Tortured Lives

Featured Image:  Ellice Park, “Home Airing (Dirty) Laundry,” 2012

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. — 1 Peter 2:24

It has been a while since my spirit was humbled by a 20-something – Ellice Park did just that.  Her testimony of faith in the Holy Spirit’s leading and her willingness to sacrifice herself for Jesus left fresh wounds in the hard inner core of my soul – and I am grateful.  These are the stripes that heal and refocus…

Ellice’s Korean peninsula refugee stories are brutal and terrifying, reflecting the tyranny of total depravity.  She clearly expressed what happens when a culture eliminates the higher authority of God from entering the halls of governance.  The curses of Deuteronomy 28 are not a magic spell cast by an angry God upon humanity – they are the devastating consequences of humanity rejecting God.  The unthinkable has become reality for a whole ethnicity in the Far East, horrors beyond the imaginations of even the most vile gore flicks so popular with the youth of our culture.

When we silently sit by and accept the incremental assaults on our human liberties handed out by tyrannical governments, we can expect no less.  Agenda 21, Common Core Curriculum, Carbon Exchanges, the Patriot Act, Obamacare, the LGBT Agenda, Illegal Immigration, IRS Targeting, Federal Land Grabs – all these issues and more are enslaving our population just as surely as the evil in North Korea snuffs out every shred of good and truth that survives.  Out of control power murders without hesitation.

The corruption of US governmental authority is being systematically blurred by a complicit media and apathetic population.  Who even knows anymore that the ONLY job of any civil government is to protect the God-given rights of it’s citizens…?!

American citizens and Christians across the globe MUST stand against the darkness, or consign our progeny to the same tortures.  This era has the immense responsibility of upholding the foundations of the United States.  As Founding Father John Adams once cried,  “Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom!  I hope you will make a good use of it.  If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” 

Praise the King of Kings for providing the way!  Praise Jesus for sending his disciples into the darkness!   Jesus was, indeed, pierced for our transgressions!  He died to set us free!  FREEDOM is calling the hearts and minds of every image bearer to action.  Resist the temptation to be silenced…

I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. — Jeremiah 32:39

Christ Prevails Over Economic Uncertainty

Monday, April 14, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Everyday we see and hear about the ever changing condition of our economy. Many are trying all the latest money making, saving, or sheltering programs that are nothing more than untested and unproven gimmicks that do nothing to point the way to financial stability.

Bob Ostrander will share his vision to bring clarity, confidence, and financial freedom through a biblically proven program that will provide a sound financial future no matter what happens to the economy. His life’s work is focused on helping believers effectively improve their stewardship of God’s resources so they have the ability to further support and advance God’s Kingdom.

Robert V.R. Ostrander has been engaged in the practice of financial planning for almost 40 years. As one of the pioneers in this industry, Bob served as the founding president of the local society for the Institute of Certified Financial Planners (ICFP). Prior to this, he held the office of president for the Central Ohio International Association of Financial Planners (IAFP). Bob holds multiple financial industry licenses in addition to his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. http://centerpointstewardship.com

Ellice Park on North Korean Refugees

Monday, April 7, 2014
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

UALC – The Church at Mill Run, Room 2031 or 3002 (check lobby sign – room could change)   3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, OH

One of our youngest FOOF members will be sharing her art ministry to North Korean refugees!  

Considering how our culture has shifted so much in the past 12 months towards open hostility for Christians, this is a must come event!!  

Ellice recently spent time in Asia ministering to refugees.  She will speak a bit and share a couple stories about life under the total tyranny of the brutal North Korean dictator, and the efforts of the Christian church there to flourish under oppression.  Maybe we can slip into the sanctuary so she can play the piano to do a small performance, and play a couple hymns and sing in Korean, while the rest of us sing in English !  

This summer, Ellice has been invited to minister to Korean-Chinese persons with displaced families and abandonment issues in China, as a visiting artist and art therapist.  

Ellice supports her ministry through donations and by selling art she designs, and asks that you consider supporting her.

She would love for us to visit her Facebook page to view her videos, where she has shared accounts of her grandmother’s escape.  Everything on her site is meant to be shared! Here are her links:

https://www.facebook.com/elliceparkonfb/media_set?set=a.1895431945798.1073741841.1241550651&type=3

http://freebeacon.com/documentary-shines-light-on-north-korean-defectors/

 

Sit Still and Be Quiet

It took me 3 years of constant practice to learn how to sit still and really LISTEN to God!  Then a preacher friend pulled out a pad of paper and wrote a prescription.

Rx for Listening:   Psalm 46:10 – 3 X a day for 4 consecutive weeks

Perhaps current events would dictate that it is time for all of us to listen…

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.  He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Persecution coming for American Christians?!

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Congratulations to all the graduates of the IOTC U.S. Constitution course!!
Of the 61 people enrolled in the class, 27 of them completed the requirements to be awarded with the title of “United States Constitutionist”!
What an accomplishment!!

We look forward to the upcoming IOTC Leadership Training event on Saturday, March 29, 2014  – 10 AM-3 PM

WHERE:  Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220   (Link to map for UALC Lytham – http://www.ualc.org/campuses)

 You do not have to be IOTC graduates to attend.  It is easier to understand the materials if you have taken the course, but it is not required.  You will “get it” as we proceed through the lessons.   This leadership training is the road map for restoration of our Constitutional Republic! It will help us understand teaching principles we need to multiply the message of properly understanding the Constitution by exposing the Biblical Worldview of America’s Founders, namely that:

  • There is a God, the God of the Bible
  • Our rights come from Him, and
  • The purpose of civil government is to secure our God-given rights.

Please see this link for more information if you would like to join us:  http://foofohio.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/institute-on-the-constitution-iotc-leadership-training. (And follow the blog!)

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Please take a look at our revised winter 2014 schedule and share it – we have many interesting topics coming up!   Be aware, however, that I have several speakers on my “pop in any time” list, to give us updates on their ministries/work/discipleship.  The schedule may shift without notice, but I promise that I won’t waste your time!  BTW – we all may want to carry a few extra dollars in our pockets in case anyone shows up, for whom we need to take up a collection…

Now on to all the links and information I promised.

 *FIRST:  You all MUST listen to this message from Eric Waters
http://tech.ualc.org/mp3/audio/140209EWMRS.mp3
Hold on to Jesus!

And this one from G.Buba *
http://tech.ualc.org/mp3/audio/140209GBMRS.mp3
Persecution coming for American Christians! Be captured by the Holy Spirit!!

 We must:

  1. Practice Prayer as individuals, families and churches – be filled with the Holy Spirit
  2. Read our Bibles
  3. Be and make Disciples of Jesus

Following quickly on that, here is the link to the “Sin of Silence.”  Very powerful.  Click on “The Sin of Silence” (audio).  It may take a while to download.
http://www.osl.cc/index.php?pgid=8
Text is available at:  http://www.osl.cc/pdf/Silence.pdf

Here is the link to the Bob Burney broadcast.  The most interesting one is the 2/10 BBL Monday 3.
http://www.wrfd.com/BBLAudioArchive.aspx

The Darwinization of Law in America – Pastor Whitney’s lecture from our homework.
http://www.theamericanview.com/the-darwinization-of-law-in-america/

Here is an inspirational video that explains why civil governance is important to all of us.  Start at Minute 59 for the Inspirational conclusion that should get us all fired up!  Also see Trevor Louden’s book,  The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRFN5CfZuN0&feature=youtu.be

Christianity is unstoppable!  We are God’s army – we are God’s church!
The undying soul (Jesus) and power (Holy Spirit) has been released upon the earth!
Christianity is the future of the world!!
Jesus will never abandon us!!!

AMEN!

Institute on the Constitution (IOTC) Leadership Training

Ricki Pepin will be teaching the IOTC Leadership Training course here in Columbus for graduates of the IOTC U.S. Constitution course! Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10 AM – 3 PM. I need a head count of attendees, so we can supply the needed materials. Married couples can share. Please CONTACT US if you plan to attend.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 10 AM-3 PM
WHERE:  Upper Arlington Lutheran Church
2300 Lytham Road
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220
Link to map for UALC Lytham – http://www.ualc.org/campuses

You do not have to be IOTC graduates to attend.  It is easier to understand the materials if you have taken the course, but it is not required.  You will “get it” as we proceed through the lessons.

This leadership training is the road map for restoration of our Constitutional Republic! It will help us understand teaching principles we need to multiply the message of properly understanding the Constitution by exposing the Biblical Worldview of America’s Founders, namely that:

  •   There is a God, the God of the Bible
  •   Our rights come from Him, and
  •   The purpose of civil government is to secure our God-given rights.

The class will run on Saturday, March 29th from 10 AM – 3 PM.

Ricki asks all to arrive no later than 9:45 AM so we can get materials to you and actually START the class by 10 AM.

Tuition and lunch money will be collected as you arrive for class and get materials. A box lunch can be purchased for $10 (lunch details to follow later), but we make no time to go out and get lunch, so if students do not purchase the box lunch, be sure to pack one. We have a “working lunch” – only about a 15 minute break before getting back into my teaching. (Students can continue eating at this time, only Ricki needs to be done!)

Minimum purchase for materials is $40. This includes:

  • 130-page Teacher’s Manual – “U. S. Constitution and Principle Approach Teacher’s ‘FEET’ Manual”;
  • CD with all the documents of this “Feet” Manual;
  • DVD entitled “Multiplying the Message.”

Couples can share one set. There will be other optional materials available for purchase as well, so bring extra cash/check (no credit card capability). On the day of class, please bring your IOTC Student Manual (if you have one), and if anyone has already purchased a Host Kit, also bring along the small manual entitled, “Host Lecture Kit.” This contains the answer key (and a few other goodies) for the Student Manual. Ricki will have a few “loaners” to give out for class time, but not enough for all.

Ricki will be teaching using the Eidsmoe IOTC Leadership Materials, not the Peroutka materials. However, they are similar enough that bringing Peroutka materials will still be helpful. Eidsmoe would be best. We’ll be discussing the differences between Eidsmoe & Peroutka in class to enable students to figure out which they would prefer to use.

Registration deadline is March 15th, so invite your friends now to ensure enough time to print or order sufficient materials.

I will strengthen them in the LORD…

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“I will strengthen them in the LORD, and in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.  ~  Zechariah 10:12

Calvin Coolidge
Thirtieth President of the United States (1923-1929), stated:

“The strength of our country is the strength of its religious convictions.  The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

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Zechariah 6 speaks of the four chariots, the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the LORD of all the earth to patrol the globe.  The overriding purpose of the dreams and visions given to Zechariah is to show the people of God how great His love and care are for them and to provoke them to love and good works.  Our King is coming, and He will reign forever and ever!

Keep Your Eyes Focused on God

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I have the most animating confidence that the present noble struggle for liberty will terminate gloriously for America.  And let us play the man for our God, and for the cities of our God; whilst we are using the means in our power, let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe [Psalm 37:5], who loveth righteousness and hateth iniquity [Hebrews 1:9].  And having secured the approbation of our hearts by a faithful and unwearied discharge of our duty to our country, let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him [1 Peter 5:7] Who raiseth up and pulleth down the empires and kingdoms of the world as He pleases [Daniel 2:21]; and with cheerful submission to His sovereign will [Job 22:21], devoutly say, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the field shall yield not meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet we will rejoice in the Lord, we will joy in the God of our salvation” [Habakkuk 3:17-18].

~ Founding Father John Hancock, 1774

Let the faith of the founders, who found their joy in the Lord, be an encouragement that when our eyes are fixed on Him as the source of our joy, He who is King over everything can overrule the tyranny of our circumstance!

Speak the Truth in Love

speaking-truth-in-loveWhile our shame and insecurity make it hard to hear a reproof, it makes it just as hard to deliver one. Many Christians, rather than speak the truth about issues the Bible clearly addresses, fearing the discomfort of offending anyone, prefer to be non-confrontational and often elevate it to a near virtue. That wasn’t the example Jesus set. We are to speak the truth in love, sacrificing neither, but notice Jesus’ description of His own mission:

Matthew 10:34-38 (NIV)

34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Jesus’ reference that he came to bring a sword is not saying that he came to bring violence; rather, he came to speak the truth – to confront where it was needed; and clearly spoken words can sometimes cut just as deeply as any sword. We must not be afraid to speak the truth when it is needed or to embrace the truth when those close to us may not. Jesus did not say he desired to divide; it’s just that the sword of truth may well do so.

Far too many Christians have wrongly believed that it is unChristian to offend others, and consequently a love of the truth has too frequently been sacrificed to a fear of hurting someone’s feelings. According to the Bible, both delivering and accepting reproof are virtues, and we would do well to practice both. If we remain silent, how will people come to know the truth? We need to be people of confidence and fearless love for God, people and truth. If the Bible speaks about an issue, so should we – with the same loving and eternal clarity the Bible uses.
(Taken from article in The Founders Bible by David Barton and Brad Cummings)