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By Pastor Shawn Mathis - Posted at Barbwire: What is the source of the Trump phenomenon? What combination of forces have created this seemingly perfect political storm? There are a number of theories. And some of them are quite reasonable. But I think it is not any one thing that has contributed to his success. I think five factors in particular have coalesced in God’s providence to bring the Republican party to Trump: political, national, economical, cultural and religious factors. 1. The political dimension everyone gets. The Establishment (in both parties) are more despised than ever. Republicans-in-name-only (RINOs) have been playing patty-cake with liberals for many years. And the establishment has been offering subpar presidential candidates. The establishment needlessly compromised over and over again with Obama. Although there has been a long-running anti-establishment contingency in the party, seven years of Obama has brought it to a fever pitch. Read more...

The Laodicean Church

By Mike Ratliff - Posted at Possessing the Treasure : 14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: 15 ‘ I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:14-16 NASB) All Christians should study the Old Testament book of Jeremiah. Why? Jeremiah was a prophet of God. What he was called to do was be the prophet to warn of God’s coming judgment to apostate Judah. They were still very religious. They still offered their sacrifices and held their festivals, but they also mixed in worship of other “gods” that called for the sacrifice of their own children. Jeremiah was threatened. He was beaten by the priests and told to shut up. He was put into stocks. When the Babylonians did come and fulfill the judgment he had prophesied, he was still despised by th


Posted at Wintery Knight : A friend of mine was asking me about the “Jesus Seminar”, which is a group of people who claim to be able to speak for broad spectrum of scholars about who Jesus really was. She was telling me that someone’s child went to college, heard about the Jesus Seminar, and lost their faith because of their writings. I wanted to find a good article for her on this, and since Dr. William Lane Craig has debated most of the leading scholars in the Jesus seminar, (e.g. – John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Roy Hoover, Gerd Ludemann, Robert Price, John Shelby Spong, etc.), I chose an article by Dr. Craig. I also link to two debates that Dr. Craig did with Jesus Seminar people below. First a short video (4 minutes): Read more...

Why Islamic State’s Ancient Jihadi Tactics “Shock” the West

By Raymond Ibrahim As Western politicians and other talking heads insist that the Islamic State (“ISIS”) has “ nothing whatsoever to do with Islam ,” not only does ISIS correctly implement Islamic law —whether by demanding jizya from subjugated Christians or by sexually enslaving “infidel” women—but even the “caliphate’s” arcane jihadi tactics belong to Islam. ISIS’ indoctrinated jihadi children - Consider a recently exposed “recruitment” tactic of ISIS: abducting, indoctrinating, and beating young children in order to mold them into explosive-vest wearing “martyrs” who hurl themselves onto “infidels”: The children who managed to escape describe how they were indoctrinated into the jihadi group’s radical brand of Islam and taught that they should execute their “unbeliever” [infidel] parents…. “We weren’t allowed to cry but I would think about my mother, think about her worrying about me and I’d try and cry quietly,” he [an escapee] said… Some children

Should We Elect An American President?

By Alan Korwin - Posted at The “Natural Born Citizen” Issue Explained It’s not a court issue—the Founders defined it—we’ve just forgotten. WHITE PAPER February 24, 2016  Can just anyone be elected President of the United States? No, of course not. Foreigners for example are not eligible. The Constitution spells out the eligibility standards: Article II, Section 1 : “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.” As you can see, Article II distinguishes between Citizens and natural born Citizens . Although we know the Founding Fathers used language with extreme care, this is now raising a ruckus. I’m a researcher, I’ve done the legwork, so let me

Risen: Movies, Faith, and the Bible

By Kyle Borg - Posted at Gentle Reformation : There's an old saying you're probably familiar with: “All that glitters is not gold.” It's an idiomatic reminder that appearances are not everything and often do not reveal the true nature of a thing. To be honest, that's often how I feel when Hollywood tries to put the Bible on the silver screen. It may glitter but it certainly isn't gold! Recent adaptations—actually, it's probably more accurate to say recent rewrites—like that of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings , are a painful reminder of that. Not only have they been box office flops but they have failed entirely in biblical accuracy. Despite the repeated failures of Hollywood I will admit my interest was piqued with headlines of the recently released movie, Risen . As an unofficial sequel to Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ , this recent release looks at the story of the resurrection from the perspective of a skeptic. Like a detective mys

False prophets and their destructive heresies

By Mike Ratliff - Posted at Possessing the Treasure : 1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. (2 Peter 2:1 NASB) False professors and false prophets have one thing in common. They are convinced that the ‘religious paradigm’ they love, cherish, follow, and proclaim is true. Of course, they come to this conclusion through what some of them refer to as their ‘thinkology.’ In other words, what makes it true in their hearts is their own acceptance of it. The deciding or defining standard, which is used by these people, is their own value system. They oppose clear Biblical truth because “they just don’t believe it” while they embrace humanistic forms of Christianity simply because their ‘thinkology ‘ gives them a green light. I am not discounting God working in His people to increase their k

“Together 2016”: Denominations link arms with Chrislebrities to erase doctrinal divisions

Posted at Berean Research : Image from Berean Research Doctrinal distinctives? Divisions? Not any more. Several major denominations will be blended up smoother than a Vitamix cocktail in a few weeks. This summer, a “Next Great Awakening” is bringing  Assemblies of God Supt. George O. Wood and  Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd  together to link arms in spiritual unity with the  Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America, Grace Communion International (formerly the Armstrongism Worldwide Church of God ), and a host of familiar Chrislebrities including Hillsong United, Francis Chan, Hillsong’s pastorix Christine Caine, Ravi Zacharias, Kari Jobe, Josh McDowell, Luis Palau and others. The number organizers have in mind: One Million. Read more...

It's Not You - It's Him

Posted at The Truth About Moscow : He’s in triage mode. The Kirk is hemorrhaging families and none of his usual tricks have stopped the bleeding. Moreover, people are leaving without telling him. They just go, which is good. To borrow one of his lines, he doesn’t deserve notice. He didn’t bother to notify kirkers before he “urged” Judge Stegner to go easy on Sitler and he didn’t think the Kirk worthy of notice before he blame-shifted Jamin Wight’s horrible crimes onto Natalie’s father. He’s always been able to control these things by pulling the trigger on one family or another. But this time it’s different. He has so many open wounds that he’s lost count of those who have left and, more importantly, he no longer knows what they’re saying after they go. This is a problem because normally he thinks that if he can’t completely silence them , then he can rebut their arguments to keep them from persuading you. But now he’s in the dark. Further, he knows that for every family who le

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Campaigns Employ Gay Marriage Supporters

By Samuel Smith - Posted at CP Politics : The campaigns of Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are employing Republicans who signed onto a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last year arguing that state bans against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. In the lead up to last June's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that struck down state bans against same-sex marriage, a group of over 300 Republicans representing various conservative, moderate and libertarian viewpoints signed onto an amicus brief supporting Jim Obergefell and the rest of the petitioners. Among the hundreds of people who signed that particular brief are two individuals who are actively involved in the presidential campaigns of Rubio and Cruz, candidates who both have stated that they disagree with the Supreme Court's decision and that the decision is not the "settled" law of the land. Rubio's deputy campaign manager Rich Beeson , who worked as a political dire

‘Pastor Protection Act’ Unanimously Passes Georgia House

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : ATLANTA, Ga. — The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill this week that protects clergy from punishment if they decline to perform same-sex “weddings.” H.B. 757 was introduced last summer by Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, and found support from Democrats and Republicans alike. “No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages, perform rites, or administer sacraments according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage, perform any rite or administer any sacrament in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or the United States,” the bill reads in part. In addition to churches, the bill also applies to religious schools, missionary societies and denominational conventions. Read more...

Beck begs South Carolinians to support Ted Cruz — “Fall to your knees and pray to God to reveal to you what the hour is”

Posted at Christian Research Network : What many people don’t realize is that New Age Mormon Glenn Beck held a rally at a “church” whose senior pastor is New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “Apostle” and wolf in sheep’s clothing Rick Joyner . Beck is in South Carolina stumping for GOP candidate Ted Cruz whose father, Rafael Cruz, is also ensconced in the heretical NAR movement. Just last week the senior Cruz  received an “anointing” from Kenneth Copeland, a notorious Word of Faith/prosperity preacher . Read more...

Ted Cruz: Constitutionally Qualified to Be President?

By Joe Wolverton II, J.D. - Posted at The New American : Every day since his announcement that he would run for president, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has faced questions about his constitutional qualification to hold that office, particularly in regard to the “natural born citizen” clause of Article II. Although the issue appears nearly daily on some blog or in some online article, it is not a new question. In fact, over two years ago — when Cruz was a newly elected senator — The New American carried an article by this reporter analyzing the constitutional considerations of this now very relevant problem. Is it, in fact, a problem? For Cruz, the short answer is yes. For two reasons. First, because he does not fit the Founders’ definition of a natural born citizen; and second, because for a man who claims to hold the Founders and the Constitution in such high regard, it would appear self-serving and hypocritical to ignore both of those sources and seek the presidency anyway. Read

In the Valley with Facebook

By Angela Wittman The need for a firm foundation (Scripture) is vital to the Christian  - new and old alike!   "And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them."  Mark 9:2 KJV Years ago while working outside the home, I began my day with a devotional, Scripture reading and prayer. I compared this time spent as being on the "mountain" with the Lord before descending into the "valley" of the workplace which was full of profanity, materialism and envy. For the past few years, I have been  deactivating my Facebook account periodically due to various reasons. Sometimes I would find I just didn't have the time to spend communicating in a semi-meaningful way with others or I would read of the Facebook founders supporting a pro-abortion or same-sex marriage agenda and felt my participation in their platform was helping to support it. Then af

On Consent

Posted at The Truth About Moscow : The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” EZEKIEL 34:1–6 Over the last several months, Douglas Wilson has referred to Greyfriars’ Hall ministerial student

Sex Education Should Start in the Christian Home

Posted at Your Mom Has A Blog : Melissa Edgington  "We may sign every pro-life petition that comes our way. We may constantly preach about the sanctity of life. We may donate money to a crisis pregnancy center. But, if we aren’t talking to our kids about sex (not just once, but throughout their childhood and teen years), then we are truly failing to live out our pro-life views within our own family. We can’t send our children out there with no sense of what sex was designed to be and with no real knowledge of how their bodies work or how reproduction happens..." When I was a sophomore in high school, a senior girl took it upon herself to tell me about her sexual experience. She knew that she was speaking to someone who was notoriously naive and inexperienced, and I could tell that she relished the opportunity to educate me in these few minutes at the end of a study hall. I’ll never forget her telling me: Of course, we don’t have sex when I’m on my period, because I don’t want

How Facebook Envy Fuels Donald Trump

By Tom Nichols - Posted at The Federalist : Never before have so many historically well-off people felt themselves so economically deprived. I blame a lot of people for Donald Trump. (Mostly, I blame Donald Trump.) “Trumpism,” insofar as we can call it a movement, is the product of many social forces. Some of the anger that propels Trump is a reaction to political correctness and elitist condescension ; some an irrational, even racist, fear of changing demographics; some understandable rage at the painful and disparate impact of globalization. And some of it is just the lousy luck that 16 other Republicans, including a batch of no-hopers, all decided to run when Trump did. But look past Trump’s public monkeyshines, and find one emotion that especially motivates his supporters: envy. Or, to use a more evocative French term, it is ressentiment , the need to blame others for one’s own frustration and circumstances. Trump plays on this feeling, every day, promising to avenge the

What Justice Scalia’s Death Reveals About Our Country

Posted at Your Mom Has A Blog : Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday. In no time at all, the world took to Twitter as it always does, because everyone feels the need these days to express every thought they have about every single thing. Despite the fact that Scalia was a real man with an actual family, cruel comments immediately filled social media from those who disagreed with his opinions and beliefs. They claimed that they were happy he was dead, that he will burn in hell now, and that there are other conservatives who need to follow him there. When something like this happens, it’s telling about where we are in this country, morally and spiritually. 1. We are hard. Social media has had a huge hand in making us cold and mean in our ways of dealing with one another. It’s so easy to look at a computer screen and fire off something that will irreparably damage a family, a relationship, a sense of worth. We are rude and have no respect for each other in any way. Al

Gospel-friendly Government

By T. M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe : Good government is friendly to the Good News. God’s Servant for Good (7) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this isgood and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior… 1 Timothy 2.1-3 A time to oppose A cursory reading of Paul’s teaching about government from Romans 13 might leave the impression that whatever government demands of its people, they must be ready to perform. Some might believe Paul to be saying that we must obey whatever government tells us to do, and not resist its authority. But that would be to misunderstand Paul’s view of government as a servant of God for good. As Paul himself demonstrated, and as Scripture teaches throughout, any government that goes beyond what God authorizes, or which ignores His good and

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead at West Texas Ranch

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : MARFA, Texas — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Saturday at a ranch in Texas where he was staying for a hunting excursion over the weekend. The 79-year-old justice had been quail hunting at Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa on Friday and retreated to his room after dinner. When he did not appear at breakfast in the morning, a worker went to his room and found his body. It is believed that he died in his sleep of natural causes. Scalia, appointed in 1986 by then-President Ronald Reagan, was the longest-serving justice on the current Supreme Court. “I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served.” Read more... 

New Life for a Sinner

By Angela Wittman Chris and Matt - my boys. Love, Mom This winter season is proving to be a time of reflection and while I understand the need to occasionally take stock of one's life and review the past, the time spent before I became a follower of Christ holds regret. As a mother I fondly remember my sons as little boys who would pick their mommy dandelions and proclaim they wanted to marry someone like me. But, even those memories are tinged with regret as I didn't raise my sons in church, nor did I teach them about Jesus Christ. So, for me the past is bittersweet and yet, I see the good Lord's grace and care of me and my loved ones even when I did not know Him. I can remember wanting to pray, but not knowing how to or if the Lord would hear my prayers. I had been baptized as a teenager, but fell away from the church and didn't understand how I could be forgiven of my sins. I thought I needed to "clean myself up" before I could even attend church, much less

Feds Seek Home Visits, Calling Parents "Equal Partners"

By Alex Newman - Posted at The New American : Big Brother wants to be an “equal partner” with American parents in the raising of their own children, starting before they are even born. He wants to send his agents to your house for “home visits,” too. Believe it or not, two powerful arms of Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), explicitly say so themselves. In a draft policy statement on “family engagement,” the two unconstitutional bureaucracies openly state their joint position: families are “equal partners” in everything from children's “development” and “education” to their “wellness across all settings.” Virtually no area of family life, including the health and “mental health” of parents, as well as a family's “attitudes” and even its “housing,” would be free from government intrusion under the government's Orwellian vision. Even vague notions of “family wellness,” as defined by bureaucrat

Christians, Gays, Women Fleeing German Asylum Centers Due To Persecution By Muslim Men

Posted at Tennessee Christian News : Christians, Yazidis, homosexuals and women are fleeing asylum centers in Germany in droves due to Muslim men’s violent persecution, Breitbart reports. According to German newspaper Die Welt, the violence  toward ethnic minorities, religious minorities and women continues to skyrocket across German asylum centres. Muslim men tear up Bibles and assault Christians, sexually abuse women and children, and beat up homosexuals. The news has led to calls from human rights campaigners to say enough is enough. Read more...

Why Do Mohler, Grudem Serve on ‘Dignity of Life Board’ for Abortion Pill-Promoting Candidate?

By J.D. Hall - Posted at Pulpit and Pen : As you are aware and as we have previously informed you , the Evangelical Intelligentsia (EI) chose their candidate some months back, and it was the moderate and Roman Catholic candidate, Marco Rubio. Led by EI ecumenist, Eric Teetsel , the Intelligentsia have compromised the Gospel for their chosen candidate, widely having told us that the candidate who is “fully doctrinally and theologically aligned with the Roman Catholic Church” is somehow both a Christian and evangelical ( source link ). Along with social progressives like Russell Moore, jumping on that bandwagon has been conservatives with previously stellar records, including Southern Seminary president Albert Mohler, theologian Wayne Grudem, and historian Thomas Kidd – all of whom serve on Rubio’s Dignity of Life Board or Faith Advisory Board ( source link ). A special hat-tip to professor Robert Gagnon to posting this article earlier, because according to Life Site News, Rubio


By Jerry Newcombe - Posted at BarbWire : Last week I wrote a column noting that the Bible is being unconstitutionally banned in the public schools far too often—and even being treated like asbestos, to borrow a line from Christian attorney Jordan Lorence. A reader responded to that article negatively, raising a common objection that the founders supposedly intended a secular government, one that was free from biblical influence. He wrote, “Once you see that ideas and our capacity for reason are the most important tools we possess, maybe you will understand that the Bible is like ‘Asbestos’ in the public school.” These types of claims, that the founders intended to banish God from the public square, are made frequently enough that they serve some further analysis. These claims are ironic, since the founders said our rights come from the Creator. Read more...

Trump Promises 'More Forward Motion' on 'Gay Equality' Under Presidency

Link: Details: Donald Trump told a lesbian publisher in New Hampshire on Thursday that the American people will see "more forward motion" on "gay equality" under his presidency, citing it as a part of his effort to bring people together. Read more...

Why Basing Morality on Empathy Does Not Work

Posted at Biblical Landmarks : Atheists are Good Without God! An Atheist announced on an internet discussion board, “Atheists are good without God!” It was not the first time I had heard it. Over the past twelve years, on the many atheist forums I had visited, the atheists and even some professing “Christians” had made this claim. To support their assertion, they posted a few “studies” that showed how atheist ethics (devised from their own empty non-belief system) were superior. Atheists had lesser numbers in prison, they claimed, a lower divorce rate, less crime in secular countries, and better raised children because they taught their children (the atheist ethics of) tolerance (which excluded Christians), anti-racism and the “Golden Rule” or empathy. Empathy, they avowed, was the best guide for morality. Empathy, in fact, would create the Utopia the world has, since the Garden of Eden, yearned after for so long. This godless form of morality was purportedly superior to all notion

The Social Gospel

Details: We hear the modern-day calls in the church for “social justice” and caring for the poor. But is this just a revival of the old-time Social Gospel? We’ll examine the roots of the movement and examine why the gospel isn’t social with Dr. R. Scott Clark, professor of church history and historical theology at Westminster Seminary California. That and more on Monday’s JANET MEFFERD TODAY. Link: See also: With Janet Mefferd On The Social Gospel (The Heidelblog)

The Fear of Man Versus the Fear of God

Posted at Green Baggins : Most Christians have probably heard something about the fear of man and the fear of God. However, many Christians fail to see when they do not have the proper perspective on what they do. The fear of man is insidious, creepy, and sneaky. It can disguise itself in many ways, and people rationalize it in many ways. Carl Trueman has talked about one form of it in terms of conferences: only the best-known names get invited, and they get invited again, and again, and again. Why is this? Is it simple marketeering? Or is there a fear of man involved, in the sense that organizers think that only well-known names will be convincing. Where did the Holy Spirit go, I wonder? Reasonably mature Christians will know that the fear of God, being the beginning of wisdom, constitutes a proper awe and reverence for the Lord God. However, what even mature Christians often forget is that the fear of man and the fear of God are on a teeter-totter. Austrian economics helps expl

Why write a post addressing the issue of sins as reasons why people leave church

Posted at The Domain for Truth : A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled “ Consider the possibility that the reason you aren’t going to church has to do with your sins .” It has received much more attention than I anticipated. In one of the comments someone who didn’t like the post stated the following: The stories I read from David Kinnaman in “You Lost Me” suggest that the top reasons an entire generation of young people are leaving the church are only tangentially sin-related: (1) overprotective – make one mistake and you’re no longer perfect (2) shallow – nothing ever goes deep (3) anti-science – the church isn’t interest in the truth that agrees with the facts (4) repressive – the church isn’t capable of dealing with the reality of the world (5) exclusive – the “if you’re not with us you’re against us” mindset (6) doubtless – if one comes to question anything then it’s viewed as faithlessness so there’s no middle ground.  Sin is little more than a red herring at this point

John Calvin on Principles of Magistracy

Posted at Mint, Anise and the Cumin : Election Day is approaching at a quick rate. There are many misunderstandings of the Christian and Reformed principles when it comes to Civil Magistracy. There will be false statements circulating claiming “We are not electing a Pastor in Chief” or “Christians should not be involved in politics”, even worse “We should vote for the one person who has a chance of winning even if he is not a Christian or qualified by Scripture.” In other words, we should vote for the lesser of two evils.. None of this is biblical or Reformed. Of course I am a Covenanter dissenter and will not be voting because of the wickedness of our current system but if you are going to vote, hear at least John Calvin on the subject of whom we as Christians are morally responsible for in placing in the seat of civil authority. §Speaking of New Testament Times Isaiah says, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to t

Marxism and the Bureau of Land Management

Image from Wikipedia By Al Benson Jr. - Posted at Revised History : In that infamous document The Communist Manifesto , which the League of the Just (Illuminati) hired deadbeat revolutionary Karl Marx to pen, Marx noted, quite accurately, that: “In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property.” In other words, if Marxists of any stripe influence and eventually rule your country–you own nothing. Rather, they own you. Any land you may have thought you owned now belongs to “the People” which, being interpreted, means the State. It is in that context that you need to begin to look at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as an instrument of the Marxist state that has as its agenda the appropriation of any and all land. You may even have a deed “proving” ownership which, to them, is irrelevant. Your deed is really worthless because they have the power to move you off of your land and in a Marxist state such as we now exi

Homeschooling and Public School Partnership Programs

By Kenneth Knott - Posted at Christian Worldview: For many homeschoolers, August represents a time of final planning for the upcoming academic year. In doing so, wise parents naturally ask themselves if they are employing the most effective methods of instruction possible. While some parents are content with implementing only minor adjustments to their routines, other parents are desperate for solutions for the various challenges they perceive. It is not surprising, then, to witness a growing number of homeschoolers joining the various “partnership” programs offered by the public school system. There are a number of reasons why public school partnerships generally represent less-than-ideal approaches for most homeschoolers. Before we discuss some of these reasons, it may be useful to review the historical context in which these partnerships have emerged. While doing so, I’ll occasionally share certain firsthand experiences to help illustrate the shortcomings of these approache

This is why Christianity is on the ropes

Posted at Berean Research : If Christians would read their bibles it would clear up a lot of deception, says Bill Muehlenberg of Culture Watch . In this piece Muehlenberg addresses sexual sin and the lengths professing Christians will go to justified having sex outside of marriage. He points out that Satanic deception has become so rampant in our churches that, in their confusion, Christians often use arguments that usually come from atheists and sexual libertines, such as “love is all that matters; God looks at the heart; we don’t need lists of rules, etc, etc.” Discover why these arguments are decidedly unbiblical — and what the Bible explicitly teaches on sex outside of marriage: There most certainly is such a thing as sin, such a thing as Satan and such a thing as deception. These three run together, resulting in incredible damage – spiritually and in other ways. Of course in the world people are under the complete control of Satan, sin is a way of life, and deception is e


By Shawn Mathis - Posted at : “The power of the American people when we rise up and stand for liberty knows no bounds.”—Senator Cruz (About two years ago) I was unsure what the recent Restoring Christian Values Brunch would present to its audience. With a gym full of 100 people, patriotic pictures, life-size cutouts of the Founders, and a life-size liberty bell, I was suspicious. During the brunch, I quietly sat at my table, eating and listening to the interesting conversation between a man representing a parachurch outreach for European Muslims and a Messianic Charismatic Jewish pastor (who sat next to his co-pastor wife). Shortly thereafter, pastor Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Cruz, began his talk, entitled, Why Pastors Need to be Involved in the Political Arena. It lasted about an hour. He quickly proceeded to summarize his concerns with pastors remaining silent on social issues. From the creation of the 501c3 status in the 50s, he traced several social and l

U.S. House Fails to Override Obama’s Veto of Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has failed to override Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would have defunded the abortion giant Planned Parenthood for one year. Although the House obtained a majority on Tuesday, it fell short of the necessary two-thirds vote to override the veto. The final tally was 241-186. Read more...

Natural Born Citizen: What Does That Mean and Why Does it Matter?

Institute on the Constitution will be presenting a class and live webcast on "The Importance of our President Being a Natural Born Citizen" this Friday, February 5th , 7:00 - 9:00 pm EDT. "Donald Trump says Ted Cruz is not a natural born citizen. Many have said Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen. We will explain the difference between natural born citizen and being born on American soil. Confused by what you have been hearing? Join us Friday Feb. 5th and we will get it straight." For those in the Pasadena, Maryland area the class will be held at: Institute on the Constitution Headquarters 8028 Ritchie Highway; Suite #315 Pasadena, MD 21122 Or you can watch the live webcast or On-Demand viewing anytime.   The cost for the class is $10.00 per person or one link. Reserve your spot here: Source: Contact:  ht

Ted Cruz Presidential Candidate: Is he really pro-life?

American Right to Life Ted Cruz Presidential Candidate Tier 3 - Personhood Later As a Republican primary candidate, Ted Cruz has taken contradictory positions on abortion and it is sobering to realize that his effort to get votes from the Republican base could explain this behavior. Source: * Updated 3.22.2016 AW

Congressional Report Examines Cruz's Natural-born Citizen Status

By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Posted at The New American: "At the center of the so-called birther question is Article II’s declaration that 'No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.'" Published February 1, 2016 As Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to crescendo, his questions regarding the constitutional qualification of Senator Ted Cruz (shown) to be president are being taken seriously by scholars and the answers aren’t as clear as Cruz claims. On January 25, Yahoo News reported that the latest “Congressional Research Service report is adding some new background on the controversy over U.S. presidential candidates like Ted Cruz who were born overseas and who are seeking office.” Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. Read more...   See also: The Constitution of the United States

Ted Cruz does not support "Personhood" Legislation for the Preborn

Editor's Note: I just received this link from Steve Lefemine ( Christians for Personhood ) to a video regarding Ted Cruz's lack of support for Personhood Legislation: Question on Personhood legislation ( at 10:50 into YouTube video below): [ commentary added in brackets [ ] ] Ted Cruz: "I believe we should protect every human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of death. [ ? ] I have not supported personhood legislation because I think, and the pro-life community is divided on this, but I think personhood legislation can be counterproductive because it focuses on issues that are unrelated to protecting unborn children [ sic ], and I think our focus should be valuing and cherishing every human life." You Tube Link:

The Beck Lies: Mormon Leads Prayer to False God at Ted Cruz Campaign Office

Posted at Berean Research : Over at Pulpit & Pen , Seth Dunn informs us that Ted Cruz is surrounded by cultists, knows it, and it doesn’t seem to bother him. To be fair, to get elected, political candidates need financial support and people’s votes. To that end, Marco Rubio, a Roman Catholic, has stated that he “fully understands Catholic doctrine” yet he would have people believe he’s an evangelical. And Donald Trump states that he’s a “Presbyterian Protestant,” that he believes in God but has never asked for forgiveness. Since the sincere Christian understands sin, repentance and forgiveness, Dunn wonders if The Donald is a true a Christian. But this is not about Rubio and Trump; it’s about Southern Baptist presidential candidate Ted Cruz praying with a cultist. Seth Dunn begins with the following quote: “ I have prayed for the next George Washington. I believe I have found him (in Ted Cruz). ” Glenn Beck Read more...

Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals

By Peter T. Elliott This morning, like most mornings now, I found myself reading an article on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Everyday I ask myself the question, “How can so many American Evangelicals support such an openly narcissistic, immoral, power driven man?” Sarah Palin endorsed him, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, endorsed him, [1] and not too long ago, a poll was released that showed that Evangelical Christians as a whole are gravitating to Trump. [2] But, this article I read today gave me a much needed answer as to why Americans and specifically Evangelicals are gravitating toward Donald Trump. The author, Gina Dalfonzo, asserted, and rightfully so, that when fear is driving a certain people group, they will seek safety and power in the wrong places. The author then went on to make the connection that the American people, specifically anti-establishment republicans, are putting their faith in Donald Trump, because he projects an unwavering, albeit