Friday, January 29, 2010

Haiti Donations

This is a real interesting site that tracks who has given what to Haiti thus far
http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1001/haitian-aid/flash.html

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

37 years of Roe v. Wade

(I found this on http://takeyourvitaminz.blogspot.com/)

Roger Nicole’s Letter to Justice Blackmun on Roe v. Wade


James Grant writes:
Justice Harry Blackmun was the author of Roe v. Wade, and when he retired in 1994, Roger Nicole, Professor of Theology (Emeritus) at Reformed Theological Seminary and long-time professor at Gordon-Conwell, sent him the following letter [HT: Bayly Blog]:

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April 13, 1994

Mr. Justice Harry A. Blackmun
United States Supreme Court
Washington, D.C.

Your Honor:

The Orlando Sentinel reports that in the prospect of your impending retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court you are wondering what you will be remembered for…

To my mind nothing else that you ever have done can approximate the impact of your support of the majority opinion of the Court in the case of Roe vs. Wade.

This has opened the door to millions of abortions…
for the sake of expediency or selfish motives. It has encouraged millions of women and thousands of physicians to participate in this murderous course.

In 4 B.C. Herod the Great ordered the killing of perhaps a few dozens of babies, but his name remains famous for this “massacre of the innocents” (Matthew 2:16).

In the Civil War of 1861-65, one of the bloodiest on record in terms of the size of the armies involved, there were perhaps close to 500,000 casualties. But Roe vs. Wade has made already 30 million victims since 1973, and this number grows every day.

In World War II, the USA suffered somewhat more than 400,000 deaths due to the conflict: this is only 1/75th of the number of the abortion hecatomb.

In the Viet Nam hostilities there were some 60,000 fatalities. You would need 500 Viet Nam walls, enough to encircle the whole of D.C., to record those put to death by abortion.

The infamous holocaust engineered by the Nazis brought death to some 6,000,000 Jews and other innocent people. The name of Hitler is inextricably associated with this monstrous atrocity. Yet Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald, Treblinka and others together exterminated only one-fifth of those whose life was snuffed out before birth by Roe vs. Wade.

The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor cased the death of 2,300 Americans, and President Roosevelt, who surely cannot be accused of being politically right wing, stigmatized this occasion by calling it “a day of infamy.” Now two “decades of infamy” have cost our nation a loss as great as 13,000 “Pearl Harbors.”

Rest assured, therefore, your Honor, that this legacy of yours will ever be remembered and that your name will be associated with it. And unless you repent, when you appear before the Supreme Court of God you may well hear the verdict, “Your brothers; [and sisters'] blood cries out to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10).

Sincerely,

Roger Nicole, Ph.D. (Harvard)

March for Life

Last Friday i went to Washington D.C. for the 'March for Life.'  It felt good to be there with a few 100,000 people taking a stand against this terrible law that has allowed the murder of millions.  I thought this video was excellent - it is not so much about abortion as it is about the value of life


99 Balloons from Igniter Media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Avatar is Boring!

I saw the blockbuster movie 'Avatar' recently and thought it was OK - i could understand all the hype - maybe its because i didn't see it in 3D. But i came across the nugget from John Piper.....

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This is Horrible!!

A Pact withthe Devil!?!?



By now most of you have heard what Pat Robertson said about Haiti. I listed some responses to him as well. The amazing thing to me is that Pastor Ronald (the pastor that runs light & peace - the missions we work with) told me the exact same story two years ago when i was visiting Haiti!



But to think that God 'curses' nations or has it out for one nation more than another is preposterous. What about all the Islamic nations worshipping a false god? Yet they are financially blessed? it is scary how this type of thinking can be prevalent in the church today.

Michael Horton writes (http://www.whitehorseinn.org/archives/331.html)

"If it were not so public (and doubtless, soon to be more so, as the secular media picks up on it), the latest inanity from TV evangelist Pat Robertson might be easily dismissed. However, once again the prosperity gospel’s strange brew has poured salt instead of salve into the wounds of the suffering.

In the clip, Pat Robertson attributes Haiti’s tragic poverty to “a pact with the devil.” This is no mere metaphor: Robertson believes that a Faustian bargain was struck with Satan, in exchange for the devil’s assistance in gaining independence from France. Just look at the evidence! Haiti shares the island with the Dominican Republic, yet one is poor and the other is prosperous (indeed, blessed with “many resorts”!)
What does this communicate to the wider world, especially to unbelievers who along with Christians are pouring out their hearts and financial support to these neighbors in need? A passage from Jeremiah 23 comes to mind:
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD…For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened…I did not send these prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied…Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘Thus says the LORD.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them.”


Check out these links as well:
http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2010/01/13/the-wit-and-wisdom-of-pat-robertson/

http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/01/14/does-god-hate-haiti/

http://www.blackandchristian.com/articles/academy/gelin-10-05.shtml

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pictures from Haiti

check out these pictures from the earthquake in Haiti
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/01/earthquake_in_haiti.html

Help Haiti

As many of you know our church - First Congregational Church of Chester - in home to DAYSPRING which is a mission to Haiti. And as all of you know Haiti was hit with a terrible earthquake this week. If you would like to help i would urge you to donate to the Dayspring relief fund.
WHY DAYSPRING?


1. because 99% of all your money goes to Haiti
2. because your money will be used for both physical and spiritual needs
3. because your donation will be used by Haitian pastors & churches that live there and know the needs


Donations to the Dayspring Ministries Relief Fund can be sent to:
Dayspring Ministries
200 Lamerson Road
Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-6116



Friday, January 8, 2010

Christianity Today Interviews Brit Hume

Came accrross this interview with Brit Hume concerning his comments about Tiger Woods.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/januaryweb-only/11-42.0.html

Here is a quote:
"I don’t want to practice a faith that I’m afraid to proclaim. I don’t want to be a closet Christian. I’m not going to stand on the street with a megaphone. My principal responsibility at Fox News isn’t to proselytize. But occasionally a mention of faith seems to me to be appropriate. When those occasions come, I’ll do it."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Bible Memory Challenge

I have set a high bar this year for our church. Last year the challenge was to read through the New Testament & everyone did so well at that i decided to up the ante. How about learn a verse a week? The easy verses most of us already know but have never memorized? I thought this was a great idea & i shared it with my pastor buddy, Joe Schinder, from Grace & he agreed and then proposed a competition. His church verses ours for who can learn the most verses. The gauntlet has been thrown done & accepted!



Here are the verses for 2010
(if you go to FCCC i need you to start memorizing!)

Jan 17      2 Tim 2:15
Jan 24      2 Timothy 3:16
Jan 31      Hebrews 4:12

Feb 7       Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Feb 14     Joshua 1:8-9
Feb 21     John 1:1
Feb 28     John 14:6


Mar 7       Philippines 2:5-8
Mar 14      I John 2:2
Mar 21      Joshua 24:15
Mar 28      Psalm 37:4-5


Apr 4        Matthew 11:28-29
Apr 11      Matthew 28:19-20 (Great Commission)
Apr 18     John 1:12
Apr 25     John 3:16


May 2      John 10:10
May 9      John 11:25
May 16    Acts 1:8
May 23    2 Corinthians 5:17
May 30    Ephesians 2:8-9


June 6      Revelation 3:20
June 13    Psalm 119:11
June 20    Proverbs 3:5-6
June 27    Romans 3:23 (Romans Road)

July 4      Romans 6:23 (RR)
July 11    Romans 5:8
July 18    Romans 10:9-10
July 25    Proverbs 14:12


Aug 1      Isaiah 53:6
Aug 8      Matthew 6:33
Aug 15    Matthew 22:37-39 (Great Commandment)
Aug 22    Luke 9:23
Aug 29    Romans 1:16


Sep 5      Romans 5:1
Sep 12    Romans 8:1
Sep 19    Romans 12:1-2
Sep 26    I Corinthians 10:13


Oct 3       I Corinthians 10:31
Oct 10    Galatians 2:20
Oct 17    Philippians 1:6
Oct 24    Philippines 4:6
Oct 31    Philippians 4:13



Nov 7      Philippines 4:19
Nov 14    Hebrews 10:24-25
Nov 21    Hebrews 11:1
Nov 28    James 1:2-4



Dec 5      I Peter 3:15
Dec 12    I Peter 5:8
Dec 19    I John 1:9
Dec 26    Jeremiah 29:11