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Before we get to today's story I wanted to let all of you teens and
college students know that we will be having a special showing of the
new Ben Stein movie called "Expelled" for the youth of Rock County.
Youth Pastor Ben Breit is organizing this event and asked if we wanted
to jump on board. We will be renting out an entire theater at Movies 10
here in Janesville on Wednesday night April 23. The movie starts at 7 pm
and will be done at 8:30 pm. Cost is only $5.
If you are not familiar with this controversial movie that hits theaters nation wide this
Friday, check it out online at: http://www.expelledthemovie.com
This is a great opportunity to invite your friends! Come early for a good seat!
From my family to yours,
Author Michael T. Powers
The Greening of the Year
by Ken Pierpont
The One who with the Father and the Spirit spoke the worlds into
existence has promised that as long as the earth remains the cycle of
the seasons will continue. We are again on the brink of warm, sunny
days and evenings among the flowers in the yard. We're in the
greening of the year. It's like the whole world is blushing with
There are things around us that are dark and disturbing and I would
give you an account of them if I thought you needed it but the
ubiquitous media stream evidence of human depravity into our homes,
and cars, and businesses, and offices non-stop. We don't need any
more detail. Unrelenting evidence of sin's curse surrounds us.
Stories of greed, lust, murder, theft, perversion, betrayal, pride,
violence, tragedy, sports, and weather are tucked between breezy adds
to sell everything from insect repellant to insurance from laundry
soap to ladders from luxury cruises to cemetery property. Young
chirpy model-types in short skirts and perfect teeth sit between
talking heads in suits and chat about the mayhem that plagues our
earth as if they were swatting flies away or brushing ants off the
table at a picnic. But once-in-a-while, when the evil hit close to
home, or when the tragedy touches a friend, or when a series of
painful things hit us at once we are tempted to be overcome by the
evil around us.
How can we keep from being overcome by evil? It would be easy to
allow ourselves to be overcome by all the evil around us. Knowledge
of evil will not overcome evil. Brute force will not overcome evil.
Law will curtail evil but the law cannot overcome evil. Legislation
will not overcome evil. First-century Christians in Rome must have
had a sense of evil pressing in on them. Paul reminded them of the
teaching of Jesus and said, "Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome
evil with good." (see Romans 12:21)
We must be those who overcome evil with good. We cannot allow our
spirits to be dragged into the swamp of despair. I am among those who
will continually strain to hear the sounds of spring on an April
morning. I will continually trust that He who conceived such wonder
and such beauty and such life and spoke it instantly into being can
push back evil like spring overcomes winter every year. I long for
that day. Until then I will conspire with others who would overcome
evil with good. I will speak and tell and write good words. Good
words are powerful words. I will conspire with others to do good
deeds. Good deeds are powerful deeds. They are powerful enough to
When in the evening in the greening of the year I sit in our yard
and breathe in the fragrance of spring my heart is filled with hope
again that one day evil can be overcome by good.
Write Ken and let him know your thoughts on his story!
I have been married to Lois, my college sweetheart since 1979. We
have eight children, four sons and four daughters, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.
I am a third-generation pastor. Our oldest son, Kyle is a youth pastor.
Our next son, Charles is a youth pastor , too. My Dad and Grandfather
were pastors. My two brothers are both pastors. My sister is married to
a pastor. Do you notice a pattern here?
I love to speak, sing, and write to inspire others. I mentor people and organize
things and do what needs to me done to support my story-telling habit. I am
not above telling stories for food. On November 11th, 2007 I accepted a call to
be the Senior Pastor at Evangel Baptist Church in Taylor, Michigan. They seem
like really nice people, so I'm sure they are going to keep us in groceries for a while.
Ken sends the Stonebridge Newsletter, a free weekly electronic newsletter, to
over 5,000 subscribers every Monday morning. You can visit his site at: www.kenpierpont.com
Creation Q & A
Question: Will humans destroy the earth?
It's certainly true that scientists have developed all sorts of deadly
weapons that could wreak havoc on this earth. However, there's
something we should always keep in mind. No matter what man
tries to do--God is in total control.
The Bible tells us that the earth will be destroyed one day. In 2 Peter
3:10-13, we read that there's a fiery judgment to come when the
elements will melt with fervent heat and there will be a great noise.
But this isn't a description of man destroying himself with nuclear
weapons--this is a description of the final judgment by God on this planet.
Just as God judged the wickedness of man in the days of Noah with
a global judgment of water and at the Tower of Babel with confusion,
so too He'll judge again?but next time by fire!--
Because so many people have rejected the truth of God's Word and
the fact of Creation, they are more fearful of what man can do and
about gloomy predictions of the future. Instead, they should be fearing
the coming judgment of our Creator and Redeemer--the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
For more information, see Theistic Evolution and the Future of Humans at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v1/n1/future-of-humansSource: AnswersInGenesis.org
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"No worldly success can compensate for failure in the home."
Verse for the Day
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this
is right...And you, fathers, do not provoke your
children to wrath, but bring them up in the training
and admonition of the Lord." --Ephesians 6:1,4
Toddler's Thought For The Day
"If it is not trash, it must be thrown away. If it is in the
trash, it must be removed, inspected, and thrown on the floor."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"When mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
Coach's Thought For The Day
"It takes less time to do a thing right then it takes to explain
why you did it wrong."Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustrationWriter's Thought For the Day
of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or
living, I would certainly have included them. You suggest that an
artist should be used to visualize such transformations, but where
would he get the information from? I could not, honestly, provide it,
and if I were to leave it to artistic license, would that not mislead the reader?"
--Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British Museum of
Natural History, in letter to Luther Sunderland, April 10, 1979. Cited
in: Sunderland, Luther D., Darwin's Enigma: Fossils and Other
Problems (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1988), p. 89.
"Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually
that it is always something of a shock to him to look
back and realize the heights to which he has
climbed." --P.G. Wodehouse Deep Thought For The Day
"First lesson in Chemistry: Never lick the spoon!"
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This Week: "Living Like a King" by Jerry Dean
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