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Can a person who doesn’t know Christ capture God’s interest? Does God consider anything they do to be good, or are all their actions sinful in His sight? An interesting event takes place in Acts 10 that answers those questions. Before a supernatural encounter with God, the Apostle Peter considered non-Jews (Gentiles) to be so sinful that he wouldn’t even set foot in a Gentile’s house, let alone hold a conversation and share the Gospel with them. But after his experience with God, it changed how he regarded people of other cultures and ethnicity.

“At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’” (Acts 10:1-5; 11:14) Continue reading

This is to introduce my “Faith Studies” series and offer a thank you to Northwest Connection Publisher JoLinn Kampstra for your invitation. These studies are based on the belief that the only truth about the true standing of men and women before Creator God is found in Scripture, that is, the 66 books of the Bible, all written by Jews, Romans 3:2 who were inspired by the Holy Spirit, 2 Timothy 3:16. References will be from the King James Version (KJV) because that’s what I’ve used for almost 70 years. Of course, the reader is invited to reference the translation with which they are comfortable.

The Bible is a commentary on itself. In order to understand it, Scripture must be compared with Scripture, consideration given to the immediate context in which a word or passage occurs, all while depending on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 2:14 – 15. In these studies, I rely heavily on J. B. Smith’s Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament (NT), which uses numbers assigned to each Greek word in the Greek manuscript/s from which the English NT is drawn. This concordance lists the various English words translated from each Greek word. For instance, Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

Eco-warrior Princess Greta Thunberg wants us to “panic” because we have only 10 years left to make gargantuan changes to energy policy, or the earth we love will be incinerated in a catastrophic conflagration of the entire world.

Prince Phillip is so committed to saving the earth that he flew 16,000 miles on three private jets just so he could get to Davos in time to show up at the young prophetess’ press conference in an electric car.

All the global warming hysteria is a product not of actual scientific data but of computer models. Computers only spit out what programmers put in. If they put in bad data, they will get bad data out. We know now that Climate Scientologists have monkeyed with the data from earth-based temperature stations, by going into the record and literally lowering past temperatures manually to create a false impression of a dangerously overheating world.

We know that the 1930s was actually the hottest decade on record, but that doesn’t fit the narrative, so the data has to be adjusted to fit. Continue reading

Living high-flying lives of hypocrisy, while telling the rest of us how we should live

The Green Oscars are coming! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards show – the Academy Awards – has become a platform for virtue signaling on “climate change.” Big Hollywood stars often fly in on private jets, arrive in gas-guzzling limos and, when they win, use their platform to lecture us on how we must behave.

It’s funny how Hollywood also ignores a decade-old University of California study that found filmmaking in the Los Angeles area was making a larger contribution to air pollution than any major industry other than fuel refining, relative to size of the endeavor. That study noted that emissions from the movie industry do not end even after the cameras stop rolling – especially for big-budget productions where journalists, stars and publicists fly around the world as part of promotion.

Movies were more environmentally toxic than aerospace manufacturing, the hotel industry, and even fashion (clothing) – for which the movie industry, and especially its awards shows, is a major promoter.

As Apparel Search reports, the Oscars are one of the fashion industry’s biggest events of the year. Yet fashion is now deemed a dirty business and, even at the gaudiest of Hollywood hustles, the Grinches are running rampant. Continue reading

Frank Salvato

With the exception of a very few, Republicans, conservatives, and all those on the Right side of the aisle have all but shunned US Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), for his vote to impeach the President on the charge of Abuse of Power. In the politically charged atmosphere of the beltway, Romney was expected to vote in lock-step with his political party. And while Romney hid behind the idea that he was voting his conscience so as to avoid the wrath of his God, the fact of the matter is this. He did not represent his state when he cast his vote. He represented himself.

The idea that politicians are beholden to their political parties where voting on legislation is concerned is a truth that George Washington warned us about in his Farewell Address:

“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations, and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests. Continue reading

Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

With this year’s “short” session of the legislature, the $700 million a year cap-and-trade bill is on everyone’s mind.
As they say on the infomercials: “Wait, there’s more.” Way more. Way more taxes. This year, Portland area voters are facing at least six new tax measures.

First, we have Metro’s transportation package that will amount to more than $400 million a year in new taxes.

This week, Metro is also looking to move forward with another set of taxes for homeless services. That’s expected to cost about $300 million a year.

Then, we’ve got Portland Public Schools’ billion dollar plus school construction bond, where $200 million will be used to pay for cost overruns from the last bond measure. Continue reading

Miranda Bonifield, Research Associate, Cascade Policy Institute

When Kendra Espinoza’s husband suddenly left their small family, her two daughters’ lives were thrown into chaos. Separation is never easy on kids. But on top of all the normal anxieties of the situation, Naomi and Sarah went from homeschooling with a stay-at-home mom to enrollment in the local public school while their mom worked. While this might be a smooth transition for some kids, Naomi was bullied and Sarah struggled in her classes.

Kendra knew it wasn’t the right option for them. So, the Montana mother took a second job and pursued every financial avenue she could to send them to a Christian private school. There, her daughters flourished in an environment where Kendra felt they were learning good values.

Tuition became more burdensome when in 2017 Montana ended the tax credit scholarship that helped stabilize Naomi and Sarah’s lives. The small program had allowed Montana taxpayers to deduct up to $150 from their taxes when they voluntarily donated to scholarship organizations that helped kids like the Espinozas. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer

One of the things that ought to offend every American who loves the Constitution is the alarming tendency of lowly district courts to issue nationwide injunctions. This is appalling.

District courts by definition have legal authority in their districts and nowhere else. They may issue an injunction that they intend to apply to the entire country, but such edicts have no authority – zero, zip, zilch, nada – beyond the perimeters of their own district.

In Gorsuch’s concurring opinion to Monday’s order overturning the lower court injunctions, he said the court at some point needs to “confront” the “real problem” of nationwide injunctions, something Clarence Thomas has been talking about since 2018.

Gorsuch pointedly rejected the increasingly common practice of federal court judges ordering injunctions of “nationwide,” “universal,” or “cosmic” scope, which is way beyond the limits outlined for them in Article III of the Constitution. Finally, justices on the Supreme Court are starting to take notice of these judicial abuses, and are beginning the process of reeling in these renegade judges who have been allowed to punch above their weight for far too long. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

This is one time I would like to make a bargain with Democrats. Do you suppose that they will promise to return all the BILLIONS of dollars with interest that they are proposing to steal from Oregonians with their draconian ‘Carbon Tax,’ if our climate does not improve one bit?   Their scheme to drive up energy prices will severely hurt every Oregonian, especially the poor, the working man, and those living in rural areas. Yet every scientist able to make quantitative calculations realizes that schemes by Democrats to run the price of gasoline, diesel, and natural gas through the roof will not alter the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Oregon is simply too small. We are one tenth of one percent of “the climate problem,” if there is a problem. And there is no problem. The best we could ever hope to achieve by turning the clock back to the Stone Age here in Oregon is to reduce the worldwide human contribution of CO2 by one part in a thousand, a TOTALLY negligible amount.

Of course, some Democrats who desperately want a Carbon Tax will say that we need to set a good example for the rest of the world. Does anyone believe for one second that China, Russia, and India will follow our example, especially when they see how severely it will impact our way of life? They will just quietly chuckle, as they fully understand what we mean by “Assisted Suicide!” We are already sacrificing our one economical coal-fired power plant in Boardman, as China continues to complete a new one every other week in China and around the Third World. Continue reading

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