Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snippet Sunday 12/8/2-13

On Top of the Rainbow

Five year old Gabe runs away from home. While in the forest he meets Lep and Elita and climbs a rainbow. On Top of the Rainbow he must make the decision to cross over to a land of delight or go back to his family that he loves. 

Come and visit with Gabe, Lep and Elita as they discover the importance of family love.


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Excerpt:

Gabe crept up to take a closer look. He noticed the critter had purple shoes, blue pants that stopped at the ankle, and a brown shirt with orange suspenders. Its arms were long and had bony fingers. Beside the critter sat a huge black pot filled to the brim with shiny gold coins. Gabe's eyes grew large at the sight. Curious to see more, he tiptoed towards the pot. 

The critter's eyes popped open. One was red and the other yellow. He stood up, placed his hands on its hips, and bellowed, "Halt! Who goes there?!" 






Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Free Saeed Abedini #feesaeed #savesaeed

*** This is a blog post by Phil Naessens. I happen to stand in agreement and am sharing this to help free Saeed. Please share -

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Free Saeed Abedini #feesaeed #savesaeed

Greetings Sports Fans!

I haven’t blogged in about a week or so. With all the extra writing assignments and such I haven’t had very much time to keep at this like I planned. Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men I guess.

Free Saeed Abedini.

Since last Friday’s show that’s been the subject of plenty of your emails, voicemails, tweets and so forth. I’m glad this has your attention and I hope it keeps it until the day Saeed Abedini is reunited once again with his family.

One thing that I’m happy about is how the organizers has avoided turning this into another political fiasco and kept the focus (rightly) on what it actually is; a humanitarian effort to free a man whose only crime seems to be that he is a Christian. The Iranian Government claims Abedini was “undermining National Security” and in January of 2013 locked him away for eight years.

The best I can tell Abedini returned to his native Iran, with the countries permission no less, to help set up an orphanage. I fail to see how setting up an orphanage undermines national security but that’s for the Iranians to explain. Maybe they thought he was up to his old tricks which were setting up house churches.

I dunno but either way something just doesn’t pass the sniff test does it?

I can only imagine what must be going through Abedini’s mind these days. In search of a better life he and his wife Nagmeth left Iran and eventually found their way to America where they became naturalized citizens. His love for his people brought him back to Iran to set up an orphanage and now he finds himself being beaten and tortured daily by the very people that he tried to help.

There’s an irony in there somewhere I’m sure of it.

I do find it interesting that the American government can, and will, at the drop of a hat, intervene in other countries business in the name of freedom. Often times our young people spill their blood on foreign soil for that to happen yet this same government can’t seem to negotiate the release of an American citizen whose freedom to believe in a faith and practice of his own choosing has been denied.

It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

So why Free Saeed day on December 4th, 2013? I guess the simple answer is to give this man and his family now currently living in Idaho some hope. To let this man and his family know that he’s more than just a negotiating chip in the poker game known as foreign relations. To let this man and his family know that we care and we are going to do everything in our power to see that he is released and reunited with his family.

There’s more to this campaign my friends.

We also need to let our elected officials know that we are outraged by this miscarriage of justice by using every platform we can find. These elected officials work for us and are supposed to be working for Saeed Abedini. We need to remind them that this American citizen and taxpayer needs them to get behind him and to use all their political power and persuasion to get this man released from the hellhole he currently resides in and back where he belongs; On American soil in the loving arms of his family and friends.

Here’s where you come in. (from the Free Saeed Facebook Page)

On WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 4, every Christian with a platform, great or small, will feature Saeed on it with the demand that our government use it’s God given power for good to secure his release.

If you have a Facebook page, you have a platform.
If you have a Twitter account, you have a platform.
If you have a Blog, you have a platform.
If you have an Instagram account...you get the idea!

Use the hashtag: #freesaeed and/or #savesaeed on all your platforms.

Our scattered voices can be ignored, but if we can come together across denominational and political lines as one voice the church may break prison chains once again.

We need every single Christian to spread the word to friends, family and any media outlets.

Pastors, feature this on your websites and blogs.

Bloggers, we need it on your front page.

Brothers & sisters, we need your Facebook status & even your profile pic.

We welcome any ideas to further this cause and we encourage your participation and promotion.

This is an historical moment for the church to come together for something that’s close to God’s heart - human life and dignity.

Please feel free to copy this content or modify this content, and post it as your own on your own media!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Snippet Sunday December 1st 2013


Snippet from Journey to Freedom

It was dawn as the Cherokee tribe prepared to leave their home. A place the white men called Georgia, and they were being moved to a new place called Oklahoma. His father, the Chief, was married to a black woman. The battle waged inside him as the two heritages collided. All his life he had learned of the Indian ways as well as the white men’s ways. He was ten years old and for the first time he was about to disobey his father’s command. He was not going to Oklahoma with them. He was not going to leave the only place he had known. He spit on the ground and stared angrily at the creek as it flowed by oblivious to the tormented kid.