If Vice-President Mike Pence thought that his public scolding from the cast of Hamilton would be the last he’d hear on the subject, he knows better now. And so do all of his neighbors. The Wa…
Stop it –Preacher Al Sharpton! And start proclaiming word of God if your a preacher, and pay your delinquent tax bill!
I stopped going to movies years ago because I grew tired of their political agendas, the profanity, the sex scenes, and blasphemies.
Obamacare is just another major blunder by Demon-crats & Obama- that Trump/Pence & republicans have to FIX or it will collapse! The demon-rats passed it wrote the LAW and it is a TOTAL disaster for all of us. Demon-crats should be ashamed, but they are stupid, incompetent, and intent on destroying this country. Just listen to Pelosi, Clown Schumer speaking everyday as if Obamacare is NOT colossal FAILURE! If Trump does nothing Obamacare will destroy our economy, and KILL many Americans.
To honor God for His divine intervention and to encourage ourselves in our individual situations, consider these 20 seemingly impossible obstacles that were all overcome.
If you saw your dog and a stranger both drowning in the ocean, which would you save first? Your answer says, well, everything about how you see the world. Dennis Prager explains.
Happy Birthday to a great Dad! Jan. 11, 1906- April 3, 1997 So thankful for a Father like Olin Lingle he was
So thankful for a Father like Olin Lingle he was father who worked hard to provide for a family of 3 boys, 3 girls. He was a very good ex…
Source: Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it. -Proverbs 22:6 | Our Lives begin to End The Day We Become Silent About The Things That Really Matter!
Shame on you Sally Field!!
Their public disservice announcement, in which they claim that they are the majority voice of the country and demand that Congress “stand up to Trump.”
Recently as I was reading John Macarthur’s book Brave Dad, I found a section in which He gives “Ten Crucial Lessons Every Father Should Teach”. Obviously, MacArthur is known for his expository, ver…
The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it’s very simple. Israelis want to live in peace and are willing to accept a neighboring Palestinian state. And most Palestinians do not want Israel to exist. As Dennis Prager explains, this is really all you need to know. In 5 minutes, understand how Israel was founded, and how, since that auspicious day in 1948, its neighbors have tried to destroy it, again and again. Prager U gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, who sponsored this video.
It must rise from the grassroots up.
The message you have just received was delivered by Mike Huckabee and includes a message from Huck PAC, his political action committee.
2016 has been a rough year for the entertainment industry, with the loss of many stars of the past half-century. Sadly, we couldn’t even make it to New Year’s Eve without saying goodbye to two more. British pop singer George Michael died of heart failure at 53, and “Star Wars’” icon Carrie Fisher has died at 60, several days after suffering a heart attack on a plane. She reportedly never regained consciousness.
Michael and Fisher had much in common aside from their cause of death. Both came to worldwide fame at very young ages. Both were multiple talents, with writing skills that matched their performing abilities. And both had difficulty dealing with the pressures of show business. It’s likely that their too-early deaths were directly related to the damage wrought by years of self-destructive habits, including longtime drug addictions. While both left behind work that will be enjoyed for generations to come (Fisher even reprised her role as Princess Leia in the recent mega-hit, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), it’s tragic to consider not just the loss of two human beings at such young ages, but also the loss to posterity of all the work they might have created if they’d had more time. Let’s hope today’s young creative talents learn that sobering lesson and live and model healthier lifestyles.
Despite all the talk in the media, there’s nothing “cursed” about 2016. The 20th century saw the rise of pop culture as a mass medium, along with many performers who became household names. The early stars are now inevitably passing away from old age, and the stars of the rock era are not only aging, but suffering the ravages of drug-fueled lifestyles. So sadly, this is a story that’s likely to be repeated throughout the New Year.
As the Byrds sang in the first flush of the psychedelic era, “To everything, there is a season…A time to be born, and a time to die.” Those lyrics are from Ecclesiastes 3. They’re believed to be the oldest words ever used in the lyrics of a #1 song. Like the many other lessons of the Bible, they’ve been true for thousands of years, and they will be true for thousands more. That’s why it makes sense that in times of pressure and stress, grief and loss, turn to God for comfort that is real and time-tested.
Science tells us that the universe came into being via The Big Bang. But how do you get from energy and matter to a self-aware human being? That takes three additional Big Bangs that science cannot explain. Noted theologian, Frank Pastore, unravels this compelling mystery and, in the process, poses the ultimate question that every thinking person must face.
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:7–8)
Ponder this remarkable situation with me. If the Son of God came to help you stop sinning — to destroy the works of the devil — and if he also came to die so that, when you do sin, there is a propitiation, a removal of God’s wrath, then what does this imply for living your life?
Three things. And they are wonderful to have. I give them to you briefly as Christmas presents.
1. A Clear Purpose for Living
It implies that you have a clear purpose for living. Negatively, it is simply this: don’t sin. “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin” (1 John 2:1). “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).
If you ask, “Can you give us that positively, instead of negatively?” the answer is: Yes, it’s all summed up in 1 John 3:23. It’s a great summary of what John’s whole letter requires. Notice the singular “commandment” — “And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” These two things are so closely connected for John he calls them one commandment: believe Jesus and love others. That is your purpose. That is the sum of the Christian life. Trusting Jesus, loving people. Trust Jesus, love people. There’s the first gift: a purpose to live.
2. Hope That Our Failures Will Be Forgiven
Now consider the second implication of the twofold truth that Christ came to destroy our sinning and to forgive our sins. It’s this: We make progress in overcoming our sin when we have hope that our failures will be forgiven. If you don’t have hope that God will forgive your failures, when you start fighting sin, you give up.
Many of you are pondering some changes in the new year, because you have fallen into sinful patterns and want out. You want some new patterns of eating. New patterns for entertainment. New patterns of giving. New patterns of relating to your spouse. New patterns of family devotions. New patterns of sleep and exercise. New patterns of courage in witness. But you are struggling, wondering whether it’s any use. Well here’s your second Christmas present: Christ not only came to destroy the works of the devil — our sinning — he also came to be an advocate for us when we fail in our fight.
So I plead with you, let the freedom to fail give you the hope to fight. But beware! If you turn the grace of God into license, and say, “Well, if I can fail, and it doesn’t matter, then why bother fighting?” — if you say that, and mean it, and go on acting on it, you are probably not born again and should tremble.
But that is not where most of you are. Most of you want to fight sinful patterns in your life. And what God is saying to you is this: Let the freedom to fail give you hope to fight. I write this to you that you might not sin, but if you sin you have an advocate, Jesus Christ.
3. Christ Will Help Us
Finally, the third implication of the double truth that Christ came to destroy our sinning and to forgive our sins is this: Christ will really help us in our fight. He really will help you. He is on your side. He didn’t come to destroy sin because sin is fun. He came to destroy sin because it is fatal. It is a deceptive work of the devil and will destroy us if we don’t fight it. He came to help us, not hurt us.
So here’s your third Christmas gift: Christ will help overcome sin in you. First John 4:4 says, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Jesus is alive, Jesus is almighty, Jesus lives in us by faith. And Jesus is for us, not against us. He will help you. Trust him.
Marriage has many enemies. It is so foundational to God’s design that we should not be surprised when the world, the flesh, and the devil rage against it. Marriage is a means to new life and order, a place where we learn about servant leadership and humble submission.
Since the conflict began, the U.S. has accepted nearly 12,000 Syrian refugees, including 10,000 in 2016.
Though the publication initially resisted, Highlights has now caved to the LGBT agenda and announced that it will depict same-sex families in its pages.
Vaneetha Rendall Risner begged God for grace that would deliver her.
But God offered something better:
his sustaining grace.
Source: Kellogg’s Bowl of Deplorables
The bigots from Buzzfeed continue to get rightly roasted on social media for their attempted SJW bullying of HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper.” Their shocking transgression: as Christians, they attend a traditional church where the pastor doesn’t endorse same-sex marriage. Buzzfeed’s actual official editorial position is that when it comes to LGBT issues, there are “not two sides.” The gay side, no matter how radical, is always right, and any objection, no matter how traditional, faith-based or protected by the First Amendment, is automatically wrong and indefensible. This is in spite of their other official policy that bans political partisanship. (And no, Buzzfeed is not a comedy site. Not intentionally, at least.)
Their smear-by-association attack on the Gaines family extended to accusing them of barring gay couples from their show, and even accusing HGTV of anti-gay discrimination (a ludicrous charge if you’ve ever seen that channel, which aborted the Benham brothers’ planned house rehab show because they were Christians who supported North Carolina’s traditional definition of marriage.)
“Fixer Upper” is filmed in Waco, a major Baptist hub and home to Baylor University, and its surrounding small towns in central Texas. How many gay couples have applied to be on that show and live there? As several critics have noted, both on TV and in real life, Chip and Joanna Gaines appear to be model parents, loving spouses, funny, intelligent, likable, generous, highly skilled and extremely successful. And maybe that’s the real problem that Buzzfeed’s writers have. Their popularity shatters the false image that liberal media outlets like Buzzfeed peddle of red state residents being a bunch of dumb, hateful, bigoted “deplorables.”
And they still can’t figure out why so many Americans went into the voting booths last month and told them to take their smug leftist name-calling and pound sand. If Democrats want to get back to winning elections, they’d better start tearing down their own rickety false assumptions about Middle America and rebuilding their party. If they still want to associate with media stars, they’ll learn a lot more about how to salvage their fixer-upper of a party from Chip and Joanna Gaines than from Cher and Lena Dunham.
“Truth No. 1: Homosexuality is a sin. The lie: Homosexuality is not a sin.” He urges compassion for the sinners, though, because “the statistics say that 90% of people who are in a full-blown homosexual lifestyle were abused in some way. Physically, sexually, mentally.” He also says that gay pornography deserves some of the blame. “We have people and young people that never had any intention of a same-sex attraction et cetera, who have seen sexuality up front in pornography and now are trapped in the addiction of it.” God is God and we are NOT!
One of the truest truths of worship leading is that you never know what’s going to happen on a Sunday morning. You can prepare, plan, rehearse, and practice until you’re blue in the face, but when Sunday morning comes, literally anything could happen. Off the top of my head, here are some of the unanticipated Sunday moments that stand out to me over the last 10-15 years:
- The time one of my instrumentalists went on a profanity-laced tirade just minutes before our service was supposed to start, in front of the whole worship team
- The time our computer than ran our projected lyrics completely failed, thus causing me to change the entire song list at the last minute to exclusively songs out of the hymnal
- The time I was walking up on stage and a matriarch of the congregation stopped me to angrily demand I stop repeating the choruses so…
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Here’s a setting of the Nicene Creed from the new TCH Sheffield album, Dust to Life. It’s really important for churches to confess together the truths of the faith and to do so in ways that express our continuity with saints across the ages. I wrote those lyrics based on the Nicene Creed in the hope it could prove a great alternative for those churches who say the Creed on a regular basis and those who should (i.e. the rest).
Here are the lyrics:
1. We believe in God the Father,
Lord almighty over all:
seen and unseen worlds created
by his will and at his call.
We believe in our Lord Jesus,
God from God and Light from Light.
Through him all things were created,
held together through his might.
We will worship God the Father,
we will worship God the Son,
we will worship God the Spirit,
triune God, the Three-in-One.
2. We believe in Christ…
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I wasn’t offended by what was said,” said Pence in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
In other words, rather than getting defensive, angry or resorting to name-calling, Pence chose to find the good in people booing him, and he took the opportunity to teach his kids a valuable lesson: America is a great nation that allows people to disagree fervently. In fact, the value of freedom is greater than our own discomfort. By defending the right of people to boo him, Pence showed that he values freedom more deeply than his own feelings.
- As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
- Beware of fake smartphone shopping apps. Scam artists have found a new way to make you part with your hard earned money. They are creating fake shopping apps for iOS and Android phones that capture your payment information and then leave you holding the bag. Both Apple and Google are weeding out fake apps as they are reported, but be on the alert.
- Buying gift cards? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone.
- Keep the debit card in your wallet. Consumer protection experts recommend the use of credit cards rather than debit cards for most purchases, to protect from fraud and theft. With credit cards, you are liable for only up to $50 of fraudulent use. In the case of a lost or stolen debit card, your financial loss could be much more significant.
- Sign for those package deliveries. Package delivery companies are not responsible for stolen packages that are left at your front door without requiring a delivery signature.
- Be mindful when applying for temporary holiday jobs. Bogus online job applications for holiday help aim to get you to share personally identifiable information, especially your Social Security number. Don’t share your number with anyone unless you absolutely have to, and never provide it until you confirm you are dealing with a real organization looking for employees.
- Is that really a holiday e-card? Fake e-cards can carry malicious software or contain unwanted advertising. Clues of a fake card include not knowing the sender, not being familiar with the e-card company, and misspellings.
- If a deal sounds too good to be true… You know the rest. Watch out for deals offered by companies with unfamiliar websites. Check for reviews on Yelp, Google or through the Better Business Bureau. Even search the retailer’s name and “scam” to see if it checks out before typing in your payment information.