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“I will sing” Don Moen September 2, 2015

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Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation! [Rom. 8:37.] The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! For the Chief Musician; with my stringed instruments.
(Hab 3:17-19)

“I Will Sing”

Lord, You seem so far away
A million miles or more, it feels today
And though I haven’t lost my faith
I must confess right now
That it’s hard for me to pray

But I don’t know what to say
And I don’t know where to start
But as You give the grace
With all that’s in my heart

I will sing, yes, I will praise, even in my darkest hour
Through the sorrow and the pain
I will sing, I will praise, lift my hands to honor You
Because Your word is true, I will sing

Lord it’s hard for me to see all the thoughts
And plans You have for me, yes it is
But I will put my trust in You
Knowing that you died to set me free
Oh thank God You did

But I don’t know what to say
And I don’t know where to start
But as you give the grace
With all that’s in my heart

I will sing, I will praise, even in my darkest hour
Through the sorrow and the pain
I will sing, I will praise, lift my hands to honor You
Because Your word is true

I will sing, I will praise, even in my darkest hour
Through the sorrow and the pain
I will sing, I will praise, lift my hands to honor You
Because Your word is true, I will sing, I will sing, I will sing

Oh, we sing to You Lord
Oh, we sing to You Lord tonight
Halleluiah, we sing to You Lord
Oh, we lift our voices and sing to You

Worship You Lord, we sing to You Lord
We sing, we sing, We sing, we sing
Oh, we worship you Lord, oh, thank You Lord
I will sing, oh yes I will, I will sing


Real Serious Stuff: It’s What You Do August 17, 2015

Posted by JP in Absolute Favorites, Discussion, Uncategorized.

Give this book a read. I know the author pretty well and can say that this will be worth your time (give the title a click to link to the Amazon page)

Real Serious Stuff: It’s What You Do.

In this collection of insights and collected wisdom, the author, a certified business coach and former EMyth employee, moves hearts and pushes buttons. With a deft touch and slightly irreverant approach, Bobby Burns takes on issues of leadership, company culture, vision and purpose, as well as bad service and bad marketing.

His style and the layout of the book are reminiscent of the best of Harry Beckwith’s books such as Selling The Invisible. A number of recurring themes crop up throughout the varied rants, musings, and commentaries: greatness, purpose, and the central role of leadership in every aspect of business.

He makes the point very early on that being an owner of a small business is not a small thing, but – as he puts it – real serious stuff. The value and dignity of owning and building a small business is paramount in his mind as he extols the virtues of vision, purpose, passion, grit and hard work.

His only regret is that he’s not an artist since he would loved to have made this as a graphic novel.




The Family June 13, 2015

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The Armor of God May 28, 2015

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Onward Christian soldier, step forth into battle equipped as God wills:

Ephesians 6:11-17 AMP  Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  (12)  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.  (13)  Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].  (14)  Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, (15)  And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. [Isa. 52:7.]  (16)  Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  (17)  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

Our armor, the battle-clothing of God, consists of:

The belt of truth:

Psa 119:160  The sum of Your word is truth [the total of the full meaning of all Your individual precepts]; and every one of Your righteous decrees endures forever.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.

Joh 1:17  For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ

The breastplate of righteousness:

Rom 1:17  For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith

Rom 4:13  For the promise to Abraham or his posterity, that he should inherit the world, did not come through [observing the commands of] the Law but through the righteousness of faith

Romans 4:20-22 AMP  No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,  (21)  Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.  (22)  That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

Php 1:11  May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [that His glory may be both manifested and recognized].

The shoes of readiness for the Gospel of peace:

Rom 15:13  May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Col 1:20  and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross–whether things on earth or things in heaven

Colossians 3:15-17 HCSB  And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.  (16)  Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.  (17)  And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

The shield of faith:

Pro 30:5  Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him

Psa 18:2  The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower

Psa 18:18  They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support.

Psa 25:2  O my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. Let me not be put to shame or [my hope in You] be disappointed; let not my enemies triumph over me.

Rom 8:28  We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

The helmet of salvation:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,

Galatians 4:4-7 AMP  But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,  (5)  To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].  (6)  And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!  (7)  Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 AMP  But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.  (14)  [It was] to this end that He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

2Ti 1:9  [For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].

Acts 4:11-12 AMP  This [Jesus] is the Stone which was despised and rejected by you, the builders, but which has become the Head of the corner [the Cornerstone]. [Ps. 118:22.]  (12)  And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.

Act 16:31  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”

The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God:

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 Timothy 3:15-17   and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  (16)  All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,  (17)  so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Luk 11:28  But He said, Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it!

Heb 4:12  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Col 3:16  Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.

Heb 4:12  For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

Our battles are not those of muscle against muscle, of flesh against flesh, for such battles are temporary – of this world and not beyond.  Our battles are fought for eternal loss or gain and our armor prepares us sufficiently to face our unseen enemy, (2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds)

God’s Word tells us that we are equipped to attack, He tells us to strap on His armor and advance into the fray (Jeremiah 46:3-4 AMP  Put in order the buckler and shield, and advance for battle!  (4)  Harness the horses, and mount, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets! Polish the spears, put on the coats of mail!), we do not wait for our enemy to come to us, we gird ourselves and advance into that most gruesome of spiritual battles; confident that His armor is sufficient to deflect the slings and arrows of our enemy, keeping us well protected and able to stand in the face of the onslaught which we draw by our God-given audaciousness.

In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan writes:

But now in this Valley of Humiliation, poor Christian was hard put to it; for he had gone but a little way, before he espied a foul fiend coming over the field to meet him; his name is Apollyon. Then did Christian begin to be afraid, and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground. But he considered again that he had no armour for his back; and, therefore, thought that to turn the back to him might give him the greater advantage, with ease to pierce him with his darts. [‹1.83›] Therefore he resolved to venture and stand his ground; for, thought he, had I no more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand.

Christian knew that his best defense was a strong offense. For while the armor of God is fully sufficient to protect us from attacks, it provides no protection for our back – our armor covers our front alone; retreat in the face of peril is certainly not an option which God has provided for.

So face the enemy in faith and righteousness my brothers and sisters, stand before your foe holding the shield of faith in one hand and wielding the sword of His Word in the other (2Co 6:7  By [speaking] the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand [to attack] and for the left hand [to defend];).

Do not falter, do not turn, do not flee.  Stand strong and press onward in your battle for the Lord.

School condones discrimination against Christians May 13, 2015

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Liberty Counsel is challenging a Florida College about the work of a militant atheist professor intent on destroying his students’ faith and issuing failing grades for expressing biblically based opinions.Professor Lance “L.J.” Russum at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida gave sixteen-year-old, dual-enrolled student, Grace Lewis four (4) straight zeros because she refused to conform to his personal world views of Marxism, Atheism or “Anti-theism”, Feminism, and homosexuality.

Following the fourth zero, Professor Russum gave Grace a condescending lecture in which he openly demeaned her faith, misrepresented his own course syllabus to justify his improper grading, and presumed to tell her “how the ‘faith’ you claim actually works.”

Professor Russum cannot use academic freedom as a pretext to discriminate.

Professor Russum hasn’t just targeted Grace. Another student said the professor required the students to keep a journal, which he would read. When she wrote that she believed in God, the professor took her aside and said, “You need to drop my class.” Professor Russum is proselytizing militant atheism, and Polk State College needs to hold him accountable.

+ + Sign our “Open Letter of Outrage” to the leadership of Polk State College.

We have drafted an open letter to the Polk State College administrators and Board of Trustees expressing our outrage over the blatant anti-Christian bigotry of Professor Lance “L.J.” Russum. We expose the fact that his personal bias and discriminatory actions are infused into his classroom.

Click here to add your name to the letter:


+ + Polk State College Condones Discrimination against Christians

The Liberty Counsel Legal Team demanded (1) a full and independent review of Mr. Russum’s behavior and course content; (2) appropriate grading of Grace’s four “zero” assignments by a different professor; (3) a written apology; and (4) assurances that future courses taught by Mr. Russum, if any, will be free from such unlawful discrimination.

In its response, Polk State General Counsel concluded that there was no evidence of any discrimination.

Despite its assertion otherwise, ample evidence of discrimination exists.

First, the professor was openly hostile towards Christianity in general, and Grace’s Christian viewpoint in particular, which violates the Establishment Clause. Second, Grace was penalized with reduced points, and then four zeros, for not conforming to the professor’s worldview, which violates both the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses.

Grace was required to agree with the professor on matters contrary to her faith just to answer his questions. This practice not only violates the Constitution, but also the professor’s own syllabus which promised that students would not have to agree with his views.

Liberty Counsel’s demand letter acknowledged Russum’s right to say whatever he wants outside of the classroom, but all the online evidence of his radical personal views are proper evidence of pretext once he discriminates against Grace in the classroom.

Join us as we call on believers to stand your ground against anti-Christian Bias and religious-based attacks happening at Polk State College, and on students, teachers, administrators and school systems all across our nation!

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Thank you, in advance, for supporting us in this important initiative!

God bless you,
Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action


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Ribbons for Rescue April 16, 2015

Posted by JP in Good Sites, Churches, and Stuff, Politics, Uncategorized.

Ribbons for Rescue is Love in the Face of Hate

Churches are coming together in solidarity to show their support for the ISIS victims and persecuted everywhere with an orange ribbon campaign and regional rallies. Ribbons for Rescue stands at the center of this effort, coordinating churches, volunteers and rescue organizations worldwide. Our Mission is threefold:

  • To raise awareness of the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide
  • To respond to hate with love, just as Christ would do
  • To provide information and resources to help you get involved – whether it is through prayer, financial donation or action


If we don’t have liberty for all, then we have liberty for none. April 8, 2015

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Bill Jack wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Bakers should not be forced to make a cake that would violate their conscience or freedom of expression.

Jack, of Castle Rock, Colo., is making national headlines over an experiment he conducted in the wake of attacks on Christian business owners who refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages.

Last year, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple who wanted a wedding cake. Jack Phillips, the owner of the cake shop, is a devout Christian, and his attorneys argued that to force him to participate in the gay wedding would violate his religious beliefs.
The Civil Rights Commission saw it differently.

So if Christian bakers who oppose gay marriage are compelled under law to violate their beliefs – what about bakers who support gay marriage? Would they be compelled to make an anti-gay marriage cake?

 Jack, who is a devout Christian, asked three bakeries to produce two cakes – each shaped like an open Bible.

On one side of one cake he requested the words, “God hates sin – Psalm 45:7.” On the other side he wanted the words, “Homosexuality is a detestable sin – Leviticus 18:22.”

On the second cake he asked them to write another Bible verse: “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us – Romans 5:8” along with the words “God loves sinners.”

And finally, Jack wanted the bakers to create an image – two grooms holding hands, with a red “X” over them – the universal symbol for “not allowed.”

Now if you read the national news accounts of Jack’s experiment – you would’ve read that he wanted gay slurs written on the cakes. But that wasn’t true.

According to the commission’s own report, there’s no mention of Jack using any gay slurs – unless you consider Bible verses to be gay slurs.

Mark Silverstein, the legal director for Colorado’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, accused Jack of wanting obscenities written on the cakes.

“There’s no law that says that a cake-maker has to write obscenities in the cake just because the customer wants it,” he told the Associated Press.

Does the ACLU consider the Bible to be obscene?

As you probably guessed, the bakeries rejected Jack’s request for what some would call “anti-gay” cakes.

“If he wants to hate people, he can hate them not here in my bakery,” Azucar Bakery owner Marjorie Silva told 7NEWS. She called the writing and imagery “hateful and offensive.”

So Jack filed a discrimination complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission – just as the gay couple did in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

Using the commission’s logic – if a Christian baker is forced to violate his beliefs, shouldn’t all bakers be forced to violate theirs, too?

Absolutely not, says the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

It ruled that Azucar did not discriminate against Jack based on his creed. It argued that the bakery refused to make the cakes because of the “derogatory language and imagery,” The Denver Channel reported.

Jack told me it’s a double standard – pure and simple.

“I think it is hypocritical,” he said. “It’s unequal treatment before the law. The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act is being used to coerce businesses to participate in events that violate their consciences.”

Jack said he decided to conduct his experiment to prove the Colorado law was “only being applied to Christian business people.”

“Christians need to understand that this is the state of Christianity in the United States,” he said. “We are now second-class citizens. Our free speech is being censored.”

To be clear, Jack believes the bakeries had the right to deny him service. His point was to draw attention to the hypocrisy.

“I stand for liberty for all, not liberty for some,” he said. “If we don’t have liberty for all, then we have liberty for none.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is a religious liberty law firm that represents the Masterpiece Cakeshop.

It believes the Civil Rights Commission reached the right conclusion in Jack’s case, but it blasted the commission’s inconsistencies when it came to the case involving its client.

“The commission’s inconsistent rulings mean that the owners of these three cake shops may run them according to their beliefs, while Jack cannot,” ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco said.

“These cake artists should not be forced to violate their conscience, but clearly the commission should have done the same for Jack Phillips,” he said. “He risks losing his lifelong business altogether if he continues to run it consistent with his faith. Such blatant religious discrimination has no place in our society.”

That’s a great point. If the owner of Azucar Bakery can run her business according to her beliefs – why can’t the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop?

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join hisFacebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is “God Less America.”


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Passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has touched off an angry firestorm that is being fanned by both the pro-homosexual community and the liberal media — both crying the law advocates widespread discrimination against one group of people, the LGBT community.

In short, it is a gross misrepresentation.

But the truth doesn’t matter to the zealots screaming “discrimination” with vitriolic accusations. To the uneducated, one would think that the RFRA law enacts Sharia-type mandates of death, stoning, or dismemberment against homosexuals.

Listening to their rants, one could easily be led to believe that every Christian or person of faith has a personal vendetta against homosexuals. Their rhetoric is rooted in distortion.

The fact is that radical anti-Christian LGBT activists look for opportunities to portray people of faith as fear-mongering bigots. Doing so advances their cause and tears at the moral fabric of our nation.
+ + The facts belie the sordid accusations of radical pro-homosexual activists.

Here are the facts. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed overwhelmingly by the United States Congress in 1993, and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. Among the lawmakers advocating the RFRA were liberal icons like the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY).

The RFRA states that the “Government shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability (with certain noted exceptions).”

The reason Congress passed the bill was to acknowledge that….

(1) the framers of the American Constitution, recognizing free exercise of religion as an unalienable right, secured its protection in the First Amendment to the Constitution;
(2) laws “neutral” toward religion may substantially burden religious exercise as surely as laws intended to interfere with religious exercise;
(3) governments should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling justification.
If a citizen believes their religious rights have been violated, they have the right to go to court and make their case. That’s the simple basis of the law that is under attack.

The federal RFRA does not, nor has it ever, advocated discrimination against anyone.

In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that the RFRA was constitutional concerning federal actions, but was too broad to be applied to the states. State legislatures then enacted their own versions of the law. To date, 20 states have enacted RFRA laws. And an additional twelve states are reportedly considering similar laws. In some cases, such Acts have been expanded to fit a state’s own unique citizenry.

Right now, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, reacting to the Indiana backlash, has asked his legislators to redefine the state’s newly-passed RFRA, but opposition is already brewing by misinformed organizations like retail giant Walmart.

What’s changed since the RFRA was enacted in 1993? The powerful pro-homosexual community has all but codified homosexuality and gay marriage in our nation, putting their ultra liberal culture at odds with religious liberties, rights of conscience, and God-ordained institutions.

Now, because of the Indiana law, they want us to believe that the RFRA will promote discrimination against their supporters. This is a widespread campaign of misinformation and leftist propaganda that, sadly, is working.

Liberty Counsel is calling on grassroots Americans to Stand Your Ground against the leftist bullies and the media who have used propaganda to totally distort the facts. We are urging patriots to resist the baseless attacks of the pro-homosexual community.

Friend, to counter their effort:

• Liberty Counsel will send thousands of Open Letters to the state governors who have passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, encouraging them to stand their ground.

• We will send tens of thousands of Open Letters to the governors who have vetoed similar legislation calling for a reasonable dialog over this profoundly mischaracterized law.

• We will send thens of thousands of Open Letters to the heads of the organizations which are embracing the deception that the RFRA laws are discriminatory and exclusionary, such as Angie’s List and Walmart.

By clicking on the graphic below, you will add your name to these Open Letters, showing support for the RFRA.Help us build a coalition of at least 100,000 citizen signers who won’t allow themselves to be tricked by the pro-homosexual community!

Click YES to have your name immediately included in the total number of signers:


Click here if you are undecided about the RFRA, and need additional information.

After you vote, you will be given access to a list of organizations which are maliciously demonizing state governors and legislators and threatening boycotts or similar actions against the RFRA states.

Please be sure to vote YES or UNDECIDED.

We need a massive groundswell of grassroots Americans who will help stop the malicious propaganda being advanced by radical pro-homosexual activists and their supporters.

God bless you for taking action with us,

Mat Staver, Chairman
Liberty Counsel Action

The Thorn March 27, 2015

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Spent the evening at “The Thorn” and must say it was fantastic:

Ted Cruz for President? Preferably but very unlikely March 26, 2015

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All of us know by now, or should know if we’ve listened to any news reports, that Senator Ted Cruz has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for POTUS.

Ted Cruz is a junior Senator from Texas, an Evangelical Christian, fiscal conservative, staunch supporter of the US Constitution and a firm believer in American Exceptionalism and is simply the best example of right-leaning Presidential hopeful that we have in the mix today. Unfortunately for him, and the country, he is unlikely to garner the Republican nomination for President, and twice as unlikely to be elected.

I say this not because his isn’t qualified (he is so much better qualified to be president than the individual currently holding office). It is simply the sad truth that the Republican establishment hates Senator Cruz. Senator McCain, the perpetual presidential wanna be “hates” Senator Cruz, referring to him as a “wacko bird”.

Why do they hate him? Firstly, he is an Evangelical Christian. He holds to biblical values in his life and in his politics, something which is undeniably detested in the political world. Secondly, he stands against both sides of the aisle, democrat and republican, when it comes to anything government has not done well (which is realistically just about everything government puts its hands into).

Here’s my take: Senator Cruz has a snowball’s chance of being nominated, much less being elected. However, he has the perfect opportunity (and perhaps he knew this when putting in his bid) to frame the entire debate platform of the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has the opportunity to shine a light on the utter and complete failure, and duplicitous empiricism, of the Obama administration, the realistic expectation that Hillary, or anyone else considered a democratic hopeful, will continue the same. He has the opportunity to illuminate that the majority of the republican hopefuls will perform a little better, but not nearly enough so.

He can push topics into the front of the conversations by campaigners, such as: decreasing government – across the board, reducing the reach, control, and impunity of the IRS, holding elements of the government (State Dept, DEA, FBI, et al) responsible for their failures, returning to America’s place of standing against terrorism and taking action against those engaging in terror (yeah… ISIS), and perhaps even hopefully turning back the tide of governmental oppression of Christianity and religious freedom.


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