Daily Archives: March 2, 2014

PUTIN SEIZES CRIMEA. We are watching a Czar rise. Russian Senate authorizes Putin to use force in Ukraine. Russian troops on the move. Debate warns of “apocalyptic consequences.” Biggest test for Obama presidency.

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putin UPDATED: ( Washington, D.C.) — The invasion of Ukraine began today.
  • Putin has seized Crimea.
  • Putin formally asked Russian parliament for authorization to use force in Ukraine. 
  • Received unanimous consent from Russian Senate. 
  • Debate warned of “apocalyptic consequences” if Kremlin doesn’t move.
  • Russian troops on the move — 6,000 troops have occupied Crimea.
  • More than 150,000 Russian troops have been mobilized and are awaiting Putin’s command.
  • Kremlin ignoring President Obama’s warning about “costs” of Kremlin intervention.
  • How far will Putin go?
  • Meanwhile, Netanyahu heads to U.S. on Sunday.
  • Expects showdown with Obama over Iran, peace process.
  • Film about the “Son of God” debuts.
  • Stirring fierce reactions for and against, even among Christians.

March comes in like a lion.

  • How will President Obama respond to Putin aggression?
  • This crisis — head to head with Putin — is the biggest test of the Obama presidency.
  • This is bigger than the crises with Libya, Egypt…

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Historic Heresies Related to Nature of God the Father, the Nature of Salvation, the Nature of Man and the Role of the Church

Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of God the Father (Free Bible Insert)

Over the course of Christian history, sincere men were sometimes on the wrong side of the truth. Sincere believers have been sincerely wrong; misinterpreting the scriptures for one reason or another. Peter warned us to be careful in our interpretation so we might come to a correct and true knowledge

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Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of Man and the Role of the Church

We’ve been looking this month at some historic distortions related to the nature of God the Father, Jesus and Salvation. These heresies often resulted from a non-critical examination of the canonical texts (in fact, some emerged as the result of key leaders embracing non-canonical documents of one sort or another).

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Historic Heresies Related to the Nature of Salvation

Christians have historically relied on the canonical Scripture as the source of all truth about the nature of God, man and salvation. There have been times throughout Christian history, however, when leaders emerged with competing ideas and motivations, coloring the way they read the New Testament. We’ve been examining historic

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The False Teachers Series: Arius and Pelagius

The False Teachers: Arius

This morning I am setting out on a new series of articles that will scan the history of the church—from its earliest days all the way to the present time—and pause to examine some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers. Along the way we will visit such figures as Pelgius, Servetus, Fosdick, and even a few you might find on television today. We will begin this morning with one of the very first, and certainly one of the most dangerous, false teachers: Arius.

The False Teachers: Pelagius

Last week I set out on a new series of articles through which I intend to scan the history of the church—from its earliest days all the way to the present time—to examine some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers. Along the way we will visit such figures as Arius, Servetus, Fosdick, and even a few you might find on television today. We continue this morning with a false teacher whose teaching can still be found today, though most often in a reduced form. His name is Pelagius.

Beth Moore: Winner of this Week’s Dilly Award

Zwinglius Redivivus

In a January 2014 blog post entitled, “A New Year, A New Time,” popular Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore shared the following alleged God-given revelation:

In mid-November of 2012, God dropped a word so convicting on my heart through another teacher’s lesson that my face instantly burned. . . . This was the word:

“Stop sowing over and over in the exact same field.”

I wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t ask for it. I was happy where I was. Like many of you, I like things to stay the same. I loved my circle of relationships and the familiar places I got to serve. I’ve never lost a passion for those places and have often wept with thanksgiving to God for the privilege of walking through some of the same doors again and again. I have a history of long relationships and staying put and that’s how I…

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What’s The Next Prophetic Event?

Q.  I still hear people saying that the next fulfillment of prophecy will be the battle of Ezekiel 38.  I have heard a lot of talk lately about how the current situation in Iran could mean the battle could start today, but from what I understand of the scriptures and your articles there are still several things that have yet to happen. I am wondering what your current thinking is on the next prophetic event?

A.  There are three candidates for the title of next prophetic event that I’ve not been able to prioritize and I believe all of them have to precede the Battle of Ezekiel 38.  In no particular order, they are the Rapture of the Church, the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17), and the battle in which Israel will neutralize its next door neighbors (Psalm 83).

Despite all the anxiety over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, I don’t believe the Battle of Ezekiel 38 can take place yet.  In the first place, if Israel goes after Iran’s nukes it will be the opposite of Ezekiel 38, because it would require Israel to mount a sneak attack against Iran instead of the other way around.  In addition, the US has to be taken out of Israel’s defense equation,  Israel has to be persuaded that they and their neighbors are at peace with one another, and God has to be finished with the Church as well.  None of these is the case as of today.


Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (28 February 2014)

  • Steven Furtick doesn’t understand ‘I AM‘.
  • Here’s Fred Butler’s review of chapter 6 of Authentic Fire.
  • Oh, FDA, is there really anything to consider?
  • “There is no either/or when it comes to preaching truth and confronting error.”
  • This just seems too nicey-nice for Mark Driscoll, doesn’t it? Next thing we know he’ll bust into his own rendition of ‘In the Garden.’
  • Perry Noble talks about his depression, his suicidal thoughts, and his decision to resort to antidepressants.
  • Pastor Don Green concluded his series of posts on Facebook about how the church should respond to homosexuals and homosexuality. Start here, then go here, then here.
  • Oh, well this is…nice? Do you congratulate a guy when he is chosen to train to be an exorcist?
  • And speaking of great sermons, you must listen to last week’s sermon from Truth Community Church: What Is Salvation?
  • And here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • While we’re sharing NoCo Radio links, I really enjoyed this interview with Justin Peters. Here’s Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Surely you’ve heard about this scandal by now. *Sigh* There are so many wolves.
  • They’ve torn down an ugly Christian Scientist ‘church’. Now if we could only tear down the institution of Christian Science.
  • Some information on historical heretic Pelagius.
  • Oh good. American Idol contestants are ‘leaning on’ NASCAR’s ‘spiritual advisor.’ That ought to be special.
  • So do you think Paula White has ever actually read the Bible?
  • The believer’s ambition:


Eight of the Most Significant Struggles Pastors Face

Before me are handwritten notes that I took over a few weeks from various social media interactions, emails, and a few phone calls. The total is nearly 200 separate communications to me. I kept a record of them for one simple reason: I wanted to identify the greatest pain points of pastors today.

In many ways, there are no surprises. Indeed, I doubt most of you will be surprised at my findings. If nothing else, it is a good reminder of how we can help our pastors, and how we can pray for them. Of course, you will quickly see that they are not mutually exclusive. They are listed in the order of frequency I noted.

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Beth Moore’s Future Outpouring “Prophecy”


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Program segments:

• Patricia King Prosperity Heretic
• Joel Osteen’s Promotion of the Son of God Movie
• Beth Moore’s Future Outpouring “Prophecy”
• Two Good Sermons: One from Brent Kouhlman the other from Jeremy Rhode