Category Archives: Values issue

California Judge Tosses Most Charges Against CMP Journalists Over Exposing Planned Parenthood

Here is some good news in the battle for life.

You can not be a Swedish pro life midwife

Swedish midwife vows to continue her battle for the right to refuse to participate in abortion.

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Did you ever think parents would have to worry about this

Dear Amy: My teenage daughter has a close friend named “Edward.” Edward used to be a girl and began transitioning to male last year. Their circle of friends has been intact for years, and they have all been very supportive of Edward.

We are planning a slumber party for my daughter’s upcoming birthday. She would like to invite six girls plus Edward to spend the night. Normally, there would be no way that I’d allow a boy to spend the night, but this situation is very different.

I don’t want to exclude or hurt Edward. I just don’t know what is appropriate.

If we do invite him, must we tell the other parents that there will be a boy (although he’s biologically a girl) spending the night? I want to act with compassion but still be prudent and responsible. Please advise?

Teen’s Mom

Teen’s Mom: I think that (almost no matter the question concerning your child’s plans) if you are worrying about telling other parents, or wondering whether to tell parents, then you should probably tell the parents.

I shared your question with Shannon Garcia, director of TransYouth Family Allies (Imatyfa.org). She responded, “Often times, the topic of gender identity is a touchy one. People don’t know what to say or how to act in situations that differ from societal expectations. The best policy is to acknowledge everyone with equal dignity and respect.”

( Billy’s thoughts – I would not have turned to the person Amy asked for input on this matter. You can read the full answer here. My question/thought is would you have a boy to sleep over for girls, or a girl to sleep over for boys. No matter what, it is sad parents, along with their children are facing this. )

Justice Declaration Calling the Church to Action

( Here is the Breakpoint radio commentary from yesterday. )

A declaration is being released today that would have been near and dear to Chuck Colson’s heart. Stay tuned to BreakPoint.

 

Reflecting on his seven-month stint at the Maxwell Federal Prison in Alabama, Chuck Colson wrote in “Born Again,” “I found myself increasingly drawn to the idea that God had put me in prison for a purpose, and that I should do something for those I had left behind.”

And so, for the next four decades, that “something” turned into something(s), under the auspices of Prison Fellowship, the organization he founded to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to men and women behind bars.

But Chuck, in his thorough study of Christian theology and worldview believed there was more to living out the faith than evangelizing the lost, as important as that is, of course. And so he also committed time, energy and thought leadership to criminal justice reform. Chuck knew from experience that prison often amounted to little more than warehousing offenders, which left them completely unprepared for the day they were released, which is why three-quarters of those released from state prisons are re-arrested within five years.

Twenty-years ago, when America went on a prison-building/lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key frenzy, Chuck forcefully criticized this approach and began developing and advocating the biblical idea of Restorative Justice.

Whereas our criminal justice system views crime as an offense against the state, restorative justice insists that there are three parties to the crime: the offender, the victim, and the community, which includes the offender’s family.

While protecting the community is the first goal of restorative justice, it isn’t the only goal. The ultimate goal is the restoration of all relationships broken by crime.

And so Chuck advocated for alternatives to incarceration for less-dangerous offenders. In addition to being less expensive than incarceration, these alternatives help maintain ties to the community, including Christians in the community.

And of course, Chuck insisted that victims must be treated with respect and dignity. Where possible, they should receive restitution and be kept abreast of the developments in their case. Chuck also advocated for what are known as “Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs,” where offenders learn how their actions affected their victims. While not for everyone or in every case of crime, this process can bring a measure of healing and even forgiveness where before there was only brokenness.

While Chuck’s commitment to criminal justice reform may have been occasioned by his stay in prison, his ideas and beliefs about the need for reform grew out of his Christian worldview, especially his beliefs about the imago dei and the responsibility of the church to engage the brokenness in the world.

The church, Chuck knew, possessed resources the state did not, And thus there’s a unique role for the church, particularly in the task of moral formation. The lack of moral formation in communities, especially connected to broken families, was another chief factor, Chuck believed, contributing to the explosion in the prison population during his lifetime.

And so the Colson Center has joined with Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals to sponsor “The Justice Declaration,” which is being released today at a press conference in Washington, D. C. The Declaration calls on Christians and churches to create a “justice system that is fair and redemptive for all.”

While Christians can and will differ on how best to accomplish this and other goals, what we can’t differ on is the need to emulate Chuck Colson in his desire to “do something” about the situation in our prisons and in our communities. Which is why nearly 100 Christian leaders have signed the Justice Declaration.

Please come to BreakPoint.org and click on this commentary to read the Justice Declaration. And please, consider adding your name.

Another leader is leaving Target

Last week Target announced that senior vice president and chief communications officer Dustee Jenkins – the retailer’s chief spokeswoman – would be joining the growing list of Target executives who have exited the company. Jenkins had been with Target for seven years.

“This is an important story because Jenkins was at the head of Target’s communications office when the announcement was made that Target was welcoming anyone to come and use the bathroom or changing room they wanted, based on how they feel, not on biological sex,” says Robert Kuykendall of 2ndVote.
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This lady thinks it was funny that Republican lawmakers were concerned about their friend ( she should quit, or be fired )

( The following story comes from Nebraska democrat thinks republicans-getting-shot-was-funny- 

 

It’s been just 48 hours since Republican lawmakers and their staff members were gunned down on a field in Alexandria by a Bernie Sanders volunteer while practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. Republican Whip Steve Scalise is still in critical condition at the hospital and has undergone a number of surgeries after being shot in the pelvis.

In reaction to the attack, Nebraska Democrat Chelsey Gentry-Tipton said it was funny to watch Republicans who were on the field get emotional when recalling what happened during media interviews. After calls for a new civility, unity and her resignation, Gentry-Tipton is doubling down.

From the Omaha-World Herald:

A Nebraska Democratic Party official has refused calls to resign her volunteer position after calling reactions to this week’s shooting of a high-ranking Republican member of Congress “so funny” on social media.
Chelsey Gentry-Tipton of Omaha said in statement that she will not resign as chairwoman of the party’s Black Caucus, saying her post was taken out of context by party officials.
The Nebraska party’s leadership asked Gentry-Tipton to step down Wednesday, several hours after she wrote, in a Facebook thread about the shooting at in Alexandria, Virginia, “Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho?”
Later, in the same thread, she stated, “The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”

House pro-lifers warn Senate: Don’t fund PP

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The greatest gift you can give another soul

 

I met this intriguing guy. He’s a recently retired Marine who had the great privilege of working security for George W. Bush when he was President of the United States. He’s even worked as President Bush’s spotter when he was in the weight room working out! On a couple of occasions, my friend had the opportunity to tell the President something that was very much on his heart. He said, “Mr. President, the folks from my church wanted me to tell you that we’re praying for you all the time.” At that point, the President turned to my friend, looked him straight in the eye, and said, “Then, would you please give them a message for me? Tell them the President is deeply grateful. There’s nothing greater they could do for me.”

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Greatest Gift You Can Give.”

The most powerful man in the world realized the most powerful thing you can do for a person-even for him-especially for him…pray for him. At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Bush talked about working the rope lines at events and being stopped often by people who told him they were praying for him. He said, “I tell them this is the greatest gift you can give a person.” He’s right. It’s a gift I hope you’re giving to people every day, with all your heart.

Our word for today from the Word of God, here’s a revealing picture of what really happens when you pray for someone. It’s found in Exodus 17, beginning with verse 10. The Jewish General, Joshua, has led his troops into battle against the brutal Amalekites. And old Moses goes to fight the real battle. The Bible says, “Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning… Aaron and Hur held his hands up-one on one side, one on the other-so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So, Joshua overcame the Amalekite army.”

Just in case someone wondered what this “holding up his hands” business was all about, Moses explained it. He said, “Hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” Moses made it very clear he was praying up on that hill. And notice how the battle was decided. Not by what the warriors on the battlefield were doing, but by what the prayer warrior on the hill was doing! That’s always where the battles are decided-in the Throne Room of the Most High God as someone intercedes there for someone or something they care about.

God must get tired of us saying, “Well, I guess all we can do is pray.” What? All I can do is go to the One who rules a hundred billion galaxies and focus on His love and power and aim it at some person or situation or need? There’s nothing else you can do that is even remotely as powerful as that! So who are the people that you pray for on a regular basis?

Commit yourself to be the Moses for some folks you know, and for some servants of God who are fighting on the front lines. There’s no greater gift people can ever give to me, to the people on our ministry team than to say, “I pray for you every day.” I just praise God for those people. And I hope there’s some lost people for whom maybe no one else may have ever prayed that you’re praying for.

Let me tell you, as one person who’s trying to serve the Most High God, there is nothing more decisive you can do than to be a regular prayer warrior as we fight for some of those lost people.

Let people know you’re fighting for them in the Throne Room of God. Find out what they need you to be praying for. You’ll be their Moses, praying down victory for their battle. You’ll be their Aaron or Hur, holding up their arms when they can’t go another step. When you pray fervently for someone, you are playing a vital part in guarding their life, in meeting their need, in changing their heart, in winning their battle. You are praying for them, you are going to the Throne Room of God for them. You are indeed, giving them the greatest gift anyone can give!

Surviving Scientolgy : Cathy Schenkelberg shares her story

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Young girl kidnapped by ISIS three years ago reunited with family

Read this amazing answer to prayer by clicking here.