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Merry Christmas
December 25, 2009, 11:37
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Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us  TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

May the Gift from on high be opened in your heart, and may you have the peace with God that he came to give.

Thanks for being part of the Willohroots family.

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Atheist Display At State Capitol
December 24, 2009, 11:48
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This cheery little poster was placed right next to a nativity scene at a County Courthouse.

In America everybody gets freedom of expression.

With rights, come responsibilities.  I would not place a Christian symbol right next to a faith group that might find it offensive.

If this thing were any closer to the manger it would have been leaning on the crib.

Don’t you think the Atheists should put out something that really shows what they believe in?  I think they should.  They should put out… nothing.



Our President preaches the Popular Gospel
December 23, 2009, 09:25
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THE PRESIDENT: The birth of baby Jesus, and what he symbolizes for people all around the world is the possibility of peace and people treating each other with respect.  And so I just hope that spirit of giving that’s so important at Christmas, I hope all of you guys remember that as well.  You know, it’s not just about getting gifts but it’s also doing something for other people.  So being nice to your mom and dad and grandma and aunties and showing respect to people — that’s really important too, that’s part of the Christmas spirit, don’t you think?  Do you agree with me?

No, Mr. president I do not.



Luzerne Co. Courthouse Christmas Crisis!
December 21, 2009, 16:04
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There has been a battle of late for the display of the Nativity scene and the Menorah at our courthouse.  A student at Kings College,  the college with a big statue of Christ on the top, called the ACLU to report the display as a violation of the separation of church and state.  The county decided that to avoid a lawsuit they would take the display down.

I can understand the county not wanting to be sued.  So far 23 public officials in Luzerne county have been indicted by an FBI investigation.  Just last week commissioner  Skrep [ our version of Shrek in size ] resigned, after  being caught taking a $5000 bribe.  i do wonder where the ACLU was when the corrupt judges here in the county were denying the rights of children in court, to get money to buy yachts and condos in Florida.

The outcry was immense!

Here is the story , at the same source for the pictures, http://www.citizensvoice.com/news/courthouse-pulls-nativity-menorah-displays-to-avoid-lawsuit-1.495916

Well , the display is going up, a law firm will defend pro-bono, and secular seasonal stuff will be added.  This seems odd to me, as there would be no snowmen, candycanes, Christmas tress, etc.  without the birth of Christ to celebrate.  Let us not even put into the mix that without the freedom that comes from living in a society based on Judeo- Christian values these people could not protest.  You will not find the ACLU, the Arab Civil Liberties Union, dissenters are not allowed in non-Judeo Christian cultures.

The plot thickened when getting on the radio to defend the ACLU’s position was one of Dayspring’s own, the Hippie.  Hippie has a problem with statues in general.  As a veteran of the Arab -Israeli conflict, a born again Christian, and a member of the ACLU, he expressed his view clearly and articulately. he loves jesus, i know this is true, but feels separation of church and state is important not just to civil rights, but to the survival of Christianity.  he spent time in Europe and in the Arab countries. He has seen that where Christianity was enforced by the state, it died.

Where did I go wrong!  How can a conservative Baptist preacher have such a radical in the flock!  I got emails and phone calls, some with suggestions that can not be repeated.  Can someone like this worship with us?  Has  he not been affected by the Word?  Did I fail him?  Or is it actually possible for us to have opposing views on things that are not essential to the faith?

What say you?



Soul Saving lessons for Christmas
December 12, 2009, 14:58
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There are lessons we can learn in life from many sources.  Here are a few things I learned about sharing the Gospel with the lost from Water Rescue class.  first let us look at what we are taught from the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts about rescuing someone who is drowning.

Reach: Hold on to the dock or your boat and reach your hand, a boat oar, a fishing pole, or whatever you have nearby to the person in the water
Throw:  If you can’t reach far enough, toss things that will float for the person to grab.
Row:  If you’re in a boat, use to oars to move the boat closer to the person in the water or call out to a nearby boat for help.  Don’t use the boat’s motor close to a person in the water, they could be injured by the propeller.
Don’t Go:  Don’t go into the water unless you are trained the way life guards are trained to rescue frightened or injured people.  Yell for help.
If you call 911, stay calm and give your exact location.
Learn first aid:  CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) for drowning and how to help someone who has been in cold water and may need treatment for hypothermia.

Now let us change it slightly for the Christian in the world.

4 rules of Soul Saving

Reach: Hold on to Christ and your church and reach out your hand, your heart, your wallet, or whatever you have been given by God to the person in danger

Throw: If you can’t reach out enough, toss things that may help for the person to grab on to. Godly music, Books, stories.

Grow: If you’re in a church, use it to pray for the person in peril. Call out to nearby brothers and sisters for help. Don’t judge the lost, they could be injured

Go:. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

When you call on God, stay calm and give your cares to Him.

Learn to evangelize: CPR (Christ’s People Reach-Out), for our Gift is to be shared.

May you be used to save a soul this season!  May many Blessings from The Most High rain on you and yours!!!!



Prayer Request
December 8, 2009, 09:29
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I am off to Scranton to interview with the Salvation Army for a Drug and Alcohol counselor position.  I would be a chance to get paid for what i am doing already, and an opportunity to work where I do not need to hide my Bible.

Please pray that this works out on His plan,  it would be a blessing if this is His will.  It is entry level,  and that is fine with me, as I am entering a field I left 30 years ago.    This is a job that would fit into my Dayspring schedule very well. May His will be done.



Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Lord.
December 4, 2009, 12:30
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Luk 2:14      Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.   So we have read it, so we have sung it,  so it must be, right?  Then how do we explain to those not of the family of Christ, and they always want and need explained to,  why there are wars, and why so few truly have peace with God?  You can not be at peace with an unknown entity,  not be at true peace with One you feel hostility toward.  Since the Word is true, why did the Advent of the Christ not bring a new era of peace to the earth, and make the last two thousand years a paradise?  Where is this peace of which the angels sang?  Something is wrong here.

My journey through faith and reading of the Word has taught me that if there is a fault with the Word, it is on man’s side not God’s.  Let us take a look at other translations.
New King James “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Footnote:
* NU-Text reads toward men of goodwill.

NLT   “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.*”

Footnote:

  • Or and peace on earth for all those pleasing God. Some manuscripts read and peace on earth, goodwill among people.

NIV  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

NASB and RSV “Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”*

ESV “Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”*

Footnote:

* Some manuscripts peace, good will among men


I see here a huge difference.  God did not come at Advent to make nice with the world.  God came to give an avenue by which we may please Him,  the avenue of Faith in the Messiah.  How did the King James translators deal with this verse later in the same book?

Luk 12:51    Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

Does that not propose a conflict?  The fault is never God’s, it is ours.  Would Christmas attitudes be different if the carols sung said, “Peace on earth to all who please Him by Faith?”  The unbelievers might feel a bit more left out, and seek to get on board.

Do you have the peace He brought?  Are you pleasing to the Lord, not by your inherent goodness or your works, but by your faith that brings the inevitability of good works?  May we all praise God for the Gift this season!