Unite the USA

January Edition: We Can't Look the Other Way

We Can't Look the Other Way

In the face of increased terrorism threats, our hearts feel heavy with a burden to pray hard for Jewish people, Christian people, our country, etc. We shake our heads as we consider the utter failure of our current Administration, which keenly evidences itself in Obama's inaction about ISIS. Thousands of people have been slaughtered and little has been done to stop them.

Obama's inaction is action. We struggle to believe that the manner with which his policies have shrunk our military, dishonored veterans, and lowered our national defense could be anything shy of either incompetence or sheer anti-Americanism. Regardless, we're in a position that only lends itself to prayer. Passionate prayer.

Last month, when we appeared on Fox News again, we discussed ways to encourage our military. Today, we do the same but with a different emphasis: Please, please pray for our military men and women. Pray for all who are targeted by evil. Pray for the Jewish people, who are emigrating from Europe at the highest rates since the terrorism of the Nazi's in WWII. With the increased pressure and threats from ISIS/ISIL, we must do our duty as prayer warriors to ask the Lord to protect our nation's warriors, for all persecuted peoples, and for ourselves.

Thank you in advance for joining us on the prayer frontlines. Will you please pray with me now? "Heavenly Father, we thank You that You are good, faithful, merciful, and loving. Contrary to our enemies, we pray for peace. We pray for You to draw all to Yourself...that all may know Jesus, Your Son, and His love, peace, hope, and salvation. Please cleanse our nation from our sin. Draw us close to You both individually as citizens and collectively as a nation. We need You. We need Your grace and mercy to surround our troops and their families. Please protect us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen."

We'll close with this Scripture, which remains as powerful and true as ever:

"If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14, AMP)

God bless,
Carrie and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA 
Protect Our Christian Rights

By Jerry Newcombe 

I try to make it a practice to vet the circulating-emails I receive before I forward them on. I think one of the best sources to vet email rumors is truthorfiction.com. They seem to lack a political bias one way or another, and they are discerning in terms of religious rumors. They don't throw the baby out with the bathwater---particularly the baby in the manger.

The other day I received an email that I thought worth checking out. It claimed that in a chapel in a VA hospital, administrators had covered up Christian symbols because of a federal order to do so. In the chapel.

But I checked this out with truthorfiction.com, and there it was labeled as "Truth!" The rumor-clearinghouse notes of the VA hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan: "The hospital was told that Christian symbols, statues and religious items inside the chapel were no longer permitted. This according to a June 3, 2014, article by Christian Today."

Truthorfiction.com went on to observe, "In order to comply with the regulation statues, crucifix and an altar 'were encircled with a curtain at the Iron Mountain chapel after an inspection by the National Chaplain Center discovered the unauthorized items.'"

The policy went into effect in 2008, and under the Obama Administration since 2009, things have only gotten worse.

Here is the IHS uncovered. IHS means Jesus.
Notice the background. IHS is covered up per President Obama's request.

I remember when Obama spoke at Georgetown one time, and he demanded that they cover over "IHS" in the background in that Catholic building.

I'll bet 90% of Christians don't even know what IHS stands for. I had to take New Testament Greek to find out myself. "HIS" are the first three letters in the Greek language of Jesus: Iota, Eta, and Sigma. The English equivalent would be "J-E-S." It simply means Jesus.

It would appear that some in our government today seem to follow the ABC principle---Anything But Christ. Like Dracula, they recoil at the sight of the cross.

America's founders gave us freedom of religion. Liberals today like to limit that liberty to "freedom of worship." Yet apparently at services at the VA chapels, even the freedom to truly worship has been truncated.

To what God are they allowed to pray? "To Whom It May Concern"? What an insult to the Christian veterans of whatever stripe. No one is forcing anyone to bow down to that cross in the chapel or to worship the God of the cross.

How far we have fallen as a nation. When he was in Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington insisted on hiring military chaplains systematically. Here were paid Christian clergymen to pray and serve the troops in an explicitly Christian way.

But leftists today take "the separation of church and state" to ridiculous lengths. They often do this in the name of Thomas Jefferson.

A letter written January 1, 1802 by Thomas Jefferson is the source of the phrase "a wall of separation between Church and State." He wrote this to the Danbury Baptists, who cheered him on as president and as a champion of religious freedom.

They closed their letter, "And may the Lord preserve you safe from every evil and bring you at last to his Heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Glorious Mediator."

Jefferson's obscure letter of reply changed history because in 1947, the U.S. Supreme Court took it as the Rosetta Stone of the First Amendment. No longer was that first right in our Bill of Rights understood to mean, "In these United States, there would be no national denomination" (which is what it actually intended).

Now, instead, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." meant that a strict wall separating church and state was to be built.

Ironically, if the liberals were right, Jefferson violated the separation of church and state in the very letter that gave us the separation of church and state, since he closes his reply with this: "I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem." Prayer? To God? By a president?

We seem to have a case of national amnesia today. And that can be seen by what apparently is not seen in some of our VA hospital chapels of late. 


In God We Still Trust Video

Our country needs to turn to Jesus. Listen to "In God We Still Trust" for inspiration to keep "fighting the good fight". For hope and encouragement, listen to Stacie Ruth and Carrie Beth sing "In God We Still Trust".


In God We Still Trust
In God We Still Trust


This Month's Bible Verse

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

Featured Quote

"Protests, mass shootings, ISIS, storms... Whatever the headlines of 2015 may hold, God provides hope, peace, and comfort through His Son Jesus Christ.  'For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved' (John 3:17)."

-Franklin Graham

About the Author

Jerry Newcombe is cohost/senior TV producer of Kennedy Classics. He has written/co-written 25 books, including The Book That Made America, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles on Jefferson), and (w/ D. James Kennedy) What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? & (w/ Peter Lillback), George Washington's Sacred Fire. Learn more at: www.tiam.org  and www.jerrynewcombe.com 


Featured Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): Writer, Inventor, Scientist

Born in Boston in 1706, Mr. Franklin organized the United States' first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific work included studying electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution. In addition, he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War.


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A CD by Stacie and Carrie Stoelting
Per request from veterans who love patriotic and inspiring music sung by Stacie and Carrie, In God We Still Trust was recorded. From the National Anthem to "God Bless America" you will be inspired and uplifted about our God-given freedoms. All proceeds go to Unite the USA. Help promote faith and freedom in America. Your support is important and appreciated. Buy or download a copy today.God bless you as you celebrate the red, white, and blue!


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