Tag: Rock Church San Diego

August 22, 2009

Newsworthy: Limbless preacher, Lutheran's allow Gay clergy, Michael Vick in the NFL and more…

My blogcation is over and it’s back to work time! Just going to begin with a few newsworthy items as I get myself back into the writing groove.  Anyone interested in what I did during this blogcation, you can find out through my very private Facebook page.  Only a special few will I allow on that social network as I post pics of myself, my family and etc.

If you love Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and can prove it to me somehow, then you’re in!  If you’re not a Christian and know me somehow through work or school then I may let you in as well.  Go to http://www.facebook.com/christocentric.

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Nick Vujicic

“Redirecting traffic from the Gates of Hell” - Nick Vujicic

Starting off with last Sunday’s special guest at our church, Nick Vujicic.  This man was born armless and legless and was the first of three children born to godly parents.  (His two siblings were born with no disabilities.)  Nick shared his trials and tribulations and preached an awesome sermon on how God has a plan for EVERYONE who will allow themselves to be used by Him!  Take a look and listen to the sermon from the Rock Church San Diego’s website here.

This was a taping of the 7pm service, most popular with our teens and young adults.  See the response of gang members and those participating in pornography, sexual immorality, eating disorders and more as Nick invites them to a life with Christ! The response is incredible!

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ELCA steeple broke from wind damage during homosexual clergy debate.

Another Apostate Church

Next newsworthy item is a sad item for those of us who call ourselves Christian.  The Lutheran denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) now accepts practicing homosexual clergy in their church. Below is taken directly from their legislative update (pdf):

ASSEMBLY ACTION: YES-559; NO-451
CA09.05.26
– RESOLVED, that the ELCA commit itself to finding a way for people in such publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as rostered leaders of this church.”

Lifelong monogamous same-gender relationship? Not even married?  The ELCA hasn’t only given the green light to have homosexual leaders, but unmarried sex is no longer forbidden!  Not only is this Lutheran church body ignoring the scriptures regarding homosexuality as a sin, but to allow homosexual leaders in church is a direct defiance of another scripture that describes qualifications of church leaders: (See entire chapter of 1 Timothy 3).

1 Timothy 3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

While the ELCA was debating the homosexual clergy question, a storm passed through the city where this convention was being held.  The convention center AND the ELCA church across the street from the convention were damaged.  Pastor John Piper wrote an article regarding this “mysterious” storm: Tornadoes, the Lutherans and Homosexuality. A coincidence? Wrath of God? I don’t know about either but it surely should have one take a a pause and reflect: Lutheran church AND the convention center both damaged? Hmm…

The apostasy continues but hopefully the members who are not about compromising God’s word will find a new church that is unwavering!

Michael Vick, the NFL, Dog Abuse — and Abortion!  vickdog

The outrage of Michael Vicks past actions regarding his animal cruelty are well documented.  Even the bible chimes in on a man’s character with animals:

Proverbs 12:10
A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

But what is more disturbing than Michael Vick’s past abuse is the nonchalant attitude many have toward the unborn baby.  Even a hollywood ‘starlet’, Kourtney Kardashian (The Kardashian’s Reality Show) commented upon finding out she was pregnant, how many people were urging her to have an abortion.  She said the following from CNN:

“”I do think every woman should have the right to do what they want, but I don’t think it’s talked through enough. I can’t even tell you how many people just say, ‘Oh, get an abortion.’ Like it’s not a big deal.”

It’s no big deal to kill a baby but just let someone hurt a dog! Where is the same outrage regarding the unborn?  God has placed a higher premium on us humans than on the rest of the animal kingdom so we should be even more outraged towards those who want to kill the unborn baby!

Where do I stand with Michael Vick in the NFL? If the apostle Paul can be forgiven for killing Christians, certainly Michael Vick can be forgiven for killing dogs! Let him play as he’s done his time, but only time will tell if his heart has changed towards animals.

wndywilliams“How you doin?” The Wendy Williams Show

One sentence: Don’t take any life advice from this woman!  (She’s pretty funny, especially the days when she has the reverend on the show who hits a buzz button everytime she gossips! I love it!)

Have a great weekend everyone!

July 10, 2009

Pastor Miles McPherson (Rock Church San Diego) on Huckabee

milesmcphersonPastor Miles McPherson appeared on Mike Huckabee’s FOX News show this weekend to talk about how professional athletes as well as anyone else can make it in spite of temptations to do wrong.  In light of retired pro quarterback Steve McNair’s adultery and consequent murder, Huckabee asked Miles how he was able to make it from professional athlete to a pastor.

From cocaine user to Pastor

Miles shared how as a young professional player he was into cocaine and living life quite haphazardly until he met some Christian football players who shared the gospel with him.  It was his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior that changed his desire from cocaine to never using it again.  He also married his girlfriend and they are still together nearly 25 years later!

Your sin will find you out!

Miles gave some advice about marriage and that was simply not to commit adultery. “Sin will find you out” he said alluding to Steve McNair’s tragic ending to his life, a phrase also found in the bible (Numbers 32:22-23).  He also shared how the athletes need people who can tell them what they need to hear and not what they want to hear.  They need very real people who would confront them respectfully.

Pastor Miles interview with Mike Huckabee I thought was very good and very straightforward. Miles talked about the need for Christ in one’s life and the need to confront sin and not to continue in it.  He shared that we are all human and can fall into all kinds of temptation but having people who can tell the truth to us instead of surrounding ourselves with “yes” people would be most beneficial.

Advice for the married: be faithful to your spouse!

When asked by Mike Huckabee what is the primary thing he can say to professional athletes, Miles answered “to the ones who are married I would say to love your wife and be faithful to your wife.” He says that everyone will stand before the King one day, a message that was told at the end of Michael Jackson’s memorial when the pastor said, “the King of Pop will now bow his knees to the King of Kings.” Miles continues by saying that none of us are God and never will be God! We have to live by the rules as everybody else!

Great story of how Pastor Miles McPherson came to God and the only sad part of this interview is the realization that Steve McNair died before correcting his mistakes while Miles lived to correct his.

(Will update this with the video from Fox whenever made available)

April 26, 2009

Miss California – a S.T.A.N.D. for God!

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Today I went to the 8am service at our church, the Rock Church San Diego, the first of five services that Miss California, Carrie Prejean would appear.  I’m glad I went to this service because of it being the first, she was a bit more emotional showing her very real pain from the confusion and loneliness she experienced at the early stages of her ordeal.   The 8am wasn’t taped, so it was also a warm-up for Carrie to prepare her for our live viewings at the 10am and 12noon services. I knew we’d be in for a treat but the service was even better that I imagined!  (click on link at the end of the post for the video)

Didn’t plan to get involved with the same-sex marriage controversy

To make a long story short, I was most struck by the way GOD had His hand in this entire event!  Carrie by no means planned to get involved in a same-sex marriage controversy.  She simply wanted to participate in a beauty pageant to win and represent our country in the Miss Universe competition.  But God had a different path for her to take!

With the controversial answer to the just as controversial question, the abrupt flight out to New York to face the media, traveling alone and crying to God for direction and the “chance” of Carrie’s very own pastor going to New York also at the same time but on a different flight – was nothing short of a miracle in the making!

Pastor Miles McPherson didn’t know of Carrie, the pageant or that Carrie even went to his church!

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Pastor Miles not even hearing of the pageant and not knowing who Miss California was, ended up getting in touch with Carrie after being called by his executive assistant that a young lady in a major public distress needed prayer.  Realizing the urgency of the situation, Miles met up with Carrie and her mother and prepped her for the day long media blitz (he went on every single interview she was asked to appear).  An absolute answer to Carrie’s prayer!

To get the feel of the complete message, you can still go to the website and watch the video of the 10 or 12’oclock service.  The 8am service had most of us without a dried eye as we felt Carrie’s pain, but by the next few services she was more composed.

The boldness of the biblical beauty queen, Queen Esther

Pastor Miles wonderfully tied this lesson of boldness to another “beauty queen,” and that was Queen Esther of the book of Esther in the bible.  A woman who became a queen as a result of a beauty contest with the winner becoming the king’s wife.  But it was this queen’s boldness in the face of possible death that pastor preached on today.

In an attempt to save the Jewish people who all were being sentenced to death, Queen Esther went before the King unannounced  – which meant certain death according to their laws.  But her response to the possible death sentence?

“… And so I will go to the King, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther – 4:16(b)

The boldness of Queen Esther! For the sake of her people she boldly went to the king who was quite taken by the queen’s actions and ended up sparing the life of the Jewish people.

Miss California faced with a less formidable situation, yet nevertheless still trying, boldly went against the gay agenda of the vindictive beauty judge and kept her ground throughout with God’s guidance and help from Pastor Miles!

Always STAND up for God!

Great sharing of her story by Carrie Prejean and an equally great sermon by Pastor Miles with lessons we can all apply to our lives daily!

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Pastor Miles taught that we must stop cowaring for the sake of political correctness and take a stand for God.  Carrie was an example of this boldness  while having political correctness take a back seat.

Here is the meaning to the acronym S.T.A.N.D. taught by Pastor Miles in today’s sermon:

S – stare down courage – be able to stare intimidation in the face and not worry  about being politically correct!

T- trust in the truth and not a lie; live the truth of the bible and don’t compromise it.

A- accept God’s sovereign provision – God will provide for whatever situation we may find ourselves; encouragement

N – never fear man over God; pursue the heavenly crown and not earthly rewards

D – die to self – putting God first in all things!

Go to this link for the video and message
http://www.therocksandiego.org/messages/2009-04-26/

October 13, 2008

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The Negative Effects of Same-sex Marriages (Updated 7/9/2013)

This post was written originally in October 2008 as a response to the initial Prop 8 balloting and every year is still the most visited site on my blog. The interest in same-sex marriage exists because of the ongoing debate on whether to legalize it or not.  With both Prop 8 and DOMA now defeated, the tide is turning and growing for the support of gay marriage and homosexuality in general. As for me and my blog, nothing is changing as I will always stand for the truth of God’s word which declares homosexuality as sin but saddened as this country just appears to have more in common with Sodom and Gomorrah than not.

The articles below are loaded with arguments and statistical data that support marriage between a man and a woman and expose the negatives of homosexuality. Also listed below are articles that write about the spiritual, socio-political, and medical consequences of homosexual sex, a topic that political correctness has managed to keep hidden from the airwaves and most media.

As the debate continues and more and more people become convinced that to “love” all people means to accept the aberrant behavior of the homosexual, the need for beneficial information abounds. Real facts regarding the negative effects of same-sex unions and how it affects not only individuals, but communities and even entire cultures becomes sought after, resulting in blogs such as this one whose most popular articles are the result of searches for “negative effects of homosexuality.” This blog post will continue to be updated with new and relevant news.

Read, contemplate, meditate and freely share your thoughts!

Updated 7/9/2013

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Statistical data and research

What happens to marriage and families when the law recognises Same-Sex Marriage”? (pdf) Compelling statistics from European countries where same-sex marriage is legalized. Give specific examples on the negative effects of same-sex marriage. From the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children: https://www.spuc.org.uk/news/releases/2013/march02

Yes, Marriage Will Change – and Here’s Howby Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Same-Sex Marriage: Not in the Best Interest of Childrenby Trayce Hansen, Ph.D who is a licensed psychologist with a clinical and forensic practice. Originally published 2009. (The forward of this article by Dr. Hansen explains that gay activists were successful in getting articles such as hers expunged from the CAMFT (The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) journal after a special publication was published that had both opinions – for and against same-sex marriage. Read the forward for detailed info regarding an example of further loss of freedom of speech by those who oppose homosexuality.)

Love Isn’t Enough: 5 Reasons Why Same-Sex Marriage Harms Childrenby Trayce Hansen, Ph.D who is a licensed psychologist with a clinical and forensic practice. Originally published 2009.

Why Marriage Matters by Brad Wilcox (& colleagues) - 30 conclusions from the Social Sciences in why cohabitation instead of divorce is the worse threat to families today. The greatest benefit of children social scientists have gathered have been in households with a married mother and father.

The Top Ten Harms of Same-Sex “Marriage” (pdf)Family Research Council

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Christian Persecution and Same-Sex Marriage

Retired Los Angeles Deputy turned evangelist arrested in London for preaching against homosexuality – a sign of things to come in America?

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Court Decisions and Christian Responses to Same-sex marriages in general

Supreme Court Dismisses Prop. 8 Appeal; Gay Marriage Moves Forward in California

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision in Defense of Marriage Act

Prop 8, DOMA, and the Christian Responseby Ed Stetzer

What Is the Gospel Response to the Prop. 8 Decision?Christianity Today, with responses from Christians from a variety of backgrounds.

How can gay marriage hurt anyone?by Matt Slick, Christian Apologist

How Christians Have Partnered With Gays to Attack Marriage - by Ronald J. Sider who is the president of Evangelicals for Social Action and professor of theology, holistic ministry and public policy at Palmer Seminary of Eastern University in Wynnewood, Pa.

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Videos

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the founder and President of the Ruth Institute
Explains the two competing views of marriage – one traditional/natural and the other recreational/consumer-based

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Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Same-Sex Marriage

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Updated 1/21/2013 – see post on this site: Obama on Gay marriage in Inaugural Speech: the sad state of Christianity in America. President Obama has thrown his support to gay marriage – after swearing on three different bibles. Article meant more for Christians than non-Christians but an important read for anyone interested. Confirms what has been written below that soon gay relationships will be seen as “normal.” The more normalized homosexuality becomes, the more demonized bible believing Christians become.
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Updated 7-1-2012

SAVECALIFORNIA.COM NEWS RELEASE

June 21, 2012 — For Immediate Release

The Harmful Agenda Behind ‘LGBT Pride’ Parades
Perverse parades advocate intolerant laws punishing people who disagree

Sacramento, California — The homosexual-bisexual-transsexual parades occurring in cities in California and around the nation are harmful to both children and adults, says a veteran children and families organization.

“‘LGBT Pride’ means roping children into unhealthy and unnatural homosexual-bisexual-transsexual lifestyles, and eliminating the God-given, constitutional rights of everyone who disagrees,” said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, which promotes moral virtues for the common good. “You can’t support so-called ‘gay rights’ and at the same time support free speech, religious freedom, or freedom of association, because these concocted ‘gay rights’ are trampling people’s true constitutional rights.”

In California, the “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” agenda is firmly entrenched in state statutes and court rulings. As a result, so-called “LGBT rights” trump other people’s constitutional rights:

1. GONE — Religious freedom, conscience rights: Under threat of a $150,000 penalty, business owners and property owners cannot decline to hire or rent to homosexuals, bisexuals, or transsexuals despite an owner’s religious or moral conscience: Homosexuality and bisexuality — AB 1001 and AB 1670 (1999); cross-dressing and “sex changes” — AB 196 (2003), AB 887 (2011)

2. GONE — Parents’ rights: A raft of “LGBT” laws in K-12 government schools has largely eliminated the requirement of parental permission for teaching children these sexual subjects. See the several “LGBT” laws that override parental consent

3. GONE — Physicians’ rights: You can’t be a doctor in California and for religious/moral reasons, refuse artificial insemination to a lesbian: “Doctors’ faith must yield to gays’ rights, court says”

4. GONE — Right of association: Owners of businesses and clubs are prohibited from exercising their First Amendment right of association regarding homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality: AB 2900 (2004), AB 1400 (2005), Bernardo Heights Country Club (2005)

Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly (association) are enshrined in the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. The fundamental right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children has been repeatedly affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. Yet “LGBT” statutory laws in California have been allowed to trump constitutional freedom of religion and freedom of association, as well as infringe upon fundamental parental rights. In contrast, homosexual-bisexual-transsexual “rights” are in neither the state constitution nor federal constitution. In addition, these sexual behaviors do not qualify for “civil rights” status, which is categorically limited to characteristics that are immutable — not changeable, as homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality have demonstrated themselves to be.

“In California, religious rights, moral rights, parental rights, business owner rights, property owner rights, physicians’ rights, and the right of association are being trampled by the intolerant ‘LGBT’ agenda,” Thomasson said. “And despite their lust for dominion and their incessant attacks on other persons’ constitutional rights, the homosexual-bisexual-transsexual activists deceive themselves and others by claiming to be ‘victims’ of peaceful people who have a conscience on these sexual behaviors. But who’s trampling whom? American rights or so-called ‘gay rights’ — you can’t have both, because the latter eliminates the former.”

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SaveCalifornia.com is a leading West Coast nonprofit, nonpartisan organization standing strong for moral virtues for the common good. We represent children and families in the areas of marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.

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