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Church | What is a 501(c)(3) | News | For ElijahWhat is a 501(c)(3)

Written by  Foundation Group, Inc.

 

"501(c)(3) organizations fall into one of three primary categories: public charities, private foundations, and private operating foundations.

 

A public charity is generally defined by the IRS as “not a private foundation”. It receives a substantial portion of its revenue from the general public or from government. In order to remain a public charity (and not a private foundation), a 501(c)(3) must obtain at least 1/3 of its donated revenue from a fairly broad base of public support. Public support can be from individuals, companies and/or other public charities. Donations to public charities can be tax deductible to the individual donor up to 50% of the donor’s income[2,3]. Corporate limits are generally 10%[2,3]. In addition, public charities must maintain a governing body that is mostly made up of unrelated individuals[4]. Public charities are what most people recognize as those organizations with active programs. Examples include churches, benevolence organizations, animal welfare agencies, educational organizations, etc." - Click Here for the full article.

Church | Leave the Government Churches | News | For ElijahLeave the Government Churches

Written by Free the Church

 

"In a previous article I pointed out that the non profit status that congregations obtain so that they may run a business in paying a staff and overhead has been a hindrance to the American being salt and light in our political arena. Recently, while passing a large church building, the Lord spoke to me unexpectedly and said “government church”. This startled me and opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of the problem with the church in America today.

 

Years ago I changed my nomenclature regarding the public schools in realizing that all schools are “public” in that anyone may join them if they agree with the curriculum and can pay the tuition. Instead, those “public” schools are in fact, government schools. And the curriculum you get is government education with propaganda. Everything in the government schools promotes the government’s agenda." - Click Here for the full article.

President Barrack Obama | Obama on Faith | News | For ElijahObama on Faith

Written by Cathleen Falsani

 

Editor’s Note:

"At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2004, when I was the religion reporter (I left the paper in January 2010) at the Chicago Sun-Times, I met then-State Sen. Barack Obama at Café Baci, a small coffee joint at 330 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, to interview him exclusively about his spirituality. Our conversation took place a few days after he’d clinched the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that he eventually won.

We spoke for more than an hour.

He came alone.

He answered everything I asked without notes or hesitation.

The profile of Obama that grew from the interview at Cafe Baci became the first in a series in the Sun-Times called “The God Factor,” that eventually became my first book, The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People (FSG, March 2006.)

Because of the staggering interest in now-President Obama’s faith and spiritual predilections, I thought it might be helpful to share that interview, uncut and in its entirety, here." - Click Here for the full article

President Barrack Obama | Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality | News | For ElijahRemarks by the President on the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

President Barrack Obama 6/26/2015

 

"Good morning.  Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal.  The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times -- a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American.

 

Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens.  And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.

 

This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality.  In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law.  That all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.." - Click Here for the full speech

Bible | Old Testament law doesn't apply to Christians | News | For ElijahOld Testament law doesn't apply to Christians

Written by "Danne"

 

"It is a common misconception that Christians are expected to live within the laws given to Moses in the first few books of the Old Testament. This includes everything from keeping ritual sacrifices, keeping a kosher diet, and sowing a garden in a certain way to wearing blue tassels on our clothes, abstaining from cross-dressing and homosexuality, and so on and so on. This was all well and good for the Israelites, but it was given to them to make their nation prosperous. Because God called them to be his chosen race (for reasons beyond the scope of this node) He provided them with a lengthy guideline on how to grow and stay strong. The Old Testament includes many things: an instruction book on how to build a nation in the ancient world, a foreshadowing of the coming of Christ, some very beautiful poetry, and a remarkable history; but it can never be taken as a binding set of rules for all people and all eternity." - Click Here for the full article

Thomas Jefferson Statue | Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom | News | For ElijahVirginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Written by Thomas Jefferson

 

"The act now commonly called the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom began simply as Bill No. 82, "A Bill For establishing religious freedom."

 

The impetus for Bill No. 82 was the Virginia General Assembly’s appointment of a Committee of Revisors to review the existing laws.1 The five-man committee was appointed in October 1776; primary responsibility was assumed by the three lawyers on the committee, Thomas Jefferson, George Wythe, and Edmund Pendleton. In 1779, after Jefferson was elected governor of Virginia, the committee’s catalog of 126 bills was presented to the General Assembly. Guided through the legislative process by James Madison, Bill No. 82 was finally adopted in 1785.3

 

The original manuscript in Jefferson's hand no longer exists. The text of the act as adopted is as follows:" - Click Here for the full article

Texas Capitol Building | U.S. judge grants nationwide injunction to halt Obama transgender policy | News | For ElijahU.S. judge grants nationwide injunction to halt Obama transgender policy

Written by Jon Herskovitz

 

"A U.S. judge blocked Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by a group of 13 states led by Texas.

 

Reed O’Connor, a judge for the Northern District of Texas, said in a decision late on Sunday that the Obama administration did not follow proper procedures for notice and comment in issuing the guidelines. He said the guidelines contradict with existing legislative and regulatory texts.

 

O’Connor, an appointee of Republican President George W. Bush, said the guidelines from the defendants, which included the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, were legislative and substantive." - Click Here for the full article

Gay Pride | Eleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom guidance for transgender students | News | For ElijahEleven states sue Obama administration over bathroom guidance for transgender students

Written by  Mark Berman and Moriah Balingit

 

"Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identities.

 

The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, states that the guidance “has no basis in law” and could cause “seismic changes in the operations of the nation’s school districts.

 

Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and other facilities that match their gender identities." - Click Here for the full article

Medical Laboratory | U.S. health offical: Texas, Louisiana next for Zika Virus | News | For ElijahU.S. health official: Texas, Louisiana next for Zika virus

Written by Ariana Eunjung Cha

 

"The National Institutes of Health's Anthony Fauci warned that Texas and Louisiana could be next for Zika.

 

In the weeks since mosquitoes carrying the virus hit U.S. borders, they have already spread from a small suburban community in South Florida to Miami's most popular tourist spot, South Beach. The development prompted a travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday urging pregnant women to avoid the area.

 

Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking Sunday on ABC's "This Week," said the situation is likely to get worse soon.

 

"I would not be surprised if we see cases in Texas and Louisiana, particularly now where you have the situation with flooding in Louisiana," he said. "There are going to be a lot of problems getting rid of standing water." - Click Here for the full article

Calfornia Landscape | California Wildfires Threaten to Merge as Hundreds Flee | News | For ElijahCalifornia Wildfires Threaten To Merge As Hundreds Flee

Written by Alex Dobuzinskis

 

"Two rapidly growing wildfires burning a few miles apart in parched foothills just northeast of Los Angeles threatened to merge on Tuesday after forcing the evacuation of more than 700 people, officials said..

 

The blazes came as California and other southwestern U.S. states baked in a heat wave.

 

The so-called Fish Fire and the Reservoir Fire, which both broke out on Monday in the Angeles National Forest, more than doubled in size overnight and were entirely unconfined, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement. (http://bit.ly/28Lbe6h)

 

The Fish Fire, whose cause is under investigation, has grown to 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) while the Reservoir Fire, which fire officials say was sparked by a car crash, stood at about 2,400 acres (971 hectares), according to figures from the U.S." - Click Here for the full article

West Fork Complex Fire In Southern Colo. Now Over 110,000 Acres, 19 Percent Contained

Written by Huffington Post

 

"Containment of the West Fork Complex Fire grew to 25 percent over the weekend, however it was reduced to 19 percent on Monday “due to a more accurate assessment of the total fire acreage,” fire officials said.

 

The total amount of structures threatened by the blaze was also reduced to 441 — 407 residences, 7 commercial and 27 outbuildings.

 

The West Fork Complex Fire, burning about 14 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs, consists of three wildfires — the West Fork, Windy Pass and Papoose fires — that were combined into a single complex on Sunday, June 16, and have been burning since." - Click Here for the full article

Shepard with Flock in field | Christian persecution reached record high in 2015 report says | News | For ElijahChristian persecution reached record high in 2015, report says

Written by William J. Cadigan

 

"Last year was the most violent for Christians in modern history, rising to "a level akin to ethnic cleansing," according to a new report by Open Doors USA, a watchdog group that advocates for Christians.

 

In total, the survey found that more than 7,100 Christians were killed in 2015 for "faith-related reasons," up 3,000 from the previous year, according to the group's analysis of media reports and other public information as well as external experts. Open Door's report is independently audited by the International Institute of Religious Freedom. Open Doors USA is an organization that works with Christians worldwide to "equip and encourage" those living under persecution while also helping churches in America advocate for the persecuted around the world." - Click Here for the full article

The Statue of Liberty | Our infant mortality rate is a national crisis | News | For ElijahOur infant mortality rate is a national embarrassment

Written by Christopher Ingraham

 

"The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan. That same American baby is about twice as likely to die in her first year as a Spanish or Korean one.

 

Despite healthcare spending levels that are significantly higher than any other country in the world, a baby born in the U.S. is less likely to see his first birthday than one born in Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. Or in Belarus. Or in Cuba, for that matter." - Click Here for the full article

President Barrack Obama | July 1, 2016 Executive Order | News | For ElijahJuly 1, 2016 Executive Order

Written by President Barrack Obama

 

"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct as follows:

 

Section 1. Purpose. United States policy on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. operations involving the use of force in armed conflict or in the exercise of the Nation's inherent right of self-defense is based on our national interests, our values, and our legal obligations. As a Nation, we are steadfastly committed to complying with our obligations under the law of armed conflict, including those that address the protection of civilians, such as the fundamental principles of necessity, humanity, distinction, and proportionality." - Click Here for the full article

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