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One Solitary Life

One Solitary Life

Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622 (the original version by Dr James Allan Francis) Let us turn now to the story. A child is born in an obscure village. He is brought up in another obscure village. He works in a carpenter shop until he is thirty, and then for three brief years is an itinerant preacher, proclaiming a message and living a life. He never writes a book. He never holds an office. He never raises an army. He never has a family of his own. He never owns a home. He never goes to college. He never travels two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He gathers a little group of friends about him and teaches them his way of life. While still a young man, the tide of popular feeling turns against him. One denies him; another betrays him. He is turned over to his enemies. He goes through the mockery of a trial; he is nailed to a cross between two thieves, and when dead is laid in a borrowed grave by the kindness of a friend. Those are the facts of his human life. He rises from the dead. Today we look back across nineteen hundred years and ask, What kind of trail has he left across the centuries When we try to sum up his influence, all the armies that ever marched, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned are absolutely picayune in their influence on mankind compared with that of this one solitary life… Read More

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The Christmas Bug and the Need to Get Real

The Christmas Bug and the Need to Get Real

By Dr. Mark Creech During Christmas time, my father loved making this season of the year magical for children. As children, every year Daddy would remind my sister and me to put cookies and milk out for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve night. On Christmas morning, I was always giddy with excitement to find an empty plate and glass under the tree next to my toys. One Christmas morning, I was nearly beside myself to follow Santa’s tracks where he had stepped in the ashes of our wood burning fireplace after coming down the chimney and walking across the living room floor to place my gifts. I got every kid in the neighborhood to come and see it. Every one of them was in awe as they ogled over St. Nick’s very own footprints. Of course, I wasn’t old enough to recognize that those tracks were remarkably similar; in fact, even identical to my Daddy’s fireman’s boots he kept in the closet at the end of the hall. Read More

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Kirsten Powers: Becoming a Christian Ruined My Love of Christmas

Kirsten Powers: Becoming a Christian Ruined My Love of Christmas

Kirsten Powers | CTExcerpt But then I learned to see the beauty of Christ’s coming like never before. In my unorthodox childhood, Christmas was as an oasis of normalcy. It was the one day of the year I could count on some sort of harmony in my divided family. At age five, my parents divorced and established two outposts in my life, from which I shuttled back and forth. One home was headed by my sophisticated, East Coast-born, feminist mother; the other by my down-to-earth, Idaho-bred father, who held fast to his traditionalist views. Read More

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10 Biblical Reasons Behind Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

10 Biblical Reasons Behind Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

A WND exclusive by Rabbi Tuly Weisz notes the world's holiest city 'has shalom at its core' and provides 10 biblical reasons:  1) Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible. For Zion’s sake I will not be silent and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be still. ISAIAH 62:1 (The Israel Bible) 2) “King David declared it 3,000 years ago!”But I chose Jerusalem for My Name to be there, and I chose David to rule over My people Israel. II CHRONICLES 6:6 (The Israel Bible) 3) The Jews have never forgotten Jerusalem.If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither. PSALMS 137:5 (The Israel Bible) Read More

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Vote With Your Dollars This Christmas With The ‘Naughty and Nice List’

Vote With Your Dollars This Christmas With The ‘Naughty and Nice List’

Barb Wire Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Holly Meade, and BarbWire.com Founder Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family. Naughty and Nice List PDF  As part of our Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, we also have the Naughty and Nice List. You can check where these retailers are with respect to Christmas and you can shop accordingly. We’re going to be talking about it on Faith and Freedom. I’m Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, joining me is Matt Barber, the Founder of BarbWire.com, and Holly Meade, the Director of Communications for Liberty Counsel. Read More

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She Wanted To Join ISIS, Met Jesus Instead, And Got Delivered From Demons On Camera

She Wanted To Join ISIS, Met Jesus Instead, And Got Delivered From Demons On Camera

Rita Chaima radiates with joy. When you see her face, you can tell she’s filled with deep happiness and contentment. But that’s the opposite of the way she used to feel. Chaima was raised a Muslim, and from an early age she struggled with suicidal depression. She tells her powerful story in a new documentary called “In His Footsteps” by a ministry called The Last Reformation. “I just saw a cruel world and I didn’t want to be a part of it,” she recalls. Chaima says she tried to kill herself three times. “I was doing drugs, I was smoking, I was smoking anything… I just wanted to destroy myself.” Read More

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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part II

Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part II

 Dan Wolf |  VCA Advisory BoadLiving Rightly This article continues the discussion started in Part I, using the areas of education, poverty, and healthcare as examples. More detail on the first two topics can be found in Collectivism and Charity: The Great Deception. Platform Principles Responding to all the items within the Democratic platform would create a very long article. Fortunately that’s not needed. Just a few principles underlie their plan and include; More spending fixes the problem Creating laws and regulations to ‘level the playing field’ Government management increases efficiency Providing ‘free’ resources is necessary and responsible governance Read More

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The Christian’s Response to Cultural Decay: Part 2

The Christian’s Response to Cultural Decay: Part 2

 Ed Vitaglianoafa Executive Vice-President American Family Association (Listen to AFR radio on 88.1 FM out of Richmond, and 91.3 Culpeppoer and online from anywhere HERE, and apps for iPhone and Android) With a nation in near moral collapse and a church that is struggling to be salt and light, what should Bible-believing Christians do How should they respond Here are some helpful glimpses from Scripture. (Part one can be found here.)   Remember that anger does not cure the disease.  Of course, many Christians are paying attention to what is happening in America. During this period in our nation’s history when wickedness seems triumphant on every side, many in the church are taking it to heart.  In times like these, it isn’t easy to keep our grief from turning into anger. After all, the Psalmist says, “Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law” (Psalm 119:53).   Read More

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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part I

Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part I

Dan Wolf |  VCA Advisory BoadLiving Rightly Living in the Land of Lies discussed some progressive principles, how they impact society and differ from our founding ideas. Progressive ideas are not limited to any particular political party. This article draws from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, a platform steeped in progressive ideas representing man’s enlightenment of himself. Man turned toward man, or man and man alone. At its heart, the Democratic platform presents government solutions to all our current problems. Actions requiring government expenditures and intervention. The words invest, investing, and investment occur over 60 times in just 50 pages. Some of their stated ends I agree with, but it’s not just the ends alone that matter. The means used to achieve them are at least as important—and overlooked. Read More

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Bible Belief Is Not Bigotry

Bible Belief Is Not Bigotry

By Dr. Mark Creech Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc. Dizzy Gillespie, the great jazz trumpeter, is remembered not only for his stupendous talent but also for the way his cheeks would puff out when he blew his horn. Writer Jim Doherty says that on one occasion Gillespie was talking with Chicago Symphony trumpeter Adolph (Bud) Herseth. Herseth, a white man, is known for turning bright red whenever he would play. Gillespie, who was Black, kidded with Herseth, “Bud,” how come your cheeks don’t puff out when you play” Herseth replied, “Diz, how come your face doesn’t get red when you play” Two great trumpeters with different styles. God has made us all unique, and the creation shows that God enjoys its diversity. Read More