Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 1/16/17 at 9:20 AM | olabode ososami
Inauguration Day Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 is the day Donald Trump assumes the role of Chief Executive of the United States – becoming the nation's 45th president sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Since the elections in November 2016, more than a few developments qualifying his victory have emerged … i.e. call for recounts, Russian hacks/plots, FBI Chief Comey investigation, salacious blackmail dossiers. But all this has not stopped Trump marshalling a team through a confirmation process aimed at ensuring from day one he is ready for action. There is less doubt, as the initial stages of repealing Obamacare are executed, that Trump means to do exactly as he has said. Respected congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis echoes the views of millions when he says he doesn't see US President-elect Donald Trump "as a legitimate president," because of Russia's meddling … and the saga continues.
But this blog post is not just about the United States, but highlights an even more “deplorable” and less grand political transition and inauguration, as the aged King of Israel – David, approaches his passing away. God had told David that Solomon would succeed him (1 Chronicles 22:9). FULL POST
Posted 1/12/17 at 2:07 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Shiloh Heavenly Quine, 57, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence in California, became the first prison inmate in the U.S. to have gender reassignment surgery paid for by state taxpayers.
A large portion of the roughly $100,000 in medical costs and medications connected with the procedure will be reimbursed by federal taxpayers, according to news sources.
Quine had the surgery in San Francisco January 5th, 2017, and will be transferred to a women’s prison when he leaves the hospital.
Quine and an accomplice kidnapped and fatally shot a father of three, Shahid Baig, in downtown L.A. in 1980. During the drug-fueled crime, Quine also stole $80 and the victim’s car. He received a life sentence without the possibility of parole as a result.
After a court battle in California over the requested procedure ended in 2015, the state of California agreed to fashion new policies allowing inmates to apply to a committee for sex change surgery. Officials are currently evaluating 64 other requests for the surgery. FULL POST
Posted 1/7/17 at 12:03 PM | Michael Bresciani
This is the tenth in a yearly series of prophetic assessments of our world in the light of Biblical prophecy and current events.
The first was in 2008, since then little has changed in the general direction of our nation and the world. Liberal viewpoints, abortion, unbridled licentiousness and the unleashing of the gross perversion of the LGBT and transgenderism have marched ahead like a parade in Moscow’s Red Square.
Prior to WWII political changes swept the world with the emergence of new and fledgling democracies, Nazism, communism and fascism. Dealing with everything except the sin prone corrupt hearts of men always results in the search for an alternative solution to the world’s problems.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17: 9)
Politics is still seen as the answer. Little has changed, but today we are entering into what might be called the final throes. It is in this generation that the world will prep itself to receive the world’s last and very worst of all leaders.
Posted 12/31/16 at 7:38 AM | Michael Bresciani
It is hard to imagine a body of anti-Semites sitting in a nation that is allied to Israel working so hard to destroy that sovereign nation. But this is the UN, an innocuous group of one world thinkers, supported largely by the United States taxpayer, who ignore scripture, are void of all prophetic knowledge and the plan God has for his very special people – the Jews.
When the British met the Minutemen at Lexington it made history in what has been coined “The shot heard round the world.” Not since then has there been anything like it – but wait – now there’s Obama’s parting shot against the nation of Israel, our strongest Middle Eastern ally.
This is also history, howbeit, grossly profane.
After he labeled us all gun toting, Bible clinging angry citizens; Mr. Obama has remained true to form. In his final act of disdain for our history and heritage he called for our representative to the UN to abstain from the vote, which essentially puts Israel at the mercy of the rest of the world – a world with even less knowledge of the prophetic destiny of Israel than our outgoing president.
We believe that history is made wholly by nations acting out their part in a developing world, but scripture say that nations create history based on their ignorance and rejection of the prophetic message of the bible. The immutable maxim here is that when politics meets prophecy, politics always loses. FULL POST
Posted 12/25/16 at 7:06 AM | Carrie Stoelting
Christmas celebrates that Jesus Christ came to us! Think about that fact. As Billy Graham rightly said, "The very purpose of Christ's coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas."
With that said, let's recognize Christ as we all say "Merry Christmas!" instead of the PC greeting of "Happy Holidays". After all, Christ's birth is what we are celebrating. Christmas should not be a time of political correctness. It is a time when we should be happy and free to share about our Lord Jesus Christ!
There will always be people who disagree, but we are not harming anyone when we say "Merry Christmas". And people don't harm us when mentioning holidays like Hanukkah.
With that said, we do have the right and the joy to celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord. Don't let the grinches of this world spoil it! Amen? As President-elect Donald Trump has said, "We're going to start saying Merry Christmas again." It is refreshing that this year so many people are starting to say "Merry Christmas" again. We've been wished "Merry Christmas" more this year than ever. It's wonderful!
Please embrace the freedoms afforded to us in the United States. Thanks to our veterans, we are free to say "Merry Christmas" and display a nativity for all to enjoy. FULL POST
Posted 12/21/16 at 11:06 AM | Michael Bresciani
The New Testament asserts that men are made a little lower than the angels. (Heb 2: 7) Today’s science insists that man stumbled into creation and now is only a few steps above apes and baboons on the evolutionary scale.
Prophecy says that near the end of time “knowledge” (Da 12: 4) shall be increased and according to the Apostle Paul those wielding this knowledge will decide that God has nothing to do with their existence.
Enter modern man, living and fulfilling every word of prophecy, all at the same time they see themselves as the purveyors of the outer stars and planets across the universe.
Deciding which world view is correct is easier than anyone might expect.
Posted 12/19/16 at 10:32 PM | Karen Kramer
We are not the United States of California, but in a nation without the Electoral College, we might as well be.
Even President Obama has opined that the Electoral College is a relic of the past.
Democrats are now at work with revisionist legislation for the Electoral College’s demise. But our wise Founders prepared for an eventuality that a regional candidate could dominate a national election. Or in the case of California, a bastion of liberals with enough popular votes could take our nation anywhere it wanted to go.
The liberal media keeps clamoring that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes. Without California (where Trump wisely saved his money and mostly campaigned elsewhere) Trump won, handily. Here’s the 2016 presidential election without California: Trump won by 1.4 million votes, 58,474,401 to Clinton’s 57,064,530. Trump also won 30 states, earning the 306 Electoral votes to Clinton’s 232.
California politics are virtually Republican-free. No Republican ran for state office and none ran for the congressional districts. California’s Democratic tax and spend policies have been firmly entrenched for decades. California won’t become a Red state in our lifetime. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/16 at 3:14 PM | Todd Friel
This may be a completely kooky idea, but may I suggest it is time to reconsider our current battle with culture over Christmas? Here is my proposition: I say we “reclaim Christmas” by not insisting every store clerk must mumble, “Merry Christmas.” Permit me to make my case.
The true Christmas is a solemn celebration of the greatest miracle of all time: God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1: 14). To say, “Merry Christmas” is to wish someone a joyful incarnation day. Should we really demand that a pagan utter this Christian greeting?
Perhaps we have forgotten what it means to say “Merry Christmas.” Just as we would not force a store clerk to give the traditional Easter greeting, “Christ is risen,” we should not demand they say, “Merry Christmas.” If Christmas is indeed about Christ, we are asking pagans to say something only a Christian should say. We are forcing them to use the name of Christ to speak a blessing to someone. Last time I checked, that is blasphemy.
Forcing our culture to say something they do not believe is the opposite of Christianity. The world should expect forced conformity from Muslims and totalitarian dictators, but not from us. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/16 at 3:37 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
As an American astronaut he gained heroic stature when he became the first man to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7 in 1962. Previously, he won five Distinguished Flying Crosses in World War II, and years later went on to become a U.S. Senator from Ohio.
Perhaps less well known is that he was a man of deep Christian faith. Yesterday, when he left the bounds of earth once more at age 95, he passed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was one of the pioneering astronauts of the Mercury program at a time when space travel was inherently risky. He said he prayed every day during that time. Those prayers were needed on Glenn’s historic first orbits in space.
During the return on February 20, 1962, Glenn’s heat shield was thought to have come loose and many believed it might fail during re-entry, which would cause Glenn’s capsule to be incinerated in its fiery descent.
Glenn was instructed to take manual control of the capsule and described “a real fireball outside” as he re-entered the atmosphere. Thankfully, his and many other prayers were answered when he splashed down safely in the Caribbean. FULL POST