By Editorial Staff
Published May 2, 2008
by Glenn DeJong
1995 CCBC Chairman
Welcome to 1996, an important election year! Our basic strategy in 1995 was to build an infrastructure which could effectively inform and motivate voters in 1996! In this article, I will briefly review the past year and outline our goals for the coming year.
1995 – The Year in Review
One goal for the Christian Coalition of Brevard County in 1995 was to strengthen this local organization by growing the membership. This past year, CCBC membership grew by over 60 percent. At the beginning of last year, CCBC co-hosted a successful lecture by Dr. Herb Titus. Last May, the CCBC had a very successful picnic, with over 100 adults in attendance, several elected officials who briefly addressed us, and a short message from CC-FL’s John Dowless. (Mr. Dowless, by the way, is now a full time CC-FL lobbyist in Tallahassee, and the very capable Bob West has assumed Dowless’ former role of field director.) In September, Brevard had seven delegates attending CC-National’s exciting “Road to Victory” conference in Washington D.C. In November, there was the “God & Country Rally” in Orlando. And, of course, there have been several important meetings of the local members.
Another accomplishment was amending our bylaws to allow people to choose an Associate Membership option. This has allowed business at our meetings to flow more smoothly, and also has allowed us to recruit people into the CCBC who may have been a little hesitant to immediately commit to a Full Membership. Another feature that was added is our Expanded Membership deal that gets a CCBC member enrolled with the state and national CC organizations at a very modest cost. This joint membership option has become increasingly popular. Lastly, we have established the “Sustaining” and “Booster” levels to recognize CCBC’s significant financial contributors.
Another answer to prayer in 1995 was the establishing of a CCBC office. As of this month, we now have our own office! How did this come about? Please attend our next member’s meeting, and you will hear the good news, see our new office, and understand the full importance of this acquisition.
And praise be to our God, who rules the universe, and cares about the details of our lives! CCBC’s success in 1995 was granted in spite of problems this year for chairman DeJong (mainly due to my health).
1996 – Our Strategy
Our early strategy in 1996 will be to continue building an effective organization as we transition to the tasks of educating and motivating voters. We must build the membership! We will need more funds and volunteers as we get closer to the elections. There are many people in Brevard County who will join with us as they learn of the CCBC. We must explain to friends that donations of time and money to a local coalition can be much more effective in educating voters than donations to candidates or national organizations. We all are aware that the election process is hampered when it is dependent merely upon candidates advertising their own opinions of themselves, along with a liberal-controlled news media’s biased reporting. CCBC’s educational efforts simultaneously influences election races from the national presidency to local city councils.
As we set up the office, we are thankful for members who have donated a Fax machine and a copier! We are still looking for someone to donate a computer to replace our old PC-XT. I know there are businesses and individuals who are purchasing Pentiums, and could donate an old 386 or 486. Even a PC-AT 286 would be a major step up from our outmoded XT. We also will need an answering machine, telephone, and a couple of items of furniture. Please call if you can help.
Our next meeting (January 25), will include nominations for our officer elections in February. Please consider nominating yourself or someone to help lead the work of the CCBC. We are also blessed to have Gene Burress’s brother Phil at the next meeting to explain how to strongly influence local elections. Many of you know that Phil is known nationally for his successful influence in Cincinnati.
We need to begin compiling voter guides, starting with the Republican run-offs just around the corner. We need to start planning for our spring event – perhaps a picnic combined with a candidates forum. Then we need to get out the candidate surveys and complete research on the voting records and habits of local elected officials.
As our membership expands, our goal for Pass The Word will be to change from a newsletter to a full-size newspaper format which will give even more information to more people in a more interesting style. (If you want to make this a reality, then please make use of the membership forms!) If you want to write articles, then please let us know! As you run into blatant blunders and falsehoods by the establishment liberal news media, please get this information to us.
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That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?
Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?
Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?
These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“…a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
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