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Merry Christmas?

Wish Me a Merry Christmas

A recent survey released by Rasmussen Reports after the Thanksgiving holiday showed that 67 percent of Americans favor the phrase “Merry Christmas” being used in seasonal advertising while only 26 percent would choose “Happy Holidays.”  There are many Christians choosing not to shop at stores that are choosing to market Christmas with the terminology’s “Happy Holidays” they feel this is one step of taking Christ out of Christmas.  In fact there is ” Wish me a Merry Christmas” campaign to combat against  retailers who are choosing to take Christ out of Christmas. 

 I am interested to hear back from you guys and tell me your thoughts on this.  How do you think the body of Christ should respond to this?  I know James Dobson  believes that we should communicate to retailers by choosing not to shop at stores who take this stand.  What do you think??

i-phone Unlocked

I just saw online this video interview with George Horz who has unlocked the iphone to be used with T-Mobile. Though, the iphone isn’t being sold to be used with any other provder at this time – other than AT&T, it is very plausable that in the near future we may see the iphone being used with many other providers.  That will be the day that many will rejoice and buy that sexy phone.

Battle Cry – San Francisco – ATT Park

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If you have been in youth ministry for a while you have heard the name Ron Luce.  Though many look at Ron’s approach as very extreme, you will find that his motivation behind the war on America is a fight against immorality.  I think we would all agree that we desire to help preserve our moral beliefs and pass them down to our children.   The question is how do we pass down our beliefs to our children, yet not keep them ignorant to the issues of what is really happening in our immoral culture that we call America.

Everyday our own families are inundated with violence, sexuality, and individuals that deface the values that many of us grew up being parented under.  If we are ever going to win this battle against immorality, the church must be a voice in America.  Not just a voice, but believers that are unified in faith living a counter culture lifestyle that is relevant to the average person we come in contact with.  The best way to combat this is to educate our own children about why we believe the Biblical values that we profess.  We as parents, family members, friends, teachers and pastors should speak up, instead of being silent about immoral issues.  Many are trying to preserve their children’s life by shutting the ears of their children or sheltering them from being exposed to our culture. We tell our child not to speak using certain words or not to act in the manner that others do in our culture, but we haven’t helped them understand why.  This must stop!  To be a voice, our counter culture lifestyle must offer a solution and understanding that people in today’s society understand.  Not just opinions, but facts of the impact that our culture is having upon society and then practical actions that can be modeled in our life. 

What will you do to begin being a voice in your home, church and city?  Will you remain silent or like Ron Luce– sound the battle cry!  It is time to unify and live what we say we believe.  

Amplify – Get Ready

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As you may know this weekend is the Amplify Youth night. (Saturday Night)  It is expected to be a weekend that will impact lives for eternity.  Please pray with us as we are urging individuals to come out this weekend.  We have been working for over a year planning for this event and now is the time to see the harvest.   It is kinda like planting a garden we have worked hard preparing the soil and planting the seed and the momentum has grown.   

I was at a swim meet with my youngest daughter (which by the way she got first place in her 1st heat!) the other night and I was able to talk to a guy who was unchurched about coming out the event.  Because there is a small degree of the unknown about big event many just want to come out to see what it is. 

This week is our last big push Friday night is the opening night and then bam!  It’s here!   SWEET!  Please pray and if you are in the Raleigh area….invite, invite, invite!  Peace:)

Southern Baptist Pastor’s Believe in Private Prayer

A recent study through Lifeway found half of Southern Baptist pastors believe in private prayer language.  The question asked was: “Do you believe that the Holy Spirit gives some people the gift of a special language to pray to God privately?” half of SBC pastors said “Yes” and 43 percent said “No” while the rest responded “Don’t know.”  As you probably have figured out this study has started a huge debate within the Southern Baptist Convention.  The study involved 405 Southern Baptist senior pastors, 600 non-SBC Protestant senior pastors, and 1,004 Protestant laity. 

 I believe there are a lot more individuals who are going after God that God is using the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Many aren’t saying anything probably because they will kicked out of there denomination (protecting their position) or maybe it is a personal struggle of what they “really believe?” Many have been taught for so long that this gift isn’t for today that maybe they still struggle with the fact that God is using the gift of tongues while they are privately seeking after God.  What do you think???

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