Will Cheap Gas Hit the Road?

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By Dan Celia

Since the OPEC agreement last week to curb production, we’ve seen gas prices climb bit by bit every day since. This, obviously, has many people concerned about how the deal will impact consumers, particularly as we head into a peak shopping season.

But before we get too concerned about higher gas prices or climbing oil stocks, let’s wait until Monday. This weekend, 15 non-OPEC countries and OPEC nations will meet in an attempt to figure out how all of this will impact them. And it is not out of the realm of possibility that by the end of the weekend, the entire production cut deal will fall apart. (more…)

Before You Vote, Consider the President’s 8 Tall Tales About Obamacare

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By Twila Brase

Who will Voters Trust with America’s Health Care Future?

The truth is hard to come by in Obamacare.

Americans are still reeling from the news that premiums will climb by double-digits. Adding pain to misery, about 1 in 5 will also have just one insurer to pick from.

But before that disturbing announcement, President Obama gave a 49-minute speech praising his law. His audience was filled with enthusiastic college students, the demographic coveted by advocates of the Affordable Care Act. Most of them probably have no idea that the law’s individual mandate was aimed right at them. The plan was to force the young and healthy to pay sky-high premiums to cover the costs of people with pre-existing conditions. (more…)

Wise―Like I’d Hope to Be

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By Alex McFarland

Even with a Supernatural Star for Guidance, the Wise Men Had Far Less Divine Enlightenment Than We

The account of the Wise Men found in Chapter 2 of the book of Matthew is a part of the Christmas story that is fascinating, inspiring, yet enigmatic. Exactly who were these visitors? What do we know about them? Some have even wondered if the story of the Magi somehow means that the Bible is OK with astrology. (more…)

Why We Launched the Wedge

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The desperate sounds of Obamacare’s death spiral are reverberating through the White House. Obama’s legacy act is in deep, deep trouble.

Obamacare co-ops are collapsing one after another. The nation’s largest insurers are backing out of Obamacare exchanges. And double-digit premium increases are forecast as two of the law’s three taxpayer-funded insurer “bailout” programs (risk corridors, reinsurance) come to an end. Billions of taxpayer dollars to pay insurers for federally-mandated pre-existing condition coverage will disappear. President Obama wanted the young and healthy to be hit with these costs, but most of the young wisely refused to enroll.

But now, even as Obamacare implodes, Americans face the difficult realities of the law’s consolidation of the entire industry. These realities will be difficult (but not impossible) to reverse: higher premiums, higher deductibles, fewer choices, the loss of affordable insurance, penalties for being uninsured, loss of privacy, community and rural hospital closures, health system monopolies and the early retirement of trusted doctors.

Read more: http://www.cchfreedom.org/cchf.php/1192

In Their Own Words: A Party Platform Guide for the Informed Voter

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It is a Christian’s duty to vote. And when they vote, they should be informed voters. In other words, they should know where the candidates stand on the issues, and then they should vote their values, beliefs, and convictions. As a public service, we are presenting the Republican and Democrat party platforms side by side on the moral issues facing the nation. You can read and compare what the parties say in their own words about where they stand. In addition to the excerpts below, you can read the full party platforms HERE (RNC) and HERE (DNC).

Read more: https://whydoyoubelieve.org/2016/08/01/in-their-own-words-a-party-platform-guide-for-the-informed-voter/

Join AFA for Day of Prayer and Fasting

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On March 30, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of prayer and fasting, in which he addressed what he called the need for “our national reformation as a whole people.”

“We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God,” Lincoln said, adding that it was our duty “to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness….”

How can we as Americans in 2016 do any less? AFA is joining countless churches, organizations, and individuals in calling for a national day of prayer and fasting. It is time that we, as Christians, recognize our need to repent of our own wickedness and cry out to the Lord for forgiveness – and that He might heal our broken land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Read more: http://www.afa.net/the-stand/election/2016/10/join-afa-for-day-of-prayer-and-fasting/