DFW Christian Notes and Events 2-1-07
A Newsletter of Christian and Family Values
        Welcome to DFW Christian Notes and Events. This is a Free email newsletter providing news, commentaries, encouraging stories, and events from a Christian point of view. Please see final notes in the last paragraph for more information on our group and how to contact us. Thank You, Peter  Reyes

Included in This Issue
The Influence of Babies on Single Men
A Tale of Two Marches
Texas House and Senate Approve "In God We Trust" Message
No virgins for women in Muslim Paradise
States asked to require HPV vaccine for schoolgirls
British PM ~ No Religious Exemption Forcing Provision of Goods and Services to Gays
Texas Appeals Court Upholds Law Protecting the Unborn
February 13: Family Lobby Day in Austin  
Events and Ministry Calendar

The Influence of Babies on Single Men 
Vision Forum www.visionforum.com   © 2007, San Antonio, Texas 78212. 1-866-220-0022 By Douglas W. Phillips
      Some of the manliest and most visionary single men I know spend time in the company of babies. And they love it. They love to hold them, play with them, and rejoice in the hope which is new life. They do this because they have rejected the culture of radical individualism that teaches men to view their lives in isolation of families and Christian community. They do this because they are around other men - now husbands and fathers - who speak of covenant, generational faithfulness, and the duty of men to raise up a godly seed.
     They acknowledge that their own mission as men will likely someday be directly tied to their role as fathers. As single men, they prepare for fatherhood, and they begin to pray for the babies that the Lord may choose to send to them. They recognize that children are a rich blessing to be greatly desired by any man who is, well - a man!
     To this new breed of men, babies are a reminder that we are all heirs to the past and ancestors to the future. They remind them of their priorities in Christ. The presence of babies in the life of single men is an encouragement to pursue a Psalm 127 vision that someday their own families will be mighty in the land. Babies are a reminder that our spiritual fathers, like Abraham, were men who longed for the hope of children. They remind them that the greatest example of manhood in all of history rebuked other men who would not "suffer the little children to come" (Mark 10:14).
     The result is that single men who are around babies and family culture become highly motivated to "get their act together." They experience positive, holy peer-pressure to set aside childish things and to be about the business of men. This means that they must prepare their fields without (Proverbs 24:27) so they can start families of their own and have babies. Malachi 2:14 reminds us that "real men" acknowledge that the pursuit of a godly seed is not merely an afterthought. It is one of the key reasons delineated by the Creator for marriage. For all of these reasons, the presence of babies in the life of single men not only tenderizes their hearts to the preciousness of children, but it motivates them to be men of God.
     In contrast, individualistic cultures prioritize lifestyles that have the tendency of inoculating young men against healthy, manly feelings toward babies and children. Not all of the expressions of individualism are inherently wrong, but the net effect has been devastating for our view of babies and manhood. For example, the modern trend of never-ending formal education tends to give men a "dormitory" vision of life, and to push marriages back later and later. The Bible encourages husbands to rejoice in the wife of their youth, which is why Christian culture self-consciously prepares men for marriage and family leadership sooner, rather than later in life.
      Individualistic cultures breed materialism, the great foe of manly maturity. Materialism is poison to the single man. Success is defined by the acquisition of things, rather than obedience and the pursuit of spiritual objectives. Marriage and babies are largely viewed as an encumbrance to personal freedom. In addition, materialism trains men to demand immediate gratification. This leads to sexual impropriety, indebtedness, and even impatience and anger. In contrast, cultures that force men to deal with babies and children tend to encourage the manly disciplines of self-sacrifice, patience, and kindness.
     Individualistic cultures are family-fragmenting by nature. The consequence is that the hearts of our single men become invested in destructive peer culture, rather than a balanced, multi-generational Christian community.
     The simple truth is this: The longer men are away from babies, the more selfish they tend to become.
Single men need to be engaged in manly pursuits. They need the company of sturdy men and the influence of older, wiser men around them. But they also need to be around babies.
      Frankly, men are designed to battle, but they need to know what it is they are fighting for. They fight for the King and for His Kingdom. This fight includes the defense of women and the little ones our wives have brought into the world (Nehemiah 4:14). But how will our men know the preciousness of the treasure they seek to guard if their love for babies is never cultivated?
      We need men who learn early in their lives to treasure children. Men who love children tend to be the most visionary, stable, and self-sacrificing. We need a new generation of visionary young men. Visionary young men aspire to live lives of significance that transcend the here and now. This is why we need to place babies in the hands of our young men and then talk to them about the true dreams and aspirations of the righteous man (Psalm 112, 127, 128). The Vision Forum, Inc.

A Tale of Two Marches
     What a difference an ideology makes. Last Monday, 200,000 pro-lifers descended on the nation's capital to peacefully protest 34 years of abortion-on-demand. Despite record crowds and a line-up of speakers that included President Bush by phone, the March for Life earned little more than a footnote in the nation's news. Days later, radical anti-war protestors staged a march in Washington that mustered only 10,000, and the event made the front page of nearly every newspaper in America. Yet for all the media the small demonstration received, few news outlets reported the true headline of the day. According to reports, hundreds of demonstrators were allowed to take the steps of the U.S. Capitol during the march and desecrate the property with "anarchist symbols." When police formed a security line to stop them, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Phillip Morse ordered his men to fall back and allow the protestors to "exercise their First Amendment rights" by spray-painting the Capitol grounds with graffiti. One source at the scene said that Morse issued an order that no one was to be arrested for desecrating America's and arguably the world's greatest symbol of democracy. In an e-mail on his actions, Morse writes, "The graffiti was easily removed by the [Architect of the Capitol] staff... It is [our] duty and responsibility to protect the Capitol complex, while allowing the public to exercise their [freedom of speech]." Imagine the response had Christians "trespassed" onto this public property and prayed for our leaders! I dare say the outcome would have been quite different. Unlike last Monday's peaceful pro-life protest, this mob of liberals was given access and leniency to commit criminal acts on government property. This special treatment is unacceptable. The Capitol Chief of Police reports directly to the Speaker of the House, a title which now belongs to one of the demonstrators' most outspoken allies, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Surely, the tens of millions of dollars the American people have invested in the security of their Capitol means there is videotape that will assist in the identification and arrest of the perpetrators. Speaker Pelosi should direct that investigation and prosecution go forward. Additional Resources  FRC Video of Graffiti on Capital Steps http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=LK07A109&f=WA07A55

Texas House and Senate Approve "In God We Trust" Message  
  Yesterday, the Senate unanimously approved displaying the words "In God We Trust" on its message board at the front of the Chamber, with the House passing a similar resolution last week. The members of the Senate voted to install the words in gold letters above the podium before this fall to "send a message to everyone who comes in here," said state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), and also to "get us through those tough times" when the Senate faces difficult decisions.  From www.freemarket.org

No virgins for women in Muslim Paradise (very Good Article) By Ted Sampley  U.S. Veteran Dispatch  January 26, 2007 http://www.usvetdsp.com/jan07/muslim_women.htm

 States asked to require HPV vaccine for schoolgirls Jan. 30, 2007
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/4511517.html
I  encourage you to also respond to a poll about this vaccine at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16892278/
From Cathie Adams  and the Texas Eagle Forum www.texaseagle.org

British PM ~ No Religious Exemption Forcing Provision of Goods and Services to Gays
MP's will not be allowed free vote on issue  http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jan/07012904.html
from  LifeSiteNews, www.LifeSiteNews.com

Texas Appeals Court Upholds Law Protecting the Unborn  
  According to a recent ruling at the Texas Ninth Court of Appeals, criminals who attack pregnant mothers and their unborn children can be charged with capital murder and receive a possible death sentence.  This state law was tested after a Texas man stomped on his pregnant girlfriend's stomach killing their preborn twins, for which he received two concurrent life sentences without parole until 40 years from now.  This conviction was upheld by the court citing that Texas Criminal Law's definition of murder includes "an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth."  With your support, Free Market Foundation and pro-life groups pushed for the passage of this law in the Texas legislature.  From www.freemarket.org

February 13: Family Lobby Day in Austin  
  Come and learn about issues affecting Texas families during a family lobby day in Austin!  Let your legislators know how you want them to vote on crucial issues, such as embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, "Jessica's Law," mandatory HPV vaccines for elementary-aged girls and border security.  Kelly Shackelford, president of Free Market Foundation, will be speaking along with pro-family leaders from across the state in the auditorium of our State Capitol Building at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13. Afterward, there will be an opportunity to visit the office of your state senator or representative and their legislative staff. This is a great event for the whole family! For more information on how to get involved, please contact us at 972-423-8889, or e-mail fmexec@freemarket.org From www.freemarket.org

Events and Ministry Calendar

Every Thursday Night  Career Solutions Workshop at First Baptist Church of Euless  Location: First Baptist Church, 183 & Industrial, Euless, TX. Time:  6:00 - 9:00 pm. New sessions beginning for those who are unemployed, under-employed or unhappily employed. Receive professional outplacement assistance. Resumes, interview preparation, networking, job leads, negotiating & more. Call David Rawles at 817-354-4864 or see
www.careerworkshops.org .

Every Friday Night  Country & Western Dancing at The Stagecoach in Fort Worth Location: The Stagecoach Ballroom, 2516 E Belknap St, Fort Worth, TX  76111.  Time: 7 pm, Cost: $5,  For more info, call Kathy McDaniel at 817-831-2261. 

Thurs, Feb 1  C&W, Intermediate Progressive Double 2-Step, Salsa Dance Lessons in Carrollton
Location: Rosemeade Recreation Center, 1330 Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX. Time: 7:30 pm. These are the only dance classes in Dallas that use 3 professional Dance Instructors.  The classes last 3 weeks,  for 1 1/2
hours each week.  The series only costs $29 for a single & $53 for a couple.  Groups of 5 or more get a special discounted rate of $24 a person.  Lots of singles so you don't need a partner.  To register or for more info, click on www.dondance.com  or call  Don Chesshir at 972-478-2077. You can also sign up in class.

Sat, Feb 3  Rock & Roll Valentines Dance at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas  Hosted by Lovers Lane UMC Single Adult Ministry at Northwest Hwy @ Inwood in Dallas, TX. Time: 8:00 - 11:00 pm, Live band featuring The Crawl Daddys. Cost: $10 @ the door, Hors D'oeuvres, Singles Mixer Dancing to 50's, 60's, 70's Music, Proceeds from dance to go to the American Heart Assoc. For more info on the band, see www.thecrawldaddys.com  or TheCrawlDaddys@tx.rr.com 

Sun, Feb 4  Tailgate Sunday at North Richland Hills Baptist Church in North Richland Hills
Location: North Richland Hills Baptist Church, 4001 Vance Road, North Richland Hills, TX 76180.
Times: Sunday Morning Contemporary Worship at 9:15 am. We will tailgate in style with a hot breakfast fresh off the grill. Wear your fav team jersey (even if they aren't playing) or any casual attire & get ready for the Big Game God's Way! Football theme with a fun environment. Special guest will be former Dallas Cowboy George
Teague. Sunday Morning Bible Study at 10:45 a.m. Singles' Montlhy Luncheon in Fellowship Hall from 12 - 1:30 pm. First time visitors eat for free. Members, please bring a 12-serving dish or $5.00.  For more info about any of the Singles ministries or activities, please e-mail Singles@nrhbc.org  or call Barbara Christa at 817-284-9206.

Mon, Feb 5     C&W, Intermediate Progressive Double 2-Step, Salsa Dance Lessons in Dallas
Location: Dance Etc. at the NW Corner of Coit & Arapaho, Time: 8:25 pm. These are the only dance classes in Dallas that use 3 professional Dance Instructors.  The classes last 3 weeks,  for 1 1/2 hours each week. 
The series only costs $29 for a single & $53 for a couple.  Groups of 5 or more get a special discounted rate of $24 a person.  Lots of singles so you don't need a partner.  To register or for more info, call Don Chesshir at 972-478-2077 or click on www.dondance.com . You can also sign up in class. 

Fri, Feb 9  Christian Singles Valentine Dance at The Stagecoach in Fort Worth Location: The Stagecoach Ballroom, 2516 E Belknap St, Fort Worth, TX 76111. Time: 7 pm, Cost: $5 & bring a dish or snack for potluck. For more info, call Kathy McDaniel at 817-831-2261.

Fri Eve, Feb 9 - Sat Noon, Feb 10    FREE  Indestructible Marriage Conference in Southlake For Couples & Singles interested in learning how to have a great relationship. Hosted by Gateway Church, 2121 E. Southlake Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092. Times: Fri, Feb 9 from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm & on Sat, Feb 10 from 9 am - noon. Taught by Pastor Jimmy Evans of Marrige Today Ministry.  He & his wife Karen almost divored 30 years ago. They have a wonderful Biblical ministry to couples. They have a TV program which airs on Wed evenings on Ch 2 (Daystar) at 9 pm. Go to  www.MarriageToday.org   where you can find out more about the marriage conference & register, view past weeks of their TV program, read testimonies, or order materials.  

Sat, Feb 10    First Annual Sweetheart Dance at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Arlington Singles & Couples Are Welcome!  Hosted by St Joseph's Catholic Church, 1927 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76017. Pot Luck Dinner starts at 7:00 pm, Dancing & DJ begin at 8:00 pm. For more info, call Greg Mills at 817-731-4666, Vince Chairez at 817-896-5726 or Sylvia Salinas at 817-845-2718. A benefit for Region 10, North American Conference of Separated & Divorced Catholics. Learn more about NACSDC at www.nacsdc.org 

Sat, Feb 10     Full Day Dance Seminar at Gilley's in Dallas Location: Gilley's Dallas, 1135 South Lamar, Dallas. Just south of I-30 between the Dallas Convention Center & the historic Sears Roebuck Building. It's a full day of dance for just $17 & a dish for the Potluck. Cost: Only $15 if you register online at www.DonDance.com . Each session has 3 or 4 classes to choose from: Beginning ** Intermediate ** Advanced C&W * Ballroom * Latin * Swing * Waltz ***Bonus - Everyone in your group will receive a free CD of practice music with 20 songs in C&W, Swing, Latin, Ballroom & Waltz or a free ticket to Gilley's *** Take all the classes you want or sit out a session & watch awhile. There's something for everyone, no matter what level of dance. Crock pots are welcome for the Potluck. To register or for more info, click on www.dondance.com or call Don Chesshir at 972-478-2077.

Sat, Feb 17 Please Join the Tarrant County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Ft Worth (Fund Raiser) Keynote Speaker U. S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison & Special Guest Speaker Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Location: The Renaissance Worthington Hotel Grand Ballroom, 200 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Schedule: 6:00 p.m. Host Reception, 6:00 p.m. General Reception & Auction, 7:00 p.m. Dinner. For more info, call 817-332-9371 or e-mail at Karen@tcgop.org . Cost $75 each

Sat., Feb 17 Christine Hand in Concert at Restoration Church in Euless   Restoration Church Fellowship Hall, 1350 W. Euless Blvd., Euless, TX 76040. Time: 7 pm. Ms. Hand is a singer, songwriter, & acoustic guitarist. All ages singles invited to 2nd Annual Happy Hearts Dinner. Meats, soft drinks, tea, & coffee provided. Eash attendee asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. RSVP to Celeste Holly of Genesis Singles at 817-919-7789.

Sat, Feb 24   Beth Moore Hosted by Women's Ministry of Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie Location: Crossroads Christian Church, 6450 S. Hwy 360, Grand Prairie, TX  75052. Time: 10:00 am -3:30 pm. Tickets (general admission) will be available for purchase at the church at a cost of $15 & this includes lunch..  There are a limited number of tickets available & they will go FAST. Tickets can be purchased by mail NOW!  If you want to purchase your ticket(s), send a check to: Crossroads Christian Church, Attn: Phyllis Montoya or see phyllis.montoya@crossroadschristian.net . For more info, call 817-557-2277. All mail order tickets will be held at the "Will-Call" window for pickup the day of the event. Tickets will not be mailed.

Fri, March 02 Family Fun at North Richland Hills Recreation Center in North Richland Hills
Location: North Richland Hills Rec Center, 6720 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills, TX  76180. Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Have a fun-filled night of games & activities geared for family fun! Cost: $10 per family of four, each individual family member $2. For more info, call 817-427-6600.

Final Notes  
       Dear Readers, over the years we have been seeing and reading about an expanding display of unhealthy and immoral influences in our society. Many of these situations are not addressed adequately in the media. In order to protect children and families, we want to bring these and other news and stories to those who would have an interest in traditional family values and a Biblical Worldview. To receive the notes as an email, for more info on the DFW Christian Notes, or to provide feedback, contact Peter Reyes at peter76181@yahoo.com or Bonnie Reyes at bonnieforhim@yahoo.com   Important Note: Some of our items address serious issues. Some of the materials provided here are NOT appropriate for children or youth and are intended for adults only. Please use caution when sharing these  Notes. Please feel free to pass this email on to your family and friends. We suggest that you call the host of events listed to see if there are any last minute changes. Please consider putting this newsletter on your Buddy, Approved or Not Spam list. Please let us know if you have any concerns over any of the events that we include. We are not responsible for items included in email links and they are provided for your help only. In that case, please refer questions to the site of concern. Please feel free to comment on the items included as we are seeking to remain faithful to Biblical values. I apologize if you are getting this email twice or by mistake. Now or at any time in the future you may respond back asking to be removed and we will be glad to do so. Peter Reyes,  PO Box 14607,  Fort Worth, TX 76117. Powered by http://www.injesus.com/