The roaring lion…

This week has been crazy busy. I haven’t had time to sit down to write. Most of my time honestly was reading the Bible and praying; which is a good thing…a great thing to be busy with.

My heart was burdened with prayer requests:

Friends with sick parents. Friends giving into the world’s temptations and lies not believing the repercussions to come. Friends just struggling to get through the day. Friends with marital problems.

Family having surgery. Family beginning to walk through the shadow of death. Family awaiting diagnosis and test results. Family as caregivers struggling to balance it all.

The world. Why must we kill each other? Why must we kill innocent children? Why must our children and educators be forced to teach things against their Christian faith? Why is it wrong to stand up and believe in Christ? It is still my legal right as it is yours to believe in whatever it is you believe in. (See end of post below)

Why can’t we agree to disagree? I already know the answers to these questions. I just wanted to “speak” them.

Fear is creeping into our culture and Christianity. When I say Christianity, I define it as believers who have accepted Christ Jesus as savior. He was born of a virgin and walked this earth as God and man. He was unjustly, yet in the Father’s will, crucified. He rose from death and after walking 40 days as the resurrected savior, ascended to heaven now sitting at the right hand of God the Father. Once you accept Christ, believe he is the only way to heaven, confess that you are a sinner (and ALL people are) the Holy Spirit resides within you. You are sealed. FOREVER carved into the palm of his hand. Your name is written in the Book of Life.

We are reading each week of another Christian denying their faith and renouncing Christianity. I question they truly were Christians. The bible says in the end days there will be a falling away. I believe we are seeing that now. The adversary is working over time friends…..

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you. Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow Believers throughout the world. The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while. To him be dominion forever. Amen. 1 Peter 6-11(CSB)

John 10:10 tells us that the enemy “comes only to steal and kill and destroy”(ESV). One of the primary ways he does this is through fear. The enemy’s intent is to keep our eyes riveted on our fears and. stop us from trusting God and making wise decisions. Until Christ’s return, fear will always exist on this earth.  Remember, fear is a liar. Pray for boldness and courage. Peace and security. Trust and confidence.

The true, roaring Lion of Judah is coming again. His roar is one of Power, Might, Truth, Justice, Love and Peace.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NKJV)

(The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,)

HUMAN RIGHTS
(775 ILCS 35/) Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
(775 ILCS 35/1)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

(775 ILCS 35/5) 
Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act: 
"Demonstrates" means meets the burdens of going forward with the evidence and of persuasion. 
"Exercise of religion" means an act or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by religious belief, whether or not the religious exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief. 
"Government" includes a branch, department, agency, instrumentality, and official (or other person acting under color of law) of the State of Illinois or a political subdivision of the State, including a home rule unit. 

(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

(775 ILCS 35/10) 
Sec. 10. Findings and purposes. 
(a) The General Assembly finds the following: 
    (1) The free exercise of religion is an inherent,

fundamental, and inalienable right secured by Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois.
(2) Laws “neutral” toward religion, as well as laws

intended to interfere with the exercise of religion, may burden the exercise of religion.
(3) Government should not substantially burden the

exercise of religion without compelling justification.
(4) In Employment Division v. Smith, 494 U.S. 872

(1990) the Supreme Court virtually eliminated the requirement under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution that government justify burdens on the exercise of religion imposed by laws neutral toward religion.
(5) In City of Boerne v. P. F. Flores, 65 LW 4612

(1997) the Supreme Court held that an Act passed by Congress to address the matter of burdens placed on the exercise of religion infringed on the legislative powers reserved to the states under the Constitution of the United States.
(6) The compelling interest test, as set forth in

Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), and Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963), is a workable test for striking sensible balances between religious liberty and competing governmental interests.
(b) The purposes of this Act are as follows:
(1) To restore the compelling interest test as set

forth in Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), and Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963), and to guarantee that a test of compelling governmental interest will be imposed on all State and local (including home rule unit) laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, practices, and governmental actions in all cases in which the free exercise of religion is substantially burdened.
(2) To provide a claim or defense to persons whose

exercise of religion is substantially burdened by government.
(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

(775 ILCS 35/15) 
Sec. 15. Free exercise of religion protected. Government may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person (i) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and (ii) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest. 

(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

(775 ILCS 35/20) 
Sec. 20. Judicial relief. If a person's exercise of religion has been burdened in violation of this Act, that person may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and may obtain appropriate relief against a government. A party who prevails in an action to enforce this Act against a government is entitled to recover attorney's fees and costs incurred in maintaining the claim or defense. 

(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

(775 ILCS 35/25) 
Sec. 25. Application of Act; home rule powers. 
(a) This Act applies to all State and local (including home rule unit) laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, practices, and governmental actions and their implementation, whether statutory or otherwise and whether adopted before or after the effective date of this Act. 
(b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize a government to burden any religious belief. 
(c) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect, interpret, or in any way address any of the following: (i) that portion of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibiting laws respecting the establishment of religion, (ii) the second sentence of Article I, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution, or (iii) Article X, Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution. Granting government funding, benefits, or exemptions, to the extent permissible under the 3 constitutional provisions described in items (i), (ii), and (iii) of this subsection, does not constitute a violation of this Act. In this subsection, "granting", used with respect to government funding, benefits, or exemptions, does not include the denial of government funding, benefits, or exemptions. 
(d) The corporate authorities of a municipality or other unit of local government may enact ordinances, standards, rules, or regulations that protect the free exercise of religion in a manner or to an extent equal to or greater than the protection provided in this Act. If an ordinance, standard, rule, or regulation enacted under the authority of this Section or under the authority of a unit of local government's home rule powers prohibits, restricts, narrows, or burdens a person's exercise of religion or permits the prohibition, restriction, narrowing, or burdening of a person's exercise of religion, that ordinance, standard, rule, or regulation is void and unenforceable as to that person if it (i) is not in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and (ii) is not the least restrictive means of furthering that governmental interest. This subsection is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State. 

(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

(775 ILCS 35/30) 
Sec. 30. O'Hare Modernization and South Suburban Airport. Nothing in this Act limits the authority of the City of Chicago to exercise its powers under the O'Hare Modernization Act, or the Department of Transportation to exercise its powers under the Public-Private Agreements for the South Suburban Airport Act, for the purposes of relocation of cemeteries or the graves located therein. 

(Source: P.A. 98-109, eff. 7-25-13.)

(775 ILCS 35/99) 
Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on July 1, 1998. 

(Source: P.A. 90-806, eff. 12-2-98.)

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