Friday, October 24, 2014

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about Halloween. This follows this post about Supreme Court nominees. This follows this post about Ebola. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?





Halloween is a major holiday in the Western world for people of various backgrounds. Can Halloween celebrations be reconciled with a Christian worldview and lifestyle? The Bible holds the answer.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
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Monday night millions of children around the nation will be donning costumes, ringing doorbells and uttering the traditional "trick or treat" Halloween greeting. Most people consider this a harmless, fun activity for children. Others condemn the entire occasion because of the pagan origin of the day and connect it with demonism and the occult.
An article from a prominent Christian magazine suggested that "Christians should embrace the 'devilish' holiday with gusto—and laughter." The author suggests that Halloween presents us with an opportunity to "mock" and "laugh at" Satan and "the forces of evil."
A local pastor, writing wistfully of his past childhood Halloween celebration, said, "I enjoyed being a devil." He asserted that "a child doesn’t think of a red devil as an enemy of God or the apostle of hate and destruction." He went on to defend wearing costumes as merely superficial, and suggested that opposition to celebrating Halloween stems from lack of confidence in Christian beliefs.

Really only harmless fun?

Wait a minute! Is it unchristian for parents not to want their children to dress up as the Devil? Or does Satan theDevil even exist? According to a recent Barna survey, nearly 50 percent of professing Christians do not believe that Satan is a living being. For these folks, the whole question must be a moot point. But perhaps the rest of us ought to reconsider our perspective regarding Halloween.
Would anyone dare to suggest applying this reasoning to Hitler? Would wearing Hitler masks and swastikas and dressing like the skeletal remains of his victims be an appropriate way to "laugh at" Hitler and "mock" the diabolical evils of Nazism?
Is Satan a laughing matter? Does God want our children to associate fun and treats with the forces of evil?
I am not implying that a child who puts on a Halloween mask is dabbling in the occult or is in danger of demon possession. I am simply questioning the suggestion that Halloween serves a positive Christian purpose.
According to Deuteronomy:12:31-32 God does not approve of recycling, reconstituting and relabeling pagan customs to celebrate Christian events.

Carnal holidays trumped by God's Holy Days

My wife and I just finished celebrating eight fun-filled days of the Feast of Tabernacles with more than 700 men, women and children here in Central Oregon. I so much wish all of Christianity could share the joy of this meaningfuloccasion. Here is a God-ordained festival that was observed by Jesus, Paul and the apostolic Church and is still celebrated today by many Christians. It is one of seven annual Holy Days that foreshadow future events in God's plan (Colossians:2:16-17) rather than focusing on the powers of darkness that form the legacy of Halloween.
Anyone who dares express objections to Halloween has two strikes against him: 1. It is fun for the kids, and 2. It is a long-standing, firmly entrenched custom in our culture.
But the Feast of Tabernacles has Halloween beat in both categories: 1. It is fun for kids and the whole family and is eight days long, and 2. It was established thousands of years ago by God Himself. And most importantly, it and all of Holy Days of the Bible teach valuable lessons about the plan of God.
For more information, I invite you to read our free booklets, Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?  and Is There Really a Devil?

Recommended Conservative Reading to prepare for elections and commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall

A timely post about from www.yaf.org about books to begin reading in order to commemorate the Fall of the Berlin Wall, communism's symbol, on November 9, Freedom Day. This follows this post about a black person mocking white people, as in the movie Dear White People.  This follows this post about the midterm election.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What Is a Proper Litmus Test for Supreme Court Nominees?

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about Supreme Court nominees. This follows this post about Charles Darwin. This follows this post about Ebola. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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What Is a Proper Litmus Test for Supreme Court Nominees?



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Posted July 29, 2005

John Roberts Jr., President Bush's recent nominee to the US Supreme Court, has been receiving rave reviews from his peers and Washington's lawmakers. Most in the Republican Party hope for his quick confirmation.

But many Democrats, though they don't doubt or question his qualifications, are committed to withholding their support until he answers questions on two key issues: abortion rights and gay marriages.
These issues have become the litmus test for any new appointment to America's highest court. And the possibility that once on the bench Judge Roberts could, as did Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, become a "swing vote" in future cases dealing with abortion has both pro-choice and family planning groups concerned.
Therefore his response to questions on the issues of gay marriage and abortion will be thoroughly scrutinized. As Associated Press Writer Will Lester noted, "Just over half of all Americans—and a solid majority of women—want to know John Roberts' position on abortion before the Senate votes on whether to elevate him to the Supreme Court" (AP release, Friday, July 22, 2005).
Those who have grown up since the end of World War II may not realize how much the moral climate of Western nations has changed in just the past 60 years. Prior to that time no judicial candidate who supported same-sex marriage or aborting the life an unborn child would have stood a chance of sitting as a judge in any high court in the land. Now, any who oppose openly homosexual marriage or abortion will almost certainly not be appointed to any high court in most Western nations.
As in nations today, judges in ancient Israel were an essential part of its leadership. They were chosen and appointed with this instruction, "Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them ... And let them judge the people at all times…." (Exodus:18:21-22).
Judges were to be the standard bearers of moral conduct—fearlessly standing for a level of behavior that respected the rights and lives of all. Their rulings were not to be driven by popularity polls but by an understanding that each judge is accountable to the higher authority of God. "Then he [the Jews' king] set judges in the land ..., city by city, and said to the judges, ‘Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment' " (2 Chronicles:19:5-7).
Ezekiel, a biblical prophet sent from of God, once criticized his own people for not distinguishing that which is holy from that which is profane (Ezekiel:22:26). Is a similar shift in values happening today? One thing is certain, earlier perceptions of right and wrong are changing. What once was seen as evil is now seen as acceptable and good. What once was called good is now looked upon as evil.
Do we fit the description of another of God's prophets: "For My people are foolish, they have not known Me. They are silly children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge" (Jeremiah:4:22).
Historians put much of the blame for the collapse and fall of the ancient Roman Empire on its moral decay. Sexual abuse of children became rampant. Receiving personal satisfaction and gratifying desires for pleasure became the all-consuming purpose for life. As it plunged into decadence, homosexuality, abortion and infanticide became commonplace. A pregnancy or the birth of a baby often came to be looked upon as merely an obstacle to the good life.
Could we be headed for a similar fate as that of the ancient Roman Empire?
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240 protests against Obama and illegal immigration on the Oct 24-25 List!

An interesting article from www.alipac.us about protests against the lack of immigration enforcement. This follows this post about U.S. unemployment. This follows this post about the midterm elections that you should begin supporting your closest candidates for! Remember, “Amnesty” means ANY non-enforcement of existing immigration laws! This follows this comment and this post about how to Report Illegal Immigrants! For more about what you can do click here and you can read two very interesting books HERE.
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240 protests against Obama and illegal immigration on the Oct 24-25 List!

We have 240 protests against Obama and illegal immigration on the Oct 24-25 wave list! We need as many more as we can get on the list (email Protests@alipac.us) before Thursday morning's press release! We also need as many of you as possible at these protests! Check and circulate the list at this link and get your town on the map!

 http://www.alipac.us/f8/protest-times-locations-national-protests-against-illegal-immigration-amnesty-307707/

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Charles Darwin's 10 Mistakes

An interesting article from http://www.ucg.org/ about Charles Darwin. This follows this post about the Pope and China. This follows this post about Ebola. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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Charles Darwin's 10 Mistakes







We made a list of 10 reasons Darwin's theory of evolution does not hold up to scientific scrutiny.

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1. "Warm little pond" theory: There is no solid evidence of life arising spontaneously from a chemical soup.
2. Simplicity of the cell theory: Scientists have discovered that cells are tremendously complex, not simple.
3. Theory about the cell’s simple information: It turns out cells have a digital code more complex and lengthy than any computer language made by man.
4. Theory of intermediate fossils: Where are the supposed billions of missing links in the evolutionary chain?
5. Theory of the variation of species: Genetic adaptation and mutation have proven to have fixed limits.
6. Theory of the Cambrian Explosion: This sudden appearance of most major complex animal groups at the same low level of the fossil record is still an embarrassment to evolutionists.
7. Theory of homology: Similarity of structures does not mean the evolution of structures.
8. Theory of ape evolution : Chimpanzees have not evolved into anything else. Neither has man.
9. Theory of the tree of life: Rather than all life branching from a single organism, evidence has revealed a forest of life from the very beginning.
10. Rejection of an intelligent designer: This opened the door for many to reject God, the Bible and Christianity.

Apple Computers, Ebola, and ISIS

A very interesting post from www.hughhewitt.com about Apple, Ebola, and ISIS. This follows this post about China, Hong Kong, and Tibet. This follows this article about American energy independence and preventing money from going to hostile countries. For more about what you can do to get more involved click here and you can read two very interesting books HERE.
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Apple’s Profits and the GOP’s Polls

 posted by Hugh Hewitt

The transcript of yesterday’s interview with Mark Steyn about his new book The [Un]documented Mark Steyn will be posted here ay my “Transcripts Page” later today.
Apple yesterday blew past the expectations that analysts had already put pretty high up on the board for the company, and so it will be rewarded with even more support in the market.  That’s the way it works in the final stages of campaigns as well.  Those candidates that have momentum build on it, and though polls might lag as much as analysts’ estimates, the candidates and their supporters feel the win coming, the opponents know they are losing, and existing separations grow larger.  Sometimes there are nasty surprises, just as there are with earnings, and sometimes candidates blow past expectations set by flawed polling just as Apple did Monday.  For the most part, though, two weeks out candidates know.
Thus do Republicans feel very, very good about Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Joni Ernst in Iowa and Dan Sullivan in Alaska –the three warriors-turned-Senate candidates, who along with Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia, Mike Rounds in South Dakota, and Steve Daines in Montana, give the GOP the six wins they need to control the Senate in 2015 and 2016, provided that David Perdue wins in Georgia and Pat Roberts in Kansas. Both results seem likelier every day.
Cory Gardner in Colorado increasingly looks like the locked-down, seventh insurance race against a bad result in either Georgia or Kansas, one that isn’t necessary but wonderful to have because Gardner will be a terrific senator and Mark Udall has been revealed as the “brain dead” liberal he admitted to being, if only temporarily, over the weekend.
Additional pick-ups could come in North Carolina with Thom Tillis, in Virginia with Ed Gillespie, in New Hampshire with Scott Brown, with Mike McFadden in Minnesota and with Bill Cassidy in Louisiana, with the first and the last in that list the likeliest but the other three within the real of real possibility with Brown, Gillespie and McFadden surging.
Against this backdrop two issues are dominating coverage and one is quietly impacting individual races: Ebola and ISIS are in every frame, and Obamacare is a scroll at the bottom of every voter’s unseen screen.
The GOP is rightly pushing for travel restrictions of individuals seeking to enter the country from West Africa.  This isn’t a total ban, but common sense restrictions, and even as the president resists them for the simple reason that to adopt them would be to admit he was wrong yet again about a major issue, even hapless Mark Pryor in Arkansas has now called for them.
Even though there are decent arguments for appointing Ron Klain as “Ebola tsar” –primarily that he can get to the disconnected Commander-in-Chief in the Oval Office with bad news and urgent needs where a true medical professional would probably have to jog alongside his golf cart and vainly shout “We need to talk!”– the “optics” of the appointment are so bad that the public disgust will grow because Klain has not quickly surrounded himself with a high profile, experienced and respected conservative expert like Tevi Troy and a team of experts not presently on the CDC payroll.  Every day that Klain doesn’t do that is a day his credibility gap with the public and even the MSM grows and stories of his past political assignments crowd out the narrative that he is a hyper-competetnt “fixer.”
The second issue is the march of ISIS across Iraq and Syria, and though the butchers have seen fit not to behead anyone for a week or so, the siege of Kobani is playing out as early voting begins, a daily reminder that President Obama lost the peace in Iraq after President Bush had won the war there.  The worries over what a terrorist state and a terrorist army are planning vis-a-vis the homeland are at least in the back of the minds of many voters, and right up front for an entire group who are rightly concerned that ISIS wants to strike at Americans in America not just Christians, Yezidis and Kurds in their immediate path.
Then there is the third issue, the looming disruptions and costs of the second year of Obamacare, most of which have largely been pushed back until after the polls close by desperate Democrats but which are nevertheless sufficient in number to warn voters of what is ahead.  Three data points:  The biggest and cheapest insurer on the Minnesota state insurance exchange dropped out.  29,000 Coloradans had their plans cancelled recently, after more than 330,000 got thrown from their plans last year.  Rate increases haven’t even been announced yet.
The fact that the rate increases have been pushed back past the elections lead many to guess that very bad news is on the way, and consumers know instinctively what is coming.  “Intentionally postponed news” is the opposite of “no news is good news,” and voters get that.
Obamacare was set up to time its bad news in a way to minimize political impact, but that only works once or twice, not three times, and not, it appears. in 2014.
Thus the RealClearPolitics “averages” look better and better for the Republicans, and not just for the key Senate races, but across the House map and in key state house battles like Doug Ducey’s in Arizona and Rick Scott’s in Florida.
Watch for last minute Hail Marys from Democrats and happy talk about turn-out machines.  But Democrats are already grumbling about the president’s repeated sabotaging of their efforts to run away from his sinking approval numbers and the disasters of his policies, both foreign and domestic.  And the president did it again Monday, in an interview with Al Sharpton where the president declared to the “Reverend Al” that he wasn’t upset because very, very few Democrats want the president to campaign with them: “The bottom line is, though, these are are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress.”
That is the “bottom line” of the “bottom line” in all of these races.  The worst president in American history has had a legion of loyal supporters in the Senate and the House, led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, and a lot of candidates for statehouses like Democrat Fred DuVal in Arizona and the chameleon Charlie Christ in Florida who are as reliable as the president when it comes to promises and performance.  2014 is a referendum on the president –on his “leading from behind” abroad, on his lassitude in every crisis at home and overseas, and on his legislative centerpiece.
The GOP couldn’t have asked for anything more.