Thursday, May 28, 2009

Couple: County Trying To Stop Home Bible Studies

SAN DIEGO -- A local pastor and his wife claim they were interrogated by a San Diego County official, who then threatened them with escalating fines if they continued to hold Bible studies in their home, 10News reported.

Attorney Dean Broyles of The Western Center For Law & Policy was shocked with what happened to the pastor and his wife.

Broyles said, "The county asked, 'Do you have a regular meeting in your home?' She said, 'Yes.' 'Do you say amen?' 'Yes.' 'Do you pray?' 'Yes.' 'Do you say praise the Lord?' 'Yes.'"

The county employee notified the couple that the small Bible study, with an average of 15 people attending, was in violation of County regulations, according to Broyles.

Broyles said a few days later the couple received a written warning that listed "unlawful use of land" and told them to "stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit" -- a process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

"For churches and religious assemblies there's big parking concerns, there's environmental impact concerns when you have hundreds or thousands of people gathering. But this is a different situation, and we believe that the application of the religious assembly principles to this Bible study is certainly misplaced," said Broyles.

News of the case has rapidly spread across Internet blogs and has spurred various reactions.

Broyles said his clients have asked to stay anonymous until they give the county a demand letter that states by enforcing this regulation the county is violating their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion.

Broyles also said this case has broader implications.

"If the county thinks they can shut down groups of 10 or 15 Christians meeting in a home, what about people who meet regularly at home for poker night? What about people who meet for Tupperware parties? What about people who are meeting to watch baseball games on a regular basis and support the Chargers?" Broyles asked.

Broyles and his clients plan to give the County their demand letter this week.

If the County refuses to release the pastor and his wife from obtaining the permit, they will consider a lawsuit in federal court.


This is outrageous! But we all knew that Christians were going to be persecuted and it truly has begun. I am not surprised this is in California. Nothing that happens in California surprises me, well not often.

Christians had better start preparing to fight for the right to pray and read their bibles in the privacy of their own homes. Sad, that homosexuals are allowed to commit vile, lewd, sexual acts in the privacy of their homes, but God forbid a Christian reads the bible and prays to their Heavenly Father apparently that is breaking the law.

I shake my head in disbelief and cannot grasp the fact that this was once a god-fearing nation and it has turned its back on God so blatantly that now praying and reading the Holy Word of God is considered criminal?

We knew this day was coming and we had better get prepared. It is only going to escalate.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

California high court upholds gay marriage ban

The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.

The 6-1 decision written by Chief Justice Ron George rejected an argument by gay rights activists that the ban revised the California constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.

The court said the people have a right, through the ballot box, to change their constitution.

"In a sense, petitioners' and the attorney general's complaint is that it is just too easy to amend the California constitution through the initiative process. But it is not a proper function of this court to curtail that process; we are constitutionally bound to uphold it," the ruling said.

The announcement of the decision set off an outcry among a sea of demonstrators who had gathered in front of the San Francisco courthouse awaiting the ruling. Holding signs and many waving rainbow flags, they chanted "shame on you." Many people also held hands in a chain around an intersection in an act of protest.

Gay rights activists immediately promised to resume their fight, saying they would go back to voters as early as next year in a bid to repeal Proposition 8.

The split decision provided some relief for the 18,000 gay couples who married in the brief time same-sex marriage was legal last year but that wasn't enough to dull the anger over the ruling that banned gay marriage.

"It's not about whether we get to stay married. Our fight is far from over," said Jeannie Rizzo, 62, who was one of the lead plaintiffs along with her wife, Polly Cooper. "I have about 20 years left on this earth, and I'm going to continue to fight for equality every day."

The state Supreme Court had ruled last May that it was unconstitutional to deny gay couples the right to wed. Many same-sex couples had rushed to get married before the November vote on Proposition 8, fearing it could be passed. When it was, gay rights activists went back to the court arguing that the ban was improperly put to voters.

That was the issue justices decided Tuesday.

"After comparing this initiative measure to the many other constitutional changes that have been reviewed and evaluated in numerous prior decisions of this court, we conclude Proposition 8 constitutes a constitutional amendment rather than a constitutional revision," the ruling said.

This is fantastic news!! I am so glad that for once the voters voice was heard. What a great victory!

Friday, May 22, 2009

MAY WE NEVER, EVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE

I found this wonderful Memorial Day tribute to our fallen heroes past and present. May we never forget what they did for us and gave this great nation.

God bless them and their families.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bible passages no longer on Pentagon reports

PENTAGON - The Pentagon says it no longer includes a Bible quotation on the cover page of daily intelligence briefings it sends to the White House as was the practice during the Bush administration.

A Pentagon spokesman says he doesn't know how long the Worldwide Intelligence Update cover sheets had been quoting from the Bible. But for a period in 2003, at least, the daily reports prepared for President George W. Bush carried quotes from the books of Psalms and Ephesians and the epistles of Peter.

The Bible quotes apparently aimed to support Bush at a time when soldiers' deaths in Iraq were on the rise, according to the June issue of GQ magazine. But they offended at least one Muslim analyst at the Pentagon, and other employees felt that the passages were inappropriate.

Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says U.S. soldiers "are not Christian crusaders, and they ought not be depicted as such."


Another prime example that we DO NOT have a Christian president, even though he claims to be one. Why am I not surprised? Who can't use a boost and some encouragement from the precious Word of God? I know I cannot go a day without it.

And what is Barry Lynn talking about? The scriptures were meant only for the president; not the soldiers. Where did the bologna come from about our soldiers being crusaders? Seems to me that he has a short circuit somewhere. Time to make some repairs.

So what if it offended ONE Muslim, this IS a CHRISTIAN nation. One Nation Under God, not Allah. If the Muslim doesn't like it, too bad go somewhere else.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nothing bt Trouble blog tour...


As always, I was not disappointed in another fantastic novel by Susan May Warren.
I love a good mystery and for a long time I used to read Sue Grafton's alphabet novels featuring a female PI, Kinsey Millhone. Well, when I became a Christian the bad language was no longer acceptable and I couldn't bring myself to read the books any longer.

And thanks to Susan May Warren, I can look forward to a new series with a great new female PI, PJ Sugar. She is a lot of fun, full of energy, witty and best of all a child in Christ.

Okay, my thoughts on Nothing but Trouble. I really enjoyed this book. I was drawn to PJ immediately because she is the kind of person that trouble just seems to follow. She gets in all these funny mishaps and scrapes. If you like a good mystery with some comedy this is the perfect book. I can't wait for the next installment!


About the book, took me long enough, huh?
PJ Sugar knows three things for sure:

After traveling the country for ten years hoping to shake free from the trail of disaster that’s become her life, she needs a fresh start.

The last person she wants to see when she heads home for her sister’s wedding is Boone—her former flame and the reason she left town.

Her best friend’s husband absolutely did not commit the first murder Kellogg, Minnesota, has seen in more than a decade.

What PJ doesn’t know is that when she starts digging for evidence, she’ll uncover much more than she bargained for—a deadly conspiracy, a knack for investigation, and maybe, just maybe, that fresh start she’s been longing for.

It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder--who also happens to be PJ's former flame--is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend's husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.


Read the first chapter: http://gotsugar.susanmaywarren.com/



Meet our wonderful author Susan May Warren:


Is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.

A note from Susan May Warren:


Sometimes, do you feel like you just don’t fit in? You look around you and if anyone knew how difficult it was just to put yourself together, to smile when you feel completely overwhelmed, to even figure out what you were making for supper, they’d know what a mess you were. Maybe you totally relate to those words in 1 Peter – God’s elect, strangers and aliens in the world. Do you feel like when you look in the rear view mirror, all you see are your mistakes?

Maybe not. But if so, then PJ is your gal. I wanted to write a story about the person in so many of us who just wants to get it right…but can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My friend and I have what we call the “stupid mouth” club…and we report our weekly foibles (usually on Monday, after Sunday church!). PJ is our charter member. She’s the girl that changes her mind, always hopes for the best, is always discovering that she is just a little different than everyone else. PJ is us.

And that’s good news. Because God loves PJ. He loves her messiness, and her impulsiveness, her heart bent toward others, the hope that fuels her actions. And He has a plan for PJ – one that includes her weaknesses as well as her strengths.

Yep, I need to hear that – need to hear that I don’t have to be perfect for God to love me, use me, sing over me. Need to hear that although I don’t fit in, well, I’m not supposed to…in fact, I’m supposed to be a little…alien.

I wrote PJ for everyone who feels just a little messy, just a little like they can’t quite get it right. And who needs to hear that God loves them. Period. Full stop. Hallelujah.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I Will Run!

I love Misty Edwards and this morning I just needed a HUGE jumpstart to get me into some serious worship, something I miss doing at home. Needless to say I was jumping and praising God as I got ready for work and to get my monkeys up.

Anyhoo, I truly hope you enjoy this fantastic song. The lyrics are a bit off so I placed the correct ones below the video so you can follow
and then....the second video is the continuing of the song, for some reason they were not combined. I am sorry I don't have the lyrics to the second one but her words are very loud in clear in many levels.

CRANK UP YOUR SPEAKERS!! This song rocks!





All I want is You
All I crave is You

I will run the race set before me
I will seek Your face as the prize of my life
(Repeat 2 )

I will run, I will run (x 3)
I will run

All I want is You
All I crave is You
(Repeat x3)

I will run the race set before me
I will seek Your face
As the prize of my life
(repeat 2 )

I will run, I will run (repeat x 3)
I will run

All I want is You
All I crave is You
(repeat x3)

My – soul – pens - for - God - and - God - alone
(repeat x4)

All I want is You
All I crave is You
(Repeat x3)

I will run the race set before me
I will seek Your face as the prize of my life
(Repeat 2 )

I will run, I will run (x 3)
I will run . . .

The earth sleeps and slumbers
Lullaby to the sounds of peace and safety
The earth sleeps and slumbers;
Lullaby, lullaby, lullaby....

I will run, I will run, I will run

All I want is You,
All I crave is You
(repeat x4)




This is posted early because I will be so busy on Friday, washing clothes, off shopping for a graduation gift and then soccer practice and birthday party combined with movie night after soccer practice not to mention I work also! See you on Monday! And PLEASE let me know what you think of this awesome song.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NJ ruling favors sex offenders

Laws restricting where convicted sexual predators can live have been struck down in more than 100 New Jersey communities.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled last week that local laws banning sex offenders from living near schools, parks, or other places where children gather are unconstitutional because they conflict with state law. In most cases, the local ordinances were initially designed to complement state statutes that require convicted sex offenders to register in their residing community.

In a 6-0 decision involving Cherry Hill and Galloway townships, the justices wrote that such laws creating "buffer zones" for convicted sex offenders "are precluded by the present, stark language of Megan's Law. It is that language which controls."

But Vince McCarthy of the American Center for Law & Justice believes the justices' hearts were in the wrong place. "During the oral argument, the court was very sympathetic to convicted sexual predators -- which I find odd," he admits. "I think they should be at least equally sympathetic toward children and parents of children who have been molested."

According to the attorney, the problem can be remedied -- but it will have to be done at the state level.

"The people in New Jersey have reacted very adversely to this decision," says McCarthy, "and I think the legislature's going to be really pressured to do something now." Meanwhile, predators can live and hang out wherever they want to -- including a children's playground.

According to an Associated Press report, all 50 states have some version of Megan's Law, but the cases decided on Thursday are the first of their type to reach a state supreme court.

I cannot believe these rogue liberal judges!! How can they sit there and PROTECT and be SYMPATHETIC to sex offenders?!! Excuse my language, but, what the hell are they thinking?!!!!

What happened to protecting the innocent? I think this ignorant judge would have decided differently if he would have had one of his children molested or a loved one who had been raped.

But no, he decided these vile people have a right to go and be where they want including areas where children play or are.

I can only hope the people of NJ will vote him out.



Friday, May 8, 2009

Star Trek

I went and saw the movie last night and it was FANTASTIC!! I was surprised with a lot of the things that happened and not sure how the Star Trek community is going to react with these HUGE changes. We will just have to wait and see because this looks like it is just the beginning of a new series. The movie is action-pact from the very beginning to the very end.

I went to the theater sporting my Spock "live long and prosper" t-shirt and was glued to my seat. According to my sister, husband and boss I am a Trekkie not Trekker. Hmmm....I guess I just need to embrace my geekiness, hee....

I don't want to spoil anything so if and when you watch this movie let me know what you thought.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL LOVING MOMMIES! I hope you all have wonderful day. See you Monday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

U.S. military destroys soldier's Bibles

The U.S. military is confirming that it has destroyed some Bibles belonging to an American soldier serving in Afghanistan.

Reuters News says the Bibles were confiscated and destroyed after Qatar-based Al Jazeer television showed soldiers at a Bible class on a base with a stack of Bibles translated into the local Pashto and Dari languages. The U.S. military forbids its members on active duty -- including those based in places like Afghanistan -- from trying to convert people to another religion.

Reuters quotes Maj. Jennifer Willis at the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, who said "I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera's clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed."

According to the military officials, the Bibles were sent through private mail to an evangelical Christian soldier by his church back home. Reuters says the soldier brought them to the Bible study class where they were filmed.

The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, told a Pentagon briefing Monday that the military's position is that it will never "push any specific religion."


What wasn't stated was that the military chaplains had the honor of destroying the bibles. Shocking and terribly sad. How could they? Could they not have protested.

I am at a loss for words. My heart is truly broken. I knew that Christians were hated and persecuted. But to destroy the Holy Bible?! I would never destroy the Koran or any other religious bible, because I respect the fact that they are honored. But for MY OWN military to destroy the Word of God, it is unreal.

So, now our military men and women are being denied the right to read their bibles and share their faith. If they were Muslim would we even be having this kind of discussion?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Emergency legislation favors lesbian in U.S. illegally

A pro-family activist says it is "ridiculous" that California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation designed to help an illegal alien who is a lesbian remain in the U.S.

The case involves 43-year-old Philippines national Shirley Tan, who came to the United States on a visitor's visa in 1989. She overstayed that visa and has been living in a lesbian relationship with a naturalized citizen in Pacifica, California.

Immigration authorities have ordered her to leave the country, but at the urging of homosexual rights groups Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) intervened, arguing that if Tan's homosexual partner was a man, they could marry, and she could be eligible for residency.

Feinstein has now introduced an emergency immigration bill on behalf of Tan. That means Tan cannot be deported unless Congress votes down the legislation or it is allowed to expire without being reintroduced.

Peter LaBarbera, founder and president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, sees this as another attempt at gaining special rights for homosexuals.

"We don't need to start providing government benefits and special treatment to relationships based on homosexuality, which many people regard as a sin," says LaBarbera. "I think this is an egregious example of special rights for homosexuals."

The pro-family activist contends that homosexuals and their supporters are using this case to push for the passage of the Uniting American Families Act (H.R. 1024), which would give homosexual Americans the right to sponsor foreign-born partners for residency.

"This is a ridiculous piece of legislation," exclaims LaBarbera. "Americans are already concerned over illegal immigration. I don't think most Americans want to give incentives to bring more homosexual activists into the country, which is what this case embodies."

In the meantime, if Congress approves Feinstein's bill Tan would have two years to apply for a new visa or permanent residency.

Because of ONE illegal alien (lesbian) this Feinstein woman is tying up the courts and wasting taxpayers money. What's the problem here? Tan has been in the U.S. ILLEGALLY for years and her lover has been aiding and abetting. They have both broken the law. Tan should be deported immediately and her lover needs to be brought up on charges. I don't give a rats-rear-end if they are a homosexual couple or not. NO special privilages for the gay community.

Is anyone else annoyed over this?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine Virus Nears Pandemic Stage

I know there are a lot people who are absolutely terrified of this virus. Yes, I know there is reason to be concerned, however, I encourage all of you to read Psalm 91. Here it is in KJV:

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Be encouraged and know that God is still in control and no matter what happens we have eternal salvation.

HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED WEEKEND! See you on Monday!