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ATHEISTS DECRY ’9/11
A campaign to incorporate Ground Zero’s "miracle debris" steel cross into the design of a planned permanent memorial has been targeted by atheists who say it would be "unconstitutional, inappropriate and insulting." According to "The New York Daily News," construction workers, firefighters, police officers and family members have held weekly Sunday services at the World Trade Center (WTC) site of the cross since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"We’re hoping it will stay right where it is and become part of any [federally funded] permanent memorial," said Ed Malloy, president of the Building Construction and Trades Council of Greater New York, whose members cleared the site.
The Port Authority, which owns the WTC site, said that if the cross is moved, "it will most likely be moved to a public place," the "News" reported. But Malloy, a Christian construction worker who had first noticed the crossed beams of steel in the wreckage said: "It’s a symbol of faith, humanity, and freedom. There’s nothing bad that can be said about that cross."
Ellen Johnson, American Atheists president, though, blasted the idea, saying her group would go to court if necessary. "You can’t take government funds to promote religion, especially sectarian religion in the form of a cross or any other religious symbol."
Charisma News Service Update for Tuesday, June 18, 2002. http://www.strang.com/newsletters.php
THE BEATLES REBELLION
The Beatles rebellion against the God of the Bible goes way back for most of them! One example is the fact that John Lennon was taken to Sunday School by his Aunt Mimi. He even sang in the choir. But, by age 11, John was permanently barred from Sunday services in his aunt’s Anglican church because he "repeatedly improvised obscene and impious lyrics to the hymns." (Rock Lives; p. 114). He did things even cruder and viler than that, such as urinate on members of the "clergy" from second floor windows and display homemade dummies of Christ in lewd poses. In his 1965 book published by Simon & Schuster, John Lennon blasphemed the Father, Son and Holy Spirit by calling them "Fahter, Sock and Micky Most." In 1964 Paul McCartney stated, "We probably seem to be anti-religious… none of us believes in God."
Does the Bible say anything about those who do not believe in God? YES! It says they are fools. Psalms 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." That description pretty well describes the character and accomplishments of the Beatles… "corrupt" and having "done abominable works." The words of their own press officer Derek Taylor, affirm the application of Psalms 14 to the Beatles: "They’re [the Beatles] completely anti-Christ. I mean, I am anti-Christ as well, but they’re so anti-Christ they shock me which isn’t an easy thing" (Saturday Evening Post, August 8-15, 1964, p. 25).
One last illustration to prove the point. George Harrison financed Monty Python’s vile and blasphemous mockery of Christ in the movie "Life of Brian." Even Newsweek magazine described the movie as "irreverent." Time magazine called it an "intense assault on religion" (Time, Sept. 17, 1979, p. 101).
SOURCE: The Unholy Legacy of The Beatles by Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.http://logosresourcepages.org/beatles.htm
Blessed Are The Persecuted
Matthew 5:10-12 says, "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
We are not to be surprised if people in the world hate Christians. (1 John 3: 13) Matthew Henry wrote, "Whom Christ blesses the world curses. The heirs of heaven have never been the darlings of this world, since the old enmity was put between the seed of woman (Eve) and of the serpent (Devil). Why did Cain hate Abel? Because Abel's works were righteous."
Persecution is a great paradox and a part of Christianity. Therefore it is put last of the eight Beatitudes. Jesus gives mention of it twice in His opening statements in the Sermon on the Mount because persecution is certain. In fact, "...everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted..." (2 Timothy 3: 12)
Righteousness, proper living before God, is an offense to people who live for the flesh, the world and the Devil. True holy living by the children of God convicts those who live for themselves.
Persecution, which is seen by an all-knowing God, comes in many forms and is found in every nation. Christians have been fined, imprisoned, banished, stripped of their estates, scourged, tortured, falsely accused and killed. There is no evil so black and horrid as false accusations and the persecution of Christians who truly walk uprightly before God.
Today's text does not encourage Christians to seek persecution. But, neither does it permit retreating from it, sulking or retaliation.
Christians who are persecuted because of righteousness will have a great reward in heaven. They may not understand the purposes nor see the benefits of it down here on earth, but there will be a great reward in the future life. Persecuted Christians who are fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit, can be like Peter and the other apostles when they left the Sanhedrin "...rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name [of Christ]." (Acts 5: 14)
Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer were the two American Christian aide workers being held by the Taliban under threat of death during the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America and the resulting U.S. attack on Afghanistan. They open their book, "Prisoners of Hope" with these words, "To the Afghan people whom we so dearly love." These words reflect the heart of Christians who are willing to risk persecution and perhaps death for the sake of taking the gospel to the lost, those who are without Christ as personal Savior and Lord. They also wrote; "To our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your everlasting love healed our hearts and set us free. May we honor and love you with all that we are for all of our days."
Having the "Righteousness" of God is to have a surrendered heart to His will, regardless of the cost. Blessed are those who will undergo persecution for the sake of the righteousness of Christ.
A recent article in the Aug/Sept issue of Second Edition (the magazine of Second Baptist Church, Houston) points out that, "Internet pornography generates $12 billion dollars in annual revenue. This is larger than the combined revenue of ABC, NBC, and CBS. $12 billion dollars in annual revenue is larger than the combined annual revenue of the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball.
"Internet pornography is big business. Every week more than 2,500 new pornographic web...
To say the least, I was at first shocked to read the headline, Baby Ate Cocaine Dad Left Nearby. According to the Associated Press a father from Ravenna, Ohio was sentenced to one year in prison for endangering his daughter, who was six-months-old at the time of the incident. He evidently stashed his illegal drug in her baby swing and she ate some of it. The mother noticed the white powder around the daughter’s mouth and took her to the hospital for treatment.
I take this as a wake-up call to fathers from God. He is calling us to protect our children. Obviously, this man carelessly endangered his child, but what about us father’s possibly putting our children at risk in very subtle ways. I believe it is not enough for us dads to house, feed, cloth, and educate our children. We dads need to empower our kids to turn from evil and do what is good and right, and to have the best possible harmonious relationship with them as we can.
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University reported recently in a survey which suggests “....most teenagers find it easier to talk about drugs with their mothers than with their fathers, and those who don’t get along with their fathers are at far greater risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs....” The survey reported that “teens in two-parent families who have fair or poor relationships with their fathers are 68 percent more likely to use drugs than those in average families.”
Dads, we can to have a relationship with our children that fosters openness and care. We can be responsibile to do what is in their best interest, safety and welfare.
We dads can be emotionally and spiritually connected with our children. “ ’Too many fathers are just AWOL in their kids lives,’ said Joseph Califano, the research center’s chairman. ‘They’re not there to help with homework, and kids don’t go to them with important problems.’ " We can best share with them helpful lessons from life and God’s Word by maintaining a positive relationship.
Jesus Christ said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:11-12).
Fathers, even though none of us always hit the mark, we can still give our children good things. Let us search our hearts and ask God to reveal the attitudes and habits that can hurt or hinder our children. Then let us jettison them for the sake of our kids, ourselves, our community and our Creator. For “....children are a reward from [the Lord]” (Psalm 127:3).
Published Wednesday September 01, 02:25PM CDT
Baby Ate Cocaine Dad Left Nearby
RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) - A man whose infant daughter ate some of his cocaine after he stashed the drug in her baby swing was sentenced to a year in prison for child endangering.
The 6-month-old girl was treated in time.
Christopher Stockman, 21, was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty in March. The baby was hospitalized Sept. 29 after her mother noticed a white powder around the child’s mouth.
A Genuine Free Spirit
It took just a few hours for budget carrier Spirit Airlines to give
away 13,400 free tickets on 90 flights to 14 cities - every seat for an entire day. The catch? That day is Sept. 11. Like most airlines,
Miramar, Fla.-based Spirit had found few willing to fly on the first
anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in US history - before
the giveaway. "Most other airlines have shied away from this
altogether, but Spirit made [it] a positive, not a negative," said Tom Parsons of online travel agency Bestfares.com. And of course, travelers will need return tickets.
Can I bring a cellphone?
SOURCE: 08/12/02 News Headlines from The Christian Science Monitor
Jerry Falwell on 9/11
On Sept. 13, two days after the terrorist attacks that killed more than 4,400, Jerry Falwell appeared on "The 700 Club", the Rev. Pat Robertson’s TV show, and made a statement that has inspired widespread anger and mockery.
"What we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is," he said on the show, "could be miniscule if in fact God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve."
"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson replied.
"The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this," Falwell said.
"Well, yes," Robertson agreed.
"And I know that I'll hear from them on this," Falwell continued. "But throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—-all of them who have tried to secularize America—-I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"
Over the next several weeks, Falwell's comments about those controversial comments kept changing. A few hours after the TV show, he reiterated his remarks, telling the New York Times that "the collective efforts of many secularists . . . has left us vulnerable."
The next day he issued a statement saying that his comments were made during "a long theological discussion" and were "taken out of context." A few days later, he appeared on Geraldo Rivera's cable TV show and repudiated everything he'd said on "The 700 Club": "This is not what I believe and I therefore repudiate it and ask God's forgiveness and yours."
I visited my brother in Manhattan two months after the World Trade Centers were destroyed on Sept 11. We visited the site and the devasation and destruction were breathtaking. Words cannot possibly describe the damage that was done there. The giant hole in the ground where the WTC used to be was not the most moving sight I saw however. Once we left the center of the area and were making our way around the outer perimeter, I saw a bicycle chained to a lightpost and covered in white ash. There is no doubt it was parked there on the morning of Sept 11, but the owner was killed and never returned. I think t...
LISA BEAMER: FAITH IN TRAGEDY
In her book, "Let’s Roll" she explains how she was reared in a loving home where the Lord was honored. She goes on to record: "On October 25, 1984, pain seared through his chest and everyone thought he was having a heart attack. The next morning at 5:00 a.m. the doctor called Mom to tell her that Dad had suffered an aortic aneurysm. A small hole had developed in the wall of his aorta...It had to be repaired immediately.
Mom explained to Paul, Holly and me that the hospital had called and the doctors were going to do emergency surgery. "They’re going to move Daddy to another hospital," Mom said. "We need to pray." At 6:30 a.m. we were in the process of praying when the phone rang again. Mom left the room to answer it. When she came back, she blurted through her tears, "They tried to move Dad, but it was too late. He died."
In that instant my world fell apart. I wasn’t ready for this. I was 15; I felt cheated. Dad was our foundation, the rock we all depended on. Now he had been ripped out of our lives!
In Lisa’s description of her struggle with her father’s sudden death, we see a haunting preview of Sept. 11th. She said "My faith in God was severely shaken." Questions pummeled my heart and mind...
Life went from wonderful to a sense of great vulnerability. Yes, we had our faith and believed solidly that God had everything under His control, but the hole in our family was real..."
Yes, she had faith in a sovereign God, but the hole in her family was real... She said "Despite our faith, sometimes life just hurts." She recalls the promise God made through the prophet Jeremiah: Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (future and a hope ESV).
She shares a conversation she had with Dennis Massaro, the director of Wheaton College’s Office of Christian Outreach. The subject of the upcoming trial for the malpractice suit came up...she immediately dumped her story of her father’s death on Dennis. Dennis kindly responded, "You know, Lisa, God knew the hospital they took your dad to wasn’t going to have the right equipment to perform the surgery. At any time, God could have changed the circumstances."
He continued, "Knowing what the consequences were going to be for your family and for you, he nonetheless allowed it to happen. Maybe it’s time for you to accept that."
She said his gentle words were a targeted arrow in my heart. I knew he was right. And at the same time I both loved and hated him for telling me the truth. But the truth set me free. A thought struck me. "Who are you to question God and say that you have a better plan than He does? You don’t have the same wisdom and knowledge that He has, or the understanding of the big picture. You think you deserve a happy life and get angry when it doesn’t always happen like that. In fact, you are a sinner and only deserve death.
"All at once I was caught in a dichotomy: I know I’m really important to God, and He truly loves me. Yet at the same time, I’m a mere mortal with limited understanding. Who am I to question Him? It was then I made a conscious decision to stop questioning God and start trusting Him.
"That brief conversation with Dennis Massaro would become one of the most significant in my life, replaying in my mind over and over in the years—-and the tragedy—-to come.
And so, the loss of a 15-year-old's beloved father and the struggles of the young collegian show how a loving Heavenly Father was preparing a woman of God to face an even greater challenge-—this time, in the spotlight of history.
Lisa Beamer learned through fiery trials to trust Christ. And so must you! She learned to lean on Christ in times of extreme suffering. So must you! She learned that today’s trials prepare one for tomorrow’s spiritual victories.
Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her, regarding the attacks on Sept.11, "How could God let something like this happen?" Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" (from an e-mail)