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1 Corinthians 7:17-23 | Use Your Freedom | Independent Baptist This video is a sermon preached from 1 Corinthians 7:17-23. The topic of the message is spiritual liberty. The premise is that we must use the freedom God has ...
Romans 8:1-2 | Glorious Liberty | Independent Baptist This message from Romans 8:1-2 deals with the freedom that belongs to the Christian. For more resources visit http://www.puyallupbaptistchurch.com.
Murmuration (Official Video) by Sophie Windsor Clive & Liberty Smith

 

Murmuration - it is something amazing to see.
 
No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, tens of thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland.
 
The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called murmurations,
 
having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter's frigid bite.
 
Scientists aren't sure how they do it, either.
 
The starlings' murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants.
 
As far as I am aware, even complex algorithmic models haven't yet explained the starlings' aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds' quicksilver reaction time of fewer than 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions and predators in the giant flock.
 
Two young women were out for a late afternoon canoe ride and fortunately one of them remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful murmuration display, caught in this too-short video.
BR Lakin - Two White Horses (Part 3 of 3) BR Lakin - Two White Horses from the Liberty Channel "Pulpit Classic" Series.
BR Lakin - Two White Horses (Part 1 of 3) BR Lakin - Two White Horses from the Liberty Channel "Pulpit Classic" Series.
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Dear Friends,In recent weeks, as the Democratic Party further entrenches itself in the support of late-term abortion to the point of infanticide, I have often found myself feeling angry and disgusted toward these elected officials who seem so lacking in basic human decency. (If these politicians were standing in the room where a late-term abortion was taking place or where a baby was literally born alive after a failed abortion, would they still hold the same view? One has to wonder…)During such highly-charged emotional times in public life that we are currently in, I’ve found it very easy to demonize and dehumanize these pro-abortion elected officials in my own mind. We human beings have a tendency to condemn without a second thought, and condemnation can quickly become personal. You’ve probably heard it many times before, but it bears repeating: we must condemn actions, not people. But there’s something else we must do as pro-life Christians that goes beyond condemnation of actions, and it’s more important: prayer. Our Savior Himself commanded it: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:43-45).Are we praying every day for Andrew Cuomo, for Ralph Northam, for Nancy Pelosi, for Chuck Schumer, for all other elected officials who publicly support abortion, that they will have a change of heart? As Christians, prayer must be our very first impulse whenever we face any kind of challenge, or before we do anything at all, for that matter (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When we feel powerless to affect change for good, prayer gives us peace of mind to know that we are doing something. For we know that God listens to and answers our prayers (1 Peter 3:12).Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC MediaIssue Brief: Rebels Without a Clause: When Senators Run Roughshod Over the "No Religious Test" Clause of the U.S. Constitution – Alexandra McPheeIssue Analysis: Department of Defense on Why Those with “Gender Dysphoria” Are Disqualified from Military Service – Peter SpriggA Christian War Memorial in No Way Violates the Establishment Clause – Alexandra McPheeWhen Free Exercise Comes at a Price – Alexandra McPheeWhat a Title IX Proposal Means for Religious Liberty – Alexandra McPheeDemocratic Congresswoman Condemns Religious Bigotry, Standing up to Her Party in a Rare Act of Courage – David ClossonChris Pratt’s Bible-inspired diet highlights a discipline from a spiritual dimension – Tony PerkinsNew York and Planned Parenthood, a eugenic match made in Heaven – Patrina MosleyThe Conscience of A Nation: Defeating Democrat Extremism – Ken BlackwellTargeting of Karen Pence is wake-up call to all Christians – Travis WeberFRC Speaker Series: Religious Freedom, Trade Talks, and ChinaFRC Speaker Series: Should We Pull Our Kids Out of Public School?FRC Speaker Series: The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives – Jennifer Roback MorseParty of “Tolerance” is Intolerant to American’s Views on Late-Term Abortion – Patrina Mosley3 Things to Remember About the Importance of Marriage This Valentine’s Day – Hugh PhillipsWill Women’s Restrooms Be Ruled Obsolete? – Peter SpriggContributors to Sexual Exploitation are Called Out – Patrina MosleyReturn to the Constitution: Judicial Activism or Originalism? – Zachary RogersThe Cost of Sending Your Kids to Public School Just Might Be Their Souls – Cathy Ruse10 Nominees Have Faced Unconstitutional Religious Tests in Less Than 2 Years – Alexandra McPheeMarriage Gives Love a Canvas to Paint On – Dan HartPresident Trump’s Pro-Life Proclamation – David ClossonThe Pro-Infanticide Party – David ClossonHotel Trans: Check In Any Time, But Never Leave – Cathy Ruse Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareThe Ever-Present Totalitarian Temptation – George Weigel, First ThingsVermont discriminates against students of religious high schools, lawsuit claims – Jess Aloe, Burlington Free PressJewish Therapist Sues New York City Over Law Banning Faith-Based LGBT Counseling – Joshua Nelson, The Daily SignalJudge says Tampa ban on conversion therapy may violate therapists' free speech rights – Avery Anapol, The HillInternational Religious FreedomPakistan’s Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Asia Bibi Blasphemy Acquittal – Hannah Brockhaus, National Catholic RegisterAsia Bibi stuck in Pakistan, frustrated and afraid amid threats – Brandon Showalter, The Christian PostPhilippine Church Bombing Kills 20 After Vote for Muslim Governance – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity TodayN. Korean Christians keep faith underground amid crackdowns – Hyung-Jin Kim, APMilitary Religious FreedomAmericans Tell Atheists: Keep Your Hands Off Our War Memorials – ToddStarnes.com LifeAbortionOB/GYNs, Nurses Speak Out Against NY Abortion Law: It Is Never Necessary to Kill Baby for Health, Life of Mother – Heather Clark, Christian NewsPlanned Parenthood Made $245 Million Last Year Killing Babies in Abortions – Lauretta Brown, LifeNewsVermont Abortion Bill Goes Further than Virginia and New York’s – Wesley J. Smith, National ReviewNew York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos – Bishop Robert Barron, Word on FireBookstore Owner Makes Viral Statement About New York Abortion Law – Mary Margaret Olohan, The Daily CallerInfanticide Becomes Justifiable – Wesley J. Smith, First ThingsAbortion’s Devastating Impact Upon Black Americans – Arthur Goldberg, Public DiscourseAdoptionMothers Are Killing Babies Who Could Fill The Empty Arms Of Millions Of Loving Couples – Adam Mill, The Federalist FamilyMarriageHow Can Marriage Be Good for Mental Health? – David Levine, U.S. News & World ReportGiving Up Good Things for the Best Things in Marriage – Selena Frederick, Focus on the FamilyResources for Building a Marriage that Lasts – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesHow We Saved Our Marriage in the Final Hour – Her View From HomeA Finance Guide for Married Couples – Phillip Holmes, The Gospel CoalitionDon’t Put Your Hope in Date Night – Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, The Gospel CoalitionMore Tips to Promote a Strong Marriage – Jim Graves, National Catholic RegisterMy Husband Isn’t Romantic, But He’s Still Mr. Right – Jenny Albers, Her View From HomeParentingDad—A Girl’s First and Most Influential Love – Timothy Rarick, Family StudiesParental Involvement: How Much Is Too Much? – Child TrendsWhat It’s Like When the Kids Grow Up: A Conversation Between Two Moms – Carolyn Lankford and Anna Meade Harris, rootedWebinar: The Unique Contributions Of Fathers To Their Children’s Development – Institute for Research on PovertyEconomics/EducationDespite Government Shutdown, Job Growth Soars in January – Timothy Doescher, The Daily SignalThe “Green New Deal” Would Only Crush People’s Spirit – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamFaith/Character/CultureMarijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence – Alex Berenson, ImprimisThe Internet and Satan’s Game – Bishop Robert Barron, Word on FireYou Don’t Have to Have a Well-Formed Opinion on Everything – Trevin Wax, The Gospel CoalitionPsychology as Indoctrination: Girls Rule, Boys Drool? – Leonard Sax, Family StudiesAre Smartphones and Social Media Hurting Our Kids? – Charles Fain Lehman, Family StudiesA Different Kind of Love – Nancy Flory, The StreamHuman SexualityThe Left is Shunning Liberals With Concerns About Transgender Agenda – Ryan Anderson, The StreamPressure to conform – Jamie Dean, WORLDTrue love waits: Suggestions for a more holistic purity culture – Alex Ward, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionCohabitation Doesn’t Compare: Marriage, Cohabitation, and Relationship Quality – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies6 ways pastors can care for victims of sexual abuse – Trillia Newbell, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHuman TraffickingHow to Spot Sex Trafficking; Super Bowl Sunday and Beyond – Tiffany Powell, National Center on Sexual ExploitationNevada Has the Highest Rates of an Illegal Sex Trade in the Nation – National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyWhat kids aren’t telling parents about porn on social media – Gail Dines, The Boston GlobeSeeing is (Not) Believing: How Viewing Pornography Shapes the Religious Lives of Young Americans – Samuel L. Perry and George M. Hayward, Social ForcesWant To Connect More Deeply With Other People? Consider Quitting Porn – Fight the New Drug
Most people see Valentine’s Day as a fun opportunity to express their love to their spouse or significant other. Therefore, it’s a great time for Christian conservatives to take this opportunity to emphasize, through public policy and social activism, the critical importance and beauty of marriage, both to individuals and to our culture as a whole.Marriage, designed by God to be between one man and one woman, reveals the beauty of God’s design for social order. FRC has consistently argued that marriage is critical to the maintenance of society and is the foundation of civilization. Yet too often, modern conservatives overlook the importance of marriage in the war for the soul of America. The following are three things Christian conservatives must make clear:1. Marriage is a gift.In a time when young Americans are putting off marriage, whether it be to find that perfect job or get one more degree, a sense of loneliness is drifting over American society. Against this background, Christian conservatives must remind society of the importance of marriage and the beauty of a life-long relationship to one person. In today’s anti-marriage and anti-commitment culture, Christian conservatives must argue that marriage is one of the most fulfilling and essential aspects of life. God’s design for marriage is such that having a spouse provides the necessary emotional and spiritual support that we all need every day.2. Marriage is a responsibility.In the modern day, many argue that marriage is not only old-fashioned, but unnecessarily restrictive of the freedoms of individuals. Christian conservatives must respond to this argument by showing that marriage is one of the healthiest and most necessary steps a young person must take to mature. A society that values marriage is happier and more productive. When discussing marriage, as with other issues like government, Christian conservatives must make clear that it is not unlimited freedom but ordered liberty that makes for happy, fulfilling lives. 3. Marriage is critical to the maintenance of society.Only strong families can ensure a stable, healthy, and safe society, and families are only strong if marriages are strong. The many social problems America faces arguably have their root in the breakdown of marriages caused by the rise of the sexual revolution in the 1960’s. If social problems are to be eased, the value of marriage must be upheld in public policy and in the culture at large.Social conservatives must not give way but instead defend the sanctity and importance of marriage. This can be done on the public policy level by, for example, eliminating the marriage penalty and reforming divorce laws to reflect the value of the marriage covenant. Even more importantly, Christian conservatives must defend and promote the sanctity of marriage in the broader culture. Only then will public policy victories on this issue increase as the nation realizes the importance of marriage to our society. Happy National Marriage Week, and Happy Valentine’s Day!Hugh Phillips is a Government Affairs intern at Family Research Council working on pro-life legislation.
The settlers and the founders of this country spoke a lot about their posterity – the generations that would follow them. For example, the Constitution begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution” (emphasis added).
FRC has consistently maintained that the Supreme Court needs to bring legal precedent more in line with the Constitution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence. But if this effort is taken up in earnest by a newly conservative Court, it is likely to be tarred as “judicial activism.” Judicial activism occurs when a judge applies his views rather than a faithful interpretation of the law to the case before him. What is needed, and what we look forward to seeing with the appointment of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh and many more lower court judges, is judges’ faithful interpretation of the Constitution and the laws to the cases before them.However, many on the Left think that overturning any of the bad precedent churned out by the Supreme Court is partisan judicial activism. It is not. To understand this, we must comprehend the structure the Framers crafted, the role of judicial review within it, and the place of the other branches within this system.The Framers carefully crafted a system of ordered liberty, which entrusted certain enumerated powers to the national government and reserved the rest to the people and the states. The improved science of politics included checks and balances, separation of powers, and elected representatives.They did this because the legislature and executive branch “could be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void.” In essence, Congress would promulgate laws, the president would execute them, and the Supreme Court would adjudicate the relevant laws in individual cases.The Framers created a system of checks and balances in which ambition would be made to counteract ambition. Each branch was expected to protect its prerogatives and powers, thus enforcing separation of powers and preventing tyranny—the accumulation of legislative, executive, and judicial power. This system of limited government and ordered liberty under the Constitution has shifted since 1787.The Constitution is the highest law of the land because it is the settled and deliberate will of the people against which congressional laws, executive actions, and Supreme Court decisions must be measured. Traditionally, all three of the branches were expected to be faithful to the Constitution in the execution of their duties.The Progressive Era, however, caused the modern American regime to shift dangerously to the left. The president is no longer expected merely to execute the laws passed by Congress but to nudge the American people in a partisan direction. Congress spends little time passing laws; instead, it occupies most of its time overseeing executive agencies while delegating lawmaking to executive agencies. The Supreme Court perceives itself the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution—which could be defined in accord with the intent of the Framers or according to the “living” Constitution desired by the liberals.The rise of the modern court occurred for two reasons. First, the theory of the living Constitution requires the document to be interpreted in accord with the spirit of the times. This requires it to have no fixed meaning, subject to varying interpretation, and acting as a vehicle of “progress” to move the American people forward. Second, modern liberals were able to use the courts to achieve social and political change. They were forced to do so because they were unable to achieve decisive victory at the ballot box, which would have allowed them to implement their desired laws and policy objectives.One of the reasons Supreme Court practice has strayed from the Founder’s intentions is an erroneous understanding of Marbury v. Madison (1803). The modern understanding of this case is that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and all officials must comply with it. In fact, the Court ruled that when a law conflicts with the Constitution it is the Constitution that is paramount.Judicial review is simply the authority to declare acts void when they conflict with the Constitution. A strict fidelity to the original meaning of the Constitution limits judges’ power. If a law violates the Constitution of the Framers, then it must be declared void.Therefore, Supreme Court decisions are not the last word and may in fact be revisited in order to uphold a proper constitutional construction. In this partisan atmosphere, Christians and conservatives should expect charges of judicial activism in an effort to tar genuine efforts to return to constitutional law. A true recognition of judicial activism lets the American people distinguish between a rejection, distortion, or return to the Constitution.Zachary Rogers is a Government Affairs intern at Family Research Council.
The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News collect 380 allegations spanning 20 states in an unprecedented look at sexual misconduct across the denomination.A landmark investigation into hundreds of cases of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches opened with a collage of pictures of the offenders, row after row of headshots and mugshots of men who had been accused of abusing a total of 700 victims over the past 20 years.In Sunday’s report, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News were able to do what victims say the nation’s largest Protestant denomination has failed to for years: provide a picture of the extent of the abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention and a database of those found guilty of their crimes.With allegations against 380 church leaders in 20 states (a majority of whom were convicted or took plea deals), it’s believed to be the biggest report on sexual abuse among Southern Baptists in the movement’s history. The report confronts the longstanding defense that the organization can only do so much to monitor abuse since affiliated congregations operate autonomously.Another set of pictures captures a sense of the impact of abusers in Southern Baptist congregations. In response to the investigation, Southern Baptist women and fellow Christians shared childhood photos on Twitter from the age when they first suffered abuse.Dozens joined a thread started by Living Proof Ministries founder and popular Bible teacher Beth Moore, including advocate and abuse survivor Jules Woodson and other ministry leaders.Over the past couple years, the #MeToo campaign has raised awareness about abuse within the SBC and galvanized official efforts to improve the denomination’s response. Last December, as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram rounded up more than 400 allegations among independent Baptists, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission ...Continue reading...
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