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The Day After the Election – A Message from CWA of North Carolina State Director Jill Coward

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So, November 8 finally came and went.  Are you relieved? Excited?  Saddened? Ready to move on? Let me start with a powerful statement by the apostle Paul, “ … but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Philippians 3:13-16)

Does not that soothe your soul?  Regardless of the outcome of yesterday’s election, regardless of the excitement and/or hopelessness you may feel over the races you were following, regardless of all that we have heard in the last 18 months of appalling election commentaries, vile accusations by candidates, reported campaign dishonesty, let alone the corrupt media and government, may we forget the past and press forward in our call of God in Christ Jesus.

How do we then face the tasks ahead of us? The Lame Duck period is looming before Inauguration Day and we must hold our legislators answerable when they are most likely going to take up controversial issues to avoid explaining their votes to their electorate.

CWA of North Carolina will face these times as we always have.  We’ll pray and then act.

  1. We first recognize Who our Lord and Savior is. “He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:8). Only our God is sovereign! “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” (2 Chronicles 20:6)
    – We praise You, our heavenly Father, for Your sovereignty over all the nations and all the people. Amen.
  2. We remember from where we have come. Remember our nation’s history. We have lived through very dark times before. But, the Lord’s people have always been “guided by the Lord’s hand to pleasant places” (Psalm 16:6). “The Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people” (1 Samuel 12:22).
    – We praise You, our heavenly Father, for Your love, guidance and direction. Amen.
  3. We reflect and give thanks to our gracious Father. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)
    – We praise You, our loving Father, for your grace towards us. Amen.
  4. We reassemble and prepare. Our Founder, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, exhorts us: “God didn’t call us to win the battles; he called us to fight the battles. … The winning is up to Him as long as we stand up for righteousness.”
    – We cry out to You, Oh Lord. As we are still weary, we cry out for wisdom and strength to continue the fight. Please deliver our nation through Your righteousness. Amen.

Let us be unified, as of the same mind, as we approach Thanksgiving with hearts at peace in Him and a determination to stand up for righteousness through both our prayers and actions.

As you go about your day, we hope you will find a blessing in this very powerful and calming hymn:
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

– Edward Mote (1797-1874)

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood
Sustain me in the raging flood;
When all supports are washed away,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in him be found,
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before the throne!

Amen.

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
http://nc.cwfa.org
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org

North Carolina Election Resources and More!

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Dear Friends,

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how important the election is this year! So much is at stake! It is important that we as Christians get out and vote our Biblical values. As believers we must do all we can to positively affect legislation in our great nation.

The elections will not only determine our next President, but also who will win the gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional races. To help your decisions at the poll, I have included a handful of helpful resources throughout this e-alert.  Please prayerfully consider all of this information and forward it on to like-minded family and friends.

What party best represents you?  You decide.  We have put together two Party Platform Comparison documents that I am sure you will find very helpful:

The presidential race is of immense importance. The next president will be choosing the next U.S. Supreme Court justice/justices as well as up to four more that will be within retirement age within the next four to eight years.  And, let us not forget that he/she will be selecting 55 U.S. Courts of Appeals Judges, 268 U.S. District Court Judges and there are currently 90 Federal Judicial vacancies.  CWA has put together a two-minute and 20-second video that will help you to understand the impact the next president will have on the country’s judicial system for generations to come.

  • Judges
    North Carolinians will be electing 45 judges.  That is, one Supreme Court justice, five Court of Appeals races, and 39 local-level judges. We have a brochure that will help you determine what makes a good judge and how important a sound, constitutional judiciary is for North Carolina and the nation.

North Carolina Board of Elections website.  This site is extremely helpful in answering all of your questions pertaining to voting in North Carolina:

Important Dates and deadlines:

  • Thursday, Oct 20: Early voting period begins (One Stop Voting)
  • Tuesday, Nov 1: Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
  • Saturday, Nov 5: Early voting period ends at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov 7: (Military & Overseas) Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: Deadline for absentee ballot request to be received
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: 2016 Statewide November General Election

The most important thing we can do is to pray! God will direct our paths as we study the candidates and the platform.

Please jump in at any time to join CWA’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge.  Sign up today!

Please pray the following Scriptures for the Lord’s direction as you vote:

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Exodus 18:21

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” 1 Corinthians 6:1-5

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Thank you for taking the time to consider all of this information.  May the Lord be with you on November 8.

For Liberty and Truth,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org
nc.cwfa.org

Important North Carolina Early Voting Information!

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Dear friend,

As a Christian, voting is not just a right; it is a responsibility.  It is imperative that we engage evangelical Christian conservatives in North Carolina to get to the polls!

Early voting begins on the second Saturday before an election, and ends at 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day (October 20 – November 5).

Act:

  • VOTE!
  • Forward this reminder on to friends and family and remind them of the importance and weight their vote carries.

Pray:

  • Be in prayer for our nation — that Christians would get to the polls and that those whom we elect would honor God through their leadership.

What is on the line in this election? The Supreme Court vacancy, national security, national debt, taxpayer funding to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, the Hyde Amendment, religious liberty, and more. Getting registered is crucial to make sure your voice is heard on the issues that are important to you.

That said, let’s make sure we get to the polls and encourage our fellow believers to do the same!

Blessings,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Peace in the Midst of the Election Cycle

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Dear Friends,

We are three weeks away from Election Day and it seems everything/everyone is a buzz about it.  Too often, I find myself and others anxious and overly distracted by it.  Almost every conversation I have inevitably shifts to the election. We’re inundated with political flyers, phone calls, television news, and yard signs. Most of which are negative.  The topic often seems impossible to avoid.  I have sensed the anxiety level building in both myself and others.  Just the other day I was talking to one of my neighbors who was terribly upset by the upcoming election, regardless of the outcome.  Whether it’s the looming decision of voting for the “lesser of two evils” or concern over the recent firebombing of the Republican headquarters in Hillsborough, we must seek peace outside ourselves to gain peace in our hearts to withstand our fears.

Now don’t hear what I’m not saying.  Am I saying that we should back off from doing all we can to get out the conservative vote this election?  Most definitely not!  God has not called us to faith alone but to good works as well. (James 2) Yet if like me you find yourself at times anxious about current affairs, I encourage you to stop and spend some time building your faith by meditating on God’s Word. Then go back to the work at hand.

Here are some verses that have often quieted my heart and spirit.

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6)

Whenever we are drawn to any uncomfortable topic, remember God always directs us to “cast our cares on Him.” (1 Peter 5:7)

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

In Christ,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org
nc.cwfa.org

Join CWA at the Values Bus Tour Stops in North Carolina

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We recently mentioned that Concerned Women for America is teaming up with Family Research Council Action for their Values Bus Tour to help “get-out-the-vote” in November, and I wanted to notify you that our efforts in North Carolina are going to be HUGE! The plan is to cover all 100 counties. I, CWA of North Carolina State Director Jill Coward, will be speaking at a few of the stops near you!

Find out where and when we’ll be stopping in your county on our website by clicking hereBe sure to check the schedule regularly — we’ll be updating the information as stop locations/times are confirmed!

We strongly encourage you to attend and to spread the word to your friends and family. If you plan on attending or you’d like the bus to stop at your church or business, contact me ASAP and the Values Bus may be able to stop at YOUR location!

Looking forward to hearing from you and hope to see you there!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
nc.cwadirector@gmail.com
nc.cwfa.org

“Hello!” From the New CWA of North Carolina State Director, Jill Coward

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Jill

Hello, I’m Jill Coward, as you may already know. I am now serving as the CWA North Carolina State Director succeeding our state’s excellent predecessor, Sheri Miller.  Sheri moved back to her home state of California in May with her husband to care for her dear mom. As I took on the position in June, things were in full swing and haven’t slowed down since.  Though things are still at high speed, especially with HB 2, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you.

My involvement with CWA began over 16 years ago when my husband, Steve, and I were in a battle within our five million member church denomination concerning the sanctity of life. It meant a lot to us that CWA covered our struggle in CWA’s March/April 2001 magazine, Family Voice.

Horrifically, our tithes and offerings paid for abortions through the denomination’s health care plan for pastors, staff, and their families. We launched a national letter-writing campaign to all the churches’ pastors acquainting them with this odious doctrine and teaching, which advocates the killing of innocent, unborn children, into which where many bishops, pastors, and other leaders have taken their church.  We were flabbergasted to learn that it was the intent of the denomination hierarchy and not some kind of loophole gone awry.

The evil demonstrated from pastors at that time who agreed with the Social Statement on Abortion was evident in the response letters we received. Great anger came from those who disagreed with our pro-life viewpoint, and they tried to shame and discredit us. It was a joy though to hear from the pastors that responded in agreement speaking in love and quoting Scripture. This sadly culminated in the adoption of the health coverage with abortion without restrictions including for sex selection.

Shortly thereafter, I went on staff at the local crisis pregnancy center and got involved with the Charlotte CWA Prayer/Action Chapter.  Four years ago, I joined the CWA of North Carolina Steering Committee as their Communications Coordinator.  Through the years, I have had the privilege of serving side by side with Sheri and the others on the steering committee with the support of the thousands of members across the state.  We have worked on countless projects, legislation, get out the vote activities, events and more.  We support the 40 Days for Life Campaign twice a year, and we mobilized our state to vote for and pass the Marriage Amendment in the May 8, 2012, referendum (before a Federal activist judge abolished it in 2014 ruling declaring that it was unconstitutional). We successfully lobbied our North Carolina legislature on the matter of Foreign Laws/Protect Constitutional Rights Bill that protects America’s constitutional rights against the infiltration of foreign laws, including Islamic Sharia Law.  With great satisfaction, it is now law in North Carolina. We educated the public and were part of getting Common Core repealed. We defended religious liberties by supporting Senate Bill 2, Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies, which insured that Magistrates and Registers of Deeds will not have to choose between quitting their jobs and violating their deeply held religious convictions in being forced to marry or assign licenses to same sex couples. I’ve traveled to Washington, D.C., several times with other CWA of North Carolina members for numerous rallies, lobbying and training. And most recently, we have battled for HB 2, for the safety and protection of women, children, and all citizens.  As you know, it has drawn an immense amount of national attention.

As I now look towards the future of CWA of North Carolina, I am excited to see how God is going to use all of us through this ministry.  CWA of North Carolina is a strong organization due to the outstanding efforts of so many.  I plan to lead this great organization with the standard that Sheri set from the beginning of seeking the Lord in all things with tenacity and depending on Him for guidance, strength and success.

CWA of North Carolina has great opportunities for involvement. We are seeking people to join with us as Prayer/Action Chapter members or perhaps consider starting a Chapter in your church or neighborhood. We would love to have you join us whether it’s through a Prayer/Action Chapter, community rallies, lobbying our legislators in Raleigh, lobbying our legislators in Washington, D.C., and/or other events, projects and more.  You are needed!

Together let us rely on Titus 1:9 as we seek to benefit our communities, state and nation for the glory of God. “Hold fast to the faithful Word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that you will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”

Blessings to you!  I hope to hear from you soon!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org
nc.cwfa.org
 

 

Don’t Draft Our Daughters!

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support and efforts in telling the U.S. Senate, “Don’t draft our daughters!” We need your help to make sure America’s daughters are not forced to register for the draft.

Call your Senators and ask them to sign Sen. Sasse’s (R-Nebraska) letter which asks the NDAA conferees to adopt the House of Representative’s language calling for a study on the draft as a replacement to the Senate language which would force women to register. Below is a script for when you call followed by additional background information.

Action: Join Concerned Women for America in reaching out to senators and asking them to sign the Dear Colleague letter sponsored by Sen. Sasse and addressed to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees requesting they adopt the House language on the draft in conference. Thank you for speaking out in defense of our military readiness and the daughters of America.

Call and ask to speak to the “Military Legislative Assistant” about NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Tell them or whoever takes note of your call the following:

“My name is _________ and I am a member of Concerned Women for America and constituent of Senator ___________. I am asking Sen. _________ to sign Sen. Sasse’s letter asking the NDAA conferees to adopt the House language on the Selective Service calling for a study on the draft. More than twenty years have passed since the last study on the Selective Service. Any change to the draft is a monumental shift in longstanding military practice; before drafting America’s daughters, we need to examine the Selective Service and what best aids our nation’s military readiness. Please sign Sen. Sasse’s letter and give the draft the consideration our military deserves.”

Where we are: Currently, the NDAA has passed the House and Senate. The House version has language for a study on the draft as a whole, while the Senate bill passed with the provision forcing women to register for the Military Selective Service. Our goal is for Congress to adopt the House language calling for a study on the draft when they conference to reconcile the House and Senate NDAA bills.

Any change to the draft is a monumental shift in longstanding military practice. Such dramatic change should not occur without first examining the impact on the military. We are confident a study will demonstrate that forcing women to register for the draft would impair military readiness. It has been over twenty years since the Selective Service has been studied. Our military deserves a thorough consideration of any significant change in policy before it is implemented.

Congress should perform its due diligence before upending the draft on a whim. Thank you in advance for your action!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
director@northcarolina.cwfa.org
nc.cwfa.org