Daily Archives: May 26, 2014

Questions about Family / Parenting: What Is Focus on the Family?

 

Focus on the Family is an evangelical Christian ministry headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that provides a wide variety of resources to help families function and thrive as God designed. Focus on the Family is well known in America for their involvement in cultural matters and their strong stand on pro-life and other moral issues.

The ministry was founded by Dr. James Dobson in 1977 and began as a radio broadcast featuring advice for families and interviews of interest to a Christian audience. Since then, Focus on the Family has expanded to use many other media. Along with their original radio program, they produce a children’s radio show and a radio news digest. They also publish several websites, host conferences and interactive forums, publish magazines and books, provide counseling services, and offer college-level classes. Focus on the Family’s reach extends beyond the United States into many other countries around the world.

The mission statement of Focus on the Family, available on their website, is “to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.” Focus on the Family’s worldview is founded on biblical commands and principles concerning the value of families (see Matthew 19:4–6; Malachi 2:15) and the individual’s social responsibility (see Ephesians 1:22–23a; Romans 13:1).

Focus on the Family has a broad range of resources available for people in any stage of life, from kids to young adults to the elderly. Dating, marriage, parenting issues, and engaging the culture are all emphasized.

Beyond helping families, Focus on the Family also does a great deal for educating people and promoting Christian values in the societal and political realms. They are a resource for people wanting to stay current on social issues of the day and how to get involved and make a difference. All of this is done from a biblical worldview. For more information on Focus on the Family, their partner ministries, and the many resources they offer, you can visit the Focus on the Family website.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Questions about Theology: What Is the Dispensation of Innocence?

 

Dispensationalism is the system of theology that provides the best, most literal hermeneutic (method of Bible interpretation). Also, dispensationalism makes a clear distinction between Israel and the Church. The classic seven dispensations are Innocence, Conscience, Government, Promise, Law, Grace, and Millennial Kingdom. In each of these, there is a recognizable, six-fold pattern of how God worked with those living in the dispensation. God gives a responsibility to people, they fail to meet God’s requirements, their failure is judged, and God extends grace and hope for the future.

The first dispensation is that of Innocence—Genesis 1:28 to 3:19.

Stewards: Adam and Eve The Period: From the creation of man to his temptation and fall Responsibility: To obey God (Genesis 1:26–28; 2:15–17) Failure: Disobedience (Genesis 3:1–6) Judgment: Curse and death (Genesis 3:7–19) Grace: A new chance and the promise of a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15)

Innocence is the shortest of the dispensations. God created man to live in perfect harmony with Himself, and there was nothing known of imperfection or evil. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, and they were innocent of sin (Genesis 1:27). They had an eternal soul, a free will, and the ability to procreate. They walked and worked with God, who interacted with His creation (Genesis 2:15).

Adam and Eve were innocent until they disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world (Romans 5:12). This death affected their bodies and souls and those of all of their descendants. At the moment of Adam and Eve’s sin, they lost their innocence, as they were immediately aware, and they hid in shame from God (Genesis 3:7–8). The couple tried to cover their sin, which they somehow associated with their sex organs, but their attempt was futile.

God pronounced judgment on the man and his wife (Genesis 3:16–19), but He also showed mercy by killing an innocent animal and providing skins to cover over (atone for) their sin. God’s gracious provision showed the inadequacy of man’s attempt to atone for his own sin and the sufficiency of God’s atonement. The slaughter of the animals introduced the biblical principle “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).

God’s ultimate solution to the sin problem was promised in Genesis 3:15. In His grace God would send One of supernatural birth to redeem mankind. This Savior would be truly innocent and would provide the way to escape the sin nature we inherit from Adam. Jesus Christ is the “Last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45), who offered Himself as the final sacrifice for sin for all who place their faith in Him (1 Peter 3:18).[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Miscellaneous Bible Questions: What Is the Story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel?

 

The story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel comprises one of the larger sections of Genesis and includes much information relevant to the history of the Jewish people. Jacob, the son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham, fled to his mother’s brother Laban. At the time, Jacob feared his twin brother, Esau, would kill him (Genesis 27:41–46).

Laban offered Jacob a place to stay. Jacob soon fell in love with Laban’s younger daughter, Rachel, and agreed to work for Laban seven years in exchange for marriage to her (Genesis 29:16–20).

Laban agreed, but after seven years, he deceived Jacob and gave Rachel’s older sister, Leah, to him as a wife instead. Jacob protested, but Laban argued that it wasn’t the custom to give the younger daughter in marriage first. Laban then said Jacob could have Rachel in exchange for another seven years of work (Genesis 29:21–30). In an ironic twist, the deceiver Jacob had been deceived and had two wives in exchange for fourteen years of work.

Jacob showed favoritism to Rachael and loved her more than Leah. God compensated for the lack of love Leah received by enabling her to have children and closing Rachel’s womb for a time (Genesis 29:31). There developed an intense rivalry between the two wives. In fact, at one time the wives bartered over the right to sleep with Jacob. Genesis 30:16 says, “When Jacob came from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, ‘You must come in to me, for I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.’ So he lay with her that night.” In the end, Jacob fathered twelve sons and some daughters. Leah bore him six sons; Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant, bore him two; Rachel bore him two; and Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant, bore him another two (Genesis 35:23–29).

After twenty years with Laban, Jacob, now very wealthy, moved his family back to his father’s land. As they were leaving Laban’s house, Rachel stole her father’s teraphim (Genesis 31). Jacob knew that he would have to face Esau again. He still feared Esau’s anger, and he sent gifts to satisfy him before he arrived. The night before Jacob crossed the Jordan, he “wrestled with God” and was given the name Israel, confirming that he was the one who would receive the promises granted to Abraham.

Rachel died giving birth to her second child, Benjamin. Even Benjamin’s name, meaning “son of my right hand,” indicates the importance Jacob placed on his youngest son because of his love for Rachel. Rachel “was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day” (Genesis 35:19–20). Leah was buried in the same tomb as Abraham and Sarah and Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 49:30–32). Jacob and his son Joseph would also later be buried in this tomb (Genesis 50).

The story of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel is filled with much difficulty, yet God used these people greatly to impact history. Their twelve sons were the leaders of the twelve tribes that became the nation of Israel. Through their family, Jesus Christ would be born from the tribe of Judah to offer salvation to all (John 3:16; Luke 2:10).[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Obama Should Apologize For Treating Military Veterans Like Garbage For The Past 5 Years

This Memorial Day, Barack Obama and members of Congress will honor our veterans by wearing ribbons and laying wreaths, but what they should really do is apologize to the entire nation for treating them like human trash for the past five years. You see, the truth is that this VA scandal is nothing new. The problems at the VA hospitals have been documented over and over again for years. When Barack Obama was a U.S. senator, he served on the Veterans Affairs Committee. So as he entered the White House, he was supposed to be an expert in this area. And back in 2008, he pledged to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible”. But of course that never happened. And now Obama is claiming that he only learned of the “secret waiting lists” at VA hospitals by “watching television”, and his staff says that he is “madder than hell” about it. So now that he has been publicly shamed, will Obama actually do something about it? Because our military veterans deserve far better care than what they have been getting. (Read More….)

This Is What Happens When Young Men Are Taught That Scoring With Women Is The Ultimate Goal In Life

Elliot Rodger is a horrifying example of how badly we have failed young men in America. You see, the truth is that his obsession with sex and losing his virginity did not come out of nowhere. Rather, it was the result of being constantly immersed in a sex-obsessed culture for the past 22 years. In America today, our young men are constantly being bombarded with sexual messages in advertising, in television shows, in video games, in movies and on the Internet. They are literally being trained to believe that scoring with women is the ultimate goal in life. So we should not be surprised when their behavior reflects this underlying philosophy. Of course very few of our young men become mass murderers like Elliot Rodger, but the crisis that we are facing is much broader than that. The obsession with illicit sex that our young men have is destroying millions upon millions of lives, it is spreading sexually transmitted diseases like wildfire, and it is a huge factor in the decline of the American family. (Read More…)

Mises: Memorial Day and the Meaning of Freedom

Memorial Day provides the political class countless opportunities to ruin an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable holiday weekend. Like clockwork, local congressmen, mayors, city council members, et al. materialize at parades, picnics, and churches to give speeches about “freedom.”…

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TED: How to talk to veterans about the war

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain—who went on to write “The Other Wes Moore”—explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it’s just not sufficient. It’s a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories — and listen.

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An Urgent Memorial Day Wake-up Call

“We have forgotten God, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.” – Abraham Lincoln

Over the last few decades, Americans have seen the destruction of the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, the removal of God’s Word in several areas, and the aborting of millions of babies. Ironically, many of the men and women who died for our freedoms did not die for what we are becoming today. Many gave their lives in order that we would be “one nation under God,” not above God.

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How America Treats Illegal Aliens vs. Veterans

A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the frontlines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason.Compare, contrast and weep:

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Whatever Happened To Evening Services?

Is the Sunday evening service on its way to becoming extinct? What is responsible for the apparent decline in the holding of Sunday evening services? These evening services, long a part of certain churches’ programs, were made available largely to cater for those unable to attend morning services for various reasons. Sunday evening services now seem to be dying away, but can the same be said for the reasons why these services were originally established? …….. Click here for full story

The New World Military Solider – Air Force Bugbot MAVs

It’s a hot summer day and you’re enjoying a family barbeque in the backyard when a small yet annoying bug enters your field of vision, it gently lands on your forearm and just before you are about to squash it, you notice a tiny flashing light. As you begin to scrutinize this strange insect you suddenly realize the awful truth, it’s not a bug at all, it’s a “bugbot” and someone is watching you……….. Click here for full story

Does The Economy Move In Predictable Waves, Cycles Or Patterns? If So We Are In Trouble

Does the economy move in predictable waves, cycles or patterns? According to many economic cycle theorists, it does – and the forecasts all predict economic doom and gloom in the United States over the rest of this decade. Between 2015 and 2020, many economic cycle trend readings project that the U.S. economy is about to enter a major downturn……… Click here for full story

Christians With Biblical Values Blocked From Running For Office In Canada

Justin Trudeau, the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party, recently announced that the Liberal Party will not allow anyone to run in any provincial or national election who does not pledge to vote “pro-choice” without exception. Trudeau also hinted that the party may make a similar stance on other “social” issues. He made it clear that there will be a litmus test for new candidates on a host of issues, stating that he will ask new people seeking to become candidates “how they feel about same-sex marriage”, as well as abortion. ……….. Click here for full story

GTY Blog: Joseph: God’s Sovereignty in Our Trials – John MacArthur

 

Eleven grim faces stared anxiously at the floor. With eyes on the ground, all their attention was focused on the man at the front of the room. Huddled in tense silence, the eleven knelt before one of the most powerful rulers in the land, knowing he had the authority to execute them.

Dressed in royal garb fitting his office and flanked by guards and servants, the prime minister looked down on these herdsmen as they stooped before him. His long history with these men included vivid memories of pain and rejection.

In the past they had wronged him in unthinkable ways. Now the tables were turned. With a word, he could enact severe retribution on those who betrayed him.

Is that the action Joseph would take against his brothers? Their father Jacob was dead and buried. Now they bowed before their brother, fearful that he might finally seek revenge for their severe cruelty decades earlier.

Minutes felt like hours in the somber anticipation of Joseph’s decision. The brothers braced themselves for the worst. Reuben, the oldest, had long blamed himself for what had happened to Joseph. Judah, too, felt the sting of guilt; he was the one who initially suggested selling Joseph into slavery. But all the brothers—except Benjamin, the youngest—had been involved in that treacherous act. They were all guilty. Was this the day their crimes had finally caught up with them?

When the silence broke, it was not with a voice of angry threats or harsh punishment. Instead, it was the unexpected sound of weeping. Struggling to maintain his composure, Joseph collected himself long enough to release the compassion that was in his heart. The Genesis account records his words:

“Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:19–21)

The Right Perspective

Unlike those who breed a seething hatred and desire for vengeance, Joseph treated his brothers with undeserved favor. But how are kindness and love cultivated in the heart of one so wickedly mistreated? The answer is found in Joseph’s theology—he had a clear understanding of God’s providence. In that moment, with his trials behind him and his brothers before him, Joseph articulated the perspective that summarized the story of his life: God is in control and we can trust Him for the outcome.

As New Testament believers looking back on Joseph’s example, we can see the principle of Romans 8:28 fleshed out in his life: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” As Joseph himself articulated, God intended the trials of his life for the good of his people. Joseph’s suffering was not a punishment for sin, but the means through which God would prepare Joseph for a specific role in His divine plan to save sinners.

God’s Divine Purposes

Joseph couldn’t see it at the time, but there was purpose in his suffering. Betrayed by his brothers, he had the joys of home and the security of his father’s love violently ripped away from him. Without warning, he had become a victim of human trafficking. Surely he wondered why God permitted this to happen. How did this fit with the dreams God had given him?

Joseph was taken down to Egypt, where he was sold as a slave to Potiphar, a chief servant of Pharaoh. However, in the purposes of God and through Joseph’s faithfulness, he quickly rose to a position of prominence in Potiphar’s house. Joseph was so capable and trustworthy that his master gladly put all his possessions in Joseph’s care.

It was God’s providence that placed Joseph in Potiphar’s house. Potiphar served in Pharaoh’s court, which exposed Joseph to royalty and the noble customs of Egypt. Such knowledge would later prove essential. Joseph was also given a unique opportunity to develop his leadership qualities. As a boy he merely reported on his brothers’ activities, but now he was directly managing his master’s resources. That administrative experience would likewise prove invaluable for Joseph’s future. In addition to his exposure and experience, Joseph’s placement in Potiphar’s house ensured that, if he were ever found guilty of a crime, he would be sent to the same place where Pharaoh’s own prisoners were confined (cf. Genesis 39:20). That, too, was crucial to the divine plan.

A False Accusation

Potiphar’s wife began to take an illicit interest in her husband’s Hebrew slave. Scorned by his refusal as he fled from her advances, her sensual desires for Joseph immediately turned into vicious animosity as she grabbed onto his clothing. Her fury raged against Joseph, and she shouted to the other servants in the house. When they found her, she accused Joseph of attempted rape, holding up his garment as proof. For the second time in his life, he was stripped of his clothing. Years before, when his brothers grabbed his robe, he was thrown into a pit. This time, his garment in the hands of Potiphar’s wife would result in his being thrown into prison.

Joseph must have wondered how all these things could be happening to him when he had done nothing to deserve such treatment. In spite of what must have been great temptation to grumble, complain, and get angry, he continually responded by honoring the Lord and doing what was right. While he couldn’t have understood why, Joseph was content that sitting in that prison was exactly where God wanted him.

What About You?

As you look at your life—in both good times and bad—can you see how the Lord has prepared you for certain tasks and responsibilities—how He has used circumstances to accomplish His purposes in your life?

 

(Adapted from Twelve Unlikely Heroes.)


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Fun Facts From Church History: The Empire Strikes Back (At Luther)

Zwinglius Redivivus

The Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire issued the Edict of Worms against Martin Luther on 26 May, 1521†.  Among other things, it announces

?Against each and every one of the books and writings under the name of the said Luther already published or to be published, and also against those who henceforth will print, buy, or sell those books and writings.

Item. Against accomplices receiving or favoring Luther and his works in any way.

Item. Against all insulting and libelous books, and other such writings and illustrations, and also against writers, printers, buyers, or sellers, whoever they are or whatever social status or condition they have.

Law for printers to defend against the evils which come from the abuse of the praiseworthy craft of printing.

Punishments

For the crime of lèse majesté [high treason] and for very serious offense and indignation against the prince.

Item. Confiscation and loss of body…

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Five Fascinating Facts about Single Parent Families for Church Leaders

 

We church leaders repeat often that we desire to know and reach our mission field. And we also know that our mission field demographics are shifting dramatically in the United States.

Today, I want to focus on one large slice of the demographic pie in America—households headed by a single parent. That world is growing and shifting so quickly it is almost breathtaking. For now, I offer five factoids about these families. Consider the implications for churches as we attempt to minister and reach these persons.

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A Memorial Day Reminder

5 Pt. Salt

America is neither a Saviour or the last hope of mankind – titles and glory which belong to Jesus Christ alone. The sword of America is not the sword of Jesus; loyalty to the American flag is not an equal or greater virtue than fidelity to the Christian Church; soldiers of Christ and soldiers of democracy will never be unified as one grand army of liberty making up “the Church Militant” – that glorious title belongs to the Church alone. The Bill of Rights and the Bible are not reconcilable and never will be; and if American patriotism must be seen as some kind of priesthood, let it be seen for what it has become – a Satanic one opposing the laws and commandments of Yahweh.

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 26, 2014 – Memorial Day

End Times Prophecy Report

End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines. Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

End Times Prophecy Report
HEADLINES
May 26, 2014
MEMORIAL DAY

CommentaryAnd OPINION

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AFGHANISTAN: Karzai refused to meet with Obama – The press–which is supposedly rabidly pro-Obama–provides more evidence to the public that he is President MomJeans.  Those who condemn the press for its unfailing “pro-liberal slant” never explain such articles–which are damning to their thesis.

AFGHANISTAN: Obama pledges to end war in Afghanistan by year’s end – It’s only been 12 1/2 years.

CHINA: China’s fighters almost get into it with Japanese planes – Continuing to stoke the China-Japan tensions.

ISRAEL: Pope extends invitation to Israel, Palestinians for Vatican Peace Summit – Next month.

ISRAEL: Pope Openly Endorses ‘The State Of Palestine’

MAP: Divorce rates around the world

World War 3 Watch: May 26, 2014

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It’s time to deal with Chinese espionage

The 10 Most Sinister US Military Psyops Mission Patches – A…

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