Virginia Beach Conservatives 2018

I was not able to find another easy listing of Virginia Beach conservatives running for office in 2018. Therefore, I decided to collect a list on this page.  According to their bylaws, the Republican Party of Virginia Beach cannot fund advertising for candidates for non-partisan races.  In contrast, I am happy to devote some of my resources to do so. After further research, I will create a printable flyer  to offer at polling stations in November .  The below list consists of those I have met or heard about.

By conservative I mean those that wish to conserve what is good and limit the size of government to the essentials. Also those that consider themselves Republican or Libertarian.  Furthermore, this would exclude those that consider themselves liberal or progressive.

Virginia Beach conservatives running for City Council in 2018

Bobby Dyer for Mayor

Eric Wray for Centerville District

Jessica Abbott for Kempsville District

John Coker for Beach District

John Moss for at-large City Council member

Richard “RK” Kowalewitch for Beach District

Tim Worst for Princess Anne district

Virginia Beach conservatives running for School board in 2018

Bobby Melatti for At-Large School Board member (Robert Melatti)

Also these resources may help you further:

2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for School Board, Princess Anne District by Independent News

2018 Listing of School Board candidates and brief introduction from The Virginia Pilot

Virginia Beach Conservatives for State Offices

Jason S. Miyares for Virginia Assembly Delegate

Virginia Republicans running for National Offices

Second District U.S. Congress – Scott Taylor for House of Representatives

Corey Stewart for U.S. Senator from Virginia

Additional resources for Virginia Beach Conservatives

Also you may want to check out some Republican groups on FaceBook like: Virginia Beach Young Republicans
Virginia Beach Republicans

My page on Government Stewardship

Finally, please let me know of any other conservatives in Virginia Beach running for election in 2018.

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Flooding and Disaster Preparedness

Recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence continue in North Carolina, South Carolina, and some parts of southern Virginia.  It is sad to see the devastation caused by the storm.  In contrast, it is relieving to see help getting to those in need.  Consequently, we need to increase flooding and disaster preparedness efforts personally, by community groups, and the government.

Recent Response to Flooding

Government response to the disaster seems well managed.  Emergency personnel rescued thousands of people from flooded areas. Also reporting on the aftermath indicates most people heeded government warnings to evacuate

Problems in Flooding and Disaster Preparedness

There appears to be a lack in two areas of preparedness.  First, limited notification of flooded roadways. This resulted in some vehicles lost on flooded roads. Second, thousands of people lacked a good plan and/or execution of evacuation and recovery after the disaster hit.

Corporate Help for Flooding and Disaster Preparedness

I read a few articles in The Virginia Pilot today that addressed managing flooding and disasters.  First of all, one article by Peter Coutu talked about the Norfolk company Green Stream and their product to monitor flooding.  The flood sensors are solar powered and rugged. Also they are Internet connected to send alerts to the local community.  Coutu wrote, “Each one costs about $500, Lindquist said. That’s significantly less than the sensors used by NOAA or USGS, which can be up to $20,000 she said.”

Green Stream flood sensor - Flooding and Disaster Preparedness

If you live in a community with a history of flooding, please contact your community groups and city government about installing these sensors to help protect lives and property.

Government Help for Flooding and Disaster Preparedness

Secondly,  an article by Dave Gammon focused on government climate policy solutions. He urged politicians to work together and honestly consider conservative and liberal climate policy solutions.  I applaud his desire for honest cooperation to generate government policy.  People should encourage politicians to use science based solutions.

Though he pointed out some flaws in liberal and conservative thought, I found some flaws in his article.  Liberal media and politicians promote the term “climate change”. The public realized that scientists failed to prove man-made “global warming” is a global threat. So liberals replaced the term “global warming” with “climate change.”  The problem with the term “climate change” is that the climate is always changing as there are four seasons.  Mr. Gammon seems to assume that our use of fossil fuels significantly contributes to rising sea levels.  This has not yet been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  This leads to the assumption that mankind can impact climate change by changing our energy sources.

The government should encourage the use of renewable energy by using it for government facilities.  Also, government should not require its use by the public. Our government should focus on addressing pollution proven to be harmful to people and the environment.  Power companies should make the costs for cleanup of toxic waste more apparent to rate payers. Also government could increase fees or fines on fossil fuel use by power companies.

When it comes to flooding, government at all levels should take reasonable measures to reduce the impact of flooding and encourage people to avoid developing property in flood prone areas.  Government should improve flood zone mapping and adjust flood insurance costs to more accurately reflect recovery costs in flood zones.

Charitable Help for Flooding and Disaster Preparedness

In addition to contacting the government, you can help those recovering from flooding and disasters by donating to charities like:

American Red Cross

Convoy of Hope

Operation Blessing

Samaritans Purse

The Salvation Army National Headquarters – The Army of Compassion

Finally, see more content on Environmental Stewardship.

 

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Voter Issues Help Republicans Win 2018 Elections

This past week, the despicable behavior of Democratic Senators and liberal protestors during the hearing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court appalled me.  The liberals/Democrats in room disrespected the offices of the Senate and the Supreme Court. Also they rudely interrupted the proceedings.  Finally, they could not find any evidence that disqualified Kavanaugh.  If this is what they do when they are in the minority of control, I would hate to see them gain majority control. I hope this helps you help Republicans win elections in 2018 and beyond.

One of the reasons the people elected Donald Trump to be President was his promise to appoint righteous judges. He appointed judges that respect the U.S. Constitution, the separation of powers, and the original intent of our Founding Fathers.  This group includes Justice Kavanaugh.

Restore civility and justice and help Republicans win elections

It took me a few dozen searches on three different search engines to find a reasonable article that clearly defined a few campaign techniques Republicans can use to increase their majorities in the House and the Senate in 2018.  I was really trying to find a listing of issues and positions that would encourage conservatives to get out the vote and avoid increasing the political passions of liberals. I did not find such a reference.  President Trump has a way of stirring up both groups.

Here are some things that should stir up conservatives and deflate those who wish to promote illegal and immoral activity.  We should strive to conserve and hold on to that which is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NIV)

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

Unlawful Immigration / Illegal Immigration

First, Democratic Party leadership has pushed for open borders, ignoring illegal immigration when they are in power. Also they push to legalize criminal trespassers and invaders.  They want to grant citizenship to millions of illegal aliens.  Republicans need to point out that if Democrats gain control in Congress, even more illegal aliens will flood across the border. Conservatives respect the rule of law.  They should push for more funding to secure our borders before granting the right to work and educate here without the right to citizenship. Immigration should be handled with justice and compassion.

Gun Control in line with the Second Amendment

Second, Democratic Party leaders believe in expanding restrictions on gun ownership and sales.  While they say it is intended to improve public safety, research has shown it normally makes places less safe.  Cities like Chicago and Baltimore have been run by Democrats for years and have very restrictive gun laws, but remain high crime areas.  One reason is because law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves or others against criminals with guns.  Crime rates go down when responsible gun ownership and concealed carry permits go up.  Spending government money to confiscate or buy guns from law abiding citizens is a waste of money and resources.  They would be better off with qualifying and paying part time deputies to patrol high-crime areas in those cities.  Also, Republicans should promote the enforcement of existing laws to ensure background checks are done to prevent criminals and those with mental illnesses from easily purchasing guns.

Taxes

Third, Republicans passed an historic tax cut in 2017 that reduced personal income taxes and corporate tax expenses. This lead to more capital available to reinvest in growing the economy.  Democratic Party leaders want to increase taxes and continue to spend more than the government receives in taxes.  Republicans need to promote a balanced budget approach that maintains military might and reduces wasteful discretionary spending.  Our grandchildren should not have to pay for our indulgences.  We should not pass our debts on to future generations.

Impeachment

Fourth, if Democrats gain control in Congress, they will pursue impeachment on the President and White House officials despite the lack of any evidence they have committed crimes while in the White House.  This would be the lame investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign on steroids. No evidence, but a long investigation and waste of taxpayer money.  Also, evidence shows the ones who were in collusion with the Russians include Hillary Clinton campaign and liberal deep state actors in the FBI and Department of Justice.  Republicans should push for proper legal investigations that follow the evidence, not political machinations.

Micah 6:7-9 (CEV)

The Lord God has told us
what is right
    and what he demands:
“See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
    and humbly obey your God.”

Finally, if you have some other good ideas to help Republicans win elections, please let me know.

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Illegal immigration justice with compassion

With the retirement of the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy people are expressing hopes and fears. Complaints and concerns are expressed in the media, by politicians, and on the Internet. Recently, there was the stir about the handling of justice with illegal immigrants crossing the border with children.

Democratic Party Failures

The Senate Democratic Party leadership has hindered the cause of justice in our society by delaying the filling of judicial positions by qualified people nominated by President Donald Trump.  This is a big factor in causing backlogs of court cases. This is also a factor in why it takes a while to process illegal immigrants with children. Another part of the problem is the laws passed under President Clinton with support of Democratic legislators requiring certain procedures in processing illegal immigrants that caused the separation of children from adults with the intent of protecting the children.  Since the Obama administration applied a catch and release philosophy and declined to uphold the law and prosecute illegal alien adults with children, they incentivized illegal aliens to bring children with them and put them in harms way.

Restoring Law and Order with Compassion

When the Trump administration began upholding the laws and dis-incentivized illegal immigration with children, the Democrats got all in an uproar over upholding the laws they passed.  The intent of the Trump administration of was to protect the children, not harm them. In accordance with the law, they separated children from the law breaking adults that brought them into the country illegally.  While they could have handled the public relations better, they were within their legal rights and had honorable intentions in protecting the children with compassion.

Concerned about children brought illegally into the USA? Check out this reasonable analysis on solutions from National Review and contrast it with Jesse Watter’s review of the disingenuous comments of Democrat Party leaders that caused the problem and refuse to fix it.

It would also be good for you to review Charles Krauthammer’s solution for the country’s immigration woes.

The government is in place to uphold the laws. The church is in place to offer compassion to those who are suffering.  Christians should respect constitutional laws. Also they should work with charities to care for the unfortunate. Finally, the should work peaceable to change laws that are not helpful to our society.

We need more conservative senators to move forward at a national level with policies with proven success in conservative states. I pray you vote Republican and encourage others to do so.

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See also my resources on Christianity

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Religious Freedom – Judicial Abuse

With the retirement of the Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy people are expressing hopes and fears. Complaints and concerns are expressed in the media, by politicians, and on the Internet.  This includes some controversy as to whether or not or how soon the replacement justice would help overturn Roe v. Wade.   Some politicians said they would vote against a nominee if they believed they would overturn that decision.  One of the potential nominees was unfairly attacked for her faith by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein decrying “dogma lives loudly in her” during her hearings on an appointment. This was an example of religious freedom judicial abuse. I recently read a book on the foundations of our country in regards to God and the Constitution. Also I read one describing the differences between modern conservatism and liberalism.

In God and the Constitution: Christianity and American Politics, author Paul Marshall analyzed several factors involved in how our society has changed in its views of religion, government, and justice and how they relate to one another.  Our country vastly recognized the importance of encouraging religious practice and discouraging government interference for most of its history.  Marshall pointed out:
One key change came in 1947 when Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black used Jefferson’s extra-constitutional metaphorical language of “the separation of church and state” as the key to the First Amendment.

Religious Freedom and Judicial Abuse and Assault

This decision began the significant assault on religious freedom by the judiciary that disregarded the original intent of the phrase. It disregarded the concept of equal treatment before the law and the rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness declared in the Declaration of Independence.  When Jefferson wrote that letter to a church he intended that phrase to indicate protection of the church from government intrusion or mistreatment.

Since then, judges have made a number of unconstitutional decisions including banning the Holy Bible as a primary source for education, banning voluntary school prayer by school staff.  Also more recently denying small business owners the right to maintain their religious convictions and decline to participate in immoral and unhealthy sexual practices.  No law passed by congress mandated those practices, so the courts did not have grounds to deny those practices. As the first amendment to the constitution states:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I pray the next Supreme Court Justice will restore the right to religious freedom that previous courts have denied.  The Senate Democratic Party leadership has hindered the cause of justice in our society. They have delayed unfairly the filling of judicial positions by qualified people nominated by President Donald Trump.  This is a big factor in why there are backlogs of court cases to be settled.

We need more conservative senators to speed up putting more judges in place that honor the Constitution and religious freedom.  I pray you vote Republican and encourage others to do so.

Read more on Government Stewardship

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See also my resources on Christianity

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Land of the Free Because of the Brave

God Bless America! The land of the Free because of the Brave! If you know someone in the military, help them out by passing along these resources or by donating your time and/or money to charities that support the military. The Declaration of Independence declared that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. Among them are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness [righteous living]. Our military fights to support and defend those rights. In addition, they protect the innocent from the wicked. Honor and Remember!  I hope you enjoy these new resources to help women, military, finances.

Recently I updated the website with new resources on the following pages:

Pro-Life

Military  Support

Financial Stewardship

More resources for financial help for military families

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Weddings and Marriage – Hopes and Expectations

Reflections on Marriage from Ephesians 5:21-28 – Submit to one another

Scripture Reading:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Reflection on weddings and marriage, Hopes and Expectations:

With the Royal Wedding in England this weekend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle it got me thinking about expectations at weddings and in marriage.  We all have hopes, dreams, and desires when it comes to life and relationships.  In a healthy relationship, expectations should be clearly expressed to avoid unintentionally offending or disappointing one another. In a marriage, we are called to seek the good of our spouse above our own comfort or desires.

As part of our wedding preparations, my wife and I attended premarital counseling and discussed our expectations after marriage.  Have you shared your hopes, dreams, and desires with your spouse or significant other?  I pray this encourages you to talk about them some more.

Prayerful Reflection on marriage and relationships:

How is God calling you to be more humble in your relationships?

What can you do to honor God and your spouse more?

How can you help others in difficult relationships find healing and hope?

For futher reflection consider watching this sermon from Grace Bible Church on “A Happy Couple’s Secret

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Resurrection Response

Sermon outline from April 2018, The Resurrection Response

American society has seen an increase in persecution of Christians by the media, politicians, and others. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus and knowing He is with us can help us be courageous in sharing our faith in truth and love.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

John 20:19-31 NIV:

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. 

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

(John 20:19-31 NIV)

How do you respond to the resurrection of Jesus?
– Respond with fear or joy?
• John 20:19-20
(Perfect love casts out all fear.  We can rejoice because Jesus is with us)
– With or without forgiveness?
• John 20:21-23
(We are called to ask forgiveness from God and those we offend and forgive those who repent of their sins.)
– Doubt or faith?
• John 20:24-29
(It is ok to question the faith honestly, because the Christian faith is well documented and reasonable)
– Believe and embrace life
• John 20:30-31
(We must all choose whether or not to believe in the resurrection, but choosing to believe is better because it leads to eternal life.)

Resurrection Response Reflection Questions:

How do I need to respond to Jesus?
– How can I embrace forgiveness?
– What can I do to strengthen my faith in the resurrection?
– How can I share the resurrection of Jesus with others?

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The Gift of Eternal Life

Scripture:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[a] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[b]

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.  – John 3:14-21 (NIV)

How can you know and share eternal life? 

  • The Gift of Eternal Life has a cost of Atonement (forgiveness of sins)

John 3:14-15 (Son of Man, not sum of man)  What Jesus did, not what you do.

  • The Gift of Eternal Life is a loving choice

John 3:16  (God loves us and chose to redeem those who would seek after God)

  • The Gift of Eternal Life is a limited choice

John 3:17-18  (Everyone must choose life or death, there is no third option)

  • Choose in your Life to Embrace and Share the light of Jesus Christ

John 3:19-21  (Choose to follow the light of Christ knowing some will reject Jesus and you)

Reflection questions on the gift of eternal life:

  • How do I need to choose life?

– How can I seek forgiveness for my sins?

– How can I show respect for other peoples choices while disagreeing?

– How can I share Jesus with others?

Resources to help embrace life:

I pray this draws you closer to God and encourages you to choose to embrace the Gift of Life in Jesus Christ. Choose Life, Choose Christ.

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New Job Search page and other edits

While the overall U.S. economy is going well, the stock market has been doing some adjustments recently.  Tariffs do not normally improve the economy, but they can cause political problems.  While the unemployment rate is lower than the past 8 years, there are still many people searching for work. The job search process can be difficult, but there are resources available to make it easier.  I pray our national leaders encourage all able-bodied adults to work hard and smart and reduce our personal and national debts that more may prosper in this nation.

What is the best thing to do in the short life that God has given us? I think we should enjoy eating, drinking, and working hard. This is what God intends for us to do. 19 Suppose you are very rich and able to enjoy everything you own. Then go ahead and enjoy working hard—this is God’s gift to you. 20 God will keep you so happy that you won’t have time to worry about each day.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (CEV)

New resources

This past week I added a new work search/job search page and added some resources and updated the formatting on the Military Support, Computing Resources, Financial Stewardship, and Webmaster pages.

I added Ziprecruiter.com  as a work search asset.

job search - Chaplain Paul - Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery support Work smarter, not just harder.

I added GTMEtrix as a webmaster resource.

New financial resources:

Morningstar
Wall Street Journal
Mutual Fund Education Alliance
iShares

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