Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall Mission Trip to Central America

In late October Paulie and I will return to Guatemala.  This will be my second mission trip to the Central American nation.

We will minister at the Guatemala City dump.  The Potter's House will put us to work helping the poor.  We spent a few hours visiting the Potter's House the last time we went to Guatemala City.

We'll travel with our good friend, Susan Blount, from Vassalboro.  She has visited Guatemala countless times over the years.  Susan successfully homeschooled four daughters.  All are doing well today giving Susan the delights only grandchildren can provide.

To help cover the costs of this trip we are joining with Susan in a fund raiser planned for late September.  You can learn more here.

After ministering for a week I'll be abandoning (not really ;)) Paulie and Susan in Guatemala and returning to Maine via Chicago.  I'm going to drop in to the windy city to attend Peter LaBarbera's annual banquet.  Peter is the leader of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.

God called us to sponsor a table at Peter's event.  I am looking forward to hearing Michael Brown speak, and to meeting him.  I have encountered his work many times over the years.  His response to the Vicki Beeching development was most instructive and helpful.

While God has provided some of what we need to pay for the trip, we still must raise $3,000.

The words of the Psalmist comfort me when I think about fund raising.  He wrote, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee:  he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

Thank you for joining with us in asking God to provide over and above what we need.

Or you can send a check to Helping Hands Ministry, 5 Sylvan Way, Chelsea, ME  04330.

We appreciate you!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

This is fun to watch

Congressgay Mike Michaud was honored recently.  And Eliot Cutler is beside himself.  Angry.

Michaud wants to be Maine's first sodomite Governor.  He is running against Paul LePage, Maine's current Governor.  Eliot Cutler is also in the race as an independent.  Cutler wants to be Maine's first pro LGBTQABCDEFGHIJKLMNOProgay Governor.

In this NPR story Cutler whines about Michaud being honored at the sodomy parade in Portland last month.

Cutler believes that this is a matter of principle.

Referring to the 19 times Michaud voted for common sense by voting against "gay" rights while serving in the Maine Legislature Cutler says, "That was a moment, those were 19 moments, when principle was important and he voted no."

He is right that this is a matter of principle.  The principles of both Michaud and Cutler are, however, perverted.

I'm not trying to be mean.  Heaven forbid.  I'm telling the truth.

Here are some of the real principles at issue in this very gay debate.

Leviticus 18:22 KJV

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Genesis 19:24 KJV

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven

Matthew 11:24 KJV

But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

Ezekiel 16:49 KJV

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

This last observation by the prophet Ezekiel is most instructive.  We all know how proud they are.  They label their parades with the word.  They demand that we learn all about their pride.

They are proud of their "fullness of bread" and their "abundance of idleness."  And sodomy does absolutely nothing to help the poor and needy.  Their sexual practices bring death, not life.

Mainers know this, and they are concerned about these principles.  The privacy of the voting booth and the perverted principles of Cutler and Michaud will propel Paul LePage to another four years in the Blaine House.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Maine Governor Thinks Sodomy is a Bad Thing

Maine's Governor is taking it on the chin.  Angry at a Liberal politician the Governor suggested that he and the people of Maine are being sodomized.  This of course raised a chorus of criticism from the feminized among us.  Leading the choir in the Portland Press Herald article condemning the Governor is, appropriately, a choir director.

The executive director (a church worship leader) of the Christian group I once proudly headed (when it was willing to fight) led other voices for emasculation in condemning the conservative governor.  It is meaningless to give the views expressed in this article any deeper reflection.  It is the sort of thinking expressed in that article that has brought us to this point of cultural and moral insanity.

The governor got angry.  Good for him.  He named names.  So be it.

Like all of us when we get angry he'll probably wish he had expressed his feelings differently when he has time to reflect.

I for one am, however, very thankful that when his emotions stripped away the political facade and he sought for a suitably offensive epithet to express those angry emotions he found that sodomy served.

For that I say, PRAISE GOD!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Maine's "Divisive Institution"

Note:  Following is the October 16, 2010 Bangor Daily News editorial about the ministry I worked for, and led, up until last year.  After the editorial I've published a letter to the editor penned by a staff member at the Illinois Family Institute and submitted to the Bangor Daily News.

The Christian Civic League of Maine has been one of the more divisive institutions in state policy debates over the last 20 years. The league - which has re-branded itself the Maine Family Policy Council - has seen its role as drawing the line between right and wrong, between moral and immoral, between traditional and permissive. Drawing that line, by definition, divides people. And people on opposite sides of a line are more inclined to shout at each other than they are if gathered around a table.

The organization has done more than change its name. Its new executive director, Carroll Conley, who succeeded the controversial Michael Heath, wants the league to be less focused on attaching scarlet letters to some and more interested in sustaining Christians as they engage with civic life. That's a laudable goal, though not without its pitfalls.

There is an inherent conflict for faith-based groups that want to influence public policy. They believe the world would be a better place if more people lived the way Christians are called to live. That's a persuasive argument. But at the same time, the New Testament does not record instances of the early Christian church seeking to impose its precepts on the secular world.The league could be a beacon for those seeking a better way to live, both publicly and privately. It also could define its mission more in terms of what it favors, rather than what it opposes.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ordination: Called to Continue

Left to Right:  Wilson Hickam, Mike Heath, Garrett Lear, Dallas Henry

On July 30 God ordained me to the ministry.  Many people, including folks in the press, think I've been ordained for years.  While I was once licensed to preach many years ago, I have never been ordained.  In July that changed.

In a private ceremony, with my wife as witness, my ordination was acknowledged by three men who have known me, and my family, for decades.

Rev. Wilson Hickam baptized Paulie when she was a child, and he officiated at our wedding.  Rev. Dallas Henry was President of the Board of the Christian Civic League of Maine for the entire time I served that ministry.  Rev. Garrett Lear officiated at the ordination ceremony.  He is New England's Patriot Pastor, and a good friend.
While not ordained God nevertheless called me to speak to the public about Christianity and good citizenship while I was leader of the Christian Civic League of Maine.  I was honored to serve that ministry as leader from January 1994 until September of 2009.

Now, God has called me to speak about good citizenship and Christianity as an ordained man.  I feel no release from the call to confront the evils associated with sexual sin in our time.  In fact, it is more important now than at any time in my ministry to speak precisely about the horrific nature of sexual sin.

When I stepped into this particular political boxing ring nearly three decades ago our enemies were telling us that all they wanted was the "right" to pursue their sexual promiscuity as adults.  They shouted, "It's not about children."  And they vigorously attacked anyone that stepped up to defend the innocence of children.

Today, it is all about children as we stand on the threshold of redefining the family to include sodomy as a legitimate means of consummation.

Preachers who sit idly by granting this matter the exalted status of debate are shirking their duty.  Abortion and sodomy are not matters for debate.  This is war.

All Christian men are in this fight to win.  There is no other option.  Generations unborn hang in the balance.  We will not lose this fight.  We cannot.

Does this mean that I'm going to get out my 9mm Glock and go shoot an abortion doctor this week?  No, all such acts of violence, carried out as they are on the basis of private authority, are reprehensible.  No one has the authority to harm another, because such an act undermines the stability of society.  The same is true of abortion.

It does, however, mean that I'm going to rank these matters as more important in priority than taxes and the economy.  We can deal with those lesser matters when we restore honor, virtue and truth to families and relationships.

When we turn to Jesus Christ the economy will begin its recovery.  We will also learn to truly love one another, and our enemies.  With Jesus Christ, and submission to His heavenly Father's ten commandments, this is possible.  Without Them it will never happen.

If God calls you to join these men in the acknowledgment of my ordination from God there are some actions you can take to start me on this narrow path.  Here they are:
  1. Pray for Paulie and me.
  2. Make a financial donation.  Go here to make a donation.
  3. Help us spread the word by forwarding this email to others, and by encouraging them to invite us to speak/sing to their church or group.

My ministry is called Helping Hands. Hands can be helpful in so many ways.  The grip of a pistol is shaped to fit the same human hand that tenderly cups the cheek of an innocent infant.  Manly honor and virtue are better expressed in the heroism of a Marine than in the willingness of a lukewarm Pastor to compromise the Word of God.  As Christian men we must be prepared to defend virtue and innocence.

Honor and truth require it.

Never forget that the freedom to know God in this world is under attack as never before.  If we surrender to the athiests our promise to be One Nation Under God (Jesus Christ) then we submit ourselves to His judgment.  We should not be surprised when our nation collapses.  We will have earned it.

Serve the Lord with fear
and rejoice with trembling
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 2

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My son, Sean, and my brand new daughter-in-law,
 Kimberly, in front of their muddy "Heep"
The Psalmist observes that children are God's best gift and that the fruit of the womb is his generous legacy.  The writer of Psalm 127 also says that God enjoys giving rest to those he loves.

This weekend has been a great blessing to me in that regard.  On Friday I met with my mentor of the past eight years, the retired Reverend Bob Becker.  Bob is part of an official mentoring program for Christian leaders that is overseen by Reverend Bob Frederich.  Rev. Becker and I have been meeting occasionally for prayer and a meal over the past eight years.  Friday he came to my house for a hamburger.

Just before he arrived my son came roaring into the driveway in what we affectionately call the "Heep."  It was looking more heepy than ever.  He took a friend fishing at a pond way back in the woods of Vassalboro.  The trip to the pond required some mudding.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Who is Walking Away from the Battle?

The destruction of Sodom
and Gomorrah
Our splendid Maine summer is here at last, and people want to think about camping, boating, and fishing instead of worry about politics. That is fine. Not everyone is called to fight the forces of immorality which have engulfed our state.

Earlier this week, someone made the laughable comment that I "walked away from the battle" when I left the Christian Civic League.  I wish someone had told me that earlier!  I was wondering why I was so bogged down with work and worries about our nation's future.  

The  gentleman's comments were included in a webpage thread to an online newspaper article in which he is quoted.  He claimed in his remarks that I was "competitive" and that I created a rift with the Roman Catholic Church.

I've already addressed the charge that I created a rift with the Catholic Church here. Someone ought to call my Catholic friends to ask for comment.  The claim that I was competitive is too silly for anyone to worry about.

But let me address the laughable claim that I "walked away from the battle." That way we will know what the battle is, and we will know just who walked away from it.