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Posted 9/27/16 at 6:25 PM | Mark Ellis

Satan Club starts in Portland elementary school

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By Mark Ellis

The Portland chapter of the national Satanic Temple have succeeded in their efforts to bring an After School Satan Club to a local elementary School.

The organization has been approved to begin their program, which focuses “on science and rational thinking,” on Oct. 19 at the school, Finn Rezz, the head of the chapter, told The Oregonian.

The After School Satan Club will promote “benevolence and empathy for everybody,” Rezz said.

They seek to directly oppose “the Good News Clubs” organized by Child Evangelism Fellowship, ” whose purpose is to evangelize children with the Gospel and establish them in the Word of God.

The Good News Club is currently in 18 counties in Oregon.

“Across the nation, parents are concerned about encroachments by proselytizing evangelicals in their public schools, and are eager to establish the presence of a contrasting voice that helps children to understand that one doesn’t need to submit to superstition in order to be a good person,” the After School Satan Clubs (ASSC) says on its website. FULL POST

Posted 9/27/16 at 7:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Jerusalem Bishop’s Insights on Peacemaking in the Holy Land

Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He graciously sent back a recorded audio response upon which this column is based.

Bishop Shomali said one of the most pressing problems facing Palestinians is Israeli imposed restrictions on movement. For example, he said Palestinians living in Bethlehem or Ramallah need to obtain a permit to go just six miles to Jerusalem. And permits are only given during principle feasts.

He said the ongoing illegal building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the Occupied Territories is an extremely serious roadblock to a peaceful solution.

To correct these and other injustices, Israel needs to participate in good-faith negotiations toward the two-state solution: the establishment of an independent viable Palestinian nation coexisting peacefully with a fully recognized state of Israel. FULL POST

Posted 9/26/16 at 7:19 PM | olabode ososami

Clinton – Trump Debate. Who deserves the Presidency?

Where can we find wisdom to understand how to unravel the professions of men and women to know truth and choose well. The Bible describes the great wisdom of Solomon in deciding the true mother of a baby stolen from another. Both mothers – harlots, present their case, the true mother is more interested not in possession of the baby, but that the baby survives an apparent impending death which would be the natural result of dividing the infant.

A scenario of division and disunity produces no winners … only an imminent destruction that would hurt the real owner of the baby … a pain far greater to bear for the true mother. The true owner of anything is able to release it, knowing it really does not change its identity, only its possession. The life of the baby gives joy to the true mother. Which candidate will preserve America from decay?

Both harlots in the biblical narration are not credible, but one was the true owner. The possessor of the title “President” is the one that truly loves his or her country and who will have grace to release the opportunity if that action will achieve a greater good and preservation of a nation that now appears irreparably divided and besieged by many threats. The pretender will not see or care for these threats or will dismiss them. The “Sword of Solomon” hangs over the baby … the tone of the true mother is indisputably different from the uncaring hustler. Wisdom always knows how to listen beyond the words, for the spirit behind expressions … to pick out the pretender from the virtuous. Will Americans discern beyond facile rehearsed answers, media bias and showmanship to sense the heart truly prepared to nurture a nation to its divine destiny? FULL POST

Posted 9/26/16 at 10:02 AM | Michael Bresciani

What Debate? – Hillary’s View of Life and Death Says it All

The thing about politics that is easy to disdain is that it more often than not uses words to cover and mask serious errors in judgment with more publicly acceptable rhetorical phrases and words.

Wickedness and immorality are clandestinely draped with words like, liberalism, inclusion, civil rights and safety.

It is only when we examine the product of a world view that we see what it really is – or do we?

Liberalism has crept up on the American psyche in small increments since the end of WWII. It has spawned one of America’s largest block of voters called the “Millennials.” They have been primed to dismiss the Bible, view the Constitution as antiquated , while accepting the idea that if we use the right words (from the leftist view) and think happy human global family thoughts – the world which is now a seething powder keg, will smooth out and become just a wonderful place to live.

We can warn them that naiveté not checked quickly crosses the line into dangerous and ultimately deadly circumstances, but prudence, prophecy and plausibility will not prevail to pull them into pondering the prospect – that they are wrong.

They are mistrustful of politicians, while at the same time, they view the government as a nanny that should provide them with everything from free college tuition to welfare – and plenty of “safe zones” where nothing offends or makes their little hearts want to cry and run away. FULL POST

Posted 9/23/16 at 11:13 AM | Karen Kramer

Go Bomb Dogs Go

My son bought a cute little Labrador puppy just after his grandpa passed away. Soon, we all were captivated by her energy, love, and playfulness—and the heartfelt distraction helped us heal.

Who doesn’t love gazing into the gentle face of a Labrador?

Recently I read just how special Labradors are. The capability of their noses is astounding. While we humans can sniff out a teaspoon of sugar in our morning coffee, these dogs can detect that same teaspoon in a million-gallon pool of water. Our brains are hard-wired to use 5% of its capacity to detect smells and our canine friends use 35%.

As a routine ferry passenger, I’ve watched special service dogs and their handlers proceed up and down the rows of waiting cars—on the alert for explosive devices. While I call them bomb dogs, they are officially referred to as explosive detection canines (EDCs), and include breeds like Shepherds too. After training, these EDCs can sniff out an array of chemicals used in bomb making. FULL POST

Posted 9/21/16 at 12:52 PM | Karen Kramer

Why Porn Crime Will Worsen

The headlines declared that 21 were arrested in sex-predator sting operation. Scanning the list of men, ages 20-59, they all shared something in common—pornography. All the men were caught trying to arrange to have sex with children. Some had porn in their cars, or on their computers and phones. Others were prepared with lubricants and condoms. All were intending on using children for their perverse sexual pleasure.

This is just one isolated bust, but crimes like these are committed daily (hourly) with innocent children. At the root of these horrendous crimes is porn addiction. It’s only going to worsen and here’s why: When the most rented porn films were analyzed, 95% of the violent scenes the victims were women and they responded either with pleasure or with neutrality.

Not all porn is violent, but typically porn involves drugs, alcohol, or some sort of coercion. Sexual aggression is portrayed as well. Porn invites viewers to a world where sex involves dominance, submission, and sex is dehumanized. FULL POST

Posted 9/20/16 at 7:40 PM | Mark Ellis

Pastor Saeed Abedini shared Gospel with prison official while he waited at airport for ‘ransom’ money to arrive

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By Mark Ellis

The Iranian American Christian Pastor, Saaed Abedini, held in prison in Iran for over three years due to his underground church activities, shared the Gospel as he waited at the airport for his release.

Pastor Abedini spoke at a rally September 20th in New York protesting a visit to the UN by Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani. Pastor Abedini and others called for a halt to Tehran’s sponsorship of terrorism. They also demanded a halt to the executions in Iran, and urged the prosecution of the regime’s leaders.

Following the protest, Pastor Abedini was interviewed by Neil Cavuto of Fox News and shared further details about his release in January from Iranian confinement and return to the U.S.

The release and prisoner swap became controversial when it was later revealed that the arrival of a plane with $400 million in cash from the U.S. was instrumental in the process.

In addition to Pastor Abedini, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Nosratollah Khosrawi were also released by Iran on January 16, 2016. FULL POST

Posted 9/20/16 at 3:23 PM | Mark Ellis

French sociologists’ plan to de-radicalize Muslims not working

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By Mark Ellis

A French program to de-radicalize Muslims within the prison system has gone awry after one in the program attacked authorities and several others had to be transferred because they posed immediate threats.

The de-radicalization initiative was announced with enthusiasm by Prime Minister Manuel Valls following the January 2015 Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris.

The program, designed by French sociologists, focuses on the background of each Islamist inmate and features discussion groups where various opinions are “respected” and the attempt is made for greater understanding of their alienation, according to a report by The Clarion Project.

Eighteen inmates at Osny prison were undergoing the program. But on September 4, Bilal Taghi, 24, who was part of the program, attacked two wardens with a 6-inch, home-made spike, wounding one of them in the neck, face and arms.

Taghi then made a heart shape on the wall with his victim’s blood and began to pray to Allah, according to The Clarion Project. FULL POST

Posted 9/17/16 at 3:37 PM | Lenita Reeves

God's Purpose in the 2016 Election?

King David had died. It was time for an election. A battle ensued.

Zadok was a priest from the South who was appointed by David. Abiathar was a priest from the North that was also appointed by David. His alliance was to the North.

During the struggle for power that ensued after David's death, Zadok backed Solomon, while Abiathar backed David's other son, Adonijah, a rival claimant to the throne (1 Kings 1:1–8). Abiathar was still holding on to his tribal ties even though David had made it clear that God had chosen Solomon to sit on the throne.

When the priesthood is divided and more loyal to men than the will of God for a national election, there is always trouble. Our pray for pending national elections should be that God's church will be united in their endorsement of a godly candidate.

One lesson we can learn from the Old Testament priesthood is that if the priesthood is divided, the nation will, in turn, be divided.

Shouldn't the priesthood come together to fast and pray for God's choice? God's purpose? Shouldn't His purpose have preeminence over party lines?

An excerpt from Fervent Fire: Understanding the Pattern of the Priesthood for Prevailing Intercessory Prayer by Lenita Reeves FULL POST

Posted 9/15/16 at 11:21 AM | Michael Bresciani

A-Tisket A-Tasket – Hillary’s Green and Yellow Basket

The first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald gave us the classic song A-Tisket A-Tasket, A Green and Yellow Basket.

Fitzgerald passed in 1996 and we had to wait nearly 20 years for another woman to bring in a classic line using the analogy of a basket.

Win or lose, Hillary will no doubt always be known for her campaign proclamation that her opponent’s supporters (All American voters) are a “basket of deplorables.”

She may have broken every record in American campaign history. She is the first presidential candidate to go beyond criticizing her opponent all the way to demeaning and slurring a huge block of American citizens.

Undaunted fully dumbed down democrats are hardly fazed, they want their princess of prevarications to ascend at all costs. Polls have barely moved.

This says more about the country than the candidate.

Hillary, a loving disciple of Margaret Sanger poses a challenge to the imagination of most decent American voters. It is hard to imagine a basket large enough to hold the lifeless corpses of 55 million aborted American babies, all the result of the Sanger philosophy of death.

Are the millions of start-up, mini human beings and potential voters also - deplorable? FULL POST

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