Sunday, January 18, 2009

BY: Karen Dye
Jeremiah 31:15-17 Rachel mourns her children. She refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord, Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your futurer your future.

CNN recently reports that women who have had abortions, scientists, and pro-life advocates are joining forces to refute the findings of an American Psychological Association (APA) task force that claims women who have one abortion do not experience any more mental problems than women who decide to give birth.

Let me tell you this…You can only shove the enemies lies to the back of your psyche for just so long, eventually though it will break on through to the front and it comes back to haunt you! Burying a corpse doesn’t mean it never existed, and this is something that a woman will have to deal with for the rest of their lives- they can shove the pain to the back of their mind, and not think about it for awhile, but eventually, the burden is going to be too heavy as the issue never goes away, and will always be something they will have to work very hard to suppress and ‘ignore’. The sad fact is that abortion is not something that has no impact on a woman’s psyche.
The good news is…there is a place of healing and forgiveness. That place is in the arms of Jesus Christ!

I know there are women listening right now who have had an abortion in the past. I know there are women sitting in churches all over this country, right here in Missouri who have had abortions but they sit and suffer in silence, afraid that they will be judged and ostracized for their actions. We need to create an atmosphere within our churches and our circle of Bible studies that offer grace and forgiveness when it comes to the confession of abortion. There is a vague notion that addressing the issue of abortion recovery openly will somehow condone abortion. However, in discussing the reality that abortion hurts women and their families (and by extension-the church family), a door opens and dialogue begins.

As the hurting are healed, they are empowered and impassioned to take their message of pain and healing to the world around them, perpetuating the truth of the harmfulness of abortion and the incomparable healing found in and through Jesus Christ"


A pre-born life is more than a clump of cells…it is a newly conceived human being with unique DNA that will never again be duplicated.

Did you know?

A baby’s heart begins to beat and fully function 20 days after conception..most likely before the mother even realizes she is pregnant.

The baby begins inhaling and exhaling by the 90th. day

The baby is kicking, grasping, squinting, frowning, grimacing and sucking a thumb by the 105th. day.

Every human life, whatever, the stage or condition, is endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and dignity. We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life—the unborn—without diminishing the value of ALL human life.

A pre-born life is an impression of God’s own image and likeness. A sign of his presence and reflection of his glory and thus should be entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


We're asking you to pick up some baby supplies each time you go to the store this month. Then, on Saturday, Jan 24 from 9am - 3pm, take the stuff to your local crisis pregnancy center or pro-life ministry. See below for a complete list of participating ministries, as well as a list of needed supplies. These supplies will be given to help mothers facing a crisis pregnancy who have chosen life over abortion.

Thanks for giving generously to help these agencies save and change lives in 2008!

Needed Supplies

Diapers ( all sizes up to 5 )Baby WipesDiaper Rash CreamPowdered Formula ( Infamil Lipid )New ToysBurp & Changing PadsClothes ( including toddler sizes )Maternity Clothes ( inclding nursing bras )Gift Cards

You can also donate money to the pregnancy center. Be sureto tell them it's for MO's Biggest Baby Shower.


Participating Ministries( listed alphabetically by town )

ColumbiaMyLifeClinic - Life Network of Central MO802 N Providence Rd 573-874-3561

HoustonRelief Share 706 Hwy 17 N (In the Mini Mall)417-967-3340

Jefferson CityMyLifeClinic - Life Network of Central MO1109 SW Blvd, Suite G573-636-9125

KirksvilleLifeline Pregnancy Resource Center902 E Laharpe St, Suite 116(In Preferred Family Health Building)660-665-5688

Lake OzarkLake Area Pregnancy Help CenterDrop off at Vedas Upscale Re-Sale Shop in Monarch Plaza on Bus 54 573-365-2345

LebanonLaclede County Pregnancy Support Center525 Washington417-532-85551-888-303-4231

Mountain GrovePregnancy Resource Center600 E State St Cedar Court Park 417-926-8902

RollaPregnancy Resource Center of Rolla1501 E 10th St, Suite D(Directly across from 1st Christian Church and Fire House)573-368-5700

BirthrightLocated on 5th St573-364-0066
SalemRiverways Pregnancy Resource Center909 S Pershing(Behind Gas Plus on 72)573-739-4673

SedaliaThere is Hope Christian Ministries660 E 16th St660-826-1225660-829-4650

Sedalia Pregnancy Care Center106 W 5th St660-827-2331

WarrensburgNew Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center208 E Gay St660-429-3800

WarsawCrossroads Family Ministries 314 Main St 660-438-9140

WaynesvilleBirthright Emergency Pregnancy Center121 N Benton(Next to the post office, across from Courthouse and gazebo)573-774-2499573-528-5235

West PlainsBirthright1560 Imperial Center417-256-1313

Abortion destroys a man's ability to lead his family morally and spiritually When a man doesn't protect his unborn child, either by passively watching the woman in his life have an abortion, or by forcing her to abort, it can undermine his confidence in his manhood. Why? Because God created men to be protectors, just as women are nurturers. To protect is a deep, God-given desire; and when a man understands he has violated God's principle of protection through abortion, it can erode his confidence to lead his family, both morally and spiritually.

A man needs to own his sin and be willing to go to places of desperationFor many men, admitting they've been wrong can feel threatening. Fortunately, God doesn't ask a man to own (or admit to) his sin to keep him trapped in a place of pain. Rather, men need to own their sin of abortion because it's the only way to move past the pain of abortion.

There is forgiveness and grace available for the man who will own the sin of abortionWhen God prompts a father face the abortion he doesn’t know there is joy on the other side of pain, so he will fight with God. But when he finally admits his wrongdoing, he will be able to receive forgiveness, grace and comfort.

Mother Teresa said:”It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

Today is Whisper I Love You Day.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, marking Dr. King's birth on January 15th, 1929. The U.S. observance is Third Monday, this year on January 21st.

Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809. How weird was he? Try to imagine if Stephen King and Michael Jackson had a child.

The first presidential news conference covered by movie and TV cameras occurred on this date in 1955. But it was pretty boring. Because those were the days before Sam Donaldson and shoe throwing. Dwight Eisenhower conducted the first televised presidential news conference.

On this day in 1913 an aircraft landed on a ship’s deck for the first time. If you think about that, suddenly parallel parking doesn’t seem so tough.


A luxury Chrysler sedan that President-elect Barack Obama drove before winning the White House is being auctioned off on eBay. Starting bid: $100,000.

Tim O'Boyle, the general manager of a restaurant in Hillside, Ill., west of Chicago, is selling Obama's steel blue 2005 Chrysler 300C Hemi on the Internet auction site, hoping to cash in on history. The price is a cool $1 million under eBay's "Buy It Now" option.

"In my mind, it's a one-of-a-kind car," O'Boyle said

Obama leased the car in 2004 at Park Plaza Dodge in Forest Park, Ill., and swapped it for a Ford Escape Hybrid in 2007. The vehicle was transferred back to the dealership, where O'Boyle bought it used last February.

Before driving off, "one of the guys over at the car dealership said, 'You better hold onto that thing,"' said O'Boyle, an Obama supporter. "I said, 'Why's that? And he said, 'Because it used to belong to Obama."'

Gary Hall, finance director for Park Plaza Dodge, confirmed that Obama had leased the car from the dealership and O'Boyle later bought the vehicle.

O'Boyle tried to sell it on eBay in December, but stopped the bidding process when his accountant told him to wait until he had owned it for a year for tax reasons. O'Boyle said the top bid on eBay was $125,100, and another person contacted him offering $150,000.

Anything near that amount would be a coup. Kelley's Blue Book values a 2005 Chrysler 300C in excellent condition at $15,750. A 2009 300C has a list price of $27,415, but sales of the car took a nosedive in 2008. Chrysler LLC sold 62,352 300C sedans last year, a 48 percent decline over the previous year.

O'Boyle reasoned that cars used by Pope John Paul II and President John F. Kennedy have sold at auctions for tens of thousands of dollars. He said some of the proceeds will benefit the Italian American Executives of Transportation, a Chicago-area charity.

The restaurateur hopes the bids surpass previous offers, but he's not tipping his hand.
"I've got a number in my head and I'm not going to tell you what it is," O'Boyle said. "If I can't get what I'm after, I'm not really interested in selling it."

The car comes "loaded" with a navigation system, a sunroof and leather interior, according to the eBay listing. Obama and O'Boyle only logged a combined 20,801 miles and the sedan is still under warranty.

"Overall, the car is immaculate. If you were to jump inside the thing and drive it, you'd think you're driving a brand new car," O'Boyle said. "Hopefully he takes as good care of the country as he did the car."


As the recession continues to wreak havoc on the U.S. economy and inauguration celebrations ramp up, a lot of people are asking: "How much will this shindig cost?"

The short answer? More than $150 million — and yep, that's the most expensive ever. (By comparison, George W. Bush's 2005 inauguration cost $42.3 million. Bill Clinton managed with $33 million in 1993.)

"It will be the most security, as far as I'm aware, that any inauguration's had."

Obama's much-discussed (and very cool-looking) custom Cadillac limo certainly couldn't come cheap, though we'll never really know how much it cost. Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell said the car's exact specifications are a big secret, including the safety features and production cost.
But Forbes reports it's not all flak jackets and armored cars:

To manage an event of this scale, the District of Columbia will spend a mammoth $47 million. It is not enough.... Much of the $45 million will go toward creating a dynamic Inauguration experience for the everyday visitor, not just funding exclusive events. "We don't even consider these events to be extravagant," says Linda Douglas, a spokeswoman from the Presidential Inauguration Committee. "With crowds of this size, most of our attention is being devoted to opening up as many events to the public."

The good news for taxpayers: Inaugural celebrations are paid for by the inaugural committee — and Obama has, once again, been a very successful fundraiser — at least $35 million by recent counts. Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, told the New York Daily News:

"We're always very budget conscious. But we're sending a message to the entire world about our peaceful transition of power, and you don't want it to look like a schlock affair. It needs to be appropriate to the magnitude of events that it is."

And if you're eager to whoop it up in the same sassy fashion as our government, Washington hotels have come up with tons of ways for you to spend your money. The Washingtonian has made a list of some of the best ... and worst.

"Most unusual item in a hotel package: Round-trip airfare and hotel for four in St. Petersburg, Russia, part of the Omni Shoreham’s Live Like a President package—the trip is aimed at gaining “foreign-policy experience.” The $440,000 package also includes an in-suite dinner with entertainer Mark Russell.

Most controversial item: A puppy—in honor of Obama’s promise to get his daughters a dog — was originally part of the package deal at the Omni Shoreham but was dropped when the hotel caught heat from animal lovers. Instead, the hotel will make a donation to the Washington Humane Society."

So don't feel bad if you're sitting on the couch watching the historic festivities from home — at least you'll be saving some pennies.


WASHINGTON -- Next week's presidential inauguration will make history. And not just because Barack Obama will be taking the oath of office as the nation's first black president.
Port-a-potty pro Conrad Harrell said the inauguration will be the largest temporary restroom event in U.S. history.

Harrell is with Don's Johns, which is supplying many of the 5,000 port-a-johns for the inaguration events on and around The Mall.

That may sound like a lot of sanitation, but given the epic crowds expected, will it be enough for up to 2 million people who might have to go? Inauguration committee organizers said yes.
And if it's not? Event planners said that many of Washington's downtown museums will be open for people seeking a restroom or a place to warm up.


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods has accepted an invitation to speak during U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration event in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
"We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" is the first of several events sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Obama's inauguration on Tuesday.

"I am honored that I was invited to this historic event and look forward to participating in Sunday's festivities," Woods said on his website ( on Friday.
Arguably the greatest player of all time, Woods became the first African-American to win a major at the 1997 U.S. Masters.

The 33-year-old clinched his 14th major victory at the U.S. Open in June but has been out of action since as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.

Woods is among several celebrities who will take part in Sunday's event at the Lincoln Memorial where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.

Others include Hollywood actors Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifah and musicians Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.
George Stephens Jr, the event's executive producer, said earlier this week a key theme would be Obama's place in history among other presidents who have led the country in difficult times.
"It's not a celebration of victory; it's about the country coming together for the future we're going to face," Stephens added.

"There's a sense of history about it. Much of the music will be in the context of that history. The Lincoln Memorial is a kind of sacred site."

Sunday's event, which will be open to the public, will be shown on U.S. cable TV channel HBO, allowing viewers across the United States with access to cable or satellite television to view for free.


The Constitution contains only two inauguration requirements:

-- That presidents-elect take office at noon on Jan. 20.

-- That they repeat the 35-word oath to "faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

But presidents have spent 220 years creating their own inaugural customs. Here's a look at some:

-- GEORGE WASHINGTON added "so help me God" to the oath and kissed the Bible. His 1789 swearing-in was on a balcony in New York City, the temporary capital.
-- JOHN ADAMS was the first president sworn in by a chief justice, Oliver Ellsworth, in 1797. (There was no chief justice to swear in Washington because presidents name Supreme Court justices, so New York Chancellor Robert Livingston administered the oath to Washington.)
-- THOMAS JEFFERSON was the first president inaugurated in Washington, D.C., in 1801. He was the first and only president to walk to and from his inauguration.
-- JAMES MADISON was the first president to have an inaugural parade and ball, hosted in 1809 by his party-loving wife Dolley.
-- MADISON also inadvertently left the country without a president for a day between his two terms: The Constitution initially specified inaugurations be held on March 4, but March 4, 1813, fell on a Sunday, when civil oaths and celebrations were unheard of. The problem was subsequently remedied by letting new presidents take the oath in advance in private with public inaugurations delayed until Monday.
-- JAMES MONROE moved inaugurations outdoors again in 1817 after the British burned the Capitol. His was held on the Capitol's East Front, where inaugurations usually were staged until 1981.
-- MARTIN VAN BUREN was the first U.S.-born citizen-president in 1837. His predecessors predated formation of the United States.
-- WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON was the first to arrive in Washington by rail. His 1841 inauguration also set the record for the longest inaugural address at 10,000 words. He caught pneumonia and died a month later.
-- JOHN TYLER, on April 6, 1841, became the first vice president to become president on a president's death.
-- JAMES K. POLK was the first to have news of his 1845 inauguration telegraphed to the world. Samuel F.B. Morse personally punched the message.
-- FRANKLIN PIERCE broke Washington's tradition when Pierce didn't kiss the Bible in 1853. He wouldn't "swear" to uphold the Constitution but "affirmed" his duty.
-- JAMES BUCHANAN'S 1857 inaugural was the first to be photographed. John Wood, photographer for the architect of the Capitol, did the work.
-- ABRAHAM LINCOLN had the first inaugural parade to include blacks in 1865.
-- RUTHERFORD B. HAYES was the first to take the oath in the White House. The Red Room ceremony was on Saturday, March 3, 1877, because March 4 was a Sunday and because threats were made on his life. A public ceremony was held Monday.
-- JAMES GARFIELD was the first president to review the inaugural parade from White House stands in 1881.
-- WILLIAM McKINLEY'S 1897 inauguration was the first filmed by a motion picture camera.
-- THEODORE ROOSEVELT was the only president not sworn in on a Bible when he took the oath at Ansley Wilcox' house in Buffalo, N.Y., following McKinley's 1901 assassination.
-- WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT'S 1909 inaugural parade marked the first time a first lady rode beside her husband.
-- WOODROW WILSON suspended inaugural balls in 1913. He said they detracted from the dignity of the office. Wilson's 1917 inaugural parade was the first to allow women. (The 19th Amendment giving women the vote was ratified in 1920).
-- WARREN HARDING was the first president to go by car in his inaugural parade. He also revived inaugural balls in 1921, but Congress wouldn't pay. So Harding raised private money to pay for inaugurations and balls -- a tradition that continues today.
-- CALVIN COOLIDGE was sworn in by his father, a justice of the peace, at home in Plymouth, Vt., on Harding's death in 1923. "Silent Cal's" inaugural address following his 1924 election was the first broadcast nationwide by radio.
-- HERBERT HOOVER'S 1929 inauguration was the first for talking newsreels.
-- FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT in 1937 was the first president to take office Jan. 20, the new date specified by the 20th Amendment. In 1941, Roosevelt became the first president inaugurated more than twice -- a practice later prohibited by the 22nd Amendment. FDR's fourth inauguration in 1945 was on the White House South Portico and lasted only six minutes; Roosevelt died the following April 12.
-- HARRY TRUMAN was presiding over the Senate on April 12, 1945, when Eleanor Roosevelt summoned him to the White House to tell him FDR was dead. Truman's 1948 inaugural was the first carried on TV.
-- DWIGHT EISENHOWER broke custom in 1953 by improvising an inaugural prayer. He didn't kiss the Bible and wore a Homburg instead of the traditional top hat.
-- JOHN KENNEDY wore a stovepipe for his inauguration, to the joy of haberdashers. He was the last president to do so. The first Catholic president, he was sworn in on a Catholic Douay Bible.
-- LYNDON JOHNSON was the only president sworn in aboard an airplane. After Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963, U.S. District Judge Sarah Hughes administered the oath to Johnson aboard Air Force One in Dallas. Johnson's 1965 inaugural parade was the first to have a president ride in a bulletproof limousine and the first to include the first lady officially: Lady Bird held the Bible.
-- RICHARD NIXON was the first president to require that only people with special invitations be admitted to the Capitol grounds for his 1969 inauguration.
-- GERALD FORD was the first un-elected vice president to assume the presidency on Nixon's 1974 resignation during Watergate.
-- JIMMY CARTER was the first to walk from the Capitol to the White House after being inaugurated.
-- RONALD REAGAN'S 1981 inaugural was the first staged on the Capitol's West Front.
-- BILL CLINTON'S 1997 inauguration was the first carried live in cyberspace.

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Defeated Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain has quashed his wife Cindy's dreams of competing on "Dancing with the Stars," a source says.

"Just before Thanksgiving, Cindy McCain started talks with producers to appear as a dancer on the show. She wanted to do it very badly," the insider told the New York Post.

However, the source added, the Arizona senator this week "put the kibosh on" the plan.
The Post said representatives for neither the dance competition series nor McCain returned its calls.
Check out this video on our webpage today!
Don't cheat and look ahead at the answers!

1) Pick your Favorite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3 then
3) Add 3, then again Multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get the calculator....)
4) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number....
5) Add the digits together


Now with that number you arrived at earlier in this newsletter, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below :

1. Einstein
2. Nelson Mandela
3. Al Pacino
4. Mrs. Butterworth
5. Bill Gates
6. Gandhi
7. Brad Pitt
8. Hitler
9. Jim & Karen
10. Barack Obama

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