Thursday, July 22, 2010

Segregation: A Most Insiduous Evil

I am resposting this from John Moore's blog about an important new  film. See below for information:

Segregation, a new project from NCFIC and the award-winning filmmaker Phillip Leclerc, is an important film about an important issue. I would wholeheartedly encourage you to watch the trailer, follow the film's development, and support the production both financially and socially.

View the trailer.

Segregation from NCFIC on Vimeo.

As you can see from the trailer, the caliber of production is very, very high. This kind of quality requires resources, it requires prayers, and in the end, it can have a very high impact on the audience.


"Now is not a time for introspection or compromise. It is not even time for more research and statistical analysis. That has already been done by many. It is time to call the church to back to the clear commands of Scripture, to repent and reject the methodology of the world, and to obey by implementing biblical, age-integrated worship and discipleship in the church.

Will You Help Us?

We need $85,000 in order to complete this film making project. Praise the Lord: He has brought in $17,000 already which has brought us this far in the project. We are earnestly praying that the Lord would provide the remaining $68,000 in order to finish the film and have it in your hands by this fall."

Let me encourage you all to be a part of this film. Donate your prayers, your thoughts, your emails, your blogs, and if you can, your money. I'm very enthusiastic about this film, and would love to see it reach far and wide into the culture. With your support, I believe it will.

To contribute to this important project, click here:

Have A Wonderful Day!
Thank you for following.
Love in Christ,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Children As Pets

This message comes from Doug Phillips Blog and is an excellent lecture and thorough examination of an incredibly destructive worldview. Geoff Botkin was the speaker/writer of this very true and great message. Read it and be encouraged and challenged.

We live amidst a culture that delights in an infantile worldview. The moral character that was meant to sustain a hardy Christian people is disdained and the fruit of this is a generation of weak immoral people incapable of even helping themselves, thinking for themselves, finding their own solutions, making informed decisions, carrying them out, standing in the gap, fighting when the battle calls to name a few. Children consumed by the lust of their parents have no future and no hope for righting such backward thinking, but for the grace of God.

Caleb Hayden writes:

In his talk, “Children as Pets” Geoff Botkin explained how our culture has attempted to replace God and create a new reality. This broken culture has become a culture of death, manifested through parents’ ungodly behavior in how they raise their children by:

Nourishing within children a morbid preoccupation with self

Minimizing the value of children’s souls

Indulging children because parents carry guilt for failing in their spiritual responsibilities

Being unwilling to direct children to bear the cross of Christ in moral tests and responsibility

Not insisting on obedience to every aspect of God’s law

Making lawlessness comfortable in the home

Directing personal affections away from God toward defiant stubborn attempts at self-fulfillment

Substituting sentimentality for God’s Law

Additionally, adults often exploit their children and manifest disdain for their future by embracing the fantasy policies of a death culture, which include:

Fiat money

Anti-family “social security” schemes

Death taxes

Socialistic policies in business licensure

The religious upbringing of children by government experts

The toys and escapist entertainments of the day.

Mr. Botkin went onto describe how our culture and even some Christians believe that when families make a deliberate choice of when and how many children to have, the children are better loved, cared for, and protected.

But is this not also true of pets? Like pets, children are seen as having no future, no context in God’s created order, no responsibilities, no designated understanding of their place in God’s Kingdom, and no sense of personal duty. However, unlike pets, children have souls, are discipled, and then become disciple-makers of their own children. In our present cultural context, this means discipleship in an excessive, self-centered, and immature approach to life and culture.

Sadly, most Christian children learn to view the world not as God’s battleground, but as a playground, Mr. Botkin noted. Children made in God’s image become enslaved when they are treated like spoiled pets in a culture that emphasizes cuteness, sentimentality, and image over obedience and duty.

Men with hobby lives have hobby families in the artificial world of their own making. Artificial worlds make artificial lives, and the result is a death culture. We have a superstar mentality. We believe we can do what we want, get adulation, and have the world revolve around us.

Believers, Mr. Botkin urged, must repent and do the following four things:

Trust God and His promise to bless families who fear Him

Know your children’s hearts and souls, and guard their affections

Provide children the freedom and tools for learning

Provide children a vision for Christian civilization

In closing, Mr. Botkin commended Titus 2:11-13 as words of instruction for Christians to embrace: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

God Bless you and have a tremendous rest of the week!! Our God Reigns!
In His Gracious Grip,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Everyone had a home--but Him!

(James Smith, "Daily Bible Readings for the Lord's Household")

Everyone had a home--but Him!

"Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests--but the Son of man has no place to lay His head!" Matthew 8:20

What an astonishing fact!

Here is the Creator of all things--without a home!

Here is the Ruler of the universe--without a habitation!

Here is the eternal, immortal King--more destitute than the birds of the air, or the beasts of the forest!

"Then each one went to his own home--but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives." John 7:53-8:1

Everyone had a home--but Him!

What brought Him into these circumstances?


Love for whom?

Love for sinners, the vilest, the basest of mankind!


Why did He stoop so low?

He became poor--that we might become rich!

He was without a poor cottage on earth--that we might possess a splendid mansion in heaven!

He was destitute in time--that we might possess a glorious portion in eternity!

O Jesus, how astonishing is Your love!

O my soul, admire, adore, and praise--the wondrous love of your beloved Lord!

Photo's by Kelsey Anne Hoppman :)

Hope you enjoyed this and have a blessed week in our Lord and Savior!
Please always feel free to leave comments and to browse! I may just want to visit your blog;)
Love in Christ,
Lydia Hoppman

Below are some random family photo's

My sister and I. Our family joined her family for a  Memorial Day BBQ.  

                                                  The boys had fun with "boffer wars".

Uncle Monty and Keturah

Basketball with the boys/men.         
                                          Mykaela getting on her skates.

                                              Best Bud's and cousin's! (Silas and Joshua)
Wearing his Ace Wonder t- shirt from interenship opportunity, working on the same.:)

Jonathan eating  a smore. Mmmmm!

Joshua also eating a smore!:)

Getting Goofy!

More fun!

Now Emily and Kayla get in on the fun.
Family is so wonderful!
We are blessed beyond measure with family, fun and friends!
We need to be so thankful for these memories and for our freedom's. May we never forget, no matter what!
God Bless!

Friday, July 2, 2010


This is a poem by my seventeen year old daughter Kelsey Anne that I want to share with you.
 Hope you enjoy!

Are you mortally gripped with sin

And the terror of this life?

No strong grasp of what you see;

Full with repulsion and deep strife?

The rest, given you freely

Has been quickly pushed away.

You rush to sin and evil,

When you should simply kneel and pray.

Such a wicked heart beheld

The dark lusting you stepped in;

Glad the flesh chose errant ways-

And strong, depressing chains of sin.

Now, look deeply in your heart;

This path- rashly you desire.

Gripped by the claws of malice-

Your path- a morbid death through fire.

Oh, the burden you must hold

Without any hope or care.

May you see-with endless joy

The love Adonai want’s to share?

Then you’d quickly shy away

From the evil clutch you see-

To the world- you could proclaim

“Now through Jehovah, I’m set free!“.

I see, instead, that you chose

A heart simply full of greed.

The flesh, I glimpse, has triumphed-

You have divided want from need.

Full with guile- the corrupt man

Will be constrained as he’ll fall,

For his strong hold on conceit-

When he should trust the Lord of all.

When life conveys some desire

To go enter in “small sin”,

Now know, Christ goes on before-

The feared takeover- He shall win.

Kelsey Hoppman

Here are some photo's by Kelsey as well, just for your enjoyment.
(The above photo's are Kelsey's as well.)

Hope you have a really great week!
Jesus is LORD!