Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Back-to-School rush is on...

With five children, mornings before school started were often hectic. And the night before? Well...how many times did one of our kids say, "Hey, I need a white poster board for an assignment by tomorrow morning!" Ugh...
This article is a reminder, from our friends at Family Living Today, to stay organized during the critical back to school days... your children will thank you later.


Friday, August 30, 2019

What happens if Social Security fails?

A wonderful challenge from my friend, Herb Reece: What happens if the government cuts back on Social Security payouts? Will the local church step up?

See: https://newcommandment.org/churches-take-note-theres-talk-of-cutting-social-security/

Churches, Take Note: There’s Talk of Cutting Social Security

Photo courtesy Marco Verch
By: Herb Reece
I’ve been saying for many years that America’s churches have abdicated to the federal government their responsibility to provide for the needs of their widows, widowers, and others. Biblically speaking, the church has the responsibility to guarantee the well-being of those in its midst with long term pressing needs. (See, for example, 1 John 3:16-18; Titus 3:14; Acts 4:34, 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 5:1-15, etc.) The church has increasingly been marginalized in American culture because it has been disobedient in this role. For example, how many churches do you know with a “widow’s list” as described in 1 Timothy 5?
In its place, the federal government has stepped in to provide a Social Security “safety net” for the elderly and disabled. For decades, that safety net has worked fairly well. Social Security is one of the government’s most popular programs. But with a national debt standing at over 22 trillion dollars and another 1 trillion or so being added to it every year, the federal government is going to have to cut something.
Recently, President Trump has proposed cutting Social Security and Medicare.
Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a “second-term project.” (Yahoo News, August 29, 2019)
I’m not here to get into politics, nor to discuss the merits and demerits of cutting Social Security. What I do want to say is that America’s churches have a golden opportunity to step up to the plate and assume their biblically mandated responsibility once again. If every church in America took financial responsibility for replacing any cuts to Social Security for just five of their widows, that would be 1.5 million widows the church would be helping.
Replacing for its widows the money the government cuts from Social Security may sound like a radical concept. But it’s not a radical biblical concept. It’s just the church doing what the church is supposed to do.
This post first appeared in NewCommandment.org.
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Monday, April 01, 2019

UnPlanned Movie Surprises Hollywood

The Pure Flix movie, UnPlanned, opened with a surprisingly strong box office this weekend. With the proliferation of new movie and television outlets, faith-based media options are now more popular than ever. Families currently enjoy the freedom to bypass the previous limited options coming out of Hollywood and are able to choose their own entertainment offerings. Companies such as Pure Flix, offer streaming media available in monthly package deals. (https://pureflix.com/)
The controversial pro-life movie, UnPlanned, was expected to bring in approximately $3Million this weekend but instead opened with a surprising $6M opening weekend. What does this trend portend for the traditional Hollywood media outlets? Watch UnPlanned trailer here...