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Gospel Alert – Legalizing A Myth

April 23, 2019

The Supreme Court announced they will hear three cases determining whether federal law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals (LGBTQ) from discrimination in the workplace.  The Court said it would review all three cases, but ordered that two of the cases be combined into one argument. 

 

This is a big deal in more ways than one.  First of all, the highest court in the land is going to listen to arguments from people who claim to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc., etc.  These individuals cannot prove that they are indeed LGBTQ because there is no physical or biological evidence to support that claim – it is all based on their perception of themselves.

 

Maybe their employer didn’t even know they were LGBTQ, since claiming to be LGBTQ is based strictly on “how you feel about yourself.”  Perhaps these individuals lost their jobs simply because of unsatisfactory job performance. 

 

Employers still have the right to establish job performance standards – and when those standards are not met – employers still have the right to terminate any person whose job performance is below those standards.

 

If the Supreme Court were to grant federal protection/preferential status to LGBTQs . . . that would open the door for an onslaught of discrimination lawsuits from every person in the United States.  Any person who loses their job, could simply file a lawsuit and claim to be LGBTQ.    A claim that cannot be proved or disproved . . . because it is simply a myth.

 

But more importantly, any person who publicly proclaims the biblical view that the LGBTQ lifestyle, same-sex marriage, participating in homosexual acts, sexual immorality, fornication, etc., is sinful, and an abomination to Almighty God . . . That person could be subject to federal prosecution for discrimination. 

 

That is a frightful thought for every born-again follower of Jesus, and every minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Let us all pray that the Supreme Court recognizes the foolishness of these preposterous claims, and the far-reaching negative impact they would have on religious freedom in this great nation – and - that the Court’s decision will be in accordance with the perfect will of Almighty God.

 

Duane Collins

Bixby, OK


***Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #224 April 29, 2019

“The Blessed Hope"
 

Dear Pastors, Family, Friends, and Government Officials:

 

God’s Word tells us that one day, when we least expect it, Jesus will appear in the clouds and call all born-again followers of Jesus to come up and join him.  There will be a shout from heaven, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God.

 

Jesus will be calling us to come up and meet him in the air – and we shall be “caught up” in the clouds to be with Jesus forever.  God’s Word says “the dead in Christ shall rise first, and then we who are alive shall immediately follow.”  (See 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

 

But the only people who will hear this call are born-again followers of Jesus.  The rest of the world (those who are not born-again) will not see Jesus, nor will they hear a thing.  All they will know is that a whole bunch of people have suddenly disappeared from this earth.  That sudden disappearance is commonly referred to as The Rapture.

 

Note:  Although the word “Rapture” is not found in the Holy Bible, it comes from the Latin verb “rapio” found in the Vulgate, the late-4th-century Latin translation of the Bible that became the Catholic Church’s official Latin version of the Bible . . . And its meaning is “to catch up” or “take away”.

 

Of course, the unsaved people who are left behind will have many different explanations as to what has happened.  Some will say the “haters have been removed.”  Others may say “aliens from another planet have snatched up those who are interfering with man’s progressive efforts to save this planet.”

 

But the truth is that God is keeping his promise to “deliver us from the wrath to come” (see 1 Thessalonians 1:10).  And the wrath that God is referring to is the Great Tribulation – the seven-year period in which the Antichrist will rule and reign over this earth.

 

During the Great Tribulation, God will release his wrath upon all the remaining inhabitants of this earth.  Remember?  All the “saved” have now been removed, and only the unsaved have been left behind to endure God’s wrath.

 

You might ask, “What is the purpose of the Great Tribulation?”  Since the beginning of time it has been God’s desire that all people would read His Word, seek His face, follow His rules and commands as to how to live a blessed life, and commit themselves to Him. 

 

It is also God’s desire that all people would be “saved” and receive the promised “eternal life” by becoming born-again followers of Jesus.  That is why God sent his son Jesus to this earth to take on the form of a man, and to be crucified on the cross at Calvary as the ultimate sacrifice for all sins --- Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s salvations plan for all of mankind (read John 3:16-17).

 

Unfortunately, there are still many people who have refused to believe God’s Word, and have rejected His call to salvation.  And although God is gentle, loving, kind, and patient; He also warns us that a time will come when His patience will come to an end, and a day of judgement will come, and we will all have to give an account for the lives we have lived.

 

Nobody knows when Jesus will call us up to be with him.  When Jesus was on this earth, the disciples asked him, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3).  Jesus gave them many signs, and you can read them all in Matthew, Chapter 24, Mark, Chapter 13, and Luke, Chapter 17 & 21.  But here are a few of those signs:

  • Many shall come in my name (false teachers) and shall deceive many
  • You shall hear of wars and rumors of wars
  • Nations shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom (people against people)
  • There shall be famines (scarcity of food), pestilences (epidemic disease), and earthquakes in divers (various) places
  • People shall deliver you up to be afflicted (harassed), and shall kill you; and you shall be hated for my name’s sake   
  • Great signs shall there be from heaven (storms, floods, climate changes, etc.)
  • People shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another                                         
  • Family members shall turn against one another
  • Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many people
  • Iniquity (immorality, evilness and sin) shall abound
  • The love of many shall wax cold (people’s hearts will harden, turn cold; be incapable of true love) 
  • It will be like the days of Noah (evilness, idol worship, and lawlessness prevailed; the people turned their backs on God, and God flooded the entire earth)
  • It will be like the days of Lot (the homosexual sins of Sodom and Gomorrah were so grievous God destroyed both cities)  
  • When you shall see Jerusalem compassed (surrounded) with armies (enemy forces) know that the desolation thereof is nigh 
  • Men’s hearts will fail them because of fear
  • No man knoweth that day or that hour; not even the angels, neither the Son, but only the Father
  • Take heed so that you will not be caught unawares (unprepared)
  • When you see these things come to pass, look up, lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh

We are seeing all of those signs right now.  Christians and Jews are being persecuted all around the world; and even in the United States, every effort is being made to silence Christians and prevent the name of Jesus from being spoken out loud at public events.

 

Russia is forming alliances with the Palestinians, Iran, Syria, Turkey, China, and even North Korea.  The United Nations has issued more sanctions against Israel than any other nation in the world – and even some mainstream Christian churches in America have called for boycotts against Israel, calling them “occupiers” in their own land, the land that God gave them.

 

But praise the Lord, under the Trump administration, the United States is standing strong with Israel . . . stronger than we ever have in history.  And that is a good thing, because God promises to “bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse her” (see Genesis 12:3).

 

Today, we are living in perilous times, just as God’s Word said we would in 2 Timothy, Chapter 3 (NIV):

 

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

 

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

 

Note:  Jannes and Jambres were Egyptian magicians called in by Pharaoh to upstage Moses and Aaron (Exodus 7:11).  

 

The Blessed Hope . . . What is it?  It is looking forward to that glorious day when Jesus will appear (see Titus 2:13).  Can you imagine?  Our very best day on this earth cannot even begin to compare with the days we will spend with Christ Jesus in eternity.

 

Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

If not, you can be saved right now.  God’s Word says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31 NIV).

 

Therefore, believe in your heart, pray this simple prayer and you will be saved (born again) and receive the gift of eternal life just as God promised in John 3:16:

 

“Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Duane Collins

Common Man Ministry        PO Box 456         Bixby, OK 74008

www.CommonManMinistry.com


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Note: The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today. These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away. No! We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process. God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Alabama Abortion Bill 5/16/19

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law banning abortion in almost all cases; the only exception would be to save the life of the mother.  Under this new law, physicians performing abortions could face felony charges and be punished by up to 99 years in prison.

 

Almost every Democrat is outraged (including all 24 Democratic presidential candidates).  Some are saying this is a “racial attack against women-of-color.”  Some are saying “this will deprive the poorest of the poor needed healthcare.”

 

Comment:  I cannot imagine how any reasonable mother-to-be would truly believe in her heart that murdering her own unborn baby is a form of healthcareThe Democrat Party needs new leadership.  They have become the “culture of death” party.

 

Every born-again follower of Jesus needs to pray for, and be supportive of Governor Ivey, and the strong, brave stand she and her legislative partners have taken against abortion.  There is no doubt, there will be a flurry of court battles trying to overturn this Alabama Law.  But we know that God does not condone the murder of any innocent person . . . and there is nothing more innocent than a little baby resting in its mother’s womb.

 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).

 

Immigration Crimes 2018 5/15/19

The media and many politicians keep telling us “illegal immigrants are more law-abiding than U.S. citizens.”  And they say the solution to prison overcrowding and reducing the backlog of federal court cases is to “quit prosecuting minor non-violent crimes” and to “reduce the penalties on other non-violent crimes.”

 

But the latest federal crime statistics reveal:  Non-U.S. citizens committed 42.7% of all federal crimes in 2018 – and 34.4% were related to illegal immigration, of which 96.3% involved Hispanics; 92.7% of whom were male.

 

Another interesting statistic was this:  Out of all federal crimes committed in 2018 (including immigration) 54.3% of all offenders were Hispanic, 21.2% were white, 20.6% were black, and 3.8% were of another race.

 

Comment:  In other words, if we build the wall, secure our borders, and prevent illegal aliens from entering the United States, our federal crime rate could be reduced by as much as 42.7%.  And, that would also solve prison overcrowding and federal court backlogs as well . . . But you can bet the media and most politicians will remain silent on that possibility.

 

Recreational Marijuana For Illinois 5/9/19

The Associated Press reports Illinois’ Democrat Governor J. B. Pritzker has reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year.  And, once marijuana is legalized, all previous marijuana convictions will be expunged.

 

Comment:  Chicago already has one of the highest murder rates in the nation.  Do you think getting high on marijuana is going to help?

 

Free Healthcare For Illegals? 5/9/19

In a campaign speech yesterday in Los Angeles, Joe Biden said, “The United States has an obligation to provide health care to anyone in need, whether they are documented or undocumented . . . That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”

 

Then he said we don’t have a problem at the southern border: “It’s not people breaking down the gates coming across the border.  And so, the biggest thing we’ve gotta do in this is tone down the rhetoric.  We know why it’s happening.  It’s to create fear and concern.  Why is your job in danger?  Because of that - - -  And then he [Trump] describes them in very graphic, unflattering terms - - - that other, that immigrant.  It’s ridiculous.”

 

Comment:  None of the Democrats, including Joe Biden, have bothered to go to the border and observe firsthand, the more than 100,000 who are illegally crossing our borders every month.  We apprehended 109,144 in April (see the next article) but nobody knows how many thousands were not apprehended. 

 

Joe and all the other Democrat candidates for president must think the American people will believe anything they tell them.  I can only hope and pray that we are smarter than that.  

 

Border Apprehensions 5/9/19

Apprehensions on the southern border hit 109,144 in April, the highest in a decade, according to data compiled by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. It’s already larger than last year. Seven months into fiscal year 2019, with 531,711 apprehensions it has already topped the amount of apprehensions in all of fiscal year 2018, which was 521,090.

 

This year could top 1 million if it continues accelerating. In the meantime, House Democrats move to defund building the wall and refuse to provide enough beds for everyone being apprehended.  (www.limitgov.org)


Pope Francis Promotes One World Government 5/8/19

In a meeting last week at the Vatican, Pope Francis told members of the Pontifical Academy that we need to be pushing for steps toward global authority that supersedes the rights of individual countries, all with the goal of pursuing “the common good” on issues like climate change and immigration.

 

Pope Francis rebuked the trend of nationalism among individual countries and the many tensions that “come from an excessive demand for sovereignty on the part of States.”  The pope defended patriotism as a good thing, but he warned it can become perverted when “it involves the exclusion and hatred of others when it becomes a conflictual nationalism that builds walls, indeed even racism or anti-Semitism.”

 

Pope Francis also implied national sovereignty becomes twisted when countries do not have a welcoming attitude toward migrants.  He told the conference, “The Church observes with concern the reemergence, in many parts of the world, of currents that are aggressive towards foreigners, especially immigrants, as well as a growing nationalism that neglects the common good.”

 

The pope suggested a group of nations could “strengthen their cooperation by connecting certain functions and services to intergovernmental institutions that manage their common interests.”  “When a supranational common good is clearly identified, it is necessary to have a special authority that is legally and concordantly constituted and capable of facilitating its implementation,” the Pope concluded.  (www.cbnnews.com)

 

Comment:  Socialism is always depicted as pursuing the “common good.”  But, under Socialism and Communism, it is the government officials who decide what the “common good” is for the people; i.e., the government tells the people what’s best for them, rather than allowing the people the freedom to publically express their opinions and cast their votes in fair and open elections.

 

It is also interesting to note that Vatican City is a sovereign state governed by a monarch and surrounded by massive walls.

 

Georgia Abortion Bill  5/8/19

Yesterday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a law to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.  

 

After signing the bill, the governor had this to say: “This bill is very simple but also very powerful: a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection.  I realize that some may challenge it in a court of law.  But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy.  We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down.  We will always continue to fight for life.”

 

And the governor was right . . . Hollywood went crazy!  Pro-abortion actress Alyssa Milano and dozens of prominent Hollywood actors delivered a letter to the governor describing the bill as “dangerous” and “evil” and “unconstitutional” because it interferes with a woman’s right to reproductive healthcare.

 

Here are the names of some of those liberal Hollywood activists who signed the letter: Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Gabrielle Union, Rosie O’Donnell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Christina Applegate, Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, David Cross, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow, and Colin Hanks.

 

None of these actors live in Georgia, but Alyssa Milano threatened the state of Georgia with the loss of $2.7 billion annually from the film industry . . . She says “this bill makes Georgia a state that is not welcome to women.”

 

Comment:  Praise God that Governor Kemp was strong enough to do the right thing.  Let’s pray that other states will follow Georgia’s lead.  Innocent unborn babies are formed in the image of God and are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, probably more so than anyone else, because they cannot speak, nor can they defend themselves.  They are totally dependent on people who are willing, and courageous enough, to do the right thing.

 

Removing “God” 5/7/19

Fox News reports that Democrats in Massachusetts want to take “God” out of the oath of office for every elected official in Massachusetts.

 

State Rep. Mindy Domb, (D-Amherst) is submitting a bill to amend the state Constitution – the oldest in the country – from “so help me, God,” to a longer, secular version: “This I do under the pains and penalties of perjury.” 

 

This change was approved by the Joint Legislative Committee and is supported by atheists who believe invoking God violates the establishment clause and goes against America’s pluralistic history.  The bill would also amend the historic document, written by John Adams, to make it more gender neutral, changing the pronoun from “he” to “they.”

 

Earlier this year, U.S. House Democrats tried to strike “so help you God” from the House committee oath . . . but Republicans rallied and said NO!

 

Comment:  We are witnessing an increasing number of attacks on the First Amendment which guarantees our freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to peaceably assemble, and the freedom to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

We know these attacks are inspired by Satan, but it’s particularly troubling that more and more Democrats, many of whom claim to be Christians, are joining in these attacks in order to appease non-believers and to gain their votes in the next election.

 

One day they will realize that Almighty God is real, He is omnipotent, He sees all, He knows all, and He keeps a record of all our deeds, both good and bad.  And one day, we will all stand before Him and be required to give and account for everything we have done in our lifetime on this earth.  That will not be a pleasant day for those who’ve turned their backs of God.

 

Healthcare Insurance 5/7/19

The Daily Signal reports U.S. House Democrats will vote this week to take away the ObamaCare waivers the Trump administration put in place in 2018.  The waivers enabled people to have more flexibility in their coverage choices, and insurance premiums fell in all seven states that implemented the “newly revised” waiver process – in Maryland premiums fell as much as 42%.

 

The Democrats, in their attempt to “prop-up” ObamaCare, are introducing House Bill HR986 which will eliminate your choices, thus forcing you toward a one-size-fits-all healthcare plan.  As it stands right now about half of the House Democrats have signed on to Medicare for All, a healthcare plan that outlaws all private insurance coverage; and if implemented will bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Palestinians Attack Israel 5/7/19

Last week Hamas and Palestinian Islamic terrorists fired over 700 rockets into civilian populated areas of southern Israel.  Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted more than 150 rockets and struck back at about 350 sites in the Gaza Strip from which the rockets were fired.

 

All of this took place while the Egyptians were brokering a ceasefire agreement between Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians (PLO), and Israel.  You may remember President George W. Bush pressured Israel into giving the Gaza Strip to the PLO in exchange for peace back in 2005.  Here we are fourteen years later and that “promised peace” never came!

Joe Biden’s Popularity Soars 5/2/19

CNN’s recent poll shows Joe Biden at 39% is leading all other Democrat presidential candidates by double digits, in spite of the fact that Joe is a 76-year-old white man, who has been a career politician for more than 49 years – and according to Celebrity New Worth, Joe Biden’s net worth is $1.5 million.

 

I don’t put much stock in polls and surveys, because they can be constructed to achieve whatever result you desire.  It is my opinion that the fake-news media is promoting Joe in order to provoke an all-out attack from the other candidates; and that will create more exciting “news” to report.

 

In his 49 years of service, Joe Biden has said and done some things that are highly controversial (especially in today’s world), and he surely will have to do a lot of explaining and apologizing.  At the moment, three big unanswered questions are:

  1. How did you become a multi-millionaire on a government worker’s salary? 
  2. How did your son Hunter secure a $1.5 billion investment for his hedge fund from the government owned Bank of China?  The deal that was completed just ten days after Vice President Joe Biden flew to China and met with government officials in 2013. 
  3. What about the 2016 Ukraine corruption investigation involving Burisma Holdings, a company that employed your son Hunter, as a board member?  You publically bragged about pressuring Ukraine government officials to fire Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin --- they fired Shokin --- and the investigations was closed with no charges filed.

Will the fake-news media really dig into these issues?  We’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Herpes Outbreak in Los Angeles 5/1/19

The New York Post reports that 1,105 herpes cases were reported in the Coachella Valley area and in the nearby cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.  A spokesperson for the local CBS news affiliate says “that general area receives no more than 12 cases per day.”

 

City officials say they believe this large number of cases may be connected to the Coachella Music Festival which was held in the area over the weekends of April 12 and April 19, 2019.  The annual event attracts a crowd of around 250,000 people over the course of two weekends - and attendees are known to “hook up” and share “smokes” and drinks.

 

Comment:  Free “love” always comes with a price.

 

Mexico Remittances 5/1/19

According to a Judicial Watch report: In 2018, Mexicans working in the United States sent a record $33.48 billion in remittances to their families in Mexico.  Figures released by Mexico’s central bank show that 104 million transactions were executed in 2018, nearly 6 million more than the previous year.

 

These remittances (cash transfers) are handled by the Federal Reserve through a program called “Directo a Mexico” (Direct to Mexico), launched by President George W. Bush as part of the U.S.--Mexico Partnership for Prosperity that was implemented in 2001.

 

Remittances are transferred through the Federal Reserve’s own automated clearinghouse linked directly to Mexico’s central bank (Banco de Mexico).  Federal Reserve officials acknowledge that most of the Mexican nationals who send money back home are illegal immigrants – and the only identification required to use this government banking service is a Mexican-issued identification. 

 

American financial institutions are charged $0.67 per item to transfer money from the United States to Mexican banks (104,000,000 transactions x $0.67 = $69,680,000).  According to Judicial Watch, U.S. taxpayers are subsidizing this program, even though its biggest users are illegal immigrants. 

 

Perhaps U.S. citizens would be better served if our government impose a high tariff on this $33.48 billion that is flowing from the U.S. to Mexico -- and then used that tariff money to help build the wall on our southern border.  What do you think?

 

ObamaCare Overpayments 4/30/19

Jay Sekulow reports the IRS paid out nearly $24 billion in ObamaCare subsidies in 2017.  Of that amount, $5.8 billion was overpaid to ObamaCare customers, because their actual income exceeded the estimated amount they used when applying for the ObamaCare subsidy.

 

By law, ObamaCare customers are supposed to return any overpaid amounts.  However, to date only $2.3 billion has been returned . . . the U.S. taxpayers have been defrauded of the $3.5 billion that was never returned.  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, $118 million in ObamaCare subsidies was paid to people who were not even authorized to work in the United States.

 

This is just one more of many examples of the deep state corruption (the swamp) that continues to exist in these out-of-control government bureaucracies.  We need to drain the swamp!

 

U.S. Economy Still Growing 4/30/19

The U.S. economy grew at an inflation-adjusted 3.2 percent annualized in the first quarter of 2019, putting it on track to get to 3 percent for the year for the first time since 2005, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

 

The startling data caught official Washington, D.C. (the swamp) by surprise.  They had all been gleefully predicting that the partial government shutdown earlier this year would cause a slowdown.  Even the Congressional Budget Office had estimated that the partial shutdown cost the U.S. economy $3 billion of output in the fourth quarter of 2018, and $8 billion of output in the first quarter of 2019, respectively.       Thankfully, none of that mattered . . . the GDP still grew 3.2%.

 

Electronic Health Records Fiasco 4/30/19

The Federalist reports a recent survey shows a sharp rise in frustrated physicians.  Much of the blame is on electronic health records.  Physicians are spending more time staring at computer screens than they do connecting with patients, and they’re not happy about that.

 

Fortune magazine also did an article on the history behind the federal governments involvement in electronic health records, and the problems that have since developed: “The entire system is error-prone and glitch-laden.  Impromptu work-arounds created by individual physicians and hospitals makes it difficult for one hospital’s system to interact with another’s.  Similar problems are experienced in delivering data and records directly to patients.  And, the morass of information is presented in a non-user-friendly format, etc.”

 

Who is to blame?  In 2009, the Obama administration implemented the Electronic Health Records system, that was supposed to capture and store everybody’s health records in one computerized data base.  The administration claimed the system would be the “magic bullet” that would provide immediate access to patient information, eliminate medical errors, and reduce health care costs. 

 

David Blumenthal was appointed as the national coordinator for Health IT under Obama, and Farzad Mostashari was assigned the tasks of making it happen.  The government injected $36 billion into the project and hospitals and doctors were also required to spend billions because the government threatened to reduce their Medicare and Medicaid payments if they didn’t comply.

 

In a recent interview David Blumenthal admitted that electronic health records “have not fulfilled their potential.  I think few would argue they have.”

 

Comment: Now we’ve ended up with a government designed system that doesn’t perform as promised – and the costs of converting to another system is prohibitive.  And on top of that, Democrats are now proposing Medicare for All.  Can you imagine how that will turn out??

United Methodist Church Under Attack From Within 4/24/19

In February 2019, the United Methodist Church (UMC) voted 438-384 to maintain their Traditional Plan which bans practicing LGBTQ persons from holding ministry, teaching, leadership positions in the church – and – forbids same-sex marriage ceremonies. 

 

But now the more liberal church pastors and members have called for UMC’s nine-member Judicial Council to convene and consider legal challenges to the Traditional Plan.  If the plan is upheld, it will take effect January 1, 2020 for U.S. churches.  If parts of it are struck down, it will necessitate a new debate at the nest general conference in May 2020.

 

Meanwhile, UMC churches opposed to the Traditional Plan are flying rainbow flags and conducting same-sex weddings in their churches – and they are withholding dues payments to the main office in protest.  UMC receipts were down 20% in March, according to financial reports posted online.  UMC’s largest church – the 22,000-member Church of the Resurrection with four locations in the Kansas City area is one of those withholding payments.  Its lead pastor, Adam Hamilton, says his church is temporarily withholding half of the $2.5 million that it normally would have paid to the UMC’s head office at this stage of the year.

 

Hamilton says, “We will ultimately pay it.  But we want to show that this is the impact if our churches decide to leave UMC.”  And that is the fear of many long-time church members . . . This division regarding LGBTQ issues may cause the breakup of the United Methodist Church: America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination church with 12.6 million members worldwide.

 

Comment:  Satan is corrupted the minds of these protesting pastors and church members in an attempt to destroy the church.  God’s Word is quite clear on homosexual activity and same-sex marriage:   It is a sin, and sin separates you from God, and if you do not seek God’s forgiveness and repent (turn away) from your sins, you will spend eternity in Hell.

 

Unemployment Lowest Since 1969 4/24/10

The U.S. Labor Department reports that for the third week in a row, unemployment claims have hit low levels not seen since September 1969 – and that the less volatile four-week moving average has reached lows last achieved in November 1969.

 

What makes this milestone stunning is that the unemployment claims number is not adjusted for how many people are in the labor force, and today there are almost twice the number of people in the labor force than in 1969.


Medicare For All 4/15/19

Bernie Sanders and thirteen of the 2020 Democrat presidential contenders are promising “Medicare for All.”  But what they are not telling you are the specifics of the bill (S.1804) that Democrats actually introduced last year:

  1. The bill provides universal coverage to all U.S. residents, regardless of their legal status 
  2. Coverage would be phased in over a four-year period
  3. Private health care insurance would be outlawed; including employer-sponsored (company paid) insurance
  4. All other federal health care programs would be abolished (including current Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare, and the highly popular Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
  5. Doctors who choose to work outside the system and accept payments directly from patients would face stiff penalties

If Medicare for All is implemented, 181 million people will lose their private insurance - and that doesn’t include the tens of millions who are currently under some type of government health care program.  The “new” program will have to serve 327 million people and is estimated to cost at least $3.2 trillion per year . . . which is 67% of the current U.S. total budget of $4.746 trillion.

 

Comment:  Bernie Sanders has finally admitted that everybody will have to pay higher taxes . . . not just the fat cats.  In an email to the Washington Post in August 2018, Bernie explained it this way:

 

"A Medicare-for-All health-care system would save the average family significant sums of money.  Yes, an individual may pay more in taxes, but that family of four that is spending $28,000 a year for health care today will no longer pay premiums, co-pays or deductibles to private insurance companies."
 

Green New Deal 3/28/19

All of the Democrat 2020 presidential candidates said they fully support the Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY – and - Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass) introduced the Green New Deal resolution in the Senate last month.

 

But when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for a vote to advance the Green New Deal resolution on March 26, 2019, it did not receive a single “YES” vote.  In fact, all the Democrats voted “PRESENT” except for four Democrats who voted “NO” as did all the Republicans.  The final vote tally was 0-57.

 

Isn’t it interesting how the Democrats are making speeches telling us how great the Green New Deal is . . . But not one of them was willing to go on record and actually cast a vote in favor of this ridiculous “pipe-dream” of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

 

In case you haven’t been following the news, the Green New Deal calls for the United States to:

  1. Eliminate the use of all fossil fuels within 10 years – that means taking out of service all automobiles, trucks, buses, ships, trains, and airplanes powered by fossil fuels. 
  2. Retrofit every building (commercial and private) that does not meet the “new deal” ecological standards – either retrofit or tear it down. 
  3. Eliminate corporate farms that raise beef, hogs, and other animals that expel methane gas through flatulence . . . because that gas is harmful to the environment, and eating red meat is unhealthy. 
  4. The government must provide free healthcare, free college education, and a government guaranteed “living-wage” income for every person living in the United States (including those who are here illegally) and even for people who are capable of working, but unwilling to do so.   
  5. The government must provide “pensions” for coal miners in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia to enable them to transition into a “new job” . . . to replace jobs lost due to the elimination of fossil fuels.

The American Action Forum’s analysis of the Green New Deal says “it will cost $93 trillion, which is 20 times larger than the current U.S. annual budget of $4.746 trillion.”

 

In addition, the AFL-CIO, America’s largest organized-labor union, slammed the Green New Deal, saying, “It is not rooted in an engineering-based approach and makes promises that are not achievable or realistic; and could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families.  We will not stand by and allow threats to our member’s jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered.”

     

 

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