Lt. General (Ret) Jerry Boykin – a voice of wisdom and strength

In 1977, a crack commando unit was established with the primary task of countering terrorism in protection of the American people.

One founding member of this unit, then known as Delta Force, was known as a deeply devoted Christian and consistently moved up the leadership ladder – Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin.  After holding many noteworthy commands over 36 years, including leading the Green Berets and, lastly, serving as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin retired from the military in 2007.

More devoted to Christ than ever, the retired general now shares his experienced perspective on the threats to America’s safety – particularly from radical Islam – and how Christians ought to respond to it.

For those of us in Michigan, we have two exciting opportunities next Thursday and Friday to hear from this inspiring American hero in Grand Rapids and Dearborn.

General Boykin will be speaking at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary‘s Mathews Auditorium on the Cornerstone Campus on Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 PM. He will be in Dearborn the next day at First Assembly of God at 7:30 PM.

ADA encourages you to take advantage of these opportunities to hear from a man with immense first-hand experience in fighting terrorism stretching all the way back to when it was ok to actually discuss the ideology behind Islamic terror.

Registration is free.  However, a free will offering will be taken.  Space is limited.  Arriving early is recommended.

Click here for a pdf of the flier.

http://americandecency.org/full_article.php?article_no=1903

Few bamboozled by the darkness of “Hannibal”

Last Thursday most networks were airing reruns, but NBC aired a new episode of the gruesome show, “Hannibal.”  Each week “Hannibal” has come in dead last in the ratings war among the networks, with the show’s ratings falling nearly every week.

I’m sure NBC was hopeful that up against a night of reruns on other networks, viewers might tune in to watch the repulsive “Hannibal.”  However, it seems viewers would much rather watch a tired rerun than tune in for the sickening violence and cannibalistic imagery of “Hannibal” – as was proven with the ratings for the latest episode.  Hannibal drew a measly 1.0 share of the coveted 18-49 year old demographic, down 9 percent from the previous week and tying a series low.

As one person commented online about the low ratings of Hannibal:

People are realizing that what they are watching isn’t necessarily suitable entertainment–how can it be good for people to be entertained by watching a serial killer in action?  …  with Hannibal it’s almost immoral to enjoy watching the show.

And while “Hannibal” has been the darling of TV critics, a few are not following the party line.  The liberal news site Salon.com had this to say:

“… ‘Hannibal’  is the latest television program from a group of very talented people who have bamboozled themselves, and now would like to bamboozle you, into thinking that “darkness” — death and murder and mental illness and every sort of freaky grab bag of human sin — is indistinguishable from “seriousness.” As if being able to shock and upset people concerned with TV violence and/or titillate and astound people who thrill to TV violence makes the material edgy or wise, when, given the amount of ultra-violence one can find on a television these days, it’s really just boring.  …”

Thankfully, relatively few Americans have been “bamboozled” by the darkness of Hannibal.  However, just one person being impacted by its depravity is one too many.  Yet numbers of advertisers have no qualms about empowering such depravity.

The good news is that Subway, which had sponsored nearly every previous episode, did not advertise on the latest episode of “Hannibal.”

However, Kohl’s – whose customer base is made up of American families – once again sponsored “Hannibal.”   Microsoft, also a regular sponsor,  had five ads during this episode.

Take Action!  Click here to send a message to the corporations sponsoring “Hannibal.”

Advertisers include:

Kohl’s Macy’s Microsoft – Windows and Bing.com (advertising 5 times) Lipton Best Buy Chevrolet Toyota Honda Mazda Hyundai Verizon Wireless LensCrafters Sealy Posturepedic Warner Brothers Paramount Pictures Universal Pictures

http://www.americandecency.org/full_article.php?article_no=1902

Unforgettable

Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab,and On son of Peleth—became insolent”—Numbers 16:1

The Torah portion for this week is Korach, from Numbers 16:1–18:32, and the Haftorah from 1 Samuel 11:14–12:22.

When I was a college student, I participated in Jewish youth groups as a group leader. Together with a bunch of other college kids, we would inspire middle school and high school students around the country to be excited about their Jewish heritage and to make good choices in their lives.

There were always those among us who were there to have a good time; others felt good about making a difference in someone else’s life. But there were always the few who were there purely to give to others – it wasn’t about them at all.

One such leader was a friend of mine. When he got up to make an inspirational speech in front of the kids, he began, “Ten years from now, I don’t want you to remember my name or even who I am. But I want you to remember this message . . .” At that moment, he became unforgettable.

This week’s Torah portion is called Korach, after the person Korah, whose story is the focus of the reading. Korah was jealous of Moses’ position of leadership so he began a rebellion against him. Things ended badly for Korah after God’s preference for Moses was made clear when only Moses’ offering was accepted instead of Korah’s and his followers. After that, the earth split open and swallowed Korah and his cronies, and there they remain forever. Korah’s jealousy led to his own death.

Isn’t it ironic that we named a Torah portion after Korah? Moses, the greatest leader of all, doesn’t have a Torah portion named in his honor, and that was just fine with him because Moses was “a very humble man, more humble than anyone” (Numbers 12:3). Yet Korah, who chased after fame and power, gets the prize – a chapter named after him in the world’s greatest bestseller: the Bible!

But at the end of the day, we all know who is better known. Everyone knows who Moses is. Some people have also heard about Korah, but it’s not because of his great leadership abilities. Korah’s fame — or infamy — is tied to his faults. Korah was once a well-respected leader in Israel. Yet he went down in history as an example of how not to be. Moses was humble and unassuming throughout his life, and history has shined a light on his righteousness for all eternity.

Friends, it’s not about the fame and the glory. It’s not about being remembered or recognized. The results of our actions will far outlive us and the memory of us. Life is about being good, not looking good. Ultimately, it’s those who don’t care if they are remembered who are never forgotten.

http://www.holylandmoments.org/devotionals/unforgettable

What’s a Parent to Do?

“But his sons did not walk in his ways.”                                     1Sa 8:3 NIV

At  times every parent despairs over their child’s decisions and actions.  “I did my best to raise them right; did I fail as a parent?” Failure is a  fact of life—and of parenting—and nobody does it perfectly! Parents  assume a heavier load of guilt than they deserve. Consider some Bible  examples of real-world parenting: Isaac had, at best, a 50 percent  success rate with his sons, Jacob and Esau. Aaron struck out completely  with Nadab and Abihu. Manoah’s boy Samson didn’t win the  “son-of-the-year award”! And Samuel, a recognized moral and spiritual  giant, watched his sons reject his example and teaching and pursue lives  of bribery and shame. Since Adam, kids “doing their own thing” have  broken their parents’ hearts! So what’s a parent to do? (1) Realize you’re not responsible for their decisions.  They make their own choices. Condemning yourself just discourages you,  and it undermines your ability to be the parent they need. The Bible  says, “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jnh 2:9). He saves and delivers—not you. (2) Pray for them and give them to God. Anxiety  and frustration will only make you the kind of parent they don’t enjoy  being around, and who can’t enjoy them. You’re not built to carry such a  load; your heavenly Father is, and He wants to carry it for you! (See 1Pe 5:7). (3) Remember that God loves them more than you do!  He gave His only child to save yours. He knows their heart, and how to  reach it and turn it toward Him (See Jer 17:9-10). So give your child to  Him!

http://www.theencouragingword.org/whats-a-parent-to-do1

What God Likes And Dislikes

The eyes of the Lord are all-seeing,
Keeping watch on both wicked and good.
A man thinks all that he does is right,
But the Lord tests the motive.
A man plans the way in his mind,
But the Lord directs his steps.

The Lord detests a false balance,
But a just balance is his delight.
To do what is just and right
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
The conduct of the wicked is hateful to him,
But he loves the man eager to do right.
The Lord detests the evil-minded,
But is well pleased with him who lives uprightly.

The sacrifice of the wicked is hateful to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is a delight to him!
The Lord holds aloof from the wicked,
But hears the prayer of the upright.
Lying lips are hateful to the Lord,
But they who act honestly are his delight.

There are six things that the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are detestable to him:
Haughty eyes and a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
A mind that plans wicked schemes,
Feet that make haste to do evil,
A false witness who utters lies,
And he who sows strife between brothers.

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/What-God-Likes-And-Dislikes.shtml

Evidence of His Love

“But the dove found no rest for or the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him…And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf” (Gen. 8:9-11).

God knows just when to withhold from us any visible sign of encouragement, and when to grant us such a sign. How good it is that we may trust Him anyway! When all visible evidences that He is remembering us are withheld, that is best; He wants us to realize that His Word, His promise of remembrance, is more substantial and dependable than any evidence of our senses. When He sends the visible evidence, that is well also; we appreciate it all the more after we have trusted Him without it. Those who are readiest to trust God without other evidence than His Word always receive the greatest number of visible evidences of His love. –C. G. Trumbull

“Believing Him; if storm-clouds gather darkly ’round,

And even if the heaven seem brass, without a sound?

He hears each prayer and even notes the sparrow’s fall.

“And praising Him; when sorrow, grief, and pain are near,

And even when we lose the thing that seems most dear?

Our loss is gain. Praise Him; in Him we have our All.

“Our hand in His; e’en though the path seems long and drear

We scarcely see a step ahead, and almost fear?

He guides aright. He has it thus to keep us near.

“And satisfied; when every path is blocked and bare,

And worldly things are gone and dead which were so fair?

Believe and rest and trust in Him, He comes to stay.”

Delays are not refusals; many a prayer is registered, and underneath it the words: “My time is not yet come.” God has a set time as well as a set purpose, and He who orders the bounds of our habitation orders also the time of our deliverance.       –Selected

http://devotionals.ochristian.com/mrs-charles-cowman-streams-in-the-desert-devotional.shtml