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Unwrapping your spiritual gifts in 2009

December 31, 2008 --

Judy Dippel, Eugene Author
The Art of Authentic Friendship: Real Women, Real Challenges, Real Solutions

Within each of us are God-given gifts and talents, as diverse as the gifts under a Christmas tree. Can you imagine the impact on the world if each of us decided, today, and throughout 2009, to unwrap our natural abilities and begin to take every opportunity to use what we’ve been given? All too often our gifts and skills remain boxed up, because we feel insecure or incapable of allowing our personal and distinctive strengths, shape, size or color to be seen by others, ignoring the purpose and impact of utilizing our gifts.

We can and should use our gifts and fulfill our passions, but we must first recognize them—then we must be willing to unwrap them, and take a risk to let them be seen by others! I challenge you to make that your New Year’s resolution.

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Portland Archdiocese in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children

December 30, 2008 --

By Portland Archdiocese,

The Portland Archdiocese is in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

The Archdiocese of Portland was found to be compliant with The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2008 after submitting information for the data collection audit. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002, and revised and renewed in June 2005. It provides policies and procedures for the protection of children. The notification of compliancy was sent in a letter to Archbishop John G. Vlazny from The Gavin Group, Inc., an independent group of auditors.

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Georgene Rice Radio Highlights: Global Warming skeptics face heat

December 29, 2008 --

Georgene Rice of KPDQ-FM interviewed Christopher C. Horner who is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and is the author of *Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud and Deception to Keep You Misinformed.  Below are some of the highlights:

Georgene: [Global warming] is an issue that we were supposed to have reached consensus on. The decisions were supposed to have been made based on science, and yet there are questions—legitimate questions—being raised about what many of our decision-makers are saying about global warming and our need to respond to it.

Christopher: Yes, well one of them is “it’s been cooling for a decade” and that’s at odds with all of the climate computer models which is what the entirety of this movement is premised in. They are not premised in observations. We did warm one degree Fahrenheit after the end of the little ice age but that’s what happens at the end of cooling periods, of course, and then we had a three-decade-long cooling from the forties to the seventies that resulted in a panic and then it warmed for two decades and that ended 1998.

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New Zealand Worship Leader Tops List of 2008 Albums

December 26, 2008 --

National Faith News Update:

CAROL STREAM, Ill., Dec. 17 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Music Today, the online music website for ChristianityToday.com, has published its selections for the Best Christian Albums of 2008, an annual list that is regularly one of the year’s most-read articles on the site.

“As we went back into the process of selecting the year’s best albums, some of our panelists expressed initial concern that there weren’t enough great releases in 2008,” says online music editor Russ Breimeier. “They quickly changed their tune after the nominations came pouring in and we whittled our way down from 40 albums to a top 12.”

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77% prefer Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008 --


Christian Newswire/ — A Fox News poll reveals most Americans say “Merry Christmas.” The poll taken December 9-10 shows 77% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” as opposed to saying something with less meaning.   The poll found that larger numbers of Republicans (87%) say “Merry Christmas”, but Christmas numbers were lower with Democrats at 72%.

“I feel better when someone greets me in a store with ‘Merry Christmas’ because Christmas is about the birth of our Savior Jesus”, says Steve Krotoski who leads Pray Daily America, a ministry that prays for America daily at www.PrayDailyAmerica.com.

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Merry Christmas from Faith Report

God Cancels Church Again – what about tithes & offerings?

December 24, 2008 --

By Joe Bonham,

This is the second week in a row that my church had to be cancelled due to weekend snow and ice. Through much teeth gnashing I am inclined to ask God, “why do you treat Sunday’s so?” God’s answer is probably something like, “Why did you build the church on a hill?”  Snow is never good on Sundays, especially in Oregon where there is a severe lack of salt and plowing. Even in other more rigorous states churches have to pay extra unbudgeted funds to clear their parking lots while offerings simultaneously take a big hit.

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Is there Religious Discrimination in Oregon?

December 23, 2008 --

By Jeannie St. John Taylor
Oregon Author of Culture-Proof Kids

An Oregon author I know has spoken at conferences from New Mexico to Florida and presented programs in public schools in Michigan and Illinois. But the Portland Public schools she has approached rejected her out of hand – even though she offered to speak at no charge and schools customarily pay big bucks to get author-speakers.

Schools refused to invite her to speak as soon as they saw the Christian titles of her books. One school secretary actually slid the author’s brochure across the counter with two fingers as though it was contaminated with anthrax. “We don’t allow religion,” she said.

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Christmas gift to Zimbabwe

December 22, 2008 --

Medical Teams International sends cholera medicines to help save lives in Zimbabwe
Cholera epidemic, food shortages bring country closer to collapse

(PORTLAND, ORE.—Dec. 19, 2008)  This Christmas, Medical Teams International is delivering critically needed medicines to Zimbabwe, an African country with one of the lowest life expectancies in the world.

More than $381,000 in cholera medicines, antibiotics and pain relievers will be airlifted from The Netherlands in partnership with Dorcas Aid on Dec. 23.  Medical Teams International is collaborating with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in Zimbabwe to distribute the medicines to hospitals, clinics and camps for displaced people.

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Oregon home school scholar wins National Christian Leadership Award

December 19, 2008 --

Frontline Ministries and the Exodus Mandate Project (www.Exodusmandate.org) announced today that Dr. Brian D. Ray, Ph.D., is recipient of the 2008 Dr. Robert Dreyfus Courageous Christian Leadership Award.  Established by Frontline Ministries in 2007,  this award honors and recognizes a Christian leader who has exhibited moral courage while advancing Christianity in the culture and life of the nation through his unique contribution to the Church.  This contribution and ministry may be in the face of opposition or run counter to the prevailing culture of church and society.  Chaplain Moore said of Dr. Ray, “Through his extensive and methodical research, Dr. Ray has done more than anyone to give both home school families and society confidence that home schooling is not only an academically but also a socially sound approach to education.  He is respected in both the Church and academia for his thorough research and writing.” 

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