Stephen E. Strang for Townhall | A War of Worldviews


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

What happens when worldviews collide? There may be no better example than the controversy that passes for legislation in the nation’s capital today. The two-party system of government is adversarial by nature, providing a vehicle for voters with differing opinions and beliefs to take sides with the political party that best represents their interests. But in recent years the philosophical divide has grown deeper and more entrenched, and despite frequent calls for bipartisanship from beleaguered voters, that’s the last thing most voters actually want.

Today’s Republican and Democratic parties represent such highly polarized points of view about almost everything that there is little hope of finding common ground, which means that enacting legislation—or confirming Supreme Court nominees—agreeable to both sides is next to impossible. This is obviously the case in the budget battles and threats of government shutdown that occur now with predictable regularity. Disagreements over issues such as immigration, abortion, gun control, taxes, health care, entitlements, the environment and much more have pushed the parties further and further apart and created deep-seated hostility in Congress and in communities all over America. In my own extended family, some relatives refuse to speak to other family members who support President Donald Trump. You’ve likely experienced the same thing in your family. Continue reading…

It’s Never OK to Invest Money in Abortion or Pornography, ‘Not a Penny,’ Says This Group


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By Cheryl Mumbert for LifeZette.com | Image from LifeZette

Art Ally, founder of the Timothy Plan family of mutual funds, has an incredible story few people know about. It all ties into how he came to be known as one of the foremost experts of Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) and why this financial path is so crucial.

Before BRI became the common term, it was called values-based investing, morally responsible investing or Bible-based investing. But the purpose was the same: to give Christians an alternative to worldly investing. Continue reading…

Sam Rohrer for LifeZette.com | Let Us Not Allow Any Old ‘Truth’ to Reject the Unwavering Facts of the Bible


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By Sam Rohrer for LifeZette.com | Image from LifeZette

Everywhere, the media put forth what they consider to be the truth.

The recent hearings into the accusations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are just the latest example of supposed news that is really the skin of a rumor stuffed with lies.

The president calls it fake news. The name “fake news” implies that what is being presented is fake or false. Continue reading…

Timothy Plan in The Stream: Moral and Biblical Investing Enables Believers to Make a Difference With Their Wallets


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Genesis 1 through 3 tells us that God created all things, including men and women, for His own glory. It also tells us that humans have the honor of being at the very top of His creative order. This means humans, while inherently sinful, are infinitely valuable and should be treated with dignity, respect and compassion.

Since the beginning, God has given humanity the great gift of dominance over all living things. But with that comes a responsibility to be good stewards of His creation. Therefore, we owe it to our Maker to use our money wisely. We should do nothing to hinder His Kingdom, but instead advance it. And we should not invest in ventures that promote or traffic in immorality — and thus are destructive to people.

But good stewardship begins with acknowledging Who really calls the shots.

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Elizabeth Yore for Townhall | ICE Freezes Out FGM


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By Elizabeth Yore for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

While the Left rails against ICE with its well-financed propaganda #AbolishICE campaign, the men and women of ICE forge ahead breaking new ground to protect children.

Yes, you heard that right. ICE protects children.

For the past two years, ICE has quietly and proactively trained TSA agents at seven major U.S. international airports and provided a public education campaign to inform travelers about the physical and psychological dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) and that FGM is a federal crime in the U.S. and in 27 states. Continue reading…

Center for Security Policy’s Michael Bender in The Washington Times: China’s Indian Ocean build-up


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By Michael Bender for The Washington Times | Image from The Times

In May 2018 the United States military renamed the “U.S. Pacific Command” to the “U.S. Indo-Pacific Command” in a largely symbolic gesture as no significant policy changes or shifts in military activity have been announced in conjunction with the move to rename. However, the lack of necessary policy and action items to accompany this step should be an item of legitimate concern as words without action create Paper Tigers.

The aggressive military build-up of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the South China Sea, and the ongoing conflict this has created with the United States and others in the region, has been the focus of a substantial amount of attention by U.S. foreign policy-makers and U.S. armed forces in the Indo-Pacific Command region for several years now. Continue reading…

CCHF’s Twila Brase in The Hill: Government health monitoring is causing physicians to leave the medical practice


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By Twila Brase for The Hill | Image from The Hill

The practice of medicine has become frustrating and painful, thanks to Congress.

Once upon a time, nothing in the exam room was more important than the patient. Using years of training and experience, your doctor would listen carefully as you shared the reasons why you were there. But today, the exam room has a distracting intruder. Your doctor’s eyes and attention are too often focused on a computer screen — the government-mandated electronic health record (EHR). Continue reading…

Building a Bigger Kingdom, Not Bigger Barns


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By Dan Celia for CNS News

We can’t take our money with us, but we can see others come to faith in Christ through what the Lord provides.

For many years on the radio, I have talked about the importance of taking a biblical approach to estate planning. For over 30 years, as I have helped many plan and grow their finances, I have come to understand how essential it is to provide a detailed road map for how and when our assets should be allocated both before and after the Lord decides to call us home.

Even after we have carefully made these important financial decisions, we should be prepared to constantly update our wills and estate plans. With ever-changing tax laws, we must think long-term—and think ahead.

The biblical approach to estate planning is centered on God’s desire for us to plan carefully. As a matter of fact, Proverbs 15:22 clearly states that without counsel and without plans, they (plans, that is) will “quickly go away …” They’ll go awry. “… but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” Scripture also tells us that it is “the foolish man who does not plan wisely.” To plan wisely and prudently, we need to seek out wise counsel. Continue reading…

Cultural Experts and Conservative Christian Leaders Weigh in on Kavanaugh’s Senate Committee Vote


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Several cultural experts and conservative Christian leaders released statements today on the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“While the vote to advance the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is a positive one for America, it’s hard to cheer a decision that should have taken place prior to the destruction of a man’s life and reputation at the hands of disgraceful Democrats. While our nation takes a step in the right direction with this vote, it does so after permanently tarnishing an honorable man’s good name, traumatizing his children and wounding the principles our judicial system was founded upon.

“As we head toward the midterm election, one thing this fiasco should solidify in the eyes of the objective American public is that the Democrat party has now fully embraced radicalism. They’re a party that believes in ‘guilty until proven innocent’ for all those who refuse to abide by their borderless, lawless and senseless worldview. Stand in their way, and you too will be targeted, regardless of truth, evidence or common decency.”

–New York Times best-selling author and ACT for America founder Brigitte Gabriel



“I could not agree more with Judge Kavanaugh that these hearings have been turned into a ‘circus’ and a ‘kangaroo court,’ in which the Democrats have tried to turn the long history of Anglo-American juris prudence on its head and assume that the accused are guilty until they prove themselves innocent. This is contrary to everything in our justice system from Magna Carta onward. The fact that U.S. Senators, many of whom are lawyers, would seriously put forward such a proposition is as mystifying as it is depressing.

“For me personally, I believe that something very traumatic happened to Dr. Christine Ford, but I also believe that in the absence of any corroborating witnesses the preponderance of the evidence shows it was not Judge Kavanaugh who was the perpetrator. So I believe, based up on the weight of evidence available that they are both telling the ‘truth’ as they remember it. But in the absence of any corroborating evidence, our legal system gives the strongest benefit of the doubt to Judge Kavanaugh.

“I also believe that when the dust clears, sanity will prevail and Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, this whole process has inflicted deep wounds on our body politic that will take years to heal. Senators being human, I can’t imagine that there aren’t deep rifts in the judiciary committee itself as a consequence of the shameful and flagrant behavior of the committee’s Democrat senators. And even after Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, it will be much more difficult to convince competent, gifted, solid citizens to be willing to endure this kind of attempted public lynching and defamation of their character in order to serve our nation. That will greatly impact all of us in very negative ways.”

–Evangelical leader and Southern Evangelical President Dr. Richard Land



“Despite the continued games and Democrat strategic efforts to derail the constitutional process to move the legitimate nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh forward to a full Senate vote, I am glad to see their efforts failed in the committee vote,” Rohrer said. “At stake is the very integrity of the nomination and review process, and the larger issue of whether or not truth will prevail and ‘innocent until proven guilty’ will remain as a cornerstone of the U.S. justice system. Also at stake is the protection of this guiding framework or whether we forever cast off the protections against allegations and politically maneuvered strategies designed to destroy people and their families based on unverifiable allegations. While this vote today was important, it now becomes the decision of Senate leadership to wisely move this process forward without delay.”

–Sam Rohrer, American Pastors Network



“I believe God answered prayer and overcame the evil intentions of those Democrats who hurled unsubstantiated accusations at Brett Kavanaugh,” Strang said. “It’s significant that he is a strong Christian who swore he is innocent not only to the civil authorities under oath, but to God. Yet he was humble enough to pray for his accuser. I believe he will be a strong constitutionalist, which is exactly what we need on the Supreme Court.”

–Best-selling author and Charisma Media founder Stephen E. Strang


“AFA is relieved that Judge Kavanaugh has been voted favorably out of committee today, but the fight is not over,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “It is time for the full Senate to confirm Judge Kavanaugh immediately. Brett Kavanaugh is a constitutional judge who will adhere to the original intent of our Founding Fathers. Despite the sleazy tactics used against Judge Kavanaugh, he has weathered the storm. Should Judge Kavanaugh be confirmed by the full Senate, this will have a positive impact for generations to come. Issues important to the American Family Association, such as sanctity of life and religious freedom, are taking on an even greater importance in our culture, and how the Supreme Court rules in these matters will affect every American. We encourage our supporters to contact their senators and urge them to vote ‘yes’ on confirming Judge Kavanaugh.”

–American Family Association President Tim Wildmon


 

Alex McFarland for Charisma News: Christians Compelled to Bring Their Faith Into the Political Conversation


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Published in Charisma News | Image from Charisma

Many media outlets—on all sides of the political spectrum—have reported how crucial the 2018 mid-term elections will be. With much at stake, religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland helps Christians view every aspect of the culture, including politics, with their faith at the core.

McFarland’s upcoming two-day Truth for a New Generation (TNG) conference, happening in one month near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will hone in on helping believers get back to the Bible in their daily decisions, even at the voting booth.

Set for Oct. 26-27 at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, Truth for a New Generation gives believers the tools, knowledge and confidence to stay up for their faith in all areas of life—in school, while parenting, in the workplace, at church and in politics.

“Our country is at a turning point, with sides so vastly different in their thinking and philosophies about what America should be,” McFarland said. “As in the 2016 presidential election, Christians will again make the difference at the voting booth. It is vitally important that every faithful person pray for wisdom as they decide the fate of our nation. The speakers at the upcoming Truth for a New Generation conference are tuned in to the tools Christians need to make these very important decisions. We hear time and time again that attendees never look at society the same way after attending a TNG event. And God calls us to look at the world in a different way—through His eyes.”

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