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                                                    PEACE LUTHERAN                                                                            dent suggested, that will not be
                                                     CHURCH (ELCA)
                                                                                               BLUNT STATE-
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                          Sunday 10 am               30 Freeman Road, Hollister                MENT ON PRESI-                                 while the fight continues at home
                                                             1 mile South of
                         1055 Bird Road                   College of the Ozarks                DENT’S IRAQ                                    and overseas, the undeniable
                            Branson              Contemporary Worship- Sunday @ 8:00                                                          progress being made by our
                         (417) 294-4900          a.m./ Trad. Liturgy, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.       ADDRESS TO VFW                                 troops on the ground has created
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                             Dr. Don                       Pastor Emil Bartos                                                                 a new landscape in Iraq, and con-
                            Brezavar                          WASHINGTON – House                             fronted in a serious way the
                                                                                               Republican Whip Roy Blunt                      agents of terror who have staked
                                                                                               (Mo.) issued the following state-              their campaign on a precipitous
                                                    “The Tabernacle”                           ment after the president delivered             withdrawal of American support
                                                   Messianic Jewish and Christian              an important speech on Iraq to                 forces from the region.
                                                      Congregation meets at                    the national convention of
                                                    256 Church Rd. in Branson
                                                                                               Veterans of Foreign Wars in                     “Now, as Gen. Petraeus and
                                                  Shabbat services: Fri. 7:30 pm &
                                                          Saturday 11 am                       Missouri:                                      Ambassador Crocker prepare to
                                                  (417) 334-7373 (479) 253-4214                “The president this morning                    issue a report on the current sta-
                                                       Rabbi Jeremy Storch                     rightly identified our current cam-
AWAY FROM YOUR HOME CHURCH?                                                                                                                   tus in Iraq, even some Democrats
                                                                 paign in Iraq as part of a genera-
Solid Gospel Sunday Service at the Hamner                                                                                                     who support surrender and with-
Barber Theater...Ordained and licensed                                                         tional struggle between two very               drawal have started to acknowl-
Evangelist, Dave Hamner (Masters of Div.                                  (417)                different views of the world: one              edge the successes we’ve seen
in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological                                                    that believes in the promotion of
Seminary & a BA in Pastoral Theology from
                                                                   336-HOPE                                                                   across the region. It’s now time
                                                                                               democracy and the dignity of the               for the Democratic leadership to
Southwestern Bible College)              holds
services each Sunday, The Solid Gospel                                                         human spirit, and another whose                decide whether it wants our mis-
Praise sings and leads worship, and                                                            sole source of legitimacy derives              sion to succeed in Iraq, and come
                                                   Meeting at the Boys and Girls
different entertainers from shows in Branson                                                   from its ability to destroy human
share their testimony in song..the service
                                                         Club of Branson                                                                      back in September willing to
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lasts about 1 hour and 15 is an
interdenominational Service that reaches
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all Christian starts at 10:00 AM                                                                                                  our troops in the field.”
                                                        Wednesday- 7 PM
and there is free coffee for all who attend.
                                                   Pastor Sam & Ruth Kaunley                   “This is a struggle, as the presi-
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                                   years. Upon graduation, she      steadfast encouragement and        On June 30, 2007 the Presley      Bessie Mae Presley is sur-
Bessie                             moved to Springfield, MO. to     tireless dedication inspired the   family celebrated their 40th      vived by her husband Lloyd,
                                   attend Drauhon Business          family to persevere year after     anniversary of live perform-      their four children, Deanna
Mae                                College.       It     was   at
                                   Springfield’s Doling Park (at
                                                                    year as they watched their
                                                                    business grow. Although never
                                                                                                       ances in Branson. Bessie Mae,
                                                                                                       together with the other mem-
                                                                                                                                         Drennon and her husband
                                                                                                                                         David of Eureka Springs, AR,
Presley                            the bumper car rides) that she
                                   met her husband-to-
                                                                    appearing on stage, Bessie         bers of her family, was hon-
                                                                                                                 ored by Missouri’s
                                                                                                                                         Gary and his wife Pat, Janice
                                                                                                                                         Sutherland, Steve and his wife
Called                             be, Lloyd Presley.
                                   They were married
                                                                                                                 Governor       Matt
                                                                                                                 Blunt, the State
                                                                                                                                         Raeanne all of Branson.
                                                                                                                                         Grandchildren Mike and Gina
                                   November 4, 1942                                                              Legislature, City of    Drennon, Mindee and James
Home                               and were nearly                                                               Branson,         the    Prosser, Scott and Malinda
                                   inseparable         for                                                       Branson/Lakes Area      Presley, Greg Presley, Eric and
Branson, MO — Bessie Mae
                                   almost 65 years. The                                                          Chamber           of    Kelli Presley, Tina and Matt
Presley, 84, of Branson,
                                   couple, with their                                                            Commerce, and the       Couch, Todd Sutherland, Nick
passed away peacefully at
                                   four children, lived                                                          Taney        County     and Rhianna Presley, John
Skaggs Community Health
                                   in Springfield for the                                                        Commissioners for       Presley and Sarah Presley. She
Center on Sunday, August 12,
                                   first 25 years of their                                                       their outstanding       was blessed with eight great
2007. The matriarch of
                                   marriage.                                                                     contributions to the    grandchildren and a ninth one
Branson’s            nationally
                                                                                                                 entertainment           expected to be born this week.
renowned musical family and
                                   In 1967, Lloyd and                                                            industry in Branson.    She has two surviving broth-
owners of Presleys’ Country
                                   Bessie Mae moved                                                                                      ers Virgil and his wife
Jubilee, Bessie Mae coura-
                                   to Branson, and                                                               Bessie Mae was          Katherine, Jesse and his wife
geously battled pulmonary
                                   along with their chil-                                                        beloved by not only     Geneva all of Texas. She was
fibrosis and diabetes for the
                                   dren, Deanna, Gary,                                                           her loyal and tight-    preceded in death by her par-
past several years. With a
                                   Janice,        Steve,                                                         knit family, but by     ents, her in-laws, two brothers
laugh in her voice and a twin-
                                   Deanna’s husband                                                              the Branson com-        and three sisters.
kle in her eye until near the
                                   David Drennon and                                                             munity and the
very end, she left this Earth in
                                   Gary’s wife Pat ,                                                             many friends she
the way she wished — sur-                                 Bessie    Mae Presley
                                   they opened the                                                               had come to know        In lieu of flowers, the family
rounded by members of her
                                   Mountain Music Theater (now      Mae’s work behind the scenes       through her work at the theater   has requested memorials be
large, loving family.
                                   Presleys’ Country Jubilee) on    was a major contributor to the     over the years. Always ready      made to:
                                   Branson’s Highway 76. Theirs     theater’s            success.      to help those who might
Born Bessie Mae Garrison
near Cleveland, OK. on July 4,
                                   was the first music theater on   Bookkeeping, sewing cos-           require a hand, she consistent-   Skaggs Community Health
                                   what was then a lonesome         tumes and selling concessions      ly placed her needs behind        Center Foundation
1923, she and her twin broth-
                                   stretch of asphalt, a far cry    were among her many jobs           those of family and friends. It   In Memory of Bessie Mae
er, Jesse, were two of eight
                                   from the entertainment mecca     through the years. In the last     could easily be said that
children. The family moved                                                                                                               PresleyP.O. Box 650
                                   Branson is today. The entire     few years, the job she loved       Bessie Mae Presley never met
back to Alpena, AR. in the late                                                                                                          Branson, MO. 65615
                                   family continued to work         the most was greeting the          a stranger…..but if she did,
1930s, where Bessie Mae
                                   numerous outside jobs in the     many friends and fans that         they did not remain a stranger
completed high school in three
                                   early years. Bessie Mae’s        attended the show.                 for long.
September 2007                                                                      Page 5

Is Your Child                                                                   Learn
                                                                                By Stephanie Holloway
Learning Your
Values?                                                                         Love, it’s what He does, it’s who He is
D     o you want your son to grow
      up to be self-reliant, depend-
able, and caring? Is it important to
                                                                                Earning it isn’t required, He gives it freely,
                                                                                it’s called Grace
you that he learns traditional val-                                             Accept Him as your savior, acknowledge
ues such as honesty, trustworthi-                                               your sins, appreciate and adore Him
ness, and respect for others and the
                                                                                Respect His ways and let Him reign
    If you answered “yes” to either                                             supreme in your life
of these questions, then you should                                             Never look back
check out what Scouting has to          We invite you and your son to
                            offer.      become a part of one of America’s
                            Local       leading value-driven organiza-
                            units in    tions. Scouting is a valuable
                            y o u r     resource that can help families
                                                                                     In the life of every Christian
                            town are    accomplish worthy goals while               there comes a special time of
                            looking     building and strengthening rela-
                            for more    tionships within the family.               testing. It is not that God needs
                            youth to
                            partici-    For more information regarding activ-        to know what you will do, he
                                        ities and participation procedures
                            pate in     please contact: Jeff Barry/ District      already knows. But God wants us
                            t h e i r   Executive (Blazing Trails)
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FEATURED IN THE 2008 EDI-                    These Graduates Don’t Owe A Penny                      College of the Ozarks COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS
TION OF THE PRINCETON                                                                                     Near Hollister, Missouri         OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES BSN
REVIEW’S BEST 366 COL-                                                                                      417-334-6411                   PROGRAM
                                                                                                                     By: Sarah LeDoux
By: Kellen Hall                                                                                    * A Century -Old Tradition That Works
                                                                                                                                           College of the Ozarks announces
                                                                                                   * Tuition-Free
College of the Ozarks offers students                                                                                                      the availability of the new baccalau-
                                                                                                   * Students Work - Rather than pay
an outstanding undergraduate educa-                                                                                                        reate degree in nursing for the 2007
                                                                                                   * Ranked a top Midwest college by       fall semester. The first course in this
tion, according to The Princeton                                                                          U.S. News & World Report
                                                                                                          since 1989
Review. The New York-based edu-                                                                                                            major,      The      Character       of
cation services company features the                                                                  “Hard Work U... one of               Professional Nursing, will focus on
College in the 2008 edition of its                                                                    the most unusual little              a biblical worldview of healing and
book, Best 366 Colleges. Schools                                                                      liberal arts colleges in             healthcare - an approach unique to
                                                                                               ®      the country.”
are chosen by a student-based survey,
ranking the institutions in more than       They Went to HARD WORK U.                                          The Wall Street Journal
                                                                                                                                           the character emphasis at the
60 categories.
                                          topics and report on their campus                                                                Plans for the nursing program dur-
 “We chose schools for this book pri-     experiences.                         FLAG DISPLAY AT COL-                                        ing its first year also include a labo-
marily for their outstanding academ-                                           LEGE OF THE OZARKS                                          ratory class in the spring 2007
ics,” said Robert Franek, The             College of the Ozarks is included in HONORS VICTIMS OF 9/11                                      semester         called       Holistic
Princeton Review’s vice-president of      the following top 20 lists:                                                                      Assessment         &      Sue Head
publishing. “We evaluated them            #4 – Scotch and Soda, Hold the                                                                   Communication. The new Nursing
                                                                                  By: Amanda Manuel
based on institutional data we collect    Scotch                                                                                           Learning lab housed in the west
about the schools, feedback from stu-     #4 – Stone-Cold Sober Schools                                                                    wing of the McDonald Hospital is a
dents attending them, and our visits                                              On September 11, 2007, College of
                                          #4 – Got Milk?                                                                                   state-of-the-art facility dedicated to
to schools over the years. We also        #6 – Future Rotarians and               the Ozarks will have a memorial to
                                                                                  honor victims of the Sept. 11, 2001,                     teaching students hands-on patient
consider the opinions of independent      Daughters of the American                                                                        care. The lab is equipped with
college counselors, students and par-     Revolution                              attacks.
                                                                                                                                           manikins that simulate various
ents. Finally, we work to have a wide     #7 – Students Most Nostalgic for                                                                 medical situations.
representation of colleges in the book    Ronald Reagan                           Two thousand nine hundred and
by region, size, selectivity and char-    #10 – Students Pray on a Regular        ninety six flags, one for each vic-
                                                                                  tim, will be part of the memorial.                       Twenty-one students are enrolled in
acter.”                                   Basis
                                                                                  They are to be displayed to form the                     the program for this fall semester.
                                          #10 – Town-Gown Relations are
                                                                                  numerals 9-11.                                           Students must have taken one year
In the College of the Ozarks profile,     Great
The Princeton Review describes the                                                                                                         of prerequisite courses and national
                                          #11 – Don’t Inhale
College as unique because of its no-                                              The memorial will be located on the                      nursing entrance exams before
                                          #12 – Best College Theater
tuition work-study program, and                                                   lawn in front of the Alumni Center.                      acceptance into the program. This
because it strives to educate the head,   Ranking lists report the top 20         Although it will be visible to pass-                     rigorous program requires students
the heart and the hands. “It’s more       schools in categories that range from   ing motorists on BUS 65 from                             to take an average of 17 class cred-
important to be a good fit for the col-   best professors, administration and     Hollister, the public is encouraged                      its per semester to finish in the rec-
lege philosophically and financially      campus food to lists based on student   to visit the display during daytime                      ommended four years.
than it is to be an academic wizard,”     body political leanings, race/class     hours.
The Princeton Review profile states.      relations, sports interests and other                                                            The College will offer several new
“If you’re a hard worker all around,      aspects of campus life.           The   “Out of respect and remembrance                          courses to supplement the nursing
you’re just what they’re looking for.”    Princeton Review does not rank the      of those lost on September 11, we                        program. One new biochemistry
                                          colleges in the book 1 to 366 in any    wanted to establish this tribute,”                       and two new chemistry classes were
The ranking lists in the 2008 edition     single category, nor do the rankings                                                             added last year to the catalog.
                                                                                  said C of O President Jerry C.
of “Best 366 Colleges” are based on       reflect The Princeton Review’s opin-                                                             Another new course will be taught
                                                                                  Davis. “Celebrating the bravery and
The Princeton Review’s survey of          ion of the schools.                                                                              beginning in this fall semester
                                                                                  heroism of those who worked to
120,000 students (an average of                                                                                                            called Informatics. There are plans
                                                                                  save lives is important for this
about 325 per campus). A college’s        For more information, log on to                                                                  to add a Therapeutic Nutrition class
appearance on these lists is attributa-
                                                                                  country and its citizens. It’s also
                                 or con-                                                                  in the fall of 2008 semester.
ble to a high consensus among its                                                 important that we never forget what
                                          tact Elizabeth Andrews, College of
surveyed students about the subject.                                              happened on this day.”
                                          the Ozarks director of public rela-
The 80-question survey asked stu-         tions, at 417-334-6411 ext. 2212.
dents to rate their schools on several
September 2007                                                                                                               Page 7
                                   within range of their suicide        point, pass it on to your
This woman                         bombs.                               friends. Sooner or later, it'll get
should run for                                                          to the people responsible for
                                    I'll care when the American         this ridiculous behavior!
president                          media stops pretending that
                                   their First Amendment liberties       If you don't agree, then by all
  "Are we fighting a war on        are somehow derived from             means, cluck your tongue and
terror or aren't we? Was it or     international law instead of         turn the page. Should you
was it not started by Islamic !    the United States Constitution's     choose the latter, then please
people w ho brought it to our      Bill of Rights.                      don't complain when more
shores on September 11,                                                 atrocities committed by radical
2001?                                                                   Muslims happen here in our
                                                                        great Country!
Were people from all over the
world, mostly Americans, not                                             And may I add this quote:
brutally murdered that day, in                                          "Some people spend an entire
downtown Manhattan , across                                             lifetime wondering if they
the Potomac from our nation's                                           made a difference in the world.
capitol and in a field in                                               But, the Marines don't have
                                                                        that problem." -- Ronald              Louisiana                        with the ACLU, which has
Pennsylvania?                                                                                                                                  filed five lawsuits in 13 years
                                                                        Reagan said, "If we ever for-
Did nearly three thousand men,                                          get that we're One Nation             school district                  against the school district's
                                                                        Under God, then we will be a                                           board on matters relating to
women and children die a hor-
rible, burning or crushing death                                        nation gone under."                   streamlines                      religion.
that day, or didn't they?
                                   In the meantime, when I hear a       One last thought for the day:
                                                                                                              prayer policy                    "You know, this is the
                                   story about a brave marine           In case we find ourselves start-      Ed Thomas                        ACLU's campaign of fear
And I'm supposed to care that a
                                   roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to    ing to believe all the Anti-                   and intimidation and disin-
copy of the Koran was "dese-
crated" when an overworked         obtain information, know this: I     American sentiment and nega-                                           formation. They try to, really,
                                   don't care.                          tivity, we should remember            A Louisiana parish school        pick on certain city councils,
American soldier kicked it or
got it wet?... Well, I don't. I                                         England 's Prime Minister Tony        system has agreed to adopt a     school boards, in an effort to
don't care at all.                 When I see a fuzzy photo of a        Blair's words during an inter-        Christian legal defense firm's   intimidate other surrounding
                                   pile of naked Iraqi prisoners        view. When asked by one of            model prayer policy for the      boards," says Johnson.
I'll start caring when Osama       who have been humiliated in          his Parliament members why            long-standing practice of
bin Laden turns himself in and     what amounts to a college-haz-       he believes so much in                invocations at its school        In another ACLU suit against
repents for incinerating all       ing incident, rest assured: I        America, he said: "A simple           board meetings.                  the parish, a July 26 ruling of
those innocent people on 9/11.     don't care.                          way to take measure of a coun-                                         the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court
                                                                        try is to look at how many            Hear this Report                 of Appeals reversed a lower-
I'll care about the Koran when     When I see a wounded terrorist       want in... And how many want          advertisement                    court decision that deter-
the fanatics in the Middle East    get shot in the head when he is      out."
                                                                                                                                               mined the opening invoca-
start caring about the Holy        told not to move because he                                                Tangipahoa Parish School
                                   might be booby-trapped, you
                                                                                                                                               tion was unconstitutional
Bible, the mere possession of                                                                                 Board, which regularly finds     because it offended someone
which is a crime in Saudi          can take it to the bank: I           Only two defining forces              itself at odds with the          present at a meeting.
Arabia                             don't care
                                                                        have ever offered to die              American Civil Liberties
                                                                        for you:                              Union, will invite clergy to     Johnson says Tangipahoa's
I'll care when these thugs tell    When I hear that a prisoner,
                                   who was issued a Koran and a           1. Jesus Christ                     lead in the invocation up to     decision on the prayer policy,
the world they are sorry for                                                                                  three times in one calendar      and persistence against the
hacking off Nick Berg's head       prayer mat, and fed "special"          2. The American G. I.
                                   food that is paid for by my tax                                            year -- first come, first        ACLU, reminds public offi-
while Berg screamed through                                                                                   served -- and the prayers will
                                   dollars, is complaining that his     One died for your soul,                                                cials throughout the country
his gurgling slashed throat.                                                                                  not be endorsed, censored, or
                                   holy book is being "mishan-                                                                                 that they can and should
                                                                        the other for your free-              reviewed beforehand. The         resist the "increasingly radi-
 I'll care when the cowardly so-   dled," you can absolutely
                                   believe in your heart of hearts:     dom.                                  clergy will be chosen from       cal" demands of secularist
called "insurgents" in Iraq
                                   I don't care.                                                              established congregations        groups.
come out and fight like men                                              YOU MIGHT WANT TO                    based on information provid-
instead of disrespecting their                                          PASS THIS ON, AS MANY
                                   And oh, by the way, I've                                                   ed by the Yellow Pages.          All Original Content
own religion by hiding in                                               SEEM TO FORGET BOTH
mosques.                           noticed that sometimes it's                                                                                 Copyright 2006-2007
                                   spelled "Koran" and other            OF THEM.                              Attorney Mike Johnson of         American Family News
 I'll care when the mindless       times "Quran." Well, Jimmy                                                 Alliance Defense Fund,           Network - All Rights
                                   Crack Corn and-you guessed it-       Written by a housewife from           which provided the model
zealots who blow themselves                                                                                                                    Reserved
                                   I don't care!!                       New Jersey                            policy for the district, says
up in search of nirvana care
about the innocent children                                                                                   this latest decision comes in
                                   If you agree with this view-                                               Tangipahoa's ongoing battle
 Page 8                                                                                  September 2007
                                                                                                             From the beginning of creation,
                                         The next 40 years were filled with a routine                        God has used men and women
                                       that rarely changed, and as the passing of time                       living in obscurity to accomplish
                                       so often does, aspirations were mellowed with a                       the impossible. In an instant,
                                                                                                             Moses the shepherd went from
                                        complacency called the “comfort zone.” Now,                          reflection about his past to res-
                                         as the canvas of his life rolled before him, he                     olute about his future. If you have
                                       was flooded with emotions that had been buried                        retired from the battle and living
by Shane Grady                                                                                               in the past, let God’s fire ignite
                                       deep in the recesses of his spirit. Another time,                     your spirit. One man can make a
As with countless times before,                  another place, another man...                               difference.
the man shivered as he slipped out
                                 zone.” Now, as the canvas of his
into the chilly darkness of the pre-                                   Hadn’t he buried himself for the
dawn morning. The sky was lit up life rolled before him, he was        past 40 years, leading a quiet life
with a vast array of stars too   flooded with emotions that had        far away from the suffering of a      Shane & Karen
                                 been buried deep in the recesses      people once close to his heart?       Grady are
numerous to count. Marveling                                                                                 Owners/Brokers
over the splendor of such a daz- of his spirit. Another time, anoth-   After all what could one man have
                                                                                                             of Branson
zling display, brought him to a  er place, another man. A man          done?                                 Lakes
                                 who had position and power. A
place of reflection about his life.                                                                          Country Realty
                                 man, whom in an emotional             Moments later, a burning bush
At 40, he had been married and moment in time took another             experience melted Moses’s life of
joined his father-in-law in the man’s life.                            obscurity into the sands of the        The Grady’s are owners of Branson
                                                                       wilderness. The fire of God             Lakes Country Realty in Branson,
family business. The next 40
                                                                                                                MO. They also are founders of
years were filled with a routine From the palace to the plains,        anointed and energized this man
                                                                                                              “Harvest House Ministries” on the
that rarely changed, and as the from a prince to a shepherd, this      of 80, birthing a warrior’s spirit
                                                                                                               Island of Mindanao, Philippines.
passing of time so often does, man named Moses buried himself          that would soon have him stand-
                                                                                                                            Go to:
aspirations were mellowed with a into the fleece wrap garment shel-    ing before the most powerful man
complacency called the “comfort tering him from the morning cold.      in the world without fear.
September 2007                                                                                                                       Page 9
                                      As a public school teacher for      ed gave me almost 40 hours           meaningful pilgrimage that          time in a few years my blood
                                      over 13 years, I read with          each week for me to wear two         will never be forgotten!            pressure is completely under
     YAK BAK                          much interest the article in the    hats. The one I wanted my par-                                           control!
                                      August edition regarding            ents to see and the miscreant I      Bill & Macy S.- Battlefield
                                      Berean Liberty Christian            really was at school and play.       __________                          Fred P.- Nixa
                                      Academy. I am quite sure that       Looking back, I wished I was-
    Feed Back from                    Jay Scribner is (much to my         n’t exposed to certain things        Good job on your newspaper!         Now that’s what I call a rea-
       readers                        dismay) is accurate in his          that I learned in a secular envi-    Most Christian pubs I have          sonable health care testimony -
                                      assessment of Christian kids’s      ronment. For my family, we           seen in my travels rehash their     ed
                                      expectation to influence their      have made a great financial          holy trinity of bashing gays,       __________
I take exception to Mr.               fellow students as being folly.     sacrifice to send our kids to        democrats and abortion.
Scribner’s blanket statement          It is my observation that there     private Christian School. So         Thanks for the well balanced        I recently visited Branson and
that “It is absurd for us to think    are few christian students with     far, I believe I see the fruits of   content. Keep it up!                picked up your publication. I
that we can put our children          the spiritual maturity to resist    that sacrifice with our kids.                                            never take the time to write to
into a secular system, and            the attitudes and social mores      Maybe, they would have fared         Jack P.- Phoenix, AZ                folks that have blessed me, but
expect them to change that sys-       of the secular environment.         okay in the government’s                                                 your paper only verified my
tem.” I have raised 3 kids and        This is not to be seen as an        school experiment but I am not       By “Christian pubs” I assume        impression of my family’s first
they have all since graduated         indictment against Christian        a gambling man. I know that          you mean publications.              visit there. A true Christian
from the public school system         Students but rather throwing        ten to 15 years from now I           Otherwise it would be an oxy-       Spirit was evident everywhere
with remarkable success. My           lambs to the wolves. It is          won’t be saying, “If I only          moron, right? -ed                   we went. My wife asked me
son is a pastor and my other          unlikely that a lamb can con-       would have put them ina pub-                                             what my most favorite attrac-
two are involved in para-             vince a wolf to change his          lic school!”                         __________                          tion or show we attended was
church ministries. I don’t            appetite to veal.                                                                                            but I think she was surprised
think Christian families that                                             Kyle B.- Springfield                 I want to thank Lynn Morris         by my answer. I told her even
insist on home schooling and          Carol L. -Rockford, IL              __________                           for his honest review of gener-     though I thought the shows
private schooling are being           __________                                                               ic medications. I recently visit-   were very high quality and so
realistic. It is almost financially                                       I loved your article on the          ed Dr. Charles Scott (One of        incredibly family friendly, my
impossible for most mothers to        Regarding the ongoing debate        Dead Sea! My wife and I were         your advertisers) and for           favorite thing was how every-
either stay at home to school         of Christian Schools vs. public     in Israel ten years ago and we       $39.00 was able to get quality      one let us merge into traffic!
their children or to enroll them      schools; I will only speak for      saw little if any activity in that   medical advice for my balloon-
in private education.                 myself. I was raised in a           region. Your stories make us         ing blood pressure. His pre-        Terrance C.- Dallas, TX
                                      Christian home but my               want to go back again. We            scription that I had filled at a    ________
Cindy C.- Springfield                 “friends” and school mates in       think all Christians should visit    local family Pharmacy was
___________                           the public school that I attend-    the Holy Land. It would be a         only $7.00 and for the first

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                                                                                          Shoji Tabuchi
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                                                                                      Dr. D. James Kennedy retires
     Listen online anywhere in the world at:
                                                                                      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Commenting on the retirement of
                                                                                      Dr. D. James Kennedy as senior pastor of Coral Ridge
                                            Now more music...                         Presbyterian Church, Alliance Defense Fund President and
                                                                                      CEO Alan Sears called Kennedy “a man of great moral
                                          Contemporary Christian                      courage and vision.”
                                             New Releases and
                                                 more variety                         “Dr. Kennedy is one of my personal heroes,” said Sears. “He
                                                                                      is a man of unquestioned integrity, great moral courage, and vision. As a co-founder
                                            Fewer song repeats                        of ADF, he has been a constant source of Godly wisdom and service to me. His life
                                           Still offering Branson                     and testimony have had an incredible impact upon so many people for the Kingdom
                                                                                      of God, and he is an example to us all of a good and faithful servant.”
                                            news and weather!
                                                                                      The Coral Ridge congregation (FL) where he has served since 1959 said “Our
        Contemporary                                   KLFC                           prayers and thoughts are with Dr. Kennedy, his wife, Anne, and daughter Jennifer, as
                                                                                      he enters retirement. He is much loved and we sorely miss him. We are grateful to
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Branson News and Weather                        Branson, MO 65616                     on a wide range of matters. He has left us a rich storehouse of biblical truth that will
                                                 417-334-5532                         serve as the foundation for this ministry’s growth in the years to

                                                        search out meaning in life, and that is where he           team members
                                                        found the Lord.                                            also represent the
                                                                                                                   ministry at fish-
                                                        Doug’s boat is equipped with special gear to secure        ing tournaments
                                                        he and his wheelchair to the fishing deck. He likes        and try to work
                                                        to joke that he, “Looks like a refrigerator” strapped      the outing expe-
                                                        to the boat. People think he is a little crazy to be out   riences around
Fishing with Friends….                                  there on the deck like that… but he said he feels          those       events
“I can do all things through Christ                                                                                 when the oppor-
who strengthens me.”                                                                                                tunity arises.

        Down Syndrome man proudly holds up a                                                                        Do you know

A       bluegill, with a mile wide grin… you’d
        think he had a 6-lb. bass on. A man with
palsy goes on his first fishing outing since he was a
                                                                                                                    someone who
                                                                                                                    might be able to
                                                                                                                    be blessed through this ministry? Would you like
                                                                                                                    to explore the possibility of joining the team, or
boy fishing with his dad, whom had just passed
away a few months before. He says it was a turning                                                                  supporting the ministry in some way? Contact
point in healing after the loss.                                                                                    Doug Goddard today at 214-336-1188.

These are a couple examples of why Doug Goddard                                                                     The next time you’re out on the water, and you see
and Fishing with Friends ministry do what they do;                                                                  what appears to be a refrigerator strapped to the
offer those with physical and mental disabilities an                                                                front of a boat, take a closer look… it just may be
                            unforgettable experi-                                                                   Doug Goddard and Fishing with Friends Ministry.
                            ence in God’s great
                            outdoors. Fishing with                                                                  David Lingner is president of Christian
                            Friends is an outdoor                                                                   Outdoorsman. You can reach David at dlingn-
                            outreach     of     Joni                                                      
                            Eareckson Tada’s, Joni      secure. Sometimes you just gotta have faith in
                            and Friends ministry.       order to experience the best things in life.
                            Doug, who heads up
                            the ministry, himself is    Fishing with Friends has a team of fishermen who
                            a quadriplegic, result-     take individuals and small groups out on these once
                            ing from a diving acci-     in a lifetime experiences. Currently, the ministry
                            dent similar to that,       operates primarily in the south and southeast, but
                            which happened to           desires to expand to all states as the Lord leads.
                            Joni.                       When asked what it takes to become a team mem-
                                                        ber, Doug plied, “The desire to share the love of
Doug is quick to tell you that he doesn’t know if he    Christ with those who have mental and physical dis-
would have it any other way… as it drove him to         abilities… oh… and a boat!” Fishing with Friends
 September 2007                                                                                                                                     Page 13
Haggard Seeks                                continue as full-time students, and then,
                                             when I graduate, we won't need outside
                                                                                         Campaign to                                           The Initiative does NOT:
Financial Help                               support any longer."                        Prohibit All Human                                    1.     prohibit Stem Cell Research –
                                                                                                                                               this is not a stem cell issue, it is a

                                             Haggard left the 10,000-member New          Cloning                                               human cloning issue
                                             Life Church late last year and resigned                                                           2.     stop the search for cures and
                                             as head of the National Association of      CWA of Missouri is excited to report                  treatments to alleviate suffering
Ted Haggard, who left the megachurch         Evangelicals after a former male escort                                                           3.     repeal Amendment 2
he founded after admitting to "sexual                                                    that Cures without Cloning has filed
                                             accused Haggard of paying him for sex.      the paperwork with the Secretary of                   Since this is a citizens’ initiative, we
immorality," has asked supporters for                                                                                                          will need every CWA member to par-
financial assistance while he and his                                                    State’s office regarding the citizens’
                                             Mike Ware, an overseer for New Life         initiative to ban all forms of human                  ticipate! Trainings are being set up in
wife pursue their studies.                   Church, told The Gazette of Colorado                                                              every county regarding circulating the
                                             Springs on Friday that it was premature                                                           petitions for signatures. Signatures will
The former New Life Church pastor            of Haggard to release the statement                                                               be gathered in a variety of places:
plans to seek a master's degree in coun-                                                 “The Missouri Constitution currently
                                             without first consulting the overseers.     allows for human cloning. It allows                   churches, neighborhoods, individuals
seling at the University of Phoenix                                                                                                            contacting family and friends, etc.
while his wife studies psychology, he                                                    for the same cloning method that creat-
                                             A New Life spokesman did not immedi-        ed Dolly the Sheep,” said Dr. Buffa,                  Volunteers will be able to participate in
said in an e-mail                                  ately return a phone message                                                                whatever venues they are most com-
sent this week to                                                                        who serves as chair of CWC. “This
                                                   left late Friday by The               initiative will ensure this dangerous,                fortable. Gathering signatures must be
KRDO-TV in                                         Associated Press.                                                                           done according to the specifications of
Colorado Springs.                                                                        unproven, unnecessary practice is pro-
                                                                                         hibited, and allow us to focus on safe                the Secretary of State, and must be
                                                      Haggard received a salary of       research that leads to lifesaving cures               done only by those who are registered
The couple and                                        $115,000 for the 10 months he                                                            to do so.
two of their sons                                                                        and treatments.”
                                                      worked in 2006 and an $85,000
planned to move                              anniversary bonus before the scandal                                                              Please contact our office at 636-536-
Oct. 1 to the Phoenix Dream Center, a                                                    The initiative would amend the
                                             broke, The Gazette reported. Haggard's      Missouri Constitution to prohibit the                 6506 or email us at cwaofmo@hot-
faith-based halfway house in Phoenix,        severance package included a year's                                                      to get information on how to
where Haggard and his wife would pro-                                                    practice of human cloning, and would
                                             salary of $138,000, and he collects roy-    prohibit taxpayer funding of human                    get involved in your area.
vide counseling, the e-mail said.            alties on his book titles, the newspaper    cloning experiments.
                                             reported.                                                                                         Be sure to check out website at
"It looks as though it will take two years                                                                                                     http:\\ for the latest
for us to have adequate earning power                                                    Concerned Women for America whole-
                                             El Paso County records show Haggard's       heartedly supports this short, straight-              information on this and other issues in
again, so we are looking for people who      home, which has been up for sale, has a                                                           Missouri, including our current
will help us monthly for two years," the                                                 forward, scientifically accurate amend-
                                             market value of $715,051.                   ment for the following reasons:                       newsletter.
e-mail said. "During that time we will
                                                                                         1. The Cures Without Cloning
                                                                                         Initiative will close the cloning loop-               Thank you for all that you do for
                                                                                         hole that currently exists in our                     Missouri!
                                                                                         Missouri Constitution.
                                                                                         2      The Cures Without Cloning                      Sent by
                                                                                         Initiative will ensure that none of our               Concerned
                                                                                         tax dollars can be spent on human                     Women for
                                                                                         cloning experiments.                                  America of
                                                                                         3.      The Cures Without Cloning                     Missouri
                                                                                         Initiative will allow researchers in our              PO Box 274
                                                                                         state to focus on the many avenues of                 Chesterfield,
                                                                                         ethical research that provide real cures              MO 63006
                                                                                         and treatments and real hope for those                (636)-536-6506
                                                                                         suffering from diseases.

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                                                                                                                        theatre lobby. If you’re planning a
Two Reunions You’ll Want To                                                                                             Branson vacation, you can stay at
                                                                                                                        the adjoining Welk Resort hotel.
                                                                                                                        For more information and to pur-
Enjoy At Welk Resort Theatre                                                                                            chase tickets for the Tillis Family
                                                                                                                        Reunion and Welk Stars Reunion
                                                                                                                        2007, call the Welk Resort Theatre
by Kelly Lamborn                        And the Tillis “talent gene” doesn’t     nine special performances. Original    at 417-337-7469 or go online to sul-
Branson, MO                             stop there. Sonny has written hit        guest stars from the Lawrence Welk
                                        songs for Pam Tillis, Reba               television show scheduled to appear
        he Tillis Family Reunion will

T       bring together one of the
        most talented, personable and
beloved families in country music
                                        McEntire, Trace Adkins, Suzy
                                        Bogguss and more. Sonny’s first #1
                                        hit single, “When I Think About
                                        Angels,” was recorded by Jaime
                                                                                 in Branson include Jo Ann Castle,
                                                                                 Anacani, Ava Barber, Dick Dale,
                                                                                 Jack Imel, Mary Lou Metzger and
                                                                                 Roger & David Otwell.
                                                                                                                              Want To Go?
                                                                                                                         Tillis Family Reunion
from September 12 through October       O’Neal. Carrie April, a classically                                              Sept. 12 – Oct. 20, 2007
20. Mel Tillis will be joined by his    trained opera singer, sings just about   The Welk Stars will be joined by the    Tuesdays thru Saturdays at 8 p.m.
daughters, Pam and Carrie April,        every genre of music. While most         dance team of Pasha & Ailona and        Wednesdays & Saturdays at 2 p.m.
and son, Mel Jr. (aka “Sonny”) for a    folks might not associate Branson as     the Champagne Music Makers              in October
special 6-week reunion at the Welk      a place to hear outstanding opera        under the direction of Bobby
Resort Theatre in Branson.              music, Carrie April mesmerizes           Tillery. Produced by Mary Lou           Welk Stars Reunion 2007
Proclaimed as “Country Music            audiences with her opera singing         Metzger, the show will include Big      Sept. 5 – 9, 2007
Royalty” because of their many          and always, always receives an           Band favorites, the stars’ signature    Wednesday thru Saturday at 2 & 8
accomplishments and accolades,                                                                                           p.m.
theirs is one family reunion you                                                                                         Sunday at 2 p.m.
won’t want to miss.                                                                                                      417-337-7469 or 800-734-5515
Singer, songwriter and country
music legend Mel Tillis is having                                                                                        Welk Resort Theatre Advance
quite a year in 2007: he released                                                                                        Planner:
his second gospel album, “The
Father’s Son,” became a member of                                                                                        FINAL SEASON
the Grand Ole Opry in June, cele-                                                                                        Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin
brated his 75th birthday on August 8                                                                                     Brothers and The Lennon Sisters
and will be inducted into the                                                                                            Celebrating Christmas!
Country Music Hall of Fame on                                                                                            Oct. 29 – Dec. 7, 2007
November 7.
Country music superstar Pam Tillis                                                                                       Mel Tillis & Connie Smith
is having quite the year herself with   enthusiastic standing ovation.           songs and a few surprises -- topped     Nov. 1 – Dec. 8, 2007
the release of a new album,                                                      off by an emotion-filled patriotic
“Rhinestoned,” on her own inde-         Welk Stars Reunion 2007                  salute to veterans.                     ONE DAY ONLY
pendent music label, Stellar Cat                                                                                         Tony Orlando
Records. The critics are loving the     Another Reunion at the Welk Resort       The Welk Resort Theatre offers          Monday, Nov. 12,
new album and the first single off      Theatre takes place right after Labor    combo discounts when you pur-           2007
the album, “Band In The Window,”        Day Weekend. From September 5-           chase tickets to multiple shows and
recently claimed the top spot on the    9, stars of America’s All-Time           even show-meal discounts with the
European Country Music Charts.          Favorite Variety Show reunite for        Stage Door Restaurant, just off the

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September 2007                                                                                                              Page 15
                                                                                                                                   because they feel more respected there
                                                                                    A Wife Can                                     than in their homes."

                                                   • Great Rates                    Sometimes be                                   Dr. Force, in addition to directing
                                                                                                                                   Hitting Home, has also appeared on tel-
                                                   • Great Location                 Her Own Worst                                  evision and radio programs, been a fam-
                                                                                                                                   ily counselor, pastor and public speaker
                                                   • Great Hospitality              Enemy                                          for 15 years. Force's goal is not to
                                                                                                                                   expose negative actions just for the sake
                                                                                                                                   of being negative. He desires to help
                                                                                    OCALA, Florida                                 people to see their self-defeating behav-
                     2821 W est Hwy 76                                                                                             ior in a whole new light.
              Next to the Baldknobber Theater                                       Speaker and author, Dr. Raymond
                                                                                    Force, believes that wives are often           An excerpt:
                  on the strip in Branson
                                                                                    "their own arch-enemies" when it
               (417) 334-8598 • 800-338-8598                                        comes to getting what they want out of         "Throughout time, women have been
                                              their husbands.                                tempted to withhold their love and
                                                                                                                                   affection toward their husbands because
                                                                                    In his new book, “Angry Without a              they fail to measure up to their expecta-
                                           Ole Anthony, president of the Dallas-    Cause”, Dr. Raymond Force writes:              tions. A woman that has given in to this
TV ministry                               based Trinity Foundation, believes                                                       temptation must realize that when she
watchdog calls                            the Whites' situation has "something      "The woman that ridicules her husband          holds back from loving her husband
                                          to do with this 'prosperity gospel,'"     by making sarcastic remarks and subtle         because he doesn't meet her standards,
televangelists'                           which he says results in many tele-       inferences to his lack of . . . abilities is   she is simply holding her love as a ran-
                                          vangelists being treated like super-      not only hurting her husband, but also
divorce terrible                                               stars and, as a      herself. She is not only ensuring that he
                                                                                                                                   som until he comes up with the appro-
                                                                                                                                   priate payment. This is actually a form
testimony                                                      result, losing       will have a tough time rising above her        of manipulation."
                                                               their focus.         low view of him, but she will also end
Allie Martin -
                                                                                    up despising him for not being half the        To purchase "Angry Without A Cause"
                                                                "They begin to
The president of an organization that                                               man that she has discouraged him to            visit:
                                                                believe     their
tracks televangelists says the                                                      be."
                                                                own         press
announcement by Randy and Paula                                                                                                    CONTACT: Dr. Force is available for
                                                                releases; that
White that they will get a divorce is a                                             Dr. Force agrees that men are in need of
                                               Paula White they're special                                                         interviews by calling 352-867-7843
terrible testimony to the world -- and                                              reform when it comes to marital issues,
                                                                and ... can get                                                    or via e-mail at Contact@angrywith-
the latest chapter in a departure from                                              but he also feels that the real issues that
                                                                away and do                                              
biblical principles and practices for
                                          anything," says Anthony. "And it's all    are keeping women from having a posi-
high-profile television preachers.
                                          about money and celebrity and             tive affect on their husbands are often        ABOUT DR. RAYMOND FORCE: TV
      Pastors Randy and Paula White
                                          power, instead of laying down your        overlooked.                                    Host, Public Speaker, Family
founded       the    Without      Walls
                                          life for the people [around you who                                                      Counselor, Radio Talk Show Guest,
International Church in Tampa in the
                                          are] in need and picking up your cross    "Most books that I have read on mar-
early 1990s. The storefront church                                                                                                 Pastor, Author and Founder/Director
                                          and following the real Jesus."            riage and relationships portray men as
quickly grew into one of the largest                                                                                               of Hitting Home are a few of the roles
                                                Anthony, who has tracked tele-      relational clowns," says Force.
mega-churches in the nation. Last                                                                                                  that Dr. Raymond Force has played in
                                          vangelists for years, encourages          "Whereas, women tend to get off 'scot
week, the couple announced from the                                                                                                his quest to help others in an out-of-
                                          donors to support their local church
pulpit that they were getting a divorce                                             free'. It is true that most husbands need      control, undisciplined world. Having
                                          first. "The hope and prayer always is
because their lives are heading in dif-                                             to change their approach to marriage,          underwent his own personal struggle
                                          that you stop giving money to a tele-
ferent directions.                                                                  but many wives are unaware that their          with anger, he brings more than book
                                          vision tube and start looking around
      Paula White is well known as a                                                frustrated phrases and condescending
                                          in your own neighborhood where you                                                       knowledge to the table in “Angry
life coach and for leading conferences                                              remarks are pushing their men into an
                                          see where the money is going and                                                         Without a Cause”.
that have been endorsed by celebrities                                              emotional pit."
                                          what's being done with it," he urges.
such as Donald Trump. Earlier this
                                                Randy White will continue in his
year, the Tampa Tribune ran a series
                                          role as senior pastor of the church.      When asked if men are emotional crea-
of articles detailing alleged financial
                                          Paula White says she will return there    tures, Force says, "Of course. They just
irregularities and questionable busi-
                                          often to preach. She also leads confer-   don't typically 'wear it on their sleeves'
ness practices within the church and
                                          ences and monthly seminars in New         as much. Men are very emotional crea-
its related ministries. According to
                                          York City.                                tures that yearn for respect. When they
those reports, Without Walls
International Church -- with a                                                      don't feel that from the women in their
                                          All Original Content Copyright            lives, they tend to retract into their
claimed membership of 23,000 --
                                          2006-2007 American Family News
took in $40 million in revenue last                                                 'caves'. Sadly to say, many men hang
                                          Network - All Rights Reserved
year and has $22 million in debt.                                                   out at the bar, the gym, or the job site
September 2007                                                                                                           Page 16

Someone once defined the Back as the                                 Dr. Ralph LeBlanc           Hello. My name                       just immediate assistance for a
Part of the Anatomy that your Friends                                                                                                 particular need.
Address their Remarks !                                                                          is Bob Burton.
                                                                                                                                      There are always financial
Chiropractors are interested in the back
                                                                                                 I am a Board member for Love,        needs; and the needs now are
because it embraces the spine, which is the
life shaft of the body. But the spine is far                                                     INC (Love In the Name of             great, in order for Love, INC to
more than that, for it is also the switch-                                                       Christ), a national organization     be able to continue its amazing
board of the nervous system and this sys-                                                        with an affiliate in SW              service to the people of the area.
tem controls the function and health of                                                          Missouri, serving Stone and
every tissue cell in the body.                                                                                                        In October there will be a
                                                                                                 Taney Counties.
                                                                                                                                      walkathon to raise funds, with
The nervous system to the human econo-                                                                                                focus on toys for children at
my is what the electric system is to indus-     Do you bow your head often?                      The very small staff of the local
                                                                                                 Love, INC affiliate have huge        Christmas. Folks can help in
try. Without the electric spark, all industry
would be paralyzed. Not one factory would       process transform it into flesh, blood, and      hearts and an absolutely amaz-       several ways: Make a personal,
run, the nation would be in darkness except     bone. People observe superficially the           ing work ethic. School               tax-deductible donation of $25;
for a few oil or gas lights. Communication      mechanical structure of the body, its various    Readiness Fairs, toys for chil-      agree to head up a team and
would be non existent. Every telephone,         joints, osseous leavers, and muscular pulleys,                                        find ten other people to donate
                                                                                                 dren at Christmas, working with
every radio, and every television would         which give it action, strength, mobility, and                                         $25; and/or as a business agree
                                                they often remark, “What a wonderful
                                                                                                 many, many individuals and
remain silent. Transportation would be at a                                                                                           to be a sponsor and donate
standstill. Automobile would not run, air-      machine is man.”                                 families and seeking resources
                                                                                                 to help them through churches        $250.
plane would leave the ground, and even giant
locomotives would be helpless; everything       But man is more than a machine. Man is an        and area agencies are some of
has become upon the electric spark.             intelligent, electrical, biochemical, mechani-   the services provided. Love,         I can guarantee you that the
                                                cal, and spiritual being! From the brain of      INC is a Clearinghouse for serv-     money will be well spent. If
People are inclined to think of the body as     man emanates a dynamic force expressed           ices, meaning that its strategy is   you would like to help, please
being a biochemical mechanical machine.         through the nervous system that whips the                                             contact me in any one of the
                                                                                                 to find help for folks primarily
They see it born and expand and grow            cells of the body into an intelligent action                                          following ways: Cell phone,
                                                that dominates the living world. Without this    through churches, but also
through the years to adulthood. They see it                                                                                           day and night, at (417) 331-
take common foods and by a chemical             intelligent force being transmitted over the     through businesses and through
                                                  nerves, not one cell would function. There     working with social service          1028; e-mail at
                                                  would be no secretion or excretion from        agencies. Love, INC does not;
                        Dr. Ralph J.              any gland. Digestion would be dormant,         have a monetary fund available       office phone at (417) 338-8036.
                                                  elimination stagnant, and all action para-                                          I have additional information
                        LeBlanc                                                                  to help people.
                                                  lyzed.                                                                              available for you if you are
                        113 Branson                                                                                                   interested in obtaining it. Thank
                                                                                                 Love, INC is currently imple-
                        Landing Blvd.            Health in the body simply implies that the                                           you for supporting this worth-
                                                 normal quality of mental impulse is being       menting a “relational ministry”
                        Branson, MO                                                              program, meaning that it coordi-     while organization.
                                                 transmitted over the nervous system to
                        (417) 336-4848           every tissue cell so that there mat be nor-     nates long term help through
                                                 mal, uninterrupted function.                    education and counseling, not
 September 2007                                                                                                                Page 17

Pressure mounts                   Son's release in letters to Ban
                                  and to North Korean dictator
on North Korea to                 Kim Jong Il.
release Christian                      Todd Nettleton is with
                                  Voice of the Martyrs (VOM),
prisoner                          which is publicizing the story.
Allie Martin                      He says as far as Christianity                    is concerned, North Korea is
                                  the most closed country on
From the grassroots level to      Earth. "Because of the nature
some of the highest levels of     of their society, which deifies
the U.S. government, efforts      Kim Jong Il and [his father
continue to secure the release    and predecessor] Kim Il
of a North Korean Christian       Sung, being a Christian is not
facing death for his faith. At    just a religious act in North
least one congressional           Korea, it's really considered a
leader, a presidential candi-     treasonous act," Nettleton
date, and concerned                    explains.
Christians are put-                    But the VOM spokesman
ting pressure on the                   is hopeful the involvement
North Korean gov-                      of Brownback and Lantos
ernment to release                     has put the spotlight on
Son Jong Nam.                          the case. "It could totally
    Son Jong Nam                       change the outcome for
awaits public exe-                     Son Jong Nam," he
cution in North Korea             remarks. "You know, it's very
because of his faith in Christ.   rare to have this kind of infor-
Authorities arrested Son in       mation out of North Korea.
early 2006 after he visited       It's very rare to have a name
China and returned to North       and a face of someone who's
Korea. He was accused of          been sentenced to be executed
meeting with what authorities     while they're still alive."
described as "questionable             VOM is calling on people
people."                          throughout the U.S. and the
    The case has attracted the    world to write letters to North
attention of GOP presidential     Korean officials calling for
candidate and Senator Sam         Son's release.
Brownback (R-Kansas), who         All Original Content
has written U.S. Secretary of     Copyright 2006-2007
State Condoleezza Rice and        American Family News
U.N. Secretary-General Ban        Network - All Rights Reserved
Ki-moon about the issue. U.S.
Congressman Tom Lentos (D-
California) has also called for

Why are young adults leaving church?        church."                                         "I think we have a very casual          say 'I love Jesus, but I don't love his
Allie Martin                       Other reasons cited for keeping them   approach to that covenant community         wife'" -- which Stetzer points out is the
     A new study from LifeWay Research      from attending church included: the tran-    called church," he suggests. "Ephesians     bride of Christ, the church.
shows that more than two-thirds of          sition to college (25%), increased work      3:10 reminds us that God has chosen the          "I think we need to begin to see that
young adults who attend a Protestant        responsibilities (23%), "too busy, though    church to make known His manifold           this covenant community called church
church in high school will drop out of      still wanted to attend" (22%), moved too     wisdom in the world -- and I think we       is not an option in the Christian life," he
church for at least a year before their     far away from the church they had been       have to help people connect better to the   continues. "But to be fair, that's what
22nd birthday.                              attending (22%), and wanted to spend         church."                                    we've made it in North America today --
     More than 1,000 adults (ages 18-30)    more time with friends from outside the          According to the Christian              and perhaps these young adults are
were questioned for the survey. Each        church (17%).                                researcher, many young people today are     reflecting to some degree the church cul-
said they had attended a Protestant               Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay        simply reflecting a "church culture" cre-   ture in which they were grown and disci-
church for at least a year while in high    Research, says the study shows that par-     ated by modern-day believers -- a culture   pled."
school. But 97 percent of those surveyed    ents may not be passing on a vital           he says is very consumer-oriented and            The survey also found that 26 per-
listed one or more reasons for becoming     Christian faith and commitment to            that encourages an attitude that says "if   cent of church dropouts felt church
what LifeWay refers to as a church          church attendance to their children. The     you don't meet my needs here, I'll go       members were judgmental or hypocriti-
"dropout." For example, 27 percent of       church, says Stetzer, must do a better job   somewhere else."                            cal. About 30 percent of young adults
those individuals said they left church     of stressing the importance of church            "And when you do that," he adds,        stayed in church after they left high
because they wanted "a break from           attendance and involvement.                  "you create a culture where people can      school.

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