Posted on April 28th, 2016

​Date:   April  28, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:    Randy Thomasson

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     Are you aware that the so-called transgender population is estimated to be between two and three-tenths of one percent of our total population?  In spite of this, the battle for special rights for those calling themselves transgender is taking the nation by storm.  LGBT activist groups are bullying private businesses, schools, as well as units of government to force their extremist agenda down the throats of American citizens.
  
     Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Randy Thomasson.  Randy is a veteran pro-family leader and president of SaveCalifornia.com.  Their organization stands strong for moral virtues for the common good.

     This Crosstalk began by looking at AB-1732. This is a piece of legislation in the California legislature that would mandate that the restroom signs and symbols that say 'men' and 'women' or 'boys' and 'girls' must come down at businesses and places of public accommodation.  This includes church schools, Christian colleges, religious businesses, home-based businesses or anyplace where there's a single user restroom.  This means that if passed, even California residents with at-home businesses would be required to install a transsexual, all-gender symbol on their bathroom door.

      The bill is written in such a way that it motivates a business that is just starting or moving, to go from offering 2 restrooms to offering only one all-gender restroom in order to save money.  In other words, this legislation won't expand access, it may actually limit it.
Randy noted that the bill was skipped over once again by the California Assembly.  They don't have the votes yet to pass it.  Randy believes there are a dozen or more Democrats who are reluctant to vote for this radical, transgender legislation because they know it isn't about rights for an individual; it's about burdening other individuals, businesses and religious freedom.  
The key here is the idea of 'places of public accommodation'.  While this is only mentioned in the California bill, it is specifically defined under federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act from 1990.  This means that wherever there is a private entity that affects commerce (Churches provide communities with a wide variety of social services that come under the rubric of 'commerce'.), it means they can be a place of public accommodation.  Specifically listed in the Americans with Disabilities Act are nurseries and educational institutions which means that churches and church-schools will also be affected should AB-1732 pass in California.  There is no religious exemption in this bill.

      Randy urged listeners from all over the nation to call legislators in California (phone numbers are posted on the website listed below).  Jim included headlines that prove the unsafe nature of this legislative movement, an audio clip from a representative of the NCAA that shows how this agenda is expanding, some national businesses that are allowing people to use the restroom of the gender they identify with as well as calls from Crosstalk listeners.
  
More Information;

www.SaveCalifornia.com

Posted on April 27th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April  27, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:   Gary Frazier

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Gary Frazier is a respected speaker and writer on the subject of Bible prophecy. He is the founder and president of Discovery Missions. He is the author of numerous books including one discussed on this Crosstalk called, 'Miracle of Israel: The Shocking, Untold Story of God's Love for His People'.


Yesterday's edition of Crosstalk looked at Israel's past and present. This program looks at their future.


As the program begins there is one last look at Israel present--the history of the state of Israel since 1938. Gary is excited to be watching how the same God who promised to regather the Jews in their own land also promised to preserve and protect the Jews in their land. And that is exactly what has taken place.


Since 1948 there have been numerous attempts to destroy the Jewish nation, but, instead, Israel has not only survived, but thrived. They have experienced what can only be described as miracles during the many battles, including the Six-Day War in 1967, when they recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple mount for the first time in 2000 years, and the Yom Kippur war in 1973, when they were attacked without warning on their holiest day of the year, but again were victorious, with many eye-witness accounts of miracles enabling that victory. Amazingly, though Israel was attacked, they are still considered the aggressors, with unprecedented calls for them to return recaptured land that had been given to Israel in the Old Testament.


Ever since, nearly the entire world continues to condemn Israel, including boycotts and United Nations resolutions. In reality it is a spiritual battle, as Satan has tried to destroy the Jews from the time of Abraham through today's nuclear threats from Iran. But the promise from Scripture is that God will never allow the Jews to be wiped out--a promise that has been kept and can never be broken.


Despite being isolated by the world, there has been a technology revolution in that land and that same world benefits from medical and other developments originating in Israel.


And Israel continues to receive an influx of Jews--so much so that for the first time since 1948 more Jews will be residents of Israel than Jews in the United States.


Looking at the future, Bible prophecy makes it clear that Israel's darkest days are ahead. Zechariah 13:8 foretells that in the last days two-thirds of Jews in Israel will be killed. With Israel in the land, the clock is ticking for God to work his plan, and there is much evidence that He is moving to do so. The named nations that will attack Israel in the future, including Russia and the Muslim world, are now developing weapons and beginning to work together, even threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.


But there will also be good news. The one-third of Jews who survive are predicted to see the One who they Pierced--the returned Jesus Christ--and will believe on Him!


There is much more in the program, but ultimately Gary concludes from biblical prophecy that the time is short, and Jesus is coming, so we need to be ready.


More Information:



Discovery Missions website:


www.garyfrazier.com


To obtain a copy of 'Miracle of Israel' for a donation of $16 or more go to www.vcyamerica.org or call 1-800-729-9829. You can also write to Crosstalk, 3434 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53208.

Posted on April 26th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 26, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:
  Gary Frazier

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Gary Frazier is a respected speaker and writer on the subject of Bible prophecy. He is the founder and president of Discovery Missions. He is the author of numerous books including one discussed on this Crosstalk called, 'Miracle of Israel: The Shocking, Untold Story of God's Love for His People'.


This edition of Crosstalk looks at Israel's past and present while tomorrow's broadcast will look at their future. Concerning their past, Gary begins with the book of Genesis. After the first 11 chapters and about 2,000 years of history, he comes to the story of Abram (later called Abraham) where we see the history of the Jewish nation beginning.


So how did the name Israel come about? To understand this you have to realize that in the Bible God delineates the ownership of the land. He does this through use of the term, 'covenant'. One is an unconditional, everlasting covenant (literally meaning 'forever' in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic) mentioned in the 15th chapter of Genesis.


Then there's the promise in Genesis 49:10. According to Gary this is saying that Israel was going to give birth. In other words, God would use the Jewish lineage of Isaac through King David to bring forth the Messiah.


The story of Moses leading Israel through the wilderness...Joshua taking them through the promised land...is this part of the miracle of Israel? Gary admits Israel was not completely obedient in following God and didn't drive out those enemies that God wanted removed. So to this day the Jewish people have never occupied all of the land that God promised to give them.


So doesn't Israel's history of rebellion and their judgment do away with the miracle idea of Israel? Gary says this isn't so due to the unconditional nature of the covenant. He noted the second covenant in the Bible from Deuteronomy chapters 28 through 30. That's the Mosaic covenant. While the Genesis 15 covenant deals with the ownership of the land, the Mosaic covenant has to do with the use of the land. Many people get these things confused. So while it's true that the Jewish nation did rebel, were descended into captivity and lost the right to use the land, such rebellion and captivity never negates their right to own the land. That's why for 1,878 years you couldn't find Israel on a map anywhere in the world.


From there Gary takes listeners through history to cover the following:


--The miracle of Christ and how this was prophesied by Daniel...
--Why the name of the land of Israel was changed in 135 AD...
--The Balfour Declaration of 1917...
--The false notion that Jesus is a Palestinian...
--Why there was a holocaust if Israel is a miracle...


...and much more.




More Information:


To obtain a copy of 'Miracle of Israel' for a donation of $16 or more go to www.vcyamerica.org or call 1-800-729-9829. You can also write to Crosstalk, 3434 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53208.

Posted on April 25th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 25, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:   Israel Wayne

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Israel Wayne is the co-founder of Family Renewal Ministries. He is an author, columnist and conference speaker. He is the father of nine and is passionate about defending the Christian faith and developing a biblical worldview. Some of his books include, 'Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview', 'Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family Based Discipleship', 'Questions God Asks', 'Questions Jesus Asks' and his latest book, ''Pitchin' a Fit': Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting'.


Jim opened the discussion by asking if there's a difference between stress in parenting and being stressed-out. Israel responded by indicating that there is a difference. Stress is external by the fact that there are pressures of life that come at us from all sides. These can be financial or health pressures and more. The problem comes when we begin to internalize those pressures and allow them to affect your attitude and behavior.


Is stress wrong? Israel noted that it affects our relationships. In that sense it can be very harmful. It's a physiological thing that we experience that doesn't necessarily have a moral implication at the outset but we tend to act out based upon our emotions and feelings. So when we express that stress to others it can be very damaging.


The problem isn't so much stress itself but how we deal with it. We're always going to have some kind of drama or crisis in our lives, especially if you interact with people. We all have in common the fact that everyone is a sinner and that means there will be times when people will bend us the wrong way. These things, as James noted, come along to test us; that it's the trying of our faith that produces patience and endurance. It's to make us mature so we don't want to run away from those things but rather learn how to handle them appropriately.


Stress is often a trigger point for anger. When stress appears we realize the implications. The result is an adrenaline rush similar to when we might be on a walk and we see a Doberman coming at us dragging a six foot leash with no one hanging on to it. Israel believes we really don't have any control over those adrenaline rushes. It's our fight-or-flight mechanism that takes over. That can move us into the realm of emotion. We then start making decisions, making accusations and using words and actions in hurtful ways. So it's important for us to recognize these anger triggers when we feel ourselves escalating. That way we'll make right choices rather than harmful ones that we'll regret later.


Anger is part of a spectrum and begins with annoyance and frustration and ends in wrath and rage. Even the milder forms of anger, if allowed to continue habitually as a lifestyle pattern, can create and produce harm in relationships over time.


As the program moves along Jim and Israel discuss other aspects of the stress/anger relationship as it pertains to parenting. They look at the stress/fear connection, self control, where anger comes from, whether all anger is unbiblical or not, the importance of prayer and more.




More Information:


To obtain a copy of ''Pitchin' a Fit' for a donation of $15 or more go to www.vcyamerica.org or by calling 1-800-729-9829.

Posted on April 22nd, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 22, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

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Crosstalk is your source for many news stories of interest to Christians that go unreported by major news sources. Stories included on this Friday news round-up program included:


--Within a 48 hour period this week, a federal court ruled that a school could not
require children to use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex.
--Target stores announced that they're making all their bathrooms gender neutral.
--A school council in England has sent out a letter to parents telling them to
encourage their 4 year old children to choose the gender they most identify with
before starting school.
--Retired baseball pitcher Curt Schilling has been fired from his analyst post at
ESPN for sharing an anti-transgender post.
--The Milwaukee Bucks basketball team throw their support behind the Wisconsin
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Chamber of Commerce which has the goal of
creating a more diverse business community in Wisconsin.
--NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league has been crystal clear that the
2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if the North Carolina law that limits
anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals goes.
--A 19 year old Pennsylvania man who was arrested for taking photos of a 10 year
old girl in a public restroom has also been hit with child porn charges.
--A biological man who claimed to be transgender in order to prey on women at two
Toronto shelters was recently jailed indefinitely after a judge declared him to
be a dangerous offender.
--Government officials in Washington, D.C., have sent out an alert to residents
via a website that's requesting the names/locations of any public bathroom in
the city that's not available to both genders.
--The U.S. interior secretary claims that our national parks have ignored
important parts of our nation's story and that includes the struggle for LGBT
rights.
--A gay bar (The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village) could become the first
monument or national park dedicated to the LGBT movement.
--Donald Trump says that transgenders should be allowed to use the bathroom that
they feel is appropriate.
--The nation's first transgender Baptist preacher spoke to a national Baptist
gathering on April 8th explaining that the doctor who delivered him as a baby
was wrong in declaring him a boy and that it was an angel of reason that caused
him to accept his inclinations to identify as a woman.
--The British government has issued a warning to LGBT travelers coming to the U.S.
that they may be affected by bathroom privacy laws in conservative states.
--A person deemed Trans-species is otherwise known as 'other kin'. These
individuals are considered to have been born into the wrong body; not just with
the wrong parts but the wrong species. These individuals believe they are
wolves, elves, an alien, a fictional character or any kind of being born into a
human body.
--Pornography deemed a public health crisis in Utah.
--Republicans on a House Panel Investigation Committee presented evidence in a
hearing that breaks down the price per fetal body part.
--The Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood says a new Mississippi law
banning dismemberment abortion is an attack on women's health care.
--Iowa will become the next state to defund Planned Parenthood if state
legislators have their way.
--The Obama administration warns that states that halt Medicaid funding to
organizations providing abortion services could be in violation of federal law.
--Planned Parenthood Chief Cecile Richards was greeted with a standing ovation
at Catholic Georgetown University on Wednesday where she had been invited to
speak about reproductive rights.
--In an interview discussing reproductive healthcare and the 2016 election,
Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards commended the media and Hollywood for
covering abortion stories of women, men and families as well as addressing
abortion in more realistic terms.
--A 20 year old university student has been charged with the murder of her unborn
son.
--A repulsive pro-abortion display had cookies shaped like babies with their heads
broken off.
--A students-for-life group at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas,
set up about 3,000 crosses as part of a display that attempted to memorialize
those babies that would die that very day and week. In the middle of the night
all of the crosses were vandalized.
--Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to comment on gun control.
--Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee,
is not pleased with what's taking place on America's southern border.
--A U.S. border patrol agent was assaulted in Arizona while attempting to
apprehend a group of marijuana smugglers.
--The Tennessee General Assembly declared it will sue the federal government over
its refugee settlement program on 10th Amendment grounds.
--South Dakota could eventually have another direct resettlement site for
refugees.
--The Department of Health and Human Services has provided a $270,000 grant to
Islamic Relief Worldwide, a charity that has repeatedly been linked to terrorism
financing and support for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted on April 21st, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:   April 21, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest: Dr. E. Calvin Beisner

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Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day. On that day, the U.S. and other nations are set to sign the Paris Climate Agreement in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. The agreement is open to signatures until April 21, 2017.


Joining Jim to discuss this and other related issues was Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. Dr. Beisner is the founder and national spokesman for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. He has taught theology, apologetics, ethics, church history, economics and other disciplines. He has written four books on population, resources, economics, and the environment; eight other books, contributions to over 30 books and hundreds of articles. He has testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate policy before congressional committees and lectured for churches, schools, colleges, seminaries and conferences around North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.


The Paris Agreement (Treaty) is a collection of nationally determined contributions that have been made by about 180 nations. These are their commitments (with no legal enforcement mechanism) to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions or slow their increase over the next several decades in order to slow or stop global warming. That, however, assumes that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the primary cause of recent global warming. That notion, however, is not well supported by the empirical evidence.


Secretary of State John Kerry's signature to the agreement is merely symbolic. It's unofficial because only the president can commit America to a treaty and only after Senate ratification. However, that doesn't mean that our government won't do all it can to get our nation to comply.


The agreement needs at least 55 parties for ratification. Dr. Beisner believes the U.N. will easily get that number because most of the nations that will be signing the agreement are developing countries that are not already heavily industrialized. This means they need to make very little commitment in terms of either cutting down or slowing the growth of carbon dioxide emissions.


According to Dr. Beisner, if we did meet our commitment to the agreement, the result in terms of change in global average temperature would be less than three-hundredths of a degree Celsius at the end of this century. In addition, we could eliminate all U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and all carbon dioxide emissions from all other industrialized nations (in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and the total impact on global average temperature by the end of this century would only be about .17 of a degree Celsius.


That's important because in this accord among these nations, the goal is to keep the average temperature of the earth from rising 2 degrees Celsius over the next two decades.


Dr. Beisner noted that we've seen an increase of about a .8-.9 of a degree Celsius increase in global average temperature since about 1880. The U.N. is basically saying that we need to keep an additional 1.1-1.2 degrees Celsius increase from happening. We've never seen that rapid an increase in global average temperature and he feels we won't because the U.N. is going on computer models that on average, predict 2 to 3 times as much warming as is actually observed.


Jim also has Dr. Beisner comment on an interfaith climate change statement signed by about 270 religious leaders, the Bible's view regarding the environment, how such agreements would trap people into poverty, the possibility of civil action to be taken against so-called 'climate change deniers' and more.




More Information:


www.cornwallalliance.org


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