Football Coach Fired for Praying With Team Turns Tables on School District

TOWNHALL — Coach Joe Kennedy, you may remember, is the bold high school football coach in Bremerton, Washington who refused to give up his prayer time with his team, despite enormous pressure from the school district. Kennedy bowed his head to praise God after every game for seven years. After some time, the Bremerton superintendent said his prayers violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and told him to cease the practice immediately. His decision to continue the practice got him fired.

Now, Kennedy is fighting back with a lawsuit against the school district. He is not seeking monetary compensation; he just wants his job back.

“Bremerton School District’s actions violate Coach Kennedy’s First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise, as well as his rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion,” said Kennedy’s attorneys in the complaint.

You can read the entire lawsuit here.

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Today’s Sermon: A New Normal


Speaker: Chris Beals
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

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On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:1-11 (ESV)

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Moral Relativism in the Vatican

VDARE — If you to want know how leftist ideology beclouds the mind, look no farther than Pope Francis’ thoughts about Muslim terror after the murder of the priest on the altar. Here it is, courtesy of NBC:

    He told reporters the situation was like “a mixed fruit salad” and that there were “violent people in all religions.”

    “I do not like to talk about Islamic violence because every day when I skim the papers … I read about violence in Italy: this one who killed the girlfriend, another killed the mother-in-law … and they are all baptized Catholics,” he said aboard a Rome-bound flight from Poland on Sunday.

    “If I talk about Islamic violence, then I also have to talk of Catholic violence. Not all Muslims are violent, just like not all Catholics are violent,” the pontiff added. “It’s like a mixed fruit salad. There is a bit of everything. There are violent people in all religions.”

No, Your Holiness, you don’t have to “talk of Catholic violence” if you “talk about Islamic violence.”

Let’s forget the 14-century war Islam has waged against Christendom, and why Pope Urban II called the First Crusade.

Muslims commit violence because of their religion. Islam and its holy book, the Koran, urge Muslims to rob, rape and murder.

Catholics commit violence despite being Catholics. The Church, and its Holy Book, the Bible, enjoin Catholics to love one everyone as they love themselves.

KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL BLAMES ‘SYSTEM FAILURE’ FOR DELAYING ‘CHRISTIAN’ BOOKSTORE AD — WASHINGTON TIMES

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Today’s Sermon: Restore One Another

Speaker: Andrew Rogers

Scripture:Galatians 6:1-2

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Newspaper Rejects “Christian” Advertisement

FOX NEWS — The owners of a Christian bookstore in Knoxville, Tennessee were dumbfounded after the News Sentinel rejected their ad because it included an offensive word – “Christian.”

Lois McGinnis and her family own Cedar Springs Christian Store. They recently decided to close a second location of the store so they decided to place an ad in the classified section of the newspaper, which is owned by Gannett.

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The advertisement read: “Store closing sale – Cedar Springs Christian Store – Clinton Highway location – All merchandise, fixtures, slat walls must go. Sale through August 13, phone 865.947.XXX.”

Mrs. McGinnis placed the ad on July 26. It was supposed to run on July 28. But when she opened up the newspaper – the ad was nowhere to be found.

So Mrs. McGinnis phoned the newspaper and spoke with a classified ad employee.

“She said our ad did not run because it contained an offensive word,” she told me. “I asked what that offensive word was and she said the offensive word was ‘Christian.’”

She said the News Sentinel did not notify her in advance the ad had been rejected nor did they call to say they were refunding her money.

“We had no way of knowing they considered the word ‘Christian’ offensive until we tried to place this ad,” she told me.

ANTI-CATHOLIC BLAINE AMENDMENT COULD DAMAGE NEVADA SCHOOL CHOICE REFORM — DAILY SIGNAL

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How Religious Extremists Thrive

WASHINGTON TIMES — As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar over security and foreign aid, those of us living in Pakistan wonder how we ended up in the rearview mirror of the debate. American taxpayers spend billions of dollars per year in Pakistan — a nuclear state with religious extremists baying at the door — and next door in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are ensconced. America’s money is meant to strengthen security infrastructure and democracy. And this money, I can tell you firsthand, is creating an effect that empowers extremists and breeds cynicism among the many who want a better future for our country.

Pakistan is a democracy, albeit a fragile one, that has lurched between coups and crises. Only the development of transparent, legitimate institutions accountable to the people can serve as a long-term bulwark against instability and extremism. But corruption remains pervasive in Pakistan. Graft. Rigged bids. Poor judicial and regulatory oversight. This is the kind of stuff that breeds seething disaffection with government and plays into the hands of religious extremists. The situation is so bad that U.S. taxpayers are actually pouring anti-corruption money into a corrupt Pakistani organization. You read that right.

Years ago, I served as a journalism fellow with Transparency International (TI), the well-known anti-corruption watchdog. Among its other work, TI produces a popular annual corruption index (Pakistan ranked number 117 out of 168 countries in 2015). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spends hundreds of millions of dollars promoting “development” and “good governance” in Pakistan, including multi-million dollar grants to Transparency International’s Pakistan (TIP) branch to operate an “anti-corruption hotline.” However, watchdogs continually flag the leadership of TIP for abuse of authority to intimidate and settle scores, as well as for its own financial and political benefit.

CATHOLIC PRIEST: CHRISTIANS HAVE A MORAL DUTY TO DEFEAT TERROR — BREITBART

POPE DEMANDS POLAND OPEN BORDERS TO THIRD WORLD MIGRANTS — BREITBART

ATTACK INSIDE FRENCH CHURCH SHOCKS WEST, BUT NOT CHRISTIANS IN AFRICA — FOX NEWS

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French Catholic Parish Donated Land to Build Jihadist’s Mosque

BREITBART — In what can only be described as a cruel irony, the Roman Catholic parish where Islamic terrorists slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel Tuesday had donated the land on which the local mosque is built.

On Tuesday morning, two terrorists associated with the Islamic State entered the parish church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray while 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was saying Mass. The assailants seized Father Hamel, made him kneel down and slit his throat on camera before taking the other members of the congregation as hostages. Both attackers were subsequently killed by police.

A block away, the Yahia mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray was inaugurated in 2000, constructed on a plot of land donated by the Catholic parish where Tuesday’s attack took place.

Reports from France declare that the small Norman town is “known to be an anchor of the Jihadist network,” and the local “Salafist” mosque has been the spiritual home to several known Islamist radicals.

In November 2014, a year before the Paris and Saint-Denis jihadist attacks, this city of 30,000 souls had already made news as a hotspot of radical Islam.

At that time, the Directorate General of Internal Security (RPS) arrested several people from the area who were suspected of ties to the Islamic State and were allegedly preparing to travel to Syria.

Police arrested three young people in the nearby town of Saint-Pierre-les-Elbeuf, while a fourth, a 22-year-old identified only as “Jordan,” was not arrested because he had already escaped to Syria to join ISIS.

All four attended a mosque that newspapers at the time simply described as the “Salafist Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Mosque.”

FRANCE’S BLEEDING HEART — FPM

NORMANDY PRIEST SLAUGHTER: EUROPE TEETERS ON THE BRINK — FPM

ISIS COWARDS USED NUNS AS HUMAN SHIELDS AFTER KILLING PRIEST — TOWNHALL

FRENCH MEDIA TO STOP PUBLISHING PHOTOS AND NAMES OF TERRORISTS — GUARDIAN (UK)

ROBERT SPENCER ANALYZES RECENT JIHAD ATTACKS IN GERMANY–ALONG WITH EUROPE’S GRIM FUTURE — VDARE

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Socialist Pope Francis in Denial: Says ‘the World’s at War’ – but Not a Religious One

FOX NEWS LATINO — During his tenure in the Vatican, Pope Francis has frequently found himself caught in the position of condemning fundamentalist violence without appearing to blame Islam itself.

On Wednesday, reacting to the killing of a Catholic priest in the French town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray by two men who may have been inspired by ISIS, the Argentinian pontiff went further in his condemnation than ever before.

“Let’s not be afraid to state this reality: The world is at war,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. Because, he added, “It has lost the peace.”

The pope spoke to reporters on the papal plane en route from Rome to Poland. “This holy priest, who died just at the moment that he offered the prayer for the whole church, is one (victim). But how many Christians, how many innocents, how many children?” Francis said, referring to attacks on Christians in places like Nigeria.

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Defending Religious Liberty

WASHINGTON TIMES — I write with a deep and growing concern about the future of religious liberty in the United States. Grateful to have had the privilege of serving our country for 34 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have come away from this experience believing we do ourselves a disservice when we assume that the government can solve all of the problems our country faces.

After leaving Congress in January 2015, I joined the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, an organization, founded by Randel Everett, to advance religious freedom as a universal right through advocacy, capacity-building and technology. Randel, a longtime advocate for religious freedom, both international and domestic, was Chuck Colson’s pastor for a number of years.

During my time in Congress I often reached out to Chuck Colson for his wise advice and counsel. Chuck was a mentor to me and I always benefited from talking with him.

A 2015 book titled, “My Final Word: Holding Tight to the Issues That Matter Most,” is a collection of previously unpublished material from notes and memos Chuck wrote over the years. I am struck by Chuck’s foresight on the erosion of our religious liberty. Here are a few excerpts:

“I believe we are heading for a new Dark Ages, with persecution coming to the church soon. It’s going to happen as a result of conflicts over sex. This is where modern human beings do not want to be in any way restrained. They will accept the law that governs them in just about every area of their lives except sexual passion.” (Pg. 123)

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The Presbyterian Church USA’s Obsession With Israel — Institutional Anti-Semitism Becomes Too Apparent to Ignore

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — The Presbyterian Church USA (PC-USA) assembled in Portland, Oregon for its 222 General Assembly, lasting from June 18-25. Once again, latent anti-Semitism in the form of controversial resolutions on divestment from Israel became a major issue in the proceedings. Delegates from 171 PCUSA presbyteries, representing the 1.57 million members, along with other participants and observers from around the world, gathered in Portland for the biennial General Assembly (GA).

Elements from within the PCUSA displayed their unrestrained prejudice against the Jewish state when according to the former Vice President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Alan Wisdom, only one resolution about the Middle East entailed “anything besides the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” He described the PCUSA GA as an “onslaught of anti-Israel legislation.”

Wisdom further explained that “of the six items placed before the assembly’s Middle East Issues Committee, five aimed harsh criticism at Israel.” Only one issue raised gently concerned itself with the threats to Middle Eastern Christians. That resolution does not even bother to identify the threat as being Islam and Muslim radicalism and jihadism. Instead, it qualified the threat coming from “unnamed religiously based actors in the region.”

The multiple anti-Israel resolutions proposed divesting from companies doing business in the Jewish state, with one specifically called the PCUSA, to prayerfully consider Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel. Israel alone was singled out. The only vibrant democracy in the Middle East where religious freedom exists and is flourishing, where human and civil rights are sacrosanct, was vilified. Yet, Arab Palestinian Muslim terrorism, authoritarianism, anti-Semitism, incitement against Israelis and Jews, and denial of human rights and religious freedom has been ignored.

MACY’S WORKER CLAIMS FIRED OVER CATHOLIC FAITH — FOX

DNC ‘INTERFAITH’ PRAYER SPACE HAS NO SIGN OF ANY RELIGION EXCEPT ISLAM — DC

CALIFORNIA’S WAR ON MY RELIGIOUS COLLEGE AND OTHERS — DAILY SIGNAL

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Today’s Sermon: Is God Punishing Me?

Speaker: Dr. John Street
Scripture: Hebrews 12:7-11

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Pastor Fights Against Government Restrictions on Political Sermons

DAILY SIGNAL — When the Rev. Gus Booth found out the IRS was dropping its inquiry into Warroad Community Church where he preaches, he was actually disappointed.

“We wanted to go to court,” Booth told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “This is the First Amendment vs. the IRS code. One standard of the law would win.”

The IRS has almost never fully enforced the Johnson Amendment, which the new Republican Party platform calls for getting rid of. The language of the platform is:

    Places of worship for the first time in our history have reason to fear the loss of tax-exempt status merely for espousing and practicing traditional religious beliefs that have been held across the world for thousands of years, and for almost four centuries in America. We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

Republican nominee Donald Trump echoed the platform’s policy position in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, saying, “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.”

The IRS commenced its probe of the Warroad, Minnesota, church in early 2009 after Booth endorsed John McCain, R-Ariz., in the 2008 presidential election. The church had to turn over documents and minutes from meetings. However, in July he got a letter saying the probe was dropped for procedural reasons, but with a warning that it might start again.

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Christians Win in North Carolina, Take Down University Speech Code

DAILY CALLER — A Christian group at North Carolina State University (NC State) won a substantial legal victory, as the university agreed to revise a speech code that blocked them from talking to fellow students without a permit.

Until now, NC State’s speech policy included a provision stating that groups had to obtain a permit prior to approaching students, whether it’s for commercial or non-commercial speech.

Grace Christian Life sued the school in April, arguing the policy was selectively enforced in order to keep the group from handing out fliers or inviting students to upcoming events. The group claimed they were first ordered to obtain a permit, and then after doing so, they were told they could only speak with other students if they remained behind a table set up by the group.

NC State defended the permit process, saying it was necessary for maintaining safety and order on campus.

But just three months later, NC State gave in, adopting a new speech policy that completely eliminates the permit requirement for non-commercial speech.

The settlement comes a month after Judge James Dever granted a preliminary injunction against NC State’s speech policy, finding that Grace Christian Life was very likely to succeed in its challenge.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that backed the lawsuit, lauded the outcome in a statement.

“Students of any religious, political, or ideological persuasion should be able to freely and peacefully speak with their fellow students about their views without interference from university officials who may prefer one view over another,” the group said in a statement. “NC State did the right thing in revising its policy to reflect this instead of continuing to defend its previous policy, which was not constitutionally defensible.”

CHURCH FIGHTS STATE OVER WHAT IT PREACHES, PRACTICES ON SEXUALITY AND GENDER IDENTITY — DAILY SIGNAL

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Hispanics, Christians Speak Out Against California Bill Targeting Religious Universities

WASHINGTON TIMES — A bill speedily passing through the California legislature threatening to curtail religious freedom at faith-based colleges and universities is beginning to garner opposition on multiple fronts.

Several Hispanic advocacy groups released a joint letter on Tuesday denouncing SB 1146, which would open the door to legal action against religious colleges and universities that adhere to traditional teachings on sexuality and marriage.

Spearheaded by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the letter said SB 1146 would effectively “eliminate religious education in California.”

“At a minimum, if passed, this bill would substantially interfere with the ability of California’s faith-based colleges and universities to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their beliefs,” the letter said. “This bill would make religious institutions vulnerable to anti-discrimination lawsuits and unprecedented government policing.”

“It is not inconceivable that this bill could in effect eliminate faith-based higher education entirely,” the letter continued.

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Today’s Sermon: Four Movements of Gospel Grace

Speaker: Luke Humphrey

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

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Churches Fight Back Against Iowa Bid to Silence Biblical Views on Sexuality, Gender Identity

WASHINGTON TIMES — Two churches are fighting back against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission after the agency issued an interpretation of state law that could bar churches from expressing biblical views on sexuality and gender identity — even from the Sunday pulpit.

Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit against the commission on Monday, arguing that the agency’s interpretation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act violates the First Amendment.

Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the church, said it is difficult to “imagine a more obvious unconstitutional invasion of the state into the internal affairs of the church” than what the Civil Rights Commission is proposing.

“Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without being threatened by the government,” Ms. Holcomb said in a statement. “That is a foundational First Amendment principle.”

The lawsuit came in response to an explanatory brochure titled “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity — A Public Accommodations Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law,” released by the Civil Rights Commission. It says churches are public accommodations and therefore generally subject to the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

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Today’s Sermon: God’s Story, Glory, Promise, and Care

Speaker: Joe Wittmer
Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9

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Churches Fear Iowa Law Will Silence Pastors Over LGBT Public Accommodation Rules

FOX NEWS — Congregations across the state of Iowa are in grave danger of having their pastors silenced in the pulpit over LGBT public accommodation rules, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed what is known as a “pre-enforcement challenge” – arguing that a portion of the Iowa Civil Rights Act is a threat to First Amendment freedoms.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm that specializes in religious liberty lawsuits, is representing the church in its fight against the commission.

“Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate their houses of worship according to their faith without being threatened by the government,” ADF Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb said. “That is a foundational First Amendment principle.”

The issue involves the commission’s interpretation of the 2007 Iowa Civil Rights Act – specifically about public accommodation.

The law includes a facility use mandate that requires anyone subject to the law to open sensitive areas to people based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex.

So does the law apply to churches? The commission answered that question in a brochure on the matter:

PASTOR SAYS STATE LAW THREATENS HIS RIGHT TO TEACH THE BIBLE IN HIS CHURCH — DAILY SIGNAL

RECORD NUMBER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES ACCEPTED IN JUNE, BUT ALMOST NO CHRISTIANS — BREITBART

POLL: AMERICANS INCREASINGLY WANT SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW — BREITBART

SUPREME COURT STANDS BY AND WATCHES AS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS CURTAILED — DAILY SIGNAL

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Today’s Sermon: The Trustworthy Word

Speaker: Eric Swanson
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:16-21

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Cafe Told to Remove ‘God Bless America’ Banner

FOX NEWS — Whenever folks in Penfield, New York get a hankering for pancakes for lunch – they head over to the 5 Mile Café.

The family-owned restaurant is known in those parts for serving breakfast any time of the day (order their homemade corned beef hash).

They are also known for their patriotism.

“We are very patriotic here at the café – all year round –not just this time of year,” owner Jennifer Aquino told me. “We have American flags and patriotic things around the café.”

So Jennifer decided to ask the town for a permit so she could post a “God Bless America” banner on the front of her restaurant. She wanted to display the banner from Memorial Day through Independence Day.

There was just one significant problem.

WHY AMERICANS SHOULD CARE ABOUT ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN RUSSIA — DAILY SIGNAL

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N.Y. Daily News Columnist Gersh Kuntzman: ‘God Bless America’ Offends Everyone

WASHINGTON TIMES — A New York Daily News sports columnist called “God Bless America” a song that “offends everyone” and called the post 9/11 tradition of playing it at baseball games a fascist exercise honoring a god who doesn’t exist.

In a column titled “Major League Baseball must permanently retire ‘God Bless America,’ a song that offends everyone,” columnist Gersh Kuntzman denounced the practice of playing it during the seventh-inning at major-league and other parks along with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and called the song itself silly.

He compared the patriotic ritual to a fascist rally, saying “Part of my outrage stems from ponderous Mussolini-esque introduction of the song, when fans are asked to rise, remove their caps and place them over their hearts.”

It also embodies “our worst things: self-righteousness, forced piety, earnest self-reverence, foam,” he claimed before launching into a several paragraph litany of everyone it supposedly offends. He cited a poll saying that people who dislike the song constitute only 84 percent of people who are “very liberal” and 21 percent of those who call themselves “very conservative.”

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Today’s Sermon: From Ruin to Riches

Speaker: Eric Swanson
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

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Today’s Sermon: The Gospel in HD

Speaker: Dan Weller
Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

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Today’s Sermon: “Good Neighbors”

Speaker: Mark Vroegop

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37

25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Luke 10:25–37 (ESV)

There is a particular equation as it relates to how we live that I’d like for you to think about this morning:

Proximity = opportunity & responsibility

This equation is important on this Sunday because we have just launched our new campus in the Fishers community and because with August comes the start of another cycle of life for many of you. In other words, with a new campus we have just changed the proximity of the 86,000 people who live in the city of Fishers. And with the start of the school year, there is a lot of proximity shift. A new school, new classes, new neighbors, new extra-curricular events, new church activities, and any number of other things create new proximities in our lives.

And with that proximity comes new opportunity and new responsibility.
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Top Dem Recognizes Christian ISIS Genocide, Won’t Take Christian Refugees


 

 
FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — The Democrats are championing the entry of huge numbers of Muslim refugees. Yet they continue to show no regard for the Christian refugees who unlike Muslims are actual refugees targeted for genocide and with no local countries of their own.

This is another example of the same double standard.
 

 
 

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who voted for a resolution recognizing that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians in Syria, said he did not think Syrians should be given refugee status based on their religion.

At press briefing on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Hoyer: “You voted for the resolution stating ISIL is committing genocide against Christians in Syria. Yet, of the more than 1,000 refugees the U.S. admitted from Syria in May, only 2 were Christian and the rest were Muslims. What specifically are you proposing to help Christians seeking to escape ISIL’s genocide?”

Hoyer answered: “Well, I don’t think the criteria ought to be on religion, contrary to Mr. Trump. Criteria ought to be on their–first of all, I think we need to take more people who are fleeing for their safety–the safety of themselves and their families and we ought to apply fair criteria. Certainly not based upon religion.”

But those most in danger are Christians. And in fact we already recognize religion as a basis for refugee status. This isn’t something Trump invented. People facing religious persecution apply for asylum all the time. The problem is that Obama and his cohorts insist on taking a vast majority of Muslim migrants over Christian refugees. And Hoyer is pretending that there is no such thing as religious asylum.

US TAXPAYERS SUBSIDIZE FAST “FAMILY REUNIFICATION” FOR SYRIAN MUSLIMS — FPM

NO CHRISTIANS ALLOWED: 100% MUSLIM SYRIANS ADMITTED SINCE JUNE — FPM

AP: EVANGELICALS ARE ‘PARANOID’ TO FEAR LIBERAL ATTACKS ON RELIGION — BREITBART

MEETING OBAMA’S 10,000 SYRIAN REFUGEE TARGET, NO MATTER WHAT — CIS

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