Thursday, January 31, 2008

Agape Banquet Scheduled

I will be the guest speaker during the Agape Banquet at River City Family Church in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, February 10, 2008. The banquet begins at 5pm. For more information call Pastor James Gipson at (904) 786-6800. The church is located at 6800 W. 5th Street in Jacksonville, Florida. Please be in prayer for this event.

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GodTube Enters Presidential Race, the Christian answer to the popular YouTube phenomenon, announced Monday its intention to begin election polling for the 2008 presidential race.

The website, which takes on the motto “Broadcast Him,” was founded last spring and claims to draw over 250,000 registered Christian users and millions of unique visitors every month.

“Our Christian user base is very vocal and active in the election,” commented Chris Wyatt, founder and CEO, in a statement. “We look forward to having the leading candidates participate in this interactive community by engaging our users online with video commentary and live town hall style chats."

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

ESPN Host Returns to Airwaves after Anti-Jesus Tirade

ESPN host Dana Jacobson went back on the air Monday, beginning her TV show with an on-air apology for her recent anti-Jesus remarks.

"I want to once again say how truly sorry I am for my poor choices and bad judgment that night. I have taken responsibility for what I did say and do and realize why it was wrong," Jacobson said.

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

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Christianity vs. Jesusanity - The Postmodern Temptation

The most hard-core forms of postmodern thought are generally limited to academic campuses, but the postmodern worldview is trickling down in various forms to the popular level. While postmodern literary theorists debate the meaning of "totalizing metanarratives," at the level of popular piety we see the widespread substitution of "spirituality" for biblical Christianity.

In this sense, spirituality is a project centered in the self and constantly negotiable - more about "meaning" than truth. Where does Jesus Christ fit in all this? Darrell L. Bock and Daniel B. Wallace argue that popular culture is on a quest "to unseat the biblical Christ." They make their case in Dethroning Jesus [Thomas Nelson]..

As Bock and Wallace explain, classical biblical Christianity is being replaced by "Jesusanity." In their words:

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Trouble Making Decisions

Minister Mentor

READ: Exodus 18:13-24

Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he had said. —Exodus 18:24

In 1959, when Lee Kuan Yew assumed the position of Prime Minister of Singapore, his leadership began a long process of national transformation. Initially, disagreements between ethnic groups and a weak economic base made the future of this tiny nation uncertain. By 1990, when Lee stepped down from his position, Singapore had become a model country for ethnic harmony and a thriving economy. After serving as Senior Minister, Lee became Minister Mentor in 2004. Since then he has been an invaluable resource to Singapore’s cabinet and to other leaders around the world.

Insights from the older generation can greatly benefit the younger generation. Although Moses had been used by God to perform miracles and deliver Israel out of bondage in Egypt, he still listened to the advice of his father-in-law Jethro (Ex. 18:24). Jethro had watched his son-in-law care for the concerns of the people and observed: “Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you” (v.18). Moses followed Jethro’s advice to select, train, and delegate others to share the workload (vv.22-24).

Whom has God placed in your life to advise you as a “minister mentor”? Dennis Fisher

Following Through
What are your weakest character traits?
Do you know a fellow believer who is strong in these areas?
Could that person become your spiritual mentor?

Those who are mature in the faith can help others to mature in their faith.

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Oregon Boy Parks Bike at Goodwill Store, Which Sells It for $6.99

SALEM, Ore. — Cody Young parked his bike in the wrong place at the Goodwill store, where the rule is that anything on the floor goes.

He didn't have a lock, but friends said they had parked inside the store before. On Sunday, though, the black BMX bike was sold.

But the 13-year-old is going to get his bike back, Goodwill officials said, after the buyer saw a newspaper story about the mix-up and called to make things right.

Read more of this story on FOX News.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cowboy Church In February

I have another unique preaching opportunity coming on February 12, 2008. I'll be preaching at the Circle J Cowboy Church in Palatka, Florida. It is a unique setting, meeting at the Palatka Horsemen's Club. This is a new church plant by the Florida Baptist Convention. I met this church's "planter", Carl Christiansen, in November of last year at the annual Florida Baptist Convention held in Daytona Beach, Florida. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity and I hope you will join me in prayer about this service and for the new church.

Circle J Cowboy Church is located at 181 Horsemen Club Road in Palatka, Florida. For more information call Pastor Carl Christiansen at (386) 546-1943.

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Delayed Shipment

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

YouTube Channel Videos

Here's the latest videos added to our YouTube Channel.

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Time Capsule
Time Capsule
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JOY Box Ministry
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Peaceful Christmas Village
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The Truth About Christmas
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Feeding Reindeer And Singing Jingle Bells
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Lake City Christmas Parade
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A Very Scary Halloween Story
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What's My Name?

Monday, January 28, 2008

Blog Poll #25 Results

The Blog Poll #25 question was, "Do you believe the U.S. should have a constitutional amendment that defines life at conception?" and the results are:

  • Yes, God's Word says that's when life begins 18 (94%)
  • Yes, but not because of any religious convictions 0 (0%)
  • No, the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade and let the states decide 0 (0%)
  • No, there is no proof to support it 1 (5%)
  • No, Roe v. Wade has settled the issue 0 (0%)
  • I'm not sure 0 (0%)
Total Votes: 19

Here are the results of Blog Poll #24.

Armed And Extremely Effective

READ: Ephesians 6:10-18

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against . . . spiritual hosts of wickedness. —Ephesians 6:12

Last January, the police officers in Tijuana, Mexico, had their guns confiscated. It was suspected that some of them had been in collusion with drug traffickers. At first, fearing for their safety, the police stopped patrolling. But eventually, some of them returned to work—carrying slingshots. Three weeks passed before their more effective weapons were returned to them.

Although we all remember a shepherd boy who used a sling and a single smooth stone with great success in his encounter with a giant (1 Sam. 17), few of us would have the courage to face violent threats armed with such puny protection. But every day, although we are often ill-prepared, we do face a threat. As believers, we fight against an enemy we cannot see. Our struggle is not “against flesh and blood, but against . . . spiritual hosts of wickedness” (Eph. 6:12). The outcome of this battle is sure, however. Jesus is the Victor. And using the armor and weapons He supplies, we are able “to stand” (v.13). We fight in His power and strength.

Each day we must put on the armor of God—the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word (vv.13-17). Preparation and protection are the key to winning spiritual battles. Cindy Hess Kasper

Though fierce the hatred of our foe
Whose legions seek to work us woe,
He can’t destroy the Living Word
Nor those who own Him as their Lord. —D. De Haan

Spiritual victory comes only to those who are prepared for battle.

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Make My Day!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Speech Preparation

"If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, I am ready now."

Woodrow Wilson
quoted by Josephus Daniels in The Wilson Era.

NOTE: I think this holds true for me and a lot of other preachers too. 8-)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Faith factor seen in NFL conduct policy

PHOENIX (BP)--The National Football League has used an unstoppable combination of marketing muscle, longtime loyalties and on-field performance to create the most successful professional sports league in America, if not the world.

Its annual season-ending showcase, Super Bowl XLII, on Sunday, Feb. 3, in Phoenix, has become secular sports' high holy day, drawing interest and global TV ratings on par with the Olympics and soccer's World Cup.

NFL officials, fearful highly publicized illegal and immoral behavior by some of the sport's biggest stars was jeopardizing the league's multi-billion-dollar success, instituted a new Personal Conduct Policy this spring.

The behavior policy, spearheaded by newly hired commissioner Roger Goodell, draws a clear line between right and wrong, and it says players may be punished for behavior that does not result in a legal conviction.

Read more of this story on Baptist Press.

Leopard Spotting

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Most Depressing Day

READ: Exodus 6:1-9

Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid. —Matthew 14:27

Scientists in the UK have calculated that the most depressing day of the year comes in the third week of January. Winter days are dark and cold, holiday excitement has worn off just as Christmas debts are coming due, and New Year’s resolutions have all been broken. The celebrations, gift-giving, and good intentions that once made us feel happy now press us down and leave us feeling hopeless.

Long ago in Egypt, the Hebrew people had high hopes that Moses would rescue them from slavery. But their hopes were dashed when Moses’ good intentions led to worse conditions for them. Instead of gaining freedom, the people were pressed even harder by slave drivers who demanded that they produce the same amount of bricks with fewer resources.

Moses cried out to the Lord, “Since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all” (Ex. 5:23). As Moses and the Hebrew people were about to learn, God’s rescue plans sometimes don’t kick in until all hope seems to be gone.

If the circumstances of your life seem to be going from bad to worse, sending you into depression and despair, remember that God always hears and answers our cries—but it’s in His time, not ours. Julie Ackerman Link

Our strength and hope are in the Lord—
We rest secure in His sure Word;
And though we’re tempted to despair,
We know we’re kept within His care. —D. De Haan

When you feel hopeless, look to the God of hope.

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Patch Vs. Update

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dungy Sees Return to Colts as Chance to Share Faith

Super Bowl Champion Coach Tony Dungy, who announced Monday that he will continue as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, said his return is a chance to continue his ministry.

After the Colts’ loss to the San Diego Chargers in the divisional playoffs last Sunday, Dungy spent a week talking and praying with family members and friends to decide on whether he should return to football or retire.

On Monday, the deeply religious Dungy, who has published a memoir on how his Christian faith has affected him on and off the field, said he felt coaching was the best pulpit for his message.

"I enjoy my job, the players, the staff we have here and Bill (Polian) and Jim," Dungy told reporters. "But it is a platform and that's something I talked to my wife and pastor about. I said 'I could stop and start a ministry, but I might not have a platform like this.'"

"I look at this as a job," he said, "but I also look at it as a ministry ... I might not have as effective a ministry as I have right now."

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Hot Horseradish

A minister who was very fond of pure, hot horseradish always kept a bottle of it on his dining room table. Once, at dinner, he offered some to a guest, who took a big spoonful.The guest let out a huge gasp. When he was finally able to speak, he choked out, "I've heard many ministers preach hellfire, but you are the first one I've met who passes out a sample of it."

Three Pigs story ruled ‘offensive to Muslims’

A children’s story based on the tale of the Three Little Pigs was rejected for an award after judges became concerned that it would offend Muslims.

The animated virtual book for primary school children, The Three Little Cowboy Builders, was also criticised for its potential to offend builders.

The row centred on the Bett awards, which were supported by Becta, the Government’s technology agency for schools. The judges’ remarks, reported on the education technology website Merlin John Online, included: “Is it true that all builders are cowboys, builders get their work blown down, and builders are like pigs?

Read more of this story on TimesOnline.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


James Croft, 3'10" tall evangelist, talks about hitting your mark when bowling and living.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Poll #25 About Abortion

Blog Poll #25 is on the subject of "abortion." You can cast your vote in the left-hand column of this site. Voting will continue until Sunday night.

You can read a related article on The Christian Post.

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Gold Miner

Here's one of those addicting games for you to try, it is called Gold Miner.

Don't Judge

Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes. That way, you're a mile away, and you have his shoes.

Monday, January 21, 2008

History At The Click Of A Mouse

As you may know, I utilize various web tools to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Video and video sharing sites have become very hot tools on the web. The JCEA produces a video podcast called Walking With The Giant Videos that cover a variety of topics. I've found that one of the great things about video sharing sites is that they allow you to view historical events right on your screen, right when you want them. Now that's cool.

Since today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States, why not take a look at a couple of pieces of history concerning this eloquent and powerful speaker?

Below are videos of his "I Have A Dream" speech and the last speech he gave prior to his assassination.

As Christians, let us also be mindful that all people, no matter their color or origin, need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus "needed to go through Samaria" and we need to not allow racial barriers to stand in our way of carrying out the Great Commission.

Christians remember Martin Luther King as change agent

US churches and Christian groups nationwide will remember Dr Martin Luther King Jr on his federal holiday on Monday for changing the nation through unity.

Nearly 40 years after the assassination of the civil rights leader, King’s legacy remains strong and his name still evoked in talks about racial equality. Yet churches will remember the Christian activist not only for his fight against racism in America, but also for his overall message of peace and unity.

“Dr King’s challenge to America – to honour its Constitution that mandates unity, equality and justice for all – is resulting in a healthy, vibrant, progressive America today,” said Zollie L Smith Jr, national director of Assemblies of God US Missions, in a statement. “So let’s not forget the dream by doing our part to keep it.”

Read more of this story on Christian Today.

Civil rights leader's niece taking on abortion

ATLANTA - The niece of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior was among participants at a rally at Georgia's capitol Monday in favor of legislation called the Human Life

Alveda King is a pastoral associate with Priests for Life. It's a Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia.

King says protecting the unborn is a civil rights issue. She says the proposed amendment, which would establish that human life begins at conception, has non-partisan and multi-ethic support. King says human rights "transcend politics."

Read more of this story on OneNewsNow.

Promoting Volunteerism

Blog Poll #24 Results

The Blog Poll #24 question was "Has the Hollywood writers' strike adversely affected your TV viewing?" and the results are:

  • Yes, my favorite shows are now on re-runs. 2 (22%)
  • Yes, I am a Hollywood writer. 1 (11%)
  • No, because I like the reality shows being run instead. 3 (33%)
  • No, I don't watch television. 3 (33%)
Total Votes: 9

Here are the results of Blog Poll #23.

Just Call Him 'Marty:' Georgia's Other Martin Luther King Jr.

ATLANTA, Georgia — Martin Luther King Jr. is used to the puzzled looks he gets from people when they learn his name.

The white, long-haired graphics designer and children's book author goes by "Marty" to maintain his anonymity in the suburbs of Atlanta, where the black civil rights leader who made the moniker famous once lived.

His name is just a coincidence, but it made Marty King pay attention to the civil rights movement while growing up in a small Tennessee town during the 1960s.

Marty King, 53, was named for his father, who was named for the German monk and theologian Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s.

It is not the only famous name in his family. Marty King's grandfather was named Abraham Lincoln.

Read more of this story on FOX News.

How Do You Work This Thing?

A young Second Lieutenant is working late at the Pentagon one evening. As he clocks out of his office at about 8 P.M. he sees the General standing by the classified document shredder in the hallway, a piece of paper in his hand.

'Do you know how to work this thing?' the General asks. 'My secretary's gone home and I don't know how to run it.'

'Yes, sir,' says the young Lieutenant, who turns on the machine, takes the paper from the General, and feeds it in.

'Thanks,' says the General, 'I just need one copy...'

Our Best Defense

READ: Psalm 31:1-8

Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. —Psalm 31:2

In late January 1956, during the tense days of the Montgomery Boycott, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could not sleep. A threatening phone call had terrified him. So he prayed, “I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But Lord, I must confess that I’m weak now, I’m faltering. I’m losing my courage. Now, I am afraid. . . . The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. . . . I can’t face it alone.”

Dr. King later wrote, “At that moment I experienced the presence of the Divine as I never experienced Him before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying, ‘Stand up for righteousness, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.’ Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything.”

The rest is history. Dr. King wanted to see people of all colors free of the damage done by racism and prejudice.

If we face opposition when we’re trying to do what’s right, we too must cry out to the Lord. He alone is our “rock of refuge, a fortress of defense” (Ps. 31:2). He is our reliable source of strength and protection. David C. Egner

Lord, help me stand upon Your rock of Truth
And never trust myself to sinking sand;
Whenever I am faced with evil powers,
I’ll call upon Your strong and mighty hand. —Hess

When we trust the power of God, we experience peace, not panic.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

How To Dress Modestly

Ore. school district rejects class motto as too religious

BLUE RIVER, Ore. - A rural school district has banned a proposed motto for a graduating high school class because it contains a religious reference.

Some of the 90 seniors at McKenzie High School had been inspired by a Bible verse quoted at the August funeral of a classmate killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

The entire verse was: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles."

It was read at the memorial service for Ryan Snapp, who died Aug. 10 after hitting a tree in the alcohol-related crash. The students deleted any references to God in the proposed motto.

But McKenzie School District officials rejected the motto as too religious: "They that believe shall mount up with wings as eagles."

Read more of this story on OneNewsNow.

Greatly Valued

Mephibosheth . . . shall eat at my table like one of the king’s sons. —2 Samuel 9:11

A British factory worker and his wife were excited when, after many years of marriage, they discovered they were going to have their first child. According to author Jill Briscoe, who told this story, the man eagerly told his fellow workers that God had answered his prayers. But they made fun of him for asking God for a child.

When the baby was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. As the father made his way to work for the first time after the birth, he wondered how to face his co-workers. “God, please give me wisdom,” he prayed. Just as he feared, some mocked, “So, God gave you this child!” The new father stood for a long time, silently asking God for help. At last he said, “I’m glad the Lord gave this child to me and not to you.”

As this man accepted his disabled son as God’s gift to him, so David was pleased to show kindness to Jonathan’s son, who was “lame in his feet” (2 Sam. 9:3). Some may have disregarded Mephibosheth because he was lame, or because he was from Saul’s household, but David’s action showed that he valued him greatly.

In God’s eyes, every person is important. He sent His only Son to die for us. May we remember with gratitude how much He values each human life. Dave Branon

Lord, may we see in those we meet
The imprint of Your image fair,
And may their special dignity
Grow stronger from our love and care. —D. De Haan

Everyone is valuable to God.

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The Sin Of Lying

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.

Every hand went up.

The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."


Saturday, January 19, 2008

JOY Box Site Updated

The JCEA JOY Box Ministry website has now been updated with the results of the 2007 program. The updates include total boxes received, a photo gallery and videos.

I ask you to join us in prayer as we begin planning for the 2008 ministry. If you would like to participate or be a coordinator for your church, organization or business just send me an e-mail.

Christian Aid events to challenge scandal of poverty in Ghana

NOTE: I have witnessed the poverty in Ghana during my three visits. This ministry still provides monthly financial support to the family of our Ghana Ministry Coordinator, Evangelist Raphael Adjei Kingbi. For more info visit the Ghana Ministry site or view previous posts on this blog. Above all, please remember Evangelist Ralph, his family, ministry organization, all of the recipients of their ministry and the people of Ghana in your prayers.

A new series of events by Christian Aid aims to throw the spotlight on the poverty that continues to grip Ghana in spite of its wealth of natural resources.

In 2007, academic and theologian Dr Robert Beckford travelled to Ghana on a Christian Aid-backed trip to find out why Ghana is still struggling to break free from poverty 50 years after it gained independence.

Read more of this story on Christian Today.

The Haircut

A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him, "I'll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we'll talk about it."After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father's study where his father said, "Son, I've been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you've studied your Bible diligently, but you didn't get your hair cut!"

The young man waited a moment and replied, "You know Dad, I've been thinking about that. Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair...."

To which his father replied, "Yes, and they walked everywhere they went!"


READ: Genesis 12:1-9

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go. —Hebrews 11:8

My grandfather grew up on the North American frontier and raised his family on a dairy farm. To pass the time, he often sang songs while he worked. “Shenandoah” was one of his favorites:
O Shenandoah, I long to hear you,
Away, you rolling river,
O Shenandoah, I long to hear you,
Away, I’m bound away,
’Cross the wide Missouri.

That song reflects the love the pioneer songwriter had for the Shenandoah River. Yet he felt compelled to leave its beauty and go west. His love for the familiar rooted him, but the pull of something better won his heart.

When Abraham was called out of Ur to follow God to the Promised Land, he had to leave everything that was familiar to him (Gen. 12:1). Despite the idolatry of that pagan city, Abraham had probably grown attached to the comfort of his home, the variety of the food, and the fellowship of his friends. But Abraham left the familiar to follow God’s leading: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go” (Heb. 11:8).

When we experience God’s call to another place, it may mean leaving behind the people and the things we love. But when we’re obedient to God, He will provide something even more fulfilling at our new destination. Dennis Fisher

Fulfillment on life’s journey comes
When we in faith obey
The leading of our loving God—
He’ll not lead us astray. —Sper

You don’t need to see the way if you follow the One who is the Way.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Live Oak Revival In March

I will be preaching revival services at Beulah Baptist Church in Live Oak, Florida in March. The services will begin on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 11am and 7pm. The meetings continue Monday-Wednesday, March 17-19, 2008 at 7pm nightly.

Beulah Baptist Church is located on 144th Street near Live Oak, Florida. For more information call Pastor James Carrier at (386) 362-5530.

Austrian Court: Chimp Not Legally a Person

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VIENNA, Austria — A chimpanzee cannot be declared a person, Austria's Supreme Court has ruled, activists said Tuesday.

An animal rights group had sought to have the chimp, Matthew Hiasl Pan, declared a person in hopes of gaining guardianship of the animal.

The shelter where Matthew has lived for 25 years is going bankrupt, threatening to leave him homeless.

Donors have offered to help support him, but under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal gifts.

Read more of this story on FOX News.

Wal-mart Cat

A lady was weed-eating her yard and accidentally cut off the tail of her cat which was hiding in the grass.

She rushed her cat, along with the tail over to Wal-mart!

Why Wal-mart?


Wal-mart is the largest retailer in the world!!!

Ala. Schools Asked to Ban 'Facing the Giants'

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The Americans United for Separation of Church and State sent a letter Tuesday asking the Tuscaloosa City Schools board to bar teachers at Paul W. Bryant High School from showing the movie "Facing the Giants."

The group said that it had received several complaints last fall about students being shown the movie in class.

According to Tuscaloosa City Schools, the film was shown to two classes at the school prior to the semester break.

Tuscaloosa City Schools said Tuesday that the school's principal has "suspended any further showings until the merits of the complaint can be addressed," according to a statement.

In the letter sent to Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Joyce Levey and Bryant High Principal Amanda Cassity, Americans United alleges that "Facing the Giants" is aimed at evangelism and that showing the film in class violates the Establishment Clause.

“This movie is not educational; it’s evangelistic,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, in a statement. “Parents and taxpayers expect our public schools to teach, not preach.”

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Florida Baptist Witness Article About JOY Box Ministry

The Florida Baptist Witness, the statewide newspaper of the Florida Baptist Convention, has a half-page article about the JCEA JOY Box Ministry in this week's edition. The article and six photos are also on the newspaper's website.

To view previous video, photos and info about the JOY Box Ministry click here.

Is it Jesus in that rock?

TAMPA - A granite dealer who noticed an unusual image in a rock slab plans to sell it on eBay.

The man -- who does not want to be identified -- says the slab depicts Jesus on the cross, and blue areas at the bottom could be angels praying.

Read more of this story MyFox Tampa Bay.

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Is Life a Right?

Is human life sacred? From the very beginning the Bible reveals that it is because human beings are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).

The Bible portrays God’s personal involvement in humankind’s creation, and the emphasis throughout is on man’s divinely imparted uniqueness as made in God’s image. That divine image was distorted but not destroyed by man’s fall into sin. God communicated with Adam and Eve both before sin entered the world (Genesis 1:28) and immediately after the Fall (Genesis 3:9), promising His intervention to bring redemption and restoration (Genesis 3:15).

God tells fallen but regenerate human beings, “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding” (Psalm 32:9), but instead look to Him to instruct “and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go” (Psalm 32:8).

The central truth that emerges from these Bible verses is that human life is sacred, thus distinct in nature and design from all other life; and the differences are of kind, not degree. We are not merely the most advanced life in the animal kingdom. The Bible tells us that all life deserves respect, but that human life demands reverence.

Read the rest of this story on The Christian Post.


Work Can Change People

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Time Capsule

Evangelist James Croft explains how our life is similar to a "time capsule". The setting for this video is the Baker County Courthouse in Macclenny, Florida.

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America Marks Religious Freedom Day

The United States commemorates on Wednesday the freedom of worship among its citizens, marking Religious Freedom Day.

President Bush issued a proclamation calling "on all Americans to reflect on the great blessing of religious liberty, endeavor to preserve this freedom for future generations, and commemorate this day with appropriate events and activities."

The day celebrates the 1786 landmark passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which acknowledged that the human mind was made by God to be free and men should have the conscience to practice the faith of their choosing.

In addition to the President's proclamation, the Department of Education is sending guidelines to schools, urging administrators to commemorate the day.

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Proper Motivation

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

'Give Us a Shot': N.C. Church Hands Out Shot Glasses at Bars

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — To get people to attend his new church campus, Robbie McLaughlin is sending his message out to where the people are.

Next Friday, staffers from Next Level Church of Matthews will go to bars in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte to hand out shot glasses which ask patrons to "give us a shot" and bear the slogan, "Real church for real people."

The idea is to draw people to the Ballantyne campus, which opens next month.

Read more of this story on FOX News.

Poll About Hollywood Writers' Strike

Blog Poll #24 on this site is about the Hollywood writers' strike. You can share your thoughts by voting in the left-hand column of this site. The poll will remain open until Saturday night.

Gunmen steal beer, but since Jesus was watching, left some bucks

MAGNA - Two armed men wanted to steal some beer early today, but when they heard Jesus was watching they paid for it.

That from 2News, which says the pair are still in trouble because, technically, they stole the brew.

Police say the incident took place just after 1 a.m., within the time frame state law prohibits beer sales.

Read more of this story on The Salt Lake Tribune.

New Oak Grove Baptist Sunday

I will be preaching in supply for Pastor Terry D. Elixson at New Oak Grove Baptist Church this Sunday, January 20, 2008, at 11am and 6pm. The church is located at 18100 NW 262nd Ave. near Alachua, Florida. Please be in prayer for these services.


Listen to some Jerry Clower

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP)--Listening to Jerry Clower will make you a better sermon-listener. Of course, many of you about now are asking yourself, "Who is Jerry Clower?"

If you grew up and lived in the Deep South in the 1970s through the 1990s you know all about Clower. A comedian, Clower was born and raised in South Mississippi and looked every bit the part -- heavy-set, thick gray hair, huge smile and deep southern drawl. His down-home humor and comedic routines about southern culture were downright hysterical. He was the clean comedian of my parent's generation, and I never heard of an audience he did not have rolling in the aisles with laughter.

But what made him so funny and effective as a comedian was not his material. You or I could have taken his material and received blank stares. What made him so effective was his ability to tell a story.

Read more of this opinion on Baptist Press.

Do You Have The Time?

Monday, January 14, 2008

'Islamic Jesus' hits Iranian movie screens

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TEHRAN, Jan 13, 2008 (AFP) - A director who shares the ideas of Iran's hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show the 'common ground' between Muslims and Christians.

Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, 'Jesus, the Spirit of God,' as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster 'The Passion of the Christ,' which he praised as admirable but quite simply 'wrong'.

'Gibson's film is a very good film. I mean that it is a well-crafted movie but the story is wrong -- it was not like that,' he said, referring to two key differences: Islam sees Jesus as a prophet, not the son of God, and does not believe he was crucified.

Read more of this story on Arab Times.

Athlete Photo Illustrations

A description of how some portraits of athletes were created using photo montage. This is from my friend, Jon Fletcher's YouTube Channel.

Jon, a photojournalist with the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Florida, has made two mission trips to Ghana, West Africa with the James Croft Evangelistic Association. He has also written a couple of stories for the newspaper about this ministry.

To view even more of Jon's outstanding work or to learn more about his work with this ministry click on the Jon Fletcher category in the left column of this website. This will allow you to view previous posts on this site about Jon's work and ministry projects with James Croft Evangelistic Association.

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Watchful Screen Saver

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Blog Poll #23 Results

The Blog Poll #23 question was "Is it OK for parents to spank their children for misbehaving?" and the results are:

  • Yes, that's the way I was raised. 3 (14%)
  • Yes, spare the rod, spoil the child. 6 (28%)
  • No, children should be reasoned with. 3 (14%)
  • No, it will traumatize the child. 1 (4%)
  • Reason first and if doesn't work, tear 'em up! 8 (38%)
Total Votes: 21

Here are the results of Blog Poll #22.

Christian Puppy

A Baptist couple decide that they want to get a dog. As they are walking down the street in town, they notice that a sign in the pet shop is advertising "Christian Puppies." Their interest piqued, they go inside.

"How do you know they're Christian puppies?"

"Watch," says the owner, as he takes one of the dogs and says, "Fetch the Bible." The dog runs over to the desk, and grabs the Bible in its mouth and returns. Putting the Bible on the floor, the owner says, "Find Psalm 23." The dog flips pages with its paw until he reaches the right page, and then stops. Amazed and delighted, the couple purchase the dog and head home.

That evening, they invite some friends over and show them the dog, having him run through his Psalm 23 routine. Impressed, one of the visitors asks "Does he also know 'regular' commands?"

"Gee, we don't know. We didn't ask," replies the husband.

Turning to the dog, he says, "Sit." The dog sits. He says, "Lie down." The dog lies down. He says "Roll over." The dog rolls over.

He says "Heel." The dog runs over to him, jumps up on the sofa, puts both paws on the owner's forehead and bows his head.

"Oh look!" the wife exclaims. "He's Pentecostal!"

NOTE: This is only a joke and not mean to offend.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

God's Tears

READ: John 11:28-37

Jesus wept. —John 11:35

In C. S. Lewis’ story The Magician’s Nephew, Digory recalled his terminally ill mother and how his hopes were all dying away. With a lump in his throat and tears in his eyes, he blurted out to Aslan, the great lion who represents Christ, “Please, please—won’t you—can’t you give me something that will cure Mother?”

Then, in his despair, Digory looked up at Aslan’s face. “Great shining tears stood in the Lion’s eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory’s own that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself. ‘My son, my son,’ said Aslan. ‘I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. Let us be good to one another.’”

I think of Jesus’ tears at Lazarus’ grave (John 11:35). I believe He wept for Lazarus as well as for Mary and Martha and their grief. Later, Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44). And He knows and shares our grief today. But as He promised, we will see Him again in the place He’s preparing for us (John 14:3). In heaven, our grief will end. “God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying” (Rev. 21:4).

Until then, know that God weeps with you.
David H. Roper

He knows our burdens and our crosses,
Those things that hurt, our trials and losses,
He cares for every soul that cries,
God wipes the tears from weeping eyes. —Brandt

If you doubt that Jesus cares, remember His tears.

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School Policy Allowing Bible Distribution Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled a Missouri school district's policy permitting Bible distribution unconstitutional, but an attorney representing the district has vowed to appeal.

The case against the South Iron School District was filed two years ago by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four sets of parents who are Christian. An appeals court ordered the district last August to temporarily halt the handout of Bibles to fifth graders by Gideons International, known for its widespread distribution of the Holy Book in hotels nationwide.

The school district in Annapolis then altered its open access policy, permitting Gideons and other groups – including the Red Cross, Missouri Water Patrol, and Girl Scouts – to give away Bibles or other literature before or after school or during lunch, but not in classrooms.

But U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry ruled Tuesday that both practices violated the Establishment Clause and granted a permanent injunction against any Bible distributors.

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Technological advances lead to 'Bible on the go'

Ever get frustrated trying to keep up with your Bible reading? You might want to consider the "GoBible" -- and him who has an ear, let him hear.

A new product called the "GoBible," recently introduced to the consumer market, is a handheld device similar in appearance to an MP3 player. The device contains the entire Bible in audio form and features an interactive on-screen menu, allowing the user to select individual verses.

Read more of this story on OneNewsNow.

Study: Most Americans Support School Prayers, Religious Displays

A majority of Americans believe religious displays, prayers at school and the Ten Commandments display in a court building should be legal in the United States, a new study showed.

While religious Americans were more likely to agree, a majority of those who are not religious also believe such religious expressions and practices should be allowed, according to Ellison Research which conducted the research on a sample of 1,007 adults. The study was released Thursday.

Survey results revealed that 98 percent of born-again Americans compared to 81 percent of those not born again believe voluntary student-led prayer at public school events, such as football games or graduation ceremonies, should be legal. Also, 97 percent of born agains believe the law should support religious groups renting public property for meetings if non-religious groups are allowed to do so while 86 percent of not born again Americans agree. And 94 percent of born agains say a teacher wearing a religious symbol, such as a Star of David or a cross, during class should be legal compared to 85 percent of not born people.

Read more of this story on The Christian Post.

Is This Real Peace?

Friday, January 11, 2008

JCEA Top Videos On GodTube

Below are our top 10 viewed videos from our GodTube ministry. The counts reflected were as of 11:30 AM on Friday, January 11, 2008.

It's interesting to see how this compares with our top 9 videos on YouTube.


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3'10" tall evangelist James Croft


Game Day




Game Day Acrobatics


Ghana Mission Trip 2004


Happy Camper


A Very Scary Halloween Story


Good Food


Two Worlds One Mission


Water From The Rock


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