Newsletter April 2003
evening, April the 15th, we will gather together as brothers
and sisters in Christ, joined in spirit with other Christians both
near and far who also recognize the significance of this evening,
to participate in the holiest service of the Christian year.
Christ Himself, at His last Passover with His disciples, established
a new way to partake of the Passover. As our Passover Lamb He was
the fulfillment of the original Passover. The institution of the
bread and the wine, often referred to as the Lordís Supper, was
initiated to impress upon all who have accepted the sacrifice of
our Savior the cost of this grace. While free, it was not cheap.
He submitted to the humiliation and agony of the Cross-because His
selfless love for us knew no bounds.
14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake
it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to
them: and they all drank of it.
And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which
is shed for many. (KJV)
body was broken & his blood shed, dying on the cross so that
we might live and carry our cross. It is imperative for Christians
to partake of this Holy Night to renew our covenant with God and
to do so with the gravity and sobriety fitting this memorial service.
Cor 10: 16 Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in
the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in
the body of Christ?
Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all
partake of the one bread. (NAS)
of our Lord is upon us. The Days of Unleavened Bread, exonerating
us from the leaven of sin are at the door. God does not bless just
to make us happy, He blesses us so that we may be a blessing to
others. The Church, as the Body of Christ is not here to serve usÖ
we are here to serve the Body the Christ! Jesus died for us, the
least we can do is show up, accept this priceless gift anew by accepting
the sacraments & thank Him for His selfless sacrifice. Come
to the Lordís Supper, show your love for our Savior and give thanks
& praise to Jesus!
brother in Christ,
is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every
event under heavenó
A time to give
birth, and a time to die;
A time to plant
and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill,
and a time to heal;
A time to tear
down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep,
and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
and a time to dance.
A time to throw
stones, and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search,
and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep,
and a time to throw away.
A time to tear
apart, and a time to sew together;
A time to be
silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love,
and a time to hate;
A time for war,
and a time for peace.
So Solomon wrote,
and now America finds itís self at war. While attempting to defend
and preserve our way of life our freedom, many young men and women
now stand in harms way as we enjoy the comfort and freedom given
as blessings to America.
I want to add
to Solomonís list of time; its time to give thanks for those who
give so much to preserve the wondrous blessings God has bestowed
upon us. There is a time to support our military and that time is
I also want
to share with you a email sent to me by a friend, what follows should
touch all of us:
The Shelby County
Alabama Legislative Delegation hosted a "Stand Up for America
Rally." More than 1,200 people attended including featured
speakers Chief Justice Roy Moore, Adjutant General Mark Bowen and
Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman.
Attached is a copy of Mrs. Chapman's speech, which resulted in five
standing ovations, tremendous applause and an encore
Stand Up for America Rally Speech By: Beth Chapman
"I'm here tonight because men and women of the United States
military have given their lives for my freedom. I am not here tonight
because Sheryl Crowe, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen, George Clooney,
Jane Fonda or Phil Donahue, sacrificed their lives for me.
If my memory serves me correctly, it was not movie stars or musicians,
but the United States Military who fought on the shores of Iwo Jima,
the jungles of Vietnam, and the beaches of Normandy. Tonight, I
say we should support the President of the United States and the
U.S. Military and tell the liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing,
hippy, tie-dyed liberals to go make their movies and music and whine
After all, if they lived in Iraq, they wouldn't be allowed the freedom
of speech they're being given here today. Ironically, they would
be put to death at the hands of Sadam Husssein or Osama Bin Laden.
I want to know how the very people who are against war because of
the loss of life, can possibly be the same people who are for abortion?
They are the same people who are for animal rights but against the
rights of the unborn. The movie stars say they want to go to Iraq
and serve as "human shields" for the Iraqis. I say let
them buy a one-way ticket and go.
No one likes war. I hate war! But the one thing I hate more is the
fact that this country has been forced into war-innocent people
have lost their lives - - and there but for the grace of God, it
could have been my brother, my husband, or even worse my own son.
On December 7, 1941, there are no records of movie stars treading
the blazing waters of Pearl Harbor.
On September 11, 2001; there are no photos of movie stars standing
as "human shields" against the debris and falling bodies
ascending from the World Trade Center. There were only policemen
and firemen - -underpaid civil servants who gave their all with
nothing expected in return.
When the USS Cole was bombed, there were no movie stars guarding
the ship - - where were the human shields then?
If America's movie stars want to be human shields, let them shield
the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles, or New York City, let them
shield the lives of the children of North Birmingham whose mothers
lay them down to sleep on the floor each night to shelter them from
If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men
and women of honesty and integrity that epitomizes courage and embody
the spirit of freedom by wearing the proud uniforms of the United
States Military. Those are the people who have earned and deserve
Throughout the course of history, this country has remained free,
not because of movie stars and liberal activists, but because of
brave men and women who hated war too. However, they lay down their
lives so that we all may live in freedom. After all - "What
greater love hath no man,
that he lay down his life for his friend," or in this case
We should give our military honor and acknowledgement and not let
their lives be in vain. If you want to see true human shields, walk
through Arlington Cemetery. There lie human shields, heroes, and
the BRAVE Americans who didn't get on television and talk about
being a human
shield - they were human shields.
I thank God tonight for freedom - - those who bought and paid for
it with their lives in the past - - those who will protect it in
the present and defend it in the future.
America has remained silent too long! God-fearing people have remained
silent too long!
We must lift our voices united in a humble prayer to God for guidance
and the strength and courage to sustain us throughout whatever the
future may hold.
After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven -year-old
son said terrorism is a war against them and us and if you're not
one of us, then you're one of them.
So in closing tonight, let us be of one accord, let us stand proud,
and let us be the human shields of prayer, encouragement and support
for the President, our troops and their families and our country.
May God bless America, the land of the free, the home of the brave
and the greatest country on the face of this earth"!
There will come
a time of lasting peace, of real peace; but only with the coming
of our Lord. "And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying
behold the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among
them and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among
them, and He shall wipe away every tear form their eyes; and there
shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning,
or crying, or pain, the first things have passed away."
look forward to! Itís coming but now we must deal with evil that
wishes to destroy us. Yes, war is ugly, but there is a time for
war, and a time for peace. Now we have war, we will have peace.
In the interim,
letís make the best of what we have and letís be deeply appreciative
for our troops.
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