10:00 p.m…..We just got home a few minutes ago. We had a special prayer meeting tonight for the revival. There was a small number there, but it was a good time of prayer. I don’t think there is any aspect of this revival that has not been bathed in prayer. It was a really good feeling to have that much serious prayer going on. This was the get down on your knees kind of prayer from the spirit.
Then Beth, Dave, Andy and I practiced our music. Andy is our pianist, and the other 3 of us are our praise team. Beth will be doing the special music Sunday morning, and it will be me Sunday night. We aren’t a big church with a band, but we are doing what we can with what we have. And God will use it.
This is the song we are opening with Sunday night. We use it in the Easter play as Jesus (that would be Brandon) comes back up to take his throne. We even do a similar little light show. This is Third Day and Agnus Dei:
I’m experimenting. Ethan…if you notice that I’ve been to your site multiple times, I have. I’ve been talking to Joseph, from the Xanga team, about the comment boxes that show up when you leave a mini. To me, they appear to be white, and if the text is white, you can’t read it without highlighting. I gave him some examples, and he said they appear translucent to him.
I have noticed that a couple of times, when I have left a mini on Ethan’s site, they first appear white, and then change to gray, which I assume to be the white combined with his black background. Somehow the white of the comment box does not seem to override the black. The boxes should appear translucent.
Joseph suggested it could be the browser, so I switched to Firefox, and they do appear to be translucent. I don’t want to hear it from those of you who have been telling me Firefox is superior. I don’t like the way my page looks on Firefox.
I just wondered if anybody else sees the comment box as white, so that you have to highlight the box to read it.
Carolyn (RazeHell) has a good post today…..In the Beginning….
|You Are a Colon|
You are very orderly and fact driven.
You aren’t concerned much with theories or dreams… only what’s true or untrue.
You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.
You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren’t subject to whim or emotions.
Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.
(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)
You excel in: Leadership positions
You get along best with: The Semi-Colon
We are having some computer trouble. We probably need a new video card. The one we have is not that old, but it was not the best one, either.
I wondered if all of you are aware of a fairly new feature. It’s the “reply” feature on comments. If you hit reply and then type a comment in reply to somebody else’s comment, it sends an email to that person that your comment has been replied to. It’s a handy feature, because that way you don’t have to keep going back to that post to see if anybody has replied to your comment. I was noticing that not everybody uses that feature.
Gosh….”France” sure likes 1) the wedding pics on my blog, and 2) pics of my kitchen.
Dr. Dobson Outraged by California Ruling Banning Home Schooling
Focus chairman calls it an ‘all-out assault on the family.’
A state appeals court has decided California parents without teaching credentials do not have a right to home-school their children.
The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling could affect up to 200,000 home-schooled students in the state.
“The court is guilty of an imperious assault on the rights of parents,” said Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family. “How dare these judges have the audacity to label tens of thousands of parents criminals — the equivalent to drug dealers or pickpockets — because they want to raise and educate their children according to their deeply held values?
“The case before them involved one couple — the ruling should have been confined to that one couple, not used to punish an entire class of people, the vast majority of them religious conservatives.”
According to the Home School Legal Defense Association, California is set to become the only state to deny the vast majority of home schooling parents their fundamental right to teach their children at home. The group will file an amicus brief in the case.
Dr. Dobson said Focus on the Family will do whatever it can to get the ruling overturned and to restore the basic rights of parents in California to determine how their children are educated.
“This is an all-out assault on the family, and it must be met with a concerted effort to defend parents and their children,” he said. “We will team with key allies and use every means at our disposal to make sure that not just every Californian, but every American, is aware of this miscarriage of justice. We will encourage them, by the hundreds of thousands, to make their voices heard on this matter.
“And we’re hopeful that, in the end, common sense and legal sanity will prevail.”
Dr. Dobson will discuss the ruling on his Friday radio broadcast.
Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said the court’s timing is horrible.
“This takes away recourse from thousands of parents in California who want to escape the government-enforced indoctrination in public schools,” she said. “The Legislature recently passed a law that basically ensures that students get a one-sided, positive portrayal of homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage.’ “
We are asking concerned citizens across America to sign a petitionasking the state Supreme Court to “depublish” the case, which means to apply the case to the family involved — not to all California families.
Exclusive Club Has One Requirement: 50 Years of Marriage
Couples demonstrate to younger generations the importance of good choices.
Colorado’s Lawrence and Evelyn Tyree are part of an elite group of Americans: They have been married for 65 years.
Now they’re being recognized by Goldenaires, a group for couples who have been married 50 years or longer.
So what’s their secret to a lifelong marriage?
“Certainly the fundamental strength of a long marriage is to be in love in the first place — truly in love with each other,” Lawrence Tyree said.
Evelyn Tyree said: “We have been churchgoers all our lives, and I think that makes a difference, too.”
That message of love and longevity is what Ken and Barbara Boucher of Florida hope to pass along with the Goldenaires.
“We arrived at the name because we celebrated our golden anniversary, and we’re heirs of a wonderful life of 50 years together,” Barbara Boucher said.
Ken Boucher said: “We hope that we will demonstrate to younger generations the importance of making good choices in the beginning.”
Goldenaires hopes to develop seminars and support groups to encourage marriage.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit the Goldenaires Web site.
Temporary Insanity on Mental Health Bill
Yesterday, the House bill that would force businesses to provide health care for mental “conditions” like necrophilia, pedophilia, cross-dressing, and gender identity confusion passed by a comfortable 120-vote margin, 268-148. The legislation now heads to conference where the House and Senate will try to agree on some form of compromise before sending it to President Bush, who has already indicated that he would veto the House version. Although FRC doesn’t fully support the Senate bill, it does not mandate (as the House version does) that employers offer coverage to people who need therapy because of their extreme sexual lifestyle. We will continue to fight for the inclusion of a conscience clause, which would exempt businesses who find the long list of mental “illnesses” morally objectionable. Without an exemption, there’s a real danger that mental health treatment could be used as a loophole to provide coverage for abortion. For these reasons, FRC encourages you to contact your leaders and urge them to protect employers’ rights.
‘Gauled’ by Maryland’s PRC Smear Campaign
Yesterday, Maryland’s Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on a bill that would require the state’s pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs), or crisis pregnancy centers, to post a disclaimer about their services. SB 690 would force pregnancy resource centers to tell women who contact them that the centers are “not required to provide factually accurate information to clients.” Representatives from NARAL, who lobbied for the bill, cited a recent report conducted by young women who visited pregnancy centers posing as girls with unplanned pregnancies. In reality, the report was a weak attempt to disgrace the good work of PRCs. Senators were quick to question its validity based on its small numbers, and due to the fact that no real clients had been interviewed for feedback. FRC’s Director of Women’s and Reproductive Health, Moira Gaul, testified on the negative impact the bill would have on women’s health. In particular, she elaborated on how it would undermine the effectiveness in linking women to vital community, healthcare, and support services. Attorneys from the Thomas More Society, Care Net, and others spoke against the bill, citing its unconstitutionality and stating that it would never hold up in court of law. Scores of pregnancy center personnel also testified, including registered nurses, licensed social workers, medical doctors, and licensed psychologists to show that it would violate their professional ethics to provide factually inaccurate information to clients. In total, over 45 people came to testify against the bill. NARAL’s weak attempt to devalue the amazing services PRCs provide was clearly evident as the professionalism, compassion and care of PRC workers shined throughout the lengthy hearing.
Dems’ Indecent Proposals
Congress is getting a head start on next year’s budget after its knock-down, drag-out fight over the current plan. With the bickering over the FY08 budget lasting well into the calendar year, both the House and Senate Democrats are unveiling new proposals that could divide the parties even further in an already combative election season. Led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), liberals have based their budget entirely on the assumption that President Bush’s tax cuts will expire, which would result in a massive, multi-billion dollar surplus for Congress–and the biggest tax hike in history for the American people. Although a lot is riding on the priorities of the next administration, the Democrats’ current plan includes massive spending on education, transportation, and energy. Adding to taxpayers’ misery, it looks like the powerful Congressional Progressive Caucus’s solution for the economy is socialism. The liberal group is pushing for a second stimulus package that would do nothing but stimulate its own welfare agenda. The Caucus’s budget would boost funding for food stamps, public works, unemployment insurance, and Medicaid spending by a whopping $40-60 billion. President Bush has promised to veto any bill that exceeds his spending limit, but don’t put it past the Left to wait the 43rd President out simply to make a political point. Unless the conservatives wage an all-out war for tax cut permanency, that political point will come at the economy’s expense.
Anthropologists Agree on Traditional Definition of Marriage
‘A family is a unit that draws from the two types of humanity, male and female.’
There are two definitions of marriage in today’s culture — one of them has been around for centuries; the other is brand new.
Glenn Stanton, director of global family formation studies at Focus on the Family, said there’s a clear consensus among anthropologists.
“A family is a unit that draws from the two types of humanity, male and female,” he said. “Those two parts of humanity join together, create new life and they both cooperate in the legitimization of the child, if you will, and the development of the child.”
Maggie Gallagher, co-founder and president of the National Organization for Marriage, said gay activists want to change the definition of marriage because they say the traditional definition is irrational and bigoted.
“What does that mean down the road, if the idea that our ideas about marriage and about sexual morality generally make us the exact equivalent of bigots?” she asked.
“You can’t have a professional license in this country — you can’t be a physician, a social worker, a teacher, a lawyer, a psychotherapist, a marriage counselor — if you’re openly racist.”
Embryo Adoption Gives Couples a Chance to Become Parents
An estimated 400,000 tiny embryos remain frozen in the U.S.
Couples who have had children through in vitro fertilization often are left with additional frozen embryos. Other couples who choose to adopt these embryos have a good chance of becoming pregnant. That’s according to a study published in the online journal Fertility and Sterility.
Of the women in the study who received donated embryos, 35.5 percent carried at least one baby to term. When women use their own frozen embryos, that number varies from 22 percent to 32 percent.
“We wanted to know the pregnancy rates were because that would be a very important thing to be able to tell a couple, especially since we’re trying to promote this as a life-affirming option,” co-author Dr. Reginald Finger said.
“The message that it sends us is, that if a couple want to adopt an embryo, they have got a good chance of having a baby.”
An estimated 400,000 embryos are frozen in storage in the U.S. Proponents of embryonic stem-cell research claim those embryos will die anyway and should be used for research.
Not so, said Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, medical director of the National Embryo Donation Center.
“We’ve had embryos that have been frozen for 14 years that have resulted in normal pregnancies and children,” he said. “We don’t have a time limit on how long these embryos can be frozen.”