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How to Lose Your Vote

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

3 Ways to Guarantee You Vote Correctly

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

God and Politics.  My two favorite topics – that I’m never afraid to bring up in public when I meet someone new.  These are great ice-breakers!  Don’t you think?  I get so excited every time God or politics comes up in conversation.  I’m like one of those wide eyed children in a candy store every time I open my Bible or when the mid-term and presidential elections come due.  I love to hear what other people think about our country, God, and life.

There is less than twenty four hours before the 2012 Presidential Election.  Every time the season comes around, I spend more time reading about our American history.  Amerigo Vespucci, Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Lincoln, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI and WWII.  I believe it is just amazing how far our country has come in the last five hundred years since the landing of the first European explorers, and how our Founding Fathers were able to establish a new country.  Amazing.

It’s hard enough starting a new business, a new program, or new family.  Can you imagine having the vision to pull together all peoples from one side of the ocean to the other and unify them?  It didn’t come without blood shed, sleepless nights, or tears.  I am not glorifying war or death at all; only the mere fact we have made it this far.  Our country has a very rich history and the fact that we stand here today as free Americans, able to work to provide for our families, attend the school of our choice, worship God without fear of imprisonment,  and vote to elect those we desire to represent us in government shows God is still blessing this country.

So in 2008, when I spent time preparing to make an informed decision as to whom I would vote for, I was stunned to find there are American citizens who could vote, but don’t vote.  Really?  People choose not to vote?

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5 Reliable Resources for Fact Finding

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

November 2008.  I was heavily researching McCain and Obama’s views on life and government, so I could make a well educated decision when voting.  What were their beliefs?  What did they stand for?  There were so many debates, so many arguments, so many false stories.  I was tired of all the negativity.  All I wanted was the facts.  What was the truth?  I wanted to find out.

I started doing research myself.  I hated relying solely on the media which tends to be biased.  FOX News must counter balance MSNBC.  ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and affiliates of each tend to steer their headlines to appease their viewers.   I couldn’t judge these organizations.  They were taught that if you want to be successful in your market, you have to know who your audience is, and feed them what they want.  It’s how they believe they must survive financially.  But that’s an unfortunate view, because for folks like you and me, we just want the truth.

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On War and Weariness by Molly Huggins

Posted on: October 30th, 2012 by Molly Huggins 7 Comments

I have a confession to make.

I am weary of war.

I feel vaguely traitorous to my fellow military wives in spilling my fatigue. But oh I am tired.

Our snapshot of Army life falls somewhere in the middle on the hardship scale.

Seven and a half years together. Three lived apart. Four pregnancies. Two miscarriages. The combat loss of a dear friend. Four deployments. One year apart from my sweet baby girl.  New deployments looming.

You can read more of the beginning of our story at

All The Grace Between

My great-great-great grandfather was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Recently, a stack of letters written by him to his family was found in a dusty attic in North Carolina.

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Faith, Politics, and the Real War on Women by David Fiorazo

Posted on: October 11th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Early in American history, men and women of faith understood the importance of Christians living as salt and light in our culture and they influenced every aspect of society. Today, however, this great nation is drifting further away from the God that blessed us and believers have fallen into the trap of conforming to the world. How do we reverse this trend?

Some say we shouldn’t mix our faith and politics, but as biblical Christians, we cannot separate the two. It’s impossible to leave Jesus Christ out of the voting booth, but that’s what some folks try to do. If we’re honest with ourselves we will acknowledge there has never been a clearer, starker contrast between the Democratic and Republican Party platforms than we see today.

We have an interesting choice ahead of us in the upcoming Presidential Election. Mitt Romney is pro-life and a Mormon who is a man of character and integrity, but according to the Bible, Mormonism is a cult. Barack Obama professes Christianity and seems to be a good father and husband however, his words and policies have been the most anti-Christian of any president America has ever seen. (more…)