THIS IS AN issue that really gets under my skin (below). It is bad enough that the military has been watered-down with political correctness, and being feminized to the point that they becoming ineffective because of misguided missions, BUT now it looks like Christian service men (and women) are being persecuted in a place where there should religious liberty.
The next step I fear is that we Christians will some day will have to fear military, because I see a day coming that our military will be a tool of a future tyrannical United State government that will persecute Christian citizens.
Check out the blog article below from the Christian Post:
Obama ‘Strongly Objects’ to Religious Liberty Amendment
By Todd Starnes , CP Op-Ed Contributor
June 14, 2013|11:13 am
The Obama Administration “strongly objects” to a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have protected the religious rights of soldiers – including evangelical Christian service members who are facing growing hostility towards their religion.
The amendment was authored by Rep. John Fleming, (R-La). It would have “required the Armed Forces to accommodate ‘actions and speech’ reflecting the conscience, moral, principles or religious beliefs of the member.”
The Obama Administration said the amendment would have a “significant adverse effect on good order, discipline, morale, and mission accomplishment.”
“With its statement, the White House is now endorsing military reprimands of members who . .
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DEAR READERS OF my blog. Tomorrow’s service at the Church that I attend will not only be hard on me, but hard on our entire congregation. It will be hard, as many of you know, because we loss our beloved pastor, John Thomas Appleton (Malden, WV) on a fire call last Monday. Tomorrow will be the first Sunday Service without him in our pulpit.
Your prays are very appreciated.
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ACCORDING TO BREITBART.COM, “West Virginia Senator Manchin Shocked to Learn Obama Not a Friend of Coal Industry.”
You can’t be serious? Or maybe he is that stupid! If you are that stupid then you are in the dark on an issue that most of know already. It is not like Obama’s war on coal was a war that he kept a secret.
It’s clear now that the President has declared war on coal. http://t.co/xoiC13H27K
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
Pres. Obama’s proposal will have disastrous consequences for not only the coal industry, but also American jobs and the economy.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) June 25, 2013
“Congress thus far hasn’t given Obama the “cap and trade” bill he wants, so he is going to do an end-run around Congress and order the EPA to hit electricity-producing coal plants with expensive new regulations to limit the output of greenhouse gases.
This is Manchin’s attempt to impress the voters back home in West Virginia coal country. He’s acting surprised, but Obama has literally said that he is looking for energy prices to skyrocket for years:
For his shocked – SHOCKED! – act today, I hereby give West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin this week’s “Captain Louis Renault’ Award! Well done, Joe!”
As a member of Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church I am deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved pastor, Reverend John Appleton, and I appreciate your prayers during this difficult time for my church family.
Pastor Appleton has served the Malden community as a volunteer firefighter and as pastor of our church for 7 years. To the firefighters of this community, he was a brother and Chaplin. To our church (and myself), he will always remembered as pastor. A pastor who followed Christ’s command, “feed my sheep” (John 21:17).
As heartbroken as we are, we as a congregation will strive to continue to do as Reverend Appleton has taught us by placing our hope in the Gospel of Lord, Jesus Christ.
byFaith Magazine ~ PCA Pastor John Appleton Dies Fighting a Fire
WVMetroNews.com ~ Name released of firefighter who died in Kanawha County
WSAZ.com ~ Friends, Family, Fellow Firefighters Mourn Loss
Daily Mail ~ Malden firefighter dies while responding to fire in Sissonville
FireHouse Site ~ W.Va. Firefighter Dies at Mobile Home Fire
the Charleston Gazette ~ Firefighter dies after collapsing at Sissonville blaze
WCHS Radio ~ Firefighter Who Died After Collapsing At Sissonville Fire Identified
FOR AN AMERICAN “church” culture that sees Jesus as a great example, the article below from CNN Belief Blog is NOT surprising.
Don’t get me wrong. I think that films can lead to great worldview discussions, and I am sure many film stories do have a type of Christ-firgure from time to time.
However, it is another thing when a movie marketing campaign goes out of its way to market to pastor, and encourage sermon notes about “Jesus, the super hero.” A pastor job is to properly preach the word, and administrate the sacrament, not to preach from a pop culture movie.
Disclaimer, I am making this comment before I even seen the move. Article below:
Superman: Flying to a church near you
By Eric Marropodi, Co-Editor CNN Belief Blog
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN) – As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.
Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing “Man of Steel” to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.
The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.
“How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the greatest hero who ever lived and died and rose again?” the sermon notes ask.
(Disclaimer: CNN, like Warner Bros., is owned by Time Warner.)
Similar campaigns to corral the country’s large number of Christians into the movie theater have been used for “Les Miserables,” “Soul Surfer” and “The Blind Side,” all of which had at least some faith angle.
Baltimore pastor Quentin Scott is among dozens of ministers who received . . .
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Superman: Flying to a church near you | CNN: Belief Blog
“I do not ask for answers, I just believe.” This sounds spiritual, and it deceives many fine people. These are often young men and women who are not content only to repeat the phrases of the intellectual or spiritual status quo. They have become rightly dissatisfied with a dull, dusty, introverted orthodoxy given only to pounding out the well-known clichés. The new theology sound spiritual and vibrant, and they are trapped. But the price they pay for what seems to be spiritual is high, for to operate in the upper story using undefined religious terms is to fail to know and function on the level of the whole man. The answer is not to ask these people to return to the poorness of the status quo, but to a living orthodoxy which is concerned with the whole man, including the rational and the intellectual, in his relationship to God.
This very thoughtful commentary, and really gravitated to Shane’s comment that, “We are busy people, not thoughtful people.”
MY FAVORITE PODCAST is the White Horse Inn. For about 10 years, I have enjoyed the BEST Reformed Theology conversation that the Internet can provide.
Every week, I can’t wait to hear great conversations from the round-table of Mike Horton, Rod Rosenbladt, Kim Riddlebarger, and Ken Jones. Every topic is stimulating and edifying to my faith.
I am also a blog reader, and I have set my RSS reader to search out blog entries containing the words, “White Horse Inn,” so that I can read of others who enjoy this podcast; like myself. You can image my surprise when my newsreader hit an article containing the words “White Horse Inn” at weedentrepreneur.com.
This is NOT the tavern that brought the Reformation to the English-speaking world five centuries ago, but a new type of tavern in Colorado featuring a “recreational hash bar.” The White Horse Inn in Del Norte, Colorado is now open since the passage of Amendment 64 that allows Colorado residents over the age of 21 to consume marijuana for recreational use.
I have to wonder if Mike, Rod, Kim, and Ken have seen this story of the new White Horse Inn in Colorado? If they are like me, they are probably a little amused that there is a new bar like this called the White Horse Inn, and I bet there are little discussions about Reformed faith at this establishment
Please check out the story below:
When Amendment 64 was passed and allowed Colorado residents over the age of 21 years old to legally consume/possess marijuana for recreational use, social media buzz and water cooler conversations were a bit deafening. However, once the dust settled and all of the phony business ideas and social media posts joking of moving to Colorado for the “Green Rush of 2012″ faded, only a few stuck around. Some people just couldn’t get the idea of joining the legalization movement of marijuana in the United States out of their heads…
One of those people is Paul Lovato, owner of the White Horse Inn of Del Norte, Colorado. The inn plans to open on January 1, 2013 as “the first … << Click HERE to continue Reading on source’s site >>
HERE IS MY second post today on partisan politics.
However, this would be funny if it was’t so tragic, because it is illustrating that the United States is being lead off a cliff as blind sheep.
You can also read this on Doug Giles’ ClashDaily site. I don’t know if he wrote this parody or he read somewhere else.
A Psalm of Obama
(To be sung by children, K-12, every morning of their seven-day school week.)*
The State is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
It makes me lie down in federally owned pastures.
It leads me beside quiet waters in banned fishing areas.
It restores my soul through its control.
It guides me in the path of dependency for its namesake.
Even though our nation plunges into the valley of the shadow of debt,
I will fear no evil,
For Barack will be with me.
The Affordable Care Act and food stamps,
They comfort me.
You prepare a table of Michelle Obama approved foods before me in the presence of my Conservative and Libertarian enemies.
You anoint my head with hemp oil;
My government regulated 16-ounce cup overflows.
Surely mediocrity and an entitlement mentality will follow me
All the days of my life,
And I will dwell in a low-rent HUD home forever and ever.
*Special Note: For union workers teaching their subjects this psalm in government schools, it is to be regarded as a psalm of exquisite beauty. The main subject is the watchful care that the Government extends over its dependents and the consequent faux assurance that you must make them feel that the State will supply all their needs. The leading thought—the essential idea—is to get gullible Americans to fully believe that Big Government will provide for them and that they will never be left to want. Make certain the dumb bastards get that message, okay?