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After much prayer and soul-searching, I have reluctantly decided to vote for the Trump-Pence ticket. Here’s why.


This is a repost of another persons thoughts, which I agree with

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

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This is not easy for me. I did not get to this point lightly. Rather, it has been a matter of intense examination of the candidates and party platforms, studying the Scriptures (particularly I Samuel 8-12; see below), and listening to many thoughtful voices in the debate.

Anyone who has been tracking my writing during the course of this campaign knows how deeply concerned I am about Mr. Trump — his lack of experience, flip-flopping on issues, and the unkind and at times even vulgar or vitriolic language he uses against his critics. I had hoped he would be defeated in the primaries. Or challenged by a plausible third party candidate. Or would drop out after the release of the deeply offensive video of him speaking with Billy Bush.

But this is where we are. Now, it is truly is a binary choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. There’s no…

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God’s Criteria for a Candidate


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God has a voter guide, and here it is: We are to select for our president a man of ability, character, and reverence for God, trustworthiness, and incorruptibility. This divine voter guide for electing a candidate for office can be studied in Exodus 18

thY5CXPAEU  Moses and JethroThe scenario is such that Moses was being overwhelmed with the governing challenges of providing leadership for a fledgling nation. He was up early every day and up late every night making decisions regarding the law. He received good counsel from Jethro, his father-in-law; Get some help. In other words enlist the aid of qualified men who can help you shoulder the load of civic and judicial leadership. : Look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people”  

There were two people voting in this election according to a…

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♫ America, America, ♪ God shed His Grace on thee!


If I were the enemy, I would want you to feel alone.   I would want you to be overwhelmed. I would want you to become hop…eless.  It’s the natural law of predator vs. prey. Isolate them, weaken them and make them sink gradually.  It is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.  Make them think they are alone in their passion and beliefs and the rest of the country really wants my way, the way of the enemy.  But that would be a lie. There is nothing further from the truth.  How do I know this?  Because, I travel this country, see this beautiful land we call America and meet the Patriots; I meet you everywhere I go.There is a brotherhood among Americans.  It is a heartbeat that cannot be denied.  It says we were born free and cannot be slaves.  It is this sense of Liberty, inherent in the hearts of Americans that makes us the land of the free.  So, be the land of the brave, have no fear, Patriot, you are not alone.

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There are ministers throughout this nation, still willing to take a stand for this wonderful gift of Liberty.  They understand as Thomas Jefferson said,

“God who gave us life gave us liberty.  And can the Liberties of a nation be thought secure, if we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of men that these Liberties are the gift of God?”

Jefferson’s quote doesn’t end there, although that is the most repeated line.  And many pastors of our nation, I believe understand the rest of this quote more so than the first. A Patriotic Minister’s true driving force is the love of their flock and the understanding that we serve a just God.

“That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” ~Jefferson

Not every minister is more in love with their 501(c)(3), more in love with the tithed dollar than they are with the gifts of God.  Many still fear God more than the deacons’ wives and are willing to stand and preach to their congregations the truth of the glorious founding of this nation. They remind their flock that God gave us liberty and as children of God we have an obligation to fight for the gifts of God.  Not only do they know this just God will not suffer the mistreatment of His gifts, they also know what Patrick Henry said,

usaspin“We are three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of Liberty, and in such a country as that we possess, are invincible by any force which are enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friend to fight our battles for us.”

How do I know this?  I am invited to teach the truth of our nation in the churches and from their pulpits.  I just left New York, invited by your Bishops to teach your Catholic churches, students, and Patriots, the truth about Liberty.

Our Patriotic Ministers know that they fight not on their own; they fight with the spirit of Liberty that comes from God himself. They understand they have a duty to that Fearful Master and fear not when men can do.  They stand as David and cry “Who dare defy the army of the Lord!”

O beautiful for pilgrim feet whose stem impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness! America! America! God shed his grace on thee Til paths be wrought through wilds of thought by pilgrim foot and knee!

It’s not just the pastors, it’s the truck drivers who honk and wave at the various patriotic messages painted on my back window.  It’s the citizens that I encounter on a daily basis, and when asked what they think is happening in America, resolution flashes in their eyes.  In a land where men are born free, slavery is not seen with love, it is glared at with a firm resolution that men will remain free. It’s the Patriot leaders who give up their jobs, their lives, their fortunes, devoting all remnants of sanity so their children can live somewhat normal lives, while fighting the noble battle for liberty. We are America, and we represent those who know that it is Liberty that makes us different from every other nation.

It is Liberty that brings the immigrant – not healthcare, not welfare, not government grants.

And there are citizens in every city, in every backwoods town across this great nation, resolved to see Liberty prosper, whatever the cost.

“Yet, notwithstanding the complicated difficulties that rise before us, there is no receding;…May nothing ever check that glorious spirit of freedom which inspires the patriot in the cabinet, and the hero in the field, with courage to maintain their righteous cause, and to endeavor to transmit the claim to posterity, even if they must seal the rich conveyance to their children with their own blood.” ~Mercy Otis Warren letter to John Adams August 2, 1775

lib-bellWe are three million Patrick Henry spoke of, but in modern numbers – many more.  You may not meet them every day, but I do.  And I see the patriot spirit that burns in their hearts, the same spirit that gave our founders the courage and resolution to stand against the most powerful nation on the planet, the very nation they called their parent. Today, I hear phrases like, “cold dead hand” and “not on my watch”.  Make no mistake, America, no matter what you may hear on FOX or CNN, the watchers have become warriors, and we will not serve as slaves.

424051_10151327945688459_438108700_n  praying soldier♪O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife….. When more than self their country loved and mercy more than life  ………. America, America! May God thy God refine ….  Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine♫

Put aside the “wrong stream media”.  I am on the street, meeting your brothers and sisters who are dedicated to this battle. I am conducting my own poll and my numbers and testimonies do not lie.  Know Patriot, that you are not alone.  You stand shoulder to shoulder with your brothers and sisters, the tireless warriors in this battle for Liberty.  You may not see each other’s faces, but you share the same heartbeat. You may not see any glory now. You may think you are engaged in a thankless task.  But you know as well as I do, that glory comes in the victory, not in the battle. That thanks comes in the hearts of generations to follow as they live as freemen in STILL the greatest nation on the planet.

We do not look with temporal eyes.  Our vision extends, as our founders did, to “ages and millions yet unborn.”  We know that Liberty is a gift from God that has been purchased with the blood of our fathers, and if God be for us, who can be against us?

“Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” –Samuel Adams, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776

So yes, if I were the enemy, I would want to you to feel alone.  I would give my last breath to make you feel divided.  I would do everything I could possibly do to make you believe a lie; because for me -the enemy- truth is fatal to my mission.  The truth is – we are united in the passion for Liberty, within our hearts and our heritage. We cannot be divided on this ground and that makes us a fearful foe to tyranny.  Because a thousand years of history proves, when men stand for liberty, they WILL NOT be defeated.  We have much to do, but we will see victory.  Our children will live free.

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years …..Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears!   ♪America! America! God shed his grace on thee♫      And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea♪♪

Written by KrisAnn Hall

Religious Freedom Upheld!


Bible and malletFollowing four years of battling with the city of Minneapolis, a Wisconsin man will be back next year at the city’s annual gay pride festival in Loring Park, handing out Bibles with no restrictions. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an injunction allowing Brian Johnson, who has distributed Bibles at the event since 1998, to continue to do so while his case against the Minneapolis Park Board goes forward.

After handing out Bibles at the event with no complaints for 10 years, Johnson was told by the festival organizers in 2009 that he would not be able to continue because of his opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. That year Johnson and his family, from nearby Hayward, Wisconsin, were preparing to walk through the festival venue and offer Bibles to participants when a festival official ordered them to leave. “A police officer allegedly told Johnson that the park was ‘private property’ that day, and Johnson was arrested when they didn’t leave,” reported the Star Tribune in 2012. Charges against him were later dropped, but the prohibition against his Christian evangelistic outreach continued.

The city’s gay-themed Pride Fest has been an annual event for the past 30 years, with crowds of over 200,000 participants crowding Loring Park and surrounding areas near downtown Minneapolis for concerts, food, and exhibits of unique interest to homosexuals. Johnson said that the venue is ideal “to reach as many people as possible” with the Christian message.

In 2010, when the festival organizers again turned Johnson away, the Minneapolis Park Board appeared to side with him, ruling that his presence and activities were protected by the First Amendment. Festival officials sued the Park Board, leading U.S. District Judge John Tunheim to suggest a compromise. “In theory, Twin Cities Pride could designate ‘free-speech zones’ on the Pride Festival grounds in which anyone who wishes to distribute literature or display signage may do so,” Tunheim wrote in his ruling in the conflict.

The Park Board and festival organizers agreed, resulting in the Park Board prohibiting unapproved materials from the main festival site and requiring Johnson to be isolated with his Bibles to a “no pride zone” that rendered his presence at the festival irrelevant, said attorney Nate Kellum of the Center for Religious Expression, which is representing Johnson in the case.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the compromise “would have confined Johnson to distributing the Bibles at a booth in Loring Park outside the festival area as well as leaving them at a ‘material drop area’ within the festival grounds.”

Kellum noted that the compromise site set up for Johnson “was a tract of land in a corner of the park where nobody would ever go because it was not part of a festival.” In similar fashion the material drop area amounted to tables under an unmarked canopy where no one would think to place literature. “The government should not be exiling free speech, it should be protecting it,” Kellum said of the “compromise” his group is challenging in the suit on behalf of Johnson. “It’s ridiculous to say that the only place where people can hand out Bibles is an area where there’s no one to hand Bibles to. The Constitution simply does not permit the board to relegate free speech to isolated regions where no one can receive the message. That’s not free speech at all. It’s pure censorship.”

While a U.S. district court ruled against Johnson, saying that the city was within its rights and had sufficiently accommodated his ministry, Kellum appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the lower court and opened the way for Johnson to continue next year in offering Bibles to festival participants while his suit against the city is heard in court.

The appeals panel noted that while Johnson said the Bible identifies homosexual behavior as sin, “he tries to avoid the subject of homosexuality when passing out Bibles at the Festival, and he does not believe that homosexual or heterosexual temptations, in and of themselves, constitute sin.”

In a press release concerning the case the Center for Religious Expression noted that the 8th Circuit had previously granted Johnson an emergency injunction against the city that allowed him to distribute Bible at the city’s 2012 and 2013 gay pride events. After considering the merits of Johnson’s case more fully the appeals panel reversed the lower court decision, which will give Johnson unfettered freedom to continue his longtime Christian outreach at the homosexual gathering.

“We are pleased that the appellate court recognizes the fundamental freedoms at stake for Johnson,” said Kellum. “In a public place during an event open to the public, Johnson has every right to share his views and contribute to the marketplace of ideas — just like everyone else.”

Kellum said that as Johnson’s suit against the city moves forward he feels optimistic that the court will rule in favor of his client. “I do think the 8th Circuit has signaled how the law is interpreted,” he said. “We feel very optimistic.”

Joel Nichols, a professor at Minneapolis’ University of St. Thomas School of Law, located just blocks from the pride festival venue, agreed that Johnson’s suit has merit, explaining that while the city can impose reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of public speech, the restrictions cannot result in blocking the message from the speaker’s intended audience. Nichols told the Star Tribune that if Johnson’s activities aren’t disruptive, “he’s clearly allowed to be there.”

According to the Star Tribune, “Nichols said if [his booth is] tucked into a corner, then Johnson has ‘a pretty good claim’ that he’s not being treated equally. And if the Park Board has a policy allowing free speech but makes an exception for this event, Nichols said, ‘then he really is being discriminated against.’”

 

Compliments of New American Magazine

Government is Ordained by God


bibleGOVERNMENT WAS ORDAINED BY GOD AS HIS DIVINE ORDER.

The concept of government is introduced in the very beginning of God’s Word in the book of Genesis when God told Noah and his sons that a government of law would be established to protect the lives of men.

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man—Genesis 9:5-6

Scripture makes it clear that God has ordained all government.

For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.—Romans 13:1b

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.—Colossians 1:16

Government is not something Man invented, nor is there only one way for Mankind to be governed. The Bible says nothing specifically about government being created “by the people, of the people, and for the people.” Yet, God Himself established government as one of only three divinely created institutions:

The Home

The Church

The Government

Just as with the church and the home, when we speak about the government, we are speaking about an institution divinely ordained by God and recorded in God’s Book, the Bible. Whether good or bad, government must be respected as a God-created institution.

II. GOVERNMENTS ARE RAISED UP BY GOD.

Whether good or bad, there has never been, and never will be, any government that God does not raise up. God has total control in the affairs of all governments on this earth. ”

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.” (Proverbs 8:15-16)

Many examples exist in both the Old and New Testaments where God put into power rulers who loved and obeyed Him. (Psalm 2:6-7; Jeremiah 30:9; and Acts 13:21-22) We should always pray that only good men (or women) will be placed in positions of power in our nation so that all Americans can be blessed with God’s promise that ”

[w]hen the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)

The Bible, however, contains just as many examples of God raising up wicked and unjust governments and using them to accomplish His eternal purposes. God turns the most wicked and vile ruler’s heart however He wills it. ”

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1)

Sometimes God uses hostile powers to punish His people. (Jeremiah 51:11a) Other times He uses them to rescue His people. (Daniel 2:37, 38) At still other times, God uses wicked people to proclaim His salvation (John 19:10, 11) or to glorify His name. (Romans 9:17; Exodus 9:16) No ruler rises up in any nation unless and until God grants the power and authority to do so. Thus, when Americans stand before a court or a state legislature, or any governmental body, they are standing before an institution raised up by God, whether that arm of government is good or bad. Fortunately, in America, God has instituted a government in which all citizens, including Christians, can play an important and active role in ensuring good government.

III. GOVERNMENT IS SUSTAINED AND REMOVED AT GOD’S PLEASURE.

Governments succeed and fail according to God’s good pleasure. When God ceases to sustain a government, that government is finished governing. Many Old Testament passages show how it pleased God to remove certain rulers from power.

The Book of Daniel describes how God removed Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, from power. Nebuchadnezzar was a vile man, vaunted in his imagination and almost unsurpassed in his wickedness. After he dreamed a troubling dream, he called Daniel to interpret it. Daniel reluctantly told Nebuchadnezzar that, although God had raised him to great power and authority, He was going to remove him from his position as king. For seven years, Nebuchadnezzar would go insane and live like an animal and then would be restored to the throne when he recognized that God, not the king, was in control.

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.—Daniel 4:17

The dream was fulfilled according to God’s Word. Indeed, the king’s sanity was restored to him when he blessed and praised God for His everlasting dominion and kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar finally declared,

And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?—Daniel 4:35

IV. THOSE WHO WANT TO OBEY GOD MUST OBEY GOVERNMENT.

Obedience to government is obedience to God. Conversely, to disobey government is to disobey God, which is a sin. We are to obey government because God commands it, not merely because we are politically conservative or liberal or patriotic or good citizens. In fact, Scripture tells us that we are not to be obedient to government because we are good citizens; but instead, we are good citizens when we are obedient to God.

God does not tell us to obey only a just government because there will never be a truly just government until Jesus rules and reigns in eternity. That is the beauty of our Constitution’s separation of powers. Each power is required to keep other powers in check.

We Americans, and especially American Christians, should obey every part of the law that we possibly can without actually violating our faith. And that determination must be taken very seriously. Our credibility is destroyed when an opponent can demonstrate that our disobedience is not really based on our faith. Disobedience of any law for reasons unrelated to faith and conscience is disobedience to God Himself and should be considered only with much prayer and after unsuccessfully seeking every other remedy.

Fortunately, as Americans, we can still thank God for His blessing in raising up a good form of government for our nation. Our government is good primarily because our Founders based our foundational documents and laws on the laws of God. It is always a blessing to live under and to obey laws that are based on God’s law.

Excerpt from Understanding the Constitution – David Gibbs III

Who will be a “Gideon”


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    It is amazing to consider that God still has his remnant in our Nation’s Capitol. There are Christian men and women in Washington, who in their personal life, their public policies and actions, and in their leadership and example–stand for Scriptural values and principles and the Constitution of the United States.  These brave soldiers who are at the forefront of the battlefield need our prayers and support.  We must not let them down.
  •  Our mission is based in the grass-roots of America.  As we become informed and involved in issues of local and state level, we are establishing a firm foundation on which our Brethren in Washington can build upon. In addition to the ballot box, we still have access to e-mails, blogs, letters to the editor, and phone calls to State and Federal elected officials.  Too many of God’s people are ‘pew warmers’ when it comes to getting involved in the battle for their liberties.
  • Furthermore, as Christians, it is our duty to hold our civil magistrates to the oath they took to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. Politically, our duty is to America–and no other country. (except Israel). Spiritually, our duty is to Christ and not to any particular religious denomination, ethnicity, or foreign entity. We need to stop playing God in the Middle East; we need to stop pretending that foreign entities are of greater value than our own country; (except Israel) and we need to stop elevating our own myopic understanding of prophesy above the clear teachings of Revealed and Natural Law relating to the principles of liberty and justice for all as defined in the Holy Writ.
  • Our meddling in the Middle East has only made things worse for our Christian Brethren living in those countries.  America’s interventionist foreign policy should focus on defending Israel and those people who are suffering at the iron hand of their governments.  If all of these do-gooders in Washington, D.C. were truly serious about helping the oppressed, they would determine to protect the liberties of the Citizens they were elected to serve.  These folk need to take a good, studious look at the Constitution of which they pledged to uphold.
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Iowa – Home School Haven


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 The Iowa legislature betrayed its obligation to protect the well-being of that state’s home-schooled children. In one fell swoop, the legislature removed every safeguard designed to ensure that they were actually receiving an education. It’s gone now, all of it, every little protection, and there is now nothing left to ensure the needs and interest home-schooled children. Nothing. And that is, of course, how Home schooling advocates wanted it.

First we have an obvious conflict of worldviews at play.  Who is ultimately responsible for a child’s well being?  If you say the state then you are a statist – wear it loud and proud.  A biblical worldview would state that God gave parents responsibility over their child’s well-being.

Secondly – this assumes that parents who choose to home school care less about their child’s education than the state does.  Which is untrue, absolutely untrue.  Those who choose to home school make great sacrifices to home school, they do it because they want a great education for their children, and they take their responsibility to home school very, very serious.

Do we want the state to leave us alone?  Guilty as charged.  One liberals like Libby Anne and Hemant Mehta don’t understand is that people who choose to home school are already under a ton of scrutiny often by friends and family.  There is accountability.  There is accountability from family members – what grandparent would want their grandchildren to be neglected educationally (by the way educational neglect is still part of Iowa’s Child Abuse laws)?  There is accountability from the church (at least those who are Christians, there are a lot of non-Christians who are choosing to home school as well).  Ultimately we are all accountable before God, and while Mr. Mehta, who is an atheist, doesn’t believe that – those who home school do.

We take our responsibilities very seriously, and we, unlike the state, love our kids and want to see them do well.

Third – They act as though no other state has done this.  Actually there are a number of states with relaxed homeschooling laws so while this is a change for Iowa, it’s not new phenomenon.

Fourth – liberals ranting and raving about the process frankly don’t know what went on in Iowa.  Home School Legal Defense Association, did not initiate this, but they did help with some of the language.  The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators didn’t even initiate all of the changes.  So this wasn’t some grand scheme because no one thought this would have landed in one bill and many didn’t think all (actually any) of these measures would be passed this year.  We are still trying to figure out what it all means and how it meshes with the Iowa Code.  Democrats were not caught unaware.  They had to make a choice.  Republicans gave them what they wanted.  They had to actually – gasp – compromise on some items that we believe will help raise student achievement – educational liberty.  This is a win-win.  It’s sad some liberals and Democrats can’t see that.

Are there bad homeschooling families?  Sure.  There are some who find out this isn’t their cup of tea and end up back in private or public school.  Homeschooling isn’t for everybody.  How many kids in public school are failing?  How many public schools are failing?  How many public school kids graduate high school not ready for college or a career?  How many public school teachers complain about parents not being engaged?  Yet liberals want to target parents who are engaged?

But some are so blinded by their ideology that the neglect to mention studies that show home schooled students are well-prepared for college, studies that show they are well socialized, and on average perform better than their public school counterparts on standardized tests.  Yes some liberals simply want to ignore the research that is available and instead be driven by their statist ideology and anti-religious bigotry.