Jeff Johnson: What’s Wrong with the Met Council?

One note on the Met Council, if you live or HAD a business on University Avenue in St Paul you don’t have to watch the video, you just KNOW.

Here is Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson to tell you about the Metropolitan Council.

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DFL Being Dragged Kicking & Screaming to Fix Unaffordable Care Act Fallout

When MNSure was put into place the Republicans in the DFL-Controlled Minnesota Legislature made prophecies that ACA & MNSure would affect the private insurance market adversely. Not one Republican voted for MNSure, so much for Governor Dayton’s bi-partisanship support for “important” bills.

Ron Latz DFL-St Louis Park, John Marty DFL St Paul-Roseville, Jeff Hayden-DFL-Mpls were whining about the drastic changes to the insurance market on January 12, 2017, preferring to drag out the discussion to session long committees. The rush to complete this is to provide premium relief as soon as possible.  Latz, Marty, and Hayden were for the partisan rushed legislation in 2013 to enact MNSure without a precedent or guarantee that any of it would lower healthcare insurance costs. Now they and other Senate & House DFLers are crying that going back to an upgraded version of the old system prior to the MNSure enactment is wrong.

In the House the DFL whiners John Lesch, Erin Murphy, Tina Liebling, Diane Loeffler, and Minority leader Melissa Hortmann talked about the lack of proper review of the new legislation.  Erin Murphy oddly was extremely oblivious in her comments during the HD 64A Debate in 2016 about the problems of MNSure. She had been a chief ramrod on the passage of MNSure in the House. Now she is claiming all sorts of alarm at being “forced” to pass relief & reform on this issue.

Essentially these whiners, who had no sympathy for the then minority view in passage of horrible legislation, want to provide maximum pain to their constituents and other Minnesotans for political gain. Most likely they’ll misconstrue who is at fault for constituents’ pocketbook pain. Demagogues and Far Leftists have professional ability to use the Fear Card. Unfortunately Republicans don’t hit back at these baseless claims.  Those days are over with a new slate of leadership in the MNGOP and the MN Senate & House. The old leadership in the MNGOP HQ let the Fear-Mongers in the MN Legislature off the hook for their unaccountable behavior.

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A Guide to Staying Engaged in the Political Process

The following post is reposted by permission of Briana Bierschbach who posted it on December 19, 2016.  Briana Bierschbach is the Politics & Policy reporter of  We have not altered the content, but have deleted ads, and a photo.  ~~ Publius Jr.

A citizen’s guide to effectively engaging Minnesota lawmakers

For the last six months, retail politics in Minnesota have been at their finest. Current and would-be lawmakers criss-crossed districts to knock on voters’ doors, meeting people at their homes to find out the issues that matter to them most. But that kind of prolonged and meaningful contact with politicians never really lasts, especially as candidates make the transition from the campaign trail to the Capitol.

Almost immediately, legislators’ schedules fill up with committee meetings and public events. They spend long days stuck on the House and Senate floors or in hearings. Suddenly, the people politicians hear from are lobbyists, who are often paid six-figure salaries to convince them to vote one way or another on an issue.

So how do non-lobbyists have meaningful interactions with elected officials after they’re elected? To get beyond the most obvious ways — letters, emails and phone calls — to make your feelings known, we asked current and former legislators, lobbyists and political staffers: What are the most (and least) effective ways to get an elected official’s attention on an issue?


Face-to-face: still the best

Many legislators say their most memorable interactions with constituents or other members of the public were in face-to-face meetings, and it’s also the most direct way to make sure your concern is heard. Plus, “contact leads to familiarity,” said David FitzSimmons, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer and a former state House member.

Believe it or not, the easiest way to set up a meeting with a lawmaker is to call their office or go directly to their website and fill out a contact form. It’s easy to feel like those requests fall into some kind of dark hole on the internet never to be read by anyone (ever), but that’s actually not the case. Elected officials have staff to read those requests.

You can even ask the governor or lieutenant governor to appear at an event (just make sure you give them plenty of lead time). “If you want to get a meeting or in touch with the governor, the truth is, you go on the website and fill out the form,” Katharine Tinucci, former spokeswoman to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, said. “They all get reviewed.”

There are other ways too. Many cities, business groups or issue-based organizations have big lobbying days at the Capitol, where they help organization transportation for people to go to St. Paul. Or you can always go to a committee hearing on a topic you’re interested to testify and chat an elected official before or after the meeting.

Go to an event in the district

That being said, it’s not always easy for people — especially  in Greater Minnesota — to make the trip to St. Paul to meet with their elected officials.

Most legislators suggest people try to meet them when they are back in their districts or on the road, so keep an eye on the travel schedules of local lawmakers. You can usually hear about upcoming events by signing up for a lawmaker’s email updates. The governor and his commissioners also do listening sessions around the state and travel regularly for events. Some lawmakers have regularly scheduled times they post up in a restaurant or local coffee shop for people to stop in and chat.

If you do set up a meeting with a legislator while they are in town, be respectful of their time, says Marty Seifert, a former House Republican minority leader. Many legislators from Greater Minnesota only get the weekend to see their families. “If you are asking for a meeting on a Sunday, let them know what the meeting is about and let them know that you will be respectful of their time,” Seifert said. “Try to keep it at a half hour. They’ve got everyone demanding their time.”

Let your lawmaker know you’re a constituent

Legislators still get old fashioned letters and respond to phone calls, but mostly they communicate via email. In fact, emails have the highest read and response rate among legislators.

A tip from FitzSimmons: If you live in the district of the lawmaker you’re contacting, make that clear right off the bat. It might sound obvious, but rank-and-file lawmakers get contacted from people outside their districts all the time, and they put a priority on responding to their constituents. If it’s an email, write down the city, county or address you are writing from, or just write “constituent request” in the subject line.

Track down the right person

Spend a few minutes to make sure you understand who you are contacting and why. Don’t contact your state legislator about an issue that your city council member is better equipped to handle. “You have to do a little homework,” Seifert said. “Make sure it’s in your legislator’s jurisdiction. Can they actually do something about it?”

Better yet, does the lawmaker serve on a committee where they deal with the issue you’re writing about? All of that should be noted in a to-the-point, well-researched note to an elected official.

Don’t send a form letter

One way to get ignored, according to just about everyone, is to fill out a form letter or email and send it to a legislator on an issue. Those tend to pile in by the hundreds on big issues, like gay marriage, raising the minimum wage or gun control, and there’s no way to read them all. “If you try to communicate with your legislator but you don’t take the time to do it right, it’s almost counter productive,” said Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River.

Form letters mostly reinforce something a lawmaker already knows: The issue in question is controversial. Occasionally, enough letters can sway a vote on an issue, but as a rule, the more personal the interaction the more likely it will catch a lawmaker’s attention. “Giving a compelling example about yourself or a family member or friend is so much more powerful than filling out a form letter,” Tinucci said.

‘Earlier is better’

Former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher knows what it’s like to get sucked into the “time and issue funnel” of the legislative session. At the beginning of session, a lot of groups come to the Capitol to get their input in early. But as time passes and deadlines near, those issues funnel down to a narrow point. There’s less time and room to work on complicated issues. “Earlier is always better, especially if you are bringing a new idea or a problem that needs to be solved,” Anderson Kelliher said.

Before Anderson Kelliher became speaker, a constituent came to her with a thorny pension issue. It took all session to work through, but because the person came to her early, it was able to get worked out before adjournment. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I didn’t have the right amount of time,” she said. “I think that time funnel is a really important thing to remember.”

Get to know staffers

Sometimes, the person you need to reach isn’t actually your elected official. Most lawmakers with a large geographic area of representation — like the governor — have staffers dedicated to constituent services. Those staffers answer emails, letters and questions on a daily basis, whether it’s laying out an elected official’s position on a certain issue, or acting as a point person to help them with issues.

But getting to know staff — legislative aides, chiefs of staff, communication staffers and more — is beneficial beyond just transactional encounters. Many things are filtered through a staffer before it reaches a lawmaker, so they’re often the first person you have to go through if you need more than a quick answer to a question. They will decide if the issue is big enough to require a direct response from an elected official or even set up a meeting.

Social media can be effective — if used wisely

In a lot of ways, social media revolutionized how people connect with their lawmakers. On a day-to-day basis, you can see what they’re up to or how they’re voting on issues you care about. Connecting with them is also as easy as sending a 140-character tweet or replying to a post on Facebook. For better or worse, lawmakers pay attention to what’s being said about them on social media platforms, and many organizations have used that effectively to force them to connect on an issue they were otherwise ignoring.

But social media can be a deterrent to having a meaningful interaction with your elected official too, depending on how you use it. “Just ranting at your legislators on social media is a good way to get ignored,” Tinucci said.

“It might sound so obvious, but be polite and be respectful and be factual,” FitzSimmons said. “Sometimes people go all the way to extremes and to threats and profanity on social media, and then try to contact you and talk about an issue, but they’ve become a known quantity now.”

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Harry Hoosier Indiana Frontier Pastor

As a nod to our new Vice President, Mike Pence, the former Governor of the State of Indiana, we present something not widely known about the origin of the nickname of Indiana “The Hoosier State.”

There are many ideas about the origins of the nickname of the state of Indiana. All of them are wrong if they don’t mention one of the greatest pastors of the 2nd Great Awakening, Harry Hoosier.

When Indiana was still a territory there was a need for pastors to go from town to town establishing churches.  Reverend John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, was one such person who would establish a church then move to the next town to establish another.

“Black Harry” Hoosier was another.

The following is an excerpt from the article “Black History Issue 2005.” The article was written by David Barton in January 2005

Harry Hoosier (or Hosier) portrait by Richard Douglas

The Rev. “Black Harry” Hoosier (or Hosier) 1750-1810
Harry Hoosier was born a slave in North Carolina, but toward the end of the American Revolution he obtained his freedom, converted to Methodism, and became a preacher. In 1781, he delivered a sermon in Virginia entitled “The Barren Fig Tree” – the first recorded Methodist sermon by an African American  [from the Gospel of Luke 13: 6-9]*. Despite the fact that Hoosier was illiterate, he became famous as a traveling evangelist and was considered one of the most popular preachers of his era. In fact, after hearing Harry preach in and around Philadelphia, Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and an evangelical Christian, declared that accounting for his illiteracy, Hoosier was “the greatest orator in America.”

Early in his ministry, Harry became a close associate of Bishop Francis Asbury (1745- 1816), the “Founding Father of the American Methodist Church.”

(In 1771, Asbury – an Englishman – heard an appeal from John Wesley for preachers to go to America to “spread the Word.” Asbury responded, and during the next four decades he preached almost 20,000 sermons and rode over a quarter of a million miles across America – on horseback! When Asbury first arrived, there were only 550 Methodists in America, but by the time of his death in 1816, there were 250,000 – and 700 ordained Methodist ministers. In 1924 when a statue of Bishop Asbury was erected in Washington, DC, President Calvin Coolidge declared of Asbury that “He is entitled to rank as one of the builders of our nation.”)

Hoosier and Bishop Asbury traveled and preached together, but Bishop Asbury (who drew huge crowds) remarked that Harry drew even larger crowds than he did! In fact, the Rev. Henry Boehm (1775-1875) reported: “Harry. . . . was so illiterate he could not read a word [but h]e would repeat the hymn as if reading it, and quote his text with great accuracy. His voice was musical, and his tongue as the pen of a ready writer. He was unboundedly popular, and many would rather hear him than the bishops.” Harry also traveled and preached with other popular bishops of that era, including the Rev. Richard Whatcoat (1736- 1806), the Rev. Freeborn Garretson (1752-1827), and the Rev. Thomas Coke (1747-1814). The Rev. Coke said of Asbury that, “I really believe he is one of the best preachers in the world. There is such an amazing power that attends his preaching . . . and he is one of the humblest creatures I ever saw.”

Hoosier ministered widely along the American frontier and is described by historians as “a renowned camp meeting exhorter, the most widely known black preacher of his time, and arguably the greatest circuit rider of his day.” However, he was unpopular in the South for two reasons: first, frontier Methodists such as Hoosier tended to lean Arminian in their theology, contrasted with the denominations of the South that were largely Calvinistic (e.g., Presbyterians, Reformed, Episcopalians, Baptists, etc. – yes, the Baptists of that day were largely Calvinistic!); second, Methodists were outspoken against slavery whereas the majority of the South supported slavery. Therefore, southern groups such as the Virginia Baptists came to use the term “Hoosiers” as an insulting term of derision that they applied to Methodists like Black Harry Hoosier, meaning that they were anti-slavery in belief and Arminian in theology.

Fisk University history professor William Piersen believes that this is the source of the term “Hoosier” that was applied to the inhabitants of Indiana. Piersen explains, “Such an etymology would offer Indiana a plausible and worthy first Hoosier – ‘Black Harry’ Hoosier – the greatest preacher of his day, a man who rejected slavery and stood up for morality and the common man.”

Noted African American historian Carter Woodson reported the words of early Methodist historian John Ledman in describing the closing chapter of Harry Hoosier’s life:

After he had moved on the tide of popularity for a number of years . . . he fell by wine – one of the strong enemies of both ministers and people. And now, alas! this popular preacher was a drunken ragpicker in the streets of Philadelphia. But we will not leave him here. One evening, Harry . . . determined to remain there until his backslidings were healed. Under a tree he wrestled with God in prayer. Sometime that night, God restored to him the joys of his salvation [Psalm 51:12]. . . . About the year 1810, Harry finished his course. . . . An unusually large number of people, both white and colored, followed his body to its last resting place, in a free burying ground in Kensington [near Philadelphia].

The Rev. Harry Hoosier was used by God to draw thousands of Americans to Christ during the early decades of the Second Great Awakening.

*  our addition to the article.

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Kyle Idleman: Not a Fan

Some years ago, I, Publius Jr, ran across a Christian TV show called H20: A Journey of Faith. It was on Trinity Broadcast Network which was on the low-power station broadcast from the IDS Tower in Mpls K25IA. It was a series of lessons on the subject of faith in Jesus taught by Kyle Idleman.

He was not wearing a robe, standing on a pulpit, frothing and saying Alleluia in a weird voice or pounding his fist, or singing with a fully choreographed dancing choir behind him. He was sitting on a city bench in some city with a generous amount of sun talking through the camera to me. He was wearing blue jeans and a light blue-gray cotton collared shirt that he might have bought at Wal-Mart.

This particular lesson was in a dramatized fashion about a woman who was in distress. Kyle Idleman narrated this story and occasionally the story would pop back to Kyle on the city bench. Later in the story the woman’s car plunged into a pond.

At the end of the episode it talked about how one could purchase the episodes and others in the series.

After this series ended a new series started called, Not a Fan. For some reason I wasn’t able to watch much of it so I went to the HarMar Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN and purchased the book.

It was a tough read for me. It was introspective. There are 3 parts to it (with a must read prologue):

1. Fan or Follower? An Honest Diagnosis

2. An invitation to follow (the unedited version)

3. Following Jesus–wherever, whenever, whatever

The 2nd part was a tough slog for me but after I turned the page to part 3 I seemed more open to the message there.

The information is of a serious tone but it is easier to digest because it is as much a journey for Kyle as it is to the reader because he pokes fun at himself often in footnotes because he grew up in church as most of us have but he was more tortured in what is known as a PK (Preacher’s Kid). He talks about “sword drills”*, “quote offs”** and other things a young Baptist child might be exposed to.

*a challenge to see who can turn to a Scripture reference first
**”a quote off is similar to a dance off except you quote Bible verses” as it states on page 46.
[see Kyle I can do this too]

Starting at the end of chapter there are Not a Fan stories of real people. If you watch the series you’ll recognize these stories.

Sidebar:  after a couple of chapters in part 1 you’ll start to question your commitment in just about every organization you belong to (even your politics). I couldn’t have written “Are you a B.I.G. R Voter,”^ before reading Not a Fan.

^ Publius Jr’s political timeline and the 3 political types of a party article (lost but will be updated soon).

Fans are enthusiastic admirers. On Page  24 Kyle says a fan is that guy at a football game that takes his shirt off paints his chest in team colors and cheers for his team. He knows everything about the players but not personally. He never breaks a sweat, never takes a hit on the field. There is no sacrifice he has to make. If the team starts to have losing seasons he might find a different team to cheer for.

On Page 25
“And I think Jesus has a lot of fans these days. Fans who cheer for him when things are going well, but who walk away when it’s a difficult season. Fans who sit in the stands cheering, but they know nothing of the sacrifice and pain of the field. Fans of Jesus who know all about him, but they don’t know him.”

Kyle Idleman has also written up to this point, Not a Fan, Gods at War, AHA!, and The End of Me. He was the executive producer for the independent movieThe Song.Kyle wrote for the movie and presented the lessons in, “The Easter Experience,” and he presented the lessons in the movie, “The Christmas Experience.”


Gods at War looks at idolatry in our lives. He pokes fun at himself saying it’s odd that a person with a last name like his is talking about idolatry. This was an easier read for me than Not a Fan. Though I did look at the table of contents and jump to a topic that was on my mind at the time. I went back to read the whole book in order (with the must read introduction). Ancient Idolatry was about creating something out of wood or metal then worshipping it. Modern Idolatry happens to gifts that God has given us that we have elevated to an unnatural height to satisfy something missing in our lives.

The Easter Experience

The most moving Easter or Resurrection Day movies I’ve seen, puts you as a witness to Jesus’ death and later his resurrection on the First Day of the week (which proves Sunday is not the real sabbath). While moving the Passion of the Christ with Jim Caviziel as Jesus does not explain why Jesus’ death was necessary or other key points of the story–like how Peter’s and Judas’ denial of Christ were handled in divergent ways.

The Christmas Experience

Gives a whole new perspective on the Nativity story.  Kyle teaches as the story happens around him, or just out of focus in the background.

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Mel Bond Signs & Wonders Miracle Healer

Our God is a worker of small and great miracles.

Mel Bond is the real deal.  Miracles do happen everyday.

Our Christian Faith is not a dead faith from 2000 years ago.

Who is Mel Bond?

According to his bio on Mel Bond was born on 11/6/50 and born again and filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues in June 1957. Mel desires to touch the world with God’s Unconditional Love.

Watch Mel Bond’s “Last Days Signs And Wonders” TV Show featured on the Healing Miracles With Mel Bond Channel on ROKU and Apple TV, and on Christian TV stations worldwide.

His Vimeo site adds more information:

Mel Bond has been pastoring and evangelizing with his wife Donna, since 1972.

Mel is part American Indian (Cherokee/Lakota), and his name, Oyate Obmani, means “He walks with people.”  Mel is truly a lover of all people, and has never met a stranger.

Mel has traveled to over 30 countries conducting miracle crusades and teaching others to release God’s anointing for instant manifestations of miracles. In doing so he has seen countless miracles and witnessed over 900,000 people accept Jesus Christ as Lord.

Mel is a published author, anointed Pastor and leader. He and his wife Donna are Pastors at Agape Church in Wentzville, MO.

Mel Bond’s interview on Sid Roth’s show It’s Supernatural.

…All things that are possible for the one that believes. –Mark 9:23

Healing Services at the Agape Church in Wentzville, MO

Healing, Miracles, Signs & Wonders Meetings Conducted by Pastor Mel Bond
Bring the blind, deaf, crippled, maimed, incurable & dead corpse. Miracles will happen, people will be blessed, and God will be greatly glorified (John 14:12-14 & Hebrews 13:8).


    • January 28, 2017 – Agape Church  at 6 p.m.
      Join us for a Signs and Wonders Miracle services

    • February 17, 2017 – Tampa, FL
      Miracle Service at 7pm
      All are welcome!

      Tampa Convention Center
      333 S. Franklin St.
      Tampa, FL 33602
      Rooms 14-16

            Private prayer team meeting at 10:00 am at the same location

  • February 25, 2017 – Agape Church  at 6 p.m.
    Join us for a Signs and Wonders Miracle service.

  • March 25 , 2017 – Agape Church  at 6 p.m.
    Join us for a Signs and Wonders Miracle service.

We would like to bring Pastor Mel Bond to the St Paul area to show us that Miracles do happen.



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Christmas Card from

Since the founding of the Republican Party in 1854, Christian Values have been a cornerstone of the Party. Many think the party is all about the financial worldview but it isn’t. It was founded on the Christian Worldview and a desire to bring back the freedom and liberty of conscience and the pursuit of happiness that the Founding Fathers of the United States of America had listed in the Declaration of Independence.  Members of the party today who wish to strip the party of Christianity are not welcome and we at will work to evangelize those people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal savior. If they resist and reject Jesus we will work to remove them from the party and their ability to influence or intimidate others to feeling small and powerless without their leadership. Putting self ahead of Jesus Christ is the recipe for disaster and misery. Jesus is an excellent master who takes excellent care of all who believe in Him and do his work on Earth until He returns to rule. We believe in putting Jesus Christ First in our lives. Happy is the Nation who Jesus is Lord.  ~~ Publius Jr.

This Christmas Card is for all the people who are friends, and potential friends of ours that we don’t have enough physical Christmas Cards to send out. Feel free to send it to others that you know.

We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

God sent his only Son to redeem us from our sins and to teach us how to live, love, pray, and to serve others in His Kingdom. Jesus traded his spirit-only nature to become fully a man, fully God, and fully the Holy Spirit. To save us from our sins there needed to be a blood sacrifice of an innocent being. Jesus Bar Joseph of Nazareth was this sacrifice.

He knows what it is like to live a human life in all it’s triumphs, and it’s miseries. He asked his Father to take away his plight hours before he was arrested. Jesus enjoyed being a human, living a sinless life, but he knew he was to take on others’ sins and take the punishment that all of us deserve for living a sinful life. That punishment is death. No sin is too small to deserve this punishment. When one violates one commandment no matter how small or intentional in thought or deed you are condemned of them all. This is why we sinners need a savior to give us a new life.

God made it easy for us to do this. He sent his only Son to live and die for us, and resurrect from the dead for us, so that we can be redeemed of all the things we have ever did, or will do (you will sin again, but because you believe in Jesus, all God sees is the finished work of Jesus’ sacrifice, and God will forget your sin).

Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit. It was necessary that he would not have a man of Adam’s disease of spiritual sin to be his father. Mary was from the lineage of King David.  This was so Jesus could live a sinless unblemished life. He was Mary’s first son which gives him the characteristics of a sacrificial lamb that was used to atone for ones sins. In the Temple of God these lambs would be risen up for all to see after their execution on Passover.

Jesus didn’t come to set up a church that only perfect people can belong to.  He didn’t come here to set up a holiday season that demands more and more of our money to celebrate traditions that usually get in the way of what God planned for us.

Jesus came to have a personal relationship with you.  Ask yourself if you can have a fulfilling loving relationship with someone who regiments the time you spend with them with rites, brow-beating, demands that you wear special clothes, eat special foods, for only 1-2 hours (or < 1 hour during the NFL season) out of the 168 hours in a week.  Do you think that relationship could last?

Jesus wants you.  He doesn’t want to wait until you go through all the other things on your agenda.  He wants to be first in your life and the other things a far distant second.  He paid the ultimate price for you and he can wait until you come around to him…don’t wait too long, once you die you can’t change your mind.  Only God knows when you will lose this life, you need to take the first step toward Jesus.

Here is the Sinner’s Prayer from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website:

Dear God, I’m a sinner. I’m sorry for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Jesus, I put my trust in You and I surrender my life to You. Please come into my life and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

That’s what Christmas is all about, the start of a new life in Christ.

Merry Christmas.

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Help the St Paul Fire Department Keep Fire Hydrants Free of Snow

We never get tired of this video below.  Okay it is a little bit corny but the message of cleaning off the nearest fire hydrant to your house is an important one.  Time is of the essence when the nearest Ladder Company of the St Paul’s Bravest show up to put out a fire.  Let us say that again, Time is very important to saving lives in a fire.  If a firefighter has to waste time digging a hydrant out of a snow bank, your loved one, or your pets, or your neighbors, and their pets could die.

You can take turns with your neighbor over who gets to do the honor of Digging out the Hydrant.




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A Season of Giving, an Organization that Gives: Union Gospel Mission

Tis the season to be jolly.  When one gives something of worth to someone else it is indeed a great feeling.  Sometimes doesn’t it seem that we get too much at Christmas or Hanukkah?  If this is you, then perhaps you need to break out of the routine and include someone you don’t know in your giving.

Consider giving to the Union Gospel Mission (  It is a Christian-based organization that doesn’t discriminate from anyone who shows up at its doors.  You can donate money, your time, or some new or used clothing to the mission.

They don’t just provide a meal, medicine, and a bed to homeless people, they provide a whole lot more.  If you go to the main site, ( on the menu marked “Services,” you see that they provide a lot of needed services.  Feel free to surf their site.

There is a great video that is entitled, “5 ways to Help the Homeless,”

It gives you great tips on how to help someone who is homeless on the street.

It also lets you print off something to give someone you meet on the street instead of money (which they instruct is something you don’t want to give)…Here it is A Ticket of Hope

Here is the Union Gospel Mission’s Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, ultimately authoritative Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is deity; that He was born of a virgin, that we are redeemed by His atoning death through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into Heaven, and that He will come again in power and great glory.

We believe that individuals are saved through a direct, personal encounter with the risen Lord, at which time they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. This event we hold to be an experience, rather than a doctrinal supposition.

What is The Union Gospel Mission?

The Union Gospel Mission (UGM), founded in 1902, is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving those who are homeless, poor and addicted in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives!

Mom and Kids-NFR-Nicole Bray-2014 smallerThe Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious foodmedical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults.

Our goal is to encourage each person to value themselves as God values them, to see the gifts they have to offer the world, and to help them seek out a bright future as a fully contributing member of our community.

Merry Christmas

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Celebrate Christian History in America Month

There are several months out of a calendar year that are devoted to various groups.  It is right to stop and recall the history of those groups and the contributions that those groups have made toward this great nation. One group that founded this nation has often in recent years been held back from participating in the public square: the Christians.

Since 2013 we have celebrated the rich Christian History in America in December. It gives us the reason to mention Jesus Christ in public during the Christmas season.  Odd that we can’t say the name of the person that the season revolves around.  Well join us in talking about Jesus in this month and the other months.

If you really want to tick off Democrats and Progressives speak the Truth of Jesus Christ to them.

Merry Christmas.

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