Mike Huckabee's thoughts

by Richard Rose 31. October 2012 10:03

Dear Friend,

You and I both know the upcoming elections are critical and getting pro-life and pro-family voters engaged and to the polls in large numbers will determine the outcome.

I firmly believe our very republic is in danger. Those of us who love liberty must rally together for a better future that does not include Barack Obama as President.

For four years, we've given a chance to a man with very limited experience in governing, no experience in business whatsoever and since taking office, mostly interested in campaigning, blaming and aiming excuses at his predecessor, the Republicans and people in business. We've stagnated into an economy that has taken all that hope right down the slope and has left millions without jobs. Our neighbors have been forced out of their homes by foreclosure and herded into dependency.

We must never forget that Barack Obama supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb, even beyond the womb. And he tells people of faith that they have to bow their knees to the God of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls, health care.

You joined with me on August 1 for "Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” We grew an idea into an event where the silent majority came forward and stood together in support of free speech. Today, I am asking that these same Americans, and their friends and family rally together once again for America. The goal is simple: Let's stand together and vote together on Election Day. We stood in line for a chicken sandwich. Now we need to stand in line to vote and keep this country from falling further towards socialism.

Let's make this viral. Make it your own platform—not mine. Please share this email with your personal networks of friends and family. It is important that we show how unified we are in this mission so that we can’t be dismissed as only a few.

To commit your vote on Election Day visit my website here. Over 50,000 patriots already have committed their votes and we are adding thousands of supporters by the hour. Our goal is to identify at least 500,000 voters by Election Day. So your help is needed to grow 50,000 into 500,000 voters.

The President has asked America for four more years. I say enough is enough. Let's vote him out. Our Vote Decides!

Sincerely,

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Mike Huckabee



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Who to vote for.

by Richard Rose 27. October 2012 03:34

One of our members forwarded this link to me. It is a message by Dr. David Jeremiah which I encourage all of you to watch before you vote on Novmember 6.

http://vimeo.com/52163082



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Prayer for the upcoming Elections

by Richard Rose 17. October 2012 03:13

This is from Eric Metaxis on Today's Breakpoint.

Twenty Days to Go
Fasting and Praying for America

Eric Metaxas
October 17, 2012


Back on September 27, my colleague John Stonestreet told you on BreakPoint that I would be fasting and praying for 40 days prior to the elections.

And, I have been. Have you? I want to urge you to join me in praying for our nation.

Let me remind you how this came about. I was about to address a conference in Castle Rock, Colorado, when a keen awareness came upon me that I should invite the audience to join me in fasting and prayer.

Folks, that kind of awareness does not come upon me often. I’m convinced it was the Lord.

So I invited the attendees to pray and fast with me. And I launched a Facebook page so folks could sign up to let me know that they’re in. If you come to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary; I’ll link to you to the Facebook page. Or of course, you can always come to ericmetaxas.com where there’s more information, and that will also link you to the Facebook page.

I cannot emphasize enough how important I think this is. As I tour the country, I speak a lot about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In his day, Bonhoeffer pleaded with the Church to wake up—to understand the times. And he pleaded with the Church to be the Church. And being the Church means more than going to a worship service on Sunday, and it means more than believing a certain way. It means living out our faith, putting our beliefs into action.

And the first action should always be turning to God in prayer. Or, as Chuck Colson used to say, “getting on our knees.”

Do you believe 2 Chronicles 7:14, that if God’s people will “humble themselves” and seek God’s face “and turn from their wicked ways,” that God “will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”? If you do, please pray.

I hear from so many Christians who are discouraged about the direction our country is going in, and who are so fed up with politics, or who simply wring their hands and say, “What can we do?”

Well, do you believe with Paul in Philippians that we should not “be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,” that we should “present our requests to God”?

Do you believe that? Do you believe what the Word of God says? If we’re to be the people of God then we must believe the Word of God. And believing the Word of God in this case means praying. So please pray.

Now of course, I’m not going to tell you how to pray or how often to pray, and I certainly don’t want to tell you how to fast. That of course is between you and the Lord. But please take a moment and think about this. Make a commitment that you can keep to pray and to fast in some way for the next twenty days as we approach these incredibly important elections. Folks, that’s the least we as the Church can do.

And then, if you would, let me know you’re praying and fasting or how. Go to BreakPoint.org again and follow the link to my Facebook page or go to ericmetaxas.com.

Ultimately, when we commit to this kind of prayer, we are telling God and showing God and affirming to each other where and in Whom we are placing our trust for the future of our land. We will not trust in “horses and chariots,” we will not place our hope and trust in the political process, or in our favorite candidate or political party. We will be involved in politics, but we will not make an idol of politics. We, the Church, the body of Christ, must and will place our hope and our trust “in the name of the Lord Our God” (Psalm 20:7).

And we will pray that God will bless His Church, and will bless this our country where He has placed us, for His purposes—so that we will be a blessing to the rest of the world.



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Who to vote for!

by Richard Rose 12. October 2012 07:01

Last Sunday I preached a message on how to discern the will of God and applied it to the upcoming election. I outlined 5 steps that were shared with me by David Chotka from Canada at our Central District Conference a few weeks ago, on how to do that. The steps are to Know the Word of God, Listen for the Witness of the Spirit of God, Get the counsel of other Workers of God, Worship God in the process, and finally Do the Will of God. In this message (Posted under Sermons), I mentioned that the Democratic party has adopted a "platform" that contains several elements that are clearly contrary to the Word of God. I received a You Tube video clip this week of Rev. E. W. Jackson addressing the Press Club in September shortly after the Democratic National Convention. In the video clip, he calls all Christians, Jews, and blacks to leave the Democratic Party because of their clear stance against the Word of God and Biblical morals. I believe this should certainly be something that all of us should consider as we go to the polls. If the Democratic Platform is clearly against the Bible on several points (Same sex marriage, homosexuality, abortion, etc.) shouldn't everyone considering voting for a Democratic candidate find out where the individual candidate stands on the issues? I believe we should. Check it out a be much in prayer for the upcoming election.



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Encouragement for the Day

by Richard Rose 4. September 2012 03:57

As we move into another Fall season of Church activities and programs, I am excited to watch God work in our hearts and lives. At times we may feel as if our lives aren't making a difference, but it it good to be reminded that by investing in people and programs with a view of introducing them to Christ or helping them to understand Him better is no small matter. As Christ followers we have a head start on those who have not yet come to understand events within a biblical world view. The more time we spend praying, studying His Word, fellowshipping and learning in church, etc., the better prepared we are to answer the questions people may ask us.

Not too long ago I was asked what happens to people when they die. That is a great question and it allowed me to talk about God's promise of eternal life to those who will follow Him in relationship and obedience. It also gave me the opportunity to speak about those who chose not to: the Bible proclaims that they will be eternally separated from God and that will include conscious suffering. Knowing the Bible allows us to speak with compassion and authority to issues that concern people.

Thanks for being involved and may I encourage you to continue on the path of following Jesus and leading others.

 



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2012 Presidential Prayer Breakfast

by Richard Rose 24. August 2012 06:32

I just watched Eric Mataxis' speech at the 2012 Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that was givin in Feb. 2012. What a tremedously clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here is the YouTube address if you'd like to view it. Make sure you watch it to the end. What a tremendous finish to a great speech.

http://youtu.be/jotOExbddI4



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Outrageous!

by Richard Rose 18. August 2012 02:16

This truly is outrageous, but I thought it would be good for you to read! Pray for Pat Robertson and his ministry!

 

Pat Robertson vs. the Spirit of Adoption

— Friday, August 17th, 2012 —

In a recent broadcast of The 700 Club, a woman sent in a question about a man who wouldn’t marry her because she has children who were adopted internationally. If they were her “own” biological children, he would have no problem, she said. But because they were adopted, he saw too much risk. Host Pat Robertson’s female co-host bristled and said he was acting like a “dog.” Robertson disagreed.

He said the man “didn’t want to take on a United Nations,” and that, after all, you never know about adopted children; they might have brain damage and “grow up weird.”

I am taking a deep breath here and reciting Beatitudes to myself. I had promised never to mention Robertson here again. Every few months he says some crazy scandalous thing. He blames 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on gays and lesbians, cozies up to the Chinese coercive and murderous one-child policy, counsels a man that he can divorce his Alzheimer’s-riddled wife because she’s “not there” anymore.

Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil.

The last go round, Robertson “clarified” his statements on a man leaving his sick wife. Didn’t mean to say it was right, he said, just that the man’s got to have some companionship and a divorce is better than adultery. Please. Robertson’s defenders said to me in letters and calls and emails that Robertson is just not what he used to be mentally and that you ought to hold him to a lower standard. That would be true if people were tapping his phone, or going to his house and recording conversations. However, the man is on television, representing to millions of people what Christianity is about.

The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.

Jesus was, after all, one of those adopted kids. Joseph of Nazareth was faced with a pregnant woman he could easily have abandoned. He knew this child wasn’t his, and all he had to go on was her word and a dream. He could have dismissed either. But he strapped on his cross, provided for his wife, and protected her child. Indeed, he became a father to her child. God called this righteous. The child Jesus seemed to be a colossal risk. His own family and neighbors and villagers thought he’d turned out “weird” (Mark 3:20-21). Maybe he was demon-possessed, they speculated, or maybe even “brain damaged.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is present with the weak and the vulnerable, the “least of these,” his brothers and sisters. When one looks with disgust at the prisoner, the orphan, the abandoned woman, the mentally ill, the problem isn’t just with a mass of tissue connected by neural endings. The issue there is the image of God, bearing all the dignity that comes with that. And, beyond that, the issue there is the presence of Jesus himself.

Christians are the ones who have stood against the prophets of Baal and the empire of Rome and every other satanic system to say that a person’s worth doesn’t consist in his usefulness. Christians are the ones who picked up abandoned babies, who wiped drool from the dying elderly, who joyfully received developmentally disabled children, and who recognized that our own sin has made us nothing noble or powerful. We’re all just dead and damaged and, well, “weird.” But Jesus loved us anyway.

I say to my non-Christian friends and neighbors, if you want to see the gospel of Christ, the gospel that has energized this church for two thousand years, turn off the television. The grinning cartoon characters who claim to speak for Christ don’t speak for him. Find the followers who do what Jesus did. Find the people who risk their lives to carry a beaten stranger to safety. Find the houses opened to unwed mothers and their babies in crisis. Find the men who are man enough to be a father to troubled children of multiple ethnicity and backgrounds.

And find a Sunday School class filled with children with Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol syndrome. Find a place where no one considers them “weird” or “defective,” but where they joyfully sing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.”

That might not have the polish of television talk-show theme music, but that’s the sound of bloody cross gospel.

Moore To The Point

By Russel Moore

http://www.russellmoore.com/



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Speaking into today's young people!

by Richard Rose 16. August 2012 03:12

One of my concerns for a long time is how we can speak into the lives of young people today. This article does just that.

We Are Young
The Anthem of a New Generation?

John Stonestreet - August 16, 2012

Earlier this summer, I kept hearing this song with a very memorable sound – and not the “if I can’t get this song out of my head I may jump off a cliff” memorable sound of “Call Me Maybe,” the most popular song of the summer. No; this one reminded me of the rock anthems of the 80’s and 90’s.

So when I heard a commentator suggest that this song, “We Are Young,” by the band Fun, could work as an anthem for the Olympics, I looked up the lyrics. I already knew the chorus: “We are young; so let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun.”

As someone who often played sports with Queen’s “We Are the Champions” playing in the background, I assumed this was one of those “seize the moment” and “we can do it” songs. But the rest of the lyrics were anything but: “My friends are in the bathroom getting higher than the Empire State” and “If by the time the bar closes, you feel like falling down, I’ll carry you home tonight.”

That’s what setting the world on fire means? Scottish writer and politician Andrew Fletcher was right when he said, “If a man were permitted to write the ballads of a nation, he need not care who writes its laws.”

My friend David Eaton, who leads a terrific worldview ministry for students called Axis, says “We Are Young” is like so many other songs that focus on the here and now: dissassociating actions today with consequences tomorrow. Get drunk, get high tonight, but no worries about waking up tomorrow with a pregnant girlfriend, or a drug habit, or being unable to hold down a job.

This sort of postmodern fantasy—that ideas don’t have consequences—dangerously resonates in the minds and hearts of young people. In fact, Rolling Stone called the performance of “We Are Young” the defining singalong moment of one of the largest music festivals this summer.

But the immorality is only part of the problem, and celebrating the drunken bar scene isn’t what bothers me most about “We Are Young.” Most troubling is how this lifestyle is portrayed as not even really meaningful, but as all that’s left because there’s nothing significant to live for.

In fact, another song by Fun called “Some Nights,” is no better. The video utilizes something as historically significant as a Civil War battle in order to sing, “So this is it? I sold my soul for this? Well, that is it guys, and that is all, five minutes in and I’m bored again.”

The rebellion of the past was a way of expressing youthful independence or personal toughness. The rebellion of today is doing anything in order to feel something, to cope with the sickening sense that life is ultimately meaningless.

Ravi Zacharias suggests that God created us with a sense of wonder that is ultimately only fulfilled in the wonder of Him. A generation without wonder, that has lost purpose, is one that needs a new anthem.

But what can we do about it? After all, you say, songs that promote immorality and nihilism have been around for decades. But folks, today’s songs are more blatant and more accessible than ever before. We went from “I want to hold your hand” in the 60’s to “I want to sex you up” in the 90’s to lyrics I can’t even mention today.

So please, talk with, not just at, your students about their entertainment. And if you need help, check out the work of Axis. David Eation and his Axis teams are more effective than any group I know in confronting students’ apathy toward ideas. Go to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and we’ll link you to their website.

We’ll also link you to today’s Two-Minute Warning, where I call on Christian professionals and business people to step up to the plate and engage culture. Because if we don’t, it won’t be long before faith will be banished from the public square. Again, that’s my Two-Minute Warning at BreakPoint.org.


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Christian Persecution in the U.S.

by Richard Rose 5. August 2012 08:16

This morning I metioned a couple of incidents of Christians being persecuted in our own country. When I got into my study this afternoon, this article was on the front page of Fox News webpage. What do you thinkg?

 

A Phoenix pastor who was jailed for holding a Bible study group on his private property is now holding one behind bars.
Michael Salman is serving a 60-day sentence in Maricopa County's notorious Tent City jail for allegedly violating his probation by holding religious services on his property in violation of zoning and building codes. He was arrested July 9, after authorities charged the one-time gang member hosted Bible sessions for as many 80 people on his 4-acre property, which he tried to claim as a tax-exempt church.
'I'm sure he'd do it all over again.'
- John Whitehead, lawyer for Michael Salman
"And I'm sure he'd do it all over again," attorney John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, told FoxNews.com.
In a sense, he is. Salman has assembled a Bible study group on site that has been attended by as many as 30 inmates, according to Whitehead. On Thursday, he was chosen to lead inmates in prayer for the anniversary of the Tent City jail, just before they dined on moon pies, according to a report.
The married father of six is an ordained pastor of Church of God in Christ and founder of Harvest Christian Fellowship. He and his family believe he has the right to worship at home on his private property.
"The only people who came to our home were family and friends," Salman said in a video posted online before he reported to jail this week. "Our home was not open to the public; it was private."
His wife, Suzanne Salman, said her husband's constitutional rights have been violated.
"Christians deserve the right to gather at their homes privately just like every other American has the right to gather for their reasons," she told FoxNews.com.
But the city rejects the idea that Salman is doing time for saving souls.
"The case is about the building that is used for regular assembly does not meet construction and fire code requirements for assembly," Phoenix officials said in a statement.
The outdoor facility where Salman is now being held was incorporated with the county jail in 1993 in order to house a growing number of inmates. Whitehead said the conditions are hellish.
"It's like a Guantanamo facility," Whitehead said. "It can get up to 140 degrees out there ... putting someone in Tent City for violating zoning laws is insane."
Salman has done hard time before. The former gang member was arrested for a drive-by shooting as well as being charged with impersonating a police officer. His neighbors say the physically imposing Salman makes them nervous, despite his status as a changed man.
Homeowners Association President Mike Simms told FoxNews.com Salman applied for a permit to build a game room on his property, but installed pew-like seats and a pulpit. Salman has responded by saying "game room" was the best description available for what they were building.
Salman is scheduled to be released Sept. 9, but Whitehead hopes to win an early release for his client.

 



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Sexuality from a Biblical perspective

by Richard Rose 2. August 2012 03:34

It seems as if we are in a battle in America to define sexual practice. Well, this article addresses the issue for us.

 

A Better Road Map
God's Plan for Sexuality

Eric Metaxas - August 02, 2012

My friend and mentor Chuck Colson used to say over and over that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is “the great proposal.” Not only is it, as he wrote in his book “The Faith,” an invitation for “one and all — black, white, rich, poor,” to the great wedding feast; it’s also an invitation to human flourishing, to a better way of life, here and now.

That’s because the Christian faith understands human beings for what we truly are: Made in the very image of God, possessors of a weighty and eternal dignity, but nonetheless fallen. And, left to our own devices, we are prone to, well, mess things up.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of human sexuality. Just take a look around. I’ll spare you all the statistics, but you know the carnage the sexual revolution and sexual “liberation” have left in their wake: soaring divorce rates, the breakup of families, abortion, teen pregnancy, AIDS and a host of sexually transmitted diseases, and on and on.

And of course our culture has become astoundingly vulgar when it comes to sexuality.

You’d almost think a group of particularly bad eighth-grade boys were making most of the decisions about what TV shows, movies, and songs were being made.

Part of the reason for the mess, of course, is that modern culture denies that we humans — our bodies included — are anything more than a mere product of random chance, a potpourri of atoms, molecules, and stuff. With nothing beyond this life, pleasure becomes the main goal; use your body however you want.

This is so beneath the dignity of human beings made in the image of God. Human beings whose very bodies — like Jesus’s body — will be resurrected at the last day.

But maybe the worse part about all of this is that sex is actually one of the truly precious and great gifts that God has given to us. It is part and parcel of His road map to human flourishing and human happiness. Yet we humans decided to blaze our own trail.

And, because we’ve strayed from the map, we’ve messed things up.

This is a hugely important topic these days, which is why my BreakPoint colleague John Stonestreet has spent four weeks on the "Two Minute Warning" discussing sexual brokenness. And today, he talks about the road map back to sexual wholeness — for us as individuals, as a Church, and as a society. I urge you, go to ColsonCenter.org to hear and see what John has to say about God’s plan for human sex and about cultivating virtue and accountability within the Church.

If you’ve missed John’s other three installments, not to worry. We’ve gathered his “Two-Minute Warning” videos onto a flash drive. And we’ve included a brilliant series and small group study written by Colson Center theologian T. M. Moore. T. M. lays out the biblical understanding of the goodness, the richness, and the beauty of human sexuality as God intended it — and how it ultimately points to God’s love for us.

We’ve called the series “Sexual Brokenness,” and you can get it at ColsonCenter.org.

The goodness, the richness, and the beauty of conjugal love between a husband and wife, within the context of God’s loving plan for families, for society, and for the Church — these are the things we Christians simply must model for a sexually broken world. And for the sexually broken within our own ranks.

That, of course, is only a part of the great proposal of Christianity that Chuck talked about. But now more than ever, it’s an extraordinarily important part.


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