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Posted 5/22/15 at 4:27 PM | Todd Friel

The Duggar Disaster

There are two groups of people who should not be shocked to discover that a member of the Duggar family is a sinner: Christians and non-Christians. Surprisingly, both camps seemed to be surprised by this revelation.

That is what makes the Josh Duggar story a disaster.

Christian surprise

The subject line from an email sent by a popular Christian website stated: “Christian world rocked.” Really?

Based on his own admission, Josh sinned, repented and got saved. Why in the world would Christians be appalled to discover an unregenerate 14-year-old boy acted wickedly?

According to Josh himself, “I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged and asked Christ to forgive me and come into my life.” Sounds like a pretty typical conversion story to me.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God (I Cor.6:9-11). FULL POST

Posted 5/22/15 at 8:29 AM | Karen Kramer

Giving Their Tomorrows For Our Todays

At seventeen he felt awkward standing next to his family at the Memorial Day parade. His younger siblings enjoyed it all, but he’d rather be hanging out with his friends.

It was the same every year, his family getting together to honor Uncle John. After the parade, there’d be a picnic in Grandma’s backyard.

Uncle John had been killed long before he’d been born, so all the Memorial stuff didn’t matter to him. But it mattered to his grandma.

Sulking in Grandma’s living room, he didn’t feel like playing games in the backyard. As he sat alone, he saw an old photo of his Uncle John.

He picked up the picture gazing into the face of the young, uniformed soldier taken in a war torn jungle. Grandma came in and saw him looking at John’s picture.

“I’d like to show you something.” Grandma motioned for him to follow. FULL POST

Posted 5/20/15 at 7:09 AM | Michael Bresciani

Why are Intellectual Giants so often Spiritual Pygmies – The Enemy that’s Closer than a Brother?

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” – The Great King Solomon, Pr 18: 24

Teachers and educators refer to their various academic pursuits as “disciplines.’ It is interesting to note that the word ‘disciple’ has its derivation from the same word. Secular educators are all someone’s disciple whether they recognize this or not.

While everyone is following one philosophy or another, some like to think of themselves as well rounded eclectics who can pull the best out of several disciplines and fit in with any secularists on all levels. Over generalization, becomes their mentor. They are people of the world, taught by the world and answerable to no one in particular. Most people in the rank and file today, fit well into the latter category.

Unknown to the modern secularist is the fact that they do not have any idea they are deceived, if they knew that they might repent. If they knew the source of their deception they would shudder, but the truth is that their deception is in equal and direct proportion to which they remove themselves from the knowledge of God. FULL POST

Posted 5/19/15 at 12:51 PM | Anthony Horvath

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court of the United States on Gay Marriage (And Torture)

It is said that a confession obtained through torture is null and void, and for good reason: people will confess to anything if enough pain is inflicted. Then, there is the ethics of the matter. Torture, it seems to me, undermines the dignity of both the person being tortured, and the one doing the torturing. A price is also paid by the society that sanctions it. There is always self-interest to take into account: the tortured may turn the tables... and he will not show mercy.

As with a man, so with a manuscript. To wit, the Constitution of these United States.

While there are occasions where there is genuine ambiguity in the language of the Constitution, and thus uncertainty on how it is to be applied, in other cases the language is crystal clear and the application straight-forward and obvious. To go against that clear language and obvious application, but still insist that one is acting according Constitutionally, requires torturing the text into saying something it plainly does not say. But torture comes with a price. Always.

The issue of ‘gay marriage’ currently being decided by your august body is one of those occasions where the language is clear and the application obvious. Not that the Constitution contains clear statements on the matter... exactly the opposite. The Constitution is utterly silent on the issue, but not silent about how to handle the things it is silent about. Witness the 10th Amendment, in its glorious absence of ambiguity: FULL POST

Posted 5/18/15 at 6:32 PM | Candice Lanier

DHS Internet Kill Switch: No Checks & Balances or Court Oversight and FOIA Requests Denied

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A kill switch refers to the government’s authority to disconnect wireless networks — both private and commercial. It involves both cell phones and the Internet and takes place in the event of an emergency.

Many questions surround the government’s use of the kill switch, but last week a federal appeals court ruled the US does not have to disclose its secret strategy, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303, for using the kill switch. The government argued it needs to keep the procedures private in order to protect national security.

The decision was passed down by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. This is the same stance the court took back in February when it agreed with the US government’s claim that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withhold documents if disclosure could “endanger” public safety. FULL POST

Posted 5/15/15 at 3:52 PM | Jonathan Falwell

Churches Must be Relevant Within the Culture

My father learned from the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer that pastors and churches must not shy away from the culture. This is largely what prompted Dad to become an outspoken pro-life advocate and an innovator in protecting and advocating for the lives of unborn babies.

Today, our culture is, I think you would agree, out of control and careening fast toward total moral breakdown. The only roadblock, as I see it, is the church of Jesus Christ. When the world preaches sexual immorality, situational ethics and secularism, we must be standing firm on the Solid Rock of the Gospel of Christ.

As you know, Thomas Road Worldwide and our Liberty Church Planting Network are heavily involved in American and international church planting and pastoral training. This is our priority because we believe that planting Gospel-preaching, God-honoring churches that are relevant to their communities is the best way to reach people, to reach cities, to reach cultures, and to reach nations with the message of Jesus.

I will tell you that we do not always see “church” in traditional terms. Yes, our churches have pastors and they meet in regular services where we glorify and worship the Savior. But they are so much more. For example, one of our more recent church plants, Village Church in Staunton, Va., will soon officially launch, while their core group is currently meeting together. They are now planning to get active in the community with a block party for area kids and families. They see this as a great way to meet new people and let them see the love the church has for the folks of Staunton. FULL POST

Posted 5/15/15 at 10:17 AM | Michael Bresciani

Three Trees – A Serious Warning to America

The First Tree - Erez

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn author of ‘The Harbinger’ introduced the parallel between the prophecies of Isaiah and the raising of the Erez tree in place of the fallen Sycamore after the events of 9/11. In the spring of 2014 even the Erez tree was completely removed and Cahn has explained that this means that America is not just in decline, but is facing an impending judgment.

Few would dare to argue with Cahn’s declaration due to the rapidly changing social climate in America. Pop-culture trends are quickly replacing old moral standards and what was once unmentionable is now becoming daily occurrence.

Yet, there are two remaining trees that must be reckoned with, one is eternal and will never be removed from the course of human history throughout time and eternity. The other tree is passing and will be the signal of a brief time when America and the entire world will bravely, howbeit, foolishly enter what Barack Obama has called “Change we can believe in.”

While a small window of time now exists in which to change course, if Obama’s “change” is not altered, it will, as promised, produce a change, but it will bring more regret and severity than all the sorrow produced in the first the second wars combined. Obama’s change seems like the brave new world of global multiculturism and PC leveling of all playing fields, and although it is received in a happy party spirit it will leave this nation and all others who adopt it – desolate. FULL POST

Posted 5/15/15 at 8:20 AM | Karen Kramer

Diminishing Christians and the Baker’s Dilemma

A recent Pew Research Center poll revealed declining numbers of Christians in America. Church leaders are scrambling to explain why. I have an idea. Maybe it’s because of people like me who have struggled with the whole Christian “love” thing. Jesus told his followers, “Love others as you love yourself.”

Loving those who think like I do is easy, but loving people of different faiths, or no faith, while living in the midst of our rapidly diversifying culture, that’s been harder.

But God hasn’t changed his mind on the love commandment. As a blogger, I’ve been caught in the crossfire between some hard-line atheists and brutally dogmatic Christians. I can almost imagine Jesus shaking his head as judgmental words flew back and forth.

We Christians need to consider how we’re going to relate in a post-Christian nation.

Will judgment or love increase our Christian numbers?

Which leads me to an editor’s soul-searching assignment. The directions: FULL POST

Posted 5/14/15 at 11:13 AM | Karen Kramer

Transgendered Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts will now welcome boys who identify as girls. According to the Girl Scouts of America website: "If the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe."

Transgenderism is here, America. Our kids will be seeing it at younger ages—in school and now in their recreational activities. What do you think?

The American Family Association thinks that the Girl Scouts of America need to rescind their new policy. Already GS policies have led to a loss of over one million girls in their organization.

You can sign the AFA petition here.

Posted 5/12/15 at 5:55 PM | Carrie Stoelting

Unborn Babies Feel Pain: Let's Protect Them

This month, we offer an instant opportunity to take action to save babies from abortion: The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act this week. We urge you to contact your Congressman or woman to support the bill. Please read our Action Center section below to learn how to contact them.

Believe it or not, the inundation of communication can still make a difference. The alternative (silence) only gives a quiet nod to the enemy.

We need to be steadfast in the fight for life and work to protect every baby and stop all abortion. By taking action to support this bill, it will move us further along the path to claim victory over abortion.

You may be wondering, "Why does the bill focus on stopping abortion at 20 weeks?" Well, research shows that by that point, babies feel excruciating pain during an abortion. The babies are human beings who deserve protection. Yes, they are unborn Americans and we need to be their voice.

Undoubtedly, this will be a multi-Congress effort because President Obama is opposed to this bill. But the process must start now even under the current administration. (Remember, back in the 1990's, pro-life workers started the fight to end partial-birth abortion even while we had a pro-abortion president at the time. When we elected a pro-life president in 2000, the stage had been previously set to end partial birth abortion and it passed into law.) FULL POST

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