Friday, November 27, 2009

A Thanksgiving Post

Today is Thanksgiving.  A great day to focus on the things you are thankful for.  When you think of all the things you are thankful for, what comes to mind first?  Is it family or friends?  Is it that you have a job or are doing well in school?  Is it that you have a car or even better have unlimited texting on your phone?

Those are all great things to be thankful for.  How thankful are you for Christ sacrifing Himself for your sins compared to your cell phone?  If I were to look at your life, could I see that you care more for Christ than your phone? 

Take the opportunity today to be thankful for the love of Christ and for everything you have.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In Today's Day and Age, Why Give Thanks?

"Do you really expect people to give thanks this weekend"

"Don't you know what the economy is like?"

"Don't you know what this new health care bill can do to our taxes?"

"Don't you know about the flooding that happened in Georgia?"

"Don't you know about the killings at Fort Hood?"

"Don't you know about the H1N1 virus taking lives and ruining many more?"

"Don't you know about the Philippines Massacre, where now 46 people were murdered for political gain?"

"You don't even know the struggles I go through...suicidal thoughts, depression, anger, failing grades, my parents always on my case, siblings are a pain."

I bet you can think of a thousand different things going on in either the world or your own life, that you may say, "What can I be really thankful for?"

Among a thousand hardships or trials or call it whatever you like, there is one reason to be thankful.  Jesus Christ came to the earth, died on a cross to pay for YOUR sins, for the purpose of glorifying God and so that YOU can conquer over sin and death (John 3:16).

What a truly amazing thing to be thankful for.  For those of us who have eternal salvation, will one day escape the sin of this world.  We have a hope of one day being without sickness, never again experiencing death, and reigning with Christ. 

Without Christ, what have you to be thankful for? 

With Christ, what have you to be thankful for?

Turn to Christ this weekend.  Thank Him, because EVERY good thing you have comes from God (James 1:17).

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lord's Day Today

It's always a joy to be with the people of God, worshiping the One who purchased our sins on the cross.  Praising the One who conquered over death so that we might be able to live for Him (I Corinthians 5:14-15).  PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Health Care Bill & Abortion

There are many misconceptions out there in regards to abortions. The "talking heads" who are desiring for the Health Care Bill to be passed even with the "Stupak-Pitts" Ammendment attached to it. This ammendment essentially states that with the new Health Care Bill, none of the taxpayers dollars will pay for, subsidize, or in any way help in aborting babies.

"Obama told ABC News on Monday. "And I want to make sure that the provision that emerges meets that test -- that we are not in some way sneaking in funding for abortions, but on the other hand that we're not restricting women's insurance choices." - Fox News

This goes to show that the woman's right to choose outweighs the child's right to life. On the one hand President Obama doesn't want ANY money from this bill to help fund abortions, but on the other hand he doesn't want women to be restricted as to whether they want to kill their child or not based on money that will help them.

Now we get to the misconceptions, because many people will say, "What about the women who can't afford a baby or want to abort because of rape?" Here are some abortion statistics .

Who's having abortions (income)?
Women with family incomes less than $15,000 obtain 28.7% of all abortions; Women with family incomes between $15,000 and $29,999 obtain 19.5%; Women with family incomes between $30,000 and $59,999 obtain 38.0%; Women with family incomes over $60,000 obtain 13.8%.

That's right 38% abort who make $30,000-60,000. A total of 71.3% make over %15,000 (a little under the average salary for a school teacher).

Why women have abortions
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).

93% of babies are killed because of "social reasons". It might not be popular for them to have a child, the child's life is inconvenient to them, or they simply didn't bother to think that their might be consequences from their actions. There are about 3,700 abortions committed each day. That means 3,341 of those are aborted for "social reasons" each day.

From that statistic, how many of those babies who are killed for social reasons, will be supported by yours and my tax dollars if this stupak ammendment doesn't slide by?

I don't often get political, but when my money, that I work for might end up helping a mother kill her child, I have to stand up for life. After personally living through the death of our unborn child and the pain that we went through, there is NO WAY that I will help others kill their unborn children.

NewsNote: Muslim Creationists and Western Elites -- Get Out Much?

NewsNote: Muslim Creationists and Western Elites -- Get Out Much?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mormon Church Backs Gay Rights

Taken from USA Today

“The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage,” Michael Otterson, the director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said.

Once again, we find out that the Mormon Church caves in to the pressure of the media pressure and the “popular” thing to do.

If you can remember back to “Proposition 8” in California that said marriage should only be between a man and a woman. The Mormon Church put a ton of money into advertising in support of this proposition. Much to their dismay, the Mormon Church came under much scrutiny.

“with many protesting outside temples that singled out Mormons as the key culprits in restricting the rights of gay couples.” says USA Today.

So it is obvious that the Mormon Church officially stood (emphasis on the past tense) in opposition to gay marriage.

NOW, they are backing gay marriage rights. Hmmmm…why would they do this? Let’s briefly look into their history of doing this same thing.

POLYGAMY It is still in the scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants 132:60-66 that a man can have many wives. And these scriptures are supposedly “directly from God”. Then supposedly God conveniently changed His mind as we find out in the Manifesto to outlaw plural marriage (1890). I use the word “conveniently”, because this matter of polygamy was the only reason Utah was held from being a part of the United States and the U.S. armed forces was going to overtake them for being law breakers by practicing polygamy. So it was under the pressure from the U.S. that they changed their position. Then Utah became a state 6 years later.

RACISM Brigham Young (their prophet who supposedly speaks for God) said in his Journal of Discourses that black people are cursed and can never hold their Priesthood. This means that they can never be a part of the Mormon Church. He says that they are a cursed people and commanded that no white people be married to black people. This is quite different from where they stand today. When I visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City, there was a diversity among the Mormon Missionaries, black, white, hispanic, asian, etc. I asked how this could be if their prophet said that they are a cursed people. To which the missionary responded by saying something to the effect of, “they didn’t know any better back then.” Wait a minute. If Young speaks for God, that means God didn’t know any better back then.

All these things show a big lie that is told among the Mormon Church: Lie #1: Their Prophets speak for God.

Truth #1: God has not changed and will never change (James 1:17). What is a sin 5,000 years ago will be a sin 5,000 years into the future. Therefore their Prophets can not be speaking for God, since they change with the culture around them.

It is also interesting that even though their “position” as a church has changed, they still keep those false scriptures in their books. If they take them out, they are admitting that Joseph Smith prophesied falsely. If they leave them in, True Believers can point them to those areas to show them their lies. Either way, it’s bad news for the Mormon Church.

Pray for the Mormons that they might see the grace of Jesus Christ that can only had in faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

New Blog

I am starting this new blog because of the feedback that i got from the survey. I will post blogs on this site, and then transfer them onto the new Youth TEAM profile on facebook. So if you become a friend of "Youth TEAM", then when new blogs are posted in its status, you will see it pop up in your status updates when you check your facebook. I hope that this will be a help to you.