Be Forever Vigilant!

admendmentThis week, in Houston, Texas, attorneys for the avowed lesbian Mayor Annise Parker have issued an unprecedented legal demand that several key pastors turn over sermons, emails, and text messages, even communications with members of their congregations, under the threat of fines, imprisonment or both. This is blatant retaliation against these pastors, who have sought a democratic ballot referendum on Parker’s controversial LGBT special rights ordinance.

Mayor Parker has irresponsibly breached the “wall of separation” between the state and the church. Thomas Jefferson, who first used that term to assure churches of their religious freedoms from government involvement, also wrote that “religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions.”

Such government scrutiny of the personal opinions and public preachments of pastors is unconstitutional and unconscionable. The City of Houston needs to retract their intimidating demands and issue a clear statement in support of religious freedom and the free speech of all people.

​Take Action
Send the Mayor of Houston a copy of the First Amendment to remind her that pastors enjoy the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the freedom to petition the government.

Register & VOTE!

go-voteEvery Christian should vote! It’s our civic responsibility and it honors God, who allows us to live in this great constitutional republic!

Every believer should be registered and then faithfully vote for candidates and issues which reflect their biblical values and worldviews. “Voters of Faith” will answer to God for our votes and our involvement in the electoral process and our nation’s future.

If you are not registered or are not sure if you are properly registered, you only have a few days left to tend to this important matter. You can even request an Absentee Ballot, allowing you to vote early, in many states. Click here to find out more and request your ballot today.

Join millions of Christians on Election Day, this November 4th, as we go to the polls and cast our ballots for the candidates and issues which best represent our values. Make your voice heard in election booths across the nation this Election Day! Your vote matters!

 

Important California Deadlines
Voter Registration Form:
Postmarked on or before October 20, 2014
Absentee Ballot Application:
Received on or before October 28, 2014 (by mail); no deadline in person
Voted Absentee Ballot:
Received by 8:00 pm PST on November 4, 2014
State Election Website: 
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections.htm

Jerusalem, D.C.

Priest-WesternWall-Jerusalem1I once attended an event where an Israeli official rose to speak and said he brought greetings from Jerusalem, D.C.—“David’s City.” Everyone recognized the irony and truthfulness of what he said.

However, our U.S. government continues the illogical, politically-correct position of refusing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. What other country is denied the right to name its own capital? Its laws are made in the Knesset in Jerusalem. Its President and Prime Minister live and serve there, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton even went to our Supreme Court to demand it deny that Jerusalem is even part of the State of Israel!

When the Islamic Jordanians illegally occupied Jerusalem (and the West Bank), from 1948 to 1967, it was not their capital. Amman was. And, even earlier, when the Ottoman Empire ruled the area for seven centuries, the Turks never sought to make Jerusalem their capital.

The American Jewish historian Barbara Tuchman has said, “The Israelis are the only people in the world who inhabit the same land, speak the same language, and worship the same God their ancestors did three thousand years ago.”

The Jewish immigrants today have “come home to Israel.” They can visit Jewish archeological sites and find coins printed in Hebrew from as long ago as 135 AD. The Diaspora never drove out the Jews’ longing for Eretz Yisrael—the Land of Israel. For thousands of years they prayed, “Next year in Jerusalem”— denoting David’s City!

Truth or Con$equence$

out-of-control1Truth or Con$equence$:  Is this  (1) the name of a very old, black and white, television program; (2) the name of a small town in New Mexico;  or (3) the debate sides for a discussion on sexually transmitted diseases? Answer, ALL THREE.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, STDs are out-of-control, with more than 100 million having a sexually transmitted disease at any given time. A whopping 20 million cases of STDs are reported each year, wreaking havoc on our country’s physical and fiscal health.

Sexual promiscuity or homosexual behavior among 15-25 year old Millennials not only tend to affect them with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) but are harmful to our society as a whole.  For every 20 million cases, your tax dollars must absorb an additional $16 billion in direct medical costs.

That’s the truth and its CON$EQUENCE$!

Bring Your Bible to School Day

Bring-Your-Bible-to-School2014Did you know that students have recently been ordered to stop reading their Bibles during free time at school?

Focus on the Family is sponsoring a new religious-freedom event, designed to help empower Christian students to be unashamed of their biblical beliefs. The first-ever “Bring Your Bible to School Day” will be celebrated on Oct. 16. On this day, thousands of students nationwide will voluntarily take their Bibles to school—to visibly celebrate religious freedom and share God’s hope with peers. You can be part of the solution and help share God’s hope by:

  • Letting as many Christian students as possible know about this key event by sharing  www.focusonthefamily.com/bringyourbible, so they can sign up to participate and download the free student guide.
  • Share the free guide with your church leaders so they can let the youth in their congregation know about the event. You can also direct them to the “For Pastors” section.
  • Share these free resources with friends and students using social media!

By taking these actions you are being part of the solution. “Bring Your Bible to School Day” will help remind our students of their constitutional rights – but more important than that, it will encourage our youth to be unashamed of the Gospel (Romans 1:16, ESV) and share their faith.

Botched Abortions

baby1Despite the recent horrors of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s legal, abortion mill in inner-city Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood would still like for us to believe that abortions are legal, safe and rare.

Except, a simple Internet search on the phrase “botched abortion” quickly brings up over 500,000 results. Here’s a sampling from just the first page:

In February of this year, the New York Times published an article describing the dangerous conditions of the facilities of career abortionist Steven Brigham. By moving from town to town and state to state, during his two decades of abortion mal-practice, his American Women’s Services chain managed to continue operating eight dangerous, problem-plagued facilities in four east coast states.

In St. Louis, abortion-related emergencies at Planned Parenthood facilities sent women to the hospital in 25 documented cases. Two Whole Woman’s facilities, in Texas, were collectively fined more than $40,000 for illegally dumping the remains of babies, who were killed there.

Planned Parenthood and their abortionists continue to get rich, by exploiting both vulnerable women and unborn children.​

Constitution Day

we_the_peopleCONSTITUTION DAY celebrates the “birthday” of our national government. On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates from the thirteen states met for the last time in a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, to sign the governing document they had created. They had met multiple times throughout that summer and discussed, debated and prayed over this carefully-crafted document, establishing a “constitutional republic.” By its terms, the states were asked to agree to be related and governed in a “united” way. It was to be a government that would “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

The Declaration of Independence, seven years earlier, had been proclaimed to secure “certain unalienable Rights…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It went on to say that governments were to be established, by the consent of the governed, “to secure these rights.” In birthing this new federal government, the founding document, therefore, began with a declaration of the governed—“We the People.”

Preamble to the Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This Preamble introduces us to the general goals of the framers. It emphasizes that this federated nation of thirteen states was to be ruled by the people – not a king or a dictator, not the president, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress or state legislators. The adequate authority and limited powers of those officials and entities are set forth in the articles and amendments which followed. Any powers and authority beyond those which are “delegated” or “prohibited,” were reserved for the States.

Today, as we would acknowledge and celebrate this (sometimes forgotten) historic event in our nation, let us also identify with the prayer of Abraham Lincoln, as he concluded his brief—but significant—remarks at Gettysburg, in 1863 “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”