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An Alabama Presbyterian church may soon become the first in the nation to form its own police force, invested by the state with the rights of “regular” police.
Officials at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, which belongs to the smaller and more conservative of the nation’s two major branches of the denomination, say their church, with 4,100 congregants and a 2,000-student school, needs the protection of a church-run police force.
Hiring local police, as many congregations do, isn’t the best option for Briarwood, they say, because it often needs more officers than local departments can provide. They also cite as a cautionary tale the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, in which a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six staff members in a Connecticut public school.
“After the shooting at Sandy Hook and in the wake of similar assaults at churches and schools, Briarwood recognized the need to provide qualified first responders to coordinate with local law enforcement who so heroically and effectively serve their communities,” they said in a statement.
The state Senate voted 24-4 Tuesday to give Briarwood, located 10 miles south of downtown Birmingham, permission to hire its own police. The measure now goes to the House, and if it passes there as expected, it will go to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. Ivey, who was sworn in this week after the sudden resignation of Robert Bentley, did not immediately return calls Thursday about the Briarwood bill.

Read More: Alabama Senate gives megachurch the right to form its own police force – USA TODAY
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“#TheCharge” #GameChangers: New #Team the #ATEAM ++#JPLOGAN

14 Sep

“Later the Master selected seventy and sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He gave them this charge: “What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands.


“On your way! But be careful—this is hazardous work. You’re like lambs in a wolf pack. “Travel light. Comb and toothbrush and no extra luggage. “Don’t loiter and make small talk with everyone you meet along the way. “When you enter a home, greet the family, ‘Peace.’ If your greeting is received, then it’s a good place to stay. But if it’s not received, take it back and get out. Don’t impose yourself.
“Stay at one home, taking your meals there, for a worker deserves three square meals. Don’t move from house to house, looking for the best cook in town. “When you enter a town and are received, eat what they set before you, heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep!’
“When you enter a town and are not received, go out in the street and say, ‘The only thing we got from you is the dirt on our feet, and we’re giving it back. Did you have any idea that God’s kingdom was right on your doorstep?’ Sodom will have it better on Judgment Day than the town that rejects you.
“Doom, Chorazin! Doom, Bethsaida! If Tyre and Sidon had been given half the chances given you, they’d have been on their knees long ago, repenting and crying for mercy. Tyre and Sidon will have it easy on Judgment Day compared to you.
“And you, Capernaum! Do you think you’re about to be promoted to heaven? Think again. You’re on a mudslide to hell. “The one who listens to you, listens to me. The one who rejects you, rejects me. And rejecting me is the same as rejecting God, who sent me.” The seventy came back triumphant. “Master, even the demons danced to your tune!” Jesus said, “I know. I saw Satan fall, a bolt of lightning out of the sky. See what I’ve given you? Safe passage as you walk on snakes and scorpions, and protection from every assault of the Enemy. No one can put a hand on you. All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you—that’s the agenda for rejoicing.”
At that, Jesus rejoiced, exuberant in the Holy Spirit. “I thank you, Father, Master of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the know-it-alls and showed them to these innocent newcomers. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. “I’ve been given it all by my Father! Only the Father knows who the Son is and only the Son knows who the Father is. The Son can introduce the Father to anyone he wants to.” He then turned in a private aside to his disciples. “Fortunate the eyes that see what you’re seeing! There are plenty of prophets and kings who would have given their right arm to see what you are seeing but never got so much as a glimpse, to hear what you are hearing but never got so much as a whisper.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:1-24‬ ‭MSG‬‬

#PopeFrancis #Earthquake In #Italy #ChurchUniversal 

28 Aug

Pope Francis pledged Sunday to visit the central Italy towns devastated by last week’s earthquake “as soon as possible,” while a local prosecutor said substandard construction may be responsible for some of the 290 deaths.Pope Francis Italy Earthquake Church Universal
Francis, following Sunday prayers in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, lauded police, volunteer workers and other emergency responders in the region and said their efforts show “how important solidarity is in order to overcome such painful trials.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he said before leading the throngs in prayer, “I hope to come to see you as soon as possible, to bring you in person the comfort of the faith, the embrace of a father and a brother, and the support of Christian hope.”
Rome is about 90 miles southwest of the ancient town of Amatrice, where the death toll stood at 229 on Sunday. Another 50 deaths were reported in the town of Arquato del Tronto, with 11 reported in nearby Accumoli.
However, 10 people remained missing in Amatrice, a town of about 3,000 people, and authorities said Sunday they might have located at least three more bodies in the ruins of the Hotel Roma.
“I am certain there is one more person (in the hotel), because it is my uncle,” Deputy Mayor Gianluca Carloni told Reuters news service. “It is absolutely vital to finish as soon as possible this initial phase to make sure that there are no more bodies under the rubble.”

#God #Jesus “Stand at attention while I prepare you for work” #ChurchUniversal ++#JPLOGAN

8 Aug Spiritual-Warfare-Church-Universal

Jeremiah 1:4-19 (MSG)

4 This is what GOD said:
5 “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations— that’s what I had in mind for you.”
6 But I said, “Hold it, Master GOD! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!”
7 GOD told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’ I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there. I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it.
8 Don’t be afraid of a soul. I’ll be right there, looking after you.” GOD’s Decree.
9 GOD reached out, touched my mouth, and said, “Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
10 See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do among nations and governments—a red-letter day! Your job is to pull up and tear down, take apart and demolish, And then start over, building and planting.”
11 GOD’s Message came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I said, “A walking stick—that’s all.”
12 And GOD said, “Good eyes! I’m sticking with you. I’ll make every word I give you come true.”
13 GOD’s Message came again: “So what do you see now?” I said, “I see a boiling pot, tipped down toward us.”
14 Then GOD told me, “Disaster will pour out of the north on everyone living in this land.
15 Watch for this: I’m calling all the kings out of the north.” GOD’s Decree. “They’ll come and set up headquarters facing Jerusalem’s gates, Facing all the city walls, facing all the villages of Judah.
16 I’ll pronounce my judgment on the people of Judah for walking out on me—what a terrible thing to do!— And courting other gods with their offerings, worshiping as gods sticks they’d carved, stones they’d painted.
17 “But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work! Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say. Don’t pull your punches or I’ll pull you out of the lineup.

18 “Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work.

I’m making you as impregnable as a castle, Immovable as a steel post, solid as a concrete block wall. You’re a one-man defense system against this culture, Against Judah’s kings and princes, against the priests and local leaders.
19 They’ll fight you, but they won’t even scratch you. I’ll back you up every inch of the way.” GOD’s Decree.

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With #God On Our Side! #JESUS #ChurchUniversal

3 Jul Spiritual Authority Church Universal

“With God on our side like this, how can we lose?”

“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31-39‬ ‭MSG‬‬

By the death religion has been defended, faith increased, the #Church strengthened;

15 Feb

Blessed Feast of the Martyrdom of the 21 New Coptic and Ethiopian Martyrs of Libya!

“By the death of martyrs religion has been defended, faith increased, the Church strengthened; the dead have conquered, the persecutors have been overcome. And so we celebrate the death of those of whose lives we are ignorant. So, too, David rejoiced in prophecy at the departure of his own soul, saying: ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’ He esteemed death better than life. The death itself of the martyrs is the prize of their life. And again, by the death of those at variance hatred is put an end to.”

+ St. Ambrose of Milan, On Belief in the Resurrection

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#Prayer and #Politics #ChurchUniversal #God #Jesus

11 Feb

Arizona legislator Steve Montenegro has his own definition of prayer.
Arizona legislator Steve Montenegro has his own definition of prayer.

The Arizona Legislature has a new policy when it comes to prayer.

House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, a Republican, adopted an invocation policy Jan. 27 that defines prayer as a "solemn request for guidance and help from God."

Rep. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, an atheist, said the policy makes him feel "disenfranchised."

Here’s the expanded statement in a memo Montenegro sent to state representatives:

"Prayer, as commonly understood and in the long-honored tradition of the Arizona House of Representatives, is a solemn request for guidance and help from God.

"A Member’s request to lead the prayer, or to invite a member of the clergy to lead the prayer, is an avowal that the request is for the stated purpose. Members who wish to observe a moment of silence, recite a poem, express personal sentiments or speak rather than pray, should rise to a point of personal privilege to do so."

Given the complexity and interpretation of prayer, we can’t put Montenegro’s statement up for a fact-check. But we had a hunch that not all definitions of public prayer included requests made to a higher power.

Not just the man upstairs

Arizona House of Representatives press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Montenegro wanted to give members written guidance on prayer during meetings. Before his policy, she said, invocations varied with leadership.

"In the absence of a written policy, the majority leader wanted to give members written guidance, that guidance is based on controlling U.S. Supreme Court interpretation of the First Amendment," Grisham said.

She cited Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the court, in a 5-4 ruling, upheld prayer at public meetings in the town of Greece, New York.

"Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government, to alter or define and that willing participation in civic affairs can be consistent with a brief acknowledgement of their belief in a higher power, always with due respect for those who adhere to other beliefs."

However, the operative word there is "can."

Kennedy also made it clear in his opinion that restricting religious speech to certain "religious words" such as "Lord God" would be unwise:

"Because it is unlikely that prayer will be inclusive beyond dispute, it would be unwise to adopt what respondents think is the next-best option: permitting those religious words, and only those words, that are acceptable to the majority, even if they will exclude some. The First Amendment is not a majority rule, and government may not seek to define permissible categories of religious speech."

Montenegro’s memo suggests that any prayer that does not involve God, such as a moment of silence, isn’t a prayer.

American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler said Montenegro is redefining prayer with his memo.

"The Supreme Court says people should be able to pray the way that they want to pray," Soler said. "They shouldn’t have to fit into a definition of what prayer means, which is exactly what this memo does."

While the memo notes that "no particular faith will be excluded," it restricts moments of silence to "personal privilege," which is when a lawmaker is able to speak about a personal topic without discussion or debate.

Montenegro’s policy precedes the Phoenix City Council’s removal of verbal prayer at their meeting last week, instead opting to start the traditional invocation with a moment of silence.

The move allowed the council to avoid having The Satanic Temple, which signed up to do the invocation at the city’s Feb. 17 meeting, from doing the invocation.

In conclusion

Montenegro’s policy is his interpretation of prayer, and that’s contradicted by other governmental definitions.

According to the Supreme Court’s ruling, prayer during public meetings can involve God or a higher power, but it is not a requirement.

However, whether Montenegro is right or wrong, like prayer, depends on one’s beliefs — or lackthereof. He can see his definition as fact while others may see it as an opinion.

Read More: http://www.politifact.com/arizona/article/2016/feb/11/can-prayer-only-include-higher-power/

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The Arizona Legislature has a new policy when it comes to prayer. House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro, a Republican, adopted an invocation policy Jan. 27 that defines prayer as a

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