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Pastor Dan Kopp is preparing another preview service for the Eastside Vineyard Church.

The preview is Jan. 16 starting at 6 p.m. in Sterling Heights.

If you haven’t yet, take a looksee at my story on Dan.

I can attest to the great people involved in Vineyard. I know a few who are on board with Dan and his vision, and it’s exciting.

Here’s link to Eastside Vineyard. Be sure to check out the vid at the end.

 

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A court has ruled a cross at a public park in San Diego violates the Constitution.

The 29-foot cross was dedicated in 1954 in honor of Korean War veterans.

Seems there’s not a lot of middle ground on this issue.

The Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based Christian legal group, called Tuesday’s decision an insult to troops.

“The memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom shouldn’t be dishonored because the ACLU finds a small number of people who are merely offended,” said Joe Infranco, the group’s senior counsel.

David Blair-Loy of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties said there are other ways to do honor troops.

“We honor those who have served, but the Constitution does not allow the government to exclude non-Christians by endorsing a clearly religious symbol,” he said. “The court is correct to find a violation of the First Amendment.”

Michael Aguirre, a former San Diego attorney, talked about anti-semitism.

“This cross marks La Jolla as a Christian community, that’s basically what (the judges are) saying,” said Aguirre, who is now in private practice. “It was a cross for decades in a community with a history of anti-Semitism.”

Macomb Daily readers had their own opinions.

” Here we are in a country that was founded on Christian morals and values and the judges and politicians continue to take away the right and freedoms of the Christians. The judges and politicians are afraid to offend anyone, but it’s perfectly ok to offend the Christians. Christians are told to be tolerant but tolerance is not practiced by the judges and politicians or those from whom they are trying to solicit more votes. ” – My 2 Cents

” This is sad, Socialism is taking over this country. How about if the Feds sold that little patch of land to a private owner?? The Cross would then be on PRIVATE PROPERTY!!?? They can’t fight that. They might say it’s an eye sore,but,if there are no rules in the contract that say he can’t keep the cross, then the ACLU can go ….. somewhere else. ” – 4whldrive

Whew! Like I said, no gray areas here! Go to that link above if you are compelled to weigh in.

Looking for a mountaintop experience? The Rock in Fair Haven is on a weeklong adventure this week. The week of prayer and fasting that began Monday at 6:45 p.m. culminates Friday at 7 p.m. with a Mountain Top Praise and Prayer experience. Pastor Angelo Fleece and his church so far are on the right path. He talked with me about the church and its rapid growth. Here’s the story.
Find out more about The Rock here. Or give Pastor Angelo and his staff — Brian DeRita, Chad Nelson, Matt Vandersteen — a call and they’d be happy to talk. I know I enjoyed our talk, and I look forward to meeting with them again. It’s a church that’s growing real fast, and for good reason.
BTW, there’s a fundraiser euchre tournament on Saturday at the Rock.
I’m still looking for a Spitzer tournament in Macomb County. I’m still looking for someone in Macomb County who knows what Spitzer is.

I had a cool time talking with Jared Sabo, who is the leader of Lakepointe church’s Aftershock youth group. Jared knows how to have fun, and has a passion for what he does. Here’s a link to the Macomb Daily story.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from Jared and the Lakepointe crew. Pastor Scott Blanchard is a great guy and good things are happening at Lakepointe. BTW, the church is now meeting at Lutheran High North.

Kensington church started a five-week series over the weekend called “Paranormal Activity.” Must be a popular subject because the house was full in Clinton Township, at least. The first installment, “Angels and Demons,” included some candid interviews with average people and their views on the paranormal.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/18031569

Paranormal Series Trailer from Kensington.

Pastor Chris Zarbaugh gave some (well, lots) of biblical perspective on the issue. It was an enticing kickoff to a timely topic. And it was really geared toward Christians as well as skeptics. Good stuff. And the cool thing is, Kensington always posts its messages online.