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20 Aug 2018
And example of a hope for adoption.

Democrat leaders are denouncing a House committee-passed bill that would prevent state and local authorities from discriminating against faith-based adoption and foster care agencies.

On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Aderholt Amendment, introduced by Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (R-Ala.). It says that any government receiving federal funds for child welfare services may not punish faith-based adoption agencies (such as Bethany Christian Services) simply because of their religious beliefs.

The amendment, which is now part of the FY 2019 budget proposal for the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services, passed in a 29 to 23 vote, with all Democrats and one Republican ( Scott Taylor –VA) voting no.

Democrats forcefully and vocally argue that faith-based agencies refusing to place children with same-sex couples be shut out, which has been happening all over the country. Catholic Charities’ adoption agencies in Massachusetts, Chicago, San Francisco and the District of Columbia, for instance, went out of business rather than be forced to place children in homosexual households. This left hundreds of thousands of orphans in foster care instead of being placed with mother-and-father families.
Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D) tweeted, “The Aderholt Amendment discriminates against LGBTQ couples and robs these children of a chance for a loving home.”

No, it doesn’t. It gives the children a chance to have a mother and father, which research, common sense and the Bible tell us is the optimal environment for children. The bill also allows the agencies to decide whether or not to place children in single or non-Christian households or with parents with a history of divorce. Contrary to hysterical media reporting, it has nothing to say about agencies that place children in other types of households.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi exclaimed, “House Republicans chose to sacrifice the well-being of little children to push a bigoted, anti-LGBTQ agenda, potentially denying tens of thousands of vulnerable children the opportunity to find a loving and safe home.”

The bill should be called “the GOP License to Discriminate Amendment,” she said, getting it exactly backwards. The Aderholt Amendment actually forbids discrimination and adds agencies back to the list of providers.

In addition to the Aderholt Amendment, the 176-page House Bill 6470, the “Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019,” provides $177 billion in funding and contains several other pro-life and pro-family provisions:

  • Re-enactment of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal tax dollars to fund abortions;
  • The Hyde-Weldon Amendment, which bars governments from discriminating against doctors or health care providers who will not perform abortions;
  • The Conscience Protection Act, which would make the Hyde-Weldon Amendment permanent. Right now, both Hyde and Hyde-Weldon must be renewed each budget cycle.
  • No money for Title X, under which Planned Parenthood has received nearly half a billion dollars annually.

The Senate version, S 5138, contains no amendments, and the final draft will be determined by House-Senate conferees.

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation and other conservative groups are urging constituents to contact their Congress members and senators and ask them to keep the Aderholt Amendment and the other pro-life provisions in the final legislation.

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31 Jul 2018
Give Kids the World Founder, Henri Landwirth

So Little Time, So Much Magic

KISSIMMEE, FL — Not far from Disney World, there’s a magical place where children with life-threatening illnesses can go into a cookie shop and walk out with delicious treats, or another shop where they can eat ice cream sundaes without limit.

They can play games at kiosks, or dance with Disney princesses and other Disney characters. Girls can dress up in princess gowns and boys can pretend to be pirates. And they can do all this at no expense.

In fact, the children and their families can stay for free in one of more than 80 fancifully decorated suites on 84 acres when they are not tooling around Disney World or Epcot Center, again at no expense.

The families are guests at Give Kids the World Village, “a cross between Disney and Whoville,” said a staff member of the Timothy Plan, which has proudly supported the Village for the past four years.

The brainchild of the late hotelier and philanthropist Henri Landwirth, a Holocaust survivor with a huge heart for children, the Village makes it possible for families that have children with life-threatening illnesses to enjoy a wonderous time at the world’s most celebrated theme park.

The Village staff works closely with Make-a-Wish foundation and other charities that help these children realize their dream.

“God willing, I would be able to help other people”

Mr. Landwirth, who died at age 91 in April, had a remarkably difficult, colorful and meaningful life. Arrested by Nazis at age 13, he spent five years during World War II in concentration camps, including Auschwitz. He was about to be shot when a Nazi soldier changed his mind and let him live.

“You cannot imagine how it was,” he told an interviewer. “Auschwitz was my first realization that the camps were there for our extermination. … I knew it would be a matter of time and I would be murdered like the rest.”

The ordeal made him promise that “one day, God willing, I would be able to help other people not to suffer as much as I did,” Mr. Landwirth said, according to the Florida Times-Union.

In 1985, he founded the Fanny Landwirth Foundation in honor of his mother, who, along with his father Max, was killed by the Nazis, leaving alive only Henri and his twin sister Margot, who died last year at age 90.

After Allied soldiers liberated the camps, Henri decided to come to America, so he hopped aboard a ship as a deck laborer, with only a Torah and $20 in his pocket.

He quickly learned English, and was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. After the war, he took a course in hotel management while working the night desk at a Manhattan hotel.

Moving to Florida in 1954, he went from being a bellman to managing the 100-room Starlight Motel in Cocoa Beach. Then he opened his first Holiday Inn franchise in Orlando two years before Disney World debuted in 1971. Orlando now attracts an estimated 72 million visitors annually.

A Little Girl’s Impact

In the 1980s Mr. Landwirth began offering free rooms to the newly formed Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of terminally ill children.

But something happened that profoundly changed his perspective. Amy, a six-year-old girl with leukemia, was slated to stay with her family but she died before the trip could be arranged.

Mr. Landwirth made a “vow that no child in need would ever be failed again,” and founded Give Kids the World in 1986, opening the facility in 1988. Since then, 160,000 children and families have stayed at no charge, including free transportation and admissions to Disney’s theme parks.

But Mr. Landwirth was not finished. While visiting the Sulzbacher Center for the homeless in Jacksonville, he asked how he could help. He was told the residents needed more underwear. Recalling his awful time in concentration camps without adequate clothing, he went out and bought lots of underwear and donated it to the center. In 2000, he founded Dignity U Wear, which has now given away 9 million pieces of clothing valued at over $160 million to people in need all across the United States.

Having gotten to know some of America’s astronauts, including John Glenn, Henri also founded with them the Mercury Seven Foundation, now known as the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to science students.

Give Kids the World Village is living proof that God can bring good out of even the worst circumstances. One supporter described the mission of the Village as “treatment of the soul,” noting that many children experience an uptick in their health because of the “spark” of boundless fun they experience away from hospitals, clinics and endless medical tests.

On Sept. 15, the Village will celebrate at its 30th annual Black and White Gala, replete with gourmet food and entertainment, and a silent auction of donated items conducted via tablets at the guests’ tables.

As Henri was fond of saying, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

For more information, go to gktw.org

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27 Jun 2018
Choosing life is a gift of love that spreads beyond the moment.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Won’t Have to Push Abortion

More sanity has prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Some babies’ lives are going to be saved as a result.

In a major victory for the pro-life cause and freedom of speech, California’s crisis pregnancy centers won’t be forced by law to inform clients about how to get abortions.

In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the Court ruled 5-4 that the California Reproductive FACT Act, enacted in 2015, violated the guarantee of free speech under the First Amendment.

Clinics were required to post a message in their facilities in 48-point font at the entrance, in the lobby, in print, online, and in any advertisement, according to Liberty Counsel, which filed a brief in three related cases.  Here’s the required text:

“California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care and abortion for eligible women. To determine whether you qualify, contact the county social services office at [insert the telephone number].”

The law was written so that “[e]ven a billboard with only the words ‘Choose Life’ and the name of the center would be required to post the large font government message in up to 13 languages,” Liberty Counsel said in a release.

This is like Al-Anon or Alcoholics Anonymous being forced to post notices directing alcohol abusers to the nearest bar or liquor store.

“The First Amendment protects the right to speak and the right not to speak,” said Liberty Counsel founder and Chairman Mat Staver.  “To be forced to post state-prescribed notices in large font undermining the mission of the pregnancy centers is a shocking violation of the First Amendment.”

The opinion in Becerra, however, adopts arguments Liberty Counsel has made that “professional speech” cannot be exempted as some “new category of speech.”

Justice Thomas’ opinion states: “[R]egulating the content of professionals’ speech pose[s] the inherent risk that the Government seeks not to advance a legitimate regulatory goal, but to suppress unpopular ideas or information…”

The same liberals who have railed against legislators “getting between a patient and her doctor” when it comes to abortion have had no trouble imposing tyrannical laws on crisis pregnancy centers or licensed counselors who disagree with their view of sexual normalcy.  We may be seeing a long-overdue correction in the legal record.

Voting in the majority along with Justice Thomas were Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose concurring opinion was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

One more thought:

There is little doubt that had things turned out differently in November 2016, the Court’s majority would have gone the other way, just as it would likely have done so in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case on June 4, which was a victory for free speech – and religious liberty.

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21 Jun 2018
A Study on Daniel through the words of Pastor Anthony E. Moore.

Recently I have been interested in Daniel’s success. Daniel was successful in every administration he served in. I’m not sure if you have ever given any thought to this, but Daniel served all different kinds of bosses – all different types of kings – from Nebuchadnezzar to Belshazzar, to Darius – all the way to Cyrus. With every one of these leaders, Daniel always seemed to move to the top of the organization. This was also Joseph’s case over in the Book of Genesis – around Chapter 37. When you examine the life of Joseph you’ll discover that regardless to where you put him, he always ended up on top. You could put him in Potiphar’s house as a slave – and he ended up on top! You can put him in prison – he ended up on top. There is something about persons like Joseph, Daniel, Esther, and Deborah (men and women) it doesn’t matter where they end up – where you put them – who’s the king – who’s the leader – they always end up on top!!

If you think about it our country is in a recession. We are facing all kinds of shortages. Some people have all kinds of excuses for why they are not succeeding or doing well, but those persons I listed in this lesson – regardless to their situation, they always rose to the top. I think we’ll all agree that these persons, I listed were all sold out to the will of God! They were all sold out to the purpose of God, but I want to also suggest that there were some other attributes that they possessed that helped them to always end up on top.

Daniel was not the most educated person. He was educated, but he wasn’t the most educated. Daniel was fortunate, but he wasn’t the most fortunate. He had friends in high places, but so did other people, but Daniel seem to be singled out by every administration as one who operated in excellence. Let’s examine some of Daniels Performance Evaluations:

Daniel 1:19

And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.

Out of all that the king reviewed there was none like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Daniel 1:20

And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

Daniel 5:12

Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

Daniel 5:14

I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

Here is the sum total of Daniel’s review, “He is better than all the rest.” (10 times better)

He has an excellent spirit, he has excellent wisdom, he can explain difficult things and he can solve difficult problems.

Daniel demonstrated 5 distinct attributes that I believe we need in order to be successful in our own lives. Even though Daniel came in as a slave, he still worked and did his best and step by step he kept being promoted. He never asked to be promoted. He never sought a promotion. Daniel demonstrated 5 distinct attributes:

#1 Commitment – He was committed.

Commitment is the desire to remain faithful.

Proverbs 3:1

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

Daniel was committed in three areas:

  • He was committed to maintaining his own convictions. He did not try to impose his convictions upon others, but he maintained his convictions. As he lived out his convictions, it lifted him among his employers.
  • He was committed to giving his best to every kingdom – wherever he went, he always gave his best. There are some on the other hand, that wherever they go, they always cause a problem! They are not comfortable unless there is a problem! Daniel however, was the exact opposite. Everywhere he was placed, he was a blessing. Things improved.
  • He was committed to being an example worthy of inspection. In other words, he was worth being checked out. He was true to this call. True to his job – he really meant business!

The first attribute of Daniel was that he was Committed. The second attribute I want you to focus on is:

#2 Competent – The skills to contribute.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Daniel was competent in several areas. Listen, it’s never enough just to be committed and faithful. You need to also be competent – especially if you get paid to do what you do. If you volunteer, it’s great to be faithful – we want them to show up, but we want them to do something after they show up – and we want them to be competent about what they are being assigned to do. It helps to have a competent volunteer. Competency is critical – note Daniel’s competency…

  • He was competent in wisdom and understanding. Competency is not just showing up and doing what you have been assigned. Competency is about doing more than what was assigned and doing it better than what was expected.
    Note: People who just do, what’s asked to be done, are very easy to replace – they are easy to replace! Daniel not only did the job, but he also understood why he was doing what he was doing – what it meant – and how to make it better. He was competent in wisdom and understanding.
  • He was competent in specific areas of training. For many of us we have very skilled specific task. (Example: Minister of Music, Finance). You have to be competent in your specific areas of training. Daniel was competent in specific areas (literature, science, and engineering). So the king brought them in so they could oversee areas of education and science. You ought to be competent in the area where you are. Competent means being better than good, but well trained in what you do.
  • He was competent in more than one setting. He could multi-task. He could do more than one thing at the same time. Now, this is helpful because in these difficult times when one thing is no longer needed you can move on to something else that you’re good at. He carried his competency from one administration to the other.

The third attribute of Daniel was…

# 3 – Courageous – which is having the heart to serve.

Proverbs 3:6

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

It takes a lot of courage to serve people. Somebody said, “You have to be a lot crazy and a little courageous to serve people.” Daniel had:

  • Courage to serve a vision with his all – regardless to who they were – he served their vision with his all.
  • Courage to put aside issues from the past.
    Remember Daniel was kidnapped; he was taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar. He had a right to be upset and stuck. Daniel however put aside those issues. Daniel recognized that God put him in that place and the he brings a skill that can bring change.
  • Courage to die for the vision.

The fourth attribute of Daniel was…

#4 Compassion – is the love to meet needs.

Proverbs 3:3

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

  • Compassion requires us to share the truth with kindness.
  • Compassion also requires us to feel the pain of others.
  • Compassion is also what fuels our spiritual mission. All of us should be driven by compassion.

Matthew 14:14

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Note: Compassion is not allowing someone to do sub-par work and not let them go. Compassion is finding some other place for them, where they can do well. Compassion is challenging them to become better.

  • It hurt to tell the king of God’s judgment!
  • Daniel so wanted this word to fail. Daniel 4:27
  • The king completely turned to God. Daniel 4:37

The fifth attribute…

#5 Creativity – which is the ingenuity to change and to produce change.

In the area where you work what are you doing better this week, than what you did last week? Or are you doing the same thing the same way, and are you not looking for ways to improve? There are always better ways to improve.

  • Daniel was creative enough to embrace new leadership.
  • Daniel was creative enough to find answers.
  • Daniel was creative enough to take on new areas of responsibility.

Daniel never had to seek promotion. He sought excellence and that brought promotion. Daniel’s ability to excel is what kept him on top!

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19 Jun 2018
Chris Pratt talks God at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

Faith in Hollywood

With “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” about to hit the summer box office, Chris Pratt is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.

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13 Jun 2018
Mother choose life instead of having an abortion.

Imagine if Alcoholics Anonymous had to post directions to the nearest bar or cut-rate liquor store?

Or if Weight Watchers had to send people to Baskin-Robbins or Fatburger?

Or if Gamblers Anonymous had to give out maps to the nearest casino?

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6 Jun 2018
Religious liberty in an example of a white wedding cake with a blurred background.

In a big win for religious liberty, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Monday that a Christian baker cannot be forced to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony.

Although some observers said the ruling was a “narrow” victory, there was much in the majority opinion and concurring opinions that strongly made the case for religious liberty and freedom of conscience.

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30 May 2018
Ted Baehr, Bonnie Ally and Art Ally walking the Red Carpet at 2018 MovieGuide Awards focusing on a Christian perspective.

A major studio releases a new movie, and the buzz is loud and wide. Television, print and Internet ads, along with the critics, tout it as “must-see.”

But is it worthy of our time and money? Should Christians patronize this new Hollywood offering? Should our children see it?

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