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Posted 8/2/17 at 1:35 PM | Karen Farris

Taxing the Givers

They say numbers don’t lie. So here it is: $1.2 trillion dollars are contributed annually to our US economy by religious folks.

The money supports programs aimed at the hurting, helpless, hungry, and the people that support them.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, and the other top tech companies don’t put as much money into our economy.

When the idea is tossed around that churches need to be taxed, it’s important to look at the real dollars churches provide to our nation.

People are giving money away to help those in need. Churches provide their buildings for childcare centers, soup kitchens, job training, free clothing outlets, medical clinics, and that’s in addition to the direct dollars spent on the poor.

Besides money, churches coordinate 7.5 million volunteers in 1.5 million social programs aimed at helping those who need it most.

In the past 15 years, religious giving to the needy has tripled. While taxing churches could bring in money, it will only impact the amount they already give away.

One needs to ask how well the government would manage those tax dollars.

This much is certain: with $1.2 trillion being offered through religious groups each year, it reveals the generous hearts of millions of people. They aren’t giving because they’re required to, they are giving because they want to.

Posted 7/22/17 at 3:04 PM | Larry Dozier

Is America Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?

Yes! I am convinced that the USA is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments after listening to Irvin Baxter teach this. And, it appears that America has a specific part to play during the Great Tribulation! Here’s my evidence: There are two chapters in the Bible in which USA and Israel are mentioned as a part of prophecy: Daniel 7 and Revelation 12. In Daniel 7, Daniel’s dream provided a perfect allegory of the rise and fall of America, along with the consequences that America and other modern nations would experience for their wickedness.

Here’s what Daniel 7:4 says:

The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

The phrase “wings of a great eagle”, I believe, is referring to America who uses the eagle as her national bird. The eagle is on our flag and our currency. Then the scripture goes on to say, “I watched until its wings were torn off”. This is a perfect description of how America was formed – torn from her mother country, the Lion, Great Britain. The word “torn” implies pain, spilled blood and military battles. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/17 at 7:34 PM | Michael Bresciani

Churches: This is the Time to Return to Your First Love!

When Christ addressed the first seven churches in Asia he rebuked five, on one he was neutral, but he commended only one. If the first century church was already leaning toward apostasy, where will these last day’s churches be found?

The great falling away is referenced several times in scripture, but those with a world view are not guided by the Bible, nor do they believe in the prophetic aspects of this great God breathed book. As a result, they are the crowds that go about fulfilling prophecy while they reject it or deny it.

Not a day passes without a new report of some old historic church or denomination sinking to accommodate the new liberal theology of the day. Charisma News recently reported on a list of eight well known ministers and evangelical leaders that have decided to join in with the perversions of the LGBT crowd. The piece entitled “8 Evangelical Leaders Who Have Publicly Embraced Apostasy” also said, that the former pastor of the Mars Hill church, Rob Bell, contends that old line conservative churches will soon be a thing of the past. FULL POST

Posted 7/19/17 at 12:55 PM | Karen Farris

Driving Under the Influence of Stupidity

Washington State drivers have a new “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics” law. Keep your hands off your phone—don’t even read that text message at a stop light. We are limited to a single finger (not that one) to “trigger a voice-activated application”.

Okay, I understand distraction, but how about reckless stupidity?

A few weeks ago, I witnessed a near-miss collision and it had nothing to do a phone. My rural highway leads to some spectacular camping spots. Tourists flock here every summer.

Thirty foot motorhomes and trucks pulling huge trailers routinely drive slower than the speed limit.

Most of them are unfamiliar with our curvy highway. I was behind a car that was tailgating a truck and travel trailer. But the slow-moving driver was almost going the speed limit—just a couple miles per hour under the limit. FULL POST

Posted 7/19/17 at 5:26 AM | George Smith

Can The US Help Improve Relations Between China and Japan?

It is no secret that relations between China and Japan are struggling. The two countries have a long history of conflict and it seems as if these historic disputes will continue to hinder relations into the foreseeable future. Many experts have debated on what can be done to help improve relations between China and Japan. Out of all the ways that have been suggested, it seems as if one other major country could play a vital role in improving relations between these the two countries.

The United States has a huge influence on the political dynamics of the world. Most importantly, it is seen as an ally to both China and Japan. With a long history of economic and political ties to each respective country, it is one of the few countries that has the power to be heard and complied with.

As two of the most powerful economies in the world, the United States and China have created a long and prosperous partnership. The two countries share many of the same political, economic and security interests. However, the partnership has been marked with several conflicts. In fact, the two are often simultaneously seen as allies and political adversaries. As the Trump administration begins its revisions on foreign policy, relations between the United States and China have become even more strained. However, the partnership holds the most promise towards providing stability to the Asian FULL POST

Posted 7/18/17 at 11:33 PM | Carrie Stoelting

To Stand for Life Is to Stand with Charlie Gard

Imagine someone invading the hospital room of your loved one and decreeing that he must die. That's essentially (and bluntly) what has happened in the case of precious Charlie Gard.

Charlie Gard is a critically ill, eleven month old child in Great Britain. His parents want the opportunity to bring him to the United States so that he may receive an experimental treatment for his rare genetic condition.

Why not try to help him live? No good reason exists to stop him from receiving the treatment. He would not suffer inhumanely. And his parents have the funds to do it.

In fact, Charlie's parents have raised over $1.6 million for both travel and treatment expenses. They have been invited by specialists in the United States and Italy. These specialists believe they can help Charlie. But tragically, the British courts are forbidding Charlie from receiving the treatment.

Congressman Steve King of Iowa explains the situation further, "It will be a horrific affront to every parent's innate right to care for their children if British courts refuse to allow Charlie Gard's parents to pursue offered treatment for their son... British courts should not be allowed to subject an innocent, eleven month old child to the equivalent of a death sentence when hope for a cure exists, and when his parents wish to pursue it at their own expense. The world is watching this story unfold, and the British legal system is being judged harshly." FULL POST

Posted 7/18/17 at 7:19 PM | Mark Ellis

Thousands of kids to attend ‘summer camp for jihadis’ run by terror groups

By Mark Ellis

Nearly 120,000 Palestinian kids will attend summer camps run by Hamas in Gaza according to Breitbart, citing figures supplied by the terrorist organization.

Thousands more will attend camps run by Islamic Jihad and other jihadist factions.

The children receive weapons and military training – including live shooting exercises — in addition to propaganda inciting hatred toward Jews.

Graduation ceremonies will allow the children to display their “skills” in front of Hamas officials, according to Breitbart.

“The movement strives, through the summer camps, to train an entire generation to work for the liberation of Palestine,” Usama Almuzeyni, a Hamas official, stated.

The theme chosen for this year’s summer camp is “To Jerusalem We Come.” Almuzeyni said this will “make it clear that Hamas faces one direction, and that is Jerusalem and occupied Palestine.”

According to Amuzeyni, camp activities this summer will include “cultural activities, sports and security” and teaching about “moderate” Islam.

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Posted 7/18/17 at 7:09 PM | Mark Ellis

Former ISIS teen fighter says its better to eat dirt than join ISIS

By Mark Ellis

After ISIS took over his territory in Syria, 17-year-old Ibn Mesud* joined the Cubs of the Caliphate and was heavily pressured into taking a suicide mission — told his death would be painless and he would go straight to paradise.

A shocking new video, “The Glorious Martyrs of the Islamic State,” is based on an interview with Mesud in Turkey by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE).

“They took over our area,” Mesud recounts on the video. “They called for everyone to come to the mosques. They taught us about the Koran, about prayers and preached to us.”

Mesud admits he “was just a child…just a student.”

The ISIS fighters indoctrinated him and about 1500 other Syrian teens and pre-teens about ISIS, its “accomplishments” in Iraq, and about ISIS being “righteous.”

“We will take you to fight with us,” they told their young recruits.

Mesud’s father is disabled and unable to work. Faced with the prospect of quitting school to financially support his brothers and sisters, he decided to accept the money offered to join ISIS. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/17 at 6:51 PM | Mark Ellis

Netanyahu reads from Bible, counters U.N. resolution about Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs

By Mark Ellis

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read a Bible passage from Genesis during his July 9th cabinet meeting to counter a resolution passed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee declaring the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Hebron as a Palestinian heritage site, according to World Israel News (WIN).

He read aloud from Genesis 23:16-19 to his cabinet:

“And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant…And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre–the same is Hebron–in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth.”

The prime minister noted Israel’s historical association with Hebron. “The connection between the Jewish People and Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs is one of purchase and of history which may be without parallel in the history of peoples,” he affirmed.

“Of course this did not prevent the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday from passing yet another delusional resolution which determined that the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the same Cave of Machpelah, is a Palestinian heritage site.” FULL POST

Posted 7/12/17 at 8:27 PM | Mark Ellis

George Clooney: Sudan pays powerhouse D.C. lobbyist $40K a month to get sanctions removed

By Mark Ellis

It is one of the world’s worst offenders in the persecution of Christians, using starvation as a weapon of war, and is still funding militias that murder innocents. Its leader, President Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Sudan’s government directed attacks that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of non-Arab civilians in Darfur a few years ago. In the last year, the government has demolished 27 churches, which the government claims violated land-use laws.

Yet somehow, Sudan’s government hired an influential lobbying firm in Washington, Squire Patton Boggs, for $40,000 a month to get sanctions removed by the Trump administration, George Clooney and John Prendergast charged in Time Magazine.

While Congress has led bipartisan efforts to isolate the Sudan regime, Clooney, Predergast, and many others are surprised that a respectable lobbying firm that includes former House Speaker John Boehner and former senators Trent Lott and John Breaux, has taken on Sudan as a client.

“Either they don’t know that their firm is taking $40,000 a month from the government of Sudan, or they don’t know what this regime has done,” Clooney speculated. FULL POST

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