The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man. —R.A. Torrey
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1.You shall have no other gods before me.
2.You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
3.You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4.Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5.Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
6.You shall not murder.
7.You shall not commit adultery.
8.You shall not steal.
9.You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor
anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20: 1-17
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
The other day I was at a birthday party hanging out with my roommate from college, his wife, and his 1-year-old baby. I don’t know how we got on the subject but we started talking about abortions.
Ultimately it came down to the age-old question: Are you pro-choice or are you pro-life?
My friend and his wife are pro-choice (by the way, they are dear friends of mine and I love them very much).
Ravi Zacharias -35 year respected top religious scholar and speaker on Christ and Christianity and the Bible answers one of the tougher questions asked about Christianity and its “intolerance”.
Collins and Broussard
A sports celebrity took a courageous stand last week, but it wasn’t the one we heard the most about. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.
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Unless you’ve been completely unplugged recently, you likely saw the flood of news stories concerning Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently announced his homosexuality. Collins was called “brave” and “courageous” for the step he took, as the first active male player in a major sport to come out as homosexual.
Now, I’m not interested in questioning Collins’s courage. It’s likely that this announcement wasn’t easy for him. I do think it’s worth noting, however, how many pundits and other public figures were tripping over each other to shower him with encouragement, support, and praise. When you get a call from the President of the United States to congratulate you on the step you’ve just taken, it’s a safe guess you really didn’t have much to fear in taking it.
But what about the other sports figure who said something bold and controversial? That would be Chris Broussard, the ESPN analyst who was asked to comment on Collins announcement that he was not only gay but a Christian who focused on the “tolerant” words of Jesus. Broussard called homosexuality a sin, and then added, “If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever that may be,” including heterosexual sex outside of marriage you are “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”
Broussard went on to say that he knew many in his field would disagree with him, but that he hoped they could discuss the subject like “mature adults.”
Well, no such luck. Broussard’s boldness didn’t receive the same response as Collins. Broussard has been called a “bigot,” “intolerant,” “homophobic,” “irrelevant,” and even worse.
Former basketball player Kenny Smith claimed that as a black man, Broussard should be more dedicated to “inclusion.” (Smith and Collins are both black as well.) The hashtag #FireChrisBroussard quickly became popular on Twitter. ESPN hurried to assure everyone that it was “fully committed to diversity.”
I have to think Chris Broussard knew at some level the kind of response he was going to get. So I would suggest—controversial as it may be—that what Broussard did took more courage.
Think about it. Our society increasingly treats sexual license as if it were the highest and holiest of all values, never to be obstructed by anyone regardless of the cost. Merely to suggest that certain rules should apply to sex among consenting adults—let alone to say that God and faith have some role to play in establishing those rules—is to call down a firestorm upon oneself. And, to put it bluntly, to be gay is cool—to be Christian (especially in the traditional, Bible-believing sense)—not so much. Note that Broussard’s comments about what constitutes sexual sin indicted many in the NBA, not just Collins. But the outrage was highly selective.
The irony, of course, is the refrain that we just want people to be happy with who they are. Or so they say. But Chris Broussard showed them who he was and suddenly, “just be who you are” didn’t ring quite so true. The real belief behind it was revealed, and it’s this: “Agree with us, and then you can be what we think you should be.”
Broussard’s courage, which has continued especially on a New York City radio interview we’ll link to at BreakPoint.org, will continue to be attacked mercilessly. But at the end of the day, I’d argue it’s the most authentic courage we saw out of the whole story.
Well, what about you and me, though? Will we have the same kind of courage to speak the truth in love the next time we’re put on the spot about gay marriage, abortion, or any other hot-button topic?
That’s one of the reasons we’re here at BreakPoint and the Colson Center, carrying out the vision of our founder, Chuck Colson: to prepare Christians to winsomely defend the Truth of Jesus Christ in times like these. Please, visitBreakPoint.org and Colson Center.org. and check out the resources, programs, articles, blogs, news, and more that we have for you
Jodi Arias, Cable TV, and a Nation Fascinated by Shiny Objects
There are times, not many thankfully, when I get depressed, brought down by the sorry evidence that we live in a country fixated on shiny objects. This is one of those times.
A jury in Phoenix has found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder. That’s not what gets me down. What I find so depressing is our collective fascination with trivia, with anything that we can follow without having to actually think.
No one ever heard of Jodi Arias until cable TV made her famous. No one ever heard of the boyfriend she killed, you know, what’s his name. The Arias murder trial tells us nothing about anything bigger than Jodi Arias. She wasn’t famous like O.J. Simpson before she was arrested. This wasn’t Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. Those trials had implications. The Arias trial had none.
When it became known that the jury had reached a verdict, cable news went wall-to-wall with Jodi Arias. It would be 90 minutes before the verdict was announced in court, so anchors and pundits spent the time saying nothing – nothing that mattered anyway. But this is a small point. Saying nothing about Jodi Arias gets you more viewers than saying something about the national debt.
But you can’t blame cable TV news, not entirely anyway, because television is a business that gives the people what they want. And if they want Jodi, TV executives will give them Jodi for hours on end. Hell, if she had been found not guilty they might have even given her a show.
In Phoenix, hundreds of locals dropped whatever they were doing when they heard the verdict would soon be coming down and raced to the courthouse so they could be close by when the verdict, which had no effect on them or their families, was read out loud inside the courtroom.
Why the interest? Sex. That’s it. The trial was filled with tidbits about the sex life of Ms. Arias and the boyfriend she killed by stabbing him 27 times and cutting his throat. Sorry, I’m wrong — it was about more than sex. It was about sex and violence. Of course if Jodi Arias weighed 350 pounds and had crooked teeth, we wouldn’t be nearly as interested (which is another way of saying we wouldn’t be interested at all, and neither would cable TV).
The Arias verdict came down on the same day the House held hearings to determine what really happened last September 11 in Benghazi and to try to find out why four Americans were killed at the U.S. consulate there. Did then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will likely run for president in 2016, make big mistakes that led to their deaths? Hey, who cares about insignificant crap like that?
Mike Huckabee, the Fox News host, said that the Benghazi hearings would lead to the downfall of Barack Obama, that when the facts came out Mr. Obama would not be able to finish his presidency. That is nothing but wishful thinking masquerading as political analysis. Americans don’t care about Benghazi. Not all Americans, of course, just most Americans.
But they care about Jodi Arias because shallow people like shiny objects. That’s why they love to follow car chases on TV, even when the culprit is only some doofus who stole a piece of gum from a 7-11. The chase can go on for hours. They’ll keep watching. Car chases are more interesting than real news any day.
So is the life and death drama of a woman who dressed up like the librarian in glasses who lets her hair down and goes wild on New Year’s Eve. The national debt is a crisis that may some day take us all down. But until then, we can have a grand old time following shiny objects. This article was written by Bernie Goldberg
Who decides what is wrong and what is right? Recently a close relative wrote excoriating me for my comments condemning the practice of homosexuality. She explained that her attraction to women began at an early age and explained that was the reason she was sure it is normal and right. My question is, does ones feelings and attraction make something wrong or right?
With a new elected the pope, much of the world is rejoicing. For the first 28 years of my life I was a staunch Roman Catholic. I served as an altar boy and though I married a non-Catholic, I thought her the Catholic religion and she converted. For 12 years I attended a Roman Catholic school. To any and all naysayers I vigorously defended the Catholic faith.
God is eternal, he is the beginning and the end, he wasn’t created, he just IS. Jeremiah 29:13 says seek with all your heart and you will find him, and you truly need to do that. God gave you up to a depraved mind because you want to believe lies.
Gods Bible clearly says same-sex marriage is wrong. By Obama pushing for same-sex marriage, he is saying God is wrong. Is Obama's words and actions above what God clearly says? Absolutely not. Should we agree with the President or God? Which side should a Christian be on? An actual Christian will be on the side of God.
In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country.
Often people write and tell me I should not be concerned with politics and the direction our country is heading. Those that take this viewpoint is the very reason this country is going to Hell. Christians are not supposed to be ignorant, stupid, yellow spined or silent. Keeping silent is condoning. There are not two opinions about the subject.
There are others who come after us such as our children and grandchildren.
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This journey for truth that we are on is much bigger than you and I; the future of liberty is hanging in the balance. All of us have a choice to make: sit on the sideline, or get involved.
If we succeed then we change the media. If we change the media, we control the debate. If we control the debate, we change politics.
And if we change politics, we change the country.
Since no letter from me would be complete without a quote from a Founder, here’s one that I think says a lot about the current state of our media:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
— John Adams, October 1798
What news channel currently on your cable system lives up to that standard?
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Jeffress and the church have been accused of promoting hate speech and anti-Semitism simply for believing that marriage should be between one man and one woman and that salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.
I believe America is becoming Sodom and Gomorrah –WAKE -UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!
'50 SIGNS JESUS COMING BACK SOON'
The Bible says we cannot know the time of the Lord’s return (Matthew 25:13). But the Scriptures make it equally clear that we can know the season of the Lord’s return (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6):
“You yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night… But you brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day.
Huddled under winter coats and hats and scarves, hundreds of thousands of pro-life activists gathered on the Mall in Washington D.C. this morning to send a clear message to politicians in the Capitol, and the whole country: 40 years is too…
Kill Anger Before It Kills You or
In marriage, anger rivals lust as a killer. My guess is that anger is a worse enemy than lust. It also
destroys other kinds of camaraderie. Some people have more anger than they think, because it
has disguises. When willpower hinders rage, anger smolders beneath the surface, and the teeth
of the soul grind with frustration. It can come out in tears that look more like hurt. But the heart has
learned that this may be the only way to hurt back. It may come out as silence because we have
resolved not to fight. It may show up in picky criticism and relentless correction. It may strike out
at persons that have nothing to do with its origin. It will often feel warranted by the wrongness of
the cause. After all, Jesus got angry (Mark 3:5), and Paul says, “Be angry and do not sin”
However, good anger among fallen people is rare. That’s why James says, “Be quick to hear,
slow to speak, slow to anger ; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God “
(James 1:19-20). And Paul says, “Men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or
quarreling” (1 Timothy 2:8). “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be
put away from you” (Ephesians 4:31).
Therefore, one of the greatest battles of life is the battle to “put away anger,” not just control its
expressions. To help you fight this battle, here are nine biblical weapons.
1. Ponder the rights of Christ to be angry, but how he endured the cross, as an example of long-suffering.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an
example, so that you might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)
2. Ponder how much you have been forgiven, and how much mercy you have been shown.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave
you. (Ephesians 4:32)
3. Ponder your own sinfulness and take the beam out of your own eye.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is
in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of
your eye,” when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out
of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s
eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
4. Think about how you do not want to give place to the devil, because harbored anger is the one thing the
Bible explicitly says opens a door and invites him in.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no
opportunity to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)5. Ponder the folly of your own self-immolation, that is, numerous detrimental effects of anger to the one who
is angry – some spiritual, some mental, some physical, and some relational.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be
healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
6. Confess your sin of anger to some trusted friend as well and as possible with the offender. This is a great
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be
healed. (James 5:16)
7. Let your anger be the key to unlock the dungeons of pride and self-pity in your heart and replace them with
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does
not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at
wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
8. Remember that God is going to work it all for your good as you trust in his future grace. Your offender is
even doing you good, if you will respond with love.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those
who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that
the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full
effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)
9. Remember that God will vindicate your just cause and settle all accounts better than you could. Either
your offender will pay in hell, or Christ has paid for him. Your payback would be double jeopardy or an
offence to the cross.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written,
“Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not
threaten, but continued entrusting [his cause] to him who judges justly. (1 Peter 2:23)
Fighting for joy and love with you,
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I do remember, as I entered into the life of a practicing Christian, that I thought that I wouldn’t be like the other Christians. I wouldn’t lose the friends I had before I converted. I would be cool. Nothing was going to change. I was going to keep on being the same person I had always been, believing the same things I had always believed.
Disarm? You first.
With new polls telling us what we already know, that our country is as polarized as it has ever been, and with blacks taking to the courts to blame racism rather than themselves for mistakes they've made, it's time for some really frank discussion on race. Eric Holder suggested we do it, calling us a nation of cowards…
New York, New York – MSNBC talk show host Lawrence O’Donnell took aim at the Bible on his broadcast The Last Word this week, claiming that it has no place at the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama.
O’Donnell’s remarks came in response to Pastor Louie Giglio’s withdrawal from the Inauguration after being criticized by homosexual advocates for a sermon he had delivered in the 1990′s in which he pointed to Scriptures that speak against homosexual behavior.
What if you knew there was a mad man killer lurking in the streets. Would you tell your young children to go find him and play with him? Of course not. The child may not understand but it is still the right thing to forbid your children from leaving the house until the killer is gone. Would God in His book tell us to do or not do things, for the purpose of hurting us?
I didn’t want to post about this, because frankly, it is exhausting. I’ve been having this exact same argument for my entire adult life. It is not an exaggeration when I say that I know pretty much exactly every single thing an anti-gun person can say. I’ve heard it over and over, the same old tired stuff, trotted out every single time there is a tragedy on the news that can be milked.
A Testimony to Life
As important as abortion is in politics, it also can be a painful personal issue. Several years ago, I (James) interviewed a guest on Life Today who had become pregnant as the result of rape. At first, she was so horrified by what had happened to her that abortion seemed her only option. She felt as if having the baby would be an ongoing reminder of her experience. Later, when she heard a song titled “A Baby’s Prayer” by Kathy Troccoli, she felt the need to pray. And as she prayed, she realized that the “little mass of tissue” in her womb was really a person with purpose and potential. She decided to keep the baby and named her Alexis Kathleen in honor of Kathy Troccoli, whose song had touched her heart and caused her to reconsider her options.
As this young woman told her story on our show, I began to weep because I also am the product of rape. My mother was an unmarried, forty-year-old practical nurse who was sexually assaulted by the alcoholic son of the man for whom she was caring. When she went to the doctor to have me aborted—because she had no husband, an inadequate income for caring for a child, and had been raped—the doctor said, “Ma’am, I simply do not believe this is best. I believe it is wrong.” My mother later told me she went home, sat down alone, and prayed. And God said, “Have this little baby, and it will bring joy to the world.”
My mother chose to carry me to term, and I was born in the charity ward of the Saint Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas. Two weeks later, through an ad in the newspaper, my mother released me to a foster family, who raised me for the first five years of my life. My conception was the result of a crime, and my childhood and adolescence weren’t easy, but God had a plan for this unexpected child born in difficult circumstances.
In standing against abortion, we don’t want to minimize the trauma of an unexpected pregnancy—especially by rape or incest. But if we affirm the value of every life even in the tough cases, God will honor the intent of our hearts and use that choice in a way that we can’t imagine beforehand. Both of us have been blessed because a mother in a desperate situation chose life. We both have a child by adoption and can’t imagine life without them. Randy Robison is now forty-two, married with four beautiful children. Ellie Richards was adopted from China. She’s eight and already thinks she should rule the world.
I came across the following story in Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late by James Robison and Jay W. Richards. James, founder of LIFE Outreach International, shares his own story of being conceived by rape:
Former Homosexual Says 'No one is born gay'
CBN.com – Stephen Bennett is a former homosexual, who lived the "gay" lifestyle for 11 years. Today he's married and has two young children. He's also a born-again Christian who has a ministry to men and women who want to be set free from homosexuality. Whenever he's invited to appear on television news programs, though, Stephen says most won't let him tell his story truthfully.
Pastor Wright had been invited to serve as the House’s guest chaplain by Rep. Anthony Powell, a Wichita Republican who was also a member of Wright’s church. Accordingly, Pastor Wright composed a prayer, read it at the opening of the legislature on January 23, and departed, unaware of the ruckus he had created until his church secretary called him on his car phone to ask him what he had done.
Reportedly, one Democrat walked out in protest, three others gave speeches critical of Wright’s prayer, and another blasted Wright’s “message of intolerance.” House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer (also a Democrat) asserted that the prayer “reflects the extreme, radical views that continue to dominate the House Republican agenda since right-wing extremists seized control of the House Republican caucus last year.” Rep. Jim Long, a Democrat from Kansas City, said that Wright “made everyone mad.” But Rep. Powell, who had invited Wright in the first place, claimed that House Democrats were only trying to make political points with their criticism and affirmed that he supported the theme of the prayer.
Pastor Wright said afterwards: “I certainly did not mean to be offensive to individuals, but I don’t apologize for the truth.” His staff stopped counting the telephone calls that came from every state and many foreign countries after the first 6,500. Wright appeared on dozens of radio shows and was the subject of numerous TV and print news reports, and his prayer stirred up controversy all over again when it was read by the chaplain coordinator in the Nebraska legislature the following month. Wright later explained, “I thought I might get a call from an angry congressman or two, but I was talking to God, not them. The whole point was to say that we all have sins that we need to repent – all of us . . . The problem, I guess, is that you’re not supposed to get too specific when you’re talking about sin.”
The prayer as delivered on January 23, 1996 by Pastor Joe Wright to the Kansas House of Representatives:
Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. Lord, we know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we’ve done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it moral pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us oh God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by You, to govern this great state. Grant them Your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ.
There are so many different beliefs I could not possibly list them all here. One question that passes through most minds at sometime during their life is, will I end up in Heaven or Hell? Of course there are many who do not believe in either place but that does not change the fact that there is a Heaven and Hell.
God of Wonders is a breath-taking tour of God’s creation wonders, visible and invisible, and the greatest wonder of all — His redeeming love!
What Can You Do to Prevent Identity Fraud?
While no one can prevent all identity theft and fraud, but there is a lot you can do to protect your identity and private information.
Check your financial accounts regularly. The sooner you notice something out of the ordinary and report it, the better.
Install a firewall and anti-virus software to protect your computer and personal information, and update them frequently.
Update your operating system and web browser software regularly.
Secure you wireless home (Wi-Fi) network by enabling encryption.
Be wary of emails that urgently implore you to click on a link to update your account information, use a generic greeting like “Dear Member,” have misspellings or use poor grammar.
Do not click on any links or attachments. You can often spot a fake email by hovering over the links and checking whether the URL actually leads to the website of the business or, in a scam email, to a third party site.
Delete suspicious email from your computer completely and be sure to empty your “trash can” or “recycling bin,” as well.
If you did click on a link, run your anti-virus software’s full system scan feature.
If you’re not sure if an email is legitimate or not, contact the company directly to verify, or visit their web page by typing in their web address (instead of clicking the link provided in the email).
Protect your passwords by keeping them in a safe place. Your passwords should have at least eight characters and should contain numbers, symbols and letters. Create different passwords for each online account that you have, and use an online password manager like Roboform to remember them all.
Use cash more instead of debit or credit cards.
Never give personal or financial information to unsolicited callers.
Use a good debit card as a credit card so you don’t have to enter the pin number.
Never access your financial accounts or purchase anything when using an unsecure public Wi-Fi connection.
Protect your smart phone by adding a password lock, enrolling in a data wiping program that can be accessed from a computer if you lose your phone, and downloading apps only from trusted app stores.
Enroll in an identity guard service like LifeLock for as low as $10.00 per month, to monitor access to your personal and financial information.
What Should You Do if You are a Victim of Identity Fraud?
If your purse or wallet are stolen, or home has been broken into, contact the police. If you need to file an insurance claim, they will need your police report number.
If your financial accounts have been compromised, immediately contact your bank or debit/credit card issuer to report the misuse and request a new card.
Report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their ID Theft Clearinghouse at http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft. This will allow the FTC to identify patterns associated with the unauthorized transactions.
If your data has been accessed through a data breach, consider subscribing to a credit-monitoring service, which is often is offered for free for a year by the company that had been breached.
Donating - Interesting, ever wonder where that donation money goes?
Keep these facts in mind when "donating". As you open your pockets for yet another natural disaster, keep the following facts in mind; we have listed them from the highest (worse paid offender) to the lowest (least paid offender).
The worst offender was yet again for the 11th year in a row is, UNICEF - CEO, receives $1,200,000 per year, (plus use of a Royal Royce for his exclusive use where ever he goes, and an expense account that is rumored to be well over $150,000.) Only pennies from the actual donations goes to the UNICEF cause (less than $0.14 per dollar of income).
#IsraelAtWar -- Missiles fired at Tel Aviv for 1st time since '91 Gulf War...IDF hits 70 terror sites in past hour....30,000 IDF reservists called up....latest developments.
It is just after midnight on Friday morning here in Israel. To put it bluntly: Thursday was a very difficult day for Israelis in the south and Palestinians living in Gaza. Consider this: the Palestinians have fired nearly 700 rockets, missiles and mortars over the past 36 hours. The Israelis have bombed more than 70 terrorist sites in Gaza in just the past hour.
WOW, what a ride this past year! I started this blog hoping to make a difference. A difference for my grandchildren and my country. I had no idea what I was up against. Who could ever image a world where abortion, gay marriage, and legalized pot became more of an issue than jobs, economy, national security and our Constitution. A world where the takers outnumber and outvote the makers - where free stuff is more important than freedom.
President Obama has been re-elected with a 53% approval rating. Democrats control the Senate. Republicans control the house and are in a mood to compromise core principles. The President will push for much, much deeper debt, the Republicans will only go along with much deeper debt. From same-sex marriage to abortion the President has successfully pushed for more moral decline. I'm not sure what he can do more with his social agenda.
Let's properly define the word contend from Websters dictionary. "To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle" It implies contention. Many would say for a Christian to be contentious is wrong. What does God say?
"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:3 For those not familiar with the Bible, the book of Jude is next to the last book in the New Testament, Revelation.
But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for me, Christ brought me over to God's side and put my life together, whole and holy in his presence. I'm not walking away from a gift like that! I'm staying grounded and steady in this bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted.
In many ways, Romney was a good man. A seemingly unselfish man who together with his wife believed in good morals and raised their family as such. No, I do not agree with the Mormon religion and believe it to be a cult. Regardless we are not a Theocracy. Whether one believes our Nation was established according to the dictates of Gods Word, the Bible, we were never a Theocracy.
Your baby is beautiful....but I'm still paying for mine. Please do the same for yourself.
Kirsten Powers, a Fox News contributor who calls herself a moderate but is as liberal as they come, writes in the Daily Beast that the GOP candidates will lose if they continue to fight the entitlement society:
A constant cry from the right is that Democrats “talk down” to women and appeal to their emotions, especially with unmarried women.
I am not a wealthy person. I retired 3 years ago and live off of Social Security. I still have a house payment and I don't go on fancy vacations. I'm saying this because many of you will think with this article I am sticking up for the rich. Not so, it's just that I am not as ignorant has these preppy college graduates who think they know so much.
New post on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog
More than 6 million self-described “evangelicals” voted for Obama. Why & what else do the exit polls tell us about how Christians voted?
As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Romney defeat on Tuesday, some intriguing yet disturbing facts are coming to light.
* Fewer people overall voted in 2012 (about 117 million) compared to 2008 (about 125 million).
New post on Now The End Begins
"Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Psalm 121
The winds of change have shifted against you…
Don’t Stop Voting (you do it every day with the choices you make)
The election is over, but the truth is that every season of our lives is election season. Voting isn’t something you do just every few years. We cast multiple votes each day. We cast votes for Heaven or ****, for grace or truth. For self-control or self-indulgence. For the Spirit or the flesh. For abiding in Christ, or independence from Christ. For wisdom or foolishness, and blessing or curse.
Every decision we make, every action we take—and the heart attitude with which we conduct our lives—casts a vote for one kingdom or another. Every vote counts. Eternity will be affected by them.
We can’t solve all our nation’s problems, but we can address the issues of our own hearts. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
You can still talk to parents and kids in your neighborhood about the value of unborn children, and offer support and help as needed. You can go to city streets and homeless shelters and offer your service. Your ballot may or may not have made a difference, but your vote to love your neighbor will. God won’t overlook it, as He won’t overlook a single cup of water given to little ones in His name.
Our next chance to vote is right here and right now, whether we spend time with God, pray for His help, read His Word, serve our family, help the poor, dying and needy, entertain this thought, speak these words, watch this television program, or click on this Internet site. (You already vote often; vote wisely.) The key to change and influence in this world is not, and never has been, politics. It is faithfulness to Jesus. In the end (which will never end) acts of faithfulness—many of them quiet, some seen only by God—are the votes that will count, bringing the eternal results that will matter. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
Just as nonchristians won’t have a second chance to go back and this time accept Christ, so we as Christians won’t have a second chance to go back and this time serve Him. Today may be our last opportunity to represent Christ to our neighbors and to the needy.
As missionary C.T. Studd put it, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
Some interesting facts to ponder we head to the polls Tuesday to choose the next President of the United States:
- Upwards of 70% of American Jews are planning to vote for the reelection of Barack Obama, according to a Gallup poll;
- By contrast, a stunning 57% of Israeli Jews say they want Governor Romney to be the next American president, according to a…
By Matt Patterson (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post,
San Francisco Examiner)
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of
Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result
of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze
of the Middle Ages.
How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of
professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could
manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful
military, execute the world’s most consequential job?
Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential
life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable
grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community
organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative
achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did
he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the
United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his
He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature
legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his
troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher
who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life,
actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political
sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all
and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?
Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman
Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:
To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an
outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant
terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because
Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom
to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices,
even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink
in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard – because of the
color of his skin.
Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient
history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he
himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting
chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the
curse of racism to rest?
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of
the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of
course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all
affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily
to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat
themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools
for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the
inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow.
Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t
around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem
resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes,
racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the
color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if
that isn’t racism, then nothing is.
And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was
never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As
many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia
despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good
enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was
told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in
the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was
good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the
What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on
display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he
lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s
oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people -
conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.
The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and
that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the
prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one
original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over
Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.
And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming
anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad
luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so
willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his
own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has
never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act
In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with
neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you
understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current
erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone
otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.
Just over 1 year ago, on this blog, I predicted Barack Hussein Obama would be elected to a second term. About 50% of Americans believe he is doing a good job. Many Bible students over the last 4 years believe, under His Presidency, more has been done to usher in the path for the antichrist to take charge and the decline of America than in any other time in history.