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Posted 1/4/16 at 3:42 PM | Carrie Stoelting
2016. This year has been on the minds of countless patriots for a long, long time. With the election of a new president, 2016 represents a pivotal shift. No doubt, we will face changes along with many highs and lows as a nation. After all, we always do. With that said, we need to be ready and we can be ready. How? By having faith. Faith in Christ. No matter what we face in 2016, may our precept be this: Jesus, we trust in You.
As we begin the new year, let's focus on Philippians 3:13-14 which says, "Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Yes, our country continues to faces many serious threats against our freedoms but we can choose to confront those battles with faith, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Businessman and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said,
"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."
We think Zig was right. If we sulk in negatively, that won't make anything better. Instead, we need to keep praying and keep doing all we can to help our country. Check out our Action Center or read our book Unite the USA: Discover the ABCs of Patriotism to learn how you can make a difference in America. Yes, our country needs YOU! (Visit www.unitetheusa.org to learn more.) FULL POST
Posted 12/18/15 at 12:53 AM | Carrie Stoelting
Today, America faces many new and ongoing challenges and struggles to thrive. Christmas remains especially important to our country this year. Why? Because America needs real hope. And it begins with each one of us -in our hearts.
For the Christmas of 1982, President Ronald Reagan said it well: "In this holiday season, we celebrate the birthday of One Who, for almost 2,000 years, has been a greater influence on humankind than all the rulers, all the scholars, all the armies and all the navies that ever marched or sailed, all put together. He brought to the world the simple message of peace on Earth, good will to all mankind. Some celebrate the day as marking the birth of a great and good man, a wise teacher and prophet, and they do so sincerely. But for many of us it's also a holy day, the birthday of the Prince of Peace, a day when 'God so loved the world' that He sent us His only begotten Son to assure forgiveness of our sins."
The first Christmas happened quietly just over 2,000 years ago. May each one of us hold the meaning of that night close to our hearts. Sadly, all too often Baby Jesus is not placed at the forefront of many Christmas celebrations. But we can change that... FULL POST
Posted 11/7/15 at 4:39 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Yesterday, I (Stacie) rode in a taxi. But it wasn't just any taxi. It was a God-given opportunity.
The lady enjoyed being a taxi driver. But her life's road included lots of rough terrain: Her father served in the Air Force. They moved and moved and moved. It was hard.
In response, I thanked her for not only her father's service, but also for her family's sacrifice. She responded warmly and appreciated it. I shared about Jesus, and she couldn't have been more grateful. (I felt grateful, too!) I thanked God for arranging our paths to cross.
The point of the preceding story is this: In addition to the serviceman and servicewoman, everyone in a military family needs to be thanked and loved. This Veterans' Day, let's remember veterans and their families. Share the Gospel in word and deed. Reach out.
Veterans selflessly served their country. They did their duty. They did their job. Many don't expect to be thanked but they certainly deserve to be.
We must do our part and give them honor, respect, and thanks on Veterans' Day and all year through. We implore you to do something to stand beside our veterans and current servicemen and women. Click on the link for ideas to thank and honor veterans....Click on the link and watch the video about Col. Bud Day's hellish experience as a POW. We urge you to watch this clip from "Medal of Honor" and show it to your kids, grandkids, and everyone around you. Do your part and teach the people in your life that freedom is not free. Everyone needs to know what our veterans have done for us and for freedom and humanity. It is truly beyond words. FULL POST
Posted 10/27/15 at 1:46 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Are you concerned about the ever-increasing immorality and corruption suffocating the soul of our great land? We're the first to be real with you and say that it's easy to feel overwhelmed. (Some people actually think that we don't have the same feelings since we're always busy doing something to promote the Gospel and help our country. But we wrestle with the same feelings that you do.)
That "overwhelmed feeling" certainly exists and flattens many conservative Christians. In fact, the only action some discouraged Christian Americans now take could be called the "head shake": They shake their heads, maybe pray, and yet stay...still. It's time to ask this question: Are you (and are we) doing anything today to stop the advancement of evil in the USA? How do we overcome the overwhelmed feeling?
Let's talk about how:
The first step to walking into a brighter future is a decision: Choose faith instead of feelings to be your motivator. With God, you have what it takes to take our country into a brighter future! Let confident faith in Christ rule your daily planner instead of cowering feelings. Learn to ignore the "overwhelmed feeling" and instead replace it with overwhelming faith by making a choice to obey God --whether you feel like it or not. FULL POST
Posted 9/29/15 at 4:56 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Based in Iowa, we possess front row seats for the 2016 political parade. Candidates from both major parties march into Iowa all of the time and beg for our votes. Politicians stop in cafes, walk in formal parades, tour farms and businesses, and speak at special events.
Certain ones especially try to act like they're one of us. But we can often detect it if they're playing the "I'm rural just like you" game.
Yes, we Iowans find it entertaining, but we also deem it an important responsibility: Most of us take our role very seriously to select the right candidate to support.
However, some candidates' campaign trails need to be labeled "ego trips" instead. America needs more than leaders who can talk at length. America needs leaders of integrity and strength! It's not about the suit or the coolest ad. It's about knowing right from wrong, saying what it is, and doing it...no matter what. Period.
President Abraham Lincoln wisely said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Sadly, there are several candidates in the race who have failed that test.
We all need to learn about the candidates' character and study their records. Pay attention to it just as you pay attention to your bills: If you don't pay now, you'll pay worse for it later. FULL POST
Posted 8/24/15 at 10:55 AM | Carrie Stoelting
By Stacie and Carrie Stoelting
"Sure, I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure, I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be." -John Wayne
God sometimes uses small towns as settings for big stories. In Iowa, this has happened time and again: In 1940, Iowa's own Glenn McDole enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and bravely served in WWII. On August 12, 1942, he entered the Palawan prison camp in the Philippines. Two long years later on December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers slaughtered about 93% of American POWs. The Japanese lied. They announced false air raids to move prisoners into underground shelters. Then, they mercilessly poured gasoline on top of them and used dynamite and machine guns to murder the POWs. Our brave soldiers were slain by evil, blood-thirsty hands. They died a hellish death for our freedom. Yet McDole escaped.
Amazingly, Glenn McDole was one of eleven young men who escaped. He was the last man out of the Palawan Prison Camp 10A. McDole and the ten other survivors dug into refuse piles, hid in coral caves, and slogged through jungle and swamps to safety. The horrifying conditions suffered by McDole and his comrades were endured for America's freedom - our freedom. FULL POST
Posted 7/16/15 at 1:41 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Donald Trump. His name alone elicits a wide range of reactions. But one thing is true: Trump has drawn attention to criminal immigration and securing the border. Along with countless non-rapists, there are drug lords, terrorists, and rapists crossing the border. Arrest records prove it. Furthermore, the mainstream media latched onto and misquoted Trump's recent statements.
Fact: Mr. Trump has boldly and publically shared these views for years (including in his 2011 book “Time to Get Tough”). NBC, Univision, Macy’s, etc. have been aware of his views for years but act as though it is all “new”.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that “agitators” put pressure on those companies to sever ties with Donald Trump. Just who are the “agitators” anyway? Mr. Trump continues to rise in the polls (much to the dismay of the Bush and Clinton campaigns). Why? Because he told the truth.
While we at UnitetheUSA.org have not issued our official endorsement of any 2016 candidate yet, we are pointing out the double standard and the curious mistreatment he has received. And now, the violent drug lord “El Chapo” has viciously threatened Trump's life and the FBI is involved. One thing is for sure, Mr. Trump has brought the massive illegal immigration issue to the forefront of the 2016 election. We appreciate his tenacity and integrity about telling the truth (that there are murderers and rapists along with the non-violent families crossing the border). Fascinating courage.
Posted 6/5/15 at 9:05 PM | Carrie Stoelting
God created marriage. He has the right to define it -not us. He loves everyone, but He also rightly defines what is right and wrong. He does this to protect us -not oppress us. He wants marriage to be between one man and one woman. Period.
From our hearts, we pray that marriage will be protected in the USA. Marriage is between one man and one woman and it can be nothing else. Pray for the Supreme Court to be led by the Supreme Lord of Heaven.
Recently, Rev. Rafael Cruz sounded the alarm:
"Let me tell you, this is not about homosexual marriage. It is about religious freedom. Because if the court rules that homosexual marriage is a right, mark my words, the next thing is going to be they'll come to a church and say you must perform a homosexual marriage or we're going to put you in jail. Or you must hire a homosexual pastor or we'll put you in jail. This thing is not about homosexual couples. You know, civil unions have been legal for a long time."
Alarmingly, we're already seeing many examples of this type of persecution happening in our country. (Click here to learn more.)
Right now, our country is awaiting the ruling on same-sex "marriage" by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sometime in June, we will learn the Supreme Court's decision in allowing same-sex "marriage" in all 50 states. FULL POST
Posted 5/12/15 at 5:55 PM | Carrie Stoelting
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
Posted 4/14/15 at 10:27 PM | Carrie Stoelting
How do you identify a misinformed citizen? Anyone who denies the Christian heritage of the United States instantly unveils his/her misguided beliefs.
Fact: The United States of America is a Christian nation. Our country's deep history proves it. A plethora of letters, legislation, documents, etc. leave an extensive paper trail which proves that, yes, America was founded by Christians. We were founded to be a land of freedom -including freedom of religion. (Note the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.) So much evidence exists and demands a verdict in support of it.
Patrick Henry furthered this point when he said, "This great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
The recent religious freedom bill in Indiana brought out the fact that Christian Americans' religious freedom is under attack. (Please read the featured article by Dr. Jerry Newcombe. It explains in detail what we mean.)
Indeed, "tolerance" should not be a one-way street. But sadly, current cultural trends map a one-way street for Christian Americans.
Christian rights are being attacked and dismissed with a growing intensity. We desire to live out our deeply-held beliefs respectfully and reverently while trying to honor the Lord. We are not being intolerant when we disagree with others' actions. We are simply trying to live by our faith as Christians. Sadly, those pushing the homosexual agenda don't understand that. (And that's an understatement.) We choose to follow the Golden Rule -not incite hatred. While it's not a surprise, the media overlook or misrepresent Christians. FULL POST