God’s Word Says “Fear Not”

Many people are very concerned, and when you read comments from the President and Vice-President it is very understandable that all folks should be taking precautions with it comes to the Coronavirus.

Earlier today, Vice-President Pence said the following the morning after President Trump addressed the nation about the pandemic the entire world is battling.

“There’s been some irresponsible rhetoric, but the American people should know President Trump has no higher priority than the health and safety and well being of the people of this country,”

Being irresponsible is totally unacceptable during this time, and that includes many pastors who have said things that have not helped the panic here in America and around the world.

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All that being said, the Bible tells us in Isaiah 41:10; “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The book of Joshua also tells us in Joshua 1:9; Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

While there are many who believe that this crisis is blown out of proportion and a huge number are panicking and are fearful that large parts of the population may die.

As in all things in life, prayer is needed and not panic. Faith in God to do what He says in the verses above is needed. We need not play politics in times of crisis – we need to trust God and FEAR NOT.

Pastor Ed Boston

‘Prayers Are a Pathway to Heal Our Country’: CBN News Follows VP Pence on Final Push for Prayers and Votes | CBN News

On this Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence tells CBN News he believes Republicans will expand their majority in the Senate and keep the House. He made that confident prediction as we were traveling with him on Air Force Two for his final push to get out the vote.
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Remains of U.S. Returned from North Korea

Pence at honorable carry ceremony: Our boys are coming home – Vice President Mike Pence represents the Trump administration at honorable carry ceremony for presumed remains of U.S. soldiers returned by North Korea.

The human remains returned to the U.S. by North Korea last week are “consistent with being Americans,” according to an official who saw the contents of the 55 boxes.

It’s too early to know how many people are inside the boxes, John E. Byrd, a government scientist who oversees the laboratory examining the remains, told reporters Thursday.

One dog tag from a U.S. Army soldier was among the recovered equipment, and two sons of the deceased soldier will receive the dog tag next week.

Most of the remains returned to the U.S. were from the village of Sinheung Ri, near the Chosin Reservoir. The site hosted a famous battle fought from November to December of 1950 during the Korean War.

Byrd added that of all the possibilities, what surprised him most “was the great care that the North Koreans, the KPA, soldiers took in packaging and preparing those remains to be handed over to us.”

“They had been very carefully packaged with padding and packaging that was done to, I think, a very high standard,” he said.

Read the rest of this story at FoxNews.com.

Statements About and Funeral Information For Barbara Bush

Statement from President George H W Bush:

Former President George H.W. Bush, who held his wife’s hand all day Tuesday before she died, released his first statement following Barbara Bush’s death through his spokesman Wednesday.

“I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that fact,” Bush said in the statement. “But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up. We have faith she is in heaven, and we know life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list.”

Statement from President George W. Bush

My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.

Statement from Jeb Bush

“I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush.”

White House Statement on Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away yesterday in Houston, Texas. She was 92. Along with Abigail Adams, Mrs. Bush is one of only two First Ladies in American history to see a child follow her husband to the U.S. Presidency.

The White House released this statement last night:

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush.

The U.S. flag will fly at half-staff until sunset of the day that Mrs. Bush is laid to rest.

Karen and I send our deepest sympathies to President Bush and the entire Bush family with the passing of Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush was a woman of unique strength and grace whose devotion to her family was an inspiration to every American. Mrs. Bush’s example in public life and her encouragement made a lasting impact on our family, as it did on the families of millions of Americans, and she will be missed. We offer our deepest condolences to the entire Bush family during this difficult time and we will be praying for all who mourn the passing of this good and great woman. God bless Barbara Bush.

Our hearts are with the Bush family as we celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Barbara Bush.  Throughout her life, she put family and country above all else.  Her dedicated service to the American people was matched only by her compassion and love of family.  She was a woman of strength and we will always remember her for her most important roles of wife, mother, and First Lady of the United States.  My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with the Bush family as we honor her legacy.

Funeral and Celebration of Life Information

Thursday, April 19th – Celebration of Mrs. Bush’s Life

Mayor Turner and the City of Houston are planning a celebration of Mrs. Bush life Thursday evening at City Hall. Details will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday). Please check with the Mayor’s press office for more details.

Friday, April 20th – Lying in Repose

All members of the general public wishing to pay their respects to Mrs. Bush may do so this Friday, April 20th, as she lay in repose between noon and midnight at St. Martin’s Church at 717 Sage Road in Houston. Important: everyone must first go to the Second Baptist Church campus at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and go through security. Please enter the parking lots using Voss Road. Metro is providing shuttles to transport citizens, including those with disabilities, to and from St. Martin’s. The parking lot at Second Baptist will open at 10am, and shuttles will start running at 11:30am.

Please note:

  • You may not drive or walk up to St. Martin’s Church. 
  • Large, over-sized purses and bags are not permitted.
  •  Out of respect for Mrs. Bush and her family, please turn off all cellular devices and refrain from taking photos. 

Saturday, April 21st – Funeral Service

The funeral service for Mrs. Bush is by invitation only. All invited guests must first go to the Second Baptist Church campus at 6400 Woodway Drive to park and go through security. Please enter parking lot using Voss Road. The parking lot at Second Baptist will open at 8am on Saturday, and shuttles start running at 8:30am. Metro is providing shuttles to transport citizens, including those with disabilities, to and from St. Martin’s.

Please note:

  • You may not drive or walk up to St. Martin’s Church. 
  • Large, over-sized purses and bags are not permitted.
  • Out of respect for Mrs. Bush and her family, please turn off all cellular devices and refrain from taking photos. 

 

Following the funeral service, the Bush family will depart via motorcade through Memorial Park en route to the Bush Library in College Station.

Looks Like I’m Not The Only One Disgusted With “The View”

My post,  This Is Disgusting, But Par For The Course From “The View”seems to be holding true with the opinions of several different people. The Vice-President himself had these comments  during a C-Span interview when asked about the situation:

Vice President Mike Pence delivered a jaw-dropping rebuke of ABC News after “The View” host Joy Behar compared Christianity to mental illness.

“To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong,” Pence said Wednesday on C-SPAN. “It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.”

Pence said on C-SPAN that his faith is the most important thing in his life.

“My faith sustains me in all that I do,” he said.

The vice president said “The View” hosts insulted the “vast majority of the American people who cherish faith.”

“It demonstrates how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that,” he said.

Watch VP Pence’s comments on C-Span below:

//www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4715081

Pastor Robert Jeffress had the following article on his website, Pathway To Victory:

Courtesy: Fox News Insider:

Dr. Robert Jeffress went off on the co-hosts of “The View” for mocking Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday.

It all started when “The View” played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman said the Vice President “thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”

Sunny Hostin expressed concern about Pence’s religious fervor and said she doesn’t want her Vice President “speaking in tongues.”

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” Joy Behar said, adding that hearing voices is a “mental illness.”

Jeffress wondered on “America’s Newsroom” what would have happened to Behar if she had mocked a devout Muslim.

“ABC would have fired her in a nanosecond. To the left, when it comes to attacking conservative Christians, it is always open season.”

He pointed out that many liberals preach the importance of tolerance, but when it comes to beliefs with which they disagree, they can often be the least tolerant.

He said Christians are tired of being bullied in the public square for their faith, and the 2016 election was in some ways a reaction to these types of “despicable attacks.”

Watch the video with Pastor Jeffress on Fox News

 

 

Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren slams ‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar for ridiculing Vice President Pence’s conservative Christian faith.

This Is Disgusting, But Par For The Course From “The View”

Par For The Course – definition: par for the course is a noun –  something to be expected

While the following story may be “par for the course, that doesn’t make it acceptable! Christians should be highly upset with the the characterization that being a Christian is a “mental illness”.

Note that Mike Pence is from the same hometown that I am, and I have talked to him on numerous occasions. I don’t claim to know everything about him, but I have followed his political career from the very beginning.

I will make my comments to the story below in the article with bold red. Please remember that these comment will be my OPINION. Take a look!

‘The View’ star Joy Behar mocks Mike Pence’s Christian faith: ‘That’s called mental illness’

The women of ABC News’ “The View” took a shot a Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith on Tuesday, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a “mental illness.”  From Merriam-Webster.com – Definition of mental illness: any of a broad range of medical conditions (such as major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, or panic disorder) that are marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, or emotions to impair normal psychological functioning and cause marked distress or disability and that are typically associated with a disruption in normal thinking, feeling, mood, behavior, interpersonal interactions, or daily functioning

It all started when they played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman discussed the vice president. Who makes Omarosa an expert on Vice-President Pence? My guess is that she barely knows him.  

“As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence… everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life,” she said in the clip. “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.” How would she know what Jesus tells anyone other than herself?

The talk-show panelists pondered what Omarosa’s motive was, before Sunny Hostin chimed in, “I think what’s interesting is that she said Jesus tells Mike Pence things to say.” I think that most Christian would agree that Jesus talks to us through His word, and some will believe (in my opinion rightly so) that they hear from Jesus directly. Does that make me mentally ill?

Hostin declared that Pence is a “hated figure” in Indiana, claiming she knows firsthand because she attended law school in the state. I can’t find the dates that Hostin attended law school at Notre Dame. She was born in 1969 so if she was in her early 20’s then she would have been there somewhere around the mid 90’s. Pence ran for office in the House of Representatives for the first time (an lost) in 1988, and didn’t start his time in Congress until 2001 in a district in Southern Indiana.  Notre Dame is in the very Northern most point in the state. Maybe she had heard of Mike Pence while at Notre Dame, but I’m thinking she knew little to nothing about him at that time. 

“He’s not very popular at all,” she said. “I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we’re in a dangerous situation.” Let’s see – Mike Pence was elected and served in Congress from 2001 to 2013. That would mean he was voted into office in his district 6 different times. He served as Governor of the state of Indiana from 2013-2017 and was running for re-election when President Trump named Pence as his running mate in the 2016 election. Granted, he made some decisions that were very unpopular, but it’s hard to reconcile Hostin’s OPINION that he is “hated and not very popular” with the FACT that he won election on 7 different occasions. 

Hostin said she is a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.” It’s obvious that as a Catholic she knows nothing about “speaking in tongues”,  as the topic was what Pence heard from Jesus, not about how he spoke to Jesus. Personally knowing his hometown church and having been there a few occasions, I can assure you that there was no speaking in tongues done while I was there.   

Joy Behar then said: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.” Pure sarcasm and vitriol.

Behar said hearing voices is a “mental illness” before Sherri Shepard offered a limited defense of Pence.

“As a Christian, that’s just par for the course,” Shepard said “You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back. What concerns me is, how long is the conversation with Jesus?” Shepard acknowledges that Jesus talks to us, so why would it the length of that would be concerning. If Jesus talks to him for 30 that’s ok, but if it’s a minute or two or three or longer then that’s “concerning”?

Behar, an ABC News star, uncomfortably joked, “Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?” This is probably the worst comment of the entire interview. Critics of the Bible has banded Mary Magdalene as a woman of ill repute, and the “without his wife in the room” part is making reference to Pence’s previous comments on how he keeps his vows to his wife. 

Shepard then said that the key is “moderation” and anything that is “too much” is concerning. Again how is moderation and too much defined?

“Do we want our politics served to us with a religious veneer over them?” Hostin asked. “This administration is not a values-driven administration.” Let’s see – religious veneer and politics. Our founding documents and Constitution has religious veneer written all over them, and the Founding Fathers were mostly Christians (no matter what uninformed naysayers might tell you). If you watch the video, you will notice that the hosts couldn’t even agree on what values-driven is. 

Finally, I find it very interesting, at the end of the segment, that Bahar commented that Pence would be much better that Trump. “I don’t think anyone could be worse than Trump.  (garbled words) Say what you will about Mike Pence and his religiosity and everything else. I don’t think that he’s mentally ill even though he says that he is hearing voices. I don’t think he is that crazy”. So when it’s Pence alone, he and Christians are mentally ill and several other derogatory things, but when compared to Trump – Behar seems to think that Pence would do lots of things right. Total hypocrisy and I believe that ABC should discontinue allowing these women to spew there 1st Amendment protected venom.   

Did VP Pence Really Say That?

Below is an article that stated President Donald Trump said several different things that all have to do with Vice-President Mike Pence’s Christian views. You can read the story to get all of what was said, but I want to focus on one part in particular.

Before I get to the meat of my remarks, let me make clear that I have no clue if President Trump actually said all of the things in the article. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t – I have no clue, thus this article may not need to have been written – but even with that, many other things have been said about “My Man Mike” which brings back the the need of writing this back into legitimacy.

In the article, which used the New Yorker as it’s source, this line is used as the opening:

While I earlier said that I have no idea if Trump said the things listed in the article, I would stake my reputation on this statement. Mike Pence does NOT want all gay people to hang. 

I know Mike Pence, and while he might not remember the few times that I had the pleasure of talking with him, I KNOW from personal experience talking with the former Indiana Governor that he would not and does not believe what is said to start the article below.

There are many negative and untrue reasons why things are written about Mike (yes he is down home enough that he likes to be called Mike). The first and biggest reason nasty and hateful things are written about him is that he is a Christian, he is not ashamed of that fact, and he leads with those two traits always in mind.

I have heard and have had him say to me directly – I’m a Christian, I’m a Conservative, and I’m a Republican; IN THAT ORDER!

It’s time that people that know the truth, which will then set you free, speak out and not let the hammering of Vice-President Pence and many other good Christians go by without defending them.

Trump joked Pence ‘wants to hang’ all gay people, New Yorker reports

President Trump once joked that Vice President Mike Pence “wants to hang” all gay people, The New Yorker reported Monday.

The publication also reports that Trump has mocked Pence for his views opposing abortion and LGBTQ rights.

Trump jabbed at Pence after a legal scholar told the pair that if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many states would probably legalize abortion.

“You see?” Trump reportedly said to Pence. “You’ve wasted all this time and energy on it, and it’s not going to end abortion anyway.”

And when the meeting began to focus on gay rights, Trump reportedly pointed to Pence, joking, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

To read the rest of the article, go here.