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May 2013 | SUN LAKES SPLASH | www.sunlakessplash.com Sowing precious seed


Dr. Marc Drake, Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes Years ago, a writer said that America


had changed dramatically since the 1960s and he pointed to 1963 as the watershed year.


He described six crises of that one


year that permanently changed America. Do you recall what happened in 1963? It was the year President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Now, certainly, JFK was not the answer to all our problems but the assassination brought something of a turning point in the thinking of our nation. Another crisis occurred when Timothy


Leary began teaching that people could fi nd God through drugs. The popular slogan of the day was “tune in, turn on and drop out.” Shockingly, here was a professor at one of the most prestigious schools in the country giving support to drugs. And then there was the arrival of the


Beatles from England. Regardless of what we think about them or their music, this group dominated the thinking of a whole generation of young people. Gone was the day when family or church played the dominant role in shaping a generation of teens. Now there were new role models on the scene. Certainly, our country experienced a


crisis when the Supreme Court, in a case involving the state of Pennsylvania, ruled against allowing prayer in public schools. This victory for atheists motivated them to begin fl exing their political muscle. Another crisis in 1963 came through


a book entitled Honest to God by John Robinson, a bishop in the Church of England. Robinson had concluded that outside the human mind there is no objective being called God. Can you imagine? A bishop in the Church of England! He called for a religionless Christianity. A fi nal crisis in 1963 was that of mainline


denominations losing their infl uence on society. The church had become stagnant and complacent. Consequently, other infl uences rushed in to fi ll the vacuum. And so, out of the events of 1963, came years of despair and hopelessness. Just think about the late ‘60s with the riots, the drugs, the sexual revolution, the hippie culture, etc. Even today, 13 years into the 21st


century, we continue to reap the results of those crises of 1963. All of this to say that we have a desperate need in our nation for truth! If there was ever a day to sow the seed of God’s Word, it is today. Our society is spiritually sick and dying;


and yet, how wonderful to know that we have the medicine that works! The seed is fruitful. Powerful. Alive.


difference for time and eternity! The Lord says in Isaiah 55:10-11: “For


as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” 


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members in the service community upset is that the medal will sit directly below the Distinguished Flying Cross and may be awarded for actions in any domain but not involving acts of valor. I know of persons in the Sun Lakes Community that have this medal and wonder what your thoughts are. Please write me at artgbeard@aol.com. The Marine Scholarship Dinner will take


place starting at 6:00 p.m. on May 11, at the Westin Kierland Resort. At present over 50 Arizona students that are related to Marines are taking part. For information contact Mallory Loring at 602-274-1998 or www. mcsf.org/azcampaign if you would like to be a donor. Art Sloane may be contacted at 480- 802-6810 or artgbeard@aol.com. 


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the States and Nation Policy Summit hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and to Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C. Graham is a nationally recognized fi scal policy expert speaking on topics which include “Finding the Economic Advantage,” economic security, labor and commerce. Robert has lived in Arizona for 20 years.


He and his wife Julia reside in Phoenix with their fi ve children. Graham is a member of the Arizona School Choice Trust Board of Directors. Graham is also a Life Member


of the National Rifl e Association. The Grahams have helped support and serve local and international charities through their church and directly such as Catholic Charities, New Beginnings Women Shelter, My Sister’s Place, Saint Mary’s Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Healing Hands for Haiti, among others. Arizona State Representative Tom Forese


(LD 17) will provide an important update on Arizona legislation. For more information visit our web site at www.slgop.org or contact Mike Tennant at 480-802-0178. 


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