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Mr. President! I know how you can help lower the unemployment rate! If you wouldn’t force businesses like Hobby Lobby to purchase contraceptives for their employees, then they wouldn’t have to shut down due to you punishing them for not complying.

Why does America listen to this guy? He Says he can create jobs but all he does is turn around and destroy jobs. When the people close their ears and turn from God, evil takes over.

You know, if Hobby Lobby ends up closing its doors it will only stand as proof that there are still people in America who would rather listen to God than to man.

And to that I say Amen!

Micah 6:8…”to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO

By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine
business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on
Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start
at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company
since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make. The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

Sincerely,
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

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As winter 2012 quickly turns into winter 2013, I seem to be constantly reminded of why Christ’s incarnation is so fittingly celebrated at this dreary time of year. For many parts of the world, winter is a time of death in nature. It is a time when things become ugly so that they may bud and grow again in the spring.

The past two Christmas seasons I have seen friends experience death in their families. Death comes to all, and winter is a reminder of this. Yet we celebrate life in the dead of winter, for this very reason: that death is not the end for those who are in Christ Jesus. Death is only a stepping stone into new life. All must die to live. We celebrate Christ’s coming in the winter because he brings life, and in this dismal time of year we need to be able to look at Christ’s birth and know that winter, death, is not the end. We need to know that there is hope, that we will grow and bloom in the spring, and one day there will be eternal spring. There will be no more death and tears and long winter nights.

As the death of winter wraps it’s icy fingers around you and chills you to the bone, remember that Christ was born to save us from our sins, to save us from death unto death. He came down to lead us to death unto life, and knowing this, we can endure a thousand winters with the hope of life in the spring.

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10.21.12

So you have a dream that wasn’t fullfiled. But you look around you and see that other people are getting exactly what you want. Jealousy and discontent begin to set in.

 

Stop.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow do to change.”

 

God knows exactly what you need, and exactly when you need it.

“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”

 

He hasn’t given it to you yet because it is not time. Be patient, pray, and wait.

 

Your time will come. And when it does, it will be even more perfect than you could have ever imagined.

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10.6.12

Mistakes made

Lessons learned

God has a great sense of irony

But far greater is his forgiveness and mercy

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8.31.12

“I’m just a vapor in the wind.”

How’s that for a dose of humiliation?

Don’t let yourself elope with self-importance.

The only important thing in this life is to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Everything else will fall into place.

 

 

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It’s been a refreshing 6 weeks in Moscow. It’s hard for me to leave this place for the second time. I like it here. But I’ve committed myself to a different path right now and even though I may not feel like traveling it, I know it’s the right thing to do. God’s got a story for my life. I should probably let him tell it.

 

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In The Forest

Today someone told me I have been grumpy the past few days. So what, we aren’t allowed a little grumpiness any more? I mean, sure it’s not a good attitude but I’ve got a reason. (that’s what they all say, but this time I mean it).

 

The past three Augusts have been hard for me. I’m afraid they always will be. My deep sadness must just translate as grumpiness to other people.

 

Oh, I’m sorry, I’ll try to hide my grief and pain so that you can be happy thinking my life is always rainbows and butterflies.

 

*sigh* I know I’m supposed to move on, and trust God. And don’t get me wrong, I do. But God didn’t say that once we went through a time of grief we had to be happy ever after. It’s part of life to go through stages where you don’t feel like you’re walking through a field of daisies. Sometimes you have to walk through the forest.

 

I apologize if it upsets you that I’m there right now, but I’ll be back to my sunshiny self soon.

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