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What communities do you that are enforcing the no-kill policy, & how is it working?

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God is sending a message from Athens, Texas!

December 19, 2011


God is sending a message from Athens, Texas!

When a Wisconsin-based group, The Freedom From Religion Foundation (TFFR), ordered city leaders in Athens, Texas, to remove a Nativity scene from the courthouse lawn, officials and citizens were single-minded in their response. "Don't mess with Texas, and don't mess with our Nativity!"

The foundation asked for the baby Jesus to be removed, or for a sign to be put up next to his crib that would read: "At this season of the winter solstice may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."

But their attack prompted a tremendous outcry not just in Henderson County, but across the nation.

Pastor Nathan Lorick of First Baptist Church in nearby Malakoff, Texas, said it was time to stand up and speak up in defense of Christianity. He and other community leaders held a rally this past Saturday on the Courthouse Square near the Nativity scene, where supporters joined together in songs of praise.

"We are humbled at the turnout of the crowd," Pastor Lorick told the nearly 5,000 who attended the rally. "It is time for Christians in America to stand up, show up and speak up,” he said. “We believe that it is time to lead America back to the biblical and Christian values and morals that have made our nation so great since its birth."

WATCH PASTOR LORICK'S ENERGIZING MESSAGE HERE.

Even Texas Attorney General Abbott said the state supports Henderson County's refusal to back down from groups like TFFR. "There is a person, a lawyer and an organization in this state that has their back, that has the law, that has the muscle and firepower to go toe-to-toe with these organizations that come from out of state trying to bully governmental bodies into tearing down things like Nativity scenes."

AFA encourages more pastors to stand up to the intimidating letter writing tactics of atheist groups who threaten to try and remove Christ from the public square.

  

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Dec 8, 2011

“Thankful for Every Moment” 

A few years ago there was a wonderful song in the contemporary Christian music realm
entitled “Every Moment” by artist Joy Williams.  Both moving and uplifting, the words reminded listeners to cherish each moment of life, to not let minutes be wasted unnoticed.  To sum it up:  every moment is precious.

My sister posted a challenge on Facebook recently that expressed the same message.  She was concerned about so many people making Christmas plans as early as two months ahead, and reminded friends not to simply pass over Thanksgiving to rush on to Christmas.  She spoke of beautiful memories of loved ones now in Heaven, of how deeply she missed them and treasured those memories now.

It is true that this world is not our ultimate “home”; still, we spend our temporal lives here, and we do become quite attached to it.  We cling to the dear memories of ones we have known and loved here, even as we wonder about their new life in Eternity.  As easy as it is to mourn while missing them during family gatherings and celebratory seasons, it is also a perfect time to recall joyous times spent with them, and celebrate the gift God gave of placing you in their lives.

The bridge and final chorus of “Every Moment” are as follows:

Running through yesterday into tomorrow
Don’t let it just drift away
Forget about tying the hands of time
Give every minute to the One who gave us today
Don’t let go
Hold onto every moment
Always know
Hold onto every moment that You can


As we run into the busy events surrounding our nation’s holiday of Thanksgiving, please pause for just a moment to truly thank God for all He has done for you, all He has given you.  You are truly blessed.

Psalm 95
 1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
         Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
         Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
 3 For the LORD is the great God,
         And the great King above all gods.
 4 In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
         The heights of the hills are His also.
 5 The sea is His, for He made it;
         And His hands formed the dry land.
6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
         Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
 7 For He is our God,
         And we are the people of His pasture,
         And the sheep of His hand.

Blessings of peace~
Chaplain Andrea
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Posted: Dec 8, 2011 6:29pm
Dec 8, 2011

“Reminiscence of Ravens”

 

I am a member of several online writers’ groups.  One blogger recently asked a rather random question:  “What comes to mind when you think of ravens?”  I was amused by this, so I answered.

First, always, Poe's enchanting poem I loved as a child.  I had the blessing of being in a small audience for James Earl Jones as he read "the Raven" in a rare prose event.  Stunning.

Ravens are beautiful birds, quite striking in special grace.  But—I must say—when pondering ravens my thoughts I always drift back to...poop. 

During a collage mission trip in the Yellowstone region [Montana, Wyoming], I met a raven in person for the first time.  My mission director warned me to stay away from her, as she was perched above a nest; but he had also warned me against petting random dogs and holding pet snakes, and animals always won.  So I climbed the fire escape stairs to the roof of some building [I don't even know what the establishment was] where the nest was built to meet this gorgeous bird and congratulate her on her new family. 

She was beautiful, no question there.  But, to my negative surprise and nose-burning disgust, she had insulated the entire huge nest with raven dung—and apparently bathed the babies in it as well.  They didn't seem to mind.  They were cute little birds, gawking at their mother for food, seemingly totally oblivious that they were crap-clothed.

No, I didn't get flogged—I think she sensed I was an animal friend—though I did get a sideways warning look when I peeked into the nest.  I told her how beautiful she was, and her babies, then turned and descended the stairs slowly, holding my nose.  The stench was horrid.  But, hey, it's cold in that high altitude; she was keeping the kids warm.  I am glad I didn't stay around to see what she fed them.  J

It’s fascinating that this very bird is the servant God employed to feed a prophet suffering deep depression.  The book of 1 Kings chapter 17 records this intriguing bit of history in the life of the prophet Elijah:

Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.  And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.  —1 Kings 17:2-6

I love to marvel at all the ways God cares for us.  He provides perfectly for every life He creates, from baby birds to lonely prophets, and every one of us.  Enjoy His blessings today.

 

Blessings of peace,

Chaplain Andrea
Isaiah61

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Posted: Dec 8, 2011 6:27pm
Dec 8, 2011

“God is so good—in any language”

I am always fascinated by the ways God uses seemingly random bits of life experience to equip us for surprising circumstances only He can know.

I was recently reminded of a wonderful adventure I was privileged to share.  Through my seminary years, I had many classmates and friends from Africa.  Many had come from churches in their country to attend seminary for the goal of spreading the Gospel.  Esther and David were one such dedicated couple.

One spring, Esther and I were traveling with another friend to Indianapolis to serve as counselors for the Billy Graham crusade.  Long into the trip, Esther began to sing “God is so good” in three different African languages, saving for last the one spoken in her own village, clearly close to her heart.  We were delighted and intrigued, and soon she had taught us the words and we all sang the children’s praise song over and over in these different tongues, tasting the new words with gladness.

Flash forward several years to the middle of my ministry time in Houston.  My church was heavily involved in mission work, from several countries to our own city.  One evening during an inner-city Bible school class, one child grew more and more restless, until she finally in anger fled the room.  I followed and sat on the floor with her.  After a very short inquiry, it was clear she did not speak English and did not understand it.  No wonder the class had been so frustrating to her.  She looked so dejected in her determination to understand and be understood.  She finally sat stiffly on my lap, for comfort if not communication, unwilling to try any more.  My heart hurt for her, but I did not know what to do.

Did you know there are approximately 2,000 languages spoken in Africa?  And many of those have multiple dialects, making them like separate languages entirely.  There are more than 30 ways to say a simple “hello”!  How on earth I to know what was was the heart language of this precious child?  But we shared a Heavenly Father, and He certainly knew.  We had plenty of members who could interpret, but where to begin?

I began to pray.  And suddenly I remember Esther’s songs.  It had been a long time since I had sung them.  Could I even remember how one went?  I started to sing, using the first language Esther had used to teach us the song.  Instantly the child looked at me, suspiciously, with narrowed eyes, as if to ask what I was doing.  Not the reaction I was praying for.  I began the repeat verse in the second language.

Immediately, the child fell back in my arms, laughing and exclaiming “Mommy!”—an English word she knew—for her mother or her mother language, I did not know—and she began to sing with me.  Over and over we sang the one verse, the little praise song sung across the world by children simply praising God.  She threw her arms around me and I rocked her as we sang joyfully.

It is likely such a small child will never remember that brief event.  But it is inscribed on this child’s heart for eternity.


Blessings,
Chaplain Andrea
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Posted: Dec 8, 2011 6:24pm
Dec 8, 2011

I was overwhelmed by a story reported by a Church persecution site recently.  A ceremony was held May 23, Pentecost Sunday, to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the bombing of the Assumption Church in Kathmandu.  All victims of the bombing who attended the ceremony—whether wounded themselves or grieving the loss of a loved one—stated that they had forgiven their attackers. 

One man said, “I have gone and met the two main people responsible for killing my wife and daughter.  I have forgiven them and am praying for them.”

In the face of the tragedy, all denominations—Protestant and Catholic alike—joined together and provided for all who were suffering from the blast.  This year, pastors of various denominations joined the multitude of Christians gathered for the prayer and praise ceremony in a field near the church.

Another survivor said, “I have forgiven them completely,” explaining that even suffering was part of God’s plan for him.

Only by the grace of God might we humans have such a reaction to personal attack.  We, in our fallen nature, are so selfish, and so eager to take vengeance when a wrong is done to us.  How easy is it for us to forgive?  How simple is it to release another from the talons of our hatred?  It is not easy or simple; yet it is exactly what Christ commands us to do.  And when we do so, do we not feel the immediate liberation from the weighty burden of hatred that has yoked us?

Peter asked our Lord, “How many times must I forgive, seven?” (such was the Hebrew custom).  “Not at all,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.”  Christ’s repetition of the number associated with the Holy Trinity might lead us to interpret His answer…infinitely.  (Matthew 18.)

Let me share one more miracle that came from the tragedy at Assumption Church.  One man who was responsible for the attack repented of his sins and turned to Christ in jail.  He was glad when the members of the church he helped bomb came to visit him in prison, and he hoped to be given a Bible.

Dear Jesus, let us be vessels of Your mercy and forgiveness, that we might show Your saving love to a lost world.

Blessings of peace,

Chaplain Andrea
Isa61

*For more on this story please visit the Union of Catholic Asian News website, http://www.ucanews.com/2010/05/24/bomb-blast-victims-forgive-perpetrators.

 

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Posted: Dec 8, 2011 6:21pm
Dec 8, 2011
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In response to a horrible video we are petitioning against of an evil person drowning a kitten [also feeding kittens to snakes] I contacted ALDF [Animal Legal Defense Fund] to ask what could legally be done to stop videos, locate & prosecute these people.  They encouraged us to continue petitioning against videos of animal cruelty.  They also agreed to review videos for legal action.

Please send videos to be reviewed by ALDF to
info@aldf.org

Thank you for all you do for animals.

God bless you.

Andrea
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Posted: Dec 8, 2011 6:12pm
Dec 8, 2011
Focus: Animal Welfare
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Location: United States

In response to a horrible video we are petitioning against of an evil person drowning a kitten [also feeding kittens to snakes] I contacted ALDF [Animal Legal Defense Fund] to ask what could legally be done to stop videos, locate & prosecute these people.  They encouraged us to continue petitioning against videos of animal cruelty.  They also agreed to review videos for legal action.

Please send videos to be reviewed by ALDF to
info@aldf.org

Thank you for all you do for animals.

God bless you.

Andrea
Isa61

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