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Sen. Ted Cruz smacked back at a reporter who insisted on asking about his views on “gay” versus traditional marriage by turning the tables and querying him: Why are you guys on the left so “obsessed” with this topic?
Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV repeatedly asked Cruz about his stance on “gay” marriage during an interview in Beaumont, Texas. And Cruz’s fiery reply?
Can the Republican Party save itself? Richard Viguerie has the prescription in “Takeover.”
“Let me ask a question,” he said. “Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? OK, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you’re reading questions from MSNBC.”
He then told the reporter, “You’re wincing,” and refusing to talk about important issues.
“You don’t want to talk about foreign policy,” Cruz said. “I recognize you want to ask another question about gay rights. Well, you know, ISIS is executing homosexuals. You want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals. That ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”
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The reporter asked, Real Clear Politics reported: “Do you have a personal animosity against ‘gay’ Americans?”
Cruz responded: “Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? Your line of questioning is highly curious. You seem fixated on a particular subject. Look, I’m a Christian. Scripture commands us to love everybody and what I have been talking about, with respect to same-sex marriage, is the Constitution which is what we should all be focused on. The Constitution gives marriage to elected state legislators. It doesn’t give the power of marriage to a president, or to unelected judges to tear down the decisions enacted by democratically elected state legislatures.”
May 24, 2015
Acts 2:1-13 (Good News Translation)
God’s Renewing Word
Acts 2:1-13: God sends the Holy Spirit to give power and courage to the apostles. They begin to tell the good news about Jesus, which people hear in many different languages. Some people are happy and excited, while others make fun of the Lord’s followers.
Today’s Scripture: Acts 2:4
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
1 When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place.2Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.3Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there.4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
5There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world.6When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages.7In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans!8How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages?9We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia,10from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome,11both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia—yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!”12Amazed and confused, they kept asking each other, “What does this mean?”
13But others made fun of the believers, saying, “These people are drunk!”
How is the coming of the Holy Spirit described? How do you experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? Is there someone you know who needs to hear the good news of God’s salvation?
Sovereign God, empower me with your Holy Spirit and teach me how to share your Word. May your Word go forth across cultures and in all the languages of the world, so that people everywhere may learn of and experience your love and salvation. Amen.
Acts 2:14-47: Peter speaks to the crowd about Jesus and encourages everyone to be baptized.
Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, called on Thursday to end the Scouts’ blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group’s executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”
Speaking at the Boy Scouts’ annual national meeting in Atlanta, Mr. Gates said cascading events — including potential employment discrimination lawsuits and the impending Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, as well as mounting internal dissent over the exclusionary policy — had led him to conclude that the current rules “cannot be sustained.”
If the Boy Scouts do not change on their own, he said, the courts are likely to force them to, and “we must all understand that this will probably happen sooner rather than later.”
VICTORY OVER SATAN AS A COUNTERFEITER
VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL AS A
COUNTERFEMR, OR FALSE "ANGEL OF LIGHT":
"Even Satan himself fashioneth himself into
an angel of light," and his "ministers" ("false
apostles, deceitful workers," 2 Cor. 11: 13) also
fashion themselves as "ministers of righteousness"
(2 Cor. 11: 14-15). This aspect of victory over
Satan runs on the same lines as the preceding ones;
i.e., by the knowledge of truth, enabling the believer
to recognize the lies of Satan, when he presents
himself under the guise of light.
Light is the very nature of God Himself. To
recognize darkness when clothed in light-
supernatural light--needs deep knowledge of the
true light, and a power to discern the innermost
sources of things that in appearance look God-like
and beautiful. How the Adversary counterfeits the
very light of God, so as to appear as God, has been
already set forth in Chapter 6. The main attitude for
this aspect of victory over the Adversary, is a settled
position of neutrality to all supernatural workings,
until the believer knows what is of God. If any
experience is accepted without question, how can its
Divine origin be guaranteed? The basis of acceptance
or rejection must be knowledge. The believer must
know, and he cannot know without examination, nor
will he "examine" unless he maintains the attitude of
"Believe not every spirit" until he has "tested" and
proved what is of God.
War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis
Tomorrow: Victory Over Satan As A Hinderer
We live now in an era where normal values have been displaced. The good is called bad, the bad – good.” – Anna Politkovskaya.
“What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” Francis Fukuyama, The End of History?
Using federal grant money to fund and expand the tentacles of Sustainable Development has a number of ugly realities. First, and easiest to understand, is that this is a money redistribution scheme that helps bankrupt both the federal government and the middle class. The money wasn’t allocated specifically by Congress to fund grants that come from HUD, EPA, DOT, DOE (and maybe other sources as well).
Second, the projects into which this money goes do very little to improve the infrastructure, to help stimulate the local economy or to benefit those it is ostensibly designed to help. I say ‘ostensibly’ because that is what those handing it out and those spending it say it is for, but it is truly a wealth redistribution plan as noted in first paragraph.
Let’s look at just one of the grant sources, the Community Development Block Grants:
As noted by the Cato Institute, CDBG activities are supposed to meet one of three objectives: (1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, (2) prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or (3) address a serious need or threat that has particular urgency.9 A huge range of activities meet these criteria, including:
acquisition of property
construction or repair of streets, recreation facilities, and other public works
demolition and rehabilitation of public and private buildings
public services and planning activities
assistance to nonprofit and for-profit groups for community development purposes
While CDBG funds are initially handed out to state and local governments, the ultimate beneficiaries are usually private businesses and organizations working on particular projects, such as shopping malls, parking lots, museums, colleges, theaters, swimming pools, and auditoriums. Here is a small sampling of projects funded in 2008.
These ‘plans,’ supposedly put together by the local metropolitan planning commission along with the city or county council are just like every other plan in every other community in the world. Yes, the world, not just the U.S. Can anyone say that Kalispell, Montana, San Francisco, California, Knoxville, Tennessee, Lhasa, Tibet and Saigon, Viet Nam are so alike that it is only natural that their General Plans for the next 10 or 20 or 50 years all look the same?
Moreover, these plans are building non-elected boards and regional councils made up of ‘stakeholders’ (private political organizations – NGOs affiliated with the UN – that are not local, but travel the nation, imposing Sustainable community plans, and thereby feeding off the grant money). Also cashing in are major corporations and business owners who are looking to cash in through Public Private Partnerships,
Look at just one local community’s take from the federal government and stop and think about how much control the feds take for their largess with your money. Then multiply that by every city and county in the country:
The Consolidated Plan establishes the basis and strategy for the use of federal funds granted to the City of Knoxville by the U. S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the following programs:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG)
In addition to CDBG, HOME and ESG programs, the City received stimulus funds in 2009 and is implementing Neighborhood Stabilization Program-1 (NSP-1), Community Development Block Grant – Recoverfy (CDBG-R), and
Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) programs. The projects funded with these funds will continue until they are completed and all funds are expended.
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