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Crying Obama

Its been over a month! On the Conn. Shootings-“The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.” Barack Obama…. Mr. President do you have a tear for the 3700 children that were legally aborted today? For that matter what about the 50,000,000 that have been aborted since Roe v. Wade?

 

 

Tolerance AKA You can’t think for Yourself!

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Challenge Those Who Value Tolerance to in Fact Be Tolerant

Today the word “Tolerance” reigns supreme. We live in a world that houses a double standard. Tolerance is placed above all things, including truth. However those who claim to be so very high-minded and supremely tolerant often prove to be absolutely intolerant when you do not fit into their camp and holding to their worldview. As Randy Alcorn says,  “In particular, they are intolerant toward every person and idea that they, confident in their own appraisal, judge to be intolerant.”

Gregory Koukl with Stand to Reason shares this from his blog post…

Ask for Tolerance

If you’re placed in a situation where you suspect your convictions will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded, and judgmental, turn the tables.  When someone asks for your personal views about a moral issue—homosexuality, for example—preface your remarks with a question.
You say: “You know, this is actually a very personal question you’re asking, and I’d be glad to answer.  But before I do, I want to know if you consider yourself a tolerant person or an intolerant person.  Is it safe to give my opinion, or are you going to judge me for my point of view?  Do you respect diverse ideas, or do you condemn others for convictions that differ from yours?”  Let them answer.  If they say they’re tolerant (which they probably will), then when you give your point of view it’s going to be very difficult for them to call you intolerant or judgmental without looking guilty, too.
This response capitalizes on the fact that there’s no morally neutral ground.  Everybody has a point of view they think is right and everybody judges at some point or another.  The Christian gets pigeon-holed as the judgmental one, but everyone else is judging, too.  It’s an inescapable consequence of believing in any kind of morality. 

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Clashing Problems in Mormon Doctrine PT 3

DOUBLE DEALING

Mosiah 23:16 says Alma was the founder of their church.
Matthew 16:18 says Christ claims that He will establish His church.

Only one can be true.

So who do we believe?

Well Jesus stated that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life,.. then he Proved it. I simply can’t say that for Nephi.-Kenn

Planned Parenthood by the Numbers

Planned Parenthood  Click on the Link to get more info at ABORT 73.com

Did you know this about Planned Parenthood

 

902 That ’s the number of innocent human beings who were aborted at planned parenthood in 2010… every day.

329,445 abortions for the year. Why do they call themselves Planned Parenthood when they leave so many childless?

876,000

That’s the number of dollars planned parenthood made in clinic revenue in 2010… every day.

$320 million for the year

1,335,342

That’s the number of tax dollars planned parenthood received in 2010… every day.

$487 million for the year

46%

That’s the percentage of Planned Parenthood revenue paid by U.S. taxpayers.

Which raises some disturbing questions

Why are tax-payers funding an organization whose practices are offensive to half the population?

Why are tax-payers footing the bill for a non-profit with more than $1 billion in net assets?

Why are tax-payers subsidizing ad campaigns for “pro-choice” politicians?

Doesn’t that seem a bit dubious?

Planned Parenthood has made billions of dollars destroying helpless human beings.

If they want to spend millions of dollars to elect a pro-abortion president, it should be on their own dime?

Abort73.com

Educate Yourself. Educate Your World.

The figures in this video were taken from Planned Parenthood’s 2009-2010 annual report. Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a 501(c)3 organization. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a 501(c)4 organization. Planned Parenthood’s 2010 form 990 shows that $6.5 million in 501(c)3 funds were allocated for 501(c)4 use.

Yet one more reason I will be voting for LIFE during this election.

Clashing Problems in Mormon Doctrine PT 2

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The Book of Mormon English Missionary Edition Soft Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DEMONSTRATED IGNORANCE

2 Nephi 10:3 says that Christ “should be his name”. Christ is a title with the Hebrew word Messiah. It is not a name. God would not make that mistake in helping Joseph translate the plates.

Kenn- Joseph could not translate real much less imaginary languages, so it was just ignorance that demonstrates that Jesus Christ is his actual name. I will add that many Christians too are far to ignorant. That doesn’t excuse “Nephi” for his mistake however.

Leno, The President and Missing the Point

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comments that pregnancies caused by rape are “something God intended to happen” echoed across the U.S. media and sent ripples through political circles ahead of the November 6 election.

I didn’t see it but recently the President was on Jay Leno and the conversation got around to a comment by Senator Richard Murdock concerning rape. Now I have to say I understand his sentiment, but would change at least one word. I would change “INTENDED” to “ALLOWED“.

Intended indicates that God wanted to bring about life in this manner. I do not believe that this is the case and it is not consistent with the nature of God as he has revealed himself.

Allowed indicates that although, it is not what God intended, due to the sinful and fallen world we live in, rape is a way children are brought into our world and God does indeed for know each child who is born REGARDLESS of HOW they are conceived.

Let’s see the Senators comment in context:

“Richard Murdock said: “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.”

— Mourdock’s position and struggle is basic, how could a good God allow this horrible situation of rape to happen? Can a gift and triumph come from trauma? He seems to have struggled and decided that it indeed can happen, although he may not understand how or why it happens this way, only that it did. Did God ORIGINALLY intend for violent rape to be the method for our children to come into the world? Of course not, he is not saying that. The President and others are simply looking for a platform to gain a standing during the final moments of an election.

Here is what the President stated:

“I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas. Let me make a very simple proposition: rape is rape. It is a crime,” Obama said on NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

— Thank you for pointing out the obvious. Yes it is a Crime. So why are we Punishing the Child?

— Abortion is Abortion. It is murder and SHOULD BE A CRIME! It ends and Life and creates at the LEAST two victims!

He goes on to state that:

“This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s healthcare.”

— Last I checked, it takes two to create a child, how is it only a woman has a right to decide the fate of THEIR child in matters regarding the life of the child?

Sadly, Obama shows he has NO concept of God, Theology or Doctrine, I don’t like the wording “something God intended to happen” as if God is an accessory to the crime, however, this child was going to be a product of these to people. Was this God’s intended method, I don’t think so, but this child WAS meant to be.

— Then for him to even talk about Planned Parenthood as if it is an organization that HELPS women. Really? It is the biggest provider of legally sanctioned execution of women! Really sad!

Senator Richard Mourdock

Just Saw This!!!

Last night on the Jay Leno show, Obama claimed AGAIN that PP provides mammograms (this is the third time he’s lied about this).  Perhaps between the debate last week and now, they started providing them?  Let’s call and find out! TOMORROW, we will once again call Planned Parenthood and ask about their mammogram services.  We had over 2,000 people make calls last time.  Let’s get more this time!  Here is the link to our event: http://www.facebook.com/events/374786825937001/

 

Clashing Problems in Mormon Doctrine Pt 1.

Christ Mormon

Christ Mormon (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

JUST THE FACTS MAM’…

These are some inconsistencies that were posted by another who gets the credit for some great arguements, however, since I do not know them nor have their permission to give their name, I will not.

If you are an LDS,… how would you tackle these questions?

 

CONTRADICTORY ORIGINS

Alma 45:13-15 states that the believers began to be called Christians before the birth of Christ (73 B.C.) Acts 11:26 says the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Which is it, it cannot be both.

Depression, Addiction and Self Injury Oh My

This is some great information, from “To Write Love on Her Arms” who has compiled the stats.

Diminished mental health and the attempt to compensate for it is costly today. Not only, emotionally, but relationally, financially, and spiritually. It is a downward spiral that latches on and refuses to let go. Have one, you are likely to experiene yet another,… which will lead to more depression. This is not about dealing with these topics is simply to report about the statistics regarding them. However, these numbers are not a sentence, there is always hope! -Kenn

121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)

18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)

Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Survey, 1999)

Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30% of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)

2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)

About Depression

According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability, with approximately 121 million people suffering with depression worldwide. The National Institute of Mental Health states that approximately 18 million people suffer from depression in America alone. Depression does not discriminate across age, race, gender, or class. Among teenagers it is estimated that 20 percent will suffer from depression at some point by the time they reach adulthood. There are also as many as 8.3 percent of teens suffering from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to 5.3 percent of the general population.

About Addiction

The stigma associated with addiction is one of the greatest challenges to recovery. Each year only 10 percent of Americans who need alcohol and drug treatment get the help they need. Yet with treatment and support, people with addiction can lead productive lives.

The Addiction Project has benefited from contributions by the leading experts in the field of addiction. On their website you can find articles written by experts featured in the HBO Addiction series.

About Self-Injury

While not always the case, often untreated depression and other struggles lead to unhealthy ways in which we try and deal with the hurt and pain we are feeling. We try and find anything that we can do to take away the hurt, painful feelings, or negative thoughts we are experiencing. Often the things that we turn to seem to help at first, appearing to provide some of the relief that we need so badly. But, even though they may seem like they help, often they are unhealthy themselves, eventually becoming even greater struggles like addictions such as drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, or self-injury.

Self-injury remained very much a mystery until 1996 when Princess Diana revealed that she had struggled with it. It has become much more visible in society within the last ten years. Self-injury is also termed self-mutilation, self-harm, or self-abuse. It can be defined as the deliberate, repetitive, impulsive, non-lethal harming of one’s self, including but not limited to;

1) cutting

2) burning

3) picking or interfering with wound healing

4) infecting oneself

5) punching/hitting self or objects

6) inserting objects in to skin

7 )bruising or breaking bones and

8) some forms of hair pulling

While these behaviors pose serious risks, they may be symptoms of a problem that can be treated.

Experts estimate that 4% of the population struggle with self-injury. It has the same occurrence between males and females, even though in popular culture it can appear to be more prevalent among girls.

• Emptiness

• Inability to understand or express feelings

• Loneliness

• Fear

• Past Abuse

• Depression

Self-injury, like many addictions, is often a coping mechanism to deal with some manner of internal pain, many who struggle with it also struggle with other issues such as eating disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. While self-injury may be someone’s way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings and is generally NOT a suicide attempt, relief is always temporary, and usually only perpetuates a destructive cycle that continues the struggle. This cycle often means that those who do not get help can become more depressed and shameful, adding to the pain and need for relief, thus perpetuating the cycle.

While self-injury may not be about attempting suicide, the damage done while harming oneself always carries the risk of inflicting serious, and even lethal, regardless of whether suicide is intended or not. The continued cycle of addiction and self-harm, as in substance abuse and other eating disorders, can have a destructive effect on one’s health both physically and mentally, and the struggles can worsen over time without treatment.

(SAFE alternatives – www.selfinjury.com)

Self-injury, like alcohol and drug abuse and eating disorders, is addictive, and thus not something that is easy to simply stop. However, while all addictions are very difficult to overcome, help and treatment are out there and available, and recovery and freedom are possible.We believe this is true whether someone’s struggles may be self injury, depression, drugs and alcohol, body image issues, sexual addiction, or other areas of brokenness.

Research shows that those who seek professional help and therapy have a very good chance of recovery, and finding relief from symptoms such as depression and anxiety as well as others. (APA, 1998)

About Suicide

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds. It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death will increase to one every 20 seconds.

The WHO further reports that:

In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (male and female). Suicide attempts are twenty times more frequent than completed suicides.

Although suicide rates have traditionally been highest amongst elderly males, rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of all countries.

Mental health disorders (particularly depression and substance abuse) are associated with more than 90% of all cases of suicide.

Suicide results from many complex sociocultural factors and is more likely to occur during periods of socioeconomic, family and individual crisis (e.g. loss of a loved one, unemployment, struggling with sexual orientation, difficulties with developing one’s identity, disassociation from one’s community or other social/belief group).

The WHO also states that:

In Europe, particularly Eastern Europe, the highest suicide rates are reported for both men and women.

The Eastern Mediterranean Region and Central Asia republics have the lowest suicide rates.

Nearly 30% of all suicides worldwide occur in India and China.

Suicides globally by age are as follows: 55% are aged between 15 to 44 years and 45% are aged 45 years and over.

Youth suicide is increasing at the greatest rate.

In the US, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports that:

Overall, suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death for all US Americans, and is the third leading cause of death for young people 15-24 years.

Although suicide is a serious problem among the young and adults, death rates continue to be highest among older adults ages 65 years and over.

Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than are females. However, females are more likely to attempt suicide than are males.

Suicide within minority groups

Research indicates that suicide rates appear to be increasing within native and indigenous populations such as the Native Americans in the United States and Alaska, and the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Peoples in Australia and New Zealand.

Suicide rates within migrant communities such as African and East Asian Americans or the Black British community are also of growing concern. Statistics show a rise but in some countries it can be difficult to calculate. For example, in the UK the place of birth is recorded on the death certificate, not ethnicity, therefore reducing data on suicides amongst minority groups.

We believe that rescue is possible, and are committed to communicating hope to others who know the daily struggle of living in a broken world.

RETRIEVED FROM: http://www.twloha.com/facts/

New World Tolerance

In the past, the word ‘tolerance’ meant ‘ respectfully agreeing to disagree’ with others, like neighbors, family or friends in regards to difficult or controversial topics.

Today, however, a new understanding of tolerance reigns supreme:  No longer must I merely respect my neighbor’s right to think and act differently from me, I must embrace, celebrate, and promote my neighbor’s way of life, even if that means repudiating my own values in the process.

Now the word has been redefined to ‘all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equaly valid and worthy. Denying this makes a person ‘intolerant’, and thus worthy of contempt.

The new definition of ‘tolerance’ makes the Christian claims to exclusivity (John 14:6) ‘intolerant’, which supposedly justifies much of the anti-Christianity in the media and the education system.

But this argument is obviously self-refuting in that if these ‘tolerance’ advocates reject Christianity, then they are not treating this belief as ‘equal’

This is not surprising however, those who teach a tolerance of all beliefs often oppose Christianity. They cannot tolerate the teachings of the Bible saying, “Here’s what’s right and here’s what wrong. ” If the Bible, God’s word gives an absolute, it certainly isn’t tolerated.They believe that we have to tolerate all beliefs and viewpoints as equally valid. Except those of Christianity. Contrary to popular belief, religions do not teach the same things, and, so, they can’t all be true.

“The Christian is most often claimed to be “intolerant” when he refuses to accept and speaks out against “alternative lifestyles,” such as cohabitation or homosexual behavior. Again, this is an improper use of the word “intolerant.” Tolerance does not require acceptance of all ideas as being true, but merely a willingness to hear alternative beliefs. Those who say that Christians should not express their beliefs are actually the ones who are being intolerant, since they are unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression to Christian beliefs.”

Real Life Example

Check out the following quote by someone I know and respect, but don’t agree with 100 percent on in a couple of areas.

“If your belief system is contributing to a culture that is so intolerant that teens are KILLING themselves, I hope that you will study, pray, and examine your heart for wisdom & truth. Happy PRIDE week to my LGBT loved ones!”

She is very passionate and intelligent person. Notice the key buzz word. “Intolerant” I am not convinced by her statement that the different culture so often identified, Christianity, is either intolerant or that it can be held responsible for the tragic deaths of these teens. Any death of a teen, for any reason is a terrible loss.

Again, you can’t miss that the word “INTOLERANT” is used here. It must be their favorite word. Intolerant, intolerance, tolerant…TOLERANCE. This seems to be a Sacred word and the highest ideal that all should be adhere to and embrace.

However if an alternative viewpoint is taken,… you will get an earful!

 You want to talk about intolerance,.. well then… here are few examples of recent intolerance for Christianity:

Why is it those demanding tolerance are tolerant of only those who “CELEBRATE” their beliefs? That’s not very tolerant.

• The Supreme court determining to exclude anyone who prays in Jesus name from a rotation of officials who open city business meetings

• The removal of US military Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, over the issue of praying in Jesus Name

• UCLA’s prohibiting a graduating student from thanking her “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” in her graduation speech

• A San Diego elementary school created an extra recess period to allow 100 Muslim students to pray, while a federal judge upheld a Knoxville, Ky., jury’s decision that a public school could prohibit its 5th grade Christian students from studying and discussing their Bibles during recess

• The Council on American-Islamic Relations (Los Angeles) requested an investigation of the desecration of a Quran, Islam‘s revealed text, as a hate crime. Conversely, when Palestinians tore up Bibles for toilet paper (May 15, 2002, The Washington Times) there was no outrage, and after a church in the U.S. saved and held fundraisers to afford the cost of buying and shipping requested Bibles in the Pashto and Dari language to an American sergeant in Afghanistan, the Bibles were confiscated, thrown away, and burned. The only official comment about burning the Bibles was this one, by a Defense Department spokesman, “Troops in war zones are required to “burn their trash.”

So as Christians, how should we respond to this. Well like Jesus did, he loved Everyone relentlessly, but he never condoned everything they did, he held them to accountability for their sins, the hot buttons today tend to deal with homosexuality and topics surrounding women, but there are so many more. As Christians, can we really point our finger at someone with a same-sex attraction who avoids church and yet have no problem with the person we sit next to at church who we know leads an immoral lifestyle? We can’t, it doesn’t make us judge and jury, but we need perspective on this don’t we. Neither do we need allow popular opinion direct our path. Do we turn a blind eye to the death of innocent children simply because it’s legal.  We can’t.

Romans 12:2

English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by  the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may  discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b]

When you speak the truth in love,.. you will be insulted, called intolerant and worse. Don’t worry, they didn’t like it when Jesus did it either,… you are in good company.

Final Question

If you don’t like my viewpoint, my perspectives, or my freedom to assert them, does that make you intolerant?

Where Does Life Begin?

It has been approximately one month since I completed further education with quite a diverse group. Within the field of Social Work comes extreme diversity and an expectation of tolerance and acceptance. With some peers, it is not just an acknowledgement for their views, but the demand for one to embrace and advocate for their beliefs at the cost of your own.

So where does this leave us with dealing with those who are in need of help or counseling? While I certainly believe that it is crucial to create a therapeutic alliance (team approach) and meet people where they are, it does not mean I check my values at the door. I must simply be honest about who I realistically can and cannot help. It will be a difficult task; I must admit to work with people who require validation for something that I personally believe is wrong. However my task will be to help them work through the choices, decisions and consequences that life brings them.

One such value that some of my peers would have me check at the door surround a subject that I see as very clear but has become mired in political and emotional debate. It is the subject of Abortion. As I post on this I would love to hear any rational viewpoints, comments and insights. So I ask, where does life begin? This is the lynchpin question that sets apart choice from life.

For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

PSALM 139

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