Daily Archives: August 7, 2013

Bread and Circuses: Signs of a Crumbling Empire

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.”-John Adams

Like ancient Rome, the great American experiment with democracy is showing signs of demise. Historically, when the productive are out-voted by the parasites, it signals the decline of a country.

The Roman Empire crumbled when politicians pacified citizens with superficial forms of government hand-outs (bread) and shallow forms of distractions like vast stadiums where Christians were thrown to the lions (circuses). In modern times Tim Tebow was sent to play in New York.

In 100 AD, satirist Decimus Juvenal in Satires X fittingly pointed out that society ends when voters are pacified by politicians with “bread and circuses.” Caesar doled out cushy government jobs, subsidized housing and bought the votes of the underclass with grain: the “bread” in “bread and circuses.”

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11 Examples Of The Escalating Crime And Violence That Are Plaguing Communities Across America

Even though the United States has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the world by a very wide margin, hundreds of communities all over America are being overwhelmed by crime and violence. For many years, violent crime had actually decreased in the United States, but now the trend is going the other way. Violent crime in the U.S. increased in both 2011 and 2012, and it is being projected that it will increase in 2013 as well. The frightening thing is that crime statistics are going up even though police departments in some major cities have publicly announced that they will not even respond to certain crimes anymore. This has the effect of making crime statistics look lower than they actually should be. For example, in the city of Chicago police will no longer respond in person “to 911 calls reporting vehicle theft, garage burglary or simple assault”. So if someone steals your car or breaks into your garage, you can file a report over the phone if you want, but it probably won’t do much good. (Read More….)

Obama’s Congress Opens With Muslim Imam’s Prayer To Allah

One nation under Allah. On July 31, 2013, Imam Talib Shareef of Masjid Muhammad in Washington, D.C., opened a session of the United States Congress with a prayer on Capitol Hill. This is the America that Obama has been working so hard to create.

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School Defends Textbook Calling Muhammad “God’s Messenger”

School officials in Florida are defending a textbook that declares Muhammad as the “Messenger of God” after critics accused an Islamic education group of launching a stealth jihad in American public school classrooms.

The Prentice World History textbook being used in Brevard Public Schools includes a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism.

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A Battle Cry for Israel

The “international community” otherwise known as: the world, just can’t stop stomping its feet in the middle Israel’s business. The fact that Jerusalem is split by the 1949 Armistice line called “The Green Line,” in and of itself proves that the world has chosen to make Jerusalem a burdensome stone, just as the prophet Zechariah foretold.

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

The world cannot understand Israel because it cannot understand God.

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Lies and Liberalism

There is an organic connection between liberalism and lies. Lying is the lifeblood and mother’s milk of liberalism. Liberals and the left lie effortlessly and naturally. They are far more comfortable with lies than the truth. Speaking the truth is almost impossibility for them. It’s in their DNA.

The fraudulently labeled “Affordable Care Act” is typical of the millions of lies liberals have told over the years. President Obama and Democrats made promises and predictions they knew were untrue. They lied about what motivated the embassy attacks in Egypt and Libya. They lied, and continue to lie, without a second thought and without the slightest remorse.

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Dark Times Require a Sacrifice of Praise

Praise heals brokenness in a way words alone cannot. When we praise through our pain, God supernaturally empowers us to do what seems impossible: rise above our circumstances. Our praise redirects our focus on Him rather than our rejection, and reminds us that God always welcomes us into His presence.

Praising God is easy when life is full of happiness and success. However, when we’re dealing with rejection, praising God can be difficult; it can feel like a sacrifice.

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Christ can soften the hearts which seem hard…

A Twisted Crown of Thorns ®

“Christ can soften hearts which seem as hard as the millstone. He can bend stubborn wills which have long been set on self-pleasing, sin and the world. He can create, transform, renew, break down, build and quicken with irresistible power. There are no incurable cases with Christ. Let us never despair about the salvation of others for as long as we live. Let us name them before the Lord day and night and cry to Him on their behalf.” J.C. Ryle

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Spiritual Heroin and Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: A Personal Testimony

This is going to be a difficult article to write. I have never before publicly shared this story. It will be misunderstood by some and misused by others. So, it is important that I begin by making some clarifying statements.

1. I have many friends, good friends, who hold to the continuation of the extraordinary spiritual gifts seen in the Word of God during the Apostolic Age of the Church. While I hold to a Cessationist theological construct, I do not determine friendships based on a person’s agreement or disagreement with me on this issue. I used to determine friendships this way, many years ago, but God has allowed me to grow up and mature since then.
2. I do not question the genuineness of someone’s faith in Jesus Christ because they hold a Non-Cessationist position regarding the continuation and application of spiritual gifts.
3. I will be critical in this article about what I believe are unbiblical behaviors I’ve seen with my own eyes. This does not mean I am mocking genuine Christians who believe all of the spiritual gifts are extant and functioning in the Church, today.
4. I hope this article/testimony will serve as an encouragement to all Christian, cessationists and non-cessationists. I hope this article/testimony will encourage my Christian brethren to turn to the Word of God and allow His Truth to be the final arbiter of whether or not what I experienced was of the Holy Spirit or another spirit, entirely.
5. I’ve wanted to write this article for years, but the time has not seemed right until now. Monitoring the back-and-forth between Pastor John MacArthur and Dr. Michael Brown, as well as some of the talk about the upcoming Strange Fire conference (which I am attending), serve as part of the motivation for this article/testimony.

Read More Here: http://www.crossencounters.us/2013/07/spiritual-heroin-and-blasphemy-of-holy.html

Apologetics Sessions from Jesus Only Conference 2012-2013

The Domain for Truth

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There is a Southern California conference that is a gathering of the young (High school through Young adults), Calvinistic and of the Christian Missionary Alliance Churches that you should know about.  They have just finished their second year and are planning things for the third year with invitation to more churches to join them.  If you are around the area, you should consider attending next July.

While it’s not an apologetics conference, nevertheless they do have apologetics Break-Out Session that is Presuppositional in their method!  I’ve added a seminar on hermeneutics since apologetics is broader than dealing with atheism, but also with the cults which involve properly interpreting the Bible with an historical and grammatical hermeneutics.  Enjoy!

For the brochure with the handouts to the 2013 sesssions, click HERE.

Introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics/Perspectivalism
Speaker: Jimmy Li
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How to Study Your Bible
Speaker: Mark Pakingan
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Foundations of Science

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Confession statement 38

Reformedontheweb's Blog

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

XXXVIII. THE ministers of Christ ought to have whatsoever they shall need, supplied freely by the church, that according to Christ’s ordinance they that preach the Gospel should live of the gospel by the law of Christ.

1 Cor.9:7,14; Ga1.6:8; Phil.4:15,16; 2 Cor.10:4; 1 Tim.1:2; Ps.110:3.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46 

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The Only String Attached to the Gospel

 

Over the past decade, youth ministry has benefited from insightful analysis about the church’s inability to raise lasting disciples of Christ. Amid the many factors contributing to teenage wandering from the faith, none is more critical than the absence of the full gospel in youth ministry. Simply put, too often our youth hear a gospel with strings attached.

Whether explicitly or implicitly, students hear: “God loves you, but you need to do x, y, and z.” “Yes, Jesus died for your sins, but you must _____.” In other words, “God loves you, but there’s still work left to do to merit or maintain his full acceptance.” This message undermines the complete work of Christ on the cross and ramps up the performance treadmill for young Christians naturally bent toward legalism in the early stages of their faith.

Read More Here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/08/07/no-strings-attached-preaching-a-gospel-of-grace/

Set Free from the Power of Sin

Set Free from the Power of Sin (via http://preachingchristcrucified.com)

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” —Romans 6:14  Because of the infinitely glorious work of Christ’s crucifixion, we have been set free from the power of sin. It does not say that we will…

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Genuine Christianity and Repentance with Joy

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰ τῶν οἰκτιρμῶν τοῦ θεοῦ παραστῆσαι τὰ σώματα ὑμῶν θυσίαν ζῶσαν ἁγίαν εὐάρεστον τῷ θεῷ, τὴν λογικὴν λατρείαν ὑμῶν· 2 καὶ μὴ συσχηματίζεσθε τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ, ἀλλὰ μεταμορφοῦσθε τῇ ἀνακαινώσει τοῦ νοὸς εἰς τὸ δοκιμάζειν ὑμᾶς τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ, τὸ ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐάρεστον καὶ τέλειον. (Romans 12:1,2 NA28)

1 Therefore, I urge you brothers through the compassions of God to present your bodies as living, holy sacrifices, well pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may discern the will of God, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Deception is our enemy’s most powerful weapon. When a person is deceived into believing a lie they are not intending to…

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The video & audio of my interviews on Fox News & Hannity radio show are now posted.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Joel-Foxinterview-2(Denver, Colorado) — On Sunday, I was interviewed on the Fox News Channel by Shannon Bream about the inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as the new President of Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and the rising threat of war between Iran and Israel. You can watch the video of the interview by clicking here.

On Monday, I was interviewed on the Sean Hannity radio show by guest host, Rep. Louie Gohmert, about Iran, Israel & Damascus Countdown. Here is the link to the audio of my interview. (requires by a “Hannity Insider” subscriber.)

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In America You Only Matter if You’re Rich

Zwinglius Redivivus

The only people the media care about are the rich and famous.  Need more proof?

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One is forced to wonder how many thousands or even tens of thousands of kids have been hospitalized for lesser and greater injuries and the AP hasn’t bothered to mention them but because a mediocre singer’s little one endured an accident it’s flashed on the news (ABC News too has reported the horror).

America worships fame and its god is money and it fawns at the altar of wealth.  Christian nation?  That’s a joke.  And even the Press is involved in the collusion.

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End Game update: Mounting evidence suggests Israeli strike on Iran approaching.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

israel-lineoffighterjets(Denver, Colorado) — Evidence is mounting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is increasingly prepared to order a massive preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Here’s why:

  1. Iran aggressively pursuing two routes to nuclear weaponry, one via uranium enrichment, the other via plutonium.
  2. Thus, Iran is steadily approaching the “red line,” the point at which Netanyahu has said Israel would have no choice but to strike.
  3. Officials in Jerusalem do not see the Obama administration taking decisive action to prevent Iran from getting The Bomb.
  4. To the contrary, Israel sees President Obama and Secretary John Kerry weakening their resolve and opening the door to indefinite negotiations with the new Rouhani administration, which they perceive as “moderate.”
  5. Israeli military leaders believe they have the operational capabilities to destroy — or at least seriously damage — Iran’s nuclear program, but they have a shortening window of time, after which the task would be beyond…

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GodLife: Your Friends and Family are Special to God

Scripture: “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

A friend of mine just told me about a television show she likes. She said, “When I find something really good, I get excited, and I want to tell my friends about it.” What about you? is there anything you think is really wonderful, which you want to tell people about?

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Just for You

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Prayer Points

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• You will remember to thank God for providing a plan of salvation
• God will help you choose five people to minister to
• God will soften the hearts of the five you pray for
• You will be bold in sharing God’s Good News and love
• Your five people will accept salvation

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