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How Regulations Hurt Small Businesses | PragerU

What do McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, and Subway have in common? They’re all franchisors that license franchises to small business people, who in turn employ countless Americans. But the federal government is endangering this hugely successful business model. Learn how in this short video. This video is part of a collaborative business and economics project with Job Creators Network and Information Station. To learn more, visit informationstation.org.

Source: How Regulations Hurt Small Businesses | PragerU

The Real O’Reilly Factor | Klavan On The Culture

It ain’t about the sex

So that’s my opinion — but here’s the thing: I don’t think this story is really about sex at all. I think it’s about something that presents a far greater threat to our politics than whether men make passes and girls file lawsuits.

According to Michael Wolff at the The Hollywood Reporterthe tension leading up to O’Reilly’s ouster revealed a divide among the owners and operators at Fox, the Murdoch family.

This is a reflection of greater family and company interests and conflicts. For 86-year-old Rupert, Fox News is a key part of his legacy, as well as the family company’s health: the most profitable news outlet ever ($1.5 billion in profits this year) and among the most influential. For James, 44, and Lachlan, 45, the hope is to reshape this legacy, to move Fox away from what they see as its retro, Trump-style views toward, well, something nicer (and to do this profitably, they hope, somehow).

The way I hear it, the young Murdochs don’t like getting razzed for the O’Reilly-Of-It-All when they go to fancy cocktail parties in New York, London and L.A. They want to be part of the cool crowd and you can’t do that with the smell of conservative cordite on you. They care less about profits than about making Fox presentable to the liberal set.

Source: The Real O’Reilly Factor | Klavan On The Culture

A Question for Leftists and Progressives: Is This What You Mean by ‘Equality’? 

This kind of “equality” turns real equality and fairness on its head.

Today, common sense is in danger of extinction, and concepts like fairness and equality are turned upside down.

Source: A Question for Leftists and Progressives: Is This What You Mean by ‘Equality’? | The Stream

Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?

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Staff writer, desiringGod.org

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)

The same man who wrote the verses above also wrote, “by grace you have been saved through faith. . . it is the gift of God, not a result of works.”1

So why do we need to work out our salvation when works do not save us?

Because though we are saved by God’s unconditional electing grace2 through the gift of faith, the works we do prove that our faith is real. 3 Works are evidence of election.

That’s why on one hand Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father. . . draws him”4 (election), and on the other hand he says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments5 (evidence of election). He ties both together when he says, “My sheep hear my voice (election) and I know them, and they follow me”6 (evidence).

Why God ordered it this way is seen in some of Jesus’ parables. He says that when the gospel net is cast into the sea of the world, it “gather[s] fish of every kind,”7 some righteous and some evil. The visible church is always a mixed catch, or always has weeds among the wheat,8 or always has goats among the sheep.9  What distinguishes the elect from others is that their God-given faith is demonstrated by their God-dependent works.10 Faith works through love.11

Words are cheap. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”12

Our works are not decisive in our salvation. They are evidence of God’s saving work in us. And that is why we must “be all the more diligent to make [our] calling and election sure” 13 by working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

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4 Reasons to Be Glad that Life Is Short -At many points, the cry of every Christian is “Wretched man that I am!

One of the great sorrows of this life is its brevity. It is over almost before we know it. Yet we can also find the reason to rejoice in our short little lives.

Source: 4 Reasons to Be Glad that Life Is Short – Tim Challies

Franklin Graham’s ‘God’ Story, a Pastor’s Incredible Sermon to Media and More: 10 Stories That Cut Through the Depressing News Cycle – Faithwire

The news is oft-times filled with depressing and soul-crushing sagas, which is why Faithwire works hard to bring you the brightest […]

Source: Franklin Graham’s ‘God’ Story, a Pastor’s Incredible Sermon to Media and More: 10 Stories That Cut Through the Depressing News Cycle – Faithwire

Being Pence-ive about Dinner with the Ladies – 

Earlier this week Vice President Mike Pence made news when it was revealed that, as a rule, he doesn’t dine alone with a woman who isn’t his wife, nor does he attend events with alcohol unless she’s by his side. This revelation was met roundly with ridicule, mockery, and in some quarters accusations of misogyny–sadly, even among quite a number of fellow believers on social media.

 

Source: Being Pence-ive about Dinner with the Ladies – Reformation21 Blog

The Foreknowledge of God by Steven Lawson | March 31, 2017

Foreknowledge is an often misunderstood and maligned concept. But many assumptions about its meaning are unbiblical. In this lesson, Dr. Lawson disabuses false notions of foreknowledge and examines what the text of Scripture actually teaches.

Source: The Foreknowledge of God by Steven Lawson | March 31, 2017

Intolerant Vimeo Declares War on Gospel Transformation | “This is pure religious bigotry and censorship.”

If Jesus has changed your life and set you free from homosexual practice, your testimony is not welcome on Vimeo — not now, not ever.

Source: Vimeo Declares War on Gospel Transformation | The Stream

Confronting the Lies when Suffering Leaves You Lonely – 

This sponsored post was provided by Sarah Walton for Hope When It Hurts. Many roads of suffering are incredibly lonely ones. I remember when we began realizing that my eldest son struggled in ways that other children seemed not to. From a young age, he began displaying behavior that was defiant and destructive, and has caused a decade of confusion and chaos in our home. Countless doctors, tests, and evaluations seemed to leave doctors shaking their heads. As the struggles turned …

Source: Confronting the Lies when Suffering Leaves You Lonely – Tim Challies

The Briefing 03-23-17 – AlbertMohler.com

Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective

But at the same time, he said that giving Tim Keller the annual Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness would indeed imply an endorsement of Tim Keller’s biblical views against the ordination of women and, it says here, LGBTQ people.

Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feetMatthew 10:12

Source: The Briefing 03-23-17 – AlbertMohler.com

‘Bob and Penny . . . took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball, and collect shells.’ 

In May 2000, John Piper gave a message that nobody forgot—even those who weren’t there.

You don’t have to be smart, or good-looking, or from a good family, he told them. “You just have to know a few, basic, glorious, majestic, obvious, unchanging, eternal things, and be gripped by them, and be willing to lay down your life for them.”

 

Source: How John Piper’s Seashells Swept Over a Generation

Their goal is to make Islam the only religion on the planet, by murdering, beheading, torture, & domination.

WAKE UP DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS AND FAKE NEWS MEDIA THEY ARE  COMING FOR YOU TOO!

A little history of our friends in the religion of peace. They have been murdering non-muslims and wrong brand muslims almost 1400 years to date. When are we in the US going to get political leaders with balls????Their goal is make islam the only religion on the planet. Why are we inviting conquerors disguised as refugees into our countries???..ANYONE EVER HEAR OF THE TROJAN HORSE???…………ALSO since 622AD (to present) when muslims started trying to conquer and kill all non moslems to make islam the only religion on earth they have murdered approx. 270,000,000 innocents., More recently the jihadists have conducted, large and small, 30,000 attacks since 9/11..
A very short history lesson:
In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and
Turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.
…in 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe
in the Battle of Lepanto.
…in 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally Defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.
In 1783 AD when the British Colonies that would become the United States of America gained independence from Great Britain, 5 Muslim countries of North
Africa declared war on our newly independent nation, hijacking and
kidnapping merchant sailors and selling them for ransom, or into slavery. When the United States of America was established, we were forced to pay extortion fees amounting to 20 – 25% of our federal budget to those Muslim countries to keep them from their hijacking and kidnapping. It took two administrations, Washington and Adams, to build a sufficient Navy so that President Jefferson, in 1805, could send the Navy and Marines to conquer Tripoli and end the piracy. Islam has been at war with the USA since our founding.
If these battles had not been won we might be speaking Arabic and
Christianity could be non – existent; Judaism certainly would be… And let us not forget that Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other “subhumans”.
This crap has been going on for 1,400 years and half of the
politicians don’t even know it..!
Reflecting…
A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Pause a moment, reflect back. These events are actual events from history.
They really happened!!
Do you remember? I remember All of These
1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
Muslim males.
3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where
a fuse was lit on final approach, it was blown up shortly after landing by
Muslim males.
4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome , with 33 people killed, when
it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
6. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by
Muslim males.
7. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by
Muslim males.
9. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver
trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
11. In 1993 , the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim
males.
12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim
males.
13. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to
take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into
the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.
Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim
males.
15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by—you guessed it—a Muslim male.
16. In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent people including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim males.
17. In 2014, thousands of Christian men, women, and children are
slaughtered, defiled, and beheaded by Muslim males.
No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? So, to
ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people.
Absolutely No Profiling! Instead, they must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, or secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail.

This Matthew 24 Deception Continues to Ransack Our Youth-“Male and female He created them” (Gen.1:27b; Matt.19:4).

 

We are in a season where multitudes are awakening to this serious situation as well as the opportunity God is giving us.

Source: This Matthew 24 Deception Continues to Ransack Our Youth — Charisma News

Gospel-Powered Parenting -Christian parents must remain first and foremost committed to one another.

According to George Barna, there have been approximately 75,000 books on parenting published in the past decade. I sometimes feel like I have read all of them. It strikes me, though, that publishers must feel the same way and that, hopefully, they think hard before releasing yet another book into such a crowded marketplace. I at least wanted to give the benefit of the doubt to P&R with the release of William Farley’s Gospel-Powered Parenting. And I’m very glad that …

Source: Gospel-Powered Parenting – Tim Challies

What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us –

In Lies We Believe About God, we see Paul Young apart from the subjectivity of narrative. And as he proclaims what he believes, we see his true colors.

Source: What Does The Shack Really Teach? “Lies We Believe About God” Tells Us – Tim Challies

“You cannot evangelize people you don’t love, whether they’re from another party, race, or religion.”

Christians are called to be different from the world but engaged with the world. That’s not comfortable, but it is essentially Christian.

Source: Don Carson on American Politics and the Benedict Option | Desiring God