Federal Marriage Amendment and the
Unraveling of Marriage
we let the politicians scrap with one another about
the Federal Marriage Amendment? After all,
they are experienced and seasoned, and they know the
way government runs. Do you? If not, why
not? Have you forgotten all about that civics
class you took? Wait a minute! Where’s
the voice of the church? Listen now; do you
hear it? Faintly, the sounding brass and clanging
cymbal is heard. Where’s the melody?
Where’s the harmony?
marriage get embroiled into politics? The same way
abortion did—through our system of government, in
general, and the courts, in particular. Will we
stand idly by merely to see what happens? Or, will
we cause something to happen? We can if we listen
to the call the Lord quickened to us through Pat
Joyce, “Rise up you women who are at ease, and hear
my voice; Give ear to my word, you complacent
daughters.” Isaiah 32:9 (NASB). Get up! Get up
off those couches of complacency and agree with
God’s Word that “marriage is honorable among ALL,
and the bed undefiled . . .” Hebrews 13:4. Does
God’s establishment of the marriage covenant mean
anything to you? Genesis 2:24.
one thing to believe in a set of principles
concerning marriage, and it is quite another to take
action to preserve those principles. Is the sacred,
covenantal foundation of marriage according to God’s
Word worth defending? Will we sit idly by and allow
four, pro-homosexual, activist judges in
Massachusetts to mandate legalization of same-sex
marriages? Will we continue to languish on our beds
of ease while these judges and other elected
control illegally and ignore
centuries of law and tradition as well as biblical
is the outcry and outrage at the mayor of San
Francisco who issued some 4,000 “marriage” licenses
to homosexual couples in defiance of California
state law? Shouldn’t he be prosecuted for his
anarchist actions rather than praised by the media?
Does the overwhelming majority who desire to protect
the institution of marriage deserve a voice?
of the amendment isn’t an attempt to deprive
homosexuals of any of the legal protections they
currently enjoy. Instead, the purpose is to prevent
runaway courts from creating out of nowhere new
"rights" that would prove detrimental to society.
opponents ask this question, which misses the mark
entirely, "How does gay marriage threaten
heterosexual marriage?" The underlying aim of gay
activists is to revise national policy to say that
gender, especially in child-rearing, is not
important, even though research shows that children
do best when raised by a married mother and father.
Gay marriage has never been a constitutional right
in America -- or any other civilized nation.
aggressive campaign to change marriage from what
it's always been can be defeated -- but only if all
of us stand up in support of the Federal Marriage
Wildmon of the American Family Association, says the
amendment is about to die in committee because “most
members of Congress simply don’t want to deal
with this issue, either because they support
homosexual marriage or they fear a backlash from the
”Dying in committee accomplishes exactly what those
who support homosexual marriage want. They will
leave it to an un-elected judge to declare
homosexual marriage legal. That will keep Senators
and Representatives from having to go on record for
or against, which is exactly what they want.” Want
to tell your congressman or senators what you
think? Don’t know who they are? Go to
Chambers wrote, “Never allow a feeling which was
stirred in you in the high hour to evaporate. Don’t
put your mental feet on the mantelpiece . . . Act
immediately. Do something . . . If God has shown
you something to do, don’t say—‘I’ll do it.’ Do
it!!” Want to join me?
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We told you in the last issue
that we were in the process of producing a beautiful
new reformatted edition of God's Word to Women
by Katharine Bushnell but were in need of
We have good news. We found a
printer who gave us a far more reasonable quote than
the original. With funds in hand we hope to go to
press in late June or early July.
God continues to pour out his
favor. Sheila Nevinczenko, a professional graphic
designer from Colorado, has designed our cover and
donated her services. If any of you have need of a
graphic designer, remember her. She can be
With great anticipation we
look forward to the new edition.
Gay, Barbara and Pat
This newsletter is
dedicated to the more than 300 women that have been
slain in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico since 1993. In 94 of
these cases, investigators have found evidence
suggesting involvement of a serial killer or
killers. Most of those victims were sexually
assaulted by more than one man, tortured, killed and
then buried in shallow desert
graves. Mexican federal investigators are pursuing
leads as they attempt to link a gang of drug
traffickers and corrupt police officers with serial
killings of local women. A U. S. official said, “In
Juarez, you’re looking at state and local corruption
that is unimaginable.” However, now people are
finally speaking up and are pointing fingers at
police as suspects in both the drug violence and the
killing of women.”
Taken from an article
in The Dallas Morning News, April 22, 2004.
Read reports on the border killings on
Rise Up and Get Busy
by Pat Joyce
This morning as I prayed about
a topic for the newsletter I was reminded of the
scripture, “Rise up you women who are at ease, and
hear my voice; Give ear to my word, you complacent
daughters. Isaiah 32:9 (NASB) These women were
complacent, desiring to feel secure and trusting,
when life as they knew it was about to end. Their
trust and security were in natural circumstances
rather than God.
So what does that have to do
with us? I believe that God is saying, “Wake up!
You are living in a time similar to theirs.” We say
that we trust, but if we really get honest our trust
is often in financial security. In the past few
years many have found their carefully planned
futures collapse with the market, a company
bankruptcy, the loss of a job, illness or a
combination of a these factors. No security exists
outside of God.
Jesus said that the time of
His return would be like the days of Noah--dark
times when men turned away from God. Are we
complacent as watch society disintegrating into
Godless darkness? Are we at ease in our personal
peace and prosperity, ignoring the Lord’s warning?
As Christians, we say we are
God’s servants, actually His bond slaves. Do our
lives reflect our words? If He returned today,
would we receive His blessing? He created each of
us for a specific purpose. We must not be
complacent. No one is exempt from His call While
our whole lives are a witness, it is the
responsibility of each individual to seek Him to
find their particular area of service as part of the
body of Christ.
God never intended for us to
rely solely those in “the ministry” to
do His work. Ministry is not confined to those who
make their living in God’s service. Jesus ministers
through all willing Christians. He said go into all
the world, but He told them to start right where
they were. Where are you? OK, start there.
A few weeks ago I attended the
funeral of an old friend. The service was full of
those had been touched by her life. She never
sought the spotlight, but she served whenever and
wherever she saw the need. Taking people to the
doctor, cleaning a house, cooking for a family in
need, running the kitchen for those who had lost a
one, with innumerable acts of
kindness, she showed forth the love of God. She
was created for this ministry, and she filled it
The December 2003 issue of
Charisma is filled with stories of individuals who
are using their “talents” in the service of God.
God can use our secular training and natural
abilities for His purposes. He shows us what He
would have us do and then places His anointing on
I learned to do websites as
part of a business venture with my husband.
God sent a man to teach me, he
took what I learned and used it for the kingdom. I
worked as a teacher, administrator and grant-writer
and God is using these gifts also. While He has
blessed and anointed these ministries, I believe
there is something more to be done. It is up to me
to seek Him not only for direction, but also for
confirmation of His calling.
Gwen Shaw wrote a wonderful
article where she tells of never feeling fulfilled
even though she was serving God as a missionary.
Why? Because being a missionary was not the call
God had on her life. It was only when she found and
fulfilled His call that the abundant life and
fulfillment God promises became hers.
Stop right here and ask the
Lord to show you where He would use you. Don’t
worry about making a wrong choice. Proverbs 16:9
tells us that “a man's heart plans his way, but the
LORD directs his steps." Opportunity abounds.
Think outside the box. Go beyond the church
building. Remember, individuals are the church, not
structures. We are His body in this world. If we
do not go, the job may go undone. Ask for His eyes
to see the world around you. Pray for His
direction, and don’t be afraid to step out.
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