Fellowship of Christian Athletes for The Christian Post: Will we have the ‘strength for 2’?


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By Jimmy Page for The Christian Post

In Greek mythology, a hero is believed to have “strength for two.” In other words, to be heroic, you not only had to thrive on your own, but you also had to help someone else thrive, too. When we envision superheroes today, we’re often drawn to both their physical strength as well as their moral strength to come to the aid of those in need.

Over the past several years, Spartan Racing has become part of my DNA. I love the electric atmosphere before each race, but what’s inspired me most is when I see those who are strong helping those who are struggling. Shouting words of encouragement is common in many non-Spartan races, but I’ve seen racers literally carrying other competitors, bearing their burdens, pitching in and paying someone’s “burpee penalty,” sometimes even hoisting them over a 10-foot wall.

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Timothy Plan for The Christian Post: Finding financial comfort in the midst of a pandemic


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By Art Ally for The Christian Post

Q: From a macro perspective, how is the current situation different from 2008, or other significant market downturns?

A: Although the current, sharp market decline has been very similar to that in 2008, the difference couldn’t be more glaring. In 2008, our economy was standing on quicksand. Today’s economy is the strongest I’ve seen in my 40-plus years in this industry. A very dangerous and contagious virus brought this nation — and the world for that matter —to a screeching halt. Although this is temporary, it’ll take some time to get our economic engine fully humming again. I don’t believe there will be any form of instant gratification — but recover we will because all the economic pieces are still in place for a full recovery.

Q: What do you envision is most likely to occur as we progress over the next three to six months?

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The American Pastors Network for The Stream: 10 Things We Need to Know — COVID-19 Showcasing America’s True Needs


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By Sam Rohrer for The Stream | Image from The Stream

The COVID-19 plague in America has exposed the soft underbelly of America’s security and prosperity. Falsely believed by most Americans and arrogantly touted by the political elite that our security and economy was invincible, even the proud and ignorant have stumbled and grasped for answers during this plague.

Our nation’s response to this unexpected and invisible enemy has separated families, divided grandchildren from their grandparents, prevented physical church gatherings, cancelled thousands of preplanned events and ceased regular education. It’s even confined people to their own homes like house arrest. So what needs have been showcased? What should we be learning?

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Heartbeat Radio Feature: Week of May 18, 2020


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Media figures frequently try to slap the label of “hypocrite” on the Conservative party and the pro-life movement. That’s because, they say, while pro-lifers challenge abortion, they aren’t really pro-life because of their position on any issue they deem fitting – and Right now, “coronavirus” is the issue.

Many in the media are accusing President Trump and Conservative leadership of pushing states to reopen at the risk of losing lives to the pandemic. In their response, columnists from the New York Times to the Washington Post recently declared that Conservatives are no longer “pro-life” – and went so far as to say that they belonged to the “party of death.” Other outlets and figures on Twitter expanded on that, calling the entire pro-life movement “pro-death.” With their arguments, the media revealed something else, too: a double-standard on life.

“You’re not really pro-life” is a tired argument wielded against the pro-life movement. Last summer, media retracted comments accusing pro-lifers of remaining silent about the plight of migrant children after pro-life leaders delivered supplies to the border. In May 2019, a writer dared pro-lifers to say that they “personally” helped mothers in need. Responses flooded in from Americans who house single moms, adopt children, counsel women, and support pregnancy centers.

The pro-life movement calls itself pro-life because it acknowledges the inherent dignity and worth of the human person, from the moment of conception. Abortion is the greatest violation of this dignity – of human life today – as it intentionally destroys millions of innocent lives each year. Because of this, the pro-life movement is especially inspired to give voice to the unborn.

The media are right: to be consistent, Conservatives and pro-lifers who challenge abortion should take every precaution to ensure human lives aren’t needlessly risked or treated as disposable during the pandemic.

Likewise, to be consistent, the media should hold Liberals and pro-choicers to the same standards that they do Conservatives and pro-lifers – or drop their current argument.

Imagine the roles reversed: Headlines might accuse Liberals of not being really “pro-choice” because they don’t support choices on any issue from guns to school choice. And if the media believed their argument that “pro-life” should encompass all life, they might pen a piece on how Liberals weren’t really “pro-life” because of the party’s unwavering support of abortion.

This is the media’s double-standard: that while they insist that the born are equal to the unborn to mock the pro-life movement, they will never admit that the unborn are equal to the born.

Heartbeat Radio Feature: Week of May 11, 2020


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The Trump administration has acted to ensure that no funds from the new Paycheck Protection Program, set up to assist small businesses battered by COVID-19, will go to Planned Parenthood.

“President Trump is committed to ensuring Paycheck Protection Program money is used for saving jobs at small businesses, not getting the government into the business of funding abortion,” a senior administration official told The Daily Signal.

“While not all Americans share President Trump’s pro-life beliefs, there is broad bipartisan support for the idea that American taxpayers should not have to fund abortion,” the official said Wednesday night.

The Paycheck Protection Program, designed to shore up small businesses that had to close or otherwise were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, allows businesses with fewer than 500 employees to be forgiven for the principal of a government loan if they don’t lay off their employees. The employers still have to pay the interest on the loans, overseen by the Small Business Administration.

The program’s initial $350 billion fund, established in legislation passed March 30 by the House, was depleted April 16. The program received $320 billion in new funding in a bill passed Thursday by the House and signed into law Friday by Trump.

The senior administration official told The Daily Signal that the Small Business Association’s mission already excludes big enterprises such as Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“The SB in SBA is for ‘small business,’ so SBA has regulations called ‘affiliation rules’ to define when small employers might be so closely affiliated with a parent organization that they should be considered one large employer,” the official said, adding:

While each Planned Parenthood affiliate has fewer than 500 employees, nationwide it has over 16,000 employees. So when applying PPP’s affiliation rules neutrally, it’s clear that Planned Parenthood is one large employer and not eligible for PPP money.

So far, over 1.6 million businesses have received forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, with Trump saying that the SBA processed more loans in 14 days than it had in the previous 14 years.

Heartbeat Radio Feature: Week of May 4, 2020


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The Trump administration has acted to ensure that no funds from the new Paycheck Protection Program, set up to assist small businesses battered by COVID-19, will go to Planned Parenthood.

“President Trump is committed to ensuring Paycheck Protection Program money is used for saving jobs at small businesses, not getting the government into the business of funding abortion,” a senior administration official told The Daily Signal.

“While not all Americans share President Trump’s pro-life beliefs, there is broad bipartisan support for the idea that American taxpayers should not have to fund abortion,” the official said Wednesday night.

The Paycheck Protection Program, designed to shore up small businesses that had to close or otherwise were affected by the coronavirus pandemic, allows businesses with fewer than 500 employees to be forgiven for the principal of a government loan if they don’t lay off their employees. The employers still have to pay the interest on the loans, overseen by the Small Business Administration.

The program’s initial $350 billion fund, established in legislation passed March 30 by the House, was depleted April 16. The program received $320 billion in new funding in a bill passed Thursday by the House and signed into law Friday by Trump.

The senior administration official told The Daily Signal that the Small Business Association’s mission already excludes big enterprises such as Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“The SB in SBA is for ‘small business,’ so SBA has regulations called ‘affiliation rules’ to define when small employers might be so closely affiliated with a parent organization that they should be considered one large employer,” the official said, adding:

While each Planned Parenthood affiliate has fewer than 500 employees, nationwide it has over 16,000 employees. So when applying PPP’s affiliation rules neutrally, it’s clear that Planned Parenthood is one large employer and not eligible for PPP money.

So far, over 1.6 million businesses have received forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, with Trump saying that the SBA processed more loans in 14 days than it had in the previous 14 years.

The American Family Association for Townhall: The Phyllis Schlafly ‘Mrs. America’ Wished Was Phyllis Schlafly


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By Sandy Rios for Townhall

“Mrs. America,” a new series on FX Hulu, purports to tell the “real story” of the Equal Rights Amendment and Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who single-handedly led its defeat. Cate Blanchett, producer and star of the series, is beautiful like Phyllis—though not as beautiful. Blanchett has captured the cadence of Phyllis’ voice—the public speaking style, but not the soft graciousness. So even in private conversations with her family, Cate’s Phyllis is making a speech—only softer.

But, OK, one can do an admirable job of imitation that falls short but is forgivable. The unforgiveable is the insidious and ignorant twist she gives to Phyllis’ character: Devious, manipulative, selfish for starters. Blanchett’s Phyllis is flirtatious when it suits her—ingenuine about her own family life, ambitious and arrogant. THIS is the Phyllis Schlafly the Left wishes was Phyllis Schlafly.

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Heartbeat Radio Feature: Week of April 27, 2020


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It appears that most abortion facilities in Moscow, Russia are not aborting unborn babies right now because of health care restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 100,000 unborn babies and mothers could be spared from the pain and destruction of abortion if the news is true, according to a report in the Moscow Times.

Recently, Anna Rivina, an abortion activist with the No to Violence Center (Nasiliyu.net), called all 44 abortion facilities in the capital city to ask if they are still scheduling elective abortions, the report states. Only three said yes, Rivina said.

The others told Rivina that they only would do abortions in medical emergency cases, according to the report.

Her organization estimated the closures could mean 100,000 to 150,000 abortions may not happen.

Similar to many other countries, Russian leaders are restricting non-urgent medical procedures during the coronavirus crisis. Many doctors confirm that aborting an unborn baby is not “essential” or necessary health care.

However, as the Takie Dela news site reports, Moscow Department of Health officials denied closing abortion facilities after Rivina released her investigation. They said licensed medical facilities may continue to do abortions. It is not clear if some abortion facilities will resume their life-destroying practices in the coming days as a result of this statement.

Russia has some of the highest abortion numbers in the world. According to Johnston’s Archive, Russia reported 661,045 abortions in 2018. In 2013, the United Nations estimated that 53 of every 1,000 pregnancies in Russia end in abortion, the highest abortion rate in the world.

“Russia was the first country to legalize abortion, in 1920,” said Arevik Aivazova, the 40 Days for Life Moscow campaign coordinator, in 2013. “As a result, abortion still remains the primary method of family planning among most Russian women.”

Arevik said the official abortion numbers are much lower than the actual numbers because abortions in private clinics are not included.

The population of Russia is less than half than that of the United States, but its abortion numbers are nearly as high as those in the U.S. The Guttmacher Institute reported 862,320 abortions in 2017 in the U.S.

 

 

Timothy Plan for CNSNews.com: From Worshiping to Spending, Who Calls the Shots?


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By Robert Knight for CNSNews.com

Often, our modern cultural gurus tell us that it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe in something.

But that’s a misconception; it replaces truth with relativism, the idea that we can make up our own “truth” to suit our needs and desires. This is the fundamental philosophy taught at nearly all colleges and universities and which trickles down to the K-12 schools. Popular culture plays this tune constantly.

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The American Pastors Network for CNSNews.com: Tender Daffodils Remind that Even When Our Protections Are Taken Away, We Can Still Bloom


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By Sam Rohrer for CNSNews.com

This morning the Lord brought a practical illustration to my mind that I trust will help to encourage you as it did me—from just a little thing in life. In my pastor’s devotional, he reminded us of the practical application of Ecclesiastes 3:1, where Solomon the preacher wisely said, “for everything there is a season.” Indeed, that is true. In everything God’s hand is evident, His power can be seen and His Truth clear, His timing and planning perfect—if we but open our eyes and see.

On Friday, I was outside raking leaves, trimming berry bushes and enjoying the sunshine of God’s creation. In our front flowerbed is the bird bath. Last fall, I removed the basin from the pedestal and leaned it against the well casing to protect it during the freezing and thawing of winter. I was ready to put the basin back on the pedestal when I noticed that peeking from behind the basin were green daffodil tips that looked like all the other strong and blooming plants around it. I was excited that perhaps behind this cement basin I would find a large clump of healthy and ready-to-bloom daffodils. So I proceeded to pick up the cement bird bath basin and, to my amazement, there was a very large clump of daffodils with the tips in bud waiting to bloom in a few days.

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