Matthew 10:22, 24:9-12; Mark 13:13; Luke 21:17; John 15:18-19
6-17-19, Bill Wilson* -- Christianity is under attack in American politics and the Church should wake up and take action under this current Christian-friendly president to become relevant and make disciples. There is a group of people who are out to gain power, and in doing so, have absolutely no reservation about destroying whatever [whomever] is in their way to gain that power. They will use any method that they believe will help them and they will eliminate anyone or anything that will hinder them. If you do not believe this is ingrained in their life's philosophy, let' take a step back to 2005 and peek into a debate that arose in the halls of Congress. Check out the themes, the names and the political party, and ask yourself, 'what has changed?'
On Monday, June 27, 2005, the Daily Jot reported: "Last week, the House of Representatives was considering the Defense Appropriations bill. Wisconsin Democrat David Obey wanted an amendment to reflect the opposition of Congress against religious evangelism at the Air Force Academy. Indiana Congressman John Hostetler was offended and said that Democrats will take any opportunity they can to demonize Christians. Democrats immediately leapt to their feet and demanded Hostetler be censored for his accusation. Hostetler said later, 'If you tell Christians they can't tell others about their faith, then they can't exercise their Christian religion.' He said proselytizing involves a forced conversion to Christianity, something that did not occur at the academy.
"In the weeks leading up to this minor explosion on the House floor, Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean mocked the Republican Party by saying it was comprised of "white Christians." New York Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton said at a fundraiser that the Republican approach to politics was... messianic... meaning that, in her words, "Some honestly believe they are motivated by the truth, they are motivated by a higher calling, they are motivated by, I guess, a direct line to the heavens."
The legislation introduced by both sides is also telltale. Typically, Democrats are busy with bills such as the Unification of American Families Act, a pro-homosexual bill, while Republicans are trying to stop child molesters.
"Republicans are not the "be all end all" for Christianity by any account, but distinct battle lines are drawn and fought each day.
Christians have been given a Christian-friendly president with time to turn hearts toward God, yet the church appears to take this as a respite rather than as a time of labor. This is not a time to be angry at misguided politicians in either party.
Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
It is a time to act. For can you imagine our nation's treatment of Christian values under, say, President Hillary Clinton?" The David Obey act was nearly 15 years ago; but today is similar.
We must be encouraged that the Lord is faithful to give us so many chances to turn hearts toward Him; but for how much longer? *Daily Jot here
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Morocco & Algeria: Argan Trees & Goats
6-17-19, Natl Geographic*: From Marrakech to the coastal town of Essaouira, argan trees pepper the countryside. The gnarled, thorny trees grown almost exclusively in southwestern Morocco and western Algeria may not be pretty, but they attract plenty of goats. Herds of hungry goats climb their branches, sometimes more than one dozen in a single tree. Some goat keepers modify the trees to make them easier to climb, they cut some branches off the trees so the goats can start climbing the trees more easily.
The 'fruit' of the Argan tree is what the goats are after. It looks like a shriveled olive or like an acorn from an oak; annually- around June - it ripens. The resourceful goats often climb up to 30 feet above ground for their meal that's up to 84 percent of their diet. They eat and swallow the whole fruit, even though it's the pulp hiding under the thick peel that that covers a nut that they do not digest. This nut is 'harvested' by humans ...
The goat swallows/digests the peel and pulp, but the seed is either spitted or "pooped" out. The seeds of the fruit are valuable — humans retrieve the seeds that are pressed yielding argan oil, valued in beauty treatments and foodie circles. By some reports, argan oil exports bring in $6.5 million. [A study titled "Tree-climbing goats disperse seeds during rumination" [to chew repeatedly for an extended period] and was just published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.]
The seeds and spectacle of the tree climbing goats opens jobs for local women and draws tourism to the area to witness the unusual sight. Women's cooperatives seem to make argan oil on every hill in the region. Many places like Marjana cooperative near Ounagha, lead tourists through the production. The windy city of Essaouira offers plenty to do for style-seekers or beach bums with time to spend. But even those tourists just passing through can see the bizarre tree-climbing goats from the road.
Queen Elizabeth Seeks Pay raise
5-31-10, Queen Elizabeth II of the UK currently receives 7.9 million pounds [1 GBP=1.259 USD] annually for her official duties. Her official budget is estimated to be annually overspent by 6 million pounds. It is being covered by a 35 million pound emergency reserve,which is expected to run out by 2012.
Obama Gift to Queen Elizabeth: iPod includes Obama's speeches
April 2009, While visiting the Queen, the Obama family gave Queen Elizabeth an iPod that came pre-loaded with photos from President Obama’s inauguration, audio files of his speech as a senator to the 2004 Democrat Natl Convention and his 2009 inauguration address.
Prince Harry Scandal in Las Vegas
August 2012, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Prince Harry was embroiled in another royal scandal after being pictured naked in a Las Vegas hotel. Two pictures of the 27-year-old appeared on US website TMZ.com
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