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Five men made a decision today that changed history and will affect a nation. Defined people think of this as a momentous event, while others are in shock and disarray seeing the changes that are taking place in our country.  Some people are obtaining illusionary rights and privileges, while others are having their foundational rights and privileges taken away.

This post is not focused the term today’s culture describes as love, nor is it about hate, this is about freedom. Religious freedom. The freedom for everyone to believe and live out those beliefs is what make America America. That very rightful freedom is found in the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America by which this very country was founded and it is eroding away at an alarming pace.

I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ and there are certain standards by which I live. This sentence stating my belief has now automatically become a slogan of hate. The narrow minded view that every bible-believing Christian that has dared to express their unapproving opinion about the decisions of some, somehow expresses only hate is frankly pretentious and unfounded.

I do not approve of same sex relations because it is a sin in God’s eyes, just like I do not approve of my own sins. Sin is sin, no matter what label you put on it. Don’t like the term sin…too harsh? Doing something wrong is doing something wrong, plain and simple.  Am I saying these things looking down, no, I am saying them looking up because Jesus Christ has not given up on me despite my stupid decisions.

Now, for those that have read this until now, I thank you. If you have read this and see me as a hateful person, that’s okay. Why, because you don’t know me as a person. I have friends and acquaintances that have chosen various directions in life and they know me as a person and they know, I do not hate them. I may not agree with their choices, but there is no hate. And that is enough.

     This little blog is about two things; religious freedom and my personal beliefs. Take away pretty words like rights, privilege, freedom, love and what you have is, “God says no, I say no”.

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Posted: November 7, 2014 in General
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I Am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive’s Worst Nightmare.  I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning Biker. That’s me!
I am a Master Mason. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn a living.
I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and drive American-made cars.
I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal governmental functionary, Democratic or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!
I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything.  Get over it!
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.
I believe there should be no other language option.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.
My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, Bill Gates, John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson, who makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.
I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!
I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country!
This is AMERICA …We like it the way it is and more so the way it was …so stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China , or some other socialist country!
If you were born here and don’t like it… you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the White House, the seat of our biggest problems.
I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution?  Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what color you are, but not just because you happen to ride a bike.
And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license. I think it’s good….
And I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money..
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t want you deciding who should be running the most
powerful nation in the world for the next four years.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause….Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!
I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents….
I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA !   If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.  If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know…

By Hal Lindsey

With all of our attention focused on Israel lately, and rightly so, it may be shocking to learn that there are dramatic – actually catastrophic – events happening elsewhere in the Middle East.

On Thursday, President Obama announced that he had decided to approve the airdrop of humanitarian supplies of food and water to almost 40,000 encircled and besieged Yazidi refugees stranded on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq. He also indicated that he had approved the use of “limited” airstrikes by U.S. forces against the aggressor ISIS forces that seek to annihilate them.

Not much has been reported about help for the ancient religious community that fled to a craggy mountaintop where there is no cover from the 120-degree plus heat. Many are dropping dead from exhaustion and lack of food and water.

Had President Obama not made his photo-op press announcement before he headed off on vacation, you would probably have not heard about these breathtaking developments until they had actually become unstoppable disasters. The mainstream media, Europe, and the United Nations are too busy beating up on Israel and madly trying to recuse Hamas.

But we are witnessing what may be a complete reshaping of the situation in the Middle East. This is due to the rise of the most dangerous radical Islamic power of modern history. In fact, General Jack Keane, former Army Chief of Staff, and presently a national security analyst for Fox News, said on Friday, “This is the most significant threat to the Middle East that I’ve ever observed.”

ISIS, now calling itself simply “The Islamic State,” is the radically hardline Islamic jihadist group that was part of the movement quietly supported and funded by the United States to oppose Bashar al-Assad. It is quickly becoming evident that ISIS is a much greater threat than the West has previously thought.

While using the best of American weaponry and supported by our money, rogue elements of al Qaeda and other radical terrorist groups banded together a group of Muslim fighters. They stealthily began to organize and train a formidable army of seasoned and highly motivated terrorists.

Their radicalism is particularly focused on either converting or annihilating Christians and other religions. Their ultimate goal is to destroy Israel and the United States. They already have planned the most devastating attacks ever on US soil.

ISIS is presently fighting in Syria. It also took part this week in a significant action in Lebanon at the same time as it was capturing Kurdish and Christian cities against a well-regarded, but under-armed, Kurdish force. A group able to work on three fronts at once is impressive. This week they also took control of two more oil fields in Iraq.

They have declared the territory they control in central Iraq to be a new Islamic caliphate and have sworn to see the ISIS flag fly over the White House.

Jordan is very vulnerable to them. If Syria falls, then ISIS will be next door to Israel.

Now, before you pooh-pooh that notion because you’re not hearing it in the mainstream media (which is keeping it quiet to cover up for the administration), keep this in mind. One of the reasons Syria has not fallen to the ISIS-led opposition is because Hezbollah is in Syria fighting beside Assad’s forces. Hezbollah is Shi’ia Muslim while ISIS is Sunni Muslim, which makes them practically mortal enemies. Since ISIS is now stirring in Lebanon, Hezbollah may have to withdraw and return home to defend Lebanon. If that happens, Syria’s fall is more likely.

If more of Iraq falls, ISIS will have access to the southern oil rich region of the country. Kuwait wouldn’t have a chance. Saudi Arabia is vulnerable to them, as are the states surrounding the Saudis like Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen — the greatest oil riches of the world.

ISIS is ruthless beyond belief. So brutal that even al-Qaeda has disowned them. On one day in late July, they executed 1,500 captured Iraqi soldiers. After taking over Mosul, they created a new town charter that calls for all the women, “married or not,” to make themselves available for the sexual use of ISIS soldiers in order to “cleanse themselves” (the women).

Sadam Hussein built the Mosul Dam, in part, as a threat to the Shia population in Iraq. Remember, Saddam was part of the Sunni minority that oppressed the Shia majority. Fox News reported that ISIS captured the dam on Friday. Even if they don’t fully control it yet, it seems inevitable. I heard an expert on Iraq say yesterday that Mosul Dam is “a weapon of mass destruction,” because it threatens so much of the Shia-dominated portion of Iraq. National security expert and retired Marine Colonel Jack Kelly says that if they breach the dam, it will put Baghdad under 15 feet of water.

ISIS is not an immediate threat to the United States, but with President Obama’s initial help and subsequent blind eye, they have already undone the good of vast American effort in Iraq. They love to talk about running their flag up at the White House. Theyfully believe that will happen in the foreseeable future.

Perhaps even more frightening – and certainly more immediate – is the fact that there are at least 100 Americans and a thousand or more Europeans fighting in the ISIS ranks. These traitors have passports that would allow them easy access to the United States. To a terrorist, a European passport is like gold and an American passport is platinum! They are also cunning enough to cut their hair and disguise themselves as normal western travelers.

We Americans need to pray as never before for God to awaken and call to action the Christians that are left in our country. Satan has raised up a formidable enemy that is especially dedicated to destroying Christians. And there are fellow Americans who hate us as never before.

We need to learn our Bible promises and believe them in all situations. And we need to lead as many as possible to faith in the LORD Jesus Christ.

We are in the very last days of the Church Age. Christ’s coming for us in the Rapture has never been so obviously near as it is now. But some of us had better be ready to become martyrs for our faith. It may well happen here in America – be prepared in your faith. Maranatha!

I don’t believe this is the mark of the beast but I do believe this brings us one step closer. Check out the “not so distant future” technology.

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. . . .

In the world today, the overwhelming practice of turning evil to good and calling it acceptance, equal rights, and compromise, in turn has alienated and chastised anyone who believes evil is still evil and stands against it. If you are a Christian and speak out, you are going against the majority “grain” and are going to be ostracised. Amazing how the goal called, Acceptance of Everybody, excludes anybody who does not agree with the status quo.

This verse reminds me to keep standing! Jesus did not save us because he had to or because we earned it…He saved us because HE WANTED TO!

In my opinion, that is reason enough to stand firm.

Have a great day all!!!

Cullman County Prayer Caravan Sponsor Not Afraid to Take Stand Against Atheists’ Demands

By Alex Murashko | Christian Post Reporter

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Billy Coleman
(Photo: Channel 2 Cullman via YouTube

The superintendent of an Alabama school district made it clear on Tuesday that he is not afraid to stand up against the demands of a Wisconsin-based atheists group wanting to stop a prayer caravan this Saturday before school starts next week.
“We live in a time when certain groups hide behind the human rights of some to destroy the human rights of others,” said Cullman County Schools Superintendent Billy Coleman who helped organize the caravan. The third annual prayer caravan includes stopping at each of the district’s 29 schools and praying for students, teachers, and staff.
“The government agencies of Cullman County and Alabama respect the rights of people to believe what they choose and to freely express those beliefs. However, I also believe that we who are Christians have the same rights as anyone else to publicly express our beliefs on our own time, and to be afforded the same access to announcement channels as anyone else,” said Coleman at the press conference he organized.
Coleman made it clear at the conference that he was speaking as a private citizen who was also not representing the school district when he made the prayer caravan announcement a few weeks ago. He said the caravan on Saturday is totally voluntary and not endorsed by the district.
“I know ‘fear’ can be a very strong deterrent to doing what is right,” he said. “We have and will continue to respond respectfully, but it would be a mistake to take our ‘kindred spirit’ for fear. We are not afraid, and we are not alone. We have the support of millions in America who are ready to take a stand with those of us in Cullman County.”
Coleman was recently contacted by a lawyer from the Freedom From Religion Foundation with a letter which stated that the prayer caravan should be canceled. The atheist and “free thinkers” group is also asking the district to stop daily recitation of the Lord’s Prayer over the schools’ loudspeaker during the mornings. The group labels both actions as unconstitutional.
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Coleman told The Christian Post after the press conference on Tuesday that he hopes that he and the surrounding controversy has not become a distraction for the event.
“It’s sad because this was about free citizens on their own time on a Saturday going in front of the schools and praying voluntarily and it wasn’t meant to be this big of a deal,” he said. “[The past two times] it was modestly attended and it’s not going to be modestly attended Saturday. There’s going to be 30 or 40 times more people involved in it.
“In my heart is the hope is that the prayer event is just a prayer event, not anything other than that. This is about lifting up our schools to God.”
He added, “Our board made it clear that this is not a school event. Nobody has to come. Someone asked the question, exactly who is being offended here?”
Coleman told CP that he has received some legal advice that “basically says that I do have some freedoms to express my faith as a private citizen.”
He concluded his talk at the press conference by saying, “There has been a lot of debate on what was inside the heads of our founding fathers when this country was established. Why did they write what they wrote? What was the meaning of the First Amendment and public free exercise of religious belief? There is a host of documentation as to their original intent, including that found in the 1789 Northwest Ordinance, adopted after the First Amendment was ratified: ‘Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.’
“Thus, we know that the first public schools were established to teach children how to read the Bible and the New England Primer, which was one of the first textbooks in America and certainly made reference to the Bible.
“Now we have come to this, an activist organization located halfway across the country attempting to eliminate private expressions of faith and worship by public school officials and employees acting on their private time and in their private capacity as citizens of Cullman County. We strongly feel this goes well beyond what even modern Supreme Court decisions require, regarding the scope of the First Amendment.”
He closed his statement by quoting the first prayer given at the Continental Congress in 1774.
The controversy has received nationwide attention, in part, because of supporters of the prayer caravan using Facebook to spread their message. The Facebook page, Stand With Cullman on Prayer for Schools, has more than 5,500 “Likes.”

Check out: Billy Coleman Press Conference: August 6, 2013 – YouTube Video

– article from The Christian Post

Where I’m going…I don’t know.  All I know is God, His son Jesus my savior, His Holy Spirit, and God’s word.

Do I understand everything…no.

Do I believe everything out of the word of God…yes.

Do I mess up sometimes…definitely more than I’d like too.

God knows what’s best for me so I put my trust in Him.  I’ve tried making my life my own and all I do is set unrealistic expectations based off my own power and I have only failed. This causes frustration, depression, and hopelessness. God not only sets my focus back on track but sets my focus on Him. Only when my focus is on Him and only when my complete trust is in His abilities do I find pure joy.

I only have one life to live and I’ve lived so much of it in vain. Unhappy and terrible times were part of the everyday. Now, my life is not lived in vain but full of hope that someone, who is smarter than I, knows me better than I know myself, loved me at my worst and has never and will never give up on me. That someone is Jesus Christ.

Always moving forward striving never to look back!

<img title=”Western Wall” alt=”Western Wall” src=”http://cdn.unitedwithisrael.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Western-Wall-300×225.jpg&#8221; width=”300″ height=”225″ />The Jewish connection to the Temple Mount as a sacred Jewish holy site has existed since ancient times. The Jewish people have a historical, religious, spiritual, and national connection to the Temple Mount area dating back to antiquity. For the Jewish people, it is the holiest site on the entire planet. It was the location of the creation of Adam, the binding of Isaac, as well as both the First and Second Temples. When the Jewish Temple existed, all Jews used to visit there to perform sacrifices to G-d three times per year, as commanded by G-d. It was the sacred building that housed the Ark of the Covenant in which the Ten Commandments were stored.

Archaeological treasures found there demonstrate that a Jewish Temple used to exist on the Temple Mount. While the Islamic Waqf has attempted to destroy such evidence, Israeli archaeologists have been able to rescue some of it, such as a fragment from a Herodian style Second Temple era sculptured stone that used to stand on the Temple Mount; a Babylonian arrow head attesting to the destruction of the First Temple; and the seal of a First Temple-era priestly family. The Western Wall also still stands today, as a visual reminder that a Jewish Temple used to exist on the Temple Mount. 

Al Aqsa Mosque

Despite PA claims that no Jewish connection existed, many Muslim religious sources throughout history have accepted the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount area. According to GLORIA: the Global Research in International Affairs: “In Sura 17:1 of the Koran, the “Farthest Mosque” is called the al-masjid al-Aqsa. The Tafsir al-Jalalayn, a well-respected Sunni exegesis of the Koran from the 15th and 16th centuries, notes that the “Farthest Mosque” is a reference to the Bayt al-Maqdis of Jerusalem. In Hebrew, the Jewish Temple is often referred to as the Beyt Ha-Miqdash, nearly identical to the Arabic term.

Furthermore, GLORIA notes, “In the commentary of Abdullah Ibn Omar al-Baydawi, who authored several prominent theological works in the 13th century, the masjid is referred to as the Bayt al-Maqdis because during Muhammad’s time no mosque existed in Jerusalem. Koranic historian and commentator, Abu Jafar Muhammad al-Tabari, who chronicled the seventh century Muslim conquest of Jerusalem, wrote that one day when Umar finished praying, he went to the place where ‘the Romans buried the Temple [bayt al-maqdis] at the time of the sons of Israel.’”

Even upon the destruction of the Jewish Temple, Jews have continued to journey to the Temple Mount area, in order to weep pver the destruction of their holy site. According to the Cairo Genizah, following the Arab conquest of Jerusalem in the seventh century, seventy Jewish families relocated to Jerusalem and lived very close to the Temple Mount. The Cairo Genizah claimed that they established a synagogue in Warren’s Gate, that wealthy Jews used to contribute money to pay for the upkeep of the Warren Gate synagogue, and many Jews used to go on pilgrimages to the holy site, until the Warren Gate Synagogue was destroyed during the First Crusade.

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Yet, even following the destruction of the Warren Gate Synagogue, Jews continued to travel to the Temple Mount to pray. One medieval Jew, Nachmanides, wrote shortly after making Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael around 1263, “But the loss of all this and of every other glory my eyes saw is compensated by having now the joy of being a day in thy courts, O Jerusalem, visiting the ruins of the Temple, and crying over the desolate sanctuary.” In modern times, many Jews travel to the Western Wall, otherwise known as the Kotel, to pray and place a note to G-d inside the cracks of this ancient wall. According to Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Seward, Jews were praying at the Western Wall well before the rise of modern Zionism.

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By Rachel Avraham, staff writer for United With Israel

Girders in the shape of a cross preserved from the wreckage of the World Trade Center stand in New York.

By David French Filed in: American Heritage 11:34 AMApr. 1, 2013

Easter weekend brought us two pieces of very good legal news.  The first — yet another victory against Obamacare’s abortion-pill mandate — Ed White posted about late Friday night.

The second, however, went largely unnoticed in the media until this morning.  A New York federal judge ruled resoundingly that the Ground Zero Cross’s presence in the 9/11 Museum did not violate the Establishment Clause.  The ruling is a victory for history and for common sense.

The history here is beyond dispute.  Following the 9/11 attacks, rescue workers did discover to Cross in the wreckage, and the Cross did, in fact, become a source of solace not only to workers on the scene but also to Americans across the nation.  Atheists may dislike these historical facts.  They may wish their fellow citizens saw the crossed beams as merely another piece of debris, but their wishes do not change history.

And that’s where common sense comes in.  By including the Ground Zero Cross, the 9/11 Museum is doing exactly what museums have always done.  The attorney for the Museum put it like this:

“The plan has been to display this as one of hundreds and hundreds of artifacts … because it is part of the history of the recovery efforts after the 911 attacks.

“For some of these people, [the cross] had symbolic significance,” he continued, referring to first responders. “They treated it as a religious object and it gave them a great deal of comfort at a difficult time. The 9/11 museum is simply depicting what happened.”

That’s exactly right.  It’s simply common sense that museums place historically-important artifacts in their collections.

American Atheists’ lawsuit is literally an attempt to rewrite history, to deny future generations the opportunity to know who we were on 9/11 and what was actually important to many, many Americans after those terrible days.

Sadly, it looks like American Atheists aren’t dropping their challenge and plan to appeal the trial court’s ruling to the court of appeals.  If they do, we’ll file our own brief to defend the Ground Zero Cross, on behalf of the thousands upon thousands of Americans who want to preserve our heritage, preserve the integrity of our Constitution, and preserve some measure of common sense in public life.

After all, our history is at stake.

Possible Muslim Approval of Third Temple Construction

As reported in The Jewish Press on March 14, 2013, there is a new call for something previously unthinkable. Sinem Tezyapar, a Muslim TV producer in Turkey, has called for the rebuilding of the “Prophet Solomon’s” Temple.

She assures her fellow Muslims that they need not be nervous because:

“There is a broad expanse of land around the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The land there is quite convenient in that respect, and the Temple can be placed just a little way from Qubbat As-Sakhrah, and a little ahead of Masjid el-Aqsa.”

There are overtones of wanting peace and togetherness with the Jewish people in her statements as well. This is a very interesting development and would be easy to dismiss as just one secular Muslim’s simplistic idea. Unfortunately, the fact that she is a woman in the Muslim world makes the idea even less feasible. However, this is not the first time this idea has come from the lips of a Muslim. According to an article in Word Net Daily, an influential Muslim leader by the name of Adnan Oktar in Turkey is described as making the same proposal, to rebuild the Jewish Temple, calling it the “Palace of Solomon.”

The Jewish people have longed for their Temple to be rebuilt. In an article about the rebuilding of the Temple, Hassidic writer and publisher Mordechai Housman, describes the first and primary obstacle as being political, and second being safety reasons due to Muslims. If a significant Muslim leader would declare that Solomon’s Temple should be rebuilt, then if the Muslim community would follow, it is likely the Jewish people would jump at the opportunity and be able to overcome whatever ceremonial obstacles also lie in the path.

This is very significant prophetically, because the Jewish Temple must be standing at the mid-point of the time period commonly known as the Tribulation. The Apostles John and Paul, the Prophet Daniel, and Jesus Himself make references to this Temple standing.

Daniel 9:27a says:

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” (KJV)

The “he” spoken of here is the coming world leader, known as the Antichrist. The “one week” is the seven years of the Tribulation period.

In Matthew 24:15-16, Jesus references this very passage:

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” (KJV)

This “Abomination of Desolation” is set up in the Most Holy Place, which is well known to be the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple. Thus this Temple must be standing in order for the “Abomination of Desolation” to happen.

Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (KJV)

Here also is a reference to the Antichrist (the man of sin) declaring himself God inside the Temple of God. This also is the Jewish Temple.

In Revelation 11:1-2, John tells us:

“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” (KJV)

Forty-two months is also equivalent to half of seven years. In other words, the Temple which John refers to is standing, not only in the middle of the Tribulation, but it has been standing for the entire first part of the Tribulation.

There are several big milestones that students of prophecy are waiting for. One of those is the construction of the Third Jewish Temple for it does indeed seem to be a prerequisite to the beginning of the Tribulation period. If not a prerequisite, then it does definitely need to be standing by the midpoint of the Tribulation. With hints that the Muslim world might be agreeable to its construction, it would seem this particular milestone might be nearer than many think.