Trump and Clinton were Rude, Crude, and Lewd

donaldtrumpBoth Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were reported this past week to have temperaments that are unsavory and unsuited for the presidency and to have made remarks and actions (more than a decade ago) that were rude, crude, and lewd.

First, Linda Tripp, who you may remember as a witness in the mid-90s Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and impeachment trial, was interviewed on Aaron Klein’s radio show about her days as a government employee in the White House.

“In the Clinton White House there was endless screaming,” she recalled. “[There was] constant vulgar profanity on the part of both the President and the First Lady. And it’s hard for me to refer to her as the First Lady, frankly.” There were rumored reports that “hard objects” had been thrown at the president!

Then, in a Friday “news-dump,” there were reports and recordings of Donald Trump talking with an entertainment reporter about his insatiable attraction to beautiful women. In “locker-room banter” he claimed to have kissed and groped many women, including the female host of the show, “and she was married!”

After his campaign released a preliminary effort to belittle the incident, Trump actually acknowledged “it was wrong” and apologized on camera. It may have been too little and too late!

The Bible says, “out of the heart, the mouth speaks.” These character issues with both candidates will undoubtedly be reviewed again (and again) in the second presidential debate Sunday night, with its “town hall” format.

Meanwhile, the Bible instructs believers that some things are “not fitting” for them: “…neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting…” (Ephesians 5:3-5). Let us, who “walk in the light as He is in the light,” have discernment and discipline in these dark days.

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The Choice has a Dark Side

2016 Election

2016 Election

In late 1996, Bob Woodward (one of the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate story) wrote The Choice, about how Bill Clinton won re-election in 1996. It was the classic story of political power, money, public opinion polls, handlers, and consultants.

According to Woodward, after the Democrats lost Congress in 1994, along with other political setbacks, President and Mrs. Clinton invited a small group of self-help authors and leaders of the New Age human-potential movement to Camp David for insight and inspiration. Afterward, Mrs. Clinton continued contact with one particular member of the group, psychic and astrologer Dr. Jean Houston.

Woodward explained, “Three of the attendees were well-known:  Anthony Robbins, author of ‘Awaken the Giant Within’; Marianne Williamson, author of ‘A Return to Love’; and Stephen R. Covey, author of ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Effective People’. Their names later leaked out publicly and all three declined to discuss the substance of the meeting.  The identities of the two others did not leak, and they were the ones who played a significant role over the weekend and the year that followed.”

“The first was Jean Houston, co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, which studies psychic experience and altered and expanded consciousness.  Houston, then 55, the author of 14 books, was one of the most high-energy seminar leaders in the country.  She was a believer in spirits, mythic and other connections to history and to other worlds.”

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Transgender Accommodations

All Gender Restroom SignCalifornia’s Democrat-dominated legislature has passed bad bills before, but this one will negatively impact you, your children and grandchildren at deep psychological and spiritual standpoints!

AB 1732, which is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, seeks to force new social engineering and a politically correct ideology. This new law for transgender accommodations is certain to cause conflict in churches, temples, mosques, and other places of worship. Its’ “public accommodations” provisions will be felt by religious schools and day care centers, homeless centers, senior housing, religious colleges, religious training centers, camps or retreat centers.

The Democrats AB 1732 will force all “places of public accommodation” to tear down “men,” “women,” “boys,” and “girls” single-user restroom signs, to replace with pro-transsexuality “all gender” signs and possibly also install a men’s urinal in the women’s room! Apparently, this includes all businesses (including home businesses), church schools, daycare centers, senior centers, and more.

Because religious institutions are not exempt in this ill-conceived and poorly drafted bill, it will negatively impact the many California faith-based institutions and their adherents, which have religious objections to “all gender” restrooms. Religious operations involving “services for money” on church or religion-based  property are included in the phrase “place of public accommodation,” as defined by the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (Sec.36.104 Definitions) at

Randy Thomasson at points out that many churches have elementary schools, others have nurseries, day care centers, homeless shelters, and a broad array of social services. Other religious organizations operate senior homes and adoption agencies. Churches, temples, mosques and other places of worship can sell advertising to candidates or rent their facilities to outside entities. Religious-based schools charge tuition and fees to students. Church-run camps charge fees to their own congregants and outside groups. Other examples include car washes, paid field trips, etc.

Whether renting, charging tuition or fees, or bartering goods or services, religious organizations and ministries are doing “an exchange of goods and services for money,” which is the simple definition of “commerce,” including them in “place of public accommodation” for both state and federal law. Yet there is no religious exemption in AB 1732 to accommodate any religious objection to permitting men, women, boys, and girls to use the same single-user restroom.

This intrusive bill will create conflicts with faith-based institutions, whether they have facilities with adults or children, which wish to keep “men” restrooms separate from “women” restrooms, or “boys” restrooms separate from “girls” restrooms. They would either be committing a crime or opening themselves to lawsuits if they decide they will not comply with AB 1732.

Please pray and then contact Governor Brown’s office to urge him to veto this unnecessary and intrusive bill! There is a limited time to convince the governor that religious-related institutions should be exempt from consideration as “places of public accommodation” in this new Democrat-designed, transgender-accommodation mandate. Mail your letter RE: AB 1732 Veto Request to:

Governor Jerry Brown, State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814


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Generous Giving Reflects Biblical Training

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the GOP vice president candidate, has done this week what top-ticket candidates have done for 40 years, by releasing 10 years of his tax returns. He follows 2016 Democratic VP Candidate, Senator Tim Kaine, who released his last decade of tax information in August.

While all ten years showed a six-figure income, in 2015 Governor Pence and his wife, Karen, reported a modest, middle-class, adjusted-gross-income of $113,026, most of it from his salary as governor. The Pence family is notably Protestant in their faith and evangelical in their religious practice. Accordingly, it is not surprising their most recent returns showed charitable contributions of $8,923, nearly eight percent.

According to IRS statistics, families with adjusted-gross-incomes in the $100,000 to $200,000 range give an average of $3,939 in charitable donations. The generous rate of charitable giving by the Pence family reflects their religious convictions and biblical training.

Biblical training in mid-western, evangelical churches would have inculcated the Pences with an understanding of the “grace of giving” that begins with the biblical practice of tithing (giving God the first 10%) and extends to the added practice of generous giving of offerings and services, both in the church and in the community. The Apostle Paul taught early believers that “… Continue reading

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Hosanna: A Prayer for Deliverance!

PRAY for our Elections

PRAY for our Elections

Psalm 118:24 is a familiar verse: “This is the day which the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!”

The very next verse (v. 25) uses the Hebrew word “Hosh-ia-na,” or Hosanna, in a cry for salvation: “Hosh-ia-na! Please, Adonai, bring salvation and deliverance to your people! Come and save us now!”

As we look around our nation and our modern sinful culture, perhaps we must also cry out, ADONAI, HOSANNA; Please Bring us Salvation, NOW!

On this U.S.A. patriotic weekend, just nine weeks before one of the most important Election Days in our lifetimes, please join me in a few moments of introspection and spiritual preparation “for such a time as this.” May this prayer be yours, as well as mine:

In humility oh, Lord, we must first acknowledge that we have not always been the “city on a hill” You intended, shining our lights brightly, in this dark world. We have compromised our convictions and sullied our royal robes.

Oh, Lord, HOSANNA, Please Bring Salvation, Now!

While our currency, coinage, and pledge of allegiance to our country still claims we are “one nation under God,” our Supreme Court has ruled contrary to Your word, Your will, and Your ways. Your children face harassment and hatred from aggressive activists and we are betrayed by the flip-flops of phony politicians.

Oh, Lord, how should we respond? Do we do as the opposition demands and retreat to rehearsing our views and values only within the four walls of a church building or in our whispered prayers, while cloistered in our closets at home?

How do we effectively “stand up for Jesus” with our words and actions, in this corrupted, intolerant society? How can we show grace to hurting, broken people around us, who may privately despise us and even publicly oppose us?

Oh, Lord, HOSANNA! Please Bring Salvation, Now!

Give us boldness to proclaim that our Christian values are not mere opinions, which can be changed with the “times,” so we can be on the “right side of history.”

Rather, Oh Lord, our values are to be Your values and should be indelibly written on our hearts! They must be biblically based and not quickly changed, at every godless challenge. May the common values your people share come from the immutable “thus says the Lord” commands of Scripture. Our personal beliefs and practices must flow the Mountain of God, from which comes our only hope and help.

Oh, Lord, HOSANNA; Please Bring Salvation, Now!

Our culture has turned from the Judeo-Christian values on which our nation was founded. We are guilty, Oh Lord. We need to seek repentance and reformation, first, in the House of God. Then, may we use our remaining freedoms to seek justice and walk humbly with our God!

The Bible says the Last Days will be characterized by professing believers who have “itching ears” and only want to hear affirmation of their selfish standards and sinful lifestyles.

Oh, Lord, cause our spiritual shepherds to cry out like prophets and exhort and teach us Your holy expectations. Only then, can spiritual renewal begin in our homes and churches and positively transform our culture—once again.

Oh, Lord, HOSANNA; Please Bring Salvation, Now!

Restore us as Living Stones: One life at a time; one marriage at a time; one family at a time. May we be spiritually renewed one church at a time and one community at a time–until we are, once again, the “City of the Angels” and truly “One Nation under God!”

Oh Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob come and rule over us again! Like Ezekiel’s vision of dry bones, come and restore Your people. Breathe your Holy Spirit’s life into us and give us strength and grace to serve You!

Oh, Lord, HOSANNA; Please Bring Salvation, Now!

Come Lord, and thrill us, with your holy presence!

Come now and fill us, from on high!

Cleanse and use us, for Your holy purpose.

Come now and bless us, as we draw nigh!

We pray these things in the name of Jesus/Yeshua of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah, God’s Son, our Savior, Baptizer, Healer, and Coming King!

Again, we say Oh, Lord, HOSANNA; Please Bring Salvation, Now!


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Holy and Honorable Marriages

Symbols of Faithfulness

Symbols of Faithfulness

Many believe the rise and fall of individuals, families, businesses and governments can all be traced to the success or failure of marriage in a society.

The accelerated acceptance, by many, of the new worldview and homosexual-appeasing agenda to “fundamentally transform” our American culture from its Judeo-Christian values and practices to a fully secular, sexualized and anti-Christian society is alarming

Re-creating a God-centered culture for marriage, in our present pagan society, is critically needed (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV). Millennials and others need to be taught biblical principles for holy and honorable “mate selection” (1 Corinthians 6:15-20 NIV). Wise couples learn that this process is often more about becoming the kind of person that is someone else’s “answer to prayer.”

Even religiously-minded couples face our sexualized society’s expectation that they will live together, before marriage. Add to that societal pressure the force of their natural sexual drives and even committed Christians often succumb to the sin of sexual relations outside of marriage (1 Corinthians 6:18 AMP).

The Bible plainly condemns this as “fornication” for sexually active singles and “adultery” for sexually unfaithful marrieds (Hebrews 13:4 NASB). I believe this is often accentuated by our society’s delayed commitments, long engagements, and prolonged adolescence.

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Re-creating a Culture of Marriage in America

marriage_couplesSame-sex advocates have said many traditional-marriage adherents have succumbed to sexual sins and broken vows and have no room to moralize to them.

It’s true: divorce statistics, in general, are discouraging and we are told those among professing Christians are nearly as bad as their secular counterparts. In our culture, the Church has not always been the “city on a hill,” shining our lights brightly, in this dark world.

Now, faced with negative Supreme Court rulings, harassment from aggressive same-sex activists and head-snapping flip-flops from politicians, how are Christians to respond in the public square? Do we do as the opposition demands and retreat to rehearsing our views and values only within the four walls of a church building or in our whispered prayers, while cloistered in our closets at home? How can we privately show grace to hurting, broken people who may oppose us and, at the same time, publicly “stand up for Jesus” with our words and actions, in our society?

Perhaps we should first affirm that our Christian values are not mere opinions, which change with the “times,” so we can be on the “right side of history.” Rather, as followers of Christ, our values are to be biblically based and not quickly changed. Personal convictions can guide our lifestyles, but the common values of a Christian culture should come from immutable “thus says to the Lord” commands of Scripture. Our personal beliefs, norms and standards should flow from there.

If we have devolved, as a culture, to where we are now living in a “post-Christian” era, we need to seek repentance and reformation, first, in the House of God. The Bible says the last days will be characterized by … Continue reading

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