Monday, November 19, 2012

America's Freedoms Lost

This story reflects the Worship and Work heritage of our early Americans. Under attack by socialism, we are now losing our national foundations right before our eyes.

"Pilgrims Going to Church" by George Henry Boughton (1867) 
Grandpa Walter Witherell labored hard as mechanic in his garage on the intersection of Massachusetts Route 66 at “the flats.” He served as official State Bee Keeper for many years, handling honey bees with no protective gear. Grandma Laura drove the school bus in Hampshire County through several generations of children. As driver, she delivered the Hampshire Gazette all along the rural route.

Of course, at their farm on the hill she cared for the sheep, milked the cows, sold the apples, and boiled the maple syrup into blocks of sugar. Did you ever eat taffy syrup on fresh fallen snow? Most of all, I remember her wood shed, pantry, and incredible full course, wood stove breakfasts.  

I benefited from observing their basic daily work and spiritual lives. So united were they, at the end of their lives they naturally died one night apart (Oct. 1968), as had his brother and wife, Earnest and Sadie Witherell.

Both were direct descendants of the early American Puritans in the Witherell, Church, and Blakesley ancestry. They worshiped in the Westhampton Congregational Church reflecting the simplicity of the early Puritans who built the foundations of this nation.

Westhampton Congregational
Church, founded 1779,
built 1785, 1816, 1829.
This church the townspeople established in 1779 and first built in 1785. Considered “the finest in the hill towns,” a new  church was built in 1816 that burned Feb. 18, 1829, and was immediately rebuilt that year.

The first pastor, Enoch Hale served 58 years. He was the dear elder brother to Capt. Nathan Hale, Washington's Revolutionary spy executed by the British (Sept. 22, 1776).

One member, Justin Edwards,  in a summer thunderstorm prayed with four friends in the Haystack Meeting (1806) which resulted in the founding of the great American Foreign Missions Movement. He served later as president of Andover Theological Seminary.

One ancestor, Rev. William Witherell, was a pastor so renowned in those early days of the Plymouth Colony, his church roll reflects some 608 baptisms. He served as pastor for 39 years from Sept. 2, 1645, till his death, Apr.9, 1685, at the the Second Church of Scituate, now after some 350 years, First Parish of Norwell.

William was born in 1600 and his mother is purported to be the daughter of John Rogers, the Smithfield martyr. William married Mary Fisher, Mar. 26, 1627, in Canterbury, Kent, England. William and Mary arrived in the Plymouth Bay Colony on board the ship Hercules in 1634. He was placed on the ministerial rolls by Cotton Mather.

The story is reported in the church archives that a young man, John Bryant, had a tendency to arrive late to Sunday service. So at an appropriate time following prayer in the service, the Rev. Witherell turned to address him.

“Neighbor Bryant, it is to your reproach that you have disturbed the worship by entering late, living as you do within a mile of this place. Especially since here is Goody Barstow who has milked seven cows, made a cheese and walked five miles to the house of God in good season” (Fewkes, R.M.).

John Bryant was not too put off by the rebuke. He married Pastor Witherell's daughter, Elizabeth, in 1657.

Even this early story reflects the worship and work heritage of these early Americans. I can't help adding, this very worship and work ethic which built America is under such severe attack by socialism, today. We are losing our national foundations right before our eyes.

Fewkes, R.M., “Church History: Lessons From 350 Years of History.” About Us, Feb. 2, 1992. 

“Witherell Family Genealogy”

"In God We Trust."
Blessed Thanksgiving!
Bill Hunt 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

India: Hindus Beat Christian Pastor in Hospital Bed

India is No. 37 on the World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.

Offloading fish in Kamataka by Rudolph A Furtado


Karnataka, Kannur, Oct 11 (Open Doors News) — Hindu extremists beat a pastor unconscious by the side of the road, then attacked him in his hospital bed the next day.

Pastor John Samuel Kim, from the Jerusalem prayer house in Kannur village, a few kilometers away from Kolar District, told Open Doors News he was standing on the road with three friends, Oct. 11, after distributing wedding cards of his sister.

A mob of 20 extremists questioned me on what I was doing in the village,” he said. “They pushed me, saying ‘Why [do] I always visit the village and tell people about Christ,’ accused me of forceful conversion and began to beat me with sticks and stones, kicked and punched me.”

The pastor fell unconscious when they kicked him in the groin. The attackers left and Kim’s friends summoned police. Kim was hospitalized with a broken rib, and injuries to his head and neck.

Early the next morning, four people entered Kim’s hospital ward.

They told me that I should die, shook my bed and started to beat me again, and strangled me on my neck and brought a sharp weapon to cut my neck,” he said. Kim suffered a severe neck injury.

The attackers left when they heard the sound of people coming. Later, Kim provided a description of the attackers to police, who posted guard on the ward for the next seven days as the pastor recovered.

The police have registered a case against the attackers, but no arrests have been made.

Kolar District Police Superintendent Ram Niwas Seeat told Open Doors News that he and his team will continue to protect the pastor whenever necessary, and that they continue to search for the attackers.
The Global Council of Indian Christians, an advocacy group, said the Oct. 11 attack was the second on Kim within the past year. Three months earlier in Bangarapet, he was attacked in a similar way.

I was crossing the flyover on my motorbike when they stopped me. They accused me of forceful conversion and beat me up,” Kim told Open Doors News.

The pastor did not file a police complaint after the first attack. “I have forgiven them and I thought that they will not disturb me again,” he said.
Attacks against pastors and Christian institutions have accelerated in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, where violence against Christians has been most frequent during the past nine months.

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The violence of man's inhumanity to man is horrific. “The wicked are brought down by their own wickedness,” says Proverbs (NKJV Prov 11:5 ). “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev 19:18 NKJV) commands God. When will INDIA stop this vicious abuse among its peoples?

Pray for the people of India.
Bill Hunt
World in Christ

Monday, November 12, 2012

Egypt Salafi Muslims Harass Coptic Christians

Egypt ranks No. 15 on the World Watch List of countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian.

Egyptian Entryway in Cairo by AnnaSerio 

Cairo, Nov. 11 (Open Doors News) — It was a quick skirmish and no one was hurt, but it was typical of what Egypt’s Coptic leaders say are increasing attempts to harass Christians since the country’s 2011 revolution.
The latest incident occurred Monday, Nov. 5 in the Shoubra el Kheima district of northern Cairo, where a Coptic Orthodox Church service center is under construction.
Following the afternoon Muslim prayers, a group of Salafi Muslims occupied the construction site. They hung a sign:  Masjed El Rahman, or “Mosque of the Merciful.”
The Maspero Youth Union, a Copt activist group, said on its Facebook page that the intruders insisted the church did not have the necessary permits to build. Government officials later determined the church had all the required permissions in place.
For about 24 hours, however, members of the Coptic Church had to reckon with a group of Salafis who insisted Christians had no right to the land. In the early-morning hours of Tuesday, several members of the Maspero Youth Union made their way to the building site and began asking questions of the occupiers. 

“ ‘We have a small mosque at the end of the street and the presence of a church here will offend us,’” one of the Salafi occupiers said, according to one of the youth union members.
And this small mosque has a license?” the Copt youth said he asked in reply.
“ ‘Do the houses of God need a license?’” he quoted the Muslim as saying.
I was shocked by the answer,” the Copt youth said.
Coptic Bishop Antonius Marcos, who oversees that region of Cairo for the church, urged Christians to avoid direct confrontation with the Salafis even as he lodged complaints with the government officials.
The church doesn’t intend or wish to have any kind of confrontation with anybody. We are all brothers living in a same country,” Bishop Marcos said. 
According to Middle East Concern, a Britain-based Christian human-rights association, the church’s construction project has the support of the governor for that region of Egypt.
The Salafi occupiers left the construction site Tuesday.
The brief occupation of the construction site occurred only one day after Copts selected their new pope, Bishop Tawadros II, who will assume the throne on Nov. 18. He succeeds Pope Shenouda III, who died in March. Copts make up more than 10 million of Egypt’s 80 million people.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Getting Along with Marriage and Friends

Precious values mark marriage and friends like spattered blossoms.

Love is Spattered Blossoms (Bill Hunt Photo) 

As men and women approach the age of integrity, they realize points of value in relations, and they want to help others. Here's points my wife and I learned and want to share with you.

1. Forgive immediately, you must. It's not an option. You can not enter Heaven unless you forgive completely.

"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (Matt 6:14-15 NKJV).

2. Give others time to heal. Don't close in on them with judgment. Peter denied Jesus three times the night of the betrayal. But Jesus gave him space before he reaffirmed him three times on the beach at breakfast.

He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep” (John 21:17 NKJV).

3. Never take or keep offense. Block it. Scientists are learning more and more about cellular memory, how the entire body remembers trauma emotionally and stores it away problematically causing our spiritual, physical, and emotional conditions. Let it go.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails (1Cor 13:4-8 NKJV).

4. People do not realize God forgives perfectly. To forgive perfectly, he must also forget perfectly. God does not forgive partially, he restores our innocence. He wipes the slate clean as we repent. It is only the devil who tries to harass the repentant servant of past sins; he lies.

Then He (God) adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb 10:17 NKJV).

5. Divorce is not an option. It's like this, the man and the woman in marriage each gives up their own territory and must not take it back. Marriage is now God's sanctified territory. He is the overall third partner.

"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate" (Mt 19:6 NKJV).

Friendship can last, too.

Bill Hunt
World in Christ

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