“A substitute teacher who says he was fired after giving a student a Bible filed a complaint yesterday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The complaint against the Phillipsburg School District alleges religious discrimination and retaliation.
Walt Tutka was working as a substitute teacher on October 12 when, according to the complaint filed by Tutka, he said to a student who was last in line, “The first shall be the last and the last shall be the first.”
After the student “repeatedly” asked where the line was from, Tutka told him the Bible. Tutka asked the student if he had a Bible and, when he said no, Tutka said he could have his and he gave him his Bible, the complaint states.
Tutka says he served his last day as substitute teacher on October 15 and alleges that Superintendent George Chando told him on October 18 that he was recommending Tutka’s termination because he gave a student a Bible, the complaint states. Tutka says he was dismissed on January 14.
The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group dedicated to” restoring and defending religious liberty across America,” alleges that on March 28 Phillipsburg School District “refused to turn over emails and other documents” related to Tutka, despite an open-records request (via nj.com).”
Should we as Christians be surprised by this behavior? Should we shake our heads in rage against the establishment?
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Are you the type of person that allows others to add to your drop down list? Was there a time when you can recall that your drop down menu was short? There were only a few things that you would accept? Societal change toward what some would believe is progress, but in actuality is decay and you decided to add it to the drop down. Are you picking up things that should not be an option?
It is important to review your drop down menu and make sure no option for sin or unwise living is available. Are you about to co-sign on a loan? The Bible records that to be an unwise decision, have you added this to the drop down? A growing number of secular counselors say adding pornography to the marriage is healthy. Have you added this to the drop down?
When you look at others who appear to do well sinning and smiling, please remember the Bible says the wicked are being set up. It is easy to add things to the drop down. That is why we must examine ourselves. So take time to examine yourself. Repent if needed. Move on and prosper.
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When I hear on CNN that parents should speak to their children about rape, we definitely live in a sad day. What happen to spanking? I grew up playing Mortal Kombat, highly discouraged by my mother, but she allowed me to purchase it with my own money. I played the game, used the fatality and never once thought about harming someone in real life.
The main reason is that I was taught that everyone was created in the image of God. Every female and every male possess a spirit. They are more than just a result of the big bang. They have value. They are more than gases and atoms. They have a soul.
What fools fail to realize is that without the understanding of God, life becomes meaningless. I heard Neil deGrasse Tyson say we are the same as space. Really?
Taking thoughts like these lead to a devaluing of life.
Another huge problem is that many women feel they need to use their body for promotion. How many women are catapulted in our society using sex and their body? Older women are not teaching younger women how to be chaste because they are not. We have older women on television shows talking about having premarital sex and being for all practical purposes prostitutes. Are we going to serve the dollar or God?
I made the mistake of typing into YouTube the word twerp and found a horrific array of teen girls bending over and doing things that are downright shameful. I kept thinking where are the parents? Where are the parents? Are we going to serve the dollar or God?
Now I understand the Bible has declared that sin will wax worse and worse and the hearts of many will grow cold. I also understand that I am unaware of Christ exact return and will live as if another revival is around the corner. Who knows it could begin today. Reblog this message if you’re bold enough.
I want to convey the clear message that we have responsibility to uphold the wisdom of God and not be confused like the world when horrific acts like this happen.
1. God gives meaning and value to human life.
2. People are not inherently good. They need to be taught to love.
3. Be bold and share your knowledge of God.
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It would seem the church is getting quite the visibility on television these days, as “Christ” the supposed product is becoming more and more a lucrative venture. Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? Listen to the words of Paul:
“To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice (Philippians 1:15-18).”
It must be said that my understanding of the show is limited to the premiere episode and not for what may unfold on the show, but having seen the first episode it motivates me to inform many parents who are afraid to talk about sex to stop right away. The first thing that stuck out to me on the preachers daughters was the daughter who used freedom and porn star in the same sentence.
Her ignorance of the life of a porn star should have been met with a teaching point for enlightenment. She needed to be given understanding and not the third degree about it being wrong. I understand her older sister shed a little light, but the parents not so much.
She should have been told that many porn stars suffer from STD’s and the inability to get pregnant. They often get stuck into prescription/illegal drug abuse. Those who have children encourage them to stay away from it. Others get tricked into sex trafficking, which is sex slavery, not freedom. This lifestyle is a slippery slope to hurt, pain, low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.
There was another daughter who did not know the father of her baby. What do we say to all these things?
Ignorance for the Christian parent is not bliss. Children are exposed to a whole lot more information then the previous generation. The Christian parent needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus and teach their children to have the same. Being a follower of Christ is more than rules and regulations. We serve a living God who speaks to us. We must teach our children to hear from God.
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Someone told me about a Christian defeated. I wondered who this man could be. I searched the scriptures ravenously and could not find where a Christian was not set free. I thought to myself if indeed this exist it must be outside the scriptures you see.
This man said, I saw churches destroyed and church homes demolished. I saw Christians placed in jail and even fired. Christians removed from the military and the Senate. I saw Christians mocked in the media and even losing ground on the moral issue of abortion and gay marriage.
I asked myself this man must be right. Christian’s have been defeated look at their plight. Really! Look at their plight. But out of the dark stood a man on the cross his name that continues to shake the nation. The name above all names. The King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of Peace. Jesus is his name.
This man has accomplished what no other could do. He rose from the dead and set the captives free. See this man who said, Christians are defeated has forgotten that he has been made free.
Are you defeated? No! This can’t be. For into the grave shall all men proceed and those who know Jesus will wake up with everlasting life indeed.
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His Words, Not Mine Not Everyone Likes To Wrestle
Are you guilty of blaming everything on your mental status? ADD? ADHD? DEPRESSION? Why does the media push mental disorder as the cause of every tragic event? A man kills his girlfriend in a fit of rage and immediately the reason is some sort of mental disorder or drug addiction. A boy or girl struggles in school and immediately labeled with ADD/ADHD? Why is this happening?
Labels are easy. Change is not. Writing another prescription is easy. Therapy is not. There is nothing inherently wrong with labels or taking medicine, but are we labeling and writing the correct prescription? Evidently not with suicide increasing as well as murders.
Could there be another reason? Look at what the Lord sends: curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. (Deuteronomy 28:20).
Amazingly, God sends confusion. A confused person is a dangerous person. When armies came against King Jehosophat in the Bible, God gave them confusion, so that the armies fought each other. These armies destroyed one another and King Jehosophat did not have to lift a finger. The reason the armies where confused is because they were ungodly. No ADD/ADHD! No DEPRESSION! No DISORDER! Their problem was SIN. Their problem was God sending the confusion.
There is a cure. Humble yourself before the Lord and he will heal the land. We often forget that SIN causes God’s judgment. The main reason is because his judgment is slow and progressive. An example would be sexually transmitted diseases. We know fornication, adultery and homosexuality is a SIN. STD’s are the judgment. The mortality rates of these diseases are long? It gives the victim plenty of time to change. Man has come up with some cures for some and medication for others. Unfortunately, this only fuels SIN. The cute commercial that comes on with an attractive girl with Gonorrhea leaves you feeling like its no big deal and you continue living the same. What happens? AID’s becomes an epidemic and 820,000 people in the US get new gonorrhea infections. This is just one example of many.
Take Home Message
Call on the Lord and refrain from sin. God protects and gives wisdom to those who ask and are obedient. Forsake him and your life, one way or another, will come to ruin.
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This is for all those Christian Soldiers that our Commander and Chief, Jesus Christ, left behind to do His work until he returns to take us home and make this world like heaven. He said that He will never leave us or forsake us. He told His disciples and us that He would send the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) to give us power to do whatever He commanded us to do. Whatever our situation is, in this life, whether good or bad our Commander and Chief by the power of the Holy Spirit is right there with us guaranteeing our success. Remember, when the pressure of life comes crashing down upon us our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said that we are more than conquerors in Him. I have to go because our Commander and Chief is calling me, but remember, Onward Christian Soldier!!!
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Are you hiding from the world? Are you sitting back and waiting to see what will happen? Are you hoping to escape this planet through excessive use of romance novels or television? Are you waiting for your spouse to change before you do? Do you blame any and everything else for your problems or grief?
If you are guilty of any of these cheer up. There is a solution that I believe is helpful. The problem you face is central to living on planet earth. Welcome! Your arrival to planet earth was not your choice and many things you will face will be the same. Let me take your cloak and have a seat, as I share what things you will find on earth. I want your expectations to be proper and your solutions to be singular.
You will find immediately that all your desires will not be fulfilled in the time you desire. If you’re older than a week, you have already experienced this and have shed the accompanying tears. If you’re older than two years old you have displayed anger toward the guardian, parent or parents the Lord has provided. If you’re a tween or teen your girlfriend or boyfriend has disappointed you either by unfaithfulness or simply neglect. If you’re an adult you have been burned by various stimuli that has either made you fearful, bitter, or grateful.
Your introduction to the world is your introduction to sin. Sin is the breaking of God’s commands that produce in everyone’s life either immediate or future pain. If we desire our own way at the expense of God’s way, we commit sin. Do not be deceived your sin affects others. Even those you may never know. Need an example? Pornography. Sin is the reason we have lockers with locks. Locks and alarms on our home, car, shed, mailbox, and fence to name a few. This alone is enough to cause acute stress. So why should I cheer up?
If you’re cloak is still off and you’re securely fastened within your love seat. Let me share with you some love. God wants you to acknowledge him in all your ways. Notice I used the word ALL. That means everything you do. Everything! Are you purchasing a home? Acknowledge him. Purchasing a wife? Acknowledge him. Women, if he cannot purchase the marriage certificate, I am telling you he is not ready. Are you taking out a second mortgage? Acknowledge him. Are you getting a dog? Acknowledge him. If you are unwilling to acknowledge him in all things, then do not be surprised by your bad decisions.
Sin will always exist while the earth stands until Christ returns. What makes the passage easier is acknowledging God in all our ways. This gives understanding to the words of Jesus when he mentions that his burden is light and his yoke is easy.
You do not have to solely rest upon your wisdom, but have access to his.
Now that the election has been closed and a new chapter is beginning let us focus more upon the reaction God has with his people and that is to love him and our neighbor. We can be pleased to know that God’s position has not changed concerning sin and his position for us to pray for our leaders and this nation.
Love’s greatest expression is found in the testing soil of disagreement and division. Jesus while upon the cross, expressed this, when he said, “forgive them for they know not what they do.” Beaten and bruised Jesus demonstrated a response that gendered love.
Love is such a precious gift that when given to our neighbor can produce a magnificent power unlike any power on earth. Love never fails. Love is not prideful or boastful, rather giving until the bitter end so that all that may be used for God’s glory may be expressed.