Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: America Needs Faith in God to Be a Great Nation

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President Donald Trump has declared that the United States of America will be a great nation provided its citizens remain open to the grace of God.

Speaking Thursday at the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Trump spoke about the link between faith in God and national greatness.

“As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace and open our hearts to God’s love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light to all nations,” said Trump.

“When Americans are able to live by their convictions to speak openly of their faith and to teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve anything at all.”

Trump also touted the religious heritage of the United States, pointing to such things as the national motto “In God We Trust” on the money and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, adding that “throughout our history, we see the story of God’s providence.”

“Our rights are not given to us by man, our rights come from our creator. No matter what, no earthly force can take those rights away,” stated Trump.

“That is why the words ‘Praise be to God’ are etched atop the Washington monument and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people. So today, we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American.”

Trump’s remarks were part of the annual National Prayer Breakfast, a major DC-area event that features several members of Congress, world leaders, religious leaders, and other honored guests.

The event is derived from the weekly prayer breakfast meeting held by members of the House of Representatives during the congressional sessions.

Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren of Illinois and Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of Florida co-chaired the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast. Rep. Hultgren explained to the attendees how the weekly meetings work.

“We eat, we sing, we share praises and prayer needs. Then one of our members shares their stories and we pray,” explained Hultgren as part of opening remarks.

“We walk into that room as Republicans and Democrats, people from different generations, regions, and backgrounds. We do come in with our differences, with our strongly held views, but we always walk out with a little more understanding, more together, and more unified.”

During the introduction, Rep. Crist spoke about a wrist band that he got from a doctor that had the words of the Golden Rule, in which Jesus said “do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

“I wear it every day. I do so to remind myself that even in this noisy, conflicted, and sometimes acrimonious world of politics, that we want to treat everybody, everybody the way that we would like to be treated,” said Crist.

“I hope you all will take this sentiment with you today when you leave, remembering how Jesus wanted all of us to live, fairly and compassionately.”

In addition to Trump and the Congressmen co-chairing the event, other notable figures present included Simon Wiesenthal Center founder Rabbi Marvin Hier and Major Scott Smiley, the first blind active duty army officer in American history.  (Click to Source)

Incredible Proof for Why You Should Have Faith in the Bible

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WASHINGTON — These days, many Christians, especially college-age students, face having their faith in God and the Bible questioned if not downright assaulted.

Dr. Jonathan Morrow teaches Christian students how to defend their faith at the Impact 360 Institute in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

He knows how tough it is for Christians at secular institutions.

“Sometimes they’re going to have a professor that’s going to outright challenge why they believe what they believe and say, ‘Look, what you believe is actually a fairytale,'” Morrow said.

But Morrow and two more of the world’s top biblical experts told CBN News there’s good reason for believers to have faith in your faith.

Dr. Darrell Bock teaches at the Dallas Theological Seminary and co-wroteTruth Matters.

“The faith is very, very defendable,” Bock said. “That’s why it’s lasted 2,000 years.” (Click to Article)

KNIGHT: Obama liberals expand government to fill hole left by declining morals

Freedom-loving Americans need to resist, pray for a revival

The trouble with liberals is not just that they eventually run out of other people’s money, as Margaret Thatcher observed. It’s that they find new ways every day to project their own dysfunctional worldview on the rest of us.

It’s like living next door to a nuclear-waste dump run by the Bumpusses. You’d like to ignore it, but shards of spent fuel keep falling into your yard and setting your dog on fire.

This is how non-progressive Americans increasingly view our ever-coarsening, “progressive” popular culture and the ruling elites who promote it.

They’re aghast at not only the moral meltdown, but the rise of dictatorial executive power in Washington, as explained to us by the president in his State of the Union address, in which he reduced Congress to a helpmate at best.

As for whether the culture is rotten, ask any anxious parent whose child is out of sight for more than five minutes. Ask middle-class wage earners working on their tax return, trying to please an increasingly ruthless Internal Revenue Service.

It’s all connected.

As the moral, marriage-based culture collapses, the government grows bigger to pick up the pieces.

In such a culture, it’s easy for the president and his media allies to stoke the fires of envy and spread more dependency. It works even better when the people are stoned.

Having softened us up with cultural rot, the left is driving for total political control, with little effective opposition.

Failing to hold the administration accountable for a multitude of scandals, the Republican leadership is now trying to figure out how to raise the national debt and to turn 11 million undocumented Democrats into voters.

To suggest we can just tune out the cultural, political and social mayhem and go about our business is a non-starter. There is no escape. Even if you turn off the news, it seeps in everywhere.

Culturally speaking, there is no traditional moral standard that does not evoke a savage response from the dominant culture. Ask Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.”

Likewise, there is no earned money that is not considered fair game for confiscation in the name of progress and “equality.” If you complain, you’re at best a racist, and at worst a Tea Party terrorist for whom the IRS is sharpening its knife.

The worst sin of all in the age of iron-fisted, liberal “tolerance” is to react to moral degradation by failing to facilitate it. If you get caught in a nonfestive mood, like the Christian bakery owners and wedding photographers who think the First Amendment protects their right not to be forced to celebrate sin, you are in legal jeopardy.

Coming to your state, unless you live in Jerry Brown’s California or Chris Christie’s New Jersey, which already have this abomination, is a law that says right is wrong and that wrong is mandatory.

California’s statute, which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last week, denies the right of parents to take children to licensed therapists to deal with unwanted same-sex desires.

Parents are allowed only to enlist therapists who counsel children to be “gay.” This is America, land of the free?

Isn’t it the liberals who keep telling us to stop imposing our morality on them?

America is not only morally confused, but obsessed with bad behavior. In December, The Wall Street Journal devoted a weekend review section’s front page to an article by Lee Seigel entitled “America the Vulgar.”

After assuring us that he was no prude (his favorite movie is “Last Tango in Paris”), Mr. Siegel does a good job conveying the gnawing fears of many Americans that Miley Cyrus and her obscene “twerking” is the new normal.

“When did the culture become so coarse?” he asks like Rip Van Winkle waking up to a particularly awful hangover.

Insisting that he is “no angry culture warrior,” he nonetheless muses about “a time when there were powerful imprecations instead of mere obscenity — or at least when sexual innuendo, because it was innuendo, served as a delicious release of tension between our private and public lives.”

Well, OK, but the real problem is not lack of sophistication, but the numbing of conscience. Beneath that is contempt for God, the Author of morality.

America’s moral confusion and obsession with materialism was once diagnosed by Soviet dissident and Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn in a June 8, 1978, Harvard speech for which he was roundly denounced by America’s intelligentsia, led by The New York Times.

Thirty-six years later, another Russian, a former KGB leader whom Solzhenitsyn would regard as a strange bedfellow, recently made similar observations:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values . Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan.”

Vladimir Putin may be exploiting our moral decline for his own purposes, but to many weary Americans, his remarks ring true.

We are not yet the world’s Great Satan, as our militant Muslim enemies falsely describe us, but we might consider asking our ruling elites in Hollywood, New York and Washington to give the mullahs less evidence for that claim.

Meanwhile, those with faith in God and a love for a free America need to hold tight, pray for revival and become more actively involved in what needs to be a mighty tide of resistance.

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