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8th-Nov-2006 05:25 pm[subject abducted]
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(cross-posted to godly_gals and other Christian communities. taken from the GodlyGals boards.)
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5th-Sep-2006 06:44 pm - The Root of Hostility to Others
This was part of a devotional series by Elisabeth Elliot that I thought hit a lot of really good points. Seemed like something to share here. Hope you all get something from it :)

Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Scripture: 1 John 1:6-7

The Root of Hostility to Others

When personal relationships break down, it is a sure sign that there is some rift in one's relationship with God. The deeper the rift, the broader will be the effect on the human level. Rebellion against our Creator and Redeemer--against the One who designed us and gives us the breath of life and loves us every minute of every day--is not only unreasonable but outrageous. The sense of outrage will reveal itself in our treatment of others.

We "get at" God by getting at those He has made, especially those whom his providence has placed close to us. We cannot bear the image of God in them, for we cannot bear the ineradicability of that image in our own being. It is a constant reminder of our own sin, which is the violation of the divine image. Without the consciousness of a legitimate claim on our lives, we could not know sin.

To recognize and submit to that claim is to return to peace and fellowship.

"If we claim to be sharing in his life while we walk in the dark, our words and our lives are a lie; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, then we share together a common life, and we are being cleansed from every sin by the blood of Jesus His Son" (l Jn 1:6,7 NEB).

(reposted from godly_gals, cross-posted in some Christian communities)
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26th-Aug-2006 12:15 pm - Redeeming Love
GodlyGals (godly_gals) will be reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers for our September book club selection. Please drop on by (and register if you haven't) and check things out!

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24th-May-2006 01:39 pm - Hey ladies!
Here are a few things that are going on right now at the GodlyGals message board

The Unruly Houseguests....
GodlyGals Chatroom
Pictures of your HOME!

Join us and check it out!

(Cross-posted to quite a few Christian communities - godly_gals.)
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15th-May-2006 02:20 pm - GodlyGals!
Here are a few things that are going on right now at the GodlyGals message board

God's Love for Us in Scripture
URGENT - Spiritual Warfare prayer request
Women, submit??
Mission Trips
Gifts of the Spirit
Divine appointments!

Join us and check it out!

(Cross-posted to quite a few Christian communities - godly_gals.)
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3rd-Apr-2006 03:17 pm - no surprise here...

you may have read it in Battle Cry for a Generation...
...but now you can read it on CBS News.

cbsnews.com: sexy media influences teens to have sex.

looks like Ron had it right.

2nd-Apr-2006 11:23 pm - ATTENTION: Ladies!
Hi everyone! My name is Liz and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you all about an online ministry geared toward young women. It's called GodlyGals. We've had a community here on lj for some time now (godly_gals), but now things are getting started in other areas. Our message board is up (http://godlygals.com/board) and very soon we will have our online magazine going (http://godlygals.com- nothing there yet!).

We discuss current events, issues that are a concern, dating, health, and lots of other things that are deemed appropriate. Soon we will also have a Bible study, book club, prayer list, and lots of discussion over Biblical topics. We need people to join and help us build this ministry!

God has laid it on my heart to minister to young women and I am using the talents he has given me and the avenues he has opened for me to do so. I would really appreciate you taking a look at what we have and becoming a part of what I truly believe is something that will bring glory to God. Thank you!

(Cross-posted to a lot of places. I'm very sorry if you see this thing more than once!)
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After reading the responses to the video I thought I needed to share this. I read this in Sojourners and I thought this was a very insightful piece on Battle Cry. Keep an open mind while reading it. Soujourners is a Chirsitian publication started by Jim Wallis. Its a little long but please read...

What cause do you suppose could bring more than 25,000 evangelical Christians together in San Francisco this past weekend: Immigration? The Iraq war? Climate change? Nope, a celebration of "virtue."

The two-day rally branded itself as Battle Cry for a Generation and fits into a broader national campaign to provide Christian youth with alternative entertainment - Christian rock and rap - and teach clear values.

The moving force behind the campaign is Ron Luce, host of the cable television show Acquire the Fire and author of literature geared for Christian teens. Luce freely uses the language of warfare to express how youth are under attack from a culture that celebrates wanton violence and sexual promiscuity. Corporate commercial centers target youth with a "virtue terrorism," Luce charges, and are winning the battle for their souls. Luce frames his efforts as a culture war, and wants to arm Christian youth with Bible-based solutions for life. The red flags and slogans he uses for Battle Cry for a Generation are revolutionary chic and emotive. Luce is savvy enough to realize that if you are going to resist mainstream pop culture, you have to provide youth a compelling alternative.

Despite my misgivings about the onward Christian soldier motif, I share the concerns that inspire the Battle Cry movement. As a father of four children quickly moving into adolescence I am painfully aware of how advertisers and entertainment outlets hone in on their demographic. The sexualization of youth culture is a primary tool to motivate their desires for consumer behavior. At first blush, that statement appears to be an oversimplification. It's not - titillation is the engine that drives the commercial machine.

So when Luce bemoans the MTV stereotypes of attractive young women and the celluloid images of manhood packed with violence, I am ready to raise his red flag of counter cultural resistance. I, too, do not let my kids run loose on MySpace and closely monitor the DVDs they bring into the house. So much of pop culture is a values cesspool, and I want my kids to understand how those distorted values corrupt a healthy soul.

Of late there have been some encouraging trends in pop culture. A relatively new film company, Walden Films, is making family entertainment that embeds meaningful values. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlotte's Web are two of their initial forays into the theaters. And at a time when marketers tell us that only promiscuous sex and violence sell, a rather wholesome "High School Musical" has become a pop phenomenon. These successes hopefully will spawn a new wave of media that I will be happy to see make its way into my home.

Thus, it saddens me to see an event such as the Battle Cry for a Generation rally detour off its original path. It throws itself into the polarized debates on same-sex marriage and abortion. Ostensibly, that is why San Francisco was chosen as the site of the high profile rally last weekend. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Battle Cry invitation stated, "[Come to] the very City Hall steps where several months ago, gay marriages were celebrated for all the world to see."

Predictably, advocates for a libertine culture came out of the woodwork to host a counter-rally. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a front page story covering the conflict - protesters were quoted as calling the event a "fascist mega-pep rally." In the scuffle, the profound range of issues that the Battle Cry raises are lost. Opposition to gay marriage drowns out all concerns about greed, materialism, and the assault on our kids' innocence.

Lamentably, the media fans the flames of the conflict. The Chronicle knows which story will sell papers in San Francisco, in other words. But I also fault the narrow vision of those who stand behind the Battle Cry. If you want to make a symbolic stand, why not go to the town where Desperate Housewives is filmed? Or host the rally in New York City where Sex and the City is set. A gathering outside the studios of MTV also would be rich with symbolism.

I simply cannot understand why so many evangelicals consider same-sex marriage as the prime threat to the virtue of heterosexual families. Honestly, which has ruined more marriages: The extramarital affairs that are so brazenly celebrated on Desperate Housewives or the decision of two men or two women who love each other to make their lifelong commitment public? I don't think there is any doubt about the answer to that question. Yet most discussion of sex and values in the church veers inevitably to the gay and lesbian issues. 

I have a proposal: Let's do an honest appraisal of teenage sexuality and lifestyle. Let's evaluate how the values of youth are shaped, and what forces are at play to move them in one direction or another. And let's ignore those political blocs that want to utilize vital family issues for their own agenda.
30th-Mar-2006 11:24 pm - Ron on The O'Reilly Factor

Hey everyone,

You may or may not have heard, but our wonderful friend Ron [Luce] was recently interviewed about Battle Cry on The O'Reilly Factor on Fox.

Click here to enjoy!

I work at a Christian camp for disadvantaged/ at risk children of the greater South Bend, Indiana area called Camp Ray Bird. The director is still looking to hire several counselors for the summer, especially males. The job entails 8 weeks of ministry and 1 week of staff training, beginning in June. A counselor is responsible to shepherd a group of 8 children aged 7-15 (groups are organized by age) with the help of a junior counselor. He will teach small group lessons, share the gospel, participate and facilitate some activities, and help kids have a blast, by swimming with them, playing basketball with them, going canoing, etc. Counselors must be growing Christians who are at least age 18 or graduating from high school. For more information, reply to this post, email me asmcfalls@bsu.edu with questions, or check out www.raybird.org for application information. Please share this information with anyone you think may be interested. Thanks for your time!
16th-Feb-2006 09:56 pm[subject abducted]
Hey everyone. I just wanted to post and let you know that next weekend, I'm going to be participating in the 30 hour famine at my school with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). We are doing this to raise money for world hunger. Here's where you come in. I wanted to know if you would like to sponsor me in this. You could either do something like a certain amount per hour or just a flat donation. To help you further decide, here's what your money will be going to:

There is alot going on in the world today. From 9/11 to the Tsunami in South Asia, ther is alot to be concerned about...but what isnt on TV and in the papers is how hunger, disease and poverty are killing millions and millions of children every year! 29,000 every day--that's more than the Tsunami every week! 10,585,000 died last year alone. Thats almost a million people who die every month--a million deaths that could have been prevented. 20 people dead every single minute. one more every 3 seconds! Kids who want to play but don't have the energy to walk. They're blind paralyzed, weak,with sickness, severlely dehydrated...and they're watcing hunger kill off--one by one--the rest of their family and friends. Overall, the annual death toll is more than 30 times higher thatn from the South Asia Tsunami and 9/11 combined. Its time the hunger crisis gets the attention it deserves! By being a part of World Vision's 30 Hour Famine, you'll make a life-SAVING difference:
--A dollar will feed and care for one child for one DAY
--30 dollars will feed and care for one child for one MONTH
--360 dollars will feed and care for a child for one YEAR

I apolojize for this being on such short notice, but, if you intend to sponsor me, i need the money by next Thursday (Feb. 16th). Checks should be written to "World Vision." For those of you whom i dont see on a normal basis, you can mail your money to me. My home address is:
4952 Pace Landing Tr. Burlington, NC 27217

Thank You for your support. If you cannot give any money, support me with your prayers. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call me. Home-3364215723 Cell-3362143907 (only call my cell before 7:30 am or after 3:30 pm. I am in school and I would rather not get my phone taken away.

In Christ,
Nicole Miller
27th-Jan-2006 01:46 am - tattered generation

I see a generation with festering sores;
    a directionless horde that falls by the scores.
desperate for love and seeking attention,
    they fall into traps too ghastly to mention.
their eyes are hollow and their souls even worse,
    never understanding their infinite worth.
selling themselves to the lowest price;
    settling for nothing and bartering their life;
using their bodies to try to gain love;
    they carve their punishment when they've had enough.
over and over the cycle repeats,
    while further and further their poor hearts retreat.
the pain it consumes them, takes over their minds;
    lies subtly whispered render them blind.
they bite down hard on the lies that they're fed,
    which build a strong fortress inside of their heads;
a stronghold that renders them weak and afraid,
    too terrified to try to destroy what's been made.
their lives being run by guilt and by fear,
    stolen away from them year after year.
till one day they either come to their senses,
    look to the Cross and drop their defenses.
or else they hold on and own their offenses;
    driven and beaten and hopelessly senseless.
battered and bruised and tattered are they,
    their hearts lacking love, their minds so afraid.
if only they knew what their life could be
    if only they knew that they could be free
if only they'd learn to stop trusting themselves;
    to look to the Cross and empty their shelves
of all of the things that they've clung to instead,
    distractions that ravage their heart and their head.
if only they'd look beyond what they see,
    if only they'd dare to embrace destiny,
if only they'd choose to look past the crowd,
    to reject status quo and live life out loud.
if only they'd notice that media's a sham -
    the music, the movies, the fashion, the glam -
it's a mountain of lies veiled thinly in truth,
    pimping the innocence and beauty of youth,
sugar coated crap being rammed down their neck,
    polluting their minds and disgusting as heck.
yet on they march, this lemming generation,
    headed for the cliff with full persuasion
that this is what life is - this much, nothing more -
    and anything different must be wrong or a bore.
hiding their pain behind the cool masquerade,
    the tears safely covered by the mask that they've made.
the scars on their hearts and sometime their arms
    seem never to fade, yet raise no alarms.
for to them life's no different, they know nothing more,
    and to them pain's the only thing that life has in store.
they experience pain in unthinkable ways,
    and learn to expect it for all of their days.
the world teaches them that they'll never win
    so sit back, relax, give up and give in.
this young generation is going to hell,
    who will stand up for them? where are they, pray tell?
who will rise up, take their plight to the King?
    and who will cry "foul! we must change something!"?
for history has never been written or changed
    except through brave men who acted deranged.
the world never notices those who fit in,
    nor does it take note of passionless men.
eternity changes when we take a stand,
    refuse status quo and make a demand.
history's made when we dare make a choice,
    go against the flow and raise up our voice.
it's time to cry foul on the enemy's schemes,
    it's time for us to dream God-sized dreams.
but most of all the time that's arrived
    is the time for each one of us to love with our lives.
this generation is dying inside
    we have their answers, so how dare we hide?!
evil will triumph until we arise
    let's do something eternal and lay down our lives!
the choice to save this lemming generation
    is a choice that can shake our culture's foundation.
look high to our God whose infinite pow'r
    has been made available for any hour
then look down around you, look hard, look long,
    let your heart shatter as you see the throng.
ask God to show you what it is that He sees
    as His people are dying in pain and disease.
my friend, I write this with sincerest desire
    that it would provoke you to rise and aspire
to the greatness that God has placed inside you;
    to reach, and to save, and to love and to do.
the greatest of works that God does on earth
    happen when we allow Him to birth
a heart that beats the same as His own
    and a passion to reach the lost and alone.
your life was never intended to race
    through history without leaving a trace.
so pick up your helmet, your sword and your shield
    it's time this generation saw God's love revealed.

[© copyright 2006 David Eckmier]

26th-Dec-2005 01:06 am[subject abducted]
Hi everyone,
Right now I am asking for some help from any of you who can. If you can't help physically (I suppose that is the word for it) then I would love it if you could pray for me.
Right now, I am having some problems. I was planning on going to Thailand with Global Expeditions and spread the word of God this Summer.
But then I got nominated by someone to travel with People to People-a program about education and helping others from other countries get together and realize we are all the same, and to help stop wars. I have now been chosen to go to Europe for three weeks this Summer. I could go on and explain what People to People is, but that would waste a lot of your all's time.
But the problem is, the P2P trip costs over $5,500 and the Thailand trip costs around $3,500. If I can manage time wise, I would be able to come back from Europe and go on to Thailand.
I'm here to ask for any of you to contribute any size of a donation-even $5 or more or less would be really wonderful and could help me get to Thailand to spread the word of God. If I have other Christians and other churchs help me to get to Thailand, that would be wonderful. Both of these trips are extremely important to our world, but I believe Thailand should come first. THIS is what's important. Spreading God's Word.
For my address to donate or for more information, please e-mail me.
Thank you so much, even if you can't donate and I understand many of you cannot, please pray that I can save enough money to get to Thailand! Spread this plea around, please!
Thanks again and God bless all of you!

Also, if this type of post is not allowed, please tell me and I will immediately delete it.
30th-Sep-2005 08:27 pm - Hey yall, no time, long see...
I'm only a little hyper. Sry I haven't updated in like FOREVER! lol. I'm doing very well. I'm looking forward to our quiz meet next saturday (oct. 8th) and the church lock-in the weekend after that (Oct. 14-15th) I'ts gonna be flippin' awsome! lol. SO can't wait!!! So, whatcha'll been up2? I'm progressing in my abilities to memorize, sing, dace, LVs (live videos), and even act! lol. I wanna be an actress! kk, I'll ttyl ~Reggie (Heather/minxie)

{this is my war cry}
Emo Heart
9th-Sep-2005 10:16 pm[subject abducted]
does anyone have the micah tawlks cd treasure? They sold it at atf 2 years ago and i can't find it anywhere. hook a brothuh up
7th-Sep-2005 10:18 am - update

an update on the hurricane relief situation at Teen Mania from Dave Hasz:

"It looks like at this point Teen Mania will not be needed as a Red Cross shelter for refugees coming to Texas. Texas has about 250,000 refugees and now Texas is sending them to other states. On campus we are encouraging interns to get involved in relief efforts at the shelters in town and through their churches. You can still donate cash - which is needed most, through battlecry.com or to the alumni association which will be helping alumni of the Honor Academy.  Teen Mania is still working to send a semi of relief goods to an ATF church we are working with in Baton Rouge, this truck could go as early as Thursday. We are also going to have an intern relief trip which will depart on Thursday. I am finalizing the details and will announce this to the interns this afternoon. There is only room for the first 15-20 on this trip. This first trip will probably run from Sept. 8 - 18. Interns will sleep on a church floor and work very hard all day every day in the relief effort!"

Please be in prayer for the relief trip, and for the money to send the semi to Baton Rouge.

4th-Sep-2005 01:35 am - Hurricane Relief

I'd like to pass along some exciting news that's trickled down the grapevine.

Because of Teen Mania's relatively close proximity to New Orleans, the Ministry is now working on transitioning into a Red Cross refugee center for victims of the hurricane. The staff received a memo about this tonight, and the email mentioned that there may be need for some help once it happens [which could be in the next two or three days], however details are still to come.

Please be in prayer for wisdom regarding the decisions and logistical preparation that will be made over the next few days. Global Expeditions has often done mission trips to New Orleans, and now it would seem that the New Orleans mission trip is coming to Garden Valley. Pray that if this opportunity comes to fruition that many will be touched by the love of God displayed to them as they stay on campus. I'll do my best to keep you all updated as I receive more details, but for now I thought it'd be wise to have it covered in prayer. :o)

think global
17th-Aug-2005 12:56 am - A crisis is at hand.

Consider, if you will:

  • Today, the world's largest generation of North American teenagers is at hand. Thirty-three million in the US alone.
  • The Baby Boomers [today's adults] are 35% evangelical Christians.
  • The Busters [today's twenty-somethings] are 16% evangelical Christians.
  • At the current rate of evangelism, only 4% of the Millenials [born 1984 until present] will become evangelical Christians.
  • The year with the highest number of births in the Millenial generation is 1989.
  • 85% of those who commit their lives to Christ do so before the age of 20.
  • Over 4.5 million young people turn 20 each year.
  • That means that the next 5-7 years will determine, to a large degree, the next 50-75 years of North American history.

Take a look around. Take a look at what's already happening in our world. Take a look at the sleaze in the entertainment industry. Check out the statistics for divorce, suicide, self-injury, murder, homosexuality, rape and pornography.

If this is what it's like with 35%, what will it look like with 4%?

A crisis is at hand. A generation is at stake. A continent drifts closer and closer to tragedy.

What are you going to do to stop it?

It's time to do something.
It's time to stop sitting back.
It's time to stop being moved in our heart but not in our actions.
It's time to put our hand to the plow.
It's time for an army to rise up!
It's time to lift up a Battle Cry!

It's time to take back this generation.

Enlist in the army, and let the battle begin.

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