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Posted 3/24/17 at 8:29 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Over the past week for twenty hours, people fired questions at Judge Neil Gorsuch. To put it frankly, it has been one long, tedious job interview! The hearing considering the nomination of Judge Gorsuch has catapulted the U.S. Supreme Court into daily headlines. Yet people still scratch their heads about the meaning and the role of the judicial branch of government. Let's review:
What are the branches of government? According to the U.S. Constitution, there are three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. The three branches are to have shared power to afford proper checks and balances.This is intended to cancel "power trips" of individuals and groups.
Why is it that most people consider the judiciary branch to be most powerful? Judicial activists took the small space allocated to the judiciary branch and cracked open a floodgate of unconstitutional law-making. The manner with which judicial activism has usurped the SCOTUS is shocking: It has wrongly created laws of the land instead of applying the U.S. Constitution. The original SCOTUS job description was to simply and directly uphold and apply the U.S. Constitution and its original intents. Interestingly, of the three branches, the judicial power was given the smallest amount of space in our Constitution. FULL POST
Posted 2/25/17 at 10:26 AM | Carrie Stoelting
"What do we need in replacement of the faulty political correctness of today? Compassionate common sense. Acknowledge societal problems and solve them instead of putting a sugarcoated picture portraying conditions as better or worse than they actually are, as purported by political correctness."
Let's get things straight: Contrary to rumor, political correctness is not kind. Political correctness is not compassionate. Political correctness is, in fact, incorrect and harmful to minorities.
How are problems to be solved if they are constantly covered up by false perceptions purported by politically correct news reports? How are people to receive help if they are not acknowledged as living in bad conditions? Political correctness goes so far to not hurt people's feelings that it actually harms the groups that it "protects" in its media campaigns.
If someone has not received a balanced education, political correctness appears to be an expression of compassion and brotherly love. This perception is important to understand: People who are fixated on political correctness view it as a form of kindness. It is up to people who are more educated on this matter to help others understand that, after a point, political correctness is, in fact, incorrect and cruel. FULL POST
Posted 1/16/17 at 1:59 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Millions of people (about 58 million!) have been killed. The method of murder? Abortion.
No matter how we phrase it, abortion remains one of the greatest horrors of our time. And we cannot allow the passage of time to slowly suffocate our passion.
Let's make 2017 a year of pro-life victories! As we begin the new year, let's recommit ourselves to the fight for the life:
Again, according to the National Right to Life, about 58 million children have been killed since the January 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. 2014 is the most recent for which we have statistics on abortion numbers in the USA. Tragically, 977,000 abortions were committed in that year alone. That's over 2,600 unborn children killed every day! Yes, abortion must stop. Abortion is truly a holocaust; we are killing our own children. It must stop! First and foremost, unborn children are the victims. However, the mothers are victims as well.
Many people have pretended to be on the side of women and yet have lied to women about the effects and realities of abortion. They have been sold a lie: Abortion kills babies (not blobs of tissue), abortion kills potential and opportunities for the mother and the baby, and abortion harms women's health (i.e. causing a high risk of cancer among other serious health problems). It is painful both physically and emotionally. (Please note the we believe in forgiveness and new starts for mothers who had abortions: Jesus still loves you and offers you Himself. Click here to learn more about how to know God and be saved.) 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 11/3/16 at 11:40 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8!
The Cubs triumphantly won the World Series, and (most of) the country rejoiced! Finally, after 108 years, the team met success again. Cubs now fill the newsfeeds, headlines, and media of all kinds. What a win!
What if we took the lesson of persistence (no matter what) into Election Day? Against all odds, we can see better results than we expect if -and only if- we pray and vote.
Veterans have died so that we can vote. We cherish veterans. So, yes, we're voting. We're voting not because of perfect candidates. We're voting for policies...not people. We're voting because it's our duty as citizens. We're voting because we love veterans and cherish the lives given on the battlefield to protect our freedoms. We're going to vote for the policies that match our values. And we urge you to do the same. Pray and vote. Vote and pray...pray...pray. But please vote.
Why? Well, allow us to stop the myths about what voting really means. Our culture contains a lot of confusion about voting. So let's get back to the voting basics:
Voting Reality Check:
Posted 10/16/16 at 8:23 AM | Carrie Stoelting
Today, the words of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill still resonate:
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Have you noticed? Socialism is seeping into our country. On the surface, socialism appears to offer advantages. But do not be deceived. It is a powerful hypocrite who steals freedoms.
Leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have dedicated their lives to building up socialism and thereby tearing down freedom. One of their primary mentors was Saul Alinsky, a man who hated God and freedom. This man deceived many impressionable students. Tragically, his strategies and beliefs transform people into enemies of freedom.
While initially sounding like a good thing, socialism is like an abuser who buys wonderful presents yet steals freedom and inflicts injury. It cannot be tolerated! Indeed, it ultimately replaces freedom with tyranny.
Often, people who initially find it attractive have been hurt by hypocrisy within Christian circles. (Jesus Christ warned us about hypocrites, so it is nothing new.) But socialism represents a secular hypocrisy: Its goal is to replace God with government, which pretends to help but only does so to gain power for itself. (Of course there are various levels of socialism but in this edition we are just going to reference it in its general term.) Socialism lures people in through false promises of "protection", "wealth", and an "easy and fair" life. Don't be fooled by the "promises" of socialism. It will destroy you. FULL POST
Posted 9/10/16 at 7:53 AM | Carrie Stoelting
Contrasting Perspectives on 09/11/2016
Most liberals interpret 09/11/2016 as a day to remember a historical event, and they appear to possess an illogical confidence in safety (in spite of continued risks and attacks). Most Christian conservatives remember the event, desire greater policies to protect America from further deadly consequences, and pray for healing of a still-hurting nation.
Help Our Nation Heal
How do we help our nation heal? We must face the truth of what happened, step away from hate-filled political debate, start speaking the truth with love, and continue in prayer.
Indeed, on the fifteenth anniversary of 09/11, most Americans feel shocked by the passage of time and mourn the thousands of deaths. But the victims of 09/11/01 were not the only causalities resulting from the day's deadly terrorist attacks: We must remember the thousands of ensuing deaths of heroes serving in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Benghazi, Fort Hood, Boston Marathon, Orlando, and the list goes on...
Return to the Facts about the Attacks.
Yes, September 11, 2016 is the 15th anniversary of 09/11 when radical Islamic terrorists attacked our country and killed 2,752 innocent human beings. That was the bloodiest day in our nation's history since the Civil War. Think about it: Those people could have been your loved ones, your co-workers, your friends. Our country and the world have never been the same. FULL POST
Posted 8/20/16 at 11:16 PM | Carrie Stoelting
August arrives, and school shortly follows. In America, a moral firealarm rings louder than any school bell: Millions of children currently do not receive the prioritization and excellent education they deserve. Instead, immorality masquerades as political correctness and infects the curricula of public schools. Children need protection and prioritization. A return to excellence, the inclusion of the Golden Rule, and the overall option of school choice would provide a vast improvement for children.
First of all, education possesses the power to crumble the foundation of a nation. When in the right hands, an educational system molds children into solid, well-equipped individuals who love God, neighbor, and country. However, when in the wrong hands, chaotic and harmful indoctrination floods and destroys a nation.
Immoral adults currently push agendas into curricula and policies upheld in public schools. Instead of academics, political correctness pervades the scholastic experience. But political correctness incorrectly seeks to solve problems which simply cannot be solved by immoral behaviors and verbiage.
The government currently masterminds our country's education system. Is this best for our country's children? Milton Friedman cleverly answered the question: "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." FULL POST
Posted 7/4/16 at 5:33 PM | Carrie Stoelting
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Those powerful words are from the Preamble of the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted 240 years ago today. Our nation's Founders stood out from the pages of history as committed, courageous people who put everything on the line so that we might be free. They did not compromise.
In 1776, the original colonies declared independence from the rule of Great Britain and King George the III. Soon the War of Independence began. As a result, these brave men sacrificed their lives and fortunes while pledging their sacred honor in the cause of freedom.
It is time for today's America to embrace the popular motto used during the War of Independence: "No King but King Jesus!"
Over time, 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. Of the 56 men, 12 fought in battles, 5 were captured and imprisoned, 17 lost property due to British raids, and 5 lost their savings to help fund the Continental Army and state militias. Today, we not only thank and remember the courage of those 56 men, but we also honor the countless heroic men and women who were part of the fight for independence and freedom! FULL POST
Posted 6/15/16 at 7:29 PM | Carrie Stoelting
ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Orlando. 50 people were killed and 53 more were wounded. It was the largest mass shooting in our nation's history. This evil must be stopped once and for all.
Families are grieving. People are hurting. Please pray for those hurting and grieving in Orlando. Pray that all will personally know Christ and His comfort.
We think of Psalm 34:18 which says, "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."
Billy Graham's ministry is on the ground in Orlando. Read more here: http://billygraham.org/story/pray-for-those-grieving-devastating-loss-after-orlando-shooting/
With each tragedy, prayer suddenly pops up in the news. Hashtags flood the newsfeeds of Twitter and Facebook with one of the latest being #PrayforOrlando. (How we pray and hurt for Orlando!)
In spite of every attack on the Bible, the fastest and most featured response to crisis remains prayer. Loving God and neighbor in deed and truth cannot be replaced by anything else. Period.
When we pray, we work together with those "in person" doing God's work at the crisis scene. The Apostle Paul asked fellow believers to "to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf" (Romans 15:30, ESV). Think about it: We can work with fellow believers who are helping people "in person" by praying. Powerful incentive to pray, isn't it? FULL POST