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God s Mark On America Did you know? As you walk up the steps to the building which houses the U.S. Supreme Court you can see near the top of the building a row of the world s law givers and each one is facing one in the middle who is facing forward with a full frontal view … It is Moses and he is holding the Ten Commandments. Did you know? As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each lower portion of each door. Did you know? As you sit inside the courtroom, you can see the wall, right above where the Supreme Court Judges sit, a display of the Ten Commandments! Did you know? There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the Federal Buildings and Monuments in Washington, DC. Did you know? James Madison, the fourth President, known as “The Father of our Constitution” made the following statement: “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for selfgovernment, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to The Ten Commandments of God.” Did you know? Patrick Henry, that patriot and founding father of our country said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Continued on Page 2


Did you know? Every session of Congress begins with a prayer by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the taxpayer since 1777. Did you know? Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the Constitution were members of the established Orthodox churches in the colonies. Did you know? Thomas Jefferson worried that the Courts would overstep their authority and instead of interpreting the law would begin making law an oligarchy: the rule of few over many. Did you know? The very first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay, said, “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.” How then, have we gotten to the point that everything we have done for 220 years in this Country is now suddenly wrong and unconstitutional? Conclusion It is said that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, it is very hard to understand why there is such a fuss about having the Ten Commandments on display, or In God We Trust on our money or having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why don t we just tell the other 14% to quit insulting the 86% who are Christians or move to another country of their choosing? – Author Unknown Jesus said, “Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” Matthew 21:43. How to Prosper in a Declining Economy Newscasts report daily that our economy is on a downward trend. People are losing their homes, highly-paid executives are losing their positions and having to settle for lower-paying jobs, food and energy costs continue to increase, and the list goes on. While these facts are true, what we are experiencing is not new. In Jeremiah 29, the “weeping prophet” predicted long term captivity. Israel would endure 70 years of hard labor before they would be allowed to return to their homeland. Let s all hope and pray that our current economic downturn won t last that long! We have compiled a list of things you can do to survive or thrive in our current economy: 1. Learn to be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-9) 2. Pay your bills faithfully. Making your payments on or before the due date is a positive testimony to your creditors and a good example to your family/neighbors. 3. Prioritize your debt, making sure you don t compromise your home or your transportation. 4. Negotiate with creditors as needed. Be proactive. Seek a meeting with them to make payment arrangements rather than waiting until you miss payments and they come looking for you. 5. Downsize if it puts you in a better cash position. 6. Pay extra whenever you can to accelerate payoff dates. 7. Have a garage sale to generate extra cash to pay down debt or to increase savings. 8. Work your way through the Crown Money Map. 9. Capitalize on your most valuable assets, your family. 10. Learn to garden, use fresh vegetables and fruit when in season. Try a new recipe. 11. Cancel cable/satellite. Instead, read a book, play a table game, or share coffee with friends. 12. Explore bartering to save on outgoing expenses. (Reprinted with permission from Crown Financial Ministries website:

Prayer Walking Saddam s Torture Chambers … Also significant was this adventure in prayer walking. In the basement of our hospital, there is a long hallway, lined with sinister, steel doors. Intuitively, I sensed a need for prayer. So walking down the hallway, I stopped to pray over each door, just as the Israelites had done for spiritual protection during the Exodus from Egypt, when the Death Angel killed the first-born in every household, except Hebrew, because Pharaoh had refused to “let God s people go.” At the end of this hospital hallway, I reached the office of the Facility Manager, who surprised me by saying, “What are you doing?” Startled, I hesitated then confessed, “I m prayer walking the basement, asking God to bless each room.” The Facility Manager stared then shared, “Under Saddam, this hospital was a prison that had a dungeon and torture chambers.” Busy praying, I had not recognized what I was seeing – steel doors, thick brick walls (both sound proofed), meat hooks on these walls, sewers beneath the hooks for the drainage of human suffering, I think. Saddam s torture chambers were converted into tiny offices. We leveled floors tilted toward the sewers, patched and painted over walls where meat hooks had been, clogged and covered up sewage drains with the repouring of concrete. Other torture chambers became, after renovation, sleeping quarters for on-call doctors. But the storage closets still needed renovation to erase the evidence of torture. This prayer walk felt like “ghost busters” or something. The next day, the Facility Manager, motivated by my interest, started tapping brick walls until he heard a hollow sound. He then punched a hole through the brick. The wall opened into a large cavernous space. A large sand pile buried a dungeon beneath. Before filling this dungeon with sand, American GI s scrawled graffiti on the walls and littered the sand pile with empty water bottles, discarded MRE bags (military acronym for “Meals Ready to Eat”), and other trash. Behind this wall was a labyrinth of buried passageways. I wasn t allowed to climb through the wall, because the Facility Manager said, “The dungeon might be booby-trapped, or this foul-smelling pool of stagnant water might be toxic.” So without my spelunking into Saddam s dungeon, the Facility Manager called Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and bioenvironmental, who resealed with bricks to prevent further prayer pilgrimages by accidental tourists like me. At any rate, I m pleased to know that our hospital was built over a place of hurt, because this is redemption – to heal the hurting places. – CH, CAPT Mark Robertson, Air Force Active Duty Difficulties CFGC Chaplains Have Faced The last few months have been full of good ministry. The ship on which I am serving has gone through some difficult times. After much hard work and preparation the crew failed an important inspection, which made national press within the naval community. This gave a general demoralized sense to the crew. We also had a personal tragedy when a young sailor lost his entire immediate family, parents and two brothers, in an automobile accident. I accompanied him back home to support him in the funeral preparations and settling of affairs. God has put me in a setting where the majority of the sailors are disgruntled and focused on everything but God – but in desperate need of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Continued on Page 4

CFGC Staff Schedule Jan 06-08 Jim Ammerman & Jenny Geddes to Washington, DC Armed Forces Chaplains Board 09 New Navy Chaplains, Naval Hospital Feb 16 Presidents Day 18-21 CFGC Annual Chaplains Conference, Dallas, TX

We will not be going out to sea but will instead be in dry-dock repairing the ship. While underway, there are more ministry opportunities to the crew when in port. For example, every night there is evening prayer spoken over the ship-wide communications system (1MC), as well as a weekly church service and Bible study. That all goes away while in drydock, because most sailors do not sleep on the ship and can attend their local churches. To find a way to minister outside of counseling and visitation, I have begun a daily prayer meeting that takes place right after lunch. This is an opportunity for sailors of faith to gather to pray for notable world events, our country, our loved-ones, the ship and her crew. – CFGC Chaplain Another CFGC Chaplain sent in the following prayer requests: -


A soldier who does not want to deploy. A soldier who has a previous war experience that is mentally difficult for him and is affecting his civilian life. Troops that are preparing to be mobilized for one year – for them and their families. Recovery of a soldier recently back from Iraq who was in a motorcycle accident. Troop Reductions in Iraq

Since May 2008 the US has begun its withdrawal from Iraq. US troops strength was expected to decline from 170,000 to 140,000. The reduction is made possible by the growing number of Iraqi army and police units that can do the job. US military advisors have seen this coming for years, as they tracked dozens of different metrics (statistics on various aspects of Iraqi performance). The Iraqi armed forces and police had to be completely rebuilt. That s because the Saddam era army and police existed mainly to keep Saddam in power. Most of the leadership in that force was Sunni Arab, and the new Shia and Kurd dominated government

did not trust these guys to serve a democratic Iraq. These metrics are kept secret, as the enemy would love to have some insight into the effectiveness of the security forces. But in the last year, many Iraqi army and police units have revealed their capabilities through their performance. The greater number of capable soldiers and cops was a big reason why the Sunni Arabs turned on the Sunni Arab terror groups (especially al Qaeda) they had long supported. A year ago, it finally became obvious to most Sunni Arabs that the Shia majority had finally done the impossible (according to Sunni Arab beliefs) and created a large number of effective soldiers and police. That force, backed by the Americans, could not be defeated. The attitude towards the US troops had also changed. For five years, the American troops consistently demonstrated their superior combat ability, while also observing strict ROE (Rules of Engagement) that protected civilians far better than Arab terrorists or soldiers ever did. Many Sunni Arabs had come to see the Americans as protectors (from Shia and Kurd death squads out for revenge). When the security forces went after the Shia militias earlier this year, the militiamen were dismayed. It was widely known that the Iraqi army and police were defeating al Qaeda, and a few holdout Sunni Arab militias. Now these forces were moving into Shia Mahdi Army strongholds, and the Mahdi gunmen quickly discovered they could not hold out against these Iraqi troops who dressed like American troops, and fought a lot like them as well. Worse, the Shia militias could not exploit the US ROE (and hide out in mosques or use civilians for cover) when confronted by Iraqi forces. The “new” Iraqi troops were also systematic and relentless like the Americans. Mahdi Army strongholds in Baghdad and Basra are being taken apart, week by week. By the end of last summer, the Mahdi Army was to have been reduced to weak remnants. Iraq still has the corruption and tribal loyalties, but at least the police are now able to go after the many criminal gangs that have made life miserable for more people than the terrorism of the last five years. That leaves the corrupt politicians to be taken down. That depends on trained and disciplined voters, which are less numerous than the newly formed security forces. – Sent in by Chaplain Robert G. Balnicky from HKStrunk


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