For the President and His IRS: A Parson’s Prayer

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Written by Pastor John Kirkwood

“Please explain in detail the activities at these prayer meetings. Also, please provide the percentage of time your organization spends on prayer groups as compared with the other activities of the organization.” – Internal Revenue Service

How often do your members pray? What is the nature of your prayers? The IRS posed these and other questions to certain tea party and religious groups who were seeking tax-exempt status. After the delays, the intimidation and the Stasi-like interrogation; many of the organizations just gave up.

I haven’t been able to sleep since I heard this testimony because I’m not sure that the IRS ever got an answer. How heartbreaking it is to think that the solid citizens over at the Internal Revenue have not had the opportunity to scrutinize a good Christian prayer.

Dear Mr. President and to Whom It May Concern at the Internal Revenue Service:

Unlike the Muslim standard of prayer (five times a day) that you are probably more familiar with, Christians are encouraged to “pray without ceasing” – that pretty much means all the time.

At meals, at funerals, before tests, at graduations, at football games; Christians are prone to pray behind the wheel, at the side of the bed, when Kate Upton comes on TV, when our children aren’t home yet and when our government becomes a more dreaded enemy than the Islamo-fascists who seek to destroy Western Civilization. As a matter of fact, Scripture even encourages us to pray for our enemies and political leaders. Was that redundant? So here goes:

“Dear Heavenly Father, we humbly come before you today and bow the knee in gratitude to your forbearance of a nation that has forsaken you. We implore your forgiveness for our hardened heart, for the love of many has waxed cold.

We pray for those who are in positions of influence, Father, that they turn away from “the Prince of this world” and repent of their evil ways. With a penitent heart may they seek your forgiveness and follow your wisdom.

May America experience another Great Awakening and once again become that nation that best reflects the Glory of your divine institutions.
Father, May the light of your love, expressed in the person and work of your son, soften their hardened hearts and may they seek your so great salvation, trusting in the shed blood of the lamb.

May they be more desirous that their name is found in the Lamb’s book than in the history book and may this once great nation be restored to that place of hope, which the whole world has looked to as a beacon of liberty and prosperity.

Father, raise up a new generation of American heroes who will not be bought by mammon or sold for security. Arm them with a fiery righteousness that does not cower in the fetal position when culture bids them “Kiss the ring!”

May they stand for sexual purity, and cleave unto righteousness. May they reject sexual anarchy and abhor that which is evil. May this brave generation speak in behalf of the unborn and the silent American Holocaust.

Let brave, sacrificial souls stand in contrast to authoritarian power lust and the legal plunder of the tyrannical ruling class. May the joyful Christian warrior retreat no more but boldly enter the battle that rages against the family.

Father, rouse those foolish, dim souls who swear an oath of fealty on your Word only to trample the very documents they avow to uphold. Trouble their sleep so that their emaciated conscience cries out in their night terrors, for better is it to lose a night of slumber than to have one’s cursed soul cast into outer darkness.

But if their hearts remain in the spirit of Pharaoh, then may the blood of 50 million of your children that cry out for vengeance be the answering flood. If they will not taste of the promise of life and life abundant then let them taste of the promise of the millstone and the gnashing of teeth.

Father, it is our most sincere prayer that the God who met Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road call out again to those kicking against the goads in America. Be unto them that transforming light of truth that draws them to part with their prior error and to consider it dung. May your peace envelop the rebel heart and forevermore change the destiny of those who take your hand.

But if your voice is spurned and your love unrequited then may your promise to the wicked be sure and swift. May the righteous who are persecuted for righteousness sake be avenged and may the world know that the God who is love is a God that is just, and His wrath is both real and dread.

If these who publicly profess your name in word only to profane it in conduct, will not take your open hand Lord, then let them hear your hallowed voice – “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of iniquity.”

Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto He who sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever. We ask this in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen!

You see, Mr. President, you can cover the name of Christ when you speak at Georgetown, you can tell the world that we are no longer a Christian nation, you can even instruct your nameless, faceless and godless cronies to threaten soldiers who share their faith and chaplains who pray “in Jesus name,” but you will never stifle true believers from letting their light shine.

Stoke the furnaces, Mr. President, if you must and yet still will we pray that the one true God has mercy on your soul.


This article was originally posted at the ClashDaily blog.

Despite Promises, GOP Leader Appoints Pro-LGBTQ Sullivan to House Leadership

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Protesters gather in front of Sullivan’s office late last year
to protest his support of marriage redefinition.

Written by David E. Smith

Despite promises to conservative members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus, Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Monday selected state Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R-Mundelein) to the Illinois House Republican Leadership Team. Representative Sullivan will take the spot left vacant by JoAnn Osmond who recently retired.

“Ed Sullivan has done a great job as one of our floor leaders and is always eager to help members of our caucus,” said Durkin. “He has been willing to travel across the state to show support for other members and is often called upon for his advice.”

The leadership team is responsible for developing an agenda for the caucus; working through controversial issues and guiding other members.

Sullivan was one of three weak-kneed Republicans in the Illinois House who voted to pass marriage redefinition to include same-sex couples.

Establishment Republicans in Illinois continue to work to push the GOP so-called “big-tent” to the left as fast as they can, cutting off relationships with those on the right.  It seems they are doing all they can to alienate their base, and continue to be an irrelevant political entity in the Land of Leaving.

U.S. Reps. Duckworth & Schneider Denounce Hobby Lobby Decision

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Written by IllinoiwReview.com

U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-Linconshire) is very upset about the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision and now is asking those who agree with him to sign a petition in protest.

Most online people realize a petition is simply a ploy to build a database for the November election, but Schneider’s outreach on the topic clearly affirms he is more concerned about protecting government-funded birth control than protecting his constituents’ religious freedoms.

The same is true of his colleague U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Schaumburg) who is also promoting the same petition.

Schneider’s 10th CD Republican opponent Robert Dold was not available to respond.

Schneider’s email:

#… this is seriously troubling.

Last week, in a 5-4 blatantly partisan decision, the Supreme Court gave some employers the authority to dictate women’s healthcare choices.

#, corporate bosses have no right to force their religious beliefs on workers, period.

That’s why I’m joining my colleague Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to denounce the Court’s latest decision, and I urge you to join our call to action.

Will you please click here to sign our petition to denounce the Supreme Court’s latest Hobby Lobby decision?

I’m running for reelection to put an end to the far right’s extreme agenda against women’s rights. #, I need you with me on this. Please sign our petition:

http://act.schneiderforcongress.com/Fight-For-Women

Thanks for taking action,

Brad

SCOTUS Decision Puts Nation On Right Path

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Written by Beth Rogers 

This is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision involving Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which have sincere religious objections to providing insurance coverage for items that can destroy a human life at its earliest stages.

These family-owned Christian businesses contended that the Affordable Care Act mandate violated its First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

For more than 40 years, the Green family of Hobby Lobby has run its business on Christian principles and sees the business as an extension of the family. Their mission is to run the business in harmony with God’s laws and to focus on people more than money. They want to continue to live out their faith in the way they do business in a manner that is compatible with religious freedom, the most fundamental First Amendment freedom.

Freedom is grounded in truth, and truth is that which is consistent with the righteousness of God. The signers of the Declaration of Independence acknowledged that our rights have been given to us by our creator. The Bible and Christianity are a part of our heritage and history and have been the underpinnings of a fair and just society.

Many people of faith operate their businesses on these principles. The outcome of this case has put our nation in the right direction with a significant victory for those who cherish religious freedom.

Irrational Democrat Senators Respond to Hobby Lobby Decision

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Written by David E. Smith

In response to the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby,  Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced that he will introduce a bill that “requires all corporations using this Supreme Court decision to deny or limit contraception services to disclose this policy to all employed and applicants for employment.” U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) also responded by promising that Democrats “will continue to fight to preserve women’s access to contraceptive coverage and keep bosses out of the examination room.”

What ridiculous reactions!  Conservative people of faith no more want bosses in the examination room as they want government bureaucrats, politicians and other ninnies in the examination room.

And as a matter of fact, women have access to 20 different types of FDA approved, over-the-counter birth control pills that are readily available at local pharmacies.   Sens. Durbin and Reid’s willingness to force family-owned businesses or taxpayers to provide for this non-essential and private health care decision proves how out-of-touch liberal politicians can be when it comes to the role of government.  Most Americans agree, other people should not have to pay for someone else’s birth control.

More importantly, no one in America should be forced to violate their deeply held beliefs in order to keep their jobs or run a business.  We should be free to live and work according to our religious beliefs, not the government’s religion.   Thank God five justice understood that this is a foundational principle on which this country was founded.

Tell Us Again How Rauner is a Fiscal Conservative?!?!

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Written by IllinoisReview.com

GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner says he has no problem with a November ballot measure that will ask Illinois voters whether the state should increase the minimum wage.

“The voters are going to be allowed to make their voices heard on a nonbinding referendum. I’m supportive of that,” he said Tuesday.

Rauner also said he’d support raising the minimum wage under two scenarios: If it were increased nationwide; and/or if it were tied to pro-business reforms in Illinois.

During the Republican primary, Rauner said he would lower the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to the federal rate of $7.25. When recordings of Rauner saying he was “adamantly, adamantly against raising the minimum wage” went public, he later clarified his remarks, saying he would support an increase, but only under certain circumstances.

Some business leaders oppose raising the minimum wage, saying it would kill jobs and make Illinois less competitive with states where the rate is lower.

“That’s exactly why I don’t support raising the minimum wage if we do nothing else,” Rauner said Tuesday. “We would support raising the national wage up to Illinois’ (rate) … so that we’re all on a level playing field.”

More HERE

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com