Checking out a few of my favorite blogs (see my links)

Jeremy DelRio had an interesting article touching on strategic unity:

David Mendez - Thomist Tacos for the Soul cited a Q&A from Christianity Today: Q&A with Barack Obama

John Liotti - Community Transformationalist discusses impactful financial issues in urban settings and has this recent post: Beyond Payday Loans

Checking out Rudy Carrasco's blog - he's tracking a 'meme' (his word, not mine - but i like it!!)
Will Latinos vote for a Black candidate?

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Got Grants?

For anyone looking for an online 'refresher' resource, ACF Healthy Marriage Initiative had a dynamic link to a Proposal Writing Short Course. The Administration for Children and Families sends frequent resources. Subscribe to their list - click HERE.

It's Mighty Mouse - First Nations Style!!

WICONI International -

My friend Richard Twiss (Lakota Sioux) has an incredible website with wonderful resources from First Nations authors, composers and artists. I can't resist putting a link to some of the tunes on a CD for children that celebrates the cultural drums/chorus. Great gift ideas for the upcoming Rodeo Season in Houston, but always good all year round. Check out other links for more music & videos.
If you don't have time to read his latest newsletter on inJesus right now, you can subcribe to have it delivered to you for reading at your leisure time.

QuickTime links: Mighty Mouse Looney Tunes (everybody loves to laugh)

P.S. Thanks Richard!! You're doing a fantastic job! I took a look at your calendar... hope to see you on the 'dusty trail'!


So - Where are you from?

I've noticed people stopping by from various parts of the country and even internationally...
so - where are you from? click below to leave your comment or speak your mind... let's go global!


End Times News Reports

I took a moment this morning to read some news clips, and it struck me that many news writers are using language such as 'like never before,' 'more than ever,' 'unprecedented' and every once in a while you will hear the 'biblical proportions' phrase. Hmmmm - just a few years ago (when I was a child) I would hear preachers (* and Grandma) talk about how the Bible would be fulfilled on the newspaper headlines... (and RSS feeders). Here's a few that caught my attention today.

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.


Need your votes for the 2008 Univision Awards

Once again asking I'm asking for your support in Live Musica, for my cousin Judi de Leon and her husband Henry Brun. Both deserving of the awards.
Please Vote and Thank you for your support.
Dahlia Torres
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Henry Brun & Judi Deleon latinplayerz4u@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 1:05:38 PM
Subject: 2008 Univision Awards...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Hello & Happy New Year!

Once again this year has already brought us great news......Henry Brun and Judi DeLeon have again been nominated for the Univision Premios a La Musica Awards (Univision Music Awards 2008) in THREE CATEGORIES!!!

We need your votes in ALL THREE CATEGORIES!!!!!!!!

1. Mejor Vocalista Femenina del Año (Best Vocalist of the Year - Regional) - Judi Deleon

2. Mejor Jazz Latino (Best Latin Jazz - Local) - Henry Brun

3. Mejor R&B / Variety Band (Best R&B / Variety Band - Local) - Judi Deleon & The Latin Connection

You can vote online by clicking on the following link: Univision Music Awards 2008 - Voting

Once you're on that page, Under REGIONALES (left column), go to Mejor Vocalista Femenina / Regional (Best Female Vocalist).

Click on the drop down box and select Judi Deleon.

On the right column - Under LOCALES - go to Mejor Jazz Latino (Best Latin Jazz), click on the drop down box and select Henry Brun.

Under the same column, go to Mejor R&B/Variety Band (Best R&B/Variety Band), click on the drop down box and select Judi Deleon & the Latin Connection.

Please forward this email to all of your friends and have them vote too!!!! We only have until February 8th to vote.

Thank you for taking the time to vote. We truly appreciate your continued support.

The Award Show, the Premios a La Musica 2008 will take place at the Majestic Theater on April 1, 2008 at 7 p.m..

Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz will also be the house orchestra for the awards!!!!!!

For Tickets To This Event Call 210.227.4141

Hope To See You There!

Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz Richport Enterprises - Entertainment Consultants

Email: latinplayerz4u@yahoo.com
Phone: 210-733-3806
Fax: 210-738-8664
Web: http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001gPy-zwkVUF518s7V8Z1IXmohbjHcsnYWB319_QSZoAS9GWRlvSMb4CymjxsnIaCjNQXtdkjn4OiaiBp9SFZ7qRhhCHkYP4VS_T3PgLKJzv4=


Gabrielle Elisha Mashariki Carrasco

You gotta check out Rudy & Kafi's new arrival!!! This 2008 model is incredible http://www.urbanonramps.com/gabrielle/?p=1

Can you dance?

As a friend of mine (S.F.) says, "If you're gonna be on thin ice, you might as well dance!"

So, can ya dance? Well, can ya?
check out
the link
[and pardon the French]



Because I believe that Christians should uphold righteousness at every opportunity, I want to STRONGLY encourage you to visit Snopes.com to validate any of the politically charged messages that you consider forwarding. It is important that Christians not be perceived as gullible purveyors of information that is NOT TRUTH. I believe it is serious to have to choose our candidates wisely, and I believe that the People of God are going to have a wonderful opportunity to support righteousness. As I read Chris Brook's posting on a Prophetic Word, I am even more convinced that is so. I am attaching the MODIFIED text to accentuate the use of inflammatory rhetoric that many are going to use, but this is not a defense or railing against any candidate at all. Your choice is yours alone, and your convictions must be reflected in your choice. -RMaxT

----- Original Message ----
To: Houston Area
Sent: Monday, January 7, 2008 12:15:15 PM
Who is [candidate]?
We checked this out on "snopes.com". It is factual. Check for yourself. http://snopes.com/
[obviously, they didn't check anything out]
Probable U. S. presidential candidate, - blah blah blah - born in Honolulu , Hawaii , to - blah blah blah - MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel , Kenya - blah blah blah - a white ATHIEST from Wichita , Kansas . - blah blah blah - two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya . His mother then married - blah blah blah - RADICAL Muslim from Indo nesia. - blah blah blah - 6 years old, - blah blah blah - relocated to Indonesia . - blah blah blah - attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta . He also spent two years in a Catholic school.

- blah blah blah - is a Muslim. - blah blah blah - also attended Catholic school. - blah blah blah - introduced his stepson to Islam. - blah blah blah - enrolled in a Wahabi school . - blah blah blah - politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN - blah blah blah - has joined the United Church of Christ - blah blah blah - DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran. - blah blah blah - will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance - blah blah blah -

Open Letter to my Co-Laborers: Brothers & Sisters in Christ

Well... 2008 is gonna be Great! ... coz it looks like many are going through some real crunch times... This is an open letter to all those who stop by this blog: http://rmaxtorres.com


I admire you guyz (also implies galz) for being willing to step up to so many responsibilities.

It's a little different from 30 years ago, there wasn't that many people who I could count on as fellow soldiers in the fight back then. It's important to me that you understand how intentionally I pray for you all, and your families. There are other urban youth workers that I speak with who are simultaneously going through similar struggles in the recent weeks. A significant number of them are in Houston, but there are others across the country. Please don't forget that our God is still on His throne and inclining His ear to hear His 'KIDS!'

I call you friends, but more importantly - I call you FAMILY. On the other side of this struggle is Strength and Peace. If it was easy, everyone else would be doing this. You're doing it because you are called. He who has called you has prepared you, protected you and will provide for you. I have learned by watching some Real Veteranos, like Rev. Severiano Menchaca, whose homegoing was December 21, 2007. His consistency, despite the adversity of being flooded and burned in different seasons of his life and ministry, was an example through his 99th year of life on this planet.

Know that you are not forgotten - EVER!! and if He cares for the flowers and the birds... He watches over you.

Amen y amen!