Monthly Archives: March 2017

Two former congressmen from different parties became friends and share a faith in Christ 

Tony Hall served in Congress for 24 years, representing Ohio’s 3rd District. The Democrat left in 2002 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, appointed by President George W. Bush.
Hall laments how corrosive contemporary politics has become and tells me he couldn’t get elected in today’s environment. Partially, he says, it is because he is pro-life and a supporter of traditional marriage, but mainly there are at least two things that have changed for the worse since he was in Congress: “One is that congressmen don’t live (in Washington) anymore. We were told probably 15 years ago not to bring our families here, but to leave them at home. That was a mistake.”
Hall says that suggestion came from Speaker Newt Gingrich and the Democrats followed “and they shouldn’t have.”
The reasoning behind that, he says, is that members felt getting elected was the most important thing, “so they come in Monday night, or Tuesday morning, and leave Thursday. They don’t know each other and then run against Washington. They don’t build relationships, wives don’t know each other; the men don’t know each other.” Their families suffer, he says, because they aren’t spending enough time with them and the country suffers because they don’t spend much time with each other.

Hall and former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) have developed a rare friendship that began when they served in Congress together and which continues today. Hall says the key to their relationship has been their common Christian faith: “When you pray together it’s pretty difficult to go out on the House floor and denounce the other person.” They didn’t talk politics in their meetings and meals for the first two years “because that would have divided us.”
What difference does this make when it comes to legislation one party supports and the other opposes?
“Over a period of time,” Hall says, “you begin to trust one another and when you trust one another you find you do have common ground.” In addition to pro-life and traditional marriage, he lists hunger issues and gambling as subjects about which they have similar views. This led, he says, to his contributing to Wolf’s re-election campaigns, which angered some of his Democratic colleagues. Asked if Wolf reciprocated, Hall laughs and says, “I don’t think so, but he had tougher races than I did.”

( Billy’s thoughts – Read the rest of this spot on column by Cal Thomas. ) 

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Children, and teens by law can not hear the good news in church 

Tajikistan (MNN) — A network of churches in Tajikistan is under heavy scrutiny. Their crime? Having children and teens under the age of 18 at religious services.
In Tajikistan, it’s illegal for underage minors to engage in religious activities, even if they’re with their parents. Several security officers attended Sunday services in two towns to film and take photos for evidence.

Kristin Wright, Advocacy Director with Open Doors USA, says they’re keeping an eye on the still-unfolding situation. “Since then, there’s been a criminal investigation against the church and against the members. These members are being questioned on a daily basis. It’s a situation of real concern for Christians, not just of this church, but churches across Tajikistan where these severe regulations really prohibit parents from even bringing their children to church and introducing them to the Gospel.

( Pray, and read the rest of the above story by clicking here. )

No matter what You Tube decides parents need to know what their kids are doing online, and one gay blogger needs to hit the road Jack

So how restricted is restricted mode? For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
Last week YouTube announced they’re reviewing complaints about their “restricted mode,” which allows parents to control the videos their kids watch. The complaints came from lesbian, LGBT-identifying video bloggers who said this mode blocked many of their videos.
One popular blogger said he thinks young children should be able to view his videos about homosexuality. Using the example of a six-year-old finding videos about boys having boyfriends, he said he found it offensive that some parents would find that offensive.

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The gay lifestyle is risking

( Below is the Breakpoint radio commentary for today. ) 
consequences, and bad ideas have victims. False promises of love and personal fulfillment are no exception.
Over a year and-a-half after the Obergefell decision, the debate over gay “marriage” and homosexuality has largely fizzled out: partly because of the election, partly because the “T” in the LGBT acronym has been stealing all the headlines, and partly because Obergefell is now viewed by many as settled law. And that’s a shame, because so-called “progress” isn’t bringing about the rosy picture we were promised.
In what may be the most candid piece in Huffington Post history, Michael Hobbes, who identifies as gay, writes about what he calls an “epidemic of loneliness.”
“For years,” he begins, “I’ve noticed the divergence between my straight friends and my gay friends. While one half of my social circle has disappeared into relationships, kids and suburbs, the other has struggled through isolation and anxiety, hard drugs and risky (behavior).”
Through story after story and mountains of statistics, Hobbes then documents a consistent and chilling trend among those who share his lifestyle. “Gay men everywhere, at every age,” he writes, are two-to-ten-times more likely than heterosexual men to commit suicide.
And that’s just the beginning. Homosexual males also suffer from higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergies, asthma, and a whole host of behavior-related infections and dysfunctions. They’re twice as likely to experience major depressive episodes, report having fewer close friends, and abuse drugs at an alarming rate.
In fact, living in so-called “gay neighborhoods” is a predictor of more frequent, risky behaviors and methamphetamine use. And, Hobbes adds, the community itself is brutal and degrading to its members. Smart-phone hookup apps drive a culture of exploitation and casual encounters that one young man he interviewed said made him feel like “a piece of meat.”
We often hear these disastrous statistics and stories attributed to homophobia, bullying, and shame. Having been treated horribly since childhood, men like this author—the oft-repeated myth goes—are forced to live a lie. They’re depressed because they’ve been oppressed and repressed.
But here’s the problem with the bullying hypothesis. In countries like the Netherlands and Sweden where same-sex “marriage” has been the law of the land for years, gay men remain three times more susceptible to mood disorders and three- to ten-times more likely to engage in “suicidal self-harm.”
The situation is so bad that one respondent in a survey of HIV clinics told researchers, “It’s not a question of not knowing how to save their lives. It’s a question of them not knowing if their lives are worth saving.”
Incredibly, after this long and brutal and well-documented description of life in his community, Hobbes then concludes the cause as having minority status, which has taught them to live in fear. At no point does he consider the possibility that it’s the lifestyle itself that may be what’s destroying these men’s lives.
Still, one expert quoted in the piece hints that he knows what’s going on. Christopher Stults, a researcher at New York University, admits that for many people, the marriage decision was a letdown. “We have this legal status, and yet there’s still something unfulfilled.”
Could it be that this lifestyle cuts off this community from the natural family, from children, and—according to years of statistics—from monogamous partnerships? Could it be the disparity Hobbes sees between what he wants and what he got is a result of a broken lifestyle? Could it be that this behavior naturally isolates people? Could it be that God didn’t design His image-bearers to live like this, and when we do, it actually destroys us?
Unfortunately, those questions are no longer even considered by Hobbes or by social scientists. But we as a society, and especially the Church, must consider these questions. As long as there are real people trying to fill their hearts with lies, caring about them will mean having a more open mind than the Huffington Post.

Prison reform yes, but not less punishment for those who sell drugs near Nebraska schools 

I believe at times in America we send too many souls to prison. I also have a heart for those behind bars. Currently I am pen pals with two inmates. 

   I believe folks who do non violent crimes should be put in work programs in which they can pay back the folks their crimes hurt.

  However those who sell drugs near schools I don’t put into that camp. Those who sell drugs close to our children, or even to our children belong behind bars.

There is a move going on here in Nebraska to not give mandatory minimum sentences to people convicted of selling drugs. Even anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has endorsed the bill before Nebraska State Senators. 

  However as was pointed out by a  Omaha newspaper  we are not talking about those just using drugs.We are talking about big drug crimes which put our children at risk. As the paper reported. “The issue here isn’t whether Nebraska is sentencing simple drug users to mandatory minimum prison terms. As State Sen. Steve Halloran of Hastings said: “We’re not dealing with minor drug offenses, we’re talking about major drug crimes.”

The leaders of Nebraska should not listen Grover and Newt.Prison reform yes,but not for those doing big drug crimes which have hurt families in our state, and nation. 
 

Even a lady on the left believes that men don’t belong in restrooms created for women, and little girls….

Read, or listen to the commentary.

Interview With Martin Lloyd on what Evangelical Followers of Jesus should proclaim 

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Basketball fans it is a game not a matter of life, or death,so don’t threaten somebody’s life because you didn’t like the calls he made 

The story is here.

Thank you Vice President Pence for giving states a choice on Planned Parenthood 

Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking Senate vote Thursday to pass legislation that will allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that perform abortions.

( Billy’s thoughts – Read the rest of this good news story.

Muslim Prof Insists Jesus Wasn’t Crucified, Christian Student Suspended After Disagreeing 

Here is the story.