Christian ministries have the same decisions to make under the Affordable Care Act that corporations and small businesses have to make. Do they comply with the law’s employer mandate and provide health care for each worker at the risk of losing focus on their mission? Or do they send individuals to the health care exchanges or elsewhere?

James LansberryJames Lansberry, executive vice president of Samaritan Ministries International, and two other public policy experts will try to answer those and other questions during a session of the 2014 Christian Leadership Alliance conference in Dallas. The conference will be held April 14-16. The panel session, “Understanding the New HealthCare Landscape,” will be at 4 p.m. April 16.

“We will be talking about the problems impacting patients and employers up until now with the ACA already and then highlight the current and future situations from a patient perspective, including delays,” James said.

James will also summarize the status of lawsuits challenging the law’s requirement that employers provide contraception coverage to employees. Josh Archambault, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability, will speak on options for people turning to the health care exchanges. Merrill Matthews, a health policy expert at the Institute for Policy Innovation, will discuss Oklahoma’s lawsuit against the federal government that challenges tax aspects of the ACA.

A “considerable amount of Q&A” will be offered at the end, James said.

Those who attend “should go away with a pretty good understanding of what happened and what’s likely to happen in respect to the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “They should have an understanding of how that’s going to affect them personally as a citizen and as a patient and as a Christian organization if they’re a benefits coordinator or a chief financial officer coming in trying to figure out how it’s going to affect them.”

From creation to cholesterol, the April 2014 Samaritan Ministries Christian Health Care Newsletter has it. And we even talk about the weather. In this month’s issue:

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By Brian and Carla Estell

Whether it’s dino digs, fossil float trips, creation museums, canyons, or petrified forests, America is full of God’s handiwork just waiting to be explored. Our family has been so blessed to be able to travel coast to coast, presenting creation seminars for churches, Christian schools and camps, home school groups, and other groups and ministries, and on the way we’ve been able to explore God’s creation together. In this and future articles, we want to tell you about some of the treasures that we’ve found that you may want to visit when you are traveling.

We believe the geological site in America with the most Biblically affirming evidence is Mount St. Helens, located in the southwestern corner of Washington, near Mount Rainier. When the volcano erupted in May 1980, geological features such as layered sediment, canyons, badlands, and pre-coal beds (accumulated bark) formed in hours and days. The eruption showed how quickly a catastrophe could reshape the earth’s crust, giving us a glimpse of the devastation that occurred at the time of the worldwide flood of Noah’s day, and blasting millions of years off earth’s geologic clock that is proclaimed by evolutionists. (Learn more.)

The two main ways geologists date the earth are by counting sedimentary layers (comparable to counting tree rings) and radioactive dating (comparing the amount of radioactive isotopes in igneous rock), both of which are said to “prove” dates in the millions to billions of years. Yet, when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, up to 400 feet of finely layered strata filled the neighboring Toutle Valley, each layer sometimes forming in a matter of seconds or minutes—not many years! Just six years later, in 1986, scientists from the Institute for Creation Research had rock samples of the new lava dome tested. Using the K-Ar (Potassium-Argon) dating method, the newly formed rock was given an age of 350,000 years! The ages the tests “proved” varied widely, depending on the method used, showing how unreliable these results really are.

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What we should learn from extreme weather

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By Rob Slane

You realize that if you ever travel to Britain to spend a few days here, you’re going to get wet, right? Ben Franklin failed to mention it in his famous “two certainties in life” quote in his letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789. There are actually three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the inevitability that you are going to get rained on at some point if you spend more than a fortnight in Britain!

But this winter has been exceptionally wet. I can hardly remember more than two consecutive days in the past four months where we haven’t had heavy rain, and this has caused some of the worst flooding and storm damage that this country has seen in decades.

Of course, America has also had extreme weather. Or is that an understatement? This winter seems to have seen an unusual number of massive snow storms hitting some part or other of the US, not to mention temperatures plunging to record lows.

What are we to make of it? God’s judgment? Climate change? Or just weather? Read the rest of this article…

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By Marcia Krahn

Tim Alexander “came home.”

When the Alexander family says that Tim came home, they are fondly referring to the time that Tim quit his 20-year career in bridge building to begin the faith adventure of farming alongside his family. Avery’s Branch Farms is the result.

Tim and Joy Alexander met in their teens, married after one semester of college, and quickly pursued their dream, complete with accumulating debt. After the closure of Joy’s maternity shop threatened their other resources, the Alexanders purposed to follow Biblical principles of finance to become and live debt free. This decision was the first step toward Tim’s coming home.

The next step for their homeschooling family occurred when their sons Elliott and Oliver reached their teens. Their daughter Meredith was thriving, and the younger children were content, but Elliott and Oliver were eager to use their time and energy on “man’s work.” Joy soon realized that, while she could direct their academics in the morning, in the afternoons she could only introduce them to a woman’s world. “The only type of training I could offer them,” Joy says, “was how to organize kitchen cabinets. The older boys needed a man to introduce them to a man’s world.” Tim agreed. Read the rest of this article…