"Where fundamental freedoms of religion, expression, press, and peaceful assembly are under attack, we find conflict, instability, and terrorism." Pompeo
Excerpts from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s 29th May 2018 address regarding religious freedom:
“Religious freedom is in the American bloodstream. It’s what brought the pilgrims here from England. Our founders understood it as our first freedom. That is why they articulated it so clearly in the First Amendment. As James Madison wrote years before he was president or secretary of state, quote, “conscience is the most sacred of all property,” end of quote.
Religious freedom was vital to America’s beginning. Defending it is critical to our future.
Religious freedom is not only ours. It is a right belonging to every individual on the globe.
Where fundamental freedoms of religion, expression, press, and peaceful assembly are under attack, we find conflict, instability, and terrorism. On the other hand, governments and societies that champion these freedoms are more secure, stable, and peaceful.
As our National Security Strategy so clearly states: “Our Founders understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the gift of God to every person and a fundamental right for a flourishing society.”
Full address: https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/05/282789.htm
Testimony poem by Richard Feeney
I lived my life in full display of shame, dismay, disgrace
But then one day my life was changed, when I met Him face to face
I said to Him, "I don't know you, we’ve never met before"
He said to me, “But I know you, will you open up the door?"
"You see, I've been so close to you since the day of your first breath
And I've always tried to warn you of the road that leads to death"
I said to Him, "I did not know, what do you say I should do?"
"Receive me now and follow me and be the real, real you"
So I took that step and I followed Him and He took away my shame
Now thanks to Him, The Lord and I, want you to do the same
Prison Fellowship Australia
Dangerous people are filling the heads of young people with dangerous nonsense. Who are these people? They are what Jordan Peterson calls “the post-modernists:” neo-Marxist professors who dominate our colleges and universities. And here’s the worst part: we are financing these nihilists with tax dollars, alumni gifts and tuition payments. Time to wise up.
QANTAS must be tolerated for using it's planes and financial resources to promote their CEO's LGBT campaign but they will not tolerate any other views being promoted in the public square. What sort of society will we end up with if this is accepted? Australian rugby star Israel Folau is again under pressure from this forceful and intolerant LGBTI movement for sharing the video below which lovingly and compassionately pleads for people to be reconciled with God. In response major rugby sponsor QANTAS have threatened to withdraw sponsorship. Watch the video shared by Israel Folau and you decide if it really warrants such an extreme reaction from one of Australia's icon corporates.
With the message of hopelessness and chaos being preached everywhere in our secular society by the emboldened preachers of atheism, who then insist that no one else be allowed to speak or preach, it is refreshing to see a message of hope and true love being spread through social media. Well done Izzy!
The Australian 7th May 2018
"Smartphone addiction is affecting productivity, emotional wellbeing and relationships, a study of young Australians has found.
The Deakin University study of almost 400 undergraduate students found a third felt anxious if they were unable to regularly check their phones.
Forty per cent felt lost without it, 34 per cent lost sleep due to time spent on their devices and more than half were on their phones when they should be doing other things.
Lead researcher Dr Sharon Horwood said the findings were surprising, and added weight to suggestions problematic smartphone use is becoming an increasingly prevalent public health issue.
"There's no doubt that smartphones have changed the way we do things, and given that around 88 per cent of Australian have smartphones, we must feel as though we get something good from using them," she said.
"However, when usage becomes excessive it can result in a range of negative outcomes including low mood, reduced physical fitness, sleep deprivation and poorer academic performance."
Dr Horwood said smartphone use becomes problematic when it begins to impact on daily functioning, including productivity, relationships or physical or emotional heath.
Fear of missing out, or FoMO, is one theory for why people can become overly reliant on their phones as they feel the need to constantly stay online and connected via social media.
Another major factor is the design of the phone and apps, which are "deliberately addictive" to entice users to stay on them as long as possible.
But Facebook and Instagram were only part of the story, with the study finding the mindless checking of smartphones out of habit rather than need, and entertainment use, such as watching videos or web browsing, was more closely linked to problematic use than using social media.
Dr Horwood said personality was a strong predictor of problematic use, with the study identifying participants with higher levels of neuroticism and lower levels of conscientiousness.
"One explanation could be that individuals high in neuroticism tend to rely on their smartphones to obtain social and emotional reassurance from relationships," she said.
"Whereas conscientious people are characterised by a willingness to delay short-term gratification in order to achieve other goals in work, education, health and wellbeing.
"The thing to keep in mind is that broad personality traits such as neuroticism and conscientiousness influence the way we think and see the world generally, not just in relation to how we use technology."
The study was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
From the Australian.
As the Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Richer
Jesus Is Our Rescue
by Billy Graham
The primary message about Jesus in the New Testament is that God loves you. Some of you feel unloved. Some of you feel depressed, or you feel you don’t have purpose and meaning in your life. God is there to rescue you from that situation. If you repent, He will forgive your sins, because when Jesus died on the cross God laid on Him the sins of all of us.
Repentance means that you say to God, “I am a sinner, I’m sorry for my sins, I’m willing to turn from my sins. But Lord, You have to help me. I’ve tried so many times to give up things I know that are wrong, and I just can’t do it.”
Then, by faith, receive Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Open your heart and say, “Yes, Lord Jesus, come in. I’m ready to follow You.”
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