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The film is scheduled to be presented on the evening of Good Friday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. on the public sidewalk right in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. located at 1225 4th St. NE.

“Unplanned” is based on Abby Johnson’s national bestseller which follows her personal journey from being Planned Parenthood’s youngest clinic director to embracing a pro-life/pro-women’s position while renouncing the work of Planned Parenthood relating to abortion.

The film has generated strong emotions across America and ignited a national conversation on the role of Planned Parenthood and abortion.

“Unplanned” has also faced unprecedented censorship and discrimination from avenues such as Google and Twitter along with having their ads rejected by networks like Hallmark, Bravo, The Food Network, Lifetime and many others.

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, the Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, who is sponsoring this special viewing, states;

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Marlon Furtado

Photo credit: Blausen.com staff (2014). “Medical gallery of Blausen Medical 2014”. WikiJournal of Medicine 1 (2)

Hopefully this article won’t be too technical or uninteresting. My purpose is to convince you that the physical process of hearing can only be explained as the brilliance of God’s design and creation. It is far too complex to be the result of Darwin’s evolution.

If evolution were true then humanity is nothing more than the result of a long string of random changes that have fortunately, but accidentally, produced a DNA so complex that it is able to guide every step of your development in your mother’s womb. Evolution’s tenet is that these changes occurred slowly, by piecemeal, over a very long period of time without any design. After you read this article, I’d like to hear how plausible you think it is for our hearing to be anything but God’s magnificent design.

Our ear captures sound waves and directs those waves down our ear canal into our skull to a thin eardrum at its far end. Extending from the back of our throat into our skull is the eustachian tube, which forms the middle ear on the inner side of your eardrum. This tube serves to equalize air pressure on both sides of the eardrum (that’s why you open your mouth when you drive up the mountain or take off in an airplane). Within that tube are 3 very small bones which are connected to one another, the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. Continue reading

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I recently came back from a mission trip to India with Apple of His Eye Charity. Two months before leaving, I unexpectedly met a lady visiting our church from Seattle. She learned about the charity and our upcoming trip to India to work with orphans and widows and excitedly offered to donate several copies of her first published children’s book. I gladly accepted about 10 copies of her signed book but at the same time wondered how I was going to fit yet one more thing into my luggage. It’s hard not to exceed weight restrictions when we stuff our bags with goodies and surprises for the orphans and widows, and I already had accumulated a large pile. Continue reading

Gentleness is evidence of a life filled with Creator God. The Apostle Paul wrote to Jesus’ followers in Galatia that the Spirit of God would be expressed through their lives in “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). This sounds a bit overwhelming – maybe impossible – but God never intended for us to do it alone. As I hear frequently from the younger generation, this is a “God thing.”

By definition, a gentle person is non-threatening, accepting, considerate and soft-spoken. They are the kind of person we want to be near when Continue reading

Marlon Furtado

Before I became a pastor, I was a chiropractor for eight years. I’ve always been fascinated with the human body and chiropractic training fed that interest. Three years before starting my chiropractic training, I had come to know Christ as my Savior, becoming one of His followers. As I learned more about the human body, it was obvious to me that God designed it and created it, rather than it being assembled haphazardly by evolution’s accidental mutations.

One example is the eye. In order for it to work it must have a smooth socket in which to move. There are seven bones that make up this socket. This could not have been formed over long periods of time because without all seven of them having their particular shape, there would have been no place for the eye to sit. Continue reading

Despite Twitter Ban, Paid Media Blackout and R Rating, Abortion Biopic Earns RARE A+ CinemaScore and Highest Per Screen Average of Any Indie-Wide Release Film; Expands in 2nd Week

The controversial abortion biopic UNPLANNED overperformed its pre-release projections to become the #5 movie at the box office this weekend. The film took in an estimated $6,110,000 or a cumulative per-screen average of $5,770 on only 1,059 locations across the country. The film received a rare A+ CinemaScore.
Industry projections underestimated the film’s performance, predicting $2 million to $3 million. Despite a widespread paid media blackout across mainstream and some faith-based outlets and a Saturday morning Twitter ban that was quickly lifted after online outrage, the film’s strong word-of-mouth propelled audiences to fill theaters across the country. Next week the film’s distributor plans to add an additional 600 screens for a count of 1,700 screens.

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Ever wonder what it must have been like to be asked by Jesus Himself to be one of His disciples, to become one of His closest friends. Out of the throngs of people who flocked to Him, He singled you out and chose you to be one of only twelve, to be His closest companions. Day after day, multitudes gathered around Him, listening to His words or seeking His healing touch. Yet, when the crowds dispersed at the end of the day, you were privileged to have personal time with Him. In our day, it might be like traveling with a well-known musician. At his or her concerts, thousands sing along as faithful fans. But when the show is over and the crowds are gone, you get to sit down with the musician for a quiet cup of coffee.

I’m sure I’d be no different, but it baffles me to read how the disciples would argue among themselves which of them was greatest. Really? In the presence of Continue reading

Photo: Christian educators who attended the Global Christian Schools Leadership Summit (GCSLS) are optimistic about the future of private Christian schools. They cite enrollment, cultural relevance, and diversity as their top three priorities in 2019.

Poll by Global Christian School Leadership Summit (GCSLS) Cites Enrollment, Cultural Relevance and Diversity as Educators’ Top Priorities

Three out of every four Christian school leaders report they are more optimistic about the future of Christian education after a landmark summit to address challenges in an era of “seismic” cultural change, according to survey results released today.

A poll of participants at the 2019 Global Christian School Leadership Summit (GCSLS, www.gcsls.org) in San Antonio, Texas, surveyed more than 700 Christian school administrators and teachers from dozens of countries – and produced eye-opening results.

While 73 percent of respondents reported being “more encouraged” about the future of the Christian school movement, education leaders from around the world highlighted key issues they say private Christian schools must tackle if they’re to remain relevant and continue to attract students.

Citing enrollment, cultural relevance, and diversity as the top three priorities facing Christian schools in 2019, leaders at the summit voiced their resolve to ensure Christian schools continue to focus on providing a distinctive, faith-based education in an increasingly pluralistic and post-religious culture.

“This summit has been a tremendous encouragement for all of us in the private Christian school movement, helping Christian educators focus on our shared mission to educate and raise a generation of young people with a passion for God,” GCSLS chairperson Lynn Swaner, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, said. “With seismic shifts taking place in their communities and across the world, Christian educators are willing to confront the difficult issues and engage the culture, believing the most influential days of Christian education are yet to come.”

According to the GCSLS survey, current issues of greatest importance for Christian schools are:

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Marlon Furtado

In 2 Timothy 2:3-7 of our Bibles, Christ-followers are encouraged to develop qualities found in three groups of people. “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.” Here are some of my thoughts.

Soldiers are a critical asset to any national defense. I wasn’t in the military so I asked my brother-in-law for insight. He has protected our nation as a Marine and protected our communities as a police officer throughout his adult life. He shared that soldiers undergo regular intense repetitive training sessions. Continue reading

On March 23, 1775, 244 years ago, Patrick Henry delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. While some of his words are still familiar today, many Americans are unaware of the turbulent times preceding his celebrated address.

In the 1760s, Parliament passed numerous laws directly violating the rights of the colonists, including the Sugar Act (1764), the Stamp Act (1765), and many others. Patrick Henry, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, was one of many who objected. When the Stamp Act was repealed in 1766, the joy was so widespread that a Boston minister preached a notable sermon celebrating the event! Continue reading

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