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John Cook 1934-2007


My Step Dad, John Cook passed into glory this past Saturday evening, May 26th 2007. The Father called his name and took him home while he was asleep in his own bed. He had suffered so much over the past 10 months with cancer and other illnesses and yet through it all his faith in God did not waver. It increased. He was an inspiration not only to his wife, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and step children and their children, but to all he came into contact with as well. Our church drew quite a bit of strength in seeing his faith as well.

Whenever there was help that was needed, John was there to give a willing hand. Weather it was helping people to move or helping with a building project, John was there. He was a gentle giant. He would seem gruff and cranky at times, but truth was, it was just a put on as he had heart of gold and a heart to help those in need.

My mom was married to him for 24 years and I can truly say she was never happier. He would go out his way to do things for her. I thank God for bringing John into her life after all she had endured with my dad.

Psalm 112 is a Psalm that perfectly describes John. He loved the Lord. He wasn’t perfect by any means. None of us are. But he knew who his redeemer was. Jesus!

1 Praise the LORD!
         Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth;
         The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in his house,
         And his righteousness endures forever.
4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man deals graciously and lends;
         He will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he will never be shaken;
         The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings;
         His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is established;
         He will not be afraid,
         Until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
9 He has dispersed abroad,
         He has given to the poor;
         His righteousness endures forever;
         His horn will be exalted with honor.
10 The wicked will see it and be grieved;
         He will gnash his teeth and melt away;
         The desire of the wicked shall perish. (NKJV)

We will see John again one day. This is not an end, but a beginning.

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Nothing Matters But You


My hopes were gone

My dreams were lost

A shattered life

A broken man

What else could I do

But turn to You

 

Cause there is nothing that matters but You

When this life is over

Jesus, there is nothing that matters

When all is said and done

Nothing really matters but You.

 

Now my hope is found 

My every dream is You

My life has been renewed

I’ve been born again

Now I know what to do

I can turn to You

 

Cause there is nothing that matters but You

When this life is over

Jesus, there is nothing that matters

When all is said and done

Nothing really matters but You.

 

Gerry Desjardins 2007 

Congrat’s to American Idol Winners


How cool is it that not only did a born again Christian, 17 year old Jordan Sparks win the competition, but the song writing contest was won by two Christian Pastors, Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody. They wrote the song that Jordan sang; This Is My Now.

The show this year was loaded with Christians in both the singing and songwriting areas. To me it shows that when you recognize a talent that God has given you, you strive to be the best you can at it in order to please God. It is no wonder that Christians rise to the top.

Other Christians were Melinda Doolittle who used to sing back-up for Bebe and Cece Winins as well as Yolanda Adams and many other Christian artists. The others were Phil Stacy and Chris Sligh.

I am sure we will be hearing a lot from these four in the future. Pray for them. That God will help them to keep their eyes fixed on Him. 

Bring Me Back Oh Lord


You are the light in my darkness

You are the hope in despair

You picked me up when I thought all was lost

 

You put Your song in my heart

You gave this child a reason to sing

You alone know the workings of my heart

 

But right now You feel so far away

But right now I strain to hear Your voice

Right now I know I’m not who I should be

So hear my cry

Hear my prayer

 

Bring me back oh Lord

Bring me back to my first love

I confess my heart’s grown cold

Please melt my heart of stone

And let me know I am Yours once again 

Bring me back to You

 

Gerry Desjardins 2007

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I read this quote in Walid Shobat’s book; Why I Left Jihad, page 25. " A Christian Fundamenaltist can give people a headache, since they love to proseltize, but a Muslim fundamentalist will take your head right off your shoulders."

Muslims Cracking Down On Christianity


FAITH UNDER FIRE
Muslims cracking down on Christianity
Costs of remaining steadfast include family, home, even life


Posted: May 18, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

Christian churches are being ordered closed and those who are steadfast in the faith are losing homes, families and jobs as the cost of being Christian in Pakistan is rising, according to new reports from the Voice of the Martyrs and others. Even the death penalty soon could be a possibility.

The Voice of the Martyrs said, however, Christians are remaining faithful under the persecution, and are in need of prayer.

"The Voice of the Martyrs recently received information from Pakistani contacts that Christians remain steadfast in their faith, although they are losing relationships with their families because of their faith in Jesus Christ," the VOM report said.

The VOM cited one specific case, that of "Karim," who comes from a devout Muslim family.

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He routinely suffers the loss of jobs, contact with friends, and even homes, because of his Christianity, VOM said.

"After I became a Christian in 1997, I visited my family during the Muslim festival called, ‘Eid-ul-Zaha,’ where Muslims sacrifice animals before Allah," he told VOM. "I questioned my mother asking her why she was sacrificing animals to Allah and yet in the Christian faith Jesus Christ sacrificed himself for us. I explained there was no need to sacrifice any animals. My mother was shocked. She started verbally abusing me and told me she had noticed a change in me, but had never thought it was because I had converted to Christianity."

She warned him the rest of the family would not be as understanding as she was.

"Before I left home my brother asked if I was reading the Bible and if I had an interest in the Christian faith. He slapped and verbally abused me, saying Christians are ‘churda,’ dirty people. He said Christians would make me dirty and I should stop reading ‘churda’s books, the Bible,’" Karim said.

VOM reported that Karim has lost jobs because of his faith, and constantly moves from one location to another to avoid harassment from members of his extended family. But he said his Christianity, to which he was introduced by a co-worker who gave him a Bible, is worth it.

"One day I read where the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and after this I also asked Jesus to teach me how to pray. I said, ‘Jesus, I have no teacher who can guide me and teach me about the Bible and faith, give me the Holy Spirit so I can learn about this faith.’ From that day the Holy Spirit has been my teacher," Karim told VOM.

He said he spent years investigating before he made that decision.

"For two and a half years I was reading it every day. I started a comparative study of the Bible and the Quran. I saw there was a sequence, continuity and discipline in the Bible. I could not find these things in the Quran," he said.

According to Elizabeth Kendal, who reports on the persecution for the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission, the root of the developing problem in Pakistan is the nation’s pro-Sharia, Islamist Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal alliance of Muslim devotees, which holds the balance of power in the nation’s National Assembly.

As a result, President Pervez Musharraf frequently makes political agreements that advance his agenda of staying on power while granting the alliance some of its wishes – which could be summarized as the conversion of Pakistan into a Islam-controlled state.

One of the pending proposals is the Apostasy Act, under which any man who leaves Islam for another religion would be killed. Women would be imprisoned for life.

The report also said owners of stores trading in the "un-Islamic" have been ordered to close or "suffer dire consequences," female students have been threatened if they continue their schooling, and in the Charsadda district, churches have been issued hand-written letters with an ultimatum to close down.

Faith McDonnell, the religious liberty director of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, said the nation’s consideration of the death penalty for leaving Islam is two steps backwards for religious freedom.

"The apostasy bill is the work of political parties aligned with Taliban-style repression," she wrote. She said such laws would open the door to massive abuse, and in fact, such cases already have been launched.

In one case, she said, a Christian boy was sentenced to death for writing blasphemy on the wall of a mosque. The penalty was based on Muslim "witnesses." However, the child was illiterate and could not write, she said.

There also have been reports from ASSIST News Service which cited a Pakistani Christian who is a lawyer, Khalil Tahir Sandhu, about random attacks on Christian women who are abducted, assaulted, and then forced to "convert" to Islam.

The Barnabas Fund reported that Shahbaz Bhatti, chief of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, confirmed the Christians are being ordered to convert. "We will not do it, even if we have to die," he said.

Officials also cited similar concerns developing in Egypt, where unsubstantiated claims that Christians were planning to build a church in violation of national law sparked rioting that left Christians injured and their homes and businesses destroyed.

As WND has reported, three Christians also were martyred recently in Turkey by Islamists who feigned interest in a Bible study, then attacked the leaders.

Force Doctors to Perform Abortions?


Abortion kills more and more lives each year. You have to wonder how many of these children, thrown away for the sake of convenience, would have grown up to be great leaders, people that could have made Canada a great nation. Let’s face it, we are not a in spite of what many say, a great nation. We are poor wreched and blind. This nation has led the way in abortion rights, homosexual rights and many other things for which Canada will one day be judged for. Now a group in this country wants to make illegal for doctors to refuse to do an abortion. God help us! Sodom and Gomorra may have it easier before God’s throne.
 
Gerry
 

Force doctors to perform abortions?
Posted: May 12, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Ted Byfield


© 2007 

Canada, which reputedly provides the most open legal access to abortion in the Western world, doesn’t provide access enough, said an abortion-rights group last week. Many women can’t get abortions at all, or are subjected to long delays. The group’s solution: Require doctors by law to perform abortions whether they like it or not.

This demand, made upon the Canadian Medical Association by Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, inadvertently disclosed a curious fact. Though abortion is technically legal in Canada up to the moment of birth, so many doctors refuse to do it that access to it is effectually restricted.

Some doctors reject abortion on purely professional grounds. Medicine is about healing sick people and pregnancy isn’t a sickness. Others regard as morally repugnant the forcible extinction of a human life. Under CMA rules a doctor need neither perform an abortion nor even direct a patient to an abortion provider. Only 15 percent of Canadian hospitals provide the service, and that percentage is declining.

Physicians, says Ms. Saporta, must put their patients’ interest ahead of "their own religious and moral convictions." Refusing abortion causes a delay that increases risk to the patient.

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"It’s not within the control of the physician who doesn’t want to participate, how much longer the delay will be," replied Dr. Williard Johnston, president of Canadian Physicians for Life. "That is entirely the responsibility of the system at large."

Any public attention focused on this dispute has the effect, however, of weakening the pro-abortion position. Canadian feminists had assumed that resistance to abortion would gradually decline and be replaced by a general public acquiescence. For years, the media co-operated in this fiction by refusing to cover such things as the 5,000 or more who annually attend the anti-abortion rallies on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, and by downplaying or totally ignoring abortion controversies. In short, it was deftly portrayed as a long-resolved and now dead issue, of interest only to a tiny contingent of religious bigots.

Such, however, was never the case. Polls have consistently shown public opinion almost evenly divided three ways – a third of the people in favor of abortion on demand, a third favoring a total ban on abortion except where the mother’s physical life (as distinct from her lifestyle) is clearly threatened, and a third favoring a ban on abortion beyond some definable point in the pregnancy. The idea of a national consensus on the issue was, in other words, a falsehood carefully preserved by the news media. The fact is two-thirds of Canadians opposed abortion-on-demand as provided in Canadian law.

But with representation in the media cut off and politicians terrified of any mention of the issue, the majority view was successfully squelched. What could not be squelched was the view of most doctors. By simply refusing to do the work, they have increasingly thwarted the intention of the law. Such professional resistance was plainly never foreseen.

However, it grew significant enough for the editor of the CMA’s Journal last summer to publish an article by two feminist lawyers berating doctors for their recalcitrant attitude and demanding that the CMA require their members to abort unborn babies, whatever their conscientious reluctance. The article set off such an avalanche of letters from doctors all over the country, that the Journal eventually had to refuse to continue printing them.

All of this, however, was discreetly ignored by the Canadian media until last week, when the National Post burst into print with it, spreading its report on the CMA controversy across its front page and taking up much of two pages inside. In the following two days the Post ran more than a full page of letters on the subject, a few from lobby groups, but most from individual readers. The viewpoints were reasoned but the divisions were sharp. So much for the Canadian "consensus."

The rival Globe and Mail, meanwhile, though no doubt furious with the Post for so treasonously breaking the story, continued its boycott on abortion news, ignoring even demands made last week upon the medical profession by the National Abortion Federation.

Nevertheless, something more was implicit. There are apparently two Canadas – "New Canada," ultra-liberal, boundlessly tolerant and solidly built on the hallucinations of the 1960s, and "Real Canada," which shares very few of these idyllic views, but usually goes unrepresented in the media. Evidently, a rather large percentage of Canadian doctors belong to the latter. How foolish of the CMA Journal to allow this fact to become known.