Part of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has been challenged by Christian business owners. In particular, those seeking an exemption from what has been called the Abortion Pill Mandate. The Mandate requires businesses to provide employees with health coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs. Whether or not the business owners have a faith-based objection. But the highest court in the land – the U.S. Supreme Court – ruled in favor of closely-held businesses whose Christian owners have religious objections to this provision. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burwell_v._Hobby_Lobby_Stores,_Inc. Leading the victors to shout for joy! But a different kind of shout emerged recently from one highly-successful business owner. Who exercised her vast influence in support of abortion. Oprah… Read more »

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Joe Holland Chevrolet — in South Charleston, West Virginia — is serious about selling cars. Their Mission statement includes tenets most of us would want to see guiding any business we frequent. … longstanding tradition for quality products and services… being the best at taking care of our customers… provid[ing] a stable, secure workplace for our employees… … striving for 100% customer satisfaction by treating customers honestly and fairly while continuously providing more than expected of us… [promoting] a workplace of excellence, growth and communication…   https://www.joehollandchevrolet.com/Mission-Statement Reaching sales leadership in their community and earning a fair return on their investment… … and a whole lot more. Joe came to my attention… Read more »

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It’s raining. Again. As it has for the last several days. A treasured reservoir of water. The remnants of Hurricane Florence, making landfall far south of us? Or just a long-overdue watering? Yet another Gift from You, Lord? Whatever its cause, I know what it has become. The inspiration for today’s post. Because as I see and feel those many drops of rain, all I can think about right now is… tears. Elizabeth Barrett Browning said it so beautifully in her love poem. But Your Love Poem to me is so much greater, Lord. Perhaps this is how it goes… How do You love me, Lord? Let me count the…… Read more »

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His dad was an electrician. A down-to-earth guy who was fired after many years on the job. Maybe that’s why he instilled such a strong entrepreneurial vision into his son: “Own your own business son,” his father had advised. “Own it. Work hard at it. Set high goals for yourself and never give up, no matter what.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/obituaries/richard-devos-dead-amway.html Richard DeVos took his father’s advice to heart. Perhaps even more so when his dad died in 1962 of a heart attack. At age 59. Richard, the son, died September 6, 2018… at age 92. And left a legacy far beyond what his father had dreamed possible. His company is a household… Read more »

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I have written about religious liberty cases in which the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has been lead counsel. Imagine my surprise when I came across two organizations that consider ADF not only a thorn in their side, but also… … a hate group. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is “dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.”   https://www.splcenter.org/  Their website features… … a Hate Map designating “954 Hate Groups operating in the United States.” (https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map) … a Hatewatch blog “monitoring and exposing the activities of the American radical right.”   https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch SPLC defines hate group as “an organization that – based on its official… Read more »

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Joe Greene was President of Hospital Operations at Humana. A Fortune 500 company. But he really wanted to run a company strictly on the basis of biblical principles. To prove that they would work. So he founded his own company, Hospital Management Associates in 1977 (later known as Health Management Associates (HMA). With a vision to operate numerous general acute care hospitals.   http://www.company-histories.com/Health-Management-Associates-Inc-Company-History.html “Most people thought I was doomed to fail. Yet no one could tell me exactly which biblical principles wouldn’t work for running a company.”    http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/1998379683.html One example is legendary Joe recognized a principle in Proverbs that inspired an accounting practice he says “would disturb most Chief Financial Officers.” It’s… Read more »

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Every day for the past three days, Lord, I have asked You for great favor. For us and for our fishing guides. Here in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. An abundance of Your favor that would glorify You and be a witness of Your Amazing Grace. Why am I not surprised that You did exactly that?!   🙂 Thank You, Lord. The fishing has been amazing! (Of the fin kind, too. Isn’t the best fishing, after all, of the spiritual kind?) We’ve had two guides. The first guy, though young, is pretty experienced. In his 20s. Started fishing shortly after he learned to walk. (Almost). 🙂 We had a great day on the… Read more »

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I received a disturbing email today. With my focus on religious liberty in the marketplace, I see so many examples where Christian business owners run afoul of duly-enacted (and unduly-enforced) laws and government regulations. This email strikes at the heart of this issue. The email referenced an article by Rev. William Cook, Founder and CEO of America’s Black Robe Regiment. “An association of clergy actively engaged in restoring Liberty in America, and the Legacy of the American pulpit as Wellspring of the political ideology that ignited a Revolution and won Liberty.” http://www.blackroberegiment.us Rev. Cook starkly suggests how Christians have squandered, for decades, much of their power to shape our culture. How… Read more »

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What a difference one day makes. For this Christian business owner, it happened — again — the same day he got good news. The good news in June 2017? The U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to consider his case. He didn’t yet know the outcome. It was simply good news that the highest court of the land had deemed the questions in his case worthy of the highest consideration. Good news later became Great News. One year later, in June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. The man is Jack Phillips. And in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 fhat the government had… Read more »

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Few businesses have achieved the geographic and financial reach of the one I profile today. Geographically (as of 2017), it touched people in more than 200 countries. 100 million households in the U.S. alone. Financially, its value was estimated at $230 million.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Lamb Some would say this company reaches all the way to Heaven. And its value is priceless. Daystar Television Network is the second largest Christian TV network in the world. Its founder, President and CEO is American televangelist Marcus Lamb. Marcus became a Christian at age 5 and began preaching as an evangelist at age 15. He was always a quick study. He entered Lee College (now Lee… Read more »

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