The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Sunday series: 06/26/2011 (#143)

Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 10am

Bible readings:

“1 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire. 2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands. 3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me? 4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites. 5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand. 7 And Jephthah judged Israel six years. Then died Jephthah the Gileadite, and was buried in one of the cities of Gilead.” (Judges 12:1-7 KJV)

“32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:32-38 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. killing the enemy? [Judges 12:1-7]
  2. to help and be good without expecting anything in return [Luke 6:32-38]
  3. to love others = to love God

Comments now:

  1. Just as a reminder, red-letter Scriptures (second reading above) indicate what Jesus himself said.
  2. That day, I made a comment that I won’t include here. Let’s just say that I know what it is to be persecuted for being different. The school system in NYC is pathetic and often puts children in danger (local government negligence). My youngest sons are home-schooled and we get lots of shit from those in the local government who think they know any better — often attacking and trying to take legal resources against parents (not the neglecting parties).

    Child Abuse
    The Office of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Intervention provides technical assistance, training and resources to Central, District and school staff in order to comply with state laws and Chancellor’s Regulation A-750 on child abuse intervention and prevention.
    NEW POLICY- ACS DOE Joint Policy Statement on the Reporting and Investigating of Educational Neglect – Attached please find the recently released ACS/DOE Joint Policy Statement on the Reporting and Investigating of Educational Neglect. This document, signed by the Commissioner of Children’s Services and the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, is part of a statewide effort by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to develop a joint policy statement between the Administration for Children’s Services and the New York City Department of Education for reporting and investigation of educational neglect allegations. This joint policy statement sets a framework to ensure inter-agency coordination and a shared protocol for addressing the complex issues that such allegations present.
    This joint policy statement applies to the New York City Department of Education (D0E) when reporting suspected educational neglect to the State Central Register (SCR), the Children’s Services Division of Child Protection Services (DCP) when investigating educational neglect allegations, and the Children’s Services Education Unit when identifying resources in educational neglect cases.”

    The quote above comes from the local government agency responsible for free and fare education to all children as commanded by the federal government — The Department of Education.

    The following comes ABC News Radio on the horrors of abuse of those children who can’t talk. To avoid legalities, the following is a small section of the article.

    Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline for Autistic, Disabled Kids
    (NEW YORK) — Thousands of autistic and disabled schoolchildren have been injured and dozens have died after being restrained by poorly trained teachers and school aides who tried to subdue them using at times unduly harsh techniques, an ABC News investigation has found.
    With no agreed upon national standards for how teachers can restrain an unruly child, school officials around the country have been employing a wide array of methods that range from sitting on children, to handcuffing them, even jolting them with an electric shock at one specialized school. Some have locked children in padded rooms for hours at a time. One Kentucky teacher’s aide is alleged to have stuffed 9-year-old Christopher Baker, who is autistic and was swinging a chair around him, into a draw-string duffle bag.
    ‘When I got to the end of the hall and saw the bag, I stood there like, ‘Hmmm, what in the world?” the boy’s mother, Sandra Baker, recalled in an interview with ABC News. She had arrived at the school to find her son wriggling inside the ‘sensory bag.’ ‘It was really heartbreaking to walk up and see him in that.’
    Earlier this year, Sheila Foster’s son Corey, 16, was the latest child to die at school, when staff members at a special needs facility in Yonkers, New York held him face down for allegedly refusing to get off the basketball court. Sheila Foster said witnesses later informed her that Corey told the staffers he couldn’t breathe, but they allegedly persisted, reportedly telling him, ‘If you can talk, you can breathe.’ The school said this account is not substantiated.
    PHOTOS: Kids Hurt, Killed by Restraints at School

    The quote below comes from The New York Times covering child abuse in NYC, the Church and elsewhere throughout the States. To avoid legalities, the following is a small section of a much larger article (over 10 pages).

    Child Abuse and Neglect
    News about Child Abuse and Neglect, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
    Child Abuse and Neglect Chronology

    Jul. 2, 2013
    Chancellor Norman Lamm announces his retirement after more than 60 years at Yeshiva University in emotional letter that includes apology for for not responding more assertively to accusations of sexual abuse from students at Yeshiva University High School for Boys.MORE»

    Jul. 2, 2013
    Files released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee reveal that in 2007 Cardinal Timothy F Dolan requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation; Dolan emphatically denies charges.MORE»

    Jun. 28, 2013
    State of Georgia suspends 19 employees who were responsible for investigating accusations of sexual abuse and misconduct in the state’s juvenile justice facilities after internal review reveals that work on cases was repeatedly delayed; state officials say they expect upcoming report to show those delays were even more widespread than initially believed.MORE»

    Jun. 25, 2013
    Three-year review by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen M Rice concludes that Jesse Friedman was properly convicted in 1988 of sexual abuse and should not have his conviction overturned; Friedman, featured in documentary Capturing the Friedmans, came to symbolize era of sensational, often-suspect accusations of child molestation, but Rice’s report clearly states that ruling was substantiated by evidence.MORE»

    Jun. 20, 2013
    Anthony Criscuolo, elementary schoolteacher in the Bronx, is charged in rape of 10-year-old girl; Criscuolo is accused of using pretext of award ceremony to lure victim to his car, then assault her; Education Dept officials report that Criscuolo has been reassigned away from students and will be removed from the payroll during the investigation.MORE»

    It’s simply disgusting how there can be men and women of all creeds and sexual orientations willing to abuse, torture and kill children. Further more, it’s sickening when the corrupted and broken legal system protects these perverts. In such cases, killing our enemies and that of our children [Judges 12:1-7] seems to be the only answer.


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