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The Greatest Love Letter

johnny-cash-and-june-carterA letter Johnny Cash wrote to June Carter Cash in 1994 was voted the greatest love letter of all time. They were married from 1968 until June passed away in 2003. Johnny died 4 months later.

The letter reads as follows:

Happy birthday princess,

We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and I realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much. Happy birthday, princess.

Johnny

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George Müller – Man of Faith

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George Müller

In the video below, actor and preacher, Doug Whitley*, portrays George Müller (1805 -1898).

Before he received Jesus Christ who transformed his life, George Müller was a drunkard, a cheat and a most sinful man. God took him from the beer halls to the honored halls of men of great faith. Without a penny, he was able to build one of the largest and most successful childrens orphanages in Bristol, England.

During his life, he and his wife Susannah cared for over 10,024 orphans simply dependent upon God with childlike faith. – Luis Josephus

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* Doug Whitley travels the world in his ministry of portraying biblical and historical figures. For more information and bookings, visit his website at:  www.PreachersOfThePast.com


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No More Government Censorship of Our Churches

no-more-government-censorshipFree the Pulpits of America Up Again!

Since the beginning of this great nation, Americans have been committed to the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and religion. It requires that our government respect every individual’s legal right to practice their religious beliefs, speak freely of their moral convictions, operate schools and colleges, and live peacefully with others without government interference.

For over 60 years, however, the Johnson Amendment has been prohibiting free speech in our churches. Many pastors and other religious leaders have been afraid to speak biblical truth from their pulpits for fear of harassment and punishment by the government who can take away their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

Erik Stanley, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, recently remarked, “Americans don’t need a federal tax agency to be the speech police of churches or any other non-profit groups, who have a constitutionally protected freedom to decide for themselves what they want to say or not say.”

A new bill, The Free Speech Fairness Act, has been introduced by Representative Jody Hice and Senator James Lankford, that will restrict the enforcement of the Johnson Amendment and allow churches to speak freely of politics and other matters without intimidation by the IRS. Erik Stanley further commented, “By removing the threat of an IRS investigation and potential penalties based simply, for example, on what a pastor says from the pulpit, this bill brings the law into conformity with the First Amendment. This law that was enacted by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1954, and was never intended to affect churches and other non-profit groups but has been used to intimidate them ever since. The government can’t base any tax exemption on a requirement that a church or any other non-profit organization surrender a constitutionally protected freedom, including free speech.”

In recent years the Alliance Defending Freedom (http://www.adflegal.org/) has attempted to challenge the Johnson Amendment through the Pulpit Freedom Initiative, which urges church ministers to violate the statute in protest. The ADF contends that the amendment violates First Amendment rights.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for the repeal of the amendment. At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump, vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment.

Please pray that the Free Speech Fairness Act will be approved, and the Johnson Amendment will eventually be overturned. Pray that pastors and other religious leaders will no longer be intimidated or harassed by the IRS for preaching political matters and be able to speak freely of biblical issues deemed “off limits” by the government.

– Luis Josephus

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Join the Pulpit Freedom Movement

For almost the first 200 years in America, pastors spoke freely and boldly from their pulpit about the issues of the day, including candidates running for office. But in 1954, the passage of one piece of legislation effectively overturned this freedom: The Johnson Amendment. A pastor’s pulpit should be accountable to God alone, and the future of religious freedom in America depends on it. The good of our society depends upon the ability of churches to speak freely. When the church is silent, the culture suffers.

It’s time to put an end to the Johnson Amendment. Go to:

https://www.adflegal.org/issues/religious-freedom/church/key-issues/pulpit-freedom-sunday
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith. http://www.adflegal.org/


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Kris Kristofferson Salvation Testimony

Country music supergroup, The Highwaymen, featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash.

Country music supergroup, The Highwaymen, featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash.

The salvation testimony of Kris Kristofferson – how he came to receive Jesus Christ, and the story behind the writing of the popular son, “Why me Lord?” So great to hear Kris and Willie Nelson playing together again – the last members still alive from the group, The Highwaymen. The other two members, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, have passed away. You can tell Kris wrote this song straight from his heart.

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The Value of a Human Baby

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We encourage you to listen to the video message below by Pastor Jim Bull of Palmcroft Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He says, “God values every single person, even the unborn. This week in our nation’s capital the March for Life takes place. What a great opportunity to reflect on how important a human baby is to Him, and how important it ought to be to each of us.”

March for Life 2017.

If you cannot attend the official March for Life in Washington, there are other ways you can get involved. Your voice is still important! Go to: http://marchforlife.org/show-your-support

May God richly bless you for helping to save innocent lives.

– Luis Josephus

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Jail Women for Abortion?

pro-life-marchIn the State of Texas, abortion laws are different than any other state in the U.S.

Texans have some of the most restrictive abortion laws. There are mandatory steps a woman must take before she is allowed to abort, such as viewing an ultrasound image of her baby, a waiting period of twenty-four hours (beginning after the woman’s in-office doctor’s consultation and ultrasound), and parental consent for minors. If seeking abortion-inducing medications, she must make four visits to a licensed physician. Violation of the Texas law is imprisonment of five years to life for destroying a viable fetus.

One lawmaker, Texas Representative Tony Tinderholt, is now proposing that women should be jailed if they commit an abortion – at any stage. He has introduced a bill that would completely ban abortion in Texas and directs state officials to ignore conflicting federal laws such as Roe vs. Wade.

What’s your opinion?

Do you think this proposed Texas law is too extreme against women? What about the men who participated in the sexual intercourse; aren’t they responsible too? After all, they are partly accountable for helping to conceive the baby. Let us know your comments below.

March for Life 2017.

The annual March for Life will be taking place this Friday, January 27th, in Washington, D.C. Thousands of pro-life marchers will be marching to show their solidarity with the pro-life message.

President Donald J. Trump has held a staunch pro-life position and he is making good on his campaign promises. Since his inauguration, Trump has signed an executive order stripping much of the federal funding for abortions. Sean Spicer told reporters at Tuesday’s White House briefing that there will be a “heavy administrative presence” at the March for Life event on Friday.

If you cannot attend the official March for Life in Washington, there are other ways you can get involved. Your voice is still important! Go to: http://marchforlife.org/show-your-support

May God richly bless you for helping to save innocent lives.

– Luis Josephus

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COMMENTS:

From Luis Josephus: “Thirty-five years ago before coming to faith in Jesus Christ, I was a lustful and fornicating young man. I impregnated my girlfriend at the time. Afterwards, she came to me to help her get an abortion. I refused to do so because my Roman Catholic upbringing taught me that it was murder. Fortunately, my girlfriend changed her mind and had the baby. Through this daughter who almost got aborted, I now have three handsome and healthy grandsons. I thank God every day that He guided us to choose life, not abortion!”

From Cheryl Lynn: “I’m not pro-abortion. I’m pro- choice. I don’t agree that abortion is the right answer but I’ll fight for the right of a woman to make up her own mind about her own body. When the far right fully takes care of all children born; feeding, sheltering, clothing, and educating them, then I just might listen a bit closer to all of the shouting.”

From Luis Josephus: “Cheryl Lynn, let us be objective about this issue and not allow political mindsets to cloud our good judgment. I don’t consider myself to be politically far right, nor far left (I guess somewhere in between). I also believe in pro-choice for women. That is, a woman should have the freedom to choose to save the life of her unborn child, not to destroy it. If she is not financially capable or mature enough to raise her child, she should choose the humane option of placing the child up for adoption. There are thousands of infertile couples who would be thrilled to adopt her child and give it a good home.

Abortion may be legal in the U.S., but it is immoral. Abortion is equivalent to legalized homicide. Rational people understand that life begins at the moment of conception. A fetus should be protected by the same civil rights as any other human being.

I believe that more and more people are waking up to this fact, and Roe Vs. Wade will finally be overturned as an unconstitutional law. Already, states like Texas are making it more difficult to get abortions. Adoption, not abortion, should be the right choice.

I’m not alone in my convictions. Tomorrow’s MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C. is expected to draw close to half a million pro-life supporters.”