So, What Does the Bible Say About Abortion?

What does God say about the life and personhood of a fetus? People have worth and identity before they are born. It’s in the Bible, Jeremiah 1:5, NIV. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

God is at work in a person’s life while he or she is in the womb. It’s in the Bible, Psalm 139:13-14, NIV. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

God’s commandment forbids the taking of life. It’s in the Bible, Exodus 20:13, NIV. “You shall not murder.”

What about in the case of incest or rape? It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 24:16, NKJV. “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for his own sin”

How can I avoid making the wrong choice? God is always willing to help. It’s in the Bible, James 1:5, NKJV. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Trust God, rather than rely on your own thinking. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths”

What if I don’t know if I have the strength to make the right choice? It’s in the Bible, Philippians 4:13, NKJV. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

What if I have made a mistake? God will not let you be tried more than what you can handle. It’s in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:13, NKJV. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

God can save above and beyond if we come to Him. It’s in the BIble, Hebrews 7:25, NKJV. “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

I am facing a lot of guilt and am hurting, is God far from me for what I did? It’s in the Bible, Psalms 34:18, NKJV. “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

Will God forgive me for my mistake? God offers forgiveness, not condemnation if we just come to Him. It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 1:18, NKJV. “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

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Lord of the Flies and The Table of Wisdom Knights

Sometimes serendipity has a way of appearing to us even when we are not realizing it at the moment.

Don’t miss flies appearances on Obama, Hillary, Pence and more below.

Such was the case recently when I overheard two teen students at the library discussing a homework assignment regarding the symbolism in a novel they both read.

It was the Lord of the Flies, a William Golding book first published in 1954. Two movies have been based on the novel, in 1963 and 1990, but I haven’t seen them.

What I learned, from my eavesdropping and later research, is that the story is both a physical “manifestation of the beast, a symbol of the power of evil, and a kind of Satan figure who evokes the beast within each human being.”

Looking at the novel in the context of biblical parallels, the Lord of the Flies recalls the devil, just as the character Simon in the story recalls Jesus. I learned the title “Lord of the Flies” is a literal translation of the name of the biblical name ‘Beelzebub,’ a powerful demon in hell sometimes thought to be the devil himself.

The story is basically about some boys stranded on an island after their plane crashes. No adults survive the crash. They are left to fend for themselves on an island that has everything they need to survive. At first, the boys maintain order and are civilized, but as time wears on, they grow savage and anarchistic.

That very day, I’m eating lunch at a quaint Texas Hill Country cafe listening to some local farmers and ranchers complaining about the return of the flies this season.

“Those damn flies are satanic, you know,” one of the older ranchers said as his plate arrived on the table. The others listened seriously.

“The Bible and even many great works of literature has plenty to say about the symbolism of evil regarding flies,” the respected man continued. “Look it up, you might learn you a thing or two.”

“What will it tell me,” quickly replied the usual loudest of this regular lunch group. “So what does it mean when Obama, or Hillary and even traitor Mike Pence all have flies buzzing on their heads or in their face on TV for all the world to see?”

The rancher knights around their Table of Wisdom all laughed, but the wise one simply deadpanned, “Let us know after you read the Bible.”

I’m not sure about the Table of Wisdom Knights, but I looked it up in the Bible.

Then I looked up the rancher’s question about flies and politicians. It appears that the fly appearances in politics and media began during the Obama Administration years.

Flys then began making cameo presentations on Mainstream Media broadcasts.

Suddenly, they began making additional political appearances.

Social media chimed in:

…and then, along came Pence:

All hell broke loose.

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Lessons From Noah’s Ark We All Need Right Now

During the height of the pandemic in 2020, we went on a 32-day roadtrip. We refused to lockdown.

Jack & Dodie Dennis at Ark Encounter

One of the most fascinating days was spent at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. It is a type of historical and biblical theme park centered around a life-sized reconstruction of the massive ship, built at God’s command, that saved Noah, his family, and representatives of every kind of land-dependent, air-breathing animal from a global flood.

“The ark was 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high and it housed the several thousand animals God brought to Noah,” their literature reads. “The global flood lasted about one year. The ark came to rest on the “mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4), and Noah’s family, with all the animals that were saved from the flood, eventually spread throughout the world.”

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”

Genesis 6:11-13

Years ago, I came across this poster in one of my son’s Sunday School classrooms and always thought the lessons applied to adults as well as children. This wisdom is worth applying and sharing.

1. Don’t miss the boat

Ask for guidance from the Almighty, He will help you get through whatever obstacles you are facing right now.

Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

2. Remember that we are all in the same boat

As the old saying goes “No Man is an Island” just means were are connected with each other. Some people will leave a huge amount of memories, and others will cause us pain, both though will contribute to our learnings for us to become a better person. Every time you meet new people, it will become part of you forever because it can leave good or bad memories that will stay on your mind for the longest time.

Ephesians 1:3. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark

Ephesians 5:16 (KJV) “Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.”

Lay down plans about your future regarding what you want to become in life. Make room for errors. Do not just rely simply on Plan A. Make some sort of Plan B and Plan C to deal with setbacks.

Ark Encounter (Jack Dennis)

4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big

1 Corinthians 9:26-27

26 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

Work to remain healthy physically and mentally. You might need to be part of something amazingly big that is life-changing at least for the people around you.

Stay fit so that you may be able to live a longer life to see your children and grandchildren fulfill their dreams and become successful in life. Many grandparents are not able to see because they lead an unhealthy life and leave this world too soon.

5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Be reminded not to listen to skeptics when you experience setbacks from time to time. Focus on what you want to achieve in life. Years after, the words that critics have said against you won’t even matter anymore.

6. Build your future on high ground

1 Corinthians 3: 10-11 10 “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.” 11 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Make your future to be foolproof. Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

7. For Safety Sake, Travel in Pairs

Romans 8:35-37. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

Ark Encounter (Jack Dennis)

8. Speed Isn’t Always An Advantage. The Snails were on board with the Cheetahs

James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Who remembers the race between the turtle and the hare? Consistency is more important than speed—or at least have both speed and consistency work together.

9. When You’re Stressed, Float a While

James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Having trouble dealing with your personal issues? Take a deep breath, and relax. Learn to unwind for a while to cool down. Afterward, go back to the drawing board and deal with the issue again. A rested mind is more creative than a weary one.

10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals

1 Corinthians 1:20 “Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”

Be humble. It doesn’t matter how mighty you perceive yourself to be, know when to tame your ego. Sometimes a low profile is best as situations may backfire on your part.

11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that God longs for His people to communicate with Him, not just go to church on Sunday, but wherever we are and whatever our need.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom. The Power and Glory forever. Amen.

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His Words on the Cross

On this morning centuries ago, Jesus Christ would be crucified. The crucifixion was God’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins — though we are all guilty of sin and deserve wrath, Jesus paid that fine once and completely so that we may be righteous in the eyes of God.

For at least a half of a century, I have agonized and deeply reflected on Jesus’ suffering for us. Despite all of the reading, sermons and film I’ve watched on the subject, I still hurt…and love.

We, as the guilty, do not deserve the sacrifice of Jesus, who was completely innocent. It is entirely a gift that God gives to us by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

We deserve wrath and God loves us enough to offer us a way out.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Today it appears that so many people, influenced by evil, are fast becoming so impressed with themselves that they can’t fathom why Jesus had to die for them at all.

When we look at the Scripture, we realize that Jesus, was on the cross suffering the eternal penalty we deserved because of the infinity of God’s holiness and the depths of our depravity.

No matter what we may think is known about execution on the cross, it simply does not mean the same thing for us as it did to those living in the first century.

The cross was itself the embodiment and emblem of the most hideous of human obscenities. The cross was a symbol of reproach, degradation, humiliation, and disgust. It was aesthetically repugnant. In a word, the cross was obscene.

The cross was far more than an instrument of capital punishment. It was a public symbol of indecency and social indignity. Crucifixion was designed to do more than merely kill a man. Its purpose was to humiliate him as well. The cross was intended not only to break a man’s body, but also to crush and defame his spirit.

What did Jesus say on that cross?

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34

“Today, you will be with me in Paradise” Luke 23:43

“Woman, behold your son,” John 19:26 – 27

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  Matt 27:46

For me, this was always the most jarring Scripture in the Bible.  We see Jesus suffer many things.  He is beaten, tortured, mocked, and spit on.  The Savior is whipped, pierced with a crown of thorns, and then with nails in His hands and feet.  At the height of His agony, what did Jesus say on the cross?

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Matt 27:46

For years I agonized over God abandoning Jesus.  Did He commit the sin of doubt in His final moments while on the cross?  Over time I realized I was misinterpreting Jesus’s word. Through study, and I suppose, maturity and some hint of wisdom, I learned there is great evidence that this was not a cry of separation but actually a song of worship. Many believe that the most accurate interpretation of this saying of Jesus on the cross is that He was quoting straight out of the sacred hymns of the psalms.

Imagine that.  In the midst of all His struggle, Jesus chose to praise.  Imagine if we followed His lead in our own lives? 

“I thirst” John 19:28

“It is finished” John 19:30

“Father, into Your Hands I commit my Spirit.” Luke 23:46

Ultimately, what Jesus said on the cross was,“I love you!”  Millions have made the wonderful decision to follow Him, like the thief on the cross all we have to do is say “Jesus, You are Lord.  Take me with you.” 

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In Moments of Desperation, We Were Broken

One of our faithful readers sent this to us recently:

“I was in Family Dollar store last night, and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, and the other one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks, and the toddler was screaming for them.

The Mom opened the pack and gave him one which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling; but then the bigger boy took it, and the toddler started screaming again. Just as the mom was about to fuss, the older child bent the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler.

As we walked outside at the same time, the toddler noticed that the stick was now glowing; and his brother said, “I had to break it so that you could get the full effect from it.”


I almost ran, because l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.”


That precious child was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glow stick around in the air, because he didn’t understand what it was created to do – which was “glow”.


There are some people who will be content just “being,” but some of us are chosen… we have to be “broken.”
We have to get sick.
We have to lose a job.
We go through a divorce.
We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child…


In those moments of desperation, we were broken. But… when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created. So when you see us glowing, just know that we have been broken

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The People’s Convoy of American Truckers Roll in Peaceful Protest to DC

Millions of Patriots Supporting, Praying and Cheering Along Routes

American Truckers launch The People’s Convoy, a peaceful and unified transcontinental movement for freedom, on February 23, 10:00 am, from Adelanto Stadium in California.

This verse was read and shared by thousands before they embarked:

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will uphold you with My right hand of righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

Citizens are supporting the Convoy For Freedom by:

  1. Praying for their safety and success.
  2. Attending their send off rallies and cheering them along the routes. 
  3. Driving part way with them.
  4. Donating money through their website. https://ThePeoplesConvoy.org/
  5. Turning out to show support as they pass.
  6. Sharing information about The People’s Convoy on social media and by email.
  7. Living not by lies or fear.

As The People’s Convoy begins their peaceful and unified transcontinental movements for freedom, hundreds of truckers are hearing encouragement and blessings from speakers including FLCCC President Dr. Pierre Kory and Godspeak Church Pastor Rob McCoy.

“The truckers are joined by freedom-loving supporters from all walks of life on this peaceful and law-abiding transcontinental journey for freedom,” one spokesperson said Tuesday night.

“This convoy is about freedom and unity,” they announced.” “The truckers are riding unified across party and state lines with freedom loving people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is welcome to participate by attending the launch rally and/or by following the big rigs in their own vehicles.”

First 4 Days: Truckers, Bikers, RVs, and Other Vehicles Main Convoy Route Across America

Day 1: CA to AZ
Day 2: Through AZ (Snow expected)
Day 3: AZ to TX
Day 4: TX to OK

The People’s Convoy Message

The 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a rough road for all Americans: spiritually, emotionally, physically, and – not least – financially.

Good therapeutics and the hard work of courageous, frontline doctors and nurses contributed to declining COVID-19 cases and severity of illness. It’s time to re-open America. It’s time for elected officials to work with American workers to and restore accountability and liberty – by lifting all mandates and ending the “state of emergency.” Americans need to get back to work and living in a free and unrestricted manner.

Adjoining Routes

Truckers Are Ready

Many non-mainstream media reporters, photographers and staff will embed with the Convoy. Note: As of this writing Newsmax, Eric Bolling, Maureen Steele, The Epoch Times and other journalists, media outlets and podcasters are joining.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Children’s Health Defense’s http://CHD.TV will cover the convoy with live updates every day at 10 am EST at https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/.

Retired military and security experts are assisting the convoy and spearheading logistics to ensure a 100 percent safe, lawful, and peaceful journey.

“We have the freedom our forefathers and veterans have continually died for over the past two hundred years. Just visit our National Cemetaries and view the rows of sacrifice on the grounds. This freedom needs to be defended whether foreign or domestic,” was a message passed around by supporters to truckers before they left. “All of us must fight these communists. I know this because I am a cold war veteran. This time they have attacked us from the inside via money and political means.”

“Our representatives seem to be very quiet during these times, why? God bless all of you in this endeavor to retain our freedom that we still have today,” wrote FireDogRazor54. “To my brothers and sisters in Canada, your blood has been shared in the past many times and I know personally that you do not quit, defend the Maple leaf! To all I repeat ‘esprit de corps’. Post this message on your trucks!! To the police, go 10-7 with the blue covid flu for about a week, just saying. Where is our clergy? Tend the flock and ward off the foxes!”

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What To Do If You Have the Mandate and Lockdown Blues

Special Note:  If you start having thoughts of wanting to die or harm yourself, seek professional help immediately, or let a loved one know. Or call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which provides 24/7, free, and confidential support.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic first appeared in early 2020, Jack and I were as startled as everyone by the strict restrictions of just going to the grocery store to buy toilet paper and food. After a few weeks, we both agreed “NO MORE.”

We moved to the country, lowered our living expenses (cut them over half), started an organic garden and became far more self sufficient (energy, water, food backups and redundancies). In a nutshell, we simplified.

While many people we knew were rushing to get experimental vaccines, buying hoards of masks, staying home and complying with lockdowns, we took the opposite approach.

We went on several roadtrips (Washington DC, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Graceland in Memphis, Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains, Andy Griffith Museum in North Carolina, Ark Encounter in Kentucky and other crowded places) visiting 20 states.

We were a bit surprised to see both ends of the spectrum:

1. People wearing masks, gloves, headgear and wrapped in extra clothing just to walk outside to their mailbox.

2. Or like us, RVers, bikers, campers, and travelers enjoying America’s freedoms indoors and outside. We only wore masks per local establishment restrictions, but even then, like other patriots, it was minimal. We attended theater plays, saw movies, enjoyed concerts, explored museums and road amusement park rides.

Everyone experiences ups and downs, but the sadness we’ve been seeing from some people is like weather. It tends to come and go, and it can lift quickly if something positive happens. We made sure to focus on positiveness. We turned off the TV and especially mainstream media of any kind (radio, newspapers, magazine’s, etc.)

Those who took similar approaches seem to snap out of it—sort of like a rain cloud moved aside by the sun.

When It’s More Than Normal Sadness

But some people practically bolted themselves indoors and continuously watched the propaganda and news. Their sadness wasn’t a temporary occurance like a rainshower. It is full blown depression, like a season.

Depression moves in and stays for a while, most of the day, every day, for weeks at a time. It can affect your mood, your physical health, and the way you perceive just about everything. Rather than an emotional state, depression is a health condition.

Consider simplifying your life, finding alternative news sources (like CleverJourneys.Com), and improving your well being. Here are some suggestions:

1. Get moving. Any form of regular exercise boosts mood and energy. It’s hard to get moving when you’re feeling down, so start with small steps and build from there. Standing, stretching, or taking a quick walk around your house or neighborhood is better than being boarded up. And guess what? You don’t need to wear a mask! As a registered nurse of 40 years, I’m not about to wear a mask so frivolously. Just move!!!

2. Try meditating. Research has shown that medication can improve depression symptoms, but research shows you can equate the benefits of 30 minutes of meditation to the effects of one antidepressant pill. Of course, if your doctor has prescribed medication, you should continue to take it as instructed—but you can add meditation to your routine. There are plenty of apps that can help you get started, including Headspace, Calm, and The Mindfulness App. Or simply just go walk!

3. Go outside. Spending time in nature can decrease feelings of depression. It also exposes you to sunlight, which can help your body produce vitamin D. Low levels of the nutrient have been linked to depression, but soaking up even 15 minutes of sun per day can lift your spirits in the present and over the long term.

4. Foster close relationships. Nurturing your existing relationships with friends and family is one of the best things you can do for your health. But it’s also never too late to forge new bonds. How? Sign up for a book club, volunteer to lend a hand at your local community center or place of worship, take a group exercise class, or simply invite a neighbor to meet for a cup of coffee. As feelings of connection increase, depression often decreases.

5. Read. Simply pick up a book and read it. I say book, instead of reading on a computer or phone, for the sake of your eyes. Each day, I have a ritual of reading Bible devotionals and a few chapters in a novel. Library cards are a good thing. It is positive and good for the spirit.

6. Practice gratitude. Making daily lists of what you’re grateful for has been found to help lift mood. Even if you’re not able to write everything down, simply thinking about it or expressing gratitude to others can help boost happiness.

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Health Care Sharing Ministries Offer Members Freedom to Choose Holistic Treatment

Unlike health insurance, many HCSMs allow members to share costs of alternative therapies

More and more Americans are turning to alternative medicine, either to complement standard medical care or to use non-Western treatment methods as an alternative to standard medical approaches.

As many as one third of American adults are using some form of alternative medical care, according to a National Health Interview Survey.

The data come from the National Health Statistics Report, a survey of more than 89,000 American adults and more than 17,000 children four to 17 years old.

“This is one of the most striking advantages offered by many Health Care Sharing Ministries,” says Katy Talento, executive director of the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries (The Alliance, ahcsm.org). “Most insurance plans outright exclude or narrowly limit access to alternative care such as chiropractors, naturopathic providers, nutrition and health coaches, acupuncturists and others. But members of many Health Care Sharing Ministries are free to seek these types of services and have the expenses shared by other members.”

Among adults 18 and over, increases were seen from 2012 to 2017 in the use of alternative and complementary care models such as chiropractic care and acupuncture during the preceding 12 months, according to the National Health Interview Survey in 2018.

“Whether people use it as their main form of health care or in conjunction with a standard health care approach, the use of non-Western and or naturopathic health care approaches are surging in popularity,” Talento says. “Rather than relying on strict physician networks, many HCSM members are able to access the practices and treatments that best suit their needs.”

“Complementary” and “alternative medicine” include holistic, non-Western and homeopathic health practices that are not usually used in Western treatment protocols, according to the Centers for Disease Control. “Complementary medicine” is care that is used along with standard medical protocols, while “alternative medicine” is used in place of standard medical protocols.

Examples of both include acupuncture, chiropractic care, naturopathy, homeopathy, herbalism, tai chi, other mind-body therapies, vitamins, herbs, and other nutritional therapies.

“Health Care Sharing Ministries champion the freedom to choose what is best among the many health care options that exist for ourselves and our families,” Talento says.

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., The Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries was created through a collaborative effort of Samaritan Ministries International of Peoria, Illinois and Christian Care Ministry of Melbourne, Florida for the purpose of protecting and preserving the rights of their members, and Christians in general, to engage in healthcare cost sharing as a viable alternative for their medical needs. 

The Alliance was established as a 501(c)(6) trade organization to represent the common interests of Health Care Sharing Ministry organizations which are facilitating the sharing of health care needs (financial, emotional, and spiritual) by individuals and families, and their participants. The Alliance engages with federal and state regulators, members of the media, and the Christian community to provide accurate and timely information on medical cost sharing.

Learn more about the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries visit www.ahcsm.org or follow the ministry on Facebook or Twitter.  

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Christian Churches Developing Future Leaders and Volunteers for America

Christianity is on the rise in the United States as evidenced by church attendance, musical charts, social media participation and private schooling.

Pastors across America are doing more to plan for the future leadership in American business, media, government and education for our country.

They start within the church, according to a new Lifeway Research survey of today’s ministers’ needs and concerns.

According to the poll, “developing leaders and volunteers” is at the top of the list of needs among American Protestant pastors, with 77 percent identifying it as an issue that needs to be addressed in their church.

The following needs identified by the survey were identified by the the 2022 Greatest Needs of Pastors research project are listed in descending order:

🔹Facilitating connections with unchurched people: 76 percent.

🔹People’s apathy or lack of commitment is 75%.

🔹Personal prayer consistency is 72%.

🔹Friendships and fellowship with others account is 69%.

“The pre-existing challenges of ministry have been exacerbated by COVID, and it’s critical that we lean in and listen closely to pastors,” said Ben Mandrell, president of Lifeway Christian Resources. “This project has shed light on critical needs they have, and it will point the way forward in how we partner with them to fuel their ministries and improve their health in a variety of ways.”

🔹68 percent of current leaders and volunteers are being trained.

🔹68 percent of people read the Bible on a regular basis for reasons other than sermon or teaching preparation.

🔹64% of pastors have relationships with other pastors.

🔹64% of people consistently observe the Sabbath.

🔹63% of people are stressed.

“The number and breadth of needs that pastors are currently confronted with is mind-boggling,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of Lifeway Research. “… It is clear that pastors are not looking for shortcuts and take their roles as spiritual leaders in their churches seriously.”

Personal Discipline

🔹61% confessed and repented of personal sin.


🔹59% of the time, “I exercise consistently.”


🔹55% avoid over-commitment and over-work.


🔹55% of the time, “people are challenged in areas where they lack obedience.”

“When asked to prioritize their own greatest need, pastors tend to put the needs of their church’s ministry ahead of personal needs,” said McConnell. “Personally making disciples, developing leaders, connecting with those outside the church and mobilizing the people in their church are the most common ‘greatest needs’ and are among the most common needs pastors want to make a priority.”

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American Could Use the Wisdom of Ronald Reagan Today

America could use the wisdom of Ronald Reagan right now. I have lived long enough to remember twelve Presidents. A President sets the tone for the whole country. White House Resident Joe Biden is failing our country.

I can honestly say that America felt happier and better about itself when Ronald Reagan was President than at any other time in my life. President Donald J. Trump was getting us there, but the powers that be made certain it came to a halt…at least temporarily. President Reagan was a wise and righteous man.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice…” (Proverbs 29:2).

The source of President Reagan’s strength lay in what he believed. Many news commentators called his beliefs corny and old-fashioned while he was in office. After his death, many grudgingly admitted that he was a great leader. But it was Reagan’s beliefs that made him great. What did President Reagan believe?

Dr. D. James Kennedy gave the following account of a conversation between himself and President Reagan in 1980:

     “Governor,” Dr. Kennedy said, “I would like to ask you a very important spiritual question, and that is: If something were to happen to you and you were to die and stand before God, and God Almighty said to you, ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven?’ What would you say?”


     He was silent for a long time. Finally after about 30 seconds he answered in somber tones that I shall never forget, “I don’t deserve to go to Heaven. The only thing I could say would be, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life'” (John 3:16).


     Now this great man has discovered the truth of those words of Christ. He has ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth,’ and now gazes in the face of God (Dr. D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries News, June 8, 2004).

Reagan Wisdom for American Now

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Wise and Frugal Ideas For Christmas This Year

Have a Jolly, Holly, Frugal Christmas!

Be Honest With Your Finances

The first step is to be completely honest with your financial situation at the moment. You aren’t looking for handouts. You just want a dose of empathy and maybe a hug.

Just like everyone else, you want to give your family the world and shower them with gifts.

However, the center of Christmas is about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and coming together as a family and spending time with one another. You don’t need money for that.

Decide on a frugal Christmas budget and stick to it.

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With gift exchanges, you don’t need to go out and buy a brand new present. This is a chance to find something in your house that will make a great gift for someone else.

Here are various types of gift exchanges that cost little or no money:

  • White elephant gift exchange
  • $5 gift exchanges
  • Unused item gift exchange
  • Cookie exchange
  • Used toy, puzzle or book exchange
  • Coffee mug exchange
  • Charity donation exchange
  • Craft supply gift exchange
  • Dollar Store finds gift exchange
  • Fabulously fashionable clothing exchange
  • Dropped that hobby gift exchange

There are just a few ideas on how you can get creative with holding gift exchanges. Not everything must be expensive to be an awesome winner!

Buy In Bulk And Divide Up For Gifts

A frugal trait is buying things in bulk to save money. When the holidays roll-around, this is where you use your DIY skills to come up with frugal Christmas gifts.

If you find a lot of people on your list to buy small gifts for, you can create nice packages of presents to give. Typically, these holiday gifts are ideal for teachers, neighbors, co-workers or other special people that you want to wish a Merry Christmas.

For example, you can buy scented candles in bulk and wrap a beautiful bow on the glass jar. That is an easy way to divide them up for multiple gifts.

Another idea is to buy Christmas treat bags and divide up assorted miniature candies to quickly put together many small presents.

Talk to your families about the idea of only giving gifts to the kids, not the adults.

Frugal Christmas gifts for adults

1. Socks

No you won’t get any awards for creativity. But it is almost guaranteed the recipient will use this gift.

2. Workout clothing

3. Books

Cookbooks and inspirational books are great choices. 

4. A nice pen and journal

5. Bath bombs and soap.

6. Insulated coffee mug.

Holiday lights tour

🔹Bundle up the kids in the car and go for a family drive when it gets dark. Drive your neighborhood or find out the best neighborhoods in your city and go for a festive drive.

🔹Make a holiday letter and send it to family with important highlights from the past year.

🔹Attend a local Christmas event: parade, lights, Church or other holiday happenings.

🔹Get Christmas coloring books and color with your family.

🔹Decorate the Christmas tree.

Secret Santa

🔹Have each family member draw a name and only give a gift to that one person.

🔹Make mason jar cookie mixes to gift.

Forgo wrapping paper altogether

🔹Just wrap gifts with some ribbon or a bow.

Reuse Christmas wrapping and Christmas gift bags.

Make a coupon book for gifts

🔹From cooking a special meal to a foot massage to experiences out.

Write a list of what you are grateful for

🔹This is a great exercise any time of the year but especially at Christmas when there can be excess. It’s a good reminder of how lucky the majority of us are.

Learn to make candles with your children

🔹This is a fun activity and could also be a homemade Christmas gift.

Buy Christmas lights from a dollar store and hang them from your outside trees.

Write a letter to Santa

🔹Mail it to Santa Claus 325 S. Santa Claus Lane North Pole, Alaska 99705

Have a puzzle day

🔹Get a puzzle that’s challenging enough for the whole family but easy enough that the little ones can participate.

Have a Christmas pajama day

🔹Stay in pajamas the whole day on a Saturday or Sunday

Make homemade Christmas ornaments.

Cookie swap.

Go Christmas caroling.

Watch Christmas movies.

Snuggle up with your family and play favorite nostalgic or new Christmas movies. Favorites that come to mind are A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.