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It’s quite sad how much peoples minds are controlled by what comes out of the media. We as Christians are told, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8. Our emotions are to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. We need to be always wanting the best for a person, even if that person has offended you.

Let me ask you a question, if someone willingly killed your child or a family member, could you forgive them? It would probably be the hardest thing you ever had to do. And yet it was our sin that killed God’s Son on the cross. We were the ones who nailed Him there and the Father let it happen. We are deserving of the fires hell and yet Jesus cried out; “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” So if because of the sacrifice of His Son we are forgiven how much more should we forgive others?

I see racial division over this George Zimmerman trial even in the church. Shame on us! Jesus paid the price for all races equally and He called us His body. I can’t work properly !f I am missing part of that body. We need each other no matter what colour we are. There are greater things that the church needs to be concerned about and that is the salvation of souls. Millions are on their way to hell right now, consumed by hatred that is inflamed by the media and shamefully even pastors and so called reverends. Let’s get our act together church! It does not matter who was guilty or who wasn’t. We should be praying for the salvation of all those involved including George Zimmerman and if you can’t do that you are part of the problem.


It is incredible the racist element that has shown up in many peoples lives since yesterdays not guilty verdict. What is even more incredible is that many of these people call themselves Christians. How dare you place yourself in a higher place than God. One day the Pharisees, hoping to trip up Jesus brought Him a woman caught in the very act of adultery.

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2… but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Are you greater than God in passing judgement when the Lord says; “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” ?

How many of you have had the thought, “Oh I’d just wish that person would die.” Do you not know that you are guilty in your heart of murder? So how is it that you can stand there with a stone in your hand ready to throw it at George Zimmerman? If you have anger, hatred and unforgiveness in your heart right now towards George, do you know you cannot enter heaven? “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Grow up and let the Holy Spirit rule you instead of your emotions! – Gerry Desjardins

Don’t Be Deceived

People think you must do mental gymnastics to know the truth of God’s Word. Not so, the Word is very clear to those who draw near to Jesus in spirit and truth. Ever since the Spirit inspired man to put the Word on paper, the enemy has tried to twist and manipulate it to his own purposes and he has succeeded in many ways. The Lord never changes and neither does His Word. The same promises still apply today. What God said He will do, He will do. Satan was completely and utterly defeated at the cross. He has no power over the believer. You want to know the truth? Seek the Word. Jesus said if you seek me with all your heart I will be found by you. The Word is near those who seek Him with all their heart.

I’ve been in the Word now over 35 years and everyday I see Christians falling victim to a case of itching ears, running to and fro to every wind of doctrine. Not having a firm foundation because they have neglected the Word or taken misguided preachers sermons as gospel. I’ve been guilty of that myself. Seek the truth in God’s Word and ask His Spirit to guide. The Spirit is there to reveal Christ to you. With the Word in your heart and mind you’ll not be so easily deceived.

Human life and the right to live are being cheapened by abortion, persecution because of race or religion and now this. Sorry people, as much as I hate seeing puppies and kittens abused, I’d much rather champion the rights of my fellow human beings.


The Arabic word Taqiyya means “deceit” or “dissimulation.” Unlike the Christian or Jewish religions, Islam not only permits its believers to lie but actually commands it in some circumstances. For the most part, Muslims are not supposed to lie to one another; but, exceptions are made for smoothing over differences between friends (“He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar,” Bukhari vol. 3:857 p.533.), lying to one’s wife, and lying in warfare. (Recall: Muhammad himself said, ‘War is deceit,” Bukhari vol. 4:267 and 269)


Lying to non-Muslims, though, is another matter. In fact, Islam permits Muslims to lie anytime they perceive that their own well-being, or that of Islam, is threatened. Taking it a step further, if there is an objective to be achieved that is desirable in Islam, then it is permissible for Muslims to lie in order to achieve that objective. The book of Islamic law, Reliance of the Traveller (or the ‘Umdat al-Salik), states on pg. 746:


“Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible…”


This principle of lying in order to advance the cause of Islam results in serious consequences when it comes to the issue of Muslims seeking to spread Islam around the world and especially in places like the United States (U.S.) and the West, where the majority of people are not Muslim. Shariah-compliant Muslims routinely use deceptive “wolf in sheep’s clothing” type tactics to polish Islam’s image while at the same time avoiding, obscuring, or omitting any of the negative aspects of Islamic doctrine, history, law, and scriptures. This is often done with prospective converts as well as with audiences Muslims hope will be gullible, like academics, government officials, members of the media, and the public at large.



For example, Muslims often will cite verses from the (chronologically) earlier portions of the Qur’an (which generally were moderate, peaceful, and tolerant), while neglecting to mention that this was the period in Muhammad’s life when he and his tiny band of followers lived in Mecca, where they were ridiculed, powerless, and mostly unaccepted. Yet, even as they cite such passages, they are fully aware that most of these early verses were abrogated (cancelled and replaced) by later passages of the Qur’an that Muhammad produced after the hijra (migration) to Medina. The replacement verses, from a time when Muslims grew powerful, reflect harsh intolerance for non-Muslims and command violence to subjugate infidels (unbelievers) to Islamic law (shariah).


Shariah Muslims do not always express their hostility to unbelievers openly, though. This is where taqiyya comes in. Based on verses from the Qur’an and hadiths (sayings of Muhammad), Muslims can pretend to befriend infidels (in violation of the teachings of Islam) and even display adherence with their unbelief, if this will advance the cause of Islam and protect the believer from harm. Here is one of those verses from the Qur’an:

“Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution (prevention), that ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.) But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.” (Q 3:28)


Ibn Kathir was an Islamic scholar who wrote one of the most authoritative commentaries (or Tafsirs) on the Qur’an. This is what he said about this particular Qur’anic verse regarding Muslims pretending to befriend infidels:


“Unless you indeed fear a danger from them’ meaning, except those believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers. In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly.…‘We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, vol. 2, 141)


So, according to this Islamic principle, if under pressure or threatened with force, not only may Muslims deceive non-believers, it is even legitimate for Muslims to behave in ways normally completely contrary to their faith. For instance, given such circumstances, a Muslim may drink alcohol, skip prayers and fasting during Ramadan, renounce belief in Allah and even pretend homage to a deity other than Allah, and utter insincere oaths. It is important to understand the concept of taqiyya so as not to be taken in by such tactics.


Clare M. Lopez, a senior fellow at the Clarion Fund, is a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, and counterterrorism issues.

Jesus Take the Wheel

I think Quebec and Canadian drivers would have a heart attack driving here in the Philippines. There are so many vehicles on the road and it’s like Nory’s brother-in-law said to me last night, it is survival of the fittest. Cars, taxis, jeepneys, buses, tri-cycles (motorcycles or bikes with a sidecar) motorcycles and trucks weave in and out of traffic all vying to get ahead of the other. Some streets are nothing more than very narrow laneways filled with people. The only rules I have seen seem to be in the downtown centers or the courtesy drivers give to each other. You have to have very good reflexes and patience to drive in the Philippines. Vehicles come out of nowhere and I am surprised that I haven’t seen a single accident yet. This is the testament to the skill of the drivers here. I was told though that this is nothing compared to drivers in Vietnam, India or China. You have to keep all your senses wide open, there are no sleepy drivers here.

That is the way it has to be as a Christian as well. In life things come at us from many different angles and if we don’t know how to re-act or re-act quickly, we’ll get left behind or pushed off to the side. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says; “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. “ Like the roads here in the Philippines the road to follow Christ is narrow. There are many pitfalls and traffic jams along the way and you will face many other challenges. James said; “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4. The only way you will survive as a Christian is by keeping your eyes on Christ and let Him point out to you the dangers around you. In getting into a taxi cab or driving with somebody else here, I am putting my life in their hands here. Because of their skill and the quick way they can re-act, I have no fear. Jesus take the wheel takes on a whole new meaning here and it should the daily prayer of the Christians heart. Letting Him get us to the place we need to get to. In doing that you are sure to make it to your final destination safely.

Last night we went out and celebrated Nory’s mom’s birthday with all her family at a buffet restaurant called Dad’s, in the Mega Mall, they served Filipino, Japanese and continental food. Many of which I had never tasted before. Nory’s brother-in-law Ric, suggested I try the escargot, but nope I’m just not one those that can eat something that is slimy. Other than that, the food was delicious.

Ric told me the Mega mall contains close to a 1,000 stores. It dwarfs Carrefour Angrignon back in LaSalle. He said that the Mall of Asia in Manila is bigger but that now the Chinese have beaten even that. We will be going back to the Mega Mall once again later as I need get my haircut and find that USB cable for my Camera.

Nory has 5 sisters and 1 brother. Nory is the eldest, followed by Ids, Knitz, Nelly, Hernan (her brother) Noemi and Nette. Nelly is the only one I haven’t met as yet as she is back in Canada and will be visiting only in December.

Keep praying for us. God bless and talk to you all again tomorrow.

The Servant’s House Christian Academy in LaSalle, Quebec is a private Christian school serving the area of the south west Island of Montreal. We now have a limited amount of openings for students in Grade 1 through Secondary V. If you would like your child to be schooled in a biblically based curriculum at affordable rates, please contact us at 514-364-4455.