and hatred.
• Seventeen to Thirty years (Genesis 37:2-41:46)
o This second segment occurs as Joseph reaches young manhood. It seems as though his life becomes out of control. Enslavement, unfair accusation, and imprisonment assault him.
• Thirty Years to Death (Genesis 41:46-50:26)
o Joseph’s last eighty years of prosperity and reward under God’s blessing. He had the classic opportunity to get even with his brothers, to ruin them forever, but he refused. Instead he blessed, protected, and forgave.
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Teen Abortions are now just 19% of the total number, according to a study by Janice Crouse of the Beverly LaHaye Institute. Women over 20 get 80% of all abortions, with 48% by women 25 and older, increasingly as a method of birth control. Repeat abortions have also risen steadily over the years, now representing more than 45% of those performed. Focus on the Family has budgeted $4.2 million this fiscal year for ultrasound machines and training on how to use them because of their effectiveness in helping women considering abortions to grasp the reality of the life growing within them. (Pastor’s Weekly Briefing 1/28, NY Times 2/2/05)
“Plots, Plans, Villains and Fools!” Ezra 6:13-18 Key verse(s): 14:“So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artexerxes, kings of Persia.”
Sometimes it isn’t hard to imagine why some are tempted to imagine that God is a laid-back kind of guy. He’s kind of cool, you know. He’s up there watching over us but pretty much letting things happen as they may. Sure, He loves us; but He isn’t concerned with micro-managing anything.
The evidence seems pretty convincing sometimes doesn’t it? Look around you. The world is full of stuff that we do or are doing. Much of what we undertake doesn’t work out very well. Some things get started but not completed. They lay around, in some state of benign neglect until they are finally forgotten altogether. Other things we do get out of control spreading disaster willy-nilly wherever they go. Then there are the evil plots and plans that succeed, reach their targets and then do their dastardly worst. Sometimes it seems that we are surrounded by plots and plans and villains and fools. All these things working together to do good? If so, if God has lifted a finger to direct even some small and insignificant part of any of these doings, He is good at covering the evidence.
This sort of logic gave birth to a belief called deism several centuries ago. Those who contrived this thought decided that God was God all-right. But, He created things and then pretty much backed off and took a wait-see attitude on what He had cooked up. It is natural for our sinful nature to embrace just this sort of philosophy since by nature we long to take credit for all that is good in the world and blame the rest on Satan or, for that matter, any convenient Bin Laden-type villain who happens to be around at the time. God? If I can’t see Him it is quite likely He isn’t there. Maybe He is watching over the big things like hurricanes and floods; but we do okay when it comes to getting to work in the morning and taking care of our little corner of business in the world.
Isn’t it true that sometimes we gravitate toward a sort of Far Side® understanding of God. You know, the Gary Larson guy in the white robe with the long flowing beard and a pretty good sense of humor? We see Him watching, somewhat bemused and sanguine, as His little creation goes about its business. Like little ants in a sand pile we scurry around and God sits backs and takes it all in. Really–does God sweat the details? Newscaster Paul Harvey tells a remarkable story of God’s providential care over thousands of allied prisoners during World War II, many of whom were Christians. One of America’s mighty bombers took off from the island of Guam headed for Kokura, Japan, with a deadly cargo. Because clouds covered the target area, the sleek B-29 circled for nearly an hour until its fuel supply reached the danger point. The captain and his crew, frustrated because they were right over the primary target yet not able to fulfill their mission, finally decided they had better go for the secondary target. Changing course, they found that the sky was clear. The command was given, “Bombs away!” and the B-29 headed for its home base. Some time later an officer received some startling information from military intelligence. Just one week before that bombing mission, the Japanese had transferred one of their largest concentrations of captured Americans to the city of Kokura. Upon reading this, the officer exclaimed, “Thank God for that protecting cloud! ...
A few months ago a major motion picture entitled “One night with the King” was released. It is a Fox Faith film that tells the story of Esther. I’ve got a couple of scenes from that movie that I want to show you this morning. The first is when one of her servants delivers a message from her uncle Mordecai informing her of Haman’s plot to kill all of the Jews and encourages her to intercede with the King on their behalf. (Let’s watch this short clip). (“A Plea”)
CHRISTIANS ARE KNOWN FOR...
If you were to Google the phrase "Christians are known for" what do you think the results would be? What are people who call themselves followers of Christ known for... whether good or bad?
The following are some of the results you would find:
... being trustworthy and honest and having high levels of integrity
... building governments based on fairness
... respect for others and tolerance
... their intolerance of non-Christians and other religions
... their high level of integrity, their moral character
... their homophobic views toward anything remotely gay
... their gratitude and thankfulness
... their hatred, not the good and love they claim to practice
... what they are against, not what they are for
... denying birth control to families in the so called 'third world', resulting in hungry, unwanted babies
... replacing science with superstitions in the schools
... looking for trouble in the hopes of controlling others
... their love of others and towards God
If you think about that list you will see some things that are quite contradictory. You will see items that are fortunately true, unfortunately true, and items that are false. What I hope you see is that the simple question of: "what are Christians known for" is not an easy question to answer.