Christian Perspective

A 16th Letter to America

My previous letter stated that America was uninformed concerning an Islamic threat to our country through their “Civilization Jihad” plan.   But America is equally uninformed about Islamic Jihad history and plan to conquer the world.

The Webster Dictionary describes “Jihad” as “Moslem holy war against unbelievers.”

Because America has always been a great Christian Nation, it should not surprise anyone, that we are considered the “Prime target.” Neither should we be surprised that Jihadist are streaming into America, by whatever means they can devise.  Yes folks, THEY ARE HERE!

They have been here all along as evidenced by the 9-11 attack, and others such as, Fort hood, Boston, San Bernardino, and Orlando, FL. There have been many other incidences and some were probably never reported.

A March 2017 Judicial Watch Article titled, “Jihadists Train, Plan Attack On U.S. From Mexico” can be easily accessed by a search on Google.  Unfortunately, the same thing is probably being done here in America too at some of their isolated large area ranches it is said they own.

But, because the Islamic religion early incorporated a conquer everybody else by force mentality, it ceased to be a peaceful religion.  God’s Commandments and statues, by which the whole world, including themselves, will be judged, doesn’t mean a thing to them. The Word of God, God’s Plan for Salvation, and God’s gift of Eternal Life, they threw out.

It is tragic, indeed, because for some 1400 years, they have been going against God’s Word, on a path to Hell, not Heaven!  They rebelled against the Living God.

America too is rebelling against God and His Commandments.  Americans too will pay for their rebellion.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, Ok 74538

A 15th Letter to America

We presently have an almost uninformed, or misinformed America.  This includes our government leaders, news people, educators, and the rest of us.

Those who knew about the Muslim 30-year plan to conquer America, through immigration into our country, failed to put that information out to the public, or the media didn’t touch it.

That plan, such as, “Expanding the Muslim presence by birth rate, immigration, and refusal to assimilate,” is being carried out, as well as other parts of the plan. Not only by Muslims, but by many well-meaning Americans, who haven’t got a clue, they are being used, by them in their quest for “world domination.”

Being naïve and uninformed is no excuse.  All countries are more than justified to ban Muslims from their country because all are endangered.  America is no exception, but may be the prime target.

America should declare The Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist Group, not because we want to, but because that’s what they are.

All news organizations, which are failing to inform America, should first read, “The Muslim Brotherhood’s  Strategic Plan.” The plan has been called,” To Conquer America Through ‘Civilization Jihad.’

One can easily see that Islam is not the word from the “ Living God our Creator.” It goes against His Commandments.  God’s plan of salvation/heaven is by the blood of his precious Son, Jesus.  Theirs is by spilling innocent blood of other humans.  Murderers go to Hell in God’s plan.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, Ok 74538

A 14th Letter to America

The year 2017 gives America a chance for change. We have gone astray and so has the world. We must try to return to God and seek His righteous guidance. That guidance is in God’s Word, The Word of God. It has not and will not change.

The Pilgrims on the Mayflower knew His Word and their pact was to Glorify God in their new endeavor. They considered America, like a second promise land, given to Man by God. And they were probably well acquainted with God’s command to Joshua, “to be strong and very courageous,” and “to observe to do according to all the laws.”

Joshua was also instructed by God not to turn to the right, nor to the left, from His Laws.

But for several decades, America has been turning right and left, like on a mountain road. God’s Commandments are no longer followed by judges in their decisions. They have forgotten that it is the Righteous Judge, The Creator, our God, who determines what is right and wrong. The only rights a person has is what God has given Man. Do good and what is right, and don’t do bad and what is evil in His sight.

It is sad America is still going away from God. At a time that America has a terrible drug problem costing many lives, several states have approved recreational pot smoking. Instead of seeking God and putting God first, let them blow their minds, seems to be the message from voters.

America is definitely spiritually blind. Probably under condemnation from God as some are saying. “Thou shall not kill,” says God. And, “Thou shall not have any other God.”

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, Ok 74538

 

A 13th Letter to America

The Presidential Election is finally over!

However, the demonstrations that are occurring shows how poorly a job our school systems and our news media is doing.  Acceptance, after the people have spoken, has always been the norm, and should still be the norm.

Another norm, is respect for other people, their rights, and their property.

All that is violated when crowds take over streets and highways and start destroying government or personal property.  That is criminal conduct punishable by law.

Some demonstrators, and news media people, claim they are afraid of Trump. But if they supported his opponent, they should instead fear God.  She stood for some things God calls abomination.

You see, His Laws are just, but the penalty for disobeying Him, will be eternal damnation. First in Hell and later in the Lake of Fire forever.

The Word of God, rightfully claims, that all of us have sinned.  That we are condemned already.  But because of His great love for us he sent Jesus Christ, his only begotten son, to die for us on the cross.  His precious blood is enough to cover all the sins of the world.

Unfortunately, too many in America, and too many in the world, refuse to believe in God and The Word of God (Jesus).  Jesus said few will go to Heaven.  Seek God, believe and repent. Why reject God!

President Trump’s first official act should be to order all flags be flown at half-mast until this country stops the ungodly killing of the innocent unborn.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
Coalgate, Ok 74538

Trump or not?

Whether we like it or not, America is drowning and the Trump boat, though less than desirable, is the only viable option for rescue we have to keep us afloat for the time being.

If we do not vote for Trump and therefore vote for Hillary, we will have lost our right to complain about the escalating murders of third trimester, unborn lives in America and increasing the span of Parental Rights, because we had our chance to do something and we did nothing.

If we do not vote for Trump and therefore vote for Hillary, we will have lost your right to complain about future liberal Supreme Court Rulings, because we had our chance to do something and we did nothing.

If we do not vote for Trump and therefore vote for Hillary, we will have lost our right to complain when our pastors are imprisoned for hate speech crimes, because we had our chance to do something and we did nothing.

If we do not vote for Trump and therefore vote for Hillary, we will have lost our right to complain when we lose our right to bear arms and fret over the safety of our families, because we had the chance to do something and we did nothing.

I am not arguing that Trump is a great man.

I am not even arguing that Trump is a good man.

I am arguing that in the words of Christ Himself, God can use an individual that is “not one of us” to further His purposes and protect His people.

I am arguing that in this time, and in this particular circumstance as the only nominee for the Republican Party, Trump is the RIGHT man to serve as President of the United States.

Excerpt from an article written by a highly educated, staunchly theologically and politically conservative Pastors’s wife.

P.S. Please take the time to check out the wisdom of Wayne Grudem, renown theologian and his thoughts on “Why Voting For Trump Is A Morally Good Choice.” Luke 9:49-50, NIV; 1 Timothy 2:1-4, NIV

Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham

franklin_dat_update-august

Franklin Graham led thousands at the Decision America Tour prayer rallies in August, travelling to eight states to encourage crowds to stand up for God and our country. An estimated total of 22,200 people joined Franklin during events in Helena, Mont.Boise, IdahoCheyenne, Wyo.Augusta, MaineMontpelier, Vt.Albany, N.Y.Boston, Mass. and Providence, R.I.

Thursday’s prayer rally in Hartford, Conn., marked Franklin’s 41st Decision America Tour stop. His message remains consistent as he encourages those in attendance to accept the Lord and to sign a pledge of commitment to God and the country, committing to vote for godly leaders and to prayerfully consider running for local office.

Franklin has three remaining stops in September and six in October. September stops include: Dover, Del., on Sept. 13; Trenton, N.J., on Sept. 14; and Harrisburg, Pa., on Sept. 15. Decision America Tour will conclude in October with Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

For more information about the Decision America Tour, including a full list of tour dates, visit www.decisionamericatour.com.

Two New Films from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Two new films from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association launched Sept. 1
Churches and individuals can now download or view two new programs from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

My Hope, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has released a 30-minute program called “Decisions,” which features a Gospel message from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The program looks at the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds who have heard the Gospel through Graham’s 2016 Decision America Tour and made life-changing decisions to follow Christ.

Additionally, the BGEA debuted “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” a special 30-minute program that goes behind the scenes of the Decision America Tour. As the Decision America Tour travels to all 50 states in 2016, Graham has been encouraging Christians to vote, to live out their faith in every part of their lives and to pray for our nation.

“I’ve been talking to people about the importance of decisions. I see thousands of people faced with a choice… and I want [them] to know the truth,” said Franklin Graham. “Any time you have a crowd of people, I can guarantee there will be somebody in that crowd that doesn’t know Jesus Christ. So, every time I’m at the microphone I’m going to give the Gospel.”

A free DVD including both “Decisions” with “A Time for Decision: Pray, Vote, Engage,” as a bonus feature is now available for pre-orders with shipment expected in early fall.

A Ninth Letter to America

Hillary, the president, and many others, very often say “our American values”, and then show their intolerance when they call the opposition radicals and bigots.

The fact is that our original American values are not what these folks represent.  You see, the original American values, were based on a Judeo-Christian foundation.   That foundation recognized God as the ruler of the universe, and His word, the Word Of God, the way we are to live by.

Our founding fathers deeply believed in God and wanted to practice their Christian beliefs freely without interference from the newly formed federal government.  The “Freedom of Religion” clause did not mean religions who worshipped idols were allowed in their respective states.  They knew God called those man-made things “devils”, and that God, except for remnants, had almost destroyed Israel several times because they abandoned him and worshipped idols.

So what are now these things they call “our American values”, and how depraved and ungodly are they? Very!!

By many reports, their cohorts are apparently trying to cleanse our military of Christians.  And they call others bigots?  Can you imagine our future military not able to call on God for help because they are not allowed to pray?  Because it may offend somebody?

During the eight days that the party conventions took place approximately 24,000 small unborn humans being were deprived of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  For those who don’t remember, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were precious American values.

Now the Democratic Party values the life of the murderer rather than the unborn human baby.  They want to ban the execution of murderers, but support the murder of innocent unborn babies.  And you vote for them!!  May God have mercy on your soul and America.

This is what happens when the Legislative Branch fails to do their job.  When one branch goes against God’s laws you are to hold them accountable just like you are to hold your own members accountable.  When justices go against God’s Laws they are not “holding their offices in good behavior.”  Impeach those judges who vote against God’s Law.

Immediately, because of God’s Law (Thou shall not kill), pass a bill banning the killing of unborn babies.  If the President vetoes the bill, impeach him.  Show the guts to stand on God’s Word.  Sorry, but it is not enough to say I am Pro-Life.  Act and God will be with you!

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Coalgate, OK

 A Seventh Letter to America

America continues to deny God and The Word of God.  These haters of God continue to deny the historical fact that America was founded by people who believed in the Living God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  The God who said that in the beginning He created the Heavens and the Earth and later created everything in them and that He did it for his pleasure.

Each colony was founded by a different Christian denomination.  Generally, a whole church congregation left their home country and shipped to what is now our America, as a church/unit.   Each colony established its church denomination as that colony’s church, and taxed the residents to support it.   This practice continued even after the colonies became states.

When the U.S. Constitution was approved the colonies believed in the sovereignty of God Almighty over all.  Because of that, most colonies specified, in their approval, that all those appointed or voted to serve in America’s three branches of government be professed Christians who knew God, and God’s Word contained in the Holy Bible, both the Old and the New Testament.

Unfortunately, we now send some people to all three branches of our government who have no idea about God or what His Commandments to Man are.  They have twisted God’s Word, the Constitution, and the Bill of  Rights, and its subsequent amendments, so that everything goes.

So Yes, history does show that America was founded as a Christian Nation Under God.  And Yes, one of the founding fathers was a Deist (one who believes God created Heaven and Earth but then left it entirely up to Man).  But Benjamin Franklin’s mistake only shows how smart educated people can be ignorant of God’s Biblical History which clearly shows God had an active hand and is still playing a part in this world.

But the important thing to know is that God will punish and destroy the wicked, most of Mankind, because they rejected His plan of salvation, which He offered, through the blood of Christ.  How soon, only God knows!

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Coalgate, OK

Right To Life

Michigan abortion providers caught on undercover video

On October 22 undercover videos from an abortion industry conference were released online. Two Michigan abortion providers were prominently featured in the videos.

The Center for Medical Progress created the videos but a court order is preventing them from publicly releasing them. Unfortunately the National Abortion Federation doesn’t want the public to know what the abortion industry really talks about. The videos were recently turned over to Congress and were apparently leaked by a Congressional staffer.

One video featured abortion clinic owner Renee Chelian speaking at a workshop on how to get rid of the remains of aborted children. Chelian owns the Northland Family Planning chain of abortion clinics which do approximately a quarter of all abortions in Michigan, and do abortions up to 24 weeks. In the video Chelian discussed the variety of problems she encountered when Stericycle, a waste disposal company, refused to continue disposing of her clinic’s fetal remains.

At one point in the workshop Chelian described how her clinics had five months-worth of fetal remains in rented freezers. She goes on to talk about her obsession with getting rid of the fetal tissue.

She said, “I was so consumed with fetal tissue that I was ready to drive to upper Michigan to have a bonfire. And it was just trying to figure out, you know, how I wouldn’t get stopped or how far into the woods would I have to go to have this fire that nobody would see me.”

During the question and answer period Chelian mentioned she thought burning the remains of aborted children for energy would be a “great idea” if it wouldn’t be such a “PR nightmare.”

Michigan Planned Parenthood abortionist Lisa Harris was shown in three videos. One featured a conversation between David Daleiden and Harris regarding the possibility of obtaining fetal body parts. She discussed how her Planned Parenthood clinic formerly provided “fetal orbits” (eyeballs) to researchers.

In a video entitled “Planned Parenthood Michigan Workshop Video,” Harris answered a question from an audience member and encouraged the audience comprised of abortion industry workers to admit to the violence of abortion.

Harris said, “I actually think we should be less about denying the reality of those images [images of aborted children] and more about acknowledging that, yeah, that’s kind of true. Given that we see the fetus the same way and given that we might both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work every day. Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing. Let’s just give them all that.”

During another workshop Harris described how she had a chance meeting with a judge in Michigan who had been signing all of her judicial bypasses to allow minors in Michigan to have abortions without parental consent. Harris says the judge told her he did more judicial bypasses than almost anyone in the country.

To watch these videos of abortion providers talking behind closed doors, visit www.RTL.org.

Car Trunk Abortion Investigation Shows Abortion Industry Scrutiny Necessary

On October 13, it was reported that long-time Michigan abortionist Michael Roth is under investigation for human tissue and medical equipment found in his vehicle in West Bloomfield.

Right to Life of Michigan applauds authorities for investigating any potential violations. The abortion industry’s long history of contempt for women’s health, standards of care and state regulations shows that they cannot be trusted to regulate themselves.

Roth has a long history of violations, including two previous at-home abortions he performed in 1998 and 1999.

Right to Life of Michigan released a report in 2012, Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure, featuring several of Roth’s violations. In addition to his at-home abortions, Roth was disciplined in 2002 for drug-related violations, including prescribing drugs without a license. He was disciplined in 2004 for violating patient consent laws and was accused of falsifying medical records by a former employee.

Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet said, “Abortionists frequently violate our laws with extreme disregard for women’s health and safety. Roth should have his license revoked, just like Dr. Robert Alexander who ran a house of horrors abortion clinic in Muskegon until 2014.”

Roth’s most recent abortion business, the Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, was closed in 2014.

Since passage of the Michigan Prolife Omnibus Act in 2012, which significantly strengthened the oversight of the abortion industry, 16 abortion businesses in the state have closed, many due to substandard practices.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “We’re glad we’ve been able to provide more tools for authorities to deal with health and safety violations in the abortion industry, and we’ll continue to provide them with even more. If abortionists and their businesses can’t abide by laws and regulations that others follow, they shouldn’t be allowed practice on vulnerable women.”

Abortion Abuses and State Regulatory Agency Failure report

Right to Life of Michigan | 616-532-2300 | info@rtl.org | www.RTL.org
2340 Porter St SW | Grand Rapids, MI 49509

The Time is Now to Act on Abortion Coercion

On September 29, in a 5-3 vote, two bills that would address the injustice of coerced abortions passed the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee and are under consideration on the House floor. Right to Life of Michigan expects the full Michigan House and the Michigan Senate to finally pass the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA) this term.

CAPA would add to Michigan’s current anti-extortion/coercion provisions by including coercion to abort as a specific crime. A portion of CAPA was passed in 2012, and other versions of the legislation have been considered in past legislative sessions.

The three Democratic state representatives (Rep. Stephanie Chang, Rep. Vanessa Guerra and Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright) on the committee voted against these bills despite calling themselves “pro-choice.” Forcing a woman to have an abortion is plainly wrong, women have a right to be free from coercion, and everyone ought to be willing to be the first to jump up and do something about it when faced with evidence that it’s happening.

During the years this legislation has been debated in Lansing, vulnerable women have faced threats of physical violence, withdrawal of financial support, loss of housing and violation of legal agreements in attempts to coerce them into ending the life of their child.

Tammy Holly, a victim of abortion coercion, has testified three times now before the Michigan Legislature during work on these bills over the years.

“Year after year you hope and pray they finally get something accomplished,” she said.

Through her work with the Justice Foundation, Holly has presented numerous legal affidavits of other Michigan women who have been coerced into having abortions. In her case, she received zero counseling or screening and was pressured by her boyfriend, her parent, and the abortionist. She said it was critical that women understand it’s illegal to coerce them into having abortions, and that isn’t happening now.

“My parent said, ‘this is how we’re going to do it.’ The abortion doctor said, ‘you don’t have any other options,” Holly said.

The abortion industry financially gains from abortions and has been silent in the face of this repeated evidence. Since they refuse to do anything for these women, we must act and protect women in those situations.

Learn more about prolife legislation by visiting www.rtl.org.

Continuing to Expose Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Agenda

As the summer has gone on, the controversy has grown over the undercover videos which reveal Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the organs and body parts of aborted children.

As of September 10, nine videos have now been released. Four of the videos feature meetings with Planned Parenthood officials. Three videos feature a whistle blower formerly employed at StemExpress, a company which purchased organs from Planned Parenthood. The other two videos feature meetings with the leaders of companies which buy the fetal body parts.

These undercover investigations have revealed a number of troubling aspects of Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the organs and body parts of aborted children. Planned Parenthood officials are willing to change abortion procedures in order to obtain more intact organs, a fact they admitted to in a letter to Congress. There are also the disturbing images of aborted children and revelations of intact children being delivered at abortion clinics.

StemExpress sued in an attempt to prevent the release of the video featuring their CEO. When they learned they were unlikely to win their case, they announced they were cutting ties with Planned Parenthood before the video became public.

Planned Parenthood has responded to the videos by hiring SKDKnickerbocker, a high-priced public relations firm. Various efforts to distract attention away from the videos have included the apparent faking of a web site hack, claiming those who made the videos are violent extremists, claiming the videos are illegal, threatening to sue, and hiring a forensic investigator to release a report which says the full videos are useless as evidence because they don’t include footage of the undercover reporters taking bathroom breaks.

In their letter to Congress, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards admits that one of their California affiliates receives a “reimbursement of $60 per tissue specimen.” While Richards claims the $60 per tissue is solely a reimbursement, she has not provided any evidence the money they receive for these organs is only a reimbursement for their costs. This is especially troubling considering some videos have shown how the companies that purchase the fetal body parts are directly doing the collection and transportation following the abortion. What is Planned Parenthood being reimbursed for except for allowing the buyers access to babies’ body parts?

To help further educate the public on Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda, prolife people from across Michigan joined others across the United States on August 22 and showed up in large numbers at 14 Planned Parenthood clinics in Michigan. They peacefully protested America’s largest provider and promoter of abortion, and asked government leaders to stop sending their tax dollars to them.

To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda and to view the videos which have exposed them, visit www.RTL.org.

A Third Letter to America

America continues to defy God in many ways as it heads towards the inevitable judgment.  A Recent example of this defiance happened when a young educated TV Analyst, out of the blue, said, I have the right to choose, the Supreme Court gave me that right.”  That unscripted statement did not trigger a reaction, much less a discussion.

Why Not?  Could it be because our educated masses have not been taught God’s basic Commandments, Statutes, and Laws, such as, “Thou shall not kill,” “Love your neighbor,” and “teach your young women to love their children?”  You bet!

The TV Analyst and America seem to be unaware of The Word Of God which says, “it is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in man.”  But instead of following God’s advice, America has put its trust and confidence in Man (Mankind), with tragic results.

This is exactly what happened after the Supreme Court legalized abortion by its 7-9 decision.  Now many, like the above analyst, politicians, and even a political party, proudly support the killing of the smallest and defenseless human beings (the unborn).

But how can you trust judges who do not follow God’s most basic laws, and His admonitions to protect those least able to protect themselves and always to judge in favor of the righteous and against the wicked?  Such ungodliness should not be trusted.

Those unjust judges will be held accountable before God for what they did.  However, these judges were not held accountable here on earth as they should have.  Our constitution states that judges are to hold their offices “during good behavior.”  Therefore, justices who vote in favor of what God calls “wicked”, or “evil,” should be impeached and removed from office.  After all, how can anyone say that judges are holding their offices in “good behavior” when they are going against God’s Supreme Laws?

God’s wish has always been that Man (Mankind) repents of their wicked/sinful ways and seek him so they can have eternal life and be with him in heaven.  You are not just flesh and bones.  You have a soul which God gave you.   The moment you die that soul will go to one of two places, heaven or hell.  Which will it be?

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
RR 5 Box 1550
Coalgate, OK 74538
Phone # (580) 428-3242
E-Mail:  mybarrajr77@outlook.com

Prolife Media Campaign Instills Sanctity of Human Life For All

In February, Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund launched a state‑wide educational campaign named the compassion project which includes TV spots and short films featuring women who share why they are prolife. These women bring a quiet voice to a noisy debate. Their life experiences convey a fresh perspective to an ongoing discussion: Is abortion justified in certain circumstances?

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “Those in favor of abortion have pointed to survivors of rape to justify legalized abortion. There is a misconception that women who become pregnant from rape want to abort their children. This is a false stereotype not supported by fact. To counter this misconception, Right to Life of Michigan launched the compassion project. The women featured in the compassion project share why they believe rape should not be used as a reason to justify abortion.”

The compassion project was originally created to instill the truth that every life has immeasurable value. These women had the strength to publicly tell their stories in the hopes of bringing a renewed awareness to the sanctity of every human life. Their compassion cannot be dismissed or ignored – no matter the circumstances of their conception. There are tens of thousands of individuals among us who have been conceived in rape, how often have you heard their perspective?

The compassion project ads feature two women, Mary and Travon, who were conceived in rape. Mary discusses how she wouldn’t be here if she was aborted and how all the lives she’s affected would be different. Travon shares about the time she asked her mom why she wasn’t aborted and how her mom protected her.

Listing said, “We are proud to stand alongside these courageous women and reaffirm their dignity as persons equal to every other person.”

Hopefully, you’ve seen the compassion project ads on TV already, but make sure you go to Right to Life of Michigan’s website at www.RTL.org and see Mary’s and Travon’s full stories. The short films are about five minutes long and worth your time.

Another television ad running alongside the compassion project is entitled “Life Itself” and relays the idea of the wonder and hope of life itself.

Learn more about the compassion project and view these prolife advertisements at www.RTL.org.

Update from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) – January 2015

After 65 years, Billy Graham’s message is still going viral

From the time BGEA was founded in 1950, Billy Graham and his team have used the latest technology to share the love and hope of Christ—a trend that continues under Franklin Graham’s leadership. Long before the Internet, Billy Graham “went viral” with the help of the technology of the day: the telegraph. Today, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association continues to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Telegraph has transitioned to live streamed events; reel-to-reel has now been replaced by social media; but one thing remains the same – reaching people with the hope found through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. READ MORE…

After ‘Unbroken’: Billy Graham and Louis Zamperini

Louis Zamperini’s life story has captivated millions through the New York Times best-selling novel Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand and the Universal Pictures film by the same name. The Billy Graham TV special, Louis Zamperini: Captured by Grace, documents his journey – from Olympic runner to WWII prisoner of war — all the way to his return home and encounter with Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles in 1949.

Hear the rest of Louis Zamperini’s incredible story – including footage of Zamperini sharing his memories in his own words – in Captured by Grace, at www.billygraham.tvREAD MORE…

Billy Graham Library nears 1 million visitors

In 2014, the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. welcomed more than 144,000 guests, with nearly 102,000 taking the Journey of Faith tour. This year the Library continues to carry out the legacy of Billy Graham’s ongoing Crusade. In 2015, the Library will welcome author’s Tim Brown, Dr. James Dobson and Shirley Dobson, Coach Bobby Bowden, David Benham and James Benham and more. Many favorite events return to the Library this year beginning with the Ladies Tea and Tour in April, and both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day breakfasts. Also in 2015, the Billy Graham Library anticipates their 1 millionth guest. For a full list of upcoming events and information on special exhibits, including Louis Zamperini memorabilia now on display, visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

If you would like more information about these, or other, updates from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@bgea.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at billygraham.org/press-releases.

Forgotten Man Ministries Announces Retirement Of Executive Director

Grand Rapids, MI, November 18, 2014

John Fehler 2014
Forgotten Man Ministries (FMM) announces the retirement of John Fehler, Executive Director effective December 31, 2014.  Under his 25-year leadership, the number of jail missions doubled to 36, the number of dedicated workers in the jails increased 300%, and the base of loyal supporters grew substantially.  In his farewell remarks, Fehler said “I thank the Lord for the privilege to lead the army of nearly 2,000 dedicated chaplains and volunteers armed with the message of Jesus Christ into Michigan county jails.”

Fehler‘s tenure with FMM began 35 years ago as a jail chaplain in Alcona and Iosco county jails.  He had served two years as the chaplain at Muskegon county jail prior to joining the staff of FMM’s home office in Grand Rapids. In 1988, Fehler was appointed to be the organization’s second Executive Director.  In retirement he plans to devote more time to his hobbies of fishing, hunting and cooking and looks forward to new adventures with his wife of 44 years, Leah.  The Christian ministry, too, will continue as an important part of his life with time devoted to leading bible studies or occasionally preaching at worship services.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Forgotten Man Ministries was founded in 1961 to be the hand of the Lord into 36 Michigan county jails by providing chaplains and a comprehensive spiritual program. The non-profit organization is faith-based, multi-denominational and works to restore the spiritual and physical lives of inmates through the support of  volunteers serving inside and outside the jails. The ministry is available to all residents of the county jails served without regard to the inmate’s creed, color, sex or reason for incarceration, and is led by the knowledge that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and will change lives.

Bill Cariano, currently Assistant Executive Director, has been appointed Executive Director effective 1/1/15.

Forgotten Man Ministries is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization.
For additional information, contact Marilyn Terpstra at:  (office@forgottenman.org)
3940 Fruit Ridge NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 / 616.784.4620 / www.forgottenman.org

A Second Letter to America

By watching the daily news one can clearly see that America is getting farther away from God and still headed straight towards God’s judgment and ultimate destruction.  Too many in America have said “there is no God.”
One of the many reasons Americans have  reached such a high point of unbelief, is because they were brought up in school systems which teaches man’s false idea that every living being started from a single cell and evolved into millions, or even billions, of species, including humans.  Some have theorized humans evolved from ape like beings.
But how a person, who is composed of 200, or 300 trillion highly specialized interrelated cells, can believe that it all started from a single cell, should be beyond belief.  Actually, the single cell theory of evolution only proves Man’s folly.
First, Man totally dismissed God’s legitimate claims that he, God, created Heaven and Earth and everything in them including the first man, Adam.  Second, Man refused to believe the documented biblical history of God dealing with mankind on Earth, where God again and again, demonstrated and proved his awesome supernatural powers.
Among these demonstrations of power, were turning the rivers and waters in Egypt into blood, parting the Red Sea while millions of Israelites crossed on dry ground, and then drowning the very large pursuing Egyptian Army.  After that God proved himself again and again by providing food and water for forty years while His chosen people wandered in the desert.
In the Word of God, the Holy Bible, God showed his chosen people that he had complete control over Earth and the Heavens, because, he wanted them to be witnesses to the rest of the world.  He wanted the people of the world to believe in Him so they would not perish.
This world would be a much better place if people believed in the Living God and followed his just commandments.  We would love each other like the brothers and sisters that we are, because, we are all His children.
God gets no pleasure in his children going to hell.  It is a great tragedy that so many in America are rejecting God and his Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the cross.  Accepting Jesus and his sacrifice is a must to go to Heaven.
America must return to God.

Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
RR 5 Box 1550
Coalgate, OK 74538
Ph. # (580) 428-3242

My Hope to reach people with Gospel across the US, Canada and the UK

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has just released a trailer for Heaven, the next installment of evangelistic films available for use – free of charge – through the My Hope with Billy Graham ministry. You can watch the trailer forHeaven online at www.MyHopewithBillyGraham.org/programs.

Available on Nov. 7 in the United States and Canada, the full film features a never-before-seen message from Billy Graham, alongside compelling stories of hope and faith, much like The Cross and the other impactful programs previously produced.

To get involved, or to learn more about getting your church involved, visit www.myhopewithbillygraham.org.

Simultaneously, My Hope UK with Billy Graham is partnering with churches across the UK to help them reach out in love and bring a message of hope to their communities. This November, the My Hope program The Cross will debut in the UK, as it will be shown in churches and venues throughout the country. To learn more about My Hope UK, visitwww.myhopewithbillygraham.org.uk.

If you would like more information about these, or other, updates from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, please contact media@bgea.org. Complete press releases from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association are available at billygraham.org/press-releases.

 

Faith, Conscience and Common Sense Win the Day

In response to the United States Supreme Court ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the following statement may be attributed to Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing.

“Today’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties is a critical victory in protecting the right of conscience and religious liberty against government overreach. This case was much more about the proper role of government than about contraception and abortion-causing drugs. No one should be fined for following their faith; and employees should not be unwillingly complicit in participating in health insurance which destroys members of the human family. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that the core principles on which this country was founded are enshrined in the Constitution for the protection of individuals, businesses, and religious organizations.
 
“At issue are business owners who object on religious grounds to providing certain chemicals or devices which may cause an abortion and are mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services. It should be noted that this decision is not about all contraception; this decision makes the needed distinction between contraception and chemicals or devises which have been labeled as ‘contraceptives’ by the Food and Drug Administration but may have abortifacient effects.

“We are studying the opinion carefully in light of the case Right to Life of Michigan filed against the Obama administration on many of the same grounds as Hobby Lobby. Though RLM takes a neutral stance on true contraceptive drugs and devices, we have always objected to those which can cause an early abortion. As an organization formed specifically to promote the uniqueness and sanctity of each human life, RLM has a right to provide health insurance to its employees without violating its very basis for existence.”

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby DECISION

It’s As If They Didn’t Exist

by Pamela Sherstad
Director of Public Information for Right to Life of Michigan

 “(F)or  the killing of the innocent is never fulfilling God’s will; in fact, it’s the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.

    “Today, we profess the principles we know to be true. We believe that each of us is ‘wonderfully made’ in the image of God. We, therefore, believe in the inherent dignity of every human being –– dignity that no earthly power can take away.”

The quote above was not taken from a speech by a prolife pastor. It was not used during a Sanctity of Human Life Sunday service. It was not spoken by the leader of a prolife organization.

Believe it or not, the words above were actually spoken by an advocate of abortion on demand. These words were spoken by President Barrack Obama.

During the National Prayer Breakfast on February 6, 2014, President Barrack Obama spoke words that could have easily been emitted from the mouth of a prolife leader. Without a hint of irony, President Obama affirmed three simple truths prolifers have been advocating for decades: each human being is wonderfully made, has inherent dignity, and killing innocent human beings is wrong. He even quoted Psalm 139, a favorite of the pro-life movement, which tells us that we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Only a few weeks earlier, President Obama released a statement on the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, calling on the nation to “recommit” itself to the “guiding principle” of Roe: “that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.” He went on to reaffirm his “steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom.” He ended with the reasoning (again without seeing how it undermines his position on abortion) behind his position: “Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

While celebrating a ruling which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy, President Obama was unable to even put the word “abortion” in his statement. That’s the tactic of many modern abortion advocates. Instead of advocating for legal abortion, they claim they are advocating for “reproductive freedom.” Instead of advocating for the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions, they claim they are advocating for “access to health care.”

Since President Obama clearly doesn’t believe it is wrong to kill innocent unborn human beings, nor has he done anything to uphold the dignity of those defenseless children, one has to wonder how he can say what he said at the National Prayer Breakfast.

It’s almost as if he thinks human beings are wonderfully made when they are born and human life and dignity only emerge after birth. It’s almost as if he thinks the 56 million unborn American children legally aborted since 1973 never existed.

Visit www.RTL.org to equip yourself to help you speak out against this kind of thinking, which ignores the unborn.•

Michigan Democrats use late‑term abortion clinic owner to attack Terri Lynn Land

The Michigan Democratic Party recently released a video in which a number of women attack U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and praise Congressman Gary Peters, who is also a candidate for U.S. Senate.

Nothing good happens when you keep bad company.

One woman in the ad is abortion clinic owner Renee Chelian.

Chelian is the owner of Northland Family Planning, a group of three abortion clinics in the Detroit area which provide abortions through 24 weeks of pregnancy. They commit about one fourth of all abortions in Michigan.

The ad with Chelian supporting Gary Peters may have been shot at one of Chelian’s abortion businesses. While making her comments on the video, Renee is standing in front of “Exam Room 1″ which has an exam table.

In the ad, Chelian says, “Choosing Gary Peters means protecting my daughters’ and your daughters’ future.”

While Renee Chelian thinks electing Gary Peters means protecting “your daughters’ future,” nothing could be further from the truth. It is clear Chelian doesn’t believe in protecting all daughters. Every year, thousands of unborn Michigan daughters are killed at her abortion businesses in Michigan from which she and her family profit.

In a Bloomberg Business article, it was revealed that Chelian and her husband paid themselves more than $200,000 in 2012 and that they live in a “6,500‑square‑foot home in the upscale neighborhood of West Bloomfield.”

By all accounts business is booming for Northland Family Planning. In an interview with a pro‑abortion web site, Lara Chelian, the appointment center manager at Northland, said the late‑term abortion business has been growing. In that interview, she said:

“We estimate 30 to 40 patients a month are coming from Ohio, and that is a low estimate,” said Chelian. “It seems to increase every week because of the clinic closures and people making appointments for late‑term abortions.”

Sadly, when an abortion business succeeds, fewer children who are preparing for life have a chance to live.

Following his endorsement by an abortion clinic owner, Gary Peters met with the president of America’s leading abortion provider. In pictures posted on Facebook by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, Peters is seen chatting with Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Planned Parenthood commits more abortions in the United States than any other abortion business. In 2012, Planned Parenthood committed 327,166 abortions.

It is important to remember that how a person treats the weak and vulnerable says a lot about his character. Gary Peters supports abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. He also keeps company with those who profit from the destruction of innocent human life. Michigan deserves better.

If you would like to learn more about protecting human life in Michigan, visit Right to Life of Michigan at www.RTL.org.

SECRET OF FAITH

Reverend R. A. Shackles

It is not that we think to “earn” love that as Christians we desire to achieve “great works.” That has it all wrong. It doesn’t work. The real secret is that as Christians, we come to know that, undeserving as we are, we are loved, powerfully and profoundly, by our God. In gratitude – because we are loved —it is our special joy to set ourselves to offering “great things” to glorify our God. And great things do happen. The Love of God simply “works” that way. It is a work of a Christian to make our lives acts of loving God. It brings great things into our world.

THE POWER OF WOMEN

Reverend R. A. Shackles

Among radical feminists there is a strong misunderstanding of the relationship between the Church’s regard for women and the objection that the Church disrespects the contribution of women. The reality is that women have, from the beginning—Eve in the Garden of Eden—throughout every aspect of Church life to the present have exercised great influence and have been magnificently respected and revered for their invaluable contributions to the spiritual power of the Church. It is in rejection of this radical feminist “judgment” against the Church that we offer this essay.

The Old Testament evidences numerous examples of women’s effectiveness in Jewish history. There is the impact of Eve on Adam with his negative impact on the Church. Perhaps a problem for some women today lies in our allowing our evaluation of women to be smothered in the loss known in the Fall. Today’s feminist anger at the Church, in this sense, stands as based in the fault of failing to know and understand real history. Some of the most powerful effects of the quality of the true Church have been the effect women like Deborah as Judge (Ruler) in Israel’s life; Sarah and her faithful effect on Abraham. Always made clear un God’s affection for women in His honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary in making her Mother of His Son. Women continue to impact the Church in such as Mary Magdalene as the first witness to the Risen Christ; for Paul, there were women like Priscilla who with her husband, was a close adviser to that Saint, as many other named women in the New Testament.

Later, especially in medieval times, the power of the Church was marvelously sustained by great women – now revered as Saints — whose witness much of the time saved the Church from the errors of the men charged with leadership in the Apostolic call to Christ’s truth. Here is a list—not complete by any means – of holy women of whom it may be suggested saved the Church from failure in faith and doctrine, especially their spiritual integrity.

Angela of Foligno (1248-1309); Birgitta of Sweden (b. 1302); Madeileinne de Saint-Joseph (17th century); Catherine of Siena (b. 1847, d. 1380); Teresa of Avila (b. 1515, d. 1582); Mechthild of Magdeburg c. 1208, c. 1282/94); Hadewijch (13th century); Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179); Julian of Norwich (14th-15th century); and Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510).

These great ladies of the Lord often took bishops to task, including major rebukes even to Popes! It was a great leader, Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, in England, who forced a divided church (Celtic and Roman) to resolve their conflicts and come to unity. In great part, it was Teresa of Avila who was responsible for leading to faith incredibly pious St. John of the Cross. All of the above-named women – and so many more — brought a witness to the Faith that on occasion literally saved the Church (as institution) from herself. Even today, these women are listened to, long after their earthly witness. Some like Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila,Angela of Fotigna – and others – still influencing Christians by their wonderful contributions to the Faith.

It continues still (though admittedly not with the same “public” acclamation). In a popular book catalog, the listings for powerful women spiritual leaders takes up a number of pages, women impressive in the list of spiritual leaders. And who even for a moment can fail to recall a saintly woman—who, again, chided even Popes! — Mother Theresa of Calcutta? The point to radical feminists protesting against a supposed anti-feminine Church is, as an old comedy tape of an evangelist, “open up the Book and take a look.” Put simply it is not that women have been disrespected by the Church. Rather, it is that many, not having “read the record,” literally just don’t know what they are talking about – the truth that women have been powerful in the witness of the Church – and are increasingly so in contemporary times.

STANDING FORTH

Reverend R. A. Shackles

In the Epiphany season of the Church’s year, this time for the showing forth of Jesus as well as the individual Christian’s work of becoming a reflection of this Light of Christ by our lives, it is very important to consider all of the pragmatic consequences of this task. One of the most important concerns is understanding all the difficulty of this work. For in showing a reflection of Christ’s Light, we are putting ourselves before the world with a profoundly risky undertaking. Once we show ourselves to be believers, proclaiming by our actions that we believe Jesus is Lord, in today’s world is to invite ridicule and varying other forms of abuse — from a secular cultural bound and determined to put us down.

As anyone in any way on the front line of proclaiming, “I am of Christ,” you will have no lack of challenge from an increasingly faithless culture. To face this, more, to make the witness requires not so much a strong faith as a willingness to take on this evangelical task of proclamation of the Good News, to be willing to take the unfriendly thrusts of those whose determination is to not only suppress, but indeed to eliminate the Church from public discourse. So it is no wonder or surprise that large numbers of believers retreat into the quietness of “a private faith.”

But that is a counsel for defeat; one that simply encourages success for the enemies of the Church. The Gospel is a counsel to life; a call to accept the whole promise of Christ as answer to the hope of finding, entering and living in the Kingdom of God. Inspired by the love of God, gracefully given, the Church — and each individual Christian—is called to stand forth for Christ in all aspects of human existence. Love is meant to be given away, shared by all the world. Jesus came, lived, died and rose to give us all a welcome into His Kingdom.

The point of Epiphany is that as the Holy Light has now become manifested to the world, we who call ourselves “children of the Light” was not retreat into private faith. That commitment, sense of giving up becomes unsustainable apart from the Master in the world created by His Father. And now, in a time of open attack upon the Faith, this is acutely important — as is the effect to which Epiphany calls us – the courageous standing forth to defend and proclaim the faith, in a refusal to be bullied or suppressed by the secular forces of the world. To every opposition, we must refuse to submit, or give ground. Every secular enactment against us saying “you cannot” we must openly reply “we must” and proceed to share our life in fearlessly proclaiming Christ no matter what inconvenience put in our way. This is a time for more and more believers to unite in one unified commitment to announce – and live by it—“Here, Lord, are we! Now send us into and support us in the battle. ‘ This world needs such a ready Company of Witnesses.

HEALING PRAYER

Reverend R. A. Shackles

Can prayer bring healing miracles to pass? This is a highly ambiguous area among Christians in our many variants of church life. Sadly, a misunderstanding on the subject has often encouraged what may create a dangerous conviction. Depending on miracles has tempted many people to ignore the wonders of modern medicine, including the contributions of psychology and psychiatry. Thus many have substituted prayer as the only answer, leading to “religious” refusal of blood transfusions or a belief system predicated on the doctrine that illness is merely a defect of thinking.

Based on the evidence of Scripture, there is no question that healing prayer many times, historically, has indeed produced “miracles” of cure. Still, there are many, countless examples in which despite intense prayer “campaigns” physical healing has not resulted. But, if we understand prayer rightly, that is no cause to lose faith, trust in our Lord’s promise of the benefits of prayer. Often, if not to say for the most part, prayer in sickness is effective for its power to keep us open to the sustaining strength God gives us when we thus put our lies entirely in His Love and Grace.

As one currently in treatment for cancer, I am being cured by the discoveries of modern medicine and I am grateful. Even more, my readiness to trust the medical profession is make sure, as I have made faith the appeal of my prayers. Through prayer, I quickly lost my fear of “the dreaded C-word.” god has filled me with the confidence of His Love that whatever is right for me in His sight is what prayer gives me courage to accept.

In other words, the results in exercising the power of prayer are able to be accepted as what seems appropriate to God’s plan. In any case, the effective prayer is summed up better in trusting God’s Love to sustain and “carry us through” than in tempting our Lord and God by an attitude of, “Heal me, God, or I will refuse to believe you.” That is an antidote not of life but a dose of poison to truth. It is trite, but appropriate to say, “Pray—and believe God loves you, no matter what.” It works.

TRANQUILITY AND TRAGEDY

Reverend R. A. Shackles

I sit looking through a wide expanse of windows overlooking a beautiful planting of pine trees and ornamental grasses. There is a lovely waterfall at one end, a touch that never fails to draw the sense of tranquility only well-planted gardens give. Beyond that, a steady stream of traffic passes, including a large number of ambulances.

I’m sitting in the infusion room of the Johnson Family Cancer Center on the campus of a major medical center. I am, much to my a sense of continuing surprise, not a visitor but a patient. The infusion room is where I and as many as fifteen or more others are receiving chemotherapy. The identifying “infusion room” has a rather somber, even defeatist sound

I am now part of a tremendously fascinating fellowship—cancer patients hoping for their turn to say, “I’m a survivor!”Actually I am one of the luckier ones.My cancer – lymphoma – I am told is one of the easier to cure. Still it demands much – like sitting for three hours one day to receive my healing “cocktail,” an hour again the next day and, two days later, an injection to control the effects of the first two day.

As I said, “infusion” has a depressingly clinical, technical ring to it – a mystic process endured because it is the way cancer has to be treated. But I am anything but depressed or threatened. The cancer is tragedy, indeed. But the mood, the atmosphere in this busy treatment room is one of tranquility akin to the quiet beauty I observe through the windows. For I discovered in this cancer center there is no depression.We all know why we are there. But in this facility there is a difference because the mood is joy, the conscious awareness that for all of us, there is a new hope, fostered by a settled spiritual depth of confident faith.

It feeds the strength of a very competent staff, all of whom confidently expect that healing of cancer for all of us. There is a gentle, happy attitude in every staff member. The realization comes that this is genuine. It is not a “a good face” of hope against hope. Literally every staff member believes in their work and each brings to it a joy – often verbally expressed – that, as they say, it is so good to help us patients through rather daunting challenges to our competent ure.

So, halfway through my scheduled treatments, I sit – anchored to a drip stand —looking out into a world seeming cruel to many, for falling victim to cancer, but now seeing a new community for me in which again and again caring health professionals at many levels show me clearly that I am their special concern. And out of this, a time and place thought, expected to be depressing, has come a fresh, new assurance that I know – as the others perceive – a blessed tranquility I had not expected. The cancer center —integrated by this strong influence of faith practiced — is a comfortably happy community where everyone is known and respected by name— just as the witness of our Lord teaches us things ought to be. The world I look out on from that infusion room is a precious gift, not a threat.And I thank God for being brought here where hope is certainly fulfilled. I am grateful—and I’m getting better! Who can say there are no miracles?

Maintenance Associate – Part-time Temporary Position

Strong employment experience in the following areas is required:  plumbing, electrical, HVAC, boiler, water heater, washer and dryer maintenance, vehicle maintenance, as well as, seasonal grounds maintenance. Must be a self-starter and require little supervision. A strong work ethic and a heart for those less fortunate is required in this Christian environment. Applications are available on-line at www.muskegonmission.org or at Muskegon Rescue Mission, 1715 Peck Street, Muskegon, MI  49441.