Pastor’s historic election day sermon at Montana’s Capitol

January 4th, 2015 Marked the 5th bi-annual Election Day Sermon held at the State House in Helena, MT. Pastor Matt Trewhella encouraged 40 to 50 of Montana’s incoming legislators to take their responsibility as lesser magistrates seriously. The Election Day Sermon has a long history on the North American Continent yet Montana is the only state in the union to hold an Election Day Sermon in the capitol building directed especially at elected officials today.

Matt Trewhella delivered a firm message to the legislators in attendance concerning their responsibility as lesser magistrates to protect their constituents from the tyranny of higher powers i.e. the Federal Government. It was made clear that all civil magistrates are “ministers of God” (Roms. 13:4), and that when a higher magistrate manifests a rejection of the authority of Jesus Christ it is up to the lesser magistrate to employ authority to first, bring the higher magistrate back under the authority of Jesus Christ, and that being unsuccessful, to protect the people in their jurisdiction from the tyranny which emotes from a rogue government.

The Election Day Sermon is hosted by Covenant Community Church (CCC) of Whitehall, MT. Steve Wagner, one the elders of CCC opened the meeting with a greeting and brief description of the vision of the organization for such an event. Host legislators, Senator Jennifer Fielder, Representative Alan Doane, and Representative Wendy McKamey then addressed a standing room only crowd under the dome of the Capitol.

Past Election Day Sermons in Helena have been building to the point addressed at today’s event. In 2006 Timothy Ewing opened the series by reminding all that this is a Christian nation. The next year Dr. Peter Marshall built on that theme explaining the covenantal nature of the American system of government. In 2010 Warren Mark Campbell introduced the concept that civil authority originates in God and His law. In 2012 Gordon Runyan drilled deeper into that concept to explain that all authority derives from Jesus Christ.

On the web site promoting the Helena, Montana Election Day Sermon and describing the vision of Project Liberty Tree, the sub ministry organizing the events, you are encouraged to start an Election Day Sermon in your own Capitol building, County Court House, or City Hall announcing that; “If you would like to begin this practice in your county or state, we will be pleased to share our knowledge and experience with you.”

What then is stopping Ohio, Akron, Canton, Summit or Stark Counties, or any other of the surrounding governmental jurisdictions from restoring this great American tradition? It is only the lack of someone with the vision to restore this great land to its former greatness, by restoring it to its former goodness, under the authority of Jesus Christ, who will take up the task to organize such an event for local lesser magistrates. It would be beautiful to see an Ohio Election Day Sermon promoted on the Project Liberty Tree web site in the next two years. Thank you Helena for your example.

By Randy Pope – Examiner –

Why Muslims Are Converting To Christ In The Face Of ISIS Atrocities

Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity, and evangelistic techniques and technologies are proving effective, but locally-based missionaries say the main reason for the spike in conversions in the Middle East is simply that former Muslims are finding God is real.

In war-torn areas of Syria and Iraq where ISIS is fighting to establish a caliphate, Muslim refugees to neighboring countries, Internally Displaced People and people remaining at home are learning about Christ from native aid workers, podcasts and broadcasts.

Tent churches among refugees are sprouting like mushrooms. For people who have suffered such deep loss, seeing that they can pray to a personal God whom they can call Father has been the critical factor.

“You can see the tears in their eyes when we pray – that God would care,” said the director of one ministry working in the region. “It’s the connection that makes a huge difference.”
Muslims who were previously taught to pray by rote to Allah, who by Koranic definition was unknowable, can feel the difference of having a relationship with God through Christ.

“They see that God can give you strength, can heal you,” said the director. “They say that things have changed, that they have a peaceful attitude towards those ‘who have done this to my kids, wife, or husband – I can pray about it and give it to God.’”

Former Muslims, who once prayed five times a day as a duty, say they don’t quite know how to describe the difference.

“They say, ‘Now with our relationship with God, we see a huge difference; something has changed in our life,’” he said. “You can see it on their faces. They say, ‘Every time we pray, there’s a difference.’”

The soul-crushing loss of loved ones, home and country that people have suffered at the hands of ISIS has helped open Muslims to the gospel. Another ministry director said Syrian and Iraqi refugees are more open to the gospel than at any time in history because of atrocities by ISIS.

“Absolutely,” he said, “because ISIS is saying that the things they are doing come from the Koran.”

Tailoring evangelism to the Muslim worldview has also played a part, and one way of contextualizing the gospel for Muslims, ironically, involves the Hebrew Scripture. Middle Eastern Muslims are familiar with the blood sacrifice and prophets of the Old Testament, and Christian workers build bridges with those references.

They talk about why Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, animal sacrifice, and the meaning of blood in ancient times, Moses and the saving blood smeared on doorposts in Egypt, and then Jesus’ shed blood.

“So we go from the Old Testament to the blood of Jesus that saves us; 99 percent of the people I know will use this method,” the ministry director said.

From Prophecy News Watch –

ANGER CAN BE MURDER

One of the most powerful emotions within our souls is anger. The sense I have is that the palpable level of anger in America is rising. “The more we learn about government, the more we learn about central bankers, the more we learn about the military industrial complex, the more we learn about social justice and the environmental movement, the more we learn about the move towards world government, the more we learn about politicians and political institutions and the corruption, waste, fraud, abuse and negligence they oversee and profit by, the angrier we get.”

One of the most powerful emotions within our souls is anger. The sense I have is that the palpable level of anger in America is rising. “The more we learn about government, the more we learn about central bankers, the more we learn about the military industrial complex, the more we learn about social justice and the environmental movement, the more we learn about the move towards world government, the more we learn about politicians and political institutions and the corruption, waste, fraud, abuse and negligence they oversee and profit by, the angrier we get.”[1]

This anger is troubling to the dictators in the People’s House in D.C. That’s why they have effectively militarized most local police forces throughout America. That is why DHS has purchased more that one billion hollow point bullets; these are illegal to use on any battlefield by the Geneva Convention. So where are they planning to use them?

We are the people the tyrants worry the most about; it is our anger that keeps them awake at night, scheming how to do away with us. However, many religious leaders in America are working to suppress that anger. To tell their followers that such anger is wrong; that it is forbidden by God. Just submit and obey your government no matter what it demands.

Now it is true that when we are enveloped with anger we may be led to do things we should not do, including murder. In fact Jesus speaks about this fact in the Sermon on the Mount. Turn to Matthew 5:21 as we see what Jesus taught on the Sixth Commandment. That Sixth simply states, “Thou shalt not murder.”

….There are instances recorded in the Bible where Jesus showed justifiable anger….we recall that He showed great anger once more when he drove “out those who sold and those who bought in the temple” (Mark 11:15-17).

Theologian B.B.Warfield wrote: “A man who cannot be angry, cannot be merciful.” The person who cannot be angry at things which thwart God’s purposes and God’s love toward people is living too far away from his fellow men ever to feel anything positive towards them. Do you have any justifiable anger?

Clearly there is justified anger, anger that is righteous and pure. That anger is a reflection of God’s anger against the evil and sin in this world.
Dr. David Seamands writes, “Anger is a divinely implanted emotion. Closely allied to our instinct for right, it is designed to be used for constructive spiritual purposes. The person who cannot feel anger at evil is a person who lacks enthusiasm for good. If you cannot hate wrong, it’s very questionable whether you really love righteousness.”[2]

By Reverend David Whitney – News With Views –

Fox Blasphemes Jesus Christ Airing Family Guy Episode

Concerns are being raised over an episode of “Family Guy” that aired on Fox this past weekend, the parent company of Fox News Network and Fox Entertainment Group, which blasphemes Jesus Christ by mocking his purity and depicting the Messiah as desiring to lose his virginity with another man’s wife.

“The 2,000 Year Old Virgin” was broadcast on Fox on Saturday, and was meant to be the Christmas version of “Family Guy,” an animated sitcom that often features off-color humor known to push the envelope. The show is produced by Fuzzy Door Productions, run by atheist Seth McFarlane, and 20th Century Fox Television, run by Jewish President David Madden. Fox was acquired in 1985 by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, who also publishes both the NIV Bible and The Satanic Bible through his ownership of Zondervan and Harper Collins.

In the controversial episode, “Family Guy” character Peter Griffin learns that Jesus is a virgin, and in a similar plot as the film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” sets out to help the Messiah lose His virginity.

“After running into Jesus at the Quahog Mall, Peter is stunned to discover that the Son of God is still a virgin,” a description of the episode outlines. “So, he enlists Quagmire and Cleveland to help him throw Jesus the best birthday ever by finding a way to help him become a man.”

By Heather Clark – Christian News Network –

Christmas on December 25th is not from Paganism!

If you frequent social media, then you’ve probably been inundated with smarty pants pseudo scholars calling Christmas a “pagan holiday.” These under-informed accusers believe they have the goods with bold claims like Christmas trees are forbidden in Jeremiah 10 (a passage about the manufacture of Canaanite idols) and that the date of December 25th was adopted from the pagan holiday of Saturnalia (actually December 17th).

The best way to respond to these claims is to ask them what evidence they have (from source documents). Most of the time this question will cause them to change the subject or elicit the chirping of crickets. The truth is most of the claims are dubious and have no actual evidence. Even if there were other holidays on the same date, it does not mean that they were even aware of each other. Correlation does not necessarily imply causation. The leaps in logic are prohibitive and there is no source claiming the Christians appropriated pagan days until the 12th century!

In the real world reputable ancient source documents lay waste to the popular pagan origins theory concerning December 25. Biblical Archaeology Review is a serious journal respected by real biblical scholars. The article How December 25 Became Christmas provides ample evidence debunking the pagan origins myth, showing how it actually began, and even demonstrating how 12-5 was decided to be the date of Jesus’s birth. This dates back to the second century….

By Cris D. Putnam – Logos Apologia –

HOW YOU CAN FIND FREEDOM FROM THE MATRIX

Whether you acknowledge it or not, your consciousness is plugged into the Matrix and the “Hive Mind.” You believe that your life is hopeless and that you are powerless to change things in your life and world. But what is your world? Your thoughts, dreams, beliefs, and identity are largely manufactured by a global media grid operated by a “World Brain,” with a computer-brain interface. What you believe is the “real you” is a synergy of social media and often subliminal messages projected into your consciousness 24/7 by a multi-dimensional broadband spectrum of images, words, music, EMF waves, and a neurological fountain of brain chemicals strategically triggered by GMO foods and their myriad chemical additives and by chemicals added to your drinking water and air.

From your very infancy to the present you are the product of stealth social engineering which has artificially suppressed your “right brain,” which has the power to enable you to see the big picture. Just like the tiny offices that many people work in, your brain and your ability to think have been artificially reduced to the size of a small cubicle. Your consciousness, which has the genetic capacity to access the infinite, has been socially engineered to fit into a small box inside your brain, making it nearly impossible for you to believe that you have the power to change your life.

Yet you believe with the fervency of a religious zealot that you can see things clearly and that you are a realist. How can you possibly see things clearly and realistically from the perspective of a small cubicle? Then, believing the lies of the Matrix and the illusion that you call reality, you decide to act in extremely negative, destructive, anti-social, harmful, and illegal ways. These actions can be in the form of abusing people psychologically and physically, addictions, cheating on your spouse, violence, anger, and even suicide.

But at the core of your perceived powerlessness, frustration, rage, depression, anxiety, fear, and the illusion you are helpless is the inner belief that has locked you in the Matrix-like prison inside of your mind. The walls of this virtual prison have been constructed by your consciousness over time, built upon layer upon layer of cynicism and negativity reinforced by the media culture. Just look at the content of what is called comedy. The comedian and the comedic film or television show causes you to laugh, but leaves you more empty than before and pollutes your consciousness with cynicism, despair, negativity, and the existential lie that there is no way out….

[It]is going to take total passion and total fearlessness! You are going to have to make a definite cerebral prison break. That means you are going to have stop wearing a striped prison uniform and working in the hot sun like in a scene in the movie classic Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman, when the prison warden tried to psychologically intimidate Newman and the prisoners by saying the famous words, “What we here is a failure to communicate.” The reality is there is no failure to communicate. You have already been communicated with and if you want to be free, then you are going to have to act on what you know deep down inside.

For a moment, forget about all the stuff you have been told by religious people and religion when it comes to Jesus Christ. The reality is that most churches in America would actually call the police to arrest Christ if He showed up in one of their churches today, or at the very least accuse Him of being the devil. So completely forget about religion and just think about the words of Christ when He said “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” He was giving you a major clue on how to become free of the Matrix. Do you think for a moment that Christ did not understand the nature of the Matrix? For crying out loud, Christ smashed through the multi-dimensional prison walls of the Matrix when His physical body disappeared from a prison called a tomb, surrounded by heavily armed Roman troops.

By Paul McGuire – News With Views –

JESUS & RIOTERS: I Dare Black Ministers To Read This To Their Churches

Chief amongst the “ministers” who didn’t seem to care what chaos was created [in Ferguson, MO] was the Reverend Al Sharpton and his spirit-twin the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

As I watched these “men of God” cheerlead this mess, I started thinking to myself, “Self … what Bible do they read? … ‘The Race-Baiters Grievance Edition?’ “; because no one who’s ever traipsed through an unadulterated New Testament would think that such mayhem, for such a flimsy — no … farcical — reason is remotely justifiable. That is if, and that’s a big “if”, Jesus is the standard for a person’s behavior.

Indeed, if one read just a smidgen of Jesus’s teachings they would quickly deduce that if Christ were the blueprint for the believer, then the behavior of these looting morons is contemptible and worthy of a true minister’s rebuke and wide spread public condemnation. But, eh … not so much for the likes of the Reverend Sharpton and Jackson, which left me thinking that they must revere something else other than the Jesus of The Gospels because the Christ of the Scripture wouldn’t back their race-baiting and destructive behavior or anyone that fans those hideous flames.

That said, please allow me to inject at this juncture that Jesus was not above kicking some butt and breaking stuff if need be. Look, Jesus was no wussy. For example, one of the first snapshots we have of Jesus in John’s account of his ministry was his turning water into wine and cleansing the temple, two things the teetotalers and the timid would not like being in the sacred text.

Check it out in John 2:13-17:

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

By Doug Giles – Clash Daily –

Christian booted from National Cathedral by Muslims

It was supposed to be a shining moment for proponents of the interfaith movement.

The Islamic “jummah,” or Friday call to prayer, would be held on America’s grandest Christian stage – the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

It was a bold move that had never been tried. Leaders of the Episcopal cathedral said sending prayers up to Allah from a Christian church would show the world that two religions at odds with each other for centuries could “approach the same God” as one body of believers.

The stage was set. The prayer rugs were neatly arranged facing Mecca. The lights shone down on the imam for his opening remarks.

Not so fast.

Christine Weick, a 50-year-old Michigan woman with flowing blonde hair who lives out of her car, rose from the packed National Cathedral, the hall of halls in terms of religious prominence in America, and moved toward the front of the church.

She pointed to the cross hanging overhead.

That cross seemed to be the one thing nobody wanted to look at, she told WND Saturday in an exclusive interview.

The Muslims had set up their prayer rugs in such a way that their backs were turned on the cross, which they consider an alien religious symbol. Jesus was a prophet but was not the son of God and never died on a Roman cross, according to Muslim teaching. Yet, they found themselves staring at a woman who demanded the cross become the center of attention. She then blurted out the message she had traveled all the way from Tennessee to deliver.

“Jesus Christ died on that cross. He is the reason we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior,” she said. “We have built …allowed you your mosques in this country. Why don’t you worship in your mosques and leave our churches alone? We are a country founded on Christian principles.”

She immediately heard voices in the crowd yelling for security.

“Black coat, white scarf, blonde hair!” yelled one. “We need to get her out of here now!” someone else cried out.

“They were yelling for security, and by that point I was already done saying what I came to say,” Weick told WND.

She was promptly escorted out of the sanctuary by two men in suits, who handed her off to a police officer.

By Leo Hohmann – WND.com –

Newly-Found Document Holds Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle

An Italian expert studying a first century document written by the Roman historian Marcus Velleius Paterculus that was recently discovered in the archives of the Vatican, found what is presumed to be the first eyewitness account ever recorded of a miracle of Jesus Christ. The author describes a scene that he allegedly witnessed, in which a prophet and teacher that he names Iēsous de Nazarenus, resuscitated a stillborn boy and handed him back to his mother.

Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was hired by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort, analyze and classify some 6,000 ancient documents that had been uncovered in the gigantic archive vaults. He was already very excited when he noticed that the author of the text was the famous Roman historian Velleius, but he was completely stunned when he realized the nature of the content.

The text as a whole is a narrative of the author’s return journey from Parthia to Rome that occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical style of four sheets of parchment. He describes many different episodes taking place during his trip, like a a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit to a temple in Melitta (modern day Mdina, in Malta).

The part of the text that really caught M. Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in the city of Sebaste (near modern day Nablus, in the West Bank). The author first describes the arrival of a great leader in the town with a group of disciples and followers, causing many of the lower class people from neighbouring villages to gather around them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua haNotzri.

From World News Daily Report –

Lingua Franca: Weapons Of Mass Corruption

By David McElroy – OnlyWay.com –

A Lingua Franca is a bridge language between cultures, a language that is a social currency often rife with an amalgamation of varying languages and concepts. You might think of “pig latin”, or “spanglish”. All too often, words are used with an intention to deceive and bring us across a bridge we would not normally cross. Think politics.

There is a story I once heard a communist teacher tell children in a socialist-inspired “Free School” that bears witness to the foundation of the evil empire we now see infesting every aspect of our life. It was a simple tale of coerced behavior couched in a deceitfully charitable offering to desperate people, a model of how words can be used as weapons of mass corruption in entertaining impressionable children.

“Some people were struggling to cross a hot, barren desert under the scorching sun, having lost their way after surviving a crash. They had run out of water and food, and some had perished along the way. They were faint and stumbling across the blistering desert sand when, lo and behold, they see a mansion surrounded by green trees and sparkling fountains!

A party of men ride out from the big house to meet them, and give them water. The exhausted thirsty people are taken to the palatial home with offers of hospitality. The master of the house invites them to a feast, after they have bathed and put on the clean clothes he provides. They are overjoyed at the refreshing opportunity.

But as they approach the magnificent feast so nicely set upon a long table, they find that all the forks, knives, and spoons, are six feet long! The hungry people ask how they can eat with such outlandish silverware, and proceed to eat with their hands. They are sternly warned they cannot eat with their hands at the master’s table, but must use the very long silverware to feed the person across the table from them. Nobody can feed them-selves with the long utensils, but everyone can feed the person opposite from them across the table. In this manner all the people enjoyed the master’s feast.”

Through language we see how the worm turns, how words are used as weapons of mass corruption. Words, and their perceived definitions, shape a person’s frame of mind. As a man who has studied the ancient scriptures, I know that many people will read the Holy Bible and understand many words in a modern parlance that is not at all what the writers of that scripture meant. The definitions had changed over the years, unknown to many. We can see a similar twisting of words in modern America. Compare definitions in the original Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 with what a current dictionary will list, or the way politicians will use language. Check the definitions of words in legal documents or court proceedings and compare those words’ meanings in plain English. Deception is intended!

Elitists who ride herd over the media, including book publishers who print dictionaries and textbooks, are gatekeepers who engineer the channels whose lines of thought we are to stay within. They deftly modify, redefine, and twist words and phrases, promoting certain concepts that are politically correct, while they occlude certain concepts forbidden to us. Certain words are cast in a strange light to hide meaning from our minds, and can change meaning from one discipline or venue to another. Others are become quite common.

Look to Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass (1872), where he discusses semantics and pragmatics with Alice.[20]
“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. “They’ve a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they’re the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”

Who is your master? How impenetrable is the language you encounter? Do you see why the masters of many in history have preferred illiterate servants? Are you misled about the meaning of words? Is the “Truth Movement” deceived by some literary ploys?

I could use this theme to rail against how Obama’s Common Core curriculum for public schools is twisting children‘s minds in the socialist manner, or how lawyers and judges use language deceitfully to entrap people in the legal system of misdirection. But let’s focus on the simple little socialist fairy tale about the desperate people in the desert. It was a tale told to impressionable young children who were not supposed to be thinking.

The story opens with “Some people were struggling to cross a hot, barren desert under the scorching sun, having lost their way after surviving a crash.” They had endured a crash and struggled across a “scorched earth”. Why had they crashed? We are not told. All were exhausted, thirsty, hungry, and faltering. Some had perished.

Then they can scarcely believe their eyes when they see a palatial home surrounded by big green trees, gardens and sparkling fountains. Was it just a mirage?

NO! “A party of men ride out from the big house to meet them, and give them water.” Those of the “master’s house” have been looking for them, and bring them in to him. They are offered hospitality, and “They are overjoyed at the refreshing opportunity.” Do the master’s men normally look out to find people in the barren desert? Might the struggling people be wise to be wary of a stranger’s hospitality? Note that the master provides a bath and clean clothes for all of the desperate people. He is a provider.

When they come to the master’s feast, they find all the eating utensils six feet long! So the famished people start to eat with their hands, finding the silverware unusable. “They are sternly warned they cannot eat with their hands at the master’s table, but must use the very long silverware to feed the person across the table from them.” The hungry people are denied the simplest natural means, their hands. They are forced to use strange artificially imposed utensils, as the master imposes his authority most “sternly”! People will eat at his table in the manner he chooses, or go back to the “scorched earth”! They are told that it is in the best interest of all if they use the overly long utensils to feed the person across the table from them, and thereby all are fed. Nobody is permitted to feed themselves, but they can feed others using long-range means dictated by the master of the manor. Why is the master insisting on such ridiculous table manners? Why are the people denied the use of the simplest natural means of feeding themselves? Hmmmmnn…..

Could it be the master caused the crash to cause suffering people to be taken in by his offers of hospitality… and captured in a web of deceit where they must depend upon his providing the necessities of life or risk or death in the land he made barren? Does government often practice a “scorched earth” policy to guarantee submission? Are we being stripped of the “natural means” of providing for ourselves? Are we suffering a war of attrition that leaves us injured, exhausted, desperate, hungry, and faltering? Are socialist global policies denying us the use of our local resources and promoting long-range trade, where we are forbidden to help ourselves while we are forced to support those in distant places? Is it true that “In this manner all the people enjoyed the master’s feast”? Or, are we seeing poverty and enslavement assimilating the people of the world? Can you see the socialist deceit that teaches children to simply accept the master’s “hospitality”?

Who is your master? Be wary, question authority. Think for yourself. If you are looking for Truth, Justice, and Liberty, you will find it at the feet of my master, Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His yoke is light, His way just. His love is great, and he sets His people free to enjoy their own houses and gardens.

See who’s saying ‘Christmas’ now (but didn’t last year)!

From American Family Association –

Just a few years ago, roughly 80 percent of the nation’s retailers ignored the use of “Christmas” in their stores and in advertising, choosing instead to use the politically correct terms “Happy Holidays” or “Holiday Sales.”

While there has been a major turnaround among the companies, there have been some holdouts.

For example, last year, AFA called for a Christmas boycott of Radio Shack. For several years, Radio Shack refused to use the word “Christmas” in advertising or otherwise. In fact, many of Radio Shack’s franchise owners joined AFA in urging the company to include “Christmas” in its marketing.

The boycott was successful!
This year, Radio Shack was using “Christmas” well before the end of October. In a press release dated October 22, Radio Shack was promoting an “exclusive lineup of Christmas gifts.”

In an email to AFA this week, the company said for 2014, “RadioShack’s advertising and social media channels will reflect the spirit of the holiday which includes the use of the word “Christmas” in several of our consumer-facing communications.”

We believe this change is the direct result of your and AFA’s efforts.

You can help us continue to win the War on Christmas.
Right now, we want you to help share the Good News of Jesus’ birth.

The fatal delusion of Political Salvation

By Robert McCurry – The Wake-Up Herald –

The 2014 mid-term election is over — the Republicans prevailed so what can be expected from the new regime? Will the political party power shift really change things or will it be business as usual?

Patrick J. Buchanan, a seasoned political analyst, says, “Our two-party system is a fraud, a sham, a delusion. On foreign policy, trade, immigration, big government, we have one-party government, one party press; and conservatives are being played for suckers.”

Alabama Governor George Wallace said, “There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democratic and Republican parties.” He was right.

Helen Keller once said, “We vote. What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.” She was right.

In his classic work The Law, first published in June 1850, Frederic Bastiat wrote:

When it is time to vote . . . the voter is not to be asked for any guarantee of his wisdom. His will and capacity to choose wisely are taken for granted. Can the people be mistaken? Are we not living in an age of enlightenment? What! Are the people always to be kept on leashes? Have they not won their rights by great effort and sacrifice? Have they not given ample proof of their intelligence and wisdom? Are they not adults? Are they not capable of judging for themselves? Do they not know what is best for them? Is there a class or a man who would be so bold as to set himself above the people and judge and act for them? No, no, the people are and should be free. They desire to manage their own affairs, and they shall do so.

But when the legislator is finally elected — ah! then indeed does the tone of his speech undergo a radical change. The people are returned to passiveness, inertness, and unconsciousness; the legislator enters into omnipotence. Now it is for him to initiate, to direct, to propel, and to organize. Mankind has only to submit; the hour of despotism has struck. We now observe this fatal idea: The people, who, during the election, were so wise, so moral, and so perfect, now have no tendencies whatever; or if they have any, they are tendencies that lead downward into degradation. ~Frederic Bastiat [1801-1850], French economist, statesman, and author

– Pro-Lifers and a New Republican Congress –

Among America’s many sins that must be dealt with — the most hideous and despicable sin of all — is the murder of 65+ million babies, plus 5,000 babies murdered every day via abortion since January 1973.

Harry Blackmun, a Republican, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon and confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 1970, by a 94-0 vote. He authored the Court’s Republican majority opinion on Roe v. Wade. Blackmun became a passionate advocate for abortion rights, often delivering speeches and lectures promoting Roe v. Wade and criticizing Roe’s critics.

Sadly, abortion has been a Republican ‘political football’ for many years as indicated by this November 11, 2002, article that is as relevant today as if written this morning.

It is sad to report that pro-life groups are salivating about a new “pro-life” Congress. Poor souls! Their drooling will likely be in vain. I have it from high Republican places that the Party will not really, meaningfully pursue an anti-abortion agenda. There are too many liabilities for Republicans to give anything more than lip service to pro-lifers.

Do not misunderstand me. I am pro-life, and I wish that the Republican Party would make the struggle against child murder central in its effort, but I know they will not. There are too many suburban Republican women with money who would be turned off totally. There are too many Republican men who fear the consequences of live babies complicating their lives for at least eighteen years of child support. They are too many Republican doctors who perform abortions. There are too many Republicans who benefit from abortion, one way or another. There are too many Republicans whose pro-life position is a preference, not a conviction. ~Norman Ravitch, Ph.D., Toogood Reports, Nov 11, 2002

Alas! As Pilate of old attempted to wash his hands of the innocent blood of Jesus two thousand years ago when ‘he washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person [Jesus]: see ye to it” (Matt 27:24), political modernity attempts to wash its hands at the ballot box of the blood of millions of babies murdered by abortion since 1973. But political rhetoric, voting, and a new political regime will not absolve this blood guiltiness. God’s message to America is ‘Repent or perish!’

– The Dominant Christian Political Delusion Today –

The dominant Christian political delusion today is that Republicans represent some kind of cure-all political salvation to be implemented in America. This ability of Christians to lend their faith to unfounded propositions like this one does nothing but convince people that Jesus Christ is a fantasy and that Christians are exceedingly naive.

How can the world be expected to take Biblical claims about Jesus Christ seriously when His followers lend themselves to political fantasies that everyone else on earth knows is false and self-serving?

America’s political history proves that there is no real difference between either of the major political parties when it comes to concern and implementing the will of God in America. The differences are in their rhetoric but not in practice.

Political salvation is a mirage and quicksand.

God’s Word, the Bible — not the Bill of Rights or the U.S. Constitution — is square one, point of beginning to resolve America’s rapid descent into an inevitable demise.

Jesus Christ is Lord! The law of the Lord is perfect! “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us” (Isa 33:22).

Chaplains Fired: “Don’t Pray In Jesus’ Name”

By Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt –

Two military chaplains have been terminated from CPE training to become hospital chaplains for the veterans administration because they prayed “in Jesus’ name” with patients.

“A lawsuit filed Friday alleges that the leader of a San Diego-based Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chaplain-training program severely mocked two Christian participants because of their faith. One of the chaplains eventually left the program voluntarily because of the treatment; the program leader eventually ejected the other participant,” reported Charisma News.

“Chaplains Maj. Steven Firtko, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Lt. Cmdr. Dan Klender, U.S. Navy, entered the San Diego VA-DOD Clinical Pastoral Education Center program in August 2012. Shortly thereafter, the program’s supervisor, Nancy Dietsch, began to harass the two men for their beliefs. On various occasions and without provocation, she admonished them not to pray in Jesus’ name or cite Scripture, sometimes pounding her fists on her desk, accusing them of “not giving a rat’s a–” about Veterans Affairs patients and other members of the military and threatening to fail them. She continued to ridicule them and their beliefs openly in class.

“In February, Klender voluntarily withdrew from the program solely because of Dietsch’s harassment. Firtko, whom Dietsch placed on probation, received a letter dated Feb. 15 from the VA and Dietsch notifying him that he would be dismissed from the program on March 1.”

Both chaplains have filed a lawsuit against the V.A. in a DC Court.

 
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Christian Bakers Who Lost Shop Refusing to Make a Wedding Cake for a Lesbian Couple Are in for a Major Surprise

By Billy Hallowell – TheBlaze.com –

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers who gained national attention after they refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, are in for a big surprise: a gay man who fervently disagrees with their stance on homosexuality is planning to willingly give them a large sum of money.

The Kleins, who have spoken with TheBlaze in the past about their legal woes since refusing to make the cake back in January 2013 and the subsequent loss of their shop, are reportedly facing a potential $150,000 fine — a fine that they say could bankrupt them.

But Matt Stolhandske, a board member of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, a coalition of Christians who support same-sex marriage, recently launched an online campaign to raise money for the Klein family, despite his opposition to their views.

“As a gay man, I should hate Melissa and Aaron Klein,” Stolhandske wrote in a recent Washington Post op-ed. “I’m also an evangelical Christian. I can’t understand why Klein or any other Christians twist the words of Jesus Christ to justify this behavior. To me, it’s a deeply harmful and embarrassing bastardization of our faith.”

But he went on to write that, as a Christian, he believes that he’s called to love even those with whom he disagrees, so he’s raising the funds so that the Kleins and their five children won’t suffer under the weight of the potentially massive fine.

Stolhandske said he’s planning to send whatever money he raises in a crowdfunding campaign to the bakers in an effort to keep them from going bankrupt and to show them good faith and love….

 
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‘Offending’ Christian Article Removed From Ohio Air National Guard Newsletter

From ChristianNews.net –

A faith-based article that centered on a military personnel’s personal testimony about how his faith in Christ keeps him grounded was recently removed from an Ohio Air National Guard newsletter after a fellow serviceman lodged a complaint about its “offending” content.

Col. Florencio Marquinez, the Commander of the Fighter Wing’s Medical Group, expressed his views in the September issue of “The Stinger” in an article entitled “Commander’s Comments: A Spiritual Journey as a Commander.”

“There have been many challenges and adversities along the way that really impacted my life,” he shared, after speaking about his appreciation for the Airman’s Creed. “It is my strong spiritual foundation that has kept the light shining on my path. I would not be the man I am today if isn’t wasn’t for my mother leading our whole family to Jesus Christ. Her creed to us five children growing up is God first in your life, then comes family and third, work.”

“My career both in the military and civilian world has brought many challenges and struggles, but one verse from the Bible that really helped me get through them is from Matthew 19:26, ‘With God, all things are possible,’” Marquinez continued. “So no matter how stressful your life can be with juggling family issues, relationships, career advancement, work, school or any burden that life throws your way, cast it upon the Lord and He will sustain you.”

He additionally noted that the national motto “In God We Trust” can essentially be found in the Scriptures, which urge men to trust in God.

But according to the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an unidentified service member complained about Marquinez’ article, claiming that it was “odious” and “offending.” In response to the complaint, Commander Col. Craig R. Baker ordered the newsletter to be republished without Marquinez’ piece.

ADF Legal Counsel Joseph La Rue wrote in a report on the matter on Friday that he believes Baker’s actions run counter to the Constitution because they amount to censorship.

“[T]he government doesn’t get to tell us what we are allowed to say. Nor does it get to tell us what we are not allowed to say,” he outlined. “The Supreme Court has explained that, when the government allows discussion by others of certain topics in its publications, it is not allowed to impose restrictions that discriminate among viewpoints on those subjects. So, because the military allows discussions about ‘what has made your life better,’ ‘what helps you as you lead your troops,’ or secular psychological principles, it is not allowed to say that some answers are okay, while others aren’t.”

He said that Maquinez was simply sharing his life story, and that his views shouldn’t be forbidden just because they involve Christianity.

 
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The Church (According To Christ)

From HisHolyChurch.org –

He came preaching the kingdom of God is at hand. To set men free in Spirit and in Truth from the bondage of this world and the next.

This was His good news, the gospel of the Kingdom, that the kingdom of God was at hand to set all men free from the elements of the world so that they may be free souls under God the Father of heaven and earth.

It was a system and a way that was based on faith, hope, and charity and the perfect law of love and liberty. His message was to bring peace and division. It was the salvation of the world.

The kingdom of God is “one form of government”.

How does the Kingdom of God differ from other governments?

What was this thing called the Church?

Was the early Church doing the same things as what we see the modern churches doing?

Jesus appointed a kingdom to His “little flock”, the apostles.

How does that kingdom relate to that early Church?

What was the role or purpose of that Church?

What should it look like and what should it be doing to fulfill its mission?

There are thousands of views and versions as to what the Church is and what it should be doing, but there is only one man who established the Church. The Church was established by Yahushua* the Messiah, a.k.a. Jesus the Christ. Only He can define the purpose and nature of this thing called the Church. It is His Creation, His appointed institution. It is His Holy Church.

Seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness

It is up to each of us to strive, seek, and find out what the Church is according to the intent of the one who established it.

How does it relate to us in our lives and in God’s plan for us?

 
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Satan’s First Amendment Perversion

By Roseann Salanitri – WesternJournalism.com –

“…nowhere in the 1st Amendment is there any reference to protecting our right to worship as long as it doesn’t offend anyone.”

Our Founders’ experience with a government that had exceeded its logical, moral, and spiritual authority greatly influenced the Constitution they would eventually design. In our Declaration of Independence they expressed their reasons for declaring their independence from tyranny along with their belief that government’s primary role was to protect our God-given rights. Our Constitution and form of government were based on those basic beliefs about what government should be and how it should be limited in order to protect our God-given right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Immediately after ratification of the Constitution, our Founders agreed that they needed to amend the Constitution in order to protect our rights as citizens in addition to limiting government. And so the first 10 Amendments, which are referred to as our Bill of Rights, were born. The name, The Bill of Rights, appropriately became the reference for these first 10 amendments because that’s what they were: amendments to protect our rights as distinguished from the Constitution that was designed to limit government.

Although the language in the Bill of Rights is clear, its meaning can still be twisted and misused. The 1st Amendment specifically states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government (sic) for a redress of grievances.

The section being discussed herein is emboldened above and was the very first part of the 1st Amendment that was agreed upon by our Founders and ratified by the states. There have been many writings built around this particular phrase which rightly rely on the understanding that this portion of the Amendment was written to protect the church from the state, and not the other way around. But ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has managed to twist and pervert even the simplest statements. He persuaded Eve and subsequently Adam to believe that if they ate of the forbidden fruit of the garden they would become like God. Both Adam and Eve knew what God clearly said, but that didn’t stop them from believing Satan’s twisted interpretation.

Another example occurs after Christ was baptized and spent 40 days in the desert. During this time of fasting, Satan unsuccessfully tempted Him by accurately quoting the Scripture but twisting its meaning. In Matthew 4:5-7, Satan said:

If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge concerning you, and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ (The emboldened part of the verse was quoted by Satan exactly as it is written in Ps. 91:11-12)

Of course, we know that Jesus fully understood not only the word but the meaning of Scripture and quickly replied appropriately. However, it is important to understand that Satan did not misquote Scripture, he just perverted its meaning to suit his means. Such is the case with the 1st Amendment. No one, not even Satan, argues the language contained in the Amendment, but he can and he has managed to pervert its meaning and, consequently, today’s Adams and Eves still fall prey to his cunning. (Note: although it is not the subject of this writing, a similar argument applies to the 2nd Amendment.)

 
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What Is An Infidel?

By Chaplain Rick Mathes –

The Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion per capita in the United States , especially in the minority races.

Last month I attended my annual training session that’s required for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who each explained their beliefs.

I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say. The Muslim gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video.

After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Muslim and asked: ‘Please,correct me if I’m wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world and, that by killing an infidel, (which is a command to all Muslims)
they are assured of a place in heaven. If that’s the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?

There was no disagreement with my statements and, without hesitation, he replied, ‘Non-believers!’

I responded, ‘So, let me make sure I have this straight. All followers of Allah have been commanded to kill everyone who is not of your faith so they can have a place in heaven. Is that correct?’

The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.’

He sheepishly replied, ‘Yes.’

I then stated, ‘Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine The Pope commanding all Catholics to kill those of your faith or Dr. Stanley ordering all Protestants to do the same in order to guarantee them a place in heaven!’

The Muslim was speechless.

I continued, ‘I also have a problem with being your friend when you and your brother clerics are telling your followers to kill me! Let me ask you a question:

Would you rather have your Allah, who tells you to kill me in order for you to go to heaven, or my Jesus who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and He wants you to be there with me?’

You could have heard a pin drop.

Needless to say, the organizers and/or promoters of the ‘Diversification’ training seminar were not happy with my way of dealing with the Islamic Imam, and exposing the truth about the Muslims’ beliefs.

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the
President.

Jesus and Power Politics

By Caleb Eaton – HigherLiberty.com –

This scene portraying Jesus like a drunken, hippie, wild man has been reinforced by popular media. But suppose that interpretation is as ridiculous and as unenlightened as most other things in the mainstream media. If mainstream media promotes this view of Jesus, isn’t that the first clue that something smells funny? But how would they know any better since the same picture is promoted in government-licensed churches?

There’s a way of looking at this passage that makes much more sense…and makes Jesus a much more impressive character…

…a picture of high-powered politics emerges. Jesus was the newly recognized king of Judea which was one of the world’s richest nations that included a major port city and was the pivot point of many trade routes. Just as a new US president fires the judges of the previous president, it was Jesus’ responsibility to replace government employees with those he trusted.

The new king was turning over the banking system (Federal Reserve) and “tax collection” duties to people he trusted. In fact, he was re-instituting a style of government based on freewill offerings as Abraham and Moses originally setup for Israel. But the pharisees had become rich off the FORCED contributions of the people (taxes), hence they conspired to kill the new king that was upsetting their cushy lifestyle.

Ask JFK if politics has changed much in 2000 years.

 
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Accountability – The Check on Power

By David Whitney – FreedomOutpost.com –

One of the great elements of healthy and growing disciples of Jesus Christ is that they place themselves in relationships with other Christians who hold them accountable….

One of the oxymorons of our day is an institution down in the District of Columbia known as The Government Accountability Office. It claims that its Mission “is to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.” If it weren’t so tragic, we could have a good laugh at it.

Most Americans are well aware that our civil government is anything but accountable to “We the People” who hired them. It appears more and more that it does not exist for the benefit of the American people but for its own selfish benefit. It seems that the ballot box is a poor means of accountability, as the past three decades amply demonstrate.

What has gone wrong? Well, the Word of God gives us the answer. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All men are sinners and, therefore, cannot be trusted with power; and even if they are redeemed, regenerated, and sanctified, it is unwise to trust them with power that is not very carefully and securely circumscribed and sharply limited. The problem is how do we entrust power to anyone and yet keep them acceptable for the use of that power. Furthermore, as we shall see in Exodus 18, the most powerful design of a civil government which is bound down by checks and balances comes from a four level structure that is given to us in Gods’ Word.

Please read Exodus 18:31-19. Here, Moses was given advice for a four level structure of government that has stood the test of time and was the pattern used by the Founders in the construction of the original plan for the civil government in America….

 
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Pastors And Churches Violating First Commandment

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin – News With Views –

Pastors today who say that Jesus never challenged civil government don’t know what they are talking about. The Pharisees were as much a part of the civil government of Rome as they were a spiritual authority of Judaism. In fact, they were the direct authority of Rome over Judea. By challenging the authority of the Pharisees, Jesus was challenging the authority of Rome. The Pharisees–and everyone else–understood it. That’s what the question of the Roman penny was all about. And that’s why the Pharisees accused Jesus of being a traitor to Caesar (civil government) before Pilate. And that’s why the Pharisees hated Jesus: he dared to challenge their authority–civil and spiritual.

Jesus is the Sovereign Lord. When the Pharisees accused him of breaking the Sabbath, he reminded them that he is Lord even over the Sabbath. He proved himself to be the Lord over sickness and disease, over the wind and waves, even over death and hell. And when he challenged the authority of the Pharisees, Christ was showing that he was Lord over the lives of his people in relationship to the church AND THE STATE. Jesus said, “All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Christ Jesus is the one true Sovereign–the ONLY one true Sovereign. And, again, this has been the foundation of Christianity for over 2,000 years.

 
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Freedom From Fear At The End Of The World

By Paul McGuire – NewsWithViews.com –

In nations like Great Britain and the U.S. we are witnessing the rise of the Orwellian State, the loss of freedoms, and the loss of economic prosperity for the Middle Class in many Western-type nations across the world. The possibility of global thermonuclear war, biological plagues like the Ebola virus, food shortages, and terrorist attacks from groups like Isis provides on one level a pessimistic view of the future. Thus, in nations like the U.S., Great Britain, Japan, and other nations you see the death of optimism and skyrocketing rates of clinical depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PSTD, and suicides. Despite the plethora of new psychiatric drugs all these emotional and psychological problems are on the increase. Hopelessness, despair, and fear grip the minds of men and women across the world like a plague.

Whether you are an agnostic, an atheist, or believe in God, it is interesting to note that Jesus Christ commented on this condition that would accelerate in what the Bible calls the last days.

 

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