HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Christian Post: Turkey Seeks Life Sentence for Imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson
The Turkish government is seeking a life sentence for American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who rights advocates say has been unjustly imprisoned since December 2016 on false charges of espionage and terrorism.....LINK
Christian Journal: Scientists Now Resort To Calling Christians Crazy — ‘New Study’ Attempts to Establish a Link Between Religious Fundamentalism and Brain Damage
Scientists from Northwestern University published a study in the journal Neuropsychologia attempting to establish a link between religious fundamentalism and brain impairment. The findings suggest that religious fundamentalists have less cognitive flexibility, in addition, the study states that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism. In other words, science is now attempting to say that those who believe the Bible have brain damage....LINK
Daily Signal: Joy Behar Apologizes on ‘The View’ for Mocking Mike Pence’s Faith
A month after mocking Vice President Mike Pence for his Christian faith on an episode of ABC’s “The View,” co-host Joy Behar publicly apologized on air. Behar did so on Tuesday’s show shortly after she apologized to Pence in a telephone call and the vice president said he forgave her. “Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith, and I fell short of that,” Behar told her audience. “I sincerely apologize for what I said.” The apology came one month to the day after Behar, a comedian and liberal commentator, compared Pence’s Christianity to mental illness.....LINK
Christian Post: Free Speech Endangered If Twitter, Facebook, Google Continue Censorship, Conservatives Warn
Leading tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter are censoring the online posts of Christians and conservatives — and if this trend continues, it won't be long before free speech in America is gone, conservative leaders have warned.....LINK
Fox News: Stephen Hawking, Famed Physicist, Dead at 76
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”....LINK
Christianity Today: Joni Eareckson Tada— Why Suicide Is Everybody’s Business
.....The vast majority of suicides of elderly or terminally ill people or those with disabilities occur quietly within homes and institutions, far from the media, the courts, and the public eye. These are hurting, despondent people who never make the news and only rarely appear on your Facebook feed. These are the ones living a quiet desperation: The woman with cancer, seesawing in and out of remission.....LINK
Wall Street Journal: Elderly in U.S. Are Projected to Outnumber Children for First Time
The milestone would be the latest marker of the nation’s aging, which has accelerated with baby boomers’ move into their senior years and recessionary effects on births and immigration over the past decade. The shift deepens challenges for fiscal policy and economic growth. Trends in birth and immigration have also slowed the rate at which the country is becoming more diverse. Whites who aren’t Hispanic will begin shrinking as a group by 2024. They would drop below half of the population by 2045, two years later than estimated........LINK
National Review: ‘God Bless You’ Listed Among Anti-Muslim ‘Microaggressions’ 
According to an “Anti-Oppression Library Guide” written by a group of librarians at Simmons College in Boston, “saying ‘God bless you’ after someone sneezes” is a microaggression against Muslim people.....LINK
Chris Watson: The Real Problem with Gun Violence 
....Despite the claims of some, the recent plethora of school shootings do not demonstrate that guns are the problem. Guns are a tool to be used for good or for evil. The problem is much darker. The problem is the human heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9  When I desired revenge, I was demonstrating a sick, dark heart. That heart, if we are honest with God and with ourselves, exists in all of us. The propensity to do evil is there, whether we admit it or not.....LINK
Breaking Israel News: Did Geologists Discover ‘Fountains of the Deep’ From Genesis Flood?
A team of scientists studying diamonds found as far as 500 miles underground has discovered a form of crystallized ice that has never been observed in nature before. The discovery indicates that huge water reserves flow through the earth’s mantle in a manner that very much resembles the “Fountains of the Deep” mentioned in the book of Genesis. ...LINK
Eileen F. Toplansky : The Ongoing Plight of Christians
In the CQ Researcher issue titled "Religious Persecution," dated November 21, 1997, Kenneth Jost highlighted the "well-documented cases of churches being bulldozed or burned down, clergy and lay leaders [being] arrested and imprisoned and clergymen being murdered by [Sudanese] government troops."  In the 21 years since this article was printed, global Christian persecution has increased exponentially.  The following is a small sampling of what Christians are facing........LINK
space.com: NASA Twins Study Verifies Long-Term Health Effects of Space Travel
The Twins Study went a step further, including surveying the brothers’ genomes and collecting data on Scott and Mark’s physical and psychological health. In the case of Scott, some of the changes to his body disappeared only a few hours or days after landing, while some remained after six months. Here are some of the major new findings........LINK
David French: Intersectionality, the Dangerous Faith
The demise of religion among American youth is greatly exaggerated. It turns out that America isn’t raising a new generation of unbelievers. Instead, rising in the heart of deep-blue America are the zealots of a new religious faith. They’re the intersectionals, they’re fully woke, and the heretics don’t stand a chance.....LINK
National Review: The True Sin of American Evangelicals in the Age of Trump
....Until the progressive community understands the gravity of its attacks on Evangelical institutions, there is little hope for understanding — much less changing — an increasingly-polarized American political culture.....LINK
Breaking Israel News: Will Turkey Lead An End-of-Days Global Islamic Jihad Against Israel And The US?
....the Turkish president’s call for 57 nations to join together to form an anti-Israel army of Islam could create the most formidable military force on the planet. One Israeli expert on Islam stated emphatically, “make no mistake; this is war,” and lest the message is missed, he also emphasized that this call for jihad includes a direct threat against the US. Once warm, relations between Turkey and Israel have been shaky in the last decade. But this call for a religious war against Israel is a relatively new development.....LINK
David Murray: Good Theology Is the Answer to Bad Technology
The longer I’ve wrestled with the challenges of digital technology in my life and in the lives of others, the more convinced I’ve become that the ultimate answer is not “no technology” or “more technology” but “more theology.” If we want a deep, lasting, and spiritual solution, we need to learn and teach deep, lasting, and spiritual truths. Digital theology is the answer to digital technology; the oldest truths are the best rebuttal to the newest challenges.....LINK
Heather Peacock: Eight Ways to Welcome People with Disabilities into Your Church 
Welcoming people with disabilities is less about having special programming and more about gracious and compassionate people who look for ways to be inclusive and accommodating.   Ask a family how you can best serve them and have them into your home! This extends fellowship to them that pulls them out of isolation.  We are often asked if our daughter is able to get into homes without a........LINK
Amy Medina: Why is 'Work' a Bad Word?
....Work came before the Fall of Man, not after. Adam was given a job in the Garden. And there's no reason to believe that in Heaven we're going to sit around on clouds all day. We'll be working. Indeed, the sweat and pressure of work is a result of sin, but not work itself.....LINK
David Cloud: The Normal-Literal Method of Interpretation vs. Allegoricalism
The “normal-literal” method of Bible interpretation refers to the manner in which human language is ordinarily interpreted. We use figures of speech, such as metaphors, in normal speech, but we understand that these are figures of speech by the context and we know how to interpret them. If I say, “I’m going for a run,” we know that this means that I am literally going to go running. But if I say, “I’m going to run down to the store,” we know this is a figure of speech, and it simply means that I am going to the store, whether by walking, driving, etc.  The same is true for Bible prophecy. It contains figures of speech, but the Bible makes it clear that these are figures of speech and teaches us how to interpret them either by the context itself or by comparing Scripture with Scripture.......LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Israel Today: Report Says Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Is Almost Finished
According to senior American officials who spoke to The New York Times, the Trump White House is currently putting the final touches on its Middle East peace proposal. Unlike past proposals from presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Trump’s plan will reportedly eschew broad (read: vague) suggestions and predetermined outcomes. Rather, it will take head-on the very specific issues currently preventing an agreement and offer very specific solutions to them.....LINK
CBN News: 'He's a Very Devout Christian' —Why Pompeo Is Perfect Pick for Secretary of State
Despite skepticism over the latest White House cabinet shakeup, observers say CIA chief Mike Pompeo's replacement of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state will likely have a positive effect on US foreign policy. "This is actually a very good change and the timing of it couldn't have been any better," CBN News National Security Correspondent Erik Rosales said.  ....LINK
Kevin Bauder: The Fundamentalists and Billy Graham 
The fundamentalist movement took shape around two great controversies. The first was a struggle with religious liberalism for control of the old, main-line denominations. Fundamentalists lost that fight almost everywhere. As they exited their denominations, they built up a large, independent network of both new denominations (e.g., the IFC and the GARBC) and non-denominational institutions. These institutions included schools, missions, book houses, magazines, papers, evangelistic agencies, inter-church councils, radio ministries, and youth organizations. By the 1940s this fundamentalist network had become a powerful vehicle through which American fundamentalists were working around the world. The second great controversy was a contest with neoevangelicalism for the soul of this fundamentalist network. Cracks in fundamentalist solidarity appeared as early......LINK
Michael Brown: Joy Behar, Mike Pence, Donald Trump and the Question of Public Apologies
According to Vice President Pence, Joy Behar needs to make a public apology for the anti-Christian comments she made on the View. According to Pastor Robert Jeffress, if President Trump did indeed commit adultery in the past with porn star Stormy Daniels, no public apology is needed. It's a matter between his family and God. How do we sort this out?....LINK
CBN News: Hillary Clinton's Shocking Rant— This Is How Much She Despises Americans in the Heartland
During her recent trip to India, Hillary Clinton told an Indian audience in Mumbai the reasons she lost the 2016 election.  She said that Donald Trump's voters "hated black people getting rights and women getting jobs."  She claimed that she won the successful parts of the country and that Trump won the "backwards" areas. ....LINK
CBN News: College Student Booted Out of Class for Saying 'There Are Only Two Genders'
A student was kicked out of a Christianity class at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently when he questioned the instructor's teaching and said there are only two genders. Lake Ingle, a senior religious studies major, was barred from the class after he questioned Professor Alison Downie during her lecture titled "Christianity 481: Self, Sin, and Salvation," according to a report.......LINK
Patriot Ledger: Nikolas Cruz In Jail— Isolated, Restless — and Asking for Bible
School shooter Nikolas Cruz spends his days in isolation, interrupted only by occasional visits from family members, mental health experts and his lawyers. He sleeps fitfully, eats inconsistently and spends most of his time in silence and “deep thought,” according to jail records released this week by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The records offer a glimpse into the daily life of Cruz, who was indicted........LINK
World Religion News: Pakistan to Require All People to List Religion on Official Documents
According to the High Court, those who hide their religious affiliations are equivalent to those who betray the state. Due to this reason, it was important for people who want government jobs to proclaim their faith.....LINK
Baptist Press: Religious Liberty Ruled No Basis for Transgender Policy
Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision. The March 7 decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity, and reverses a lower court ruling that had protected........LINK
Christian Post: Billy Graham Embargoed Docs on Relationship With Barack Obama Until His Death; Now To Go Public
Billy Graham's embargoed archival collections, which are said to detail his personal relationships with former presidents, including Barack Obama, and other major figures, like Pope John II, are now set to go public following his death.....LINK
Newsmax: Church of Scientology Readies to Launch a TV Network
The Church of Scientology is about to get its own television channel starting Monday. A Twitter handle, website and app for Scientology TV appeared Sunday posting updates to hype the network’s availability on DIRECTV, AppleTV, Roku, fireTV, Chromecast, iTunes and... .LINK
Daily Signal: Planned Parenthood Rakes in Taxpayer Dollars
Breaking the law doesn’t help your chances for earning federal dollars—but apparently, it doesn’t hurt them either. If there’s one thing Planned Parenthood’s learned over the last few years, it’s that crime does pay. A lot, according to the Government Accountability Office. Despite piles of evidence that Cecile Richards’ group was illegally selling baby body parts, a new report shows the wrongdoing hasn’t made the slightest dent in its taxpayer-funded gravy train—at least on the federal level.....LINK
Matthew Cochran: Why Christians Should Prepare To Defend Themselves From Mass Shooters In Church
Like many others, I suspect mass murders in churches will increase in the near future. Christ warned us the world would hate us because it hates him. As the West increasingly chooses to reject its Christian roots, it therefore cannot help but turn to persecution and murder. There is no middle ground in this conflict where Christians are simply left to go about our business. It is therefore no wonder that, like people who work in schools and other gun-free zones, American Christians are beginning to ask themselves, “What happens when the shooter comes to my church?” How are we to handle a situation like that? Like anyone else, Christians would rather mentally and physically prepare for such an eventuality rather than being caught unawares.....LINK
Baptist Press: Exorcists In Demand? Baptists Discuss Demonic Activity
Amid reports of increased demand for exorcisms among some Roman Catholics, resources by Southern Baptists are helping to clarify the Bible's teaching on demonic activity. "Can a Christian be demon possessed? No," Southern Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Stephen Wellum said in a video posted on the seminary's website Feb. 28. ...LINK
Daily Signal: How ‘American Idol’ Helped Christians Overcome the Music Establishment
By 2009, the impact of “American Idol” on the Christianization of American pop music was crystal clear, even to the most casual observer, when it produced a showdown between two artists, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Allen, it turns out, was a “worship leader” at his church, which in non-evangeli-speak roughly translates to “guy who leads the singing,” while Lambert was the contestant who had seen photographs of himself kissing men splashed across the internet....LINK
National Geographic: Royal Burial In Ancient Canaan May Shed New Light On Biblical City
The extraordinary discovery of a magnificent and untouched 3,600-year-old burial chamber in the ancient Canaanite city-state of Megiddo has stunned archaeologists, not only for the array of wealth found in the tomb, but also for the potential insight it may provide into the royal dynasty that ruled this powerful center before its conquest by Egypt in the early 15th century B.C.....LINK
Amy Simpson: One of the Best Things Churches Can Do for People With Mental Illness
“Please don’t tell anyone,” she pleaded. “They won’t let me serve anymore.” I could tell that this woman...had just “confessed” to me that she faced a serious struggle with depression...she was begging me to keep my mouth shut about it because she was pretty sure her church’s pastoral staff was not so safe. The thing that scared her was not that she would be ostracized or publicly humiliated or condemned. It was that she would have her ministry position taken away. And that role was one of the things that was keeping her alive.....LINK
David Gundersen: The Most Important Time to Go to Church
The most important time to be at church is when you don’t feel like it. I’ve talked with three Christians about this recently—two struggling with depression, and a third who just went through a tough break-up—who’ve stopped gathering with God’s people during a difficult season. Whether for weeks or months, all three have decided to stop going to church.....LINK
Wally Morris : A Boring Eternity? 
....The Bible does not give much information about life after the elimination of sin. We know the theology of what will happen. However, practically, what will that be like? Well, life certainly will be different. The nature of that difference is hard to understand. Revelation records active worship and praise of God. Other Biblical passages record angelic activity.....LINK
David Jeremiah: The Battle for Your Heart
Guard your heart, David Jeremiah counsels, because it is "the seat of your emotional and spiritual passion in life." When the passion of a person's heart is directed toward God, he notes, "the outcome can be life-giving and life-saving."....LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Monday, March 12th, 2018
Prophecy News Watch: Purge Of Conservative Voices On Social Media Continues
In recent weeks, we have witnessed an unprecedented social media crackdown on conservative voices.   YouTube's war with Alex Jones has gotten the most attention, but literally hundreds of conservative content creators have had their accounts penalized, suspended or deleted by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants.   There appears to be a coordinated effort to target conservative viewpoints, because similar voices on the left are not receiving equal treatment.  ...LINK
The Federalist: Universities Keep Kicking Christian Groups Off Campus In Violation Of Their Rights
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a student group, was recently kicked off the Michigan-based Wayne State University’s campus, solely for asking it be allowed to choose leaders who share its faith. Until this trouble with the school, the student group had been on campus for over 75 years. Incidents like this have been occurring on college campuses recently at an alarming rate.....LINK
Christian Post: Tony Perkins— Religious Freedom Restoration Under Trump Will End If Evangelicals Don't Vote Republican
If conservative evangelicals fail to participate in the midterm elections this November, the "restoration of religious freedom and the freedom of speech" established under President Donald Trump will end, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has warned.....LINK
Prophecy News Watch: In Europe— The Rapid Spread Of Dhimmitude
Although Europe is not part of the Muslim world, many European authorities nevertheless seem to feel obliged to submit to Islam in more or less subtle ways. This voluntary submission appears to be unprecedented: Dhimmi, historically speaking, is the Arabic term for the conquered non-Muslim, who agrees to live as a second-rate, "tolerated" citizen, under Islamic rule, submitting to a separate, demeaning set of laws and the demands of his Islamic masters. In Europe, submitting to the demands of Islam, in the name of "diversity" and "human rights", has also been happening voluntarily....LINK
World Net Daily: Science Confirms Genesis Flood Account, Again
For the first time, scientists have corroborated with direct evidence that the Earth has oceans of water deep within mantle by actually recovering some trapped inside diamonds.....LINK
CBN News: Historic Vote In China Will Let President Rule for Life
Xi Jinping, already China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, received a vastly expanded mandate Sunday as lawmakers abolished presidential term limits that have been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country’s constitution. In one swift vote, the rubber-stamp legislature opened up the possibility of Xi serving as president for life, returning China to the one-man-rule system that prevailed during the era of Mao and the emperors who came before him.....LINK
Dennis Lennox: The Church of George Washington and Robert E. Lee Struggles With History
A Washington church known for its historical ties to George Washington and Robert E. Lee made headlines last year when it decided to remove monuments of the country's first president and the controversial Confederate general.....LINK
Canada Free Press: Rwanda Seventh-Day Adventist Churchgoers Killed By Lightning
A lightning strike killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday, an official said. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru.......LINK
InfoWars: Watch— CNN Reports On Controversial Satanism Inside Clinton Campaign
Mainstream media forced to cover growing concern with Clinton’s ties to Satanism....LINK
Christian Post: In Isolated World of Pastors, Churches Mum on Troubling Clergy Suicides
An alarming number of pastors have taken their own lives in the last five years. And despite the increasing prevalence of suicide nationally, and the troubling rates at which the epidemic has been affecting certain groups of clergy, many churches remain silent on the issue....LINK
J. Warner Wallace: Is Christianity Shrinking In America? Yes and No
It’s a common question asked by church leaders and laity: “Is American Christianity waning as our nation becomes more secular?” The statistics seem to support a “yes” answer to this question. I’ve been collecting data on this issue for over ten years. The surveys (more than 50 I’ve chronicled so far) reveal a disturbing, albeit unified, trend: Fewer people claim a Christian affiliation than ever before, and those who claim no religious affiliation are the fastest growing group in America.....LINK
Joel C. Rosenberg: Preaching the Gospel Is Now Illegal in Russia, Can We Still Be a Light?
Vladimir Putin calls himself a Christian, but he has declared war on the Gospel, and speaks of war with the West.....LINK
Christian Post: Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time' Writer Defends Removing Bible Verses, Christian Themes in Movie
The writer of Disney's adaptation of "A Wrinkle in Time" says she cut Bible references, including Jesus, from the film because as she claims, "society has progressed."....LINK
Ryan T. Anderson: Sex Reassignment Doesn’t Work— Here Is the Evidence
Sex “reassignment” doesn’t work. It’s impossible to “reassign” someone’s sex physically, and attempting to do so doesn’t produce good outcomes psychosocially.....LINK
Daily Caller: Gerber Baby Inspires Down Syndrome Abortion Bans Across The U.S.
Gerber Baby company chose a Down syndrome child for the new face of its 2018 campaign in early February, inspiring a number of states to create, push or pass legislation protecting unborn babies who will be born with Down syndrome.....LINK
The Stream: Is Sexual Orientation Immutable? The Science May Surprise You
One of the most common and effective claims for LGBT rights is that people are born with an immutable, permanent sexual orientation...The idea that sexual orientation is immutable has been proclaimed so frequently, and so loudly, few people have slowed down to ask a simple question: What does the science actually reveal? The answer might surprise you.....LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Weekend, March 10th-11th, 2018
Christian Post: Baptist Elder Among Aid Workers Massacred by Islamic Rebels in Central African Republic
A Christian church elder and father of seven is believed to be among the six aid workers massacred during an ambush by armed militants in the Central African Republic.....LINK
Son, Grandkids of Controversial Pensacola Pastor Peter Ruckman Dead In Murder-Suicide
Authorities in northern Illinois say the son and two grandsons of a well-known longtime Pensacola pastor died in an apparent murder-suicide this weekend.  The Winnebago County coroner says 58-year-old Peter S. Ruckman died of gunshot wounds, along with 12-year-old John Ruckman and 14-year-old Christopher Ruckman. Peter S. Ruckman is the son of Peter Sturges Ruckman, who was an internationally recognized pastor at Pensacola Bible Baptist Church. He died last year at the age of 94. The controversial, hard-line pastor created the Pensacola Bible Institute in the 1960s.....LINK
Christian Headlines: Conspiracy Theorists Arrested for Harassing FBC Sutherland Springs’ Pastor
wo conspiracy theorists allegedly harassed Pastor Frank Pomeroy as he pulled up to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas Monday morning. Pastor Pomeroy was not present when a gunman opened fire on the church in October, killing twenty-six people, including Pomeroy’s daughter. The man and woman, both in their 50’s, yelled at Pomeroy as he exited his vehicle and approached the church building. They asked him for proof that his daughter existed and that she actually died. Pomeroy’s wife Sherri, who was not present at the time, said the man demanded, “Produce me a death certificate.”....LINK
Oprah Winfrey And Stephen Colbert Take Turns Mocking God, Jesus And The Bible On The Late Show
…God was presented, in animated form, as a Jim Carrey-esque hallucination flashing gang signs and shocked to know that He was known by someone so famous as Oprah Winfrey. Colbert’s ‘god’ says things like “Oh wow, Oprah knows who I am?? I can’t wait to tell Jesus!”....LINK
Marine Corps Commandant— 'Less Than 30% of Young Men and Women' Are Qualified to Join the U.S. Military
The United States Marine Corps Commandant told Congress on Wednesday that recruitment is "hard work," because so few people are qualified to fill the ranks.  But while recruitment is difficult, "This is a really good Marine Corps," General Robert B. Neller told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense: "So, I think we're all aware that, you know, in the nation, I mean, it's a strategic issue that less than 30 percent of the young men and women of our nation are qualified just to join the military, either because of physical, mental or moral issues. So now we're down to 30 percent and now we have to find those that have a propensity or are interested in doing this.....LINK
Monday Note: Saving Our Children From Smartphones
.....Computer scientists and psychologists have long voiced concerns that our inventions may have nefarious influence on our minds, especially during formative years. Late last year, Sean Parker, the serial tech entrepreneur and founding president of Facebook, voiced just such a concern as he unloaded on his former company......LINK
Intellectual Takeout: Euthanasia is Now Being Performed ... On Prisoners
Not too long ago, a request by a Belgian prisoner for euthanasia made international headlines -- even though he was not permitted to take advantage of the legislation. But in a measure of how enthusiastically Canada has embraced euthanasia, one prisoner has already been killed under its Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) law, and three others have been approved.....LINK
Christian Headlines: Somalia— Impoverished Secret Church Reaches Out to Persecuted Orphans
Orphans in Somalia whose parents were killed for their faith by Islamic extremist, Al Shabaab rebels are becoming more numerous – and hungrier, an underground church leader said. The pastor started a care center for the orphans three years ago in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as more children of secret Christians were orphaned.....LINK
David Cloud: When Did Billy Graham's Compromise Begin?
Billy Graham’s compromise and disobedience began very early in his ministry. He was born in 1918 into a Presbyterian home and traces his conversion to the preaching of evangelist Mordecai Ham in 1934. He graduated from high school in May 1936 and attended Bob Jones College (which later became Bob Jones University) in the fall but switched to Florida Bible Institute after only one semester because he did not like the strict discipline at Bob Jones. He notes in his biography that "one thing that thrilled me [about Florida Bible Institute] was the diversity of viewpoints we were exposed to in the classroom, a wondrous blend of ecumenical and evangelical thought that was really ahead of its time" (Graham, Just As I Am, p. 46). ....LINK
Christian Post: Benham Bros. Respond to Father's Arrest for Protesting Outside Abortion Clinic
Twin brothers Jason and David Benham have criticized the secular media for failing to report the "whole story" after their father was arrested for allegedly threatening a volunteer during a protest outside of one of Charlotte's busiest abortion clinics.....LINK
Walter E. Williams: Shootings Are a Morality Problem, Not a Gun Problem
....The number of shotgun and rifle deaths totaled 548. People who were stabbed or hacked to death totaled 1,573. Should there be federal background checks and waiting periods for knife purchases? Any mature and reasonable person would argue that it is utter nonsense to deal with drunk driving deaths and knife deaths by having federal background checks and waiting periods to obtain a driver’s license or to purchase a car or knife.....LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Thursday, March 8th, 2018
CBN News: 'Darkness Is Descending on Our Region' —Netanyahu's Warning to the World
A bond that can never ever be broken" - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising Trump's decision on Jerusalem and America's biblical values while also warning about a rising "radical tyranny.....LINK
World Net Daily: Dems To Let Same-Sex Couples Buy Children
“It is literally the most disturbing bill I’ve seen come before the House Chamber since I’ve been in office. The bill essentially allows for the commercialization of a surrogate woman. In layman’s term, I call it ‘rent a womb.’”....LINK
Newsweek: Ancient Christian Writing Saying ‘God Jesus Christ’ to Go on Display to Public for First Time
One of the oldest and rarest pieces of Christian writing, a third-century mosaic declaring Jesus as a deity is to go on display to the public for the first time. Authorities in Israel have announced excavation work is to begin on the archaeological site containing an early Christian place of worship and the ruins of a Jewish Samaritan village inhabited between the first and fourth centuries A.D.  ...LINK
Daily Signal: Country Music Spurned Mike Huckabee Over Marriage Views, Betraying Countless Fans
Through all of the cultural ups and downs, country music has always been a place conservatives felt welcome. While so many other celebrities started picking up activist causes and shaming fans who held Christian beliefs, Americans could always count on Nashville to stay true to their values (or at least tolerate them).  Not anymore.....LINK
Adam Hamilton: Fear Is Gripping More People In the Church
Over 50 percent of churchgoers indicated that they lived with moderate to significant levels of fear compared to 20 percent for whom fear was only an occasional experience in their lives.....LINK
Christian Post: 10 Commandments of Artificial Intelligence— Top Bishop Issues List, Warns of Power to Destroy
A top bishop in the Church of England issued his "Ten Commandments of artificial intelligence," during a major policy debate in London last week, based on the importance of trust and ethics in the evolving technology.....LINK
Thom Rainer: Why the Giving In Your Church Is Decreasing
You are trying to comprehend why the giving levels in your church are down. You may know several possibilities, but you aren't certain. As I have worked with several congregations, we have isolated the issue to one or a few causes. See if any of these causative factors may be at work in your church.....LINK
Associated Press: Some Churches Drop 'Baptist' From Names To Gain New Members
The Rev. Dan Brown is one of several Baptist pastors leading his congregation to change the church's name in hopes of bringing more people through the doors. Though First Baptist Church of Sunbury will stay Baptist in doctrine, the denomination will no longer be part of the church's name. As of March 25, it will be called The Bridge, a change that Brown thinks newcomers will see as more welcoming, hopefully leading the church to grow beyond its 120 current members.....LINK
National Review: Georgia's Colleges Are Suppressing Christian Speech
Free speech is for everyone, regardless of party, ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexuality....Georgia is one of many states that have seen a string of speech incidents on campus recently. Incredibly, Christian speech is the minority viewpoint that needs protecting on Georgia’s college campuses, despite being a state where traditional Christians may be a majority, or something close to it. How have Georgia’s Christians been put in these straits — on public college campuses, no less — and what can be done about it?....LINK
MyFox8: Thousands Sign Petition Calling for National Holiday for Rev. Billy Graham
The petition highlighted Graham’s impact on people all over the world..........LINK
Religion News Service: After a Rescinded Invitation, Ken Ham Talks About God at an Oklahoma University
....After the student group’s decision [to disinvite Ham] made national headlines, UCO President Don Betz stepped in and reinvited Ham to offer his talk on 'Genesis and the State of the Culture' at the public university’s Constitution Hall.....LINK
Star Tribune: Study Shows Why Young Catholics Leave the Church
.....They stopped believing in God. They saw a disconnect between what Catholics say and what they do. They disagreed with the church’s stance on social issues such as homosexuality and birth control. They are the growing numbers of young Catholics leaving the church — the focus of a new national study to examine why they’re departing and where they’re landing. ....LINK
Popular Mechanics: Exactly What Happens When You Get Cremated
.....We are seeing a fundamental shift in how we approach death and what comes after. Compared to just a few decades ago, vastly more Americans are foregoing the old-fashioned burial and turning to the alternative of cremation. This is what brought me here to Rosehill, and now my tour with Jim Koslovski, president of the Rosehill and Rosedale Cemetery, is about to go deeper into his world to see.....LINK
Daily Signal: Kansas Republicans Are Standing Up to Transgender Lies, Protecting Kids From Harm
.....the delegates at this year’s State Convention of the Kansas Republican Party passed a resolution regarding human sexual identity. The delegates at the convention affirmed “God’s design for gender as determined by biological sex and not by self-perception,” and resolved to “oppose efforts to validate transgender identity.” They declared that “public schools should not undermine the values of parents who do not agree with transgenderism; and that students have a reasonable expectation of privacy and safety at school.”...LINK
Ron Henzel: Harvard Has Abandoned God and Its Christian Principles
Like most of Western academia today, Harvard drinks deeply from the wells of dogmatic pluralism which teaches that anyone who makes exclusive truth-claims must be a hateful person and is therefore to be hated. How could it happen at Harvard, of all places?....LINK
Got Questions: What Is the History of Crucifixion?
Question: "What is the history of crucifixion? What was crucifixion like?" Answer: Crucifixion was invented and used by other people groups, but it was “perfected” by the Romans as the ultimate execution by torture. The earliest historical record of crucifixion dates to c. 519 BC, when King Darius I of Persia crucified 3,000 of his political enemies in Babylon. ...LINK
Nick Kennicott: The Many Faces of Legalism
....Legalism exists in every heart, and most of the time it’s a subtle way of talking about God and how He relates to His people. Doctrinal legalism distorts the gospel, and practical legalism stands in the way of our communion with God and with one another. Some forms of legalism are more obvious than others, but there are at least five types of legalism to note........LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
CBN News: Why Israel's Netanyahu Likened Trump to King Cyrus
President Donald Trump says he may travel to Israel for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem expected in May.  The president told reporters his staff is looking at the possibility during a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office today. The two men praised the close relationship between their two countries.....LINK
Mark Creech: Is Billy Graham's Death Prophetically Significant?
During the memorial service for her father, Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Billy Graham's daughter, said she believed her father's passing could have prophetic significance. As part of a set of eulogies given by her and her siblings, Lotz contended that when her father passed she believed "there was something very strategic from heaven's point of view."....LINK
Prophecy News Watch: Did The Beast Of Revelation and Whore Of Babylon Meet Over Jerusalem?
Paying the first Vatican visit by a Turkish head of state in 59 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis on February 5, 2018. These two prominent world leaders met to discuss several sensitive geo-political issues, which included at the top of their list, the current and future status of Jerusalem. ....LINK
Christian Post: Christian Bridal Shop Closes Down Over Fear of LGBT Law After Facing Death Threats
A Christian bridal shop in Pennsylvania that has faced death threats will shut its doors permanently due to the strong likelihood that a local town council will pass a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.....LINK
Michael Brown: The Left Really Is Trying To Silence Christians
Maybe you once thought that the left wanted tolerance and diversity, but in reality, tolerance and diversity have never been the goals of the left, especially the radical left. Instead, it wants to suppress and silence opposing views, and the further left you go, the more extreme the intolerance. For those who have still not come to grips with this, let these recent examples jar you....LINK
CBN News: As Jimmy Kimmel Targets Pence's Faith, Hollywood's Laughter Exposes Their Anti-Christian Bias
Vice President Mike Pence has come under attack once again by media leftists for his conservative Christian beliefs – this time it happened at the Oscars in front of millions. ....LINK
National Review: In Sweden, Christians Fleeing Persecution Face Violence All Over Again
....Compared with other European nations during the ongoing migrant crisis, Sweden, like Germany, has taken in a disproportionately high number of refugees of all faiths. While that is laudable, it has led to many violent incidents, as the hatred against religious minorities in, for example, Syria and Iraq has now migrated to Sweden.....LINK
Christian Post: Planned Parenthood Mocked for Forcefully Stating 'Some Men Have a Uterus'
A branch of the nation's largest abortion provider is being mocked on social media for emphatically stating that some males possess wombs.....LINK
Nolan J Harkness: The Crisis of School Shootings Is a Christian Issue
Based on my many years of working with teens, the answer is not gun control to stop shooters. It's showing God's goodness to "alone" teenagers in every school.....LINK
Bethany Blankley: The Faith of Donald Trump (Book Review)
The church in which Donald J. Trump was raised, First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, Queens, is the oldest continuously active Presbyterian church in the Western Hemisphere. The authors point out that Trump was raised in a church with “rich history of vibrant biblical Christianity and sacrificial love for America.” They also delve into the splits within the Presbyterian denomination.....LINK
The Federalist: Country Music Executives Slammed The NRA In Push To Oust Huckabee
Country Music executives Jason Owen and Whitney Pastorek led a push to oust former Gov. Mike Huckabee from the Country Music Association Foundation board of directors, citing his support for the National Rifle Association and his views on LGBT issues. Huckabee, now a TV host, was out within a day of his appointment to the board.....LINK
John Hawkins: Five Troubling Lessons For America From Ancient Rome
The Romans spent almost 500 years as a republic before Julius Caesar’s adopted son Augustus became the first Roman emperor. The Romans moved on from having kings to becoming the first republic, to sliding backward into monarchy and tyranny and it’s not impossible that America will follow a similar trajectory.  In fact, if you study Roman history, it’s not hard to see the parallels. ....LINK
Tommy Meador: What I’ve Learned About Preaching from Billy Graham
....Over the years, I’ve watched many of his sermons online, and I was always amazed by his fiery passion in his younger years, and I was always touched by his gracious and softer tone in his later years. I, like many other preachers, learned much from Billy Graham’s ministry and his preaching. Let me share with you some of the lessons I’ve learned from Billy Graham’s preaching.......LINK
Randy Alcorn: Don’t Be Afraid of Trying and Failing
......All of us want to succeed more than we do at any level, and our experience of a sense of failure is equally real regardless of that level. You can make it to the NFL, a dream that very few realize. But if your dream is to be a starter, being a backup seems a failure. If you are a starter and your goal is the playoffs, and it’s everyone’s goal, not going there seems a failure. If the only definition of success is to win the Super Bowl, then every year every member of 31 or the 32 NFL teams will be a failure. And the winners’ success will be short-lived.....LINK
Peter Beck: Evangelism and the Self-Disciplined Christian
Okay, we all admit that the church isn’t doing enough to reach the lost. Sure, there are libraries full of evangelism how-to books and enough training material to start a university, but those things aren’t making much of a difference. Some people don’t know which books are worth reading. Others have been trained in EE and CWT and any other acronym of your choice and it’s still not helping. The art of personal evangelism is struggling these days. If you’re struggling, let me offer some practical suggestions........LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Monday, March 5th, 2018
CBN News: Could Billy Graham’s Death Spark the Next Great Revival?
.....“Billy Graham was one wise believer in the Messiah. What a legacy!” said Sid Roth, host of "It's Supernatural!" He was referencing a verse in the book of Proverbs that says, "He who is wise wins souls." Roth – like a growing list of others, including the late evangelist’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz – believes his death, which he likened to a promotion, could be the catalyst to spark a new revival. ..LINK
Christian Post: China's Communist Regime Suspected of Murdering Christian Human Rights Attorney
Religious freedom advocates suspect that the communist government of China killed 49-year-old human rights attorney Li Baiguang, who had defended pastors against illegal arrests, and are therefore demanding an investigation.....LINK
Thomas Kidd: The Story Behind Billy Graham’s Prison-Built Casket
Billy Graham preached to more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries. He met with at least a dozen presidents and heads of state. Graham appeared in the top ten of Gallup’s most-admired men in the world 61 times, far more than any other person. Ronald Reagan is his closest competition, making the list 31 times. So why is the celebrated Graham going to be buried in a plywood casket built by prisoners in Louisiana? The answer helps us understand a key facet of the man’s character. In addition to having an effect on presidents, and millions of everyday people across the world, the Graham family also had a big effect on those the Bible says should not be overlooked: prisoners. The Graham family has been connected to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola, a maximum-security prison once known as the bloodiest prison in America. ....LINK
Fox News: Indonesian Christians Flogged Outside of Mosque for Violating Sharia Law
Indonesia publicly caned two Christians in a rare case of non-Muslims punished under sharia law. The two Indonesian Christians – Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45 – were whipped six and seven times respectively by a masked man wearing a robe, as a crowd of 300 ridiculed and took pictures of them outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. The strict Islamic law punishment against the Christian man and woman comes as the predominently Muslim country shifts to a more radical, politicized version of Islam.....LINK
Yahoo News: Netanyahu To Talk With Trump About Attending Embassy Opening
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will discuss the possibility of US President Donald Trump attending the May opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem when he meets Trump on Monday. Netanyahu made the comment late Saturday before boarding a flight to the United States.....LINK
Baptist Press: Shootings Spark Gun Control Discussion Among Baptists
Amid a tragic stream of mass shootings -- including incidents in Las Vegas; Sutherland Springs, Texas; Marshall County, Ky.; and now Parkland, Fla. -- Southern Baptists have offered a range of proposals on gun control. While details of the proposals differ, their advocates agree the ultimate problem behind gun violence is spiritual and that believers should not allow differences on gun policy to divide.....LINK
Raymond Ibrahim: Death to 'Filthy, Demonic' Christians
Sharoon, a Christian boy who achieved academic excellence despite years of entrenched discrimination and bullying—and whose poverty-stricken parents had worked hard to put him in MC Model Boys Government High School—was beaten to death by Muslim pupils.   On his first day at the school, the teacher slapped him across the face while blurting an anti-Christian slur. ....LINK
Joe Carter: Wheaton College’s Courageous Stance Leads to Religious Liberty Victory
....Last Friday a federal judge ruled that the government would violate federal civil-rights laws if it forced Wheaton College to violate its religious beliefs by providing services like the week-after pill in its healthcare plans. According to Becket Law, the judge’s order permanently forbids the government from imposing that mandate on Wheaton, ending the college’s five-year legal battle, which included receiving protection against the mandate from the Supreme Court in 2015. ....LINK
Christian Post: Rwanda Shuts Down 714 Churches for 'Noise Pollution,' Being Unclean
The government of Rwanda announced on Wednesday that it will be closing 714 churches and one mosque because of a failure to meet safety and hygiene standards, they claim....LINK
Fox News: 'Living Biblically' Recap— New Sitcom Walks a Fine Line With Viewers
CBS debuted the first episode of its new comedy “Living Biblically” on Monday introducing the world to Chip Curry, a man who decides to live his entire life in strict adherence to the literal word of the Bible. The show’s plot sounds confusing, and a bit controversial, which is why the pilot begins with a bit of an explanation.... LINK
NewsBusters: ‘Socialism’ Absent from 9,000-Word NY Times Profile of Venezuelan Opposition Leader
The New York Times’ abject refusal to pin the socialism label on the failed and starving state of Venezuela is well-documented (as is the paper’s whitewashing of that and other tyrannical left-wing regimes). In the newest Times Sunday Magazine, writer Wil S. Hylton devoted nearly 9,000 words to fiery, often-imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, “Can Venezuela Be Saved?” yet managed to totally avoid the word “socialism,” the idea that formed the root of the country’s present failures.....LINK
World Religion News: Anti-Semitism Has Risen to Historic Levels in America
The Anti-Defamation League "has reported a staggering 57 percent jump in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. As per data, this is the maximum ever reported by the group who is noted for their specialization in Jewish civil rights."....LINK
Christian Post: Mike Huckabee Laments Religious Intolerance in CMA Foundation Resignation
Mike Huckabee has resigned from the Country Music Association Foundation board after serving just one day following complaints by some members who threatened to withdraw their support because they dislike his conservative political opinions and biblical views on homosexuality and transgender issues.....LINK
Christian Post: 'Billy Graham Loved, Hugged Me in Prison When I Was Cleaning Toilets': Jim Bakker
Controversial televangelist Jim Bakker has said that the late Rev. Billy Graham once visited him in prison in some of the lowest moments of his life, where he hugged him and told him that he loves him.....LINK
ERLC: One of the Best Things Churches Can Do for People With Mental Illness
....The people in your church who live with emotional pain and mental strain are not weaker than the rest of the congregation; they are stronger for the battles they have won. And your church needs them in ministry. It is tragic to think how many people have been stripped of ministry opportunities because they have depression, anxiety sometimes overwhelms them, or occasionally they aren’t sure.......LINK
Kent Brandenburg: Cultic KJVO?
....There are some problems with KJVO.  Certain KJVO equal any bad position on the preservation of scripture and accompany a kind of mysticism related also to a false view of sanctification.  Those details should be pointed out and dealt with, instead of just calling it "cultic" in an unhelpful way.  I'm inclined to forget what I'm writing, and call it a cultic groupthink analysis.  It is it's own form of koolaid drinking.  Nobody needs to know why, just supply the red meat.....LINK
Geoff Chang: Five Ways Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle Cultivated Meaningful Membership
.....Space issues were a problem, but more than that, Spurgeon suddenly found himself caring for a congregation that had grown far beyond his capacity. This mattered to Spurgeon because of his ecclesiological commitments. He was not an itinerant preacher, and his church was not merely a preaching station. For all of his evangelistic preaching, Spurgeon refused to separate the call to the gospel with.......LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Weekend, March 3rd-4th, 2018
Todd Starnes: Atheists Raise Unholy Hell About Congress Honoring Billy Graham
The Freedom From Religion Foundation and other anti-religious groups are infuriated that Billy Graham lies in honor in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol – saying he was unworthy of such recognition. The Wisconsin-based atheist group wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “emphatically object to the U.S. Congress arranging to have a man known purely for his ministry (in his case, an evangelical Christian ministry)” lie in honor.....LINK
Breaking Israel News: Report— US Peace Plan to Include East Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital
A French diplomat told the Arabic-language daily that the Trump administration is expected to reveal its peace plan at an upcoming international conference in Cairo. The report says that under Trump’s peace plan, the United States will recognize an independent Palestinian state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital on condition that the disputed old city, home to sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, is administered by an international custodian.....LINK
Ryan T. Anderson: The Trump Administration and America’s Transgender Moment 
ho knew that removing the federal government from debates over school bathroom policies would be considered an assault on LGBT rights? That’s the argument activists made last week when the Department of Education (DOE) announced that it would begin enforcing Title IX the way the federal government always had, up until the second term of the Obama administration. That’s when the Obama DOE announced that the word “sex” now meant “gender identity” — and ordered schools to open up their bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and dorms accordingly. It’s understandable that many ordinary Americans recoiled at this transgender mandate. Most Americans — including those who identify as transgender — aren’t activists and want to find ways to peacefully coexist. ....LINK
At Billy Graham's Funeral, Daughter Anne Graham Lotz Urges Church, World to 'Wake Up'
Under a large white tent evoking her father's "Canvas Cathedral" revival almost seven decades ago, Anne Graham Lotz urged the Church, the world and herself to "wake up!" as she joined her siblings and some 2,000 others at the funeral of her iconic evangelist father Billy Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday.....LINK
Christian Post: Washington State to 'Monetize Wombs,' Legalize 'Baby Selling,' Redefine 'Parent'
Washington state is set to legalize commercial surrogacy, a move children's rights advocates say amounts to the selling of babies, bases the definition of a parent on "intent," and opens avenues for child abuse and other horrors.....LINK
Denny Burk: The Dangers for ‘Harry’ Becoming ‘Sally’ 
There can be no question that we’re in the midst of a “transgender moment” as our culture revises what it means to be male and female. This revision has enormous practical implications, even for those of us who would rather not be part of the revolution....If you haven’t cared about this issue much until now, it’s becoming clear that eventually you’ll be made to care. And this is especially true for Christians and other religious believers who believe the distinction between male and female is a part of God’s good creation design.....LINK
Julie Roys: Moody Bible Institute Takes Bold Step to Affirm Biblical Inerrancy
In wake of allegations that not all its faculty affirm biblical inerrancy, the Moody Bible Institute (MBI) yesterday took a bold step to define and strengthen its position on inerrancy, and to hold its faculty accountable. In an email sent to faculty and alumni, the institute announced it is adopting the Short Statement of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, as well as its Articles of Affirmation and Denial.....LINK
Relevant: Benny Hinn Says He’s Guilty of Taking the Prosperity Gospel Outside of What the Bible Teaches
....Though he said, “We get attacked for preaching prosperity, well it’s in the Bible,” he continued, “But I think some have gone to the extreme with it sadly, and it’s not God’s word what is taught, and I think I’m as guilty as others. Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go and then God brings you back to normality and reality.”....LINK
One News Now: Humming Economy Doesn’t Fix Broken Culture
When it comes to morality, however, the national divide is really felt. A strong majority of all faith segments says we are morally bankrupt in America. “Our moral compass is broken. We’ve lost it,” Barna says of that finding.....LINK
Washington Post: Transgender Surgeries Are On the Rise, Says First Study of Its Kind
In the first broad demographic study of trends in gender-affirming surgeries in the United States, researchers found that the number of operations increased fourfold from 2000 to 2014. Some of the significant rise, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery, may be related to an increase in insurance coverage for the procedures.....LINK
CBN News: Bakery Owners Reach Oregon Supreme Court with Religious Liberty Appeal
First Liberty Institute.... filed an appeal Thursday with the Oregon Supreme Court in a continued battle for the religious rights of business owners who are guided by their faith. The appeal calls for the high court to overturn the lower court’s ruling against Aaron and Melissa Klein which resulted in a fine of $135,000 and the subsequent closing of their family owned bakery....LINK
Alastair Roberts: Jordan Peterson and the Evangelical Man
Since the release of his recent bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life, and the immense online popularity of an interview with him on British TV, the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has exploded into mainstream evangelical consciousness. While Peterson has been quietly building up an extensive following for a few years now, over the last month many people who had not previously heard of Peterson have been surprised and often confused by the strength and the character of his appeal.....LINK
Monday Note: Facebook’s Reliability Problem
Rating news sources is a complicated task. But rating Facebook is especially hard, because of the way it’s designed. Here’s a look at several critical issues the company is facing.....LINK
David Cloud: Vigilance and Separation In the Internet Age
....Even if you are saved and love the Lord and are studying the Bible and seeking His will, there are still powerful enemies within and without, and victory requires keen vigilance and strict separation. David, the “sweet Psalmist of Israel,” was a passionate seeker of God, but we know what happened to him when he ceased being vigilant. The things of the world can choke the Word in the believer’s life so that he doesn’t bear spiritual fruit (Mk. 4:19; Lk. 8:14). Jeremiah warned about sowing among thorns (Jer. 4:3). This refers to trying to serve the Lord without separating from sin, which is exactly what multitudes of professing Christians are doing in fundamental Baptist churches. Their daily lives are filled with worldly lusts and pleasures by the definition of 1 John 2:15-16, but they profess Christ and attend church and perhaps even read the Bible and pray. This was the condition of Israel of old... It is not possible to love God and also to love the wicked world. ....LINK
The Federalist: Facebook Apologizes For Threatening To Censor Christian Satire Site Flagged As Fake News
Facebook is now saying its decision to go after the Christian satire site, The Babylon Bee because Snopes told them to was a mistake. Their apology doesn’t change the social network’s creepy comfortability with censorship. ....LINK
Jerry Newcombe: The Danger of Disarming
.....The thing about gun control laws is that they can work to disarm the law-abiding. Strict gun control laws, like those in Chicago, only ensure that the people with guns are the bad guys. Laws on the books don’t keep the criminals from getting and using guns. They only stop the law-abiding citizens from access to guns.....LINK
Matthew Hosier: There Goes That Pesky Biological Reality Again
....We have come to the place where it is no longer socially acceptable to say that a woman is necessary for producing a baby; or that ‘husband’ means ‘male’ or ‘wife’ means ‘female’; or that one’s biological sex is determinative of your gender; or that biological sex has anything to do with the careers people choose. In these instances, and others, we are meant to say a thing that evidently, objectively, is, isn’t - and woe betide us if we don’t toe the line. The trouble is, reality has a way of making itself known. ....LINK
Sharper Iron: Billy Graham on Ecumenical Evangelism (with comments from readers)
In 1957, Billy Graham came to Madison Square Garden in New York City. In this excerpt from his autobiography,1 Graham discussed the opposition he received from fundamentalists prior to this Crusade, and his own reasoning for doing ecumenical evangelism.......LINK
Gene Veith: Vocation In Retirement
.....Some say that Christians should keep working as long as possible because the Bible says nothing about retirement. But this is not completely true. Under the law of Moses, the Levites had to retire from their work in the tabernacle at age fifty. ....LINK
Amy Medina: Are You Ready To Be a Missionary?
Is your passion for the glory of Jesus Christ stronger than anything else?  Do you believe in the depths of your soul that he is the greatest treasure of the universe, and that heaven and hell are real? You may envision the glory of adventure, you might be full of noble good works, and maybe new challenges thrill you.  But all of this will be crushed under the magnitude of the difficulty of learning another language, the isolation of being away from your home and culture, and the tears of your parents….or your children.It’s got to be about Jesus, not you.  Not your fulfillment.  Not your vision.  Not your success. Ultimately, it’s got to be just about him.....LINK
Brian Hedges: Your Adversary the Devil
Many believers underestimate the evil one’s power to deceive. Evil sometimes feels more terrifying in fiction than in real life. People shudder at the description of malevolent aliens, vampires, and Black Riders but greet biblical warnings about the devil with a yawn.....LINK
George Stiekes: 'Knowing' Is Not Enough
Knowing is not enough. James 1:22 [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] states that we must be doers of the word, and not hearers only. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul (Psalm 19:7)– but that only takes place when we read it and heed it ....LINK
Jared C. Wilson: Why We Should Use the Language of Brokenness
It’s an opinion that pops up in my social media feeds every now and again from well-meaning believers critical of the therapeutic influence on Christian preaching and teaching. ‘Stop saying people are broken. They’re sinful. That’s the problem.’ Or some variation of the same. At a speaking engagement recently a fellow in a Q&A time asked for my thoughts on the language of ‘brokenness’ in preaching. Is it okay to say people are broken? Or that the world suffers from brokenness? It’s obviously on people’s minds.....LINK
HEADLINES AND ARTICLES —  Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Billy Graham Honored at US Capitol Memorial Service; Trump Recalls Dad's Love for 'America's Pastor'
A memorial service was held in honor of late evangelist Billy Graham in the United States Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning, featuring remarks from President Donald Trump, congressional leaders and a performance from Christian musician Michael W. Smith.....LINK
Daily Signal: Xi Jinping Amasses Mao-Like Power in China
Chinese governance has often benefited from adopting and sustaining a long-term perspective. That is facilitated by a generally stable leadership system, with changes at the top only happening once a decade or so.  Now, Chinese President Xi Jinping appears intent on reducing even further any leadership volatility.....LINK
World Net Daily: Jerusalem Embassy Will Bring War, Warns Palestinian Leader
A key Palestinian religious leader is warning that there will be war if the United States follows through on its announced plan to open an embassy in Jerusalem, which Washington now formally recognizes as Israel’s capital. The threat, according to Palestinian Media Watch, comes from Sheik Muhammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem. Last week, the State Department announced the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open May 14, 2018, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948.....LINK
Christian Post: Bush, Clinton Attend Billy Graham's Public Viewing— He Was a 'Humble Shepherd of the Lord'
While all living American presidents have paid their respects to the Rev. Billy Graham, who passed away last week, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton personally attended the public viewing of the evangelist.....LINK
Christian Post: Jerry Falwell Jr. on Why Billy Graham Avoided Politics, but Franklin Graham Hasn't
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has argued that although the Rev. Billy Graham had the "luxury" of avoiding divisive politics in his lifetime, his son, Franklin, has "no choice" but to battle society's "decay."....LINK
Walter E. Williams: Closing Mental Institutions Made Us More Vulnerable to Mass Shootings
.....Starting in the 1970s, advocates for closing mental hospitals argued that because of the availability of new psychotropic drugs, people with mental illness could live among the rest of the population in an unrestrained natural setting.....LINK
Churches, Radio Station Sue After Wis. City Attempts to Control Employment, Advertising & Facility Use
Several churches and a non-profit radio station filed a lawsuit last week against a Wisconsin city, challenging an ordinance that would control how churches employed people, who used their facilities, and even what advertising messages they would be allowed to promote.  The ordinance was enacted by the City of De Pere, located near Green Bay, last November.  It is set to take effect March 1....LINK