I was just going to write a short “Merry Christmas” message today. But I saw some breaking news… and I couldn’t help but consider it a Divinely-timed message for this Priceless Day. The location? Gettysburg, Pennsylvania… but perhaps this is repeated in other locales around our nation? A religious holiday display is at the center of a dispute between two residents and their neighborhood homeowner association. Mark Wivell decorated his home for Christmas on December 16. His yard decore includes a display in his mulch bed that says “Jesus.” Honoring The Reason for The Season — the birth of Jesus Christ. Wivell and his wife were shocked to receive an email just days… Read more »

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I didn’t have a Need List that day, Lord… or even a Wish List. I wasn’t coming to you as a Kosmic Kris Kringle. I just wanted to be with You. It was early, well before dawn. I tiptoed through the house into the guest bedroom. Where my War Room (prayer closet) is. But I didn’t suit up for battle. Instead, I did something I hardly ever do. I crawled up on the guest bed. I covered my whole body with a soft blanket… even my head. And I closed my eyes. Like a baby in a womb. So I could focus on You, Abba… without distraction. To be present… Read more »

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Efforts to remove Christian references from both public and private arenas seem to occur with increasing frequency. Such attempts at censorship can occur to both business owners and employees. Positional power may or may not be present to help Christians regain any “voice” they may lose to censorship. So, if Kingdom POWER is what we need, what can the rest of us learn from the challenges brought against those who face censorship… and the paths they have taken to successfully confront those challenges? Like this example from Kentucky… Cedar Springs Christian Stores sought to run an ad in the Knoxville News Sentinel about an upcoming sale. When the ad failed… Read more »

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Would it surprise you to learn that some Christian realtors are coming under fire for using Bible verses on their websites and email signatures, and Christian symbolism in their materials? It did me! The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) notes that the Virginia Real Estate Board has repeatedly filed complaints against Christian realtors, accusing them of discrimination for the very actions listed above. The Board did not charge them. There was no evidence that they ever refused their services to anyone. However, the Board claimed that using Bible verses may make others feel excluded and discriminated against. The ACLJ asserts that this is a “classic tactic of the anti-Christian… Read more »

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Businesses come in all shapes and sizes. And Christians who own them express their faith through them in different ways. Like this private business owner (whose name has been withheld from publication)… The business is a private, family-owned educational resources center in Florida. The Center provides curriculum, educational materials and meeting rooms to support existing homeschool curriculum, plus tutoring and other activities, as well as meeting rooms for community events. The owner was approached by a member of the community who wanted to use the facilities to show a film. The film was entitled, “Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus.” The business owner gave permission for the showing… Read more »

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Yes, Lord… Tis the season to be JOY-FULL! How better to spread the WONDER and BLESSING of this most precious season than to BE a living testimony of that priceless hymn? “Joy to the world! The Lord has come!” Your Spirit came on me suddenly as my day of travel began, making my JOY Mission abundantly clear. And You filled me with encouraging words, smiles, hugs (and even a few tangible gifts!) for the van drivers, airport workers, flight attendants and passengers I met along the way. All of them strangers. Until You, Lord, brought us together… … the newlyweds on their way to a loved one’s college graduation… …… Read more »

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Many of the attacks on religious liberty begin (or end up) in the legal arena. Where aggressors are often well-funded, in many cases by tax dollars. Ironically, from many taxpayers who would disagree with such use of their money, if they knew its purpose. Even the threat of this legal action instills fear in many Christians, and keeps them more timid than we are called and equipped to be. “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Today’s Kingdom POWER post focuses on one particularly valuable legal resource that can help bolster our power in the courtroom… First Liberty… Read more »

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What would you find too hard to swallow? On Monday, I introduced Hobby Lobby — founded and owned by devout Christians who desire to honor the Lord through their marketplace influence (see http://championsofdestiny.com/when-faith-is-far-more-than-a-hobby/). Obamacare passed, imposing a mandate on businesses to include contraception in their employee health care plans. Enter the spectre of Abortion. Hobby Lobby’s owners found their faith challenged. They filed suit, seeking an exemption. The result? Defeat at the lower court.  🙁  Victory on appeal.  🙂  The Government persisted.  🙁  The U.S. Supreme Court took the case (incorporating a separate but similar case involving two other companies with similar religious objections). The core issue?  Whether the Religious Freedom Restoration… Read more »

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Here’s another amazing success story about a business founded (and owned) by devout Christians — Hobby Lobby. According to their website: In 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to begin making miniature picture frames out of their home. Two years later, the fledgling enterprise opened a 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City, and Hobby Lobby was born. Today, with more than 750 stores, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with approximately 32,000 employees and operating in forty-seven states.  https://www.hobbylobby.com/about-us/our-story Imagine for a moment their sphere of influence for Christ: 32,000 employees (and their families). 750 stores operating in 47 states — the… Read more »

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I’ve been struggling with this post, Lord. Son-day is a time for reflection about my recent encounters with You. One in particular stood out to me the moment it happened. Somehow, I knew instantly it would become the subject of today’s post… … even though I haven’t yet fully grasped all the ways You want to change me through it. I was out of town, in a restaurant with two friends. I love them both, Lord. And we all express love for You… at least, on some level. Only You know fully what is in each of our hearts. Our waiter came. Two things were obvious. 1) He was friendly… Read more »

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