Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mom jailed for wanting to give kids best education possible

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Just about every parent wants to give their child the best education possible. But one Ohio mother is currently sitting in jail, accused of illegally trying to get her daughters into a better school district.

Kelly Williams Bolar’s decision to try to give her daughters a better education has now landed her behind bars.  It started four years ago when Bolar who lives in a poorer section of, Ohio decided to send her daughters to a highly ranked school in a neighboring district.

The problem is it wasn’t her district it was her father’s and her children weren’t eligible to go there.  She said she did it to keep them safe and that she lived part time with her dad.  “When my home got broken into I felt it was my duty to do something else.”

But school officials said she was cheating getting a quality education for her daughters without paying taxes to fund it.

“Those dollars need to stay home with our students,” Judge Patricia Cosgrove, Summit County Court, said.

The school system said Bolar lied about her address, falsified records and when confronted had her father file false court papers to game the system.  The district even hired a private investigator who shot video showing Bolar driving her children into the district.  The school officials asked her to pay $30,000 in back tuition.  She refused and was indicted.

She said she was singled out.  Prosecutors disagree and said some punishment or deterrent was needed for other individuals who might think to defraud the various school districts.”

The case has now divided a city and left many wondering how far a mother should go to give her children a better life.

What do you think?  Did the school district go too far in pursuing criminal charges against the mother?  Should she be serving time, or was she justified?

He Wants Your Attention

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Let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith.

Is yours a life of moderation or accumulation? Are you more interested in the possessions you can acquire or in the person you can become?  The answers to these questions will determine the direction of your day and , in time, the direction of your life.

Ours is a highly complicated society, a place where people and corporations vie for your attention, for your time, and your dollars.  Don’t let them succeed in complicating your life!! Keep your eyes focused instead upon God.

If your material possessions are somehow distancing you from God, discard them.  If your outside interests leave you too little time for your family or your Creator, slow down the merry-go-round, or better yet, get off the merry-go-round completly.  Rember: God wants your full attention, and He wants it today, so don’t let anybody or anything get in his way.

From my own insights: if you are a spouse of a husband or wife that has accepted their call into ministry PLEASE PLEASE be patient, supportive and allow the other spouse to do what God has called them to do!! From experience it is the hardest thing to do is to have to even consider choosing between your spouse or God!!      🙂

Helpful Words

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Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything.

 

This world can be a difficult place, a place were many of out friends and family members are troubled by the inevitable challenges of everyday life.  And since we can never be certain who needs our help, we should be careful to speak helpful words to everybody who crosses our paths.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul writes, ” Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful or building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  (4:29)  Paul reminds us that when we choose our words carefully, we can have a powerful impact on those around us.

Today, lets share kind words, smiles, encouragement, and hugs with family, with friends, and with the world.

 

When you talk, choose the very same words that you would use if Jesus were looking over your shoulder.  Because He is.

CRAM THE COLISUM 2011

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http://www.nacogdoches.org/news-view.php?id=634

 

Cram the Coliseum dates and tickets
Posted 01 – 14 – 2011

From left, SFA Lumberjack Head Coach Danny Kaspar, team players Eddie Williams, Tammara Marion and Ladyjack Head Coach Brandon Schneider hold Cram the Coliseum tickets for the January games. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain)

SFA Athletics and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again with Cram the Coliseum, a two-game promotion designed to bring more from the community to Lumberjack and Ladyjack basketball games.

The tickets may be used for entrance to either the Ladyjacks game against Sam Houston State, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, or the Lumberjacks game against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 (televised game). Both games will be in William R. Johnson Coliseum at the intersection of E. College St. and University Dr.

All chamber members will receive 10 tickets in the January mail packet. The public is invited to Cram the Coliseum, too. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD and PRINT A TICKET!

“Give these tickets to your co-workers, your customers, your family, friends, neighbors and any one else that supports the Jacks,” said Gary Lee Ashcraft, SFA-Chamber Connection committee chair.

Cram the Coliseum tickets are compliments of SFA Athletics Department. For all SFA athletic event schedules, please visit www.sfajacks.com.

Latest German animal star a cross-eyed opossum

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BERLIN –

Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, is the latest creature to rocket from Germany’s front pages to international recognition, capturing the world’s imagination with her bright, black eyes turned toward her pointed pink nose.

Since the first photos were published in December, the marsupial from Leipzig Zoo has attracted more Facebook fans than Chancellor Angela Merkel. By Wednesday more than 111,000 fans from as far away as Bangkok and Montreal and clear across Europe were exclaiming “so cute!!” and “so sweet.”

 

Isn’t she the cutest?? Alot different than the over sized hissing ones in my feed barn…

for the rest of the story…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110112/ap_on_re_eu/eu_germany_animal_magnetism_4

70 Christians Arrested

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Iran rounds up Christians in crackdown

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran has arrested about 70 Christians since Christmas in a crackdown that demonstrates the limits of religious tolerance by Islamic leaders who often boast they provide room for other faiths.

The latest raids have targeted grass-roots Christian groups Iran describes as “hard-liners” who pose a threat to the Islamic state. Authorities increasingly view them with suspicions that range from trying to convert Muslims to being possible footholds for foreign influence.

Christian activists claim their Iranian brethren are being persecuted simply for worshipping outside officially sanctioned mainstream churches.

Caught in the middle is the small community of Iranian Christians who get together for prayer and Bible readings in private residences and out of sight of authorities. They are part of a wider “house church” movement that has taken root in other places with tight controls on Christian activities such as China and Indonesia.

Iran’s constitution gives protected status to Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, but many religious minorities sense growing pressures from the Islamic state as hard-edged forces such as the powerful Revolutionary Guard exert more influence. There are few social barriers separating Muslims and Iran’s religious minorities such as separate neighborhoods or universities. But they are effectively blocked from high government and military posts.

Iran has claimed as a point of pride that it makes space for other religions. It reserves parliament seats for Jewish and Christian lawmakers and permits churches – Roman Catholic, Armenian Orthodox and others – as well as synagogues and Zoroastrian temples that are under sporadic watch by authorities. Religious celebrations are allowed, but no political messages or overtones are tolerated.

In past years, authorities have staged arrests on Christians and other religious minorities, but the latest sweeps appears to be among the biggest and most coordinated.

In the West, the followers are drawn to house churches because of the intimate sense of religious fellowship and as an alternative to established denominations. In places such as Iran, however, there also is the effort to avoid monitoring of sanctioned churches from Islamic authorities – who have kept closer watch on religious minorities since the chaos after hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election in 2009.

Groups monitoring Christian affairs in the Islamic world say Iranian authorities see the unregulated Christian gatherings as both a potential breeding ground for political opposition and suspect they may try to convert Muslim in violation of Iran’s strict apostasy laws – which are common throughout the Muslim world and have at times fed extremist violence against Christians and others.

Tehran Governor Morteza Tamadon described the Christians as “hard-line” missionaries who have “inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite,” according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. He also suggested that the Christians could have links to Britain – an accusation within Iran that refers to political opposition groups Tehran claims are backed by the West.

The crackdown by Iran resonates forcefully across the Middle East at a time when other Christian communities feel under siege following deadly attacks against churches in Egypt and Iraq – bloodshed that was noted Monday by Pope Benedict XVI in an appeal for protection of religious minorities.

The suicide blast in Egypt’s Mediterranean port of Alexandria on Jan. 1, which killed 21 Coptic Christian worshippers, followed threats by al-Qaida in Iraq over claims that Coptic leaders forced two women who converted to Islam to return to Christianity – allegations that church leaders deny.

“It’s the nature of the house churches that worries Iran. It’s all about possible converts,” said Fleur Brading, a researcher for Middle East and North Africa at Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a British-based group the follows Christian rights issues around the world. “It’s a very specific and pinpoint strike by Iran.”

Iran’s religious minorities represent about 2 percent of the population and include communities with deep connections to their faiths. Iran’s ethnic Armenian minority dates back to early Christianity, and the Jewish celebration of Purim is built around the story of the Persian-born Esther.

Even Iran’s Islamic Revolution could not stamp out the influence of the pre-Muslim Zoroastrian faith, including its new year’s holiday Norooz in March.

The wave of arrests began Christmas morning and since then, opposition websites have reported 70 Christians arrested, including those regarded as pastors in the house church movement. Many were later released, but the reports say more than a dozen remain in detention and officials have hinted more raids are possible.

It’s still unclear what charges could be brought against the jailed Christians. But allegations of trying to convert Muslims could bring a death sentence.

Brading, however, expects Iranian authorities could opt for political charges rather than religious-linked allegations to soften a possible international outcry. Iran is already struggling against a campaign opposing the death-by-stoning for an Iranian woman convicted of adultery as well as international pressure over its nuclear program.

“The use of the word missionaries instead of evangelicals is an intentional move by the government,” she said. “As evangelicals, they are a group entitled to their faith. As missionaries, they are enemies of the state seeking to corrupt its people.”

In recent months, some members of Iran’s Armenian community also have been detained on unspecified allegations of working to undermine the state, the Iranian Christian News Agency reported. Iranian officials have not given details of the reported detentions.

On Friday, a U.S. watchdog group on religious tolerance expressed concern over the recent arrests.

“What’s most troubling about this wave of detentions is the fact that Iran is continuing its recent trend of targeting evangelical Christians, which they’ve been doing for years, and also leaders from the recognized and protected Armenian Christian community,” said Leonard Leo, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent government advisory panel.

Iranian authorities have come down hard on religious groups seen as threats to Islam, including the Baha’is whose faith was founded in the 19th century by a Persian nobleman considered a prophet by his followers. Baha’is are not recognized as official religious minority in Iran’s Constitution.

There are no accurate figures on the number of Christians in the “house church” movement or followers outside established denominations. But the manager of the Iranian Christian News Agency, Saman Kamvar, said authorities likely perceive some kind of challenge to the religious status quo and are “feeling insecure.”

Kamvar attributes the stepped up raids against Christians to comments last month by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denouncing the growth of private house churches.

“This, was a green light to the other authorities to crack down on them,” Kamvar said from Canada, where he now lives.

 

Passage Matthew 5:12:
11 -12“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

When i was a little girl my dad would bring the bible to the supper table after dinner and we would all laugh and joke about it and complain… now i am very grateful.. all of the things he read are now making sense.. The Bear the Eagle the Rock the mark of the beast from Revelation.. Man o man.. who would have ever thought I would see all these things come to pass and not be afraid.  Esp after laughing at him all those years..

My prayer is that the family members of the Christians arrested know and find the peace of  their good works.. They went knowing the dangers.. And i pray for their safety and strength.. Can you imagine getting to Heaven and Jesus saying well done thy good and faithful servant. You risked your life for my names sake!!!! WOW.. 🙂  Count me in!!!!!