Whether you agree or not with this, it is not right that ‘We the People’ are not having input in this and we are not allowed in the Roundhouse when laws like this are made! This is another example of Governor Lujan Grisham’s ‘power grab.’ The Progressives rule New Mexico. The GOP needs new leadership at the top, otherwise they will continue to lose. Sometimes, or a lot of times, I do not think the GOP realizes it is the minority party in New Mexico. It is like the Church, it needs to carry out THE GREAT COMMISSION, they better work hard at converting Dems and Independents. As we said in the day, ‘The GOP is stuck in the mud.’ At this point the GOP is preaching to the choir. New Mexico is an anti-life state, abortion, assisted suicide, record amount of child abuse, murders, pot, home delivery of booze…that sure improves the quality of life here. Where is the Church? The Church is losing its influence everyday, not only New Mexico, but in our entire Nation. It’s our own fault. As I preached on Sunday, the Church is fighting a 10 alarm fire with a garden house. This is Spiritual warfare, Satan is having his way with so very many right here in New Mexico and in our entire nation.
FGGAM received this news release:
Senate Republican Leader Greg Baca and Senate Republican Whip Craig Brandt issue statement on banning of firearms at the Capitol
New rule change by Democratic leaders would ban all firearms from Capitol grounds
SANTA FE – Today, Democrats on the Legislative Council voted to ban firearms on Capitol grounds. The Roundhouse is widely regarded as the most publicly accessible state Capitol in the nation. The resolution passed today is a radical shift in the approach to citizens’ rights in a public building. As adopted, the rule gives the Democratic Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro-Tempore the sole authority to authorize anyone without an exception to carry a firearm.
Senator Greg Baca (District 29-Bernalillo and Valencia) and Senator Craig Brandt (District 40-Sandoval), who both voted against the measure, issued the following statement regarding the rule change:
“It is clear that Democratic leaders in New Mexico know no bounds when it comes to their unchecked power. Although we are used to legislative assaults on New Mexican’s rights, this is a uniquely bad, overly-broad, and rushed proposal that was written by politicians, not safety experts. The complete subversion of the legislative process is a disgraceful relinquishment of the mandate of our chambers. We swore under oath to defend our constituents’ rights, not interpret them as we see fit. As with all assaults on the Second Amendment, this ban is solely an assault on law abiding citizens and does nothing to improve security. With no one to stop a criminal from jeopardizing all of our safety, this rule does little more than paint a target on our building for those who wish to do harm.”
We also heard from one of the GOP candidates for Governor:
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES – The New Mexico Legislative Council tonight passed a proposal banning firearms including concealed handguns and other “dangerous weapons” from the capitol complex.
This proposal is in direct defiance of the Constitution of New Mexico Section 6 which says “No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.”
Gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Dow gave the following statement regarding the proposal:
“Speaker Egolf and the radicals in the legislature have no reason for putting these anti-gun measures in place for law abiding citizens other than their lack of education about firearms, lack of regard for our Constitution, and lack of connection to the everyday New Mexican. This is just another instance of our government under the direction of MLG disregarding the rights of law abiding New Mexicans for their own political gain. We’ve seen our radical government leaders sign away our right to bear arms year after year, then threaten our law enforcement after they explained the laws were unenforceable. Then we saw them target gun retailers, slapping them with massive fines for not operating under MLG’s strict shutdown orders. Now, in a place that should be protecting our rights, the Council and Speaker Egolf seek to destroy them. I have fought the radical legislature on this issue before, and I am happy to stand up to them again. We need to send a message that our freedoms are more important than their political agenda.”
An Excerpt from “Power Through Prayer” by E. M. Bounds
The preacher’s sharpest and strongest preaching should be to himself. His most difficult, delicate, laborious, and thorough work must be with himself. The training of the twelve was the great, difficult, and enduring work of Christ. Preachers are not sermon-makers, but men-makers, and saint-makers. Only he who has made himself a man and a saint is well-trained for this business. God does not need great talents, great learning, or great preachers, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God. He needs men who are always preaching holy sermons in the pulpit and living holy lives out of it. These can mold a great generation for God.
After this order, the early Christians were formed. They were men of solid mold, preachers after the heavenly type–heroic, stalwart, soldierly, saintly. To them, preaching meant self-denying, self-crucifying, serious, toilsome, martyr business. They applied themselves to it in a way that influenced their generation and formed in its womb a generation yet unborn for God. The preaching man is to be the praying man. Prayer is the preacher’s mightiest weapon. An almighty force in itself, it gives life and force to all.
The real sermon is made in the closet. The man—God’s man—is made in the closet. His life and his most profound convictions are born in his secret communion with God. The burdened and tearful agony of his spirit, his weightiest and sweetest messages are received when alone with God. Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor.
The pulpit of this day is weak in praying. The pride of learning is in opposition to the dependent humility of prayer. In the pulpit, prayer is all too often only official—a performance for the routine of service. In the modern pulpit, prayer is not the mighty force it was in Paul’s life or ministry. Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to advance God’s cause in this world.
PRAY TEAM JESUS FOR EVERY STATE IN AMERICA TO STAND IN THE GAP FOR GOD’S BABIES LIKE TEXAS!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT BE LIKE NEW MEXICO!!!!!!!! Abortions are down 50% in Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT!!!! I am sure many are coming to New Mexico for their abortion!!!!!!!!! COME ON NEW MEXICO!!! GET WITH GOD!!!! GOD!!! How can you continue to kill God’s babies??????????????????? SEE BELOW!!!!!!!!!!
The United States Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday regarding two challenges to a Texas law banning most abortions. Known as SB 8, the law was signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in May. It prohibits abortions starting around the sixth week of pregnancy (when doctors can detect fetal cardiac activity). You can read a detailed explanation of the law and its unique enforcement features here.
The law is already having a pronounced effect: in September abortions in Texas dropped 50 percent compared to the same month last year. The actual number dropped from 5,377 in August to 2,164 in September; a difference of 3,213 precious lives.
While SB 8 does not strike at the legality of abortion itself, another case (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) does. It is set for argument before the Court on December 1 and is intended to challenge Roe v. Wade. The Washington Post describes these cases as the “most dramatic reckoning for abortion rights in decades.”
It is a staggering and grievous fact: an estimated 62 million abortions have occurred in the US since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. This number is equivalent to the populations of Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Utah, Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming—combined.
In the five decades since the Supreme Court tragically discovered a right to abortion in the US Constitution, untold numbers of people have worked tirelessly to advance the cause of life. Many have labored in the legal sphere to minimize the disaster of abortion for the unborn, mothers, and families. Others have provided counseling and support services to women, sought to educate the public on scientific facts regarding the unborn, and mobilized pro-life supporters to vote their values and pray and work for the unborn.
I am passionately convinced on biblical, biological, logical, and legal grounds that life begins at conception and abortion is therefore the taking of an innocent human life. I am therefore praying for an end to the tragedy of abortion in America and am profoundly grateful to all who are working sacrificially to that end.
A discipline every soul needs
Yesterday, in response to All Saints Day, I noted that God calls all his people to be “saints” (“holy ones”) and stated that his Spirit will make us as holy as we wish to be.
Today is All Souls Day on the church calendar, a day when Christians are encouraged to remember the faithful who have departed this life for the next. Today’s focus provides a vital clue to the process of sanctification and ties directly to our earlier discussion of pro-life advocates and their service to humanity.
The process of being made holy is described theologically as “sanctification.” Numerous spiritual disciplines are encouraged as various means to this end, including solitude, fasting, meditation, Bible study, prayer, and worship.
No discussion of spiritual disciplines that I have seen include “remembrance.” However, this is an empowering way to join the Holy Spirit in his work of maturing and deepening our spiritual lives.
Hebrews 11 is often called the “Hall of Faith.” It describes the faithful across Jewish history, from Abel through the prophets, as those “of whom the world was not worthy” (v. 38). When we read of their sacrificial faith, we are encouraged to emulate their lives and perseverance.
We find a similar emphasis in the early church, from the Book of Acts and its descriptions of apostolic courage to Paul’s testimony regarding God’s work in and through his life (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:23–33), including his invitation to “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
“Those who merely happen to be walking about”
In Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton writes: “Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death.”
Unfortunately, our materialistic culture values those we can see over those we cannot. Many have adopted the evolutionary premise that life is continually progressing and thus discount the lives and contributions of those who lived before our time. But both impulses are wrong biblically and on their merits. Human nature does not change. What our forebears learned and experienced is therefore relevant and vital in encouraging and empowering our spiritual lives and maturity.
To this end, I’ll close with a valuable maxim I heard years ago: every Christian should have a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy.
We all need a Paul, a mentor from whom we can learn. Now in my fifth decade of ministry, God has graciously given me wise examples and encouragers everywhere I have served. Many became spiritual fathers and mothers to me. Their counsel and support have been invaluable.
We all need a Barnabas, a colleague who will walk with us on our shared journey. Again, God has blessed me with partners in ministry who have been indispensable to my life and work. In my last pastorate, for instance, I ate lunch twice a month with a group of pastors in our community. It was deeply encouraging to know that I was not alone in this, that others were facing similar or even greater challenges, and that I could count on their intercession and support.
And we all need a Timothy, someone we are mentoring in discipleship and ministry. These relationships may be formal or informal, but the older we get, the more urgently we need to multiply our faith by helping those “who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).
“Powerful guides on the way to God”
Can you identify at least one Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy in your life?
If not, I encourage you to ask God to lead you to them. And to humble yourself to learn from them and to profit from their ministry to your soul.
Henri Nouwen writes: “In the past, the saints had very much moved to the background of my consciousness. During the last few months, they reentered my awareness as powerful guides on the way to God.
“I read the lives of many saints and great spiritual men and women, and it seems that they have become real members of my spiritual family, always present to offer suggestions, ideas, advice, consolation, courage, and strength. It is very hard to keep your heart and mind directed toward God when there are no examples to help you in your struggle. Without saints, you easily settle for less-inspiring people and quickly follow the ways of others who for a while seem exciting but who are not able to offer lasting support. I am happy to have been able to restore my relationship with many great saintly men and women in history who, by their lives and works, can be real counselors to me.”
Who are the saints in your life today?
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Dr. Jim Denison is the CVO of Denison Forum
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