‘Open Walls’ pastor vs. Defense Of Marriage protesters at Civil Unions ceremony in Millennium Park

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“Open Walls” pastor counters Defense Of Marriage picketers claiming injury to religious freedoms.

“Urban Village Church is a new community of people in Chicago trying to do church differently. We’re committed to helping people connect with God, to accepting absolutely everybody right where they are, and to living lives that offer something good to the world. Whoever you are — seeker or skeptic, Democrat or Republican, straight or gay, young or old, woman or man — you are welcome here. ”

A handful of evangelical Christians claiming injury to their religious freedom received media attention for their picketing – even as hundreds of loving friends and families participated in Chicago’s historic UNION IN THE PARK on Thursday, June 2nd – 24 hours after the first Civil Union licenses were issued to the 33 couples who were married in a public ceremony in Millennium Park.

Chicago Tribune 6/2/11

“Outside one of the park entrances Thursday about a half-dozen protesters stood quietly, holding a sign that said: “Marriage. One man. One woman.” The protesters were part of the recently formed Illinois Defense of Marriage Initiative, which is trying to gather at least 300,000 signatures to put an advisory referendum measure on the 2012 ballot that would oppose the civil unions law.”

Churches opening doors to same-sex unions
Some denominations also requiring clergy in same-sex relationships to make them legal

Lutheran clergy who serve in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod may officiate at same-sex civil unions in consultation with the bishop, but they are barred from officiating civil unions for straight couples who want legal protections without getting married.

The prohibition on civil unions for straight couples upholds the church’s teaching on marriage and family, Chicago Lutheran Bishop Wayne Miller said.

“If pastors start performing civil unions, it sets up a very confusing message about whether or not this church still holds marriage as the standard for how a man and a woman enter into a lifelong commitment with one another,” Miller said.

To comply with guidelines established two years ago by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, pastors in committed same-sex relationships must seek civil unions so their relationships meet the “highest level of public accountability.”

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“Show Me Your Glory” – Beyond the Walls Church – Elyria, Ohio

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Recorded some of worship for my Momma in Texas. This is the Jesus Culture/Bethel version of Show Me Your Glory. Don’t mind all the fans, we don’t have air at the church right now.
Recorded at Beyond the Walls Church in Elyria, Ohio.

The Church Without Walls Male Chorus ‘More Than I CAN BARE’

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Dr. Ralph Douglas West Male Chorus ministering in song. God Will Never Put More on You than you can BARE, Have I got a witness

Dr. Ralph Douglas West serves as founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church, Houston, Texas). He first preached as a sixteen year old in his native Houston. The church began with 32 members and now embraces 16,000+ families meeting in three locations and conducting six services each Sunday. Dr. West is affectionately known as PAS.

Dr. West completed degrees at Bishop College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Beeson Divinity School, where he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Preaching at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He has an abiding commitment to the church and the academy, relating with equal ease to both venues and using his influence to mentor ministers in both locations. He speaks perennially at colleges, universities and seminaries across America as well as at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.

Dr. West’s preaching style includes careful explanation of Scripture combined with his signature ability to tell detailed, credible and indelible stories from contemporary life that enrich the sermon and relates to the congregation. He also makes penetrating and specific application of the text to his people. He does all of this while maintaining the vibrant preaching tradition of church and culture in an atmosphere of celebration.

Pas is a leader beyond his own church and serves on boards, agencies, trusteeships and committees at local, state and national levels. He is constantly in demand by fellow ministers for counsel and wisdom. On top of this, he pastors a very large church as if it were a much smaller church, standing with people in exceptional times of crisis. As one astute observer remarked, “He is unselfish with his time and utterly without self-regard, available and compassionate towards his people.”

Through publications, television and the internet his messages are available across the world and are witnessed by thousands beyond his church each week. A perpetually demanded conference speaker, he has spoken multiple times at conferences such as the Hampton Institute, the largest gathering to hear preaching each year. From the pulpit to the lectern he is sought for his preaching gift.

Although Pas can boast of a number of degrees, honors and associations, those who sit under his preaching would most aptly describe his attitude using Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2:1.

“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”

Strongholds: When the Walls Come Down | Pastor Daniel Fernandez | 080617

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The Church LV did not begin in a building; but in the hearts of two ordinary people willing to do extraordinary things to see the Las Vegas valley changed. The Church began as a small gathering in the home of Pastors Benny and Wendy Perez, and today it is recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in the nation.

We are determined to build a church, which creates a friendly and inviting atmosphere for you and your family. Whether you are single, married, divorced, or a grandparent we believe that there is a place for you here at The Church. You will find that each service is unique, fun, creative, and relevant to your life with a message from Pastor Benny that is both humorous and life changing. Our children’s programs are age appropriate and fun. Our well trained staff will ensure that your children have an enjoyable and exciting experience that will have them wanting to come back week after week!

Soaring Eagles AZ – AH NI:IO – Broken Walls

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Soaring Eagles dancing to AH NI:IO by Broken Walls, Rise Up Mighty Warrior album, at Westchester Senior Living. For music, Broken Walls web store
Soaring Eagles Ministries PO Box 6898, Apache Junction, AZ 85178. Email the director, Lura Olander at: [email protected]
Soaring Eagles Ministries is a non-profit 501c3 ministry that ministers through the dance in the Phoenix metropolitan area as well as nationally and internationally at churches, outreaches and cultural events performing First Nations Messianic dances and other Messianic/Jewish dances. Our mission is to bring the salvation message of Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah to First Nations and Indigenous people and encourage and help others through the dance to minister to those who need hope and eternal life.
Practices are every Saturday 6-9 pm at St. Matthew United Methodist Church of Mesa, AZ. Everyone welcome.

Burger Chef Hambugers, McMurry College, Jim Walls Conoco, Highland Park Baptist Church

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REMEMBERING IN ABILENE WHEN….This is a brief test roll of super 8 film that my dad (Rev. T. Gerald Cates) shot before going to the Holy Land in 1969. This was taken in front of the church he pastored for many years. There’s footage of McMurry College, Highland Park Baptist Church, a Conoco Service Station, and a rare glimpse of the first Burger Chef Restaurant on South 14th Street in Abilene, Texas. (Note the cheap gasoline on the sign). Oh yea, yours truly is at the end of the roll trying to learn how to ride a Unicycle. Thanks dad for taking this!