Christian Ministry to Veterans: Assistance for PTSD Treatment

Christian Ministry to Veterans:

Assistance for PTSD Treatment

Why not us?

Matthew White

soldier prayingU.S. Marine Chad Robichaux struggled with that question as he considered the challenges combat veterans and military families face. Having completed multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, he was no stranger to those challenges.

After returning home from his eighth and final deployment, Chad began experiencing symptoms he wasn’t sure how to cope with – desperation, anxiety, arm and face numbness, the feeling that his throat was swelling shut, and panic attacks. Initially he kept these feelings to himself for fear that he would be perceived as weak.

Ironically, he found himself becoming a weak and broken man, not knowing what to do. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and removed from his
task force.

The dark side
At home, seemingly without purpose, his life began to spiral out of control as he pursued the things of the world to fill the voids – a professional mixed martial arts career, infidelity, and more. Kathy, his wife, held on as long as she could but eventually gave Chad an ultimatum – choose her and their three children or continue down his destructive path.

He chose the latter, and it only led him to an even darker place. He had tried to blame his problems on others, but now alone, he realized the true problem was the internal war that he hadn’t dealt with. Thinking the solution was to remove himself permanently so he could cause no further harm, he became suicidal, trying to talk himself into taking his own life.

While Chad was in the pit of despair, Kathy, in spite of their separation, continued to pray for Chad, and even forgave him. With divorce papers signed and ready, one final question from Kathy changed everything.

“How is it that everything you do, you accomplish, you achieve, you rise above and beyond,” she asked, “but when it comes to our family, you quit?”

The bright side
Stunned, Chad reevaluated everything.

Subsequently, their story of God’s transformational power is nothing short of amazing. Chad found what he’d been searching for – Jesus, and when he did, he said “the PTSD that was controlling my life, became a set of memories I had control over.”

After a mentorship process to help them overcome their struggles, their church commissioned them and sent them out to begin the Mighty Oaks ministry to America’s military warriors and families.

warrior bibleThe Mighty Oaks Foundation is a faith-based veteran service organization whose stated mission is, “to serve and restore our nation’s warriors and families, who have endured hardship through their service to America, and to help them find a new life purpose through hope in Christ.”

Re-entry into civilian life is difficult and sometimes devastating for combat veterans, often leaving their families to deal with the aftermath of broken homes and even suicide. Mighty Oaks cuts to the heart of the issue through a variety of programs that teach combat veterans victimized by PTSD how to get beyond combat trauma and live their lives in the manner God intended.

Their flagship programs are the Legacy Program For Men and The Legacy Program For Women. The men’s six-day intensive peer-to-peer program seeks to help them discover the answers to the big questions in life, bring to the surface deeply buried struggles, and teach men how to fight through these challenges.

The women’s five-day retreat, for both spouses and military women, hopes to give women a biblical blueprint of womanhood and help each one become the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31.

Mighty Oaks believes that by helping these heros align their lives to biblical principles, they will be better equipped to lead their families, their communities, and the nation.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs there are 20 veteran suicides in America every day. Learn more at mightyoaksprograms.org or email info@mightyoaksprograms.org.

 

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Judeo-Christian Culture: Censorship in Media, Social Media Break, and Gospel Truth

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Censorship in Media, Social Media Break, and Gospel Truth

Truth endures, despite social media censorship

October 2018 – The apostle Paul was not one to cower in the face of an angry crowd. However, at the theater of Ephesus, his message was met by possibly the angriest outburst he ever encountered. Called together by a pagan silversmith named Demetrius, the Ephesians heard false rumors about the Christians visiting their city and worked themselves into a frenzy, opposing the proclamation of the gospel with the cry “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:21-41).

It was neither the first nor the last time the Christian worldview would be censored by the world.

Power of social media
Today, anyone who has access to the Internet probably has at least one social media account. People all over the world can be instantly connected to each other. You can share experiences, learn from one another’s unique perspectives, and, most importantly, share the truth of the gospel. But along with these positives come challenges.

Censoring by social media platforms has become a hot button issue. There have been many, many instances of censorship by social media, and a number of these have been censorship of Christian material. For example, Facebook banned Christian author Robert A. J. Gagnon for 24 hours because he criticized a Canadian children’s video celebrating gay pride and LGBT icons.

A legal battle between conservative Prager University and liberal YouTube erupted in October 2017 over YouTube placing age restrictions on Prager’s videos. Judge Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Court in northern California, ruled in favor of YouTube and Google, stating “[YouTube and Google] are private entities who created their own video-sharing social media website and make decisions about whether and how to regulate content that has been uploaded on that website.”

A quick glance at the terms and conditions of any platform (Facebook has 27 pages of censorship guidelines) will confirm that social media businesses operate with the rights of a private company. If you invited a group of friends to your house, and some began acting in a way that made you uncomfortable, you are within your rights to tell them to stop, or “censor” them.

In the same way, social media platforms are within their rights to censor anything they wish. They are private companies with their own set of standards – and a very liberal worldview. If a post falls out of line with what they deem acceptable to their worldview, they will take it down.

Power of the gospel
Jesus said, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). Social media groups are a microcosm of the world. The challenges the gospel faces in the real world will be mirrored in the virtual one.

However, this is no reason to fret. The city of Ephesus was once the site of a great pagan temple and one of the most famous censorings of the gospel. It is also the city of a prominent New Testament church, a church worthy of Paul’s letter of encouragement.

The world may drown out the truth momentarily, but God’s word is never spoken without result.   

UNtrending
Social media platforms are not as necessary to modern life as it may seem. According to Origin, a Boston-based market research group, 34% of Gen Z’ers (born 1999-2015) are saying goodbye to social media while 64% have decided to take a break from it.

The trend now is to detox from social media as people are looking for a quieter, in-the-moment way of living, surely a more fertile field for the truth of the gospel.

Moral Support: President Trump Character Education Moment to Congress for Immigration Debacle: ‘No Lunch for You!’ Gives Steaks to Walter Reed Medical Center

Moral Support:

President Trump Character Education Moment to Congress for Immigration Debacle: ‘No Lunch for You!’ Gives Steaks to Walter Reed Medical Center

Trump Takes Away Congress’ Annual Ribeye ‘Picnic’, Sends Steaks To…

Andrew West

Donald Trump is a President unlike any that we have seen in our lifetimes, and for reasons that are just beyond comprehension for the career politicos who’ve only known the grooming of the Beltway.

there hasn’t ever been a Congressman Trump or Councilman Trump.

No, we got the CEO-in-Chief instead, and it has done wonders for our economy.

Now, however, another piece of the humanist in President Trump is showing through, as a debate over Congress’ ineffectual work on immigration rages.

You see, today was supposed to be the annual congressional “picnic”, which is literally just a 5-star meal served in a tent to these Washington fat cats.

Seeing the disparity between Congress’ work load and their free lunch is disheartening enough for me…can you imagine how our “America First” President felt?

Well, there’s no need to speculate, as the Commander in Chief has given us an answer.

That’s right:  cancelled.  When asked why, the President gave a very blue collar answer.

As the immigration debacle looms large over the halls of Congress, President Donald Trump decided to scrap the lawmakers’ annual congressional picnic at the White House because it just didn’t feel “right.”

“I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, ‘You know, it doesn’t feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we’re working on doing something very important,’” Trump said Wednesday, according to Politico. “It didn’t feel exactly right to me.”

Wasting food would have only added insult to injury, so the President did what any MAGA-hat-wearing populist POTUS would do:  He sent all those ridiculous ribeye steaks over to Walter Reed.

All the food will be served Friday for lunch at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to a report from Bloomberg News. The food will be given to patients, caregivers, and employees at the Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“All perishables donated to Walter Reed. Non perishables to be repurposed for future events,” Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, said

Moral Support: Trump Signs Right to Try Legislation, Hugged by Young Boy with Muscular Dystrophy

Moral Support:

Trump Signs Right to Try Legislation, Hugged by Young Boy with Muscular Dystrophy

Young Boy Hugs Donald Trump After He Signs ‘Right to Try’ Legislation

Charlie Spiering

President Donald Trump was surprised Tuesday when a young Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patient Jordan McLinn hugged him after signing “Right to Try” legislation passed by Congress.

Jordan McLinn, a boy suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy hugs @realDonaldTrump after he signs “Right to Try” Legislation

McLinn and his parents joined the president for the signing ceremony for legislation that would allow terminally ill patients the right to seek drug treatments that have not been fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“Today I’m proud to keep another promise to the American people as I sign the Right to Try legislation into law,” Trump said.

Scott Gottlieb, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, attended the event, noting that it took 3-10 years for federal approval for drugs, a process that he was working to speed up.

“This is the baby,” Trump said about the legislation praising members of Congress like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) for pushing the bill forward in the Senate.

“He doesn’t stop, he doesn’t give up,” Trump said about Johnson.

The president noted that political figures had been pushing legislation for the right to try for 25 years, but that it never made it through.

Several American citizens currently fighting terminal illnesses and promoting the legislation joined the administration for the signing event. Trump expressed disappointment that some of the people present were seeking treatment in other countries because of restrictions in America.

“America has always been a nation of fighters who never give up,” Trump said, pointing to McLinn during the event. “This is very personal for me, as I proudly sign this bill, thousands of terminally ill Americans will have the help, the hope, and the fighting chance that they will be cured.”

Breitbart:

Young Boy Hugs Donald Trump After He Signs ‘Right to Try’ Legislation

 

Moral Support: Trump Accomplishments,Nobel Peace Prize? Trump Administration demands release of North Korea Detainees, Approves Congressional Term Limits

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Trump Accomplishments

Nobel Peace Prize? Trump Administration demands release of North Korea Detainees, approves Congressional Term Limits

Trump at Andrews Joint Base

North Korea has released three US detainees in the country, according to media reports, and it meets some of President Donald Trump demands for Pyongyang to demonstrate sincerity before the historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok, and Kim Hak-seong — three US citizens detained in North Korea for years — have been released from a suspected labor camp and given health treatment and ideological education in Pyongyang, according to the Financial Times.

“We heard it through our sources in North Korea late last month. We believe that Mr Trump can take them back on the day of the US-North Korea summit or he can send an envoy to take them back to the US before the summit,” said Choi Sung-ryong, who campaigns for the release of detainees in North Korea.

The news follows Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser, John Bolton, calling for the release of the detainees. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly spoke with Kim about the detainees during the pair’s secretive meeting in April.

 

BREAKING Trump JUST Scored HUGE N. Korean Victory

Nobel Peace Prize?

Thanks to A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect  for his great Branco cartoons

Republicans Formally Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Congressional Term Limits

Trump ‘Full Support’ for Congressional Term Limits

 

Moral Support: Victory for Pro-Life Movement over Last Abortion Clinic

Moral Support:

Victory for Pro-Life Movement

Pro-Life Victory Coming Soon? First State To Be CLINIC FREE

Amanda Prestigiacomo

Thanks to the tireless effort from brave pro-life advocates, voters, and politicians, there are a total of seven states that have only one abortion clinic left: Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Missouri, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

In Kentucky, the pro-life movement and mothers and their babies are on the cusp of another major victory: ridding the state entirely of the death clinics.

In a matter of weeks, the last abortion clinic in the state, EMW Women’s Clinic in Louisville, could be forced to pack up their sopher clamps and close their doors, thanks to Republican Governor Matt Bevin.

According to Bevin, EMW — which was caught performing abortions without a license in 2016 — “is not in compliance with a state law that requires it to have hospital and ambulance service agreements for patient emergencies,” reported Life News in September.
Source: Daily Wire

 

Pro-Life Win Coming Soon? First State To Be CLINIC FREE

Moral Support: Stand for Life; Support Unborn Child Protection Act

Moral Support:

Stand for Life; Support Unborn Child Protection Act

Dear Stand4Life Supporter,

I’m asking you to follow President Trump’s lead.

The White House issued a statement in support of a House bill that would make it illegal for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion of an unborn child after 5 months.

Now that the House did its job and passed this bill, it’s time for the Senate to ACT.

Please add your name in support of the White House statement and pressure pro-abortion obstructionists in the Senate to pass the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

I can’t even imagine how anyone could think it’s okay to abort an unborn child after 5 months of pregnancy. This bill should be common sense.

But as we’ve seen time and time again, some elected officials routinely choose to stand with the abortion lobby, rather than their constituents – everyday Americans who are horrified by the thought of late-term abortion after five months.

Results only happen if we demand them.

So please, add your name in support of the White House statement and pressure pro-abortion obstructionists in the Senate to pass the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

For LIFE,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

 

Judeo-Christian Culture: Moral Support for Nativity Scenes

Judeo-Christian Culture:

Moral Support for Nativity Scenes

Anonymous donor behind campaign to install Nativity scenes nationwide

‘It is critical that Christians proclaim the Gospel message to their fellow citizens’

Bob Unruh

An anonymous donor has joined with the activist group American Nativity Scene and the Thomas More Society in a campaign to provide free Nativity scenes to display at or near statehouses across the nation.

The organizers say now is the time to prepare for the displays because of the process required to obtain permission.

“Indeed, these are for Christmastime display, but October is the time of year to start finalizing plans for a privately funded Christmas display as is legally allowed in traditional public forums such as state capitols, county complexes or city hall lawns,” explained Ed O’Malley, president of American Nativity Scene.

“We are giving away free Nativity scenes. It’s not really a Halloween treat, but it’s definitely not a trick. We are seriously committed to our goal of keeping Christ in Christmas.”

Tom Brejcha, the Thomas More Society president, said atheist groups “may mock our message, but we will not be silent as it is critical that Christians proclaim the Gospel message to their fellow citizens.”

 

http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/anonymous-donor-behind-campaign-to-install-nativity-scenes-nationwide/

Moral Support: Thank God for First Responders; High School Principal stands against Atheist groups

Moral Support:  

Thank God for First Responders; High School Principal stands against Atheist groups

Thank God for First Responders

Woman asks Mike Rowe for ‘comforting word’ after Vegas shooting — he delivers with amazing response

A Las Vegas resident asked actor and TV host Mike Rowe for a “comforting word” after the mass shooting there that took the lives of 59 people and injured more than 500 others. And as always, Rowe delivered.

What did the resident ask?

Mike Rowe with Mama Ginger

Molly Carr wrote to Rowe: ” I live in Las Vegas, and I’ve seen you here often. Once, in the lobby at Mandalay Bay. We’re all shattered here, obviously. A comforting word from you would go a long way…”

What did Rowe say?

Hi Molly
I’m not surprised you saw me at the Mandalay. I cleaned their shark tank back in 2006, and I’ve stayed there at least thirty times since. Maybe that’s why my initial thoughts about this latest tragedy were so random and strange. Even before I imagined myself in the thick of the chaos, (as I always do,) and even before I thanked God that I wasn’t, (as I don’t do enough,) I found myself wondering if I had used the same elevator as the killer.

Isn’t that odd?

As people were being murdered in the most cowardly way imaginable, by a creature I can barely think of as human, I lay in my bed at home, stunned and horrified – wondering if I had stood in the same box and pushed the same buttons as the man now destroying countless lives and families. Since I’ve ridden all the elevators at Mandalay, I determined that the answer was yes.

I then wondered if the killer and I had shared the same barstool in the lobby? Had we swam in the same pool, or chatted up the same bellman, or played a hand of blackjack at the same table? Had we slept in the same bed?

It’s not a stretch. I’ve stayed on the 32nd floor of Mandalay before. I remember looking down at the sprawling, empty space 300 feet below my window – the same sprawling space that was recently filled with thousands of people having a good time, right up until they weren’t, courtesy of a monster.

Yesterday, I was struck by how unknowingly we rub elbows with evil. How we share the highways and bi-ways with hollowed-out men and craven women whose capacity for wickedness knows no bounds. It would be convenient if such people all looked the same, but alas, they don’t. They look just like us. And so we dine with them in restaurants, unknowingly. We walk by them in shopping malls, sit next to them in theaters, and maybe even hold the door for them as they smile and nod in thanks.

I’m sorry, Molly. I know these are not comforting words. The world is as uncertain as the people in it, and we share this rock with some very uncertain folks. But we also share it with living proof that hope will never die.

  • Take comfort in men who threw themselves over other people’s children. They are no less real than the killer, and they are still with us.
  • Take comfort in the woman who loaded wounded strangers into her car and drove them out of harm’s way.
  • Take comfort in the hundreds of first responders who risk their lives every day, and the hundreds of anonymous citizens who stood in line to give their blood.
  • Take comfort in the fact all good people are shattered, and that you are not alone.
  • There are no words, Molly, at least in my vocabulary, to bring you the comfort you seek. But there are people among us

    Mama Ginger and her Soup Ladies

    who restore my faith in the species, even as others seek to rob me of it. I can introduce you to those people. That’s what I’ve tried to do with my little slice of cyber space, and that’s what I can do today. The same thing I do every Tuesday.

  • This is Momma Ginger. Momma and her fellow Soup Ladies spend their lives waiting for disaster and tragedy to strike. When the unthinkable happens, they drive to the scene with a trailer filled with homemade soup, and feed the first-responders.
  • It sounds like a small thing. It isn’t. When it comes to kindness, there are no small things. And when it comes to keeping hope alive, our first responders are the best example there is. This is the woman who takes care of them. In fact, she’s on her way to your city right now.
  • Take comfort in her.

Woman asks Mike Rowe for ‘comforting word’ after Vegas shooting — he delivers with amazing response

Assault on Judeo-Christian Culture—

High School Principal stands against Atheist groups

Atheist group demands HS marching band stop its ‘religious’ show. But the school isn’t backing down.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation — a national atheist activist group — has demanded that an Alabama high school marching band stop its “religious” halftime performances at football games, AL.com reported.

What is the atheist group upset about?

. . .the band plays hymns such as “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” “I Saw the Light,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “Amazing Grace,” AL.com reported.

How is the school reacting?

“We have submitted the FFRF’s complaint to the [school] Board’s attorney for review,” Leeds City Schools Superintendent John J. Moore told AL.com. “We do not have plans to stop the show.”

 

Atheist group demands HS marching band stop its ‘religious’ show. But the school isn’t backing down.

 

Hurricane Facts: Faith-based Charities, Private Sector provide Best Hurricane Relief

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Hurricane Facts:

Faith-based Charities, Private Sector provide Best Hurricane Relief

The People Who Make the Country Work Rebuild It After Hurricanes

Rush Limbaugh

According to the Daily Caller, “Christians Provide More Aid to Hurricane Victims than FEMA” right now. But look, I don’t want anybody to misunderstand this. This is simply because FEMA’s a massive bureaucracy and no matter how well they’re doing, it takes a while to get everything going. By the way, have you seen the stories, folks? Have you seen these stories all over cable news about how great the Trump administration is doing with FEMA in response to both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma? Have you seen those stories?

They’re not there. Those stories, you don’t find them. There are no stories that are detailing the competency of FEMA and the first responders. You’re just not seeing them. And you won’t. There will not be any significant news stories that praise the Trump administration efforts of this or anything else. Now, the Daily Caller is saying, “Christian non-profit organizations have outdone FEMA and provided the vast majority of the relief aid to victims [so far] of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“Faith-based relief groups are responsible for providing nearly 80% of the aid delivered thus far to communities with homes devastated by the recent hurricanes, according to USA Today.” I mean, they’re the Drive-By Media. “An alliance of non-profit organizations called National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), 75% of which are faith based, has helped FEMA distribute relief assistance to communities hit by disasters and assisted families in navigating government aid programs to begin the process of rebuilding.

Faith-Based Charities, Private Sector, Entrepreneurial Efforts. . .

“‘About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,’ Greg Forrester, CEO of NVOAD, told USA Today.” Now, the faith-based people need FEMA, though, to get through all the government red tape. It’s a collaborative effort here. I don’t want anybody to misunderstand. But one thing that is in most cases… It’s not true in all cases but in most cases, individual, entrepreneurial efforts are always going to be faster, speedier, and more efficient than any bureaucrat endeavor, whether it’s a government bureaucracy or even a corporate bureaucracy.

The more people involved in having to sign off on every decision, the longer it’s gonna take to get all of that, and people that don’t have to wait on such decisions who can just get going are always gonna outpace bureaucracies. And that’s true not just in disaster relief, but just in the daily conduct of business or just daily affairs of anything. And it always is on display here. You know, it’s been said, but it’s true: You’re finding out the real America. And you know who you’re not seeing in any of this relief, these relief efforts?

. . .NOT Black Lives Matter, Antifa

You know who you’re not seeing? You’re not seeing Black Lives Matter — they’re not passing anything out — and you’re not seeing Antifa or Antifa, whatever they call themselves. These anarchist, black masked ragtag bunch of protesters. You’re not seeing any of them. You’re not seeing any. You’re not seeing Code Pink. You don’t see all of those women that were protesting Trump wearing the [feminist] hats. You don’t see them out there. You don’t see any of those groups whatsoever.

And those are the groups we’re told, “They are the social justice warriors. They are the people with compassion. They are the people that have grievances. They are the…” You don’t see ’em. They are nowhere to be found. What you’re seeing is the real America, who America really is, the kind of people that make this country work. That’s what you see in the immediate aftermath, and even during the disaster itself. But especially during the aftermath, that’s who you see, and the fact that they’re faith-based?

Undeniable. And that’s gonna offend a lot of people, because the attack on faith-based people is constant and on going, but they don’t care. They just get in, get it, do what’s necessary, and then get out.

The Left’s False Compassion

These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

But with you don’t see all of these leftist groups that have a monopoly on caring and a monopoly on compassion. You don’t see them out there. Not helping. You don’t see them out there helping to pass out supplies, food, what have you. It’s an interesting observation.

The People Who Make the Country Work Rebuild It After Hurricanes