New Grilling Over Targeting Churches
The Internal Revenue Service, already probably the most
reviled of federal agencies, was caught harassing conservative organizations
and now is the focal point of multiple investigations by irate members
of Congress who believe the agency deliberately withheld information. Now
yet another scandal could be looming. The Alliance Defending Freedom, one
of the largest constitutional-rights legal teams in the nation, has submitted
a demand for information about the agency’s actions against churches. The
issue developed because of a recent announcement by the Freedom From Religion
Foundation that the IRS had set up procedures to...
Seize Iraq Monastery
Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern
Iraq, one of the country’s best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled
its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday. Islamic State (IS)
fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the
Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh,
God Is a Virulent Infection, Columnist Claims
Belief in God is a "virus," and evangelical Christianity
is one of the more "virulent infections," a British Conservative peer and
columnist for The Times of London has claimed. In an attack on faith schools,
Matt Ridley said that "rationalists" want to "protect" children from religion.
And the peer, a supporter of the British Humanist Association, said, "secular,
free thinking" should be adopted to "combat the rise of radical Islam and
Against Mississippi Police
Department for Intimidating Christians
A pro-life legal organization has filed a federal lawsuit
against a police department in Mississippi for violating the civil rights
of Christians who conduct pro-life ministry outside of the last remaining
abortion facility in the state. The Life Legal Defense Foundation filed
suit on Wednesday against the Jackson Police Department on behalf of the
organization Pro-Life Mississippi and eight Christians for what has been
described as a “blatant and ongoing violation of free speech rights of
Using Airliner Victim's Credit Cards, Answering Cell Phones
The wife of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim was
stunned when she saw that her husband's credit cards were being used after
the plane crashed in Ukraine last week, the Daily Mail reported.
Cameron Dalziel's wife Reine has since cancelled her husband's credit cards
upon noticing activity in his account, her brother told CNN. The wife of
a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim was stunned when she saw that her
husband's credit cards were being used after the plane crashed in Ukraine
last week, the Daily Mail reported.
Teen Charged With Raping Missionary Children
Matthew Durham allegedly engaged in sexual acts with multiple
children, male and female, aged between 4 and 10 years old. If convicted,
he'll spend life behind bars.
Christians 'Systematically Targeted for Extinction'
Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Va., told
Congress Tuesday Iraqi Christians are facing a "genocide" and horrific
crimes against humanity. Wolf said the so-called Islamic State terrorist
group "is systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities
in Iraq for extinction."
Rockets Fly, Gaza Christians Find Refuge at Church
During a brief humanitarian truce, some 1,000 Palestinians,
most of them Muslims, left their homes and sought refuge in one of the
only two churches in Gaza.
Uninsured Face Fine of Nearly $2,500
The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday individuals
who fail to get health insurance this year will be fined a maximum of $2,448
and families with five or more members can be fined up to $12,240.
U.S. Military Officer: Putin Just Like Stalin, Threatens All Of Europe
Today the U.S. government claimed the Russian military
is firing artillery into Ukraine and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said
it reminds him of Russia’s invasion of Poland in 1939.
Analyst Tony Dungy's 'Gay Player' Comments Put Him in Hot Water
The former Indianapolis Colts coach—and Christian—has
been drawing fire for a remark about Michael Sam.
‘Pastor’ Ma$e Leaves Church to Return to Rap Career
The leader of El Elyon International Church in Atlanta,
Georgia has left his position as ‘pastor’ and returned to his former career
as a rapper, reports state.
Why There Can Never Be
'Peace in the
Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the
power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But,
once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other,
what is there to discuss? Hamas' covenant calls for the destruction of
Israel. The preamble reads: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist
until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
Article Three describes the duty of all Muslims: "(To) fear Allah and raise
the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors." Article Seven
states: "The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight Jews
and kill them...."
LGBT Order: 2 Things Churches and Christian Non-Profits Should Know
President Barack Obama issued an executive
order Monday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation
or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian
organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual
Graham Calls on Christians to Battle Culture; Stand for God, Biblical Values
The Rev. Franklin Graham recently reiterated his remarks
from earlier this year, calling on Christians in America to stand for biblical
values despite social opposition.
FAQs: Persecution of Christians in Iraq
Last Friday, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
gave Christians in Mosul an ultimatum: convert to Islam, leave the area,
Matthew Vadum: Americans
Say Obamacare Is Hurting Families
The public has yet to be seduced by big government
Bruce Walker: The
Birth of Modern Conservatism
Fifty years ago, the battle between leftism and conservatism
Ari Lieberman: Casualties
The culture of life vs. the culture of death.
Richard L. Cravatts: Israel’s
Morally Impossible Self-Defense
The only nation that is required to enter a suicide
pact with its enemies.
Elise Hilton: The
Church Needs To Stop Taking Government Money
Money from the government always comes with strings
attached, and those strings have tied the Church's hands...
Robert Spencer: Is
the FBI Creating Islamic Terrorists?
Human Rights Watch plays into leftist fantasies of
predatory law enforcement.
Rick McDaniel: Six
Barriers to Effective Prayer
These barriers can keep the power we need from being
manifested in our lives and country.
Viv Forbes: Five
Fatal Flaws of Solar Energy
Collecting solar energy will never play more than
a minor and expensive role in supplying power. Here's why.
Anthony J. Sadar: Reflections
on the State of Climate Science
With persistent broadminded scientific practice and
the continued unfolding of climate conditions in ways not predicted by
vaunted climate models, the future looks warm indeed for a turnaround in
Rebecca Cusey: 26
Moments At The Fair That Will Restore Your Faith In America
Visiting your county or state fair will cure you of
worrying America is all snark and no bite.
Danielle Avel: House
of Worship or Palestinian Arsenal?
Who is interested in what was found inside the Al-Farouq
Mosque in Gaza?
Brian Croft: How
Do Pastors Incorporate Psalm Singing In Their Worship Services?
Well, like everything else new to the
congregation…incorporate slowly. We started a few years ago to try
to include Psalms in our corporate gatherings and did so slowly.
Gradually. We built up to what we experienced a year ago in our morning
gathering (The entire musical portion of the service was singing a long
Psalm congregationally). Let me share how we tried slowly to shepherd
our church to see the value in Psalm singing.
Aaron Earls: Does
God Give You More Than You Can Handle?
Absolutely. Oh, you don’t believe me?
Here’s why that catchy saying contradicts what the Bible teaches.
Eric Geiger: EVERYDAY
A common misconception among Christians
is that their work is not spiritual, that a regular 9-to-5 day cannot be
sacred. If they’re going to do anything spiritual or ministry-oriented,
it’ll have to happen around these occupied time slots. But this implies
that everybody needs to be a full-time pastor of some kind if they’re going
to be “spiritual” for the better part of the day and week. The misconception
that normal work is not spiritual is both inaccurate and damaging. Work
is very spiritual. In fact, God invented work. Work was present in the
garden of Eden prior to the fall of humanity. Adam and Eve were given responsibility
to tend the garden, and their work was enjoyable and honorable to God.
So don’t ever give the impression that work... MORE
Thom RAiner: WHEN
A CHURCH STOPS REACHING ITS COMMUNITY
What imagery comes to your mind when
you hear the word “fortress”? A medieval castle? Huge buildings with gates
and locks and moats? Something that is almost impossible for the outside
world to enter? Any of those word pictures will work. The key is to keep
people and possessions on the inside safe, and to keep people on the other
side out. If you talk to members in a dying church, most will deny that
their church is a fortress. But in our [research of dying churches], we
found that is exactly what was taking place. People in the community did
not feel welcome in the church. Those in the church were more concerned
about protecting the way they did church than reaching residents of the
community. You see, these churches really were fortresses. MORE
Steve Murphy: Children
Are a Blessing
...The more blessings you have the more
blessed you are. More children equal more blessings. It may demand more
time and money, but when your children are brought up in the nurture and
admonition of the Lord you will forget the time and money spent and live
a blessed life surrounded by godly seed.
Brandon Hilgemann: How
to Overcome Preaching Nerves
Public speaking is commonly listed as
one the greatest fears that people have. All eyes are on you. You are vulnerable.
You are exposed. Your every word is critiqued. Or worse, you could be ignored.
What if they laugh at you? What if they don’t like you? What if they think
you are boring?
Dustin Willis: Motive,
Mission & Twitter
....But the consistent advances in technology
and the social media obsession do lead to an overwhelming question: “Are
we responding appropriately to our technology-crazed world?”
Heartless Enemy in Iraq-- 'They
For nearly 2,000 years the Iraq city of Mosul has been
home to a thriving Christian community. Now, the terrorist group known
as Islamic State (IS) has driven nearly all of them out. In the meantime,
fears abound that the few remaining Christians could become martyrs.
Ecumenical Leader Tied to Papal Meeting
To Unite Catholics, Evangelicals Dies in Crash
Tony Palmer, the former South African director of Kenneth
Copeland Ministries who recently used a cellphone camera to record Pope
Francis issuing an appeal for unity between Catholics and Christians, died
Sunday after a motorcycle crash in the United Kingdom.
Iran: 'I Want to Be a Christian'
When we think of Iran, scenes of mobs shouting "death
to America," blindfolded hostages, and radical leaders demanding nuclear
technology come to mind. But there's another side of the country: Iranians
who love America, Israel, and Jesus Christ. CBN News Middle East Bureau
Chief Chris Mitchell met and talked with some of these Iranian believers
outside of their country in central Turkey.
Iraq's Waterless Christians:
to Expel a Religion
Christians have been fleeing ISIL-controlled territory
since the militants and their allies overwhelmed the garrisons of the Baghdad
government in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and its most Christian.
The Islamic State, which sees itself as the restoration of the caliphate
to rule all Muslims, immediately imposed anti-Christian rules, ordering
Muslim employers to fire Christian workers. The homes of Christian religious
leaders were ransacked and occupied by militants. A Christian population
as old as the faith shrank from 3,000 families to several hundred in weeks.
Warns of 'Post-Antibiotic Era'
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns
that the government needs to take immediate action before we live in a
world where life-saving antibiotics are no longer effective. “Every day
we delay it becomes harder and more expensive to fix this problem,” said
CDC Director Thomas Frieden Tuesday.
See Evangelicals as the Enemy
As tensions between Kiev forces and pro-Russian separatists
escalate in eastern Ukraine, Christians are increasingly becoming targets
of persecution in areas controlled by insurgents. Acts of aggression include
kidnappings, beatings, and killings, including the murder of four ministers
several weeks ago.
Jihadis Destroy Ancient Mosque In Mosul
Islamic extremist militants blew up a revered
Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet
Jonah in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, on Thursday, residents of the
Catholic World Report: Obama’s
Executive Order and
it Means for Catholic Organizations
Without exemptions for religious organizations, the
new federal policy may hinder the work of Catholic social service providers
and educational institutions.
Christian to Have Lips Burnt for Eating During Ramadan
An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have
his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan, The Daily Mail reported.
Virus Now Travels Through the Air
Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected
in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept...
Stein: 'Jew Hatred' Exists 'in the Media'
The mainstream media exhibit a disturbing malice for
Jews that smacks of anti-Semitism, Ben Stein says.
School District Halts Teacher-led Prayers
The Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute,
Indiana, is telling teachers and other staff they can't lead prayers during
By ISIS, Iraq's Christians
Appeal To the
World For Help
Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized
world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped
for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS. Assyrian Christians,
Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church of the East have roots
in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that stretch back to the time
of Jesus Christ. While they have long been a minority and have faced persecution
in the past, they had never been driven completely from their homes as
has happened in Mosul under ISIS. When the terror group ordered all to
convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another
Editor Fired for Criticism of Pro-Gay Bible
The former editor of an Iowa newspaper, Bob Eschliman,
claims he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal
Christian Mom Now Free, Arrives in Italy
Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who nearly
died for refusing to recant her faith, is now free.
Warns UN Treaty on Persons with Disabilities Can Override Will of Parents
A UN treaty approved this week by the U.S. Senate
Foreign Relations Committee may threaten the rights of American parents
to make their own decisions about their child’s care if that child is disabled.
Christianity Today: Meet
the Failed Pastor Who Ministers to Other Failed Pastors
J. R. Briggs sympathizes with church leaders who don't
live up to expectations.
Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution
The warped priorities of a left-wing church.
Warren's Idiotic 11 Progressive Commandments
Because progressives need one more commandment than
God, even if they don’t keep the original 10.
Spyridon Mitsotakis: Maoist
A contentious ideological struggle within a mid-town
Manhattan Unitarian/Universalist Church has set possible changes in motion.
Ben Shapiro: Why
Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind
The “multipolar” world spirals out of control.
Arnold Ahlert: ObamaCare’s
The unpopular law narrowly avoids a disastrous blow
— but for how long?
David Brumbelow: Why
Marijuana Should Remain Illegal
Washington State has become the second state to legalize
marijuana. Christians need to be prepared to speak to this issue.
Reasons to oppose marijuana are here given in the form of Questions and
Tim Challies: Seven
Different Ways to Read a Book
And when it comes to reading, well, you’ve got to
use the right tool—you’ve got to know what kind of reading to do. Here
are seven different kinds of reading.
Jack Wellman: Do
Mentally Handicapped People Go To Heaven?
Does the Bible tell us whether a person
who is mentally handicapped can go to heaven when they die? What
Bible verses help us to believe this? ...There are various Scriptures that
us strong evidence that those who don’t have the ability to understand
the gospel due to severe mental handicaps or impairments cannot be...
Brandon Hilgemann: Five
Ways Pastors Can Take Advantage of Summer
Summer is here. In most churches, that
means lower attendance. With lower attendance comes a bit of a slower pace
of ministry. Some churches try to fight this. But maybe, instead of fighting
the summer, you should embrace it. Here are a few ways how.
Roger E. Olsen: SHOULD
LIFE AFFECT HOW WE REGARD HIS THEOLOGY?
Over the decades of studying and teaching
about not only the theologies of Christian theologians past and present
but also their biographies I’ve run into a common question. How should
we relate their lives to their theologies? To be specific, if there’s something
negative in their life story, should that affect how we value their intellectual
contributions? An example that stands out is Paul Tillich. After he died
his widow Hannah wrote a scurrilous expose of... MORE
Jim Bob Howard: YOUR
TV IS A CONTENTMENT KILLER
They’re designed to make us discontented,
covetous, and miserable, unless we buy, buy, buy. “How many new gadgets
do you need?” “Just a few more.” The Lord offers us the kingdom, if we’ll
seek Him first and His righteousness. And we trade that for what the world
has to offer. We look to the world for our worth and to tell us how we
should look, what we should pursue and how many children we should have.
Then we wonder why we’re miserable. Could it be that we’re chasing after
the wrong thing? MORE
Ed Stetzer: Don’t
Blame Your Schedule For Your Burnout
...While it may be true that the term
“boundaries” has been “Oprahfied” in the last few years, I think it’s an
area that is vital in the lives of church leaders and pastors. People often
point to too much activity as the inherent culprit of fatigue and early
departure from ministry. But the problem transcends a busy schedule.
J.D. Greear: The
Next Wave of Missions
I am convinced that the next wave of
missions (at least coming from the Western World) is going to happen on
the wings of business. This has a strong biblical and historical precedent.
Luke shows that the gospel got to some places in the ancient world faster
via the hands of Christian merchants than even Apostles. He notes that
the first time the church “went everywhere preaching the word,” the Apostles
were not engaged (Acts 8:1).
Obama's LGBT Executive Order Endangers Religious Liberty
...The executive order would prevent
Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from
requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity
Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World
Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities. "If religious organizations
cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent
with the teachings of their faith—then, essentially, those organizations
are unable to operate in accordance with their faith," Peter Sprigg, senior
fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, said.
with Atheists, Agrees To Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement
with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches
and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against
‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation,
headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that
many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately
flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced
its rules pertaining to the matter. MORE
Appeals Court Deals Major Blow to ObamaCare
President Obama's un-Constitutional
practice of lawlessly ignoring and rewriting laws to suit his left-wing
political agenda has come back to bite his signature domestic achievement.
Tuesday morning a federal appeals court dealt what USA Today describes
as a "potentially major blow" to ObamaCare with a 2-1 ruling against the
Obama administration's end-run around Congress to disburse federal subsidies:
Liberals Narrowly Lose Bid to Reverse SCOTUS Religious Freedom Victory
Senate liberals--a mix of almost all
Democrats and a few Republicans--missed by a hair last week in a bid to
overturn the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which ruled unconstitutional
the Obama administration’s heavy-handed requirement that business owners
provide abortion services for employees, even in violation of their constitutionally
protected religious beliefs.
Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul;
Says City Is ‘Now Empty of Christians’
Members of the militant group Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic
Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city “empty of Christians”
as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean
Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.
of Iraq's Largest Church: 'Islamic State Worse Than Genghis Khan'
"This has never happened in Christian or Islamic history.
Even Genghis Khan or Hulagu didn't do this."
Baker: 'We Are Staying True to Our Beliefs'
The Christian bakery facing court because of its traditional-marriage
stance is speaking out in the national media. Find out what they are saying.
Puts Database of Family Bibles Online
The Tennessee state public library is putting a database
of family bibles online.
Border Children Should Be Treated Like Refugee Baby Jesus
Let us not turn away these children and send them
back into a burning building.
Still Training For Another Shot At NFL: ‘I Know Who Holds My Future’
Tebow, who has also been working on his quarterback
skills in Los Angeles, says it’s in God’s hands whether he plays quarterback
in the NFL again.
Ben Carson: 'Starting to Think About' 2016 White House Run
On Monday, Dr. Ben Carson said he is
starting to think about running for the White House in 2016. Carson, the
retired brain surgeon, won a Western Conservative Summit straw poll this
weekend in Colorado, and the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has
raised more than similar groups for Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul...
Outraged over Forced Exodus of Iraqi Christians
The United States is condemning the Islamic radicals
who forced thousands of Christians to flee for their lives from Iraq's
Eddie L. Hyatt: Why
We Must Recover America's Christian Heritage
If America is to recover from its downhill slide into
an abyss of socialism, anti-Christian secularism, amorality and economic
collapse, we must act now.
Politicization of Science in the Media
We are all by now conditioned to accept the fact that
when the media reports about politics, they are likely doing so from a
Homes--Beauty For Children Who Have Borne The Ugliest
Children’s homes can work wonders with children who
have been damaged by their families, communities, and the foster-care system.
Jeffrey Lord: America
Invites Calamity Through Weakness
Witness the latest fruits of modern leftist foreign
policy, as embodied in this instance by the much ballyhooed Obama/Hillary
Clinton “Russian Reset”: 298 people who booked a flight on Malaysian Air’s
Flight 17, now dead.
Tom Fuerst: The
Year Civilization Collapsed
Because these nations were so intertwined, their fall
was a collective fall.
Tavis Long: The
Military Chaplain – Missionary, Evangelist, or Pastor?
Is the military Chaplaincy a legitimate
New Testament ministry? What, if any, is the Chaplain’s affiliation with
the local church? Does he lead a local church, as does a pastor? Is he
a ministry of the local church, as is a “sent” missionary? Is he a tool
of the local church, as is an evangelist? Or is his ministry completely
manufactured and extra-Biblical? After all, the Chaplain’s salary is paid
by the United States government, and this can draw him...
Bud Talbert: Church
Unity or Church Purity?
....Genuine Christians may be tempted
to join these ecumenical organizations for the sake of unity. But when
a believer does that, he is lending the credibility and godliness of his
own testimony to an organization that is otherwise ungodly and not credible.
He is unwittingly helping to perpetuate a lie. Believers should not help
the ungodly and love those who hate the Lord (2 Chron. 19:2), and participating
in an ecumenical organization does exactly that. It is ironic that the
New Evangelicals sought unity with ecumenism in order to gain credibility
A father was one day teaching his little
boy what manner of man a Christian is. When the lesson was finished, the
father was stunned when the boy asked, “Daddy, have I ever seen a Christian?”
Undoubtedly many children today are asking this same question of their
own fathers. So let’s face it, Dad, what kind of example are you as a Christian
father? And what are you using as a guide to successful parenthood? Are
you being influenced by today’s changing social structure — a change that
has produced Women’s Lib and the feminizing of the male? Or are you being
guided by the clear, authoritative teaching of God’s Holy Word? These two
views are poles apart. There is a definite need to set forth the traits
of a Christian father — traits that are gleaned from some of the outstanding
men in Scripture. MORE
It’s that time again! I’m connected
online to dozens (or hundreds) of pastors, Christian leaders, and their
ministries, and not a week goes by that someone doesn’t report the results
of some outreach event. The report usually goes something like this: “Praise
the Lord for the [insert number here] souls that were saved today!” The
wording and number varies, but this is pretty much SOP. Summer sees a lot
of this because of all the Vacation Bible Schools and Youth Camps. During
the summer, kids and teens are out of school, and we can create focused
environments for presenting the Gospel to them. The nature and timing of
these ministries means that we often talk to people who wouldn’t otherwise
be in church, i.e. unbelievers. It’s all a good thing, and we do it at
our church. And we report all the numbers we can MORE
Jon Bloom: Before
the Children Are Gone
Time is our most precious earthly asset
because all other earthly assets are governed by it. We can’t really save
time. We can only spend it. So we try to manage it. But that’s very hard.
Never in history have human beings had so many options for spending time.
And there’s no way to manage time well enough to spend it on all the things
we want to do, nor all the things we think we should do.
Marshall Segal: A
Booby Trap in the Christian Budget
The Bible is clear that we will put
our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test
our treasure. There are lots of ways to lose our life over a love for money.
We want our money to serve our greatest lasting good and happiness, not
kill it. So I proposed four questions to keep close to your wallet....
Buck Parsons: John
Wycliffe--Forerunner of the Reformation
John Wycliffe was the morning star of
the Reformation. He was a protestant and a reformer more than a century
before Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Through
Wycliffe, God planted the seeds of the Reformation, He watered the seeds
through John Hus, and He brought the ?ower of the Reformation to bloom
through Martin Luther. The seed of the ?ower of the German Augustinian
monk Luther’s 95 theses was planted by the English scholar and churchman
Steven Warhurst: Relativism
— America’s Idol
....The claim that there is no objective,
external authority or truth to bind all men is incredibly attractive to
those who want to be autonomous — a law unto themselves. God’s universal
standards of truth, morality, and reality frustrate man’s will, so he looks
for a way to escape his Master. Relativism appears to provide a promising
disguise for his escape from Divine authority.
ARCHIVES OF EARLIER STORIES, CLICK HERE
|...Jesus set limits to his activity,
and beyond those limits no man ever persuaded him to go. One day his brothers
wanted him to go to Jerusalem and make an impression on the big men there,
but he refused to listen to their exhortation, telling them that they might
go any time they chose, but that it was different with him. He could not
go until it was time for him to go, until his work compelled him to go.
He could not go until his hour had come. When the hour arrived he set his
face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem. All along the way men tried to divert
him, but he could not be diverted, to Jerusalem he must go...Men all around
him have the enjoyment of large liberty. They wander hither and thither,
going whithersoever they wish, but it was not so with him. He could
not dissipate his energy, he could not waste a single hour. It was always,
"I must," "I must," "I must." There were broad roads on his right and left,
and along these roads thousands were traveling, but he could not go with
BY ISIS, IRAQ'S CHRISTIANS APPEAL TO THE WORLD FOR HELP
Iraqi Christians are begging for help
from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have
lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS.
Assyrian Christians, Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church
of the East have roots in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that
stretch back to the time of Jesus Christ. While they have long been a minority
and have faced persecution in the past, they had never been driven completely
from their homes until now. When the terror group ISIS ordered all to convert
to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another option:
COMING CHRISTIAN REVOLT
....For every law, regulation, activist
court ruling or presidential edict that demands Christians violate their
sincerely held religious beliefs and adopt a postmodern, moral relativist
way of life, there increases, in exact proportion, the likelihood of widespread
civil disobedience – disobedience of the sort we haven’t seen since the
civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s. Indeed, if, in the spirit
of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we, his fellow Christian travelers,
must again face the water hoses, then face them we shall. MORE
WE MUST RECOVER AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
If America is to recover from its downhill
slide into an abyss of socialism, anti-Christian secularism, amorality
and economic collapse, we as Christians must rise up and recover our country's
true national heritage. The identity of a people or nation is tied to their
history—to their origins—and we have been robbed of ours. This, in turn,
has opened the door for a flood of ungodly influences into our society.
It is obvious that we have been robbed of our identity as a nation birthed
out of a great Spiritual awakening and founded on Judeo-Christian values
and principles. This was never more obvious than when our president stood
before a foreign audience and declared, "America is not a Christian nation,"
with hardly a peep of protest from back home. MORE
CALLS FOR ENTIRE PLANET TO ADOPT A 'NATIONAL ID SYSTEM'
the Am Dream
Would you like to have a digital identity
card that is automatically issued to you at birth? In one European
nation, residents use such a card when they go to the hospital, when they
do their banking, when they go shopping and even when they vote.
This card has become so popular that this particular European country actually
plans to start issuing them to millions of non-citizens all over the planet
who request them. Never heard about this? The Economist, a
well-known mouthpiece for the global elite, is calling for the entire planet
to adopt this “national identification system” that the little nation of
Estonia has adopted. MORE
IN A HEART-SHAPED BOX
I never have known the joy of owning
a small, pink, heart-shaped music box. In point of fact, I never will.
I suppose, with two daughters in the home, that the purchase of such a
box might be in the fatherly offing, but it won’t be for my own sake. I
am now more than familiar with heart- shaped boxes, however, because like
many other Christians and persons of meaningful religious affiliation I
am being publicly asked today to put my faith, my very religious liberty,
in one. MORE
COLLEGE--THE NEXT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY CASE
When D. Michael Lindsey, the president
of a well-known Christian college in Wenham, Mass., called Gordon College,
signed a letter to President Barack Obama with 13 other religious leaders
on July 1, he can't have known what he was getting into. The letter urged
the president to exempt religious groups from an executive order that will
bar the government from contracting with organizations that discriminate
on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A week earlier,
numerous other religious leaders had sent a similar letter. MORE
HAPPENING TO GORDON COLLEGE IS JUST THE BEGINNING
A Christian college in Massachusetts
requested the freedom to live out its ideals, and since some powerful people
don’t share those ideals they’re set to destroy Gordon College—unless it
agrees to retreat to the closet. In June, Gordon’s president added his
name to a public letter asking President Obama to not force religious organizations
into hypocrisy. Obama plans an executive order that would be the equivalent
to many organizations of forcing Human Rights Campaign to hire adherents
of Westboro Baptist Church. It would force anyone who receives federal
funds to hire people whose sexual conduct disgraces all the world’s major
BURNS BIBLES AT CHURCHES, PRAISES SATAN
Police officers in Arizona are searching
for an arsonist who has burned several Bibles on church properties recently,
even inscribing ‘hail Satan’ on one of the church’s gates. According to
The Arizona Republic, an unidentified arsonist in Mesa has torched Bibles
on six different occasions since mid-May. The arsonist, who remains at
large, is believed to be a White or Hispanic male in his late teens or
early 20s. Three of the fires occurred at Mesa Baptist Church, on May 11,
17, and 18. Then, in mid-June, the arsonist burned.... MORE
ATHEISTS REALLY EXIST?
SAYS ALL PEOPLE
BELIEVE IN GOD
A number of scientists in recent years
have stated that atheists might not actually exist, and that a belief in
God is naturally ingrained into all people, prompting a recent article
that is stirring discussion around the world. Last week, Nury Vittachi
published a story entitled Scientists Discover That Atheists Might Not
Exist, And That’s Not a Joke. In the article, Vittachi cites the works
of several researchers, such as Graham Lawton and Pascal Boyer, who argue
that belief in God is naturally ingrained into every person. MORE
HAVE A RIGHT TO BAN GOD
A California school district says it
will not apologize to a teenager who defied its orders and mentioned God
in his graduation speech. Attorneys representing the Brawley Union High
School District have written a 10-page letter defending the school’s right
not only to censor graduation speeches, but also to ban any speech that
references God or Jesus. MORE
LEFT MOVES TO
The mask is off. All pretense
has been dropped, and the anti-Christian left’s boundless depth of hatred
for individual liberty, our First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration
Act (RFRA) is now on full display. I wrote last week about the Supreme
Court’s recent Hobby Lobby opinion, a rather tepid acknowledgement of every
American’s non-negotiable right to religious free exercise (yes, that includes
Christian business owners). I observed, among other things, that “the secularist
left’s utter meltdown over having but a small measure of control over others
wrested away is highly instructive.” The meltdown continues. MORE
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|Every contemplation of the last
month, and weeks, and days in the life of our Lord fills the soul with
a sense of solemn and almost overwhelming awe. Through all those movements
which culminated in the Cross and resurrection, He stands out, awful in
His loneliness, magnificent in His heroism, supreme in His revelation of
the highest possible in human life, and of the greatest in God. This determined
setting of His face to Jerusalem is worthy of our closest attention. A
superficial reading would leave the impression that the value of the statement
is exhausted geographically. This is by no means so. Jesus had just left
the mount of glory, and set His face toward the valley, and the multitudes,
toward the sin, the sorrow, and the suffering. And "when the days
were well nigh come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His
face to go to Jerusalem." This declaration, as a revelation of His outlook,
and in the light of the teaching which immediately followed, is of supreme
value to all that bear His name... MORE
|My fellow-travelers to eternity,
I want to discuss tonight, the great subject of Christian recreation and
unchristian amusement. I wish to find out as far as I possibly can, what
is healthful, and what is right; what is hurtful, and what is wrong; what
every Christian may do, and what even a lost sinner ought not to do. It
is a very delicate and a very difficult subject to treat; and I trust we
may be guided wisely and safely through it...we come to this principle-
that whatever makes your body healthier, your mind happier, and your immortal
soul purer, is Christian recreation...."Whatever you do, do all for the
glory of God." Every Christian ought to take his religion into his pleasures,
just as much as into his business or his church. No Christian ought ever
to spend an evening in any place, from which he could not return with the
most devout and graceful approach to his Savior, as he bends on his knee
in his closet to spend the last hour of the day, as it flies up to God
with its account. MORE
|In these days of national strife
and international confusion, when the seeds of hatred are being cultivated
in the hotbeds of communism and radicalism, let us throw back our shoulders,
double up our fists, rough with the calluses of honest toil,and stand up
for true, fundamental, godly Americanism. The Bible teaches patriotism,
and patriotism was the light that burned in the hearts of the faithful
in the midnight gloom of the dark ages. It was the torch that lit
the fires of the Reformation. It was the rock upon which Western civilization
survives the onslaught of the Red Scourge, it will be Christian patriotism
that will fuel the lamps of truth and provide morale for the fight for
freedom. America has many privileges, but it also has great responsibilities.
Our freedom was obtained at a great price. Our first responsibility is
to God, but we are duty bound to our beloved country. MORE
|...It was in the spring when Paul
was writing, the spring of 68. He has passed through part of the winter
or early spring in the dreary Roman prison. He has missed his warm cloak
which he left at Troas with Carpus (4:13) on his way to Macedonia to winter
at Nicopolis. He does not know how long the trial will be drawn out. It
may last till the next winter, and so he urges Timothy to be sure to come
to Rome before winter (4:21). It makes him shudder to think of another
winter without that cloak. But that is not the worst of it. He is
lonely. "Only Luke is with me" (4:11). Thank God for the faithful physician
who will risk all for his patient and friend. There is no complaint of
Luke, but both of them hunger for the fellowship of others. Paul makes
a direct appeal to Timothy to come to him. We do not know where Timothy
was when he received this Second Epistle. MORE
....There is not a soul among us, no
matter how seemingly indifferent or unconcerned, who is not at times —and
these times come oftener and oftener with the advance of years—brought
face to face with the problems of the reality, of the very existence of
heaven. It is my purpose, God aiding, to bring to your minds, hearts, your
souls some of the glorious, victorious truths about heaven, its citizens,
its perfections, its conditions, and, perhaps most of all, to point out
to you what you must do to get there; then to plead with you in all the
passion of my soul that you put your feet by faith in the way of the cross
that leads to God and to heaven. My outline is simple, brief, and, I hope,
to the point. I know there is a heaven. I know what kind of place it is.
I know I am going there. MORE
....There is no want of power in God
to cast wicked men into hell at any moment. Men's hands cannot be strong
when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any
deliver out of his hands.-He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell,
but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a
great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify
himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But
it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the
power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies
combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. MORE
....As Ahab goes walking through the
rows of vines, he begins to plan how he will have that vineyard arranged
by his royal gardener, how flowers will be here and vegetables yonder and
herbs there. As he converses with himself, suddenly a shadow falls across
his path. Quick as a flash Ahab whirls on his heels, and there, before
him, stands Elijah, prophet of the living God. ..."And Ahab said to Elijah,
Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?" and Elijah, without a tremor in his
voice, his eyes burning their way into Ahab's guilty soul, answered: "I
have found thee: because thou has sold thyself to work evil in the sight
of the Lord." Then, with every word a thunderbolt, and every sentence a
withering denunciation, Elijah continued... MORE
...If the issues of life are determined
by fate or chance, there are no foundations. In the one case we become
the effortless children of apathy upon whom no responsibility devolves,
our only consolation being the Oriental proverb, “Kismet.” In the other
case we become the devotees of ephemeral pleasure with no higher watchword
than, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Hence my theme today:
The Providence of God is the Christian’s foundation. Under these - Fate,
Chance and Divine Providence may be grouped all the theories and philosophies
of life. There is no room for another classification. MORE
...ministers in all ages have found
it necessary, frequently to remind their people of the terrors of the Lord,
as so many powerful dissuasives from sin. But whence is it that men are
so disingenuous? The reason seems to be this: The promise of eternal happiness
is so agreeable to the inclinations and wishes of mankind, that all who
call themselves Christians, universally and willingly subscribe to the
belief of it: but then there is something so shocking in the consideration
of eternal torments, and seemingly such an infinite disproportion between
an endless duration of pain, and short life spent in pleasure, that men
can scarcely be brought to confess it as an article of their faith, that
an eternity of misery awaits the wicked in a future state. MORE