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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today in Louisiana, Vice President Mike Pence, along with Congressman Garret Graves and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, visited the newly-renovated home of Jimmy and Olive Morgan, who were rescued on their rooftop from the August 2016 flood waters. Then-candidate Donald Trump and his running mate then-Governor Mike Pence, visited the flood-ravaged areas days after flooding began at the invitation of Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who serves as the interim senior pastor at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. During that visit on August 19, 2016, Perkins led Trump, Pence, and Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse, to survey the initial flood damage, making a stop at the Morgan's home as the debris was being removed from their house. ...
When I hear professing Christians say that since God is love He would never violate our free will (btw, a concept not found in the Bible)... my first thought is to ask:"So you are troubled that God did for you what you couldn't do for yourself? Is Hell better than being saved? In everyday life we keep our children back from things that would harm them. Why? We do it because we love them. If this is true for our children, how much more God? So if God rescues us, in spite of our willful disobedience, it springs from His great mercy and love. But if His love toward us were based on a condition we have to meet, it would, by definition, be neither loving nor gracious."It is better to reach important doctrinal positions by being biblically informed, rather than relying on unaided human reason or emotional appeals.The Epistle to the Ephesians declares"...even when we were dead in our trespasses, (He) made us alive (quickened us) together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—" - Eph 2:5Now, God is not doing violence to our will any more than God violated your will when he gave you life, or gave you eyes, or ears. But He certainly rescued us regardless of our disposition at the time because, llike any good parent, he knows better what is good for us. Some may raise the objection: but does not God say he does not want anyone to perish, but rather everyone to come to repentance?
Living in the Western world, in our modern era, one might think that chattel slavery (the buying and selling of human beings as property) is a thing of the past. They would be mistaken.Just yesterday, it was reported that widespread human smuggling operations are still ongoing inside Libya, with migrants arriving from West Africa being openly traded in “public slave markets” where they are bought and sold:One survivor from Senegal spoke of how he was brought by smugglers across Niger in a bus to the southern Libyan city of Sabha, where he was due to risk a boat trip to Europe. When the middleman did not get his fee, the survivor was put up for sale along with other passengers.He was taken to a prison where he worked without pay while the captors demanded 300,000 West African francs (about £380) before selling him on to a larger jail. Livia Manante, an IOM officer based in Niger, said migrants would be brought to a square where they were put up for sale. . . . Those who did not get their ransom paid were often taken away and killed while others would die of hunger and disease in unsanitary conditions.“If the number of migrants goes down, because of death or someone is ransomed, the kidnappers just go to the market and buy one,” Manente said.The going rate for a migrant was between $200 (£160) and $500 (£400) each, with many forced into captivity for months before they are freed or sold on. So far this year more than 170 bodies have washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean while the Libyan Coast Guard has also rescued thousands more.This is horrific.Unfortunately, it is also the inevitable consequence of abandoning the idea that all human beings have been created in the image of God, and that they have inherent dignity for this reason.What else does this show us? That worldview matters; that one’s view of God and of fellow human beings matters. What we believe about the dignity of the human race matters. If we believe that God created us in his own image, we will understand that we are accountable to God for how we treat fellow human beings.Indeed, the whole idea of human rights flows from this notion. Because we have dignity as image-bearers of God, no government may transgress this dignity. From this truth flow certain rights which no government may override—these are called human rights. Among these are the freedom to exercise the religion of one's choice—and the freedom to not be bought and sold as property!If we ever forget this truth—may God help us!
Before being crowned Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund struggled with anorexia and finding her identity, but a reading of the Bible, specifically the book of Psalms, changed her forever, as she shares in a new "I Am Second" video prior to the Sept. 11 airing of the Miss America 2017 pageant.
Doctors in a coastal town in northwestern Peru have rescued the innards of a 38-year-old man by removing 17 metal objects -- among them nails, a watch clasp and a knife -- that he ate. Luis Zarate was taken to the regional hospital of Trujillo earlier this week by his family after complaining of sharp stomach pains. Doctors took X-rays of his chest that showed his insides littered with screws. "There were 17 strange objects found at the level of his stomach and colon," said Dr. Julio Acevedo, one of the surgeons who operated on Zarate. The black-and-white scans showed Zarate's skeleton interlaced with things like bolts, barbed-wire and pens.
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