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Thursday, April 5, 2012

400-408 – Brigitte Gabriel, is an international terrorism analyst and author of two New York Times Best Sellers, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America (2006, Amazon), and her most recent, They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (2008, Amazon).  She is the President of ACT for America (actforamerica.org), the largest national security grassroots organization in America, giving a mobilized voice to Americans concerned about radical Islam, terrorism, stealth jihad, sharia law, and the political correctness that enables their advance.  She has addressed the highest levels of governments in the US, Britain, and Australia about Islamic terrorism.

ACT for America now with 680 chapters across the country, 37 here in California, and over 185,000 members – and with a full-time lobbyist on capitol hill.  Brigitte is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Hebrew, and during the 1980's was the host of the Arabic-language evening news program World News, broadcast throughout the Middle East.

Brigitte came to America in 1989, having survived the horrors of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) when radical Muslims seized power from the Christians.  Her father was a successful businessman, and was 60 and his wife 55, when their only child, Brigitte, was born on 10/21/1964.  When she was 10, the first attack came, destroying her house and wounding her with shrapnel.  She and her parents were forced to live in an underground bunker for 7 years – with no electricity, no running water, no sanitation system, and only one kerosene lantern – she crawled in a ditch everyday to fetch water and to avoid Muslim snipers.  

• Today, Brigitte exposes how Islam is being taught in American public schools – even 911 is not portrayed as an Islamic terrorist attack against the United States!  The free 220-page report, entitled Education or Indoctrination? The Treatment of Islam in 6th through 12th Grade American Textbooks is available at actforamericaeducation.org, examining 38 textbooks, was mailed to over 70,000 elected school board members nationwide to expose what our children are being fed.

413-423 – Brigitte Gabriel.  She cites from Across the Centuries (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), p. 66, on how "tolerant" Islam has been of other "people of the book."  The citation ignores dhimmitude (second class status) and jizya (protection tax).

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428-438 – Brigitte Gabriel.  She cites from Across the Centuries (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), p. 64, about the word "Jihad."  The citation emphasis "personal struggle," but ignores the fact that 36 of the 40 times in which the word appears in the Koran, it refers to "holy war against the infidel."

443-452 – Brigitte Gabriel.  Brigitte estimates there are over 3,000 sleeper agents in America.  The leadership of the state of Texas SWAT teams told her they are currently monitoring over 2,500 suspected Hezbollah agents in Texas alone.

• Reuters (4/5/2012) U.S. officials debate virulence of Iran-backed Hezbollah's threat.

458-508 – Keith Matthews, is Professor of Spiritual Formation & Contemporary Culture at APU, and also is the Chair of their Graduate Ministry Department as well (apu.edu/theology/faculty/kmatthews).  He was a pastor for 20 years, he serves on Dallas Willard's supervisory council, has taught alongside him for years, and even designed and co-wrote The Divine Conspiracy Study Guide.  Keith and Christa have three children, Cori, Kyle and Kate. 

Keith recommends starting your journey into spiritual formation with the 3-book series by James Bryan Smith, starting with The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows, followed by The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ, and finally The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love.

512-523 – Keith Matthews. What is spiritual formation?

523 – Don Rohde @ Galpin Ford (818) 262-2092 (galpin.com)  For the past 39 years, Don's been sales manager at Galpin.  "Go see why they're the #1 volume Ford dealer in the world for the past 22 consecutive years!"

528-539 – Keith Matthews.  How do I start my journey?

544-554 – Keith Matthews.  A disciple practices disciplines, much like using different machines at the gym to get in shape, we are to use different spiritual disciplines to get into spiritual shape – so that we can "love our enemies" effortlessly and without having to "think about it."

558-608 – Robert Epstein, (drrobertepstein.com), is a research scientist and former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, author of 15 books including his latest Teen 2.0:  Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence (teen20.com; other sites include:  HowAdultAreYou.com, MyParentingSkills.com, ExtendedChildhoodDisorder.com, HowInfantilizedAreYou.com).  He's finishing his new book Finding the INNER ADULT in Your Teen: A Guide for Parents.  He's also the father of six.  Today we talk about two big myths: the myth of adolescence, and the myth of the defective teen brain.

My Summary – Epstein argues that if "teenagerhood" was a universal malady, it would be universally acknowledged much like toddlerhood – everywhere and always, a 2 year old has been a 2 year old.  But the very fact other cultures do not dismiss teenagers as morally or intellectually inferior mitigates against the claim of an inferior teenage brain that's bubbling in hormones.  In fact, over 100 cultures around the world don't have any adolescent trauma, and many don't even have a word for "teenager."  It's just not a reality to them.  If he's right, and I believe he is since the research proves it, then we need to totally rethink how we raise our kids.  This is a Kuhnian paradigm shift, a scientific revolution.  There is no such thing as "the teen brain," yet there is the ubiquitous acceptance of the "myth of adolescence."

• According to the most recent National Comorbidity Survey, 49.5% of all American teens are diagnosable with at least one behavioral, emotional, or substance abuse disorder.  And, they get worse as time goes on, i.e., 18-year-olds score worse than 13-year-olds.

612-623 – Robert Epstein. What is the impact upon our parenting style, if armed with this new knowledge?

628-639 – Robert Epstein, He's currently teaching a doctoral course on love in downtown LA for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  For the past 10 years, he's been researching love in arranged marriages.  He's learned, we don't "fall" in love, we "rise" in love.  It's not something that happens to us (something we're passive about), it's something we do (we're active).  He says he knows some of the skills to help even total strangers enter into a loving relationship – he's been researching arranged marriages for the past decade.  Two examples, "soul gazing" (in which you stare into each other's eyes for two minutes), and "secret swapping" (in which you disclose personal things to each other).  He says he knows why arranged marriages have worked for millennia, and still do, and why our Western model of "falling into love" – actually lust – is so deeply tragic.  

644-654 – Robert Epstein. cont.