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"If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself."
—St. Augustine

Hope: Modern Day Idols and Idolatry of the Church



Do not trust in politicians, they can not save you. When they die they return to the earth, and on that very day their plans perish!
Psalm 146:3-4

Why do so many people today put their hope in government and politicians?

Why is crime, terrorism, and social disorder increasing? Why are more and more youth lost, confused, depressed, and deranged?

Because the Church has been "led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:2-4) and has become friends with the world and enemies of God (James 4:4-5).

February - Saint Valentine



Saint Valentine, or Valentinus, has an important story to share with us today!

Saint Valentine was executed for refusing to deny his faith after being arrested for secretly marrying Roman soldiers to their brides, defying an order from Emperor Claudius II that soldiers were not to marry.
(The Story of St. Valentine: More than Cards and Candied Hearts)

This is so relevant today! God designed and defines marriage. Yet, the devil continues to scheme through rulers and despots to redefine marriage.

Marriage: "Strong families, prosperous states"



Confirming God's design for marriage:
Strong families, prosperous states: Do healthy families affect the wealth of states?
www.aei.org/publication/strong-families-prosperous-states/
visited 2016-12-1

Economics has its roots in the Greek word oikonomia, which means the “management of the household.” Yet economists across the ideological spectrum have paid little attention to the links between household family structure and the macroeconomic outcomes of nations, states, and societies. This is a major oversight because, as this report shows, shifts in marriage and family structure are important factors in states’ economic performance, including their economic growth, economic mobility, child poverty, and median family income...

Higher levels of marriage, and especially higher levels of married-parent families, are strongly associated with more economic growth, more economic mobility, less child poverty, and higher median family income at the state level in the United States...

Marriage - Counter Culture



Study outline of Chapter 6 on Marriage from Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans and Pornography

Marriage

A. Marriage is Under Attack

  1. The very definition of Marriage: Supreme Court DOMA decision, and so-called same sex marriage
  2. Divorce rates
  3. Cohabitation
  4. Intentional singleness and fornication

B. What does God say about Marriage?

Life



Human rights begin with the right to life!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
- Declaration of Independence

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness



The Right to Life

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."
- Declaration of Independence

Of course, it should be obvious, the right to life is the first and most fundamental right.

Let's pray that we and our fellow citizens more fully understand the worth, dignity and right to life of all, including the most vulnerable among us.

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Merry Christmas Illinois



"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

Oh what a great hope we have in Jesus!

I pray for Illinois and for it's citizens to know this great hope. I pray for revival among Christ's churches in Illinois to share the Good News through words and acts of love, mercy, and justice.

Property Rights: LaVoy Finicum executed by the FBI


[latest update: 2017-12-15]

January 26, 2016. Another sad day for America.

Western states ranchers and freemen were protesting federal government (mis)management of State's land (Ref. 3). No burning, no looting, no riots in the streets like Ferguson, Boston, or Occupy Wall Street. Yet, the FBI (aka Federal Bureau of Intimidation, aka Red Coats, aka Storm Troopers), has arrested the leadership, wounded one, and killed one!

Once again the FBI is being used as the Hammer of Oppression. (Ref. 1, 2)

Robert LaVoy Finicum

Executed by the Storm Troopers (FBI) January 26, 2016.

Thanksgiving


Protestant pilgrims are shown on the deck of the ship Speedwell before their departure for the New World from Delft Haven, Holland, on July 22, 1620. William Brewster, holding the Bible, and pastor John Robinson lead Governor Carver, William Bradford, Miles Standish, and their families in prayer. Painted by Robert Weir (1803-1889).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EmbarkationPilgrims.jpg)

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