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Posted 4/17/14 at 10:17 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Last week, we had the opportunity to sing for Governor Mike Huckabee, Ralph Reed, and various candidates (including our friend, Dr. Sam Clovis, who is our pick for the U.S. Senate race in Iowa). We enjoyed being surrounded by passionate patriots who are working hard to help our nation to become strong again. We felt excited to sense their genuine hope and enthusiasm!
One quote from Governor Mike Huckabee really stood out to us at the event: "Folks, it is not the number of people that stand against God that determines the battle. It's one person standing with God that will win the battle every single time."
Friends, isn't that the truth? Each one of us needs to do our part to help restore our country. Pray and work hard. When God is our focus, every small "good deed" can really make a big impact. With that said, each one of us must continue to stay strong as we seek the Lord's help for revival in our land.
Let us not forget that the Lord can transform a heart quickly. There are many examples in the Bible of people (i.e. the Apostle Paul) who were against God but then came to Christ. They were completely transformed. They made a huge impact for Him and many people came to the Lord as a result. Their impact continues to this day. FULL POST
Posted 3/31/14 at 10:01 PM | Carrie Stoelting |
Many are just now asking, "Just what is Common Core?" Well, here's what Phyllis Schlafly says about it: "Common Core means federal control of school curriculum, i.e., control by Obama administration left-wing bureaucrats. Federal control will replace all curriculum decisions by state and local school boards, state legislatures, parents and even Congress because Obama bypassed Congress by using $4 billion of Stimulus money to promote Common Core."
The government desires to track Americans starting from preschool. This is an effort to make kids more like "global citizens" rather than Americans. It has been backed by financiers like Bill Gates. Common Core is unconstitutional, and states have been lured into accepting the Common Core with Race to the Top grant funds and waivers. The federal government is the "enforcer". It is driving states into the "one size-fits-all" Common Core regardless of the fact that three federal laws forbid the federal government from directing state educational curriculum.In addition, the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions uphold the fact that education is a power reserved to the states and their citizens.
And it's not cheap: It is projected that full implementation of the Common Core will cost $16 billion-plus nationwide. Despite the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grants, about ninety percent of it will be paid for by states and local districts. Educators have described the Common Core as being like No Child Left Behind on steroids! FULL POST
Posted 2/27/14 at 1:27 PM | Carrie Stoelting
On our Facebook page, we posted this: "Just because it's legal doesn't make it right. Refer to the 10 Commandments and Golden Rule first." With two sentences, we sought to summarize a lot -including the freedom-stealing situation in Arizona.
Freedom of religion splashed across headlines a lot this week: Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona's religious freedom bill (SB 1062). By vetoing the religious freedom bill, Governor Brewer stripped religious freedom from Christian and Jewish business owners. In essence, it forces Christians and Jewish people to either do something (i.e. performing and contributing to a wedding ceremony that goes against their beliefs) or risk being sued and going out of business.
Arizona is one of the best pro-2nd Amendment states. Sadly, Gov. Jan Brewer missed the target yesterday as she vetoed a pro-1st Amendment bill. The 2nd Amendment cannot work well without the 1st Amendment. We need both religious freedom and the right to bear arms in order to maintain all freedoms in our country.
Peace through strength and love of God and neighbor. That prevents violence... Whatever happened to that common sense approach? Across America, one of the basic rights protected in the First Amendment is being violated and Christian and Jewish people are especially being singled out. Many of us are being threatened or sued due to our religious beliefs. FULL POST
Posted 1/22/14 at 9:13 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Today, hundreds of thousands braved piercingly frigid temperatures in order to stand up and march for life. First aid "warming tents" were available for those feeling overcome by the cold. Yet the people marched on.
Various leaders spoke up for the babies who cannot. U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), with whom we have met and visited, eloquently and passionately shared. According to Life Site News, here is an account of what she said: "We are here today to remember the millions of lives devastated with abortion and to pledge ourselves anew to upholding the most fundamental right, 'the right to life.'" Noting there are 1.2 million abortion per year in the U.S., she said, "There are more babies who perish each year through abortion than people who live in an entire congressional district." An adoptive mother, Hartzler said, "Every life is valuable and has a God-ordained purpose. All babies are wanted."
Indeed, all babies are wanted. Yet abortion clinics play mind games with the women in need of assistance. About half of American women will have an unintended pregnancy, and nearly 1/3 will have an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45 years. And the post-abortive syndrome affects them all. Suicide rates skyrocket for post-abortive women, and the rates for overall depression, fertility issues, anxiety, etc. also soar. FULL POST
Posted 12/19/13 at 3:32 PM | Carrie Stoelting |
The controversy over Duck Dynasty sends a clear signal to anyone who has anything to risk in public life: Say nothing about the sinfulness of homosexual acts or risk sure and certain destruction by the revolutionaries of the new morality. You have been warned."
-Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
An outcry resounds throughout our country because A&E suspended Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. Phil did not attack anyone; he stated his beliefs. This is a case of religious discrimination...and it's one of many. We can't sit back anymore and ignore the many attacks against Christians' religious freedom in our country. We can't be "sitting ducks" about this. Here are ways you can help help support the family, now under attack for standing up for God's Word.
5 Ways to Support the Biblical Stand of Phil Robertson and the "Duck Dynasty" Family
1. Pray for Phil and the Robertson family. Join our FaceBook group at https://www.facebook.com/PrayforPhil
2. Contact A&E and share that you support Phil. Call the network at 212-210-1400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Send notes of encouragement to the Robertson family at email@example.com. They need to know that we support them. FULL POST
Posted 11/10/13 at 10:46 PM | Carrie Stoelting
The First Amendment
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
As demonstrated during the recent government "shutdown", the current administration pays no regard to the U.S. Constitution -especially the First Amendment. Methods used during the "shutdown" abused power. From closing National Parks to threatening priests on military bases, the "shutdown" used scare tactics in attempt to intimidate the American people.
We must remember that the Founding Father established three branches of government. They are the legislative, executive, and judicial. In other words, it consists of Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court. The branches of government are to ensure check and balances so that no branch is too powerful. It is most disconcerting that President Obama and his administration certainly seem to disregard that. Their actions convey a "what they say goes" attitude. FULL POST
Posted 10/29/13 at 1:26 PM | Carrie Stoelting
The "Affordable Health Care Act" could not be more poorly named. In fact, the original name of it almost elicits a laugh of sarcasm. Affordable? No way! It should be renamed the "Deplorable Health Care Attack" instead. The restructuring of healthcare continues to be a catastrophic train wreck for our society.
When Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for more than twenty-one hours in an attempt to draw attention to the impending failure of "Obamacare", the secular media scoffed. But now they, too, have begun to distance themselves from this epic healthcare failure.
Recently, Dr. Ben Carson shared insight about the meaning of Obamacare for America. He said, "'Obamacare' is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery...because it is making all of us subservient to the government... It was never about health care - it was all about control. Only when someone falls deathly sick, and has to struggle to survive do they understand the critical importance of health. It is the most valuable thing that you have - everything else pales in insignificance compared to your health...and that's the reason that your health should be controlled by you and not by the government." FULL POST
Posted 9/10/13 at 3:21 PM | Carrie Stoelting |
To begin this edition, please join us in prayer for our country: "Lord God, we recognize that we need You yet our leaders and citizens often ignore You. We confess that we have sinned against You. Please forgive us. We have snubbed You in our public events, public schools, abortion laws, judicial decisions, etc. We've welcomed sin instead of Your Son. We ask that we would be spared. Help us to fully rely on Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for us. Help us to love our neighbor as ourselves. Help us to love You most of all. We ask for Your mercy and grace to shower on our country and for You to draw many people into personal relationships with You. Please heal our land that we may be able to give You credit and experience Your protection as we bless Your Name instead of cursing with it. We yield to You and humble ourselves at Your feet. God, please have mercy upon us. In Jesus' Name, Amen." FULL POST
Posted 8/30/13 at 4:22 PM | Carrie Stoelting |
"As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow." -Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Eisenhower had it right. It's a shame America didn't heed his words of wisdom.
Today the United States faces a massive national debt of $17 trillion dollars. On top of that, the national unemployment rate remains high. In addition, America has over $123 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The debt is astronomical and unprecedented yet President Obama denies that we have a debt crisis. Earlier this year, President Obama said to George Stephanopoulos in an interview, "We don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next 10 years, it's gonna be in a sustainable place." FULL POST
Posted 7/29/13 at 3:01 PM | Carrie Stoelting |
As people celebrate the royal baby's birth, we encourage everyone to celebrate the birth of every baby....including babies with special needs. Every baby is a gift from God; life is a gift.People with perceived disabilities enable us to see glimmers of God's love. People with special needs like Down syndrome are gifted with unique abilities to display uninhibited love, joy, and faith in Jesus. They see the beauty in life and in others and they give love unconditionally.
With all that said, it is a horrifying fact that the abortion rate of Down syndrome babies is over 90%. Yes, you read that correctly. The fact that over 90% of expectant mothers who are told that their unborn child carries the high risk of Down syndrome choose to abort the baby should make us all shudder. The devaluation of human life and human dignity is astounding. Abortion is literally genocide of the unborn and it must stop!
We're thankful for the many pro-life organizations who are speaking up for unborn with special needs and who are fighting hard to end abortion. Public figures like Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum (who have special needs children of their own) are also fighting hard for life. FULL POST