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What the story of Dreamer Juan Manuel Montes can teach us all

Those of us advocating for comprehensive immigration reform must not allow ourselves to get embroiled in the wrong battles. It's important to get the facts straight.


by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez via Univision

After news broke last week about 23-year-old Juan Manuel Montes' deportation to Mexico, headlines across the country pounced on President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement policies.

DNC Chair Tom Perez took to Twitter to berate the President directly. I myself issued a statement expressing I was "hugely alarmed" by the news. I have received promises, both publicly and privately from this administration, that DREAMers would not be deported, and it appeared I had been flatly lied to.


   

Should Christians abandon public schools?

by Andrea Ramirez via Religion News Service

(RNS) Just as Republicans take the reins of power in Washington, a controversial trend has emerged in evangelical circles: Influential thought leaders are advocating withdrawal from public life in order to preserve historical Christian beliefs.

That includes withdrawal from public schools and other public institutions.

But what would a large-scale Christian withdrawal from civic life look like?

How would it affect America's public schools and our nation's children?

How does disengagement from civic institutions align with Jesus' life and his command to love our neighbors as ourselves?


   


Editorial: Faith Leaders Reflections on Race, 25 Years After The LA Riots


by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Rev. Mark Whitlock and Rev. Hyepin Im via NBC News

Twenty-five years ago, 12 jurors delivered verdicts of not guilty for the four LAPD police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King. Soon after violence erupted on our streets. That day, we watched Los Angeles burn.

These verdicts opened the eyes of America and the world. This was not blind justice, but rather blindness toward the implicit bias against people of color. The nation was forced to watch and rewatch the grainy, handheld footage of King's beating for weeks.


   

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Commends President Trump's Executive Order That Rolls Back Johnson Amendment 
    
"This new executive order not only signals President Trump and Vice President Pence's commitment to fighting for and representing the Evangelical community, but also the larger struggle for religious liberty." Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

WASHINGTON May 4, 2017  /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Dr.  Samuel Rodriguez , who participated in today's National Day of Prayer service and will deliver tonight's benediction at the Capitol, applauds President Trump's executive order aimed at increasing religious freedoms and rolling back the Johnson Amendment.



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UNLOCK YOUR CHILD'S GREAT POSSIBILITIES
 
Our daughter Allison is the Treasurer of the State of Kentucky. She is the youngest female state elected official in the United States and received more votes of any candidate of any party in a Kentucky state election for the past 40 years (over 700,000 votes).

Allison was a bankruptcy attorney and former county prosecutor who had never before run for public office. She is now a rising star in the state.

Article by Ron Ball. Ron Ball has spoken live to over 8 million people in 24 countries. He is the author of 12 books that have sold 2 million copies worldwide. 

WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL

Heart to Heart
by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

"'Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.'" - Leviticus 19:17

The Torah portion for this week is a double reading, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, from Leviticus 16:1-20:27. Acharei Mot means "after the death," and Kedoshim means "holy." The Haftorah is from Amos 9:7-15.

I once heard a rabbi give a young couple some advice as they began their married life together. He said: "When you are upset with each other, make sure that you talk things out. Sometimes you will be tempted to shove your feelings away and pretend that nothing happened. But every time you do that, it is as if you place a brick between you. One or two bricks aren't a big deal, but if you keep doing that, you end up building a wall." 


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