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Posted on: February 17, 2009 3:11 am

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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:59 pm


I received this email today from Attorney Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.  Thanks to those of you who joined me in prayer support over this issue, posted on previously deleted threads.  Praise God for this victory.  We face serious battles as well as immaterial bickering.  Please do not be distracted from the major battles; let the discernment of the Spirit guide you in your efforts.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States today issued a landmark First Amendment ruling clearing the way for governments to accept permanent monuments of their choosing in public parks.
The decision comes in the case of Pleasant Grove City v. Summum, a critical First Amendment case in which the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) represented the Utah city in a challenge to a display of the Ten Commandments in a city park.
This decision represents a resounding victory for government speech.  The decision gives government the right to speak for itself and the ability to communicate on behalf of its citizens.  It's a significant decision that clears the way for government to express its views and its history through the selection of monuments - including religious monuments and displays.  This decision also puts a bookend on the litigation surrounding the display of the Ten Commandments that's been taking place for years across the country.
The critical question before the Court was, ''Can a city decide which permanent, unattended monuments, if any, to install on city property?''  Without dissent, the Court said ''Yes.''  We're delighted that the Court upheld the important distinction between government speech and private speech.
The ACLJ asked the high court to overturn a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that ordered Pleasant Grove City, UT, to accept and display a monument from a self-described church called Summum because the city displays a Ten Commandments monument donated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
In a 9-0 decision announced by Justice Samuel Alito, the Supreme Court concluded:  ''In sum, we hold that the City's decision to accept certain privately donated monuments while rejecting respondent's is best viewed as a form of government speech.  As a result, the City's decision is not subject to the Free Speech Clause, and the Court of Appeals erred in holding otherwise.  We therefore reverse.''
The high court concluded that the government has the right to speak for itself without violating the Constitution.  ''The Free Speech Clause restricts government regulation of private speech; it does not regulate government speech ... A government entity has the right to 'speak for itself'.... it is not easy to imagine how government could function if it lacked this freedom ... A government entity may exercise this same freedom to express its views when it receives assistance from private sources for the purpose of delivering a government-controlled message.''
The Court's opinion is located at .
The ACLJ contended that the Tenth Circuit made a serious error confusing government speech with private speech.  In its briefs, the ACLJ argues that ''a city's selection of which items to display in a park - like its selection of decorations for government buildings - is government speech, and no private entity can claim a 'Me too!' right of access for its own preferred displays.''
Let me express my thanks to you - as a vital member of the ACLJ - for your financial and prayerful support for this Supreme Court case - this is your victory!

Jay Sekulow, ACLJ

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:26 am


Good morning everyone. I just wanted to leave a brief follow-up note and extend a very sincere 'thank you' for all those who are praying on Finny's behalf. (And thanks, too, for the welcome.)  (Link to updates.)

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 5:45 am


Hello Stu, Jack, and others...Sissy, still looking good.

Cat... As one who suffers from Chronic Pancreatitis, I can empathize, to a point, with Craig's plight. I will add him, along with the others, to my prayer list.




Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 5:37 am


VOD 02/25/09: He Is Love

1 John 4:19   We love Him, because He first loved us. (KJV)
It's all very simple. God is love. He is its origin, example, and architect. We love because He loved us first. We know how to love because He has demonstrated it. We can love because He made us to have His likeness. He is the fountain, the motivation, and the pinnacle of love. We love because he does, first, last, and always.

Our Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this day and all of Your blessings. Thank You for comforting us with your love. Just as a child learns from parents how to do so many things, we want to learn to love as You do: sacrificially, selflessly, and submissively, so that others may know that they do not have to earn Your love, only receive it.
We pray these things in the name of Your most Holy Son, Jesus the Christ…Amen.

Good morning to all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours for a safe and blessed day.
May God Bless.



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2009 4:46 am


Cat09tails, welcome to the prayer page.  Craig and his family, friends and loved ones are in my prayers.

Sis. good post.  We sometimes do try to get God on board with us instead of us getting on board with God.  I see the bumper sticker that say God is my co-pilot all the time.  My theory is that if God is your co-pilot you need to switch seats.

God bless and have  a great day all



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:39 am


Lord, we lift to You Craig Finberg and we ask that You lay Your healing hands upon this man and his pancreatic cancer.  Lord, we know that with man, many things are impossible, but with You all things are possible.  We pray for You to show Your mercy and grace and glorify Your name in granting a healing to Coach Finberg when man cannot accomplish this.  We ask that You give wisdom and compassion to the health care workers and comfort and peace to the Coach and his family and friends.  Lord, we ask for a miracle for this man; we submit to Your will and entrust all to Your care, as we place hope in You now and forever.  Let Your peace and healing touch this man and his family in a way that can only be attributed to You and we will give You all the praise in Jesus' name, Amen

Cat09tails, please keep us informed as we pray daily for this man.  God bless you for lifting him to God's care, friend!

Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2009 2:10 am


Hello to KIR and everyone who stops by...

I've been using all available resources to post a message requesting prayer support for former Montana high school and college basketball stand-out, and long time teacher and coach, Craig "Finny" Finberg, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January. This is a guy who's touched a lot of lives in a positive way. (The website through which his family has been providing updates has had more than 18,000 visitors this month.) We're all praying for a miracle; I humbly ask that anyone who reads this add your prayers to ours. Thank you.

The following link provides some background information, and a little window into who Finny is:

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2009 1:19 am


Psalm 21:13
"Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power."

Too often we fall into the trap of believing that we do God's work for Him. That's not true. The most we can do is open ourselves to let the Lord do His own work through us. When we try to do it for Him, we can only expect to grow weary. However, when God works through us, we will find a new energy and vitality that we have never experienced before. The Lord is exalted through His own strength, not ours. Open yourself to Him now, and let the true power begin to flow.


Make me an instrument of Your peace, love, and hope, O Lord. Allow me to serve You, not by my own rules, but Yours. Amen.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 9:35 pm


Please keep U of Oklahoma player Blake Griffin in your prayers.  He's taken a beating in many games this year, including some flat out cheap shots without retaliating, but took three inadvertant hits during the Texas game and has been out with a concussion since the injury occurred early Saturday.  He hasn't played since, his MRI was OK, but his father gave a press release today to say Blake is still not healthy and the danger of coming back too soon and taking another hit is very real.  Texas is not a team that plays dirty; Blake's concussion seems to be a cumulative kind of injury.  He has been the leading candidate for player of the year.  I hate to see kids suffer injuries as they compete in college sports (I don't like to see anyone injured).  Thanks and may God heal and protect this young man, and all our athletes.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 9:23 pm


Jack, yes, black is rather slimming, isn't it?lol  You are so right that being censored on a message board should be the worst thing that happens to us when our brothers and sisters are persecuted FOR REAL for their faith in other countries.  The trolls are back on the prayer thread, and again, no blood is shed.  We can do more to serve others and our Lord and should expect this kind of treatment in return from some.  There are still others to whom kindness means something and God will prevail.  God bless you, dear brother!


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