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owa's Supreme Court strikes down gay marriage ban; 3rd state to allow same-sex marriage
Rep. Steve Howard, D-Rutland, who is gay, right, hugs Rep. Rep. Lucy Leriche, D-Hardwick, following preliminary approval of a gay marriage bill in Montpelier, Vt., Thursday, April 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
04-03-2009 8:33 AM
By AMY LORENTZEN, Associated Press Writer
DES MOINES, Iowa (Associated Press) -- Iowa's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's gay marriage ban on Friday, making Iowa the third state where same-sex couples can tie the knot.
In its decision, the court upheld a 2007 district court judge's ruling that the law violates the state constitution. It strikes the language from Iowa code limiting marriage to only between a man a woman.
"The court reaffirmed that a statute inconsistent with the Iowa constitution must be declared void even though it may be supported by strong and deep-seated traditional beliefs and popular opinion," said a summary of the ruling issued by the court.
The ruling set off celebration among the state's gay-marriage proponents.
"Iowa is about justice, and that's what happened here today," said Laura Fefchak, who was hosting a verdict party in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale with partner of 13 years, Nancy Robinson.
Robinson added: "To tell the truth, I didn't think I'd see this day."
Richard Socarides, an attorney and former senior adviser on gay rights to President Clinton, said the ruling carries extra significance coming from Iowa.
"It's a big win because, coming from Iowa, it represents the mainstreaming of gay marriage. And it shows that despite attempts stop gay marriage through right-wing ballot initiatives, like in California, the courts will continue to support the case for equal rights for gays," he said.
It's opponents were equally as dismayed.
"I would say the mood is one of mourning right now in a lot of ways, and yet the first thing we did after internalizing the decision was to walk across the street and begin the process of lobbying our legislators to let the people of Iowa vote," said Bryan English, spokesman for the conservative group the Iowa Family Policy Center.
"This is an issue that will define (lawmakers') leadership. This is not a side issue."
The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., pastor at the Maple Street Baptist Church in Des Moines, went to the Supreme Court building to hear of the decision.
"It's a perversion and it opens the door to more perversions," Ratliff said. "What's next?"
Technically, the decision will take about 21 days to be considered final and a request for a rehearing could be filed within that period.
But Polk County Attorney John Sarcone said his office will not ask for a rehearing, meaning the court's decision should take effect after that three-week period.
"Our Supreme Court has decided it, and they make the decision as to what the law is and we follow Supreme Court decisions," Sarcone said. "This is not a personal thing. We have an obligation to the law to defend the recorder, and that's what we do."
That means it will be at least several weeks before gay and lesbian couples can seek marriage licenses.
Gov. Chet Culver, a Democrat, said the decision addresses a complicated and emotional issue.
"The next responsible step is to thoroughly review this decision, which I am doing with my legal counsel and the attorney general, before reacting to what it means for Iowa," Culver said in a statement.
The case had been working its way through Iowa's court system since 2005 when Lambda Legal, a New York-based gay rights organization, filed a lawsuit on behalf of six gay and lesbian Iowa couples who were denied marriage licenses. Some of their children are also listed as plaintiffs.
The suit named then-Polk County recorder and registrar Timothy Brien.
The state Supreme Court's ruling upheld an August 2007 decision by Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson, who found that a state law allowing marriage only between a man and a woman violates the state's constitutional rights of equal protection.
The Polk County attorney's office, arguing on behalf of Brien, claimed that Hanson's ruling violates the separation of powers and said the issue should be left to the Legislature.
Lambda Legal planned to comment on the ruling later Friday. A request for comment from the Polk County attorney's office wasn't immediately returned.
Around the nation, only Massachusetts and Connecticut permit same-sex marriage. California, which briefly allowed gay marriage before a voter initiative in November repealed it, allows domestic partnerships.
New Jersey, New Hampshire and Vermont also offer civil unions, which provide many of the same rights that come with marriage. New York recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, and legislators there and in New Jersey are weighing whether to offer marriage. A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Vermont has cleared the Legislature but may be vetoed by the governor.
The ruling in Iowa's same-sex marriage case came more quickly than many observers had anticipated, with some speculating after oral arguments that it could take a year or more for a decision.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I HAVE A QUESTION..... DO YOU THINK ILLNESS IS A SIGN OF SIN IN YOUR LIFE...HERE ISWHY I ASK MY PASTOR TOLD ME. THAT ALL THE ILLNESSES I HAVE IS A RESULT OF UNFORGIVENESS IN MY LIFE WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO YOU THINK GOD WOULD DO THAT TO A PERSON. I HAVE REALLY BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS TO THE POINT TO WHERE I DONT WANT TO GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE HE THINKS IM SICK BECAUSE OF THIS... WELL ANYWAY....
Thursday, March 19, 2009
AS YOU KNOW I HAVE SLEEP APNEA AND THEY WANT TO RETEST TO SEE IF THE NUMBERS ON THE MACHINE ARE SET RIGHT SO IT IS JUST A RETEST ,, NO EMEERGENCY OR ANYTHING I WILL BE HOME EARLY AM DONT EVEN H AVE TO CHECK IN TIL 9 SINCE IT IS A SLEEP TEST.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I GUESS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS NO OTHER PRESSING BUSINESS THAN TO BE ON THE JAY LENO SHOW.....
Obama heads to California for town-hall meetings
7 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama heads to California today, where he will preside over a couple of town hall-style meetings and become the first incumbent chief executive to appear on "The Tonight Show." The visit comes at a time when California is being hit hard economically.
The state that is home to one in eight Americans has been ravaged by recession, a housing meltdown and double-digit unemployment. The public is seething over $165 million in post-bailout bonuses paid to executives at American International Group Inc. — an issue certain to overshadow the two-day visit.
His first appearance as president in a state that was a getaway for his predecessors could instead become a political test for Obama, whose administration has been trying to find its voice on the economy. His schedule includes a stop on Jay Leno's stage in Burbank after town hall-style meetings in Orange County on Wednesday and downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.
With the furor over the AIG bonuses, "if he doesn't have some really good answers, this could be a nightmare. It's not going to be enough to say, 'I feel your anger and we are looking into it,'" said University of California, Berkeley, political scientist Bruce Cain. "There has to be some sort of decisive action."
Judy Chen-Lee, a laid-off job counselor for the city of Santa Ana, has a ticket for the Orange County event and hopes to press the president about getting people back to work.
The economic stimulus money should be "dedicated to those most in need, who need jobs and retraining," she said. "The AIG situation is sad. There needs to be accountability."
Normally, a trip to the Democratic-leaning state would represent a welcome respite for a Democratic president. Clinton was here more than 70 times during his presidency, often to attend lavish political fundraisers with his golf clubs in tow.
Obama, who spent his early college years in California, won a 24-point victory here in November and his administration is thick with Californians.
National surveys show Obama remains personally popular, despite some unease over policy. But recent polls confirm the obvious: At a time of economic stress residents are anxious, frayed. California is at the center of the mortgage crisis, and the number of residents fleeing the nation's most populous state has been rising.
The state will be a key to any national recovery; California on its own is the world's eighth-largest economy. Obama's green jobs agenda is similar to ideas being pushed in California.
His stop on Leno's couch will mark the first time a sitting president has hit the late-night talk show circuit. Leno is known for banter and laughs, not grilling politicians, so it will give Obama a deferential platform to talk about the economy. The show has about 5 million viewers — a Main Street audience mostly beyond the Beltway.
The message on the economy has appeared to shift. During the fall presidential campaign, Obama relentlessly criticized his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for declaring, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong."
But last weekend, a White House adviser said the economy is fundamentally sound despite the temporary "mess." Just a week ago, Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, declared that "fundamentally, the economy is weak." Days later, Obama told reporters he was confident in the economy.
How much Obama — or any president — can do during an economic slowdown is always in question.
"The economy everywhere is in big trouble, and these are problems that started long before he came into office," said Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics in Los Angeles. "Obama doesn't walk on water. He can't wave a magic wand and fix all that."
When Reagan occupied the White House, his first Air Force One trip was to California for a weekend at his ranch in the Santa Ynez mountains northwest of Los Angeles. When Nixon was in office, his seaside home in San Clemente became known as the Western White House, a hideaway during a turbulent presidency.
Obama is popular in reliably Democratic Hollywood, and money from the entertainment industry helped finance the richest campaign in presidential history.
When asked whether Obama planned to meet with any celebrities on his visit, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro declined comment.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
PLEASE PRAY FOR TIM HE HAS BEEN RELEASED HOME INTO A REALLY BAD ENVIROMENT. PLEASE PRAY THAT HE DOES NOT GET BACK INTO DRUGS AND DRINKING, IF HE DOES HE WILL BE OUT OF THE PROGRAM THAT IS HELPING HIM GET FEET. HE IS A BIG BOY HE CAN MAKE HIS OWN CHOICES I JUST PRAY HE MAKES THE RIGHT ONES.
PLEASE PRAY FOR ME ..... GOT SOME BAD TEST RESULTS IF YOU WANT DETAILS YOU WILL HAVE TO EMAIL ME PRIVATELY
SOME OF YOU ALREADY KNOW.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU ALL THOUGHT ABOUT THIS........ I AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THINGS LIKETHIS
THIS WAS TAKEN FROM DAVID WILKERSON'S WEBSITE
AN URGENT MESSAGE
I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world.
AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.
For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires—such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.
There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting—including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written,
“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (v. 3).
God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.
The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with wicked Israel, “God is fashioning a calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh, turn back each of you from your evil way, and reform your ways and deeds. But they will say, It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:11-12).
In Psalm 11:6, David warns, “Upon the wicked he will rain snares (coals of fire)…fire…burning wind…will be the portion of their cup.” Why? David answered, “Because the Lord is righteous” (v. 7). This is a righteous judgment—just as in the judgments of Sodom and in Noah’s generation.
WHAT SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS DO? WHAT ABOUT GOD’S PEOPLE?
First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.
As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options. This is outlined in Psalm 11. We “flee like a bird to a mountain.” Or, as David says, “He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven—his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men” (v. 4). “In the Lord I take refuge” (v. 1).
I will say to my soul: No need to run...no need to hide. This is God’s righteous work. I will behold our Lord on his throne, with his eye of tender, loving kindness watching over every step I take—trusting that he will deliver his people even through floods, fires, calamities, tests, trials of all kinds.
Note: I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.
God bless and keep you,
Posted by David Wilkerson on 3/07/2009
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Founder of World Challenge, Inc., David Wilkerson is perhaps best known for his early days of ministry to young drug addicts and gang members in New York City, as published in the best-selling book The Cross and the Switchblade.
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
I HAVE NOT DONE A PRAYER THREAD FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS FRANKLY I DID NOT THINK ANYONE WAS READING IT. I HAVE NOT BEEN POSTING MUCH LATELY. HAVE NOT FELT REAL WELL.
PLEASE PRAY FOR :
PLEASE REMEMBER MY NEPHEW TIM. NOW THAT HE IS BETTER HE IS CHANGING HIS MIND ABOUT GOD HE DOES NOT BELIEVE LIKE WE THOUGHT HE DID.
Friday, March 6, 2009
I HAVE NOT BEEN POSTING LATELY. SINCE I HAVE HAD SOME MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES COME UP. I POSTED THIS SONG BY MATT REDMOND. KNOWING THAT NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES I KNOW GOD WILL NEVER LET GO OF ME NO MATTER HOW SCARED I MAY BE AT THIS TIME. EVEN THOUGH I FREAK OUT AT TIMES IN THE END I KNOW THAT I KNOW GOD IS THERE. JUST HAVE BE REMINDED SOMETIMES I GUESS. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. WELL ENJOY THE SONG.
I JUST REREAD THIS AND NOTICED I DID NOT REALLY GIVE MUCH INFO. I HAVE HAD SOME TEST DONE AND IT SHOWED SOMETHING REALLY BAD. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW EMAIL ME. I DONT' WANT TO PUT IT UP HERE.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I HAVE TO HONEST I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PRAY MUCH, THAT IS WHY I HAVE NOT PUT UP A PRAYER THREAD IN AWHILE. I NEVER WANT TO PRETEND TO BE SOMEONE IM NOT. I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE UNANSWERED PRAYER. AND HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHY PRAY AT ALL IT DOES NOT SEEM LIKE MY PRAYERS ARE GETTING PAST THE CEILING. WELL ANYWAY. HERE ARE SOME PRAYER REQUEST
OUR PASTORS ON THE INTERNET WHO I DEARLY LOVE
PLEASE REMEMBER MY NEPHEW TIM.
I AM HAVING ALOT OF BACK PAIN. SO MUCH THAT I HAVE TO HANG ON TO DOORS AND WALLS TO WALK.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I think I read this somewhere before but it is good anyway
Puppies for Sale
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell.
He painted a sign Advertising the 20 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard.
As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. "Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat of the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.
The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....
"I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt.
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.
Looking back up at the farmer, he said,
"You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I AM SITTING HERE. TONIGHT IN THE DARKEST PLACE I HAVE EVER BEEN IN. I CAN NOT MAKE SENSE OF ANYTHING ANYMORE. I AM MY OWN WORST ENEMY SOMETIMES. BUT I JUST CAN NOT TAKE IT ANYMORE LIKE IT IS NOW. ONE FAILURE AFTER ANOTHER. NO ONE TO JUST SAY HEY LETS GO FOR COFFEE. I LOVE ALL MY CYBER FRIENDS. I HONESTLY DO. AND TIME AFTER TIME YOU HAVE BEEN THERE FOR ME. I WONT DENY THAT. AM I WRONG TO WANT REAL LIVE HUMAN CONTACT I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE. I THINK THAT EMAIL AND INSTANT MESSAGEING HAS TAKEN OVER NO ONE TALKS ON THE PHONE EVEN ANYMORE EVERYTHING IS DONE ON THE COMPUTER... SO LESS AND LESS HUMAN CONTACT. AS MUCH AS I LOVE CHIP HE CAN NOT GO OUT WITH ME. IM TIRED OF FEELING LESS OF A PERSON THAN OTHER PEOPLE. IM TIRED OF BEING MADE TO FEEL LIKE A PIECE OF CRAP IN MY OWN HOME. IM TIRED OF PAYING ALL THE BILLS AND BEING IGNORED. FACE IT I AM JUST TIRED. WELL ANYWAY I WON'T GO ON AND ON BUT THIS IS WHY I HAVE NOT BEEN MAKING POST I JUST DON'T KNOW ANYMORE.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I went to a New Church today. It is called Living Water Christian Fellowship it is a Calvary Chapel here in San Juan Capistrano . I was surprised and grateful to see how many people I know that go there. Several people from my old church Calvary Laguna go there so I was able to sit with people I know which really helped on the panic issue side of it.
The pastor was not there, His Father in law passed away this week. Which I found out his Father in law is John Gordy he use to be a linebacker for the Detroit Lions. way back when…. He was 73 when he died… so they were not there. but I look forward to hearing him next week.
The assistant pastor spoke, he spoke on making sure we are building our lives on a firm foundation. It was really good.
Well thank God new church and No panic attack,,,,,
Dont know if i will continue to go there but it was a really good experience.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Monday, January 26, 2009
TIM IS STILL HANGING IN THERE. STILL NO MAJOR DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE. IF THEY HAVE TO TAKE MORE OF HIS LEGS OR NOT.
MY DECISION IS THAT I HAVE LEFT MY CHURCH AND MAY NOT GO TO ANOTHER ONE AT ALL. I AM TIRED OF CRAP TIRED OF REJECTION. I TRY AND TRY TO FIT IN, BUT UNLESS YOU LOOK A CERTAIN WAY OR KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE YOU ARE NOTHING. YOU WOULD NOT THINK THIS JUNK HAPPENS IN CHURCHES BUT IT DOES.
I HAVE TO HONEST HERE, I HAS COME TO THE POINT TO WHERE I EVEN QUESTION MY FAITH. MAYBE ITS ME MAYBE IM NOT HOLY ENOUGH. OR PRETTY ENOUGH. OR WHATEVER. MY BIGGEST HURTS IN LIFE HAVE COME THROUGH THE CHURCH. WHY SHOULD I TRY AGAIN. IF THE CHURCH REJECTS ME MAYBE GOD DOES TOO WHO KNOWS I DONT KNOW ANYMORE.
I AM TIRED OF BEING ALONE ALL THE TIME. TIRED OF TRYING TO MAKE FRIENDS AND BEING REJECTED.
I KNOW I HAVE FRIENDS HERE ON THE BLOGS BUT SOMETIMES I WOULD JUST LIKE TO MEET SOMEONE FOR COFFEE OR SOMETHING. I LOVE MY CYBER FRIENDS I REALLY DO. PLEASE DON'T TAKE ME WRONG. BUT ELECTROIC FRIENDS DO NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF ONE ON ONE FELLOWSHIP.
I AM IN A DARK PLACE RIGHT NOW. VERY DARK...
Friday, January 23, 2009
HERE IS A SONG , THAT I WOULD NOT ALLOW MYSELF TO LISTEN TO FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. BUT I PLAYED IT TODAY AND WELL I HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART. JOE SABOLICK IS A NAME MOST OF YOU KNOW. AND THOSE WHO KNOW ME KNOW WHY I WOULD NOT LISTEN TO THIS SONG. BUT I HAD A LONG TALK WITH JOE THE OTHER DAY. SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE HIS BROTHER HAD THE HEART ATTACK. AND TIME HEALS BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS. I CONSIDER JOE A FRIEND.....
JOE WROTE THIS SONG. AND IT IS HIM SINGING IT.
Subject: Great Dog Story
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.'
Lucky was a real
Character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a
Weekend visit they
Would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open
Because Lucky would
Help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably,
Someone would forget
And something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement
And there the
Treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite
Toys. Lucky always
Stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular
That his toys
Stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer.
Something told her
She was going to die of this disease.... In fact; she was
Just sure it was
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her
Shoulders. The night
Before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with
Lucky. A thought
Struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the
Liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I
Die, Lucky will be
Abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I
Didn't want to leave
Him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors
And Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took
Lucky for his evening
Walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When
She arrived home,
Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the
Steps to her bedroom.
Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to
Nap. Lucky stood
Watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she
Called. It made Mary sad
But sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand
What was wrong. She
Couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot.
But panic soon gave
Way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was
Blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had
Sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement
Bringing his beloved
Mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered
Her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living
Further and further together every day.
It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free.
Lucky? He still steals
Treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains
Remember....live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a
God. And never forget....the people who make a difference
In our lives are
Not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or
The most awards
They are the ones that care for us.
PLEASE KEEP THIS FAMILY IN PRAYER THERE ARE MANY THINGS GOING ON. I COPIED THIS FROM HIS BLOG
Well it seems that when God desires to do a new thing, things get stirred up a bit. We are in a turmol here and need your prayers:
1. Rachel is not doing well. She went to the ER the other night and is really struggeling with living with her depression for the rest of her life. (Those of us who struggle with this clearly understand). My heart breaks for my daughter. If I could take her place, I would in an instant; yet I don't need to for Jesus already did.
2. My younger daugter Naomi has completely backslid. She is verbally attacking Rachel, her mother and I, and has even moved her attacks to the internet. Again, my heart breaks because she is running from the call of God on her life. She has been blinded by the enemy and the life that is in her is being choked out by the cares of this world.
3. The oil business has colapased. The company I work for is suffering and considering how to survive. As of yet, I don't know what this means for us, but God is faithful!
4. We are praying about a major change in our lives, of which I cannot go into detail.
So, please pray for us, wht we would hear His voice and do His will.
Also, I ask for special prayer for my friend Bill Walden. I can't go into detail, but God knows.
Thanks for being there and for praying...
Posted by Randall Slack, Pastor at 8:21 AM 1 comments
THIS IS A PRECIOUS FAMILY PLEASE HOLD THEM UP IN PRAYER
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
ALSO PLEASE KEEP TIM IN YOUR PRAYERS YOU CAN READ THE PRIOR POST TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH HIM HE HAS HAD A SET BACK. I GUESS I AM ASKING THE QUESTION WHY.... WHY WOULD GOD BRING HIM THIS FAR ONLY TO HAVE A SET BACK LIKE THIS.
I AM MAKING SOME DECISIONS THIS WEEK OR TWO THAT ARE HARD TO MAKE I WOULD APPRECIATE PRAYER IN REGARDS TO WORK AND CHURCH.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I am a bit discouraged right now. Got some bad news about my Nephew Tim the incision where they amputated both feet now has black around them and they may have to amputate higher up his legs. the infection has come back his fevers are 103 … also there is heart valve damage and as soon as they can get the infection under control they will have to replace the heart vavle… and the dr said that the infection is in his heart… I would appreciate that those of you who have my facebook please do not talk about it on there I have family on my facebook who has not been notified yet. so he has taken a bit of a turn for the worse….thank you for your prayers.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
TOMORROW NIGHT PASTOR DERRELL CHASTAIN WILL BE HOLDING HIS FIRST SERVICE CALVARY CHAPEL FIRST LIGHT IN FORT WORTH TEXAS LETS PRAY THAT PEOPLE WILL COME OUT , HE HAS PUT OUT A LOT OF ADVERTISEMENT.
ALSO THAT PASTOR OKIES CHURCH WOULD GROW.
ALSO PLEASE KEEP TIM IN YOUR PRAYERS GOD HAS DONE A MIGHTY WORK, AND HIS WIFE IS GOING TO CHURCH SUNDAY NIGHT PLEASE PRAY FOR HER.
I AM MAKING SOME DECISIONS THIS WEEK OR TWO THAT ARE HARD TO MAKE I WOULD APPRECIATE PRAYER IN REGARDS TO WORK AND CHURCH.
Friday, January 9, 2009
TIM CAME THROUGH HIS PROCEDURE TODAY THEY TOOK FLUID FROM AROUND HIS LUNGS. HE IS SORE BUT OK.
AS I TOLD YOU ALL BEFORE TERRY HIS WIFE. SAID SHE HATED GOD....PASTOR DERRELL CHASTAIN HAS BEEN GOING TO SEE HIM AND WHEN TIM STARTED TO IMPROVE TERRY SAID SHE KNOWS IT WAS BECAUSE PASTOR DERRELL ANNOINTED HIM WITH OIL AND PRAYED FOR HIM, NOW THE REALLY GOOD NEWS IS PASTOR DERRELL IS HAVING HIS FIRST SERVICE IN HIS CHURCH SUNDAY NIGHT AT 5 AND TERRY SAYS SHE WANTS TO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
We had an earthquake this afternoon I did not feel it it was 4.9 near San Bernardo that is about 80 miles away. but some down here did feel it. I was on the computer and did not feel it. Chip did not act weird either usually he gets a bit weird before one hits.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
YOU KNOW TODAY I HAVE BEEN DEPRESSED. WHY I DON'T KNOW I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANY REASON TO BE DEPRESSED. I HAVE NOT HAD A DAY OF DEPRESSION LIKE THIS IN A LONG TIME,
I GET FRUSTRATED SOMETIMES BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE TELL ME THAT I SHOULD HAVE THE JOY OF THE LORD AND NOT BE DEPRESSED. I DO HAVE THE JOY KNOWING MY SINS ARE FORGIVEN AND THAT I HAVE A ETERNAL HOME WITH JESUS. I AM HAPPY WHAT GOD IS DOING IN MY NEPHEWS LIFE AND THAT OF HIS WIFE AND KIDS. BUT TODAY I STILL FIND MYSELF DEPRESSED. SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT I WAS UNGRATEFUL FOR WHAT GOD HAS DONE LATELY BY ALLOWING MYSELF TO BE DEPRESSED. SO NOW THAT JUST MADE ME FEEL GUILTY.
I DON'T WANT TO BE UNGRATEFUL, AND HONESTLY DON'T THINK I AM. ANYONE WHO DEALS WITH DEPRESSION ON A DAILY BASIS AS I DO, KNOWS THAT YOU CAN NOT ALWAYS HELP THE WAY YOU FEEL. I DO ALL THE THINGS I KNOW TO DO AND THAT IS TO FEED GODS WORD INTO MY SPIRIT. SO TODAY I HAVE BEEN READING THE WORD WHEN I WAS NOT WORKING. I KNOW THAT EVEN IF I AM DEPRESSED IT GETS INTO MY SPIRIT.
I JUST HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE TRY TO LAY TRIPS ON ME. I KNOW WHERE MY HEART IS WITH GOD AND I KNOW THAT I ALSO HAVE A DEPRESSION PROBLEM AND MOST DAYS DON'T GIVE INTO IT. BUT SOME DAYS IT IS JUST HARD. HERE IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN READING TODAY, IT IS A HELP SINCE THE NIGHTMARES HAVE COME BACK AS WELL.
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
WITH PERMISSION FROM OKIE I COPIED THIS FROM HIS BLOG
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Prayer for a friend...
On July 9, 2008, I posted the following from my friend Ralph Derickson:
"My Brother, this has been a very sad day ....we just got back from Dr. and were told that the cancer has returned in Carolyn's body, the prognosis is not very good, if the cancer is in one location he said that surgery & chemo were going to be necessary, however if it was spread out over several areas then only chemo would be done, we are awaiting a phone call from them, to tell us where & when a PET scan would be done, we will know more after that happens & a meeting with her Dr. to find out what he plans on doing.
He plainly told us that it was not curable, but perhaps they would be able to just manage it, But you know what....I know a Jewish Carpenter who can make it go away with just a flick of his finger, please join me & ask your Church to join me in asking HIM to just flick his finger....please Lord I'm begging you ..."
I got a phone call from Ralph just a few minutes ago. The results of Carolyn's most recent PET scan show that there in no cancer anywhere in her body.
Thank you for your prayers. I love you all...
Posted by Randall Slack, Pastor at 4:29 PM
Sunday, January 4, 2009
MY SISTER CALLED TODAY AND TOLD ME THAT TIM WAS OUT OF ICU AND OFF THE RESPIRATOR I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE WHAT GOD IS DOING IN TEXAS. TIM IS IN GOOD SPIRITS. HE CAN EAT AND DRINK ON HIS OWN NOW. OUR GOD IS TRULY AN AWESOME GOD. WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH OF IF ANY DAMAGE WAD DONE TO HIS HEART FROM THE INFECTION, WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. I CAN NOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR TIM, I CAN HARDLY WAIT TIL I CAN GO TO TEXAS AND SEE HIM, HE HAS A LONG ROAD HE WILL HAVE TO GET FITTED FOR ARTIFICAL FEET SINCE HIS WERE AMPUTATED FROM THE INFECTION, BUT HE IS ALIVE AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THAT.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
TIM IS DOING BETTER. HE WROTE A NOTE YESTERDAY TO HIS SISTER SAYIN I WANT A COKE. SO WELL I SHOULD NOT SAY THIS I GUESS BUT SHE HIDE ONE AND GAVE HIM A LITTLE BIT MIXED WITH WATER..SHHHHHH DON'T TELL THE NURSES....
MY LEG AND BACK ARE SOME BETTER I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE A BIT TODAY, BUT NOW I AM HURTING SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY, BUT AS FAR AS I KNOW I WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OKIE'S CHURCH AND PASTOR DERRELL CHASTAINS CHURCH THAT THESE CHURCHES WILL GROW. AND THAT GOD WILL BRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE THERE THAT WILL WORK ALONG SIDE OF THEM. TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
OUR INTERNET PASTORS
LET US ALSO PRAY FOR THE UNREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST... SOME SAY THIS IS BIBLE PROPHECY
I DON'T KNOW I DO NOT KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT IT FRANKLY. BUT PRAY FOR ISREAL,
PRAYING YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR AND MAY WE ALL GROW CLOSER TO JESUS.
Friday, January 2, 2009
NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS COMING OUT OF TEXAS......TIM IS COMING AROUND AND HE IS ALERT AND CAN COMMUNICATE. PASTOR DERRELL CHASTAIN WENT TO SEE HIM YESTERDAY AND AFTER HE PRAYED FOR HIM HE WAS CRACKING SOME JOKES AND TIM SMILED. AND TODAY MY SISTER AND TIMS SISTER WENT UP THERE TO SEE HIM AND HE WAS TRYING TO SAY HE WANTED SOMETHING. SO JULIE HIS SISTER HANDED HIM SOME PAPER AND SAID WHAT DO YOU WANT AND TIM WROTE A COKE....
THIS IS A MIRACLE TIM WAS NEAR DEATH AND FRANKLY THE DOCTORS WERE ASKING THE FAMILY TO MAKE A CHOICE. TIMS WIFE WHO IS NOT A BELIEVER SAID I KNOW BELIEVE IN MIRACLES. I JUST KNOW THAT GOD IS GOING TO USE THIS WHOLE SITUATION TO BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD. THIS WHOLE THING REMINDS ME OF THIS SONG