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An Unlikely View…a Different Review on Beauty and the Beast

This movie was not created to be a catalyst for the gospel. It was not designed with an agenda to lead people to the cross or challenge them in their walk with the Lord…and yet that is exactly what our family took away. Was there sin in the movie – yes. There was a hateful man that treated women and men like the dirt beneath his feet, who lied, who abused, who lifted himself above everyone else. There was the inclusion of magic, of prejudice, the belittling of women, the hint of homosexuality, the abuse of the elderly, the worship of idols to name just a few. Not a one of these sins greater than the next; not a one less ungodly than the the other. None of them so blatant – all just a piece of the tapestry of the film. As a mama, I had a choice. I could have pointed out all of these things to my children before going into the theater.I could have painted a picture of hating all of these things and they would have watched the movie through that lens – absolutely. Instead, I asked them to view with God in mind. They did observe those same things, these sinful moments, but with the perspective of God in mind they viewed them with a broken heart, from a place of understanding our need for Jesus in this world. My little girl hopeful that she too would come to a place where she trusted the hope that is in Jesus – that she doesn’t have to be a ‘beast ‘ forever. My oldest challenged in his faith, strengthened in his walk. Their mama moved beyond what she can adequately express.

( Billy’s thoughts – Read the rest of this thought provoking post. )

Purity, apparently, is what some conservative Republicans are demanding in a health insurance bill, writes Cal Thomas 

Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim.
Purity, apparently, is what some conservative Republicans are demanding in a health insurance bill, which likely will be voted on this week, unless it is held back because Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t think it has enough votes to pass. Supporters of the evolving House bill emphasize that this is a three-step process designed to get what virtually all conservatives want, a more cost-effective health plan, only they can’t muster enough votes, especially in the Senate. Some conservatives are taking an all-or-nothing approach, which is likely to guarantee they will get nothing.
Cynics (imagine that in Washington), apparently, want Obamacare to collapse so that they can blame Democrats. That might be a political winner for Republicans, but it risks leaving millions of people, especially the poor, in a gap between Medicaid and other health benefits and whatever comes next.
During an interview in his office, Vice President Mike Pence told me, “The president is determined to keep his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.” Due to what he called “the arcane rules of the Senate on budgeting bills, it likely will take two pieces of legislation to do that, and a significant amount of administrative action by (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. We really believe a combination of those efforts by this spring will repeal Obamacare once and for all and replace it with health care reform that gives people the freedom to choose whether to have health insurance that lowers (its) cost for every American and creates a national marketplace where people have the ability to buy health insurance the way they buy car and life insurance, and gives the states the ability to improve Medicaid with state-based innovation and reform.”

( Read the rest of this spot on column by Cal Thomas  PURITY AND POLITICS. Cal is right. Some on the right want everything,or nothing. That kind of attitude will get us nothing, and hurt the cause. The goal to get rid of Obamacare. Yes changes can be made to the current bill , but let’s not have an all, or nothing attitude. Trump, and Ryan at least this time are doing what they should do. )

Was Franklin Graham Right to Call for a Disney Boycott?

Read the column.

EVANGELICAL RIO MAYOR SKIPS CARNIVAL, DRAWING IRE AND PRAISE

Read the story.

Blind kid is a good radio broadcaster 

It’s “Go Time” at Big Apple Radio for Seth Kadlec.
“Give us our weather, Seth!”
“Areas of dense morning fog, sunny, high near 70 degrees,” Seth smiles.
Seth’s smile is contagious.
“I just think it would be cool to be a broadcaster,” Seth said.
Born blind, Seth doesn’t let that stop him. He delivers his forecast from Braille.
“What is your dream job in broadcast?” Malorie Maddox asked.
“My dream job is to be a Disc Jockey, a radio DJ,” he said.

( Read the rest of this story,and watch a video of it. ) 

Remove the smartphone,regain the teenage child 

As regular readers of this column already know, I am completely, one hundred percent opposed to children, including teenagers still living at home, being in possession of smart phones. No parent has ever been able to give me a logical reason why a minor should enjoy such a privilege, if enjoy is even the proper word.
The most common rationale given is “I want my child to be able to get in touch with me and vice versa.” If that is your best defense, purchase a basic cell phone from a box store and give it to your child on selective occasions. I’m referring to the sort of cell phone you possessed, as an adult, ten years ago; to wit, one that will not connect to the Internet, does not have a built-in camera, and is not text-friendly.
The evidence is mounting that for whatever reasons most likely having to do with brain development during said years, smart phones are literally addictive to children and teenagers. Adults are able to keep their smart phones in their pockets unless some necessity arises. Human beings who are not yet adults seem unable, by and large, to do so. The exception to the child/teen whose attention is disproportionately captured by a smart phone’s screen is rare.

( Read the rest of this column by John Rosemond here.)

Charlotte Ray Thomas, the wife of Cal Thomas died, but she is more alive today, than she was yesterday 

( The wife of my friend column writer Cal Thomas died this last Saturday. Below is part of a radio commentary, and column Cal did to honor her. If you are a praying person, please pray for Cal along with his children, and grandchildren. God bless Ray, Cal, and all who love Ray. ) 

         VALENTINE’S DAY MAY BE THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR A MAN TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS WIFE. MY WIFE OF FIFTY-ONE YEARS PASSED INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD LAST SATURDAY. HER NAME IS CHARLOTTE RAY THOMAS. I ALWAYS SPEAK OF THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN CHRIST IN THE PRESENT TENSE BECAUSE JESUS SAID ANYONE WHO BELIEVED IN HIM WOULD NEVER DIE.

         “MEN, LOVE YOUR WIVES. DON’T WAIT UNTIL THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE TAKEN FROM YOU BEFORE YOU REALIZE WHAT THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR LIFE.  I AM GLAD MY WIFE AS SHE PREPARES TO MEET HER SAVIOR HAS KNOWN OF MY LOVE FOR HER AND HOW VALUABLE SHE HAS BEEN TO ME. 

( Read the rest of this commentary, My Valentine Ray Thomas ,or listen to the audio of it here. Below is the column Thomas wrote to honor his wife. )

Most newspaper obituaries of the non-famous summarize a life in two or three paragraphs. Ray’s life was worth more than that. She was generous with her time and money, always spending and sending as much as she was able to her children and grandchildren. I can say without embellishment I would not be the man I am today without her. God knew what He was doing when He put us together.

Those who were fortunate enough to know Ray knew a strong woman where strength really counts. She knew who she was and wasn’t defined by the value system applied by the world, which regards fame, money and political power as supreme. To love and to be loved by someone like that for so long is a gift of great value.

( A tribute to Charlotte Ray )

Outrageous letter 

Dear Amy: When two people first meet and the guy wants to have sex, why is it that many women say, “I am not that kind of girl, and I need to get to know you better”?That is actually a big lie that women tell. After all, if the guy who wanted to have sex with them was George Clooney, it’s unthinkable that they would say to him, “I’m not that kind of girl.”

Every woman is “that kind of girl” with a select few men under the right circumstances. When women say this, what they actually mean is, “I am not that kind of girl with you.”

Why can’t they just say the following: “I have enjoyed our evening, and, although I appreciate your sexual attraction toward me, I do not feel the same way; however, I wish you well in your future endeavors.”

What is wrong with saying something as honest and as heartfelt as that?

I call women on this all the time on dates, and they are speechless, because they know I have caught them in a lie. Suffice to say, I have no interest in a second date, and I move on.

I find this line of thinking disingenuous. Any thoughts?

– Sam from Los Angeles, CA

Dear Sam: If you approached this with more respectful humility and less angry swagger, you might – just possibly – get lucky. Maybe that’s how George Clooney does it.

( Billy’s thoughts – Read the rest of the answer Amy Dickinson gives to this writer who doesn’t understand women, or values at Ask Amy. )

Barron Trump should be off limits (there should be no debating this ) 


Let’s go ahead and agree that Barron Trump should be off-limits.
He’s a 10-year-old child and, unlike President Donald Trump’s other offspring, highly unlikely to advise his dad on financial or political matters. He hasn’t behaved in a way that invites judgment or rebuke. He asked for none of this.

We’re not off to a bang-up start. “Modern Family” actress Julie Bowen is catching heat for a series of tweets poking fun at his inauguration demeanor. “Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich, a Chicago native, tweeted a tasteless (now deleted) joke about Barron becoming the nation’s first “homeschool shooter.”

Chelsea Clinton, the subject of terrible taunts during her White House stint, hopped on Twitter over the weekend to call foul. “Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does — to be a kid,” she wrote.

( Billy’s thoughts – For the record some on the left don’t know their facts. The Trump’s son is not homeschooled, but he attends a private school. A few on the left are showing their true colors in how they are treating 10 year ago old Barron. Read the rest of the above column. )

An open letter to critics of President Trump

I’m  encouraging you to have a godly attitude towards our new president … to pray for him with the heartfelt desire that God will make him into a great president rather than for you to stand on the sidelines, rooting for his fall. The former attitude is godly; the latter is not.

As one who issued numerous warnings about candidate Donald Trump during the Republican primaries, on radio, in writing, and on video, I’m sympathetic to your concerns.
You see him as an incredibly dangerous loose cannon, as someone who could start a world war with his tweets, as a mean-spirited man unfit for the presidency, as a divider not a uniter. You might even see him as a potential dictator, rising up like a new Hitler in an increasingly xenophobic, angry, and fearful America.
How on earth, you wonder, did Donald Trump become the president of the United States? How did this narcissistic, playboy businessman become the most powerful leader in the world?
To repeat: I’m sympathetic to your concerns and I understand why you feel like this, and even as someone who voted for Trump, I never dissed the Never Trumpers.

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