Pastor Walter “Chick” McGill Walking Across

 

 

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Calling attention to the Ten Commandments,
the Golden Rule, and our nation’s founding documents.

Pastor McGill and his Wife Barbara will arrive in Edgewood on Thursday (01/08/15) to present a memento to Edgewood and its citizens.  The exact arrival time is unknown, but tentative arrival is 1:00 PM at the Edgewood Town Hall.

All are welcome to attend.

Please feel welcome to visit his website below and you will find much more to enjoy:

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Bethany Blankley: Christianity is why America exists

 It was not our intent to post this article in its entirety, but the portion we wanted to post would not work and threw up an automated advertisement when a provided link was activated.

We have friends and associates who argue Jesus was not, is not, and will not involve himself in politics. The article posted below sets out to prove the opposite, and we believe it does so in a forceful, determined manner.  We hope you enjoy this excellent piece and we recommend you seek out another source written by Neil Mammen, Jesus Was Is Involved In Politics!  Why aren’t you?  Why Isn’t Your Church?  It is available in paperback or Kindle version. We do not derive any monetary or other compensation from any of our blogs; nor do we derive any compensation from the sale of this book.

This piece was obtained from Tavern Keepers, which contains many excellent conservative articles.  We believe the use of the article comes under the Fair Use Doctrine

Like it or Not, Christianity is why America exists
Bethany Blankley
1 day ago

Those who argue Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics or that faith should be kept separate from public policy either misunderstand, disregard, or reject historical facts that explain Biblical Christianity’s influence on America’s existence.

In fact, Christianity has influenced the western world more than any other faith or ideology. The western world orders time based on biblical order. Night and day, 24 hours, seven weekdays, how time itself is organized follows Biblical creationism. Even the year 2014 represents 2,014 years after Jesus’s birth. Order was intentionally designed because all of creation and life has value.

As a result, order implemented through a political system, the family, and the church, seeks to restrain evil and promote good. More than 2,000 Bible verses teach civics, providing example of good and evil kings, judges, and political authorities. These instructions on civics are informed by approximately 500 verses on salvation, 400 on hell, and 250 on heaven—with the overall foundation that right living best leads to a peaceful, flourishing society.

Six of the Ten Commandments specifically define civil law. The western concept and definition of murder, manslaughter, theft, assault, marriage, birth, and other civil and criminal matters are defined and ascribed judicial punishment by Mosaic law. Religious freedom and self-governance are defined in the First Commandment, family governance in the Second, private property rights in the Fifth, and having a fair trial with witnesses in the Sixth.

The founding fathers knew this, recalling Exodus 18 and 21, Leviticus 18, Ezekiel 3, and Isaiah 33:22, among others, understanding the Judeo-Christian God, the Lord, as lawgiver, judge, and king. Following this model, they devised three branches of government. Congress, the legislative branch—represents the lawgiver; the judicial branch—the judge, and the executive branch—the king, primary ruler, head of government.

The beginning of American law, the concepts of independence and freedom, is rooted in the belief that moral absolutes exist within a universal standard of justice independent from political rulers. Faith is not separate from but foundational to just and fair public policy.

The First Amendment, for example, was designed to prevent a theocracy and protect people from totalitarianism. It wasn’t written because the 17th Century New England settlers, as Puritan separatists, opposed British kings’ laws and wanted religious freedom. The First Amendment was written because when the Puritans established laws in their new colonies they imposed authoritarian rule that they had just rejected in England as non-conformists.

John Winthrop, a Puritan attorney and Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, helped implement a largely Puritan-controlled magisterial government that prohibited anyone from voting unless the magistrate approved the Christian men who fit its criteria. Winthrop opposed codifying laws, believing that democracy was “the meanest and worst of all forms of government.” The “City on a Hill” to which he referred in an often-quoted sermon, ended up being a place that excluded anyone who disagreed with magisterial rule. His colony effectively illustrated the very non-Biblical values that restrain freedom and liberty—and the opposite of the Bible verse’s intended meaning, which he referenced.

The First Amendment exists because of Roger Williams, a Christian minister and perhaps the greatest political philosopher who shaped nearly four centuries of political thought. Upon arrival to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s, Williams opposed Winthrop’s form of government. Rejecting his freedom of conscience and ideas, the magistrates first placed Williams under house arrest, then banished him from the colony, and then sought to kill him.

Winthrop warned Williams, who fled without his family, suffered greatly, and barely survived. Because of this, he wrote one of the most influential treatises in history, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution. Thomas Jefferson not only read Williams’s treatise, but also John Locke’s, Two Treatises of Government, in which he referenced over 1,500 Bible verses.

Were it not for Roger Williams’s influence, it’s unlikely Thomas Jefferson would have written what he did in the Declaration of Independence. In it, Jefferson references God four times:

· “The laws of nature and nature’s God,”

· All men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,”

· “The Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions,” and

· “The protection of Divine Providence.”

Jefferson intentionally claimed a deity exists and is knowable by human reason. He identifies this deity as a creator and judge. He asks, in Notes on the State of Virginia: “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God?”

Foundational to the Declaration of Independence was creationism and morality. As John Adams explained, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

This is why “In God We Trust” is imprinted on American money. It’s why “Under God” is in the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s why oaths required by courts and every U.S. President and elected official takes their oath of office, swearing on a Bible. It’s why God is mentioned in all 50 state constitutions and the Supreme Court opens each session verbally declaring, “God save the United States of America.”

The founders did not seek to create a theocracy understanding Biblical Christianity to be non-coercive. They understood that only through Biblical principles freedom and liberty exist (Gal. 5:1). As Dostoevsky and others from atheist countries assert, “if there is no God, everything is permitted.”

The founders knew that in every human spirit lies an innate desire to be free. That spirit of freedom became the personification of American character. As Ronald Reagan said in 1952, “America is less of a place than an idea, and if it is an idea, and I believe that to be true, it is an idea that has been deep in the souls of Man.” And as the soul informs the mind, heart, and the body, it also informs every area of life in which people live—including politics.

About the Author
Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from a conservative perspective. She worked on Capitol Hill for four U.S. Senators and one U.S. Congressman, for a former New York governor, and for several non-profits. She earned her masters degree in theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her bachelors degree in politics from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley & BethanyBlankley.com

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Conspiracy Brews 3/15/14

If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday.  Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

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Not your average political discussion group!

March 15, 2014

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 *** Quotes of the Week ***

“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”

Martina Navratilova

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow!”

Plato

 

Suggested Topics

 

— Is now the time to plan how the School Board elections can be won, and decide what do we do if we win?

 — Shall we discuss an Earned Income Tax Credit increase vs a Minimum Wage increase?

 

— Changes in the Overtime Law…shall we discuss it?

(See Attached PDF)

 

 (Light Quotes of the week)

“Never go to bed mad.  Stay up and fight.”

Phyllis Diller

 

“In the first place, God made idiots.  That was for practice.  Then he made school boards.”

Mark Twain

 

“Age is mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Satchel Paige

 

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow…unless it is the driver in front of you on the interstate!”

 

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“Amazing Grace,” X Two For This Christmas Season

Editor’s Note:  I have posted the following on different occasions and since this time of year is celebrated as Christmas by Christians throughout the world and our gift from our Lord is unmerited favor, or Grace, we feel it is appropriate to post it during this December.

Everything below has been left as it was the last time we posted it.

After hearing this rendition, fans of Amazing Grace, will never hear the hymn in the same way as they have heard it in the past.  The singer not only tells of a great event … He makes the singing itself a great and spiritual event.

Related articles and a note:  There is another version posted just after the related articles.  We posted it during June 2011.  Hopefully, you will be blessed after hearing both renditions.  Right click on this once for a fell-screen version.

I found the above at one of the police officer sites I frequent. It was posted as a tribute to fallen Law Enforcement Officers. I’m placing it on my blog for the same reason and for our fallen Servicemen and Servicewomen.

God Bless You — Those who serve their fellow citizens in war zones all over this nation and the world.

 

The Pope Did Not say …

What the mainscream media has attributed to him.  As usual, in their zeal to paint the Catholic Church a weak, almost secular body, they detoured from the real meaning and/or his actual words to something meaning what they and their friends wish to advocate.

Let us examine his words as a real journalist has determined them to be from the actual words spoken by the Pope taken from the actual interview (see link below to “Interview”).

Here is Tom Trinko’s factual report along with his spanking of the stoops of secularism:

Reading Pope Francis’s interview, the most striking thing is that it bears no resemblance to what it is reported to be (see, for example, “The Pope is a Liberal” in Slate Magazine).

What the Pope said can be condensed to the message that to end sin we must bring people to a love of Jesus.  The Church must heal the wounds of sinners and by doing so the Church will bring people to holiness; if one truly loves God one does not sin.

Instead of wagging fingers at sinners the Church should be teaching them that the God who created them and the entire universe died on a Cross out of love for them.  Once people love God then they can be taught how to live a moral life.

That’s what the Church has taught for 2000 years so it’s not really something revolutionary.

The Pope was addressing how we get people to stop sinning not what is sinful; he was discussing tactics not objectives.

But what the media has done out of ignorance and wishful thinking is to mistranslate the Pope’s statements into his saying that sin is ok or at least unimportant.

It’s clear that the Pope isn’t attempting to usher in a new age of the Church where active homosexuality, abortion, and contraception are ok when we read in the interview:

The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

Further the Pope says:

We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible.

Clearly the Pope is not saying we can’t speak of or condemn those sins but that they should not be all the Church ever speaks about.


To see the Popes real thoughts on what is sinful it’s only necessary to read what the Pope has said in the recent past.

On abortion:

The right to life is the first of human rights.

To abort is to kill someone who cannot defend himself.

On so called gay marriage:

Let us not be naive: this is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is not just a bill (a mere instrument) but a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.

Now that you have the beginning of the story and the actual in-context words of the Pope, you can see again how mainscreamers make their very own facts.  The rest of the story can be had by following the link immediately below.  Don’t forget to follow any related articles shown after the link.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/09/what_the_pope_really_said.html#ixzz2fg0pxiyb
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This Guy: Did You Know

Steve Jobs

He wasn’t without warts as he impregnated an on again … off again girlfriend he had known since secondary school days.  He was slow to give attention to his daughter born of that temporary union, and he married another woman and had two children from his one and only marriage.  Eventually, Jobs and his first daughter shared a great amount of time together.

What about his religion?  Well Jobs said he was a Buddhist,  but some who have penned articles about him have some doubt and believe he was puzzled about his spritual side … or sides, when he passed.

Here is a link to an article from The Christian Post.  Click here for the article

A Chance To Stop Late-Term Abortion In Albuquerque

I received the following through email from Curt Kuper.  He has granted permission for my posting it here and at FGGAM.org.

Dear Friends,

Here’s our chance to end late-term abortions in Albuquerque.  If you are an Albuquerque resident and a registered voter, please sign the petition as soon as possible and definitely before July 26 to get the Child Pain Protection Ordinance on the ballet in October.  If you live outside of Albuquerque, please forward this message to your friends and family who live in Albuquerque.  The petition, ordinance, and instructions are available at www.childpainprotection.com.  Sign and then bring the petition to the following locations (where they also have the petition if you’d like to sign it there) …

  • Faith Works (3301 Menaul NE) Sarah 505-670-0172
  • The Yard Thrift Store (2430 Juan Tabo NE)
  • Orphans Exchange Thrift Store (1815 Wyoming NE)
  • Holy Family Religious Goods (9421 Coors NW)
 

END LATE-TERM ABORTION IN ALBUQUERQUE 

How?

SIGN THE PETITION and help gather more signatures to get the

PAIN CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ORDINANCE

on the October 8th ballot!

 

Did You Know…

  • Abortion is legal through all 9 months of pregnancy in Albuquerque.
  • Albuquerque is known as the LATE TERM ABORTION CAPITAL of the country.  Women from across the U.S. travel to Albuquerque’s Southwestern Women’s Options to get late-term abortions.
  • The unborn baby at 8 weeks responds to touch and as early as 20 weeks (5 months) gestation experiences pain.
  • Abortions at 18 weeks and beyond involve greater risk to the mother than carrying the pregnancy to term
  • Albuquerque abortion clinics routinely send women to hospital emergency rooms for life-threatening bleeding and injuries.
  • New Mexico is one of 15 states that currently uses state tax dollars to fully fund abortions for women who have NM Medicaid.  In 2011 alone 1,786 abortions were paid for in NM by Medicaid costing taxpayers over 1.1 million dollars.

 

On June 28th, 2013, concerned citizens filed a petition for direct legislation by voter initiative with the Albuquerque City Clerk. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance if put into law will protect women and children by banning late-term abortion in Albuquerque. 

 

HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDEDto gather 15,000 signatures by July 26th to get this ordinance on the October 8th ballot!!! 

  • We need more volunteers to gather signatures after masses at EVERY Catholic church July 13-14 (that’s this coming weekend!) and July 20-21.
  • We need people to pick up petitions and circulate them among their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
  • We need people to SIGN THE PETITION!

Every signature brings us one step closer to banning late-term abortion in Albuquerque!

 

Please call or stop in to get started and for more information.

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www.childpainprotection.com

 

 

 
 

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Holder’s Justice Department: No Funds For Youth Programs Mentioning God

From Breitbart.com comes this amazing story of Holder’s justice department and the ignoramuses trying to run it.  In this case they have withheld funds for two youth programs set-up to help troubled youth in Louisiana.

See what you think of this silliness:

The Department of Justice has summarily removed federal funding from two Louisiana youth programs because a local official refused to sign a pledge stating he would require the programs to ban mentions of God.

Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, LA, told Fox News that Obama’s Justice Office of Civil Rights de-funded the Young Marines chapter and another youth program over mentions of religion. In the case of the Young Marine program, chartered in 1965, the funding was cut off because the group features an oath that mentions “God.” In the other case, it was because a program for at-risk youth featured a voluntary, student-led prayer session as one of its activities.

Sheriff Whittington says that the DOJ withdrew a combined $30,000 from the programs because the groups refused to remove God from their activities. The sheriff said this was evidence of the government’s “aggression and infringement of our religious freedoms.”

Whittington told Fox, “We were informed that these are unacceptable, inherently religious activities and the Department of Justice would not be able to fund the programs if it continued. They wanted a letter from me stating that I would no longer have voluntary prayer and I would also have to remove ‘God’ from the Young Marine’s oath.”

The oath from the Young Marine organization reads:

From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself Semper Fidelis

A "Young Marine"

A “Young Marine” (Photo credit: @mjb)

There is much more to our government’s seeming attempt to make government a god in and of itself.  A god, not God which can be twisted and mold to suit Barack Obama’s and Eric Holder‘s will and their definition of a government which holds no Christian of other spiritual component.

Read the rest of the story and if you didn’t know already you will learn something about the use of God in swearing in and commissioning requirements.  Too bad Obama and Holder seem to know little about the word and its use:

Both the U.S. Army enlistment oath and its commissioning oath end with “so help me God.”

As to the at-risk youth program, Whittington said,”We’re not promoting any specific religion, this is just voluntary prayer, mention of God, how offensive and bad can that be?”

In response to the DOJ’s message insisting that he sign the anti-God
pledge, Sheriff Whittington sent a letter of his own to LA Governor
Bobby Jindal.

“As a Christian, Sheriff and American citizen, I am writing to
express my frustration and concern over the persistent aggression and
infringement of our religious freedoms which have been imposed upon the
law enforcement grant programs, specifically related to the Louisiana
Commission on Law Enforcement,” wrote the Sheriff.

In cutting off the funding, the DOJ claimed it was a violation of
Church and State rules for the government to fund any group that
mentions God.

Fox’s Todd Starnes says that, “Both youth programs have been hailed
as a successful way to reach at-risk young people. Since 2002 more than
1,000 young people have graduated from the program, directed by a
Bossier Parish deputy who is a former U.S. Marine.”

Like Sheriff Whittington, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) was troubled by the DOJ’s actions.

“There is a very wide effort coming out of the administration that
seeks to stamp out freedom of expressions – particularly religion and
especially freedom of Christian expression,” Fleming said. “They are
willing to throw the youth overboard and remove the funding just in the
name of making this an atheist, agnostic, secular organization.”

“They (DOJ) don’t want anything to have any sort of religious support
– even down to prayer,” Fleming said. “It’s sad and it’s inconsistent
with the intentions of the framers of the Constitution.”

Sheriff Whittington is not taking this lying down. “When something is
not right and you know it’s not right and you keep bowing down, nothing
is ever going to change,” he said.

Link to complete story

 

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Young Marines

Young Marines (Photo credit: .imelda)

Not The Law Of God’s Land

Yesterday and today, after being flummoxed by a liberal majority of our nation’s  supreme court, it would be easy for the faint of faith to brush the SCOTUS decisions off as the new, “law of the land.”  But as Christians know, the law of their land is God’s law, and Christians should have a compelling need and responsibility to obey HIS law above any other.

That is why we post today’s piece.  It not only causes us to focus on the real issues of same-sex marriage and homosexuality, but it does so without the flotsam and jetsam of the wreck which homosexuality has shown itself.

We first quote an from the editors of The Patriot Post.  An explanation pointing to what foci each Christian should give to each of the twin issues in the article:

 Consequently, The Patriot editors published The Homosexual Agenda and The Christian Response online, a comprehensive yet concise review of gender-disorientation pathology. It’s an essay that anyone, inside or outside the Church, making a psychological, theological or social argument concerning homosexuality, should read. Quote Originally Published Here

Now we further quote with excerpts from the article mentioned in the quote above followed by the complete article:

“Marriage is … in its origin a contract of natural law… It is the parent, and not the child of society; the source of civility and a sort of seminary of the republic.” –Justice Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws)

People of faith are constantly confronted with secular challenges to foundational moral and cultural tenets. Christians, since the dawn of Christendom, have been confronted by secular challenges to the most basic canons of our foundational guidance, those set forth in Holy Scripture. These challenges have increased exponentially in the last century, in large measure because of cultural dissolution, which is the direct result of the dissolution of traditional families — broken marriages, leaving distraught children in their wake.

Marriage is the foundation for the family, which in turn, serves as the foundation for society. The Christian marriage paradigm is built on a foundation of five principles. First, God is the creator of the marriage relationship; second, heterosexuality is God’s pattern for marriage; third, monogamy is God’s design for marriage; fourth, God’s plan for marriage is for physical and spiritual unity, and fifth, marriage was designed to be permanent.

Marriage, as an institution, is currently under assault from many quarters, one of the most menacing being the challenge to traditional sexual morality. It is no small irony that not only are homosexuals challenging the status of traditional marriage, but sexual immorality leading to broken marriages also fosters homosexual pathology. In an effort to provide some context for understanding homosexuality, this essay briefly addresses the origins and pathology of such deviance, the social “homosexual normalization” agenda, the conflict this agenda has created within the Christian Church, and an appropriate Christian response.

Before you go to the material found at the link for the article, please prepare yourself to spend a fair amount of time to read the article.  Otherwise you may wish that you did.

The Homosexual Agenda and The Christian Response