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Colorado court: Ruling stands that baker can’t cite religion

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By Donna Bryson
Associated Press

DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, letting stand a previous ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner must provide service despite his Christian beliefs.

Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who were refused service by baker Jack Phillips in 2012, applauded the development.

Craig said they persisted with the case throughout a complicated legal process because they felt it was important to set the precedent that discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation was not only wrong but illegal.

“We didn’t want anyone to have to go through what we did,” Craig said.

Attorney Nicolle Martin, who represents Phillips, said they had not yet decided whether to ask Colorado’s highest court to reconsider, or approach the U.S. Supreme Court. Martin says she is surprised the Colorado court would not consider the case. Click here to continue reading.

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PayPal Pulls North Carolina Expansion Plan After Transgender Restroom Law

If our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it.— North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Dan Forest

photo from CNN

By the Editors at Christian News Network

(Reuters) PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O) on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.

 The digital payment company’s protest is the first by a major business after North Carolina became the first state last month to enact a measure requiring people to use bathrooms or locker rooms in schools and other public facilities that match the gender on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.

The law, which overturned a Charlotte city ordinance, was widely interpreted as an attack on LGBT rights. State lawmakers also voted to prohibit local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Click here to continue reading.

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Bryce Homes Kenya March 2016 Report 2

By Roger Oakland

Yesterday was another extremely busy day in Kenya. With very little sleep the night before, there was no time to rest during the day. After breakfast, our driver picked us up, and we were taken to the local government office facility. Yesterday, the day before Good Friday, was a day chosen by the heads of various government departments to demonstrate their commitment of service to the community. They had gathered at the city office for prayer and worship before they went out to sweep streets with broom to show their humility.

2016-kenya-report-2-photo-croppedFollowing Christian worship and praise to God, I was asked to present a message from the Bible to encourage them. If you are wondering if I am making this up, this is not the case. While not all government and county leaders are Christians, there are so many in this town where we are located, this weekly gathering of Christians for prayer and worship is just the norm. And it has become evident that the Bryce Homes program has impacted this region and departments of health, environment, and social services.

On the way to Kenya, I had prayed about what topic to present to these men and women leaders. Immediately, thoughts flooded into my mind that a short overview of the book of Nehemiah would be appropriate. After the worship, I was introduced. I introduced my friend from Canada who is accompanying me then opened my Bible to the book of Nehemiah. It is not my intention to present the study in this report, but what I will tell you is that it was another one of those emotional moments in life. Click here to continue reading.

See Report 1 from this trip.

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‘Pastor Protection Act’ Unanimously Passes Georgia House

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By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill this week that protects clergy from punishment if they decline to perform same-sex “weddings.”

H.B. 757 was introduced last summer by Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, and found support from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“No minister of the gospel or cleric or religious practitioner ordained or authorized to solemnize marriages, perform rites, or administer sacraments according to the usages of the denomination, when acting in his or her official religious capacity, shall be required to solemnize any marriage, perform any rite or administer any sacrament in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or the United States,” the bill reads in part.

In addition to churches, the bill also applies to religious schools, missionary societies and denominational conventions.Click here to continue reading.

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The Way it Used to Be

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By Cedric Fisher

When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. – Psalm 42:4

We have all heard and engaged in conversations about how life used to be.  The elders can tell some fascinating tales of no running water, of walking miles on a dusty road to the store, of freezing cold winters, frost so thick that it looked like snow, and a single pot-belly wood stove for heat.  But those were still the good ole days, deemed such because life seemed simpler and better.  The elders were respected, children more obedient, people were kinder, compassionate, honest, and hedonism existed only in the largest cities and only at night.  There wasn’t as much on TV, but there was more of what mattered in people’s hearts.

Today, the world is a dangerous place, and wickedness rules the night as well as the day.  Our children and young people are under a vicious attack by liberalism’s ripening and poisonous fruit.  There is virtually no sector of society that has not been invaded and infected by the toxic atmosphere being made ready for the Antichrist kingdom.

It is a perilous time, a time of great stress.  Professing Christians who are casual and passionless in their relationship with God cannot accept the reality, much less endure the weight of it.  The specter of a brutal future is too much for them to consider and prepare for.  Innumerable people, including a vast number of professing Christians, are buying into the lies of psychiatry and psychology that label every spiritual malady as a disease.  Some have become legal drug addicts.

Churches are founded, and in a few months, grow exponentially with stress-free preaching and world-centered entertainment.  Truth is being banned as the glaring factor hindering not only world peace and unity, but also the brass ring prize, a human-contrived utopia.   In a number of venues today, declaring oneself as a Christian is to become a social pariah.  Jesus is the most hated name in the world.  Sin is honored—godliness is cursed.  Political leaders now lie so profusely that they create a fantasy world each time they speak.  Up isn’t up any longer and down isn’t down, unless it is convenient.  Traditional morals are being rolled in the mud of tolerance and political correctness.  And it’s not going to get better.

In the midst of this caldron of diabolical influences and sin’s consequences, there are people who refuse to relinquish what they know is true for the obviously evil new social paradigm.  Good for them.  That paradigm is composed of several tenets.  Here are a few of them:

  1. There are no absolutes, especially moral absolutes.
  2. Humanity does not need a god. We can solve our own problems.
  3. Christianity and Judaism are the remaining hindrances to world peace and unity.
  4. Global Socialism is the panacea to all of society’s ills, including poverty and war.

The world’s societies are merging because of the Internet and digital technology.  Thus, the new paradigm requires a New World Order.  To succeed in establishing a New World Order, forces in the secular and religious world are systematically breaking down the old order.  The fact is, they will accomplish what they are attempting to do, because eschatological prophecies must be fulfilled.  There will be an Antichrist heading a global government, and a False Prophet leading the one-world religion.  No one but God can stop that from happening.  It will come on the heels of a cashless economy, which in the hands of evil people will bring every individual on this earth under submission to a ruler. Click here to continue reading.

 

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Oregon State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

Aaron and Melissa Klein

By Kelsey Harkness
The Daily Signal

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.” Click here to continue reading.

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling—Zivitovsky vs Kerry—Another Turn Against Israel

By Bill Randles
Used with permission (source).

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (Psalm 2:1-6)

The US Supreme Court recently gave a ruling (Zivotovsky vs. Kerry), which would prevent any U.S. passport holder born in Jerusalem to declare they were also born in Israel.

Us passport, law, legal,citizenship,immigration concept imageThis, in spite of a 2002 law passed by the Congress of the United States allowing Jerusalem born U.S. passport holders to declare Israel as their nation of origin.

The 2002 Passport law has never been implemented because U.S. politicians have been afraid to be seen taking sides against the “Palestinians” on the issue. Since 1948, official US Government policy has been to treat the “Jerusalem” question as unresolved.

As a rare reaction to the 6-3 vote, Justice Antonin Scalia read his dissent aloud in the court. Among other complaints, he warned that giving so much unchecked power, even over passport declarations, to the President was “more reminiscent of King George the third, than of the U.S. presidency.” Justice Scalia had already indicated his leanings earlier in oral arguments, as Haaretz reports:

In the oral arguments, Scalia’s political leanings on the issue were pretty clear, when he described the State Department’s resistance to changing the passport line from “Jerusalem” to “Israel” as less of affecting real policy than its “desire to make nice with the Palestinians.” (source)

This ruling is considered a slap in the face to many in Israel. From Haaretz again:

Dissatisfied American-Jerusalemites, or Jerusalemite-Americans (because we can’t call them American Israelis, right?), like my son had some powerful sympathizers. President Reuven Rivlin pointedly noted to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Thursday meeting that “I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli.” Former ambassador-turned-MK Michael Oren posted on his Facebook page that “the decision is an affront to Israel’s sovereignty and to the honor of America’s crucial ally. During my service as Israel’s ambassador to Washington, I met the principled Zivotofsky family and others who brought the case before the court, I unconditionally supported them. But the frustration of their effort changes nothing for Israel and the Jewish people. Jerusalem will remain our undivided and eternal capital. Irrespective of what’s written or not written in her U.S. passport, our daughter, Lia, was born in Jerusalem, Israel.”

A major aspect of the 6-3 decision was the issue of separation of peers. Congress passed a law in 2002, but the court ruled that it is the Executive branch that has jurisdiction in foreign policy. In other words, Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, even if Congress says it is, unless the President says it is.

This Supreme Court is the same un-elected body which has struck down school prayer, mention of God or the Ten Commandments in the classroom, and other public affirmations of the professed majority faith of our nation. On the other hand, these black-robed tyrants have foisted on the American body politic such horrors as Abortion on Demand and “Gay Marriage” in spite of the many referendums in states across the country against them.

Little do they realize they are fulfilling prophecy concerning the last controversies between God and Man, which will lead to the final judgment and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Prophet Zechariah predicted 2,500 years ago that in the Last Days the issue of the status of Jerusalem would consume the attention of the entire world.

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:2-3)

Jerusalem is the most important city on earth. It is the only place on earth where God says He has “Placed His name.” It is the place where our Lord was crucified, thus the place where Satan was dealt a fatal blow. Jerusalem is where our Lord’s feet will touch down again (sees Zechariah 14) and where all nations will one day be gathered together for judgment.

Consider the 48th Psalm: “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God and in the mountain of his holiness, beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mt Zion on the sides of the North, the city of the great King!”

Jesus himself quoted this Psalm in the sermon on the Mount, when He said:

“Swear not at all, neither by Haven, for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is God’s footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King!” (Matthew 5:34)

Of course, the Bible is realistic about the Jerusalem of today, for the book of Revelation calls it “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8).

But if Jerusalem is important to God, it is also important to the forces of evil.

Islam claims Jerusalem, though it is never named in all of the Koran. There is a verse, which they now say refers to Jerusalem. The verse is called the IZra, and it is the story of Mohammed’s flight on a winged horse to the “Farthest places,” Al Aqsa, where he ascended to heaven to have a prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses. On that alone, Islam claims Jerusalem as her third holiest spot.

Interestingly, when Obama gave a speech to the entire Muslim world in 2009 from Cairo Egypt at Al Azhar university (the Harvard, Yale and Cambridge of world-wide terrorism), he cited only one passage from the Koran . . . the IZra.

Think about it, the leader of the free world cited to one seventh of the world, the only scripture in their book, which they believe gives them a legitimate claim to Jerusalem!

The U.N. has split Jerusalem in two and adamantly insists that part of it, East Jerusalem, be the capitol of the new Palestinian state. The other half is designated to be a “universal city.”

It should be obvious by now, a terrible conflict is coming, something God calls, “the controversy of Zion” (Isaiah 34) . The Supreme Court of the United States, in their own small way, has taken sides with Obama, against the God of Scripture. Pray for America!

Used with permission from Bill Randles blog.

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