Thankfulness: A Most Appropriate Christian—and American—Trait


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By Alex McFarland for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

Have you ever seen someone overcome with gratitude to the point that they were simply beside themselves with thankfulness? It is a beautiful thing to see. In America, we are blessed with such abundance that real gratitude can be a rare thing. We have an embarrassment of riches; for even the most mundane items we have endless options from which to choose.

It is easy to forget that others in the world are not so blessed as we. I was reminded of this during my first trip to Africa several years ago. Three weeks in the bush country of Zambia bred within me a new sense of gratitude. It was convicting to watch the Zambian people react to common items our mission team members possessed. Basic things like a knapsack with pockets and zippers, or boots with Velcro “laces” were studied in speechless awe by the impoverished Zambians. Continue reading….

Sam Rohrer for The Daily Caller: Progressives Are Really Regressives


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By Sam Rohrer for The Daily Caller | Image from Daily Caller

Nothing can be seen as shining a light or as making “progress,” in the best sense of the word, in the beliefs of those who call themselves “progressives.” In fact, modern “progressives” are “regressive” in the simplest definition. Consider these definitions from Dictionary.com:

Progressive:

Adjective

“Happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.” Continue reading…

But Can We Keep It?


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By Stephen E. Strang for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

After decades of slow and unsteady growth, the American economy seems to be on a roll, despite recent market dips, and there can be little doubt about what changed. In fact, the economy had been setting so many records even the New York Times had to admit at mid-year they had “run out of words” to describe the incredible success of the economy under President Donald Trump’s leadership.

By this fall, employment numbers had gone through the roof, topping 134,000 private-sector jobs in September, with unemployment eventually falling to 3.7 percent overall—the lowest in 50 years. Continue reading…

Timothy Plan for Green Money Magazine: God Calls His Followers to Honor Him with Their Finances


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By Robert Knight for Green Money

The ethics of Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) are not new. In fact, they can be traced not only to specific Bible verses but also to Jewish interpretive writing in the Talmud stretching back before Christ.

For example, the great Middle Ages Rabbi Maimonides (1135-1204 A.D.) forbade “the sale of weapons to people who may use them for violence or robbery (Mishnah Torah, Laws of Murder 12:12, 14).” And Rabbi Dr. Asher Meier of the Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem confirms that Jewish tradition requires an ethical approach to investing: “Any economic activity that has special social value can be considered a preferred investment,” he wrote. Continue reading…

Two Thought-Provoking Commentaries from Best-Selling Author Brigitte Gabriel


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New York Times best-selling author Brigitte Gabriel, whose new book, “Rise,” was released on Sept. 11, recently penned two thought-provoking pieces for The Christian Post and LifeZette. Read more below…

The Death of Free Speech in America

Freedom of speech is the most fundamental pillar of Western, Judeo-Christian society. Increasingly, this fundamental civil right afforded to all Americans through the First Amendment to our Constitution is being eroded by the Islamist-leftist coalition in an effort to assert control over “we the people.”

The unholy alliance between radical Islamists and radical leftists has resulted in a modern-day America our founders would not recognize. America, despite being known for its protection of free speech, is now a country where speaking the truth will leave you labeled a bigot or the new attack word, Islamophobic. Continue reading…

Patriotic Americans Must Unite to Defend Our Country’s Foundational Principles

This nation cannot stand if we’re divided.

I’m not one to embrace the cliché notion that all Americans need to come together when radical leftist Americans are determined to destroy the fabric of this great nation.

With that in mind, it is well past time for all patriotic Americans, regardless of political party, to come together in defense of the very foundational principles of our society — principles like freedom of speech, due process, and common decency. Continue reading…

Sam Rohrer for Townhall.com | An Endoscopy of the American Culture


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By Sam Rohrer for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice, but, without a doubt, the procedure that led up to this final vote was more tumultuous, angrier and witnessed more deception, lies and conspiracy to dismantle the process, destroy lives and divide America that any previous event in Congressional history.

As a result, the nation has been changed. To what extent, we don’t yet know. Like watching a day-time soap opera, Americans were immersed in this sickening display of raunchiness, with most hoping it was pure fiction. But sadly, the Kavanaugh experience was not fiction. It was real. Continue reading…

Election Preview: Salt and Light: Should We Engage the Culture?


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By Abraham Hamilton III for The Christian Post | Image from Christian Post

When we survey the landscape of a society deteriorating around us, an oft-asked question is: “Should we engage the culture?” To answer that question, we must turn to God’s Word, our metric for evaluating everything. Matthew 5:13-16 records a portion of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in which He says, “You are the salt of the earth” (v.13) and “You are the light of the world” (v.14). In both verses, the word you is plural in Greek.

So the “you” Jesus assigns to salt and light duty includes all of those followers who were present for the Sermon on the Mount. Furthermore, it extends to those of us who are His disciples today. Continue reading…

Where Does Unity Begin?


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By Gary Dull for The Christian Post | Image from Christian Post

As we have watched the news over the past few days, we have learned that someone is attempting to put terror in the hearts of Americans by the sending of packages containing pipe bombs to various locations. This is a horrible thing to do but it shows the depravity of mankind. No one who truly loves America and respects others would do such a thing. However, someone who dislikes America is willing not only to send out pipe bombs that may or may not detonate, but will stoop to even lower acts to attempt to divide our nation. Continue reading…

Faith Leaders and Influencers Release Statements on Tragic Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting


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Several faith leaders, influencers and voices of reason have released statements on the tragic shooting that took the lives of 11 people in a close-knit Pittsburgh community on October 28 (Image from Charisma Media):

“We are devastated by the needless and tragic loss of life on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Once again, the Jewish community is the victim of one of the most ancient hatreds known to mankind—anti-Semitism. A gunman took advantage of the freedoms afforded to Americans and walked into a synagogue uncontested, where he attacked Sabbath worshipers. This was pure evil.

“Declaring, ‘All Jews must die!’ he revealed a heart that stands opposed to God’s heart. Through the prophet Isaiah, God says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good’ (Isaiah 5:20). The gunman said he was ‘going in,’ believing his action was good; but it was a cowardly and graphic display of wickedness.

“We uphold the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers. We know that their lives have been changed forever.

“As part of the covenant God made with Abraham, He promised to bless those who bless Abraham (Genesis 12:3). God reaffirmed this covenant with Isaac, Jacob and Jacob’s descendants—the Jewish people. Nowhere in Scripture does God ever say He has withdrawn, canceled or transferred this promise to anyone else. What the gunman should have done was enter the synagogue and thank the Jewish people for blessing the world.

“Someday, this man, who brazenly took innocent Jewish lives, will meet the Maker of the universe. He will come face to face with the One who also promised to curse those who curse the Jewish people. Perhaps, before then, he will recognize how heinous his thoughts and actions were and will feel true remorse and repentance. To that end we will pray.

“We are left to wonder how such a tragedy can happen, and why the Jewish people continue to be singled out for hatred. Anti-Semitism is a reality that has shaped the Jewish community for many ages. In the days of the psalmist, the Jewish people’s enemies sought to cut them off so their name would be forgotten forever (Psalm 83:4). But the psalmist also said the enemies of the Jewish people are the enemies of God. This is still true today.

“They did not succeed in the psalmist’s day, nor have they since. But failure has not stopped them from trying. Anti-Semites have persecuted God’s Chosen People throughout history; and in the past 1,500 years, the persecution was often perpetrated by those who identified as Christians. Given the legacy of anti-Semitism carried out in the name of Christ, it is not hard to understand why many Jewish people fear Christianity.

“But the truth is that, as Christians, we should love whomever God loves. The Lord loves the Jewish people “with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). All Christians should do likewise. After the church began, God reaffirmed that the Jewish people are beloved (Romans 11:28). Jesus taught His followers to be marked by love and compassion, and not by hate. Hatred is the tool of the Evil One and is not of the Lord.

“Since our founding 80 years ago, The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry has been proud to identify as Christians who love the Jewish people. We are privileged to stand in solidarity with them, and we mourn with the Jewish community and strongly condemn the attack in Pittsburgh. We abhor and oppose anti-Semitism in any form, whether verbal or physical. It is wrong.

“We pray the peace of God will comfort all who are hurting, and we ask for His blessing upon His Chosen People.”

–Jim Showers,
executive director and president of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry



“We pray for victims of this tragic shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue, and for all the Jewish people in the world. The suspect has a history of espousing anti-Semitic hatred. Americans must devote themselves to defending the lives and liberties of persecuted ethnic and religious peoples, and especially that of Jews and Christians whose plight is so often ignored or under reported by Western mainstream media. We must counter and avoid more senseless and hateful acts of violence by holding accountable those responsible for inciting or committing brutal acts toward others because they love and worship God.”

–Dede Laugesen,
founder member and Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition director



“The civilized world must band together in solidarity to ensure that people of all faiths can live in peace and harmony and that Jews are never persecuted and victimized by barbaric, murderous ideologies ever again. To allow anti-Semitism to continue to exist unchecked in the 21st century destroys a piece of everyone’s humanity. There is simply no room for such hatred in the world.

“The sooner we realize that allowing the stain of anti-Semitism to persist will only result in violence eventually against everyone, the better.”

–Brigitte Gabriel,
New York Times best-selling author, who released
RISE: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom” on Sept. 11



“I grew up near the Pittsburgh synagogue that was murderously attacked on Saturday. The eleven elderly people killed there were neighbors in a community I remember fondly for its tranquility and harmony.

“Another vivid memory is that some five decades ago this house of worship was one of those that prominently displayed a sign exhorting congregants and passersby like me to ‘Save Soviet Jews.’ That expression of concern for others is a hallmark of so many of the Jewish faith.  It launched a movement that ultimately liberated millions of Jews and hundreds of millions of others enslaved by the ‘Evil Empire.’

“Sadly, Jews now need saving in lots of places, including in Europe and even in America where anti-Semitic violence is on the rise.  We must stand against those who would come for them, and then for the rest of us.”

–Frank Gaffney,
founder and president of the Center for Security Policy



“Our sincere condolences and the heartfelt prayers of the Times Square Church congregation are being lifted up to the throne of God for the families and friends of the victims in Pittsburgh,” Conlon said. “It is now imperative that we join together in prayer for the comfort of those affected and for the love and unity which only God can bring to touch our beloved country again. We have been spiritually awakened as a people throughout history. We must get together now and ask for God’s love and truth to abound in our cities once more. It’s time to pray.”

–Carter Conlon,
Times Square Church and author of “It’s Time to Pray

The Tide Ministry in The Christian Post | Breaking Through to Persecuted Christians in India Through Gospel Radio Programs


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By Don Shenk for The Christian Post 

Climbing higher each year on the World Watch List from Open Doors USA is the Hindu nation of India, where The Tide® global radio ministry has been broadcasting Gospel programming since 1978. In fact, of the four nations on the 2018 World Watch List where The Tide reaches believers, India is the highest at No. 11.

For more than 70 years, our ministry has shared the hope of Christ worldwide, but over the past several years, more and more desperately need that hope as they face persecution in their home countries—simply for trusting in Jesus. Continue reading…