A Word To Those Who May Not Call Me "Friend" ~ Tony Miano



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2009

A Word To Those Who May Not Call Me "Friend"

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:43-48).

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' To the contrary, 'if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:14-21).

You are in my prayers. I pray that you will humble yourself before Almighty God, repent of your sin, and believe the gospel. No matter what you may think of me, I only want God's very best for you. And that is eternal life; not His wrath and condemnation.

Crucify Him...Crucify HIm..., President Obama?




When the Crowds were assembled, The Chief Priest sent instigators and Zealous supporters to "inspire" the crowds, and When Jesus was presented:

Recently I have heard of "spirited debates" where Men and Women of God are called upon to join "movements", participate in discussions, Yell, Scream, sometimes talk normal, sometime be used as pawns, but what really bothers me about this "wave of enthusiasm" is the "spirit" behind it.

My brothers, who I may not agree with, are not the enemy. 

Satan is. 

People are getting hoodwinked into joining with anyone with a gun or a gripe. To complain and to fight against the "evil" they see, by joining a very deceptive evil they are becoming. Giving into the base nature.

Do you Yell?
Do you Scream?
Do you take guns to a rally? To school? Church? 

Where do you stand on Hating Obama?  Where are you when  a person brings a gun to work? Where were the Christians at the rally below.....applauding?

I know the Spirit I have, but do you know Jesus Stomped on James and John when they wanted to torch a city for not accepting them? For not listening to the gospel, for not "going along with the message"

The spirit of anti-christ, the spirit that is Anti-Peace, Anti-Love, Anti-Joy is out and about and winning the real war that is going on:

The War for your Soul where you grow fruits of Anti and not Fruits of his Spirit.

Which spirit are you? Do you know? 

Michael James Stone





FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

Obama Needs Prayers Amid Growing Hostility

Obama needs prayers amid growing hostility
by Colbert I. King - Sept. 18, 2009 12:00 AM
The Washington Post

On Aug. 16, pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe told his congregation he prays for the death of President Obama. In his sermon "Why I Hate Barack Obama," Anderson preached: "I'm not going to pray for his good, I'm going to pray he dies and goes to hell."

Anderson is not the only man of the cloth to wish widowhood upon Michelle Obama. In June, the Rev. Wiley Drake of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif., said he was praying for Obama's death.

Anderson, however, was explicit in his wish: "I'd like him to die of natural causes. I don't want him to be a martyr; we don't need another holiday. I'd like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer."

I pray God will not answer their petitions. While I'm at it, I'm going to send up one for the people of the Secret Service who endeavor to protect the nation's 44th president and his family.

There's something loose in the land, an ugliness and hatred directed toward Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, that takes the breath away. The thread of resentment is woven through conservative commentary, right-wing radio and cable TV shows, all the way to Capitol Hill.

Look back to Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week and South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson's crude "you lie" shout. Witness the boorish behavior in the GOP seats.

They are an inspiration to Obama-haters.

It's not just those calling on God to harm the president who cause worry.

The day after Anderson's "I Hate Barack Obama" sermon, Chris Broughton, a member of Anderson's congregation, appeared at Obama's speech in Arizona with an AR-15 and a pistol - not to harm the president, Broughton said, but to exercise his constitutional right to have weapons.

Then there are walking time bombs.

Richard Poplawski of Pittsburgh hated Jews, feared Obama was scheming to take away his guns, and thought Obama got good press because he was Black. In April, Poplawski fatally shot three police officers and wounded a fourth when they showed up at his house in response to a 911 call. Then there's George Sodini, who went to a Bridgeville, Pa., health club in August and shot and killed three women and wounded nine others. Sodini wrote of Obama: "The liberal media LOVES him. Amerika has chosen The Black Man."

OK, now let me have it: "King, you're generalizing, making a big story out of small, isolated examples. People like Anderson, Broughton and Drake, and shooters Poplawski and Sodini, are kooks, representing no one but themselves. Most people who oppose Obama don't want him dead. They wish him and his family no physical harm." I won't argue with that.

What I will say, however, is that a lot of malicious words have been thrown around about Obama since his election: words that inflame and that inspire the kind of hatred spewed from those Arizona and California pulpits.

Do the Andersons and Drakes have a right to say they hate Obama and want him to die? Yes. Did Poplawski and Sodini have a right to trash the "liberal" press? Yes.

Still, the depth of the hostility is extraordinary.

If the president of the United States ever needed heartfelt prayers, it's now.

Colbert I. King is a Washington Post oped columnist.
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2009/09/17/20090917king18.html

PRAYER FOR BARACK OBAMA

Father God, May Your Holy Light shine upon Barack Obama,
May Your Holy Light surround him and may he be protected

Lord Jesus, May Your Presence go ahead of him and come behind him,
May Your Presence kiss his forehead and cushion the soles of his feet.

May the Holy Spirit inspire him and touch his heart,
May his words carry strength, and inspiration and hope,
May he be used by You, Father God, to help us heal our Nation
May his enemies be confounded, their hatred turned back on them, and their wicked schemes be defeated permanently.

May the Shield of Righteousness be in his left hand
May the Sword of Truth be his to wield
May You, Lord Jesus, forgive this country its transgressions as we attempt to begin to change our path from wrong thinking and violence, to justice and peace,

May the Holy Spirit protect Barack Obama from all harm and guide him to victory for the sake of all the people who seek liberty, justice, and prosperity for our nation's citizens and for the citizens of our world.

And So We Pray, In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Hybels Challenges Thousands to Refuse God Nothing




 Hybels Challenges Thousands to Refuse God Nothing


FAIRFAX, Va. – Church leaders attending the Leadership Summit at sites across North America were left with a sobering reminder of the world's woes and the difficult task they have at hand in carrying God's calling.

More than 50,000 leaders stood up at the conclusion of the two-day annual summit, hosted by the Willow Creek Association, repeating some of the proverbs Mother Teresa had lived by for over four decades of her life.

"God, I yield myself fully to you," they said. "I will do your bidding without delay. I will refuse you nothing ... I will seek to love You as You have never been loved before.

"Here am I, send me."

After studying for months about Mother Teresa, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., painted a powerful picture of the "pint-sized" Catholic nun, who had given herself fully to God even during periods when she could not feel God's presence.

"Even though I don’t feel His presence, I will seek to love Him as he has never been loved," Hybels quoted her as saying.
The megachurch leader admitted that such words were "foreign" to his spirituality. Noting that no one has affected him more deeply than Mother Teresa, he said the entire summit was worth it for him just to do the research on this woman.

"Are you lighting up the radar screen in heaven by your yieldedness?" Hybels asked.

"If you were God for a day, would you pick you?"

Although it may seem nearly impossible to many to see another figure like Mother Teresa come along in history and make an impact the way she did, Hybels reminded the leaders that God continues to search for a yielded heart and that He has planned something greater for this generation.

"Greater things have yet to come," the thousands of leaders sang following Hybels' talk.

The 13th annual Leadership Summit was broadcast live Aug. 7-8 to 123 locations in North America and will be videocast to an additional 108 cities worldwide in the fall. It is dubbed as one of the world's most premier leadership training events and draws world-class speakers from a variety of sectors.

In 2006 and 2007, the conference featured former president Jimmy Carter, former secretary of state Colin Powell and U2 frontman Bono in its speaker line-up. Hybels acknowledged that many people carried doubts about this year's conference because of the lackluster line-up compared to previous years.

But many affirmed with applause that they weren't disappointed this year and Hybels assured them that the summit staff work hard to discern their speakers.

Among Friday's speakers were Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship Ministries, Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv, Catherine Rohr of Prison Entrepreneurship Program and Brad Anderson, who heads Best Buy.

Carrie Prejean Electrifies Conservative Base

Screengrab of Carrie Prejean at the Values Voter Summit, Sept. 18, 2009.

Carrie Prejean Electrifies Conservative Base

Her strength has carried her through the “junk” that followed after she responded during the Miss USA pageant that she believes marriage is between a man and a woman, she said.

“There was something wrong with turning on the TV and seeing people mock me for my faith. For seeing people make fun of me for the answer I gave. Making fun of me for being a Christian,” said Prejean at the Values Voter Summit Friday. “It didn’t make sense to me.”

Prejean, now 22 years old and a senior at San Diego Christian College, was in the final round of the Miss USA 2009 when openly gay pageant judge Perez Hilton asked her if she believed every U.S. state should legalize same-sex marriage.

She responded that every American can choose what to think on the issue, but in her family they believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. The pageant finalist added, “no offense to anybody out there. But that’s how I was raised and I believe that it should be between a man and a woman.”

A storm of protest and verbal abuse from the pro-gay marriage camp against Prejean immediately ensued the pageant.

Though Prejean was named first runner up in the Miss USA 2009 pageant, she was later dethroned as Miss California, with producers of the pageant citing alleged breach of contract. She has denied the claims, and has filed a libel suit maintaining she has been discriminated against for her religious views.

“I have never seen anything like it,” Prejean said, “being a 22-year-old college student not really into politics, or I wasn’t at the time. But now I have a new outlook. I am disgusted at the way some people can be so intolerant.”

She said not only has she been attacked, but her mother has been tabloid fodder while her father and 90-year-old grandmother have also been regularly attacked.

“But you know what, I am here today because I am still standing and I am not defeated,” said a defiant Prejean, who some call the new family values spokeswoman. “They have not defeated me.”

The 22-year-old, who got the crowd more excited than established politicians featured earlier Friday morning, shared that she was raised by parents who taught her to fear God and show respect to everyone even if they have different views from her. In high school, she described herself as a jock who played four sports, including varsity basketball.

She started entering pageants her senior year of high school when a friend suggested the idea. Her mother had been hesitant about the idea, but she recalled assuring her mother that “it was a competition and I love competition [and] I love to win” and that she didn’t need to wear a bathing suit.

Her success in pageants brought her to the final round of the Miss USA competition, where on that fateful night she chose to give up her chances of being Miss USA and competing in Miss Universe to stand up for her values.

“I’m not a hater of anyone. This is not about me being a bigot, a racist, or whatever you want to call me,” Prejean said. “It is just that I am a woman who stood up for the truth and people don’t want to admit that.
She added, "Even though I didn’t win the crown that night, I know the Lord has so much of a bigger crown in heaven for me.”

Her book about her experience with the Miss USA pageant, entitled Still Standing, is set to be released in November.

Values Voters Pick Huckabee as Candidate for 2012


 Values Voters Pick Huckabee as Candidate for 2012

    WASHINGTON – Though President Obama has yet to complete his first year in office, social conservatives have already eyed Mike Huckabee as a possible presidential contender in the 2012 race.

    The former governor of Arkansas was the top pick of attendees at the Values Voter Summit in Washington with a double digit lead over the next closest contender, Mitt Romney.

    Results from the straw poll, released Saturday, showed Huckabee having 28 percent of the votes while former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won 12.40 percent. Close behind Romney were Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (12.23 percent), former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (12.06 percent), and Indiana Congressmen Mike Pence (11.89 percent) in an essentially four-way tie for second place.
    Other candidates on the straw poll list were Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. About five percent of voters said they were undecided.

    Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council – the group that organized the Sept. 18-20 summit – said Huckabee’s win was likely due to his being present and delivering a “strong message” at the summit.
    The 2009 straw poll winner, Perkins said, clearly understands what’s important to people and has his finger on “the pulse of conservative voters” in America.

    While Huckabee was expected to do well in the straw poll, some were surprised by Pawlenty’s strong performance.

    Perkins described the Minnesota governor as an “intriguing” candidate who is able to maintain core values and still be elected in a liberal to moderate state. Pawlenty could be someone people look closely at as the next election approaches because of his cross-over ability, the FRC president noted.

    Much attention has peen paid to the Values Voter Summit straw poll because it has been an important measure of who social conservatives, particularly evangelicals, are likely to support in the next election.
    In the previous straw poll in 2007, Romney narrowly beat Huckabee by 30 votes. The poll, however, led to complaints as it counted both onsite and online votes. Many called Romney’s win unfair because Huckabee received 51 percent of the onsite votes and was expected to win the straw poll.

    In response, this year’s straw poll was restricted to only onsite votes.
    Four of the nine candidates on the straw poll list – Huckabee, Romney, Pawlenty, and Pence – spoke at the summit, which has drawn nearly 2,000 social conservatives from around the country.

    Aside from weighing the nine presidential contenders, Saturday’s straw poll results revealed what issues were most important to values voters in determining their choice of candidate to support. Forty percent said abortion was the most important issue in terms of their voting preference, followed by protection of religious liberty (18 percent), same-sex marriage (7 percent), and tax cuts (6 percent), among other issues listed.

    The Values Voter Summit will conclude Sunday morning.

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