Monday, November 6, 2017

Costa Rica Mission Trip

My son Ethan and I are excited that we have an opportunity to travel with Mountaintop Community Church's student ministry to San Jose, Costa Rica over next year's spring break (March 25-30, 2018) as short-term missionaries. This is sure to be an incredible time bringing the love of Christ to kids and families in need.

We are going to partner with organizations that help kids at risk. We will be going to share the Gospel and show the love of Christ to these kids and their families. We are looking forward to the challenges that taking this step of faith will bring and the rewards in spiritual growth. But it is the opportunity to serve others for our Lord Jesus Christ that excites us the most!

We will be working at a boy’s home doing light construction around their compound. We will also be working in a very low-income area bringing a VBS-style ministry to over 100 kids.

The cost of the trip for the two of us will be $1673. This includes passports, airfare, international cell phone access, food and accommodations while in Costa Rica. This also includes most GoFundMe fees, to help defray those costs. This is amazingly inexpensive for 2 people to be able to reach out and serve others for Christ.

We ask that you prayerfully consider donating to help us with the costs of this trip. If you cannot give financially, then please pray for us and our team as we embark on this great adventure! Also, if you can share this campaign page to your friends and family, that would be awesome! Any support that you can offer is greatly appreciated!!

We decided to try fundraising through GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/y4nun2-costa-rica-mission-trip) because we have seen this to be a successful platform for other people to do fundraising. It is easy and relatively inexpensive. Their fees for this type of fundraiser are as follows ( https://www.gofundme.com/pricing):

5% GoFundMe Platform
2.9% Payment Processing + $.30 per donation

For a total of 7.9% + $.30 per donation. For example, a $10 donation will cost an additional $1.09 in GoFundMe fees. We are accounting for this in the above cost of trip, except for the $.30 per donation fee. The GoFundMe fees will be about $122.45 + $.30 per donation. If we were to get 100 donations, that's only an additional $30. So, GoFundMe is a very inexpensive way to fundraise.

Any donations over the trip costs and GoFundMe fees will be allocated to assisting other members of our team with their costs and/or costs of materials and necessities during the trip.

There are other ways to donate as well:
  • You can give to Ethan or me in person. 
  •  You can send a check to us or to our church (225 Centerview Dr., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 or message me for our address). Make the check out to Mountaintop Community church. Do not put our names on the check. Put a note with the check stating it is designated for us for the Student Ministry Costa Rica Mission trip. Donating this way is tax deductible. 
  • You can donate via PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/MichaelDeveaux
Please check out the video and more information located here: http://mountaintopchurch.com/studentmissions/

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Critical Time...

I dislike both candidates. I'm not voting for Trump and I'm not voting for Clinton. I'm voting for America. As I posted a week or so ago:

"Ok here's how it is.

Neither Trump nor Clinton are good moral choices. Neither have the character we'd like to see in someone sitting in the Oval Office. If it was up to me, neither would be elected.

But one of them WILL be elected.

So what we have to do is put aside all this bickering about their character, cause NEITHER have character. Look at the issues at stake and choose the one you think will help our country the most.

May God have mercy on us."

The below article came to my attention today and it is an interesting read, whether you're for Trump or Clinton. The author is for Trump's POLICIES.obviously, but he makes some very interesting points:

"Since I find both candidates morally objectionable, I am back to the old-fashioned basis on which I have usually decided how to vote for my entire life: Whose policies are better? Do I agree more with Trump’s policies or with Clinton’s?"

"In a world affected by sin, voting for morally flawed people is unavoidable. Voting for the candidate you think will be best for the country (or do the least harm to the country) is not a morally evil action"

"Policy differences do ultimately determine the future of the nation."

http://townhall.com/columnists/waynegrudem/2016/10/19/if-you-dont-like-either-candidate-then-vote-for-trumps-policies-n2234187

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Open letter to the GOP

Y'all are being a bunch of dumb assess.

Especially the Republican "leadership".

Don't you realize that if Republicans don't UNITE, there will be another Clinton in the White House?

If that happens, the United States we know and love will be gone.

She will destroy our economy with huge taxes and massive regulation and expanding Obamacare.

She will endanger our homeland by kowtowing to Islam and enabling their terrorists to have unimpeded entrance to the US with her open border policies. She will be weak with Russia and China.

She will appoint young Supreme Court justices that will be on the bench for decades pushing through socialist decisions and shredding our Constitution and abridging our rights.

You may not like Trump. I know I don't. But if we don't get the Republican party back into the White House, then kids this country goodbye.

Here's how it is.

Neither Trump nor Clinton are good moral choices. Neither have the character we'd like to see in someone sitting in the Oval Office. If it was up to me, neither would be elected.

But one of them WILL be elected.

So what we have to do is put aside all this bickering about their character, cause NEITHER have character.  Look at the issues at stake and choose the one you think will help our country the most.

May God have mercy on us.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

My take on this Trump thing

Everyone deriding Trump over this tape from over a decade ago should have the past 15 years of their life analyzed. Every video, all audio, writings and actions to see if they've ever said or done anything inappropriate, publicly OR privately.

If they have, they should be removed from office or fired from their job. Further, it should be presented to any prospective future employer.

If we did that we'd have no politicians or media anymore. Sounds good to me.

Need I bring up the antics of the Kennedy's or Bill Clinton?

Using Hillary's logic, "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"

Don't look at this as a defense of Trump. He has done and said some very crude things. I don't like him. I really wish the Republican party had been able to present someone less arrogant. I for one am tired of the same old lawyer politicians, so it's refreshing to have a non-lawyer or career politician running. I would have preferred Alan West or Ben Carson.

But Hilary wants to shred our Constitution, take our guns, bow to foriegn powers, destroy our economy, tax us to death and give our hard-earned money to people who won't work and illegal immigrants. (Government help, whatever form it takes should be for CITIZENS who are either physically or mentally unable to work or TEMPORARILY between jobs) and kill more babies. If you can't see that you have no concept of history or economics and are blind to what Hillary's agenda is.

Neither candidate is their party's best. But one candidate wants to turn this into the next socialist country (which makes no freaking sense at all since it had NEVER worked ANYWHERE). And one wants to make this country great again.

I don't like either candidate. But I'm voting Trump because I like my Constitutional liberties and my guns, I like getting at least 70% of my paycheck, and I like letting babies live.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Christians, you MUST vote this election!! Here's why...


I just finished reading an article titled "Why Voting for Donald Trump is A Morally Good Choice". It is a great article. It does not state that Donald Trump is a morally good person, but rather analyzes how the nation will take shape under a Clinton presidency versus a Trump presidency, and these differences make Trump a morally good choice.

For those of you considering doing a write-in or third-party vote, please don't. Those votes may only hurt the primary candidates and can sway an election in the opposite direction that these voters actually hoped for. No third-party candidate has ever won a presidential election, in fact all they usually do is split parties.

I encourage you to read every word of this article. It is somewhat long, but worth reading, especially for first, second, even third time young voters.
"Should Christians even try to influence elections at all? Yes, definitely. The apostle Peter says Christians are “exiles” on this earth (1 Peter 1:1). Therefore I take seriously the prophet Jeremiah’s exhortation to the Jewish people living in exile in Babylon:
Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).
By way of modern application, I think Christians today have a similar obligation to vote in such a way that will “seek the welfare” of the United States. Therefore the one overriding question to ask is this: Which vote is most likely to bring the best results for the nation?"
Another interesting read from 2010: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/03/10/how-third-party-candidates-affect-elections/

Monday, June 13, 2016

Stop the anti-gun stupidity!

This is a semi-automatic rifle:

(image source http://www.colt.com/Catalog/Rifles/AR15A4)
 
This too is a semi-automatic rifle:

The first one is a Colt AR15A4 .223 caliber rifle. Average magazine capacity: 15 rounds.

The second one is a Springfield 87A .22LR caliber rifle, probably made around 1948. It holds 15 rounds.

Both are semi-automatic rifles.

Both are similar caliber. (For a good explanation of the differences, check this article out. The bullets are essentially the same diameter.)

Neither is an assault rifle. According to this Wikipedia article, an assault rifle is,
An assault rifle is a fully automatic selective-fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine
Neither rifle is fully automatic, therefore neither is an "assault rifle". There really is very little difference in how these two rifles work.

Yet the politicians and liberal news media want the AR banned, because they do not understand what they are talking about.

It is not the gun that is the problem. It is the evil in people that is the problem.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Separation of Church and State....Not what you think.

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America did not state that church and state should be separate. They stated that CONGRESS could not make a LAW ESTABLISHING a religion OR PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof. The "separation of church and state" comes from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists ensuring them that government would not establish a religion. This has been twisted and perverted into what people think it means today, but that is not what the First Amendment was intended to mean by any stretch of the imagination. It is nothing but a perversion.

To say that separating church and state was the intent of the Founding Fathers shows nothing but ignorance of them and their writings. Here is but a small sample that PROVES "separation of church and state" as it is practiced today, is NOT the original intent of the First Amendment.

"We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." John Adams, 1798, Address to the militia of Massachusetts

"I have lived, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" Benjamin Franklin, July 28, 1787, Address at the Constitutional Convention

"The great pillars of all government...[are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible." Patrick Henry, Jan. 8, 1799, Letter to Archibald Blair

"In my opinion, the present constitution is the standard to which we are to cling.... Let an association be formed to be denominated 'The Christian Constitutional Society,' its object to be first: The support of the Christian religion. Second: The support of the United States." Alexander Hamilton, Apr. 16-21, 1802, Letter to James Bayard

"The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country."
 "You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are." George Washington

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 1, 1802, Letter to the Connecticut Danbury Baptist Association

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." The Declaration of Independence, Written by Thomas Jefferson, signed by 56 Founding Fathers (listed here http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/Signers/index.htm and elsewhere). Clearly states that the purpose of Government is to secure the rights endowed by our Creator. Thus the document that CREATES our government, the Constitution, including all Amendments, was written in order to secure the rights endowed by our Creator. How then can church and state be separate when the purpose of the state is to ensure the rights of.... the church?

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Here's a great read: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/971381/posts