Cure for the Christmas blues

What happens when joy seems to have gone missing?

I took a departure from my usual fare at the LA Church & State Examiner and wrote instead about finding the answer to the question, “Where’s the joy?” Read my story, which may be in part your story this Christmas, by clicking here! You just may find a friend you never knew you had!

Rick Warren: ‘I am not an anti-gay marriage activist’

“Not a single criticism came from any gay leader who knows me.” – Rick Warren, pastor of Saddelback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

Today’s agenda for Warren includes help in rebuilding Rwanda and concern over what the recession is doing to the spiritual climate of the U.S…. and celebrating Easter week, the same week Saddleback Church started 30 years ago. Congratulations Rick and church…may all the glory go to God!
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Obama Behind the 8 Ball?

“I’ve stated my opposition to this,” the Senator said in response to a question from a viewer in San Leandro, California. “I think it’s unnecessary. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and I’m not in favor of gay marriage, but when you start playing around with constitutions just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person…it just seems to me that that’s not what America is about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.” – Barack Obama

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Breeze: Friday Top Five

Second week of Shooting the Breeze’s Friday Top Five includes some great posts. We read, we post, we link!

Here’s my pick for the week of February 1-6:

1. Persecution Blog co-author Hal has North Korea on his heart. The country is one of the greatest offenders of human rights in the world today. Many rank this country as the number one persecutor of Christians. Pray today for North Korea

2. It ain’t breaking news unless it’s on Twitter? I have not joined the bunch that messages on Twitter. But, Sarah Pulliam at the ChristianityToday Politics Blog managed to break news with her Twittering the National Prayer Breakfast post.

3. Baptist Press posted a good article, Out of devastation, God has worked good, by David S. Dockery on the one-year anniversary of a tornado outbreak in the South. He writes… a year ago today — people across Tennessee and the entire Southeast were going about their normal, everyday business — until 87 tornadoes broke out in the region…Devastation was all around, but there was no despair. The words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4 became our own.

4. It’s always good to keep up to date on what Living Water’s Ray Comfort is doing! I caught up with him at Pull the Plug on Atheism and loved his a challenge to an atheist professor post.

5. Another blog to check in with often is Pyromaniacs. This week’s Requires of Him will challenge you!
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Alexander Writes: What are your priorities?

Breeze: Friday Top Five

In my defense, I may be a day late, but I’m not a dollar short on this Friday feature…well, maybe sort of…in today’s bail-me-out psyche.
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Through Peter P’s “Rediscovering the Church” blog I found Kevin Martineau’s “Friday Top Five – What where your favorite posts from last week?” This “Shooting the Breeze” feature is a must read…and if so inclined, a very fruitful promising participation.

Here’s my quick recount of last week, in no particular order:

1. No better time than now to know where that Light can be found. Thanks, Yvette, for Light that Candle in a Dark Place found in your Fresh Wind Ministries blog.

2. A greater and deeper look at baptism. Should we always look at it from a “water” perspective? Two thumbs up for Brother Mark’s Baptised Into The Body of Christ!

3. Uplifting and thought provoking poetry can always be found at Versical’s Blog. Mike’s post Happiness is one I chose for this week…how true, how true!

4. There aren’t fitting words to describe my reaction to this video of an abortion survivor’s talk and message. “Wow!” is one of the responses I had and from many others who sent me a response back from my forward. The Life of Thomas is truly an excellent blog…and this particular post, Inspirational Video has already touched many hearts.

5. Oh, what the heck…here’s one of mine…after all, it IS Super Bowl weekend! Super Bowl Faithful Unashamed.

Have a blessed day…and please consider joining us on this Friday Top Five journey!

Dear Gays: Quit Raining on Obama’s Parade!

Still ignorant of the fact that support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman does not equate to hate towards homosexuals, gay advocates are miffed that president-elect Barack Obama chose Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.

Even the media is confused between what gay rights mean versus a “right to marry.” In California, for example, the passage of Yes on 8 did not take away any rights from gay civil unions. Nevermind that, Ellen believes it’s all about hate, Obama has stated he supports traditional marriage, but danced around a bit with his answer when it came to gay rights in this area.

Understanding what’s at issue is first, about understanding sin…despite whether we like being called out for our sin or not.

Dear Gays…please enjoy the inauguration and Warren’s message, after all it’s not about hate!

This from FoxNews.com:

Obama Tells Gay Community to Respect Choice of Warren at Inauguration
The president-elect’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren draws fierce responses from gay and liberal groups.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama made no apologies Thursday for asking evangelical pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration, a move that infuriated gays angry at Warren’s support for California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage.

Obama said he and Warren don’t agree on everything, but he’s collected a group of people to appear at his inauguration who share a variety of viewpoints.

Repeating a line from his campaign, Obama said, “We have to disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.”

Obama noted that he was invited to speak at Warren’s Saddleback Church despite Warren knowing that Obama supports gay and lesbian rights, and Dr. Joseph Lowery will give the benediction at the inaugural ceremony. Lowery holds “deeply contrasting views” with Warren on gay rights issues, Obama said.

Still, gay rights groups say they are appalled at the selection of Warren, whose church is 22,000 strong. Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solomnese sent Obama a letter asking him to reconsider what they say is a show of “disrespect” and a “genuine blow” to the gay community.

The invitation to Warren has “tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place” at Obama’s table, reads the letter.

“[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination,” Solomnese wrote…more.

Related:
Obama Behind the 8 Ball?

Why is Christmas such a big deal?

Bloggers doing a study on ‘The Purpose of Christmas’

Yeah, I mean really, why is Christmas such a big deal? Want find out the reason together?

I’m asking bloggers and whoever else to join me in a 3-week study on the purpose of Christmas. This will not be a big time consuming deal. It’s basic. My suggestion is to start by getting Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose of Christmas, then listen this coming Saturday’s (Dec. 6, 2008) opening message on the study by Saddleback Church’s Pastor Rick.

You’ll be able to view and listen online (live or archived) to his first message on the purpose of Christmas here!

Let’s do this! Let’s meet back here or at my other blog on Tuesday, Dec. 9th to discuss Rick’s opening message about the purpose of Christmas. Be sure to read that first chapter, “The Purpose of Christmas,” by then, too.

Let’s have our own 3-week study right here!

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Purpose of Christmas now!

I’d love to see you back here!

P.S. The books can be purchased at Costco as well!

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If you stop to think about it… (back cover)

VIDEO: Hannity and Colmes: Warren on Christmas

VIDEO: Cavuto: Warren’s Christmas Priority Adjustment

WEEK ONE: Why Celebrate Christmas?

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