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President Obama delivers the real Easter Message

April 19th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

The President stated the following at the White House third annual Easter Prayer Breakfast . The words addressed us personally and to a God who sees us in that light . American Theology has always been diverse and divided, now we are morally divided also . But with the Easter Message   promise of redemption and resurrection, there is always hope for restoration.

President’s comments……

“But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning. And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Christ Jesus…and Him crucified.”

It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace. And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured — not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.

For like us, Jesus knew doubt. Like us, Jesus knew fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, with attackers closing in around him, Jesus told His disciples, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” He fell to his knees, pleading with His Father, saying, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” And yet, in the end, He confronted His fear with words of humble surrender, saying, “If it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

So it is only because Jesus conquered His own anguish, conquered His fear, that we’re able to celebrate the resurrection. It’s only because He endured unimaginable pain that wracked His body and bore the sins of the world that He burdened — that burdened His soul that we are able to proclaim, “He is Risen!”

 

And the President concluded:

We are here today to celebrate that glorious overcoming, the sacrifice of a risen savior who died so that we might live. And I hope that our time together this morning will strengthen us individually, as believers, and as a nation.”


God’s Not Dead/ 12 Years a Slave

April 13th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Watched two good movies lately , one at the theatre God’s Not Dead.  One by rental 12 Years a slave .
GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions. Movie is based on a true story and legal lawsuits against many of our college universities of today because of discrimination.  . How Christians are portrayed in Hollywood  takes an about face here , they are seen as human . Some better then others , people who are not Christians are seen as people just dealing with the hard ships of every day life .
Good movie , has one scene where a Dad is hitting his teen age daughter and one car accident . 
 12 years a slave starts out slow but for a reason . You become linked with the main character , a black man in middle class NY living a good life among white friends also . Treated fairly with not much impact from the slavery in the southern states . He is kidnapped and sold for money . This is no Gone With the Wind in regards to the happy care free lives slaves are shown to experience in that movie . The evil and contradictions of whites are seen , at times moral upstanding people but yet upholding the crime of owning a person . Many scenes are hard to take , the slaves being whipped are hard and quite realistic .  Based on a true story .

Fire Fox CEO Resigns Over Marriage Issue

April 9th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Well another claim of victim is being shot across the Internet , and in fact reached some of the mainstream press . This is quite the story , the CEO of Firefox donated a thousand dollars to support traditional marriage back in 2009 .  The irony of this is President Obama at the time was supporting Traditional marriage at that time also .  Can you just see a cry for the President to step down from the same part of our culture ?
I see these issues in a different way the older I get . We have gone from the times when we looked to issues from a position that shared all views. For instance reading this from a conservative or a Conservative Christian organization we will see the lack of respect for religious views, freedom of speech , the hypocrisy of the left in their talk about tolerance . The CEO will be seen as a victim and used to promote the lack of morality the other side has in this issue .
Why I am saying this , taking this view ?  I support Traditional marriage , the fact is it is the best reliable way , time tested , to preserve the standards needed to provide children with security and the love needed from both genders , Biologically and spiritually supported .  But lets be honest ,  a 16 year old kid , for whatever reason having same sex attractions will be more comfortable in a secular organization or our home church . If you say Home Church , praise God . Because we have a Christ who is about reconciling . He is the God of Love .  Politics attack , it attempts to destroy your opponent . Christ sees both sides of us  , sees us where we are and where we can Go if we Follow Him .  Its not my job to tell someone if he is right or wrong , It is my job to be be avenue where the Lord can be seen and heard . That’s enough of a job for me .
On Thursday, Mozilla, the company behind Mozilla Firefox, forced CEO Brendan Eich to resign over his support for Proposition 8 in California, which stated that marriage was between one man and one woman.

NOAH Worth seeing it ?

April 1st, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Noah is out at theatres and  is causing a debate among the Christian Community . The more Bible literate   seeing the flaws in the film . I have not seen it yet , will most likely wait for the dvd , but from what I heard it is a spectacular special effects made movie . The storyline of course is Noah from the book of Genesis . But yes it sways from the story , the sin is over population and environmental sins causing God’s concern for his creation . Not all of Noah’s sons make the trip , and there is a host of violence and fighting . But my point is instead of a movie coming out of Hollywood where the religious are the nut cases murdering and showing their  hypocritical natures , Hollywood is seeing that making a movie about God in a good light can make a buck again . Michael Medved in his book Hollywood VS America highlights the way movies had changed in recent years . The ShawShank  Redemption , the bad guy is the religious warden . Even remakes like Cape Fear , fist time the returning prisoner is just a thug , the remake is a religious nut who has scriptures written on his body . This is not the Last Temptation of Christ , it is actually well acted by Russell Crowe and is  at least NOT meant to offend , it was suppose to entertain us with a Biblical theme . Take the opportunity to share the story of God and His Redemption when people speak of it .
This is a good link that shows the inconsistencies of the story if your interested .
This is the Focus on the Family review .  Do note the extreme violence if your considering taking little ones .
Cal Thomas who I consider one the better journalist of today offers his  review . His opinion surprisingly is close to mine .  ;0)

2014 Lenten 40 Days Of Life Campaign

March 5th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Pro Life Kitsap has its Own Face Book Page
They just started their yearly 40 Day for Life Campaign . There are many ways to stand up for life . Perhaps the best way  is helping those in need and showing they are cared for both  physically and spiritually . Pro Kitsap does not discriminate for any reason , all are welcome , perhaps the only organization in Kitsap that can say that .

2014 Lenten 40 Days for Life Campaign – Sign-up for Vigil Hours NOW!

Since 2007, the Kitsap community has held a 40 Days for Life campaign each Spring.

Would you like to stand up for Life?  Kitsap County is joining the international campaign, 40 Days for Life, Ash Wednesday, March 5th through Sunday, April 13th.

 

  • Vigil Participation:  Stand with others outside the Planned Parenthood facility, 723 NE Riddell Road, East Bremerton; the objective is to cover Sunday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. with commitments of as little as 30 minutes per shift.
  • Prayer and Fasting:  In our homes and churches, on behalf of the unborn and all impacted by abortion.
  • Community Outreach:  To help others overcome apathy and complacency as they become more aware of the painful impact of abortion on our families, our community, and our nation.

Arizona Debate Gets Lost in the Culture Wars

February 26th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Arizona seems to have found itself in the hotbed of the culture wars again . This time with legislation defending religious freedom , aimed at potential lawsuits it appears regarding religious conscience and gay marriage .  Interestingly enough despite so much rhetoric from both sides , Arizona has no state law defending sexual orientation or supporting gay marriage .  It changes nothing basically . Arizona already can discriminate against homosexuals , hence all the media concern for a sudden wave of stoning and harsh treatment is somewhat irrelevant to the issue .
What does the law do ?
  First the law  changes the definition of “person” under the statutes from “a religious assembly or institution” to “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization that the person’s religious beliefs motivated their actions, that the person is sincerely religious, and that state action or the lawsuit burdens the exercise of religion. 
So unlike our state of Washington which has seen its authority to mandate a business owner to actually participate in the wedding of a gay couple , providing services that directly link to the marriage ceremony and celebration by requiring their personal participation,  it would exempt those people that may attend churches that they did exempt   from providing marriage services also .  This is the point of contention , the church as an institution is exempt , but now also the beliefs of the individuals of that church are also exempted .
Second the  law sets several benchmarks for someone to meet if they claim religion as a defense in a lawsuit: that the person’s religious beliefs motivated their actions, that the person is sincerely religious, and that state action or the lawsuit burdens the exercise of religion.
Mitt Romney , John McCain and other well known Republicans have come out against the law .  Basically the debate has had little with the law or the basic fact it changes nothing in how Arizona now can deal with the related issues .  Politics is often perception , and the basic fact here is once again the right appears to be promoting intolerance as this story is reported on .  Liberalism has used perception and emotional appeal over facts in recent years  .
Our nation has a history of supporting the First Amendment , recently it has become a tool to marginalize religious liberty and those of Faith as ignorant , intolerant , anti science  and close minded . Personally I would not have a problem going to a gay wedding , or supporting a friend who got married . But I do have a problem with a government that would mandate myself to do so . It is fascism when government uses private businesses to carry out its will on the people instead of defending the right of those people to enjoy their God Given Rights of Freedom .
 

Gay Therapy Gets a Hearing In Washinton

February 24th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

Interesting debates are being  being held in this legislative session .  One is  attempting to make it illegal for counseling for minors in regards to sexual orientation change therapy .  So far we have had those who have successfully changed testify and those who say you can not change .  Many bills have been introduced to state legislatures dealing with small business owners being taken to court  by gay activists for refusal to provide specific services . In our state we had a florist not wanting to decorate and participate in a homosexual wedding , in other states we have seen a photographer also taken to court for not wishing to participate in the wedding of a homosexual couple .

As our nation  turns more  secular the religion that supported the abolitionist movement is being linked to those who discriminated against slaves , meaning homosexuals are seen as the next Jim Crow .

 

A critique of HB 2451  by  Joseph Backholm of the Washington State Family policy  in regard to gay therapy .

http://www.fpiw.org/about/family-policy-blog/why-make-sense-when-you-care-so-much.html

One aspect  of the debate is the entanglement of the state and church separation .

Years ago I was invited by a friend to a worship service in Seattle . The group had about 30 men , mostly homosexuals seeking to live lives in a way that did not include sex with same gender partners .  The head of the group was a man who had lost his same sex partner to Aids and through a process after became a Christian . His journey led him to seek to live the life of an heterosexual man , which he did , got married and had a child .

Talking to the men I gathered there with I found there  were as many different stories as there were men there . Some had been living happily without having sex with other males,  , some had gone back and forth , but interestingly many told me of how they felt rejected by the gay community and rejected by the Christian community for their past or possible future .  No one really can tell us why someone is attracted to the same sex . Possibly there many reasons , chemical imbalance , just how the person was wired by their  genes  , cultural reasons , perhaps a mixture .  What is troublesome in this debate is what if counseling was able to allow a person to live an heterosexual life and this law prevented it from occurring .  But also what to the argument that if counseling attempts to  change fails , does not that  person  feel f worse for believing change was possible .

Those brothers as I came to know them were some the most dedicated Christians and men of character that I have ever met . The worship we had together is forever with me , the love of God and their bond together was unique . In a world without judgment by our neighbors they would have an easier time of seeking the life and man of God they wanted to be .

I would oppose the legislation , it is a secular attempt to use government to make the world a better place .  It has a bigotry accompanying it that considers religion making it worse . It strikes at the heart of freedom and the ability for all of us to follow our hearts and beliefs .

 

 


Meetings schedule for Continuing The Conversation On Trayvon and Religious Freedom and Conscience

February 20th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Continuing the Conversation Beyond Trayvon
A panel forum celebrating Black History Month brought to you by the Bremerton Branch of the NAACP and the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights.
Admission is FREE
Come join us at the Eagle’s Nest at Kitsap County Fairgrounds from 4-6 pm (not 5-7) on February 22nd to join in this important conversation.
Forum on Religious Freedom and Concience
Join the KPTP Board and our supporters at February’s monthly General Meeting, featuring guest speaker Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of the Family Policy Institute. Mr. Backholm will discuss how to protect your freedom to disagree in a presentation about “Conscience Rights and Religious Freedom.” This and more at the KPTP monthly meeting – where freedom rings. Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel Meet in the hotel lounge early at 6:15 to network and talk with the Board regarding your special interests.

North Kitsap Has a Disscussion On Race

February 2nd, 2014 by Mick Sheldon

Recently in North Kitsap we have been having a discussion on race . Still a complicated subject , even though  50 years have passed since the civil rights movement has settled many “legal”  issues of equality in this country relating to race .  The best explanation of the issues  I have read comes from the Sun’s own reporter Steve Gardner , explained what happened fairly , and perhaps giving some of the best explanations of why it it was such a issue that set off such a impassioned  conversation .   Should anyone use the N word to explain the derogatory meaning of the word to a 5th grader ? Then was questioned about it use it again , and again .

http://pugetsoundblogs.com/peninsular-thinking/2014/01/29/our-conversation-about-a-word-that-starts-with-n/#comment-3615

I tend to side with the parents on this  , for one their child and many students realized the fact the word itself was something that made them feel uncomfortable  That is a good thing in my opinion .

What I see unfortunately though is the way both sides often look at these issues . One side puts the fact only one race can set the rules on what is said and by whom , the other side sees this as unfair and PC . Mutual respect seems to get a pass .

First we all have the “right” to say this word . It however does not mean it is profitable for anyone  to say it .

There are no longer civil rights leaders in  this day who have the respect of the American people to speak on this issue , for politics and other issues have clouded their ability to be seen as voices  of freedom and equality . The example , Leonard Pitts ,given by the Herald’s Editor and submitted for review in the Sun is looked upon as a secular liberal editorial writer , often taking to task opposing political sides using race and sometimes even religion as a wedge , not something we can unite over .

In the eyes of God we are all equal , no race has a pass  to use derogatory and historical racist language as a means to communicate and then suggest another does not based on  race .  God loves us . To hate a man or women  based on their race is hating the God who made them . To suggest one has special rights over another is always wrong , regardless if it is in the form of opportunity , laws, or pc language .  There is no difference to God , and if you set up an argument supporting equality , make sure you are respecting everyone regardless of the color of their skin . To do different is missing the whole point to the issue and conversation .  When a race is diminished by a word , we all are diminished .  We , the Human Race .


Abortion Mandate , Fascism and Health Care

January 16th, 2014 by Mick Sheldon
Abortion has become a divisive issue , it has so many facets to it . Morality , value of life, science , reason , and our own morality that differs widely in this country .  This however is about House Bill 2148 that Kitsap’s 23rd district Sherry Appleton is co sponsoring . It mandates that all insurance sold in the state of Washington that covers Maternity Care covers abortion .
First the morality that attaches abortion rights with maternity care is foreign to me , they are not in the same  hemisphere. So its hard to perhaps give an honest representation to the leftist side on this issue . But I believe because abortion  it is a medical procedure that deals with life , ending it ,  it is considered compatible somehow .  The logic fails me , we do not require Home Owners Insurance to cover paying for Home Security Systems or guns to protect our families . The Second Amendment guarantees the right to the gun , a right to protect ourselves but those of us who wish to not have them in our homes are free to do so .   Porn is considered a First Amendment Right , but we do not require the porn industry to make it available to everyone . Unlike this bill , we are all asked to pay for the funding of abortion regardless that science shows it is stopping a beating heart , brain wave activity , causes pain to a life  , and host of other scientific discoveries of the life that is aborted from reasons of convenience to health . A majority from convenience . We are asked to pay for the service , yet be uninvolved in the decision .
Fascism is a term that describes a methodology of government implementation . Mussolini is often linked to the term and gives it a derogatory understanding .  I do not wish to do that here , but it is honestly portrayed by our Kitsap Representatives of the democratic party in this instance . Fascism unlike socialism mandates to the private sector the terms in how they will conduct their business , while allowing those private businesses the freedom to implement those terms themselves . As in this case opposition to the rules was not allowed , suppression of the views and beliefs of others were ignored . The government issues penalties for non compliance . To help understand the terms here  socialism would be closer to one payer form of health care , fascism is telling all the insurance companies what to do .
To view the hearing on this bill go to the link . Also if you wish the link gives directions on how to contact your legislators .