Moral Decline

Documenting The Moral Decline That Threatens To Destroy America

Prostitute Barbie? This Is Not Your Grandma's Barbie Doll!

The new "Black Canary" Barbie doll by Mattel has truly set a new low. Dressed in kinky fishnet leggings that go way too high, a motorcycle jacket, black gloves and kinky black boots, "Black Canary" Barbie is apparently a role model for preteens who want to walk the street someday.

What do you think goes through the mind of a young girl when they are given a doll like this to play with?

Don't you think that introducing a "dominatrix" Barbie to girls at a very young age will warp their sense of reality?

Can you imagine young girls in the 1950s playing with a doll like this?

Of course not.

This is another example of the decline of traditional values in our nation.

What we teach our children at a young age DOES have a huge impact when they get older.

In a new federal survey, over half of both male and female 15 to 19 year old teenagers admit to having engaged in oral sex.

Think about that.

More teenagers have practiced oral sex than have not.

These are kids who have not even reached their 20th birthday yet.

It sure makes one think twice about putting kids in public schools that is for certain.

Can the wickedness of this nation get much worse?

What are we teaching our kids that they would act this way?

This story brought the following verse to mind:

"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold"

--Matthew 24:12

Man Guns Down His Wife And 5 Children After Losing His Job

A Los Angeles man named Ervin Lupoe who was absolutely emotionally devastated by losing his job killed his wife and five children before turning the gun on himself on Tuesday.

Police found the dead bodies of Lupoe, his wife and the five children in a house in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Wilmington.

The children were so very young. One was an 8 year old girl and there were two sets of twins -- 5 year old girls and 2 year old boys.

Both Lupoe and his wife had worked at the Kaiser Permanente medical center, but both of them had been fired.

This is a terrible tragedy.

It will be easy to demonize this man for this horrible crime, but perhaps you should ask yourself how you would feel if you and your wife lost both of your jobs and you had five kids to support and you had no hope for the future.

How would you feel?

Would you feel despair?

Anguish?

A never ending knot in your stomach?

What if you lost your job today and couldn't find another one?

What would your life be like?

The reality is that we are going to see MORE horrible crimes of despair like this because for the majority of people, once you take away their economic well being you take away their reason to live.

In a society that has rejected God, material well being and security become paramount.

If everything was taken from you, would you still have a reason to live?

The truth is that the economy is going to get worse and worse.

Will you have a reason to stay alive when that happens?

Without God a lot of people are going to give in to despair.

Don't be one of them.

93 Yr. Old World War II Vet Freezes To Death In His Own Home

America is becoming one cold hearted place. A 93 year old World War II veteran recently froze to death inside his own home in Michigan.

Why did he freeze to death?

The power company had restricted the amount of electricity that he could use because he was behind on his bill.

When the man's body was found, the temperature inside his house was around the freezing mark.

A video report on this stunning cruelty is below.....



America is becoming a very cold place.

Let's take a look at another example of how cold hearted America is becoming.....

The head coach of a girls high school basketball team that defeated another team 100 - 0 has been fired.

Why was he fired?

In response to a huge uproar over the game, the coach sent an email to one newspaper in which he stated that he would not apologize "for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity."

What kind of cold hearted girls basketball coach crushes another girls basketball team 100 to nothing?

How much more cold hearted do you have to be to never even apologize afterwards?

The sad thing is that as the financial system continues to crumble and as we get closer to the end times, more people are going to becoming cold hearted. In Matthew 24:12, Jesus told us that people are going to become very cold hearted as we get close to His return.....

"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold."

But you don't have to be cold hearted.

Decide right now that no matter what happens, you are going to live your life with love and generosity.

Times are going to get even harder, and each of us needs to decide what kind of person we are going to be.

The Economic Stimulus: Nancy Pelosi's "Birth Control" Bailout

The "economic stimulus" plan being pushed by House speaker Nancy Pelosi contains "hundreds of millions of dollars" for family planning services. When asked about this part of the bill, Pelosi insisted that "family planning services reduce cost" and "we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy."

Say what?

Family planning services reduce cost?

We can fix our economy by reducing the number of babies being born?

Talk about a "eugenics" agenda.....

And of course the majority of the "family planning" funding will go to poor areas, because we can't have poor people making babies, now can we?

Pelosi should be ashamed of her remarks, but of course she is not.

The following exchange between Pelosi and George Stephanopoulos came on Sunday morning during ABC's THIS WEEK:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. We have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.

You can see video of this exchange below.....



The truth is that this new "economic stimulus" bill is so packed with pork and family planning funding and money for pet projects of various members of the Democratic party that there is hardly anything "economic" about it at all.

Our Wickedness Is Literally Destroying The Pacific Ocean

Do you know where the biggest garbage dump in the entire world is?

It is in the Pacific Ocean.

It is called the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" and it is at least twice the size of Texas.

We are literally filling up the Pacific Ocean with our garbage.

You see, plastic is not biodegradable. So every piece of plastic already there will stay there and we are adding new plastic to the Pacific Ocean every single day.

Watch the following video and ask yourself if humanity is taking good care of this planet.....

Does Barack Obama Carry A Medal That Honors The Virgin Mary?

Another one of the items that Barack Obama constantly carries in his pockets for good luck has been identified. The newly identified item is called "the Miraculous Medal" and it is also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, and it is worn by many Catholics around the world in honor of the Virgin Mary.

A picture of both sides of this medal is at the bottom of this article.

Catholics who were this medal believe that it will bring them special "graces" through the intercession of Mary if it is worn with devotion.

The picture at the top of this article is from the latest issue of the French magazine Paris Match, although it was originally published in Time magazine.

This photograph shows President Obama revealing the "good luck charms" that he always carries in his pockets.

"The Miraculous Medal" also is closely associated with "Our Lady of Medjugorje".

According to one blog, on November 27th, 1989, the visionary Marija received the following message from "Our Lady of Medjugorje":

Today is the feast day of the miraculous medal, and I want that you pray, in a special way, for the salvation of those people who are carrying this miraculous medal.

This new revelation comes months after another one of Barack Obama's lucky charms had been positively identified as the Hindu god "Hanuman".

So was Barack Obama sworn in as the next president of the United States with his hand on a Bible and a Hindu god in his pocket?

Besides the Miraculous Medal and the Hanuman idol, some of Barack Obama's other lucky charms have been identified as a bracelet that belonged to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit and a tiny Madonna and child.

The little statue with the multiple arms in the picture at the top of the article is the little idol of Hanuman that has caused such an uproar.

Time magazine did not originally identify the specific Hindu god that the idol represents when they broke this story last summer, but a number of Hindu websites have been quick to point out that the Hindu god depicted is actually known as "Hanuman".

The Hindustan Times is one of the publications that are positively identifying this idol as Hanuman, and this story was very positively received in the Hindu world. In fact, it has been reported that presidential candidate Barack Obama was to accept a 2 foot tall gold plated idol of the Hindu god "Hanuman" from a group of prominent Hindus in India who were incredibly excited when they heard about how Obama carries Hanuman around with him.

Obama's father was a Kenyan and his mother was from Kansas, but Obama did spend a portion of his early life in Indonesia where Hinduism is a very popular religion. Some are speculating that is when he may have acquired this particular idol, but nobody really knows.

Hanuman is one of the more important of the Hindu gods. There are many temples devoted to the worship of Hanuman, especially in India.

According to Hinduism, Hanuman represents pure devotion, complete surrender and the absence of ego or the lower self. They believe that once one completely surrenders to the inner self and the mind becomes devoted completely, the mind can obtain miraculous powers and perform amazing feats like that of Hanuman. Hindus also believe that all the planets in the solar system are under the control of Hanuman's large tail. In addition, it is thought by Hindus that whoever worships Hanuman is granted tremendous fortitude and strength.

But wait, isn't Barack Obama supposed to be a Christian?

Apparently Obama must not be familiar with the 2nd of the Ten Commandments:

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"

-Exodus 20:4

What in the world is a "Christian" politician doing running around using a Hindu god for "good luck"?

Now a lot of people may be thinking "what's the big deal", but if the God of the Bible exists (and He most certainly does), then for the leader of the United States to be carrying around a Hindu god is not a good idea at all. Americans will not be blessed if they turn their backs on God. Already the United States is literally falling apart before our eyes, and if we all continue to reject God then things will not change for the better no matter who gets elected.

Getting back to the Miraculous Medal, posted below is a picture of one where you can see both sides.....

The FDA Approves A Stem Cell Study Using Human Embryos

The future has arrived a lot faster than some people would have thought. Just hours after Barack Obama was inaugurated, the FDA has approved a scientific stem cell study that will use human embryonic stem cells.

Embryonic stem cell research has been a huge issue in recent presidential campaigns, but now with this FDA approval and with President Obama in office, this research is likely to begin as early as this summer.

This initial research will test whether embryonic stem cells are safe to use in spinal injury patients.

These embryonic stem cells come from four or five day old embryos, which have the ability to turn into any cell in the body.

However, there is one huge problem.

When these stem cells are removed from the embryo, the embryo is destroyed.

That is why this research has been so controversial.

Because it kills babies.

This is just another sign that the United States cares very little about life or about obeying God.

We create human embryos and we do whatever sick things we want to with them.

There was an article in USAToday the other day that left us totally stunned.

The article described how there are approximately half a million frozen embryos sitting around in storage in fertility clinics across the United States.

Half a million frozen babies.

Just sitting there.

According to USAToday, only about two-thirds of the "owners" of these embryos said they were ever likely to use them.

So what is going to happen to all of the leftover embryos?

According to the article, more than half of the "parents" of these embryos responding to a survey said that they were "very unlikely" to donate their "extra embryos" to another couple trying to have a baby.

What the survey did find was that the most popular option was donating the embryos for research.

How sick is that?

Just think about that.

There are already a half million frozen babies sitting around in clinics and that number is increasing all the time.

A huge portion of these embryos will never be used by the "parents", and the most popular option for "disposing" of these embryos appears to be donating them for "research".

The truth is that the United States has rejected the value of human life in a multitude of ways.

We have thrown God's ways to the side and we have embraced our own "wisdom" in the name of convenience.

It is time for America to wake up and to realize the tremendous sins against human life that are being committed all across the nation:

http://www.chick.com/media/1009_01.asp

Porn Wins A Major Victory At The Supreme Court Of The United States

Do you remember ten years ago when Congress passed a law that many people said would be doomsday for porn on the internet? Well, that law has now been officially killed by the Supreme Court of the United States in a major victory for porn.

More than 10 years ago, Congress overwhelmingly approved The Child Online Protection Act. That law would have made it against the law for websites to make pornographic material available to minors over the internet.

But now that law had died a quiet death as the Supreme Court of the United States has rejected the government's last attempt to revive the law. It turned away the government's appeal without comment.

Perhaps the Supreme Court justices did not want to damage the economy. After all, porn revenue is larger than all of the COMBINED revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises in the United States.

Or perhaps the justices were concerned about a revolt among young men. More than 70% of all men between the ages of 18 and 34 in the U.S. visit a pornographic site in a typical month. How would they react is their porn was suddenly restricted?

Meanwhile, a federal judge has ruled that an Illinois law that requires a moment of silence in public schools across that state is unconstitutional.

Now keep in mind, that the Illinois law had nothing about prayer in it.

It was about a moment of silence.

So let me get this straight.....a moment of silence is unconstitutional while porn to minors is perfectly constitutional?

What a wonderful system we have, eh?

The White House Website Becomes Pro-Abortion And Anti-Family 5 Minutes After Obama Becomes President

Five minutes before Barack Obama became president of the United States, the official website of the White House, whitehouse.gov, still reflected the (watered down) pro-life and pro-family positions that George W. Bush at least pretended to favor.

However, within 5 minutes of Barack Obama taking the oath of office, the White House website became rabidly pro-abortion and anti-family.

The following are quotes from some of the new material found on the White House website.....

On abortion:

"President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Administration. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision in that case."

On "hate crime" laws:

"Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law."

On civil unions and marriage:

"Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights."

On adoption:

"Expand Adoption Rights: President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not."

During the campaign there was every indication that Obama would be the most socially liberal president ever, and the White House website seems to make it clear that Obama intends to carry out his promises in many of these areas.

Rick Warren DOES Use The Name Of Jesus During His Prayer At The Inauguration Of Barack Obama (Includes Transcript)

We have to give Rick Warren credit for this one.

Not only did Rick Warren emphatically use the name of Jesus during his prayer at the inauguration of Barack Obama, but his prayer was definitely one of the most "Christian" inaugural prayers of the post World War II era.

Warren also recognized the historical importance of this day when he prayed: "We know today that Dr. King and a great crowd of witnesses are shouting in heaven."

But what will have the blogs buzzing about Warren's prayer is his very forceful use of the name of Jesus and his very clear identification of the God that he was praying to.

Read the following transcript of the prayer and you can see for yourself what we are talking about.....

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WARREN: Let us pray.

Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us “Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our god; the Lord is one.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today, we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE)

We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership.

WARREN: And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in Heaven.

Give to our new president Barack Obama the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.

WARREN: When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the Earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.

WARREN: May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Essa (ph), Jesus, Jesus, who taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

Amen.

(Source: http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000003013206)

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The following is a video clip of Rick Warren giving his prayer.....



We applaud Rick Warren for identifying himself with the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, the Lord Jesus himself said in Luke 9:26 that if anyone was ashamed of Him, He would be ashamed of that person at His coming.....

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

May God bless Rick Warren for standing up for Him today.

Girls Who Married Frogs & Boys Who Suffer 1000 Cuts To Be A Man

Without a doubt, our world has an endless supply of weird stuff to write about. As part of an ancient Hindu ceremony, two Hindu girls in India actually married frogs recently.

Yes, that is right.

Frogs.

These two seven-year-old girls in India married frogs last week in an effort to help protect their village.

These marriages were conducted as part of the ancient "Pongal" harvest ceremony that the villagers believe will help prevent the "outbreak of mysterious diseases" in their village.

The good news is that those marriage were not considered to be permanent, and the green grooms were allowed to hop back to the water after the ceremony was completed.

If you think that is weird, then you should brace yourself for this next story.

Have you ever had a really deep papercut?

Do you remember how incredibly painful it can be?

What the boys of one tribe have to go through to "become a man" is going to horrify and shock many of you.

As a sign of entry into manhood, boys of one tribe suffer thousands of razor-blade cuts until their skin resembles a crocodile.

We encourage you to watch the following video that examines this phenomenon, but we warn you that if you have a weak stomach you may not be able to watch it all.....



The sad thing is that the people in both stores above take their ceremonies very, very seriously.

They actually believe that the ceremonies and rituals will do them some good.

But the truth is that the only thing that will truly benefit any of us in the long run is the truth.

So what is the truth?

The reality is that if you examine the evidence for most religions you won't find anything there.

But there is one glaring exception.

The Christian faith.

If you have never examined the evidence for Christianity, we would very much encourage you to do so.

The following is a great place to get started.....

http://evidenceforchristianity.blogspot.com/2008/10/do-logic-reason-modern-science-make.html

Announcing The Debut Of Our New Blog - The Final Hour

We are incredibly excited to announced the debut of our new blog The Final Hour.

The world is more rapidly changing than ever before. This is a time of wars and rumors of wars, of economic collapse, of increasing terrorism, of rising famine, of devastating natural disasters, of environmental destruction and of global plagues.

The world is spinning out of control and with each passing year things seem to be getting worse.

That is because things ARE getting worse.

Politicians, celebrities and religious leaders run around claiming that they have some answers but nobody can seem to even slow down the building chaos.

The world as we all knew it has fundamentally changed, and many are wondering if the world is about to face the worst times it has ever seen.

The times that are approaching us are the times that Jesus spoke of in Luke 21:10-11.....

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

The vast majority of the population is not going to know how to handle these things. There will be mass panic and mass rioting as these things begin to take place. When people lose everything that they have worked for all of their lives and they realize that there is no hope, then the very worst of humanity will come out.

We will soon be facing the days that the apostle Paul wrote about in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.....

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.

In our new blog, we will be covering the extraordinary events of these times as humanity enters the darkest era in history.

We would encourage you to go over and check out the new site. We think that you will find that it is unlike any blog that you have seen before.....

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On Oprah 2 Christian Pastors Declare "Being Gay Is A Gift From God"

On a recent broadcast of the Oprah Winfrey show, not one, but two Christian pastors emphatically declared that "being gay is a gift from God."

In fact, in the stunning video footage below you will see one of the Christian ministers tell a gay person that he "is gay by divine right" and that part of being made in the image and likeness of God is to be gay because God made him that way.

Just check out this amazing video footage. You will definitely want to watch it more than once.....



Now Oprah's very strong promotion of gay marriage and the gay agenda has been known for a long time, but she has definitely taken things to a whole new level by having Christian ministers on her show who are openly teaching that being gay is a gift from God.

This is just another indication of the extent to which Oprah Winfrey is willing to go to try to influence spirituality in America.

Earlier this week we published an article on our new blog entitled "Oprah Winfrey: Preparing The Way For The One World Religion?" which went into great detail in explaining how Oprah is attempting to reshape and redefine traditional Christianity. Oprah does not simply have a personal obsession with "spirituality" at this point. Now she is actively attempting to become one of the most influential spiritual leaders of this generation.

As far as the Christian ministers on Oprah's program, perhaps they have never had the chance to read Romans 1:26-27.....

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

The reality is that the vast majority of Americans are now bound up in a variety of sexual sin: adultery, fornication, pornography, lust, orgies, etc. etc.

We should dearly love everyone who is caught up in any type of sin and pray that they will turn to God and be set free.

These are the end times and the reality is that wickedness is going to continue to increase. As sin continues to prosper, may we all dramatically increase our love so that we may shine like lights in the darkness.

Will Rick Warren Pray In The Name Of Jesus At The Inauguration?

Rick Warren's prayer at the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama is already most possibly the most anticipated prayer in American history. His choice has generated tremendous controversy on both sides of the political spectrum, and when he takes the podium to pray there is one word that people will be listening for more than any other: Jesus.

At the swearing in of George W. Bush in 2001, Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were both severely criticized for using the name of Jesus.

Now liberal activists will be ready to pounce on Warren if he does try to use that name, and conservative Christians will be ready to pounce on Warren if he does not use it.

When Warren was directly asked about this, he simply told the Associated Press this: "I'm a Christian pastor so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray."

Meanwhile, Rick Warren has complimented Barack Obama for inviting openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson to pray at the inaugural kick off event on Sunday.

“President-elect Obama has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground," Warren wrote in a statement that was quoted in Christianity Today.

Bishop Robinson, however, does not feel the same warm feelings for Rick Warren.

Bishop Robinson recently described his feelings this way to The New York Times: “we’re talking about putting someone up front and center at what will be the most watched inauguration in history, and asking his blessing on the nation. And the God that he’s praying to is not the God that I know.”

So will Bishop Robinson use the name of Jesus in his prayer? It does not sound likely.....

"While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans," Robinson explained to the Concord Monitor. "I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation."

It will certainly be a very intriguing inauguration that is for sure.

How ironic is it that at one of the biggest celebrations in American history that some of the most highly anticipated moments are going to be the times of prayer?

Let's wait and see what happens - this is going to be interesting.

Hordes Of Americans Are Fleeing California For A Better Life

For years Americans were always "California dreaming". Not anymore. Now many Americans can't wait to get out of that state. Now For the 4th year in a row, more Americans left California than moved there from other states.

According to census estimates, California lost 144,000 people - more than any other U.S. state, for the year ending July 1, 2008.

All of the sunny weather, sandy beaches and Hollywood stars are not enough to keep people in California anymore.

The new California reality is an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent and rising, very high taxes, crippling housing costs, rampant gangs, increasing crime and suffocating traffic.

In addition, California is dealing with a budget deficit that is the worst among all the states in the entire nation.

An all time record of 236,000 foreclosures have been projected in California for 2008, more than the entire prior nine years combined, according to the research firm MDA DataQuick.

Then there are the thousands of wildfires, the endless earthquakes, and the devastating mudslides which California sees every single year.

In addition, California officials say that the drought in 2009 may be the worst in California history.

So why is California such a mess?

The reality is that more pornography is made in California than anywhere else in the world, and California is a center for just about any type of sin and wickedness that you can imagine.

Many Californians are realizing that California is in big trouble, and if we lived there we would want to move too.

University Of Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow Makes John 3:16 The Number 1 Search Term On Google By Putting It Under His Eyes For The Championship Game

University Of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow actually made "John 3:16" the number one search term on Google for a short time by wearing it in the eye black under his eyes during the BCS championship game.

You can actually see the effect that Tebow had on the search term "john 3 16" right here:

http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends?q=*&sa=X&date=2009-1-8

For those of you not familiar with John 3:16, it says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

In some previous games, Tebow wore Philippians 4:13 on his eye black which says: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Millions watched this most recent game when Tebow led the Florida Gators to a 24-14 victory over the University of Oklahoma to win the national championship.

But not everyone is thrilled with Tebow's display of faith. The Orlando Sentinel recently put it this way:

Others feel religion and sports should not mix. "Why must he rub it in my face?" they ask.

So why would Tim Tebow do this?

Why would he expose himself and his teammates to potential ridicule?

The truth is that Tim Tebow recognized that millions and millions of people would be looking at his face during the national championship game, and he used that opportunity to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Tim Tebow is part of a dying breed of Christians who are not ashamed of the gospel.

Jesus told us that we should never be ashamed of Him or His message. In Luke 9:26, Jesus said this:

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

We applaud Tim Tebow for not being ashamed of the gospel. The truth is that Tebow is working to fulfill the command that Jesus gave us almost 2000 years ago in Matthew 28:18-20....

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

So as far as we are concerned we hope that Tebow will continue to wear Bible verses on his face.

If even one person finds eternal life because of it then it is more than worth it.

R. Kelly Has Finalized His Divorce

World famous R&B artist R. Kelly has finalized his divorce from Andrea Lee Kelly, his wife of 11 years.

In a joint statement, the lawyers for the two sides said: "The parties have reached an amicable resolution concerning all issues related to their marriage, and will share joint custody of their three children."

But should we be rough on R. Kelly?

After all, divorce is practically an epidemic in the United States.

Did you know that January is consistently the month when the most divorces are filed? Perhaps enough is enough for a lot of couples after a really bad Christmas. Who knows?

Meanwhile, the divorce rate among members of the U.S. Army and Marines experienced another increase this year. Long deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan are being blamed for this.

One U.S. man who is divorcing his wife is actually demanding that she return the kidney that he once donated to her.

Return a kidney?

Now THAT is bitter.

But before we throw stones at that guy, let us remember that divorce is absolutely rampant in America. Just check out this picture of a "divorce cake".....





Divorce is at record levels in America, and sadly it is as common in the church as it is in the broader society.

Here are some facts about divorce in America.....

The percentage of the population that is divorced: 10% (up from 8% in 1990, and 6% in 1980).

Only 63% of American children grow up with both biological parents - the lowest figure in the entire Western world.

The percentage of married people who reach their 50th wedding anniversaries in America: 5%

But even more disturbing is the number of couples in America who are just throwing out marriage altogether and are living together without ever getting married.

A recent study reveals that since 1970, the number of Americans living together has increased from about 500,000 opposite sex couples to more than five million.

America has truly rejected the ways of the Lord.

Let us pray that America will wake up before it is too late.

Will America Survive If The $5 Billion Porn Industry Bailout Fails?

Larry Flynt has teamed up with fellow porn baron Joe Francis (the creator of the Girls Gone Wild video series) to formally ask Congress for a 5 billion dollar bailout for the porn industry.

Flynt and Francis say that porn DVD sales and rentals have dropped 22 per cent over the past year, and they believe that this bailout is needed "to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America."

What would happen to the men of America if the porn industry did actually collapse?

After all, Americans are apparently more addicted to porn than ever before. The internet has made access to pornography easier than ever before in human history, and instead of getting bored with it, Americans seem to want more of it than ever. In fact, an increasing number of Americans are not even waiting to get home to indulge in it.

Newsweek is reporting the results of a new survey that reveal that 25 percent of American employees who have internet access visit porn websites while they are at work.

So if you are in an office with at least 3 coworkers, the odds are that at least one of you is looking at porn while you are at work.

But should we be surprised by all of this?

The truth is that the United States is completely addicted to pornography.

Did you know that.....

*89% of porn is created in America?

*$2.84 billion in revenue was generated from U.S. porn sites in 2006?

*89 dollars is spent on porn every single second of the day?

*260 new porn sites go online every day?

*Porn revenue is larger than all of the COMBINED revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises in the United States?

*A survey of "Promise Keeper" men revealed that 53% of them had viewed pornography in the last week?

*The number of pornographic websites is over 4.2 million (12% of the total websites in the world), and that those websites get over 40 million visits per day?

*25% of all search engine requests are related to porn?

*More than 70% of all men between the ages of 18 and 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month?

So what do you think an America without porn would be like?

Feel free to leave us a comment with your opinion.

New U.S. Law: You Can't Sell Used Children's Clothes Anymore!

A new law that requires that all children's clothing be tested for lead and phthalates prior to being sold will go into effect February 10th. That means that the sale of used kids clothes on Ebay, Craigslist, thrift stores and even yard sales will be SHUT DOWN.

Some groups had been hoping that this law would only apply to children's clothing manufactured after February 10th, but according to the Los Angeles Times, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's general counsel has made a determination that this new law applies to everyone retroactively.

Ouch!

There is a huge segment of the American population that makes all or part of their living off of the sale of used merchandise. In trying to "protect children" from lead, the federal government is going to shut a lot of those people down.

The new law is called the "Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act", and it was pushed through Congress after lead was discovered in so many children's products (particularly from China) the past few years.

So if you plan to sell ANY products for children under 12 after February 10th, even if they are used, and you have not had them go through the federally mandated testing then you are breaking the law.

So what will happen to all of that perfectly good children's clothing?

Adele Meyer, the executive director of the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops said that "they'll all have to go to the landfill."

Shauna Sloan, the founder of Kid to Kid, which has sold used children's clothing in 75 stores across the United States for years had this sobering statement about the new law: "We will have to lock our doors and file for bankruptcy."

So will we all be forced to only shop for children's clothing and products at the mega retail chains that can afford this very expensive government testing?

What about the grandmother who wants to knit a few sweaters for children and sell them at the county fair?

Will men with guns start showing up at thrift stores and yard sales across the United States?

The following is a news report on the impact that this new law is having on some toy sellers.....

Homeschooling Booms As Hostility Towards Religion In The U.S. Grows

The number of children being homeschooled in the United States has increased dramatically over the past five years. According to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, the number of homeschooled kids crossed the 1.5 million mark in 2007. This represents a 36% increase from 2003.

So why is this happening? Why are so many parents educating their children at home now?

Well, the truth is that parents have many different reasons for doing it, but one huge factor is religion.

More parents than ever are realizing that there is only one worldview that is being relentlessly pushed down children's throats in the public schools - the worldview of secularism.

Religious parents are starting to wonder if having their children indoctrinated five days a week from morning until evening in the ways of secularism is such a great idea.

In fact, we not only see this aggressive indoctrination in the schools, but it is also reflected in the fact that many recent bestselling books aggressively promote atheism. Just consider the titles of a few recent New York Times bestsellers:

-"God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything" by journalist Christopher Hitchens.

-"Letter to a Christian Nation" and "The End of Faith" by atheist author Sam Harris.

-"The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.

The open mocking of Christianity in the public schools and in the media have many parents hesitant to entrust their children to the system. Every day it seems like these public schools are becoming less and less like the schools that many of us grew up in.

Just consider some of the recent stories that have been coming out of the public schools....

*A 6th-grader's teacher recently told him that Jesus could not be mentioned in a Christmas poem that he was writing for class.

*A kindergarten teacher at a public school in California actually had her kindergarten students sign "pledge cards" in support of homosexual rights.

*Eighteen 1st graders, ages five and six, took a field trip to San Francisco city hall for the wedding of their lesbian teacher and her lesbian partner.

*According to the leaders of a taxpayer funded project in the United Kingdom, children as young as five should be "taught to understand the pleasures of gay sex".

*A high school photography teacher in Phoenix, Arizona has been put on administrative leave after his students said that he showed them "torture porn" videos for 20 minutes during class.

So what are the results of our youth being exposed to secular philosophy day after day after day in the public schools? One of the results is a complete breakdown in the morality of the next generation.

For example, a new federal survey reveals that more than 50 percent of both male and female 15 to 19 year old teenagers admit to having engaged in oral sex.

The truth is that when one puts a child in public school, you are trusting that child to a system that is becoming more antagonistic to Christianity by the day. Perhaps we should all think twice before doing that.

Questions To Ask The Next Atheist Who Thinks That They Are Smarter Than Everyone Else

We have all run into them - atheists who love to mock religion and who think that they are the smartest people in the room.

The next time you run into such a person, take a few questions from the following list and see how that atheist handles them.....

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How do you explain the high degree of design and order in the universe if there is no God?

How do you account for the vast archaeological documentation of Biblical stories, places, and people?

Since absolutely no Bible prophecy has ever failed (and there are hundreds), how can one realistically remain unconvinced that the Bible is of divine origin?

How do you explain David's graphic portrayal of Jesus' death by crucifixion (Psalm 22) 1000 years before Christ lived?

How do you explain that the prophet Daniel prophesied the exact YEAR when the Christ would be presented as Messiah and also prophesied that the temple would be destroyed afterward over 500 years in advance (Daniel 9:24-27)?

How could any mere human pinpoint the birth town of the Messiah seven full centuries before the fact, as did the prophet Micah?

How do you account for the odds (1 in 10 to the 157th power) that even just 48 (of 300) Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus Christ?

How was it possible for the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to have predicted the virgin birth of Jesus (Isaiah 7:14) 700 years before it occurred?

How can anyone doubt the reliability of Scripture considering the number and the proximity to the originals of its many copied manuscripts?

In what sense was Jesus a "good man" if He was lying in His claim to be God?

If the Bible is not true, why is it so universally regarded as "the Good Book"?

Are you aware that the Old Testament alone claims to be God's inspired word at least 2600 times?

Did you know that the Bible has been the number one bestseller every year since the 1436 invention of the Gutenberg printing press?

If God does not exist, then from where comes humanity's universal moral sense?

If man is nothing but the random arrangement of molecules, what motivates you to care and to live honorably in the world?

Can you explain how personality could have ever evolved from the impersonal, or how order could have ever resulted from chaos?

If Jesus' resurrection was faked, why would twelve intelligent men (Jesus' disciples) have died for what they knew to be a lie?

How do you explain the fact that a single, relatively uneducated and virtually untraveled man, dead at age 33, radically changed lives and society to this day?

Why have so many of history's greatest thinkers been believers?

Have you ever wondered why thousands of intelligent scientists, living and dead, have been men and women of great faith?

Isn't it somewhat arrogant to suggest that countless churches and people (including men like Abraham Lincoln) are all radically in error in their view of the Bible?

How do you account for the origin of life considering the irreducible complexity of its essential components?

How can the Second Law of Thermodynamics be reconciled with progressive, naturalistic evolutionary theory?

How do you reconcile the existence of human intelligence with naturalism and the Law of Entropy?

Why does the Bible alone, of all of the world's holy books, contain such detailed prophecies of future events?

Is it absolutely true that "truth is not absolute" or only relatively true that "all things are relative?"

Is it possible that your unbelief in God is actually an unwillingness to submit to Him?

Does your present worldview provide you with an adequate sense of meaning and purpose?

How do you explain the radically changed lives of so many Christian believers down through history?

Are you aware that every alleged Bible contradiction has been answered in an intelligible and credible manner?

What do you say about the hundreds of scholarly books that carefully document the veracity and reliability of the Bible?

Why and how has the Bible survived and even flourished in spite of centuries of worldwide attempts to destroy and ban its message?

Have you ever considered the fact that Christianity is the only religion whose leader is said to have risen from the dead?

How do you explain the empty tomb of Jesus in light of all the evidence that has now proven essentially irrefutable for twenty centuries?

If Jesus did not actually die and rise from the dead, how could He (in His condition) have circumvented all of the security measures in place at His tomb?

If the authorities stole Jesus' body, why?

Why would they have perpetrated the very scenario that they most wanted to prevent?

If Jesus merely resuscitated in the tomb, how did He deal with the Roman guard posted just outside its entrance?

How can one realistically discount the testimony of over 500 witnesses to a living Jesus following His crucifixion (see 1 Corinthians 15:6)?

If all of Jesus' claims to be God were the result of His own self-delusion, why didn't He show evidence of lunacy in any other areas of His life?

Is your unbelief in a perfect God possibly the result of a bad experience with an imperfect church or a misunderstanding of the facts, and therefore an unfair rejection of God Himself?

How did 35-40 men, spanning 1500 years and living on three separate continents, ever manage to author one unified message, i.e. the Bible?

Would you charge the Declaration of Independence with error in affirming that "all men are endowed by their Creator..."?

Because life origins are not observable, verifiable, or falsifiable, how does the theory of "evolution" amount to anything more than just another faith system?

What do you make of all the anthropological studies indicating that even the most remote tribes show some sort of theological awareness?

If every effect has a cause, then what or who caused the universe?

How do you explain the thousands of people who have experienced heaven or hell and have come back to tell us about it?

How do you explain the countless people who have received miracles from God?

Is there any evidence that would satisfy you and persuade you to become a believer, or are you just going to believe what you WANT to believe?

Should A Christian Be Involved With Yoga?

Should a Christian be involved with yoga?

There are literally thousands and thousands of Christians across the United States and Canada who are taking "Christian yoga" classes this very day.

In fact, there are websites like www.christianyoga.com that enthusiastically promote a "Christian" form of these ancient practices.

The truth is that over ten million Americans are practicing some form of yoga, but the vast majority of them have absolutely no idea what they are involving themselves in. The reality is that you can't take yoga out of Hinduism and you can't take the Hinduism out of yoga.

For instance, did you know that "yoga" is literally a Sanskrit word that means to yoke with Brahman?

Did you know that many of the mantras that yoga instructors have their followers chant are actually the names of Hindu gods?

Did you know that many of the practices of yoga are specifically designed to call forth Hindu deities?

Did you know that a large percentage of those who get involved with yoga also get involved with Hinduism, New Age religion and the occult?

The truth is that yoga and Christianity are diametrically opposed to each other, and if you are a Christian that is involved with yoga then you really need to watch this short YouTube video:

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