Prayer (t): Terror, Persecution, and Unity in our diversity



I was thinking about international events, the Berlin terror attack yesterday and church bombings in Egypt last week, in particular, and request that we pray for those that are victims of terrorism and persecuted for their faith.

Also pray for America and Illinois that we might find unity in our diversity, and what do we have to be united on? The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Liberty and Justice for all. E Pluribus Unum: out of many, one.

This is such an important message that transcends so much of what divides us.

An Appeal to Heaven



"An Appeal to Heaven"

As Randy starts his campaign for Governor of Illinois, I would like us, as prayer partners, to make a concerted effort to "appeal to heaven."

This was a slogan used on the flags of the first sea cruisers commissioned by George Washington personally before the official Continental Navy. Called the Washington's Cruisers or Pine Tree flag, it was a symbol of the dependence they put on God for their cause.

We need to depend on God as we passionately call upon His favor over Randy's campaign.

The Force: A Force for Good! Star Wars and the real battle of good vs evil.


BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!

Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Darkside, Spirit vs Flesh... there is a battle of good and evil.

Evil, the darkside

Prayer (c): Announcement Day



Lord, Jesus, our God,
You said "apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:15)

In faith we embrace Your words, Lord, and implore Your goodness. Help us to carry out the work we are about to begin, and bring it to completion.

I request good health, wisdom, courage, peace, and sound judgment for Mr. Stufflebeam, his family, staff, and supporters.
I pray for a good turn out of journalists and favorable reporting.

Advent



Advent: A holy season of the Christian church, also known as the season of Christmas.

A season of celebration of the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ, and of expectant and hopeful waiting for His return!

Adventus is the Latin word for ‘coming’, and is the exact Latin equivalent for the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming.” (1)

Discipleship: Scripture Story and Life Story Application



"The Bible is God's story, his declaration of the way the world really is. The Bible is not an exhaustive history of the world, but it narrates, in a progressive way over time, the story of God's actions and what they mean for the people of God."

"Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen helpfully structure the biblical narrative as a six-act play:"

December - Saint Nickolas (A.K.A. Santa Clause)


He is often called Saint Nickolas or Nickolas of Myra, where he served as a bishop. He was born in Turkey around 270 and died on December 6, 343. Today his bones lay at rest in a Basilica in Bari, Italy...

He was known for his generosity and often gave gifts secretly to those in need but he didn’t limit his gift giving to children...

Marriage: "Strong families, prosperous states"

Socialism vs Communism vs Liberty (Republican Democracy)



"ADOLF HITLER’S POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY [National Socialism] HAS BEEN SUMMED up to say: 'Society’s needs come before the individual’s needs.' History, of course, tells us how that way of thinking worked out..." (1)

"Communism stresses the importance of the political party over the person. In fact, under Joseph Stalin’s collectivization efforts in the Soviet Union during the early 1900s, peasant farmers were forced, for the benefit of the state, to give up their land and animals in order to become part of collective farms. This resulted in the starvation and death of many millions of innocent people" (1)

On the contrary...

Socialism: Are free services really free?



Free education, free health care, steal from the rich and give to me. Free, Free, Free!!

Would FREE Education really be free?
- would teachers teach for free?
- would maintenance workers work for free?
- would land owners give land for free and developers build schools for free?

NO, of course not. So be honest, what are you really asking for?

Aren't you really asking, out of jealousy, for the government to steal what you covet from those that have more than you to give to you in the form of free education?

Do not be fooled by the false hope and idolatry of socialism!

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