UPDATED FRIDAY MORNING
Well folks, what did you think of the Governor’s speech at the Democrat gathering? No mention of the economic disaster! No mention of shutting down Churches to 25%, controlling the Church!!!!!!!!!!! No mention of New Mexico being the Abortion Capital!!!! No mention of New Mexico being such a very violent state!!!! No mention of New Mexico leading the nation in suicides!!!! No mention of New Mexico leading the nation in alcohol related deaths!!! Many people have lost dreams, hopes for a future. An exploding homeless population, drugs and gangs.
We had another murder in Albuquerque last night. Satan is having his way with New Mexico. We are tasting a bit of hell here. Murders Mount in ABQ
Press release from the Republican Party of New Mexico:
“Gov. Lujan Grisham took to the national stage and again distorted what’s really happening in New Mexico. She talked leadership and renewable energy achievements, while turning a blind eye to New Mexico. She ignored discussing her energy plan already put into law that will devastate New Mexico’s economy and tax base. What she fails to tell America is that her state consistently relies on the vital oil industry—40% of our state budget—and that this critical industry pays for New Mexico’s education and other important state needs. The left-leaning governor fails to tell America how her recent policies have destroyed New Mexico’s economy, left thousands jobless and permanently closed businesses. The governor fails to acknowledge the sad truth that New Mexico now leads the nation in suicides and alcohol-related deaths and remains last in education. Her policies are leaving shattered lives, hopelessness and an ongoing belief among our young people that they have no future here. This governor glosses over the fact that both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have said they’d ban fracking which would kill New Mexico’s economy. While in Congress I watched Democratic Representatives from West Virginia blithely claim, just as our governor has been claiming, that their party wouldn’t kill the coal industry that fed West Virginia. That state has been devastated by Democratic policies that killed the coal industry. New Mexico faces the same bleak future under a Biden-Harris ticket.”
I got this email from the Governor today:
Q: Our ability to communicate around the world surpasses any other time in history, yet society seems frantic when trouble strikes with no clue of where to turn for answers to life. Is this what it means to be spiritually blinded? – C.L.
A: When a spacecraft returns from its orbital flight, there’s a blackout period when all communications are broken, caused by intense heat generated by the spacecraft’s reentry into the earth’s atmosphere.
The Bible teaches that man is in a period of spiritual blackout. Spiritually, he is blind. “We grope for the wall like the blind” (Isaiah 59:10). “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not” (2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV).
Man is also deaf spiritually. “They have ears to hear, and hear not” (Ezekiel 12:2, KJV). Jesus said, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31, KJV). Spiritually, man is even “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).
All of this means that the communication between God and man is broken. There’s a wonderful world of joy, light, harmony, peace, and satisfaction to which millions are blind, deaf, and dead. They search for serenity and long for happiness, but never seem to find it.
Many give up the search and surrender to pessimism. Often their despondency leads to frantic rounds of alcohol, drugs, distractions through entertainment, and the practice of immorality, completely ignoring God on their desperate search to find an escape from sin-blighted existence. But God is there, speaking and beckoning. He sends forth His message of love, but we must be on the right wavelength. We must be willing to receive His message and then to obey it. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
I have stated many times that the Governor will keep the lid on the Church as long as she can!
Here is a news release from the New Mexico Republican Party we just received:
ALBUQUERQUE, AUGUST 19 — Despite a KOAT-TV investigative report revealing that the state has now met its own criteria to reopen New Mexico, Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Administration won’t acknowledge that her “gating criteria” have been met. She asked for science, got it, but now she turns her head away from it. So why aren’t we moving forward?The television report proves that all state COVID-19 guidelines have been met, the latest being the average number of new cases in a 7-day period. The numbers speak for themselves. Still, the state won’t confirm the figures or reopen our economy. We reach the results she has set out to achieve, yet the governor now finds a different excuse to keep people from going back to work.
It’s shocking, but not surprising, that Gov. Lujan Grisham again ignores her state responsibilities and her duties to protect her constituents.
The governor’s policies have taken us to the point that we lead the nation in suicides and alcohol-related deaths while we remain at the bottom in education. Her poor pandemic decisions have been unjust, illogical and costly, crushing our economy and our citizens’ spirits. We can shop in droves at Walmart but can’t eat in restaurants. We can’t send our kids to school, but we can send them to daycare.
The governor’s legacy is growing with each poor and irrational decision.
“It’s shameful and harmful to New Mexicans that the governor doesn’t reopen New Mexico when her own COVID-19 case criteria are met,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. “She should be relaxing her crippling pandemic policies, and to break her word on her own rules is an insult to all New Mexicans. With a collapsed economy, hundreds of businesses shut down permanently and a billion dollar deficit in her state, you’d think she’d quickly reopen the economy and schools. Her priorities continue to demonstrate her lack of leadership and empathy, her inability to govern her state justly and her refusal to understand how her decisions have destroyed peoples’ lives.”
THANKFUL: Suspect Identified in the Killing of Jacqueline Vigil
So very thankful for this news. I remember the day Jacqueline was shot and killed in her driveway here in Albuquerque, not far from our home. I am so very grateful for all Law Enforcement for hunting down this thug! (There may be more) The death penalty needs to be reinstated in New Mexico. There is no deterrent to such crimes! We have become one of the most violent states in America! I was talking to the wife of a Albuquerque Police Officer this morning, she shared much with me. There are a number of Officers thinking of quitting! The Mayor, Chief of Police, City Council, Governor, Sate Legislators, Pastors, (Where are the Pastors in the fight to get out from under state rule? The Church should not be at the feet of the Governor!) All Citizens need to stand up for our Officers. By the way, the Republican Party of New Mexico is showing just how weak it is, no leadership, they are also at the feet of the Governor. There are a few that speak out like Jim Townsend, Rod Montoya and Gail Armstrong, I respect all three greatly, but more and more people are fed up with the GOP in this state. A Pastor told me today that the Republican Party of New Mexico is not effective at all, so very sad. If you are for Defunding the Police I suggest you move to Minneapolis, Seattle or Portland! We all must show more support for our officers! Thank the Lord that Sheriff Manny Gonzales when to D.C., to meet President Trump and thank the Lord that the President sent Federal Agents to our very violent city. Satan is having his way with many in our city, state and all of America. Mayors and Governors have got to be stop being cowards and face this evil head on! I am a registered Independent, I will not be associated with either party, they both are so very dysfunctional.
Sheriff Manny Gonzales is a Democrat, he took heat from the leaders of his party when he went to visit President Trump! Manny shows character, saying he would seek help from anybody, he is not restricted by politics! President Trump has sent Federal Agents to help Albuquerque fight crime. PTL!!!
My prayer is that America will have more Governors like Kristie Noem of South Dakota! I have friends there and they love her! I also pray that we have more states like South Dakota! The state and Governor are role models for us all! I also pray that Governor Noem runs for President next time!
U.S. Churches Continue to Sue State and Local Government for Overreach in COVID-19 Restrictions against Houses of Worship
American Family Association:‘Governors and Mayors Are Usurping Too Much Power’; Local Leaders Should ‘Rein In These Autocrats’
TUPELO, Miss. — Prominent evangelical pastor and author John MacArthur has continued to hold services in person with hundreds of his congregants at Grace Community Church, in what he has called a “peaceful protest” against government actions litigators have described to the California Superior Court as Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “unconstitutional and onerous coronavirus pandemic regulations.”
The American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) supports legal action that protects churches and individuals from overextended pandemic restrictions by state and local government leaders.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that, during the pandemic, some governors and mayors are usurping too much power and doing so indefinitely, then applying their draconian measures in ways that infringe on First Amendment rights,” said AFA Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano.
Officials in various states have mandated that churches restrict gathering sizes to numbers well below building capacity and require the wearing of masks. Such states have seen an uptick in lawsuits from legal firms representing houses of worship, including the Thomas More Society, which represents MacArthur’s church and others throughout the U.S.
The mandates, which fail to be applied with the same vigor to other social gatherings like protests against police brutality, defy state laws properly enacted by the citizens’ representatives — and therefore qualify as tyranny, Vitagliano says.
“AFA calls on city councils and legislatures to do their jobs and rein in these autocrats,” Vitagliano said. “At the same time, churches with leadership that decide to open their doors as safely as possible should be bold enough to do so without fear of threats and retaliation. This isn’t Communist China.”
In Minnesota, a lawsuit was filed against Governor Tim Walz for an executive order forcing churches to maintain mask-wearing and six-foot separation between persons. Other executive branch mandates, such as in Illinois and Ohio, provide for limited exceptions for houses of worship.
The Associated Press reported Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, as saying, “Gov. Walz, a former teacher, gets an F in religious liberties.”
In some states, litigation has led to small victories. A judge in New York blocked restrictions of 25% for indoor worship gatherings while other gatherings could operate at 50%.
Meanwhile, a growing coalition of pastors in Pennsylvania recently sent an open letter to all three branches of the state’s government arguing that Gov. Tom Wolf’s unilateral COVID-19 mandates are unlawful, that members of the state’s high court unlawfully upheld them, and that the legislative branch should hold the other branches accountable.
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