Contempt for Current Administration Growing

Residents from over 30 States have filed petitions to secede, including Texas where as of this posting, the petition has received more than 70,000 signatures.

    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
    Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
    The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.

    Created: Nov 09, 2012

Source: We The People

Source: HuffingtonPost.com

Government to Force Hobby Lobby to Provide “Morning After Pill” to Employees

This is the scary world we live in when our government is trying to force Christian owned and operated companies, such as Hobby Lobby, to provide the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” to their employees, or face fines of up to 1.3 million dollars per day.

The privately held company which operates over 500 arts and crafts stores nationwide, filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS Mandate. The Health and Human Services “preventative services” Mandate forces companies to provide, without co-pay, the “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plans or face fines into the millions of dollars per day.

Hobby Lobby CEO and founder David Green states, “By being required to make a choice between sacrificing our faith or paying millions of dollars in fines, we essentially must choose which poison pill to swallow,” and “We simply cannot abandon our religious beliefs to comply with this mandate.”

The current government administration argues that once someone starts a “secular” business, he categorically loses any right to run that business in accordance with his conscience. The business owner simply leaves her First Amendment rights at home when she goes to work at the business she built. On this view of the world, even a seller of Bibles is “secular.” Hobby Lobby’s affiliate, Mardel, sells Bibles and other Christian-themed material, but because it makes a profit the government has now declared it “secular.”

On January 1, 2013 Hobby Lobby will face the choice of dropping employee health insurance altogether (and paying about $26 million a year in penalties), or continuing its current plan (which will expose it to about $1.3 million in fines per day).

This is just another example of Big Government pushing its weight around and forcing its will.

The Christian community as a whole, needs to let its voice be heard in the proper arenas. It is not enough to just vote and then do nothing for another 4 years. It requires that we speak out against such atrocities that attack our right to religious freedom…and PRAY!

Source: Lifenews.com

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The Story of Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd

Read a story on CNN.com today that brought me to tears. The story of Amanda Todd. A fifteen year old girl having to deal with things that no teenager should ever have to experience.

Amanda had been suffering severe bullying, both personally and online, due to being taken advantage of and as a result….making a string of poor decisions…which lead to more severe bullying.

Amanda posted a video on YouTube telling her story.

Amanda included this description on her video:

    I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I ?

    -AmandaTodd

According to a few sources, Amanda posted this video when she was 13 years old. A short 2 years later, Amanda succumbed to her suicidal feelings, no doubt due to the seemingly never ending barrage of insults and bullying.

Such a tragic story. One that is becoming far too common.

Toward the end of her video, she showed this card;

    I have nobody, I need someone

If you or someone you know are being bullied, PLEASE talk to someone! Talk to us! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Watch Amanda’s YouTube video here.

Stop Bullying: Speak Up

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Spoken Word Poet Jeff Bethke on Christians and Tattoos!

Spoken Word Poet Jeff Bethke, posted a You Tube video on Christians and Tattoos and seems to have stirred up quite a controversy on his You Tube and Facebook accounts. A controversy that RelevantChristian.org is very familiar with.

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Props to our friends at Christ.Culture.News for bringing this to our attention.

Is Marriage the New Divorced?

I have been having a lot of fun conversations lately with a variety of people. It all started with a radio show. I commute a fair distance, so I hear a lot of radio and the truth is that I get a little tired of music so I listen to stations that have more talking.

A few weeks ago they began talking about the current divorce rate. It actually went up with these last round of research tests. One of the radio personalities was talking about her life as a little girl. She talked about how taboo it was if someone got divorced. She actually said something along the lines of, “That happened to those people…”

Then she said the money shot.

She said, “Now, if you’re not divorced at least once….”

She let it trail off, but I thought how interesting that was. It began to confirm something that I’ve had marinating in the back of my head for a long time.

Married is the new divorced. If you get married before twenty-five people expect you to get divorced. Of course, if you get married after twenty-five, people expect you to get divorced too. If you’ve been married for more than a few years and you tell people you’re happy being married, they look at you as though you’re crazy.

Some people are actually feeling pressure to get divorced. I can’t offer this with empirical data. Certainly, though the people I’ve talked to all seem to agree that there is pressure to not be happy in your marriage.
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About Joe Martino

I’m Broken, And That’s Ok!

The required façade of belonging to the “I’ve Got It All Together Club” was all consuming and exhausting. It became too much to keep up with. The need to hide every emotion, hurt, or fear so deep within, was draining me, killing me, the real me, ever so slowly. I couldn’t let up, I had to continue on. It is what was expected of me after all. I could never let those I am ministering to ever know that I too struggle with the very same things they do. I too have fear, anxiety, and moments of doubt. I was too afraid to share my heart, too afraid to show my insecurities. My thinking was “who wants to follow someone who can’t get their act together?”
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