Monday, June 20, 2011

Call To Prayer: Nation In Crisis

This email had been sent to pastors throughout the U.S.A. It is bold, but brave and much needed in these desperate times in our our nation!
Many will be angry because of the Separation of Church & State issue. Let them. I love my nation, my family & friends too much to let misguided sentiments stop me from petitioning God for His help! Please keep August 6, 2011 as a Day of Prayer & Fasting! God Bless America.

In a most unusual move, Texas Governor Rick Perry has asked the other 49 governors to join him in calling a Joel 2 “solemn assembly,” a day of prayer, fasting and worship. How long has it been since a governor has called for a “solemn assembly?”

Furthermore, it appears that no governor in American history has invited all other governors to join him in such a call.  Read his proclamation here

Come to Houston
forThe Response
a call to prayer for a nation in crisis
August 6, 2011
On Saturday, August 6, the nation will come together at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX
for a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting for our country
Every Christian pastor in America should be present
Learn more at

Allow me to be candid. You and I both know America is in trouble. Our communities and congregations are besieged by moral disintegration, overwhelming debt, employment uncertainty, global terrorism, national disasters and more.

As Christian pastors and leaders, it's time to unite on our knees before God. The Response is not an entertainment event, a day to celebrate America, or a time to cast blame on others for the current crisis in our country. It is a trumpet call to prayer and fasting, to authentic humility and personal repentance on the part of every Christian in the nation.

We believe that there is hope for America - and we will find it as we call on Jesus' name and ask our Heavenly Father for His mercy on us as a people.

Go to The Response  website to learn who is endorsing this gathering, to register, and to find materials you can use to invite your congregation to join you. Check back regularly, as new information and endorsements are added daily.

I sincerely hope I see you there!
Jim Garlow
The Response National Church Mobilization
Senior Pastor, Skyline Church, San Diego, CA
Chairman/CEO, Renewing American Leadership, Washington, DC

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our Lady Insulted & Degraded, Again! E-Protest

How to hurt Our Lord? By insulting and degrading His mother! We must stop this now!

The blasphemous art exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas", by the self-avowed lesbian Alma Lopez, will be on display at the University College Cork and is open to the general public.

As you know, the digital photo collage 'Our Lady' shows Our Lady of Guadalupe in a floral bikini, hands on hips, held up by a bare breasted angel.

On June 24th, the University College Cork (Ireland) is hosting the blasphemous art exhibit "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas" as part of a conference on Hispanic Studies.

Tell the University College Cork (Ireland) how shocked you are by this. E-Protest Blasphemy To Our Lady

At the same conference on Hispanic Studies, Alma Lopez will talk about "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas."

She will also sign copies of her blasphemous book called "Our Lady of Controversy: Alma Lopez's 'Irreverent' Apparition," which has that same blasphemous and impure collage of Our Lady of Guadalupe on its cover.

The offenses against the Blessed Virgin Mary's purity seem endless!

And in response, you and I must console Our Lady by offering Her Son our fervent prayers and most heartfelt acts of reparation.

Beloved Father, I exalt you and praise you for your generosity with the human race, for accepting the sacrifice of your most beloved Son Our Lord Jesus Christ in reparation for all our sins, for permitting the Precious Blood of Jesus to wash our souls and to purify us anew in your holy image. 

Prayer to the Blessed Mother In Reparation For Blasphemy:
Mary, my Immaculate Mother, I desire to offer you reparation for the offenses which your Immaculate Heart receives from the horrible blasphemies which are uttered against you. I offer you these praises to console you for so many ungrateful children who so not love you, and to console the Heart of your Divine Son Who is so deeply offended by the insults offered to you. 
For Additional Prayers of Reparation visit America Needs Fatima

Friday, June 10, 2011

Love, Honor & A Four-Letter Word

The word is Obey, dear readers ;) And it's a word that often rubs people the wrong way. At least in this day and age. No one wants to obey...anyone or anything it seems. Not the police, teacher, parent, clergy/nuns, or spouse. God is at the bottom of the obey list.  Rules are made to be broken, right, so why obey them? Don't get me started.
The definition of obey is: to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of. I like the word "wishes".  It implies emotion, camaraderie, a desire to please. Obedient means: to agree to obey. Notice the word, agree. It doesn't say demand. It doesn't say twist one's arm. Agree is: consent.
On several occasions, broadcasters excitedly announced that the words-love, honor and obey would not be used in the vows at the recent royal wedding. Apparently, Prince Charles and Lady Diana were the first royal couple to omit the word, obey, and substitute cherish. Cherish Diana? Charles never did. His adulterous affair turned the word cherish into a fluff word with cotton candy substance. Don't get me started.
Cherish is a word used by most of us. I cherish my alone-time, old photographs and memories. Cling to & worship are definitions of cherish. I'm surprised feminists and today's free-thinkers like the word cherish any more than the word obey, in the light of these definitions. One example of the word cherish is: Many cherished the book. Gee, that's special. It would be remiss of me not to mention that cherish has some sweet meanings like, to feel affection for. I would reserve this for my pet, not my husband.
Obey is a much misunderstood word, especially when associated with the Sacrament of Matrimony. St. Peter set off an explosion when he commanded wives, “be submissive to your husbands, so that some, though they do not obey the word, may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, when they see your reverent and chaste behavior.”  What person doesn't know that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar? Why should St. Peter's words cause such a stir? Why wouldn't a sweet disposition..a woman going out of her way for her husband not reap amazing benefits and maybe even, change?
A man who is right with God, who is considerate and loving, would never abuse the word, obey.  My husband wouldn't abuse the word, my son wouldn't and my nephews, too. Good men do exist. But, I guess that's not the experience for many women. How sad that women don't realize that the Holy Spirit guides the actions of a good man. How sad that it's not understood that our marriage vows are bonds of trust.
We are asked by Christ to love deeply, to love unselfishly. Obedience is when two people pledge to put the needs of the other ahead of their own. What a shame that we've dropped this word from wedding vows and lost the essence of a gospel-based marriage. One blogger wrote that obedience speaks of a sense of duty. What's wrong with ethical or moral principles governing a person's thoughts and actions, especially between a husband and wife? Don't get me started.
Why isn't the Holy Couple mentioned more often as an ideal portrait of marriage? St. Joseph didn't brow-beat the Blessed Mother. They had a most loving relationship. Mary is the epitome of obedience to both her earthly husband and to God. She is strong, decisive, independent & confident, yet feminine, compassionate, gentle and full of grace, a real woman.
I found this piece by Elizabeth Ficocelli at  a wealth of inspiration and logic: There is no dispute that women are equal in dignity, grace and worth and certainly equally loved by God. In fact, God's plan for women has always been to elevate them to a position of honor and esteem in the home and, for a long time, the role of wife and mother was highly regarded by all. However, the increasing power struggle between wives and husbands in this past century has bred broken relationships, rebellious children, lack of love and divorce. Women have lost their value, becoming subject to man and degraded by society - exactly the opposite of what “women's lib” set out to achieve. The gospel call for the husband to be an authority figure, balancing complete submission to the will of his creator and perfect reverence for his spouse, is not an easy one, and one that comes with much responsibility and accountability.
If I were to renew my wedding vows today, they would, honor, obey & protect. Why?  Sometimes, at night before I fall asleep, my husband holds me close and whispers, "I've got your back". I know in that moment that I am loved, secure and protected. I am flesh of his flesh, bone of his bone.  Obey is an equal opportunity...opportunity.