Largest Planned Parenthood facility in Idaho shuts its doors – Closing in Wisconsin

By Victoria Clarizio | June 14, 2022 

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Planned Parenthood’s facility in Boise, Idaho, closed on June 1 after being in business for 15 years. It was the largest Planned Parenthood in the state and its closure comes as the abortion conglomerate closes additional locations are across the country. Katie Rodihan, the spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, and Kentucky, blamed the “likely overturning of Roe v. Wade” for the closures. However, evidence points to additional reasons.

The Planned Parenthood website states:

PPNNE faced many challenges delivering care at these health centers and COVID-19 only made those issues worse. Because of limited resources and the national crisis for reproductive health access, we reallocated our resources. This includes adding more days per week to other health centers and continuing to offer Telehealth care. 

There have also been reports of staffing shortages and declining use of Planned Parenthood’s services.

Planned Parenthood appears to be leaving states where they know they are no longer welcome. Many states, including Idaho, have “trigger laws” which will go into effect if Roe is overturned, making abortion illegal. It seems that Planned Parenthood is moving its facilities out of these states and into those that are pro-abortion. This is also a way to downsize and consolidate since the demand for their services is declining. Rodihan referenced “a comprehensive review of all of our health centers and patient needs across all six of our states.” 

READ: New DHS violence alert as Jane’s Revenge takes credit for alleged attack on pro-life center

Another factor in the closure of the Boise Planned Parenthood was the presence of a pro-life center next door which offers alternatives to abortion. Stanton Healthcare opened its facility 10 years ago right next to Planned Parenthood.

In order to stay in business, especially with the threat of Roe being overturned, Planned Parenthood is expanding its services, with Rodihan saying Planned Parenthood would focus on providing contraception in those states where abortion becomes illegal.

Another avenue Planned Parenthood is taking to increase its profits is by offering “gender-affirming” hormone therapy, which has been shown to affect the bone density of minors and puts those who use it at possible risk for future fertility problems, according to recent studies.

Many factors seem to be playing a part in the closing and relocating of Planned Parenthood facilities. The abortion corporation’s decisions appear to be driven more by their business needs than by what is best for women.

Planned Parenthood to Stop Performing Abortions in Wisconsin

In this photo is the Madison South Health Center that is owned and operated by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. The center provides health exams, testing and treatment, and birth control services. (AP Photo/Kevin Wang)
AP Photo/Kevin Wang

KATHERINE HAMILTON 20 Jun 2022

Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin will stop performing abortions after June 25, as the nation awaits a decision from the Supreme Court that could overrule Roe v. Wade, ABC affiliate WISN reported.

If the Supreme Court nullifies its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which ruled that abortion is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution, Wisconsin’s 1849 law prohibiting abortion will go back into effect. The law only allows abortion if the woman’s life is at risk. In response, Planned Parenthood is suspending appointments and directing facilities out of state, according to the report.

“We’re looking at all our legal options that are available. We also have to look at the landscape of who is making decisions in Wisconsin, and what we want is to ensure abortion access in Wisconsin forever,” said Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Politico published a leaked draft opinion in May related to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case centered around Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban and the most significant challenge to Roe v. Wade in decades. The leaked draft indicates the court could overturn its Roe v. Wade decision declaring abortion a protected right under the United States Constitution.

The Court is expected to release its official ruling this month. Should the justices stick with the ruling in the leaked draft, decisions about abortion will be turned back over to states. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has asked Democrats in the state legislature to repeal Wisconsin’s pre-Roe law. The state’s Democrat attorney general also said he would not enforce the state’s pro-life law if the Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision, Townhall reported:

In stark contrast, pro-life advocates welcomed the change with enthusiasm and called on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that “ushered in abortion on demand” and has “led to the deaths of over 62 million children.” Wisconsin will soon join South Dakota in ending abortions, as Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced that abortions “have stopped.” This came on the heels of news of a clinic in the state performing its final abortion:

Dozens of pro-life pregnancy clinics across the country have been vandalized by radical pro-abortion activists since the draft opinion was leaked, including one in Madison, Wisconsin. Jane’s Revenge, one of the groups responsible for firebombing dozens of pro-life pregnancy centers throughout the country, has threatened acts of domestic terrorism and announced “open season” on pro-life clinics:

More than 100 House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking the Department of Justice to investigate as domestic terrorism the vandalism and violence directed at pro-life pregnancy centers across the United States.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/06/20/planned-parenthood-stop-performing-abortions-wisconsin/

102 Words of Affirmation Every Wife Longs to Hear

By Husband Revolution June 10, 2022

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People can’t get enough words of affirmation. A while back I was speaking and asked for a show of hands, “How many of the wives have had too much affirmation over the past month?” Laughter broke out across the room. No, haven’t had too much of that.

If Lisa is any indication, women often have the feeling that life is coming at them with the speed of a fighter jet and the chaos of a riot. In these moments affirmation is often nowhere to be found. Add to this the voices everywhere around them saying in subtle and not so subtle ways that the job they’re doing isn’t quite up to the mark. Wives often have the nagging feeling that they just don’t measure up.

Let’s drown out those voices with the applause of affirmation – words of beauty, truth, and love that every wife wants to hear, but also needs to hear often.

102 Words of Affirmation Every Wife Wants to Hear

1)   You give a lot, and I appreciate how much you give.

2)   You are beautiful.

3)   You make me want to be a better man.

4)   Thanks for your faithfulness to our family.

5)   You are a godly woman.

6)   I’ve learned a lot from you.

7)   I’ve seen you grow so much.

8)   I like spending time with you.

9)   You’re fun to be with.

10) What a fantastic meal!

11) You make wonderful things.

12) Thanks for your diligence in running this house.

13) Our kids are so fortunate to have you as their mother.

14) God wanted me to be happy . . . that’s why He made you my wife.

15) You bring out the best in me.

16) You are a fantastic person.

17) You are a deep river.

18) You’re as beautiful to me as the day we married.

19) My favorite place to be is with you.

20) I wouldn’t be half the man I am without you.

21) You make loving fun.

22) You complete me.

23) God said, “It’s not good for a man to be alone.” It’s sure good to be with you!

24) When I’m gone this week, just remember, home is where my heart is.

25) You are my world.

26) The Bible tells men: Love your wife like Christ loves the Church . . . I like my job!

27) I like going out with you . . . what are you doing tonight?

28) The laundry never stops coming . . . and you never quit. You’re amazing and, I really appreciate it.

29) You are a hard worker.

30) You’re so smart.

31) I value your insight.

32) You have a lot to offer.

33) I really admire your inner strength

34) I’m glad our kids have (will have) such an excellent role model.

35) You are (will be) an amazing mother.

36) You know you’re my best friend, don’t you?

37) I don’t know what I would do without you.

38) You make me a happy man.

39) I’m amazed at the women you’ve become.

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40) You accomplish a lot.

41) You are so thoughtful.

42) Thank you for respecting me.

43) I’m grateful I can trust you with anything.

44) I have total confidence in you.

45) I’m proud to be your husband.

46) God knew what I needed. That’s why He brought us together.

47) I respect the woman you are.

48) My hat’s off to you!

49) You’ve got great ideas.

50) I married up!

51) I rely on your intuition.

52) You’re the finest woman on the planet!

53) I can face anything with you by my side.

54) I married a winner!

55) Our kids love (are going to love) you so much.

56) You are the best woman I know.

57) I don’t deserve you . . . but, I’m glad you’re mine!

58) I want to grow old with you.

59) Thank you for being so good to me.

60) You’re an awesome lover.

61) I don’t need anything else – just you.

62) I only have eyes for you.

63) I’ll always be faithful to you.

64) You never have to wonder where I am.

65) Thank you for standing by me.

66) I really appreciate your loyalty.

67) You are a great cook/chef.

68) You’re so creative.

69) I know you strive to please me . . . and believe me, you’re successful!

70) I love what you make.

71) You are one talented woman!

72) You never stop giving.

73) You look fabulous in that outfit!

74) You make me look good!

75) When you walked into the room, you took my breath away.

76) You are an excellent wife and I’m a blessed man.

77) You bring me joy.

78) I love the home that you’ve created.

79) You work hard to make things wonderful.

80) The Song of Solomon has nothing on you!

81) I’m a better man because of you.

82) You are a unique person.

83) I’m glad I married you!

84) You’ll always have my heart.

85) Your heart is safe with me.

86) God knew exactly what I needed in a woman.

87) You are God’s perfect choice for me.

88) I wouldn’t want any other life than the one I am living with you.

89) You are my dream girl.

90) You are a beautiful person, inside and out.

91) You’ve got what it takes to make things happen.

92) You impress me, you really do!

93) You are a woman of integrity.

94) I admire you.

95) I’m proud of how you handled situations like that.

96) You’re no pushover. I love your spine of steel.

97) You are a considerate person, of me, and of everyone else.

98) You’re one in a million . . . and you’re mine!

99) I’m a rich man because you are my wife.

100) I’d be happy with you anywhere!

101) You make it all worth while. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

102) I’ll love you forever.

Words of affirmation matter. Words of affirmation are is life giving. Words of affirmation will revolutionize your marriage. So give these a try. 

The Church’s Top Priority

by Skip Heitzig | Tuesday, May 10, 2022

I read a study some time ago that concluded the most important thing a church could do to attract people is provide parking. Number two on that list is the nursery. Preaching and worship and things like that ended up pretty far down on the list.

It’s not that those top-of-the-list things aren’t important, but I laugh because when we first opened our church, we only had twenty or thirty on-site parking spaces. People happily parked in the surrounding neighborhood and walked down the street to come to church.

Because Jesus is the head of the church, having established it Himself (see Matthew 16), He gets to say what is most important. Number one on Jesus’ list—His top priority—is for every church to glorify God.

In John 17, where Scripture records Jesus’ prayer for all believers, one word shows up eight times in one form or another: glory or glorify. Most Christians know the term, but what does it mean to glorify God? What do you do when you glorify God? The original Greek word means to make renowned, to make famous, or to form a good opinion of.

That’s Jesus’ intention in this passage: “I have glorified You on the earth…. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world” (vv. 4, 6). Jesus is saying to God, “I, your Son, have focused attention on You, Father. I have made You the central focus on the stage of history. And I have passed that on to My followers as a primary goal.”

The number one purpose of the church has been discussed throughout history. Some have said the main purpose of the church is fellowship and community. Others have said the main purpose is to evangelize the world because Jesus commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Both are admirable goals for the church, but neither is its primary purpose.

The church’s primary purpose is not growing or going. It’s glory. We exist to bring glory—to make renowned, to bring fame—to God. Every true church has a true north. It points unquestionably in a particular direction. Church must be oriented toward God.

Traditional churches sometimes use a catechism, a manual to help teach children about faith in God and how to follow Him. One such manual, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, begins with the question, “What is the chief end of man?” In other words, what is our purpose in life? The catechism answers, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” So that is the purpose both of the church collectively and of believers individually. Jesus gave us two ways to accomplish this:

1. We glorify God in what we say. Look again at verse 6. Jesus said, “I have manifested Your name.” In this prayer for believers and throughout Scripture, Jesus glorified His Father, and in the Lord’s Prayer, He gave us a pattern to do the same: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done” (Matthew 6:9-10). Jesus always pointed to God in His words.

2. We glorify God in what we do. When we share the gospel with someone or disciple a new believer, or when we train our children to know and follow God, those actions demonstrate that God is worthy to be trusted and followed. And of course, when we worship—the one activity we do wherein God gets our full attention—we declare that He is worthy as we glorify His name.

As the church is purposed collectively to glorify God, each of us is purposed personally to glorify God. What if everything we say and do is first put through the filter of “Will this glorify God?” We would likely never text or talk or post or behave the same way again. That’s my prayer for us as God’s people, His church, that we would be all about giving Him glory all the time.

https://calvarynm.church/connectwithskip/devomail/

The Church and Mental Illness: We Are Called to Care

By Amy Simpson June 9, 2022

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It felt like an earthquake, the ground suddenly moving underneath us. When the quaking stopped, everything—and everyone—had changed… and the aftershocks would continue for decades. Only this was a different kind of shaking.

I was only 14 and my family was rocked to its foundation when my mother suffered a severe and disabling psychotic break. After that day, her illness could no longer be hidden; her symptoms could no longer be dismissed as quirks of personality. Eventually, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia, an apt explanation for her long history of challenges with cognitive functioning, emotional expression, and relationships. Her diagnosis was a helpful point of reference for the future as we walked through the harsh effects of her illness: delusions, paranoia, religious confusion, panic attacks, numerous hospital admissions, homelessness, criminal conviction, and even prison time.

My dad was a pastor until I was 13. After that we were committed laypeople, involved in a strong church that, like many, was in over its head when facing my family’s crisis. I had been in church my entire life and never heard mental illness mentioned in a sermon, youth group meeting, or any other theological conversation. So when mom’s breakdown created a spiritual crisis for me, I didn’t feel I could discuss my questions with anyone. That door just wasn’t open.

Destructive Beliefs

After growing and healing, I have written extensively about mental illness and the Church’s response, including the book, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. I regularly speak on the topic and have opportunities to hear from many people who have experienced mental illness personally and in their families. Although many of these individuals feel alone in their trouble, they share common experiences, questions, and needs. 

For many, a mental illness—theirs or a loved one’s—cuts right into the way they see themselves, God, and their community of faith. Here are some common myths people need the Church to contradict:

  • “God has rejected me.” Painful thoughts and feelings convince people God has walked away from them because they did something unforgivable or do not have enough faith.
  • “My life is worthless now.” Although a great deal of mental illness can be successfully addressed, with some treatments up to 90% effective, many view a mental health diagnosis as the end of hope for a productive and fulfilling life.
  • “I’m alone.” Because of the stigma and silence surrounding mental health, many believe their problems are rare and no one can effectively relate to them. 
  • “No one can answer my questions.” When there is little to no theological discussion regarding mental illness and the Church avoids the conversation altogether, many believe the Christian faith has nothing to offer in the face of this trial.
  • “If I speak up, I’ll be rejected.” Many are hiding in fear, convinced that if they admit to struggling with mental health issues, they will be ostracized… and in some cases, they are right.

Stigma in the Church

Churches, even those that want to help, frequently exacerbate the crisis by perpetuating a sense of shame. Here are some of the ways churches stigmatize mental illness:

  • They send the message that Christians do not have serious problems. Some churches embrace this idea as part of their core teaching; others suggest it without meaning to.
  • They perpetuate a misunderstanding and mistrust of psychology. There are outdated notions of psychology and the belief it leads people away from God because it is based on scientific research rather than pure biblical teaching—never acknowledging that every other field of medicine is also scientifically based.
  • They refer and forget. While it is appropriate for churches to refer people to mental health professionals, abandoning them without proper spiritual care communicates that the Church has nothing to offer in times of real darkness.
  • They stay silent. When failing to address mental illness as reality, we reinforce loneliness and marginalization and send a message that God offers no help or hope.
  • They assume all mental illness is caused by demons. This faulty belief undermines legitimate treatment and isolates people who need help.
  • They claim mental illness is evidence of weak faith or flagrant sinSome blame people for their suffering, suggesting they are less spiritual and/or more sinful than the rest of us and withhold the grace and hope Christ gives freely.
  • They propose purely spiritual solutions to medical problems. Some discourage people from seeking medical help and, instead, suggest religious activity or intervention as the solution.

The Church’s Response to Mental Illness

How, then, should churches be engaged? Considering the frequency of mental illness—it affects one in five American adults in any given year—failing to respond is not an option. Since clergy members are the first place people go for help, it is a ministry responsibility we must embrace. Churches can assist in a number of ways:

  • Teach about suffering from a theological perspective. People need to know that illness does not indicate God has abandoned them. They also need to hear spiritual leaders contradict the idea that Christians should expect an easy life.
  • Recognize the opportunity. Because people often turn to clergy for help, churches have a unique responsibility to be ready and respond to those who come to them during their time of need. Church leaders must see this ministry opportunity and educate their congregations on its critical importance.
  • Get educated. Church leaders must develop a basic knowledge of mental illness. Mental health professionals can help with this, sharing knowledge, equipping lay caregivers and making themselves available for consultation. This might include training, such as National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) programs or Mental Health First Aid.
  • Meet practical needs. People overlook the help they already know how to offer others who are in distress: meals, rides, financial help, child care, home maintenance, and one’s tangible and caring presence. 
  • Offer referrals. Churches must recognize when they are “in over their heads” and provide appropriate referrals to Christian counselors and other mental health professionals.
  • Be the church. Referring people to professionals is not an excuse to step out of their lives. The Church is uniquely positioned to provide ongoing spiritual care and a loving community.
  • Discuss mental illness in sermons, classes, and Bible studies. Mental illness is part of the human experience, and recognizing it in spiritual environments can give people permission to acknowledge their needs and questions.
  • Pray publicly. People need to know that both the Church and God care about their needs. Praying in general terms for people struggling with mental health is a powerful ministry.
  • Start a ministry. Churches can start support groups, crisis intervention, counseling ministries, and other caregiving activities for people with mental illness and their loved ones. Our mental healthcare system is full of gaps, and churches can play an important role in making help more accessible and providing Christ-centered care.

Above all, we must recognize our calling to follow the example of our Savior. In Jesus’ ministry on earth, no one was outside the margins of His notice. No one was unworthy of His attention, too sick for His healing, or too dirty for His touch. Jesus loved to surprise those who were usually ignored by noticing them. He loved to heal the ones everyone thought were beyond hope. God’s heart is open toward those who are open to Him. Christ came to save those who were aware of their needs… and we, too, are called to the needy.

This article originally appeared in Christian Counseling Today, Vol. 21 No. 2. Christian Counseling Today is the flagship publication of the American Association of Christian Counselors. To learn more about the AACC, click here.

Missouri AG Files Landmark Lawsuit Against Biden for Colluding with Big Tech Censorship – What Patriotic Americans Can Do

Evidence from The Gateway Pundit Plays Major Role in Case

By Assistant Editor June 22, 2022

Totally overlooked by the mainstream press, at the beginning of May 2022, Missouri Attorney General (AG) Eric Schmitt’s office filed a landmark lawsuit against the Biden Administration.

Then, just last week, Attorney General Schmitt landed a big blow against Biden by filing a motion to prohibit the censorship conspiracy immediately.

SEE HERE for a copy of the lawsuit. 

The Gateway Pundit had the honor and privilege to work with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office to offer extensive evidence of Big Tech’s large-scale censorship and coordination with the federal government. 

More on that below. 

The AG’s suit against the Biden Admin. also sues some other deserving people and agencies, including:

  • Joe Biden, himself
  • Anthony Fauci
  • The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
  • The CyberSecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Former Ministry of Truth head Nina “Mary Poppins” Jankowicz
  • Former Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki
  • And several more agencies and officials

The suit, brought along with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, is filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

In the suit, Missouri Attorney General Schmitt pounds away on the Biden regime for both conspiring with and also compelling Big Tech social media companies, to censor millions of Americans on their social media accounts through a governmentally created social media censorship program.

If you’ve been alive since Trump ascended to the Presidency, and you’re a Trump supporter, chances are you’ve already been a victim of Big Tech’s censorship.

HOWEVER, you’ve probably also noticed that as soon as Biden took office (and even shortly before, leading up to the 2020 election), Big Tech’s censorship went on overdrive.

From the COVID-19 “pandemic’s” actual origins in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Red China, to the face-diaper masking of America, to the COVID-19 “vaccine,” to half the country’s concern about election fraud in the 2020 election, to the Hunter Biden Laptop, disfavored positions Americans posted on social media have been met with outrageous censorship, consisting of at least:

  • sudden account termination;
  • account suspension;
  • imposing warnings or “strikes” against accounts to chill future speech;
  • shadow-banning;
  • demonetizing content;
  • adjusting algorithms to suppress or de-emphasize speakers or messages;
  • promoting or demoting content;
  • placing warning labels on content (“This Article’s Claims are False”);
  • suppressing content in OTHER users’ feeds;
  • promoting negative comments on disfavored content; and
  • requiring additional click-throughs to access content, among others.

You may recall that Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft and Joe Hoft have each been banned from Twitter, for calling attention to the Detroit TCF Center’s election night 3:30 a.m. illegal ballot dump of some sixty-thousand (60,000) ballots.  As soon as Jim Hoft tweeted out a link to the surveillance footage and promised more video to come, Twitter permanently banned the Gateway Pundit account.

JUST LAST WEEK, Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a massive motion to prevent the Biden Administration from violating Americans’ First Amendment rights.  The Motion asks the Court to:

  1. Immediately restrain the Biden Administration from colluding with and/or compelling Big Tech to censor Americans’ speech; and
  2. Permit an investigation into Biden’s social-media censorship activities.

The Gateway Pundit provided a large amount of evidence of Big Tech’s censorship of the prominent news website to AG Schmitt’s Office, and the Attorney General filed the evidence with the Court.

Gateway Pundit was very pleased and honored to have the opportunity to work with the Missouri Attorney General on this prominent case.

Let’s hope the Court appreciates the severity of the Constitutional deprivations that have occurred and continue to occur to millions of Americans on a daily basis

What Patriotic Americans Can Do to Resist the Destruction of Our Constitutional Republic

By Joe Hoft June 22, 2022

Guest post by Lawrence Sellin

What patriotic Americans can do to resist the destruction of our constitutional republic.

First, recognize that the United States is not a functioning constitutional republic, but a government being deliberately transformed into a one-party totalitarian state.

The federal government, as an institution, is hopelessly corrupt and, although we have elections, we do not have a representative government. It cannot be reformed. It can only be ripped out and replaced.

Do not expect any top-down solutions for America’s problems to miraculously emerge from Washington D.C. The U.S. government has seceded from the people. Most members of Congress act more like foreign occupiers than executors of the views and needs of their constituents.

Angelo Codevilla noted that the United States already has a bona fide ruling class, which transcends government, a political aristocracy that sees itself as distinct from the rest of society and as the only element that may act on its behalf. The ruling class considers those who resist it as having no moral or intellectual right, and, now, any civil right as well.

Republican Party leaders neither contest that view nor vilify their Democrat counterparts because they do not want to challenge the ruling class, they want to be part of it.

The Republican leadership has solidified its choice to no longer represent what had been its constituency, but to adopt the identity of junior partners in the ruling class. By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the views of its voters, the Republican Party has made political orphans of tens of millions of Americans.

The only remaining course of action for patriotic American, who want to restore our constitutional republic, is a bottom-up political insurgency based on the Constitution and the Founding documents.

Foremost among them are the Second and Tenth Amendments.

The Second Amendment, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,” is now the only obstacle standing between freedom and the absolute tyranny the federal government now wishes to impose.

Buy firearms and lots of ammunition.

Identify constitutional sheriffs or law enforcement officers in your community and coordinate with them to form a “well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State.” That is, a militia capable of being deputized to fight against, not just criminality, but incursions by a tyrannical government.

Above all others, preserving the Second Amendment is the hill to die on.

The Second Amendment is not just the basis for the right of self-defense, but it is also the defense against tyranny and the guarantor of all other rights as the Founding Fathers recognized.

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th-century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”

– George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788.

The Tenth Amendment states:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Refuse to comply with and actively resist unlawful and unconstitutional edicts from the federal government.

Remove and replace any local official acting contrary to the interests of the people. Take control of the local government, prosecutors, and school boards. Coordinate your activities with other similarly-acting communities in your region. Create Democrat Party- and Establishment Republican-free zones.

Give Democrats a taste of their own medicine. As much as local law will permit, arrest and prosecute or organize civil lawsuits against individuals or organizations engaged in the destruction of our constitutional republic.

Identify by name, address and photograph all illegal aliens in your community, which will facilitate their later deportation. Challenge all local employers who hire illegal aliens and any non-governmental organization facilitating the transport or support of illegal aliens in your community. Launch lawsuits when appropriate.

Strictly enforce Equal Opportunity. Expose and eliminate programs promoting grooming and sexualization of children, Critical Race Theory, and all similar forms of anti-American indoctrination.

Immediately, state out loud and often that Joe Biden is not a legitimate President of the United States, but a usurper, who was installed in office through an election stolen by organized voter fraud.

Until the November 3, 2020 election is satisfactorily addressed, there can be no election integrity and the United States will remain a banana, not a constitutional republic.

Admittedly, my list of actions by patriotic Americans to restore our constitutional republic is not exhaustive. Add your own ideas in the comments section.

In any case, the time for action is now. The collective effect of even the smallest acts of non-compliance can have an impact.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He had a civilian career in international business and medical research. Dr. Sellin is the author of Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution. His email address is lawrence.sellin@gmail.com.

VIDEO Let’s Celebrate Independence – Why the Founders Did Not Want a Democracy

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

July 2, 2009

“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….”

This is a well known part of the document we celebrate its signing this week.

This great country from sea to shining sea may not be perfect….but it is made up of imperfect people. Even the fellow veterans I know agree this is the greatest country on earth. We like to remind people: these colors don’t run!

In this country we have the freedom to address issues in a peaceful manner. This freedom came at a high cost. Many fought and died for our freedom. VA Hospitals are full of my fellow Vets who receive medical care. I am sure they would appreciate a thank you as could all our men and women in the U.S. military.

Yes we still have unalienable rights and I want to address liberty and the pursuit of happiness today, along with safety. If one does not feel safe then they neither have liberty nor happiness.

You should be all you can be.

There was a Bishop of the Church of England who often liked to explain what freedom really means. He came from and was a Bishop to Africa and his story is compelling. He had been kidnapped by slave traders and put aboard a ship to be sold as a slave. A British ship captured the slave-trading ship and returned all the people back to their African homeland.

The Bishop liked to tell people no one knows freedom until it is taken away. No one knows freedom unless you were shackled to other men in the bottom of a ship and have them get sick and die while shackled to you. He had been freed by the British ship and later became a Bishop of the Church of England to Africa. He knew the real meaning of freedom and was not afraid to talk about it.

I would call what happened aboard those slave trading ships torture.

Today there are people being tortured and held as slaves in their own homes.

Today we call it domestic violence. Thankfully there is a lot being done to help the victims, but not enough to stop the cycle. Perhaps the new White House appointment will address that.

Today there are many disabled who are being left out of our protection. People become disabled for many reasons, some from birth, and some by accident. The disabled seem to be on the top of the list when it comes time to cutting funds.

There are some disabilities that evoke empathy and a rush to help. There are some that people would like to hide away.

When was the last time you saw a march, rally or walk to help those suffering from a medical condition of a mental illness being covered by all the media. However if a person who committed a heinous act should is found to be suffering from a medical condition of a mental illness, then that makes headline news.

We still have unalienable rights, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and safety among them. That goes for vets, domestic violence victims, the homeless, and those who suffer from a medical condition of a mental illness to name a few.

Let us all pause and take a moment to remember we’d all like to celebrate our independence together on an even playing field.

Walter Williams: Why the Founders Did Not Want a Democracy

Walter Williams: Why the Founders Did Not Want a Democracy Reaction!

Levin: We are living in a post-constitutional America

Assassination Thwarted

Tucker Carlson: We are scarred by what we saw

VIDEO The Final Judgment 

Adrian Rogers Apr 26, 2016

THE FINAL JUDGMENT: A time is coming when all the dreams and schemes men have sold their souls for will turn to rust, mold and corruption. A time when God will put the final period upon the final sentence, upon the final paragraph, upon the final chapter in history. Then we will stand before the Lord. Join Adrian Rogers and discover–are you ready? —

How to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

ADMIT YOUR SIN: Sin separates us from God. The Bible says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) The only way back to God is through His Son, Jesus Christ.

ABANDON SELF-EFFORT: If we could save ourselves, Jesus didn’t have to die! Salvation is by God’s grace alone. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

ACKNOWLEDGE CHRIST’S PAYMENT: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Jesus died in your place and your sin debt has been paid for by, “The blood of Jesus Christ.” (1John 1:7)

ACCEPT CHRIST AS SAVIOR: Put your faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone for your salvation. Receive Him by faith. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31) Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6)

OFFER THIS PRAY TO GOD TODAY: Heavenly Father, I’m a sinner, I’m lost and I need to be saved. I know I can’t save myself. I trust You to save me. Come into heart, forgive my sin and save me. I give you my life, I don’t look for a sign or ask for a feeling; I trust only in You to save me. Begin now to make me the person You want me to be. Help me never to be ashamed of You. Thank You for saving me, Jesus. In Your name I pray, Amen.

If you sincerely make this your heartfelt prayer, God will save you! And you will be eternally grateful that you discovered Jesus Christ; God’s greatest Love worth finding.

VIDEO No One Loves Like My Dad

Luke 15:11-32 | Taught on Saturday, June 18, 2022

Stories are powerful. And Jesus knew it. Of all Jesus’ oral teachings recorded in Scripture, a full one-third are in storytelling form. Some of the world’s most enduring stories came from Jesus, a master storyteller who easily commanded crowds of thousands. More than fables or fairy tales, parables make spiritual truths relatable to people across every demographic of society. In this series, Nate Heitzig explores some of Jesus’ most profound parables.

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I. His Love Is Drawing Us 

II. His Love Is Displayed for Us 

III. His Love Is Defending Us

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Supreme Court Rules State and Local Government Cannot Ban Faith-Based Schools from Public Funding

June 21, 2022 Sundance

A major win for parents and school choice today in a 6-3 decision from the Supreme Court [pdf Ruling Here].  The high court ruled that Maine violated the Constitution by refusing to make public funds available for students to attend faith-based schools.  The ruling is broad and makes it clear when any state and/or local government choose to subsidize private schools or provide vouchers for school choice, they must allow families pay for religious schools.

Teachers’ unions, left-wing indoctrination institutions and the media are not happy with the Supreme Court decision.  The ruling now makes it possible for state or local school vouchers to be used for private, faith-based schools.  Those schools also have religious exemptions on the types of material and educators they allow in their education programs.

In the bigger picture the court has again affirmed ‘freedom of religion‘ not ‘freedom from religion‘.  Parents who wish their children to receive a moral and virtuous education should not be blocked by state and local politicians who promote sexualization of children, immoral conduct and alternative lifestyles for kids.  SCOTUS BLOG has background details including the dissent:

SCOTUS BLOG: – […] The dispute before the court in Carson v. Makin began as a challenge to the system that Maine uses to provide a free public education to school-aged children. In some of the state’s rural and sparsely populated areas, school districts opt not to run their own secondary schools. Instead, they choose one of two options: sending students to other public or private schools that the district designates, or paying tuition at the public or private school that each student selects. But in the latter case, state law allows government funds to be used only at schools that are nonsectarian – that is, schools that do not provide religious instruction.

Two Maine families went to court, arguing that the exclusion of schools that provide religious instruction violates the First Amendment’s free exercise clause. On Tuesday, the justices agreed. Roberts suggested that the court’s decision was an “unremarkable” application of prior decisions in two other recent cases (both of which Roberts wrote): Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, in which the justices ruled that Missouri could not exclude a church from a program to provide grants to non-profits to install playgrounds made from recycled tires, and Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, holding that if states opt to subsidize private education, they cannot exclude private schools from receiving those funds simply because they are religious.

In this case, Roberts explained, Maine pays tuition for some students to attend private schools, as “long as the schools are not religious.” “That,” Roberts stressed, “is discrimination against religion.” It does not matter, Roberts continued, that the Maine program was intended to provide students with the equivalent of a free public education, which is secular. The focus of the program, Roberts reasoned, is providing a benefit – tuition to attend a public or private school – rather than providing the equivalent of the education that students would receive in public schools. Indeed, Roberts observed, private schools that are eligible for the tuition benefit are not required to use the same curriculum as public schools, or even to use certified teachers. He suggested that the state’s argument was circular: “Saying that Maine offers a benefit limited to private secular education is just another way of saying that Maine does not extend tuition assistance payments to parents who choose to educate their children at religious schools.”

Roberts similarly rejected the state’s argument that the tuition-assistance program does not violate the Constitution because it only bars benefits from going to schools that provide religious instruction. Although Trinity Lutheran and Espinoza focused on organizations’ religious status (rather than on whether the organizations would be using government funds for religious purposes), those rulings did not hold that states could make funding for private schools hinge on whether the schools provide religious instruction, Roberts explained. To the contrary, Roberts indicated, there is no real distinction between a school’s religious status and its use of funds for religious purposes.

Roberts also dismissed any suggestion that Tuesday’s ruling would require the state to fund religious education. Maine has other options to eliminate its need to fund private schools, Roberts noted: It could, for example, create more public schools or improve transportation to public schools. But having chosen to provide public funding for private schools, Roberts concluded, “it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.” (read more)

Actual physical barriers are what it takes in 2022 to stop the violent left-wing democrats from attacking the Supreme Court.  Think about what that reality showcases about the state of our union.  There is a particular hypocrisy considering the J6 committee narrative “democracy under attack.” 


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3 Keys To Overcoming Obstacles In Your Marriage

By Loving on Purpose June 9, 2022

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The other day I was telling my coworker stories from the early days of my marriage. It was one of those moments that made me realize, Wow—we really did not know the tools for overcoming obstacles in a successful marriage back then . . . but thank goodness we found them, because where we are now looks nothing like those days!

As with many couples, overcoming obstacles is challenging in early marriage, after the arrival of our first child. When we first had Delani, my stressed-out mommy brain convinced me that Ben was out to make me crazy. I started to become very critical of all he did or didn’t do. Before I knew it, almost everything I said to him revolved around pointing out where he messed up, forgot, or did something in a way I wouldn’t have done it.  

Even now, when Ben and I talk about that time, he will say, “There were days I asked myself, ‘Does she even like me?’” Yikes. Those were some hard years. Thankfully, with the help of the great people around us, we started to identify the problems that were hurting our marriage and go after powerful tools for repairing and strengthening it. 

The first and most important question we learned to ask ourselves was this: “Who is my counselor right now—love or fear?” 

As long as fear is our counselor, we can know all the best relational tools in the world, but we won’t be able to use them effectively, because we won’t recognize the obstacles we’re facing for what they are. Listening to fear led me to see Ben as an opponent, not a partner. I had to fight that internal battle to ignore fear and listen to the spirit of love so I could see, “You are not the obstacle in our marriage—you are my partner in overcoming obstacles.” 

When love is your counselor, it leads and empowers you to recognize the 3 primary obstacles to a successful marriage—and to learn to use the 3 most crucial tools for overcoming them. 

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES #1: DISCONNECTION

Prioritizing connection is the drum we beat more than any other—for a reason. The greatest obstacle in every marriage is not stress around sex, finances, careers, or kids—it’s disconnection. So the number-one tool we must go after in marriage is twofold: keeping connection as our priority and mastering the art of connection. 

In the early years of our marriage, Ben and I were both very busy—me with little kids and side jobs, him with a full-time job in ministry. So many days, I spent my energy on everything but my husband, thinking, “He’ll be fine for today. We’ll connect tomorrow. He’s a grownup and can take care of himself—these kids need me!” Thankfully sooner than later, however, I saw how this was hurting our connection. I realized that I always needed to see Ben as my first target, not my last. Since I’ve learned to put our connection first, our whole family is better for it. 

As for mastering the art of connection—well, that’s a learning process, and I can tell you that it involves much more than simply knowing your spouse’s love language! The most important thing, however, is simply that you don’t quit working at this art. Keep actively pursuing what it means to want connection, protect it, and grow it.

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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES #2: DISRESPECT 

Disrespect is a speedway to distance and disconnection. When we meet with couples who have allowed, fostered, and protected disrespect in their communication, they are always fighting to stay connected. This is why we tell them, respectfully but in the strongest of terms, “If you are disrespectful in how you talk to your spouse, stop it right now! We don’t care what your excuse is. There is no reason for this to be allowed in your marriage!” 

If connection is your priority, then you must make the commitment to keep communication respectful at all times—that is, to make sure that everything you say, and the way you say it, conveys the message, “Your thoughts, feelings, and needs matter, and so do mine.” (Keep Your Love On is our favorite resource on respectful communication—if you haven’t read it yet, we recommend that you get a copy immediately!) 

Believe me—I understand how difficult it can be, especially when you need to confront an issue, to let anger, frustration, criticism, and judgment leak out of your mouth. But I’ve also learned the hard way that whenever I allow this to happen, no matter how self-righteous and justified I felt in the moment, it never helped our marriage to grow. If we can’t communicate in a way that protects connection, it’s better to walk away until we have something helpful to say! 

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES #3: DISTRUST 

In every relationship, trust is built through exchanging the truth about one another’s needs and meeting one another’s needs. Distrust, on the other hand, grows when we don’t communicate and meet one another’s needs. 

Most of us come in to marriage lacking the tools for overcoming obstacles, and communicating our needs. I remember when Ben was first asked, “What do you need?” he sat there almost stunned. He’d never encountered that question before, and it took him a moment to find an answer. Even today, after years of practice identifying his needs, it takes him a little longer than it takes me to figure out what he is needing—but he is committed to getting there! 

And knowing what we need is just half the battle of overcoming obstacles! The other half is having the courage to communicate our needs. It’s vulnerable to express, “I have a need,” and then hope our spouse is willing to hear and meet that need. But again, this vulnerability is critical to building trust and showing value for the relationship. 

After fifteen years of working at this, Ben and I now know what questions to ask and how to engage in a way that help two powerful people be part of the exchange of needs. This has deepened the well of trust, connection, and fulfillment in our marriage like nothing else. 

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