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I Appeal to Caesar


I APPEAL TO CAESAR”

The Apostle Paul was being persecuted for his faith. He was being faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ in his life and in his ministry. The Jews hated him for that and constantly attacked him. Paul was innocent. He answered his accusers, but when they would not listen, he appealed to a higher power. He appealed to the highest earthly of his day and that was Caesar, the dictator of Rome.

Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest.

For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go. Act 25:10-12

Note that Paul was straight forward. He was a roman citizen and knew his rights. He knew he was falsely accused. He was willing to submit to just law. When the local authorities had failed to protect Paul’s civil rights, he appealed to Caesar.

In America we have no Caesar, or dictator. We have the founding documents of our nation. We have the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Those documents are our “Caesar”. There is christian persecution in America today. When the followers of Christ are persecuted, and cannot get justice locally, the example of Paul and they have the right of the First Amendment to petition redress from the U.S. Government. The First Amendment reads:

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, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This last clause is too little known in our day “and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” is not nearly as well known as say, freedom of speech. Sadly, all five of the freedoms in this Amendment are abused today, but that is especially lost is the right to petition for redress.

In an excellent article on redress, the author points out that the “The Petition Clause finds its roots in Article 61 of the Magna Carta (1215).  Article 61 provided for the presentation of grievances to the king, and required the king to redress grievances within 40 days or risk rebellion. The Magna Carta’s Right to Petition includes, if the right is abridged, the right to wage whatever war against government needed to get just redress.[3]

http://www.shestokas.com/constitution-educational-series/us-constitutions-first-amendment-right-to-petition-for-redress-of-grievances/

Please read the whole article.

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Home Worship


FAMILY WORSHIP

A family is a father, a mother and a child or children, ideally, from a biblical perspective. Worship is to honor the “worth” of God, or “worthship” if I may. Family worship is a family expressing the worth of God in the conscience of the family. God, of course is the Triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Christian worship is then giving the proper honor to our God in everything wherein He is God! He is Lord of all, so every aspect of life should be to His honor. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”, (1Co 10:31). There are many ways we can glorify God, but here Paul begins with the most basic acts of eating and drinking. Where does most of this ideally take place? In the family. Have you thought of the holiness of a meal? We have spent may hours in holy fellowship with brethren around the table. Perhaps you have never thought of fellowship around a table full of delicious food as glorifying God, but that is the standard Paul sets in this verse.
In our day we speak of the “house of worship” or the church building where we go to worship. We can worship almost any where. In the New Testament, and for centuries after Christ returned to the right hand of the Father, believers met in their homes normally to worship God in an assembly. Consider:
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Act 5:42)
WHEN?
WHERE?
WHY?
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (Act 2:46)
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house: (Phm 1:2)
Where was the church? It was in Philemon’s house.
Note the simplicity here. When? Daily. Where? Every house. Why? To teach and preach Jesus Christ. You don’t need an organized clergy for this. You don’t need men with letters after their names to direct this. You don’t need the government to regulate it. It doesn’t take any extra money to make it work! Anyone who knows that he is a sinner, that Christ is the only Saviour, and that He can trust his whole being for time and eternity to God, knows enough to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Simply teaching is to present the facts and preaching is the exhortation or encouragement to live the facts. Family worship is simple. “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward,” (2Co 1:12).
With some 450,000 churches in our country today, few people realize that there were no church buildings as we know them for centuries after Pentecost. Further, you will see in history, that shortly after the emphasis was shifted to buildings, and organized religion, the world went into what we call the Dark Ages for about a thousand years or until the Great Reformation. Through out the Dark Ages, God had a witness, usually in small home assemblies who were usually persecuted by the organized religion which was called by the world, Christianity. This is dark, but there are many good, well documented history books showing the horrors of organized christianity which had little or nothing to do with our precious Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now consider with me, what is the most basic reality of a family, something even more basic that eating and drinking? Marriage! “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge,” (Heb 13:4). The purpose of marriage is to honor or glorify God. The heart of the family is the marriage which produced it. In our culture, sadly, marriages are usually based on attraction. That attraction might be sex, tradition, ambition or even religion. Oh, how it would change things if, for instance, when a young lady was considering marriage, she would think first ask ,
  1. Would this young man be faithful in leading our young family in the worship or honor of God?
  2. Would he be able to lead in family devotions?
  3. Would he be able to pray in a crisis?
  4. Would he be able to trust God in all things financial?
  5. Would he shape our lives daily to honor my precious Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ?
The young man would ask,
  1. Would this young lady be an example for our children?
  2. Would she be able to follow me as I lead the family in serving God?”
  3. Would she pattern her life after Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 and other scriptures?
  4. Would she be a woman of prayer?
  5. Would she be able to help in the ministry God has given us?
You see, the family is something like this: God has a purpose and he saves a young man to carry out that mission. He then gives him the darling of his heart to help him carry out His commission. “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him,” (Gen 2:18). Adam needed someone to help him tend the garden of Eden! Further, the father and mother need help, so children are given to help in completing the wonderful plan God has for the family. This is the ideal, and grace is given to recover from the failures of meeting the ideal.
Since the family is the heart of God’s purpose in the life of the mother and father, it is safe to say that Christ Jesus can provide everthing needed in the family by His infinite grace. He will provide every thing needed for Family Learning, Family Health, Family Birth, Family Business, and Family Defense. This ministry is devoted to showing how Family Worship is the bedrock or foundation for everything the family needs.

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Right to Petition for Redress


Redress:  Definitions:

 A LAW DICTIONARY
ADAPTED TO THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND OF THE
SEVERAL STATES OF THE AMERICAN UNION
With References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law
by John BouvierREDRESS. The act of receiving satisfaction for an injury sustained. For the mode of obtaining redress, vide Remedies 1 Chit. Pr. Annal. Table.

Samuel Johnson Dictionary of 1756 –REDRESS. /. [from the verb] 1. Reformation; J amendment, Hocker»

2. Relief; remedy. Bacon,

3. One who gives relief. D’yden.

REDRE’SSIVE. a. Succouring; affording remedy, Thcir2”on,
MY FACEBOOK POST ON Mar 11, 2015
FREEDOM OF RELIGION
“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, and to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, The First Amendment
to the Constitution.Today I have no freedom to “free exercise thereof” of my religion. My
religion is absolute devotion to the Bible and the Christ it reveals and
to a family in which Jesus Christ is Lord. My family lost this freedom on
January the twelfth when the sheriff’s department claimed my children and
took them from me. They are now wards of the state and are told that they
have no rights. For two months they have been incarcerated, indoctrinated,
forced into medical procedures which harm their bodies and humiliated by
ungodly authorities. By ungodly authorities I mean those who are not
authorized by God. God gave parents to care for the needs of the children.
Christians wake up!
They took away the rights of my FAMILY to home worship, home school, home health, and home business. No crimes were committed, and no laws broken. Christians wake up! This has nothing to do with law it has to do with procedures. For two months I have heard very little of law, but have waded through the morass of procedures of the bureaucrats who use what little law is left to protect their procedures.
Today, in court we fight for freedom of religion, mine and yours. If they
took away the freedom we had enjoyed for some twenty years building, by
the Bible, the family you have seen and love, if they have taken away my
freedom they can take away yours. The future of our families should be
based on the First Amendment and not some bureaucrat or judge! Christians wake up! Where are the politicians we just elected? Where are the
preachers?
Christians wake up!
Bro Hal
A GOOD ARTICLE ON REDRESS

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Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Innocent Families.


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by Senator Alan Clark

Protecting the constitutional rights of innocent families and protecting children from abuse should not be an either/or proposition. Providing a method for the legislature (or some representatives of the people, but the legislature is already duly elected and constitutionally charged) to examine a secretive agency in a serious structured way while protecting the privacy of families, also should not be an either/or proposition.

Which is why when legislators want to look into abuses of the system, the agency’s cries of “we have to protect the children” ring hollow. Especially when the specific information they don’t want to become public indicts the agency and in no way harms a family. But I can’t tell you what that information is, so they and their allies sound like martyrs laying down their lives for the children.

If only it were true.

Do Good Social Workers Fear for Their Jobs?

Let’s stipulate that DCFS (Division of Children and Family Services, a subdivision of DHS) and CACD (Crimes Against Children Division of the Arkansas State Police) does important work in protecting children against abuse. Let’s stipulate some of the finest people I have ever met work for those agencies and dedicate their lives to saving children.

Their honesty in expressing their concerns with me is no small part of the reason I know we have serious problems. Let’s also stipulate that more than 1 or 2 have told me they do not wish to visit with me because they believe they will be fired. I am not saying they are correct in that assertion. Just think about the mindset within the agency that reveals.

Is it Lawful for Child Social Services to Violate the Bill of Rights?

America-Land-of-the-free-

Let’s also stipulate that child abuse is not new in the 21st century, and had James Madison intended to offer the Bill of Rights with the caveat “except in cases of suspected child abuse” he would have. Let’s stipulate that this document sets us apart in the world. The Bill of Rights plays a very major role in identifying what it means to be an American.

It is an understandable fact that sometimes some police officers become distrustful of almost everyone. When dealing with the worst of society, and protecting the rest of us from it, on a daily basis it can skew your perspective.

So can dealing with terrible things done to children everyday. Recent stories we all know like the 4 year old taken into custody who told the authorities her name was “Idiot” to the more recent baby allegedly punched to death by her father, are sickening just to hear about from the safe distance of a TV set.

But to deal with them up close and personal, tends to affect you. It doesn’t make you a bad person but it does jade you to the possible innocence of those charged. You have seen so many others who claimed to be innocent too. Someone has to stop this child abuse nightmare. Why take a chance that someone will harm a child again, when you can be sure that child is removed, “just in case”? Of course it happens. We are dealing with human beings here.

Here is the problem. That jaded policeman works out in the public with public records, even a bodycam and dashcam. Everything he/she might say about you will be in open court for the press and everyone else to see.

The DCFS and CACD investigators do not. They insist you have to allow searches without warrants, access to your children without charges, and they make “true findings” without a trial. You not only can’t face your accuser, more often than not, you don’t know who it is. In other areas, the accused has due process. In these cases, for all practical purposes, you do not. That doesn’t bother most of us for 2 reasons. 1. We don’t know about it. 2. These scumbags who hurt children need to be dealt with.

When the Innocent Suffer

However, when you are innocent, real problems develop. Those of you who have been burglarized know that it is not the “things” they took that does the most harm. It is that they take your peace of mind. The thief shatters your trust in society. Someone did it. Probably someone you know. Likely someone you trust. You begin to live in a new hateful, mind numbing, inner peace destroying reality.

Compared to having your children taken when you are innocent, burglary is a walk in the park. Having a “true finding” is devastating. Finding out that you have no constitutional rights, that the system is “protecting you and your children” with secrecy is maddening.

This cannot happen in America, people think. It cannot happen to me. I am a good parent.

Dealing with a system (even if not individuals) jaded by the horrors of the guilty, you are one more guilty perp maintaining your innocence. And the only thing the system hates worse than a child abuser is a child abuser who won’t admit it.

No horror movie ever prepared you for this. It obliterates the mirage of what you thought being an American meant. It changes you and scars you forever.

89% of Reports to Child Abuse Hotline Unfounded

For other crimes, your trial would likely be covered in the press. Reporters would likely interview you if you were willing to tell your story. But not in the secrecy of a child maltreatment or child negligence case. The whole weight and all of the resources of the state come down on you.

Should you think I am over-exaggerating, I can assure you I am not. 89% of the reports to the child abuse hotline come back unfounded. 89% of those investigated, homes searched, children taken from you and interviewed and asked some pretty incredible questions, according to the system itself didn’t do anything wrong. But right at 50% of those who are found “guilty” and appeal the “true findings” are exonerated.

As terrible as that statistic is, it cannot begin to portray months of your children being removed and placed with strangers, months of being supervised by the government when you do have custody, being made to comply with the most inane commands (for an innocent person), going without a job or prospect of one because you were fired for “true findings,” and to top it all off, bankrupting legal fees.

All while being cautioned that if you share anything, these agencies have done to you, you are a wrongdoer.

Not many people have that fortitude.

Child Welfare Secrecy “Scary,” Above the Law

DCFS’ belief that they can operate in complete secrecy is downright scary. What can be so secret, that DCFS would ask that a state senator be excluded from the courtroom? The law seems to be clear. I have been invited to the exact same courtroom in the past, to view the exact same kind of cases, when the court was interested in my help. I can’t tell the public what happened there. What is it, that your representatives should not see happening? What makes an agency believe they have that kind of unbridled power?

Let’s not forget that I became involved in investigating DCFS when the agency refused to give me information about a case. The law clearly states, it turns out, that they have to. It is peculiar how they memorize the secrecy parts and not the sharing parts.

Most do not know that I had to hold the DCFS budget to get that information and the whole Arkansas legislature had to back me to force them to comply. They are clearly more secretive than they have to be. They are clearly more secretive than the law allows. If we saw this on the evening news going on in another country, we would for a moment be thankful that our country did not allow secret police that could disrupt our lives without due process. We would be thankful we are Americans.

DHS Judges Have Conflict of Interest

Serious judge about to bang gavel on sounding block in the court room

I do not mean to paint the agency leaders in a bad light. They are the well meaning custodians of a system badly in need of reform. When their decisions are overturned they truly believe that the administrative law judges in their words “made a mistake” (50% overturned).

That is especially chilling when you consider that those judges are lawyers that work for the same agency (DHS). While the ALJs seem to do an admirable job, that is a conflict in itself. Can you imagine playing a team in football or basketball and the referees are not just contracted by the home team, they work for the home team everyday?

I have come to believe lately that the agency leaders cannot handle the truth. I can assure you, the thought of hundreds of families being torn apart because of agency mistakes will lead to some sleepless nights.

How Can “Inexperienced, Underpaid, Overworked” Social Workers Make Life-changing Decisions in Removing Children from Parents?

To be fair, there have been some improvements in the last year and a half. I believe there will be more. But they have not come easily. I have worked with them and believed we had some understandings. But recently it became obvious that they refuse to admit where the real problems are.

How do you testify that you have high turnover, many of your employees are inexperienced and underpaid, are handling too many cases and at the same time want us to believe that these inexperienced, underpaid, overworked folks are making perfect decisions? I would work to help rectify those problems if they admitted the bigger structural problems.

But no, the work they are doing is so important and so secretive, that even 3 legislators officially sitting in a room should not be allowed to discuss it or review it officially. We would evidently not have the same expertise that a new DHS hire right out of college, with no life experience or having every raised a child would have. However much you want to protect children I hope you can see the problems with that mindset. Why are more people not concerned about the children and families we destroy in the name of protecting children? Who exactly are we protecting by keeping agency mistakes and wrongdoing secret?

There is so much more to be said. I am invited to visit with foster parents and adoptive parents to hear their experiences and horror stories. You might understand why leaders would be skeptical of those that the agency has branded as maltreating children.

Foster parents and adoptive parents however ought to be the salt of the earth vetted by the agency itself to the very highest standards. Would someone tell me why the agency that is so interested in “protecting children” is not hearing their stories?

DHS Leaders Cannot Handle the Truth – Reform Needed

I truly do not believe that the leaders of this agency can handle the truth.

You may think it may not be as ugly as I paint it. It is certainly much worse than they admit or believe.

Someone must reform this agency in a major way.