Sunday, February 28, 2010
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Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Now, McClatchy News Service has reported that while recently visiting U.S. troops in Amman, Jordan, Mullen conducted a focus group on the question of lifting the ban on homosexuals serving in the military. Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, believes the admiral should not have asked the troops their opinion about lifting the ban.
"He was way out of line with that initiative," she states bluntly. "Anyone who disagreed [in the presence of the media] would put his career at risk [by] stating an opinion different than that of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs."
Donnelly believes the admiral was also off-base in another statement he made about the potential lifting of the ban.
"Admiral Mullen said that he never underestimates the ability of the military to adapt. I think that is very condescending of him," says the military watchdog. "He should not expect people to adapt to social agendas [or] political payoffs -- things that make their job more difficult or more dangerous."
Even if some of the troops Mullen talked to actually agree with the admiral, Donnelly argues they are being used as props to make the Joint Chiefs chairman look good -- and that, she argues, is not an appropriate use of military personnel.
[by Chad Groening - OneNewsNow]
Sunday, February 21, 2010
- Consistent practice of spiritual disciplines
- Maintenance of the pastor's physical, emotional, familial, and financial health
- Ministry and leadership in covenant with other pastors and believers
- Effective preaching and teaching of the Word
- Compassionate care, discipleship, and spiritual direction for hurting and searching people
- Effective leadership and administration of local church ministry
- Multiplication of ministry by mentoring and coaching others in a shared journey of mutual development
Saturday, February 20, 2010
- Pray over, plan and polish your vision and strategy before you start trying to raise funds. Nothing says "I won’t be a good steward of your financial support" like not having a plan. The more serious you are about the process, the more likely others will be to take you seriously.
Put together a list of everyone you think might possibly have a heart for what you’re doing, complete with their contact information. You never know who might be willing to support the new work until you begin asking. Intentionally carve out time on your calendar to call, call, visit and call some more.
- Ask clearly and boldly! Remember that you’re giving people an opportunity to invest in God’s Kingdom work – don’t back into the question about financial support or say no on their behalf. Paint the picture of what God is doing, ask boldly, and await their answer.
- Don’t let "no" defeat you. If God has called you to start a new church, He has also made available just the right resources to fulfill that calling. When you’ve clearly and boldly asked and someone says no, move on to the next person on your list.
- Be creative to expand your list of potential supporters. When someone says ‘yes’ and agrees to support your new church, ask them if they know of two or three others who may be willing to partner with you. When someone believes in you and your work, they may very well know others who will too.
- Don’t burn your bridges. That church that wasn’t willing to partner with you two months ago (before you had anyone else on board), may be willing to help now that they see others doing so. A "no" today doesn’t necessarily mean a "no" forever.
- Over-communicate your gratitude. When someone agrees to partner with your new church send them a handwritten thank you note immediately. That shows that you truly are thankful and serves to reinforce the commitment they just made to the new church. And send another note (with an update on the work) each time you receive a check from them.
A mentor of mine told me many years ago that, "If you’re the lead pastor (or church planter), you ARE the chief fund raiser for your church … Get over it!"
[from Nelson Searcy - Renegade Pastor - Church Leader Insights - Church Growth and Evangelism by nsearcy]
[John C Maxwell]
Friday, February 19, 2010
Don Price, longtime senior adviser to Benny Hinn Ministries, said the divorce filing took Benny Hinn by surprise. "Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice," Price said.
[Strang Media Group]
- Fifty-nine percent of teens and preteens now feel that "gay or lesbian relations are OK if that is the person's choice." In 1989, only 31 percent believed that "homosexual relations are OK if that is the person's choice."
- Only 30 percent of 7th-12th graders now believe that homosexual relationships are never acceptable because it is unnatural, compared to 56 percent who felt this way about homosexual relations twenty years ago.
- Twenty-five percent of teens and preteens believe that "abortion is all right if having the baby will change your life plans in a way that you will find hard to live with." In 1989, 33 percent felt this way.
The survey was based on a nationwide sample of 3,263 students in grades 3 through 12, of whom 1,833 are in grades 7 through 12. Click here for the complete report, which also deals with attitudes about such topics as smoking, sex before marriage and suicide.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
[The Church Report]
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
CBS has come under withering fire from the left for its decision to air this ad. Joy Behar of "The View" even said abortion would have been an appropriate choice since there was no way for Tim's mom to know that he wouldn't grow up to be a "rapist pedophile."
The hypocrisy here is thick. Abortion proponents claim to be all about choice, but they are outraged over an ad that features a woman exercising her right to choose life for her baby son.
Unfortunately, CBS sent a signal this week that it would be willing to accept "responsibly produced" ads that promote abortion or homosexuality. But a message that promotes death or sexual deviancy is not the moral equivalent of a message that celebrates life, and CBS must be urged to reject any such advocacy ads.
If you choose, you may E-mail CBS Chairman Les Moonves and CBS Entertainment President Nancy Tellem in support of their decision to air the Tebow Super Bowl ad.
The purported Baptist "rescue mission" has become a distraction for a crippled government trying to provide basic life support to millions of earthquake survivors.
But Bellerive said some legal system must determine whether the Americans were acting in good faith as they claim or are child traffickers in a nation that has struggled to fight exploitation of children.
Meanwhile, Idaho's congressional leaders say they're closely monitoring the safety and health of the ten Americans arrested in Haiti Friday while trying to take dozens of children out of the country. Nine of the people detained by the Haitian government are from Idaho and members of Baptist churches in Twin Falls and Meridian.
Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick say they're keeping in touch with the U.S. State Department to ensure that adequate food, water, and medical care are provided.
The detainees were arrested by Haitian police near the border after failing to show proper documentation to take the children from the country. They've said they were on a mission to rescue abandoned Haitian children and get them to an orphanage being set up in the Dominican Republic. But some of the children say they were misled and have parents who survived the earthquake.
Also in Haiti, Haitian police at the Port Au Prince airport, refused to allow a private plane load of medical supplies from doctors in Miami unload without paying a bribe to police. The more the Haitian government is allowed to resume control, the more of these stories come to light.
Please pray for all Americans in Haiti.