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Pentecost Seventh Sunday-B

18 Jul

Nursing Homes
There is a great need for workers to minister to those in nursing homes. Many are away from family, friends, and familiar surroundings. Many are no longer able to take care of themselves or do many things they used to do. In addition, many of those there are facing death and need to deal with it. Like young people, they are facing a transition and are making decisions that will impact, not only the rest of their life (short as that may be), but where they will spend eternity. Many are open to hearing the hope of the Gospels. Many have lost loved ones who may be Christians but they themselves aren’t. Also, many have no family or friends nearby and have no visitors. They welcome those who come to visit. Many enjoy visits from children (though some don’t so be sure and check first) It’s a good way to teach children to minister to others and children often enjoy it as well.

 

Pentecost-Seventh Sunday-July 18-A

18 Jul

College Students-Students, brought up in the church, are often away from home for the first time when they leave for college. They are bombarded with secular teaching causing them to question what they believe and often do not get any support for their Christian beliefs. Without support from their parents, many drift away from church and their Christian beliefs. It is important for them to connect with a church near campus and a Christian organization on campus to support them in finding adequate answers to support their faith. Parents can research what organizations have branches on campus and what churches are nearby. In addition, parents can notify a church near campus and Christian organizations on campus that their child is on campus so they can attempt to contact their child. If you live near a college campus, you can support Christian organizations on campus and provide Christian activities for students. Liberals are trying to prevent Christian organizations on many college campuses from using campus facilities and such organizations may soon have to turn to churches near campus for facilities to meet.

 

Politics-A-AX

18 Jul

The Democrats are quick to label President Trump racist because he told the four “obnoxious” freshman representatives that they can go back where they came from if they are not happy here, just because the four are not White. That isn’t racist, that makes common sense that if you come here and aren’t happy, you are free to leave. You won’t find that in a lot of countries. Many places would put you in jail to rot. The fact is, the four are enjoying all the benefits of living in a free country and getting rich off their salaries and they don’t want to leave. They want to stay and make this country like their home country where you don’t have the freedom to complain and you can’t get rich while criticizing the one who pays them. The difference is that in their home country, they were controlled by someone else, where here they have the opportunity of controlling others. There are plenty of people who would love to live here and help us build a greater country, we don’t need people who want to come here and destroy it.

 
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Politics-A-AW

18 Jul

Democratic candidates are falling over themselves in trying to buy votes. They are offering Hispanics free admittance to the country and citizenship and offering Blacks up to $25,000 as a down-payment to help them buy a house. They are also offering everyone free health care and a free college education, regardless of whether they are here legally or not. However, since nothing is ever free, they know they can never deliver on their promises without massive taxes that would bankrupt millions of hard working Americans and cause a massive debt that would totally bankrupt the country. The problem is, millions of people think they can get all this free stuff and have someone else pay for it, not realizing that they are one of those people who will have to pay for it. People a fast getting the idea that government can do anything we would like to do but can’t afford, because the government has an endless supply of money. To cover the expense, the government would have to print more money (pushing up the cost of everything we buy), increase our taxes (which we can’t afford now), or charge it to the nation’s account and increase the national debt (it can’t even pay the interest now, let alone pay on the principle).

 
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Gay Rights-4-F

18 Jul

Mr. Phillips, the Colorado baker, is being sued a third time for refusing to bake a cake for an occasion that violates his conscience. In spite of winning his first case before the Supreme Court, the courts continue to accept the cases and prosecute them in violation of the Supreme Court ruling. The Oregon baker and Washington florist both went to the Supreme Court which said they already ruled on it and the States needed to respect their decision. However, the fact is that the States are not respecting their decision and Christians are being threatened in spite of the Supreme Court running. It is important for voters to verify the stand politicians and judges take on respect for the rule of law. Laws mean nothing if they aren’t enforced. You can’t depend on what they tell you, you must look at their voting record.

 
 

Gay Rights-2-L

18 Jul

The Supreme Court refused to hear the case of individuals using the bathroom of their preference which allows males to use girls bathrooms merely by claiming to be female. By so-doing, they have allowed the practice to continue, jeopardizing the safety of women and girls. How many women and girls will have to be raped or molested before parents, taxpayers, and voters become concerned enough to act. The media doesn’t report these incidents but those involved need to. Students and their parents need to boycott schools, parents need to boycott stores, and voters need to vote out politicians and school board members and repeal school tax levies until schools and stores begin to get the picture that the 98% of straight people pay their salaries, not the 2% of Gays. Men need to stand up and protect their wives and daughters and women need to stand up and protect themselves and their daughters.

 
 

Pentecost-Sixth Sunday-July 14

12 Jul

Trailer park/apartment complex ministry-When I was first starting out, I was asked to help a Presbyterian Church that was dying. After I got the church back on its feet and it felt it could call a full time pastor, my wife and I bought a small trailer and moved into a nearby trailer park while we sought the Lord for direction. Several in the park knew I was a pastor and asked me to start a Bible study. We started visiting those who lived in the park and within three months, we had three small house churches started. Many residents have no friends or family nearby and are seeking fellowship but there is nothing for them. Families living in the park or complex can start small groups in their home by getting to know their neighbors and inviting them to join them. Children in such parks and complexes often have little to do and eagerly attend outside Bible Stories. However, residents and managers are often very suspicious of groups outside the park who come in and try to get residents to come to their church so it helps to have someone living in the complex. Such parks and complexes now often have community rooms available for residents to meet in when the group outgrows an apartment or trailer or when residents want to hold activities for children or families.

 

Gun Control-B-D

12 Jul

I found out one time how far reaching unrestrained bureaucracies can be. My wife and I moved into a trailer park when my son was a preschooler. One day my wife and I were called in by Children’s Services on a complaint for abusing our son. The worker told us that no parent has the right to discipline a child. Nothing was said about physical punishment the implication was that it included all punishment. We were told that only Children’s Services has that right. They didn’t tell us who complained but the park owner soon informed us that our neighbor had probably done it. Our neighbor could often be heard verbally abusing their preschool daughter but were afraid that their neighbors might report them so when someone moved in next door, they would call the police and make false accusations to get their neighbors to move away so there wouldn’t be anyone close enough to hear the abuse. Eventually, the police would no longer respond to their complaints. At that time, I was distributing posters detailing how to report cases of child abuse so they figured Children’s Services might respond since the police would not and they were right because Children’s Services didn’t know about their history of making false reports. Fortunately, Children’s Services learned about their history of doing it and did not pursue it, but many people aren’t so fortunate.

 

Gun Control-B-C

12 Jul

We are seeing how dangerous the “Red Flag” laws are as States begin to enact and implement them. Under the law, someone can report that you have a gun and pose a danger to an individual or the community and your gun will be taken away and you name “flagged” so you can never purchase or own a gun again. There is no trial or court proceedings, it is all done administratively with no way to prove your innocence. As expected, the law is being used by people to get revenge on someone in a dispute. People no longer settle disputes by working out their differences, neighbors now call the police and make a false report, those seeking a divorce now charge the former spouse with physically or sexually abusing the children, and now they can call the police and report you as a threat to someone, and there is no trial or court opportunity to defend yourself. Our society no longer believe in innocent until proven guilty, it now assumes guilt without opportunity to defend yourself as we are seeing in the recent accusations against politicians where accusations are being made in the media instead of through the courts where they can defend themself.

 

Politics-A-AV

12 Jul

In addition, George Orwell in his book “1984” predicted widespread government surveillance of the people. The book talked about posters of the leader everywhere to remind people that the government was watching them and monitoring their activities, much as is common in Russia and China. Many laughed it off at the time but he has been proved to be very accurate. He predicted large TV’s that could monitor a room and everyone in it. Now we hear of hand held phones which have chips that allow someone to monitor your location. We are even hearing of cars that can be tracked through a computer chip in the car. Many stores, offices, factories, and homes have security cameras and many streets and highways now have security cameras to help monitor people’s movements. There are also satellites in space with cameras so powerful that they can read the headlines of a newspaper you are reading. While it is all promoted as a way to make us safer, it could be dangerous in the wrong hands. In addition, we now have facial recognition software. This software is now being used in security areas and at airports and train stations. A while ago there was a show on TV where a number of couples were offered a reward if they could evade capture for a certain period of time. The show tracked them as the producers sought to find them. I didn’t see the end so I don’t know if they all got caught, but only one was still at large when I had to leave. The ways they had access to, not being law enforcement personnel, was frightening. Add to that the sources available to law enforcement personnel, and it is downright scary what people know about you and how they can track your movements. Add to that, a microchip imbedded in your hand or forehead, and it could enable a dictator to control a country far better than Russia or China ever could.

 
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