Today is the big speech and parade, but it was yesterday
that President Obama formally took the constitutional oath of office to begin
his 2nd term. Today the president publicly takes his oath at 11:55am with his
hand on two Bibles; one from President Lincoln and the other from Martin Luther
King, whose birthday is also celebrated as a national holiday today.
Albuquerque Teen Accused of Murdering Parents and 3 Siblings
A NEW MEXICO TEENAGER HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS PASTOR FATHER, HIS MOTHER, AND THREE OF HIS NINE SIBLINGS ON SATURDAY NIGHT IN ALBUQUERQUE. Christianity Today reports 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego was arrested after allegedly shooting his father, former Calvary Albuquerque pastor Gregory Griego. He also is accused of shooting four other family members presumed to be his mother and three elementary-school-aged siblings at their Albuquerque home.
CNN reported that each victim was shot multiple times and one of the weapons used was what he described as an assault rifle, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department. Griego took a leave of absence from the church, one of New Mexico's largest, last year.
Roe v Wade
Tomorrow marks a much different noteworthy date: that of the
terrible supreme Court Decision known as Roe V. Wade, which legalized abortion
in all 50 states 40 years ago tomorrow. So how are we doing in the fight for
life? Focus on the Family’s Kelly Rosati says the fight is strong, in large
part due to technology. She says the more we advance ultrasound imaging the
better expecting families can see their pre-born child. The more they do that
the closer we get to a society that values life, even in law. The March for
Life is this Friday in Washington
DC. Hundreds of thousands of
people are expected to peacefully stand up for the lives of our pre-born kids.
Find out more at www.marchforlife.org.
Affordable Care Act proving Unaffordable for PA Hospital
Here’s another interesting reaction to the new health care
law, this time from a hospital in Pennsylvania. Windber
is about 60 miles outside of Pittsburgh,
and they announced on their website last week that they will not be delivering
babies any more, starting in March.
According to CitizenLink, the new costs associated with the Affordable
Care Act is one of the big reasons. All
of its OB/GYNs will be relocating to other hospitals.
The Super BRO!
They’re calling it the Har-BOWL as NFL head coaches—and
brothers--Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and John Harbaugh of the
Baltimore Ravens will face off in “Super BRO 47” on February 3rd in New
Orleans. The Niners beat Atlanta
while the Ravens beat the Patriots in yesterday’s Conference Championship
games. And how would you like to be mom and dad, Jackie and Jack Harbaugh? I
get nervous when my kids play little league!! And did you know that the
Harbaugh’s daughter is married to the Indiana Hoosiers Basketball coach? And
they’re a Top 5 Team!
Church Around the World
Pray for Iranian Pastor Trial
Something to keep in prayer today – the scheduled start of
the trial in Iran for American pastor Saeed Abedini, who’s facing charges for
converting from Islam and publicly proclaiming Christ. His attorneys were only allowed to see court
file last week, so they haven’t had any time to prepare a defense. And his case has been placed before a
notorious hanging judge. The U-S
Commission on International Religious Freedom, which was established by
Congress, has called for his immediate release.
The State Department has said they’re “concerned about his
imprisonment.” However, they have
stopped short of calling for his release.
In case you’re wondering who’ll be doing the invocation at
today’s Presidential Inauguration, it will be Reverend Luis Leon. There was
concern expressed when Lou Giglio was invited because he had preached about
homosexual behavior being a sin. Leon blesses same gender unions.
The President was officially inducted for his second term Sunday. The public
ceremony is today.
Family & Relationships
You know how God sometimes allows us to go through trials to
share how He’s worked through that? We often connect with others who’ve gone
through the same thing. Janice Williams knows what it’s like to wait for
a kidney transplant. She’s organizing a fundraiser for a brother in Christ
who’s waiting for his 3rd kidney transplant. Scott Harris is in his early 40’s,
has a wife and three children.Williams says "We’re trying to raise some
funds just to help them get through sometimes because he’s had to give up his
career for now we’re just lifting them up in prayer we’re hoping to help them
out in the interim.” Email JaniceWilliams1275@gmail.com
for more details.
A Trimmer You is Perceived as a Better Leader
Still want to work your way up to the corner office? Better stick to that resolution. New research suggests a few extra pounds
around the middle affects the way people perceive your leadership ability, as
well as your stamina on the job. Data
from the Center for Creative Leadership shows people tend to view people with
larger waistlines as less effective leaders.
Flu Still a Problem
“Count your blessings, name them one by one.” Number one, I
am healthy—so far! Having good health is always a blessing, but it seems to be
even more rare these days with the growth of the flu. According to the latest report from the
Centers for Disease Control, there are now thirty states reporting large
numbers of flu-like illness. That's six more than last week. In all, 48 states
have widespread flu. The CDC says the elderly and children are particularly
vulnerable. Oh,a nd wash you hands!
A clean discovery from the War to End all Wars
What’s the best deal you ever got at a yard sale? An artist in San Diego uncovered a bit of history – in a
camera. Anton Orlov bought a 1901
Bellini Jurnelle camera and paid $100 for it.
When he took it home and cleaned it, he found 8 images on it from World
War 1, including pictures of war-torn France and a group of men holding
what appears to be a bomb. Now that kind of this woule never happen to me…. I’d
never take the time to CLEAN the camera in the first place!
A little dab Down Under
You ever watched that gold rush show on the Discovery
Channel where a group of miners find about 78 bucks worth of gold in an entire
season? Here’s something the Discovery producers of Gold Rush Alaska would LOVE to see! It seems an
Australian miner dug up a gold nugget that weighed over 11 pounds! Gold shop
owner Cordell Kent said the nugget would be worth about $300,000 by weight but
actually is more valuable left in its natural state. He said a find like this
"gives people hope" and predicted a fresh gold rush. And I predict a
new spinoff for the Discovery Channel: Gold Rush Down Under!