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A Message of Hope

Posted in Church on March 30, 2009 by Justin

Please copy this post to your blog, retweet to your twitter friends, and invite all your facebook friends!!! It's going to make a real difference in the lives of those you know.

a message of HOPE multimedia Easter presentation/rock opera is about an average person searching through the struggles of everyday life for purpose and their place in the world. This production features the music of

  • Coldplay
  • Snow Patrol
  • Staind

This will be a unique event for everyone. Witness the life changing event on

Saturday April 11th at 6pm
&
Sunday April 12th at 9am, 11am, and 6pm
.

We’ll see you there! Share this and invite everyone you know!

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An Awesome Testimony

Posted in Church, MMA with tags on March 3, 2009 by Justin

I just read the testimony of Jed Leist that was posted on Matt-Hughes.com, in their forums section. (Original post.) This is a gentleman who at one point in time filed a false law suit against Hughes claiming permanent injury after being placed in a submission hold he requested for a picture. (more details can be found by following the link) After the jump I am going to include the letter that Leist recently sent to Hughes, in its entirety as posted at Matt-Hughes.com

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A few things going on.

Posted in Church, MMA, Political, sports(general), UFC, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2009 by Justin

North Carolina’s new Governor, Beverly Perdue gets sworn in on Saturday, becoming the first female governor for the state. I didn’t vote for her, and I don’t agree with her politics, but a first anything is usually something worth celebrating.

Israel is finally retaliating against Hamas for the tens of rockets that were lobbed daily into Israel, and for some reason a lot of people want to say that Israel is wrong. My stance is that if there were people in Mexico launching tens of rockets into the US every day, we would invade Mexico, so I have no problem with what Israel is doing.

One of PEBO’s (President Elect Barack Obama) cabinet picks has recounted his selection, due to investigations into his character. Is it just me or is this guy surrounded by corruption?

Global sea ice levels are now equal to those recorded 29 years ago. So much for Global Warming.

There is growing talk about placing GPS units in our cars to tax us on road usage. This is due to decreased revenue from gas taxes, resulting from more fuel efficient cars, and American’s driving less. First of all, I’m totally uninterested in paying by the mile. Secondly, I don’t want the government to be able to know where I’m at at all times.

The UFC is scheduled to hold six events in the next ten weeks, meanwhile T-Shirt guy has yet to put on his second event, though one is scheduled for January 24th. Yeah, they’re gonna bring down the UFC real soon. Also, I’m glad I never bought one of their over priced shirts.

Edit:

I forgot one thing. Thursday is the game to decide the NCAA disputed champion. Florida will be facing Oklahoma, as a result ESPN has several stories about the different teams. One story in particular caught my attention, its about Tim Tebow and the fact that he is the Christian he says he is.

on the state of American Christianity

Posted in Church, Political with tags , on December 13, 2008 by Justin

Nichole posted a blog that someone she knew had written, and then asked for responses, below is the comment I left in response.

I’m going to break my response down by concept.

“Christianity as a political facade”:
For those Christians that happen to be involved politically, or politicians that claim to be Christians this may be true in some cases, but for your average, everyday American Christian, like you or I this is simply not the case. Your average American Christian often doesn’t care about politics except every four years when the presidential beauty contest rolls around.

“the persons who founded this country were no more followers of Christ than the plane hijackers of Nine-Eleven.”:
In the cases of some of those people this is true, but others probably were really Christians. How can we 200+ years later look back on what was written about someone’s life and determine where their heart was with God. Especially when many people contest that its not our place to judge a persons salvation if they claim to be Christians when we know them on a personal level today.

“Christian’s duty to submit to authorities in the fourteenth chapter of Romans.”:
As this pertains to the people that were involved in the American revolution, these people chose to leave the authority of England for the Americas so they could live and worship freely, then England came along and tried to control what they did not establish. In addition, there were people in the American Colonies that did not come here from England, and somehow found themselves under British rule. The Revolutionary war was not about not submitting to authority, but rather if the country/people claiming authority really had that authority. Also, does submission to authority include supporting immorality? Its my personal opinion that the way the people living in the colonies were treated was immoral. They sent paper to diplomatically declare independence, and the British sent troops to kill them in response. The people that fought in the war were only acting in self defense, and in defense of their neighbors.

Selling our goods and not keeping storehouses:
The Bible also says that when we give our storehouses will be blessed, if we don’t have storehouses, they cannot be blessed. IRAs and 401ks also generate a source of income (fruit) if we have no income/fruit later in life when we may not be able to find employment because of our age; how can we tithe and give? If we don’t store up for ourselves by via retirement account (401k/IRA) then we’ll have to live off of social security, I thought we were supposed to look after ourselves and not be dependent on others. Or what about the fact that we are supposed to provide for our Children’s grandchildren; how can you accomplish this if you don’t have storehouses. In the passage in Luke 12 Jesus says, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed.” Not “be on your guard against having stuff.” Greed is defined as the love of money, not having money, or seeking to have money. Furthermore, it takes money to accomplish the things that God wants to accomplish, if we don’t have it, we can’t accomplish them. If you have been led to give, and you don’t in favor of putting money in your storehouse, that is a problem, but if you give what you are led to give, and still have money left to put in your storehouse, there is nothing wrong with that.

Christians being too busy fighting political battles to raise their kids and such:
This is only a select few. As I stated earlier, most Christians are mostly uninterested in these issues. However, the one’s that are *solely* interested in these issues are probably setting back the proper will of God which is to see the whole world come to know Him.

“stop whining that our tax dollars are going to support the undeserving and remember that Jesus’ blood was spilt for us who are thousand times more undeserving.”:
I agree that we should stop whining about it, the appropriate response is two fold. 1. Give to charities that effectively help those in need. 2. Go through the appropriate channels to lobby our government to decrease our tax burden, while maintaining respect for authority.

Leave it to Government to mess up a good thing.

Posted in Church, Political with tags , on October 9, 2008 by Justin

This post is in response to Pastor Steve’s post Absolutely Unbelievable.

I will start off by copying the comment I left on his blog, then expound.

While I disagree with you on some of the principal of the AIG issue, it is terrible that the Church cannot continue this program to help its members in light of all the handouts government has doled out lately. I would be interested to know on what grounds they could fine the Church for this program. I also hope there is a work around so that we can continue SOAR, without that threat. I’m sure that you already have people looking into that. Silly government, getting involved in everyone’s lives.

Why I disagree about AIG:
Whether or not the government should have bailed out AIG, I don’t know, and I haven’t done enough research into that issue. The reason I don’t have a problem with their spending on this retreat is as follows. “AIG insiders yesterday admitted after the hearing that the company paid for the retreat but said it was designed as a reward for a group of high performing self-employed life insurance agents – not AIG executives.” If AIG had not spent this money on this retreat for these agents, and another insurance firm approached these agents and said “AIG did not follow through on this reward for you, we won’t do that.” You would likely see a lot of agents no longer selling AIGs products, and therefore worsening AIG’s financial situation. Going through with this retreat was a business decision, and I think a good one.

Government handouts:
Not only did the government give billions of dollars to AIG, but they also have created the 700 billion dollar bailout that has done nothing so far. In addition we spend billions every year on entitlement programs such as unemployment, welfare, social security, etc., etc. that we get forced to pay for at gun point. Then when we try to, through a charitable organization, provide similar aid there’s all kinds of flaming hoops and red tape to go through. I think one of the driving reasons behind this is that people in government like the power they have, and want to 1. make sure they keep it, and 2. get more of it. If government controls peoples’ well being, via their income, via welfare they control the people. If the people have other organizations to depend on, LWFC for example, they will not depend on government as much. If they depend on government less, government has less control/power. If government has less power, government is not happy. Therefore they pass tax laws to ensure that people cannot get the aid they need from private charities and therefore have to depend on government. In addition, they take money that people may be willing to pay to private charities away, by taxing it away from them to pay for government programs before the people have a chance to donate it.

The Solution:
The Fair Tax. Under the Fair Tax all federal taxes would be paid through a national retail sales tax. There would be no need for the Church to worry about tax filing and tax laws and tax fines and all that stuff. There would be no need for people that give money to the church to worry about “writing off charitable donations”. All tax transactions and requirements would be satisfied every time you, the Church, or myself purchased a new good or service, the end. Our program continues, the taxes get paid on that money on those cards when the people buy goods from the store with those cards, everybody goes home happy, well everyone except government because they will obviously have much less power, but as far as I’m concerned that is a good thing.