Is a Threat 'Beyond Anything We've Seen': Pentagon
The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic
State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may
surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.
"They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in
Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at
the Pentagon. Hagel's assessment of Islamic State, which gained strength
during Syria's civil war and swept into northern Iraq earlier this summer,
sounded a note of alarm several days after the group posted a video on
social media showing one of its fighters beheading an American hostage
kidnapped in Syria. MORE
Obama Would 'Rather Be On
the Golf Course' Than The Situation Room
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney
strongly criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday night for going
golfing immediately after delivering a statement on the beheading of American
journalist James Foley. "Every day we find new evidence that he’d rather
be on the golf course than he would be dealing with a crisis that’s developing
rapidly in the Middle East," Cheney declared during an interview with Fox
News host Sean Hannity....Cheney, a Republican and one of Obama's fiercest
critics, said Obama should have instead decided to end his vacation and
engage the situation. MORE
Raises Serious Concerns for the West
Support for the Islamic State is growing from groups outside
the Middle East as a large number of Western Muslims reportedly have joined
ISIS in Syria and Iraq. What does this mean for the US and other Western
countries? The ISIS terrorist shown beheading American journalist James
Foley speaks English with a British accent. That fact raised so much concern
in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short to address
Jerusalem Post: Islamic
State Warns It Has Sleeper Cells In the West
It seems clear that Islamic State is
raising the stakes, aware that the gruesome death of an American and the
image of another one at the mercy of an executioner who is taunting a US
president could invite retaliation – heavier air strikes at least. But
the United States and other Western powers may now be diverting their attention
away from the Sunni insurgents innorthern Iraq to what they are capable
of doing overseas.
Supreme Court Puts Hold on Gay Marriage In Virginia
"The Supreme Court acted wisely in restraining
the lower court from implementing a ruling of this magnitude before the
high court has a chance to decide the issue," a lawyer for McQuigg,
said in a statement.
City Satanists Sued to Retrieve 'Stolen' Consecrated Host
At noon Wednesday, local time, attorneys
representing the Archdiocese of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit concerning the
satanic "black mass" scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City
Civic Center Music Hall.
Signs Point to ISIS Connection at US Southern Border
A news story surfaced today indicating
that there are signs pointing to a direct ISIS terror connection at the
U.S. border with Mexico. Citizens who have constantly warned that the lack
of attention to the illegal alien crisis would lead to Islamic terrorists
crossing the border into the United States from Mexico are expressing alarm
at the latest developments. Breitbart is reporting that U.S. Rep. Ted Poe,
R-Texas, stated during a news forum that Mexican drug cartels are in regular
talks with the dangerous Islamist terrorist organization ISIS.
Ebola Patients Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol Discharged from Hospital
Two American aid workers who were infected
with the deadly Ebola virus have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital,
where the scene Thursday was festive and celebratory — a stark contrast
to the sterile, rushed atmosphere that marked their arrival nearly three
Perry: America Must Beat Back 'Terrorist Blitzkrieg' of Islamic State
Texas Governor Rick Perry called for
a stronger American response to the threat of Islamic State terrorists,
just a day after President Obama addressed the topic. Perry criticized
President Obama for allowing ISIS to enjoy a “triumphant summer,” sweeping
across Iraq with a “terrorist blitzkrieg.”
Richard Dawkins: 'Abort' Down's Syndrome Baby,
'Immoral To Bring It Into The World'
Atheist author Richard Dawkins provoked
a firestorm Wednesday on Twitter by claiming an unborn baby with Down’s
syndrome should be aborted and that it would be “immoral to bring it into
Palin Responds to Dawkins' Statement of 'Immoral' Not to
Abort Down's Syndrome Baby
On Facebook, Sarah Palin, mother of a child with Down’s
syndrome, responded to atheist author Richard Dawkins.
Schools Send Out SOS to Faith Community
More than 50 years ago, the Supreme court banned public
school prayer, a decision still hotly debated. But it doesn't mean schools
and churches can't work together. In one Georgia town, this partnership
is changing everything.
From Young Atheists: What Turned Them Off Christianity
The ministers they respected were those
"who took the Bible seriously," not those who sought to entertain them
or be their "buddy."
Couple Fined Thousands for Declining Gay Wedding
A New York couple faces thousands of
dollars in fines for declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex
wedding celebration. The New York State Division of Human Rights fined
Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for declining a request from a lesbian
couple to rent the family barn for their ceremony.
Pat Buchanan: The
Howl of the Mob---Race-Based Justice
What has been going on for two weeks now in Ferguson,
with the ceaseless vilification of Darren Wilson and the clamor to arrest
him, is anti-American.
Ken Connor: Disposing
of Those with Down Syndrome
The person with Down syndrome may prevent their family
or friends from living a completely self-determined life, and that is unacceptable.
Michael Brown: Richard
Dawkins Exposes the Immorality of His Atheism
Giving further ammunition to those who say that atheists
cannot fully value all human life, Richard Dawkins has now stated that
it would be "immoral" not to abort a baby with Down syndrome. Are you surprised?
Chuck Norris: Obama,
the Islamic State and Christian Crucifixions
In 2011, President Barack Obama declared, "The long
war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year." The only thing
he didn't count on was that the terrorist enemies of the U.S. decided not
to also call it quits on the war.
CNN Belief: James
Foley’s Prayers and the Dark Side of Faith
We don’t know if James Foley, the American journalist
beheaded by Islamic extremists, prayed in the hours and days before his
death. We probably never will.
Mark Judge: Why
We Stare at Brides
They stare, some of them with deep longing, because
that in a world that insists on being more and more secular and selfish,
a woman on her wedding day is a shocking countercultural totem of resistance.
Jeff Walton: What
Does Social Justice Look Like in an Abortion Culture?
Contrary to the assertions that pro-life sentiment
among Christians suddenly materialized in the late 1970s, early church
documents make clear that abortion and infanticide were unacceptable practices
RONALD S. LAUDER: Who
Will Stand Up for the Christians?
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being
slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United
States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians
who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization
that controls Gaza.
Aaron Carpenter: The
Atheist’s Fatal Flaw--Exposing Conflicting Beliefs
The more I talk with atheists, the more
I read their words, the more I am convinced that atheism is irrational.
Sometimes it seems like an emotional
overreaction. Little more. A new book by Norman Geisler and Daniel McCoy
confirms my suspicions. It also fascinates me. The authors avoid the usual
pattern of Christian-atheist...
Brian Croft: Last
Resort Prayers During Hospital Visitation
When all else fails…pray the gospel.
One morning, I was called by a nurse at a local hospital requesting my
immediate presence. The non-Christian spouse of one of our members
was moments away from dying. I had no idea what awaited me when I
arrived. I walked into a room full of family with this heartbroken
husband motioning me over to his wife’s bed. He was also suffering
from some medical problems that resulted in a tracheotomy preventing him
David Cloud: Lying
Evolutionary Art, The Horse
It has been said that “a picture is
worth a thousand words,” and I have no doubt that more people have been
influenced to believe in evolution by artwork than by words. From its inception,
Darwinian evolution has been popularized by art. Lying art. Most people
living during the past 100 years have seen the horse series...
Of My Biggest Leadership Mistakes
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in leadership.
One of the primary purposes of this blog is to help others learn from my
experience. So, I want to share some of the mistakes I’ve made. I
hope at least one of them encourages other leaders. These are 10 of the
Jeremy Walker: Celebrity
In exposing and critiquing the shallow
culture of Western celebrity that too easily infiltrates the church of
Jesus Christ, we must be careful not to allow that to become an equally
crass dismissiveness of legitimately-earned reputation. Empty pomposity
and unfounded adulation deserves to be lampooned. However, that can too
easily become a pyrrhically satirical spirit in which almost any kind of
authority, however legitimate, is mocked and...
Bill Randles: The
Navel Of The Earth…Israel’s Future pt 10
In the passages of Ezekiel above, Jerusalem
and Israel, are each literally said to be set in the center of all
nations. Certainly they are the center of God’s attention and increasingly
they have become the center of world concern no matter how hard people
try to ignore them. THe Passage in Ezekiel 38 literally says that the people
of Israel are set in “The navel” of the Land.
Pamela Rose Williams: Top
15 Christian Quotes About Decision Making
Decisions, decisions, decisions! Have
you ever stopped to think about how many decisions you make on a daily
basis? When to wake, what to wear, how to prioritize your day, what to
eat, when to eat, when to leave the house in order to be on time for an
appointment, etc. Sometimes the decisions are easy yet other times it takes
great wisdom to make the right decision.
Mark Batory: Sacrifice
When missionaries are mentioned, the
image often evoked is that of men and women who have made the ultimate
sacrifice of family and friends and end up having to endure the toils of
a difficult, lonely, deprived life in some remote corner of the world.
Regrettably, many of today’s Christians view missionary service in this
Denounces Islamic State: 'No Just God Would Stand for What They Did'
A visibly angry President Obama denounced
Islamic State terrorists for beheading American journalist James Foley,
lecturing them for their “bankrupt” ideology. “ISIL speaks for no religion,”
Obama stated, noting that their victims were “overwhelmingly Muslim.” “No
faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” he added. “No just God would
stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”
High School Student Claims She
Suspended For Saying ‘Bless You’ After Classmate Sneezed
A Dyer County, Tennessee high school
student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless
you” after a classmate sneezed. Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County
High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher
told her that the term was for church. “She said that we’re not going to
have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional
right,” Turner told WMC. When she defended her actions, the teacher told
Turner to see an administrator.
Hayden: Journalist's Beheading Shows 'Absolute Evil'
The beheading of an American journalist
by the Islamic State enables Americans to see the "absolute evil" of the
terrorist organization, Gen. Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV's "America's
Churches Is Part of ‘Islamic Doctrine’
A campaign by ISIS, also known as Islamic
State, to destroy churches across Mosul, one of the ancient seats of Christianity
where the faith has been practiced for 2,000 years, complies with the teaching
of the Quran, according to several analysts. The ISIS army of Islamic terrorists
has been marching across Iraq, destroying Christians and evidence of their
faith for months now. ISIS is blamed for the destruction of about 45 churches
in Mosul. Robert Spencer, author and Islamic terror analyst at Jihad Watch,
says the violent campaign “does seem to have been a coordinated, planned
State Vows To 'Break the American Cross'
Islamic State, the Sunni militant group
which seeks to establish a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, released
a video on Tuesday that gave the strongest indication yet it might attempt
to strike American targets. The video with the theme "breaking of the American
cross" boasts Islamic State will emerge victorious over "crusader" America.
It follows a video posted on Monday warning of attacks on American targets
if Washington struck against its fighters in Iraq and Syria.
I’ll Be Dead In Three Years
Pope Francis has estimated that he only
has two to three years to live before he goes to God and hinted that he
may possibly retire. The 77-year-old made the premonition aboard his jet
on the way back from South Korea. While he had a lung removed as a teenager
due to infection, Pope Francis is...
New York Times: Scale
of Ebola Outbreak Still Unknown
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is
“a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope,
the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday.
“No one yet has the full measure of the magnitude of this crisis,” the
president, Dr. Joanne Liu, said in an interview. “We don’t have good data
collection. We don’t have enough surveillance.”
Biden: Foley Beheading Does Not Change U.S. Approach to Islamic State
During a visit to Goodwin College in
Connecticut on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden indicated that the beheading
of American journalist James Foley would not change the United States approach
to ISIS. Biden was asked by an AP reporter about the event. According to
the White House pool report, Biden denied that it would change US policy
but pointed out that it shined a spotlight on the horrors they were committing.
60% of Dems Afraid of Being Dumped into Obamacare
A recent poll found that 60 percent
of Democrats are afraid of losing their favored healthcare plans and being
forced into the Obamacare exchanges.The majority also worried that Obamacare
was bad for them no matter..
Omits God From Pledge of Allegiance
Jessica Andrews could not believe her
eyes. "It was like an 'Oh my gosh' type of feeling," the mother of six
from Aiken, South Carolina, told me. The item that caused her angst came
from her daughter's school. It was a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance.
But the school's version of the pledge was just a few words short—two to
be exact. "It didn't have 'under God,'" she said. Jessica's daughter
is a fourth-grader at Chukker Creek Elementary School. She said...
Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Beaten, Taken to Hospital After Incident
A source within the Ferguson Police
told Fox News that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, was
"nearly beaten unconscious" by Brown before shots were fired and was taken
to the hospital for treatment...
Lee Hopes 'Things Will Really Blow Up' if Ferguson Officer Is Acquitted
After a week of rioting and confrontations
in Ferguson, Missouri, filmmaker Spike Lee said he hoped that "things will
really blow up" if Officer Darren Wilson is tried and the people of Ferguson
are unhappy with verdict.
Have to Forgive Again as Abducted Girls Allegedly Sexually Abused
Two young Amish sisters whose abduction
touched off a frantic search in northern New York were sexually abused
by their captors, The New York Times reported. The girls, aged 12 and 6,
were kidnapped on Wednesday from a family farm some 10 miles from New York's
border with Canada and released Thursday. Police have charged two suspects,
Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, with first-degree kidnapping.
Core Support in Free Fall
After months of political debates, lawsuits
and protests, support is waning for the academic benchmarks as some of
the groups that once most strongly backed the standards are turning away,
two national surveys released this week show.
Core Loses Support Nationwide
Most Americans familiar with the Common
Core standards tend to oppose them and, within just one year, polls show
more Americans are, in fact, more knowledgeable about the controversial
education initiative and against its implementation in schools.
Paper 'Understands' Global Call to Kill Jews
A prominent Saudi Arabian newspaper
justified statements from international anti-Israel rallies calling for
Jews to be killed as an "understandable reaction" to the "barbaric war"
Israel is conducting in Gaza.
Charlie Spiering: As
World Chaos Continues, Obama Retreats to Martha's Vineyard
President Obama returned to his vacation home at Martha’s
Vineyard after briefly interrupting his vacation for two days of meetings
in Washington, D.C.
Bryan Fischer: Michael
Brown Shooting Tragedy Proves Proverbs 18:17 Is True
"The one who states his case first seems right, until
the other comes and examines him" (Prov. 18:17, ESV). The Bible warns us
to be sure we hear from both sides and collect full information before
we make up our minds. This ancient wisdom of Solomon has been validated
again in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Youssef: President
Obama Must Believe at Least This Part of the Bible
Surely now President Obama must believe at least part
of the Bible—specifically, I'm thinking about the part that says: "Pride
comes before the fall."
Michael Curtis: Resisting
the Islamist Threat
From a British ambassador to the New York Times, too
many in high places are meeting the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist
actors with acquiescence instead of defiance.
Robert Weissberg: Do
the Ferguson Protestors Really Want Justice?
Ferguson puts on display a fundamental divide on the
very meaning of “justice” that is unlikely to vanish.
David Cloud: Biblical
Biblical fasting is abstinence from
food and perhaps other legitimate pleasures in order to concentrate on
a definite spiritual problem or need. It is done in conjunction with confession
of sin and prayer.
Scott Aniol: How
Corporate Worship Is and Is Not Like a Baseball Game
Yesterday I attended a baseball game
with my family, and I found myself pondering again a comparison I’ve often
heard made by preachers between corporate worship and sporting events.
“Look at how excited and enthusiastic everyone is,” they observe. “If we
can get that excited about sports, we should be even more enthusiastic
about God in worship!” So goes the common admonition.
David de Bruyn: Who
Can Dwell in His Presence?
Central to the life of knowing God and
thereby loving him ultimately, is the life of faith. Since we live in the
presence of an unseen God, faith is needed. Faith is the medium of exchange
between the heart that wishes to know God, and the God that wishes to be
known. All this brings us to the matter of of our new natures and...
Examples of Lazy Leadership Practices
Laziness is a sin. Whoever is lazy regarding
his work is also a brother to the master of destruction. Proverbs 18:9
It’s also annoying. And, ineffective in leadership. The fact is, however,
that many of us have some lazy tendencies when it comes to leadership.
I do at times. This is as much an inward reflecting post as an outward
teaching. Please understand, I’m not calling a leader lazy who defaults
to any of these leadership practices....
R.C. Sproul: In
Christ Our Suffering Is Not in Vain
Jesus suffered for us. Yet we are called
to participate in His suffering. Though He was uniquely the fulfillment
of Isaiah’s prophecy, there is still an application of this vocation for
us. We are given both the duty and the privilege to participate in the
suffering of Christ.
Ben Dunson: David,
Goliath, and You?
....What, then, can we learn from the
example of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) by applying the principles we
learned from seeing how the New Testament uses Old Testament examples?
Bill Randles: A
Wonderful And Awful Clarity… Israel’s Future pt 9
One of the beautiful things about living
in these turbulent last days, is the wonderful clarity that current events
reveal. Evil at the highest levels has usually tried to hide behind a facade
of benevolence if not righteousness, at least in the formerly Judeo Christian
Terry Hagedorn: Good
Anger is a God-given emotion. It is
designed to motivate a person to change actions, attitudes, and adverbs
toward the irritant: e.g., a negative person, circumstance, or object.
God’s anger is always holy. However, anger is manifested by people across
a broad spectrum of expression: from simple displeasure to—sadly—even sinful
wrath. Many people think that all human anger is sinful. Yet God’s Word
says that anger is not necessarily sinful. “Be ye angry, and sin not” implies
that one can be angry and yet not sin. One can be good and mad.
State Message To America: ‘We Will Drown All of You In Blood’
Horrific video of American freelance photo-journalist
James Wright Foley, 40, being beheaded by ISIS in revenge for US airstrikes
in Iraq was posted to the internet Tuesday afternoon.
Things Christians Need to Know About the Ferguson Riots
... These scenes reminiscent of the race riots of the
60s and 70s in cities throughout the U.S., have many exasperated with the
media circus and pondering what is at the core of the crisis.
Romney: Obama Is Worse Than Even I Expected
Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the problems
inflicted by President Obama’s policies are even worse than he predicted
during the 2012 presidential campaign. “It’s been a good deal worse than
even I expected,” Mr. Romney told reporters after headlining a rally here
for Republican candidates for Congress.
JOURNALIST BEHEADED BY ISIS
Horrific video of American freelance photo-journalist
James Wright Foley, 40, being beheaded by ISIS in revenge for US airstrikes
in Iraq was posted to the internet Tuesday afternoon. Foley, has been missing
since November, 2012, after being taken hostage while reporting from Taftanaz,
in northern Syria, for the agency, GlobalPost.ISIS posted the extremely
graphic video titled 'A message to America' to social media as proof of
their barbaric actions. In a chilling warning at the end of grisly film,
the executioner paraded another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff,
who went missing in August 2013, and said: 'The life of this American citizen,
Obama, depends on your next decision.'
Shop Bullied For Not Participating in Lesbian Wedding
The Christian owners of a bridal boutique
in Pennsylvania who refused to make wedding gowns for two lesbians and
bridesmaids dresses for their cross-dressing groomsmen were bullied for
sticking to their religious beliefs.
Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High
The average price for all types of ground
beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United
States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor
Ben Carson: 'It's Politically Incorrect to Blame the Wrong People'
Multiple murders in cities such as Chicago
don't get the same attention as a single murder in suburban St. Louis "because
it's politically incorrect to blame the wrong people," Dr. Ben Carson told
Fox News's Sean Hannity Monday night.
Breaks Ceasefire, Israel Targets Terror Sites
A 24-hour truce extension for Gaza was broken by Hamas
when it launched three rockets into Israel.
Haram on Track to Create Islamic State in Nigeria
Officials now fear that militant group
Boko Haram is on track to create an Islamic state in Nigeria reports Christian
Today. The group’s acts of terrorism throughout Nigeria has gleaned worldwide
attention; however, Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc across the country.
The predominantly Christian Borno and Yobe states face particular danger
of becoming Islamic caliphates.
Threaten Revenge Attacks On US
Iraqi militants have threatened to respond
to US airstrikes by attacking American targets, posting a video in which
they warn: “We will drown all of you in blood.” The message, which was
accompanied by photographs of beheadings, came as Barack Obama announced
Kurdish peshmerga troops, supported by US jets, had recaptured the strategically
important Mosul dam. The US president said Islamic State (IS) fighters
remained “a threat to Iraq and the entire region” and said Iraqis “must
reject them and unite by pushing them out of lands they have occupied”.MORE
Church Vandalized with Graffiti, Swastikas
Vandals struck an Adams church Saturday
painting graffiti on the walls, including swastikas. A door at First Baptist
Church in Adams, Mass. would always be left open for the organist, Larry
Bishop. But Saturday night Bishop realized he wasn't alone. Bishop has
been the organist at First Baptist for 15 years. He said he went to the
church late Saturday night to practice when he heard two people talking
Washington Post: Two
Churches In Missouri
They came in numbers that surprised
even the minister, arriving in a muggy drizzle to a church parking lot
so full that some had to park in front of the empty home of the man they
came to pray for: embattled white police officer Darren Wilson. They said
they had empathy for the family of the teenager the officer killed. But
they also said they feared that they might be attacked by rioters at their
church, because Southminster Presbyterian sits right behind the suburban
home of Wilson, the patrolman identified in the Aug. 9 shooting...
Clinic Raided Causing Escape of Quarantined Patients
A group of men broke into an Ebola treatment
facility in Liberia, looting infected items and allowing quarantined
patients to escape. Christian Today reports that over a dozen patients
being treated for Ebola left the facility, prompting medical personnel
to fear that the deadly virus will be able to spread throughout Liberia
unhindered. The exact number of escaped patients is unknown; reports ranged
from 17 to 20 people.
Core Standards Drastically Losing Support
A new survey shows that support for the federal education
standards known as the Common Core is slipping.
Attack Raises New Concerns of Ebola Spreading
Seventeen suspected Ebola carriers fled quarantine
when an angry mob attacked
and looted a health center in West Point, Liberia.
Put Themselves in Middle of Ferguson, Missouri, Violence
..."The only one sitting back and laughing
at this all is Satan," says Jack Hembree, pastor of Bethel Fellowship (AG)
in Florissant, Missouri—located just a few minutes from where rioting has
broken out. Hembree, who expressed his grief in a note to his congregation
over the violence, urged his congregation not to "take sides" but instead
bring Christ into the situation.
Matt Barber: I’m
Wanted for 'Hate Crimes' in Canada
Indeed, the self-styled champions of "tolerance" and
"diversity" prove, over and again, to be the most intolerant and monolithic
Andrew Brown: The
Bizarre – and Costly – Cult of Richard Dawkins
It’s like a church without the good bits. Membership
starts from $85 a month
Jon Akin & Andrew Walker:
Should Southern Baptists Get Married?
Marriage trends in America have changed. Their implications
are worth paying attention to because these dynamics affect our families
and our churches. Consider these statistics:
Andrew Barber: The
Problem with Christian Films
Every conversation I have with a non-Christian requires
dealing with their perceptions of me as a Christian, which more often than
not means dealing with the Republican Party, televangelists, and Christian
Joseph Puder: Christians
and Yazidis in Iraq – and a World’s Indifference
One standard for Palestinian people and refugees,
and another for others.
Colin Flaherty: The
Ferguson Lie Comes Undone
The irrelevance of “white racism” to the chaos in
Ronn Torossian: Obama
Has No Right to Punish Israel
The most hostile U.S. president the Jewish State has
faced in modern times.
Charlie Daniels: Satanic
It seems it's hard for some people to accept the fact
that there is an evil in this world that goes far beyond criminal behavior
or just plain meanness, an evil so demented and so unrepentant that it
knows no depths and no bounds.
Tim Challies: Seven
Things That Christ Is
...Then, a list of seven things that
Christ is: He is the Way; men without him are Cains, wanderers, vagabonds:—
He is the Truth; men without him are liars, like the devil, who was so
of old:— He is the Life; without him men are dead, dead in trespasses and
sins :—He is the Light; without him men are in darkness, and go they know
not whither:—He is the Vine; those that are not grafted in him are withered
Joe Thorn: Four
Characteristics of Earnest Preaching
....As I evaluate my own preaching,
and coach other preachers, I find that earnestness is one of the areas
that needs the most attention. A man’s earnestness in preaching is often
the hand that grips the hearer and brings him along side the preacher to
the truth proclaimed.
David Murray: Our
What makes God so happy? Three times
we are told that our God is “blessed forever” (Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 2 Cor. 11:31).
But what makes Him so happy? Well, I’m sure there are many contributing
factors. But maybe we can also learn about divine happiness from human
happiness. In where does happiness come? Oscar del Ben reflects on this
question, and gives four possible answers. I couldn’t help but think of
how his “human” answers may give theological insight into some sources
of God’s happiness.
Indications a Church Is Making Disciples
I’ve often heard people say you can’t
measure discipleship. I don’t know if that’s true. It is true that you
can’t necessarily put a number or percentage on discipleship growth, but
you can tell — over time — if it has happened or is happening. Here are
10 indications a church is making disciples:
Guy Waters: Was
Adam a Historical Person?
....In the modern world, skeptics have
long questioned or denied the historicity of Adam. Neo-orthodox theologians
added their voices to this chorus in the last century. More recently, and
under the pressure of evolutionary theory, some prominent evangelical voices
have as well.
Randy Alcorn: Fourteen
Lessons on Prayer from Daniel 9-10
God hears our prayers and starts responding
to them (when we pray with Daniel’s attitude and perspective) before we
can see results, and even when we can’t see results at all.
Bill Randles: The
Two Objects Of The Dragon’s Fury… Israel’s Future pt 8
The apostle John was given several visions
which constitute the Revelation. In the vision of Revelation 12, we are
given a Divine perspective of the mystery of anti-Semitism. This is the
Divine answer to the real historical events of Genesis 3.
Jack Wellman: How
to Overcome a Fractured Childhood
How can we overcome a childhood that
was fractured, shattered, and left in ruins? Is God able to fix what
was long ago broken in a dysfunctional family?
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saved is not like taking a holiday outing. The men and women who are full
of the truth -- who are walking embodiments of the troth-- have not become
so without effort. They have digged for truth; they have loved it; they
have longed for it more than for their necessary food; they have sacrificed
all for it. When they have fallen they have risen again, and when defeated
they have not yielded to discourage- ment, but with more care and watchfulness
and greater earnestness, they have renewed their efforts to attain to the
truth. They have counted not their lives dear unto themselves that they
might know the truth. Wealth, ease, a name among men, reputation, pleasure,
everything the world holds, has been counted as dung and dross in their
pursuit of truth, and just at that point where truth took precedence over
all creation they found it -- the truth that saves the soul, that satisfies
the heart, that answers the questions of life, that brings fellowship with
God and joy unutterable and perfect peace. MORE
PRINCIPLES OF THE
The sociologist Mark Regnerus recently
published a piece suggesting that support for same-sex marriage in some
Christian circles correlates to broader shifts in morality surrounding
sexuality and relations. Survey respondents were asked to declare their
level of agreement with seven statements relating to the issues of pornography,
cohabitation, no-strings-attached sex, the duty of staying in a marriage,
extramarital sex, polyamorous relationships, and abortion. The results
illustrated pronounced fault lines between those committed to historic
Christian stances on sexual morality and supporters of same-sex marriage.
As conservative Christians, we often see such data and reach for one....
THE IRS GOING TO CENSOR SERMONS AT YOUR CHURCH?
An atheist group wants to censor what
priests, pastors, rabbis and other clergy say in their sermons by threatening
an IRS challenge of their tax-exempt status. Generally, the leaders of
houses of worship in America have the constitutional right to preach and
promote anything short of an outright endorsement of a political candidate.
But now, that freedom is being challenged. In 2012, the Freedom From Religion
Foundation, a nonprofit atheist organization that advocates strict separation
of church and state, sued the Internal Revenue Service seeking to force
the agency to question the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses
of worship if they preach on moral issues in a way that has “political
INATTENTION TO IRAQI CHRISTIANS
It's starting to seem as if the Obama
White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq's religious minorities,
the results have been deadly. On June 10, the barbaric extremists called
the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the city of Mosul.
By mid-July, they issued an edict to the Christians who remained to "convert,
leave or be killed." The White House said nothing...It wasn't until Aug.
5 that the administration acknowledged the crisis in Iraq. It was done
in the form of a statement, condemning attacks on religious minorities,
by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. By last Thursday,
the largely Christian towns of Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella and Karamlesh
had fallen... MORE
ALIVE IN A SUICIDAL WORLD
When family pastor George "DB" Antrim
III took his own life this May, he left behind a wife of 17 years and two
sons, the youth group he had led for two years, and, indeed, the whole
community of Waukee, Iowa. His was the first death Westwind Church had
faced in its five years. "I had no idea how horrific that day would be,"
said pastor Brandon Barker, who read aloud Antrim's suicide note one Sunday
morning as congregants wept openly. Antrim's death was the latest in
a "rash" of pastor suicides... MORE
WAYS MILLENNIALS ARE SHAPING LOCAL CONGREGATIONS TODAY
They are the largest generation in history.
In the United States alone, they number more than 78 million, even larger
than the seemingly ubiquitous Boomers. They are the Millennials. They are
changing our nation, our world, and our churches. For the purpose of today’s
post, I want to focus on changes they are already bringing to our local
churches. I have the benefit of a large research project on the Millennials,
plus the ongoing conversations I have with members of this generation.
And I have spoken with countless leaders in churches about their experiences
with Millennials. MORE
IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER ASSAULT AGAINST CHRISTIANS
There is growing outrage among sailors
and religious-liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal
of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive
comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year
over the placement of Bibles in the rooms. MORE
SAYS MANY PASTORS ARE WARY OF RAISING 'CONTROVERSY'
Many theologically conservative pastors
agree the Bible speaks to key issues of the day, but research indicates
only a handful of them say they will speak to it. On Thursday, George Barna
– research expert and founder of The Barna Group – shared with American
Family Radio's "Today's Issues" about new information he's compiling at
American Culture and Faith Institute over the last two years, gauging where
theo- logically conservative pastors are at politically... When researchers
ask those pastors what else they are willing to do to get their people
active in the political process, Barna said "it's almost nothing." MORE
WAKE UP TO ABUSE!
I am a very grateful girl. My pleas
for help were misunderstood for a dozen years. And now, in this safe place,
I can honestly say that I am grateful that they were. Hear me out.
Because my experience is one of not being helped and being helped, I know
both sides...I do not wish it on anyone else, of course. I wish every pastor
and church leader and adult ministries director and small group leader
understood the difference between marriages going through a rough patch
and marriages that are characterized by abuse or addiction issues. But
that is not the case. I hear stories all the time of women who went
to their church for help, thinking it was their safest place, and not getting
WARNINGS FOR CHURCH LEADERS WHO USE SOCIAL MEDIA
If you are a church and/or Christian
leader on social media, please heed the following warnings. This information
is pertinent whether you are paid or volunteer, serving in a church or
some other Christian organization. Many of you know I am a strong proponent
of Christian leaders utilizing social media. I have seen so many good things
take place on the various platforms available. I have seen the gospel clearly
shared and embraced on social media. But social media is a two-edged sword.
It can be used for good or great harm. And it can harm the ministries of
those in Christian leadership. So, whether your platform is a blog, Twitter,
Facebook, YouTube, or many others, please note these seven warnings.
Indeed, it is my prayer that you will heed these seven warnings. MORE
EVERY PERSON SHOULD ATTEND A FUNERAL AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR
Every person should attend a funeral
at least once a year. Going to a wedding reminds you that the marriage
bond is sacred. Going to a funeral reminds you that life is a vapor
and one day yours will be gone. When it is announced in church that someone
has died, I try to remember that one day someone will make that announcement
about me. Even Christians commonly say “she passed away,” which neatly
avoids using the “D-word.” MORE
DON'T NEED A JUNGLE TO BE A MISSIONARY
...Have you ever heard someone make
a statement like this: “We had a missionary visit last Sunday who is going
to England” (or France or Ireland or Bermuda or Hawaii, etc). “Boy, they
are going to be suffering, huh?” Have you ever thought it yourself? Sometimes
Christians reflect the attitude that someone isn’t really a mission- ary
unless it involves jungles, leeches, lions and at least the threat of dying
from some exotic disease or being eaten by a cannibal.Missionaries to developed
countries are sometimes treated as though their ministry location is merely
a “vacation spot” instead of a mission field with its own set of difficulties
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|It is nearly four centuries ago
now, that a young professor from the north of Germany went to Rome. He
went to Rome because he was in trouble about his sins and could find no
peace. Having been educated to regard Rome as the center of the Christian
world...We read— some of you remember the story quite well— how one day,
according to the strange ideas that prevailed and still prevail at Rome,
he went climbing up a stairway on his knees, pausing to pray on every step,
to see if that would not help him about his sins. Then, as he climbed slowly
up, he seemed to hear a voice echoing down the stairway, "The just shall
live by faith; the just shall live by faith." And so he left alone his
dead works, he arose from his knees and went down the stairway to his home
to think about that great saying, "The just shall live by faith."
It is no wonder that with such an experience, and such a nature, Martin
Luther should have lived to shake the Christian world with th thought that
justification by faith is the great doctrine of Christianity, "the article
of a standing or a falling church." MORE
|The name by which the early Christians
were familiarly known was "The people of that way." In the year 36 the
Sanhedrin issued a commission to Saul of Tarsus authorizing him to arrest
any whom he might find "of the way"...In the year 58, twenty-two years
later, the same Saul, now an apostle of Christ, made a defense from the
steps of the Castle of Antonia... The name thus given to the followers
of Christ is significant for many reasons. The question has been raised
in some quarters as to whether religion is dogma or life. In fact, our
religion in the last reduction is neither dogma nor life; it is a way from
sin into the Kingdom of God. Its bed-rock is truth, its pavement is character,
its destination is eternal life....Nevertheless , to the unsaved no question
is more bewildering than this: "What shall I do that I may inherit eternal
|....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
|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
....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