Hannah and Jordan rolled in this evening from university. It is great to see their smiling face. I love them so much. They are also filled with energy from their experience at school, lots to report.
A preacher, of all things, stated to me several months ago when Obama was elected president that Obama would actually reduce abortions. This sounded mighty strange considering he was the most liberal senator in congress. Yet this is what he told people.
But was this the truth? NO, absolutely not. It was a lie.
This preacher, Ethan Longhenry, was encouraging people to not view their vote for Obama as a wrong choice. Well, lets see what Obama has done recently by an executive order.
President Obama on Friday is expected to lift a ban on federal funding for international groups that promote or perform abortions, reversing a policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
Obama will sign the executive order one day after the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.
Liberal groups welcomed the decision while abortion rights foes criticized the president, who was long expected to make this move during his first week in office.
The so-called Mexico City policy requires any non-governmental organization to agree before receiving U.S. funds that they will "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations."
It is also known as the "global gag rule," because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that even talk about abortion if there is an unplanned pregnancy.
The policy was first instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and continued by President George H.W. Bush. The policy was reversed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and re-instated by President George W. Bush in 2001.
Both Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will oversee foreign aid, had promised to do away with the gag rule during the presidential campaign. Clinton is to visit the U.S. Agency for International Development, through which much U.S. foreign aid is disbursed, later on Friday.
Organizations that had pressed Obama to make the abortion-ban change were jubilant.
"Women's health has been severely impacted by the cutoff of assistance. "President Obama's actions will help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, abortions and women dying from high-risk pregnancies because they don't have access to family planning," said Tod Preston, a spokesman for Population Action International, an advocacy group.
Anti-abortion groups criticized the move.
"President Obama not long ago told the American people that he would support policies to reduce abortions, but today he is effectively guaranteeing more abortions by funding groups that promote abortion as a method of population control," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.
Obama has spent his first days in office systematically signing executive orders reversing Bush administration policies on issues ranging from foreign policy to government operations. On Thursday, he signed three executive orders to rein in secretive U.S. counterterror policies and end harsh interrogations.
FOX News' Major Garrett and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
I can't believe a preacher would have stood up for this murdering heathen.
I'm sorry, but righteous indignation has made me so upset at people who promoted and defended Obama. Your support was for his causes, and his cause is to increase more abortion.
It has been busy around here. I preached a gospel meeting in July for the Kerrville congregation in Texas this past July. The brethren there are absolutely wonderful. I was so uplifted by their hospitality and association. Dan Gatlin is the preacher and a great friendship was established. Dan is solid in the faith and courageously stands for the truth. Dan informed me later, a week after the meeting, that a contact made during the gospel meeting obeyed the truth. Great news !!
We started painting our house. The outside of the house just had to be done. Thanks to Tony and Hannah, Christi (my wonderful wife) for the help so far. It is a slow job to do a good job.
Hope everyone is doing well.
Love you all,
Check out this song and video...."Come On Down To The Farm"
Sorry guys, I don't know how to import it to play. You will have to cut and paste.
Isn't it wonderful to know that brethren are so loving all over the place. Of course, they are what they should be. Las Vegas Drive church of Christ has a great group of Christians. I've been treated with such care, love and respect.
The prayers have been so wonderful. Some of the men here offer prayers that are so dedicated to the needs of one another. They mention many by name and genuinely ask God to help them find work, care for their travels, their needs if pregnant, etc, etc... I have been enriched by the time they spend to go over each others needs in prayer.
The brethren talk with one another and spend time copying the lessons for distribution. One thing that really impresses me are the questions different people ask, and the attention they give to wanting to know certain things. Such a quest for the truth and to know more about the word of God.
We have had several visitors each night and this has been exciting to me.
I have had hospitality upon hospitality which translates into pounds upon pounds (I hope not), but the visitations have been so enjoyable.
I thank them all for sharing and blessing the gospel meeting efforts. I have been in the home of Tony and Liz Barajas, Marco and Cory Barajas, Steve and Jennifer Barton, Diana and Shawn, and today for lunch with Jim and Bobbye (yes,she spells it like that). This has been a real treat.
The home I've stayed in has been such a place of comfort and care. Dwayne and Terri Ratzell, with their daughter candice, have been the kindest hosts. I have fallen in love with their massage chair. I must have one. It is indescribable. It soothes every ache and pain. They are the best of family, my brother and sisters in christ.
I preach my last sermon tonight and board a plane at 1:00 AM to begin my journey home. Lord willing, I'll be back in Columbus at 10:48 AM Saturday morning and then a 2 hour trip by car home to West Virginia.
Please pray for my travels, and thank you for prayers while here.