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YouTube Pro-Life Statement Goes Viral!--More

The Mountain View Christian Center in Oakley, California began a video ministry which started with YouTube and has since been picked up by Tangle and Worth Reading. However, this latest video which makes a solid pro-life statement with facts that the world cannot dispute has gone viral, being seen in China, several Asian countries and globally.

The short clip has caught attention from viewers on both sides of the pro-life debate and has caused pause in the hearts of many. Plus a quick peek into a service at MVCC where we see a little girl singer, the choir and Pastor Jerry Hanoum. Here is the link:
http://worthreading.ning.com/video/visit-to-mvcc-oakley?xg_source=msg_appr_video

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Church Newscast Catching On

The debut of the Mountain View Christian Center television newscast out of Oakley, California last week (that can be seen below) was a success. Viewers have shown that they like news that has a twinkle in the tone. How one views the news can make a difference in the sanity level during the day.

The AGN-TCL Streaming News Network offers bite-size news tidbits in 10 minute segments. Viewers love it since they are short, sweet and meaningful (now we are referring to the newscasts, not the viewers--then again, maybe they are--ahh forget it!.)  Anyway, in this day and age, where everybody is running here and there, briefer and quickly-to-the-point is better. The unique newscast can be seen on both YouTube and Tangle.

The video cameraman is noted photographer Tim Vaughn who has his own studio. His son, Tim Vaughn, Jr. is the video editor. The first team to be seen is Angelia Baxter paired with this writer, which is an excellent combination with perfect interaction. The newscast will feature various newsteams to watch for. The segments are filmed in the Mountain View Christian Center Media Studio.

 The second newscast which can be seen below shows that the format works and gives viewers relevant stories and ideas that encourage everyone to get a sense of humor, and enjoy living life, even in a chaotic world. Click the link below to see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX-xLfVh154

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Minister's Heroic Stand For Integrity

Every man seems to have a price. This writer is constantly amazed at how cheap one can buy a man or woman's integrity. That is, except for Rev. John Anderson, who runs the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, a homeless shelter with 325 beds. His is a compassionate ministry which provides for the needs of the downtrodden. With case loads increasing due to the economic crisis, the mission is constantly in need of funds. Not enough, however, for Rev. Anderson to sell his integrity.

Richmond is known the world over as a city of constant violence, crime, and murder. It was the scene of the recent gang rape of a 15 year old girl who had gone to a high school dance. One of those who took part was a 13 year old boy.

Richmond's problems can be solved, said the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians to the board of supervisors, by building an Indian casino at Point Molate. This will give the city a new look, generate income for the city as well as providing employment in the community which will reduce crime.

A tidal wave of opposition slowed the procedure until the tribe met again with supervisors and gave them specific figures about how much the city-the county and the state would be given each year, in the millions, which would pay for improvements, security etc.  To deal with their opponents,they also promised huge amounts of money each year if the measure passed, and this included charity organizations like Rev. Anderson's Bay Area Rescue Mission.

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News of the Morning--Students Pray At The Pole

There is no sweeter music in the world than that of a child...of young people praying. Such were the exquisite sounds that filled the air throughout the Oakley, California neighborhood this morning as Trinity Christian School at Mountain View Christian Center took part in the world wide, "See You At The Pole," event where students asked God's help and blessings upon their school, the community and America.

The "See You At The Pole" prayer event which takes place by the flagpoles of almost every school in America on this date, was initiated by students in Texas 20 years ago and quickly spread throughout the United States, Canada and Overseas.
   
Trinity Principal Linda Miller greeted the crowd. Each grade of the school was represented by one of its students who offered their prayers with loving confidence. Ben Evans, a 10th grader summed up every student's thoughts with his prayer that asked God's blessings upon our school, country, upon service men and women, for our government and for President Barack Obama's guidance.
 
Opening the event, after an introduction by Principal Miller, your scribe offered this prayer:

'Our most gracious and wonderful Heavenly Father. In the midst of a world in chaos and confusion, we can confidently say, "The joy of the Lord is our strength." I praise thee that twenty years ago, students initiated an annual prayer at the flagpole, which still today, at this time, is faithfully set aside for this purpose.

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Not Over the Rainbow, but IN It! - Updated

Wrapping itself in the rainbow flag, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) yesterday voted in a measure to allow practicing homosexuals and those with same sex partners to be ordained as Lutheran priests.

The measure won by 54% of its 4.2 million church members. According to Christian Post, 46% of that body approved of the church clergy performng same-sex "marriages."

The new Mission Statement of the church, presented at the convention in Minneapolis, was named, "Human Sexuality; Gift and Trust." It was passed by a vote of 676-338 by the delegates, barely fulfilling the two-thirds vote requirement.

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The Pharisees and Sadducees

The Preaching of John the Baptist 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from l the wrath to come 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” The New King James Version. 1982 (Mt 3:7-12).

Where's the Media Outrage?

Where’s the Outrage?

 

Open Letter to Pastors and Church Leadership

Is anyone out there?

 

 I have to wonder what is going on in the body of Christ, and more specifically with Church leadership. Things that used to bring us to our knees and cause our voices to rise in support of righteousness, now cause not even a small ripple effect.

Heavenly Minded

I am old school enough to remember the old saying..”Folk are so heavenly minded, they are no earthly Good.” That is where I believe today’s Church finds itself. Instead of being a influence on society, the Church has been busy assimilating into the society with little impact for the Kingdom. Never in my 50+ years have I seen such a desire to agree, tolerate and embrace things that God has declared wrong, sinful or even an abomination, and all in the hopes of making folk like us.

Milk Toast Christianity

Proverbs 28:1 says..” The wicked man flees though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

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