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Movie Night at Church - Wednesday, May 21 at 6pm

On Wednesday evening, May 21 beginning at 6pm (note the time because this is 30 minutes earlier than our regularly scheduled services begin) we will be showing the film "The Second Chance" in the worship center of the main campus.  During this time, our students and children's programming will continue as scheduled, but all adults are encouraged to join us for this thought-provoking film.  The film is 90 minutes long.

Iran, Israel and the United States

In this heated election year, questions arise regarding international relations and war.  In an interview with Senator Hillary Clinton she pledged, if elected President, to declare war on Iran if they send nuclear missiles into Israel.

Here is her quote:

Well, the question was if Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel, what would our response be? And I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran, and I want them to understand that, because it does mean that they have to look very carefully, uh, at their society. Because at whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program, in the next ten years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them. That's like a terrible thing to say, but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish, and tragic.

The problem is that Senator Clinton, like many Americans (not to mention certain ex-Presidents) believe that just by sitting down and talking or threatening these groups that peace can be obtained.

Joel C. Rosenberg, author of the book and documentary "Epicenter" reminds us that many westerners have a flawed view of Iran and its president, Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad.  Here's a quote from Rosenberg. . .

No one who truly understands Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eschatology -- or end times theology -- could honestly believe that Ahmadinejad can be deterred. Ahmadinejad believes it is his God-given mission to annihilate the U.S., Israel and Judeo-Christian civilization as we know. To what end? To create the conditions that will bring the Islamic Messiah known as the Mahdi or the "12th Imam" to earth.

Ahmadinejad is not just another power-hungry dictator in the mold of the Soviet or Chinese leaders of yore. He is a Shia Islamic fascist. He believes his life destiny is to kill millions of Jews and Christians and usher in an Islamic caliphate. He believes he is a John-the-Baptist, a forerunner, of the Islamic Messiah. If he dies, he believes he will spend eternity in paradise with 72 virgins. But he doesn't really believe he's going to die. He believes he has been chosen for a divine appointment, and that nothing can stop him. That is what makes him so dangerous.

Do I share this with you to scare you?  Absolutely not.  However, I do believe it is valuable as believers to understand the motivations of people like Ahmadinejad and the days in which we now live.

Cut through all the political rhetoric and remember that God is still in control.  His plan for this world is still in motion.  The antidote for unwarranted fear is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Can people change?  Absolutely, but only with Christ. 

Pray for our leaders, our potential future leaders.  Remember, no leader is in place other than God has allowed it.

3 - 3:16 - Just Believe

A couple of years ago I went skydiving.  I had to believe that the guy strapped to me and the harness would work.  Whether this is an illustration about faith or stupidity is still up for debate, but today I used that illustration to show the simple power of believing.  That's what Jesus said in John 3:16 "whoever believes".  This message looks at that incredible little phrase and the power it holds.


Download 01_3_3_16_just_believe.mp3

Walking for MS

We've been encouraging all church members to connect in four ways weekly.  One way my family is making this connection to the community is to participate in the annual MS Walk on Saturday, April 19th.

We are walking as a part of church member, Tony Harbin's team.  We're called "Tony's Troopers."  You can join the walk.  There's still space.  Here are the details:

If you cannot walk, you can still help by supporting the cause financially.  Click the following link to donate under my name, which goes to Tony's Troopers.

Thanks for supporting this and helping me and my family connect in the community.

Date: Saturday, April 19th 8am-Check-in/9am-Start
Location: Orange Park Kennel Club
Event Manager Name: Courtney Kreimer
For more information call: 904-332-6810

Our participation means we will be working to support programs, services, and research sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS. They simultaneously fund research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives.

What a Shock!

Now, I picked Memphis to roll into the final game of the NCAA championship, but after watching UNC and Tyler Hansbrough play in this tournament, did anyone outside Kansas and the Big 12 really believe  the Jayhawks had a chance?

Last night was incredible.  It was as if North Carolina stayed in the locker room for the first half.  They could have played their "green team" and done just as well.

Now, it's Kansas and Memphis.  I'll stick with my original pick and it'll be the Tigers cutting down the nets Monday night.

Spring Break

What does your family like to do when the kids are on spring break?  Every year it seems harder and harder to plan events for everyone.  For the past two years, I have held a men's retreat over spring break, but this year I moved it to the fall. 

My son is participating in a spring break mission project.  He's having a great time.  I talked to him yesterday and he said "We raked leaves."  What's funny, is he was glad to do it.  I guess that's what makes it a mission project, because I know working in the yard at home isn't fun.  The kids were serving at the Florida Baptist Children's Home in Jacksonville and helping around the facilities.  They have more to do this week than rake leaves, but that was Monday's project.

My daughter has decided that today we need to go to the beach.  Sounds like fun, but I guess I'll have to wait until around noon for her to get out of bed.  I've taken the day off and really don't have anything pressing this afternoon or evening, so waiting around isn't all that bad. 

We have plans to go to the county fair later in the week and then a basketball tournament in Tallahassee. 

So, what do you folks do on spring break?  I've found that especially when my kids were younger, they expected everyone to be off this week - all their friends (even those not in their school district) and all adults (maybe we should implement a spring break for work, too?)