Monday, October 18, 2010

Granite City native's first big Hollywood role is in faith-based film

Make me proud to read articles like this.

Friends and family members know Amy Holland Pennell as a kind-hearted, religious young woman who often reaches out to people in need.
It's only fitting her first big role in a Hollywood movie would be that of a cancer survivor and single mother who overcomes bad choices in life and finds her way to God.
"She had gotten really mad at God because she was sick," said Amy, 29, of Los Angeles, who grew up in Granite City.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Obama says he is a Christian "by Choice."

I realize that this is not new news to anyone, but I cannot help but to note that Obama falls short of what is means to be Christian.

At a campaign stop in Albuquerque, the president responds
to a question about his faith by saying 'the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to
me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Obama said Tuesday that he is a "Christian by choice" and that his decision was influenced by gospel teachings about salvation and the importance of loving one another.

His mother and the grandparents who helped raised him weren't regular churchgoers, Obama told a group of voters here. But he became a Christian "later in life" because of the religion's basic principles,
he said  "It was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead," Obama said.

"Being my brother's and sister's keeper. Treating others as they would treat me."

Notice he refers only to the precepts of Jesus.  This is very important.  The Apostle Paul instructs one that "if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and bbelieve in your heart that cGod raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, 1resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, 2resulting in salvation.

This is to acknowledge His deity - to admit that He is God!  It involeves more that admiring even applying the precepts Jesus taught. This would mean a "works salvation" as we can conclude as we examine the rest of the article.

Obama met with the voters group as part of a nationwide
political swing as he tries to rally Democratic voters in advance of the Nov. 2
congressional elections. Later Tuesday, Obama traveled to Madison, Wis., to speak to a large
gathering of students and others at the University of Wisconsin.

His remarks in Albuquerque came in response to a question from the crowd about his religious faith, allowing the president to veer away from economics, the subject matter dominating the meeting.

The issue of Obama's beliefs is a popular subject of debate on cable talk shows and the Internet. Recent polling data suggests that a growing number of Americans think Obama is a Muslim.

But Obama on Tuesday gave a personal accounting of his faith more intimate than any since he published a 1999 memoir of his life.
"Understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we're sinful and we're flawed, we make mistakes," Obama said Tuesday.
"And that we achieve salvation through the grace of God." Although flawed, individuals can "still see God in other people" and help others to find "their own grace."

Notice his statement: "we achieve salvation througth the grace of God."  It is true salvation is extended by the grace of God, but there is nothing one can do to achieve it. The Apostle Paul makes this point clear in Eph. 2:8-9.