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We all want to be a part of something that matters. We all want to make an impact. We all get that feeling from time to time that there just has to be more to life than this. There is- and it’s easier to attain than you might think.

My Mom sometimes drops these little instances of wisdom without even realizing how profound they are… “Sally, Andrew and I were living alone in a Chicago suburb when the 1979 Chicago Blizzard hit. I was pregnant with Dan. We were snowed in, and I couldn’t shovel, or even open a door! My dear neighbors brought us milk, somehow getting it through the garage door. I always have that kind memory of Harriet and Casey.”

I’m not sharing this to focus on how amazing my Mom is, but rather, the last part she wrote about her neighbors- “I always have that kind memory of Harriet and Casey”. Think about that… It was such a small thing they did for her, just bringing over some milk, but the impact it had on her continues to this day!

You can be that person in someone’s life! And you don’t need to wait for a natural disaster either. Just look around you. Someone you know could be struggling right now. They probably won’t ask for help. All you have to do is recognize it and go that one extra step. It doesn’t have to be anything more than a small kindness- sometimes that’s all that is needed… to be noticed.

We all hope that on our deathbed, that we will be remembered… That we made an impact. Most of us dream that impact will be in a large way, like becoming rich or famous, but take a page from my Mom here. You can make that kind of lasting impact in someone’s life, so much so that they remember you and what you did, even beyond your grave.

And if it’s the reverse- if someone else has made an impact on you, be sure to let them know. Feedback is just as important as the message itself, because it lets them know they’ve made an impact.

So I’m challenging you today. Bring down the barrier that prevents us from reaching one another. Notice someone today. Look around you, at your friends, your neighbors, your colleagues, even strangers. Someone in your life is struggling with something. This is your moment. Make that lasting impact on someone today, and be remembered until they die.

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Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox tell Planned Parenthood to remove their names from donor list

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Coca-Cola Ford and Xerox tell Planned Parenthood to remove their names from donor list

Supporting Planned Parenthood has been a badge of honor for many companies over the years, but recent revelations about selling murdered preborn baby parts and other bad press have made the abortion giant no longer a good association for many American companies. Notable large corporations including Coca-Cola, Ford, and Xerox have asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names from their published list of donors.

Planned Parenthood responded by removing the list of 41 corporations altogether.

But it isn’t just embarrassment that prompted the desire for removal. As it turns out, many of the companies on the list stopped donating to Planned Parenthood long ago.

“We checked our files for the last 20 years and have no record of Xerox Corp. contributing to Planned Parenthood,” a representative from Xerox told The Daily Signal.

Opinion

As I’ve said many times, fighting abortion cannot be one-sided. We can’t just focus on the political side of the battle and expect to win if we don’t first win the cultural battle. By highlighting the hideous activities of abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, we weaken their ability to spread their heinous message of death.

This is a huge win that won’t get much coverage. The left doesn’t want anyone to know there’s a large amount of disgust being sent towards Planned Parenthood and not just from ardent pro-life activists. The American people are finally becoming enlightened about the reality of life at conception, the pain felt by preborn babies, and the awful tactics used by Planned Parenthood and their allies.

We need to keep up the pressure. We have truth on our side.

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“Republicans are trying to ban women who receive Medicaid from getting care at Planned Parenthood. I’m sick & tired of these relentless attacks on Americans’ access to health care. My colleagues & I have joined a legal brief to support women’s access to Planned Parenthood.” – Kamala Harris

Final Thoughts

It’s telling that companies who were once proud to be supporters of Planned Parenthood are now hiding their contributions. This is a victory for the cultural side of the battle against abortion.

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Murder of sexually harassed Bangladeshi student Nusrat Jahan Rafi goes unnoticed by the left

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Murder of sexually harassed Bangladeshi student Nusrat Jahan Rafi goes unnoticed by the left

Nusrat Jahan Rafi died because she spoke out against a crime. She was murdered by her fellow Muslim adherents, some of whom were students who were possibly put through the same sexual attacks she was experiencing at the hands of her teacher. Despite this clear representation of the backwards nature of her situation, we have heard nothing from leftist politicians or alleged women’s advocates.

Nothing.

She allegedly being touched inappropriately by the head teacher at her Islamic school and reported it to the authorities. Following the arrest of the teacher, she was lured to the top of a building and told by a large group of burqa-clad individuals who demanded she retract her police report. When she said she wouldn’t, they dowsed her in kerosene and lit her on fire, then tried to make it appear as if she committed suicide in shame.

She survived, recorded a video naming some who attacked her, then died 10 days after the attack.

Opinion

Honor is very much embedded into the teachings of Quran. It’s quite sad that interpretations of what is entailed in honor rarely mean a woman’s right to protect herself or bring justice to those who harm her, particularly in areas where fundamental Islam is practiced and preached.

But what’s really disappointing is the lack of a response by the very people who claim to defend Islam in America. The profess to be opposed to hate crimes, then are silent when crimes like this are committed. Is this not a hate crime? Was this young lady not victimized because of her faith? By those who profess her faith?

The hypocrisy from the left when real victims are harmed is disgusting.

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“Incredibly sad and difficult to share. In my experience, most people don’t want this knowledge, but not talking about these crimes only helps perpetrators.” – Soraya Chemaly

Final Thoughts

Nusrat Jahan Rafi bravery and tragedy are both being ignored by American activists and politicians who claim to be advocates for Muslim women. If this isn’t the type of persecution that should be heard, what is?

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Easter is a pagan holiday

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Easter is a pagan holiday

And here we are once again, that annual gathering of family and friends. We’re dressed in our best attire for the occasion. The smell of old oak pews and perfume fill the air. The Sunday morning sunrise is beautiful this time of year. Indeed, this time of year is different. We’re surrounded by tulips, lilies and marshmallow bunnies galore. Our hands still have a remnant of the blue, red, yellow and green from the night before.

We just never asked out loud. What would they think if we started nosing around… it’s all about Jesus isn’t it?  After all, the kids were happy that their baskets were full of candy. We had fun as a family dying the eggs, so what could be wrong with that? It’s the intent that counts.

It’s not the intention that’s dangerous. It’s the blatant ignorance, one that we happily share with family and friends year after year. The questions have crossed our minds surely on more than one occasion. What does a bunny have to do with Christ’s death and resurrection anyway? Why do we dye eggs and hide them?

When a child asks the most simple of questions about this special event, our answer will usually be along the lines of, “well, it represents new life, a re-birth.” That’s what we were told. It sounds good, and most times those answers subdue the confusion, at least for the time being.

I do believe the tale of the Easter bunny is very fitting for this time of year, actually – tall tale that we convince our children is real until it no longer makes sense. Quite simply, it’s a lie. Is it any wonder that our children don’t trust us when we tell them of God? Is God just another Easter bunny or Santa Claus that they eventually find out never existed?

I did the unheard of one year not long ago. I read the Bible to get the answers to the questions about Easter. I figured it must be in the Bible somewhere…right? Jesus’ death was certainly recorded, so then the holiday we celebrate to honor that event must be too. And it was. I found it, right there in His words. But the weird thing is, it’s not called Easter. No bunnies. Lo and behold, no eggs either! Nothing about candy or sunrise services. Not even a gathering on Sunday. But, a very special meal that was prepared early specifically because Jesus wanted to celebrate it with His disciples before He died.  And He did this to give the reason for celebrating it in the first place. It was for the purpose to remember the Lamb of God, the sacrifice, and the fulfilled prophecy. This celebration of remembrance was continued year after year by those who followed Him. Thus, it would be sufficient for us to celebrate as well. In fact, a blessing!

Then came more questions. Jesus answered all of them and then some. His answers were not what I was expecting. He gave me an ear full, as if He had been waiting for that very moment all my life. And that’s when I realized who was really to blame for me being so ignorant. All I had to do was ask.

This time, my answers came from the mouth of the One whom I thought I was honoring and what I learned was hard to accept initially. It wasn’t because I would no longer dye and hide eggs. It was because I had been doing the very thing God had said not to do.  Being that we are Gentiles makes no difference if we too do exactly what Jesus warned His own people of.  Doing that was harder to live with than telling my family I couldn’t be there.  It’s a decision we have to make. Not just whether we will participate in “religious” holidays that in reality have nothing to do with Him, but whether or not we are willing to let go of the easier path for Him.

It won’t be easy if you make such a major change in your life. And believe me, many Christians will put you down for it. They will argue their justification until you’re worn down. But, stick to His word and you shall not be deceived. It can’t be argued against. However, with that said, we are not claiming that any Christian is a “true” Christian just because they are aware of the truth and abandon false traditions. Nor does it mean those that chose to continue in those traditions are not real believers. We are simply trying to point you back to the word – His word – as your only justification for any tradition that is for the purpose of honoring our Messiah.

His answers are not meant to subdue the confusion for a short time, but to enlighten us for eternity.

In reality, it’s a part of the deceptions that are gaining more traction to push those who want to be followers of Yeshua away from the truth of the word. I find it rather curious as to why all these traditions we have involve candy. Don’t you? It’s somewhat indicative of the temptations we face, a lure if you will that gets us involved and interested at a very early age. What kid doesn’t like candy?

Don’t take our word for it. Research it yourself.

Below is an image we created from the words of David J Meyer of Last Trumpet Ministries International. Please verify with the Lord what we are sharing with you. Do not ask man to answer questions that they themselves have. Ask the One who really knows. I figured it might be a good idea if we took the time to actually honor our Messiah by reading what He had to say. Maybe then we can better understand what eggs and bunnies really have to do with it.

We hope that with finding out the truth you will be able to have a true relationship with our Lord and Savior, one that is much deeper and more profound than what man could ever imagine with his made up stories and traditions.

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