I should clarify...when I say Congress, I specifically mean the Senate. The Constitution grants the Senate the authority to advise the POTUS on treaties, as well as ratifying authority. As part of the advice council, Tom had the right - and I would say responsibility - to explain procedures. Can you tell I'm in Tom's corner? I find it refreshing when folks who promised to uphold the Constitution actually do it.
Actually, Tom's letter spells it out pretty clearly. Some on here have said it seemed to be childlike in its writing. I would say rather than childlike it is simple and clear. It is Congress's job to ratify or not. As Tom said, anything else is simply an executive agreement. While POTUS negotiates, it is up to Congress to make sure things are in American interests. The intent of the Logan Act was to stop interference by non-governmental persons. It was named after a man who, as a private citizen, took it upon himself to go talk to France. It angered Adams and so he pushed for the law. Interestingly enough, there are legal scholars who do and have considered the Act unconstitutional. Congress decides on treaties, not the POTUS. He negotiates, they fine tune and accept or reject. And, if they reject but POTUS goes ahead, it is not a binding treaty upon the US - it is simply an agreement that can be retracted later by either Congress or POTUS. Nowhere in the Constitution does it forbid our elected servants from pointing out truths to countries with which POTUS might be dealing. And, honestly, all the letter did was explain the treaty process in simple enough terms for anyone to understand. Rather than being vilified for breaking a law, Cotton ought to be thanked for clarifying how treaties are made. Too may US citizens - and foreigners - believe POTUS has more authority than he does. Heh - if they have the right to sit in DC and shout disagreement about a treaty (or, as this will likely end up, an executive agreement), then posting an open letter explaining the treaty process is ok...same/same, IMO. Yep, Congress has a lot of hot air do-nothings in it. And a few of those signed the letter. But there are some - and their numbers have grown in the last couple of elections - who are not just hot air.
Hi, Jessica, and welcome. It is indeed scary for women to head out on our own at times. But due to schedules like your hubby's, there isn't always a choice. My advice? Bite the bullet and go...it'll get easier each time you do. Ask God for courage - and then step out on faith that He will be with you strengthening you as you obey. And then let us know how God blessed your being back in church. I'll be praying for you.
FWIW, the Logan Act was designed to stop private citizens from interefering with other nations without authorization of the US govt at a time when issues are being dealt with. The act itself says "unauthorized", which means private...because Congress most certainly is authorized. That is their job. POTUS is not a single authority who grants permission for our elected servants to do the job they are supposed to do. A job that includes reining in a run-amok POTUS who is trying to make deals with terrorist nations that would harm America. The media has had a hay-day implying those 47 men broke the law. They did not. They are authorized - by virtue of being elected.
We use both for the simple reason that we have folks who have never heard it called Resurrection Day. Just this morning I was talking to my third graders about the short program they are presenting next week and explained that many people call the day Easter, but that it is the annual recognition of Jesus' resurrection, hence Resurrection Day. Many of the kids in my class know only the bunny and candy. They are not all from Christian homes so it's understandable. But I want them to understand what the day is truly about. My hubs explains at nursing home the same thing. As has our pastor.
We got about 6 inches last Monday. And it's been wintery-cold ever since. There were a number of flurries yesterday but nothing measurable. It's supposed to rain tomorrow and get into the low 40s. Then on Tuesday: sunny and in the 60s! YAY! The rest of the week is supposed to be warm and dry, too.
We had mushrooms growing at the first place we lived...behind the toilet in the bathroom. Needless to say we didn't eat them. I'm not a big fan of mushrooms, although I do like to use cream of mushroom soup in a few recipes. I found a recipe for homemade cream of mushroom that I'm going to make some day. My hubs likes them fried in butter with onions. He'll eat them with or without meat. He also likes them sometimes on steak sandwiches and on pizza. Or raw in salads. And he loves stuffed mushrooms. Certain mushrooms - shittake, mittake and a couple others - are very good for us. There seems to be some cancer-fighting properties in them. So I get my mushroom needs via my multi vitamin every day. That way I benefit from them without having to eat them.
Ok...their email is now a contact page in their website. The site address i s fbwwm.org. They have the Christian Life series and a Bible Doctrines series available for download or on cd. They are not in Chinese, so would have to be translated. Neat thought...if you translated them maybe you could share it with them? Then they would have it in Chinese, too! Anyway, hope this helps. When you contact them, let them know LuAnne DePriest sent you. . They are IFB andKJB.
Well, well...as my hubby and I have been going through things to pack, we have unearthed many things we forgot we had. Among them is the Christian life series Buble study from Fundamental Baptist World-Wide Mission. There are 15 booklets in all, each one ccovering a topic pertinent to growth. Among them are: A Christian's Relationship to Christ; Knowing the Holy Spirit; Separation from the World; Persecution and the Christian. Perhaps you could get in touch with them to see about the lessons? They are in English (as far as I know they don't have any in Chinese), and you might want to tailor some things to your groups' needs, but these might help The email on the back is old...I need to find the new one and I'll post it.
Li, nothing comes to mind right now as far as Bible studies go. Books, yes, but then they would still need to be put into study form. I know some missionaries to China but don't know if they have what you would need. Let me see what I can find out. Might I suggest you pm Old Fashioned Preacher and ask him if his wife would have any materials you could use? Also...would you be ineterested/able to share some of your studies here on the ladies' forum? I'm sure we would all enjoy and benefit from them. IF you have time and desire to do so. If not, please feel free to say no!
Well, look what day it is! Happy birthday, Happy! You have been such a godly example and encouragement to me on this site, and I'm so glad for the chance I had a year ago to meet you in person. Hope you're having a wonderful, special day, with many blessings from our Lord!
Well, let's see. BroMatt and Ben (who doesn't post often). Kitagirl. You. Miss Daisy. Pastor Scott. Jordan. Milkman Dan (who doesn't post anymore). Hmm - I'm thinking there's someone else but I can't remember...