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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has sent a follow-up letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper raising his concerns about "religious discrimination" in the Department of Defense (DOD) and how the department should address "its culture of hostility towards religion." "The Department must do better. It must take affirmative steps to stop those in its ranks from targeting ..."

1. True or False: COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death in the U.S.

False. It’s not even close. As of July 25, the most recent date for which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data is available, there were 135,579 deaths related to the contagion, less than 10% of the more than 1.5 million deaths that have occurred in the U.S. so far this year ...

Ed Young, founding and senior pastor of Fellowship Church, is challenging churches across the U.S. to reopen their doors, warning that the spiritual ramifications of refusing to meet outweigh the hype of the coronavirus pandemic ...

Protesters burned an American flag and a Bible in Portland, Oregon, sparking outrage just as weeks of violent demonstrations seemed to be coming to a close. For more than 60 days, Black Lives Matter demonstrators, including a “Wall of Moms” and a “Wall of Vets,” have clashed with federal agents in the city, drawing national attention as authorities ...

Texas has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, prompting the White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, to call the state one of “three New Yorks.” Some have even blamed the state’s early attempt to reopen as the cause of surge. While the surge needs to be taken seriously, there are reasons to be optimistic ...

Alabama Baptist bivocational pastor Will Dismukes resigned from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Prattville, on July 29 following three days of backlash resulting from a Facebook post. Dismukes, a Republican state representative whose district includes Prattville and Millbrook, gave the invocation July 25 at an annual birthday celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader in the Confederate Army and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, according to many historians ...

A Manhattan church was forced to take action after homeless people defecated and left needles on its front steps. The 100-member Trinity Presbyterian Church is in Midtown, an area normally bustling with business and tourist activity, but it has become a haven for drug users as the city experiences surges in gun violence and homelessness ...

The American republic and our founding principles are under attack. Those orchestrating the recent riots, protests, destruction of statues, and calls to defund the police seek to fundamentally transform America. Under the guise of correcting abuse, they really want to dismantle the founding principles of the most free and prosperous nation in the history of the world ... Learn why in this brief article by Stephen McDowell.

When Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch redefined “sex” in federal law, twisting federal bans on sex discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender identity, his colleague Samuel Alito rightly warned that the decision would wreak havoc on the health care industry. Almost exactly one month later, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to force a Roman Catholic hospital to perform transgender surgery in violation of ...

Should the Church be involved in helping solve issues at the local level? In Better Together, the latest Barna report produced in partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries, researchers studied the impact of lay-led initiatives in local communities and what happens when practicing Christians gather together to do good in their neighborhoods ...

The COVID-19 pandemic is a jagged fissure in time. One side represents things as they “were” while the other the way they “will be,” “might be,” or “must be” considering the altered post-pandemic institutional, social, and cultural topography. Organizations of all types are questing for their post-pandemic identity and function. Church leaders rattling with all the other institutional chiefs have an edge. Jesus said He is the ...

One Houston doctor is fighting for a drug combination with which she has successfully treated over 350 Covid-19 patients. She says that given in the early stages of the virus, the drug is an effective treatment and can also be given as a prophylaxis for high risk patients. Stella Immanuel, MD, is a primary care physician who runs an urgent care and pediatric clinic and also works in ...

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the emergency request for an injunction pending appeal regarding an application filed by a Nevada church. The denial of the emergency relief pending appeal is NOT a denial on the merits of the case. The decision to deny the emergency request with no written opinion by the majority is not a ruling on the merits. All that can be determined from this is that ...

Christian author and former CCM magazine editor Matthew Paul Turner announced on Facebook last week that he is ending his marriage of 16 years to his wife Jessica Turner because he is gay; the couple have three children together. Turner is the the author of over 16 books ... Turner explains in his Facebook post that “Being gay isn’t a new discovery for me. However, as someone who spent 30+ years in fundamentalist/evangelical churches, exploring God through conservative theologies, I’ve lived many days overwhelmed by fear, shame, and self-hatred. Though my own faith evolved long ago to become ...

“In our 2020 society, we need real men, real warriors, Alpha Male Christian men to take charge. We need this more now than ever before. I have seen horrendous violent acts, assaulting innocent non-involved people in American cities recently. It seems that people believe that if they validate their position in their own mind, then it's ok to abuse anyone they deem worthy of abuse. This is wrong on every level, no matter what your race. I hope that ..."

I was once told if we’re not careful, 2 percent of the passionate will control 98 percent of the indifferent 100 percent of the time. The more I’ve thought about this phrase, the more I believe it. There is now a small group of passionate people working hard to destroy our American way of life. Treason and treachery are rampant and our rule of law and those law enforcement professionals who uphold our laws are under the gun more than at any time in our nation’s history ...

Planned Parenthood has decided to remove the name of its founder, eugenicist Margaret Sanger, from its flagship abortion facility in Manhattan, according to news reports. The Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood is a high-volume abortion facility located at 26 Bleecker Street on Margaret Sanger Square which is known for a causing a large number of life-threatening medical emergencies that required ambulance transport to a local hospital ...

... On Saturday July 18th, KXII reported that a semi-truck struck a man around 11:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 75. It was reported that two men, one of which was Powell, had pulled over to help a man in a car that had caught fire after hitting a truck. Officers said that Powell saw the semi-truck headed for the other man who had stopped to help, and Pastor Powell pushed him out of the way to save him ...

The Bible tells us that gathering as brothers and sisters in Christ is an important part of our faith. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” In fact, the Greek word for church is “ecclesia,” which means “assembly.” Yet, CA Gov. Gavin Newsom has decreed this basic and important tenet of worship is totally banned in his state ...

The Chinese owned social media platform TikTok has been downloaded over 2 billion times worldwide since its 2017 launch. Their catchy 15-20 second viral dance videos have grown tremendously in popularity during the global pandemic, but the threat that TikTok poses to national security is a trend that no one wants to catch on ...

The Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 pitted EVOLUTION against CREATION. Clarence Darrow was the attorney who defended EVOLUTION. Darrow had previously defended Leopold and Loeb, the teenage homosexual thrill killers who murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 just for the excitement. Darrow obtained a pardon for antifa-type anarchists in 1886 who blew up a pipe bomb in ...

If any one of their more than 10,000-members is going to get sick with the new coronavirus, Olus Holder, executive pastor of Fallbrook Church in Houston, Texas, says they won’t be getting it from attending his church. Fallbrook, which was founded by Senior Pastor Michael A. Pender Sr., was announced Thursday as one of two COVID-19 testing sites established in the city with help from New York state ...

You’d think that a global pandemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands would at least temper the advance of legal killing. It hasn’t. While headlines worldwide were praising New Zealand’s prime minister for her handling of COVID-19, she was working to pass what might be described as the most extreme abortion laws on the planet ...

Finding unity in shared Christian values, not racial division or political posturing, was the message that undergirded the recent Pastors' Breakfast hosted by the Texas Pastor Council on July 9, 2020, in Pearland, TX. Pastors of "every color, every corner" of central and north Brazoria County and region, and area elected officials and law enforcement leaders participated in the Pastors' Critical Issues Briefing that included ...

Below are highlights from Thursday’s call on the Administration’s dedication to reopening schools, the Administration’s latest COVID-19 response, and the Department of Justice’s dedication to protecting the constitutional rights of Americans to practice their faith freely.

Essentially, Americans don’t want government officials telling us what to believe or what to say, and we certainly don’t want them retaliating against us simply for believing or saying something they disagree with. In fact, our Constitution prohibits it. But officials in Birmingham, Alabama, seemingly did just that several weeks ago ...

For more than a year, Chris and his five-year-old daughter Ann have been fighting a decision made by a Texas district court that granted an unrelated man partial custody of Ann over Chris’s objections. Today, that fight came to an end as the Supreme Court of Texas (SCOT) ruled to permanently reunite Chris and Ann ...

Muhlenberg’s inspiring demonstration of what it means to be both pastor and patriot is evidenced by both his pastoral calling and his military career, in which he rose to the rank of major general and fought in numerous battles of the Revolution. Methodist Bishop Charles Galloway characterized Muhlenberg and his fellow soldiers this way: “Mighty men they were, of iron nerve and ...

Our country is under attack from radical leftists. Mobs rampage through our streets, monuments are being destroyed, and the very law and order that ensures our communities’ peace and security is being undermined. In far too many instances, those bent on destruction have hijacked protests, creating violence and division, and ultimately attacking the very foundation of our nation. For them, it’s not about resolving race issues; it’s about ...

Newly obtained testimony shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) officials and a tissue procurement company admitting that infants were either born alive or showed signs of life, such as a beating heart, after leaving the mother during abortions. The testimony came as part of PPFA's civil suit against activist and Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden, who claimed ...

The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier for religious schools to obtain public funds, upholding a Montana scholarship program that allows state tax credits for private schooling. The court’s 5-4 ruling, with conservatives in the majority, came in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits ...

Yesterday, after 15 ½ hrs. of some 250+ virtual testimonies about the revising of Health Education curriculum standards (TEKS), the Texas State Board of Education finally finished at 1:10 A. M. this morning ... To save time and space, I have only addressed the Reproductive and Sexual Health Strand in this article ...

Governor Greg Abbott announced a temporary pause on any further phases to reopen Texas as the state responds to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that were permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the ...

Either liberty matters, or it doesn’t. You can’t have it both ways, no matter what actions Governor Abbott or any local elected official takes or allows to be taken. We have repeatedly heard the Governor say that local governments cannot enforce a requirement that individuals wear masks. Apparently though, local governments have cracked the riddle in the Governor’s executive orders that will allow them to punish a business that refuses to enforce the loss of liberty the Governor says ...

I recently watched a documentary on the life of David Cassidy titled David Cassidy: The Last Session, and let me tell you, it was just absolutely heartbreaking. To me, the story could be summed up this way: David had a deep longing for a father. He had one, of course, in Jack Cassidy, who was a Broadway star and celebrity in his own right. But Jack divorced David’s mother, and in many ways, he walked out of his son’s life. For the rest of David’s life, he seemed to live in his father’s shadow ...

You are awake. You see how the overreach of radical leftists has permanently ruined people’s lives. You have come to realize they aren’t trying save the lives of everyone— just the ‘preferred’ lives—the lives of those who advance their narrative; the lives of those who, in their minds, justify this draconian house arrest, this imposition of undeclared martial law. You see how lives are being lost to ...

Those eager to shrink or even eliminate police departments in their cities could learn much from the mutineers who, in 1789 revolted against Captain William Bligh and took over his ship, the Bounty ...

The Trump administration had established a commission on reforming police well before the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis pushed the subject to the top of the national debate. Last October, President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. He tasked the commission with ...

Religious persecution in China has intensified over the past year as the regime continues with its “decadeslong war on faith,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on June 10 while presenting his department’s annual assessment on the religious freedom record around the world. “The Chinese Communist Party is now ordering religious organizations to obey CCP leadership and infuse communist dogma into ...

Since the horrific killing of George Floyd, the moral outrage in our nation is palpable. Moral consensus, however, is not. While some cry out against violence by police, others cry out against violence against police. Systemic racism is either the most important problem we face, some say, or it doesn’t exist at all, others say. We must defund the police, according to some, and we must ...

After attending the George Floyd funeral in Houston on Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved several new studies and policies related to law enforcement in the state’s largest county. The proposals were mostly unveiled late last Friday in a 4-page supplemental/emergency agenda that included eight police-related items proposed by Commissioner Rodney Ellis (D-Pct. 1), along with related proposals from ...

While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called “systemic racism.” Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities. Some of the most dangerous big cities are St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Newark, Buffalo, and Philadelphia. The most common characteristic of these cities is that ...

They are trying to divide us. Because nearly everyone agrees that the death of George Floyd was a tragedy that should be averted, the Left needed something to reignite a sense of division and partisanship. As a result, we have seen a concerted effort to turn a moment of clarity and unity into one of destruction. Peaceful protests were conflated with riots, so that one could not condemn the latter without being ...

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick told "Fox News @ Night" Wednesday that former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' criticism of President Trump was an unneeded "distraction" and that America must "turn to God" if it wants to overcome racism ... "We have racism in this country, Shannon," Patrick said. "But it's really an issue of love. It's loving God. You cannot love your fellow man, if you don't love God -- and we have a country where we've been working really hard, particularly on the left, to kick God out ...

The death of approximately 1,500 Texans due to COVID-19 in the first five months of 2020 is unfortunate and alarming until put in perspective by comparing it to the 7,500 Texans who died with the flu ... The World Health Organization estimates that 1 billion people worldwide get the flu every year with 290,000 to 650,000 deaths of flu-related cases every year worldwide. In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that ...

Cities across the country are in ruin, and the fear that took root when stay-at-home orders went into effect is being compounded by violent protesters who’ve abandoned reason and justice in the wake of George Floyd’s wanton death allegedly at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. People’s livelihoods are up in flames. Others are afraid to leave their homes and many who depend on public transportation no longer have ...

A mere three hours before Governor Pritzker was scheduled to be held accountable by the United States Supreme Court for his unconstitutional and discriminatory church-closing orders, he has now ABANDONED those orders. THEY ARE NO MORE! That’s right. Governor Pritzker had recently said that he would ...

The Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover videos exposed Planned Parenthood leadership negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts, released a new video today featuring Planned Parenthood officials’ sworn videotaped testimony about the sales ...

... the Chicago Department of Public Health sent a letter to Elim Pentecostal Church and other Romanian churches in the city threatening closure and “summary abatement.” In the threatening letter, Commissioner Allison Arwady wrote: “I am authorized to seek to enjoin such nuisance or to cause the same to be summarily abated in such manner as I may direct….” The letter ended by stating that “the City will take steps necessary to ...

In a week when faithful Jews are observing Shavuot ... and serious Christians are celebrating Pentecost — the birth of the Church in Jerusalem two thousand years ago — it is a blessing that California Governor Gavin Newsom has to a limited extent lifted his ban on worship gatherings in his state. But... wait. What is this business of civil government banning and permitting and stipulating congregational seating, number of hymns, communion protocols ...