Saturday, October 17, 2020

Pre-Election Encouragement

We have the inside scoop on an upcoming online event that you won't want to miss. Are you seeking encouragement in the midst of the tumultuous election season that our country is experiencing? Tune in on Monday, November 2nd, at 7pm CT for a night of prayer and worship. No endorsements will be made for political candidates. This is simply a time to pray for God's guidance.

Jeremy Vuolo will give a short message and lead viewers in prayer. Worship music will be provided by Ricky Skaggs, Andy Leftwich, and the Foto Sisters. The event will stream live online.


Artwork courtesy of faithfulonline.com

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  1. I imagine they'll be praying for a Trump victory, so I won't tune in. I'll be praying for a Blue Wave!!!

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    1. You just had to go there, didn’t you? This country will need peace and healing after the election no matter WHO wins. We should all be praying in my opinion.

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    2. Who knows what will happen? Frankly, I don't think religious leaders should support one candidate over another. We don't live in a theocracy after all.

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    3. I hear ya we need the blue wave also for us Canadians

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    4. I bet they won't. Our country needs God's help, no matter who gets in.

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    5. I have long followed this family, this blog, their show, social media, etc. I enjoy all of the things I just mentioned. BUT, I completely agree with you. Their political views are one thing I strongly disagree with them on. I will also be praying (have been praying) for a “blue wave.”

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    6. Don’t let your beliefs overcome your faith! Prayer is more important than who you are voting for! Don’t be crazy, 4 more years to Trump!!!!!

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    7. Same here! Go Joe!

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    8. Blue wave in Canada is right wing.
      Blue wave in America is left wing.

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    9. Can anyone tell me what positive things Joe Biden will do for this country if Elected? I don't understand his message. What will he do about covid? What will he do about the economy? I know this is a Duggar site. but yall started the political stuff.

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    10. I’m in the UK but I really hope Joe Biden wins your election. At the moment I don’t think either Trump or our PM Boris Johnson have handled this pandemic well at all. They are like two bumbling buffoons in their behaviour. I also am not sure if religious leaders should become so involved in politics, but that’s only my personal opinion.

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    11. If you are praying for a Blue wave then you must be praying to Baal. Claiming to be a Christian and voting democrat (death to full term babies!) is an oxymoron. The immorality/amorality of democrats is astounding - so utterly lost and corrupt.

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    12. Based on all the continuously nasty, snarky remarks that are ALWAYS in the comment section of this blog, I am not in the least surprised by the comments supporting the utterly corrupt democrats.

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    13. Fuzzyferet I don't know how your Boris handled the covid pandemic but our President Trump shut down travel from China as soon as it was made clear that this covid was from there and it was Biden who called him racist for doing it. Our President equipped the state's with ventilator machines, masks etc. He started immediately getting the pharmaceutical labs to produce a vaccine which they have been producing in human trials now. This was something totally new to us and to expect anyone to have all the answers to a virus we knew nothing about is unreasonable. What we do know about is that a child in the womb can be slaughtered in my country at any stage and now even right after birth too. Biden the one you want to win is perfectly ok with their slaughter but our President values life and stands for the unborn. So if we want to talk about care and concern for American citizens, we pick Trump over a bumbling baffoon who could care less about the life of the innocent and who called Trump a racist for trying to protect us.

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    14. You'd better fact check that "death to full term babies!" claim, because it is FALSE.

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    15. 11:47 Have you watched his town halls or visited his website? He certainly is more clear about the big issues moving forward than Trump has been.

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    16. Trump has fast tracked vaccines and treatments for covid to save lives. He has done so much but people won’t admit it. Joe has NO plans for anything

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    17. 10:47 - because that’s a good thing? I’m very pro vax but fast tracking a vaccine is dangerous. I’d rather have them take their time and do it right.

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    18. Anon 9.44. What you say maybe true but my point is his blatant flouting of the socially distancing rules. He is hugging people & not wearing a mask which is very irresponsible. We too have had this issue with our PM. I have also heard Trump speaking about using bleach to cleans the body so as not to get Covid, I’m sorry but as a medical professional I cannot understand why he has said such stupid things & has behaved in such an irresponsible way. Boris Johnson also went round shaking hands with dozens of people & not wearing a mask (until he ended up in ICU with Covid). That’s my point about both leaders not handling things well & let’s be honest, both our countries have thousands more deaths than most, which is nothing to be happy about.

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    19. Anon 12:43 You might want to check your facts because it's absolutely true that they will kill your baby after its born alive if the mother wants it dead. Ralph Northam of Virginia said it right on the news and explained how they would do it. So no it's not false, it defiant and horrendous that it is hapoening, but it is hapoening, oh and he is Democrat but I guess that's obvious since they are the party of pro slaughter of the innocent.

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    20. You have brilliantly proven what many "reds" believe to be true about the "blues" -- it's all about your blue politics. This was purposely and clearly stated to be a non-political post. It's a night of prayer for Americans and for our country. And I think it's great!

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    21. I wouldn't be caught dead voting Blue, but more than anything else, I pray for this country to return to God. I think we are paying the price for having turned away from Him in many ways.

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    22. I think a prayer session that is inclusive (all faith traditions welcome, not only evangelicals)during which Americans can all join (remotely, of course)to pray for guidance, tolerance of others and for a peaceful conclusion of the election cannot hurt.

      The US is in deep trouble. Americans need as much help they can get.
      The coming months will be difficult and grim in the US.

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    23. @6:49 Are you talking about a 2019 VA bill that DIDN'T pass? Are you talking about something that DOESN'T exist?? Sure sounds as if you are.

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    24. Virginia resident here- Anonymous @ 6:49 above was 100% correct. Governor Northam stated clearly and unapologetically that he is in full support that a mother can choose for any reason to set aside her baby to die at any moment after the birth the medical staff will not be allowed to intervene to save the child. That is included in his definition of abortion, as a physician...and unbelievably scary that he's a pediatric neurologist. That practice was common to Rome and the Spartans, as well as the Mayans. We're such an enlightened, advanced, "woke" culture (sarcasm intended). He's also stated that he fully supports partial birth abortion-inducing labor and delivering the baby up to the neck (feet-first presentation) and suctioning out the brain and removing the head or delivering the entire head (head first presentation) and suctioning out the brain, then removing the body. I've lived in Virginia since 1974 and that's my governor, so I should know. It's all well-documented, in his own words. and easily accessible. I welcome you to fact check it for yourself.

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    25. That bill never got signed into law so why are you so upset about it?

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  2. Thank you Ellie for posting this, my family and I will definitely be tuning in to watch it. Our Country needs prayer for leaders to stand for Godly principles and wisdom and to defend our bill of rights and who protect LIFE.

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  3. To 3:31pm.... pray tell... why are you on this site... anyone that is saved and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ could not possibly vote for Biden. He believes in murdering .. Killing precious babies. Taking our rights away from us. This is a wonderful thing Jeremy is doing praying for our country!!! If we call upon the lord he will heal our land. This country USA was founded on the principles of God. I’m very excited to tune in. Praise God πŸ™

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    1. Beautifully said. How can anyone believe it is ok to abort babies?? It is not a Trump, Biden choice it is choosing life, police protection, supporting the flag and so many wonderful thing that makes America great.

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    2. If the ultimate goal is to reduce abortions, then there should be better access to women's health care, including birth control, as well as services and supports that make it easier for young women in precarious situations to be willing to keep their baby. The right has not made those things priorities. Taking care of the baby after its born and ensuring that a mom has the resources she needs are just as important as keeping that baby alive in the womb. You can be pro-life and still believe a woman has a right to choose her medical care with the help of her doctor--as not all abortions are "birth control". I've never been in that situation to consider it so I can't possibly understand the pressures that some women are under, and it's not my place to make that decision for them--either way. Banning abortions outright will not eliminate the demand for them, so you will have women seeking out back alley, unsafe procedures that put them at risk for death. As it is now, restrictive abortion laws can actually make late term abortion more common as not all women have immediate access to a nearby clinic or the money they need for the procedure when it's still "acceptable" or legal, so by the time they have those things it's even later in their term. And, for the record, even late-term abortions need a medical reason, and the laws are there at least in part to help women whose babies are not viable but are not spontaneously miscarrying if they choose to not carry a dying baby to term due to emotional distress (again, not my place to decide such a personal choice). We can't just force women to make choices that WE don't have to live with, and making one mistake should not sentence them to a life they're not prepared to live. While we as Christians want that baby to live, and most non-Christians would agree that's preferable as well, reality is far more complicated. There is a common ground here to find better programs to serve these women in crisis, and calling the other side "baby killers" isn't going to get us there. For an example of what I'm talking about above, Google "Scary Mommy Embree abortion" and a very personal story about how late-term abortion laws can serve a purpose will come up. I'm sure it won't change your mind but I hope it gives insight that it's not all about letting people kill babies at will. Who really wants that?! Stop believing the one-sided coverage and please understand there are valid reasons why these laws exist. And if this election is all about a Christian stance on abortion, how can Christians keep ignoring the name calling and bullying that is happening every day in the White House right now? Or the long list of sexual indiscretions that Trump has never shown remorse for? God doesn't like that behavior either. Christians should have far more to consider when voting.

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    3. AmyRyb, I want to hang out with you, have coffee, and discuss politics! I so agree with what you said and how you said it. Thanks. High Five!

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    4. No offense intended, but in Virginia you don not need a medical reason for a late term abortion. All you need is a doctor to state that the pregnancy is not in your best medical interest meaning that it could/would adversely affect your mental health by causing you stress. It does not require any record of mental illness, history of verifiable depression, or any other medical proof on an adverse mental health claim. There are plenty of pro-abortion doctors in Virginia who would easily state such a claim to support that abortion and be happy to accept that paycheck.

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  4. My Church will be opened for us all to get together for prayer Nov.2nd and from what I am hearing there will be a lot of Churches opened that day holding prayer meetings, which is such a blessing.

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  5. Is this becoming a political blog?
    If so, I'm done.

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    1. We assure you that this is not becoming a political blog. The online event is simply a time of prayer for the country the night before an election. No one is endorsing any political candidates. No matter who you will be voting for, we can all get together and pray for God's guidance for our country.

      Lily and Ellie

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    2. Ellie: Perhaps you didn't mean to be political but I think promoting this event was a bad idea. It will lead to many posting political comments based on their strongly held beliefs regarding the candidates for president.

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    3. I'll settle for the guidance of a sane and capable leader. Doesn't necessarily need to be God.

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    4. Very good sentiments. In this time of world upheaval & so much death & suffering because of this pandemic we all need extra prayers & so long as this event isn’t endorsing one candidate over another (I don’t think religious leaders should become involved in politics), then prayer in whatever form is a good thing.

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    5. Thank you Lily & Ellie! We're in the Jesus 2020 camp in our household. God's already been to Election Day, as He knows the beginning from the end. We're not getting spun up about this election or the candidates. We're praying God's will be done here, as it is in Heaven. The souls of the people in this nation outweigh party allegiance. As for voting, it's really pretty simple: If you identify as a Christian, you'll vote according to the principles God laid out in His Word (which means anti-abortion because it is killing) because He is God. If not, you're not a Christ-follower; you're following someone or something else (like the culture). It's really pretty simple.

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    6. Did you even READ the post? It clearly states to be not taking one side or another, just a night of prayer for our country. I think your comment demonstrates that division can often be rooted in misunderstanding.

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    7. Yes, I read the post and I still stand by mine. I did not state a party affiliation, but I clearly struck a nerve with you. Killing is still killing and many here claim Christ, who very bluntly instructed us not to kill. I'm sorry if that offends you, but it's still true whether you or anyone else agrees or not. The ladies choosing abortion have souls, as do the babies they're killing. You apparently didn't read my post...the souls of the people in this nation including those who seek the abortion, the abortion providers and their employees, and the babies aborted matter more than a political party.

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    8. 8:48 Where in the Bible does it say that the unborn have a soul? It does say this: Genesis 2:7, "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living soul”. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

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    9. 2:47, that is specifically talking about how God created Adam, who came into existence in a completely different way from any other human being.

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  6. We will tune in for prayer and to listen to the music. I tried the website with no luck. Prayers for mommies Jinger and Kendra to stay safe and the babies to be healthy. Always looking forward to the next season. Natasha b.

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  7. Time 5:38PM Sat 10/17/20
    Before I want to talk about election day
    Lauren from the CaldWell family is engaged
    To Titus Hall. Some of u hear some havent.

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    1. I understood she s engaged but i didn t know who the lucky man is. Do you know how they met? I hope to read more about it! Lauren seems like a sweet young lady. I wish her all the best.

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    2. That's nice. I hope she will be happy.

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    3. Thanks for the information. Lauren seems so nice. I wish her well.

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    4. Time 1:10AM Tues 10/20/20
      All I know is the engagement that's it.

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  8. Time 5:40PM Sat 10/17/20
    My vote is for Joe Biden as president.

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    1. Good for you Neddy. I agree with you on this one.

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    2. You're voting for a senile man who's party took God out of the Pledge of Allegiance twice. Very sad. :o(

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    3. Neddy, please reconsider that vote. The Democrat party wants to do incredible damage to families like the Duggars. Families who want to keep the freedom to raise their families according to their personal beliefs. The Democrats are not pro-family in their policies.

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    4. Wow I am actually surprised you are voting for Biden. Considering you always defend the Duggars vehemently. Anyways I am glad you are supporting Biden.

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    5. 2:31 Specifically, what rights do Biden and the Dems propose to take away from families like the Duggars? How will they be prevented from raising their children as they see fit? Will they be forced to attend public schools or prevented from going to church? Please explain your thinking behind your claim.

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    6. Amen! As a European, we are still shocked (in a very bad way) that a person like Trump could have won last time. Makes us question your countries‘ mental capabilities...

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    7. @6:12 European Don't worry, many of us agree with you and are working as hard as possible to make things different this time. Voter turnout so far is higher than 2016.

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    8. Biden is simply a puppet in the hands of some very dangerous democrats.

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    9. Neddy -- I believe you are handicapped, as you've stated before. Please keep in mind that Biden's party advocates for abortion on demand, for handicaps and disabilities, as well as for convenience. Everyone's life has value. We're all created in God's image. Vote pro-life!!

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    10. I can't and won't vote for Biden or the Democratic party. They endorse too many things which are not holy and of God, such as abortion, gay "marriage," the falsity of transgenderism, etc.

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    11. Abortion is a good thing for a variety of reasons. And the Pope now endorses gay marriage! What’s next?

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    12. @7:05 What a terrible thing to imply, that women will abort a handicapped baby if given the chance.

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    13. If "gay marriage" is not holy or of God, why does the Pope support it? He came out this week saying that gay people have "a right to be in a family" and that "nobody should be thrown out or made miserable about it." If the head of the Catholic Church can extend such tolerance, the rest of the world should be able to also.

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    14. Nope, the Pope is going against the Bible, showing he's not truly a man of God.

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    15. 3:10, women DO abort babies when they find out they might have a medical problem. I have heard so many stories of women who were told by doctors that they should abort because of a medical problem, and some of them choose not to and have healthy babies! I know some personally. Others listen to their doctors and abort. My former mayor's wife aborted because she was told her baby had a medical problem. Sure it happens.

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  9. This comment section will be most interesting to read!

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    1. I thought I was the only one who immediately jumped to the comments. :-)

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  10. TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP
    2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020

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    1. YesπŸ™ŒπŸ™πŸΌ

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    2. I don't understand why people like Trump, but maybe you can tell me why you support him. Had he made your life safer? Better job? More money? What has he done that is good for this country? Point me to the sources that prove your points, not lies, to help me understand why people like him?

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    3. @2:42 Agreed. If you check the facts, you will see that he has not delivered on most of his promises and programs. This year has really shown how ineffective and confused he is as a leader.

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    4. 2:50, he has accomplished plenty, and would have done more if the Democrats hadn't blocked things. Presidents don't make the laws.

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    5. Politifact shows he has broken or stalled on 56 promises. The ones he did keep, most are downright bizarre.

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    6. If the Democrats hadn’t blocked things? You do realize that for his first 2 years in office Republicans controlled, the House, the Senate and the White House.
      There are literally hundreds of bills passed by the House, many with bi-partisan support that are rotting on McConnell’s desk just to make some kind of point.
      Don’t tell me about Democrats blocking things unless you can give examples.

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    7. Eh, I've been working hard all week, and the last thing I want to do now is look up a bunch of examples to get the details correct. I'll let you do that. They're out there if you do the research.

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  11. I am surprised at this website. This is NOT a political site AT ALL and politics should never be addressed here. Stick to what you have done best in the past...tidbits about this family. It is their website for those things as related to the show....NOT POLITICS. Jeremy Vuolo needs to stay in his lane. He is a self-inflated student....not the teacher.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you, 5:42PM.
      Talking about praying for our country is wonderful and much needed; giving out candidate's names loud and clear is not.
      This sure does seem like a political site.

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    2. Anon 5:42 I don't know why you are acting like you are because there have been lots of different topics that have come up on Ellies blog so what's your problem with this topic? No one is forcing you to vote one way or another. We all vote according to our convictions and what is important to us. I for one believe in a child's right to life, I believe in the rights given to us by God and our forefathers. I believe in the security of our borders, I believe in the rule of law, etc. I will be voting for Trump along with all of my family and friends. You get to vote who you want in office.

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    3. The post is not about politics but encouraging us who believe in prayer to pray for our country and the election. Since some of us that follow this blog are Christian, we will be praying.

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    4. This IS a tidbit about the family. It's literally an even featuring a member of the family.

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    5. This is NOT addressing politics. This is spiritual. Our welfare as a nation depends on our nation's spiritual health, and right now our country is spiritually unwell.

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    6. 1. This is not about politics. It's spiritual. They are not espousing any candidates.
      2. This is a tidbit about the family. Jeremy is part of the family.
      3. This is a website for things related to the family, not just the show.
      4. Jeremy is in his lane. He's a pastor/seminary student talking about spiritual things.

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    7. Christianity is something that applies to 100% of a person's life. There are no cubbyholes that should be kept shut to God, and there is no area of life that God cannot influence.

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    8. Well said @8:41

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  12. Oh brother. Whomever ends up winning the electio, and our entire country needs prayers and support from the U.S. citizens. God bless the Duggar family for caring about how our country is being run and wanting to do something about it.

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    1. @5:48- yes; even if you don’t agree with Jim Bob’s political views; he got involved and ran for office! Most of us complain about politics and politicians; but, do not run for any office. If you or me are unhappy with our leaders than we should put our money where our mouths are and campaign!!!

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    2. Please do not encourage more unqualified people to run for public office.

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  13. Biden and Trump will take you down different paths to the same destination. Put no faith in men, especially ones paid to act out scripts that pit you against your neighbor.

    No king but Christ

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  14. Thanks Lilly and Ellie for sharing this. Might tune in with my family if I can. We like bluegrass/folk music artists. But unfortunately,its at the same time our church is having its third day of revival with evangelist Dwight Smith. Ever heard of him?

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    1. Dwight Smith has been to our church a number of times! He always preaches things I need to hear.

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    2. To Oct. 19 @ 2:23am,that is great! This is the second time he has been to our church. Our pastor went to the same college he attended (Ambassador Bible College in Shelby,NC) and invited him second Autumn of being the pastor of our church. If your ever traveling to Colorado, we attend Tri Town Baptist Church in Frederick,CO,just 45 minutes North of Denver. It's a very good Gospel centered church.πŸ™‚

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    3. 9:48, thanks for the invitation! We lived in Parker a while back, and would love to come back to Colorado some time.

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  15. Thank you Ellie. I appreciate this and will be tuning in.

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  16. We have achieved our 6-3 majority on the High Court which has been our long-standing and noble goal to protect the unborn! Therefore, it is now our obligation as Christians to direct our pro-life votes to support the refugee, the immigrant, the stranger, the elderly and the disabled (“whatsoever you do to the least do My people, that you do unto Me”). Recall that the Holy Family was reliant upon the kindness of strangers during its flight into Egypt. Please consider how the current administration’s COVID policies have relegated the elderly and infirmed to utter insignificance — to mere statistics. My American grandparents are not numbers; they are Christians who deserve our honor and respect. I am thrilled that we now have the requisite votes on the High Court to protect the unborn. However, my grandparents are not part of an “over-80 expendable cohort”; they are Godly, gracious and holy people who, should they pass, deserve to have proper Christian funerals surrounded by their families and friends. I pray that you vote to reject the callous, inhumane and unscientific rhetoric and policies of this administration. Please pray about your vote, recognize the tremendous judicial goals we have achieved to protect the unborn and consider how your vote may further the pro-life needs of the immigrant, refugee, stranger, elderly and disabled now that the unborn have been judicially protected. May God bless each reader of this blog and bless the great nation that is the USA.

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    1. The Democrat governors were the ones putting covid patients in nursing homes!!!! How on earth is Trump's fault?

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    2. @11:37 I’m curious, how is a different administration going to handle the pandemic better? In what way will your grandparents receive better treatment and, if they pass, a proper funeral under a different president?

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    3. I doubt that the "6-3" group of judges on the SCOTUS is going to achieve your goal of ending abortions but we'll see. I don't think the unborn are MORE valuable than the people already here and that social agenda doesn't sit well with me.

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    4. I’m guessing enough prayed/ or didn’t pray during the 2016 election? Does God really answer prayers for every city/State/federal election? I’ve even heard of prayers for high school student council elections. Really, People?

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  17. Religion and politics DON'T MIX.

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    1. Not true Anon 1:53, This country was founded on Godly principles by people who were fleeing religious persecution. God blessed this nation because we honored Him.

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    2. In the Netherlands they do, actually..

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    3. ...And those fleeing people wrote a Constitution that made sure State and Church were to be kept separate!

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    4. Anon 9:58 Then why did the people who came after them specifically draft the Constitution to include separation of church and state?

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    5. 11:14, the fleeing people didn't write the Constitution. The Constitution does not use the words separation of Church and State. The First Amendment states that Congress can't pass laws infringing on religious liberty.

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    6. Actually that phrase was originated in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in Conneticut. Not found in the Constitution.

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    7. Anonymous@11:14- You obviously have not read the founding documents for yourself. The Constitution does NOT contain the phrase separation of Church and state, nor does it address that concept. It does not advocate a separation of Church and state, period. The First Amendment explicitly states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free speech thereof...". In plain English it states that Congress shall not make a law establishing a religion. The founding fathers came from England where the King was the head of the Protestant Church and if you were not Protestant, you could be killed. Congress cannot declare a national religion. It also clearly states in plain English that Congress shall not prohibit the free speech of religion. Therefore, Congress cannot deny any individual the right to express their religious beliefs or practices.

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    8. 11:14 Actually, when our founding fathers wrote to keep church and state separate they were talking about an actual state sponsored religion, like the Church of England. Many of them were very religious men themselves.

      Side note... My comment is in no way meant to disparage the Church of England.

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    9. @9:27 The First Amendment IS part of the Constitution. Therefore, the Constitution does include that.

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    10. 3:13, read 9:27 again. The first amendment is limiting the Congress from restricting our religious freedoms, not saying their should be a separation of church and state. Separation is NOT found anywhere in the Constitution.

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  18. Sounds like some of the posters here are advocating for a theocratic government. No thanks. I'm voting BLUE!

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    1. Yes πŸ‘ ❤️

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    2. If we wanted a theocratic government, we'd be voting for a pastor. Trump is no pastor. Vote RED!

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  19. Easiest way on Earth to stir up anger, promote a religious event on politics. Pity this happened.

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  20. I will not tell anyone how to vote. We need prayer and fasting for our nation oct 25 next sunday is prayer and fasting for our nation.

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    1. Fasting? What good is that going to do other than make a lot of hungry people have low blood sugar?

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    2. 2:54, do some reading on the point of biblical fasting.

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  21. This topic is about prayer and worship. If you want to talk politics please go to a political blog.

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  22. To the Christians on this board: Please explain how you can possibly back a candidate who has publicly demonstrated a lifetime of very un-Christian morals. How can you overlook everything he has done in his personal life that goes completely against your Christian values? Don't you see that he is only feeding you what you want to hear in order to gain your vote? Can't you see who he really is or what he really stands for? For the past 4 years, I have not been able to understand this overlooking and acceptance by the Christian voters. Please explain that logic.

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    1. I have seen the things he has done. Been pro-Israel (God told Abraham that He would bless those who blessed Abraham and his descendants), been pro-life (not like Dems who cheered last year when states were pushing abortions up til birth- wicked!), been pro-school choice, been pro-religious freedom (It's the Democrats who were fining people for sitting in their own cars in church parking lots); Trump said that people shouldn't be fined for going to church, etc. A vote for Biden is a vote for ripping away people's rights, people's safety (Biden has not condemned the violent, pro-communist, and murderous BLM). He said 7 and 8 year olds should be allowed to choose whether they "change genders." He has failed at running for president in the past for things like racist statements and plagiarism. He had an adulterous affair and married the wife of a man working for his former campaign. Now we have the Hunter Biden bombshell that the corrupt media is trying so hard to cover up. Go read the #walkaway testimonies of all the people who have had their eyes opened to the gross corruption of the Democrat party and have walked away. There are a million reasons to vote Trump, and I've only scratched the surface. We are not voting for who will be our next pastor. We are voting for freedom or socialism.

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    2. @1:00 Trump surely has the evangelicals in his pocket and I don't understand it either. If he had been a member of their churches, he'd have been excommunicated or shunned, or the evangelical equivalent of that. At the very least, he'd have been brought before the board or the congregation and made to confess and apologize. He would not be a member in good standing. Yet they strongly want him to be the leader of the country? I don't understand.

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    3. And you think Biden is so morally superior? Unfortunately, neither has a stellar background. We have a choice between two flawed men, but one of them is running on a platform that is definitely more based on Biblical values. I voted against Hillary at the last minute. I was about to vote independent for the first time, but I just couldn't throw a vote toward Hillary. So I was no Trump fan or apologist. But if you actually look at the list of what Trump has accomplished, it's a pretty long, impressive list. I didn't know about most of it, and do you know why? Because the media only pushes a negative narrative. And the only reason they do it is because he has an R next to his name on that ballot. Do you know how many mainstream media people are Democrats? The scale is tipped way past the line of a fair balance, and you can sure tell. Do you know how many stories I've heard of former Democrats who have walked away this year because they heard Trump say one thing at press conferences and then heard media lie about what he said? A lot.

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    4. If Trump is just feeding what voters want to hear, then why did he actually accomplish so much that his voters wanted? Do you even know what he has actually done the past four years? Because if you're only listening to the biased major media stories, they aren't telling you.

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    5. Biden's morals are highly questionable. Do you want us to back him?

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    6. I've gotten a good look at what the Democrats have to offer, and it's much less appealing, believe me!

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    7. Well, you're badly mistaken if you think the Democrats have a better choice for Christians. Abortion, including up to the point of birth? Limiting home schooling? Aiding and abetting those who are killing policemen and destroying peoples' livelihoods with their false narrative of racial equality? Calling the president a racist in January when he cut off travel from China because of Covid? I have seen so much hypocrisy, gaslighting, slander, and outright lying from the other party this year that it makes Trump look like a choir boy.

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    8. @2:26. Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for voicing your opinion exactly the way I would have! I have 59 immediate family members voting red, not because Trump is a Bible believing Christian but because he is pro Christian, pro life and pro freedom. We pray that God will have mercy on our country and that however the election goes, we as Christians can be a light into the darkness of this world.

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    9. Anonymous @1:00PM- As Christ-follower, I'd like to respond to your post by saying I'm definitely not a Trump fan by any means, but if the standard is "Christian morals", Joe Biden is as equally lacking, if not more so. You do realize that Joe Biden had an affair with the wife of one of his biggest supporters (that's how she became Mrs. Jill Biden)= un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic? You also realize that's it's a well-established fact, with countless pictures across all major news media outlets to prove it, that Joe Biden can't seem to keep his hands off of girls and women (from little girls on up) right? Un-Christian morals. You also realize that Joe Biden has lied to the American public (and been caught in it) countless times about his military service, unions & other organizations supporting him (who have publicly stated that they do not), climate change policies (denying his own website's material), and on and on and on= un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic. He cannot seem to remember that he's running for the President of the United States, as he repeatedly asserts he's running for the U.S. Senate (no slam intended to Mr. Biden, but evidence that there's something very seriously physiologically wrong with his memory that honestly concerns me). Joe Biden has supported killing developing human babies in the womb for decades= Un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic. Joe Biden has spent decades oppressing people of color (as have the Democratic party-do your homework people and research who was in positions of state and local government across the South post-Civil War through Jim Crow through desegregation and you'll find it was overwhelmingly the Democrats- Un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic). You also realize that Joe Biden stated "I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic Faith" (but we're not supposed to be teaching religion in public school...Christianity or otherwise)= Un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic. Public School Curriculums already teach the Seven Pillars of Islam, the history of Islam and it's founder, and Islam's contributions to the world. What more does Joe Biden wish we taught concerning Islam? Do you have any idea how much money is channeled into the Democratic party via Islamic nations? With their deplorable and well-documented centuries of human rights abuses, is that who you really want "supporting" the United States and influencing public policy and our economy? More of those un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic. Joe Biden makes a regular practice of public cursing= still more of those un-Christian morals for a professing Catholic. If we're going to apply a standard, both candidates have to measured by the same standard.

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    10. Pro Israel doesn't help the US except in arms sales, democrats don't believe in abortions at birth, BLM is not violent nor communist, ticketing people in cars at churches because they broke the law and was in no way taking away their religious rights, and the list goes on. Just because Trump says something doesn't mean he is telling the truth, do your research and check credible sources.

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    11. @2:26- Murderous BLM? I think you're confusing crazed opportunist criminals and killers with peaceful protesters. Contrary to your distorted view, there are murdering extremists from all points. The FBI confirmed that some of the distruction during the riots in Minneapolis was instigated by White Supremists from out of state. While I don't agree with BLM stance on defunding the police, I do think there's a blind spot with Trump and his supporters regarding police brutality directed at POC. The reason things blew up last summer was because George Floyd was killed by a cop who had no cause to do so. This is a tragic pattern in many areas of our country and I can't, for the life of me, understand why those protesting abortion turn a blind eye to the killing going on by those who are charged with protecting everyone. Instead, they blame the victims. IMO, Donald Trump has only succeeded in fanning the flames of social unrest, racial strife, and division. Instead, he should focus his energies on police reform, better training, and for the love of heaven- stop lying about the seriousness of this pandemic.

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    12. Non 11:33 You're "not a Trump fan"? Could have fooled me. Best character assassination of someone (Joe Biden) I've seen in years.

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    13. 10:41, I didn't mention the pandemic, so I can't possibly be lying about it. The Democrats were dogging on Trump in January for closing down travel from China because of the virus and said he was being racist. Fact. Also fact that BLM, which stated on their website that they were against the nuclear family, pro-homosexuality, and other things that have nothing to do with improving race relations, has been fomenting hatred, anger, and violence on purpose, as part of their Pro-Marxist goals. They are using race as a way to divide and conquer. Do some research.

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    14. Uhm, you do know that the founders of BLM are openly and proudly Marxist, right? They've stated it unequivocably. BLM leaders in several of the "problem" cities have openly advocated violence and arson...The violent take it by force mentality at play. I'd also encourage you to research George Floyd's criminal record and read the actual documents of the case, as well as all of the information on the Breonna Taylor case (instead of what select news media stations choose to report). I realize it's a lot more convenient to just listen to the news and the soundbites and catch a story on social media. It does take more time to actually do the research, but it's there. The statistics simply do not support the BLM narrative when black on black crime is the highest criminality group. Black lives don't matter to blacks (that doesn't make actual real racism or discrimination okay by any means, no matter who's practicing it).

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    15. Anon 10:41 white Supremist caused some of the destruction? What white supremist? That was BLM and Antifa out there doing that destruction and shooting and killing cops and people. No matter how hard you people try to push the narrative that this was the work of white supremacist we will not believe it because we all seen the truth with our own eyes. We also don't believe that the cops are hunting and killing black folks. How you can possible compare the hundreds of thousands of abortions that take place to the few cop shootings is the reason we don't take you serious. There will always be a few bad people in any profession and we need to weed them out but to act like cops are hunting black people is ridiculous. It's not President Trump fanning flames of division, it is the Democratic race obsessing, division causing, the victim game that they constantly push with the race card about everything, and we see right through what they are doing. It's shameful!!!

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    16. 9:37 Sounds like you are saying that it doesn't matter that George Floyd was killed, because he had a record. He was held down with the cop's knee on his neck for almost 9 minutes, even after he lost conciousness. How is that ok to you?

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    17. Anonymous @ 4:43- Speaking the verifiable truth is not "character assassination", but you attacking me rather than providing verifiable facts to contradict my statements tells me a lot about your character. People who have no facts to bring to the debate will always attack the their opponent when they can't win. Classic. I personally don't like Donald Trump. In my opinion, his temper displays and choice of language don't dignify what I think the Presidential Office should stand for. I'm not crazy about his multiple marriages or his view of women (but all of the same can be said of Joe Biden as well). I don't vote by party loyalty or political platform. My plumb line is what God says in His Word on abortion and Israel ("Thou shalt not kill." and "I will contend with those who contend with you", respectively). You're free to use your free will to vote whatever way you choose.

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  23. To oct 18 at 1:00 pm.... Our President is for America and helping the USA not for open boarders and killing innocent babies.... so if you don’t care to watch the pre election prayer and worship that’s ok too. No one is pressuring you to be in this site.... we are praying for our country that God will heal our land

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    1. Yes! You are right. The list of accomplishments of our president is long and full. Moving the capital of Israel to Jerusalem, working towards peace in the Middle East and other areas of the world, securing fair trade deals for the U.S., bringing jobs back from overseas, prison reform, bringing home hostages held unfairly overseas, economic prosperity, and on and on. He is pro-life, pro-family, pro-military, pro-America. So many have drunk the deceptive koolaid of the power-crazed radical left and mainstream media. Sad. They just don't see it. Let's pray that all voters will look beyond personality and rhetoric and find the substance.

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    2. Donald did not move the capital of Israel. Only the Israelis can do that. That’s like saying the leader of Israel can move the capital of the United States! Did you go to home school?

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    3. 2:45, I know plenty of public school grads who are uneducated. Why bring that up? Lori misspoke, but she was right about Trump making a decision about what the US considers to be the capital of Israel. I understood what she meant to say.

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  24. Sounds like a nice event, I'll be watching. Jane

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  25. How in the world are these the best 2 choices we have to be president? So night of prayer- definitely needed!

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  26. Ellie states that this is not a political blog yet I'm reading so many comments here above that state TRUMP TRUMP. etc... political views etc. Why are you and Lilly posting these political comments if this site is NOT a political one? Please do not post any more political views here. This site comments on the FAMILY, the show, etc.

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    1. Anon 4:12 How in the world is this a political blog? A political blog is a blog that has consistent topics and views on politics and who's main objective is to focus on political news. I don't understand why you seem unnerved about us all giving our views on this topic that came from a discussion on a prayer time for our country and lead to a discussion on the up coming election. It's not against the law to have a view point on something so important as who we want to lead our country and the reasons we have for wanting that person. Sheesh get a grip!!

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    2. Oh people like to make up stuff to support their views. Christians are past masters at it. lol

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    3. Actually, the first round of comments was mostly non-political, except for the Blue Wave comment at the top.

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    4. LOL What about all the above comments that state Biden, Biden, Biden? Are those not political? LOL

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  27. @1:00 I ask you the same question about Biden, given his conduct with young girls, the situation with Ukraine, his 47 year record, and his obvious health issues, how can you vote for him?
    The problem is that neither has good character. Christians, therefore, vote for the platform, not the man.

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    1. @7:07 Well in that case, historically, the Dems have delivered better things for the average person than the Reps.

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    2. Exactly, 7:07

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    3. From what I've seen on this blog, most Christians only care about abortion and nothing else.

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    4. IMO platform is simply rhetoric. The character of the person running is more important than political speeches. No one is perfect but when we look at a candidate their morals matter not the empty promises all politicians make.

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    5. @2:51 I’d like to see your data on that. I have had better things under Reps than Dems. It’s more a matter of opinion.
      @3:04 That’s quite a generality. I care about many things, including abortion.
      @11:00 I guess we can’t vote for either then, because neither have very high morals.

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  28. What bothers me most is seeing churches actively promoting one candidate over another. I don't know how you can do that and maintain your tax-free status. You can encourage people to vote in general, but you should not be encouraging them to vote for one particular candidate or having that candidate to your church for a rally or event! I see churches breaking that rule right and left this fall.

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  29. To the Europeans and other non-Americans, I’m curious as to why y’all have such strong opinions about America’s president? I honestly have no idea the name of your leader(s) nor do I pay any attention to your politics. I hardly have enough time to pay attention to my own country’s issues, let alone another country’s.

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    1. Why wouldn't you care about world politics? It has a direct effect on you. Always has.

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    2. because what your country does has a huge impact on the rest of the world. you having an unstable leader like trump who is extreme causes instability elsewhere. I live in canada we get dragged into dumb wars that the us starts all the time. also your legal guns end up being on the black market here.

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    3. @11:40 Several reasons why we non-Americans know so much about US politics.

      The world is all inter-connected. No country is an island. And the US foreign policy can and does have significant impact on other countries.

      Countries have trade agreements with the US; our economies are interconnected. When the US economy goes into recession, our economies slow down too.

      Your internal policies spill over to us. For example, most of the guns used in crimes in my country were smuggled across the border from the US. We are having Americans coming here looking to buy medications such as insulin because they are cheaper here and, as a result, putting our supply in danger. We are seeing a significant increase of people crossing our border from the US and declaring refugee status.

      Now, with the pandemic, the border is closed except for essential workers (our nurses working in the US) and trade. We closed the border and it will stay closed, I suspect, for at least another 6 months or even a year.

      In other words, we have to deal with whoever is elected president and his policies.

      And, we tend to have a higher general level education than most Americans. We not only follow the events in our home countries (many of us are first and second generation citizens), we follow the events in other countries, especially G20 countries. Even high school students can tell you who the President of France is, the PM of Great Britain, of India, of Pakistan, the President of Russian, the PM of Australia and of New Zealand (fantastic woman!)......

      The other reason is that our news tend to be more balanced than in the US and news events from other countries are covered.

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    4. In Europe (the UK at least) Trump and US politics are an everyday feature on our own new programmes.
      The UK isn’t really a religious country and Europe is mainly a lot more left leaning than the US, so we don’t have ‘The Christian Vote’ and moralistic voting just seems a bit weird.


      So that’s one reason why we are interested.

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    5. @1:05 I’m not sure why “moralistic “ voting is weird. Don’t you vote for the values you believe?
      Also, please don’t believe everything you hear about us on tv. Our media is highly biased and much of it is flat out inaccurate, spun, or simply an opinion of some reporter’s.

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  30. I don't know anyone who's voting for Trump. So all you supporters here, your votes are about to get canceled out.

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    1. Haha, I only know a handful of people who are voting for Biden. I know many enthusiastic Trump voters who are very concerned after seeing the Democrat responses to national events this year, including many former Democrats.

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    2. Hardly. Just like Hillary was a shoe-in and had the election all wrapped up last go 'round? All the political posturing and political pundits fell on their collective faces. I'd be careful about making prognostications if I were you.

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    3. I've seen tons of Biden signs in yards and have yet to see one Trump one!

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    4. Hillary still had millions more popular votes than Trump.

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    5. 3:17, opposite in my town. I've seen maybe 3 signs and 2 or 3 Biden bumper stickers.

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    6. Totally Biden signs here. Sometimes 2 or 3 on one property.

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    7. The very first signs I saw this fall were Biden ones, as soon as he named his VP selection. Not sure I've seen one Trump sign anywhere except online.

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  31. Dear Lili and Ellie, if you do not want a political blog, it might be wise not to post political events on your blog. For everyone who is posting comments pro Trump, anti Trump, pro Biden, anti Biden, I would like to make the following call: before you start any discussion about the election, write 5 arguments why Trump should be president, why he should not be president, why Biden should be president, why Biden should not be president. Make all the (20) arguments convincing with supporting facts and evidence (based on research). You can only start a usefull discussion with convincing arguments and with empathy towards your opponents if you truly research all points of view. Only real interest and true empathy will start the healing of a divided and broken world.

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    1. A post or two that spins off into political discussion doesn't make this a political blog. If it worked like that, this would be a gardening blog or a homeschool blog or an aviation blog.

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  32. If you could all just see for one second how you who support Trump and claim to be Christians look to the rest of the world. It's sad. Really, truly only sad.

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    1. I've found that the most devout "Christians" are also the most judgemental. It is sad.

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    2. Even worse are the Christians claiming to support Biden.

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    3. Not as bad as the Christians supporting someone with Trump's track record in the morals department.

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    4. Even worse are the Christians judging other Christians because they have a different set or values and beliefs, LOL.

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  33. This is a ridiculous platform on which to argue politics. Nobody's going to change anyone's vote at this point and most of you are going to cancel the other's vote out at the polls anyway. We know who Jeremy and his friends will be praying for, and just as many if not more are praying the other way. Move on to what Justin and Claire are up to or something.

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    1. Justin and Claire should be focused on their educations and careers to establish financial independence.

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    2. Best blog topic ever!! Lots of interesting posts. Much better than pregnancies and gender reveals! Thank you!

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    3. You don't need financial independence when you have Jim Bob.

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  34. Can't wait to watch this , I think we all need a little encouragement!

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  35. Ellie and Lily -- I'm sorry for the divisive comments here. Your post is clearly non-partisan. You're champs for hanging in there.

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  36. This country is so divided right now, more so than I’ve ever seen in the many, many years I have voted. America needs prayers, not for one particular candidate over another, but for unity and peace in a time of division, hatred, violence, and destruction.

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    1. Now that’s a sentiment I can get behind. Let’s pray (and vote) away the most divisive candidate we’ve all ever seen in our lifetimes!

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    2. @8:16 Tell that to the country's leaders, who are shining examples of division.

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  37. Anonymous 12:43 Are you kidding me? Killing a full term baby after its born? Because someone said it in the news? Di you think for yourself or check the facts? It's people like you, spreading ridiculous rumors that add to the insanity of this issue.

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    1. That "kill the full term baby" bill didn't pass in 2019 so I don't know why people are acting as if it's the law. What passed this year were eased restrictions on waiting times, ultrasounds, allowing nurse practitioners to attend, and facility requirements. That's all.

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    2. The fact that the bill was introduced at all and applauded was appalling enough.

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    3. The killing of a born baby legislation or proposed legislation is only for aborted babies who somehow survive. They come out in distress and sometimes in a couple of pieces or with damaged limbs, brain, or whatnot. The doctor describes the damage and the chances of survival to the mother who’s lying on the table, and the mother indicates that it’s ok for the doctor to finish it off (or not). Sounds humane and Christian to me. Plus who would want their taxes or health insurance to pay for a lifetime of care for such a damaged baby, who might grow up to be a 150 pound burdensome adult some day?

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    4. Anon 3:40 Your very description is the reason abortion should be banned. I can't believe you would call the torture of a baby in the womb humane to finish it off after its pulled out in pieces. GET HELP!!!!

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    5. @2:51 So it's OK to get mad at something someone thinks about but never really does? It's OK to bring it up a year later, as if it still exists? Some of you are grasping at straws here.

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  38. Please take the politicing elsewhere people!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. i think its sad the way you're only posting negativity towards biden while obviously endorsing dump

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