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How Should a Christian Respond to the Obamacare Decision?

I listened to the verdict on Obamacare this morning and I was appalled.  How can citizens in America be forced to buy something we don’t want?  And if we don’t buy it, we will be taxed on something we refuse to own!  How does that make sense?  It doesn’t.   As I struggled with this issue, I couldn't get II Chronicles 7:14 out of my head.   “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is a promise to Israel, but it can also be a promise to Christians (His people) as well.  We Christians have quoted this verse for years to encourage all Christians to ask God to heal our land.  But America has gotten worse during that time. Why?  That's when I realized there are key elements to God’s promise that I have overlooked and skimmed over for years.   We are called to  humble ourselves and turn from our wick

I Have Been Wrong And I Ask Your Forgiveness

I HAVE BEEN WRONG AND I ASK FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS. The following are a series of my recent Facebook posts I made on political issues.  God has been working on my heart to get my priorities in order. Recently I expressed my political opinion when I should have been expressing biblical insight. God has been dealing with me on this and I thought you might be interested in reading what He has been teaching me.  Let me know what you think. Post 1 . I HAVE BEEN WRONG AND I ASK FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS. I make no apologies about being a Constitutionalist and for wanting a smaller government and a balanced budget but I have had wrong priorities in my previous political responses (not shown). I’ve been studying how Israel responded to God’s warning to repent and it is eerily similar to America’s response.  “We will rebuild” not “We will repent.”  I believe what America has been experiencing since 9/11 has been God’s warning for our nation to get our spiritual act together. Instead of
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It Can Happen Here Religious Freedom Threatened June 26, 2012 Reprinted from Breaking Point,  Christians are often asked by gay activists why they oppose same-sex “marriage.” “How does our marriage hurt you?” they ask. Well, I can think of one significant way it will hurt us: It will destroy religious freedom and free speech rights. The handwriting is on the wall in Canada, which legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2005, in effect completely changing its true meaning. Since then, as Michael Coren notes in National Review Online, “there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings … against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage.” Of course he means legal proceedings. For instance, in Saskatchewan, a homosexual man called a state marriage commissioner, wanting to “marry” his partner. The commissioner, an evangelical Christian, declined to conduct the ceremony for religious reasons. He simply referred the man to another commissioner. But that was not enough for the gay c

Why Teens Are Leaving the Church

Why Teens Are Leaving the Church Posted By Mark Gregston On June 15, 2012 http://www.heartlightministries.org/blogs/markgregston - How many times have you walked into your teen’s room on a Sunday morning, stepped over wrinkled clothes and half-eaten sandwiches, shook the snoring lump between the covers and informed them to get up for church, only to hear a muffled, “No thanks”? If this describes a scene in your household, you are not alone.  Teens are leaving the church in droves.  According to a recent study by the Barna Group, close to 60% of kids leave church after age fifteen.  Three out of every five kids in your church’s youth group will eventually shrug off the institution entirely.  What’s the cause for this exodus?  Why is this next generation leaving churches en masse? The Culture On matters of religion and the family, our culture fosters confusion in our teens.  In a society that craves entertainment, teens have an aversion to lectures.  They would rather not

Tips for a Healthy Media Diet

Tips for a Healthy Media Diet In Family media management by Caroline Knorr , first published in   CommonSenseMedia.org (11.14.2011)   The facts: Kids spend more than 7.5 hours a day with media, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation •        A 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that watching fast-paced cartoons can have an immediate negative impact on kids' ability to plan and think ahead. •        Also according to Pediatrics , excessive television exposure in the preschool years leads to diminished school performance •        Kids who watch more television than their peers during the middle and high school years have less healthy diets five years later, according to a 2009 study by the University of Minnesota •        Girls with a heavy sexual media diet engage in sexual activity younger than their peers, according to a 2007 poll by Harris Interactive •        Children who watch between two and four hours of television a day are two-and-a-half times