Wedding Photo goes Viral !

Dwayne Schmidt

We were about to take our first steps in life together, and we didn’t want to take a step without it being in God’s will,” Caleb Earwood, 21, told TODAY.com. “I prayed to God for my beautiful and intelligent wife that he blessed me with and the amazing family I was marrying into.”

Because the couple didn’t want to see each other until the ceremony, Caleb stood on the staircase. Maggie, 22, leaned up against the wall to avoid making eye contact.

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Churches: A Force for Good in Our Community

by Jerry Cox, president of Family Council of Arkansas

http://familypolicyalliance.com/issues/2017/05/30/churches-force-good-community/

Family Policy Alliance is proud to work alongside Family Council of Arkansas. They are part of our alliance of 40 state-based family organizations. For more information, or to find one in your state, go to familypolicyalliance.com.

The other day as I was reviewing a slate of bills that have been proposed at the Arkansas Legislature, it occurred to me that there are so many ways that a church can be a force for good in a community. Churches serve their neighborhoods – especially the poor and needy. Churches are often some of the first to provide for the victims of natural disasters, such as floods and tornadoes.

I think we would all agree that Bible-believing churches share the gospel with nonbelievers and make their communities better. But what if I told you even a church building itself can make a community more wholesome? What if I told you those four walls do more than give believers a place to meet – they actually keep certain types of evil out of our neighborhoods?

Under Arkansas law, adult-oriented businesses cannot operate within 1,000 feet of a church. Liquor stores, likewise, cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a church. Penalties for certain crimes – such as illegal drug deals and drug use – are enhanced if they occur within 1,000 feet of a church. “Medical Marijuana” stores cannot operate within 1,500 feet of a church, and marijuana farms cannot operate within 3,000 feet of a church.

I realize the “church” is more than just four walls and steeple. Believers are the true church. I also realize you can’t completely rid a community of sin. However, just having those four walls and steeple in your neighborhood repels some types of evil. It keeps certain vices away from our children and our neighbors. It makes our communities more wholesome – often without anyone noticing.

I believe most people probably take good things churches bring to Arkansas for granted. But if the churches disappeared – along with all the good things they bring to the table – people would notice.

Our world is wrestling with some serious questions right now. From top to bottom, many days it feels like our nation is losing its mind. It reminds me of the prophet Amos, who wrote, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12,KJV).

Now more than ever we need churches to engage the culture. Churches are already a powerful force for good simply by being present in our state. Many churches run food pantries that help families facing physical hunger. We need believers to help those starving for the Truth of God’s Word as well.

Now more than ever we need churches to engage the culture. In the past six weeks Family Council has issued more calls to action than I can count. We have asked people to call their state representatives and senators time and time again. That’s because our lawmakers need to hear the truth about the important issues they are voting on. They need to hear it from Family Council, but they also need to hear it from their neighbors back home.

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Memorial Day Tribute

A Memorial Day message from Tim Wildmon

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dear Rod,

Sacrifice is the theme of Memorial Day. The sacrifice of individuals. The sacrifice of families. The sacrifice of communities. The sacrifice of a nation. Memorial Day is a time when America’s war dead remind us of the price for freedom. John Quincy Adams once said, “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you make good use of it.”

A few years age, AFA commissioned Christian songwriter/singer Eric Horner to write a moving patriotic song to honor our national motto, “In God We Trust.” On this Memorial Day, I hope you will take a moment to watch this very inspiring song, which reflects on those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

May God continue to bless America on behalf of those who gave their lives for her.

Please take time with family and friends over this Memorial Day weekend to reflect on the cost of freedom and our responsibility to defend and promote it.

Thank you,

Tim
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

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Future home of Pregnancy Center of SW Iowa – Red Oak Iowa

March 23d – The board of the Pregnancy Center of SW Iowa has been offered this beautiful building in downtown Red Oak at a very reasonable price.  $10,500 has already been raised however, $40,000 more are needed in the next 30 days.  If you would like to contribute to this very worthy cause or would like to set up a fund-raiser at your church please email us at heartlandforfamilyvalues@gmail.com – Thank you!

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Standing for Life – 40 Days for Life

What a blessing to see so many young people standing for Life and Truth !  Thank you!

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Kathy Troccoli Concert – Shenandoah, IA

Standby mode for Tickets

DUE TO HUGE DEMAND for these tickets the concert is FULL.

You “might” still be able to get into the concert if someone “NO Shows” and if a seat is available, then you will be seated 15 minutes before the concert starts.

 

 

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Kathy Troccoli Concert – Shenandoah, IA

 

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Kathy’s numerous accolades include 24 recordings, 18 number-one radio hits, 19 Dove Award nominations, 2 Dove Awards, and 3 Grammy nominations. Her newest CD, “Better Days” is a groundbreaking project fully produced and co-written by Kathy. She is also a gifted songwriter as well as author. In addition to success in Christian music, she has impacted the mainstream arena as well, scoring a #1 hit with “Everything Changes” and a Top 10 single with the Beach Boys, entitled “I Can Hear Music.”

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