Why We Should All Support #HR7: The No Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Act

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Last Thursday morning, The House Judiciary Committee held an extremely important hearing on the important pro-life bill H.R.7 that would ban federal taxpayer funding for abortions. The bill was sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey.

“The No Tax Payer Funding for Abortion Act – Prohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds) for any abortion.”  Democrats like Nancy Pelosi quickly responded on Twitter, claiming the H.R. 7 “attacks women’s health in a hearing by all men.”  Pelosi’s tweet is consistent with the two most frequent slogans that liberals constantly appeal to: first, “Any opposition to abortion on demand is an attack on women” and second,  “Men don’t have any say so on this issue because they’re men.”

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“Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.”- Psalms 9:12 NLT

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“My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether I live or die.”

-Paul, around the year 62, while in prison. (Philippians 1:20 NET)

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The One Disruptive Resolution for 2014

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Why is it that I feel that this year I need to resolve to lose 20 pounds of weight and get back to my college days when I played basketball?

Why is it that I tell myself that this is the year I will save lots of money and take my dream vacation and finally get myself organized?

Sounds familiar?

New Year Resolutions.

Before you think I’m a “hater” on New Year Resolutions. I want to say that these kind of resolutions are not necessarily worthless. Goal setting is good. New Year Resolutions can be noble, but they may not necessarily be all God wants for me.

Perhaps, I need to look further and ask, Why is it, that I am setting these particular goals? Why have I put on weight recently? Why do I sense that I need to save money? Have I spent too much on trivial items or experiences? Is it even coherent that American’s top resolutions for 2014 include traveling and taking risks while saving money and getting organized?

What if with this year’s resolution, God wanted to take our goals, desires and dreams and transform them?

I can’t but notice that throughout history, God has often taken type A, successful, goal-setting individuals and completely disrupted them.

One of best examples of this is Paul, the Jewish rabbi and lawyer who was persecuting anyone who he discovered was worshipping Jesus, whom his followers had claimed to have seen alive after his crucifixion.  On one of Paul’s trips, while seeking to prosecute and sentence to death Christians in the city of Damascus, Paul experienced a God disruption. Jesus appeared to him in blinding light. Paul was immediately and radically changed; he became a Jesus follower. No more career and selfish political ambition. Paul loved Jesus so much, that he himself would go anywhere to tell people about Jesus even when it meant loosing money, being arrested, tortured and eventually killed.

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How Logic Can Help Save a College Student’s Faith

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“I’m a liberal, pacifist, atheist, and if you don’t like it, you can leave,” the professor said as he began the first day of Renaissance history at the University of Colorado. Joni Raille, who grew up in a conservative Christian home, was taken aback and wondered what her professor’s bluntness had to do with Renaissance history. I asked her if she ever considered dropping the course. “No,” she replied, “I can learn from anybody, even if he is an atheist.”

A few days later, Joni’s professor began speaking of religious changes within European Christian culture. He wrote a Bible verse from the Gospel of Matthew on the board. “How many of you are Christians? Raise your hand!” Joni felt singled out. But she, along with four other students, raised their hands. The professor probed further. “How many of you read the Bible everyday? Keep your hand up.” Joni kept her hand up. She was the only one. “What, are you going to be a nun or something?” Joni smiled, and politely said, “No.” The professor smiled back. “C’mon Joni, I think you would look good wearing a religious habit like a nun.”

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Human cloning has begun, but now it must become illegal

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Earlier this year, scientist Dr. Shoukrat Mitalipov reported in the academic journal Cell, that for the first time in history, human embryos were successfully cloned. The procedure called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) which was used 17 years ago for Dolly the Sheep was recently applied successfully to human cells for the first time in history.

Dr. Mitalipov described the procedure:

“One way to do it is to take skin cell from dental nucleus. To make a stem cell, we have to have a compatible cytoplasm. We know that actually from animal studies that eggs — actually the cytoplasm has this capacity to basically to turn any cell nucleus that we put inside into stem cells. The procedure is called somatic cell nuclear transfer. We perfected in the past, this procedure in the monkey model. It’s non-human primate. It’s very close to humans. We
were interested if we could use now this technique to apply to human eggs.

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