IS TRUMP DRAINING THE SWAMP AS PROMISED?

Even before Trump’s January 2018 State of the Union Address, his administration had waded into the swamp and begun the cleanup process, fully embracing 64 percent of the agenda items proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation for changing the way Washington works.

Pulling America out of the Paris Agreement on climate change turned out to be a major public relations victory for the president, sending a warning salvo across the bow of Washington, D.C.’s entrenched climate-change lobby and earning plaudits from his anti-globalist base.

Ending Obama-era regulations on net neutrality was another.

Then proposing and passing a once-in-a-generation tax reform package—over the objections of legislators from both parties—was an important sequel leading to, contrary to some media warnings, higher take-home pay and bonuses for American workers.

Using the provisions of the Congressional Review Act, the administration worked with Congress to eliminate 14 regulations adopted in the waning days of the Obama administration. The president made it clear he intended to wage war on over  regulation and began by lifting Obama’s moratorium on coal leases on federal lands. He then instructed all executive branch agencies to review all new rules, with the goal of eliminating two regulations for every new one. By year’s end, the administration had withdrawn, delayed or made inactive 1500 proposed regulations, saving more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory costs, with the promise of increasing savings to $9.8 billion with regulatory cost-cutting in 2018.

Another priority of President Trump’s agenda is the nomination and confirmation of conservative constitutional judges, perhaps best illustrated by the appointments of Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Trump also appointed and gained confirmation for 12 circuit court of appeals judges before the end of his first year in office. This was the largest number of appellate judges confirmed during the first year of any American president. However, the challenge would become more complicated the following year, as more than 90 of the president’s appointments were blocked in the Senate.

Nominating and confirming strict constitutionals to the federal bench, as the Trump team has repeatedly pointed out, is an important step in reducing bureaucratic entanglements since most federal cases are settled at the appellate level. As many as 8,000 cases are filed before the Supreme Court each year, which is far more than any court can consider. Plenary review with oral arguments by attorneys for both sides is granted in about 80 cases each term, and as many as 100 cases may be disposed of without plenary review. Only one of every 700 cases heard by the appellate courts will find its way to the Supreme Court, so reducing the number of activist judges, eliminating needless bureaucracy and resolving disputes at the earliest possible level is a victory for the rule of law.

And by God’s grace, we will see an increase in this kind of victory in the Supreme Court. I encourage you to read more about this topic in Steve Strang’s Trump Aftershock.

FORMERLY TRANSGENDER WOMEN SHARE REGRETS ABOUT TRANSITIONING DURING TEEN YEARS

Four brave young women have taken on the bold task of combating our culture’s popular but extremely harmful views surrounding sex and gender identity. Dagny, Chiara, Jesse and Helena are the faces of the newly launched Pique Resilience Project, a movement designed to support individuals who have been victimised by progressive transgender ideology.

Earlier this month, the group launched a YouTube channel devoted to discussions surrounding “gender transition” and the pressure to define one’s sexual identity at a young age.The Pique Resilience Project website explicitly notes that the group is not conservative.

In the first video, posted Feb. 1, the young women, ages 20 to 22, share how they came to identify as men. At one point, three out of the four women were taking male hormone supplements to catalyse their physical “transition” from female to male.

Desiring happiness

Dagny noted that her parents’ encouragement led her to make decisions she would ultimately come to regret.

“I think if I had been made to wait until I was 18, when I was just on the verge of going to college, I would not have started hormones,” she said.

Later in the video, Dagny explained how her transgender identity ultimately stemmed from a desire to feel loved, accepted and happy.

“I think that transitioning both socially and then later medically became this way to inject positive change over my life when at the time I had no control over my life and was super sad,” she said. “But looking back it was probably the most stagnant period of my life so far.” “I made no new friends,” she added. “I was miserable all the time, my grades were dropping, I was self-harming.”

“I think what I saw as positive change was actually the thing that was dragging me down the most in my life at the time,” Dagny said. “So I honestly can’t see any pros to, at least, my experience with transition.”

Jesse shared that her decision to live “as a man” only served to worsen other already existing mental health issues. She looks back on that period in her teens as a “confusing and deluded” time. “I completely regret jumping into it,” she said. “I should have just chilled out.”

Helena added that her decision to transition ultimately came down to intense pressure from others. Whenever she voiced any doubts or raised questions, she was “vehemently shot down.”

Paying the price

Chiara also spoke about the pressure to solidify her transgender identity, and the backlash she faced when she dared to change her mind.

“As soon as you start to maybe move away from a trans identity or start to voice things, they call you a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), or they instantly ostracise you and call you a traitor and fake,” she said. “So it’s very hard to voice doubts and that contributes to not allowing you to voice that or realise that about yourself.”

The group is not against transgenderism so much as it seeks to promote an openness to individuals who no longer identify as trans. But for many in the transgender movement, even that is going too far.

Seeking solidarity

Efforts like the Pique Resilience Project should be welcomed by Christian and conservative groups who oppose radical gender ideology. Though these women may be coming from a different political and moral perspective, their experiences speak to the true consequences of living outside God’s design. They may not be able to see exactly why just yet, but the freedom they experienced after breaking away from a transgender lifestyle is a testament to the goodness and beauty of embracing the law written on every human heart.

As our culture continues to push new and confusing views surrounding sex and gender, we need to be praying for our struggling brothers and sisters, that they may find healing and freedom in living out God’s plan for their lives.

Taken from article by Carly Hoilman in Faithwire

 

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GOD AT WORK IN NORTH KOREA

Kim Jong-un met with Moon Jae-in for a Peace Summit on April 27 and announced that the 67-year-old Korean conflict is over. “I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation,” Kim Jung-un told Moon in a meeting on the border town of Panmunjom.

What was behind the Korean surprise? Most media outlets were unaware that Christians in South Korea had been fasting and praying for the peace summit. Pastors held an all-night vigil in the city of Paju, south of the North Korean border. And a group of Christian politicians held a fasting and prayer event in the National Assembly buildings in Seoul, according to Yonhap News.

“He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  Psalm 42:9-10

God has worked this miracle. It is not the work of any politician. He has heard the prayers of his people on both sides of this conflict—and the prayers of the faithful around the world who felt North Korea’s pain. Continue to pray God will engineer a lasting peace in this part of the world, and open the doors wide for the gospel to flourish in a thirsty land.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands at a historic summit. (YouTube/BBC News)

“There will be no more war on the Korean peninsula, and a new age of peace has begun,” the two leaders said in a joint statement. Kim Jong-un, who has built the fourth largest army in the world—with 1.19 million soldiers—says he will now focus on rebuilding his country’s shattered economy.

North Korea’s persecuted Christians have also been praying for this moment—for years. They have been horribly persecuted. They have been forced to meet secretly. They have been routinely rounded up and sent to labour camps—or just shot on sight—because they did not worship Kim Jong-un as their god. For such a turn around by Kim Jong-un, required a miracle. Our God is a miracle working God, this story should be inspiration to us all to get on our knees and pray.

GOD APPOINTS LEADERS – BRAZIL NOW HAS A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT

Victory of Brazil right-winger Jair Bolsonaro latest shock in global politics

The Wall St Journal:  The rise of the right-wing firebrand is the latest shock in global politics as voters turn against the status quo, starting in 2016 with the Brexit vote in the UK and Donald Trump’s election in the US It also likely shifts politics in the world’s fourth largest democracy sharply to the right.

Mr Bolsonaro’s victory was the culmination of deep shifts in Brazilian society over recent decades, including the rise of evangelical Christianity. Mr Bolsonaro himself is a devout Christian baptised in the Jordan River. His middle name in Portuguese is “Messiah.”

Now comprising a third of Brazilians, evangelicals are on track to outnumber Catholics by 2035, according to pollster Datafolha. Bishop Edir Macedo, the billionaire founder of one of Brazil’s biggest evangelical churches who also owns the powerful TV Record network, endorsed Mr Bolsonaro shortly before the vote.

Before the results were known, but with much of the country now behind him, Mr. Bolsonaro said in a radio interview recently that he saw no reason to change or moderate his message. “I’m not going to become the little ‘peace and love’ Jair.” His name Jair means “He enlightens or one giving light”

I sincerely hope he lives up to his name.

AUSTRALIA HAS A NEW PRIME MINISTER APPOINTED BY GOD

The election of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister of Australia demonstrates clearly that God appoints our leaders and that prayer works.

The former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull is a godless man. He came to power by being ruthless. God gifted him with intelligence, good looks, and he was born into wealth and privilege. From an early age, he told his peers that he would be Prime Minister, and even made the prediction he would achieve it by the age of 40. As a lawyer, Malcolm achieved wealth and prestige at an early age. His ambition to become Prime Minister at any cost was revealed when he first tried to get pre-selection for a seat in the Labour Government, unsuccessful, he then aggressively sought a seat in the Liberal Party, this time successfully. Finally, he got the top job by undermining the then Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Is it any wonder then, that he would be, likewise, challenged by another, just as ambitious younger man, Peter Dutton. However, the outcome of the vote for a new leader was a complete surprise to everyone. Peter Dutton who caused the upset did not get the outcome he assumed was “in the bag”. The man of integrity got the job, the man people could trust, Scott Morrison a committed, outspoken Christian, who takes God’s command to love his neighbour as himself seriously, who spoke and voted against gay marriage though he loves the people who voted yes.

Watching Sky News in the lead up to the vote for our new Prime Minister, they interviewed political pundits on both sides of politics. I was blessed to hear the interview with Labour Party spokesperson, Graham “Richo” Richardson. He said, he was a good friend of Scott Morrison despite them being on opposite sides of politics. He told the Sky News interviewers that he was speaking to Scott just before he entered the Party Room for the vote. Graham said that he playfully told Scott that he would pray for the right outcome, and that Scott’s response was, “I have been trying to get you to pray all these years and now you tell me you are going to pray!” Neither of them expected Scott Morrison to emerge from the Party Room as the Prime Minister elect of this nation. God’s hand was clearly in control of the events and the outcome. He appointed Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. Hallelujah!

 

Scott Morrison has won the Liberal Party leadership.