.....Tancredo: Can a Dying Civilization Defeat ISIS and Radical Islam?
By any measure, we are losing the war against ISIS and radical Islam. A bigger problem is we do not yet realize we are losing or why. Their legions are growing, their ambitions are apocalyptic, and our resolve is as strong as silly putty. Without question, our military is superior to any other on earth and we could inflict devastating damage to ISIS if we unleashed our military forces against them. But we are not going to do that—not today, not next month and not after the next atrocity strikes Cleveland, Phoenix or Richmond. If we are honest we must face a very dark and sobering fact: The outcome of this war is far from certain. We are proud of being a nation of can-do optimists, but we are also a nation in denial about a culture in a tailspin. Our secular culture is adrift in a sea of relativism, escapism, and self-indulgent inanities, with our media and entertainment elites leading the parade.
Articles for Weekend, November 28th-29th, 2015
.;..Black Friday Hype Can’t Overcome Economy -Breitbart
Consumer spending is always driven by a certain amount of hype, but the barrage of Black Friday events, sales and deals belongs in its own alternate reality. Sales can only be as good as the underlying economy. On that fundamental, this year’s retail sales picture looks bleak. For at least the past six years, the actual economy has almost always turned out to be weaker than the markets, analysts or the Fed have believed.
.;..Elite FBI Surveillance Teams Track 48 High-Risk Islamic State Suspects In U.S.
It was a bombshell development last month when FBI Director James Comey estimated his agency was running over 900 active investigations against suspected ISIS operatives in the United States. On Friday, Fox News reported that at least 48 of those suspects are so high-risk that the FBI has deployed its elite Mobile Surveillance Teams to keep track of them. Although the FBI declined to comment directly on her story, Catherine Herridge of Fox News believes Comey was alluding to these MST operations when he said last week that “dozens” of suspected radicals were under “tight surveillance.” Herridge cites the interception of....
.;..Norway Government Bans Christian Cross
The cross has to go before the asylum seekers comes. It is important for Norway to stay neutral and not offend Muslims with Christians symbols. Due to the large flow of asylum seekers to the country. The government UDI has found it necessary to lodge asylum seekers in more places than ordinary reception. The Norwegian Missionary Society (NMS) operates several Christian camp sites, which they want to rent to Government UDI. Government UDI says yes please, but on one condition. All Christians symbols must be removed in buildings and doors. All Christian paintings must also be removed. It important we treat them with tolerance, respect, love & its important not to offend Muslims says government UDI.
.;..Numerous Terror Attacks In U.S. Have Been Covered Up By Feds  -wnd.com
....The attack by 24-year-old Muhammad Abdulaziz, who gunned down five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga earlier this summer, and the Nov. 4 knife attack by 18-year-old Faisal Mohammed against students at a California college were both carried out by devout Muslims who showed signs of allegiance to the Islamic State. But the public may never know the full details behind these crimes because the FBI has refused to release all of its reports.
.;..Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Gunman ID’d, 3 Dead, 9 Wounded   -The Stream
A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover under furniture and inside locked rooms. By the time the shooter surrendered, three people were killed — including a police officer — and nine others were wounded, authorities said. For hours, police had no communication with the shooter other than intermittent gunfire from inside....
.;..Christian Converts from Islam Slain in Yemen  -Christian News Net
Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith, according to sources close to the victims. In Taiz, a city with a pre-war population of 600,000 people in southwest Yemen, at least one member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ambushed a Christian man in the city and shot him 15 to 20 times in early September. A second Christian was shot once in his home on Oct. 2, sources said. The second victim may have been killed by a Muslim extremist group or by members of his own family, they said. 
.;..Intelligent Design: A Decade After the Dover Tria-WORLD Mag
This month marks the 10th anniversary of a trial LiveScience called “one of the biggest courtroom clashes between faith and evolution since the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial.” In 2005, a federal judge ruled the Dover Area School District in Pennsylvania could not teach intelligent design (ID) in a biology class. ID asserts that the complexity of the universe and living things points to an intelligent designer, not to the random chance mutations posited by Darwinian evolution.  Darwinists hailed their legal victory at Dover as a death knell for ID. But, a decade after the trial, ID is alive and well, said Casey Luskin, a program officer with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.  The Discovery Institute did not support the Dover school board’s attempt to require ID in classrooms, fearing such debates take ID out of the scientific realm and push it into the political arena. “We want to see ID grow as a science,” Luskin said. “Politicizing it harms academic freedom.” According to Luskin, that is what happened following the Dover trial. 
.;..Why ISIS Targeted France And Who Is Next  -Prophecy News Watch
The horror that unfolded in Paris last week, and the recent downing of a Russian airliner must have left many wondering: who will be next? Which city of ‘infidels’ and ‘crusaders’ will face the wrath of ISIS or some other terrorist group, hell-bent on shedding the blood of the innocent and leaving a long trail of destruction and pain in its wake? No nation wants to be next, so heightened security alerts and measures are being hurriedly put into place....
.;..Christian Refugees Left Out In The Cold   -Prophecy News Watch
....However, it is now emerging that Christian refugees and other non-Muslim minorities happen to be the ones most discriminated against during asylum vetting processes. According to a recent report from CNSNews.com, critics say this is because the federal government relies on the United Nations in the refugee application process – and since Syrian Christians are often afraid to register with the U.N., they and other non-Muslims are left out. 
.;..The American Family in Crisis   -Ben Peterson
The American Dream is about equality of opportunity. It includes the belief that a person can rise from any station in life to success and the idea that artificial barriers tied to race, class, or gender need not—must not—stand in the way of climbing the commercial, social, or political ladder. Yet today, despite massive federal investments in a national public education system, social security, welfare, and expanded public health insurance, a class line paralleling W.E.B. Du Bois’s “color line” is solidifying.
.;..Biometrics Will Replace Bank Cards and Passwords   -Steve Schiller
....Homeland Security, the NSA, and the Pentagon have used biometric scanners for a number of years, but the technology is only now making its way to the private stage. Apple acquired the technology when it purchased AuthenTec in 2012 and incorporated a fingerprint reading app into their iPhone 5S model soon after. Samsung quickly followed suit for their Android phones. Today, private sector companies have seen Apple’s success and are researching the best way to service their customers using biometrics. The success rate of this burgeoning new technology varies depending on security and strategy of use. What biometrics are being used? Fingerprint scanners were created using the same philosophy found in law enforcement forensic science....
.;....Why Controversy Is Sometimes 
  -Albert Mohler
..... Is it ever right for Christians and churches to engage in controversy? Of course, the answer is yes—there are times when believers are divided over serious and consequential questions, and controversy is an inevitable result. The only way to avoid all controversy would be to consider nothing we believe important enough to defend and no truth too costly to compromise...The history of the church also reminds us of the necessity of controversy when the truth of the gospel is at stake. Time and again, we see crucial moments when truth must be defended or denied. The church has to look squarely at what is being taught  and decide if the teaching is true...
.;..The Amish Are Online    -Kevin Williams
....In my 25 years exploring Amish communities, I’ve witnessed changes that would be unnoticeable to the average outsider. I’ve seen the legendarily technology-avoidant Amish texting (and texted with a few), ordering books from Amazon, having their own Facebook accounts (horses seem to be a popular avatar), sending emails, even lecturing in universities – which is ironic as the Amish eschew formal education beyond eighth grade. There was something subversively delicious about a man without even a high-school diploma holding court for doctoral students. To the average person, the Amish are flash-frozen daguerreotypes, little changed from their 17th-century roots. Indeed, this image is a tourist attraction...
.;..Three Marks of Faithful Friends  -T.J. Addington
Having faithful friends matters. All of us will have superficial friendships but we also need deep faithful friends. They may be family or others but you know they are always in your corner. As I think about what characterizes faithful friends I think of these three qualities.   
..;.Twenty-Five Silly Things Church Members Fight Over   -Thom Rainer
It began as an innocuous Twitter survey. But then it blew up. A lot of church members and leaders were eager to share about fights, schisms, and conflicts in their congregations. They were likewise eager to point out the absurdity of these issues. There were the ones we’ve heard often: temperature in the worship center, color of carpet, order of worship, and color of walls. The fights shown below, however, are a bit unusual. Indeed, most of them are downright absurd. I picked 25 of my “favorites.” They are listed in no particular order. The parenthetical commentary is my own.
.;..Nursing Home Ministry—How To Get Started   -Jack Wellman
How can you start a nursing home ministry from scratch?  Do you already have one? If not, here’s how to get started....Sadly, society thinks of these precious people as castoffs or as having no more use in society but that could not be further from the truth. In most cases, they are “shipped off” to homes and then forgotten about but God never has.  These men and women are so lonely and are seeking meaningful conversations.  Some are not that old as a few are simply disabled but they are usually lonely too and often forgotten. What a tragic loss.   
.;..The Significance of Small Church Ministry
-Don Johnson   ....The median church in the U.S. has 75 regular participants in worship on Sunday mornings … Notice that researchers measured the median church size — the point at which half the churches are smaller and half the churches are larger The same site says the average attendance at U.S. churches is 186, according to one survey. The total number of churches in the U.S.A. is estimated at about 350,000. If these numbers are accurate, that would mean 150,000 churches of 75 or less, while a significant number of the larger 150,000 are none too big....
.;..Fantasy Dangers  -David Cloud
We live an age of technology-driven fantasy, and a rapidly-growing number of people live in fantasy worlds. The human imagination is a gift of God and can be used for good as well as evil, but man’s fallen condition and the existence of dark spiritual powers means there are great dangers in fantasizing. The first appearance of “imagination” in the Bible is a warning about evil imaginings: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).
.;..Islam on the Mission Field  -Proclaim & Defend
What effects do missionaries feel as the result of Islam on the foreign field? The answer will be influenced by how large a percentage of the local population belongs to Islam and, more importantly, how much of the government is in the hands of Muslim hardliners. Where Muslims are predominant, they will seek to impose Shari’ah Law. Their religion is all-encompassing by its nature. Islam will seek to dictate all areas of the lives of its adherents if allowed to do so—whether religiously, politically or socially. Where Islam has already gained control, those outside of the Islamic faith will have sanctions imposed upon them. Where Islam is not yet predominant, the Muslim population will be working toward that goal.
.;..Recognizing the Adventure In the Everyday  -Aaron Earls
Who has the most exciting lives? Where can you go to find real adventure? Ashley Madison told customers: “Life is short. Have an affair.” The presumption being, cheating on your spouse is the fun adventure you need in this fleeting life. While most people don’t have an affair and 93% of Americans believe adultery is morally wrong, many still buy into the underlying concept. We dutifully maintain what we feel are our boring lives with boring relationships and boring homes in boring towns with boring jobs. 
.;..The Six Assassins of A Man's Contentment   -Darrin Patrick
You have enemies as you try to live as a content man. Most of the time we think the enemies are from without—people around us and circumstances upon us. But the true enemies of contentment are within in us, which is where contentment is either fed or starved...The following 6 assassins are at work within you to destroy your enjoyment of the life God has given you...
.;..How Do We Deal With Our ‘Problem People’ & The Mentally Struggling In Our Churches?   -Mez McConnell
....Many Christians live with what is known as the gospel gap. That is they know the facts of the faith, they admit to believing the facts of our future hope of what to come, but they are missing the personal experience of connecting these truths so that they can live hopeful lives in the present. So many of us know the great truths of the Bible but find little, real meaning in them for everyday life and its worries. So, how can we help those among us who suffer from all manner of depression and other mental health issues? Here are some hints. 
.;..Five Ways to Go from Head Knowledge to Heart Application   -Josh Squires
....How do we go from the instruction of Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding,” to the personal affirmation of the writer of Psalms 56:3–4, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid”? In other words, how do we go from head knowledge to heart application? Here are five ways...
Articles for Friday, November 27th, 2015
......;Michael Snyder: The Triumph Of Materialism: 
The Average American Will Spend 830 Dollars On Christmas In 2015
Has there ever been a major holiday more focused on materialism than the modern American Christmas?  This year, Americans are planning to spend an average of 830 dollars on Christmas gifts, which represents a jump of 110 dollars over the average of 720 dollars last year.  But have our incomes gone up accordingly?  Of course not.  In fact, real median household income in the United States has been experiencing a steady long-term decline.  So in order to fund all of our Christmas spending, we have got to go into even more debt.  We love to pull out our credit cards and spend money that we do not have on lots of cheap, useless stuff made on the other side of the world by workers making slave labor wages.  We do the same thing year after year, and most of us have grown accustomed to the endless cycle of growing debt.  In fact, one Pew survey found that approximately 70 percent of all Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”.  But then we have to work our fingers to the bone to try to make the payments on all of that debt, not realizing that debt systematically impoverishes us.
.;..China's Rise: World's Largest Army Readies For Combat  -Bloomberg
resident Xi Jinping announced a major overhaul of China’s military to make the world’s largest army more combat ready and better equipped to project force beyond the country’s borders. Under the reorganization, all branches of the armed forces would come under a joint military command, Xi told a meeting of military officials in Beijing Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. 
.;..Islamic State Radicalizes ‘Thousands’ 
In United States  -Free Beacon
The Islamic State has likely radicalized thousands of people in the United States, according to a new report, raising concerns that supporters of the terrorist group could be plotting domestic attacks similar to the recent shootings and bombings in Paris. The Threat Knowledge Group, an organization led by the counterterrorism experts Sebastian and Katharine Gorka, has compiled a list of 82 individuals in the United States who were affiliated with the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and apprehended by law enforcement officials, including those who traveled or attempted to travel to Iraq and Syria, launched domestic attacks, or participated in recruiting or fundraising.
.;..Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving… 
But Not To God   -Paul G. Kengor 
....In 1863, Abraham Lincoln urged his countrymen to set aside the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”  ....In the New America, we apparently know better. Our culture transformers are eagerly remaking Thanksgiving in their own image. This is especially true on the education front....The review for one of the recommended books, “The Very First Thanksgiving,” states: “This is a beautifully illustrated picture book for young children about the original Thanksgiving feast.” But there is a “caveat,” says the otherwise sympathetic reviewer: “this book nowhere mentions God, who is after all the reason for this holiday.” 
.;..Obama Compares Syrian Refugees To Pilgrims On the Mayflower  -The Hill
This Thanksgiving, President Obama is calling for Americans to lend a helping hand to another group of pilgrims fleeing persecution. “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said in his weekly address Thursday. “What makes America America is that we offer that chance.”
.;..Bigotry? Hatred? Christians Say They’re Tired of Being Made into the Bad Guys -Christian Headlines
 It’s bigotry! It’s hatred! It’s discrimination! That’s the tenor of the talk these days as powerful advocates try to write protections into law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Those advocates, battling against conservative Christians who are staunch in their beliefs of right and wrong, wonder why anyone would deny others their rights. But some Christians say they’re tired of being made into the bad guys. They’re tired of being called the bigots...
.;..Syrian Church Leader: Christians Have No Support, West Has Betrayed Us  -Christian Post
A Syrian Catholic Church leader recently condemned both U.S. foreign policy and Western media for ignoring Christian persecution and
worsening the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
.;..Federal Ban on Christmas Trees and Music Sparks Controversy in Virginia
 A federal ban on Christmas trees and Christmas carols recently sparked outrage in Virginia. Christian Today reports the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center received an email saying that it could not display Christmas decorations or play Christmas music because doing so would promote Christianity.  According to the email, "Trees (regardless of the types of ornaments used) have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year." It continued, "Public areas may only be decorated in a manner that is celebratory of the winter season," and "displays must not promote any religion.”  Additionally, "Music travels and should be secular (non-religious) and appropriate to the work environment.” Pastor John Sines, Jr. of Rock Pike Baptist Church, who regularly performs at the VA Hospital, said he was told he couldn’t sing anything with the words “Christ” or “Christmas.” 
.;..Can Christians Change the World After Obergefell?   -Hunter Baker
When the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Obergefell case, establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, public Christianity in America suffered what might be its greatest defeat in the nation’s history. Others might point to earlier decisions that struck down practices such as prayer and Bible readings in public schools, but that would not be quite right. 
.;..How America’s Demographic Revolution Reached The Church  -National Journal
Long the dominant group in American religious life, White Christians have fallen below a majority of the U.S. population—and they are moving to the right politically as they recede. The result is that, like race and age, religious affiliation marks a sharpening point of distinction between Republicans and Democrats, previously unpublished results from the Pew Research Center’s massive Religious Landscape survey show.
.;..Why Black Friday is a Complete Scam -Prison Planet
Black Friday is a complete scam based around the manifestly provable hoax that consumers are getting huge discounts on products that would normally be more expensive at any other time of year. In reality, stores enjoy higher profit margins during the holiday period because retailers artificially inflate prices of goods in the months before Black Friday in order to make the subsequent discounts look good in comparison.
.;..With The ‘Transgender’ Movement, Liberalism Has Finally Descended Into Total Madness  -Matt Walsh
We should all be paying attention to what happened in Illinois this week. Obama’s Department of Education told an Illinois school district that it may not prevent a gender-confused boy from using the girl’s locker room. The federal government has now officially ruled that boys who call themselves “transgender” have a CIVIL RIGHT to watch girls undress. It’s lunacy, my friends. Total lunacy.
.;..Thank Your Way to a Good Attitude  -Dan Delzell
You didn't choose your parents or the color of your skin. And you didn't choose your DNA. But you can choose your attitude. You get to choose everyday whether to grumble and complain, or to give thanks instead. And it's encouraging to know that you can literally thank your way to a good attitude. Here is an experiment that illustrates my point. The next time you sense yourself starting to slip into a pessimistic mood, get out in front of it. Immediately begin to thank God for 10 blessings in your life. Defeat your depressing mood by thanking God for particular people and specific things in your life. You can even write them down if that helps.
.;..In Defense of Christmas Cheer  -Trevin Wax
‘Tis the season to be jolly!  Strike that. First, we need a few evangelical leaders to register complaints about our culture’s overly sentimentalized, consumerist take on Christmas.  It seems that every year I come across blog posts chiding Christians for allowing the shopping season to overtake the church’s calendar. Or bemoaning the early encroachment of Christmas music (“It’s the most wonderful time of the” — NOT YET!). Or reminding us that the real reason for the season must remain front and center in a world of sentimental mush. The most recent take comes from Scot McKnight, who says that the Dickens vision of Christmas isn’t really Christian at all.
.;..Rick Warren: Paris Happened Because We’re at War with God   -Big Think
....The theme of the night is "8 Keys You Need to Succeed in Life." This is where criticism against Warren and pastors like Joel Osteen begin: These are not biblical lessons, but self-help prosperity theology sprinkled with handclaps for Jesus. One of the most surprising revelations is the sheer variety of biblical translations Warren uses throughout the evening. Whereas entire denominations are defined by what bible is used, Warren picks and chooses to find quotes that fit his theme, which this week is "shape."....
.;..Why You Never Question Allah: Islam’s Trouble With Blasphemy -Joel J. Miller
You’d better watch what you say about God if you live in the Middle East or North Africa, where seven in ten governments criminalize blasphemy. In 2014, Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh was convicted of blasphemy by a Saudi Arabian court. Facing four years in prison and 800 lashes, Fayadh appealed the ruling. He was recently retried, and the court upped the ante. He’s now contending with a death sentence for apostasy.
.;..Gladness Leading to Repentance   -John Kimbell
.....However, the Bible also speaks of a gladness that should lead us to repentance. It’s a gladness experienced by everyone in the world. It will be experienced in abundance by families all around our country on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s how Paul describes it.....
.;..Caring About Small Things, Overlooking Big Things  -John Stonestreet
What is the most critical issue of our age? The war against religious freedom? ISIS? The definition of marriage? Or what to wear for Halloween?
.;..How Not to Do Multi-Level Marketing  -Courtney Reissig
....Direct-selling and multi-level marketing as means of work is not the problem. Work is a good thing; it’s a gift from God and part of who we are as his image bearers. In some cases, these types of businesses allow a mom to contribute financially to the family and also stay home with the kids. But all work, including direct-selling and multi-level marketing, is marred by sin. Our sinful hearts find ways to distort and misuse even work done with best intentions.
.;..Spurgeon On Animal Cruelty: Our Treatment of Animals Is a Spiritual Issue -ERLC
....Our treatment of animals is a spiritual issue. The Bible is clear that our being created in the image of God does not lessen our responsibility to steward the physical world well, but heightens it. This statement is a reminder that the gospel transforms our use and care of animals as we see all of God’s glory reflected in his good creation....the statement is not adding to Baptist legacy, but rather, reclaiming it.
Articles for Thursday, Nov. 26th, 2015
.;..What Our Presidents’ Thanksgiving Proclamations Tell Us About America -Samantha Strayer
Just as the status of a check-engine light speaks to the soundness of a vehicle, there are indicators throughout society that speak to the soundness of a nation. In a land as vast and populated as ours, with technological advancements once the sole province of science-fiction, it is nearly impossible to count such indicators. But there is one — simple, short, and easy to read — that clearly reflects the spiritual health of the country: the annual Thanksgiving Day Proclamation...Giving “thanks” is of course not unique to any particular group of people or geographic location...
..;Stephen Nichols: What Is Thanksgiving Day?
Thanksgiving is an American holiday that stretches all the way back to a time long before America became a nation. The Pilgrims landed in 1620. They faced brutal conditions and were woefully unprepared. Roughly half of them died in that first year. Then they had a successful harvest of corn. In November of 1621 they decided to celebrate a feast of thanksgiving...Over the centuries, Americans continued to celebrate feasts of thanksgiving in the fall. Some presidents issued proclamations. Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a perpetual national holiday set aside for thanksgiving...So we have a holiday of thanksgiving born in and further nurtured during times of great adversity and struggle. We might think that times of adversity and challenge would spawn ingratitude, while times of prosperity would spawn gratitude. Sadly, the reverse is true.  A chilling scene from the animated television show The Simpsons demonstrates this. Bart Simpson was called upon to pray for a meal, to which he promptly prayed, “Dear God, We paid for all of this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.”
.;..Will We Teach the True Story of Thanksgiving? -Lisa Sharon Harper
Thanksgiving. That word holds profound meaning for Americans, most of it nostalgic. I remember in grade school when our classes would present Thanksgiving pageants that retold the story of Thanksgiving.
.;..Eight-Year-Old 'Indiana Jones' Makes First Temple Era Archaeological Find  -Jerusalem Post
An eight-year-old Israeli boy on a daytrip with his family in the Beit Shemesh area accidentally made an important archaeological discovery last week, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. Itai Halpern of Pardesiya was granted a certificate of honor after discovering the head of a statue from the First Temple period and turning it in to Antiquities Authorities' officials. Halpern's school class was also invited to take part in an archaeological dig.
.;..The Miracle of Squanto’s Path to Plymouth -Wall St. Journal
The story of how the Pilgrims arrived at our shores on the Mayflower—and how a friendly Patuxet native named Squanto showed them how to plant corn, using fish as fertilizer—is well-known. But Squanto’s full story is not, as National Geographic’s new Thanksgiving miniseries, “Saints & Strangers,” shows. That might be because some details of Squanto’s life are in dispute. The important ones are not, however. His story is astonishing, even raising profound questions about God’s role in American history. 
.;..Donald Trump Confident He Has 'Pretty Good' Chance of Going to Heaven
Republican 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump says he believes in heaven and is confident he has a "pretty good" chance of getting there.
.;..Dear Christians, Now Is The Time For Intolerance  -Matt Walsh
....But what happens when Christianity is desecrated; Christians slandered; Christ mocked; the Devil sexualized and glorified; and unholy abominations like abortion promoted on prime time television? Well, petitions... I’m not saying we should do what the Muslims do in these situations. I’m not even saying we should do what progressives do. But I am saying we, as Christians, ought to be totally, completely intolerant of evil and blasphemy. We should neither respect it nor dismiss it as mere “entertainment.” When someone mocks our God, we ought to oppose them forcefully and relentlessly. Shouting it down might not always be the answer, but shouting is at least better than whispering or saying nothing. There are too many “offended” whiners in our culture who get their feelings hurt over the smallest perceived slight, so I am not recommending mere offendedness at personal insults. Those we must endure and often ignore – a skill many need to learn. But Christians ought to be outraged and infuriated by heinous attacks against God....
.;..Why Can’t We Talk About Islam Honestly? -David Harsanyi
Islam is not a race. Islam is not an ethnicity. Islam is a religion and a political philosophy. And it is distinct from other religions and political philosophies. Pointing this fact out does not make a person obsessed with hatred or racism. A Muslim might hold moderate views or he might hold extreme ones. If we act as if the color of people’s skin rather than their beliefs define them, we’re engaging in a curiously narrow-minded discussion about one of the world’s great faiths—one that is comprised of all races and many ethnicities. Yet this is exactly the formulation many on the Left demand.
.;..Five Theses on the Syrian Refugee Crisis   -Mark Snoeberger
....Human governments have in every biblical era had as their foremost biblical obligation the bearing of the sword in the defense and policing of their own constituents (Gen 9:6; Rom 13:1–5), and cannot simply lower this sword in the face of suffering.
.;..Divine Destiny: Churchill's Faith and the Defeat of Evil -CBN News
During WWII, Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged the free world to rise up and defeat Adolph Hitler's Nazi regime. Churchill provided inspiration and resolve in the face of despair, but did he believe in God? The new book God and Churchill, co-authored by Churchill's great-grandson Jonathan Sandys and journalist Wallace Henley, says that despite his early years as an agnostic, Churchill came to believe personally in God.
.;..70% of Women Who Get Abortions Identify as Christians, Survey Finds  -Christian Post
Over 40 percent of women who've had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members, new LifeWay Research shows.
.;..39-Y-O Pastor, Father of Five, Dies After Pouring Heart Out in Sermon -Christian Post
A California congregation was forced to halt a scheduled service Sunday morning after their 39-year-old children's pastor and beloved father of five collapsed and died from a "cardiac event" after pouring his heart out during an impassioned sermon.
.;..The Evangelical Theological Society After Obergefell   -Denny Burk
Last week the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) met in Atlanta, Georgia for its 67th annual meeting. It is the first meeting of the ETS since the Supreme Court declared gay marriage to be a Constitutional right in its landmark decision Obergefell v. Hodges. How does ETS look now that we are inhabiting a post-Obergefell culture? Here are three snapshots that I observed and now pass on to you....
.;..How Is God Shaping You and Your Calling Through Your Family?   -Elizabeth Moyer
....Families are a beautiful, broken result of the Fall. They’re hard and messy and glorifying and joyful. Ultimately, God has the power to use family in our lives to make us more like him. Sanctification transforms our work and our relationships. I am a better person today for the family that surrounds me, both old and new. I have to believe that is a sweet picture of the flourishing God had in mind when he designed family.
.;..Are Dispensationalists Fighting a Losing Battle? -Paul J. Scharf
....Suffice it to say that we are now moving rapidly into the post-Christian phase of American history.2 As much as we would love to believe that there is still a silent majority waiting for the opportune moment to protest, our eyes and ears tell us differently. Our beloved nation is not merely entering this new epoch, but is rather enthusiastically embracing its new moral conventions. Those of us who fancy ourselves to be traditionalists—say nothing of Biblicists—have the sneaking suspicion that things will never be the same again. For the first time in the modern history of the United States, the persecution of Christians for their faith is a reasonable possibility. Where does the teaching of dispensationalism fit into this complex cultural paradigm? From the world’s perspective, the answer is very simple. It doesn’t. But since when do dispensationalists take their theological cues from “the rulers of this age” (1 Cor. 2:8)?
..;.Ambassadors-At-Large -Monroe Parker
....Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., founder of Bob Jones University, used to say, “Nearly every false religion is founded on an overemphasis of some truth.” He did not mean that every truth should be denied or neglected, but that every truth should be placed in its proper perspective. Everything in the Bible should be observed in the light of everything else in the Bible. In our day it seems that men go to opposite extremes in their attitude toward the.....
..;.Five Problems with Church Programs   -Thom Rainer
A church program is a resource that has content already created, ready for use by churches. Sometimes the program can be short-term like vacation Bible school. At other times, it can be ongoing, such as Sunday school or small group curriculum.  But, without good oversight and wise application, these and other programs can be problematic.  Here are five of those problems:
.;..Keeping the Child’s Heart  -David Cloud
No amount of training and discipline will work if the parents do not capture and keep the children’s hearts. If their hearts become estranged, the children will experience spiritual shipwreck. The heart is the center of the individual’s life. It is mentioned 833 times in Scripture!  “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
.;..Doctrine Matters: Eternal Life Depends Upon It   -Kevin DeYoung
Christianity is much more than getting your doctrine right. But it is not less. You can have right doctrine and not be a Christian. You can know all sorts of true things about Jesus and not be saved. The Devil is not unaware of who Jesus really is. The first beings in the Gospels to recognize the true identify of Christ are the demons. You can know true things and not be a Christian. But you cannot be a Christian without knowing true things.
.;..Oh, How I Love the Law!   -Tim Challies
....When David expressed his love of God’s law he was expressing his love of God’s revealed truth, all the knowledge and instruction he has given to humanity in his Word. David had less of it than we do—he had only the first few books of what would later be the 66-book Bible. But he read these few books, he pondered them, and he diligently applied their wisdom to his life. The more he did this, the more his affection grew.

Robert G.

Payday Someday    I Kng 21:18,19,23  Mat 10:28
Is Hell a Myth?      Mat. 10:28
Prepare To Meet Thy God    Amos 4:12
The Meaning of Christmas    Luke 1:78
Ichabod: Goodbye To Glory     1 Sam. 4:18-22

Billy Sunday
Broken Down Altars    1 Kng 18:30
Show Thyself a Man     1 Kng 2:2
The Devil's Boomerangs     Ecc 11:9
Teach Us To Pray      Luk 11:1
The Blood of Jesus Christ    Heb 9:13-14

Charles H.
I Would, But Ye Would Not!    Mat 23:37
Open House For All Comers   Luke 15:2
Why Some Seekers Are Not Saved   Is 59:1-2
Fathers in Christ    1 Jn 2:13,14
The Fatherhood of God     Mat 6:9
The Drawings of Divine Love    Jn 6:44-45
The Saint's Horror at the Sinner's Hell   Ps 26:9

D. Marytn

A Living Hope of the Hereafter    I Peter 1:3-5
Faith On Trial   Psalm 73:1-2
The Christian & the Non-Christian   Eph. 4:20
The Breadth, Length, Depth, Height of God's Love
God Or Mammon    Matt. 6:19-24

T. DeWitt Talmage
The Laughter of the Bible    Psalm 126:2  2:4
The Power of Kindness    Prov. 15:15
Windows Opened Toward Jerusalem   Dan 6:10
The Ministry of Tears    Rev 7:17
The Spider in Palaces    Pro 30:28

G. Campbell
Christ's Call To Courage    Matt. 9:2, 22
The Optimism of Faith    Heb. 11:1
Christ's Vision of Jerusalem    Luke 9:51
As An Eagle...The Lord Did Lead    Deut. 32:11-12
How To Succeed In Life    Prov. 3:6

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