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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Dr. Alex McFarland on cnsnews.com | Charles Manson – The Penultimate Expression of the Progressive Worldview


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By Dr. Alex McFarland

For many Americans, the name Charles Manson conjures vivid images and unsettling memories. Boomers remember the 1976 TV miniseries that depicted the cult, the murders and trials in surrealistic darkness. Vincent Bugliosi’s book on Manson became almost required reading for teenagers in the late 1970s. Through 500-plus pages, “Helter Skelter” was horrifying, revolting, salacious and instructive in one riveting volume.

As a teenager, I remember noticing how the Manson legacy seemed a sort of hub for a surprising number of cultural spokes. The phenomenon spawned countless conversations about problems with youth, law enforcement, the legal system, the death penalty, sexual immorality, Roman Polanski, Communist plots, the Beatles, the degrading influence of rock and roll music, pornography, hippies, drugs, cults and moreBeach Boy Dennis Wilson even testified at the trial.

Manson’s parole hearings would come and go, and though he—predictably—was never released, they did make news. Prior to several of the parole meetings, Manson published lists of who he would have killed, if let out. These proposed victims included whoever happened to be president at the time, people Manson believed had slighted him and even a promise to kill the Rev. Billy Graham. Manson’s documented history, the threatening, rambling interviews he would occasionally grant journalists, plus his immeasurably sinister demeanor all led to one conclusion: This guy is evil personified. 

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Dr. Alex McFarland on Fox News | America, we have it good – blessings and gratitude this Thanksgiving season


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By Dr. Alex McFarland

America, we have it good – blessings and gratitude this Thanksgiving season

It was my first trip to Amsterdam, having landed at the Schiphol airport after an all-night flight from New York. Boarding an early-morning train to the Rai convention center, I was already tired, though it would be many hours before I would have the opportunity to sleep. It was Amsterdam 2000, a conference for evangelists hosted by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Some 10,000 evangelists and Christian workers were there from more than 100 nations. We would spend more than a week learning about ministry and recommitting ourselves to Christ’s Great Commission. I was one of the few American attendees who had opted to lodge at Jaarbeurs, rather than in one of the expensive hotels in downtown Amsterdam. Signing up months prior, it wasn’t hard to choose to stay at this much-more-economical place.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Charisma News | How Spirit Led Are You?


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By Shane Williamson

How Spirit Led Are You?

Whenever a season comes to a close, coaches like myself and others immediately look to the next year, sometimes too quickly. We start by reflecting on the season that just ended. What were the successes? What were the failures? What did we learn? Looking back on the season helps us move forward with hope, excitement and encouragement, knowing a game plan is in place.

The same principles can exist outside of sports as we reflect on our lives at Thanksgiving and each time the calendar year comes to a close. Around this time, I always begin to ask myself specific questions, taking inventory of where I am and how the past year has impacted me.

Mentally, what have I learned over the course of the year? How have I put those lessons into practice?

Physically, how is my health? What kind of physical shape am I in, and what good or bad habits are contributing to that?

Spiritually, how deep is my relationship with God? How Spirit-led have my interactions with others been?

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Dr. Alex McFarland in Charisma News | Let’s Be Clear: We Do Not Deserve God’s Hand of Blessing


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By Dr. Alex McFarland

Let’s Be Clear: We Do Not Deserve God’s Hand of Blessing

A fellow pastor and I were racing to the airport to pick up some guests coming to our city. Our churches were co-hosting a conference and some of the inbound passengers were to be speakers at our event. Our guests were flying in from Ethiopia, and this would be their very first visit to America.

It wasn’t hard to spot the group we were to pick up. Amidst the rush of people getting off the plane, mostly Anglos, like myself, there slowly walked several men with the darkest skin pigment I had ever seen. They all were dressed in similar army-fatigue-green clothes of nondescript design. Coming down the airport corridor, their gait was slow, every step measured. The men were looking around in all directions—awed by the sights, sounds, wall-sized ads and airport shopping kiosks: Their first moments in noisy, neon America.

No mistaking it, these were our Ethiopian guests. What struck me most about their appearance was that all were so very, very thin. And I don’t just mean “skinny” compared to today’s near-universal American corpulence. The men appeared to be border-line malnourished. Their arms looked like lengths of shiny black broomsticks strung together. Bony elbows moved like loose hinges, swinging freely as the men ambled toward us. But their gaunt faces carried broad smiles as we all met for the first time, embracing, praying concisely, then hurrying to our van.

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