Our Easter Celebration Is For You As Well

Allow me to move from Good Friday to Victory of the Risen Lord.

Allow me to move from Good Friday to the Victory of the Risen Lord.

The second chapter of Philippians captures the powerful story of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection:

When the time came, he set aside the privileges of Deity, and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He did not claim special privileges. Instead he lived a selfless, obedient life, and died a selfless obedient death – the death of a Crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high, and honored him far beyond anyone, and anything on Earth and in Heaven…”
The Message
Philippians 2: 6-9

When God in Christ took on himself human form, emptying himself of divine privileges, that was a big deal, yet what he did on the cross is the grand miracle of God. From the pain and shame of Crucifixion came the Joy of exaltation. The risen Christ was given a special place in The Kingdom of God, and a final solution to the Human predicament of separation from God, Separation caused by our sin. We now belong to God. In Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord, we are sealed as God’s Children.

This grand cosmic miracle has been replaced in our culture by secular celebrations. It is the mission of the Church of Jesus Christ, to lift the Resurrection to the high place it deserves. May we in the days to come declare to our communities and to this world, the Redeeming POWER of Resurrection. And may we as the Redeemed People of God, live our lives as a testament to The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May your Easter Day be Blessed and like none other.

Christus Victor!
Dam G Myers

He is Risen!”
And You say,
“He is Risen Indeed!”

This is the Disneyland A Ticket

Just today I was given the choice of surgery dates. The nurse said, “Dr. Dan you can have Friday, March 25, Good Friday, or Friday April 1, April Fools Day.” I’m going for March 25. -:)

If you have followed my little journey lately you know that I met a whole new set of friends in the medical profession. I’ve been in and out of hospitals thousands of times, but never as a patient. Dr. X was my first new friend, a cardiologist. He’s the fellow that did first the stress test. He came back and said, “you have a little irregularity in the upper part of your heart, let’s do an echo test.” Terrific, it went well but that’s probably because I never heard the results. Dr. X then said, we need to do an angiogram in order to determine exactly where the blockage is and just how severe.”

I’m beginning to think, “Hey, wait a minute, I came in here for a simple little tread-mill exercise and now you’re wanting to stick a wire up my arm with the intention of piercing my heart. How exciting can that be?” Not very! You must remember, this is the doctor that looked like he might be from Iraq. In the beginning I was bold enough to ask, are you from the Middle East? He said, “No, I was born and raised in Texas, but my parents are from Persia.” I smiled and said that would be Iran.” That was just when our sailors were captured on the high seas by Iran. My concern was, this fellow could be a Muslim and everyone in the world knows I have had much to say about the radical Muslims. I wasn’t prepared to enter the surgical den, climb up on the table only to hear him cry ala Akbar from the prep room. I can tell you I would have been off that table with my legs spinning like a squirrel in a cage. But that was not to be. I found peace of mind when I discovered he was a man who loved and served the Lord. Be still my legs, we’ll save them for another day.

He still came back with lousy news’s from his angiogram. He disrespected me when he looked me straight in the eye and said, “If I were his father, he would be giving the same advice, you need a triple by-pass.” I don’t ever remember a seminary course where they even discussed such an event. We talked about how to baptize, marry, bury, dedicate babies and hold people’s hands in the hospitals, but triple bypasses, not on my watch.I never heard of a theological degree in Triple By-passes.

So off I’m farmed to another new friend. I’ll call him Dr. Hacksaw. He’s the surgeon. I’ve looked at all the videos on the web and this guy has a good time slicing and dicing you and you  end up, if your lucky, with this cross-stitch thing on your chest that would make all the ladies in Dorene’s church knitting group envious.

I ask him what would be the most difficult part of the surgery. He said, “That’s probably when we remove the tubes placed around the heart.” He said, “I had one patient who ask for a small towel to put between his teeth so he could bite down at the right moment. But when the moment came, his mouth flew open and he screamed, “Dear God, was it a boy or a girl.” He wanted everyone to know new mothers had nothing on him.”

Anyway, Dr. HS said, “In spite of the blockage, you’re in excellent health and this will be a piece of cake In a matter of weeks you’ll be up and climbing to the Cross each morning as you have for the past five years.

This doctor has an impeccable reputation here in the Coachella Valley. I felt I wanted to know him a bit since we had never met, that is before I loose consciousness. I wanted something more than a professional relationship; you know something a bit personal. So, I ask him if he had a personal of faith, a believer. At first he acted like he didn’t know how to respond. I said, “What I’m asking, are you a Christian, or of the Jewish or Islāmic faith, or maybe something else?” He said, “I’m a Pentecostal believer and did my undergraduate work at Oral Roberts University, a school with one of the finest hospitals and pre-med programs in the country. I helped him understand he can do all of the shouting he wants before the surgery, but in it, a steady hand will do. I’ll do the shouting once he’s finished. He’s a great guy. He strikes me as the sort of fellow you would like to sit down and have a conversation and cup of coffee with.

At the end of the consultation, he asks Dorene and I if we had any other questions he might help us with. I said, “There is just one, have you ever done one of these things before?” He called the nurse to usher us out the door.

Note: you must understand that there is a bit humor in all of this to help Dorene and I prepare for the most physically challenging life event, and that includes flying hang gliders. Humor is left behind as we pray for God’s guidance for the doctor, and grace for the patient. If you pray with us, we will be grateful.

Pastor Dan

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Did Bill Bennett Really Write this In Support of Donald Trump?

A very dear and respected friend picked up an article allegedly written by the much-threspected Bill Bennett, former Secretary of Education in the Reagan Administration, which turns out he is not the author. Bloggers and writers are doing today exactly what people did during the first century. They would write letters and then put the name of a well-respected individual in order to give it credibility and to compete with real writers and genuine letters that would one day become our Holy Bible. When the early church councils and fathers determined what books to include in the Bible, this was one of the first things they looked for. Any book not written by the author ascribed was automatically set aside. This letter allegedly written by Bill Bennett is such a post. It is fallacious without credibility.

The following note and attachments I shared with my fiend. She honestly wants to make the right decision and wondered since the pot is being radically stirred, how can one know whom to vote for? This is my response.

“This is not something just hitting the web. It came from an essay in Nov. 14, 2015 and Bill Bennett had nothing to do with it. We have to be very careful what we read on the web and especially when it doesn’t sound like it came from the attributed writer. Having heard Bennett speak about the Trump’s run, I said to myself, “This can’t be from the Bennett I’ve respected and followed most of his career.” So I did what I usually do when I see something like this come across my screen, I check it with the fact checkers, in this case TruthorFiction.com. If you go to https://www.truthorfiction.com/bill-bennett-theyd-kill-trump-before-they-let-him-be-president/ you will get the truth on this phony piece.

In the beginning I was leaning toward Trump, but the more I listen to his litany of non policy statements and absolute melt downs, e.g., the last debate on Thursday, there is no way I could vote for him in the primaries since we have at least four other candidates that understand and practice Christian values and in my mind have a better chance of beating Hillary in the General. If it comes down to Hillary vs. Trump, I will vote for Trump, but that tells you how strongly I feel about the Clintons and where the Democratic party has gone in leaving planet earth. The Republican party may be no better, but they have candidates running with integrity and character.

Let me invite and encourage you read the next two brief post that follows this one.  The first two articles are written by people I respect and who actually wrote the articles. I have many articles written by people we all respect that are falling on their faces to become Trump supporters. They may be impressive to you. But for all of Trumps lack of humility and business accomplishments, some to be admired and some very questionable, let me share with you just one piece written by a very right of the center politician and who happens to be a Christian not because he waves a Bible and then grossly misquotes it, but because like the other four remaining candidates are Christians as evidenced by their lives and behavior. If values mean anything, you will want to read the following, How Much Must We Compromise Our Values?” And then don’t miss the final link below!

I am not suggesting that the litmus test for candidates is that they must be a born-again believer (that would help until someone reminds us of the peanut farmer), but I am suggesting that a person cannot lie in order to be compatible with the circumstances and people he is with at the time. So if I am wrong in my assessment of The Donald, I pray for handwriting on the wall, a bolt of lightening or any other minor event that might be convincing. Until that happens, I pray for God’s will for the sake of our country,”

Dan

P.S. I’m confident you feel you are overloaded now, but if you are dedicated in your search to find the truth about candidates, then the following will be more important than anything above. See Steve Berman’s

Thanks to ‘Transgender Equality’ Laws, Boys Are Now Sharing Girls’ Locker Rooms

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We knew this was coming, and we told you this was coming, yet many people still refuse to believe us.

Even as I write these words, different cities in America are considering dangerous and irrational laws that impose unfair and potentially dangerous burdens on the vast majority of citizens, all in name of helping a tiny number of deeply confused individuals. When will we learn?

To put it simply, you are guaranteeing trouble when you effectively make public bathrooms and locker rooms gender neutral. It is an experiment in social madness, and it is completely without justification, no matter how much we care about men and women who struggle with gender identity issues.

Many of us in the pro-family movement have warned for years that so-called anti-discrimination laws that include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as categories open the door to a host of potential problems and abuses.

First, these laws do not consider the needs of a multitude of women and children who will feel quite uncomfortable when a biological male comes walking into their bathroom or locker room, understandably so. (Note to LGBT activists: The fact that a biological male dresses like a female does not make women and children feel any more comfortable.)

Second, there is no way to keep heterosexual predators out of the ladies’ rooms, since a heterosexual male could simply pose as a woman to satisfy his voyeuristic (or worse) desires.

Yesterday, in Seattle, “A man undressed in a women’s locker room, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.”

As reported by krem.

“A man undressed in a women’s locker room, citing a new state rule that allows people to choose a bathroom based on gender identity.”

As reported by krem.com, “It was a busy time at Evans Pool around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. The pool was open for lap swim. According to Seattle Parks and Recreation, a man wearing board shorts entered the women’s locker room and took off his shirt. Women alerted staff, who told the man to leave, but he said ‘the law has changed and I have a right to be here.'”

Was he transgender? Heterosexual? Something else? Does it matter? If he feels he should be able to use the women’s locker room, he can, and no one can stop him.

In the words of pool regular Aldan Shank, “Sort of works against the point they’re trying to make. They’re causing people to feel exposed and vulnerable with the intention of reducing people feeling exposed and vulnerable.”

When I posted this report on my Facebook page, a woman named Kati commented, “This is VERY real. This new policy that was recently adopted by our local YMCA in WA allows for people to use whatever locker room they self-identify with. Just two weeks ago a boy around the age of 13 walked right into the girls side of the women’s locker room. All he did was sit down and scroll through his phone. Little girls where surprised when they came in from showering with their towels wrapped around them to see him sitting there. My daughter was one of those girls. This policy opens the door to those who have malicious intent.”

What kind of lunacy is this?

Last year, at a Planet Fitness gym in Midland, Michigan, Yvette Cormier was in the ladies’ locker room when a man, dressed as a woman, entered the locker room. According to local ABC News, “Cormier, who had been a Planet Fitness member for two months, said she went to the front desk immediately. The man at the desk told her that Planet Fitness policy is ‘whatever gender you feel you are, that’s the locker room you’re allowed to go in,'” she said.

When Cormier warned other members about the Planet Fitness policy, her own membership was revoked.

Even more alarming, in 2012, in Olympia, Washington, female high school students sharing a college campus swimming pool were shocked to see a naked, 45-year-old male student who identifies as “Colleen” sitting in their sauna. (The police report stated that “she” was exposing “her male genitalia.”)

The girls were traumatized and the parents outraged, but college officials said they could not do anything because of state policies against gender-identity discrimination: “‘The college has to follow state law,’ Evergreen spokesman Jason Wettstein told ABC News affiliate KOMO. ‘The college cannot discriminate based on the basis of gender identity. Gender identity is one of the protected things in discrimination law in this state.'”

Adding to the insanity is the fact that it was subsequently discovered online that Colleen also identifies as a lesbian and is strongly attracted to women, in other words, just like most heterosexual males. Yet it is perfectly legal for Colleen to sit in a sauna with naked teenage girls.

Who can possibly justify abuses like this?

Last October, The HuffPost reported, “The University of Toronto (U of T) is temporarily changing its policy on gender-neutral bathrooms after two reports of voyeurism in a student residence.

“Two women showering in Whitney Hall, a residence at U of T’s University College, reported they saw a cellphone reach over the shower-stall dividers in an attempt to record them, in two different incidents, police Const. Victor Kwong told The Toronto Star.”

But of course. Is anyone surprised?

Recently, before speaking at a chapel service for a Christian middle school and high school, I stopped in the restroom, which, I discovered, was in the elementary school wing of the building.

As I walked out, three little boys walked in, perhaps 6 years old.

I thought to myself, “How could any adult possibly think that it is fair to these little boys to have a confused little girl use their bathroom, or a confused little boy use the girls’ room? And how could any adult possibly think that it was fine for a confused (or opportunistic) teenage boy to share a locker room with teenage girls?”

Yet in schools across the nation, this is hardly a theoretical question. In fact, in an extraordinary example of government overreach, last November a headline announced: “Department of Education orders school to allow boys to use girls’ locker rooms, showers.”

It’s time we say, “Enough!”

I urge every man or woman of conscience and decency to stand against these laws while, at the same time, working to help those who are gender-confused get to the root of their struggles.

This social madness must stop.

If you live in or near Charlotte, North Carolina, please take a minute to go to DontDoItCharlotte.com and sign the petition immediately. The City Council, backed by aggressive and well-funded gay activist organizations, is poised to vote this into law on Feb. 22.

Michael Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire and is the president of FIRE School of Ministry. His newest book is Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide. Connect with him on Facebook at AskDrBrown or on Twitter @drmichaellbrown.

Chris Kyle – A Man From A Different Time

For those who may not know, here are a list of Chris Kyle’s awards.

•  2 Silver Stars with Combat Valor
•  5 Bronze Stars with Combat Valor
•  Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Valor…
•  2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Combat Valor
•  2 Combat Action Ribbons
•  Navy Presidential Unit Citation
•  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
•  Navy Unit Commendation
•  Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
•  Navy Good Conduct Medal with 2 Service Star
•  National Defense Service Medal
•  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
•  Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 Campaign Stars
•  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
•  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
•  Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 Service Stars
•  Rifle Marksmanship Medal
•  Pistol Marksmanship Medal
•  United States Navy SEALs Insignia

Here is a description of his funeral, definitely worth reading:

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This is apparently from a wife of one of the Navy Seals in attendance… it makes interesting, disturbing, but hardly surprising reading.

Chris Kyle became the US armed services number #1 sniper of all time. Not something he was happy about, other than the fact that in so doing, he saved a lot of lives.

Three years ago, his wife Taya asked him to leave the SEAL teams because he had a huge bounty on his head by Al Qaeda. He did and wrote the book “The American Sniper” and 100% of the proceeds from the book went to two of the SEAL families who had lost their sons in Iraq .

That was the kind of guy Chris was. He formed a company in Dallas to train military, police and I think firemen, how to protect themselves in difficult situations. He also formed a foundation to work with military people suffering from PTSD. Chris was a giver not a taker. He, along with a friend and neighbour, Chad Littlefield, were murdered trying to help a young man that had served six months in Iraq and claimed to have PTSD.

Now I need to tell you about all of the blessings.

Southwest Airlines flew in any SEAL and their family from any airport to the funeral… free of charge. The employees donated buddy passes and one lady worked for four days without much of a break to see that it happened. Volunteers were at both airports in Dallas to drive them to the hotel.

The Marriott Hotel reduced their rates to $45 a night and cleared the hotel for only SEAL’s and family.

The Midlothian, TX Police Department paid the $45 a night for each room. I would guess there were about 200 people staying at the hotel, 100 of them were SEALs.

Two large buses were chartered (an unknown donor paid the bill) to transport people to the different events and they also had a few rental cars (donated).

The police and secret service were on duty 24 hours during the stay at our hotel.

At the Kyle house, the Texas DPS parked a large motor home in front to block the view from reporters. It remained there the entire five days for the SEALs to meet in and so they could use the restroom there instead of the bathroom in the house.

Taya, their two small children and both sets of parents were staying in the home. Only a hand full of SEALS went into the home as they had different duties and meetings were held sometimes on an hourly basis.
It was a huge coördination of many different events and security. Derek was assigned to be a Pall Bearer, to escort Chris’ body when it was transferred from the Midlothian Funeral Home to the Arlington Funeral Home, and to be with Taya. A tough job. Taya seldom came out of her bedroom. The house was full with people from the church and other family members that would come each day to help. I spent one morning in a bedroom with Chris’ mom and the next morning with Chad Littlefield’s parents (the other man murdered with Chris). A tough job.

George W. Bush and his wife Laura, met and talked to everyone on the Seal Team one on one. They went behind closed doors with Taya for quite a while. They had prayer with us all. You can tell when people were sincere and caring.

Nolan Ryan sent his cooking team, a huge grill and lots of steaks, chicken and hamburgers. They set up in the front yard and fed people all day long including the 200 SEALs and their families.

The next day a local BBQ restaurant set up a buffet in front of the house and fed all once again. Food was plentiful and all were taken care of. The  kept those inside the house well fed.

Jerry Jones, the man everyone loves to hate, was a rock star. His wife and he were just making sure everyone was taken care of….Class… He donated the use of Cowboy Stadium for the services because so many wanted to attend. The charter buses transported us to the stadium on Monday at 10:30 am. Every car, bus, motorcycle was searched with bomb dogs and police. I am not sure if kooks were making threats trying to make a name for themselves or if so many SEALS in one place was a security risk, I don’t know. We willingly obliged. No purses went into the stadium!

We were taken to The Legends room high up and a large buffet was available. That was for about 300 people. We were growing. A Medal of Honor recipient was there, lots of secret service and police and Sarah Palin and her husband. She looked nice, this was a very formal military service.

The service started at 1:00 pm and when we were escorted onto the field I was shocked. We heard that about 10,000 people had come to attend also. They were seated in the stadium seats behind us.

It was a beautiful and emotional service. The Bagpipe and drum corps were wonderful and the Texas A&M men’s choir stood through the entire service and sang right at the end. We were all in tears.

The next day was the 200-mile procession from Midlothian , TX to Austin for burial. It was a cold, drizzly, windy day, but the people were out.

We had dozens of police motorcycles riders, freedom riders, five chartered buses and lots of cars. You had to have a pass to be in the procession and still it was huge.

Two helicopters circled the procession with snipers sitting out the side door for protection.

It was the longest funeral procession ever in the state of Texas. People were everywhere. The entire route was shut down ahead of us, the people were lined up on the side of the road the entire way.

Firemen were down on one knee, police officers were holding their hats over their hearts, children waving flags, veterans saluting as we went by.

Every bridge had fire trucks with large flags displayed from their tall ladders, people all along the entire 200 miles were standing in the cold weather. It was so heart warming. Taya rode in the hearse with Chris’ body so Derek rode the route with us. I was so grateful to have that time with him.

The service was at Texas National Cemetery. Very few are buried there and you have to apply to get in. It is like people from the Civil War, Medal of Honour winners, a few from the Alamo and all the historical people of Texas .

It was a nice service and the Freedom Riders surrounded the outside of the entire cemetery to keep the crazy church people from Kansas that protest at military funerals away from us.

Each SEAL put his Trident (metal SEAL badge) on the top of Chris’ casket, one at a time. A lot hit it in with one blow. Derek was the only one to take four taps to put his in and it was almost like he was caressing it as he did it.

Another tearful moment.

After the service Governor Rick Perry and his wife, Anita , invited us to the governor’s mansion. She stood at the door, greeted each of us individually, and gave each of the SEALs a coin of Texas . She was a sincere, compassionate, and gracious hostess. We were able to tour the ground floor and then went into the garden for beverages and BBQ. So many of the Seal team guys said that after they get out they are moving to Texas.

They remarked that they had never felt so much love and hospitality. The charter buses then took the guys to the airport to catch their returning flights. Derek just now called and after a 20 hours flight he is back in his spot, in a dangerous land on the other side of the world, protecting America.

We just wanted to share with you, the events of a quite emotional, but blessed week.”

To this day, no one in the White House has ever acknowledged Chris Kyle; his service, his death, his duty, his generosity, his caring, his life.

However, the President can call a sports person and congratulate him on his bravery for announcing to the world that he is gay.

He can say on national television that someone, a man who has committed a crime and was shot by police in the line of duty, would have made him a good son.

The SEALS have asked that you please, keep this moving if you think Chris Kyle would have made a good son.

Hope and Change – “Making America Weak Again”

A little more than seven years ago the fledgling political operative out of Chicago, stormed the country  with his captivating mantra of “Hope and Change.” It captivated the masses, and history records his grand parade to the White House. After seven years of his administration there has been enormous change, but little real hope. Of course he could never have won on a campaign slogan that is far more accurate in describing his rule as a monarch, “Making America Weak Again.”

As a young cleric serving the people of a great church, I remember so well John Harvey a great patriot. As a member of the Birch Society, his passion in life was to education his pastor about the present and what he believed was the inevitable decline of America as a super power and peace broker in the world. In the sixties and seventies I considered the Birchers to be a group of people who seemed to be the prophets of doom and gloom. They seem to find little right and much wrong with our political system. At that time in my life I did not take my friend seriously, I do now.

Many years have passed and John is now with the Lord he loved. I have not forgotten our long conversations as we would drive from the Antelope Valley to Bishop California, always with the intention of doing just a little more work on that unfinished cabin.

I never became a Bircher, however because of those conversations with my friend, I  developed what I felt was a healthy ability to question the unhealthy policies, presidential executive orders, the work of our congress and etc. I also became very pro active in a couple of organizations that endeavor to make America great again long before Donald Trump embedded that as his presidential slogan.

Act for American is one of those organizations I believe is providing Americans information about radical Islam that is not available anywhere. What you read below is not from their website, however they and others could very well make these statements and raising these questions.

Like most in American who consider themselves “concerned” citizens we don’t want to be identified with any fringe or “radical” group that declares our president is a Muslim. After all aren’t these people nuts and radicals themselves for even rasing such a thought We think of people in this group much like I thought of my Bircher friend. They are for the most part good people but out of touch with reality.

While I’m not willing to make such a statement about our president (that he is a Muslim), there have been shifts in our culture, policy changes, and presidential executive orders that by design appear to make America weak like in the early years of our history. We might ask the following questions about the product of his administration and see where that leads us.

Has everyone lost their ability to see what is happening in the USA? Think America! Before Obama, there was virtually no visible presence
of Islam in America.

All of a sudden, Islam is taught in schools

All of a sudden, we must allow prayer rugs everywhere and allow for Islāmic prayer in schools and businesses.

All of a sudden, we must stop serving pork in public places and institutions.

All of a sudden, we are inundated with law suits by Muslims who are offended by America. (For God’s sake, they are IN America)

All of a sudden, we must allow burkas to be worn everywhere even though you have no idea who is covered up under them.

All of a sudden, Muslim training compounds are popping up throughout the USA.

All of a sudden, Muslims are suing employers for being expected to do their jobs.

All of a sudden, all of our aircraft carriers are recalled for maintenance by Obama rendering the Atlantic unsupported.

All of a sudden, our troops are withdrawn from the middle east.

All of a sudden, there is no money for American poor, disabled veterans, jobless Americans, hungry Americans, or displaced Americans,
but there is endless money for Obama’s refugee programs.

All of a sudden, Obama fills the Federal Government with Muslims in key positions.

All of a sudden, there is an ammunition shortage in the USA.

All of a sudden, Americans are threatened by the Federal government for complaining about Muslims.

All of a sudden, the most important thing for Obama to do is disarm American Citizens.

Now, why is it so important for Obama to disarm America? Why? Because a disarmed country is ripe for takeover by the Muslim Army that Obama
has imported into the United States.

Nikita Khrushchev, the Russian dictator who visited the USA in the 1950s said the USA could never  be occupied by any army because of it’s citizen Army.

Could it be that Obama knows this fact and is doing everything within his power to disarm our Citizen Army? If Obama can’t do it legally, he will abuse his power and take
every gun from Americans because he knows he must do that to turn the USA over to Islam.

Be wary and watchful! Obama’s actions speak far beyond his words. Obama won’t even say the words “Islāmic Terrorist”, WHY?”.

You may leave with the thought this is another wild piece from the NRA, it isn’t. I am not a member of that organization, however I may join soon.

To provide us with some perspective, I share with you Michael Barone’s post from Friday, Jan 15, 2015

American Exceptionalism: How Has It Fared in the Obama Years?

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In his final State of the Union speech Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once derided by saying, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks” — this was before their fiscal crisis — “believe in Greek exceptionalism.” We remain exceptional, he said in Tuesday’s speech, as the world’s strongest nation militarily and because we’re doing better economically than most other large nations.

But overall, has America become less exceptional in the seven years of the Obama presidency? Yale law professor Peter Schuck addresses that question in National Affairs, using as a benchmark “Understanding America,” a 2008 book he co-edited with the late political scientist James Q. Wilson.

America, Schuck summarized, is “unique on a whole host of fronts” because it’s “decentralized, diverse, competitive, contentious.” These factors have contributed, to varying extents, to the astonishing success of a republic that started off with 3.9 million people in 1789 and has 321 million today.

One way we are exceptional is that we have a Constitution that divides power among executive, legislative and judicial branches. Obama has gathered more power in the executive: passing Obamacare by legislative legerdemain, shutting down the coal industry by dubious regulations, attempting to legalize illegal immigrants by executive order, though the most recent attempt has been ruled illegal by federal courts. This trend toward prime ministerial government didn’t start in 2009. But Obama has extended it further than ever before.

In other ways Obama has not changed what is unfortunate about American politics. We tend to have relatively low voter turnout, and it’s declined during the Obama years. And American politics and government remains relatively decentralized, with different states going their own ways.

Although Obama was re-elected with 51 percent of the vote, most Americans have Republican governors and state legislatures. Most rejected what parts of Obamacare they could and, even as Obama touts gun control, every state now allows law-abiding citizens permits to carry concealed weapons.

On education America has become less centralized, sloughing off George W. Bush’s bipartisan education accountability law and increasingly rejecting Obama-supported Common Core.

Harvard economist Benjamin Friedman in his “Understanding America” book ascribes America’s exceptional economic success to its businesses’ flexibility and competitiveness, its largely unregulated and flexible labor markets and its soundly regulated financial institutions.

On this score critics have grounds for saying Obama administration policies have made the nation less exceptional — and less productive. Certainly American financial regulation proved less sound than thought shortly after Friedman wrote, but it’s not clear that Obama’s Dodd-Frank Act improved it.

Big banks’ market share has increased; bank loaning has not entirely rebounded. Entrepreneurship and new business formation this century has been lagging previous levels, an acceleration of a pre-Obama trend.

Friedman noted also that Americans tend to work more than people in other advanced countries. But our distinctiveness there has declined since 2009. American work-force participation — the percentage of adults holding or seeking jobs — remains at the lowest levels since the 1970s, even after several years of 2 percent economic growth. Disability rolls have skyrocketed, and young people have gotten a slower start on their working lives than in past generations.

Schuck notes, accurately, that American social mobility — the percentage that move from lower to upper economic classes — has for many years not been exceptionally high, as many Americans have assumed. But many Americans think it’s declining today. Overall, the case for the exceptionalism of the American economy seems increasingly to be based more on the weakness of other nations’ economies than on the strength of our own.

What about American diversity? Immigration continues, though at reduced levels as compared to the 1982-2007 period, and immigration from Mexico, our largest source of immigrants then, has tailed off to zero since the financial crisis of 2008.

But despite Islamist terrorist attacks and despite Obama’s warnings against anti-Muslim prejudice in the State of the Union, there is little sign of anti-immigrant violence. What has changed is public acquiescence in legalizing illegal immigrants — perhaps a response to Obama’s arguably illegal attempts to do so.

Which leads to American conscientiousness, one aspect in which even Barack Obama seems to concede America has become more pronounced during his presidency. Mainly because many Americans, operating through our decentralized politics and government, have been resisting his “fundamental transformation” attempts to make America less exceptional.

Dabo Swinney and Clemson Must Be Made to Care

Clemson-1-1144x834The Clemson Tigers ended their 2015 season 14-1 and with a bowl game win against the Oklahoma Sooners to boot. Their BCS game against Alabama was a memorable one with each teams’ players handling the outcome with the utmost class. But off the field, Coach Dabo Swinney and other Christians on the team face a much more tenacious opponent.

The litigious-loving Leftist group, The Freedom From Religion Foundation, has found fault with Clemson’s football program saying it is too faith-based.

They claim that Swinney’s Christian faith, expressed through prayer with his players, church day events, and chaplaincy program is a breach of the US Constitution.

FFRF hopes to bring a lawsuit against the university (if they could only find a student who thought it was a problem) with the goal of coercing the university to, as staff attorney Patrick Elliott explained, “monitor” religious activity in the program.

Yes that’s what we need in America. More monitoring of our religious beliefs.

This is not the first time this organization has raised a complaint against Clemson and Swinney, who has been open about his Christian faith. They tried to raise a fuss in 2014, as well.

Swinney’s response was all grace but without apology: “We weren’t doing anything (wrong.) Ain’t nothing to change. People have just got to be who they are, it’s that simple. We’ve never tried to force anything on anybody. Everybody who comes here to Clemson knows who we are as people. There’s no surprises in that regard.”

And here I thought the Left was all about letting people be their authentic selves.

You know, like Bruce Jenner.

HERE COME THE BULLIES

Clemson and Swinney are not the only colleges being accused of shoving faith on their students.

Both Alabama and Auburn received a similar complaint from FFRF condemning their chaplaincy programs as unconstitutional, saying the schools fail to “properly protect your student athletes’ rights of conscience and pose(s) a high degree risk of discrimination.”

Auburn President Goge responded that the school’s chaplain works on a volunteer basis and that he was in no way an employee of the school.

But FFRF objected not simply to the appearance of a clergyman on staff but to Christian interaction with the team in general:

It makes no difference if the chaplain is unofficial, not school-sponsored, or a volunteer, because chaplains are given access to the team as a means for coaches to impose religion, usually Christianity, on their players.

What about the atheistic professors on college campuses across America who are given access to proselytize students each and every day in their classrooms? Shouldn’t students be free from religious coercion there, as well?

The FFRF have flown their true colors. They are, in fact a religious organization themselves.

They don’t really want freedom from religion. They only want us to be free of all religion save their own—progressive secularism.

Erick and I address this problem in the new book You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (You can apply to join the launch team now!) and share more stories of how progressives are discriminating against truth on campus.

Secularism is a religion, the anti-religion religion.

And it is the secularists on the Left who are seeking to impose their faith on Christians and the students at Clemson and universities across America, not the other way around.

Obama’s SOTU VERSUS REALITY

David Limbaugh | Jan 15, 2016
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In their State of the Union speeches, all previous presidents presented their policies in the most favorable light, but did they go so far as to distort reality? Did they use them to trash their opponents?

I don’t think so. But in his last one, Obama did, and adding insult to injury, as always, he pointedly decried partisan sniping right before launching into another episode of partisan sniping. It’s as though he doesn’t even realize he’s being hypocritical on steroids.

Obama is also the first president to have framed his SOTU speeches, in part, as high-school debate rebuttals. He must tell his speechwriters to bullet criticisms of his record and then craft a point-by-point rebuttal. If you haven’t noticed, it’s a formula for negativity and partisan rancor — the very things he denounces.

In addition, no other president has presented his record so inaccurately that informed and unbrainwashed viewers must conclude that the primary target of Obama’s deception is Obama himself. If he were capable of digesting how bad his record is, he surely wouldn’t embarrass himself by portraying it so falsely.

Obama claimed that there are no existential threats facing this nation, that his economy is robust, that his educational record is stellar, that people who are skeptical that global warming is man-made are fools, that the United States is more respected internationally now than it was before he took office, that Obamacare has lived up to its promises, that the military is overfunded, that ISIS members are just fanatics and killers riding around in pickup trucks, that his “clean energy” programs are superior, that people who support entitlement reform are the irresponsible ones — saying we should actually double down on these bankrupting boondoggles — that proponents of an orderly immigration system are bigots, that Ted Cruz’s pledge to aggressively pursue the Islamic State is code for deliberately bombing innocent civilians, that he himself deserves praise for reducing the deficit, that he values bipartisanship and compromise and ideas other than his own, that it’s morning in America and that he’s just getting warmed up and planning on engineering further transformational change at the expiration of his term.

Can you imagine having this record of failure, bragging about it and promising to deliver more misery into the indefinite future? It would be like the owner of the Chicago Cubs pledging to keep winning the World Series.

As for existential threats, try ISIS, a government-sponsored invasion of our borders by immigrants whom the left encourages not to assimilate or embrace the American idea, out-of-control entitlements, the exploding national debt and the systematic assault on the Constitution and rule of law by a renegade executive branch and cynical, activist judiciary branch.

Obama’s recovery is the worst in 50 years. He insists we accept anemic 2 percent growth as the new, wonderful normal. The labor participation rate is at its lowest since the 1970s. The median household income has fallen to a 20-year low, as has homeownership. Dependency programs, including food stamps, have skyrocketed. The poverty level is soaring. And Obama is hellbent on doubling the national debt. If it weren’t for some mild Republican resistance, there is no telling how much higher spending would be. He mocks responsible people who would structurally reform entitlements, which are guaranteed to become insolvent and also bankrupt the nation.

Obama touts his clean energy program but omits that government is subsidizing it and sabotaging the natural gas and coal industries. It’s pretty easy to take credit for the winners when you abuse power to pick winners and losers.

Though Obama boasts that Obamacare has caused 18 million more to be insured, it has been a complete disaster. The overwhelming number of additional insured people are from Medicaid expansion. People have lost their doctors and plans in droves. Premiums and deductibles have not decreased as promised but increased enormously.

Though Obama ridicules non-joiners of the apocalyptic global warming cult, he has never explained how the draconian measures he favors, even if fully implemented, would make a dent in reducing mean global temperature over the next century.

He has made a consummate mess of foreign policy, engineering the decline of the United States as the world’s sole superpower, alienating our allies and coddling our enemies. He continues to defund the military; the Army will decline by some 40,000 more soldiers in the next two years alone, and we’re below strength necessary to fight in two different theaters — always viewed as the acid test for readiness. He has grossly mistreated Israel, to which Saudi Arabia and Egypt have now had to turn because of his untrustworthiness. He claims to have ISIS contained — though it is in 20 nations, continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East and is a significant threat in the United States and Europe in the eyes of former intelligence, military and security advisers.

 

Then there are things Obama didn’t mention, such as his record-breaking performance in dividing the nation along racial, gender and economic lines. His commandeering of the IRS to target his political enemies. His multi-pronged assault on the Constitution. His assaults on religious liberty. His nightmarish concessions to Iran, which have emboldened its tyrannical regime to be even more defiant — already violating the nuke deal with its ballistic missile program and lawlessly kidnapping our sailors.

Yes, folks, things are going swimmingly, and there’s nothing to see here, so let’s turn the volume down, OK?

Hillsong London CHURCH “Sleazy Silent Night!”

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 11.54.29 AMDo not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” …Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. — 1 Corinthians 10:7 & 14

The following video is wrong on so many levels.

Aesthetically, it’s just weird, confusing and embarrassing.

Hillsong Music Director: “Hey everybody, I’ve got a great idea! Let’s take the beloved and peaceful Christmas hymn ‘Silent Night’ and turn it into a loud, obnoxious, roaring twenties style, Las Vegas big-band production! You know, kinda like Christmas in a whorehouse! What’ya think?!”

Everybody Who Should Know Better at Hillsong: (silence)

But beyond the ridiculous nature of this one particular song/video there’s the more serious problem that this “thing” claims to be the church…

Hillsong leads the way when it comes to “churches” featuring worldly, gigantic and expensive spectacles to attract a large audience. They are laughing all the way to the bank, too, as this global empire continues to gobble up followers around the world.

“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world.”— 1 John 1: 15-16

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what it the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ”— Romans 12: 1-2

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.”
— 1 Thessalonians 4: 3-5

Closing thoughts: For those of you who say “but this was a performance at a special concert event-this wasn’t an actual worship service; you need to see this in it’s proper context…” Here’s a question; why would a “church” have an event/concert with moral guidelines that are different from the moral guidelines that govern a worship service? Why be “a little more like the world” to attract people to a spectacle (like this video) and then “re-adjust” things for a Sunday morning service? If this video is supposed to be sleazy on purpose to somehow try and teach a lesson, Hillsong doesn’t mention it anywhere-and this is from their own YouTube channel. It seems that this is just a very obnoxious version of Silent Night to grab the attention of the crowd. Note: A few hours after we posted this video, it was “made private” by Hillsong; the video on this page now is a copy we put on Vimeo.

Now for a response from a respected Christian leader.

HILLSONG SILENT NIGHT AND THE DANGER OF JUDGING BY OUTWARD APPEARANCE 
9:30am EST 1/12/2016 Michael Brown

Jesus taught that we should “not judge according to appearance, but practice righteous judgment” (John 7:24). We can learn an important lesson about this from an incident that took place late last year concerning Hillsong, Australia’s Christmas presentation.

Along with many others who saw the video on YouTube, I was absolutely appalled by Hillsong’s super-slick, cabaret rendition of Silent Night.

It was the farthest thing you could imagine from the words “Silent night, holy night” and some viewers rightly dubbed it “Unholy Night.”

From the dissonant jazzy sounds to the cabaret dancers, it was nothing less than shockingly irreverent.

Not surprisingly, there were online articles denouncing Hillsong, and friends contacted me, asking me to please write my own article about this travesty.

Because I have no open door to interact directly with Hillsong leaders (despite my attempts to do so in the past), I could only ask myself how in the world they could produce something like this.

To be sure, I have differed with some of Hillsong’s methods and message over the years, but this seemed to go way beyond anything I could imagine, especially since they are famous around the world for their praise and worship.

Obviously, I didn’t have all the facts, but what possible explanation could there be? The whole cabaret arrangement was atrocious, inexcusable, irreverent, mocking … The list goes on and on.

Still, I did not want to speak or act without more information or a clear leading from the Lord, and while I was giving the whole matter prayerful consideration, a Twitter follower shared with me a comment made by one of the pastors at Hillsong in Australia.

He explained that this despicable version of Silent Night was designed to be cringeworthy in every way—in other words, it was intended to elicit the kinds of responses that it drew—and it was written and produced to portray Herod’s alleged desire to worship the newborn King.

This, then, was meant to be the world’s version of Silent Night, which was anything but holy.

The pastor also explained that later in the Christmas play, in adoration of Jesus, Silent Night was sung again, this time the right way, in stark contrast with Herod’s version.

Now, you still may not like what Hillsong did, and you still might not agree with their overall methodology, but the great reminder for me was this: I went through every scenario that I could think of, trying to figure out any possible explanation for this travesty, and I could find none.

Yet there was an explanation, and it was one that I had never considered. Honestly, who would have ever thought of it without being told?

In years past, when Nancy and I did more counseling, we would sit with a husband who would explain his side of the story and think to ourselves, “He’s obviously in the right. There’s no possible way that his wife could explain her way out of this.”

And we would rack our brains trying to think of another side to the story, but there was none.

Then, to our surprise, the wife would share an angle that we never could have considered, making us realize that there really were two sides to the story after all.

Of course, there are plenty of things that are black and white, such as when a professing Christian leader announces that he now embraces same-sex “marriage.” That must be confronted and addressed.

There are also times when the indisputable evidence clearly convicts someone of guilt, like stealing money or committing adultery, in which case the “explanation” does not explain away the guilt.

And we are always called to judge whether certain actions or words or practices are biblical or not.

We must use discernment and walk in wisdom, especially with so much foolishness in the body of Christ today, not the least in our charismatic circles.

But the Hillsong “Unholy Night” controversy reminds us that we must be very careful in how we make our judgments, not judging by mere outward appearances but rather judging righteously.

In this case, the outward appearances were damning, but there was more to the story than met the eye.

Again, you might still differ with Hillsong’s Christmas presentation, and you might still take issue with some of their teachings or with their overall approach to ministry. But for those who completely threw them under the bus because of their cabaret version of Silent Night, this should be a cautionary lesson.

It’s a lesson we should all learn well, since we will be judged in the same way that we judge others.

And it’s a lesson I try to remember before I ever write or speak, since it’s far better to wait and be sure than to launch an unrighteous attack.

Let’s make this a teachable moment.

Michael Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire and is the president of FIRE School of Ministry. His newest book is Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide. Connect with him on Facebook at AskDrBrown or on Twitter @drmichaellbrown.

Put Deliberation Back in the World’s Most Deliberative Body

By REP. TRENT FRANKS 1/12/16 12:01 AM

The objective of Democrats leading up to the next election is to deliberately engineer an extended government shutdown Rep. Trent Franks argues (AP file photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The objective of Democrats leading up to the next election is to deliberately engineer an extended government shutdown Rep. Trent Franks argues (AP file photo/Ross D. Franklin)

When noble American champions like Franklin Graham leave the Republican Party and a potential split in the Republican Party is pondered by Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal, we should ask ourselves why.

Here’s why.

Republicans currently hold a 54 — 46 majority in the Senate (which conservatives understandably thought would give Republicans the power to resist Barack Obama). However, even if all 54 Republicans vote “yes” on the “motion to proceed” (one of the Senate’s most insidious and hidden-in-plain sight secrets), at least 6 Democrats must also come to the Senate floor and vote “yes” or the motion is defeated.

This rule denies the majority in the United States Senate the essential capability to vote on, or even debate, critical, life and death legislation that may be supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans (like stopping the Iranian nuclear deal).

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How could we ever come up with a more perfect recipe for gridlock in this polarized, truth-be-damned political era in which we live?

Democrats know that the American people (even the esoteric Republican base) are largely oblivious to this secret, subterranean leverage they so routinely abuse, since the media never seem to report on this elephant (or donkey) in the room.

This has allowed Democrats to repeatedly force the House of Representatives, and especially its leadership, into an impossible conundrum: Either pass legislation that Democrats completely agree with, which enrages the principled, but misinformed Republican base, or allow Democrats to shut down the government, for which Republicans will be unjustly, but entirely, blamed.

In fact, the primary objective of Democrats leading up to the next election is to deliberately engineer an extended government shutdown. This is because both Democrats and Republicans have done extensive polling, and both know a government shutdown gives Democrats decisive leverage to retain the presidency and gain control of the U.S. Senate in next year’s election. This would mean that Democrats will control presidential appointments, gain complete control of the U.S. Supreme Court and turn what’s left of the U.S. Constitution into vapor.