Politics and U.S. Current Events

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Posted 8/30/17 at 8:15 PM | Carrie Stoelting

7 Truths and Tips to Make America Godly  and Great  Again

So, in case you haven't noticed, the coarsening of our culture has failed to improve life. (So-called modern morals only hearken to the forgotten, failed societies of centuries past.) The loving and protective commandments were given by God for a reason. (Major understatement.) Let's follow Him and not the cultural whim. Amen?

Even during horrendous tragedies and catastrophic events (i.e. in Texas), many Americans continue to share sarcastic memes and unkind comments which unveil ugly heart conditions. Oh, how it hurts our hearts to see! And can you imagine how it affects the heart of God?

Let's put it bluntly and Biblically: People desperately need Jesus. All of us. And we believers need to start sharing the Gospel more and more without feeling ashamed or like we need to make it hard. Here are 7 Truths and Tips to Make America Godly and Great Again:

Believe the Bible -Not the Media Bias. Often, certain media edit out Christian comments from inspirational news items. (We know it from experience: As authors and recording artists, we have been interviewed hundreds of times.) Just remember that God is still working. Mightily. And the Good News is spreading -whether in the news or not. Prayer is powerful. Christ remains King. Be encouraged! Many are serving Him with action. For example, we believe donating to Samaritans Purse is a wonderful way to partner with fellow Christians who are on-site helping Texas. (Go to https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/.) FULL POST

Posted 8/28/17 at 7:59 AM | Michael Bresciani

America: Where Guilt is an Industry and Whining has become an Art Form

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” (Eze 18: 20)

While I have several theological degrees I depend only on the basic instincts of my childhood to interpret this verse. In all of its lucid and obvious meaning it says only one thing.

Your sins are your sins, and my sins are my sins.

If you’re getting anything else from this passage you must be laboring under the PC cloud of vague subjectivism that cripples and troubles this present generation.

I never owned nor wanted to own a slave and my conscience is clear.

There remain some 1500 statues of confederate figures throughout the United States; I cannot trouble myself about any of them. They are historical markers of a troubled time, but they are not a call to bring the trouble back, that is the purpose of those involved in the great American guilt industry where polarizing people into various camps is a daily routine. The show of hostility and hatred in Charlottesville, Virginia - is proof of that. FULL POST

Posted 8/24/17 at 11:46 AM | Karen Farris

Failed Journalism

Back in college, I took journalism from a visiting Columbia University professor. He wore a perpetual frown and chain-smoked in class.

He had impossibly high expectations, making me wonder why I decided communications was a good career path. I cringed with every assignment I turned in.

Then he asked the class to report on a year-old regional protest that had resulted in numerous arrests.

Prior to the Google Age, research was conducted in a really old-fashioned way—the library.

After trudging off to search for newspaper articles regarding the event, I took copious notes and typed up my report.

A week later, as the class shared identical findings, the professor sat in a cloud of cigarette smoke, with brows deeply furrowed.

Then he stood and smirked with the kind of gotcha look that had me wondering what I’d missed. I’d used multiple references—so had everyone else. FULL POST

Posted 8/17/17 at 12:28 PM | Michael Bresciani

From Contradiction to Reprobation – NY Anti-hate Protesters Resolve to Hate Trump

America seems caught up in the promotion of minorities such as the LGBT and leftist causes, but tolerance and diversity has stalled and has begun to roll backwards down the hill to its own demise.

Shortly after the Charlottesville protests, Facebook, that bastion of balance, which is now pounding away at conservative materials in a so called cleanup, allowed a call for protesters to come out to Trump Towers and spew hatred.

In a grossly hypocritical, incongruous and typically contradictory leftist style approach to politics protesters were found carrying placards and chanting "New York hates you" and "love, not hate -- that's what makes America great."

What? FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 5:57 PM | Mark Ellis

Father of woman killed in Charlottesville urges forgiveness because of Jesus

By Mark Ellis

An entire nation was saddened by the tragic death of three people caught up in the violent rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville August 12th. One victim’s father, a strong Christian, is urging forgiveness – based on what Jesus did on the cross.

His daughter, Heather Heyer, 32, was plowed down by a car driven by James Alex Fields, Jr. Fields was arraigned on second degree murder charges yesterday and apparently was a Nazi sympathizer.

Heather was known for her compassion and kindness. She stood up for equality, and paid the ultimate price with her life.

On August 14th, Mark Heyer spoke out about the incident in a video interview with Florida Today.

“My daughter was a strong woman that had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone- and she tried to stand up for that. With her, it wasn’t lip service. It was real.”

In extending forgiveness to her killer, his response may surprise some. “People need to stop hating, and they need to forgive each other. And I include myself in that, in forgiving the guy that did this. He doesn’t know no better. You know, I just think of what the Lord said on the cross. ‘Lord forgive him, they don’t know what they are doing.’” FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 4:44 PM | Mark Ellis

ISIS ‘biter’ tortured woman because of her soap fragrance

Former ISIS detention facility

By Mark Ellis —

Warning: the following contains disturbing descriptions of torture.

A chilling academic study of the ISIS prison system released August 10th exposes the horrific psychological and physical tortures inflicted by the terror organization in their enforcement of sharia law.

“The ISIS Prison System: Its Structure, Departmental Affiliations, Processes, Conditions, and Practices of Psychological and Physical Torture” by Asaad Almohammad, Ph.D., Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., & Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. was based on interviews with 55 ISIS fighters and 17 Syrian civilians detained by ISIS.

The study was released by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE).

The authors found psychological torture that included the threat of execution, solitary confinement, and the placement of severed heads in cages in which detainees are being held.

One female defector who had served with the morality police said, “We would imprison women in the cemetery with skeletons, in a cage in the middle of the cemetery as a punishment. Most of the time when we went back to the cage in the morning, the woman was crazy.” FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 4:36 PM | Mark Ellis

ISIS stole Bibles from monasteries, now they’re on the black market

Byzantine Bible offered for sale

By Mark Ellis

Antiquities plundered by ISIS — including ancient Bibles — have made their way from Syria and Iraq to Western collectors, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal interviewed Syrian art traders, recent ISIS defectors involved with the artifacts, and law-enforcement officials in the U.S., France, Switzerland, and Bulgaria to draw a profile of the smuggling operation and its inner workings.

The valuable objects make their way from sites in Iraq and Syria, cross borders into Turkey and Lebanon, and finally are deposited in warehouses in Europe and Asia where they will be sold to dealers in the West.

Muhammad Al-Hassan, a 28-year-old Syrian, began trading antiquities in 2015 after being contacted by a top official of ISIS who sought his help to find Western buyers. Before the civil war, he was an English-language student who studied archaeology in his free time. The official asked him to find European buyers. FULL POST

Posted 8/16/17 at 4:31 PM | Mark Ellis

Seven Christians and two pet parrots escape from ISIS-held Raqqa

Sawsan Karapetyan

By Mark Ellis

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rescued seven Christians from ISIS-held Raqqa on August 8th – along with two pet parrots.

The SDF saved the two Armenian Christian families from the city ISIS claimed as the capital of its “caliphate,” according to a report by AFP News Agency.

As some of the few Christians remaining in Raqqa, Sawsan Karapetyan, 45, and her family overcame their fears by faith.

At 3 am on the 8th, she and six other family members fled the city on foot.

They were rescued by Christian fighters involved in the battle to expel ISIS from Raqqa and taken to a nearby city in the back of a truck.

“I didn’t want to leave, but there was so much bombardment around us that we fled,” said Karapetyan, still dressed in the black robes she was forced to wear by ISIS.

They left with almost nothing. But there were three things she could not leave behind: her rosary, and her pet parrots, “Lover” and “Beloved”. FULL POST

Posted 8/14/17 at 11:34 AM | Marvin Thompson

Yes, Dr. Brown, Evangelicals are Culpable for Charlottesville Incident

A couple weeks ago Michael Brown sought to defend his and other evangelicals’ vote for Donald Trump. A fair attempt it was, but ignored a fundamental Christian principle: light has no accord with darkness. That is the basic biblical ethics of unqualified absolutism, which guides Christian actions to what is right and wrong. Simply put, God’s moral laws are absolute, never conflict, and should never be broken, regardless of the end goal. Should any be broken, there is the inevitable consequence to face.

Choosing the lesser evil is still choosing evil. That is a direct contravention of God’s moral law.

In his near mea culpa then, Dr Brown explained that his and others’ vote was not an endorsement of Trump, per se, but a rejection of Clinton. He also explained that the bargain they entered into was weighted to which candidate would be more supportive of evangelical causes. But in God’s economy, the end never justifies the means it those means deviate from biblical moral standards.

It was spiritually naïve to think that Trump who broadcasted his debased morality and character for God and all to see, would be any different once he ascended the presidency, simply because a few politically motivated evangelicals vouched for his “conversion.” And it was socially naïve to think that he will effect any meaningful change for evangelical causes simply because he said he was a changed man. He was merely throwing the “dog a bone,” and his token gifts to evangelicals are, let’s face it, the real “nothing burgers.” FULL POST

Posted 8/10/17 at 10:27 AM | Prince Chakanyuka

Historical Signficance Of Temple Mount

Introduction

The temple mount has historical and religious significance for all three of the major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It has particular religious significance for Judaism and Islam, and the competing claims of these faith communities has made it one of the most contested religious sites in the world.

Judaism

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, which regards it as the place where God's divine presence is manifested more than in any other place, and is the place Jews turn towards during prayer. Due to its extreme sanctity, many Jews will not walk on the Mount itself, to avoid unintentionally entering the area where the Holy of Holies stood, since according to Rabbinical law, some aspect of the divine presence is still present at the site. It was from the Holy of Holies that the High Priest communicated directly with God.

According to the rabbinic sages whose debates produced the Talmud, it was from here the world expanded into its present form and where God gathered the dust used to create the first human, Adam. Since at least the first century , the site has been associated in Judaism with Mount Moriah ; Mount Moriah is the name given by the Hebrew Bible to the location of Abraham's binding of Isaac, this identification being perpetuated by Jewish and Christian tradition. FULL POST

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