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Interlakes Summer Theatre thanks businesses for sponsorship

To The Daily Sun,

The Interlakes Summer Theatre is excited to be preparing for its 10th anniversary season in the newly renovated Inter-Lake Auditorium and is happy to acknowledge several local businesses which have continued to stand behind us as sponsors.

Full Season Sponsors include Meredith Village Savings Bank and Irwin Motors, with The Mug and The Bay Restaurant, Sanders Consulting Management, and Golden View Health Care as show sponsors. We continue to add "Good Will Sponsors" a special program for large businesses who would like to provide show tickets to their employees.

For information about this program call 1-603 707-6035.

Nancy Barry

Producing Artistic Director

Interlakes Summer Theatre

Meredith

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Christian church leaders are “called to arms” in culture war

To The Daily Sun,

This is an open letter and "call to arms" to all Christian church leaders in the community of Laconia. Whether you want to admit it or not, we have been engaged in a culture war for a long time, and your silence on this issue has allowed our culture to slide closer and closer toward Sodom, and is largely responsible for the decadent condition the country is in today.

The most serious problem this country faces today is not radical Islamic terrorism, or even the state of the economy, although they are both extremely serious problems. What is most threatening to our culture has been the "hard-left," secular progressive institutions that have become part of the fabric of our society, and are influencing the thinking of the younger generations of today. It is imperative that you, as leaders of the faith community in the Lakes Region, understand this threat, and enlist, instruct and encourage all your parishioners in this battle, urging them to begin immediately to "arm" themselves with biblical truth, and the armor of God, because the bugle has sounded.

The churches have long since raised the white flag of surrender on this issue, intent on filling the pews using whatever means available, for the sole purpose of increasing their attendance numbers, which in turn increases the bottom line of their treasuries, instead of the only reason Jesus built the church, which was to save souls. This surrender to political correctness and compromise cannot not be tolerated any longer, and must end now.

Four years after the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787, the first 10 amendments were made a part of that Constitution, and added specific rights of the people against government intrusion, the most important of which was to provide religious freedoms for the people. However, somewhere along the way, churches were intimidated into believing that those provisions were meant to give the government the power to control those freedoms, that those provisions had serious limitations, and could lead to costly sanctions and lawsuits if the churches exceeded those limitations. Bogus threats of lawsuits by activist, atheistic, militant God-haters in the last 75 years have all but eliminated God from taxpayer-funded schools, crosses from long-standing memorials, as well as having neutered most preachers into becoming "social club leaders," with rock-bands and other secular activities, interfering and preventing them from spreading the true Word of God "...to all the nations."

Led most significantly by an atheistic media, the massive fundamental shift in our culture has occurred because of a loss in religious and moral values, plain and simple. Much of our society has now rejected the Bible as the absolute standard of behavior and truth, no longer considered to be the ultimate authoritative regulator of daily and family living.

Today if a family has openly religious values and affiliations, they are depicted as weirdos and deviants. Anyone who speaks against immorality is targeted, insulted, and labeled as a "bigot," "homophobic," "prejudiced," "judgmental," "mean-spirited," and probably even guilty of a "hate crime."

As much of our society refuses to accept biblical truths, the fact remains that most of the country does believe that there is a God, and he is the creator of the universe, and he has spoken to the human race through his written word, the Bible. In the inspired communication of the New Testament for us living in the end times now, He has designated and informed humanity of His view of the righteous structure of society. And since "... the beginning," he created male and female with the intention for one man to marry one woman for life, the foundational building block of humanity. That is his simple will on the matter for his people. He hates divorce, as well as deviant behavior of any kind, including homosexuality.

God intended for the husband and wife to be married to each other, to produce children who, in turn, are to receive nurturing, care, and instruction from their parents in a stable, loving home. In this divinely ordained institution of the home, God intended that children receive the necessary instruction and training to prepare them to be productive, honest, God-fearing [which means trusting], obedient and hard-working citizens of their country. The parent's guidance in the home was designed by God to impart to each succeeding generation proper religious, moral, and social principles that would in turn make their nation strong and virtuous.

Many antagonists will be shouting at their newspapers at this point, saying, "Who are you to say such terribly outlandish things about a large portion of the population?" My answer is very simple: It's not me saying it. I'm only sharing what I know the Bible teaches.

But, preachers of the gospel, are you listening? God's people need you. We all need you to man up. It's your job to "...go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations." Stop being afraid of the secular progressive "bullies" who threaten to sue! Instead, say, "Bring it on!" And then watch them retreat and wilt into their own darkness. If you're not willing to do that, you must step out from behind that pulpit, "...lest you be judged more harshly" (James 3:1).

If we return to the selfless, family-oriented, traditional, religious values that made America the greatest country the world has ever known, values that help to create lives the way God intended them to be, we can begin to once again help create loving, respectful, fulfilling lives for our children.

It can be that way again ...

Jim McCoole

Laconia

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