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Plan of Salvation: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever shall believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
(L) San Francisco, CA Waterfront Fireworks, (M) Boy on Tricycle at Fourth of July Parade and (R) Happy Father on Father‘s Day
Churches Rededicate the USA to God on July 3rd Churches across the USA will rededicate the USA to God in their Sunday services on July 3rd. "As the USA draws near to God, God will draw near to the USA," says Pastor Steven Andrew, author of "Making A Strong Christian Nation."
Congregations both Protestant and Catholic are invited to participate in the national covenant prayer. This patriotic God and Country affirmation is a reminder of our Founding Fathers. John Adams said the Fourth of July "ought to be commemorated
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as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty." USA Christian Ministries has free resources available. There is a handout and a church bulletin insert for participants to pray as a congregation and See Churches Page 9
What the Bible Says about the End Times! By Connie Woods Could these be the last days? Apocalyptic movies, date setters, disasters, the nation of Israel, wars, famines, and evil have all drawn more interest in understanding end times. One thing for sure is that we are closer than we‘ve ever been before. Under-
standing end times, allows believers to trust and rely on God despite the chaos that happens in our world. The parable of the fig tree reminds us that when the branches are tender and put forth leaves summer is near, and when we see all these things happen, See End Time Signs Page 8
As Tornado Destruction Continues, World Vision Offers 8 Tips on How to Talk to Kids About Disasters, Tragedies -- Relief agency offers tips for parents of children seeing disturbing footage of tornado damage -- World Vision responding to tornadoes in Joplin, Tuscaloosa, Minneapolis, and elsewhere as devastation continues PRNewswire-USNewswire -- As news coverage continues of tornado devastation across the American South, our
children will likely see disturbing news footage and have questions about this tragedy. Below are several suggestions on how to talk with children about this disaster and its impact. These tips are provided by child-focused humanitarian organization World Vision. World Vision responds to natural disasters in the United States and around the
world, and is providing urgently needed personal hygiene kits, school supplies for children, and cleaning supplies for recovery efforts in Alabama, Missouri, Minnesota, Virginia, and North Carolina. Talking to kids about tragedy Talking to children about tragedy is a job most parents would love to avoid. If only our SEE World Vision Offers 8 Tips Page 9
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Good News Press - 2 - News Church Reaches Out to Victims of Doomsday Cult Christians Worry Harold Camping's Predictions May End in Suicide
"Do not despair," said Pastor Jacob Denys. "You are not alone. We offer you help and Biblical counsel." The church plans to have their doors open to Camping's followers in need of counsel. Those interested may call or visit the church to find help. Camping's followers are invited to attend their Sunday Morning Service on May 22nd at 10:00 a.m. - the day after Camping's promised second coming of Christ. "We realize our offer of assistance may not be wellreceived right now," said Pastor Denys, "but we hope on May 22nd they will see it is an offer made in Christian love. We know that you will be hurting when you realize that you have been deceived, and we will be here for you." Calvary Bible Church of Milpitas is a nondenominational, verse-byverse, Bible teaching church that worships Jesus Christ for who He is and what He has done for them. They are especially concerned that those who SEE Church Reaches Pg 11
New York – AJC applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s eloquent and stirring reaffirmation of Israel‘s commitment to achieve a permanent peace with the Palestinians. ―So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas! Sit down and negotiate! Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this. Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so,‖ declared Prime Minister Netanyahu. ―Prime Minister Netanyahu has delivered a crystal-clear message of peace and hope that should be embraced by the Palestinians and the wider Arab world,‖ said AJC Executive Director David Harris. ―Israel is fully committed to achieving
National Back to Church Sunday, September 18th
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MILPITAS, PRNewswire/ -Calvary Bible Church of Milpitas, California is reaching out to provide help to followers of Harold Camping's "Family Radio," which they believe to be a doomsday cult, and asks them not to do anything rash on Sunday, May 22nd. The 89-year-old Camping owns the Oakland, California-based Family Radio Network, heard on more than 150 stations around the world. Camping uses it to promote his strange understanding of the Bible that includes mathematical predictions of Jesus Christ's return on Saturday, May 21st and the end of the universe on October 21st of this year. Calvary Bible Church is very concerned about the wellbeing of Camping's followers, who sincerely believe his predictions. Camping contradicts the
Citywide Initiatives Strengthen Grassroots Movement VISTA, Calif-- Drawing whole communities into church -that is the goal of many church leaders for National Back To Church Sunday, Sept. 18. In preparation, citywide coordinators will be working to get churches across denominational lines to join together to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the special Sunday.
Bible, which says that no one knows the date of Christ's return. Jesus said that even He did not know it, but Camping claims to have figured it out. Camping's followers believe so strongly that they will be "raptured" (ascending to Jesus in heaven) on May 21st, that some of them may have emptied bank accounts, cashed out retirement funds, and sold possessions in order to donate money to help Camping spread his message. Calvary Bible Church is concerned that Camping's devotees may become depressed and do something rash, when May 21st passes and they realize they have been misled. They are especially concerned that those who have given away a substantial portion of their savings might consider suicide when they realize that Jesus has not returned, as Camping promised, and they are financially ruined. The church wants to reach out to Camping's followers with a message of hope.
AJC Applauds Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Eloquent Speech Commitment to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
"The desired goal of National Back To Church citywide initiatives is that a citywide coordinator leads the movement in every community in America," said Eric Abel, vice president of marketing for Outreach, Inc., a Southern Californiabased marketing company supporting the event. More than 120 church leaders already have expressed interest in becoming citywide coordinators. "This year, National Back To Church Sunday citywide initiaThis year, National Back To tives are multiplying the Church Sunday, the single largest community outreach in event's effectiveness," said Philip Nation, ministry develthe nation, is expected to draw the participation of more opment director of LifeWay Research and spokesperson of than 10,000 churches. There the nationwide initiative. are approximately 340,000 "Local churches are encourchurches and about 155 milaged to partner with one anlion regular churchgoers other to increase the scope of across the country. their reach. We support these
grassroots movements and anticipate the number of personal invitations will skyrocket." To support the event, a citywide coordinator guide and a National Back To Church specialist are available to give direction and support to local churches. Outreach offers city coordinators special custom invitations showing participating churches in any area. National Back To Church Sunday was launched three years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church, and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would cause them to attend a service.
peace with the Palestinians, but that requires a credible Palestinian partner, who shares the goal. It was powerfully moving to see how warmly he was received by the U.S. Congress, emblematic of the unique and enduring partnership between the U.S. and Israel.‖ Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his hour-long speech, reminded the world that six Israeli prime ministers since the 1993 Oslo Accords have been committed to establishing a Palestinian state, but the main obstacle to a final accord has been and remains the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state alongside it. ―I‘ve stood before the Israeli people to say I accept a Palestinian state,‖ said Netanyahu. ―It‘s time for Mahmoud Abbas to stand before his people and say ‗I accept a Jewish state.‘‖ ―Prime Minister Netanyahu
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spoke clearly in saying that the root of this conflict has always been and remains the intractability of the other side to recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish State,‖ said Harris. Netanyahu acknowledged that true peace requires ―painful compromises,‖ See Israeli-Palestinian Pg 8
Citizen-led Campaign Advances No Exceptions Abortion Ban in Poland removing exceptions from the nation's abortion laws and providing total protection for preborn children from the moment of conception is set for a parliamentary vote this week in Poland. The legislation is the result of a citizen-led initiative drive in which sponsors were required to collect 100,000 signatures over the course of three months. The grassroots effort reportedly collected 600,000 signatures in just two weeks. Currently, the Polish law allows for abortion in cases related to maternal health, if the pregnancy is the result of "illegal activity," or if the preborn child is disabled. Polish abortionists have manipulated the exceptions to kill children with minor defects including cleft palates. Reports of fraud concerning fetal age are prevalent, and "illegal activity" is often misrepresented
to include a wider range of criminal activity. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a former assistant to Pope John Paul II, told Poland's largest opinion weekly, Gosc Niedzielny, "The Church clearly teaches that it is the obligation of Catholics not to protect the current 'compromise' but to aim at complete protection of life. This is a solution, which the Church calls for." The Nazi invasion first brought decriminalized abortion to the predominately Catholic nation. Under Soviet rule, Communism accounted for a continuation of the antilife policies. In 1993, finally free from their oppressors, Poland tightened abortion restrictions but did not institute a complete ban. A survey conducted earlier this month demonstrates a shift in the population's attitudes about abortion. The
numbers could be attributed to differences in age demographics as the former regimes' influence has faded and younger generations have been raised without the prejudices. 65% of Poles agree that the law "should unconditionally protect the life of all children since conception," and 76% of those aged 15 to 24 favor total protection. While still a majority, the numbers are lower for those aged 55 to 70 at 57%. Personhood USA, is cheering the advances. "Across the globe, God is moving in the hearts of so many to protect the preborn. America could stand to learn something from Poland, Hungary, Mexico and so many more nations protecting all human life," said co-founder, Keith Mason. "The people of Poland are right -- every person should enjoy the full protections of the law."
Good News Press - 3 - News God Lives and Heals Today By Cheryl Rogers For two weeks he tested me. I rotated sleeping places at his discretion. Kind of like the Israelites following the cloud in their wanderings. "And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: "But if the cloud were not taken up, then they jourIt was late 1996 and I was suffer- neyed not till the day that it ing from severe immune dysfunc- was taken up." Exodus 40:36,37 tion. Basically, I was super sensi- And then, my mother sought tive to everything in my environ- prayer for me from Messianic Vision's radio show by Sid Roth, a ment and I was getting worse.I had already prayed. I had already Georgia pastor. Well, they drew my name by lottery on the show seen the doctors. I took their and prayed for me. pills. I took their allergy shots. I took out my mercury fillings. I did I didn't know my mom had put deep-heat detoxification in a my name in for prayer, but I sure sauna. I tried to avoid my stress- knew someone prayed for me. I ors. And still, I got worse. became more optimistic and At first, it was better and worse. resolved to make the most of my Then, it was much, much worse. situation! The folks on the show So much so, I didn't know where declared me healed. Indeed, as I later learned, I had received the I could live. Holy Spirit. My body became Now that seemed like a problem stronger and stronger as each day of God-size proportions. I told passed. him I had done all I could and if "But if the Spirit of him that he could do something with my raised up Jesus from the dead life he could have it. dwell in you, he that raised Well, that's not much of a salva- up Christ from the dead shall tion prayer, but God seemed also quicken your mortal satisfied with it. He got me a new bodies by his Spirit that dwelplace to stay within a few hours leth in you." Romans 8:11 and filled me with faith in him and Well, it was (and is) true. a desire to be obedient to his wishes. (I previously had relied The Holy Spirit led me to seek pretty much on my own judgprayer wherever and whenever I ment.) I have a confession. I used to have doubts about God's existence. I would pray and I wouldn't always get an answer, so it felt like a one-sided conversation. Then one day when I was very, very sick and out of options, I surrendered my life to God. I didn't know what else to do. Guess what? HE heard me.
could. I had people lay hands on me and pray, just as they describe in the Bible. About six months later, I believe God led me to a statewide charismatic prayer conference. It was there I received a physical healing from Environmental Illness. My life has never been the same since. I found being the boss isn't what it's cracked up to be. I just don't have all the answers, as much as I'd like to ... It's sure been a weight off my shoulders. I have to admit that, deep inside, I was running scared. It wasn't a good feeling. Now, I can rely on the one who made me to do what's best. "In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid of what man can do unto me. Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt thou not deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?" Psalm 56:11-13
Cheryl Rogers is a writer and singer/songwriter specializing in Scripture songs and Scripture-based columns, stories, and artwork. Free resources are posted at http://www.SongsfromtheWo rd.com
Reaction To NY Gay Marriage Vote Minnesota for Marriage Coalition Reacts to Gay Marriage Vote in New York State
Minnesota," said Jason Adkins of the Minnesota Catholic Conference and a member of the Minnesota for Marriage Coalition. "Marriage "This is Exactly Why We between one man and one Need the Constitutional Amendment" -- The Minne- woman has served mankind sota for Marriage Coalition, a for all of recorded history as broad-based group of com- the building block of civilizamunity and faith leaders and tion and the best institution for children. Now marriage organizations supporting next year's vote to preserve has been radically redefined the definition of marriage as in New York and gay marriage imposed without a vote only one man and one woman in Minnesota's con- of the people. Placing oneman, one-woman marriage in stitution, reacted today to the narrow vote by the Leg- Minnesota's Constitution islature in the State of New ensures that only voters will York to legalize gay marriage ever be able to decide the meaning of marriage, not in the Empire State. politicians." "This is exactly why we need "Those who opposed placing the amendment before the the constitutional amendment to protect marriage in voters said it was unneces-
sary, but the activities in New York show differently," added Chuck Darrell, Director of Communications of the Minnesota Family Council. "In fact, State Senator John Marty boasted that the Minnesota state legislature would force same-sex marriage on the people this year - just like in New York without a vote of the people. Instead, our legislature wisely decided to let the people decide the issue of marriage not politicians." "We look forward to a healthy debate on the amendment and, unlike politicians in New York, trust the people of Minnesota to make the right decision on marriage in our state," concluded Adkins.
Good News Press - 4 - Entertainment Billboard Top 10 Top 10 Gospel Songs
1. I Smile - Kirk Franklin 2. My Heart Says Yes -Troy Sneed 3. Nobody Greater - VaShawn Mitchell 4. Over & Over Trin-i-tee 5:7 5. Well Done - Deitrick Haddon 6. I Give Myself Away (Live) William McDowell 7. Walking - Mary Mary 8. I Believe - James Fortuna & FIYA featuring Zacardi Cortez & Shawn Mc Lemore 9. He Has His Hands On You Marvin Sapp 10. I Need Your Glory - Earnest Pugh
Top 10 Christian Songs 1. Blessings - Laura Story 2. Glorious Day(Living He love…) - Casting Crowns 3. Stronger - Mandissa 4. Listen to the Sound - Building 429 5. The Way - Jeremy Camp 6. You Love Me Anyway Sidewalk Prophets 7. The Redeemer - Sanctus Real 8. Your Great Name - Natalie Grant 9. You are More - Tenth Avenue North 10. Reach - Peter Furler
AWARDS '11 winners are:
Best Female R&B Artist: Rihanna
Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
Best Group: Diddy-Dirty Money
Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Sky Angel Brings PixL Movie Channel Sky Angel Brings PixL Movie Channel to Family Lineup
NAPLES, Fla.,-- "Sky Angel TV subscribers will really enjoy PixL, with commercial-free movies 24 hours a day, featuring shows the entire family can watch together," said Brian Collins, Sky Angel Executive Vice President of Programming / Media Sales. PixL is a 24/7 family-safe movie channel showing timeless dramas, wholesome comedies and love stories that
Recognized by The Dove Foundation, Award-Winning Film is the 1st 3-D Animated Christian Film Ever Released; Featuring a Stellar Cast, Including Ernest Borgnine, Michael Madsen & Scott Eastwood
to be better; Esmay (Sandi Patty), a motherly cow; Horace (Omar Benson Miller), an unmannerly but big-hearted pig; Monty (Anupam Kher), a faint-hearted horse; and Drake (Alphonso McAuley), a zany, rambling rooster.
the award for Best Animated Film at the 2011 Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy.
The Lion of Judah's original motion picture soundtrack (available on iTunes) features 11 songs and includes 10 Upon learning that Judah underscores composed is in the clutches of the by award-winning com-- A laugh-filled, heartActor and Comedian Kevin Hart townspeople -who plan poser/producer Greg warming, animated, Hosted 2011 BET AWARDS Christian tale, The Lion to make him the highlight Sims. Lion of Judah." Klaus also collaborates of Judah is a classic in the of the annual Passover making that the entire family will enjoy. Premiering in June Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Best Actress: Taraji P. (beginning on the 3rd) in Kanye West Henson cities across the country, Best New Artist: Wiz Best Actor: Idris Elba The Lion of Judah is seen Khalifa through the eyes of a Young Stars Award: Best Collaboration: Chris Jaden Smith and Wilzany cast of stable aniBrown f/ Lil Wayne low Smith mals and features the and Busta Rhymes voice talents of Academy "Look At Me Now" Best Movie: For ColAward-winner Ernest ored Girls Video of the Year: Chris Borgnine (Red, The Wild Brown f/ Lil Wayne Subway Sportswoman Bunch, The Dirty Dozen, and Busta Rhymes of the Year: Serena Marty, From Here to "Look At Me Now" feast -- the stablemates with Jobe on "Carry Me" Williams Eternity, TV's McHale's leave their cozy barn, and with up-and-coming Video Director of the Navy), Scott Eastwood Subway Sportsman of embarking on an action- artist Colby Osborn, Year: Chris Robinson the Year: Michael (Invictus, Gran Torino, packed series of laughworship leader at megaPride, Flags of Our Faout-loud exploits to free church Bellevue Baptist thers), Michael Madsen their friend. During their in Memphis, on the bo(Donnie Brasco, Kill Bill, daring journey, they innus track, "Once Upon a Vol. 1 & 2, Reservoir teract and entwine with Stable." Also featured, span generations and lift the movies and series," said Tim history ... finally seeking among others, are interhuman spirit. Their original Hanafee, PixL Vice President Dogs), Georgina Cordova (The Tale of Deshelp from the King, born national recording artist movies and miniseries are of Programming. "Becoming in their stable more than and founder of Phoenix created to inspire, entertain part of Sky Angel's wonderful pereaux) and more. 30 years earlier. Mass Choir, Eddie James and touch the heart of every- lineup brings us one step -- who currently has one who watches. "PixL's goal closer to that goal." Sky Angel Commented Ruth Grathree albums on Billis to continue is a national provider of inspi- ham & Friends, Daughter A remarkable 3-D aniof Evangelist Billy Gramated epic -- depicting a board's top-50 gospel to grow its rational and family-friendly 'television evetelevision and radio program- ham, "This delightful ani- variety of historical Bible chart -- performing "Lion mated story is a wonder- scenes as it entertains of Judah," and internarywhere' enming. Current subscribers tertainment with either the Family or Fam- ful way to begin discuss- with humorous antics -- tionally known artist, The Lion of Judah reNashville pastor and destination for ily Values package can watch ing the hope of Jesus with your younger chilimagines the Easter story Brownsville Revival muthe enormous PixL on channel 304. For dren. I loved it and my in a uniquely entertaining sic director, Lindell Coounderserved market of view- more information about the grandchildren adored the and contemporary man- ley, who sings "Glory." ers who are simply looking for channel lineup and packages characters." ner. clean, family-safe, high-quality visit www.skyangel.com. The Lion of Judah is It's a roaring adventure Without a doubt, The rated PG and the running with Judah (Cordova), Lion of Judah will leave time is approximately 87 the spunky and heroic you in awe of the power minutes. lamb; Slink (Borgnine), a that one lamb can com- For more info: rat with a plan and the mand. www.LionOfJudahTheMo natural leader of the vie.com group; Jack (Eastwood), a Recognized by The Dove Follow us on Facebook downtrodden, teenaged Foundation with the at: donkey with an attitude; Dove Seal for Family www.Facebook.com/The Boss (Madsen), a street- Friendly Entertainment, LionOfJudah smart Raven who strives The Lion of Judah won
Mary Mary - Named Best Gospel Artist The BET Awards held on June 26th awarded Mary Mary Best Gospel Artist. The full list of BET
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New Movie Seats to Hit Theaters Soon Gyrating movie seats will let you feel actors' movements in 3-D movies
At 50 specially equipped theaters, movie goers this summer will be able to feel actors' movements right in their seats. Motions range from being pitched forward, backward or side to side and give the experience of a momentary freefall when a character jumps off a cliff. Seat controls let the viewer dial down the intensity of the movement, which at the highest setting can reach up to two times the acceleration caused by gravity. Made by D-Box Technologies of Montreal, the seats are one more way theaters are moving to compete with home theater systems. The company has 70 installations worldwide and
50 in the United States. It aims to expand to 200 locations within a year and to 1,000 locations within four years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Guy Marcoux, DBox vice president of marketing, says it took 600 hours to program seats for "Fast Five." Engineers go through movies frame-by-frame to create a "motion track", which is like a sound track and controls the
seat. For complex scenes, such as a character racing away from an explosion in a car while being shot
at, a single frame could feature multiple motions simultaneously, and the D-Box chair would jar the viewer in all the appropriate directions. Tickets for a movie with D-Box seats cost $8 more than a regular ticket but offer a unique experience.
Good News Press - 6 - Holiday/Events Celebrating Independence Day Weekend With Patriotism, Safety, & Fun Amid their plans for picnics, fireworks and fun over the July Fourth weekend, Americans seriously take this opportunity to show their patriotism and love of country. They attend patriotic parades and fireworks demonstrations, salute the flag, tell stories about how family members fought for our country, and remember to honor our present defenders in foreign lands. Independence Day is the most important holiday of the summer. It carries a tradition that began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. John Adams, one of the declaration signers and future president said: "It will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the
great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, shells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward evermore." And so it is. Fireworks fulfill Adams' prediction for "illuminations." In cities and towns, the skies fill with dramatic, colorful and startling shell bursts. Many demonstrations in cities are so impres-
sive they draw viewers from hundreds of miles away to view them. Some Americans take illuminations personally and create their own fireworks shows. In many neighborhoods, stay-at-home celebrants can view neighbors' shell bursts that are almost as dramatic as those fired by professionals. In all home demonstrations, safety should be the first goal for amateur pyrotechnicians.
Local 4th of July Celebrations Alameda 4th of July Parade - Parade begins at 10 a.m. Other Activities from noon - 4 p.m. Parade starts at Lincoln Ave. and Park St. Alameda, CA. Activities at Grand St., Alameda, CA.
4pm - 9:45pm. Fireworks start at 9:30pm. 4000 San Pablo Ave, San Jose Municipal Stadium Hercules, CA. San Jose July 4th Fireworks Celebration - 588 East Alma Avenue, San Milpitas Sports Center Jose, CA. 4th Celebration - Water fun, fireworks, pool party, music, games, San Jose Mission District food, concerts. All day starting Fremont 4th of July Parade - Floats, Berkeley Marina 1pm. 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. marching bands, and other en4th of July - Live music, food, tries. 10am. Parade starts at Misfree boat rides, arts & crafts, Morgan Hill sion Blvd. & Pine St., Fremont. Adventure Playground. Noon Morgan Hill Independence Day All 10 p.m. 201 University Ave. day festivities. Sausalito Berkeley, CA 94710. Parade/Picnic - Parade, food, muNapa County Fair sic, games all day at Dunphry Central Park in Santa Clara Napa County Fair and Fireworks Park. Parade begins at intersecJuly 4th All - Breakfast, music, 1435 North Oak Street, Calistion of Second and Main Streets games, face painting, swimming, toga, CA 94515. at 10 am. Dunphry Park: Bridgefood. Fireworks at 9:30pm. way and Napa St. Sausalito. Oakland Jack London Square Concord Todos Santos Plaza 4th of July - Bands, activities, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Parade and festival. Pancake famer's market, artisan's market- Fireworks show at theme park. breakfast, run/walk benefit, muplace. Noon-7 p.m. Broadway & Open from 10:30am - 10pm. sic, arts & crafts, performances, 1st St. Oakland, CA 94607. 1001 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo, food, booths. Free parking. Pittsburg Marina CA 94589. July 4th Fireworks - Fireworks Cupertino begin at dusk along waterfront. Sonoma Plaza 4th Celebration - All Day 7am Forth of July on the Plaza - Fire9:30am Breakfast, Parade, enter- San Francisco works display, parade, marching tainment. Fireworks at 9:30pm. Fourth of July Waterfront Celebrabands, music, games, and food. tion - Live band performances Hercules Waterfront and activities, Fireworks display Parade & Fireworks - Parade, enstarts at 9:30pm. Activities 3pm tertainment, games, and food. 9:30pm. Pier 39, San Francisco.
Church Events/ Groups Women's Prayer Breakfast - Registration 8 a.m.; breakfast and program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11. Breakfast, prayer and a variety of guest speakers. Wedgewood at Delta View Golf Course, 2222 Golf Club Road, Pittsburg. $25. Purchase tickets at www.gbfantioch.org. Group tickets available: 510-9130183. Wife School at Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ in Oakland, CA Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 1pm. 1034 66th Avenue, OAK. Grace's Closet Food and Clothing Bank -- 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Providing food and clothing for those in need. Sponsored by Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch. 3109 Lone Tree Way, Antioch. Donations accepted noon-2 p.m. Saturdays. 925-522-2017, ext. 118 Shepherd's Gate -- Christcentered services for homeless women and children providing shelter and resources. 41111605 Sycamore Ave., Brentwood. 925-308-7507. St. John's Lutheran Church Women's Bible Study -- 7 p.m. Mondays. 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. 925-7573070. Men's Prayer Breakfast Sat, Jun 4, 2011 Men's Prayer Breakfast -- 8 a.m. First Saturdays monthly. Breakfast, prayers and fellowship. Black Bear Diner, 700 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-935-3360 LOPC Second Sunday Singles Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 5 p.m. Second Sundays monthly. Fellowship for singles of all ages, stages and life transitions. Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. Gerald Chinen, email@example.com Health Fair Sat, Jul 9, 2011 10am - 2pm Health Fair Harmony M.B. Church 4113 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland Ca 94609 www.healthylivingfoundatio n.net
925-778-1639. Bible Study Indian Community Church Fri, Aug 5, 2011 Bible Study -- 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays. Indian Community Church of the Valley, 19001 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, 925895-0033.
September 11, Sunday -Church Picnic at the Oakland Nature Friends. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Service at 10:30 a.m. Oakland Nature Friends Clubhouse, 3115 Butters Drive, Oakland, CA 94602
Lamorinda Community Bible Study -- 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Brad Reich, Author and founder of GodThoughts International. Willow Spring Church, 1689 School St., Moraga. 925-376-3550.
Lighthouse Baptist Church Clothing and Food Pantry Outreach -- 9:30-11:30 a.m. second Saturdays. Free clothing and food, prayer and other resources for people in need. Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2250 Jeffery Way, Brentwood. 925-634Antioch Family Church Prayer and Praise Gathering 1540, -- 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesdays ongoing. FelDelta Christian Food Pantry lowship Hall, 330 Worrell -- 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Road, Antioch. 925-783Receive free bags of food and bread. Help available. 0107. Byron Methodist United Church, 14671 Byron HighWord and Worship -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Solomon way. 925-634-1411. Temple Church, 655 California Ave., Pittsburg. 925- Birthright of Brentwood -Helping pregnant women 439-5905. facing personal crises. 925634-1275. Nondenominational Bible Study -- 7-8:30 p.m. Street Outreach -- Helping Wednesdays, clubhouse at the homeless in Antioch by Marsh Creek Apartments, providing hot meals, clothApplewood Court, Brenting and other resources. wood. 925-513-0401. Sam, 925-783-6923. Women's Community Bible Study -- 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. An interdenominational women's study that will be studying the books of Galatians, Hebrews and I John from Sept. 7 through May 9, 2012. Children's classes run concurrently for ages 12 and younger. Golden Hills Community Church, 2401 Shady Willow Lane, Brentwood. Filipino Bible Study and Fellowship -- 6 p.m. Saturdays, Hillcrest Terrace Community Hall, 3420 Deer Valley Road, Antioch; 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Christ Community Church of the Nazarene, 1650 Ashbury Drive, Concord. Esper Hagberg, 925-778-8083, 925876-1903 Bread of Life Lunches -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Providing free hot lunches and groceries to those in need. 415 W. Sixth St., Antioch.
July 18th-22nd: Hayward
Church of Christ‘s Vacation Bible School Hayward Church of Christ will be hosting a VBS this year with the theme of ‖Believe it or not…it‘s in the bible‖. It will be from 6:30PM – 8:30 PM. Agape Bible Fellowship -Worship, 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Agape Care Connection, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Fellowship and emotional support for ministers. 2008 Mahua Way, Antioch. John Ojewole, 925-265-1134 Light House Renewal Men's Recovery meeting -- 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays. 415 W. Sixth St., Antioch. Rob Harvey, 707-360-7809. SUPPORT Light House Renewal Men's Recovery meeting -- 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays. 415 W. Sixth
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St., Antioch. Rob Harvey, 707-360-7809. Grief Sharing Ministry -- 6:45-8 p.m. Thursdays. This group is a safe place to share your grief. Whatever is shared will be held confidential. If you want to be involved in the group, go to www.HillsideCares.org. Hillside Church, 108 Hillside Road, Antioch. 925-7571969. Al-Anon -- 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. St. John's Lutheran Church, 1360 E. Tregallas Road, Antioch. 925-757-3070.
A Hero (Romans 8:38-39) The one who makes the day will save and who he saves it for will praise and worship him (Psalm 118:24). If you call his name you will always be heard and in return you will find safety in his word (Acts 2:21; Proverbs 1:33). His reward is not fame, silver, nor Gold, he not only saves lives. He saves souls (Luke 9:56). He will come and bring light in the darkest hour and love, truth and righteousness is his power. No weapon formed against him shall prosper and all his enemies shall be conquered (Isaiah 54:17). If you have faith love and hope in him and it never waivers, you will know he’s not only a hero, but Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior (Romans 3: 22 to 26).
Kaleidoscope Cancer Support Group -7-8:30 p.m. Spiritual guidance and hope for people with cancer and their caregivers. Byron United Methodist Church, Kaleidoscope Support Center, 14671 Byron Highway. For information, call 925634-1411. Alcoholics Anonymous -- 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. AA for women, 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays. AA book study, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays. AA, 6:45-7:45 p.m. Fridays. Al-Anon, 8-9 p.m. Fridays. Brentwood Community United Methodist, 809 Second St. 925-634-3093. Overcomers Ministry -- 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. A 12-step program for those struggling with alcohol, drugs and other addictions. Grace Bible Fellowship, 913 Sunset Drive, Antioch. 925-522-2017. 12-Step Recovery Program -- 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. A program for any adult dealing with compulsive behaviors.
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know that it is near even at the doors. (Matt. 24:32) Scriptural references of his return and end times: Signs of His Coming Matthew 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. False Christs Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Wars, Instability Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Earthquakes, Pestilences Matt 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. Christians Persecuted Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Iniquity Abounding Matt.24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Gospel Preached Worldwide Matt. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Israel Independent Nation with its own land again Jeremiah 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
Mark of the Beast Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his Last Days-Perilous Times forehead, or in his hand, 10 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, The same shall drink of the that in the last days perilous wine of the wrath of God, times shall come. which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his Men Covetous, Proud, ... indignation; and he shall be 2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be tormented with fire and brimlovers of their own selves, stone in the presence of the covetous, boasters, proud, holy angels, and in the presblasphemers, disobedient to ence of the Lamb: 11And the parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 smoke of their torment ascenWithout natural affection, deth up for ever and ever: and trucebreakers, false accusers, they have no rest day nor incontinent, fierce, despisers of night, who worship the beast those that are good, and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name Lovers of Pleasure 2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, Israel Dwells Safely highminded, lovers of pleasures Jeremiah 30:11And thou shalt more than lovers of God; 5 say, I will go up to the land of Having a form of godliness, but unwalled villages; I will go to denying the power thereof: them that are at rest, that from such turn away. 6 For of dwell safely, all of them dwellthis sort are they which creep ing without walls, and having into houses, and lead captive neither bars nor gates, 12 To silly women laden with sins, led take a spoil, and to take a prey; away with divers lusts, to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now Knowledgeable but Withinhabited, and upon the people out truth that are gathered out of the 2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, nations, which have gotten and never able to come to the cattle and goods, that dwell in knowledge of the truth. the midst of the land. Worst Time in History on the Earth Matt.24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the ….
Knowledge Increased Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased
Evil Men Get Worse 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou Abomination of Desolation in the things which thou hast Matt.24:15 When ye therefore learned and hast been assured shall see the abomination of of, knowing of whom thou hast desolation, spoken of by Daniel learned them; the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him Latter Years & Nation of understand:) 16 Then let them Israel
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thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
which, he said, he is prepared to make as long as the Palestinians are also prepared to act boldly. ―Israel will be generous on the size of a Palestinian God’s Anger over Israel Ezekiel 38:18 And it shall come state,‖ but it must take to pass at the same time when into account Israel‘s Gog shall come against the land demographic and security of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, needs,‖ said Netanyahu, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 1000 Year Reign Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
a day when Israel will be one of many democracies in the Middle East‖ because ―a Middle East that is truly democratic will be truly at peace.‖
The prime minister spoke extensively about the looming threat of a nuclear Iran. While the radical Islamist regime threatens world serepeating President Obama‘s curity, for Israel specifically it
pledge in recent days that the final negotiated border between Israel and a Palestinian state will be different from the line that existed on June 5, 1967. ―AJC stands with the Prime Minister in his call for ―defensible‖ borders for the State of Israel. No return to the 1967 ‗borders‘ (in actuality, the 1949 armistice lines) is possible, as this would render Israel potentially unable to defend itself when its narrowest point, which is heavily populated, would be just nine miles wide,‖ added Harris.
is more dangerous since Iran denies Israel‘s existence and the Holocaust, and threatens to obliterate Israel. ―Leaders who spew such venom should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet,‖ said Netanyahu. The Israeli leader decried ―the lack of outrage‖ internationally in the face of calls for Israel‘s destruction. ―Those who dismiss it are sticking their heads in the sand,‖ he said.
―We must take calls for our destruction seriously,‖ said Netanyahu. ―When we say ‗never again,‘ we mean Netanyahu spoke admiringly ‗never again.‘‖ of the decades-old peace Nations from the North treaties Israel signed with ―The Israeli leader hit a War with Israel home run in Congress toEgypt and Jordan, calling 15 And thou shalt come from day,‖ said Harris. ―Amidst all them models for creating thy place out of the north peace between Israel and all the uncertainty and dangers parts, thou, and many people Small and Great Judged surrounding Israel, he once with thee, all of them riding Revelation 20:11And I saw a her neighbors. ―The peace again, with clarity and convicwith Egypt and Jordan has upon horses, a great company, great white throne, and him tion, spoke of Israel‘s yearnand a mighty army: that sat on it, from whose face long served as an anchor of ing for peace and its commitstability and peace in the the earth and the heaven fled ment to a viable two-state heart of the Middle East,‖ he Armies come against Israel away; and there was found no agreement with the PalestiniEzekiel 38:16 And thou shalt place for them. Rev. 20:12 And said. ans. More broadly, he held come up against my people of I saw the dead, small and great, But amid an increasingly out hope for the spread of Israel, as a cloud to cover the stand before God; and the democracy, human dignity unstable region, where turland; it shall be in the latter books were opened: and anand prosperity in the troumoil has been raging across days, and I will bring thee other book was opened, which the Arab world, the Israeli bled region, and Israel‘s deagainst my land, that the heais the book of life: and the dead leader said, ―Israel is the one sire to help usher in this new then may know me, when I were judged out of those anchor of stability‖ in the era for the benefit of all.‖ shall be sanctified in thee, O things which were written in Middle East. Source: American Jewish Gog, before their eyes. 17 the books, according to their Netanyahu said he ―longs for Committee Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art works.
Good News Press - 9 Cleave, Love, & Respect In Marriage The divorce rate in America is at an all time high and climbing. Christian marriage and family life should be different, and please and glorify God. God hates divorce and that Christians should not be a part of it. Marriage is something that God designed, that started with Adam and Eve. God determined that it was not good for man to be alone, so he took a rib from Adam and made woman. Marriage was a God thing.
Principle 2 Wives are to reverence and respect their husbands. Ephesians 5:33 says.. ...and wife see that she reverence her husband. God wanted women to respect their husbands. To respect
To cleave, respect, and love. 3 Principles, that build solid foundations.
caretaker, head, or provider. A wife should show respect to her husband, fearing God, and showing respect to the authority that God has given him.Wives should also submit to their husbands (1Peter 3:1, Eph. 5:22-24) Submission is an act of the will, because no wife can be forced to submit to her husband. This is very hard to do when there is not trust in the relationship nor trust in God. When a wife feels that her husband loves her and is looking out for her best interest, it becomes easy to submit to his authority. In a loving relationship, both husband and wife feel valued and respected.
his position in the family, as
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letins on Sunday, July 3rd," said Pastor Steven. "We also ask individuals and other patriotic groups like the Tea Party, homeschool groups and pro-life America to distribute the handout and to www.USAChristianMinistries pray the covenant on July .com/July.html. 4th." "Pastors know that a national In addition, there is a free covenant with God brings web graphic for people to God's blessings, including use to help get the word out God's presence, protection online and an attractive "No and economic prosperity," King But King Jesus" miniadds Pastor Steven Andrew. poster to print. "No King But The Bible shows us King Asa King Jesus" is an American called the people to affirm Revolution motto. Psalm 47 their covenant with God and teaches to call on God as God blessed them (2 King of our nation. Chronicles 15). "We are encouraging all churches to include the covenant insert in their bul-
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Likewise, husbands are to love their wives. God wanted husbands to love their wives. He told husbands to love their wives as Principle 1 they love their own bodMan cleaves to ies.(Colossians 3:18-19). He his wife Genesis warned them against being 2:24 says, Therebitter towards their wives, fore shall a man leave his father means to esteem, honor, show and mother, and cleave to his favor, or partiality. O how hus- lest their prayers be hindered. (1Peter 3:7) Husbands can wife, and they shall be one flesh. bands would love to come show love to their wives by God wanted man to share in a home, if they knew they would deeply personal relationship be treated like royalty when showing sincere, warm, love with one woman. He recognized they arrived. A wife shows and affection. They can also the two as becoming one, with honor and respect to her husput time aside to meet their an emphasis of the relationship band by treating him with honor. wife‘s communication and between the two having a higher Wives should let husbands know affection needs. These princiimportance than all other relahow they appreciate everything ples save and make the quality tionships, except for their rela- that they do. Show respect for of marriage better if practiced. tionship to God.
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You can pray the USA's Covenant with God now. Just pray:
Father, As Your Christian nation, we affirm our covenant: You, the LORD, are the God of the USA and we are Your people. Jesus is our King. We obey what You say in the Holy Bible. We love You with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We love one another as Jesus loved us. We ask You to forgive our sins by Jesus' sacrifice. In Jesus' name. Amen. (Psalm 33:12, Mark 12:30, John 13:34, 2Chronicles 15:12)
World Vision Offers 8 Tips cont‘d from Page 1 children did not need to hear about things like this past week's devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and now, Oklahoma and Kansas. But of course, they do hear. And they are full of questions: Could this happen to me? What's going to happen to the children? Can I do anything to help the children I see on TV? World Vision, suggests eight ways to make a tough job a little bit easier. 1. Start by listening. Find out what your child already knows. You can then respond in an ageappropriate way. The aim is not to worry them with the devastating details, but to protect them from misinformation they may have heard from friends or disturbing images they may have seen on television. 2. If you don't know the answers to their questions, admit it If your children ask questions that you can't answer, tell them so, and then do some research to try and help them sort it out. If they ask "Why did this have to happen?" don't be afraid to say "I don't know." If you are part of a faith community, the reassurance offered there can be invaluable in
helping your child sort through the truth that awful things happen. 3. Tell the truth about any relatives who have been affected If your family has relatives or friends in the tornadoaffected areas, it may be doubly terrifying for your child. If your family members are safe, make sure to communicate this as soon as possible. If they are affected or have been harmed, explain in simple language what has happened and alleviate any fears that the same thing may happen to your child. 4. Follow media reports or online updates privately. Young children in particular are very impressionable, and seeing or hearing about the horrifying details of the tornadoes may be more than they can cope with. Adults, too, should ensure they are dealing with their own emotions by talking to others. 5. Concentrate on making them feel safe. When tragedies occur, children wonder if the same event could happen in their hometown. If tornadoes are unlikely to occur in your geographic area, tell children that. Placing themselves in the situations of victims is
not all bad—it is a sign of empathy, an essential life skill, but watch for signs of excessive worrying. 6. Give children creative outlets. Some children may not be prepared to speak about what they have heard, but may find drawing or other creative activities helpful to deal with their emotions and stress. Their drawings can be helpful starting points for conversation. 7. Model involvement and compassion. Tell your child that as a family, you will be helping the people in tornado-affected communities by giving a donation to a reputable charity responding to the tragedy. 8. Give your child a chance to be involved. Being involved in the solution will help relieve some of their anxiety. Invite them to contribute to the family's gift by giving something out of their piggy bank, or writing a letter to affected children which you can submit to the local paper on their behalf.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide.
Good News Press - 10 - Articles End of the World? - Serious Error of Predicting the Day or the Hour Laughing about the second coming of Christ is no laughing matter. If I were the god of this world (Satan) I would chalk the whole matter up as a complete victory. Getting the world to laugh about something as serious as the end times is exactly what he would want, but why? Jokes about a doting 89 year old preacher and pictures of peoples clothing lying on the ground after the owners have been raptured may make it seem like a big joke but then come the long histories and diatribes of those who have consistently made similar mistakes in the past. If they can prove that a few quacks were wrong, doesn‘t that prove that anyone who pays attention to last days prophecies is a quack? The result of all of this is that the scoffers provide us with a neat little formula for the spiritual dullards and biblically inept of our world, that we buy into hook line and sinker. Combing through the news and blogs I found very few preachers or theologians who did much more than condemn Harold Camping and very few who explained the error of predicting exact dates on the second coming of Christ. What exactly, was that error? The first mistake Camping made is so fundamental that it is hard to believe that neither he nor his followers paid any attention to it. They dis-
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Suffice it to say that a number of signs are By: Rev Michael Bresciani given in the scripture that indicate that there obeyed, directly defied heed to the things which will be one generation in and totally disregarded we have heard, lest at which all the signs begin one of the clearest state- any time we should let to converge. It is in that ments ever spoken by them slip. For if the generation the Lord will Christ. Here it is in all of word spoken by angels appear. There is not a its blaring simplicity. was stedfast, and every true prophet alive today transgression and dis―But of that day and obedience received a just who doesn‘t agree that this is that generation. hour knoweth no man, recompense of reward. How many of them now no, not the angels of How shall we escape, if know the date or will be heaven, but my Father we neglect so great saltold the exact date only.‖ (Matthew 24: 36) vation; which at the first of Christ‘s return; began to be spoken by not one. Whether it is by much the Lord, and was conlearning, personal calcu- firmed unto us by them The jocularity and lations, biblical numerol- that heard him?‖ (Heb 2: general disdain levogy, extra biblical revela- 1-3) eled at Camping and tion or just plain stupidhis followers will no ity, no man will ever be If the recent debacle of doubt go a long way given the exact date and naming a date has done to leaving people time of the return of the any serious damage it is unprepared and Lord Jesus Christ. in the fact that a laughing disinterested in the world is less likely to return of the Lord. Now that the damage is take seriously the need This is diametrically already done it may to come to Christ for seem a bit late to bring their salvation. This dam- the opposite effect that Christ inup this point but in case age is inestimable. tended. The docanyone is still unaware of trines of the second it, they now have been The world at large canwarned. But what dam- not be expected to know coming are in place to warn but the age has actually been that all prophecy buffs desired effect is acdone. Do we just joke are not certifiable eschatually to prepare. about it and move on tologists and not all Those caught off until the next kook preachers, exegetes, guard in that day comes along with a pre- theologians and evangelwill find absolutely diction? ists are prophets. In fact nothing to laugh among them all only a about. Those who believed few can be considered Camping and quit jobs, prophets. Those who are The all important key gave up homes and granted special gifts and phrase in all the second goods and left all behind understanding in esare the first wave of chatological matters may coming teaching of the Lord is contained in the those who will feel the already be working in following appendage. effects of the error. It some area of ministry ―Therefore be ye also would be easy to say that but only a small handful ready: for in such an they got what they paid of them would be conhour as ye think not the for but that would be sidered as prophets. Son of man cometh.‖ mean spirited. Perhaps it (Mt 24: 44) is the other scripture How prophets are chothey ignored that says it sen is clearly outlined in best. For those who the Bible but the church We get ready for our first day of school, our don‘t take seriously even has found ways to disreentrance to college, our the slightest warning of gard these teachings and marriages job and career the scripture it is this resultantly even they changes and our own word that is the answer. often don‘t know who deaths but laugh at the the real prophets are. ―Therefore we ought to How can the rest of the idea of getting ready to meet our maker. Doesgive the more earnest world be expected to
n‘t that seem just a little irresponsible or perhaps outright foolish? You be the judge. I would be remiss if I did not note that naming the date was not the only mistake made by Camping. The idea that the return of Christ is the end of the world or a final doomsday is a completely erroneous teaching and totally unsupported by scripture.
The second coming is a serious shift of power but it is not the end of the world. The governments of mankind will cease to be at the return of the Lord and he will be seated in Jerusalem as the supreme ruler of the entire earth. According to scripture the end of the world will not come until Christ has ruled for one thousand years. One aspect of the second coming that makes laughing about it a fool-
ish response is that prior to Christ‘s return the antichrist, a political, social engineering and military genius will rule the world for the last seven years prior to Christ‘s return. His rule will end in the deaths of millions, the destruction of every major city on earth and a time of great trouble for everyone on earth. It is here that we see that laughing about Christ‘s return is after
all, no laughing matter. Article Source:
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Church Reaches Out have given away a substantial portion of their savings might consider suicide when they realize that Jesus has not returned, as Camping promised, and they are financially ruined. The church wants to reach out to Camping's followers with a message of hope. "Do not despair," said Pastor Jacob Denys. "You are not alone. We offer you help and Biblical counsel." The church plans to have
ject at Kansas State University also discovered that basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano or sage used in marinades can reduce the formation of free radicals when foods are grilled. * Keep the grill clean and make sure it's hot before you put food on it. Consider indirect heat to prevent charring. Charred meats may contain carcinogens. Avoid flare-ups by trimming fat from the meat. * Avoid cross contamination. Never reuse utensils or platters that have come in contact with raw meat.
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their doors open to Camping's followers in need of counsel. Those interested may call or visit the church to find help. Camping's followers are invited to attend their Sunday Morning Service on May 22nd at 10:00 a.m. - the day after Camping's promised second coming of Christ. "We realize our offer of assistance may not be wellreceived right now," said Pastor Denys, "but we hope on May 22nd they will see it
is an offer made in Christian love. We know that you will be hurting when you realize that you have been deceived, and we will be here for you." Calvary Bible Church of Milpitas is a nondenominational, verse-byverse, Bible teaching church that worships Jesus Christ for who He is and what He has done for them. They are dedicated to serving, obeying and loving Him.
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Exercise in the 40s and Later Reduces Heart Attack Risk Here's good news for many of us whose biggest exercise movement is rising from the chair after a TV show. Even if you have been sedentary and you're over 40, starting an exercise program will protect your heart health. You will achieve the most benefit by making it a goal to be very active, but even slight increases in activity are worthwhile. The bad news about exercise: If you were very active from age 20s and 30s, but not since that
time, your risk for heart disease is similar to someone who never exercised at all. A German study published in the journal Heart shows that people who were "very active" over 40 years of age had 90 percent less heart disease than sedentary people. Those who were "somewhat active" also had reduced heart risks, but not by as much. These were the unexpected findings from a study that compared healthy individuals and
people with heart disease to determine how exercise impacted their heart risk. Individuals who are over 40 and have not exercised for some time should discuss their heart protection plan with their doctors. They may be advised to begin slowly, as with walking or working at a slow speed on a treadmill. As their fitness increases, they can do more and add strength-training exercises with hand weights.
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Published on Jul 1, 2011
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