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A message from Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran for the crime of being Christian

commentary by Bill Martinez, CiR staff writer

In reading this message from an imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini, your perspective can find a true focus on the significance of this Resurrection/Easter Holiday. 

Pastor Abedini is suffering imprisoned in Iran under, you could say unjust and incredible circumstances.  He has been sentenced to eight years in one of the most cruel prisons in Iran. Does he pray for himself? No. Like Jesus he prays for everyone else, that we would know the true and total freedom found only in Jesus Christ.

As Ted Cruz describes, “Our fellow American, Pastor Saeed Abedini, is being imprisoned in Iran for simply practicing his Christian faith. He is serving an eight-year sentence and has been so badly treated he is currently confined to a hospital bed. Despite the brutal darkness he faces in Iran, he has found comfort in the Kingdom of Light.”

Like Paul (over two thousand years ago), Pastor Abedini gives us a message of encouragement most fitting for this Resurrection Day.  In the midst of his suffering he chooses to rejoice.  Instead of complaining for his circumstances he encourages.  Setting aside his loneliness for his wife and family, by God’s grace he elevates the name of Jesus.

What else but the hope and high calling of Christ, allows one to endure such suffering?  Be blessed by the Pastor Abedini’s message.

A Message from Pastor Saeed Abedini:

Crucifying the resurrected “self” with Christ and resurrects our death faith with Christ.

Happy Resurrection Day.

On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world. What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed.

Some times we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with Jesus without experiencing death with Him. We do not realize that unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to experience resurrection with Christ.

We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves and selfish desires.

Jesus said to His Disciples: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
This means that we should not do things that we like to do (that God does not want us to do) and to do things that we do not like to do (but God wants us to do) so that He may be glorified.

So in addition to spending our days and night in doing the works of faith as described above, we should also transform our death faiths into living and active faiths through the resurrection of Christ which is an active and constructive love that is effective.

In conclusion, let us resurrect our Dead faiths to living faiths by first dying to our selfish “resurrected” self and experiencing the cross of Jesus. Then we are able to experience the Glorious resurrection with Christ.

A Glorious life with Christ starts only after a painful death (to self) with Christ.

We will start with Christ.

Pastor Saeed Abedini
Prisoner in the Darkness in Iran, but free for the Kingdom and Light


by Bill Martinez & Bob Cook
Have you Heard! Another true American Hero has tarnished his unblemished reputation as a superb Athlete, as an Achiever, and as a Role Model for millions of Americans; someone whose dream was big enough to overcome an apparent lack of opportunity. That man is our Hero, Hank Aaron, and the sad incident in question involves the unfortunate remarks taken from his speech given at an Official Anniversary Celebration of his remarkable achievements. On one hand, Hall of Famer Aaron’s political statements regarding blacks in America reveal his pain and perspective. But to what purpose? Have his comments advanced the dream and future that Martin Luther King preached about?  Sadly I do not think that was achieved.
His comments are unfortunate in as much as they take blacks and this country backwards, not forward. And we simply must not retrace our steps as our needs are to move forward. Racial division does nothing for unity as it creates and promotes a racial grievance industry that preys on debilitating perspectives which only serve to keep all Americans–especially black Americans–enslaved to an ideology that limits opportunity and exhausts contributions to our families, society and country.
I am saddened to hear Hammerin’ Hanks painful perspective. I remember admiring him as a kid, as I was the consummate baseball player. I can honestly say, I didn’t consider Aaron’s color. What I did admire was his gentlemanly manner even when he was being attacked while chasing Babe Ruth’s record. You also had to respect his gift of hand speed that was the force behind all those home runs.
This is what I love about sports; it’s not about your skin color, it’s about delivering and making it happen. Seven hundred and fifty five home runs later, there was a lot of “making it happen” going on. As a kid and as an adult, I am a fan of Hank Aaron. And I can truly admit that skin color had nothing to do with it.
Of course, I’m not black and I didn’t experience the hatred and prejudice that too many blacks grew up with, but that’s not to say that as a Hispanic American I have not experienced racial bias, because I have. But I look at how far our country has come. For goodness sakes, We The People elected our first black president, not once but twice. As a minority American I am extremely proud that our system of equality has risen above the natural inclinations of a culture based on racial prejudices.
I believe that there is a growing surge of all Americans, a tidal wave of every color, creed, and race whose cultures make up this exceptional country. Taking us beyond the past, it is a cascade which moves all of us forward to an even freer America in which success and respect are determined by the content of one’s character and not the color of one’s skin.  May God bless you and the United States of America!

About Bill Martinez,
From doing public affairs radio while in the Marine Corps to working with Wolfman Jack, Bill Martinez has spent 40 years talking AND listening on the radio. “There is so much information going on out there, it is important to discern what is the truth and what is the lie.”  We’re excited that Bill will be with us at Coach is Right, separating fact from fiction for our readers in every article.

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Obama must Stop Eric Holder from Encouraging Money Laundering!

by Steven R. Peterson,  guest writer

As of January of 2014, the citizens of Colorado have allowed cannabis use for recreational purposes.  Overnight, users lined the sidewalk as they waited for their opportunity to legally purchase a substance still listed as a Schedule I Controlled Substance under Federal law.  Prior to approved recreational use, Colorado went from having just over 5,000 registered medical marijuana patients, to over 125,000 patients in less than 2 years.  In this cash-only business, dispensaries take in thousands of dollars per day, but since Federal law prohibits cash deposits from specified illegal activities, banks are unable to accept dispensary monies.  This forces dispensary owners to find some place to stash their ever growing mountain of dollars thus making them potential targets of violent criminals intent on robbing them of their cash hoards.

In February 2014 Attorney General Holder directed Colorado banks to allow cannabis dispensaries to deposit their cash proceeds, as long as the banks practiced due diligence in determining that these dispensaries did not violate eight principles previously dictated for cannabis distribution; such as preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors and preventing marijuana possession or use on Federal property. Banks should not accept these deposits until amendments in current laws pass. To accept proceeds is still in violation of Federal law, even if the business is legal under state law.

As banks have begun to accept cash deposits obtained from cannabis and also lucrative hash oil sales, Russian, Chinese and Mexican criminal organizations have seen this loophole as a way of introducing their illegal proceeds into the world financial system via Colorado marijuana dispensaries.  If it has not already begun, Muslim Extremists will also learn the trick and begin to funnel their monies through Colorado, for possible terrorist plots.

Inviting cannabis dispensaries to deposit proceeds is an incredibly naive and ignorant act and forcing banks to discern whether dispensaries are in violation of one of the eight principles before accepting their deposits is ridiculous. Enforce or change the banking laws and be consistent, don’t conspire to weaken existing ones. The Justice Department has devoted massive time and resources holding the tobacco industry responsible for their product message in the interest of public safety.  Do you not see the irony now of looking the other way with marijuana retailing and bank deposits?

 Steven R. Peterson is Vice President of the National Law Enforcement Speakers Bureau, providing training to over 85,000 police.

Retired as the most experienced DEA Street Agent in the U.S., Peterson’s accolades include being named the lead investigator into the murder of DEA Agent Ray Stastny as well as working undercover on the largest cocaine confiscation at that time in US history.

Democrats have turned “Loyal Opposition” into Dedicated Destruction

by Jerry Todd, staff writer

I’ve been a conservative Republican since my Dad, a Chicago Packard Service manager said he voted against that SOB Roosevelt 4 times.

That said, a term that has been lost in the dust is “loyal opposition.” Liberals and conservatives in this constitutional republic both have a certain love of country – maybe even God – and only see the ongoing maintenance of the republic from different viewpoints. One wins an election, the other loses and becomes the loyal opposition.

This is never good enough for the “progressive” mindset which seeks to destroy and rebuild our extraordinary success into a global nightmare. Given the likes of George Soros eagerly and lavishly seeking to destroy Israel, the Catholic Church, Evangelicals, the Constitution and the currencies of every country he gets his claws in, I wasn’t surprised to see him backing a Sharia ruled government in Turkey.

I could go on, but my fond hope is for liberals and ignorant conservatives to get far away from “progressives” and isolate them. Popes refer to the Culture of Death. I’ve defined its two parts – Radical Islam that covets death in the service of Allah by suicidal killing of innocent infidels. The other half is “progressivism” which has no reverence for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

But what do I know…?


One More Freedom Fighter

by David Dunnington, CiR guest writer

The world teeters on the precipice of entering either a lasting era of darkness, or an era of jubilant rebirth and renewal. If just one more voice is required to fuel the flames of freedom, which I believe is the path to the latter, I offer my voice for that cause. Just like so many of you across this once and still great nation, I am jaded by the lack of representation, despite an ever burdening sea of regulation and taxation, as well as a cultural assault which seeks to undermine our traditions and drive a wedge between every demographic in our great society! So I have chosen to not be one more discontented armchair crier, and make every effort I can to contribute to the monumental effort underway to salvage our humanity, because let’s be clear; It is exactly that!, our humanity, that is at stake!

The Constitution of the United States is as close as we have ever come to true freedom, and in a very short time that freedom has led to the greatest boom of wealth, innovation, and charity the world has ever known! Yet, for the elite ruling class, this was a great threat! They were given a taste of how truly insignificant they actually were. Dictators and totalitarian regimes around the world immediately understood, to their consternation, that their talent for plundering, depressing, and repressing their populations would become irrelevant if freedom became known to all. They will never give up their perceived right to dominion over man, and unfortunately they have no fear of judgment!

Our greatest challenge to overcome in this never ending war of ideas, in this never ending battle between good and evil, is that our enemy does not fight fair! For them, the ends will always justify the means, even if that means leaving their true ideology out of it, and instead loading their guns with slander, libel, and abject dishonesty! They have enjoyed great success cultivating and then magnifying inequity with their own policies, and then lying about who is responsible. Their cover comes in the form of a compliant and quite slavish media which has given us political correctness, or as I like to call it, political intimidation! We are never going to make any progress if we cannot discuss things openly and honestly. We do have great challenges in our society. I call on all to speak with truth and with boldness about these issues, even if to do so makes the delusional and the timid scoff. It is time to reestablish our existence on the foundation of reality!

Good and evil exist! Neither can exist without the other. It is likely that good and evil will always share an equal amount of real-estate on earth. Without good people, evil would gleen no satisfaction from their transgressions, and without evil there would be no challenges worthy to strengthen the resolve of our souls.

Be brave and God bless.