Daily Archives: May 16, 2013

An Interview With Barack Obama About The IRS Scandal, AP Phone Records And Benghazi

Does Barack Obama have any idea what is going on in the government that he is supposedly running? Scandals are erupting all around him, and he supposedly was not aware that any wrongdoing had taken place in any of those instances. It is almost as if every major government agency has gone rogue and Obama has no idea what the heck they are doing. According to Obama, he often doesn’t learn what those under his authority are up to until he sits down and turns on the news. Should we believe him when he claims ignorance over and over again, or is Obama just trying to protect himself? Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent, the revelations that have come out in recent days about the IRS, the seizure of AP phone records and Benghazi should be very alarming to you. Taken together, these scandals paint a picture of a federal government that has become drunk with power, and no matter where you may fall on the political spectrum that is something that nobody should want. (Read More….)

7 Things Pastors Should Tell Their People Often

Here are seven biblical truths we pastors need to keep telling our people in the hope that eventually most will “get it.” (The list is not meant to be exhaustive. You’ll think of other essential truths that need hammering home again and again.)

http://m.crosswalk.com/print/11691988/

The Experiment Begins: Cashless Society Arrives in Africa Biometric Natl Identity Smart Card

The problem with a cashless society is that the state can terminate your electronic financial lifeline if anything were to happen within the country, for example any form of protests, economic downturns, a war or if a financial institution such as MasterCard were to go bankrupt. There are many other reasons that the state or its’ corporate backers can decide to turn off the RFID chip. When you a have a powerful financial institution issuing payments electronically with a government that is supported and controlled by Washington, unlimited control of the populace becomes inevitable. 70% of Nigeria’s population is living below the poverty line as of 2010. How can MasterCard and the Nigerian government benefit millions of Nigerians who are living in abject poverty? Is MasterCard going to offer low interest rates on its credit cards in a country that has a more than 70% of the population in poverty with many living with less than a dollar a day?”

http://www.dailypaul.com/285670/the-experiment-begins-cashless-society-arrives-in-africa-biometric-natl-identity-smart-card

Homeland Security Funded Exercise Portrayed Homeschoolers as Terrorists

According to the Muskegon Chronicle, the exercise was a simulated “attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education who believe everyone should be homeschooled,” Homeschool World reported in September, 2004. The simulated attack was funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-funded-exercise-portrayed-homeschoolers-as-terrorists/

What Relationship Should Christians Have With Apostates?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For, “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. 11 “HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT. 12 “FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”  (1 Peter 3:8-12 NASB)

This era of the Church is one of extreme deception due to compromise with the standards and focus of the world. Separation between the Church and the world is not being kept. Instead, the…

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Mid-May 2013 Presuppositional apologetics Links

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The following are some of the links on Presuppositional apologetics around the internet between May 8th through May 14th 2013.  Enjoy! Are there other links you know of?

1.) Plato’s Forms and Atheism: an Implausible Union

Theology in Conflict: Remembering Barth and Van Til

3.) Walking on water: An objection to an atheist by Steve Hays.

4.) NEW Van Til PDF Added: Collection of Reviews From 1940 – 1949

5.) Brains, bodies and babies…machines made of meat

Our next installment will be on May 22nd 2013.

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Review: Visit the Sick by Brian Croft

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Visit the Sick Shepherding the Afflicted and Dying

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

So why is it important for a Christian apologist to read a book on ministering to those who are ill?  As a Christian apologist, our end goal is not just to give a defense of the faith but to glorify God.  And part of glorifying God is to situate apologetics in the context of evangelism.  To see the good news gets shared in an winsome, intelligent and godly fashion.  We want to see people hear the gospel, to know it and to know it’s true so that they can experience the realities of eternal life and forgiveness of sin.  With that note, I like this book’s quotation of Richard Baxter, that “Even the stoutest sinner will hear us on their death-bed, though they scorned us before” (41).  Thus an apologist should not only  merely be ready to give the hope that is within him or her…

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Ryrie on how to find your spiritual gift

How does a believer go about identifying his spiritual giftedness? The New Testament gives at least three lists of spiritual gifts (Rom 12:6-8, 1 Cor 12:7-12, Eph 4:11-13; cf 1 Cor 7:7, 1 Peter 4:10), strongly implying at the very least that every Christian has a kind of spiritual gift, and that not every Christian has every gift. So how do you find out what your gift is?

http://thecripplegate.com/ryrie-on-finding-your-spiritual-gift/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCripplegate+%28The+Cripplegate%29

Open Letter to Mark Driscoll (2013)

Dear Pastor Mark —

I know you don’t read any of the little blogs, or people who are trying to make their own tribe, but others do, and I think it’s worth writing a brief open letter to you this week based on your epic video from this weekend:

http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2013/05/open-letter-to-mark-driscoll-2013.html