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Illuminate Your Gospel Life This Year

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James Pepper’s childhood dream of spreading the Gospel is coming true: A modern hand-drawn Gospel available to all. Ardously handscribed, the Gospel of St. Luke is now available for the Ipad, Iphone, on Android and the Nook.

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Not since the 15th century has an illuminated Bible been attempted. His life’s work for over 19 years, James worked on the Gospel of Luke daily. James is a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, in Dallas, Texas where President and Mrs. Bush also worship. James would spread the word on his project to every one he met in person and online, hoping that it would spark interest. Encouragement was offered and so many prayed that someone would recognize Pepper’s mission, his love of God, the depth of his endeavours, and be willing to publish his offering.

How fitting that coming into the season of Advent and Christmas, our prayers have been answered? The Gospel of Luke, telling us about the birth and life of our Lord and his miracles, is now available at Barnes and Noble. This Word of God, finely adorned, and scribed page by page, word by word, would make a wonderful personal gift to a priest, minister, or family member.

Mark: 16:15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

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Restoring Honor

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Where were you on 8-28? That’s what future generations will ask their parents and grandparents.  The answer for many will be: “I was at the Lincoln Memorial restoring honor.” 

Glenn Beck was told in prayer “Build it and they will come” and they came.  The Restore Honor 8-28 event to inspire Americans to put God back into their lives was a peaceful, inspiring success. Hundreds of thousands (conservative estimates range from 300,000 to 1,000,000) of adults, children, teenagers, families, retirees, small business owners, wheelchairs, and canes, disabled veterans, World War II veterans, Vietnam veterans, Gulf Storm veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, whites, blacks, Asians, teachers, ministers, union members, gays,  Jews, Catholics, Mormons, and Christians of all denominations.  They came from every state, and from all over the world.  They came to pray, to uplift America, to give our country hope, and to restore honor.

Similar to 9-12 March on Washington, the morning started off with packed DC Metro trains from every direction. Walking to the Lincoln Memorial, we could see the Capital and the Washington Memorial, and we could see the hate.

By 9:00am the Reflection Pond in front of the Lincoln Memorial was already full, the crowds spilling over to both grassy areas on either side to the pond on the right and the World War II Memorial. Placed within view of the crowds were at least eight Jumbotron screens. Families spread out picnic blankets, folding chairs were set up, and people prepared to hear Glenn Beck and his good word.

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The faith-filled event began with photographs of every state showing the beauty of America’s resources. Cheers were heard as people recognized their state’s natural symbols.  Despite multiple requests, the military were not allowed to participate, but at 9:59am God sent His own military flyover which drew awes and cheers from the packed crowd. It was an incredible sight to see and my eyes teared up when I couldn’t snap a photograph quick enough. Glenn said there were going to be miracles.

I wore wrist bands for those who were not able to come, my grandchildren, disabled military veterans, mothers, and A Patriotic Nurse unable to get off work. The most emotional moment for me came when Glenn Beck welcomed home the Vietnam veterans. As I wiped the tears from my eyes, I could see that several veterans standing nearby were wiping their eyes as well.


Glenn began with   “America today begins to turn back to God,” and he was correct.

All I saw was kindness, respect, and honor for all people, all faiths, and our veterans, heroes of World War II, Koren War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and military who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. No confrontations, no hatred, or vitriole. Everyone was happy and glad to be there. There were some confrontations coming to light after the event like these black Tea Partiers who were being bated by ignorant white liberals.

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The Restoring Honor agenda was inspirational, featuring the National Anthem, and the songs “Heaven Was Needing A Hero” and “America, the Beautiful,” beautifully sung by Jo Dee Messina. Lined up in a group were over 200 of the charter member’s of the Black-Robed Regiment, ministers and preachers devoted to restoring honor in America in their churches and parishes. An Eagle Scout led the Pledge of Allegiance. Reverend Dave Roever, a Bronze Medal winner and military hero, gave the benediction.

Sarah Palin present the first Award of Merit given to Armed Services veterans, Purple Heart Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL, Afganistan, Founder of the Lone Survivor Foundation, James “Eddie” Wright, Marine Sergeant, Iraq Co-founder of
Operation Grateful Nation, and to Thomas Henry “Tom” Kirk, Jr.,Air Force squadron commander, Vietnam Hanoi Hilton,cellmate of John McCain.

The first Badge of Merit awards of Faith, Honor, and Charity were presented to three outstanding individuals for their humanitarian work:

  • For faith, the Rev. Charles Lewis “C. L.” Jackson for his
    charitable work
  • For hope, Albert Pujols for his work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
  • For charity, Jon Huntsman, for his contribution to cancer treatment and research. Sr. Raul A. Gonzalez accepted on his behalf for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

    Alveda King, whose father was also killed for his Civil Rights efforts spoke evangelically of her legacy as niece of Martin Luther King. Ms. King, a Catholic, she wanted to celebrate the 47th anniversary of her Uncle Martin King’s “I have a Dream” speech, by standing with Glenn Beck, our veterans, and American patriots, praying and singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, an activity that had previously been denied to the Glenn Beck event.

    You can view the entire Restoring Honor event here.

    Restoring Honor will be remembered as the day America took back the country for God. Offering up to Him, the work and conviction needed by Patriots to be the shining example on the hill for the next generation. For Glenn Beck is right, we do have in our children, the next George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and John Adams. We do have to make the Pledge, to protect and preserve our country honorably so that freedom and liberty and faith in God will continue to be the American Way.

    Photographs and media reports on Glenn Beck’s Restore Honor.

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  • A Watershed Thanksgiving

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    I love the start of the holiday season from Halloween through New Years. Out of all the holidays though, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite. The fragrant, delicious traditions of my mother’s cooking, the memories of colorful televised parades, fire engine Santas waving and throwing candy to children standing in front of their homes, and everyone sitting around afterwards stuffed, watching football. There are so many good memories of Thanksgiving growing up that I can’t help but be grateful as I prepared this year for our family holiday dinner.

    Being grateful was always a part of the Grace. “Bless us, O Lord for these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.” As a child, ‘thy gifts’, usually meant the food. As an adult, I understood it to mean, everything we receive is through Christ. With God, everything we receive or experience, good and bad, has important meaning to our lives and the reason for our being. As I cleaned and cooked,

    I told God that I am thankful for family. My parents, who created our family and gave us their love, their experiences and memories growing up in two countries during the war, their work ethic, and for their Catholic faith. I learned from my parents how to be a parent. I learned from my brother and sisters what is important in life. I grew up wanting to make my family important. I asked God to keep them close.

    I told God thank you for giving me a family of beautiful, healthy children that have grown into smart, responsible, hard-working adults and for their loving spouses who together have brought into this world beautiful and healthy grandchildren. I asked God to be with my children and bless their lives.as they bring up their families responsibly.

    I told God thank you for my husband, my rock, my knight in shining armor. Through my husband, I have been blessed with a beautiful stepdaughter and a loving second family, Through him, I know what unconditional love is and that my family is stronger for having him in our lives. I asked God to continue to bless our marriage and show us how to be good examples of love for our children.

    I told God that I am thankful for my family overseas, friends here and around the world, my peers, and my enemies. Through their touching my life, I have been blessed with love, support, and strength. I asked God to bless their lives.

    I told God that I am thankful for the brave men and women who are fighting and have fought to build and protect this country. I asked God to protect them in their mission and to comfort the families of those who have committed their lives in the ultimate sacrifice of love and duty.

    The last three months, surviving cancer, I have been focused on my health. I told God that I am grateful for that health, and for living in the United States of America. I can tell you through my experiences, this country is blessed with the best, most compassionate, most generous doctors, medical scientists, and health care workers in the world. I asked God to bless them as they give unselfishly of their services, ability, knowledge, and time to those in need and in sickness here in the United States and around the world.

    This Thanksgiving was a watershed moment in my life, literally in more ways than one. As traumatic as it has been the last three months, every moment and contact has given me insight into the true meaning of love, what really matters, and who will be there for you when it really counts. Thank God that circumstances allow me to be here longer to see our grandchildren grow up, to be there for our children, to experience life with my husband, and the opportunity to strive to protect the future of our country. For my families’ sake.

    For that I will celebrate with thanksgiving to God the rest of my days.

    Written by smalltalkwitht

    November 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm