Written by David Sherfinski

A long-simmering battle in Virginia over the separation of church and state heads to federal court Monday, with a southwestern county school board fighting for the right to display the Ten Commandments in a public high school.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, in Roanoke, will hear arguments in the Giles County School Board’s motion to dismiss a complaint brought by a high school student and the student’s parent arguing that the biblical display violates the plaintiffs’ First Amendment rights under the Constitution.

The Ten Commandments has been displayed in all county schools for at least a decade before a complaint in December led to their removal and being replaced with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

The issue went back... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/27/ten-commandments-dispute...

 

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Ring Noel

The Bardsdale United Methodist Church Bell ringers, the Orange Pealers, are having their annual exciting Christmas bell program on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at five pm, in Le Bard Hall. The hall is located at the church, on 1498 Bardsdale Avenue. The festive agenda includes dinner and dessert.

This interactive Christmas program features an opportunity for the audience to ring and sing carols, as well as listen to a mini concert given by the Orange Pealers. The suggested donation is ten dollars for individuals, and an all inclusive twenty-five dollars for families.

You may call either the church office (524-2070) or Marcia Heerema (524-3674), director, for reservations. You may also purchase tickets at the door, but seating is limited.

 


 

Written by Christopher Santarelli

Twitter was abuzz Sunday night with the usual chatter: plans for the upcoming week, one-liners from the Sunday morning news talkshows, polarizing comments on Tim Tebow’s latest miracle victory. But many were also talking about the gripping report airing on 60 Minutes, which took a heart-wrenching close look at several of the 16 Million American children currently living in poverty. The report focused on children homeless and living in cars in central Florida, an area of the country where the construction industry had especially collapsed.

Entitled “Hard Times Generation,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley led the report looking into the lives of several impoverished families, including the Metzger family of Arielle, 15, Austin, 13, and their father Tom. The children lost their mother at an early age and have been living out of a truck since foreclosure took their house five months ago. Tom is an unemployed carpenter who has been unable to find work since Florida’s construction industry fell apart. Here is a brief transcript of Pelley’s discussion with Arielle and Austin:

“Pelley: How long have you... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/60-minutes-airs-heart-wrenching-up-close...

 


 

Is deputy hotel manager Hossam al-Bana an Islamophobe?

The Salafist leader, whom the BBC compliments as "thoughtful and personable," acts as if the entire issue is about alcohol. What is at issue is not being harassed on vacation, and being able to relax without the fear of a dream vacation turning into a nightmare at the hands of a regime of thugs, in an atmosphere where conspiracy paranoia easily becomes hysteria. The atmosphere of hostility toward non-Muslims within the country may make non-Muslim tourists think twice as well. For women, there is also the issue of whether their bodily integrity would be respected in a place where sexual harassment and assaults go un-prosecuted, with victims blamed for not meeting standards of Islamic dress and conduct.

Really, who in the world would want to vacation in a country where churches are attacked and protesters are rammed by military vehicles, journalists are sexually assaulted, Jews are arrested as "spies," sexual harassment is accepted and encouraged, and the rate of female genital mutilation (see table below the map) is above 90 percent?

Egypt has a... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/egypt-tourism-tanks-hotel-manager-says...

 

Over at Atlas Shrugs, Pamela Geller provides inside information on an all-too predictable and patently unjust Obama Administration practice:

US policy regarding the refugee resettlement program would shock most Americans if they only knew. The UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution.
It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which requires refugees to have "a well founded fear of persecution by reason of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion."

Since 1976, millions of... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/christians-in-imminent-danger-across-t...

 

Islamic law forbids Muslims to leave Islam. These murders were revenge upon one Muslim who dared to exercise his freedom of conscience. "NEWS ALERT: Nigeria Militants Kill Children Of Christian Convert, Missionaries Say," by Stefan J. Bos for BosNewsLife, November 23 (thanks to Mackie):

ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- A militant group seeking to enforce Sharia, or Islamic law, throughout Nigeria, has shot and killed two children of an ex-terrorist and "murderer" because he converted to Christianity, well-informed missionaries told BosNewsLife Wednesday, November 23.
Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is a sin”, carried out the killings this month after discovering that a former fellow fighter refused to kill a Christian and instead accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, explained Rae Burnett, Africa Director of the U.S. based Christian Aid Mission (CAM) group.

Burnett told BosNewsLife that... http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/11/nigeria-muslims-murder-children-of-con...

 

Written by Billy Hallowell

Alexander Tsiaras, an image-maker and the author of the book “From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds,” gave a recently-published TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, during which he unveiled a spectacular video about fetal development.

The video, which graphically shows the process of human progression, begins by showing an egg being fertilized and ends by illustrating a baby’s actual birth. Throughout the clip, viewers see the full fetal development, with explanations about what, exactly, is happening at each phase. But the imagery is spellbinding.

Watch the... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/astounding-viral-video-depicts-an-unborn...

 

Written By TIM MAK

A large cross that had been prominently displayed outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan was taken down last week, prompting outrage from some American service members stationed there.

“We are here...http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/69039.html

 

The Bardsdale United Methodist Church will again present its two popular Christmas musical programs to begin the holiday season and hopes that the community will mark their calendars to attend.

"Ring Noel", put on by the church's bell choir, The Orange Pealers, will be on Saturday December 3 at 5 PM downstairs in LeBard Hall. This wonderful event will feature a concert of Christmas carols by the choir under the direction of Marcia Heerema-Hoffman and allows guests to try their hands in ringing bells and joining in the musical merriment. A hearty meal accompanies the program. The suggested donation is $10 per adult, $25 per family and children under 5 years are free. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling the church at 524-2070 or Marcia at 524-3674.

On Sunday, December 11 at 5 PM, the annual Christmas Vespers program will be held in the church's historic sanctuary. This free one-hour program will feature a variety of holiday numbers featuring the Bardsdale Chancel Choir with guest voices and musicians and directed by Marsha Porter.

Please come and get in the spirit of the holidays with these two heart-warming programs.

The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue.

 
Community invited to participate in Jewish traditions

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The community is invited to California Lutheran University's annual Hanukkah celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Roth Nelson Room.

CLU's observance of the Jewish Festival of Lights begins at sundown with the lighting of the candles on the menorah. Guests can join faculty, staff and students in enjoying music, dreidel games and Hanukkah food such as latkes and jelly doughnuts.

Every year for eight days between the end of November and the end of December, Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews defeated the Syrians and won their religious freedom in the second century B.C.E. Hanukkah is commonly referred to as the Festival of Lights because, following their victory, the Jews cleansed and purified the temple, and rekindled the menorah, a series of candles that symbolizes God's divine presence. Although it only held enough oil to burn a single day, the menorah burned for eight days.

The Roth Nelson Room is located on Mountclef Boulevard between Olsen Road and Memorial Parkway in Thousand Oaks.

CLU’s Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services and Hillel Club are sponsoring the free event. For more information, call the Multicultural Programs office at 805-493-3489.

 
Panel discussion, candlelight vigil

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will mark the 23rd anniversary of World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil and panel discussion on Thursday, Dec. 1.

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice will host an HIV-positive speakers panel at 2 p.m. in the Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. A candlelight vigil will be held at 4 p.m. on the Swenson Center front patio. Resource tables will be in the lobby from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The Swenson Center is located on Faculty Street near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. Parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

This year, other Ventura County agencies are also hosting AIDS Day activities. A presentation on HIV and aging, a panel discussion, and a vigil will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Ventura County Public Health auditorium at 3147 Loma Vista Road in Ventura. The Ventura County Council On Aging will donate a portion of the proceeds from its bingo game at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4917 S. Rose Avenue in Oxnard to the Ventura County Public Health Center.

First observed in 1988, World AIDS Day was initiated by health ministers from around the world who called for a spirit of social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS on an international scale. The theme for this year’s observance is “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.”

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice, Wellness Programs, Campus Ministry and the HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County are sponsoring the free events at CLU. For more information, contact Amanda Whealon at 805-493-3950 or awhealo@callutheran.edu. For more information on the other events, call Craig Webb with Ventura County Public Health at 805-652-3310.

 
What appears to be, is not

Written by Bill Wilson

It is becoming increasingly clear that the man who occupies the Oval Office is linked to the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. On October 18 he told ABC News, "The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you're supposed to do, is rewarded. And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don't feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren't rewarded." The question is what "system" does the Occupier in Chief have in mind?

If you are known by the company you keep, there are definite clues to the answer. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is endorsed by the Communist Party USA, the Nazi Party, labor unions, Islamic groups, even Iran's terrorist sponsoring "president" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Former organizers of the president's banned community organization group, ACORN, are part of the OWS leadership. Former and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers is advising the Chicago chapter. Socialist George Soros funneled money to OWS through the leftist Tide Foundation. Soros-funded socialist economist Joseph Stiglitz is teaching OWS members about the global economy. But, wait, there's more...

Amidst all the signs that say "destroy capitalism," "capitalism doesn't work," "America failed because of Christians," there is yet another sign. At Zuccotti Park in New York and at other OWS camps, Guy Fawkes masks are worn by Occupy protesters who are self-proclaimed anarchists. News stories say the masks have become the symbol of the OWS movment. Fawkes was a terrorist who tried to bomb British Parliament on November 5, 1605. He has become the symbol of revolution. Moreover, Zuccotti Park is owned by Brookfield Properties. Police will not remove the protestors unless Brookfield requests it. A major stockholder in Brookfield is George Soros.

Classic communistic tactics are to use the ill-informed to create crisis to maintain power. Isn't it interesting that top 2008 contributors to the president were Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Morgan Stanley, totaling over $3.9 million? Soros contributed tens of thousands to the president's campaign through many organizations. While OWS is employing classical communistic revolutionary strategy for the president, there is ample evidence they are being duped. These are indeed perilous times where what appears to be is not, and what is, is not what it appears to be. Jesus said in Luke 19:13, "Occupy till I come." This parable meant that we be actively faithful to the tenets of the Christian faith until his return.

Resources:

Brookfield owns Zuccotti Park: http://www.dnainfo.com/20111006/downtown/only-park-owner-can-kick-out-oc...

Soros owns stock in Brookfield: http://www.gurufocus.com/stock.php?symbol=BAM

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
www.dailyjot.com

 


 

The U.S. Air Force Academy has pulled out of a Christian-sponsored children’s toy drive after commanders were accused of religious intolerance.

Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate who runs the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the academy’s participation in Operation Christmas Child is inappropriate because of its evangelical Christian roots.

Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham — the son of evangelist Billy Graham. It packs toys and other items into shoe boxes and sends them to needy children around the world, along with a Christian message in each gift.

“This is arrogance beyond... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/air-force-academy-backtracks-on-christma...

 
 

The United Methodist Women of the Bardsdale Methodist Church will be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday November 11 at noon in Lebard Hall. As in the recent past, with this popular meal being held on Veteran's Day, those who have served in our country's armed forces will be saluted. This year's speaker will be local veteran, Jamie Latshaw.

For a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, save the the date on your calendar. Suggested donation is $12. The church is located at 1498 Bardsdale Avenue. Call 524-2070 for more information.

 

Paris police have arrested around 20 Christian fundamentalists who burst into a theatre and threw stink bombs to protest against a play featuring the face of Christ drizzled with fake excrement.
Police made the arrests at the Theatre de la Ville, on the banks of the Seine near Notre Dame cathedral, during a performance of "On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God", directed by Italian Romeo Castellucci.

The play, which runs until October 30, is the story of an incontinent man being looked after by his son.

A copy of a... http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.59801b3e1b4adb9f74cc436cd831...

 
Notre Dame professor expert on Judaism, Christianity

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A University of Notre Dame professor of Old Testament will speak on the meaning of charity at California Lutheran University on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Theology at the Indiana university, will present “I Give Therefore I Am: The Meaning of Charity in Judaism and Christianity” at 7 p.m. in Lundring Events Center.

In his 2009 book, “Sin: A History,” Anderson investigated the way in which ancient metaphors for sin changed over time and how those changes decisively shaped the way Jews and Christians came to view the effect of sins and how they might be forgiven. His current work extends that line of thinking to explore the history of charity in Judaism and Christianity.

Anderson is the author or editor of many books and articles on the Bible and early Judaism and Christianity. His book “Genesis of Perfection: Adam and Eve in Jewish and Christian Imagination” was published in 2001. He is currently working on a book on the Tabernacle narratives in Exodus and their influence on the rest of the Bible.

He has recently received grants from the American Philosophical Society, Lilly Endowment and the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University. He has taught at the University of Virginia and Harvard University and has been a Henry Luce Fellow, Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Starr Fellow in Jewish Studies at Harvard University and the joint Straus-Tikvah Fellow at New York University School of Law. He holds a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University and a doctorate from Harvard.

CLU’s Department of Religion, Campus Ministry and Office of Church Relations are sponsoring the free presentation.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is on the north side of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

For information, contact Sam Thomas at 805-493-3693 or sthomas@callutheran.edu.

 

Faith Community Church has started plans for a new building project at our D Street location. We will be holding a Swap Meet on Saturday, Nov. 12th at 355 D Street to help raise funds for our project. The Swap Meet will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please come by and find some good deals - crafts, baked goods and other treasures! For info call 524-5564 or 524-3344.

 

Whether you are an experienced junior golfer or a first-timer, an OTP Golf Academy PATHER Program will provide you with 9 sessions of fun as you work with PGA Professionals, Apprentices and SNAG Certified individuals to practice every part of the game from putting to the full swing. We will make this learning environment even more fun through relay races and competitions. This great golf experience will all take place within a solid Christian atmosphere, where you will learn biblical concepts that correspond with lessons from the game of golf.

On the Path (OTP) Golf Academy Youth Program is a ministry designed to teach the fundamentals of golf alongside the challenge, adventure and excitement of coming to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We believe that the path to success in golf parallels the path to a dynamic relationship with God, and that together they can help build confidence, integrity, and lead youth towards a more fruitful and meaningful life. We have a strong desire to see young men and women growing in their relationship with Christ, and determine to give them the tools necessary for success.

Joel Pyron, PGA member and Head Golf Professional at Elkins Ranch Golf Course in Fillmore, Ca. He received His Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University (CCU) in 1999. Upon graduating from CCU he left competitive golf and went into full time ministry. He worked his way back to golf in 2005 after a 6 year sabbatical.
Joel lives in Fillmore with his wife Kimberly and two daughters Anna and Malia.
On the Path Golf Academy (OTP Golf) began in the winter of 2010. The philosophy at OTP Golf is that the game of golf offers a unique opportunity to teach about God and grow His kingdom. OTP Golf currently offers the PATHER program, which is primarily for students age 4 – 12. This program is designed for the beginning golfer to gain a solid golf foundation while integrating principles of a godly character. They accomplish this through the strategic PATHER Victory Principles for Character:

P urposful Action
A ttitude of Gratitude
T otal Dedication
H onest Living
E ternal Life
R eady to Perform

Why OTP Golf Academy exists
OTP Golf aims to present those involved or interested in golf with the opportunity to know Jesus Christ personally. Once a relationship is formed, they desire to equip these individuals with the necessary tools for serving Him. OTP Golf believes the path to success in golf parallels the path to a dynamic relationship with God, and that together they can help build confidence, integrity, and lead people towards a more fruitful and meaningful life. As stated, the number one purpose at OTP Golf Academy is to see children and their family’s come to know Jesus Christ personally.

Finally their strong desire is to see young men and women growing in their relationship with Christ and determine to give them the tools necessary for success.