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Dear Friends,For many Americans, the time off from work and school that Christmas allows is a wonderful opportunity to reunite with family and friends. It can be a joyous time of catching up on new developments and accomplishments that have transpired over the last year, exchanging gifts, and partaking in delicious Christmas hams and cookies.As we enjoy this delightful time of year with our loved ones, let us not forget the true reason for why we gather and make merry: the coming of God into our lives. Since many of us have family and loved ones that do not share our faith, Christmas provides us with an invaluable opportunity to witness to the faith that God has gifted to us through the person of his Son Jesus. This doesn’t mean that we need to try and proselytize, which can easily cause tension and conflict and distract away from the spirit of the season. Witnessing to our faith should instead take the form of invitation. For example, simply invite a non-practicing loved one to come with you to your Christmas Eve church service without any expectations or obligation. Another option could be to invite them to join in singing Christmas carols with a group in the local neighborhood, or you could simply make it a fun family activity and sing carols as you sip hot chocolate and munch on cookies.It can be easy to slip into the habit of thinking that we have to organize an elaborate intellectual argument in order to witness to our Christian faith. But that’s not how God invites us into His divine life. Think of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew—when he comes upon Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, he doesn’t launch into a philosophical discourse about the reasons why the two men should follow him. Instead, he offers them a simple invitation: “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:19). Let us imitate Christ by inviting our loved ones to join us in a joyful spirit of love, free from expectation and obligation. For it is only in true freedom and joy that hearts are truly and joyfully converted.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesThe ‘War on Christmas’ Is Real – Travis WeberSessions’ First Year: A Breath of Fresh Air After Years of Obama Scandals – Ken BlackwellIn Masterpiece, the Supreme Court Grapples With a Problem of Its Own Making – Travis WeberSupreme Court Justices Grill ACLU and Colorado in Christian Baker’s Case – Travis WeberFranken’s Senate Replacement is a Former Planned Parenthood VP – Kelly MarcumKicking Jesus Off the Bus? – Travis WeberA Three-Dimensional Case for Masterpiece Cakeshop — from Justice Kagan, No Less – Peter Sprigg5 Great Resources That Help Kids Keep Christ in Christmas – Peter Witkowski5 Great Resources that Help Keep Christ in Christmas – Peter WitkowskiPlanned Parenthood’s Tacit Support of Physical Assault – Kelly MarcumCan American Higher Education Be Salvaged?Will the Supreme Court Recognize Consumable Beauty in Wedding Cake Case? – Peter SpriggRemembering Mike Penner – Peter Sprigg Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareHere's why I can’t custom-design cakes for same-sex weddings – Jack Phillips, USA TodayReligious Exemptions Aren’t Special Privileges – Stephanie Barclay, Public DiscourseJudge Denies FEMA Relief For Three Texas Churches – Brien Straw, Houston Public MediaDC buses can ban ‘religious’ Christmas ads, judge rules – Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNewsLiberals attack doughnut shop's good deed – Todd Starnes, Fox NewsReligious Freedom in 2018: What to Watch – Nancy Flory, The StreamInternational Religious FreedomCanada’s Free Speech Wars – Scott Ventureyra, CrisisNations Speak Out for Life and the Family in UN Human Rights Mechanism – Rebecca Oas, C-FamMilitary Religious FreedomOver 77,000 Sign Petitions Supporting Air Force Colonel Punished for Opposing Gay Marriage – Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post LifeAbortionFighting taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois – Samantha Gobba, WORLDAbortion is Traumatic, Not Empowering – Marcia Segelstein, National Catholic RegisterFirst trimester babies aren’t blobs of tissue — they’re amazingly complex – Live Action7 Shocking Facts Americans Learned About Planned Parenthood in 2017 – Brandon Showalter, The Christian PostAbout That New York Editor Who Would End Lives Like My Children’s – Kristan Hawkins, National ReviewOhio Legislature votes to ban abortions on babies with Down syndrome – Becky Yeh, Live ActionAdoptionPolice officer adopts homeless heroin addict’s baby – Ashley Jonkman, AleteiaBioethicsAssisted Suicide Is No Choice At All – Lawrence Carter-Long, RealClear PolicySelf-Sacrificial Love in the Bioethics-Sphere – Wesley J. Smith, First ThingsBasic Bioethics: What Christians should know about embryo destructive research – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Inalienable Right to Life: An Update on Assisted Suicide in the United States and Canada – Arthur Goldberg, Public DiscourseSuicide prevention organization: Assisted suicide is not suicide – Cassy Fiano, Live ActionObamacareEight Insurance Companies in 5 States Fail to Disclose If Their Obamacare Plans Fund Abortions – Mallory Quigley, LifeNews FamilyEconomics/EducationHalf the World’s Population is Reaching Below Replacement Fertility – Tomas Frejka, Family StudiesPower to the parents – Leigh Jones, WORLDIt’s Time to Fully Repeal the Unjust and Immoral Death Tax – Daren Bakst, The Daily SignalWhy the Humanities Must Remain Human (Or Die) – Joshua Mayo, First ThingsHow Affirmative Action Hurts Asian-Americans in College Admissions – Helaina Hirsch and Mike Gonzalez, The Daily SignalMarriageThe one thing you need to do to make sure your child marries well – Luz Ivonne Ream, AleteiaFor a Happy Marriage: Speak With Kindness — Especially When You Want to "Tell It Like It Is" – Shaunti Feldhahn, Focus on the FamilyWhen You and Your Spouse Can't Agree – Teri Reisser, Focus on the FamilyCohabitation Agreements: Better Than Nothing? – Mary Rose Somarriba, Family StudiesPodcast: Failure of Fatherhood – Mark Bauerlein, First Things11 Rules on Marriage You Won't Learn in School – Dennis Rainey, FamilyLifeFaith/Character/CultureSin, Happiness, and Breaking Out of Spiritual Boredom – Chris Hazell, Word On FireIf You’re Feeling Too Frantic, Genuine Leisure Can Restore Your Soul – Aphrodite Kishi, The FederalistIn the Age of Amazon Sundays Can’t be Sacred – Mattias A. Caro, Ethika PolitikaThe Danger of Talking Over Others – David Stavarz, Word On FireWe are desperately in need of boredom – Tom Hoopes, AleteiaLoneliness: An old way to solve this modern problem – Calah Alexander, AleteiaWhat Made ‘Fixer Upper’ a Hit? – Dean Abbott, The Gospel CoalitionHuman SexualityThank Separating Sex From Morality For The Great American Sexual Meltdown – Curt Anderson, The FederalistNew Study Finds Hormonal Birth Control Triples Women’s Risk Of Suicide – Kelsey Harkness, The FederalistLauer, and Franken, and Louis CK: The crisis within them, and in us – Tom Hoopes, AleteiaWill the Trump Administration Push Back Against Transgender Ideology in Schools? – Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty, Public DiscourseA great sexual reckoning – Mindy Belz, WORLDGod is not silent: What the Bible teaches about sexual assault – Katie McCoy, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionFiguring Out Faithfulness with Same-Sex Attraction – Ed Shaw and Rachel Gilson, The Gospel CoalitionThis Formerly Trans 14-Year-Old Has A Message For Questioning Kids – Walt Heyer, The FederalistThe Truth about Men, Women, and Sex – Mark Regnerus, Public DiscourseHuman TraffickingMom Posts Viral Warning After Sex Traffickers Try Kidnapping 2-Yr-Old in Grocery Store – Kelsey Straeter, FaithitMan Sentenced To Longest Human Sex Trafficking Sentence In US History – Fight the New DrugCare about Cyntoia Brown? Stop normalizing “teenage prostitution.” – Haley Halverson, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyVideo: Neurosurgeon Dr. Donald Hilton Reveals Shocking Scientific Truths About Porn – Fight the New Drug40 Reasons To Start Off The New Year By Ditching Porn – Fight the New Drug
We would like to introduce two of our faithful Blue Letter Bible supporters, Amy and Chad Thompson, from central Illinois. They have been serving in children's ministries for over 20 years, and are currently working with the first through sixth graders in their church. They also work with inner city kids in an outreach ministry […]
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See previous "Grace Notes" Newsletters In this edition: "Creation" "The Ideal Servant" Valentine Section Bad Economy Sale continues thru Valentine's Day! First Timer Info. from Pastor Jerry: "Today I will pray to open session of the Illinois House of Representatives.  Our state has a great heritage, but even greater challenges to overcome.  Pray for me as I balance a prayer to God and a sermon to men!"   Just released: 2/8/09 - "Creation" - Gen. 1-2 First in new series - "The Bible in 20 Cs" - a chronological overview of the Scriptures.  This message details the 6 days of Creation and refutes evolution.  Great visuals! Click to see the Series   2/4/09 - "The Ideal Servant" - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Spiritual power, perseverance, purpose, and parenting made Paul the ideal servant to those he was leading. And we are all called to be servants.       2/1/09 - "God Loves You" - Listen to the voices! God says, I love your soul, the cross says, I lean toward sinners, Jesus says, I long to save, the Spirit says, I’ll live inside, the Bible says I can literally be a son!    Video version- Message & PowerPoint   [This sermon only available in the 'Complete Collection'.] Click here  More Valentine Sermons    Best Deal!          The Complete Collection [save $630 for a limited time only!]   Now over 80% off!  [The Joshua Series and 2008 Topical Sermons have just been added for free thru this offer, below...] DO YOU HAVE 'THE COMPLETE COLLECTION'? Special pricing good thru Valentine's Day...   Get it on CD ROM or by instant download alternate link if above does not work  The Complete Collection Special Offer:  All 21 Series we offer by Instant Download     +Bonus: "Ark Almighty" "Allah is NOT My God" "Middle East for Dummies"         For a limited time, only...price subject to change!                       [1600+ Files!]                "Complete  Collection"                 $149.99   [$780.00 Value!]                                The Complete CollectionEverything we offer [all 21 series] in simple download format. 1600+ Files! Includes newly released series. Price: 149.99 USD You save $630 when you order the above!  And there's free shipping / no waiting when you use Instant Download …    Or, get it by mail in about 3 days on a CD ROM here.   [Hurry --  Prices subject to change] First Timer?...Here's some Tips on getting the helps you need:    We work hard to gather the best of free resources from numerous corners of the globe, and it's our privilege to share them all for free with you simply for the furthering of the Gospel, the growth of the Kingdom, and the joy of sharing!    Please feel free to copy and paste any of Pastor Jerry's original manuscripts from the site.  You are free to use them in live services without giving credit, along with the PowerPoint visuals provided.  Our CD ROMs are available by snail mail or Instant Download as a convenience only, but your purchases help support this growing ministry.  There are many benefits to getting our resources in this way, but as always, all materials are free to copy from the site if you don't mind the work and know how to retrieve them.    Have you heard?  All of our collections are downloadable, instantly.  It’s the same CD-ROMs only without the CD.  Download straight to your hard drive on up to 3 PCs, and burn a copy to take with you if you want.  No waiting, no shipping charges, and all files and folders are organized for you with no need for conversion or re-formatting.   Prices listed good for 1 week only.  Click link below for any recent changes. Click here to see our “Instant Download” Page Official PayPal Seal Or, place your order right here, below...    [no waiting, no shipping]     "There's a few thousand of you who now subscribe to these free 'Grace Notes' ...and for every one of you there's a hundred more who use the site regularly...to God be the glory!  God has used the tool of your POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS over the last 4 years to make this all possible.  It's all free because of those of you who use the voting links on each sermon, and it helps spread the Word of God at the same time. Sermon Central is where many of you learned of this ministry, and they have changed their voting to the 'star system'.  [rate up to 5 stars with a click]  It's easier than before and I think better.  In 10 seconds you can make a difference in 3 simple steps:  1.) Click on the 'recommend' button under any sermon on our site  2.) The same sermon will open up in a new page on the SC site...click on the 'rate this sermon' link right below the 5 stars  3.) Click on the far right star to give the highest recommendation if you can." Bonus Sermons included only in the "Complete Collection":    Noah's Ark PowerPoint Sermon "Ark Almighty" - Hebrews 11:7 Uses "Evan Almighty" theme - GET SAVED, GET RIGHT, GET INTO CHURCH!  How parents of today can construct an ark of protection for their household.          Muslim PowerPoint Sermon"Allah is NOT My God" - Genesis 16:11-12 The real ‘Path to 911’ started with Ishmael.  A study of the differences between Christians and Muslims, Jehovah God and Allah, and Jesus Christ and Mohammed.  Islam is not just another denomination down the street.  Learn what they believe and why, and the terrorism connection in light of Bible Prophecy.     Israel PowerPoint sermon - Lebanon War "Israel & The Middle East For Dummies"  - Genesis 12:1-3; 16:1-4; Psalm 122:6 Christians of all people should not be ignorant of these things, and the signs of the 'end times' now upon us. For a limited time these sermons come as free gifts when you order our ‘Complete Collection’   Call us if you have any trouble using your credit card thru PayPal:  217-877-0009 [Note:  We cannot process orders by phone, but still may be able to help with your online order or by snail mail order.  You may need to leave a message for call back.] If you prefer, you may send a check to:                  Grace Notes 3770 N. Water St Decatur, IL   62526 [please add $5 for processing and include the email address you'd like your download link sent to, or physical address if you prefer to receive it by mail as a CD ROM]  More questions?  Call us at 217-877-0009 or Write us.     You say:  "It's amazing that this ministry is free...no one else is doing this with Sermons and PowerPoints"    We say:  Please help keep it free by honoring our system:  By design and intent, this sermon service will always be free-but this is made possible by those of you who take the brief moment required to vote for the sermons after you click on them.  You do this from the link on each sermon’s page which says… Click here to recommend this sermon ministry to others.  Help spread the Word by casting your vote...it's a proven system that keeps this ministry free! If you don’t, it’s still free…But many thanks go to those who help make it free for everyone and are helping to spread the Word in the process…you too have the “spirit of sharing” and are a great part of this ministry!  How have some received a series at no cost?    Benefits to CD-ROMs: ·         No downloading, no waiting, no confusion. ·         No cutting and pasting.  Text comes completely formatted in Microsoft Word. ·         No hassles converting PowerPoint "pps" files to "ppt". ·         Already organized in folders for easy indexing. *Remember, all sermons on the site are free to download if you don't mind the work.    Your Feedback:   “I received my CD...these sermons will be a great help to me. My situation limits how much time I can put into sermon preparation.  Grace Notes gets me started, and then the Lord helps me to make it my own.”            Pastor-USA    Welcome to many new subscribers this week, you number in the thousands…to God be the glory!  You can help broaden our influence when you forward these links to others you believe may benefit.  They can sign up at the “Grace Notes” homepage.    Those who want to say “thank you”…please, just vote for the sermons at the link on each sermon’s own page and forward these links to others…it all helps this ministry expand which in turn helps the Kingdom of God to grow…which is what it’s all about. International Users:  Don’t forget to sign the GuestMap below and show us ‘where in the world you are!’ Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com Get a custom logo like ours at Faith's Attic   Have a wonderful day, be blessed, and enjoy!       Pastor Jerry Shirley & Grace Notes Staff                See our Help Section     See previous "Grace Notes" Newsletters
See previous "Grace Notes" Newsletters In this edition: "Creation" "The Ideal Servant" Valentine Section Bad Economy Sale continues thru Valentine's Day! First Timer Info. from Pastor Jerry: "Today I will pray to open session of the Illinois House of Representatives.  Our state has a great heritage, but even greater challenges to overcome.  Pray for me as I balance a prayer to God and a sermon to men!"   Just released: 2/8/09 - "Creation" - Gen. 1-2 First in new series - "The Bible in 20 Cs" - a chronological overview of the Scriptures.  This message details the 6 days of Creation and refutes evolution.  Great visuals! Click to see the Series   2/4/09 - "The Ideal Servant" - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Spiritual power, perseverance, purpose, and parenting made Paul the ideal servant to those he was leading. And we are all called to be servants.       2/1/09 - "God Loves You" - Listen to the voices! God says, I love your soul, the cross says, I lean toward sinners, Jesus says, I long to save, the Spirit says, I’ll live inside, the Bible says I can literally be a son!    Video version- Message & PowerPoint   [This sermon only available in the 'Complete Collection'.] Click here  More Valentine Sermons    Best Deal!          The Complete Collection [save $630 for a limited time only!]   Now over 80% off!  [The Joshua Series and 2008 Topical Sermons have just been added for free thru this offer, below...] DO YOU HAVE 'THE COMPLETE COLLECTION'? Special pricing good thru Valentine's Day...   Get it on CD ROM or by instant download alternate link if above does not work  The Complete Collection Special Offer:  All 21 Series we offer by Instant Download     +Bonus: "Ark Almighty" "Allah is NOT My God" "Middle East for Dummies"         For a limited time, only...price subject to change!                       [1600+ Files!]                "Complete  Collection"                 $149.99   [$780.00 Value!]                                The Complete CollectionEverything we offer [all 21 series] in simple download format. 1600+ Files! Includes newly released series. Price: 149.99 USD You save $630 when you order the above!  And there's free shipping / no waiting when you use Instant Download …    Or, get it by mail in about 3 days on a CD ROM here.   [Hurry --  Prices subject to change] First Timer?...Here's some Tips on getting the helps you need:    We work hard to gather the best of free resources from numerous corners of the globe, and it's our privilege to share them all for free with you simply for the furthering of the Gospel, the growth of the Kingdom, and the joy of sharing!    Please feel free to copy and paste any of Pastor Jerry's original manuscripts from the site.  You are free to use them in live services without giving credit, along with the PowerPoint visuals provided.  Our CD ROMs are available by snail mail or Instant Download as a convenience only, but your purchases help support this growing ministry.  There are many benefits to getting our resources in this way, but as always, all materials are free to copy from the site if you don't mind the work and know how to retrieve them.    Have you heard?  All of our collections are downloadable, instantly.  It’s the same CD-ROMs only without the CD.  Download straight to your hard drive on up to 3 PCs, and burn a copy to take with you if you want.  No waiting, no shipping charges, and all files and folders are organized for you with no need for conversion or re-formatting.   Prices listed good for 1 week only.  Click link below for any recent changes. Click here to see our “Instant Download” Page Official PayPal Seal Or, place your order right here, below...    [no waiting, no shipping]     "There's a few thousand of you who now subscribe to these free 'Grace Notes' ...and for every one of you there's a hundred more who use the site regularly...to God be the glory!  God has used the tool of your POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS over the last 4 years to make this all possible.  It's all free because of those of you who use the voting links on each sermon, and it helps spread the Word of God at the same time. Sermon Central is where many of you learned of this ministry, and they have changed their voting to the 'star system'.  [rate up to 5 stars with a click]  It's easier than before and I think better.  In 10 seconds you can make a difference in 3 simple steps:  1.) Click on the 'recommend' button under any sermon on our site  2.) The same sermon will open up in a new page on the SC site...click on the 'rate this sermon' link right below the 5 stars  3.) Click on the far right star to give the highest recommendation if you can." Bonus Sermons included only in the "Complete Collection":    Noah's Ark PowerPoint Sermon "Ark Almighty" - Hebrews 11:7 Uses "Evan Almighty" theme - GET SAVED, GET RIGHT, GET INTO CHURCH!  How parents of today can construct an ark of protection for their household.          Muslim PowerPoint Sermon"Allah is NOT My God" - Genesis 16:11-12 The real ‘Path to 911’ started with Ishmael.  A study of the differences between Christians and Muslims, Jehovah God and Allah, and Jesus Christ and Mohammed.  Islam is not just another denomination down the street.  Learn what they believe and why, and the terrorism connection in light of Bible Prophecy.     Israel PowerPoint sermon - Lebanon War "Israel & The Middle East For Dummies"  - Genesis 12:1-3; 16:1-4; Psalm 122:6 Christians of all people should not be ignorant of these things, and the signs of the 'end times' now upon us. For a limited time these sermons come as free gifts when you order our ‘Complete Collection’   Call us if you have any trouble using your credit card thru PayPal:  217-877-0009 [Note:  We cannot process orders by phone, but still may be able to help with your online order or by snail mail order.  You may need to leave a message for call back.] If you prefer, you may send a check to:                  Grace Notes 3770 N. Water St Decatur, IL   62526 [please add $5 for processing and include the email address you'd like your download link sent to, or physical address if you prefer to receive it by mail as a CD ROM]  More questions?  Call us at 217-877-0009 or Write us.     You say:  "It's amazing that this ministry is free...no one else is doing this with Sermons and PowerPoints"    We say:  Please help keep it free by honoring our system:  By design and intent, this sermon service will always be free-but this is made possible by those of you who take the brief moment required to vote for the sermons after you click on them.  You do this from the link on each sermon’s page which says… Click here to recommend this sermon ministry to others.  Help spread the Word by casting your vote...it's a proven system that keeps this ministry free! If you don’t, it’s still free…But many thanks go to those who help make it free for everyone and are helping to spread the Word in the process…you too have the “spirit of sharing” and are a great part of this ministry!  How have some received a series at no cost?    Benefits to CD-ROMs: ·         No downloading, no waiting, no confusion. ·         No cutting and pasting.  Text comes completely formatted in Microsoft Word. ·         No hassles converting PowerPoint "pps" files to "ppt". ·         Already organized in folders for easy indexing. *Remember, all sermons on the site are free to download if you don't mind the work.    Your Feedback:   “I received my CD...these sermons will be a great help to me. My situation limits how much time I can put into sermon preparation.  Grace Notes gets me started, and then the Lord helps me to make it my own.”            Pastor-USA    Welcome to many new subscribers this week, you number in the thousands…to God be the glory!  You can help broaden our influence when you forward these links to others you believe may benefit.  They can sign up at the “Grace Notes” homepage.    Those who want to say “thank you”…please, just vote for the sermons at the link on each sermon’s own page and forward these links to others…it all helps this ministry expand which in turn helps the Kingdom of God to grow…which is what it’s all about. International Users:  Don’t forget to sign the GuestMap below and show us ‘where in the world you are!’ Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com Get a custom logo like ours at Faith's Attic   Have a wonderful day, be blessed, and enjoy!       Pastor Jerry Shirley & Grace Notes Staff                See our Help Section     See previous "Grace Notes" Newsletters
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