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Legislation-B-C

23 Sep

Here are 5 reasons issue 1 must be defeated:

REASON  No. 1—Issue 1 makes possession of any amount of deadly drugs nothing more than a misdemeanor, and forbids jail sentencing for the first two offenses, no matter what quantities of drugs are involved.

REASON  No. 2—Issue 1 significantly damages Ohio’s economy and our job development efforts.  Ohio would be alone among states in our region with ultraliberal Issue 1 drug laws – at a time when Ohio employers already complain that they can’t find workers who can pass drug tests. Issue 1 will drive jobs from Ohio.

REASON  No. 3—Issue 1 puts Ohio drug law in the Constitution where it can be changed only through lengthy process and vote of the electorate. Ohio will be unable to respond rapidly to any new drug threat.

REASON  No. 4—Issue 1 will flood Ohio’s streets with drugs. With all deterrent gone except for traffic-violation level fines, possessors of drugs will laugh at police knowing they cannot be jailed.

REASON  No. 5—Issue 1 enables the immediate release of as many as 10,000 felony offenders from Ohio prisons into our communities.*

 

 
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Legislation-B-B

23 Sep

From Ohio Christian Alliance

Vote NO on Issue 1 to protect Ohio

Issue 1 on the November ballot, funded by George Soros and Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, purports to be about getting treatment for drug users. But it’s much more than that.

It will also reduce even major drug possession offenses to the equivalent of traffic violations, it usurps the power and flexibility of Ohio’s judges and drug courts, it will levy huge costs on our counties with no funds to pay them, and it will endanger our families and children by flooding our streets with drugs – all at a time when opioid deaths in Ohio are exceeding the death toll from the Vietnam War. Issue 1 is a danger to Ohio.

Following are the five reasons they give for defeating it.

 
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Succoth-B

22 Sep

However, Succoth had a deeper meaning as well. It came at the end of the string of holidays and was a feast time after the time of tribulation. Symbolizing the last harvest, it also symbolized the celebration after the final judgement symbolized by Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur was the final dividing of the “sheep” (faithful) and the “goats” (unfaithful). Succoth was a kind of celebration that they had passed the test and were acceptable to God and would enjoy Gods blessings in the future. In the same way, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will include all the saints as they celebrate that they had made it to heaven and would enjoy the blessings of God for eternity.

 

Succoth-A

22 Sep

Succoth -The Feast of Tabernacles (Booths)-A It occurs seven days after the Day of Atonement-(five days after Yom Kippur) and lasts a week. It is a time when the Jews build crude huts or booths to dwell in. It is a time of remembering when the Jews wandered in the wilderness, lived in booths, and were dependent on God. It occurred during the harvest festival when the workers lived in booths near the field and moved them as the harvest moved from field to field. God warned them that when they entered the land of Canaan and experienced the plenty of the land that they should not forget their dependence on God and dwelling in booths would remind them of His provision. Indeed, in our time of plenty, we have lost our appreciation for all God has provided us and think our hand alone has provided this. We forget we are dependent on God for all we have, including the very air we breathe.

 

Fourth Sunday of Kingdomtide-Sept 23

22 Sep

Small Group ministry-part-B 

Since many church members do not have a close relationship to others in the church they do not know each other well enough to admit to having needs. Small group fellowships enable people to get to know each other and their needs and to learn how to minister to those needs as they watch more mature Christians ministering to those in need. As they learn to identify needs and how to minister to those in need in the small groups, they begin to see the needs of those outside the church and can begin to minister to them also, demonstrating the love of Christ to unbelievers. As unbelievers see the love of Christ they begin to desire that love and are attracted to the small group. People are more willing to join a small group where they know the person that brought them then to walk into a large church where they don’t know anyone. As they get to know the members of the group, they are more willing to attend church since they know the people from their group.

 

Freedom of Religion-A-B

22 Sep

Liberals have sought to infiltrate and control what is taught in our public schools and universities because they know that is where children learn about the world around them. As a result, liberal administrators are seeking to banish Christians and any beliefs that run contrary to their liberal ideas from our public schools and universities and have sought to impose their liberal beliefs on students without their parent’s knowledge or consent. In addition, it has sought to control Christian schools and universities through threats and intimidation. As a result, the Prosper Act (HB 4508) was introduced in the House of Representatives on 12/1/2017 to protect Christians in our universities. It would:

A-Protect religious universities so they won’t have to fear being charged with discrimination and losing their tax exempt status for practicing their beliefs

B-It will protect religious student groups so they can’t be prevented from practicing their beliefs at non religious universities

C-It will also force universities to declare their speech policies ahead of time so they can’t change them to bar individual speakers.

Urge your congressmen to press for a vote on this legislation.

 

Freedom of Religion-A-A

22 Sep

Conservatives, especially Christians, believe that the rule of law protects everyone equally As a result, they are under attack from many fronts today. Liberals from all areas including abortion providers, Gay privilege advocates, socialist government workers, and many others who see individual rights as a threat to them imposing their beliefs on you. Liberal judges and politicians know that Christians won’t accept their beliefs voluntarily so they try to use government to force their beliefs on us with no regard for the Constitution or the laws of this land. Christians are being persecuted throughout the United States for practicing their beliefs and even exercising their rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Liberals have done all their can to remove the Ten Commandments from the public square, asserting that their wealth and political power give them the right to determine the law of the land. President Trump has worked hard to restore the Constitutional rights of citizens and the rule of law to our country but is limited by the very laws he has sworn to uphold.

 

Yom Kippur-B

13 Sep

Christians have ignored Rosh Hosanna and Yom Kippur because they refer to the end times. Many Christians assume that believers will be caught up to be with Christ when the trumpet sounds and only unbelievers will go through the Tribulation. However, believers must be ready as Jesus states in the parable of the virgins and the marriage feast, and they must be serving Him as Jesus states in the parable of the sheep and the goats, or they will not rise with Christ and will have to face the Tribulation. In addition, there are many non-Christians who will face the Tribulation if we don’t reach them for Christ. Therefore, it is very important for Christians to continue to be reminded of the Second Coming. (see “Before Your Eyes” in “Understanding the Path We Walk” for further explanation)

 

Yom Kippur-A

13 Sep

A-Like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur falls during Kingdomtide and is an important Jewish holiday in which God commands every Jew to participate but is largely forgotten by Christians. After the seven days following Rosh Hashanah in which the Jews are to settle their differences and repent from sin, the Jews spend 24 hours in prayer. Formerly, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to offer a sacrifice and intercede for Israel, however since Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, was slain for our sins, the temple sacrifice is no longer necessary. Therefore, God allowed the temple to be destroyed after Jesus death and resurrection, making further sacrifice impossible. On Yom Kippur, the books opened on Rosh Hosannah are sealed, yet Jews have no assurance that their deeds are adequate. We are not justified by works and can not walk in sin and atone for it in a few days of repentance. Since the destruction of the temple, the priests have watered down the importance of the sacrifice, but the Bible says there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood.

 

Third Sunday of Kingdomtide-Sept 16

13 Sep

Small group ministry-A The days after Pentecost were days of learning what it meant to follow Christ in a community of believers as Christ would have them live. They ministered to each other like a family and shared their possessions with those in need. Our society values isolation and the church has fallen prey to it. As a result, many members do not know other members well enough to be open and honest so little socialization occurs in large gatherings. Churches need to make a big effort to help members get to know each other. In the past, pot luck suppers were a place where people got to know each other but few churches today organize social times. Many churches today that still have social times are going to catered meals and eating at restaurants but that is only available to those who can afford them and little socialization occurs. Therefore the church needs to organize small groups to help members get to know each other and learn to live like Christ would have them live. (See “Living Presence” in “Rebuilding the Kingdom”) for developing a small group ministry)