Four things that turn the heart of God.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you looked up to heaven and said, “God, I’ll do just about anything for you to make sense of what is happening in the world around me.”

If are a follower of Jesus Christ these days, you probably feel a bit like Andy Griffith who accidentally found himself standing on the set of The Bachelor Pad.  

How to be a Strong Lighthouse in the midst of Umbrella Drinks and Sandcastles.

Michigan City Pierhead Lights on a Windy Day. Photo by Corey Seeman

Michigan City Pierhead Lights on a Windy Day. Photo by Corey Seeman

Have you ever taken the time to study the structure and purpose of a lighthouse? It has always fascinated me. Every time I get a chance to go to the beach, I want to take a walk out to the lighthouse.  My first experience seeing a lighthouse was “bk” (before kids) when my husband and I were dating.

Guest Author for InkFreeNews says Religious Freedom Bill will empower police to refuse to patrol areas around synagogues or mosques!?!

Today I was scanning the local news and ran across a local article from inkFREE news entitled, “Indiana’s Senate Bill 101 will harm business.” This was written by GUEST AUTHOR, Adam Talbot from the Human Rights Campaign. It was blog he put in a press release format and sent to all the news organizations who would bite. inkFREE bit and published it as news.

Birth Control Mandate Pennsylvania

If you don’t speak out, the tolerance police will.

San Francisco has become the latest epicenter for religious persecution by the liberal left. What is the crime you ask?  Brace yourself my friends. Put the cookie on the table and swallow the mouthful of milk because when you hear what the Catholic church has done now, you are going to spit Oreos all over you computer screen.

Are you ready?

Scare Tactics Employed Against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Aren’t Supported by the Case Law

I am reposting this with permission by Paul Ogden, of Ogden on Politics.

Make sure you subscribe to his blog. He brings incredible insight on Indiana politics.  Paul has written a great article on the legal aspect of what the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act really does!

He writes:

Opponents of Indiana adopting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act have labeled it a “license to discriminate” and suggest the law would invalidate all sorts of laws when litigants claimed a religious defense.  The case law demonstrates those claims are not only exaggerated, they are downright false.

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Senator Scott Schneider is the author of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Look at your hands… are they bloody?

499_4406013Everyone who’s been on the front lines for any length of time has been discouraged.  If you are one who’s been a watchman on the wall, as sure as the moon is round, you’ve asked yourself if it’s worth watching anymore.

I know I have. Sometimes once or twice a day!

I’ve been known to say recently, “God, can you hear me anymore? God, I have opened my mouth to speak as you have called, are we still communicating?”  I’ve even said “God, please just send me to Africa!”

Have you asked those questions?

Today I saw something that hit me between the eyes. Some friends and I had the opportunity to have lunch with William Federer, from the  American Minute radio program.  I asked him, “Bill, can you give some examples in scripture where ordinary people moved the hand of God? A situation where they were headed for judgement, but the people prayed and God relented.  He graciously gave some examples, like that of Abraham, when he asked God to preserve a nation if there was only ten people left.

Mr. Federer then turned the table. He pointed to a passage in Ezekiel.  He said, “There is also a warning to those of us who KNOW the truth and hold back the truth.”  I came back to my office and found the scripture he was talking about. It stopped me dead in my tracks.  It’s not a choice friends.  It’s a mandate. A mandate to DO something.

Ezekiel 3:17-19 says:

17Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die forb their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.

He’s given us a responsibility to speak.

He will hold us accountable.

We have blood on our hands if we disobey!

 If we stay silent we are sinning.

The consequences are grave not only to our nation, but our own bodies!

I challenge you today to do a self check. Have you played your part?  Have you done your duty as a watchman on the wall? If not, what is holding you back?

I think we fall into two categories when we abdicate the wall.  Those who don’t know how to spread the message, and those who don’t spread the message because of fear of what others think.

There is so much we can do if its simply a matter of knowing how to do it.  I just hit the final button on my course I am going to teach in the Spring called, “The Power of Social Media.” How to get your message out.  If you are interested in putting together a class, please email me. It just takes the first step out of your comfort zone to activate your voice!

Is it time to activate yours?

If you are in the 2nd category where you are simply not obeying due to fear, I’d encourage you to ask God for a special boldness and courage.  He promised he would give it… We simply have to ask him. Then when he does… Obey.

Whatever the reasoning, make that first move to live in obedience to what God has called you to do. The world is in need of a Savior. Our government is in need of…. well, one heckuva shakeup. It’s time to get off the sidelines and remove the disobedience from your hands.

 

10 steps to save the nation, while raising a family

One doesn’t have to look past the end of their nose to know our nation is on fire, both politically and spiritually.  I began to sense it about thirteen years ago when I was called to the public policy  “mission field” after finding out Indiana lawmakers narrowly defeated an incest bill that would have made it legal for you to marry, no matter your “familial status.” However I’ve noticed a shift in our thinking and attitude about “fixing” the country. I’ve noticed many have put their hands in the air as to accept the new norm for our families.

I reject that notion and believe that we CAN fix what ails the nation if we had a heart change. There are ten areas that I believe could turn the tide, and bring this nation back to her greatness. This is not a be all-end all list, but I think it’s a start. Take this read as a challenge to step it up a notch!  Some of you may have certain steps conquered, and you’ve already been given an A. Go to the next one and step it up!  This is a no pass article.  There is something in here for everyone! Ready?

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Lecturing the American people about the crusades while refusing to call Islamic extremism by name is an abdication of leadership. ~Governor Governor Mike Pence​ CPAC 2015

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How Do You Kill 11 Million People? (Thomas Nelson, 2012)

downloadSome reviews need no explanation. Simple quotes from one of the most powerful books I have ever read. How do you kill 11 million people by Andy Andrews.  You need to buy it… and soon.

Pour over some of these quotes that I took from the book, then buy it!

The danger to America is not a single politician with ill intent. Or even a group of them. The most dangerous thing any nation faces is a citizenry capable of trusting a liar to lead them. ~Andy Andrews. How do you kill 11 million people?

 

In the long run, it is much easier to undo the policies of crooked leadership than to restore common sense and wisdom to a deceived population willing to elect such a leader in the first place. Any country can survive having chosen a fool as their leader. But history has shown time and again that a nation of fools is surely doomed. ~Andy Andrews, Author of How do you kill 11 million people.

 

Jews: At last, it can be reported to you that the Russians are advancing on our eastern front. I apologize for the hasty way we brought you into our protection. Unfortunately there was a little time to explain. You have nothing to worry about. We want only the best for you. You will leave here shortly and be sent to very fine places indeed. You will work there, your wives will stay at home, and your children will go to school. You will have wonderful lives. We will all be terribly crowded on the trains, but the journey is short. Men? Please keep your families together and board the railcars in an orderly manner. Quickly now, my friends, we must hurry. (taken from the book How to kill 11 Million People by Andy Andrews.)

 

In Mein Kampf, Hitler’s autobiography, he wrote, “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one. (16) The book was widely read by the German people at the time.

The masses believed him anyway. Or at the very most, they ignored him. It is a fact that fewer than 10 percent of Germany’s population of 79.7 million people actively worked or campaigned to bring about Hitler’s change (17) Even at the height of its power in 1945, the Nazi political party boasted only 8.5 million members. (18)

So the remaining 90 percent of Germans–teachers and doctors and ministers and farmers–did… what?  Stood by?  watched?

Read the rest in his book. It will take you an hour to read.  America needs to see this.

As long as we know the color of #thedress, we will be A-Okay

Snap15Thank Heavens to Betsy America is on the case! It never ceases to amaze me how completely oblivious we are to the things going on around us. Yesterday I didn’t have time to pay much attention to social media, so as I wrapped up my day, I picked up my phone to casually scroll through my feed what I found astounded me.

#TheDress filled up every single post and news outlet for about a thirty-second scroll. Americans are arguing… What color is the dress? Is it black? Is it blue? Is it green with purple polka dots. Nobody knows. But have no fear, America was paying attention. They were on the case!  Every news outlet had  a breaking news story, written from every different angle of the dress.