Christopher Hull for The Daily Caller: Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right


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By Christopher Hull

A newly issued Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) report on Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security advisor, supports a former National Security Council (NSC) staff member’s contention that a multi-front attack is being waged against President Trump by globalist, leftist and Islamist forces, including at the highest levels of the bureaucracy.

In fact, the ZOA report suggests the attack is coming in part from McMaster himself.

Earlier this year, Rich Higgins, then-director for strategic planning at the NSC, penned a brilliant memo describing the all-out assault against President Trump and his national security agenda, and making recommendations for countering and defeating it. Continue reading…

Alex McFarland for Fox News: College Success is About Character


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By Alex McFarland

Students who will be starting or returning to college in the next few weeks are getting no shortage of advice on how to succeed and lay the foundation for their careers. In my decade-plus in church youth ministry, I’ve handed out a lot of that advice myself, including to confused students and irate parents. I’d like to share some of it here as the fall semester begins.

I remember one meeting in particular with parents and their college-age son who attended our church. The beleaguered dad was red-faced with anger over the costs of time and money because his son had changed majors three times. The family meeting got really tense as “Jr.” – who had never previously expressed much interest in music – announced that he was now pursuing a degree in orchestral percussion.

“What kind of job are you going to get with that?!” the parents wanted to know. Continue reading…

A Pathetic Show of Bureaucratic Garbage


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By Dan Celia

On Wednesday, we learned that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been forced to rehire the former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Brian Hawkins had been fired in July after the completion of an internal investigation.

This fireworks-laden firing stemmed from Hawkins’ incompetence in handling the administrative duties of medical care for our veterans. Removed as director in April, an inspector general’s report later revealed that under his leadership the hospital endangered patients with its rampant organizational and managerial dysfunction.

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Dan Celia for Townhall | It’s High Time to Go on Offense


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By Dan Celia

I know I often talk about the dysfunction on Capitol Hill. It certainly is at an all-time high, even higher than during the past administration. It seems like the Democrats are functionally fine; at least they are all on the same misguided page. The one thing that certainly hasn’t changed is how the dysfunction in Washington is coming out of the Republican Party.

To me, Wednesday’s White House press briefing was refreshing. Stephen Miller, who is President Trump’s senior policy advisor, gave a briefing about the new immigration policy. As always, the news media tried to turn this into something that it wasn’t.

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How Trump’s Transgender Military Ban May Help America Preserve Natural Law


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President has scored a valuable defense of a key principle the Left has long tried to ignore or bend to its will

After centuries of its banning by Rome, the edict of Milan made Christianity legal in A.D. 323. Emperor Constantine not only deemed that Christianity was not a threat to the nation and culture, but two years later, he made it the official state religion.

Countless writers have speculated whether Constantine embraced Christianity out of sincere conversion, or of mere political opportunism.

A case can be made either way, and it’s doubtful we will know definitively in this life. Though he certainly couldn’t have known the ramifications of his decisions, Constantine’s support for Christianity would benefit the entire world and immeasurably change history. Continue reading…

Alex McFarland for CNS News | Casualties of War: For Too Many Millennials, God and Country Are Non-Entities


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By Alex McFarland

Today I found myself doing something that many might see as mundane, though to me the deed was rather somber. After years of use, it was finally time to discard my 50-foot tape measure. Nothing I could do would make it “reel in” anymore, and managing dozens of feet of ungainly metal tape proved unworkable (though I tried). After carefully placing the tape in my tool bin hundreds of times, today the piles of unwound tape were “decommissioned” and laid in a garbage bin.

It made me stop and think.

The sentimental side of me thought about the many projects through which that measuring device had guided me over a quarter century. Whenever I needed to do something right … well, I wouldn’t trust myself to guess at a measurement. To be accurate, common sense would always whisper, “Get the tape measure.”

Gathering up the pieces of the tape measure for the last time, I stared down at its numbers—inches and “foot” markings. None of them had somehow become inaccurate or no longer valid. And it isn’t that I no longer needed this in my workshop. Here is the situation—the mechanism responsible for supplying me with this measuring stick had failed. The case had cracked open and the coil spring would no longer “roll out” or “retract” the tape so that I could use it. The standard itself was as perfect as ever; the moving parts responsible to provide me with the “ruler” had failed.

You might wonder what all this has to do with anything.

I believe that this little vignette is symbolic of our crumbling nation today. Many troubling indicators could be cited regarding social, moral, financial, spiritual and familial prospects for masses of those aged 30 and under. Discussing such facts is certainly not an indictment of millennials as people. But our nation faces dire days ahead if we don’t honestly acknowledge the realities that are shaping the lives of millennials–and earnestly change course. Continue reading…

Words of Hope for Persecuted Christians


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New believers across the globe are lifted by gospel radio programming in their own local languages

by Don Shenk 

A heated debate about recent travel ban policies continues across the U.S. — while leaders discuss ways to protect Christians around the world who are facing persecution for their beliefs.

Many of us will never experience living in fear for simply committing our lives to Christ. We will never know what it feels like to be attacked for our faith. But persecution is common in the rest of the world, with millions of Christians facing persecution worldwide. And the violence and turmoil are not only increasing, but spreading to more corners of the globe. Continue reading…

Do Christians Really Know What It Means to Be Born Again?


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***NEWS RELEASE***

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2017

CONTACT: 
Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104,Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.

Do Christians Really Know What It Means to Be Born Again?

American Pastors NetworkHow Can Christians Be Salt and Light When They Don’t Believe the Basics of the Bible?

PHILADELPHIA—What does it mean to be “born again”? Do Christians truly understand this concept?

According to research from the American Culture & Faith Institute (ACFI), many Americans call themselves “born again,” but fewer than 30 percent provided answers that would support that claim. And if so many think they are born again, why aren’t these Christians impacting the culture, asks the American Pastors Network (APN,www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net).

“If a majority of Americans think they are born-again Christians, one has to wonder where the cultural disconnect is, as the moral fiber of our nation continues to erode,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, who is host of the APN radio ministry, “Stand in the Gap Today.”

This summer, “Stand in the Gap Today” hosts have discussed these findings on two separate programs with George Barna, renowned social science researcher and head of ACFI.

In pondering life after death, the ACFI research found that just 30 percent of those surveyed say they are born again with the reasoning that “after I die I know I will go to Heaven because I have confessed my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior.” Another quarter say they don’t know what will happen when they die.

“Some shocking findings of this survey indicate that many—75 percent—believe that mankind is not made up of sinners and that man is basically good,” Rohrer said. “Just barely more than half believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, and 42 percent believe that Satan is not real, but more a symbol of evil. Based on these findings, how healthy can we say the American church really is? How can salt be salt and light be light when we don’t believe those things?”

Listen to the “Stand in the Gap Today” programs on this topic here and here.

“According to these numbers and what we know from history, in real life, many, if not most of those who say they’re Christians are really not Christ-followers,” Rohrer said on the program. “We’ve also heard, for example, that up to 80 percent of Congress is Christian, but I look at that number with some skepticism. Just like there are Republicans In Name Only—RINO—there are also many Christians ‘in name only.’”

Rohrer also pointed to Matthew 7:22-23, where Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (KJV).

“There is perhaps no more clear example than these words of Christ Himself to perhaps describe these survey findings, which are evidence of what some Christians believe about themselves and what is actually real and true.”

APN focuses on news like this from a biblical and constitutional perspective on its popular daily “Stand in the Gap Today” program, which airs on nearly 425 radio stations across the country. Find a “Stand in the Gap Today” station here or listen online atwww.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net by clicking on the orange “Listen Live” button on the right-hand side of the website daily at noon ET.

Read more about the American Pastors Network and its “Stand in the Gap” radio ministry here.

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To interview a representative from the American Pastors Network, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.

The Charlie Gard Case: What It Means for the Sanctity of Life


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Controversial dispute is important for a number of reasons — and his parents should have the ultimate say

by Richard Land for LifeZette.com | Image from LifeZette

Millions of people around the globe have been captivated and deeply moved by the tragic story of little Charlie Gard.

He is the 11-month-old English infant who is gravely ill, probably terminally, and languishing in a British hospital — a captive to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS).

Little Charlie has severe brain damage, is blind and deaf, has frequent seizures, and must breathe through a ventilator to survive. Continue reading…

We’ve Got to Return to Biblical Foundations in This Country


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There’s a life-and-death cultural conflict going on in our society that must be repaired through God

By Sam Rohrer

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, KJV). 

As I drove up to the stoplight, the Christian radio program I was listening to started to mix with large amounts of “digital hash” interference. It reminded me that two different technologies were converging at the intersection: The AC electrical signal (lights) and the digital computer signal (controls) were in conflict until one was made to serve the other.

The life-and-death cultural conflict going on in American society and around the world is sort of like that. Continue reading…