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U.S. President Barack Obama claps after giving a farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago
U.S. President Barack Obama claps after giving a farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago. (REUTERS/John Gress)

"Reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land in the stars!"

These words appear on a sign outside a nearby elementary school. They apply to President Obama's presidency as he departs.

To be respectful, objective and thorough in evaluating eight years of Obama in office, this commentary is a little lengthier since a breezy, superficial treatment doesn't serve us or Mr. Obama well. Let's begin.

Barack Obama believes his presidency has been a success. Speaking recently before a sea of "standing o" supporters in Chicago, he beamed as he rehearsed what he views as his landmark achievements: Iran accord; recession "recovery"; outreach to Cuba; Bin Laden capture; ObamaCare; and, "unleashing the longest stretch of job creation in our history."

He used his rhetorical skills to also highlight climate change advances; "race relations better than they were 10, 20 or 30 years ago;" and "healthcare costs rising at the slowest rate in 50 years."

His farewell address was longer than that of Reagan, Clinton and G.W. Bush combined. He referenced himself 75 times. He tearfully concluded, assuring us that "America is a better, stronger place" igniting the throngs to shout along with him, "Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we can!"

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Finding and fulfilling your God-given destiny is not a matter of chance but choice. You have to make quality decisions on a consistent basis to enter into the unique plan of God for your life.

Fulfilling your destiny is not automatic but begins when you're rooted in the reality that God has a custom-designed destiny for your life. "Your eyes saw me uninformed, yet in your book all my days were written, before any of them came into being (Ps. 139:16).

 

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"The Son of God became
     man to enable men to
    become the sons of God."
                            C.S. Lewis

Amidst the sentimental and somewhat silly mixture of "Santa," "Rudolph," and "Frosty" songs we'll encounter this busy week before Christmas, how many of us will take advantage of this season to simply tell people about Jesus? There really is no better time during the course of the entire year to do it!
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“Drug addiction has become virtually an epidemic in cities

and towns, rural and urban, across America.”

    Franklin Graham, Decision Magazine Dec. 2016

After the tumultuous election, actor Tommy Chong consoled himself by celebrating Californians’ vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use. “Thank God pot is legal now, so we have something that can get us through the next four years!”

Amidst the startling Trump upset, multitudes missed the advancement of marijuana legalization in America. Now residents in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine and D.C. can all get blasted! Additionally, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved “medical marijuana”, usually the first step towards legalizing weed for recreational use.

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Kneeling bedside at 2 a.m. after election results were in, I tearfully thanked God and gave Him the glory for what just happened. The final text I received said it poignantly: "It feels like the thawing in Narnia when springtime returned." 

Indulge me for a moment to describe it in dramatic yet honest terms. I, like multitudes, was euphoric and found sleep extremely challenging! May this unprecedented event remain aglow on the photographic plate of our minds to encourage us for years to come. 

We literally witnessed a modern day political miracle. This was, without question, an astonishing once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. I still have to pinch myself that I'm not dreaming! 

"Whoa, Larry! Aren't you getting a bit carried away?" 

Not at all! And in case you retired early or decided to avoid the evening's developments for whatever the reason, allow me to highlight five aspects of Nov. 8, 2016, that will forever remain in the annals of political history as absolutely phenomenal. 

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"And now, the end is near

And so I face the final curtain

My friend, I'll say it clear

I'll state my case, of which I'm certain."

 

So sang Frank Sinatra in his classic song, "My Way." Closing arguments were submitted then came the verdict.

 

This is where America is at as the end is near for Election 2016.

 

CBS News said, "82% of Americans are disgusted with the presidential campaign." I opine the political situation is the result of the reckoning of eight years of incompetent, deceptive and uncooperative leadership that has brought us to a breaking point and this epochal moment.

I offer the following, fully aware that Trump's "Make America Great Again," pro-growth, reform agenda is laden with his glaring personal flaws. But as the Wall Street Journal stated in their editorial Saturday (11/5/16), "The case for Donald Trump is political disruption. A broken Washington needs to be shaken up and refocused on the public good, and who better to do it than an outsider beholden to neither political party?"

 

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So where are we at this juncture in the road? No matter how distasteful the process has been, every Christian must help foster a turnaround before it's too late.

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Recently USA TODAY did something they've never done in their 34 year history. Their Editorial Board never took sides in a presidential race till now.  You'll never guess who they're supporting!

While they're not officially endorsing Hillary for the presidency, they list 10 reasons why Donald is "unfit for the presidency." Their editorial ends, "By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump."

While President Obama's hometown Chicago Tribune endorsed Gary Johnson for president, this "unbiased," free in the motels publication presents readers with detailed arguments why we shouldn't support the Republican candidate. Ten reasons were given to disqualify the Republican candidate for president selected by the largest number of Americans ever to vote in a Republican primary in history.

My wife believes this is another attempt to demoralize and discourage people from registering to vote since it's a"done deal" Hillary will win. Right?

Not so fast.

Proverbs 18:17 (Amp.) warns, "He who states his case first seems right, until his rival comes and cross-examines him." Examine their reasons to dump Trump. Some criticisms are valid. He has major flaws and truly is a work in progress! But should their same points apply to Clinton? 

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“Hell’s Hottest Place is Reserved for Whom?”

Without any Jeopardy music in the background, how would you answer the above question? Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this thought-provoking response during his ministry.

“The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”

Pastor Martin used the literary device, hyperbole, (from the Greek word meaning “over-casting”) to emphasize a point for a grander effect. In other words, he wanted to jolt people and awaken them to action.

The reason we initiated the 30 day Bullseye Challenge was to provide pastors, youth leaders, educators and parents with a resource to equip them and those they influence become informed influencers in today’s turbulent times. People who invest 15 minutes for 30 days viewing immediately accessible, free videos with an easy-to-read book will learn a scriptural worldview on the 30 hot button issues of today.

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In the 1500s, reformer Martin Luther gave us this warning: "I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth."

Let's face it, those days are long gone. Morals are not only airbrushed out of schools but also society as a whole. Today, it's not just the absence of the positive, but it's the presence of the negative.

Young people carefully monitored in homeschooling and Christian schools aren't exempt. All our youth face ungodly peer pressure and cultural inducements unprecedented in history. Even those in more "protective" Christian environments still face the onslaught of Hollywood hedonism flooding pop culture via television, movies, music and the internet.

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Scores of people don’t know that in 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives and lost his law license for five years when he was President. Also, multitudes don’t know that Hillary is not the first female presidential candidate in U.S. history.

Actually, over 200 women  have sought the presidency, one being a black woman, Shirley Chisholm, who ran 44 years ago!

Yet, of whom was it said, “She lied, conned, cheated, and fought to be a self-made millionaire?”

Actually it wasn’t Mrs. Clinton! Detractors said this about the first woman to pursue the presidency, Victoria Woodhull, over 144 years ago! The precedent-shattering, historic first was notched in 1872.

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Larry and I discuss where we are as a nation, what are some of the reasons we are "Broke" and what are the answers or answer. Hope you enjoy and please share with others. 

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I do not know Rachel Held Evans, a 35-year-old Episcopalian, "progressive" and"polarizing" columnist who lives not far from me in our Volunteer State of Tennessee. I do know she influences Millennials through blogs, conferences and her book A Year of Biblical Womanhood.

Because of her recent column advocating pro-life people back Hillary Clinton for President, I eagerly volunteer to counter her crafty presentation misleading the unsuspecting. She also argues for LGBTQ involvement in church leadership and other controversial issues, but we'll leave those for another time.

Andrew Walker, Director of Policy Studies for the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission stated, "What she offers (searching Millennials) as an answer is unbiblical and theologically dangerous."

What she offers us pro-life stalwarts is an appeal to vote for a staunch, unapologetic, rabid, pro-abortionist Hillary Clinton. It strains credulity and demands refutation.

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After Reverend Billy Graham, one of the Christian leaders most admired by Americans is Dr. James Dobson. With Billy Graham relatively quiet as he approaches 100, Time magazine called Dobson "the nations most influential evangelical leader."

I had the distinct privilege of conversing with Jim and Shirley, his beautiful wife of 55 years, at a recent gathering of over 1000 evangelical leaders in New York. Speaking charitably but forthrightly, he shares his strong opposition to Hillary Clinton ruling for eight years which "scares me to death."  He's said publicly, "The very thought of that haunts my nights and days." [Hyper. Time]

You may strongly disagree. You may also reject any notion of viewing the highly successful documentary currently in theaters shedding light on this topic, "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" (I've seen it twice and will go again!).

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I don't know about you, but the constant barrage of negativity and gloomy reports in the news tends to beat me down. Polls show only a paltry 21% of American voters believe we're headed in the right direction.

Terrorism, polarization, deception, economic stagnation, political corruption, racial agitation and ongoing moral deterioration are widespread and escalating. Let's be honest, things are not getting better no matter what our President tells us.

Now don't check out just yet. There is some good news!

"Spiritual Awakening Happening Now!"

"Revival Breaking Out in America!"

"America Is Turning Back to God!"

"Gathering Reveals USA in Midst of Major Move of God!"

News headlines, blog declarations and sermon titles like these excite my soul. Yet how many times have I closed my eyes and whispered a Nehemiah-like "shoot 'em up" prayer (Neh. 2:4), "Lord, please may this be true not just wishful thinking that isn't rooted in reality."

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Scripture tells us to "honor our father and our mother." The reward is twofold: that you will live long on the earth and that things will go well with you. In a culture where so many of God's standards are being dismantled and dishonored, let's be challenged in a way that will not only honor God but our earthly dads! Here's 10 practical suggestions to make this day special on Sunday!
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In the aftermath of Obama's directive for public schools to allow transgender students access to any bathrooms and showers they wish or risk loss of federal funding, multitudes are asking, "How should we respond?"

Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 43 yrs, Liberty Counsel public policy adviser, Intercessors for America board member and best-selling author. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Click (here) for his "Here's the Deal" weekly podcast.
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 Dozen Encouraging Reports to Encourage You Today. 

Trump "YUGE" discord with Cruz and G.O.P... North Carolina/Georgia Governor's capitulate on religious freedom...Hillary
continues unscathed on emails and Benghazi...Transgender bathrooms-LGBTQ's new frontier...Jihadist attacks becoming new normal… and the beat goes on.

If you're like me, you feel the torrent of negative news a bit overwhelming at times. We want to be optimists, not pessimists, but we must also be realists. It's not a pretty picture today.

To counter the avalanche of depressing news that seems almost nonstop, let's survey the scene to encourage ourselves in the Lord by highlighting some encouraging developments. 

Remembering Our Calling as Faithful Messengers

In 1899 an article based on a true story of heroism, "A Message to Garcia", took the world by storm. In 15 years over 40 million copies were circulating, unprecedented for that time.

During the Spanish American War, President McKinley had to secure cooperation of a General Garcia, leader of revolutionary forces in Cuba. A Lieutenant Rowan was commissioned to undertake alone and unguarded the top-secret, dangerous mission of delivering a sealed letter to Garcia. 

Traversing hostile jungle territory with gunfire, poisonous snakes and man-eating crocodiles, this courageous messenger completed his task within three weeks. His bravery helped the United States win the war plus gain Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam. He was decorated for his extraordinary achievement in risking his life for his country.

In the author's tribute to this remarkable public servant he said the following: "Anything
such a man asks shall be granted. He is wanted in every city, town and village – in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such: he is needed and needed badly – the man who can CARRY A MESSAGE TO GARCIA."

Amidst our serious cultural decline, God is looking for dependable and dedicated messengers who will carry his truth to confused masses no matter what the cost. But we've got to stay encouraged "while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal"(2 Cor. 4:18).

12  Encouraging Developments

As a 40year board member of Intercessors for America ministry, I try to remain current on prayer developments. Here are just a handful to encourage you as His messenger and holy ambassador. 

1. Our monthly First Friday national prayer call brings together prayer "warriors" from throughout America for a 30 minute prayer time with a theme, prominent leader and segments of unmuted, collective, fiery intercession! Last week featured Lou Engle and 5-600 intercessors. You have to experience it to understand this crescendo of cries to heaven!

2. At a recent Roundtable summit with Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle shared about "Houses of Prayer" with ongoing prayer and worship 24/7 exploding globally. In the past decade alone, they've gone from approximately 20 to over 10,000 worldwide!

3. This May's National Day of Prayer is expected to be the largest in US history with over 49,000 gatherings nationwide. 
John Bornschein, Vice Chairman of their Task Force, says, "Over the last five years we charted a 226 percent increase in engagement – our largest growth in 25 years!"

4.David Butts, Chairman of America's National Prayer Committee, tells us, "There are more large prayer gatherings in 2016 then I've seen in 26 years of ministry!"

5. Last generation we had more of a disunited, somewhat competitive, denominational approach to prayer. Today we fill large venues, discard denominational labels and actually sing most of the same worship songs in both large prayer events and our local churches. 

6. Serving on the Executive Committee for UnitedCryDC16, 
we expect upwards to 30,000 leaders, intercessors and consecrated Christians this April 9 on the Lincoln Memorial grounds for a solemn assembly. 
With our nation in crisis, we gather for seven hours of repentance, exhortation, prayer for awakening, and challenge to return courageous in addressing the controversial issues of our day. We invite everyone to join in this historic experience.

This is not an outreach, worship experience, political event or one day rally but a movement of men and women of God who take 2 Chronicles 7:14 seriously, "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

7. On the West Coast on the exact same day (totally unplanned!), "Azusa Now"  takes place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Tens of thousands of young and old will gather under the leadership of my 35year friends, Lou Engle and Mike Bickle, for over 12 hours of worship and prayer. 

This culminates 10 days of fasting and prayer prior to the event. The reason? The original Azuza Street revival began with a nucleus who came to L.A. and started a 10 day fast that precipitated the greatest outpouring since Pentecost. Over a century ago, pioneer William Seymour prophesied in about 100 years another greater revival would come!

Go and participate in this history-making experience!

Additional Encouraging Reports

8. A little over a year ago, the blockbuster film, "God's Not Dead" inspired people of faith and served notice to secularists that God is alive and well and on the move in America.

This past weekend, "God's Not Dead 2"was launched to large crowds and positive reviews once again. It looks like the trajectory is upwards once again! This one brings a sober warning to people of faith and  I highly recommend it for everyone concerned about religious freedom today.

9. People are hungry for God and biblical truth as evidenced by two massive gatherings in Georgia and Texas. Last weekend over 7000 Christians convened in Atlanta for a fantastic "Stand Up for Their Faith"event. This follows Greg Laurie's  "Harvest America" event at AT&T Stadium where over 82,000 participants were present! Over 6000 conversions were recorded while hundreds of thousands more engaged on the Internet TV and radio!

10. Author David Garrison declares in his book, "A Wind in the House of Islam," that "We are living in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history."The book is the result of 2 1/2 years of research and involved traveling more than 250,000 miles to conduct interviews with more than 1000 people around the Muslim world.

"In total he found 69 movements that had started in the first 12 years of the 21st-century, in comparison with virtually no voluntary movements of converts to Christianity in the first 12 centuries of Islam." [Insert here Christianity today hyperlink]

Finally, we can be greatly encouraged as we consider two additional developments today. 

11. Franklin Graham continues to cross the United States in his "Decision America"tour, stopping at every state capital to fearlessly declare prophetic encouragement and sober warning to assembled crowds. He challenges believers to not only repent and pray but to engage in Christian activism to see America turn back to God. 

12. The innovative 15 min/30 day Bullseye Challenge initiative has been launched across America equipping us to understand and communicate confidently a biblical worldview on 30 hot button issues today like illegal immigration, radical Islam, transgenderism, abortion, gay marriage, income inequality, climate change and cohabitation. 

Endorsed by America's top senior leaders, it is a resource for pastors, parents, educators, youth leaders and patriotic citizens. 30 immediately accessible, compelling three-minute videos accompany the easy-to-read chapters changing lives. [Insert contact]

We are all called  to be faithful messengers in this challenging time of history. This weekend is my wife and my 40th wedding anniversary but considering the condition of America we will not be sunning in Bermuda but praying in DC for awakening in America!

Let's realize the negatives surrounding us today but remember the encouraging reports of God's supernatural activity to keep us "strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" ( Eph. 6:10).

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2500 days ago expectations ran high as the Obama presidency began. Hailed as an epochal event, the nation's first black Commander-in-chief launched his "fundamental transformation of America."

We are at this precipice now. We desperately need to pray and fast for righteous leaders to lead us out of the morass. We also need to realize how dangerously far we've strayed from our Judeo-Christian foundations under the presidency of Mr. Obama.

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Secret to Your 2016 Success Is Not a Secret!
As 2015 comes to a close, it's a great time for reflection and learning from errors, plus pursuing God for direction and fresh motivation going forward.

A primary component for success in the coming year is remembering the importance of perseverance. Jesus told us in the parable of the sower that it was only by perseverance that an individual reaps the desired harvest (Luke 8:15).
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    TIME Magazine's "Persons of the Year"  - Deserving or Disturbing?

 

TIME Magazine now on newsstands highlights the "Person of the Year" and six significant runners-up. What it reveals raises lots of legitimate questions.

 

Before we review the list, consider this is not a popularity test but rather a tribute to people making the greatest impact today. Recognition is bestowed by the editors on the persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.

 

If you thought character and noble achievements were critical components, think again. There are no Mother Theresa-like figures gracing the pages.

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I'd  bet your newspaper has published op-eds from marijuana proponents. I'd also wager that many of you have thought about responding but didn't know exactly what to say, right?

Because this has been a major issue facing us in America, let us offer some assistance. Credible responses are needed lest more folks be deceived by seemingly scholarly articles that are increasingly common endorsing marijuana legalization.


So,. let's discuss this issue..Please share with others.. Also, Remember, to go to www.bullseyechallenge.com and www.larrytomczak.org
Thank You,

Larry Tomczak
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Join Larry and Kenneth as we discuss the 5 Myths to Refute Convincingly yet Compassionately that Planned Parenthood is putting out about domestic extreme activity trying to close down Planned Parenthood.


A calamity is "an event resulting in great loss and misfortune." Certainly what took place recently in a Planned Parenthood abortion center fits that description. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all affected by this tragedy. We also disavow any violence in that it is fundamentally against anything characterized as pro-life.

The 57 year-old deranged drifter, who entered the building intent on killing people, did not act for any twisted religious reasons, thank God! He did behave in a manner diametrically opposed to everything the sanctity of life/pro-life movement represents. "No more baby parts!" was his rant as he gunned down the innocent victims.


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7 significant points that we easily overlook to be THANKFUL for this Thanksgiving Holiday!
Please Share with a friend or family member....
Thank You..

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5 Things President Obama has done to destroy America

Scripture tells us, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh” (Prov. 29:2, ASV). Plainly stated, people have cause to either rejoice or mourn dependent on whether their governing authorities are God-fearing or unrighteous.

When competent and godly leaders rule, they set a tone for the society as they conduct affairs according to God’s standards. The result will not be utopia but rather a general happiness, prosperity and stability in the land. President Obama does not fit this category and that is a primary reason why there is so much mourning throughout our land.

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Today, I believe many people are being silenced having reached a breaking point. Because of distraction with electronic gadgets, a reluctance to stay engaged on unpopular issues, plus experiencing what seems like an avalanche of negative developments in our culture, many people are disconnecting or distancing themselves from news. They’re feeling disillusioned, discouraged and depressed. I personally battle these very things.

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Dr. James Dobson identified six lies that are now accepted:

Premarital, extramarital and traditionally abnormal sex are moral and healthy.

There should be no sanctity of human life in law.

Drug use makes great recreational sport.

Divorce offers an easy escape from marriage.

Marriage should be redefined to include same-sex unions.

God is dead—at least make it appear that way by systematically airbrushing Him from society.

Multitudes of people need a reality check to bring them out of a sentimental yet distorted remembrance of this period. We must remove the romantic recollections of this turbulent ’60s era.

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