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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 1 of 3) BR Lakin - Two White Horses from the Liberty Channel "Pulpit Classic" Series.
BR Lakin - Two White Horses (Part 2 of 3) BR Lakin - Two White Horses from the Liberty Channel "Pulpit Classic" Series.
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October 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, perpetually impacting church history. In honor of this momentous occasion, Blue Letter Bible has added two of Luther's treatises, Concerning Christian Liberty and A Treatise on Good Works, and a dozen of his most noted […]
Is it really possible that the Air Force no longer has room for people of faith? Based on the matter of Colonel Bohannon, that may sadly be the case.Leland Bohannon is a decorated colonel who has devoted decades of his life to serving our Air Force, including flying missions in the B-2 stealth bomber. He’s been ranked first on his performance reports, has been bestowed numerous honors, and trusted with oversight of nuclear weapons. In other words, he’s the model Air Force officer.Yet Colonel Bohannon’s career may be flushed down the drain by the Air Force simply because of a subordinate who wanted approval of a same-sex marriage. When he was handed several awards and certificates to sign for the subordinate’s retirement ceremony, Colonel Bohannon signed all of them except a “certificate of spouse appreciation”—which he couldn’t in good conscience sign because the certificate was for a spouse of the same sex. He sought advice about what to do from his chaplain and attorney; the chaplain told him to ask for a religious accommodation. He submitted one but it was returned six weeks later “without action.” In the meantime, a major general offered to sign the certificate instead, and it was signed and presented to the subordinate. Yet when the subordinate saw that Colonel Bohannon was not the signatory, he filed an Equal Opportunity complaint against him, alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The EO investigator found that Col Bohannon violated Air Force regulations and “unlawfully discriminated against the MSgt based on sexual orientation.” The EO investigator recognized that a religious accommodation had been sought, but claimed that “even had the accommodation been granted, Col Bohannon would nonetheless be guilty of unlawful discrimination.”As a result, his superior “suspended Col Bohannon from command, withheld his decoration, and submitted a letter to the Air Force Brigadier General promotion board—the rank for which Col Bohannon is eligible—recommending that Col Bohannon not be promoted.”Not only is this entire side-show an absurd waste of time, it is clearly unlawful and unconstitutional. The EO investigator is apparently ignorant of the law in this area; if a religious accommodation is granted, that means by definition that he’s not “guilty of unlawful discrimination”—because he’s been granted an accommodation. Moreover, religious freedom law and military policy demand that he be granted an accommodation in an instance like this—where the objective is easily fulfilled with another signature on the certificate.At best, this entire matter is a distraction for Colonel Bohannon. At worst, it could end his career. That’s the track this train is currently proceeding on.Thankfully, our friends at First Liberty are on the case, and those in the media like Todd Starnes are calling attention to this. Let us hope the Air Force fixes the issue before the entire situation is derailed and the military environment only grows more toxic for people of faith.
Dear Friends,In the face of chaotic and often disturbing events that dominate headlines and news feeds these days, I am often tempted (and sometimes succumb) to feelings of frustration and anger. I sometimes imagine that if only I were in charge, things would be so much better. If only I could have more control and worldly power, I could wield it in order to make everyone’s lives better, and I would feel better too.When we examine the lives of those who do have influence, however—the rich, famous, and powerful—the results are often not pretty. In our increasingly godless society, money, fame, and power are often sought as ends in themselves because they are so alluring. As believers, it’s easy to delude ourselves into thinking, “Well, it’s true that money, fame, and power have a tendency to cause corruption in people, but that would never happen to me because I know that God is most important. I would use these things to better the world.” It’s easy to use this kind of reasoning to justify wasting money on lottery tickets, wasting time on Facebook curating our profiles just so, and wasting our talents on frivolous pursuits in order to gain societal status.The reality for most of us is that we will never be in positions of great influence, and we will never be rich, famous, and powerful. And that’s perfectly okay. Why? Because one of life’s great paradoxes is that the less control we possess over our lives, the freer we are. When we let go of the vice grip we have around our life goals and life plans, God gives us a multitude of opportunities for us to do His will, not ours. Living in this way is truly freeing, because it gives us the roomy flexibility to respond to a friend or stranger in need who inconveniently disrupts our lives. Having less money, fame, and power also frees us from being distracted from what truly matters: nurturing love within our families and those closest to us.As Mother Teresa once said: “If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research CouncilP.S. Don’t miss out on all of the amazing talks that happened at the Values Voter Summit this past weekend! FRC ArticlesPlanned Parenthood Is Targeting Baby Girls in the Womb – Cathy RuseThe New Religious Exemptions from the HHS Contraceptive Mandate Are a Victory for Personal Freedom (and Responsibility) Over State Coercion – Peter Sprigg20 Principles of Religious Liberty – Peter SpriggMedia Gets Brazil Ruling on Sexual Orientation Therapy All Wrong – Peter SpriggThe Kingdom of Bahrain Declaration: What It Got Right and What It Got Wrong – Travis Weber and Natalie PughThe Judicial Assault on Public School Privacy Policies Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareWhite House Rebuts Attacks by Democrats, New York Times on Catholic Court Nominee – Fred Lucas, The StreamTrump administration ends rule requiring nuns to fund contraception – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsFederal court strikes down tax benefit for faith leaders – Alex Swoyer, The Washington TimesCalifornia Can Now Jail People for Misusing Gender Pronouns – Anders Hagstrom, The Daily SignalEnvironmentalist Lobby Goes After Another Trump Nominee For Being A Christian – E. Calvin Beisner, The FederalistNFL Athletes Can Take a Knee, But Universities are Denying Pro-Life Students Free Speech – Kristan Hawkins, LifeNewsApple removes pro-life prayer app – Samantha Gobba, WORLD"Free to Believe"Southwest Flight Attendant Says She Was Fired For Being Pro-Life – Grace Carr, The StreamReporter Tries to Get Tucson Police Officer in Trouble — for Exercising His First Amendment Right – Rachel Alexander, The StreamInternational Religious FreedomBeijing’s heavy hand – June Cheng & Erica Kwong, WORLDCameroon’s Bishops Warn of Genocide – Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register LifeAbortionHouse Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks – Steven Ertelt, LifeNewsAre We Too Comfortable with Abortion? – Lori Hadacek Chaplin, National Catholic RegisterIn the Middle of the Abortion Killing Her Baby She Changed Her Mind. Miraculously Her Son Survived – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsWhat Big Abortion Doesn't Understand about Pro-Lifers – Matthew Archbold, National Catholic RegisterAdoptionForcing Faith-Based Organizations Out of Foster Care and Adoption Hurts Children – Elizabeth Kirk, Public DiscourseJanesville family receives national honors for efforts in adoption – Ashley McCallum, GazetteXtraBioethicsAssisted Suicide is No Peaceful Death. Some Patients Regurgitate, Have Seizures, or Wake Up Days Later – Michael Cook, LifeNewsAn Absurd Fate: What Happens to Abandoned Embryos? – Jennifer Lahl, Public DiscourseThe Resurgence and Rebranding of Population Control – Rebecca Oas, C-FamObamacareUniversal Coverage? My Fourth Health Care Plan Just Died Thanks to Obamacare – Michelle Malkin, The Daily Signal FamilyEconomics/EducationThanks To Testing Backlash, Virginia Drops U.S. History Tests Despite Horrific Public Ignorance – Joy Pullmann, The FederalistBetraying Liberal Education: A Response to President Paxson of Brown University – R.J. Snell, Public DiscourseThese Two Colorado Counties Are Ground Zero For School Choice Across The Country – Helen Raleigh, The FederalistThe Washington Post Gets Retirement Wrong – Andrew G. Biggs, National ReviewMarriageFacebook and Your Marriage – Tricia Goyer, Focus on the Family3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Marriage Happier – Jill Sieracki, BridesFaith/Character/CultureHow To Talk To Your Kids About Death, Shootings, Natural Disasters, And Other Scary Things – Libby Emmons, The FederalistThe Man and His Song: Tom Petty (1950–2017) – David Mathis, Desiring GodThe power of good – Ben Shapiro, Conservative ReviewDoes Modern Secularism Have a Memory Problem? – Fredric Heidemann, Word On FireAfter a Long Summer of Heartrending Tragedies, We Could All Use This – Megan Madden, VerilyOur Toxic Smartphone Addiction – Heather Wilhelm, National ReviewIs It Wrong to Try to Persuade Others to Change Their Beliefs? – Rebecca McLaughlin, The Gospel CoalitionHuman SexualityA no-tolerance policy for sexual harassment – Josh Wester, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission University Refuses Research On Growing Numbers Of Trans People Who Want To Go Back – Walt Heyer, The FederalistResponding to the Transgender Revolution – Rob Smith, The Gospel CoalitionSex change regret silenced – Kiley Crossland, WORLDThe Price of the Campus Hookup Culture is High – Carolyn Moynihan, Intellectual TakeoutUConn Cancels Comedian Over Remarks on Transgender Children – Rachel Alexander, The StreamWhat Two Former Trans Men Want You To Know About All The Lies – Taylor Fogarty, The FederalistThe Transgender Matrix: It’s Time to Choose the Red Pill – Walt Heyer, Public DiscourseIt’s Past Time to Rethink Modern Sexual Morality – David French, National ReviewHuman TraffickingImpact on Capitol Hill, Standing for Online Sex Trafficking Victims – National Center on Sexual ExploitationThe fight against sex trafficking in the U.S. – Helen Taylor and Laila Mickelwait, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionPornographyPorn Is Not Harmless. It’s Cruel. – Justin Holcomb, The Gospel CoalitionHe was exposed to pornography at age 11, on his school laptop – National Center on Sexual ExploitationThe Porn Gap: Gender Differences in Pornography Use in Couple Relationships – Jason S. Carroll and Brian J. Willoughby, Family StudiesPornography and Sex Trafficking Are Linked: Take It From the FBI – Dawn Hawkins, National Center on Sexual ExploitationEveryone At My All-Boy High School Openly Watches & Talks About Porn – Fight the New Drug
On May 4, President Trump signed an Executive Order declaring, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” This order, barely more than a page long, gave few details about what such protections would entail.However, in it, President Trump also instructed, “In order to guide all agencies in complying with relevant Federal law, the Attorney General shall, as appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.”That promised guidance was released on Friday, October 6 by the Department of Justice, in the form of a 25-page memorandum for executive departments and agencies on the topic of “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.”In that memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lays out twenty “Principles of Religious Liberty.”Family Research Council praised the memorandum in a press release here.However, since most people will not read the 8-page memo or the 17-page appendix laying out its legal rationale, FRC here offers the text just of the introduction and the twenty principles.Principles of Religious LibertyReligious liberty is a foundational principle of enduring importance in America, enshrined in our Constitution and other sources of federal law. As James Madison explained in his Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, the free exercise of religion “is in its nature an unalienable right” because the duty owed to one’s Creator “is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society.” Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. It also encompasses religious observance and practice. Except in the narrowest circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. Therefore, to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law, religious observance and practice should be reasonably accommodated in all government activity, including employment, contracting, and programming. The following twenty principles should guide administrative agencies and executive departments in carrying out this task. These principles should be understood and interpreted in light of the legal analysis set forth in the appendix to this memorandum.The freedom of religion is a fundamental right of paramount importance, expressly protected by federal law.The free exercise of religion include the right to act or abstain from action in accordance with one’s religious beliefs.The freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations.Americans do not give up their freedom of religion by participating in the marketplace, partaking of the public square, or interacting with government.Government may not restrict acts or abstentions because of the beliefs they display.Government may not target religious individuals or entities for special disabilities based on their religion.Government may not target religious individuals or entities through discriminatory enforcement of neutral, generally applicable laws.Government may not officially favor or disfavor particular religious groups.Government may not interfere with the autonomy of a religious organization.The Religious Freedom Restoration Act [RFRA] of 1993 prohibits the federal government from substantially burdening any aspect of religious observance or practice, unless imposition of that burden on a particular adherent satisfies strict scrutiny.RFRA’s protection extends not just to individuals, but also to organizations, associations, and at least some for-profit corporations.RFRA does not permit the federal government to second-guess the reasonableness of a religious belief.A governmental action substantially burdens an exercise of religion under RFRA if it bans an aspect of an adherent’s religious observance or practice, compels an act inconsistent with that observance or practice, or substantially pressures the adherent to modify such observance or practice.The strict scrutiny standard applicable to RFRA is exceptionally demanding.RFRA applies even where a religious adherent seeks an exemption from a legal obligation requiring the adherent to confer benefits on third parties.Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibits covered employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their religion.Title VII’s protection extends to discrimination on the basis of religious observance or practice as well as belief, unless the employer cannot reasonably accommodate such observance or practice without undue hardship on the business.The Clinton Guidelines on Religious Free Exercise and Religious Expression in the Federal Workplace provide useful examples for private employers of reasonable accommodations for religious observance and practice in the workplace.Religious employers are entitled to employ only persons whose beliefs and conduct are consistent with the employers’ religious precepts.As a general matter, the federal government may not condition receipt of a federal grant or contract on the effective relinquishment of a religious organization’s hiring exemptions or attributes of its religious character.
The incontrovertible leftist bent in academia once in awhile runs against facts of human nature. Studies show individual liberty is often better than government or globalist control.The post Scientists Discover Liberty Works appeared first on CEH.
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