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NOMINEE: Tina SmithBIRTH DATE: March 4, 1958EDUCATION: B.S. in Political Science, Stanford University, 1980. M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, 1984.FAMILY: Lives in Minneapolis with her husband of thirty years, Archie Smith. They have two grown sons, Sam and Mason, who also reside in Minnesota.EXPERIENCE: Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota (2015-present); Chief of Staff to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (2011-2015); Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (2006-2011); Vice President of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota (2003-2006); Involved with Minnesota’s Democratic-Famer-Laborer (DFL) party since 1998; Founded a political and campaign consulting firm, Macwilliams, Cosrove, Smith, Robinson, (1992); General Mills’ marketing department (1984-1992) AbortionPlanned Parenthood connection:Smith’s abortion advocacy runs in the family. Her father, Harlan Flint, was a board member for Planned Parenthood Ohio. In 2003, Smith became the Vice President for External Affairs, at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, functioning as their lead registered lobbyist. Smith has said that Planned Parenthood provides “critical care” and that she is “proud of that work.” During her tenure at the organization, it had an increase in abortions by 22 percent, performing 9,717 abortions in Minnesota. 1,892 of these abortions were performed on low-income women, allowing the organization to be reimbursed $458,574.74 by Minnesota taxpayers. In 2004, Planned Parenthood became the state’s largest abortion provider, a title it maintains to this day. Between 2003 and 2005, Planned Parenthood Minnesota received $12.65 million in government grants.As a Planned Parenthood Vice President, Smith lobbied against pro-life legislation, including informed consent laws for mothers and one-day waiting periods for abortions. Specifically, she led the organization’s fight against the Woman’s Right to Know Act in Minnesota, which became law in 2003. The Act requires women to be informed of the gestational age of their child as well as of the associated risks with any procedures, and it requires the physician to provide information to the mother on resources for available prenatal, childbirth, and neonatal care, as well as resources for financial support. The Woman’s Right to Know Act also requires a 24-hour waiting period after the woman has been properly informed before she can give consent to undergo the abortion.Smith also lobbied against the Positive Alternatives Act of 2005, which provided state grants to nonprofits that supported women who chose not to abort by providing services such as housing assistance, adoption services, child care, parental education, and employment assistance. The purpose of an eligible grant applicant had to be to “maximize the potential” of the mother and support her after childbirth. Despite Smith’s efforts to convince legislators that pregnancy care centers that don’t refer women for abortions should not be eligible for state grants, the law passed in 2005.Smith continues to have the political support of her former employer. In 2012 the Planned Parenthood Action Fund honored Smith “for her passion and commitment to Planned Parenthood.” Sarah Stoesz, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota stated: “[Tina Smith] really built our education and outreach efforts. She’s got a pretty strong legacy around here.”When asked about Congress’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, Smith replied: “I think it’s almost totally political...It’s just a bad idea.”Following Governor Mark Dayton’s announcement of Smith as his appointee to replace Senator Al Franken upon Franken’s resignation, Stoesz publicly endorsed the move, saying Smith “will be a powerful, moving force for justice” due to her “business acumen and passion for women’s health and rights.” Stoesz added: “As the Chief of Staff to Governor Dayton and as Lieutenant Governor there simply hasn’t been a stronger voice for women‘s health and rights...Tina Smith [understands] that women can’t earn a living or support their children if they don’t have access to the reproductive health care they need.”Pro-Choice PoliticsSince 2011, Smith has served in the administration of Governor Mark Dayton, after having served as one of his campaign advisors leading up to his 2010 election. Dayton enjoys a 100 percent rating by NARAL. During Dayton’s first term, in which he vetoed seven different pro-life measures, Smith served as his Chief of Staff. Among the legislation Dayton vetoed was the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions occurring after 20 weeks, when unborn children can feel pain.When Dayton successfully ran for reelection in 2014, Smith was his running mate. During Smith’s time as Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, the Dayton administration continues to be unequivocally pro-abortion. In March 2017, the governor vetoed two bills, which would have denied taxpayer dollars from funding abortion, as well as required licenses for abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota applauded the veto, saying in a statement that “Minnesota women are deeply grateful that Gov. Dayton is once again using his veto pen to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion.”Although Planned Parenthood is thrilled that their former lobbyist is heading to Washington, pro-life Minnesotans continue to be displeased at their lack of pro-life representation in the Beltway. “Tina Smith is, without a doubt, the Abortion Senator,” said Leo LaLonde, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.Religious Liberty and Reproductive RightsTina Smith has explicitly maintained that women’s so-called “reproductive rights” should trump religious liberty protections. Following the release of the new Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations which rolled back the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, providing conscience protections for institutions with stances opposing birth control, Smith called the action an “outrageous assault on the health and well-being of women and families.” She also stated that “birth control is essential health care for women” and vowed to “keep fighting to protect the rights of every person to make decisions about their own health care.” LGBT AgendaTina Smith is viewed incredibly favorably by the Left for her stances on LGBT issues. Governor Dayton’s administration is very friendly to the LGBT community, and September 24, 2016 was declared Human Rights Campaign Day, in honor of the LGBT advocacy carried out by the Human Rights Campaign.Same-Sex MarriageSmith’s activism and career primarily point to her pro-abortion views. However, she is also pro-same-sex marriage, and released the following statement following the Supreme Court decision of Obergevell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states: “Today, the Court upheld that basic promise in all 50 states, and confirmed what Minnesotans have known for years - that love is love. While this is a major victory, there is more work to be done. We need to continue fighting until all Americans have equal rights and protections guaranteed by our Constitution.”Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) PositionsTina Smith stands vehemently opposed to President Trump’s decision to roll back President Obama’s transgender bathroom policy. She has called the Obama-era policies “reasonable protections” designed to “assure the basic dignity of all transgender students.” In her statement decrying the Trump administration’s decision to reverse the bathroom policy, she assured Minnesotans that she and Governor Dayton “will continue to do all we can to defend the rights and dignity of every young Minnesotan, including transgender students.”
Temple Baptist Church - 11-26-2017Philippians 1:1-7Introduction: A. Thanksgiving Day is over and gone but we have so many things to be thankful for that is hard to name all of them. The song, “Count Your Blessings,” should be a reminder to us to give God the thanksgiving that is due Him. Even during problems we have much to be thankful for.1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.1. We can thank God for the precious gift of His only begotten Son.2. We can thank God for hearing the gospel and being gloriously saved.3. We can thank God that salvation is eternal and depends upon Him and not us.4. We can thank God that His mercies and grace are far greater than all our sin.5. We can thank God that Heaven is our home and not this world.6. We can thank God that we were born in America and had opportunity to hear and believe.7. We can thank God for all His marvelous provision: food, shelter, conveniences, automobiles, etc.8. We can thank God for our health and strength to be here this morning.9. We can thank God for our families and friends.10. We can thank God for ample opportunity and freedom to serve the Lord.B. We can thank God for so many things, but as a pastor, I am thankful for Temple Baptist Church! 1. The Philippian Church was a special church – Philippians 4:15-19 2. There are a lot of churches, but few special ones! 3. Temple Baptist is one of the special ones!“I THANK MY GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU.”1. I Thank God For a saved congregation. So many churches are full of lost people but I have confidence in your profession of faith. Our pews are filled with sheep who follow and not goats that butt!2. I Thank God for Your Faith In Missions. Our church is missions hearted instead of just missions minded. Missionaries are both welcome and wanted here. They can come and stay with us!3. I Thank God For Your Testimony In The Community. Our church is respected in this county. Many may not agree with us and many are a little scared of us but they know who and what we are.4. I Thank God for Your Friendship With This Pastor . I am a part of you and you are a part of me. We are family; we are friends; we are one.5. I Thank God for Your Following Your Pastor. You do not follow me blindly but you follow me as I follow Christ. Pastoral authority is a biblical gift that the people give to their pastor and you have given it to me. I do not take that lightly.1 Thessalonians 1:6-10 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord …6. I Thank God For Your Faithfulness To God's House. We have good crowds at all three weekly services. I know that some are hindered by work schedules at times but, as a rule, you are faithful.7. I Thank God For Your Love For the King James Bible. Notice that I never call it a version because, if it is a version, then there are other versions. It is the Bible, God's Holy Word, and this is not debated in this church.8. I Thank God For Your Love One For Another. We do not have a lot of fussing or fighting here. We love, we laugh, we labor as one.Conclusion: I will say again that I have never had a desire to leave this church. Barbara and I plan to spend the rest of our lives here with you. We have so much to be thankful for and you are a major part of our thankfulness.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-19-2017Psalm 100Introduction: A. One of the signs of these last days is that of ingratitude. 2 Timothy 3:2says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” Unfortunately, it is a characteristic of the professing Christian as well as the religious lost person. The word thanks is found in many places and in several forms in the Bible: Thanks – 71x Thank – 26x Thankful – 3x Thanksgiving – 27x. B. We live in the day of “entitlements.” People believe that they are entitled to things without working for them. Instead of being thankful, people are expectant. They have been taught that this world and this nation owes them something. We areENTITLED TO GET A JOB, TO BE PRODUCTIVE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OUR FAMILIES!C. Most people are not thankful because they do not take the time to reflect upon just how good the Lord has been to them! They take the blessings of God for granted.D. Here is a short breakdown of Psalm 100: a Psalm of praise.1. The Purposing of Thanksgiving – “Make”2. The Praise of Thanksgiving – “a joyful noise”3. The Person of Thanksgiving – “unto the Lord”4. The People of Thanksgiving – “all ye lands”5. The Presence of Thanksgiving – “come before His presence”6. The Pondering of Thanksgiving – “He is God … He hath made us7. The Place of Thanksgiving – “His gates … His courts”8. The Perpetuity of Thanksgiving – “For the LORD is good; his mercy iseverlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” E. Just a few things that I am thankful for:1. I Thank God For My Salvation.a. At age 28, He came to me when I could not come to Him.b. He gave me the faith to be exercised.c. He granted me repentance.d. His mercy keeps me from hell.e. His grace gives me Heaven.f. His power to keep me saved.g. His watch care to keep me safe.h. His chastening to keep me straight.2. I Thank God For His Grace.a. Grace to live.b. Grace to suffer.c. Grace to stand.d. Grace in sorrow.e. Grace when it is my time to die.3. I Thank God For His Longsuffering And Mercy.a. When I am good He loves me.b. When I am not so good He loves me.c. When He chastens me it is with love and compassion.4. I Thank God For My Family.a. I thank God for my wife.1) For her faithfulness.2) For her forbearance (she has to put up with me 24/7 while you only put up with me forabout 5 hours/week!)b. I thank God for my family. I am proud of them.c. I thank God for my family in Kentucky. 5. I Thank God For Mine And Barbara's Health.a. I am getting older and still feel good and am able to work. As far as the doctors are concerned, I am cancer free.b. Barbara has been cancer free for 19+ years now thanks to the Lord.6. I Thank God For My Nation.a. I love America! I am an American by both birth and choice!b. I love her freedom.c. I love her prosperity.d. I love her mountains, plains, deserts, farmlands, for the north to the south, and from the east to the west. This is my country!7. I Thank God For His Inerrant Word.a. Its calm assurance.b. Its open prophecy.c. Its power to save. (It still works!)d. Its comfort in troublesome times.e. It is inerrant, infallible, inspired, powerful, wonderful, and it is free!8. I Thank God For Calling Me Into The Ministry.a. That God could use a sinner such as I. Unworthy and unprofitable!b. To let me preach in a time such as this. There are more sinners to preach to; more sin to preach against; more opportunity to shine for the Lord than at any other time since the beginning of time. c. The school from which I graduated. Tabernacle Baptist Bible College. It was a good school: faithful to God's Word and the doctrines of the faith. It was a place of old-fashioned worship where God was praised and pleased.d. Godly pastors and laymen who faithfully taught us the Word of God.9. I Thank God For The Church That God Called Me To Pastor. Temple Baptist Church of Laurens, SC. The greatest church on the face of the earth!a. For 7 people to start with. I couldn't have handled 8!b. For godly deacons and their familys who have never given me one ounce of trouble. Who have stayed by the stuff and continue to faithfully serve their Lord. (Deacon jokes are like mother-in-law jokes, but I have none to tell!)c. For a church full of people who are not only members of Temple Baptist Church, but are my friends. They follow instead of fight! I am theirs and they are mine. I am proud of them.10. I Thank God For His Many Blessings.a. Food on the table.b. A good bed to sleep in.c. Two cars and a truck to drive.d. Shoes on my feet and clothes on my back.e. We could camp here for a while!11. I Thank God For A Heavenly Hope.a. All of this and Heaven too. Glory!!b. The blessed hope of His soon appearing.c. The blessed hope of my disappearing.d. Ruling and reigning with Him.e. Living in the New Jerusalem in a mansion.f. Spending an eternity with my blessed Saviour and those who have been redeemed throughout all ages. Conclusion: This year, let us be thankful for God's many blessings!
Temple Baptist Church - 11-8-20171 Peter 5:14Introduction: We live in a world that is troubled. There is very little peace of heart and mind, but God has promised peace to His children.A. We Find The Promise Of Peace – “Peace be with you” - John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.B. We Find The People Of Peace – “you” - Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.C. We Find The Place Of Peace – “In Christ Jesus” - Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.D. We Find The Person Of Peace – “Christ Jesus” - Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.E. Peace With God Depends Upon Him - Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. F. Peace Of God Depends Upon You - Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. (Ensue - to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away)G. Since The Peace Of God Depends Upon You, Let Us See How To Have It.1. The Peace Of God Comes Through Believing What God Has Said - Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. a. Believing His Promise Of Salvation - Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.b. Believing His Promise Of Provision - Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.c. Believing His Promise Of Protection - Proverbs 21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.2. The Peace Of God Comes Through A Realization That He Is In Control - John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) (the winds and waves still know)3. The Peace Of God Comes Through Keeping Your Mind Stayed Upon Him - Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Stayed – to lean upon or to rest in - not in self; not in circumstances)4. The Peace Of God Comes Through Spiritual Mindness - Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if[there be any praise, think on these things.5. The Peace Of God Comes Through Making Peace - 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.6. The Peace Of God Comes Through Being Filled With The Holy Ghost - Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,7. The Peace Of God Comes Through Prayer - Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8. The Peace Of God Comes Through Obedience To Scripture - Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
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