Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Free Water? Is it Legal?

Thanks to Rob-roy Nelson for passing this along.

by Corey Rangel

PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix could face a lawsuit if the city doesn’t apologize to a Valley woman for telling her she could not hand out free bottled water to people in the summer heat.
Dana Crow-Smith said a City of Phoenix worker came up to her during the First Friday festival in downtown Phoenix last month and told her she was violating city code by handing out free water because she did not have a permit.
Crow-Smith and a group of others were there exercising their Christian beliefs by engaging people to talk about religion if they wanted.
The group brought several cases of bottled water to give away in the 112-degree heat, but said a Neighborhood Preservation Inspector told the group they had to stop handing out the water or would be cited.
“It was really hot and yeah we wanted to show God's love and a small act of kindness is a great way to do that without shoving it down someone's throat,” said Crow-Smith.
The Rutherford Institute , a non-profit civil liberties organization, stepped in to represent Crow-Smith and calls this is “a violation of Crow-Smith's First Amendment right to freely exercise her religion, her Fourteenth Amendment due process rights, as well as Arizona's Free Exercise of Religion Act.”
"It is a sad day when local government officials prohibit Americans from such charitable acts as giving water to the thirsty in their city," said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.
In a letter to the city , Whitehead demanded the City issue a formal, written apology to Crow-Smith, assure her no City officials will interfere in future with her distribution of water, and require City workers go through training on the proper enforcement of the City’s code.
If not, a lawsuit could follow.
A city spokesperson was working on a statement but did not have one ready by the end of the business day Monday.
But Crow-Smith said she hopes to avoid a lawsuit and just wants to be able to hand out water.
“But I don't think it's even about religious beliefs. I think anybody should be able to giveaway water on the sidewalk to anybody. It's hot and it's a nice thing to do,” said Crow-Smith.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Considering The Girlscouts? Think Again

Here is an audio clip from the Wretched Radio program with host Todd Friel. If nothing else, it should cause you to look deeper into the organization if you are at all considering placing your daughter in the Girl Scouts.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

180 Wednesday. Keeping the momentum.

Please watch this important video.  Over 3.2 million hits on Youtube with a message that will rock your thinking. Then pass it along to those who may not have seen it and encourage them to pass it along as well.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Prepared for the Worst

by Todd Friel

The drought, the Aurora shootings and the economy have many asking, “Where are you God?” The Bible answers that question in what I like to call the 2-2-2 Principle.
God is running the world two ways. He either causes or allows events to happen. If it is “natural” or good, then God gets credit. If an event is sinful or wicked, than man gets credit. God hates evil, but He uses our sin sinlessly to accomplish a greater good.
Two Kinds of People
God classifies only two types of people on the planet, the saved and the un-saved. God is sending only two messages to each group.
The Un-saved
Through calamity, struggle, hardship and pain, God is sending two messages:
1.       I am now punishing you for your sins. “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18).
2.       When Jesus was asked about two national tragedies in Luke 13, He interpreted the tragedy for His hearers, “Repent unless you likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-5) In a tragedy, God is preaching, “Repent!” to the unsaved.
His Children
God is trying to teach Christians one of two things (or both) in a tragedy.
1.      Discipline. “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.
2.       God is preparing you for the future. He is either using your struggle to equip you for future work, or He is using pain to make you heavenly minded (Romans 5:3,4).
Please have your theologies of suffering, sovereignty and the doctrine of providence firmly in place before anything bad befalls you. It won’t take the pain away, but it will help you cope with it and find the good in it.