Monthly Archives: May 2019

Michael Medved: A Popular but Under-Rated Genius: Herman Wouk

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On May 17th, America lost one of the 20th Century’s most significant, popular but under-rated writers, when Herman Wouk died just ten days before his 104th birthday. Author of “The Caine Mutiny,” “Marjorie Morningstar,” “Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance,” nobody could deny this Pulitzer Prize-winner’s gifts as a story teller.

Wouk will be deeply missed and richly deserves the traditional Jewish tribute—“Zecher Tzadik Livracha”–may the memory of the righteous be blessed.

( Billy thoughts -It is my hope that before this Jewish man died he embraced the Jewish King which we will all face one day. May G-d keep blessing his work and comfort his family. )

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Why are so few of us in America willing to live for Jesus when others are so willing to die for Him?”

Kerby Anderson The plight of persecuted Christians is worse than ever. That is the conclusion of a recent report by Aid to the Church in Need. It documents that the persecution of Christians today is worse than at any time in history. “Not only are Christians more persecuted than any other faith groups, but ever-increasing numbers are experiencing the very worst forms of persecution.” In some countries the situation is already severe, so it is hard to imagine how it…

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Only you can so why then do we put so much faith in government

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DO YOU PAY ATTENTION TO POLITICIANS? DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THEY TELL YOU? HAVE YOU LISTENED TO WHAT POLITICIANS HAVE SAID IN THE PAST? HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS UNIQUE TO THE TIMES VERY LITTLE HAS CHANGED? NOR HAVE THE EXPECTATIONS OF VOTERS CHANGED.

POLITICIANS PROMISE THE MOON BUT HAVE DIFFICULTY DELIVERING MUCH ON EARTH. VOTERS PROJECT A KIND OF MESSIANIC POWER ON THEM ONLY TO BE DISAPPOINTED WHEN THEY CAN’T PERFORM MIRACLES.

WHO OR WHAT CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER? ONLY YOU CAN BY THE CHOICES YOU MAKE. 

SO WHY DO WE PUT SO MUCH FAITH IN POLITICINS?

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The Point: Not the Answer a pro abortion person was ready for

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In the wake of new pro-life laws in Alabama and Georgia, Times of Israel writer Sarah Tuttle-Singer tweeted an oh-so-common pro-abortion argument: “Dear Pro-Life friends: what have you *personally* done to support lower income single mothers? I’ll wait.”

Of course, caring for children who would have been aborted is not a prerequisite for opposing abortion. That’s kind of like saying you can’t oppose killing homeless people unless you turn your house into a shelter.

Even so, folks lined up to answer the question. In fact, 13 thousand people replied, describing how they provide food, medical care, supplies, babysitting, car repair, foster care, and financial help to kids and single moms. Many volunteer and donate to pregnancy care centers. Many adopt. In fact, Alabama families just set a new record for adopting children out of the foster system.

It’s perfectly consistent to be against killing unborn children without doing anything else. But it should be obvious by now to pro-choicers that pro-lifers often put their money where their mouths are.

The Point: Memorial Day 2019

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It’s good to remember. If we don’t, we risk our character.

G. K. Chesterton said that gratitude is the queen of the virtues. Today of all days we should remember this. Realizing we owe a debt to those who sacrificed for our good encourages us to live for the good of future generations ourselves.

In his classic book, “The Crisis of Our Age,” sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin described the difference between cultures on the decline and cultures that were progressing. The main difference, he said, was whether the people in that culture were living for immediate gratification or ordering their lives around higher ideals that drove them to build for the future.

Out-of-control national and personal debt is evidence we struggle to live for the future. Remembering the sacrifices of others on our behalf can restore our vision. So amidst the cookouts and activities of this memorial day, take a minute to remember and be thankful for those who gave their lives for us. It’ll do us all good.

BreakPoint: Memorial Day 2019 Stories of Sacrifice Still Being Written by: John Stonestreet & David Carlson

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Chuck Colson never missed a single Memorial Day opportunity to remind us all to remember the fallen. Often he did so by telling the stories of those who sacrificed their lives so that others might live.

In just a moment, I want you to hear one such story from Chuck himself, from World War II. But before we do, there’s something else we should all remember. Some stories are still being written.

Since 2001, nearly 7,000 American service members have died overseas in any number of conflicts. So far this year, that number is 16. And their stories need to be heard as well. More on that in just a moment. First, here’s Chuck Colson.

It was February 1945—three months before the end of World War II. Eighteen-year-old Sergeant Joseph George was stationed in Lorient, France. It was evening, and George was preparing to go on patrol. The Americans were hoping to locate landmines buried by the Germans.

Sergeant George had been on patrol duty the night before. As he told his friend Private James Caudill, he was tired—tired and scared. Private Caudill offered to take the patrol on his behalf. He pointed out that, at age 36, he was nearly two decades older than George. He told George—who had already been blown off a torpedoed ship—to go home and live a full, rich life. And then Private Caudill went out on patrol. A few hours later, he was killed by a German sniper.

The actions of Private Caudill echo the values and valor of generations of military men and women we remember today. And it’s an example of the sort of behavior we almost take for granted when it comes to our men and women in uniform who fight just wars.

What is a just war? One that is defined as providing a proportionate response to evil, to protect non-combatants, among other considerations. Today, our military men and women around the world are fighting to resist evil. Ridding the world of Islamo-fascism—by just means—is a good and loving act.

This willingness to sacrifice on behalf of our neighbors is why military service is considered such a high calling for Christians—and part of what makes just wars just. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica puts his discussion of just war in his chapter on charity—the love of God and neighbor. John Calvin agreed; he called soldiering justly a “God-like act,” because “it imitates God’s restraining evil out of love for His creatures.”

A world in which free nations refuse to fight just wars would be a world where evil is unchecked and where the strong would be free to prey on the weak—as we are now seeing in Darfur.

Which brings me back to Sgt. George. He returned safely home to West Virginia. He married, fathered five sons. One of them—Princeton Professor Robert George—is a good friend of mine. He’s devoted much of his life to fighting the moral evils of our time: abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and efforts to redefine marriage in a way that would destroy it.

In John 15:13, Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that [he] lay down his life for his friends.” The story of Private Caudill and Sergeant George makes one realize more deeply what a tremendous gift this is. It’s why the George family has remembered Private Caudill in prayers for sixty-one years.

Today, Memorial Day, we ought to remember the sacrifices of all the Private Caudills in all the wars Americans have fought—and we should pray for those who are still in the field—laying down their lives for each other, for us, and for the freedom of strangers. That’s a very Christian thing to do.

John Stonestreet here again.

Today, American service men and women are still making the ultimate sacrifice. Please pray for their families. And in their honor today, why not read their stories. The Military Times website has a photo and a brief story of each and every service member who has perished abroad since 2001.

Come to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and I will link you to the Military Times site—and to those stories of the ones who still today are giving their all.

Resources

Honoring the Fallen

Military Times | Database of those who fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn

Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr, whose ‘ultimate role model’ was Jesus, passes away

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday. A 1977 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Starr threw for 24,718 yards in his career and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. After suffering a serious stroke in 2014, his health had been ailing.

Following his retirement in 1972, Starr became the Packers’ quarterback coach. After working as a broadcaster for two years, he was hired as Green Bay’s head coach in December 1974, a position he held for nine seasons.

Starr also held a strong relationship with Christ, which was aided by growing up in a strong Christian family. From a young age, he strived to live the way Jesus did.

“Like most kids, I idolized one sports figure or another,” Starr wrote in a piece for Beyond the Ultimate. “However, Jesus was the ultimate role model for me.”

Throughout his life, Starr made spreading God’s love a main priority.

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Some soldiers don’t stand for the National Anthem and here is why

Special day to pray for President Trump

Below is an email I got today.

Dear Friend,

Franklin GrahamAlong with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.

President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.

This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.

We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2–3, NKJV).

On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day.

Would you please join us in prayer and tell others so that we can have as many people as possible praying?

Sincerely,

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Franklin Graham
President,
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
& Samaritan’s Purse

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
—Ephesians 6:12, NKJV

Shoot it to make it’: Kyle Korver offers words of encouragement to Creighton grads

Woven into Kyle Korver’s Creighton University commencement speech Saturday: encouragement, humor and a lesson on privilege.

The Creighton alumnus and longtime NBA player said last week that he was surprised when Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen asked him to replace Bob Kerrey as commencement speaker. Read more