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HAPPY NEW YEAR
CELEBRATION
 
TIME:  10PM
DATE:  DECEMBER 31, 2013
 
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WELCOMING
THE NEW YEAR
2013
 
BYOB

 

Praise the Lord, thank You Jesus my Gaaawwwdd.  I was delighted to receive an invitation to a New Years Party.  Praise the Lord.  I picked out a new outfit, it is not proper to wear the same garment to an event such as this twice.  I thank Jesus that I am wealthy and can afford to spend my money on so many new clothes and shoes.   As I have explained before as a true woman of Gaawwwdd it is important for us to always look our best.  Thank You Jesus, Praise His Holy Name.  Next was getting my hair done and my nails and toes.  Praise the Lord I wanted to look my best as I might find a new husband at this party.  After all Women of Gaawwwdd, Gaawwwdd did not intend us to live along.  As Christians we must remember we are to be married,  it is also a way to let others see what Gaawwwdd has blessed us with, when we have big weddings.
 
I picked up two bottles of  spirits as a gift to the host, and to be sure my favorite drink would be there and the invite did say BYOB.  Praise the Lord thank You Jesus my friend said she would drive.  It is always good to have a non-drinker driving so we can get our taste on.  I make sure, Praise the Lord thank You Gaawwwdd, that I attended church the last Sunday in the Old Year so I would be seen being faithful to Gaawwwdd.  Thanks to God above the Pastor finished his delightful sermon on healing so I could make it home in time for the football game, though my precious Saints lost.  Speaking of healing, this Pastor is good, but he has no sense in regard to healing, what would I do without this disability check the Lord my Gaawwwdd has blessed me with, I will continue to take my pills and get my check.  Gaawwwdd gave me wisdom to get what I can.  Hollalouya, Praise the Lord my Gaawwwdd.
 
My ride picked me up and I was thankful she ran a little late so I could, thank you Jesus, make my grand entrance.  I was blessed to see that my clothes were more stylist then others.  But my Gaawwwdd what was Apostle and his Pastor wife doing here.  Maybe they had come to say a Prayer before the celebration began.  You know we do need to thank Gaawwwdd for a New Year. My Gaawwwdd then I notice the music is praise and worship music and wait Jesus help me Lord ain’t this the people that attend church.  Well maybe Praise the Lord they have finally seen it is alright to celebrate with a party.  At least I have my drink with me, thank the Lord I did BYOB.  
 
Some one asks if my package is a gift for our hosts and I hand over my bottles.  Then I realize Lord help me Jesus what I have gotten myself into, this is a New Year Celebration in Christ.   As always becoming of a true women of Gaawwwdd I put on my church face and smile as we begin to pray.  
 
Thankfully church people being like they are, Praise the Lord Thank you Jesus, it was all over by 2 am.  We all know that is when the fun begins.  Hollalouya I was able to get to another party in time to get my drink on,  though I had to be careful as I was driving.  But I did not worry as the Lord my Gaawwwdd has my back and is the banner before me and I made it home safe.  I met a few possible men that could be husband material and gave out my number.  Praise the Lord if I married someone I want it to be someone I picked so we would have things in common, as long as his money is right.  Praise the Lord for that.
 
Well that was my New Year, and by the grace of Gaawwwdd I will know next year to remember BYOB means Bring Your Own Bible to some people. 
 
Praise the Lord and Be Blessed
Churchie 

 

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Anna Kuta, ReligionToday.com Editor

The Top 10 Christian News Stories of 2012

2012 was a year filled with politics and controversies, persecution and protests, tragedy and hope. Here are the stories the editors of ReligionToday.com believe most affected Christiansaround the world during the past 12 months.

1. The 2012 presidential election: In what some called the most consequential election in recent history, President Barack Obama won a second term as president of the United States. The election results, which drew diverse reactions from Christians around the world, revealed a deeply divided nation — not just at the political level, but at the worldview level. The results also showed fundamental changes to the American electorate: increased ethnic, cultural and ideological diversity, as well as increased secularization. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith was also a prominent issue during the campaign season, with many Christians questioning whether they could or should vote for a Mormon and with some ultimately abstaining from voting altogether. In the end, the moral shift of the nation was evident not just in the re-election of a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage president, but in the results of state ballot measures, such as historic wins for gay advocates in four states.

2. Massacre in Newtown, Connecticut: The nation and the world grieved along with the community of Newtown, Conn., after a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 and opened fire, killing 20 first-graders and six adults before killing himself. Just five months after 12 were killed in a movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Americans were once again left reeling and searching for answers in the face of tragedy. Christians once again bowed their knees in prayer and reached out to offer hope — while never forgetting to affirm the reality of human evil. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked,” Jeremiah 17:9 says. “Who can know it?”

3. The Chick-fil-A gay marriage controversy: When the president and CEO of Chick-fil-A expressed support for traditional marriage this summer, controversy erupted. “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Dan Cathy said. “… We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family.” In response to a media storm and threats of boycotts from supporters of gay marriage, supporters of Chick-fil-A packed restaurants around the country on Aug. 1 for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” propelling the company to a record-setting day. Chick-fil-A has continued to thrive in the months since it first came under fire.

4. Christian prisoners freed: The stories of three Christians whose sagas attracted international attention had happy endings.

  • Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani: In September, Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was imprisoned for more than 1,000 days and facing a death sentence simply for being a Christian, was acquitted of apostasy and released. Nadarkhani’s saga drew international attention, and his perseverance and repeated refusals to recant his faith in court inspired Christians around the world.
  • Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng: In April, blind Chinese Christian human rights activist Chen Guangcheng made a dramatic escape from imprisonment and torture in his own home, finding refuge in the United States with his wife and two children. Chen was jailed and tortured for more than four years for fighting China’s one-child policy and exposing more than 100,000 forced abortions, then held under house arrest for 20 more months.
  • Pakistani teenager Rimsha Masih: 14-year-old Rimsha Masih was arrested in August on suspicion of desecrating Islamic texts and charged under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws — which carry a penalty of life imprisonment or death. After several dramatic twists and turns, a court dropped Rimsha’s case in November, declaring her innocent.

5. The Middle East heats up: Now two years since the beginning of the so-called “Arab Spring,” Christians in the Middle East and northern Africa are suffering more than ever amid Muslim domination and ever-increasing persecution of religious minorities. As secular regimes are one by one replaced by Islamic states, the “Christian Winter” shows no signs of ending. In Egypt, unrest continues under Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi. In Syria, Christians — who fear for their future should President Bashar al-Assad be defeated — say the growing presence of foreign Islamic fighters and Islamist brigades among the forces opposing Assad’s regime are of particular concern. In Israel, tension continues between Israelis and Palestinians in the wake ofOperation Pillar of Defense and the Palestinians’ successful U.N. nonmember statehood bid in November.

6. Religious objections to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate: The Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate requiring all employers to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs kicked in this summer, sparking outrage from Catholic and other Christian businesses, nonprofits, schools and hospitals — who can now face legal consequences for refusing to offer the services, even if doing so violates their consciences. There are now more than 40 lawsuits against the Obama administration over the mandate, and those fighting for their religious freedom now wait to see what — if any — relief the courts will bring.

7. Hurricane Sandy devastation and relief efforts: “Superstorm” Sandy, deemed one of the most destructive storms to hit the United States in decades, left millions without power for weeks and caused billions of dollars of damage. In the wake of the devastation, Christian ministries, churches and organizations were some of the first to step in for physical and spiritual aid.

8. Boko Haram’s war on Christians in Nigeria: The militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has declared war on Nigeria’s Christians, has been responsible for an estimated 3,000 deaths since 2009 in its deadly campaign to establish an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The violent attacks on Christian communities — which have included bombings, shootings, hackings, mass killings and the cold-blooded assassinations of Christian families in their homes — have pushed Nigeria intoseventh place on this year’s ranking of nations most affected by terrorism.

9. U.S. colleges legislate against campus Christian groups: Christian groups on campus are being increasingly singled out with “anti-discrimination” policies that require student groups to allow anyone, regardless of beliefs or behavior, to be able to obtain membership and seek leadership positions. In other words, a Christian group could be sent off campus for requiring its leaders to be Christians and practice their faith. “This level of mandated openness … actually diminishes diversity,” says David French of the American Center for Law and Justice. “It’s utterly antithetical to free expression.” Though Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policy made headlines this year, multiple schools nationwide — including Brown, Tufts and the University of North Carolina — have pursued similar policies.

10. The TBN scandal: Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Paul and Jan Crouch and its chief financial officer until September 2011, accused network directors of illegally distributing “charitable assets” worth more than $50 million for their personal use. TBN, in response, filed six lawsuits nationwide accusing Koper and her husband of engaging in a smear campaign to divert attention from financial problems of their own. After a California federal judge threatened to brand TBN a “vexatious litigant” because of its lawsuits seemed designed to “overwhelm the courts … so as to avoid a rational decision on the merits,” some critics of TBN called for ministries associated with evangelical icons to pull their programming from the network. “It’s increasingly awkward for the mainstream ministries to stay on the network,” said Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Every new allegation, every new headline, makes it more difficult.”

In Memoriam

Chuck Colson, the Watergate figure and Nixon “hatchet man” whose prison term and dramatic conversion to Christianity led him to dedicate more than 35 years of his life to prison ministry and evangelical leadership, died April 21 at age 80.

Thomas Kinkade, the beloved Christian artist known as the “Painter of Light,” died of a drug and alcohol overdose April 6 at age 54.

Anna Kuta is the editor of ReligionToday.com.

Publication date: December 21, 2012

http://www.christianity.com/christian-life/political-and-social-issues/the-top-10-religion-news-stories-of-2012.html?p=0

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JUSTICE COMES FROM THE LORD

You have likely heard about the 79-year old Albuquerque woman (Stella Liebeck) who bought a cup of coffee from a McDonald’s drive-through in 1992. When the coffee spilled in her lap, she sued McDonald’s for negligence because she claimed the coffee was too hot to be safe. The jury awarded Liebeck $160,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages (later reduced to $600,000)!

Here are some other court cases you may not have heard of:

An Israeli woman sued a TV station for making an inaccurate prediction. The station predicted good weather but it rained. The woman claimed that the forecast caused her to dress lightly – resulting in her catching the flu, missing a week of work, and spending money on medication. She further claimed that the whole incident caused her stress. She sued for $1,000 – and won.

For a while in the 1990s, Anheuser-Busch, the producers of Budweiser, ran a series of ads in which two beautiful women come to life in front of two truck drivers. A Michigan man bought a case of the beer, drank it, and failed to see two women materialize. He sued the company for false advertising, asking for a sum in excess of $10,000. Thankfully the court dismissed the suit.

Christopher Roller, a resident of Minnesota, sued David Blaine and David Copperfield – demanding that they reveal their secret magic tricks to him. He demanded 10% of their total income for life. The reason for the suit is that Roller believes that the magicians are defying the laws of physics, and thereby using godly powers. But it gets worse. Roller sued because he thinks he is God and therefore it is his powers they are stealing.

We have seen so many abuses of our legal system over the years that we are tempted to take on the cynical attitude of Solomon when he wrote, “If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in a province, do not marvel at the matter….” (Ecclesiastes 5:8).

The truth is, though, that justice usually does prevail in our courtrooms. Unfortunately, those cases are seldom regarded as being newsworthy. But even when we hear of injustices, we need to remember that all accounts are not settled in this lifetime. In a world that often seems to be very much out of control, we need to constantly be reminded that our God is in control, and justice will one day prevail.

“Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD.” (Prov. 29:26)

Have a great day!

..Alan Smith, Helen Street Church of Christ, Fayetteville, North Carolina (alansmith.servant@gmail.com) by way of “Christian Voices” (www.ChristianVoicesWorldwide.net)

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Matthew 11:28
[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Thoughts on today’s verse
At the end of the year, it sure is nice to be invited to rest in Jesus. So before we begin a new year, let’s pause and place our hopes, our future, our dreams, and especially our burdens down at his feet and let him give us rest.
Prayer:
Teach me, O God, to learn to rest in your grace and providence more and to worry less. I want to surrender my burdens to Jesus and let him teach me his way and how to find his rest. Sometimes I am so tired and weary I don’t think I can continue, so please, dear Father, let me find rest in Jesus. Through whom I offer this prayer. Amen.

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Think on this before you celebrate.  Remember whom it is that woke you this morning and has given you life.  Include Him tonight as you welcome the New Year in.  
 
JOB
1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
 
New Years Eve and many gather together to celebrate the ending of the Ole Year and the beginning of a New Year.  Is your celebrating, Joy to the Lord? We are afraid for many that the Lord will not be invited to their celebrations.  
 
We that are saved, are not under the Law that Job was under.  Thankfully Job was able to sanctifie his children and offer burnt offerings unto the Lord for them.  We that are saved are under the Promises given to us from Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.  Acts 16:31 So they said, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.  He has paid the offering in full, for those that are saved and abide in Him.  Many of us come from Bible believing homes where our parents prayed for us, and we now pray for ourselves, and others.  Who is praying for you the day after? 
 
We all sin and fall short of His glory.  We are all responsible for our actions. Those that are saved have the privilege of going to Him and asking forgiveness.  What rights/privileges do you have today?   
 
How much will you lift up your voice in joy to the Lord tonight?  How much will you dance before Him?  Will you be high on Jesus?  How many times will you lift up your hands in praise for all He has done for you.  How much will you be pleased His eyes are upon you tonight as you celebrate?  Will you be lifted up with His Spirit, or spirits of this world?   
 
Our Blessing for you this year:  The kiss of Jesus be felt upon your cheek, His hand be upon your shoulder, His banner before you, Him guarding your back.  He opens your heart to the depth and strength of His love, which passes all human understanding.  Your eyes be opened to the wonders, grace and anointing of Him in all His Glory.  You grow in Him this year.  Be blessed, your territory enlarged to reach others for our King.  And that we are in agreement with, we say Amen-So Be It, too.  
 
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Kathy's 5-year-old developed a strong interest in spelling once she 
learned to spell STOP. After that, she tried to figure out her own words. From the back seat of the car she'd ask, "Mom, what does FGRPL spell?"

"Nothing," Kathy said.

Sitting at breakfast she'd suddenly ask, "Mom, what does DOEB spell?"

"Nothing," Kathy answered.

This went on for several weeks. Then one afternoon as they sat coloring in her room she asked, "Mom, what does LMDZ spell?"

Kathy smiled at her and said, "Nothing, sweetheart."

The 5-year-old carefully set down her crayon, sighed and said, "Boy, there sure are a lot of ways to spell Nothing!"

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you  1 Peter 5:6

Inspiring Odyssey of a Sick Little Girl

Witness the emotional drama as Penny’s family anxiously deals with the pain of their little girl’s congestive heart failure. They put their hope in God that he will protect their daughter and bring them a donor heart. The faith and humility of this family is profound, “What makes us so special that this shouldn’t happen to us? We’re just two ordinary people just like anybody else.”

This video will touch your heart!

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