Teens wounded in brawl Toronto & GTA News

 
GUNS KILL3
 
What started as reports of an afternoon baseball bat brawl between two groups of teens ended with two boys in hospital — one shot, the other stabbed — yesterday afternoon.  A fight involving eight to 15 teens broke out near George S. Henry Academy on Graydon Hall Dr., near Don Mills and York Mills Rds., at about 3:30 p.m., Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said.  During the brawl, one teen was stabbed in the back and another was shot in the back.  The injured teens, believed to be about 16, were from opposing sides, Vella said.  After the groups scattered, emergency crews found the stabbing victim nearby with a “minor” wound and the shooting victim on a park bench down the street, where he had collapsed with what was thought to be a life-threatening injury, Vella said.  He was rushed to hospital, where he was listed in “stable” condition last night, Vella said.  Though the incident happened a half hour after classes ended at the nearby high school, it was unknown whether the teens were students there.  “We have a responsibility to educate today’s teens that violence is not the answer,” Vella said. “It does not help the situation. It just fuels the situation.  “You have someone shot and stabbed, then that person just wants to get (revenge),” he said. “Eventually, someone is killed.”  Three separate scenes were taped off by police along Graydon Hall, which is dotted with five highrise apartment buildings.  “I’m used to it,” a 12-year-old girl said of violence in the area since her family moved onto the street five years ago. “I hate when this happens.”  “We are very afraid, very surprised,” said a Pakistani man who moved to the area five months ago.  “We thought this city was very peaceful,” his wife added.  “It’s been happening everywhere,” one woman said of the violence, with her one-year-old daughter in tow. “It is what it is … It is unfortunate.”  http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/11/12/11717641-sun.html

ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS GANG FIGHTS AFTER SCHOOL IS NOTHING NEW IN CANADA, I SAW THE SAME THING IN MONTREAL DURING MY PUBLIC SCHOOL DAYS TOO. But I do have to say parents and the recession, economy  firstly have set the tone, the environment for the fights. Both Working parents have no time to look after the kids, and both parents often fighting amongst each other over acquiring more money, paying the bills does not help much.. and it does affect the children’s school grades negatively now too.. but blaming the fights on the schools or the lack of policing is a false cop out.

 
 
 

Saskatchewan school locked down after firearm stolen from car outside building Wed Nov 11, 7:41 PM  CANDO, Sask. – Police are investigating the theft of a rifle from a veteran’s vehicle that resulted in a school lockdown in rural Saskatchewan.

 

 

do see also https://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/albertan-hate-crimes-awareness-day/

 

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Sin and repentance

 

Sin and repentance, the rarely used words today…

 
One thing is obvious, most people when they think of sin, it is something bad that someone else does and not anything they do themselves for a start
 
Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments, either by doing what is forbidden or failing to do what is required. (See the Ten Commandments , the Greatest Commandments of Jesus, Mark 7:20-23, Galatians 5:19-26). In the Bible, sin is a serious evil that disrupts our relationship with God (Matthew 5:29-30, Mark 9:42-48, Romans 8:7-8, Romans 6:23).
Sin: Literally, a missing of the mark, according to the Hebrew and Greek Bible texts. God himself sets the “mark” that his intelligent creatures are to reach. Missing that mark is sin, which is also unrighteousness, or lawlessness. (Rom. 3:23; 1 John 5:17; 3:4) Sin is anything not in harmony with God’s personality, standards, ways, and will, all of which are holy. It may involve wrong conduct, failure to do what should be done, ungodly speech, unclean thoughts, or desires or motives that are selfish. The Bible differentiates between inherited sin and willful sin, between an act of sin over which a person is repentant and the practice of sin.

Consequences of sin

All human misery, e.g. death, disease, fear, pain, and suffering, is ultimately rooted in sin. Sin increases the gap separating mankind from God. On the way toward a complete separation between mankind and God (which is an unavoidable consequence of sin) sinners become unrepentant and hard-hearted. Sin increasingly diminishes their strength to overcome. Ultimately the wages of sin is death (Romans 6: 23). Here a distinction must be made between physical death (i.e. the passing away of a human being) and spiritual death (i.e. complete separation between man and God).

Conditions of Forgiveness

Although God is always ready and willing to forgive us, He requires two things of us as conditions of forgiveness: repentance and forgiveness of others.

1) Repentance. Repentance means a sincere personal resolve to turn away from sin and toward God.

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (NIV, Matthew 4:17)

If our sin has harmed another person, we should try to make amends for the wrong done (Luke 19:8-10). If we have tried to hide our sin, we should confess it (Matthew 3:1-6, Matthew 18:15-18, Acts 19:18, James 5:16-17). True repentance involves sorrow for acts of sin and leads to a fundamental change in attitude. We are not perfect and may fail in our attempt to avoid sin. In that case God is always willing for us to start over and make another attempt. However, if we ask for forgiveness with the intention of sinning again, we have not really repented.

Related verses: Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15, Mark 6:12, Luke 3:3, Luke 5:31-32, Luke 13:3-5, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:22, Acts 17:30-31, Acts 20:21, 2 Corinthians 7:10.

2) Forgiveness of others. Jesus said we must be willing to forgive people who sin against us:

If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NLT, Matthew 6:14-15)

There should be no limit to our willingness to forgive others (Luke 17:3-4). We should have a forgiving spirit even if the offender does not repent and ask for forgiveness (Mark 11:25). We damage our relationship with God and harm ourselves if we stay angry or hold a grudge (Matthew 5:21-24).

Related verses: Matthew 18:21-22, Matthew 18:34-35, Ephesians 4:32.

Availability of Forgiveness

The good news is that, no matter how serious the sin, God is always seeking us out and is willing to forgive and forget our sins and give us a fresh start. As long as we live, it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and make a new start!

So Jesus used this illustration: “If you had one hundred sheep, and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it? And then you would joyfully carry it home on your shoulders. When you arrived, you would call together your friends and neighbors to rejoice with you because your lost sheep was found. In the same way, heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! (NLT, Luke 15:3-7)

When we have sinned, we can ask God for forgiveness, as in the Lord’s Prayer:

and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. (TLB, Matthew 6:12)

Related verses: Psalms 25:7, Psalms 32:1-2, Isaiah 43:25, Matthew 1:21, Matthew 18:12-14, Matthew 26:28, Luke 15:11-32, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38, Romans 4:7-8, Hebrews 10:17.

 

Does God differentiate really between major and minor sins? Do we have to repent of both? What does the Bible actually say about this too?
 
Neither the Old nor the New Testament presents an exhaustive “doctrine of sin” or a systematic and complete “list of sins”.

Human beings sin whenever they violate God’s declared will. By sinning they burden themselves with guilt before God.

-God Himself always establishes righteous conduct by revealing His will. Mankind is instructed to inquire into God’s will and to act accordingly.

 In assessing whether a deed is sinful or not, the only deciding factor is the divine will, as it is manifested in the Holy Scripture, and revealed in timely fashion by the Holy Spirit  

(cf. Exodus 20: 20). It is also sinful to break vows made to God (cf. Deuteronomy 23: 22), and not to believe in Christ (cf. John 16: 9). Covetousness, envy, and the like also constitute sin (cf. Galatians 5: 19-21; 1  Corinthians 6: 9-10; Ephesians 5: 5).

 Sin constitutes everything opposed to God’s will and contrary to God’s nature. Consequently sin is absolute.

-The Holy Scripture clearly defines sin as any violation of the Ten Commandments

-All deliberate thoughts, words, and deeds contrary to God’s will and nature are sinful. It is also sinful to deliberately neglect to do good (James 4: 17).

All persons are sinners also have to meet certain conditions in order to have their sins forgiven by God. These include:

– Faith in Jesus Christ

– Belief that the authority to forgive sins in the name of Jesus is vested in the apostolate. (The apostles have been given the authority to forgive sins in Jesus’ name, however the absolution pronounced by priestly ministers in the stead of the apostle has the same effect as if the apostle himself had pronounced ).

–   The realisation that they have sinned and are in need of grace

–  The heartfelt desire for reconciliation with God

–  Acknowledging their sins before God, as expressed in the supplication in the Lord’s Prayer: “… forgive us our debts…”

–  Remorse and repentance. This is associated with a desire to make good their  guilt towards other

–  The serious resolution to overcome faults and weaknesses

–   Willingness to forgive and be reconciled,

–  Grasping the absolution in faith

Keeping God’s word Continually  in our heart helps us to keep from sin, sinning, doing wrong

(Psa 119:9 KJV)  BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

(Psa 119:11 KJV)  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

(Psa 119:16 KJV)  I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

(Psa 119:17 KJV)  GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

(Psa 119:25 KJV)  DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

(Psa 119:28 KJV)  My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

(Psa 119:38 KJV)  Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

(Psa 119:41 KJV)  VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

(Psa 119:42 KJV)  So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

(Psa 119:50 KJV)  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

(Psa 119:58 KJV)  I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

(Psa 119:65 KJV)  TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.

(Psa 119:67 KJV)  Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

(Psa 119:74 KJV)  They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

(Psa 119:76 KJV)  Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

(Psa 119:81 KJV)  CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

(Psa 119:82 KJV)  Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

(Psa 119:89 KJV)  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

(Psa 119:101 KJV)  I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

(Psa 119:105 KJV)  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

(Psa 119:107 KJV)  I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.

(Psa 119:114 KJV)  Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

(Psa 119:116 KJV)  Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

(Psa 119:133 KJV)  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

(Psa 119:140 KJV)  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

(Psa 119:147 KJV)  I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

(Psa 119:148 KJV)  Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

(Psa 119:154 KJV)  Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

(Psa 119:158 KJV)  I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

(Psa 119:160 KJV)  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

(Psa 119:161 KJV)  SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.

(Psa 119:162 KJV)  I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

(Psa 119:169 KJV)  TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.

(Psa 119:170 KJV)  Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

(Psa 119:172 KJV)  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

(Psa 138:2 KJV)  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

(Jer 15:16 KJV)  Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

(Luke 5:5 KJV)  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

(John 17:6 KJV)  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

(John 17:14 KJV)  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

(John 17:17 KJV)  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

(Acts 4:29 KJV)  And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

The Lord Jesus also described the failure to believe in Him as sin (John 16: 9). Death does not make a believer out of an unbeliever.

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The US congressional committee handling the arrangements for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration has released the program for the event which will include   Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Joseph Lowery, former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Invocation
Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Dr. Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in 1980 with one family. Today, it is an evangelical congregation averaging 22,000 weekly attendees, a 120-acre campus, and has more than 300 community ministries to groups such as prisoners, CEOs, addicts, single parents, and those with HIV/AIDS. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. TIME magazine named him one of “15 World Leaders Who Mattered Most in 2004,” and in 2005 one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Arole that positions Mr. Warren to succeed Billy Graham as the nation’s pre-eminent minister and reflects the generational changes in the evangelical Christian movement.

 Benediction
The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, considered the dean of the civil rights movement, co-founded along with Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and served as president and chief executive officer from 1977 to January 15, 1998. He served as pastor of Atlanta’s oldest predominantly Black United Methodist congregation, Central Methodist Gardens for 18 years, and as pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church from 1986 to 1992

Liberal groups criticized the inclusion of Warren, whose “Purpose Driven Life” books and lectures have made his church among the largest in the country. Rick Warren  is an early taste of the President-elect Barack Obama’s  post-election effort to reach evangelical Americans. The effort continues even though Obama’s evangelical offensive during the presidential campaign yielded only modest results on Election Day. Earlier this year, as the debate over same-sex marriage raged in California, Warren publicly endorsed Proposition 8, which amends the state Constitution to declare that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”   Wow this honeymoon is ending before it ever started… at least for the gay  community.  His selection has drawn criticisms from liberals, including the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Rick Warren is a slap in the face to every member of the LGBT community and their straight friends. This is offensive.   Obama knows he has liberals in his pocket, and he no longer has to pay lip service to them. What are liberals going to do about it? Vote Republican? Or pray about it too?

Rejoice, young man in your youth; and

 
(Eccl 1:9 KJV)  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
 
(Eccl 1:10 KJV)  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
 
(Eccl 1:13 KJV)  And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
 
(Eccl 1:14 KJV)  I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
 
(Eccl 1:15 KJV)  That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
 
(Eccl 1:17 KJV)  And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
 
(Eccl 1:18 KJV)  For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
 
 Ignorance is no bliss or an excuse.. when you get older, you start to see that there is nothing new under the sun, including sinful human behavior.. I often see you men describing their unrepentant rage, sins against God, and still trying to justify it by saying God does not exist and we are not accountable to him.. but even death alone proves we are accountable for we do  not live forever on earth.
 
(Heb 9:27 KJV)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
 
(Heb 9:28 KJV)  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
 
(Eccl 11:9 KJV)  Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
 
(Eccl 12:1 KJV)  Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2   While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:  3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4  And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low; 5  Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
 
(Eccl 12:12 KJV)  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
 
(Eccl 12:13 KJV)  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
 
(Eccl 12:14 KJV)  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.