The Jeannie Ortega of today, a devoted wife and Christian recording artist debuting her upbeat and lyrical first full-length Christian studio album, Love Changed Me, isn't the Jeannie Ortega of yesterday. Her turbulent childhood and her walk with Christ have shaped someone altogether new.
From thoughts of suicide, exposure to a religion that involved witchcraft, and being surrounded by an entertainment industry riddled with sex and drugs, Ortega would not allow Satan to distract her from the true purpose that God had for her life — not even the enticements that might accompany a Billboard Top 25 pop star with a certified gold song.
A major distraction in Ortega's life was the religion Santeria, a form of witchcraft that originated in Africa that involves the conjuring of spirits through chanting and the offering of sacrifices like food and drink. As a child the religion had been a significant part of Ortega's family life and was a tradition passed down from generation to generation. Faith, however, would lead Jeannie down a different path. more >>
From Colorado to the District of Columbia, death is on the march. But many African Americans are ready to resist.
On October 18th, the nation's capital took the first step towards physician-assisted suicide. The District of Columbia City Council voted to place the measure on its November agenda.
The so-called Death With Dignity Act would permit a person with a terminal diagnosis of six or fewer months as confirmed by two doctors to obtain a lethal dose of drugs, which they would administer to themselves. more >>
A Christian nursing home run by the Salvation Army in Switzerland has been told that it must either allow assisted suicide despite its religious beliefs, or lose its charitable status.
The nursing home mounted a legal challenge against the country's new assisted suicide rules which require charities taking care of the sick or elderly and to offer assisted suicide when a patient asks for it, Catholic Herald reports. But a Swiss court ruled against the nursing home earlier this month.
Other Christian charities across Europe, including a separate case in Diest, Belgium, have also been fined and punished for refusing to allow euthanasia on their grounds. more >>
Choosing the future president of the United States of America is not the only decision voters across the nation will find themselves voting on come November 8.
Marijuana legalization, doctor assisted suicide, and repealing a constitutional measure that prohibits state funding of religious endeavors are on state ballots across the nation.
Less than two weeks away from the presidential election, these and over 150 other initiatives and proposals will be on the ballot in various states come the second Tuesday of November. more >>
Whether you live in Colorado or not, you need to know what's at stake with doctor-assisted death and how to make the case for life.
Yesterday on BreakPoint, I told you about the dangers of physician-assisted suicide laws: How they inevitably turn the "right to die" into the "duty to die," how these laws lead to the deaths of non-terminally ill patients, and how they threaten the lives of the disabled and the most vulnerable among us.
We must be prepared to talk about these deadly laws with friends and neighbors and persuade them to oppose physician-assisted suicide. more >>
Coloradans will vote on an assisted suicide measure this November. Those who vote "Yes" are signing their own death warrants.
In a recent article at National Review Online, George Weigel tells a chilling story about just how far the culture of death has advanced in some parts of the West.
Three elderly parishioners at the Canadian church he attends during the summer were diagnosed with cancer. Now, that's bad enough. But what followed was even worse. The first thing they were asked after being told their diagnosis was, "Do you wish to be euthanized?" more >>