Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ryan Nolan Dean/Summer

Tonight at youth, we watched a memorial video about Ryan (If you don't know about Ryan read back to November). I had not thought about Ryan since maybe march. It had been a while. The week of the viewing and death was some of the hardest of my life. He was 15. It was tragic. Whatever his reasons were, he is still loved and still missed. And God brought us through. He carried us when we could not carry ourselves. We love you Ryan.

Finals are Friday of this week through Wednesday of next. Then no more school. That's exciting. My summer is uber-busy, in case you didn't know already. I have Texas, two mission trips, church camp, and I feel like I'm missing something. But you get the picture. Texas is from the 14th of June to the 20th of June. The first mission trip is from the 22nd of June to the 2nd of July. The first mission trip is to Mississippi for Katrina Relief, our free day is in Pensacola, Florida, on the beach. From the 8th to the 14th is church camp. from the 30th to the 5th of august is my second mission trip...a VBS in Wyoming. I have no idea where the money for the second mission trip will come will come from somewhere though.

I must shower..

PS: You should call my cell phone and check out the voice mail message. Yeah thats right do it.

Public Prayer

I read this. and felll in love with it.
Paul Harvey says:

I don't believe in Santa Claus, but I'm not going to sue somebody for singing a Ho-Ho-Ho song in December. I don't agree with Darwin , but I didn't go out and hire a
lawyer when my high school teacher taught his theory Of evolution.

Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered because someone says a 30-second prayer Before a football game.

So what's the big deal? It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

But it's a Christian prayer, some will argue.

Yes, and this is the United States of America , a country Founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1

If I went to a football game in Jerusalem , I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad , I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

If I went to a ping pong match in China , I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.

And I wouldn't be offended. It wouldn't bother me one bit. When in Rome . . .

But "what about the atheists?" is another argument.

What about them?
Nobody is asking them to be baptized. We're not going to pass the collection plate. Just humor us for 30 seconds. If that's asking too much, bring a Walkman or a pair of ear plugs. Go to the bathroom. Visit the concession stand. Call your lawyer!

Unfortunately, one or two will make that phone call. One or two will tell thousands what they can and cannot do. I don't think a short prayer at a football game is going to shake the world's foundations.

Christians are just sick and tired of turning the other cheek while our courts strip us of all our rights. Our parents and grandparents taught us to pray before eating, to pray before we go to sleep.

Our Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. Now a handful of people and their lawyers are telling us to cease praying.

God help us.

And if that last sentence offends you, well ... just sue me.

The silent majority has been silent too long. It's time we let that one or two who scream loud enough to be heard know that the vast majority don't care what they want. It is time the majority rules! It's time we tell them, you don't have to pray; you don't have to say the pledge of allegiance; you don't have to believe in God or attend services that honor Him. That is your right, and we will honor your right.. But by golly, you are no longer going to take our rights away. We are fighting back .. and we WILL WIN!

God bless us one and all .. especially those who denounce Him. God bless America , despite all her faults. She is still the greatest nation of all.

God bless our service men and women who are fighting to protect our right to pray and worship God.

May this be the year the silent majority is heard and we put God back as the foundation of our families and institutions.