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ObamaCare Back at the Supreme Court

supremesThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., ObamaCare) is back at the Supreme Court of the United States today. Oral arguments in King v. Burwell are schedule for 10:00 a.m., ET. The case deals with language in the law that offers subsidies “through an Exchange established by the State.” The problem came when several states declined the invitation to establish such exchanges, and the federal government decided to establish federal exchanges, contrary to the literal reading of the law. There is no provision in ObamaCare authorizing the federal exchanges.

There have been several cases similar to this one. One of them, Halbig v. Burwell, was brought in part and named after former Concerned Women for America (CWA) employee Jacqueline Halbig. In that case, the court found the federal exchanges indeed violated the law. Other cases however, have concluded otherwise, which is why King v. Burwell is before the Supreme Court today.

The significance of this case is considerable since, as most of you know, CWA has worked against ObamaCare’s detrimental impact on the family since the law's conception. Let us pray for today’s proceedings and the Justices, whatever the outcome.

The transcript of today’s arguments will be available later today. The audio will be available Friday. I’ll post some thoughts after the arguments, so be sure to check the blog later today.



The IRS Scandal Continues

Do you remember the thousands of e-mails the Internal Revenue Service’s Lois Lerner lost when her hard drive conveniently crashed? Well, it turns out they’ve now been found. This unbelievable news comes on the heels of reports that she earned over $129k in bonuses while at the IRS between 2010 and 2013. Not to mention the fact that Ms. Lerner still today continues to get paid by us, the taxpayers. Check out this report from FOX News for the latest bombshell discovery:




Fire Chief Fights for Freedom, Sues City

cochranrally1I recently wrote to you about former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who was fired for his Christian faith by Mayor Kasim Reed through a shameful act of discrimination. At a press conference on Wednesday, February 18, Chief Cochran announced that he is suing the City of Atlanta over his unjust termination.

Chief Cochran is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), one of the premiere religious liberty legal organizations in the country. ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman said, “The city of Atlanta is not above the Constitution and federal law. In America, a religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant.”

And that much is clear from the events which transpired. The Chief was fired for his beliefs. City Councilman Alex Wan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

I respect each individual’s right to have their own thoughts, beliefs and opinions, but when you’re a city employee and those thoughts, beliefs and opinions are different from the city’s, you have to check them at the door.

If the comment sounds to you more like a communist dictatorship than American democracy, you are not alone.

Would you join me in prayer for Chief Cochran and his family? Pray that they may be strengthened and protected throughout this long trial.

Here is a great ADF video that sheds more light on the case:

Also, check out Chief Cochran's speech at the recent “Standing for Our Faith Rally” at the Georgia State Capitol.


The Powerful Testimony of a Life Transformed by God

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You must see The Drop Box, a new movie which highlights the incredible efforts of South Korean pastor, Lee Jong-rak.  The beautiful film explores his efforts to embrace and protect vulnerable babies that were being abandoned in the streets of South Korea. Lee Jong-rak provided a “box” where a parent could drop their unwanted baby; instead of being abandoned, the babies would be taken care of by a group of heroic Christians.

Here is the trailer:

The Drop Box will be shown in movie theaters for only three nights – March 3, 4, and 5, 2015. Make every effort that you can to be there, and spread the word to everyone you know. Click here to find a theater near you.

This is a God-filled movie produced by our friends at Focus on the Family.  The stories which detail the work of God behind the movie are simply amazing.  Here is a clip of how the filmmaker became a Christian through Pastor Lee’s testimony: 

And here is an inspiring interview with Pastor Lee, conducted by Hope for Orphans, in which he gives part of his personal testimony:

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