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❖ California appears poised to adopt a law that could prevent churches and ministries from helping those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions. In 2012, they passed a law prohibiting licensed counselors from helping frustrated homosexuals who want to change. Now, this new law, AB2943 (if passed and signed into law), would force a “conversion ban.” No one, even in churches, would be allowed to help those who want to change out of homosexuality. Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, wrote an article on this, entitled, “California’s ‘Must Stay Gay’ Bill Would Cause Severe Harm,” in which he states: “The bill itself, dubbed by some as the ‘Must Stay Gay’ bill, is a perfect storm of leftist political correctness that attacks free speech and freedom of religion while institutionalizing the sexual revolution.” Peter Sprigg joins Jerry Newcombe to discuss this bill, and why it could cause so much harm. Update: for now, the bill has been put on hold, thankfully. www.frc.org
❖ Is the country facing a “blue wave” in the mid-term elections? Many political pundits say as much. One political professor who favors the Democrats to take over the House and the Senate wrote for the Huffington Post: “Since the 1840s, the president’s party has lost seats in 41 of 44 midterm elections. The pattern has been for the out party to pick up something like 25 seats in the first off-year election after a new president takes office. Trump is of course far less popular than most of his predecessors. And Democratic activism is at a fever pitch.” Adam Brandon, the president of FreedomWorks.org, notes that the economy may buoy Republican chances. Adam Brandon joins Jerry Newcombe on Vocal Point to discuss the GOP and the mid-term elections.www.freedomworks.org
❖ Rabbi Tuly Weisz, an Orthodox rabbi, lives near Jerusalem, but he recently visited the United States. He is working to build bridges of friendship between Jews and Christians. He notes that among the greatest supporters of Israel are evangelical Christians. Rabbi Weisz founded Israel365.com, which is “dedicated to helping the Israeli people and fostering bridges of understanding and friendship between Jews and Christians.” They have a news site BreakingIsraelNews.com which “reaches the largest pro-Israel audience on the internet.” The rabbi is a regular columnist for The Jerusalem Post. Rabbi Tuly Weisz joins Jerry Newcombe on Vocal Point to discuss Israel and the importance of positive Jewish-Christian relations. www.Israel365.com
❖ There are many faith-based films coming to the theatres this fall. Stanley Goldenberg writes a column on upcoming movies for a South Florida Christian paper, the Good News Goldenberg feels passionately that there is great ministry potential in these films—providing a wonderful opportunity for Christians to share the good news of Jesus. Releasing in the August to November 2018 time frame alone are such films as BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN (re Rwandan genocide); GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD (paying tribute to servicemen); . UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION (the Christian conclusion to Louis Zamperini’s story); INDIVISIBLE (trials faced by an Army chaplain); GOSNELL: THE TRIAL OF AMERICA’S BIGGEST SERIAL KILLER; RUNNING FOR GRACE (featuring Jim Caviezel). Most of these films are based on true stories. Furthermore, there are a handful of Christian movies showing just for one night. Stanley Goldenberg joins Jerry Newcombe on Vocal Point to discuss these movies and their potentially powerful impact. www.facebook.com/lightindarkplace
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