During the 1st and 2nd century it was not unusual for Christians to hide in the catacombs or meet in secrecy from fear of the Roman government.
Our Christian brothers and sisters in many parts of the world are being beheaded or thrown in jail by Islamists. We here in America have had it too easy of too long. What makes us think that we will not see persecution or should not see persecution.
I can not but help to think of the words of Isaac Watts:
“Must I be carried to the skies
on flowery beds of ease,
while others fought to win the prize,
and sailed through bloody seas?”
“Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
to help me on to God? ”
“Sure I must fight, if I would reign;
increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
supported by thy word.”
“Thy saints in all this glorious war
shall conquer though they die;
they see the triumph from afar,
by faith they bring it nigh.”
“When that illustrious day shall rise,
and all thy armies shine
in robes of victory through the skies,
the glory shall be thine. “
 June 26, 2015 at 12:35pm
While I have been contemplating the consequences of this decision for several weeks now, the ruling on it today is still being absorbed.
As a pastor, I WILL NOT perform same sex marriages. Period.
Since there is not even one place in the Scripture that says it is a pastors responsibility to perform any marriage then right now, I am leaning toward just not perform “marriages” at all.
I may start officiating “opposite gender unification ceremonies” or something else, but no more “marriages”.
I don’t know, I will be conversing with some other pastors and see what their thoughts on this might be.
Pray for our country!
June 25, 2015 at 10:12pm
@csehlmeyer – Seinfeld has been doing this gig in the car for quite a while now.
 June 24, 2015 at 2:07pm
I also live in Louisiana and agree. Jindal is a good man and I like him a lot but there are better candidates to choose from in 2016.
 June 24, 2015 at 10:20am
I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what lies ahead.
I don’t know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I’m covered with His blood.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
:) God is still on His throne
 June 23, 2015 at 12:24pm
I had forgotten about this story, but I do remember when it was all going down. At the time I though ‘how criminal’ that the government would seize private property for the sole purpose of selling the property to another 3rd party.
After following up on this story and seeing what has happened (or not happened) in the last ten years … the word “criminal” is not nearly strong enough.
Talk about restitution … Here is a case where the government should:
2. Return the land to the rightful owners
3. Either rebuild the homes or provide the funds for the families to rebuild their homes
This is how the Sierra Club gets Open Spaces. It's part of Agenda 21. It's on purpose.
You can use something like this as a poster child for the modern Local,state, and Federal .."Money Mafia's"..
Shame! Shame on the city and the state and the court.
A woman I know is from Kentucky and she told me about when she was a child. The state took her family’s farm for a park. They were made to burn down their own home and all the farm buildings, or the state would do it and make them pay for the burning.
The supreme court fails the citizen again.
4. Remove 5 Judges from the 'supreme' court for not reading the constitution.
I would use the word "plunder". Every freedom-loving American should be familiar with The Law by Bastiat. You can read it here:
the whole thing should be trotted back to scotus and the judges told that they have to reverse the decision or face impeachment. people have to stand up and take action.so far no action, just the sound of crickets.
Time for the homeowners to reclaim their land using eminent domain. Their property taxes will bring in more revenue than feral cats.
I agree but it's the government and it would be very hard for them to eat crow..want you sow is what you reap.. as far as the courts ruling the way they did.. 5 haven't got the God given sense that He gave to a wooden cigar store indian..
Similar case in Piscataway NJ. Maybe nobody remembers. Hannity even had the owners on, probably about eight years ago. They took their farm to make way for a public “park”. I pass it every day. The township has done NOTHING except move dirt piles around every once in a while from one area to another. Even the old buildings are still standing but starting to crumble.
 June 22, 2015 at 10:09pm
@catty – He used to be addicted to oxy. On the other hand you are still an idiot.
 June 22, 2015 at 10:07pm
Really!!!??? … I live in the deep south and every Republican I know could give a hoot about that flag … the only ones who make an issue of it either way (to keep it or get rid of it) are Democrats.
Its just another issue that Democrats are using to divide, divide, divide.
Republicans don’t care about that flag.
 June 22, 2015 at 10:04pm
SimpleTruths doesn’t know what he is talking about … he is likely from some liberal bastion like Massachusetts or San Fransisco and all he knows is what some liberal commie told him public school … bless his heart …
June 22, 2015 at 9:52pm
Here ya go …
 June 22, 2015 at 9:45pm
I’d rather pay the taxes than to have the government tell me that we have to hire homosexuals to teach Sunday School … we will shut the place down, sell the property and meet in homes before that happens.
We are working on that right now at our church. You need to change the church bylaws to read that you must follow God's teaching to be a member and you have to be a member to work there. If you have a fornicator in the pew, they can't hold a position at the church. We also don't rent the place to anyone. Only members can use the church and if a gay wedding is scheduled, it won't happen and the member is no longer a member even if they wanted their nephew to get married. Losing the 501c3 should be the last resort because the gubmint will treat you just like they do the bakeries. Obama is working on executive orders right now when the SCOTUS gives us gay marriage. This is the whole falling away of the church the Bible speaks of. They won't accept sound doctrine. Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, ect will most likely buckle. I think the pope we have now will fold like a cheap suite.
In order to increase their population the LGBT sect is by default, predatory in nature. They prey on our youth, our weak and weary, our sad and lonely. They shout from the rooftops that evil is good and good is evil and call us evil when we do not accept their predatory behavior.
 June 22, 2015 at 9:43pm
If you believe that some gases floating around in space somewhere collided with each other and billions of years later here we are, then I don’t want you voting in any election … just my thoughts
And he also believe that eye glasses do not require an engineer, they just appeared, as did the automobile, airplanes, farm machinery..
Indeed, mathmatics has no agenda, yet mathmatics have statistically proven there is a Creator. We refer to Him as God. Eye glasses etc. did NOT just happen, Indeed nature is in harmony with God than man is in harmony with man. The founding fathers were in fact Christian, and Thomas Jefferson had a Koran to understand the Barbary pirates, as in he needed to know who the enemy was that were capturing our merchant chips and demanding ransoms. Historical fact!
Which is more likely, that particles can create more complex objects with the right conditions (which we have proven) and that evolution is real (which we see happen every year with the flu) or that the Earth is 6000 years old despite a ridiculous amount of evidence stating otherwise?
 June 22, 2015 at 9:41pm
Wasn’t really the “Mormon” part that kept people home, it was the big-government, Romney Care, liberal lite candidate that the elites gave us.
 June 22, 2015 at 9:37pm
The fool hath said in his heart ‘there is no God’ …
 June 22, 2015 at 9:35pm
@dij070878 – Your statement is ridiculous …
Abortion = Political issue AND a religious issue
Homosexuality = Political issue AND a religious issue
Spending beyond ones means = Political issue AND a religious issue
Earning your keep = Political issue AND a religious issue
Working hard = Political issue AND a religious issue
Honesty (including in politics) = Political issue AND a religious issue
There is hardly a political topic in the news today that isn’t also a religious or Bible issue.
 June 21, 2015 at 10:53pm
@INTHEBROTHERHOOD – Wow! … Maybe you ought to read the New Testament more often. It reveals to us the Jesus Christ is the lord of the Sabbath. Indeed, He IS our Sabbath. We worship Him on Sunday because He resurrected on the first day of the week and in New Testament practice, the disciples, Apostles, and Christians all assembled together on the first day of the week.
 June 11, 2015 at 8:32pm
@1TrueOne55 – Not anymore … they are full blown Progressives …
 June 11, 2015 at 8:30pm
@mastice – Its almost as if The Blaze staff were avoiding this story. I waited for a couple of weeks for them to post about this and nothing. All the while Drudge and Brietbart had stories almost daily.
The way the Republicans, by and large, are bending over backwards to hurry up and rush this through with the help of Obama is beyond just “fishy”. Something else is going on here and I am afraid that when we find out what exactly it is, it will be too late.
Betsy Morgan is the Blaze CEO. She was the CEO of the Huffington Post for a few years previously. That answer why you have not seen the story?
Why has no Blaze reporter responded to this question of being behind the 8-ball? They have no problem jumping in when we compliment them on a particularly good feature. Hello, staff ... inquiring minds would like to know!
 June 11, 2015 at 8:25pm
Let’s see … didn’t Cruz vote for this? Shame, cause he was my number two guy this election.
Just remember that it was Rand Paul who was vocal in his opposition to this.
I still like Cruz and will vote for him if he wins the nomination but I’d be much happier if Rand Paul gets the nod.
I think Cruz giving a thumbs up on this is going to give many second thoughts about giving him the nod towards a presidency - and I hope he and/or his scribes are reading these thoughts. This was a colossal mistake on his part.
June 11, 2015 at 11:45am
evidently I have been banned from posting comments or my posts are getting removed …
oh well …