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We are getting into the heart of the legislative session now – bills are getting co-sponsors and the debates are getting more heated. It is so important that we stay educated on the issues and make a difference where we can. That is why Texas Eagle Forum is here – to unite us so we can make a difference.
Our Top 5 each week are ACTION items – please read them and respond. If we all make phone calls and take action, we can make a great impact in this state.
Here is our Top 5 for this week:
#1 SB 6 – The Texas Privacy Act is one that we are championing and will continue to speak about. The hearing is Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in State Affairs at the Texas Senate. We will be testifying. Senator Kolkhorst is the author in the senate of SB 6. You can read her thoughts on the bill here on her Facebook page.
Please call, testify, and support SB 6. Call the committee members of State Affairs and your own Senator. Please be respectful and concise when you call. They are going to be flooded with calls that day, so be one they remember for being courteous and credible. For more details on SB 6 – check out the list here by Texas Values.
#2 HB 421 authored by Rep. Matt Rinaldi – The Church Security bill has a hearing at 8:00 a.m, Tuesday March 7th as well in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. We will be supporting this bill as well. This bill is relating to the exemption from the application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of worship. Please call your Representative and tell them to please support of HB 421.
#3 We are so thankful that Senator Perry’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban SB 415 did pass out of committee. Please contact your State Representative to support the companion bill in the House authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick – HB 844. Here is the text of this bill.
#4 Texas Eagle Forum Family Fun Night (April 12th) with Brad Stine & Crystal Yates – Come join us for a family fun night in the Austin hill country with Texas Eagle Forum on Wednesday night – April 12th. Only 30-40 minutes from Austin – Wanderin’ Star Farms is a fun get away from the hustle and bustle of Austin. Hosted by President Trayce Bradford – this night will be inspirational featuring musical guest Crystal Yates and her husband Will (Christian and Country Music songwriters and artists) along with Brad Stine – one of the best Christian comedians in the nation. We will have free coffee and desserts before and during the show.
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#5 This is going to be a super charged week and we ask you to continue to pray for us and pray for these bills. Check out the latest #WomenWednesday blog post from guest writer, Debby Efurd and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for our posts to share like our #FreedomFriday highlighting a quote this last week from Senator Konni Burton. We will have much to share this week, so keep in contact.
Remember to register for Texas Faith and Family Day – March 16th – down in Austin. www.texasfaithandfamily.com
Check out the Texas Freedom Caucus’ priorities for this legislative session. We were with them at their press conference last week. Awesome!
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By Debby Efurd (Guest Writer)
It’s been an action-packed five weeks since the inauguration. While the new president has been busy getting the new administration in place, there have been numerous and massive protests against him. The biggest protest, and one which I’ve been asked about the most, is the Women’s March held across the country the day following the inauguration (January 21, 2017). While I support women and their various causes, I did not support the March and here’s why.
I’ve been a woman my whole life (that’s meant to be a joke), all 65 years of it. I have changed over the years. As a wife, mother, grandmother, speaker, author, activist, business woman, I’ve experienced a lot. When I was younger, I would have been marching and yelling right along with Madonna and Ashley Judd. You see, for years I was angry following my own abortion, and in order to justify my actions, I lashed out at any one and everyone, and that’s exactly what I saw at the Women’s March. I saw vile, nasty, angry women who are so intent on furthering their own agenda, and they left out a majority of women who don’t follow their political and ideological philosophies.
As I’ve matured, I’m now comfortable in my own skin. My reproductive organs don’t define who I am. I embrace and am grateful that I’ve been given the ability to have children, love unconditionally, nurture completely, express empathy, support my husband, enjoy healthy relationships, have strength, the ability to multi-task, be a problem solver, and not be intimidated by anyone or anything.
I love life and believe it is God-given, from the womb to the tomb, and am unashamedly pro-life. When I witness abortion supporters gleefully promoting their abortions and pushing reproduction as a right, I merely see a money making tool for a big industry that deals in death. When money is made off the sale of human body parts of our most innocent, there’s something terribly wrong in our society.
I respect authority and rule of law and strongly support free speech and peaceful demonstrations for opposing policy or opinion. I never support violence to persons or property. However, as I watched the Women’s March all I could think of were adults acting as children who were throwing temper tantrums. We have lost the ability in America to have a civil debate.
There was a pro-life group, New Wave Feminists, who were originally invited to be a part of the D.C. march, but once the march organizers learned they were pro-life, they were disinvited. The organizers were not all-inclusive, but were close-minded. Their total intent was a pro-abortion death march. I saw no explanation of what they were marching “for.”
I am a firm believer in equal pay no matter the gender. I believe women have the right to work outside the home or stay in the home to raise their children and family. What I am adamant about is that at no time should a woman be scorned because they believe life begins at conception and fails to follow the pro-abortion mantra.
Recently, someone I have never agreed with said the “future is female.” I agree with that statement, but I believe that future must include the full potential of women, not the limited view of those exhibited from this year’s Women’s March.
I’d love to hear from you.
Debby Efurd is an author, speaker, ministry leader and pro-life advocate. Her blog, The Second Mile can be followed at debbyefurd.com where she shares her perspectives on what really matters in life. Her articles have been published in national news magazines at Life News, Life Site News, The Christian Post, Charisma News, World Net Daily, and The Baptist Standard. She is a contributing writer for Bound4LIFE as well as National Eagle Forum. Her most recent published work is Go Tell It!, available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Christian bookstores. Find out more about her post-abortion ministry at www.initiative180.org, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
Texas Eagle Forum has been hard at work this week – promoting conservative values and working with the State Legislature on bills that make a difference for Texas families.
Here is our Top 5 for this week:
#1 Keep Praying! – Most likely you have heard about the vicious attacks against our President and Vice President. Last Friday, witches around the country “cast spells” upon them at midnight and the Christian community continues to rise up to pray and cover them. We cannot stop praying for our leaders. Here is the article by the New York Post on this evil attack on our leaders. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are not letting up and they unveiled the plan a little more this week at CPAC – the incredible speech by Vice President Mike Pence is here. We encourage you to get your news directly from the main sources of information, not from just listening to the newscasters talking points. Let’s continue to pray!
#2 Save The Date – Texas Eagle Forum Family Fun Night (April 12th) – Come join us for a family fun night in the Austin hill country with Texas Eagle Forum on Wednesday night – April 12th. Only 30-40 minutes from Austin – Wanderin’ Star Farms is a fun get away from the hustle and bustle of Austin. Hosted by President Trayce Bradford – this night will be inspirational featuring musical guest Crystal Yates and her husband Will (Christian and Country Music songwriters and artists) along with another surprise guest that we will announcing soon. We will have free coffee and desserts before and during the show. All the details will go out this week including ticket prices and underwriter sponsorship information.
#3 Read & Support HB 2069 – by Rep. Matt Shaheen – See Something Say Something – this short bill will help protect those that report suspicious behavior pertaining to terrorism or human trafficking in good faith from being sued. This is an important bill for the State of Texas and we encourage you to call your House Members to ask them to co-author this bill with Matt. Read the full text and follow the bill here.
#4 Sharing TEF Social Media Posts – On Wednesdays and Fridays – we are hitting it hard on social media. Wednesdays we are releasing a new #WomenWednesdays article each week and on Fridays – we are putting out a Liberty quote on #FreedomFriday. Please share these posts and information with others. We are continuing to build our social media audiences and we thank you for sharing these with your friends. Check out the latest article by Tammy Morgan from last Wednesday and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
#5 Join us for Texas Faith and Family Day on March 16th – we have just confirmed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Rafael Cruz both who will be speaking at this important day for the conservative movement.
Register here: www.texasfaithandfamily.com and join us as we go through the halls of the Senate and House promoting our family values. We need as many as can to join us for this important day at the State Capitol.
Check social media this week for the Freedom Caucus Press Conference that we will be a part of – Thursday at noon. We will alert you on how to tune in.
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By Tammy Morgan (Guest Writer)
As I watched the images of the Woman’s March in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago, I had a great sense of sadness and even a little anger because globally these women were being portrayed as role models. The women on the screen were furious and harsh, but the media lauded them as heroes. Pop star, Madonna, even claimed she’d like to blow up the White House! Even though I don’t have a daughter, I wondered how hard it would be to bring one up in this day in age. There is so much pressure on girls of all ages, to look, act, and dress a certain way. To add to the confusion, most women portrayed on television, and in movies lack the character and discretion that we would want our daughters to have.
So, what is it that these ladies of the world are lacking? The word gentleness comes to mind. One definition of gentleness claims that it is a sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior, founded on strength and prompted by love. The words of J.R. Miller describe gentleness perfectly, “Gentleness is a beautiful quality. It is essential to true character. Nobody admires un-gentleness in either man or woman. When a man is harsh, cold, unfeeling, unkind, and crude and rough in his manner- no one speaks of his fine disposition. When a woman is loud-voiced, dictatorial, and petulant, given to speaking bitter words and doing unkindly things – no person is ever heard saying of her, “What a lovely disposition she has!” She may have excellent qualities, and may do much good – but her un-gentleness mars the beauty of her character.”
Being able to display gentleness does not mean that you are not passionate about the things God has laid on your heart. Being gentle does not mean that you’re a doormat upon which others can walk. Even if we display justice, righteousness and strength, but lack gentleness, life is sadly flawed. In fact, the Bible gives us many glimpses of gentleness being an attribute of God. In the beatitudes of Matthew 5, Jesus states, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” What did Jesus mean by “meek?” If you trace back “meek” to its Greek translation, it is translated as “gentle.” Isn’t it ironic that Jesus didn’t say blessed are the bold, strong, or pushy? The more I dive into God’s Word, the more I realize that it is so contradictory to what the world teaches.
When pondering who consistently displayed the characteristic of gentleness, Tom Landry came to mind. My pastor once served on a board with Coach Landry and he said, “Tom Landry rarely spoke during our meetings, but when he did everyone would lean in and listen very closely to every word.” A biography about his life said that, In 1959, Tom was a 33-year-old assistant coach for the New York Giants and in the off-season, an insurance salesman. Eventually, he coached a team of his own – the Dallas Cowboys – and he led them to an unprecedented 20 consecutive winning seasons, five Super Bowl appearances and two championships. An impressive record, to say the least. What could be considered even a greater feat, however, was that he did it without raising his voice. Tom was meek in the best sense of the word. He was a reserved, soft-spoken, and a man who walked with God as he walked the sidelines. That was evident by his game-time mannerisms. Were the Cowboys up by 14 or down by 14? Tom’s demeanor provided no clue. Was it fourth and goal on the opponent’s one yard line or first and ten on their own twenty? Did the Cowboys just fumble away the game? Did the refs just blow a call? Don’t look to Tom’s expression for answers. This now-devout Christian personified gentleness and self-control.
Psalm 18:35 declares that, “Your gentleness has made you great.” I believe that it was Tom Landry’s gentleness that made him great!
It is comforting to know that we all have to learn to be gentle (Galatians 5:22). It is not a gift that God simply bestows; it takes work and it takes practice because we will have good days and bad days. As our walk with the Lord deepens, our characteristics should become a reflection of Him.
Back to the protestors… When we look at them through the eyes of gentleness, we see souls that are lost and hurting. Perhaps they have never received a gentle answer in spite of their anger and wrath. Throughout our days, we never know when someone may need a special touch of tenderness. It is impossible for us to know the secret burdens that others carry. Even those who have a happy disposition on their face may secretly be carrying grief. Many people may not be able to explain their need for tenderness, but it is still something they desire.
Even though we have been called to speak truth we must remember to do it in love! We are called to vigorously pursue the things God has placed upon our hearts, but we are to do all things in a spirit of gentleness. God will give us the game plan, an open door of opportunity, and allow us to accomplish things for His glory as we seek Him as an example.
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t have a daughter. However, I do have three sons. I desperately hope and pray that they will be blessed enough to someday find a girl who is gentle, because we know that the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth and value in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:4). May we all rise to the challenge to be gentle in everything we do!
“The Lord’s servant must be gentle towards all.” 2 Timothy 2:24
“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. “ 1 Timothy 6:11
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Besides being a wife to her rancher/farmer husband, and a mother to her three teenage boys, Tammy has devoted herself to the field of education. She serves as a school administrator in a rural Texas school district. She also enjoys getting involved legislatively in promoting faith and family values. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Dallas Eagle Forum and enjoys supporting the efforts of the Texas Eagle Forum. You can check out more of her musings at: www.thereasonweteach.com.
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So much has happened this last week, the Texas Freedom Caucus was formed in the Texas House which will hopefully increase our “grassroots voice” on the issues that we care about and the Christian community came together with one voice to stand up for religious freedom for everyone. President Trayce Bradford was so blessed to be able to stand with our fellow warriors to defend liberty and religious freedom here in Texas.
Reminder as well to continue to stand for LIFE in the womb. Trayce testified this last week in support of SB 415 to ban the performance of dismemberment abortions. Let’s continue to pray for all of these important bills working their way through the legislature right now.
We have much to do this week, so here is our TOP 5 for this week. Reminder as well to continue to stand for LIFE.
#1 Please sign up to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – We are still building up our social media following but it is a great way to get out information fast. Invite people to LIKE our page on Facebook or retweet something on Twitter. We are posting items just on social media like this graphic from State Representative Matt Rinaldi from Friday. We need a wave of voices and footsteps to keep this movement building and to support all the good that is being done. It can get easy to see the negative but we do have patriots working hard this session and they need prayers and action – in person and online.
#2 Speaking of Matt Rinaldi – we are 100% behind his HB 421 Church Security Bill (Relating to the exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship) which has been sent to the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. Please call your House Member and ask them to support this bill and please call the Members on the Committee as well.
#3 Please call your State Senators in support of Senator Bob Hall’s SB 83 bill to protect our grid – (Relating to protection of energy critical infrastructure from electromagnetic, geomagnetic, terrorist, and cyber-attack threats.) Currently the bill is in the Business and Commerce committee and a hearing request has been put in. Reminder that when you call your representatives or any representatives to be cordial and kind and to give the staffer just a minute or so of why you support a bill. It can be as simple as saying “I support SB 83 to protect our energy grid. Thank you.” Be prepared to give your address, phone number, and email to the staffer.
#4 On Wednesdays – we are continuing to put out blog posts from some amazing women highlighting their thoughts on our culture and what it means to be a woman here in America currently. This last Wednesday, we featured a post from our intern Bethany Jarrell. Check it out. You can also sort blog posts by topics/tags anytime – check out everything we have written by our guest writers.
#5 Read Our Blog – So much is going on in the Texas House and our liberty-minded friends have banded together to create the Texas Freedom Caucus. Read about it on our blog and then like them on Facebook.
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By Bethany Jarrell (Guest Writer & Our Current Texas Eagle Forum Intern)
I grew up surrounded by strong women. I learned early on that women could work hard, raise children, love their husbands and pursue their passions even if it required quite a bit of juggling. I realize now how special that early childhood experience was. When I think about the young women my age who are marching and demanding that women be treated like men, I am reminded of the fact that many have only seen feminism as it is presented by the mainstream media.
In fact, as a young female born into this millennial generation, according to the media, my opinion on the current gender gap situation has apparently already been decided. The media can spin any scenario with whatever narrative best fits them, as long as the outcome is that those who represent me are still oppressed, overworked, and undercompensated. I am concerned that the questions being asked of me as a single woman only begin to scratch the surface of what I believe is actually going on in our nation.
Do I want equal treatment for men and women? Yes.
Do I think women should be treated like they are human beings with all the dignity that allows? Of course.
What I am still discovering and trying to figure out is – how do we make this happen?
When I consider my generation and what they meditate on, I see now that they believe and what they do is based on the fact that they cannot comprehend anything different. With the perspective I have, shaped by the strong men and women in my life, I can say that there is much at stake for my generation. The future is being shaped by the unimpeded, purposeless whims of a generation that have very few people after whom they can model themselves.
What my generation needs is mothers and fathers.
We need mothers and fathers ahead of us to take an interest in our development. We are not all lost causes chained to our iPhones; nor are we all so easily brainwashed by the mass opinions floating around. The young women of today need to see strong women leading with grace and dignity. Mentoring is a lifestyle that must be done by women because they are women.
I once read the book, 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas and I was moved by his premise. There are some women who were able to be the force for change because they were women, not in spite of it. When we think of Rosa Parks, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, and Hannah More, these women were so distinguished in their fight for what they believed to be right, because they were women. No man could have done what they did and brought about the same kind of change that was so vital to the shaping of the world in which they lived.
As I thought about what to write today, I realized that most everything had already been said on the matter. There have been centuries of men and women before me who have fought hard for the freedom we now have and I do not want to add too much to a narrative that ought to be simple.
It all boils down to the simple truth that the young people of the world and this nation are passionate and driven – but limited in their perspective. As a fellow young woman in the fight for equality, I am convinced that the key to our victory is not in one gender outshining the other, but in men and women leading together while providing the next generation with a better example of unity and strength.Read More About Bethany Here
What we are doing week after week is so important for our state and the cause of freedom. We prayed for the Texas House to FINALLY get committee assignments to start the business of the people and they finally did – a little late but they are now getting to work.
We are creating these TOP 5 each week so you can share them on social media to others. Let’s try to get the TOP 5 out to your TOP 5 civic minded friends. Encourage them to sign up for our email list and stay informed. We are making a difference in the state of Texas and beyond. Let’s keep up the good work!
Here is our TOP 5 for this week.
#1 Adopt a Committee and Pray – The Texas House released their committee assignments this week. Would you take a committee on the House or Senate side and pray for the work that committee, the Chairmen, and the Members of that committee? Pick one that you are interested in and would like to follow the bills coming through it. Here are the Texas House Committee Assignments for download. Also here is the list of the Texas Senate Committee Assignments. Let’s pick one and pray for our leaders.
#2 Call the White House and ask President Trump to keep up his fight for Religious Liberty – The Left is calling the White House and we need to keep calling as well to ask President Trump to continue to stand up for religious liberties. At the National Prayer Breakfast last week – he highlighted that he wanted to safeguard religious liberty with a promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a 1954 law that bars churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates. You can read all about the National Prayer Breakfast here from the Baptist Press and then call the White House with a quick reminder to protect religious freedom at 202-456-1414.
#3 Read about a few Bills that we are Following – We encourage you to read about a few of the bills that we are following. Here are just a few on the Senate side.
– Senate Bill 242 (Right to Know) – Relating to the right of the child’s parent to public school records and information concerning the child. View all actions
– Senate Bill 252 (Prohibit Investments in Iran, Sudan, and other Terror sponsoring states) – Relating to prohibiting government contracts with a company doing business with Iran, Sudan, or a foreign terrorist organization. View all actions
– Senate Bill 253 (Divestment in Sudan, Iran, and other state sponsored terror entities) – Relating to investment prohibitions and divestment requirements for certain investments of public money. View all actions
– Senate Bill 256 (Confidentiality of Human Trafficked and/or abuse victims) – Relating to the confidentiality of home address information of certain victims of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, or trafficking of persons. View all actions
#4 Let’s thank the Texas Senate and Senator Van Taylor for his ethics reform bill – Senator Van Taylor has been working diligently on SB 14 which will change the way the Texas Legislature does business – making everything more transparent and shedding more light on the private dealings of elected officials. Read about the first bill that passed the Texas Senate here and then call your State Senators’ office and also call Senator Van Taylor’s office thanking him for his strong stand and commitment to transparency and ethics. Phone numbers are here. Also encourage your House Members to now pass a similar bill and stand up for transparency.
#5 MOSTLY FALSE – Texas Associations Numbers Concerning the Effects of the Bathroom Bill – This just came out this week from Politifact Texas and was touted by our Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The study by the TBA said in late 2016 that the bathroom law to protect our women and children would cost Texas $8.5 billion in GDP and up to 185,000 jobs. Politifact Texas says that is MOSTLY FALSE and you are read their report here. We have been very clear where we stand on this issue and have a full blog post on it from January 3rd – It’s Time to Push Back, Texas. Continue to get the facts and keep fighting for the truth.
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We love that people are already talking about our TOP 5 list each week. You are important and your voice is important. Thank you for sharing and getting out the word. Politics is not a dirty word and getting involved is a must. Our main goal here at Texas Eagle Forum is to empower, train, and educate the people in our communities who care about the issues that we care about. Help us do that by sharing our emails or blog posts with your friends and family.
Here are our TOP 5 for this week.
#1 Sanctuary City Ban Hearing (Get Informed) – In the Governor’s State of the State address, he threw his voice behind the ban on sanctuary cities in the State of Texas. Teresa Beckmeyer wrote a great article on the subject here on the Lone Star Voice and we want to encourage you to read it and call your legislators on this important piece of legislation.
#2 Be a Point Person in your Senate District – We are continuing to look for people in each Texas Senate District to be our point people to get information out within their areas. Most districts are covered but we need more active volunteers. We would love to have you be an active part of Texas Eagle Forum. If this is something that appeals to you- please email Trayce Bradford at email@example.com and she will get you all the information.
#3 Pray for the HOUSE – The Texas House is continuing to be a problem child with no committee assignments out yet – which will shorten the time that the House can pass bills. Let’s pray that the House leadership gets organizational items settled so that they can get about the work of the people of Texas.
#4 Let’s stand with Israel against the BDS movement here in Texas – Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative Phil King are carrying legislation HB 89 & SB 134 combating the anti-Semitic Boycott Divestment & Sanctions movement. The Jewish community is organizing a day in Austin on Thursday, supporting this legislation. Let’s join together with them and stand for Israel. If you can come to Austin – please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you are with Texas Eagle Forum.
#5 Women Wednesdays – We are posting articles by amazing WOMEN on Wednesdays on our blog. This last week we heard from Andrea Taylor, President of im2more with How Are You Not for Women? Check it out and share with your friends. Conservative women ARE for women!
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