Monthly Archives: April 2017

Problems at the Nebraska prison

Here in Nebraska there is a problem at the state prison in Tecumseh. In the pass there have been riots, and even deaths at the prison.Then a few weeks ago an inmate was strangled to death by his cellmate.
Something the leaders of the Nebraska prison need to explain why was the inmate who was murdered,who was in prison for forging a check was put in a cell with a man charged with murdering a farmer.
There is no way these two should have been in the same cell.
If you like you can read about this issue at the prison on Omaha.com

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Democrats are against helping gay folks

Read a post from Rev. Franklin Graham.

Mission Miracle Mouth

Ian is one of the more amazing people I’ve met. The people who knew him publicly, when they were with him privately it was a shock. He had been the leader of Youth for Christ’s highly effective ministry in New Zealand. As you would converse with him, you would quickly learn that Ian had a stutter – which sometimes made it difficult just for him to get through a sentence. It was noticeable, but it wasn’t important. I mean, Ian was a godly, magnetic person. But when you saw him in action before a crowd – as I did at a national youth convention with 3,000 teenagers – get ready for a shock. I mean, I felt bad, wonder-ing how he was going to communicate effectively to all these teenagers with a stutter like that. To my amazement, I discovered there suddenly was no stutter. His speech was perfect! He emceed, he preached flawlessly. That’s what was so amazing about Ian – something happened to him when he had to speak well. And to you.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Miracle Mouth.”

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Luke 21 beginning in verse 12. Jesus is telling His disciples what to expect when they come under official persecution – a situation where their lives may depend on what they say. Here’s what He said, “They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and gover-nors, and all on account of My Name.”

“This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” Now, while this applies directly to official persecution, I think it can be broadly applied to any believer in a pressure situation, especially where Jesus wants that situation to result in you “being witnesses to them.” Jesus says, “I will give you words and wisdom.” When Moses said, “I can’t possibly speak for you, Lord. I can’t speak. I have a stutter.” God said, “I will be with you and I will put the words in your mouth.” And God said to these people what you say is going to be irresistible!

When my friend, Ian, had to communicate, he seemed to be outside of himself, carried beyond his limitations. In a sense, that has been the consistent experience of believers throughout all the centuries – a Divine takeover when it’s time to speak for Jesus. Maybe you’ve experienced that.

You could be in a situation – or about to be in a situation – where you’re going to have a chance to represent Christ. You say, “I don’t think I can do it. I don’t know what to say. It’s easy for those good talkers – like those radio guys – but I can’t talk like that.” You’re right – you can’t. But He can. You may wonder how you will ever share Christ with some person you care a lot about – or someone who is just spiritually intimidating.

What God promises to do is to take you outside yourself, beyond your limitations. He will write the script and, like an actor, you’ll be delivering His words. Oh, how many times I’ve experienced that! You may be in or approaching a pressure situation where you feel totally inadequate to say what needs to be said. Jesus said, “Make up your mind not to worry” about it. God wants to display His power by giving you words and wisdom that you don’t even know you have. And you and they are going to know it was God and not you.

My friend, Ian, saw it happen again and again, and so will you. That miracle at the moment you begin to speak for Jesus.

first hundred days of Democrats as the party of position?

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Harvey Weinstein fights R rating for trans teen film

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein knows he can be temperamental, and he knows he’s not above a good publicity stunt, but he said Thursday his complaints over an R rating for his company’s upcoming trans teen family story 3 Generations are worth the effort on behalf of prospective young trans viewers.
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Prince Harry talks about his battle with depression

Harry has opened up about his struggles after his Princess Diana’s death in a revealing new interview that breaks with royal tradition of staying silent about personal issues.
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13 Reasons why is not a good TV show for teens and it does encourage suicide

Parents of students at Millard Public Schools received an email Wednesday about a popular Netflix series and its numerous themes.

The series, “13 Reasons Why,” based on a popular book by Jay Asher, is largely about high school students attempting to piece together a story left behind by a student who committed suicide.

“The episodes expose viewers to numerous other social issues that could be difficult for young students to understand and process,” the email said.

“Mental health professionals have expressed concerns that the series does not offer information regarding mental illness and available support.”
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Trinity Lutheran before the Supreme Court

( Below is the Breakpoint radio commentary for today. )

Okay, so government cannot “establish religion.” We get that. But can it discriminate against religion? We’ll find out.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what David French, over at the National Review called “the most important case about recycled tires in American legal history.”

Now French was, of course, being facetious. As he made clear, while the case did involve recycled tires, the critical thing is its potential impact on religious freedom.

The basic facts of the case, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley, are as follows: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, operates a licensed pre-school and day-care facility. Its facilities include the type of playground that you and I played on as kids. In other words, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, and, perhaps, a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Fortunately, or so it seemed for Trinity Lutheran, the state of Missouri has a program which provides “funds for qualifying organizations to purchase recycled tires to resurface playgrounds.”

Trinity Lutheran applied for such a grant and seemed to have easily met the qualifications. I say “seemed,” because it was then informed that such a grant would, in Trinity’s case, violate a provision in Missouri’s state constitution that “no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, section or denomination of religion.”

The provision is one of 36 so-called “Blaine Amendments” in state constitutions. These amendments were originally aimed at Catholic schools and were born of the now-incredible belief that the public schools were a principal instrument in safeguarding America’s Protestant Christian character.

I know, ironic.

The church sued the state government, claiming that this kind of singling out of churches violated the free exercise of religion. After all, whatever else the free exercise of religion means, it should, at a minimum, mean that you can’t be denied a government benefit available to similar organizations solely on account of your religion.

Case closed, right? Well, unfortunately, no. The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Thus while Trinity Lutheran argued the “prohibiting the free exercise thereof” part, the state emphasized the “no law respecting an establishment of religion” part.

If you’re wondering how protecting kids from scrapes and broken bones constitutes “an establishment of religion,” well, welcome to the tortured world of establishment clause jurisprudence. The late justice Scalia wrote that the cases involving Christmas displays required “scrutiny more commonly associated with interior decorators than with the judiciary.”

While I can only speculate what Scalia would have made of this case, it was clear from oral arguments that the majority of the court was skeptical of Missouri’s claim that protecting kids on a playground constitutes an establishment of religion.

If there was a theme to most of the questions, it was just how “extreme,” to use David French’s word, Blaine amendments like Missouri’s are. Justice Breyer asked the lawyer defending the law if, under the constitution, a city could deny fire and police to places of worship while providing it for everyone else. The reply was a hedged semi-“yes.”

While it’s always risky to predict the outcome based on oral arguments, French is right when he predicts that Trinity Lutheran will win.

Actually, it already has. Missouri’s new governor has announced a change in the policy that will permit Trinity Lutheran to apply for the grant. But Missouri’s Blaine Amendment, and three dozen similar provisions across the country, still stand.

So while the Court could declare the case moot, let’s pray that it decides the case in a way that deals a major blow to laws like Missouri’s across the country. Because the damage done by them to religious freedom is a lot worse than just skinned knees.

Transgender or Tomboy?

If your daughter likes boy stuff, watch out.

As the dad of four, I know every child is different. Even boys and girls can vary widely in their interests.

And that’s why I was so disturbed by a recent piece in the New York Times entitled, “My Daughter Is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy.”

Lisa Davis writes that because her seven-year-old daughter keeps her hair short, likes “Star Wars,” wears t-shirts, and plays sports, teachers, doctors, and fellow parents continually ask if she’s transgendered.

“Your child wants to be called a boy, right?” they ask. “Or is she a boy that wants to be called a girl?”

“She’s a girl,” Davis always corrects. “Really.”

This is crazy: a girl can’t just be herself without adults trying to give her puberty blockers? Even sadder, the mother, despite her complaints, still pays lip service to the LGBT movement, ready to give her daughter hormone injections if she changes her mind!

Let’s let children be children. We shouldn’t conscript them into our own sexual politics.

ESPN has gone left, and it has cost the network

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