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With all absentee, questioned and special needs ballots counted, conservative, pro-life and pro-family candidate Brian Endle has lost a close race for a seat on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly. On election night, Nov. 5, Endle led Tim Hale by just two votes, 983 to 981. The final count, however, gave the victory to Tim Hale – 1135 to 1110. Voter turnout was just 10.3% of registered voters. In the lead up to the election Endle...

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Below is a roundup of upcoming events, presentations and opportunities to engage Alaska’s culture from a Judeo-Christian perspective that seeks the common good.   CHRISTIAN OUTREACH OFFERS FREE THANKSGIVING DINNERS Christian outreach offers free Thanksgiving dinners Frontline Mission, a nonprofit Christian outreach in Wasilla, will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Curtis D Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla. Last year the outreach provided 1500 Thanksgiving meals,...

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Alaska educators are being encouraged to adopt a new educational model that claims to be more child centered. Coined “Whole Child,” the model was developed by ASCD, an educational reform group that aims to transform schools by encouraging them to focus more on emotional, social and physical health issues. Promotional flyers for ASCD’s Whole Child approach emphasize broad themes about empowering students, expanding health services and meeting the needs of the “whole” child. Unmentioned in...

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As winter settles in, Alaskans have choices to make when it comes to buying steamed lattes and winter gear. 2ndvote.com highlights businesses that uphold traditional beliefs about marriage, the sanctity of life and other issues of concern to shoppers who want to spend money at businesses that share their values. Recently, the national non-profit group highlighted North Face and Starbucks as businesses that should be avoided for those who share long-held beliefs about the sanctity...

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A former assassin for the late Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Liberation Organization was in Alaska last month urging Alaskans to “wisely and lovingly” share the Gospel with their Muslim neighbors. Tass Saada spoke at three events in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, sharing his dramatic conversion from militant Islam to Christianity. Born in Gaza and raised in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, he is now an international advocate for persecuted Arab Christians in the Middle...

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The Anchorage School District actively promotes charitable giving to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the state. Through the district’s “Charitable Giving Campaign,” it encourages district employees to give to select local “charities” and nonprofits, which are matched in part by the United Way. The annual fundraiser brought in more than $58,000 from school district employees last year, according to the district’s website. “This effort makes a significant difference in the lives of many...

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Pro-life candidates who support religious liberty, traditional family values and robust parental rights appear to have won four of five contests in the Mat-Su Borough’s Nov. 5 elections, according to unofficial results. Candidates were vying for two borough assembly seats and three school board seats. All offices are for three-year terms. With voter turnout at less than 9% every vote counted in a couple of closely contested races, which could end in a recount.  ...

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The student-led Wisdom Club at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, is hosting a seminar on “The importance of apologetics for Christian youth.” Part of a monthly series, the upcoming event takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at UAA’s Rasmuson Hall – room 117 – at 7 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. The Wisdom Club was established to provide scientific, philosophical, historical and religious evidence for the truth of the Bible and...

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In response to the ongoing and controversial Drag Queen Story Hour events at Anchorage’s Loussac Library, a group of Christians started holding their own story hour gatherings to offer children stories, songs and conversations based on the Bible. The Good News Club was started earlier this year after Anchorage residents voiced concern about the library’s decision to let drag queens read stories to youth that promote cross dressing and gender confusion. The library continues to...

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A newly-released “Values Voter Guide” by the Alaska Family Council lets Mat-Su residents know where candidates running for Borough Assembly and Borough School Board stand on abortion, religious liberty and LGBTQ issues. Voters will cast ballots on Nov. 5 in locations around the Mat-Su Valley to select three school board members and two borough assembly members. “There are clear differences in the candidates regarding student privacy, parental rights, religious liberty, abortion funding and other critical...

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