Posted on June 29th, 2015

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Air Date: June 29, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Mat Staver

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Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued their 5-4 opinion stating that the 14th Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriages. In response, the White House was lit up that evening as it displayed the colors of the gay pride movement.

Mat Staver joined Jim to discuss this decision and its implications. Mat is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, an international, non-profit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family.

Mat commented on the following aspects of the Supreme Court's decision:

--What is the 14th Amendment and what part of it has anything to do with so-called
same-sex marriage?
--Can states refuse to follow the Supreme Court's decision?
--Is this an 'obey God rather than men' moment?
--Will this ruling cause attacks against religious freedom?
--Does this open the door to marrying more than one spouse?

Mat believes this was the opinion of 5 lawyers and not an opinion that has anything to do with the Constitution. They have thrown away millenia of human history and have brought judgment upon themselves and the nation if we accept what they've done.


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Posted on June 26th, 2015

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Air Date: June 26, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Ray Comfort

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Ray Comfort is the founder, president and CEO of Living Waters Publications. Living Waters Publications has become an internationally recognized ministry, reaching the lost and equipping Christians with every necessary resource to fulfill the great commission. Ray is a best-selling author of more than 70 books, he co-hosts 'The Way of the Master' TV program and has produced a number of video specials to draw people to Christ. Some of these include: '180,' 'Genius,' 'Evolution vs. God' and 'Noah.' Ray joined Jim to talk about his newest release called, 'Audacity.'

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision concerning a case dealing with so-called same-sex marriage. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that the 14th Amendment requires states to license these marriages.

Ray called this a 'predictable' decision that reflects Judges 21:25 which says, 'In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.' He noted that just as this verse comes from the book of Judges, this court decision came from a handful judges doing that which is right in their own eyes.

Ray described how 'Audacity' came together and what is different about it in terms of how it approaches the subject of homosexuality. In fact, it even impressed an atheist friend of Ray's who appreciated its emphasis on love. As Ray eventually showed, that love comes out in his presentation of the gospel beginning with the mirror of the Ten Commandments that exposes the sin nature of every person.


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Posted on June 25th, 2015

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Air Date: June 25, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

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In just the last 24 hours, the Senate passed Fast Track Authority to allow trade agreements to be made simply with an up or down vote, this morning we saw the U.S. Supreme Court rule on Obamacare subsidies and last evening the White House celebrated LGBT pride month.

In the case of Obamacare, the words 'established by the state' regarding exchanges and subsidies was defined as ambiguous by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. The new ruling means these words actually refer to that which is established by the state or the federal government.

Another issue brought up by Jim involved the question of conservative politicians who go to Washington only to vote against the ideals they communicated during the campaign period. What's causing this? Jim presented interesting information that indicates some politicians are experiencing retribution for defying party leaders. In some cases this has allegedly involved the threat by the GOP to take away subcommittee chairmanships.

President Obama doesn't recognize the National Day of Prayer with a commemoration at the White House yet last evening he joined Vice President Joe Biden in hosting an LGBT pride reception there. Jim played audio from the President's speech at the event, a speech that included interruption by an illegal alien transgender heckler and an overview of what this administration has been able to accomplish for the LGBT community.

Posted on June 24th, 2015

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Air Date: June 24, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Shahram Hadian

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Jim opened this edition of Crosstalk with news that yesterday, in a 60-37 vote, the Senate advanced Fast Track and Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation. This legislation would give President Obama enhanced authority to complete free trade deals. It will have its final vote this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing for this legislation and hopes to have several trade bills on the President's desk by the 4th of July.

Some say this legislation guts the sovereignty of America and allows many policy related issues that have nothing to do with trade to be part of the trade deal. Contact you senators at the number listed below to express your feelings on this landmark legislation.

Less than 48 hours before broadcast time, President Obama once again (like his predecessor George W. Bush) celebrated Ramadan with an Iftar dinner at the White House. The White House Press Pool reported that there were approximately 150 invited guests.

What is Ramadan and it's significance to our nation's struggles today? Joining Jim to discuss this was Shahram Hadian. Shahram was born in Iran and came to America at the age of 7 to escape an oppressive Islamic regime. He is a former Muslim who experienced a transformational life change when he committed his life to Jesus Christ. He immediately faced persecution and disapproval from his family and culture. His conversion meant he is an 'apostate' and deserves to be killed. He now leads a ministry to speak the truth in love on issues such as the true goal of Islam and the threat of Islamic law in America. Shahram brings broad real-world experience as he has served as a pastor, a police officer, a teacher, a coach, a small business owner and was a candidate for governor in Washington state in 2012.

Ramadan is a 40 day period that varies depending upon the lunar cycle. It's also significant for Muslims in that it's a celebration of the revelation of the Qur'an and is the holiest time frame on the Islamic calendar. This period involves daytime fasting with a breaking of the fast at sunset. The Iftar meal is the final one that breaks the 40 day cycle. To not celebrate Ramadan is an ultimate act of heresy and can bring the death penalty.

Jim presented comments from President Obama's Iftar dinner where he communicated that Islam is a religion of peace. According to Shahram, these comments merely reflect the early verses of the Qur’an, verses that have been abrogated by later verses that do not espouse peace. Also, 'peace' in Islam means that a nation must come under the majority control of Islam and the law of Islam (sharia) must be implemented.

In another comment, the President noted the right for Muslim women to wear the hijab which clearly indicates he's in favor of the right for Muslims to practice their religion freely. In contrast, he fought Hobby Lobby over the use of contraceptives and since that time, other Christian-based businesses have been discriminated against and therefore aren't allowed to practice their faith freely.

Shahram also explained the Islamic concept of the two 'houses' (the House of War and the House of the Infidel), how lying (taqiyya) plays into this and how it all comes together to create a clever propaganda front. This front fools people into believing that Islam is a religion of peace when as already noted, ultimate peace under Islam demands complete Muslim control.


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Posted on June 23rd, 2015

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Air Date: June 23, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Israel Wayne

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Israel Wayne is co-founder of Family Renewal Ministries. He is an author, columnist and conference speaker. He is a father of eight who is passionate about defending the Christian faith and developing a biblical worldview. Some of his books include, 'Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview' and 'Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family Based Discipleship.' He joined Jim to discuss his latest book 'Questions Jesus Asks,' subtitled, 'Where Divinity Meets Humanity.'

According to Israel, Jesus often taught through asking questions. This approach allows people to open up within their own assumptions and can help people answer the questions for themselves.

If Jesus was omniscient, why would he have to ask questions? The Bible says Jesus knew the hearts of people yet still asked questions. We sometimes do the same thing. For example, we may know our children well and their circumstances yet we ask them questions while already knowing the answer in order to draw them out or make them think through the process. Jesus did the same thing with his disciples because he wanted them to deeply consider what their heart condition is and what their beliefs were. In other words, Jesus sometimes used questions to cut through false assumptions and preconceived ideas.

Wasn't Jesus born knowing everything? While there are verses that confirm this, Luke 2 indicates Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and men. Infinite wisdom can't grow yet Jesus is also said to have learned obedience through the things that he suffered. The bottom line here is that none of this takes away from his divinity and that Jesus was in constant communication with the Father. So the only thing he didn't know was the day or the hour of his return.

If all of this sound intriguing, you'll want to review this Crosstalk where you'll learn interesting things about the questions asked by Jesus. You'll begin to see how Israel's purpose was to write a book that points people back to the Bible so that readers can see passages they've read their entire lives and see them in a new and fresh way.


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Posted on June 22nd, 2015

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Air Date: June 22, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Erich Pratt

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Erich Pratt is the Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America.

News outlets continue to report on last Wednesday's deadly shooting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Within hours after the incident took place, President Obama used it as an opportunity to repeat his anti-gun/anti-2nd Amendment sentiments. It's an interesting position for a President who's released illegal aliens with criminal records who went on to murder 121 Americans between 2010 and 2014.

Erich said we shouldn't be too surprised at President Obama's quick call to use this incident to speak out against guns because this fits into something his administration has touted throughout his entire time in office. It's the idea that you should never let a tragedy go to waste.

He went on to note that people have a natural, God-given right to defend themselves. Unfortunately the President wants to essentially punish law abiding people for what a few “bad apples” have done and extend infringements on the rights of others. This doesn't stop people from getting guns and if anything makes it difficult for good people to be able to protect themselves.

Erich also pointed out why the President is wrong in saying that this kind of mass violence doesn't occur in other advanced nations. He reminded listeners about France where they have the kind of gun laws President Obama is in favor of. The problem is, such laws didn't stop the Charlie Hebdo shootings that in 48 hours resulted in 17 deaths nor did they prevent the Norway shooting in 2011 that resulted in 69 deaths.

When you combine these incidents with the countless times that concealed carry laws have allowed law-abiding citizens to thwart potential tragedies, you can't help but question the logic behind the formation of gun-free zones. Erich explained that perpetrators like gun-free zones but once someone starts firing back, typically that changes the equation, the attack ends and the perpetrator runs away.


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