Thursday, April 26, 2007

Buddy Behind Bars For “Good”

Poor Buddy! Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson has charged him with aiding and abetting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with the intent of helping area residents with muscular dystrophy.

Forrest Ann Daniels says, “I hope they lock the man up!”

Don Wildmon says, “Put Buddy behind bars for “good!”

On Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Buddy has the honor and pleasure of (believe it or not) serving time behind bars for “Jerry’s Kid” to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Buddy needs your help to raise the “dough” to bail him out of jail. You can also pay to keep him in!

Buddy pleads, "I’d like to include you or your company on my list of contributors who are helping me raise my 'bail' of $1200. Just a small donation of whatever amount you could give would help MDA continue the fight against muscular dystrophy."

Please click here to make your tax deductible donation to MDA today.

The Memphis/Mid-South Chapter serves people with neuromuscular disease by providing a clinic at the Hope Health Center, assistance with the purchase and repair of wheelchairs and braces, area support groups and a special camp for “Jerry’s Kids” each summer. MDA also funds research grants to help find the causes for over forty neuromuscular diseases that affect people of all ages.

I sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity to support MDA. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 662-397-5634.

On behalf of the families which MDA serves, thank you for any amount that you are able to give today! May God continue to bless and keep you!

Buddy Smith
a.k.a. Jailbird Extraordinaire

P.S. - Your support means help today!

Here are a few examples of what your help enables MDA to do:
  • $25 provides an annual flu shot for one person
  • $65 funds one minute of research
  • $100 funds a support group session
  • $200 covers a clinical diagnostic exam
  • $650 sends a child to MDA summer camp for a week
  • $2,000 goes toward purchase of a wheelchair, a set of leg braces or a communication device

Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Day They Kicked God out of the Schools

If you listen to American Family Radio or receive the AFA Action Alert, you may have already heard or viewed "The Day They Kicked God out of the Schools." We took a brief written commentary from an unknown author that has been widely circulated on the Internet and created a video presentation. The parallel of the state of our nation and the purposeful removal of God from public life is so powerful that our phones have rung off the wall.

View it below and purchase it here if you would like to have a copy.

Please forward this link to all of your friends and family members.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Good Friday 2007 – The Great Divider

Carol and I served as pastor of Christ United Methodist of Indianola, Mississippi from 1982 until 1989. On Good Friday 1988, we began a tradition for area Christians of carrying the cross through the streets of Indianola. Click here to see a video presentation of that first “Walk with the Cross” in Indianola. Harold and Teresa Manning were beloved members of our Church in Indianola and now serve as pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church in Peppertown which is near our home. Today, Carol and I had the blessing of taking a Good Friday “Walk with the Cross” with our cherished friends, Harold and Teresa Manning. There were a number of area pastor's who joined with their congregation in commemoration of this holy day. We all then enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Teresa at the church after the walk.

Christian pilgrims from around the world filled the narrow cobblestone streets of Jerusalem's Old City on Good Friday, some carrying large wooden crosses as they followed the route Jesus took on the way to his crucifixion. Read the story at the Jerusalem Post online.

The “Our Daily Bread” devotional that follows is worth a read on this Good Friday.

The Great Divider

READ: Luke 23:33-43

When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. —Luke 23:33

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of the human race. Only those who believe on Him, however, can receive His loving provision. The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for all, but it is effective only for those who place their trust in Him.

As the Lord Jesus hung on the cross, two criminals were crucified next to Him. One of those men is now in the place of the lost—his doom in hell forever sealed. The other is with Christ—his place in heaven assured for eternity. Their contrasting attitudes toward the Man on the center cross made all the difference.

One of the criminals railed at the Lord in unbelief. The other cried out in faith, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). To him Jesus said, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise (v.43).

We are all represented by one of those two men. We either believe on Christ or we reject Him. Our eternal destiny depends on our decision. Jesus said of Himself, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already” (John 3:18).

On this Good Friday, let’s thank Jesus for paying for our sin. If you haven’t trusted Him, do it today! In dying on the cross, Jesus became the Great Divider. —Richard De Haan

We may not know, we cannot tell
What pains He had to bear;

But we believe it was for us

He hung and suffered there.

At Calvary's cross, we stand at the crossroads to heaven or hell.

Easter Day

It's Easter Sunday morning and Carol and I wish for you a glorious Resurrection Day celebration. Our good friends, Eric and Debbie Horner, have produced and shared a wonderful online Easter slide presentation titled - The Third Day.

Finally, this Campus Crusade for Christ International website presents a powerful presentation of the meaning of Easter titled - Who Is Jesus?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Fox’s “House M.D.” Contains Powerful Pro-Life Scene

You may remember that in 1999 a specialist doing prenatal surgery on a baby at Vanderbilt University Hospital was astonished when the child reached out of the womb and wrap its tiny hand around his finger. We ran a story and follow up in our AFA Journal about Baby Samuel. A later update can be found here on the Free Republic website.

Click here for a wonderful pro-life commentary by Garry Moes on the “House M.D” episode named “Fetal Position.”

Perhaps inspired by this true story, the Fox network's drama "House M.D." contained a similar scene in this week's episode. In it, a 42-year-old woman 21 weeks into her pregnancy faces a life-threatening emergency. When tests indicate that the baby is the problem, Dr. House decides to terminate the pregnancy.

However, the mother will not consent to the abortion, and so the decision is made to perform a prenatal, open womb surgery on the baby in effort to save both mother and child.

During the surgery, the baby reaches out his tiny hand and stroke's the doctor's hand. The show's synopsis describes the scene this way: "When House cuts into the uterus, the fetus's arm emerges, tenderly grabbing House's finger. House freezes, staring at the tiny hand in awe. Despite his earlier insistence that this is a fetus and not a baby, he seems moved by the moment."

The picture was taken by freelance photographer Michael Clancy, the famous picture taken during the en-utero surgery to treat spina bifida in a preborn patient at 21 weeks of gestation. The child who was the patient in this surgery, Samuel Armas, is now seven years old.

You may see a brief video clip of the scene at this link.