A record 46.2 million people now live in poverty, gas prices hit an all-time annual average $3.60 a gallon, food stamp enrollment is at 47.7 million (with an annual cost of over $74 billion) for the first time in U.S. history, and a record 88.9 million Americans are no longer in the labor force….[view article]
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
Texas lawmakers are putting educators on the hot seat after public school curriculum surfaced that promoted Islam and socialism while deconstructing American values and patriotism.
School children were exposed to lessons that labeled the Boston Tea Party an act of terrorism. They were also instructed to create flags for socialist and communist countries. And they were also given in-depth lessons in the Islamic faith that included classroom readings from the Koran.
“They are indoctrinating our children to hate America,” said Janice VanCleave, of Texas Education Patriots. “Texans are embarrassed about this.”
VanCleave’s organization launched an investigation that exposed CSCOPE – an electronic curriculum system that provides online lesson plans for teachers. The curriculum is used in 80 percent of the state’s school districts.
“To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach the boys cowardice, not courage,” says the ad by the Family Research Council and a number of other religious and socially-conservative organizations.
Today is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s birthday. Today I’m honoring his memory. How much do you know about this remarkable man? He was a courageous Christian pastor in Germany during the 1930s and 40s who resisted the Nazi attempt to take-over and apostasize the Church.
On January 7, 2013, I was interviewed by Jan Markell, Founder and President of Olive Tree Ministries, and her guest co-host Eric Barger of Take a Stand! Ministries.
Jan, Eric and I spent the one hour radio program discussing how to discern discernment ministries and expressed our concerns over some of their increasingly bitter attacks on the Church and Christ-redeemed Christians rather than on exposing the Enemy and his plans.
Losing Adam means losing so much more besides. That is because losing Adam is likely to prove the beginning of losing our Bibles. Like the gardener who decides to trim his hedge, he finds that an aggressive cut at one point leaves a lopsided creation which requires further cuts here and there in order to restore a sense of balance and proportion to his judging eye. As Lloyd-Jones makes plain, “the Bible is a unity. We must take it all.” The whole of Scripture stands or falls together. Once the first cut is made, there is no saying how many more cuts must follow until the man with the knife is satisfied.
What are some of the specific cuts that might follow when we lose Adam? What, in this sense, falls with an historical Adam? When the creation and the Fall are undermined, what tumbles with them?
What is the role of celebrity in spreading the gospel? “In our human hearts, for some reason we are constantly seeking some legitimacy to the faith we proclaim to have. We perhaps think that if only there were enough famous people to endorse our religion then there might be revival that would break out. It even often times appears that if we can’t find good enough celebrities, then we will just exalt some of our pastors to celebrity status.”
Need to research about Yoga and whether Christians have any business practicing this Hindu-based practice? Here is a great place to start studying up, from the folks over at the Lighthouse Trails blog:
Yoga for children is exploding! Children are being introduced to it everywhere you turn. All you have to do is check out the news, and you can’t miss it, such as this article, “Yoga for Kids Trend Sweeping Northcentral Wisconsin,” where the article admits that “yoga for kids” is sweeping not just Wisconsin but the entire nation. And it is sweeping Canada too. Below are a few of the countless sightings of yoga for children in the news lately. Why do we show you this? Because it is important to see that mysticism is going to be a very “normal” part of life for the upcoming generations of young adults. And the implications of this will be staggering to an already out of control world.
Edmonton, AB: The Family That Cobras Together
Victoria, BC: “Yoga for Kids and Families”
Winnipeg, MB: Prairie Roots Yoga for Kids and the Whole Family!
Saskatoon, SK: Yoga for Kids 6-8 Years Old
Ontario: Rainbow Kids Yoga
Camarillo, California: Youngsters, moms share benefits from yoga
Philiadelphia, PA: Preschoolers, the youngest yogis
Oceanside, CA: Yoga for Kids and Parents Event
Nationwide (by Disney): Toddler Yoga: YES
Juneau, AK: Various “Yoga for Kids” events
Boston, MA: Yoga for Babies
Cleveland, OH: New club helps students unwind
Coon Rapids, MN: Hundreds from community learn value of living well
San Antonio, TX: Yoga for children classes
Kirkland, WA: Yoga for kids
Boulder, CO: Yoga for Kids and Teens
Oakland County, MI: Happy Yoga Classes for Children
Virginia Beach, VA: Yoga Classes for kids
To understand the significance of this exposion in meditation, read Warren B. Smith’s book, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care? Also read Mike Oppenheimer’s article: “Christian Yoga, A Great Compromise.”
- Promoting Hinduism? Parents Demand Removal Of School Yoga Class (lighthousetrailsresearch.com)
- When is Yoga, Yoga – And How is it Affecting Children in Public Schools? (lighthousetrailsresearch.com)
- Christian Parents Group to Sue School Over Yoga Classes (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- Yoga programs in public schools face backlash (foxnews.com)
- Is Yoga Actually Dangerous for Men? (theblaze.com)
- Letter to the Editor: My Trip to a “Christian” Yoga Class (lighthousetrailsresearch.com)
- We’re All Hindus Now? (solasisters.blogspot.com)
The New York Times reports:
The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages.
A recent issue of Christianity Today praising the so-called “insider movement” among Muslims who claim to have converted to Christianity, has led many to question the wisdom of this approach. Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor of University Reformed Church in Michigan, raises valid and important questions and concerns about the matter.
Apprising Ministries continues our look into this story where you’ll see a video of Comer denying the doctrine of monotheism. Despite Breshears’ defense of his friend, this which, makes Comer a polytheist.
1 Ὃ ἦν ἀπ᾽ ἀρχῆς, ὃ ἀκηκόαμεν, ὃ ἑωράκαμεν τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν, ὃ ἐθεασάμεθα καὶ αἱ χεῖρες ἡμῶν ἐψηλάφησαν περὶ τοῦ λόγου τῆς ζωῆς – 2 καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἐφανερώθη, καὶ ἑωράκαμεν καὶ μαρτυροῦμεν καὶ ἀπαγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν τὴν ζωὴν τὴν αἰώνιον ἥτις ἦν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα καὶ ἐφανερώθη ἡμῖν – 3 ὃ ἑωράκαμεν καὶ ἀκηκόαμεν, ἀπαγγέλλομεν καὶ ὑμῖν, ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς κοινωνίαν ἔχητε μεθ᾽ ἡμῶν. καὶ ἡ κοινωνία δὲ ἡ ἡμετέρα μετὰ τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ μετὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. 4 καὶ ταῦτα γράφομεν ἡμεῖς, ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡμῶν ᾖ πεπληρωμένη. 1 John 1:1–4, NA27
1 What was from the beginning—which we have heard, which we have seen, with our eyes, which we beheld and touched with our hands—with respect to the Word of Life— 2 indeed the life was manifested and we have seen it and we give testimony and we proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—3 what we have seen and we have heard we proclaim also to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed fellowship with our Father and with his son, Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write that our joy may be made full. 1 John 1:1–4, a personal translation from the NA27
While there is counterfeit Christianity all around us, let us stay focused on the “real deal.” How do we do that? We look to God’s Word as his truth and from it we learn of Christ’s divinity, his incarnation as the God-man, and his saving death on the cross. We also learn about our role in God’s Kingdom while we are still on this side of eternity such as intercessory prayer ministry. The Word of God teaches us about God’s Holiness and his standard for being in his Kingdom and the ubiquity of human sin, which disqualifies all of us, but then we have our Lord’s substitutionary death on that cross that purchased a people for himself. In this “equation” we must learn that our salvation was all of God’s doing, not ours. He is the one who keeps us as well, but we do have a part to play and this is to walk in repentance for the rest of our lives. Some make the mistake of teaching that we can become perfectly holy and sinless in this life, but as we shall see, this is unbiblical and puts people in bondage for those who teach that invariably are the same ones who also teach that we earn our salvation in so doing so we can also lose it.