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Kim Ketola on The Christian Post | Having an Abortion Against Her Will?


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By Kim Ketola

Having an Abortion Against Her Will?

People on all sides of the abortion debate are rightly concerned when fraud and deception lead to an unwanted abortion.

Lost in the holiday shuffle—a horrific story of reproductive coercion. A doctor spiked his girlfriend’s tea with abortion pills, causing an abortion of her wanted pregnancy. Sikander Imran remains in Virginia’s Arlington County Detention Center while he awaits trial, scheduled to begin in March.

People on all sides of the abortion debate are rightly concerned when fraud and deception lead to an unwanted abortion.

Yet very little is said or done about the subtler and even overt psychological coercion which drives many women to abortion.

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Sam Rohrer on The Christian Post | A National Dilemma: Prestige to the Basements of Banishment


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By Sam Rohrer

A National Dilemma: Prestige to the Basements of Banishment

This headline for this past year could be “Guilty”—whether declared by court or by accusation. The worlds of government, business, media, entertainment and even the pulpit are not immune from the current casting of societal leaders from the pinnacles of prestige to the basements of banishment. This firestorm produces gusts of justice against those who are guilty, but also destructive winds of injustice for those falsely accused for personal gain. So, what do the guilty do? What do the innocent do? What does society do in response?

From where did this sudden societal outrage come? What is the motivation to expose certain unacceptable behaviors? What is considered acceptable behavior in our society today, and what will “proper behavior” be in years to come? Who decides?

We would like to believe that our nation is experiencing a genuine return to decency; but that assumption is false because the acknowledgement of God is nowhere in the public debate. His moral standards of good and evil found in the Bible are conspicuously absent from the national outrage.

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Dan Celia on Townhall.com | 2018 Will Be a Year for Greatness and Growth


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By Dan Celia

2018 Will Be a Year for Greatness and Growth

What a way to start the new year—the Dow hitting 25,000. This is the shortest period of time in the history of the index that a move of 1,000 points has happened in just 23 days.

From a market perspective, I am not looking for a 2018 to be what 2017 was. I’m not looking for 23 percent to 25 percent gains in the indexes. But I think with the cutting of more regulatory burden for large companies down to small businesses, tax reform adding to corporate earnings and an unparalleled business sentiment and consumer confidence, not to mention bringing home to America trillions of dollars, it will be almost impossible not to see 12 to 15 percent market growth (barring any major geo-political events).

But expansion in our economy, not just the markets, is the real story. Growth in corporate earnings, just by way of tax reform, could keep markets increasing and bring valuations in line. This will continue to create more corporate enthusiasm for growth and expansion. Ultimately, markets aside, it will be about the expansion and growth of the underlying fundamentals of the economy. I believe that 2018 will put us on the path of consistent 3 to 5 percent GDP growth over many years, and that will help shape the economic environment for many years to come.

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Why Jesus Came into the World


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By Alex McFarland

Why Jesus Came into the World

Christmas is infinitely more meaningful when we understand the reasons for Our Lord’s arrival on this earth as a small infant

One of our cherished Christmas traditions is setting out a manger scene that has been in the family for generations.

When my niece, Alexandria, was very young, she was always eager to come and help arrange the figures. She carefully studied the placement of every angel and shepherd, frequently stepping back to evaluate her work.

This ritual always seemed to prompt questions: “Did the Baby Jesus get cold in the manger?” she would ask. “Did Mary and Joseph have a blanket to cover Him, or were those swaddling clothes warm enough?”

One December, as we put out the worn old manger and its well-loved pieces, my niece asked her most profound question yet: “Uncle Alex, why did Jesus come?”

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Dan Celia on Town Hall | Mr. President, Thank You for the Economic Surge


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By Dan Celia

Mr. President, Thank You for the Economic Surge

It is very exciting to see a tax bill that will stimulate the economy and move the U.S. out of wage stagnation, as we see growth in corporate investment and the creation of opportunities for all Americans. I believe passage of this bill will also help spur more ingenuity and innovation through technological advancements, returning prosperity to America. Obviously, I believe that tax reform will be a great stimulus for the economy—and even more so when we add an infrastructure bill, build the wall and form the strongest military in the nation’s history.

Yet, there seems to be one part missing from the equation. Without it, I’m afraid all these things either won’t happen or the effects won’t last for an extended period of time. What I’m concerned about is that none of these plans for the future of our economy will work unless they are accompanied by a strong, steadfast reduction in the size of government and budgets across every single department—with the exception of defense. We need to see practical models put forth that will reduce the size of an incredibly bloated government, cut our out-of-control spending and trim the national debt.

Mr. President, when it comes to cutting budgets and the size of our government, there is a great deal of hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. Obviously, the overwhelming sentiment in the entrenched political establishment is knowing that the more social control they retain, the bigger the government—and the more powerful they become. Please don’t drink the Kool-Aid that the rest of Congress has and buy into the foolish idea that debt doesn’t matter.

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Dr. Alex McFarland on The Daily Caller | BILL-BORED: Get Ready For Atheists’ Annual Use Of Christmas To Attempt Relevancy


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By Dr. Alex McFarland

BILL-BORED: Get Ready For Atheists’ Annual Use Of Christmas To Attempt Relevancy

Now in its sixth year, the American Atheists’ annual roadside “Humbug!” proclamations elicit little more than a “ho-hum.” Each December since 2011, the atheists have put up strategically placed, carefully worded billboards urging people to turn away from Christmas. The language of the billboards basically amounts to pro-atheism-meme-copy (“It’s Christ-myth,” and “This season celebrate reason”).

So get ready, people: the American Atheists are ready again to try and save the U.S. from the season’s irascible burdens of “tidings of comfort and joy.”

But to get any sort of traction in the public consciousness, or the press, the atheists must have something to “ride on” — usually something directly or indirectly Christian. Atheism is a worldview so vacuous and essentially unlivable that an upcoming global atheist convention to be held in early 2018 was cancelled because “ticket sales have been substantially below expectations” The theme for this event was “Reason for Hope” — odd for a constituency whose core beliefs deny any transcendent foundation for life. (RELATED: Lonely, ‘Invisible’ Atheists Lament Lack Of Political Power As They Stare Into Cosmic Abyss)

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Dr. Richard Land on The Christian Post | Dear Judge Roy Moore: Time for the Lie Detector


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By Dr. Richard Land

Dear Judge Roy Moore: Time for the Lie Detector

It is with a heavy heart that I feel compelled to communicate with you concerning the controversy that has engulfed your candidacy for the United States Senate from Alabama.

We were both born within three months of each other and we both graduated from college in 1969 (West Point for you, Princeton for me). Before God called me into the ministry during my sophomore year in high school I wanted to go to West Point, in which case we would have been classmates. By the way, thank you for your honorable service in our nation’s armed forces.

We both have been Baptists for more than half a century. We both, for most of our professional careers, have sought as professing Christians, to bring our faith convictions to bear on public policy issues. Indeed, we have occasionally shared the same platforms.

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Dr. Paul Chappell on Fox News | To achieve a good marriage, God’s plan will give you good directions


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By Dr. Paul Chappell

To achieve a good marriage, God’s plan will give you good directions

One of my wife Terrie’s favorite travel stories took place well before GPS units and smartphones were around. We were visiting New York City with another couple and had rented a car. The ladies were sitting in the back seat and the men in the front, with me driving. We were headed to a meeting and enjoying the iconic landmarks along the way.

When we noticed we were seeing the same landmarks multiple times, it became apparent that we didn’t know the way. Finally, after several pointed hints from the back seat, I pulled in to a gas station to ask for directions.

We two men talked to someone outside pumping gas. The ladies could see from our informant’s gestures that he felt confident as he gave directions, and they could see us nodding as we listened.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes in The Washington Times | Coaches, athletes, fans and faith in the watching world of sports


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By Shane Williamson

Coaches, athletes, fans and faith in the watching world of sports

Coaches and athletes impact a watching world through their sport and the lives they lead on and off the playing field. These two areas are interconnected in ways that may not be apparent at first glance but, in reality, cannot be separated.

In our hero-worshiping nation, one man had a revolutionary idea 63 years ago. He said, “If athletes can endorse shaving cream, razor blades and cigarettes, surely they can endorse the Lord, too.” So Don McClanen, the founder of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), formed an organization that would help Christians strengthen their faith so they could serve as role models for the youth and athletes of our nation. He knew that faith was critical to sound thinking, decision-making and guiding people of all ages to a life of true freedom.

I have been blessed to live my life in sports through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the past 25 years to help bring the life-changing message of Christ to those who may have never heard about the true freedom He offers. As a husband, father, coach and athlete, God has used faith teaching to grow and change my life, marriage and family in many positive ways. Every aspect of my life is a testament to the impact the Lord can make through a God-centered sports organization like FCA.

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Dr. Alex McFarland on FaithZette | Thanking God on This Thanksgiving Day


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By Dr. Alex McFarland

Thanking God on This Thanksgiving Day

Let’s set aside the petty on an important holiday — and be grateful to the Lord for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers

The endless controversy regarding NFL players (and others) who refuse to stand for our national anthem has troubled countless Americans, myself included. It is unsettling that patriotism is so lacking these days, especially among millennials and those who are younger.

On staff at a university, teaching adjunctively at several schools and speaking to many thousands of teens each year, I have the opportunity to “pick the brains” of these young people about a lot of topics. And I can say first-hand that youth are not encouraged to appreciate this nation as previous generations were. Young adults are constantly told how bad America is — and if not reversed, this continual conditioning to not love America will seriously undermine our national security.

Is America still worth loving, still worth saving, and still worth thanking Almighty God for right now? Yes. People outside of America would say, “Unequivocally, yes.” How do I know? Whenever I or my wife travel to developing nations, people routinely offer money to take their children to live in America.

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