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ranklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy prayed OUTSIDE of the Pentagon, despite being forbidden to speak inside, on May 6th 2010.

Two top evangelical leaders sounded a defiant tone on the eve of National Day “We’re living in a time of Prayer -- warning where we cannot comthat the American promise, we cannot back right to freedom of Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham, speaking at a 2009 event up, we cannot retreat,” religion “is being eroded every day” and may be lost in an onslaught of Graham said Wednesday during a live Webcast secularism unless Americans “have the guts to stand from the Washington, D.C. offices of the Family Research Council. up.” The Rev. Franklin Graham, who last month was officially “dis-invited” by the Army to speak at a National Day of Prayer ceremony at the Pentagon for statements he made about Islam, said he will not back down in preaching the Gospel as he sees it.

“The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be preached to the ends of the Earth – that’s what He’s called us to do,” he said. Graham, the honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer, made his comments in a Continued on Page 12

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A Subversion of Democracy? Democracy?


t Hampton University in Virginia on May 9th 2010, the president lamented that in an age of text messaging, the Internet and the iPad, information and its unfettered exchange had become a diversion that was putting a strain on democracy. We are not making this up.

Obama said. “All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.” Perhaps it’s easier these days to spread disinformation, but it’s also easier to correct it. If the president doesn’t know how to use these devices, how does he explain the June 26, 2008, issue of Rolling Stone noting that Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow and Jay-Z were featured on his, uh, iPod.

The “24/7 media environment,” he told the students, “bombards us with all kinds of comments and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter.” Does that apply to presidential speeches as well? We never thought of free speech as a problem before, but apparently the presiPresident Barack Obama Speaking At Hampton University dent does.

“I have pretty eclectic tastes,” Obama said in the Stone interview. He also has a pretty selective memory, forgetting that his presidential campaign announced its vice presidential pick via text message, email and Twitter. The Obama campaign Sunday May 9th 2010 broke new ground by “With iPods and embedding ads in such Internet games as iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which “Guitar Hero” as well as nine Xbox Live games I know how to work — information becomes a disfrom Electronic Arts Inc., including “Madden 09,” traction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather “Nascar 09,” “NBA Live 08” and “NHL 09.” But, hey, than a means of emancipation,” there’s so much information out there, it’s easy to Continued on Page 14



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greatness and the mightiness of the power of My Name,” saith the Lord.


hoose your thoughts very carefully that I’ve given you through your Lord and Savior Jesus and by the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Prophecy given by

Hallelujah. Whoa! I believe. I will. I’ll take it. I have it. Hallelujah. Glory be to God. Amen. Whoa! Hallelujah.

I’ve given you KENNETH COPELAND “You are vitally My Word and My important to Me. It is authority to choose your thoughts—keep some, reject necessary for you to rise up and take your place in these times some, take authority over them and in these days. all. Don’t you remember in My Word when I said, ‘Whatsoever things are true, lovely, and of good report, if there be any virtue, and there be any praise, think on these things’?

You are My ambassadors of My glory. You are My power in the earth. You carry My Anointing. You are the Body of Christ. You are the Body and you are the fullness of Me,” saith the Lord.

Remember also I said in My Word, ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus who thought it not robbery to be called equal with God.’

“So take My Name and rejoice and walk in it in full grace and fullness of indwelling of My Spirit.

For these are our days,” saith “I have brought you up out of the God. “They’re important to you. sin. I have brought you up out of They’re important to Me. For these are the days that will bring the darkness. I have given you My Word and you have been born to pass all that I planned before again and I have brought you up the foundation of the world. For with Me. I have made you sit with rejoice and understand,” saith Me,” saith the Lord, “in heavenly the Lord. places in Christ Jesus. You are “Jesus is coming so soon. Much His joint heir. You sit with Me,” sooner than you think. Yes. Even saith the Lord. sooner than you think. For it is at hand. “So don’t think you’re stealing from Me and robbing Me of My honor and My place as God by claiming to be equal with Me. No. You rob Me when you do not claim to be equal with Me,” saith the Lord. “Read My Word again and find out if it’s true or not. I made you equal with Me. I made you. You didn’t make yourself equal. No man could. An awesome price was paid for your joint heirship with Me,” saith the Lord. “So rejoice and take your place and walk in My blessing and in the

This is the framework. These are the times when all things must come to pass. And much that you are seeing in the world today is just that. Those things coming to pass that will bring it to a close. So rejoice and understand that we’re in this together. We’ll go in it together. We’ll go through it together. We’ll come out of it together, and we’ll rejoice together and we’ll come together,” saith the Lord.

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PRO-LIFE VICTORY! Wisconsin Facility Abandons Late-term Abortion Plan

“Ultimately, this is an answer to prayer. We give all the glory to God.”


ro-Life Wisconsin (PLW), through the Alliance Defense Fund, announced Wednesday that they have received official confirmation from the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office that the Madison Surgery Center (MSC) has abandoned its plans to perform late-term abortions.

by Kathleen Gilbert

provide late-term abortion services at MSC.” (Click here to read the letter.) “We are happy to announce that our boycott of the Madison Surgery Center has ended, and we applaud the pro-life medical staff of the Madison Surgery Center who spoke in public opposition to this senseless plan,” said Virginia Zignego, Pro-Life Wisconsin communications director and a UW-Madison graduate. “When we kill babies, it is a failure of our health care system and a failure of our intellects. When we kill babies it is a sign that consciences are dead. When consciences are dead, there is no limit to what we will do.”

“We give credit first and foremost to God for this pro-life victory,” said Peggy Hamill, state director of ProLife Wisconsin, in a statement Wednesday. “Pro-life grassroots activism works. We have held countless prayer vigils, attended by thousands; aired hundreds of pro-life television commercials in the Madison area; tens Matt Sande, legislative director for Pro-Life of thousands of people signed our pro-life Wisconsin, told that the petition; and hundreds boycotted the Maditurnaround was due to the co-ordinated, son Surgery Center. We have maintained a multi-faceted approach of the pro-life effort. daily prayer presence outside the MSC, and After Pro-Life Wisconsin exposed the project our website has served that the center was “obviously trying to keep as a virtual hub of resistance.” secret,” said Sande, “that rocked them back The Madison Surgery Center board voted to on their heels right away, I think, from day allow late-term abortions at a February 2009 one: they knew that the pro-life community meeting. The Madison Surgery Center is a wasn’t going to tolerate a late-term abortion joint partnership between Meriter Hospital, plan—and in downtown Madison, in their the University of Wisconsin Hospital and state-of-the-art surgery center.” Clinics and the University of Wisconsin MediSande mentioned that a boycott sponsored cal Foundation. by PLW, in which several families abanFollowing the decision, officials were bomdoned the Madison Surgery Center and barded by pro-life outrage from across the switched their insurance away from the UW country. 2,000 pro-lifers rallied in protest only Health insurance, put even more pressure days after the decision, and in January, over on the abortion advocates. “We know from 20,000 pro-lifers signed a petition delivered the doctors inside the facilities...that they to officials condemning the plan. The deciwere losing patients, and that was having an sion also incited an advertising campaign economic impact,” said Sande, “that had a opposing it. strong influence on their decision not to go In January, documents obtained by Pro-Life ahead.” Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund Sande warned that “the other side is very via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tenacious, and this is just one battle.” “I’m request raised serious concerns that the sure that they will continue to find, to search late-term for a location, abortion a physician, setup was to accomplish designed to this plan—and supply the obviously we’re school’s ever-vigilant,” he medical said. The loresearchcal pro-abortion ers with lobby reportedly fresh fetal urged the Cenbody parts ter to adopt the for experiplan after Dennis mentation. Christensen, the Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter, in a primary provider of late-term abortions in letter to an Eau Claire attorney, stated, “We Madison, left the area. have also been in contact with legal counsel Nonetheless, Sande concluded that “Ultimately, this is an answer to prayer. We give for the University of Wisconsin (UW) to determine how the proposed services would be all the glory to God.” provided. We have been awaiting response “This is a great pro-life victory that He has from the UW on the final plans before achieved,” he said. “Today... this is a day of replying to your letter. It is my understandcelebration. We are declaring victory over ing based on recent information from the this plan.” UW that they have now abandoned plans to


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Rev. Rory Synoground Founder and President of Rory Synoground Ministries International President & CEO of FREEDOM BUSINESS GROUP INC

OVERCOMING OVERCOM ING YOUR CRISIES “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. (Luke 6:47-49)

When we go to Jesus with our problems, and rehearse them to Him over and over again, the problem tends to become bigger in our eyes, than God.

otice he said here in this passage of scripture in verse 48 “….and when the flood arose.” Jesus didn’t say if the flood arises, He said; when...!


One word from Jesus will be your anchor through your storm, it will be the wind in your sails, the wisdom you need to overcome that obstacle.

The first thing the Lord wanted to point out is, in this world we are going to experience challenges. Jesus said in John 16:33 that in this world you & I will have tribulations.

Lets learn to go to Him, and hear what He has to say about our situation! God has already given us His written word. There are promises that He has spoken thousands of years ago, that are still true and relevant to you and I today!

You see even though we are not of this world, we still live in this world. By accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior does not mean we will not face a crises or other challenging circumstances in our lives. Now don’t let that be a blow to your faith. Because there is good news to all of this. You see its what we do during these times in our lives, that determine whether or not we will overcome or not. In Luke 7:47 Jesus gives us the way to overcome life’s challenges when they arrive. First in verse 47 we read Jesus say: “Whosoever cometh to me…” That is our first step in overcoming the crises we are facing. We need to go to Jesus. We need to go to Him as our source of strength, and comfort. To many Christians are still running to the world for their comfort during their challenges. They turn to other people, alcohol, cigarettes, food, gossip, slander, the blame game, working longer hours, you name it By doing so, they fall into the trap and snare of the devil. These things will not provide us our answers. Jesus is simply saying turn to me. Look to Me, I will provide you the answers you need. One thing that I have learned early on in my walk with the Lord, and that is the longer I am a Christian, the more dependant I have learned to be on Jesus. The second piece of wisdom Jesus gives us in verse 47 says, “…and heareth my sayings..” Once we turn to Him, we need to hear what He is saying about our situation. He doesn’t need to hear what we are saying about it.

When we come to Jesus the answer that He will give to us is in what He says. Kenneth Copeland said something that is so Biblical, and it rings true today. One Word from God can change your life for ever.

My question to you today, is WHAT IS HE SAYING TO YOU? When you find out what He is saying, then you will be on your way through that valley, through that storm, being able to accomplish the impossible! The third and final piece of wisdom Jesus gives us in verse 47 is: “… and doeth them…” When we turn to Jesus, hear what He has to say, and act on His Word, then we will be able to stand against the challenges we face. You see God will always give you a Word to act on. It is by acting on the Word that He gives you that you will succeed in walking through that valley. Romans 10:17 tells us faith comes by hearing the spoken Word of God. When we hear Gods word, we begin believing what we need to believe about our situation. But just believing something is not going to cause you to overcome. YOU AND I NEED TO ACT! James 1:22 tells us “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” And finally in James 1:25 “ …but a doer of this work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” Being obedient to act on his Word is what will empower us to overcome life’s challenges. That’s what the word blessed means here in James 1:25. It means to empower. We receive the power to overcome, to walk through, to stand against the storms of life when we; GO TO JESUS, HEAR WHAT HE IS SAYING, BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYING, & THEN ACT ON WHAT HE SAID!


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Seniors Can Pray Before Meals at Georgia Center

heir prayers have been answered. The Georgia senior center that barred elderly citizens from saying a communal prayer before meals has changed its policy after inquiries from and other news organizations. Residents at the Ed Young Senior Citizens Center in Port Wentworth, Ga., were told that instead of participating in a prayer, they should observe a moment of silence before their federally-funded meal. Officials from Senior Citizens Inc., which operates the center, had said the meals they provide to visitors are mostly covered with federal money -- so saying a communal prayer before chowing down violated the First Amendment separation of church and state. “We can’t scoff at their rules,” Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc.’s vice president, told the Associated Press. “It’s part of the operational guidelines.” Rutherford, who did not respond to messages seeking comment on Monday, had said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and salads for roughly $6 a plate. Seniors who eat the meals pay 55 cents apiece, he said, with federal money footing the rest of the bill. He said the moment of silence was introduced at the center to protect that funding. He insisted anyone at the center could worship whomever and however they please, but the decision to have a moment of silence was more than Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones could stomach. “This country means a lot to me, but the part that I don’t respect is it telling me I cannot pray over my meal,” Jones said. “I can’t accept and look them 65- and 70-year-olds in the eyes and tell them they cannot pray and bless their meals.” Jones had hoped to meet on Tuesday with the city’s attorney and officials from senior center to settle the controversy. But on May 10th 2010 late in the day, officials

from the senior center announced a policy reversal. “Senior Citizens, Inc. has always prided itself on the services it has been able to provide the seniors of the low country,” it said in a statement. “Part of that service is an adherence to Federal and State regulations that have made funding possible so more seniors can be served. “Over our years of service, we have been instructed, as recently as two weeks ago, by the state regulatory agency that verbal prayer was not allowed at any senior center. We are so pleased to say that we have been contacted a few minutes ago by the new Director of Aging clarifying the regulation and reversing the position of new verbal prayer. “As an organization, we feel that spirituality is an important and necessary part of a full life and we are thankful that this interpretation of the regulation makes prayer possible in all of its forms.” Casey Arnett, director of the senior center, said the seniors who visit the center are no strangers to standing up for what they believe. “They’re not going to let people tell them their rights about religion,” she said. “They feel like they need to stand for theirs.” Eric Johnson, a former state senator now running for governor, visited the center Monday and said a blessing outside just before lunch to roughly 50 elderly citizens. “I told them they’re not fighting this alone,” Johnson, a Republican, told FoxNews. com. “To heck with the federal government -- we can’t stop people from free practice of their faith.”



he LA Times reports the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, a well-known mega African American church, and Iglesias de Restauracion, the largest Latino evangelical church in the city, have made an historic attempt to overcome their racial differences by gathering to worship together.

the pastors’ group—which has blossomed into more than 120 members—is Jesus’ words in John 17:23: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”

According to the report, “Salvatierra threw out the idea of prayer networks to focus on “This is the beginning of something great!” each other’s biggest concerns: blacks prayannounced West Angeles Bishop Charles ing for Latino families facing deportation; E. Blake. “Our languages are different, but Latinos praying for jobs and stability for Afriour hearts are the same!” “I’ve been pray- can Americans released from prison. Some ing for this for a long time,” said Pat Camp- pastors are proposing a more extended bell, an African American airport security retreat for the two congregations to continue worker. “I want to get along, work together building spiritual bonds.” and break down divisions.” Rev. Alexia Salvatierra was quoted as saying the guiding light that has bonded


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creenwriter and author Andrew Klavan said that in Hollywood, “If you’re a conservative, especially a religious person, people have to meet in secret. They talk in whispers. It’s a very disturbing kind of culture.” Klavan, in an exclusive interview with, explained that he and fellow conservatives in Hollywood are battling the liberal status quo by creating entertainment that reflects the values held by the majority of Americans. And things are changing for the better, he said, pointing to the best-picture Oscar nomination for the Christian-themed film “The Blind Side” and Sandra Bullock’s win as best actress in the movie. There is a political/social shift occurring in Hollywood, Klavan told, adding, “I think we’re changing it. It’s not something that’s happening passively. It’s something that’s happening because people are really making noise.” “I have nothing against atheists or left-wingers making movies,” Klavan said. “I think everybody should be able to make movies. I simply think this kind of lock-step conformity that has become the default position of American intellectuals has to go. It’s bad for the arts. It’s bad for our intellectual conversation.” The Hollywood culture, Klavan said, has made it difficult for conservatives to be successful and promote their own brand of entertainment product. “There’s a culture in Hollywood where you are a left-winger; you can speak very openly – even in business meetings,” Klavan said. “If you’re a conservative, especially a religious person, people have to meet in secret. They talk in whispers. It’s a very disturbing kind of culture.” Klavan also mentioned the experience of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington’s experience in making the movie, “The Book of Eli,” which is about a post-apocalyptic world where the hero’s mission is to protect the last remaining Bible.

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Author, screenwriter and commentator Andrew Klavan spoke with about conservatives coming out of the closet in Hollywood to create entertainment that reflects traditional American values.

and directors do not like to make the films regardless of their potential for success. Klavan said in his own career he has tried to “change the rules” by creating compelling books and films that feature characters who share the same beliefs and values of most Americans. Two of his crime novels, “True Crime” and “Don’t Say a Word” were made into films starring Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas, respectively. His screenplays include “Shock to the System” starring Michael Caine, and “One Missed Call.” And now his series of books for young adults, “The Homelanders,” has been optioned by Summit Entertainment, maker of the “Twilight” film series and the film that won the 2010 Oscar for best picture, “The Hurt Locker.” The hero of the series, teenager Charlie West, is a Christian and an American patriot with a black belt in karate whose adventures include fighting Islamic extremists and trying to clear his name after he’s charged with murder. Klavan was in Washington, D.C., on Monday, to speak at a conference about intellectual property rights as it pertains to artists whose work is stolen online. But the real threat, as Klavan sees it, is the Democrats who are in control in the White House and Congress.

“I think it’s a really very sinister and bad development,” Klavan said when asked about current events in the nation’s capital. “I don’t think the people involved are necessarily sin“When Denzel Washington recently made a film called ‘The Book of Eli’ – and Washington ister and bad, but I think they are misguided.” is a Christian and he made a film about a “They believe in a philosophy that has post-apocalyptic world in which he’s fighting already been shown to be destructive and to save the Bible, fighting to save the last not to work,” Klavan said. “They are people copy of the Bible – the studio kept coming to who don’t understand the basic values of him and saying, ‘Could you cut out some of our country, the basic values of a bottom-up the references to the Bible? Could you cut government, of the consent of the governed, out some of the religious references?’” said of limited government, of a government who Klavan. doesn’t do things for you -- that says you “And I thought, ‘Why, are you afraid of making have to do these things for yourself.” too much money? What’s the problem?” he said.

Klavan also said he is a fan of the tea party movement, which he said is made up of Klavan explained, as is well-documented, that regular Americans who want limited government and support the Constitution. many of the traditional, pro-family, and proreligious movies are usually very financially successful in Hollywood. But many producers

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HEALTH CARE AND mentioned would admit of the application of money, and might be called, if Congress pleased, provisions for the “general welfare.”


According to Madison, if the original intent of the General Welfare Clause were ever expanded, then Congress would begin an unbridled intrusion into areas that were deliberately designed by the Constitution to be under the control of the state and local governments.

adison then warned about the consequences of allowing Two specific aspects of the Congress to expand the narrow Constitution were intended meaning of the “General Welfare to prohibit such federal Clause”: encroachments: "If Congress can employ money (1) the Enumerated Powers indefinitely to the “general Doctrine, and welfare,” and are the sole and (2) the Bill of Rights – specifically supreme judges of the “general the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. welfare,” then they may take the Concerning the first, the care of religion into their own Constitution authorizes Congress hands; they may appoint teachers to address only eighteen in every state, county, and parish specifically enumerated (that is, and pay them out of their public individually listed) areas and treasury; they may take into responsibilities; this is called the their own hands the education Enumerated Powers Doctrine. As of children, establishing in like affirmed by Thomas Jefferson: manner schools throughout the Congress has not unlimited United States; they may assume powers to provide for the general the provision for the poor; they welfare but is restrained to those may undertake the regulation of specifically enumerated, and . . . all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything from the highest it was never meant they should provide for that welfare but by the object of state legislation down to exercise of the enumerated powers. the most minute object of police would be thrown under the power Many other Founders were of Congress, for every object I have equally outspoken about

Congress’ limitations under the Enumerated Powers Doctrine. In fact, this doctrine was so well understood that in America’s first several decades, presidents had only four cabinet level departments:

The Secretary of State, The Secretary of War, The Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General (occasionally there was also a separate Secretary of the Navy, but many presidents often placed him under the Secretary of War). Today, however, there are almost four times as many cabinet level positions, including a Secretary of Agriculture, Labor, Commerce, Housing, Education, Transportation, Energy, and many others. Each of those areas was also very important two centuries ago, but because the Constitution had placed these areas under the jurisdiction of state governments, there was no federal presence involved in them. Concerning the second point (the Bill of Rights), the Founding Fathers – dedicated students of history, government, and human nature that they were – knew that

the federal government would invariably try to step beyond its enumerated powers; they therefore added the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution, directly stipulating that all areas not specifically listed in the Constitution were to remain under the jurisdiction of the states and local governments, which thus included areas such as education, criminal justice, energy, agriculture, and many others. As Thomas Jefferson affirmed: "I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground: that “all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people” [the Tenth Amendment]. . . . To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition." James Madison agreed:


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Author and historian David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization which distributes historical, legal, and statistical information; and helps citizens become active in their local schools and communities. WallBuilders is a name taken from the Bible book of Nehemiah. And just as Nehemiah led a grassroots movement in Jerusalem to rebuild the walls of that city and restore its strength and honor; so, too, WallBuilders seeks to energize the grassroots today to rebuild that which makes America strong—its constitutional, moral, and religious foundations.


all the state powers into the hands federal government. of the federal government!" As Thomas Jefferson affirmed, the federal government was “to certify As Jefferson summarized it: with exact truth, for every vessel "The states can best govern our home concerns, and the [federal] sailing from a foreign port, the state of health respecting this fever which government our foreign ones. " prevails at the place from which she Signifi cantly, health care issues sails,” but that “the state authorities Jefferson further explained: often arose in early America – as [are] charged with the care of the Our country is too large to have when public health.” all its affairs directed by a single various dangerous fevers would Under the Constitution, states government. Public servants at periodically appear, ravaging such a distance and from under American cities and killing scores were to handle domestic health care issues, and the federal government the eye of their constituents . . . of citizens. foreign ones. will invite the public agents to Concerning health care issues, the corruption, plunder, and waste. Notwithstanding the fact that a . . . What an augmentation of the Founders specifically placed majority of Congressmen voted domestic health care into the field for jobbing, speculating, for the recent passage of the hands of the state governments, plundering, office-building, unconstitutional health care bill, leaving issues of international and office-hunting would be there are many in Congress who health care in the hands of the produced by an assumption of do understand the constitutionally limited powers of Congress. Dozens of these Congressmen formed the Constitution Caucus, chaired by Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ), and many of its Members have made outstanding efforts to return Congress to its constitutional role; two such measures are highlighted below. "I declare it as my opinion that [if] the power of Congress be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations . . . of the limited government established by the people of America."


Rep. John Shadegg (AZ) Every session since John has been in Congress, he has introduced “The Enumerated Powers Act” which would require “that all bills introduced in the U. S. Congress include a statement setting forth the specific constitutional authority under which the law is being enacted.”

As Shadegg explains, “The Enumerated Powers Act will help slow the flood of unconstitutional legislation and force Congress to reexamine the proper role of the federal government.” Not surprisingly, leaders of Congress have not allowed this bill to move forward, nevertheless, what a refreshing idea that Congress should provide constitutional authority for the actions it takes and the bills it passes! Rep. Mike Conaway (TX) Federal law establishes September 17 (the day the Constitution was signed in 1787) as Constitution Day, requiring that on that day every school receiving federal funding spend time studying the Constitution. Despite the law, a recent survey found that the majority of high school students had never heard of Constitution Day, and only ten percent could recall any such school celebration the prior year. However, Congressman Conaway believed that not just school students but also Members of Congress and their staff should also study the Constitution on that day, so he introduced a congressional resolution to that effect. When the a committee chairman heard the resolution, he told Mike, “That’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard!” – an attitude far too common among many in Congress.


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hile many people have opinions about how much money is enough for a Christian, I wonder just how many have searched the Scripture to see the amount of money God expects His children to have. John Avanzini

I must confess that when I researched the financial requirements, I was astounded! I had to immediately admit that I didn’t have enough money to do all the things God requires of me. Let’s look at just two things God requires every believer to do. Notice that each of these things takes money. GOD REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BE TRULY JOYFUL WHEN YOU TITHE. Tithing is not always joyful, especially when every cent counts and there are needs on every hand. In spite of their needs, there are many Christians who tithe faithfully. However, when money is in short supply, it’s really hard to be joyful about it. Let’s go to the Scripture and see what God says our attitude should be when we tithe. Deuteronomy 26 is completely dedicated to the proper way of bringing the tithe to God. I recommend that you read the whole chapter at your earliest convenience. However, to save time, let’s look at only a portion of it. And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thine house.…When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase... (Deut. 26:11-12) God says we must be in an attitude of rejoicing when we tithe. Think about it a moment. Just how much money will you have to earn to be really joyful each time your tithe? I cannot personally answer that question for you. You will have to determine for yourself. There is an amount of money that would make tithing more than an act of obedience, into a truly joyful act of worship. But wait! Don’t go away yet, for God requires you to have money for several other things. Lets take a look at one more….

by John Avanzini

GOD REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BE ABLE TO ADEQUATELY DO YOUR PART TO SEND THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD. I am sure all Christians know God requires more of them than just tithing. Malachi tells us that we have robbed God if we do not give offerings over and above our tithes. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (Mal. 3:8) Just take a moment and think of the many offerings God requires of you. Surely He wants you to give to missions, traveling ministers, as well as Christian radio and television networks. Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by paying them.(Gal. 6:6 TLB) Go...TEACH all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matt. 28:19-20) Everyone knows that going into all the world to preach the gospel to every living soul is a very expensive business. However, this requirement becomes even more expensive when you fully understand what Jesus added to the Great Commission in the book of Acts. Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shalll be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost earth. (Acts 1:8) Notice carefully the word “both” in the above verse. It shows us how we are to witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world. The word "both" adds to the Great Commission. “You shall be witnesses of me simultaneously in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” Now before you throw up your hands in utter hopelessness, let me point out that God hasn't left you powerless and alone to meet this great expense. Look once again at the first verse. ...Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...[then] ye shall be witnesses....(Acts 1:8) The power Jesus promises after the Holy Ghost comes upon you is enabling power (dunamis).



I cannot answer that for you, but you and God can. God meant for His children to have an abundance. So let’s look at the verse again as I His covenant of provision may seem expand the paraphrase for you. impossible to obtain, until you read You shall receive the ability after the about God’s promise to supply. Holy Ghost has come upon you, and ...Thou shalt remember the Lord you will be able to witness of me thy God: for it is He that giveth thee simultaneously in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the power to get wealth that He may establish His covenant which He uttermost parts of the earth. sware unto thy fathers, as it is this How much money will be enough day. (Deut. 8:18) for you to be able to joyfully tithe, as God Himself has given you supernatural well as share toward simultaneously power to get the wealth you will need sending the gospel of Jesus Christ to fulfill the covenant He has made with throughout the earth by every means you on behalf of a lost and dying world.. God has ordained? The Greek word dunamis means “ability.”

Source: How Much Money is Enough? by John Avanzini Excerpt permission granted by HIS Publishing Company


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enseless Beauty is a Christian/Hardcore/Metal band from Clear Lake, Iowa. They have been together going on 5 years now. They branched from a praise and worship team at their local church, where they got together on the side in a small business office. The first year they settled in with a few shows here and there, when they realized they wanted to try to take things more seriously and ramp things up. Fast forward to where they are now; about to release a second full length album and continue to tour much of the USA playing shows, festivals, benefits etc. The band has always run on putting everything in God’s hands to see if they should do this or that, and over the past few years it seems like the doors continue to open as new opportunities arise everyday. Their music of course is not for everyone, but for those who like the “Harder” styles of music. “Truthfully we are underfire all the time from other fellow Christians for the style of music we play, but what they need to understand is we’re trying to be a positive light to people of that genre and lifestyle, we have an open door to witness to these people whom have been shut out by so many people” says guitarist Phil Biermann. “We have prayed and spoke with many people over thoughts of suicide, depression, anger, etc. and even if its only one person a week its worth every penny, every second we spend doing this.” They also always make sure to give a short message or guitarist Wil Cooper will give his testimony. The band is releasing their second full length album called “Surviving.” June, 19th at 7PM at Bash on the Farm in Garner Iowa. It will also be for sale on their myspace, CD Baby, iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon.

You can also find their previous Full Length album “Thoughts of Wolves.” “We go all out on our Bash on the Farm shows every year, last year Phil smashed a guitar and we’re trying to always out do the last years shows, but this year it will defenetly be a show not to miss.” says vocalist Shven Biermann. Be sure to check out the band; on Facebook: or on Myspace: For booking email: senselessbeaut Senseless Beauty is: Shven Biermann-Vocals Wil Cooper-Guitar Phil Biermann-Guitar Ryan Thul-Bass Mike Fallis-Drums

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sermon to an audience of leaders making final preparations for Thursday’s National Day of Prayer., the world’s most

popular Christian video-sharing website providing inspirational, sharable online content to the Christian marketplace, has been resurrected on the Internet.

He alluded to Eastern Europe under communism, where Christians and others were allowed to pray only within their homes or inside the officially sanctioned churches that were allowed by the state. Franklin Graham, after praying at Pentagon 2010

“I think its coming to this country where we National Day of Prayer (will) have the freedom to preach inside a That’s not unconstitutional!” Dobson said. church wall, but we will lose the freedom to Dobson said 33 of 44 U.S. presidents have do it outside. That day will probably come called for a National Day of Prayer. – maybe in my lifetime,” Graham said. “This has been our history. We dare not lose Ironically, it was Graham’s famous father, it now,” Dobson exclaimed. “And we will, if the Rev. Billy Graham, who, in the 1980s became the first Western preacher allowed we don’t have the guts to stand up with that kind of intensity.” by the Soviet government to preach at a Russian church -- helping to open the door Dobson, whose wife Shirley serves as to greater religious freedom after 70 years chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task of repression. Force, recounted a case in Santa Rosa County, Fla. -- near Pensacola -- involving a “(In the United States) we see everyday high school principal and athletic director at our rights being eroded. Just a little at a time, but its happening. Everyday. So let’s an off-campus event who prayed at an offcampus meeting. preach while we can. Let’s stand up and holler ‘Jesus Christ! King of Kings, Lord of “Prior to the meeting, one of them said to the Lords!’to the top of our voice,” the younger other, ‘Why don’t you say a word of prayer Graham said. from wisdom and what we’re about to do?’ “The secularists are going to get ticked off, the news media’s going to hate it. I don’t know, maybe the people in the White House are going to be mad. But you know what, I don’t care. Because God has called us to take the Gospel -- His Gospel, the power of God and His Salvation -- unto the ends of the Earth.” Graham was joined by James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., who is leading efforts to stop and force a referendum on recent action by the Washington, D.C., city council creating homosexual marriage in the nation’s capital.

And he said a 16-second prayer. It was a prayer for their food! Sixteen seconds! It was reported and a judge in Northern Florida hauled them into court, harangued them for eight hours in one day, and threatened to put them in prison for six months,” Dobson said. Dobson said the judge did not back off until members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus took up the cause.

Last September, after a day-long court hearing, U.S. District Judge M. Case Rodgers in Pensacola ruled that Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman had not violated a 2008 court order banning school employees from Dobson, who praised Graham as a “model” praying publicly “at any time or at any place” for the restrained way he responded to a in the Florida school district. recent ruling by a federal judge in Madison, Lay had asked Freeman to pray at the Wis., outlawing the statute creating the dedication of a field house held during school National Day of Prayer, said the right to publicly proclaim the Christian Gospel was hours, but conducted on the property of a one of the chief freedoms enshrined in the nearby church. Constitution by the Founding Fathers. The men had faced up to six months in jail “I am convinced that there are people in high places, people with a great deal of authority and influence, who want to eliminate every vestige of religion -- especially Christian religion, or evangelical religion – from the public square. They want to expunge it. They want to get rid of it. They want to take away our right to worship and to have a prayer service in a government building.

and $5,000 in fines each for violating the order, which the same judge had issued as a result of a 2008 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two anonymous students at the high school. The judge held that the violation of the order had been “spontaneous” -- and not voluntary.

"And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

by Michael Ireland’s site provides top videos, all of which have been monitored for content appropriate for the faithbased audience, segregated into seven categories for easy browsing: Christian, comedy, cute, inspiration, music, news and sports. is re-emerging as a Christian powerhouse for the online community to experience and engage in Users have the ability to navigate bethe best-of-the-best in videos focused on tween and, sharing an environment that unites the the Christian marketplace. Body of Christ online. Favorite online’s initial launch in 2007 videos can be found on skyrocketed this Christian video-sharing such as: “Lifehouse Drama,” “Baby Got site, with an eventual average of 2.7 mil- Book,” “Little Girl and Psalm 23,” and lion users each month. “Tim Hawkins’ Scary Bedtime Prayer.” In an effort to widen the reach of the Plans are already in motion to provide audience and to better additional content and access to Godserve its thriving user base, www.tangle., including the ability for users com was launched in 2009, redirectto upload content, a content flagging ing the users to the new system where users can help ensure a platform. safe environment for the entire is the world’s largest social nity, the ability to create an account on networking platform for the faith-based through Facebook, user and family-friendly marketplace. video commentary, a new Spanish category to serve’s rapidlyAfter the successful launch of tangle. growing Hispanic community, a content com, is now back by popular demand under its own moniker. rating system where users can highlight and specify their favorite content, and According to a media release from A. the same wide-spread content sharing Larry Ross Communications, in just a and e-mail communication capabilities few weeks since its return to the Web that have fueled the viral and rapid and through word-of-mouth promotion, growth of the site. has realized more than 400,000 unique visitors, indicating the “We recognized the unfiltered and viral community’s excitement. unmonitored content available on other “After three years of building online media communities for the Christian marketplace, we have learned how to measurably identify ways to better serve our target audience and continue to expand our growth into the Christian community,” said Trey Bowles, CEO of Big Jump Media, parent company of both and

sites and we wanted to provide an atmosphere where families can feel safer about their viewing choices,” Bowles said.

“We will continue to focus on providing tools and distribution opportunities that will unite the Body of Christ online through both the largest Christian social networking platform in the world, tan“There is a great amount of brand loyalty, and the world’s most popular to from the visitors to the Christian video site and we plan to grow the site and sharcontinue to provide a place online for Christians to come find, view and share ing site, GodTube. encouraging and inspirational content com.” across the Internet.”


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SERGEANT JENNA RAE LEE by Kevin Mertens Edited by Freedom Publications


Sergeant Jenna Rea Lee administers medical aid to a young boy in Iraq, while he's held in place by one of his realtives. Jenna especially enjoyed working with the children in Iraq during her tour of duty.

ERGEANT JENNA RAE LEE, was born in Mankato and spent her early grade school years in Delavan. Her father, Todd, is a teacher in the Blue Earth Area Elementary School and her mother, Denise, from Albert Lea, is an LPN who works at Parker Oaks in Winnebago. Jenna’s Grandparents are Roy and Barb Springborg. Jenna is a 2005 high school graduate from Blue Earth Area Jenna waited almost a year before joining the Army in the spring of 2006. “Joining the Army was something I was always interested in,” notes Lee. “Part of the decision was getting my college education paid for.’ Explains Lee, “What I wasn’t prepared for was the sleep deprivations, the constant going, and everybody being on edge.” She traveled to Fort Jackson, S.C., for her 12 weeks of basic training. She found the physical part of the training less demanding than the mental aspect. “I had to run cross country and lettered in junior high and continued to run on my own. That helped me a lot.” With basic training complete, it was now on to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas for AIT (advanced Individual Training). AIT started with 500 students Lee was one of the 170 who graduated. The academics were though and they had just six weeks to complete their civilian EMT course. Once finished with that they began work on the combat side of being an EMT. Part of the training involved combat scenarios and situations. This included treating burns, shrapnel wounds, arterial bleeding, and airway problems. It also included giving IVs in the dark. So, one training scenario might involve locating and treating the casualty’s whole a drill sergeant screamed at you, Jenna says. Dressed in your full gear, you would then have to remove the 180-pound mannequin from the dangerous situation. These are not your ordinary mannequins, she relates. They are high tech expensive mannequins that the instructions can check to see how well you performed. It was then on to Fort Campbell, Ky., Where she was assigned to the C526 2nd Brigade. Following seven more months of training, Jenna deployed to Baghdad on Oct. 12, 2007, as part of the 101st Airborne Division, as a Medic. While some of her male colleagues didn’t approve of a woman being in combat situation, they became very protective of her and would tell her, “If I have to serve with a female, I’m glad it’s with you.” Going out on patrol was part of the daily life in Iraq. As the only female in the platoon, Jenna was partnered with 32 infantry guys. They would go out in their four truck convoys made up of armored Hum Vees. At times, they would be on a dismounted

patrol outside of the truck. This would give Lee the chance to interact with the Iraqi people and provide basic medical care, such as treating and stitching open wounds. Lee especially enjoyed the Iraqi children, teaching them to count and giving them candy. The kids were very affectionate and wanted to hug, but Lee points out that hugging was discouraged as you had to stay attentive and alert to everything going on around you. As for the most dangerous situations her patrol faced, Jenna would just say that they came under combat situations and were hit once by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). While serving in Iraq Lee, became friends with Corporal Jessica Ann Ellis who was also a medic, though not in the same platoon, they shared the same living quarters. Ellis was a good friend and colleague, a running partner, someone to laugh with, to cry with, and to learn with. On Mother’s Day, 2008, the vehicle that Corporal Ellis was in was hit with an EFP (Explosively Formed Projectile). In the blink of an eye Jenna’s “battle buddy” was gone. Only days before her friend’s tragic death, Jenna had been with Jessica as Jessica ordered flowers for her mom for Mother’s Day. This year Jenna made sure that Jessica’s mother had flowers for Mother’s Day and her intentions are that Jessica’s mother will have flowers every Mother’s Day. “Life goes on” is a saying you often hear when something bad happens. In the military, where there are assignments that must be carried out and duties that must be fulfilled, that saying rings very true. “You don’t get a chance to mourn,” cements Lee, “You have to carry on with your job.” Now, almost a year and half after the loss of her friend and fellow soldier, Lee is learning that life truly does go on. Jenna gave birth to a baby boy on September 11th and is married to Sergeant Jeremiah Lee. The baby’s name is Jaxson Jeremiah Jae Lee. The name Jae is in honor of Jenna’s fallen friend Jessica Ann Ellis. Upon her discharge next June, Jenna is interested in getting a teaching degree and coaching high school sports. There is no doubt that the events which she has experienced have had profound effect on her life. “I appreciate my family more and realize how lucky I am to live in this country. I learned to value life more, to turn to my faith.” Jenna requests prayers for her husband, Jeremiah, who was deployed to Afghanistan on May 18, 2010.


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get distracted.

The real problem for Obama and those who would help him in his promised fundamental transformation of America is that all this technology and information has let the average citizen determine the truth for himself or herself. It’s what gave rise to the Tea Party movement and community organizers of the right. Ah, there’s the rub. In this administration, freedom of speech, press or information is a distraction and a threat. That’s why they sought to impose the doctrine of “net neutrality” on the Internet. In the name of opening up broadband to all, it’s designed to suppress the voices of those who have competed in the marketplace of ideas and won. In his speech regarding the value of getting a good education, Obama quoted the third president. “What Jefferson recognized,” he said, “is that in the long run their improbable experiment — called America — wouldn’t work if its citizens were uninformed.” Being informed depends on information and the free flow thereof, with no one, especially not the government, being the

final arbiter of truth. That’s for the individual to decide. That’s why in words inscribed in a frieze below the dome of his memorial in Washington, D.C., Jefferson said: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” So have we, both defenders and beneficiaries of a free press and free media in all its forms, old and new. Which is why we celebrate, not condemn, talk radio, 24-hour cable news, Twitter, iPods and iPads, and oppose attempts to shackle the Internet or any other way information is exchanged, discussed and debated. They’re not threats to democracy, but its very lifeblood.


Youth & Young Adult Praise Team Travel To Bulgaria


race Christian Church of Albert Lea MN, have an exceptional Youth and Young Adult Praise team. This Praise Team travels all over Minnesota, and have traveled as far as California as well.

We disagree with what some have to say, but will defend to the death their right to tweet it.

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in this July 2008 photo.


rom processing credit card transactions to providing WiFi Internet access, your cell phone can be a lifeline for running a business outside the office For most small businesses, conducting business on the go is the norm. A slew of mobile applications can make life a little bit easier, whether a small business owner wants to process credit card charges or capture receipts for expensing. Here’s a look at some of the mobile apps for business owners that are a click away. wCharge Credit Card Terminal Brought to you by Transaction Wireless, wCharge Credit Card Terminal is a mobile application that enables remote processing of Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), American Express (AXP) and Discover credit card payments. That means credit card transactions can be processed from a mobile phone. The application claims to offer a secure way of accepting credit cards on the go. The transaction records are stored in your PayPal profile online. The app costs $4.99 to $8.99 a month depending on where you buy it, and you’ll need a mobile phone and a business/merchant PayPal account for it to work. wMWifiRouter Your cell phone gets Internet access on the go, but your laptop requires a separate

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mobile card, which means an additional cost. wMWifiRouter changes all that with its mobile app that turns smartphones into an Internet hotspot. The app can enable your smartphone to provide Internet access to multiple devices at the same time and works even when the device is suspended. Your smartphone will have to have Windows Mobile in order for the app to work. The app costs $19.99 for one consumer license. Zoho Mobile Whether it’s email, spread sheets or document creation, Zoho has an app for your mobile phone. Zoho Mobile apps, which start at as low as $8, work on the Apple (AAPL) iPhone, Google’s (GOOG) Android, Research in Motion’s (RIMM) Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Nokia (NOK). The company, known for its suite of online applications, also offers an app that lets you enter in forms on the go. Sprite Backup For many small business owners, much if not all of their business is conducted on a mobile phone. If that phone gets lost or stolen it can be disastrous to a small business. Sprite Backup gives users peace of mind with its app that backs up all your mobile contacts, SMS, applications and settings, to name a few. The app lets you back up the data to a PC, FTP site and storage cards. The app, which works with Windows Mobile, costs $29.95. Shoeboxed iPhone App Any small business owner who has to keep a running tab of receipts and expenses knows how cumbersome that can be. Shoeboxed’s free iPhone app makes the process less painful. The app lets you take pictures of receipts and add notes. The data is extracted to your iPhone where you can submit expenses right there or do it later online.

There are eight members total. Catherine Brown 17 Cory Hanson 21 Makala Hanson 19 Summer Sorum 25 Patrick Hanson 16 Andrew Hanson 23 Elisha Marin 17 Daniel Hanson 19 They are taking their team to Bulgaria for a 6 week tour of music ministry and preaching. They plan to reach six cities including Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Begonia, Caspian, and Kosovo. After 18 days five of the members will return home while three will remain for more ministry, and preaching. Elisha Marin 17 years old: Co-lead guitar, sing, occasionally plays base and can also play trumpet and violin. For five years has participated on the praise and worship team. He has taken some lessons but gives all the credit of his talent to the Lord. “All of my skills come from GOD inspired by the Holy Spirit”

and he will be one of the three that will stay for the remaining 31/2 weeks of ministry. “I look forward to what God has for these people and for the miracles that will manifest in these cities.” Summer Sorum 25 Has been on the Praise team for two years she plays keyboard and sings. She has been involved in praise and worship and youth groups for several years. “I am super passionate about worship, there is just something about the intimate relationship we have with God while we worship him there becomes a connection between us and GOD by letting go of us, and entering in with goal of seeing his face the result is you experience Gods love”. She went on to say how there are times as she is playing that she knows with no doubt that she lead by the HOLY SPIRIT. When asked what they think of this exceptional group of young people Pastors George and Jill Marin responded by saying, “they are the most inspiring youth group they have ever had the privilege ministering too. They are unstoppable for the Lord, they are fearless there’s

nothing they wouldn’t do for the Lord. While ministering they would eat just about anything and sleep anywhere. Their ministry puts hope in the hearts for the next generation. May 15, 2010 Car wash fund raiser: Participating Volunteers; Amanda Carstens, Chloe Hanson, Kathryn Ponik, and John Jahnsen. Thank you GOD for using this next generation of youth members to bless our community.

noted Elisha. Elisha says, “There’s a spiritual warfare, and there is something about emerging yourself in praise by using your mouth and all of your heart. The bible talks about using your mouth to give praise unto the Lord”. (Find the scripture). “When we praise the Lord, it’s like there’s a pipe going strait into heaven with God’s Glory pouring down as we sing.” He expresses to other teens the importance of being involved in church and to be open to what GOD has for you and wants to do in your life. This will be his 3rd visit to Bulgaria

They still have a remaining $3000.00 left for this missionary trip. Any donations for this ministry are appreciated and can be mailed to: Grace Christian Church 501 West College Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-473-0376


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EVIDENCE FOR CREATION A tremendous pyramid of evidence for design and recent creation is available for detailed study. Romans 1:20 states: “For the invisible things of him from the creation are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead: so that they are without excuse.”



ossils. The very name brings to mind images of untold ages past...dinosaurs roaming ancient swamps...slow but steady progression as simple sea life was transformed into today’s complex variety. Is this an accurate reconstruction of the past or is a worldwide flood the correct explanation of the fossil record? Fossils are the preserved evidence of past life. They are found in every part of the world, including the tops of the highest mountains. They may be as simple as a seashell which has left a permanent impression in sandstone or as grandiose as a giant plesiosaur whose bones have turned to rock after rapid burial. The fossils themselves tell us neither their age nor how they became encased in the rock layers. Rather, they must be interpreted within some view of earth history. Many people have been led to believe that the existence of fossils proves that millions of years have passed. In reality, fossils can form quite rapidly. Heat and pressure from rapid burial can accelerate the fossilization process. Geologic conditions following a worldwide flood would have exceeded anything imaginable today and must have led to the rapid fossilization of the plants and animals on a massive scale. Fossilization can happen rapidly under the right conditions, but it is a rare event today. Yet there are mass burial sites throughout the world that are tightly packed with millions of fossils. Apparently, billions of organisms were washed together by the mass destruction of the worldwide flood, completely buried, and rapidly fossilized. These massive and extensive fossil graveyards would be the predictable result of a worldwide flood, but would hardly fit the slow accumulation model which continues to be taught as the primary explanation of the fossil record. Something dramatically different must have happened in the past to have caused the wide

by: Bruce Malone

spread fossilization which we find all over our planet. Noah’s flood would have been this event. Geologists and paleontologists operating from a Christian worldview acknowledge the possibility that a worldwide catastrophe buried unimaginable amounts of plants and animals. This was the disaster documented in the first book of the Bible. It lasted at least one year and had reverberations which lasted for centuries. Sea creatures would have been buried first (the salinity and temperature of the oceans would have changed during the catastrophe, wiping out massive numbers of these sea creatures). Even after the flood, plant and animal extinction would have been common as many types of creatures failed to adapt to dramatically changing conditions. Although any order of burial in a flood would be possible, the general tendency would be for sea life to be buried in the lower rock layers and land animals to be buried in different rock layers corresponding to their ecological niche. This tendency is generally found. Creation geologists (and there are many of them) believe that the majority of the geologic record is a result of geologic activity during and subsequent to the year-long worldwide flood. This flood would have been an incredible complex event. Geologist and paleontologists operating from an evolutionary world view acknowledge local catastrophes, but do not allow consideration of a worldwide flood. This would wipe out the “slow change over eons of time” interpretation of the fossils which is needed to continue believing in evolution. Only one interpretation of the evidence can be correct and only one interpretation of the evidence agrees with what the Bible claims is the history of our planet.


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