Sunday, January 29, 2012

JMC LIVE: Overcome 1/28/12

Jeremy talks bout addictions, sex trafficking, and Biblical Prophecy in tonight's show-JMC Live Overcome: How to move beyond your circumstances and find how Jesus can heal you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Presidential Pledge for Religious Freedom Petition

Signing this petition indicates that you would like your Presidential Candidate to sign the Pledge for Religious Freedom. These signatures will encourage Presidential candidates to sign the pledge because they demonstrate that religious freedom is an important priority and we want our President to protect and promote it.


I would like my Presidential Candidate to sign the Pledge for Religious Freedom, committing to protect and promote religious freedom for people of all faiths and making it a priority of his or her administration.

I PLEDGE that I will protect religious freedom in full for all Americans, and will advance international religious freedom as part of American foreign policy.

As part of this PLEDGE, I hereby commit myself to the following positions:

FIRST, that religious liberty in full is the birthright of every American, as recognized by the First Amendment. It entails the right to believe, worship, and practice in accord with one's faith, subject only to the limits imposed by the U.S. constitution and the Bill of Rights.The right of religious freedom must be applied equally to all religious communities in America, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and others. At the same time, religious freedom does not mandate belief, but protects the right not to believe.

Religious freedom includes the right to employ religious arguments, or religiously-informed moral arguments, when contending for or against laws and policies, such as laws designed to protect the unborn and traditional marriage, or to relieve poverty and increase economic opportunity for the disadvantaged.

Religious freedom includes the right of individuals and of religious communities to engage in religiously-motivated charitable works. It also includes the right of individuals and of religious communities not to be forced to participate in, or to forfeit their employment because of refusal to participate in, activities that deeply offend their religious conscience.

SECOND, that I will nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to protecting for all Americans the religious liberty rights described above.

THIRD, that I will make religious freedom promotion a foreign policy priority of my administration. This will include ensuring the U.S. State Department performs its statutory duty of advancing international religious freedom; appointing an ambassador at large for international religious freedom who is a person of stature, experienced in matters of religious freedom and diplomacy; ensuring that the ambassador at large has sufficient authority and resources to succeed; ensuring that democracy assistance funding includes support for religious freedom; and ensuring that all of America's diplomats are trained in the importance of advancing, and how to advance, international religious freedom.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Network of Knoxville Churches Open To Homeless

On Saturday night self described 'Jill-of-all-trades' Denesse McBayne devoted herself to her real passion-- cooking.

"We're not only feeding their bodies," says McBayne. "We're feeding their spirit."

She spent the afternoon at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd whipping up a Caribbean feast to feed the members of the Family Promise program.

For one week, four times a year, a network of 16 churches throughout the Knoxville area take turns hosting homeless families of all sizes and descriptions.


79 percent of Americans want Abortion Laws to be Stricter

( – According to a new poll, 79 percent of Americans would not allow abortion after the first three months of pregnancy, and 51 percent would allow it – if at all – only in the cases of incest, rape, or to save the life of the mother.

The survey, a Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll, was conducted in late December, and 1,053 adults were surveyed by telephone.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Urge Congress To Pass H.R. 2070 the vote is this week. Your help is needed NOW!

Christian Alliance of America

Christian Alliance of America

FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer Inclusion at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. is up for a full Congressional vote on Tuesday, January 24th. Use this link to send your faxes to the Leadership of the United States House of Representatives and urge Congress to vote YES on H.R. 2070.

In May of 2011, honoring those brave men and women who served our country in WWII, Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio’s 6th District introduced legislation that will place FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. - H.R. 2070.

Christian Alliance of America

Send Your Faxes And Urge Congress To Pass H.R. 2070.

Sixty-eight years ago, on the morning of June 6, 1944, as Allied forces were landing on the beaches in Normandy; President Roosevelt went to the airwaves and prayed with our nation for God’s blessing and protection upon our brave fighting men. He prayed, “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity….”

Christian Alliance of America Director Chris Long stated, “President Roosevelt’s prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He noblized the war effort and paid honor to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict. It is only fitting that succeeding generations learn of this prayer that was offered at that most poignant moment in our nation’s history. We are encouraged by the support that this legislation is receiving. Veterans and veterans groups across the nation are in support of adding FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.”

We therefore
urge members of Congress to support the FDR D-Day Prayer Act and pass the legislation that will allow its inclusion at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. We commend Congressman Johnson and the Congressional co-sponsors of this historic legislation.

The legislation reads that the entire prayer will be included in a plaque or inscription at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Here is the prayer that President Roosevelt prayed with the nation the morning of the D-Day Landings.

Christian Alliance of America

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest -- until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them -- help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment -- let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace -- a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen -President Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 6, 1944

The D-Day Landing Prayer Project is a legislative initiative of The Christian Alliance of America

Send Your Faxes And Urge Congress To Pass H.R. 2070.

The bill was introduced in May of 2011. It currently has 57 co-sponsors in Congress. It received hearings in the Congressional Committee on Natural Resources on November 3rd and 17th and was referred by unanimous consent to the full U.S. House. H.R. 2070 is scheduled for a vote this Tuesday, January 24th. Fax all members of Congress and urge them to support H.R. 2070, the World War II Memorial Prayer Act.

Christian Alliance of America

Chris Long
Christian Alliance of America

Christian Alliance of America, PO Box 3076, Akron OH 44309

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ross County Point in Time Count set for Tuesday Jan 24th

We will be conducting the Point in Time Count on January 24, 2012. This is the statewide count of the homeless. We will be meeting at Chillicothe City Transit at 575 East 7th Street. We will be starting the count at 4:30 a.m. Participants/Walkers may come to pick up maps, locations and handouts at that time. We will be happy to have volunteers anytime during the day as the count time period is 12:00a to 11:59p.

There will be a drop in center in the City Transit Building from 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. There will be food, blessing bags, toiletries, blankets & other items. We will have social service agencies and other’s to give the homeless information on Ross County assistance. We are encouraging the homeless to come to the drop in center.

We hope that all agencies will come by at some point of the count/drop in to offer Information and Support.

For More Information:

Tabitha Muse (740) 772-4004 or Ceil Corcoran (740) 773-1569 ext. 106

Friday, January 20, 2012

I believe in Tim Tebow

I've come to believe in Tim Tebow, but not for what he does on a football field, which is still three parts Dr. Jekyll and two parts Mr. Hyde.

No, I've come to believe in Tim Tebow for what he does off a football field, which is represent the best parts of us, the parts I want to be and so rarely am.

Who among us is this selfless?

Every week, Tebow picks out someone who is suffering, or who is dying, or who is injured. He flies these people and their families to the Broncos game, rents them a car, puts them up in a nice hotel, buys them dinner (usually at a Dave & Buster's), gets them and their families pregame passes, visits with them just before kickoff (!), gets them 30-yard-line tickets down low, visits with them after the game (sometimes for an hour), has them walk him to his car, and sends them off with a basket of gifts.

Home or road, win or lose, hero or goat.

Remember last week, when the world was pulling its hair out in the hour after Tebow had stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers with an 80-yard OT touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the playoffs? And Twitter was exploding with 9,420 tweets about Tebow per second? When an ESPN poll was naming him the most popular athlete in America?

Tebow was spending that hour talking to 16-year-old Bailey Knaub about her 73 surgeries so far and what TV shows she likes.

"Here he'd just played the game of his life," recalls Bailey's mother, Kathy, of Loveland, Colo., "and the first thing he does after his press conference is come find Bailey and ask, 'Did you get anything to eat?' He acted like what he'd just done wasn't anything, like it was all about Bailey."

More than that, Tebow kept corralling people into the room for Bailey to meet. Hey, Demaryius, come in here a minute. Hey, Mr. Elway. Hey, Coach Fox.

Even though sometimes-fatal Wegener's granulomatosis has left Bailey with only one lung, the attention took her breath away.

"It was the best day of my life," she emailed. "It was a bright star among very gloomy and difficult days. Tim Tebow gave me the greatest gift I could ever imagine. He gave me the strength for the future. I know now that I can face any obstacle placed in front of me. Tim taught me to never give up because at the end of the day, today might seem bleak but it can't rain forever and tomorrow is a new day, with new promises."

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

WSYX ABC6 On Your Side Top Story - Ross County Man Using Facebook to Prevent Drug Abuse

CHILLICOTHE -- A Ross County man is fighting back against drug abuse by creating a Facebook group page in memory of his brother.

Gavin Campos set up "Straight Forward... to help victims of pill addictions", shortly after his brother Jesse lost his life from a drug overdose on Christmas Eve.

Since the group was created three weeks ago, more than 2100 people have signed up to be members.

Campos says the web page is the first of several things he wants to do to bring attention to drug addiction.


Reporter: Steve Levine
Web Producer: Ken Hines

Posted: Thursday, January 19 2012, 05:56 PM EST

WSYX ABC6 On Your Side Top Story - Ross County Man Using Facebook to Prevent Drug Abuse

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

15,000 People From 62 Winnipeg Churches Have A Citywide Service

Nearly 15,000 people from 62 Winnipeg churches packed the MTS Centre on Sunday for a massive citywide church service.

The downtown hockey arena was almost at capacity for the third annual "One Heart Winnipeg" event, which brought together numerous Christian denominations under one roof for a single service.

"Today we are telling everybody, including the city of Winnipeg, that we are on the same team," co-organizer Bruce Martin, who is the lead pastor with the Calvary Temple Church, told CBC News.

"We are not in competition. We are not threatened by each other. We work together."


Monday, January 9, 2012

"R" rated Films Aren't What the People Want Study Shows

Hollywood took in 4.5 percent less revenue in 2011 than in 2010, selling the least amount of tickets since 1995. Are consumers simply fed up with what Tinseltown has to offer? Dr. Ted Baehr of MovieGuide says it depends on the film in question.

"The spin is that people want more R-rated films, but the actual truth of the matter is that there were more R-rated films last year than there were the year before, and there were more than the year before that," he explains.

Two years ago, 44 percent of the films were rated R. Now, 51 percent of films carry that rating. At the same time, however, films that are rated G, PG, and even PG-13 are outperforming the movies for restricted audiences.

"There was a study out from the Los Angeles Times that 74 percent of the young women [and 58 percent of the young boys] don't want to see sex, violence, nudity, [or] profanity in films," Baehr cites. Since "consumers don't want to see R-rated films," he wonders who filmmakers are making them for.


More TV nudity, profanity? Supreme Court will Decide on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in its most significant broadcast indecency case since 1978, and conservative groups are warning the justices that if the television networks win, profanity and nudity will flood TV broadcasts.

At issue is whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has the constitutional authority to set rules governing what is permissible on the airwaves and to fine stations that cross the line. One example is the infamous Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident in 2004 and the FCC's ensuing fine of CBS and CBS stations. Lower courts overruled the fine, and CBS has yet to pay.

Among other examples of TV indecency that led to FCC fines yet to be paid because of lower court rulings, ABC's "NYPD Blue" showed a nude female character in 2003 and Fox's Billboard Music Awards in 2002 and 2003 failed to bleep profane words by Cher and Nicole Richie.

The Supreme Court case is an appeal from the U.S. Second Court of Appeals, which in 2010 struck down the FCC's entire broadcast indecency policy. Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC want the Second Circuit's decision upheld.

Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council co-sponsored a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the FCC.

"If the court opens the floodgates to so-called 'adult material' at all hours on broadcast TV and radio in the name of the First Amendment, then TV and radio will be open only to adults, not children, and, at that, adults who desire only more indecent material," the brief stated. "Television viewers will be forced to listen to indecent material. Profanity and sex will dominate daytime radio. Nothing in the First Amendment requires this result."

Conservative groups are concerned about the case because the high court's four-member conservative bloc -- often reliable in taking the conservative stance on such social issue cases -- might not hold together. Specifically, Justice Clarence Thomas in 2009 questioned the "viability" of two Supreme Court cases cited by the FCC as constitutionally supporting the current indecency policy: a 1969 case, Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC, and a 1978 case, FCC v. Pacifica Foundation.

"Red Lion and Pacifica were unconvincing when they were issued, and the passage of time has only increased doubt regarding their continued validity," Thomas wrote in a 2009 concurring opinion.

In Red Lion, the Supreme Court upheld the so-called Fairness Doctrine; in FCC v. Pacifica, the high court ruled that the FCC had the authority to regulate indecent language on the airwaves. The latter case involved comedian George Carlin's "seven dirty words" routine.

Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council argued that the Supreme Court was right in its 1978 ruling to note that "since broadcasting was uniquely available to children merely by turning on the television or radio, it could be regulated to a greater extent than other forms of media." The two pro-family groups also cited studies showing that media has a negative impact on children and can lead to risky sexual behaviors, poor body image, violence and smoking.

The networks already are allowed to broadcast patently offensive material, as long as it is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the groups say. But it is wrong to broadcast such material during the daytime and early evening when "children are likely to be in the audience," the groups say.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a brief arguing that regulations on broadcast indecency are similar to regulations on public indecency. An indecent television broadcast, the legal organization said, "is essentially an indecent public display."

"Just as a state could prohibit someone from strutting around naked in public, the state could forbid someone from strutting around carrying a display -- still or video -- of someone naked," the ACLJ brief, which supported neither party, said. "Likewise, a state may forbid companies from broadcasting into people's homes programs depicting someone strutting around naked. Thus, an indecent broadcast is properly subject to government prohibition."

Broadcasters are different from other types of media -- such as print media, which has more freedom -- because of their ability to "intrude on the privacy of the home without prior warning," especially for the viewer who is "just tuning in or switching channels," the ACLJ brief said. Further, broadcast media is "uniquely accessible to children."

The Parents Television Council (PTC) filed a brief supporting the FCC policy and quoted its own research showing a 69 percent increase in profanity in prime-time programming from 2005 to 2010. If the FCC's policy falls, the Parents Television Council said, television will only become more coarse.

"The public airwaves will afford no shelter for parents who want to shield their children for as long as they can from the corrosive effects of what broadcasters think is appropriate," the PTC brief said.


80 Percent of Americans say they are Christian

More than three-quarters of Americans identify themselves as Christian, Gallup reports. Pollsters found that 78 percent of Americans identify with Christianity. Overall, more than 82 percent of Americans have a religious identity, with this percentage breakdown:

52.5: Protestant/other Christian

23.6: Catholic

1.9: Mormon

1.6: Jewish

0.5: Muslim

2.4: Other non-Christian

15: None/atheist/agnostic

2.5: No response

The findings fit the trend of an increasing percentage of Americans who do not embrace a formal religious identity.

In 1951, 1 percent of Americans did not have a religious identity, compared to 24 percent identifying as Catholic and 68 percent claiming a non-Catholic Christian faith.

Gallup found earlier this year that 92 percent of Americans say they believe in God, which suggests that a lack of religious identity is not necessarily linked to atheism.

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